After lashing South Florida, tropical storm Gordon could strengthen over Gulf of Mexico

Tropical storm Gordon whipped the southern tip of Florida with high winds and rain on Monday and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall along the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Centre said.  The storm was forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and Mississippi while dropping as ...

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The dilemma Lana Del Rey and others face performing in Israel

Lana Del Rey is the latest musician to pull out of a performance in Israel, likely after facing pressure from activists.  In a message posted late Friday on Twitter, the Young and Beautiful singer said she was postponing her appearance at the Meteor music festival which is less than a week away. She wrote that she intended to perform at a later date in ...

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German police end march envisioned as far-right springboard

Police in eastern Germany have halted an anti-migration protest march that emboldened far-right activists started, hoping would launch a nationwide movement capable of challenging the political establishment. A trio of nationalist groups held separate daytime rallies Saturday in the city of Chemnitz over the recent killing of a German citizen, allegedly by migrants from Syria and Iraq. The two largest groups ...

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Guatemala president shuts down UN anti-corruption commission investigating him

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Friday shut down a UN-sponsored anti-graft commission that has pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes — including one pending against him over purported illicit campaign financing. Speaking in front of civilian and military leaders as army vehicles surrounded the commission’s headquarters in the capital, Morales said he had informed the UN secretary general of his decision ...

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U.S. Justice Department backs discrimination suit against Harvard

In its latest push to end race-based university admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing” and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them. Harvard denied the bias claim and said it would defend the right to consider race as a factor in admissions. The U.S. Justice Department ...

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