- The Guardian 15:43November 21, 2019Man who filmed killing of Syrian identified as Russian mercenaryRussian who filmed prisoner being tortured to death worked for firm with links to KremlinA Russian-speaking man who filmed the torture and killing of a prisoner in Syria has been identified as a member of Wagner, a Russian private military company with ties to the Kremlin that has aggressively expanded into the Middle East and Africa in recent years.The video, which appears to have been taken in 2017, showed several men in military-style clothing beating a prisoner with a sledgehammer, then beheading him, amputating his arms with a sapper’s trowel and setting his body on fire using gasoline or another accelerant. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 13:00November 21, 2019UK growth will dip to 1% even if no-deal Brexit avoided, warns OECDProspect of crashing out of EU leaves UK more exposed to global financial risks, thinktank saysThe UK’s GDP growth rate will slip to 1% next year even if a no-deal Brexit is avoided, according to the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation.The OECD said the economy would slow down from growth of 1.2% this year if parliament passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the 31 January deadline, before returning to 1.2% in 2021. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 08:00November 21, 2019Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catchLeaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risksIceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic.In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Continue reading...
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- Observer 01:40November 21, 2019The Metropolitan Museum of Art Has Hired Star Curator Dr. Denise MurrellMurrell's exhibition 'Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today' earned rave reviews last year while on display at Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
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- The Guardian(UK) 22:59November 20, 2019Sondland points the finger at Trump – and damns others for good measureThe EU envoy was emphatic that the shakedown scheme to hold back Ukrainian aid involved Trump and his top deputiesWhen Gordon Sondland walked into the congressional impeachment hearing shortly after 9am, reports were circulating that the Trump administration and the Republican party was going to throw him under the bus for his part the Ukraine scandal, painting him as a hotelier turned diplomat who went rogue. Related: Impeachment hearings: Sondland says quid pro quo was pushed by Giuliani and ordered by Trump - live Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 19:22November 20, 2019Extinction Rebellion founder’s Holocaust remarks spark furyGerman politicians accuse Roger Hallam of downplaying significance of genocideRoger Hallam, the co-founder of the environmental campaign movement Extinction Rebellion, has sparked anger in Germany after referring to the Holocaust as “just another fuckery in human history”.Hallam has been accused of downplaying the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews – a crime in Germany – by arguing in an interview that the significance of the Holocaust had been overplayed. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:35November 20, 2019Swine flu vaccine case settled but hopes for legal precedent dashedWoman says she developed narcolepsy after receiving Pandemrix vaccine at schoolThe Irish government has settled a legal case with a woman who said she developed narcolepsy as a result of a swine flu vaccine.The health minister and the health service executive agreed to compensate and pay the full legal costs of Aoife Bennett, 27, who received the Pandemrix vaccine in school in 2009 as part of a state campaign against swine flu. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 15:14November 20, 2019Tory Candidate Amjad Bashir Suspended Over Anti-Semitic 'Brainwashed Extremists' Comment
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:57November 20, 2019Police investigating Caruana Galizia murder arrest businessman on yachtMaltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by car bomb on Mediterranean island in 2017A prominent Maltese businessman has been arrested aboard his yacht as it was heading out to sea, in an operation linked to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Armed forces personnel boarded a vessel at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning and detained Yorgen Fenech. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 01:02November 20, 2019Key witnesses tell of concern over Trump's 'inappropriate' Ukraine callKurt Volker, witness requested by Republicans, says the investigations Trump requested amounted to ‘conspiracy theories’Impeachment hearings – live coverageTwo witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have described their concern over an “unusual” call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president in July, in which Trump ignored official talking points about fighting corruption to instead “demand” an investigation tied to Joe Biden. Related: Donald Trump has dragged America's global reputation to an all-time low | Simon Tisdall Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 00:08November 20, 2019Dozens of migrants found in refrigerated container on ferryTwenty-five people reportedly found on ship travelling from Netherlands to UKDutch authorities have discovered 25 migrants stowed away inside a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for England.According to a statement published on a local government website, all those found onboard were alive, with one of them thought to be a child. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 17:49November 19, 2019Impeachment hearings: witnesses to give firsthand accounts of Trump's Ukraine call – live newsAlexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams to testify publicly about Trump’s July conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskiy – get the latest liveIn this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 2.49pm GMT Lt Col Alexander Vindman outlined his family’s history of fleeing from the Soviet Union and applauded the courage of his colleagues who have testified in the impeachment inquiry."I have dedicated my entire professional life to the United States of America."National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was attacked by Pres. Trump, delivers opening statement at the third impeachment hearing: https://t.co/wJIckfThSv pic.twitter.com/xl2HzqSXn8 2.46pm GMT In his opening statement at this morning’s impeachment hearing, Lt Col Alexander Vindman said he immediately reported Trump’s Ukraine call to White House lawyers “out of a sense of duty” because the conversation was “improper.”“I was concerned by the call, what I heard was improper, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg,” Vindman said, referring to a senior White House lawyer. “It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent.” Continue reading...
