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New Zealand mosque attack began and ended online

Online accounts linked to gun attacks that killed 49 people and wounded at least 20 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday had in recent days circulated white supremacist imagery and extreme right-wing messages celebrating violence against Muslims and minorities on social media and message boards.
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Yankees got just enough on ugly day for patchwork bullpen
It was patchwork, but it was good enough work by opener Chad Green and three other Yankees pitchers. The Yankees’ offense helped make sure of that, but on a day when they were short in the bullpen, an unlikely lineup of Green, Nestor Cortes Jr., Adam Ottavino and Chance Adams teamed up to throw nine...
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Navy destroyer sails past Chinese-claimed reef in South China Sea
A US warship on Sunday sailed within 12 nautical miles of the disputed Scarborough Shoal — territory claimed by the Chinese military — in an attempt to “challenge” Beijing’s “excessive maritime claims” in the South China Sea, officials said. The move, carried out by the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble, comes amid heightened tensions between China...
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Women's World Cup 2019: Norway win the 1995 tournament - 18 days to go
BBC Sport remembers Norway's 2-0 win over Germany in the 1995 final, a game reportedly watched on television by one in four Norwegians.
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'I thought my career was over' - Azarenka on pregnancy, changing rules & priorities
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka tells the BBC she thought she would never play tennis again after falling pregnant in 2016.
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Raptors capture pivotal Game 3 victory over Bucks
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt and the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal's Matt Velazquez break down the importance of Toronto's win over Milwaukee in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.        
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Huawei CFO house arrest contrasts with Canadians detained in China
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou described her house arrest in Vancouver as "restricted to a limited space" even as she spent her past six months in a six-bedroom, multi-million dollar Canadian home.
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We May Finally Know the Third Shocking Twist That George R. R. Martin Told the Game of Thrones Showrunners
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Unions lobby investors to press Amazon over UK working conditions
GMB tells shareholders that warehouse workers endure targets that cause sufferingTrade unions are lobbying City investors to put pressure on Amazon to improve conditions for its workers in the UK.At a meeting at the TUC’s head office this month the GMB union made presentations, including one from an Amazon employee, to a dozen leading fund managers and pension funds that own stakes in Amazon including Legal & General, Baillie Gifford and Aberdeen Standard. Continue reading...
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Local pro’s ‘big sacrifice’ lets him live PGA Championship dream
The mission was accomplished by Rob Labritz this week. No, he didn’t win the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. But he played. And he played well enough to make the cut and play all four days. It was a memory he’ll have for a lifetime. Right before winner Brooks Koepka received the Wanamaker Trophy, Labritz...
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From bleak to bustling: how one French town beat the high street blues
Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community effortsOn a lane in what was once considered eastern France’s grimmest town, a street artist is up a ladder finishing a mural, the independent bookshop has a queue at the till, the organic cooperative is full of customers and Séverine Liebold’s arty independent tea shop is doing a brisk trade.When Liebold opened Tilvist in Mulhouse three years ago, in a space that had been vacant for years, friends tried to persuade her against it. “They said: ‘Not Mulhouse, look elsewhere,’” she recalls. “But I stuck with my instinct, and I was right.” Continue reading...
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These elections could define Europe. It must urgently rediscover its founding spirit | Natalie Nougayrède
Facing challenges from Russia, China and the US, the continent can no longer neglect its core values of peace and human rightsSometimes, when it comes to Europe, things are clearer from afar. Take Viktor Orbán’s encounter with Donald Trump last week: a love-fest perfectly timed to signal that this US president is out to disembowel the European Union, if not break it entirely. Ahead of the European elections, here was Hungary’s self-proclaimed “illiberal” prime minister – a man teaming up with Italy’s far-right strongman Matteo Salvini – receiving his long-awaited anointment from a white-nationalist US president who has called the EU a “foe”.Meanwhile, in Syria, barrel bombs and Russian military ordnance continued to rain down on Idlib’s hospitals and schools, as the noose tightened on 3 million civilians trapped in the last rebel-held area that the president, Bashar al-Assad, wants to reconquer. Historians will perhaps one day tell us whether Vladimir Putin timed that particular offensive to coincide with other items on his EU-destroying agenda, already well on display with disinformation campaigns aimed at helping extremist political forces across the continent. Continue reading...
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Meet Rose Garnett, the mastermind behind Britain’s best movies
The head of BBC Films is worshipped by everyone from Rachel Weisz to Steve McQueen. How did an ex-heroin addict become the biggest hitmaker in British cinema?Once upon a time, movie moguls were cinema’s biggest mystery. Wreathed in cigar smoke and secrets, the puppet masters who ran the studios were even less knowable than the stars they made and broke.That is no longer true. Since the fall of Harvey Weinstein, cinema’s big backstage players must be an open book. Press is now necessary – and, for most, highly desirable. Continue reading...
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The Tories have forgotten their pro-EU voters. And they’ll pay for it | John Harris
In my home town, I’ve see how middle-class angst over Brexit is creating an existential threat to the party which could once count on their votesIn a seemingly endless season of Tory nightmares, this week looks set to mark the most dreadful phase so far. The Conservatives are about to endure a set of elections that they never thought they would face. Only four years ago, the party won a general election; now, there is talk of them finishing fifth, or even sixth. With every Tory moan of pain, Nigel Farage’s nicotine grin grows ever larger. And out in the country, there is an overlooked Conservative crisis: one bound up not with the part of the population that voted for Brexit, but with the liberal, pro-remain swathe of the country without whom the future of Conservatism looks bleak indeed.I come from somewhere still understood as one of the most Tory places there is. Wilmslow, in Cheshire, has a population of 25,000 and is a dormitory town on the southern edge of the sprawl around Manchester. Part of the Tatton constituency, it was once represented by George Osborne, and these days is the adopted home of the zealous Brexiteer Esther McVey. Though slightly more mixed class-wise than its reputation might suggest, it remains a byword for suburban affluence, and McVey sits on a majority of 15,000. But in the referendum of 2016, Wilmslow was part of a wider Tory-supporting area that voted 54% for remain. Continue reading...
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Mario Andretti at abandoned Nazareth Speedway: ‘It’s not a happy reunion’
As the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory approaches, Mario Andretti take us back to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.        
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Macron and Salvini: Two Leaders, Two Competing Visions for Europe
PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron and Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, are from the same generation, but more than the Alps divides them.Macron always wears a suit and tie, and has a penchant for lofty rhetoric and formal ceremonies. Salvini likes sweatshirts that say Italia, rails against illegal immigration, and tweets pictures of himself eating Nutella. The differences go beyond style. Their dueling visions for the future of Europe will be tested in elections for the European Parliament this week.The Parliament has limited powers and the vote, to be held across the bloc’s 28 countries May 23–26, is generally seen as a test of voter sentiment across member states. But this time more than ever—after Brexit and with Trump rattling the transatlantic alliance—it’s also a test of which Europe will prevail: Macron’s call for a more top-down union that shares responsibilities for borders, defense, and the environment, and maybe more; or Salvini’s euroskeptic one, a “Europe of nations” in which each country retains more sovereignty.“Political-party competition in the EU and its member states is organized increasingly around a liberal-cosmopolitan internationalist versus conservative-populist nationalist cleavage,” Douglas Webber, a political scientist at France’s INSEAD business school, told me. The far-right parties will do better than ever before, he added, but “it will not turn the whole EU on its head” because the majority in the Parliament is still expected to be pro-European.At a rally of far-right parties from across Europe in Milan on Saturday, Salvini put Macron in the same group as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the financier George Soros—“elites” who had “betrayed” the continent and “occupied it in the name of multinationals and out-of-control immigration.”That rhetoric stands in stark contrast to Macron’s. In March, the French leader published an open letter to the citizens of Europe in which he said Brexit was bad and called for a conference to map out the future of the union and to strengthen the borders of the Schengen visa-free travel area. “Freedom, protection and progress: we need to build European renewal on these pillars,” he wrote. “We can’t let nationalists with no solutions exploit people’s anger. We can’t sleepwalk to a diminished Europe. We can’t remain in the routine of business as usual and wishful thinking.”Since coming to power a year ago in Italy’s first populist government, a coalition between the far-right League and the antiestablishment Five Star Movement, Salvini, even while interior minister, has been campaigning relentlessly against what he calls a Europe of “bureaucrats, do-gooders, and bankers.” In his rhetoric, the European Union—and the euro, shared by Italy and 18 other EU members—is an emasculating force that renders countries less potent, and he thinks nation states should push back. When it comes to immigration, he has blocked Italian ports, preventing NGO boats that have rescued migrants at sea from docking.Last month in Milan, Salvini joined with other far-right parties, including Germany’s Alternative for Germany, the Finns Party, and the Danish People’s Party, to introduce an alliance for “a common-sense Europe”—calling for more national powers to block immigrants and fight against Islamic terrorism. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party is also on board, though it is facing controversy after a secretly filmed video showed a senior party official who serves as the country’s vice chancellor offering government contracts in exchange for Russian money. The party was the junior member of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s governing coalition, though since the video surfaced, Kurz has triggered snap elections that will be held this fall.The Dutch politician Geert Wilders has also joined Salvini’s alliance, as have a far-right Estonian party and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, which lately has been polling slightly higher than Macron’s La République en Marche in French projections.