China bans hip-hop culture and tattoos from all media sources

China has banned references to hip-hop culture and actors with tattoos from appearing in the media as part of a crackdown on “low taste content”. There were four “don’ts” that the media must now abide by, according to Gao Changli, the publicity department director at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT).  ”Absolutely do not ...

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By moving into Syria, Turkey is risking its own national security

The two Turkish troops who reportedly lost their lives in the military incursion into Syrian territory are unlikely to be the last casualties in this latest twist in the merciless war in the region. The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, tweeted in response to the news: “We will not leave the blood of our martyrs on the ground and will continue our ...

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Inspired by Darkest Hour? Stay in former PM's home from home

Thanks to Gary Oldman’s Golden Globe-winning turn as Churchill in Darkest Hour, the world is gripped by the wartime prime minister’s story.  And now you can sleep in his bedroom. A house in Leatherhead, Surrey, that belonged to publisher and wartime Cabinet minister Lord Beaverbrook, a friend of Churchill for 50 years, is now known as Beaverbrook, a stunning country ...

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Davos 2018: Donald Trump criticised for protectionism even before arriving to deliver America First speech

Donald Trump is preparing to deliver a major speech during his first visit to the World Economic Forum, but has come in for intense criticism over his “America First” protectionism even before he has arrived in Davos. The US President’s participation at the event had been in doubt while the federal government was in shutdown. Having signed stop-gap funding legislation, ...

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Mylee Billingham case 'intense', police chief says

A police chief has described the work of his officers on the night Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death as “intense”. Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, said body-camera footage showed the lengths to which his staff went trying to save the girl. The eight-year-old was found seriously injured in Valley View, Brownhills, near Walsall on Saturday. A ...

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Admiral insurance denies 'racism' allegations by The Sun

A Wales-based insurance group said it has taken the unprecedented step of contacting its customers to deny a newspaper report which suggests it is racist. The Sun claimed motorists were paying more to insure cars if their name was Mohammed, compared to the name John. The Sun story was “wrong”, said an Admiral spokesman. “We do not and never have ...

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Italy centre-right divisions widen as League beats anti-euro drum

ROME (Reuters) – The leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League on Tuesday called the euro “a failed experiment” and presented outspoken anti-euro economists among his election candidates, widening divisions with his ally Silvio Berlusconi. The four-times prime minister Berlusconi is presenting himself as a moderate, pro-European figure ahead of the March 4 vote, and on Monday he met EU leaders ...

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Bleeding support, German SPD wrangles over coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Suffering a further loss in support, Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) bickered on Tuesday over their leader’s role after party delegates at the weekend narrowly backed coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. As allies of SPD leader Martin Schulz tried to shut down an internal party debate about his role, Merkel allies pressured the Social Democrats to ...

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U.S. attorney general questioned in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by the special counsel’s office investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is known to have interviewed a member of Trump’s Cabinet. The interview ...

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U.S. takes aim at Russia after suspected Syrian government gas attack

PARIS (Reuters) – The Syrian government may still be using chemical weapons after a suspected chlorine attack in the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, the United States said on Tuesday, adding that Russia ultimately bore responsibility. “Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, mostly children, were victims of an apparent chlorine gas attack,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after a ...

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