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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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

… systems in developing countries are fragile and still being built, often in places that have seen recent conflict, and where there are low levels of public trust and long histories of trauma. Donald Trump’s evolving stance on abortion Join us on Twitter and Facebook Women around the world, from Texas to Tanzania, being cut off from modern family-planning tools. Children in some of the world’s poorest corners losing their vaccinations and malaria medicine. People …

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …

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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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Share sale returns Lloyds to private sector – BBC News

May 18, 2017

… At last week’s annual meeting, Lloyds chief executive Antnio Horta Osrio told shareholders he expected the government to make at least 500m from the bailout. But on Wednesday morning he said the true figure was closer to 900m and called Lloyds one of the “strongest banks” in the world. He also said the government had received more money than was originally invested. “The fact that the government decided to use taxpayers’ money, which is a last resort, to put 20.3bn …

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GCSEs: A revision guide for anxious parents – BBC News

May 17, 2017

… exam time. “A failed exam is not the end of the world. It is important to put things in perspective,” she says. Anita – who has a son completing GCSEs this year – admitted parents are often more anxious than their children. “We can’t make anybody learn, you can only provide the conditions that are conducive to it.” Not all exams go well and telling your child “I’m sure it went better than you thought”, isn’t always helpful …

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1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

May 16, 2017

(CNN)More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world — an average of 3,000 deaths per day — from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the world Health Organization. The leading cause of deathamong 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed …

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Psaki: Trump is destroying the trust of our allies

May 16, 2017

(CNN)As news broke on Monday evening that Donald Trump had, according to reports from the Washington Post and later the New York Times, shared code word (highly classified) intelligence with the Russian Foreign Minister during his visit to the Oval Office last week, the shock wave was felt far beyond the beltway. When Washington wakes up on Tuesday, leaders in Middle Eastern and European capitals — and elsewhere around the world — could be hours into re-evaluating their …

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When a lion prowled the streets of Birmingham – BBC News

May 14, 2017

Image copyright Artokoloro Quint Lox Limited / Alamy Stock Photo Image caption An illustration from The Graphic newspaper shows men pulling a lion from a sewer using a rope while two other men threaten it with guns Frank C Bostock, the owner of a menagerie, was himself responsible for fooling both the public and the police over the whole lion-in-a-sewer affair. He later described the event as “thrilling”. world-famous as a lion tamer, having discovered the beasts were …

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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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Harry Potter prequel stolen in Birmingham burglary – BBC News

May 13, 2017

The manuscript and jewellery were taken during the break-in between 13 and 24 April, West Midlands Police said. The force is issuing the plea for information almost one month on, in the hope “the appeal goes far and wide among Harry Potter fans throughout the world”. Related Topics Harry Potter JK Rowling More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsThe Blog Funnel Step by step Video training including, everything you need to start a profitable Blog Funnel within …

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BT to shed 4,000 jobs in new overhaul – BBC News

May 11, 2017

… physical network assets around the world. The announcements came as BT disclosed that its annual pre-tax profits fell 19% to 2.35bn in the year to March. “This has been a challenging year, but BT remains well positioned for the future,” the company said. “Our strong businesses, underlying operational performance and financial returns show BT has the strength and breadth to withstand setbacks.” It added that the results were broadly in line with the revised outlook that …

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24 hours of craziness in Trump’s Washington

May 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)You couldn’t make it up. In the confusing hours when up seemed down and down seemed up, the White House appeared to be defending Hillary Clinton, the FBI chief was among the last to know he was gone, and there was a cameo performance by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his ice skates. It all started with a bolt from nowhere late Tuesday afternoon. President Donald Trump canned Comey. No one had thought it would come to this, since the FBI director was overseeing an …

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After Yates, more questions for the Trump White House

May 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sally Yates didn’t bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russia. In her long-awaited first public accounting of her dealings with the Trump administration, Yates testified that she explicitly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn in January that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could be a target for Russian blackmail. Her intervention provoked an awkward …

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Obama returns to spotlight to speak up on climate change

May 9, 2017

Milan, Italy (CNN)Hard on the heels of one of his first public comments since leaving office, President Barack Obama is heading overseas to talk about food. Where else but Italy? The gastronomic heart of the world, Italy is a place where food is taken seriously, and its status as a culinary destination gives it the gravitas and credibility to be among the first to raise questions about the future of nutrition. To be sure, Obama will have dined well. To fail to do that, even in Milan, the once …

