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Published: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:49:25 -0500

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Donald Trump has tweeted about the Oscars a lot

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:17:50 -0500

(image) Donald Trump wasn’t watching the Oscars on Sunday night. Instead, the president hosted the Governors’ Dinner at the White House, the first major social gathering of his administration since the inaugural galas.



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Philippines condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German hostage

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:22 -0500

(image) By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and Germany condemned on Monday the beheading of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed. The video showed a machete-wielding militant behead Jurgen Kantner. Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the Philippine peace process, said officials had exhausted all efforts to save Kantner, 70, who was held on the tiny southern island of Jolo.





Alt-Oscars: Trump backers tuning out Academy Awards, because Meryl Streep

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:27:29 -0500

(image) Supporters of President Trump are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars, a celebration that brings together the two things conservatives hate most: the “liberal” media and the Hollywood elite.



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UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasion

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:14:20 -0500

(image) Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. The council agreed during a closed-door meeting on "the importance of full compliance" with sanctions resolutions, said Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, the council president. The remarks endorsed by China, Pyongyang's sole ally, followed a report by the UN panel of experts that showed North Korea was flouting sanctions by resorting to middlemen and front companies abroad.



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School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:53:55 -0500

(image) WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) — When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.



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Nokia Plans a Comeback with These Three Phones

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:45:00 -0500

(image) Nokia was once the king mobile of phones. The Nokia 6, 5 and 3 will be the stars of the company's reemergence onto the smartphone world. The Nokia 6 has actually been available in China for some time, but now will be available more widely.



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Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:05:47 -0500

(image) SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito.



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Trump to sign measure to bolster U.S.'s historically black colleges

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:06:24 -0500

(image) U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a measure on Tuesday aimed at boosting government support for the nation's historically black colleges, a senior White House official said. Trump, a Republican, has pledged to improve the lives of black Americans, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of his Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election. Trump's order will move the federal government's program for promoting historically black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs, back under direct oversight of the White House.





Pakistan airline says investigating report of overloaded flight

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:24:10 -0500

(image) By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan International Airlines said on Monday that it was investigating reports that more passengers than the maximum allowed had traveled on an international flight, adding it launched disciplinary measures against the crew. "It is not possible for anyone to travel like that in an aircraft, regardless of the duration of the flight," Danyal Gillani. PIA is committed to ensure the safety of the passengers and cannot allow any incident to happen which compromises safety," Gillani said.





US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:08:13 -0500

(image) The United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.



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Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:06:32 -0500

(image) French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused the media of "campaigning hysterically" in favour of Emmanuel Macron, her centrist rival for the presidency, as polls showed him enjoying a jump in support. Le Pen, speaking at a rally in the western city of Nantes, launched a series of attacks on the 39-year-old independent who has emerged as a frontrunner to become France's next leader. In an attack that recalled US President Donald Trump's confrontation with journalists, she added: "The media have chosen their candidate.



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Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:53:16 -0500

(image) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia.



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Photos of the day - February 27, 2017

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:16:37 -0500

(image) Female Polar bear cub Nanuq (polar bear in the Inuit language), born on November 7, 2016, is pictured with its mother Sesi during her first presentation to the public to mark International Polar Bear Day at the zoo of Mulhouse, France; A displaced Iraqi woman who just fled her home talks on the phone as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq; and, A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 27, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.    





Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12: Everything you need to know

