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Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

Beyoncé Postpones New York Concert

In the eyes of many Beyoncé is flawless, but her irreplaceable voice still needs the occasional rest. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium has released a statement announcing that Beyoncé’s September 7 concert would be postponed until Friday, October 7, due to “strict doctor’s orders for vocal rest.” The singer has been on her Formation World Tour since April 27. Her other performances are slated to go on as scheduled. She later thanked her fans for their support on Instagram. – Vanity Fair

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte calls Barack Obama a ‘son of a whore’

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with the controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a “son of a whore.” Duterte had threatened Obama not to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings by Philippine authorities in a sweeping crackdown on drug trafficking. Duterte said the Philippines is a “sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony,” before adding, “I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. ‘Putang ina,’ [son of a whore] I will swear at you in that forum.” – The Washington Post

El Salvador players say they were offered money to fix their World Cup qualifying match vs. Canada

In what is perhaps the most dramatic example of bribery in football for many years, El Salvador’s national football team have claimed that they have refused a bribe to fix their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with Canada. Team members played an audio recording alleging a bribe attempt by Ricardo Padilla, a Salvadorian businessman, working on behalf of an unnamed Honduran. El Salvador cannot qualify for the World Cup, however, their clash with Canada on Tuesday night has implications for both the Canadian side and Honduras. Yet another grim moment in recent football history. – BBC Sport

Festival-goers at Burning Man stage ‘revolution against rich parasites’

An influx of millionaire festival-goers at Burning Man have been targeted by “hooligans” amid complaints the mega-rich are corrupting the ethos of the annual event. The festival, said to be an “annual experiment in temporary community” that promotes “radical self-expression” and “radical self-reliance,” has gained in popularity among Silicon Valley elites with various luxury campsites popping up around the site. Police are now investigating after vandals allegedly looted and trashed one such site. Electrical wires were cut, the site was flooded and trailer doors were glued shut during the raid. – The Independent

U.S. investigates potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections

US intelligence officials are investigating the possibility that the Russian government is attempting to influence the upcoming November US election, according to a new report. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, is leading an inquiry into whether and how Russian officials may be attempting to influence the election and “provide propaganda fodder to attack US democracy-building policies around the world.” It’s said that the Russian attempts at sabotage may not be intended to swing the election, but rather to generally promote chaos and mistrust. – The Guardian

Warner Brothers reports own site as illegal

Hilariously, film studio Warner Brothers has made a glaring error by asking Google to remove its own website from search results, saying it violates copyright laws. It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB. The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month. Warner Brothers has yet to comment, obviously. – BBC News

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