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North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile tests, shut down test site

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.<p>The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet South Korean …

North Korea

Commodities Surge to Highest Level Since 2015

A key gauge of commodity prices has reached its highest level in 2 1/2 years as oil rises and concerns about U.S.-Russia tensions boost industrial …

Stock Markets

Ancient Babylonian tablet could change the way we learn math

The ancient clay tablet suggests the Babylonians understood trigonometry more than 1,000 years before Pythagoras.<p>In the early 20th century, a small …

Mathematics

China to set up Hainan free trade zone by 2020, port by 2025-Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China aims to establish a free trade zone in Hainan by 2020 and will encourage multinationals to set up their international and regional headquarters there, as part of plans to open up the province's economy to foreign investors.<p>The guidance, published on the government's …

China
North Africa

US dollar rises against most major currencies

New York, April 14 (IANS) The US dollar index climbed slightly as investors continue to monitor the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.<p>The …

Economics

US and allies strike Syria: The full story

US hits Syrian 'chemical weapons sites', in collaboration with UK and France, as Russia and Iran warn of consequences.<p>US President Donald Trump has ordered air attacks in Syria "on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities", in collaboration with the UK and France.<p>The attacks early …

Middle East

Syria 'chemical attack': Russia warns US against military action

<b>Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria.</b><p>"I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you're currently developing," Moscow's UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia said on Tuesday.<p>He warned Washington that it will "bear …

Middle East

IMF: Global house prices increasingly rise or tumble together

House prices are increasingly moving together, according to a new study from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The research suggests that house …

Stock Markets

China's State Owned Media Proclaims Petroyuan Will "Shake People's Confidence In The US Dollar"

Just days after initiating its 'petroyuan' futures contract, and hours after an unprecedented announcement that China will pay for oil in yuan, <i>The</i> …

Stock Markets

The internet's worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why

LONDON — For years, countries have worried that a hostile foreign power might cut the undersea cables that supply the world with internet service.<p>Late last month, we got a taste of what that might be like. An entire country, Mauritania, was taken offline for two days because an undersea cable was …

Ivory Coast

China's Xi Jinping offers possible trade concessions to US

Xi Jinping addresses US trade concerns after China files complaint at WTO over duties imposed by Washington.<p>Chinese leader Xi Jinping has pledged to lower car tariffs, improve intellectual property protection and open up the Chinese economy, addressing United States complaints in an escalating …

China

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."<p>The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking …

Internet

China hits the United States with tariffs on $3 billion of exports

China is showing the United States that it will make good on its trade threats.<p>The Chinese government said that tariffs on about $3 billion worth of US imports are going into effect Monday, hitting 128 products ranging from pork, meat and fruit to steel pipes.<p>It's the latest move in escalating …

Globalization

VANGELIS 12 o'clock 1975 (Best video ever seen) - "Luis Moreira (Setúbal - Portugal)"

Portugal

The Litany of the Saints

YouTube

J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic cure for frustration, depression, and doubt

On #TolkienReadingDay, discover Tolkien's greatest love.<p>Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien is well-known for his mythological realm of Middle Earth and …

Literature

Veni Sancte Spiritus

Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX

Elon Musk just nonchalantly erased Tesla and SpaceX from the world's most popular social media platform.<p>Calls to abandon Facebook (FB) have swirled all week after news broke that data of about 50 million users was harvested by political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. On Friday, Musk joined in …

Social Media

China: We will hit back if US announces new tariffs

Beijing has renewed a warning that it will retaliate if President Donald Trump goes through with plans to slap new tariffs on Chinese goods worth billions of dollars.<p>"China will certainly take all necessary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests," if the United States …

China

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Geography

The next recession could be worse than the Great Depression

When will the next recession start?<p>In search of the answer, I kept asking speakers on-stage and off-stage at the Strategic Investment Conference 2018. I also asked really smart people that are well-versed in economics and economic cycles.<p>Their consensus seemed to be 2019 or possibly as late as …

Economics

32 beautiful reasons to visit Ireland

Ireland

Taizé "Veni Sancte Spiritus"

This gold guy managed $40 billion at BlackRock — but quit to run a farm instead

It’s common to hear of high-flying professionals deciding to make a career change. What’s not as common is to go from managing $40 billion in assets …

Investing

Final warning! RED IRION OXIDE in the sky, What They Dont Tell You, Please share

Surprised the camera remained on when this appeared! - ISS

This happened on our Earth!!! 4-6 February 2018

Eliminating cervical cancer globally is within reach if governments act

We have the unique opportunity to wipe out a cancer that kills 250,000 women worldwide each year • News: Australia could become first country to eradicate cervical cancer<p>Cervical cancer is cause by infection with papillomavirus. To our knowledge, every case of cervical cancer is initiated by …

Public Health

China says it does not want a trade war with U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China does not want a trade war with the United States but will defend its interests, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Sunday, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.<p>Trump struck a defiant tone on Friday, saying trade …

China