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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires controllers to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) where processing operations are likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, by virtue of their nature, scope, context and purposes. GDPR Article. 35.

The below threshold assessment questions can be used to assist in determining whether a full DPIA is required for proposed processing operations, under the GDPR—i.e., whether processing operations are likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.

After completion of the threshold assessment, the person responsible for approving the project will have the option to review the levels of risk flagged and the corresponding recommendations, and to begin a full DPIA if they so choose

NOTE: Should you find the above useful & want a similarly ‘simplified’ Data Protection Impact Assessment Decision Tree/Questionnaire, then link with me or let me know & I will happily send it to you when I complete it

Ben WOODS (GDPR Consultant)

1 – Process Personal Data

“‘Personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.” [GDPR Art. 4(1)]

2 – Legal Basis – Processing

What is the legal basis for the processing of data?

“Processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that at least one of the following applies:” [GDPR Art. 6(1)]

  • Consent of the data subject
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation
  • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller
  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject

If answer is ‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’, then skip to 4 – New Technologies

If none of the others then identify and document a legal basis under Article 6(1) of the GDPR before continuing with the proposed processing operations

3 – Legitimate Interest

Describe the legitimate interest pursued by the proposed processing operations

Under the GDPR, DPIAs must contain “a systematic description of the envisaged processing operations and the purposes of the processing, including, where applicable, the legitimate interest pursued by the controller.” [GDPR Article 35(7)(a)]

4 – New Technologies

Do the proposed processing operations involve using new technologies?

If yes, then a DPIA should be conducted, as per Recital 89 and Article 35(1) of the GDPR. The new technologies should be described

5 – New Kind of Processing Operations

Are the proposed processing operations of a new kind where no prior DPIA has been carried out?

If yes, then a DPIA should be conducted, per Recital 89 and Article 35(1) of the GDPR

6 – Large-Scale Processing

Will the proposed processing operations be conducted on a large-scale aimed at processing a considerable amount of personal data at regional, national or supranational levels?

If no the goto 7

If yes, then a DPIA should be conducted, per Recital 91 and Article 35 of the GDPR

7 – Number of Data Subjects

Could the proposed large-scale processing operations affect a large number of data subjects?

If yes, then a DPIA should be conducted, per Recital 91 and Article 35 of the GDPR

8 – Impinge on Rights

Are the proposed large-scale processing operations likely to make it more difficult for data subjects to exercise their rights?

“[F]or example, on account of their sensitivity, where in accordance with the achieved state of technological knowledge a new technology is used on a large scale as well as to other processing operations which result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects, in particular where those operations render it more difficult for data subjects to exercise their rights.” [GDPR Recital 91]

If yes then a DPIA should be conducted, per Recital 91 and Article 35 of the GDPR.

9 – Large-Scale Monitoring

Will the proposed processing operations include systematic monitoring of a publicly accessible area on a large scale?

“[E]specially when using optic-electronic devices or for any other operations where the competent supervisory authority considers that the processing is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects, in particular because they prevent data subjects from exercising a right or using a service or a contract, or because they are carried out systematically on a large scale.”

If yes then a DPIA must be conducted per Recital 91 and Article 35(3)(c) of the GDPR.

10 – Systematic and Extensive

Will the operations include a systematic and extensive evaluation of personal aspects based on automated processing, and on which decisions are based that produce legal effects concerning or that significantly affect the natural person?

If yes then a DPIA must be conducted per Recital 91 and Article 35(3)(a) of the GDPR.

11 – Special Categories

Will the proposed processing operations include processing on a large-scale of any of the following special categories of data? [GDPR Recital 91; Article 35(3)(b), 9(1)

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Trade-union membership
  • Genetic data
  • Biometric data
  • Health data
  • Sex life
  • Sexual orientation
  • None of the above

If yes then a DPIA must be conducted, per Recital 91 and Article 35(3)(b) of the GDPR.

12 – Legal Basis (Special)

What is the legal basis for the processing of special categories of data? See Article 9(2) of the GDPR for the full text of each legal basis.

  • Explicit consent of the data subject
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations
  • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or train union aim
  • Processing relates to personal data manifestly made public by the data subject
  • Processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims
  • Processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest on the basis of Union or Member State law
  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine
  • Processing is necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health
  • Processing is necessary for achieving purposes in the public interest, scientific and historical research, or statistical purposes (in accord with Article 89(1))

If answer is not one of the above, then Identify and document a legal basis under Article 9(2) of the GDPR before continuing with the proposed processing operations

13 – Criminal Conviction Data

Will the proposed processing operations include any processing on a large scale of personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences?

NOTE: under Article 10 of the GDPR, this type of processing shall be carried out only under the control of official authority or when the processing is authorised by Union or Member State law providing for appropriate safeguards for the rights and freedoms of data subjects.

Should you find the above useful & want a similarly ‘simplified’ Data Protection Impact Assessment Decision Tree/Questionnaire, then link with me or let me know & I will happily send it to you when I complete it

Ben WOODS (GDPR Consultant)

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BROADCASTING HOUSE | China v. India – Doklam Plateau Dispute | 2017-08-23

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Business Insider | A border standoff between 2 nuclear powers has been festering for months

  • Tensions between China and India have heated up over a remote frontier region in the Himalayas

  • The region is of strategic importance, and neighbouring Bhutan is now caught between

  • The ongoing standoff suggests tensions between the two powers could continue to grow in the coming years

  • While everyone’s been watching the chaos spilling out of the White House, a border standoff between two nuclear powers has been festering for two months.

  • China and India have rubbed up against each other in the Doklam territory — called Donglang in Chinese — a remote frontier region located at a convergence point of India, India’s ally Bhutan, and China.

  • The extended standoff appears to be one of the more significant in recent years, and comes at a time of weakening relations between the two powers. Analysts at BMI Research said the standoff suggests strains between China and India could continue in the coming years

China v. India – Doklam Plateau Dispute | USA Supports India | Is Surrounding China the Real Reason behind Renewed US Action in Afghanistan?

China v. India – Doklam Plateau Dispute | USA Supports India | Is Surrounding China the Real Reason behind Renewed US Action in Afghanistan?

What happened in the Doklam territory?

In mid-June, Bhutan found Chinese troops attempting to extend a road through a plateau in the Doklam territory. The region is claimed by both Bhutan and China due to contradictory phrases in an 1890 border agreement between Great Britain and China’s Qing dynasty, according to the New York Times.

India, which has no claim to the territory but supports Bhutan’s claim, sent troops to stop the construction.

China has since accused India of “trespassing” and said that India has interfered with “normal activities” on its side of the border. India responded by saying it got involved in order to help its ally, Bhutan.

Tensions have continued to simmer over the past several weeks, with both sides putting more troops on the border.

On August 15, Indian and Chinese troops clashed near Pangong Lake, a tourist attraction in the mountain region of Ladakh. A video of the skirmish shows both sides throwing rocks and punches.

That same week, state-run Chinese media Xinhua News published a propaganda video called the “7 Sins of India,” which took inflammatory jabs at Indians, and specifically at the minority Sikh community. Both Indian and international news outlets, including the BBC and the Washington Post, slammed the video as being racist.

Bhutan, which doesn’t have formal diplomatic relations with China, issued a formal statement accusing Beijing of building the road inside its territory and violating a 1998 agreement

Bhutan is caught between nuclear powers

Bhutan provides a strategic buffer for India. The two countries have cooperated closely in foreign policy since signing a treaty in 1949, and India has continued to pay and train Bhutan’s troops.

In 2007, they signed a revised friendship treaty, which gave Bhutan greater freedom in foreign policy and military purchases.

Bhutan has reportedly more recently been looking to China, in part because of the appeal of its tourism money. The New York Times reports that while Indian tourists don’t need visas to enter Bhutan, Chinese tourists have to pay $250 per day in advance for vacation packages — which is no small sum for a country whose GDP per capita was $2,751 in 2016.

Many Bhutanese interviewed by the NYT seemed more concerned about India than China. “Some note that one effect of India’s move — intended or not — has been to undermine border negotiations with China that could have cleared the way for closer economic ties,” Steven Lee Myers reported.

Follow the Money | The Coming War on China: A Conversation with John Pilger

Financial Express | Doklam standoff: China hopes India will take positive steps to correct its incorrect words, deeds

  • The Doklam area is undisputed Chinese territory, claimed Hua, adding, “India’s intrusion into Chinese territory under the pretext of China’s road building lacks legal grounds and India’s arguments are simply untenable.” (Reuters)
  • China has hoped that “India will take practical and positive actions to correct its incorrect words and deeds”. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks after Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that although India is not aggressive and has never initiated an attack and it will not compromise on nation’s security.
  • The Home Minister further added that he was hopeful that China will soon initiate a dialogue on the Doklam standoff and hoped that Beijing will make a positive move in this regard.

However, spokesperson Hua said that the precondition and basis for resolving the event is that India instantaneously and unconditionally withdraws its trespassing border troops and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary, Xinhua reports.

She further said, “China is a peace-loving country and definitely upholds peace, it will definitely protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and never allow any country to violate its territorial sovereignty for any reason.”

Rajnath Singh said global viewpoint is that, India is a country who has never cast an evil eye on any other country, nor does it docks an expansionist attitude that threatens its neighbors.

The Doklam area is undisputed Chinese territory, claimed Hua, adding, “India’s intrusion into Chinese territory under the pretext of China’s road building lacks legal grounds and India’s arguments are simply untenable.”

Good News India | Turkey Media on INDIA – CHINA Border Standoff ( Doklam ) 2017

ECNS | China discredits India’s excuses for illegal trespassing

  • China hopes that India will take practical and positive actions to correct its incorrect words and deeds, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

  • Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the comments after Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday that even though India is not aggressive and has never initiated an attack, it will not compromise on security.

  • Singh said a solution would soon be found to the ongoing stand-off between India and China at Doklam and that he hoped Beijing will make a positive move in this regard.

Hua reiterated that the prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident is that India immediately and unconditionally withdraws its trespassing border troops and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary.

Although China is a peace-loving country and firmly upholds peace, it will resolutely defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and never allow any country to violate its territorial sovereignty for any reason, she said.

Singh said global opinion is that India has never cast an evil eye on any country, nor does it harbor an expansionist attitude that threatens its neighbors.

However, Hua said the facts are that Indian troops have illegally crossed the delimited boundary which has been recognized and abided by for nearly 130 years by both China and India, have continued to stay in the Chinese territory, and India has invented various excuses to justify its illegal actions.

“We hope that India can match its words with actions and immediately withdraw its troops and equipment that have encroached into Chinese territory,” she said.

The Times of India reported Monday that Indian officials have recently discussed the situation in Doklam with their Russian counterparts, reiterating India’s position that by constructing a road China was unilaterally changing the status quo and that this had serious security implications for India.

The Dong Lang (Doklam) area is undisputed Chinese territory, said Hua, noting that India’s intrusion into Chinese territory under the pretext of China’s road building lacks legal grounds and India’s arguments are simply untenable.

According to a position document on the Indian border troops’ illegal trespass into Chinese territory, China’s road building on its own territory is aimed at improving local transportation. China did not cross the boundary in its road construction, and it had notified India in advance.

Following India’s logic, if China feels that India’s infrastructure construction in border areas threatens Chinese security, China can openly send troops to Indian territory to stop it, said Hua.

She warned that If India’s absurd logic is tolerated, international norms will be undermined.

China has so far exercised a high degree of restraint, she said, hoping that India will act like a big country and come up with a responsible and reasonable attitude towards the resolution of the incident.

Mail Online | China loves counterfeit products and its outrage with India at Doklam is pure ‘fake news’

  • The world over, China is famous for its fake products. Whatever the ‘original’, China is sure to come up with a cheaper, if not so satisfactory, copy.

  • But can this be extended to the realm of ‘news’? No. Fake news, sooner than later, is revealed to be what it is. Bogus. False. This applies especially to China’s standoff with India at Doklam.

  • For China is using its economic and military clout to take over this territory by building a road through it.

  • To this end, it is belting out a barrage of fake news and views. But like its substandard, counterfeit products, no one believes Chinese propaganda either.

If the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ anti-India video put out by its inept, if overactive propaganda machinery is anything to go by, China is a racist and imperialist state, browbeating and threatening both friends and foes alike to achieve its ends.

Who would want to endorse or imitate it? No wonder, few Chinese cultural products or trends have gained worldwide currency.

If Chinese food is an exception it is precisely because it is not politicised or ideologised. The state doesn’t interfere in it; that is why it succeeds.

Why has China’s soft power failed miserably? The answer is simple: it usually manifests in the ugliest fashion. Like pulling out hundreds of unflattering articles from the Cambridge University Press published China Quarterly.

Given our eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with China over Doklam, is it any surprise that Chinese state-controlled media outlets have been spreading disinformation abroad as also creating an anti-India climate within China?

Geopolitical Monitor | Doklam Plateau: China Tries Out the Water Weapon

China has stopped sharing hydrological data with India for the Brahmaputra and Satluj rivers (Yarlung Zangbo and Satelai in Chinese). The move comes as India grapples with floods along the Brahmaputra in Assam and Uttar Pradesh, where over 150 people have lost their lives so far this season.

The two countries having been sharing hydrological data since a memorandum of understanding was reached in 2013.

The rationale for the data cutoff remains a bit of a mystery. A recent Global Times editorial trumpeted an expert opinion that India must withdraw from the Doklam Plateau before data sharing can resume, but the actual cutoff predates the Doklam Plateau standoff by months. According to Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, India has not received any data from the Chinese side since May of this year.

There is of course the possibility that China held back the water data to give itself leverage in anticipation of an Indian response to road building on the Doklam Plateau.

Whatever the reason, this is a foreign policy linkage that will deeply disturb Indian policymakers. Large swathes of India’s northeast rely on the Brahmaputra’s waters for irrigation, and as the upriver power – China is holding all the cards.

The Big Picture RT | The Coming War On China


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Trump is Done! He won’t Finish his Term

Trump is Done! He won't Finish his Term Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views

Trump is Done! He won’t Finish his Term

Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views

Washington Post: President Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville this weekend.

Trump announced the disbanding of the two councils — the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted many of the top corporate leaders in America — amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over Trump’s decision to equate the actions of white supremacists and protesters in remarks he made Tuesday at Trump Tower.

But those groups had already decided to dissolve on their own earlier in the day, a person familiar with the process said. JP Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon, a member of the Strategy & Policy Forum, told employees in a note on Wednesday that his group decided to disband following Trump’s news conference on Tuesday, in which he appeared to show sympathy for some of the people who marched alongside the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville


Trump’s days in office are numbered. Cenk Uygur – Young Turks

“Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country,” Dimon wrote his employees. “It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.”

