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Saudi warns of military action if Qatar gets Russian missiles: report

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:50

Saudi Arabia has threatened military action against Qatar if it goes ahead and acquires Russia's top of the range S-400 air defence missile system, Le Monde daily reported. Citing information it had obtained, Le Monde said Friday that Riyadh had written to French President Emmanuel Macron asking him to intervene to prevent the deal going ahead and to help preserve regional stability. There was no immediate official reaction from the president's office or the French foreign ministry to the report.


Innovation myopia: Seeing it where you want to

Macworld - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 07:00

Apple has been bested yet again! It’s a wonder they even both to try anymore.

Writing for Mashable, Stan Schroeder tells us that “A bunch of cool new phones are coming out of China soon.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

That’s kind of dull compared to the page title: “Sorry, Apple and Samsung. Smartphone innovation is happening in China.” One gets the feeling he is sorry… yet also not sorry. It’s Schrödinger’s Apology.

Well, then, let’s see the innovation. Presumably it’s not the innovation U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned about coming from these phones that is stealing users information for the benefit of the Chinese government, which some of these firms are beholden to. Presumably because that doesn’t seem like the kind of innovation people want and, also, because there’s no mention of that concern anywhere in this article.

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U.S. In Early Talks To Arrange Trump, Putin Summit: Report

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 02:35

American officials are in initial talks with Russian representatives in a bid


Trump's 'tragic' policies likely to make child poverty much worse, says UN

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 01:00

A school bus in Cleveland, Mississippi, where 12% of teens were not in school in 2015. The Trump administration must pay urgent attention to the shockingly high number of children living in poverty in the US, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty declares in a heavyweight report on the condition of America today – warning of the prospect of the American dream “becoming the American illusion”.


California's 'jungle primary' sets off party scrambling

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:51

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Across televisions in Orange County, a flashy ad slams GOP congressional candidate Rocky Chavez for supporting a California climate change program and a massive state budget.


Bill Maher Calls Roseanne's Ugly Tweet 'Abhorrent, Bordering On Presidential'

Top Stories - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:44

"Real Time's" Bill Maher took a few cutting swipes at his pal Roseanne Barr --


Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:20

Mourning families held funerals across Nicaragua on Friday for 16 people killed in one of the bloodiest days of protest in the country, where weeks of anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 dead. Anguished relatives sobbed over the caskets of their loved ones at a series of funerals in the capital Managua, shocked over the brutal repression of what was a peaceful Mother's Day march on Wednesday. "Lord give me peace in my heart... I never expected this," said his weeping mother, Yadira Cordoba, as she clung to his coffin while it was being closed.


Netanyahu to push hard line on Iran during Europe trip

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 23:19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Europe Monday to push his uncompromising stance on Iran to leaders eager to salvage the nuclear agreement after the United States withdrew. Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the agreement and the Iranian regime, will meet in turn with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Germany, France and the United Kingdom are three of the signatories of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between world powers and Iran, aimed at keeping Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.


Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 22:19

Google workers on Friday got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the US military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video following an outcry from staff, according to reports. The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company. An internal petition calling for Google to stay out of "the business of war" garnered thousands of signatures, and some workers reportedly quit to protest a collaboration with the military.


Police: Uber driver said rider was shot during attack try

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 21:18

DENVER (AP) — An Uber driver arrested in the fatal shooting of a passenger told a witness that he opened fire after his customer tried to attack him, police said Friday.


Canadian ex-Afghan captive granted bail in assault case

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:43

A Canadian former hostage who has been charged with sexual assault, misleading police and making death threats after returning home from years in captivity in Afghanistan was granted bail Friday. Joshua Boyle, however, will be required to live with his parents in Smith Falls, near Ottawa, and under electronic monitoring. The court has banned the identification of Boyle's alleged victims.


Wildfire burns empty Boy Scouts' buildings in dry New Mexico

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:19

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in northeastern New Mexico on Friday, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames.


E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Is Deadliest in Decades

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:15

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday confirmed four more deaths and 35 new cases in the E. coli outbreak from tainted romaine lettuce, bringing the death toll to five and t...


