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McCain caught playing poker during Senate hearing

Posted by Dana Hatic September 4, 2013 09:11 AM

Arizona senator John McCain has been a staunch advocate of a US response to Syria, but during a hearing with presidential aides and the foreign relations committee about the use of punitive force against Bashar Assad's regime, McCain occupied himself on his iPhone — playing poker.

David Beard, a former Boston.com editor, shared the photo, which rapidly circulated on Twitter.

Washington Post photographer Melina Mara spotted the Republican senator and took the photo, which the Post shared online.

News of McCain's mid-hearing activity triggered both critical and amused responses on Twitter, including one from the senator:

Watch: Russian hovercraft docks at packed beach

Posted by Dana Hatic August 22, 2013 08:16 AM

When the warm weather hits Russia, Russians hit the beach. This weekend, people packed the shore near the village Mechnikovo, in that piece of Russia that sits between Poland and Lithuania.

It was a day without incident; that is, until a military-grade hovercraft docked on the crowded beach.

No one was injured as beachgoers cleared space for the 550-ton hovercraft, which apparently docks in the area on a regular basis. A Russian paper reported that the Ministry of Defense owns the beach.

Here is raw video of the craft landing.

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Watch: Search continues after volcano erupts in Indonesia

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 12:56 PM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Officials continued their search on Sunday for the bodies of two children following the erruption of Mount Rokatenda, a volcano located on a small island in eastern Indonesia, the day prior.

The volcanic explosion sent ash and smoke nearly a mile into the air and killed six people, including three adults and two children. Officials stated that the age of the sixth victim killed was not known.

The eruption also forced nearly 3,000 people to evacuate the island, according to the national Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Mount Rokatenda has been rumbling since last October.

Watch: ‘Australian Sarah Palin’ calls Islam a country

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff August 11, 2013 10:40 AM

By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Being able to tell the difference between religions and countries can be confusing at times.

Just ask Stephanie Banister, the 27-year-old former One Nation candidate in Australia's parliamentary elections, whose recent gaffe filled interview with 7 News went viral over the weekend.

"I don't oppose Islam as a country," Banister said, "but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia."

This head-scratching statement as well as other ridiculous sound bites from the video (embedded above) have earned Banister the moniker of the "Australian Sarah Palin" by commentators from around the world.

Thankfully for the citizens of Australia, though, Banister's political career lasted only a few days as she halted her campaign following fallout from the video interview.

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Watch live: Egypt's president Morsi replaced, army calls for early vote

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff July 3, 2013 03:29 PM



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Egypt’s military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.

The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.

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