7 days quiz: How did Tom Hardy prove himself a good citizen? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-webkit-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-webkit-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-moz-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-moz-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-moz-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-ms-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-ms-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-ms-transform:rotate(360deg);} } …

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Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… past few years Source: Payments UK NCR says its research shows that 80% of the transactions typically completed inside a physical branch can be completed through a video teller at an ATM. “This is perfect to leave behind when a branch closes,” says Ms Nash. “It is a bank in a box.” This is one of many new ATM designs on the market. But some argue that the ATM will never beat the smartphone as the hardware of choice when managing our financial affairs in the future. …

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Lloyds Bank’s profits rise despite ‘challenging’ times – BBC News

April 27, 2017

Analysts have said that low interest rates make it harder for banks to increase profits. The bank, which was bailed out by the taxpayer at the height of the financial crisis, is expected to be fully returned to private ownership later this year. ‘Sins of the past’ Lloyds’ profits were boosted by the absence of last year’s 800m charge from its controversial move to buy back expensive bonds from investors. Philip Augar, an author and banking expert, told the BBC: …

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Is a US-North Korea war imminent?

April 26, 2017

… in South Korea practiced evacuating the country in case of an attack last year. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Trump and China: What’s at stake? Analysts say all sides believe a full-scale conventional war would be devastating and not serve anybody’s ultimate interests. Incidents in the recent past — including the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship and the 2014 shelling of a South Korean island — haven’t led to war on the Korean …

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

… would prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 asthma attacks every year. Drew Angerer/Getty Images 100 days of harm Rhea Suh, the president of the National Resources Defense Council, called the past three months 100 Days of Harm. More than 60 percent of Americans said they disapproved of how Trump is handling the environment in an AprilQuinnipiac University poll. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they are embarrassed to have Trump as president. …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

… economic disenfranchisement, that ignited Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year. She represents a threat to the strength and unity of the political institutions that have underpinned Western countries for the past half century, notably in her opposition to the EU and pledge to leave NATO. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… mathematically it’s a lot further down the target list. She achieved a tremendous 24% swing there in the Welsh Assembly election last year, so a gain is not out of the question. UKIP’s results in 2015 demonstrated again how parties can suffer under the first-past-the-post electoral system. They received 3.9 million votes but won just one seat, Clacton, and even there the victor was Douglas Carswell, who had defected from the Conservatives. The problem UKIP have is that their vote …

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Bill Nye Slams CNN For Putting Climate Change Skeptic On Earth Day Panel

April 23, 2017

… nearly as fast as the alarmists computer models predicted.He added: The whole basis for the alarmism is not true. Its based on flawed computer modeling. In the past, Happer has argued that global warming and an increase in carbon dioxide is good for mankind. Hes also compared the demonization of carbon dioxide to the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Rumors that Happer was being considered for the role of President Donald Trumps science advisor spread after the climate change skeptic …

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The beginner’s guide to the French elections

April 20, 2017

… There’s a real feeling brewing that this presidential election, just like America’s, will bring about changes no one can fully predict. One political observer says the French “have had enough of the left and right over the past 30 years” and “they want to throw the table over.” An even more unpredictable world is something most Americans would rather do without. The two races have a whole host of truly frightening similarities: underwhelming and alarming …

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China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

April 20, 2017

… MUST WATCH Trump: North Korea pushed off by past presidents “China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension,” Lu said. US President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues. Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power — and certainly wants to prevent a war on …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

(CNN)Reports have it that President Donald Trump will assemble his advisers on Tuesday to decide on whether to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Naturally, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a career-long, oil-industry shill from Oklahoma, is arguing to pull out. Yet even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is arguing to stay. If Trump goes with Pruitt instead of Tillerson, he will immediately create a worldwide consensus on climate action: to fight the …

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

April 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate former members of Congress Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to two vacant positions at the US Export-Import Bank — an entity Trump has in the past called “excess baggage” and agreed with conservatives on shutting down. Garrett would fill the role of Ex-Im president for a four-year term. In the past, Garrett was openly critical of the Ex-Im Bank, tweeting in 2015: “I opposed the House’s vote to reauthorize the …

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Why do these failed paradises exist in Hong Kong?

