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EU executive to start legal action against Poland over judiciary reform.

BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Poland over a law reforming the judiciary that undermines the independence of judges and therefore breaks EU treaty rules.

- Reuters - US

Turn obligations to engage with Māori into opportunities.

Your organisation or business continually seeks to improve its strategic communications with clients and stakeholders, but how do you improve your engagement with Māori?

- Scoop NZ - NZ

On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems.

Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date, according to the United Nations science wing.

- UN - INT

Which Major Retailers Sort Their Toy Departments By Gender?.

While some toy companies have been giving up on long-held preconceptions about gender-specific products in recent years, we were curious how this was affecting retailers, so we checked out a few of the big chains. Here's how the major stores sort their toy departments so you can shop by your preference. Target Target ...

- The Consumerist - US

Syria pivot? Why anti-Assad rebels, dropped by CIA, could land with jihadists.

President Trump's reported suspension of a covert CIA program to fund, arm, and train Syrian rebels is seen as signaling the end of US efforts to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the battlefield. The move, which some commentators have characterized as appeasing Russia, Mr. Assad's most powerful backer, has left ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Ooredoo Group posts QR1.1bn H1 net profit.

Ooredoo Group posts QR1.1bn H1 net profit...

- MENAFN - JO

Manafort testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee, turns over notes from Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer.

Former Trump campaign chief appears behind closed doors with committee.

- Washington Post - US

WATCH: US Attorney offers support for Jeff Sessions.

Speaking with ABC News' Pierre Thomas, U.S. Attorney Jill Rose of the Western District of North Carolina said Sessions "enjoys wide support" among federal prosecutors like her.

- ABC News - US

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers.

'Temporary measure' to cope with demand, apparently O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad.…

- TheRegister - UK

Prosecutor: Chinese billionaire bribed 2 UN ambassadors to build legacy.

Kathy Willens/APNEW YORK — A prosecutor says a Chinese billionaire bribed two United Nations ambassadors so he could make a UN conference center in China the "Geneva of Asia." Assistant US Attorney Janis Echenberg told a jury during a trial's closing arguments Tuesday that 69-year-old Ng Lap Seng wanted to build a ...

- Business Insider - US

On the transgender military ban.

Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in Governance Studies and founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management, discusses President Trump's decision to forbid transgender individuals from serving in the military and considers previous rulings on inclusion in the armed forces. ...

- Brookings - US

O2 calls on mobile networks to work together to improve perceptions of industry

O2's chief executive Mark Evans has called on his competitors to offer the "same kind of mechanisms" as O2 Refresh, which aims to increase the transparency of phone contracts by separating the cost of the device and service.

- Brand Republic - UK

Acid attacks against women in India on the rise; survivors fight back

India had approximately 300 recorded attacks in 2016 but many attacks go unreported.         

- USA TODAY - US

Dr. Reddy's profit slumps 57%

'Price erosion in U.S., destocking ahead of GST rollout in India hurt margins'

- The Hindu - IN

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory. The measure would then be sent to the state House of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

UAE optimistic about oil production cut compliance to stabilise market

UAE optimistic about oil production cut compliance to stabilise market...

- MENAFN - JO

EU join Russia in condemning US Congress over new sanctions bill

- CNN Top Stories - US

U.S. State Dept. issues travel warning over possibly tainted alcohol in Mexico

The U.S. State Department is warning tourists going to Mexico about reports of tainted or substandard alcohol causing drinkers to become sick or pass out.

- Global News - CA

Passengers stuck at top of 'Oblivion' roller coaster at Alton Towers

Passengers are being escorted off the 'Oblivion' roller coaster at Alton Towers in the UK.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Texas Senate again OKs 'bathroom bill' over police criticism

A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again passed the state Senate on Tuesday over opposition from police and major corporations, but still faces an uncertain path to becoming law.

- WRAL.com - US

Will The UAE Further Boost Its OPEC Compliance?

Following Saudi Arabia's pledge to do the same, the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday its plans to reduce oil exports beginning in September of this year. The announcement was delivered on Twitter from UAE's Minister of Energy, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, reiterating its commitment to share in OPEC production cut.' ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Thai ex-prime minister vows to fight negligence charge

BANGKOK " Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose bank accounts were frozen this week, says she will fight to prove her innocence, as a trial that could put her in prison for 10 years enters its final stages.Yingluck...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

India won't allow driverless cars, says transport chief

Self-driving cars are a looming threat to to the human drivers that operate taxis around the world, but in one of the most populated countries, it could take a while before driverless cars start stealing jobs from humans. SEE ALSO: Driverless vans will now deliver groceries in London On Tuesday, India's transport and ...

- Mashable! - US

Nord Stream 2 will divide the EU, but new US sanctions will do more harm

Nord Stream 2 will increase Russia's influence over its neighbours and divide the European Union. But US sanctions against the pipeline will do more harm than good.

- EurActive - UK

Three Kenyans face burglary charges in Zimbabwe

The trio is accused of breaking into an apartment and stealing Sh6 million, gold and diamond jewellery.

- Daily Nation - KE

Trump mistreats native son Jeff Sessions, Alabama GOP says

- Townhall.com - US

Seeing more with PET scans: Surprising new mechanism for attaching chemical tracers discovered

Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development.

