Trump: North Korea 'Will Be Met With Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen' If More Threats Emerge
President Trump has responded to reports of North Korea's nuclear threats, saying the regime "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before." Speaking from New Jersey on Tuesday, Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state," adding that the regime "best not make anymore threats to the United States." The president's comments come after a report was published by The Washington Post claiming North Korea has produced a compact nuclear warhead that can be placed inside one of its advanced missiles – which are already believed to be capable of reaching half of the United States. Fox
VOA VIEW: America is safe with Trump at the helm - Obama is gone.

Sean Hannity: Rosenstein Watches As Mueller's Witch Hunt Veers Out Of Control
The Russia investigation being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is beyond corrupt, beyond political and has now turned into an open-ended fishing expedition. Rosenstein, who like Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has glaring, inexcusable conflicts of interest in the case, insisted to Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he will keep Mueller from expanding his s not on a witch hunt. “If he finds evidence of a crime that's within in the scope of what Director Mueller and I have agreed is the appropriate scope of this investigation, then he can,” Rosenstein said on “Fox News Sunday.” “If it's something outside that scope, he needs to come to the acting attorney general, at this time me, for permission to expand his investigation.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Hannity is up Trump a.. but he may be somewhat right when it comes to Rosenstein.

Trump Retweets Fox News Story Containing Classified Info
President Donald Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked. "I can't talk about anything that's classified and if that's in the newspaper that's a shame," Haley said Tuesday on "Fox and Friends" when asked about the story that cites two anonymous sources. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is a fake news leaker.

First On CNN: Iranian Drone Forces US Jet To Take Evasive Action
An Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a US Navy F/A-18 attempting to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, according to two US defense officials with knowledge of the incident. The officials said the drone forced the US aircraft to take evasive action. The "QOM-1" drone came within 100 feet below the aircraft and 200 feet to the side of the aircraft. The F/A-18 was in a landing pattern several thousand feet off the deck of the ship waiting to land. The F/A-18 maneuvered repeatedly to avoid the drone officials said and it did not appear to be armed. CNN
VOA VIEW: Iran is forcing confrontation.


Google Fires ‘Anti-Diversity Memo’ Author For ‘Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes’
James Damore, a systems engineer for Google who wrote a widely-shared memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” discussing gender differences between men and women, as well as Google’s bias against views with which they disagree, was fired on Monday for “perpetuating gender stereotypes” in a memo with which the company disagreed. Damore, a Harvard graduate who had been working at Google for four years, according to his Facebook account, responded on Saturday to the wide-ranging public response to his 10-page internal memo by saying many in the company were afraid to speak out about the issues he discussed for fear of being fired. CNS
VOA VIEW: Google showed its true position.

Maryland City To Consider Letting Illegals Vote
Officials in College Park, Md., are considering a measure to let illegal immigrants vote for mayor and city council, the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday. They will not, however, be allowed to vote for governor, congressman, senator, or president. College Park, Md., is home to the University of Maryland College Park campus. “These are folks who have a significant stake in our community, and who rely on the facilities in our city,” College Park City Councilwoman Christine Nagle, who is sponsoring the measure, was quoted as saying. “To me, it just made sense.” CNS
VOA VIEW: Insanity!

About 100 More Marines Will Be Sent To The Troubled Helmand Province In Afghanistan
The 300 Americans who are already there advising and assisting Afghan security forces, according to U.S. defense officials. The officials said the decision to send these Marines to help Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban is not related to the potentially larger deployment of forces the Trump administration is currently considering. Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S Central Command, approved the movement of the additional Marines to Helmand Province to provide protection for Task Force Southwest, one of the officials said. ABC

North Korea, Trump Exchange Threats
President Donald Trump warned North Korea it could face "fire and fury" after a report was released indicating Pyongyang had successfully produced a nuclear warhead that could fit inside a missile. North Korea said it is examining its operational plans for attacking Guam to contain U.S. bases there. The army said in a statement distributed Wednesday by the state-run news agency that it is studying a plan to create an “enveloping fire” in areas around Guam with medium- to long-range ballistic missiles. The U.S. territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: It's time to stop the game playing.

