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Articles: 4970
Average tonality: 3.616902
Entity mentions: 881589
Comments: 1195379
Average tonality: 1.0706234
Pound recovers after sharp falls as political turmoil hits markets
Sterling crashed to eight-week low but analysts say possibility of softer Brexit may eventually work in UK currency’s favour
Articles: 192 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 1.9270827
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Comments: 60745
Tonality: 0.5761462
  • Vermont senator said strong figures show that ‘people are rising up against austerity and inequality’ across the globe Bernie Sanders has congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on Labour’s performance in the general election.
  • Seven people have died after a terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.
  • The Conservative party has made a deal with the Democratic Unionist party so it can form a government.
  • Editorial: The election has confounded Theresa May and many others.
  • The leader of the Scottish Conservatives helped her party to 13 seats north of the border.
  • If the Prime Minister refuses to engage on the terms of a referendum before Brexit takes place then she is effectively trying to block the people of Scotland having a choice over their future.
  • But the Labour party policy supports what the definition of this so-called hard Brexit seems to be?
  • Here's Labour's Scotland branch manager last week basically telling Labour voters to vote tactically for Tories against Labour candidates in SNP-Tory marginals.
  • Jeremy Corbyn is the first Labour leader to break from austerity.
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UK appears to capitulate on sequencing on first day of Brexit talks - as it happened
All the day’s political developments, including Theresa May’s press conference with the Irish PM and David Davis and Michel Barnier starting the Brexit negotiations in Brussels
Articles: 154 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -1
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  • A vehicle has hit people leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, killing one man and injuring eight other people A van has driven into a crowd of worshippers after they left a mosque in north London.
  • Editorial: The election has confounded Theresa May and many others.
  • Hundreds of residents of Chalcots estate were evacuated overnight.
  • Government and councils were warned repeatedly about fire safety experts’ fears over tower blocks as far back as 1999 The residents of Grenfell Tower were alarmed to discover smoke pouring from their electrical appliances in May 2013.
  • Jeremy Corbyn is the first Labour leader to break from austerity.
  • The social fears and issues that drove people to vote Brexit (poverty for a start and the scapegoating of immigrants) could easily be addressed by a labour led government.
  • For someone who voted leave, labour offered an end to austerity and a promise to fulfil a real Brexit - leaving the single market, customs union, and protecting British jobs.
  • People still don't get that we are leaving the single market and customs union.
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Trump to visit Israel, Vatican and Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip as president
President will also attend Nato meeting in Brussels and Group of Seven summit in Sicily later this month, according to administration official
Articles: 92 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 1
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Comments: 32187
Tonality: -1
  • The US president is travelling to the Middle East and Europe, and we want to hear from people in the countries he is visiting Donald Trump is taking his first foreign trip since taking office in January.
  • On Tuesday evening, the New York Times reported that Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • The White House is aware of phone calls between retired lieutenant-general Michael Flynn and ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a senior US official told the Associated Press.
  • The FBI was investigating both campaigns, there is no reason why a President Clinton would prevent Comey carrying on with the investigation into Trump's campaign links to Russia.
  • Is Donald Trump the man to promote peace with North Korea?
  • "The decidedly Trump-unfriendly Washington Post revealed the president had disclosed classified intelligence"
  • If Pence becomes president the Republicans will be getting the true believer they've wanted ever since Reagan.
  • How much chocolate cake will it take to convince Trump to go home to Moscow?
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'Wait for the show': How John McCain torpedoed the Republican health plan
There were gasps when McCain joined Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in opposing the bill, ending Republicans’ latest effort to kill the health law
Articles: 75 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 1
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  • He’s a great, great American’ Donald Trump has forced out Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff and replaced him with the homeland security secretary, Gen John Kelly.
  • Senate Republicans are desperately trying to cobble together a compromise plan to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act
  • As the row over treatment of boy with very rare medical condition continues to make headlines, here’s a brief summary of the issues What is wrong with Charlie Gard?
  • Arizona senator John McCain provided a historic and critical vote to torpedo the Obamacare repeal bill – and with it Donald Trump’s legislative agenda "
  • The wrong people have been left to run the Republican party!
  • Please don't forget that ACA was named Obamacare by the Republicans AND that ACA is the health care bill of Republican Mitt Romney.
  • That ole cracker Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is about to be fired by Trump.Then the Amerikan people need to wake up and fire that pathologically toxic freak himself before he destroys the country.
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'Losers': Trump's favorite word may diminish the gravity of UK attack
Trump’s insult of the Manchester attacker gained support beyond his usual backers in the media in this instance, but some call it offensive to the victims
Articles: 69 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -3
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Comments: 3017
Tonality: -1
  • Shows at London’s O2 Arena among those cancelled after Manchester suicide bombing kills 22 Ariana Grande’s European tour has been suspended following the terror attack at her show at the Manchester Arena on Monday.
  • The US president displays woeful ignorance by making a bogeyman of Iran One of the key questions posed by Donald Trump’s presidency is whether you can believe what he says and even whether he believes it himself.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, also allegedly attended the meeting.
  • The only people who like him -- Erdogan, Netanyahu, Duterte, the Saudi princes -- are thugs and dictators.
  • A lot of people suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
  • Hell, even the 'President Trump' joke was funny...for a bit.
  • For European gourmets: How to deal with Trump.
  • Wow....you'd prefer an idiot as your president, 'cause you don't like smart people.
  • If NATO wants to get anything done, it needs the US.
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Donald Trump's romance with China's Xi has cooled, 'ass-kicking' could lie ahead
The idea of a ‘big marriage’ to tackle issues such as North Korea is dead and what might come from their G20 meeting is unknown, but it will be tense
Articles: 66 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -1
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Comments: 18322
Tonality: -1
  • Putin urged Trump to calm his rhetoric over North Korea’s apparent firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching US soil.
  • His comments come after Donald Trump attacked China’s trade ties with North Korea following the rogue state’s successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
  • Thousands are preparing to protest against world leaders at the G20 summit.
  • Donald Trump had better read his briefing notes Donald Trump is expected to hold his first meeting as US president with Vladimir Putin on Friday, at the G20 summit in Hamburg.
  • Why then is Donald Trump treating Putin like his master?
  • So, China will be fine as North Korea accomplishes nuclear power status alongside its protective neighbours, China & Russia.
  • North Korea's Independence Day "gift" for Donald Trump was indeed a "rocket."
  • However Trump has since becoming President: *Said that sanctions on Russia should be lifted *Threatened to defund NATO *And is now threatening a trade war with China all of which is what Putin wants.
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Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump
Russian president tells Megyn Kelly he has no relationship with Trump and had never met him
Articles: 45 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -4
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Comments: 5777
Tonality: -1
  • Russian president tells Megyn Kelly he has no relationship with Trump and had never met him Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump.
  • Several Arab countries have announced that they are breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar.
  • The latest whirlwind of news about Trump, Comey and Russia has again stoked the chorus for impeachment.
  • On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain launched an unprecedented campaign to isolate Qatar diplomatically and economically over links to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran.
  • Trump is siding with the prime instigator and supporter of international terrorism and extremist religious intolerance - Saudi Arabia.
  • The sooner liberals understand this fact the sooner people like Trump will never get into positions of power.
  • I am more bothered about Saudi Arabia than about Iran or Qatar.
  • I hope the American people have a just and righteous government they deserved instead of the present White House-Kremlin secret administration puppeted by one Donald Dick.
  • As a salesman, what Trump sad and did was part of salesmanship.
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Elon Musk and Disney boss quit Trump's business panel over Paris pullout
High-profile departures from business advisory role shine light on other panel members and their beliefs
Articles: 41 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 6
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Comments: 10368
Tonality: -0
  • The Guardian revealed Farage is a ‘person of interest’ in the Trump/Russia investigation.
  • His withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement belittles his country, but could galvanise the world Life here in the US feels surreal lately, like a very bad reality TV show, thanks to Donald Trump.
  • “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said, speaking in the White House rose garden on Thursday.
  • Bankers and celebrities are often on the forefront of climate change discussions.
  • What people do or don't do can protect the environment and prevent catastrophic climate change.
  • The heads of some of the largest and most influential American technology companies expressed their “deep disappointment” at Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.
  • TRUMP" will appear at the top of the list!
  • Pittsburgh makes people think about steel mills and coal.
  • Only people dumber then Trump are those that continue to support him.
  • Michaelia Cash says Donald Trump should keep US in Paris climate deal.
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3 4.6 0.348
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How Theresa May went from supreme confidence to doubt and panic
It was supposed to be a coronation for Queen Theresa … but that was back in April. Now, as the Tory leader found on the campaign trail in Yorkshire, nothing can be taken for granted
Articles: 41 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: 5
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Comments: 27090
Tonality: 1
  • The surprise British election was meant to be all about Brexit, and to pitch the prime minister as the only serious leader.