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- New York Times 16:59November 19, 2019Fresh Snub From Europe Leaves the Balkans TeeteringThe abrupt decision by France to postpone any discussion of North Macedonia joining the European Union is reverberating in an already unsettled region.
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- The Guardian 16:15November 19, 2019Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigationProsecution authority says it will not proceed with investigation into WikiLeaks founderA Swedish prosecutor says the alleged rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, has been discontinued.Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson spoke on Tuesday as she gave an update on the Swedish case. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:29November 19, 2019Olympic committee's deal with Airbnb angers Paris authoritiesMayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in the French capital, which will host the 2024 summer Games, blame Airbnb for causing a shortage of long-term rental property in the city, pushing up rents and forcing the middle class out. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 10:57November 19, 2019Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrestedMaltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killingA man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of Malta’s most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police source has told Reuters.The man is believed to have linked the person suspected of commissioning the murder of Caruana Galizia, to the men accused of carrying out the killing, as well as those who helped procure the explosive device used in the operation. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 21:03November 18, 2019Opinion Polls Often Get Elections Wrong, But They Still Matter
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- New York Times 19:46November 18, 2019For the Eurostar Tribe, Brexit Could Make Brussels Feel Even Farther AwayThe high-speed rail link was once the locomotive embodiment of the ideal of a border-free Continent. But Britain’s withdrawal from the E.U. leaves the service facing an uncertain future.
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- The Guardian 15:27November 18, 2019German newspaper investigates new owner over Stasi informer roleBerliner Zeitung’s Holger Friedrich admits working for East German secret police A German newspaper has been forced to launch an investigation into its new owner after it was revealed he had been an informer for the East German secret police, the Stasi.The Berliner Zeitung, a centre-left daily founded in 1945, said that Holger Friedrich, who bought the ailing publication with his wife, Silke, this year, had promised the journalists his “full support and cooperation” in their efforts to investigate how involved Friedrich was with the Ministry for State Security, the intelligence arm of the communist East German regime. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 15:13November 18, 2019Brexit could weaken rules on antibiotics in farming, activists warnCampaigners say next government must clamp down to avoid risks to human healthLatest election news – live updatesCampaigners have warned that the next government must clamp down on the overuse of antibiotics in farming to stave off increasing risks of resistance that are threatening human health.Brexit threatens to open up loopholes in the UK’s regulations that would mean diverging from strengthening EU standards on antibiotic use in farming, and the pressure from potential trade deal partners will be to lower standards. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 14:30November 18, 2019Russian internet giant grants veto powers to Kremlin-linked bodyYandex agrees to corporate restructuring in move likely to increase government oversight Yandex, the Russian search giant, has agreed to a corporate restructuring that will grant a veto over key company decisions – such as those covering the security of personal data and intellectual property – to a body with close government ties.The decision to offer a “golden share” to the newly formed Public Interest Foundation (PIF) to “defend the country’s interests” is likely to increase Kremlin oversight of Yandex, Russia’s largest internet company. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 01:50November 18, 2019Johnson Vows To Cut Taxes For Businesses Amid Brexit Uncertainty
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- Business Insider 18:45November 17, 2019Here's why Europe has mostly ditched wealth taxes over the last 25 years — even as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seek them for the USReuters / Enrique Calvo Over the past year, progressives have thrust the idea of taxing wealth towards the center of the Democratic primary.
