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The UN Human Rights Council’s lousy election

The UN Human Rights Council’s lousy election

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THOSE WHO argue that the UN’s Human Rights Council is a force for good were greatly disappointed last week by the election to the council of Bahrain, Cameroon, Eritrea and the Philippines; those who praised President Donald Trump’s decision in June to pull the United States out of the council have taken succour from the…
Paul Allen leaves a lasting legacy both at Microsoft and in Seattle

Paul Allen leaves a lasting legacy both at Microsoft and in Seattle

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“MICROSOFT WOULD never have happened without Paul.” You would expect Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and now one of the world’s leading philanthropists, to say something like this after the death of Paul Allen, his former business partner, who passed away on October 15th following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. But without…
A court ruling knocks another hole in Swiss banking secrecy

A court ruling knocks another hole in Swiss banking secrecy

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DURING his decade-long legal battle with the Swiss authorities, Rudolf Elmer, a bank whistleblower, endured 48 prosecutorial interrogations, spent six months in solitary confinement and faced 70 court rulings. None, though, was more important than the decision by Switzerland’s supreme court on October 10th, which set strict limits on the country’s famous bank-secrecy laws. Mr…
The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial

The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial

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A BLACK dragon with white claws, its wings etched with Escher-like designs, has a vitrine of its own at the centre of the Boroheads glass gallery in Toronto. The “dab rig” (for smoking cannabis oil) sells for C$8,000 ($6,170). Such items are in high demand, according to the gallery’s co-owner, who calls himself James Bongd.…
Owner of miracle home in Mexico Beach opens up

Owner of miracle home in Mexico Beach opens up

Dr. Lebron Lackey describes how his home is still standing in Mexico Beach, Florida after Hurricane Michael.
Houston mom’s suspected hangover was actually aggressive brain tumor

Houston mom's suspected hangover was actually aggressive brain tumor

Christina Smith woke up with a headache after celebrating her niece's birthday the night prior but never suspected that it could be a brain tumor. (Fox 26 Houston) A Houston mother who went to bed with a suspected hangover and woke up paralyzed in the hospital is back in nursing school after undergoing major brain…
North Carolina bartender’s face cut after customers throw cups, food

North Carolina bartender’s face cut after customers throw cups, food

Two unruly customers were caught on surveillance throwing food and drinks, which injured a bartender at a Charlotte, N.C., establishment last week. TEXAS RESTAURANT PATRON, EMPLOYEES GET INTO FIGHT, THROW PLATES AND FOOD The pair went to Pinky’s Westside Grill Friday night and got into an altercation while waiting for their takeout order, according to Fox…
WATCH: NYC Woman Defends ‘Stand for Flag, Kneel for Cross’ Shirt to NBC Reporter

WATCH: NYC Woman Defends 'Stand for Flag, Kneel for Cross' Shirt to NBC Reporter

A New York City woman is going viral for her response to an NBC reporter who questioned her t-shirt that read "Stand for the flag, kneel for the cross." The humorous interaction occurred as reporter Jacob Soboroff and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.) were speaking with people at a grocery store in Staten Island, the only…
Kurtz: Wire service burned by clickbait headline

Kurtz: Wire service burned by clickbait headline

'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the AP's misleading headline stating: 'Trump Tells AP He Won’t Accept Blame If GOP Loses House.'
Jamal Khashoggi crisis threatens U.S.-Saudi Arabia oil ties

Jamal Khashoggi crisis threatens U.S.-Saudi Arabia oil ties

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While investigators in Turkey searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul seeking clues to the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was heading to Riyadh seeking answers of his own, the bigger question for the Trump…