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Half whale-half dophin spotted for first time off coast of Hawaii

That's because two animal species are unlikely to have the same number of chromosomes, and hybrids won't be able to reproduce if their parents are too genetically dissimilar. The hybrid was spotted spending most of its time alongside another melon-headed whale by scientists on a two-week tagging and monitoring effort. "We were able to get a biopsy sample of the animal" as reported by express.co.uk.

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US Intelligence: North Korea Is Continuing to Produce ICBMs

US spy agencies suspect that North Korea is building new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's first ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. The repatriation is a breakthrough in a long-stalled USA effort to obtain war remains from North Korea. Satellite photos suggest at least one Hwasong-15 is in production at the site, the Washington Post reported .

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North Korea is working on new missiles, USA spy agencies say

U.S. soldiers salute during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of United States soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea , at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea . Indonesian authorities have invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games, which will run from August 18 until September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang.

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Facebook Spikes Suspected Russian Accounts Tied to 2018 Election Meddling

Facebook said 30 events were created by these Facebook accounts. "I am glad that Facebook is taking some steps to pinpoint and address this activity". In February, the U.S. Justice Department indicted the Internet Research Agency and 13 Russian nationals for allegedly using a widespread social media campaign to foster divisions among Americans and interfere in the 2016 election.

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States Move to Stop Website From Posting 3D-Printed Gun Files

The federal government settled a lawsuit with Wilson's organization Defense Distributed, allowing the company to publish its first batch of blueprints last Friday. "I intend to litigate", he told the magazine. "Gun blue prints are and have always been readily available on the internet", he tweeted. A reporter was able to download two files from the website on Tuesday, though it had some technical glitches and was hard to access.

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Thieves captured after stashing shark in baby stroller during heist

It was safely returned Monday night to the San Antonio Aquarium . A 38-year-old man has since been arrested, according to KSAT12. According to Spellman, the men went into a back room and put the shark into a San Antonio Aquarium bucket that had a bleach solution.

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Puan delivers invitation to Kim Jong-un to attend Asian Games

The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea's capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was "no longer a Nuclear Threat".

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Ex-Trump aide Manafort faces charges in first trial of Russian Federation probe

Before joining Mr Trump's team in summer 2016, Paul Manafort had worked on a number of Republican presidential campaigns, including those of Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s and Ronald Reagan from 1978 to 1980. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Manafort hid 30 foreign bank accounts from United States authorities. Prosecutor Greg Andres reassured the judge that "there will be no pictures of scantily clad women, period", nor photographs of Russian flags.

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Trump lawyer Giuliani 'confused' to claim attorney-client privilege: Cohen lawyer

Cohen's lawyer released a tape earlier this week of what is said to be a secretly recorded conversation between Cohen and Trump in September 2016 in which the two men discuss how to buy the rights to a former Playboy model's story of an affair with Trump.

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Two Americans Killed in Hit-And-Run While Cycling in Tajikistan

Tajik officials said that two suspects involved in the incident were later "liquidated", according to BBC. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said a third victim of the accident was a Swiss national. On its Facebook page, the US embassy in Dushanbe confirmed the American fatalities. A terrorist attack is being considered as a possible motive behind the deadly ramming of foreign cyclists in Tajikistan, police have said.

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California fires: 50,000 people evacuated as deadly flames destroy hundreds of buildings

Meanwhile officials said a second firefighter died fighting a huge blaze to the south near Yosemite National Park. An army of some 3,500 firefighters and a squadron of 17 water-dropping helicopters had carved buffer lines around just 5 percent of the fire's perimeter as of Sunday.

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Disappointment for relatives as long-awaited investigation into MH370 proves inconclusive

Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team for MH370, led by Datuk Kok Soo Chon, released the long-awaited Safety Investigation Report today, noting that this will not be the final report on the investigation as perceived by many. 'We are refreshing the page until the report comes in our emails'. Ms Weeks, who moved from Perth to Queensland after the tragedy, said the search had to go on as the crash may have been due to a problem with the Boeing 777 model.

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Cohen wants gag order against Stormy Daniels' attorney

Otero said the constitution is "neither a trick nor an illusion" and told Blakely his request was "serious business". In a court filing, Blakely referred to Avenatti as a "small-town carnival magician" using the First Amendment as a bag of tricks, ABC reported.

