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Increase to €650 a month will stimulate the economy, says prime minister Alexis Tsipras

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Each year, a new set of designer bags arrives on the fashion scene. From fresh takes on heritage bags to brand-new silhouettes that are about to take the street style scene by storm, we’re already seeing some of the newest designs landing at retailers. Which of these designer handbag trends are worth the investment, though?



To find out, I asked some of the most stylish fashion insiders to weigh in on the bags they will be buying in 2019. Their stylish selects are sure to inspire what you add to your shopping cart. From an updated take on one of Fendi’s most iconic designs to the new Celine bag we’re about to see everywhere to expertly sourced vintage Chanel styles, these are the designer bags fashion girls are investing in for 2019. Shop their picks ahead, and scroll down to see what landed on this editor’s list.


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Over the last two years, Copenhagen Fashion Week has grown into a highly visible entity in the global fashion industry. Each season, more and more influencers, editors, buyers, and models flock to the Danish capital to see brands like Ganni, Saks Potts, and Stine Goya. No surprise, the city’s fashion scene is more vibrant and colorful than ever, with pretty floral-frock lovers, logo obsessives, and #OldCeline minimalists dominating the scene. See Style du Monde photographer Acielle’s latest coverage here, and be sure to check back for her daily updates.


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Global stocks steadied in overnight trading Wednesday as Apple's solid quarterly earnings sent waves of relief through world markets rattled by persistent concerns from U.S. companies over slowing growth in China.


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Around 130 French citizens believed to have joined ISIS in Syria will be released from jail and repatriated to their home country, according to a new report.


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MPs opted not to back an attempt by backbenchers to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit on March 29 in a key vote in the U.K.'s House of Commons.



A proposal put down by Labour MP Yvette Cooper that aims to force the government to delay Brexit day was backed by 298 MPs with 321 voting against - a deficit of 23.



The amendment, which was opposed by the government, would have carved out parliamentary time for legislation requiring the government to ask for an extension to Article 50 if no Brexit deal is approved by MPs by February 26. All EU27 leaders would have had to agree unanimously to such an extension.



To do that, the amendment had sought to suspend one of the rules governing House of Commons procedure which gives precedence to government business on the Commons timetable. Earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the proposal as "deeply misguided" because it would "usurp the pro

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per role of the executive."


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The reality, from Axios : Exclusive poll: Americans want economic reform in 2020 Most Americans think the economic system is skewed toward the wealthy and the government should do more to fix it -


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Doctors are being told not to recommend a popular blood thinner to treat patients with the heart condition, AFib.



The drug, warfarin, is more commonly known by the brand name Coumadin.



New guidelines released Monday from the American Heart Association show warfarin is no longer recommended to treat atrial fibrillation, or AFib.


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A new study finds lowering blood pressure could cut the risk of developing a brain disorder that can lead to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. One in three American adults have high blood pressure and only half have it under control.



The lead author of the study, Dr. Jeff Williamson of Wake Forest School of Medicine, called the findings a leap forward.



"For the first time in history we can say, in terms of blood pressure lowering treatment, what is good for your heart is also good for your brain," Williamson said.



The study looked at the effect of more intensive blood pressure control and risks of developing mild cognitive impairment. That's when people develop problems with thinking and planning, but can still do everyday tasks. It can be a gateway to dementia.


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Apple has disabled the group calling feature within its FaceTime calling service while it works on a patch to fix a nasty bug that allows eavesdropping.



Apple’s status page shows that group calling via FaceTime is “temporarily unavailable” — that’s a stop-gap move while the company to deliver a more permanent fix to the problem this week. We were unable to set up a group call when we tried, having earlier been able to do and replicate the issue.



All being well, this fix means that users don’t need to completely disable FaceTime due to the bug, but it is understandable if some people are hesitant to switch it on again.


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The Dow fell Monday as downbeat earnings from Caterpillar and Nvidia fuelled concerns about a slowdown in global growth.



The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.84%, the S&P 500 lost 0.78%, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 1.11%.



Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) tumbled after reporting fourth-quarter earnings that missed forecasts. The heavy equipment maker also guided full-year earnings below consensus estimates. Its share price fell 9% and dragged the Dow Jones Industrials lower by about 70 points.



Caterpillar's dour earnings and guidance triggered weakness in Boeing (NYSE:BA), Deere (NYSE:DE) and Cummins (NYSE:CMI), pressuring industrials to close more than 1% lower.



Chipmaker Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) said it expected fourth-quarter slashed its guidance for the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and reported datacenter revenue that missed estimates. It blamed declining macro conditions, particularly in China, which hurt growth in gaming and data centre bu

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sinesses. Its share price fell 14%.



As well as declining gaming and datacenter growth, lower gross margin was cited as a headwind for the chipmaker.


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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has just signed a three-year agreement with supermarket chain Albertsons that will make Microsoft's Azure its preferred cloud-computing platform, according to a report by CNBC. One of the considerations mentioned by the grocer for choosing Azure over rival Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is that Microsoft isn't a competitor.



This is another high-profile win for Microsoft. Privately held Albertsons is the parent company of its namesake supermarkets, as well as Safeway, Vons, and more than a dozen others. The company is the second-largest grocery chain in the U.S., behind leader Kroger (NYSE:KR).



Albertsons joins a growing list of recent large cloud wins by Microsoft, as retailers and supermarket chains seek refuge in the system of a company that isn't actively competing for their customers.


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According to Andrian Wojnarowski Anthony Davis' agent Rich Paul has told ESPN, that he has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade.


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Sony Pictures Classic acquired multi-territory rights to the documentary “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. The film, directed by award-winning journalist Matt Tyrnauer, premiered in the U.S. documentary competition during the festival. Tyrnauer is known for documentaries about designer Valentino Garavani and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager. “The Sundance reception for ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ has been overwhelming, affirming in the extreme. As a filmmaker I have always had the greatest admiration for Sony Pictures Classics, and their extraordinary taste and curatorial eye,” Tyrnauer said in a statement. “They have been behind many of the films I admire most. I can’t think of a better company to bring this film and its message to theatrical audiences across the nation and beyond.”


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Avengers: Endgame is set to be an absolute mammoth cinematic event, but it will also be a goodbye of sorts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Many of the main Avengers cast members will see their Marvel contracts expire with the film, and while they’re all open to renegotiate additional appearances, most of them are expected to walk away. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has previously teased a “definitive ending” to the culminating chapter, after all. Yet that doesn’t necessarily mean our favorite MCU characters will be gone forever.



“[Robert Downey Jr.] embodies that character really well, audiences love him and Marvel pays him a lot of money to do it,” Wall Street Journal reporter and The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of the Movies author Ben Fritz recently told Observer. “Yet he is not bigger than Iron Man, and when he leaves the series, there will certainly be more Iron Man movies with new stars.”

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Just a few days back, Apple released iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone and iPad users around the globe.



The update is being rolled out as an incremental release with only bug fixes and no new features.



But, the sad part is, despite being solely focused on fixes, it fails to address one of the biggest issues flagged on previous iOS versions: connectivity.


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Patrick Springer spent 20 years working for Morgan Stanley as an investment specialist. Specifically, his job was to help institutional investors make informed decisions in global equity markets. Now, despite the bitcoin market meltdown, he’s flung himself headlong into crypto becoming an advisor for Polybird Exchange. Why? Because “it’s important for people to challenge themselves at different times in their careers.”



Despite no longer working for Morgan Stanley, after two decades on the inside he’s pretty well poised to provide his opinion on how — and when — institutional investors will enter the cryptocurrency space. And he believes we’re not there yet.



Wall Street companies, he says, will adopt aspects of blockchain only if certain conditions are met. This starts with suffi

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cient demand from their existing clients. Blockchain technology also needs to provide them with significant cost savings or market share opportunities. “The demand for bitcoin futures and ETFs by core institutional investors has still not been determined yet,” Patrick states.



