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If Jerusalem is off table then US has no seat at it – Palestinian official fires back at Trump

Peace with Israel is not possible if the status of Jerusalem is off the agenda, a top Palestinian official has said, rejecting Donald Trump’s claim that the US has removed the controversial issue from the negotiation table. “Jerusalem is not off the negotiations table, rather the US is outside the international consensus,” said Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Secretary ...

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Windows 10 can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft

Microsoft’s and its partners’ engineers use the telemetry data from Windows 10 to diagnose crashes, learn about its users hardware configurations and more. It’s on by default and while Microsoft tells you that it collects this data and gives you a choice between basic (the default setting) and “full” diagnostics, it never allowed you to actually see exactly what was ...

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Gold-backed cryptocurrency aims to entice investors back to precious metals

Australia’s biggest precious metal refinery, Perth Mint, is developing its own cryptocurrency backed by physical commodities like gold. It expects to bring investors back to the traditional market of precious metals. According to CEO Richard Hayes, the mint wants to provide a transparent offering that would allow investors to buy and sell with confidence, knowing that what they are buying ...

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Turkish tanks back Free Syrian Army's offense in Afrin – local media

Published time: 21 Jan, 2018 07:40 Edited time: 21 Jan, 2018 07:56 Turkish tanks are supporting the Free Syrian Army’s ground offensive on Kurdish positions in Syria’s Afrin region, as operation ‘Olive Branch’ enters its second day, local media reported. The Turkish military reportedly faces no serious resistance from the Kurdish forces, which have retreated to towns and villages, Hurriyet ...

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‘Going back to Cold War and who has the bigger guns’: Analysts rip into US defense strategy

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has revealed a National Defense Strategy (NDS) shifting the focus from international terrorism to America’s old geopolitical rivals, Russia and China. But should these really be its priorities? Mattis unveiled the new NDS document on Friday, calling for a bigger defense budget to counter any “threat to America’s democracy experiment” in the world. But ...

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‘Getting Europe ready to fight tonight’: US Army brings back Stinger MANPAD, trains over 60 teams

While the Pentagon is struggling to choose how to cover a gap in short-range air defense, the US Army is rushing to train troops in Europe to use the shoulder-fired version of the Stinger missile, famed for its use by the Taliban. “Bringing back the Stinger addresses a self-identified gap that the army created and has recognized,” said Lt. Col. ...

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Back to USSR? IOC to review use of Soviet symbols by Russia

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) special commission will decide whether Soviet symbols can be used by the Russian athletes at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, after Russia’s national emblems were banned. According to the official answer from the IOC, published by Russian outlet R-Sport, the Olympic governing body is to review the possible use of Soviet symbols. READ MORE: IOC ...

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Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols ...

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What special relationship? Boris backs two-state solution as May’s UK team fails to back Trump

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 15:22 Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US has taken a further battering after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson refused to back President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. World leaders were outraged last month when the 45th president announced his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling the holy ...

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Farage faces-off with Barnier: A look back at Nigel's clashes with EU bigwigs

Nigel Farage has been ruled out, crossed off, and repeatedly ignored during Brexit negotiations, but the man who drew up the blueprint for Britain’s exit from the European Union is finally getting his chance to be heard. Read more The former UKIP leader entered a showdown with Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday, promising to represent “the 17.4 ...

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