  • The pledge will be one of the main offers in the SNP’s general election manifesto as Sturgeon seeks to bolster her party’s claim its MPs will protect Scottish interests at Westminster.
  • But Jeremy Corbyn has incorporated more green policies than any past leader and I live in a safe Labour seat, so I want to feel I haven’t wasted my vote.
  • Scotland did vote to Remain by a large majority, but it's quite a clear that a sizeable proportion of the Scottish brexit voters are working class SNP voters who defected from Labour after the 2014 referendum.
  • Fundamentally, Sturgeon has offered the people of Scotland a say on the Brexit deal.
  • If you hate Brexit, voting for the Tories or Labour is a wasted vote.
  • I suspect a lot of people who like Labour economic policy will vote Tory because Labour's 'social engineering' type attitudes stink.
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'Unprecedented public stroke-fest': late-night hosts on Trump's cabinet meeting
Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, took aim at the president’s bizarre inaugural cabinet meeting on Monday
Articles: 35 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: 4
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Comments: 5076
Tonality: -1
  • President’s tweet confirms reports of obstruction of justice investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller Donald Trump seemed to confirm for the first time that he was under federal investigation on Twitter on Friday morning.
  • One White House version of events said that Trump fired the FBI director on 9 May after concerns over his performance were raised by Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
  • The president dodges his critics but flies headlong into his admirers.
  • Rosenstein appointed Mueller to head the Russia investigation shortly after the president sacked James Comey as FBI director.
  • Time to hammer Russia with the most severe financial sanctions possible & let the Russian people depose of this war criminal.
  • Why are the media full of anti-Trump comments?
  • Republicans need to get rid of Trump before the Russia/Comey infection takes hold.
  • “We won’t allow US dollars to prop up military monopolies that exploit and abuse the people of Cuba,” Great words,Mr Trump!
  • The sooner liberals understand this fact the sooner people like Trump will never get into positions of power.
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London fire: May offers £5m to victims amid criticism of response
Prime minister offers cash and help with housing to victims and visits scene of deadly blaze after initial response criticised
Articles: 35 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: -7
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Comments: 261
Tonality: -2
  • Follow the latest updates as police say they expect death toll to rise in wake of Grenfell Tower disaster in west London
  • Residents repeatedly voiced concerns about fire safety in Grenfell Tower, including that there was only one escape route and no building-wide fire alarm or sprinkler system.
  • After blaze at block of flats in west London, recent refurbishment, the alarm system and ‘stay put’ advice come under scrutiny What started the fire?
  • Few wanted to talk about Theresa May, whose first non-visit had just occurred.
  • The current Building Regulations already require effective cavity barriers in retro-fit cladding systems with external wall insulation.
  • Hope not, I attended at council meeting sometime ago & two of the speakers represented local housing associations which were it seemed a sideways movement of council responsibility to remove the costings from the balance sheet.
  • For people to not know there is a fire in the building until its too late in 2017 is beyond shocking.
  • I hope the victims recieve some justice and those who put profit before people face the consequences.
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Emily Thornberry accuses Chuka Umunna of virtue signalling on EU vote
Shadow foreign secretary calls Labour divisions a distraction and claims the manifesto, not the leader, was the real star of the party’s election campaign
Articles: 31 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: 6
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Tonality: 0
  • Colleagues and friends including Nicola Sturgeon pay tribute to former solicitor who led SNP from 1979 to 1990 Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has died after a short illness, the party has confirmed.
  • But some Labour MPs are frustrated that Starmer did not go further on the issue of remaining in the single market.
  • It could be finalised as the deadline also looms for the DUP, Sinn Féin and the other Northern Ireland parties to find an agreement of their own to restored devolved power sharing in Belfast.
  • Labour moderates need to ignore hard brexit boys Corbyn and McDonnell and actually fight for us to stay in the single market.
  • It would be a disgrace if the DUP party get the money in their pockets, but it is the people who live in Northern Ireland (not just DUP voters) who will receive the money.
  • Snp voters are keeping the Tories in power deliberately Some in Scottish Labour - the leader included, ffs - actively supported the Tories in Scotland at the GE.
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Tracking Trump: Russia scandal deepens while healthcare flatlines
Donald Trump clashed with Senate Republicans on the healthcare bill and Robert Mueller, in a tumultuous week that ended with Sean Spicer quitting
Articles: 30 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 2
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Comments: 6208
Tonality: -1
  • Back in spotlight, Sean Spicer is forced to defend president celebrating domestic achievements despite his own company’s overseas manufacturing It is many a little boy’s fantasy.
  • The White House held its first on-camera press briefing in three weeks, after Sean Spicer resigned as Donald Trump’s press secretary after six months
  • As he marked six months in office, the president appeared increasingly upset over Sessions stepping aside on the issue and Robert Mueller subsequently being appointed as the special counsel investigating possible ties between Trump and Russia.
  • I'm sorry that Sean Spicer has been disappeared by the Trump administration.
  • Most jokes are on Spicer were dull and repetitive.
  • If you really want rid of trump, then grow up.
  • Trump is helping to wake people from their slumber .
  • Trump needs to surround himself with more people like Bannon.
  • Yet another hapless Republican walks the plank for Trump.
  • There are so many people that will miss Sean Spicer....
  • First, it slaps down Sessions, who is the Chief Obstacle to Trump firing Mueller.
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'I love it': Donald Trump Jr posts emails from Russia offering material on Clinton
President’s son forced to release email chain that reveals he welcomed what he was told was Russian government effort to damage Clinton’s campaign
Articles: 26 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 3
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  • The story around Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner are titillating.
  • There is one ally of President Trump whom no lawyer can help, writes the Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland There are few more perilous lines of work than being an ally of Donald Trump.
  • “Did I meet with people that were Russian?
  • Journalists at Trump-supporting news sites and rightwing commentators had their work cut out as they attempted to spin the story of Trump Jr and an apparent Russian government attempt to damage Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
  • A myriad of Trump operatives conveniently forgetting numerous meetings and contacts with Russians when filling out their security clearance paperwork.
  • Donald Trump Jr has just admitted to soliciting information from the Russian government himself.
  • The Trumps are not responsible for the Russia Conspiracy Theory.
  • The American people are tired of Trump and his fawning over Putin.
  • Instead it occurred in his very own Trump Tower.
  • I am absolutely disgusted with the Guardian newspaper you make this headline news about an email with Donald Trump's son supposely from Russia.
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Crossrail 2 is vital for the expanding capital
Letters: Labour parliamentary candidate Catherine West says the train line project is vital, and questions the government’s commitment to it, while Jonathan Marsden calls for more rail spending in the north
Articles: 22 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: -3
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  • Detectives say Salman Abedi was seen in Wilmslow Road area and city centre carrying suitcase in days before attack Police investigating the Manchester Arena attack have released CCTV pictures of the bomber wheeling a large blue suitcase.
  • Six people have died after a terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market.
  • Singer whose concert in Manchester ended in horror is photographed on social media hugging one of the girls injured in the attack American singer Ariana Grande has visited young fans injured in the Manchester terror attack in hospital.
  • I'm in favour of crossrail but hundreds of thousands of people travel daily between towns between Manchester and Leeds metropolitan districts - and thousands travel between Manchester and Leeds cities.
  • If argue that a big infrastructure investment in Northern intercity rail links could revolutionise investment in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool.
  • A thriving London is a cash cow for the treasury and the rest of the country will be a lot poorer - literally -if projects like Crossrail Two are not supported.
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'Lord of misrule': Australian thinktank delivers scathing assessment of Trump
Lowy Institute’s executive director Michael Fullilove says Australia should do what it can to ‘stop America going full Trump’
Articles: 15 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -1
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  • Both men objected to Trump’s decision to hire Anthony Scaramucci as the White House communications director.
  • Trump repeatedly tries to coach Peña Nieto on how to mislead the press, urging him to stop repeating Mexico’s refusal to pay for Trump’s proposed border wall.
  • A White House transcript of the contentious 28 January phone call was published by the Washington Post on Thursday.
  • The president is also increasingly threatened by the investigation headed by the former FBI director Robert Mueller into links between his administration and Russia.
  • Both the President of Mexico and two top leaders in the Boy Scouts have denied phoning Trump to praise him, as he claims in this interview.
  • Just begun reading "The Making of Donald Trump" by David Cay Johnston (2016) an investigative journalist who has know every twist and turn of Trumps life for over 30 years.
  • A man out of his depth, lazy, self obsessed, bored by Presidential stuff, the White House a dump, enjoying manipulating people for sport just to keep himself amused.
