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'Bleak Street' is a grim but empathetic look at Mexico City's demimonde

Veteran Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego turn a bizarre true-crime story into an arty portrait of decadence and despair in the aptly named "Bleak Street." The grubby melodrama should appeal to adventurous moviegoers — and to the director's small-but-fervent …

Shootings in Laos prompt travel alert

Recent shootings on a road between two major tourist destinations in Laos have prompted the State Department to issue a travel alert.<p>Road 13 connects Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Vang Vieng, whose tourist attractions — tubing, kayaking and rock climbing, among them — are the …

JetBlue wants to train aspiring pilots with diverse backgrounds

Aspiring pilots, rejoice. JetBlue has launched a program to select and train everyday folks to fly a commercial jet.<p>JetBlue's pilots don't like the idea, saying there are already plenty of experienced pilots ready to work for JetBlue.<p>The pilot recruiting and training program, dubbed Gateway Select, …

First Trial of Accused Islamic State Attack Plotter Goes to Jury

Prosecutors allege defendant helped plan 2015 shooting in Garland, Texas<p>An Arizona jury will continue deliberating this week on the fate of the first alleged plotter of an Islamic State attack to go to trial in the U.S., in a test case for the Justice Department.<p>Prosecutors allege that Abdul Malik …

Philippines Prepares Charges in Alleged Hacking of Bangladesh Bank Account

Four transfer requests put about $80 million in bank accounts in the Philippines<p>MANILA—The Philippines’ Anti-Money Laundering Council is preparing charges against a number of people allegedly involved in the illegal transfer of more than $80 million from a Bangladesh Bank account at the Federal …

Money Laundering

Bryan Adams Says Airport Customs Defaced His Guitar

Rocker Bryan Adams claimed his guitar was defaced after going through airport customs on a trip to Egypt.<p>“Airport customs graffiti on my 1946 Martin …

Guitar

China pledges new crackdown on 'hostile forces'

China's courts severely cracked down on "terrorist" and secessionist activities last year and battling "hostile forces" in 2016 is a key priority with ethnic separatists and religious "extremists" in the crosshairs, officials said on Sunday.<p>Those who led, organised and took part in terrorist groups …

Venezuela opposition launches fresh push to oust Nicolas Maduro

The opposition in Venezuela has launched a new drive to oust Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.<p>Saturday’s big rally in Caracas was passionate but peaceful. Anti-Maduro protests two years ago turned violent, leaving dozens dead.<p>Now in control of Congress, the opposition is exploring different ways …

Venezuela

Polish parliament ratifies agreement to join AIIB

Polish parliament ratifies agreement to join AIIB<p>Photo taken on Jan. 17, 2016 shows the stone monument in front of the headquarters building of the …

Polish Minister Says Foul Play Behind President's Jet Crash

WARSAW — Poland's defense minister appeared to suggest the death of president Lech Kaczynski in a 2010 plane crash in western Russia was the result of foul play, an allegation that is likely to test already troubled relations with Moscow.<p>Antoni Macierewicz did not spell out who he suspected, but …

The Lib Dems have officially come out in support of weed legalisation

As the philosopher Peter Tosh once said, ‘Legalise it, don’t criticise it, legalise it yea-ah yea-ah.’<p>Maybe the Liberal Democrats have been …

Boehner endorses Kasich days before primary

WEST CHESTER TWP. – Republicans in Butler County honored former Speaker John Boehner three days before residents across Ohio's 8th District will vote …

Government

Trump: I 'should get credit, not be scorned' for tone of events

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is pinning the blame for escalating violence and protests at his campaign events on Bernie Sanders.<p>The Republican presidential front-runner said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday that he "should get credit, not be scorned" for his handling of …

A trip back in time to old Dubai

Supercars may be Dubai’s current transport of choice – but a spice-scented dhow trip will take you worlds away from the modern Emirate’s shiny skyscrapers.<p>It was early evening in Dubai and the sky was streaked rose and peach as the sun dipped towards the horizon. At the edge of the salt-water creek …

Travel

JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg back day-and-date movie service

The notion of paying $50 to watch new-in-theaters movies at home may sound wild, but it apparently has the support of the biggest directors and producers in the business. <i>Variety</i> sources claim that the already hyped Screening Room service has the financial support of JJ Abrams, Ron Howard, Peter …

Go champion Lee Se-dol throws in towel as Google’s AlphaGo sweeps the board

Artificial intelligence comes of age in showdown between human brainpower and a machine<p>A computer program developed by Google took an unassailable 3-0 lead in a best-of-five match with a Go grandmaster on Saturday.<p>The Chinese board game is considered to be much more complex than chess – there are a …

Artificial Intelligence

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

In 2015, private-intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments. While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor …

The Coming Anti-Trump Onslaught

The anti-Trump onslaught is coming. Perhaps within weeks. Just not necessarily from Republicans.<p>Almost as soon as Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee — which may be as soon as March 15 — Democrats will surely cut their negative ads, and then have at it.<p>They will attack Trump’s credentials …

Donald Trump ditched free market ideology for nationalism — and it's working

Marco Rubio's newly aggressive posture toward Donald Trump is all about delivering low-blow insults, and reflects a popular — but incorrect — notion among Republican elites that Trump's not-very-orthodox ideology is succeeding because of the force of his personality. But Trump isn't winning because …

Political Science

Sanders calls Trump 'pathological liar' as Chicago rally backlash grows

Bernie Sanders denounced Donald Trump as a “pathological liar” who leads a “vicious movement” on Saturday, and reserved some vitriol for Rahm Emanuel’s “disastrous record” as mayor of Chicago, a day after the city was rattled by violent clashes between Trump supporters and protesters.<p>Cincinnati …

Hillary Clinton racks up another win as Ted Cruz leads in Wyoming

Hillary Clinton added to her primary victories and Ted Cruz took an early lead in Wyoming on Saturday, as the state, two territories and Washington DC doled out delegates in Republican and Democratic races.<p>Clinton won the first-ever Democratic caucuses on the Northern Mariana Islands, with 102 …

Government

Two veteran mushers in Alaskan race told officials a person driving a snowmobile tried to drive the machine into their sled teams in apparent attacks<p>Alaska state troopers arrested a 26-year-old man after two musher teams taking part in the Iditarod dog sled race were hit by a snowmobile, killing at …

Marco Rubio trounces Donald Trump in Washington DC presidential primary

Rubio took took 37.3% of the vote, giving him 10 delegates, edging out John Kasich and comfortably beating national frontrunners Trump and Ted Cruz<p>Donald Trump has suffered a comprehensive defeat by Marco Rubio in Washington DC, where the divisive billionaire hopes to occupy the White House from …

Online harassment must be met head-on: tech summit panel | Reuters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Online harassment and sexism is demeaning women and can no longer be brushed aside as an ugly side of social media and the gaming industry if they are to thrive, panelists on Saturday said at the South By Southwest (SXSW) tech meeting in Austin.<p>Former Texas state Senator …

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