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Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 19:01
Prime minister lobbied IOC, secret government files show, but others were sceptical. Manchester’s daring bid for the 2000 Olympics was enthusiastically supported by John Major but behind the scenes ministers and officials were less convinced, National Archives files reveal. The prime minister wrote to all 79 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) individually, praising the city’s facilities and commitment in the run-up to the announcement of the winner in Monaco on 23 September 1993.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 19:01
Former foreign secretary called Britain ‘medium-sized power’ that needed alliance with EU. Former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd anticipated a dangerous future of UK isolation caused by "poisonous" internal divisions over the EU and advocated a policy of diplomatic "polygamy", government documents from a quarter of a century ago reveal. In a prescient, strategic paper released to the National Archives in Kew, Hurd warned that British attitudes towards the continent were tipping "over into xenophobia" at a time when international alliances were becoming ever more crucial.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 17:14
Experts believe the false readings occurred because the radar interpreted the insects as raindrops. Huge swarms of flying ants that hit England’s south coast were mistaken by weather satellites in space for clouds of rain. The Met Office’s radar captured what it described as "insect clutter" over the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and Dorset on Wednesday morning.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 17:00
Leaders to back Gates Foundation call to help rural poor and women access mobile banking. World leaders are to pledge to shape the technological revolution sweeping through Africa by acting to lift the threat of 400 million predominantly rural women being excluded from digital financial services. G7 finance ministers meeting in France are to endorse a paper from the Gates Foundation saying there is a serious risk that digital technology and mobile banking will bypass millions of women in Africa, leaving them disempowered for a generation.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 16:52
House members challenge company over its plans to protect data and question its goals in latest clash on Capitol Hill. Facebook once again faced intense questioning from US lawmakers over the future launch of its cryptocurrency project Libra, in a combative hearing that highlighted deep skepticism over the tech firm’s possibly entering the banking world following a slew of privacy scandals. Members of the US House financial services committee grilled the executive David Marcus for more than five hours on Wednesday, asking him how the company plans to protect user data, challenging its purported goals of bringing banking services to underserved populations, and demanding more accountability to regulatory bodies.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 16:42
The actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016. Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping an 18-year-old man at Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016. The Cape and Islands district attorney said on Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 16:41
Netflix added barely half the expected 5 million new subscribers. Quarterly figures blamed on content slate not competition. Netflix’s missed its growth targets by a huge margin in the last three months, the company announced on Wednesday, triggering a 10% drop in its share price. Announcing its latest quarterly figures Netflix said it had added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide, well below its guidance of 5 million new subscribers and down from 6 million for the same period last year.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 15:51
Ricardo Rosselló resisting calls to resign over leaked messages. Tens of thousands to take to streets of San Juan. Puerto Rico is bracing for large demonstrations in the capital city of San Juan on Wednesday evening as the scandal engulfing the US territory’s local administration continues to deepen and the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, vows to hold on to power despite waning support. Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets later today following protests earlier in the week that were dispersed with teargas and rubber bullets.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 14:00
Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say. Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study. The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 14:00
Australian Energy Market Commission rule would allow users to sell forsaken demand directly into wholesale market. Large energy users would be paid to reduce their power demand at peak times under a proposed new rule for the sector aimed at boosting competition and reducing wholesale prices. The Australian Energy Market Commission will release its draft rule for a demand-response mechanism on Thursday, which will allow large commercial and industrial users to sell forsaken demand directly into the wholesale market for the first time.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 14:00
Submission to government review calls for urgent uptake of electric vehicles, a boost to public transport and tightening of efficiency standards. Australia should dramatically decrease its oil use to ward off a potential crisis by tightening fuel-efficiency standards, introducing electric vehicle targets and increasing public transport use, the Australia Institute has warned. As of December 2018, Australia held only 18 days of petrol, 22 days of diesel and 23 days of jet fuel reserves, according to federal government figures.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:48
Bill could make it illegal for a Boris Johnson administration to prorogue parliament. A no-deal showdown is expected in the House of Commons on Thursday after peers passed stronger protections against the prospect of a Boris Johnson administration attempting to prorogue parliament to force an exit from the EU in October. The House of Lords passed an amendment by a majority of 103 on Wednesday that would ensure parliament would sit in the weeks leading up to the 31 October deadline.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:47
Sackler family is accused of profiting from opioid crisis for producing drug OxyContin. The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the art philanthropist family Sackler from a major wing devoted to eastern antiquities. The Sackler name came down this month after a by the US art photographer and activist , who said it should be removed from gallery walls because some members of the multibillionaire family had benefited from the .
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:30
App was launched by Russian developer in 2017 and uses AI to change people’s features. The developer of a popular app which transforms users face to predict how they will look as older people has insisted they are not accessing users’ photographs without permission. FaceApp, which was launched by a Russian developer in 2017, uses artificial intelligence allowing people to see how they would look with different hair colour, eye colour or as a different gender.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:26
Fear of ‘hardline’ Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt could push sterling down to mid-80s levels, says Morgan Stanley. The pound’s fall to a two-year low against the dollar could be the start of a no-deal Brexit inspired wave of selling that would push sterling towards a against the US currency, a leading investment bank has warned. Morgan Stanley said the nervousness in financial markets over the hardline approach adopted by both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt risked pushing the pound down from its current level of $1.24 to the lowest level since it almost reached parity in the mid-1980s.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:25
An estimated 1 million Uighurs and other minorities are held in China’s camps. But Beijing’s power has silenced many of those who one might expect to criticise it. What does it take to make people speak out? A growing number of Uighurs overseas are for news of their sisters, fathers or children in , as desperation has overcome their fears of retaliation against their loved ones. The stakes for countries are immeasurably lower, yet only now is criticism of the abuses in the region slowly gathering pace. Last week, 22 states – including Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and Japan – signed a letter to UN human rights officials condemning China’s treatment of Uighur and other minorities there. That at least is a start. Beijing, which o.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:14
Airline provokes outcry with response after woman says she was asked to cover herself with a blanket. The Dutch airline KLM is facing a storm of protest after warning that women who breastfeed their babies on its flights may be asked to cover up to avoid offending other passengers. The company’s policy emerged after a woman claimed on Facebook she had been asked to shield herself from view while feeding her one-year-old on a flight between San Francisco and Amsterdam last month.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 07/17/2019 13:10
MPs say ministers must work faster as hundreds of towers still have dangerous cladding. Ministers are risking people’s lives because safety reforms after the Grenfell Tower disaster have been too slow and "simply not good enough", a cross-party group of MPs has warned. More than two years since the fire claimed the lives of 72 people the government is taking too long to remove potentially dangerous cladding from hundreds of other housing blocks and, despite promising in July 2017 to "urgently assess" building regulations, it has taken 23 months to merely publish proposals for consultation, a damning parliamentary inquiry concludes.

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