Two Dutch Journalists Freed Unharmed by Colombian Rebels

June 26, 2017

… their captors, suffering only a few scratches from 14-hour marches to evade security forces who had mounted a massive search. He said the reporters at first thought they were being robbed because their captors demanded they turn over their cameras. Then they were shuttled from safe House to safe House before eventually taking refuge in the jungle. "It was very hard, but the people who took us captive were very warm and treated us with lots of respect, almost like friends," Bolt told …

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This guy created a live feed of Trump’s tweets on his living room wall

June 25, 2017

It updates every five minutes.Image: Peder dinkelspiel/visionect Think you’ve had enough of @realDonaldTrump? Try stepping into your living room and having a live feed of the president’s hotly debated tweets on your wall. No need to turn on the news, no need to open your Twitter app or any other form of social media. All you have to do is look at your wall. SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House Sound appealing? Well, maybe not. …

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South Korea’s new presidential pooches, and why they matter

June 24, 2017

(CNN)When South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in took up residency in the Blue House last month, his choice of pets raised some eyebrows. The mere image and civil act of Korea’s new president showing compassion for abandoned and abused rescue animals will be both positive and powerful. South Korea is a modern country, but its progress when it comes to animal welfare lags behind its rapid economic development. …

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Lawsuit Accuses Donald Trump Of Illegally Destroying White House Records

June 23, 2017

The suit filed Thursday against Trump and the Executive Office of the President by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive focuses on an auto-delete app reportedly being used for messages sent from the White House that erase messages after theyre read. Yet evidence suggests that President Trump and others within the White House are either ignoring or outright flouting these responsibilities, the suit states. CREW spokesman Jason …

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Grenfell Tower fire families to be rehoused in luxury complex

June 23, 2017

London (CNN)Families made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire are to be reHoused in new, affordable apartments right next door to luxury private homes in one of the most exclusive — and expensive — parts of London. The government has been heavily criticized for its response to the fire — and has pledged to House the Grenfell Tower fire survivors speedily. A 24-year-old student, who would only give his first name as Saif, told CNN that he has been living in a one …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

… what you said? / Liar, liar, liar” Whether about “alternative facts,” obstruction of justice, or even a lament from Sean Spicer to Trump, “Liar” encapsulates everything we’ve come to think about the Trump White House. 3. “The Midnight Special,” traditional folk song Sample lyrics: “But you better not complain, boy, you get in trouble with the man” There’s something ironic about the intro to this video, with Sekulow claiming the …

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Will a parliamentary hearing make Singapore PM’s problems go away?

June 21, 2017

… polled supported the demolition of the House. However, in their explosive statement last week, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang claimed the prime minister and his wife are behind what is represented as government initiatives to preserve the House. They further alleged Lee Hsien Loong threatened them and demanded their silence over their father’s wishes “hoping to inherit the faith Singaporeans had in Lee Kuan Yew through the visible symbol of the House.” Future revelations …

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DoD still using 8-inch floppies and other infrastructure horror stories from Jared Kushner

June 21, 2017

Jared Kushner (left) and Apple CEO Tim CookImage: SHAWN THEW/EPA/REX/Shutterstock I dont care what Jared Kushners voice sounds like. Its what he said that blew me away. The globetrotting head of the White House Office of American Innovation broke his cipher-like silence on Monday to offer a stunning outline of the federal government’s recidivistic tech tendencies. Chief among them is that the U.S. Department of Defense still uses 8-inch floppy disks, a stored media technology retired by …

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

… would be done, he added. Asked about his council’s poor response, leader Nicholas Paget-Brown said staff were “working closely” with the government, charities, volunteer and resident groups and the emergency services to help re-House and assist those affected. “People rightly have questions about the causes of the fire and why it spread so quickly and these will be answered,” he said. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told ITV’s Peston on Sunday that the council …

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Research say youll love mobile VR video in 2021, but it’s questionable

June 17, 2017

Image:  Mashable Composite: Lili Sams/Mashable; Shutterstock You probably don’t have a virtual reality headset. In that case, you might be wondering why “VR” has been the buzzword for “hot, new, possibly-a-fad tech” the last couple of years, occasionally serving as an easy tech punch line now that hoverboards are finally dead. VR is even showing up as a major plot point in the new seasons of House of Cards and HBO’s Silicon Valley, even though most of …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

… to eliminate, and one that has shielded hundreds of thousands from deportation. By Friday, the Trump administration was insisting that the president hadnt gone back on his promise to end DACA. And even defenders of the program remain cautious about its future prospects. Still,nearly 150 days into his time in the White House, Trump hasnt rescinded DACA not on Day One of his presidency, as he pledged during the campaign; not when he radically reshaped immigration policy early in his …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 17, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as the …