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Maduro has stopped torturing democracy in Venezuela – by killing it
Only collective action by regional players can stop the slide to totalitarianism, says Columbia’s School of International and Public affairs lecturer Christopher Sabatini
Articles: 15 (Rank: 2)
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  • He is the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela THE MADURO FILE Born Nicolás Maduro Moros, 23 November 1962, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Meanwhile international pressure mounted on Maduro as his country and government became increasingly isolated, after two top political opponents under house arrest were dragged from their homes in midnight raids.
  • Maduro has convened a national vote to elect a Constituent Assembly to redraft the country’s constitution.
  • In Venezuela, the people govern.” Observers warn that the country teeters on the edge.
  • Chavez was not forced into firing all foreign and many Venezuelan oil workers for which Venezuela's oil industry has still not recovered.
  • This sham constituent assembly does not provide food, medicine and security for the people of Venezuela, it consolidates the government's lock on power in the face of overwhelming public dissatisfaction.
  • The history of South America over last 100 years is democratically elected governments being overthrown by right wing millitary dicatorships(with support from CIA) and murder on a mass scale of cvillians by their paramilitary forces.
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Timeline: Chelsea Manning's long journey to freedom
Here’s the rundown of events that led to Manning’s release from military prison in Kansas, after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence
Articles: 14 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: 4
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  • A potential UK arrest and US extradition still loom over the WikiLeaks founder after Sweden dropped its rape inquiry What has happened to Julian Assange?
  • On Wednesday, after seven years, Chelsea Manning will walk out of military prison a free woman.
  • Trump praised WikiLeaks on the campaign trail, telling a Pennsylvania rally in October 2016: “ I love WikiLeaks.” The organization had leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails.
  • Swedish prosecutors have dropped their rape investigation into the WikiLeaks founder.
  • This could potentially lead to an extradition request for Assange.
  • Good luck Chelsea Manning- breathe fresh air of freedom.
  • However some people like to deflect, obfuscate and attempt to conflate/confuse every post they don't agree with...not unlike Trump himself.
  • Trump is dangerous and does not respect American law, constitution or protocols and I wouldn't put it past him to ignore Obama's pardon of Chelsea Manning.
  • Manning's only crime is making the public aware of what its government was doing in its name.
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Macron and Merkel signal new move to strengthen eurozone
French president joins German chancellor in Berlin where they say they may look at changes to EU treaties
Articles: 12 (Rank: 4)
Tonality: 6
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  • Macron, who served as economy minister under the Socialist former president François Hollande, has attracted dozens of centre-left MPs to his new movement and needed to reach out to the right.
  • She was Macron’s top European adviser during the presidential campaign, masterminding his meetings with the German chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Those criticisms intensified after Macron appointed Philippe – a right-wing mayor who had worked for the French nuclear giant, Areva – as prime minister.
  • Rocket-powered comes nowhere near describing the political ascent of Macron.
  • Macron - endorsed by the liberal media, EU eurocrats, Merkel.
  • When you consider the fact that the entire tax income of France isn't enought to pay the interest payments on French public debt Yet more fake facts!
  • Macron will provide post Thatcher Blair policy or Schroeder job laws.
  • Juncker and Tusk are the very definition of distant and unaccountable politicians, and if you happen to live anywhere but France or Germany, so are Merkel and Macron.
  • Emmanuel Macron-a French version of Justin Trudeau.
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Homeless, assaulted, broke: drivers left behind as Uber promises change at the top
Uber has vowed a shakeup of its scandal-prone executive culture. But it’s drivers, often left destitute by car rentals and low pay, who are being shortchanged
Articles: 11 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: 3
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  • The Uber CEO has finally stepped down in the wake of endless corporate sexism allegations and scandal – and the end all started with a blogpost So then, zero stars for Travis Kalanick.
  • Uber commissioned the inquiry and report following the publication of a blogpost by the former engineer Susan Fowler, who described her experience of sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the company.
  • Meanwhile the company has cut drivers’ wages and recently admitted to underpaying them by millions in New York City.
  • Before he started driving for Uber, Dante drove trucks.
  • Taxi companies - True rideshares where people are just looking to pick up some gas money and companionship on a road trip.
  • Uber wants to be free to harass and assault women riding and working there.
  • I sure the Hell will never use UBER ever again.
  • The Uber business model doesn't work unless they pay their drivers slave wages.
  • It's a fucking taxi company with a mobile phone app.
  • A new taxi company in auto-mad America worth $68 billion?
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Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dies of suspected suicide at age 41
Police say that the singer, who struggled with substance abuse, is suspected to have killed himself in a private residence in Los Angeles County
Articles: 5 (Rank: 18)
Tonality: 3
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  • Numb The softer side that Bennington mostly hid behind teenage angst on Hybrid Theory came into its own on second album Meteora.
  • But the sheer pop smarts of Linkin Park – whose singer Chester Bennington has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 41 – had even the sniffiest of muso air-guitaring in their mind.
  • Linkin Park enjoyed enormous and immediate acclaim with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), released on Warner Bros after the band had been rejected by several labels.
  • Those who deride Linkin Park as just another Nu-metal band should listen to A Thousand Suns.
  • Linkin Park - excellent music and so sad to hear about what has happened.
  • Sitting in office, Linkin park is on a loop.
  • I can't imagine Linkin Park without Chester.
  • Preadolescent me loved their music (and still do.) Tragic loss - RIP Chester.
  • Their music and Chester's voice really got me through those teenage years.
  • Chester was his own man and his situation was his own.
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Palestinian killed as Israel restricts access to Jerusalem's Old City
Protesters clash with Israeli forces outside Old City as tensions rise over new security measures and limiting of access to holy site
Articles: 4 (Rank: 23)
Tonality: -11
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  • Deaths of three Palestinians alleged to have provided information to Israel highlights battle against perceived internal threat Abdullah al-Nashar does not have a tombstone.
  • But while Hamas relies on stigma and violent deterrence, Israel has total control over the movement of Gaza’s people.
  • Security officials told Israeli media the cameras were intended to complement the metal detectors, not replace them.
  • But Nashar is no longer considered a Palestinian hero.
  • In the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, rejected the result.
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Emmanuel Macron to set out his vision for French 'renaissance'
French president faces criticism for making rare address to both houses of parliament at regal Versailles
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  • Editorial: In a speech in Versailles, France’s centrist leader seized his moment.
  • But Macron is not the first French president to have addressed MPs at Versailles.
  • But Mr Macron deliberately cast his patriotic vision wide.
  • “This is a dysfunction of Business France ...
  • But Macron’s newly appointed labour minister, Muriel Pénicaud, was head of Business France at the time of the event.
  • In 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy made constitutional changes to allow a French president to directly address both houses of parliament at Versailles.
  • An interesting article and I agree there is much to admire in Macrons bold and progressive approach to the challenges of France and French politics.
  • Macron wants to copy the policies that the UK has already implemented and do it for France.
  • Those victims - both real and self-appointed - will retreat, shunned and unheard, and the fascism that poisons French politics will continue to metastasise in the shadows while Macron smugly basks in the limelight.
  • And France did not "vote overwhelmingly for him" in the parliamentary elections.
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Late-night TV hosts on Comey's Trump testimony: 'How is he still president?!'
Comics, including Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, discussed James Comey’s widely watched Senate testimony
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  • During the hearing, Comey is expected to be asked about Trump’s attempts to soft-pedal the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia.
  • Before Comey spoke, it seemed likely that firing the FBI director was one of Trump’s poorer decisions.
  • To that end, Comey’s oral testimony would be crucial.
  • First and foremost, that Donald Trump is a liar.
  • What the former FBI director tells a committee on Thursday could decide whether Trump survives his first term.
  • Obviously, Trump had knowledge that Flynn was the target of an FBI investigation.
  • The President 'hoped' that Director Comey would do something dodgy that was easily within his power.
  • Based on Comey's testimony,Trump likely attempted to obstruct a federal investigation into a potential national security risk (Flynn) by asking the Director of the FBI to essentially scuttle the investigation.
  • Obviously Americans don't care that Putin picked their President.
  • It is his word against that of President Trump.
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How China changed Hong Kong: views from the city
As the 20th anniversary of the handover from the UK to China is marked, the Guardian talks to residents and officials about the shifts since 1997
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  • Since coming to power in 2012, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has overseen a wide-ranging crackdown on civil society, including arresting feminist activists, human rights lawyers and book publishers.
  • All you need to know about the the 20th anniversary of Britain handing Hong Kong to China What is happening?
  • But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader, whose regime is currently preventing the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo from travelling freely to receive cancer treatment in a place of his choice?
  • The population of Hong Kong grew quickly during the Chinese civil war period.
  • In fact, the Chinese people quality of life has soared and they do give credit to their government.
  • The Hong Kong people were betrayed by the UK AND China.
  • China is engaged in illegally constructing roads in territories claimed by India. enough is enough with Chinese bully.
  • How the people of Hong Kong SUFFERED compared to the good life the Chinese lived under Mao and communism.
