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New Zealand Bans Home Sales To Most Foreigners: 'It's Not A Right, It's A Privilege'

Squeezed by high prices and low home ownership, the country's housing market has become a big concern for New Zealanders. As part of their solution, lawmakers took aim at buyers beyond their borders.

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Senior Chinese Monk Resigns After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A top Buddhist monk in China was accused by multiple nuns in a report that circulated on social media. He has publicly denied the reports of misconduct.

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Bombing In Kabul Targets Educational Center, Kills Dozens Of Young People

A suicide bomber reportedly struck a classroom in a Shiite neighborhood where teenagers, male and female, were studying for college entrance exams. Authorities say the death toll is at least 48.

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Trump Revokes Clearance Of Ex-CIA Boss Brennan, Puts Other Critics On Notice

In addition to revoking the clearance of former CIA Director and outspoken Trump critic John Brennan, Trump called for a review of the clearances of nine current and former government officials.

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Alex Jones Penalized By Twitter

Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels. Jones cannot tweet on his main account for one week.

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Why Facebook Enlisted This Research Lab to Track Its Trolls

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:40
What can the 14-person Digital Forensics Research Lab discover about fake news on Facebook that the billion-dollar company doesn't already know?
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'Crazy Rich Asians' Changes Nothing About Rom-Coms, and Everything About Movies

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:27
Jon H. Chu’s posh extravaganza is a movie of communal heart and necessary firsts.
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How To Get Women To Trust The Police? 'Gender' Desks

In Tanzania and Zanzibar, the rate of sexual assault is high. And even the police admit they don't do a good job responding to complainants. So they came up with a plan.

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With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders

Despite laws guaranteeing access to health care, non-English speakers in the U.S. often rely on family and friends as ad-hoc interpreters — and may misunderstand what doctors think they're conveying.

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Turkey Frees Honorary Chair Of Amnesty International Turkey After Year In Jail

Although Turkey released Taner Kiliç, it refused to free an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

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How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00
A pair of clever studies show how the development of advanced social robots is far outpacing our understanding of how they’re going to make us feel.
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Turkey Counterpunches By Raising Tariffs On U.S. Goods

Ankara has increased tariffs on U.S. products ranging from liquor to automobiles to beauty products, in some cases more than tripling them.

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Coinbase Acquires Distributed Systems to Double Down on Digital Identity

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:00
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is banking on decentralized identity to help it find long-term relevance.
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Los Angeles Is Deploying Body Scanners To Screen Metro Riders

LA's public transit system says it is the first in the U.S. to buy passive millimeter wave scanners for metro stations. The Transportation Security Administration has been doing tests for a year.

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Death Toll In Genoa Bridge Collapse Rises To 39

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said a private company responsible for maintaining the Ponte Morandi Bridge did not do its job and was responsible for the collapse.

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FACT CHECK: White House Apologizes For False Claim About African-American Jobs

The White House backtracked this week on claims that President Trump has overseen more job gains among African-Americans than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

Climate change is causing more severe flooding around the country, and a disproportionate number of Native American communities are on the front lines.

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FACT CHECK: Can Trump Legally Keep Former Staff Quiet? Probably Not

The Trump campaign says former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman broke a nondisclosure agreement. But an employment lawyer says, "She's going to be able to continue with what she's doing."

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Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:28
Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?
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A Big Night For Democratic Diversity, And 3 Other Primary Takeaways

For the first time, a transgender candidate won a major party nomination for governor. Plus, a possible new chapter in the #MeToo era; education as a major theme; and high Democratic turnout.

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