• Jailed marine Alexander Blackman freed from prison – BBC News
  • TED 2017: UK ‘Iron Man’ demonstrates flying suit – BBC News
  • Angry nationalists storm Macedonian parliament
  • Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’
  • Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

Jailed marine Alexander Blackman freed from prison – BBC News

His original murder conviction was quashed in March. The appeal hearing came after his wife Claire led a campaign alongside author Frederick Forsyth and the Daily Mail newspaper. Blackman had more than 13 years of service and had previously been deployed to Iraq on three occasions and to Afghanistan in 2007. His supporters had hoped the quashing of the murder conviction would lead to his reinstatement in the Royal Marines….

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Angry nationalists storm Macedonian parliament

(CNN)Violence broke out in Macedonia’s Parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian MP was elected speaker, sparking outrage from nationalists. Hundreds of angry protesters surrounded and stormed the Parliament building demanding new elections, according to the Macedonian Information Agency. Television footage from inside the building showed individuals with black masks shoving and pushing people.

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Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and…

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Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

(CNN)The man who’s hoping to become France’s next president says he’s not assuming he has the win in the bag. “That was almost certainly the mistake Hillary Clinton made,” Emmanuel Macron told CNN’s Melissa Bell on Thursday. “I’m absolutely not playing that game. Right from the first day, that hasn’t been the way I defended myself or how I fought.” The 39-year-old, who’s never held elected office, won the most…

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Woman shot by police in London counterterror operation

London (CNN)A woman was shot by police Thursday evening “during an ongoing counterterrorism investigation,” according to London’s Metropolitan Police. Police also said it was unrelated to an earlier arrest near the British parliament, where officers detained a man armed with knives on suspicion of planning a terror attack. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was taken to hospital, where she remains under police guard. She has not yet…

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine…

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IBM wants future delivery drones to pass off your packages in mid-air

Just imagine, and entire relay network of package-carrying drones.Image: Claude Paris/AP/REX/Shutterstock If Amazon has its way, the skies could soon be buzzing with drones, carrying our online purchases directly to our doors. But today’s drones can only travel so far so what happens when you live out of range of a distribution hub? On Wednesday, IBM Research announced a patent that might someday allow delivery drones to pass off packages…

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Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

Image: VCG via Getty Images Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ list, has a new admirer in Bill Gates. The software billionaire took to social media to acknowledge Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation problem through the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission. SEE ALSO: India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture Gates wrote:…

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Gett buys Juno to expand ride-hailing business in United States

Image: gett There soon will be one less ride-hailing app to choose from for those still boycotting Uber. Gett, one of the largest players in the New York ride-hailing market, has acquired Juno for $200 million, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. SEE ALSO: The feud between Britain and Sean Spicer is getting ridiculous Gett will acquire all of Juno’s existing business, including its network of drivers and its employees, according to TechCrunch‘s…

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Here’s why these companies want Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

The Arc de Triomphe is Illuminated to celebrate the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.Image: Yoan Valat/Epa/REX/Shutterstock One day in advance of a pivotal White House meeting to decide the fate of U.S. involvement in the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration is hearing from a diverse number voices urging it to keep the country in the treaty. The agreement, which went into force in November 2016, commits all countries…

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The Pope’s perilous mission to Egypt

(CNN)When Pope Francis travels to Egypt on Friday, he will retrace a journey his namesake made nearly 800 years ago, with a somewhat similar mission in mind. The friar survived, but his plan didn’t. Malik al-Kamil refused to convert to Christianity. But the conversation was courteous, according to tradition, and ended with the sultan offering a peace treaty that included Christian control of Jerusalem. The Crusaders rejected the proposal, and…

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American ‘convert’ who lived in ISIS territory detained by Turkey

(CNN)An American and his family who were living in territory held by ISIS in Syria have been detained in Turkey, a senior Turkish official told CNN. The official said that Kary Paul Kleman was detained after surrendering to border guards at the Oncupinar crossing in Kilis. He was accompanied by his wife, a Syrian national, and three children. “Our initial assessment is that he along with his family members was…

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Zuckerberg and Obama chatted about Facebook and fake news

Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.Image: Jeff Chiu/REX/Shutterstock After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news. But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news,…

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Shea Moisture apologizes after Twitter slammed its ad: ‘We really f-ed this one up’

The hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday after social media backlash over an ad it released last week. It shows white women, and just one woman of color, talking about hair hate and how Shea is their go-to productprompting cries of whitewashing. The product, founded in Harlem in 1991, has a strong African-American customer base. SEE ALSO: Pepsi finally unites America with its terrible Kendall Jenner ad Wow –…

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Go with your gut: Harnessing the power of intution

Image: Shutterstock / Robert Kneschke Intuition. Its that voice in the back of your head telling you that you should bring a raincoat or umbrella. Its that sinking feeling you have in the pit of your stomach when feeling that youve been betrayed. Its the instant connection that you have with your best friend. Its that hunch that you should make that investment or take a business risk. Intuition has…

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Please free your mind and enjoy these great makeup destruction videos

Rest in pieces, Chanel blush.Image: YOutube/Beauty News As Pablo Picasso once said, and as I now whisper to myself at my computer, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Including these videos of makeup being crushed into dust. “Makeup Breakup” is the brainchild of beauty bloggers Kat and Hailey, who run the Beauty News YouTube channel. As far as we can tell, it’s the first makeup destruction…

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These Texas students are on a mission to raise money for their classmates with cancer

For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community. The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring Communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be…

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Violence injury treatment ‘falls’ in England and Wales – BBC News

Since 2010, researchers found a decline of 40% in people needing treatment in emergency departments after violence, he added. Decreases in drug uses and binge drinking were said to be possible reasons for falls in violent incidents. But the group’s latest report, which also assessed records from minor injury units and walk-in centres, said casualties peaked at weekends – suggesting that alcohol-related violence remained a significant problem. The data showed…

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus.

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Once upon a time, Facebook did not support GIFs. In fact, there was a time when Facebook supported the file format and then took that support away. Developers tried to hack it. One group succeeded, in a way. GIPHY, one of the…

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Starbucks’ ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ is the latest food or drink designed just for social media

Image: starbucks To anyone who hasn’t spent time on certain corners of Instagram, Starbucks’ latest creation and the viral hype surrounding it might be a bit confusing. The neon “Unicorn Frappuccino” clashes hard with the coffee chain’s affected faux-Italian branding. It’s not the sort of drink that one imagines ordering with words like “Venti” or sipping amidst light jazz. SEE ALSO: Starbucks unicorn frappuccinos to grace Earth for a limited…

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Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

Virtual personal assistants – the likes of Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant – are able to follow instructions because of voice recognition. They process natural human speech, match it to the desired command and respond in an increasingly natural way. The assistants learn over a number of conversations and in many different ways. They might ask for specific information – for example how to pronounce your name, or whose…

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Brexit university brain drain warning – BBC News

The cross-party committee of MPs, investigating the potential impact of Brexit on the higher education sector, heard warnings about the negative impact if EU staff, worried about their future status, were poached by universities in other countries. The report from MPs said their right to work and stay should be given unilaterally before the end of this year if there is no reciprocal deal with other EU countries Mr Carmichael…

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike…

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