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  • DPRK's Kim Jong Eun Receives "Excellent" letter from Donald Trump

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 23, 2019

    Seoul (dpa) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received a personal letter from US President Donald Trump, state news agency KCNA reported early Sunday. What was said in the letter was not revealed, however Kim said after reading it that it was "of excellent content," according to KCNA. "Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content," the report added. Negotiations regarding...

  • Ethiopian Government Thwarts Coup Attempt in Amhara Region. And no one knows where that is.

    DPA|Jun 23, 2019

    Addis Ababa (dpa) - The Ethiopian government on Saturday said an attempt to topple a regional government in the country's northern Amhara state had failed, without giving further details on the incident. The office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed condemned the attempt in a tweet on Saturday evening. Residents in the region's capital, Bahir Dar, reported hearing gunshots in the city. Ethiopia's many different ethnic groups have often been the source of tensions and clashes in the country, which has...

  • Hawaii skydiving plane crash death toll rises to 11

    DPA|Jun 23, 2019

    Los Angeles (dpa) - The death toll from a plane that crashed in Hawaii while carrying a group of skydivers has increased from nine to 11, Hawaii's Department of Transportation said Saturday. Hawaiian authorities said all people on board the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane were killed when the flight crashed soon after taking off from Dillingham Airfield on the island of Oahu on Friday. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, the Department of Transportation tweeted. A...

  • Report: Australia's immigration detention 'more and more like prison' increasingly using restraints, such as handcuffs

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 20, 2019

    Canberra (dpa) - Australia's onshore immigration detention is becoming "harsh and restrictive" and "more and more like prison" with the average stay longer than any other developed country, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said Tuesday in a new report. "We have grave concern about how risks are managed in Australian immigration detention centers and the human rights consequences for detainees," said Edward Santow, one of the commissioners for AHRC that inspected detention...

  • Uber Air Taxis Take to the Skies Above Los Angeles, Dallas, Melbourne

    DPA|Jun 14, 2019

    Canberra (dpa) - Ride-hailing app Uber said Wednesday it will begin trialling its air taxi service in Australia's second-largest city next year. Melbourne will be third city in the world, after Dallas and Los Angeles in the US, to trial the Uber Air service that will transport passengers using electric aircraft. The trial flights will begin in 2020 and commercial operations are set to begin in 2023, Uber said in a statement. The Uber aircraft will be accredited by Australia's Civil Aviation...

  • Apple iWatch Can Tell You When Your Heartbeat is Irregular, and When Sound is Damaging your Ears

    DPA|Jun 12, 2019

    (dpa) - In few other areas does Apple have as big a lead over its competitors than with the Apple Watch. While Google has struggled to keep up with its Wear OS alternative, Apple is now doubling down on its smartwatch success. After last year unveiling a watch that can check for irregularities in your heartbeat, this year Apple is expanding on its health focus by helping you watch out for noise that could damage your hearing. With the forthcoming release of watchOS 6, teased at the annual WWDC...

  • Star Wars, Sesame Street, Harry Potter: What's new in Orlando?

    DPA, Wire Service|Jun 12, 2019

    (dpa) - Orlando, Florida - perhaps the world's biggest metropolis in matters of roller coaster rides and theme park attractions - is getting a whole new range of highlights to keep its 75 million annual visitors entertained. First, Seaworld Orlando has opened a new theme area entirely dedicated Sesame Street, where kids can meet the show's characters in person. Meanwhile at the Universal Orlando resort, a Harry Potter roller coaster with a few vertical dips will open on June 13. According to...

  • Russian Journalist Arrested on Drug Charges; Ribs Broken by Moscow Police, he claims

    DPA|Jun 10, 2019

    Moscow (dpa) - Three of Russia's most popular newspapers united on Monday in support of journalist Ivan Golunov, who has been arrested on a questionable drug charge. The newspapers Vedomosti, Kommersant and RBC each published in large type on their cover page the phrase "I am/We are Ivan Golunov," accompanied by editorials calling for inquiries into the case. Golunov, arrested last week, is best known for writing hard-hitting investigative pieces about the Moscow city government for the widely r...

  • US and Mexico fail to reach deal on tariffs at first meeting. Trump: "There was progress, but not enough."