Hundreds Have Died Playing High School Sports. Why NC Ranks High For Preventing More.
North Carolina leads the nation in policies to prevent the causes of sudden death and catastrophic injuries among secondary school athletes, says a University of Connecticut report released Tuesday. The study scored state practices in five areas: sudden cardiac arrest; heatstroke; traumatic head injuries; medical coverage; and emergency preparedness. North Carolina met 78.75 percent of the best practices in those areas, the study found, while other states met as little as 23 percent of them. South Carolina ranked 40th with a score of 39.80 percent. Charlotte Observer

For 1st Time, Both National Lottery Games Top $300 Million
For the first time, U.S. lottery players will have a choice of games offering jackpots topping $300 million. In the seven years since all U.S. lotteries began selling both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, both games have never offered prizes so large at the same time. The jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing is an estimated $350 million, and the top prize for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing is $307 million. Those prizes are based on annuity options, paid over 29 years. Cash prizes would be an estimated $218.3 million for Mega Millions and $193.2 million for Powerball. Tampa Bay Tribune

North Korea, U.S. Timeline: 13 Days Of Increasing Tension
Since July 28, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump have exchanged ever more heated threats over North Korea's rapid development of nuclear weapons that could strike the U.S. mainland. Here's a timeline of events that have moved the two nations closer to confrontation. July 28: North Korea launches its second intercontinental ballistic missile this month, sending the projectile 600 miles into the Sea of Japan. Trump said in a statement that North Korea's test launch "is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal USA Today has reported wrongly by stating that Trump equaled to Un on threats.

Texas Inches Closer To Banning Most Insurance Coverage For Abortion
Texas is closer than ever to joining 10 other states that bar private insurance plans and those offered through the Affordable Care Act from covering abortions, except through supplemental plans. The Texas House -- over strong objections from Democrats -- gave preliminary approval to House Bill 214, which prohibits health plans from providing coverage for abortion except in the cases where the life of the mother is in danger. The House voted 95-51 to send the bill to a third and final reading. Houston Chronicle

Debt Limit May Be Biggest Test For House Speaker Paul Ryan's Leadership
While lawmakers enjoy a five-week summer recess, House Speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to face perhaps his speakership’s toughest challenge to date: increasing the country’s debt limit. When they return to the Capitol after Labor Day, there will be just 12 working days for Congress to raise the debt ceiling before a deadline at the end of September to avert a first-ever default on the country’s loan payments. Now it comes down to Congress to stop the possible financial crisis in its tracks before the deadline. The GOP is facing an internal battle between moderates and conservatives, and any solution will almost certainly need support from Democrats. ABC


Trump Calls Opioids ‘No Good,’ Urges People Not To Abuse Them
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called highly addictive opioids “really bad for you in every way” and suggested telling people not to use the drugs and cutting off illegal supplies as solutions to the U.S. drug epidemic. Overdoses from prescription pain pills and illegal heroin have killed tens of thousands of Americans annually in recent years. Many people start on pills prescribed by a doctor following an injury or surgery. Others use the the drugs recreationally, then begin taking larger doses or switch to heroin. Trump on Tuesday commented on the epidemic from Bedminster, New Jersey, in what he billed earlier in the day as a “major briefing” on the issue. Bloomberg

Trump's Anti-Nuclear Playbook Looks A Lot Like Obama's
Imposing United Nations sanctions on North Korea is the first major foreign policy success of the Donald Trump administration. The effort has a chance of working -- provided Trump keeps following a model borrowed from President Barack Obama’s dealings with Iran. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And the only way to pressure a nuclear or near-nuclear power to the table is with economic sanctions that weaken the regime without threatening its existence. To get the UN Security Council to act against North Korea, Trump needed both China and Russia to agree, or at least to not veto the sanctions. Equally important, he now needs North Korea’s two major trading partners to implement the restrictions. Those partners happen to be -- you guessed it -- China and Russia. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: There is a problem in the world because of Obama passiveness.

Trump's Approval Rating Remains Low, But Views On Economy Rise
President Donald Trump's approval rating is unchanged from June and remains at 36 percent, while favorable views of the U.S. economy continue to soar to heights not seen in more than fifteen years. The president does get better marks on his handling of the economy than for other issues, but his overall approval remains where it is partly because Americans say they're evaluating him more on culture and values than on how they're faring financially, and partly because his ratings for other domestic issues are negative. CBS
VOA VIEW: Just like election day - liberal propaganda - Trump's approval rate is higher than reported.

