Time asks Trump Org to pull mock magazine covers

28 Jun

Time Magazine said Wednesday it has asked the Trump Organization to take down a mock front cover celebrating Donald Trump’s business record that is on display in several of the president’s golf clubs.A Washington Post journalist spotted the Time cover …

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Qataris hire Swiss lawyers to sue Gulf ‘siege’ states

28 Jun

A top Qatari human rights group said Wednesday it will employ Swiss lawyers to seek compensation for those impacted by the decision of Gulf countries to cut ties with the emirate.Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri, chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Commis…

Final death toll for London tower blaze to take months

28 Jun

It will be “many months” before authorities will be able to give a final death toll for the London tower block blaze, police said on Wednesday while stressing the enormity of the task.”We are many months from being able to provide the number of people …

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Suspected diarrhoea kills 38 Sudanese in one month: UN

28 Jun

Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, the UN said Wednesday, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season.The UN children’s agency — or UNICEF — said cases of suspected acute diar…

Samsung to invest $380 mn in new plant in US

28 Jun

Samsung plans to invest $380 million and hire nearly 1,000 workers for a new manufacturing plant for home appliances in South Carolina, the company announced Wednesday.

Samsung Electronics America described the plant as a “state of the art” facility and alluded in a news release to incentives granted by the state government as a factor in the decision.

The factory starting next year will build premium home products, including washing machines, and will be staffed with craftsmen, engineers and operators, the company said.

“For nearly 40 years, Samsung has steadily expanded our operations in the United States,” said Tim Baxter, chief executive of Samsung Electronics America.

“With this investment, Samsung is reaffirming its commitment to expanding its US operations and deepening our connection to the American consumers, engineers and innovators who are driving global trends in consumer electronics.”

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who has led President Donald Trump’s “America First” manufacturing and trade strategy, applauded the announcement and appeared at a signing ceremony with South Carolina officials.

The commerce department of the southern US state said it approved job development credits for the project by the South Korean technology giant.

The project also will receive $2.75 million in incentives from Santee Cooper, an electric utility owned by the state, the Post & Courier newspaper reported.

The South Carolina facility, located in between the city of Greenville and capital city Columbia, will take over manufacturing now being done in Mexico, the Post & Courier reported.

Macron and Trump’s Syria pledge masks strategy void: analysts

28 Jun

The tough talk of the US and French presidents in vowing a “joint response” in the event of another chemical attack in Syria belies a lack of long-term strategy on the war, analysts believe.The threat of military action by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Mac…

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MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads

28 Jun

International investigators and relatives of victims of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, renewed efforts Wednesday to push the probe forward, issuing videos appealing for witnesses.It is hoped the videos of family mem…

Up to 100,000 civilians trapped in Syria’s Raqa: UN

28 Jun

As many as 100,000 civilians are trapped in Syria’s Raqa, as US-backed fighters battle to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the UN rights chief warned Wednesday.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced grave concer…

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Former England midfielder Scott Parker retires

28 Jun

Former West Ham United and England midfielder Scott Parker announced his retirement on Wednesday.Parker began his career at Charlton Athletic before playing for Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in a career spanning two …

Knicks, top executive Phil Jackson agree to part ways

28 Jun

Phil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.The move came after Dolan and Jackson discussed the future …

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

28 Jun

Pope Francis on Wednesday created five new cardinals in a Vatican ceremony that, while deeply traditional in form, also reflected his vision of a reshaped Church for the 21st century.Four of the five new cardinals come from countries that have never ha…

Obama on temple sojourn during Indonesia holiday

28 Jun

Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood.The Obamas arrived in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java and …

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

28 Jun

British children’s writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday.Bond’s famous series about a friendly teddy bear from “deepest, darkest Peru” sold…

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Hong Kong democracy protests before Xi’s visit

28 Jun

Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy protesters today, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive
for the celebrations.

Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

28 Jun

The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday.The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for…

Cyberattack blocks Maersk terminals, new orders

28 Jun

Danish shipping mammoth Maersk said Wednesday it had shut down some of its computer systems after a global cyberattack disrupted operations at its terminals and hindered it from taking new orders.A number of Maersk’s 76 container terminals were affecte…

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

28 Jun

Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.Here is what we know from the few detai…

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Deal reached on cuts to UN peacekeeping: diplomat

28 Jun

A tentative deal on nearly $600 million in cuts to the UN peacekeeping budget has been reached following weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp cost reduction, a Security Council diplomat said Wednesday.The United Nations will spend $7…

North Korea threatens to kill South’s ex-president Park: KCNA

28 Jun

North Korea threatened on Wednesday to “impose the death penalty” on the South’s former president Park Geun-Hye over an alleged plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un.Park had “pushed forward” a supposed plan by Seoul’s intelligence services to eli…

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police 

28 Jun

Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.Wong was among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbourfront sta…

Madrid metro drivers go on strike during WorldPride

28 Jun

Madrid metro drivers began a five-day strike Wednesday, threatening to create travel chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights.The drivers began their protest at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT), just seven hours…

Turkey remembers Istanbul airport attack blamed on IS

28 Jun

Turkey on Wednesday marked one year since the triple suicide bombing and gun attack on its main international airport in Istanbul that left dozens dead and was blamed on Islamic State jihadists.Late in the evening on June 28, 2016 three attackers shot …

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police 

28 Jun

Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.Wong was among at least 20 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbourfront s…

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel’s ruling coalition

28 Jun

Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after a heated coalition spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and her centre-left governing partners.The reform would grant full marital rights, includ…

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Bird-like dinosaurs hatched eggs like chickens: study

28 Jun

Feathered dinosaurs that walked on two legs and had parrot-like beaks shared another characteristic with modern birds — they brooded clutches of eggs at a temperature similar to chickens, a study showed Wednesday.Ostrich-sized oviraptors, ancestors to…

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Germany confident ahead of Confederations Cup Mexico semi

28 Jun

Germany are the kings of the penalty shoot-out — but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final without needing dreaded spot kicks.The Germans have won all five penalty shoot-outs they have faced since 1976 …

May’s DUP bribe alienates rest of UK

28 Jun

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party gives her minority government backing on key votes – at the cost of annoying British voters on all sides.

UK supermarket Tesco axes another 1,200 jobs

28 Jun

Supermarket giant Tesco on Wednesday announced plans to cut about one quarter, or 1,200, of its head office positions as part of a cost-cutting drive at Britain’s biggest retailer.”Today we have shared with colleagues across Tesco changes that we plan …

30 civilians dead in air strikes on IS-held area of Syria: monitor

28 Jun

At least 30 civilians were killed in air strikes on an area of eastern Syria held by the Islamic State group on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately able to say whether the strikes in De…

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