Earlier Wednesday, the chief executives of Campbell Soup and the conglomerate 3M resigned from the manufacturing council. “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville,” Campbell Soup chief executive Denise Morrison said. “I believe the president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”

General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt, who was also on the manufacturing advisory group, made a similar argument, saying in a statement that he had decided to resign after finding Trump’s comments on Tuesday “deeply troubling.”

“The Committee I joined had the intention to foster policies that promote American manufacturing and growth,” Immelt said. “However, given the ongoing tone of the discussion, I no longer feel that this Council can accomplish these goals.”

As the number of resignations swelled, Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he had shut down the councils. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum. I am ending both,” he wrote.

The dissolution of the councils was a remarkable moment for Trump, who has made his corporate experience and ability to leverage America’s business potential as one of his chief credentials. It also marks a rapid descent for a president who has alternatively praised and attacked the decisions of corporate leaders, sometimes making unverified or false claims, and whose policy choices on issues such as immigration and climate change have been criticized as anti-business.

Many corporate leaders have still stayed close to the White House, in the hope that having a voice at the table was better than none at all, and with an eye toward winning favor as Washington eyed changes to the tax code and infrastructure spending that could be worth trillions.

But Trump’s insistence that blame fell on “many sides” for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend, which included the killing of a woman by an alleged white supremacist driving a car into a crowd of protesters, seemed to push many chief executives to reconsider their relationship.

Merck chief executive Ken Frazier, one of the few African Americans represented among the business leaders advising Trump, was the first to resign from the manufacturing council. Trump lashed out at the decision, alleging that Merck was boosting drug prices and therefore a bad corporate actor.

The decision to disband the councils offered the companies a chance to sever ties as one and not leave any firm isolated by an individual decision. Some appeared willing to wait it out on Monday and earlier Tuesday as the White House was in cleanup mode, but his news conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon proved to be a breaking point.

Johnson & Johnson chief executive Alex Gorsky, who had previously said he would remain on the manufacturing council to have a voice at the table, announced Trump’s latest remarks were not sustainable. “The President’s most recent statements equating those who are motivated by race-based hate with those who stand up against hatred is unacceptable and has changed our decision to participate in the White House Manufacturing Advisory Council,” Gorsky said


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BLUE PILL | Kim Kardiashian’s $100 million smartphone Case…

Kim Kardiashian's $100 Million Smartphone Case

Kim Kardiashian’s $100 Million Smartphone Case…and the starving 20 Million (20 Million People, that is)

BLUE PILL | Kim Kardashian is being sued for $100 million over a smartphone case that she frequently uses to take selfies. According to a lawsuit filed against her company Kimsaprincess, Inc., Kim has been promoting an illuminated smartphone case made by the brand LuMee that features technology that was licensed by another company called Snaplight. That company and the founder of the technology Hooshmand Harooni claim LuMee ripped them off and then inked an endorsement deal with Kardashian that has given them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. They want $100 million to cover lost profits

Complex News | Kim Kardashian Sued for $100M Over a Smartphone Case

RED PILL Fighting Famine: The four Countries where 20 Million are Starving

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 20 million people – greater than the population of Romania or Florida – risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says

Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in east Africa has ruined the agricultural economy

VOX | The 4 man-made famines threatening 20 million people

“In my not quite 15 years with the World Food Programme, this is the first time that we are literally talking about famine in four different parts of the world at the same time,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“It’s almost overwhelming to comprehend that in the 21st century people are still experiencing famines of such magnitude. We’re talking about 20 million people, and all this within the next six months, or now. Yemen is now, Nigeria is now, South Sudan is now,” he said.

“Somalia, when I look at the indicators in terms of extremely high food prices, falling livestock prices and agricultural wages, it’s going to come pretty fast.”

The global humanitarian system is already struggling with a historic surge in migration, huge operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and serious situations in Ukraine, Burundi, Libya and Zimbabwe.

“Then you have places like DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), CAR (Central African Republic), Burundi, Mali, Niger, where people are chronically food insecure but … there’s just not enough resources to go around.”

Humanitarian aid is at record high levels but demand is growing even faster, creating a huge gap. “In northeast Nigeria we’re feeding more than 1 million people and just a few months ago we didn’t even have an office there,” Husain said.

There is a glimmer of hope that Somalia’s drought will not be as severe as feared, but in the capital Mogadishu food prices have already risen by a quarter since January and forecasts for the rainy season from March to May are not optimistic

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Designer baby breakthrough after scientists use controversial gene editing technique to ‘fix’ embryos that would have developed heart failure in a world first

  • Scientists have used the CRISPR-Cas9 system to develop a new technique
  • It was used to repair human embryos blighted by a copy of a mutant gene
  • The gene, MYBPC3, causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a type of heart failure
  • Using IVF, scientists fertilised eggs with sperm containing the defective gene
  • They then applied tool that acts like a pair of precisely targeted genetic scissors
  • Once the defective elements of the gene had been snipped away, the embryo’s own cellular repair systems replaced them with healthy versions
  • Experts say there are ethical issues to consider before it is tested further

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Three jihadi Musketeers hatched terror attack plots in prison cells: Terrorists planned to wreak carnage like the London Bridge atrocity

  • Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25 and Mohibur Rahman, 33, in jail together
  • They had all been locked up for terrorism offences when they hatched their plot
  • Days away from carrying out a knife and bomb rampage when MIS stopped them

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Three cheers, a wave and he’s off – but not before making one last inappropriate remark: Prince Philip jokes with Marines as he carries out his 22,220th – and FINAL – official public engagement

  • Prince Philip made decision himself and will step back as he and Queen reach 70-year wedding anniversary
  • Final act was to wave to crowds as Marines gave three cheers and band played For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
  • The Duke of Edinburgh joked that the Royal Marines should be ‘locked up’ for their madcap fundraising efforts
  • He’s now carried out 22,220 solo engagements, done 637 foreign visits and given 5,496 speeches since 1947
  • The Queen will continue public duties as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives
  • Philip’s decision to step back from duties was fully supported by the Queen and was not related to his health

TIME | Ahead Of Retirement, Prince Philip Makes His Final Solo Charity Appearance In London

Sealed with a quip: As Prince Philip bows out in inimitable style, a look back at his best-loved gaffes

  • Prince Philip is known for being the most gaffe-prone Royal Family member
  • At times witty, at other times, insensitive, he is not shy of expressing his opinions
  • He announced retirement in May, after completing 22,000 solo appearances
  • He made his final solo appearance on Wednesday to meet with Royal Marines

The Royal Family Channel | Duke of Edinburgh: Five Decades of Prince Philip’s Gaffes

Le phoney! British liberals love him but in France the gloss is already coming off a President who seems to care more about publicity stunts that saving the economy

  • Having won by a landslide in May, Emmanuel Macron’s ratings have dived
  • According to latest poll, he’s dropped ten points in approval since his triumph
  • French President has taken part in series of cringe-worthy publicity stunts
  • He has been pictured playing football in Paris and sparring with a young boxer

Paul Joseph Watson | The Truth About Macron

One half of the ‘bling brothers’, the ex-mayor of New York and horsebreeding sheikh worth £3bn: Tycoons’ homes that lie empty in the shadow of Grenfell Tower

  • 1,857 homes sitting unoccupied in Kensington and Chelsea where fire happened
  • Owners of the empty homes include former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Almost 700 properties are officially recorded as being empty for over two years
  • Last night angry Grenfell survivors said they felt ignored by the Government

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Hundreds of Albanians who pretended to be from Kosovo to win asylum in Britain may escape deportation following landmark legal test case

  • Criminal and two other men say Home Secretary wrongly removed citizenship
  • If appeal is allowed it will mean up to 300 Albanians cannot be kicked out of UK
  • Dinjan Hysaj, 40, obtained asylum in 1998 by falsely claiming to be child refugee
  • In 2011 he was jailed for five years after he glassed a man in Hertfordshire

Airlines say they warned ministers over holiday passport chaos in MAY but nothing was done

  • Airlines UK, the industry body, said it wrote to Department of Transport in May
  • Chief said he wrote to then aviation minister Lord Ahmad after Easter delays
  • Aviation minister Lord Callanan is to hold talks with Portugal, Spain and Italy

World News | EU airports told to hire more staff to solve queuing chaos

Aviation minister vows to take EU to task over airport chaos: Lord Callanan demands counterparts do all they can to allow travellers to get on with their holidays

  • Passengers will not get compensation for waiting in passport check queues
  • EU regulations that force airlines to pay compensation for delayed or cancelled flights do not apply if the carriers are not directly responsible
  • Amid fears delays will erupt again this weekend, aviation minister Lord Callanan said he understood the ‘frustration’ caused and promised to hold urgent talks

Sack the four envoys who hate Brexit, IDS tells Theresa: Former Tory leader says it is ‘absurd’ that opponents to leaving the EU are representing Britain in trade negotiations

  • Iain Duncan Smith urged PM Theresa May to sack four British trade envoys
  • He said it was ‘absurd’ that people against Brexit were part of trade negotiations
  • David Cameron appointed a cross-party network of 20 ‘trade envoys’ in 2012
  • But four of the members of the group are battling to keep Britain in the EU

British Airways buries report into last IT fiasco: Chief executive makes clear document about shutdown that hit 75,000 travellers will never be published

  • Power surge stopped check-in and grounded planes over Spring bank holiday
  • BA staff needed days to rebuild the servers to get services back to normal
  • BA promised to launch an ‘exhaustive’ investigation into what went wrong

RT | “It’s organised chaos” BA passengers react to IT failure

Sacked AA boss faces legal fight to keep £150m: Firm braced for courtroom battle over whether sacked chief can keep lucrative bonus

  • AA executive chairman Bob Mackenzie, 64, was fired for ‘gross misconduct’
  • It sent AA’s share price crashing amid rumours of an altercation with a colleague
  • But the boss’s family hit back by suggesting he had resigned, not fired from AA
  • The AA is now braced for a courtroom battle over whether the firing was justified

‘That is totally unacceptable in 2017’: New Zealand Labour leader hits back when radio presenter asks if she plans to ever have children – and her response lights up social media

  • New Zealand’s newly-elected Labour leader was asked about having children
  • AM show host asked if it was okay for a prime minister to take maternity leave
  • Opposition leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, said question was ‘unacceptable in 2017’
  • Ms Ardern is dating a television presenter but has never married or had children

RNZ | Jacinda Ardern on Morning Report, 2 August 2017

Work 160 years to earn what a top boss gets in one! FTSE 100 chiefs earned an average of £4.5million in 2016

  • Although down on 2015’s £5.4m, executive pay dwarfs national average of £28k
  • The report warns that a ‘huge pay gap remains between the top and rest’
  • Union baron Tim Roache said the figures show a ‘scandalous gulf’ in income

CIPD | Findings from the CIPD and High Pay Centre review of FTSE 100 executive pay

‘Outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish!’ White House aide’s extraordinary row with CNN reporter during on-camera briefing on immigration plan

  • CNN’s Jim Acosta asked aide Stephen Miller at Wednesday’s press briefing if the new skills-based immigration system goes against American tradition
  • Acosta quoted the poem on the Statue of Liberty and suggested the Trump administration was bringing a ‘press 1 for English’ philosophy to policy
  • Miller called the reporter’s question ‘outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish’ and pointed out the poem wasn’t original to the Statue of Liberty
  • Acosta charged the Trump aide and key Steve Bannon ally with ‘National Park revisionism’
  • The journalist also worried that the policy would allow people from the U.K. and Australia, English speaking countries, get in line first
  • Miller highly objected to that saying immigrants from other countries speak English too and said it showed Acosta’s ‘cosmopolitan bias’

LiveOnAirNews | Jim Acosta vs Stephen Miller – Immigration – White House Press Briefing 8/2/17

Trump fights to welcome Putin’s new ambassador to Washington – even though new sanctions could DENY him a diplomatic visa

  • President Donald Trump signed new Russia sanctions legislation Wednesday
  • He blasted the law in a statement to Congress that spelled out his own authority
  • Trump said certain sections go against his ‘constitutional authority’
  • He said other provisions would require him to deny visas to people falling under sanction and block his ‘responsibility to receive ambassadors’
  • Moscow wants to send Anatoly Antonov as the new ambassador to the U.S.
  • Antonov is a defense official under European Union sanctions
  • He would replace Sergei Kislyak, who left his post after his Trump contacts were revealed

Tourist who teased a bear by dangling food in its jaws is gored and dragged inside the beast’s enclosure but miraculously survives


  • The Tourist was teasing the bear at a temple in Phetchabun province, Thailand
  • Naiphum Promratee, 36, infuriated the animal by lowering bowl of rice on rope
  • The animal then stood on its hind legs and dragged Promratee into its enclosure
  • Horrifying footage showed the animal dragging the man across the dusty floor
  • Remarkably, Promratee survived the savage attack and is recovering in hospital

Entertainment & More | Man viciously mauled by bear after teasing it by dangling food


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BROADCASTING HOUSE | News From the Left | 2017-08-03

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Labour speaks out on Venezuela as pressure mounts on Corbyn | 40 countries protest Venezuela’s new assembly amid fraud accusations | Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people | Scaramucci memo reveals his plan to ‘professionalize’ press office before firing | Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study | China accused over ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow | ‘Chubby fool’: Duterte lambasts North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for nuclear ambitions | Roads could be covered with ‘tunnels’ to absorb pollution | Grenfell Tower: cladding system in 111 buildings fails latest round of tests | FTSE 100 chiefs earn 160 times the average wage, study reveals | Russia sanctions: Trump signs bill imposing new measures | Montreal turns stadium into welcome centre for asylum seekers from US | Brazil’s president keeps job as congress votes against corruption charges | Former Netanyahu chief of staff ‘in negotiations to become state witness’

Labour speaks out on Venezuela as pressure mounts on Corbyn

BuzzyNews UK | Moment Corbyn CONGRATULATED Venezuela’s Maduro – as Labour leader goes QUIET about regime

  • Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has said Venezuela’s government has a duty to answer concerns about Nicolás Maduro’s “increasingly authoritarian rule”, as pressure mounted on Jeremy Corbyn to speak out.
  • The party leader was a longtime admirer of Venezuela under its late socialist leader Hugo Chávez, saying in 2013 he was “an inspiration to all of us fighting back against austerity and neoliberal economics in Europe”.
  • Corbyn has also previously given his backing to Maduro, Chávez’s successor. In 2014, he rang to congratulate the new president live on a Venezuelan television channel, where Maduro introduced the Labour leader as a “friend of Venezuela”.
  • Thornberry’s spokesman said Labour had already called for the Venezuelan government to respect human rights and the rule of law, after the socialist government was granted sweeping powers to overhaul the country’s political system in a disputed recent poll that was boycotted by the opposition

40 countries protest Venezuela’s new assembly amid fraud accusations

  • Venezuela’s opposition has announced plans to block the inauguration of a contentious constituent assembly whose election was further clouded on Wednesday by fresh allegations of ballot fraud.
  • The opposition coalition called for mass protests “against the installation of the constituent fraud” to prevent the new assembly – made up entirely by the ruling Socialist party and its political allies – from beginning its sessions on Thursday.
  • As many as 40 countries have said they would not recognize the new assembly, which critics say is a thinly veiled attempt by Nicolás Maduro to consolidate power. The body will have the ability to dissolve state institutions and rewrite the constitution.
  • Maduro has said his aim is to bring peace to the sharply split country caught up in political crisis and economic meltdown.
  • But the president and his closest allies have also vowed to use the assembly to jail key opposition leaders, remove the country’s outspoken chief prosecutor from her post and strip opposition legislators of their constitutional immunity

Financial Times | US sanctions on Venezuela’s oil | Markets

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

  • Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research.
  • Even outside of these hotspots, three-quarters of the 1.7bn population – particularly those farming in the Ganges and Indus valleys – will be exposed to a level of humid heat classed as posing “extreme danger” towards the end of the century.
  • The new analysis assesses the impact of climate change on the deadly combination of heat and humidity, measured as the “wet bulb” temperature (WBT). Once this reaches 35C, the human body cannot cool itself by sweating and even fit people sitting in the shade will die within six hours.
  • The revelations show the most severe impacts of global warming may strike those nations, such as India, whose carbon emissions are still rising as they lift millions of people out of poverty.

