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  • Falwell Jr. defends Trump's response to Charlottesville
  • Falwell Jr. defends Trump's response to Charlottesville?He doesn?t say what?s politically correct ? he says what?s in his heart,? Falwell said. ?He does not have a racist bone in his body. I know him well.?



  • Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree
  • Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spreePolice shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Within hours of the attack on Friday the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.



  • American Among 14 Dead in Spanish Terror Attacks
  • American Among 14 Dead in Spanish Terror AttacksThe U.S. State Department has confirmed that another American citizen suffered minor injuries in the attack.



  • Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deported
  • Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deportedAn activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.



  • Boston 'free speech' rally dwarfed by thousands of counter-protesters
  • Boston 'free speech' rally dwarfed by thousands of counter-protestersEight people were arrested at a "Free Speech Rally" in Boston that organisers said "fell  apart" after it as dwarfed by a counter-protest against white nationalism. About 30 people attending the rally huddled on Boston Common's bandstand, their words drowned out by more than 10,000 counter-protesters. The two sides were kept more than 50 metres apart by fencing and police.  Trouble flared only briefly. At the end of the hour-long rally when the speakers were hustled into a police van that was quickly surrounded by a mob shouting "make them walk".  After a tense standoff police cleared a route away with a rolling blockade of motorbikes and bicycles.  Police said they made 27  arrests.  State and city police inspect people arriving for a "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common Credit: Michael Dwyer/AP  American police had feared radical bands of counter-protesters were adding acid to their arsenal of extreme violence as they tried to disrupt far Right rallies and protests. The US has endured a hot week of demonstrations and soul-searching as the country re-examines its troubled racial history and the fall-out from Donald Trump?s tumultuous presidency. Counterprotesters hold signs before conservative organizers begin a planned "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common, Saturday Credit: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer As free speech campaigners and counter-protesters gathered in Boston for the latest potential flashpoint on Saturday, officers said they were worried militants were armed with acid. ?We think it?s what they had in Charlottesville,? said one policeman, dressed all in black and equipped with a body camera, referring to violence last weekend in Virginia. ?They are using hydrochloric acid or battery acid. ?Their tactic now seems to be to cause so much trouble that the event just gets shut down before it can even begin.? Counter protesters gather in Roxbury before marching to the 'Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images A law enforcement official told the Boston Globe that officers were investigating reports that radical counter-protesters were planning to throw acid. More than 600 officers yesterday patrolled fences and concrete blockades arranged on Boston Common to keep two rival rallies apart as crowds began gathering. Among them were more than 100 so-called antifa Left-wingers, wearing black scarves over their faces who paraded across the common chanting: ?Nazi scum, off our streets.? Police stand by as thousands of protesters prepare to march in Boston Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images They are becoming a familiar sight as white supremacists assert their right to rally, one side in a bitter summer of discontent. The Boston event had been three months in the planning but took on greater significance after clashes in Charlottesville where a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, died when a car crashed into a crowd. Organisers of a the counter protest in Boston urged people to attend amid fears that members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups would be among those at the free speech rally. Although the rally organizers stress that they are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups, the city of Boston and Police Commissioner William Evans are preparing for possible confrontations  Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images John Medlar, spokesman for Boston Free Speech which organised the rally, said such groups were not welcome. ?We have made sure that one of the groups invited is not coming and have been clear that we are not neo Nazis. This has been misreported. We are only about free speech and have people from Left and Right speaking,? he said, referring to the part of the US constitution that guarantees free expression. Charlottesville far-right rally organiser is literally chased out of town 00:59 Among the confirmed guests were Joe Biggs, who used to work for the conspiracy-mongering website Infowars, as well as Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist who claims to have invented email and is now running for the Senate. Police set strict limits banning protesters carrying anything that can be used as a weapon, as well as dogs and personal protection gear. However, that was not enough to prevent dozens of counter-protesters arriving with scarves over their faces and helmets. ?It?s for protection,? said one man, who asked not to give his name. Charlottesville far-right protest In Dallas police used  horses to  break up a scuffle at a cemetery between people rallying against white supremacy and supporters of Confederate monuments. Officers riding on horseback had waited as the confrontation became more intense, but they moved in to break it up around 9 p.m. It happened at Pioneer Park, a Civil War cemetery that houses the memorial to Confederate soldiers. About 2,300 people, according to police estimates, showed up for a rally against racism at City Hall Plaza, not far from the cemetery. The group shouted," Take them down," referring to the monument.



  • Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug
  • Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drugLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug ? in a small amount and at a cheap price ? suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.



  • Lost WWII USS Indianapolis Wreckage Finally Uncovered
  • Lost WWII USS Indianapolis Wreckage Finally UncoveredIt was 18,000 feet under the water's surface.



  • When Is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.?
  • When Is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S.?Here's when the next eclipse will be after Aug. 21, 2017



  • Staff Change on Mueller Team Raises Questions
  • Staff Change on Mueller Team Raises QuestionsRachel Maddow pursues reporting on the departure of former FBI counter-espionage chief Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation team, questioning the reason and what it might mean for Mueller's effort.



  • ?Alt-right? figure who set up Assange meeting refuses to cooperate with Senate intel probe
  • ?Alt-right? figure who set up Assange meeting refuses to cooperate with Senate intel probe?I?m absolutely not? going to cooperate with the committee, the far-right provocateur Charles C. Johnson said in an interview, after returning from London.



  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case
  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end caseA Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed. The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.



  • Thousands Protest White Supremacy In New Orleans
  • Thousands Protest White Supremacy In New OrleansSuber told HuffPost the rally was organized for two reasons. ?This is our solidarity with the people in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as a notice to our local leaders that we want all statues dedicated to white supremacists taken down,? he said. Watch Suber speak during Saturday?s protest in New Orleans, below.



  • Young Taiwanese choose China jobs over politics
  • Young Taiwanese choose China jobs over politicsTaiwan has long seen its international allies switching allegiance to an ascendant Beijing, but now there are also fears of a brain drain of the island's youth as they pursue careers in rival China. Cross-strait tensions have soared since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, with Beijing cutting all official communication. China still sees the self-ruling island as part of its territory to be reunified, but young people in particular have increasingly developed a sense of pride in their Taiwanese identity.



  • Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters
  • Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protestersAs the official start time of the contentious ?Free Speech Rally? in Boston approached, the winner in the battle of words between organisers and counter-demonstrators had already been determined. If hateful speech aimed at Jewish people or minorities was chanted at Boston Common park, it was not audible at one of the largest rallies being held just one week after the deadly demonstrations in Charleston, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched bearing torches, and where one woman was killed. Instead, an estimated 15,000 counter-protesters dominated the air with anti-Nazi and anti-fascist chants.



  • Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon
  • Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, OregonSISTERS, Ore. (AP) ? Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that's a prime location for viewing the eclipse.



  • Flying dogs caught in action
  • Flying dogs caught in actionThese excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines? exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.



