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Saudis Send Princess to US in Landmark Gesture

PG Newser – It looks like the Saudis are increasing their signals to move towards more ‘western’ liberal traditions, adding installing a princess as the first ever ambassador to the US.
Times of India – Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media. | Get the Full Story

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Here Come the Kamikazis, But They’re American, and They’re Drones

PG Newser – The Department of Defense is searching from some Marvins of the sky, that is, depressed robots, depressed robots willing to kill themselves.  Ok, so we’re really just talking about suicide drones, and the Department of Defense wants them, and they want them bigly. 
The National Interest Online – In a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement submitted to the Department of Defense in 2016 (and first reported by Defense One this month), U.S. Special Operations Command put in a request for $24 million in funding for 325 Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS), precision-guided munitions intended to loiter above a battlefield before dive-bombing their targets below. | Get the Full Story

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Turkey Targets 300 More Officers for Arrest

The Turkish government is arresting 300 army officers who have been charged with having ties to the alleged attempted coup in 2016.  
Turkey seeks arrest of 300 army officers: Prosecutors  – Times of India
Turkey on Friday issued arrest warrants for almost 300 active military officers for alleged links to a failed 2016 coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, | Get the Full Story

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Concept Modular House Hints at Integration of Vertical Farming with the Home

Two architects are joining forces to work on a concept project called The Farmhouse that seeks to show how vertical farming can be integrated into modular housing.
Precht’s The Farmhouse concept combines modular homes with vertical farms – Dezeen
Precht – the architecture studio of Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei – has developed a concept for modular housing where residents would produce their own food in vertical farms. | Get the Full Story

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Even Maduro Critics Are Concerned About US Regime-Change Plan

While Maduro decides to shut down the border with Columbia in an effort to cut off US aid to Venezuela, some are questioning the nature of this humanitarian aid, suggesting Maduro may have good reason to not allow what the United States is calling “aid.”
This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change – Democracy Now!
MEDEA BENJAMIN: Excuse me. Just as you are trying to take over the Venezuelan government, I want to say these people are a fraud. They don’t represent the Venezuelan people. | Get the Full Story