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US backtracks on Iran-focused conference in Poland after objections  The Guardian

Broadening of agenda to Middle East may make it easier for the UK to attend.

Llandudno hotels 'among the best in world and UK'  BBC News

Six hotels in Llandudno have been named among the best in the UK. The Elm Tree Hotel, the Lawton and Lauriston Court Hotel, Milverton House, Clifton Villa ...

The promise of a game world you can touch  Eurogamer.net

I'm led into a room containing a bank of computers. I'm ushered, cheerfully enough, to the first station. There's a mouse, a keyboard, and something ...

The Art of the Internet, Restored and Out in the World  The New York Times

A show at the New Museum celebrates the completion of Rhizome's Net Art Anthology, a two-year project to preserve and archive digital artworks that were in ...

Russian Anti-Doping Agency remains compliant despite missing World Anti-Doping Agency deadline  BBC Sport

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) remains compliant and will face no punishment for delaying access by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to data ...

First listen: Hear the cast recording from the stellar Songs For A New World revival  Entertainment Weekly News

Get ready to hear a whole new Songs For a New World. Jason Robert Brown's beloved song cycle received a fantastic new staging at New York City Center last ...

Woman who defied Indian temple ban 'shunned' by family  The Guardian

A woman who defied violent protests to worship at a centuries-old south Indian shrine that banned females of “menstruating age” has been spurned by her ...

Venezuela: Trump recognises opposition leader as president  The Guardian

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president of the beleaguered South American country, in a dramatic escalation of ...

French food is still the best in the world – here's why  The Telegraph

Every time I mention that French cuisine remains the greatest in the world, I duck.

Priyanka Gandhi enters politics months before India general election  The Guardian

Priyanka Gandhi, a scion of India's most powerful dynasty who has rebuffed calls to enter politics for years, has been appointed as an official in the Congress ...

EU crackdown on golden visas criticised as 'half-hearted'  The Guardian

Campaigners say action plan falls short of Europe-wide measures that are required.

Protest closes Israel's 'apartheid road' through West Bank  The Guardian

Activists blocked controversial Route 4370 expressway to Jerusalem for about 30 minutes.

US state department's top diplomat for European affairs resigns  The Guardian

Wess Mitchell's resignation adds to the exodus of senior officials who have championed the Nato alliance in the face of Trump's reported desire to withdraw.

One of the world's largest crypto exchanges looks to go public in the US through a reverse merger  CNBC

One of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges could soon be the first big one to be publicly traded. Singapore-based holding company BTHMB is looking ...

Beatrice Gibson – can kids, disco and poetry fix the world's turmoil?  The Guardian

From panic attacks and political chaos to a letter to the unborn, video artist Gibson's intense films present a kaleidoscope of our fears – while her six-year-old ...

South Korea unveils biggest ever investigation into abuse in sport  The Guardian

Human rights commission to interview possibly thousands of adults and children in wake of allegations.

Zimbabwe: beatings and abductions continue despite Mnangagwa pledge  The Guardian

A brutal crackdown on protesters and opposition activists in Zimbabwe has continued despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa's pledge earlier this week to ...

Venezuela street clashes and military unrest pile pressure on Maduro  The Guardian

Opposition plans nationwide demonstrations on Wednesday after protests rock once-loyal working-class neighbourhoods.

Which is the world's most LGBT-friendly city?  The Guardian

Even when cities seem progressive on the surface, the lived experience of members of the LGBT community can tell a dramatically different story.

World’s helium supply ‘could run out within a decade’, chemistry professor warns  The Independent

The world's helium supply is on course to run out within a decade unless we recycle more of the inert gas, an expert has warned. David Cole-Hamilton, emeritus ...

World chef exchange aims for more than usual Dine Out Vancouver fare  CBC.ca

It may be the city's largest food festival, but Dine Out Vancouver is setting its sights on the international stage, and flying chefs in from around the world in hopes ...

World of Warcraft update brings new raid, new dungeon mechanic  Polygon

World of Warcraft's latest miniature update adds some serious new *content*. The raid and the new Mythic Keystone affix should keep players busy for the next ...

Your guide to the obscenely complicated world of Israeli elections  National Post

In 2015, Canadians complained about having to endure a two-month federal election. Right now, Israelis are in the midst of an election campaign that will last ...

Environmental 'time bomb' warning for world's groundwater reserves: Research reveals over half of the world's groundwater flows could take over 100 years to respond fully to climate change  Science Daily

Future generations could be faced with an environmental 'time bomb' if climate change is to have a significant effect on the world's essential groundwater ...

