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Experts Recommend Tuning Them Out And Just Trying To Enjoy Your Life

BALTIMORE—Citing several in-depth studies that would likely make you second-guess the only gratifying and pleasurable parts of your existence, researchers at Johns Hopkins University announced Monday that the only recommendation they’re making at this time is that you tune out experts such as themselves and just try to enjoy your life. “Look, as experts in our various fields, we absolutely mean well, but it seems like every week now we’re ... Full story

Taliban says US peace deal to be signed at February end - The Washington Post

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Taliban said Monday that a peace deal with the United States will be signed by the end of the month, with the top U.S. negotiator describing himself as "cautiously optimistic" about the process. Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior Taliban leader and member of the political commission in Doha, Qatar, said in a video message shared with journalists that after negotiations, “both sides have initiated the final draft of ... Full story

Bombardier agrees $8.2 billion deal to sell rail unit to Alstom

FILE PHOTO: Bombardier's logo is seen on the building of the company's service centre at Biggin Hill, Britain March 5, 2018. Picture taken March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls. PARIS/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canada’s Bombardier ( BBDb.TO ) said on Monday it had agreed to sell its rail division to France’s Alstom ( ALSO.PA ) for an enterprise value of $8.2 billion (£6.31 billion), as it focuses purely on business aviation and pays down debt. That ... Full story

India's annual coal power output falls for first time in a decade

BAMBOLIM, Goa, India (Reuters) - India’s annual electricity generation from coal-fired utilities fell in 2019 for the first time in a decade, government data showed, amid a broader economic slowdown and increased use of renewable energy. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows out from the cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Ahmedabad, India, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave. India is the second largest consumer, importer and producer of coal ... Full story

Visit this beautiful Mexican island with no car in sight

When you arrive on Isla Holbox, the first thing you’ll notice is the greeting party: Cotton candy-colored flamingos wading in the shallow, six-mile-wide lagoon that separates the island from mainland Mexico. The second is the lack of paved roads. Other stretches of the Yucatán Peninsula—which comprises the Mexican states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche, as well as parts of Belize and Guatemala—are crisscrossed with roads and clogged with ... Full story

EU to make getting funds conditional on respecting democracy - draft

FILE PHOTO: A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The 27 national leaders of the European Union will make access to funding in the EU’s budget for 2021-27 conditional on respecting the rule of law, according to a draft joint decision prepared for their summit in Brussels on Thursday. “A general regime of conditionality will be ... Full story

Syria's Assad says his forces' gains are prelude to rebels' final defeat

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attend a meeting in Damascus, Syria January 7, 2020. Picture taken January 7, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS. AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday his forces’ rapid recent gains in their Russian-backed military offensive presaged the eventual defeat of the nine-year insurgency that sought to ... Full story

How a 6-year old was taken from school to a mental health facility — without her mother’s consent

The body-camera footage starts after police officers had already located their suspect, and she fit the description: hazel eyes, about four feet tall and really concerned about finding candy. In the footage, Nadia King, 6, emerges from Love Grove Elementary School on Feb. 4, holding the hand of a Jacksonville sheriff’s deputy. The officers were told Nadia was “a threat to herself and others” and was “out of control,” a police incident report ... Full story

EU agrees new patrols to stop arms flow - BBC News

Image caption An Italian warship in Tripoli: Italy remains a magnet for desperate migrants. EU states have agreed to launch a new military mission off the Libyan coast to enforce a shaky UN arms embargo. The 27 governments still have to draft a legal text for the mission, after agreeing it in principle in Brussels. "The main objective is the arms embargo," said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. The UN-recognised government in Tripoli ... Full story

Barclays the latest bank to lower Brazil GDP forecasts

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Economists at Barclays have cut their Brazilian growth forecasts, the latest in an expanding clutch of observers to say the spillover from disappointing data late last year means growth this year will now be barely above 2%. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the trading floor of Barclays Bank at Canary Wharf in London, Britain December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson. They now expect gross domestic product to grow by 2.1% this ... Full story