July 18, 2019

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán gets life in prison

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From BBC A US judge has sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years. Guzmán, 62, was found guilty of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, by a federal court in New York in February. He escaped a Mexican jail through a tunnel in 2015, but […]

Threat level raised to ‘critical’ for UK ships in Iranian waters

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From BBC The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf to the highest level – where the risk of attack is “critical”. The step was taken on Tuesday, amid growing tensions in the region. On Wednesday, Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker in the region […]

Forget about waiting out the Donald Trump era for a more cordial US president, former top American diplomat warns China

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By Catherine Wong From South China Morning Post A former top US diplomat warned China on Monday not to believe it can wait out the Trump administration to get a better trade deal from a friendlier US president, saying Beijing has misjudged the importance of politics in China policymaking in the United States government. “I […]

Firebrand Philippine president pushes the US to send the entire 7th Fleet into the South China Sea

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By Ryan Pickrall From Business Insider Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dared the US on Monday to send the entire US 7th Fleet into the South China Sea to confront China if it really wants to drive Chinese forces from the disputed waterway. His comments follow another speech, in which he accused the US of “egging […]

US border patrol arrest over 1,000 illegal Haitians in one month

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From Caribbean National Weekly DEL RIO, Texas, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers assigned to the Del Rio Sector in Texas have arrested over 1,000 Haitian nationals in less than one month. Earlier in June, nearly 200 Haitian immigrants were arrested over a one week period at the same Del […]

A guide to 4th of July for non-Americans

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By Erin Davis and Catherine Dillinger From CNN Facts you might not know about July 4th (CNN)All across America on July 4, men in red, white and blue tank tops dust off their grills, children chuck exploding paper wrappers in cul-de-sacs, and patriotic-themed commercials take over the airwaves.It’s Independence Day.If you grew up elsewhere and already […]

US cyberattack reportedly knocked out Iran missile control systems

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By Jon Fingas From engadget The President reportedly signed off on the digital strike. he US may have withheld a physical military response to Iran shooting down a drone, but it might not have shown similar restraint with a digital campaign. Washington Post sources say the President greenlit a long-in-the-making cyberattack that took down Iranian missile control computers […]

The first US museum dedicated to posters is now open in New York

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By Alexandra Alexa From Core77 Poster House’s inaugural exhibitions explore the work of Alphonse Mucha and East Berlin design collective Cyan Whether in your college dorm, plastered on the sides of buildings, or held high in protest, we encounter posters every day and they hold a unique place in the public sphere: a democratic medium […]

Green America: “Skip the Slip” report finds only 3 major retailers get “A” score for receipt practices

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Rise in Consumption of Paper Receipts: 3/4 of Companies offer BPA and BPS Coated Paper Receipts; Green America Report Highlights Some Improvements. WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 25, 2019—Only three retailers – Best Buy, Apple and Ben & Jerry’s – get top marks in how they deal with electronic and paper receipts, according to a Green America report providing […]

Airbus-owned Voom will compete with Uber Copter in the US in 2019

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By Darrell Etherington From TechCrunch The U.S. air taxi market is heating up: Aeronautics industry giantAirbus  will be among the companies operating on-demand air travel service in 2019 in American skies, FastCompany reports. Airbus’ Voom on-demand helicopter shuttle operation will set up shop in the U.S. starting this fall, after previously providing service exclusively in Latin America. […]