BBC Interview with Prof. Elfatih Eltahir of MIT

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change

  • Nearly a third of the world’s population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it “almost inevitable” that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found.
  • Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world’s population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut.
  • “For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,” said Camilo Mora, an academic at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study.
  • Mora’s research shows that the overall risk of heat-related illness or death has climbed steadily since 1980, with around 30% of the world’s population now living in climatic conditions that deliver deadly temperatures at least 20 days a year.
  • The proportion of people at risk worldwide will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced, while around three-quarters of the global population will be under threat by then if greenhouse gases are not curbed at all

Scaramucci memo reveals his plan to ‘professionalize’ press office before firing

  • During the brief moment that he was White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci authored a memo detailing his plans for an overhaul of the West Wing staff culture, including “professionalizing initiatives” that included always treating people “respectfully”.
  • The so-called “communications plan”, which was published Wednesday by right-wing media personality Mike Cernovich, called for the White House press office to “professionalize” its operations and make more use of Donald Trump’s senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway.

Mike Cernovich Periscope | Scaramucci Is Out as White House Communications Director

  • “Implement a series of professionalizing initiatives immediately,” Scaramucci, who lasted just over a week on the job, wrote.
  • “For example, no [White House] communication staffer goes home without returning all calls, emails, and texts. People may not like our answers – but they should always be treated professionally and respectfully (obviously, this starts with the new Director of Communications).”
  • Scaramucci’s memo is dated 30 July, two days after his profanity-laced interview attacking fellow White House officials was published by The New Yorker

Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study

  • Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstration of the controversial procedure.
  • It is the first time that human embryos have had their genomes edited outside China, where researchers have performed a handful of small studies to see whether the approach could prevent inherited diseases from being passed on from one generation to the next
  • While none of the research so far has created babies from modified embryos, a move that would be illegal in many countries, the work represents a milestone in scientists’ efforts to master the technique and brings the prospect of human clinical trials one step closer.
  • The work focused on an inherited form of heart disease, but scientists believe the same approach could work for other conditions caused by single gene mutations, such as cystic fibrosis and certain kinds of breast cancer

Kurzgesacht | Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever – CRISPR

  • Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers describe how gene editing dramatically reduced the number of embryos that carried the dangerous mutation. When performed early enough, at the same time as fertilisation, 42 out of 58 embryos, or 72%, were found to be free of the disease-causing mutation.
  • The work has impressed other scientists in the field because in previous experiments, gene editing has worked only partially, mending harmful mutations in some cells, but not others. Another problem happens when the wrong genes are modified by mistake, but in the latest work the scientists found no evidence of these so-called “off target effects”
  • Nature | Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos

China accused over ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow

Chinese authorities are guilty of the Kafkaesque enforced disappearance of Liu Xia, the wife of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the couple’s US lawyer has claimed.

Jared Genser, a Washington-based human rights attorney who has represented them since 2010, made the claim in a formal complaint submitted to the United Nations on Wednesday.

Almost three weeks after the Chinese dissident became the first Nobel peace prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky – who died in 1938 after years in Nazi concentration camps – his widow’s precise whereabouts are a mystery.

Friends say the 56-year-old poet was initially forced to travel to southwest China with security agents, but may now have returned to the capital, where she has lived under virtual house arrest since her husband won the Nobel peace prize in December 2010.

Foreign journalists who have attempted to visit the couple’s Beijing flat have faced harassment and physical violence while Chinese officials have refused to answer questions on the subject

Associated Press | Wife of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Speaks Out

‘Chubby fool’: Duterte lambasts North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for nuclear ambitions

  • The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “fool” and a “son of a bitch” just days before Manila hosts an international meeting certain to address Pyongyang’s long-range missile tests.
  • Duterte held nothing back in rebuking Kim for “playing with dangerous toys”, setting the stage for next week’s rare get-together, to be attended by foreign ministers of all the countries involved in the standoff on the Korean peninsula.
  • North Korea is determined to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States and officials in Washington said Saturday’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile showed it may be able to reach most of the country | Duterte crticizes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Roads could be covered with ‘tunnels’ to absorb pollution

Major roads could be turned into tunnels covered with pollution-absorbing material in an effort to cut emission fumes and improve air quality.

Highways Agency officials are studying a Dutch scheme in which cantilevered canopies are constructed over the most polluted sections of road to prevent local residents breathing in noxious car fumes.

Poor air quality is reported to kill as many as 40,000 people a year prematurely in the UK, and levels in many areas regularly breach European legal limits. The government has twice had its plans to tackle the issue ruled illegal by the courts.

The tunnel plans are outlined in an air improvement strategy plan to help reduce pollution. Officials say they are investing millions of pounds in new technology to improve air quality around roads in the next five years. The Department of Transport predicts traffic volumes are expected to increase by 55% between 2010 and 2040

Joe Scott | Why Is Elon Musk Digging Tunnels Under Los Angeles?

Grenfell Tower: cladding system in 111 buildings fails latest round of tests

  • More than 100 buildings have a cladding system that has failed the latest round of government combustibility tests, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said.
  • In total, 111 high-rise blocks use a combination of material that failed the second of six new tests rolled out at the recommendation of an independent expert safety panel following the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
  • The tests confirmed that a cladding system using aluminium composite material (ACM) panels with a polyethylene filler, and stone wool insulation “does not meet current building regulation guidance”.
  • Of the affected buildings, 90 are said to be local authority or housing association-owned or managed.
  • Cladding samples from all 111 buildings had already failed the initial combustibility tests, also conducted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Experts had previously expressed concerns that material was being tested too severely after hundreds of the samples sent in failed the standards for flammability. Last week it was revealed that the combination of materials used on the facades of 82 towers had failed the first of the six cladding combinations being scrutinised.
  • The new tests involve a nine-metre demonstration wall subjected to a replication of “a severe fire in a flat breaking out of a window” to see if the flames then spread up the exterior

I am Incorrigible | Grenfell Tower: 82 buildings fail new fire safety test amid questions over regulation enforcement

FTSE 100 chiefs earn 160 times the average wage, study reveals

  • Ordinary employees would have to work for 160 years to earn the average remuneration of FTSE 100 chief executives in 2016, according to new research.
  • The average take home pay for the bosses of Britain’s top stock market-listed companies was £4.5m last year, according to the High Pay Centre’s annual survey of top executive pay. This compares to Office for National Statistics figures showing average annual earnings of £28,200 for full-time employees in the year to April 2016.
  • The report also shows that male FTSE 100 bosses earned 77% more on average than their female counterparts last year.
  • Although the sample size is small, with only six female FTSE 100 chief executives last year, details of the huge pay gap in British boardrooms will reignite the debate on female remuneration, after the BBC was criticised for revealing a third of its 96 top earners are women and the top seven are all men.
  • Male chief executives at FTSE 100 companies earned an average £4.7m last year compared with £2.6m on average for women, according to the High Pay Centre

CIPD | Findings from the CIPD and High Pay Centre review of FTSE 100 executive pay

Russia sanctions: Trump signs bill imposing new measures

  • Donald Trump has grudgingly approved a package of new sanctions on Russia that limits his own authority to reverse or relax them, signing the bill behind closed doors and voicing strong objections to the measures.
  • Trump took the unusual step of issuing two statements to accompany his signature, in which he said he had given his approval “for the sake of national unity” while calling the congressional bill “seriously flawed” and “clearly unconstitutional”.
  • In a sign that the president might seek to mitigate the impact of the bill in its implementation, he said would give “respectful consideration to the preferences” expressed by Congress in its provisions but would “implement them in a manner consistent with the President’s constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations”.
  • Trump had little choice but to sign the bill, which also includes expanded sanctions on Iran and North Korea. It was passed in the Senate by 98 votes to two and in the House of Representatives by 419 to three, so a presidential veto would have been easily overturned by a Congress that is wary of Trump’s ties to Moscow.
  • Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the sanctions were tantamount to a “full-scale trade war”.

RT | Sanctions benefit only the US: Germany, Austria call to scrap new anti-Russian measures

Montreal turns stadium into welcome centre for asylum seekers from US

  • A recent surge in asylum seekers arriving from the United States has prompted Canadian authorities to open a temporary welcome centre in one of Montreal’s best-known landmarks.
  • Since the start of the year, the numbers of asylum seekers entering Canada from the US has soared. More than 4,000 of them – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants – have entered Canada at remote, unguarded locations along the border.
  • By doing so, they aim to skirt a 2004 agreement between Canada and the US that forces most migrants to apply for asylum in the first country in which they arrive.
  • In recent months, the province of Quebec has become a major entry point. More than than 3,300 asylum seekers have crossed into the province from the US, sending authorities scrambling to set up additional welcome centres.
  • On Wednesday, the province began bussing asylum seekers – who including children and pregnant women – to the site of its latest welcome centre: Montreal’s Olympic stadium, a 56,000-seat arena normally used for sporting events, rock concerts and trade shows

Al Jazeera | Canada sees surge in border crossings as thousands seek asylum from US

Brazil’s president keeps job as congress votes against corruption charges

  • The credibility of Brazil’s congress has been left in rags after its lower house overwhelmingly voted not to approve corruption charges against the president, Michel Temer – even though 81% of his countrymen said in a recent poll that they should.
  • Temer was charged with corruption after a close aide was given $150,000 in cash – part of $12m in bribes prosecutors allege he and the aide were due to receive after intervening in a business deal.
  • Two-thirds of the lower house had to approve the charges before the supreme court could confirm the decision and suspend the president for up to 180 days for a corruption trial. But more than half of its deputies deputes voted for Temer, giving him a clear victory, as had been widely expected, and saving his beleaguered presidency – at least for now.
  • “I want to construct a better country for each Brazilian, pacified, just, without hate or rancor. Our inexorable destiny is to be a great nation,” Temer said in a victory address. “I thank the Chamber of Deputies.”
  • The decision came just over a year after many of the same deputies voted to suspend Temer’s predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, for breaking budget rules – charges that led to her eventual impeachment

Former Netanyahu chief of staff ‘in negotiations to become state witness’

  • Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff is reportedly in negotiations to become a state witness – which would make him the second prominent figure to do so – in a series of police investigations into the Israeli prime minister and his inner circle.
  • According to widespread reports in the Hebrew media, Ari Harow, for years one of Netanyahu’s closest political associates, is in talks with police to give evidence, allegedly in exchange for a lesser sentence over accusations of wrongdoing in the sale of his consulting company.
  • Last week Mickey Ganor, a businessman and key player in an allegedly corrupt deal to buy submarines from Germany, struck a deal with authorities to become a state witness.
  • Netanyahu has strenuously denied wrongdoing in relation to any of the cases, and is not a suspect in the submarine case. However, a series of high-profile investigations have in recent months inched ever nearer to his closest circles, touching on everything from allegations of corruption in arms purchases, to the prime minister’s attempts to control the Israeli media, and on gifts to him and his family from wealthy benefactors
  • David Shimron, Netanyahu’s lawyer and cousin, has also been questioned over the submarine deal. Shimron has denied any wrongdoing.
  • Three investigations into Netanyahu and his close circle – known as cases 1000, 2000 and 3000 – have gripped the Israeli public, prompting almost weekly revelations in domestic media and regular demonstrations outside the home of the country’s attorney general, who is accused of acting slowly in his handling of the cases


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NEWS BY NUMBERS: TOP TEN Trending Global Stories – 25th July, 2017

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Statistics: Imported articles: 187,036,413 | Identified events: 6,447,532 | News sources: 25,282 | Unique News Concepts: 1,523,052 | News Categories: 5,014

ISRAEL | Deadly shooting incident at Israeli embassy in Jordan

2562 articles in 7 languages | 5069

WALMART TRUCK | 8 dead, 30 injured found inside semi-trailer at Walmart

1238 articles in 8 languages | 42576


DONALD TRUMP | Jared Kushner wanted an “excuse” to get out of that Russia…

1061 articles in 8 languages | 3495


DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES | William and Harry’s agony over final phone call with Diana

655 articles in 7 languages | 8446


KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | Suicide car bomb hits western Kabul

633 articles in 8 languages | 343


MICROSOFT | Internet Mourns Death of MS Paint, Microsoft’s Original Photo-Editing App

530 articles in 9 languages | 5453


INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND | America First No More as IMF Sees U.S. Fading as Growth Engine

514 articles in 9 languages | 315


INDIA | Late collapse hands England WWC title

489 articles in 1 language | 8061


HIV | Malaysia among top 10 HIV-infected nations in Asia-Pacific region

  1. Premium Times | WHO warns of HIV drug resistance
  2. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) | WHO lists dangers of HIV drug resistance

471 articles in 5 languages | 1035


SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND | Manhunt after chainsaw attack in Switzerland

452 articles in 6 languages | 792


PHELPS | Michael Phelps Loses Race vs. Great White Shark on Shark Week

366 articles in 2 languages | 4346


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NEWS FROM THE RIGHT | The Mail | 25th July, 2017

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT | The Mail | Broadcasting House | 25 July 2017

