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Fed's Barkin sees risk the U.S. could talk itself into a recession; no sign of it yet

Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin on Tuesday said there was a risk the United States could talk itself into a recession but added he saw no sign of this happening yet.
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While you weren't looking the trade war with China went completely off the rails
America's trade war with China has lost its way. Instead of pushing for structural change in China's managed economy, the Trump administration is currently negotiating to get US-China trade where it was before the war started. This story is starting to sound like a loop, and it's unclear how the Trump administration will get out of it. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While you weren't looking — perhaps while you were watching impeachment hearings – the trade war with China went completely off the rails and lost its meaning. To understand why you have to understand why the US started a trade war with China started in the first place. It started with a very specific investigation — an investigation into China's theft of US intellectual property (IP) using Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent childrenSee Also:California is attempting a massive labor experiment that could grow into a disaster for millions of workersAmerican farmers have been crushed by Trump's trade war with China. That's about to change.Uber needs to buy Lyft to survive
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A 19-year-old scores so many goals he's starting to sleep with his winning footballs, calls them his 'girlfriends,' and says Manchester United links are 'boring as f---'
Getty Erling Braut Haaland has quickly becoming one of Europe's hottest young talents having scored 27 goals in 18 games for RB Salzburg this season. The 19-year-old, who says he sleeps with his winning footballs and calls them his "girlfriends," has attracted interested from Manchester United, Juventus, and Chelsea.  He says the the rumours are "boring as f---" however, and instead remains focused on improving his own game, which he bases around Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  I have seen many good players, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the biggest one for me," Haaland told TV2. "Someone has to take over from him." Read more of our soccer stories here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. They say actions speak louder than words. At least they do in the case of RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland. "I feel very good," was his understated response to being told he had just become the youngest ever scorer of a first half hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history back in September.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Real Madrid is reportedly considering spending more than half a billion dollars to snatch PSG's 20-year-old French forward Kylian Mbappe away from BarcelonaChelsea FC players have to pay $25,000 every time they're late for training, according to a leaked list of the club's finesThierry Henry says France can win Euro 2020 but warns Cristiano Ronaldo will want to go out on a high in what would be his last international tournamentSEE ALSO: These are the 20 best young soccer players on the planet right now
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Report: Blazers' Neil Olshey Told Carmelo Anthony 'You Need Us, and We Need You'
When Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey and Carmelo Anthony spoke on the phone Thursday morning, ahead of Anthony eventually signing with the team ...
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Bank workers in Lebanon to remain on strike on Monday: union
Bank workers in Lebanon will remain on strike on Monday, the president of the Federation of Syndicates of Bank Employees told broadcaster MTV on Sunday, extending industrial action that has kept banks shut nationwide.
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Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as unrest spreads across Kowloon
Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday and police fired volleys of tear gas and blue liquid from water cannon as unrest spread across the Kowloon peninsula.
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Josh Niland: meet the chef pioneering the ‘nose to tail’ of fish
‘Anything you can do to an animal, you can do to a fish,’ says the Australian chef and author of The Whole Fish CookbookIt’s 9am on a Monday morning in east London, and outside the wind and rain are crashing and bashing. Inside, a 31-year-old Australian chef called Josh Niland paces the floor impatiently waiting for a fish to arrive. He’s not especially picky what kind of fish it is, only that it is an excellent specimen, not much tampered with. But he knows that’s a lot to ask: it’s Monday after all, and the weekend’s storms would have deterred all but the most intrepid boats from going out. So Niland has called in a favour and asked Nathan Outlaw, Britain’s most celebrated fish chef, to source one for him from one of his contacts in Cornwall.Just before 10am, a hefty, elongated package is delivered and Niland unwraps it like a child. His eyes light up: it’s a sea bass, around five kilos in weight. Its scales – its “armour” he calls it – are perfect, even the translucent webbing of the fins is completely intact, and its bright, bulbous eyes seem to follow you around the room. “I don’t think many people in London get a fish like this on Monday,” says Niland. “We don’t get a fish like this on Friday. But when you’re the king of Cornwall…” Continue reading...
