Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 22, 2017

(CNN)When one man was killed and 10 people were injured in north London after a van plowed into Muslim worshipers early Monday morning, the majority of the world mourned. Stories of heroes surfaced. And calls for solidarity rang from communities of all stripes. Meanwhile pro-ISIS social media accounts pointed to the attack as a reason why Muslims need to rise up and attack. Warrior heroes and villains The trend is not new, but rather heightened due to the current geopolitical …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

… Monday when CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski linked to a SoundCloud account that appeared as if it might be Sekulow’s, but his firm, ACLJ, denied it. The page was subsequently deleted. Even without that, though, there is still the Jay Sekulow Band. SPIN did a terrific job of flagging some of the original songs Sekulow and his bandmates which include a former member of Christian rock outfit Petra and the guy who briefly filled in for Steve Walsh in Kansas have spun out. But there’s an …

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Please people stop taking selfies near Grenfell Tower in London

June 21, 2017

… friends passed away,” Lorraine Warrington, who lives on the nearby Silchester estate, told Metro. Another resident, Natasha Gordon, told CNN: “There have been loads [of people]. People taking this as a party, disrespectfully coming to take photos without even so much as leaving flowers or a card.” Wayne Kilo Lewis, a resident who lost several friends in the fire, said: “It was such a disgrace to see people taking selfies with the tower behind them, thinking it was OK to …

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Will a parliamentary hearing make Singapore PM’s problems go away?

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong is on the back foot. Parliamentary showdown At first blush, the prime minister seemed to have scored some brownie points in lowering the political temperature. But as Singaporeans mull it over, questions began to surface. Why is parliament being dragged into this? This is a fight to be settled in a court of law or during an open inquiry, said former ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) MP Tan Cheng Bock, who is challenging …

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Asgardia: the world’s first space nation

June 20, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Coming soon: a nation in space for humans. Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli announced his plans to form the world’s first independent nation that operates in outer space in October 2016. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to be citizens. …

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Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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Injuries Reported After Vehicle Hits Pedestrians In London

June 19, 2017

Londons Metropolitan Police reported a number of casualties early Monday whena vehicle collided with pedestrians shortly after midnight local time, in what police have called a major incident. Witnesses told HuffPost UK that about 10 people were injured by the vehicle, although authorities have not yet confirmed the number of casualties. Authorities have not yet confirmed whether Mondays incident was an accident or an attack. Cynthia Vanzella, a woman who lives near the scene, told CNN …

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US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins maiden major title

June 19, 2017

(CNN)He took the road less traveled and it made all the difference as Brooks Koepka clinched his maiden major title at the 117th US Open. The 27-year-old American, who cut his pro teeth on Europe’s second-tier tour, triumphed by four shots over fellow American Brian Harman and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, Sunday. Harman was bidding to become the first left-hander to win the US Open, ironic given the absence of record six-time runner-up Phil …

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France votes in final round of parliamentary elections

June 18, 2017

(CNN)Polls have opened Sunday for France’s legislative elections and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is projected to win a huge majority in Parliament. Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won on the first-round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls. Nonetheless, it represented a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the French presidency last month without the support of a traditional mainstream …

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Portugal fire leaves 57 people dead, dozens injured

June 18, 2017

(CNN)A raging wildfire killed 57 people and injured dozens more in Portugal, with some victims burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said. Some victims got stuck in their cars and on the side of the road in what officials described as the “greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years.” The blaze spread Saturday onto Pedrogao Grande town, forcing residents to try and leave the town to escape towering flames. …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 17, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as the …

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London fire: Smiling faces of missing a stark contrast with anger and grief

June 17, 2017

London (CNN)The only smiles around the blackened husk of Grenfell Tower are on the faces of the missing. Achiou says the surrounding community all know one another and laments the local council as unresponsive to their needs. “They don’t respond when we need maintenance,” she explains. “They don’t want to spend any money. This area is one of the poorest areas of the borough. If it was Notting Hill or Holland Park, then maybe this would have …

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Ahead Of NBC Profile, Alex Jones Talks About Bullets In Wolf Blitzer’s Head

June 16, 2017

Right-wing conspiracy fanatic Alex Jones isnt toning down his rhetoric ahead of his controversial interview Sunday onMegyn Kellys show on NBC. He talked Thursday about someone putting bullets in CNN journalist Wolf Blitzers head, and warned that others better have some helicopter jump jets to escape violence in Civil War 2. On his Infowars program Thursday, Jones criticized Blitzer for his purported stance on James Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire Wednesday at a congressional GOP …

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The best and worst countries to be a kid

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children. Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below) See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “Given what we know about the risks to children who are not even living in a household, I think that this is very true that these …

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Muslims keep alive Calcutta’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Calcutta, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Calcutta’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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Travis Kalanick, your Uber drivers don’t know you and they don’t really care

June 16, 2017

… of getting a cab.” Temba is an avid Google News reader and he knew a lot about the company, though he initially said he thought Kalanick was leaving for vacation. However, Temba was soon ticking off Uber disaster talking points like a CNN talking head. He’s grieving for the death of his mother, giving her a proper goodbye. There’s some investigation by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Even Kalanick was subject to investigation It was all about the females not …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI Director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau before either man was confirmed to their current …

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The …

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London fire: Blaze engulfs apartment block in West London

June 14, 2017

(CNN)A huge fire has engulfed a 27-story apartment block in West London. #fire #london #nottinghill #latimer #road #latimertoad #ladbrokegrove #ladbroke #grove A post shared by Anwar Belkhadir (@3alam.anwar) on Jun 13, 2017 at 6:34pm PDT “The whole building is on fire (and) spreading fast,” witness Goran Karimi told CNN. He said he saw people jumping from the building. The London Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire is still unknown. In a statement posted on …

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Reed: Sessions’ involvement with Comey firing ‘highly questionable’

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A Democratic senator who will question Attorney General Jeff Sessions at tomorrow’s Senate intelligence committee hearing wants to know why he was involved in the decision to fire former FBI director James Comey after he had recused himself from the Russia investigation. The White House initially cited memos from Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Comey’s firing over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe as the reason for his dismissal, …

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Special counsel team members donated to Dems, FEC records show

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Four members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by special counsel Robert Mueller to handle the Russia investigation have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Over the weekend, news outlets including CNN identified five attorneys that Mueller has already brought on board to help investigate potential collusion between associates of President Donald Trump’s campaign and …

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Missouri Parole Board member quits for playing word games during hearings

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A member of the Missouri Parole Board resigned Monday over reports he played word games at parole hearings. According to the report, the two scored points when they worked a word into the hearing. One point was awarded if they mentioned the word or song, and two points were earned if they got the inmate to repeat it. June 21, 2016: Hootenanny, Peggy Sue June 22, 2016: Platypus, Armadillo, Egg/Egging June 23, 2016: Biomass, Manatee July 18, 2016: Elvis Presley’s “Hound …

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom. Father: Hubert Brasier, Anglican vicar Mother: Zaidee (Barnes) Brasier Marriage: Philip May (1980-present) Education: St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Geography, 1974-1977 Religion: Anglican Other Facts: Has Type 1 diabetes. Was the first female chairman of the Conservative Party. Was introduced to her husband in 1976 at an Oxford Conservative Association dance by Benazir …

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