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT | The Mail | Broadcasting House

Charlie Gard RIP | Fake News Begins in Childhood | At Least 70 Killed in Suicide Taliban Attack | Evidence Turmeric Really Does Kill Cancer Cells | Average Briton Commits 32 Crimes per Year | Post Brexit Food Standards | Toxic Leaseholds Next PPI? | Huge Increase in Household Debt | DVLA Sells 19,000 Car Details Per Day | Monster Manchester Murder Morgue | Stopping Statins Dangerous? | Facebook’s Bong-Smoking Breast Feeding Mum | Rise in Car Clamping | Police to get Acid Response Kits | Black Lives Matter – Stoke Newington | UK & US Girls Fattest in World | Lee Harvey Oswald Documents Released | O-Cup Boob Illness | IMF Slashes Growth Forecast for UK | EU Fines Google

Sleep tight our beautiful little boy: Charlie Gard’s parents reduce courtroom to tears with agonising decision to let their son die

  • Couple have now decided to let their little boy ‘slip away’ at Great Ormond Street
  • Mother Connie Yates said: ‘Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie’
  • Couple said doctors are guilty of leaving him ‘for months without any treatment’
  • Members of Charlie’s army of supporters sobbed and screamed as news broke
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital praised the parents’ ‘brave’ decision to end his life

Were YOU fooled? The top lies children were told by their parents – including how crusts would make hair grow and that a buttercup could determine if you like butter

  • A set of images shows the lengths parents will go to to trick children
  • Includes the lie that their hair will grow curly if they eat their crusts
  • Other lies include Beanie Babies being worth a fortune
  • Ice Cream Van Music Means they have run out of Ice Cream

At least 70 are killed in Afghanistan as Taliban launch suicide car bomb attack in Kabul and slaughter patients inside a burning hospital

  • The early morning car bomb blast targeted bus carrying Afghanistan officials
  • At least 35 were killed and 40 injured as blast also ripped through nearby shops
  • Taliban has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in the Afghan capital

How curry spice helped a dying woman beat cancer: Sufferer, 67, turned to kitchen cupboard staple turmeric after five years of failed treatment

  • Dieneke Ferguson was diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and underwent three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants
  • She tried Curcumin, a component of turmeric, and five years on, her cancer cell count is negligible, with her recovery featuring in the British Medical Journal
  • Curcumin has been linked to a host of benefits, including for heart disease

Consider yourself a law-abiding citizen? How the average Briton commits THIRTY TWO crimes a year!

  • Vacuuming the house during anti-social hours can lead to a run in with the law
  • Others face prosecution for hooting their horns at other motorists while stopped
  • Letter writers could face treason charges for sticking a stamp upside down
  • Many Britons admitted to researchers buying alcohol while under the age of 18

Should we be worried about importing chlorine-washed chickens from the US after Brexit? Trade minister dismisses Remain campaigners’ health concerns

  • Liam Fox has dismissed concerns that US chicken is unsafe to import post-Brexit
  • Washing poultry in chlorine may lead to salmonella and lower food standards
  • The practice is not banned in the US, causing fear over a US-UK free trade deal
  • The Trade Minister said chickens were a mere ‘detail’ and there are bigger issues

No more toxic leaseholds on new-build homes: Ministers to ban ‘feudal’ tactics after Mail campaign

  • Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will unveil plans to ban new build lease holds
  • The practice sees some new homeowners paying rapidly increasing ground rent
  • Some homes hit by ground rents are part of the Government Help to Buy scheme
  • In some cases, the ground rents on some of the new homes double each year

Debt-ridden households ‘risk a new credit crisis’: Bank of England’s dire warning over mortgage lending, credit cards and car finance deals

  • Increasing debt poses a risk to the entire economy, warns the Bank of England
  • Low interest rates and riskier mortgages have encouraged borrowing binges
  • Car loans, credit card balances and personal loans had increased by 10 per cent
  • Incomes had risen by just 1.5 per cent and debts are hanging around for longer
  • Similar levels of borrowing complacency were at the root of the last recession

DVLA sells 19,000 vehicle details a day to parking giants chasing unpaid fines as MPs issue warning over ‘bully boy’ firms

  • Information is being sold for around £2.50 a vehicle, making £1.5m per month
  • This is then being used by parking companies to chase fines of up to £100
  • MPs are calling for a crackdown as trade in information reaches record levels

The monster morgue: Bodies of Ian Brady and Manchester bomber Salman Abedi still lie in the same mortuary as undertakers refuse to touch them

  • Cemeteries and crematoriums also want nothing to do with the two murderers
  • Location of morgue, outside Greater Manchester, hidden due to fear of attacks
  • Muslim leaders across the north east have refused to bless the body of Abedi
  • He slaughtered 22 in suicide bomb attack at Ariana Grande concert on May 22
  • Brady died of a lung condition in a high-security hospital aged 79 in December

How patients who stop taking statins because of the side-effects including sleep problems are ‘risking their lives’

  • Around 6million Britons take statins every day to reduce risk of heart disease
  • But up to three-quarters abandon taking them due to a number of side effects
  • Research shows that those who discontinue cold face a much earlier death

Facebook erupts in fury after mother shares a shocking photo of herself smoking from a BONG – while breastfeeding her new-born baby

  • Kayla Marlowe, a young mother from Portland, Oregon, shared the picture on a marijuana parenting group
  • She is seen about to inhale from the bong while her baby feeds from her breast
  • Several commenters said they did similar things, though many criticized her
  • Second hand smoke can be damaging to a person’s health
  • Whatever a mother ingests or inhales – including THC from marijuana – makes its way into her breast milk

Number of motorists being clamped for not paying their road tax has doubled since the disc was abolished

  • The number has more than doubled since 2013/14, shooting up 166 per cent
  • Critics say that scrapping the disc has led to people forgetting they need to pay
  • It is estimated as many as 160,000 drivers are now being prosecuted each year

Police are to get emergency acid response kits to combat the ‘epidemic’ of chemical attacks spreading across Britain

  • Britain’s largest police force are to roll out new measures as part of a targeted operation which includes distributing 1,000 acid relief kits to London’s police
  • And West Midlands Police said that they are issuing guidelines for dealing with corrosive liquids used as a weapon after a man shouted ‘I’ve got acid’ before he squirted what is thought to be cleaning fluid in the face of a drinker by a pub
  • Plastic surgeon Professor Peter Dziewulski has described it as an ‘epidemic’ and said that he has seen an ‘explosion’ of cases involving corrosive substances

Fires are started outside east London police station during protest by demonstrators carrying Black Lives Matter placards over the death of a young father who was restrained by an officer

  • CCTV shows father Rashan Charles, 20, appearing to put an item in his mouth
  • Police then chased him into a Hackney shop and they wrestled during his arrest
  • Officer and bystander try to restrain man before he appears to stop breathing
  • Independent Police Complaint’s Commission is now investigating the incident
  • A vigil was held in his memory outside Stoke Newington police station today

British and American girls are the fattest in the world: More than half of young females carry dangerous stomach fat in the UK and US, study warns

  • A study analyzed rates of people who are ‘overfat’ – i.e. they have dangerous excess weight – in 30 countries
  • US schoolgirls have the highest rate of dangerous excess body fat, followed by the UK, the study found
  • The study raises fresh concerns about female weight gain at an early age, particularly around the stomach
  • Overall, they found 87% of men and 75% of women are ‘overfat’ in developed countries

Recordings and transcripts from a Soviet defector about Lee Harvey Oswald’s ‘KGB file’ among hundreds of files released by the National Archives related to JFK assassination

  • More than 3,800 records were published by the National Archives on Monday
  • Included in the list are 441 never-before-seen documents related to JFK’s death
  • There are transcripts and recordings of interviews with former spy Yuri Nosenko
  • Nosenko was an agent who defected in 1964, and said he ran Oswald’s KGB file

Money CAN buy you happiness, as long as you spend it on time-saving luxuries: Forget trying to ‘do it all’ and spend cash on a cleaner or cook as it will give you greater life satisfaction

  • Experts found paying to delegate household chores has psychological benefits
  • It reduces time management stresses and leads to increased life satisfaction
  • This applies to people across a wide range of incomes not just to the rich
  • But people across the economic spectrum are reluctant to splash out on help

Millions of British motorists could be owed compensation for ‘price-fixing among German car giants’

  • Antitrust regulators are investigating a possible German auto industry cartel VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW may be guilty of anti-competitive behaviour
  • Millions of British owners of German vehicles may be entitled to compensation
  • The car industry has been hit with billion-euro fines in recent years for cartels

Porn star with ‘illegal’ O-cup breasts that wouldn’t stop GROWING finally seeks help after contracting potentially lethal infection

  • Elizabeth Starr had the now-illegal 4000cc ‘string’ implants inserted in 1999
  • LA mother-of-two’s breasts have continued to grow, absorbing the body’s fluids
  • However, a dangerous ‘staph’ infection has seen one of her breast’s leaking
  • Reality show Botched!’s surgeons advised the adult film start to remove them
  • …but Starr says she doesn’t want to lose the figure that has made her career

IMF slashes growth forecast for ‘tepid’ UK and warns a bad Brexit deal would damage the economy

  • Washington-based agency said it remained optimistic of a good Brexit deal
  • But it slashed growth forecasts after high inflation bit and slowed the economy
  • Britain’s economy grew by just 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year

Google parent Alphabet reveals dramatic drop in quarterly profit to $3.5bn thanks to $2.74bn antitrust fine from European Commission

  • Earnings for the quarter fell 28 percent from the same period last year
  • Profit would have tallied nearly $6.3 billion if is weren’t for giant fine
  • Revenue was up 21 percent from the same quarter last year.


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Big Rise in Personal Debt | Jared Kushner’s Incompetent | Ofcom to Increase BBC Diversity | Al-Aqsa Metal Detectors Removed | 166% Increase in Car Clampings | Macron’s Honeymoon Period Over | South Sudanese Rape Epidemic | Unsafe Paris Water | Lunar Liquidity | Turkey’s Freedom of Press Restrictions | Trump allowed to Collect Voter Data | Canadian Polygamy

Bank of England warns of complacency over big rise in personal debt

  • The Bank of England has told banks, credit card companies and car loan providers that they risk fresh action against reckless lending as it warned of a looming “spiral of complacency” about mounting consumer debt.
  • In its toughest warning yet about the possibility of a rerun of the financial crisis that devastated the economy 10 years ago, Threadneedle Street admitted it was alarmed about the increase in the amount of money being borrowed on easy terms over the past year.
  • “Household debt – like most things that are good in moderation – can be dangerous in excess”, Alex Brazier, the Bank director for financial stability, said in a speech in Liverpool. “Dangerous to borrowers, lenders and, most importantly from our perspective, everyone else in the economy.”
  • Brazier’s said there were “classic signs” of lenders thinking the risks were lower following a prolonged period of good economic performance and low losses on loans.

Jared Kushner’s explanations on Russia reveal a man wholly unsuited to his job

  • Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been drawn into the billowing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, told congressional investigators on Monday that he hoped his appearance before them would clear his name and “put these matters to rest”.
  • But in his presentation to members of the Senate intelligence committee, the 36-year-old husband of Ivanka Trump might have dug himself deeper into a hole by leaning so heavily on personal ignorance as the core of his defense. By doing so he raised a slew of new questions about how the US president could have entrusted someone with such little foreign policy ballast with a powerful international portfolio.
  • In an 11-page statement released before his closed-door Senate appearance, Kushner essentially argued that he could not have been involved in underhand relations with the Russian government because he was so poorly versed in Russian affairs. Over the 3,700 words of the statement, he mentions that he could not remember the name of the Russian ambassador to Washington not once, but three times

Pressure on Ofcom grows to force BBC to increase diversity

  • Ofcom, the media regulator, is facing new pressure to use its powers to force the BBC to increase the diversity of its workforce after the corporation published the pay of its top stars last week.
  • Submissions to Ofcom, part of a consultation into how it will regulate the BBC, call on the body to introduce diversity targets for the number of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff working behind the scenes.
  • The diversity of the BBC is being heavily scrutinised after the corporation published a list of its top earners that revealed a huge gender pay gap and that the 10 highest-paid BAME stars collectively received around the same as Chris Evans last year.
  • Before the publication of the list Sir Lenny Henry, the comedian, criticised Ofcom and the BBC for not doing enough to tackle diversity. The BBC says about 14% of its staff are from a BAME background, but Henry claimed the number of BAME people responsible for making programmes is “probably closer to 1.5%”, adding: “This is the dirty secret of what our industry really looks like behind the camera.”

Israel: metal detectors to be removed from holy site in Jerusalem

  • Israel has announced it will remove controversial metal detectors from entrances to the sensitive compound that houses the al-Aqsa mosque.
  • The late-night announcement by the office of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is designed to end the crisis over the holy site. Days of violent confrontations have claimed seven lives.
  • The removal of the detectors appeared to be part of a deal that saw the repatriation of Israeli diplomats from Jordan, including an embassy security guard who had been involved in a fatal shooting of two Jordanians on Sunday night.
  • The brief statement said the Israeli security cabinet – which met on Monday evening – had “accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (‘smart checks’) and other measures instead of metal detectors in order to ensure the security of visitors and worshippers in the Old City and on the Temple Mount”.

Surge in vehicles being clamped since tax disc abolition, data shows

  • The number of drivers whose vehicles have been clamped for failing to pay vehicle excise duty (VED) has more than doubled since tax discs were abolished, figures have shown.
  • The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said there had been a 166% increase in wheel-clamping operations in the three years to April.
  • It means as many as 160,000 vehicles were clamped for non-payment last year, with many being towed away.
  • The percentage increase was included in a DVLA report which was published last week. The DVLA said it could not find the exact figures and instead suggested the Guardian submit a freedom of information request.
  • However, previously released figures show that about 60,000 cars were being clamped by agencies employed by the DVLA before the tax discs were abolished in October 2014.
  • The annual report also showed that in the three years to April there had been a 168% increase in out of court settlements for unpaid vehicle tax; a 155% increase in the number of penalties issued; and a 159% increase in prosecutions. Motorists have been charged up to £800 each for not paying their vehicle tax on time.

