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The Trump administration recently imposed new refugee restrictions that could effectively halt the resettlement process for thousands of refugees.
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With so much volatility there is arguably limited value in reporting the ups and downs of the cryptocurrency.

On Wednesday, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell by about 10% to a value of $15,800 (£11,810).

"It has plunged," a colleague said. "Should we do a story?"

Business journalists (or at least some of them) will debate passionately whether something is indeed a plunge, a dive, or merely a fall, a dip or a retreat. It's what makes us great company at parties.

And sure, a 10% movement downwards would usually fall into one of the more dramatic descriptions.

But to give it some perspective, Bitcoin dropping to $15,800 on 20 December took it to its lowest level since, well, 11 December.

Which means we are not debating the terminology, but whether or not we should report, blow-by-blow, how Bitcoin is performing at all.
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As millions of pilgrims descend on the Iraqi city of Karbala for an annual event called Arbaeen, locals open their homes, kitchens and hearts to visitors.
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Before coming to South Africa, the last thing an Australian would think is that there might be language difficulties.
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'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' trailer find Lily James joining previous stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and more.

The trailer for next summer's sequel Mamma Mia Here We Go Again has arrived, and there is singing and dancing and Cher!

The sequel will take place both in current day — with all the main cast from the original returning — as well as in the past, with Lily James (Baby Driver, Cinderella) portraying Young Donna.

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Apple's Project Marzipan will allow apps to work across iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktops and laptops, without the need for multiple versions.
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As highlighted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra, one of Twitter’s newer notifications is their ‘In case you missed it’ push. Some users may have been seeing these for some time, but Twitter seems to be expanding the usage of such updates, prompting more users to click through.

Twitter’s also trying out more on platform alerts, like this one, which highlights recent actions from people you’re connected to on a profile.
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Facebook says that there are now more than 2 billion messages sent between businesses and people on Messenger each month. That figure’s been mentioned previously, but it goes to show that Messenger business is gaining momentum - maybe it’s not the transformative tool some had expected, but its use in this context is rising, which is important to note.
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Customers have long suspected iPhones slow down over time. Now, Apple has confirmed some models do.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that passengers traveling on its airlines to the United...
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean soldiers fired 20 warning machine gun rounds Thursday, turning back North Korean soldiers apparently pursuing a comrade who had earlier dashed across the rivals’ shared border, officials said. It is the fourth time this year a North Korean soldier has defected across the world’s most heavily armed border.

South Korean military officials said they heard gunfire from the North after South Korea fired its warning shots, but it wasn’t clear if the firing was retaliatory. Neither side immediately reported casualties.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home.

“It was an amazing sight,” said Judd, a Chicago IT consultant. “It’s almost like they’re from another world. They captivate people in a way that other birds don’t.”

The large white raptors have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, hanging out at airports, in farm fields, on light poles and along beaches, to the delight of bird lovers.

But for researchers, this winter’s mass migration of the owls from their breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle is serious business.
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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about.
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The longest-cryopreserved human embryo to result in a successful birth was conceived and frozen in 1992 and born last month. The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her
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Users who opt in will be informed whenever their picture is uploaded to the social network.
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Rotterdam is like Disneyland for architecture geeks. When you visit, you’ll likely go home and wonder why our cities can’t be a little more like this.
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Molly Millions is cool. Her augmented eyes are coated in mirrors, and beneath her immaculately manicured nails, quicksilver daggers wait to be sprung. Her boyfriend was Johnny Mnemonic, a human hard drive, gray matter encrypted with a passcode that only the highest bidder can unlock. But that was before he died.
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JIECH, South Sudan (AP) — Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers.
“I was trying to get food and my government tried to kill me,” the 29-year-old told The Associated Press.

It’s been almost 25 years since more than 1 million people were on the brink of starvation in southern Sudan, a crisis captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a vulture poised near a starving little girl. Today, people in what was known as the “famine triangle” say the situation has only deteriorated.
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An inter-island ferry carrying 238 passengers and crew has sunk off the north-eastern Philippines after being battered by fierce winds and high seas.

