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Source: The Guradian

USA's Chloe Kim soars to Olympic gold in snowboard halfpipe

14-Feb-2018

The 17-year-old from California dominated the Olympic women’s halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, soaring to a gold medal four years in the making.

Kim put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then bettered it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run with the gold already well in hand. With members of her family in the stands, including her South Korean grandmother, Kim put on a show that delivered on her considerable pre-Olympic hype.

Source: Washington Post

Syria’s war mutates into a regional conflict, risking a wider conflagration

14-Feb-2018

A war that began with peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad is rapidly descending into a global scramble for control over what remains of the broken country of Syria, risking a wider conflict.

“There is a new Cold War prevailing in Syria and any escalation could pave the way for a regional or international war given the fact that the big powers are directly present on the ground and not through proxies, as used to be the case in the past.”

Source: Washington Post

U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team may need to drop Statue of Liberty from goalies’ masks

14-Feb-2018

The U.S. women’s hockey team is apparently mulling changes to its goalies’ masks over concerns that the colorful red, white and blue design, which features the iconic statue, violates Olympic rules that bar teams and athletes from displaying political symbols at the Winter Games.

Before the opening faceoff against Slovenia, officials with USA Hockey and the IOC will apparently have to determine whether the Statue of Liberty constitutes “political messaging.” “I think there’s two elements to the rules around this one,” said Kit McConnell, the IOC sports director.

Source: Reuters

Pug, borzoi among breeds to advance to final at Westminster Dog Show

14-Feb-2018

A borzoi, pug, bichon frise and border collie won Monday’s group competitions at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and will vie for the contest’s top prize.

Lucy, a borzoi, won the hound group competition on Monday, the fifth borzoi to win in the contest since 1930, according to Westminster Kennel Club data. The dogs crowned champion of each of the seven groups then compete for the Best in Show trophy on Tuesday.

Source: Common Domain

Asian markets continue upswing as global rebound continues

14-Feb-2018

The global rebound for stocks accelerated as Asian markets rose strongly Tuesday morning, with gains of at least 1% in a number of locales across the region.

Rising rates were one reason behind the recent global selloff for stocks, and analysts say rates could rise more as central banks normalize policy and the global economy continues its upswing. Ten-year Treasury yields were last at 2.856%, down from a Monday high of 2.902%.

Source: BBC

Commonwealth makes secret succession plans

14-Feb-2018

A whole section of his website is devoted to the Commonwealth, noting that he has visited 41 out of 53 countries and has been a "proud supporter" for more than four decades.

A second source said the issue of the succession is expected to be discussed by Commonwealth leaders on the margins of the summit, particularly when they meet without officials "on retreat" at Windsor Castle. The Queen was proclaimed Head of the Commonwealth at her coronation when she was head of state in seven of its eight members.

Source: Global News

Korea’s unified hockey team still hasn’t scored a goal, Canadian coach says players ‘don’t give up’

14-Feb-2018

The unified Korean hockey team, which is at the centre of political drama, has yet to put the puck in the net at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but the Canadian coach at the helm of the team said her players “don’t give up.”

Korea’s unified women’s Olympic hockey team suffered their second lopsided defeat Monday after being pummelled 8-0 by Sweden in a preliminary-round game at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Saturday 16:21 GMT
Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: BBC

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Emmanuel Macron challenged over attitude to France’s former colonies

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: CBS News

A salve for inequality Free money for all

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: BBC

How can I become a fossil?

Monday 11:46 GMT
Source: CBS News

Photo of rescued gorilla in arms of caretaker wins wildlife photo of the year award

Monday 06:05 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Supreme Court Declines to Wade Into Fight Over Fannie, Freddie Profits

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: NBC News

Queen Elizabeth attends London Fashion Week in royal first

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: BBC

HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth

Today 03:23 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Queen makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: Huffington Post

Ex-Interior Chief Sally Jewell: I Didn't Even Know I Had A Special Flag

Tuesday 14:32 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Stronger Dollar, Higher Treasury Yields Weigh on Gold

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: New York Times

On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive

Today 03:23 GMT

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