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Source: The Guradian

Sheryl Crow criticizes country stars for not 'taking a stand' on gun control

Today 08:06 GMT

Money and fear have kept country music artists from speaking out about gun laws, the nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow said, even after thousands of country fans were targeted in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Mainstream stars have not come forward to start a conversation on how to strike a better balance between gun rights and the right to go to a concert or a movie theater without the fear of being targeted, Crow said.

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Source: The Guradian

Calls for greater fossil fuel divestment at anniversary of Paris climate deal

Today 08:06 GMT

The Paris agreement on climate change, ratified by world governments a year ago, has failed to ensure major investors are moving away from fossil fuels with the urgency required to safeguard the planet, civil society groups have said.

Carbon pricing must be supported by other policies to drive the low-carbon transition [including] regulation to drive out coal from our power systems quickly, and stopping the sale of new cars powered by fossil fuels over the next couple of decades.”

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Source: The Week

The genius of Riverdale and the teenage girls who love it

Today 08:06 GMT

They are, in fact, quite remarkable for centering young women in genres that are traditionally driven by men: the disaster flick; the coming of age story; and, of course, the hero's journey.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, former boy-band frontman turned solo artist Harry Styles mused that, even though teenage fandom is derided for its earnestness, young girls have, quite often, been the arbiters of good taste: "Young girls like The Beatles.

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Source: CBS News

Suspect's homeland Bangladesh reacts to NYC attack

Today 08:06 GMT

Bangladesh's government condemned an attack on New York City's subway system, as it emerged that the suspect is an immigrant from the South Asian nation.

Over the last year, the government has reinforced a crackdown to crush Islamist militants and killed dozens of suspects, including some accused of being the masterminds of the restaurant attack.

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Source: New York Times

To Test for Climate Disasters: Break, Burn and Throw Stuff

Today 08:06 GMT

Last year, total economic losses from natural disasters — many of them linked to climate change — reached $175 billion worldwide, the highest since 2012, according to the reinsurer Swiss Re.

Swiss Re said it expected 2017 to be one of the costliest years — if not the most costly — for natural disasters, and that was before raging fires hit Southern California, scorching more than 158,000 acres across four counties so far.

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Source: The Week

Why bitcoin is fool's gold

Today 08:06 GMT

With bitcoin, there's no bottom: Demand for bitcoin is based solely on the belief that bitcoin's price will keep rising.

If Winklevoss is right that it will eventually displace gold, with its $6 trillion market capitalization, well, you do the math: "Long term, directionally, [bitcoin] is a multi-trillion-dollar asset — I don't know how long it takes to get there," Winklevoss concluded.

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Source: DW

With Brexit, Northern Ireland peace hangs in the balance, says ex-negotiator Jonathan Powell

Today 08:06 GMT

During the referendum campaign, the two former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major, the two authors of the peace process, warned of the danger of a hard border if we voted for Brexit.

DW: You were at the heart of the peace process 20 years ago, when eventually you and others were able bring Catholics and Protestants together to sign the Good Friday Agreement. The UK's recent agreement with the EU has not solved the problem of the Irish border, he tells DW.

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Source: New York Times

New Higher Education Bill Rolls Back Obama-Era Safeguards

Today 08:06 GMT

In its systematic effort to erase President Barack Obama’s fingerprints from higher education, the measure before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce could undermine bedrock elements that have guided university education for decades.

The bill “addresses many of the ill-conceived mandates handed down by the Obama administration in favor of policies that will allow higher education to meet the current needs of students,” said Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, the committee chairwoman and the chief author of the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act.

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Source: New York Times

Christoph Waltz, Directing Opera, Moves From Tarantino to Verdi

Today 08:06 GMT

His latest incarnation is a natural fit, though it may surprise some fans: Mr. Waltz is the director of a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” for Opera Vlaanderen that opens here on Dec. 13 and then travels to the company’s theater in Ghent. “The full-blooded, juicy movie experience has a lot of operatic qualities,” he said in an interview after a rehearsal here.