They contend it's an effective way to rein in income inequality and drastically cut the fortunes of the rich.
But wealth taxes in Europe have never been a significant driver of government revenue across the continent for several key reasons.
For starters, they were difficult to administer and the revenue generated was low as a result of exemptions on taxable assets.
In the US, critics argue its an impractical way to raise revenue at the possible expense of hurting economic growth, and others have raised questions whether it is constitutional.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the past year, progressives have thrust the idea of taxing wealth towards the center of the Democratic primary. They argue it's an effective way to drastically slash the fortunes of the rich and cut their economic power.
Both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are leading the charge with proposals to tax the fortunes of the wealthiest Americans to help pay for their sweeping agendas. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Elizabeth Warren releases plan pledging to begin Medicare for All transition within first 100 days in officeEarly analysis shows Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax would slow US economic growth, but advocates argue it ignores the full impactTwo-thirds of Bernie Sanders supporters also would support Elizabeth Warren if she's the nomineeSEE ALSO: 4 European countries still have a wealth tax. Here's how much success they've each had.
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- Guardian 18:00November 17, 2019Three lions on a beach: a sculpture for the age of BrexitWhat are three decrepit beasts doing washed up on Dover sands? Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reveals why The Pride of Brexit protests the ‘most unpatriotic events’ Britain has ever seenBritish lions aren’t supposed to look like this. They’re meant to be fierce, mighty and indomitable, lords of all they survey. But the three creatures here on Dover Beach look sick, emaciated and exhausted. They seem to be crawling to their deaths.These sculptures were recently installed beneath the White Cliffs by Jason deCaires Taylor, who calls them The Pride of Brexit. “They convey,” says the British artist, “the sense of profound loss many of us remainers feel.” His installation is meant to be “a monument to one of the most unpatriotic events Britain has ever seen”. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 15:30November 17, 2019I took trains all the way from Istanbul to London, and eastern and western Europe felt like different worldsBen Mack / Insider The Cold War ended about 30 years ago — but many of the differences between eastern and western Europe remain.
I witnessed many of them firsthand during a recent eight-day journey by train across Europe, from Istanbul to London.
Some of the differences were obvious, like eastern European train stations usually seeming less busy, and things generally being less expensive.
However, there were also a striking number of similarities, like friendly, helpful people everywhere I went.
With many eastern European countries now part of the EU, it seems likely things will only become more similar.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Iron Curtain came down a long time ago — a good three decades, for those who are counting (November 9 was the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall).
Yet while roughly half of the world's population had not even been born when it happened, many of the stark differences between western and eastern Europe that emerged during the Cold War remain — even though many former Soviet bloc nations have been members of the European Union for several years now.
This observation surprised me on a recent trip in which I traveled across Europe — from Istanbul to London — by train.
Here are some of the biggest differences I noticed.It may be easy to travel across Europe today, but 30 years ago it wasn't so simple, because of the Cold War.
Ben Mack / Insider
While the Berlin Wall is the most infamous example, there were barriers all across Europe that prevented people from going from east to west, and vice-versa. This was described by former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who said in a 1946 speech: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent."
In the coming decades, the term "iron curtain" would become synonymous with Europe's separation.
Today, however, things have changed. The Berlin Wall is even a tourist attraction.
Ben Mack / Insider
No longer the symbol of separation and sorrow that it once was, the Berlin Wall is today a major tourist attraction (and has now been down longer than it stood). It's something many people might have thought almost inconceivable three decades ago — just like how many people might have never thought former communist nations and republics of the Soviet Union would become members of the European Union, like many (such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) now are, and transform into popular tourist destinations.
Yet as soon as I began my journey from Istanbul to London, I could already tell there were still major differences.
Ben Mack / Insider
I'd lived in Sweden and Germany for several years before and spent a fair bit of time traveling throughout western European nations, so I knew what homes and buildings there often looked like. The buildings I saw in Bulgaria — particularly in the villages I saw from the Balkan Express train I was traveling on to the capital of Sofia a few days exploring Istanbul — were not anything like Germany or Scandinavia at all. Many of them seemed to be in poor condition, with rotting roofs or crumbling walls, if they looked inhabited at all. Still others had large amounts of trash lying around them — again, something I didn't often see in Germany, or especially in Sweden.
