Tensions rise as Puerto Rico protests continue

Massive and at times violent protests in Puerto Rico showed no sign of stopping as labor unions on Thursday organized a Friday march to keep up pressure on the governor to resign, while dozens of guns were stolen in a raid on police firearms center.
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Philips 4K TVs, Amazon devices, Jabra headphones, Sony speakers, and more on sale for Aug. 21 in the UK
We're really close to the start of Amazon's "End of Summer Sale", and we know you're pumped for it, but that doesn't mean you can't save right now. We have lined up a selection of the very best deals on everything from speakers to kitchen appliances, with big brands like Sony, ASUS, and Philips on offer. We have also included some early access deals from the upcoming sale, including discounted 4K TVs, laptops, and headphones. These are the best deals from across the internet for Aug. 21. Best of the best We have tracked down the best deals on the biggest brands, with discounted ASUS laptops, Jabra headphones, and Philips 4K TVs on offer. Read more...More about Speakers, Mashable Shopping, Kitchen Appliances, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals IMAGE: AMAZON £139 £40 OFF (22%) £179 Ring Video Doorbell 2 -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £59.99 £30.00 OFF (33%) £89.99 Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Headphones -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £64.99 £25 OFF (28%) £89.99 Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Earbuds -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £39.99 £20 OFF (33%) £59.99 Jabra Talk 35 Mono Wireless Headset -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £598 £201.99 OFF (25%) £799.99 ASUS ZenBook S Full HD 13.3-Inch Laptop -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £699.99 £300 OFF (30%) £999.99 ASUS VivoBook Slim 13.3-Inch Full HD Laptop -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £2,500 £1,000 OFF (29%) £3,500 ASUS ROG 17.3-Inch 1G-Sync Gaming Laptop (1 TB SSHD) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £3,300 £1,200 OFF (27%) £4,500 ASUS ROG 17.3-Inch 1G-Sync Gaming Laptop (1.5 TB PCI-e SSD) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £389.99 £210.01 OFF (35%) £600 Philips 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £549.99 £250.01 OFF (31%) £800 Philips 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £49.99 £-15 OFF (-43%) £34.99 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £59.99 £30.00 OFF (33%) £89.99 Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £39.99 £20.01 OFF (33%) £60 Sony SRS-XB10 Compact Portable Wireless Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £52.95 £37.04 OFF (41%) £89.99 Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £16.49 £8.50 OFF (34%) £24.99 Anker SoundCore mini Bluetooth Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £41.99 £8 OFF (16%) £49.99 Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £51.99 £38.00 OFF (42%) £89.99 Anker SoundCore Pro+ Bluetooth Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £14.99 £35 OFF (70%) £49.99 Betron NR200 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £47.99 £22.00 OFF (31%) £69.99 Tronsmart Force Portable Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £149.99 £70.01 OFF (32%) £220 Sony GTK-XB5 Compact High Power Party Speaker -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £54.99 £45.00 OFF (45%) £99.99 Morphy Richards Steam Generator -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £299.99 £120.01 OFF (29%) £420 Philips PerfectCare Steam Generator Iron -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £29.99 £36 OFF (55%) £65.99 Breville VKJ946 High Gloss Kettle -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £34.99 £15 OFF (30%) £49.99 Morphy Richards Jug Kettle -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £33 £26.99 OFF (45%) £59.99 Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid Kettle -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £17.99 £12 OFF (40%) £29.99 Breville Blend Active Personal Blender -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £26.99 £13.00 OFF (33%) £39.99 Breville Blend Active ColourMix Blender -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £35.99 £14 OFF (28%) £49.99 Breville Blend Active Pro Food Prep Blender -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £99.99 £100.01 OFF (50%) £200 Philips Air Fryer -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON £29.99 £10.00 OFF (25%) £39.99 Morphy Richards Evoke 2-Slice Toaster -- See Details
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If you are spending a ton of your time gaming or working, you may as well invest in an ergonomic desk. Your back will thank you for itAmazon is offering up to 30% on select Eureka ergonomic desks. Some of these desks like the Eureka ergonomic R1-S 44.5" gaming desk is designed to make a gamer's dream come true. With a built-in convenient cup holder, headphone hook and controller stand, this is the perfect set up in our opinion. You still have time to grab a great deal on a selection of Amazon devices.  Check out more of today's best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell, Best Buy, Rakuten, and BuyDig for Wednesday, Aug. 21:  Read more...More about Apple Watch, Security Camera, Nespresso, Mashable Shopping, and Amazon Devices IMAGE: Amazon $155 $54.99 OFF (26%) $209.99 Prime Eureka Ergonomic R1-S 44.5" Gaming Desk -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $99.99 $50.00 OFF (33%) $149.99 Prime Amazon Fire HD 10 32GB 1920x1200 10.1" Tablet -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON $64.99 $25 OFF (28%) $89.99 Prime Echo Show 5 -- See Details IMAGE: ASHLEY FURNITURE Beds under $300 plus Free Shipping -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $29.99 $20.00 OFF (40%) $49.99 Prime Echo Dot (3rd Gen) -- See Details IMAGE: QBSE Save 50% off QuickBooks Self Employed -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $39.99 $10 OFF (20%) $49.99 Prime Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player with Alexa Voice Remote -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $219.99 $60 OFF (21%) $279.99 Prime Fire TV Recast (over-the-air DVR, 1 TB, 150 hours) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON $71.59 $48.40 OFF (40%) $119.99 Prime Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown) -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $549.99 $250 OFF (31%) $799.99 Prime Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System (4 camera kit) -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $285.95 $164 OFF (36%) $449.95 Prime Vitamix Venturist V1200 Professional-Grade Blender with 64 oz. Container (Renewed) -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON $10.99 $13.96 OFF (56%) $24.95 Prime CyberPower CSP600WSU 1200J/125V Surge Protector -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $199.99 $50 OFF (20%) $249.99 Prime All-new Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with cloud storage included (3 camera kit) -- See Details IMAGE: WALMART $249 $80.99 OFF (25%) $329.99 Apple iPad 9.7" 32GB Retina Tablet -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $349 $50 OFF (13%) $399 Prime Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 40mm) -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $59.99 $10.00 OFF (14%) $69.99 Prime Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD -- See Details IMAGE: AMAZON $13.99 $21.01 OFF (60%) $35 Prime Official Apple USB-C Charge Cable (6-foot) -- See Details IMAGE: Amazon $99 $80 OFF (45%) $179 Prime DeLonghi Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee Espresso Maker -- See Details
Major League Baseball: Cody Bellinger's trousers fall down during baseball slide
Watch as Cody Bellinger's trousers slip down as he dives to third base during Los Angeles Dodgers' game against Toronto Blue Jays.