Housing benefit cuts spark row as Emmanuel Macron’s poll ratings fall

  • The French president Emmanuel Macron has come under fire for cuts to housing benefits, just as his popularity has dropped in polls.
  • A row erupted on Monday after the government announced it was going to cut a particular type of housing benefit by five euros a month in a move affecting millions of French people – including many living below the poverty line.
  • Louis Gallois, head of a federation of organisations working on poverty, slammed the measure for “hitting the poorest people foremost”.
  • More than 800,000 of those affected were students, causing students’ unions to demand the government “instantly withdraw” the plans. Disgruntlement among students is a thorny issue because the government is seeking to avoid students joining potential protests against Macron’s proposed changes to labour laws this autumn.
  • The government spokesman Christophe Castaner said the measure was justified because France needed to rein in its public spending and bring down its deficit. The government said the housing benefit cuts had been decided under the previous Socialist president, François Hollande, which Socialist ministers angrily denied

Foreign governments must ‘pressure South Sudan to end epidemic of rape’

  • Donor countries should be pressuring the government of South Sudan to end the sexual violence being carried out on a mass scale and with impunity in the country, say campaigners
  • Karen Naimer, a director at advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights, said countries that give aid must hold the recipient government’s “feet to the fire”by speaking publicly about atrocities and insisting they do the same.
  • A report published on Monday by Amnesty International found sexual violence in the world’s newest country was rampant, and catalogued a litany of rape, sexual slavery, torture and castration perpetrated by South Sudan’s government and the opposition.
  • The documented cases represented premeditated sexual violence on a massive scale, said Amnesty’s Muthoni Wanyeki.
  • Thousands of people across the country have been raped since conflict broke out in December 2013, according to the report. The scale and brutality of sexual violence in the country echoes the situation in its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an epidemic of rape began in 1998.

New swimming spot on Paris canal closed due to pollution

  • A new public bathing area on a Paris canal that has been helping residents keep cool during the summer has been temporarily closed due to pollution just a week after opening.
  • The city of Paris tweeted that three floating pools on the Canal de l’Ourcq were closed because the water quality was “unsatisfactory”.
  • The cause of the pollution was not clear. Authorities said the site would remain closed until the situation returned to normal.
  • French radio said heavy rainfall over the weekend had led to higher than normal levels of enterococci, a bacteria found in faecal matter.

Poland’s president to veto controversial laws amid protests

  • Poland’s president appears to have bowed to the pressure of nationwide protests by announcing he will veto controversial judicial reforms that would wipe out the supreme court’s independence and allow the justice ministry to appoint judges.
  • Andrzej Duda’s surprise announcement was interpreted as a rare reprimand of the ruling Law and Justice party, (PiS) with whom he normally has a close relationship.
  • Commentators were shocked at the move, interpreting it as a major setback for PiS, which has made a big issue out of controlling Poland’s independent institutions, particularly the judiciary, since it came into power in 2015, and hailing it as a victory for demonstrators.
  • Duda, in a televised address, said: “These laws must be amended.” He said his rejection of the proposed bills would be criticised “probably by both sides of the political scene”, but that they “would not strengthen the sense of justice in society”.

Moon wetter than previously thought, raising new manned mission possibilities

  • The inside of the moon is wetter than previously thought, research suggests, opening up fresh possibilities for manned missions to the lunar landscape.
  • While the moon was once thought to be bone-dry, in recent years water has been found trapped in lunar volcanic glasses – material formed from magma ejected from the moon’s interior.
  • But it has remained a topic of debate just how wet the lunar innards are, with some arguing that the water content of lunar samples may not be representative of the majority of the moon’s mantle – the layer beneath the crust.
  • Now researchers say a new analysis of satellite data has unpicked the puzzle, revealing “hotspots” of trapped water right across the moon’s surface in deposits from ancient eruptions.
  • “The lunar mantle is wetter than our previous thoughts [suggested],” said Shuai Li, co-author of the study from Brown University.
  • The finding, he adds, has important ramifications, not least for our understanding of how the moon formed – an event that occurred when a Mars-sized body collided with the Earth 4.5bn years ago – but also our understanding of the internal structure of the moon, and the mystery of its once-strong magnetic field.

Turkish journalist defends press freedom as grand trial begins

  • A top Turkish correspondent delivered a powerful defence of press freedom as he took the stand in the largest trial of journalists in the country, saying he was being punished for doing his job and criticising Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism.
  • Kadri Gürsel, one of 17 journalists, lawyers and executives from Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest newspaper, who are standing trial on charges of aiding and abetting terrorist organisations, urged the presiding judge to drop the charges, saying the fact that he was standing trial on flimsy accusations was proof that his warnings of creeping authoritarianism were prescient.
  • “I am here because I am an independent, questioning and critical journalist, not because I knowingly and willingly helped a terrorist organisation,” he said. “Because I have not compromised in my journalism and I am persistent until the end. All these accusations directed to me are devoid of wisdom and reason, and are beyond the scope of any law or conscience,” he added.
  • Turkey has become one of the world’s largest jailers of journalists, with 178 behind bars. Since a traumatic coup attempt last July, 173 media outlets have been shut down and 800 journalists have had their passports and press credentials confiscated, according to opposition statistics.

Trump commission can resume collecting voter data, federal judge rules

A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states.

The commission asked states last month to provide publicly available data including registered voters’ names, birth dates and partial social security numbers, but it later told them to hold off until a judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) in Washington.

The US district court judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, in the District of Columbia, denied the advocacy group’s request to block the data collection in a ruling that the commission’s vice-chairman, Kris Kobach, called “a major victory for government accountability, transparency and the public’s right to know about the integrity of our elections processes”.

“The commission requested this publicly available data as part of its fact-gathering process, which is information that states regularly release to political candidates, political parties and the general public,” said Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas. “We look forward to continuing to work with state election leaders to gather information and identify opportunities to improve election integrity.”

Former leaders of religious sect found guilty of practicing polygamy in Canada

  • A Canadian court has found two former leaders of a breakaway religious sect guilty of practicing polygamy, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, after a decades-long attempt to arraign members of the group.
  • Winston Blackmore and James Oler, former bishops of the breakaway Mormon community of Bountiful in south-eastern British Columbia, were found guilty by a British Columbia supreme court judge of one count of polygamy each.
  • Blackmore, 61, was accused of practicing “a form of polygamy” or “a kind of conjugal union” with 24 women between 1990 and 2014, according to court documents. Media have reported that he fathered at least 146 children.
  • Oler, 53, faced the same charge involving five women between 1993 and 2009. It is not known how many children Oler has fathered.
  • Under Canada’s century-old anti-polygamy law, the British Columbia government had been weighing prosecution since the early 1990s against members of the isolated community of 1,500 residents.


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 NEWS BY Numbers – Lewis Hamilton wins Grand Prix | Venezuela Rejects Constitutional re-write | Jodie Whittaker becomes new Doctor Who | Lowest Approval Yet for Trump

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix for fifth time to cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead to one point – Daily Record

  • Lewis Hamilton slashed the deficit to Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship after a crushing performance at Silverstone to win the British Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time.
  • Hamilton led every lap to the delight of his home crowd as he moved to within just one point of Vettel in the title race after the Ferrari driver suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap to finish in seventh.
  • His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was poised to finish second but he also suffered a puncture in the closing moments to promote Valtteri Bottas one spot as Mercedes completed a remarkable one-two finish.
  • Bottas started ninth but stormed back through the field, including a pass on Vettel with eight laps remaining to the delight of the partisan crowd

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Venezuela: 7.1 million vote in opposition referendum

  • The opposition says that vote has been structured to pack the constitutional assembly with government supporters and allow Nicolas Maduro to eliminate the few remaining checks on his power, creating a Cuba-style system dominated by his socialist party.
  • For longtime fans of Doctor Who such as myself, regeneration comes as a bittersweet staple of the series, as one lead actor playing the heroic time-traveling alien hands off the role to another.
  • The whole concept of regeneration originated when the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell, was unable to continue in the role due to health reasons. Fifty years later, more than a dozen actors have taken on the job.
  • Well, as it turned out, new showrunner/head writer Chris Chibnall is not going either traditional or safe with his casting of the Thirteenth Doctor.
  • The BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker will take up the mantle of the Doctor, the first woman in the role (not counting the 1999 Comic Relief special with Joanna Lumley
By a rough estimation, 2016 featured at least a dozen films about zombies, the living dead, the walking dead and the generally undead. Few of them are likely very good – although the title Zoombies raises intriguing possibilities – and most never saw the inside of an actual theatre, preferring to litter the crusty bottom of your streaming queue. But the hunger for Z-grade zombie flicks combined with the juggernaut of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the white walker-centric Game of Thrones and the development of everything from Zombieland 2 to World War Z 2 proves that the undead are undeniably big business. You can thank, or curse, George A. Romero for that!
  • Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s Ed Wood, has died. He was 89.
  • Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.
  • Mission: Impossible, which also starred Landau’s wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show’s third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred in the British-made sci-fi series Space: 1999 from 1975 to 1977
  • President Donald Trump’s standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in U.S. leadership abroad, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
  • Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.
  • Almost half of all Americans (48 percent) see the country’s leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated, compared with 27 percent who say it is stronger. Despite the fact that Trump campaigned as someone skilled at making deals that would be good for the country, majorities also say they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders and in particular Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Just over one-third of all Americans say they trust the president either “a great deal” or “a good amount” in any such foreign negotiations. Asked specifically about Trump-Putin negotiations, almost 2 in 3 say they do not trust the president much, including 48 percent who say they do not trust the president “at all.”
  • UK Brexit chief David Davis launches a first round of negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union today (17 July) when he meets the EU’s Michel Barnier for four days of talks between their teams in Brussels.
  • A month after a first meeting where the two exchanged gifts inspired by a shared passion for hill-walking and spoke of the mountain of complexity they must climb, the Frenchman will press Davis to agree to Britain covering substantial British financial commitments and offer more detail on other British proposals.
  • With little more than a year to settle divorce terms before Britain leaves, the other 27 EU national leaders want British Prime Minister Theresa May to rally her divided nation swiftly behind a clear, detailed plan that can minimise economic and social disruption across Europe as its second biggest economy cuts loose from the continent
  • French President Emmanuel Macron has called for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to create two independent states.
  • After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Macron said that “everything should be done so that negotiations restart” with the aim of reaching a two-state solution, as the international community has long sought.
  • Macron also condemned an attack last week that killed two Israeli police officers at a Jerusalem shrine revered by Jews and Muslims.
  • Macron’s office said he is concerned about Israel’s security but also about growing Jewish settlement building, and worried that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution.
  • The two leaders also discussed fighting extremism in Syria and elsewhere, and improving economic cooperation
  • TEHRAN, Iran >> Iran’s judiciary said Sunday that the brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained and an American citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for “infiltrating” the country.
  • The identity of the U.S. citizen was not immediately clear and did not directly match the background of anyone known to be held in the Islamic Republic.
  • Judiciary spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi announced both developments during a regular press briefing with local journalists.
  • He said Rouhani’s brother, Hossein Fereidoun, was taken into custody over allegations of financial impropriety and is eligible for bail, but has not paid it yet.
  • Fereidoun is a close confidante of the moderate president, a cleric who changed his surname to Rouhani, meaning “spiritual,” after joining the seminary decades ago.
  • Fereidoun was part of the negotiating team that ultimately sealed Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, winning the country relief from international sanctions in exchange for limits on its atomic energy program.
  • The deal was unpopular with Iranian hard-liners, whose influence runs deep within the judiciary. They saw the nuclear deal as giving too much away in exchange for too little
  • LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) — If Chris Froome rides into Paris next Sunday with the Tour de France’s famed yellow jersey still on his shoulders, it will be impossible to argue that he didn’t earn the win.
  • In another day of drama Sunday in a 104th Tour full of twists, Froome broke a back-wheel spoke at the worst possible time on Stage 15 — just as his top rivals were picking up speed in front of him going into yet another punishing climb.
  • By the time Froome had stopped, taken a wheel off his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and got going again, they were long gone, already about one minute down the road.
  • Froome had two choices: pour all his energy into catching them or lose his overall race lead and its yellow jersey that has already changed hands three times since the Tour started in Germany on July 1.
  • “Panic stations,” he said. “I really thought that that could be the yellow jersey changing shoulders again.”
  • Like a hound chasing prey, Froome hared off after Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran — the three riders all within 30 seconds of Froome in the overall standings of the Tour that, after a ho-hum beginning, has become thrillingly close.
  • Tonto National Forest — Nine people died and a 13-year-old boy was missing on Sunday after their group of family and friends was swept away while cooling off in a creek that suddenly turned treacherous when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.
  • Gila County Sheriff’s Detective David Hornung told The Associated Press that the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met up for a daytrip along the popular Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson in central Arizona and were playing in the water on Saturday afternoon when muddy flood waters came roaring down the canyon.
  • The group, ranging in age from two to 60, had set out chairs to lounge on a warm summer day when miles upstream an intense thunderstorm dumped heavy rainfall on the mountain
  • New Delhi: A 67-year-old woman from UK stunned doctors after they found 27 contact lenses stuck in her one eye while preparing her for a cataract surgery.
  • The lenses, which resembled a “blueish mass” in the patient’s eye, were causing her discomfort that she simply attributed to dry eye and old age.
  • “None of us have ever seen this before. It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient did not notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there,” Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist who dealt with the case at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham, said.
  • Initially, eye specialists discovered 17 lenses, before a further examination disclosed that another 10 lenses were stuck in the eye
  • Netflix Inc crushed Wall Street forecasts by adding 5.2 million new streaming customers in the second quarter and predicted continued momentum as it expands around the world, lifting its stock nearly 11 percent on Monday.
  • Shares of the company that pioneered streaming television jumped to $179.16 in after-hours trading, beating their all-time intraday high of $166.87 on June 8.
  • Netflix expects foreign growth to lead to its first full-year profit for overseas markets in 2017, the company said in a letter to shareholders.
  • At the end of June, Netflix for the first time recorded more subscribers abroad than in the United States – 52.03 million vs. 51.92 million.
  • The company said a strong slate of content, such as “13 Reasons Why” and the latest season of hit political drama “House of Cards,” helped attract new customers in the second quarter, which is typically its slowest season of the year.
  • Netflix added 4.14 million non-U.S. subscribers, compared with the average analyst estimate of 2.59 million, according to data from analytics firm FactSet.
  • WASHINGTON — The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was fatally wounded Monday night in the Senate when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the legislation backed by President Donald Trump.
  • The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left the Republican Party’s long-promised efforts to get rid of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation reeling. Next steps, if any, were not immediately clear.
  • Trump, who had predicted success for the legislation just hours earlier, responded with a tweet urging: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” But Republican leaders rejected that “clean” repeal approach months ago because it could not pass Congress.
  • UAE Hacked Qatari Government Sites, Sparking Regional Upheaval, According To US Intelligence Officials
  • The hacks and posting took place on May 24, shortly after President Donald Trump completed a lengthy counter-terrorism meeting with Persian Gulf leaders
  • The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
  • Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas
  • Eight people were killed during Senegal’s football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister told AFP, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede.
  • Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.
  • He vowed “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal,” speaking to AFP by phone.
  • A mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances remained at the scene late Saturday.
  • An AFP journalist who attended the match described a stadium full to bursting with people for the long-awaited clash between local teams US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour

