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Wolf warrior diplomacy: This is China's new brand of foreign policy
Fri, 29 May 2020 06:37:39 GMT
Renault to slash 14,600 jobs
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:43:08 GMT
Renault is slashing 14,600 jobs as part of a major overhaul deigned to reduce costs and help the French carmaker survive the coronavirus pandemic. Some 4,600 positions will be eliminated in France, with 10,000 more in other markets.
An app prepares farmers for drought
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:05:53 GMT
An app is combining weather station data with the traditional knowledge of African farmers to predict droughts.
14-year-old's 'honor killing' sparks outrage
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:08:44 GMT
The woman who posted about equipment shortages fears for her job
Thu, 28 May 2020 02:09:07 GMT
Doctors in Russia are facing distrust as they battle the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN's Matthew Chance explores why.
Trump says right-wing voices are being censored. The data says something else
Thu, 28 May 2020 23:54:09 GMT
President Donald Trump has angrily complained this week about social media companies, repeatedly accusing them of censoring conservative voices and going as far as to sign an executive order Thursday seeking to limit their power. 
Beware of bankrupt stocks
Thu, 28 May 2020 11:15:24 GMT
Hertz and JCPenney are two of the most high profile publicly traded companies to file for bankruptcy since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States.
Everyone you know uses Zoom. That wasn't the plan
Fri, 22 May 2020 19:54:55 GMT
When Eric Yuan founded Zoom, he set out to create a 'frictionless' video conferencing app to be used by businesses. But then a global pandemic turned Zoom into a household name.
Why oil rich UAE is developing nuclear power
Mon, 18 May 2020 13:26:05 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is embracing nuclear power as a major source of its energy, at a time when several countries are moving away from it. CNN's John Defterios reports on the strategy to diversify.
Disney CEO explains why it's safe to go back to Disney World
Thu, 28 May 2020 00:21:02 GMT
Disney World is set to reopen, but is it safe to return to the "most magical place on earth"?
US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here's why it matters
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:44:32 GMT
If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, the nation's latest heat wave might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study.
Miami's Little Haiti wasn't a target for developers. Until the seas started to rise
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:14:00 GMT
How rich people could help save the planet from the climate crisis
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:20:40 GMT
Rich people don't just have bigger bank balances and more lavish lifestyles than the rest of us -- they also have bigger carbon footprints.
Perfectly preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor discovered in Italy
Thu, 28 May 2020 14:04:24 GMT
A beautiful and remarkably well preserved mosaic floor from ancient Rome has been discovered by archaeologists in northern Italy.
Intimate portraits of real-life cyborgs
Wed, 27 May 2020 11:06:04 GMT
As biotechnology advances, so too may our ideas of what it means to be human.
Vintage photos show British vacationers gone wild
Fri, 22 May 2020 09:48:51 GMT
Butlin's vacation resorts were an institution in post-war Britain. The self-contained camps -- where guests were housed in wooden chalets, fed and entertained on-site -- provided a new kind of inexpensive luxury for working families.
These designers are reshaping the sex tech industry
Fri, 13 Mar 2020 20:30:18 GMT
There's long been a dearth of innovative design in the sex tech industry: In the words of Lora Haddock DiCarlo, founder of CES-award winning sex toy company Lora DiCarlo, the field's output throughout 20th century amounted to little more than "the vibrator, over and over again. The same thing in different shades of pink."
8 houses built in impossible places
Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:05:00 GMT
Architecture can flirt with nature in expressive yet subtle ways. The idea is, often, to harmonize, not dominate, the landscapes.
Lingerie is changing. Here's why
Wed, 13 May 2020 17:12:16 GMT
From Vivienne Westwood's Victorian corsetry to Calvin Klein's bias-cut slips, lingerie has always had a place on the runway.
Why Thailand isn't reopening to international tourists yet
Wed, 27 May 2020 08:36:38 GMT
With news that many countries in Europe are reopening to tourism in time for summer, travelers with their sights set on Asia are anxiously awaiting word on when they'll be given the green light to visit their favorite destination.
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Asteroid Day TV launches In Advance Of United Nations International Asteroid Day 30 June 2020
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:18:00 -0400
Asteroid Day TV launches In Advance Of United Nations International Asteroid Day 30 June 2020The Asteroid Foundation will launch Asteroid Day TV 2020 on 1 June 2020 with digital video content from Discovery Science, TED, IMAX, BBC, CNN, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other educational content producers. In addition, ESA will feature new, multi-language asteroid programming on Asteroid Day TV leading up to 30 June. The programming will cover themes such as asteroid discovery, planetary defense, space resources, asteroid space missions and more. Asteroid Day, the official United Nations' day of global awareness about the opportunities and challenges that asteroids present, is a programme of the Asteroid Foundation.
