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Ringo Starr turns 77, announces new album release

Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday on Friday, and the former Beatles drummer announced a reunion of sorts. Starr’s 19th solo album, “Give More Love” will be released on Sept. 15 and will include former bandmate Paul McCartney on two tracks, Reuters reported.

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The 10-track album is Starr’s first since “Postcards from Paradise” in 2015. 

In February, Starr said that he reteamed with McCartney in the studio, Rolling Stone reported, along with his brother-in-law, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. That session resulted in the song, “We’re On the Road Again,” which also features Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather.

McCartney also will appear on “Show Me the Way,” Rolling Stone reported. That song is dedicated to Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach. Other artists appearing on the album include Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Timothy B. Schmit, Benmont TenchDave Stewart and Don Was, Rolling Stone reported.

Starr said getting McCartney to collaborate on another album was not difficult.

“We’re still mates,” Starr told Reuters. “He’s out on the road, he’s got his own life. I’m out on the road a lot making records and he was in town so I called him and I said, ‘I’ve got this track for you to play on.’”

Starr told Reuters that McCartney was “the most melodic bass player in the world.”

During his public celebration Friday, Starr led a crowd in Hollywood in a “peace and love” chant and was joined on stage by Walsh and “Twin Peaks” director David Lynch.

U.S. bombers fly over Korea in response to ICBM test

A pair of U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Friday, in a response to North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week, CNN reported.

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North Korea test fired the ICBM on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said. 

“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners, and homeland,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the Pacific Air Forces commander. “Let me be clear: If called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capacity of our allied air forces.”

The bombers flew from Guam and conducted a 10-hour mission, CNN reported. Upon reaching the Korean Peninsula, they were joined by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets and South Korean F-15 fighter jets.

“The B-1Bs practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range,” the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. 

The Pilsung Range is located in the center of South Korea and is jointly operated by the U.S. and South Korean air forces, CNN reported.

‘Robot waitress’ draws crowd at Pakistan pizza parlor

No matter how you slice it, a waitress in a Pakistan pizza parlor is turning heads.

That’s because “she” is a robot.

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Osama Jafri, who designed the 55-pound robot, dressed it to resemble a short, slender woman wearing a long dress and apron, WRAL reported, citing an Associated Press story. Jafri also added a scarf as an accessory so the robot would not offend conservative patrons.

Jafri said sales at Pizza.com in the town of Multan have doubled since the arrival of the robot in February. His father, Aziz Jafri, who owns the restaurant, said he has three more “waitresses” and plans to open a new store.

Robot waitresses are not new; a restaurant in Beijing employed a metallic server at the Together Restaurant. Still, the idea of a non-human waitress is a novelty. 

Patrons may be amused or confused, especially if one wonders what to tip a robot waitress -- if anything. Aziz Jafri is relishing the attention.

“I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me,” Aziz Jafri told the AP.

German police clash with G20 protesters

Police in Hamburg, Germany, said at least 111 officers were injured Thursday night as they clashed with protesters at the site of this weekend’s G20 summit, CNN reported.

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Police made 29 arrests but did not elaborate on the reasons, CNN reported. Police used water cannons to forcibly remove protesters. One protester was injured, CNN reported.

More protests were planned for Friday.

Trump tweets: ‘Much to discuss’ with Putin

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met and shook hands Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed to CNN. They are expected to have a face-to-face meeting later Friday and Trump addressed that on social media early Friday.

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“I look forward to all meetings today with world leaders, including my meeting with Vladimir Putin. Much to discuss,” Trump tweeted.

Trump addressed other topics on Twitter, including his visit to Poland. He also took several jabs at the media and at John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump promised to represent the country well and “fight for its interests” before taking aim at the media.

“Fake News Media will never cover me accurately but who cares! We will #MAGA!” he tweeted.

Trump said “everyone” in Hamburg was talking about why Podesta “refused to give the DNC server” to the FBI and CIA. “Disgraceful!” the president tweeted.

Trump termed his trip to Poland “a great one” and thanked everyone, “including the haters,” for the “great reviews” of his speech in Warsaw.

Prince Harry: People spend too much time on phones

Prince Harry said he was concerned with the amount of time people spend on their telephones, and he urged people to "process their thoughts” more, People magazine reported.

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“I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times a day,” the prince said Thursday during a speech at a mental health center in Leeds, England. “I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts, rather than rushing from one thing to the next,” he said.

Harry, who started a mental health campaign along with Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, said he was pleased the program is beginning to “shift the dial.”

“But let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done -- there is much, much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as commonplace as those about physical health.”

