February 2017

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New threats to US Jewish centers

(CNN)More bomb threats were called into Jewish community centers and day schools Monday, in at least 12 states, according to statements from the Anti-Defamation League and JCCA. Many affected institutions were declared clear and have returned to regular operations.The threats targeted JCCs in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, […]

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China considers paying couples to have a second child

After abolishing the one-child policy, Communist party mulls financial incentives to parents who have more than one baby China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage people to have a second child, after surveys showed economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand their families, the state-owned China Daily has reported. The idea […]

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Uber executive resigns after failing to disclose prior sexual harassment claim

Setback is the latest sign of turmoil at Uber, which recently found itself in a separate sexual harassment firestorm and faces a major lawsuit from Google The top engineering executive at Uber has resigned, adding to the companys turmoil a week after the company found itself in an unrelated sexual harassment firestorm. Amit Singhal, whose […]

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‘Open the doors’: the Catholic churches hiding targets of Dutertes drug war

Despite the climate of fear in the Philippines, a growing number of churches have opened their network of safe houses to people at risk of being killed The Catholic church in the Philippines is operating a network that hides addicts and others targeted in president Rodrigo Dutertes bloody drug war, priests have told the Guardian. […]

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‘Oui on peut’: 40,000 sign petition for Barack Obama as next French president

Campaign organisers came up with idea because they were disenchanted with the candidates running in Frances election Posters of Barack Obama have popped up around Paris in what started as a joke by four friends pretending to launch a campaign for the former US leader ahead of Obama2017.fr has been signed by more than 40,000 […]

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Navy secretary nominee Philip Bilden withdraws

(CNN)President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration, Bilden and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday in statements. Both Bilden’s and Mattis’ statements said Bilden’s business interests created complications. He recently retired from a private equity investment management firm, according to a White House statement. “After […]

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Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

(CNN)President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The White House on Monday will issue the outlines […]

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Jimmy Kimmel sticks it to Donald Trump in Oscars opening monologue

Kimmel opens the Academy Awards show with digs at the president and the political division in the US as well as his comedy nemesis, Matt Damon Jimmy Kimmel skewered Donald Trump and the Academys record on diversity in his opening monologue for the Oscars, thanking the president and saying: Remember last year when it seemed […]

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Oscar winners 2017: the full list updated live

All the winners from the 89th Academy Awards, as theyre announced during the ceremony Best supporting actor WINNER: Dev Patel (Lion) Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) Best makeup and hairstyling A Man Called Ove Star Trek BeyondWINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Florence Foster JenkinsOJ: Made in America 13th Best sound editing WINNER: Hacksaw […]

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The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Protest vote against Donald Trumps travel ban suspected to be partly behind Iranian director Asghar Farhadis surprise victory Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. Farhadi, 44, did not attend the ceremony because he said that the conditions that […]

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