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Iran pledges to destroy Israel within 25 years as tensions rise

The head of Iran’s army, Abdolrahim Mousavi, threatened to “annihilate” Israel on Saturday as tensions escalated between the two countries.<p>At a ceremony in Tehran, Mr Mousavi warned that any acts of war against his country would put his country on the offensive.<p>“Hands are on the trigger and …

Middle East

Now you see him: Martin Freeman

It’s not the kind of thing you’d expect to hear a movie star say, at least, not one who has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of all …

Red Carpet

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize …

Guns

What It's Like to Die Online - Chronically Sick Women Document Their Illness on YouTube

“I have tried filming this video so many times, but I just don’t know what to say.”<p>Fifteen-year-old Sophia Gall has cancer, but from her hairless head and the title of the video, “My Cancer Is Worse Than Ever,” we already knew that. The problem is that there’s nothing left that can be done. Gall …

Social Media

You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

This Is What It’s Like To Not Own A Smartphone In 2018

As more people start to question their dependence on devices, I’m digging my heels in on my flip-phone life.<p>It’s 2018, and I’ve never owned a smartphone.<p>Four years ago, I wrote about having no regrets for being a “dumb phone” user. At the time I was an anomaly: 58% of Americans, according to Pew …

Time I

Where did it go wrong for Carillion?

<b>Construction giant Carillion is going into liquidation after its huge financial troubles finally overwhelmed it.</b><p>The UK's second-largest construction company buckled under the weight of a whopping £1.5bn debt pile.<p>Despite discussions between Carillion, its lenders and the government, no deal could …

Santander UK

"You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House

Author and columnist Michael Wolff was given extraordinary access to the Trump administration and now details the feuds, the fights and the alarming …

Donald Trump

Hong Kong: why are parking spaces gold, while parking is so cheap? | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

In a city where apartments not much bigger than a car parking space sell for more than US$350,000, one hour of parking on the street sells for just …

Hong Kong

Chinese ships spotted by satellites 'selling oil to North Korea' 30 times since October, despite sanctions

American reconnaissance satellites have reportedly spotted Chinese ships suspected of selling oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October.<p>South Korean officials told the Chosun Ilbo that the ships were allegedly trading in the West Sea between China and South Korea in a bid to bypass …

North Korea

iPhone X review: Apple finally knocks it out of the park

The company’s most important smartphone in years does not disappoint, with Face ID and an all-screen design that spells the end of the home button<p>The iPhone X is Apple’s most important – and most expensive – new smartphone in four years, bringing with it a significant change to the design, dumping …

Phones

Architect of Article 50 claims Brexit can be reversed

The British people are in danger of being "misled" by Government claims that Brexit cannot be reversed, the architect of Article 50 has warned.<p>Lord Kerr, the former UK ambassador to the European Union, has Theresa May's decision to send the letter triggering the Article 50 withdrawal process does …

United Kingdom

Bernie Sanders warns of 'international oligarchy' after Paradise Papers leak

US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show ‘rapid movement’ toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy<p>Live updates: billionaires and firms exposed by Paradise Papers<p>Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international …

Corruption

'Blade Runner 2049' dives deeper on AI to transcend the original

<i>Blade Runner 2049</i> is a miracle. It's a sequel that nobody really wanted -- certainly not fans of the seminal 1982 original by Ridley Scott. And ponderous explorations of artificial intelligence aren't something that typically clicks with mainstream audiences. (The film's disappointing box office …

China

Waze cofounder sold his startup to Google for over $1 billion, but he still doesn't own a house

Most of the money went to the investors, he told Business Insider.<p>The gossip in Israel is that Levine didn't walk with that much cash given the total amount involved. One Israeli news site estimated his take was about $38 million, or about 3%.<p>Even so, that's still a lot of money. Enough to …

Startups

Life After Death on 'Game of Thrones': 12 Actors' First Post-'Thrones' Roles

They're doing FINE.<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> has a reputation for killing off characters, but the actors who lose their <i>GOT</i> gigs don't have trouble finding work after the show. Here are the first jobs several former <i>Thrones</i> castmembers had after the show.

Here's Why the $1 Billion Avatar Sequels Are Worth Every Penny

<i>Avatar</i> is the reigning box office champion, with the biggest worldwide take of all time. It ushered in a new era of 3D filmmaking and saw director …

Construction

We may have hit peak Apple

When a new iPhone is available to pick up in stores, we usually see photos of lines stretching blocks long, as customers around the world proudly walk out with their shiny new rectangles. But today, as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3 hit the shelves, the usual lines were few and far …

WeChat sharing users’ personal data with Chinese authorities [Update: WhatsApp now blocked in China]

<b>Update 26/09:</b> We reported yesterday on news that China’s most popular messaging app was sharing personal user information with authorities. This was confirmed in an updated WeChat privacy statement, indicating that the Chinese government was seeking greater access to citizens online habits. …

China blocks WhatsApp

China has blocked WhatsApp, security experts confirmed today to <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i><i>.</i> Over the past few months, WhatsApp has experienced brief disruptions to service, with users unable to send video chats or photos. Now, even text messages are completely blocked, according to Nadim Kobeissi, an applied …

Privacy
Afghanistan

Embryons: "Une question de temps avant qu'on utilise la modification génétique"

Pour le généticien Radman Miroslav, les progrès dans le domaine génétique sur les modifications d'embryons sont une aubaine pour l'humanité. Il …

Sciences

Best mobile games of 2017

Dungeons and Dragons

How China buys the silence of the world’s human rights critics

As Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo struggles on his sick bed in a heavily guarded Chinese hospital, leaders of G20 nations gathered in Germany …

Why using Airplane mode is an immensely powerful productivity hack that can level up your life

Do you know what the most beautiful tech feature is? The most beautiful feature out of every single little fancy thing on your brand new phone?<p>It’s …

Airplanes
Social Media
Hong Kong