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Watch: Seconds Into His Speech in Israel, Mike Pence Is Interrupted by a Brawl

Shortly after Vice President Mike Pence began addressing members of the Israeli Knesset Monday, some of the Arab members began to hold up signs that …

Mike Pence

Trump’s moment of truth on China has arrived

After a year of delay, he’s on the brink of a big trade crackdown against Beijing.<p>It’s looking likePresident Trump might finally follow through on his threats to get tough with China on trade.<p>Earlier this month, Trump administration officials told Politico that the White House is preparing to roll …

China

Trump made a racist impersonation of another world leader: report

The president can’t take the high road<p>President Donald Trump has once again been caught making allegedly racist comments.<p>In a piece describing America's future in Iraq, The Washington Post included an anecdote that said Trump impersonated a major world leader, using a racist accent. The purpose of …

Donald Trump

Mike Pence snubbed by Arab politicians in Israel

Arab lawmakers in Israel will boycott Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Monday, citing the U.S. decision …

Mike Pence

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says artificial intelligence is like fire

• Google CEO Pichai says that AI is like fire: while it is useful, we must use caution.<br>• He envisions that AI will play a big role in important advancements like finding a cure for cancer.<br>• The full interview airs on MSNBC on January 26.<p>In an interview with <i>Recode</i> and MSNBC, Pichai described artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

82 Percent of the Wealth Generated Last Year Went to the Richest 1 Percent of the Global Population

(LONDON) – Four out of every five dollars of wealth generated in 2017 ended up in the pockets of the richest one percent, while the poorest half of …

Income Inequality

Mexico posts record-breaking homicide rate in 2017

Nearly 30,000 people were killed last year, marking the worst year recorded in Mexico, the interior ministry said. But security analysts have cast …

Mexico

The World Bank is no longer supporting the oil and gas industries

• <b>The World Bank is starting to phase out its support for the oil and gas industries.</b>• <b><br>The move is part of efforts to address climate change and reinforce the Paris Climate agreement.</b>• <b><br>It also suggests that the Bank intends to play a leading role in the battle against climate change as the US turns its</b> …

Climate

Fire At Russia's Vladivostok Submarine Base Sure Doesn't Look Like An "Exercise"

Lighting your own sub on fire, or setting a fire right next to one, seems like a pretty stupid, if not unbelievable way to execute a drill.<p>Twitter …

War

Tourists warned not to leave resorts in Jamaica after string of deadly shootings

British and Canadian tourists in Jamaica have been warned not to venture from resorts in Montego Bay after a state of emergency was imposed in …

Montego Bay

Human bones discovered in Irish cave reveal ritual site

A local hiker in Ireland stumbled across an unusual cave-like chamber last year. Upon discovering what appeared to be human remains scattered on the …

Ireland

The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Sh*tholes for Decades

The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo.<p>Perhaps some …

Erna Solberg

Papal adviser Cardinal Sean O'Malley rebukes Pope Francis for abuse comments

Pope Francis said during his trip to Chile that allegations a bishop there had known about sexual abuse were "slander." Boston's archbishop says …

Christianity

Looting on the rise in Venezuela: 'We either loot or we die of hunger'

As food shortages grow, towns and cities across Venezuela have been hit by an outbreak of looting and violence<p>Amid desperate food shortages Venezuelans are picking up new survival skills.<p>On the night of 9 January, for example, a hungry mob took just 30 minutes to pick clean a grocery store in the …

Venezuela

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners - eyewitness

<b>An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday.</b><p>The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. "Where are the foreigners?" they shouted.<p>Fourteen foreigners are …

Afghanistan

OF COURSE governments won't give up control of money - that’s why crypto is crashing

• <b>One reason people are selling out of bitcoin is because governments are moving against cryptocurrencies.</b>• <b><br>The promise of bitcoin is that it's anonymous and secure and the government can't touch it. That promise is unfulfilled.</b>• <b><br>Governments are not going to stand idly by while people replace or abandon</b> …

Cryptocurrency

Decentralized Travel Distribution Platform Eliminates Middlemen to Make Your Trips Cheaper

Outbound trips worldwide had grown by 3.9 percent in the first eight months of 2017, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. With low-cost …

Bitcoin

Japan's Biggest Bank Is Releasing Its Own Cryptocurrency In March | Investopedia

Japan’s largest bank is hopping onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon.<p>According to reports, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (MTU) is planning to …

Bitcoin

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

Basic Income

Why Warren Buffett Is Right About Bitcoin (Investors, Take Note)

There's one thing about Bitcoin that nobody is talking about, and it might literally ruin our economy.<p>Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon and Jim Cramer all have the same advice regarding Bitcoin: <i>Stay away.</i><p>In fact, Buffett has even gone on record, stating, "I can say with almost certainty that …

Bitcoin

Global warming: 2017 was second-warmest, last three years are record hot

Data from leading international weather agencies shows the record-breaking trend toward a warmer planet is continuing. The findings uphold …

Climate Change

Saturn's Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing In Common With Earth

Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the solar …

Planets

Christians of color are rejecting ‘colonial’ Christianity and reclaiming ancestral spiritualities

This is how quickly it happened. One moment we were passing sumptuous kebob platters around the table making polite introductions, and the next we …

Race & Ethnicity

Russian oligarchs are desperately lobbying to avoid new US sanctions

Anxiety in Moscow is deepening over an imminent new US sanctions list.<p>A leading Russian paper estimates that 300 oligarchs could be named. To avoid inclusion on the list, some are reportedly changing their schedules to avoid being seen with president Vladimir Putin. Others are liquidating holdings …

Russia

Europe’s solution to the drug crisis is working. Why won’t America follow it?

In 1986, at a community HIV prevention meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, an injection drug user spontaneously brought a bundle of clean syringes to freely hand out. By this time, the correlation between injection drug use and HIV had been made. This gave Jon Parker, a former injection drug user …

Addiction

Norway is aiming to decriminalise drugs. The UK should choose legalisation

The government must realise it’s hopelessly out of step with sensible drug policy. Legalisation would take the market out of the hands of criminals<p>In 2001 Portugal decriminalised all drugs. Last month the Norwegian parliament made clear its intentions to follow this lead. Republican senators across …

Brexit

Trump admin. moves to bar Haitians from agricultural, seasonal worker visas

The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.<p>The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and …

Immigration

More Than 40 Million People Enslaved Worldwide, Shows New CFR InfoGuide

January 17, 2018—Slavery is universally prohibited by national and international laws, but more than 40 million people continue to be enslaved …

Council on Foreign Relations

Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain

If one is the loneliest number, two is the most terrifying. Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from …

Climate Change