At least 42 civilians dead after US-led coalition air strike on Syrian city, activists report

At least 42 civilians dead after US-led coalition air strike on Syrian city, activists report

US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 42 civilians after targeting densely-populated neighbourhoods of the Isis-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa, a monitoring group has said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 19 children and 12 women.

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California: 75% of Black Boys Can’t Read or Write Properly, Says Department of Education

California: 75% of Black Boys Can’t Read or Write Properly, Says Department of Education

Seventy-Five percent of all black males in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards on the most recent round of testing, according to data from the state Department of Education. More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test, trailing their female counterparts, and, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, the “disparity reflects a stubbornly persistent gender gap in reading and writing scores that stretches across ethnic groups.”

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At least 23 dead, dozens hurt as train derails

At least 23 dead, dozens hurt as train derails

At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured after an express train derailed in north India Saturday, officials said, as rescuers clambered across mangled carriages to pull passengers from the wreckage. Emergency workers and crowds of local people rushed to the site where 14 coaches derailed near Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh state, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) from New Delhi, the latest deadly disaster on the country’s creaking rail network.

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Final Fantasy XV will get mod support, says director

Final Fantasy XV will get mod support, says director

You might have heard that the lads-on-tour simulator Final Fantasy XV coming to PC next year. But long before that announcement game director Hajime Tabata dreamt of the idea of including mod support in the then ethereal PC version. Well, that’s now a solid plan. “I think one of the biggest things [PC] players can expect is mod support,” he told me via translator at Gamescom. “We definitely want to do it

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Oreo: Google announces release of the next version of Android 8

Oreo: Google announces release of the next version of Android 8

Google’s next version of Android is called Oreo and is coming to smartphones and tablets in the near future. Google announced that it has pushed the final version of Android 8 Oreo out to the Android Open Source Project, the underlying software that the Android loaded on smartphones and other devices is built on. Google’s Pixel and Nexus handsets will also soon see the update, with beta programme participants receiving it first.

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Missouri governor stays execution of Marcellus Williams after attorneys say DNA evidence exonerates him

Missouri governor stays execution of Marcellus Williams after attorneys say DNA evidence exonerates him

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) on Tuesday stayed the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams, just hours before the death-row inmate was set to be put to death for the 1998 killing of a former newspaper reporter. Williams’s looming lethal injection prompted scrutiny and a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court from his attorneys, who pointed to new DNA evidence in arguing that Missouri may have been on the verge of executing the wrong person.

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Lawsuit against Daily Stormer is stuck; founder can’t be served papers

Lawsuit against Daily Stormer is stuck; founder can’t be served papers

A Jewish real estate agent's anti-harassment lawsuit against the owner of the racist Daily Stormer website hasn't progressed at all, despite being filed nearly four months ago. The reason for the stall, the plaintiff's lawyers say, is that Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin simply can't be found. They've tried, but failed, to serve him papers at four different Ohio addresses.

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