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Articles from the May 29, 2019 edition


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  • How Game of Thrones Affects Brexit and the Open Border of Northern Ireland

    Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times|May 29, 2019

    (tca/dpa) - The Europa Hotel was once known as the most bombed hotel in Europe, but on a Friday morning in April, it's bustling with tourists and weekenders enjoying a hearty breakfast buffet. Almost no one recognizes Conleth Hill, the actor who plays Varys, the bald eunuch and royal adviser whose cunning enabled him to survive nearly eight seasons on one of TV's bloodiest shows, "Game of Thrones," without ever lifting a sword. The anonymity (aided by the reappearance of his thick, silver hair)...

  • Emilia Clarke: "I Don't Really Need to Hear the Fan who Says I'm a Fat Cow Who Can't Act."

    Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times|May 29, 2019

    (tca/dpa) - [Note to readers: This article contains a spoiler about the series finale of "Game of Thrones."] When Emilia Clarke finished reading the scripts for the last two episodes of "Game of Thrones," she went for a long walk, wandering the streets of London in a stupor, trying to process the shocking fate of her character, Daenerys Targaryen, and whether she had the strength to play it. Shortly afterward, plagued by self-doubt, Clarke called her mom, the most pragmatic person she knows....

  • Boris Johnson Seems Poised to Lead Britain Out of the European Union

    May 29, 2019

    London (dpa) - A contender to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday vowed not to serve under early favourite Boris Johnson and to oppose any attempt to take Britain out of the European Union without a withdrawal deal. International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, one of a dozen candidates to replace May as leader of the ruling Conservative party, said he "could not serve with Boris Johnson." Stewart told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he spoke to Johnson about Brexit earlier...

  • "This is How it Starts:" United States Deploys 1500 Marines to Middle East to Counter Iran

    Shabtai Gold, DPA|May 29, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - The United States approved the deployment of 1,500 military personnel to the Middle East on Friday, in a move meant to counter Iran as tensions continued to escalate between the two countries. The troop movement include a Patriot anti-missile battalion, a fighter aircraft squadron and surveillance aircraft, in addition to other units. This is a "prudent defensive measure and intended to reduce the possibility of future hostilities," Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said...

  • Siri: Female Voices Are More Pleasant, Helpful, And Easily Understood than Male Voices

    Caroline Bock, DPA|May 29, 2019

    Why are all the voice assistants female? Why Siri, a Scandinavian female name? And why Alexa and not Alexander? "Voice assistants are the maidservants of our time," remarks Holger Schulz, a professor of musicology and head of the Sound Studies Lab at the University of Copenhagen, in a recent segment on the culture programme of the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk. "The digital maidservants in today's world solidify and perpetuate gender hierarchies, unequal treatment and exploitation....

  • After 4 Failed Attempts at Brexit, Theresa May Resigns as British Prime Minister

    May 29, 2019

    London (dpa) - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced that she will step down as leader of her Conservative Party on June 7, accepting that she failed to broker a deal for Britain to leave the European Union. "It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit," an emotional May said outside Downing Street. It had been the "honour" of her life to serve as prime minister for nearly three years, she added. "[I am] the second...

  • The Houthis Attack Saudi Cities and Airports with Armed Drones and Missiles

    DPA, Wire Service|May 29, 2019

    Sana'a (dpa) – Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels said Sunday that they had used an armed drone to attack warplane runways at Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport near the Yemeni border. There has been no comment from Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military campaign in Yemen against the Houthis. The Houthis have stepped up attacks with drones and missiles on Saudi cities over the past weeks. On Tuesday, the Houthis said one of their drones had attacked Najran airport in south-western Saudi Arabia...

  • In World's Biggest Election, 400 Million EU Citizens Elect 751 Members of European Parliament

    DPA, and AP Wire Services|May 29, 2019

    Brussels (dpa) - Early numbers suggest more citizens are heading to the polls across the European Union on Sunday than in the last election in 2014. More than 400 million citizens are eligible to elect the 751 members of the European Parliament, in what is being described as the world's biggest trans-national election. Sunday is last and biggest day of the four-day election across the bloc, with 21 of the EU's 28 member states voting. In past cycles, however, turnout has typically been lower...

  • Nigel Farage's Brexit Party Wins 28 of 73 Seats in EU Parliament--More than 2 major parties combined

    DPA, WIRE SERVICE|May 29, 2019

    London (dpa) - Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party looked set to triumph in European Parliament elections, partial results showed late Sunday, while Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party and the main opposition party Labour suffered heavy losses. The veteran Eurosceptic's party rode a wave of public dissatisfaction and anger about the current state of Brexit to get 31.7 per cent of votes, securing 28 of Britain's 73 seats in the European Parliament, according to EU estimates. The...

  • Renault's core market is Europe, Asian Alliance with Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi, and FCA is Strongest in the Americas

    DPA, Wire Service|May 29, 2019

    Rome (dpa) - Italo-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is proposing a 50-50 merger with France's Renault to create the world's third-largest automotive group behind Volkswagen and Toyota. The combination, accounting for 8.7 million annual sales, would have "a strong market presence in key regions" and a "broad and complementary brand portfolio," FCA said in a Monday statement. In a separate statement, Renault said its board met to examine the "friendly proposal" from FCA, and...

  • Spanish King Juan Carlos Withdraws From Public Life Five Years After His Retirement

    DPA-News|May 29, 2019

    Madrid (dpa) - Spain's former king Juan Carlos has announced that he will be withdrawing from public life this coming Sunday, five years after his retirement. In a letter to his son, King Felipe VI, that was published by the Spanish royal family on Monday, the 81-year-old former monarch says that from June 2 he will no longer be available for representative duties. "I think the time has come to open a new page in my life and withdraw completely from public life," the former king wrote, adding...

  • Extremes Win and Centrists Lose in Record Voter Turn Out European Union Elections

    DPA, Wire Service|May 29, 2019

    Brussels (dpa) - Official European Parliament election results early Monday confirmed losses for the main political groups on the centre-left and centre-right, while boosting the liberals and Greens. Those totals, based on partial results, mean the two biggest blocs fall short of their traditional combined majority. Still, their party-list candidates insisted their groups were the best placed to form majorities in the new parliament. "There is no stable majority without the EPP, and that's why...