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EU can go no further to accommodate UK on Brexit, says Juncker
The European Union has done much to accommodate Britain over its planned withdrawal from the bloc and can go no further, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, adding that this week's EU summit may not resolve the issue.
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Xi says China ready to take ties with Italy into new era
China is ready to strengthen its "global strategic partnership" with Italy, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an Italian daily on the eve of his visit to the euro zone's third-largest economy.
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Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets
Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” ”The Simpsons,” ”Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year....
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Mozambique starts three days of mourning after cyclone kills hundreds
Mozambique started three days of national mourning on Wednesday after powerful cyclone winds and flooding killed hundreds of people and left a massive trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.
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Key to saving lives of newborns lies in half a teaspoon of blood, study claims
Research reveals striking changes in babies’ immune development that could form the basis for lifesaving vaccinesA groundbreaking study has claimed that the key to saving the lives of newborns is found in just half a teaspoon of blood.Research has revealed dramatic changes in the immune systems of newborns, which scientists say could transform our understanding of disease in babies. Continue reading...
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The Good Immigrant USA review – 'our joy is as valuable as our suffering'
Immigrant writers escape the narratives imposed on them in Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman’s follow-up to The Good ImmigrantIn his excellent essay in this collection, On the Blackness of the Panther, Teju Cole asks: what’s a black panther, anyway? It isn’t a species. It’s a black jaguar or a black leopard. Blackness is “melanistic variants”, Cole explains, in a big cat’s coat colour. As a Nigerian immigrant to America, it’s in his new home that he’s called, for the first time, black. It was never a descriptor in Lagos. The American immigrant experience necessarily involves labels, and this can feel blanketing and erasing. It’s bad enough that we are immigrants, we are also – particularly if we are immigrants of colour – put into broad and limiting categories: “black” to describe a multitude of experiences, “Asian” to lump together whole countries and cultures, “brown” even more obliquely. To whom are these categories convenient?The Good Immigrant USA follows the publication of The Good Immigrant in 2016, which comprised pieces from 21 British writers of colour. The title itself is tongue-in-cheek, calling attention to the absurdity of using “good” and “bad” to catalogue millions of individuals. In their introduction the book’s editors, Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, write: “The title was a response to the narrative that immigrants are ‘bad’ by default until they prove themselves otherwise. They are job stealers, benefit scroungers, girlfriend thieves, and criminals. Only when they win an Olympic medal, treat you at your local hospital, or rescue a child from the side of the building do they become good.” Continue reading...
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Opera for Android ships with free VPN
Opera announced that it is offering free VPN protection to all users on Android. The latest version of the company's Android app will include a built-in VPN, expanding a service that it first made available to mobile beta users last month and has off...
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Video of black teen’s killing shown at white officer’s trial
PITTSBURGH — Video that showed a white police officer shooting to death an unarmed black teenager is among the evidence presented during the first day of the former cop’s criminal homicide trial. More testimony is expected Wednesday when the trial of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld resumes in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The 30-year-old...
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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link
A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge has provoked a backlash in the card game        
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British PM May to request short delay to Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May will request a short delay to Brexit in a letter to the European Union on Wednesday, the BBC and Sky reported on Wednesday.
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New Zealand begins funerals for mosque shooting victims, PM visits school
The bodies of victims from New Zealand's mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday - the first burials of the 50 victims.
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Pulisic wants opponents to fear US, knows it will take time
Christian Pulisic has a vision of a transformed U.S. soccer team that gives opponents sleepless nights similar the nightmares that plague players on the eve of facing Brazil or Germany        
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Man sacked, deported from UAE for "celebrating' New Zealand mosque shooting
A company in the United Arab Emirates said an employee was fired and deported after he allegedly celebrated the mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand last week.
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NFL star heads west after 10 years in Green Bay
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Patreon is having another go at changing the way it charges creators
Patreon messed up pretty badly the last time it tried to change its payment system. Now it's having another go, though this time the changes mainly affect future sign-ups rather than its current community of creators. The post Patreon is having another go at changing the way it charges creators appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Exclusive: Germany to create fund to foil foreign takeovers after China moves
Germany plans to pass legislation by the end of 2019 to create a state-owned fund that can protect key companies from takeovers by Chinese and other foreign firms, government sources said, in a marked shift from its "hands-off" approach to business.
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Instagram trials a new shopping feature for U.S. users
Facebook’s Instagram is trialing a feature that lets U.S. users shop from the photo-sharing app by using a “checkout” option on items tagged for sale.
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New Zealand's silver fern redrawn as Muslims praying gets plenty of online attention
In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, a reimagined version of a famous New Zealand symbol has garnered plenty of online attention. Australian cartoonist Pat Campbell, who works for newspaper The Canberra Times, drew an illustration of the silver fern showing Muslims in different stages of prayer for the publication. SEE ALSO: New Zealand bikers perform Haka dance in honor of Christchurch victims Campbell first drew the image on Saturday morning, which instead of fern fronds, depicted 49 figures to represent the people who died in the attack.  On Tuesday he added another figure to the illustration, to mark the death toll rising to 50. Read more...More about Art, New Zealand, Muslim, Christchurch, and Culture
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Chaos and the crowd: drawings of protests in London – in pictures
Joy Gerrard’s monochrome ink and pencil drawings reproduce contemporary news photographs of protesting crowds Continue reading...