China: Winnie the Pooh gets banned from Chinese social media for looking…

  • Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China’s censors? Some mentions of the lovable but dimwitted bear with a weakness for “hunny” have been blocked on Chinese social networks.
  • Authorities did not explain the clampdown, but the self-described “bear of very little brain” has been used in the past in a meme comparing him to portly Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Posts bearing the image and the Chinese characters for Winnie the Pooh were still permitted on the Twitter-like Weibo platform Monday.
  • But comments referencing “Little Bear Winnie” — Pooh’s Chinese name — turned up error messages saying the user could not proceed because “this content is illegal.”
  • Winnie the Pooh stickers have also been removed from WeChat’s official “sticker gallery,” but user-generated gifs of the bear are still available on the popular messaging app.
  • Comparisons between Xi and Pooh first emerged in 2013, after Chinese social media users began circulating a pair of pictures that placed an image of Pooh and his slender tiger friend “Tigger” beside a photograph of Xi walking with then-US President Barack Obama
  • The main website returned to working order during the final half of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season seven East Coast premiere.
    HBO’s website was no match for the White Walkers on Sunday night.
  • The cable network’s main website,, was down during the seventh-season premiere of Game of Thrones. People who attempted to go to the website were met with an error message saying there was a problem loading the page. But the website returned to working order during the final half of the episode’s East Coast premiere.
  • HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top video streaming service, also wasn’t loading for some viewers during the first half of the episode, which becomes available for all viewers at the same time regardless of the time zone. Some viewers who logged into the service were met with a loading bar and could not access the new episode; others complained about slow buffering.
  • Some fans trying to watch the premiere took to Twitter to express their displeasure, some tweeting pictures of their television screens and complaining about their inability to watch the show. Others tweeted that they were able to view the episode on Now, indicating that the problem wasn’t affecting all users.
  • A spokeswoman for HBO told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Go was experiencing outages in Latin America on Sunday and that the team in the region was working to resolve the problems. But she added that HBO hadn’t seen any widespread outages on HBO Go or HBO Now in the United States

HORSE MEAT: Europe-wide police operation busts horsemeat racket

  • BRUSSELS (AP) – Authorities have arrested at least 66 people in a European food scam which sold horse meat unfit for human consumption.
  • European Union police coordinating organization Europol announced Sunday that eight nations cooperated in the operation. In Spain, 65 people face a series of charges relating to public health, money laundering and animal abuse.
  • The operation took several months and the chief suspect, a Dutch businessman, was arrested in Belgium in April.
  • Spain’s Civil Guard said that the criminal ring acquired horses in Spain and Portugal that were “in poor shape, old, or had been designated ‘not apt for consumption.'” After falsifying paperwork and substituting microchips used to identify the horses, the animals were slaughtered and the meat shipped to Belgium.
  • The Civil Guard said that the profits from the illegal meat could reach 20 million euros ($23 million) a year.
  • The case was linked to a 2013 scandal when Irish authorities detected beef burgers containing horse meat.
  • Authorities in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Britain and Spain cooperated in the operation
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The Rise of Acid Attacks in the UK: VICE Reports

Vice Reporter Zing Tsjeng questions why there has been such a steep rise in ‘acid attacks’ in London. Please note this video contains some graphic footage

Since 2010 there have been 1,800 reported acid attacks in the London, with a steep 70% rise between 2015 to 2016. As the number of victims grows, data suggests Britain has the worst record in the developed world for assaults with household acids like bleach and drain cleaner. Only a quarter of recorded attacks have lead to charges being brought, for fear of a repeated attack or a lack of trail for police to pinpoint attackers. From gang disputes to moped thieves, why has acid become the go-to weapon for young criminals in the UK?

VICE host Zing Tsjeng speaks to victims, police and perpetrators to investigate why acid has become the go-to weapon for young criminals in London

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Big Tobacco Gains Massive Influence Under Trump, & Plans to Expand in Africa

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From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa

From Vice President Mike Pence to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a new Guardian report exposes how Tobacco companies have gained unprecedented influence in Washington since the Trump administration came to power. Politicians with deep ties to the tobacco industry now head the U.S. Health Department, the top attorney’s office and the Senate, even as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death. The series also looks at how U.S. and British tobacco giants are trying to expand their global market, especially across Africa. Jessica Glenza, health journalist for The Guardian, is interviewed by the team at Democracy Now and claims that Mike Pence has actually been arguing that smoking is not harmful

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NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – 2017-07-12

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – 2017-07-12

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – July 12, 2017

Scale of hard-left bullying revealed: Commons report lays bare the ‘hate campaign’ launched against some Tory MPs during the election

  • Cross-party report into the general election laid bare extent of abuse of Tory MPs
  • One MP suffered an anti-semitic attack while another had their car tyres slashed
  • Racist graffiti about another Tory candidate was daubed inside of a polling booth
  • Inquiry said political parties were failing to do enough to help protect candidates

Fury as middle class-families are told they should not pay builders, cleaners or babysitters in cash

  • Report said those paying cash-in-hand to get a discount were not ‘good citizens’
  • Called on ministers to move towards a ‘cashless’ UK to encourage ‘right choices’
  • Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has called for cash-in-hand payments to be phased out
  • But Theresa May, who commissioned report, has distanced herself from debate

So who is Johanna Konta? The British tennis golden girl making Wimbledon history is known as frosty and rude but always bakes for her rivals and STILL doesn’t know the national anthem!

  • Johanna Konta is the first British woman to reach Wimbledon semi since 1978
  • Her coach says secret weapon is learning tactics to recite them before games
  • ‘That’s how it is. I don’t know why. I’m a competitive person, I guess,’ Konta said

Captured jihadis are paraded for the cameras in Mosul as US commander warns Iraq must stop ISIS 2.0 emerging from the ashes

  • Iraqi forces are still trying to flush out fighters from Old City a day after liberation
  • Airstrikes pounded sites where ISIS traps or fighters are thought to be hidden
  • Half-naked jihadis were marched through the streets after being captured
  • Meanwhile top US commander warned that ‘ISIS 2.0’ is a possibility

China teleports photon to SPACE in breakthrough that paves the way for ultra secure ‘quantum internet’

  • Scientists in China used ‘quantum satellite’ to send entangled photons 1,400 km
  • They did it for 6 distinct states, showing that ‘quantum teleportation is universal’
  • Micius satellite produces entangled photon pairs which form an encryption key
  • Photons theoretically stay linked over great distance, making them ultra-secure

Sir Vince Cable sneers at Leave voters by claiming many Brexiteers are old nostalgic people who have irrational fears about immigration

  • Likely next leader of the Liberal Democrats made inflammatory claims at a lunch
  • Cable has predicted Brexit might never happen as fears about the deal grow
  • And he claimed a second referendum would be called to cancel Brexit
  • Conservative MP Philip Davis slammed Mr Cable for his ‘patronising’ comments

‘In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently’: Donald Trump Jr tells Hannity he met Russian lawyer because it was ‘opposition research’ as he insists his father knew nothing about it

  • Trump Jr discussed meeting with the Moscow lawyer on Fox News on Tuesday
  • The president’s son admitted, ‘In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently’ when he was quizzed about meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya
  • Don Jr’s interview came after an explosive email chain revealed the terms on which Donald Trump Jr met with a Russian lawyer about dirt on Hillary Clinton
  • The email from British PR executive Robert Goldstone to the president’s son explicitly mentions Russian ‘government’ support for his father’s campaign
  • Just days later, Don Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met Veselnitskaya
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller is now planning to review Trump Jr’s emails

Splitting sexes at break time ‘is apartheid’: Ofsted chief inspector brands a Muslim school’s gender segregation policy unlawful and says it leaves girls ‘unprepared for life in modern Britain’

  • Amanda Spielman is challenging High Court ruling in favour of Al-Hijrah School
  • It cleared school of operating unlawful policy of segregating sexes from year five
  • Protesters today carried banners with ‘gender segregation is gender apartheid’
  • Landmark battle at Court of Appeal will rule over Birmingham school’s policy

German discounter Aldi announces huge expansion in Britain by creating 4,000 new jobs and opening 1,000 more stores by 2022

  • Aldi announce plans to create 4,000 new jobs in UK in huge recruitment drive
  • Retailer has 700 stores in Britain and is on course to open 1,000 shops by 2022
  • Grocer said jobs would be as store managers and assistants to meet demand

Google confirms ‘panic button’ has been added to Android to try and stop malware attacks

  • The feature was introduced to Android’s 7.1 Nougat operating system
  • It’s designed to stop malicious applications from taking over a user’s screen
  • If an app tries to stop the user from exiting it, pressing the ‘back’ button four times in a row will allow the user to escape it and return to their home screen

Dutch researchers reveal radical plans for mile-wide ‘floating islands’ to combat rising sea levels

  • Huge island will be made up of 87 floating triangles of different sizes
  • The flexible island could be made of concrete or steel
  • Researchers have tested a large model of the system in a water tank


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NEWS FROM THE LEFT: The Guardian – July 12, 2017

NEWS FROM THE LEFT: The Guardian – July 12, 2017

NEWS FROM THE LEFT: The Guardian – July 12, 2017

Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry’s dirty war for the African market

  • British American Tobacco (BAT) and other multinational tobacco firms have threatened governments in at least eight countries in Africa demanding they axe or dilute the kind of protections that have saved millions of lives in the west, a Guardian investigation has found.
  • BAT, one of the world’s leading cigarette manufacturers, is fighting through the courts to try to block the Kenyan and Ugandan governments’ attempts to bring in regulations to limit the harm caused by smoking. The giant tobacco firms hope to boost their markets in Africa, which has a fast-growing young and increasingly prosperous population.
  • In one undisclosed court document in Kenya, seen by the Guardian, BAT’s lawyers demand the country’s high court “quash in its entirety” a package of anti-smoking regulations and rails against what it calls a “capricious” tax plan. The case is now before the supreme court after BAT Kenya lost in the high court and the appeal court. A ruling is expected as early as next month

Donald Trump Jr posts emails from Russia offering material on Clinton: ‘I love it’

  • Donald Trump Jr has been forced to release damning emails that reveal he eagerly embraced what he was told was a Russian government attempt to damage Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
  • The disclosure raised questions over whether campaign laws were broken and why senior Trump associates failed to report a hostile act by a foreign power.
  • Trump Jr also admitted on Tuesday night that he could have handled the situation better but he had not told his father about meeting a Russian lawyer because “it was a nothing”.
  • The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US president’s son that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

Political upheaval will lead to UK economy slowing down, says Moody’s

  • Britain’s economy will lose momentum this year amid squeezed living standards and uncertainty over Brexit and the inconclusive election result, leading ratings agencies have predicted
  • Moody’s said the qualms about talks in Brussels and the minority government have increased the UK’s political and financial risks.
  • Analysts at the ratings agency said the UK economy has started to slow and they expect it to weaken considerably throughout the rest of the year, adding that it was unclear if the government could deliver a “reasonably good” Brexit deal

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

  • The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.
  • The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.
  • Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person and in the UK seven tonnes. “That’s obviously a really big change and we wanted to show that individuals have an opportunity to be a part of that,” said Kimberley Nicholas, at Lund University in Sweden and one of the research team

Cash no longer king as contactless payments soar in UK stores

  • Is this the tipping point that signals the beginning of the end for cash? For the first time, notes and coins have been toppled from their position as the UK’s number one payment method. Cards now account for more than half of all retail purchases, according to the main body representing shops.
  • The new figures from the British Retail Consortium show that 10 years after their introduction in the UK, and following an initially lukewarm reaction, contactless payment cards have finally won over the British public. Contactless cards – also known as “wave and pay” and “tap and go” – now account for about a third of all card purchases, up from 10% as recently at October 2015.
  • But perhaps shops have good reason to be crowing about how Brits are embracing the contactless revolution, if you subscribe to the theory that these cards make it too easy to spend money

New criminal tagging system scaled back after ministry failings

  • A new tagging system to monitor criminals has been dramatically scaled back and is running at least five years behind schedule after a series of expensive failings by the Ministry of Justice, the government’s spending watchdog has found.
  • The National Audit Office (NAO) discovered that as attempts to develop bespoke technology failed, civil servants turned to G4S for a new tagging contract even though the outsourcing firm is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • A report released on Wednesday describes a chaotic picture of the department’s handling of the project, launched six years ago under the then justice minister Ken Clarke, and supposed to be a cheaper and efficient alternative to prison.
  • Annual monitoring costs were supposed to drop by £9m but instead, costs up to March this year have increased by £60m while the old system is still in use, the report said

Grenfell investigator tells of painstaking process of recovering remains

  • An investigator into the Grenfell Tower blaze has shed light on the meticulous process of removing and identifying remains of the victims and ensuring the “right person gets brought back to their loved ones.”
  • Sgt Alistair Hutchins of the Metropolitan police, who is leading the teams of experts involved in identifying residents and their pets who died in the blaze, said his 42-strong team understands the frustration of family and friends awaiting news and pledged they would do their utmost to provide answers.
  • Police believe that about 80 people died in the west London tower fire on 14 June. Of the 73 people reported missing, experts have been able to positively identify 32. But so great was the 1,000C inferno that 41 are yet to be identified.
  • On Tuesday the consultation period for the terms of reference for the public inquiry into the disaster was extended until 28 July, to give survivors more time to have their say

Pope Francis creates fourth pathway to becoming a saint

  • Christians who lay down their life to save others, “following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus”, will now be eligible for beatification, Pope Francis has said.
  • Beatification is the first step on the path toward sainthood and has in the past been reserved for three categories of people: martyrs, those who have lived a life of heroic values and others with a clear saintly reputation
  • “The heroic offering of life, suggested and sustained by charity, expresses a true, full and exemplary imitation of Christ,” read an apostolic letter from Francis
  • Candidates for beatification under the new pathway could include Christians who tended to sick people with the plague who later died because of the disease, said the Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official journal

Senegal fails to stop abuse of children in Qur’anic schools

  • Tens of thousands of children in Senegal are still being forced to beg for their food by abusive teachers in Qur’anic schools, a year after the government began a crackdown on the issue, according to a survey
  • A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that most of the children picked up on the streets by the authorities were later returned to the schoolteachers who had sent them out soliciting in the first place
  • There had not been a single arrest or prosecution in connection with the widespread practice, despite hundreds of children telling police officers they had been victims.
  • Senegal has been under considerable international pressure to stop abuses against children – called talibé – who are sent by their families, often far from their homes, to get an education at Islamic schools (daaras). But many such schools then abuse the children in their care, sending them out to beg and punishing them harshly if they do not bring back a certain amount of money or food


