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|Top Asian News 4:51 a.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin. The investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between Malaysia and North Korea, a prime suspect in the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. Friday's revelation by Malaysian police that the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim raised the stakes significantly in a case that has broad geopolitical implications.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:51 PM
|Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights
Egypt 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
|An Ecstatic Crowd Greets Obama At NYC Starbucks
Barack Obama may no longer be the U.S. president, but it appears he can still attract a large crowd.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 12:33 AM
|Syria's White Helmets rescuers will not attend Oscars
Rescue workers from Syria's White Helmets group - the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary - will not attend this weekend's Academy Awards ceremony because of intensified regime bombing and a rejected passport. Raed Saleh and fellow White Helmet member Khaled Khatib had been set to attend Sunday's ceremony in Hollywood, where "The White Helmets" is shortlisted for best short documentary. Sad, but important work to do here," Khatib tweeted Saturday from Istanbul.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:16 AM
|Photos of the day - February 25, 2017
Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign meeting for the April 16 constitutional referendum, in Ankara, Turkey; and, Jacqueline Loelling of Germany competes in the third run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee in Koenigssee, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 25, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:45 PM
|Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom
Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to HomeAdvisor.com. And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 6:00 AM
|Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 8:18 AM
|'Ring of fire' eclipse delights Africa, South America
Stargazers applauded as they were plunged into darkness Sunday when the moon passed in front of the sun in a spectacular "ring of fire" eclipse. Astronomers and enthusiasts in Argentina were among the first to see the so-called annular eclipse as it crossed South America shortly after 1200 GMT, on course for Africa. The eclipse was most visible in a 100-kilometer (62-mile) band across Chile, Argentina, Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 4:34 PM
|MH370 Search Must Continue, Australia’s Former PM Says
Tony Abbott said Friday that he did not believe all search avenues in the southern Indian Ocean had been exhausted so as to suspend the search.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:31 AM
|Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:23 AM
|This Week Fast Forward 02.26.2017
Speed through the highlights from the latest "This Week."
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 11:47 AM
|South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably
By 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
|Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border
Israel'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
|Will Tom Perez unite the Democratic party?
The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to select former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to head the group, bring an end to a contentious race that pitted the more centric ideology of the party under former President Barack Obama against the progressive agenda of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Mr. Perez edged out Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who received the backing of Senator Sanders (I) of Vermont, in an unprecedented second round of voting, taking 235 of the 435 votes. In a nod to the party’s more progressive wing, Perez has selected Mr. Ellison to serve as deputy chairman of the party.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:05 PM
|Here’s the three new Nokia Android phones you’ve been waiting for
About five years too late, Nokia has finally entered the Android market. It's probably not quite what you were expecting: the phones really come from Nokia's new Finnish owner, HMD Global. But hey, they're Nokia phones running Android, and they look half-decent, so who are we to complain?
Things get better when you hear about the design decisions HMD has been making. Just a few small companies (and Motorola) have done in the past, HMD is shipping all three phones with pure Android, no gimmicks, no bundled apps, and no bungled re-skinning.
The three devices are called the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. The specs and price increase along with the number, but all three handsets look distinctly mid-range. It starts with the Nokia 3, the most basic of the new devices. It's featuring a 5-inch display up front, generic quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM underneath, and 16GB of storage, expandable with a microSD.
The design looks a lot like the Nokia we've recently become familiar with: curved edges, a polycarbonate frame, and most of the flair coming from color. It's not a bad design, normally, but in a world of aluminum unibody, it's sorely in danger of feeling cheap.
That's exactly what the Nokia 3 is, though, as it should be available in the spring for around $150. Just like the new 3310, there's a range of colors for you to choose from.
The Nokia 5 looks like a small step up in price, but hits a much more attractive place with the specs. Ther's a 5.2-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a Wualcomm Snapdragon 430 underneath. That's a decent amount of power for a mid-range Android device, and especially given that it's running a naked version of Android with no bloat, should be enough for most day-to-day use.
The polycarbonate body is also upgraded to aluminum, which helps with a more premium feel. It still looks to have a lot of bezel compared to this year's crop of smartphones, but at the price of the 5, you can lett that go. It should be shipping in Q2 for $200, which is a steal for a serious low-end handset these days.
There's also one other piece of classic Nokia to be found in the 5's hardware: a 13-megapixel camera at the back and 6-megapixel front-facing camera. Provided that these are good lenses and not just gratuitously thrown on there to save the spec sheet, that could mean that Nokia's legendary mobile cameras are back for good.
