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

… per one million people in 2014. The UK had 1,074, while the average in the EU was 960 The UK recorded 54 cash machine withdrawals per person in 2014 – the highest in the world Germany and Belgium have the largest amount of cash withdrawn per adult in Western Europe. Adults in these countries on average withdraw over 3,500 a year from cash machines India has the lowest value of cash machine withdrawals with less than 270 per adult a year. However, this value has slowly increased over the …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 28, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

… Rousseff, along with mention of Colombia’s “internal displaced who have sought refuge in Venezuela due to the violence,” Mexico for its ongoing violence related to narco-trafficking, and Argentina, for what she described as serving an invasive agenda in Venezuela. The opposition has called for an open parliamentary session later this week. Both pro- and anti-government groups are planning demonstrations May 1, to mark International Workers Day. Opinion: What the world needs to …

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Trump’s first 100 days on the global stage

April 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)The 45th president entered office raging against a post-WWII order built by the United States, pledging instead that he would put “America First. The US, President Donald Trump said during his campaign, could no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. On the stump he also dismissed core alliances in Europe and Asia, raged at trade pacts, derided international organizations such as the UN and trash-talked allies (Mexico) and competitors (China) alike. But since …

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Three key lessons from the Pope’s TED talk

April 26, 2017

(CNN)For all the talk about Pope Francis’ techno-savvy — and 10 million Twitter followers ain’t bad for a 80-year-old churchman — he doesn’t seem sold on Silicon Valley’s endless promises. As he wrote in his 2016 encyclical, Laudate Si, all those tweets and selfies and vlogs can add up to a whole lot of “mental pollution” that distracts us from what is really important. “When media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence …

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

April 24, 2017

… vanishes from view Obama had introduced rules aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of the U.S. transportation sector, which accounts for one-third of the countrys CO2 emissions. Based on those rules, carmakers would be required to have an average fuel-economy rating of 54.5 miles per gallon across its entire fleet sold in the U.S. by 2025 (or about 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving). According to an EPA report …

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

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …

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Seven ways it helps to have rich parents – BBC News

April 23, 2017

The upshot is that today’s young adults are the first generation since at least world War Two not to start their working lives with higher incomes than those born before them. By their early thirties, the 1980s generation had accumulated wealth of about 27,000 each, on average. By the time they had reached the same age, the 1970s generation had twice as much wealth on average – 53,000 each. A large part of the explanation is that an individual’s wealth is mainly made …

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To Ray Davies, America is a ‘beautiful but dangerous’ place – BBC News

April 23, 2017

“Then it turned out to be a pop hit.” Somewhat disingenuously, he tells the BBC You Really Got Me was supposed to be The Kinks’ only song (even though it was their third single). “I wanted that to be a hit and then I was going to get out of town,” he says. “Unfortunately they asked me to write another one, and another one.” Image caption The Kinks’ hits included Sunny Afternoon, All Day and All of the Night and Set Me Free When the band …

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

April 23, 2017

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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks back over the previous 43,000 miles …

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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

(CNN)The penultimate stop on US Vice President Mike Pence’s tour to Asia was to Indonesia, a strategic move that should send positive signs about the Trump administration’s engagement to trade in the region. The largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is important to the US as it is a vibrant democracy with a young and productive population and strong growth potential. It also has the world’s largest Muslim population and is known to practice religious tolerance. The US …

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Trump Is Even Less Popular Than United Airlines

April 21, 2017

… polling from Gallup, which showed Trump with an average approval rating of just 41 percent since inauguration day,the lowest rating for a first-term president since world War II. The most recent HuffPost Pollster aggregate pegged his disapproval rating at 50.6 percent. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsRapid List Builder Secrets Rapid List Builder Secrets Video Training CourseVPS Premium VPS is the first of its kind micro payment/ cloud based content locker referral …

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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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Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

April 20, 2017

(CNN)In its first 100 days, the Trump Administration has found itself in confrontation with two dictators: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Though they rule vastly different countries on opposite sides of the world, their regimes share some striking similarities. Family business The leaders of Syria and North Korea bothinherited their positions from their fathers: Hafez al-Assad and Kim Jong Il. Their family dynasties have ruled countries of roughly …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

… cost $62 million to make and stars 65-year-old action superstar Rajinikanth. It has even beat the combined $65 million budget of the two-part blockbuster epic “Baahubali.” Inside the world’s first Bollywood theme park Behind the epic At 1.8 million words and nearly 10 times the length of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” combined, the “Mahabharata” is the longest poem ever written. The text is believed to date back to …

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British and Irish Lions tour 2017: All you need to know

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Four nations, one rugby team. One goal — to win a Test series against the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand. The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is approaching, one of the most anticipated events in world rugby. It happens every four years, and the privileged players to be selected for this summer’s party are set to be announced Wednesday. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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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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‘Leftovers’ Director Points To Trump As Possible End-Of-Days ‘Agent Of Destruction’

April 17, 2017

Damon Lindelofs series launched its third and final season on HBO Sunday. Starring Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon, the show is a kind of end-of-days saga about what happens after the mysterious disappearance of 2 percent of the worlds population. The vanishings, called the Sudden Departure, appear to be similar to the rapture predicted in the Bible when good people, living and dead, rise to heaven just before the world is destroyed. Religious zealots tend to embrace the idea of the rapture …

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In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… “This is a message to the world to shut up. Turkey is getting stronger. America has to know this, too. We are the voice, we are the ears, we are everything for the Middle East,” she added. Wasin Yalcin, 24, was celebrating the result at the AKP rally in Ankara with his friends. “This referendum is a new start and a new hope for us to get rid of foreign forces — and to stand on our own two feet. Israel, America and Germany are creating pressure over our country to take …

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… swelling of lower limbs This is double what has been spent annually in the previous four years, the Department for International Development said. International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK’s support would protect more than 200 million people “from a future blighted by tropical disease”. “These diseases belong to the last century. They cause unimaginable suffering and pain to some of the world’s poorest people, forcing them into a deeper cycle of …

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Facebook Cracks Down on 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

April 15, 2017

… inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts. Facebook is a key element in any effective fake-news strategy. Phony Facebook sites can amplify concocted stories a thousand-fold as they are repeated by people across a nation or the world. Readers or search engines then mistakenly judge the fake stories as real and important based on the number of people sharing them. Facebook conceded it was partly …

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Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… latest installment in the history of MLB stadiums — the Texas Rangers have announced a new stadium plan — but there are concerns. The top issue is traffic. A recent study showed Atlanta is in the top 10 of the worst congestion in the world, and the stadium is where two of the clogged interstates, I-75 and I-285, intersect, which means the rush-hour snarl could coincide with fans trying to get to the games. And it might be even worse than expected, with the recent fire that caused a …

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