(CARACAS/PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela) — Venezuela’s state prosecutor has panned unpopular President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to create a grassroots congress, deepening a rare public split among the ruling Socialists as the death toll from two months of unrest hit 51. Chief State Prosecutor Luisa Ortega stunned the crisis-hit country in March when she lambasted the Supreme Court for annulling the powers of the opposition-led National Assembly. Since then, she has been a wild card wit...
James Corden was in the midst of taping The Late Late Show when he received news of the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. So the television host recorded an extra segment to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by the disaster, even though details of the attack were still scant at the time. "It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen. But especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight," said...
Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative party leader Theresa May gestures, during the Conservative Party manifesto launch in Halifax, England. The document does not mention tourism once. Stefan Rousseau / PA via Associated PressSkift Take: Party manifestos should be treated with a healthy degree of skepticism. Still it is revealing to see who what they priorities are and perhaps more importantly what they decide to leave out. — Patrick WhyteOn June 8 voters in the United Kingdom will get th...
NEW DELHI: In a bid to strengthen economic ties with Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will inaugurate the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Gujarat. The event will take place at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. The President of African Development Bank - Mr. Akinwumi Adesina has said that the core theme of the Annual Meeting is ‘Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa’. “The main focus of the meeting will be on achieving...
(L-R): Gree Venture’s Yusuke Amano (CEO/Partner) and Tatsuo Tsutsumi (Partner). Japanese VC firm Gree Ventures closed a new fund at US $67M.  The fund, dubbed AT-II, intends to back startups in Japan, Southeast Asia, and India, the firm said in a statement today. Gree Ventures sees itself stepping in as lead investor, providing financing of US$500,000 to US$3 million for seed to series A-stage startups. Gree Ventures earlier fund, AT-I, primarily targeted Japan and Southeast Asia, so Indi...
Enlarge (credit: Health Service Journal) Researchers have found more digital fingerprints tying this month's WCry ransomware worm to the same prolific hacking group that attacked Sony Pictures in 2014 and the Bangladesh Central Bank last year. Last week, a researcher at Google identified identical code found in a WCry sample from February and an early 2015 version of Contopee, a malicious backdoor used by Lazarus Group, a hacking team that has been operating since at least 2011. Additional fi...
Locals residents in Manchester, England have stepped in to help after at least 19 people were killed and another 59 were injured in a horrific blast at a concert by U.S. pop star Ariana Grande. The blast is being treated as a terrorist attack and has reportedly left hundreds of attendees, many of them children and teenagers, stranded in the city center as train services ground to a halt. But people living near the Manchester Arena, where the explosion occurred just before 10:35 p.m. local time, ...
Once upon a time, Nike, adidas and other sneaker brands would bless us with releases of coveted sneakers once or twice a month. Nowadays, it's not uncommon for different footwear labels to drop multiple pairs of heat in just one weekend. Making it easier for you to choose whether to cop or drop, we continue our weekly roundup of the silhouettes that will be sought after this week. Check out the list below and chime in on the styles you'll be picking up. Wood Wood x ASICS Tiger GEL-DS Trainer OG ...
Photo credit: Mindaugas Danys (CC BY 2.0) The news: Chinese shared workspace operator URWork has raised about US$58 million in a funding round which closed yesterday, according to Bloomberg. The company raised a similar amount back in January, with investments from an affiliate of Ant Financial and several Chinese real estate and technology firms. Other reported backers include Sequoia Capital and Sinovation Ventures. Why it matters: URWork is seen as one of the most formidable players in Ch...
Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.   A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D hologram images of objects around a network, even through solid barriers like doors and walls. The key is recording the shapes made by stray radiation, the electromagnetic waves that bounce of...
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As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, one of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.  Latest on Justin Fields Spring football concluded last Friday for 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, who led Harrison High School (Kennesaw, Ga.) to a 36-0 win in its spring game. SEC Country was on hand and...
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Stanley Cup Playoffs deliver something new and compelling. Nashville winger Vktor Arvidsson emerged from a dirty check by Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie with a gash in the shape of an R on his forehead, as foretold in the Book of Revelation or a remixed Smashmouth song. The R likely stands for Really Good Start as the Predators lead 2-0 after one period. Or Really Lame Joke after reading this blog post.
John Wall is apparently not sure if he wants to stay with the Washington Wizards long-term. After a long season and a tough playoff loss to the Boston Celtics in seven games no one will blame him for needing some time to think about his future. But in the end, Wall absolutely must sign a super-max extension with the Wizards once he gets the chance. After being named third-team All-NBA last Thursday, Wall is now eligible to sign a “designated veteran player extension” starting in July...
As the Trump Administration wrestles with locations, numbers and missions for American combat deployments globally, one perennial has re-emerged near the top of the list: Afghanistan. Famously called the “Graveyard of Empires” to reflect the successive defeats of Alexander the Great, the British Raj, and the Soviet Union, Afghanistan continues to vex US military planners and political figures leaders. After perhaps a $1 trillion investment and thousands of casualties, another &ldqu...
SHANGHAI Free Trade Zone (FTZ) will set up a service center to help companies break technical barriers to trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, FTZ authorities said Monday. The service center will have eight functions, including rating the quality and credit of companies from countries and regions participating in the initiative. It will also provide information on ports in these countries and regions and on their customs procedures and technical regulations. &...
Despite how much we all love it, Wikipedia is not a credible source. That's because any one can edit content at any time, adding in falsehoods that can sit there until, well, someone notices. Case in point: a page dedicated to the bibliography of Hillary Clinton redirected to Adolf Hilter's autobiography Mein Kampf on Monday for over 16 hours. SEE ALSO: Facebook isn't alone—moderating the internet is basically impossible According to the edit history, the page was edited to redirect at ...
Spotify mixes and hot takes about Twitter are so hot right now.  The microblogging site now has its very own mixtape, just like the one you gave your high school sweetheart junior year. Except this mix about Twitter is courtesy of the musical mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda.  SEE ALSO: 'DuckTales' reboot taps Lin-Manuel Miranda for fan-favorite character While we can't see into the inner workings of Miranda's brain, the playlist consists of tunes that lay the perfect soundtrack for so...
NEW DELHI: Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied  a local youth from Srinagar to the bonnet of an Army jeep as ‘human shield’ from stone pelters,  was awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for “sustained efforts” during counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Gogoi was awarded for showing presence of mind and quick thinking, thereby saving many lives when a team of election officials was surrounded by a mob pelting stones. An Army offici...
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