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 7, 2019

    Washington (dpa) – Mexico and the United States on Wednesday failed to reach an immediate agreement to prevent Washington from imposing a 5-per-cent tariff on all Mexican imports, but will resume talks on Thursday, both sides said. US President Donald Trump tweeted that there was progress during the talks at the White House, "but not nearly enough." Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the US had shown a will to bring the two sides' positions closer and that he remained "optimistic"...

  • Rebels launch wide-scale attack on Syrian troops in Hama

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 7, 2019

    Beirut (dpa) - Syrian opposition rebels launched a wide-scale attack against government forces in the northern countryside of Hama late Thursday, a monitoring group and activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels and jihadist groups managed to advance into posts manned by Syrian government troops in the village of al Jabeen. Rebels also shelled several Syrian army posts in the countryside of Idlib and Hama, killing at least 11 soldiers, the observatory...

  • Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan Hold 30th Tiananmen Square Crackdown Vigils

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 5, 2019

    Hong Kong (dpa) - Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown with a candlelight vigil on Tuesday. The vigil featured songs, speeches and video montages of the weeks-long democracy protest which came to a bloody end on June 3-4, 1989. Many of those attending the vigil said they remembered watching televised news broadcasts of the Tiananmen protests as children or students. Angie Yuen told dpa she was 9 years old when she watched video...

  • China Retaliates With Tariffs Against US, Just as Trump Launches Trade War vs. Mexico

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 5, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - Markets were rattled on Friday as President Donald Trump restarted the North American side of the global trade war, just as China announced retaliatory tariffs against the United States and created a blacklist of foreign entities. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong closed down, as did major European indices, with the German Dax recording the first monthly loss this year. Trade tensions have been coming on top of a wider sign of a slowdown in the world economy. Key US stocks were...

  • T-Swift pens Trump-critical letter calling for LGBTQ protections

    DPA|Jun 5, 2019

    Los Angeles (dpa) - Pop princess Taylor Swift criticized President Donald Trump while calling on her senator to support a law that would protect Americans from gender or sexual orientation-based discrimination. In a letter shared with Swift's over 270 million followers across her social media platforms, the pop superstar called on Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to support the Equality Act. "For American citizens to be denied jobs or housing based on who they love or how they identify, in my...

  • Greatest Sea Assault In History, D-Day Was the Beginning of the End of World War II in Europe

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 5, 2019

    London (dpa) - More than 150,000 British, US, French, Canadian, Polish and other Allied troops landed in Normandy in German-occupied western France on June 6, 1944, staging "the greatest amphibious operation in history," according to Britain's National Army Museum (NAM). The Allies spent months planning the operation and assembling troops, supplies and military hardware. The soldiers used some 3,100 landing craft that also carried heavy weapons, protected by 1,200 warships and 1,000 planes....

  • Trump Slaps 5% Tariff on All Mexican Imports, Until Mexico Helps Prevent Illegal Immigration

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a 5-per-cent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico to pressure the country into stopping illegal immigrants from entering the US. In a statement, Trump said Mexico's "passive cooperation" with the flow of illegal immigration was an "emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States." The tariff will be imposed on June 10 and be raised to 10 per cent on July 1 "if the crisis persists,"...

  • Ben & Jerry's Vows to Win the Race to Market the First Cannabis Infused Ice Cream

    DPA, Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on Friday holding its first public hearing on cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which has flooded US markets - despite an opaque legal status - as a way to alleviate anxiety and inflammation The compound, which comes from hemp or marijuana plants, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with CBD already available in sweets, oils and cosmetics The FDA has said some companies are marketing CBD with dangerously exaggerated health b...

  • China silent as Hong Kong holds vigil 30 years after Tiananmen Square

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Beijing (dpa) - Thirty years after a bloody crackdown on students and democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, one of modern China's most defining events was set to go unobserved on Tuesday. However, outside of the mainland, the massacre is officially remembered in Hong Kong and Macau, two former European colonies that returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 and 1999. Hong Kong, an autonomous territory, has held a candlelight vigil annually since 1990. This year's vigil is expected to...

