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    The Register: Greek police arrest chap accused of laundering $4bn of Bitcoin

Russian Alexander Vinnik thought to be handling proceeds of Mt Gox bust

Police in Greece have arrested a Russian national they accuse of running the BTC-e Bitcoin exchange to launder more than US$4bn worth of the cryptocurrency.…

2017-07-27 03:01: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Ohio State Fair attraction Fireball malfunctions flinging people off

A ride has malfunctioned killing one person and injuring five others on the opening night of an Ohio State Fair. A witness described people being flung from the Fireball ride.

2017-07-27 02:38: read more...   

    The Guardian: Barcelona beat Manchester United 1-0 in pre-season friendly – as it happened

Manchester Utd suffer their first loss of the pre-season, while Barca win back-to-back ICC fixtures. Handshakes all round.

94 min: Tuanzebe goes on an excellent muscular run down the right flank, holding off defenders long enough to cross inside. He does so, right across the field to Martial who can’t quite create room for a shot. Moments later Utd attack down the left. Martial slips an inside ball to Rashford who can level the score from distance but his powerful shot flies high into the stands.

And with that late flurry...

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2017-07-27 02:33: read more...   

    BBC News: Drug driving law being enforced ‘inconsistently’ by police

Figures obtained by Radio 1 Newsbeat suggest there are "major inconsistencies" in the way police forces in England and Wales are enforcing drug driving laws.

2017-07-27 02:26: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

2017-07-27 02:16: read more...   

    Sky News: One dead and several hurt in fairground accident

At least one person has died and several others have been injured in a fairground ride accident in Ohio, US.

2017-07-27 02:08: read more...   

    Reuters: Singapore slings? Taking on Alibaba, Amazon launches Prime Now in the city state

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's push into populous Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with its Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding.

2017-07-27 02:07: read more...   

    The Register: Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

'We could consider ourselves space travelers or extragalactic immigrants'

Up to half the atoms in the stars, planets, moons – and even in us – could come from distant galaxies beyond the Milky Way, according to a new study.…

2017-07-27 02:00: read more...   

    Reuters: Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

2017-07-27 01:58: read more...   

    Reuters: Dollar licks its wounds at 13-month low after Fed seen as dovish

TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar licked its wounds at 13-month lows against a basket of currencies on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement was perceived to be slightly on the dovish side.

2017-07-27 01:47: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Bundesbank feiert 60. Geburtstag

In diesen Tagen feiert die Bundesbank ihren 60. Geburtstag. Seit ihrer Gründung soll sie für eine stabile Währung sorgen. In den Zeiten der D-Mark wurde sie gern als "Macht am Main" bezeichnet, zudem wacht sie über Deutschlands Goldreserven. Alex Jakubowski blickt zurück.

2017-07-27 01:47: read more...   

    Reuters: Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

2017-07-27 01:39: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Foxconn investiert in den USA, Trump jubelt

Zehn Milliarden Dollar und Tausende Arbeitsplätze: Im Weißen Haus haben US-Präsident Trump und Foxconn-Chef Gao den Bau einer Fabrik für LCD-Bildschirme im US-Bundesstaat Wisonsin bekannt gegeben. Auch den Grund für die Investition nannte Trump: sich selbst.

2017-07-27 01:30: read more...   

    Reuters: Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

2017-07-27 01:20: read more...   

    Reuters: Samsung Electronics expects continued chip boom after record second quarter profit

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it expected the memory chip boom to continue in the current quarter, after reporting a record operating profit for the three months through June.

2017-07-27 01:20: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Swedish government faces no-confidence crisis over IT leak

An alliance of Swedish opposition parties now look set to win a vote of no confidence against three cabinet ministers. In 2015, the Department of Transport outsourced IT services, exposing troves of private information.

2017-07-27 01:18: read more...   

    The Register: Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war

Interdependence of nations give the region incentive to go beyond Budapest Convention

Dan Tehan, Australia's minister assisting the prime minister for Cyber Security, says south-east Asian nations are beginning to discuss a joint regional approach to best practise cyber-security, and perhaps even also a new set of rules of engagement for online conflict.…

2017-07-27 01:01: read more...   

    The Register: Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of cyber-war

Interdependence of nations give the region incentive to go beyond Budapest Convention

Dan Tehan, Australia's minister assisting the prime minister for Cyber Security, says south-east Asian nations are beginning to discuss a joint regional approach to best practise cyber-security, and perhaps even also a new set of rules of engagement for online conflict.…

2017-07-27 01:01: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: US state of Ohio carries out first execution in more than 3 years

Ohio has executed its first inmate since a botched lethal injection more than three years ago. The execution paves the way for as many as 26 more in the state by 2020.

2017-07-27 01:00: read more...   

    BBC News: Brexit EU migration study launched by Amber Rudd

Ministers will use the report to build a new migration system for after the UK has left the EU.

2017-07-27 00:54: read more...   

    BBC News: Mental health crisis services in England 'under pressure'

A rise in referrals without comparable extra funding is affecting vulnerable people, research finds.

2017-07-27 00:50: read more...   

    The Guardian: Facebook posts $3.89bn quarterly profit, up 71% from last year

Shares hit record high after figure is much higher than expected, with total revenue climbing 44.8% thanks to increased mobile video ad sales

Facebook has delivered a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by a sharp increase in sales of mobile video ads, sending its shares to an all-time high.

Total revenue rose 44.8% to $9.32bn from the same period in 2016, of which Facebook posted a profit of $3.89bn – up a whopping 71% from the year before.

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2017-07-27 00:45: read more...   

    BBC News: Man Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy comeback novel on longlist

The Indian author's second novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is one of 13 titles in contention.

2017-07-27 00:40: read more...   

    BBC News: Deprived children twice as likely to be obese

Children from most deprived backgrounds at double the risk of obesity compared with affluent peers.

2017-07-27 00:40: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. officials discussing withholding some aid to Egypt over NGO law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are discussing whether to withhold a portion of U.S. assistance to Egypt to protest Egyptian passage of a law that imposes restrictions on non-governmental organizations, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

2017-07-27 00:39: read more...   

    BBC News: Car production falls almost 14% as UK sales dip

The number of cars rolling off UK production lines fell 13.7% in June, the third monthly dip in a row.

2017-07-27 00:38: read more...   

    BBC News: Sugar tax 'must not be used to plug school budgets'

Money earmarked to improve children's health should not be used for shortfalls in England's school funding, say councils.

2017-07-27 00:38: read more...   

    BBC News: Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

Cyber-experts need to concentrate on reducing harm not technical proficiency, says Facebook security head

2017-07-27 00:30: read more...   

    Reuters: UK commissions EU migration impact study, promises no Brexit cliff-edge

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain commissioned an independent study on Thursday of what role European Union nationals play in the British economy, saying that Brexit would mean new immigration rules, but that there would be no sudden cut-off for workers or employers.

2017-07-27 00:21: read more...   

    Reuters: Facebook shares hit record high as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported steady and steep quarterly revenue growth on Wednesday, as the world's largest social network attracted more advertising dollars to its mobile empire, sending its shares to an all-time high.

2017-07-27 00:18: read more...   

    Reuters: Prince William steps down from ambulance job to become full-time royal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William will give up his day job on Thursday when he completes his last shift as an air ambulance pilot before focusing full-time on his royal duties.

2017-07-27 00:16: read more...   

    Reuters: UK car industry says clarity needed now as Brexit weighs

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's car-makers and traders are starting to feel the strains of Brexit, and output this year is likely fall short of the industry's expectations, the head of the leading UK group in the sector said.

2017-07-27 00:16: read more...   

    Sky News: Turtles in Mediterranean threatened by plastic

The Mediterranean - Europe's summer playground - is being trashed by accumulating plastic waste.

2017-07-27 00:15: read more...   

    Reuters: Some Chinese electric car makers mull alliance to save money, time

BEIJING (Reuters) - A handful of China's many electric vehicle (EV) start-ups are considering setting up an alliance to pool resources, develop joint technology and bring cars more quickly to the world's biggest autos market.

2017-07-27 00:13: read more...   

    Reuters: U.N.'s Guterres concerned about risk of escalating violence in Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is concerned about the risk of violence escalating in the Old City of Jerusalem, where recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have been the bloodiest in years.