Finally, we've got the Nokia 6. It many ways, it's similar to the 5: aluminum body, Snapdragon 430 processor, but the screen has been upgraded to 5.5-inches and the RAM to 3GB. The camera also gets a small bump to 16 megapixels. There's also a limited edition available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, if that really catches your eye.
It's still not priced anywhere close to flagship smartphone pricing, with the regular version running about $250.
None of these phones are going to change the world or compete with a new iPhone, but it looks to be a solid first step back into the phone-making business for Nokia. We'll have to wait and see how sales actually go -- for low-end phones like these, it will probably depend if they can get into any carrier retail stores -- but the future looks a little brighter for Nokia after today.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:26 PM
|Big Crowds Expected For Mardi Gras
More than a million people are expected to attend Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans this year.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 8:10 AM
|Trump Administration Seeks to Loosen Hiring Requirements to Beef Up Border Patrol
According to an internal memo, laxer standards are needed to expand the number of Border Patrol agents, but that could come at a cost in security.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 4:09 PM
|Congress Is Making It Harder To File A Class-Action Lawsuit
The bill would require all litigants to have "suffered the same type and scope of injury" as one another.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 8:20 AM
|Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 8:54 AM
|North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says
It 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
|In besieged Gaza, first English library to open window to world
Mossab Abu Toha has never actually left Gaza, instead devouring books as an escape. Now he is struggling to open the first English-language library in the beleaguered Palestinian territory. Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave by Israeli and Egyptian restrictions, dreams of travelling.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 2:04 AM
|Unlike colleagues, Michigan congressman embraces town halls
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump's early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 3:30 AM
|Libya govt secures ceasefire after Tripoli clashes
A ceasefire went into force early Saturday in the Libyan capital after two days of fighting between rival gunmen injured nine people and forced residents to cower indoors, the government said. The fighting between two rival armed groups in eastern Tripoli erupted on Thursday after one accused the other of kidnapping four of its members, the Tripoli-based news agency LANA reported. It said families trapped in the conflict zone of Abu Slim appealed to the authorities to intervene to halt the violence which closed down the city centre.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 9:28 AM
|LG G6 hands-on: 42 days at the top
I can't see the future, but I have been doing this long enough to know a thing or two. For example, I know a gorgeous new flagship smartphone when I see one, and there's absolutely no question that the LG G6 is a gorgeous flagship smartphone. Inside and out, the all-new G6 is an impressive feat of engineering, packing a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio into a phone that measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm. To put that into perspective, the G6 stuffs a display that's larger than the 5.5-inch screen in the iPhone 7 Plus into a phone with a footprint that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch display.
Of course, I have also been doing this long enough to know that some things are inevitable. As impressive as the LG G6 design is, and as nifty as its new features might be, this phone will be living on borrowed time from the moment it's released.
At the time of this writing, neither LG nor Samsung had announced release dates for their upcoming new flagship smartphones. That said, recent leaks from trustworthy sources suggest that LG plans to release the LG G6 on Friday, March 10, and Samsung plans to release the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on Friday, April 21st. When the LG G6 is released on March 10th, it will undoubtedly be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. Sadly, the G6 will be dethroned just 42 days later when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are released in late April.
That gives LG exactly 42 days at the top before the phone is steamrolled by Samsung. As impressive as the LG G6 is, we already know that the phone will be no match for the Galaxy S8, or for the marketing behemoth behind it.
LG unveiled its next-generation G6 flagship phone on Sunday during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The G6 is the first flagship phone of 2017 from a top global smartphone vendor, and it raises the bar in every way. The new phone also gives us a preview of what we can expect from other top global smartphone vendors this year — namely, a big, beautiful display stuffed into a smartphone that is much smaller than the phablets of years past.
In 2017, phone makers have finally managed to shrink down the bezels that surround smartphone screens so that the large displays people love can fit into phones people can actually use with one hand. The best phones in the world are phablets, after all, but it'll be nice to my phone in my jeans pocket once again.
In the case of the G6, the display is a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD+ screen that LG calls a "FullVision" display. It has an 18:9 aspect ration which is the new norm in 2017 according to rumors surrounding other flagship smartphones set to hit the market this year, and it might just be the most stunning LCD display ever used in a smartphone. The clarity is incredible, the colors are bold and vivid, and the contrast is as close to perfect as I've seen.
