British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’ – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Roger Harding, head of public attitudes at the National Centre for Social Research, which carries out the survey, said: “People’s tolerance for austerity is drying up, even if that means higher taxes. “This leftwards tilt on tax and spend is matched by a long-running conservatism on national security and law and order. In all, people want a more active state that’s firm but fairer.” Here are the key findings of the survey: Taxes and benefits – Pensions …

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Birmingham terrorism arrest: Man held in Spanish inquiry – BBC News

June 28, 2017

A man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences in connection with a Spanish investigation, police said. A European Arrest Warrant was executed on behalf of Spanish police investigating so-called Islamic state, West Midlands Police said. The 44-year-old was arrested by counter terrorism unit detectives at an address in Sparkhill in the city. The investigation focuses on terrorism material created for online use. The man will be taken to Westminster Magistrates’ …

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, Secretary of state James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a return of direct rule from …

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Arkansas Installs Long-Disputed Ten Commandments Monument At Its Capitol

June 28, 2017

The 6-foot, 3,000-pound monument on the Capitol grounds in Little Rock was erected following a 2015 court decision approving the monument. She said the ACLU plans to file a lawsuit challenging the display. Other groups, including atheists and Hindus, attempted similar measures to protest the Judeo-Christian monument. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group that promotes the separation of church and state, released a statementTuesday asserting that Arkansas wouldregret its decision …

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

… called the intervention a one-off intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the U.S. role in the Syrian war. The United states ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Twitter: Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people. Trump has also ordered stepped-up military operations against the Islamic state militant group and delegated more authority to his …

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

… symbol of the 2014 movement after protesters used them to protect themselves against police pepper spray. After Chinese state media published a photo of Xi carrying an umbrella on a site inspection in Wuhan province at the height of the Hong Kong demonstrations, the image was quickly remixed and adopted by the umbrella protesters. Tiananmen Square On June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army sent tanks and troops into Tiananmen Square to clear pro-democracy protesters who had been …

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Victim of a hate crime? Now there’s an app for that

June 26, 2017

(CNN)If you are the victim of a hate crime, what would you do? Who would you call? What are the laws in your city or state that could protect you? The Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a new civil rights app this week called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone.” It allows users to quickly report bias incidents they experience, “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups,” says a …

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. …

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Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets In Syria

June 23, 2017

(CNN)Russian warships fired six missiles on ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to state media. Developing story – more to come More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsPushLotus Send ‘push notifications’ to your website visitors. Just copy/paste a piece of code on to your site to start building your list. The Standard version ($67) works in Chrome, Mozilla and Safari. No software installation necessary. The Pro version ($97) workSaas Rebrander Lite [MRR] …

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Saudi Arabia’s king deposes crown prince, promotes son as successor

June 21, 2017

(CNN)In a surprise reshuffle at the top of Saudi Arabia’s royal hierarchy, the country’s crown prince has been deposed and replaced by the king’s son, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The 31-year-old has been appointed deputy prime minister and will continue in his role as defense minister, according to a royal decree cited by state media. …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Otto Warmbier’s Family And Friends Remember Student With The ‘Biggest Heart Of Anyone’

June 21, 2017

… Cindy, announced their 22-year-old son had died just days after he was released by the North Korean government and flown back to the United states in a state of unresponsive wakefulness following a severe brain injury. Doctors and diplomats have said they are unsure what happened to the student inside the reclusive nation, although one official has said Warmbier may have been subject to brutal beatings (doctors, however, have found no sign of broken bones). North Korea has said his injury was …

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Black Bear Kills Teen Runner Midway Through Alaska Trail Race

June 20, 2017

… reported. It was the first fatal bear mauling in the state in four years, according to The Associated Press. The day after the race, a black bear also killed a worker at the Pogo gold mine, about 300 miles north of Anchorage. A second worker was injured. The bear was remaining in the area where the young man was laying, said Chugach state Park Ranger Tom Crockett. Other runners reported bear sightings during the race, according to KTUU.The area is currently closed to visitors. Cooper was …

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Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

June 19, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property. …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… state under consideration, said on Monday. If the administration moves forward with that plan, if he puts this plan before Congress, I will fight him every step of the way. Patagonia said it would also consider its legal options if Congress acts, but would likely have a tougher time with that. At the very least, the company said its already considering putting its efforts behind pro-environment candidates in the 2018 election. Marcario said she had no interest in directly funding individual …

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84 Great Danes Rescued In New Hampshire In ‘Worst’ Squalor

June 18, 2017

… mansion. Meredity Lee/Humane Society of United state All of the dogs will be thoroughly examined by veterinarians and receive necessary medical treatment before theyre put up for adoption. Theyre currently being held at a temporary emergency shelter. Nine dogs will likely soon be available for adoption, the police department said on its Facebook page. …

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic state and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement to Reuters late Thursday, saying no decisions have been made regarding …

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19 Epic, Endangered Places You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

June 16, 2017

This week,UNESCO released its annual state of conservation reports, which outline which of its famous designatedWorld Heritage Sitesare in danger of losing the historic, cultural or natural characteristics that made them World Heritage Sites in the first place. Tourism can harm the worlds wonders, but it can also help them when done responsibly. Below, find 19 places from UNESCOs conservation reportsthat warrant a responsible visit. To compile this list, we pulled spots that appear on the …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the Middle East. Is ISIS targeting China? Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… went for means-testing the winter fuel allowance and ending the “triple lock” that guarantees a minimum 2.5% increase in the state pension. Mrs May might have got away with the rapid U-turn on social care – something that is almost unheard of the middle of an election campaign – if she had owned up to it but she continued to insist that nothing had changed. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: This is the right way forward Anna …

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Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Kevin Durant joined the Golden state Warriors to win his first NBA championship. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history,avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago. …

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

… for removing a political sign. Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, a university professor, was detained in Pyongyang in 2017 and accused of attempting to overthrow the government. Kim Hak-song, a native Korean born in China (Jin Xue Song is the Chinese version of his name) and professor working at the same university as Tony Kim was detained May 6 on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the regime. Madeleine Albright, the US Secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, …

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Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… The opposite side of Minelli’s work involves large, colorful flags that recall both nation-state and political movement — yet ultimately point to neither. Emblazoned with nonsensical maxims like “Rise for No Reason” and “No More Opinions,” these banners seem to suggest that our political responses to serious problems may be just as incoherent as the crises themselves. He asks pedestrians to wave the flags — creating a public scene where the very point …

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