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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mountsIraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channelling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets.

Sources: Venmo is testing its own physical debit card (Jason Del Rey/Recode)


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Sources: Venmo is testing its own physical debit card  —  Plastic is so hot right now.  —  Venmo has been testing its own version of a physical debit card that would allow people who use its app to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores using money stored in their Venmo account, according to multiple sources.

First Spider-Man: Homecoming reactions are wild about Tom Holland

Marvelites went cuckoo for Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man debut in Captain America: Civil War, but that was just a taste of what’s to come when he headlines his own movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The first reactions from critics are out after an early screening and, in short, word is he’s everything we’ve wanted and more.
“Tom Holland is perfect,” EW’s own Devan Coggan tweeted Friday night. “He’s having the time of his life, and it shows.” EW’s Christopher Rosen echoed that sentiment with a glowing “Delightttttttful,” while others called the film at large “pure joy,” “a Spidey movie for everyone,” and “flawless.”
One even called it “the best Spider-Man movie, period,” which is really something when you consider the history of the wall-crawler on the big screen. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 still stand as two of the most lauded superhero movies of this golden age of comic book adaptations, but fans and critics did not largely take to the finale of this trilogy, nor Marc Webb’s two Amazing Spider-Man movies.

Muslims on India train assaulted 'because they ate beef'

A man in India confesses on TV that he took part in the attack after being goaded by his friends.

Cruz: 'In the Dominican Republic, we live baseball'

Cruz: 'In the Dominican Republic, we live baseball'

F1's Hamilton in pole position for Baku

Lewis Hamilton produces a stunning last-gasp lap in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole.

Phoronix Announces '2017 Linux Laptop Survey'

Phoronix is hosting a 2017 Linux Laptop Survey. From their site:
While Linux laptop compatibility is much better than where it was years ago, it's still not too uncommon to run into display/hybrid issues, shorter battery life under Linux than Windows or macOS, touchpad problems, and other occasional compatibility/performance shortcomings. So we've established this Linux Laptop Survey in conjunction with Linux stakeholders to hopefully gather more feedback that will be useful to many different parties...
The survey will be online until July 6th, after which the results will be publicly available, and will determine the most popular brands, distros, screen sizes, and GPUs, as well as common pain points and popular price points.

UK tower blocks fail cladding fire tests

So far, 34 cladding samples from 17 areas have been sent to the government's laboratory - and every one has failed fire safety tests.

New Zealand 30-15 Lions: Tourists need to be more physical - Warren Gatland

The British and Irish Lions need to be "more physical" after the opening Test defeat by New Zealand, says head coach Warren Gatland.

New Zealand 30-15 Lions: Tourists need to be more physical - Warren Gatland

The British and Irish Lions need to be "more physical" after the opening Test defeat by New Zealand, says head coach Warren Gatland.

Hamilton takes Azerbaijan pole with stunning late lap

Lewis Hamilton produces a stunning last-gasp lap in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole.

Seaplane pilots gather in landlocked country

The Swiss Association of Seaplane Pilots is gathering on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Disabled Protesters Dragged from McConnell's Office

Minutes after Senate Republicans released the text of their bill to repeal Obamacare a group of protesters, some wheelchair-bound or wearing medical devices, were carried away by police after blocking the hallway outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. ADAPT, the national disability rights group behind the protest, said the Senate GOP's bill is a direct threat to the future of people with preexisting conditions and disabilities. ... According to the Washington Post, about 60 protesters chanted "No cuts to Medicaid -- save our liberty" while being forcibly removed by Capitol Police.

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