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Donald Trump Jr. Tweets Out Emails Showing He Sought to Collude With the Russian Government

  •  WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: New York City, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 3315 (2065 English, 321 German, 312 Spanish, 15 Catalan, 152 Portuguese, 62 Italian, 196 French, 152 Russian, 28 Turkish, 12 Slovene)

Have you ever wondered what it would have looked like if President Nixon had a Twitter account during the Watergate scandal? Wonder no longer. In an effort to get ahead of a New York Times story that shows he sought incriminating information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian government-affiliated lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out his emails with Rod Goldstone, an intermediary who introduced the Trump campaign to a Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Hillary Clinton. The most damning (Gizmodo)

Daesh chief Al Baghdadi killed, says ‘confirmed information’ from Syrian Observatory

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Mosul, Mesopotamia
  • ARTICLES: 694 (186 English, 45 German, 141 Spanish, 38 Portuguese, 36 Italian, 89 French, 104 Russian, 55 Turkish)

CAIRO/BEIRUT: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russia’s Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Daesh commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical. Reuters could not independently (GULF NEWS)

Club announce shock signing of James Rodriguez

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Madrid, Spain
  • ARTICLES: 509 (104 English, 114 German, 184 Spanish, 37 Portuguese, 31 French, 30 Russian, 9 Turkish)

Get football updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Bayern Munich have completed a shock two-year loan deal for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez. The Colombian was linked with Manchester United and Chelsea earlier this summer but Bayern have stolen ahead of them. Bayern have the option to sign the player on a permanent deal once his loan expires. He joined Real in 2014 in a £71million deal after shining for (Mirror)

Dana White: McGregor Says He’ll Knock Out Mayweather ‘Within 4 Rounds’

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Los Angeles, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 383 (346 English, 12 Portuguese, 19 French, 6 Russian)

You don’t even have to be an MMA fan to know that Conor McGregor is an extremely confident man. For months, he continued to bait Floyd Mayweather into fighting him and he finally got his wish when it was announced last week. If you thought McGregor was just going to show up and collect his massive paycheck, you thought wrong, according to UFC President Dana White. McGregor is looking to shock the world by not only winning, but knocking Mayweather out. “I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long (

Ravi Shastri pips Virender Sehwag to become Indian cricket team’s head coach

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Mumbai, India
  • ARTICLES: 324 (324 English)

Ravi Shastri has been appointed as Indian cricket team’s head coach until the 2019 ICC World Cup. (AFP) Ravi Shastri has pipped Virender Sehwag to become Indian cricket team’s new head coach. Shastri will take charge of the team in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting July 26. Read | Highlights – India cricket team coach: Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag interviewed but decision on hold Shastri, 55, was chosen by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) (

‘Gangnam Style’ has lost its crown as the most viewed video on YouTube

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Youtube
  • ARTICLES: 273 (97 English, 32 German, 59 Spanish, 27 Portuguese, 25 French, 33 Russian)

“Gangnam Style,” the mammoth hit from South Korean artist Psy in 2012, has been unseated as the most viewed video on YouTube where it sat on the top for the last five years. At 2.894 billion views, Psy’s video has been quietly eclipsed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s music video for “See You Again,” which has 2.895 billion views at the time of writing. Admittedly, we can’t help but be sad about “Gangnam Style” being knocked off the top of YouTube’s most viewed list. It’s the damn (Mashable)

Marcel Kittel Asserts Sprint Mastery at the Tour de France

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Périgueux, France
  • ARTICLES: 241 (66 English, 62 German, 47 Spanish, 14 Portuguese, 52 French)

The stage took the peloton on a flat, 111-mile run from Perigueux to Bergerac in southwestern France. Froome, a three-time Tour champion, will wear the yellow jersey for the 50th time Wednesday — joining the five-time Tour winner Jacques Anquetil in fourth place on the career list behind Eddy Merckx (96), Bernard Hinault (75) and Miguel Indurain (60). “A huge, huge honor,” Froome said of reaching that mark. Kittel was in 10th place after negotiating the two sharp corners of a challenging (The New York Times)

В штате Миссисипи разбился военный самолет

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 213 (27 German, 50 Spanish, 32 Portuguese, 38 French, 40 Russian, 10 Turkish, 16 Chinese)

В американском штате Миссисипи разбился военный самолет, в результате инцидента погибли четыре человека. Об этом сообщает Missisipi News. По данным издания, военный самолет C-130 летел из Мемфиса, на борту судна было восемь человек. Как полагают следователи, самолет взорвался в(РБК)

O dia que as senadoras protestaram contra a reforma trabalhista mesmo sem luz

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Brazil
  • ARTICLES: 180 (180 Portuguese)

Senadoras da oposição prostestam contra reforma trabalhista. Senadoras da oposição protestaram nesta terça-feira (11) no Senado contra a votação da reforma trabalhista, marcada para hoje. O presidente da Casa, senador Eunício Oliveira (PMDB-CE) mandou apagar as luzes do plenário para acabar com o protesto. Antes de cortar a luz, as senadoras da oposição, Gleisi Hoffmann (PT-PR), Lídice da Mata (PSB-BA), Vanessa Grazziotin (PCdoB-AM), Fátima Bezerra (PT-RN) e Regina Sousa (PT-PI) (HuffPost Brasil)

Amazon’s Prime Day event could lead to $10 billion in lost productivity, says CNBC analyst

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Internet
  • ARTICLES: 166 (166 English)

Monday night marked the beginning of Amazon Prime Day, a day-long sales event in which Amazon advertises a steady stream of special offers to members of its Prime subscription service. The event lasts through Tuesday, and, if history is any indication, is likely to reel in plenty of sales for Amazon. But the prospect of new sales at such a massive online shopping presence could also have a less-than-ideal side effect: people getting distracted at work. To put a number on it: Prime Day could (Business Insider)

Exclusive: SFO near miss might have triggered ‘greatest aviation disaster in history’

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: San Francisco, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 150 (117 English, 8 Portuguese, 13 French, 12 Russian)

SAN FRANCISCO — In what one aviation expert called a near-miss of what could have been the largest aviation disaster ever, an Air Canada pilot on Friday narrowly avoided a tragic mistake: landing on the San Francisco International Airport taxiway instead of the appropriate runway. Sitting on Taxiway C shortly before midnight were four fully-loaded airplanes full of passengers and gas awaiting permission to take-off, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the (San Jose Mercury News)

The Latest: Manfred says Judge can become face of the game

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Miami, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 147 (122 English, 25 Spanish)

MIAMI (AP) – The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local): 12:38 p.m. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says Aaron Judge is the kind of player “who can become the face of the game.” Fans react to New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge’s performance during the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Speaking to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Manfred called Judge “absolutely phenomenal.” He said: “I mean there is no other word (Mail Online)

The new Audi A8 moves upmarket and gains artificial intelligence

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Barcelona, Spain
  • ARTICLES: 145 (79 English, 22 German, 9 Spanish, 12 French, 8 Russian, 15 Chinese)

Audi is moving its largest sedan further up the luxury scale with the latest version of the A8. As Audi’s flagship, the A8 naturally gets the best and newest technologies that the brand has to offer, including a range of mild-hybrid powertrains, a 48-volt electrical system, standard Quattro all-wheel drive, a lavish lounge-inspired interior, and automated driving systems. Two wheelbase lengths will be offered, the A8L getting a 5.1-inch stretch over the standard A8. The A8 also sets the style (Autoblog)

Trump sued after blocking Twitter followers

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Manhattan, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 143 (96 English, 17 Spanish, 7 Portuguese, 12 French, 11 Russian)

Skip in Skipx Embed x Share CLOSE President Trump’s account is apparently blocking people on Twitter. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60 19 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Twitter users blocked from following President Trump went to court Tuesday, charging the action violates their First Amendment rights. Lawyers for seven Twitter users charged in federal court papers that by seeking to “suppress dissent,” Trump’s action was unconstitutional. The president (USA Today)

Belgian face veil ban backed in European court ruling – BBC News

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Strasbourg
  • ARTICLES: 138 (43 English, 10 German, 10 Spanish, 5 Portuguese, 36 French, 18 Russian, 16 Turkish)

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Belgium’s ban on face veils does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. It was a ruling in a case brought by two women who wanted to wear the niqab veil, which covers all but the eyes. Belgium banned the wearing of partial or total face veils in public in 2011. The court agreed that the ban sought to guarantee the concept of “living together” and the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others”. The court came to a similar (BBC News)

Fiscalía solicitó prisión preventiva para Ollanta Humala y Nadine Heredia

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Lima, Peru
  • ARTICLES: 134 (134 Spanish)

Es por los presuntos delitos de lavado de activos y asociación ilícita para delinquir en la campaña de 2011. El juez Richard Concepción tiene 48 horas para convocar a una audiencia y resolver. El fiscal provincial Germán Juárez Atoche presentó un pedido de prisión preventiva contra el expresidente Ollanta Humala y Nadine Heredia por los presuntos delitos de lavado de activos y asociación ilícita para delinquir, confirmaron fuentes de Fiscalía a RPP Noticias. Marcelo Odebrecht (

Benzema wins breakthrough in French sex tape case – BBC News

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Lyon, France
  • ARTICLES: 133 (16 English, 9 German, 19 Spanish, 10 Portuguese, 68 French, 6 Russian, 5 Turkish)

A French court has backed footballer Karim Benzema as he fights to have a blackmail case over a sex tape dropped. The Real Madrid forward was placed under formal investigation in 2015 over an alleged bid to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena. When he and another suspect argued the police had acted dishonestly, their case was rejected by the Appeal Court. Now another court has backed Karim Benzema’s complaint. His lawyer says he expects the case to be thrown out. “It’s definitely a (BBC News)

US successfully tests missile defense system

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Kodiak, Alaska, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 133 (97 English, 21 Spanish, 5 French, 10 Russian)

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlightsTHAAD is designed to shoot down ballistic missilesUS defense official: Test is not related to a July 4 North Korea missile launch (CNN)A United States-built missile defense system successfully intercepted its target during a test run Tuesday, the US Missile Defense Agency said in a news release. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system successfully shot down (CNN International)

De Blasio joins slain cop’s family at her home before wake

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: New York
  • ARTICLES: 120 (120 English)

A day after returning from a trip to Germany, Mayor de Blasio visited the home Monday of the police officer ambushed at random and killed by a mentally ill ex-con in the Bronx. De Blasio was among a number of relatives and friends of Officer Miosotis Familia who visited her Kingsbridge home in advance of a wake set to begin Monday at 2 p.m. at World Changers Church. Alexander Bonds, 34, shot and killed Familia at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday as she sat in a NYPD mobile command vehicle, officials (Daily News)

Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: London, United Kingdom
  • ARTICLES: 118 (57 English, 34 German, 8 Spanish, 5 Portuguese, 14 French)

Pearson has sold a 22% stake in Penguin Random House, the world’s biggest publisher, with titles ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Oliver and The Girl on the Train. The deal values Penguin at $3.55bn. Pearson put its holding in PRH up for sale in January after issuing a string of profit warnings in its educational publishing business, and has sold the stake to partner Bertelsmann. The beleaguered FTSE 100 company, which will make almost $1bn from the sale of the stake, undertook a (The Guardian)

Venus Williams Advances to Wimbledon Semifinals

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: London, United Kingdom
  • ARTICLES: 116 (116 English)

Williams went up a break early in both sets against Ostapenko, the French Open champion. But Ostapenko broke back in the second set and pushed the score to 5-5. A few unforced errors later, though, and Williams broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving out the match. Williams ended up with eight aces and only 13 winners. Ostapenko had one ace and 20 winners. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Mannarino, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. That match, the first to (The New York Times)

Microsoft wants to close broadband gap in rural USA

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: South Boston, Virginia, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 111 (111 English)

CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is tackling the decade-old quandary of limited broadband access in rural America with an ambitious plan to close the gap. Today, company President Brad Smith in a speech in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to lay out its Rural AirBand Initiative to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to two million people by 2022. Microsoft initially plans projects in a dozen states — including Georgia, North Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin — in (USA Today)

Apple Valley’s Vargas named first-time MLB All-Star

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Miami, United States of America
  • ARTICLES: 99 (69 English, 30 Spanish)

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and Nolan Arenado led a new generation of All-Stars, among 12 first-time starters elected by fans for the July 11 game at Marlins Park. Also making his All-Star game debut is Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who began his MLB career with the Marlins in 2005. The Apple Valley graduate is off to a career-best start with a 12-3 record and a 2.22 ERA. Vargas is tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw in victories (12) and leads the American (

Madonna officially opens a children’s hospital ward in Malawi

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Blantyre, Malawi
  • ARTICLES: 97 (53 English, 12 German, 14 Spanish, 5 Portuguese, 13 French)

She is mother to four adopted children from Malawi. And inspired by her brood, Madonna returned to the southeastern African country on Tuesday to officially open a children’s hospital wing that her charity Raising Malawi has helped to build. The pop icon, 58, decided to name the 50-bed paediatric facility after her 11-year-old daughter Mercy James and was joined by her little girl at its launch. Scroll down for video Marking the moment: Madonna, 58, was seen hugging her adopted daughter (Mail Online)

Ismail Atalan wird Trainer bei Zweitligist VfL Bochum

  • WHEN: Tue, July 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Bochum, Germany
  • ARTICLES: 96 (90 German, 6 Turkish)

(Aktualisiert 9.25 Uhr) Fußball-Zweitligist VfL Bochum hat sich von Trainer Gertjan Verbeek getrennt. Nachfolger wird Lottes Erfolgstrainer Ismail Atalan. Der nächste Karrieresprung für den aufstrebenden Erfolgstrainer Ismail Atalan: Der 37-Jährige, der bislang den Drittligisten Sportfreunde Lotte betreute, bekommt einen neuen Job beim VfL Bochum. Das bestätigte Lottes Fußballobmann Manfred Wilke am Dienstagmorgen. Dort wird er Nachfolger des 54-jährigen Gertjan Verbeek, der bereits am (Westfälische Nachrichten)


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Ukrainian Government Opposes Anti-Corruption Work of NGOs

Ukrainian Government Opposes Anti-Corruption Work of NGOs

Ukrainian Government Opposes Anti-Corruption Work of NGOs – Freedom House Press Release

In response to the government of President Poroshenko introducing two bills to the Rada, Ukraine’s Parliament, requiring NGOs as well as individuals and organizations that work with them, to submit detailed financial reports or otherwise risk losing their non-profit status and facing heavy fees, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Poroshenko Administration’s proposed legislation to withdraw nonprofit status from NGOs that fail to fulfill onerous financial reporting requirements will undermine the independence of NGOs in Ukraine, many of which are focused on strengthening democratic institutions and expanding political rights and civil liberties,” said Marc Behrendt, Eurasia director at Freedom House. “The legislation imitates efforts by authoritarian governments to limit the influence of civil society in the guise of promoting transparency. Transparency of NGOs is essential to their legitimacy and accountability, but this legislation would threaten the organizations’ ability to continue their work. President Poroshenko should fulfill his promises by consulting with Ukrainian civil society and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission before proceeding with this legislation.”


