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Source: BBC

The mystery of the homesick mechanic who stole a plane

Thursday 07:02 GMT

In 1969, at the height of the Cold War, a mechanic in the US Air Force stole a Hercules plane from his base in East Anglia and set off for the States.

On both sides of the Atlantic at the time there was a public feeling of great unease that a drunk mechanic had been able to steal a military plane and fly it for over 90 minutes through British airspace. Incredibly, 11 years previously, another US mechanic had taken off in a B45 bomber from Alconbury base in Huntingdon, and had crashed his aircraft onto the London to Edinburgh train line.

Source: CBS News

Mourners lining up to pay final respects to Barbara Bush

Saturday 19:06 GMT

A spray of flowers covered the closed silver casket of former first lady Barbara Bush in the sanctuary of a Houston church as hundreds of mourners began arriving Friday to pay their final respects.

People waited in line hours early for security screening before boarding shuttle buses to attend a public viewing at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended services.

Source: Fox News

North Korea reportedly assured Pompeo that release of 3 detainees could be joined with upcoming summit

Sunday 02:25 GMT

In his meeting earlier this month with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was assured that a planned summit between Kim and President Trump could be joined with the release of three detained U.S. citizens, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night.

Recent talks between both countries have reportedly been positive and have been centered around the logistics of any meeting.

Source: Washington Post

America’s hunt for ISIS left Raqqa in ruins. Who is supposed to rebuild it?

Saturday 02:28 GMT

Every three or four days, Fatima Mahmoud hitchhikes 37 miles across a hilly expanse of northeastern Syria to her home town of Raqqa.

Six months after U.S.-allied forces backed by American airstrikes evicted the Islamic State from its self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa is a city sown with rubble, explosives and an uneasy mixture of despair and determination to rebuild. It is easier to count the buildings that are still standing than the ones that have been reduced to shattered concrete and twisted reinforced steel.

Source: BBC

What if all guns disappeared?

Thursday 07:02 GMT

If guns disappeared, partners who lash out in a moment of anger are much less likely to inflict fatal damage – and are perhaps less likely to become violent at all.

While some gun owners may lose a sense of security if guns disappeared, “the data show that’s a false sense of security,” Miller says. A 2014 meta-study likewise found that access to firearms is associated with homicide and completed suicide attempts.

Source: Common Domain

Attempt to Break Italian Government Impasse Fails

Saturday 19:06 GMT

Earlier this week, President Sergio Mattarella asked Elisabetta Casellati, speaker of the Italian Senate, to conduct talks with political parties and try to break an impasse that has made the formation of a new government impossible since the March 4 vote.

A fresh attempt to broker an agreement to form a new government in Italy fell into disarray on Friday, after a presidential mediator failed to bridge differences that have persisted among the parties since last month’s national elections.

Source: BBC

Mass engine inspections ordered after accident

Sunday 02:25 GMT

US and European aviation authorities have ordered emergency inspections of jet engines similar to the one involved in a fatal accident earlier this week.

"Fan blade failure due to cracking... could result in an engine in-flight shutdown, uncontained release of debris, [and] possible airplane decompression," the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement announcing the inspections.

Source: Common Domain

Ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Join Donald Trump’s Personal Legal Team

Friday 22:50 GMT

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said Thursday he will join the president’s private legal team representing him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The idea of Mr. Giuliani joining the legal team was first broached in a dinner with the president at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, in the last week, Mr. Giuliani said.

Source: Global News

‘Free the beer’ ruling proves Alberta can’t stop gas from flowing into B.C.: David Eby

Saturday 02:28 GMT

B.C.’s attorney general says a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the ability to export booze across provincial borders proves his case regarding Alberta’s proposed bill to restrict oil and gas exports.

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously threw out that decision, affirming current inter-provincial trade law and saying that provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose, in this case the desire to control the supply of alcohol within New Brunswick.

Source: DW

German police launch crackdown on human trafficking, organized crime

Thursday 07:02 GMT

Germany's Federal Police have started a nationwide crackdown on forced prostitution and a "network of organized crime," officials say.