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:00:52 -0500

Samsung fans, prepare to be disappointed. The company's big MWC 2017 press conference is about to begin, but we met with Samsung last week and we already know everything the company plans to unveil on stage on Sunday in Barcelona. When the show is over in an hour or so, you will be disappointed. I'm not suggesting the three new devices Samsung is about to unveil are bad devices. In fact, quite the opposite: I've spent time with the brand new Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3, and they're all impressive gadgets in their own right. But Samsung fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting one announcement in particular — the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ — and they'll still be waiting once today's press conference has come to a close. It's a shame, but it's not entirely unexpected considering all of the leaks and rumors up to this point. Samsung isn't expected to take the wraps off its new flagship smartphone duo until late March ahead of they're April 21st release. In the meantime, you've got three fresh new Samsung devices to fawn over, and we'll give you your first taste of the Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3 right here. Samsung on Sunday unveiled not one, not two, but three brand new tablets. The first is a new high-end Android slate called the Galaxy Tab S3 that will go head to head with Apple's iPad Pro. Rounding out the company's new lineup for the first half of 2017 is the high-end Galaxy Book 12 and the mid-range Galaxy Book 10, two Windows 10 hybrid devices that marry the productivity and versatility of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. Beginning with the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung has undoubtedly turned up the heat on its hardware. This premium tablet features a design that is very similar to Samsung's flagship smartphones. Glass front and back panels are fixed to a metal mid-frame, and the result is a device that feels just as high-end as an iPad. The Galaxy Tab S3 is an Android 7.0 Nougat tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The display is a QXGA AMOLED screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally, and it's absolutely stunning. Other highlights from the specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSDXC support up to 256GB (up to 2TB, really, but the largest available cards right now are 256GB), integrated 4G LTE connectivity, and a large 6,000 mAh battery with fast charging support and a USB Type-C connector. The Tab S3 also includes a next-generation S Pen in the box, though it's a standalone stylus that isn't stored internally like it is on Note series tablets. Changes this time around include an even more paper-like writing experience thanks to a new rubber tip, and new tilt detection that widens strokes when you tilt the pen as you write or draw. Next up is the Samsung Galaxy Book 10, the lesser of the two new Windows 10 devices Samsung unveiled on Sunday. It's a mid-range Windows 10 hybrid tablet that is docked in a keyboard cover, and it includes a Galaxy suite of software on top of Windows 10 that includes things like Samsung Flow — the company's response to Apple's Continuity features — as well as a few apps that make use of the S Pen. Again, Samsung's Galaxy Book devices feature support for the company's new S Pen, which is included in the box but is not stowed in any slot on the tablets. The Galaxy Book 10 features a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 processor and a 10.6-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. Other spec highlights[...]


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The Latest: 911 call: Suspect thinks he killed 2 Iranians

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:41:40 -0500

(image) OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local):



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Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:24:17 -0500

(image) On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor."





Tenet Healthcare revenue misses estimates, shares slump

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:48:12 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - Tenet Healthcare Corp's quarterly revenue fell for the first time in six years missing estimates, hurt by weak demand and the hospital operator forecast lower-than-expected full year earnings. Tenet's shares fell 10 percent in extended trading on Monday. The third largest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, which had long-term debt of about $15 billion as of Dec. 31, has been cutting costs and selling hospitals, focusing on raising its hospital unit margins to turn its business around.





Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatus

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:44:39 -0500

(image) Two giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years Monday -- a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby Chinese restaurant. Public viewing of pandas at the zoo has been halted since last week as the mating season got into full swing for the mammals, which are notoriously difficult to arouse. "We let the two be together at 8:06am (2306 GMT Sunday) and confirmed they mated for 52 seconds from 8:48am," Ueno Zoo announced in a statement.



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Well-done steak and other delicious items from the White House menu

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:59:56 -0500

(image) And now for some unsurprising news: Donald Trump eats his steak well-done with ketchup.  Last night, according to a report from Independent Journal Review, the President went to a Trump Hotel in D.C. and treated himself to an ornate dinner. SEE ALSO: Wow, Obama's outgoing letter to Trump speaks volumes last night, President Trump reportedly ate a well-done steak with ketchup. https://t.co/zJzu6xUE9L pic.twitter.com/wnmpge2IJH — Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) February 26, 2017 Whether it's McDonald's, a taco bowl or a well-done steak with "catsup," President Trump just knows what makes great cuisine. I'm a foodie myself. So in the interest of learning about the art of food from a palette as refined as Donald Trump's, I decided to reach out to the White House kitchen to see what kind of fine dining options the President has on his personal menu. Image: max knoblauch Delicious. Additional menu items discovered by Max Knoblauch.  