April 14, 2017

(CNN)Setting foot onto Sea Ranch, it’s hard to believe that this beautiful beachside development is only an hour by boat from Hong Kong’s Island’s zinging financial district. Nestled on the southern coast of Lantau — the largest outlying island in Hong Kong — these spacious homes were designed to form an idyllic millionaire’s village. But that dream failed. In previous decades, when occupancy was at a nadir, Sea Ranch was described by some as having a …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 13, 2017

… morning, is an attempt by the Trump administration to make good on the President’s promise to “drain the swamp,” a slogan that animated his 2016 campaign. “This is really important to the President,” Mulvaney said when asked why Trump will be able to do what past presidents have failed to accomplish. “I can tell you that this is a big part of draining the swamp. … Really, what you are talking about doing is restructuring Washington, DC, and that is how …

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United Airlines overbooking fiasco should never have happened

April 12, 2017

(CNN)Can the airlines really be this stupid? By now, nearly everyone has seen the video of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight. Most Americans — especially frequent flyers — are horrified. Airlines are notorious for lousy customer service, but this latest fiasco sets a new low. So much for the “friendly skies.” What happened this past weekend should never, ever happen again. It should have never happened at all. Join us on Twitter and …

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China’s deadly secret: More executions than all other countries put together

April 11, 2017

… streets in quest for justice Reform? Over the past decade, spurred on by domestic outrage over wrongful executions and embarrassed by international condemnation, the Chinese government embarked on a course of reforms of the death penalty system, under the less than reassuring banner of “killing fewer, killing cautiously.” The most emblematic reform under this policy was to mandate from 2007 onward that all death sentences handed out by lower courts be reviewed and …

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Trump’s change of heart on Syria

April 7, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a missile strike against a Syrian air base Thursday night signals a major break not only with the Obama administration but also with past statements made by the President himself. Fifty Tomahawk missiles were fired at the air base from which the chemical attacks against Syrian civilians were launched earlier this week and left more than 70 people dead. “It is in the vital national security interests of America to prevent and …

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The rise of the urban jungle

April 6, 2017

(CNN)What do an avenue of grand oaks, a community park and a rooftop vegetable patch have in common? They can all form part of a city’s “urban forest”, which numerous studies over the past decade have concluded make people happier. And that’s not their only job: urban forests protect our cities from extreme weather, climate change and water scarcity. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

April 6, 2017

… something you just whip up,” he said. The idea that the Syrian opposition would be able to build the covert supply chain to make a nerve agent and then would move it around and store it in a warehouse, rather than a bunker, makes no sense, Kaszeta said. “It’s much more plausible that Assad, who’s used nerve agents in the past, is using them again,” he said. OPCW investigators have accused ISIS of using sulfur mustard, a blister agent, in Iraq and Syria. But …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

March 29, 2017

… million people were recorded as using Clapham North and High Street stations in 2015. His day begins at the former at 05:00. Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover Grover observes that Clapham has a retail vacancy rate well below the UK’s average. Despite this, 18 premises have left the street in the past two years, including a pet shop, florist, bookshop and bakery. Image copyright Jim Grover Image copyright Jim Grover …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… had never committed to any kind of sporting activity in the past, but is set to take part in her first mud run. “Some family members were completely shocked that I of all people would look at signing up to something like this,” she said. “To do any of the runs would be more of a personal challenge for me… but I have to prove to myself I can do it.” Related Topics Wolverhampton Fitness More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsVidPenguin PRO 197 …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 24, 2017

… are only allowing people to cross over but not return toward the city. Pedestrians must go around another way. Emergency response vehicles continue to stream past every few minutes. London Ambulance Service vehiclesare parked in a barrier across the south end of Westminster Bridge and in front of St. Thomas’ Hospital. Up ahead, blue flashing lights signal where people in white crime-scene bodysuits have come to examine the scene. …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… officials, including Obama’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, have said that there was no evidence to substantiate such links. “I think, ultimately, that matters more to most Americans, given the nature of the allegations that have been made in the past several months about Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his associates,” Cotton said. Still, the shifting explanations of meetings last year between Trump aides, among them Attorney General Jeff …

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