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Renault confirmed on Thursday that it was considering new leadership to replace embattled Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, after French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called publicly for a board meeting to address his succession.


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The upcoming total lunar eclipse connects in an important way with another, which the author experienced as a child in 1964.
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Rep. Kathleen Rice loses out on a Judiciary seat after opposing Pelosi’s return to the speakership.
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Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was royally rejected in record-breaking fashion: 432 votes to 202. CNN's Bianca Nobilo explains what's next for May and Brexit.
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Antarctica’s ice is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, according to a new study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In the study, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Netherlands' Utrecht University used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to determine how fast the ice on southernmost continent and the site of the South Pole has been melting since 1979 in 176 of Antarctica's geologic structural basins, where ice drains into the Southern Ocean.
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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a last ditch effort on Monday to convince rebel lawmakers to back her Brexit divorce deal, warning them that Britain's exit from the EU is now in peril from politicians seeking to thwart it.
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We already know that Sony Interactive Entertainment is working on another console installment, which will presumably be called the PS5. However, details around what it's cooking up, are currently scarce and mostly of the rumor mold.

However, a slew of new job listings has seemingly shed some some additional light on what the company is doing for the next-generation of consoles.

As you may know, throughout the PS4's lifetime -- and even more so with the PS3 -- Sony has been swamped with criticism over PSN. It goes down often. It randomly slows down and even stops working. And it's missing some highly-requested features.

But it looks like Sony is gearing up to attempt to remedy most, if not all, of this with the PS5. A few months ago, a rumor made the rounds that PS5 would make substantial upgrades in the PSN department. And a new job listing only further reinforces this claim.

Last week, Sony posted a job listing for a Senior Network Operations Engineer at PlayStation's Alis
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on Viejo offices located in sunny California. The listing featured the following snippet:

"As a primary member of the Network Engineering team you will be responsible for the development, support and mid to long term considerations of an advanced global IP network that adheres to the highest standards to provide robust, low latency game streaming services to PlayStation Now customers around the globe. You will help contribute to an automation first operations team (DevOps) to increase our efficiencies and ability to scale rapidly as we build the next generation PlayStation backbone."
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Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down most of them, according to state media reports.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport," SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15pm (21:15 GMT), it said.

The state news agency also quoted a transport ministry source as saying that the airport was running normally.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defences firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.
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IMG has just released the preliminary schedule for February's New York Fashion Week, which the organization dubs NYFW: The Shows, and there are some notable new names on the list. 11 Honoré, the trailblazing size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site, will put on a runway show for the first time. Another new, but familiar, name is Harlem's Fashion Row: The organization hosts an event every year separately from the NYFW calendar that champions and provides a platform for Black designers. In February, for the first time, it will host a special opening night event and an installation that will celebrate "an icon in American film, brought to life through a collaborative effort that will support emerging designers and fashion talent of color," per a press release. The shows take place Feb. 6-13, with both of the aforementioned events taking place the evening of the 6th.
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Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will write the script for the sixth installment in New Line Cinema’s “Final Destination” franchise, the studio announced Friday.

The films have grossed almost $700 million worldwide since the first film’s debut in 2000. The “Final Destination” franchise is one of the longest running at New Line, where horror is a specialty.

Melton and Dunstan won “Project Greenlight” Season 3 and are best known for writing four of the “Saw” movies (movies four to seven). Their upcoming projects include “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” “The Reckoning” and an Untitled Christmas Horror Project.
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According to the latest reports, the most used instant messaging application, of course, WhatsApp to get these ultimate new features.
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From ever-shrinking bezels to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have changed dramatically in 2018. And things are set to change even more as we enter 2019.

Expect a lot of foldable phones like the FlexPai from Royole (pictured here), with Samsung finally gearing up to unveil the foldable phone it's been prototyping for years. Flattening smartphone sales are also catching up with Apple, which could come out with new iPhones in the fall that are more of a departure from the relatively iterative iPhone XS and XR. Meanhwile, device makers and wireless carriers are racing to bring the first 5G phones to the market just as networks based on the new connectivity standard start coming online this year.
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Iran called on France to avoid repeating "irresponsible and incorrect" claims about Tehran's ballistic missile work, Iranian state TV reported.

