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world Are Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith splitting?

Several reports claimed a planned split, but the stars finally spoke out

11 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

Homeland Security admits Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act raises concerns while corporations and data brokers lobby for bill as it returns to SenateThe Department of Homeland Security DHS on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away important privacy protections, a move that bodes ill for the measures return to the floor of

14 minutes ago // NPR

world New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, one-inch wide orange stripe "down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel," according to a press release.

17 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Suspected Jewish Arsonists Torch Church in Israel

A fire ripped through one of the most famous Catholic churches in Israel on Thursday, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what authorities believe was an attack by Jewish arsonists.

17 minutes ago // BBC

world Gran jailed for 500k fraud of boss

A "trusted" grandmother has been jailed for three years after stealing more than 500,000 to fund holidays and her lifestyle with a younger man.

20 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Island volcano's spectacular lava show

Milton Nkosi takes a helicopter ride to witness the latest volcanic eruption by the Piton de la Fournaise, or 'Peak of the Furnace' on Reunion Island.

20 minutes ago // ABC

world Amnesty Report Blasts Police Killings in Rio De Janeiro

Amnesty report blasts police killings in Brazil, says Rio force operates with 'impunity'

21 minutes ago // NPR

world California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

Cal Fire says almost 3,000 firefighters using four airtanker planes, 19 helicopters, and 285 fire engines have been "working aggressively to build control lines."

21 minutes ago // Fox News

world Amnesty report blasts police killings in Brazil, says Rio force operates with 'impunity'

Rio de Janeiro's police force operates with "total impunity," targeting mostly young, mostly black and mostly poor people in the Olympic city's violent slums for extrajudicial executions, Amnesty International alleged in a report Monday.

22 minutes ago // New York Times

world Crane Accident Flattens Homes in the Netherlands

Rescuers pulled a survivor from the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened when two cranes toppled in the central city of Alphen aan den Rijn.

25 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Puerto Rico defaults on debt repayment in first for a US commonwealth

Island pays just $628,000 toward a $58m debt due Monday as lack of liquidity continues to hamper its ability to dig out from under estimated $72bn debt loadPuerto Rico missed its first debt repayment on Monday, the first time the troubled US commonwealth has failed to pay its bills.The island paid just $628,000 toward a $58m debt due to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. While the default was expected, it is likely to worsen the financial situation for the island

28 minutes ago // UPI

world Puerto Rico defaults on $58M debt payment

Danielle HaynesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 3 UPI -- Puerto Rico paid only $628,000 on a $58 million debt bill due Monday, putting the country into default for the first time.

28 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Catalonia leader calls election framed as vote on independence

Catalonia, which is home to 7.5 million people and accounts for a fifth of Spain's economic output, to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

30 minutes ago // The Guardian

world David Cameron used swarm instead of plague in case it impliedthatGodhad sent the migrants Frankie Boyle

The indifference of the British to the plight of the Calais refugees is staggering we criticise the desperate people who probably have a good claim to asylum, but well up over lorries in a traffic jamLast week a proud, beautiful, beloved African creature, whod lived the last years of his life in a fenced compound, was killed by a train in the

34 minutes ago // The Telegraph

world Dutch crane collapse demolishes buildings

Dozens are thought to have been injured when two cranes attempting to hoist a section of a bridge toppled over onto housing and shops in Alphen aan den Rijn

34 minutes ago // VOA

world With No Money, More Students, African Universities Struggle

Academics from around the African continent converged in Johannesburg last week for the African Universities Summit, a chance to tackle some of the major issues facing higher education in Africa today. Universities are key to Africas development, according to educators. African academics say that from the Cape to Cairo, however, a lack of funding, poor infrastructure and high demand make the task of educating Africa's students a real struggle. "Most countries are trying to increase the nu

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Four flood alerts issued in Wales

High tides and strong winds predicted on Tuesday morning as four flood alerts are put in place by Natural Resources Wales.

40 minutes ago // Time

world Terrifying Video Shows Dutch Cranes Collapsing on Buildings

Emergency workers don't yet know how many people may have been caught in the rubble

42 minutes ago // NPR

world Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

42 minutes ago // NPR

world Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

44 minutes ago // ABC

world Watch: Watch Dirt Bike Ride Through Ocean Waves

Robbie Maddison, an X-Games medalist, partnered with DC Shoes to create a modified dirt bike capable of riding across waves on Tahiti's shore.

