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Judge Blocks Scheduled Executions of Federal Death Row Inmates
The decision essentially stymies the Trump administration’s plan to resume the use of the death penalty.
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My Hometown: exploring Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey roots
Asbury Park may be more closely associated with the star but a new exhibition in Freehold – the town where the Boss grew up – tells an earlier tale, along with 250 years of American historyDarkness on the Edge of Town … That Bruce Springsteen song always comes to mind when, on visits to my mother, I drive through Freehold, the town I grew up in, and hit the intersection of East Main Street and Jackson Terrace. This is actually the meeting point of two Freeholds: Freehold Township, once farmland and now McMansions and other unchecked suburban horrors; and Freehold Borough, the old colonial town, dating from the 1600s. Long before that, the area was steeped in the traditions of the displaced Leni Lenape people.The junction of Jackson and Main still feels like where farmland meets town, a stretch of dark country road, marked by a lonely gas station and a dilapidated barn before the asphalt corridor redefines itself with late-Victorian and early-20th-century buildings often draped in red, white and blue bunting. One Queen Anne-style house is so striking it was used as the family home in 1990s TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Continue reading...
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Pete Buttigieg is the darling of the donor class. The debate was a reminder why | Moira Donegan
The South Bend mayor was in his typical form in the Democratic debate: heavy on rhetoric and light on specificsOn Wednesday afternoon, the Biden campaign made a mistake: they prematurely sent out an email meant for later in the evening, after the Democratic presidential debate. “I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now,” the email opened, referring to an event that had not yet begun. “I hope I made you proud.” The email alluded to potential attacks on Warren, with the pointed line, “We need more than plans.”Those attacks from Biden never materialized. In fact, his performance throughout the debate was clumsy, light on substance, and studded with unforced errors much like that of his campaign’s misspent email. In the most memorable and upsetting moment of the night, Biden responded to a question about the Me Too movement and male violence against women by saying, “We need to keep punching at it, and punching at it, and punching at it,” he said. The comment embraced the logic of violence as a means of dominance and control while pretending to condemn that same pattern. The audience laughed uncomfortably, and Biden did not seem to understand why. “I’m serious,” he said. Continue reading...
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Thursday briefing: Labour's housing promise to 'build for the many'
Manifesto will also promise 1m new green jobs … ‘Quid pro quo … the answer is yes’, impeachment inquiry hears … how online shopping shapes our worldGood morning and welcome to our general election coverage as Jeremy Corbyn prepares to launch Labour’s campaign manifesto with big promises on housing and green jobs. You can stay up to date during the day with our live politics coverage but for now let’s jump into this morning’s top stories. Continue reading...
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Iowa voters weigh in on the fifth Democratic debate
CNN's Gary Tuchman speaks with voters in Iowa to see where they stand on 2020 candidates following the fifth Democratic presidential debate.
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Sondland's spectacular example of throwing your colleagues under the bus
Red letter days rarely live up to expectations in Washington, but Wednesday did. Gordon Sondland, the central figure in the plot to pressure Ukraine, confirmed on live television that a quid pro quo scheme existed -- and that the US President directed it.
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"I tried to reinsert myself," Klobuchar says about her time on the debate stage
Senator Amy Klobuchar took on South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's lack of experience at Wednesday's Democratic debate, saying that she thinks he is qualified "but I think I am more qualified." Klobuchar spoke to Ed O'Keefe in the spin room in Atlanta.
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Democratic debates: Snoozefest has top 4 running in place as other 6 feebly jab
ATLANTA — Ten Democratic presidential candidates went through the motions Wednesday night in a fifth-round debate long on reheated anti-Trump takes, canned zingers and Biden blunders, but short on guidance for undecided voters. The four presumed top contenders — former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend,...
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11/20/19: Red and Blue
Sondland implicates Pres. Trump in 'Quid Pro Quo'; First Dem debate since public impeachment hearings
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5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
The Democratic primary's top 10 polling candidates appeared in Atlanta and the debate matchup featured a night of mostly civil exchanges.