While 18:9 might become the industry standard this year, another important piece of the G6 puzzle is anything but standard in 2017: The processor.
LG knew it needed to beat Samsung to market this year, and that meant compromising in a few key areas. Chief among them is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that powers the G6. It's a fantastic mobile processor, as we all know, but the upcoming Snapdragon 835 is better in every way. It's smaller, it's more efficient, and it's more powerful than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it wasn't available when LG began developing the G6, and the company knew that delaying the phone and launching alongside the Galaxy S8 simply was not an option.
In case you're wondering, yes, the Snapdragon 835 is indeed the next-generation chipset that will power the US version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
On the plus side, LG worked with Qualcomm to narrow the gap a bit between the Snapdragon 821 and the upcoming new Snapdragon 835. For example, LG's G6 supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and it also features next-generation electronic image stabilization and smooth zoom during 4K video recording that isn't found on any other phone with an 821 chip.
The G6 features a dual 13-megapixel rear camera setup that enables 2x optical zoom just like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus. I didn't get a chance to thoroughly test it during the time I spent with the phone last week, but the camera app is stuffed with new features that I can't wait to explore when I review the phone.
Other highlights from the G6's specs list include a large 3,300 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The battery is embedded and is no longer removable like the one in last year's LG G5, but the reason for the change is sound: LG's G6 is IP68 rated for water resistance. That means the phone can survive being submerged under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, and it puts the G6 on par with flagship phones from Apple and Samsung.
We'll have plenty more to share in our upcoming full review of the LG G6. In the meantime, pricing and a release date should be announced very soon by LG's carrier partners in the US. While nothing is official yet, you can expect the phone to be released on March 10th after a brief preorder period, and it should be priced in line with the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7. That's right — despite its huge 5.7-inch screen, the phone should be competitive with where the smaller iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 were at launch.
Here are the full LG G6 specs as provided by LG:
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
- Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
- Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
- Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
- Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
- Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
- Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 163g
- Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- Colors: Black / Platinum
- Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 7:00 AM
|Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines
By Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested. The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 6:08 AM
|Photos of the day - February 26, 2017
Somali 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
|5 Reasons a Riding Mower Snow Plow Is a Bad Idea
Anyone 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
|Police work to bring back murder suspect who fled state
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police worked Saturday to secure the return of a man they say fled the state with his 6-year-old daughter after killing the girl's mother.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:55 PM
|Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's line
Today, 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:
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POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 10:07 AM
|7 Reasons Why We Love MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours
Watch Yahoo Beauty Director, Dana Oliver, try on the 7 new shades of the MAC Retro Matt Liquid Lipcolour line. Here's why we love them so much!
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:00 AM
|Trump Administration Won’t Call Extremist Group ‘ISIL’ Like Obama Did
The reason behind Obama using ISIL to refer to the terrorist group was believed to be partly geographical and partly grammatical.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 12:33 AM
|Russia frees opposition activist jailed for protesting
Russia on Sunday released a prominent opposition activist from jail, after a court quashed a sentence that made him the only person convicted under a tough law against public protests. Ildar Dadin, 34, emerged from a Siberian penal colony after some 15 months behind bars for repeatedly holding unsanctioned rallies against President Vladimir Putin's rule. Dadin -- who was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International -- has complained of torture and abuse behind bars, and his case became a cause celebre for those who oppose the Kremlin.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 5:02 AM
|You’ll never look at your TV the same way again
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get serious for a few moments, if we may. We show you plenty of great deals every day, and we constantly cover awesome products that our readers love. We hear from readers all the time who tell us how much they appreciate our recommendations, and how grateful they are after saving so much money. Of course, not everyone listens to us, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But if you pick up only one product that we recommend, this is the one: The Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting Kit.
This awesome and affordable gadget plugs into a USB port on the back of your TV and automatically turns on as soon as you power up your television, projecting gorgeous backlighting onto the wall behind your TV. You can adjust the brightness and change colors using the included remote, and the result is a viewing experience that’s so much better than watching normal TV, it’s difficult to put into words. Trust us, this will be the best $21 you ever spend.
