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Pakistan denounces U.S. strike targeting Taliban chief

Pakistan denounces US drone strikeThe Pakistani government on Sunday denounced a U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, saying the attack violated Pakistan's sovereignty and stressing that peace can be attained only through negotiation.

Afghan and Taliban leaders confirmed Sunday that Mansoor was killed in the strike the previous day near the Afghan border.

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that Mansoor was killed Saturday in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan. His car was attacked in Dahl Bandin," Abdullah said in the tweet.

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Yale’s Renowned Global Justice Professor Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Yake orifessir Thomas PoggeA former Yale student has struggled for years to get the government to investigate her claims that a professor harassed her and that the school mishandled the case.

A federal complaint filed against Yale University claims the Ivy League school violated the gender equity law Title IX multiple times between 2010 and 2015 by mishandling reports that one of its well-known professors, Thomas Pogge, harassed students.

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Judge Wants Government To Hand Over Names, Addresses Of Thousands Of Dreamers

Dreamers names in danger of exposureAbout 108,000 young undocumented immigrants received three-year protections and U.S. work permits in a several-month period in late 2014 and early 2015. They hadn’t done anything wrong — they just applied for a government program in the same way hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers have done since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started in 2012.

But the fact that they got those three-year permits, rather than the two-year permits distributed since 2012, could put them at risk of having their personal information — including names and addresses — released to state authorities.

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Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Snowden calls for whistleblower shieldEdward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.

The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

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Sri Lanka Floods Kill At Least 71

Sri Lank floodsAt least 71 people have died following days of torrential rains and mudslides in Sri Lanka, officials said.

Rescuers are searching for 127 others reported missing after mud and rock buried residential areas, the nation's Disaster Management Center said. The rains and floods have hit most parts of the nation all week.

The death toll is expected to go up as rescue teams reach some of the worst-hit areas, authorities said.

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Obama arrives in Vietnam to start three-day visit

Obama arrives in VietnamU.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam on Sunday for a three-day trip aimed at strengthening defense and economic ties with a former enemy that has become a key focus of Washington's Asia "rebalance" strategy.

Obama's jet, Air Force One, arrived late in the evening in the capital Hanoi, where he will meet the communist country's leadership triumvirate of party chief, president and prime minister.

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Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

Austria may elect extreme right wing PMAustria could elect the European Union's first far-right head of state, with support for Freedom Party (FPO) candidate Norbert Hofer buoyed by security and employment fears sparked by the refugee crisis.

Opinion polls suggest Sunday's presidential race between Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen will be close. A far-right victory would resonate throughout the 28-member bloc where refugee flows driven by conflict in the Middle East and Africa have become a major political issue.

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Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob?

Trump and the mobn his signature book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months.

Most potential owners were scrutinized for more than a year. Trump argued that he was “clean as a whistle”—young enough that he hadn’t had time to get into any sort of trouble. He got the sped-up background check, and eventually got the casino license.

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Dems vow retribution on House LGBT vote

Dems vow retribution for LGBT voteDemocrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn't pass.

Four of the seven Republicans accused of changing their votes after arm-twisting from GOP leaders are considered particularly vulnerable in the general election this fall.
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