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Ramen noodles used as currency in hungry US jails

Ramen noodles have supplanted tobacco as the most valuable commodity among prisoners in the US, as cost-cutting leaves jails struggling to feed ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Rome and Central Italy

In Amatrice, there were reports of downed buildings in the city center

- TIME Magazine - US

Owen Smith calls Jeremy Corbyn "a lunatic"

The remarks have drawn heavy criticism. Owen Smith has called Jeremy Corbyn a lunatic' at a rally. The Pontypridd MP and Labour leadership hopeful ...

- New Statesman - UK

North Korea reportedly test fires submarine missile

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile early Wednesday morning off its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports. In ...

- The Week - US

South Africa's great white sharks headed for extinction?

Within three years, all the great white sharks off the shore of Gansbaai will be gone — mark my words,' one diver said

- CBS NEWS - US

North Korea test fires submarine-launched missile

North Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a submarine-launched missile that fell inside Japan's air defence zone, fuelling tensions already ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Trump suggests potential softening in hardline position on immigration

AUSTIN, Texas - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on ...

- Reuters - US

Thai junta rules out link between latest bombings and earlier deadly attacks

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK - Thailand's military government said on Wednesday there was no connection between two ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Man shouts 'Allahu akbar' in Australian knife attack

Police say a French man shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar'' stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in ...

- Times Of India - IN

3 Possible Paths for Iran-US Relations

After the nuclear deal, there are three possibilities for the future of U.S.-Iran relations.

- The Diplomat - US

U.N. accuses North Korea of planting land mines near border village

American-led U.N. Command in South Korea says North Korea​ planted land mines near a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the ...

- CBS NEWS - US

North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, which flew for 500km before falling in the sea, say the US and South Korea.

- BBC - UK

Earthquake Hits Central Italy, Near Rome

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit ...

- Wall Street Journal - US

UN human rights office concerned for the health of protestor in Israel

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today expressed concern over the deteriorating health of a 35-year-old Palestinian ...

- UN - INT

At least six people believed killed by Italian earthquake: RAI

At least six people are believed to have died following a strong earthquake in central Italy, officials told state broadcaster RAI on Wednesday. The ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Investors urge G20 nations to ratify Paris climate deal this year

Investors managing more than $13 trillion of assets urged leaders of the Group of 20 on Wednesday to ratify a global climate deal by the end of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Japan, China, South Korea agree to urge North Korea to stop provocation

TOKYO - Japan, China and South Korea agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from provocation and follow U.N. Security Council resolutions, after the ...

- Reuters - US

Earthquake leaves at least 10 dead in central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 10 dead and others trapped under rubble, officials say.

- BBC - UK

The Pivot to Asia: Sustainment or Appeasement?

A new recommended outline for U.S. Asia policy comes dangerously close to simply ceding U.S. interests in the region.

- The Diplomat - US

FBI Investigating Possible ISIS-Inspired Knife Attack

The attack happened in Roanoke, Virginia.

- ABC News - US

Earthquake shakes central Italy, knocking out power and damaging buildings

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of damaged buildings and blackouts near the epicenter Rieti and ...

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Car bomb outside Thai hotel

A large car bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south.

- The Australian - AU

Turkish police launch raids targeting Islamic State in Istanbul: media

ISTANBUL - Turkish counter-terror police launched dawn raids targeting Islamic State members across Istanbul on Wednesday, the Dogan news agency said, ...

- Yahoo! News - US

NYPD regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog

The New York City Police Department routinely violated court-mandated rules on handling investigations of political activity, particularly Muslim ...

- The Globe and Mail - CA

School athlete's sex assault case compared to that of Brock Turner

The case of a former US high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing ...

- Stuff - NZ

Lions, tigers and poodles? At the Pyongyang Zoo, dogs a big draw

Lions, tigers and poodles?

- The Globe and Mail - CA

1 killed, 29 injured as 2 bombs explode in southern Thailand

PATTANI, Thailand — Officials say two bombs have exploded near a hotel in southern Thailand, killing one employee and injuring 29 others.

