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John Oliver: Brexit update

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The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and it looks like it may not be an especially smooth transition.


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SweePee Rambo awarded the title of World's Ugliest Dog

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First place winner, SweePee Rambo.
The third time was the charm for SweePee Rambo, who took home the title of top dog at Petaluma's World's Ugliest Dog contest Friday night.

Her blonde mohawk glistening in the sun, legs bowed out like a frog, SweePee was a crowd favorite at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, where 16 malformed pooches paraded for the annual, infamous honor in front of an audience that peaked at about 100.

Judge Neal Gottlieb seemed particularly impressed with a sore on SweePee's leg, noting dogs get extra points for ooze.

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British refugees make the journey across the Irish Sea by the thousands

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The Irish coast guard has today issued a nationwide warning for the East Coast as hundreds of thousands of British refugees risk their lives to cross the Irish sea in an attempt to flee the impoverished and unstable nation.

Dinghies overflowing with desperate migrants are so far half way through their journey, many with women and children aboard, wishing to make a new start on the Emerald Isle.

"We have rescued hundreds of people from crafts due to overcrowding," winchman Derek Ryan of Rescue 117 told WWN today.

"It's a terrible situation as many of these people are only hoping for a better quality of life in the EU".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called an emergency meeting in the Dáil this afternoon to help find a solution to the influx of British refugees.

It is expected many of those landing on the Irish coast will have to be quarantined, as they are not a part of the European Union.

"Emergency prefabs will be erected to help cope and house these poor unfortunate people," Mr. Kenny stated. "I urge everyone to do what they can to help support the migrants in anyway, whether that be waiting with hots cups of tea on the shoreline, to giving them fresh clothes to wear".

An estimated 450,000 people have already fled the UK mainland to neighbouring EU countries.

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Ireland's 'Green Army' fans amid Euro 2016 football violence (VIDEOS)

Ireland may have been disappointed to draw their opening Euro 2016 group match against Sweden, but football fans from the "Emerald Isle" can be proud of moving ahead in the game of hearts and minds in France.

Four years ago at Euro 2012, Irish fans put in a performance from the stands that belied their team's dismal display on the field in Poland.


The full voice of the "Green Army" and their exemplary behavior during the tournament saw UEFA present a special fans' award to the Football Association of Ireland, after the nation had watched its side crash out with no points.

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Japanese Trump commercial nails the acid trip nature of his surreal authoritarian campaign

Millions have watched this ingenious video.

Could YouTuber and meme creator Mike Diva's Japanese-inspired Trump commercial be any more over the top?

The video starts with a young Harajuku-style girl laying in her bedroom, the walls decorated with pictures of the GOP candidate. After Trump is elected "world president," the fan girl ventures on an acid trip complete with Trump trees, explosions and...a Trump pony.

Well, we think it's a pony. A barrage of symbols from hearts to swastikas follow. Trump eventually turns into a transformer robot who destroys earth, but hey it was fun for a minute or so.

Comment: Oh do make a video on Hillary, Mike - Pleeeeeease.


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Release the measurements! Group demands Trump's hand dimensions

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Americans Against Insecure Billionaires with Tiny Hands PAC is an enormous movement of volunteers committed to keeping the presidency out of Donald Trump's grubby little paws. They have been covered by Time Magazine, USA Today, the Hill, and many others.

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Sun's giant 'heart' sunspot

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The sun has a giant heart-shaped sunspot called Active Region 2529 that is currently facing Earth, as seen in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
The sun gives us life, and it might even love us, too.

A huge, heart-shaped sunspot known as active region (AR) 2529 has rotated around to face Earth. AR 2529 is currently several times larger than our planet — big enough to be spotted by amateur astronomers here on Earth.

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Jonathan Pie News Report: 'How Big Business is voting in Britain's EU referendum'

Jonathan Pie's latest episode focuses on big business and he asks how they sleep at night in "comfy mattresses stuffed with my taxes, probably".


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Stranger than fiction: "Idiocracy" screenwriter says Trump has made the movie reality

Early in the 2016 primary race, comedy screenwriter Etan Cohen began to notice some similarities between the Republican candidate, mendacious former reality star Donald Trump, and Cohen's 2006 movie Idiocracy, which features fictional wrestling champ-turned-president Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (Terry Crews). Ever since, those similarities have only grown, leading to Cohen and Mike Judge, who wrote and also directed Idiocracy, now working on a series of anti-Trump ads with Crews reprising his role.

The 2006 satire shows a semi-distant future in which the world has been overrun by dummies and, as a result, is falling apart. At first, the parallels to the real primary race were "just a general lizard brain kind of thing: The presidency is all about entertainment value," Cohen, who also directed and wrote the 2015 comedy Get Hard and co-wrote the 2008 hit comedy Tropic Thunder, told BuzzFeed News over the phone. "Then it started to get, as the year went on, weirdly specific. People pointing out things like, 'Oh, Camacho was a wrestler and Trump was a wrestler.' ... It's like, the more things go on, the more it actually seems to be kind of merging in a very specific, eerie way."

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Extreme adrenaline junkie stages wingsuit flight over active volcano (VIDEO)

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Veteran base jumper and model Roberta Mancino has attempted her most daring wingsuit flight yet - over an active magma-bubbling volcano.

Mancino trained for years before embarking on the risky mission that saw her leap out of a helicopter at 15,000 ft and zip through sulfur-infused smoke billowing from one of Chile's most active volcanoes, Villarrica.