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Jets vs. Redskins prediction, line: Bet against Dwayne Haskins
There are no easy games for the Jets, and as Yogi Berra might have said, Sunday at Washington is one of them. The Jets beat the Giants, 34-27, in the Game of the Weak. But even while holding Saquon Barkley to 1 yard rushing to go along with six sacks and Jamal Adams’ pickpocket-six, the...
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Get Black Friday pricing on gaming desks, mice, and more today
Does your computer gear need an upgrade? Don't cross your fingers and wait for Christmas. You can get 15% off the final sale price of all these essential accessories now by using the online code BFSAVE15, including gaming mice and computer desks. Wireless Charging Mouse Pad Talk about a space saver. This high-quality mouse pad doubles as a wireless charger, and even works on phones without a Qi receiver. MSRP: $25.99 Sale Price: $16.99 With Code BFSAVE15: $14.44 Offex Overlord 45" Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk With two USB charging ports, a cable manager and headphone hook, this desk is sure to be command central for all your marathon raids. And yes, it's even got a cup holder. MSRP: $316.00 Sale Price: $239.99 With Code BFSAVE15: $203.99 Quest 45" Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk This slim desk is deceptively durable with a steel frame and scratch-resistant finish. And it's got everything you need to keep organized, including three grounded outlet receptors and twin USB ports. MSRP: $298.00 Sale Price: $219.99 With Code BFSAVE15: $186.99 Azio GM2400 Gaming Mouse This unit is built for speed, with a rubberized grip and onboard buttons that can adjust the DPI settings on the fly. The LED lights allow you to find your triggers easily and add a dash of style to any rig. MSRP: $19.99 Sale Price: $15.00 With Code BFSAVE15: $12.75 Zone 47" Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk This mammoth desk has room for all your gear, and you can save even more space by running all your cables through the power hub. Read the rest
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John le Carré reads from "Agent Running in the Field"
What lies within the heart of a secret agent, and how would he convince others to betray their countries for the benefit of his own? In this web exclusive, author John le Carré reads a passage from his latest novel, "Agent Running in the Field," to elucidate the motives and morals of secretive figures in the intelligence world.
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The strange world of Aldous Harding: ‘I’ve always been driven by fear’
The New Zealander can be an unnerving presence. She’s also one of the most original songwriters around. She talks about Meatloaf, Apocalypse Now… and why her generation is so frightenedLook into Aldous Harding’s eyes. It’s hard not to. To be fixed by her gaze is to be profoundly unnerved. This is a large part of the appeal of this New Zealand musician, whose music is as disquietingly beautiful and unsettling as her image.On stage and in videos, the strangeness of Harding is intensified. Take the video for her new single, Zoo Eyes: she’s dressed like an overpainted clown from a Jodorowsky film. At festivals this summer, she wore burnt-orange workmen’s clothes and a porkpie hat, her eyes twitching, her mouth gurning like a silent film comedian. If felt like watching the deeply peculiar child of Patti Smith and Buster Keaton or a wayward musical niece of Kristin Hersh and PJ Harvey. Continue reading...
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Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits review – protean perspective on family dynamics
Christmas with the Essinger clan proves a pleasure and a chore in this ambitious sequel to A Weekend in New YorkIn Christmas in Austin, novelist Benjamin Markovits rejoins the four Essinger siblings for a yuletide gathering at their parents’ house in Texas. Set two years after we first met the German-American clan (in A Weekend in New York, 2018), resentment and yearning prove hard to hide despite the festivities. Naturally, the novel is glutted with scenes of eating and drinking, but much recent upheaval needs digesting too. Susie is reconsidering an imminent family move to Oxford to support her husband’s career, Nathan is pondering the moral purpose of becoming a federal judge and Jean is worried about introducing her boyfriend (and former boss) whose cancer remission spurred his decision to abandon his family. Yet retired professional tennis player Paul faces the most piquant dilemma because of a recent split from girlfriend Dana (A Weekend in New York centred upon how Paul’s participation in the US Open exacerbated their rift). In the hopes of a reconciliation, matriarch Leisel has also invited Dana and her and Paul’s four-year-old, Cal, but will such a contentious gamble pay off?Divided simply into sections that cover each day of this week-long get-together, the storytelling is a torrent of complicated behavioural minutiae: “This is how the morning wore on – family as information-producing machine… decision-requiring machine… argument-creating machine…” Yet the family drama is surpassed in ambition by the narration itself as it flits from the mind of one character to the next with a quicksilver ease. Continue reading...