Some highlights from the product page:
- INCLUDES: 78-in high quality RGB LED strip light kit to provide 250 lumens of USB bias lighting, 3M adhesive backing and reversible USB for easy plug-in. A built in on/off, dimmer, and color changing switch as well as wireless remote make this easy to customize for any viewing situation. 14 color choices, 10 brightness settings, 3 white modes and 3 fade or strobe modes. Provides benefits with any TV size 30”/40”/50”/60” USB Input: 5W (5V, 1A)
- EASY TO USE: Just clean the back of your TV, secure your LED strip light, plug the RGB TV backlight USB plug into the USB port, and you have a great TV light or monitor backlight. Cut the LED strip every 2 inches for the perfect fit for any size screen. The TV light strip powers on and off with your TV’s USB port. Choose from 14 color options, 10 dimmer settings, 3 white modes, and single and multi-color strobe and fade modes.
- CREATE A BEAUTIFUL VIEWING EXPERIENCE: With RGB LED bias lighting, you create sharper images and color contrast while adding beautiful TV ambient lighting of any color to your surroundings. Customize the backlight to your surroundings by choosing the perfect color and brightness setting. Easy on/off switch for TVs with a constant on USB setting. The Luminoodle Backlight for TV creates a beautiful environment that makes your friends and family want you to be the one to host viewing parties.
- REDUCE EYE STRAIN IN CHILDREN & ADULTS: With increasing screen time, eyestrain and headaches have become more and more common. Bias lights save your eyes and prevent unwanted headaches in both children and adults by reducing the contrast between the brightness of the TV and the surrounding room. This 78-inch TV backlight kit with color and dimmer provides benefits with any TV size 30”/40”/50”/60’’
- 1 YEAR WARRANTY: Power Practical offers a 1 year warranty on our RGB LED TV lights with friendly, easy to access customer support.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 10:30 AM
|Zimbabwe's Mugabe says will not impose successor, party will choose
By Philimon Bulawayo MATOBO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Saturday he would not impose his successor and that if the ruling ZANU-PF party felt he should retire, it would hold an extraordinary congress to choose a new leader. The world's oldest leader, who turned 93 this week, has maintained a tight grip on power in Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980. Mugabe was joined by thousands of supporters to celebrate his birthday at a school in Matobo just outside the second biggest city Bulawayo, and a short distance from the grave of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 9:48 AM
|WWII Navy officer who helped rescue Kennedy dies at age 97
MOUNT 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
|Christian Louboutin adds eye products to existing makeup collection
The luxury French brand is set to launch a series of four eye products this March, WWD reports. The range will comprise a "Lash Amplifying Lacquer" mascara designed to offer a luminous effect, a "Luminous Ink Eyeliner" that includes a vivid shade of red, a "Velvet Eye Definer" eyeliner pencil and a "Brow Definer" eyebrow pencil. The mascara and eyeliners will come in shades of black and brown, with the eyeliner pencil also available in teal.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 8:03 AM
|One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: authorities
By 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
|Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — "We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 3:30 PM
|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.
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.
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
|Trump Budget Plan Won't Touch Medicare, Social Security
The president goes before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has nothing to talk about except how he has struck fear into people's hearts.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:43 PM
|Iran's Rouhani to run for second term: vice-president
Iran'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
|6 charged in death of UConn student run over after party
Six University of Connecticut students were charged Friday with alcohol-related offenses connected to the death of a student who was run over by a fire department vehicle after leaving a party last fall.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 12:06 AM
|LG G6 Revealed: How it Compares With The Samsung Galaxy S8 And Apple's iPhone 7
LG has introduced it flagship phone, the G6, here's how it compares with Apple's current iPhone 7 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 1:31 PM
|Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is our wish, it will come," Yildirim told the gathering in Ankara of party members and supporters from the country's 81 provinces.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 9:21 AM
|Paraguayan rebel group releases kidnapped Mennonite man
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan authorities say a Mennonite man walked 20 kilometers (12 miles) to reach his home in the Rio Verde Colony after being released by a small rebel group that had kidnapped him in July.
POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2017 3:22 PM
|Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman's pinky finger: media
A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman's pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. In August, Jonathan Schrap, 25, and three other people held a "ritualistic memorial" at his home for a fellow fan of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse who died in 2015, a local ABC affiliate reported, citing a criminal compliant filed by the state. Schrap pleaded no contest earlier this week to a felony charge of second degree reckless injury charge, according to online court records.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 3:36 AM
|Protesters mark Philippine revolt by condemning killings
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy activists marked the anniversary of the 1986 revolt that ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a warning against what they say are the incumbent president's dictatorial tendencies.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 10:59 PM
|Interview: Secret messaging app Confide wins new fans in the Trump era
It started with an email, which led to a swapping of voicemails, which led to several days of back and forth until the two professionals trying to connect with each other finally decided -- this is taking too long; it shouldn’t have to be this hard to communicate.