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Ahead Of NBC Profile, Alex Jones Talks About Bullets In Wolf Blitzer’s Head

June 16, 2017

… baseball game,critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and injuring others. Blitzer, claimed Jones, said Hodgkinson wasnt a monster. In fact, Blitzer didnt say that; an acquaintance of Hodgkinson said in an interview he wasnt evil. Blitzer took no position. Hah,you people, he added, possibly referring to the press or to Democrats. You guys better have some helicopter jump jets and be ready to get out of here real quick if the actual civil war kicks off. He said there are …

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Theresa May docudrama heading to BBC Two – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… – who had backed Johnson’s leadership bid – launched his own campaign to become prime minister, leading Mr Johnson to back out. Mrs May ended up winning the leadership race but a year later finds herself in a vulnerable position following an election that saw her party win the most seats but not a majority in the House of Commons. Theresa vs Boris: How May Became PM airs on Sunday at 21:00 BST on BBC Two. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at …

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Michael Morpurgo wins Children’s Book Award for fourth time – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… Groups, the charity which runs the award. Morpurgo and Foreman’s novel was picked as the overall winner from the winners of three age categories. One, by Sarah Crossan, won the older readers category and Oi Dog!, written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, won for younger children. The Children’s Book Award, formerly known as the Red House Children’s Book Award, was established in 1980. Previous winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman and …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both Houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly by all the councillors. In the UK the House of Commons is the …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… buyers and sellers of all manner of things. In doing so, it has turned the retail industry upside down. Few companies haven’t felt the Amazon effect in some way. That success hasn’t blunted the company’s ambitions. Not content to just be the middleman, Amazon has begun in the past few years to slap its brand on all manner of productsdog crates, dumbbells, dried seaweedthrough an arsenal of cheap in-House brands. Not all have been hits. The company had a pretty rough time …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

… invention — is showing few signs of a nearing dtente. Instead, there is frustration. And a growing sense, as Sandberg noted, that the debate isn’t being waged on the level. Felix Biederman, co-host of the “Chapo Trap House” podcast, argued that the count of political “third rails” in Trump’s America and across the West had diminished — and that the failure to recognize as much was rooted more in an instinct for self-preservation than any …

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Trump adds Poland stop during G20 trip

June 10, 2017

(CNN)The White House announced that President Donald Trump will visit Poland during a trip to Europe next month for the G20 summit. Poland, a more conservative-leaning government, provides a natural stop for Republican politicians. …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… Mahony, Wright’s first assistant, and interior designer George Mann Niedecken for Frederick C. Robie, a 28-year old Chicago businessman. With its steel frame and brick skin, the construction of the House was considered highly advanced. Named a US National Historic Landmark in 1963, it has been under threat of demolition twice: in 1941 and again in 1957, both times by the Chicago Theological Seminary, its owner since 1926. “It all goes to show,” said Wright, “the danger …

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Apple teases HomePod challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

June 7, 2017

… space gray. It’ll start shipping December in the U.S., UK, and Australia. The rest of the world will get HomePod next year. HomePod requires an iPhone 5S or later and iOS 11. “This is a chance to reinvent music,” said Apple’s marketing SVP Phil Schiller. “Why hasn’t this happened yet? First it needs to rock the House. Second, it needs to be spatially aware. Third, it needs to be really fun to use and have a built in musicologist.” The light at the top …

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New NSA hacking report is basically a ‘House of Cards’ episode

June 6, 2017

… Intelligence Directorate, attacked an elections software and hardware company just before the November election. It’s terrifying stuffand it sounds just like a plot point from the political drama House of Cards. SEE ALSO: Actual politics has caught up to and surpassed ‘House of Cards’ Russian president Vladimir Putin denied Russian involvement in the election last week, conceding only that hackers with “patriotic leanings” could possibly have decided to act on …

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 5, 2017

Sean Spicer drinking his iced coffee from what appears to be a small coffee stirrer, not a straw.Image: REX/Shutterstock Throughout President Trump’s brief time in office, an MVP has stood out in the administration like a head emerging from some neatly trimmed bushes: Sean Michael Spicer. In just a few months, Trump’s White House Press Secretary has distinguished himself as America’s very own court jester, distracting from the political chaos by providing the nation with an …

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Trump Twitter bot puts the president’s tweets in their proper context

June 5, 2017

Image:  Bryan Thomas/Getty Images The often flippant, emotional stream of tweets from President Trump never ceases to amaze, particularly since it is, for all intents and purposes, filled with official messages from the White House. Now, thanks to one clever Twitter user, we can view those often bombastic, poorly worded, and downright trivial tweets in their proper context: official White House statements. SEE ALSO: The Office of Government Ethics is now trolling Trump on Twitter On …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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