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Ranking the Rock’s Greatest WWE Moments 21 Years After 1st World Title Win
November 15 marked the 21st anniversary of The Rock aligning with Vince and Shane McMahon, and winning his first WWE Championship victory over Mankind in the finals of the Deadly Game tournament at the 1998 Survivor Series...
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Kevin Owens Remains One of WWE's Few Fan Favorites Despite Brutal Booking in '19
The raucous reaction Kevin Owens received on Raw in Manchester, England this week was a strong indication of how popular he remains with the WWE faithful despite the brutal booking he's endured for the better part of 2019...
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NCAA Football Rankings 2019: Week 13 College Top 25 Standings Shakeup Prediction
Two potential College Football Playoff contenders fell out of the picture with Week 12 losses. Baylor and Minnesota are expected to drop a few positions in the Week 13 rankings because of defeats to Oklahoma and Iowa, respectively...
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Baron Corbin and 5 WWE Stars Who Don't Get Enough Credit from Fans
Being a public figure is hard in any profession because no matter what you do, there is a good chance half of your audience won't like you for some reason...
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Kathleen Turner, Patty Hearst and Mink Stole will be counselors at Camp John Waters in 2020
Attention John Waters' fans: Tickets for the filthiest weekender on the planet, Camp John Waters in Kent, Connecticut, are about to go on sale. This will be the camp's fourth year and it promises to be even "dirtier, raunchier," and "filthier" than ever. Activities include: A costume contest (judged by the "Pope of Trash" himself); themed dance parties; a film marathon (of Waters' movies, of course); a meet & greet with Waters; Hairspray karaoke, and Bloody Mary bingo. But, wait, there's more. This year's camp counselors are Kathleen Turner, Patty Hearst and Mink Stole — making for a mini-Serial Mom reunion. It's a disgrace that I have not yet made the pilgrimage to this filthy fête for grownups. But friends of mine have been and rave about it. If you want to get your trash on next September (11-14), buy your tickets to Camp John Waters now. They are already on sale and are sure to sell out. Read the rest
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Way-Too-Early WWE Royal Rumble Match Picks Before 2019 Survivor Series
WWE Survivor Series is almost here, which means the 2020 Royal Rumble is just around the corner. Before we know it, all the Superstars on Raw and SmackDown will be vying for the ...
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Dear Care and Feeding: I Can’t Bear for My Husband to Ever Yell at Our Child. About Anything. Is That Unreasonable?
Parenting advice on losing your temper, lying to your kids, and social media.
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The 9 Best Gifts for the PC Gamer in Your Life
It's dangerous to go alone! Take these. They're our favorite headsets, keyboards, and other PC gaming gear for the holidays.
