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Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar

The Gulf has been hit by its biggest diplomatic crisis in years after Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups.<p>The countries said they would halt all land, air …

Middle East

Taiwan's Once Mighty High-Tech Sector Is Falling Behind Because Of Low Pay

Taiwan used to be an indispensable part of the world high-tech supply chain. Now the island that derives a fifth of its economy from the likes of PCs, tablets and smartphones for export is unsure how long all that can sustain. The most often cited reason: Taiwan isn’t keeping up in software, which …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump on North Korea: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy”

President Donald Trump recounted an absolutely astounding detail about one of his conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping in comments published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Trump came into his first meeting with the Chinese leader, in early April, convinced …

30 Advertisement Design Tips That Turn Heads: Brilliant Case Studies

<i>As long as people keep creating new products, they will keep creating ads.</i>It’s the age old way of announcing to the world ‘I have a product, this is …

Graphic Design

50 Genius Print Ads With Brilliant Design Techniques

<i>Break through the advertising clutter with a solid concept and creative design.</i>We are constantly exposed to advertising in our daily lives, be it …

Mercedes-Benz

71 Brilliant, Clever and Inspirational Ads That Will Change The Way You Think – Learn

<i>Eye-catching advertising is a must when you’re trying to capture even the slightest sliver of attention during today’s digital 140 characters or less</i> …

Graphic Design

Middle East Airlines Work Around Electronics Ban, Offer iPads, Laptops, Wi-Fi To Passengers

Faced with a new and unique problem in the modern airline industry, airlines impacted by the recent ban of larger electronics on flights to the United States are finding clever ways to keep their passengers productive and connected.<p>In mid-March, an unexpected ban on electronics larger than your …

Qatar Airways

Amazon and Walmart are in an all-out price war that is terrifying America’s biggest brands

Grocery suppliers are feeling the squeeze — big-time.<p>Last month, Walmart gathered some of America’s biggest household brands near its Arkansas headquarters for a tough talk. For years, Walmart had dominated the retail landscape on the back of its “Everyday Low Price” guarantee. But now, Walmart was …

Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland into security state

KASHGAR/HOTAN, China (Reuters) - Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.<p>The locked door of a neighbourhood mosque is seen in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur …

Keep talking to yourself—it’s doing wonders for your brain

We carry inner monologues with us throughout the day. Sometimes we have internal messages that monitor and judge how we’re coming across in a particular situation. Other times we’re psyching ourselves up for a challenging interaction or preparing for an important life event. Or, more often than …

Self-help

All-male White House health bill photo sparks anger

<b>There is a familiarity about this photo, and it could have been taken in many boardrooms around the world - men gathered around a table making plans and cutting deals.</b><p>But the lack of women here, among a group of conservative Republicans discussing their healthcare bill with the vice-president, …

As the planet gets hotter, some mammals may get smaller

Fifty-six million years ago, about 10 million years after the dinosaurs went extinct, something strange happened to our planet.<p>It got hot.<p>Really hot.<p>Hotter than it had ever been since the Earth formed a few billion years earlier.<p>Carbon signatures in the geological record show that global …

Global Warming

Pocahontas statue in Gravesend relisted 400 years after her death

A memorial to Pocahontas, who lost her original name and religion, and in 1617 her life, through encounters with English settlers, is to be relisted by Historic England to mark the 400th anniversary of her death.<p>DIY cold war nuclear bunker in Norfolk given Grade II listed status<p>Read more<p>The Grade …

Native Americans

Scientists Think Potatoes May Be Able to Grow on Mars

When Matt Damon’s fictional astronaut grew potatoes to keep himself alive on Mars in <i>The Martian</i>, you may have been skeptical. But now real scientists …

First children are often cleverer than their siblings, study finds

A study from Leipzig University found that each successive sibling has a lower IQ than the last - and it's to do with upbringing, not biology<p>The eldest child generally has the highest IQ, according to a study from the University of Leipzig - and every successive child in the family has a lower IQ …

Siblings

Airbnb might be getting into the long-term rental business

The home-sharing startup has asked McKinsey & Co. to research the market and conduct a competitive analysis of Craigslist, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources.<p>The $31 billion company has a sublet section on its website since 2011, which lists apartments and houses to rent by the month in …

BBC reports child abuse images to Facebook, Facebook reports BBC to police

In a bizarre turn of events, Facebook has reported a handful of BBC journalists to local police after the news outlet flagged a bevy of child abuse material to the social media platform, including images obtained in groups where members discussed exchanging explicit content featuring minors.<p>When …

'A Day Without a Woman' for many means a day without school

Shannon Block is skipping work on Wednesday.<p>The Brooklyn, N.Y., preschool teacher plans to stay home and write postcards to her elected representatives.<p>"For my congresswoman and senators, because they are fighting for women and women's rights, I'm going to thank them for the work," said Block, 26. …

Feminism

Women Are Becoming More Adventurous Travelers—and Doing It Alone

Women are choosing mountaineering over pampering, and they don't mind going solo.<p>In the travel game, we hear words like staycation, glamping, and the latest, <i>bleisure</i> (a combo of business and leisure travel that sounds a bit like a wound) a lot. But there’s one far more interesting trend that’s been …

Google helps libraries encourage kids to code

Google has added a new project to its list of library programs, which include WiFi hotspot lending. The tech titan has teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to launch "Libraries Ready to Code," an initiative that aims to help equip librarians with the right skills and tools to …

Little Girl Statue Stands Up to Iconic Wall Street Bull (and Masculinity)

As many American women prepare to draw attention to their role in the workplace, a Wall Street firm on Tuesday put up a statue of a girl in front of Lower Manhattan's well-known bronze charging bull, as if to fearlessly stare it down.<p>Placing the diminutive, grade school-aged girl in front of the …

Wall Street

UK shoppers cut back on luxuries as inflation pushes up cost of food and fuel

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew more slowly in July, data published on Tuesday showed, as shoppers cut back on non-essential spending and budgeted for the higher price of food following the Brexit vote.<p>UK retail sales increased by an annual 0.9 percent on a like-for-like basis, which …

Turkey's Erdogan accuses Germany of 'Nazi practices' over rally cancellations

The Turkish president has lashed out at Germany after several cities canceled referendum rallies citing security concerns. Erdogan later said he …

Uighur Militants Reportedly Threaten China in ISIS Video

A video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday features militants from China’s Uighur ethnic minority threatening to return home …

Blind People Will Now Be Able To Feel Messages With The World's First Braille Smartwatch

251<p>SHARES<p>South Korean developer Dot has produced the world’s first Braille smartwatch, and its features are out of this world. "The Dot" uses 4 …

Germany: There were nearly 10 attacks a day on refugees in 2016, says new report

The report by the country's interior ministry said 560 people including 43 children were injured in the violence.<p>There were more than 3,500 attacks …

Oscars mistake: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up

<b>Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars - but only after an error saw La La Land initially declared the winner.</b><p>The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.<p>PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy firm responsible for counting the …

Oscars 2017: Trump's Muslim ban takes hit

President Trump's effort to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries took its first big hit at the Oscars Sunday when an Iranian filmmaker who stayed home in protest won the award for best foreign film, <i>The Salesman</i>.<p>Asghar Farhadi sent a representative, engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari, to …

Donald Trump bars BBC, CNN and New York Times from media briefing as White House press war escalates

The BBC and several major American news organisations were on Friday afternoon barred from a White House press briefing in a an unprecedented move by the Trump administration.<p>Reporters from the BBC, CNN, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Politico were all refused access to an off-camera …