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A leap into the future? The race for a sub-two-hour marathon

May 6, 2017

(CNN)The history of competitive running is measured out by milestones. Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile, Jim Hines’s 10-second 100m, and Paula Radcliffe’s unprecedented 2:15:25 marathon all redefined the barriers of human potential. But now, 63 years to the day since Bannister’s historic run, a new horizon beckons. Running a marathon under two hours is now one of the most coveted frontiers in athletics, and the desire to achieve it has never been greater. …

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Kenyan runner comes close — but 2-hour marathon barrier remains unbroken

May 6, 2017

(CNN)One of the most coveted frontiers left in athletics was approached so tantalizingly close early Saturday but not broken, with Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge covering a full marathon course in two hours and 24 seconds. Kipchoge, 32, the 2016 Olympic champion and the 2016 winner of the London Marathon ran with fellow world-class runners Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersany Tadese from Eritrea in Nike’s “Breaking2” project aimed at covering the 26.2 miles (42.2km) of a …

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Goldman Sachs boss: City ‘will stall’ over Brexit risk – BBC News

May 5, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGoldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein warns of Brexit risks The chief executive of the world’s second largest investment bank has warned that London “will stall” because of the risks from the Brexit process. Lloyd Blankfein said that his firm, Goldman Sachs, which employs 6,500 people in the UK, had “contingency plans” to move people depending on the outcome of the negotiations. Mr Blankfein said he hoped …

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Stopping the opioid crisis in the womb

May 5, 2017

… minutes in America, a baby is born in withdrawal from opioids. They shake violently, vomit constantly and scream incessantly. Upon arrival in this world, one of the first things the newborns are given is an opioid to lessen the intensity of their shakes. Delivery rooms have become overwhelmed, especially along the Appalachia corridor stretching from Ohio and West Virginia into Kentucky and down to this northeast corner of Tennessee. The average hospital stay for a baby suffering withdrawal …

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How Trump won another unlikely victory

May 5, 2017

… different world, and only being a politician for a short period of time, how am I doing? Am I doing OK? I’m President. Hey, I’m President, do you believe it, right?” he crowed in the Rose Garden. Months ago many of those beaming Republican leaders behind Trump had not believed it or in him. There had been whispers that Trump’s loose tongue revealed his ignorance about what was in the bill and made compromise harder. But by Thursday afternoon, Trump was pouring praise on …

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

May 4, 2017

… Shinzo Abe buttered up Trump’s golf game: “My scores in golf is not up to the level of Donald, at all, but my policy is never up, never in, always aiming for the cup.” Abbas: With Trump’s wisdom, peace is possible Flattery plays to Trump’s ego Foreign flattery plays directly into Trump’s view of himself, something the world leaders hope will win them affection with the United States. Asked about Trump’s diplomatic style and what …

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The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist

May 2, 2017

… Oklahoma where she was on the dean’s list. She then went to graduate school at Clemson University where she earned a Master’s Degree in history. “I could see she was a really hard worker,” said Clemson Professor Alan Grubb, who advised Greene on her thesis, which explored “racial motivations for French collaboration during the Second world War.” “She was one of our better graduate students, I thought,” he said. Grubb recalled writing a letter of …

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From Gandhi to guns: An Indian woman explores the NRA convention

April 29, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Guns are not a part of the culture of my homeland, except perhaps for the occasional Bollywood movie in which the bad guy meets his demise staring down the wrong end of a barrel. The Indians may have succeeded in ousting the British, but we won with Gandhian-style civil disobedience, not a revolutionary war. Trump: Eight-year assault has come to end I grew up not knowing a single gun owner, and even today India has one of the strictest gun laws on the planet. Few …

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7 days quiz: How did Tom Hardy prove himself a good citizen? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-webkit-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-webkit-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-moz-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-moz-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-moz-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-ms-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-ms-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-ms-transform:rotate(360deg);} } …

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

April 28, 2017

… per one million people in 2014. The UK had 1,074, while the average in the EU was 960 The UK recorded 54 cash machine withdrawals per person in 2014 – the highest in the world Germany and Belgium have the largest amount of cash withdrawn per adult in Western Europe. Adults in these countries on average withdraw over 3,500 a year from cash machines India has the lowest value of cash machine withdrawals with less than 270 per adult a year. However, this value has slowly increased over the …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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