  • Hong Kong malcontents should recognize Chinese jurisdiction or emigrate.
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Late-night hosts blast Trumpcare: 'Needless suffering for low and middle-income people'
Comics, including Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, addressed the long-awaited release of the GOP’s healthcare legislation, which they crafted in secret
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  • Q: Does this decision constitute a political victory for Trump?
  • The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have imposed an economic and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, claiming its ruling family has been harbouring terrorists and funding extremism for years.
  • The supreme court has upheld parts of the Muslim ban.
  • Seth Meyers of NBC began his segment discussing the damning Congressional Budget Office analysis of the healthcare bill, released on Monday.
  • Seth Meyers of NBC began by discussing Donald Trump’s campaign promises to rejuvenate the economy.
  • I watch Al Jazeera HD in English on Satellite; it's programmes & news bulletins are well polished and informative for their audience.
  • Consider how the deluge of fake news aimed at Hillary encouraged apparently intelligent people to vote for Trump.
  • The ban is a propaganda exercise designed to work on people who don't know any better.
  • A so-called news organization defamed a member of the Trump team with disgraceful lies for ratings/clicks, and you don't see that as scandalous?!
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The charges against Cardinal George Pell – explainer
Pell, who rose up the ranks of the Catholic church to manage the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historical sexual assault offences in Australia
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  • Pell, who rose up the ranks of the Catholic church to manage the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historical sexual assault offences in Australia What has happened?
  • “Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges … and there are multiple complainants,” Victoria police’s deputy commissioner Shane Patton said.
  • 2013 Pell takes part in the papal conclave that elects Pope Francis.
  • Friday: The charging of Cardinal George Pell over child sexual abuse allegations reverberates in Rome.
  • He was appointed to the Vatican by Pope Francis in 2014.
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Donald Trump offers help for terminally ill baby Charlie Gard
White House staff say they have spoken to British family who lost long legal fight to take son to US for treatment
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  • Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have been engaged in a court battle with Great Ormond Street hospital in London, where their son is being treated.
  • Eighty per cent of bosses of NHS trusts in England it surveyed fear they will have too little money this year to provide timely, high-quality care to the growing numbers of people seeking mental health support.
  • Great Ormond Street, however, made it clear that its doctors’ views have not changed.
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Liu Xiaobo entering final hours, say friends of dying Chinese dissident
Friends of jailed democracy activist and Nobel laureate say they are losing hope that he will be allowed to seek cancer treatment overseas
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  • “Liu Xiaobo should have been allowed to choose his own medical treatment overseas, which the Chinese authorities repeatedly denied him.
  • And now Liu Xiaobo has given up his insistence [on staying in China] for the sake of Liu Xia,” Ye Du said.
  • Liu Xia has committed no crime – even according to Beijing.
  • Editorial: China jailed the author over an appeal for peaceful democratic reform.
  • • Liu Xiaobo, author and Nobel peace laureate, born 28 December 1955; died 13 July 2017
  • Really worried that my comment re Hinkley Point and the ethical implications of allowing a Chinese company to deliver this, have been moderated and removed.
  • An important way to honour Liu Xiaobo is to fight for the freedom of his wife Liu Xia.
  • I share his belief that human values will eventually overcome the dead hand of the Chinese government.
  • This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn't abide by our community standards.
  • The people of Taiwan (and Hong Kong) will be paying attention.
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Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution
Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption, as opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before vote on constitution rewrite
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  • The opposition has vowed to redouble its resistance and US president Donald Trump has promised broader economic sanctions against Venezuela after the vote, suggesting the oil-rich nation’s crisis is set to escalate.
  • He is the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela THE MADURO FILE Born Nicolás Maduro Moros, 23 November 1962, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Maduro has convened a national vote to elect a Constituent Assembly to redraft the country’s constitution.
  • The opposition has called a general strike and fresh street demonstrations in protest.
  • Running out of beer was possibly socialism's finest moment in Venezuela.
  • Venezuela is the world's richest country in OIL Reserves.
  • The problem with Venezuela isn't "socialism".
  • Because the country had so many many poor people the funds that should have been invested in diversification and investments for the future were spent on sustaining and lifting the poor people of the country.
  • Chavez and Maduro adopted policies that were widely acclaimed as Socialist by people who claim to know what they are talking about.
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Bof! Why Emmanuel Macron is already tanking in the polls
Only two months in, the new president of France has suffered a precipitous decline in approval ratings. Zut alors!
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  • Only two months in, the new president of France has suffered a precipitous decline in approval ratings.
  • Last week the French president enjoyed celebrity visits from Rihanna and Bono.
  • Earlier this month, Macron was accused of betraying his manifesto promises by putting off promised tax cuts.
  • But Haftar, who this month declared victory over rival armed groups in the battle for Libya’s second city, Benghazi, has refused to accept the government’s legitimacy.
  • The numbers aren’t likely to dissuade Macron.
  • There are no defence interests because STX France hasn't built military vessels for years, DCNS/Naval Group do that AND can build aircraft carriers, contrary to what the French are claiming.
  • Poor Brits Unable to understand why it is has been bought by the French government.
  • If Macron can achieve the goal of reforming labour laws and making a level playing field for French businesses in Europe then France will very quickly outcompete Germany.
  • Macron has, to most people with a brain, exceeded expectations.
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Qatar economic outlook downgraded hours before crunch Gulf meeting
Moody’s forecasts prolonged period of uncertainty as Arab nations prepare to meet in Cairo over Qatar’s response to demands
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  • On 22 June they issued a 13-point list of demands – including ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood and closing broadcaster al-Jazeera – to end the standoff and gave Qatar 10 days to comply.
  • The Qatar foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking in Doha, said the list of demands from countries isolating Qatar “is unrealistic and is not actionable”.
  • Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
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What's in a ring? Iran's Khamenei sends mixed election messages
The supreme leader’s jewellery became the focus of frenzied speculation in a ballot where more than the presidency is at stake
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  • Raisi has been touted as a frontrunner to succeed the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
  • Rouhani is most often described as a moderate rather than a reformist.
  • Hassan Rouhani, 68, the reformist-backed moderate incumbent, is a former chief Iranian nuclear negotiator who served as the secretary of Iran’s supreme national security council for 16 years.
  • Rouhani’s main opponent in Friday’s ballot is the conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi.
  • Ebrahim Raisi, 56, is allied with Iran’s conservatives.
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Uber board member resigns after sexist remark at meeting addressing sexism
In meeting on company culture, David Bonderman said there was ‘likely to be more talking’ when Arianna Huffington mentioned having more women onboard
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  • On Sunday, the board of directors voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of a workplace review led by the law firm of the former US attorney general Eric Holder.
  • Kapor Klein also said Kalanick’s leave from the company “enhanced” Uber’s ability to hire a strong COO.
  • During the meeting presenting the report to Uber employees on Tuesday, Bonderman interrupted his fellow board member Arianna Huffington with a sexist remark, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by Yahoo Finance.
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Venezuela chief prosecutor seeks protection amid conflict with Maduro
Luisa Ortega Díaz seeks help of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after supreme court barred her from leaving country and froze her bank accounts
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  • Reports of an assault on the interior ministry and supreme court mark a dramatic escalation following months of protests What happened in Venezuela on Tuesday evening?
  • Ortega Diaz, a longtime loyalist of the socialist government who recently broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro, said police and military officials were responsible for 23 protest deaths to date as well as 853 injuries.
  • We are a coalition of military, police and civilians in search of a balance and against this transitory, criminal government,” Pérez says.
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Trump vows 'all necessary measures' to protect allies from North Korea, says Abe
The US president has assured Japan of total support as tensions increase in east Asia, the prime minister says
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  • “China is aware they must act,” Haley said, urging Japan and South Korea to increase pressure and calling for an international solution.
  • “I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
  • Some experts believe Beijing is increasingly worried Trump might launch military action against North Korea.
  • The test prompted the lastest Trump Twitter assault on China.
  • On Saturday, US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, accused China and Russia of bearing a “unique and special responsibility” for the growing North Korean threat.
  • General Macarthur had planes on the runway at Guam loaded with nuclear weapons, primed to bomb and set fire to a 50mile wide strip on the North Korean border with China.
  • The only conclusion I can reach is that China should annexe North Korea and decapitate the Kim regime, destroy the nuclear arsenal and invest in rebuilding the infrastructure to avoid mass migration and famine.
  • It's North Korea constantly making threats towards the US and its allies, firing missiles towards Japan, sinking South Korean naval vessels, etc.
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Poland's president signs controversial law despite protests
Andrzej Duda promised to veto two bills seen as limiting judicial independence but has now signed a third
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  • The two laws signed by Duda give the justice minister the power to select the heads of the local courts, and allows greater government control over the country’s school of judiciary.
