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Iraq moves to ban online game PUBG for ‘inciting violence’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:47
    BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban the popular but brutal online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for "inciting violence" in the war-torn country. Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series "The Hunger Games", PUBG game pits marooned characters against one another in a virtual fight to the death.   https://twitter.com/PUBG/status/1111312273069375489 It is ubiquitous in Iraq, which has been ravaged by decades of consecutive conflicts -- most recently the three-year battle against the Islamic State jihadist group. On Wednesday, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously voted to block video games which "incite violen...

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Liverpool beats Porto again, returns to Champions League semifinal

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:43
PORTO, Portugal --- For the second year in a row, Porto had no answer to Liverpool's attacking trio of Sadio Man, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. A year after the forwards scored all goals in a 5-0 rout of the Portuguese champions in the round of 16 of the Champions League, the trio combined again to lead Liverpool back to the semifinals of the European tournament. They netted a goal each in a comfortable 4-1 win over Porto on Wednesday, with Virgil van Dijk also scoring as Liverpool advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home. Liverpool, which lost in the final last season, will now face Barcelona, which eliminated Manchester United 4-0 on aggrega...

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Jason Biggs’ wife accidentally drops their son on his head; boy’s skull fractured

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:42
The wife of "American Pie" star Jason Biggs has just revealed that she accidentally dropped their 5-year-old son on his head, resulting to the boy suffering a fractured skull. Jenny Mollen, an actress and author, made the revelation in an Instagram post today, April 18. She said the accident happened while they were at home on Saturday night, April 13. "On Saturday evening, I dropped my son on his head causing him to fracture his skull and landing him in the ICU," Mollen wrote. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwYW-CGHa3U/ She then expressed gratitude to the local hospitals for their "immediate response and aid." Mollen also thanked the hospital staff and her husband. "It h...

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Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:38
NEW YORK --- Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere --- zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road. And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars in the U.S. According to a new report released Wednesday by the National Association of City Transportation Officials, riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018, eclipsing the 36.5 million trips on shared, docked bicycles.   READ: E-Scooter Craze: Injuries Pile up Riders also took trips on 3 million dockless pedal bikes, whic...

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North Korea demands Pompeo’s removal from US nuclear talks

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:32
SEOUL --- North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear program, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon. Describing Pompeo as "reckless" and immature, the foreign ministry said it wanted him replaced by another interlocutor, a demand that significantly ups the ante in a sensitive diplomatic standoff. Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump earlier this year. "I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled," Kwon Jong Gun, ...

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MVP performance from James Harden gives Rockets 2-0 lead over Jazz

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:32
HOUSTON --- James Harden and the Houston Rockets didn't talk about their defeat at home by the Utah Jazz in the second game of their second-round playoff series last season before Game 2 of their first-round matchup on Wednesday night. The Beard and his teammates were certainly thinking about it though. Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Rockets to a second straight rout of the Utah Jazz, 118-98, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Rockets also won Game 1 of last year's series easily before losing that second game in Houston. They ended up winning the series in five games, but talked about the importance of mai...

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North Korea: If US wants to talk, put someone 'more mature' than Pompeo in charge

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:29
North Korea's Foreign Ministry has issued a stinging rebuke of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, hours after the country claimed to have tested a new tactical weapon.
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Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:29
JAKARTA, Indonesia --- Indonesian authorities warned Thursday against unrest as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo another term as leader of the world's third-biggest democracy. National Police Chief Tito Karnavian said Wednesday's "smooth and safe" polls would not be disrupted by demonstrations, and warned of arrests. "If there are any illegal or unconstitutional actions that threaten public stability and security, (authorities) will take firm action," he said. "We won't tolerate it. "I urge everyone against mass demonstrations, whether it's to celebrate or to express dissatisfaction" at the results, Ka...

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Solar car startup Sono to build in Sweden, starting in 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:27
  BERLIN --- Munich-based startup Sono Motors plans to build the first mass produced solar electric vehicle in Sweden, starting next year. Sono Motors and National Electric Vehicle Sweden announced Wednesday they've signed a deal to manufacture the self-charging Sion at a former Saab plant in Trollhattan.   https://twitter.com/SonoMotors/status/1118379092620075008 National Electric Vehicle Sweden, or NEVS, acquired Saab in 2012 and is currently using the site to manufacture components for other vehicles. Sono said it wants to manufacture 260,000 vehicles in Trollhattan over eight years. The Sion is covered with solar panels that could provide enough electri...

