Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Iraqi Forces Find Bodies of 8 Islamic State Hostages (Copy)

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Japan wants to resume

commercial whaling

Japan will propose the resumption of commercial whaling at an International Whaling Commission general meeting in September, sources said.

Tokyo will also suggest easing prerequisites for votes on crucial matters as it looks for ways to resume whaling.

The meeting will mark the first time in four years Japan has proposed the resumption of commercial whaling, which has been suspended since 1988. Its previous proposal in 2014 was rejected.

Currently, decisions on important matters require approval from three-quarters of participating member nations. Disagreement between pro-whaling and anti-whaling nations has led to gridlock at the commission, prompting Japan to propose lowering the threshold for approval to a simple majority.

The meeting will be held in Brazil.

Rain hinders search for Thai soccer team - Heavy rainfall stymied efforts to rescue members of a youth soccer team trapped in a cave in northern Thailand by flooding underground passages faster than water could be pumped out, a senior official said Wednesday.

Muddy water rising to the ceiling of one of the chambers has prevented Thai navy SEAL divers from progressing farther into the cave to where they think the 12 schoolboys and their coach, who went missing Saturday, may be sheltering. There has been no contact with the group since they entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province.

Navy divers said that water levels were rising in some places at a rate of 6 inches per hour early Wednesday.

Uganda wants to charge for Facebook use - If Ugandan authorities have their way, checking Facebook or Twitter will cost you a few cents a day while a state-procured device scans your computer for pornography.

Those are just some of the measures the government has promised as it seeks extra revenue and tries to curb what it describes as gossip and immorality. Human-rights groups say the social-media tax is the latest attempt to stifle free expression in a country President Yoweri Museveni has ruled with a tight grip for three decades.

The plans for a levy are "nonsense and a thinly veiled effort to penalize social-media users," Maria Burnett, an associate director at New York-based Human Rights Watch, said in an emailed response to questions.

Fighting in Nigeria kills 200 - More than 200 people died in weekend clashes in central Nigeria between farmers and herders after attacks by "suspected militia herdsmen," the governor of Plateau State said. …

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