The recent spate of antisemitic incidents is shocking, but the roots of this problem run deep, and there is no quick fixThe issue of antisemitism has taken centre stage in France in the last few days, following a spate of violent attacks – President Emmanuel Macron even said that it was at its worst level since the second world war. The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement has also been infiltrated by this bigotry. Last weekend, [...]
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‘You never know what's in people's minds,' says director who recently worked with Neeson on WidowsThe film-maker Steve McQueen has said he was disturbed by Liam Neeson's comments about seeking vengeance on a black person after the rape of a friend.The actor, who starred in McQueen's film Widows last year, said that as a young man, he had wanted to kill a black person after someone close to him told him said she had been [...]
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New bill would require New York's distinctive ‘wail' and ‘yelp' sirens to be replaced by softer, two-tone, European-style versionsWith just the flip of a switch, the sound of New York's streets could change forever.New Yorkers are accustomed to hearing the rapid, pulsating “wail” and “yelp” sirens that echo around town. But for those who live near fire stations, police stations and hospitals, the sirens can seem like torture, and battles to keep stations out of [...]
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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week. It had looked a bit quiet with just a few big rounds to cover. I was looking forward to a relaxed episode, frankly. But no, as Kate and I were prepping the show notes, the News Gods opened the heavens and dropped a fifty-weight of mana right on our heads. It was a lot of news. In [...]
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A 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback Is the Latest to Be Immortalized in Legos
The Lego Creator Ford Mustang kit includes 1471 pieces. [...]
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UK backlash at Meghan's lavish US baby shower
Meghan Markle drew fresh scorn from British media this week after celebrating the imminent arrival of her first baby with what they described as an "extravagant" trip to New York in a private jet. The Duchess of Sussex, due to give birth in the spring, returned to Britain Thursday after enjoying a party with celebrity friends at what British papers referred to as "the most expensive hotel suite in the US". The party, [...]
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Trump border wall: Third of Pentagon money president plans to use for wall is already spent, officals say
Up to a third of the $6.7bn (£5.2bn) in Pentagon funds Donald Trump has identified to spend on a US-Mexico border wall has already been spent, officials have revealed. During his emergency powers declaration last month, the US president announced he would divert billions of dollars from other Department of Defense projects towards the wall, in order to circumvent Congress. It included $3.6bn (£2.8bn) in unspent military construction money, as well as $2.5bn [...]
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Pakistan military warns India against 'misadventure'
Pakistan's military warned India on Friday against any "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding to any threats as tensions continue to simmer between the two nuclear-armed nations. "We hope you will not mess up with us," military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press briefing in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, the second strong message Pakistan has sent to New Delhi in as many days. Tensions have risen in the days [...]
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Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. [...]
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Russia says US aid to Venezuela a 'pretext for military action'
Russia on Friday accused the United States of using aid deliveries to Venezuela as a ploy to carry out military action against President Nicolas Maduro's government. "A dangerous provocation, instigated and led by Washington, is planned for February 23," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, pointing to efforts by opposition leader Juan Guaido to pick up US aid being stockpiled on the Colombian border. Guaido's plans to try to bring the aid across [...]
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