• UK challenges China over HK bookseller

    UK challenges China over HK bookseller

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Lee Bo, also known as Paul Lee, disappeared in December 2015 The UK has said a British bookseller who has disappeared in Hong Kong was likely “involuntarily removed” to China,...
  • Wilson savours record response

    Wilson savours record response

    Kyren Wilson secured the first ranking event win of his career by beating Judd Trump in the final of the 2015 Shanghai Masters Kyren Wilson says his record-breaking feat during the “best match of my...
  • ‘Paternity leave’ MP quits over affair

    ‘Paternity leave’ MP quits over affair

    Image copyright Kensuke Miyazaki Image caption Lawmakers Kensuke Miyazaki (R) and Megumi Kaneko (L) had sparked a debate on paternity leave A Japanese MP who sparked a national debate about paternity leave has quit after...
  • Why can’t teams stop Leicester?

    Why can’t teams stop Leicester?

    Leicester have lost only two out of 25 Premier League games this season, and what has been really refreshing about their success is they have simply stuck to what they are good at. The reason...

Headline News

  • Death of officer, 2nd killed in line of duty, shakes Fargo

    FARGO, N.D. –  The death of a Fargo police officer in the line of duty has shaken the city, North Dakota’s largest. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier. The six-year veteran of the force with a wife and two children is just the second Fargo officer to die in the line of duty and the first in more than a century. Moszer was hit while standing outside a house near downtown around 7 p.m. Wednesday, and police had warned overnight he wasn’t expected to survive. Family members visited him in a hospital early Thursday to say goodbye, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said in a statement the city was “profoundly saddened” by the death of Moszer, who won a Silver Star commendation after he and another officer were credited with risking their lives in 2011 to rescue …

    February 12, 2016 2:57 am


  • House panel approves plan to privatize air traffic control

    WASHINGTON A Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives panel approved legislation to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system on Thursday as part of a six-year bill to authorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. Democrats failed in their attempt to amend the legislation to retain the flight service as part of the FAA. By a 32-26 vote along party lines, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sent the measure to the floor for consideration by the full House. Republicans, including committee Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, say air traffic control must be transferred to the private sector to protect the system from deficit reductions and government shutdowns and to ensure timely upgrade of decades-old technology. “Our proposal ensures that the air traffic organization can operate as a high-tech service provider, not as a huge bumbling bureaucracy,” Shuster said at a hearing to mark up the legislation for full House consideration. The failed Democratic amendment to …

    February 12, 2016 12:51 am


  • Japan’s paternity leave lawmaker to resign over sex scandal

    A Japanese politician who made headlines over his plans to become the country’s first member of parliament to take paternity leave says he intends to resign over a sex scandal. Lawmaker Kensuke Miyazaki’s declarations that he wanted to do more at home had made him a symbol for efforts to shake up rigid attitudes to gender roles in Japan. But he shattered that reputation Friday by announcing he had an extra-marital encounter with a woman just days before his wife gave birth to their son. “I sincerely apologize that my inappropriate act caused tremendous trouble to a lot of people,” Miyazaki said at a news conference. He bowed deeply in apology before the cameras at the event. A member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, Miyazaki drew attention late last year by saying he wanted to take paternity leave after his son’s birth — something no Japanese member of parliament had done before. Miyazaki’s decision …

    February 12, 2016 3:37 am


  • Wilson savours record response

    Kyren Wilson secured the first ranking event win of his career by beating Judd Trump in the final of the 2015 Shanghai Masters Kyren Wilson says his record-breaking feat during the “best match of my career” in the China Open qualifiers was the ideal response to his “gutting” display in the German Open. The 24-year-old scored four centuries, and Anthony Hamilton two, as the pair completed a record six consecutive tons when they met on Wednesday. Wilson said he was “way below his best” in reaching the semi-finals in Berlin. “But playing like that was the perfect antidote,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s the best match I’ve ever played by far, and setting the record is brilliant.” The previous record of five was jointly held by Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry in the 2003 British Open final, and Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals of the 2009 Masters. Berlin blues World number 20 …

