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Day: December 26, 2016

Brexit is God-given chance to steal business from Britain
America, ENGLISH

Brexit is God-given chance to steal business from Britain

    Donald Trump's new trade chief has urged Britain's rivals to take advantage of the God-given opportunity of Brexit to take business away from the UK. Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary designate, said Britain was facing a period of confusion following the vote to leave the EU and that it was inevitable there would be relocations. The billionaire businessman will be responsible for negotiating a free trade deal with the UK and his reported comments will raise concerns the incoming US administration will seek to exploit Britain's isolation following Brexit . Mr Ross was reported by The Times to have made his comments to an audience of Cypriot financiers in the days following last June's referendum vote - before he had been appointed to Mr Trump's cabinet. I recommend tha...
Frustrated Swiss army chiefs ban sexy selfies
ENGLISH, Europe

Frustrated Swiss army chiefs ban sexy selfies

    Frustrated army commanders are growing increasingly furious with selfie-obsessed newbies constantly posting pictures of their military duty on social media. The Swiss army has said it has found that new recruits, and most specifically women, are obsessively taking snaps of themselves and posting them to their personal social media accounts. Swiss armed forces spokesman Daniel Reist said: There is a very clear policy: no photos in uniform. Whoever wants to take a picture must first ask the commander. If gross nonsense is posted, or sexist or racist content, we will get the military police in. But if they post positive experiences, that does not hurt the army. Valentine Morina, 24, is one of the female recruits who regularly posts selfies to social media. The woman from the ...
British councils used Ripa to secretly spy on public
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British councils used Ripa to secretly spy on public

    Councils were given permission to carry out more than 55,000 days of covert surveillance over five years, including spying on people walking dogs, feeding pigeons and fly-tipping, the Guardian can reveal. A mass freedom of information request has found 186 local authorities – two-thirds of the 283 that responded – used the government’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to gather evidence via secret listening devices, cameras and private detectives. Among the detailed examples provided were Midlothian council using the powers to monitor dog barking and Allerdale borough council gathering evidence about who was guilty of feeding pigeons. Wolverhampton used covert surveillance to check on the sale of dangerous toys and car clocking; Slough to aid an investigation ...
British superstar George Michael dies aged 53
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British superstar George Michael dies aged 53

    Pop superstar George Michael's death at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure is being treated by police as unexplained but not suspicious. The 53-year-old has died peacefully at home, his family said on Sunday night. It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period, Michael's family said in a statement released by Thames Valley Police. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage. Michael died at his home in Goring, England. His publicist, Cindi Berger, said he had not been ill. Michael's manager, Michael Lippman, says the cause of death was heart failure. Thames Valley Police were...
Massive WWII bomb is defused in German town of Augsburg
ENGLISH, Europe

Massive WWII bomb is defused in German town of Augsburg

    Explosives experts on Sunday defused a large World War II aerial bomb in the southern German city of Augsburg — clearing the way for thousands of evacuated residents to return to their Christmas celebrations at home. City police tweeted that they had "good news at Christmas" just before 7 p.m. local time Sunday. They had earlier been unable to say how long residents would have to stay away. Some 32,000 households with 54,000 residents in the city's historic central district were forced to leave by 10 a.m. Christmas morning so experts could handle the bomb. They had to clean seven decades of muck off the bomb so they could find and disable its three detonators. The munition's large size — 1.8 tons — suggested it was a so-called blockbuster of the type dropped by British for...