Julia Illiscupides

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Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

<b>A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city's acting mayor has said.</b><p>The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbecues and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according to Xinhua state news agency.<p>The …

Pollution

UK eyeing customs union access, work visas for some sectors: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is looking to secure privileged EU customs union access, work visas and tax breaks for certain sectors as part of a plan to protect key industries when it exits the European Union, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a EU Summit …

Great Britain

Faced with current reality, how can fiction compete?

A novelist who created a character like Donald Trump would rightly be slammed by critics<p>Ordinarily, everyday life is grist to the narrative mill. Yet on a sufficiently eclipsing scale, reality is the enemy of fiction. When the truth grows outlandish, invention appears superfluous. Much like 9/11, …

Racial segregation is still at the heart of Chicago’s ills... and America’s too | Natalie Y Moore

Ahead of President Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago this week, the author of a celebrated book about the city explains how it works as a microcosm of the US, with its legacy of policies reinforcing ethnic and economic divisions<p>In a couple of days, President Barack Obama will give a farewell …

Barack Obama

Israeli diplomat caught on camera plotting to 'take down' UK MPs

Shai Masot is recorded discussing how to discredit MPs in comments described by Israeli embassy as ‘unacceptable’<p>An Israeli embassy official has been caught on camera in an undercover sting plotting to “take down” MPs regarded as hostile, including foreign office minister Sir Alan Duncan, an …

Israel

The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of America

Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing.<p>If the election of an American president abetted by Russian interference seems stranger than fiction, you're almost right. Exactly 30 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, ABC …

United Nations

Democracy is in crisis, but blaming fake news is not the answer | Evgeny Morozov

Claims that Russia is behind the political shocks of 2016 ignore the corrupting influence of digital capitalism<p>Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian …

Fake News

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister will have to give up $153 million in stolen cash

In what could be president Muhammadu Buhari’s first big publicized corruption win, the government will reclaim up to $153.3 million in misappropriated funds from Nigeria’s controversial former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.<p>Alison-Madueke, 56, who fled Nigeria soon after Buhari came to …

Africa

Iraqi forces advance against Islamic State in Mosul night raid: spokesman

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Elite Iraqi troops advanced against Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul in their first night-time raid in the city, a spokesman said on Friday, in a U.S.-backed operation which officials say is gaining momentum.<p>Iraqi rapid response forces run across a street during battle …

Mosul

Pet 'emotion trackers' and intelligent jeans are here. But do we want them?

A voyage through the offbeat products on show at CES 2017, the annual electronics show, foreshadows a weird and wild future<p>A pet collar that communicates whether a dog is happy or sad. A robot suitcase. A pair of jeans that gives directions.<p>These are all real things that real people can supposedly …

Kentucky lawmakers pass 'right-to-work' legislation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a bill on Saturday making it the 27th U.S. state to allow workers the right to work in union-represented shops and receive union-negotiated benefits without paying dues to the representing body.<p>Republican lawmakers in a handful of …

Kentucky

Russian official: 'Republicans trust Putin more than the Democrats'

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> A top Russian lawmaker accused the Obama administration Saturday of undermining US democracy, saying Republicans had more trust in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in the Democrats.<p>Alexey Pushkov's assertions in a series of tweets come in the wake of a US intelligence report …

Russia

U.S.-backed force seizes Syria citadel from Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria have captured an ancient citadel from Islamic State (IS) in a strategically significant advance against the jihadist group in its stronghold of Raqqa province, a spokesman said on Friday.<p>The Jabar citadel on the banks of Lake Assad was taken by the …

Middle East

Paul Ryan Reveals Why Republicans Have A Big Obamacare Repeal Problem

It sounded so easy, until taking away people's insurance became real.<p>Sometimes the most clarifying statements in politics are the ones that make no sense.<p>A case in point was something that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Wednesday, during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The subject was …

