Hotel Maison Colbert review: an elegant Parisian palace with iconic views

The French capital is synonymous with art, style and history – and as a visitor, finding a way to experience all three in a time-limited city break can be something of a challenge.  SEE MORE Château Voltaire Paris review: a very chic stay with an arty edge SEE MORE Le Burgundy hotel review: utopia in the heart of Paris For a whistlestop trip to Paris, I’d argue there’s almost no better location – at least where I’ve had the joy of staying – than Hotel Maison Colbert. Tucked away just off Quai de Montebello, which runs along the southern side of the Seine river, it takes mere minutes to walk… Read More

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Leroy Shoreditch review: a Michelin-starred east London staple reborn

Not so very long ago, a restaurant called Ellory closed down in east London, while almost simultaneously another named Leroy opened up just down the road. This was no coincidence; the team behind the former had to close their Michelin-starred doors because the building they were in had been sold. So they found a new venue, rearranged the letters and the furniture a little and opened up as the latter.  SEE MORE Hithe + Seek review: London’s latest go-to for unexpected wine and food pairings SEE MORE Manteca, London review: an ‘absolute belter’ of an Italian restaurant In the interests of continuity, however, just a few months later they had… Read More

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India’s getting around sanctions against Russia by using Asian currencies to buy Russian coal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2018. Getty Images Indian companies are switching from the US dollar to Asian currencies to buy coal from Russia. They’ve used the Chinese yuan, the Hong Kong dollar, and the UAE dirham in recent weeks, per Reuters. India has become a large buyer of discounted Russian energy due to sanctions over the Ukraine war. Indian companies are increasingly using Asian currencies to buy coal from Russia, ditching trade in the US dollar to get around Western sanctions over the Ukraine war, according to a Reuters review of customs documents and industry sources. As sweeping sanctions are limiting purchases… Read More

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FBI’s Wray denounces threats following search of Trump home

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The director of the FBI had strong words Wednesday for supporters of former President Donald Trump who have been using violent rhetoric in the wake of his agency’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Christopher Wray, who was appointed as the agency’s director in 2017 by Trump, called threats circulating online against federal agents and the Justice Department “deplorable and dangerous.”  “I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement,” Wray said. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.” Wray made the remarks following a news conference during a long-planned visit to the agency’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska, where he… Read More

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University criticised over masturbation PhD

The University of Manchester has been criticised for allowing a student to publish a “PhD in masturbation”, The Telegraph reported. Karl Andersson said he embarked on a three-month timetable of masturbating to Japanese comic books and making notes on each session. “It was necessary to be diligent enough to abstain from the ‘milk and muesli’ of porn during this experiment,” he explained. Conservative MP Neil O’Brien asked: “Why should hard-working taxpayers in my constituency have to pay for an academic to write about his experiences masturbating to Japanese porn?” Peta calls for Pork Pie Roundabout rebrand Animal rights campaigners have called for Leicester’s Pork Pie Roundabout to be renamed as Vegan… Read More

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Emeryville: Police investigating fire at Target store as arson

EMERYVILLE — A fire caught on surveillance camera footage at a department store earlier this week is under investigation as an apparent arson, authorities said. In a brief statement Wednesday, police said officers responded to Target, 1555 40th St., around 5:48 p.m. after dispatchers received calls about a fire inside the store. Police said officers and Alameda County Fire Department firefighters arrived at the store to find store employees had evacuated all shoppers and that the fire had been extinguished. Investigators later found the fire began near a towel display, and saw a “potential person of interest” near the display after reviewing surveillance video camera footage. Police said they were… Read More

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Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 400 times during his deposition in New York, only answering a question about what his name is, according to a report from NBC News

A file photo of Donald Trump. Scott Olson/Getty Images A source told NBC News Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 440 times during his Wednesday deposition. Trump attorney Ron Fischetti said Trump only answered one question about what his name was. Trump in 2018 railed against pleading the Fifth, saying only “the mob” did that. Former President Donald Trump, during his deposition in New York on Wednesday, ended up pleading the Fifth more than 440 times, per NBC News. This was according to a source with knowledge of the deposition, who told NBC News how Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights hundreds of times.  Additionally, Trump’s lawyer Ron Fischetti told… Read More

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The FBI was tipped off by an informer close to Trump who guided them to where documents were kept, according to reports

A file photo of Donald Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty Images An informant tipped off the authorities about possible documents Mar-a-Lago, per reports. Sources told Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal an informant told investigators where the documents were. The informant also pinpointed where the documents were located on Trump’s property. An informant tipped off the authorities about possible documents at Mar-a-Lago and where they could find them, per reports from Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago. And while the FBI and Department of Justice have stayed mum on the reason for the raid, numerous media… Read More

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Google Search will stop telling you when Snoopy assassinated Abe Lincoln

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The team behind Google Search is tweaking its featured snippets — the text boxes that sometimes spread false information while trying to offer help. The company announced an update that’s supposed to make answers more accurate and avoid the problem of false premises, or questions where no definitive-sounding answer would make sense. It’s paired with an expansion in Google’s “about this result” option and warnings for low-quality data voids, as well as a new partnership on information literacy lesson plans for middle and high-school students. Snippets appear under many searches, but because they appear to directly answer questions by quoting pages, they can… Read More

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Trump has become deeply suspicious of being surveilled and that those close to him could be wearing wires: report

A file photo of Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being wiretapped. Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he has asked if the phones are being tapped “by Biden.” Trump also got suspicious of Republicans visiting him at his clubs, and if they were wearing wires. Even before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, former President Donald Trump was getting paranoid about the possibility that he might be monitored by the authorities or that the people close to him are wearing wires, per a new Rolling Stone report.  Rolling Stone spoke to four sources… Read More

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