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Source: The Guradian

Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

Saturday 10:50 GMT

Wimbledon has finally bowed to pressure from players, coaches and pundits to introduce a final-set tie-break – but it will only kick in when the score reaches 12-12.

The All England Club confirmed the new rule will apply to all events across the Championships – including men’s and women’s singles, junior events and doubles matches – except for wheelchair and quad wheelchair, which remain the best of three tie-break sets.

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Source: Washington Post

At charity dinner, Nikki Haley takes playful jabs at Trump and other political elites

Saturday 10:50 GMT

During an address to an annual charity dinner in New York on Thursday night, outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, recalled the first time President Trump learned of her heritage.

Haley recounted that as she prepared for the dinner — hosted by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and attended by the state’s political elites — Trump gave her some advice. She not only poked fun at her boss and Warren — a potential 2020 rival — but also took playful jabs at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and convicted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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Source: CBS News

Trump to exit global postal treaty in another shot at China

Thursday 16:23 GMT

The U.S. announced Wednesday that it's preparing to pull out of an international postal treaty that allows China to ship packages to America at discounted rates.

Making it cheaper to ship packages from Beijing to New York than from San Francisco to the U.S. East coast, which particularly benefits Chinese manufacturers.

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Source: Fox News

'Not Doing Its Job': Varney Says Media Ignores Rebound After Heavy Coverage of Market Plunge

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Ahead of an interview at the White House with President Trump, Stuart Varney said Wednesday on "Fox & Friends" the media continually ignores positive economic news.

He noted that on CNN, MSNBC and the broadcast evening news shows, viewers saw heavy coverage of last week's stock market plunge. But Steve Doocy pointed out that when the markets rebounded on Tuesday, NBC, ABC and CBS did not mention it in their evening news broadcasts.

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Source: The Guradian

PEN America sues Trump for violating first amendment rights

Saturday 10:50 GMT

Donald Trump has “hung a sword of Damocles” over journalists by using his powers to retaliate against press coverage he finds objectionable, according to the writers’ organisation PEN America, which has filed a lawsuit against him for violating the US constitution’s first amendment.

Led by the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, PEN America claims that while Trump is free to express critical views of journalists and writers, it is unconstitutional to use the regulatory powers of government to punish the press for its criticism.

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Source: BBC

Google takes down (some) travel visa ads

Saturday 10:50 GMT

A third look found ads for service sites still remained at the top of Google's search results - including an identical copy of one Google previously said had broken its rules.

The top search results in Google are not for the official application forms, but paid advertisements for commercial websites that charge more than five times as much as the government one. Here's a word of warning to anybody applying for a US travel visa or Esta online.

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Source: The Guradian

Israeli supreme court overturns ruling barring US student from country

Friday 15:27 GMT

An American student who was barred entry into Israel under a law against foreign activists who support boycotts of the state because of its policies towards the Palestinians has been given permission to stay in the country by the supreme court.

In its ruling on Thursday, the court criticised Israeli authorities for denying entry to Lara Alqasem, 22, and said their decision gave “the unavoidable impression” that she was barred for her political opinions. If so, the justices said, it represented “a radical and dangerous step that could lead to the crumbling of the foundations upon which Israel’s democracy is built”.

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Source: Fox News

US officials rebut Putin ISIS hostage claims: 'fake news'

Friday 15:27 GMT

U.S. officials have rejected claims from Vladimir Putin that ISIS has taken nearly 700 people hostage, including several European and U.S. Nationals in Syria.

“Responsibility doesn’t stop with the federal government, we also need the private sector and media outlets to step up and take greater responsibility because this -- a national interest it is a national interest that demands a response from both the federal government and from the private sector,” said Dan Coats speaking at a tech conference in the nation’s capital.

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Source: Common Domain

Ease or Squeeze U.S., Seoul Wrangle Over North Korea Policy

Friday 15:27 GMT

Friction is growing between South Korea and the U.S. over how best to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear program, with Washington maintaining pressure and Seoul seeking to ease sanctions and reduce the North’s isolation.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said this week that Seoul would continue to coordinate with the U.S. on North Korea sanctions and would avoid unnecessary controversies.

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Source: ABC News

The Note: Democrats see blue in Midwestern Trump country

Friday 08:05 GMT

Something is rumbling in the states that delivered Trump the presidency, suggesting bright spots for Democrats in places they once saw turning bleaker.

President Donald Trump’s flight to Montana for a western campaign swing that starts Thursday will have him fly over large swaths of Trump country — or, at least, what once could be considered as that. But something is rumbling in the states that delivered Trump the presidency, suggesting bright spots for Democrats in places they once saw turning bleaker.

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Source: The Guradian

Concacaf Women's Tournament lessons: US-Canada rivalry and Lavelle's importance

Friday 08:05 GMT

The US women are officially the champions of Concacaf after beating rival Canada 2-0 in the final of the region’s World Cup qualification tournament.

This tournament hadn’t exactly been a difficult one for either team, but there are some key takeaways, both from Wednesday’s final and the entire tournament. The Americans had talked about how much they were looking forward to facing Canada in the final and finally face a strong opponent in the Concacaf Women’s Championship – and indeed, Wednesday’s match was a much tighter affair.

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Source: Reuters

Senate leader: Congress should not join 'pile-on' on Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Thursday 16:23 GMT

The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Wednesday that civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains the best hope for Myanmar and that it would not be helpful for Congress to join an international “pile-on” against her over a military crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslims.

The United States was a strong backer of Suu Kyi as she emerged in the 1980s as a pro-democracy icon who endured years of house arrest for standing up to military rule in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Source: Fox News

Twitter's release of 10 million Russian, Iranian influence campaign tweets shows US vulnerability

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Twitter released on Wednesday an archive of more than 10 million tweets originating in Russia and Iran, demonstrating efforts to capitalize on existing American vulnerabilities by targeting both ends of the political spectrum and sowing division.

The report's authors conclude: "Identifying future foreign influence operations, and reducing their impact, will demand awareness and resilience from the activist communities targeted, not just the platforms and the open source community."

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Source: The Guradian

Friday US briefing: Khashoggi search widens as White House shifts tone

Saturday 10:49 GMT

The search for evidence in the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi has moved on to the Saudi consul general’s residence in Istanbul, where Turkish investigators believe his killers may have disposed of his remains.

The White House’s stance regarding Saudi involvement in the journalist’s disappearance finally shifted on Thursday, with Donald Trump threatening “very severe” consequences for the kingdom’s ruling regime, should they be found to have ordered Khashoggi’s death.

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Source: The Guradian

'Resistance zone': the neighborhood where people train to confront Ice

Friday 08:05 GMT

Here in Philadelphia, home to one of the most aggressive Ice field offices in the country, the immigrant rights group Juntos has deemed a 4.5 square mile swath of the city a “community resistance zone” where people are actively trained to resist Ice.

It’s not a party at Olivia Ponce’s house unless it ends with people discussing what to do if US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) knocks on the door.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte