Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part

July 9, 2017

(CNN)If ours was a world where every child was in school and learning, then the two of us probably would have never met. But more than a decade ago, frustrated by education targets made by the international community set and missed, we came together to push back in a world where far too many children go without a quality education. It’s up to all of us to make sure that…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

July 8, 2017

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Mother accused of fatally stabbing family gives thumbs-up in court

July 8, 2017

(CNN)The mother accused of fatally stabbing four of her children and their father appeared to pray, smiled and gave a thumbs-up to cameras during a bizarre court appearance Friday in Georgia. Martinez appeared in court Friday to face five counts of murder, five counts of malice murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Gwinnett County police discovered a bloody scene at Martinez’s home shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in Loganville,…

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Prismas next AI project is a fun selfie sticker maker called Sticky

July 7, 2017

What do you do after garnering tens of millions of downloads and scores of clones of your AI-powered style transfer app? Why, keep innovating of course. Meet Sticky, the next app from the startup behindPrisma, which turns selfies into stylized and/or animated stickers for sharing to your social feeds. Sticky is launching today on iOS, with an Android version due in a week or two. While Prisma gained viral popularity…

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Trump joins battle for the soul of the West — to a point

July 7, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a battle cry to defend Western civilization on Thursday — but his political vision for the alliance in the West is one that few of its other major leaders would recognize, far less embrace. On the surface, Trump’s speech was exactly the kind of message Europe’s leaders have pined to hear. He reaffirmed NATO’s Article 5 principle of mutual defense, albeit with a swipe at member…

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What goes on in the mind of ‘trolls’

July 6, 2017

(CNN)Here we are today, in Donald Trump’s version of “modern day presidential”: Random badly behaved men on the Internet suddenly find their juvenile online aliases thrust into the national spotlight, as “HanA**holeSolo” did this week when he conceded he had created the Trump v. CNN meme — and it was further revealed that he was a regular purveyor of racist and anti-Semitic content on pro-Trump subreddits. Two of these anonymous…

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Why Israel’s courting India’s Prime Minister Modi

July 6, 2017

Jerusalem (CNN)Only a select few world leaders receive Israel’s grand reception at Ben Gurion International Airport: people like the President of the United States, and the Pope. So it did not go unnoticed that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the same red carpet treatment. Modi returned the gesture in trademark style. Modi addresses Congress as U.S.-India ties bloom A partnership that has seen bilateral trade grow exponentially from $200…

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How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

July 5, 2017

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and…

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Enter Japanese master Katsuya Kamo’s world of fantasy headpieces

July 5, 2017

Tokyo, Japan (CNN)There’s something distinctly punk about Katsuya Kamo’s aesthetic. His otherworldly headpieces, designed for some of the world’s most revered fashion houses, seem to disregard the limits of millinery, often combine hair with unusual materials. “If it’s not that, then the end form cannot be complete.” Three decades of innovation Since 1996, Kamo has collaborated with Japanese designers Takahashi and Junya Watanabe on hair and makeup for their collections….

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Gaming firm Razer seeks to raise over $600M in Hong Kong IPO

July 4, 2017

Gaming firm Razer has filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong as it looks to raise more than $600 million to go after growth opportunities. The U.S.-based company, which traces its origins back to Singapore, filed initial paperwork on Friday. Certain details such as how much Razer is looking to raise, its valuation and the timing of the IPO are not disclosed in the 345-page filing, but…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert released from prison

July 3, 2017

(CNN)Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was freed from prison Sunday after serving 16 months on corruption charges, authorities said. The former leader was imprisoned for taking cash from an American businessman and also getting bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project while he was mayor. “I only know that he loved expensive cigars. I know he loved pens, watches. I found it strange,” Talansky testified in 2009. He…

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Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

July 3, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

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Can civilian deaths be avoided in RAF strikes on IS? – BBC News

July 2, 2017

Image copyright MOD Image caption Cockpit footage of an RAF air strike on an IS artillery position in Mosul Seconds after it is fired, the Brimstone hits the doorway where the weapon has been hidden. Once the dust clears the building is still standing relatively unscathed. James tells me the Tornados are now carrying more Brimstone missiles because their small explosive causes less damage than the larger Paveway bomb. “Dave”,…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Baton Rouge cop killer left note, fired at least 43 rounds