2017-07-27 00:13: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Gerichte mit Klageflut gegen Asylentscheidungen konfrontiert

Die Klagen gegen Asylentscheidungen drohen nach Angaben eines Richterverbands die Verwaltungsgerichte zu überfordern. 250.000 Verfahren sind derzeit anhängig. Anwälte von Flüchtlingen verweisen auf die angeblich schlechte Arbeit des BAMF. Von Tina Handel.

2017-07-27 00:12: read more...   

    Reuters: UK pay settlements stick at 2 percent in June - XpertHR

LONDON (Reuters) - Large British employers gave staff an average 2 percent annual pay rise in the three months to the end of June, unchanged since the end of 2016, a report from pay analysts XpertHR said on Thursday.

2017-07-27 00:08: read more...   

    The Register: Valley VC sues blogger over sex pest claims, discovers writer is actually a male biz rival

'Whistleblower' unmasked as dude a few miles away

A Silicon Valley investor accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous blogger has sued the mysterious scribe for defamation – only to discover the writer was a business rival in disguise.…

2017-07-27 00:08: read more...   

    The Register: Valley VC sues blogger after sex pest claims, discovers writer is actually a male biz rival

'Whistleblower' unmasked as dude a few miles away

A Silicon Valley investor accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous blogger has sued the mysterious scribe for defamation – only to discover the writer was a business rival in disguise.…

2017-07-27 00:08: read more...   

    The Register: Valley VC sues blogger after sex pest claims, discovers writer is 'a male tech biz rival'

'Whistleblower' IP address leads to dude a few miles away

A Silicon Valley investor accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous blogger has sued the mysterious scribe for defamation – only to find the writer appeared to be a business rival in disguise.…

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    The Register: Valley VC sues blogger over web sex claims, discovers writer is actually a male biz rival

Whistleblower unmasked as dude a few miles away

A Silicon Valley investor accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous blogger has sued the mysterious scribe for defamation – only to discover the writer is a bloke at a rival tech firm.…

2017-07-27 00:08: read more...   

    BBC News: No fly zone

Seventy years after India and Pakistan won their independence, why are relations still tense?

2017-07-27 00:07: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Donald Trump's transgender ban leaves service members in limbo, creates backlash

President Trump’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military, announced via a series of tweets, features sketchy math and may not have been coordinated with the Pentagon. But it could affect thousands.

2017-07-27 00:07: read more...   

    Reuters: Demand to rent UK commercial property falls to five-year low - RICS

LONDON (Reuters) - Demand to rent British commercial property levelled off for the first time in almost five years during the past three months, as online shopping hurt high-street retailers and Brexit and election worries unsettled other potential tenants.

2017-07-27 00:05: read more...   

    BBC News: Kicked out

An active duty soldier was preparing for a promotion ceremony, but now his plans are in chaos.

2017-07-27 00:05: read more...   

    The Guardian: Manchester United v Barcelona: pre-season friendly – live!

ICC etc

Tonight’s game is part of the International Champions Cup, a pre-season tournament which, this year, is spread between the US, China and Singapore. How they arrive at a single winner I have no idea, but I can tell you that in the eight-team, US conference (that’s not really a conference) Barcelona sit in fourth spot with one win from one game (a 2-1 win over Juventus in New Jersey) while Manchester United are currently on top of the table with 5 points after wins over Man City and Real Madrid.

Good evening folks, welcome to this live blog of tonight’s Barcelona v Manchester United friendly being played at FedEx Field in Maryland, USA.

As with all pre-season friendlies, it’s hard to know what to expect tonight. A few days ago we saw Manchester United and Real Madrid go at it like a couple of heavily-sedated pillow fighters, which explains the comical penalty shoot-out that decided the game. Then again, a few days before that, in Hong Kong, in the final of the highly sought-after ‘Premier League Asia Trophy’, Liverpool and Leicester had a ding-dong battle that, at least for the first 45 minutes, felt like it mattered. A wag might say that was only because it’ll be the only silverware those two teams have a chance of winning all year, but nevertheless it was highly entertaining and there were three quality goals. Can the players of United and Barca bring something to the field tonight? Other than marvellous pre-season tans and lairish boots?

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2017-07-27 00:04: read more...   

    BBC News: Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Experts are divided over whether people should always finish a course of antibiotics.

2017-07-27 00:03: read more...   

    The Guardian: Poverty 'driving people to choose between eating or keeping clean'

In Kind Direct charity warns of ‘hidden crisis’ facing thousands after it distributes £20.2m of hygiene products in one year

Growing numbers of people are facing hygiene poverty, where they are unable to afford essential products such as shampoo and deodorant, and are having to choose between eating and keeping clean, a charity has found.

A report from In Kind Direct says thousands of people are seeking help and describes the issue as a “hidden crisis”. Last year the charity distributed a record £20.2m of hygiene products, a rise of 67% on £12.1m the year before.

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Housing market still reeling a decade after financial crisis, Savills says

Report by estate agent finds ‘dramatic slump’ in spending and transactions, and ‘huge gap’ between London and rest of UK


Ten years on, the housing market is still feeling the after-effects of the credit crunch, with existing homeowners struggling to trade up, a doubling of typical first-time buyer deposits, and a “huge gap” between London and the rest of Britain, according to a new report.

Property company Savills has found that the global financial crisis – which it considers to have started on 9 August 2007, when the French bank BNP Paribas froze three investment funds – is “still shaping the UK housing market” and will continue to cast its shadow over the sector for years to come.

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Amber Rudd asks for analysis of EU migration – a year after referendum

Report for home secretary due just months before Brexit; policy driven by anecdote rather than evidence, says Labour MP

The government is to launch its first major investigation into migration from the EU in order to lay the foundations for a new immigration system, though critics have questioned why the work has begun more than a year after the EU referendum.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, is set to commission the independent Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis of the economic and social contributions and costs of EU citizens in Britain.

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Man Booker prize 2017 longlist led by Arundhati Roy's return to fiction

Twenty years after her first novel took the same award, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness leads a field of 13, ranging from established stars to newcomers

Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things, the Indian author has been longlisted for the £50,000 award for her second, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

On a longlist thronged with literary titans, whose combined trophy cabinet would include the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes, Roy – the only author to have won the Booker before – is listed for her novel about an Indian transgender woman, which judges called a “rich and vital book”. Speaking about why it took her two decades to produce a second novel, Roy told the Guardian earlier this year that “fiction just takes its time. It’s no hurry. I can’t write it faster or slower than I have; it’s like you’re a sedimentary rock that’s just gathering all these layers, and swimming around.”

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Using sugar tax to plug gap in school funding is perverse, say councils

LGA slams government decision to hijack ‘essential’ budget intended for child health measures including sports

Fears have been raised that the sugar tax, earmarked to invest in children’s sports and healthy eating programmes from April 2018, could be diverted to plug holes in education funding.

Local council leaders have said the government must find new funds to pay for its boost to schools funding, amid concerns that money due to be raised from the levy on sugar-packed soft drinks will be used to make up the shortfall.

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Legalise cannabis as treatment of last resort for MS, says charity

MS Society says there is sufficient evidence of drug’s effectiveness to relax ban for patients with no other options

Ten thousand people with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms, experts in the disease have told ministers.

The MS Society claims the one in 10 sufferers of the condition whose pain and spasticity cannot be treated by medication available on the NHS should be able to take the drug without fear of prosecution.

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2017-07-27 00:01: read more...   

    The Guardian: Girl from the North Country review – Dylan's songs are Depression-era dynamite

Old Vic, London
A superb cast use Bob’s back catalogue to glorious effect in Conor McPherson’s astonishing cross-section of hope and stoic suffering in Depression-era Minnesota

This is the second time in a week I’ve seen an Irish writer create a remarkable fusion of text and music. Woyzeck in Winter at the Galway arts festival unites Büchner and Schubert. Now Conor McPherson has written and directed a play incorporating 20 diverse songs by Bob Dylan. Set in Dylan’s home town of Duluth, Minnesota, in 1934, the piece uses the songs to reinforce the mood of desperation and yearning that characterised America in the Depression era.

