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At least 27 people have died and 10 are missing in Western Japan after a month’s worth of rain fell in one night in Hiroshima.
At least 27 people have died and 10 are missing in Western Japan after a month’s worth of rain fell in one night in Hiroshima.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TERRORISTS CLAIM EXECUTION OF U.S. JOURNALIST
The jihadist terror group ISIS has claimed to have killed James Foley, an American journalist captured in Syria two years ago. A video the group posted online, but later removed, purported to show the man being beheaded, The Washington Post reports. U.S. intelligence is said to be working to verify the video’s authenticity, but British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in televised comments that “all the hallmarks point to it being genuine” and acknowledged that the alleged killer sounded British. At the end of the video, the jihadist threatens to kill another American journalist who has been missing for a year, TIME magazine’s Steven Joel Sotloff, saying “the life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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