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  • Spouse of Luxembourg's Prime Minister poses with other spouses of world leaders in Brussels photo op

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    {{review}}
    {{date|May 27, 2017}}

    On Thursday, spouses of world leaders posed for a {{w|photo op}} at the {{w|North Atlantic Treaty Organization|NATO}} summit in {{w|Brussels}}, Belgium. Gauthier Destenay, husband of {{w|Luxembourg}}'s Prime Minister {{w|Xavier Bettel}}, was included in the op.

    Also included in the photo op were the {{w|First Lady of the United States|US First Lady}} {{w|Melanie Trump}}; {{w|Brigitte Macron}} of France; {{w|Emine Erdoğan}} of Turkey; {{w|Queen Mathilde of Belgium|Queen Mathilde}} of {{w|Belgium}}; {{w|Ingrid Schulerud}}, wife of NATO General Secretary {{w|Jens Stoltenberg}}; Desislava Radeva of {{w|Bulgaria}}; Amelie Derbaudrenghien of {{w|Belgium}}; Mojca Stropnik of {{w|Slovenia}}; and Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir of {{w|Iceland}}.<!--HuffPo--> Destenay, Stropnik, and Baldvinsdottir stood on the back row of the op, while the remaining stood on the front.<!--CNN-->

    Xavier Bettel and Gauthier Destenay had been in the civil partnership before Bettel became Luxembourg's prime minister in 2013. The couple have been married since 2015, the year when their country legalized {{w|same-sex marriage in Luxembourg|same-sex marriage}}.<!--HuffPo-->

    Former prime ministers {{w|Elio Di Rupo}} of Belgium and {{w|Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir}} of Iceland have been openly gay, especially when they served office in their respective countries.<!--CNN-->

    Meanwhile, the world leaders had been attending a NATO conference in Brussels on the week of May 22.<!--AOL-->

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/26/melania-trump-ventures-out-gay-first-spouse/22111709/
    |title = First lady Melania Trump ventures to NATO dinner with gay first spouse
    |author =
    |pub = AOL
    |date = May 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/luxembourgs-first-gentleman-gloriously-photographed-with-partners-of-world-leaders_us_59283a99e4b06f608053e60c
    |title = Luxembourg's 'First Gentleman' Gloriously Photographed with Partners of World Leaders
    |author = Jenna Amatulli
    |pub = The Huffington Post
    |date = May 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/world/luxembourg-prime-minister-husband-gauthier-destenay-trnd/index.html
    |title = First lady Melania Trump ventures to NATO dinner with gay first spouse
    |author = AJ Willingham
    |pub = CNN
    |date = May 26, 2017
    }}

    [[Category:Belgium]]
    [[Category:NATO]]
    [[Category:LGBT]]
    [[Category:Same-sex marriage]]


  • Hajj: Fate of 452 pilgrims ‘left-behind’ in 2016 still hanging

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    * The two sources are apparently not at all mutually independent of each other, as required by our two-source rule. The basic formatting elements are missing here, the body contains an external link, and the body is all one big paragraph.
    * See [[WN:PILLARS]], then [[WN:WRITE]].
    }}

    '''Saturday May 27, 2017'''

    In 2016 [http://www.ghanahajj.com/ Ghana Hajj Board] scheduled to send 6200 pilgrims for the hajj but 452 pilgrims were not able to make their way to [[Saudi Arabia]]. The chairman of Pilgrims Affair Office of [[Ghana]] (PAOG) said that they are making negotiation to send them as well as the organization was also charged with the fact they have been biased regarding sending the pilgrims and they have given priorities to the political party affiliated person for the Hajj program in spite of the fact that the pilgrims have fully paid for their fare. The Chairman has also put focus on some other points as well that include the inspection of facilities at Tamale Airport and stadium regarding the processing of the documents of Hajj pilgrims on Wednesday. He added they will be sending the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in six batches from regional airports from August 10, 2017. In addition to this Ghana has 6800 pilgrims quota from this 6200 has been allowed while remaining 600 are in pipeline for refund. 25 pilgrims were send back due to not coming on the standards bar set up by Saudi Arabia. This year Tamale Sport Stadium was used for facilitating the pilgrims regarding the documentation and travel operators were briefed to tell their client to finish the documents verification on time by the agencies. The Prime Minister of the Northern zone also praises for choosing the stadium place for [[Hajj]] village as it will be beneficial for the pilgrims in term of safety and weather conditions.