  • Total solar eclipse: When is it, where is it happening and how to watch in the UK
  • Total solar eclipse: When is it, where is it happening and how to watch in the UKWhat's happening? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun casting darkness across swathes of the Earth's surface. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we won't see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will see it? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe - including the UK - will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes. More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.  Where and when to see the eclipse What causes an eclipse? The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the Moon but it lies 400 times further away - which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap exactly. What creates a total solar eclipse Where can I see the eclipse in the UK? Sadly Brits won't get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.  It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 - but make sure you're in a spot where there's no cloud.  UK eclipse circumstances for August 21 2017 What areas will see total blackout? Anyone within the path of totality will see the sky become dark for several minutes as the moon completely covers the sun. The path is relatively thin, around 70 miles wide, and stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. Over the next 90 minutes, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 14:28 EDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. What time can I see the total eclipse? Here are the mid-eclipse times for some of the major towns and cities along the path of totality, according to Nasa. All times are local.  Where to see it | The Great American solar eclipse Will there be a live stream? Yes - Nasa will host an Eclipse Megacast for four hours during the eclipse which will be picked up by local, national and international TV stations. You can also follow all the action via the Telegraph. How can I see it safely? Never look directly at the Sun, even through sunglasses or dark material such as a bin liner or photographic negative. Makeshift filters may not screen out the harmful infrared radiation that can burn the retina of the eye risking permanent eye damage and blindness. Also, viewers must never use binoculars or a telescope. Wear special eclipse viewing glasses - not ordinary sunglasses - or construct a simple pinhole camera which projects an image of the Sun onto a blank piece of paper. Solar eclipse: how to watch the eclipse safely When will Britain next see a solar eclipse? There was a pretty spectacular eclipse in Britain in March 2015, but the last total eclipse in the UK was in August 1999. You might be waiting a while for the next decent one too - it won't take place until August 12, 2026. On that date up to 95 per cent of the Sun will be obscured. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090. How we watched the 1999 solar eclipse - in 90 seconds 01:42 Total solar eclipses in history Eclipses have both fascinated and terrified civilisations for centuries. When King Henry I of England, the son of William the Conqueror, died in 1133, his death happened to coincide with a total solar eclipse plummeting the nation into darkness for four minutes and 38 seconds. Historian William of Malmesbury wrote in 1140 that "the darkness was so great that people at first thought the world was ending."



  • Man Caught Smuggling 13 Pounds of Meth Into US Via Drone
  • Man Caught Smuggling 13 Pounds of Meth Into US Via DroneDrones generally haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention.



  • Boy With Heart Transplant Collapses and Dies on His First Day of School
  • Boy With Heart Transplant Collapses and Dies on His First Day of School13-year-old Peyton West's family thought he would be healthy after he got his transplant in March.



  • Trump's evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Here are his religious cheerleaders
  • Trump's evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Here are his religious cheerleadersDonald Trump poses with Jerry Falwell Jr in May. Falwell said Trump?s response to Charlottesville was ?bold? and ?truthful?. Donald Trump was forced to disband two business advisory councils and an infrastructure panel after some of America?s most prominent business leaders fled their posts, protesting against Trump?s statements appeasing white nationalist marchers at the weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.



  • Violence erupts between white nationalists, counterprotestors in Charlottesville: Part 5
  • Violence erupts between white nationalists, counterprotestors in Charlottesville: Part 5White nationalists had gathered in the Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.



  • No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: Prosecutor
  • No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: ProsecutorDave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, said on national television this week that he found human bones in Aruba, where his daughter vanished a dozen years ago, and submitted them for DNA testing.



  • Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police
  • Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel policeA Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said. The Palestinian health ministry identified the teenager as Qoteiba Yussef Zahran from the Tulkarm region in the northern West Bank. The Israeli spokeswoman said one of the border guards suffered a slight leg injury during the incident, but did not say clearly if he had been stabbed by the Palestinian.



  • Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis
  • Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS IndianapolisWASHINGTON (AP) ? Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes.



  • SeaWorld: Former trainer says deaths of three killer whales a 'disgrace to humanity'
  • SeaWorld: Former trainer says deaths of three killer whales a 'disgrace to humanity'A former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld has spoken out about conditions at the attraction, after the deaths of three orcas there this year. Last week, Kasatka became the third killer whale at the Californian theme park to die. The orca was 41 years old, making her the oldest killer whale at SeaWorld in San Diego.



