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The day nine young students shattered racial segregation in US schools

Little Rock nine....60 years later

It was September 1957, the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, and nine black pupils little guessed they were about to plant a milestone in the struggle for civil rights to follow those of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old lynched in Mississippi in 1955, and Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama later the same year.

Brown v Board of Education, the landmark 1954 supreme court ruling that segregated schools were unconstitutional, should have meant she and fellow pupils could take their places at Central High. But Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas, in the deep south, remained defiant and used the national guard to block their enrollment. The African American children were left in limbo for three weeks.

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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

Merkel wins but has to deal with far rightChancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.

The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 percent of the vote, projected results showed, a result that will bring a far-right party into parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

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Cruz, GOP colleagues back away from Obamacare repeal bill

GOP backs away from repeal of ACAThe embattled effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act faced further setbacks as Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, voiced reservations.

Cruz said Sunday at the Texas Tribune festival in Austin that he does not support the current version of the proposal by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham , R-S.C.

"Right now, they don't have my vote and I don't think they have Mike Lee's vote either," he said, referring to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

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Official: 1 dead, 8 injured in Tennessee church shooting

Tennessee church shooting leaves one dead, eight wounded

Authorities in Tennessee say eight people were injured in a shooting at a church in the Nashville area.

Nashville fire department spokesman Joseph Pleasant tells the Tennessean newspaper that the wounded were being transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The nature of the injuries weren't immediately known.

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NFL Week 3: Steelers plan to skip anthem; Ravens, Jaguars protest President Trump’s comments by linking arms, kneeling

LeBron James and NFL answer trump

At the start of Sunday’s first NFL game, members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars sent a powerful message as the majority stood linking arms, while a number of others took a knee in response to President Trump’s tweet urging fans to boycott the sport until owners “fire or suspend” players who protest during the national anthem.

The protests only intensified ahead of the 1 p.m. games, with Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin telling CBS that the team would remain in the locker room rather than take the field.

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Germany's far right: From the AfD to neo-Nazis

Germany's far rightThe far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is expected to enter the country's Bundestag for the first time after Sunday's federal elections.

The AfD has ramped up attacks on Chancellor Angela Merkel in recent weeks, accusing her of betraying the country for allowing the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants.

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Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

Russia hacked 21 states

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning.

In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection of states, with only Illinois confirmed so far, the election systems were compromised successfully. According to Homeland Security, none of these attempts were aimed at the systems that actually tabulate the votes themselves.

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Puerto Rico dam failure prompts mass evacuation

Damaged dam prompts mass evacuation in PR

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate some 70,000 people downstream of a failing dam in the wake of Hurricane Maria, while at least six people were confirmed dead on the US Caribbean territory following the storm.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood emergency at the Guajataca Dam in Isabela Municipality, saying on Twitter that it was "an extremely dangerous situation" and that buses were evacuating residents from their homes "as quickly as they can".

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American journalist and her mother murdered by suspected Assad regime agents in Turkey

Halla Barakat and mother murderedAn American-born journalist and her mother, both active in the Syrian opposition, were found murdered in Istanbul on Thursday.

Halla Barakat and her mother Orouba Barakat were strangled and stabbed to death in the Turkish city earlier this week, according to an ABC News report, and doused with a chemical agent to slow decomposition.

Police told ABC that they are investigating the killings but have made no arrests and have no suspects. Other soures, however, said agents of Syria's government may be responsible.

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