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UN chief takes helicopter tour of Israel-Gaza border

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken a helicopter tour of the Israel-Gaza border, viewing the volatile front from the air before visiting the isolated territory.<p>Guterres was accompanied Wednesday by Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, and Aviv …

Israel

I fled despotism in Cuba. Now I’m fighting it in America. | The Washington Post

<b>I was born in Havana in 1971,</b> 12 years after the Cuban revolution swept the country. I grew up in a small farming town south of Havana. Everyone in my family had an elementary education, working as farmers, carpenters or at the nearby sugar cane refinery. My father had a passion for photography and …

Cuba

Row escalates between France, Poland over EU labor reforms

VARNA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bitter exchange of words erupted between France and Poland on Friday after French President Emmanuel Macron sharply criticized Poland's opposition to plans to change European Union rules on "posted workers" — the cheap labor from eastern countries sent to more prosperous EU …

OECD

Putin unleashes terrifying nuclear submarine with power to blast 20 ballistic missiles

The country’s fearful military toy was flaunted as part of its Russian Navy Day celebrations today.<p>The Dmitriy Donskoy (TK-208) nuclear ballistic …

Russia

US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.<p>The Iranian boat is believed to have been operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a defense official …

Military

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) • reviewsphere

“This wall is madness. It won’t save him any more than it will save you.” No, not a soundbite from Hilary Clinton’s failed election campaign, but a …

The Beguiled (2017) • reviewsphere

“Edwina,” says the eponymous head of the Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies (Nicole Kidman) to her obedient teacher (Kirsten Dunst), …

REVIEW: Chewing Gum TV Series (2015– )

<b>Just get your wings out!</b><p>by Mireia Prats<p>No matter how hard your day has been. How loudly that baby was crying on the bus. How many dishes you still …

The House (2017) • reviewsphere

Lyrics from the opening and closing tracks of director Andrew Jay Cohen and his writing partner Brendan O’Brien’s The House (That Jack Shit Built) …

My Life As A Courgette (2017) • reviewsphere

An hour-long animation with a PG certificate. I know what you’re thinking: talking fish, feel-good songs and they all lived happily ever after. …

Baby Driver (2017) • reviewsphere

Haunted by flashbacks of his mother’s sudden death in a car accident which, as a backseat passenger, left him with a constant, high-pitched ringing …

Tiere [Animals] - (2017)

Calling all Edinburgh David Lynch fans! It seems that the return of Lynch’s masterpiece show Twin Peaks has become a success. The world is clinging …

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Watching Rudi Dolezal and Nick Broomfield’s warts and all documentary about the first and only artist to release seven consecutive number one singles …

Despair about Democracy

by Chris Burn<p>It is very easy to write despairing articles about American politics these days, usually starting with a suitable Shakespeare quote such …

EDINBURGH JAZZ

In advance of his eleven gigs (and counting) at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, pianist Brian Kellock gave an interview with The …

Slow Burning Cinema • reviewsphere

by Frankie Hallam<p>Scrolling through Netflix, a pastime anyone on the ol’ job search knows all too well, an option that caught my curiosity was Andrew …

THEATRE REVIEW: Judy! - London Theatre

by Peter Callaghan<p>Watching writer and director Ray Packham’s excellent production of Judy! which transferred from Southwark Playhouse after debuting …

MUSIC REVIEW: Gentlemen Jackals

by Brian Campbell<p><b>A Fife-based band is making its mark on the Scottish music scene thanks to a realistic approach to the entertainment industry and a</b> …

Aoife Doyle Band • reviewsphere

I first discovered the Aoife Doyle Band[ht in the summer of 2015 while working for a few days in Dublin. Always one to stray from the beaten path, I …

U.S. warship in operation near disputed island in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam on Sunday in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations, a U.S. Defense Department official said.<p>The USS Stethem, a guided-missile …

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Churchill (2017)

Think Sunday, think 9 pm, think BBC 1. For that is where director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) and first-time screenwriter Alex von …

Movies

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US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that …

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

<b>Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after the US shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday.</b><p>The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had bombed US-backed fighters battling so-called Islamic State in Raqqa province.<p>Russia, the Syrian …

Angela Merkel's MEPs criticized for appeasing Hungary's Viktor Orban

The EU has offered all-round condemnation of Viktor Orban's increasingly authoritarian government. But some MEPs from Angela Merkel's conservative …

FRINGE PREVIEW: The Harry and Chris Show 2 @edfringe

Given the tumultuous events which have dominated the headlines since slam poet Harry Baker and jazz musician Chris Read made their Edinburgh Fringe …

Lego Batman Movie

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

by Brian Campbell<p><b>Fleetwood Mac’s songwriting giants team up for comforting ear-candy on first album as a duo.</b><p>From the very first chords of opener …

Christine McVie

Sinn Fein accuses May of breaching Good Friday Agreement as she seeks deal with DUP for Ian Paisley's party to prop her up in power

• <b>Tory source says there is 'broad agreement on the principles' with the DUP</b>• <b><br>DUP sources say talks are nearly complete but were delayed by London flats</b> …

Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba

MIAMI — President Trump announced on Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of what he called a “terrible and misguided deal” with Cuba and will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by the Obama administration in an attempt to obtain additional concessions from the Cuban …

Cuba