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Japanese Prime Minister Meets With Raul And Fidel Castro
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up Friday his two-day state visit to Cuba, during which he paved the way for Japanese companies to do business on the Caribbean island, where the thaw in relations with the United States has sparked renewed interest in the Oriental economic power. Abe's presence in Cuba is the first visit to the Caribbean country by a Japanese government, though historic relations between the two countries go back 400 years to when the samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga had a two-day stopover at Havana in 1614 on his way to Europe. Fox News

Obama Reportedly Used Pseudonym To Email With Clinton On Her Private Server
President Obama used a pseudonym when sending or receiving emails through the private server system Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, according to nearly 200 pages of documents released Friday by the FBI. Included in the documents are notes from an April 2016 interview with long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, conducted in connection with the FBI’s two-year investigation into Clinton’s use of the private server for official correspondence. One note was about the FBI showing Abedin an email address “believed to be a pseudonym used by the President,” as reported by Politico and other news-gathering agencies. Fox News

Cruz Uneasily Debuts As Trump Surrogate
Ted Cruz offered his first extensive defense of his endorsement of Donald Trump here Saturday, declining to disavow his searing criticisms of Trump's candidacy but arguing he made the best decision possible in a tough political box. Twenty-four hours after surprisingly abandoning his months-long opposition to his former Republican primary foe, Cruz uneasily stumped for Trump's White House bid, portraying him as the best and only option to stop Hillary Clinton. But he passed on chances to say that Trump was "fit" to be president and to take back some of his most notable attacks delivered just a few months ago. "I have had many, many disagreements with Donald Trump. And some of them you've catalogued," Cruz said after being read several of the insults by interviewer Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune. "I don't think it's productive to criticize the Republican nominee today." CNN

Clinton, Trump Scrap Plans To Visit Charlotte After Mayor's Plea
The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, publicly asked Friday that the two leading presidential candidates delay plans to visit her city, which has been rocked this week by unrest following a police shooting of a black man. Hours later, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's campaigns said they were dropping plans to visit the city in the upcoming days. "We appreciate the support of the candidates. We appreciate that they are concerned about Charlotte," Jennifer Roberts told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront." "At this point, we do have very stretched resources for security and they are working around the clock. If there would be a way to delay those visits in terms of giving us a chance to get our city back to order and back to more of a state of normalcy, that would probably be ideal." CNN

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Michigan State Football Players Emulate Raised-Fist Protest In NFL
Three college football players from Michigan State University raised their fists during the U.S. national anthem on Saturday, emulating NFL players who have chosen the gesture to protest racial inequality. The protest by fullback Delton Williams, defensive end Gabe Sherrod and safety Kenney Lyke - who are all black - took place at the outset of Michigan State's home game against Wisconsin, rivals in the popular Big Ten conference, the Michigan news website mlive.com reported with a photo of the three. Sherrod had suggested in a Twitter message earlier in the week he would join in the protests that have grown in recent weeks among athletes in the United States to decry racial injustice and police brutality. Reuters

Obama Says New Black History Museum Tells Story Of America
President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience will help to bring people together as the nation reels from recent racial upheaval. Speaking at a dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Obama said that the story of black America is the story of America. "This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are," said Obama.
"Hopefully, this museum can help us to talk to each other. And more importantly, listen to each other. And most importantly, see each other. Black and white and Latino and Native American and Asian American - see how our stories are bound together," he said standing on a stage outside the bronze-colored, latticed museum. Reuters

New York Times Endorses Clinton For President
The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying her extensive experience, record of service and straight-forward policy proposals are what the challenged country needs. The newspaper's editorial board said it's not trying to appeal to those who already intend to vote for the Democratic nominee, but rather "to persuade those of you who are hesitating" casting ballots for Clinton. The former secretary of state has "produced detailed proposals on crime, policing and race relations, debt-free college and small-business incentives, climate change and affordable broadband," The Times' editorial board said. MSNBC

Israel's Netanyahu Will Meet Trump And Clinton This Weekend
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in New York on Sunday, officials involved in planning the meetings told NBC News. Netanyahu, in town for the United Nations General Assembly, has had a tense relationship with President Barack Obama, and was accused of siding with Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 presidential campaign. This time around, Netanyahu has appeared wary of appearing to take sides.  MSNBC

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Trump Threatens To Bring Gennifer Flowers To Monday’s Debate
The first presidential debate is getting nasty days before the candidates take the stage. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump threatened Saturday to bring former Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to Monday evening’s debate to sit in front of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Then, hours later on Twitter. Ms. Flowers accepted the invitation. The threat was a retaliation against Mrs. Clinton for supplying a front-row ticket for Mark Cuban, a billionaire businessman and outspoken Trump foe, suggesting it will throw Mr. Trump off his game in the debate at Hofstra University in New York. “If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” tweeted Mr. Trump. Washington Times

