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Blackwater founder questions US Afghanistan strategy

Washington (CNN)Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince is publicly touting a proposal to shake up the US military strategy in Afghanistan. Instead, the former Navy SEAL and founder of the controversial defense contracting firm, now named Academi, has proposed implementing a US viceroy in Afghanistan and increasing the number of government contractors on the ground.

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Randazza: Outrage over Google memo goes too far

(CNN)Over the weekend, a Google employee wrote what has been described as a 10-page “manifesto against diversity.” Boiling down 10 pages into a short column, and then commenting on it, is impossible. Cue the outrage and applause machines — depending on which political tribe you belong to. Of course, the outrage machine is calling for him to be tracked down and fired. I take the opposite view, but not because…

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What will the office look like in 10 years? 6 experts predict the future

(CNN)It happens every few years: a seismic shift in the way we live our lives fuels a change in human behavior so significant, it blows the concept of the office as we know it out of the water. The architect Lord Norman Foster is one of the best known architects in the world. Now 82, he is the designer behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings including City Hall…

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UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger – BBC News

UK courts will continue to interpret ECJ case law – even after Brexit. What is the European Court of Justice? Lord Neuberger, who will step down as Supreme Court president next month, told the BBC that judges need more guidance on how they should do just that. “If [the government] doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the ECJ after Brexit, or indeed any other topic…

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Australian cops smash international drug ring, seize 2 tons of narcotics

(CNN)Police in Australia say they have “destroyed” two international crime syndicates and seized more than two tons of narcotics “destined for Australian streets.” Ten suspects were taken into custody in Sydney, while police in the United Arab Emirates arrested five Australians, including two living in the city, the statement from the AFP said. Police in the Netherlands arrested two other people.

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UK data protection laws to be overhauled – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCEO of Oxford Information Labs tells Today we need more information on how our data is collected and used Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government. Citizens will be able to ask for personal data, or information posted when they were children, to be deleted. The proposals are part of an overhaul…

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Dame Helen Alexander: Ex-CBI president and business pioneer dies – BBC News

‘World-class networker’ She began her career in publishing at Faber & Faber, before moving to the Economist Group in 1985, where she became managing director in 1993 before taking the helm in 1997. Her career also included boardroom roles at Rolls-Royce, Centrica and Northern Foods. The number of high-profile city and business roles she had during her career meant Dame Helen was seen as a trailblazer for women in business.

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Listed buildings: New additions mark 70 years of preservation – BBC News

Image copyright James O Davies/Historic England This fantastical home in Holme has been dubbed a luxury “Hobbit” house because of its similarity to the hill-dwellings inhabited by Bilbo Baggins and co. Image copyright James O Davies/Historic England Historic England described it as Britain’s first modern earth-sheltered home. Image copyright James O Davies/Historic England Stockton-on-Tees wireless station, County Durham Image copyright Alun Bull/Historic England The radios were positioned in the loft,…

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The women in Scotland championing comic books – BBC News

Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Artist Tanya Roberts and examples of her artwork Edinburgh-born artist Roberts has illustrated comics based on Star Wars spin-off Clone Wars, as well as Toy Story and Strawberry Shortcake. Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Art from Roberts’ graphic novel Abeyance “I think the differences in attracting a male/female readership is subtlety small. Because I go to conventions and sell my material to people…

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Couple fosters 13 children left by addicted parents

Dayton, Ohio (CNN)When Cyndi and Jesse Swafford were certified to become foster parents 10 years ago, they were told to expect to wait for a baby up to two or three years. Fast forward to today — with a foster license, a new baby can be placed with them within a week. Walk into the Swafford home and you’ll find it filled with baby bottles, cribs and framed family portraits….

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India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim – BBC News

But on 28 July, India’s Supreme Court rejected a petition – filed on her behalf – to allow her to abort, on the grounds that at 32 weeks, she is too far into her pregnancy. A doctors’ panel had advised the court that a termination at this stage would be “too risky” for the girl, and that the foetus was “doing well”. The court order was a huge disappointment for…

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Republican senators realizing legislative agenda is in their own hands

Washington (CNN)Republican senators left Washington for the annual August recess last week, devoid of the kind of monumental accomplishments many of them had hoped for. In part, they have themselves to blame. After using a process that required only Republican support, they still failed to find consensus on a plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and haven’t otherwise moved on President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Sen. Ron Johnson on…

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There’s finally a real compelling reason to buy an iPad Pro

An iPad Pro running iOS 11 and the new Photos app editing features.Image: raymond wong/mashable Apple’s biggest challenge with the iPad is convincing people who already own one to buy a newer version. I’ve been using my iPad Air 2 everyday since 2014 for reading news, checking Twitter, and watching videos, and I could probably keep using it until it stops working. I don’t actually need a new iPad to…