44 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Yes, Kim Jong Un is receiving an international peace prize

Kim Jong Un is hardly a man short on accolades – the problem is, most are given out by the North Korean state. Later this year, however, the North Korean leader will finally gain some international recognition, joining the likes of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and India&rsquo …

44 minutes ago // The Guardian

world University fee deregulation: Coalition's $20,000 fight to keep modelling secret

Government also reaffirms plan to bring higher education bill back to parliament before end of year despite being blocked twice by SenateThe federal government has incurred more than $20,000 in legal costs fighting the release of figures showing the impact of removing limits on university fees.The government also reaffirmed its plan to bring its higher education overhaul back to parliament before the end of 2015, despite the Senates decision to

46 minutes ago // ABC

world Mexico City Mayor Vows Full Probe of Journalist Slaying

Mexico City's mayor vows full investigation into slaying of journalist and 4 women

46 minutes ago // UPI

world Russian FM Lavrov meets Hamas leader in Qatar, invites him to Moscow

Jared M. FeldschreiberDOHA, Qatar, Aug. 3 UPI -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Khaled Meshaal, the Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, Monday in Doha, Qatar.

47 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Brazil Authorities Arrest Jos Dirceu in Petrobras Probe

A corruption probe threatening to engulf Brazils government intensified as police arrested a former top minister for allegedly orchestrating a scheme that looted billions of dollars from oil giant Petrobras.

49 minutes ago // VOA

world With No Money, More Students, African Universities Struggle

Academics from around the African continent converged in Johannesburg last week for the African Universities Summit, a chance to tackle some of the major issues facing higher education in Africa today. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

49 minutes ago // VOA

world Actress Amy Schumer Calls For Tighter Gun Control After Movie Shootings

U.S. actress and comedian Amy Schumer has teamed up with her cousin, Senator Charles Schumer, to call for stricter gun control laws. Schumer said Monday she was "completely devastated" when she heard about the recent shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana screening of her latest movie Trainwreck in which two people died. Schumer joined her senator cousin in New York Monday as he unveiled proposed legislation that would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns. "

53 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Puerto Rico Defaults On Debt for First Time

Puerto Rico defaulted on its full payment of its bonds for the first time in the commonwealth government's history.

56 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Serious Fraud Office to investigate firms Somali oil contract bid

Soma Oil and Gas, chaired by ex-Conservative leader, paid company negotiating for government of Somalia over lucrative oil deal A company chaired by the former leader of the Conservative party made payments to a Somali government adviser as they were agreeing a lucrative oil contract with the troubled east African country, the Guardian has learned.Soma Oil and Gas, which is chaired by Lord Howard, paid legal fees to the independent advisory group, Petroleum Regimes Advisory PRA

58 minutes ago // VOA

world Crews Begin to Gain Ground Against Fierce California Wildfire

A fierce wildfire that has devoured drought-parched terrain in northern California with remarkable speed raged on for a sixth day on Monday as evacuations expanded and firefighters began to gain some ground against the flames. The blaze, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has scorched some 60,000 acres and destroyed two dozen houses since erupting last week in the canyons and foothills along the inland flanks of California's North Coast Ranges, quadrupling in size over the weekend. The flames raced thro

58 minutes ago // ABC

world Puerto Rico Confirms It Failed to Make $58M Debt Payment

Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58 million debt payment Saturday as debt woes mount

59 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Ted Heath: police appeal for victims to come forward over child abuse claims

Metropolitan police detectives have spoken to a man who came forward more than two years ago and claims he was a victim of Heath when he was a teenagerPolice have launched a public appeal for victims to come forward after allegations emerged of child sexual abuse by the late former prime minister, Sir Edward Heath.The appeal was made as the police watchdog announced that

59 minutes ago // Fox News

world Puerto Rico confirms it failed to make $58 million debt payment Saturday as debt woes mount

The government of Puerto Rico has confirmed that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment that was due Saturday, a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Sen. Chuck Schumer and comedian Amy Schumer team up on gun control

"I am expecting a backlash" for talking about gun control, comedian says, but she argues new proposals are "sensible measures"