CIA director says intelligence leaks have

CIA director says intelligence leaks have ‘accelerated’

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the rate of intelligence leaks has "accelerated," attributing the trend to the "worship of Edward Snowden" and to WikiLeaks. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo said of intel disclosures during an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on his new MSNBC program. "I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of Edward Snowden, and those who steal American secrets for the purpose of self-aggrandizement or money or for whatever their motivation may be, does seem to be on the increase," he added. Snowden leaked thousands of ...
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Guatemala: Officials and police charged over girls shelter blaze

Forty-one teenage girls were killed in a fire at the government-run shelter in March. ...read more Read more here: Guatemala: Officials and police charged over girls shelter blaze ...
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UK to keep trade deals for poor countries

The government commits to maintaining duty-free imports for 48 developing countries. ...read more Read more here: UK to keep trade deals for poor countries ...
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Canada to apologise for ‘LGBT purge’ in government

During the Cold War, hundreds of gay men and lesbians in Canada lost government and military jobs because of their sexual orientation. They are about to get an apology. ...read more Read more here: Canada to apologise for 'LGBT purge' in government ...
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The Hollywood stars who quit acting

As Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis announces he is retiring, here are some other stars who quit being an actor. ...read more Read more here: The Hollywood stars who quit acting ...
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China’s lesbian mothers face legal hurdles

A growing number of gay Chinese couples are going abroad to have babies, but face legal hurdles back home. ...read more Read more here: China's lesbian mothers face legal hurdles ...
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‘Cuba Libro’: The Communist island’s only English bookshop

Cuba's only English-language bookshop is flourishing. Our correspondent, Will Grant, popped in. ...read more Read more here: 'Cuba Libro': The Communist island's only English bookshop ...
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Yemen’s spiralling cholera crisis

Yemen cholera epidemic: 'I have never seen such suffering' ...read more Read more here: Yemen's spiralling cholera crisis ...
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Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

The deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia has triggered protests and a legal battle. ...read more Read more here: Egypt's president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia ...
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Trump joins A-list crowd at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

Trump joins A-list crowd at Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wedding

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) President Donald Trump has gained a reputation as a wedding crasher, but on Saturday he scored an invitation with other high-profile guests to celebrate one of his Cabinet member's nuptials. The president and first lady Melania Trump were part of the A-list crowd gathering just blocks from the White House as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was set to marry the Scottish actress Louise Linton.While the White House and Treasury Department had been mum on details of Mnuchin's Washington wedding, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross broke the news about the event earlier this week during a business conference.Mnuchin, ...
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Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim

The president says his predecessor "did nothing" despite knowing of meddling claims before the poll. ...read more Read more here: Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim ...
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Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

They vow to hold a march in Istanbul which officials have banned for the third year in a row. ...read more Read more here: Turkey LGBT: Istanbul's Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban ...
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Yemen cholera cases ‘pass 200,000’

So far more than 1,300 people have died, 25% children, with numbers expected to rise, the UN says. ...read more Read more here: Yemen cholera cases 'pass 200,000' ...
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Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

The former Miss Italy finalist said she was doing so to encourage other women to defy bullies. ...read more Read more here: Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work ...
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Netflix’s GLOW casts the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in a scattered but undeniably fun comedy

By Caroline Framke GLOW is like A League of Their Own, but with snarling '80s wrestlers. What's not to like? There may be no more immediately appealing premise on TV than that of GLOW. Netflix's new comedy series follows the 1980s-era women who became powerhouse wrestlers — a fictionalized version of the real GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling series that ran from 1986 to 1989 — and is rife with all the sparkling spandex that scenario implies. I mean, come on. How do you possibly hear that premise without wanting to tease your hair, throw on some Pat Benatar, and ...
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Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in Germany from China ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. ...read more Read more here: Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home ...
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Bill Clinton lauds cities upholding Paris agreement at mayors

Bill Clinton lauds cities upholding Paris agreement at mayors’ summit

By rmorin@politico.com (Rebecca Morin) Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday praised mayors from across the country for signing on to uphold the goals of the Paris climate accord while also pushing cities to "deliver" on its aims.While speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Clinton spoke about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement and how cities could help maintain its standards.“You can get out of it or [stay] in it, but the water keeps rising,” Clinton said of the Paris climate accord. "Politics has almost no influence on science, in ...
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US student hails professor for childcare offer