  • What Happens to Your Eyes If You Look Directly at the Sun During a Solar Eclipse?
  • What Happens to Your Eyes If You Look Directly at the Sun During a Solar Eclipse?Here's what we know about effectively protecting yourself



  • U.S. troop reduction in exercise not due to North Korea concerns: Mattis
  • U.S. troop reduction in exercise not due to North Korea concerns: MattisA reduction in U.S. troops taking part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces this year simply reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. About 17,500 U.S. service members are participating in the exercise this month, down from 25,000 last year, according to the Pentagon. With tensions high on the Korean peninsula, China - Pyongyang's main ally and trading partner - has urged the United States and South Korea to scrap the drills, as has Russia.



  • Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder charges
  • Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder chargesTwo employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully on Aug. 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. They could appear in court as early as Sunday. The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who had been living in Chicago, last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations," to his upper body. Authorities say the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken. They found Cornell-Duranleau's body July 27 after the building's front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had occurred on the 10th floor. He had been dead more than 12 hours. By then, authorities say Lathem and Warren had fled the city. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Wyndham Lathem Credit: Chicago Police Department/PA Police say Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area about a year ago, had a personal relationship, though they have not described the nature of it or a motive for the attack. It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. He arrived in the U.S. three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain. Lathem, a microbiologist who's been on Northwestern's faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him. Investigators said the day after the crime was committed Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau Credit: Facebook At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life." The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself. Lathem and Warren both appeared in court in California last week, where they agreed to return to Illinois to face charges. An attorney for Lathem, Kenneth H. Wine, called him a "gentle soul" and said "what he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life." Wine said Lathem intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court. She said he is "presumed innocent," but declined to comment further. 



  • 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville
  • 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after CharlottesvilleMitt Romney said Trump?s comments after violence in Charlottesville had caused ?the vast heart of America to mourn?. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an ?unraveling of our national fabric? on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally. Nearly a week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming ?both sides? for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.



  • Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant Barcelona
  • Muslims fear anti-Islam backlash in tolerant BarcelonaPrayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by the Islamic State group, the Muslim community in central Barcelona's neighbourhood of Raval fears an anti-Islam backlash. "People are very scared," said Miah, 23, as he sat in a small room at the mosque in Raval as a small group of children in an adjoining room studied the Koran.



  • Serena Williams' Fiancé Is A Little Shocked By Her Pregnancy Cravings
  • Serena Williams' Fiancé Is A Little Shocked By Her Pregnancy CravingsHe knew there would be cravings, but not quite like this.



  • 2-Week-Old Orphaned Piglet Comforts Kitten Friend as She Suffers Seizure
  • 2-Week-Old Orphaned Piglet Comforts Kitten Friend as She Suffers SeizureSriracha the kitten was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called cerebellar hypoplasia and suffers from seizures.



  • Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed
  • Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailedThousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement rallies, were sentenced to six to eight months in jail Thursday for their role in a protest that sparked the months-long demonstrations calling for democratic reforms. People took on the scorching summer heat to stream from the district of Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal in the heart of Hong Kong Island, protesting the jail terms.



  • Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family
  • Father jumps car over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save familyA father drove his car over an opening drawbridge in a death-defying stunt to avoid plunging into the water below. Terence Naphys was crossing New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge with his family when its steel ramp began to lift beneath them. Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the car would fall 65ft into the deep bay below.



  • One Day, Many Years From Now, Total Solar Eclipses Will No Longer Be Possible
  • One Day, Many Years From Now, Total Solar Eclipses Will No Longer Be PossibleThe moon is slowly moving away from the Earth, and one distant day, it will be too small to block the sun entirely.



  • German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain
  • German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in SpainBy Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies. The arrest of the German national in Granada was part of a "targeted hunt against critics of the Turkish government living abroad in Europe," Akhanli's lawyer Ilias Uyar told magazine Der Spiegel, which first reported Akhanli's detention. Any country can issue an Interpol "red notice", but extradition by Spain would only follow if Ankara could convince Spanish courts it had a real case against him.



  • Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar
  • Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at barKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) ? A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar.



