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German hostage beheaded by Philippine Islamists: govt

German hostage beheaded by Philippine Islamists: govtIslamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom, the government in Manila said Monday. A video posted by the Abu Sayyaf group, which was monitored by intelligence group SITE, showed Jurgen Kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man. Shortly after the video appeared, government envoy Jesus Dureza confirmed the German's death.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 8:44 AM

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceablyBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week. Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump's month-old presidency. The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump's immigration and healthcare policies to the president's ties to Russia.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 7:00 PM

Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader

Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leaderBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically motivated.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 9:01 AM

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flightsEgypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:33 AM

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern HemisphereA "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse.  SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl — David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported.  We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir — Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 7:27 AM

Border walls: 'turnkey' answer to threats real and imagined

Border walls: 'turnkey' answer to threats real and imaginedBuilt to keep out migrants, traffickers, or an enemy group, border walls have emerged as a one-size-fits-all response to the vulnerability felt by many societies in today's globalized world, says an expert on the phenomenon. Practically non-existent at the end of World War II, by the time the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 the number of border walls across the globe had risen to 11. One third were intended to bring an end to a conflict, Vallet says, such as between north and south Cyprus, the two Koreas, and India and Pakistan.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 5:47 AM

School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate

School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debateWINNETKA, Ill. (AP) — When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 11:53 AM

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad IdeaAnyone with a lawn tractor or ZTR riding mower who lives in a snowy region has probably pondered the notion of attaching a plow or snow blower to it, especially when the snow falls heavy and deep...




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 7:00 AM

Nokia 3310 hands-on: not the retro featurephone you’re looking for

Nokia 3310 hands-on: not the retro featurephone you’re looking forOn Sunday afternoon, Nokia's new Finnish overlord, HMD Global, confirmed what many rumors said before the kickstart of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The iconic Nokia 3310 is being revived this year, under HMD Global’s version of Nokia. Unfortunately, it looks less like Nokia's big comeback, and more like a phone that just plain sucks. Yes, it’s true, there’s a new Nokia 3310 in town, one that’s so special to HMD Global that it was unveiled only at the end of an otherwise great press conference that showed us a brand new, bold version of Nokia. Nokia’s “one more thing” moment on Sunday was, for better or worse, a great albeit unoriginal marketing trick. What better way to fire up the dormant Nokia fans out there than by reviving an iconic phone that became the go-to device for instant communications for millions of people around the world? img_8980 The first phone that I ever used, at the insistence of my parents, was a Nokia 3310. I’ve probably used it for a couple of years before passing it along to my family. The device exists to this day, and it probably still works. But would I buy or use the new Nokia 3310? I can’t see that happening in a million years. The new handset has a cleaner design, a bigger display, more colors (Dark Blue, Grey, Warm Red, Yellow), better battery life (22-hour talk-time and one-month standby), and what feels like a smaller footprint. At the same time, it feels light and cheap (it’ll actually cost €49 when it launches globally later this year), the kind of phone you’d buy only if you absolutely had to have a cellular phone at hand. Don’t get me wrong, the new Nokia 3310 is probably the kind of phones that millions of people will touch for the first time, well before buying a smartphone. But the minute I tried to press the screen to make a certain thing happen — in this case, I was looking to activate a good old game of Snake — I realized that for me and everyone like them, there’s no going back. img_8971 The smartphone is the way forward. Sure, the screen might disappear in the future, just as voice assistants and other types of reality (think virtual and alternative) get more advanced. And the smartphone of the future might get as small as the Nokia 3310. But for the time being, the Nokia 3310 is really not the phone you should consider buying as your primary talk/text device. No matter how old you are, and no matter how much you may appreciate Nokia and its creations, do yourself a favor and buy anything else for the emerging company. It’s got three amazing “pure” Android handsets waiting for you to discover them, including the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, that will offer you the modern app-filled phone experience that actually makes your life better. The Nokia 3310 (2017 edition) is just the marketing trick that will get you to discover the exciting new Nokia. And, as you can see, it works. I've just told you the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 are phones you shouldn't miss out on this year if budget is a huge factor.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 1:35 PM

India demands 'strongest action' from US after Kansas killing

India demands 'strongest action' from US after Kansas killingIndia demanded the "strongest action" from the US government Sunday after an Indian expatriate was killed and another wounded in a suspected hate crime in the midwestern state of Kansas. The two men, who had been living in the US for the last few years, were targeted at a bar in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, late Wednesday. American President and people of America, they should come out openly to condemn such actions... and then take strongest action," Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 8:52 AM

What's Happening With Obamacare?