At the same time, he adds, “incumbents in trading, settlement, and payments already have such large market shares and current systems are reasonably efficient for existing uses that there is not a lot of incentive to be an aggressive first-mover.”


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Martin Rees, a well-respected British cosmologist, made pretty bold statement late last year when it comes to particle accelerators: there's a small, but real possibility of disaster.


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that he fired Canada's ambassador to China over remarks about a high-profile U.S. extradition case.


Trudeau issued a statement saying he had asked for, and received, the resignation of Ambassador John McCallum.


The firing came after McCallum made comments picking apart the U.S. extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, apologized, then again weighed in on the case, telling the Toronto Star that it would be "great for Canada" if the U.S. dropped the charges.


That appeared to be the final straw.

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Political paralysis is a story well-known in the United States, as the very recent and long standoff over the government shutdown reminds. But few countries are more mired in gridlock, dysfunction, division and weak leadership than Britain. It is as if the worst of America has come to Britain, with a few local touches thrown in.



The long Brexit fight over the terms by which Britain leaves the European Union has exposed and heightened the troublesome state of British politics. The surprise decision by voters in June 2016 to leave the E.U., rather than to remain a part of the economic and political alliance, has resulted in a never-ending debate and a sense of exhaustion and sharpened lines of conflict that have split the country in half and divided the parties as well.



Prime Minister Theresa May has been dogged in trying to find a way out of this mess, in her negotiations in Brussels as well as in attempting to produce a coalition at hom

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e with numbers big enough to win support for a separation agreement.


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The 35-year-old politician declared himself acting president this week, and has been recognized as the country's president by the Trump administration.


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One feature I wish YouTube had is an option to select a default resolution for video playback.My internet situation is so bad (WiFi is rather slow, 4G has a silly cap) that I always resort to 360p or 480p to avoid buffering or eating through my plan, so for now, I have to open the quality picker each time and choose the one I want. Those of you who are luckier than me had to do the same, only you'd be picking the highest quality instead. But things have now gotten a little easier for you and a little harder for me.


YouTube has inverted the way it orders resolutions in the quality picker. Previously, the list was ascending, starting at 144p and ending at the highest resolution available. Now, it's descending, with the higher quality up first and the lower ones below.

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First things first: The theme song of the week is The Tonight Show theme song by Rickey Minor.



Poll of the week: An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that only 37% of Americans approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing. A significantly higher 58% disapprove. This makes for a net approval rating of -21 points. The previous ABC/Washington Post poll put Trump's net approval rating at -13 points, so his net approval rating fell by 8 points.



What's the point: Make no mistake: Trump lost the shutdown fight. The ABC News/Washington Post poll is merely the latest to show that Trump's approval rating was plummeting. In average of all recent polls, Trump's net approval rating had dropped 6 points compared to before the shutdown.


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NATO and Russia are clashing over the country’s introduction of a new medium-range missile, when 29 envoys from security alliance met with Russia in Brussels, calling on the country to destroy the missile before a Wednesday deadline.



If Russia does not comply, the United States will go through with President Donald Trump’s call to start the six-month process to pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) on that deadline.



The INF Treaty requires that the United States and Russia — the two biggest nuclear powers in the world — eliminate all nuclear and conventional ground-launched 500 to 5,500 km-range (310-3,420 miles) cruise and ballistic and missiles.


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The New Horizons probe has sent back its best picture yet of the small, icy object Ultima Thule, which it flew past on New Year's Day.



The image was acquired when the Nasa spacecraft was just 6,700km from its target, which scientists think is two bodies lightly fused together - giving the look of a snowman.



Surface details are now much clearer. New Horizons' data is coming back very slowly, over the next 20 months.



This is partly to do with the great distance involved (the separation is 6.5 billion km) but is also limited by the small power output of the probe's transmitter and the size (and availability) of the receive antennas here on Earth. It all makes for glacial bit rates.



