US Navy Fired Warning Shots at Iranian Ship in Persian Gulf

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation. The encounter involving the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship based in Bahrain as part of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, is the latest confrontation between Iranian vessels and American warships. It comes as Trump already has threatened to renegotiate the nuclear
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Chrissy Teigen, Stephen King and More

President Donald Trump‘s use of Twitter has long been a controversial component of his presidency, for several reasons. One of them is his frequent hitting of the “block” button, which the president has unleashed on a number of notable actors, authors and activists who have used Twitter as a platform to criticize him and his administration. On Tuesday, model Chrissy Teigen, voted one of TIME’s 2017 “25 Most Influential People on the Internet,” was the latest to be blocked by the president. Here’s a running list of people who have received the “@arealDonaldTrump blocked you” message on Twitter. 1. Chrissy Teigen The
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US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

By Jon Gambrell | AP By Jon Gambrell | AP July 25 at 1:43 PM DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the incident. The encounter involving the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship based in Bahrain as part of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, is the latest confrontation between Iranian vessels and American warships. The Thunderbolt was taking part in an exercise with American
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APC: The Obstinate Journey To Shame Via London By Pius Adesanmi

Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria’s history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination. Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC’s signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on measurable electoral promises in virtually all areas of national life but in the deadening of the Nigerian mind. A nation’s mind is lost when the capacity for ironic sentience dies. And no group of Nigerians, at any moment in our chequered national history, has
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5-story building collapses in India, killing at least 3

Rescuers work on the debris after a five-story building collapsed in the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. A fire official says 11 people have been rescued and more are feared trapped. (Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press) By Associated Press By Associated Press July 25 at 5:21 AM MUMBAI, India — A five-story building came crashing down Tuesday in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, killing at least three people and injuring nine others, a state official said. About two dozen people were feared trapped under the rubble. The cause of the collapse of the mainly residential building was
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News Daily: Charlie’s parents share ‘maximum time’ with son

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Charlie Gard’s parents share last moments with son Image copyright PA The parents of Charlie Gard are to spend the “maximum amount of time they have left” with their terminally ill son, lawyers have said. On Monday, Chris Gard and Connie Yates ended their legal fight to take the 11-month-old to the US for treatment for his rare genetic condition. Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London, has not said when life support will end for Charlie, who has brain damage and cannot move his arms or legs. Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west
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McCain to Return to Washington for Crucial Health Care Vote

WASHINGTON — With a razor-thin margin for success in the balance, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor — will return to Washington Tuesday to take a critical vote on health care. “Senate or McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue to working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” McCain’s office said in a statement Monday. McCain’s return would give Republicans a crucial vote in support of the motion to proceed to begin debate
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Israel, Jordan end diplomatic standoff over embassy shooting

By Karin Laub and Ian Deitch | AP By Karin Laub and Ian Deitch | AP July 24 at 5:26 PM JERUSALEM — Israel and Jordan resolved a diplomatic standoff late Monday after a day of high-level negotiations that ended with the evacuation of Israeli Embassy staff from their base in Jordan to Israel. The crisis had been triggered by a shooting Sunday in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screwdriver. Jordan initially said the guard could only leave after an investigation, while Israel said he enjoyed diplomatic immunity. The crisis was resolved after a phone
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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps raced that shark on TV Sunday night. Well, sort of

In an odd battle of man-versus-wild, Michael Phelps was going to swim a 100-meter race against a great white shark during Sunday night’s “Shark Week” kickoff. At least that’s what fans were expecting. Of course, the Olympian was never going to risk damaging his gold medal-winning physique for a Discovery Channel-sponsored race with a shark. But the event’s lead-up, which the network billed as “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” had viewers convinced otherwise.  Last week, in an interview with “Good Morning America,” Phelps clarified some misconceptions about the event. “We’re not in the water at the same exact time,” he
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‘Dunkirk’ director Christopher Nolan on why, in this era of peak TV, he’s still all in on movies

When it comes to the big screen, Christopher Nolan is a true believer — and with blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception” and “Interstellar,” he has translated that passion into more than $4 billion in grosses collectively at the global box office. Nolan’s latest film, the World War II action thriller “Dunkirk,” stakes a particularly audacious claim for a different kind of moviegoing experience in this season of sequels, reboots and would-be franchise starters. Critics have hailed the film — which recounts a pivotal moment in the war in which nearly 400,000 British soldiers found themselves pinned down by
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