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Why 2019 has been a big year for the big screen whistleblower
From The Report to Charlie’s Angels, Hollywood has shown us a string of heroes calling out corruption this yearKarim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s documentary The Great Hack, released directly to Netflix this past summer, opens at Burning Man. It’s there that we find Brittany Kaiser, one-time business director of Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm outed for misusing data harvested from Facebook and potentially affecting the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election and the Brexit referendum. The film gets up close and personal with Kaiser as she flees to Thailand and returns to Europe to testify against her former employer, CEO Alexander Nix. Related: Dark Waters review – Mark Ruffalo v big business in enraging drama Continue reading...
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The Best Part of the Debate Was When MSNBC Asked Simple Questions About Regular-People Problems
Less about healing the country's spirit and more about daycare, please.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares falter as China-U.S. row over Hong Kong wrecks trade deal hopes
Global stocks took a beating on Thursday as a fresh row between Washington and Beijing over U.S. legislation on Hong Kong threatened to undermine their trade talks and delay a "phase one" deal that investors had initially hoped to be signed by now.
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Why Pete Buttigieg has to feel good after latest debate
After two weeks of solid polls, some showing him leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, Pete Buttigieg entered Wednesday night’s debate with a target on his back. Throughout the campaign so far, every time a candidate has started gaining on Joe Biden, they’ve face a barrage of attacks meant to stop their momentum. The question...
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Lawmakers to quiz eavesdropping U.S. embassy official in Trump impeachment inquiry
Lawmakers will question an official from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an "investigation" into a political rival.
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Democratic 2020 candidates unite on impeachment but differ on policy in polite debate
Democratic White House contenders united in supporting the impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump at a debate on Wednesday that featured differences on policy details but few of the bitter attacks on one another that marked earlier encounters.
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The First Debate Without a Frontrunner
No candidate was especially scrutinized in Atlanta. That's because no one's leading.
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Why Cory Booker Said Joe Biden ‘Might Have Been High’ for Not Supporting Marijuana Legalization
The exchange highlighted how far opinion on marijuana legalization has shifted
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General election 2019: Corbyn to launch Labour's 'manifesto of hope' – live news
Party to promise huge social housing investment, 1m green jobs and overhaul of business regulation Sign up to the election briefing emailLabour to unveil £75bn social housing plan to ‘build for the many’Is Labour’s pledge to build 100,000 council houses achievable?Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis 6.02am GMT Good morning and welcome to all things politics for today. I’m Alison Rourke and I will be guiding you through the first hour or so of today’s coverage. So let’s get into it.The big set-piece event of the day is Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour’s manifesto in Birmingham this morning. Its centrepiece is the party’s big promise on social housing ... to the tune of £75bn in a promise to “build for the many”. Continue reading...
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Koala rescued from Australia bushfire is reunited with hero grandma
A koala in Australia has been reunited with the grandma who saved his life, after being badly burnt in ongoing widespread bushfires.
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'I've faced tough opponents, so let's fight' - ex-Lion Smith reveals 'daunting' cancer diagnosis
Former British and Irish Lions forward Tom Smith, 48, reveals he has had a "daunting" stage four cancer diagnosis.
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Gordon Sondland provides historic testimony, but will it pierce GOP's alternative universe?
Americans will wake up on Thursday to historic — and powerful — front pages from the nation's top newspapers.
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Conservatives hope to turn animal welfare sentiment into votes
Campaigner says Conservatives might ban live exports and give more funding for fighting wildlife crimeWildlife campaigner Dominic Dyer received a call last week from former Conservative environment minister Zac Goldsmith with an unexpected request: could Dyer advise on the foxhunting ban, and how might the Tories strengthen it in their manifesto?The 2019 election may go down in history as another Brexit vote but the apparently marginal issue of animal rights could – once again – prove surprisingly influential. Continue reading...