[Read: A new European political bloc wants to dismantle Europe]These parties had previously been divided across other alliances in the European Parliament, and if they align, some polls show the new far-right grouping could gain enough seats to become a significant force in the legislature, capable of nominating commissioners and revising laws. The largest bloc is expected to be the European People’s Party, a conservative grouping that has held the majority in the European Parliament since 1999. (The Financial Times has a handy graphic on the alphabet soup.)The EPP, which includes Merkel’s party, recently sanctioned one of its members, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz, after it ran a campaign of anti-immigration posters in Hungary, including ones against Soros. Salvini has also targeted Soros in speeches and has been more effusive about Orbán than he has about Merkel. And many Italian voters, not only on the far right, associate the euro with German-dominated Europe. (At Saturday’s rally, Salvini called on voters to oust “the left” in the European elections, even though Conservatives have long been that Parliament’s dominant force.)[Read: Viktor Orbán’s war on intellect]If the Conservatives and the socialist bloc can’t form a majority, then Macron, whose party is part of a liberal grouping, can play kingmaker. “Beyond a national leader, he’s portraying himself as a European leader of the Europeanist front,” Nathalie Tocci, the director of Italy’s Istituto di Affari Esteri, told me.Macron’s strategy for the European elections is a list of candidates from his own party as well as from the center right and Greens. But the campaign has struggled to gain attention in France, where “yellow vest” protesters have been demonstrating against the rising cost of living and calling for his resignation. Not surprisingly, Le Pen’s campaign is focused on making the European elections a referendum on Macron.In Italy, Salvini’s social-media blitz and relentless anti-immigrant rhetoric have made the League the most popular party in Italy, polling at 30 percent, above its senior partner in the governing coalition, the antiestablishment Five Star Movement. If the League strongly outperforms the Five Star Movement, Salvini might pull the plug on the government in Rome and push for early national elections, which could make him prime minister.Of course, the Macron-Salvini divide is not completely straightforward. For one, national governments—especially Germany and France—basically already do shape European policy. And the European Parliament can be toothless. No one has pushed its limits better than Orbán, whose country received billions in EU largesse while his government was scaling back the independence of the media and passing laws cracking down on foreign NGOs.[Read: How Hungary ran George Soros out of town]But in the run-up to the European elections, the French president has been a convenient target for Salvini, to the point that relations between Italy and France hit a postwar low. Salvini’s constant attacks on Macron have been coupled with a surprise visit by Luigi di Maio, the leader of the Five Star Movement, to France to meet with some of the yellow-vest protesters who have been holding weekly, often violent, demonstrations since November. In response, France recalled its ambassador from Rome. (He later returned.)Macron went on Italian state television and downplayed the tensions as a “misunderstanding.” After all, staying outraged would only play into Salvini’s hand. In his TV interview, Macron asked why there was so much fear in Italy today, and expressed how much he loved the country. He also conceded—a little too little, a little too late—that Europe hadn’t helped Italy handle the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who had arrived in the country since 2014, far more than ever arrived in France. (Macron’s style is more polished than Salvini’s, but France also tightly controls its border and has blocked migrants from crossing from Italy into France.)The next day, Salvini was asked if he’d seen Macron’s interview, at a press conference where he was touting a bill to make it easier for Italians to shoot intruders in self-defense. No, he replied, he had watched a soccer game, “and that was the right thing to do.”Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, helped ease the tensions, visiting Paris to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci by placing flowers on his tomb outside Paris. The same day he was there, though, Salvini was in Hungary, going with Orbán to see Hungary’s border with Serbia, where Hungary pushed back migrants after they arrived in 2015. Salvini tweeted a selfie of himself with Orbán.Both Macron and Salvini are savvy about the internet, to different ends. Since being elected France’s youngest president ever in 2017, Macron has been touting France as a haven for tech companies. Last week he hosted New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and other world leaders to sign the Christchurch Call, a heartfelt if vague demand for tech companies to rein in terrorist and extremist violence online. It was in response to the attack in March in which a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing dozens, and filmed the attack on Facebook Live. In response to the Christchurch Call, Facebook said it would restrict its Live feature under some circumstances.Salvini is ubiquitous on Facebook Live, posting his every public appearance and also addressing voters directly with long selfie videos. His Facebook page has more engagement than Donald Trump’s, according to CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned analytics tool. This month Salvini reintroduced an online game that he had debuted before the Italian elections last year, in which anyone who likes his posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram earns points, and those with the most points can compete to have him post a photo of them on his social-media channels. He introduced the game in a video that ended with a plug reminding people to vote in the European elections, using his motto, “Italy First: Common-Sense Europe.”
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O-Line guru: Giants trio can restore unit’s glory days
There are three Giants a certain offensive-line guru finds intriguing, believing they have the potential to anchor the position group for years to come. They are not newcomers Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers. It is not Nate Solder, entering year No. 2 for the Giants. That is the veteran trio viewed widely as the answer...