Part of this simply comes down to economics: while the average person in Sweden and Germany makes $53,442 and $44,470 per year respectively, according to the World Bank, the average Bulgarian takes home only about $8,032 per year — about six times less.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:19 gift ideas that won't kill the environmentHuman-like monkeys, jumping bunnies, and teeth-baring lions all feature in this year's most striking nature photosThis village of tiny houses in the Arctic is actually a hotel — and it's about as far away from other humans as you can get
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- New York Times 14:33November 17, 2019Dueling Matteos Battle for the Future of ItalyFormer Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the popular anti-migrant leader Matteo Salvini may be out of power. But their sparring has come to dominate Italy’s political life.
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- The Guardian 10:24November 17, 2019Venetians call for help as ‘pride of Italy’ deals with flood damageAuthorities are asking civil society and businesses to contribute to restore heritageVenice authorities have called on people around the world to help restore the stricken lagoon city following a series of devastating floods.The mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, has opened a bank account for contributions, writing on social media that Venice is “the pride of Italy and everyone’s heritage”. “Thanks to your help, it will shine again,” he added. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 03:12November 17, 2019Boris Johnson: all Tory election candidates will back my Brexit dealPM claims it’s a ‘100%’ certainty he would deliver Brexit if Conservatives win a majorityBoris Johnson has said that all Tory parliamentary candidates have committed to vote for his Brexit deal if he wins a majority at the general election.In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said this pledge means that voters can be “100%” certain that a Conservative government will “unblock” parliament and deliver Brexit. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:03November 16, 2019Elon Musk's plan to build a new Tesla factory in Germany makes no sense. Here's why. (TSLA)Xinhua via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced last week that a new factory is planned for Germany, in the Berlin area.
This is a bad idea. The European auto industry already has too many factories for the region's level of demand.
The European auto market also isn't growing.
A shift to electric vehicles could happen, but it would be far more sensible for Tesla to take over an existing plant or hire a manufacturer to build its cars.
Musk's addiction to storytelling is driving this decision.
Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Last week, Tesla announced that it would build a new Gigafactory — Tesla's term for a rather grandiose term for a car plant — near Berlin.
That would bring the Tesla Gigafactory count to four, with facilities in Nevada, New York state, China, and now Germany. Not all of these plants are explicitly for vehicle assembly, but they could be if needed. By reckoning, this means Tesla has committed to building more factories than any other established automaker in the world. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Tesla unveiled its Model Y — here are the best features of the $39,000 SUVSee Also:Uber needs to buy Lyft to surviveSoftbank is getting exactly what it deserves, and it's thanks to something way bigger than WeWorkRepublicans should face reality: It's time for President PenceFOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content!
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- The Guardian(UK) 15:38November 16, 2019Paris police fire teargas on anniversary of gilets jaunes protestsClashes between yellow vest protesters and police lead to 33 arrests in French capitalParis police fired teargas in north-western and southern Paris on Saturday to drive back protesters marking the first anniversary of anti-government “yellow vest” demonstrations.On the Place d’Italie in southern Paris, demonstrators, many clad in black and hiding their faces, set bins on fire and hurled projectiles at riot police while building barricades. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 13:25November 16, 2019This Election, I'll Be Spoiling My Ballot Paper
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- The Guardian 12:00November 16, 2019Three more altar boys claim they were abused by priests in VaticanItalian TV show to reveal alleged abuse at Vatican’s youth seminary in 1980s and 90sThree more former altar boys have claimed they were sexually abused by two priests in the Vatican, as the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church zeroed in for a second time on its headquarters.The allegations of abuse in the Vatican’s youth seminary, to be set out in an Italian TV show on Sunday, date back to the 1980s and 90s when the boys were aged between 10 and 14. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 11:00November 16, 2019London ballroom hosts showcase event for 'golden passports'Three PMs attend marketing sales event on how wealthy can snap up EU citizenship for $100,000Three prime ministers took to a stage in the ballroom of a five-star London hotel this week offering the world’s wealthiest people “golden passports” and citizenship of their countries in return for hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment or flat “contributions”.Allen Chastanet, the prime minister of the Caribbean island of St Lucia, told about 300 members of the super-rich elite and their advisers gathered at the Rosewood hotel for “global citizenship conference” that his country’s economic mission was “going after high net-worth individuals and giving them a comfortable place to live”. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 05:13November 16, 20194 US B-52 bombers just got back from a month flying all around Europe — here's what they were up toCpl. Alex Scott/UK Ministry of Defense US B-52 bombers and airmen deployed to the UK in October for Bomber Task Force 20-1.