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Buoyed centrist alliance, Macron seen beating Le Pen in French runoff

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:34:28 -0500

(image) French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron would easily beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the second round of the country's presidential election in May, two opinion polls showed on Sunday. The pollsters said Macron has been buoyed by the alliance announced this week with centrist politician Francois Bayrou, which has enabled him to move ahead of conservative candidate Francois Fillon. A poll by Odoxa/Dentsu-Consulting showed 39-year-old Macron, a former economy minister running without the support of any traditional political party, would beat Le Pen in the runoff with 61 percent of the vote, versus 39 percent for her.





North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:51:24 -0500

(image) It is in Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" neighborhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office. Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a United Nations report submitted to the Security Council seen by Reuters. Reuters found that Glocom advertises over 30 radio systems for "military and paramilitary" organizations on its Malaysian website, glocom.com.my.








With Galaxy S8 release imminent, new Samsung ads promise its phones won’t explode anymore

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:29:46 -0500

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Remember that time a Samsung smartphone exploded and burned a man's house down? Or how about that time a Samsung phone exploded and set someone's Jeep on fire? There are plenty more stories where those came from, and these incidents ultimate forced Samsung to issue the biggest global recall that the cell phone industry has ever seen. Samsung's defective battery design made its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones unsafe to use, and it had to cancel the device completely in order to limit its liability and keep its customers safe from detonating phones. Now, with the release of the next-generation Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ fast approaching, Samsung has released a series of new ads in which the company wants to make it as clear as possible that its upcoming new phones aren't going to burn your house down or engulf your car in flames.

Samsung's upcoming new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were undoubtedly the elephant in the room in each of the big press conferences at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung won't unveil them until March 29th, but they overshadowed every single smartphone announced at MWC 2017 because they're expected to be so impressive.

And if you've seen the leaked hands-on Galaxy S8 videos from earlier today, you know that these phones appear to live up to the hype.

The big question, of course, is whether or not consumers will trust Samsung's new smartphones in lieu of the Note 7 debacle. Several surveys have suggested that Samsung's smartphone brand took a hit from all that negative press, and there's even some indication that people are afraid other Samsung phones will go up in flames.

With its new ads that premiered during the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Samsung is looking to convince consumers that there's nothing to worry about moving forward. These new ads didn't exactly stir up as much buzz as Ellen's Samsung-sponsored Oscars selfie, but they're the first step in what may be a long process of rebuilding trust.

You'll find all three of Samsung's new spots embedded below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pvg7wOSeOI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWsoNrzOFh8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKpeIxh4ScY



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AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:12 -0500

(image) SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.



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Ash Monday celebration

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:46:47 -0500

(image) Greeks traditionally celebrate Clean Monday, or Ash Monday, with a “flour war” in which revelers throw colored flour at each other on the streets. Clean Monday marks the beginning of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, and the start of a 40-day fast until Easter. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr





President Trump on Obamacare repeal: 'Nobody knew health care could be so complicated'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:07:01 -0500

(image) Speaking before the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday, President Trump said his administration had come up with an alternative to Obamacare and made the claim that "nobody knew health care could be so complicated."



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Japanese emperor visits Vietnam for first time

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:33:43 -0500

(image) Japan's emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II. The emperor and empress were received by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and guards of honour at the Hanoi airport, where national flags were displayed. The 83-year-old Akihito and his wife, Michiko, are on their first visit to the country, the latest in a series of trips to former battlegrounds.



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With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:28:54 -0500

(image) The United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body's future. Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at times, been co-opted by rights abusers who push resolutions attacking their geopolitical rivals, with genuine rights issues marginalised. Many of the issues prioritised by Obama's UN envoys -- including violations in North Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and South Sudan -- will remain on the agenda when the council opens its main annual session in Geneva on Monday.



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Germany sees "alarmingly high" number of anti-migrant crimes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:11:10 -0500

(image) BERLIN (AP) — Migrants and their homes in Germany faced more than 3,500 attacks in 2016, a number that is "alarmingly high and cause for concern," a German official said Monday, while adding that the crimes are being aggressively prosecuted and the numbers of such attacks are now falling.



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Uber executive quits for not disclosing prior sexual harassment allegation - Recode

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:13:36 -0500

(image) (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, has left the company for failing to disclose a sexual harassment allegation, stemming from his tenure at Alphabet Inc's Google , Recode reported, citing sources. Singhal, who was appointed last month to work closely with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, was asked to resign after Recode informed the company of the allegation this week, the technology news website said.