    == Source ==
    ** {{source|url=http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/fate-of-2016-left-behind-452-hajj-pilgrims-still-hang.html|title=Hajj: Fate of 452 pilgrims ‘left-behind’ in 2016 still hanging|author=|pub=Premium Graphic Online|date=May 25, 2017}}
    ** {{source|url=http://www.umrahexpert.co.uk/blog/hajj-fate-of-452-pilgrims-left-behind-in-2016-still-hanging/|title=HAJJ: FATE OF 452 PILGRIMS ‘LEFT-BEHIND’ IN 2016 STILL HANGING|author=|pub=Umrah Expert|date=May 27, 2017}}

    [[Category:Islam]]
    [[Category:Saudi Arabia]]
    [[Category:Religion]]
    [[Category:Middle East]]
    [[Category:Mecca]]
    [[Category:Hajj]]


  • Saudi Arabia is offering 300,000 Iftar meals to Syrians

    Acagastya: links, infobox


    {{review}}{{date|May 27, 2017}}
    {{Saudi Arabia}}
    According to the reports, the officials in [[Saudi Arabia]] have signed an agreement with [[Turkey]] which states that the Saudi government will provide 300,000 ''{{wikt|iftar}}'' meals to the refugees living in Turkey in the [[Ramadan]] campaign which says that "God will reward you the same".

    The total worth of that iftar meal is Rs. 3 million. The iftar meal will be provided to the camps in which the [[Syria]]ns are residing these days in Turkey. The campaign's regional director, Badr Al-Samhan, said the campaign continues to provide humanitarian programs for internally displaced Syrians and refugees in [[Jordan]] and [[Lebanon]]. He is a capable director and is leading the campaign in a right way.

    It is an amazing step taken by the Saudi Arabia and other countries should learn from this lesson. When you do a good deed to someone, it never goes wasted and you get double reward in return. Therefore, other developed countries especially the Western countries which are rich enough to provide food to the refugees, should learn from the example of Saudi Arabia and should play their part for the betterment of human kind. Badr Al-Samhan has given emphasis to the directives of the Saudi government to give utmost care and attention to the provision of relief services for Syrians whenever it is needed.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.arabnews.com/node/1105091/saudi-arabia
    |title=Saudi Arabia to provide 300,000 iftar meals to Syrians
    |author=ARAB NEWS
    |pub=www.arabnews.com
    |date=Friday 26 May 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://islamicpilgrimageservice.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/saudi-arabia-is-going-to-deliver-300000-iftar-meals-to-syrians/
    |title=SAUDI ARABIA IS GOING TO DELIVER 300,000 IFTAR MEALS TO SYRIANS
    |author=Islamic Pilgrimage Service
    |pub=islamicpilgrimageservice.wordpress.com
    |date=May 27, 2017
    }}


  • Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, 89, dies

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    {{obituaries}}
    {{date|May 27, 2017}}

    [[File:Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1977.jpg|thumb|left|Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1977{{image|Jack E. Kightlinger}}]]
    On Friday, {{w|Zbigniew Brzezinski}}, a professor and former {{w|U.S.}} {{w|National Security Advisor (United States)|National Security Advisor}} of the {{w|Jimmy Carter}} administration, died at the age of 89.