  • Donald Tusk, the European council president and a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a “black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe”.
  • Poland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice party (PiS) has been in almost constant conflict with the European commission since it was elected.
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The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia’s crown prince: the age of ambition
Editorial: At 31, the country’s new heir could have a long reign ahead of him. The reverberations are likely to be felt far beyond its borders
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  • The new crown prince (then defence minister) led that rush to war, baited by the country’s intense rivalry with Iran.
  • Saudi religious fatwas and opinions have been used to encourage people to join terror groups.
  • Qatar had been viewed as an outlier because of its connections to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which Bin Salman had seen as threats in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Gulf.
  • This week King Salman made him crown prince, supplanting his vastly more experienced cousin Mohammed bin Nayef.
  • Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. hate democracy.
  • I watched a short video of a Saudi prince dressing down Mohammed bin Salman in the gathering of royals congratulating the new crown prince.
  • Saudi Arabia flogs, maims, stones, beheads and crucifies people after unrepresented, non-jury trials.
  • Saudis are killing the same people you're calling out for taking lives- killers and drug lords.
  • That is precisely why Saudi Arabia is preparing a war with Iran, with total American support To END democracy.
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Portugal battles to control fire as questions are asked about high death toll
Authorities aim to have the country’s devastating wildfire, which has killed at least 64 people, in hand within 24 hours
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  • The prime minister, António Costa, has already acknowledged that early efforts to alert the public were thwarted after the flames destroyed phone lines and communications towers.
  • Portugal’s worst forest fire broke out on Saturday in the central municipality of Pedrógão Grande before spreading to neighbouring areas including Góis, Pampilhosa da Serra and Arganil.
  • More than 1,500 firefighters are still battling to control the fires that have raged across central Portugal since the weekend, killing many people as they tried to flee in their cars and leaving dozens more injured.
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The Observer view on Poland’s assault on law and the judiciary
The Polish government has gifted power over the supreme court to politicians. The EU must get tough and withhold funding
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  • The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said on Saturday that Budapest would fight to defend Poland.
  • The Polish government has gifted power over the supreme court to politicians.
  • The law now requires only the signature of the president, Andrzej Duda, who was previously a member of PiS, to become binding.
  • Duda has 21 days to sign it into law.
  • Timmermans told reporters in Brussels that the recent proposal from the Polish government to increase political control of the judiciary was a grave threat to the fundamental values of the EU.
  • PiS respresents many of those angry at the economic transition and indoctrinated to believe the perennial enemy of domestic traitors and collaborationists with hostile external powers was the reason that real ordinary Catholic Poles lost out to cosmopolitan elites.
  • There is no culture in Poland restraining the actions of a majority government, unlike in Westminster-system countries.
  • In Poland one single representation in court costs £60.00 and court fees on top (less than in UK even pro rata compared with lower wages).
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Ransomware attack 'not designed to make money', researchers claim
Digital security researchers say malware attack that spread from Ukraine appeared to be focused on damaging IT systems
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  • Companies have been crippled by an attack dubbed ‘Petya’, the second major ransomware crime in two months.
  • Russia has denied carrying out cyber-attacks on Ukraine.
  • The food giant Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport giant AP Moller-Maersk also said their systems had been hit by the malware.
  • The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at companies such as the advertising giant WPP, the Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft and the French construction materials company Saint-Gobain.
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'Architect of German unity': world leaders pay tribute to Helmut Kohl
Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel among senior figures at memorial for former chancellor who oversaw fall of Berlin Wall
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  • Merkel promised a renewed drive with France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, to deepen cooperation within the bloc and the eurozone.
  • “Helmut Kohl was not just the architect of German unity.
  • Trump will head to Warsaw for a summit of central and eastern European leaders likely to include Hungary’s hardline prime minister, Viktor Orbán, a day before the G20, which threatens to deepen divisions.
  • Reports that Kohl-Richter wished to exclude her by shifting the ceremony to Strasbourg have not been confirmed or denied by either side.
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Did Merkel trip on gay marriage vote, or was this more canny politics?
The German leader’s no vote is a sign she has to appease her core conservative base – but the snap election might be more deliberate than she let on
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  • The Social Democrats, the German Greens and the resurgent liberal Free Democratic party have all signalled they would make possible CDU opposition to gay marriage a red line in coalition talks.
  • “And Angela Merkel will get an invitation to the wedding,” they told the Ostsee-Zeitung.
  • Civil partnerships have been allowed since 2001, but Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has resisted calls to open up marriage to same-sex couples.
  • The vote comes after Merkel softened her stance on gay marriage at a Berlin debate on Monday night.
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Sam Shepard was wild at heart and mapped the American soul
From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut. He never failed to show audiences something they’d never seen before
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  • From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut.
  • Buried Child is an “American family play”, but it’s also one that bucks and kicks against the tropes of those plays with howls of violence and anger.
  • One of his earliest great plays, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, was staged at the Royal Court after Shepard moved to London in the early 70s.
  • • Samuel Shepard Rogers, writer and actor, born 5 November 1943; died 27 July 2017
  • A straw man argument crowbarred onto the end of a piece celebrating his life and work.
  • RIP Sam Shepard, saw Lie of the Mind at the Royal Court back in 1987 with Miranda Richardson , Great stuff, talented man.
  • So sad that a great playwright and actor has died.
  • So too Sam Shepard- his sadness and sensitivity made him more real than the average actor.
  • What a great actor, always enjoyed his movies.
  • A true great and an icon in American theatre, he will be truly missed.
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North Korea: US detects signs of new missile test, official says
US defense official says Pentagon believes test could go ahead on 27 July, on the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice agreement
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  • The launch on Friday from Chagang province came less than a month after Pyongyang claimed to have tested its first ICBM.
  • North Korea’s latest missile test came hours after Kim Jong-un had visited a military cemetery to mark the 64th anniversary of the 1953 armistice.
  • North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late on Friday in what it called a warning to the “beast-like US imperialists”.
  • The North last August successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
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Brazil president Temer vows not to resign as court approves investigation
President Michel Temer defiant in face of inquiry that will focus on explosive claims he agreed to pay off a witness in a sprawling corruption scandal
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  • Cunha is in the same ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement party as Temer and initiated the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff that allowed him to take over the presidency.
  • Temer was due to address the country on Friday evening.
  • “President Michel Temer never solicited payments to obtain the silence of former deputy Eduardo Cunha.
  • On Friday, the former chief justice Joaquim Barbosa added his voice.
  • Joesely Batista is said to have recorded senator and former presidential candidate Aecio Neves of the centre-right Brazilian Social Democratic party requesting two million reais in bribes.
  • Put the Chief Justice in charge temporarily and then change the constitution, laws etc that will stop these creeps from continuing to rip off the country.
  • A political party that promised to clean up corruption might do well, although wasn't that one of the PTs promises years ago?
  • Apparently 2 journalists from O Globo have confirmed Temer will resign today: Noblat e Moreno, do Globo, confirmam renúncia de Michel Temer.
  • Possibly because allegedly, rumour control, JBS is very Lula family connected.
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American student released from North Korea prison, says state department
Rex Tillerson says North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor
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  • Such detentions have added to tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
  • Fred Warmbier told told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that Otto had been “terrorized and brutalized” during his 17-month detention and had been in a coma for more than a year.
  • North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.
  • Warmbier is a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati.
  • Fred Warmbier called his son’s return bittersweet.
  • Tillerson says the state department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.
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Venezuela opposition calls for ‘zero hour’ action against Maduro’s plan
Escalated street protests and 24-hour strike organized in weeks leading up to election of assembly to rewrite constitution after 7.1m people rejected proposal
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  • Do they support the formation of a government comprised both of Maduro backers and opponents?
  • The opposition-controlled National Assembly also announced that it will name new members of the country’s supreme court, a move certain to be blocked by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration.
  • Colombia, France, Spain, and the EU have also urged the Venezuelan government to cancel the election.
  • While symbolic and non-binding, the vote turned up the pressure on the government and emboldened the opposition to call the strike.
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The Guardian view on Brazilian corruption: the public deserve a voice
Editorial: The explosive allegations faced by Brazil’s president Michel Temer are just the latest manifestation of a sprawling scandal. A quick political fix will not solve the problems
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  • Editorial: The explosive allegations faced by Brazil’s president Michel Temer are just the latest manifestation of a sprawling scandal.
  • Scuffles between police and protesters broke out as the demonstrations neared Congress.
  • Oust me if you want,” Michel Temer said this week.
  • Images in national media appeared to show police officers firing weapons, and the secretariat of public security said it was investigating.
  • Brazil’s top court is investigating him for alleged obstruction of justice and involvement in passive corruption.
  • To only deal with the "corruption" scandal misses the major part of Brazil's political turmoil.
  • Labour party in Brazil led the country to the actual state.