- PhysOrg - NL

New National Stadium to be tailored for soccer, rugby after 2020 Games: sources

The new National Stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be used exclusively for team ball sports like soccer and rugby after the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Truck carrying 310 pounds of marijuana stopped at Texas border crossing

Border cops in El Paso made a major haul on Saturday when they found 310 pounds of marijuana hidden in a pickup truck travelling from Mexico.The drug packs - with an estimated street value of $248,000 - were found hidden underneath,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Just How Far Can California Possibly Go on Climate?

California wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions more than even President Barack Obama had proposed. But can the state pull it off, or will it falter?

- New York Times - US

Capitol Hill staff prevent journalists from reporting on health care protesters

Capitol Hill staff blocked reporters from reporting on demonstrators who were protesting the Senate’s vote to proceed to debate on an as-yet-unknown Republican health care measure. In at least one case, a journalist said they forced him to delete his video of the protesters. As voting began on the measure, dozens of ...

- Media Matters for America - US

Alaska Airlines Plans to Launch in 30 More Markets by 2018

Alaska has been so well run that we expect its early transition hiccups to be ironed out before they cause United/Continental-level disasters. -Sean O'Neill

- Skift - US

United States' top judge is okay with modest public profile

America's top judge, Chief Justice John Roberts​, has been teaching a course in Wellington but who would have recognised him?

- Stuff - NZ

I finally bought one of KitchenAid's popular stand mixers, and it totally lives up to its hype

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. AmazonSome products have earned such a sterling reputation that it's easy to be skeptical whether all the hype is justified. I've been cooking and baking a lot ...

- Business Insider - US

Here's why Nitish Kumar changed his mind

Sources in JD said that though Nitish was not happy with the conduct of ministers nominated by RJD who would take orders from Lalu Prasad, it was the “reliable report” of the latter offering a deal to BJP which turned out to be the tipping point for him.

- Times Of India - IN

Want to take immediate revenge on Senate Republicans who voted to destroy health care? Here's how

We're now on the verge of health care Armageddon: Senate Republicans have voted to move forward and consider their mystery bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and take away health care from millions of Americans. Here's how we can punish them. Republicans currently hold a 52-to-48 advantage in the Senate. With Vice ...

- Daily Kos - US

Salvation in Transhumanism: Humanity merges with machines and lives for ever

The Eureka science show recently featured one of the leaders of the Transhumanist movement which believes humans will transcend disease and delay mortality indefinitely

- ZDNet - UK

The Obamacare repeal and the illusion of public opinion

After seven years of promises that they would repeal and replace Obamacare,' a government totally controlled by Republicans is having a very hard time making it happen. A vote to debate the GOP alternative passed by just one vote in the Senate—and required Vice President Pence to play tiebreaker. Despite the Republicans' ...

- Brookings - US

News24.com | Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

Zimbabwe's parliament has passed a bill amending the constitution to give the president sweeping powers to appoint the country's top judges without consulting any other institution.

- News24.com - ZA

CPI-M not to field Yechury for Rajya Sabha again

New Delhi, July 25 The CPI-M's Central Committee on Tuesday decided that party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury will not be fielded again as a Rajya Sabha candidate from West Bengal, observing that the party could not take support from the Congress. "Sitaram Yechury will not be fielded as Rajya Sabha candidate. In fact, we ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Three students claim sodomised, molested by fitness coach

IPOH, July 27 — Three students of a secondary school here have claimed that they were sodomised and molested by the school football team's part-time fitness coach-cum-physiotherapist. Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Gan...

- The Malay Mail - MY

State fair to open without rides after deadly malfunction

A state fair, where one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart, will be open Thursday, officials said, but the rides won't be running until they all are determined to be safe.

- WRAL.com - US

Nebraska prosecutor says he'll charge 2 officers with assault in death of man shocked with stun gun dozen times

- Townhall.com - US

Confederate name may be expelled from Virginia school

The school board chose the name in 1958, during the years in which Virginia was embroiled in what became known as Massive Resistance to federal desegregation efforts.

- Stars and Stripes - US

News24.com | France asks for help to fight Cote d'Azur fires

France has asked for Europe's help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swathes of forest in the southeast, one of which is raging near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez.

- News24.com - ZA

Uighurs arrested in Egypt face unknown fate

Human rights groups are calling for answers on the whereabouts of dozens of Uighurs arrested by Egyptian authorities.

- Al Jazeera - QA

'That's not what I asked': CNN's Poppy Harlow goes off on GOPer for blaming Trump's tweets on the media

Things got heated on CNN after a Republican congressman said the media was to blame for the tweets sent out by President Donald Trump. CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and John Berman on Tuesday questioned Congressman Ken Buck about Trump's recent tweets that attacked his own attorney general. Bu...

- The Raw Story - US

Indian state leader resigns in potential boost for Modi

NEW DELHI, July 26 — The leader of India's eastern Bihar state resigned from his post today in a surprise move widely expected to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power. Nitish Kumar, the popular chief minister of one of...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Admiral Says He Would Obey Trump Order to Nuke China

The US Pacific Fleet commander said Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief. Adm. Scott Swift was responding to a hypothetical question at an Australian National University...

- Newser - US

Trump blasts Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski for health care vote

Kevin Lamarque/ReutersWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is attacking a Republican senator who opposed moving forward with long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Trump says on Twitter Wednesday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, "really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too ...

- Business Insider - US