It was the Dylan team who approached McPherson with the idea and they knew what they were doing since his work, from The Weir onwards, has been marked by a sense of unfulfilled longing. Here, that is located in a run-down guesthouse where everyone is staring into a bleak future. Nick, the owner, has to deal with crushing debt, a wife with dementia, a layabout son, and he is trying to marry off an adopted, pregnant, black daughter to an elderly shoe salesman. His guests include a ruined family, a fugitive boxer, a blackmailing preacher-cum-Bible salesman and Nick’s lover, who is awaiting a legacy that fails to mature. Yet for all their failures they still manage, gloriously, to sing.

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2017-07-27 00:00: read more...   

    Sky News: Govt to look at impact of ending free movement

A major study has been ordered by the Government to look at the economic impact of ending free movement of EU workers.

2017-07-27 00:00: read more...   

    Sky News: Car industry: 'growth stalling' as Brexit looms

The UK car sector has issued a fresh plea for Brexit trade clarity, warning that "growth is stalling" with long-term production targets and investment at risk.

2017-07-27 00:00: read more...   

    Yahoo!: 4 year-old girl's rapist gets 42-year prison sentence

4 year-old girl's rapist gets 42-year prison sentenceBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge handed down a 42-year prison sentence Wednesday for a Montana man who chased down and kidnapped a 4-year-old girl, then brutally raped her and left her for dead in an abandoned pickup in the middle of winter.


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    BBC News: Anti-Semitic incidents 'at record level in UK'

A total of 767 reports were made in the first six months of 2017, including 80 physical attacks.

2017-07-26 23:55: read more...   

    BBC News: Newspaper headlines: Riviera inferno and 'new antibiotics rule'

Photos of the wildfires in France feature widely, alongside reports doctors are being urged to change their advice on antibiotics.

2017-07-26 23:45: read more...   

    The Register: Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

Yes, she's giving up her board seat. What did you think we meant?

Meg Whitman has cut her last ties with HP Inc by stepping down as chairwoman of the company's board of directors.…

2017-07-26 23:37: read more...   

    Reuters: Apple supplier Japan Display seeks $893 million to fund restructuring - Nikkei

(Reuters) - Liquid crystal display panels manufacturer Japan Display Inc is seeking about 100 billion yen (680 million pounds) from its main creditors to fund an ongoing restructuring, the Nikkei reported on Thursday.

2017-07-26 23:36: read more...   

    The Guardian: Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says

Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription

Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public is wrong and should be overturned.

Patients have traditionally been told that they must complete the course for fear that taking too few tablets will allow the bacteria causing their disease to mutate and become resistant to the drug.

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2017-07-26 23:30: read more...   

    Reuters: PayPal raises 2017 forecasts on growth in users, payment volumes

(Reuters) - Digital payments company PayPal Holdings Inc raised its earnings outlook on Wednesday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by growth in users and transaction volumes.

2017-07-26 23:30: read more...   

    Reuters: Israel's Netanyahu threatens to shut Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city.

2017-07-26 23:28: read more...   

    The Guardian: Teenager 'electrocuted' on tracks at Herne Bay railway station

The victim, named by her family as 16-year-old Taiyah Pebbles, was found on Wednesday morning at the station in Kent

A 16-year-old girl found dead near a railway station is thought to have been electrocuted on the track.

The teenager’s body was discovered at Herne Bay station in Kent. British Transport Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.

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2017-07-26 23:11: read more...   

    BBC News: One-armed 'clown' brandishing a machete arrested in Maine

Maine Police arrest a man in a clown mask who taped a machete to the stump of his amputated arm.

2017-07-26 23:05: read more...   

    The Register: Reminder: Spies, cops don't need to crack WhatsApp. They'll just hack your smartphone

Need to snoop on chatter? Forget math, just exploit a bug

Police in Germany will forego seeking decryption keys for secure messaging apps, like WhatsApp, and instead simply hack devices to snoop on suspects.…

2017-07-26 22:58: read more...   

    Sky News: Should we really complete course of antibiotics?

For years patients have been told to "complete the course" of antibiotics or risk resistance but some experts are now saying that the opposite is true.

2017-07-26 22:58: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Senate aims for a 'skinny' Obamacare repeal as other options fail

Senate aims for a 'skinny' Obamacare repeal as other options failBy Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year-old promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down "skinny" repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. The last-ditch effort came as senators voted 45-55 against a straight repeal of Obamacare, which provided for a two-year delay in implementation to give Congress time to work out a replacement. Seven Republicans opposed the measure.


2017-07-26 22:55: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. Senate aims for a 'skinny' Obamacare repeal as other options fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year-old promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down "skinny" repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives.

2017-07-26 22:55: read more...   

    The Guardian: Canada tweets support for transgender troops after Trump announcement

Military Twitter account features band members with rainbow flags above message: ‘We welcome Canadians of all gender identities’

Canada’s military has welcomed recruits of all gender identities, hours after Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from the US military.

A tweet from the Canadian armed forces’ official Twitter account included a photo of military band members marching in a parade with rainbow flags fluttering from their instruments.

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2017-07-26 22:51: read more...   

    The Guardian: Manchester United and Spurs on alert as Everton say Ross Barkley will be sold

• Spurs would want drop in £50m asking price for midfielder
• Ronald Koeman does not need to sell Barkley to fund further deals

Ronald Koeman has said Ross Barkley is not part of Everton’s future and will be sold this summer after the midfielder rejected the club’s contract offer to seek “a new challenge”.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are interested in the England international and will have been put on alert by the Everton manager’s unequivocal statement on Wednesday. Koeman claimed he was informed by Barkley at the end of last season that the player would not sign a new contract worth more than £100,000 a week with his boyhood club. Asked if he expected the 23-year-old to leave, the Dutchman replied: “Yes, 100%.”

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2017-07-26 22:50: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff

Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoffOne of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation. Gregory Burleson, 53, of Phoenix, was found guilty in April of eight felony counts, including charges of threatening and assaulting federal officers, obstruction of justice, interstate travel in aid of extortion and firearms offenses related to a crime of violence. The uprising at Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, grew out of a dispute in which federal agents seized Bundy's cattle over his refusal to pay fees required for grazing his livestock on government land.


2017-07-26 22:46: read more...   

    BBC News: Senate rejects plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement

A second attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal parts of Obamacare fails to gain enough support.

2017-07-26 22:42: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Baby on board: Lufthansa flight lands with extra passenger

A mother has given birth on a transatlantic Lufthansa flight. Three doctors helped with the delivery.

2017-07-26 22:38: read more...   

    Reuters: Dollar falls, US bond prices rise as Fed tone mildly dovish

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar touched its lowest in more than a year and U.S. Treasury prices rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and signalled it could begin to cut its massive bond portfolio in the coming months.

2017-07-26 22:26: read more...   

    The Guardian: Celtic draw a blank against Rosenborg in Champions League qualifier

Celtic’s bid to reach the Champions League group stages stuttered with a goalless draw against Rosenborg in the first leg of their third-round qualifier at Parkhead.

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2017-07-26 22:24: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Revenge rape in Pakistan leads to council of elders' arrest

A council of elders in rural Pakistan ordered a man to rape his teenage cousin to avenge the rape of his sister. Police stepped in after the man actually did it.

2017-07-26 22:23: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials, one killed in anti-Maduro strike

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

2017-07-26 22:19: read more...   

    Yahoo!: US-backed Syria force ousts IS from half of Raqa

US-backed Syria force ousts IS from half of RaqaA US-backed alliance has ousted Islamic State group jihadists from half of their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said Wednesday, as the escalating fighting drove up the civilian death toll. The SDF "are now in control of 50 percent of Raqa city despite the fierce resistance mounted by IS", Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. The SDF assault has been backed by air strikes, special forces advisers, equipment and weapons from the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.


2017-07-26 22:16: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: US-Senat lehnt ersatzlose "Obamacare"-Streichung ab

Nächste Schlappe für US-Präsident Trump: Der Senat hat den Plan der Republikaner abgelehnt, "Obamacare" ersatzlos abzuschaffen und erst später eine Alternative auszuarbeiten. Neben den 48 Demokraten stimmten auch sieben republikanische Abgeordnete gegen den Entwurf.

2017-07-26 22:16: read more...   