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Brooks Koepka is forcing you to care about him
showed he is human after all, which only adds to what he accomplished this weekend at Bethpage Black. If you didn’t appreciate Koepka before, you are forced to now. He said early in the week that winning major championships was easy. Well, it wasn’t easy at all Sunday afternoon; not with the Long Island winds...
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Russian spy Maria Butina begs for cash in Instagram video
Maria Butina — the Russian secret agent convicted of gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other US groups — has been begging for cash on social media to help pay for her legal costs. The gun rights activist posted a video on Instagram Saturday, explaining how the money would be used to help...
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Harold Varner experiences nightmare that is Bethpage Black
If you happened to be one of the 50,000 or so souls who packed Bethpage Black for Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship and you watched what happened to Harold Varner III on the fourth hole, surely it looked familiar to anyone who’s played the brutal golf course. Because it’s happened to you, me...
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Trump says tariffs making companies leave China, a deal can't be '50-50'
U.S. President Donald Trump said his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move production out of China to Vietnam and other countries in Asia, and added that any agreement with China cannot be a "50-50" deal. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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This Week’s Worst Person in Westeros: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Game of Thrones has hated its fans for a long time. Now the feeling is mutual.
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Woman’s body pulled from East River: police
The body of a woman — possibly in her thirties — was found floating in the East River on Sunday night, according to cops. Police pulled the unidentified female from the waters near Fulton Street and John Street at around 8 p.m., officials said. They transported her to Pier 17, where she was pronounced dead...
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No one’s buying this Yankees-Rays accusation as bad blood soars
There’s been no shortage of anger between the Yankees and Rays lately when it comes to batters being hit by pitches. You can add Yandy Diaz to the list — although his claim may be a stretch. The Rays third baseman was drilled on the left wrist by Chance Adams with two outs in the...
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Huge human hair ball, zombie archives, Tav Falco: News from around our 50 states
Matthew McConaughey goes back to Texas high school and gets diploma, Santas renew vows in North Pole on Alaska cruise, and more        
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US warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions
Destroyer moved near Scarborough Reef to ‘challenge excessive maritime claims’, says commander of Seventh FleetA US warship has sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies.The destroyer USS Preble carried out the operation on Sunday, a US military spokesman said. The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, the blacklisting of tech company Huawei US sanctions and Taiwan. Continue reading...
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The Game of Thrones Finale Divided Fans But These Memes Will Please Everyone
A meme is forever
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Israel Folau opts not to appeal Rugby Australia sacking
Former Wallabies star fails to meet Monday’s deadline Four-year, $4m contract officially terminatedIsrael Folau has decided not to appeal against Rugby Australia’s decision to tear up his four-year, $4m contract for his recent social media posts, but a protracted legal battle in the courts remains a possibility. Related: Israel Folau's fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess | Bret Harris Continue reading...
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Billionaire will pay off debt of Morehouse College's 2019 graduates. Here's what that gesture means
• Morehouse College grad shares plans after loan debt paid
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What It’s Like to Watch the Game of Thrones Finale If You’ve Never Seen Another Episode
Two newbies watch the show’s final hour after skipping the previous 70.
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Former Texas police chief faces murder trial for deaths of upstate couple
SODUS, N.Y. — A former Texas police chief faces trial for the shooting deaths of an upstate New York couple in their driveway last fall. A Wayne County jury is expected to hear opening statements Monday. Former Sunray, Texas, Chief Timothy Dean has pleaded not guilty to murder in the deaths of Amber Washburn and...