  • Amazon Develops Bracelet Intended to Upload Wearers Emotions Onto the Internet

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 1, 2019

    (dpa) - Last week it was reported that Amazon may be working on developing a bracelet that can use the speech recognition software Alexa to detect how you are feeling emotionally. While Amazon isn't the first to trial emotion-reading software, the report has plenty wondering about the potential for AI assistants like Amazon's Alexa to read our emotions. According to a report from financial wire Bloomberg, the company is working on the voice-activated wearable described as a health product. There...

  • The Terminator: Computers Can Predict Your Death Better Than Your Doctor Can

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 1, 2019

    All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. -- Psalm 139:16 (dpa) – It's a brave new world when computers can predict our death, but such a world might not be out of the realm of reality, according to European researchers. A study presented at an international cardiology conference in Lisbon this month found that artificial intelligence can already do a better job than humans of calculating a person's risk of death. And not just a slightly better job,...

  • Social Media Blamed for 2 Deaths on Mount Everest in Just One Week.

    DPA, Wire Service|May 31, 2019

    A “drive for social media recognition” is what’s causing the treacherous overcrowding conditions on Mount Everest this year, an expert climber says. “It’s recognition instead of significance,” explained Adrian Hayes, a British mountaineer who has scaled Mount Everest, K2 and Makalu — three of the world’s highest peaks. “People who don’t know a crampon from a tampon,” he told the South China Morning Post. Hayes, 59, said he was disgusted when he saw the viral picture that...

  • Crushing Boar: Hong Kong Hopes Forced Sterilization Will Cure It's Hairy Problem

    DPA Wire Service|May 31, 2019

    Hong Kong (tca/dpa) - Out of the darkness appeared a snout. "Fei zhu! Fat pig!" 8-year-old Shino Chen shouted to her younger brother as she jumped up and down and pointed at a wild boar. The hairy black pig, which must have weighed at least 150 pounds, grunted and snuffled through a flimsy, old fence along the sidewalk. The children tiptoed toward the animal then sprinted back to their father's side. Kenneth Chen, 44, and his children visit the boars almost every night. All they have to do is...

  • Nazi Gold Train Hunter Unexpectedly discovers another hidden treasure

    DPA, Wire Service|May 31, 2019

    Walbrzych, Poland (dpa) - It was totally unexpected when Piotr Koper, who recently became infamous for his search for a mythical Nazi train laden with gold, found another sort of treasure. During the renovation of a manor house, he discovered a series of centuries-old paintings of Bohemian and German rulers. "Suddenly I was staring an emperor in the face," Koper laughs. The building developer has spent the past 11 years renovating Struga Palace in south-western Poland, although Koper is far...

  • Decadent Berlin's Drag Scene Comes Out of the Closet, Inspired by RuPaul's Drag Race

    DPA Wire Service|May 31, 2019

    Berlin (dpa) - Short skirts and long evening gowns are strewn about backstage as the performers prepare for this evening's show in Berlin. Outside, the crowds waiting to enter the Tempodrom are wearing outfits to rival those of the performers. Fashion designer Thomas Hanisch has chosen a bright bodysuit with a flower pattern and black latex gloves. His entire bald head is painted red, with a flower chain encircling the top. "I took four hours to do my make-up today, and two days to make the...

  • Iranian Cyber Army Fake Facebook Accounts Deleted, says Social Media Giant

    DPA-News|May 31, 2019

    Los Angeles (dpa) - Facebook on Tuesday said it had again deleted dozens of fake accounts, groups and pages that it said were involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" that originated in Iran. Fifty-one fake accounts, 36 pages, seven pages and three Instagram accounts run by people who "misled people about who they were and what they were doing" were taken down, the social media giant said in a statement written by Nathaniel Gleicher, its head of cybersecurity policy. The content dealt...

  • South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya appeals Testosterone Ruling to Switzerland's

    DPA Wire Service|May 31, 2019

    Berlin (dpa) - South African 800m Olympic champion Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to Switzerland's highest court to challenge a recent ruling preventing her from competing unless she takes hormone medication. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland had ruled in favor of the international athletic federation IAAF. On filing the appeal to Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland , Semenya said in a statement: "I am a woman and I am a world-class athlete. The IAAF will...

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