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Marco Rubio's latest awkward moment: a failed hug with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump’s ramrod posture and the ungainly movements of a Republican senator were all it took to distract the public from a government meeting on Wednesday about paid family leave.<p>The Florida senator Marco Rubio appeared to fail in an attempt to hug the president’s daughter before the meeting, …

Donald Trump

An Amazon engineer is letting thousands of Twitch users play the stock market with $50,000 of his own money

Today saw the debut of "StockStream," a new social experiment in playing the stock market airing on Twitch, Amazon's live video game streaming service.<p>The idea is reminiscent of 2014's "Twitch Plays Pokémon," where more than a million Twitch viewers all shared control of the classic Nintendo Game …

Stock Markets

Tory MP drops out of election after telling pupils 'homosexuality is wrong'

Amid furore Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner agrees to go before being forced out, sources say<p>A long-serving Conservative MP has said he will not stand in the general election, just hours after A-level students revealed he had told them that he believed “homosexuality is wrong” and “dangerous to …

Serve the People

Arsenal and Arsène Wenger humiliated again by ruthless Bayern Munich

If one were to be kind on Arsenal, they did at least have 45 minutes when Arsène Wenger could argue that his team had the better of one of Europe’s real superpowers. That, however, would be exceedingly kind – a sympathy vote, one could call it – bearing in mind the full story of their latest …

Soccer

Diplomats defy White House warning, criticize travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of American diplomats defied a White House warning on Tuesday, sending a memo to the State Department's leadership that …

Donald Trump

These are the states most at risk for anti-LGBTQ policies in 2017

Just weeks into 2017, anti-LGBTQ legislation has cropped up in 16 states, with 40 bills total introduced. According to the Human Rights Campaign …

‘I was prosecuted for helping Syrian refugees’

When I offered a lift to a Syrian refugee family trying to cross Denmark, I had no idea I would end up in court charged with people smuggling<p>I didn’t grow up in an orderly middle-class family with cosy Sunday lunches, people laughing and talking. I was brought up in a shabby cottage outside a …

Human Rights

Mystery of hundreds of thousands of dead fish on Cornish beach solved

The mystery of why hundreds of thousands of fish were found washed up on a Cornish beach over the weekend has been solved: they were dumped by a fishing vessel that caught too many sardines in shallow water.<p>After a photographer happened on the huge shoal of dead fish on Marazion at St Michael’s …

Marine Conservation

Mall shooting suspect: 'Creepy,' multiple arrests, disputes

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter had a string of run-ins with …

Crime

US says it killed IS strategist Adnani

<b>The Pentagon has said a US air strike killed so-called Islamic State (IS) strategist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani - contradicting Russia's claim to have killed the militant.</b><p>At the end of August IS said Adnani had been killed in Aleppo province.<p>Russia's claim came after the US admitted targeting Adnani …

National Security

Geneva Conventions laws of war 'need fixing'

<b>In 1949, following the horrors of the second world war, world leaders gathered in Switzerland to sign the Geneva Conventions.</b><p>196 countries have ratified them, no other international treaty has received such broad support.<p>These were the rules which were supposed to limit the savagery of war, to …

Middle East

One of the Russians seen fighting in Syria is a well-known militia leader from the Ukraine conflict nicknamed 'Motorola'

Photos allegedly taken in Syria show Arseny Pavlov, better known by his <i>nom de guerre</i> Motorla, fighting in the country. One photo has Motorola holding a gun while wearing a uniform emblazoned with the Syrian regime flag and the likeness of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.<p>This isn't the first …

UN peacekeepers buy sex with cellphones, TVs: report

A third of allegations of sexual abuse by UN personnel involve a minor under 18, according to the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) obtained by AFP on Thursday.<p>Interviews done with victims in Haiti and Liberia suggest that the United Nations is downplaying the scale of the …

This is the heavy military hardware that the Middle East is buying up to fight ISIS

In fact, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), military exports to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), several of which are engaged in fighting Islamic State, have <i>surged 71% in the last four years</i>.<p>Here's some of the heavy weaponry being bought up …

Military

Reports: Debris spotted in area where AirAsia jet vanished

SURABAYA, Indonesia — Indonesian search and rescue officials say a sonar image appears to show the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the bottom of the Java Sea, CBS News and CNN report.<p>The reports say it remains unclear if the sonar image reveals an intact plane, or only a portion of the …

UK may withdraw from European rights convention over Abu Qatada

David Cameron is examining the possibility of withdrawing on a temporary basis from the European convention on human rights as the government seeks …