July 22, 2018

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Boy Scouts apologise for Donald Trump 'drunken stepfather' speech

Boy Scouts apologise for Donald Trump 'drunken stepfather' speechThe Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has released a statement apologising for Donald Trump’s politically charged speech at the National Jamboree. Michael Surbaugh wrote: “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. "The invitation for the sitting US President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition that has been extended to the leader of our nation that has had a Jamboree during his term since 1937.


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Science journalist retires at 98 and warns of generation of Americans who suffer from a thinking 'disability’

Science journalist retires at 98 and warns of generation of Americans who suffer from a thinking 'disability’A 98-year-old US science journalist, who has finally decided to retire, has said a generation of Americans are suffering from a “major disability in what they can think about and understand”. David Perlman, who has not only won awards but had them named after him, said this was one reason why so many people refused to recognise climate change was real. Speaking to the website of the Poynter Institute, which trains the media, The San Francisco Chronicle journalist described cuts in science coverage by newspapers as “absolutely obscene”.


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Baidu rebounds in Q2 with 83% jump in net income

Baidu rebounds in Q2 with 83% jump in net incomeChinese internet giant Baidu said Friday that its net income had soared 83 percent in the second quarter -- a strong recovery from tumbling profits in 2016 thanks to drastic spending cuts. The figure far exceeds analysts' estimates of 2.9 billion yuan, and is a sign of Baidu's recovery after authorities cracked down on its online advertising business, the company's primary revenue stream. Total revenues in the second quarter were 20.9 billion yuan ($3.08 billion), a 14.3 percent increase from the same period in 2016.


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Obamacare repeal bill: It is 'the beginning of the unravelling' of Republican support for Donald Trump, says political strategist

Obamacare repeal bill: It is 'the beginning of the unravelling' of Republican support for Donald Trump, says political strategistUS political analysts are calling the latest failure to repeal Obamacare in the Senate "the beginning of the unravelling" of Republican support for Donald Trump. Two other Republicans joined Senator McCain, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, on voting no on a bill that critics had warned would have led to the deaths of 20,000 additional people.


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Trump immigration plans risk more incidents like Texas deaths, experts say

Trump immigration plans risk more incidents like Texas deaths, experts sayFlowers, candles and bottles of water help create a makeshift memorial near the site where authorities discovered a tractor-trailer packed with people in San Antonio. Donald Trump’s immigration policies are likely to encourage migrants to risk more dangerous routes into the US, like the journey which this week ended with the death of ten people in a sweltering truck, border security experts have warned. Dozens of people from Mexico and Central America were found packed into a non-air-conditioned cargo container in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio at about 12.30am last Sunday.


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Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctions

Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctionsRussia has ordered America to cut the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country and has seized a dacha compound and warehouse used by US officials in retaliation for new sanctions against Moscow. Embassy staff must leave the country by 1 September, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, in a move triggered by the US Senate’s near unanimous vote to slap new sanctions on Russia, further hurting its fragile economy. The move puts Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or block the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.


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