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The world according to Trump
As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration: Washington's corps of foreign policy experts. Across the political spectrum, many of them felt a deep foreboding for the country's global future under the leadership of President Donald Trump. In a year-end jeremiad, for instance, conservative CNN (...)- Open page / CommentSpecial Ops at war
At around 11 o'clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistani into Afghan airspace. On board were 199 Army Rangers with orders to seize an airstrip. One hundred miles to the northeast, Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters cruised through the darkness toward Kandahar, carrying Army Delta Force operators and yet more Rangers, heading for a second site. It was October 19, 2001. The war in Afghanistan (...)- Open pageMapping a world from hell
He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was to depart the country. More than 16 years after an American invasion “liberated” Afghanistan, he was there to offer some good news to a U.S. troop contingent once again on the rise. Before a 40-foot American flag, addressing 500 American troops, Vice (...)- Open pageHoneybees for hire
The reason why saving bees is a more popular cause than saving the crested newt is their role as crop pollinators. The calls for a ban on some pesticides are motivated less by a desire to protect bees as a species than by recognition of the service they provide in fertilising plants by transferring pollen from one flower to the next; the key concern is not the risk that wild plants may die out, but that food crops may do so. Not all of our plant diet depends on pollinating insects, but (...)- 2018/01 / Open access, 2018/01 - BeesThe buzz fades
Honeybee colonies are gradually failing in most temperate regions. They are widely exploited for commerce, yet under-resourced, in an overworked agricultural system. Honeybees, Apis mellifera, native to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, have been domesticated around the world, but since the 1980s their mortality has increased rapidly in most temperate regions (Europe, Japan, North and South America). Jean-Pierre Rogel writes, of Canada: ‘The current losses of around 25% are exceptional, (...)- 2018/01 / Password, 2018/01 - BeesFabricating a war on Iran
US Secretary of State Colin Powell brandished a vial he claimed contained anthrax at the UN Security Council on 5 February 2003, and showed satellite photos of secret sites where chemical weapons were supposed to be manufactured. He later admitted the story was fabricated, but not before it had served as a PR launch pad for the Iraq war. On 11 December 2017 the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, appeared with huge fragments of what she claimed was an Iranian missile that had missed its (...)- 2018/01 / Open accessFood's Disneyland
Bologna has a new theme park promoting Italy's agribusiness and related industries. It's there to sell food, and embellished stories about food manufacture. FICO Eataly World, which the media calls a ‘Disneyland of gastronomy' or ‘agrifood theme park', occupies a 10-hectare site ringed with fences and CCTV in a business park on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Bologna. It has eight hectares under cover and two in the open air, with small animal enclosures and mini-gardens, all (...)- 2018/01 / Password, 2018/01 - ItalyGermany alone within the EU
Germany has fallen out with the countries of central Europe, which are asserting national cultural identity to compensate for economic subservience to Germany. If there's one thing in Germany more resistant to change than the cult of a strong currency and a love of well-balanced accounts, it's a foreign policy founded on the European project and strong ties with the US. Yet the map of major powers allied with Germany has changed dramatically in the last three years, as the list of satisfied (...)- 2018/01 / Password
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Erdogan says Turkey has 'de-facto begun ground operation' on Syria's AfrinTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara has launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.US government in shutdown as midnight deadline passesThe federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.Brazil ‘ungovernable’ if court blocks Lula’s election run, says RousseffFormer president Dilma Rousseff said Friday Brazil will be ungovernable if a court decision due next week blocks Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva from running in October polls, and upholds his corruption conviction.Major breakthrough towards universal cancer blood testScientists have made significant progress towards a universal blood test for cancer. This would radically change diagnosis, treatment and crucially survival rates for sufferers.Two Koreas to finalise historic Olympic deal at IOC's Switzerland headquartersAfter the two Koreas struck a deal for the North to attend the Winter Games in the South, Olympic bosses will try Saturday to resolve the devils in the details of the landmark pact.Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel banThe Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.Canadian jury clears railworkers in Lac-Mégantic runaway train disasterA Canadian jury on Friday cleared three railway workers of criminal negligence in one of the nation’s worst train disasters, which killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in 2013.A whole new world: Trump anniversary specialHe promised to put America first. On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, FRANCE 24 takes you to Washington and around the world to gauge US might and influence, one year on. How far will Trump go on immigration, Jerusalem and Iran? What will the Russia investigation reveal? Join us and our panel of guests for a special edition of the FRANCE 24 Debate.