For the company (formerly known as Flemish Opera) he’s part of a continuing effort to harness fresh talent from disciplines outside opera.

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Source: Common Domain

Oil Prices Climb as Key Pipeline Shuts Down for Repair

Today 08:06 GMT

Global oil prices jumped to their highest level since 2015 as the shutdown of a key European pipeline sapped more crude from a market where supply has already tightened due to production cuts.

Late Monday, British refining and chemicals company Ineos said it would shut down the Forties Pipeline System for several weeks after discovering a widening crack. The pipeline system delivers around 40% of U.K.’s North Sea oil and gas production, carrying about 445,000 barrels of crude a day.

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Source: The Guradian

Oil price hits 30-month high after North Sea pipeline closure

Today 08:06 GMT

The price of oil has hit a 30-month high after the owner of a major North Sea pipeline said it could be shut for as long as three weeks.

However, the refineries who use the oil and gas, such as the Grangemouth refinery owned by Ineos, will be able to arrange alternative, more expensive supplies to come in by ship.

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Source: New York Times

Westfield, Owner of World Trade Center Mall, to Be Sold for $15.7 Billion

Today 08:06 GMT

Unibail-Rodamco said on Tuesday that it had agreed to acquire the Westfield Corporation, the Australian owner of the Garden State Plaza and the shopping center at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, for $15.7 billion.

In the era of online shopping, a European property company is making a nearly $16 billion bet that shoppers will find enduring appeal in New Jersey’s Garden State Plaza and shops in the shadow of the World Trade Center.

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Source: Common Domain

Small-business sentiment in November powers to the second-highest reading on record

Today 08:06 GMT

The numbers: The index of small-business optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 3.7 points to 107.5 in November, the second-highest reading in the 44-year history of the index.

In other words, if the capital spending intentions gauge does foreshadow changes in GDP, it’s for weaker, not stronger, growth.

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Source: CBS News

Luxury consignment shop company accused of cheating jewelry buyers

Today 08:06 GMT

The RealReal, an operator of high-end consignment shops, is facing a federal lawsuit that accuses it of "systematically inflating" the weights of diamonds and other precious gems it sold to consumers.

The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, hopes to recover the difference between the price consumers paid for their jewelry and what the pieces should have cost with the correct gemstone weight.

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Source: DW

Canoeing in a township

Today 06:06 GMT

As young boys growing up in a Cape Town township, Siyanda Sopangisa and his brother Akhona spent hours swimming in the muddy wetland nearby.

In South Africa, the term township refers to the segregated, usually resourced-deprived urban areas reserved for non-whites under the Apartheid regime, which ended in the early 1990s. Townships were established outside of towns and cities, and people living there are among the poorest in the country.

Source: Global News

Here’s what the new mortgage rules will do to home prices in 2018: Royal LePage

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: NBC News

China remembers 142K killed in massacre, offers 'friendship' to Japan

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Global News

Trump directs NASA to send Americans to the Moon, lay foundations for Mars mission

Tuesday 16:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Home Prices Expected to Soar in 2018

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Acquires Shazam and Its Song-Recognition App

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

Tuesday 22:49 GMT
Source: Common Domain

2-year Treasury yield rises ahead of key Fed meeting

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
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Source: Common Domain

Whatever President Trump has done, it can't be obstruction of justice, his lawyer argues

Wednesday 21:55 GMT
11 Articles
Source: Global News

John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations

Wednesday 19:09 GMT
7 Articles
Source: Common Domain

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds

Sunday 22:44 GMT
7 Articles
Source: BBC

Iraq declares war with IS is over

Sunday 00:34 GMT
7 Articles
Source: The Guradian

Flynn texted during inauguration to suggest Russia sanctions would end, Democrat says

Thursday 20:02 GMT
6 Articles
Source: Fox News

More Clinton ties on Mueller team: One deputy attended Clinton party, another rep'd top aide

Saturday 22:47 GMT
6 Articles
Source: The Guradian

US believed it would 'undoubtedly win' war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties

Saturday 17:17 GMT

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