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Glass half-full: how I learned to be an optimist in a week
Optimists have fewer strokes, sleep better and live longer than pessimists. But how do you change your outlook? By embracing your Best Possible Self, keeping a gratitude journal – and changing your narrativeI’ve been called many things in my life, but never an optimist. That was fine by me. I believed pessimists lived in a constant state of pleasant surprise: if you always expected the worst, things generally turned out better than you imagined. The only real problem with pessimism, I figured, was that too much of it could accidentally turn you into an optimist.But accidental optimism is not one of the known dangers of pessimism, a list that does include career impairment, poor health and early death. Optimism, by contrast, is associated with better sleep and lower levels of cardiovascular disease. One study this year claimed that people who describe themselves as optimists had 35% fewer strokes than those who didn’t. Another, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science last summer, found that compared with pessimists, the most optimistic subjects lived 11-15% longer lives on average. Continue reading...
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Church of England says Christians must repent for past antisemitism
Document acknowledges Christians’ part in persecution of Jewish people over centuriesChristians must repent for centuries of antisemitism which ultimately led to the Holocaust, the Church of England has said in a document that seeks to promote a new Christian-Jewish relationship.However, the church’s move to take responsibility for its part in Jewish persecution was impaired by stinging criticism by the chief rabbi of the continued “specific targeting” of Jews for conversion to Christianity. Continue reading...
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Simon Armitage: ‘Nature has come back to the centre of poetry’
The poet laureate’s new prize for a collection that focuses on the environment highlights a crisis that can no longer be ignored, plus an exclusive new poemPoet laureate Simon Armitage is to use his laureate’s honorarium to create a new poetry prize for environmentally themed poetry, describing the climate crisis as a “background hum that won’t go away” when he is writing. The Laurel prize, which will be run by Poetry School, will go to the best collection of poems “with nature and the environment at their heart”, with the aim of highlighting “the challenges facing our planet”. The first prize, which will be awarded on 23 May 2020 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will be judged by Armitage, nature writer Robert Macfarlane and the poet Moniza Alvi.“It’s come about because of the obvious environmental concerns, and in recognition of this growing body of work in poetry addressing climate change and the climate crisis, sometimes directly and sometimes more indirectly,” says Armitage. “It needs more awareness around it. I also think that offering a prize might encourage more of this sort of writing.” Continue reading...
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Tania Franco Klein’s best photograph: lost in the California desert
‘I took this in a small town where people live in order not to be found’A few years ago, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Joshua Tree national park in southern California. We stopped for a bathroom break at a gas station in a small town and bumped into a crazy guy. Talking to him opened our eyes: we realised there were so many of these places littered along the highway, sort of like nowhere lands. It seemed like they were worth exploring.This shot was taken in 2017 in one of those small towns in the California desert. It’s in the middle of nowhere, but something about it resonated with me. People live there in order not to be found. They don’t really want to interact with outsiders. Continue reading...
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How our home delivery habit reshaped the world
The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes. By Samanth SubramanianA decade ago, the British department-store chain John Lewis built itself a long warehouse, painted in gradations of sky blue. The shed, as it is called in the industry, cost £100m and covered 650,000 sq ft. Windsor Castle could easily fit inside it. John Lewis named the shed Magna Park 1, after the site where it stands: a “logistics campus” of warehouses, roads, shipping containers and truck bays east of Milton Keynes. Magna Park 1 was intended to supply the company’s stores around southern England, but almost as soon as it was finished, John Lewis realised that it wasn’t enough. The pace of e-commerce was flying, and Magna Park 1 opened in the midst of a spell in which, between 2006 and 2016, the share of John Lewis deliveries going direct to customers rose 12-fold.So John Lewis built Magna Park 2, measuring 675,000 sq ft. After that, the company realised it needed a new shed for Waitrose, its supermarket chain, where home deliveries were skyrocketing, too. “It became a bit of a standing joke,” said Philip Stanway, a regional director at Chetwoods, the architecture firm that designed and built all these facilities. “They used to come to meetings with their forecasts, and they’d say: ‘Screw this. This is the new forecast,’” Stanway said, making a scribbling motion in the manner of a John Lewis executive hastily updating the numbers. “We couldn’t build the buildings quick enough for them.” Continue reading...
