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Former Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau dies at 99: report

Robert M. Morgenthau, who crusaded against both petty crooks and corporate greed, died on Sunday, a report said. He was 99 years old. Morgenthau, the city’s longest serving district attorney, died at Lenox Hill Hospital after a short illness, his wife told The New York Times He was Manhattan’s district attorney from 1975 to 2009....
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'Start Here': Hill's warning about Russia in testimony and Netanyahu's indictment
It's Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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Was same-sex behavior hardwired in animals from the beginning?
Evolutionary scientists have been thinking about same-sex sexual behavior all wrong.
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Inside TikTok: The Challenges of Chinese Ownership
The app’s growing popularity in the U.S. has lawmakers worried about Beijing’s influence.
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Japan's Abe says South Korea made strategic choice in keeping intelligence-sharing pact
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said South Korea made a strategic choice in deciding to stick with an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan that it had earlier said it would withdraw from amid a spat over history and trade.
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This is the best time to invest in a Kindle Paperwhite
TL;DR: The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for £84.99 on Amazon, saving you 29% on list price. The Amazon Black Friday Sale has begun with a flurry of deals on pretty much everything, but it's the offers on Amazon's own devices that have stolen the show. You can save on Fire Sticks, Fire tablets, Echo Dots, and more in the sale, with big discounts across the board. You can even pick up subscription services like Audible at reduced rates. It's a wonderful time to be a shopper. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: The best Amazon deals in the UK One of the very best deals from this pool of impressive offers is the discounted Kindle Paperwhite. You can now pick up this device for just £84.99 on Amazon, and save 29% on list price. This sort of discount doesn't come around very often, so this is probably your best chance to pick up a bargain this year. Read more...More about Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Kindle Paperwhite, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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Will Ferrell plays a whispering game with Jimmy Fallon and it gets very intense, very fast
Jimmy Fallon's "Whisper Challenge" usually involves some silly phrases and a bit of light-hearted lip-reading. Not when Will Ferrell's playing, though. The minute he's involved, things take a significantly darker turn. In the clip above, Ferrell is supposed to be mouthing the phrases "Baby Yoda" and "Rum Tum Tugger" to Fallon — but instead he confesses his secret love of shoplifting, and tries to recruit Fallon into his brand new cult. Read more... More about The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Entertainment, and Talk Show
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Graham Norton to host 2020 Baftas ceremony
The chatshow star will emcee next February’s ceremony following a widely panned two-year run by Joanna LumleyGraham Norton will host next year’s Baftas ceremony, taking over the role from Joanna Lumley, who hosted for two years following the departure of longtime emcee Stephen Fry.Norton, 56, is best known as the host of the UK’s leading late-night chatshow, broadcast on Friday nights, which regularly features a starry lineup of guests. He hosted the TV Baftas 15 years ago, but this will be his first appearance introducing the film awards. Continue reading...
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Why fashion 'It Girl' Garance Doré quit fashion week
In 2006, I was working as an illustrator and booking very few jobs. In a last-ditch attempt to do something with my life, I started a blog and posted my illustrations online.
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Global shares inch up, but trade worries linger
Global stocks inched up on Friday, lifted by China's renewed offer to work out a trade pact with Washington, but gains were limited by uncertainty over how the 16-month-old trade war plays out and how much it may undermine the world economy.
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Google employees protest suspension of two activist colleagues
Google has found itself in yet another problematic situation with its own employees — from its board of directors at Alphabet launching an investigation into how the tech giant deals with sexual assault claims two weeks ago to at least 45 of its workers reporting abuse and harassment in an open letter two months ago. Now, Googlers are planning a protest today outside its HQ offices in San Francisco over the suspension of two activist employees who were put on leave for — what some employees are arguing — speaking out against the company.  Earlier this month, Bloomberg first reported… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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No truce in Mediaset, Vivendi battle ahead of court hearing -sources
Italian broadcaster Mediaset and its No. 2 investor Vivendi have not yet reached an agreement to end years of legal fighting ahead of a court hearing on Friday, two sources close to the matter said.