  • This is impossible in the Brazilian electoral system, which imposes two voting turns when a presidency’s candidate does not win a substantial numerical advantage of the electorate.
  • In sum, a hasty change in the Brazilian constitution, to allow for an unscheduled immediate direct election, is not by any means justifiable in order to promote stable path for the country progress.
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Brazil's president keeps job as congress votes against corruption charges
Lawmakers overwhelmingly oppose charges for Michel Temer despite broad popular support, as observers condemn ‘bankruptcy of political system’
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  • Rousseff denounced her impeachment as a coup and accused Temer, her former vice-president, of conspiring to usurp her.
  • That aide, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, was later recorded intervening with an antitrust organ in a business dispute and filmed furtively exiting a São Paulo pizzeria with more than $150,000 in a suitcase.
  • An enormous graft scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras was first unveiled in 2014 and enveloped members of Rousseff’s Workers’ party and its congressional allies.
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Helmut Kohl, Germany’s reunification chancellor, dies aged 87
Kohl led his country from 1982 to 1998, overseeing the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990
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  • Kohl was impatiently pushed aside by Franz Josef Strauss, the rightwing leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the CSU, who alone could match Schmidt in intellect and wit.
  • He devoted his entire adult life to Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politics and was Germany’s longest-serving chancellor of the 20th century.
  • Only Kohl’s political idol, Konrad Adenauer (CDU), the first West German chancellor, had done better.
  • Superficially, sheer physical bulk apart, Kohl bore unlikely comparisons with Otto von Bismarck.
  • He ruined East Germany and Europe by equalising what is too different and German political culture by protecting politicians from contact with normal people.
  • In spite of his mis-steps, personal and political setbacks, one is left with the impression that he always had the best interests of the German people at heart.
  • Kohl was definitely not the father of modern Germany.
  • Actually, if Engholm hadn't lied in the Barschel aftermath Kohl would not have been chancellor when the Wall fell.
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War with Iran is back on the table – thanks to Trump
Obama knew the only way to avoid conflict was to agree on the nuclear deal
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  • Obama knew the only way to avoid conflict was to agree on the nuclear deal On the two-year anniversary of the historic Iran nuclear deal, Washington is abuzz with renewed calls for confrontation with Tehran.
  • Iran will continue receiving the same sanctions relief that it did under former president Barack Obama.
  • President Donald Trump should roll back Iranian influence through pressure and sanctions, the argument goes.
  • That assessment carries no legal force; Trump’s certification that Iran is technically complying clears the way for sanctions to remain lifted.
  • Tell us when Iran/Persia last invaded another country.
  • It isn't only Trump that is bent on undermining US-Iran detente, but the US neocons and their allies.
  • Australia still hasn't paid for failed military campaigns in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
  • America won't go to war with Iran.
  • I don't understand the thesis behind this article - it seems trump = bad so therefore he must be pursuing a war with Iran.
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Ex-Brazil president Lula launches fiery defense after corruption conviction
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva vows to run for highest office again in 2018 and says at Workers’ party headquarters: ‘They haven’t taken me out of the game’
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  • Passing sentence on the former president, Judge Sergio Moro said Lula took part in the corruption scheme, in which billions of dollars were paid to middlemen, executives and politicians for fat contracts.
  • “We will prove Lula’s innocence in all unbiased courts including the United Nations.” Other leftist groups also condemned the ruling.
  • Born into barefoot poverty in Brazil’s arid north-east, Lula ran the powerful metal workers’ union before helping found the Workers’ party with fellow leftists, unionists and intellectuals in 1980.
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With UK sidelined, Macron forges unlikely alliance with Trump
French president takes advantage of Brexit to flex muscles on world stage and forge own special relationship with US
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  • French president takes advantage of Brexit to flex muscles on world stage and forge own special relationship with US Emmanuel Macron, the dynamic French president, is emerging to be a great opportunist.
  • Franco-German defence co-operation is continuing apace.
  • On Thursday afternoon Macron and Trump will hold more than an hour of talks at the Elysée Palace focused mainly on counter-terrorism, Syria, Iraq and French anti-jihadi military operations in north Africa.
  • The French trust their president to relay their concerns direct to Trump.
  • Apparently, Trump asked about Napoleon and French history.
  • Macron will explain to Trump on Bastille Day what happens to petty despots who favor nepotism, idle games and opulent gold fittings while their people suffer.
  • Socking and disappointing that Macron has invited Netanyahu to the 75th commemoration of the Vel D'hiv roundup later in July?
  • These two leaders have no culture, worship brute force and want to display there strength There's no point in visiting the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay with Putin and Trump.
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Brazil faces fresh turmoil after President Temer charged with corruption
Michel Temer is accused of accepting bribes, but any move towards trial would have to pass Congress by a two-thirds majority
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  • In a damning indictment to the supreme court, Janot alleged Temer took millions of dollars in bribes from meat-packing giant JBS.
  • He is on a tightrope.” However, the president still has the backing of the leader of the lower house, Rodrigo Maia, who could block the judicial process.
  • Earlier this week, Temer became the first president in history to be formally charged with a crime by the attorney general.
  • Temer has denied the charges and refused to resign.
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Jeff Bezos: how the world's richest man can change his stingy reputation
The Amazon boss became the world’s richest man on Thursday, but he’s still looking for ways to do good with his money. He could start by improving the lives of his workers
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  • Bezos leapfrogged Gates, who has been the richest man on the planet since 2013, after a rise in the share price of Amazon ahead of its latest results due Thursday night.
  • Amazon’s fierce opposition to unions shows that Bezos is unwilling to grant his workers any democratic input into the company they give much of their lives to.
  • Yet Bezos’s social conscience may finally be stirring.
  • The company’s treatment of its low-level warehouse employees has long been notorious.
  • Gates and Bezos together remain "poor" on Rothschild standards.
  • The rich and the corporations that they own have something like 30 trillion dollars in offshore tax havens.
  • Amazon workers are not only poorly paid but actually treated like robo slaves..Bezos is a sociopathic jerk.
  • True, though I suspect cavecanem was simply inferring that Amazon seem morally bankrupt and that in a more civilised and educated society, people would be repulsed by such companies.
  • Stingy or not, the money is Jeff Bezos' to do as he pleases.
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This is Corbyn’s moment: he’s rescued Britain from the chains of austerity
The Labour leader is a man remade. To a remarkable degree, his respectability and plausibility as prime minster is established
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  • People focused on the NHS, education and equality more than personalities, respondents to our callout tell us The focus on Jeremy Corbyn may be overshadowing the real reason young people voted Labour.
  • The Conservative party has made a deal with the Democratic Unionist party so it can form a government.
  • Formal negotiations are due to begin soon, but the snap election has left Theresa May weakened.
  • Letters: Readers on potential solutions to conducting Brexit negotiations.
  • Theresa May’s failure won’t return the UK to reality-based politics.
  • While there are indeed a lot of people who vote for the scumbags in the DUP, and the scumbags in Sinn Fein, I don't think either party represents the silent majority in Northern Ireland.
  • Hey the people have spoken - no hard Brexit.
  • The Tory Party is the Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • The SNP lost a lot of votes to people who switched to Labour to push through Corbyn, desperate to stop the Tory surge.
  • I'm for Labour but there is no soft Brexit.
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Firm that refurbished Grenfell Tower threatens legal action against council
Rydon warns it could take action over comments by Camden council leader that cladding on other buildings was not up to the standard commissioned
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  • Sadly, much of its work compromised the fire safety of the building and helped cause six deaths in a 2009 fire.
  • Holyrood announces investigation as 60 tower blocks across England fail combustibility tests Holyrood is to carry out its own investigation into the safety of high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.
  • We learned overnight that Sir Martin Moore-Bick will lead the public inquiry into what happened at Grenfell Tower.
  • Amendments to housing regulations that I proposed in 2015 were voted down by the government.
  • According to the BBC today, a fire in Scotland in 1999 was like the Grenfell one and made the Scottish Government change their fire safety laws to remove flammable cladding from tower blocks by 2005.
  • Sub-letting is the scandal of social housing.
  • The fact is poor people and those who live in social housing have never been listened to.
  • #worstprimeministerinhistory People voted Labour because of their extremely popular manifesto commitments which would have helped those who suffered most during tory party austerity.
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Brexit talks round two: European court of justice looms large
Matters up for discussion include citizens’ rights and money, as well as ‘other separation issues’, which will involve ECJ debate
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  • Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis’s press conference with Michel Barnier at the end of this week’s Brexit talks
  • David Davis’s grin masked grim reality of ‘taking back control’ – the complexity of even basic issues.
  • The EU remains uncertain about whether British negotiators will be able to conclude an agreement, amid deep political divides in the government on Brexit.
  • EU officials say they need more information on this proposal.