Democrats Blast Trump's "Fire And Fury" Warning To North Korea
Congressional Democrats blasted President Trump on Tuesday for warning that North Korea will be met "with fire and fury" by the U.S. if it continues to ratchet up tensions involving its nuclear program. The president made the remark during a briefing on the opioid epidemic from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey where he's on a 17-day vacation. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Mr. Trump said. "As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." Earlier in the day, it was revealed that a new U.S. intelligence assessment concludes that North Korea has developed the ability to build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on top of a ballistic missile, including an intercontinental missile that can reach the U.S., reported CBS News' David Martin. CBS
VOA VIEW: Obama is the cause of the present day threat.

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The Conservatives Turning Against Donald Trump
More Republicans will turn against Donald Trump and his politics of populism, a GOP senator and leading critic of the president has predicted, as the Guardian surveys the conservative landscape 200 days into the Trump presidency. Jeff Flake of Arizona, among 17 conservative politicians, activists, officials and pundits interviewed over two months, revealed that while the president has given rightwing fringe groups a seat at the table, his alliance with his own party remains highly precarious. “More of us will say, where does this lead, where are we and what happens when we get off this sugar high of populism?” said Flake, who believes the Republican party abandoned its core principles and struck “a Faustian bargain” by embracing Trump in last year’s election. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Liberal news media talking BS.

Inside Trump Hotel: The Glittering Hub Of A Billionaire's Washington
In No Way Out, a 1987 thriller about a Washington conspiracy and cover-up, actor Kevin Costner jumps on an underground train to evade his pursuers and emerges in the atrium of the historic Old Post Office building, making his way past a food court and shops and up a staircase with brass rails. Twenty years later, the same space contains the Benjamin (as in Franklin) Bar and Lounge at the Trump International Hotel, at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue. The bar, set against nine shelves of wine and spirits, crystal decanters and a giant champagne bottle, along with four TV screens showing Fox News and sport, has become the grand central station of Donald Trump’s Washington. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Trump is what the US needed.

‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ Singer Glen Campbell Dies At 81
Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81. Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time. Las Vegas Sun

Museum Asks Breastfeeding Mom To Cover Up, So She Tweets Its Bare-Breasted Statues
In the game of gotcha, this breastfeeding mom just won. The mom, who goes by @vaguechera on Twitter, tweeted on Saturday that she had “flashed a nanosecond of nipple” while breastfeeding at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was “asked to cover up.” She was “stunned into silence” by the request from a female employee, she later told the BBC, which did not name her. In a museum filled with artwork of bare-chested women, she was being asked to cover hers. Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: The fool didn't get it.

World's Largest Nonprofit Devoted To Drones Launches Chapter In Miami
Highlighting the proliferation of South Florida’s flourishing tech scene, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is launching a new Miami Satellite Chapter focused on showcasing drones, robotics, and other unmanned systems throughout South Florida. “Miami is quickly emerging as the innovation epicenter for Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI.  “We are excited to join the South Florida community as drones, unmanned vehicles, and other autonomous systems spearhead the next great technology revolution.” Miami Herald


Nuclear Agency Begins Work To Consider Yucca Mountain Site
 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is taking steps to review the planned revival of the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. The nuclear agency said today it will spend up to $110,000 from its current budget to gather documents and other information about the Yucca Mountain site, which the Obama administration abandoned in 2010. The Trump administration has begun steps to revive the repository site amid bipartisan opposition from Nevada lawmakers. Las Vegas Sun

North Korea Can Put A Nuclear Weapon On A Missile
U.S. intelligence agencies have made an assessment that North Korea has constructed a nuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile, according to a U.S. official briefed on the assessment. The U.S. belief that North Korea has reached this milestone was first reported by The Washington Post, which said that the assessment came from a Defense Intelligence Agency analysis completed last month. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: North Korea must be taken seriously and neutralized.

