Archive May 2017

Trump`s `covfefe` tweet leaves Internet guessing

Trump`s `covfefe` tweet leaves Internet guessing

Published 31/05/2017

A late night Tweet is seen from the personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump, May 31, 2017. The Tweet reads, 'Despite the constant negative press covfefe'. Donald Trump/Twitter/Handout via REUTERS

A midnight tweet by Donald Trump unleashed a wave of sometimes mocking speculation by Internet users wondering what the U.S. president meant by writing "covfefe" in an apparently unfinished Twitter post that lingered online for hours.

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UK space firms may need EU units after Brexit: space chief in FT

UK space firms may need EU units after Brexit: space chief in FT

Published 31/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: Jan Woerner the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General speaks at ESA headqauters in Darmstadt, Germany, October 19, 2016 as the Schiaparelli lander touch down on Mars. REUTERS/Uwe Anspach/POOL

British companies may need to set up subsidiaries in continental Europe to take part in multibillion-euro space programs funded by the European Union after Britain leaves the EU, the head of Europe's space agency told the Financial Times.

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Chase that cheese: English soldier rolls away with top prize again

Chase that cheese: English soldier rolls away with top prize again

Published 31/05/2017

Competitors risked injury and ridicule as they flung themselves down a steep incline after a nine-pound wheel of cheese in the English county of Gloucestershire.

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Who`s your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped

Who`s your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped

Published 30/05/2017

Scientist Verena Schuenemann is shown examining the lower jaw bone of an ancient Egyptian mummy at the Palaeogenetics Laboratory at the University of Tuebingen in Germany in this undated handout photograph obtained by Reuters May 30, 2017. Johannes Krause/Handout via REUTERS

DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa.

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EU executive to say euro zone may need treasury, minister, budget

EU executive to say euro zone may need treasury, minister, budget

Published 30/05/2017

An European Union (EU) flag is pictured during a ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The EU executive will suggest on Wednesday the euro zone might need to issue collective debt and run a joint budget, among proposals for bolstering the single currency that echo ideas from new French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Pistol-packing princess gives Belgian PM an earful

Pistol-packing princess gives Belgian PM an earful

Published 30/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel poses as he arrives to attend the NATO Summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A Belgian princess fired a starting pistol so close to the prime minister's ear that he had to undergo medical treatment and cancel a speech in parliament on Tuesday.

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Japan bathhouse offers `naked school` to lure bathers

Japan bathhouse offers `naked school` to lure bathers

Published 29/05/2017

A Tokyo bathhouse is offering classes on topics ranging from comedy to gaming in hopes of luring younger bathers and reversing Japan's dying tradition of communal baths.

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Oil falls as U.S. drilling undermines drive to tighten markets

Oil falls as U.S. drilling undermines drive to tighten markets

Published 29/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Todd Korol/File Photo

Oil prices fell on Monday as a relentless rise in U.S. drilling undermined an OPEC-led push to tighten supply.

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UK police arrest 16th person in connection with Manchester attack

UK police arrest 16th person in connection with Manchester attack

Published 29/05/2017

Armed police officers stand on duty in central Manchester, Britain, May 28, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

British police said on Monday they had arrested a 16th person in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing last week.

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Warplanes hit Libya`s Derna again: witness

Warplanes hit Libya`s Derna again: witness

Published 29/05/2017

Warplanes carried out three air strikes on the Libyan city of Derna on Monday, a witness said, days after Egypt launched strikes on militant camps there against those it said were responsible for killing Egyptian Christians.

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