  • David Davis leaves Brussels after less than one hour of Brexshit talks So as we already figured, Davis really doesn't bring anything useful to the party, not even a bag of fracking crisps!
  • Pressure is mounting on the government against Brexit as people are realising the perils of closed economy and restrictions on immigrants who form sizeable population in UK workforce.
  • A European commission spokesman defended David Davis after the Brexit secretary was criticised for spending less than an hour in Brussels to launch the talks on Monday.
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Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits nearly 100 countries around the world
More than 45,000 attacks recorded in countries including the UK, Russia, India and China may have originated with theft of ‘cyber weapons’ from the NSA
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  • Cyber security experts said the malware could spread through computers with unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows.
  • Malicious software has attacked computers across the NHS and companies in Spain, Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan.
  • A computer security expert credited with stopping the spread of the ransomware on Saturday by activating a digital “kill switch” warned on Sunday that a fresh attack was likely.
  • Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.
  • WannaCry is believed to use the EternalBlue exploit, which was developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to attack computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems wiki/WannaCry_cyber_attack.
  • How do you expect people who can't even bother to install security updates to backup their files.
  • It will be the same thing as having a Windows phone.
  • This cyber attack highlights the need for increased NHS funding and resources but more crucially, it also highlights the need for better management and risk assessment of data security.
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Civil war has broken out inside the Democratic party. Does the future belong to the populist left or the centrists?
Last week’s defeat in a high-profile congressional contest sparked a tough fight over the heart of the Democratic party. Heather Cox Richardson, Jean Hannah Edelstein and Michael Cohen look at what the future might hold
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  • But the insurgency opened a rift in the party.
  • Ossoff lost to Karen Handel in Georgia’s sixth congressional district on Tuesday night, in the most expensive House race in history.
  • On Monday night, Democrats held the Senate floor, taking turns bashing Republican repeal efforts.
  • Last week’s defeat in a high-profile congressional contest sparked a tough fight over the heart of the Democratic party.
  • Although the district is traditionally Republican, Democrats had hoped to pull off a shock win inspired by a backlash against Donald Trump.
  • IT was the people who voted for Trump who failed this country, not Hillary Clinton.
  • Clinton’s camp tended to argue that tactically, Democrats needed to continue the strategy of targeting the kinds of places where Trump underperformed — districts with large minority populations and/or highly educated white populations.
  • If you don't like the Republican/Libertarian Party then our only hope for a descent political leadership in this country is for working-class people to reclaim the Democratic Party from the billionaires.
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Ten Philippine troops killed by friendly fire in battle with Islamists
Defence secretary blames ‘fog of war’ for deaths as clashes with militants in Marawi also claims the lives of foreign fighters
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  • Many residents of Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people, have fled.
  • President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the entire southern region of Mindanao in response to the crisis, which he described as the start of a major campaign by IS to establish a foothold in the Philippines.
  • The clashes started after security forces tried to capture Isnilon Hapilon, an Islamist militant leader who is the subject of a $5m (£3.88m) reward offered by the FBI and endorsed by Isis.
  • The Philippines isn't a woolly liberal western country.
  • Well Duterte confronted the addiction of its urban poor to meth-based shabu by having 7000 slain in under a year.
  • The common thread for the symptoms (not the disease) you describe is a sense of powerlessness, grinding/entrenched poverty, alienation and suppression by regimes intent on retaining power, corruption, injustice and discrimination.
  • Now he has imposed martial law on the entire island of Mindanao and is eyeing Luzon whose capital Manila is already imposing check points.
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Which is the bigger threat, Russia or Isis?
John McCain is sure it’s Putin. There’s room for argument, but he’s right about one thing: our perception of the danger posed by Isis is skewed
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  • Here, Russia’s superiority over Isis is surely incontrovertible.
  • Macron and Putin’s personal relationship will be key factor in the difficult issues of Syria and Ukraine.
  • The red-carpet handshake was swift and polite; Macron used his recent white-knuckle handshake with US president Donald Trump before the Nato summit to make a point that France would not back down.
  • Now, I happen to disagree with McCain both on his view of Russian democracy and on how far Putin harbours malign intentions towards democracy elsewhere.
  • Spain also holds key knowledge about corruption among Russia's governing class and ties to organized crime of the official elite.
  • Who is Macron to talk about red line in Syria?
  • The French working class has more to fear from Macron than they do Putin.
  • Europe is drifting ever further from Russia, and incidentally, from Trump.
  • For once not telling us a Russian is hiding under our bed and that Putin is an evil genius capable of getting a buffoon like Trump elected over the lovable and highly connected Hillary.
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Philippine president Duterte flies to Moscow to meet 'hero' Putin
Rodrigo Duterte embarks on five-day visit as he seeks to loosen ties with Washington and strengthen bond with Russia
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  • Three-day battle between army and Isis-linked Maute insurgents for city on island of Mindanao has left at least 46 dead The CCTV monitor was showing a live feed of gunmen in the hospital lobby.
  • The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who cut short a foreign visit to Russia, has imposed martial law in Mindanao and promised bloodshed.
  • Authorities said the militants had killed 19 civilians in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people.
  • The Philippines declined to comment on the transcript on Wednesday.
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Activists call on China to release Liu Xiaobo for cancer treatment abroad
Evacuation of political prisoner must be allowed after foreign doctors cleared him to travel, say Amnesty and others
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  • But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader, whose regime is currently preventing the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo from travelling freely to receive cancer treatment in a place of his choice?
  • So who will cry out Liu’s name in Hamburg?
  • Beijing has accused foreign governments calling for Liu’s complete release of meddling in China’s internal affairs.
  • The foreign doctors’ visit come as Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hamburg, Germany, for a G20 summit that started on Friday and ends on Saturday.
  • Most people are just average in work ethic and intelligence.
  • Judged by this standard, scientist like Yuan Longping is highly regarded while Mr Liu Xiaobo is doomed to be forgotten by Chinese people.
  • In 2010, Nobel Peace Prize went to Liu Xiaobo, the most famous Chinese dissident in the West, for his advocacy of democracy and HR in China.
  • But China institutes another system in which all people should sacrifice for collective interest while in return get benefits from a unified, glorious country.
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Greece reaches deal with creditors to pave way for bailout talks
Euclid Tsakalotos says ‘negotiations are concluded’ and agreement has been reached ahead of meeting with eurozone ministers at the end of May
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  • His government agreed at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday to talks on big economic reforms in exchange for progress on releasing the next instalment of bailout funds.
  • A meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers broke up late on Monday night, amid a row with the International Monetary Fund about Greece’s debt burden.
  • In return for emergency funds, Alexis Tsipras’s leftwing government in Greece has agreed to swallow austerity demands but his popularity ratings have suffered as a result.
  • Duke University paper on the Greek debt restructuring (link below) http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5343&context=faculty_scholarship.
  • Germany has a massive surplus because the euro aids their export economy, they should recognise this and subsidise Greece for the losses to their economy which result from it.
  • = Once debt relief was in place, Greece would start borrowing money again.
  • The same Greek citizens that never stop telling us how much they love Greece!
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UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid
Vehicle-to-grid technology could help meet demand for electricity at peak times, with owners paid in money or free parking
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  • Greenpeace hailed the move by Volvo, and said other manufacturers should follow suit.
  • A quarter of UK carbon emissions are from road transport.
  • On Wednesday Volvo said it will only launch electric or hybrid cars from 2019 and just a day later Emmanuel Macron’s new government pledged that France will ban diesel and petrol cars by 2040.
  • But widespread adoption of battery-powered vehicles would not be without challenges too.
  • The announcement comes on the heels of a week of good news for electric car manufacturers and battery-makers.
  • Electric car batteries mostly store around 200 to 400 kWh.
  • Great news, other car companies will follow suit, BMW is already doing hybrid cars, Tesla is leading the way, Volvo is establishing the pathway for everyone.
  • The carbon imprint from making electric cars goes way beyond what gasoline cars contribute.
  • Electric cars make more sense for countries that have nuclear power or energy from renewable sources.
  • In Japan, when the Leaf battery looses auto efficiency, people use their car battery to power their flat at night.
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Tour de France: Chris Froome in yellow jersey as Fabio Aru wins stage five
Chris Froome took the yellow jersey from Geraint Thomas as Astana’s Italian rider Fabio Aru broke clear to win stage five
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  • Rolling report: Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the 2017 Tour de France in a mass sprint into Troyes, while Chris Froome kept hold of the yellow jersey
  • Rolling report: An impressive late surge ensured Fabio Aru won the stage, while Chris Froome took over the yellow jersey
  • Ominously, Froome said that he felt Team Sky had had an easy start to the race.
  • Marcel Kittel pipped Edvald Boasson Hagen in a photo-finish to take his third stage in this year’s race and put him in the green jersey
  • But Aru isn't like Porte or Quintana, who will simply follow Froome until 4k from the finish.