  • Steve Bannon out as chief White House strategist 'by mutual agreement' 
  • Steve Bannon out as chief White House strategist 'by mutual agreement' Steve Bannon has left his role as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, as the president tries to assuage the outrage sparked by his remarks about Charlottesville. The White House issued a statement saying the departure was "by mutual agreement". Mr Bannon, who ran the hard-Right news outlet Breitbart, ended his White House role on Friday afternoon.  He said he resigned, but sources close to Mr Trump said he was "given the option to resign" - another way of saying he was fired. The decision was reportedly made after pressure from John Kelly, Mr Trump's new chief of staff, who was brought in to establish some sense of order in a chaotic, dysfunctional White House. Mr Bannon, 63, has taken immense pride at his status at the head of the anti-establishment, flame-throwing wing of the White House. He was seen as connecting Mr Trump to his electoral base, and encouraged nationalist, "America First" policies. Profile | Steve Bannon He was often at odds with the "globalist" wing of the White House - Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law; his wife Ivanka; H.R. McMaster, the head of the national security council; and Gary Cohn, director of the national economic council. Mr Trump was reported earlier this week to have not spoken face-to-face with Mr Bannon in over a week. On Tuesday he could only offer a lukewarm endorsement, responding to a question about Mr Bannon's future with: "We'll see." In his own words | Steve Bannon Yet Mr Bannon wielded immense behind-the-scenes power inside the White House. Saturday Night Live depicted him as the grim reaper, playing Mr Trump like a puppet - something that reportedly amused Mr Bannon, but enraged his boss. And he was controversial from the start. Appointed in August 2016, along with Kellyanne Conway, to manage the campaign, he was described as "the most dangerous political operative in America". But Mr Trump appreciated his hardline views. He was reportedly instrumental in the Mexican border wall policy, and pushed Mr Trump to take a strong line on policing. He was determined to even what he saw as an unequal playing field on trade, and China was a particular target of his anger. He also reportedly urged Mr Trump not to criticise too strongly white nationalists, who Mr Bannon saw as a small but important part of Mr Trump's base. Mr Trump's defence of white supremacists on Tuesday caused the most significant political damage to his presidency so far. The following day Mr Bannon perhaps sealed his own fate by telephoning a reporter with The American Prospect, a Left-wing publication, to contradict his boss - and suggest that he was deciding who was in and who was out in the state department. ?There?s no military solution [to North Korea?s nuclear threats], forget it,? said Mr Bannon, directly undermining Mr Trump's vow to respond if attacked. ?Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don?t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don?t know what you?re talking about, there?s no military solution here, they got us.? Asked about his rivals at the departments of state, defence and treasury, who wanted to keep China on side by avoiding trade wars, Mr Bannon was unrepentant. ?They?re wetting themselves,? he said. ?I?m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I?m getting hawks in.?  



  • Manhunt Underway for Barcelona Van Attack Suspect
  • Manhunt Underway for Barcelona Van Attack SuspectMoroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub is believed to have been driving the van that struck tourists on Las Ramblas.



  • How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glasses
  • How to watch the eclipse without eclipse glassesWith the solar eclipse just days away, everyone is trying to get their hands on a last-minute pair of eclipse glasses. But what if you don't have $250 to spend on a pair because you spent too much money on pizza the night before? In a new video, Pizza Hut demonstrates how to use last night's pizza box to make your own  eclipse viewer, so you can enjoy the event without burning your eyes. All you need is a cardboard pizza box, foil, scissors, pen, tape and a sheet of white paper ? all which would probably cost you less than 20 bucks. According to Business Insider, the finished product becomes a pinhole camera, which harnesses a property of light called diffraction to bend and magnify light. In this case, that's the sun as it eclipses. It won't allow you to look directly at the eclipse, but it's definitely better than hurting your eyes trying to look at the event without glasses. Sorry Pizza Hut, you could do this with any pizza box/cardboard, but kudos for trying to keep people from burning their eyes out. 