France earlier on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons, after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.
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Visa Inc on Friday said Mary Kay Bowman will join as head of the business that is tasked to attract more customers to use the world's largest payments network.

Bowman joins from Square Inc , where she was head of product. Her departure is the second high-profile exit from the payments processor following the departure of its Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar in December last year.

At Visa, Bowman will head the designing, development and delivery of new services, the company said.

Bowman's resume includes stints at Amazon.com Inc , where she was a director of global payments.
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A bus driver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been honoured for saving a toddler wandering alone in freezing conditions.

Irena Ivic, who works for the Milwaukee County Transit System, spotted the child running along an overpass in December.
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Footage captures the moment a child was dropped from a burning building in Georgia.
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The starting date for flights has been pushed back several times. Branson originally predicted that Virgin Galactic would be flying customers into space by 2007. Development issues, a 2007 fatal explosion during a ground test and a tragic test-flight crash in October 2014 are some of the things that have delayed work.

On Dec. 13, 2018, the company achieved a major accomplishment when their VSS Unity test vehicle reached space — at least, according to one definition. The vehicle reached an altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers), which is slightly higher than what the U.S. Air Force considers the border between Earth's atmosphere and space when giving astronaut wings to its pilots. However, the more famous Kármán line defining where space begins is at 62 miles (100 km) up.

Virgin plans to operate its future private space flights out of the Spaceport America complex in New Mexico, but it has also signed an agreement to develop a spaceport in Abu Dhabi.

The company has hundreds
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of customers who have made deposits for spaceflights. The biggest known name on the list (announced in 2012) is actor Ashton Kutcher, although rumor has it that actors Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and singer Katy Perry have signed on as well. A few people reportedly backed out after the October 2014 crash.
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OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment.

The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Silver Lake. Existing investors CRV and Scale Venture Partners also contributed to the round. Today’s investment brings the total raised since inception to over $170 million, according to the company.

It is referring to this as a “growth round,” but indicated that actually means Series D plus “flexible capital.” Whatever you call it, it would appear to give OneLogin some runway to grow large enough to find a way to exit.

CEO Brad Brooks says his company is well-positioned to compete with
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the likes of Okta and Microsoft in this market by offering a multi-faceted authentication solution that works both on-prem and in the cloud. He swept aside question of revenue, valuation or IPO plans, only indicating that the company was growing and they had big expansion plans.
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Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the US delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister has said.

“If the [pullout] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told NTV television.

Turkey and the US are at loggerheads over the future of Syrian Kurdish forces after the US president, Donald Trump, made a surprise announcement last month to withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria.

Ahead of Trump’s move, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to launch another operation in Syria targeting the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as a terrorist group.

Turkish officials had a tense meeting this week with Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, in Ankara aimed at coordinating the pullout process.

Erdoğan – who has welcomed the pullout plan – accused Bolton of a “grave
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mistake” by demanding that Ankara provide assurances on the safety of the Kurdish fighters before Washington withdraws its troops.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who is on a regional tour, also said on Wednesday that Turkey had committed to protecting Washington’s Kurdish allies fighting Islamic State in Syria.
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Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal is in the offing to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute, accusing Tokyo of distorting agreements struck with Moscow to break the deadlock.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a push for a treaty with Russia over islands captured by Soviet troops in the last days of World War Two. He is due to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month, but Moscow has shown no willingness to cede control over the islands.

A Russian lawmaker on Thursday put forward a bill that would make it illegal for parliament to authorize any part of the territory being handed over by Russia.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after he held a meeting with Democratic leaders. “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” the president tweeted.
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Getting enough of the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA into the brain to study their effects on conditions such as Alzheimer's and depression—which they have been shown to help—is no easy task. While supplements containing these fatty acids exist, there is scant evidence showing that these supplements actually increase DHA or EPA in the brain. To measurably increase levels of EPA in the brain, a person would have to consume a small glass of it each day, quite possibly with the side effect of smelling like fish.
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The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of Warwick, and our skies are filled with them.

