June 2017


Woman delays flight with ‘lucky’ coin-throw into engine

Beijing (CNN)Bad weather, crowded skies and military drills…and now add coin-tossing to the growing list of reasons for China’s notorious flight delays. “The passenger, surnamed Qiu, who has no prior criminal record or mental health issues, claimed she tossed coins as a prayer for a safe flight,” Shanghai Police said in a statement.

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Facebook live video captures Boston drug overdose

(CNN)Two men in Boston tapped on a car window when they saw a man and woman passed out, a needle lying in the woman’s lap. After nearly a minute of banging on the driver’s side window, the woman came to, startled and disoriented. The man, identified in the video as Dan, could not be shaken […]

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Time magazine asks Trump to remove fake covers from display at golf clubs

Framed Time cover featuring president and the headline The Apprentice is a television smash! has reportedly been seen hanging at five of Trumps clubs Time magazine has asked the Trump organisation to remove fake covers bearing his image from his golf clubs. Washington Post (@washingtonpost) A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in […]

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John Singleton: ‘The crack epidemic gave me something to write about but I had to survive it first’

The Boyz N the Hood director is back with Snowfall, a TV show about Americas drug epidemic. Over a lunch of fried catfish in South Central LA, John Singleton reveals all about his ghetto Game of Thrones Welcome to South Central Los Angeles, says John Singleton, as he makes himself comfortable at La Louisanne, a […]

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Now that Travis Kalanick has resigned, is it OK to use Uber?

Personally, I wouldnt. But the question is a much bigger one: how do we take responsibility for our role in the exploitive gig-economy? Q: Given all the terrible stories that have come out about Uber, should I erase the app from my phone, even though the CEO has resigned? Lets list the bad things. Uber, […]

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Chris Patten: A craven Britain has demeaned itself with China, Brexit will make it worse

Hong Kongs last governor is astonished at Britains behaviour and says it must be firmer as it searches for a post-EU trade relationship The British governments kowtowing to China on issues including human rights and Hong Kongs quest for democracy will become increasingly craven following the UKs departure from the European Union, the former colonys […]

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UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

Omar Ghobash, ambassador to Russia, has said Gulf states imposing demands on Qatar are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime themselves The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have warned they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial […]

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How China changed Hong Kong: views from the city

As the 20th anniversary of the handover from the UK to China is marked, the Guardian talks to residents and officials about the shifts since 1997 Hong Kong is preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the territory from the UK to China. The moment will bring thousands on to the streets […]

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Scotland’s rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis a photo essay

The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides takes in wild landscapes, ancient ruins and enduring traditions and its the longest dead-end in Britain The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, starting with the A858 in Carloway and passing near the standing stones at Calanais, is probably the longest dead-end […]

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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English review

This exemplary work tells a remarkable story of the saving of precious manuscripts and explores the meanings of the African Eldorado, but exposes a myth In April 2012, the jihadist army of theSonghai empire, which reached its peak during the 15th and 16th centuries, Timbuktu became the West African equivalent of Oxbridge or the Ivy […]

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