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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in Texas, where unaccompanied children are arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America.
A suicide car bomb explosion ripped through a police checkpoint in Baghdad Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 40, police and medical sources said. The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at an entrance to the northwestern neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah, a police colonel and an interior ministry official said. At least five of the those killed were policemen, as were eight of those wounded, said police and medical sources, who both gave figures higher than 40 for the number of wounded. The predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of Kadhimiyah lies across the Tigris river from the mainly Sunni district of Adhamiyah and is frequently targeted when sectarian tension in the country is high.
Overnight, someone climbed to the top of both the Brooklyn Bridge's two 273-foot towers. According to officials, the American flags are hung by specially trained workers in the Department of Transportation. At the least police are folding up the Brooklyn Bridge white surrender flag in a respectful manner. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced an award for any information about the mysterious flags.
Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland." More than 100 families were ushered out of the unfinished 45-story building, the start of an operation by military authorities to clear a longtime symbol of festering poverty and lawlessness in the heart of the Venezuelan capital. Its construction halted in 1993 after a financial crisis and the death of its owner, investor David Brillembourg, the building was taken over in 2007 by gangs and homeless people with the blessings of the government of President Hugo Chavez. Stories about the crime-ridden haven inspired "Homeland" writers to make the Tower of David a place of refuge for anti-hero Nicholas Brody, who -- running from US authorities in the last season of the hit show -- turns up there wounded and in the care of a shadowy network of Venezuelan drug traffickers.
Apple has just announced the headliners of the next iTunes Festival London, which will take place throughout the month of September and feature performances by Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Beck, Blondie, Jungle and David Guetta, among others. Throughout the month of September, the Roundhouse in London will host a series of exceptional performers. Apple has now announced the dates for concerts by Beck (September 2), David Guetta (3), 5 Seconds of Summer (4), Kasabian (5), Robert Plant (8), Pharrell Williams and Jungle (10), Maroon 5 (11), Blondie and Chrissie Hynde (16) and Kylie Minogue (27).
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Beyonce and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry's top televised showcases, the cable TV network said on Thursday. Beyonce garnered eight nominations and will go up against Azalea in the coveted Video of the Year category at the Aug. 24 awards show, which attracts a young audience prized by advertisers. Eminem and Azalea, an Australian rapper who has broken out internationally this year with the hit "Fancy," each scored seven nominations. ...