Donald Trump DISASTER as Iran discovers oil - sanctions campaign disrupted  Express.co.uk

IRAN has discovered oil in the southwest region of the country for the first time – putting paid to Donald Trump's crippling sanctions after the US withdrew from ...

Greenland's ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study  The Guardian

The pace of ice loss has increased four-fold since 2003 as enormous glaciers are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts, ...

China to top U.S. as world's No. 1 retail market in 2019: Report  USA TODAY

China will top the US as largest retail market in 2019, a report says. It highlights China's growing middle class and shift to consumer driven economy.

Barbara Kay: On World Hijab Day, remember those who refuse to wear it, too  National Post

World Hijab Day approaches. As described in Wikipedia: “The event takes place on February 1st each year in 140 countries worldwide. Its stated purpose is to ...

$5 billion Dubai megaresort rises from The World  CNN

The Heart of Europe, a $5 billion megaresort on The World archipelago, aims to revive the fortunes of one of Dubai's grandest development projects.

Review: ‘Twilight of the Elites’ Looks at a France, and a World, Divided  The New York Times

Get the DealBook newsletter to make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them. ______. Emmanuel Macron's ...

Gigi Wu: 'Bikini hiker' dies on solo Taiwan climb despite search efforts  BBC News

A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from mountain summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact ...

The world's most innovative countries  The Sydney Morning Herald

South Korea retained the global crown in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe's ...

World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam  The Guardian

The growing concentration of the world's wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion ...

Devon guest house is named best B&B in the world  Devon Live

The 25 Boutique B&B in Torquay has finally and officially laid the Fawlty Towers ghost to rest.

Is the World Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis?  Foreign Policy

The world in 2019 is still reckoning with the legacy of the global financial crisis, which is hardly surprising given its scale and lasting impact. Ten years on from ...

Free-market groups and the tobacco industry – full database  The Guardian

More than 100 free-market thinktanks have argued against tobacco control policies or accepted donations from the tobacco industry, research by the Guardian ...

Messi's the best player in every world – Boateng dismisses past Real Madrid comments  The World Game

New Barcelona signing Kevin-Prince Boateng dismissed suggestions of a past allegiance to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo by lauding Lionel Messi as the ...

World can help Zimbabwe by lifting sanctions: Ramaphosa  eNCA

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that lifting sanctions against Zimbabwe was the best way for the world to ease the crisis gripping the country.

Farming Simulator Joins the World of Esports With Its Own League  IGN

By Shabana Arif Giants Software have announced a "full-fledged eSports league" for Farming Simulator in Europe with a total prize pool of 250.000€. The new ...

World markets cautious on worries over US-China talks  Yahoo! Finance News

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets were subdued Wednesday as news of possible hiccups in U.S.-China trade talks ratcheted up growth worries.

World's largest annual human migration now underway in China  CNN

Close to 3 billion trips are expected to be made during the 2019 Lunar New Year Spring Festival travel rush between January 21 and March 1. Here's how China ...

World's coffee under threat, say experts  BBC News

The first full assessment of risks to the world's coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee ...

Four local employers make Fortune's 2019 list of 'World's Most Admired Companies'  Sun Sentinel

Four employers in South Florida that get high marks from their executives have made Fortune's 2019 list of the “World's Most Admired Companies.”

Ocasio-Cortez agrees that a world that allows for billionaires is immoral  Fox News

Freshman democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday appeared to agree with the idea that a world that allows for billionaires is not moral.

Sebastian Vettel says the 2019 world title target is 'clear'  Wheels24

Sebastian Vettel says it is "clear" that he wants to win the 2019 world championship.

10 Year Challenge: How the world has changed in a decade  BBC News

If you've been pretty much anywhere on the internet in the last couple of weeks, you'll have no doubt come across #10YearChallenge on social media. If not, the ...

Photos of Sunday night's lunar eclipse from all around the world  AccuWeather.com

A total lunar eclipse glowed red in the night sky on Sunday night, the last of its kind anywhere in the world until 2021.

Beer Coolers and Hookahs—Welcome to the World of German Pop Music  The Wall Street Journal

BERLIN—A decade ago, the German metal band Rammstein made musical history by offering fans a limited-edition boxed set of their album “Liebe ist Für Alle ...

