Daily Archives: June 12, 2018

Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen’s ‘humanitarian lifeline’ of Hodeidah

The Saudi-led coalition and forces loyal to the former president Hadi have launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, one of the remaining humanitarian lifelines in the war-torn country, local news outlets report. The operation to retake the vital port city from the Houthis was launched on Wednesday morning, after the rebels rejected an ultimatum and refused ...

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Polish PM sees EU-US rift as a ‘great opportunity’ to fix it, as new transatlantic ‘integrator’

In the wake of a somewhat disastrous G7 summit, Poland has a unique opportunity to become a great integrator that will cement the decaying transatlantic bond between the US and EU, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes. Following US President Trump’s decision not to endorse the G7 joint communiqué and to slap tariffs on European and Canadian steel and aluminum, Trump’s ...

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YugaByte’s new database software rakes in $16 million so developers can move to any cloud

Looking to expand the footprint of its toolkit giving developers a unified database software that can work for both relational and post-relational databases, YugaByte has raised $ 16 million in a new round of funding. For company co-founder and chief executive Kannan Muthukkaruppan, the new database software liberates developers from the risk of lock-in with any provider of cloud compute as ...

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Netanyahu questioned for 1st time in ‘submarine affair’ corruption probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent six hours answering investigators’ questions about the involvement of his cousin and top aide in alleged corruption and bribery of the government into buying German-made submarines. Netanyahu testified about “the range of professional considerations” leading him to decide to purchase three Dolphin-class submarines and four Sa’ar 6-class corvettes from the renowned German shipbuilding company ...

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Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party surges in polls amid EU’s Eurosceptic wave

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have gained ground in a recent poll, pulling almost even with the ruling Social Democrats, ahead of an election in September. Similar parties have won recent elections in Slovenia and Italy. The poll, conducted for Sweden’s Expressen newspaper and published Monday, has put the Sweden Democrats in second place, with 21 percent of the vote, the ...

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Saudi-led coalition strikes newly built Doctors Without Borders facility in Yemen

A newly built cholera care center, run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the town of Abs, has been hit by Saudi-led coalition planes in yet another airstrike on the medical charity’s facilities in war-ravaged Yemen. The attack has rendered the center “non-functional,” MSF said in a statement, with photos from the scene showing that the building’s roof and some ...

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Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang, calls for mutual suspension of ‘irritating & hostile’ actions

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have reportedly exchanged mutual state visit invitations during a historic Singapore summit, where the North Korean leader emphasized the need to halt hostile and irritating actions against each other. “Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the US,” the state KCNA news ...

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‘Wake up Punchy!’ Trump hits back at ‘low-IQ’ De Niro over f-bomb at Tonys

President Donald Trump is swinging back at actor Robert De Niro, who cursed him out on live TV during the Tony Awards ceremony, to a standing ovation from the New York audience. Calling De Niro “a very Low IQ individual” Trump said the actor “received [too] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies” and might be “punch-drunk.” ...

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Facebook cracks down on ads from e-commerce scammers flagged by new reviews

Facebook is cracking down on shopping sites and others that bait and switch customers by delivering lower quality products than what they advertised on the social network. Today, Facebook launches a new e-commerce review option inside its “Recent Ads Activity” dashboard that lets buyers give feedback about slow shipping times, weird smells, and junky merchandise. Users are able to access ...

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Norway asks US to send more Marines and wants to keep them longer

Norway wants the United States to more than double the number of US Marines currently in the country – and lend them for longer. Oslo said Russia has no reason to object to the plan, but nonetheless expects a reaction from Moscow. Oslo will ask Washington to station 700 Marines on its territory, starting in 2019, compared with 330 currently. ...

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