At least four people have died and 88 others are missing, officials said. More than 160 were rescued by coastguard ships and fishermen.
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The industry trade body Ukie is calling for greater ethnic representation in games and in the creative process.
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Schmidt will remain on the board and continue to serve as a technical adviser. He has been with the company for 17 years.
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Mahmoud Abbas puts a new US peace initiative in doubt as fallout over Jerusalem's status continues.
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UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — For six hours he hid in an upstairs room, listening to the crackle of gunfire and the screams of people being slaughtered outside his Myanmar home.

With every footstep that drew near, every cry that pierced the air, 52-year-old Bodru Duza braced for the soldiers to find him, to kill him like all the others who had fled to his compound that morning seeking a safe place to shelter. They were being blindfolded and bound, marched away in small groups, then butchered and shot as they begged for their lives.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill Thursday, aiming to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to punt most of their unfinished business into the new year.

The bill would keep the government operating through Jan. 19 and permit lawmakers from both parties to head home for the holidays. It would delay battles over the budget, health care and immigration into January, denying Democrats wins that they had hoped to score this year.
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On this day in History, First gorilla born in captivity on Dec 22, 1956. Learn more about what happened today on History.
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Sergio Marchionne expects to see a calmer Sebastian Vettel in 2018, with the Ferrari president claiming the German has learned to control his "emotional side".
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The ride-hailing firm had argued that it was an information society service.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of a new Richard Avedon biography says it will look into alleged inaccuracies raised by the late photographer's foundation, but rejected calls to withdraw the book.

Earlier this week, the Richard Avedon Foundation issued a long list of “exaggerations and inaccuracies” in “Avedon: Something Personal,” co-authored by Steven M.L. Aronson and former foundation head and longtime Avedon colleague Norma Stevens. The foundation is asking that the Penguin Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau cease publication of the book, which came out last month and draws upon interviews with many of Avedon’s friends and associates.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.

In separate interviews with The Associated Press, the accusers provided detailed accounts of incidents they say occurred between 1985 and 2010 in a moving car, the two-time Grammy winner’s hotel suite, his dressing room, an elevator and the darkness of backstage.
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Over the past few years, Facebook’s been developing and enhancing its image recognition technology, with a view to utilizing it to add more context and relevance to their data banks. This week, Facebook has announced the next step in advancing their image-recognition tools, with the addition of new alerts for photos taken of you – whether you’re tagged in them or not – and enhanced identifiers for vision-impaired users.
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Twitter’s releasing an updated version of its Account Activity API, which will provide new opportunities for developers to build improved bot experiences on the platform, while they’re also rolling back some of their customer service features on profiles which had been released as part of their Direct Message beta program.

With chatbots becoming a key focus in 2017, Twitter has moved to provide its own options on this front, rolling out their Direct Message APIs back in April, which focused on providing more options for bot activity.
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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police said there is no evidence of a terrorist link to a car ramming attack Thursday in central Melbourne that left 19 people injured.
Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a history of drug use and mental health issues. The man was known to police for historical minor assault and traffic offenses.

“We don’t at this time have any evidence or any intelligence to indicate there’s a connection with terrorism,” said Victoria state police acting commissioner Shane Patton.
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On this day in History, Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Scotland on Dec 21, 1988. Learn more about what happened today on History.
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On this day in History, Elvis Presley is drafted on Dec 20, 1957. Learn more about what happened today on History.
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As Twitter continues to work to improve its tools to combat on-platform harassment and abuse, Facebook's also rolling out some new features along the same lines for Messenger – which, at 1.3 billion users, is now a rising outlet for similar forms of misuse.

First off, Facebook’s boosting their capacity to block new accounts created by users you’ve previously blocked.
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Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony's disastrous final season in New York was marked by distrust and dysfunction. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at a crucial moment in the franchise's history and how it brought the Knicks to where they are today.
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From January to December there have been some fantastic goals in the Premier League in 2017 and we've picked 10 of the best.
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Kristaps Porzingis struggled in his return from injury, but Michael Beasley had his back with 32 points off the bench.
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The ousted separatist leader uses election results to call for a political solution to the crisis.
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It says the reforms threaten democracy, but Poland's defiant president signs two bills into law.
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BlackBerry announced plans to shut down the official BlackBerry app store by December 2019. By the way, did you know BlackBerry still has an app store?

