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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki called initial stages of the new security crackdown in Baghdad a “dazzling success.” Later, six explosions in three markets killed 127 people, and suspected insurgents shot six people in the head in a public garden.NYTNYTNYTAmerican forces, targeting Taliban fighters, launched artillery rounds into Pakistan.BreitbartPresident George W. Bush expressed “certainty” that the Iranian government has been supplying Iraqi insurgents with weapons and extended the deployment of 3,200 soldiers so close to the end of their tour that their uniforms and supplies had already been packed for shipment.CBS4DenverNYTBush suggested that he was not particularly interested in Congressional deliberations over the proposed troop surge. “In terms of watching the debate, Iâ??ve got a lot to do,” he said. “Itâ??s not as if the world stops when the Congress does.”NYTFormer CIA Director George Tenet was working on a memoir,NYTand defense attorneys for I. Lewis Libby Jr. declared that neither Libby nor Vice President Dick Cheney would take the stand.NYTThe trial for the 2004 Madrid bombings began; 18 suspects watched the proceedings from a bulletproof glass chamber.The SunThe Navy announced that specially trained dolphins and sea lions may patrol a military base in Washington State that is vulnerable to attack by swimmers and scuba divers; the sea lions are trained to clamp cuffs around swimmers’ legs so that the swimmers can be reeled in.APA Japanesedolphin was fitted with an artificial tail.DailyMail
A former dentist named Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, a close ally of deceased autocrat Saparmurat Niyazov, took office as Turkmenistan’s new president,and in Guinea, President Lansana ContĂ© declared martial law in response to violent street protests calling for his resignation.NYTA gunman in Salt Lake City went on a shooting rampage in the Trolley Square mall, killing five before he was shot dead by police.NYTA United Nations expert panel announced a 50 percent likelihood that widespread ice sheet loss was inevitable and could elevate sea levels by up to 19 feet in the next several hundred years.GuardianRichard Branson offered a $25 million prize to anyone who can remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere.NYTEvidence from new photographs of Mars suggested subterranean streams capable of hosting simple forms of life.Bloomberg.comAn airline pilot from Minnesota won two $25,000 lottery jackpots over two consecutive days, while the winning ticket of a $3.5 million Connecticut Classic Lotto jackpot expired without the winner stepping forward.AP via MiamiHeraldNYTBank of America was offering a new credit card aimed at illegal immigrants.ReutersChinese authorities sentenced businessman Wang Zhendong to death for his role in duping 10,000 investors out of $390 million in a giant ant-farming scam,BBCand a salmonella outbreak in 39 states was traced to contaminated peanut butter.CNN
A Pittsburgh-area woman pleaded guilty to attempted homicide, assault, and kidnapping for trying to cut a fetus out of her neighbor’s womb.AP via BreitbartIn central India, police launched an investigation after discovering a plastic bag stuffed with the skeletal remains of at least six newborns on the grounds of a Christian missionary hospital,CNNand the Indian government described plans for a countrywide network of cradles where parents can abandon unwanted baby girls.BBCA couple in Ohio were sentenced to two years in prison for forcing their adopted, special-needs children to sleep in cages.AP via Chicago Sun-TimesAfter studying 21 industrialized nations, the U.N. concluded that Dutch children were the most happy, and British and American children the least.BBCA Florida production of “The Vagina Monologues” changed its name to “The Hoohaa Monologues” after a woman claimed the title was offensive,iol.co.zaand a book called The Higher Power of Lucky, the winner of this year’s Newbery Medal, was reportedly banned from several school libraries because it includes the word “scrotum.”NYTNew Mexico placed 500 talking urinal-deodorizer cakes in public bathrooms.AP via NYTFormer NBA all-star Tim Hardaway told a radio program, “I hate gay people,”CBS4and Nigeria’s House of Representatives introduced a new bill that would criminalize homosexual relations.BBCActor Ralph Fiennes admitted to having sex in an aircraft bathroom with a stewardess, whom his spokeswoman called a “sexual aggressor,”ThisIsLondonand an Irvine, California, police officer was found not guilty of charges that he ejaculated on a female motorist during an early-morning traffic stop. “She got what she wanted,” explained the officer’s lawyer. “Sheâ??s an overtly sexual person.”OC WeeklyHarvard University named historian Drew Gilpin Faust as its first female president.CBSBritney Spearsshaved her head.AP via CNN
More from Gemma Sieff:
Flor Arely SĂˇnchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San JuliĂˇn region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases â€” first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didnâ€™t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Average amount of time a child spends in Santa Claus’s lap at Macy’s (in seconds):
Beer does not cause beer bellies.
Following the arrest of at least 10 clowns in Kentucky and Alabama, Tennesseans were warned that clowns could be â€śpredatorsâ€ť and Pennsylvanians were advised not to interact with what one police chief described as â€śknuckleheads with clown-like clothes on.â€ť
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