Eminem Drops Surprise Album and Advocates for Gun Control in New Music Video

Rapper Eminem once again dropped a surprise album, releasing of “Music to Be Murdered By” on Friday. The follow-up to 2018’s “Kamikaze” — also released without warning — was announced on Twitter just after midnight. The Detroit rapper also released a new music video for one of the 20 tracks on the album, “Darkness,” which depicts a shooting at a …

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls Trump a ‘Clown’ in Friday Prayers Sermon

(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a “clown” who only pretends to support the Iranian people, as he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will “push a poisonous dagger” into the nation’s back. He said the outpouring of grief at the funeral for Iran’s top …

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Bangladesh Says Regularly Submerged Silt Island Now Ready for Rohingya

(DHAKA, Bangladesh) — A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they’ve lived for years, officials said Thursday. Flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques have been built on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay …

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China’s Birthrate Sank to Lowest Level on Record Last Year

China’s birthrate dropped to the lowest level since at least 1949 last year and the labor force continued to shrink, in the latest sign of slowing growth prospects for the world’s second-largest economy. The number of births per 1,000 people declined to 10.48, the lowest level on record according to National Bureau of Statistics data going back to when the …

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Denver Officials Won’t Hand Over Information Requested by ICE

(WASHINGTON) — Denver officials on Thursday said they would not hand over information requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on four men wanted for deportation. ICE, the Homeland Security agency tasked with arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, sent four administrative subpoenas earlier this week to law enforcement looking for information on three Mexican nationals and one …

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Trump Readies Two More Nominations to the Federal Reserve Board

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to nominate two people to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, an institution he has repeatedly attacked for not cutting rates deeply enough. Both were first named by Trump on Twitter in July but their nominations hadn’t been formally announced. Trump said he has picked Judy Shelton, an …

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Judge Upholds Ban on Firearms at Upcoming Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia

(RICHMOND, Va.) — A judge on Thursday upheld a ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally scheduled for next week in Virginia, rejecting a request from gun-rights groups that sued to overturn it. The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction against the ban, which Gov. Ralph Northam imposed for a …

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NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service to Take a Different Approach From Its Rivals: Free Content

(Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal said its upcoming streaming service will be free to everyone — with extra programming for its pay-TV subscribers — in a bet that it can generate substantial revenue from advertising while supporting the cable business. Along with AT&T Inc.’s HBO Max, NBC’s new service, Peacock, is poised to be a relatively late entrant in the …

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