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President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike.



The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.



More than five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a landmark Cold war-era arms control treaty unravels.



Putin's comments, made to Russian media late on Wednesday, follow his warning that Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both.



Putin fleshed out his warning in detail

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for the first time, saying Russia could deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines which could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if Washington now moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.


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EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says despite constructive talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May he remains downbeat on the prospect of Britain avoiding a chaotic exit from the bloc next month.


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U.K. opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn could help Theresa May break the parliamentary deadlock over her Brexit plan, Donald Tusk told the U.K. prime minister.



The European Council president made the suggestion at a tense head-to-head in Brussels the day after he made waves by suggesting a "special place in hell" awaits Brexiteers who called for the U.K.'s exit without a clear plan.


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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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Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google's cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats.

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The iOS 12.1 update will bring more than 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad users. Apple has also tweaked some of the existing set, most notably the iPhone device emoji. Despite the iPhone X being around for almost a year, the emoji demonstrated a silver iPhone 6. That has finally changed in the latest beta …
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The founders of Instagram, Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, plan to resign, the New York Times reported Monday. Their exit marks the fifth founder departure from Facebook’s high-profile acquisitions. WhatsApp’s Brian Acton and Jan Koum left in 2017 and 2018, leaving a reported $1.3 billion on the table. Palmer Luckey left Facebook’s $2 billion VR acquisition, Oculus, in 2017, too.

Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus, though all owned by Facebook, had fought, to varying degrees to maintain their own identities. And for a while, Facebook had begun to look like a digital conglomerate, organized by app, with each getting equal billing. This made some sense. These products each have unique user bases, needs, and brands. They’ve all been incredibly successful doing what they do. Their user numbers are astonishing, singly or as a group: Facebook, 2.3 billion; WhatsApp 1.5 billion; Messenger 1.3 billion; Instagram, 800 million.

As anyone who has worked in an office knows, the big can be enca
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psulated in the little; people read the corporate signs. Instagram established its own separate headquarters a skip and a jump from Facebook’s earth ark–like headquarters on the Bay mudflats, complete with a fancy in-house Blue Bottle that served as an aesthetic counterpoint to the collegiate Philz at Facebook. The distance and detail said: Instagram gonna Instagram.
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On Friday an unruly Delta passenger headbutted a flight attendant. Derek Maas was removed from the flight via emergency landing in Oklahoma City.
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These ancient fossils may be the oldest documented evidence of life on land, pushing back direct evidence for terrestrial life by about 500 million years.
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Mark Zuckerberg promised to spend 2018 fixing Facebook. Last week, he addressed Facebook making you feel bad. Now he’s onto fake news.