Congress asks whether Russian money funded Trump golf courses in UK and Ireland

'If you're familiar with Donald Trump's finances and the litigation over whether he's really a billionaire, you know, there's good reason to believe he doesn't have enough money to do this and that he would have had to have outside financial support for these things' More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/russia-inquiry-donald-trump-fire-and-fury-congress-kremlin-house-of-representatives-politicians-a8170456.html

  


Why Facebook's news feed changes are bad news for democracy

News organisations say they have seen a steady drop off in Facebook referred traffic

“Homepage. Even the word sounds old. We bring the news to your social feed.” A week ago this is what you would have found on the not-the-homepage of the millennial-focused video site Now This News. Icons for Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook guided viewers out on to the social web where the real action was. Click there now and it is a different story: social media icons have been relegated to the very bottom of the page, while stories like “Unicorn Noodles Are Now A Thing” and More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/jan/21/why-facebook-news-feed-changes-bad-news-democracy

  


The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind review: Bilbo Baggins with mulch and menace

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton
From grumpy goats to pitchforks … countryside wonders and terrors come to life in this chaotic survey of our relationship with nature


It is all going down at Durslade Farm, Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset art venture. There will be cheese-making. There will be baking and wood-fired oven demonstrations. Goats shall be milked. Fernando García-Dory’s Goat Pavilion project, devised with Hayatsu Architects, opens The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind. Curated by Adam Sutherland, director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, the show, with its theme of society’s contradictory relationship with the More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/21/land-we-live-in-land-left-behind-review-hauser-wirth-somerset

  


Buttler hundred hands England ODI series victory

SYDNEY (Reuters) – England’s Jos Buttler struck a belligerent unbeaten 100 to set up a 16-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday, as the touring side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/D3s8iHgFb28/buttler-hundred-hands-england-odi-series-victory-idUKKBN1FA0J5

  


Lizzie review – juicy role for Chloe Sevigny in gruesome lesbian axe-murder yarn

Sevigny shines in plum role as Lizzie Borden of ‘forty whacks’ notoriety, posited here as triggered by thwarted romance with Irish maidservant Kristen Stewart

I’ll confess that, beyond the little nursery rhyme, I didn’t know too much about the story of Lizzie Borden, but it appears that much of what’s ended up in Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie is conjecture. So to catch you up to speed in case you never heard it, here goes: Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/21/lizzie-review-chloe-sevigny-kristen-stewart-gruesome-lesbian-axe-murder-borden

  


Tennis-Andy who? Briton Edmund reaches first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/L1uaLTdkgP4/tennis-andy-who-briton-edmund-reaches-first-grand-slam-quarter-final-idUKKBN1FA09U

  


Turkey says ground forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attack repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, media cited the prime minister as saying, as Ankara stepped up artillery attacks on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/xH_EqTwR7gA/turkey-says-ground-forces-push-into-syria-kurdish-militia-says-attack-repulsed-idUKKBN1FA04B

  


At least five dead in attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that left at least five people dead, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/E80fMJRVylI/at-least-five-dead-in-attack-on-kabuls-intercontinental-hotel-idUKKBN1F90XC

  


Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) – Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month’s Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/6H8QkdzjVzc/seoul-says-north-koreas-olympic-participation-will-aid-peace-and-ease-tensions-idUKKBN1FA00R

  


Edmund ousts Seppi to reach first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/He41vfOz_rI/edmund-ousts-seppi-to-reach-first-grand-slam-quarter-final-idUKKBN1FA09U

  


Sublime Garcia cruises to season-opening win in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia produced a masterful display of bogey-free golf over 27 holes on Sunday to open his season with a five-shot victory at the weather-disrupted Singapore Open, the Spaniard making his move early and dominating from the front.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/zQz1lKiRawE/sublime-garcia-cruises-to-season-opening-win-in-singapore-idUKKBN1FA09Q

  


Europe readies riposte to Trump's 'America First' push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his “America First” message.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/5O-4z1ilbW4/europe-readies-riposte-to-trumps-america-first-push-in-davos-idUKKBN1FA09K

  


Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/fDn2qSx2h_M/nadal-weathers-blast-from-pocket-rocket-schwartzman-idUKKBN1FA084

  


Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby?

