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Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M

New UK early stage VC firstminute Capital launched in June last year to the tune of $ 60m, with European VC Atomico as its first cornerstone investor. They were joined by 30 unicorns founders from Europe and the US. Last September they brought in the huge China-based company, Tencent reaching a fund size of $ 85m. Today firstminute capital, the ...

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Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M

New UK early stage VC firstminute Capital launched in June last year to the tune of $ 60m, with European VC Atomico as its first cornerstone investor. They were joined by 30 unicorns founders from Europe and the US. Last September they brought in the huge China-based company, Tencent reaching a fund size of $ 85m. Today firstminute capital, the ...

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US seeks to buy new anti-ship missiles to ‘close gap’ with Russia; but will it?

The Pentagon has signed a contract to acquire brand new anti-ship missiles. The move is apparently aimed at replacing outdated naval weapons and in particular to catch up with Russia. Whether the US will succeed is another story. The US Defense Department awarded the $ 14.8 million contract for the so-called Over-the-Horizon Weapon Systems to the Raytheon Company on Thursday, ...

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Dutch FM ‘can’t rule out’ Kiev’s liability in downing of MH17 as it didn’t close airspace

The Netherlands cannot exclude Ukraine’s liability in the downing of flight MH17, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said on Thursday amid the ongoing probe, local media reports Blok said that although there was no “hard legal ground” to hold Ukraine responsible for the tragedy, he could not “rule out anything.” The question as to why Ukraine was not held responsible ...

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‘Go home May 30, you’re drunk’: Bizarre headlines close out the month

Kim Kardashian in the White House? A McDonald’s in Pyongyang? Russian journalists rising from the dead? Had someone in a coma woken up yesterday, they’d be forgiven for thinking they had entered an alternate dimension. The casual absurdity was noticed by The Secret Barrister on Twitter, who picked a few of the day’s most bizarre stories, tweeting: “Go home 30 ...

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‘We were close to direct conflict between Russia & US inside Syria’ – Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Moscow deterred the West from launching a devastating country-wide air strike last month, and believes that Damascus has nearly won the seven-year war, despite continued US “interference.” “With every move forward for the Syrian Army, and for the political process, and for the whole situation, our enemies and our opponents, mainly the West led by ...

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Papua New Guinea threatens to close Facebook for a month to investigate its harmful impact

Facebook is proving problematic for many governments worldwide, but few would think to shut it down entirely. That’s exactly the approach that Papua New Guinea, the Pacific sea island nation located near Australia, is proposing to take with a new measure that could see the social network closed off for a month. During that period, the government plans to investigate the ...

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Dam, that was close: Watch construction worker miraculously escape massive wave of floodwater

A construction worker at a dam in Colombia was nearly knocked off his feet and buried under raging floodwaters of the Cauca River. Video provided by Ruptly news agency captured the intense moment that workers, at the Ituango Dam project, are seen escaping massive waves. One of them, who failed to catch up with the rest and was left behind, ...

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North Korea to publicly close nuclear test site on May 23-25, invites journalists

North Korea will openly dismantle its nuclear test site around May 23-25, state media said. Pyongyang has invited foreign journalists, including those from the US, to cover the event. The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances. All observation facilities, research buildings, and security posts will be removed, KCNA reported. Notably, journalists from other nations, ...

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