Vancouver housing second least affordable in world: report  Vancouver Sun

Vancouver is just behind Hong Kong for least affordable housing, according to the annual Demographia survey.

Serena Williams reaches Australian Open quarterfinals  CNN

Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after surviving a severe test against world No. 1 Simona Halep.

The new elite's phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything  The Guardian

The long read: Today's titans of tech and finance want to solve the world's problems, as long as the solutions never, ever threaten their own wealth and power.

Bompas & Parr creates "world's first" vegan hotel suite  Dezeen

Bompas & Parr has created the "world's first" vegan hotel room at the Hilton London Bankside, omitting the use of feathers, leather, and wool.

Bolsonaro's Davos debut overshadowed by growing scandal around son  The Guardian

Flávio Bolsonaro denies Brazilian newspaper claims he once employed the mother and wife of an alleged death squad leader. Tom Phillips Latin America ...

Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life  Daily Hive

Canada is ranked the #1 country in the world in 2019 for Quality of Life. We have also been ranked as the third best country in the world.

Xiaomi unveils the 'world's first double folding mobile' with THREE screens  Daily Mail

The radical design is currently a mere engineering concept but the firm, dubbed 'Chinese Apple' says it may later go into production if demand is sufficient.

World's human rights watchdog spotlights Afghanistan, Yemen and 12 others: Here's the scoop  UN News

The United Nation Human Rights Council (HRC) kicked off its Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, on Monday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to examine ...

The world's CEOs are getting increasingly nervous about the state of the global economy, a major new survey shows  Business Insider South Africa

Global CEOs have become increasingly pessimistic about global economic growth in the past year and expect their businesses to suffer in the short to medium ...

World's oldest man dies in Japan at age 113  CNN

A 113-year-old Japanese man, Masazo Nonaka, recognized in April 2018 by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest male, died on Sunday, according to ...

FFA insists gender conspiracy played no part in Stajcic's exit  The World Game

FFA's under-fire board has rebutted assertions that the sacking of Alen Stajcic was part of a broader agenda to install a female coach at the helm of the Matildas, ...

What I Learned Inside the Lonely, Sad World of QAnon Facebook Groups  VICE

The conspiracy theory seems to have created a lot of problems in the lives of its adherents.

MH370 EXPOSED: Malaysia Airlines employee's THREE 'MISTAKES' revealed  Express.co.uk

MALAYSIA Airlines Operation Centre made three shocking mistakes during the crucial moments MH370 went missing, it was revealed during an investigation.

Nairobi DusitD2 hotel attacked by suspected militants  BBC News

Suspected militants have attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing at least 15 people. The compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, ...

Ten threats to global health in 2019  World Health Organization

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of ...

Jacob Stockdale: Ireland and Ulster star the world's best wing - Monye  BBC Sport

Ireland and Ulster star Jacob Stockdale is currently the best in his position in the world, says former Lions and England wing Ugo Monye.

Canada Has Officially Ranked #1 In The World For Best Quality Of Life  MTL Blog

When it comes to ranking #1 place in competitions, Canada is no stranger to taking the gold. We've always ranked very well of many different categories, but ...

We could wreck natural world, David Attenborough tells Prince William  BBC News

Sir David Attenborough has told Prince William that people have never been more "out of touch" with the natural world than they are today. In an interview with ...

Brexit: Japan's PM says 'wish of whole world' to avoid no-deal  BBC News

The "whole world" wants the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Japan's PM has claimed, after talks with Theresa May. Shinzo Abe pledged "total support" for the ...

Weather scientists discover one of the world's largest hail stones  ABC News

A crack team of the world's best weather scientists, including a researcher from Australia, has travelled to South America to study extreme thunderstorms and in ...

Gillette #MeToo razors ad on 'toxic masculinity' gets praise – and abuse  The Guardian

Shaving company Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive ...

Chinese authorities say world's first gene-edited babies were illegal  CNN

Authorities in China say experiments which led to the birth of the world's first gene-edited babies broke the country's laws, state-run Xinhua news reported ...

Mystery factors in Degenek's Saudi switch  The World Game

Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has indicated external factors played a role in his big-money move to Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal.

8 Salads From Around The World That Just Plain Do It Better | HuffPost Life  HuffPost

Delicious healthy takes from around the globe, for everyone who's sick of their boring salad.

Former British Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce to face former world titlist Bermane Stiverne on Feb. 23  ESPN

Joe Joyce, a silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and undefeated at 7-0 as a professional, will face former world titlist Bermane Stiverne on Feb.