A new wave of tech startups is promising women detailed insights into their ability to conceive. But experts are sceptical

My sisters, aged 27 and 30, are seated at their computers poring over the slick websites of companies promising to reveal secrets to them about their fertility. “Get insight into how your fertility is tracking relative to your age,” promises one. “Get the tools you need to have more control over your fertility,” says a second. “Gauge how long you have left to conceive,” says a third. The tests, which look at the levels of one or more female hormones in More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jan/21/can-diy-fertility-test-help-plan-when-to-have-baby

  


Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit

ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey continued to fire artillery at a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday, after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border town.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/fbKOOoO8uYM/turkish-artillery-fires-in-northern-syria-after-border-town-hit-idUKKBN1FA04B

  


Pyeongchang 2018: welcome to the future…

In the first of a new series on ideas and advances in science, nature and tech, we look at the innovations coming to this year’s Winter Olympics

South Korea boasts the speediest broadband in the world (an average of 28.6Mbps compared to the UK’s 16.9) and connectivity will be further boosted at Pyeongchang by the introduction of a 5G mobile network at games venues, courtesy of Intel. 5G delivers download speeds of 100Mbps (Stoke-on-Trent was recently crowned the town with the fastest 4G connection in the UK at 26.6Mbps). The tech giant is planning to show off the capabilities of its More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/21/pyeongchang-2018-technology-innovations-winter-olympics-5g-mips-helmets-smartsuit

  


This is how democracies die | Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage

Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but by different means.

Since the end of the Cold War, most democratic breakdowns have been caused not by generals and soldiers but by elected governments themselves. Like Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, elected leaders have subverted democratic institutions in Georgia, Hungary, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2018/jan/21/this-is-how-democracies-die

  


Anger that drove the Arab spring is flaring again

Riots in Tunisia echo the events of 2011, when unrest swept the Middle East

When the people of Balta wanted to protest, they had to leave town. “This place is so small that blocking the road is like sitting in your own hall – no one notices,” said Wathik Balti, a 19-year-old student.

So in December, they headed to the nearest motorway, where dozens of them blocked an important junction for hours and called on the government to do something about the lack of jobs, the chronic corruption and the faltering public services that blight the picturesque village.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/21/is-a-new-arab-spring-under-way-tunisia-riots

  


We must hope for real answers about Carillion. We don’t usually get them

Underbidding for contracts to bring in cash – if that is what has happened – is a dangerous practice. We need to know

The collapse of Carillion, the building and outsourcing company, throws up so many questions about the state of UK business and government services it is difficult to know where to begin.

Lifting the lid on Carillion’s strategic plans, it is clear that the company’s board mistook tactical nous for strategy. Not that there was much common sense in taking a building company and morphing it into a conglomerate that tries to meld together the management of prisons, More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/21/carillion-must-hope-real-answers-dont-usually-get-them

  


Prepare for a tirade from the pub trade’s Brexiter-in-chief

The outspoken boss of JD Wetherspoon will deliver his usual idiosyncratic take on trading this week

One opinionated, multimillionaire businessman with populist views and atrocious hair is going to Davos this week. The other is not.

Donald Trump will surely hijack all the soundbites from the world’s most famous boondoggle this week. Yet away from the magic mountain, in an alternative universe they sometimes call the real world, we will probably learn much more about everyday lives.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/21/jd-wetherspoon-tim-martin-tirade-pub-trade-brexiter-in-chief

  


While political prisoners released, Myanmar's judicial reforms stall

YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of political prisoners have been released from Myanmar’s jails in amnesties in recent years, including dozens freed in January 2016, days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took power for the first time.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/UKWorldNews/~3/ja3bniOIPRE/while-political-prisoners-released-myanmars-judicial-reforms-stall-idUKKBN1FA05L