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    The Latest: Beach volleyball ends ball throwing ritual
    Aug10

    The Latest: Beach volleyball ends ball throwing ritual

    After a collision going for one of the signed souvenirs earlier Tuesday, organizers are now pulling a child out of the stands and having a member of the winning team hand them the ball. The new system makes for feel-good video and eliminates the chaos of fans fighting for the ball. The International Olympic Committee has stripped a Ukrainian...

    Dispute with Ukraine prompts Russian Navy to sell some of its frigates to India
    Aug10

    Dispute with Ukraine prompts Russian Navy to sell some of its frigates to India

    The Indian Navy will receive three new Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates from Russia by 2018, the defence publication Janes reports, citing sources. The three frigates had been scheduled to join the Russian Navy’s fleet in the Black Sea. But the dispute with Ukraine left the three frigates without marine-gas turbine engines, Janes pointed...

    After Ukraine appeared to quit in Olympic gymnastics final, team member explains… sort of
    Aug09

    After Ukraine appeared to quit in Olympic gymnastics final, team member explains… sort of

    Ukraine offered a medical explanation Tuesday for why it appeared to quit while competing in the men’s team gymnastics final Monday at Rio Olympic Park. It was a stunning and, to gymnastics commentators, outrageous sight when the team willingly took scores of zero in the eight-team final, ensuring a last-place finish. Three athletes from...

    This Is What Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Would Mean For Germany
    Aug09

    This Is What Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Would Mean For Germany

    Donald Trump is branding his foreign policy with the slogan: “America First.” He has decided that he wants the U.S. to focus on its own problems. During the fourth Republican GOP debate in November 2015, he said: “We have to get smart. We can’t continue to be the policemen of the world. We owe $19 trillion, we have a...

    Moscow Prefers Republicans
    Aug09

    Moscow Prefers Republicans

    It’s not just The Donald. Since World War II the Kremlin generally has seen most Republican presidents more benignly than their Democratic counterparts. Russian leaders generally believe Republicans are less wedded to unfriendly ideologies, such as human rights, and are more pragmatic. And when a Republican cuts a deal, they believe, it is...

    Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan Try To Reignite Their ‘Bromance’
    Aug09

    Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan Try To Reignite Their ‘Bromance’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended their nearly year-long spat with a two-hour chat in St Petersburg on Tuesday, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. While their countries are far from allies, Putin and Erdogan’s relationship has often been described as a political “bromance.” But...

    New commander in place for Canada’s Joint Task Force-Ukraine
    Aug09

    New commander in place for Canada’s Joint Task Force-Ukraine

    The Canadian Forces announced today that the new commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine, Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven, assumed command from Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Arsenault during a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine, as part of Operation Unifier. Op Unifier is Canada’s military training...

    If Trump Loses the Election, the First Week of August Will Be Blamed
    Aug09

    If Trump Loses the Election, the First Week of August Will Be Blamed

    He got away with racism and xenophobia, but insulting a gold star family may be Trump’s last straw. It turns out there’s a line that even Donald Trump can’t cross with impunity.In the course of the most bizarre 14 months in modern American political history, Trump has mocked a disabled reporter, insinuated that Mexican...

    Larry Wilmore Rips Trump’s Surrogates for Their Desperate Attempts to Make Him Seem Sane
    Aug09

    Larry Wilmore Rips Trump’s Surrogates for Their Desperate Attempts to Make Him Seem Sane

    “It’s like having to defend Jeffrey Dahmer…” Larry Wilmore, host of “The Nightly Show,” doesn’t know how much longer Trump’s surrogates can continue to defend their candidate’s inexcusable behavior. Following his feud with the Khan family, reluctance to endorse top GOP officials, and an interview...

    Ukraine Blames International Response to Georgia Crisis for Russian Intervention
    Aug09

    Ukraine Blames International Response to Georgia Crisis for Russian Intervention

    Russia’s 2014 interventions in Ukraine occurred because the international community did not punish it sufficiently for its military intervention in Georgia in 2008, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. In 2008, a war of words erupted into armed confrontation between Georgia, Russian-backed separatists in Georgia’s...