    February 12, 2016 2:57 am

World News

  • UK challenges China over HK bookseller

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Lee Bo, also known as Paul Lee, disappeared in December 2015 The UK has said a British bookseller who has disappeared in Hong Kong was likely “involuntarily removed” to China, calling it a “serious breach” of the handover treaty. The statement from Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is the UK’s strongest comment so far on the case of Lee Bo. It is also the first time the UK has noted a serious breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. Mr Lee is one of five booksellers or publishers missing from Hong Kong. China has yet to issue an official response to the Foreign Office’s report. Read more: Hong Kong’s missing booksellers and ‘banned’ Xi Jinping book All five missing men are associated with publishing house Mighty Current, a publishing house specialising in books critical of senior Chinese leaders, and Causeway Bay Books which sells the titles. Their supporters believe China has …

    February 12, 2016 3:17 am


  • Marc Andreessen’s ‘colonialism’ gaffe? A symptom of Silicon Valley bias

    After an irate Facebook board member wrote that India is better off under colonialism, many in Silicon Valley’s large and influential Indian population were offended. “People like [Facebook board member] Marc Andreessen are speaking from places of such massive privilege and are still so massively wrong,” said Rohit Sharma, a venture capitalist with True Ventures, which has raised $878m. “Someone in India’s needs are just the same as someone in San Francisco. How dare you imply otherwise? No.” On 8 February, India’s telecoms regulator blocked services such as Facebook’s Free Basics, a scheme to offer a small selection of low-bandwidth apps for free to users in the developing world. Net neutrality campaigners have opposed the service, which is now in 16 other countries, because they say Facebook and its telecoms partners have too much control over which apps can be included, and should not be given what is effectively priority access to a developing market. …

    February 12, 2016 1:11 am


  • South Africa’s Sterkfontein Caves produce 2 new hominin fossils

    Related images(click to enlarge) Two new hominin fossils have been found in a previously uninvestigated chamber in the Sterkfontein Caves, just North West of Johannesburg in South Africa. The two new specimens, a finger bone and a molar, are part of a set of four specimens, which seem to be from early hominins that can be associated with early stone tool-bearing sediments that entered the cave more than two million years ago. “The specimens are exciting not only because they are associated with early stone tools, but also because they possess a mixture of intriguing features that raise many more questions than they give answers,” says lead researcher Dr Dominic Stratford, a lecturer at the Wits School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental studies, and research coordinator at the Sterkfontein Caves. The first fossil specimen, which is a very large proximal finger bone, is significantly larger and more robust than any other hand bone of any …

    February 11, 2016 11:51 pm


  • Venezuelan President says three dead from Zika-linked complications

    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that three people had died of complications linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and that suspected cases of Zika had risen to 5,221. Brazil said on Thursday that three people who died last year had the Zika virus, although authorities could not confirm that Zika alone was responsible for their deaths. Only one in five people infected with Zika experience illness and even then they are normally mild symptoms. The virus is still poorly understood by scientists and no proof yet exists to show it causes the birth deformations or any reported deaths. “We have 319 confirmed cases, of which unfortunately 68 presented complications and we’ve had three deaths due to Zika nationally,” Maduro said during a broadcast on state television. He did not provide details of the deaths and did not mention the number of pregnant women thought to have the virus. The Health …

    February 12, 2016 12:31 am


  • Check Out The Final Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

    Posted on Thu Feb 11th, 2016 11:15am PDT       By X17 Staff The finally trailer is finally here! A month before the highly anticipated new film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, the movie’s final trailer has dropped and it’s chock full of action packed new scenes and a cameo from Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot). She looks like one ass-kicking lady! In the clip, we see Gotham’s Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) trying to protect his city from a new hero on the scene, Superman, who is played by Henry Cavill. In the trailer, Bruce Wayne says of Superman, “If we believe that there is even a 1 percent chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty.” The trailer also shows the two going head to head as well as some more glimpses of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. We haven’t been so sure about Affleck as the …

    February 12, 2016 2:57 am


  • Hillary vs Bernie: Democratic debate highlights big divide between two rivals

    Thursday night’s Democratic debate proved that we’ve got a whole lot of substance on the left. It’s “we” versus “I.”  In a lot of ways, that’s all this election is about on the Democratic side.  Bernie Sanders talks in “we” all the time. “We need a political revolution revolution,” “We have millions of working people living in poverty and 99 percent of all new income is going to the top one percent” and “We are building the largest grassroots campaign in history.” In contrast, Hillary Clinton is running a campaign dominated by “I.” “I will deliver for you” she often says, “I will fight to rein in Wall Street” and “I want to be the president who takes on all the big problems.” After her loss in New Hampshire where Sanders beat her 95-5 in honesty and trustworthiness according to exit polls, Clinton is going to be tested as to whether she has “we” in …

    February 12, 2016 3:17 am

Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am