The new image was obtained with New Horizons' wide-angle Multicolor Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) and gives a resolution of 135m per pixel. There is another version of this scene taken at even higher reso

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lution by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), but this has not yet been downlinked from the probe.



When the best pictures from the moment of closest approach (a miss distance of 3,500km) are available, they should have resolutions of roughly 35m per pixel.



But even in the latest MVIC observation, the new detail is fascinating. Ultima Thule's topography has now sharpened sufficiently for us to see the defined outline of a number of pits, especially along the day/night boundary, or terminator.



For scale, the overall length of the snowman is about 33km.



Researchers will have to determine whether the holes are impact craters or voids created by some other type of process - such as the escape of volatile materials.



Ultima Thule, a conglomeration of ice and dust, orbits the Sun in a sparsely populated and low-energy environment known as the Kuiper belt.



The chance of a collision with other objects ought therefore to be exceedingly low, but then this snowman was very probably created right at the start of Solar System formation and has had time to pick up at least a few scars.


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If you're looking for a bargain on a smartphone, HMD's Nokia lineup is one of the best and most unique in the industry. For 2019, the Finnish smartphone company says a North American expansion will be a big focus, and today, for the first time, it's announcing carrier deals for a few low-end models.



Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO, is getting the Nokia 3.1 Plus, Verizon is getting the Nokia 2.1, and in Canada, Rogers will begin to carry an undisclosed Nokia phone. Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO, is getting the Nokia 3.1 Plus (pictured above), which is definitely the most impressive of the two phones. For just $160, you get a fairly modern-looking smartphone design. The 3.1 Plus comes with a 6-inch, 1440×720, 18:9 LCD, a rear fingerprint reader, a dual rear camera system, and Android 9 Pie with two years of updates.



This is the first time the Nokia 3.1 Plus has come to the US, and interestingly, the trip to Ameri

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ca also required a swap in the SoC. The international version uses a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, but the American version switches to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. Both chips have eight 2GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPUs and are built on a 12nm manufacturing process, so there should not be a huge difference. Why bother making the switch, though? You've got to wonder if a move like this is driven by Qualcomm's allegedly unfair patent licensing.



Other specs for the Nokia 3.1 Plus include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a MicroSD slot, a USB-C port, NFC, and a headphone jack. The back is plastic and pops off, but the 3500mAh battery is not replaceable.


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Ahead of next month's unveiling of the Galaxy S10, Samsung has taken the wraps off a mid-range Galaxy phone that features the same Infinity-O 'hole-punch' screen that's expected on its flagships.



The company today unveiled the Galaxy A9 Pro, featuring a tri-camera setup on the rear with the single left-side hole-punch on the front for a 2.4-megapixel camera. Infinity-O is Samsung's answer to the iPhone notch and could be a less intrusive way of designing space for a camera on a full screen phone.



The Galaxy A9 Pro follows Samsung's launch of the Galaxy A9, the world's first phone with four rear cameras.



Both devices are examples of Samsung's promise last year to bring new features to its mid-range smartphones first to compete with cheaper phones from Chinese rivals, Huawei, Vivo, and Oppo.


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The production-weighted cash cost to create one Bitcoin averaged around $4 060 globally in the fourth quarter, according to analysts with JPMorgan Chase & Co.



With Bitcoin itself currently trading below $3 600, that doesn’t look like such a good deal. However, there’s a big spread around the average, meaning that there are clear winners and losers.



Low-cost Chinese miners are able to pay much less - the estimate is around $2 400 per Bitcoin - by leveraging direct power purchasing agreements with electricity generators such as aluminum smelters looking to sell excess power generation, JPMorgan analysts led by Natasha Kaneva said in a wide-ranging January 24 report about cryptocurrencies spearheaded by Joyce Chang.



Electricity tends to be the biggest cost for miners, needed to run the high-powered computer rigs used to process data blocks to earn Bitcoin.


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Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles developed a technique for turning pluripotent stem cells into cancer-killing T cells.



The new approach uses artificial thymic organoids to mimic the thymus and produce T cells without needing to collect them from already-depleted patients.