Battle To Recapture Marawi, Philippines, From ISIS Is Warning For Asia
No one saw it coming. Not the beheadings, nor the airstrikes, nor the 700 dead, nor the ruins of a lakeside city. Three months ago, no one believed that a few dozen local Islamists pledging allegiance to ISIS would lead to the capture of a city in predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines. Once with a population of some 250,000, Marawi is now a ghost town. Those who remain live in evacuation centers and scattered tents. NBC News has spent three days in the city and witnessed scenes reminiscent of the sieges of Aleppo in Syria and Iraq's Mosul, but previously unknown in Southeast Asia. The ISIS fighters holding Marawi have been bombed for three months by Philippine forces guided by American spy planes. MSNBC

President Trump Has Sent Private Messages To Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller
President Trump has publicly called the widening federal investigation into Russia's election meddling a "witch hunt." But through his lawyer, Trump has sent private messages of "appreciation" to special counsel Robert Mueller. "He appreciates what Bob Mueller is doing,'' Trump's chief counsel John Dowd told USA TODAY in an interview Tuesday. "He asked me to share that with him and that's what I've done.'' Indy Star
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...

Couple Caught Having Sex At State Fair In ‘Appalling’ Video
A couple at the Wisconsin State Fair was busted for giving visitors an X-rated show, according to reports. The man and woman, who were not immediately identified, were caught having sex at the fair’s concession seating area in a video posted online over the weekend in West Allis, news station WITI reported. Wisconsin State Fair officials confirmed that “appalling” footage from the fair had been circulating on Facebook. New York Post

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32 Sex Offenders On LI Sought For Deportation Arrested
Immigration officers arrested 32 men who were living on Long Island and were sought for deportation over a laundry list of serious sexual offenses, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday. The “Sex Offender Alien Removal” initiative, also known as Operation SOAR, targeted for removal from the country immigrants with past convictions on a range of charges from sexual abuse to rape, including 12 who were registered sex offenders. Although not all were in the country illegally, those who were permanent residents had become subject to deportation as a result of their convictions, an ICE spokeswoman said. Newsday

Donald Trump's Childhood Home Listed On Airbnb
The buyers of President Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens are renting out the five-bedroom home for short-term stays on the lodging website Airbnb. Trump’s former home in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood is available for $600 a night. It features a “giant cut out of Donald in the Living Room . . . a great companion for watching Fox News late into the night,” according to a recent Airbnb post that indicates it has been “verified” by the website. Mischa Hagani, the principal of Paramount Realty USA, which auctioned off Trump’s childhood home for $2.14 million, to an unnamed buyer in March, confirmed the authenticity of the Airbnb post. Newsday

California Lawmakers Want Tougher Stance After Report North Korea Has A Mini-Nuke
Reports that North Korea has developed a nuclear weapon small enough to load inside a missile alarmed San Diego’s and California’s congressional delegation, with members calling for even tougher diplomatic measures against the rogue state. “If true, it represents the greatest crisis probably since — let me rephrase that — undoubtedly since the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista said in an appearance on CNN. “And the correlation is very similar. This is something that can hit us and our allies, and it's a rogue nation that we suspect would use it.” San Diego Tribune

Brutal New Poll Shows That Trump's Safe Space Is Shrinking
In recent days, President Donald Trump has escalated his assaults on the "Fake News" media and other institutions, in an increasingly frantic effort to carve out a kind of safe space that cannot be penetrated by accountability or factual reality. Inside this bubble, the truth is what Trump says it is, on Twitter and in his tirades before rally crowds, where Twitter replies (even by bots) and raucous cheers serve as confirmation of Trump's versions of events in a kind of intensifying feedback loop. San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is running scared.

New Details Released In Lamborghini Crash That Killed Uber Driver In Delray
ot long after his Lamborghini Murcielago plowed into an 82-year-old Uber driver, Roger Wittenberns made it clear to police that he had been driving the speed limit. “At my age, you buy a Lamborghini because it looks cool. Everybody knows it goes fast, there's no question,” the 61-year-old multimillionaire told Delray Beach police, according to court records. “But you don't have to be a jackass and go fast, so I was going maybe 30 [mph].” Sun Sentinel

Lockheed Fielding More Missile Defense Queries Amid North Korea Tests
Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, said on Tuesday its customers want to defend themselves against possible incoming missile attacks and are increasingly asking about missile defense systems. The greater interest comes amid a surge of North Korean long-range missile tests, unsettling its neighbors South Korea and Japan, as well as the United States. "The level of dialogue around missile defense is now at the prime minister and minister of defense level," Tim Cahill, the vice president of Lockheed's Air and Missile Defense business, told Reuters in an interview. Reuters

