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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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested ahead of Chinese leader’s visit

June 30, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Hong Kong amid unprecedented security Thursday, his first official visit as leader, as the city marks 20 years of Chinese rule on Saturday. Protests broke out late Wednesday ahead of Xi’s highly choreographed visit, with activists storming Golden Bauhinia Square — the site of an official flag-raising ceremony later this week — and occupying it for several hours before police removed…

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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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#NotInMyName: Indians protest against rise in mob violence

June 29, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)Braving monsoon rains, thousands of people across India took to the streets Wednesday night to protest against what they claim is a rise in mob violence aimed at minority groups. The protests follow the high-profile killing of a Muslim teen in an allegedly Islamophobic attack in the state of Haryana, northern India, Friday.

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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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MLB swings for the VR fences with Samsung, Intel partnerships

June 22, 2017

Image: mlb  Some media analysts are convinced VR video will soon be bigeven though most people still haven’t tried on a VR headset yet. That isn’t stopping players like Major League Baseball (MLB) from jumping into a new partnership with Samsung to provide users with all the baseball-related VR content they can handle. SEE ALSO: Step into the octagon with a live UFC fight in virtual reality On Wednesday, the…

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showing off one of his Shooting Star drones.Image: lance ulanoff/mashable The next Olympic Games are gonna be lit… with technology. Intel, which became an official Olympic Partner on Wednesday (and makes most of the CPUs inside today’s PCs and all of them on Macs), promises to bring a wide array of cutting-edge technology to the Olympic games, beginning with the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,…

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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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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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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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Transcript: Rep. Mo Brooks recounts GOP shootings

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Republican Rep. Mo Brooks called into CNN’s “New Day” just moments after witnessing the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others during a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia. ‘I heard a loud bam’ and Steve Scalise screamed — he was shot, Rep. Brooks tells CNN

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Gianforte apologizes to reporter and pledges contribution to press group

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Greg Gianforte, the Montana Congressman-elect who is accused of “body slamming” a Guardian reporter, sent a letter of apology and will plead no contest to the misdemeanor assault charge, according to documents. The events referred to an encounter on May 24, when Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after Jacobs accused the politician of “body slamming” him at a campaign event. On Wednesday, he issued a letter to Jacobs. “My…

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Amazon Alexa is now iCloud calendar compatible

June 2, 2017

Image:  TYLER ESSARY/MASHABLe If you use Amazon’s trusty AI, Alexa, for all your scheduling needs, we have some good news for you. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Alexa-compatible devices now finally support Apple’s iCloud calendars. While Alexa has previously synced with other major calendar services including Google Calendar, G Suite, Outlook, and Office 365 the AI assistant has been notably lacking integration with iCloud calendars … until now. With the…

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Coral Reefs Are Changing So Fast, Scientists Say We Need To Rewrite The Playbook

June 1, 2017

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, coral researchers say the reefs of the past will probably never be seen again because human activity has devastated them. But despite dramatic obituaries for structures like Australias Great Barrier Reefand mounting concern that thereslimited timeto save them, scientists say there is still hope for the structures. We can still have reefs in the future that will look OK in terms…

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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

The new version wasnt totally reprehensible Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger are all charming, and J. Quinton Johnson of Broadways Hamilton is a talented but underutilized new face. Still, the original Dirty Dancing with its memorable lines and delightful rom-com trappings remains the girl ABC told its iteration not to worry about. Try as the network might, the Dirty Dancing remake failed to capture the poignancy and heart…

May 25, 2017
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U.S. Stocks Advance, Bonds Mixed as Oil Tops $51: Markets Wrap

U.S. stocks pushed toward all-time highs, while the dollar halted a slide as investors focused on fresh data that added to signs the global economy remains on firm footing. Brazilian assets stabilized and oil hit a one-month high. The S&P 500 Index’s fourth straight gain took it back toward 2,400, as bank shares led advances amid gains in the 10-year Treasury note. Investors moved past the South Africa’s rand rallied, and…

May 25, 2017
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CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

Watch other people get swole on Facebook.Image: crossfit Competitive CrossFit is coming to your Facebook. SEE ALSO: Facebook responds to brutal crime video: ‘We know we need to do better’ CrossFit and Facebook announced a new deal for the social network to stream live events from the fitness company. The new partnerships starts this Friday with the CrossFit Regionals and includes at least 40 live shows throughout the year, Sports…

May 18, 2017
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Surprise, relief dominate Capitol Hill after special counsel named for Russia investigation

(CNN)Some Republicans joined Democrats in breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday at news that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel to lead the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had any ties to Russia. While many members said they were caught off-guard, a bipartisan array of lawmakers applauded the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation. “Wow, that’s news to me. He is…

May 18, 2017
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Our New American Gods: A Celebration of Immigrants in the Face of Trumpism

The ever-shifting face of America, a place shaped by faith, race, immigration, and oppression, gives lifeblood to American Gods, Starzs stunning new adaptation of Neil Gaimans bestselling fantasy novel. In this version of America, the gods of old-world mythology live among us, scraping by on what worship they can scrounge from a nation now infatuated with newer idols, particularly media and technology. These new gods seek to destroy the old…

May 15, 2017
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