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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone said he thinks the Republican presidential nominee is making a mistake by not releasing his tax returns to the public. "I think he should release his tax returns immediately," Stone said on a Miami radio station, according to Buzzfeed News. Hillary Clinton last summer released her tax returns from 2007 to 2015. This month, she released her 2015 returns. Her running mate, Tim Kaine, also released 10 years of returns this month. Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, has said he has plans to release his tax returns. read more


Monday, August 22, 2016

It appears that Trump has now calculated that the risk of venturing too far from the conservative-leaning network is too great. In June, 18 of Trump's 29 interviews across six networks were on Fox News, according to additional research provided by Media Matters. In July, he did nine interviews on Fox News and just six combined across ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. None of these networks have had him on in August. read more


MANILA -- Killings by the police and vigilantes in the Philippines' war on drugs have soared to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, the nation's top police official told a Senate hearing on Monday.

Under Mr. Duterte, who campaigned on a pledge to rid the country of drug dealers, 712 suspects have been killed in police operations, National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said. Vigilante killings have totaled 1,067 during the same period, he said, although it was unclear how many were directly related to the illegal drug trade.

The numbers represent a huge increase over those cited by the police last week, when they put the total at more than 800 since Mr. Duterte's election on May 9. The new figures do not include killings that occurred between the election and his inauguration on June 30.


The world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge has opened in China's Zhangjiajie mountains.

430m (1,400ft) long, uspended 300m above the ground, it spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China's central Hunan province. Six metres wide and made of 99 panels of clear glass, the bridge can carry up to 800 people at the same time.

Tourists can walk across the bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, and the more adventurous will be able to bungee jump or ride a zip line.

Following an alarming glass bridge cracking incident at the Yuntai mountain in northern Henan in 2015, authorities in Zhangjiajie were eager to demonstrate the safety of the structure. They organised a string of media events, including one where people were encouraged to try and smash the bridge's glass panels with a sledge hammer, and another where they drove a car across it.

People wearing stilettos will be banned, it added. read more


Sunday, August 21, 2016

In February, residents of the Massachusetts town of Dudley gathered for a zoning meeting. According to reports, there was some controversy. Among the topics discussed was a proposal from an Islamic society. The group asked for a permit to create a Muslim cemetery, according to the Telegram and Gazette. "I am very against this cemetery going in and don't see why it has to come to little old Dudley," one woman said. You want a Muslim cemetery?" another attendee said. "Fine. Put it in your back yard. Not mine." His comment was met with applause. Ultimately, the town's zoning board rejected the request from the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester. After the bid was denied, the Islamic society filed a lawsuit. The civil rights unit of the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's officE has opened an investigation into whether Dudley violated the civil rights of the Islamic society. read more


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