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The Queen's remarks have been seen as a comment on Brexit, ahead of a key Commons vote next week.



Commentators say the remarks will be seen as referring to the Brexit debate, with MPs due to vote on the PM's deal for leaving the EU again next week.



MPs rejected the deal last week but the UK will leave on 29 March with no deal unless they can agree on a way forward.



BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said there was little doubt the Queen was "sending a message".


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Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. He was arrested by the FBI Friday morning at his home in Florida, his lawyer tells CNN.



Stone was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.



Stone will make an appearance later Friday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office.


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House Democrats are preparing to send President Donald Trump a proposal to boost border security — but not build a wall — by spending more than the $5.7 billion he wants for the wall, according to a Democratic aide.



The amount is subject to change, according to the aide, who said Democrats may make a proposal in a letter to Trump later this week. In past proposals, Democrats’ concept of border security has included infrastructure, more immigration judges and aid to Central American countries.



“We are prepared to spend a very substantial sum of money” for border security, second-ranking House Democrat Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday without giving details on the planned letter.



On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate plans to vote Thursday on two rival proposals to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day. One is Trump’s plan that includes $5.7 billion for

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border wall funding; the other is a Democratic proposal to reopen shuttered agencies through Feb. 8 while both sides negotiate on how to better secure the border. Each proposal would require 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which the GOP controls 53-47.


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Italy boss Roberto Mancini was scouting Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala who could have been given a call-up for the Azzurri national team.



Sala is an Argentinean striker but he has an Italian passport and Mancini sent his Italy scouts to watch him several times in Nantes, the club Sala was playing in before joining Cardiff.



The airplane that took the striker from France to Wales went missing on Monday night and rescue operations are ongoing even though the local Police has just revealed that there are no chances to find the 28-year-old alive.


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Greg Jensen, co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, said he sees a more negative outlook for growth than the markets and policy makers.



“While people have certainly diminished their growth expectations and you’re hearing all about that at Davos, we don’t think they’ve done it enough,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg TV Wednesday from the World Economic Forum. “Earnings expectations particularly in the U.S. are too high, and generally the Fed and other policy makers are still expecting stronger growth than we see.”


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At the core of Facebook's various data misuse troubles has been a concerning sense of naivety, or maybe a propensity to look at things in an overly positive light, without considering the potential negatives.



In that sense, it's somewhat concerning to see that this approach doesn't appear to be evolving, with The Social Network's latest feature being a new tool which will enable users to create their own petitions on Facebook, and rally other users in support.



Called 'Community Actions', the tool's intended to inspire increase civic action and community participation.


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Have you ever used Twitter's 'night mode'? Have you found it dark enough for your liking?



Evidently, some users have not, and recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey noted that it's something which they'll be looking to address. So now, Twitter's night mode, which was recently added to the desktop version, will be getting even darker, better aligning with broader industry trends.



You can see the issue here - over on Dark Mode List, they show a comparison of the various app night modes, which highlights the lighter Twitter screen.


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The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay.



Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal to fund the government for three weeks, without attaching the $5.7 billion in U.S.-Mexico border wall funding demanded by President Donald Trump. The president has opposed similar legislation in the House of Representatives.


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Things are officially getting exciting. New science has just come in from the collaboration to photograph Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, and it's ponying up the secrets at our galaxy's dusty heart. The image below is the best picture yet of Sgr A* (don't worry, there's more to come from the Event Horizon Telescope), and while it may look like just a weird blob of light to you, astrophysicists studying the radio data can learn a lot from what they're looking at - and they think they've identified a relativistic jet angled towards Earth. Because the image taken of the region is the highest resolution yet - twice as high as the previous best - the researchers were able to precisely map the properties of the light around the black hole as scattered by the cloud. "The galactic centre is full of matter around the black hole, which acts like frosted glass that we have to look through," astrophysicist Eduard

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o Ros of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany told New Scientist. Using very long baseline interferometry to take observations at a wavelength of 3.5 millimetres (86 GHz frequency), a team of astronomers has used computer modelling to simulate what's inside the thick cloud of plasma, dust and gas surrounding the black hole.