Hobby Lobby to forfeit 5,500 ancient artifacts smuggled out of Iraq

Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit thousands of ancient artifacts smuggled out of Iraq and imported to the U.S., camouflaged as tiles and tile samples, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Prosecutors said Hobby Lobby started to collect historically-significant manuscripts, antiquities and cultural materials in 2009. At one point in 2010, the company sent its president and a consultant to the United Arab Emirates to inspect cuneiform tablets up for sale.

Cuneiform is one of the earliest systems of writing, an ancient technique that was used in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago by writers who used reeds to write on clay tablets.

Hobby Lobby officials said in a statement Wednesday that the company collected historical Bibles and artifacts of religious significance to provide scholars and students with the opportunity to study them. Hobby Lobby’s owners are evangelical Christians and the company has numerous times over the years made efforts to promote the religion, according to The New York Times.

“The company was new to the world of acquiring these items, and did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions process,” company officials said. “This resulted in some regrettable mistakes.”

A cultural property law expert warned the company in October 2010 that if it purchased items that appeared to be from Iraq, as the artifacts did, it ran the risk of buying items looted from archaeological sites in Iraq.

Still, the company in December 2010 purchased more than 5,500 ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and bricks, clay bullae -- stamped clay balls once used to keep records -- and cylinder seals from a dealer in the United Arab Emirates for $1.6 million, according to prosecutors.

The artifacts were shipped to corporate addresses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in packages that marked them as ceramic tiles or clay tile samples, according to authorities. Officials became suspicious after 10 such packages were delivered and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted five shipments that falsely claimed to have come from Turkey, authorities said.

Hobby Lobby agreed on Wednesday to forfeit the antiquities it purchased and pay a $3 million fine.

“We have accepted responsibility and learned a great deal,” Hobby Lobby president Steve Green said. “Our entire team is committed to the highest standards for investigating and acquiring these items. Our passion for the Bible continues, and we will do all that we can to support the efforts to conserve items that will help illuminate and enhance our understanding of this great book.”

'It's not a stage': Congressman criticized for video from Auschwitz

Officials with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum criticized a Republican lawmaker Tuesday after he shot a video at the Polish museum, including a segment filmed inside a Nazi gas chamber.

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U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana, advocates for strengthening U.S. national security in the 5-minute video, saying at one point that gas chamber killings show why America’s military “must be invincible.”

"A great sense of dread comes over you in this place," Higgins says in the video. "This is why homeland security must be squared away … The world's a smaller place now than it was in World War II. The United States is more accessible to terror like this, horror like this."

The video was first posted Saturday on YouTube, NOLA.com reported.

Museum officials responded to the video Tuesday in a pair of tweets that admonished Higgins for failing to show proper respect for Holocaust victims.

“Everyone has the right to personal reflections,” said a tweet posted Tuesday on the museum’s official Twitter page. “However, inside a former gas chamber there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”

The Holocaust memorial museum later shared an image of a plaque that greets visitors to the museum, which says “You are in a building where the SS murdered thousands of people. Please maintain silence here: remember their suffering and show respect for their memory.”

Higgins did not immediately respond to the criticism.

N. Korea launches ICBM that ‘can reach anywhere in the world’

UPDATE: US officials believe North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last night, according to an NBC report.

North Korea’s state media said Tuesday that the country’s military successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that “can reach anywhere in the world,” CNN reported.

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The missile test, conducted on the orders of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, reached an altitude of 1,741 miles, according to Korea Central Television.

“North Korea will end the U.S. nuclear war threats and defense peace and stability of the Korean peninsula,” a KCTV announcer said.

North Korean television referred to the missile as Hwasong-14. It landed in waters east of the Korean Peninsula, according to a Japanese defense official.

The missile was launched from Panghyon, CNN reported.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils new portrait featuring family heirloom for Canada's 150th anniversary

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Queen Elizabeth II sat for a new portrait that features an ornate brooch with a special meaning.

According to People, the portrait was taken by Toronto-based photographer Ian Leslie Macdonald and shows the queen wearing a platinum-and-diamond maple leaf brooch, which was given to her by her mother Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother.

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People reports that the piece of jewelry found its way to the royal family back in 1939 when the queen’s father, King George VI, gave it to his wife during their visit to Canada, which was the first embarked upon by a reigning monarch.

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Since inheriting the brooch, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly has loaned it to other members of the royal family on a few occasions, including to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for her first visit to Canada in 2009 and to Duchess Kate for her Canada royal tour in 2011.

In honor of Canada Day, Prince Charles and Camilla traveled to the country for its annual holiday celebrations.

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