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German First World War submarine wreck discovered with 23 crewmen still onboard

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A German First World War U-boat has been found off the Belgian coast almost totally intact and with the bodies of all 23 sailors onboard. The U-Boat II was found lying on its starboard side at the bottom of the North Sea at a depth of 27 metres, close to the coastal resort of Ostend. At this stage, it is unclear whether the submarine was sunk by a mine, a British ship or a British plane. The find is the best preserved of its kind in the North Sea. Its exact location is being kept secret to discourage trophy hunters. Although a part of the submarine’s bow is missing, the torpedoes remain in place. The submarine hatches are closed, which indicates that the vessel has never been discovered before and that the crew of 22 sailors and one commander have remained onboard for about 100 years. Belgian authorities have informed the German ambassador and processes to identify the men and to protect the discovery have begun. The find, which came after underwater scans suggested there could be a wreck in Belgian waters, was confirmed today by the governor of West Flanders. The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine.   Credit: Yves Herman /Reuters During the First World War, the German fleet in Flanders numbered 19 submarines. 15 of them sank, 11 of them in the North Sea.  Between 1915 and 1916 30 similar models to the wreck were made. Images of the wreck are not clear enough to give the number of the U-Boot. The Het Laatste Niews newspaper reported it could be U-Boot 27, 29 or 32. All three were sank in 1916 and 1917 by British ships and by a British plane. The most promising theory is that the submarine hit a mine tethered to the bottom of the sea by a cable. The wreck is 27 metres long and six metres wide. The U-Boot II model was a bigger, improved version of the type I U-Boot. The 270-ton submarine could dive to a maximum of 50 metres and disappear under the waves in 30 to 45 seconds. Compared to the earlier model, it had more electrical power and batteries that allowed it to stay submerged for longer. Bodies of soldiers from the First World War are still being discovered in Belgium on the battlefields of Flanders.  In 2013 archaelogists examined a German U-Boot II submarine, which had washed up on the Kent coast.  


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Reuters survey: 10,000 UK finance jobs affected in Brexit's first wave

Added: 18.09.2017 14:21 | 2 views | 0 comments


LONDON (Reuters) - Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europe's single market, according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers in international finance.

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Co-founder of far-Right AfD party says Germany should be proud of its Second World War soldiers

Added: 17.09.2017 12:23 | 2 views | 0 comments


One of the leaders of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has provoked outrage after he called for Germans to “reclaim their past” and be proud of the military achievements of the Nazis. Alexander Gauland, one of two joint leaders of the AfD campaign ahead of German elections in a week’s time, told supporters that if Britons can be proud of Winston Churchill then Germans have can “be proud of the achievements of German soldiers in two world wars”. “No one has so thoroughly cleansed themselves from the wrongs of the past as the Germans,” the 76-year-old told a campaign event in the eastern state of Thuringia. AfD election posters Credit: Reuters “We do not have to hold ourselves back over these 12 years,” he said, referring to the period from Hitler’s appointment as German chancellor in 1933 to the end of the Second World War. “They no longer affect our identity, so we have the right to reclaim not only our country but also our past.” He went on to compare Hitler to Churchill, Nelson and Napoleon. “If the French have the right to be proud of their emperor, and the British of Nelson and Churchill, then we have the right to be proud of the proud of the achievements of German soldiers in two world wars,” he said. Mr Gauland made the comments at a campaign event two weeks ago, but they have only now been widely reported after a video of the event was shared on YouTube. An AfD election campaign poster reading "Asylum fraud" repainted with a "No AfD" slogan in Duisburg, Germany Credit: Reuters It is not the first time Mr Gauland has courted controversy during the campaign. Prosecutors have placed him under investigation on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after he called for Aydan Özoğuz, Germany’s national integration commissioner to be “disposed of in Turkey”. Ms Özoğuz is of Turkish heritage. She was born in Germany. Mr Gauland’s latest comments came as a new opinion poll showed the AfD was in third place on a late surge of support. With a week to go before the elections, the AfD is on 12 per cent in the survey for ARD television. Angela Merkel appears to be heading for victory, with her Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) on 37 per cent, lengthening its lead over its closest rivals to 17 points. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz is heading for its worst ever result, on just 20 per cent according to the poll. The figures suggest the most likely result is a continuation of the current “Grand Coalition” of the CDU and SPD under Mrs Merkel. That raises the possibility that the AfD could emerge as the main opposition party in Germany.