Observations have revealed that dead remnants of stars like our Sun, called white dwarfs, have a core of solid oxygen and carbon due to a phase transition during their lifecycle similar to water turning into ice but at much higher temperatures. This could make them potentially billions of years older than previously thought.

The discovery, led by Dr. Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, has been published in Nature and is largely based on observations taken with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite.
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Ambassadors lining up to pay their respects at President George H.W. Bush's funeral knew the routine: They would be called in order of seniority, a well-established system in which everyone knew where they belonged.

Until they didn't.

The European Union's ambassador to the US, David O'Sullivan, normally among the first 30 foreign envoys to be seated, watched as almost every other ambassador to the US took a seat, leaving him among the last to be called.
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National security adviser John Bolton left here in frustration Tuesday, with the U.S. and Turkey locked in a political standoff that threatens President Donald Trump’s plans for a troop withdrawal from Syria.

Bolton left Turkey without seeing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who then publicly called earlier comments the top Trump aide had made about Turkey’s role in neighboring Syria a “serious mistake.”
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Facebook has violated Vietnam's new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country.
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When Marvel promised that one of the Guardians of the Galaxy was going to die in their massive Infinity Wars event, fans knew that no death would be easy to take. But now the universe will know that it was saved, ironically, by the death of Drax the Destroyer.

With actor Dave Bautista making his version of Drax one of the most beloved members of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the sympathy for Drax's heroic sacrifice will be just as high as he deserves. And if we're getting technical, Drax actually managed to save TWO universes with his death, with some help from his "other self." And as heartbreaking and perfect as his final moments turned out to be, fans will be just as eager to know about his fate in the afterlife... and whether there's any chance that Drax will rejoin the Guardians someday, and return to life in the Marvel Universe (in the comics at least).
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Aquaman's incredible financial success and solid acclaim is great news for the DCEU, which is also great news for fans worried about the film universe's future post-Justice League. The hero's success gives hope that Justice League 2 may happen, despite some things thus far that make it feel like an impossibility. With that said, I'm here to say Justice League 2 could and should happen, and all Warner Bros. has to do is make Aquaman the team's leader.

Let's face facts, the situation with Ben Affleck staying on as Batman has been sketchy for a while, and now Henry Cavill may be out as well. Even if the two hang on for another film, the odds both stick around for another Justice League feel slim to nil. To continue on with the DCEU's current path, Warner Bros. would seemingly either have to recast both men and pretend nothing happened in a future ensemble, or just not do one.

The first option isn't ideal, of course, and the latter is a slap in the face to all the great things both A
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quaman and Wonder Woman have accomplished. Why can't there be a third option where Supes and Batman are absent while Aquaman is running the show? Could the ruler of Atlantis also run one of the world's most powerful superhero groups?
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Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen.

A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a "precautionary measure" to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport which saw thousands of people stranded when drones were sighted.

The spokeswoman said: "We continue to work closely with the Met Police to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow.

"Based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension. We continue to monitor this situation and apologise to any passengers that were affected by this disruption."
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The South Korean electronics giants Samsung and LG have both shocked analysts with dire predictions for their operating profits during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Samsung went first, saying Tuesday that its operating profit for the quarter would be around $9.7 billion. That’s 28.7% lower than the year before — and almost 18.2% under analyst expectations.

The cause was twofold, Samsung explained. One issue is the conglomerate’s memory chip business, which is seeing weak demand. The other is heavy competition in the smartphone market, where Samsung still holds the number one spot, but has seen its share slip in the last two quarters — indeed, the whole smartphone market is currently in recession.

Chinese smartphone makers are currently on the ascendant, in particular, Xiaomi, which recently displaced Apple in the number two position. Apple’s stock plunged last week after it lowered its revenue forecasts for Q4 2018 — note that Apple is not only a competitor of Samsung’s in the s
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martphone wars but a major customer for its components.
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The numbers are in. As millions of families begin planning and booking their holidays for the year ahead, a study by On the Beach, the UK’s leading beach holiday specialist, has calculated and ranked Europe’s top 50 family beach holidays destinations - according to the criteria that matter most to parents.