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Spotify is hosting its own awards show
Spotify has announced that it will host its own awards show, called the Spotify Awards, that will provide "a true reflection of what fans are listening to," the company wrote. The event will be broadcast live on Turner Latin America from Mexico City,...
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Professor keeps job despite "racist, sexist, and homophobic" posts
Indiana University says it can't fire Eric Rasmusen because Constitution protects him; school has been deluged with demands that he be let go
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At Last Minute, South Korea Holds Off on Leaving Intelligence Pact With Japan
The United States had pushed the two nations to remain in the agreement, which helps gather intelligence on North Korea’s missile activity.
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Tapas Revolution, Westfield Stratford, London E20: ‘Is this punishment for Brexit?’ – restaurant review | Grace Dent
There are great ideas and good intent hiding somewhere in this growing chain, but in the rush to expand, flavour and care have taken a hitThe assertively titled Tapas Revolution in Westfield Stratford suggests that some sort of military junta is afoot, determined to make us enjoy jamón serrano while sitting just south of Uniqlo’s gilet section. Full disclosure: I do not need martial law to make me enjoy shopping-centre food. I eat a lot in what the kids are calling malls. I’m in there frequently, mooching, running errands and generally hiding from life.It is, of course, fashionable to express dismay about any time spent inside these neon-lit retail kingdoms, and about their food offerings in particular. Nevertheless, as Christmas approaches, be sure that you will at some point find yourself in a multi-storey car park gridlock while heading to the festive stampede for Victoria’s Secret’s two-for-one gift thongs, which is when the likes of massaman curry at Rosa’s Thai will suddenly feel like refuge. As will the weeping tiger jay tofu at Busaba, or even just a pleasant scone in the Waitrose cafe while observing jabby-elbowed cardholders rinsing the free coffees. Continue reading...
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It’s not thanks to capitalism that we’re living longer, but progressive politics | Jason Hickel
Ignore the usual fairytale. Democracy, unions, healthcare and education: these are the forces that matterIn recent years prominent pundits including Steven Pinker, Jordan Peterson and Bill Gates have invoked the progress in global life expectancies to defend capitalism against a growing tide of critics.Certainly there’s a lot to celebrate on this front. After all, average human life expectancy has improved a great deal. “Intellectuals are apt to do a spit take when they read a defense of capitalism,” Pinker writes in his recent book, Enlightenment Now. But it’s “obvious,” he claims, that “GDP per capita correlates with longevity, health, and nutrition.” Continue reading...
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Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dance review – a sublime final statement
(Columbia) This posthumous album finds the poet and singer on reflective, insightful, deadpan form, ‘settling accounts of the soul’After finishing You Want It Darker, which was released just 19 days before his death in 2016, aged 82, Leonard Cohen still wanted to add to his tower of song. Thus, he kept on writing and recording as life ebbed away, and the result is this beautiful posthumous collection. His songwriter son Adam has assembled a stellar cast of musicians, such as Daniel Lanois, Jennifer Warnes and Spanish guitarist Javier Mas, to do justice to the unfinished home recordings. However, the sparse, sublime instrumentation never takes the focus away from Cohen’s inimitable voice, which is lush, deadpan, warm and poetic, with a hint of frailty adding to the sense of a final statement. Continue reading...
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin price decline accelerates’ :(
Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Jane Didion used to say: There’s only one way to go from here! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, November 21 2019, at a price of $7,642. That’s a notable 4.74 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$380.89. It was the lowest closing price in twenty-seven days. We’re still 61 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Mr. Rogers' message of kindness is needed more than ever
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" brings the beloved children's television icon back into the spotlight in an era in which kindness is at a premium.
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Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman is extreme whitewashing, but not uncommon
The movie industry often hops on the diversity train when it becomes profitable. And then it just as quickly hops back off again.
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Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann Says 'I Don't Know How to Dribble'
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has said he does not know how to dribble. Speaking at a Puma event, the Frenchman explained that he prefers to take a few touches rather than ...
