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More kneeling players, raised fists, in anthem protests

More NFL protestsLos Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist and San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick was among several players who knelt during performances of the U.S. national anthem on Sunday.

Three Miami Dolphin players also 'took a knee' before their game against the New England Patriots as public protests continued in the National Football League aimed at drawing attention to racial inequality.


Trump has diplomats abandoning vows of silence

Trump There's a longstanding custom among the world's diplomats: You don't trash-talk candidates running for office in a foreign country.

Donald Trump is close to destroying that tradition.

As thousands of diplomats gather for the U.N. General Assembly here this week, many are struggling to hold their tongues about the brash billionaire running for the White House, a man who has managed to tick off much of the planet.


Reports: Minnesota mall stabbing attack claimed by Islamic State

Minnesota Mall stabbingsA group with ties to the Islamic State militant group is claiming responsibility for the stabbing of eight people in a Minnesota mall Saturday, saying the attacker was one of their "soldiers."

The IS-linked Amaq Agency called the man "a soldier of the Islamic State" who "carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition," the Wall Street Journal reported. Several other news outlets are reporting on the Amaq Agency statement as well.


Protesters rally across Germany against mega trade deal

TTP protestTens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Germany in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord.    

In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags on Saturday as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, NGOs, political parties and unions.    

"People are not letting their mood be ruined" by the weather, a spokeswoman for the organisers, Kathrin Ottovay, told the AFP news agency.


Five Years Later, Occupy Gets Its Moment

Occupy movementt was five years ago today that hundreds of activists descended on New York City’s Zuccotti Park, 5 blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, to “Occupy Wall Street”— a blunt but effective idea that resonated far wider that their original numbers would ever suggest.

The organizers were shrouded in mystery. Their goals were vague. But they sought to emulate the social-media driven protests in Egypt that (briefly) toppled a dictator and, in the words of one organizer “rise up and reform the global economic system.”


Former Defense Sec'y Bob Gates: Trump is 'beyond repair'

robert GatesNeither presidential candidate has offered a compelling vision on national security, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates writes in a scathing Wall Street Journal op-ed -- but Donald Trump is “beyond repair.”

Gates, who ran the Pentagon under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, citing her advocacy for the invasion of Libya, her reversal on trade agreements she supported as secretary of state, and her opposition to the troop surge in Iraq.


Trump’s Behavior Similar To Male Chimpanzee

Trump behavior like male chimpTrump is set to debate his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, on Sept. 26. When it happens, Goodall told The Atlantic she’ll be thinking of “Mike,” a chimpanzee she studied that displayed dominance by kicking kerosene cans, creating a racket that sent would-be challengers fleeing.

Unsurprisingly, Trump has already boasted that he will come out on top, telling The New York Times “I know how to handle Hillary.”


United States will not recognize outcome of Russian Crimea elections

US will not recognize Crimean election The United States announced that it will not honor the results of the Russian parliamentary elections planned in Crimea.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned the elections planned for Sunday, which will be the first time Crimea will elect members of the lower house of parliament since it was annexed by Russia in 2014, according to Al Masdar News.

"The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18th," he said. "Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine."



Explosion rocks Manhattan neighborhood, at least 25 hurt

Chelsea explosion NYCAn explosion ripped through a Chelsea street Saturday night – injuring at least 25 people and sending horrified witnesses scattering, Fire Department sources said.

The blast blew out the ground floor windows of the Associated Blind Housing facility at 135 W. 23rd St. near Sixth Ave. at about 8:30 p.m., a witness and an FDNY spokesman said.

The explosion may have originated in a dumpster outside the building, sources said.


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