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Newsnight: Journalist REFUSES to give Donald Trump full credit for BOOMING US economy

Jill Abramson, who was the New York Times executive editor from September 2011 to 2014, made the remarks while speaking on BBC Newsnight. She also criticised the Mr Trump’s pick for the US Supreme Court as well as his approach to climate change and healthcare. When asked if she sees a single redeeming thing about the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, she said: “The strong economy obviously is a big plus but I do not really think President Trump can take much credit for it. “If the economy is…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Google CEO says ‘I don’t regret’ firing author of diversity… Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about diversity and Silicon Valley in San Francisco on Friday.  Kim White/MSNBC Onetime Google engineer James Damore wrote a contentious 3,300-word memo in August that argued the gender gap in Silicon Valley is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different. Days later Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore saying the engineer violated company rules. A firestorm followed. Damore went on a media tour saying he…

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Poll: More than half of Americans strongly disapprove of Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — the lowest mark in the poll’s history for any modern president ending his first year. Fifty-seven percent disapprove of Trump’s job, including a majority of respondents — 51 percent — who now say they strongly disapprove, which is a record high for Trump in the survey. That’s compared with 26 percent of Americans who strongly approve of the…

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Britons stuck with hated tampon tax until after Brexit as EU delays reform

After controversy about the high tax rate on sanitary items many women consider essential, EU officials will pass the power to determine tariffs on consumer products back to member states. However, the reform has been pushed back until 2022, meaning Britons will not feel the benefits of the change until after the EU exit date. EU member states will be able to tax a wide range of consumer goods at rates of “between five and zero percent” under the reforms. The British government is expected to use the change to…

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Pope Francis Has Defended a Chilean Bishop Accused of Covering Up Sex Crimes

(SANTIAGO, Chile) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.” The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They…

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Ben Stokes: English cricket in shambles after court hearing date coincides with comeback

GETTY Ben Stokes has been charged with affray Avon and Somerset police confirmed that Stokes is due to appear at Bristol magistrates’ court on February 13 to face the charge of affray, following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.  But only hours earlier, in Brisbane, England head coach Trevor Bayliss was all smiles as he said that his talismanic all-rounder would be “welcomed back with open arms” following the ECB’s decision to make him available for selection once more. To add to the sense that Stokes is now…

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This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X’s notch problem – CNET

The iPhone X‘s now-infamous notch stirred up plenty of controversy for cutting into the screen space. But Apple’s notch just reflects a larger issue with newer phones: as screens begin to cover the entire face, what do we do with hardware such as home buttons and cameras? A Samsung patent application (first spotted by Dutch site LetsGoDigital) filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization seems to have an answer: put holes in the screen for hardware to poke through. In theory, this would allow for Samsung to completely get rid of the phone bezels…

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Is your iPhone feeling slow? Apple announces new update coming in iOS 11

At the end of last year Apple faced a backlash after revealing it slowed some older iPhones to prevent issues such as unexpected shutdowns. The slowdown was also introduced to help prolong the life of devices meaning owners would have to upgrade less often. Explaining why Apple had decided to add this feature a spokesperson for the company said, “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. “Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands…

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Eden Hazard: Chelsea star reacts to whirlwind win over Norwich in FA Cup replay

Michy Batshuayi gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead midway through the second half only for Jamal Lewis to force extra time with the final kick of the game. But it was in extra time where there was plenty of controversy which started when Willian was booked for diving in the box, although pundits commentating on the game thought it should have been a penalty. Then Pedro picked up two yellow cards, the first for a clear dive in the penalty area. And then Alvaro Morata picked up a quick-fire double yellow…

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Spanish PM’s popularity plummets to historic low as Catalan crisis threatens future

Elections in the region in December handed Mr Rajoy, 62, a humiliating defeat with his People’s Party (PP) picking up just 4.2 percent of the vote, with analysts confident that his decision to outlaw an independence referendum and crack down on the separatist movement were a significant motivating factor for voters. An opinion poll compiled by Metroscopia and published in the Spanish “El Pais” newspaper on Friday suggested that if a general election were held in Spain today, the PP could expect to collect just 23.2 percent of the vote…

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