What's Happening With Obamacare?President Trump said he would discuss healthcare with Republican governors at Sunday's White House dinner.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:19 PM

Philippine leader's opponents turn historic event into protest march

Philippine leader's opponents turn historic event into protest marchBy Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Supporters and opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turned a traditional celebration of the 1986 "People Power" uprising into demonstrations for and against his bloody war on drugs. Former president Benigno Aquino, the only son of Corazon Aquino, the icon of democracy, led about 3,000 protesters gathered at Manila's historic highway, site of the popular uprising that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos three decades ago. Later the president's supporters held a bigger counter-rally at the capital's main public park, lighting candles and backing the campaign against drugs, crime, corruption and poverty.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 12:06 PM

Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street parties

Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street partiesRevelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties during Carnival week celebrations. Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the “sambadrome.” Sao Paulo will also have its main samba schools taking their floats to their sambadrome. Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and nearly 13 percent unemployment have grasped this year’s carnival as a chance to let off steam.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 9:12 AM

Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of borderLOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 3:31 PM

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French pollsFrench far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused the media of "campaigning hysterically" in favour of Emmanuel Macron, her centrist rival for the presidency, as polls showed him enjoying a jump in support. Le Pen, speaking at a rally in the western city of Nantes, launched a series of attacks on the 39-year-old independent who has emerged as a frontrunner to become France's next leader. In an attack that recalled US President Donald Trump's confrontation with journalists, she added: "The media have chosen their candidate.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 3:06 PM

Guy quits his crappy job in the best way possible

Guy quits his crappy job in the best way possibleSometimes, you need to go out with a bang. Or a flush. Giving two weeks is a pretty standard practice when employees move on from their current job. It allows the company a short amount of time to search for a replacement, and gives the employee an opportunity to leave on good standing. You never know when you may need that reference — or worse, when you may need your old job back. While most people quickly Google "two-week notice letter" and follow a pretty standard form, this guy decided on a different method. SEE ALSO: Lucky woman wins lottery days after quitting her job According to his wife, Redditor Girlofgodsbadday, this dude decided to quit his job by writing his two-week notice on a few sheets of toilet paper.  "I have chosen this type of paper for my 2 week resignation as a symbol of how I feel this company has treated me, and ironically, how it is disposed of is where I feel the company is going," the letter reads. Just in case the message wasn't clear, he drew a toilet next to where he signed his name. While he didn't use the term "ironically" properly, we're going to give him a pass because handing that over to any boss takes some serious guts. BONUS: A new way to take selfies — and six other features the iPhone 8 might have




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 1:44 PM

North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says

North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. saysIt is in Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" neighborhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office. Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a United Nations report drafted for the Security Council seen by Reuters. Reuters found that Glocom advertises over 30 radio systems for "military and paramilitary" organizations on its Malaysian website, glocom.com.my.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 6:22 PM

Pope makes historic visit to Rome Anglican church

Pope makes historic visit to Rome Anglican churchPope Francis attended a service at the All Saints' Church in Rome on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff in history to visit an Anglican church in the Italian capital. Francis's visit marked the 200th anniversary of the All Saints' church, furthering a rapprochement between the Vatican and the Anglican Church of England that began last year. In a further sign of the closer ties, the pope spoke of the "possibility" of a visit to troubled South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, his Anglican counterpart.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:48 PM

Iran begins annual navy drill off Strait of Hormuz

Iran begins annual navy drill off Strait of HormuzTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, state television reported.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 1:48 PM

Buffett mulls change to canny Bank of America stake if dividend rises

Buffett mulls change to canny Bank of America stake if dividend risesWarren Buffett said on Saturday he plans to stick with the shrewd bet that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc made on Bank of America Corp , but might eventually swap the preferred stock that Berkshire owns into common stock. Berkshire bought $5 billion of Bank of America preferred stock carrying a 6 percent dividend, or $300 million annually, in August 2011, when many investors worried about the second-largest U.S. bank's capital needs. More importantly, Buffett also received warrants to buy 700 million Bank of America common shares at $7.14 each, roughly where the stock traded, by September 2021.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:42 AM

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border

Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at borderIsrael's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:03 PM

