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Pentagon chief warns of 'tough year' for Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned of "another tough year" in Afghanistan as he arrived on an unannounced visit Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in dis...

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Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoff

Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoffPARIS (AP) — France's established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential runoff, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron — an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace.

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Does Donald Trump actually know where Mars is?

Does Donald Trump actually know where Mars is?

Earlier today, President Trump took time out of his busy schedule to video-call the American astronauts aboard the International Space Station. In between comments on how great American technology is, Trump seems to have let slip his administration's Mars policy. According to the pool report of the conversation, it's kinda ambitious:

POTUS asked about the timeline for placing humans on Mars, and said he would like to speed up the timeline to get that done "at worst, during my second term."

"I have great respect for you folks, it's amazing what you do." POTUS said.

To be clear: Trump wants, "at worst," to have humans on Mars by 2024. That's an improvement of decades on NASA's current plan, which has the first Mars fly-by pencilled in for 2033, and no real plan for a human landing on Mars any time soon. That plan also assumes that NASA's budget remains intact and American scientific institutions aren't gutted, which is far from certain right now.

More importantly, this raises the question of whether Trump actually knows where Mars is. It's quite possible that he's talking about getting humans to the Moon again, rather than Mars. His administration has said before that it'd like to see human space exploration (outside of the ISS) by the end of Trump's first term, which agrees with what Trump said about getting folks to the Moon/Mars "at worst, during my second term."

Now we're left to wonder which is more likely: a President who thinks it's realistic to shave 20 years off the Martian exploration program, or one that confuses different celestial bodies. If the Earth can make it to 2024 intact, I guess we'll find out.

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No phone has ever performed worse than the Galaxy S8 in SquareTrade’s drop test

No phone has ever performed worse than the Galaxy S8 in SquareTrade’s drop test

The Galaxy S8 has “a screen without limits, except one: sidewalks." That’s how SquareTrade ends its breakability test for the newly released phone. This is hardly the first Galaxy S8 drop test we’ve seen, and the results reinforce the findings shared by earlier tests. Moreover, becauseSquareTrade puts all smartphones through exactly the same paces to test their durability, this might be one of the best indications yet as far as indicating how durable the Galaxy S8 is compared to other phones.

The Galaxy S8 is the first phone SquareTrade tested “that’s cracked on the first drop on all sides,” the firm noted in its video. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are both made out of glass, just like their predecessors, but they performed significantly worse than last year’s Samsung flagships.

In addition to dropping the phones using a robot. SquareTrade also tumbled the phones and dunked them in water to test out their durability.

While the display may crack easily and the handset isn’t easy at all to repair, the Galaxy S8 is still a very attractive device for buyers.

"We found that 89 percent of Samsung owners reported having a positive view of the brand despite recent controversies, and 36 percent plan on buying an S8 in the next six months," SquareTrade's global creative director Jason Siciliano said. "Just don't drop it."

Long story short, you're definitely going to want to protect your new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ with a good case. Check out the full SquareTrade video below.


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Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation

The public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.

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Anti-Semitic acts spiked since Trump election win, watchdog says

Anti-Semitic incidents, from bomb threats and cemetery desecration to assaults and bullying, have surged in the United States since the election of President Donald Trump, and a "heightened political atmosphere" played a role in the rise, the Anti-Defa...

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