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IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions - rt

IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions

Iran’s top general didn’t shy away from taking aim at Trump, metaphorically, telling him to worry about his signature haircut if the US puts any Iranian in harm’s way. It comes as more shots were fired in the US-Iran war of words.
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France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores - rt

France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores

France has pushed back against Washington’s assertion that Hezbollah has stockpiles of ammonium nitrate stashed around Europe, stating there’s no indication of such stores existing in its own country.
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Cargo plane ploughs into barrier after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport (PHOTOS)

A twin-engine aircraft carrying cargo to Somalia slid off the runway and rammed into a concrete fence after landing at Mogadishu airport. Photos from the scene show the airframe was severely damaged in the impact.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87 - vice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87

Ginsburg’s passing signals the eruption of a new battle over the future of the high court, which will begin just weeks before the presidential election on November 3.
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US deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces

The Pentagon has sent a number of armored vehicles, radar systems and additional troops to Syria in a show of force, bolstering the US military presence in the country following a run-in with Russian forces last month.
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Admiral Insurance boss gives staff £10,000,000 bonus after retiring

Chief Executive David Stevens, 58, said it was the 'right thing to do' to reward his staff for their efforts.
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Man convinced he saw UFO after spotting ‘green flying saucer’ in the sky

Before this encounter, he didn't believe that flying saucers were real.
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French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
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Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS)

Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction.
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Grandmother risks own health to feed poor in Covid-hit Peru

Peru locked down hard and early, but now it's battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with their president declaring it "a war".
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First votes cast in US presidential election

The first votes have already been cast in November's US presidential election, as early voting opened in four states.
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Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India

Tonight marks the start of the Jewish new year and a fortnight which includes the holiest days in its calendar.
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Fears ‘lost generation’ unemployment could top a million

No jobs, no training, no opportunities - in an economy battered by the impact of the pandemic there’s little wonder that young people are being called the lost generation.
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Amal Clooney resigns as UK envoy over Brexit bill

The human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is resigning as the UK's special envoy on media freedom over what she called the government's "lamentable" suggestion that it could breach international law.
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We Just Ran Out of Names For Tropical Storms This Year Because 2020

“Get Out the Greek Alphabet For the Rest of 2020,” the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Tweet Friday. 
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Series 6, Episode 4: Erin Brockovich

Krishnan speaks to the woman whose story was brought memorably to life by Julia Roberts back in the year 2000 about the impact of that film, the power of community action and why water could save the planet. 
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Protester Says a Cop Sexually Assaulted Him With a Baton During Arrest

“Getting arrested is one thing but they beat the shit out of me,” said Michael Jacobs, who was arrested during a protest near a homeless encampment in Denver.
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Victoria police could arrest people who ‘MIGHT’ breach Covid lockdown under proposed bill

A proposal allowing police to preemptively lock up those they believe “might” violate coronavirus lockdown measures has gone before the Victoria state parliament, with many fearing it opens the door to unprecedented abuses.
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Rosh Hashanah 2020: Happy Jewish New Year! When is it, greetings and what does Shana Tova mean? - metro

Rosh Hashanah 2020: Happy Jewish New Year! When is it, greetings and what does Shana Tova mean?

Jewish New Year is finally here!
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Irish deputy PM ATTACKED with beverage in park (VIDEOS)

Irish Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar had a TV spot ruined when a skateboard-toting woman approached and chucked what looked like a cup of coffee in his face, before fleeing the scene.
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Red States Keep Voting to Give Government Health Care to Poor People

Red States Keep Voting to Give Government Health Care to Poor People

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Missouri just became the sixth red state where voters decided to provide greater health care coverage to the poor by expanding Medicaid, despite Republicans’ resistance to the Obamacare program.

Voters in the Republican-controlled state approved a ballot initiative by 53% that adds the program into the state’s constitution. The change ensures care for as many as 231,000 adults who might’ve otherwise gone without health insurance, which can be prohibitively expensive. 

In states without Medicaid expansion, like Texas, it can be virtually impossible to qualify for the program unless you’re pregnant, an extremely low-income parent, or deeply ill and disabled. In Missouri, childless, non-disabled adults can’t qualify for Medicaid, regardless of their income level.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act sought to bring more people into the fray by allowing adults who make up to 138% of the federal poverty level each year to qualify for the largely popular program. In a Medicaid expansion state, a family of four would qualify this year if they made  $36,156 or less. 

That broader qualification could be especially important now, since millions of Americans have both their jobs and the health insurance plans that were tied to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Missouri is the second state to expand Medicaid since the virus swept the nation; Oklahomans decided to expand Medicaid via ballot initiative in June. 

But many Republican states continue to reject the program, even as data has shown that it’s benefited cancer patients, rural hospitals fighting against closure, and families facing economic insecurity and medical debt. There are only 12 states left that haven’t expanded Medicaid — and most are led by Republicans in the South, in states with some of the worst health-care outcomes in the nation. A 2012 Supreme Court decision left it up to the states to determine whether or not to expand Medicaid. 

Missouri’s program will take effect by July 2021, and Gov. Mike Parson had previously said he’d adhere to whatever voters approved on Medicaid, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, although he personally opposes expansion and worries it’ll be costly.

A coalition of Republican attorneys general, including Missouri’s, has asked the Supreme Court to gut the entire Affordable Care Act, which would endanger Medicaid expansion nationwide and health insurance coverage for more than 23 million people. Their fight is supported by the Trump administration, which has declined to defend the federal law in court.

President Donald Trump said he’d introduce some sort of replacement program at the beginning of this month but has so far failed to do so, leaving Americans in the lurch if Obamacare is struck down.

Cover: FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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