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

… pram. After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies. Then something magic happened. That first book – and the six that followed – went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world. Image caption The Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies Okay, so books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book …

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

June 26, 2017

… defiant call for solidarity and resistance from the musical Les Miserables — has been sung by protest movements around the world for years, it’s popularity increased after 2014, thanks to the release of a Cantonese language cover. As tens of thousands of Hong Kongers gathered in the streets in 2014, many felt they needed their own anthem — rather than borrowing those of previous movements — and several specially-written songs were released. “Raise the …

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

… the real Moby Dick What orcas teach us about the menopause Lost whaling station at the end of the world They go from what is essentially just a ball of cells that’s perhaps only a few weeks old, all the way through to a specimen that appears to be a perfect humpback in miniature. This larger foetus, about half a metre in length, is probably seven to eight months into the gestation period. It has everything you would expect to see in a humpback, including those long, tell-tale …

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… by a senior politician, but without the authority to bind Parliament. “We need the politicians to find a way of neutralising the temptation to take minor advantage domestically from these great events,” the archbishop wrote. He added that Britain’s decision to leave the EU was the third time in two centuries that the UK had to “redefine the place of our country in the world”. …

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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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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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Carmakers call for transitional EU deal – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… fear is that, in two years’ time, we fall off a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior world Trade Organization terms. “This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth.” He called on the government to seek an interim arrangement, whereby the UK stayed in the single market and customs union until a new relationship was brokered. UK car manufacturing …

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

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who defied controversy to win his maiden major at Oakmont 12 months ago, was teetering on …

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NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

The same group is also thought to have been behind the theft of money from banks. NHS hit In May, ransomware called WannaCry swept across the world, locking computers and demanding payment for them to be unlocked. The NHS in the UK was particularly badly hit. Officials in Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) began their own investigation and concluded their assessment in recent weeks. The ransomware did not target Britain or the NHS specifically, and may well have been a …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEbola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: The Western world has moved on Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life. The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting for her life. Pauline cared for her while smothered in a personal …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… scars for years to come. Many people in the political world had quietly worried that violence was a lamentably possible extension of a presidential campaign in which Trump baited angry crowds and liberals ridiculed and insulted him. In a sign of how the political dialogue has deteriorated, it’s now normal for the President of the United States to spread obvious falsehoods, to brand the media the “enemy of the American people” and for his opponents to openly call him a liar. …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

… Istanbul nightclub attack. Unwanted consequences President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plans to transform the world economy with its Belt and Road Initiative to link Asia, Europe. the Middle East and Africa with physical and financial infrastructure, makes the threats to China’s foreign policy interests global in scope The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a case in point. A 3,000 kilometer, $46 billion initiative to develop a network of roads, railways and pipelines to …

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It’d be shocking if the Warriors went to the White House

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)It would be quite a shock and seriously awkward if the Golden State Warriors went to the White House for the customary congratulations from the President. He went on a post-election rant at a team news conference where expressed his disappointment that “the man who’s going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words.” …

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What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football world Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act. Since his …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly by all the councillors. In the UK the House of Commons is the …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 11, 2017

… Corbyn’s historic campaign,” she wrote. “Changing course and embracing the new, youth-driven left politics would mean alienating the big money interests that keep them afloat personally — and also admitting that all their basic assumptions about the world might be wrong.” Clearly, as the one-year anniversary of the last Democratic primary contest nears, this latest clash among competing factions on the left and center-left — hardly a recent or American …

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… performances and incorporates them into his art installations, which ultimately ask us to rethink our reactions to crisis, and our relationships to the political world. Suppose we could get past our ideas of what emergencies are worth gawking at, he proposes — could we become more sensitive to more languid, but perhaps more serious problems like inequality, surveillance, climate change? If we sensitize ourselves to the absurdity of dividing people under differently-colored banners …

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar has said “it’s not ready to surrender” as the diplomatic stranglehold placed on the tiny oil-rich country by its neighbors intensifies. “The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state,“ a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. Unraveling the Qatar crisis Social sympathizers could face jail US suspects Russian hackers world cup a bargaining chip Qatar keeps gas flowing Philippines stops …

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General election 2017: Last push for votes in election campaign – BBC News

June 8, 2017

… plan to deliver that brighter future will make sure all four corners of our United Kingdom benefit from the opportunities Brexit will bring – with more jobs, more homes, better roads and railways, and world-class digital connectivity wherever you live.” ‘Years of underfunding’ Mr Corbyn says the NHS “cannot afford five more years of underfunding, understaffing and privatisation”. Speaking at a music festival-style rally in Birmingham on Tuesday evening, he …

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London attack: Police ‘know identities of killers’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chrissy Archibald moved to Europe to be with her fianc The first victim of the attack has been named as Canadian national Chrissy Archibald. A statement from her family said she had worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fianc. A French national was also killed in the attack, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. What we know so far world leaders condemn incident Timeline of British terror attacks London …

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