  • State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'
  • State funeral for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa'Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, was buried with full state honours on Saturday, in an unprecedented service for a foreign Christian in the Muslim-majority country. Pfau, who died at the age of 87 on August 10 was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain attended the state funeral service at St Patrick's Cathedral in the city, where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.



  • Girl, 11, makes incredible recovery after friend poured boiling water over her during sleepover
  • Girl, 11, makes incredible recovery after friend poured boiling water over her during sleepoverAn 11-year-old girl has made an incredible recovery after a friend poured boiling water over her face at a sleepover. Jamoneisha ?Jamoni? Merritt was rushed to hospital with horrific burns after Aniya Grant Stuart, 12, splashed scalding water onto her while she slept at a house in the Bronx, New York, on 7 August. Aniya was charged with felony assault after the incident, which was said to be a "prank" gone horribly wrong.



  • NASA Wants to Stop a Doomsday Supervolcano by Stealing its Heat
  • NASA Wants to Stop a Doomsday Supervolcano by Stealing its HeatNASA is worried about the Yellowstone supervolcano exploding, so instead they're going to harness its energy for good.



  • Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinet
  • Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinetBy Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran's crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with France's Total to develop South Pars, the world's largest gas field. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was Iran's lead negotiator in the landmark 2015 agreement in which Western powers agreed to rescind sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its disputed nuclear program.



  • Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch
  • Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watchFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) ? While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn.



  • New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation
  • New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health EvaluationA new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would require President Donald Trump to undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is stable enough to stay in office.



  • Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killings
  • Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killingsMANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A Philippine Catholic leader said Sunday that church bells would be rung every night for three months across his northern district to raise alarm over a sharp spike in police killings of drug suspects, adding to a growing outcry over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown.



  • US Nazi supporters move to Russian social media after Facebook ban
  • US Nazi supporters move to Russian social media after Facebook banFollowing violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Facebook began taking down all positive mentions of an article by the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, attacking the woman who was killed protesting the rally. But while the site has been banned from Facebook, far-right users continued to post on a Daily Stormer group on VK, Russia's most popular social network. ?Cloudflare just dropped us,? the Daily Stormer VK group posted on Wednesday, referring to the Internet security company that protects sites from cyber attacks. ?We'll have to build an alternative.? White nationalists and far-right activists from Western countries have increasingly been moving to VK, also known as VKontakte, where they don't face the same censorship as on social media like Facebook. Charlottesville far-right protest Of the 97 major neo-Nazi, white nationalist and racist skinhead organisations on the Southern Poverty Law Centre's list of US hate groups, The Telegraph found VK groups matching at least nine of them, with members that appeared to be American. There were also more than 50 VK groups named after the Ku Klux Klan, although many of them appear to be run by Russian fans. According to the news site Meduza, more than 100 nationalist groups on VK have members from the United States, Germany, Sweden and other Western countries. Membership on the most popular of these groups numbers in the thousands. A far-right user who identified himself as Henry from Houston told Meduza that moving from Facebook to VK was becoming a ?trend? among nationalists trying to avoid censorship. He's started two VK groups already with a total membership of 550. ?You can't even write a post about Adolph Hitler? on Facebook, he complained. In contrast, on the Daily Stormer page and other VK groups, users have continued merrily posting racist slurs and threats. Dropped by its US domain registrar, the Daily Stormer also tried to relaunch its website under a Russian domain name, but this too was soon suspended. Asked about VK's apparent lack of censorship, a spokesman said the social network is ?against calls for atrocities and violence? and deletes materials that include them. Russian authorities have been increasingly fining and even imprisoning social media users under a vague law against extremism, but many of these people have been convicted for criticising Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Law enforcement here most likely wouldn't be able to bring Americans to court on similar charges, however.



  • Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods
  • Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floodsNearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. Indian authorities sought military help in two districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state after fresh heavy rains left hundreds of villages marooned. "We have sought army's help to reach out to the affected people," T P Gupta, a senior official from the state's disaster management authority, told AFP.