The Poroshenko Administration introduced laws 6674 and 6675 into the Rada, measures that would withdraw non-profit status from NGOs and subject them to heavy fines, if detailed financial reports were not submitted on time. Similar provisions have been used in countries with weak judicial and regulatory systems to put pressure on independent civic groups, such as in Kazakhstan. The Poroshenko Administration proposals would also intrude into the partnerships that many NGOs have by requiring them to report on the companies, organizations, and individuals they work with and fund.

The proposals would roll back requirements that certain individuals and NGOs working on preventing or combatting corruption report to the government, adopted into law without meaningful debate in March 2017. In an interview, Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv claimed that rules proposed by the Parliament were payback for civic activists’ oversight of the authorities, asserting, “Parliament’s attitude was ‘You want to check us, we’ll check you.’”

In a letter to the Council of Europe’s Commission for Human Rights, Shymkyv wrote that the Presidential Administration reaffirmed Ukraine’s commitment to the values and principles of the Council of Europe and said that the draft law on NGO transparency would be submitted for the consideration by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, the organization’s group of independent experts in the field of constitutional law.

The President’s proposals appear to violate standards established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the organization’s main decision-making body, including the standards on transparency (paragraphs 62 and 64) and supervision (paragraph 72) of NGOs.

Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2016, and receives a democracy score of 4.61, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2017.


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The Third Thumb Project – A Cyborg Prosthetic

The Third Thumb Project - Life with A Cyborg Prosthetic

The Third Thumb Project – Life with A Cyborg Prosthetic

Dani Clode, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in London, created The Third Thumb, a 3D-printed prosthetic that straps onto your hand.

The Third Thumb is motorized and connected by cables to a bracelet. Pressure sensors underneath the wearer’s feet connect to the thumb’s motors via bluetooth. So, working the extra digit just requires you to press down with your foot. Clode said that she linked the thumb to foot controls because with actions like driving, using a sewing machine or playing piano, we already have practice completing tasks that require hands and feet to work together

Thumbs up Dani…all three of them!!!

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NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – 2017-07-07

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – 2017-07-07

NEWS FROM THE RIGHT: Daily Mail – 2017-07-07

Plan for bronze statue of Mrs Thatcher outside the Commons is blocked over fears ten-foot tribute ‘may be a vandal target’

  • Campaigners hoped to install a ten-foot bronze of Mrs Thatcher by Parliament
  • But a formal objection has been lodged by the Royal Parks quango
  • Residents association also worried the statue will be a target for vandals
  • Officials would not back the statue as had not received backing of family

Pope ‘hopes to give Charlie Gard a VATICAN passport to enable him to beat court ruling and fly to Italy for treatment’ as his parents release new image of tragic toddler and seek sanctuary in chapel

  • Connie Yates and Chris Gard have made a tearful visit to the chapel in GOSH
  • Jeremy Corbyn speaks for first time on Charlie and said: ‘I feel for the parents’.
  • The White House has requested a one-to-one with Theresa May at the G20
  • President Trump declared America’s support for saving the ill 11-month-old baby
  • But Mrs May and Boris Johnson have said the decision should stay with doctors

Labour take shock poll lead over Conservatives as ministers plot to oust ‘three-legged horse’ Theresa May in coup launched by series of autumn resignations

  • First YouGov survey since the General Election last month puts Corbyn ahead
  • Poll for The Times tonight revealed that 46 per cent of the public back Labour
  • It comes as junior members of the Tory party described the British Prime Minister of being a ‘horse with a broken leg’ with a ‘self-indulgent’ Cabinet
  • Tory ministers are reportedly weighing up a coup to dethrone Mrs May in autumn

Bosses accused of Remain agenda by calling for UK to keep the single market ‘temporarily’ until a ‘final deal’ comes into force

  • Carolyn Fairbairn of the CBI warned a new trade deal will not be in place in time
  • Instead, the government should seek a transitional arrangement after Brexit
  • Ms Fairbairn urged the government to seek a bridge rather than go off a cliff
  • Brexit supporter Gisella Stuart said business was ignoring the will of the people

‘Welcome to hell’: G20 protesters start fires after riot police hit them with water cannons and pepper sprays in clashes ahead of Hamburg summit

  • Around 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into Hamburg ahead of G20 summit tomorrow
  • German police in armoured vans sprayed some of the hardcore anti-capitalists with water and pepper spray
  • They feared as many as 8,000 were ready to commit violence at the protest dubbed ‘Welcome To Hell’
  • Police are also investigating whether an overnight fire at a Porsche dealership was linked to the summit
  • Host Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a tough task on navigating talks including trade and climate change

Trump faces a hostile G20 as Merkel pushes climate change and he meets Mexico’s president amid tensions over wall

  • The president, first lady and the US delegation landed in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday afternoon
  • Trump’s first meeting was with Angela Merkel; he had a sit down on Friday with Vladimir Putin
  • He meets with Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto Friday amid ongoing tensions over a proposed border wall
  • Spouses to visit a climate change computing center
  • Leaders also to enjoy a concert and social dinner
  • A meeting at the White House with Merkel in March went awry when Trump missed several verbal and situational cues and did not offer his foreign counterpart his hand
  • Merkel offered the US president a firm handshake on Thursday as they met in Hamburg for a bilateral summit, holding the pose for several seconds as cameras snapped around them
  • Trump hit Russia Thursday for its ‘destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran’
  • He urged Vladimir Putin’s government to join the US and its allies in the fight against violent extremism

Trump will finally meet with Putin on Friday in dramatic showdown at the G20 where there’s no set agenda and Russia’s election meddling may not even come up

  • Trump will speak with his foreign counterpart, a former KGB spy, in Hamburg, Germany, after a morning of meetings at the G20 on Friday
  • US officials would not commit last week to a discussion on election meddling during the pull aside that evolved into a full-fledged meeting
  • US president’s approach to deal-making may not work on Putin, who has been pulling the strings in Russia’s government for nearly two decades
  • It’s Trump who should beware – he’s especially ripe for the complimenting, foreign leaders have found
  • Russia wants sanctions relief and for Bashar al-Assad to say in power in Syria; the US wants Moscow out of Crimea and help defeating ISIS in the Middle East

‘Never give up!’ Trump extends a lifeline to Xi after sternly warning that he is running out of patience with Beijing when it comes to North Korea

  • President Trump is on his second foreign trip, this time to the G20 summit and Poland, where he will meet with China’s Xi Jinping
  • Signalled Wednesday that he is ready to take a harder line against China following neighbor state North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test
  • He said Thursday that he has not given up on Xi, despite warning him in tweets
  • ‘Never give up,’ Trump told a reporter at the G20 as he participated in a bilateral meeting with the leaders of South Korea and Japan
  • North Korea conducted a ‘landmark’ test of a Hwasong-14 missile on July 4
  • It is believed to have reached an altitude of 1741 miles and flew 580 miles
  • Pyongyang claims its rocket can carry ‘large-sized and heavy nuclear warheads’
  • United States and South Korea have conducted a joint ballistic missile drill Seoul has described it as ‘a strong warning against North Korean provocation’
  • Trump said North Korea faces ‘consequences’ for its intercontinental ballistic missile test and said he is considering a ‘severe’ response at a preser Thursday

Trump finally turns on Russia as he warns Putin to STOP his aggression in Syria and Ukraine as he issues full-throated attack on radical Islamic terrorism AND government bureaucracy to delight of thousands of Poles who chant his name

  • President Donald Trump met with Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday at the Royal Castle in Warsaw
  • He later questioned during a landmark speech at Krasinski Square whether the West has the ‘will to survive’
  • Insisted North Korea would face ‘consequences’ and admitted Russia ‘could have’ interfered with the election
  • Trump hit Russia later for its ‘destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran’
  • He urged Vladimir Putin’s government to join the U.S. and its allies in the global fight against terrorism
  • Earlier said he thought Russia had interfered in the election – but that Obama had done nothing about it
  • Visit to Warsaw came ahead of a journey to Germany for the G20 summit on Friday and Saturday

Furious Tony Blair accuses BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg of ‘putting words in Chilcot’s mouth’ after Iraq Inquiry chief says he was NOT straight with British people

  • Sir John Chilcot rebukes Tony Blair on the first anniversary of £10m report
  • He said: ‘Any prime minister taking a country into war has got to be straight with the nation. I don’t believe that was the case in the Iraq instance’
  • A spokesman for Mr Blair told the BBC that ‘all these issues’ had been dealt with


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NEWS FROM THE LEFT: Guardian – 2017-07-07

NEWS FROM THE LEFT: Guardian – 2017-07-07

NEWS FROM THE LEFT: Guardian – 2017-07-07

Trump to meet Putin for first time after accusing Russia of testing west’s will

Donald Trump goes into his much-anticipated first encounter with Vladimir Putin on Friday against an inauspicious backdrop, after accusing Russia of acting as a destabilising force determined to test the will of the west

The two men are to meet on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, where they are likely to clash over North Korea’s successful ballistic missile test and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

Before the relatively brief meeting that could yet shape his presidency, Trump used a speech in Warsaw on Thursday to urge Russia to “cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran.”

G20 protests: police fire water cannon into anti-capitalist rally

German police used water cannon and pepper spray to disperse anti-capitalist protesters after clashes with police broke out in Hamburg just as world leaders – including Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – started to arrive in Germany’s second city for the G20 summit.

Police said 74 police officers were injured throughout the evening, although most of them sustained minor injuries. March organisers said several protesters were hurt, but did not say how many

Theresa May accused of double standards over terrorism funding

Theresa May will enter the G20 talks in Hamburg claiming that her priority is to disrupt terrorist groups from accessing finance, but facing criticism for failing to raise questions over Saudi Arabia’s role in funding extremism.

A string of opposition leaders, including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, the Lib Dem’s Tim Farron, the Green’s Caroline Lucas and the SNP’s Ian Blackford, said May should use the summit to place direct pressure onto the Gulf state.

Speaking prior to the summit, May warned that the terror threat was evolving: “As we deny physical space to terrorists to operate in theatre, we must outpace the terrorist methodology as it develops to attack other vulnerable targets and increases inspired attacks,” she said

Trump says west is at risk, during nationalistic speech in Poland

Donald Trump said the survival of the west was at risk, as he lashed out at hostile forces ranging from Islamic terrorism to Russia, statism and secularism, during a speech in Poland.

At the start of a four-day trip to Europe, the US president gave a highly nationalist address in Warsaw suggesting that a lack of collective resolve could doom an alliance that had endured through the cold war.

“As the Polish experience reminds us, the defence of the west ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail,” Trump said at the site of the 1944 uprising against the Nazis. “The fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive.”

UK business leaders to call for indefinite delay in leaving single market

Business leaders are to demand that ministers agree an indefinite delay in Britain’s departure from the European single market and customs union to give more time for talks on a long-term trade deal.

In a dramatic escalation of the battle to soften the government’s Brexit strategy, groups representing thousands of UK employers aim to present a united front during a summit at Chevening country house hosted by the Brexit secretary, David Davis.

“This is a time to be realistic,” Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, was due to say in a London School of Economics speech on Thursday outlining their demands. “Instead of a cliff edge, the UK needs a bridge to the new EU deal. Even with the greatest possible goodwill on both sides, it’s impossible to imagine the detail will be clear by the end of March 2019.”

Frictionless trade impossible if UK leaves EU single market, says Barnie

The UK cannot leave the EU single market and keep the benefits, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said in his first major speech since talks began last month.

Michel Barnier said he had warned the British government there was no cost-free way to leave the single market and said some people in the UK had not understood that Britain cannot leave the EU without losing out.

“I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits. That is not possible,” he told the EU’s economic and social committee.

Liam Fox: BBC would rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed

Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, has claimed the BBC would rather see Britain fail than Brexit succeed, making him the second Eurosceptic cabinet minister to attack the broadcaster for its coverage of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Fox, who unsuccessfully stood for the leadership of the Conservative party last year, made the comments in response to concerns from Tory MP Nigel Evans that negative media coverage was undermining efforts to make trade deals with non-EU countries.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Fox said: “It does appear that some elements of our media would rather see Britain fail than see Brexit succeed. I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good economic news that the BBC didn’t describe as ‘despite Brexit’.”

Qatar crisis: four Arab states vow fresh economic and political sanctions

The four Arab states leading the boycott against Qatar said late on Thursday that Doha’s refusal of their demands to resolve a Gulf diplomatic crisis was proof of its links to terrorist groups and that they would enact new measures against it.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain released a joint statement carried by their state media saying their initial list of 13 demands was now void and pledging new political, economic and legal steps against Qatar.

Qatar’s stance “reflects its intention to continue its policy, aimed at destabilising security in the region,” their statement said. “All political, economic and legal measures will be taken in the manner and at the time deemed appropriate to preserve the four countries’ rights, security and stability.”

El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

A teenage rape victim in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after having a stillbirth, the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women in the Central American country.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, 19, from a small rural community in Cuscatlán, eastern El Salvador, was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder.

Hernandez, a high school student, gave birth into the toilet in April 2016 after falling ill with acute back and stomach pain.

Hernandez, who at the time was 18, was in her third trimester, but hadn’t realised that she was pregnant. She had been repeatedly raped by a gang member over several months as part of a forced sexual relationship.

Activists challenge ‘unsafe’ US-Canada pact that prompts refugees to flee by foot

Refugee advocates are taking legal action in the hope of striking down a longstanding pact between Canada and the US that has prompted thousands of asylum seekers to brave freezing temperatures, fields of waist-deep snow and icy rivers to cross into Canada by foot.

Since the start of the year, more than 3,000 people in the US – many of whom are anxiously fleeing Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants – have entered Canada at remote, unguarded locations along the border. By doing so they aim to skirt a 2004 agreement between Canada and the US that forces most migrants to apply for asylum in the first country in which they arrive.

Advocates have long warned that the pact, known as the Safe Third Country Agreement, encourages migrants to take long, riskier routes to enter Canada and file claims inland, where the agreement does not apply


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Emotional Truth. A Page from Tony Blair’s Book

Emotional Truth

I wonder if ’emotional truth’ is now acceptable in court?


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