‘The Ball Is Very Much in the Russian Court’

On Thursday, it was Americans who learned they were being kicked out of Russia. On Friday, it was Europeans. Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of several European nations and ordered the expulsion of their diplomats; their number precisely mirrored the number of Russian diplomats expelled by Western nations on Monday. In all, 28 nations expelled 153 Russians over the past week in response to Moscow’s alleged role in the attempted assassination by nerve agent of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter, Yulia, in the U.K. The U.S. expelled by far the highest number of Russians, 60, and Moscow responded in kind. The U.K. expelled 23 and… Read More

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The Americanization of an Ancient Faith

One day in the fall of 2010, Father Anthony Messeh, then a priest at the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, Virginia, sat down with a list of names. There were 30 individuals—all American converts with no Egyptian heritage—who had been baptized at the church since his arrival in 2001. Of the group, only eight were still active members. “That just broke my heart,” Messeh told me one afternoon last summer. “If one or two people had left, then maybe I could say it was something wrong with them. But if 22 out of 30 had left, that meant it’s something wrong with me.” One American couple who’d left… Read More

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Immigrants Give America a Foreign-Policy Advantage

It has often been thought that the composition of the American public, consisting as it does of immigrants from so many lands, is a vulnerability in foreign policy—that, for example, German immigrants would harbor affinities for their land of origin and become disloyal during the world wars. The argument was taken to a shameful extreme with the internment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. What has received less attention is the extent to which America’s immigrant fabric can be a foreign-policy advantage, even a threat to other countries. That is what British Prime Minister Palmerston feared, and what President Lincoln stoked, to forestall British recognition of the Confederacy during the… Read More

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Autonomous snowploughs have been used to clear a runway for the first time — here’s how they work

Swedish Company Semcom is the first company to clear snow from a runway using autonomous snowploughs. The snowploughs are regular machines fitted with 4G communications and GPS. The aim is to increase efficiency and reduce the delays at airports. An airport in Norway has been cleared of snow by completely autonomous snowploughs, and it could help reduce airport delays. The technology uses 4G communications and GPS to allow retrofitted machines to navigate around runways. The 5.5 metre wide vehicles are capable of clearing 357,500 square metres per hour, they work in formation with several other snowploughs at once, further increasing their efficiency. Produced by David Ibekwe. SEE ALSO: We got… Read More

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Thunderbirds on the brink after dropping Game 4 to the Silvertips

KENT – Things started rough for the Seattle Thunderbirds in Friday’s Game 4 against the Everett Silvertips and didn’t improve. Trailing 2-1 late in the first period, the Thunderbirds started pushing the pace and drew a penalty for what could have been a momentum swinging power play. A bad pass to the point however led to a breakaway for Everett’s Connor Dewar. He was brought down and awarded a penalty shot that he would convert on to make it 3-1 and break the backs of the Thunderbirds with just 34 seconds left on the clock. “We had an opportunity with the power play with a minute left and an opportunity… Read More

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9 over-the-top, macho Putin stunts that were nowhere near as impressive as they seemed

Vladimir Putin is keen to portray himself as a patriotic strongman who will lead Russia to greatness on the world stage. To achieve this, he’s taken part in various over-the-top, macho photo ops, many of which are reportedly his idea. Putin hopes these images, cultivated since he became president in 1999, will “create connections” with his constituents in Russia, said Fiona Hill, who wrote a biography of the Russian president. However, many of them don’t really stand up to scrutiny — scroll down to see what they are. Kicking ass in judo… against people who hardly fight back. Youtube Embed: //www.youtube.com/embed/1fT_PProJAM Width: 800px Height: 440px Even though Putin has a… Read More

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City of London’s top policeman warns Brexit will leave Britain ‘on the back seats’ of intelligence sharing

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said Brexit could diminish UK policing capabilities. He warned that taking a more distant role in Europol would affect intelligence sharing. He said the agency has helped London’s police combat terrorism, fraud, and money laundering. The head of the City of London’s police force has warned that Britain’s departure from the EU will leave it “on the back seats” on intelligence-sharing arrangements. Ian Dyson, the Commissioner of City of London Police, said the UK’s impending exit from the Europol joint policing agency could affect his ability to apprehend criminals overseas. The warning is especially acute for policing London’s Square Mile financial district, which… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 31 Mar 2018

Met chief says social media is driving young to murder Britain’s most senior police officer has warned that social media is driving children to commit violence and murders “within minutes”. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that online rows between young people were escalating into murder and other violence. “There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she said. Palestinian ambassador slams Israel’s ‘heinous massacre’ At least 16 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more wounded by Israeli forces in Gaza. The bloodshed came as demonstrators began a six-week protest… Read More

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NBA Playoff Tracker: Utah Jazz tough win strengthens postseason chances

This is an updated look at the NBA playoff picture and how it relates to the Utah Jazz. What happened Friday The Jazz took on a Memphis Grizzlies team that had lost 23 of its previous 26 games, but had won back-to-back games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively. Memphis played the Jazz tight throughout, but sat Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter. Utah was victorious, 107-97, with Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell combining for 43 points. “The key for us was getting stops at the other end,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said in the postgame press conference. “We had guys that were disciplined defensively and we… Read More

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Mike Trout homers as Angels defeat Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mike Trout homered and scored twice and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night despite a rocky ninth inning by closer Blake Parker. Tyler Skaggs (1-0) pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in his first win over the A’s in six career starts. The left-hander, who missed 85 games last season due to a strained oblique, allowed only one runner past first base. It was Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia’s 1,571st win, tying him with Hall of Famer and former A’s and Angels manager Dick Williams for 21st all-time. Parker nearly let it slip away in the ninth. He issued a… Read More

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