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A beloved video game studio outsold some of October's biggest releases with its first game since being acquired by Microsoft
"The Outer Worlds"/Obsidian Entertainment October is usually one of the biggest months of the year for new video game releases, and this year a new release from a beloved studio took the spotlight. A newly launched game, Obsidian Entertainment's "The Outer Worlds" was the second best-selling game of the month. "The Outer Worlds" is Obsidian's first game since being acquired by Microsoft in November 2018. As an independent studio, Obsidian was beloved for games like "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords." The Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the hardware market as consumers wait for the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. October is usually one of the biggest months of the year for new video game releases as eager publishers look to get their best games out on the shelves for the holiday season. But with multiple studios prepping for the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Project Scarlett next year, a bunch of blockbuster titles are waiting until 2020 to launch. That's left room for some lesser known games to take the spotlight, like Obsidian Entertainment's "The Outer Worlds." "The Outer Worlds" was the second-best selling game of October, according to data from the NPD Group. It was surpassed only by "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," the latest entry into the perennial best-selling franchise. "The Outer Worlds" is Obsidian's first game since being acquired by Microsoft in November 2018. As an independent studio, Obsidian was beloved for games like "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords." "The Outer Worlds" is a single-player shooting game with role playing mechanics that let players alter the story. "The Outer Worlds" was included in Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass when it was released on October 25th, but that didn't stop people from buying the game outright. Despite being made by a Microsoft subsidiary, "The Outer Worlds" is also available on PlayStation 4, and is coming to Nintendo Switch next year. In comparison to last year, video game sales in October were down 34 percent, according to the NPD Group. However, October 2018 featured some of the biggest hits of the decade, including"Red Dead Redemption 2,"Marvel's Spider-Man," and yet another "Call of Duty." Nintendo's big exclusive release of October, "Luigi's Mansion 3," earned the third spot on the sales chart with a solid debut, while the company's new exercise game "Ring Fit Adventure" was the 10th best-selling game of the month. "Madden 20," "NBA 2K20," and "FIFA 20" all made it onto the charts as the fall sports season hits a stride. Though it's made it into the top 10 in two consecutive months, Ubisoft's "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint" appears to be a bit of a sale disappointment. The military survival game has been criticized for being too similar to "Tom Clancy's The Division 2," another Ubisoft game released earlier this year. The Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the hardware market as consumers wait for the next PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The new Nintendo Switch Lite helped push the console over the 40 million mark in lifetime sales in October. These were the top 10 best-selling games of October: 10. "Ring Fit Adventure" (Nintendo) Nintendo "Borderlands 3" (Take 2 Interactive) "Borderlands 3"/Gearbox Software 8. "FIFA 20"/Electronic Arts "FIFA 20"/Electronic Arts See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Everything we know about 'Pokémon Sword and Shield,' the newly released Pokémon games for Nintendo SwitchEvery new Pokémon in the newly released 'Pokémon Sword and Shield' that we already know about, from Alcremie to Mr. RimeEA just delivered the best 'Star Wars' game in a decade, and it's a clear response to critics of 'Star Wars Battlefront 2'SEE ALSO: Everything we know about 'Pokémon Sword and Shield,' the newly released Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch
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How The Crown, and Its Clothes, Transform Power
One of the most telling scenes in the new season of Netflix’s The Crown comes midway through the first episode, when Queen Elizabeth (now played by Olivia Colman) is preparing for a funeral. As the various factions of Britain’s armed forces line up in military formation by Buckingham Palace, the queen’s dresser readies the sovereign, clasping her signature three-strand pearl necklace, placing a black pillbox hat reverently on her head, and brushing any unconstitutional specks of dust off the shoulders of her wool coat. Outside, men in uniforms fire ceremonial cannons and pull a flag-covered coffin through silent streets. Inside, a woman puts on her own armor.In its first two seasons, The Crown felt like a study of a woman abruptly given power she’d never had reason to expect, or to prepare for. The younger Elizabeth II was played by Claire Foy, an actor who nimbly portrayed her character’s endearing girlishness in early episodes, her disorientation at having greatness thrust upon her, and her growing competence and composure as head of state and sovereign of the realm. I wrote in 2017 that The Crown often felt like a superhero story, with its central character trying to come to terms with the widening chasm between her desires as a person and her role as a monarch. And, like any superhero, the Queen relies heavily on