    ''[[The New York Times]]'' reported he died at a {{w|Falls Church, Virginia|Falls Church}}, {{w|Virginia}} hospital.<!--HuffPo-->

    Brzezinski's daughter {{w|Mika Brzezinski|Mika}} announced her father's death via {{w|Instagram}}. Others paid tribute to Brzezinski, including {{w|Joe Scarborough}}, Mika's co-host of [[MSNBC]]'s ''{{w|Morning Joe}}'', via [[Twitter]] and former U.S. president {{w|Jimmy Carter}} via statement.<!--CNN--><!--ABC News-->

    Brzezinski was born on March 28, 1928 in {{w|Warsaw}}, {{w|Poland}}. His father {{w|Tadeusz Brzeziński|Tadeusz}}, a diplomat, moved his family from [[Europe]] to [[Montreal]], Canada in 1938 before [[World War II]].<!--ABC News--><!--CBS News--> Tadeusz retired from politics in 1944 when the Communists occupied his home country, so his family settled in the Canadian countryside.<!--CBS News-->

    Zbigniew Brzezinski earned two degrees from Canada's {{w|McGill University}} and then, in the United States, earned a {{w|doctorate}} from {{w|Harvard University}}. He began his teaching career at Harvard and then {{w|Columbia University}}.<!--HuffPo-->

    Throughout 1960s, Brzezinski worked for {{w|John F. Kennedy}} as his advisor and then the {{w|Lyndon B. Johnson}} administration.<!--CBS News--> During the 1976 selections he advised Carter on foreign policy, then served as National Security Advisor (NSA) from 1977 to 1981, succeeding {{w|Henry Kissinger}}.<!--CNN--><!--ABC News--> As NSA, he assisted Carter in diplomatically handling world affairs, such as the {{w|Camp David Accords}}, 1978; normalizing {{w|China–United States relations#Normalization|US–China relations}} thought the late 1970s; the {{w|Iranian Revolution}}, which led to the {{w|Iran hostage crisis}}, 1979; and the {{w|Soviet invasion in Afghanistan}}, 1979.<!--CNN--><!--HuffPo--><!--CBS News-->

    For his role in politics, Brzezinski earned the {{w|Presidential Medal of Freedom}} in 1981 and later the U.S. {{w|Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service}} in 2016. He has lately taught {{w|international studies}} at the {{w|Johns Hopkins University}} and worked as a counselor for the {{w|Center for Strategic and International Studies}}.<!--CNN-->

    Brzezinski wrote multiple books and some articles, including several from the 1950s.<!--CBS News--><!--HuffPo-->

    Brzezinski was survived by his wife Eileen and his three children: daughter Mika and sons {{w|Ian Brzezinski|Ian}} and {{w|Mark Brzezinski|Mark}}.<!--Athens Banner-Herald-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url=http://onlineathens.com/national-news/2017-05-27/carter-national-security-adviser-zbigniew-brzezinski-dies
    |title=Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies
    |author=Laurie Kellman ({{w|Associated Press|AP}})
    |pub=Athens Banner-Herald
    |date=May 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.cbsnews.com/news/zbigniew-brzezinski-national-security-adviser-during-iran-hostage-crisis-dead-at-89/
    |title=Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser during Iran hostage crisis, dead at 89
    |author={{w|Associated Press|AP}}
    |pub=CBS News
    |date=May 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zbigniew-brzezinski-dead_us_5928e683e4b053f2d2aca5a1
    |title=Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter's National Security Adviser, Dies At 89
    |author=Mary Papenfuss
    |pub=Huffington Post
    |date=May 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/zbigniew-brzezinski-president-carters-security-adviser-dead-89/story?id=47673621
    |title = Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's security adviser, dead at 89
    |author = David Caplan
    |pub = ABC News (US)
    |date = May 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/politics/zbigniew-brzezinski-dead/index.html
    |title = Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, dies at 89
    |author = Nicole Chavez
    |pub = CNN
    |date = May 27, 2017
    }}