    The Guardian: Joe Root backs debutants to shine in third Test against South Africa

• Westley, Roland-Jones and Malan could all feature at the Oval
• Wood is ruled out with ongoing heel problem

Joe Root is prepared to hand out three new England caps on Thursday in an attempt to wrestle back control of the Test series with South Africa and prove his team can produce better than the callow performance at Trent Bridge last week.

Both Tom Westley, in at No3 for the injured Gary Ballance, and the seamer Toby Roland-Jones, who replaces Mark Wood, are guaranteed to make their debuts in the third Test at The Oval, with Root and the management to make a late call on whether to also pick Dawid Malan.

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2017-07-26 22:15: read more...   

    Reuters: Facebook results beat estimates as mobile ad sales soar, stock at record high

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc surpassed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant found more ways to attract advertisers to its mobile app including its centrepiece product, the Facebook News Feed, sending its shares to an all-time high.

2017-07-26 22:14: read more...   

    Reuters: Israeli lawmakers vote to set high bar for ceding parts of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament on Wednesday passed the first of three votes needed to enact legislation that would set an extra-high threshold for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

2017-07-26 22:13: read more...   

    The Guardian: Senate rejects bill to repeal large parts of Obamacare without replacement

  • Seven Republicans join with Democrats to oppose proposal
  • Failure suggests GOP’s promise to repeal ACA wholesale will be hugely difficult

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have repealed major pieces of Barack Obama’s health reforms without a replacement, something Republicans have promised to do for seven years.

Seven Republican senators joined with Democrats to reject the bill, in a sign that the party’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act “root and branch” will be extremely difficult.

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2017-07-26 22:10: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policyMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 911 caller had not activated their cameras.


2017-07-26 22:10: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Outdoor industry flexes political muscle in US land fight

Outdoor industry flexes political muscle in US land fightSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor recreation industry leaders aren't going quietly as they stage their last trade show in Utah before moving it to Colorado.


2017-07-26 22:08: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender people

Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender peopleAfter President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” to join the ranks.


2017-07-26 22:04: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: US-Senat lehnt Abschaffung von Obamacare ab

Nächste Schlappe für US-Präsident Trump: Der Senat hat den Plan der Republikaner abgelehnt, Obamacare abzuschaffen und erst später einen Ersatz einzurichten. Neben den 48 Demokraten stimmten auch sieben republikanische Abgeordnete gegen den Entwurf.

2017-07-26 21:59: read more...   

    Reuters: FTSE Russell to exclude Snap from stock indexes over voting rights

(Reuters) - FTSE Russell said on Wednesday it plans to exclude Snap Inc from its widely followed stock indexes because Snap, the owner of messaging app Snapchat, has an unusual share structure that denies voting rights to investors.

2017-07-26 21:56: read more...   

    Reuters: Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 bln bitcoin laundering ring

ATHENS/MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian man suspected of being the anonymous mastermind behind one of the world's oldest crypto-currency exchanges and of laundering at least $4 billion has been arrested in Greece, police and sources said on Wednesday.

2017-07-26 21:54: read more...   

    The Guardian: Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump? | Jason Wilson

The ‘alt-right’ website is not happy with the president’s recent attacks on Jeff Sessions – perhaps a sign that it senses a betrayal of its white nationalist agenda

If anything has been predictable in the chaos of the early Trump presidency, it’s the unstinting support he has received from Breitbart News.

Until now.

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2017-07-26 21:53: read more...   

    Reuters: Canadian military tweets welcome as Trump bans transgender personnel

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's military took to Twitter to welcome recruits from all gender identities on Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military.

2017-07-26 21:50: read more...   

    The Guardian: Steve Bell on Chris Grayling's trials with the supreme court – cartoon

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2017-07-26 21:46: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Arizona man gets 68 years in prison in Nevada standoff case

Arizona man gets 68 years in prison in Nevada standoff caseLAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago.


2017-07-26 21:45: read more...   

    Reuters: PayPal beats estimates, raises 2017 forecasts

(Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as the payment processor's growing strategic partnerships helped boost payment volumes.

2017-07-26 21:45: read more...   

    Reuters: FTSE Russell to exclude Snap from stock indexes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - FTSE Russell CEO Mark Makepeace said on Wednesday the index provider plans to exclude Snap Inc from its widely followed stock indexes because of the Snapchat owner's unusual share structure that denies voting rights to investors.

2017-07-26 21:38: read more...   

    Reuters: Germany says no indications Mali copter crash caused by attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no indication any outside forces were involved in the military helicopter crash in Mali in which two German peacekeepers were killed on a U.N. mission on Wednesday, a German military officer said.

2017-07-26 21:37: read more...   

    The Register: Tired: Java. Desired: Node.js. Retired: The suggestion a JavaScript runtime is bonkers

Er, according to these JS framework fans

Node Summit As the Node Summit got underway in San Francisco on Wednesday, Charles Beeler, general partner at Rally Ventures, said the Node community has come a long way since 2012, when everyone was talking about Node.js and no one was using it.…

2017-07-26 21:36: read more...   

    Sky News: President's trans ban 'policy-making in reverse'

It appeared to come out of nowhere: three decisively worded tweets that left the future of thousands of active US service members hanging in the balance.

2017-07-26 21:32: read more...   

    Sky News: Trump's trans ban is 'policy-making in reverse'

It appeared to come out of nowhere: three decisively worded tweets that left the future of thousands of active US service members hanging in the balance.

2017-07-26 21:32: read more...   

    Reuters: Two Germans killed in U.N. helicopter crash in north Mali

DAKAR (Reuters) - Two German peacekeepers were killed when their military helicopter assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) crashed on Wednesday, the mission and the German defence ministry said.

2017-07-26 21:31: read more...   

    Reuters: Facebook profit, revenue smash estimates as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc crushed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant's push into video ads helped bolster its fast-growing mobile ad business.

2017-07-26 21:28: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Ohio executes child killer, first lethal injection since 2014

Ohio executes child killer, first lethal injection since 2014The US state of Ohio ended its three-year moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday, using a new drug cocktail that included a controversial sedative to execute a convicted child murderer and rapist. Ronald Phillips, 43, was put to death by lethal injection, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. Phillips was 19 years old in 1993 when he was convicted of raping and killing three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, his then-girlfriend's daughter.


2017-07-26 21:26: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. Senate rejects Obamacare repeal again, eyes a 'skinny' bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate fell short again on Wednesday in their effort to end Obamacare, rejecting a measure to repeal large portions of President Barack Obama's signature law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.

2017-07-26 21:21: read more...   

    Reuters: PayPal's profit rises 27.2 percent

(Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc reported a 27.2 percent rise in quarterly profit as the payment processor's growing strategic partnerships helped boost payment volumes.

2017-07-26 21:20: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Mali: Deutsche Soldaten bei Hubschrauber-Absturz getötet

Beim Absturz eines Kampfhubschraubers der Bundeswehr in Mali sind die beiden deutschen Besatzungsmitglieder ums Leben gekommen. Das bestätigte Bundesverteidigungsminister von der Leyen am Abend. Ursache für das Unglück war offenbar ein technischer Defekt.

2017-07-26 21:19: read more...   

    Reuters: Political crisis grips Sweden as confidence vote looms

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A political crisis gripped Sweden on Wednesday after opposition parties called for a no confidence vote they would almost certainly win over a botched outsourcing deal in which sensitive material was transmitted abroad.

2017-07-26 21:19: read more...   

    Reuters: Trump criticism prompts questions over U.S. attorney general's future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump further stoked speculation about the fate of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday by assailing him in a fresh round of tweets even as Sessions was attending meetings at the White House.

2017-07-26 21:15: read more...   

    BBC News: Herne Bay rail death: Teenager found 'electrocuted' on tracks

The 16-year-old girl was injured near Herne Bay station between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

2017-07-26 21:13: read more...   

    Reuters: Fed holds rates steady, expects portfolio cuts 'relatively soon'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it expected to start winding down its massive holdings of bonds "relatively soon" in a sign of confidence in the U.S. economy.

2017-07-26 21:13: read more...   

    BBC News: Scots Chief Constable Phil Gormley in 'misconduct' probe

Police Scotland's Phil Gormley is referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

2017-07-26 21:09: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Zwei deutsche Soldaten in Mali ums Leben gekommen

Beim Absturz eines Kampfhubschraubers in Mali sind zwei Bundeswehrsoldaten ums Leben gekommen. Das bestätigte Verteidigungsministerin von der Leyen.