costume to delineate her two identities.Clothes, in The Crown, have always been part of the aesthetic pleasure the show provides viewers—a crucial element of the absurd spectacle that is royalist Britain, with its fairytale carriages and gilded rooms, its Sèvres porcelain and Harris tweed. And yet, watching Season 3, I’ve come to appreciate more than ever how the series uses clothing to explore and subvert ideas about power, and what it looks like when a woman wields it. Typically when women gain access to a man’s world in popular culture they dress the part, adopting masculine tailoring and fabrics: Think Tess McGill’s gray herringbone suit and heavy shoulder pads. The Queen is different. Her gender, and her femininity, are intrinsic to the way she governs.netflixThe Crown’s costume designer, Jane Petrie, uses clothing to offer glimpses of insight into a character who, in Season 3, is becoming more and more unknowable. The first episode opens on the Queen sitting by a window, but it takes two and a half minutes before the camera gives a clear shot of her face. Instead, we see the symbols that have come to stand for her: a crown atop a head of regimented curls, the gates of Buckingham Palace flanked by two Welsh Guards, a pair of corgis striding across an ornately carpeted room. When Colman’s Queen finally comes into focus, she’s surrounded by a phalanx of men in dark suits. She, by contrast, wears a lilac dress with a love knot detail over her breastbone, high-heeled black shoes, and pale stockings with seams running down toward her heels. Her authority is such that the men around her bend slightly backward when she enters the room, as if to surrender even the airspace to the head of state.In reality, as in the show, the Queen’s deployment of pastel colors and pearls isn’t just a matter of personal taste. Since her coronation in 1953, when the Queen requested that her gown for the event be embroidered with symbols from countries in the British commonwealth—English roses, Canadian maple leaves, Scottish thistle—every outfit she’s worn has been worn with intention. Clothing, for the Queen, is much more about diplomacy and visibility than style. In her recent book Our Rainbow Queen: A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Her Colorful Wardrobe, the writer Sali Hughes investigates some of the subtext of the Queen’s wardrobe, revealing that the monarch never matches her color palette to any country’s flag to avoid accusations of partiality. And her penchant for bright colors, Hughes argues, isn’t about the monarch’s own preference: It’s to ensure that the people who’ve waited several hours will be better able to see her.netflixWhat The Crown suggests, though, is that the Queen also uses the clothes she wears to underscore her own authority. Season 3 is set in the 1960s and ’70s, capturing the period between the Queen’s 40th birthday and her Silver Jubilee in 1977—when she was no longer a young woman but still habitually the only woman in most official situations. Like Foy’s character before her, Colman’s Queen wears comfier clothes when she’s off-duty or at leisure: printed blouses, cashmere sweaters, Hèrmes scarves knotted over her shoulders. When she goes to the races, in her function as a breeder of horses, she cheerfully wears garish floral prints and hats covered in tiny petals. But in meetings with the prime minister, or when she’s obliged to dress down someone who’s stepped out of line, the Queen wears plain linen suits in darker colors. The outfit she wears to scold the statesman Louis Mountbatten (Charles Dance) recalls the military-green suit Claire Foy wore in Season 2 to deride the four prime ministers she’s outlasted as “a confederacy of elected quitters.” (Foy’s outfit was accessorized with a pillbox hat, a diamond brooch, and a defiant—even disdainful—tilt to the chin.)In 2019, what’s most striking to me about watching these moments is how unabashed the Queen is about not only the power she has, but also the duty she has to exercise it. In the first two seasons of The Crown, she’s derisively nicknamed “Shirley Temple” by her uncle (the former King Edward VIII) and condescended to by prime ministers, all of whom are obligated by tradition to visit her whenever she asks them to. But in Season 3, after Mountbatten’s sister jokingly observes that she would’ve loved to have seen “the little girl admonishing the grand old admiral of the fleet,” Mountbatten can’t bring himself to join in the mockery. The woman who’s chided him commands his respect;her presence offers him no other alternative. After almost two decades on the throne, the Queen doesn’t just have comfort in the role she’s playing; she’s also certain that she’s the only one who can inhabit it.To see a woman exercise this kind of authority over men onscreen is fascinating to watch. Colman, an indubitably brilliant actor, brings more of herself to the part than Foy did, but she’s able to capture the markedly divergent aspects of a woman who’s a wife, a mother, and a monarch in a long line of failures. Toward the end of the season, the Queen goes to visit the Duke of Windsor (Derek Jacobi), the uncle whose abdication made her father king. Although he’s on his deathbed, when the Duke hears of her arrival, he struggles to get dressed, mounting a herculean effort to put on a tweed jacket and knot his tie. It would be too great a final indignity, Jacobi makes clear, to greet the Queen in pajamas. Even at the end of his life, the duke is determined to meet her as her equal, in the clothes that signal the king he used to be, and emulate the power the Queen has long since assumed for herself.
