Art

Melania Trump statue in Slovenia torched, artist wants to speak with arsonists

Melania Trump statue in Slovenia torched, artist wants to speak with arsonists

As President Donald Trump has vowed to punish those who destroy monuments in the U.S., a wooden sculpture of American First Lady Melania Trump , near her hometown in Slovenia, was torched on July 4. Authorities don't know who torched the life-size statue, carved by local folk artist Aleš "Maxi" Župevc, or why it was burned. The damaged sculpture is of a rough-hewn Melania Trump, dressed in the pale-blue Ralph Lauren cashmere coat she wore at ... Full story

Education

How ‘class swaps’ could save international students

How ‘class swaps’ could save international students

On Monday morning, Mrittika Sarin, 29, woke up and checked the news like she has every day this summer to “see how this country is going to get rid of me.”. “I’m exhausted and traumatized,” said Sarin, an international student from New Delhi who is getting a master’s degree in screenwriting at the University of California in Los Angeles. When she read about the Trump administration’s move to only allow international students to stay in the ... Full story

Economics

UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme

UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme

The UK will not join the EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme, the UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow has said. Sir Tim said if the UK joined the scheme it would have no say on decisions including on price or which manufacturers to negotiate with. The UK would also be unable to "pursue parallel negotiations with potential vaccine suppliers", he said in his letter to the European Commission . The EU scheme aims to secure supplies of potential ... Full story

Entertainment

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, app users fear shutdown

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok, app users fear shutdown

Fears over TikTok’s Chinese ownership is setting up a battle between the Trump administration and Amazon on one hand, and the social media site’s users on the other. On Friday, Amazon sent an email to employees ordering them to delete the app from phones that also have access to Amazon email accounts, citing “security risks,” according to a copy of the message shared with The Washington Post. Amazon representatives didn’t immediately respond to ... Full story

Health

Tuberculosis vaccine may be limiting COVID-19 deaths; dormitory screening urged

Tuberculosis vaccine may be limiting COVID-19 deaths; dormitory screening urged

(Reuters) - The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the ... Full story

Law

Ghislaine Maxwell requests bail due to 'significant' coronavirus risk

Ghislaine Maxwell requests bail due to 'significant' coronavirus risk

Image caption Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005. Ghislaine Maxwell should be released on bail of $5m (£4m) while awaiting trial for sex trafficking minors because of the risk of contracting coronavirus in jail, her lawyers have argued. The British socialite was arrested on 2 July and is accused of assisting convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minors. In documents submitted to New York court, her lawyers said ... Full story

Living

'I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage'

'I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage'

Image caption Smile Bank customer Emma Hopkinson-Spark left the bank on Friday due to the ongoing probelms. Smile Bank customers have been unable to access their online banking accounts for five days in a row. The online-only bank, owned by Co-Operative Bank, said it was working urgently to resolve the problem. But the latest service outage proved to be the "last straw" for longtime customer Emma Hopkinson-Spark. After 16 years, she left Smile ... Full story

Politics

FBI investigates reported July 4 lynching attempt in Indiana

FBI investigates reported July 4 lynching attempt in Indiana

(Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a hate-crime report lodged by a Black civil rights activist in Indiana who said he was assaulted by several white men threatening to lynch him before a group of bystanders and friends intervened to stop the attack. The federal inquiry into the July 4 confrontation at Lake Monroe, near Bloomington, Indiana, was confirmed to Reuters on Thursday by FBI and U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington and ... Full story

Sport

UK expected to order removal of Huawei 5G equipment by 2025: Telegraph

UK expected to order removal of Huawei 5G equipment by 2025: Telegraph

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at the high profile startups and high tech leaders gathering, Viva Tech,in Paris, France May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau. LONDON (Reuters) - The British government is expected to set a deadline of 2025 for removing equipment made by China’s Huawei from the country’s 5G telecoms networks, the Telegraph newspaper said on Friday. The Telegraph reported that British culture minister Oliver Dowden will make ... Full story

Technology

Amazon tells employees to remove app from phones - BBC News

Amazon tells employees to remove app from phones - BBC News

Amazon has told its employees to remove the video-sharing app TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email over "security risks". But in an internal memo, the company said employees could still use the app on Amazon laptop browsers. The app, owned by a Chinese company, has come under scrutiny because of fears it could share data with China. TikTok said it did not understand Amazon's concerns. "Due to security risk, the ... Full story