Wall Street Swings Lower After Trump Warns North Korea
U.S. stocks closed lower on Tuesday after a late afternoon selling spree as investors fled for safety after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to respond aggressively to any threats from North Korea. After scaling back from record highs earlier in the session, Wall Street's three major indexes dipped after Trump said North Korea "will be met with fire and fury" like the world has never seen if it threatens the United States. "Trump's response was aggressive and that's why the market turned lower," said Ken Polcari, Director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities. Reuters

North Korea's Missile Programme
North Korea's latest efforts are focused on building reliable long-range missiles, which would have the potential of reaching the mainland United States. On 4 July 2017, Pyongyang said it had carried out its first successful test of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). It said the Hwasong-14 could hit "any part of the world", but initial US estimates put the range lower. The US military described it as an intermediate-range missile, but a number of US experts said they believed the missile could reach the US state of Alaska. BBC
VOA VIEW: North Korea is a threat to the world.

Should Airbnb ban customers it disagrees with?
Airbnb confirmed it was quietly cancelling accounts of those travelling to Charlottesville to attend the "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday. The company cited its discrimination policy, but users decried the move as a violation of free speech. The row marks the latest flashpoint in a debate over rights to free speech. What happened? Members of the so-called alt-right movement, which includes groups accused of racism and anti-Semitism, are expected to descend on Charlottesville on Saturday for the "Unite the Right" rally, to protest against the city's removal of a Confederate General Robert E Lee statue. BBC

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British Children Must Spend More Time Online
arents should encourage their children to spend more time online to improve their cyber skills and 'save the country', the former head of GCHQ declares today. Rather than allowing youngsters to 'mooch around on the streets' during the holidays, it is families' patriotic duty to encourage more screen time, according to Robert Hannigan. Writing for the Telegraph today, the former head of the Government’s electronic spy agency, warns that Britain is struggling to keep pace with its digital rivals. Telegraph

Students Sue Oxford For Discrimination Amid Surge In Mental Health Claims Against Universities
law graduate is suing Oxford University for loss of earnings after completing her degree a year late due to mental health problems, as experts report a surge in lawsuits from a generation of students who are "aware" of their rights. Catherine Dance, 24, claims she was forced to take a year-long break from her law degree because staff at Jesus College refused to allow special arrangements for her exams. She has sued the college for psychological harm and loss of earnings, claiming that she sacrificed a year's potential salary from a lucrative graduate job. Telegraph

Sirens Sounded As Missel Launched at Southern Israel
Rocket sirens were sounded this evening in the coastal city of Ashkelon as a missile was launched at the city from Gaza. According to the IDF the rocket landed in an open area, causing no injuries or damage. A spokesman for Hof Ashkelon regional council said that alarms were also sounded in the nearby villages of Zikim and Carmia. Military forces were dispatched to scan the area. Palestinian media reported that the Israeli Air Force fired artillery at the source of the rocket fire in the northern Gaza Strip. Jerusalum Post

Party's Support For Israel Not Waning
The Democratic Party remains “overwhelmingly” supportive of Israel, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said on Tuesday, amid signs that the party that has traditionally been pro-Israel is shifting because of pressure from the Bernie Sanders, progressive wing of the party. Hoyer, among 52 US congressmen from both parties in Israel on a trip sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, an independent foundation affiliated with AIPAC, said that there was “no residual” impact on Democratic support for Netanyahu following his speech to Congress in 2015 that was opposed to and even boycotted by a number of Democrats. Jerusalum Post

Trump Launches ‘Real News’
The Trump campaign has launched a weekly news service on social media to provide supporters with positive coverage of the president, amid surveys showing that Mr. Trump’s base of support and job approval ratings are shrinking. Conservative television commentator Kayleigh McEnany, who was named Monday as spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, served as anchor of the Trump campaign’s “News of the Week” video for the first time last weekend.
After summing up positive economic news and Mr. Trump’s support for stricter legal immigration limits, Ms. McEnany signed off her first report from Trump Tower by telling viewers on Facebook and Twitter, “Thank you for joining us, everybody. I’m Kayleigh McEnany, and that is the real news.” Washington Times

