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July 31, 2019 | Via The Guardian

North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles, South Says

North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast less than a week after a similar test launch, the South Korean military’s joint chiefs of staff (JCS) said. The latest launches on Wednesday were from the Hodo peninsula on North Korea’s east coast, the same area from where last week’s were conducted, the JCS said in a statement.

July 31, 2019 | Via Washington Examiner

Reagan Described African UN Delegates as ‘monkeys’ in Newly Released Audio

California Gov. Ronald Reagan referred to some Africans as “monkeys” in a 1971 phone call with President Richard Nixon, according to recently released audio. The two talked over the phone as Reagan lamented on United Nations delegates who sided against the U.S. in a vote to recognize the People’s Republic of China. Nixon told his deputy national security adviser, Al Haig, to cancel any future meeting with an African leader that sided against the U.S. on Taiwan.

July 31, 2019 | Via NPR

Princess of Dubai’s Ruler Petitions U.K. Court for Protective Order

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, one of six wives of the ruler of Dubai, has asked a U.K. court for protection after she fled the United Arab Emirates earlier this year with her two children. Princess Haya, 45, who is also the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, appeared on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. She requested a forced marriage protection order, intended to safeguard victims of forced marriages and domestic abuse, according to The Associated Press.

July 31, 2019 | Via BBC

Russia Instagram Influencer Ekaterina Karaglanova Found Dead

A prominent Russian Instagram influencer was found dead from knife wounds on Friday in a suitcase in her rented Moscow apartment, police said. Ekaterina Karaglanova, 24, was discovered after her family reported that she had failed to contact them for several days. Ms Karaglanova, who had more than 85,000 followers on Instagram, had recently graduated as a doctor.

July 31, 2019 | Via Reuters

Indian Coffee Tycoon Siddhartha’s Body Found Floating in River

Authorities in Southern India recovered the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha floating in a river on Wednesday, two days after his disappearance sparked speculation that he was under intense financial strain. The recovery of Siddhartha’s body unnerved investors in his flagship listed Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd and sent its shares plunging to an all-time low on Wednesday.

July 30, 2019 | Via BBC

Brazil Jail Riot Leaves 57 Dead as Gangs Fight

At least 57 people have been killed in a prison riot in Brazil which saw rival gangs battle for five hours, officials say. Gang members from one prison block invaded another part of Altamira jail in Pará state. Sixteen of the dead were decapitated and the remainder suffocated after part of the prison was set on fire, officials said at a news conference.

July 30, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Capital One: Hacker Stole Data of over 100m Americans

A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capitol One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect. The data breach has affected around 100 million people in the US and 6 million in Canada. According to the FBI complaint, someone emailed the bank two days before notifying it that leaked data had appeared on the webhosting site GitHub.

July 30, 2019 | Via Reuters

Pakistani Military Plane Crashes Near Garrison City, Kills 17

A Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday killing all five crew members and 12 civilians and setting off a blaze that left a pile of smoking rubble. Rawalpindi is close to the capital Islamabad and is where the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based.

July 30, 2019 | Via CNN

Ethiopia Plants More than 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours

Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. According to Farm Africa, an organization working on reforestation efforts in East Africa, less than 4% of Ethiopia’s land is forested, compared to around 30% at the end of the 19th century.

July 30, 2019 | Via Fox News

Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Improperly Copied Christian Song, Jury Decides

A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement. “Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

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