Protein mania: the rich world's new diet obsession  The Guardian

The long read: If you're worrying about the amount of protein in your diet, then you're almost certainly eating more than enough.

Ray Dalio, founder of the world's biggest hedge fund, sees a 'significant risk' of a possible US recession in 2020  CNBC

Ray Dalio, founder of the world's biggest hedge fund, warned on Tuesday of a "significant risk" of a U.S. recession in 2020. "It's going to be globally a slow up.

Socceroos set for revenge on Zaccheroni  The World Game

Playing the hosts in a quarterfinal of a major tournament can be a daunting prospect but on 2019 Asian Cup form so far, the United Arab Emirates should hold ...

It’s Not Easy to Map the 100 Largest Islands in the World  Atlas Obscura

They're hard to define. (Must they always be surrounded by water? What about ecosystems isolated on tops of mountains?) They're also hard to count. (What ...

Kumbh Mela Festival Expected To Bring 150 Million Pilgrims To Ganges River For Spiritual Renewal : Goats and Soda  NPR

It's India's Kumbh Mela festival, which is expected to draw a record 15 million pilgrims this year, all looking to take a dip in the sacred Ganges and Yamuna ...

Great white shark photo: I swam with 'world's biggest'  BBC News

They're the photos you just can't stop looking at. A diver alongside an impossibly huge great white shark. Just staring at them can you make you shiver - so ...

Bono: western world turning its back on HIV fight  The Guardian

The world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their ...

UK and World Economic Forum to lead regulation revolution to foster industries of the future  GOV.UK

New partnership between the UK and World Economic Forum (WEF) to ensure innovators have the environment needed to create and support the industries, ...

'A tragic moment': thousands gather across Poland to mourn Gdańsk mayor  The Guardian

Thousands of people have gathered in cities across Poland after the fatal stabbing of Gdańsk mayor PawełAdamowicz in protest at what some say is a creeping ...

Waymo plans to open the world's first self-driving-car factory this year  MIT Technology Review

Waymo has announced plans to open the world's first factory dedicated to making autonomous vehicles in Michigan later this year.

Fyre Festival: Inside the world's biggest festival flop  BBC News

A new documentary sheds light on what allegedly went on behind the scenes at the disastrous Fyre Festival.

Paris 'gas explosion' kills three in city centre  BBC News

Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France's capital, Paris. The emergency services were responding to a ...

AB InBev, world's largest beer company, gets stock upgrade by RBC  CNBC

Investors should buy shares of AB InBev — the world's largest beer company — because a recent refinancing will lighten the company's massive debt burden, ...

Football in India: The Mumbai girls defying tradition to follow World Cup dreams  BBC Sport

Their football dreams were threatened by convention - and housework - but girls in one Mumbai slum are defying tradition to pursue their dreams.

DNA scientist James Watson stripped of honors over views on race  The Guardian

New York laboratory cuts ties with 90-year-old scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, revoking all titles and honors.

Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope  Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star's habitable zone ...

World's 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases  ABC News

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Since the outbreak was ...

Apple’s Tim Cook makes debut at World Economic Forum in Davos  Financial Times

Chief takes first trip to Swiss resort gathering amid 'Big Tech' backlash.

Scott Pollock's EFL move is Hashtag United's next step into real world  The Guardian

The football team born online are top of the Eastern Senior League Division One South and one of their former number has joined Northampton.

Manchester City v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says Pep Guardiola's side are world's best  BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are "still the best team in the world", despite his side being top of the Premier League and seven points ...

Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people  BBC News

Hindu pilgrims are expected to gather at the Kumbh Mela in the world's biggest gathering.

The five most addictive substances in the world  CNN

Chances are, you've tried at least two of these addictive substances. Here's how they affect your brain.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff  The Register

Rise of the Machines™ The world's first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they're rubbish and annoy the guests.

Bow hunter's 'deer of a lifetime' sets new world record  Fox News

One bow hunter nabbed both the “deer of a lifetime” and a new world record with an impressive catch of a non-typical mule deer in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Where will the world's next Zika, West Nile or Dengue virus come from? Model identifies most likely wildlife hosts for emerging flaviviruses  Science Daily

Scientists have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created a global ...

'I have lost my wallet and brother': reuniting at Kumbh Mela, the world's largest festival  The Guardian

As an estimated 15m Hindus gather at convergence of holy rivers in India, the huge lost-and-found centres go digital.