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We'll defy the world for a 'thousand years' says North Korean official after missile test

Added: 17.09.2017 2:27 | 3 views | 0 comments


North Korea will defy sanctions “for a 1,000 years”, a senior Pyongyang official said, as he shrugged off rising anxiety in Japan following his country’s latest provocative missile test. In a rare media briefing to a handful of reporters in Beijing only hours after Pyongyang fired an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan, the official also warned of the growing “power” of the North’s military. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un guides the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile  Credit: KCNA via Reuters North Korea has defied a series of UN sanctions with increasingly provocative tests, including the detonation of what it claimed to be a hydrogen bomb earlier this month and the firing of two missiles over Japan, a close US ally. The latest launch on Friday saw a furious response from Washington which called on Russia and China to do more to economically squeeze the nuclear-armed state. We'll never put nuclear weapons on negotiation table, says North Korean official 01:07 But Choe Kang-il, deputy director general for North American affairs at the North's foreign ministry, said: “You can impose whatever sanctions you want, but no matter how long these sanctions last - whether it is for a hundred or a thousand years - we will keep stepping up efforts and continue with our planned tests.” The North shocked the world with its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month. Mr Choe justified the test by saying it was carried out “for the sanctity of our autonomy and nationhood, and to reveal the power of our deterrence.” Pyongyang has ramped up its testing of military hardware as it seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped missile which could reach the continental United States. Choe Kang-il, the deputy director general for North American affairs at the North's foreign ministry, with reporters at Beijing Airport. Credit: Neil Connor for The Telegraph The North appears to have achieved its furthest missile flight ever with Friday’s test, which prompted serious worry in Japan, where sirens were sounded and residents warned to take shelter. Mr Choe, however, said anxiety in Japan was not a concern for leaders in Pyongyang. “It is Japan’s own business if it scares them,” he said. “Our strategy is to strengthen our deterrence.” But despite Mr Choe’s lack of concern for Japanese citizens, the diplomat did become flustered with his own situation on Friday when he experienced difficulty trying to leave Beijing Airport, which is the main transfer hub for Pyongyang. With a small group of reporters in close pursuit, the official appeared to head to an escalator which was turning in the wrong direction, before waiting for a lift that failed to arrive and then finally making it outdoors before realizing that he had no airport pickup. Two taxis outside the terminal then refused to take him before he finally found a car. Choe Kang-il, deputy director general for North American affairs at the North's foreign ministry, back seat in a taxi at Beijing Airport. Credit: Neil Connor for The Telegraph Later Kim Jong-un vowed to complete North Korea's nuclear force despite sanctions, saying the final goal of his country's weapons development is "equilibrium of real force" with the United States. The North Korean leader said Friday's Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile fired over Japan had been successful and increased the North's "combat power of nuclear force", KCNA news agency said. In New York the UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" launch. The council unanimously "strongly condemned these launches, condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the DPRK immediately cease all such actions." People walk past a big screen reporting North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch Credit: The Asahi Shimbun A statement, released after a closed-door meeting, did not threaten further sanctions and stressed that all countries must "fully, comprehensively and immediately" be implemented. Meanwhile  Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced US weaponry could make the souls of America's enemies "crumble." He said Pyongyang had "once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community." "After seeing our capabilities, I am more confident than ever that our options are not only effective but overwhelming." Trump said at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He continued: "We will defend our nation and our civilisation against all who threaten our way of life. "This includes North Korea." Additional reporting by Christine Wei