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Battling slowing sales, insurer AIA hires new CEO from rival Ping An
Asia-focussed insurer AIA Group Ltd on Friday named a senior executive at Chinese rival Ping An Insurance Group Co as its chief executive officer to replace company veteran Ng Keng Hooi.
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Musk unveils 'bulletproof' electric Tesla truck, but window cracks
A sledgehammer swung at the door had no effect, but when a metal sphere was hurled against the window, it shattered. "Room for improvement," Musk joked.
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Tesla's Cybertruck launch went off the rails when its 'armor glass' windows were easily smashed in a live test
Tesla The launch of Tesla's new Cybertruck hit a speedbump on Thursday when its "armor glass" windows got smashed during a demo. CEO Elon Musk unveiled the $39,900 truck in Los Angeles and got lead designer Franz von Holzhausen to test the windows with a metal ball. Von Holzhausen threw the ball and smashed both the front and read side windows with ease. Musk reacted: "Oh my f-----g God. Well, maybe that was a little too hard." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Tesla's new Cybertruck launch didn't go quite as smoothly as expected after its "armor glass" windows got smashed during a live test. CEO Elon Musk unveiled the $39,900 truck in Los Angeles on Thursday, and got lead designer Franz von Holzhausen to test the left-side windows by throwing a silver metal ball at them.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:Tesla is about to unveil its pickup truck — here's everything you need to knowElon Musk and YouTuber Casey Neistat bonded over a Tesla engineer's massive 'selfie stick' extender poleThe president of Elon Musk's Boring Company has a whimsical resume, including owning a bar called 'Thomas Foolery' and a yogurt shop he sold for $1
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Sportsmen commit upper lips to charity
November is traditionally known for turkey on Thanksgiving and fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night. It is now also known for mustaches.
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PSA: Twitter finally ditches SMS for two-factor authentication
Twitter has finally done the impossible: it’s allowing users to enroll for its two-factor authentication (2FA) program without requiring a phone number. What’s more, it’s also providing an option to disable SMS-based 2FA, which is known to be flawed and insecure. The decoupling comes in the wake of revelations that the social blogging platform “accidentally” targeted ads at some users by way of their email addresses and phone numbers, which they provided only for account security purposes. Twitter admitted it didn’t know exactly how many were impacted by the inadvertent error, but said the issue was fixed as of September. To setup… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
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KKR reaches halfway in $3 billion Asia infrastructure fundraising: source
Global private equity group KKR & Co has raised $1.5 billion for its first Asia-focused infrastructure fund, roughly half the total targeted, one person with direct knowledge said. KKR began to target Asia's infrastructure sector with a series of hires beginning about a year ago and launched its fundraising in 2019.
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Zimbabwe's Meikles Hotel snapped up for $20 million
Dubai-based Albwardy Investments said on Friday it would buy and upgrade Zimbabwe's Meikles Hotel. Emer McCarthy reports.
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Premier League news and buildup to Euro 2020 play-off draw – live!
West Ham v Tottenham and Man City v Chelsea buildupPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Scott your thoughts or comment below the line 9.22am GMT It’s early. Still feeling sleepy-eyed? Why not take a nap at your desk? Go on, your boss won’t mind. Tell her you’re taking your lead from other high-status individuals such as Jose Mourinho, who also like to kip on the job. He’s been snoozing at the Lodge, you see, the luxury facility at the Tottenham Hotspur training ground. “If you are trying to find a six-star hotel you couldn’t find better than here,” he says. “Great bed, you sleep in the middle of five or six huge soft pillows, expensive duvet. Absolutely amazing.” The Lowry in Manchester has nothing on this. He’s also been banging on about Spurs-themed pyjamas, for some reason. Poor man must be knackered. 9.10am GMT Where else to start but here? So many questions. Can Wilfried Zaha prosper against depleted leaders Liverpool? Will Teemu Pukki prosper at Goodison Park? Is there any chance of Chelsea upsetting Manchester City? All this and more. Clickity click, be about your business. And enjoy! Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Continue reading...