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U.S. Army just kicked Chinese drone company DJI out of all official operations

Image: Alex Segre/REX/Shutterstock The U.S. army just kicked one of the biggest drone makers on the planet out of its barracks, all in the name of security. The maker of the drones in question: China’s DJI (also known as SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd.). SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone An Aug. 2 U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News and later…

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Google employee argues ideological diversity is more important than real diversity in viral internal document

Ideological diversity is all that matters, right?Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Inside Google, there’s a document circulating called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Written by a senior software engineer and in part viewed by Motherboard, the 10-page Google Doc allegedly argues that biological differences between men and women account for the representation gap in tech and that Google should not offer programs for underrepresented minorities. The document also reportedly says that employees with…

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Read a Google engineer’s treatise on why biological differences actually cause the gender gap in tech

Yikes.Image: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Early Saturday morning, a report in Motherboard revealed the existence of a 10-page document written by a Google engineer that said that inherent differences between men and women accounted for the gender gap in tech and opposed diversity initiatives at the company. Now, the full text of the document is out via a report in Gizmodo. And, unsurprisingly, it’s not great. SEE ALSO: This VC firm just…

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How Edinburgh changed British comedy – BBC News

Image caption Sarah Millican is one of the many stars to have broken through in the past decade Comedy talent such as Steve Coogan, Lee Evans, Bill Bailey, Alan Davies, Harry Hill, Jo Brand and Al Murray all got their big breaks in Edinburgh. According to comedy impresario Nica Burns the “golden year” was 1991 when Frank Skinner won the Perrier Award, beating Eddie Izzard, Jack Dee and Paul O’Grady’s…

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Mud, wrestling, stunts and high emotion at Belladrum – BBC News

“It has been a wonderful festival so far, with a fantastic set by Sister Sledge on Thursday night.” The band were performing without member Joni Sledge, who died earlier this year at the age of 60. Image copyright BBC ALBA Image caption First Aid Kit drew a huge crowd on Thursday night Friday’s acts included rock band Feeder, a previous headliner at Belladrum. Two of the band’s members, frontman Grant…

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The internet is so happy that Martin Shkreli just got convicted

Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud Friday, and people online want him to know that he deserves it. Shkreli was convicted of two counts of securities fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Additionally, he was found not guilty on five other charges. As you can probably imagine, people were pretty happy to hear of Shkreli’s conviction. And considering the things…

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Netflix’s 5 most expensive shows (so far)

Image: netflix A lot of noise has been made about how much Netflix is spending in order to attract new subscribers and expand into new regions of the world. A Los Angeles Times report titled “Netflix is $20 billion in debt” renewed worries that the company was pushing too hard, too fast. First of all, that’s technically wrong, as Netflix has some debt but is mostly tied up with deals…

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Amazon’s new meal kits are already available to select Prime members

Image: Scott Eisen/Getty Images) A little over a month after Blue Apron’s disappointing stock market debut, the company is still struggling to make money as wary investors jump ship. The company said Friday that it will transfer around 24 percent of its workersnearly 1,300 jobsfrom the company’s soon-to-be-shuttered plant in Jersey City, New Jersey to another location 15 miles away. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s Whole Foods deal pretty much sunk Blue…

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For $400, you can be an Instagram influencer

Image: Getty Images/Cultura RF If you’re on social media, you’ve most likely heard of the side-hustle. Work your 9 to 5, sure, but you also should be making yourself known in the world. Definitely don’t just sit down and watch “fucking House of Cards,” as entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tweeted. Well, here’s one side-hustle you can probably manage while binging all of Netflix’s originals: Be an Instagram influencer. Don’t have a…

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Martin Shkreli (a.k.a. Pharma Bro) found guilty of securities fraud

Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images The PharmaBro is now the PharmaCon. Martin Shkreli was found guilty of two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud on Friday. He was found not guilty on five other related counts. Shkreli faces 20 years in prison, though he’ll likely be sentenced to a shorter stint. The date of the sentencing has not yet been set. Shkreli stood trial…

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The Secret Service leaves Trump Tower over rent spat

Secret Service is fed up with Trump Tower's high rent.Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump has found a way to tangentially get into a beef with the people whose job it is to protect his life. The Secret Service has moved from its New York City apartment just under the president’s Trump Tower residence and into a trailer outside the building, because the two sides had a disagreement over the…

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Oxford University murder suspect arrested in US – BBC News

Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that both suspects were now in police custody in Oakland. In a statement, Chicago police said: “Both individuals will be held accountable for their actions and we hope today’s arrest brings some comfort for the victim’s family.” Skip Twitter post by @AJGuglielmi BREAKING: CPD has gotten word that Prof. Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren are both in police custody in Oakland, CA…

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