Opec: Saudis keen to pump more oil but cartel’s other members not sold

Opec: Saudis keen to pump more oil but cartel's other members not sold

As the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepares to meet on June 22, its members are looking at a very different world than just a few years ago. The massive oil supply glut – and rock bottom prices – is gone. The global economy is stronger, fossil-fuel energy demand is at a record high, and the nuclear deal that allowed Iran, an Opec member, to start selling oil again is in tatters. After falling to sub-$30 a barrel in early 2016 for Brent, the global benchmark, and West Texas Intermediate, the US benchmark, oil prices have risen to about $76 and $67 a barrel respectively.

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Yorkie stays with missing toddler all night, alerts search party with ‘weak bark’

Yorkie stays with missing toddler all night, alerts search party with 'weak bark'

A loyal Yorkshire terrier stayed with a missing 3-year-old girl in a dense cornfield in Missouri all night — and heroically led a search party to them with a "weak bark," authorities said. Remy Merritt and her dog, Fat Heath, had gone missing Thursday night in Qulin, triggering a desperate search that brought in some 150 volunteers, authorities said.

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Cambridge Analytica’s key staffers formed a new company that’s working on Trump 2020

Cambridge Analytica's key staffers formed a new company that's working on Trump 2020

Cambridge Analytica declared bankruptcy last month, but it's not like all its evil masterminds joined a Buddhist monastery — they've started a new company Data Propria, helmed by Cambridge Analytica alum Matt Oczkowski, who bragged in public that he and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale were "doing the president’s work for 2020."

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Young man knifed himself to death after mistakenly believing his vest was ‘stab-proof’

Young man knifed himself to death after mistakenly believing his vest was 'stab-proof'

A popular young man fatally stabbed himself in the chest mistakenly believing the vest he wore was stab-proof, his inquest heard. Jordan Easton was in the kitchen at one of his friends’ parents on 23 August last year – just five days after his 22nd birthday – when he turned a knife on himself to demonstrate the “stab-proof” nature of the abdominal protection he had on. He suffered a chest stab wound, and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

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The 96-Year-Old Brooklyn Judge Standing Up to the Supreme Court

The 96-Year-Old Brooklyn Judge Standing Up to the Supreme Court

A 96-year-old federal judge in Brooklyn had a “Hey, kids, get off my lawn” moment this week. The kids in question: the United States Supreme Court. The (metaphorical) lawn: the public’s power to hold the police accountable for misconduct and abuse. In a spirited decision issued Monday, the judge, Jack B. Weinstein, argued that the justices had gone too far in a pair of recent rulings expanding qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that protects law-enforcement officers from being sued for actions they perform on the job. Judge Weinstein complained that the broadened doctrine now protects “all but the plainly incompetent.”

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Invasive plant found in Virginia: It ‘makes poison ivy look like a walk in the park’

Invasive plant found in Virginia: It 'makes poison ivy look like a walk in the park'

An invasive species of Asian plant that can cause blindness is turning up in Virginia, prompting warnings for people to be on the lookout for a 15-foot-tall herb topped with fluffy white flowers.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell

On the accuracy of George Orwell's predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It's informative and scary at the same time. "In short, Orwell feared that what we hate would ruin us. Huxley that what we love will ruin us." It's unfortunate that Huxley got it right because the latter is much less obvious. By Scott McMillen.

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The $1.4 Trillion U.S. ‘Surplus’ That Trump’s Not Talking About

The $1.4 Trillion U.S. ‘Surplus’ That Trump’s Not Talking About

The U.S. has a surplus of $20 billion with China and $1.4 trillion with the rest of the world. That’s not a normal trade balance, of course, where the U.S. registered an annual deficit of more than $330 billion with China and about $550 billion with the world last year, but an "aggregate sales surplus" which measures both direct trade and the sales of multinational companies, according to research by Deutsche Bank AG.

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World Cup 2018: Proposed bill would make it illegal to criticize Russia’s national team

World Cup 2018: Proposed bill would make it illegal to criticize Russia's national team

Of all the sentences you didn’t expect to read during the World Cup, how’s this one… The controversial politician who sponsored Russia’s much-maligned “gay propaganda” law has launched a bill that would make it a criminal offense to criticize the country’s national soccer team. That’s right, Vitaly Milonov, who likes to think of himself as one of Russia’s tough guy political influencers (because, you know, they don’t have enough of those), apparently thinks his nation’s World Cup squad are so delicate as to be unable to cope with a few harsh words from fans or in the media.

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