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  • 'It's very sad': Trump reacts to Patriots owner Robert Kraft's soliciting prostitution charges-

    'It's very sad': Trump reacts to Patriots owner Robert Kraft's soliciting prostitution chargesPresident Donald Trump said he was surprised by the news of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution.


  • Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, warns Emmanuel Macron-

    Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, warns Emmanuel MacronFrance is to recognise anti-Zionism, the denial of the state of Israel, as a form of anti-Semitism in response to a surge in acts against Jews not seen “since the Second World War”. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, also promised new legislation in May to fight hate speech on the Internet, which could see platforms such as Facebook and Twitter fined for every minute they fail to take down racist or violent content. Speaking at the annual meeting of France’s largest Jewish organization, CRIF, Mr Macron said that France and other countries in Europe had recently witnessed "a resurgence of anti-Semitism that is probably unprecedented since World War II.” “We have denounced it a lot, adopted plans, passed laws sometimes. But we haven’t been able to act efficiently,” he said. While stopping short of calling for new legislation, the President said the working definition of anti-Semitism drawn up by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance would help guide police forces, magistrates and teachers in their daily work. That definition stipulates that anti-Semitism can take the form of "denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour”. "Anti-Zionism is one of the modern forms of anti-Semitism,” said Mr Macron. "Behind the negation of Israel's existence, what is hiding is the hatred of Jews.” Such guidelines in no way infringed on people’s right to criticise to the Israeli government and its policies, he said. Mr Macron also said that his party would introduce a bill in parliament in May to force social media to withdraw hate speech posted online and use all available means to identify the authors "as quickly as possible.” Digital minister Mounir Mahjoubi said: “There will be an obligation for results: if the content is not taken down then there will be a fine, and a large fine,” Mr Mahjoubi told France Info radio. “Each minute that content remains online, it increases the harm to society. Twenty-four hours is far too long.” Anti-Semitic acts surged by 74 per cent last year in France, according to government figures Credit: Getty Images Europe France has been pressuring Internet companies to better regulate their content ever since a series of terror attacks starting in 2015. The recent “yellow vest” protests have largely been orchestrated online. Many postings have included links to anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant and anti-vaccine messages, as well as a string of conspiracy theories. Mr Macron’s speech came a day after thousands attended rallies across France to denounce a rise in anti-Semitic acts and in a week in which almost 100 gravestones spray-painted with swastikas were discovered in a Jewish village cemetery in eastern France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents rose last year by 74 per cent from 311 in 2017 to 541, the government announced last week.


  • Bobby Berk to Launch Collection for A.R.T. Furniture at High Point-

    Bobby Berk to Launch Collection for A.R.T. Furniture at High PointThe collaboration marks the first time A.R.T. is working with an outside designer


  • Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids-

    Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. “The immigration minister is seized with this particular case,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman’s brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.


  • China against forcefully sending aid to Venezuela-

    China against forcefully sending aid to VenezuelaChina said Friday it was against forcefully sending “so-called humanitarian assistance” to Venezuela, warning it could spark conflict in the crisis-torn country. China has loaned billions to Venezuela and has remained committed to President Nicolas Maduro even as the country has fallen deeper into economic crisis. Foreign aid mostly from the US has piled up on Venezuela’s borders as the Maduro government refuses to let it into the country.


  • CORRECTED: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contract-

    CORRECTED: Microsoft workers demand it drop $480 million U.S. Army contractThe organising effort, described to Reuters by three Microsoft workers, offers the latest example in the last year of tech employees protesting cooperation with governments on emerging technologies. Microsoft won a contract in November to supply the Army with at least 2,500 prototypes of augmented reality headsets, which digitally displays contextual information in front of a user’s eyes. In a petition to Microsoft executives, posted on Twitter, workers said they “did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used.” They called on the company to develop “a public-facing acceptable use policy” for its technology and an external review board to publicly enforce it.


  • Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in Hanoi-

    Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in HanoiDays before the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, to be held in Vietnam’s capital, a Kim impersonator appeared at the Metropole Hotel, a back-up location for the meeting. Howard X, an Australian, has been cashing in on his resemblance to North Korea’s leader, especially his haircut. It looks awful,” Howard X said, adding it takes him three hours to prepare his outfit and get into character.


  • Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best Buy-

    Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best BuyWhen you get home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour bent over a hot stove making dinner. Yeah you can pop something in a slow cooker before you leave for your day, but that takes advanced planning and sometimes you just don't have the time or energy for that. With a pressure cooker, you can just toss ingredients in like a slow cooker, but the food cooks in a fraction of the time. You've probably heard the craze about Instant Pots, but those can run a bit pricey. The Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker does virtually the same thing as an Instant Pot at a lower price point. Right now you can snag the Insignia pressure cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy, a savings of $80.The multi-function cooker has 12 one-touch preset programs for easy operation. Some of these options include keep warm, slow cook, steak/meat, rice/risotto, cake, and more. You can cook almost anything in a multi-function cooker. If you're skeptical about jumping full throttle into the multi-cooker world, the Insignia is a good starter option because it has the same sort of functionality as the name-brand pricier models. You'll get similar features as the Instant Pot DUO Plus which will cost you $139.95 at Amazon. That's $100 more than you'll drop on the Insignia. Best Buy reviewer Websaver writes:Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy. Image: insignia Save $80 on the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker at Best Buy See Details


  • Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child porn-

    Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child pornGoogle-owned YouTube said Thursday it was taking action to close a loophole that enabled users to share comments and links on child pornography over the video-sharing service. The response came after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a “wormhole” that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos. “Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” a spokesman said in an email to AFP.


  • Mercedes-Benz Recall | Automated System Problem-

    Mercedes-Benz Recall | Automated System ProblemMercedes-Benz Vehicles Recalled for Partially Automated Driving System Problem Mercedes-Benz is recalling 6,200 S-Class sedans, coupes, and convertibles from the 2018 and 2019 model years becaus…


  • Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacks-

    Pakistan PM authorizes military response if India attacksISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday authorized the armed forces to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure" by neighboring India, as tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals.


  • Parents dead in murder-suicide at Sugar Land home as 16-year-old daughter slept inside-

    Parents dead in murder-suicide at Sugar Land home as 16-year-old daughter slept insideTheir family says they were involved in volunteering and believed in giving back before they died.


  • The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snow-

    The Latest: Part of I-10 closed because of snowFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on winter weather in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):


  • Venezuela shooting: At least one dead after troops fire on indigenous people near Brazil border-

    Venezuela shooting: At least one dead after troops fire on indigenous people near Brazil borderAt least one person has been shot dead by Venezuelan security forces during a clash on the border with Brazil, according to local officials. Gran Sabana mayor Emilio Gonzalez identified the woman who was killed as Zoraida Rodriguez, a member of an indigenous community. The mayor said members of the Pemon indigenous group clashed with the Venezuela National Guard and the army, who were moving tanks to the border.


  • Warren Backs Government Reparations for African Americans-

    Warren Backs Government Reparations for African AmericansSenator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Thursday followed fellow Democratic presidential contender Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) in calling for the government to pay reparations to African Americans to atone for slavery and subsequent discrimination.Warren's campaign told the New York Times that she does support some form of government reparations for the descendants of slaves, but did not specify what policy she we would pursue if elected in 2020.Warren's support for reparations came after Harris came out in support of the idea during a radio interview last week.“We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities,” she said. “I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities.”Since angering much of the progressive-activist community last year by publicizing the results of her DNA test to substantiate her claim of Native American ancestry, Warren has prioritized racial equity in laying out her 2020 presidential platform. She has called for a special home-buying-assistance program that would help alleviate the effects of racial red-lining, a phenomenon in which African Americans are prevented from buying homes in certain neighborhoods. She has also presented a universal-child-care proposal that would create a network of government-backed child-care centers available to families making under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.Other prominent Democratic presidential contenders, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, have not yet come out in support of reparations. Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) dismissed the idea of paying reparations to the descendants of slaves as impractical during his 2016 presidential run but has not weighed in on the issue since.


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