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Why Does Donald Trump Command Such Unwavering Support From Fundamentalists?
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Google and Mozilla to block web surveillance in Kazakhstan
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Firefox and Chrome Fight Back Against Kazakhstan's Spying
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The young Thai activist helping stateless orphans
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DealBook Briefing: Trump Admitted to Exploring Tax Cuts. Here’s Why.
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Kashmir: suspected militant killed in Indian security operation
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Italy's PD to give its leader mandate to try to form a new government: spokesman
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America’s Most Powerful CEOs Say They No Longer Only Care About Shareholder Value. Here’s How They Can Prove It.
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry fell for an old-school Instagram hoax
You know, in many respects, I admire former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He’s accomplished so much, despite clearly being an absolute fucking moron that, in Europe, wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of safety scissors. In the years after landing the top job in Texan politics, Perry has since wrangled his way into President Trump’s cabinet, where, as Secretary of Energy, he’s responsible for maintaining America’s sizable nuclear arsenal. Oh yeah, and a few hours ago, he posted an image to his Instagram warning about a new change in the company’s privacy policy. This change, unless the user explicitly opts-out… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram
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Apple Card Just Got an Official Twitter Account
Apple has just launched an account on Twitter dedicated to its new credit card, which went live for customers in the U.S on Tuesday. The official account, which goes by the handle @AppleCard, has so far only posted one tweet that links to the company's Apple Card webpage. It's not yet clear what purpose the account will serve beyond promoting the card and future offers on social media, but Apple is advising customers seeking support-related Apple Card questions to contact @AppleSupport. Apple yesterday announced that customers will receive three percent Daily Cash when they use the Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats purchases. Apple says additional merchants and apps will begin to offer three percent Daily Cash in the coming months. Apple offers a cash back rewards system for the Apple Card, providing Daily Cash up to 3 percent. You get 1 percent cash back for all of your purchases. On purchases made with Apple Pay, you get 2 percent cash back, and for purchases made from the Apple Store (physical or online) you'll get three percent back. This also includes purchases made from the App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple services. To get an Apple Card, you need to be 18 years or older and be a U.S. citizen or a lawful U.S. resident with a U.S. residential address (no P.O. Box). An iPhone running iOS 12.4 or later is required to use the Apple Card, and it will not be available if you do not have an iPhone. Two-factor authentication must be turned on, and you must be signed in to iCloud on your iPhone with your Apple ID. Check out our dedicated Apple Card guide for the full lowdown on Apple's new credit card.Tag: Apple CardThis article, "Apple Card Just Got an Official Twitter Account" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Family 'worried sick' as China confirms detention of British consulate worker
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England batsman Jason Roy passes concussion test for Headingley
•The 29-year-old was struck in nets before third Test•A follow-up check on the eve of the Test still neededEngland batsman Jason Roy has passed a concussion test after being hit in the nets before the third Ashes contest at Headingley.The 29-year-old was struck by a throw-down from former international Marcus Trescothick, who is working with the team in a temporary capacity, during practice on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Spooked by protests, Hong Kong citizens buy Malaysian homes
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Why Wales' Jayne Ludlow is targeting three tournaments at the same time
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Power Up: March for Our Lives has a sweeping new gun control proposal
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Which team had the first away following in football? | The Knowledge
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Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission
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National Rifle Association, Greenland, Migrants: Your Wednesday Briefing
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MLS awards expansion franchise to St. Louis for 2022 debut
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Pope gives sick girl free run of audience stage, delighting crowd
Pope Francis allowed a girl suffering from an undisclosed illness to move around undisturbed clapping and dancing on the stage for most of his general audience on Wednesday, delighting the crowd.
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WNBA playoff picture clearing up, Aces, Sun, Mystics clinch
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Missing boy Lucas Dobson: body found
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Angel Has Fallen review – Gerard Butler's pyrotechnics fizzle out
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Stephen Fry's Mythos review – a head-spinning marathon of legends
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EU antitrust regulators have Facebook’s Libra currency in their sights
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European stocks recover before Fed minutes, Jackson Hole gathering
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Thousands of UK rail travellers overcharged for not having a ticket
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