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Latest NHS maternity scandal is product of toxic 'can't happen here' mentality | Richard Vize
How many more babies must die before NHS managers finally tackle unsafe, disrespectful, life-wrecking services? The NHS’s worst maternity scandal raises fundamental questions about the culture and safety of our health service.The Independent has revealed that an inquiry into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital NHS trust has uncovered dozens of avoidable deaths and more than 50 babies suffering permanent brain damage over the past 40 years. Continue reading...
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Amnesty International Says the Smog Choking Lahore Is Putting Every Resident’s Health at Risk
Pakistan's second-largest city has not had a single day of healthy air this year
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OneCoin lawyer found guilty in $4B cryptocurrency scam
Mark Scott, the lawyer who made $50 million by routing $400 million on behalf of the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, has been found guilty of money laundering and fraud, and is facing a 50-year prison sentence. Scott’s lawyers said he was not aware that OneCoin’s cryptocurrency was worthless, adding that he was simply doing what Dr Ruja Ignatova, co-founder of the Bulgaria-based scam, asked him to do. A federal jury in Manhattan, however, rejected those claims following a three-week trial. “Mark S. Scott, an equity partner at a prominent international law firm, used his specialized knowledge as an experienced corporate lawyer to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Light pollution is key 'bringer of insect apocalypse'
Exclusive: scientists say bug deaths can be cut by switching off unnecessary lightsLight pollution is a significant but overlooked driver of the rapid decline of insect populations, according to the most comprehensive review of the scientific evidence to date.Artificial light at night can affect every aspect of insects’ lives, the researchers said, from luring moths to their deaths around bulbs, to spotlighting insect prey for rats and toads, to obscuring the mating signals of fireflies. Continue reading...
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Athletes and the Movember charity
It's the time of year when men around the world commit their upper lips to help make a positive change, including athletes: Movember.
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AT&T is bringing 5G to tens of millions of customers in the coming weeks
AT&T is scheduled to fully launch its 5G network in the U.S. in 2020, but the company is speeding things a bit by bringing 5G to "tens of millions" of customers in the coming weeks.  This will include areas like Indianapolis, Pittsburg, Providence, R.I., Rochester, N.Y., San Diego, Boston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New York City, San Francisco, Birmingham, Ala., Bridgeport, Conn., Buffalo, N.Y., Louisville, Ky., and San Jose, Calif, the company announced Friday.  Image: AT&T AT&T will also open pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on Nov. 25, one of the handful of phones that supports 5G at this point, starting at $43.34 per month on a 30-month installment plan. To get the 5G speeds, though, you'll have to sign up for either Unlimited Elite or Unlimited Extra plan (current users of these plans will get 5G access for no extra cost when it launches.) Read more...More about Att, 5g, 5g Networks, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
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China's Xi: Should strengthen communication with U.S. to avoid misjudgment - Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that Beijing and Washington should strengthen communication on strategic issues in order to avoid misjudgment and misunderstanding, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.
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Why the River Plate vs. Flamengo Copa Libertadores Final Is as Big as It Gets
In terms of South American football, it doesn't get any bigger than the pairing for this year's Copa Libertadores final: River Plate vs. Flamengo, Argentina vs. Brazil. No team has won as many Argentinian league titles as River Plate...
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South African Airways signs wage deal with non-striking union
South African Airways (SAA) signed a deal on Friday with a union not involved in a strike that has crippled the heavily indebted carrier, giving its members a 5.9% pay rise backdated to April.
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Beck: Hyperspace review – Pharrell collaboration never achieves lift-off
(Capitol) In what would have seemed a dream teaming early last decade, Pharrell Williams helped produce Beck’s occasionally lovely but unambitious 14th albumA few years ago, I asked Peter Buck what he missed about being in REM. “Being young and in the centre of my culture,” he replied. It’s a remark that came to mind when listening to the 14th studio album by Beck, seven of whose 11 tracks were co-produced and co-written by Pharrell Williams. This would have sounded like the most exciting collision of talents some time early in the last decade, the very definition of cultural centrality, but now makes one think: well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, wasn’t it? Continue reading...