2017-07-26 21:08: read more...   

    BBC News: On the brink

Sweden's government appears on the brink of falling - so what led to the crisis?

2017-07-26 21:06: read more...   

    The Guardian: Covering of Grenfell Tower to begin within three weeks

Scaffolding would allow a lift to be installed to aid removal of materials, while wrapping would prevent dust and ash being distributed from the site

An operation to cover the blackened hulk of Grenfell Tower will begin in the next three weeks and is likely to take until mid-autumn because of its complexity.

Michael Lockwood, who is in charge of site recovery, told a meeting of local residents on Wednesday evening that scaffolding would begin to be erected around the tower in the next two to three weeks, and the operation to wrap the tower would take a minimum of 12 weeks.

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2017-07-26 21:03: read more...   

    BBC News: Italy drought: Water cuts pose Rome 'health risk'

Italy's health minister warns against water rationing in the city as the drought bites.

2017-07-26 21:01: read more...   

    BBC News: Switzerland's Lavertezzo overrun with tourists after video goes viral

Village dubbed the "Maldives of Milan" is being turned into an "open air toilet", residents say.

2017-07-26 21:00: read more...   

    BBC News: Italians flock to Swiss town after viral video

A video showing a group of friends swimming in the Verzasca river has inspired hundreds of tourists.

2017-07-26 21:00: read more...   

    Yahoo!: The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):


2017-07-26 20:59: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Former IRA member admits to 1996 attack on British barracks in Germany

The Irishman has confessed to taking part in a mortar attack aimed at British soldiers housed in a barracks in the city of Osnabrück. However, the defendant said the IRA splinter group was not trying to kill anyone.

2017-07-26 20:56: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Transgender former elite Navy Seal challenges Donald Trump: 'Tell me to my face I'm not worthy' 

Transgender former elite Navy Seal challenges Donald Trump: 'Tell me to my face I'm not worthy' A transgender former member of the elite Navy Seal Team 6 challenged Donald Trump to tell her face to face that she was "not worthy" to serve. Kristin Beck spoke out after Mr Trump announced he was banning transgender people from the US military, calling it a "terrible decision". Miss Beck was a Navy Seal for two decades including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. "Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," She told Business insider. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service. "Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else. We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right." After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 The 51-year-old veteran, who was born Christopher Beck, told CNN: "Millions of people are affected by this indirectly. Mr Trump, you just empowered one of the largest grass roots groups you could, and we're going to vote." She added: "I was shocked. I can't believe he came out with it on Twitter. How about some respect? Everybody's upset. We're confused. I'm blindsided. "I don't want anything extra, just what everyone else has, dignity and respect and the chance to serve my country. I want to have the freedom to say I'm transgender without the worry of a witch hunt. Take that into account. "There are transgender people serving with honour. Are you going to witch hunt those folks?" Krisitn Beck serving in the US military She also accused Mr Trump of "caring more about the airplane or the tank than people". She told the Tampa Bay Times the decision would cost huge amounts in legal cases from transgender people currently serving. She said:  "A lot of good leaders were working to make sure there was no effect to morale or readiness or combat effectiveness." Transgender people have been able to serve openly in the US military since last year, when former Defence Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. Since October 1, they have been able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon's personnel system. Mr Carter also gave the services until July 1 to develop policies to allow people already identifying as transgender to join the military.  His successor Jim Mattis announced earlier this month that he was giving military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services would affect the "readiness or lethality" of the force. The Pentagon has refused to release any data on the number of transgender troops currently serving. A Rand Corp study last year estimated about 2,450 transgender people in active military, out of about 1.3 million troops.


2017-07-26 20:52: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Kartellverdacht: Volkswagen verteidigt Absprachen

Absprachen zwischen Autobauern seien übliche Praxis, von der auch die Kunden profitierten: So argumentierte der unter Kartellverdacht stehende VW-Konzern nach einer Aufsichtsratssitzung. Unterdessen wurde bekannt, dass Daimler bereits 2014 Selbstanzeige erstattete.

2017-07-26 20:50: read more...   

    Reuters: AT&T shares surge more than 4 percent, low churn helps

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc shares jumped more than 4 percent on Wednesday, notching their biggest one-day percentage gain since March 2009, a day after the carrier said its bundled products had helped slow losses of its most lucrative wireless customers.

2017-07-26 20:49: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Coca-Cola launches revamped diet cola in US as earnings drop

Coca-Cola launches revamped diet cola in US as earnings dropCoca-Cola announced plans Wednesday to launch a revamped "Coke Zero" in the United States as it expands offerings of low-sugar and non-carbonated beverages amid flagging demand for sweet sodas. The soda, "Coke-Cola Zero Sugar," which is already on the market in much of Europe and Latin America, will be available in the US starting in August. The launch comes at a time when more cities around the US have enacted, or are weighing, soda taxes.


2017-07-26 20:44: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Colorado woman defies Immigration and Customs Enforcement from church sanctuary

Colorado woman defies Immigration and Customs Enforcement from church sanctuaryFor nearly two months since taking sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colo., Rosa Sabido has lived in a cramped room with a makeshift shower, sleeping beneath a mural of Noah’s Ark in a converted nursery.


2017-07-26 20:30: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Opaque Poland

Up until 2004, Warsaw Pact countries were clamoring to get into the EU. Poland grew and prospered. Has it gotten too confident? What do Poles want? What are the Polish government's goals? Bernd Riegert is confused.

2017-07-26 20:25: read more...   

    BBC News: Venezuela crisis: US sanctions 13 top officials

The move comes as President Maduro rejects calls to cancel a vote for a new constituent assembly.

2017-07-26 20:21: read more...   

    The Guardian: Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film

The ’71 director tops the shortlist of potential directors for the new 007 film, followed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve and Hell or High Water’s David Mackenzie

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.

Related: James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

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2017-07-26 20:20: read more...   

    Reuters: Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.

2017-07-26 20:18: read more...   

    Reuters: Kidnapped Pakistani diplomatic staff recovered in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghan security forces on Wednesday recovered two Pakistani diplomatic officials who were kidnapped in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangahar, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

2017-07-26 20:16: read more...   

    BBC News: UK military chiefs praise transgender troops

Comments come after Donald Trump says transgender personnel are to be banned from the US military.

2017-07-26 20:10: read more...   

    The Register: Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

Red faces all round at dotcom biz after emails, tracking links go TITSUP

With a perfect dose of irony, a publicly listed company that sells automated marketing software online failed to automatically renew its dotcom.…

2017-07-26 20:10: read more...   

    Reuters: London daily FX volume rose in April, N America turnover fell -surveys

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Daily foreign exchange trading volume out of London reached $2.44 trillion in April, up 10 percent from the same month last year, thanks to increased turnover in sterling and the euro against the dollar, a semiannual survey by the Bank of England showed on Wednesday.

2017-07-26 20:03: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Transgender military ban: White House admits it doesn't know what will happen to serving personnel after Donald Trump's announcement

Transgender military ban: White House admits it doesn't know what will happen to serving personnel after Donald Trump's announcementThe White House has said it does not know what will happen to transgender service members currently serving in the US military, following President Donald Trump's sudden announcement that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military". The President announced his decision in a stream of tweets on Tuesday morning, writing: "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".


2017-07-26 20:02: read more...   

    Reuters: Dollar falls, stocks stay higher after Fed statement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar turned lower while U.S. stocks stayed higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signalled it could begin to cut its massive bond portfolio "relatively soon."

2017-07-26 19:56: read more...   

    The Guardian: ITV's buoyant share price suggests Love Island isn't a blip on the chart | Nils Pratley

First-half ad revenues fell 8% as expected, but things are expected to improve – and the Netflix revolution has been overstated

Bad, but it could be worse. No, that’s not a review of the depressing and soulless Love Island. It’s the state of play in the advertising market from ITV’s perspective. First-half ad revenues fell 8%, as expected, but the negative read-outs are becoming less negative. Minus 4% is predicted for the July-to-September quarter.