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Asian stocks sink after Wall Street declines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:26
  BEIJING - Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data.   Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Sydney was little-changed.   U.S. stocks fell despite data showing Chinese gross domestic product growth held steady in the latest quarter in the face of a tariff war with Washington and consumer spending accelerated.   "The surprisingly robust China GDP data failed to ignite a rally on Wall Street as U.S. investors turn focus to domestic concerns," Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a report. He said investors are "increasingly cautious" about possibly misreadin...

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Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:19
Buenos Aires, Argentina --- A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilized remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina, researchers said Wednesday. "There are almost ten different individuals, it's a mass of bones, there's practically no sediment," said Argentinian paleontologist Ricardo Martinez. "It's very impressive." According to Martinez, of the University of San Juan, the fossils are approximately 220 million years old, belonging to "an era of which we know little". "This discovery is doubly important because there are at least seven or eight individuals of dicynodonts, the ancestors of mammals, the size of an ox," he said. He said there...

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Heavy security as India’s mega vote enters second round

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:19
NEW DELHI, India --- Voters across India cast ballots Thursday in the second round of the country's mega elections amid more deadly violence including a poll worker gunned down by Maoist rebels. More than 157 million of India's 900 million voters are eligible to cast ballots on the second of seven days of voting in the world's biggest election. Authorities ramped up security again, but in the eastern state of Odisha, a female poll worker was gunned down by suspected Maoist rebels hours before voting started, media reported. In central Chhattisgarh state, security forces raided a Maoist jungle camp in Dantewada district, killing two insurgents allegedly involved in an attack ...

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Olympic silver medalist says she also has testosterone condition

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:10
Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships, said in an interview with the Olympic Channel that she has hyperandrogenism, the first time she's spoken about it publicly. And echoing the argument of Semenya, the 25-year-old Niyonsaba called the IAAF's intention to force some female athletes to lower their natural testosterone levels or be barred from certain event...

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Australia officials work with social media to safeguard poll

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:06
CANBERRA --- Australian electoral authorities have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force and are working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up to general elections on May 18, an official said on Thursday. Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said safeguarding the election's integrity gained priority due to experiences in other countries, including Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that included use of social media.   https://twitter.com/AusElectoralCom/status/1118309571242549248 Rogers said he was having daily briefings with the Electoral Integrity Assurance Task Force, which comprises the ...

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Video shows moment earthquake strikes

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:06
Video shot from inside an office building shows lights swaying as a magnitude 6.0 earthquake -- measured by the United States Geological Survey -- struck Taiwan.
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Report finds 'alarming unaddressed deficiencies' in US offshore oil drilling

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:01
Even as the Trump administration has taken steps to expand offshore oil drilling, a new report shows that thousands of oil spills are still happening and that workers in the oil and gas industry are still dying on the job.
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Old man shoots at woman using squirt gun filled with his urine, gets arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:58
A 71-year-old man in Florida, United States was arrested for shooting at a woman who was walking her dog --- he used a squirt gun filled with his own urine. Joel Benjamin approached the 50-year-old unnamed woman and fired at her the squirt gun on Saturday night, April 13, The Smoking Gun reported. Benjamin was later arrested for the crime. When questioned by a Gulfport Police Department officer, he admitted what he did and said he would "do it again." "I lost my f*cking temper and shot her in the face with my squirt gun filled with piss," he was quoted as saying. A source in the report cited that Benjamin may have done the act because he was angry at his neighbors who do ...

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Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations–report

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:56
SHANGHAI -- Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday. The US e-commerce pioneer will maintain other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kindle e-books and cross-border teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad, Bloomberg News said, citing unidentified people familiar with the plans. Beginning on July 18, the company's Chinese website, Amazon.cn, will featured only diminished offerings sourced from its global network, the report said.   RELATED TOPICS Fact-Check...

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Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe.

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:56
Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe.
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