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A Long-Lost (and Disputed) Caravaggio Due to Fetch as Much as $171 Million at Auction Was Just Sold in a Mysterious Private Sale

A painting experts claim is a long-lost second version of Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes (circa 1607), discovered in a French attic in 2014, will not be hitting the auction block this week after all. In the eleventh hour, Marc Labarbe Auctions in Toulouse, France,...

/ June 25, 2019

MW30: an election shakeup as economic clouds gather

The big economic indicators are all pointing south: GDP, interest rates, the currency, inflation. The ranking of women in cabinet has fallen. Franking credit pensions are down. The dole, just above a return Qantas business class airfare to London, remains...

/ June 25, 2019

US border chief set to quit amid uproar over migrant child detainees

The chief US customs and border enforcement official is stepping down amid an uproar over the treatment of migrant children detained along the border with Mexico, US media reported Tuesday.John Sanders will resign as acting commissioner of the Customs and...

/ June 25, 2019

Trump warns of Iran’s ‘obliteration’ as tensions escalate after fresh sanctions

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Iran that an attack on US interests would trigger an "overwhelming" response and could bring "obliteration."Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, Mr Trump tweeted: "Any attack by Iran on anything American will be...

/ June 25, 2019

Punishing Dishonest Dope Dealers and Other So-Called-Serious Ideas

The line between serious and ridiculous is all subjective it seems, and if the political conversations of today show anything, its that showmanship, statesmanship, seriousness, and ridiculousness all blend together in ways that are both revolting and offensive to our...

/ June 25, 2019

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Home Renovations Cost Taxpayers $3M

LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers’ money, royal accounts revealed Tuesday. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s residence near Windsor Castle, called Frogmore Cottage, underwent major...

/ June 25, 2019

Iran: “Mental Disability” Runs Rampant in Trump’s White House

After calling off a plan for a missile strike against Iran at the last minute, on Monday Donald Trump imposed fresh sanctions on the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, along with eight Iranian military commanders and Mohammad Javad Zarif,...

/ June 25, 2019

Notes on Streaming: TRIPLE THREAT, Now Killing People on Netflix

Blood spurts, bullets fly, bodies fall, things explode. Triple ThreatNow streaming on Netflix. Based on a screenplay by Joey O'Bryan (Fulltime Killer, Motorway, Downrange), director Jesse V. Johnson's latest action extravaganza teams up action heroes from Thailand (Tony Jaa), Indonesia...

/ June 25, 2019

Chainalysis Whistleblower Shares Company Secrets in Explosive AMA

A current or former Chainalysis employee has gone rogue and conducted an AMA on r/Bitcoin in which he disclosed sensitive information about the company’s blockchain forensics capabilities. The whistleblower then appears to have had a change of heart and deleted...

/ June 25, 2019

Would you do an 18-day Mystery Trip through the Middle East?

Intrepid Travel's latest offering is an uncharted journey that starts in Tehran and ends in Istanbul.When Intrepid Travel was founded 30 years ago, it placed ads in newspapers, calling people to explore the world with no further details. Clearly the...

/ June 25, 2019

Oregon Republicans Backed by Right-Wing Militias Flee State to Stall Vote on Historic Climate Bill

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, as we turn to Oregon, where the state government is in a standoff after 11 Republican lawmakers fled the...

/ June 25, 2019

The U.S. vs. China: In A Newly Bipolar World, Europe is Caught in the Middle

June 25, 2019  01:34 PM United States President Donald Trump began the week before last on a golf course in Virginia. He was unhappy. On Twitter, he complained about London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The two men have a deep, mutual...

/ June 25, 2019

As violence flares in Burkina Faso, refugees trickle into Ghana

Bawku West district, Ghana - Salimata Kali is still looking for her husband, six months after she was forced to flee Zoaga, a small town in southern Burkina Faso near the border with Ghana.She fled because of communal violence. The...

/ June 25, 2019

Tears, outrage as ‘brain fever’ kills over 150 children in India

Muzaffarpur, Bihar - On June 16, Krishna Kumar Verma, a farmer in Muzaffarpur's Raghavpur village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, was told by his sister Sita Devi that her son Ankit Kumar had a fever.Verma had been following...

/ June 25, 2019

Iran-US crisis: Rouhani derides new sanctions as ‘useless’

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Hassan Rouhani said Donald Trump's policy was one of desperation Iran's president has responded with defiance to the latest sanctions imposed by the US, saying they show it is lying about wanting dialogue.Hassan Rouhani...

/ June 25, 2019

Global warming: Cities slow to respond as climate breakdown goes on

As Europe is facing 2019's largest heat wave, an update on the temperature data from 558 cities and their surroundings in Europe shows that 2018 was the warmest year since 1900 in 203 cities. Local response to the climate breakdown...

/ June 25, 2019

Wladimir Klitschko rescued from burning yacht

Klitschko posted a video of the rescue operation on social mediaFormer heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was rescued by Spanish coastguard after the luxury yacht he was onboard caught fire.The 43-year-old, who retired from boxing in August 2017, was on holiday...

/ June 25, 2019

Mayoral election in Istanbul: Stung

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Republican People's Party (CHP, social democratic opposition) candidate for mayor of Istanbul, celebrated a landmark win on the ruling AKP party candidate Binali Yıldırım on 23 June. İmamoğlu had initially won the mayoral election for Turkey's largest...

/ June 25, 2019

Dutch emergency line hit by KPN telecoms outage

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The disruption originated from the network of national carrier KPN The Netherlands has been hit by its largest telecommunications outage in years, with the 112 emergency number knocked out across the country.The disruption, which lasted...

/ June 25, 2019

On Mexico’s Southern Border with its New National Guard

On June 7, to avoid the imposition of U.S. tariffs on Mexican products, Mexican authorities agreed to implement a plan to contain migrants, many making their way from Central American countries north to the United States.  The country plans to...

/ June 25, 2019

New U.S. Sanctions Mean ‘Permanent Closure’ Of Diplomacy, Iran Says

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and other top officials mean the “permanent closure” of diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. That’s according to a report carried by...

/ June 25, 2019