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What Really Happened To Luke At The End Of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Warning! “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers below.

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Ranking The Best Shows On Hulu You Can Stream Right Now

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:59am

For the weekend of Jan. 6, Streamline recommends Fox show “9-1-1” in the top Hulu spot for the first time.

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Trump: I'm a 'very stable genius'

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:52am

President Trump, pushing back on a new book by Michael Wolff, says he's not only smart but also a genius.

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Iran mocks Trump 'blunder' as government supporters rally

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:43am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a U.S. move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration "blunder."

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Germany, Turkey take small steps toward friendlier ties

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:40am

BERLIN (AP) — The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small steps Saturday toward restoring friendlier relations after more than a year of tension between their countries, but they made clear that significant differences remain.

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India Could Become a Military Powerhouse Thanks to Russia and Israel

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:32am

India has begun the new year by announcing a pair of major military buys from Israel and Russia. India’s Defense Minister Raksha Mantri announced the deals in a press release on January 2. In the statement, the defense minister said that India was purchasing 240 precision-guided bombs from Rosoboronexport, a Russian state firm, for a reported $197 million.

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Germany, Turkey pledge to thaw ties that coup crackdown and arrests froze

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:31am

Germany and Turkey's foreign ministers on Saturday agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara's post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey, but they stressed differences remain. Meeting in an ornate imperial palace in central Germany, the pair said they were keen to make amends after falling out as Ankara rounded up suspected supporters of a failed 2016 coup, a comedian mocked Turkey's president and a German-Turkish journalist was detained without charge. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel pointed to historic links between the countries including the role Turkish guest workers played in rebuilding Germany after World War Two, Turkey's hospitality in taking in German refugees during the Nazi era and the 3 million-strong Turkish community here.

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You Can Now Buy the Glock Pistol That the U.S. Army Didn't Want

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 8:28am

The Army may have chosen Sig Sauer’s P320 for its Modular Handgun System program over Glock’s offerings, but that doesn’t mean you have to: Glock plans on releasing a civilian variant of its 9mm Glock 19 pistol to civilian buyers this month, the company announced today. Glock’s commercial pistol, dubbed the 19X, is the company’s first stab at a crossover model, combining the Glock 17 frame with a Glock 19 barrel.

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Saudi Arabia offers monthly handout to soften public over tax hike

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 7:50am

Saudi Arabia has ordered new monthly payments to civil servants and soldiers in an effort to soften the impact of price hikes and new taxes introduced under the kingdom’s economic reform plans.  The Saudi monarchy - driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - this week doubled petrol prices and introduced a VAT tax to try to take on a 195 billion riyal (£38 billion) budget deficit caused by years of low oil prices. But wary of public anger over the price rises, the government announced Saturday that it was taking steps to address “the increase in the cost of living on some segments of our population as a result of the necessary measures taken by the State to restructure the economy”. The populist measure was framed as an initiative by Crown Prince Mohammed, often known by his initials MBS, who is expected to take over from his 82-year-old father King Salman in the near future.  The new deal means that soldiers and civil servants will receive monthly payments 1,000 riyals (£197), while troops serving on the Yemeni border would receive a one-off bonus of 5,000 riyals.  Saudi officials sitting in a high-speed train, ahead of their trip, at a station in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca.  Credit: BANDAR ALDANDANI/AFP/Getty Images Other measures were introduced to help students, pensioners and some people seeking specialist medical care.  It was not clear how much the package would cost but the Saudi government insisted that “economic reforms are proceeding as planned”.  A calculation by Reuters estimated that it would cost the treasury around 23 billion riyals, compared to a projected budget deficit for 2018 of 195 billion riyal.  The announcement came in the same week as thousands of protesters in neighbouring Iran took to the streets in anger over rising prices and unemployment among other grievances. Saudi police reportedly arrested 11 princes this week after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh to protest against the government’s austerity measures - which included no longer paying royal utility bills. Women are expected to begin legally driving in Saudi Arabia in 2018 Credit:  REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo The online news website Sabq said the princes had gathered at the Qasr a-Hokm, a historic royal palace, demanding the cancellation of a royal decree that stopped state payment of water and electricity bills for royal family members. They were also demanding compensation for a death sentence issued against a relative, the site said. Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the arrest of dozens of senior princes and businessmen in November in what the government said was an anti-corruption drive. Critics said the arrests were a manoeuvre by the 32-year-old to crush potential rivals and consolidate his own power.  Crown Prince Mohammed has presented himself as a moderniser and a scourge of the corruption which has plagued Saudi Arabia’s economy for decades.  However, it has emerged that he shares a taste for luxury with many of his fellow Saudi princes. In 2015 he reportedly bought a £452m yacht on an impulse purchase. He reportedly also owns a £221 chateau outside Paris - the world’s most expensive home. 

