Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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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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Chinese park installs facial recognition software to stop toilet paper thieves

March 22, 2017

Beijing (CNN)It seems like the pettiest of powder room problems, but apparently toilet paper theft has gotten so bad at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, authorities have installed facial recognition software in the stalls. In order to get a few sheets, visitors now need to make eye contact with a computer before the dispenser spits out a serving of TP. The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from offering another round to the same person; if you need more, you reportedly need …

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

March 20, 2017

… them. The apparent lack of evidence for Trump’s claims is causing consternation among the President’s Republican allies and Democrats alike, and speculation about how he will respond if Comey testifies that they are baseless. His unrepentant Friday news conference suggests the President will simply quadruple down on his claims, and ignore evidence against him. Such is the depth of feeling in Trump world that he is the victim of a plot by the establishment and the media to undermine …

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Why Trump just can’t (and probably won’t) quit the wiretap story

March 18, 2017

… Kellyanne Conway. Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a Friday news conference, Trump showed that he was not ready to quit the wiretapping story, giving it another boost, even if it meant embarrassing a world leader. Timeline of the ‘birther’ movement He launched a kind of trial run for the White House in 2011 by embracing birtherism, laying the groundwork for his successful 2016 bid by aligning himself with the far right, talk radio wing of …

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North Asia on a knife’s edge: Whose position is strongest?

March 16, 2017

… the status quo. Taken together, they have placed tensions in North Asia on a knife’s edge. Should they tip over, who would come out on top? What are the strengths and weakness of the forces that would fight a North Asian war. China: Big on numbers, short on experience With almost 3 million people in its military, the People’s Republic of China has the world’s largest fighting force in terms of sheer manpower, but most of that won’t come into play in any Pacific …

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World’s best airports for 2017 revealed

March 15, 2017

(CNN)In news that should come as little surprise to global air travelers, Singapore’s done it again. For the fifth year in a row the city-state’s Changi Airport has been named “world’s best airport” at the annual Skytrax world Airport Awards. The awards, announced during a ceremony in Amsterdam on March 14, are based on millions of international passenger surveys. Vancouver Airport remains the No.1 airport in North America for an eighth consecutive year, …

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North Korea looms over Rex Tillerson’s first Asia trip

March 15, 2017

… South Korea, could provide a challenge for Tillerson as he seeks to rein in North Korea. The Japanese ambassador was recalled from Seoul in January over a controversial statue depicting the “comfort women” who were forced into sexual servitude by Japanese forces before and during world War II. With deft, old-fashioned diplomacy, Tillerson has to find a way to encourage Japan and South Korea to resolve their issues so all three countries can focus on the growing threat Pyongyang poses …

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World’s most expensive meat? Find it with a Paris butcher

March 15, 2017

(CNN)“Would you prefer the 2000 or 2003 vintage?” A standard question if you’re deciding on wine in a fine restaurant — but unheard of if it’s beef you’re ordering. That’s because only one butcher in the world, Frenchman Alexandre Polmard, offers (arguably) the ultimate in unique — and expensive — meat. The young farmer, breeder and butcher is the sixth generation to work in the eponymous family business, which was founded in 1846. The …

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