Bomber Task Force deployments are meant train US aircrews while reassuring partners and deterring foes.
This rotation, which ended this week, was no different, as US bombers flew all over Europe and into the high north.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Four US Air Force B-52 bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana arrived in England with about 300 airmen on October 10 for a bomber task force deployment.
The bombers were deployed to RAF Fairford to "conduct integration and interoperability training" with partners in the region and to "exercise Air Force Global Strike Command's ability to conduct bomber operations from a forward operating location" in support of US Air Forces in Europe and US European Command.
Amid heightened tensions with Russia after its 2014 seizure of Crimea, bomber task force exercises over Europe are also meant to reassure US partners and to be a deterrent to Moscow — this deployment, like others before it, also saw US bombers fly close to Russia in Eastern Europe and the high north.
Below, you can see what US airmen and bombers did during the month they were in Europe.Bomber Task Force 20-1 was "part of a routine forward deployment of bomber aircraft in the European theater that demonstrates the US commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance," a US Air Forces Europe-Africa spokeswoman said.
US Air Force/Staff Sgt Philip Bryant
The Barksdale B-52s' deployment to RAF Fairford was their first since this spring, the spokeswoman said, and comes not long after a B-2 Spirit bomber task force deployment in August and September that saw the stealth bomber accomplish several firsts over Europe.
BTF 20-1 missions kicked off a few days after the bombers landed in England.
US Air Force/Senior Airman Stuart Bright
The exercises were not only for aircrews. Munitions specialists deployed with the task force also practiced assembling BDU-50s — inert, unguided bombs.
US Air Force/Staff Sgt. James Cason
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Amid tensions with Russia, NATO is trying to up its game in the waters around EuropeHow a former British paratrooper prepared actors in '1917' to fight WWI's devastating battlesMeet the Night Stalkers, the pilots who fly SEALs and Delta Force to their most dangerous and secretive operationsSEE ALSO: Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there
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- New York Times 23:56November 15, 2019Ethnic Rifts in Bolivia Burst Into View With Fall of Evo MoralesAs the country’s first Indigenous president has tumbled from power, Indigenous Bolivians fear the loss of their hard-won political gains, and say a racially tinged backlash has begun.