- Yahoo! News - US

Orthodox Jewish actor who played 'Law & Order' DA dies at 94

Steven Hill, best known for playing a Jewish Manhattan district attorney on the hit TV series Law & Order,' has died at 94.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Surgeon rewards Nigeria Olympic team

The Japanese surgeon who gifted the Nigerian Olympic football team nearly $400,000 said he would have still rewarded the team even if they didn't ...

- CNN Top Stories - US

This mentally-ill woman spent 35 years in jail after cops framed her as a crazed killer lesbian

The wrongful conviction , and 35-year prison sentence , of a schizophrenic woman was allegedly secured in part because prosecutors painted her as a ...

- The Raw Story - US

Turkey Launches Operation in Syria to Free ISIS-Held Town

Turkey has vowed to fight ISIS militants at home and to "cleanse" the group from its borders

- TIME Magazine - US

Top Asian News 6:15 a.m. GMT

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers in the longest flight by that type ...

- Yahoo! News - US

From health care capital to innovation hub: Positioning Nashville as a leader in health IT

Among U.S. advanced industries, significant attention has begun to focus on the promise for local economic development of a number of regional health ...

- Brookings - US

Turkey launches operation against Islamic State-held town on border

The Syrian town of Jarabulus is home to the group's last border-crossing with Turkey.

- Washington Post - US

U.S. tracked North Korean submarine-launched missile: defense official

WASHINGTON - The United States detected and tracked a North Korean submarine-launched missile which flew about 300 miles before splashing into the Sea ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Guantanamo Bay detainee, waterboarded 83 times by the CIA, makes case for release

For the first time in 14 years, Abu Zubaydah was seen on Tuesday by members of the public who are not part of his legal team. Abu Zubaydah, not seen ...

- The Week - US

Cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey

Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to ...

- CBS NEWS - US

2 ISIS child bombers stopped; 3 on loose

A boy stands shaking in the street. Fear etched across his face. Two men flank him on either side as a third rips through the boy's Barcelona football ...

- CNN Top Stories - US

Ethiopian Runner Won’t Return Home, but Doesn’t Know Where to Go

Feyisa Lilesa, the silver medal winner in the Rio Olympics marathon who made an antigovernment gesture, said he feared punishment if he were to go ...

- New York Times - US

Controversy Erupts In Russia Over Report On Female Genital Mutilation

It's the first systematic documentation of the practice in the republic of Dagestan. Reactions from a mufti, a priest and a rabbi have sparked a ...

- NPR - US

At least two dead in Italian earthquake: media

Rome - At least two people died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported.

- Yahoo! News - US

Turkey says operation launched to free IS-held Syrian town

Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants. ...

- USA TODAY - US

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- USA TODAY - US

Stanford University bans alcohol from undergraduate parties

Shawn PricePALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 23 -- Stanford University has banned hard alcohol from on-campus undergraduate parties and straight shots from ...

- UPI - US

Loose snake with Twitter following wants to give Donald Trump a hug

A large snake believed to be lurking along a riverbank in Maine doesn't appear to be a fan of Donald Trump.In a Twitter account created for a snake ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Renovated North Korea zoo has an unusual display

The standard fair of exotic animals in most zoos is supplemented by ordinary canines in North Korea

- CBS NEWS - US

Earthquake leaves at least 13 dead in central Italy

At least people 13 die and others are trapped under rubble as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Italy, officials say.

- BBC - UK

Balochistan: The Troubled Heart of the CPEC

Long-standing violence in Pakistan's most impoverished province is given new impetus by modern geopolitics.

- The Diplomat - US

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

By United Press International On Aug. 24, 2006, Pluto, the small, distant astronomic body that has discovered in 1930, was demoted to "dwarf planet" ...

- UPI - US

AP PHOTOS: Colombia rebels relax, play soccer as peace nears

IN THE JUNGLE OF PUTUMAYO, Colombia — It could be a sandlot soccer field almost anywhere in rural Colombia: flattened earth carved from the jungle ...

- Yahoo! News - US