The Family Beach Index, which lists Europe’s most family friendly beach destinations, places the Greek island of Crete in the top spot.

The online travel agent compared Europe’s top beach destinations across ten countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey), looking at five criteria – each listed by parents as important considerations when choosing their family holiday destination.
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NASA’s Kepler Mission K2 team announced the discovery of another new world today, two months after the Kepler spacecraft ran out of fuel on Oct. 30th, and ended its mission after nine years, during which it discovered 2,600 confirmed planets around other stars – the bulk of those now known – along with thousands of additional candidates astronomers are working to confirm.

While NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is the newest space-based planet hunter, this new finding shows that more discoveries await scientists in Kepler data. Citizen scientists using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where liquid water may exist on the planet’s surface.

The new world, known as K2-288Bb, could be rocky or could be a gas-rich planet similar to Neptune. Its size is rare among exoplanets – planets beyond our solar system.
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Continuing the 8K trend that's in full effect at CES 2019, Sony has announced a new Master Series range of televisions that includes an epic 85-inch 8K LED television as its headliner.

Sony's Z9G 8K LED TV, which is set to arrive in the second half of 2019, is capable of producing startlingly sharp images that are four times the resolution of 4K, and can be viewed up close with "virtually no pixel differentiation," according to a statement from the Japanese company.

Utilizing a proprietary algorithm, along with the company's latest X1 Ultimate processor and 8K X-Reality PRO technology, the Z9G is also able to upscale content to near "8K picture quality", says Sony.
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Verizon's first 5G smartphone didn't start out as 5G device. But it will once the wireless carrier formally launches its next-generation mobile service.

The first smartphone will be Motorola's Moto Z3, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg confirmed in an interview in the backstage of the CES 2019 keynote presentation area on Monday. But the catch? This originally launched in August as a 4G phone with the option of a Moto Mod attachment that would eventually give it a 5G capability.
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President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washington's national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that Turkey does not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. troops.
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May should not expect more concessions from the EU on her Brexit deal, France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said.

The British prime minister has already received reassurances that the so-called backstop would only be used as a last resort and even the EU doesn’t want to trigger it, Loiseau told reporters in Brussels on her way into a meeting with European counterparts.
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U.S. stock futures point to a mixed start for Wall Street on Monday; General Electric jumps on a report of a possible bid for its airplane leasing business; CES 2019 gets underway this week; Sears reportedly is preparing for a possible liquidation; Tesla breaks ground on a Shanghai factory.
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Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA's director of planetary science James Green for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life.
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Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a delayed parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, January 15, the BBC reported on Monday, citing government sources.

May was forced to pull the vote on her deal in December after she said it would be defeated by a large majority. The government had previously said the vote would be held in the week of January 14.
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The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its presidential election.

US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in DRC's capital Kinshasa.

Voters in the DRC went to the polls on December 30, two years after the election was first scheduled to be held, to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years.
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Thousands of “yellow-vest” protesters took to France’s streets Saturday, some clashing with riot police, in a renewed show of force against the government after demonstrations flagged during the holiday season.

A peaceful march along the Seine river turned violent when riot police blocked hundreds of protesters outside the Musée d’Orsay. Groups of demonstrators launched projectiles at police, who used tear gas to disperse them. Video posted to social media showed two policemen being dragged to the ground and repeatedly kicked when a group of protesters tried to force their way through a police cordon, blocking access to a bridge across the Seine. A barge on the river was set on fire.

As darkness fell, people burned scooters and bins along the Boulevard Saint-Germain, an upscale area south of the Seine that had been spared the brunt of previous yellow-vest protests.
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As one of the biggest franchises in history, there's no shortage of behind-the-scenes trivia about Star Wars. The epic saga has had plenty of featurettes and documentaries about the making the of the movies, but there are still fun, unknown details that leak to the surface from time to time. Case in point, Mark Hamill just shared that most of the pilots during the Death Star attack weren't wearing the bottom halves of their costumes.