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Game of Thrones Finally Decides Who Sits on the Iron Throne
Every week for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, three Atlantic staffers have been discussing new episodes of the HBO drama. Because no screeners were made available to critics in advance this year, we’ll be posting our thoughts on the series finale in installments.David Sims: Let me start this review by listing a few of Brandon Stark’s qualifications to hold the Iron Throne (or whatever throne takes its place) of Westeros. One, as the eldest male Stark, he’s got the lordly bloodline to appease the country’s more tradition-obsessed members. Two, he’s got the temperament—ever since he assumed the mantle of the three-eyed raven, I haven’t seen him get remotely upset about anything, so no Mad King potential there. Three, he can see across the sea of time and has the power to mentally experience every memory anyone in Westeros has ever had, which is definitely a helpful skill set going forward. Honestly, someone should have thought to crown Bran earlier.The sudden decision by Tyrion and company to name Bran as the new Lord of the Seven—sorry, Six—Kingdoms might have prompted a fair bit of whiplash for viewers. In all the warring between Daenerys, Jon, and Cersei, Bran was mostly overlooked as a contender, having become a living Wikipedia database and losing his personality in the process. The move to crown him was arrived at with the same kind of alarming speed that accompanied just about every big plot twist this season. The difference for me was that, by the time of the finale (titled “The Iron Throne”), I was less worried about plausibility and more just wondering how everything would end up. After a largely disappointing lead-up, I was at least satisfied by where the pieces fell.To summarize: Daenerys the conqueror quickly indicates that she’s not done with warfare and promises to “liberate” people from tyranny all over the world. After a long chat with a depressed and imprisoned Tyrion, Jon realizes he’s not into that plan and stabs his Queen (and aunt and former lover) in front of the Iron Throne, which Drogon then impressively melts before taking his mother’s body to parts unknown. In the wake of that carnage, Westeros’s surviving leaders gather to sift through the mess and appoint Bran as king. “Bran the Broken” then names Tyrion as his hand, sends Jon to the Wall as punishment for killing Dany, and allows Sansa to run the North as an independent kingdom. Arya, eager to do something new, hops on a boat and sails west into uncharted waters.After the misery of “The Bells,” it was a finale undeniably steeped in fan service, giving audience favorites like Brienne, Davos, Sam, and Bronn seats on the new small council and doing away with literally every bloodthirsty or unstable member of the cast. Seriously—anyone important in Westeros who ever spent a minute scheming about anything is dead, except for Tyrion, who professed himself thoroughly cowed by the whole war and promised to atone for his sins going forward. Jon even got to pet his direwolf Ghost, finally, before he journeyed with Tormund and the other Free Folk beyond the Wall to make a new life.As a book reader who hopes that George R. R. Martin will one day finally deliver the ending he’s been working toward all these years, I was reassured. Daenerys’s flip to madness was utterly unearned by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, but in the end, her dream was achieved, and the wheel was ostensibly broken, partly by the bloodshed she wrought in King’s Landing. Sick of the wars of succession that consumed the nation for years, the lords of Westeros will now pick rulers by committee, a system that sounds lovely in theory and that is incredibly fraught in reality. So much of Bran’s rule will probably be plagued with its own issues, but that would be a story for another series, not the Song of Ice and Fire (a title that was helpfully embossed on a large volume for Tyrion to read).As a fan of the TV show, I felt battered into submission. This season has been the same story over and over again: a lot of tin-eared writing trying to justify some of the most drastic story developments imaginable, as quickly as possible. As usual, the actors did their best with what was on the page; Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, long the two standouts of the show’s ensemble, wrestled mighty performances from unwieldy monologues, with Clarke trying to justify Daenerys’s belief in the burning of the city, and Tyrion finally investing his support in Bran, a living archive of Westeros’s history. Pause and think about the logic of it all for a second, and it’ll collapse under scrutiny. But time and time again in recent years, Benioff and Weiss have opted for grand cinematic gesture over granular worldbuilding, and Drogon burning the Throne to sludge was their last big mic drop. Lenika, Spencer, was that enough to win your fealty?We will update this post with entries from Spencer Kornhaber and Lenika Cruz.
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US Open 2019 Odds: Brooks Koepka Favored, Tiger Woods 3rd After PGA Championship
There was only one logical choice to be the favorite for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach following Sunday's showing at the PGA Championship...
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The Iron Throne Is Gone, and the Game Is Over
A dragon passed final judgment regarding the jagged, twisted chair that made everyone so power hungry. But perhaps the throne was a good judge as well.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Recap: All Hail King Who?
“Game of Thrones” wrapped up on Sunday in an episode that included a variety of “Thrones” greatest hits as well as some head-scratching moments.
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Crotch shot to Yankees surprise hero now looms
Gio Urshela fouled a ball off the plate in the third inning that bounced up and hit him below the belt, sending him down to the ground for several minutes during the Yankees 13-5 win over the Rays on Sunday. He finished the at-bat and struck out and played the next three innings before being...
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HBO teases 2020 return for 'Westworld' with a new trailer
While everyone figures out what they think of the Game of Thrones finale, HBO has pitched a reason to stick around with its first trailer for the third season of Westworld. This one doesn't take us back to the Old West, India or an age of Shoguns and...
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Trade uncertainty darkens U.S. small caps outlook
Shares of smaller publicly listed U.S. companies have fallen more on recent U.S.-China trade tensions than larger corporations and could face an even rougher road as the year wears on unless the prospects for economic growth improve.
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Van halo: the truck shop in New Zealand that drives off profiteers
Salvation Army initiative delivers truck shop service without high prices or extortionate loansPainted bright purple and crammed full of everyday essentials, the Salvation Army’s Good Shop is hard to miss as it cruises the back streets of south Auckland.Frequenting deprived suburbs that are targeted by predatory lenders, the Good Shop aims to beat the bad guys at their own game. Continue reading...
