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Palestinian in West Bank attack bid killed: Israel police

A Palestinian teenager who tried to attack an Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank with a knife on Saturday was shot dead, an Israeli police spokeswoman said. The Palestinian health ministry identified the teenager as Qoteiba Yussef Zahran f...

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Boston 'free speech' rally dwarfed by thousands of counter-protesters

Boston 'free speech' rally dwarfed by thousands of counter-protestersEight people were arrested at a "Free Speech Rally" in Boston that organisers said "fell  apart" after it as dwarfed by a counter-protest against white nationalism. About 30 people attending the rally huddled on Boston Common's bandstand, their words drowned out by more than 10,000 counter-protesters. The two sides were kept more than 50 metres apart by fencing and police.  Trouble flared only briefly. At the end of the hour-long rally when the speakers were hustled into a police van that was quickly surrounded by a mob shouting "make them walk".  After a tense standoff police cleared a route away with a rolling blockade of motorbikes and bicycles.  Police said they made 27  arrests.  State and city police inspect people arriving for a "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common Credit: Michael Dwyer/AP  American police had feared radical bands of counter-protesters were adding acid to their arsenal of extreme violence as they tried to disrupt far Right rallies and protests. The US has endured a hot week of demonstrations and soul-searching as the country re-examines its troubled racial history and the fall-out from Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency. Counterprotesters hold signs before conservative organizers begin a planned "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common, Saturday Credit: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer As free speech campaigners and counter-protesters gathered in Boston for the latest potential flashpoint on Saturday, officers said they were worried militants were armed with acid. “We think it’s what they had in Charlottesville,” said one policeman, dressed all in black and equipped with a body camera, referring to violence last weekend in Virginia. “They are using hydrochloric acid or battery acid. “Their tactic now seems to be to cause so much trouble that the event just gets shut down before it can even begin.” Counter protesters gather in Roxbury before marching to the 'Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images A law enforcement official told the Boston Globe that officers were investigating reports that radical counter-protesters were planning to throw acid. More than 600 officers yesterday patrolled fences and concrete blockades arranged on Boston Common to keep two rival rallies apart as crowds began gathering. Among them were more than 100 so-called antifa Left-wingers, wearing black scarves over their faces who paraded across the common chanting: “Nazi scum, off our streets.” Police stand by as thousands of protesters prepare to march in Boston Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images They are becoming a familiar sight as white supremacists assert their right to rally, one side in a bitter summer of discontent. The Boston event had been three months in the planning but took on greater significance after clashes in Charlottesville where a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, died when a car crashed into a crowd. Organisers of a the counter protest in Boston urged people to attend amid fears that members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups would be among those at the free speech rally. Although the rally organizers stress that they are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups, the city of Boston and Police Commissioner William Evans are preparing for possible confrontations  Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images John Medlar, spokesman for Boston Free Speech which organised the rally, said such groups were not welcome. “We have made sure that one of the groups invited is not coming and have been clear that we are not neo Nazis. This has been misreported. We are only about free speech and have people from Left and Right speaking,” he said, referring to the part of the US constitution that guarantees free expression. Charlottesville far-right rally organiser is literally chased out of town 00:59 Among the confirmed guests were Joe Biggs, who used to work for the conspiracy-mongering website Infowars, as well as Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist who claims to have invented email and is now running for the Senate. Police set strict limits banning protesters carrying anything that can be used as a weapon, as well as dogs and personal protection gear. However, that was not enough to prevent dozens of counter-protesters arriving with scarves over their faces and helmets. “It’s for protection,” said one man, who asked not to give his name. Charlottesville far-right protest  


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Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protests

Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protestsBOSTON (AP) — Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.


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Why the US total solar eclipse is so special

Why the US total solar eclipse is so specialOn August 21, the US will experience the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth and blocks the sun. For those lucky enough to witness it in America it will be an unique experience, says Affelia Wibisono, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Total Solar Eclipse in Australia 2012 Credit: Taxi Japan/Taxi Japan "They will see the sky get darker. It will feel like night-time has come early. "They might hear the birds singing. Some animals do get a little bit confused about what’s happening. "But not only that, people might actually see the stars come out during the daytime and if they are very, very lucky the might see some of the planets." What creates a total solar eclipse Unfortunately, in the UK only a slight partial eclipse will be visible. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090.


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Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

Solar Eclipse Safety TipsMany areas of the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21, 2017, but there are some important safety concerns when it comes to experiencing an eclipse. A total solar eclipse will start in Oregon and stretch across the country all the way to South Carolina -- find out if you are in the eclipse's path of totality HERE -- with most people getting to see a partial eclipse. According to NASA, the only safe way to look at the sun during this event with special-purpose solar filters, commonly called “eclipse glasses” or a hand-held solar viewer.


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No Human Remains Found In Search For Natalee Holloway: Prosecutor

Dave Holloway, father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, said on national television this week that he found human bones in Aruba, where his daughter vanished a dozen years ago, and submitted them for DNA testing.

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California mass killer spared death sentence

California mass killer spared death sentenceSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ruled Friday that a convicted mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over authorities' use of jailhouse informants.


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