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The real history behind 'The Crown' Season 3's biggest moments
The Crown is back and god save the queen. Season 3 of Netflix's dramatization of decades of royal drama is out, and — as is the custom with many period dramas — there's a lot in there that's true and a lot that is somewhat less than true.  Some of the seasons biggest moments are ripped straight from headlines and history books, but since real life is sometimes less coherent than TV it's forgivable that The Crown would bend time, space, and occasionally the truth in the name of making better entertainment. Here's a fact check on Season 3's most remarkable plotlines. Read more... Episode 1, "Olding": Was the Queen's personal art historian Anthony Blunt a Soviet spy?More about The Crown, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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'SNL' turns impeachment into the soap opera it's always been (with Jon Hamm)
In the two weeks since Saturday Night Live last aired, there's been only one political circus on pretty much no one's mind, at least according to NBC News. So the latest episode of the sketch comedy spiced things up by giving impeachment the soap opera treatment. Jon Hamm pops up to help, lending his roguish good looks and natural charm to the role of cooperating witness Bill Taylor. He's joined by former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (Cecily Strong), star of the past week's proceedings. Also, an addled Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), disgraced Trump foe Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson), and suspended NFL player Myles Garrett (Kenan Thompson) for some reason. Read more...More about Saturday Night Live, Impeachment, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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Fire, rocks and teargas fly in day of battle at Hong Kong university
Unrest continues to escalate as protesters fight police from barricaded campusRiot police and protesters waged a day-long battle at a university in Hong Kong on Sunday, as police fired teargas and a water cannon at protesters shooting molotov cocktails, arrows and rocks from the barricaded campus.After overnight clashes outside Polytechnic University, which demonstrators have taken over since last week, confrontations resumed on Sunday morning when protesters were seen throwing bricks at residents trying to clear a blockaded road. Continue reading...
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Opinion: What Rudy and the 'Three Amigos' were up to
It was a powerful television moment: the ex-US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, listening to a snippet from a rough transcript of President Donald Trump -- the man who ousted her -- predicting to a foreign leader, "She's going to go through some things."
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What Rudy and 'Three Amigos' were up to
Democrats started to make their case for impeachment last week, with ousted Ambassador Marie Yovanovich as a powerful witness, and commentators were quick to weigh in on a "highly irregular" channel of diplomacy
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France's Le Maire favors car industry professional as next Renault CEO
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that the search for a new CEO for Renault was still on and that he favored selecting a professional from the automobile sector.
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Neymar Returning to Barcelona 'Will Always Be an Option,' Says Eric Abidal
Barcelona director Eric Abidal hasn't closed the door on a return of star forward Neymar, saying his knowledge of the club philosophy means he'll always be an option...
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Karim Benzema, French Federation President Spar over International Future
Karim Benzema and French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet have clashed over the forward's international future, with the former asking for his release so he can play for another team...
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Video: Watch Kenan Thompson Spoof Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph Fight on SNL
Myles Garrett got the Saturday Night Live treatment. In the show's cold open—a soap opera-style spoof of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump—Kenan ...
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25 times Trump was soft on Russia
President Donald Trump has an Achilles' heel when it comes to Russia.
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Saudi Aramco valuation falls below $2tn target
World’s most profitable company names IPO share price bracket, valuing itself at up to $1.7tn The value of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant has fallen below the $2tn target set by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a tepid response from international investors to its stock market flotation.Saudi Aramco will sell up to 1.5% of the world’s most profitable company at between 30 riyal and 32 riyal a share (around 600-610p per share) through its market debut, it announced on Sunday. This would value the company at between $1.6tn and $1.7tn. Continue reading...