The app store will be the final casualty of BlackBerry's switch to Android, which officially happened back in 2015 with the release of the Priv. Since then, BlackBerry gave up on manufacturing its own phones, and its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform — its last attempt to stake out its own mobile OS with phones like the Z10 — has withered since then. (The company's older, more popular devices like the Curve ran BBOS.)

BlackBerry now focuses on enterprise software with an emphasis on security. It still releases Android phones on a regular basis, but they're manufactured by TCL.

BlackBerry sold just 200,000 phones last year, which meant it had approximately 0% of the global smartphone market.
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PETA has a pretty blunt message for Londoners this festive season; one involving graphic images of a pet dog being served for Christmas dinner. But, that message didn't quite make it to the public because London Buses refused to run the advert due to concerns over the "offensive" nature of the content.
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Roberto Firmino's late equaliser earned Liverpool a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Arsenal, after the hosts had come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 at the Emirates on Friday Night Football.
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The Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball to be the star of their post-Kobe era. There's just one (possibly insurmountable) problem: Dude can't score.
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Juventus and Real Madrid are meeting again in the knock out stage of the Champions League in a rematch of last year's final. After eliminating Tottenham Hotspur in Round of 16 Juventus will try to take revenge for the 1-4 loss in Cardiff, but the european champions know how to survive after big matches. They proved it in the previous round by knocking out Paris Saint Germain!

The other great match of the quarterfinals is the english battle between Liverpool and Manchester City. The Citizens are on the top of Premier League table and look like favorites, but Liverpool has the european mentality needed, to eliminate them. After all, they have eliminated 2 times an english club before, Chelsea!

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are big favorites against Roma and Sevilla respectively.

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“Ad blocking hasn’t vanished. It’s still a threat that can’t be forgotten. Publishers still need to find a route forward.”
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While parts of the U.S. may see an unusually frigid Christmas, the North Pole may bask in unusually mild (thought still chilly) air.

A true Arctic air mass — the coldest of the season so far — is projected to swirl down from the Far North, crossing the U.S. border with Canada as early as Wednesday, and potentially oozing its way all the way down to Texas, and east to New York City.

Right now, however, it appears the East Coast may escape the worst of the cold, at least initially.
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Conor McGregor insists he won't take "stupid" risks and will quit fighting before he suffers any potential brain damage as he eyes a return to the UFC.
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Manchester City have seen a €50 million bid for Jorginho knocked back, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that the Premier League champions have been rebuffed.
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Asia is a melting pot of cultures, culinary creations, craft, languages and is filled with hidden gems. So we've put together an in exhausti...
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This study, plus an earlier on in Israel, bolsters anecdotal evidence that in states where marijuana is legal, opioid overdoses decline.
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A study led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers provides new insight into the Moon's excessive equatorial bulge, a feature that solidified in place over four billion years ago as the Moon gradually distanced itself from the Earth.
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After a week of rumors, Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired GitHub, the popular Git-based code sharing and collaboration service. The price of the acquisition was $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. GitHub raised $350 million and we know that the company was valued at about $2 billion in 20…
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Daniel Jacobs is hoping to challenge Billy Joe Saunders on April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in what would be the second fight of his exclusive HBO deal.
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Floyd Mayweather has all but killed off talk of a potential fight in the UFC in response to Dana White insisting they were in talks with him over a UFC deal.
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Manchester City are still keen on signing Alexis Sanchez but may wait until the summer to make their move for fear of upsetting the balance of a squad which boasts an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, writes James Cooper.
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For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.

A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when his lab became the first to grow functional human skeletal muscle in culture.
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Scientists at the Wellcome—MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute have used cutting-edge technology to profile over 20,000 individual cells to produce the first 'cell map' describing all the major cell types present at the early stage of mammalian embryo development. The researchers used the map to identify an important new pathway involved in blood cell development and say the map could open up new avenues for medicine and drug development.

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After regularly losing to LeBron James in OKC, Kevin Durant has dominated with the Warriors. Flipping the script won't be easy for James.
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Bitter London rivals Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain will face each other early in the New Year, live on Sky Sports.
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has raised the stakes in Thursday’s U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.