David Duke Vows To Stop Protesters From Removing Andrew Jackson Statue In New Orleans
David Duke, the former Klansman who later served as a Republican representative in the Louisiana state legislature, said he’ll be in downtown New Orleans on Saturday to prevent protesters from removing a statue of President Andrew Jackson. Mr. Duke, a current candidate for U.S. Senate, plans to participate in a counter-protest being held noon Saturday in Jackson Square in opposition of a rally being organized by “Take ‘Em Down Nola,” a local coalition that intends on taking down the long-standing monument to the nation’s seventh president. “There are more people that visit that statue than any other in this city, and so especially given that he was a slave owner and the architect of the Trail of Tears that murdered more than 5,000 native people, we think he is not deserving of any place of respect,” Malcolm Suber of Take ‘Em Down Nola told WGNO-TV, a local ABC affiliate. Washington Times

Paul Ryan: Federal Law Won’t Heal Police-Community Relations
Amid another round of unrest spurred by police shootings of black men, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says he believes America needs to find “new ways of learning how to heal” – but he doesn’t think the federal government should legislate a solution. The federal government’s role in regulating police tactics came under scrutiny this week after Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested instituting “stop-and-frisk” policing nationwide – a stance he later clarified?, saying he was only suggesting “stop and frisk” for Chicago. CBS

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Donald Trump Campaign Chair In Ohio County Resigns Over Obama Racism Remark
Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a key Ohio county is resigning, following a firestorm over comments she made regarding racism and how it didn’t exist before President Obama took office. In an interview with the Guardian earlier this week, Kathy Miller, former chair of Trump’s campaign in Mahoning County, asserted that, “growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me.” “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this,” Miller said. “Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.” CBS

Charlotte Police To Release Video Of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Chief Kerr Putney says police are releasing some of the department's tapes of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which has sparked days of protests across the city. Putney announced at a news conference today that body camera and dash camera footage of the shooting will be released, and other footage will come later. The chief says the tapes show that Scott was "absolutely" in possession of a handgun and will offer "indisputable evidence" of the department's account, and he said that at this point, he the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will not be charging any officer in the shooting. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the case. ABC

Obstacles Abound As 2 Poor US Cities Consider Merging
Two of the country's poorest cities are talking about a merger they say could help both. But Cleveland could need a sizeable boost in taxpayer dollars to absorb East Cleveland, a place so impoverished that some residents fill their own potholes. Cleveland officials are looking at development possibilities that exist in its struggling neighbor East Cleveland. But Cleveland has its own problems. The warm glow of positive publicity after its successful turn hosting the Republican National Convention cannot gloss over its big-city ills — a shrinking population, entrenched poverty and neighborhoods beset with decay and violent crime. ABC

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OPEC Deal Still Elusive Even After Saudis Offer Oil Cuts To Iran
OPEC members aren’t likely to reach a supply deal in Algiers next week, but an agreement to boost prices could be drawing closer after Saudi Arabia signaled for the first time in two years that it’s willing to cut production. Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose rivalry thwarted a deal with other major producers in April, didn’t reach agreement after two days of preparatory talks in Vienna, including the Saudi offer to pump less if Iran caps output at current levels, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. While the kingdom doesn’t now anticipate any formal decision on supply will be taken in the Algerian capital, talks will continue and OPEC meets again in two months, said a delegate familiar with its policy. Bloomberg

Merkel Says Germans Fulfill Refugee Duty, Now Time For EU To Act
Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear Saturday that Germans have done their duty to alleviate Europe’s refugee crisis and now the rest of the continent needs to do its share. European Union countries have to accept refugees at a faster rate in order to alleviate the backlog of people stuck in the continent’s southeastern flank, Merkel said in Vienna after meeting with nine other heads of government. Their discussions focused on strengthening the EU’s border along the so-called Balkan route preferred by refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Bloomberg

Majority In US Fear Trump Presidency
More than half the country fears a Trump presidency. And only about a third of Americans believe he is at least somewhat qualified to serve in the White House. In the final sprint to Election Day, a new Associated Press-GfK poll underscores those daunting roadblocks for Donald Trump as he tries to overtake Hillary Clinton. Moreover, most voters oppose the hard-line approach to immigration that is a centerpiece of the billionaire businessman's campaign. They are more likely to trust Clinton to handle a variety of issues facing the country, and Trump has no advantage on the national security topics also at the forefront of his bid. Las Vegas Sun

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Donald Trump’s Crime Policies Might Hit Minorities Harder, Experts Say
Branding himself the “law-and-order candidate,” Donald Trump has vowed to carry out a crackdown on crime and terrorism that would benefit white Americans and racial minorities alike. But an examination of Trump’s recommendations for policing, terrorism and immigration enforcement reveals a series of policies that civil rights activists and national security veterans fear could have the effect of treating minorities with suspicion and singling them out for heavier government scrutiny.
Over the past few days, Trump has intensified the racial and ethnic cast to his policies. On Wednesday, he suggested stop-and-frisk policing, a tactic that has been discontinued in New York City, as a model for other cities. More than 4 in 5 people stopped by New York police under stop-and-frisk were black or Hispanic, and a federal judge ruled the policy unconstitutional as it was put into effect. Las Vegas Sun

