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Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protest

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:25

US Vice President Mike Pence pledged to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 on Monday in a speech to Israel's parliament that saw Arab lawmakers expelled after they shouted in protest. As Pence spoke, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas arrived to meet European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, urging them to "swiftly" recognise the state of Palestine. Pence's speech, filled with biblical references and praise of Israel, was greeted with loud applause by Israeli Jewish lawmakers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Pakistani principal shot dead by student over blasphemy dispute

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:23

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country's strict blasphemy laws, a police official said.  Sareer Ahmed, principal of the private Islamia College in the northern town of Charsadda, had an argument with one of his students for missing a number of classes. The student then shot the principal on campus, local police chief Zahoor Afridi told Reuters.   He said the unnamed student had attended a sit-in staged by a new ultra-religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labaik, late last year to oppose a small change in wording to an electoral law, which it said amounted to blasphemy.


The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:19

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):


3 USA Gymnastics Directors Resign In Larry Nassar Sex Abuse Scandal

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:16

Three USA Gymnastics directors have resigned amid fierce criticism that the organization failed to protect its athletes from team doctor Larry Nassar, a serial predator whose sentencing hearing continues this week.


Here's How Widespread the Flu Is This Year

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:09

This year has had one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent history


Larry Nassar's 'Last Victim' Scolds and Taunts Disgraced Doctor in Rousing Impact Statement

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:04

Emma Anne Miller was 13 when she was first abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar.


Apple Launches 'Apple Music for Artists' Analytics Dashboard

Latest MacBook News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:49
Apple is debuting "Apple Music for Artists," an analytics dashboard aimed specifically at musicians. The new feature, which was outlined by Billboard, is meant to provide artists and bands with insight into the listening and buying habits of their fans.

The dashboard home page offers up an artist's current number of plays, spins, song purchases, and album purchases, with built-in tools able to provide data dating back to June of 2015, which is when Apple Music first launched.


An Insights panel available through the dashboard highlights milestones like all time number of plays, purchases of specific songs, and cumulative purchases, while a global map is designed to allow musicians to click on any of the 115 countries where Apple Music/iTunes is available to see purchase history.

Data for individual cities is included, such as top songs in each city, with further demographic breakdowns available, and another feature lists all of the Apple-curated playlists where an artist's songs appear.

Apple's aim with Apple Music for Artists is to provide more information to independent acts who might not otherwise have access to detailed analytics. Canadian R&B singer Daniel Caesar told Billboard that Apple's analytics dashboard gives smaller artists the tools they need to compete with bigger acts."As a truly independent artist with a small team, music analytics is something we can't do without. We don't have the luxury of deep major label market research to rely on to help us make important decisions like where to perform and how to advertise the things that we make. Apple's analytics tool helps to level the playing field for artists like myself."A few thousand artists have been invited to join Apple Music for Artists as of today as part of a beta test, and later, the feature will be expanded to all artists that have content on the iTunes and Apple Music platforms.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down State's Congressional Map, Saying It Illegally Benefits GOP

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:43

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state’s congressional map went so far to benefit Republicans that it violated the state constitution.


Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:35

It's no flying car, but Harry Potter fans are being courted in a new river cruise that makes stops at key filming locations like 4 Privet Drive, the real-world inspiration for Hogwarts, and the Warner Bros. Studio where the Harry Potter movies were made. 


Melania Trump's Ex-Roommate Victoria Silvstedt Reveals First Lady Wanted to Be Like Sophia Loren

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:31

Silvstedt said they spent a lot of their time cooking and seeing museums when they lived together in Paris.


Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:26

India and Israel won’t let ideology get in the way of booming bilateral trade.


The Government Shutdown Could Make This Flu Season a Lot Worse

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:17

The CDC could be crippled by the shutdown.


Alexander Skarsgård And Jack McBrayer Are The Cutest SAG Awards Dates

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:05

Alexander Skarsgård walked away from Sunday night’s SAG Awards with more than just a trophy.