Security forces in Germany conducted multiple raids and detained over 100 people on Wednesday targeting human traffickers and criminals involved in "smuggling, forced prostitution, and exploitation," the police said on Twitter. The raids mark the largest police action in the decades-long history of the force.

Source: The Guradian

Marine Le Pen's niece to open training school for far-right leaders

Saturday 12:41 GMT

The niece of the Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, is opening a finishing school to train the future leaders of France’s far right.

The city is already home to other rightwing, nationalist or conservative Catholic groups such as Action Française, Génération Identitaire and Sens Commun.

Source: Washington Post

U.S. to fine Wells Fargo $1 billion — the most aggressive bank penalty of the Trump era

Friday 22:50 GMT

Federal regulators are preparing to fine megabank Wells Fargo about $1 billion for misbehavior in its auto and mortgage businesses, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

The settlement, which could be announced as soon as Friday, would be the most aggressive move by regulators during the Trump administration to punish a big bank. It also escalates problems at Wells Fargo, which has been under intense federal scrutiny since admitting in 2016 that it had opened millions of sham accounts customers didn’t want.

Source: The Guradian

World Bank recommends fewer regulations protecting workers

Saturday 05:10 GMT

A working draft of the bank’s flagship World Development Report – which will urge policy action from governments when it comes out in the autumn – says less “burdensome” regulations are needed so that firms can hire workers at lower cost.

Five years ago, the World Bank’s 2013 World Development Report concluded that labour regulations had little or no impact on employment levels, but the draft for the 2019 WDR says that if workers are expensive to dismiss, fewer will be hired.

Source: DW

Norway, China spearhead the e-mobility drive

Thursday 07:02 GMT

A fresh study by a German automotive research center has shown that Norway and China remain at the forefront of nations facilitating e-car market penetration.

Norway and China remain the two main drivers of e-mobility globally in the first quarter of 2018, a survey by the German Center of Automotive Management (CAM) has revealed. The study published Tuesday said China managed to sell a total of 142,445 e-cars on the domestic market, marking a staggering 154-percent increase over the first three months a year earlier.

Source: The Guradian

I’ve been called a whore for my part in the #MeToo campaign. It won’t stop me

Saturday 12:41 GMT

I have been called all of these things and more since I first began to speak out last October about being raped in 1997, when I was 21 years old, by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Women everywhere, emboldened by the #MeToo movement, have had the courage to share their most painful private traumas in public, only to face blanket denials and further assaults, this time on their character, their credibility, their dignity.

Source: The Guradian

Macron’s charm offensive on Trump is part of his bid to lead Europe

Today 07:03 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Iran threatens to withdraw from nuclear weapons treaty

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: CBS News

Trump welcomes Macron to the White House

Today 07:02 GMT
Source: Global News

Alek Minassian, Toronto van attack suspect, to appear in court Tuesday morning

Today 06:06 GMT
Source: Reuters

Toronto police eye deadly van attack suspect's 'cryptic message'

Today 06:07 GMT
Source: CBS News

Melania Trump's hat has the internet in formation, comparing her to Beyoncé

Today 00:10 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Ronny Jackson, Trump's pick for veterans affairs job, faces hearing delay

Today 06:06 GMT
Source: Common Domain

This is how many female pilots there are in the U.S. (clue: not a lot)

Thursday 18:13 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Is It Still Electronic Dance Music if They’re Playing Live Instruments?

Thursday 15:28 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Wales Sees Price Gains at High End of the Market

Wednesday 15:29 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Fed’s Brainard Says Now Isn’t Time to Lower Capital, Liquidity Rules

Friday 14:34 GMT
Source: Common Domain

10-year Treasury yield extends climb as earnings lift appetite for stocks

Friday 11:48 GMT
Source: Common Domain

How Music Affects Athletic Performance

Wednesday 18:14 GMT
Source: Global News

Cambridge Analytica’s Chris Wylie could appear before Canadian committee by end of month

Wednesday 12:44 GMT

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