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The Louisiana law officers who killed Gavin Long after he shot dead three of their colleagues in a targeted attack on police in Baton Rouge last summer were justified “and certainly saved other lives,” a prosecutor said Friday. Long, a 29-year-old black Missouri resident and discharged Marine, arrived in Baton Rouge five days earlier and was determined to kill police officers, “black or white … as long as they had…

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New York commuters’ ‘summer of hell’

July 1, 2017

New York (CNN)New York’s commuter rail lines, subways and buses carry about 9 million riders every day. Six million of those souls cram into the subway system’s vast underground maze each day. As part of the disaster declaration, Cuomo committed $1 billion to the MTA capital plan during a speech at the MTA Genius Competition, which was organized to foster new ideas to fix the subways.

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The Pope’s ‘blind spot’ on sexual abuse

June 30, 2017

(CNN)Last December, Pope Francis wrote a letter to bishops around the world, lamenting the pain his church has caused sexually abused children. The accusations against Pell set two of Francis’ chief aims at odds. While he has pledged to punish officials complicit in sexual abuse, he is also loath to believe “gossip,” as he calls it, and quick to offer mercy to sinners, especially those with whom he has close…

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Lewis Hamilton on preparing for life after Formula One

June 30, 2017

(CNN)“No one else is going to do it for me, that’s for sure.” One of the fastest drivers of his generation, the three-time Formula One champion has always been a go getter. Much like David Beckham in the soccer world, Hamilton has become a celebrity outside his sport, often being snapped in the front row at fashion week and on the red carpet of film premieres — and he’s also…

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As Iraqi troops near, ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul

June 29, 2017

Mosul, Iraq (CNN)What stands out most when you enter the Old City of Mosul is the smell. “Look, there.” A guide from Iraq’s Counter Terror Force points to the body of an ISIS militant that lies where it fell. The jihadi is blackened and bloated from days in the scorching sun. There are several more rotting corpses scattered in the rubble. This is what is left of ISIS’s prize city…

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North Korea casts shadow as Trump and Moon meet for first time

June 29, 2017

(CNN)The leaders of the US and South Korea share a common goal: Get North Korea to abandon the nuclear and missile programs that have rapidly expanded under the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. Moon, a liberal who took office last month after his conservative predecessor was impeached on corruption charges, is a strong proponent of engagement with Pyongyang. How much damage can North Korea’s weapons do? Foreign policy of…

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The strategic seating chart from the White House meeting with GOP senators

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump says he is a master of the “art of the deal,” but does he need to be as close as possible to those he is trying to strike a deal with? President Donald Trump said negotiators are continuing to work and “getting very close” on a deal and that Obamacare is “melting down as we speak.” Collins: Tinkering won’t fix Senate bill Heller won’t back Senate…

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Ivanka Trump spotlights global human trafficking

June 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump, who serves as a top adviser to President Donald Trump, used her platform Tuesday to shine a light on human trafficking, which she called an “ugly stain on civilization.” Ending human trafficking “is a major foreign policy priority for the Trump administration,” she said. Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics Activists investigating Ivanka supplier missing Trump vows to fight human trafficking

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Supreme Court order may cause travel chaos

June 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court’s decision green-lighting parts of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban Monday saved many of the prickly questions about the constitutionality of the executive order for another day — but legal experts say that the court’s compromise ruling raises other more practical headaches (and potentially further litigation) for travelers this summer. Here’s a look at why. Swalwell: SCOTUS ruling makes U.S. less safe

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Transgender firefighter marches as NYC Pride Parade grand marshal

June 26, 2017

(CNN)When Brooke Guinan joined the New York City Fire Department in 2008 she publicly presented herself as a man. She had no idea that on Sunday she’d be one of the NYC Pride Parade’s grand marshals while identifying as a transgender woman. Before joining the department, Guinan was unsure what her professional life would look like.

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More high-rises fail fire safety tests – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Cladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government has said. There are plans to test the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington on 14 June. The Department for Communities and Local Government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test. Councils were…

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