So they did what any technology-minded executive with means would do in that scenario. They launched an app. It was back in 2013, and the result was Confide, a secret messaging app -- Snapchat for professionals, as they like to call it -- whose chats self-destruct after they’ve been read.
Four years on, the service has raised $3.4 million, is available in 15 different languages and works across major platforms from iOS to Android to PCs. Its profile has also skyrocketed in recent weeks -- not due, really, to efforts from the company, which doesn’t have much in the way of an advertising or marketing push to speak of.
No, Confide is in the counterintuitive position of being a secret messaging service dealing with a gush of notoriety because -- well, ok, like so much of the news these days, there’s a Trump connection in there somewhere.
Anyone who’s gotten whatever the news audience equivalent is of whiplash from trying to keep up with the head-spinning pace of news out of the Trump administration will already be clued in to this: not all of the press, shall we say, has painted the newest occupant of the White House in the most flattering of lights. And some of that coverage has been stoked by leaks from within the mighty bowels of the country’s great ship of state.
Trump tweeted on Feb. 16 that the hunt was on for “low-life leakers!” That’s helped spawn a culture of secrecy throughout the administration, as staffers have reportedly begun taking steps to cover their tracks and communicate using Confide.
Talk about an unexpected journey. Confide co-founder Jon Brod says they set out to help business people communicate securely. Now worried staffers are using it to keep themselves away from the scrutiny of the leader of the free world.
From the beginning, Brod tells BGR, “what we realized was the permanent digital record of the Internet is truly an impediment to efficiency and is dangerous as it relates to sensitive communication.
“And so we said -- Snapchat was gaining some popularity at that point and was getting people comfortable with the notion of ephemerality. And we sort of said, huh, what if we could apply some of those principles of security and ephemerality to communications particularly among professionals and business people. Wouldn’t that solve some interesting problems and create a private and efficient way to communicate.”
The app he went on to co-found has tended to see spikes in use around big hacks and other security-related events like the Sony Pictures breach in 2014. Confide keeps user numbers close to the vest, but lately Brod says every month has been producing new record highs for the service -- and while the U.S. is its biggest market, usage overseas also represents a significant chunk of the business.
Usage of Confide among GOP operatives and staffers to send messages securely -- which was reported by the digital political news outlet Axios -- has brought the service new recognition. That recognition will help with the go-forward game plan, which includes bringing Confide to additional platforms along with an even higher-level goal.
Brod wants to see the brand reach the ubiquity of something like “follow us on Twitter” or “Like us on Facebook.” Maybe one day, he hopes, people will say with the same familiarity, “send with Confide.” Again, with a focus on business profiles -- we are to Snapchat, Brod says, what LinkedIn is to Facebook.
Among other quick facts about Confide:
- The service says its message encryption is based on the PGP standard.
- It’s designed to detect and prevent screenshots.
- All messages between Confide can only be decrypted using a private key which is generated on, and never leaves, the user's device, according to the company.
- The team has both employed and contracted with engineers who Brod says have “strong security and cryptography backgrounds.”
- The company uses “standard encryption protocols” and, following the example of other messengers like WhatsApp and iMessage, does not open source its code.
“If you think about conversations throughout history, they were the spoken word, whether through a face-to-face meeting or a phone call,” Brod says. “And in those conversations, you generally know who you’re speaking to, and only the intended recipient can hear those conversations. And then after the words are spoken, they disappear.
“With the advent of digital communication, all of that got turned on its head. And now everything you communicate digitally is archived forever in the Internet’s permanent record. While that’s really good for innocuous conversations, because it allows you to communicate on any device, in real time, it’s exactly those characteristics and those copies that make it vulnerable and dangerous for sensitive communication. So that’s how we think about the business.”
And about what’s next for getting users to confide in, well, Confide.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 2:15 PM
|France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments
French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. Here, you don't have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy," Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 6:51 AM
|British FM Johnson, Egypt's Sisi finalise loan deal
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt. In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's Foreign Office. Johnson and Sisi "finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt," the British embassy said in a statement.
POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2017 1:36 PM