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- The Guardian(UK) 18:21November 15, 2019Venice council flooded moments after rejecting climate crisis planRightwing parties reject proposals as lagoon city faces worst flooding in 53 years Veneto’s regional council rejected a plan to combat climate change minutes before its offices on the Grand Canal, in Venice, were flooded, it has emerged as the city continues to battle high water levels.Venice has been hit by recurrent flooding since Tuesday, with 70% of the lagoon city engulfed on Friday morning as the acqua alta, or high water, level reached 1.54 metres amid heavy downpours. On Tuesday night, as Veneto councillors were debating the climate emergency in Ferro Fini Palace, Venice suffered its worst flooding since 1966. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:30November 15, 2019100 years of Shakespeare and Company: how a bookshop became a Paris landmarkOnce a haven for modernist pioneers, the beautifully cluttered bookshop is now a legend, known for letting travellers stay the night– if they write an autobiographyThere are currently 4,000 reviews of Shakespeare and Company on TripAdvisor. Many of them describe the shop as “magical” or “a dream”. Some mention its pedigree – the famous writers including F Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway who went there, the films and TV programmes shot there. Even those that don’t rate the shop – who think the stock isn’t good enough or complain that it’s too crowded – recommend visiting, talking of its history and its proximity to Notre Dame. As a Paris landmark, which turns 100 this month, it is ranked below the Eiffel Tower and above the crumbling angels of Père-Lachaise cemetery. But how does a bookshop become a place of pilgrimage, a tourist trap and an emblem for a city, all at once?There are no Shakespeare and Company equivalents in any other city. Britain’s capital has the London Review Bookshop, its tote bags beloved by fashionable kids in Seoul, but the clientele just want to visit a well-stocked bookshop. None of the bookshops in London are so deeply stitched into the mythos of the city that they have become part of any presumed sightseeing tour, alongside Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. None have become an attraction for those otherwise uninterested in the literary landscape of their holiday destination. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:12November 15, 2019France braces for gilets jaunes anniversary marchesOne year on, divisions in the country persist and yellow vest protests are expected to surgeIn a kebab shop on the outskirts of Bordeaux, Christine, 48, was planning the next steps of the local gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement.“We might seem less visible, but we’re still out here,” said the cardiac nurse who left her job after a “burn out” – like “so many” healthcare staff. “Some don’t want to wear a yellow vest anymore because of being targeted by police, but we’re organising meetings, mobilising citizens and we’ve still got public support. We’ve created a new sense of solidarity in France and that won’t go away.” Continue reading...
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- Breaking Defense 01:32November 15, 2019Pentagon, NATO Warn European Union About Defense SpendingAs the EU releases plans for new ships, drones, and missile defense systems, Washington and NATO worry the organization’s new weapons may work seamlessly with the alliance.
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- The Guardian(UK) 21:20November 14, 2019EU launches legal action after UK fails to nominate commission candidateTaxpayers could face paying for large fine after Downing Street fails to put forward nomineeLatest UK politics news – live updatesBritish taxpayers face paying out for a large fine after the EU launched a legal action against Boris Johnson’s government over his failure to abide by the law and nominate a candidate for the new European commission.Despite knowing for weeks that the UK would remain in the EU beyond 31 October, when a new EU executive had been due to be in place, Downing Street failed to put someone forward to join the bloc’s 28-strong top team. Continue reading...
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- Breaking Defense 20:55November 14, 2019Israeli Tests New Air-Ground Tactics Vs. Islamic JihadThe Israeli Air Force just wrapped up a “Blue Flag” wargame with the US & European allies and a real war with Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
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- Coindesk 20:21November 14, 2019OneCoin Founder’s Brother Faces 90-Year Jail Term After Plea DealThe brother of OneCoin's infamous "Cryptoqueen," Konstantin Ignatov has reached a plea deal with U.S. authorities.
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- The Guardian 18:58November 14, 2019German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinationsBundestag backs law that will fine parents up to €2,500 if children are not inoculatedGermany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease.Parents who refuse to get their children inoculated face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,140) and a likely ban from nursery or school. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 17:27November 14, 2019Notre Dame fire: row as general tells architect to 'shut his mouth'Army general rebuked after lashing out at chief architect over cathedral rebuild plansThe French government has rebuked the army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral after he told the chief architect to “shut his mouth”, in a sign of tensions over the cathedral’s future appearance.Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin lost his cool with Philippe Villeneuve in a dispute over whether to replace the spire, which collapsed in the fire in April, with an exact replica or a modern alternative. