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What the Protests in Russia Mean for President Putin

What the Protests in Russia Mean for President PutinProtests in Russia were put down brutally. What the response reveals about President Putin's popularity and control.



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Iran is ready to negotiate but not if negotiations mean surrender: Iran president

Iran is ready to negotiate but not if negotiations mean surrender: Iran presidentIran is ready for “just” negotiations but not if they mean surrender, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, without saying what talks he had in mind. Rouhani seemed to be referring to possible negotiations with the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year but has said he is willing to hold talks with the Islamic Republic.



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Redesigned airplane seats could mean more space for middle seat

Redesigned airplane seats could mean more space for middle seatThe new design would stagger and lower the middle seats slightly, creating a larger seat and more space on the armrest.



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UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy – Tweet

UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - TweetIran said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week. Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.



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What Does the Assange Arrest Mean for Press Freedoms in America?

What Does the Assange Arrest Mean for Press Freedoms in America?Julian Assange was arrested in London this morning, emerging after more than six and half years from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been granted asylum in August 2012. Originally welcomed by leftist Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, Assange’s status has been in negotiation for almost a year by centrist President Lenin Moreno who took office in 2017. Moreno had cut off Assange’s internet connection in the embassy in March 2018, making communication with the outside world difficult. Assange founded Wikileaks, a public archive of leaked government documents, in 2006 and served as its editor for over a decade. In this capacity, Wikileaks has published war logs for both the Iraq and Afghan wars, U.S. State Department diplomatic cables and emails from the Democratic National Committee. The now-public documents have broken numerous new stories, from war crimes in Iraq to corruption at the DNC. While its defenders point to its record of accuracy and use of widely-accepted journalistic norms for obtaining classified documents, Wikileaks’ detractors consider it, in the words of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “a non-state hostile intelligence service.”



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College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?

College admissions scandal: Does attending an elite school mean you'll earn more money?The college admissions scandal comes down to money. Graduating from elite schools translates into better jobs and higher salaries, most people think.



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Paul Manafort sentencing: What does jailing of Trump's former campaign chief mean for president?

Paul Manafort sentencing: What does jailing of Trump's former campaign chief mean for president?Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. New York prosecutors are also looking into Mr Trump’s inaugural fund. Congressional investigations also are swirling around the president.



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Howard Dean warns Schultz's 'vanity candidacy' could mean a 2nd term for Trump

Howard Dean warns Schultz's 'vanity candidacy' could mean a 2nd term for TrumpThe former Starbucks chief executive stirs up fear and anxiety by floating an independent presidential run.



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What changes to the minimum wage mean for small businesses in America

What changes to the minimum wage mean for small businesses in AmericaThe minimum wage is set to increase in 20 states, affecting millions of workers. But how will this forced pay increase impact business owners?



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What does it mean if the hole in the ISS was drilled from the inside?

What does it mean if the hole in the ISS was drilled from the inside?There isn't much contest for the most bizarre space news story of the year. If anyone were to give away such an award it would definitely be handed to the bizarre saga of the leak that spontaneously appeared in the hull of a Soyuz spacecraft that was attached to the International Space Station several months ago. Now, with the ship itself safely back on Earth and the portion of the spacecraft that held the hole jettisoned during reentry, it's up to Russia to determine how the hole was created, when, and by whom.

The country's investigation into the strange incident has seemed messy to any outside observer, with statements from officials coming fast and furious in the days following the hole's discovery and then tapering off rapidly with no resolution. This week, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev told reporters that the hunt for the truth was in the hands of the Russian space program, but he also stated definitively that the hole was created from the inside.

Okay, so the hole was drilled from inside the spacecraft and wasn't drilled into the interior from the exterior, but what does that mean and is it important? Well, at the moment it doesn't mean a whole lot, especially if you place any weight on early statements from Russian officials who believed the damage was created during the spacecraft's manufacturing process.

Ships like Russia's Soyuz go through extensive testing and inspection before they're allowed to be strapped onto a rocket and shot into space. Everything has to be pretty much perfect for a ship to be cleared to take human passengers, and the fact that the hole wasn't addressed during the inspection and verification process is obviously peculiar.

Early on, rumblings out of Russia suggested that maybe one of the ISS crew members (a NASA astronaut, perhaps) had drilled the hole in order to cut a mission short so a sick crew member could return. Those assertions were quickly shot down by the crew and Russia rapidly denied suggesting that anyone aboard the ISS was responsible.

Assuming the damage was created when the ship was still on Earth, the fact that it was drilled from the inside might not mean all that much. The hole, which was apparently hidden with a low-quality patch job, ultimately posed no threat the crew, but it's still a nasty mark on Russia's Soyuz program which NASA and other international space groups have relied on to get scientists into space.



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