US-backed Kurdish forces plead with Washington to stop Turkish attack on Afrin

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:57

US-backed Kurdish forces on Monday pleaded with Washington to halt a Turkish offensive against them as it prepared to send reinforcements to the region.  Turkey’s forces have crossed into northern Syrian to assault the Kurdish-held area of Afrin, raising alarm in Western capitals that Turkish troops are attacking the same fighters who helped defeat the Islamic of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  Turkey says it is targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it considers to be a terrorist group. But YPG fighters also make up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed rebel group who drove Isil out of its capital in Raqqa.  As Turkish forces intensified their attack, the SDF pleaded with their US allies to restrain Turkey. “The coalition is urged to take its responsibilities towards our forces and our people in Afrin,” said Keno Gabriel, an SDF spokesman. He warned that the Turkish attack on Kurdish troops would only benefit the remaining fragments of Isil and give them space to regroup. “This Turkish intervention comes to make final victory hollow,” he said. The SDF said 18 civilians, including women and children, had been killed so far in the offensive. Turkey denied the claim, calling it “nonsense propaganda and baseless lies”.  Some Syrian rebel groups are supporting the Turkish military Credit: Photo by Emin Sansar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Turkish state media said that Turkey’s military and their Syrian rebel allies had already taken 15 villages around Afrin and destroyed 170 YPG targets. Turkish troops reportedly opened a new front against Afrin by attacking from a nearby town.  But Kurdish media said that Turkey had also attacked Kurd fighters in eastern Syria, hundreds of miles from the scene of the fighting in Afrin. The Kurdish Hawar news agency said Kurdish and Turkish forces had clashed in the northeastern Hassakeh province.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, said Turkish troops “will take no step back” and expressed frustration with US calls for restraint, accusing the US of arming Kurdish terrorist groups. Mr Erdogan also said that Russia had given its backing to the operation.  Both Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, and Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said they were concerned over the fighting. There are a number of British and other Western volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, raising the prospect that Western citizens might kill Turkish troops or be killed by them.  The involvement of Western citizens in the fighting against Turkish forces would likely add more strain to the already-fraught relationship between Turkey and the rest of Nato. 


Priebus picks a side in Wisconsin Senate primary

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:51

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus's endorsement of Wisconsin state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the Republican Senate primary is a sign that the party is behind her in a primary fight with a former U.S. Marine.


Donald Trump 'imitates Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's accent'

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:49

Donald Trump reportedly fakes an Indian accent when he repeats comments made to him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Trump and Mr Modi are said to have a warm relationship, something that has been helped by the Indian leader being invited to the Oval Office on several occasions and the Trump administration’s recent criticism of India’ neighbour, Pakistan. At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India’s future engagement with the international community.


Trump on Twitter (Jan 22) - Democrats

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:44

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : - The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good! [0807 EST] - Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. They don't want to do it but are powerless! [0815 EST] - End the Democrats Obstruction! (http://bit. ...


The Voices Of Larry Nassar's Victims Made It All The Way To The Women’s March

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:43

Larry Nassar’s sexual-abuse victims are finally getting more of the attention they so rightfully deserve.


Davos 2018: Trump's trip to Switzerland could be cancelled if Congress can’t overcome DACA dispute

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:37

President Donald Trump may not attend the annual Davos World Economic Forum if the federal government is still shut down. Asked if the President would still make the trip to Switzerland this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that the prospects were increasingly slim. Mr Trump is slated to speak at the economic forum later this week, and aides have noted that he may still make it over there but the ongoing disagreements over federal funding in Washington could scrap those plans.


Germany's SPD wants Merkel to sweeten coalition deal

Apple Laptop News - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:36

By Holger Hansen and Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Monday he wanted to renegotiate key issues agreed in a coalition blueprint with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after his party narrowly approved the start of formal coalition talks. At an SPD congress where divisions over the proposed alliance were laid bare, 56 percent of delegates voted on Sunday to start formal negotiations on the basis of the blueprint. The SPD leadership tried on Monday to appease critics by demanding that the conservatives make concessions on immigration and healthcare.


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