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There are no votes in prisons – literally. So the system is left to rot | Francisco Garcia
If those behind bars had a stake in the democratic process, politicians would have to listen to their concernsAt the end of 2018, I interviewed the prominent QC and defence barrister William Clegg about his recently released memoir. He spent much of the conversation excoriating the state of the British justice system: things, he said, were worse than they ever had been. Courts were closing because of cuts, legal aid had been obliterated, prisons were in crisis, and the Ministry of Justice budget had been slashed by 40% since 2010 – a rate that many in the legal profession have flagged as far deeper than those suffered by other Whitehall departments.Why had this been allowed – or promoted – by those in power? His answer was clear enough: there are no votes in prisoners. Continue reading...
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Plagued By Fire by Paul Hendrickson – Frank Lloyd Wright, a life of disaster and disarray
Lawless love, brutal murder and extraordinary buildings in an overheated biography of the American architectFrank Lloyd Wright is revered as the father of an indigenous US architecture; the man who gave his country the houses, offices, galleries and churches that reflected its landscape and values. But what is hard to credit is not his gift for redefining traditional architectural forms but his sheer fecundity. Born in 1867, he died in 1959 after a career of some 72 years. During those seven decades he conceived 1,000 buildings, of which more than 400 were built. Indeed, he built in three different centuries: a handful of his designs have been constructed since the millennium. Earlier this year, a selection of eight of his buildings were jointly declared a Unesco world heritage site.Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility Continue reading...
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'My duty as a black man': the artist preserving gazebo where police killed Tamir Rice
Visual artist Theaster Gates collects neglected black cultural objects in the hopes of preserving and displaying complicated history of race in AmericaThree years ago, Chicago visual artist Theaster Gates acquired the gazebo 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed under by a police officer. The object, which Gates describes as “sacred”, has become the centerpiece of a garden, flowers blooming around the site of pain and tragedy. Gates is quick to say he does not want the gazebo. That it belongs in Cleveland, Ohio, where Tamir lived and died. But the city was set on removing the object – now symbolic of the scores of young, unarmed black men killed by our police force – from Cleveland’s Cudell Recreation Center.“Caring for this gazebo felt like my duty as a black man,” Gates said. “But it should not be in Chicago. It’s in Chicago, in some ways, because of the anxiety that mounts when bad things happen [somewhere].” Continue reading...
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Hill, Holmes impeachment hearing: Experts vs. crackpots on Trump, Russia and Ukraine
The Ukraine situation could erupt into World War III, but Trump and Republicans don't care. They are in it for themselves and doing Russia's bidding.       
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UAE in weapons making push as allies restrict sales
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is making a push to develop high-tech military hardware that would give it control over critical defense capabilities and lessen reliance on imports.
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Marcelo Says Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Still 'Have to Prove Things' at Real Madrid
Real Madrid defender Marcelo has said Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes are aware they still have to prove themselves at the club...
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South Korea suspends notice to Japan on ending intelligence pact: report
South Korea has suspended the effectiveness of its notice given to Japan on terminating an intelligence sharing agreement, Yonhap news reported on Friday quoting an unnamed key ruling party official.
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Stephen Colbert has a brutal 'Game of Thrones' analogy for the impeachment hearings
What is dead may never die. That phrase may apply to the residents of the Iron Islands, but apparently it also applies to Game of Thrones analogies. On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert kicked off his latest monologue on the impeachment hearings with a montage of TV hosts talking about how the whole thing had become too confusing. That logic didn't hold water with The Late Show host, though. "Are you seriously claiming that it's not easy for Americans to follows sagas with a lot of characters?" Colbert asks in the clip above. "Have you heard of Game of Thrones? For Pete's sake! It was pretty popular!" Read more...More about Game Of Thrones, Stephen Colbert, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Impeachment, and Entertainment
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