AP PHOTOS: Rage in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:05:47 -0400
AP PHOTOS: Rage in Minneapolis after George Floyd's deathThe protesters raged through the night, invoking the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air. Among Thursday night's casualties was a Minneapolis police station that demonstrators torched after the department abandoned it. It was the third night of violent protests after Floyd died in a confrontation with officers outside a grocery store.
Coronavirus ravages strategic Russian region
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:42:20 -0400
CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez Was Arrested On Live TV. The Police Who Killed George Floyd Are Free.
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:23:56 -0400
CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez Was Arrested On Live TV. The Police Who Killed George Floyd Are Free.A Black CNN reporter was arrested early Friday morning while covering the ongoing protests on the ground in Minneapolis. Omar Jimenez was arrested and taken into custody during a live broadcast of the protests responding to the police killing of George Floyd. Jimenez was reporting live from where the Third Police Precinct had been set on fire overnight. CNN’s camera crew was also detained. The entirety of the arrest was broadcast live. Jimenez can be heard at the start of the broadcast telling state patrol the crew is “getting out of your way,” and tells them “wherever you want us, we will go.” Just moments later, state patrol told Jimenez he was under arrest, reportedly telling the crew they were being detained because they were told to move and didn’t. Minnesota State Patrol is already trying to re-frame the narrative, despite the fact that the entire arrest can be witnessed on video. Officers said in a misleading tweet that the crew was released “once they were confirmed to be members of the media.” However, Jimenez and his camera crew had identified themselves to police and were complying with police orders before their arrest.  In a statement, CNN called the arrest “a clear violation of their First Amendment rights” and urged the authorities and the governor of Minnesota to “release the three CNN employees immediately.” After being taken to the Minneapolis public safety building, Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos, and photojournalist Leonel Mendez were all released after 6 a.m. local time.“We’re doing OK, now. There were a few uneasy moments there,” Jimenez said. While recounting his arrest in a later report, Jimenez told CNN, “ I am thankful that it happened on live TV, so that you are able to see it, I was able — I lived it, and people around the country were able to watch and see how it unfolded so there is no doubt as to what happened.” He is now back reporting from the streets. Not far from where Jimenez was reporting, another CNN reporter Josh Campbell, who is white, was “treated much differently” after identifying himself to police, he said. Campbell was not arrested, and was allowed to continue reporting in the area. CNN’s chief national security correspondent also noted the difference in treatment of white reporters in the U.S.“As a reporter, I’ve been detained in Iran, spied on in China, and followed and harassed in Russia. I’ve never had colleagues arrested and handcuffed while doing their job here in the US.,” he tweeted.Many people have responded to Jimenez’s arrest online. Rebecca Kavanaugh, a Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney pointed to the fact that the four officers involved in Floyd’s death have still not been arrested, but a Black journalist was arrested “live on TV for reporting about [the] failure to do just that.” Filmmaker Ava Duverney called Jimenez’s arrest “a turning point in the war that Trump is waging,” asking, “what will you do?” Jimenez’s arrest occurs at a time when the city has been under distress for several days following Floyd’s murder. The community has taken to the streets with grief and rage, in their demands for the arrests of the four officers who killed him. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Are Protestors Being Framed As The Problem?Dear White People, Your Black Colleagues Aren't OkYou Can Help Donate To The Minnesota Freed Fund
Parents settle lawsuit over disabled son's forced baptism
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:08:35 -0400
German virus 'guru' in crosshairs of lockdown critics
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:05:30 -0400
German virus 'guru' in crosshairs of lockdown criticsOne of Germany's top virologists has become a hate figure for conspiracy theorists and the anti-lockdown movement, leading to an ugly spat with the country's top-selling newspaper and exposing a growing rift over scientists' role in fighting the pandemic. Christian Drosten, a global expert on coronaviruses, has advised Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on COVID-19 measures credited with bringing the outbreak under control by early May and keeping the death toll relatively low.
The Latest: Attorneys seek outside probe of Floyd's death
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:03:54 -0400
The Latest: Attorneys seek outside probe of Floyd's deathAttorneys for the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are calling for an independent investigation of the actions leading to Floyd’s death. Santamaria sold the venue within the past two months.
Israeli army says it killed suspected Palestinian attacker
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:35:22 -0400
Ethiopian army ‘shot man dead because phone rang’ - Amnesty
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:28:29 -0400
Ethiopian army ‘shot man dead because phone rang’ - AmnestyIt was one of several incidents in a crackdown in Oromia in 2019, Amnesty International says.