Hundreds abused in Chicago schools after systemic failures: report

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 16:40

Hundreds of Chicago students have been sexually assaulted over the past decade after the third largest public school system in the US failed to implement basic safeguards like conducting adequate background checks or reporting abuse to authorities. The school system employed "ineffective background checks," the Tribune said, which failed to weed out employees with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes. More than 370,000 students are enrolled in CPS, which employs nearly 36,000 people.


Trump-Putin Summit reportedly in the works

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 16:09

Pres. Trump is negotiating his way to a potential summit with Vladimir Putin and a confirmed summit with North Korea on June 12. But what will Trump actually accomplish by meeting with these leaders?


Google Employees Discuss Staging Protest Of Their Own Company

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:32

A small group of Google employees, in response to a company contract with a


MSNBC Stands By Joy Reid After She Apologizes For Controversial Blog Posts

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:18

MSNBC said Friday that it is standing by host Joy Reid, who apologized for


Niall Ferguson leaves Stanford role after ordering 'opposition research' on a student in free speech row

Top Stories - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:17

Niall Ferguson, the prominent British historian, has left his role with a Stanford university free speech initiative after leaked emails showed him suggesting "opposition research" be carried out on a left-wing student. Ferguson resigned from a leadership position on the Cardinal Conversations programme at at the institution in California, which invites guest speakers from across the political spectrum to give talks. The academic said he had made an "error of judgment" but had been "deeply concerned" by the reaction on campus against a talk by Charles Murray, the controversial social scientist, who spoke on February 22. Ferguson said he acted because he believed the Cardinal Conversations programme was being taken over by "elements fundamentally hostile to free speech". His resignation from the programme's committee came against a background of controversy over free speech at universities in the US and UK. Last month Sam Gyimah, the British higher education minister, warned against left-wing bias on campuses, "institutional hostility” to unfashionable views, and the "danger of a mono-culture" where only certain views were accepted. Ferguson's leaked emails showed him in communication with conservative students including the president of Stanford College Republicans Credit: Getty In the US last year Berkeley cancelled speeches by two conservative political commentators after protesters set fires and caused $100,000 in damage. Ferguson's leaked emails, published by The Stanford Daily, showed him in communication with conservative students including John Rice-Cameron, president of Stanford College Republicans, who is the son of Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice. A subject of discussion was left-wing activist student Michael Ocon, who was referred to as "Mr O". In one email Ferguson wrote that “some opposition research on Mr. O might also be worthwhile" and a research assistant replied they would "get on the opposition research for Mr. O." Opposition research is the practice of collecting information on a political opponent or other adversary that can be used to discredit or otherwise weaken them. In another Ferguson wrote: “Now we turn to the more subtle game of grinding them down on the committee. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." Rice-Cameron, added: "Slowly, we will continue to crush the Left’s will to resist, as they will crack under pressure." Ferguson suggested that the original Cardinal Conversations steering committee "should all be allies against O. Whatever your past differences, bury them. Unite against the SJWs (social justice warriors)." He also indicated that someone with a position at a Christian student publication was "especially good and will intimidate them". The Cardinal Conversations initiative was launched in January as a "thought-provoking community discussion of key issues across the political spectrum". Ferguson, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and at the Center for European Studies, Harvard, said his emails had been prompted by the opposition to Murray's visit. In a statement to The Telegraph he said: "I very much regret the publication of these emails. I also regret having written them.    "Having put a great deal effort into creating and organising Cardinal Conversations, I was deeply concerned by the events before, during and after the event that took place on February 22. "It seemed to me that the Cardinal Conversations student steering committee was in danger of being taken over by elements that were fundamentally hostile to free speech." He added: "It was, however, rash of me to seek to involve the Stanford Republicans, and reckless to use such inflammatory language. Realising subsequently that I had made a serious error of judgment, I resigned from Cardinal Conversations. "I remain hopeful that Cardinal Conversations will continue to foster free speech on the Stanford campus."


The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from May 2018

Macworld - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:00
May's iOS games

Image by Arte

On the hunt for something new and fun to play on your iPhone or iPad? Luckily, the App Store is constantly being flooded with fresh games, and May brought us a solid array of enticing debuts.

Like on-the-go puzzle games? Tiny Bubbles and Homo Machina might fit the bill. Into role-playing adventures? We have Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth and Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians on our list. Looking for something else entirely? Yes, we have other things too.

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