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Russia's Supreme Court rejects Putin foe's appeal against poll ban

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 6:46am

Russia's Supreme Court on Saturday turned down an appeal by opposition politician Alexei Navalny to overturn a controversial ruling barring him from running in the March presidential election against Vladimir Putin. On December 31, the Supreme Court upheld the Central Election Commission's decision that Navalny cannot register as a candidate due to an embezzlement conviction which the opposition politician says is politically motivated. Opposed only by token candidates, Putin is widely expected to win a fourth presidential term in the March election, making him he longest serving Russian leader since dictator Josef Stalin.

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Readers write: Mosaic nation, intriguing tour, possibilities for every area

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 6:00am

Regarding the Nov. 27 cover story, “Heartland strong”: I loved this article because it shows the mosaic substance of our nation. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? Regarding the Nov. 20 cover story, “A billionaire’s war on poverty”: This article was so full of wonderful details of George Kaiser’s support for his community of Tulsa, Okla., that I found myself applying these ideas here in St. Louis, Ferguson, and other nearby suburbs of Missouri.

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Rohingya rebel ambush in Rakhine wounds 3: Myanmar army

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 5:55am

Two Myanmar security officers and a driver were wounded by Rohingya rebels who ambushed their vehicle in northern Rakhine state, the army said Saturday, the first apparent insurgent attack to hit the violence-scarred region in weeks. Rakhine was plunged into crisis last August after a series of militant raids that killed at least a dozen officials prompted a brutal military crackdown that sent some 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh. While the army insists it only targeted Rohingya rebels, the UN has accused Myanmar troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the persecuted minority.

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U.S. weighs Pakistani blowback as it piles pressure on Islamabad

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 4:18am

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is examining ways to mitigate any Pakistani retaliation as it piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, cautioning that U.S. action could extend beyond a new freeze in aid. Pakistan is a crucial gateway for U.S. military supplies destined for U.S. and other troops fighting a 16-year-old war in neighboring, landlocked Afghanistan.

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The RNC Asked For Birthday Wishes For Eric Trump, And It Didn't Go As Planned

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 3:06am

The Republican National Committee was widely mocked after it asked people on Twitter to sign a virtual birthday card for Eric Trump on Friday.

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Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 2:45am

By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - Clashes have broken out near South Sudan's capital Juba between government troops and rebels, officials said on Friday, the latest violation of a ceasefire signed last month. The deal reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the government of President Salva Kiir and a myriad of opposition groups had aimed to end a four-year-old war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. On Friday, the army's spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said several people were killed after rebel troops attempted to seize a military outpost west of Juba held by Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

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Trump's Vote Fraud Panel Won't Give Voter Information To Homeland Security

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 12:05am

A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission indicated Friday that the panel will not turn over voter information it collected from states to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Climate Change Has Quadrupled Ocean 'Dead Zones,' Researchers Warn

Pharma news - January 6, 2018 - 12:03am

The size of oxygen-starved ocean “dead zones,” where plants and animals struggle to survive, has increased fourfold around the world, according to a new scientific analysis.

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Transgender inmate seeks rare transfer to female prison

Pharma news - January 5, 2018 - 11:39pm

CHICAGO (AP) — A 26-year-old transgender woman serving a 10-year sentence in Illinois for burglary is seeking a rarely granted transfer to a female prison where she says she'll be less vulnerable to the kinds of sexual assault, taunting and beatings she's been subjected to in male prisons.

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Staff Interacted Several Times With Vegas Mass Shooter, Hotel Says

Pharma news - January 5, 2018 - 11:33pm

The staff at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas either interacted with mass shooter Stephen Paddock or entered his room at least 10 times before the night he killed 58 people at a music festival from his suite, a hotel representative has reportedly revealed.

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Texas couple ordered to pay enslaved nanny $121,000

Pharma news - January 5, 2018 - 10:49pm

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area couple who pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.

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