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Venezuela's president advises malnourished citizens to breed rabbits and eat them

Added: 16.09.2017 11:24 | 1 views | 0 comments


Venezuela’s government has launched a scheme to encouage people to breed rabbits and eat them as a way of countering frequently chronic food shortages and growing child malnutrition. The government of Nicolas Maduro said the so-called Rabbit Plan would help boost food availability. Reuters said Mr Maduro’s adversaries dismissed the idea as nonsensical, insisting the real problem is a failed model of oil-financed socialism that was unable to survive after crude markets collapsed.


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Protests after ex-police officer in Missouri found 'not guilty' over black man's death

Added: 16.09.2017 4:24 | 3 views | 0 comments


Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of St Louis Missouri after a  white former police officer was acquitted Friday in the 2011 death of a black man who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase. Feelings have been running high in the city even before the verdict was announced. There were some reports of scuffles during the protests on Friday night. Ahead of the acquittal, activists had threatened civil disobedience if Jason Stockley were not convicted, including possible efforts to shut down highways. Barricades went up last month around police headquarters, the courthouse where the trial was held and other potential protest sites. Protesters were on the march within hours of the decision. The judge who decided the matter declared that he would not be swayed by "partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism." The case played out not far from the suburb of Ferguson, which was the scene of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in 2014. That officer was never charged and eventually resigned. Stockley, who was charged with first-degree murder, insisted he saw Anthony Lamar Smith holding a gun and felt he was in imminent danger. Prosecutors said the officer planted a gun in Smith's car after the shooting. The officer asked the case to be decided by a judge instead of a jury." A woman marches downtown after the not guilty verdict was announced in the murder trial of Jason Stockley Credit: Whitney Curtis/Reuters "This court, in conscience, cannot say that the State has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt or that the State has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense," St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson wrote in the decision . In a written statement, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner acknowledged the difficulty of winning police shooting cases but said prosecutors believe they "offered sufficient evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt" that Stockley intended to kill Smith. Assistant Circuit Attorney Robert Steele emphasized during the trial that police dashcam video of the chase captured Stockley saying he was "going to kill this (expletive), don't you know it. Less than a minute later, the officer shot Smith five times. Stockley's lawyer dismissed the comment as "human emotions" uttered during a dangerous police pursuit. The judge wrote that the statement "can be ambiguous depending on the context." Prosecutors objected to the officer's request for a bench trial. The Constitution guarantees the right of criminal suspects to have their cases heard "by an impartial jury." But defendants can also opt to have the verdict rendered by a judge. Stockley, 36, could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole. He left the St. Louis police force in 2013 and moved to Houston. Protesters yell at National Park Service rangers on the steps of the Old Courthouse following a verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockle Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP The case was among several in recent years in which a white officer killed a black suspect. Officers were acquitted in recent police shooting trials in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. A case in Ohio twice ended with hung juries, and prosecutors have decided not to seek a third trial. Fears of unrest prompted several downtown businesses and some schools to close early. Video from St. Louis television stations showed a crowd that swelled from a handful to several hundred in the hours after the verdict and marched through city streets. The group included black and white protesters and some people carrying guns, which is allowed under state law. Efforts at civil disobedience were largely unsuccessful. When several demonstrators tried to rush onto Interstate 64, they were blocked on an entrance ramp by police cars and officers on bikes. When they tried to enter the city's convention center, the doors were locked. At one point, a group of the protesters stood in front of a bus filled with officers in riot gear, blocking it from moving forward. When officers began pushing back the crowd, protesters resisted, and police responded with pepper spray, two women told The Associated Press. People march downtown after the not guilty verdict was announced in the murder trial of Jason Stockley Credit: Whitney Curtis/Reuters   Both women's faces had been doused with milk, which is used to counter the effects of pepper spray. By early evening, police were saying a protest at a downtown intersection was no longer peaceful and that they were asking demonstrators to leave the area. Protesters had surrounded a police vehicle in front of the old police building near Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue and damaged it with rocks. Police approached and tried to secure the vehicle and some in the crowd threw rocks and pieces of curbing at them. Officers then used pepper spray on the group. In a tweet, the police department said protesters were ignoring commands and violating the law and were subject to arrest. Thirteen arrests were made and four officers were injured. St. Louis interim police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said none of the officers injured was hospitalized. One had an injured hand, one was hit by a bike, one was pinned by a bike, and one was struck by a water bottle. Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said she didn't know if protesters were injured but she was not aware of any reports of demonstrators being hospitalized. The Rev. Clinton Stancil, a protest leader, said the acquittal was shocking based on the evidence but not surprising."It's a sad day in St. Louis, and it's a sad day to be an American," Stancil said. A protester writes, "Black Lives Matter," on the ground with a chalk as protesters gathe Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP One man was arrested for damaging a police vehicle. There were also scattered reports of protesters attacking journalists, authorities said. The St. Louis area has a history of unrest in similar cases, including after Brown's death, when protests, some of them violent, erupted. In Smith's case, the encounter began when Stockley and his partner tried to corner Smith in a fast-food restaurant parking lot after seeing what appeared to be a drug deal. Stockley testified that he saw what he believed was a gun, and his partner yelled "gun!" as Smith backed into the police SUV twice to get away. Stockley's attorney, Neil Bruntrager, argued that Smith, a 24-year-old parole violator with previous convictions for gun and drug crimes, tried to run over the two officers. Stockley fired seven shots as Smith sped away. A chase ensued. At the end of the chase, Stockley opened fire only when Smith, still in his car, refused commands to put up his hands and reached along the seat "in the area where the gun was," Bruntrager said. Stockley said he climbed into Smith's car and found a revolver between the center console and passenger seat. But prosecutors questioned why Stockley dug into a bag in the back seat of the police SUV before returning to Smith's car. The gun found in Smith's car did not have his DNA on it, but it did have Stockley's.    


