What happened when King Charles I prorogued parliament

Description Charles I in Three Positions by Anthonis van Dyck Credits Wikimedia Commons Alt Text Charles I Spectre of the 17th-century monarch evoked as Boris Johnson threatens to suspend the Commons In Depth Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 9:03am Charles I is relevant again today – 370 years after his execution. Responding to the suggestion that Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson may be willing to prorogue (suspend) parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit, former UK prime minister John Major recently evoked the spectre of the 17th-century monarch, ominously remarking that such a move “didn’t end well” for Charles I in the 1640s. And Major isn’t alone. Others… Read More

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Kroenke fights back amid open warfare at Arsenal

Description Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke attended the FA Cup final win against Chelsea in 2017 Credits Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Stan Kroenke Arsenal takeover Owner and his son insist that they want what’s best for the Gunners, as fans call for change One-Minute Read Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 8:34am The son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has spoken of the family’s commitment to the club in the face of growing concern among fans that the American owners are mismanaging the Gunners. On Monday an open letter from 14 supporters groups was published, in which Arsenal fans told Kroenke they felt marginalised and demanded that the US billionaire… Read More

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Elon Musk’s company Neuralink plans to connect people’s brains to the internet by next year using a procedure he claims will be as safe and easy as LASIK eye surgery

Elon Musk on Tuesday announced in a livestream that his neuro technology startup Neuralink hopes to begin implanting devices into human minds as early as next year. Musk has invested $100 million into the secretive company — which hopes to achieve a “symbiosis with artificial intelligence” — since its founding in 2016, according to the New York Times. Musk explained that the Neuralink system would allow for a tiny chip, known as a brain-machine interface, to be implanted into the minds of willing subjects. The chip would be capable of stimulating the brain’s neurons using tiny flexible threads of electrodes and individual electrode thread would be inserted using a precision… Read More

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Premier League transfer news: Trippier, Alves, Koscielny, Cabellos, Maguire

Description Kieran Trippier celebrates scoring England’s goal in the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia Credits Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Kieran Trippier Spurs transfer news Spurs defender set for move to Spain, as Gunners line up £200k a week veteran One-Minute Read Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 8:21am Trippier to Spain Kieran Trippier is edging closer to Atletico Madrid, says Sky Sports and the Tottenham defender is shortly due to undergo a medical with the Spanish outfit. Several clubs have been chasing the seasoned international, with Napoli, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all namechecked as suitors. But Sky Sports says Atletico Madrid are confident that they can seal… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

US House condemns Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets The US House of Representatives last night voted to condemn President Donald Trump for telling four congresswomen of colour to “go back” to the countries of their ancestry. Four Republicans joined 235 Democrats to vote for a resolution denouncing Trump’s tweeted “racist comments that have legitimised fear and hatred”. Detained British-Iranian woman ‘in psychiatric ward’ Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for alleged spying, has been moved to a psychiatric ward. The 40-year-old mother-of-one, who has been imprisoned since 2016, went on hunger strike for 15 days last month. Her husband did the same in the UK. ‘facing homeless old age’… Read More

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Elon Musk takes the wraps off Neuralink brain probe after tests with rats

An illustration shows how electrodes could be implanted in a patient’s brain, with wires running under the scalp to a device surgically implanted behind the ear. (Neuralink Illustration) Two years after word emerged that tech billionaire Elon Musk was backing a company called Neuralink, the secretive brain-link venture opened up about its progress, including tests of a robotic “sewing machine” that has wired up rat brains with threadlike sensors. During tonight’s presentation at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Musk and other company executives said they’d seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to start wiring up human test subjects as early as next year. And they’re… Read More

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Today’s back pages: McIlroy and Woods gear up for The Open

A round up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 17 July One-Minute Read Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 7:26am Golf is the new god as The Open looms, as local lad Rory McIlroy dreams of glory on home turf at Royal Portrush and Tiger Woods defends his decision not to play a warm up tournament. See related Should England give the World Cup to New Zealand? England’s cricketers still have a presence on the back pages as the physios attempt to patch up their World Cup heroes in time for the Ashes. Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson are all fighting injuries ahead of the showdown with… Read More

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Facebook’s cryptocurrency chief David Marcus testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, hitting a wall of criticism and skepticism from senators. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (Democrat) was incredibly critical of Facebook’s track record and its ability to competently play a role in the global financial system, quipping: “Like a toddler whose gotten its hands on a book of matches, Facebook has burned the house down over and over and called every arson a learning experience.” President Donald Trump has said he’ll look into claims made by Peter Thiel that Google’s relationship with China is “seemingly treasonous.” Thiel… Read More

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Jeffrey Epstein had a foreign passport that listed an address in Saudi Arabia to protect himself from ‘hijackers or terrorists,’ his lawyers claim in new court documents

Jeffrey Epstein had a foreign passport that was linked to an address in Saudi Arabia in order to protect him from “potential kidnappers, hijackers, or terrorists,” his lawyers wrote in a letter submitted to the court on Tuesday. Federal prosecutors discussed the passport at a bail hearing on Monday, which was found in a locked safe in Epstein’s home along with over $70,000 in cash and loose diamonds, court papers revealed. In a letter to district judge Richard Berman filed on Tuesday, prosecutors followed up on that claim writing, “The Government is attempting to obtain additional information about the Foreign Passport, including how it was obtained and whether the passport… Read More

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Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard denies abusing her wife

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Natasha Howard denies allegations she abused her wife in a statement provided by her lawyer Tuesday night. “The allegations that have been made against me are very serious. I deny them.” the statement said. The Seattle Storm All-Star was accused by her wife on social media Saturday of physically threatening and abusing her. No charges against Howard have been filed. She posted a minute-long, expletive-filled video on Twitter from March in which she yelled at Howard about being threatened by the Storm forward. She also posted screen shots of conversations she had with Howard’s agent and the team’s general manager. Howard, who filed for… Read More

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