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"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

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No Mandatory Retirement In The Red-Light District

Aug 8, 2012

Despite its dreadful English title (the Dutch title translates to the far better Old Whores), Meet the Fokkens strives mightily to be as quirky and bubbly as its portly protagonists. And it mostly succeeds, painting a warmhearted portrait of a pair of elderly twin prostitutes — they turned 70 earlier this year — one of whom, Martine, still occupies a storefront window in Amsterdam's red-light district while her sister, Louise, gave up the game two years earlier because of arthritis.

"I couldn't get one leg over the other," she explains, after half a century of performing more adventurous contortions. "We used to be very agile," she laments wistfully, and watching her strut along the cobblestones in high leather boots, I can well believe it. Nowadays it's only Martine who bounces into the local news agent's to purchase an economy-sized box of condoms, though Louise often sits companionably alongside her leather-clad sister as she beckons to potential clients.

Though we never see them, the filmmakers Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schroder are there too, trailing the virtually inseparable siblings as they dine together, browse a selection of sex toys, and cycle to the beach in matching sundresses. Posing for delighted tourists in identical floral ensembles, the twins appear to be a beloved fixture in their neighborhood and can barely take a stroll without being stopped for a chat. But this overload of whimsy and good cheer — frequently underlined by snatches of organ-grinder tunes — tends to mask the darker memories dredged up by archival film and photographs. As we learn of an abusive husband turned pimp and a daughter lost to foster care, the sisters' struggle for autonomy (they opened Amsterdam's only independent brothel until they were forced out by organized crime) reveals a touching commitment to mutual survival.

But decades of servicing an average of 10 clients a day, six days a week, has taken its toll. "I could have done without this nonsense," admits Martine, bemoaning the inadequate state pension and her financially precarious future. These days, she tries to limit her business to creative foreplay. Surrounded by younger, comelier competition, she breezily attends to faithful regulars, a dominatrix-lite who uses a vibrator on unresponsive penises and a ping-pong paddle on flabby behinds.

As though mimicking Martine's priorities, these graphic games feature distinct genitalia and blurry faces; even so, it's a shock how many men allow themselves to be filmed, distinguishing warts and all. Yet the explicitness, and Martine's jokey work ethic, meshes perfectly with an eccentric filmmaking style that may lack focus but overflows with vivaciousness. Carefully avoiding downers like the dangers of the profession, the directors present sex for money as a ton of fun. And to the Fokkens sisters, that seems as good a description as any: whether wrangling nipple clamps or reminiscing about "all the Yiddish boys," these ladies have learned that anything is bearable as long as you're not alone.

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