It was enough to improve ITV’s share price, after a long losing run, by 2.5%. One can understand why. In a TV land that is supposedly in the early stages of revolution – consider the investment buzz around Netflix, now valued at a colossal $78bn (£60bn) – ITV’s 16% slump in interim pre-tax profits to £259m carried a hint that the storm outside is not intensifying.

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2017-07-26 19:54: read more...   

    The Guardian: The Guardian view on employment tribunal fees: denial of justice | Editorial

The UK’s supreme court has ruled the government wrong to levy charges. They undermine the rule of law. Ministers must respect the limits of power

Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, can be forgiven for boasting that Wednesday’s supreme court ruling against employment tribunal fees is “the biggest victory in a court in British employment history”. The justices’ decision that the fees, of between £400 and £1,200, are an unconstitutional denial of access to justice, is a triumph both for workers and for the union that has been fighting their corner ever since the fees were introduced almost exactly four years ago. Even the most buttoned-up of lawyers thought that the seven justices who heard the case had done more for working people than anyone in the past decade.

The judgment was more than that, however. It was, above all, a triumphant defence of the rule of law and a brutal reprimand to Chris Grayling, now transport secretary but who as justice minister introduced fees without proper parliamentary scrutiny, without gathering evidence to support his decision, and in a way that undermined the access to justice on which the rule of law depends.

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2017-07-26 19:53: read more...   

    BBC News: Residents 'furious' over London driveway fines

Tickets have been placed on cars in a Gants Hill street for obstructing the road's pavement.

2017-07-26 19:53: read more...   

    BBC News: Residents angry over 'crazy' London driveway fines

Tickets have been placed on cars in a Gants Hill street for obstructing the road's pavement.

2017-07-26 19:53: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: US Fed to pare back bond holdings 'relatively soon'

The US central bank has signaled it's ready to start selling more than a trillion dollars worth of assets it accumulated in the wake of the financial crisis, suggesting the US economy can do without further stimulus.

2017-07-26 19:53: read more...   

    The Guardian: 'Come out! Come out! Come out!' Fifty years of gay liberation – video

On the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, Owen Jones speaks to a man imprisoned for his sexuality and the activists and campaigners who have fought for LGBTQ rights and equality. From the Sexual Offences Act 1967, to section 28 and the Aids epidemic in the 1980s, to the equal marriage rights obtained in 2013, he discovers how much progress LGBT communities have made – and how far there is still to travel

  • Part two of this film will be available soon
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2017-07-26 19:49: read more...   

    The Guardian: 'It's the future of motor travel': readers on driving electric vehicles

With the UK planning to ban petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2040 we asked you what it’s like to drive the vehicle of the future

Amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxides pose a major risk to public health, Britain plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040. As part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan it has said the move is needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health.

With the inevitable demise of diesel and petrol vehicles we asked electric car drivers to tell us what it’s like to drive one, and why they are the future.

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2017-07-26 19:45: read more...   

    Reuters: El Salvador prosecutors order nearly 600 arrests amid crime spree

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrest of 593 people nationwide on suspicion of crimes like homicide and extortion, an action that appeared to be a major strike against gangs that have turned the country into one of the deadliest in the world.

2017-07-26 19:44: read more...   

    Reuters: Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to scoring a "very big military victory" in the battle against militants along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

2017-07-26 19:42: read more...   

    The Guardian: The Guardian view on air pollution proposals: too little, much too late | Editorial

If the UK government is serious about cutting noxious emissions, it needs to step on it. We should not have to wait 23 years to breathe easy

Only 20 years ago, it would have sounded like the stuff of fantasy: a clean, green image of the 21st century, with Britons gliding along in electrified, no doubt self-driving, cars. Even now, the pledge to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 has a bold, vaguely futuristic ring to it. That is its political genius. In fact, it reflects the current trajectory of the motor industry – while masterfully distracting us from the government’s persistent failure in the rest of its plan to address the health crisis that must be tackled now: the air pollution that chokes our cities.

The announcement may help to concentrate the minds of policymakers, consumers and car manufacturers on the need to press ahead with the switch and the huge changes that will be required. (Installing ranks of charging points is the least of it; how will Britain supply them all with power?) But the government has already said that 2050 emissions targets will require “almost all new cars and vans sold to be near-zero emission at the tailpipe by 2040”. Norway is to ban the sale of all fossil-fuel-dependent cars by 2025. Momentum in electric purchases is building rapidly, thanks to falling costs, longer battery ranges and more charging points, even if the total number of sales remains relatively low; at present just 1 in 700 of the cars on Britain’s roads are pure electric. Volvo has said it will make only hybrid or fully electric cars from 2019. If anything, the need is for governments to offer short-term incentives so more people start choosing electric or hybrid vehicles now. Twenty-three years is too long to wait.

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2017-07-26 19:42: read more...   

    The Guardian: Government's air quality plan branded inadequate by city leaders

Michael Gove’s pledge to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 23 years is not enough to tackle health crisis now, say campaigners

The government’s new clean air plan has been branded inadequate by the leaders of eight heavily polluted cities, as campaigners said banning petrol and diesel cars from 2040 would not help the thousands dying each year from illnesses linked to toxic fumes.

The long-awaited report was published by Michael Gove, the environment secretary, on Wednesday, after a court ruled last year that the government must improve its proposals for tackling illegal levels of pollution.

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2017-07-26 19:41: read more...   

    BBC News: Canada's Supreme Court halts seismic testing near Inuit hamlet

The highest court ruled that the community was not adequately consulted on the oil and gas project.

2017-07-26 19:39: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Tief "Alfred" setzt das Land unter Wasser

Die massiven Regenfälle sorgen in Teilen Deutschlands für eine angespannte Lage: Im Landkreis Goslar wurde Katastrophenalarm ausgerufen, ganze Straßenzüge mussten evakuiert werden. Vielerorts fallen Zugverbindungen aus, Dämme und Talsperren sind am Limit.

2017-07-26 19:38: read more...   

    The Register: Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

University researchers get a lot of cheddar from Cook and Co

Apple has been hit with a $506m bill for infringing on chip design patents held by researchers from the University of Wisconsin.…

2017-07-26 19:36: read more...   

    The Guardian: Arin Lyth inquest: bullied boy's family vow to fight for justice

Arin, 13, was third pupil from Northfield school in Stockton-on-Tees to kill themselves in the space of 12 months

The family of a 13-year-old who became the third pupil from one school to kill themselves in the space of 12 months have vowed to “fight to pursue justice” for the boy.

In a statement released after the conclusion of an inquest into Arin Lyth’s death, his family said the teenager had been subjected to “prolonged bullying” during his time at Northfield school in Stockton-on-Tees. They said complaints to the school had been met with a “dismissive and arrogant” response.

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2017-07-26 19:36: read more...   

    Reuters: Fed holds rates steady, sees portfolio cuts 'relatively soon'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it expected to start winding down its massive holdings of bonds "relatively soon" in a sign of confidence in the U.S. economy.

2017-07-26 19:32: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Hochspringerin Bergmann im Alter von 103 Jahren gestorben

Sie war Deutschlands beste Hochspringerin, an den Olympischen Spielen 1936 durfte die Jüdin Bergmann aber nicht teilnehmen. Sie wanderte daraufhin in die USA aus. Nun ist das Ausnahmetalent im Alter von 103 Jahren gestorben. Von Georg Schwarte.

2017-07-26 19:30: read more...   

    Sky News: 'Not enough support' for Grenfell children

The trauma being experienced by many children living near Grenfell Tower is immense - and those supporting them say their families are not getting enough help.

2017-07-26 19:30: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials as pressure builds on Maduro

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

2017-07-26 19:25: read more...   

    Reuters: Obamacare repeal battle back on U.S. Senate floor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Senate will try again on Wednesday to approve a repeal of Obamacare as they struggle to keep a seven-year-old promise to end a law that has provided health insurance for millions of Americans but which they say is costly and intrusive.

2017-07-26 19:24: read more...   

    Sky News: Girl, 16, found dead on railway track in Kent

A 16-year-old girl whose body was found on railway tracks in Kent is thought to have been electrocuted.

2017-07-26 19:24: read more...   

    Reuters: White House domestic advisers take lead on refugee decision - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) is taking the lead on a decision about how many refugees to admit to the United States next year, two current and three former officials said, a move that may empower those who wish to reduce immigration.

2017-07-26 19:22: read more...   

