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News: Weekend Reads

Opinions | Once again, Ivanka Trump shows off her cluelessness

Saturday  15:50,   23 december 2017
washingtonpost

Complicit -- or...[...]

Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It’s making NATO nervous.

Saturday  15:50,   23 december 2017
washingtonpost

The submarine activity is the highest since the end of the Cold War, officials say.The apparent Russian focus on the cables, which provide Internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe, could give the Kremlin the power to [...]

Get Yourself Ready for the Global Bananapocalypse

Friday  22:38,   22 december 2017
bloomberg

The bananapocalypse is coming. That’s the likelihood that sometime in the next decade, bananas may disappear, victims of a fungal pathogen known as Panama Disease. The disease is on the march throughout the world, threatening the future of the...[...]

There’s Something … Off About the Jewelry This Royal Wore to Lunch With Meghan Markle

Friday  16:51,   22 december 2017
nymag

Princess Michael of Kent, who has been accused of racism in the past, has been called out for her bad jewelry.While the rest us were focused solely on Meghan Markle (and her lip-gloss) arriving at Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas lunch at...[...]

UN Defies Trump's Threats by Passing Resolution on Jerusalem

Thursday  22:05,   21 december 2017
bloomberg

UN Defies Trump's Threats by Passing Resolution on JerusalemThe non-binding UN resolution passed on Thursday by a vote of 128-9, with 35 nations abstaining. The U.S. vote in opposition was joined by countries including Guatemala, Nauru and...[...]

The Soviet Era's Deadliest Scientist Is Regaining Popularity in Russia

Thursday  20:17,   21 december 2017
theatlantic

Trofim Lysenko’s spurious research prolonged famines that killed millions. So why is a fringe movement praising his legacy?Other dubious scientific achievements have cut thousands upon thousands of lives short: dynamite, poison gas, atomic...[...]

Car rams into pedestrians in Melbourne; 19 injured

Thursday  19:25,   21 december 2017
msn

Australian police say the driver of a vehicle that rammed into pedestrians in Melbourne is an Australian citizen of Afghan decent who has a known history of drug use and mental health issues.Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian...[...]

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share breathtaking engagement photos

Thursday  17:22,   21 december 2017
today

The stunning photos clearly show a couple in love!Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their official engagement portrait, a pair of stunning photographs that clearly show the couple's affection for each...[...]

Minnesota woman pleads guilty in YouTube stunt that killed boyfriend

Wednesday  15:01,   20 december 2017
msn

A Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend in a videotaped stunt they planned to post on YouTube.Monalisa Perez, 20, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter in the June 26 death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz...[...]

North Korea Executes Nuclear Test Site Chief: Report

Wednesday  15:01,   20 december 2017
newsweek

News of Park’s alleged execution follow reports that North Korea’s second most powerful official after leader Kim Jong Un has been punished.Park In Young—the name's spelling may be subject to changes depending on the translation and...[...]

Wireless carriers get into promotional spirit

Tuesday  22:22,   19 december 2017
msn

Canada's major wireless carriers are apologizing for long customer service wait times as consumers scramble to cash in on limited-time promotional offers. TORONTO - Canada's major wireless carriers are apologizing for long customer service wait...[...]

China warns Trump's new security policy risks confrontation with 'mutual losses'

Tuesday  16:06,   19 december 2017
cnn

China's embassy in Washington has responded to Trump's new security policy with a statement warning that "confrontation will only lead to mutual losses." After a successful visit by US President Donald Trump to Beijing earlier this year,...[...]

Passengers killed when Amtrak train on new route derails in Washington state

Tuesday  05:05,   19 december 2017
reuters

An Amtrak train derailed on Monday in Washington state during its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing at least three riders and injuring about...[...]

Passengers killed when Amtrak train on new route derails in Washington state

Monday  22:36,   18 december 2017
reuters

An Amtrak train derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington...[...]

Toronto Buzzes With Talk of Billionaire Couple’s Suspicious Death

Monday  17:35,   18 december 2017
nytimes

Family and friends of the generic-drug mogul Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, say someone killed them and made it look like a murder-suicide.The last chapter was without doubt the most sensational — and he did not get to write it. It occurred last [...]