Manchester Arena blast: Election campaigning suspended – BBC News

May 23, 2017

“We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said. Mr Corbyn said he was “horrified” by the incident. “Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives,” he said. The Labour leader said he had been briefed about the operational response by Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham. “I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for …

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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 23, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

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Philippines’ Duterte looks to strengthen ties with trip to Moscow

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will depart on an official five-day visit to Moscow Monday, as part of an effort to realign his country’s foreign policy away from longtime ally the United States. Under Duterte, who took office in June 2016, the Philippines has made overtures toward Beijing and Moscow — seeing the countries as a source of much-needed investment — and away from the US, which, despite a mutual defense treaty, Duterte regards as unreliable and …

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Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge – BBC News

May 20, 2017

… in the Commons to be held on repealing the ban on fox hunting Launching the manifesto in Halifax on Thursday, Mrs May said: “We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain. It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone.” The social care changes proposed are that the value of someone’s property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home – currently only their income and …

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Brazil’s president accused of bribery

May 19, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported …

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Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

May 18, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media. …

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

… embroil him in future controversies. Trump has already made clear his deep antipathy to Comey. After firing him, Trump told NBC News that the FBI director was a “showboat” and a “grandstander” whom he had been planning to jettison for months. Those unflattering impressions are not likely to be improved if Trump, ever the showman himself, tunes in on cable television to watch Comey starring in a hearing that keeps the rest of the country on tenterhooks. But the result of …

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1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

May 16, 2017

… if those in the health sector come together with road and education sectors in each country to address the problem. “A single intervention is not going to be enough,” he said. “Education is such a huge contributor to lowering adolescent disease burden.” Saxena believes it is important to engage with children as they transition into adulthood. “Adolescents are very vulnerable,” she said. “That transition needs support … and when adolescents …

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Luxury travel: The most remote resorts in the Philippines

May 15, 2017

(CNN)Whether you’re in search of an all-inclusive luxury resort or a chilled-out beach villa, the Philippines has no shortage of remote retreats to whisk intrepid travelers off the grid. But you’ll want to get there soon. The country’s natural beauty has caught the eye of international jet-setters and tourism has grown at a rate of 8% per year since 2010, according to a report by Oxford Business Group. …

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China’s new world order: Xi, Putin and others meet for Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017

Belt and Road Forum, Beijing (CNN)China’s leaders are ringing in what they hope is a new world order at a major international conference in Beijing Sunday. The Belt and Road Forum is China’s answer to Davos or the G20, centered around the colossal One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade initiative, which takes its inspiration from the ancient Silk Road trading route. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized OBOR’s international credentials in the …

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Duterte follows Xi’s lead with military build-up in South China Sea

May 12, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)The Philippines has begun sending troops and supplies to an island it controls in the disputed South China Sea, setting the stage for a potential dispute with Beijing. Plans are underway to reinforce and upgrade facilities on Pagasa Island, in the Spratly Islands chain,senior Philippine military officials toldthe official Philippine News Agency (PNA). The country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, last month said he had ordered military personnel to occupy all …

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The bus bringing human traffic from Romania – BBC News

May 11, 2017

… to work in hotels or care homes. Some to visit their husbands. Eventually we arrived in Cluj on the east of the country where we were to board the coach which was to be our home for the next three days. Waiting on its arrival was the first time I was able to speak with my fellow passengers. The first group I spoke to were going to Leeds, Luton, Southampton and London. Two were going to work in construction, one in a warehouse. The others in factories. A man who was going to work in a car …

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South Koreans head to polls to choose next president

May 10, 2017

… early voting, according to the national election committee. Turnout is expected to be high. Concerns about the economy, corruption and the country’s relationship with North Korea are foremost in voters’ minds, according to a recent poll from RealMeter. The hasty election comes after Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female president, was impeached in a corruption scandal that allegedly connected her to business giants Samsung and the Lotte Group. Many voters say they’re …

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Paris breathes a sigh of relief as Macron takes center stage

May 8, 2017

… established party — garnered a solid footing through his pro-EU stance and promises to reform France’s welfare and pension systems. But there is no doubt that his win was also largely thanks to the traditional left, a group that had no candidate in the second round of voting. Many on the left voted for Macron out of fear of the other option: a country led by Le Pen and her xenophobic, anti-EU extremist National Front party. At the victory rally, Anas Ammounah, a 29-year-old …

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French elections: Will it be Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen?

