• Art world’s Welsh national gallery wish list – BBC News
  • Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News
  • Anti-IS fighter family probed by police – BBC News
  • More police to patrol London, which is still the ‘safest global city,’ mayor says
  • Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russia ties

Art world’s Welsh national gallery wish list – BBC News

Image copyright Bedwyr Williams/ Other Image caption A photographic presentation of Bard Attitude Williams himself would choose two of his own works for the gallery; Bard Attitude a series of comedy routines from 2005 where, dressed as a Celtic bard with a flowing fake beard, Williams plays on a cliche of Welsh heritage and identity. Image copyright Keystone/ Getty Image caption Swansea painter Ceri Richards, chosen by Dr Rowan Williams…

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Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News

Image copyright Christine carr Image caption People wade through open water and crawl through mud during events When you ask them why do they do it, they come up with a similar set of answers. Obstacle courses are above all “fun” and a “challenge”, often tackled with friends. There is always said to be a great atmosphere and the camaraderie drives people on, but the key point is the “anti-competitiveness”…

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Anti-IS fighter family probed by police – BBC News

Media captionKimberley Taylor speaking to BBC News from Raqqa in February 2017 An anti-IS fighter who travelled to Syria from Blackburn has claimed her family is being threatened with prosecution. Kimberley Taylor – the first known British woman to fight against IS – joined Kurdish forces in the battle to reclaim Raqqa in March 2016. Ms Taylor claims her parent’s laptops and phones have been taken away and not returned…

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More police to patrol London, which is still the ‘safest global city,’ mayor says

(CNN)In a dramatic show of force one day after a deadly terror attack, police will fan out Thursday and into the weekend across London, the mayor said while insisting the English capital remains “the safest global city in the world.” “We’re doing all we can to keep Londoners safe,” Mayor Sadiq Khan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “We’re doing all that we can to keep visitors safe. We’re doing all that…

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Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russia ties

Washington (CNN)Republicans and Democrats are demanding more information about connections between President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and several foreign entities — including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT. The top Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee sent individual letters to four top Trump administration officials requesting any documents they have related to Flynn’s communications with and payments from Russian, Turkish or other foreign sources. “We…

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San Francisco: Insider Travel Guide

(CNN)San Francisco is small by urban standards, a compact swath of rambunctious hills, windswept bays and rainbow-colored Victorian homes. But it’s seen enough upheaval for a town twice its size. And it’s been the adopted home of numerous seismic social — and geological — movements. As a result, San Francisco is a crossroads of commerce and counterculture, suffused with noir moodiness as well as Gold Rush bravado.

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London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

(CNN)A day after a terror attack in his city left three people dead and as many as 40 wounded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has more important things to do than respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. Wednesday, President Trump’s son tweeted, “You have to be kidding me?!” in response Khan’s assertion in 2016 to The Independent newspaper that terror attacks are “part and parcel” of living…

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage…

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

London (CNN)The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This area is rarely still, and never on a spring Wednesday afternoon. It should be packed with visitors, locals and the occasional parliamentarian. Of course, it’s not still even now. Slowly, then overwhelmingly, the noise takes over the senses — a cacophony of sirens…

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India becomes second country to give rivers human status

New Delhi (CNN)A decades-long fight against river pollution in India has been given a much needed boost. On Monday, a court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand declared the Yamuna and Ganges rivers “living entities.” The court justified its ruling on the grounds that the rivers were “losing their very existence” and the situation required “extraordinary measures to be taken to preserve and conserve the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna,” using…

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the…

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.”…

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Grieving father: ‘I don’t play Trump songs anymore’

(CNN)Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business in upstate New York and stopped making mortgage payments so he could follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail. The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign stickers, earning him the moniker “Trump Troubadour.” International media dubbed him “the voice of unheard America.” See the latest news and share your comments with…

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at…

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Dakota Access Pipeline vandalized before it comes online

(CNN)With the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly ready to start operation, the company that runs it says the 1,172-mile long oil pipe has been vandalized in several places. In a court-ordered status report filed Monday, attorneys for Dakota Access write there have been “recent coordinated physical attacks … that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment.” Much of the report is filed under seal and documents released to CNN…

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Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass Illinois legislature

Washington (CNN)Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama’s birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate. “The fourth day of…

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Chinese park installs facial recognition software to stop toilet paper thieves

Beijing (CNN)It seems like the pettiest of powder room problems, but apparently toilet paper theft has gotten so bad at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, authorities have installed facial recognition software in the stalls. In order to get a few sheets, visitors now need to make eye contact with a computer before the dispenser spits out a serving of TP. The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from…

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Airplane seat patents that will make you gulp

(CNN)You know that blissful feeling when you finally sit back in your airplane seat, giddy with the anticipation of being served delectable dishes on your way to an exotic destination? And with airlines under pressure to slash fares and cram in ever more people without extending cabin space, passengers might soon be stacked on top of each other — literally. Airbus has offered a chilling glimpse into what the future…

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Fox News Benches Andrew Napolitano Over Trump Wiretap Claims

Fox News has reportedly suspended judicial commentator Andrew Napolitano over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower last year for President Barack Obama. Napolitanos report was cited last week by President Donald Trumpas evidence to back his repeated claims that he was wiretapped by Obama. Fox News distanced itself from Napolitanos claims. Bret Baier, the networks chief political anchor, issued a similar statement. Baier also sent out a…

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Takeaways from day one of the Gorsuch hearings

Washington (CNN)Fireworks are expected on day two of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Tuesday, each senator on the Judiciary Committee will get 30 minutes to grill President Donald Trump’s pick. The session is expected to last 10 hours, following a lengthy and telling round of opening statements from senators and Gorsuch. Here’s what we learned Monday and what’s tap for Tuesday: Gorsuch strikes a tone…

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