    Reuters: Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members.

2017-07-26 19:21: read more...   

    Reuters: Baby Charlie Gard to die in hospice, parents seek more time with him

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge gave the parents of Charlie Gard until noon on Thursday to agree arrangements for his death with the hospital caring for him, failing which he would be transferred to a hospice where his ventilation tube would be removed.

2017-07-26 19:08: read more...   

    Reuters: Clawing back ECB stimulus this autumn 'reasonable' - Nowotny

LINZ, Austria (Reuters) - The European Central Bank has begun talks about tightening policy and it would be reasonable to reduce the intensity of stimulus, Austrian central bank governor Ewald Nowotny said on Wednesday, adding that a decision was coming this autumn.

2017-07-26 19:08: read more...   

    The Guardian: Girl, 7, drowned at Norfolk pool party with no lifeguard on duty

Norwich inquest hears there was no requirement for privately hired pool where Maya Kantengule died to have lifeguard

A seven-year-old girl who could not swim drowned at her best friend’s birthday pool party while there was no lifeguard on duty, an inquest has heard. Maya Kantengule was pulled from the bottom of the swimming pool by her best friend’s mother and sister, who battled to save her, but she died in hospital with her parents at her bedside, Norfolk coroner’s court in Norwich was told.

Maya’s father, Livial Kantengule, who was at the inquest with his wife, Glenda, said he believed his daughter could swim as she had taken lessons at school. However, teaching assistant Jaqueline Bell said in a written statement that Maya, from Oulton Broad, Suffolk, was not a confident swimmer.

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2017-07-26 19:07: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Teen Dad Charged With Abandoning Baby In Strip Mall Parking Lot

Teen Dad Charged With Abandoning Baby In Strip Mall Parking LotThe baby was 16 days old.


2017-07-26 19:05: read more...   

    The Guardian: Why Matt Groening's new adult fantasy Disenchantment will find the fun side of hell

The Simpsons creator’s Netflix show, about the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, is a perfect fit for his cheerful nihilism and deep distrust of authority

Matt Groening’s recently announced Netflix series Disenchantment doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. Set in a ruined medieval city called Dreamland, it will follow the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, her elf companion and a demon. Groening himself has said: “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

For newcomers, or people who have only enjoyed a passing relationship with The Simpsons, this might seem off-puttingly grim. To animation geeks it might sound like Disenchantment is the result of Groening casting his eyes around the current cartoon climate and attempting to marry the emo absurdity of Adventure Time with the exhausted depression of BoJack Horseman.

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2017-07-26 19:04: read more...   

    The Guardian: Making babies is beginning to look as difficult for men as it always has been for women

The sperm count of men in the west has halved in 40 years. Changing lifestyles won’t help. The problem is an environmental one

Men. You had one job. And now look what’s happened! The sperm count of western men has fallen by half in 40 years. It is likely to decline further. This is a wake-up call. Human extinction beckons. Twitter, in its full nihilistic embrace, has welcomed this news as good. It is kind of funny. Sperm always is somehow, especially if your job description is harridan, as mine is. For although there are millions of the damn squirmers in every ejaculation, you only ever need the one, the tenacious one that can wiggle through if you want to get pregnant. Sperm flows freely, it seems, endless and abundant for men, who don’t have to worry about fertility. How many sperm do men produce? How many stars are in the sky?

The average man (although, obviously, I realise no man is EVER average) produces 14 gallons of ejaculate in a lifetime. Men produce more sperm than mice do, but a lot less than pigs. Biology is not destiny, but it certainly preoccupies us. Female fertility is always up for discussion in ways that male fertility isn’t. Even sober headlines say that, by the age of 30, women will have used up most of our “ovarian reserve”. We sit there with our limited and festering supply of eggs, which all went mouldy when we got an OK job and are now ageing faster than the rest of us. Our selfishness in wanting to be financially independent means that we may have to forfeit motherhood as a result – and on it goes.

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2017-07-26 19:04: read more...   

    Reuters: Fed holds rates steady, expects to cut balance sheet 'relatively soon'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it expected to start winding down its massive holdings of bonds "relatively soon" in a sign of confidence in the U.S. economy.

2017-07-26 19:03: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Let’s All Tell Harley-Davidson What to Do

Let’s All Tell Harley-Davidson What to DoLet’s All Tell Harley-Davidson What to Do Iconic company has been continuously producing motorcycles for more than a century but seemingly everyone thinks they can do better You might have noticed a number of stories in recent days – both here on RideApart


2017-07-26 19:03: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Russia readies for spiraling sanctions in US escalation

Russia has been disillusioned by the new round of tough sanctions passed by the US Congress. A fresh start in relations between the two superpowers seems unlikely, and there are growing calls for retaliation.

2017-07-26 18:58: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Russia readies for spiraling US sanctions

Russia has been disillusioned by the new round of tough sanctions passed by the US Congress. A fresh start in relations between the two superpowers seems unlikely, and there are growing calls for retaliation.

2017-07-26 18:58: read more...   

    BBC News: Google tests auto-play videos in search results

Some users are seeing movie trailers automatically start in their search results.

2017-07-26 18:57: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Wetterthema: So viel hat es geregnet

Der Brocken führt die Statistik an. Doch auch in vielen anderen Regionen Deutschlands hat es in den vergangenen beiden Tagen so geschüttet, dass Meteorologen von einem "Jahrhundertregen" sprechen. Andernorts fiel hingegen kaum ein Tropfen. Wo kam wie viel runter?

2017-07-26 18:54: read more...   

    Reuters: U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will impose new stricter security rules requiring airline travellers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones like tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

2017-07-26 18:54: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: Jeremy Toljan faces crucial decision for his future

The Hoffenheim defender is in demand after his successful Euro 2017 campaign with Germany’s U21 team. A host of English teams are said to be interested in signing Toljan, but would it be best for him to stay put?

2017-07-26 18:52: read more...   

    Reuters: VW says cooperation with rivals is common industry practise

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Wednesday that cooperation among carmakers on technical matters is a common industry practise but declined comment on allegations that it engaged in anti-competitive behaviour with other German automakers.

2017-07-26 18:51: read more...   

    Reuters: France to speed up visa delivery in drive to boost tourism

PARIS (Reuters) - France will cut visa delivery time to 48 hours for Russians, Indians and citizens of six more Asian countries in a bid to boost tourism, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday.

2017-07-26 18:50: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairsATHENS, Greece (AP) — After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum.


2017-07-26 18:50: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Caitlyn Jenner breaks her silence on Trump's transgender military ban

Caitlyn Jenner breaks her silence on Trump's transgender military banHours after Donald Trump banned transgender people from serving in the military in just three tweets, Caitlyn Jenner has responded to the announcement.  The former Olympian and self-proclaimed transgender rights activist tweeted: There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017 Jenner has consistently defended her support of Donald Trump, and has apparently reached out to members of Trump's administration to "help them" on LGBTQ issues, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  SEE ALSO: Trump bars transgender people from military, calls them a "disruption" She has previously called Trump out for reversing an action that allowed transgender kids to use the bathrooms of their choice in schools, and recently said on The View that she had hoped Trump would be a "bit more outspoken" in his support of the LGBTQ community he had promised to protect. Jenner is among the many celebrities and activists that have spoken out against Trump's ban, but some continue to question her continued loyalty to Trump amidst his announcement. WATCH: Protect your face from sun damage with this portable awning


2017-07-26 18:46: read more...   

    The Guardian: Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution

  • Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption
  • Opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial vote

The United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the beleaguered government of Nicolás Maduro as opposition activists launched a 48-hour strike in protest against an upcoming vote they say will mark the end of democracy.

Related: Venezuela to vote amid crisis: all you need to know

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2017-07-26 18:43: read more...   

    The Guardian: US turns up heat on Maduro with fresh sanctions against top Venezuelan officials

  • Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption
  • Opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial vote

The United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the beleaguered government of Nicolás Maduro as opposition activists launched a 48-hour strike in protest against an upcoming vote they say will mark the end of democracy.

Related: Venezuela to vote amid crisis: all you need to know

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2017-07-26 18:43: read more...   