Official Samsung teaser confirms the Galaxy S8 will launch March 29th

Official Samsung teaser confirms the Galaxy S8 will launch March 29thIn an otherwise tablet-dominated press release in Barcelona, Samsung found 15 seconds to tease its next big smartphone for all of us. As expected, we're going to have to wait a month longer for the Galaxy S8 launch, but it could well be worth it. A Samsung invite sent out confirms that the launch event is going to happen in New York City on March 29th. Until then, this teaser trailer is all we've got to go on. https://twitter.com/SamMobiles/status/835927473896435713 The teaser takes us through the history of the cellphone, beginning in the 1980s. It's a showcase of design, decade-by-decade, with the oh-so-subtle hint being that the Galaxy S8 is going to dominate 2017. If we're really reading into it, the teaser also seems to confirm that there will be very little bezel on the side, no physical home buttons (or buttons of any kind), and some kind of symmetrical bezel top and bottom. That lines up pretty well with what the rumors have suggested so far. One thing we're still completely in the dark about is the number of devices that Samsung is going to reveal. We're expecting to see the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at this event, but Samsung has only hinted at the one device so far. https://youtu.be/Ozng2cTF8_0




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:12 PM

WWII Navy officer who helped rescue Kennedy dies at age 97

WWII Navy officer who helped rescue Kennedy dies at age 97MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — The WWII Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue future President John F. Kennedy and his crew has died at age 97, his daughter said Sunday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 4:04 PM

One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: authorities

One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: authoritiesBy Andreas Burger HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) - A man died and two other people were injured after a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack. The two other people injured, a 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, also received hospital treatment but were then discharged, police and prosecutors said in a statement. Regional newspaper Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung said the suspect was not fit to be questioned.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 4:42 PM

Will The SLS' Debut Flight Carry Astronauts?

Will The SLS' Debut Flight Carry Astronauts?NASA has begun a feasibility study to consider the risks associated with adding crew to the first integrated launch of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 3:26 AM

The Cutest Couples From the 2017 Oscars

The Cutest Couples From the 2017 OscarsChrissy Teigen and John Legend are couple goals on The Oscars red carpet. Check out all of our favorite couples looking hopelessly in love at Hollywood's biggest night.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 7:33 AM

Pakistan airline denies passengers forced to stand

Pakistan airline denies passengers forced to standPakistan's national carrier said Sunday it would investigate allegations that a plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia carrying seven extra passengers, but denied they stood in the aisles for the three-hour journey. The paper said the January 20 flight to Medina carried 416 passengers, seven more than its capacity of 409 including jump seats, in a serious breach of air safety regulations. The newspaper quoted sources as saying that in case of an emergency, passengers without seats would not have access to oxygen masks and could block any emergency evacuation.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 7:58 PM

Trump's speech could be marked by disruption or decorum

Trump's speech could be marked by disruption or decorumWASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 3:51 AM

Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's line

Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's lineToday, a little boy named Connor learned the brutal lesson that Mother Nature has no manners. In a clip posted to the Bass Masters And Fish Experts Facebook Page, a thieving alligator had an easy lunch thanks to some humans fishing off a pier. In the clip, a young boy hooks a pretty sizable fish, and as one man encourages the boy to reel in the fish all on his own, another spots an alligator lurking near the pier. The man tries to distract the gator by hitting the side of the pier with his arm, but the reptile was determined to get its eats. "You need to cut your line," one the of the men tells the little boy as the gator swims away with his catch.  Although it's unclear where the incident occurred, many commenters insisted it happened in Florida.  [h/t: UPI] BONUS: Giant nets harvest fog to solve water crisis in Morocco




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 10:07 AM

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president

Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-presidentIran's President Hassan Rouhani has decided to run for re-election in May, the vice-president for parliamentary affairs said on Sunday, according to state news agency IRNA. "In recent weeks, Mr Rouhani has reached a conclusion to take part in the presidential elections," Hosseinali Amiri told reporters. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate who has pushed for greater social freedoms and improved ties with the West, has been widely expected to run for a second term but has yet to formally announce his candidature for the May 19 election.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 4:22 AM

ZTE unveils the Gigabit Phone, the world’s first 5G smartphone with 1Gbps download speeds

ZTE unveils the Gigabit Phone, the world’s first 5G smartphone with 1Gbps download speeds

LG and Huawei both have exciting new flagship smartphones in store for us at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, the fresh new LG G6 might be the star of MWC 2017 this year, as you saw in our hands-on LG G6 preview. Nokia has a handful of buzzy new handsets to show off as well. Samsung won't take the wraps off of its new flagship phones at MWC this year, but the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are due to be unveiled late next month and if rumors hold true, they're going to blow us away.

Out of all of those exciting new devices headed to the market in the current months, not a single one can pull off the feat ZTE just achieved with the new ZTE Gigabit Phone that was just shown off at MWC 2017: 1Gbps download speeds.

Remember how all of the major wireless carriers forced us off of unlimited data plans back between 2009 and 2011, so that they could push us onto more expensive tiered data plans? Well guess what: unlimited data is back — well, "unlimited" data is back, at least — and as you might have guessed, it's even more expensive than the pricier tiered plans carriers forced us onto in recent years.

