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Humpback Whale Filmed Shielding Diver From Shark

A never-before-captured video shows the incredible moment a 22,000-kilogram (48,500-pound) humpback whale appears to rescue a snorkeler from a nearby tiger shark, IFL Science reports. Filmed in the warm seas off the Cook Islands, the video shows a large whale pushing Nan Hauser to the surface using its head and mouth. The 63-year-old marine biologist was then tucked under the ...

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Parliament Committee Says Western Balkan Nations Backsliding On Democracy

Progress towards full democracy and commitment to the rule of law in the western Balkans is either stagnating or going backwards as Britain’s influence in the region declines, a House of Lords committee has said, The Guardian reports. Russian and extreme Islamic influence is expanding, state capture of civil institutions is growing and support for European Union membership is in ...

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Exiled Iranian Crown Prince Foresees Political Change In His Homeland

Reza Pahlavi, the scion of Persia’s 2,500-year-old monarchy and son of the last Shah of Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, casts the current discontent in his homeland as more threatening to the Islamic Republic’s survival than the violence that followed disputed elections in 2009. In an Associated Press interview, the 57-year-old exile understands the current discontent as more threatening ...

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Trump Says He’d Beat Oprah, but Polls Tell a Different Story

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey if she ran for his job in 2020, but previous poll results indicate otherwise. Trump also said a run against the mega television and movie star Winfrey would “be lots of fun.” The Republican was responding to recent speculation of a possible Winfrey run for the Oval Office following her ...

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Senator Attempts End Around To Force Net Neutrality Reinstatement

When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 last month to kill net neutrality laws, it was viewed as a major victory for corporations, but just the opposite for consumers, AV Club reported Tuesday. Now, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has launched one last effort to try and save the internet as it currently exists. According to online news site The ...

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SpaceX Denies Secret Government Northrup-Grumman Satellite Launch Failed

Conflicting reports Tuesday continue to be appear regarding the secret U.S. satellite codenamed Zuma launched by SpaceX Sunday night and the viability of the payload, The Associated Press reported. SpaceX continues to defend its rocket performance in response to media reports the satellite was lost, the report said. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell denied the accusations, the AP reported, saying the ...

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