Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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Tourists, Locals Buy Nevada’s Legal Recreational Marijuana

July 2, 2017

Las Vegas (AP) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to the millions of visitors who flock to Las Vegas each year. Veteran consumers, first-timers, twenty-somethings and retirees were…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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China’s Xi Jinping greets PLA’s Hong Kong troops in show of force

June 30, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)In the largest display of military might since Hong Kong was handed to China 20 years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army Friday. Xi, standing in an open-top military vehicle, drove past 3,000 troops lined up at the Shek Kong base in the northern New Territories, near the Chinese border. Surrounded on all sides by tree covered mountains and…

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Dem congressman: ‘Just plain wrong’ for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel

June 30, 2017

(CNN)As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is “just plain wrong.” Connolly also said the event is the latest example of conflict-of-interest concerns surrounding the hotel, which was opened in the Old Post Office and leased from the federal General Services Administration in 2013. “From the beginning,…

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

Police secure a stadium entrance prior to the German DFB Cup final soccer match.Image: clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media. The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States. SEE ALSO: German police will give you 25 if you give your face…

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Leo DiCaprio forfeits million-dollar paintings to U.S. government in wake of embezzlement scandal

June 21, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio may have received some very expensive paintings in a super shady way. According to artnet, DiCaprio, a known art collector, is reportedly in the process of surrendering a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting and a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat collage to U.S. authorities in the wake of a huge embezzlement scandal. Red Granite the company that produced DiCaprio’s movie The Wolf of Wall Street wasco-foundedby Riza Aziz, thestepson…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July. First two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a…

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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British PM Theresa May seeks lifeline after bruising election result

June 12, 2017

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Theresa May, clinging on in Downing Street, will appeal for the support of her members of parliament (MPs) Monday, after losing the Conservatives a cherished government majority in last week’s election. With her government majority at zero, May has no control over Parliament a week away from the Queen’s Speech, when new laws are presented, and the scheduled start of Brexit talks. Election shock undercuts UK…

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News Daily: General election special – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Hello. Get any sleep? Here’s your election morning briefing. Meanwhile, the SNP, which won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland at the last general election, is predicted to lose 19 MPs. The Liberal Democrats, virtually wiped out in Parliament in 2015, are set for some gains, raising their number of MPs to 14. In Northern Ireland, all 18 seats have declared, the DUP taking 10, Sinn Fein seven and an…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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Weibo blocks users from posting photos and videos on Tiananmen anniversary

June 7, 2017

Image: Bradshaw/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos in comments. SEE ALSO: Remembering the Tiananmen…

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Election 2017: Impact of London terror attack on campaign – BBC News

June 5, 2017

It is clear that prime minister wants to pursue new policies to address the terror threat if re-elected. ‘Criminalising people’ The Tory manifesto had already promised to consider new criminal offences to address extremism, potentially increasing the length of prison sentences for lesser offences involved in spreading extremism rather than committing acts of terror themselves. They also plan, if back in government, to set up a commission to counter extremism,…

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government…

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