- (Germany)Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Turkey's Erdogan says ground offensive on Syria's Afrin has begunPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkish troops have begun ground operations to oust Kurdish militants from Afrin. Turkey accuses the Kurdish militia YPG of being a terror group.US government goes into first shutdown in five years after Senate voteSenate Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a compromise on a short-term funding measure. The partial shutdown comes on the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump's inauguration.US sanctions: Nervous Russian elite 'realize Putin made a serious mistake'Hundreds of Russian oligarchs could be included on a list of potential US sanctions in the upcoming "Kremlin Report." DW spoke to former US diplomat Daniel Fried about growing anxiety within the Russian elite.Twitter admits Russia-linked troll accounts more widespread than first fearedTwitter has identified over 1,000 more accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, widely considered to be a Kremlin-linked "troll farm." Twitter said it will notify some 700,000 users who were exposed to fake news.Jamaican authorities declare state of emergency over crimeThe government of Jamaica has declared a state of emergency after a rise in violent crime. The warnings are echoed on US, UK and Canadian government websites.Germany halts weapons exports to parties in Yemen conflictSaudi Arabia spends hundreds of millions of euros on military equipment from Germany each year. More than 5,000 civilians have died in the proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.Iran suspected of increasing espionage in GermanyAn Iranian intelligence agency spied on German politician Reinhold Robbe for months. In an interview with DW, Robbe says he is convinced that the extent of Iranian espionage in Germany is greater than previously known.Russian police look for weapons — and find a crocodilePolice in Russia searching for a weapons cache in St. Petersburg have encountered a crocodile living in a basement. A neighbor said the now rather large reptile was small when it first moved in.
- (Germany)SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
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Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition TalksPreliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever.Football Leaks: Messi Foundation May Have Issued Illegal Donation Certificates to BarcelonaLionel Messi has already been convicted of tax evasion. New reporting by DER SPIEGEL suggests that the superstar's foundation also helped FC Barcelona to save on taxes. It wasn't legal.Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL StaffNew Jersey Governor-Elect Murphy: 'Trump Has Already Done Tremendous Damage'Philip Murphy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, will be sworn in as New Jersey governor on Tuesday. In an interview, he attacks Donald Trump and his political style. But he also strikes an optimistic note, saying: "We'll get through it."The Blight House: Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock BottomMore controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House, with Donald Trump losing his temper over a book accusing him of being an ignorant, TV-addicted narcissist. The bad news, though, is that he's not going away anytime soon.Pollution Quiz: Where the Air Is DirtiestWhat means of transportation is the worst polluter? Where is the air particularly dirty? Explore our interactive quiz to learn more about the state of air pollution around the world.FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro ContractWhy is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL StaffFootball Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro ContractNo football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks.
