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AT&T is merging WarnerMedia with Discovery – www.vox.com

From www.vox.com Excerpt: Five years ago, one of the world’s biggest phone companies announced it was buying one of the world’s biggest media companies. Now it wants a do-over: AT&T wants to combine WarnerMedia, the company that owns HBO, CNN, and the Warner Bros. movie studio, with Discovery Inc., the cable TV programmer that owns […]…

How to Buy a Ghost Town – lifehacker.com

From lifehacker.com Excerpt: Photo: R Kulawiak (Shutterstock) Visiting a ghost town is one of the closest things we have to time travel. If left undisturbed, the town remains suspended in time; perpetually stuck in the year it was abandoned. Fortunately, some ghost towns have been incorporated into state and national parks, which tend to leave […]…

Coronavirus: Hundreds of bodies found buried along Indian riverbanks – www.ctvnews.ca

From www.ctvnews.ca Excerpt: PRAYAGRAJ, INDIA — Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they were the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, the police used portable […]…

IMF chief: ‘We ought to support Africa in this genuinely historic moment’ – www.france24.com

From www.france24.com Stephen CARROLL Excerpt: Leaders from more than a dozen African countries will attend a summit in Paris from Monday to discuss their financial needs after the Covid-19 pandemic. Ahead of the gathering, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, has told FRANCE 24 the international community must step up efforts to ensure a […]…

Chile votes for body to rewrite dictatorship-era constitution – www.france24.com

From www.france24.com NEWS WIRES Excerpt: Issued on: 16/05/2021 – 05:13 Chileans head to the polls Sunday in a second day of voting to elect 155 people who will rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution in a bid to address deep-seated social inequality that gave rise to deadly protests in 2019. Some 14 million people are eligible […]…

Can The West Devise An Alternative To China’s Belt And Road? – www.rferl.org

From www.rferl.org Excerpt: Since it was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has channeled hundreds of billions of dollars into foreign infrastructure, boosting trade, and clearing the way for China to forge political and economic links around the world. The massive undertaking — which Xi dubbed “the […]…

China border city waits for North Korea trade boom which never came – www.scmp.com

From www.scmp.com Kinling Lo Excerpt: A walk at night through New District, in the city of Dandong on China’s northeastern border with North Korea, gives little indication that just a few years ago it was the scene of feverish speculation that it was about to boom with the opening up of the hermit kingdom.Just a […]…

UN General Assembly to consider call for arms embargo on Myanmar military junta – www.scmp.com

From www.scmp.com Agence France-Presse Excerpt: The UN General Assembly on Tuesday is set to consider a draft non-binding resolution calling for “an immediate suspension” of the transfer of weapons to the military junta of Myanmar, a UN official said on Sunday.Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are non-binding but carry strong political significance.If an […]…

Facebook Loses Bid to Derail EU-US Data-Transfer Suspension – www.marketscreener.com

From www.marketscreener.com Excerpt: By Sam Schechner Facebook Inc. lost a bid to block an EU privacy decision that could suspend its ability to send data about European users to computer servers on U.S. soil, opening a pathway toward a precedent-setting interruption of its data flows. Ireland’s High Court on Friday dismissed all of Facebook’s procedural […]…