Dutch foreign minister says multicultural societies breed violence

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (Abd El Ghany/Reuters) Last month, the Dutch prime minister set the Internet on fire when he deigned to clean up his own spilled coffee. Now, the country’s foreign minister is drawing a very different kind of attention. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok is under fire for comments at a recent …

EPA fans struggling coal industry by rolling back pollution regulations | Environment

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 US coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former president Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30m annually. The move represents the latest action …

How did Nelson Mandela survive 27 years in prison? A new collection of letters sheds light.

In this Oct. 6, 2007, image, former South African president Nelson Mandela reacts after a meeting at the Nelson Mandela Foundation building in Johannesburg. (Peter Dejong/AP) Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, most of them isolated on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. His encounters with visitors from the outside world …

Turkey’s state of emergency ends but crackdown continues | World news

Turkey’s two-year state of emergency was set to come to an end at midnight on Wednesday, but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue human rights campaigners have said Ankara must do more to reverse a “suffocating” crackdown on free speech. Critics say the state of emergency, in place since a failed coup attempt in …

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina had ties to Russian intelligence agency, prosecutors say

The Russian woman arrested on charges of being a foreign agent had ties to Russian intelligence operatives and was in contact with them while in the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Maria Butina, 29, also had an ongoing relationship with a Republican operative, strictly for business purposes according to prosecutors, and offered another individual …

Geraint Thomas climbs into Tour de France yellow jersey with stage 11 win | Sport

Geraint Thomas burst from the peloton, leaving Chris Froome behind him, to clinch the Tour de France yellow jersey and victory on a gruelling stage 11 from Albertville to La Rosière. The former Team Sky rider Mikel Nieve had thought he had the stage win in hand but Thomas broke with under 6km of the …

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Likely to Get Engaged Soon

The summer of hypersonic-speed romances marches on with another maybe-imminent engagement in the works. E! is now reporting that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who were first reported to be dating at the end of May, could be putting a ring on it by the end of the year. Chopra and Jonas “are infatuated with …

Thai soccer players and coach speak publicly for first time since their rescue from flooded cave

CHIANG RAI, Thailand — With a routine of digging, breaks for water and meditation, a group of young Thai soccer players and their coach stayed alive while trapped in a cave without any food for nine days before they were found by two British divers in a remarkable search-and-rescue operation that gripped the world.  In …