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Date rape drug victim recounts terrible experienceTestimony of young woman raped in Milan nine months ago by three men who drugged her with benzodiazepine: “A few days later, I started to have partial flashbacks, and remembered screaming ‘Stop!’ before everything went black.” “I trusted a man I thought was a friend, although he wanted more than friendship, while I didn’t”D’Alema: “Elections will result in president-led government”Former prime minister hopes for future dialogue with PD and an end to conflict within the leftSoldiers surrounded by “baby gang” on Naples waterfrontTeenage gangsters chased three boys, who sought protection from a group of soldiers, but this did nothing to quell the fury of the packModigliani paintings in Genoa exhibition “crude fakes”Palazzo Ducale considers itself a victim, while the curator denies any involvement. If the expert’s report is confirmed in court proceedings, the works, previously valued at millions of euros, will be destroyedTerrorism alert at mass New Year’s Eve party in MilanSuspicious New Year’s Eve booking and contacts with jihadist in France. Alarm raised on afternoon of 31 December in two hotels on outskirts of MilanParking attendant taken to hospital after €1m lottery winItalian lottery winner tells of shock, disbelief and fears for a heart attack, and of how he asked his daughter Francesca to deal with what for him was ‘too much money’Italian-led team discovers cancer’s ‘driving force’Researchers at New York’s Columbia University, led by Italians Antonio Iavarone and Anna Lasorella, have discovered that genetic alteration is at the root of many forms of cancer, and have found the drugs to fight themTourists sleep in cars as snow causes chaos in CortinaTown centre gridlocked for hours and main road blocked by three articulated lorries without snow chains. Traffic at a standstill until evening, both in and around the ski resort in the Dolomites
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Mayor was sent bullets, swastikaEmpoli, January 19 - A Tuscan mayor got an envelope containing two bullets and a swastika in the mail Friday. Brenda Barnini got the intimidatory letter after the town was earlier this week awarded Italy's gold medal for the WWII Resistance against the Fascists and Nazis. She condemned "the new FascSpanish royals unveil new S.Maria Maggiore LED lightingRome, January 19 - Spanish royals Juan Carlos and Sofia on Friday unveiled new LED lighting for Rome's Santa Maria Maggiore (St Mary Major) basilica. "I'm a real Roman, born in Rome," said the king emeritus, who was born in Rome on January 5, 1938. The Vatican has said the lighting "combines advanceLady Gaga wows Milan crowd with Joanne tourMilan, January 19 - Lady Gaga held the crowd spellbound at Milan's Mediolanum Forum in Assago during her performance on Thursday night at the sole Italian date of her Joanne world tour. After having cancelled her European dates in September due to her fibromyalgia, she made a comeback in Milan stronMattarella names Holocaust survivor Segre Life Senator (2)Rome, January 19 - Italian President Sergio Mattarella named 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre Life Senator on Friday. Segre, an Auschwitz survivor, has written books and taken part in films about the Holocaust. Segre told ANSA being named a Life Senator had been a "bolt from the blue" anCelebrity chef Cracco weds in MilanMilan, January 19 - Cenerity chef Carlo Cracco on Friday married his long-term partner Rosa Fanti with Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala officiating and Agnelli scion Lapo Elkann as best man. TV chef Cracco has been with Fanti for 10 years and they have two children. Elkann has done several projects with thCar fines to arrive via email (2)Rome, January 19 - Motoring fines will arrive by certified email (PEC) from next month, the interior ministry said Friday. This will only be for motorists who have a PEC account, according to a ministerial decree published in the Official Gazette Friday.We'll scrap car, inheritance taxes - Berlusconi (4)Milan, January 19 - Ex-premier and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi on Friday pledged to scrap car and inheritance taxes if the centre right wins the March 4 general election. "(With the centre right in power) there will be no more taxes of people's primary home, nor on the car, inheritances anFirst laws will be anti-poverty - Berlusconi (3)Rome, January 19 - Centre right leader Silvio Berlusconi said Friday the first laws to be passed if they win the March 4 general election will be to create jobs and fight poverty. "The first measures of our government will be the creation of steady jobs, with the decontribution of apprentice and fir