U.S. Treasury Freezes Four Suspected Members Of El Chapo's Mexico Drug Cartel
The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday identified four suspected members of Mexico's notorious Sinaloa drug cartel -- linking them to the group's former leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control accused Eliseo Imperial Castro, Alfonso Lira Sotelo, Javier Lira Sotelo and Alma Delia Lira Sotelo of narcotics trafficking and money laundering to support the Sinaloa cartel. "As a result of today's action, all assets of those designated that are within U.S. jurisdiction or in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them," the department said in a news release. UPI

Top Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills Granted Partial Immunity In Email Probe
Hillary Clinton's top aide Cheryl Mills was granted limited immunity from the Department of Justice in the FBI investigation into Clinton's private email server. Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff and adviser at the State Department, became one of five people known to have received some form of immunity in connection with the FBI probe along with former Clinton aide Heather Samuelson and John Bentel, director of the the Information Resources Management section in the secretary of state's office, according to Politico. UPI

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Netanyahu: I Hope Obama Won't Help Palestinians Unilaterally Establish A State
Pime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night that he hopes US President Barack Obama will not push forward a diplomatic initiative not coordinated with Israel in the final months of his presidency. Netanyahu’s comments came during an interview with Channel 2, one of a number of interviews he conducted with Israeli media outlets over the weekend, and the first time he has held such far-reaching interviews since his reelection last year. Jerusalem Post

Christian, Jewish And Muslim Youth From Jerusalem Take A Stand In The Old City
Jerusalem’s Old City was filled with police on Friday as part of a surge following last week’s violence in the capital and the West Bank. Numerous young Arab men were stopped and frisked around Damascus Gate as Muslims made their way through crowded streets for afternoon prayer. Yet, among the tense atmosphere, a group of around 80 Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth – almost all from Jerusalem – toured the perimeter of the Old City, hoping to display the possibility of a truly shared city.“We already postponed the trip once. Tensions are high in Jerusalem, but Jerusalem is a tense city and we are taking the challenge to reclaim Jerusalem from extremists,” said Mohammad Joulany, co-director of Kids4Peace Jerusalem, which led the eager youth on the just over 4-km. trek around the Old City’s perimeter. Jerusalem Post

Snapchat Launches Sunglasses With Camera
Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget - sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100). The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at at time. As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself to Snap, Inc. The renaming decision underlined the company’s apparent ambition to go beyond the ephemeral messaging app, a product which is highly popular with young people. BBC

Horses Can Communicate With Us - Scientists
Scientists trained horses, by offering slices of carrot as an incentive, to touch a board with their muzzle to indicate if they wanted to wear a rug. The horses' requests matched the weather, suggesting it wasn't a random choice. A few other animals, including apes and dolphins, appear, like us, to express preferences by pointing at things. Dr Cecilie Mejdell of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, who led the research, said they wanted to find a way to ask the horse whether or not it liked wearing a blanket. In Nordic countries, it is common for horses to wear a blanket in all weathers. BBC

Ted Cruz Refuses To Say Donald Trump Is Fit To Be President After Endorsement
Ted Cruz refused on Saturday to say that Donald Trump is fit to be president, even as he defended his surprise endorsement a day earlier of a man he called a “pathological liar” during the bitter tussle for the Republican presidential nomination. Speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Cruz said he forgave Trump for insults directed at him and his family and had been persuaded to fall in line by his belief that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, must not be allowed to enter the White House, where he fears she would appoint liberal supreme court justices and trample over the constitution. Guardian

Former Wells Fargo Workers File $2.6bn Class Action Lawsuit Amid Quota Scandal
Two former Wells Fargo employees have filed a class action in California seeking $2.6bn or more for workers who tried to meet aggressive sales quotas without engaging in fraud and were later demoted, forced to resign or fired. The lawsuit on behalf of people who worked for Wells Fargo in California over the past 10 years, including current employees, focuses on those who followed the rules and were penalized for not meeting sales quotas. Guardian

Achieving Global Goals ‘Not About Ticking Boxes,’ Dominica Tells UN, Urging Action On Climate, Environment
As the world sharpened its focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must recognize the stakes for small island developing States, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Dominica told the United Nations today, noting that the 2030 Agenda must drive action on climate change, environmental protection and access to clean energy, all critical concerns for Caribbean countries. “Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals is not about ticking boxes, but about making a real difference, said Francine Baron, who stressed that the effects of climate change continue to impact development in her region, as countries are experiencing more severe and prolonged droughts, often times followed by sudden and high volumes of rainfall which result in massive soil erosion and catastrophic loss and damage. UN

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