Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump?s ban on transgender military service
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump?s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not ?accept or allow? transgender military service members.
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Horrific crimes on Indian reservation draw prison sentences
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ? Two defendants were given lengthy federal prison sentences Wednesday in separate, back-to-back horrific crimes of violence against children last year that rattled residents of a Montana American Indian reservation and prompted tribal leaders to blame rampant drug use.
Saudi Arabia should clarify status of ex-crown prince: HRW
LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia must clarify whether they have imposed movement restrictions on former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, saying the kingdom should end all arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi citizens. Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the HRW statement. Reuters reported last week that the former crown prince has been under house arrest since his overthrow in favor of the king's favorite son, Mohammed bin Salman, in June. Saudi authorities have denied the story. ...
Behold South Korea's adorable new First Dog
Dear internet ? please welcome your newest First Dog. South Korea's president Moon Jae-in has officially adopted Tory, the shelter dog he promised to take in during his presidential campaign. On Wednesday, he welcomed the little pooch into the country's presidential mansion: SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots Tory, a four-year-old black mixed breed dog, was introduced to the Blue House alongside Moon's other two pets ? Maroo, a dog; and Jjing-jjing, a cat. Meet President Moon Jae-in's newly adopted dog Tory, who was earlier rescued from an abusive owner and given refuge in a shelter. #dogs pic.twitter.com/DNb4U5w1AO ? LIM Yun Suk (@yunsukCNA) July 26, 2017 "As a society, we need to pay more attention to abandoned animals and care for them," the president said at a ceremony to officially welcome Tory to the Blue House. As many as 300,000 animals had been abandoned in the country, he added. A post shared by Sung Eun (@k.jung.won) on Jul 26, 2017 at 7:59pm PDT Administration officials had previously confirmed that they would bring Tory to the Blue House in May when the adoption process was complete. Tory had been seen as unpopular with adopters, because of a stigma surrounding black dogs in Korea. "Tory had to wait for two years to be adopted while his lighter-furred friends easily found new homes," Park Soyoun, the president of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), a Seoul-based shelter, told Reuters. A post shared by ???? ???? (@leekyeongcheol) on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:45am PDT Tory had been kept on a meter-long (3.2 ft) leash in an abandoned farmhouse and fed scraps before he was rescued in 2015. Tory, when he was first found in 2015Image: CARE/NaverThe dog was first thrust into the public spotlight when three animal groups ? including CARE ? started a nationwide campaign calling on presidential candidates to adopt a dog from their shelters after they were elected. A postcard depicting Tory, which was offered as a part of a crowdfunding reward.Image: Nam Jong-Young/DaumSoon after the campaign was launched, Moon promised to adopt Tory if he was elected. The president ? an animal-friendly candidate who pledged to build more playgrounds for pets, as well as feeding facilities for stray cats ? said then that "both humans and animals have the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination." WATCH: These adorable Great Danes make pool time look like heaven
China is 'landlord' to Hong Kong says justice chief
Controversy over a new cross-border rail link which will see mainland laws enforced in a Hong Kong train station escalated Thursday after the justice chief likened China to the city's "landlord". It comes at a time when fears are worsening that Hong Kong's freedoms are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing. The high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, 80 miles away, is due to open in 2018.
Portugal battles raging wildfires
More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. ?The intensity of the wind is diabolical,? said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)
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