Guy quits his crappy job in the best way possible

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:44:55 -0500

(image) Sometimes, you need to go out with a bang. Or a flush. Giving two weeks is a pretty standard practice when employees move on from their current job. It allows the company a short amount of time to search for a replacement, and gives the employee an opportunity to leave on good standing. You never know when you may need that reference — or worse, when you may need your old job back. While most people quickly Google "two-week notice letter" and follow a pretty standard form, this guy decided on a different method. SEE ALSO: Lucky woman wins lottery days after quitting her job According to his wife, Redditor Girlofgodsbadday, this dude decided to quit his job by writing his two-week notice on a few sheets of toilet paper.  "I have chosen this type of paper for my 2 week resignation as a symbol of how I feel this company has treated me, and ironically, how it is disposed of is where I feel the company is going," the letter reads. Just in case the message wasn't clear, he drew a toilet next to where he signed his name. While he didn't use the term "ironically" properly, we're going to give him a pass because handing that over to any boss takes some serious guts. BONUS: A new way to take selfies — and six other features the iPhone 8 might have



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At $5, our favorite iPhone 7 Plus case just dropped to its lowest price ever

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:41:03 -0500

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In a perfect world, we would all use our iPhones caseless. Apple's gorgeous design on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deserves to be shown off, not hidden under a bunch of plastic or even leather. Unfortunately, Apple's latest aluminum iPhones are as slippery as they are sleek, so going "naked" isn't really an option unless you're willing to completely throw caution to the wind.

The next best thing to going caseless is using a paper-thin case that doesn't add any bulk to the phones, but still adds some grip and protects against scratches. And as it turns out, our favorite paper-thin iPhone 7 Plus case — the TOZO Case for iPhone 7 Plus — is on sale right now on Amazon at its lowest price ever.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • [Compatible with iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch] 0.35mm Thinnest protect case. Simple, elegant. The iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch case features a refined design, Maximum keep your iPhone 7 Plus slim and provide scratch protection.
  • MATTE FACE - with matte optical texture, anti-glare(reduced reflection),reducing fingerprints or grease buildup.
  • CAMERA RAISED - Camera hole ring raised protective layer, provide cell phone camera detail protection.
  • PERFECT FIT - Specially designed for iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch, has precise cutouts for speakers, charging ports and buttons.
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California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:55:22 -0500

(image) OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that's blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.



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Syria opposition seeks clarity from power-broker Russia at Geneva talks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:04:51 -0500

(image) By Yara Abi Nader and John Irish GENEVA (Reuters) - The main opposition group at Syrian peace talks in Geneva wants to meet Russian envoys to discuss what it says are Moscow's broken ceasefire promises, a move diplomats say aims to put pressure on the Russian-backed Syrian government delegation. Russia has sought to revive diplomacy since its air force helped the Syrian army and allied militias defeat rebels in Aleppo in December, President Bashar al-Assad's biggest victory in six years of war. Despite the announcement of a ceasefire, a weekend of bombings and air strikes in Syria has rattled the talks that began in Geneva last week.








Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street parties

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:12:42 -0500

(image) Revelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties during Carnival week celebrations. Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the “sambadrome.” Sao Paulo will also have its main samba schools taking their floats to their sambadrome. Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and nearly 13 percent unemployment have grasped this year’s carnival as a chance to let off steam.





Rights breaches spreading like 'disease': UN chief

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:53:54 -0500

(image) Disregard for basic rights is a spreading "disease" with "the perverse phenomenon of populism" fuelling rising intolerance, the UN chief warned Monday as he opened the Human Rights Council's main session. The Geneva-based body was holding its first meeting with Washington's seat occupied by an envoy from President Donald Trump's government. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres's keynote address painted a world in "a time of urgency" with rapidly multiplying threats.



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Malaysia says Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in oil hub

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:18:52 -0500

(image) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that oil major Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in a mammoth oil processing hub in Malaysia, making it the single largest investor in the Southeast Asian country.



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Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:35:50 -0500

(image) Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.





