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Jun 18

Monsanto is contacting the journalists, activists it tracked on ‘watch lists’ in 7 countries

wellesenterprises/iStock(NEW YORK) — Agriculture conglomerate Monsanto has started contacting journalists, politicians and activists it was keeping tabs on and documenting via “watch lists,” its parent company Bayer announced this week. An international group of journalists, politicians and activists whose information, including their views on pesticides, was tracked by the agribusiness giant, and placed on ‘watch …

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Jun 18

Phoenix couple in viral-video arrest, community activist vow to ‘shut down’ mayor’s town hall

Obtained by ABC News(PHOENIX) — A Phoenix couple at the center of a viral-video arrest say they will confront the city’s mayor and police chief at a community meeting Tuesday night about why police officers who pulled guns on them and their children last month and threatened to shoot them have not been stripped of …

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Jun 18

Feds seize over $1 billion of cocaine in historic bust in Philadelphia, officials say

nensuria/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Federal officials made a massive cocaine bust in Philadelphia Tuesday, seizing an estimated 16.5 tons of the drug from a ship there — with a street value of over $1 billion, officials said. The historic bust — the largest in the history of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — comes amid a series …

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Jun 18

Former Egyptian President Morsi given secretive burial as UN calls for investigation

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was laid to rest in a low-key burial in the early hours of Tuesday, as questions were being raised about his apparently sudden death after suffering a heart attack in a courtroom. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an independent investigation into …

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Jun 18

Phoenix couple in viral-video arrest reject police chief’s apology

Obtained by ABC News(PHOENIX) — A Phoenix man and his pregnant fiancee rejected apologies from the city’s police chief and its mayor on Monday for an incident last month in which police were caught on cellphone videos manhandling them and threatening to shoot them in front of their two young children. Dravon Ames, 22, and …

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Jun 18

Road signs warning of hedgehogs coming to the UK

Courtesy of Britain’s Department of Transport(LONDON) — New signs are coming to protect drivers, hedgehogs and other small animals in the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport announced Monday, as hedgehog populations in rural areas have halved since 2000. “The new small mammal warning sign should help to reduce the number of people killed and …

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Jun 18

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi given quick, secretive burial

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was laid to rest in a low-key and un-ceremonial burial in the early hours of Tuesday that stands in stark contrast to other leaders who were mourned by hundreds of thousands of people. When former Presidents Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Anwar El-Sadat died, Egypt’s streets were packed …

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Jun 18

Conservationists: ‘Catastrophic’ elephant poaching at Niassa Reserve in Africa reduced to zero

WCS Mozambique (LONDON) — One of Africa’s largest protected wilderness areas has marked an entire year without finding a single elephant killed by poachers. The last time an elephant was recorded killed by a poacher in Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve was May 17, 2018, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, a New York-based nonprofit that helps …

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Jun 18

Wisconsin off-duty police officer shot dead while trying to stop armed robbery: Chief

kali9/iStock(RACINE, Wis.) — An off-duty Wisconsin police officer was shot dead while trying to stop an armed robbery at a bar Monday night, according to the police chief. Officer John Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department, had worked the day-shift on Monday, Chief Arthel Howell said. At 9:40 p.m., the veteran officer …

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Jun 18

Facebook announces Calibra, a subsidiary for Libra digital currency

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Facebook announced on Tuesday plans to unveil in 2020 a subsidiary called Calibra, which will allow access to Libra, a new digital currency. Calibra will work in concert with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and as a standalone app, Facebook announced in a blog post. “Libra holds the potential to provide billions of …

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