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Source: NBC News

Brexit is in chaos as 'perfect storm' threatens U.K. government

Monday 08:08 GMT

Just days before a crucial deadline in Brexit negotiations, British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing what some analysts say is an unsolvable problem that endangers her government and grip on power.

How Brexit affects the 310-mile border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Irish Republic, which is not, has seen May pulled in several directions by different allies. It appears she can't please all of them, but if any of these players are not satisfied then it could have fatal consequences for her government.

Source: The Week

How biodiversity prepares us for the future

Monday 10:51 GMT

We tend to think of biodiversity as a landscape of teeming jungles and coral reefs, its destruction manifesting as forest clearance and species extinction.

This is the definition of biodiversity with which we are most familiar — the fantastic assortment of animals, plants, and micro-organisms in the world.

Source: The Guradian

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?

Monday 10:51 GMT

“It really didn’t start out as a fertility test – but that is how it is being marketed,” says Anne Steiner, a professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who led that study, adding that in fertility clinics AMH testing is really done as an indicator of how well a woman is going to respond to stimulation when she does IVF. “What I take as a measure of fertility is whether a woman can get pregnant… Call [the test] egg-count testing, but don’t call it fertility testing.”

Source: The Week

The problem with perfectionism

Monday 10:51 GMT

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Recent research reports the pursuit of perfectionism has gradually increased among college students over the past quarter-century. "These findings suggest that recent generations of college students have higher expectations of themselves and others than previous generations," lead author Thomas Curran of the University of Bath said in announcing the findings.

Source: The Guradian

Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands

Monday 10:51 GMT

Kate Kelley, public lands specialist with the Center for American Progress, said while natural resource development like oil and gas threatens access to public lands in the West, a major and less noticed peril in Montana – and to a lesser degree in other states – comes from private landowners blocking public access.

The case offers a violent, extreme illustration of what many say is a creeping, pervasive and underreported threat to public lands in the West: a widening class battle between private landowners – oftentimes newcomers with little knowledge of the region’s history or law – and the general public expecting to use public lands.

Source: The Week

Nick Harkaway's 6 favorite nonfiction books that could inspire novels

Monday 10:51 GMT

Nick Harkaway's new 700-page novel, Gnomon, is set in a near-future Great Britain where all citizens are under constant surveillance.

Others are sketchy and tantalizing, such as the story of a thief who, challenged to steal something from a guarded house, pretends to be a divine messenger in order to steal the owner.

Source: The Guradian

Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’

Monday 10:51 GMT

Of the dead, too many to mention, but here’s a few: Tolstoy, Joyce, Kafka, Cortázar, Borges, Ballard, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Mansfield, Octavia Butler, Roald Dahl, James

Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays, Feel Free, could be described as a tour through her enthusiasms punctuated with diversions. She writes with equal fervour about Jay-Z’s rapping, which “pours right into your ear like water from a tap”, as about Edward St Aubyn’s “rich, acerbic comedy”.

Source: The Week

America's reluctant septuagenarian workforce

Monday 10:51 GMT

Exactly what led corporate America away from pensions is a matter of debate among scholars, but there is little question that they seem destined for extinction, at least in the private sector.

Today only about 24 percent of workers at midsize and large companies do, according to the data, and that number is expected to continue to fall as older workers exit the workforce. Even as late as the early 1990s, about 60 percent of full-time workers at medium and large firms had pension coverage.

Source: Common Domain

Foreign Firms Brace for Potential Cost Increases After U.S. Tax Overhaul

Monday 10:51 GMT

Foreign companies are calculating whether the cost increases they will bear under the new U.S. tax law will outweigh the benefits of a lower corporate rate.

This measure will raise costs for U.S. units of foreign companies that borrowed heavily and deducted the interest payments from their U.S. tax bill at the old 35% tax rate, said Stef van Weeghel, global tax policy leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Source: DW

Mass protests in Romania: Stop corruption!

Monday 04:15 GMT

Up to 100,000 people have taken to the streets in Romania to support the independence of justice - against the ruling social democrats.

At the mass protests on Saturday, not only was the square full but so was the gigantic boulevard leading to the "Palace of the People", the parliament building. The boulevard was built during the dictatorship, to make Romanians feel small and humble in front of their omnipotent leaders.

Source: BBC

Marco Silva: Watford blame Everton as they sack manager

Monday 10:51 GMT

Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva, blaming Everton's approach for the Portuguese in November as the "catalyst for this decision".

Silva has become the eighth Premier League manager to lose his job this season following changes at Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Stoke, Swansea, West Brom and West Ham. Prior to Everton's approach for 40-year-old Silva, Watford had won four, drawn three and lost four from 11 league games.

Source: The Guradian

I run a small, independent magazine. I worry Facebook will kill us off

Monday 10:51 GMT

When one company has so much control over the information that reaches us, we ought to be able to know how that information is sorted and selected.

The rollout of algorithm tweaks in other countries has had serious impacts on certain organizations, with at least one subscription news service losing nearly one-third of its Facebook engagements after the tweak, and Cambodian NGOs complaining that the delivery of public service information was disrupted.

Source: New York Times

Delta Air Lines Tightens Rules for Service and Support Animals

Monday 04:15 GMT

Delta Air Lines said on Friday that it was tightening its rules for transporting service and support animals in an effort to reduce misbehavior by dogs and other creatures that air carriers are required by law to allow on board.

Customers with psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals must also sign a document attesting to the animals’ ability to behave in the cabin or risk being barred from boarding or removed from the plane.

Source: Common Domain

Saudis Push for OPEC Oil Efforts Into 2019

Monday 10:51 GMT

Mr. Falih’s comments highlighted the challenge OPEC faces in the second year of its efforts to prop up oil prices after a historic price crash caused by the American oil boom.

Mr. Falih will need to secure a cooperation commitment from Russia, which isn’t an OPEC member but, as the world’s largest oil producer, has helped the cartel’s efforts with significant output cuts in the past year. Russian energy minister Alexander Novak on Sunday sounded a more optimistic note, saying “we think that the market should rebalance this year.”

Source: Common Domain

Women's March redux: What you need to know

Sunday 04:15 GMT
Source: New York Times

In Kabul, Gunmen Storm Intercontinental Hotel

Sunday 04:15 GMT
Source: BBC

Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Maria Sharapova in straight sets

Sunday 04:15 GMT
Source: Fox News

False alarms in Hawaii, Japan underscore real fears of North Korea strike

Wednesday 19:09 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Revealed: lucky break that led lovelorn traveller to a fling in India with the Beatles

Sunday 03:20 GMT
Source: BBC

European Champions Cup: Scarlets 30-27 Toulon

Saturday 20:56 GMT
Source: Fox News

Border Patrol brain drain: Agency losing more agents than it can hire

Wednesday 21:54 GMT
Source: NBC News

Apple promises to help Malala Fund educate over 100,000 girls

Today 17:18 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Apple HomePod finally available to buy, three years after the Echo

Today 17:19 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Veteran Musician Hugh Masekela Has Died

Today 17:19 GMT
Source: New York Times

Fashion Topics Get a Spot on the Davos Agenda

Today 17:19 GMT
Source: Common Domain

High Prices Won’t Deter Biotech Deals

Today 14:34 GMT
Source: New York Times

U.S. Accuses Accountants of Trying to Game Reviews of KPMG Audits

Today 17:19 GMT
Source: Common Domain

China Sucks Gas Out of Global Market Amid Shift From Coal

Today 17:19 GMT

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