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There is good news on gender equality – if you look to the developing world | Toyin Saraki

From education to maternity mortality, there have been global successes for women this year. So let’s not fixate on Hillary Clinton’s loss<p>Last weekend the United Nations completed its annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence – a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of what is …

Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump has picked as his secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, Trump’s transition team announced Tuesday, setting up a possible confrontation with members of his own party in the Senate.<p>Since Tillerson’s name emerged as a candidate for the post, …

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The 50 Best Albums of 2016

The album has never seemed stronger. Artists have never had more ways to express themselves, from one-off Soundcloud singles to social media posts to live streams of video. Yet in this world of plenty, they’ve continued to keep the album in an exalted place, one where they make a bid for serious …

First US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

The United States' first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the country for the industry.<p>GE and Deepwater Wind have partnered to build five massive turbines three miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 …

Australian cities to swelter as national hot spell sends temperatures above 30C

A national hot spell will bring temperatures of more than 30C to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney this week, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.<p>The three-day forecast predicts maximums of 35C for Sydney, 34C for Melbourne and 32C for Canberra from Monday until Wednesday. Adelaide and …

Huge Arts District development along L.A. River races for approval; here's an early look

Another high-design megaproject is being pitched for the Arts District, this time right alongside the Los Angeles River.<p>The Gallo family, longtime owner of the Rancho Cold Storage facility on Mesquit Street, has teamed with rising-star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and real estate firm V.E. …

The electoral college is a medieval relic. Only the U.S. still has one.

The U.S. electoral college is a medieval relic. For several centuries, many political communities in Europe and the Americas used electors chosen from different territorial and political units to select a main magistrate. The United States is the only country in the world to still use the system to …

‘Lessons learned’ about Russia

THE STRONGEST indication that the Obama administration has not adequately disclosed or responded to Russian interference in the presidential election may be that President-elect Donald Trump still denies that it happened. “I don’t believe they interfered,” Mr. Trump told Time magazine last week, …

Lindsey Graham: Russia's 'trying to undermine democracies all over the world'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Lindsey Graham said Saturday that Russia is trying to "is trying to break the backs of democracies."<p>"Russia is trying to break the backs of democracies -- and democratic movements -- all over the world," the South Carolina Republican said in a series of tweets criticizing the …

Cyber-attacks

CIA concludes Russia interfered to help Trump win election, say reports

Agency reportedly believes individuals acting for Moscow hacked Democrat party emails and gave them to WikiLeaks<p>US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in last month’s presidential election to boost Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, according to reports.<p>A secret CIA …

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Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because …

Donald Trump’s open corruption: The president-elect doesn’t care that you know he’s crooked

<b>President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (AP)</b><p>Donald Trump’s campaign spent nearly $3 million on his own businesses as the election wrapped up<p>Simon Maloy<p>December 9, 2016 9:49pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump ran a …

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Peruvian president to Trump: ‘You are lucky to have Latin America.’

<i>Lally Weymouth is a senior associate editor for The Washington Post.</i><p>To say that Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is prepared for his new job as Peru’s president is an understatement. Kuczynski, 78, has been finance minister and prime minister; a technocrat at the International Monetary Fund and the World …

Colombia plane crash: Airline head held in jail as part of crash probe

A Bolivian judge on Thursday ordered that the head of the ill-fated chartered airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week killing 71 people, including members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense, be detained while authorities investigate him for possible charges of manslaughter and other …

Why electric cars are only as clean as their power supply

Experts argue whether electric cars are worse for the environment than gas guzzlers once the manufacturing process and batteries are taken into account<p>Jorge Cruz has just finished his overnight shift stacking shelves at Whole Foods in Los Altos, California, and is waiting at the bus stop outside. …

Silicon Valley

Japan is hoping robot babies will encourage people to have real babies

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents.” The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these …

Robotics

Super Mario Run For The iPhone Jumpstarts A New Mobile Era For Nintendo

The first Mario smartphone game is the inventive result of Nintendo’s move to put its creations everywhere–not just on it own hardware.<p>Mario is running. He hops from one turtle enemy to another, then onto a higher platform. He jumps and grabs a batch of coins, including the rare pink challenge …

Retrogaming

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water

Huge flock of migratory birds landed on acidic waters of an open pit mine where employees attempted to scare them off<p>Several thousand snow geese have died after a snowstorm forced large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana.<p>Mark Thompson, …

Birds

Rumor: BMW possibly contemplating high-end 7 Series, 8 Series and X7

It’s clear that BMW is looking to get more into the luxury car game, as the Bavarian brand is already in the process of developing an X7 SUV and an 8 …

Luxury Lifestyle

Trump Tweets Out Promises To Increase Import Taxes As Carrier, Ford Make Moves

Over the weekend, President-elect Trump tweeted out a series of posts indicating that he intends to crack down on U.S. companies who move their businesses offshore. The tweets, which were posted beginning at 6:41 a.m. said:<p>The U.S. is going to substantialy (sic) reduce taxes and regulations on …

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Through climate change denial, we're ceding global leadership to China

Remember when China was the climate-action outcast, the obstacle standing in the way of progress in the global fight against a warming planet? What a difference a few years — and an election — can make.<p>Over the past few weeks, world leaders, delegates to the climate change conference in Marrakech …

New app proves a nourishing idea for wasted food | Killian Fox

The distribution of surplus food in Ireland is being transformed by FoodCloud. Killian Fox meets the duo behind the venture<p>“Within one community, there can be a business that’s throwing away perfectly good food and just around the corner there’s a charity that’s struggling to feed people in need,” …

Malaysia PM urges world to act against 'genocide' of Myanmar’s Rohingya

Najib Razak tells Kuala Lumpur rally attended by thousands ‘the world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place’<p>Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbours and the …

U.S. Navy aims to buy more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets: source

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy plans to divest its older model Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in coming years and hopes to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with a shortfall of strike fighters aboard its carriers, a Navy official said.<p>A F/A-18E/F Super …

Military

Hawaii Is Expecting Up to 30 Inches of Snow This Weekend

So much for a tropical vacation.<p>If you're dreaming of jetting off to Hawaii to escape the winter blues, you're out of luck. Some parts of the state have seen snow this week, and major tourist attractions are predicted to get a foot of snow or more.<p>According to the <i>Hawaii Tribune-Herald</i>, Hawaii …

Hayao Miyazaki: Japan's godfather of animation?

<b>As Oscar-winning film Spirited Away marks its 15th anniversary with a re-release in US cinemas, the BBC's Tessa Wong looks at the impact its director Hayao Miyazaki has had on the world of animation.</b><p>It would be no exaggeration to describe Hayao Miyazaki as the godfather of animation in Japan - some …

Cybercrime network 'Avalanche' shut down in global sting

A mammoth cybercrime network known as Avalanche has been shut down, following a four-year investigation by German police and a coordinated strike by Europol, the FBI and agencies in many other countries. With a name like a Bond movie title, Avalanche was a sprawling cloud-based network that …

Parents disarm their son who brought guns to Utah school

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — Two fast-acting parents disarmed their 15-year-old son at a Utah junior high school Thursday after they noticed the teenager …

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

Ethics

US businesses push against Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change

Environmentally friendly groups at Companies vs Climate Change said they will work to make sure Trump won’t undo all the progress the country has made<p>From his claim that global warming was a gigantic hoax masterminded by China to his promise to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris …