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Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds dead at 82​

Burt Reynolds

Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 this week, his agent confirmed.

The actor died Thursday morning at the Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to Hollywood Reporter. Reynold's agent confirmed the death saying he died of a cardiac arrest.

Reynolds, born Feb. 11, 1936, was a Georgia native. Over the years he went from depicting a southern heartthrob to a being a tough guy to even delving into more comedic roles.


'Pray for our city': 4 dead including gunman after rampage in downtown Cincinnati

Concinnatte shootingA gunman opened fire in a downtown office building Thursday, killing three people and wounding at least three more before he was fatally shot, police said.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but it was not immediately clear whether they shot him or he killed himself.

No motive for the carnage had immediately been determined. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the gunman appeared to target random people during the "horrific" attack.

"There's something deeply sick at work here and we as a country need to work on it," Cranley said.


At least 7 dead, hundreds hurt after powerful quake hits Japan

Earthquake hits JapanAt least seven people have died and more than 3 million homes have lost power on the northernmost island of Japan after a powerful earthquake hit, authorities said Thursday.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck early Thursday, centered about 17 miles east of Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido at a depth of 21 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Officials said there was no threat of a tsunami.

Japan has committed 25,000 rescuers to search Hokkaido, Japan's second-largest island, where there are reports of 30 people missing and 300 injured.




Afghanistan: Two journalists among 20 killed in Kabul blasts

Kabul blasts

Two journalists - a reporter and cameraman - working for local Tolo News, were among the dead and others were wounded in the attack.

Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, the head of Tolo, Lotfullah Najafizada, paid tribute to Samim Faramarz, 28, and Ramiz Ahmadi, 23, who he described as "two of our best journalists".

Saad Mohseni, the head of MOBY Group, which Tolo News is part of, described the journalists as "young, fearless and thoughtful" in a Twitter post.


India decriminalises gay sex in landmark verdict

Gay sex ban lifted in IndiaIndia's Supreme Court has decriminalised gay sex in a landmark ruling.

The court heard petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 - a colonial-era law under which a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" punishable by a 10-year jail term.

"Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates fundamental rights," Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who was head of the five-judge bench, said in Thursday's ruling.


Outcry from Israel after Paraguay moves its Jerusalem embassy back to Tel Aviv

Paraguay moves embassy back to Tel Aviv

Paraguay has reversed a decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after just three months, prompting anger from Israel which responded by shuttering its embassy in Asunción and recalling its ambassador.

The South American country announced in May that it would follow Donald Trump’s lead by relocating the mission to the holy city, all of which Israel claims as its capital even as Palestinians and most world powers argue its status remains under dispute.

Former president Horacio Cartes personally inaugurated the new diplomatic site. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said at the time that Paraguay, the third country after the United States and Guatemala to make the move, had taken a “bold stance in international affairs”.


NY Times publishes anonymous op-ed from Trump official working to 'thwart' his 'worst inclinations'

Anonymous Op-Ed published in NYT

The New York Times on Wednesday published an anony mous op-ed written by an author who claimed to be one of a number of Trump administration officials working to “thwart” President Trump’s “worst inclinations.”

In the piece, titled, “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” the author says that while officials “want the administration to succeed,” they have had to work against Trump’s “misguided impulses” and parts of his agenda.


White House actively discussing replacements for Defense Secretary James Mattis

Gen. Mattis'

The White House is actively discussing possible replacements for Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to a report published in The Washington Post on Wednesday.

The newspaper reported that discussions about who would replace the top Trump administration official predated reports this week that Mattis had insulted the president's intelligence. One senior administration official told the paper, however, that "speculation about who replaces Mattis is now more real than ever."


Trump allies push him to declassify more Russia probe docs

Trump allies push him to reveal probe docs

President Donald Trump's top congressional allies are calling on him to release reams of classified documents connected to the FBI's Russia probe.

Republican Reps. Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Lee Zeldin are asking Trump to declassify additional portions of the application the FBI submitted to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in late 2016. (A heavily redacted version was released last month).


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