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Venezuela's president advises malnourished citizens to breed rabbits and eat them

Added: 15.09.2017 21:24 | 2 views | 0 comments


Venezuela’s government has launched a scheme to encouage people to breed rabbits and eat them as a way of countering frequently chronic food shortages and growing child malnutrition. The government of Nicolas Maduro said the so-called Rabbit Plan would help boost food availability. Reuters said Mr Maduro’s adversaries dismissed the idea as nonsensical, insisting the real problem is a failed model of oil-financed socialism that was unable to survive after crude markets collapsed.


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Oracle Q2 2018 Earnings Beat Street in Revenue and ProfitOracle Q2 2018 Earnings Beat Street in Revenue and Profit

Added: 15.09.2017 20:22 | 14 views | 0 comments


The world's largest enterprise database maker said that it brought in revenue of $9.2 billion, up 7 percent over Q1 and easily outflanking Thomson Reuters analysts' projection of $9.02 billion.

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Oil and chemical spills from Hurricane Harvey big, but dwarfed by Katrina

Added: 15.09.2017 16:09 | 2 views | 0 comments


By Emily Flitter and Richard Valdmanis NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows. The spills, clustered around the heart of the U.S. oil industry, together rank among the worst environmental mishaps in the country in years, but fall far short of the roughly 190,000 barrels spilled in Louisiana in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina - the last major storm to take dead aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast. Harvey slammed ashore in Texas on Aug. 26, unleashing record flooding around Houston that destroyed countless homes, displaced around a million people and killed scores.


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Oil and chemical spills from Hurricane Harvey big, but dwarfed by Katrina

Added: 15.09.2017 13:21 | 10 views | 0 comments


NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters review of company reports to the U.S. Coast Guard shows.

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