Trump Officials Consider Defying Congress to Sell More Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:04:13 -0400
Trump Officials Consider Defying Congress to Sell More Weapons to Saudi ArabiaWASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is moving to sell another cache of munitions to Saudi Arabia, according to lawmakers and congressional aides, a step that would again defy Congress and ignore the objections of lawmakers in both parties about Riyadh's human rights record.The State Department informally notified lawmakers in January that it was planning to move forward with the sale of precision-guided missiles worth $478 million to Saudi Arabia and to approve licenses to allow Raytheon to expand its manufacturing footprint inside the kingdom. The top Democrats on the Senate and House foreign affairs committees have both withheld their support for the plan, effectively blocking it, but they fear State Department officials will push the sales through anyway.Such a move would infuriate lawmakers in both parties, who have repeatedly objected to the United States continuing to supply Riyadh with weapons it has used in strikes on civilians since it began fighting a war in Yemen. Republicans and Democrats were enraged last year when the administration declared an emergency over Iran to bypass Congress and move forward with an $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf nations."I have strong concerns about sending weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used to kill civilians in Yemen or perpetrate human rights abuses, and I've tried to block those sales from going forward," said Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. "The Trump administration has disregarded every safeguard meant to prevent the abuses of American weapons, so it's up to Congress to ensure strict adherence to these guidelines."The proposal draws further scrutiny to an already fraught issue. The State Department inspector general, Steve Linick, who was fired this month by President Donald Trump at the suggestion of Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, was in the final stages of an investigation into whether the administration had acted illegally when officials declared the emergency. Linick had presented preliminary findings to senior State Department officials in early March.The new proposal would effectively build off the sale pushed through over Congress' objections last year, sending an additional 7,500 precision-guided missiles from Raytheon to Riyadh on top of the 60,000 bombs Saudi officials bought last summer, according to a congressional aide who described it on the condition of anonymity because it had not yet been officially turned over to Congress. As of December, roughly a third of those munitions had been delivered.Perhaps more significant, it would allow Raytheon to expand an already approved relationship with the Saudis to build high-tech bomb parts in Saudi Arabia. That provision was initially included in last year's emergency declaration, but the proposal currently being considered would authorize additional manufacturing, the aide said, including an earlier version of the precision-guided missile the Saudis have already bought from Raytheon.Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the plan to expand an existing manufacturing relationship was particularly objectionable given that Trump has defended the weapons sales as vital to creating new U.S. jobs."I don't think we should ever sell arms to a dangerous country because it creates jobs," Murphy said, but "this frankly robs the president of one of his primary arguments for why these sales are so necessary.""If they're going to kill civilians, further destabilize the Middle East, and it's not going to create jobs, then what the hell is the point?" he added in an interview.A State Department official declined to comment, citing a policy of not addressing or confirming proposed defense sales until Congress has been formally notified. The existence of the proposal was first reported by The Daily Beast and confirmed by Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, in an op-ed article for CNN.Bipartisan outrage erupted in Congress last year over the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia after the administration's tepid response to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and Virginia resident. Lawmakers have also blamed the administration for aggravating the Yemen crisis and for the killing of civilians there in the five-year civil war, which has helped create the world's greatest humanitarian crisis.But each time lawmakers have tried to curtail Washington's relationship with Riyadh, Trump has intervened. The president used his first veto to reject legislation that would have ended U.S. military involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, and he later vetoed a bipartisan measure blocking the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to the kingdom."This resolution would weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationship we share with our allies and partners," Trump said in a statement after vetoing that bill. He added that "Saudi Arabia is a bulwark against the malign activities of Iran and its proxies in the region."If the State Department were to advance the munitions sale over lawmakers' objections, it is unlikely Congress could block it. Both chambers would need to muster enough support to form a veto-proof majority opposing the sale.But Murphy, who has been one of the most vocal proponents of ending U.S. military involvement in Saudi Arabia, suggested that lawmakers could be more resistant to the sales after an FBI report that found that the gunman in last year's deadly shooting at a military base in Florida, a Saudi Air Force cadet, was regularly in touch with al-Qaida for years."There are more questions now than ever about the nature of our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and I have no idea why we would reward them with another arms sale after we just got confirmation that they sent an al-Qaida recruit onto one of our military bases," he said.A New York Times investigation found that Trump's aggressive arms sale policies were met with alarm by some in the State Department, in part because the administration did not seem concerned with human rights issues. Within the department, veteran Foreign Service officers strongly opposed Pompeo's decision last year to declare an emergency over Iran to circumvent Congress, but Pompeo told department officials to find a way to push the sales through.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
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