Health Care

The Golden Globes' Love Affair With Meryl Streep Is Forever: Why the Hollywood Foreign Press Always Invites This Actress to the Party

| Wed., Jan. 4, 2017 3:00 AM<p><b>Meryl Streep</b> was born in New Jersey, but she belongs to the world.<p>A legit national treasure, her prestige as untouchable …

Days before the Fort Lauderdale shooting, the state legislature was considering an open carry bill

The bill would allow people to openly carry guns in airports.<p>Just three days before the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airport, the Florida legislature was considering a bill that would allow people to openly carry firearms in airports.<p>Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel pointed …

New Texas Bathroom Bill Causes Protests

Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: What Are TSA Rules About Guns in Baggage?

The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida airport used a gun that he had stored in his checked luggage, raising questions about airport security and whether safety officials need to change the current rules.<p>Esteban Santiago, 26, retrieved his gun from his bag on the carousel, loaded it in a …

Norway will become the first country in the world to switch off FM radio

FM radio broadcasting was invented in the United States in 1933. After a slow start, it became wildly popular all around the world, largely because the frequency modulation technology used offered better sound quality than the existing amplitude modulation (AM) transmissions.<p>But the era of FM radio …

Europe

What Kind Of 'Jobs President' Has Obama Been — In 8 Charts

The final chapter of the Obama economy drew that much closer to its end on Friday, with the final jobs report of the 44th president's time in office. That report showed the 75th straight month of job growth, with employers adding 156,000 jobs.<p>Solid, but nothing flashy.<p>In that way, it was emblematic …

Economics

The Latest: Hezbollah ends temporary truce in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):<p>8:45 p.m.<p>A media arm of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has …

Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city’s rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad.<p>“The advance is going according …

Middle East

Blast kills dozens in rebel-held Syrian town

Fuel truck explodes in front of courthouse in Azaz, and news agency says car bomb planted by Islamic State was responsible<p>A fuel truck has exploded in the centre of a rebel-held town near Syria’s border with Turkey, killing dozens of people.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 48 …

Barack Obama forever changed black America | Peniel E Joseph

The president justified the faith of generations who persisted in loving America – even when the nation refused to love us back<p>Black America’s conception of ourselves was forever changed by Barack Obama’s presidency. For African Americans, the first family helped to unlock the transformational …

Michelle Obama

US intelligence report: Vladimir Putin 'ordered' operation to get Trump elected

Declassified assessment says Russia ‘had clear preference’ for Trump, who met with US intelligence chiefs on Friday but refused to endorse their findings<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election to aid Donald Trump, according to a declassified assessment by the …

Russia

Russia is erasing Linkedin from app stores

iOS and Android have both blocked the app<p>Apple and Google have agreed to remove LinkedIn from iOS and Android app stores in Russia, according to a new report from <i>The New York Times</i>. In November, the service was ruled to be in violation of a 2014 law requiring all data collected on Russian citizens …

World Wide Web

With Trump and Putin, Europe is now between a rock and a hard place | Natalie Nougayrède

European uncertainty over the US president-elect’s strategy will make it easier for Russia to exploit cracks in EU solidarity<p>European capitals have been busy sending discreet emissaries to New York to sound out Donald Trump’s intentions. Angela Merkel, who on 9 November delivered a blunt warning to …

Turkish committee clears draft expanding Erdogan's powers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the …

South Asia

17 ways politics could change in 2017

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> 2016 was the year where one political controversy or another was always around the corner. But 2017 promises to be just as unpredictable.<p>For most of 2016, Donald Trump had only his own personal credibility in his hands as he campaigned for the presidency. Now that he has the …

Obama's Faith in White America Was Not Misplaced

Donald Trump’s rise, and Hillary Clinton’s loss, is not a sign that America is irredeemably bigoted.<p><i>This article is part of a series of responses to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s story “My President Was Black.” You can read other responses to the story</i> <i>here.</i><p>I deeply dislike the man whose victory may …