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 17:21November 14, 2019Rising proportion of EU citizens in UK given temporary 'pre-settled status'More people given temporary status as backlog of unresolved cases reaches half a millionThe proportion of EU citizens being granted a temporary, more precarious “pre-settled status” in the UK has continued to rise, the latest Home Office statistics show, and the backlog of unresolved cases has grown to more than half a million, causing unease among campaign groups that support EU nationals living in Britain.All of the estimated 3.4 million EU citizens resident in the UK must apply for settled status if they want to continue living here legally after Brexit. The latest EU settlement scheme statistics show that 590,300 people applied for settled status in October, bringing the total number of applications to 2,450,000. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:21November 14, 2019Kosovan firebrand Jeton Neziraj: 'Theatre should side with the victims'His plays have brought threats, vandalism – and international acclaim. Now the fearless dramatist is retooling Ibsen to lay bare corruption in his homelandJeton Neziraj has clear views about the role of drama. “Theatre should be on the side of those who have no power, on the side of victims, on the side of minorities,” he says. Arguably Kosovo’s leading playwright, he attacks his country’s political issues head-on. His 2018 play The Hypocrites, or The English Patient, savaged the dire state of the healthcare system and was inspired by a bribery scandal. He published one of his plays – in which Serbia and Kosovo fight it out for the EU spot vacated by the UK – under the pseudonym “a Kosovar cynic”. His 2017 play, 55 Shades of Gay, which played at New York’s LaMaMa theatre this year, dealt with the bureaucratic and social fallout when a gay couple register to marry in a Kosovar town. His new play, Department of Dreams, an Orwellian comedy set in an autocracy, is currently at the City Garage theatre in Los Angeles. A fable-like drama set in a world where people are obliged to deposit their dreams in a large state-controlled bank and “would-be dictators want to control all aspects of people’s lives”, the play is applicable to more countries than just Kosovo.Neziraj is dizzyingly prolific – he has written more than 25 plays – and his work has been performed all around Europe, though not yet in the UK. The plays are raucous, irreverent and absurdist. They invoke Ibsen, Molière and Kafka, while raging against corruption and injustice, forcing the audience to confront the wounds of a country that only gained its independence in 2008, and where the war and its aftermath are still being processed. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 16:35November 14, 2019Photos show what it's like to visit the stunning Italian beach that's now so overrun with tourists, it's charging them to visitMassimo Piacentino/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images La Pelosa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The beach is at the northwestern tip of the Italian island of Sardinia.
But the beach is being overrun with tourists.
To cut down on numbers, officials are planing to start charging admission to the beach, CNN reports.
The exact admission fee has yet to be confirmed, but it's expected to be about €4 ($4.40).
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Warm weather, calm and clear water turquoise water, and brilliant white sand as soft as flour: it's really no wonder La Pelosa, located on the Italian island of Sardinia, has consistently been deemed one of the best beaches to visit in the world.
But such breathtaking beauty has come at a price: since it's easier to get to than ever before, and with more people being inspired to visit the beach due to Instagram photos, it is now overrun with tourists.
To counter the ever-growing influx, CNN reports that officials in the town of Stintino (about two miles away) have decided to start charging visitors to the beach an admission fee. Mayor Antonio Diana has yet to confirm the exact admission fee, but it's expected to be about €4 ($4.40). As many as 6,000 people visit the beach during the day in the summer months, according to Diana, and that the plan is to cut these numbers to about 1,500 visitors per day.
Here's what a visit to the famous beach is like.La Pelosa is located at the northwestern tip of the Italian island of Sardinia.
To say it is beautiful would be an understatement.
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If the cyan waters aren't spectacular enough ...
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See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Venice is experiencing its most severe flooding in 50 years. Here are 15 photos of the city's extreme flooding.The 51 best movies you can stream on Disney Plus right nowDisney has 19 new shows coming exclusively to its streaming service — here they all are
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- Breitbart News 16:11November 14, 2019Farage Scoffs at Johnson’s Last Minute ‘Deal’, Won’t Stand Aside in 300 SeatsBrexit Party leader Nigel Farage, has refused to step aside in another 300 seats, rejecting a last minute 'deal' from Boris Johnson.
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- Coindesk 15:57November 14, 2019Coinbase Expands Reach of Visa Card in Europe, Adds 5 New CryptosThe exchange has added new crypto options to its Visa debit card, including XRP, XLM and REP, and also expanded availability to 10 more nations.
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- Guardian 12:31November 14, 2019Mercedes-Benz to axe more than 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting driveMove blamed on heavy cost of investing in electric vehicles just as traditional car sales slowMercedes-Benz plans to save €1.65bn (£1.4bn) by cutting more than 1,000 jobs in the latest sign German carmakers are struggling to make big investments in electric car technology.Carmakers around the world are spending billions on developing battery-powered electric vehicles but at the same time sales of internal combustion engines are slowing in the face of economic weakness and scandals over emissions. Continue reading...
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