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Have India’s women seized their chance to vote for a safer, more equal country? | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
In an election when parties finally woke up to the power of half a billion women, many of us backed anyone but the BJPFor the first time, more women than men are likely to have voted in the Indian elections. That’s more than half a billion women who have had a say on issues that really matter to them. So finally, Indian political parties seem to have woken up to the fact that the female voter matters. What then, have been her top concerns? According to a recent survey 70% put the safety of women first. Sadly, violence against women is on the rise everywhere in India. Crimes against women are at an unprecedented high while conviction rates are at an all-time low. India has been ranked the world’s most dangerous place for women. While we have traditionally responded to violence in a demure manner, younger, educated Indian women have refused to be stay quiet ever since huge protests erupted across the country following the gang rape of Jyoti Singh in Delhi in 2012. Continue reading...
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Turkey insists on right to drill for energy reserves off Cyprus
Dispute likely to escalate after Nicosia said it would seek to arrest anyone caught drillingTensions over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean have risen sharply after Turkey said it would “exercise its sovereign rights” to drill off Cyprus in flagrant defiance of warnings from western allies.As the dispute over potential gas reserves intensified, Ankara insisted its state-of-the-art drilling ship, the Fatih, and its support vessels would begin operations in waters viewed by the EU as being within the island’s exclusive economic zone. Continue reading...
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Game of Thrones final episode review – an epic ending corrects some major wrongs
Warning: contains spoilersIn Westeros, you win or you die. For all this final season’s faults, the last episode won over the doubters – and it did right by those left standingGame of Thrones finale live: who ended up on the Iron Throne?Spoiler warning: this article is for people who have watched the Game of Thrones finale. Do not read on unless you have watched season eight, episode six: The Iron Throne. Related: Game of Thrones finale: who ended up on the Iron Throne? As it happened Continue reading...
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Asian shares steady after slump, oil jumps on Saudi comments
Asian shares steadied on Monday as investors caught their breath following another week of escalating U.S.-China trade tensions, with sentiment turning brighter after the United States said it would lift tariffs in North America.
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Brooks Koepka Calls Out Brandel Chamblee After 2019 PGA Championship Win
Brooks Koepka may have used some extra motivation during his PGA Championship victory at Bethpage Black. "Telling me I wasn't tough," Koepka told reporters after Sunday's win when asked what's the most he's felt slighted as a golfer ...
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Syndergaard goes off: Mickey Callaway firing talk is ‘bulls—‘
MIAMI — Noah Syndergaard has a new rallying cry: Remember 2015. After giving his team seven strong innings Sunday in which he took the loss after allowing two earned runs against Miami, the Mets right-hander indicated he hasn’t given up on this season, despite the team’s ugly 20-25 record. “I think we have dug ourselves...
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People Had Incredibly Divided Reactions to the Game of Thrones Finale
Warning: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones has finally come to an end, and fans had wildly different opinions on the finale. Many had predicted that Jon Snow would kill Daenerys after watching her burn all of King’s Landing in the penultimate episode. But people were divided on whether that…
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'American Idol': Southern heartthrob Laine Hardy pulls off stunning win over Alejandro Aranda
The rebooted "American Idol" ended its second season on ABC Sunday night, with Southern rocker Laine Hardy besting viral star Alejandro Aranda.        
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Google quietly shelves custom Pixel phone cases
Google's Pixel 3a might have been good news for fans of mid-range phones, but it marked the death knell for one of the company's signature phone features: its customizable cases. The 9to5Google crew has discovered that Google axed the personalized M...