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Putin says he has invited Trump to Moscow

The vice president added a caveat: "Maintaining the decorum that's due at the White House is an issue". The two leaders may not meet again one-on-one until next year. The summit between the United States and Russian leaders in the Finnish capital this month unleashed political turmoil in Washington, with some critics accusing the United States president of betraying America's interests.

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Donald Trump willing to shut down government over border security

President Donald Trump said Sunday he'd be willing to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals, including building a wall along the U.S. McConnell canceled most of the Senate's recess to give senators time to work on the annual spending bills that fund government operations. Hundreds of children still remain separated.

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Israel navy intercepts activist boat trying to break Gaza blockade

In that incident, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists when they raided a six-ship flotilla trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of the blockade. "In response, an IDF aircraft targeted an observation post in the northern Gaza Strip", the IDF said on Twitter . The boats are carrying 13,000 euros worth of medical supplies collectively raised by the coalition, its partner the ICBSG, and the other national solidarity groups involved.

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On Eve of Zimbabwe’s Election, Mugabe Rails Against an Old Friend

There have been reports of intimidation and coercion, and state media is biased toward the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). "I will make my choice among the other 22 (candidates) but it is a long list". Mr Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF party is predicted to scrape a win, according to the latest polls, although these are not wholly reliable.

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Palestinian protest icon Tamimi released from Israeli prison

Ahed Tamimi , the Palestinian teenage girl turned protest symbol who was filmed hitting Israeli soldiers previous year, has been released after serving an nearly eight-month prison sentence. "I salute everyone who supported me and my case". Tamimi's village of Nabi Saleh, about 12 miles northwest of the Palestinian administrative capital of Ramallah, has seen weekly protests against Israel's occupation since 2009.

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Israel hits Syria after rockets fall into Sea of Galilee

Al Watan, a pro-regime newspaper, reported on Thursday that "army troops raised the Syrian flag above the Quneitra crossing, a few dozen metres from enemy Israeli troops". A military spokesman said that two projectiles were fired from Syria into Israeli territory, without providing further detail. Russian and Israeli officials have met several times the past couple of months to discuss Israel's security concerns in Syria.

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Xi says China firmly supports free trade, opens market with new platforms

China and India - being "vindicators" of the contemporary global order - should work towards upholding multilateralism and economic globalisation, official news agency Xinhua has quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the ongoing 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg .

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Colombian cartel places $7,000 bounty on talented police dog

Sombra's victories have turned her into somewhat of a media darling, and, as she struts around Bogota's airport with her handler, fans occasionally stop her for a selfie. According to Colombia's RCN Radio, police intelligence recently learned about the bounty set by the Urabeños, also known as the Gulf Clan. A few months ago, the tenacious hound also detected 77 kilos of cocaine placed deep inside an industrial machine.

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Israel to build new settler homes after deadly knife attack

Sources added that Israeli forces raided and thoroughly searched several homes in the village and detained three Palestinians identified as Nasrallah Youssef Mashaal, 17, and his brother Muhammad Mashaal, 21, and Khaldun Barghouthi, 42. At least 20,000 others are also under threat of termination after UNRWA reported over $200 million deficit following a decision by the United States, the biggest donor to UNRWA with $300 million a year, to significantly slash its annual contribution to punish ...

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European Union negotiator Barnier pours cold water on May's customs plan

Mr Raab and Mr Barnier have agreed to meet again in mid-August before holding weekly discussions until October, which has been set as a deadline for concluding a Brexit deal. At the heart of the conundrum lies an European Union insistence that the way to avoid a "hard border" is for Northern Ireland to follow European Union rules as in Ireland and, if need be, different from those on the British mainland, while May rejects new barriers to goods moving from the mainland to the troubled province.

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Zoo paints stripes on donkey to make visitors think it’s a zebra

Zoo officials denied making an ass of themselves, with the facility's director telling local radio station Nogoum FM that the animal is in fact a zebra and not a donkey in disguise. However, the zoo has denied that the zebra was fake. This particular "zebra" for example, lacked the distinctive mane and long ears associated with the African animal.

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North Korea returns USA war remains

The repatriation of the remains comes as part of a deal struck by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeadows threatens to force a vote on Rosenstein impeachment Republican feels "victimized" by Twitter "shadow banning" GOP senators surprised to attend Trump's tariffs announcement MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a landmark summit in Singapore last month.