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Bolton blaze: housing and fire chiefs hit out over ‘cladding lottery’
Calls for overhaul of safety rules after fire spreads rapidly at student accommodationHousing and fire chiefs have criticised the government over a “cladding lottery” and called for an overhaul in UK fire safety regulations after a fire at student flats in Bolton spread “extremely rapidly”.An investigation has been launched after more than 200 students were evacuated when what initially appeared to be a small fire ripped through the upper part of the town-centre six-storey building, which is cladded in high-pressure laminate (HPL) material, “within minutes”. Continue reading...
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Misty-eyed ‘heritage’ shows like The Crown only feed a Brexit narrative | Callum Alexander Scott
These shows too often distort history and romanticise a glorious Britain pastIt has been nearly two years since Gary Oldman won an Oscar for his performance in Darkest Hour. As one of the few working-class British actors making a living in Hollywood, Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill – an eccentric English aristocrat – was worthy of the praise it received. However, it should not be forgotten that the film contained a number of historical fabrications and uncritically glorified a man who, if alive today, would almost certainly be reviled for his racist views. Nonetheless, the film was met with international acclaim, with reports of standing ovations in cinemas and an outpouring of Churchill-worship across the media. As film critic Mark Kermode said, Darkest Hour is the film that Britons are “not allowed to dislike” for fear of seeming unpatriotic.The problem is that the most successful films and television shows present a distorted image of the country Continue reading...
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I took trains all the way from Istanbul to London, and eastern and western Europe felt like different worlds
Ben Mack / Insider The Cold War ended about 30 years ago — but many of the differences between eastern and western Europe remain. I witnessed many of them firsthand during a recent eight-day journey by train across Europe, from Istanbul to London. Some of the differences were obvious, like eastern European train stations usually seeming less busy, and things generally being less expensive. However, there were also a striking number of similarities, like friendly, helpful people everywhere I went. With many eastern European countries now part of the EU, it seems likely things will only become more similar. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Iron Curtain came down a long time ago — a good three decades, for those who are counting (November 9 was the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall).  Yet while roughly half of the world's population had not even been born when it happened, many of the stark differences between western and eastern Europe that emerged during the Cold War remain — even though many former Soviet bloc nations have been members of the European Union for several years now.  This observation surprised me on a recent trip in which I traveled across Europe — from Istanbul to London — by train. Here are some of the biggest differences I noticed.It may be easy to travel across Europe today, but 30 years ago it wasn't so simple, because of the Cold War. Ben Mack / Insider While the Berlin Wall is the most infamous example, there were barriers all across Europe that prevented people from going from east to west, and vice-versa. This was described by former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who said in a 1946 speech: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." In the coming decades, the term "iron curtain" would become synonymous with Europe's separation. Today, however, things have changed. The Berlin Wall is even a tourist attraction. Ben Mack / Insider No longer the symbol of separation and sorrow that it once was, the Berlin Wall is today a major tourist attraction (and has now been down longer than it stood). It's something many people might have thought almost inconceivable three decades ago — just like how many people might have never thought former communist nations and republics of the Soviet Union would become members of the European Union, like many (such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) now are, and transform into popular tourist destinations. Yet as soon as I began my journey from Istanbul to London, I could already tell there were still major differences. Ben Mack / Insider I'd lived in Sweden and Germany for several years before and spent a fair bit of time traveling throughout western European nations, so I knew what homes and buildings there often looked like. The buildings I saw in Bulgaria — particularly in the villages I saw from the Balkan Express train I was traveling on to the capital of Sofia a few days exploring Istanbul — were not anything like Germany or Scandinavia at all. Many of them seemed to be in poor condition, with rotting roofs or crumbling walls, if they looked inhabited at all. Still others had large amounts of trash lying around them — again, something I didn't often see in Germany, or especially in Sweden. Part of this simply comes down to economics: while the average person in Sweden and Germany makes $53,442 and $44,470 per year respectively, according to the World Bank, the average Bulgarian takes home only about $8,032 per year — about six times less. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:19 gift ideas that won't kill the environmentHuman-like monkeys, jumping bunnies, and teeth-baring lions all feature in this year's most striking nature photosThis village of tiny houses in the Arctic is actually a hotel — and it's about as far away from other humans as you can get
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