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Sep. 15, 2017

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North Korea's second missile launch over Japan in as many months flew far enough to put the U.S. territory of Guam in range, a provocation that comes days after the United Nations approved harsher sanctions against Kim Jong Un's regime.

Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's official threat level from terrorism remains at "severe," meaning an attack is highly likely, and has not been raised in the wake of the London subway bombing. Authorities say 22 people were injured when an improvised bomb exploded aboard a subway train during Friday's rush hour. Most of the victims suffered flash burns, and none was seriously hurt. Londoners have been very fortunate because the bomb placed on a subway appears not to have fully detonated.

Peru's cabinet will be forced to resign after cabinet chief Fernando Zavala lost a vote of confidence he'd called to prevent opposition lawmakers from ousting the second education minister in less than a year.

Iceland is again facing a crisis as coalition partners abandoned the Independence Party-led government over a scandal involving the prime minister's father.

A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. officials said Friday.

Harvard University reversed its decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow early Friday, a day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the title for the soldier who was convicted of leaking classified information.

Bitcoin tumbled, heading for its worst week since January 2015, after people familiar with the matter said China aims to stop exchange trading of cryptocurrencies by the end of September.

Last month, Boeing made its largest pension contribution in over a decade. But rather than put up cash and lock in the funding, the plane maker transferred $3.5 billion of its own shares, including those it bought back in years past. (The administrator says it expects to sell them over the coming year.)

Those categorized as hungry increased by about 38 million to 815 million in 2016, accounting for 11 percent of the global population.

Two of Francis Bacon's most famous subjects -- his tragic lover George Dyer and Pope Innocent X -- unite in a rarely seen painting by the artist that may fetch 60 million pounds ($80 million) at auction in London next month.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law if threatened protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defense chief said Friday.

A fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 23 people, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said.

A U.S. Navy attack submarine capable of carrying out top-secret undersea missions recently returned home flying the Jolly Roger-that skull and crossbones pirate flag. But why? The Jimmy Carter also flew the Jolly Roger in April 2017 returning from another patrol. In Navy tradition, the flying of the flag typically signifies a successful mission of some sort.

The European Commission is preparing a list of legal options on how to make digital multinationals such as Amazon, Facebook and Google pay more tax.

Venezuela's government has launched a scheme to encouage people to breed rabbits and eat them as a way of countering frequently chronic food shortages and growing child malnutrition.

Some of our most influential political reporters throughout the 2016 campaign told us Donald Trump was "more accepting on gay issues" than most Republicans. But it is now undeniable: Donald Trump is the most anti-LGBTQ president in U.S. history.

Ohio put to death a double murderer on Wednesday, its second execution in 2017 after a three-year hiatus because of legal challenges and difficulties obtaining lethal injection drugs.

Todd Starnes slammed Superman, the Man of Steel, for being an "illegal alien" and called him a "propaganda tool for the defenders of illegal aliens" in an opinion piece for the Fox News website.

BBC

Powers backing rival sides in the Syrian war have agreed on the latest in a series of so-called "de-escalation zones", aimed at calming fighting.

Small cities in Canada are bearing the brunt of the opioid epidemic, according to new data from health officials. About 16 Canadians were sent to hospital a day in 2016-2017, although this number varied greatly by region.

Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims.

More than 100 "Chibok girls" freed from Nigeria's Boko Haram have been reunited with their families and will soon return to school. Now young women, they were among 276 girls kidnapped by Islamist militants in 2014, and have spent months undergoing rehabilitation therapy. Women Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan says they are now "fully recovered".

WND

At least three people with weapons were arrested around the campus of The University of California, Berkeley, on Thursday night ahead of a much-anticipated speech from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

Maryland legislators have passed a law requiring that students be educated four times - twice in elementary school, once in high school and once at the college level for incoming full-time students - on the dangers of opioids, including heroin. The law applies to all higher education institutions that accept state money - and so includes private colleges as well.

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