Mattis Tries to Put Brakes on Possible Syria Strike, to ‘Keep This From Escalating’

Hours later, after Mr. Mattis detailed his concerns at the White House, the president’s top national security advisers ended an afternoon meeting without a decision to attack, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary. Diplomatic efforts continued deep into the evening, with Mr. Trump agreeing in a phone call with Prime Minister Theresa May of …

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Russian Court Bans Telegram App After 18-Minute Hearing

Photo The messaging app Telegram has 200,000 monthly active users around the world.Credit Alexander Nemenov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images MOSCOW — A Moscow court cleared the way on Friday for the government to ban Telegram, the messaging app, over its failure to give Russian security services the ability to read users’ encrypted messages. Roskomnadzor, the …

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Violence Erupts Anew at Gaza-Israel Border in Third Week of Protests

Merely getting across the fence, he said, would “terrify” the Israelis. “It’s a peaceful protest — we have no weapons,” he said. “I want to show the Jews that we can enter our lands without weapons, only with a slingshot and stones.” But, he added: “If I had weapons, I would kill and abduct soldiers.” …

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Trilobites: Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

The turtles can perceive both the magnetic field’s intensity and its inclination angle, the angle that the field lines make with respect to the Earth’s surface, earlier research has shown. Video Turtle Treadmills, a Novel Test For Stamina Researchers want to know if more time spent crawling leaves the turtles tired when they reach the …

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U.S. Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons at Least 50 Times During War

The United States accused the Syrian government on Friday of using banned chemical arms at least 50 times since Syria’s civil war began seven years ago — far higher than the number of attacks that had been publicly confirmed. The accusation, made by the American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, came during …

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BBC to Resurrect Full ‘Rivers of Blood’ Speech, Spurring Outrage

Mr. Powell’s address, which he called “The Birmingham speech,” criticized immigration from Commonwealth countries to the United Kingdom and proposed a new policy in which migrants would return to their countries of origin. He argued that the Race Relations Bill 1968, intended to ban racial discrimination in housing, employment, commerce and public services, would disadvantage …

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Your Condolences for Saskatchewan at its Time of Tragedy: The Canada Letter

Over the course of this week, several of you took the time to share your condolences for the families with me by email or on the comments section of one of my stories. Here are some of your thoughts and wishes. (Some have been edited and condensed): Photo Kevin Garinger, president of the Humboldt Broncos, …

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‘Special Units’ in Russia Were Trained in Ways of Skripal Attack, U.K. Says

In a news conference Friday afternoon, the Russian ambassador to Britain, Aleksandr V. Yakovenko, dismissed the letter and “all these allegations” surrounding the nerve agent attack as having “nothing to do with reality.” Russia, he said, repeating a claim the Kremlin has asserted throughout the Skripal affair, eliminated all of its stockpiles of chemical weapons …

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