Trump went a step further than U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley who hinted in a tweet and a letter to most of the 193 U.N. member states on Tuesday that the U.S. would retaliate against countries that vote in favor of a General Assembly resolution calling on the president to rescind his decision.
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Authorities in Guatemala say 18 more people have been confirmed killed by a volcanic eruption, raising the death toll to 25.
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is prepared to play for club rivals Manchester United in order to prove Pep Guardiola wrong.
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DUBAI: The UAE approved an economic package on Tuesday worth over $13 billion aimed at accelerating economic growth in Abu Dhabi over the next three years, state news agency WAM reported. In addition to the approval, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed launched 10 new economic initiatives to create 10,000 new jobs for nationals over the next five years. This is aimed at
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A team of researchers from the U.K., Germany and Russia has found evidence of magnetism at the edges of graphene. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe how they made their discovery and why they believe it is important.
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Ishigaki, a stunning white island in Japan's Okinawa archipelago, is the top trending travel destination for 2018 on TripAdvisor - but you'd be forgiven for never having heard of it.

The Japanese island has topped TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" list, which, as part of its sixth annual Travellers' Choice awards, used an algorithm that measured the year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller feadback around accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, as well as increased booking interest.
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Liverpool could lose manager Jurgen Klopp to one of their rivals if they do not match the German's ambitions, says the club's former managing director Christian Purslow.
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The PlayStation 5 existence is for sure. It is probably in some form right now, waiting to hit the shelves anytime soon. But the question is when will it be released and what games will it support? In this article, I have gathered recent information and rumors about the console. Further, based on these concepts and ideas, I have speculated about the capabilities and possibilities of the coming PlayStation 5.
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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, a Hawaii County spokeswoman revealed Tuesday, providing a grim update as an explosion caused the volcano to spew toxic ash and rubble nearly a mile in the air and triggered a 5.5-magnitude earthquake.
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“‘You Are Now Connected On Messenger’ Is The Worst Thing On Facebook” BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos correctly pointed out in a story yesterday. When you friend someone on Facebook or Messenger, or an old friend joins Messenger, you often get one of these annoying notific…
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late free-kick to complete his first FIFA ZWorld Cup hat-trick and rescue a point for Portugal after a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain. Diego Costa scored twice and Nacho Fernandez scored the 3rd spanish goal.
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Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency created as a parody after a popular internet meme, saw its market cap crack $2 billion on Sunday.

Dogecoin crossed the $2 billion barrier on Sunday, around two weeks after it first touched the $1 billion level on Christmas day. The digital currency traded as high as $0.018773, putting its market capitalization at $2.12 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.
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Norishige Kanai says he is worried he will not be able fit in his Soyuz seat for the return to Earth.
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European stock-index futures signaled sharp losses for the region’s equity markets in a global selloff that has seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffering its worst point-plunge ever.
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The first clues over whether President Donald Trump will risk a shutdown fight this fall over his border wall will come Monday in a private meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Trump is increasingly frustrated with Congress’ failure to fund the wall — his No. 1 campaign promise — and has threatened a shutdown in September if he doesn’t get his way.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/17/trump-border-wall-congress-funding-bill-snub-649563
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LeBron James will not pick up his player option with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
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President Donald Trump will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland despite his "America First" policy.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed a statement issued by Arab foreign ministers, who were meeting in Jordan to discuss the repercussions of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Saudi Cabinet stressed that the city is key to peace in the region and that there could be no stability without the establishment of a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Saudi Arabia’s statement came after a Cabinet meeting presided over by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
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Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.

Homeland security officials said that they were ending a humanitarian program, known as Temporary Protected Status, for Salvadorans who have been allowed to live and work legally in the United States since a pair of devastating earthquakes struck their country in 2001.
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I stand in front of a lanky two-legged robot stomping along a treadmill. I watch, all impressed, until the researcher next to me tells me to trip it. The thing looks expensive, so I hesitate. Really, he tells me, it’s OK. And he probably knows better than I do, so I drag my boot along its shin like a good soccer trip.