May 7, 2017

(CNN)French voters headed to the polls Sunday for the final act in one of the most tumultuous presidential election campaigns in the country’s history. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), and will close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET). Polling companies release usually reliable projections of the final result almost immediately afterward. Whoever becomes president, Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist, or Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, will inherit a …

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Chinese-made jet takes off in maiden flight, seen as possible future Boeing competitor

May 6, 2017

… The jets development is a key step on the path laid out by Chinese leaders to transform the country into a creator of profitable technology. Comac says it has 570 orders, mostly from state-owned Chinese airlines. A total of 23 domestic and foreign customers have placed orders. The handful of foreign customers includes GE Capital Aviation Services and Thailands City Airways. The plane can come with 155-175 seats and has a standard flight length of 2,530 miles. Chinas first domestically made jet, …

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Stopping the opioid crisis in the womb

May 5, 2017

… prescription drug and heroin abuse in Atlanta in April, participants from across the country discussed the increasing number of babies going through withdrawal and how to best care for them and their mothers. Experts stressed the need for better treatment programs for pregnant women, especially in rural America. Detoxification during pregnancy wasn’t considered a viable policy approach at the conference. Some experts said it would be careless — even reckless. Even if detoxing were …

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World leaders have a go-to tactic with Trump: Flattery, and lots of it

May 4, 2017

… makes the situation between Israelis and Palestinians different under his administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer responded bluntly: “The man is different.” “The President’s diplomacy style is paying dividends,” Spicer said. “The relationships and the foundation that the President is building are going to pay huge dividends for this country … This President’s style is one to develop a personal bond with individuals.” Trump has …

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The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist

May 2, 2017

… out ISIS sympathizers across the country. It also raises questions about whether Greene received favorable treatment from Justice Department prosecutors who charged her with a relatively minor offense, then asked a judge to give her a reduced sentence in exchange for her cooperation, the details of which remain shrouded in court-ordered secrecy. The man Greene married was no ordinary terrorist. He was Denis Cuspert, a German rapper turned ISIS pitchman, whose growing influence as an …

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Host blasts absent Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

May 1, 2017

Hasan Minhaj, of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show, ended the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night by blasting President Trump in a night that mostly focused on the First Amendment. “We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” Minhaj said. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow. It’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… screens around the country, exposed what black residents of Los Angeles had known for a long time: the LAPD was broken. Twenty-five years later, expert observers say the LAPD is a department transformed — and that the change was made possible, in large part, by a consent decree, a police agreement with the federal government. The future of similar agreements with 15 US cities — including Ferguson, Missour; Cleveland and Baltimore — was thrown into question this month …

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UK drawing up post-Brexit sanctions plan – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… level. The EU currently imposes some 30 sanction regimes, of which about half flow from the UN. These involve restrictions against people and institutions and trade in Russia, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran and many other countries. The new laws will allow the UK for the first time to impose substantial sanctions on another country’s trade by itself. At the moment, the UK has only limited powers to impose some financial sanctions unilaterally, such as through the Terrorist Asset …

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Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… has just started marketing its latest “self-service” machine. It claims users will never look at an ATM in the same way again – mainly owing to the fact that they think they are looking at a tablet computer. Image copyright NCR Image caption The first newly-designed ATM by NCR has just been installed in Switzerland As of 2014, Russia had the highest number of cash machines per one million inhabitants than any European country In Western Europe, Portugal had 1,516 ATMs …

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Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

… presidential spokesman Alex Huang said that she was responding to “hypothetical questions” in the interview and said Taiwan understands the United States’ priorities in affairs in Asia, adding there are no plans for a phone call between Tsai and Trump. Since coming to office, Trump’s rhetoric on China has improved dramatically as he seeks the country’s help in putting pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear tests. “Well, my problem is that …

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