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Deserted villages of AlmeríaLocated within the spectacular karst landscape of Sorbas, in Spain's southern Almería province, the deserted village of El Marchalico Viñicas is as much of a curiosity as its name suggestsMadrid exploring ways to stop Puigdemont from being reinstatedThe government’s worst-case scenario is one where the secessionist leader gets himself invested remotely or by proxy, followed by a decision by the Constitutional Court to annul the actCourt records expose methods used in British food poisoning scamLaw firms in UK handled phony claims lodged against Mallorca hotels and kept 60% of payout“If a political conviction stopped Lula from running, that would be fraud”A Brazilian court will soon decide if it confirms or overrules Lula’s nine-year prison sentence, affecting his race for the presidencyWhy Spain’s political left is in declineAround 1.7 million left-wing voters say they would consider voting for a different party or abstaining, according to a new poll“It’s not about ripping up the FARC accords, but about making changes”The presidential nominee for the Democratic Center discusses the need to end “impunity”Are two of Spain’s leading fiestas sexist?Questions are being raised over the sculptures at the Fallas in Valencia and the songs performed at the Carnival in CádizFranco’s Masonic photographerCampúa captured everyday scenes and episodes of the Civil War as well as pictures of royalty, dignitaries and stars
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New Year resolutions: Finding time to maintain personal promises can be a dragIt’s the first month of 2018 and that cracking and dull thudding sound that you hear all around you is the unmistakable noise of people’s New Year resolutions breaking and hitting the ground.Madrid mayor sets out ambitious plan to turn capital into green cityThe plan is called Plan A, ‘because there is no plan b’, according to mayor of the capital Manuela Carmena.FIRESTARTER: Neighbourhood set on fire after arson spreeA PYROMANIAC has terrorised a Mallorca neighbourhood after setting fires on more than nine streets. Police are hunting for the arsonist whoRyanair pilots in Spain threaten to announce strike within DAYS if demands not metPILOTS for Ryanair in Spain have threatened to take legal action. They will announce a strike within days if certain assurances areEXCLUSIVE: British couple win MAJOR demolition victory in Spain against ‘greedy’ Costa del Sol town hallA BRITISH couple are toasting a stunning New Year victory after they reversed a draconian demolition order on their stunning Spanish villa.TRAGIC: Son slaughters stepdad in Mallorcan homeAN expat stabbed his step-father to death for calling him ‘lazy’ and urging him to get a job. The 27-year-old attacked MallorcanPlease help us! Balearics top list of top region badly affected by BrexitTHE Balearics would be one of Europe’s worst affected areas in a no-deal Brexit. The government has reported its fears in aPARTY TIME! Sant Sebastian celebrated in all corners of MallorcaTHE biggest party Palma has ever seen returns on January 19 to celebrate the city’s patron saint Sebastian. Celebrations start with a
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Transgender woman sues over ordeal in male prisonTara Hudson ‘horrified’ by Ministry of Justice’s ‘transphobic’ response to her damages claim over 2015 spell in HMP Bristol
One of Britain’s most prominent transgender activists is embroiled in an extraordinary legal battle with the Ministry of Justice, in a landmark discrimination case.
Tara Hudson, a trans woman, was sent to a male prison in 2015, prompting a national outcry with more than 150,000 people signing a petition calling for her to be moved to a women’s jail. Hudson is suing the MoJ for damages, alleging that her status as a woman was ignored when she was imprisoned, that she suffered sexual assault during her incarceration and that she was placed in an atmosphere that was “intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and offe...Britons in Jamaica's Montego Bay urged to stay in resorts
Warning from Foreign Office comes as Jamaican military carries out crackdown on violent crime in district
Tourists in the Jamaican city of Montego Bay have been urged to stay in their resorts while the military carries out a crackdown on violent crime.
St James Parish, of which Montego Bay is the capital, has been hit by a surge in gang-related killing and violence, according to authorities, and a state of emergency was declared on Thursday.Continue reading...Alexis Jay: ‘I’ve never needed therapy – I did get angry in Rotherham though’In 2016, she became the fourth chair in two years of the troubled inquiry into child sex abuse. From her early career as a social worker in Glasgow to investigating the Rotherham scandal, how has she been affected by the horrors she has witnessed?
Whenever student journalists ask me how I choose which words to quote, I tell them to pick ones that capture the interviewee’s voice. Verbal informality and vernacular bring the speaker’s personality alive on the page, whereas any line that could have been lifted from the text of an official document does not belong inside speech marks. Sitting opposite Prof Alexis Jay, however, I realise that, were I to follow my own advice this week, her voice would be almost entirely absent from her own profi...Women’s March organisers issue rallying call to Britons
Sunday’s protests on anniversary of Trump inauguration aim to capitalise on #MeToo campaign
The UK organisers of the global Women’s March have called on people to once again gather in protest, a year after millions marched in seven continents.
