Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… prime minister said the two parties “share many values” and the agreement was “a very good one”. Mrs May said it would would “enable us to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home”. Mrs Foster said she was “delighted” with a package that includes 1bn of New funding, plus more flexibility …

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Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

… given change day, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London. Music accompanies the marches of both the old guards out and the New guards in. The soldiers, who don iconic red tunics and tall black bearskin caps, are not just accessories to provide tourists with a photo opportunity. They are a highly skilled troop prepared to assume combat duty. Until now the honor of captain has been filled solely by men. “Back when we were training at my home base in Shilo [Manitoba], two of the UK …

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their New found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… For a generation of kids brought up on Thomas the Tank Engine and The Polar Express, there was suddenly a shiny New steam train in the engine shed. Yes, the Hogwarts Express. No trip to King’s Cross Station in London is complete without a selfie on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. It introduced New words to the dictionary Image copyright Warner Bros/Getty Images Image caption Young stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint Until recently, the eight Harry Potter …

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the New Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changed What China’s scared of China’s Xi Jinping to make first visit Carrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge China Secret negotiations sealed city’s fate The protesters were led by Joshua Wong, the former “Umbrella Movement” leader …

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Victim of a hate crime? Now there’s an app for that

June 26, 2017

(CNN)If you are the victim of a hate crime, what would you do? Who would you call? What are the laws in your city or state that could protect you? The Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a New civil rights app this week called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone.” It allows users to quickly report bias incidents they experience, “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups,” says a …

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Wales teacher recruitment levels ‘bordering on crisis’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

The government said, compared to overall graduate entry figures, teacher training recruitment remained strong and it was working closely with partners to identify and address issues. “We want teaching in Wales to be a first choice profession so we attract the very best,” the spokesman said, adding New rules announced in spring are a key part of the drive. Mr Hathway said pressures in the job were putting people off – with figures obtained by the NUT showing nearly 50,000 …

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… III The rather rude giant Image copyright Cerne Abbas Brewery Image caption A photocopied fig leaf was added to the beer pump clip in a Houses of Parliament bar Another giant Image copyright Jonathonjosh1 Image caption The Bulford kiwi photographed in 2013, following restoration and maintenance by a local scout group In 1919, following the end of World War One, officers commanding restless and homesick New Zealand troops wanted a task to distract their men and keep them out of …

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… Bridge terror attack, UK PM Theresa May announced that New international agreements needed to be introduced to regulate the internet in order to “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online”. And last week in Paris, Mrs May and French President Emmanuel Macron launched a joint campaign to look at how they could make the internet safe, including making companies legally liable if they refused to remove certain content. Other efforts Similar initiatives to counter hate speech …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)When one man was killed and 10 people were injured in north London after a van plowed into Muslim worshipers early Monday morning, the majority of the world mourned. Stories of heroes surfaced. And calls for solidarity rang from communities of all stripes. Meanwhile pro-ISIS social media accounts pointed to the attack as a reason why Muslims need to rise up and attack. Warrior heroes and villains The trend is not New, but rather heightened due to the current geopolitical …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

… possibility, especially given how sudden this was.” Gupta, who has not reviewed Warmbier’s medical records, said Warmbier could have been given a New medication or have had an old medication withheld. For example, “he could have been treated for a body-wide infection such as sepsis, which is not uncommon in someone who is bedridden,” Gupta said. “The family could have decided to stop giving him antibiotics, then sepsis may have led to his death.” Given …

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Teens are still having sex, most use contraception

June 22, 2017

(CNN)American teens’ sex habits and contraceptive use haven’t changed much over the past decade, according to a New report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that time period, 42% of female teens and 44% of male teens reported having had sex at least once, a 1% decrease for females and a 2% increase for males over the previous four years, spanning 2006 to 2010. These differences are …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 21, 2017

… 1.5” dialogues. At one such meeting recently, North Korean officials stated that denuclearization is off the table and that there’s nothing the US or South Korea can offer that will induce them to stop pursuing nuclear capability. After multiple missile launches in May, the UN Security Council voted unanimously on June 2 to introduce New sanctions targeting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program. Five days later, North Korea responded by firing four anti-ship missiles into the …

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Carmakers call for transitional EU deal – BBC News

June 20, 2017

EU: No plans for Brexit concessions Rolls-Royce warns against ‘hard Brexit’ UK car plants also depend heavily on the free movement of components to and from the continent. The SMMT said any New relationship with the EU would need to address tariff and non-tariff barriers, regulatory and labour issues, “all of which will take time to negotiate”. “We accept that we are leaving the European Union,” said chief executive Mike Hawes. “But our biggest …

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London fire: Police expect Grenfell death toll to rise – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… emergency services A Newly-established “Grenfell Fire Response Team” has been set up to lead the relief effort, which will include a 24-hour operation at the Westway Sports Centre. The New team is made up of local and central government, the Red Cross, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell Tower community applauded firefighters as they drove past Have you been affected by recent events at …

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Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

June 19, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property. …

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a New long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The tweet sparked …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 18, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a New victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as the …

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 17, 2017

… voluntarily file his financial disclosure forms months ahead of time will become a New talking point for Trump and his aides whenever the questions regarding his taxes inevitably arise again. The key point to remember: Financial disclosures are simply no substitute for tax returns when it comes to understanding someone’s financial standing and various commitments. Think of it this way. You go to a baseball game. Financial disclosure forms are like sitting near the top of the upper deck. …

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

… are out there.” READ: US Open day one — blimp crashes, Fowler leads READ: Dustin Johnson was ‘fed up with being good’ READ: Jon Rahm — the New Seve Ballesteros? READ: Sergio Garcia — Masters win was my destiny In all, eight of the top 12 players in the world missed the cut, including Masters runner-up Justin Rose, who shot 72, 74 for two over, Open champion Henrik Stenson and former Masters winner Adam Scott, who both finished three over, and two-time Masters …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… resumes it will do so at one of the most contentious Washington moments in years. A New president, barely in office five months, could soon be under investigation by a special counsel Robert Mueller for obstruction of justice — and is furious about it. Should the investigation produce an impeachment drama, the nation will embark on the most traumatic national political process possible considering whether to remove an elected President before his time. However that ends, it will leave …

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Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

So why do we spend more on our mums? Image copyright Truefitt & Hill Image caption Sales of male grooming products rise ahead of Father’s Day “Retailers have long made a big push on Mother’s Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father’s Day more of an afterthought,” he says. With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting “it is not surprising to see more emphasis on …

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Death sentence for Facebook post amid Pakistan crackdown online

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A Pakistan government crackdown on freedom of speech online has reached worrying New levels, activists say, after a young man was sentenced to death over a series of Facebook posts. Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner, Nadia Rahman, said in a statement the conviction set a “dangerous precedent.” …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

… avenge Beijing’s alleged oppression in Xinjiang. The conflict in Syria has given a New lease of life to a Uyghur militant group, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), that Beijing has blamed for a spate of recent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. TIP now not only has a battlefield presence in Syria where it is aligned with al Qaeda but has also been implicated in the suicide bombing of the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan in August 2016 and Uyghurs were implicated in the New Year’s Eve …

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