Democrats Turn Against Immigration Point System
Democrats who several years ago voted to end the government’s green-card giveaways and to institute a point system for selecting some new immigrants are quickly backing away now that President Trump has embraced the idea. Once a source of consensus for a legal immigration system that all sides agree is broken, the idea of American officials becoming more selective in admittances has become contentious. Democrats say they fear how Mr. Trump would employ stricter selection criteria. One Democratic leader called it “anti-immigrant,” and another called it a betrayal of the principles of the Statue of Liberty. Washington Times

Recovery in Iraq's War-Battered Mosul Is A 'Tale Of Two Cities,' UN Country Coordinator Says
Even as schools and markets begin to re-open in war-torn eastern Mosul, whole neighbourhoods of the western part of the Iraqi city have been destroyed and nearly a quarter of a million people have nowhere to return “anytime soon,” a senior United Nations official said today. Speaking to the press in Geneva, Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said the contrast between the east and the west of the city could not be clearer. Indeed: “Everyone's gone home to eastern Mosul except for 20,000 people.” “Mosul's really a tale of two cities. Eastern Mosul is a city that's recovering, people are home, schools are open, businesses are open, markets are open. Conditions aren't great but it's a city on the mend,” she said. UN News

Quick Response Critical To Stem Year-Long Cholera Outbreak In South Sudan – UN Agency
 Rapid responses are critical to stemming a cholera outbreak that has afflicted South Sudan for more than a year, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation that has left approximately four million people displaced by conflict, according to the UN migration agency. “In a country with mass displacement and severe levels of food insecurity, the effect of the continued cholera outbreak on the health of vulnerable populations is acute,” explained Dr. Beldina Gikundi, Migration Health Emergency Officer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in South Sudan. Since 18 June 2016, over 18,000 cholera cases – including 328 deaths – have been reported in South Sudan. IOM health and water, sanitation and hygiene teams continue to respond to the outbreak through case management and preventive measures across the country. UN News

North Korea considers strike near Guam after U.S. bomber mission
The North Korean military on Tuesday threatened a missile strike near the U.S. territory of Guam, saying a recent bomber flight based from the island "may provoke a dangerous conflict." A spokesman from the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army told state-run Korean Central News Agency that the military is "now carefully examining the operational plan for making an developing fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12." UPI
VOA VIEW: Bad intel - NK knows it would be a waste of time.

Blackwater Bounder Proposes Privatizing Afghanistan War
The Trump administration is considering a proposal to privatize the United States' interests in the war in Afghanistan, the founder of security firm Blackwater said Tuesday. Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater, told USA Today he proposed using 5,500 private contractors, many former special operations troops, to take on the role of advising Afghan forces. He said the plan also would include a 90-plane air force. UPI

North Korea Just Took The Nuclear Step Experts Have Dreaded
Ballistic ambitions have existed for decades: the country conducted its first significant missile test launches in the 1980s, and conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. Now, thanks to a recent surge of development, the intertwined endeavors have both advanced to the point that experts have warned about for years. The worst-case North Korea hypotheticals, in other words, have suddenly become all too real. A report from the US government's Defense Intelligence Agency indicates that North Korea finally has the technological capability to reliably build warheads that are small and light enough to be mounted on missiles. This "miniaturization" capability has long eluded the country's weapons development program. But now that North Korea has achieved it, the list of hurdles keeping the country from directly threatening the continental US (or virtually any part of the world) with an intercontinental ballistic missile has dwindled significantly. Wired

Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer's Manifesto
Recently fired Google engineer James Damore, author of the now-infamous 'antidiversity memo' that caused a firestorm both at Google and beyond, had a fairly easy time finding support from his coworkers. According to screenshots of discussions on Google's internal message forum, several employees agreed with the 10-page manifesto that cost Damore his job. That memo, which Google employees first started tweeting about on Friday night and has since leaked in full (several times), attempts to make a case against the push for gender equality in tech and engineering, specifically because "men and women biologically differ in many ways." Damore argues that women are more likely to have innate biological traits that make them inferior engineers. For instance, Damore writes that women "have more ... neuroticism," which "may contribute to the higher levels of anxiety women report on Googlegeist and to the lower number of women in high stress jobs." (Googlegeist is the company's annual data-driven employee survey. Wired

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