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Amyas Morse: ‘I’m angry when ministers waste taxpayers’ billions’
The outgoing National Audit Office chief says every wasted £1bn could pay for millions of visits to A&E and ambulance calloutsI still get angry – and that is the word for it, angry – 10 years into the role, when I see badly-thought-through programmes and wasted public money,” says outgoing watchdog chief Sir Amyas Morse. “And the reason I’m angry is because the citizen ends up picking up the tab. They are the ones who end up suffering.”For almost a decade, as comptroller and auditor general – the head of the National Audit Office – it’s been Morse’s statutory duty to keep an eagle eye on the spending of central government departments, holding ministers and civil servants to account for cost overruns, project mismanagement and profligacy with taxpayers’ money. Continue reading...
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Police failing to protect rape and abuse victims, says super-complaint
Data from 11 frontline services shows forces failing to use legal powers, says groupPolice are “systematically failing” to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence, according to campaigners in the second super-complaint made to a national watchdog.The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has accused police forces of failing to use existing powers to deal with domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and rape. Continue reading...
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In Greece, an Economic Revival Fueled by ‘Golden Visas’ and Tourism
Less than a year after the country ended a multibillion-euro international bailout, property buyers from China and Russia are helping to mend its economy.
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The campaign for a 'drug-free world' is costing lives | Louise Arbour and Mohamed ElBaradei
Global policy on drug control is unrealistic, and has taken a harsh toll on millions of the world’s poorest peopleDrug control efforts across the world are a threat to human dignity and the right to life.In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. Among the reasons for these deaths are the lack of access to health and harm-reduction services, as well as the fear of legal repression, which often dissuades people who use drugs from asking for help. Continue reading...
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Lenny Kravitz: ‘I wore a red suede tunic suit – I knew I was taking a risk’
The musician explains how the outfit he wore in the Are You Gonna Go My Way video made him feel powerful and beautiful, and set him apart from every other 90s performerIn the video for Are You Gonna Go My Way, I wore a red suede tunic suit: a pair of trousers with a long sleeveless top that reached almost to the floor, with buttons from the collar all the way down. We paired it with big platform boots, and I would wear the whole thing for rehearsals to get used to playing in it. The first time I put it on, it felt amazing. It felt powerful and beautiful and ceremonial, and it was perfect for the video.At the same time, I knew that I was taking a risk. It was very different from what anybody was wearing at that time, in 1993. But people loved it, and when that video came out, it broke down walls. It was the perfect song with the perfect image and it blew up. Continue reading...
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Why did P&O use a shuttle bus on our cruise to Amsterdam?
The company moved the berth of our cruise ship to a port 30km away from the cityA group of us booked a four-day P&O cruise from Southampton on 22 March, docking in Amsterdam early Saturday until late Monday giving us direct access to the city. Last month, we learned the ship will dock at a location 40 minutes away by shuttle bus. P&O did not contact us about this. Anyone wishing to take three daily meals on board (part of the package) and spend the rest of the day in Amsterdam, would spend at least six hours daily on the bus. Continue reading...
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Officer shot and killed while pursuing driver
A Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and killed and another officer was injured after a driver they were pursuing got out of the car and began shooting, the sheriff's office said.
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Google will give Android users a choice of browser and search engine in Europe
Google has announced that it will start asking European Android users which browser and search engine they would prefer to use on their devices, following regulatory action against the company for the way it bundles software in its mobile operating system. Last year Google was fined a record $5 billion by EU regulators for violating antitrust laws and was ordered to stop “illegally tying” Chrome and its search app to Android. Google’s initial response was to start charging manufacturers licensing fees for the Play Store and other apps while offering the option to include Chrome and the Google search app in the overall package for free. Now, SVP of global affairs Kent Walker says in a blog post, Google will go one step further by offering users of “existing and new Android devices in Europe” a direct choice of services. “On Android phones, you’ve always been able to install any search engine or browser you want, irrespective of what came pre-installed on the phone when you bought it,” Walker says. “In fact, a typical Android phone user will usually install around 50 additional apps on their phone ... Now we’ll also do more to ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones.” Google hasn’t said when this will happen beyond “over the next few months,” nor has it said which competing products will be highlighted. The move will draw inevitable comparison to Microsoft’s “browser ballot” web page that it showed to Internet Explorer users in 2010 to comply with a similar European Commission ruling. Microsoft retired the page in 2014 after its obligation expired.
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How the bench saved the Nets’ season and their playoff dreams
SACRAMENTO — The Nets’ bench saved their starters. They may have saved their chances at making the playoffs, too, leading a miracle 123-121 win over the Kings. Reserves Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jared Dudley and Treveon Graham played all but five seconds of the pivotal fourth quarter that saw Brooklyn outscore Sacramento 45-18. Hollis-Jefferson had 12 points,...
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Publishers sue Peloton for using songs by Katy Perry, Rihanna, others
Publishers representing the writers of songs by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and hundreds of other artists sued Peloton Interactive Inc on Tuesday, accusing the maker of video-streaming stationary bicycles of copyright infringement. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the 10 publishers are seeking more than $150 million in...
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Google will ask European Android users what browser they want to use
After the European Commission slapped Google with a $5 billion fine for antitrust violations, the tech giant has been trying to keep its practices in check. Its latest move? To ensure that European users know they can install and use browsers and sea...
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