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With another year on the horizon, millions of people on social media are partaking in a viral new craze. It's called the #10YearChallenge, and the dare is simple: share two photos of yourself taken a decade apart and laugh at the contrast.

It was all fun and games - until we involved the environment.

Even though it can be fun to reflect on how much we change - or don't change - as individuals, it's way more terrifying to realise how much the face of our planet has been altered in just ten years.

Greenpeace was one of the first environmental organisations to poop all over the party, sharing a photograph of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

With a new Brazilian president promising to harvest even more of this region's precious resources, a reminder of our current destruction is pertinent, albeit discouraging.

"That which took nature hundreds of thousands of years to create, humans have destroyed in less than ten," the post reads.
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You didn't need a telescope to look at the lunar eclipse Sunday. It was in your backyard! The total lunar eclipse happened over Houston Sunday night. It's called the "Super Blood Wolf Moon." Wolf, meaning the first full moon in January, and blood moon, because of its red color from light refracted through the atmosphere.


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Two people have died and at least 22 have been injured following a fire at a ski resort in the French Alps. Sixty resort employees were evacuated after the blaze broke out at accommodation for seasonal workers in Courchevel in the early hours of Sunday morning. Footage posted on social media showed fire crews using ladders to rescue trapped workers from the wooden building.


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Up to 170 migrants are feared dead after two accidents in which dinghies sank in the Mediterranean after leaving North Africa for Europe.

One of the vessels capsized off Libya after departing the country on Thursday, prompting the Italian navy to stage a rescue operation.

But Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), said that so far only three of the suspected 120 migrants on-board had been found alive.
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Astronomy buffs across the United States have been promised all the makings of a spectacular total lunar eclipse on Sunday except one - clear skies.


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Samsung will hold its next Unpacked event in February, where it’s expected to show off a "fully functional" version of its foldable phone, along with the next iteration of its Galaxy lineup, Galaxy S10. A new leaked image from Evan Blass shows off three versions of the phone, the S10E, the S10, and the S10+.


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They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the illegally tapped pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined others in bypassing the soldiers.

As they neared the spurting fuel, he was overcome with foreboding. Perez recalls telling his son: "Let's go ... this thing is going to explode."

And it did, with a fireball that engulfed locals scooping up the spilling gasoline and underscored the dangers of an epidemic of fuel theft from pipelines that Mexico's new president has vowed to fight.

By Saturday evening, the death toll from Friday's blaze had risen to 73, with another 74 people injured and dozens more missing.
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Nothing can stop Netflix. The ever-popular streaming service just keeps growing and growing. Even the recently announced price hikes won’t stop the behemoth company, which continues to roll out mega hit after mega hit. But just how many people are signed up for Netflix? According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s 139 million.

Revenue has also gone up 27 percent in the last three months, for a total of $4.19 billion. That’s thanks in part to breakout hits, like the Sandra Bullock-starring film Bird Box, which according to Netflix has been viewed more than 80 million times since its release in December. Bird Box also had the best first seven days ever for a Netflix film, with more than 45 million of those views coming in that first week.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed this week that Cortana is more of an app than a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. Speaking to journalists, Nadella hinted that Microsoft doesn’t view Cortana smart speakers as an area to compete it, instead it will ensure Cortana is available across multiple devices and platforms.


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Zimbabwe on Friday faced a "total internet shutdown," a media group said, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital after alleged assaults by security forces. "Our country is going through one of the most trying periods in its history," the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a sweeping statement lamenting the government's "intolerant handling of dissent" and its failure to halt economic collapse.


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France's contingency plan looks after 'interests of our citizens', says PM Philippe.


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President Donald Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he’s postponing a trip she planned to take to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan because of the partial government shutdown, telling her in a letter she should stay in Washington to negotiate.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote Pelosi, a day after she suggested he postpone his State of the Union speech scheduled for Jan. 29.

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