United States’ Image Takes A Beating Under Trump, Survey Shows

June 28, 2017

Five months into Trumps presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obamas eight years in the White House. Trump took office in January pledging to put America First. Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, announced he will pull out of the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of …

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… pram. After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies. Then something magic happened. That first book – and the six that followed – went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world. Image caption The Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies Okay, so books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book …

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

June 26, 2017

… defiant call for solidarity and resistance from the musical Les Miserables — has been sung by protest movements around the world for years, it’s popularity increased after 2014, thanks to the release of a Cantonese language cover. As tens of thousands of Hong Kongers gathered in the streets in 2014, many felt they needed their own anthem — rather than borrowing those of previous movements — and several specially-written songs were released. “Raise the …

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… the real Moby Dick What orcas teach us about the menopause Lost whaling station at the end of the world They go from what is essentially just a ball of cells that’s perhaps only a few weeks old, all the way through to a specimen that appears to be a perfect humpback in miniature. This larger foetus, about half a metre in length, is probably seven to eight months into the gestation period. It has everything you would expect to see in a humpback, including those long, tell-tale …

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… by a senior politician, but without the authority to bind Parliament. “We need the politicians to find a way of neutralising the temptation to take minor advantage domestically from these great events,” the archbishop wrote. He added that Britain’s decision to leave the EU was the third time in two centuries that the UK had to “redefine the place of our country in the world”. …

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… III The rather rude giant Image copyright Cerne Abbas Brewery Image caption A photocopied fig leaf was added to the beer pump clip in a Houses of Parliament bar Another giant Image copyright Jonathonjosh1 Image caption The Bulford kiwi photographed in 2013, following restoration and maintenance by a local scout group In 1919, following the end of world War One, officers commanding restless and homesick New Zealand troops wanted a task to distract their men and keep them out of …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

… and asylum seekers, Julio Henriquez, director of the Boston-based nonprofit Refugee Freedom Program, explained to the AP.We are nearing a refugee crisis. the highest in the world is set to reach Many blame President Nicols Maduro for the oil-rich countrys swift descent into unrest, and violent protests demanding his resignation have rocked the capital for months on end. Maduro, who was narrowly elected in 2013 after the death of former President Hugo Chvez, is fiercely devoted to extending …

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Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real.

June 20, 2017

… Facebook, Google and Twitter have also signed on, as well as major ad agencies WPP and IPG. Every day, hundreds of millions of people around the world are exposed to the communications our industry creates, said Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP. That influence can either be used to reinforce negative stereotypes or to set new standards of empowerment and equality. The new initiative is the brainchild of Unilever, which committed itself to ridding its own advertising of sexist stereotypes …

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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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North Korea: Diplomatic delegation ‘mugged’ at JFK Airport

June 19, 2017

… spiked over Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and numerous missile tests this year. The US has responded with military shows of force in waters around the Korean Peninsula. KCNA said North Korea regarded the JFK incident as just the latest example of US hostility towards it. “This mugging act of the US serves as a graphic account telling the world how reckless and despicable the US hostile policy towards (North Korea) has become,” the KCNA report said. “The US should …

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who defied controversy to win his maiden major at Oakmont 12 months ago, was teetering on …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEbola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: The Western world has moved on Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life. The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting for her life. Pauline cared for her while smothered in a personal …

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Ted Nugent: ‘I’m Not Going To Engage In Hateful Rhetoric Anymore’

June 16, 2017

I have reevaluated my approach, he told Curtis Sliwa and Eboni Williams on ABC radio in New York. He said he was a street fighter who used certain harsh terms. But he said he plans to watch himself now. And I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other, that the whole world is watching America, where you have the God-given right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and we have got to be more respectful …

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Here Are The Cutest Harry Potter Baby Products For Your Little Muggle-Born

June 16, 2017

J.K. Rowlings magical series has captured the hearts of millions around the world, and the fandom continues to thrive.As young fans grow up and become parents, theyve found ways to share their lovefor the Harry Potter universe with their own kids. And clearly, its never too early to get started. 1 “Snuggle This Muggle” Baby Outfit $24.99, PinkPineappleCouture 2 “I Solemnly Swear” Onesie $15, TwoJaysCreative 3 Dumbledore Quote Art Prints …

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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

… Istanbul nightclub attack. Unwanted consequences President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plans to transform the world economy with its Belt and Road Initiative to link Asia, Europe. the Middle East and Africa with physical and financial infrastructure, makes the threats to China’s foreign policy interests global in scope The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a case in point. A 3,000 kilometer, $46 billion initiative to develop a network of roads, railways and pipelines to …

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What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football world Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act. Since his …

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… performances and incorporates them into his art installations, which ultimately ask us to rethink our reactions to crisis, and our relationships to the political world. Suppose we could get past our ideas of what emergencies are worth gawking at, he proposes — could we become more sensitive to more languid, but perhaps more serious problems like inequality, surveillance, climate change? If we sensitize ourselves to the absurdity of dividing people under differently-colored banners …

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar has said “it’s not ready to surrender” as the diplomatic stranglehold placed on the tiny oil-rich country by its neighbors intensifies. “The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state,“ a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. Unraveling the Qatar crisis Social sympathizers could face jail US suspects Russian hackers world cup a bargaining chip Qatar keeps gas flowing Philippines stops …

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Brad Pitt Forecasts ‘No Future’ Thanks To Trump

June 8, 2017

Comedian Jim Jefferies closed out the debut of The Jim Jefferies Show on Tuesday by throwing it to his weather man. The mystery weather man was supposedly there to address Trump announcing the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreementand the environmental impact we can expect. Pitt, posing as a weather man in front of a very red-looking map of the world, motioned to everywhere, saying, Things are going to be getting warmer in this area here and this area here. …

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London Mayor: UK Shouldn’t Host Donald Trump On A State Visit

June 6, 2017

Following the deadly terrorist attack in London over the weekend that killed seven people and injured 48, Trump sent out a series of tweets about the incident, one of which misquoted Khan and lashed out at him. Trumps tweet came under sharp criticism as other world leaders sent messages of support and solidarity to the U.K. Amid the backlash, Trump followed up with yet another tweet attacking Khan. I dont think we should be rolling out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the …

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‘Terrorism Has No Religion:’ Muslims Across The UK Slam London Attackers

June 5, 2017

Terrorism has no religion, Imam Abdul Quddus Arif, of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community, told HuffPost UK on Sunday,slamming the assailants twisted beliefs. Basically, not in my name, not in the name of Islam. I want to make that very clear. Imam Abdul Quddus Arif from the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community speaks out against Islamic extremism. Arifs message was echoed by other Muslim organizations across the country, condemning Islamic extremism. Their warped view of the world doesnt …

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