Fans of Star Wars are more than familiar with the iconic attack on the Death Star during the original 1977 film. The Rebel Alliance sends Red Squadron to blow up the Empire's secret weapon, taking advantage of a small thermal exhaust port. The team consisted of Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter, and, of course, everyone's favorite, Porkins.
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DC is reportedly working on a Batman: The Long Halloween animated film according to Revenge of the Fans, and the project is packing a pretty talented cast. While we don't have any images or footage from the project, it is said that the movie will not tie into the connected animated universe that DC is building, and will be like The Killing Joke or The Dark Knight Returns.

As for the cast, the project so far includes Troy Baker, Jensen Ackles, Naya Rivera, Titus Welliver, David Dastmalchian, Jim Pirri, Amy Landecker, Matthew Gray Gubler, Katee Sackhoff, and Fred Tatasciore. No word on who they are playing in the film, but hopefully an official confirmation will come soon.

Baker has played the Joker, Two-Face, and Batman in several roles over his career, so we're not sure who he will tackle in the Long Halloween. The same goes for Ackles, who previously played Jason Todd in Batman: Under The Red Hood, though we're pretty sure he will be playing someone different here.
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Aquaman, the much-mocked underdog superhero, long dissed as the one who merely “talks to fish,” leads the highest-grossing D.C. Extended Universe movie at the global box office.

Aquaman has just passed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in worldwide ticket sales.

As of Saturday, the Warner Bros. release has grossed $887 million since its release last month, edging out Batman v Superman‘s cumulative $873 million.
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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country.

The announcement, which took officials in Washington and allies abroad by surprise, contributed to Jim Mattis’ decision to resign as U.S. defense secretary and prompted concern that Islamic State could stage a comeback.
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Unbeknownst to the bros who skip leg day, squats are an incredible exercise for many reasons. They help build your major leg muscles plus all the tiny stabilizing muscles that you need to do basic daily tasks like getting up from a chair. You may not yet be of an age where standing up is challenging, but when you are you will be better off if you built up those muscles earlier in your life. Plus, squats sculpt your butt—and who doesn’t want a nice-looking butt?

All of this is true if you’re doing a real squat. You may have heard gym-goers talk about getting “below parallel”—that means that when you squat, your butt drops below your knees. They’re not just being pedantic. Getting down to that full depth squat is part of what makes it such an effective, useful exercise. “With a squat, you’re basically trying to extend your hips and your knees,” explains Greg Nuckols, who holds both degrees in exercise science and three all-time world records in powerlifting (his site, Stronger by Scie
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nce, is a nerdy weightlifter’s goldmine). To accomplish that you need to engage your quads, your glutes, and your adductor magnus. (Don’t worry, we’ll explain exactly what those actually are.)
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China’s rover Yutu 2 has begun exploring the far side of the moon after making a soft landing with the lander.

The rover will used ground-penetrating radar to map the moon’s inner structures, analyze soil and rock samples for minerals and chemicals with potential economic value, and activate a radio telescope to search for possible signals from distant universes.
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Amazon gas stations would give the company a way to generate revenue and improve its delivery network — all while collecting more consumer data.
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump, who for years has disparaged the war in Afghanistan, managed to rewrite the last 40 years of Afghan history in a matter of seconds.

In the middle of a 90-minute cabinet meeting, the third U.S. president to oversee the Afghan war went on a startling rant that put his apparent lack of interest in and disregard for the United States’ longest-ever foreign incursion on full display.

Speaking of his decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, Trump turned to talk of the former Soviet Union’s decade-long occupation of Afghanistan.
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Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib declared Thursday night that the newly installed Democratic majority in the House will "go in there and impeach the motherf---er," breaking with party leaders and stirring controversy just hours after officially taking office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats have been largely hesitant to promise President Donald Trump's impeachment, preferring instead to wait for the results of the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. But Tlaib (D-Mich.) and others in the newly installed House have expressed an eagerness to begin impeachment proceedings even before Mueller issues a final report.

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