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All the questions HBO’s Game of Thrones never answered
Warning: spoilers ahead for all of Game of Thrones, including the finale. After eight seasons and 73 episodes, Game of Thrones has come to an end with the finale, “The Iron Throne.” It’s been a long road to the end, even with an abbreviated final season that felt like it was blowing through plot points at a mile a minute. The final episode did answer many of the bigger questions surrounding the series, including the fate of the Iron Throne, the Seven Kingdoms, and nearly all the main characters. But the show has been airing for been almost a decade, and over the course of its broad sweep and interwoven plotlines, some details were bound to get lost along the way. Here are the biggest unanswered questions we have left after the finale. Where’s Drogon? At least the characters are asking this question too. He just flies off with Daenerys’ body, and that’s all we know. Bran asks his Small Council about the missing dragon, but no one’s seen him — although Bran muses that he might be able to find Drogon himself, which certainly seems possible, given his powers. Since Drogon is the last dragon alive, though, it seems likely that Westeros won’t be graced with any more of the magical creatures going forward. Why did Jon Snow go north with the wildlings? Where’s Jon going at the end of the episode? Isn’t he supposed to be serving with the Night’s Watch at Castle Black? Well, for one thing, Jon Snow is terrible at his job. No matter what that job is at any given moment, he can’t seem to keep to it. Two, given that the White Walkers have been destroyed, and the wildlings are on nominally good terms with Westeros now, there isn’t a whole lot for the Night’s Watch to do. And you’re feeling romantic, you could imagine that Jon wants to spend some time away from the politics of Westeros to go live free — the sort of thing he had told his first love, Ygritte, all those seasons ago. Can Bran see the future? Bran’s powers are never really fully defined — it seems clear that he’s the “memory’ of mankind, and can see basically all of history, in addition to his ability to enter other creatures’ bodies. But based on season 8, it seems like he might actually be able to view the future with some amount of accuracy too. Things like setting up Arya’s kill by giving her a Valyrian steel dagger, then baiting the Night King into place for her to kill him, suggest he has more foresight than he’s admitted. And then he comments that he only came all the way to King’s Landing because he knew he would be offered the crown, which seems to indicate he does have some level of precognition. That should be useful for a king, but it does raise a lot of questions about all the times he didn’t intervene in the story. Where did the Dothraki go? Unclear. There’s a clear shot of some Dothraki just chilling by the docks in King’s Landing while Jon makes his sad walk to his boat, but while there’s some clear information about why the Unsullied didn’t riot, kill Jon Snow, and take the city themselves, the same courtesy isn’t given the Dothraki, who were apparently pretty chill about their queen being murdered. Given that they only came to Westeros to serve Dany and help her kill the men in metal suits and break their stone houses, it’s not clear what they have to do now, especially with their Khaleesi dead. Still, for a Dothraki fighter, the whole Westeros trip was probably a pretty successful vacation, given those goals. What about the Unsullied? While Tyrion does offer them land in the Reach and the chance to become a house of Westeros, we see Grey Worm captaining a ship of Unsullied later in the episode, alongside a fleet of similarly black-sailed ships. It’s not entirely clear whether the entire band of Unsullied is joining Grey Worm as he sails to Naath, presumably to liberate Missandei’s people. But it does seem likely that they’re going collectively. It seems that with or without Daenerys to lead them, the Unsullied will continue to fight to liberate people — a fitting ending for the freed slaves. Why does the North just get to stay independent? It’s a little strange that Sansa casually breaks the North away from the rest of the Seven (now Six) Kingdoms in accordance with the North’s well-established independent streak, and the lords of the Vale, the Riverlands, Casterly Rock, Storm’s End, the Reach, and Dorne don’t have the faintest word to say about their own status. Honestly, there’s no real reason why the North should get its independence — especially since, say, Dorne is a far more independent kingdom, which joined the Seven Kingdoms two centuries after Aegon conquered the others. Dorne has historically been far more independently minded than the North, even though the North’s rebellion against the Iron Throne got a lot more air time on the show. But it’s certainly possible that the new Dornish prince is weak and looking for allies, or biding his time. Or that he just didn’t think to press the point about independence until Sansa did. And arguably, the North has earned its independence by protecting all the realms from the threat of the White Walkers. Lastly, Bran is still a Stark, and may simply have given the special privilege to his former home and family out of loyalty to the North and House Stark. Or he just knows he’s not going to win against Sansa at this point. And he’s probably aware that like Jon Snow before her, she’d come under attack in the North if she bent the knee to King’s Landing. Granting the North independence is the best way to keep her rule stable — something the country desperately needs at this point. What’s the deal with Dorne? Oh, Dorne. Everyone’s least favorite subplot, one that consumed hours of time on this series and ultimately went nowhere, but that somehow still feels oddly unresolved as a part of the show. Even though the last few seasons of Game of Thrones basically saw the entirety of House Martell get killed, Varys just off-handedly mentions in season 8 that there’s a new Prince of Dorne. And he shows up in the finale for the vote for the new ruler! We just never find out who exactly he is. But given the way viewers roundly expressed hatred for the series’ Dornish vacation, it never seemed too likely we’d get those answers anyway. Honestly, that’s probably a good thing. Where’s Nymeria? Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf, and along with Ghost, the only other Stark direwolf still alive. All the way back in season 1, Arya sends Nymeria away after the direwolf bites Joffrey in the arm, and then she vanishes for the next several seasons. In season 7, Arya meets a much bigger Nymeria while making her way north. The direwolf is now leading a pack of regular wolves. Arya asks Nymeria to come home to Winterfell with her, and Nymeria… walks away. And that’s the last we see or hear of her. Ultimately, though, it’s likely that Nymeria’s non-prominence is for the same reason as Ghost’s — the CGI for the direwolves was just really, really expensive. What happened to the warlocks of Qarth? The warlocks of Qarth were a group of magic users living in Qarth (hence the name) that clashed with Daenerys. (The warlocks wanted to kidnap Dany and her dragons, since the dragons make magic stronger, another plot point the show seems to have largely forgotten.) Daenerys has the dragons burn some of the Warlocks at the end of season 2. In the beginning of season 3, one of the Warlocks tries to assassinate her, and then… that’s it. We never see or hear from the faction again. Where have the prophecies gone? Fans of the books in particular know there are a lot of prophecies swirling around the Game of Thrones world. Chief amongst those is the idea of Azor Ahai, a mythical figure from the religion of R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Azor Ahai once wielded a magical flaming sword called Lightbringer, and saved the world from darkness. There’s been a lot of talk about who on the show would fulfill the prophecy of Azor Ahai being reborn — everyone from Dany to Jon to Ser Pounce has been considered at this point. The idea of Azor Ahai never made it into the TV series, although the show does set up most of the mythology around the Lord of Light, with his priestess Melisandre and servant Stannis, and the war against the White Walkers — the literal evil ice to combat the Lord of Light’s fire. But the show never brings the Lord of Light subplot full circle, outside of sacrificing his servant Beric to save Arya. The question remains open: was the Lord of Light real? What was its plan? Similarly, there’s the prophecy around Cersei, given to her by Maggie the Frog, which states that she would have three children who would die, and that “the valonqar” — Valyrian for “little brother” — “shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” That ending portion of the valonqar prophecy also never made it into the show, in spite of all the fan theories. But the series writers did use all the prophecy setup. And the prophecy explains Cersei’s hatred for Tyrion: in the book, she thinks he killed their mother, who died birthing him, and that he’s destined to kill Cersei, too. The prophecy also sets up the comeuppance for Jaime to potentially kill her instead, which would have fit with his arc of realising she’s a terrible person. But the show doesn’t run with that idea. Instead, it has Jaime reconciling with Cersei, leaving her history with Tyrion unresolved, and giving the siblings a fairly trite ending. Is Ellaria Sand alive? Probably not, given that when we last saw her in season 7, she was chained up in the dungeons in Westeros. But Cersei vowed to keep Ellaria alive, so she would have to suffer the way Cersei did because of Ellaria’s actions, watching her daughter die, powerless to stop it. Cersei is vindictive enough to keep Ellaria alive up until season 8, but given that most of the Red Keep has been reduced to rubble, thanks to Drogon’s attack on King’s Landing, it seems unlikely that she’ll be popping up again. Is Syrio Forel still alive? Arya’s “water dancing” teacher, who first instructs her to use a sword, has long been a fan-favorite character, in no small part to Miltos Yerolemou’s charismatic performance, and Syrio’s iconic catchphrases, which live on to this day. Last seen defending Arya from Lannister soldiers back in season 1, Syrio has been assumed dead for seasons now. But his Faceless Man-sounding lines and impressive combat skills have had fans holding out hope that he might have somehow escaped his seemingly fatal duel. Plus, we were never shown a body. Sadly, though, his fate has probably been sealed for years. As Syrio himself told us back then, “The first sword of Bravos does not run.” What’s Daario up to? Daario Naharis was part of the Mereen subplot on the show. He eventually led the Second Sons, a mercenary company, and was one of Daenerys’ paramours, as well as part of her inner circle when she led the city. But when Daenerys leaves for Westeros at the end of the sixth season, she leaves Daario behind in Meereen alongside the Second Sons, and we haven’t seen him since. Given his importance to Daenerys and the large military force he commands, it’s possible that the show could have brought him back for the war against Cersei, but it seems like Daario is still stuck in Mereen. Where are the Reeds? Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch, father to Jojen (RIP) and Meera Reed, who traveled with Bran for a few seasons. Howland was a close friend to Ned Stark, as evidenced by his children’s loyalty, but he’s never shown up outside of flashbacks, despite the Battle of the Bastards (when the Starks badly needed allies) or the Battle of Winterfell (when all humanity badly needed allies.) Similarly, Meera has vanished from the show since delivering Bran to Winterfell, and hasn’t shown up since, despite the cataclysmic battles. What were Robin Arryn and Edmure Tully up to all this time? Did you remember that Robin Arryn is still the ruler of the Vale and Lord of House Arryn? Or that he’s the lord and heir to Riverrun? Game of Thrones did, and it brought them both back for the finale, as part of the lords’ council that votes in King Bran. Robin was last seen in season 6, sending the knights of the Vale north to help Sansa (and Jon) fight Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards, but he hasn’t shown up since. Similarly, we last heard of Edmure as a prisoner to Walder Frey a few seasons back. But apparently, both survived and are now recognized as lords of their houses. What did happen when Tyrion brought a honeycomb and a jackass into a brothel? Three times now in Game of Thrones — including as his parting words in the finale — Tyrion has tried to tell a joke about the time he once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel, but he’s always cut off from telling the punchline. Will the world never know how this story came out?
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