US student hails professor for childcare offer

A single mother received a heartwarming letter after missing a class for a lack of babysitter. ...read more Read more here: US student hails professor for childcare offer ...
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Queen’s 2017: Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez reach Aegon Championships final

Spain's Feliciano Lopez sees off former champion Grigor Dimitrov to set up an Aegon Championships final against Croatian fourth seed Marin Cilic. ...read more Read more here: Queen's 2017: Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez reach Aegon Championships final ...
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Confederations Cup: Ronaldo helps Portugal into semi-final as hosts Russia out

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to seal their semi-final place at the Confederations Cup. ...read more Read more here: Confederations Cup: Ronaldo helps Portugal into semi-final as hosts Russia out ...
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Sausage roll row: US ‘invents’ new summer snack

An American supermarket has created a "new" summer snack that look very familiar to Britons. ...read more Read more here: Sausage roll row: US 'invents' new summer snack ...
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Women’s World Cup 2017: India shock England in opener after four run-outs

Hosts England have four players run out as they suffer a 35-run defeat by India in their opening Women's World Cup match at Derby. ...read more Read more here: Women's World Cup 2017: India shock England in opener after four run-outs ...
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European Team Championships: Great Britain third after day two with six victories

Great Britain sit third after day two at the European Team Championships with Harry Aikines-Aryeetey winning in the 100m and 4x100m relay. ...read more Read more here: European Team Championships: Great Britain third after day two with six victories ...
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Mike Pence assures evangelicals Trump is their "unwavering ally"

By Tara Isabella Burton The vice president donated an ultrasound in his own name to a crisis pregnancy center at a Focus on the Family event. And that's just the beginning. Vice President Mike Pence popped into the 40th anniversary celebration of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family to remind members he's a devout Christian politician who has his back. And, he says, so is President Donald Trump. After the group's president Jim Daly introduced Pence as “one of us,” the vice president spoke for 30 minutes on Friday, on both foreign policy and domestic issues. Unsurprisingly, Pence ...
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Camden tower evacuations: Rosie’s story

Why new mum Rosie has decided to stay in her Camden tower block, despite it failing fire safety tests. ...read more Read more here: Camden tower evacuations: Rosie's story ...
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Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined?

Working out when the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins is surprisingly complicated. ...read more Read more here: Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined? ...
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Handstands, explained

By Eliza Barclay It's simple physics. The 4-inch-wide balance beam, called "the most unforgiving surface in sports," may be the most mind-boggling of the four events in women's gymnastics. It tests even the phenomenal Simone Biles, the five-time Rio Olympics medalist who wobbled and grabbed the beam to keep from falling — but still managed to medal in the event last summer. Our brains can handle some balance without much effort: We take thousands of steps a day, and for split seconds between each stride we are balancing on one foot. That's easy because our legs are strong and our ...
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Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters

By Sean Illing Why almost everything you think about democracy is wrong. Consider the curious case of New Jersey in 1916: That summer, there was a string of deadly shark attacks along the Jersey Shore. As a result, Woodrow Wilson lost his home state in the presidential election. Why, you ask? Because the beachfront towns (which rely on tourism) were negatively impacted by the attacks. Though Wilson wasn't responsible for the hungry sharks, he was the incumbent, and people vote against incumbents when things are bad. This is a story political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels tell in Democracy ...
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9 questions with Dominique Dawes

By Sean Illing The gold medalist on inspirations and motherhood This week, Dominique Dawes — 10 year member of the U.S. gymnastics team, an Olympic gold medal winner, and advocate for the National Parks Foundation — answers our questions. What's the first piece of media you consume every day? It would definitely have to be Good Morning America on in the background. I don't always hear it, but that's where I first hear about the day's news. Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read. I'm a stay at home mom, so reading today is strictly of ...
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UK parliament ‘hit by cyber-attack’

UK Parliament has been hit by a cyber-attack, says Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard. ...read more Read more here: UK parliament 'hit by cyber-attack' ...
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