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House panel to vet minority contracting program after Times investigation

House panel to vet minority contracting program after Times investigation

Eyeing stricter controls in the federal government’s minority contracting program, a House oversight panel on Tuesday is expected to address the findings of a Times investigation that showed that companies received more than $300 million in taxpayer-funded contracts based on unverified claims that their owners were Native American. “This is certainly alarming,” said Rep. Nydia […]

Albert Einstein’s letter pleading for the atomic bomb never to be used again – for sale | World | News

Albert Einstein’s letter pleading for the atomic bomb never to be used again – for sale | World | News

Years later, Einstein signed a letter to US President Franklin D Roosevelt backing the building of an atomic bomb in the war against Germany. But he changed his stance after being left horrified by the death and devastation caused when they were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. After the war, […]

Canada votes as Trudeau, his ‘sunny ways’ clouded by scandals, tries to hold power

Canada votes as Trudeau, his ‘sunny ways’ clouded by scandals, tries to hold power

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadians were voting on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” will remain in power after two major scandals. The first polls in what is considered a neck-and-neck race between Trudeau’s Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives […]

Iraqi Kurds appreciate U.S. forces despite Syria pullout, president says

Iraqi Kurds appreciate U.S. forces despite Syria pullout, president says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish President Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that the United States pulling out of Syria was “undesirable” but that the semi-autonomous region appreciated the U.S. historical role in protecting it. FILE PHOTO: Kurdish region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari […]

No more delays, UK PM Johnson appeals to parliament to back Brexit bill

No more delays, UK PM Johnson appeals to parliament to back Brexit bill

LONDON(Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers on Monday to approve his Brexit bill this week, saying neither he, the European Union or the public wanted any more delays to Britain’s departure from the bloc. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting […]

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’ – TechCrunch

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’ – TechCrunch

India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing “unimaginable disruption” to democracy. In a legal document filed with the country’s apex Supreme Court, the Ministry […]

Here Are the Creative Winners From Europe’s Golden Drum Festival – Adweek

Here Are the Creative Winners From Europe’s Golden Drum Festival – Adweek

For the uninitiated, the Golden Drum Festival is an awards program that celebrates creativity in advertising across Europe. In its 26th year, the Slovenian festival recently named its 2019 winners. You’ll likely recognize some from this year’s awards circuit, like Ikea’s “Thisables” out of McCann Tel Aviv and “The Last Ever Issue” stunt from VMLY&R […]

Beirut lacks public spaces for protests, so residents made their own

Beirut lacks public spaces for protests, so residents made their own

Amid the largest anti-government protests Beirut has ever seen, something unusual has been unfolding in the city’s downtown. The center of Lebanon’s largest city sorely lacks public spaces — largely because of the legacy of its civil war and the uncontrolled real estate investment that followed. But following recent mass demonstrations that paralyzed central Beirut […]

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