With America No Longer A ‘Friend,’ Angela Merkel Looks To China As New Partner

July 6, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Berlin this week for whats been described as a highly-symbolic state visit. Welcoming Xi on Wednesday, Merkel said the meeting happening just days before the start of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg was a good opportunity for the two countries to expand and broaden our extensive strategic relations. She did not elaborate on these comments, but her words have been interpreted as…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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First on CNN: Kamala Harris maneuvers to help 2018 Democrats — and build a national profile

July 1, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris is using her newfound progressive stardom to raise money for her Democratic colleagues — and amplifying buzz about the California freshman as a prospect for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination in the process. The email list Harris has used to raise the bulk of that money is 10 times the size it was at this time last year, during her Senate campaign. She’s used that list…

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Police: Venus Williams at fault in car crash that led to fatality

June 30, 2017

(CNN)A police report says that Venus Williams is responsible for a car accident earlier this month in Florida, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died. According to the report, Linda Barson told police she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light. The report states that light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when…

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The German and British children who became post-war friends – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJune Whitcombe and Gretel Rieber met after the war as a special relationship developed between Reading and Dusseldorf In 1947 Germany and the UK were both still reeling after World War Two. But in Reading that did not stop the mayor, in the face of fierce criticism, inviting impoverished children from the city of Dusseldorf to her town. The twinning still thrives,…

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The Grenfell survivor rebuilding his life, two weeks on – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOlu feared he and his family would be killed in the fire Two weeks ago, Olu was preparing to climb down from the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower on a makeshift rope of tied-together bed sheets, with his daughter on his back. Thankfully, he survived, after firefighters told him to run to safety – but what does his life hold now? “My…

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Foo Fighters finally headline Glastonbury – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFoo Fighters perform Everlong at Glastonbury 2017 Foo Fighters have finally stepped onto Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, two years after they were forced to pull out of the festival. Days before their headline performance in 2015, Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden. “I’m about two years late tonight, I’m sorry,” said Grohl on Saturday, blaming bad traffic…

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Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

At the center of the scandal are allegations that sheriffs deputies have for decades planted informants next to targeted inmates in the countys jails and have directed them to fish for incriminating evidence to help secure convictions. While its legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, in many Orange County trials, its alleged that the informants questioned inmates who were represented by lawyers, violating their…

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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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Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

Gotta keep those goods moving.Image: VCG via Getty Images As the Amazons of China try to elbow each other out of the way, a couple of retailers are coming forward to reveal some of the lengths that China’s ecommerce players will go to, to get you to add items to your cart. Liebo, a mid-sized women’s apparel brand, accused the country’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com, of forcibly slashing Liebo’s product…

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

June 22, 2017

(CNN)What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korean custody is a mystery. And it’s likely to remain that way. Following his death on Monday, Warmbier’s parents Cindy and Fred asked the coroner not to perform an autopsy on their son. “No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review…

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

June 21, 2017

(CNN)What’s most shocking is how fast it happened. Until Tuesday, few people had seen the dashcam video from July 6, 2016, when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in Minnesota. It was shown in court during Yanez’s trial. Yanez tells Castile his brake lights are out. The video does not show Yanez’s point of view or the inside of Castile’s car, where his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were…

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Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby walking through the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Image: Mark Makela/Getty Images Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set. The jury of seven men and five women spent a week shuffling between deliberations and the courtroom,…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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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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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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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 14, 2017

Rodman was spotted at Beijing International Airport Monday and is expected to land in North Korea Tuesday, two Pyongyang officials told CNN. Rodman knows PresidentDonald Trump personally he was a contestant on Trumps TV reality program Celebrity Apprentice and endorsed him during the campaign. Rodman said at a talk three months ago at West Point that Trump told him he wanted to visit North Korea. Rodmans agent,Chris Volo, said at…

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJo Cox’s parents: ‘We have to stay positive’ On 16 June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. Now, as the anniversary of her death approaches, her parents and sister say they are still learning to cope with the loss. As Jean Leadbeater, Jo’s mother, waits to welcome us at her front door, the first thing she…

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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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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….

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

Image: mashable composite; hbo/shutterstock These days, it seems like everybody has the same old theories about Game Of Thrones. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Daenerys is Azor Ahai Jon Snow is half Targaryan Jaime is going to kill Cersei. Can you say boring? How have fan theories about our favorite show become so dull when there are still so many avenues left unexplored? As a huge GoT geek, I really…

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Katy Perry talks about the Taylor Swift feud again oh my god why

June 10, 2017

Image: jo hale/Redferns/getty If Katy Perry would like to be excluded from the “Bad Blood” narrative, it’s far too late for that. In her new NME cover story, she explained why she chose to respond in the first place. I mean, Im not Buddha things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but Im also not a pushover, you know?” said Perry. “Especially…

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Facebook’s Instant Articles are getting more ads after publishers began to flee

June 9, 2017

Image: facebook The Guardian is out. So is The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is going to do something about those terrible ads on your website Facebook has failed to keep the two of the most reputable newspapers on board with Instant Articles, the publishing platform where articles are uploaded directly to the social network. But Facebook is not giving up. On Thursday, the social network added more ad…

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