Why the sudden interest in unlimited data plans again? The answer lies in a joke I tweeted the other day:

https://twitter.com/zacharye/status/834925886872891392

The timing is a bit ambitious — give me a break, it was a Twitter joke — but as they say, truth is often said in jest. Carriers are retraining their subscriber bases to embrace unlimited data plans. With 5G on the horizon, a 4GB, 6GB or even 10GB plan won't hold up very well when you're dealing with download speeds that approach 1Gbps.

And speaking of 1Gbps download speeds, ZTE on Sunday took the wraps off its first 5G-capable smartphone, the ZTE Gigabit Phone.

ZTE calls the Gigabit Phone a "forward-looking" smartphone, which essentially translates to "concept phone that will never actually be sold." The Gigabit Phone isn't intended for retail, however. Instead, it's intended to showcase 5G and the lightning-fast upload and download speeds that will come along with it once 5G networks begin to roll out. Remember, this isn't the distant future we're talking about here; Verizon will fire up its 5G networks in at least 11 different markets this year in a just-announced test program.

The ZTE Gigabit Phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, which features an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. The solution combines wireless carrier aggregation with 4x4 MIMO antenna technology and 256-QAM modulation to achieve download speeds of up to 1Gbps. These aren't theoretical speeds, mind you — the phone is on display right now in Barcelona, where show goers can watch live demos of the Gigabit Phone handling gigabit downloads.

“We are thrilled to introduce the world’s first smartphone with download speeds up to 1Gbps. With the new device, the way people stay connected will be changed forever,” a ZTE spokesperson said. “Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development. ZTE will be very glad to leverage its technology strength and experience in 5G to cooperate with government and business partners to discuss and facilitate the upcoming 5G era.”

The question of whether the ZTE Gigabit Phone is a "true" 5G phone is a bit foggy. ZTE calls it "pre 5G," featuring technologies that will help provide massive speed boost to bridge the gap during carriers' transitions from 4G to 5G networks. Think of it as being akin to HSPA+, the 3G technology that AT&T and T-Mobile spent so much time marketing as 4G.

Of course to the end user, the technology behind 1Gbps download speeds won't matter very much while he or she is live-streaming 360-degree panoramic video and enjoying near-instant access to cloud-based content.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 9:00 AM

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017

Photos of the day - February 26, 2017Somali migrants cross the U.S. border into Canada; figure skating Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games; Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos vie for the ball. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:43 PM

Drug suspects cut way out of Philippines police facility

Drug suspects cut way out of Philippines police facilityThirteen people facing drug charges escaped from a police detention facility in the Philippines on Sunday after sawing through iron bars, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said. The guard on duty at the facility north of the capital Manila is now under investigation, said PDEA regional director Juvenal Azurin. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made the PDEA the country's main anti-drug agency after last month suspending police operations in the country's narcotics crackdown after a South Korean businessman died north of Manila in October.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 10:55 AM

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central cityBEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 1:07 PM

‘Pokémon GO’ Candy, Evolution Items To Save For Gen 3, Gen 4 Updates

‘Pokémon GO’ Candy, Evolution Items To Save For Gen 3, Gen 4 UpdatesHere is a diagram showing which Candy and Evolution Items Pokémon Trainers should be gathering and saving for the next generation updates.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 5:50 AM

Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tourKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 8:53 AM

With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights councilThe United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body's future. Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at times, been co-opted by rights abusers who push resolutions attacking their geopolitical rivals, with genuine rights issues marginalised. Many of the issues prioritised by Obama's UN envoys -- including violations in North Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and South Sudan -- will remain on the agenda when the council opens its main annual session in Geneva on Monday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 9:28 PM

Gunman opens fire on car after crash, kills 8-year-old in Texas

Gunman opens fire on car after crash, kills 8-year-old in TexasAn 8-year-old girl was shot to death after surviving a car crash early Saturday morning in Houston, Texas.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 5:28 PM

UK government spokesman: Scotland should not hold new independence referendum

UK government spokesman: Scotland should not hold new independence referendumThe threat of a new Scottish independence referendum is creating unnecessary uncertainty and division, a British government spokesman said on Monday, reiterating Prime Minister Theresa May's view that there was no need for another vote on the issue. The comments came in response to media reports that Scottish nationalists were preparing to demand a fresh vote, possibly as early as next month to coincide with May's plan to formally trigger Britain's exit from the European Union. "The threat of one is creating unnecessary uncertainty and division." Scots rejected independence by a 10-point margin in a 2014 referendum, but the issue has resurfaced following the vote last June to leave the EU.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 6:28 AM