    Yahoo!: 'Difficult' fight for Hezbollah on Lebanon-Syria border

'Difficult' fight for Hezbollah on Lebanon-Syria borderSurveying the rocky no-man's land on Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, Hezbollah fighters recalled the "difficult" battle they fought to recapture much of the terrain from militants. The Lebanese Shiite movement has waged a five-day offensive across the scraggy landscape known as Jurud Arsal to oust what it says are ex-Al-Qaeda Syrian jihadists. On Wednesday, Hezbollah brought journalists to its positions overlooking the last pocket of enemy territory.


2017-07-26 18:37: read more...   

    BBC News: US Muslims: Survey suggests nearly half suffer discrimination

Three quarters of US Muslims say President Trump is "unfriendly toward" them, Pew research suggests.

2017-07-26 18:37: read more...   

    The Guardian: Parents of Charlie Gard agree he will spend final hours of life in hospice

Judge sets noon Thursday deadline for family to find a team able to support critically ill baby son for number of days

Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice to spend his final hours, after his parents abandoned a fight to take him home to die.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard had hoped to take their son, who has a rare genetic condition, home to spend his final hours as their “last wish”.

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2017-07-26 18:36: read more...   

    BBC News: Businessman guilty of mixing horsemeat with beef

Andronicos Sideras, 55, was found guilty of mixing horsemeat with beef and selling it on for food.

2017-07-26 18:35: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: China to turn all state enterprises into corporations

China aims to transform all of its state-owned companies into market-oriented corporations under efforts to make its unwieldy state sector more profitable. But calling this privatization would be an 'erroneous notion.'

2017-07-26 18:35: read more...   

    Reuters: British judge rejects legal challenge to counter-terrorism strategy

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge rejected on Wednesday a case brought against the government's counter-terrorism strategy, according to lawyers for the claimant, a Muslim activist.

2017-07-26 18:33: read more...   

    BBC News: Man arrested after live cobras found inside potato chip cans

A California man is charged with smuggling after the snakes were intercepted by customs officers.

2017-07-26 18:30: read more...   

    The Guardian: Phasing out diesel and petrol cars is a woefully tiny step towards cleaner air | Caroline Lucas

Even if the ban came in sooner, it would still fall short. Rather than tinkering with the transport system, we need to completely rethink how we travel

• Caroline Lucas is co-leader of the Green party

Today’s air pollution announcement from the Tories is the latest in a string of green-sounding policies from a government that had previously gone quiet on the environment. Sadly, like so many of their plans, scratch beneath the surface and the green all but disappears.

The ban on new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 is a step forward, but it really is a tiny one. By then hundreds of thousands of people will have died prematurely in the UK because of air pollution, after years of delay from the government on the issue. David Powell, of the New Economic Foundation, says it’s like “telling a bullied 10-year-old that you’ll definitely have given the bully detention by the time he’s 33”. The truth is that the government is actually behind the curve, with firms like Volvo saying that all of its new motors will be electric or hybrid after 2019. But the ban wouldn’t be enough, even if it were happening sooner. The government is still woefully unambitious in its plans to clean up our filthy air and combat climate change emissions from transport.

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2017-07-26 18:28: read more...   

    BBC News: Jehovah's Witnesses 'let sex offender interrogate victims'

Jehovah's Witnesses let victims of abuse face "inappropriate and demeaning questioning", the Charity Commission says.

2017-07-26 18:28: read more...   

    BBC News: Auschwitz: First travelling exhibition will visit Europe and US

More than 600 items will visit 14 different cities in Europe and the US, starting later this year.

2017-07-26 18:22: read more...   

    The Guardian: Government's air quality plan is 'little more than shabby rewrite'

Michael Gove’s pledge to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 23 years is not enough to tackle health crisis now, say campaigners

The government’s new air pollution plan is “underwhelming and lacking in urgency” and amounts to “little more than a shabby rewrite”, according the environmental lawyers whose legal action forced ministers act to produce it.

The UK’s action to cut illegal levels of toxic air has twice been judged unlawfully poor, after ClientEarth sued ministers. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, published the new strategy on Wednesday, which includes a long-term pledge to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

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2017-07-26 18:20: read more...   

    Sky News: Lloyds to repay £300m in mortgage arrears

Lloyds Banking Group is to repay nearly £300m to about 600,000 customers over failings in the way it applied mortgage arrears policies, in the latest scandal to hit the UK’s biggest high street lender.

2017-07-26 18:16: read more...   

    The Guardian: Club tropicana! Why kitsch is everywhere this summer

From fruit-patterned swimwear to cactus-covered greeting cards and inflatable lobsters, it’s impossible to escape the zing of feelgood Americana. So why has everything gone totally tropical?

At Primark, the £6 best-selling bikini of the season has pineapples on it. If it has sold out in your size, though, don’t worry: online shop Asos has three different bikinis with pineapples on them. It has got phone cases, necklaces, backpacks and dressing gowns to match, too. At John Lewis, one in five products sold in the summer party department has a flamingo on it, as does every other birthday card in Paperchase. Ditto the fairy lights in the US clothing chain Anthropologie, and the USB sticks in Urban Outfitters. The vases in the window at Zara Home are shaped like cacti, as are the ones at The Conran Shop. At Oliver Bonas, you can find watermelon-slice earrings to match the watermelon beach ball you picked up at Selfridges, which goes so well with your new Dolce & Gabbana watermelon-painted handbag.

Describe a 1950s Palm Springs poolside cocktail party using only emojis, and you capture the aesthetic of summer 2017. The colours are pink and green (a flamingo with a palm tree, a watermelon slice). The shapes – pineapple, cactus, Martini glass – are as sunnily evocative and as easy to draw as a smiley face. Move over industrial chic bare bricks and copper pendant lights, because we are living in the Age of the Pineapple.

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2017-07-26 18:15: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: German army helicopter crashes in Mali on UN mission, two dead

Two German army pilots have died after their helicopter crashed near Gao, eastern Mali. At the time of the crash, the helicopter was monitoring "confrontations."

2017-07-26 18:10: read more...   

    Deutsche Welle: German army helicopter crashes in Mali on UN mission

Nothing is yet known about the two German nationals who were piloting the aircraft when it went down. At the time of the crash, the helicopter was monitoring "confrontations."

2017-07-26 18:10: read more...   

    BBC News: Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Both sides are discussing arrangements for the terminally-ill baby's end of life care.

2017-07-26 18:08: read more...   

    Yahoo!: Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military service

Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military serviceSens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.


2017-07-26 18:07: read more...   

    Reuters: Dassault says business jet market still weak

PARIS (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation , the French maker of Falcon private jets and Rafale warplanes, said on Wednesday the business jet market remained weak, with high stocks of unsold aircraft hampering a tentative recovery in benchmark second-hand trading.

2017-07-26 18:03: read more...   

    The Guardian: Princess Diana had a good heart, but spare us this cult of empathy | Christina Patterson

One legacy seems to be a requirement that leaders and politicians feel our pain. All I ask is that they are competent

• Christina Patterson is a freelance journalist

Watching the ITV film Diana, Our Mother, on Tuesday night, it was like falling in love again. Yes, of course she was beautiful. She had the smile of a film star. But it wasn’t just her beauty or the radiance that shone out of every frame. It was the compassion in Diana’s smile, and the kindness in her eyes that made a nation fall in love.

Related: Showing we care can hinder making the right decisions | Catherine Bennett

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2017-07-26 18:03: read more...   

    Reuters: Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, the migration service said on Wednesday, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president's political aspirations in Ukraine.

2017-07-26 18:03: read more...   

    The Guardian: Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longer

Scientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat age-related diseases and extend the human lifespan.

Implants of stem cells that make fresh neurons in the brain were found to put the brakes on ageing in older mice, keeping them more physically and mentally fit for months, and extending their lives by 10-15% compared to untreated animals.

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2017-07-26 18:00: read more...   

    tagesschau.de: Brasilien: VW empfahl NS-Kommandanten einen Anwalt

Der ehemalige NS-Kommandant Stangl hat nach seiner Flucht jahrelang bei Volkswagen in Brasilien gearbeitet. Man habe nichts von dessen Vergangenheit gewusst, behauptet der Konzern. Nach Stangls Verhaftung empfahl VW ihm aber noch einen Anwalt. Von Stefanie Dodt und Peter Hornung.

2017-07-26 18:00: read more...   

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