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  • Pentagon assures it will check Iran's 'malign' influence

    Top US military officers sought to reassure worried lawmakers that US forces would check Iran's "malign" influence in the Middle East should Congress greenlight the nuclear deal with Tehran. Many Republicans and some skeptical Democrats have voiced concerns that the historic accord reached with the Islamic republic this month in Vienna would trigger a regional nuclear arms race, embolden and strengthen Iran and put key US ally Israel in jeopardy. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter acknowledged that the deal removes "a critical element of risk and uncertainty" in the region.

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  • An ex-NBA player who blew nearly $100 million is turning his life around while working at Starbucks

    Vin Baker played 14 seasons in the NBA with six different teams and made $97.4 million in his career as a basketball player. Baker is working as a barista at a Starbucks in North Kingstown, Rhode Island as part of his training to become a manager, according to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.

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  • Shakira Teaches Her Adorable 6-Month-Old Son Sasha How to Play Soccer

    Here's hoping Shakira's son, Sasha, follows in his father's athletic footsteps! On Wednesday, Shakira shared this adorable video of her youngest son Sasha with her boyfriend, pro soccer player Gerard Pique, taking what appears to be his first kick at a soccer ball. "Happy 6 months Sasha! Shak," the Columbian superstar wrote on Instagram.

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  • Filipino’s death in Dubai a ‘big loss’ to community

    The death of a Filipino due to suspected heatstroke within the Philippine consulate’s premises on Tuesday morning is a “big loss” to the community he served. Members of the Filipino community in Dubai are mourning the death of Alex Lapore, 37, who died after collapsing and falling face down on the pavement near the entrance of the Philippine labour office next to the consulate in Al Qusais. “We regret to inform that Mr Lapore eventually died due presumably to heatstroke, although we have yet to wait for the official cause of death after the investigation.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes

    Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown. "She was born in a camp and buried near the camp," her father Mohammed Askar recounts, still in anguish over her Feb. 24 death. Of the 4 million refugees who fled Syria's grinding civil war, it is the conflict's youngest exiles, like Jawahir, who often bear the brunt of its woes.

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  • Pluto's dwarf planet status is 'bulls---,' says lead scientist of NASA mission

    Pluto is perhaps the most beloved object in our Solar System. So when the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto on July 14 — a nearly 10-year, 3-billion-mile journey — we weren't too surprised to learn NASA saw unprecedented traffic to its website,

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  • Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'

    A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently. The officer killed in the raid, Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf, was responsible for directing the terror army's oil and gas operations in Syria. The Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $10 million a month selling oil on black markets.

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  • Kim Kardashian Gets Defensive With Caitlyn Jenner: 'Don't Bash Us On Your Way Up'

    Speaking with her friend, Caitlyn admits that Khloe Kardashian is upset because she didn't like the Vanity Fair article. The promo then cuts to Kim offering up some tough love to Caitlyn. In June, Kim chatted with ET about Caitlyn, but made no mention of family drama.

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  • Possible MH370 debris could be a 'flaperon' — here's what that means

    This week, debris washed up on the on the beaches of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. According to CNN, investigators from Boeing conducted a photo assessment of the wreckage and were able confirm an indentification number that corresponds with a Boeing 777 part. As a result, the investigators have a "high degree of confidence" the part found on the island could be the right "flaperon" from the 777, CNN reported.

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown autopsy sheds little light on bathtub mystery

    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - An initial autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown on Monday found no significant injuries and no obvious underlying cause of death for the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, who died on Sunday after sustaining irreversible brain damage in January. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office in Georgia said Brown, 22, had no previously unknown medical conditions that would have contributed to her death. Brown, the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died at an Atlanta-area hospice where her family had placed her a month ago after giving up hope she would recover.

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  • China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbors and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarization of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law.

    Reuters
  • Taylor Swift Finally Met Her Godson and Posted the Sweetest Pictures

    Does Taylor Swift have that godmotherly glow? Back in March, Taylor revealed that one of her famous girlfriends, Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King, had choses her to be godmother to Jamie and husband Kyle Newman’s second child. Naturally, Taylor threw Jaime the best baby shower evah.

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  • Dubai property prices continue to fall – reports

    Dubai property prices continued to fall during the second quarter, according to two new reports. “The extent of the compression will be better established throughout the third quarter and leading up to Cityscape Dubai where the activity at and preceding the event is typically a good gauge of market sentiment,” said the Cavendish and Maxwell report, based on the consensus view of its members, who are chartered surveyors and residential valuers. Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) and Dubai Sports City managed to hold their value better than other parts of the emirate, declining an average 1 percent, while Motor City and Discovery Gardens declined the most at 3 percent.

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  • 'The Saudis do not have as much clout as the market gives them credit for'

    Saudi Arabia is worried about defending its energy market share. "The Saudis are certainly concerned about defending market share, particularly given that the battle in key growth regions such as China and India is becoming increasingly crowded," RBC Capital Markets commodity strategist Michael Tran wrote in a note to clients. "The Saudis do not have as much clout as the market gives them credit for," he continued.

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  • U.S. approves possible sale of $5.4 billion in missiles to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The missile sale approval could help reassure Saudi Arabia about the U.S. commitment to its security. "Lockheed Martin is supporting the U.S. government and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as they discuss the potential sale of additional PAC-3 Missiles as part of the upgrade of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force," Lockheed said in a statement.

    Reuters
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth ready to be a normal couple

    Now that they're finally engaged, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are ready to go on their first real-world date. Bristowe chose the 29-year-old personal trainer as her one true love. Bristowe said the couple will go on their first real date Tuesday night.

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  • Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox

    Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country's 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. Jolie's 2001 hit, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," was filmed partly at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.

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  • US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit: embassy

    The United States began Thursday delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, according to its embassy in Cairo, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery. The operation comes as Secretary of State John Kerry's prepares to visit Cairo for a "strategic dialogue" Sunday amid a warming in ties that were strained after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Following the overthrow of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, Washington froze $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euros) in annual military aid to Egypt.

    AFP
  • Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo

    Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who has control of the sale and its proceeds. At least two of the nuns don't want Perry to buy their former home and in June hastily sold the convent to a businesswoman with ambitions of turning it into a boutique hotel.

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  • Facebook’s first intern just landed $50 million from Peter Thiel and other investors

    Darian Shirazi started his career at 15 years old, when he made his name reselling computer components on eBay. Soon, Shirazi was able to build some strong connections in the Valley, and got himself hired as Facebook’s first-ever intern when there were just about 12 total employees. The company saw good traction early on, and in 2011, even got a $35 million acquisition offer from Google.

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