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The hidden jobless: poverty persists as Liverpool's fortunes change
City has highest rate of hidden unemployment in the OECD/Centre for Cities studyGerrard Shields watches with a wry smile when Liverpool stars such as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino pass his home to reach the club’s Melwood training ground. A team paid more than £2m a week between them, gathering in Lamborghini and Bentley sports cars in one of the most deprived places in the country, is an irony not lost on the unemployed 55-year-old.“These players are on millions, coming and going in their flash cars. I’m on £158 a fortnight,” he says, wearing a bright-red cycling jacket and black tracksuit bottoms at a jobs club run by his housing association up the road in West Derby. He pedalled to this CV training session, on a bike with a “Stop universal credit” sticker slapped to the frame. Continue reading...
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This is my first vote. I’m elated it’s in such an important election | Nesrine Malik
We know what to expect from the Tories, so next month’s poll is our opportunity to transform the country’s destinyThis is the first election in which I am allowed to vote. It has been an exasperating experience having to sit by and watch, election after election, restricted by a Home Office that was either sitting on my application or taking wrong decisions, delaying my naturalisation as a British citizen far beyond the moment when I felt like one. But a British passport arrived earlier this year, and Brexit has provided a bonus general election to slake an appetite built over years locked out of the democratic process. Whatever the opposite of jaded is, that’s what I am.My sense of exclusion has intensified over the past three years as a Brexit referendum and a general election have plunged the country into a state of instability that still seems to have no resolution. This election feels crucial to the point of angst. The stakes could not be higher. Not only does what happens with Brexit hang in the balance, but also the very character of the country and its ideological direction. After a decade in which austerity is estimated to have cost more than 120,000 lives, it is not an exaggeration to say that the coming election is a matter of life and death. Continue reading...
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'Downward mobility' a reality for many British youngsters today
Social policy experts call for educational, tax and pay reforms to beat economic slideDownward mobility – the phenomenon of children doing less well than their parents – will become a reality for young people today unless society makes dramatic changes, according to two of the UK’s leading experts on social policy.The UK is among the worst of the developed countries for social mobility. It appears increasingly unlikely that people will be able to escape economic disadvantages linked to their background. Continue reading...
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Deep tech investment surges across Europe as AI ecosystem expands
Europe is making big strides in positioning itself as a hub for scientifically based startups as deep tech investment continues to rise.
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Get quick and easy access to Sky Sports with the NOW TV smart stick
TL;DR: The NOW TV smart stick is on sale for £19.99 on Amazon, and includes a one-month Sky Sports Pass. There are going to be times over the coming weeks when all you'll want to do is hide away and watch something on the TV in peace. OK, there are going to be a lot of these times. The quickest and easiest way of gaining access to catch up TV and awesome apps like Sky Channels, iPlayer, ITV Hub, My5, and 4od is with a NOW TV smart stick. This could be your golden ticket to hours of entertainment when you need it most. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, Now Tv, and Sky Sports
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It’s time for tactical voting – Brexit is too terrifying for political piety | Martin Kettle
In some areas, supporting those you might disagree with is the only way to stop Boris Johnson“I think there are millions of us,” says David Gauke as he hands out election leaflets in Berkhamsted high street. “Politically homeless people who want reasonable and respectful politics back.” The former justice secretary and anti-Brexit rebel, who is running as an independent in South West Hertfordshire, says Tuesday’s TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn has simply made things worse. “Many, many voters this morning have been telling me they are disheartened. They want a better choice.” Related: In the Tory heartlands of the commuter belt, remainers may revolt | John Harris Continue reading...
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Democrats weigh in on impeachment, healthcare, taxes and who is best to take on Trump
Ten leading Democrats faced off in Atlanta on Wednesday after a blockbuster day in the impeachment inquiry. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe and Washington Post national political reporter Sean Sullivan join CBSN to discuss the top moments in the debate.