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Last week, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced bold plans to combine the technologies of his two biggest companies by placing rocket thrusters on future specialized models of Tesla’s Roadster. The thrusters won’t actually combust, according to Musk; instead, they will expel highly pressurized cold air, giving the Tesla an extra boost in acceleration. It’s a move the might technically work, but it also baffles industry experts and engineers: the thrusters won’t be very efficient and probably won’t be street legal.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/16/17459224/tesla-roadster-elon-musk-spacex-falcon-copv
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The last time a great white shark was spotted near Spain's Balearic Islands was in 1976.
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Donald Trump wants to know who chooses to criticise his recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
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Iranian security forces arrested some 3,700 people during widespread protests and unrest over the past two weeks, a lawmaker said Tuesday, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released.

The demonstrations, which began Dec. 28 over economic grievances, quickly spread across the country to become the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Some protesters called for the overthrow of the government, and at least 21 people were killed in clashes.
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Since Saturday morning when The New York Times published Uma Thurman’s depiction of assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, the writer/director most closely associated with her biggest successes has been the one taking a turn in the barrel. Quentin Tarantino, who directed Thurman in Pulp Fiction and two installments of Kill Bill, has been getting hammered on social media. The article reported — and showed footage — of a disturbing car crash that Thurman endured in the last days of production on Kill Bill, and it also detailed that he personally spit on her in one scene and choked her in another.
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Cretaceous amber has ponied up another spectacular find, and something rarely seen before: tiny arachnids, with mobile tails longer than their bodies.

The creatures were encased in tree resin roughly 100 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous, and the discovery shows that the extraordinary family of arachnids could have roamed our planet for at least 280 million years.
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Amazon Japan was raided Thursday by business watchdog agency the Japan Fair Trade Commission on suspicions of anti-competitive practices.
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Adidas (ADSGn.DE) can declare itself the winner over arch rival Nike (NKE.N) in the upcoming soccer World Cup even before the first match kicks off as it is kitting out the most teams.
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The missing woman's dogs refuse to leave the Florida lakeside where she vanished, police say.
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Spain's preparations for the World Cup have been thrown into disarray after they sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first match of the tournament against Portugal on Friday.
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This week in iPhone news, developers with access to the iOS 12 preview found major security improvements that'll come to iPhones everywhere. Are they meant to keep out government officials, hackers, or both? And gamers are one step closer to streaming video games to their iPhones and iPads, now that Valve's made a change to its Steam Link app, in an ongoing saga. Here are the latest stories on all things iPhone.
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At least five people were killed and several others were gravely injured during a shooting at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, local officials said. An unidentified suspect is in custody, Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News.
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An almost unprecedented failure to advance to the latter stages was greeted with mourning by the German press
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New York firefighters have been called to Trump Tower in Manhattan after a fire broke out on the building's lower roof. Two people were reportedly injured in the blaze.
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Croatia captain Luka Modric says Saturday's win over Nigeria gives the team plenty of confidence ahead of facing Leo Messi's Argentina next at the World Cup
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In pop culture, fathers are too frequently portrayed as the bumbling parent who ruins things that moms then have to come fix. But being a dad is far more complicated (and beautiful, and terrifying, and everything else).

For anyone tired of overly simplistic representations of dads, we have good news: Literature is really great at painting more dynamic portraits of fatherhood.
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North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the "biggest and most dangerous problem" for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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The Kevin Connolly directed biographical crime drama ‘Gotti’ was released on Friday and critics were, to put it mildly, underwhelmed. At the time of writing, which must be stressed, the movie has a duck egg on Rotten Tomatoes, which is actually quite a rare feat, and an average rating of 2.5 out of 10 from 23 reviews.

Metacritic has given it a slightly more generous 28% from 8 critics.

As we previously reported, the movie has had a rocky road in finding its way to screen. Just two weeks prior to its original release date the distributors, Lionsgate, sold the movie back to its producers. It has now been released by Vertical Entertainment and MoviePass Ventures.

Read more: http://entertainment.ie/cinema/news/John-Travoltas-new-mob-movie-Gotti-has-a-0-score-on-Rotten-Tomatoes/405980.htm