Syria war: US disappointed at Russia’s Syria stance

The US is “disappointed but not surprised” at Russia’s response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons. At least six people are reported to have been killed in the US missile strikes early on Friday. Syria’s ally Russia accused the US of encouraging “terrorists” with its unilateral actions. “I’m disappointed in that response,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “It indicates their continued support for the Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of…

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US PE firm invests £120m in UK student housing

The deal, Starwood’s first in the UK, totals 1,595 beds in England and Scotland, adding to the 6,855 student beds under Starwood management in the US. “We look forward to building on this transaction to establish a sizeable student housing platform in the UK” The “six modern, purpose-built, premium student accommodation assets” are in The Haymarket in Edinburgh, Chestnut House in Cambridge, The Walls in Southampton, St James House in Glasgow and Union Square and Stepney Yard, both in Newcastle. The ‘forward funded’ Newcastle development is slated be ready for the 2018/19 academic…

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US Congress fights ticket-grabbing bots

Congress has passed legislation to US President Barack Obama that would crack down on bots that buy batches of tickets online before humans. Such software sometimes means that concert and theatre tickets sell out in minutes. Using these programs is an “unfair and deceptive practice”, the legislation says. It was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and passed by the Senate last month. Should the president sign the legislation into law, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be able to crack down on those who use such programs….

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US election 2016: Trump overhauls campaign team again

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has overhauled his election campaign team for the second time in two months, bringing in a new manager and CEO. Pollster Kellyanne Conway becomes campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News the CEO. Paul Manafort remains as campaign chairman. Mr Trump told AP the new leaders were “terrific people… they’re champs”. Mr Trump has seen his poll ratings slip since the party conventions last month. He trails Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton both nationally and in key battleground states. ‘I don’t want to change’…

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US opens research into Tesla after fatal crash

US authorities are investigating the first loss of life potentially caused by self-driving generation. The driving force of a Tesla car died in Florida in Might also after colliding with a lorry. Beneath scrutiny is Tesla’s Autopilot characteristic, which mechanically modifications lanes and reacts to traffic. In a announcement, Tesla stated it regarded the Model S car changed into not able to realise “the white aspect of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky” that had pushed across the car‘s path. The organisation said the crash changed into a…

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US: New MOOC, presents from examine overseas department

The branch will begin freeing modules for its ability–constructing MOOC in November this 12 months, to coincide with worldwide schooling Week, with similarly modules to follow. “that is a precious device in terms of helping institutions create a shape to formulate a look at abroad vision or method” “that is a precious tool in terms of supporting them create a shape to formulate a take a look at overseas vision or approach, so there are a few strategic factors of this but there also are nuts and bolts,” Leeanne Dunsmoore,…

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Most literate nation in the world? Not the US, new world ranking says

  Study found that Nordic countries are among the most literate in the world, but countries in the Western Hemisphere didn’t do well. Corbis (Correction: Central Connecticut State University has released a corrected version of the rankings. The US moves up from 11th to 7th.) A new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who’s Number one? Finland. The study, conducted by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, analyses trends in literate behaviour and literacy in more than 60…

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US Lawmaker Says China Likely Behind Cyber-Attack Against Government

The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee said on Sunday the Chinese government was likely to have been behind the recent breach of U.S. government computers, which may have compromised the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees.The U.S. government last week said it was still investigating the source of the theft of data from the computer systems of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, including security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades. Given the nature of the hack and its targets,…

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Starbucks: Computer outage disrupts sales in US, Canada

  A computer outage affecting registers forced Starbucks to give away free drinks Friday before closing stores early. The coffee chain said the outage affected 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada. It did not say when it expects registers to be back up and running, or explain exactly what caused the outage. The outage began in the early evening on the East Coast and in the late afternoon on the West Coast. Stores that had not already closed for the evening were closed early, the company…

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