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Iowa reacts to the fifth Democratic debate
With 75 days to go before the Iowa caucus, debate watchers in Des Moines, Iowa, said they had seen many of the Democrats when they came to Iowa, where they could give longer answers. Others said they liked the civility on stage before many of the night's major jabs. CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster reports on the reaction in Iowa.
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145 graves discovered at a Tampa high school
About 145 coffins believed to be part of a mid-20th century cemetery for the indigent were found buried under a Tampa, Florida, high school, officials said. WFLA reporter Rod Carter reports.
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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Combine to Power Clippers Past Jayson Tatum, Celtics
The rest of the NBA has been warned. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime on Wednesday at Staples Center in the first game of the season that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together...
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Ben Stokes gives England reasons to be cheerful in first Test against New Zealand
Tourists reach 241-4 from 90 overs on day oneStokes dropped but goes on to make unbeaten 67 Much of the talk before this first Test in New Zealand was of England’s new-found desire to bat time; to be like the more sensible walkers at the bottom of Mount Maunganui by setting out on the slow and steady path towards a delightful summit.And so day one of their supposed reboot will have pleased the new head coach, Chris Silverwood, as he watched Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope stride off at the close. They were unbeaten on 67 and 18 respectively, having added a late flourish to some early spadework by the top order to see the total a healthy 241 for four from 90 overs. Continue reading...
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Democratic debate highlights: Experience and race at forefront as healthcare talk fades
The fifth presidential debate featured sharp exchanges on Wednesday over outreach to minority voters, the role of U.S. diplomacy and which of the Democratic contenders is best prepared to lead.
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Santa Ana man arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnapping for ransom
A Santa Ana man was arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnapping for ransom after police found two kilograms of fentanyl and a kidnapped man in his home.
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Booker criticizes Biden's opposition to legalizing marijuana: 'I thought you might have been high'
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey criticized former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday for his recent comments opposing the legalization of marijuana on the federal level.
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City will finally move garbage trucks stinking up the East Village
The city has finally decided to move garbage trucks that had been stinking up the East Village for over a year following complaints from residents and lawmakers. The trucks had been parked on East 10th Street between First and Second avenues every night from 7 P.M. until 6 A.M. and all day on Sunday —...
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Explainer: U.S. legislation on Hong Kong: what does it mean?
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, sending two bills to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed dinner with Trump and Peter Thiel at the White House
Facebook/Donald Trump Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and another exec met with President Donald Trump at an undisclosed dinner at the White House as the social media site faces continued criticism for its political ad policy. Trump hosted Zuckerberg and Facebook executive Peter Thiel for dinner while the CEO was visiting DC for a congressional hearing about Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra, NBC News reported. It's unclear what Zuckerberg, Thiel, and Trump discussed during their dinner. This is the second time the Facebook CEO met with Trump in an undisclosed meeting. Zuckerberg previously dined with the president and other senators at the end of September in a surprise DC visit. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and another exec met with President Donald Trump at an undisclosed dinner at the White House as the social media site faces continued criticism for its political ad policy. Trump hosted Zuckerberg and Facebook executive Peter Thiel for dinner while the CEO was visiting DC for a congressional hearing about Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra, NBC News reported.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:Trump's 2020 campaign is attacking Facebook over fears it might change how its ad targeting worksMark Zuckerberg's sharp criticism of China is reportedly not going down too well with Facebook's base of Chinese employeesThe UK Labour party wants to tax Amazon, Facebook and Google to fund a $25 billion plan for free, high-speed internet for the whole countrySEE ALSO: From Trump to Planned Parenthood, these are the Facebook pages spending the most money on political ads
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Disciplined England bat themselves into promising position against NZ
England make a promising start to the first Test in New Zealand with some patient batting on the opening day in Mount Maunganui.
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Alibaba, Aramco share sale bonanza fails to deliver banks fee windfall
A late-year rush of giant global share sales led by Alibaba's $13 billion Hong Kong listing and Aramco's $26 billion initial public offering is failing to deliver an equivalent payday for equities bankers.
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