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Everything you need to know

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Everything you need to know

This morning's unveiling of the LG G6 was a great way to kick off MWC 2017 if you were looking for excitement, but there is one big problem with LG going first on press day in Barcelona: it's all down hill from here. The LG G6 is a gorgeous new flagship smartphone that will be in a league of its own once it hits store shelves next month, and you can read all about it in our LG G6 hands-on preview. Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ weren't ready in time for Mobile World Congress this year, so LG's biggest rival is a no-show as far as smartphones go. In fact, the only company to announce flagship phones that might be able to give the G6 a run for its money was Huawei, which just took the wraps off the brand new P10 and P10 Plus.

The Huawei P9 was once of the hottest flagship Android phones of the year in 2016, but if you're in the United States the odds are quite good that you've never even seen one in person. Let's hope that changes with the next-generation Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus smartphones, because they're beyond impressive.

Huawei's new flagship phones are made entirely of glass and metal. They look like a cross between Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 5 — the P10 and P10 Plus designs aren't exactly original, but if there are any phones a vendor should take inspiration from when designing a flagship device, those are two outstanding choices.

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display and Huawei's own Kirin 960 processor, which has proven to be quite powerful according to leaked early benchmark tests. The phone includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSDXC support, as well as a large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset also sports a Leica-branded dual-lens rear camera setup that marries a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with a 12-megapixel main sensor. And yes, Huawei has aped the Portrait Mode feature from Apple's iPhone 7 Plus to create a bokeh effect on portraits that's similar to what you would get from a DSLR.

Huawei's larger P10 Plus features many of the same specs as the smaller model, but it includes a 5.5-inch WQHD display, a bigger 3,750 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and the rear cameras have a wider f/1.8 aperture compared to the f/2.2 aperture on the P10.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will be released in March in several markets including Europe, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia and more, and they'll be available in a number of sleek and unique colors. The P10 will be priced at €649 (about $685) and the larger P10 Plus will cost just €50 more at €699 euros (about $738). Unfortunately, there's no word from Huawei regarding US availability.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 8:52 AM

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need

The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out.

But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug.

Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love.

There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it.

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On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro.

Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry.

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There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100.

The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 1:00 PM

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 11:35 AM

France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed

France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killedFrance is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry said. The decision, announced late Saturday, was taken following a request from President Mahamadou Issoufou after Wednesday's attack near the border with Mali. The deadly ambush, which took place in an area some 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Niamey, the capital, also wounded another 18 Niger troops, with the army blaming "terrorist elements".




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 4:40 AM

Officials to stop California dam's outflow to clear debris

Officials to stop California dam's outflow to clear debrisOROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 9:02 PM

Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved ties

Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved tiesHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — When Nguyen Thi Xuan said goodbye to her Japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. She never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.




POSTED FEBRUARY 27, 2017 12:59 AM

Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?

Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor."




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 3:24 PM

Google Assistant Rolling Out To More Android Device This Week

Google Assistant Rolling Out To More Android Device This WeekGoogle Assistant was once exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but now it's heading to more users.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 11:29 PM

Trump budget plan boosts Pentagon, trims State Dept, EPA: officials

Trump budget plan boosts Pentagon, trims State Dept, EPA: officialsThe White House will send federal departments a budget proposal on Monday containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said. One of the officials said Trump's request for the Pentagon included more money for shipbuilding, military aircraft and establishing "a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints" such as the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea.




POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 10:11 PM

Gigi Hadid takes the pussyhat to the runway at Milan Fashion Week

Gigi Hadid takes the pussyhat to the runway at Milan Fashion WeekGuess the pink yarn shortage is over: Missoni models—including Gigi Hadid—brought the now-iconic pussyhat to the runway Saturday at Milan Fashion Week. It wasn't just the models making a statement. Staffers and attendees also received hats of their own, making the whole program a wonderland of pink ears and solidarity. And, of course, a fair amount of selfie-taking.  SEE ALSO: Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag Even the designer, Angela Missoni, kept hers on for post-show photo ops with guests. Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images According to Vogue , the hats weren't purely symbolic, either. A portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to the ACLU and the UN Refugee Agency—further proof that culture and politics aren't detangling anytime soon. This wasn't Hadid's first (politically-charged) rodeo, either: She and her sister Bella Hadid were spotted in January protesting Donald Trump's travel ban. They'll probably want to hang on to those hats for future protests. BONUS: Watch this aerogel insulated jacket withstand liquid nitrogen




POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 4:17 PM

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