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Former CIA Chief: My Security Revocation is Trump Attempt to Silence Critics

Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan says he believes President Donald Trump revoked his security clearance because he wants to "silence others who might dare to challenge him." In an opinion piece published Thursday in The New York Times, Brennan contended that Trump "clearly has become more desperate to protect himself ...

Fraudsters target homeowners with burglar alarm scams

Fear sells so scammers and unscrupulous alarm companies often use alarming (and sometimes false) crime statistics and scare tactics as a sales pitch.

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Trump, Democrats Face Different Political Landscape Ahead of Midterms

In less than three months, U.S. voters will cast ballots in midterm congressional elections that could alter the course of Donald Trump’s ...

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US Ambassador to Zimbabwe: Sanctions Removal Linked to Genuine Reforms

U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols has said the southern African country must embark on genuine reforms if it wants Washington to remove ...

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Taner Kilic: Amnesty Turkish chair to be released from prison

After 14 months in prison on terrorism charges, human rights activist Taner Kilic will be released.

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Turnout in Minnesota, Wisconsin Primaries at Two-Decade High

Voter engagement in the 2018 U.S. midterm races remains feverish, primaries in notable swing states Wisconsin and Minnesota showed on Tuesday. Both ...

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Kansas Governor Concedes, Says He Will Endorse GOP Nominee

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount. Colyer ...

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Defense Rests in Paul Manafort Fraud Trial, Calling No Witnesses

Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, rested their case at his tax and bank fraud trial Tuesday without calling any witnesses or having him testify. Judge T.S. Ellis rejected Manafort's bid to drop the 18 charges against him. The judge said that one of his lawyers and a prosecutor would make ...

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Trump Blames Attorney General, Fired FBI Agent for Russia Probe

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed new attacks Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, blaming them for the investigation of Russian links to his 2016 U.S. presidential campaign that has consumed his presidency. The U.S. leader said on Twitter, "If we had a real Attorney General, this Witch Hunt would never ...

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A Look at Provisional Ballots in Primary for Kansas Governor

More than 313,000 ballots were cast in the hotly contested Republican primary for Kansas governor, but the two candidates are separated only by about ...

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Late Cloud Over Ellison Bid for Minnesota Attorney General

Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party's nomination ...

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Report: FBI Fires Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has fired agent Peter Strzok, who had become the target of Republican anger over his text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok's lawyer said Monday. Strzok was a key figure in the early stages of ...

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Waiting list for avocado trees amid NZ crime wave

Nurseries struggle to keep up with demand as organised crime blamed for flourishing black market in the fruit.

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US Prosecutors to Wrap up Manafort Case, May Soon Go to Jury

U.S. prosecutors on Monday plan to wrap up their tax and bank fraud case against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, making it likely the case will go to the jury by midweek if the defense decides not to call any witnesses. The trial is in its 10th day in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court and is not scheduled to resume until Monday ...

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Security Experts, Trump Allies Alarmed by Omarosa Recordings

Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from President Donald Trump's allies and national security experts for secret recordings she made at the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the ...

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US Wants to Remain ‘Partner of Choice’ in South America

High-profile U.S. officials have visited South America in recent weeks to signal strength in inter-American alliances amid U.S. competitors’ ...

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Trump Lawyer Won't Allow Questioning of President on Firing of FBI Chief

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday that his legal team will not allow special counsel Robert Mueller to question Trump about his ...

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US Students Turn Grief into App to Help Bring Terrorists to Justice

California college student Anjali Banerjee was watching fireworks during a 2016 celebration on a seafront promenade in the French city of Nice when a man plowed a huge truck through the crowd, killing 86 people and wounding 200. The University of California, Berkeley incoming senior ran through mobs of people to escape the chaos and later joined ...

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Facing Indictment, US Congressman Ends Re-Election Bid

In an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading.   Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying his will suspend his campaign and finish the rest of his term. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges he passed inside information about a biotechnology ... /
The Common App drops question about past convictions on college applications 

The Common App's change will help to low-income students of color, who are disproportionately likely to have been convicted of a crime. The post The Common App drops question about past convictions on college applications  appeared first on theGrio.

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Indonesia’s Presidential Race Takes Shape, in Shadow of Hard-Line Islam

The April election will be a rematch of the contentious 2014 race, and some analysts expect more smear campaigns and appeals to sectarian sentiment.

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Trump Praises Mexico, Blasts Canada on Twitter

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday evening, praising Mexico and threatening Canada. Trump’s tweets referenced efforts to renegotiate ...

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Are Hate Crimes in US Peaking?

After four years of sharp increases, hate crimes in most major American cities fell during the first half of 2018, preliminary police data ...

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Arrest of Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Raises Fears of Crackdown

Tendai Biti had sought asylum in Zambia after accusing Zimbabwean officials of manipulating the results of the presidential election.

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Experts: Americans Vulnerable to Malign Social Media Messaging

While U.S. lawmakers press Twitter and Facebook to better police their platforms against Russian social media trolls and ponder tougher sanctions against Moscow, American voters remain vulnerable to divisive messaging and misinformation before midterm elections in November, experts told VOA. "All of us, left and right [politically], are all ...

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US Welcomes Decision by Congo's Kabila Not to Run for Presidency

The United States has welcomed the decision by Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to not seek re-election, saying the ruling party's move to name a candidate other than Kabila "represents a significant step forward for Congolese democracy." "We are encouraged by this sign that he (Kabila) intends to uphold his commitments to ...

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Russia Denounces US 'Novichok' Sanctions

Faced with a new round of U.S.-sanctions over alleged chemical weapons use, Russia denounced the move as an “illegal” gesture that defied attempts by President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin aimed at improving relations during a ...

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