SpaceX will fly two very rich passengers around the Moon next year

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:44:52 -0500

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At a press conference today, prospective fallout shelter owner Elon Musk told reporters that SpaceX, Musk's solar space travel company, will be sending a pair of paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed pair reportedly paid a "significant deposit" for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft.

The trip will mark a new milestone for paid space travel. Although paid passengers have been into space before, it's normally either a short, peripheral flight, or piggybacking on a larger operation. Sending a spacecraft around the Moon would be a recent landmark for spacetravel if it was done by NASA; the fact that a pair of presumably inexperienced, paying customers are going to be the next to see the dark side of the Moon is a genuine game-changer.

“This is a really thing that’s happened,” Musk told reporters. “We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon ...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket.”

The trip will reportedly take around a week, as it will take mostly the same course as you're familiar with from Apollo 13: out to the Moon, slingshot around, and come back.

SpaceX has talked about manned space travel and space tourism before -- including an ambition to send paying clients to Mars! -- but this trip is sooner and more ambitious than most people had imagined. According to Gizmodo and Musk, these kind of paid missions look to be a part of SpaceX's broader ambitions, allowing SpaceX the funds and experience to build out its Mars plans, and allowing billionaires one hell of a vacation.



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Huawei seeks to exploit Samsung gap with new smartphone

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:54:25 -0500

(image) Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the premium phone market. Huawei's new P10 line is expected to be cheaper than the business-oriented Mate 9, with new features including facial detection that can tell whether a user is taking a selfie or a picture with more people and select its camera mode accordingly.





Sessions: More violence around pot than 'one would think'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:16:45 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will try to adopt "responsible policies" for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S.



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Air strike kills key Afghan Taliban commander

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:28:08 -0500

(image) An air strike has killed an Afghan Taliban commander who twice oversaw the capture of a strategic northern city, officials said Monday, in a major blow to the insurgent group. Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, the Taliban shadow governor in Kunduz province, was killed on Sunday when he was holding a meeting in the volatile Dasht-e-Archi district. "He was killed with five others in the house," said provincial governor Asadullah Amarkhil.



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'Moana' star gets whipped in head with a flag mid-Oscars performance

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:44:12 -0500

(image) Oh, the perils of live performance. Despite getting whipped in the head with a flag mid-performance, 16-year-old Moana star Auli'i Cravalho performed like a true professional at Sunday's Oscars. Cravalho, who voices the titular Moana, sang "How Far I'll Go," the film's Oscar-nominated song.  SEE ALSO: Oscars 2017: Full winners list Behind her, a group of background dancers waved large swaths of blue fabric, one of which caught her in the head mid song.  Whoops #Oscars pic.twitter.com/dHO9AGKMUx — Mashable (@mashable) February 27, 2017 But don't worry about Cravalho. She took it in stride. How it feels when you lose at the #Oscars pic.twitter.com/lrVSImnxKb — amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) February 27, 2017 look out for that wave #moana #TheOscars pic.twitter.com/XUVumCPY1W — john•lock (@TheJohnLock) February 27, 2017 OMG they just hit Moana in the face with the ocean.... God bless live TV. #Oscars — Dixie Roberts (@dixieinnewyork) February 27, 2017 And then Moana got hit in the head on the #oscars. — Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) February 27, 2017 Auli'i Cravalho got hit in the head while singing at the #Oscars & still killed it. I, on the other hand, am still in PJs at 6:20pm #Moana — Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams) February 27, 2017 BONUS: There's a very good reason stars wore blue ribbons at the Oscars



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All eyes on Trump for landmark address to Congress

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:39:23 -0500

(image) Donald Trump will have a chance to breathe new momentum into his month-old presidency in an address to Congress Tuesday night, but he will need to strike the right tone -- far from his score-settling tweets at foes of all stripes. For his maiden address to the American body politic -- the House of Representatives and Senate but also his own cabinet and the assembled Supreme Court justices -- the Republican leader will lay out his legislative priorities in a setting a far cry from the charged-up rallies of which he is so fond. After the dark pitch of Trump's inauguration speech on January 20, the virulence of his attacks on the media and his disconcerting first solo press conference earlier this month, the tenor of the president's speech to millions of Americans will be closely watched.



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