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Pence carves his own political ID, on behalf of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuttling across the country aboard Air Force Two, Vice President Mike Pence has been a loyal messenger for President Donald Trump. At the same time, he has been carving out his own political identity as the steady understudy to a mercurial president. The Republican vice president has raised more than $1 million in recent months for his ... Read More »

Google fires diversity memo author

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the ... Read More »

‘Dodgy’ greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord

Potent, climate warming gases are being emitted into the atmosphere but are not being recorded in official inventories, a BBC investigation has found. Air monitors in Switzerland have detected large quantities of one gas coming from a location in Italy. However, the Italian submission to the UN records just a tiny amount of the substance being emitted. Levels of some emissions from ... Read More »

Kenya election 2017: President Kenyatta urges peaceful vote

People are voting in Kenya’s general election amid fears that the result could trigger communal violence. On the eve of the vote, President Uhuru Kenyatta appealed for calm in a televised speech. He urged the 19 million registered voters to turn out in great numbers, but “in peace”. Queues formed early and some minor stampedes were reported. The contest pits ... Read More »

Luaibi: «Sumo» sells ten million barrels of oil through the DME

Under the sound policy pursued by the Iraqi Oil Ministry at the current stage, characterized by utmost accuracy and clear goals, it is working on the implementation of an integrated reformative oil program to serve the Iraqi people taking studied scientific steps to cope with difficult economic and financial challenges faced by the country, and the advancement of the real ... Read More »

National With rising homicides in big cities, Republican governors intensify police patrols

    ST. LOUIS — Sgt. Brad Sevier usually patrols an area of Missouri where there is one farm for every 20 residents. Now the Missouri state trooper commutes an hour to patrol the big city. On orders from Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, Sevier and about two dozen troopers have laid claim to St. Louis highways that slice through some of ... Read More »

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell

A sell-out exhibition at the British Museum has proved once again the popularity of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose Great Wave is said to be the world’s most reproduced image. One mural in south London was nearly wiped out when a drug lab exploded next door, but as Alex Marshall explains, there are many more on walls around the world. ... Read More »

North Korea calls offer of talks from the South ‘insincere’

North Korea has called an offer of talks from the South “insincere”, in a rare meeting of high-level officials. South Korean authorities told the BBC that its foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke to her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Sunday on the sidelines of a forum in Manila. Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula in recent months ... Read More »

Venezuela searches for rebels after deadly clash at army base

A search is under way in Venezuela for 10 men who escaped with weapons after an attack on a military base, President Nicolás Maduro says. The assault in the north-western city of Valencia was carried out by 20 people, he said. Two were killed, one was injured and seven were arrested. Earlier, a video posted on social media showed uniformed ... Read More »

Sadrist movement between Baghdad and Riyadh

The call of the Sadrist movement to its masses and supporters for peaceful demonstration in Tahrir Square in the centre of Iraqi capital (Baghdad) comes within the previous orientations and declared objectives , and prepared methods and ideas dealt with it by the leadership of the Sadrist movement, and became one of the features of mass crowd, and the relationship ... Read More »