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Europe's space agency braces for Brexit fallout

The European Space Agency has successfully launched a series of satellites as part of its ambitious Copernicus project tracking the Earth’s changing land cover and pollution (AFP Photo/Stephane CORVAJA) More Paris (AFP) – The European Space Agency (ESA) is drawing up contingency plans for projects, commercial deals, and staffing that may be adversely affected by Brexit, senior officials said Wednesday. Programmes throw in flux by Britain’s pending departure from the European Union (EU) include the Copernicus satellite constellation to monitor environmental damage, and the Galileo satellite navigation system. “It is…

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WORLD WAR 3 WARNING: Sweden sends emergency guide to five million residents as fears peak

The advice booklet, titled “If Crisis or War Comes”, will be sent out to all 4.7million Swedish households by June. It will updated giving advice on how to handle terrorist attacks and cyber warfare, as well as conventional war tactics. Christina Andersson, from Sweden’s civil contingencies agency, which will produce the guide, said the decision to update procedures came as a result of intensifying Russian military manoeuvres in the region. Experts believe Russia has rehearsed military drills involving the capture of Sweden, within the last year. Vladimir Putin’s eastern superpower…

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President Trump Is Making It Harder for Congress to Make a Deal on Immigration

The federal government is hurtling toward a shutdown in part due to floundering negotiations over the future of a group of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. With a Jan. 19 government funding deadline rapidly approaching, attempts to pass a longer extension to avoid a shutdown have been caught up in a fight over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and President Donald Trump’s comments on it. That leaves two scenarios most likely: a government shutdown by this weekend,…

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Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump

(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further U.S. acceptance of Haitian immigrants. Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration Monday. Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including “peace, love, power, dream.” Police at one point ushered demonstrators out of space designated for walking, but there were no immediate reports of any arrests. Trump is accused…

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children on President Trump: ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the activist’s children spoke out about President Trump’s policies and recent comments More Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president’s Florida resort Monday, the official federal holiday honoring King. At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers honored the late civil rights leader on what would have been…

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MLK Day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he once preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president’s Florida resort Monday, the official federal holiday honoring King. At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers honored the late civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday and ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Trump…

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President Trump Says 'I Am Not a Racist' After Backlash Over 'Shithole Countries' Comment

(PALM BEACH) — President Donald Trump defended himself Sunday in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations, declaring that “I am not a racist.” Trump addressed the issue briefly as he arrived for dinner at his private golf club with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. Asked what he thinks about people who think he is racist, Trump said, “No, No. I am not a racist.” He told reporters: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.” Trump…

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Norwegians to Trump, we don’t want to move to the U.S.

OSLO, Norway — On a quiet winter morning, Ingvild Rosseland walked her two dogs through a snowy forest in Huk, a public park in the capital of Norway — a country recently designated by President Donald Trump as not being a “shithole.” The president used the vulgarity while referring to immigration from African nations, and told a group of lawmakers that the United States should have more people coming from places like the Scandinavian nation, according to a Democratic aide. “It’s nice that people want us,” Rosseland, 40, said as…

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Technology 

Knowing when to cut: How movie editing manipulates emotion – CNET

Writing this interview with Hollywood movie editor Tatiana S Riegel was hard. I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Riegel, who began her editing career on films like “JFK” and “Pulp Fiction” before working on the pilot episode of “Game of Thrones” and movies such as “The Men Who Stare at Goats”. We discussed the editing process and her latest film, “I, Tonya” — and our talk was so fascinating, I didn’t want to cut anything out of the transcript. Sadly, this article would have ended up five times…

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Democrats Must Not Only Denounce Trump’s Racist Agenda — They Must Defeat It

As an organizer and advocate that works with Black immigrant communities and the daughter of Black immigrants, let me be clear: President Trump’s statement calling Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” is racist. The President is racist. Unfortunately, it is all too believable that this is how the President speaks in private, because his public policies have been driven by racism and hatred since day one. This is about far more than just vulgar language. It is about Trump’s vicious policies that treat immigrants and people of color as less…

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