  • You predicted an almost dead heat between Kittel and EBH?
  • Yesterday Aru still got away and got more than 20 seconds on Froome.
  • What bollocks - I don't see any passion in Quintana, but quite a lot in Froome.
  • I'm never quite sure what constitutes entertaining bike riding - I imagine you'd prefer it if Froome donned a clown suit and rode on a unicycle backwards.
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George A Romero obituary
Influential horror director whose 1968 film Night of the Living Dead kicked off the modern zombie genre
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  • Influential horror director whose 1968 film Night of the Living Dead kicked off the modern zombie genre Zombies walked the earth in cinema long before George A Romero got round to populating his movies with them.
  • The writer and director, pioneer of zombie horror, died after a brief battle with lung cancer, his producing partner said George A Romero, director of horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died.
  • He was a film-maker ahead of his time, skewering consumerism, racial prejudice and bigotry with his living dead.
  • Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, were two of the most bracing, effective, memorable films in the whole horror genre.
  • One of George Romero's non-horror films was Knight Riders, a film about motorcycle jousting.
  • George A Romero obituary ... by using the zombie he denied human deaths on-screen their basic morality, thus making White Supremacists the larger chunk of The Walking Dead...
  • Zombie films seem to be more prevalent in times of austerity .
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OJ Simpson expected to walk free following Nevada parole board hearing
On Thursday morning, a Nevada state parole board will hold a hearing for Simpson, 70, who is in the ninth year of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery
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  • Minute-by-minute report: A Nevada parole board has voted unanimously to allow former NFL star OJ Simpson to go free as early as October
  • Over the past 20 years, too much has remained the same for black America It is the mid-1990s all over again in America.
  • Conspiracy theories about how the police framed Simpson became easy bait.
  • A civil jury in 1997 ordered Simpson to pay $33.5m to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman.
  • Last week, a Nevada parole board freed Simpson.
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Head of French military quits after row with Emmanuel Macron
Pierre de Villiers says he no longer feels able to command sort of armed forces he thinks necessary, amid dispute over funding
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  • Now, he was being transported down the Champs Élysées standing bolt upright in an open-top military command car, surrounded by hundreds of guards on horseback, as crowds cheered and Trump looked on impressed.
  • Macron likes to be seen to act fast on criticism.
  • His first major crisis came this week when the head of the French armed forces resigned after a bitter row with Macron over cuts to defence spending.
  • Macron dismissed arguments by French far-right leaders and others that the collaborationist Vichy regime didn’t represent France.
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Giro d’Italia: emotional Tejay van Garderen claims stage 18 in sprint finish
The American BMC rider Tejay van Garderen won the 137km stage from Moena to Ortisei as Tom Dumoulin held on to the pink jersey
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  • Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Bahrain) +39” 3.
  • Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +43” 4.
  • Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +31” 3.
  • The Dutchman Dumoulin fended off some desperate attacks by Quintana.
  • There, Pinot looked the strongest, eventually taking the stage win after making his escape along with Quintana, Nibali, Pozzovivo and Zakarin.
  • Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Sunweb) Overall classification 1.
  • Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) ST 3.
  • That stage to me looked like Quintana & Nibali mentally beaten.
  • Nibali and Quintana should smell Dumoulin's saddle.
  • I relly can't see an alliance of Quintana, Nibali and Pinot working together to topple Dumoulin.
  • He wouldn't take his turn over the last 2 kms trying to save his energy for the sprint.
  • So far in this years Giro, Mr Dumoulin has proved himself to be a very good grimpeur, a not half bad sprinteur, an able puncheur and an exceptional rouleur.
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John McEnroe: 'A knack for creating controversy where there is none'
New Yorker arrives at Wimbledon one of tennis’s most popular figure despite comments such as those appearing to denigrate Serena Williams
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  • How idiotic to ‘rank’ a woman tennis star with men – but then, why knock balls about in the first place?
  • McEnroe, who won seven grand slam singles titles during his career, was bemused his comments had attracted so much attention.
  • If you extrapolate logically from John McEnroe’s suggestion that 699 people are better at tennis than Serena Williams, then there’s no real point in her competing.
  • Braasch beat Williams 6-1 and her sister Venus 6-2.
  • The real problem was with the original questioner attempting to force McEnroe to claim Serena was the greatest tennis player of all time and of both genders.
  • McEnroe clearly regards the "best tennis player” as the person, male or female, who is the hardest for anyone to beat in a game of tennis, across surfaces and across a number of years.
  • He was merely saying that, given the strength and quickness of men in tennis nowadays, women (including Serena) could never compete with them.
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RBS court case called off but some investors still refuse settlement
Fred Goodwin escapes having to give evidence, but judge leaves door open for diehard investors to revive proceedings
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  • The extra £1bn is how much Fred Goodwin’s successors have spent settling and fighting claims from irate retail investors who thought the rights issue document was misleading.
  • The court was told the RBS Action Group, representing thousands of retail investors, had agreed to the settlement.
  • The current chief executive of RBS, Ross McEwan, will also be relieved.
  • Popular is the sixth biggest bank in Spain and has been weighed down by the legacy of bad lending decisions made in the run-up to the financial crisis.
  • Meanwhile the British tax payers that saved the privately owned bank will not only not be compensated but will also incur a further debt when the idiot Tories sell off RBS at a loss.
  • Dragging out banking crises within the Euro-zone and forcing Governments to load themselves up with debt, when it could just create the money to resolve these crises.
  • Scandalous that £100m of taxpayers money wasted on keeping Goodwin out of court.
  • The ECB forced Governments to bail out their own banks rather than creating the money itself.
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Russian agents hacked US voting system manufacturer before US election – report
Federal contractor arrested and charged with removing classified material after NSA report said cyber-attack on software supplier and phishing emails hit officials
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  • Friend describes Winner, first person charged by Trump administration with violating Espionage Act, as ‘obsessed’ with fight against Isis When Reality Winner got out of the US air force last December, she was despondent.
  • Investigators reviewed a log of who had printed the file.
  • As the FBI was being called in, NSA officials also heard from an employee of Pluribus International, the private intelligence firm that was contracting Winner to the agency.
  • “She’s a beautiful girl,” said her mother, Billie Winner-Davis.
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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of €14.8m tax fraud in Spain
Prosecutor alleges footballer used shell company, failed to declare some earnings and under-reported others
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  • Lionel Messi took a similar stance in threatening to quit Spain in 2014, also claiming he had been singled out for special treatment, when he was accused of concealing €4.1m from the authorities.
  • This week Ronaldo’s agency, Gestifute, released a statement which said: “There is no tax evasion scheme ...
  • He is the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival to Real Madrid in July 2009 a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations.
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Qatar: Gulf states hint at possible expulsion from regional bloc
UAE foreign minister expected to claim blockade on Qatar is working but the Gulf group remains adamant Doha has to change political course
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  • On Friday, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, welcomed the latest Qatar move to counter terrorism.
  • The UAE wants the individuals arrested or expelled, along with 12 named organisations.
  • The tone of his speech is likely to disappoint the succession of western foreign ministers who have travelled to the Gulf to mediate.
  • Last week, Tillerson praised Qatar for becoming the first state in the region to sign a new memorandum of understanding with Washington on tracking the flow of terrorist financing.
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Manuel Noriega obituary
Military dictator of Panama with close links to the White House who was overthrown by a US invasion
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  • As CIA director and two-term vice-president to Ronald Reagan prior to 1988, Bush was implicated, by association, in often illegal, covert interventions in the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
  • During this period, Noriega, who rose to head the Panamanian security forces, became a highly paid informant and CIA “asset”.
  • In mid-2011, France approved his extradition to Panama.
  • The newly elected George HW Bush ordered the invasion of Panama, and the arrest of Noriega.
  • The original commentator was stating (obviously) that our erstwhile chum, Manuel, was a product of the CIA's school of foreign dictatorship and that his demise was no loss to humanity.
  • The story about bin Laden and the CIA—that the CIA funded bin Laden or trained bin Laden—is simply a folk myth.
  • For instance by Peter Bergen -known as one of the few Western journalists who actually interviewed the man- who called it "simply a folk myth", and explained that...
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Cyprus reunification talks enter critical phase as leaders submit plans
Diplomats, UN officials and campaigners say there is reason to be hopeful as second week of negotiations begins
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  • The Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, who had staked his political career on a solution, predicted that future efforts to reunite Cyprus under a federal umbrella would be exceptionally difficult.
  • “Some very interesting ideas are coming out.” The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and seized its northern third in response to a coup aimed at uniting it with Greece.
  • In a promising sign, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced he would skip the G20 summit in Hamburg next weekend to attend the talks.
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Facebook facing privacy actions across Europe as France fines firm €150k
French regulator hits firm with maximum fine, while Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Spain continue investigations
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