Saying it is time for a “conscious revolution”, they have urged women to capitalise on the momentum created in 2017 by rallying outside Downing Street at 11am on Sunday – a year and a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, which sparked the initial protests. Other UK rallies are being held in Bristol and Sheffield.Continue reading...London cinema workers launch fresh wave of strikes
Staff at Picturehouse chain will walk out for 13 days from Saturday as part of long-running dispute over pay and union recognition
Cinema workers at five theatres across London have launched a fresh wave of strikes in a long-running dispute over pay and union recognition.
Staff at the Picturehouse chain will walk out for 13 days from Saturday in Crouch End, Hackney, East Dulwich and Central Picturehouses, as well as the Ritzy in Brixton.Continue reading...My son, James Bulger: ‘I don't have the energy for anger any more’
Twenty-five years after her son was murdered by two 10-year-old boys, Denise Fergus looks back
Denise Fergus says her son James is still very much part of the family. A large portrait of him hangs on the living room wall, and her three younger boys regard him as their elder brother; they often talk about him. “James is never far from our minds. I brought the lads up knowing him, even though they never met him.”
It is 25 years since James Bulger was murdered, and it has taken Fergus this long to write about it. It’s not that she didn’t want to: it was just too painful. We meet at her publisher’s office, where she admits she has not been looking forward to this interview. Her second husband, Stuart, the father of her two youngest children, i...UK drivers warned of icy conditions as wintry weather continues
Yellow warning for ice in place across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, north of England, Yorkshire and Midlands
Motorists are being urged to be wary of ice on the roads after disruption in areas hit by snow this week.
A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for ice was in place for Saturday morning across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of England, Yorkshire and the Midlands.Continue reading...People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover
Exclusive: Insurance firms deny discrimination, with 7/7 victim among those turned down
- Case studies: ‘I didn’t know why I’d been declined’
Insurers have been accused of depriving access to life insurance and other kinds of cover to people with depression and anxiety, even for physical conditions unrelated to their mental health.
People who have suffered even mild mental health conditions or one-off episodes say they have been refused life insurance altogether, aggravating their financial insecurity.Continue reading...
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'Pope of French cooking' Paul Bocuse dies aged 91Dubbed the 'pope' of French cuisine, Bocuse helped shake up the food world in the 1970s with the Nouvelle Cuisine revolution and created the idea of the celebrity chef.The Fast and Furious Live show launches in London's O2The Fast and Furious Live Show dazzled audiences at London's O2 Arena on Friday night as it began its world tour. Stars of the popular franchise walked the red carpet in style at the lavish premier.Hilarious review of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty foundation'If you don't stop and ask me what am I using for my skin, then you're just a hater 'cause I'm stopping traffic!' The Internet is loving one buyer's hilarious review of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty foundation.Catherine Zeta-Jones defends husband Michael DouglasIt was the same day Susan Braudy appeared on TODAY to claim the 73-year-old movie star once 'masturbated in front of her' in the late eightiesHarry and Meghan want to rent a Roman villa in OxfordshirePrince Harry and Meghan Markle want to rent a villa round the corner from the Beckhams in Great Tew, Oxfordshire, it is claimed.Mother-of-one jailed for hurling a glass at woman's mouthA young mother from Kent who kicked down the door of a toilet cubicle and hurled a glass at a stranger has been jailed for 12 months.Britain faces more winter misery with -11C temperaturesA yellow warning remains in place across the midlands, northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland after more than a foot of snow covered some areas.Saido Berahino 'cheats on his fiancée with prostitute'Premier League footballer Saido Berahino reportedly cheated on his fiancée with a £5,000-a-night escort. The Stoke City striker is engaged to businesswoman Stephania Christoforou.