    [[Category:Jimmy Carter]]
    [[Category:United States]]
    [[Category:North America]]
    [[Category:Obituaries]]
    [[Category:Politics and conflicts]]
    [[Category:Zbigniew Brzezinski]]

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  • Scientists announce results of latest attempt to breed world's rarest turtle

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    {{date|May 27, 2017}}

    Scientists in [[China]] once again attempted to breed two of only four known specimens of the {{w|Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle}}, once thought to be extinct. Previous attempts have either produced only unfertilized eggs or eggs with shells too thin to survive. Since then, the turtles' caretakers have fed the female a diet richer in calcium and the team has tried a few different types of {{w|artificial insemination}}. With a little luck, this geriatric turtle bootycall will have us hearing the pitter-patter of little flippers by spring.

    The discovery of the sole female survivor in PLACE came only months after the {{w|Chinese river dolphin}}, nicknamed the Goddess of the Yangtze, was declared {{w|functional extinction|functionally extinct}}.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.turtlesurvival.org/blog/1-blog/468-rafetus-swinhoei-update#.WSjbuMa1vIV
    |title = Rafetus swinhoei Update, May 2017: TSA and partners coordinate a third artificial insemination attempt of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in China
    |author = Jordan Gray and Dr. Gerard Kushling
    |pub = Turtle Survival Alliance
    |date = May 15, 2017
    }}
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    [[CAT:Species endangerment]]


  • Kerala's capsule magazine 'Innu' enters Limca Book

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    {{tasks|news|src|npov|mos|re-review}}{{date|May 27, 2017}}
    MALAPPURAM: Even in this technologically advanced era there are readers who await the postman expecting the new issue of a Malayalam inland magazine. The oldest inland literary magazine in the country 'Innu' being published from Malappuram which is celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, has entered Limca book of records as longest running inland magazine in the country.The capsule literary magazine in Malayalam is being circulated across the state since 1981.

    It was the brain child of eminent writer Manamboor Rajan Babu. It was his five years' experience in preparing and circulating manuscript magazine named 'Sangamam' across his native village Manamboor, in the district during late 1960's and the early 1970's that led him to launch an inland magazine with the same name. Later, at the time of registration the name of the magazine was changed to 'Innu', in 1981.[http://cms.literary-journals.webnode.com/major-news/]It has also earned the fame of an inland magazine which spans a long duration in Kerala.The magazine has begun its distribution since 1981.A strong working brain behind the idea is renowned writer Manamboor Rajan Babu.[http://malayalam.oneindia.com/news/kerala/kerala-s-capsule-magazine-innu-enters-limca-book-171661.html]


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    == Sources ==

    * {{source|url=|title=Keralas capsule magazine enters Linka Book of Records|author=Unais|pub=|date=May 22, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://malayalam.oneindia.com/news/kerala/kerala-s-capsule-magazine-innu-enters-limca-book-171661.html|title='ഇന്ന്' ക്യാപ്സ്യൂൾ മാസിക ലിംക ബുക്കിൽ|author=One India Official News paper|pub=|date=May 10, 2017}}
    * Kerala's capsule magazine 'Innu' enters Limca Book


  • Was There Any Effect of Donald Trump’s Speech in Saudi Arab?

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    {{tasks|news|npov|mos|re-review}}{{date|May 26, 2017}}

    The visit of Donald Trump has become a top most discussed topic of the news and everyone is talking over about his visit in Saudi Arab. The speech that he gave to the Arab people is also extremely conversed among the people. Not only Donald Trump, even the speech given by his daughter Ivanka Trump is taken as a positive symbol of America towards Saudi Arab as she has appreciated the donation Saudi people have given for the empowerment of women which Ivanka is also supporting. Now the question arises that “was the visit and speech given by Donald Trump was effective or does it holds no significance?” The future will decide that now.
    There was an opinion related to Donald Trump that he dislikes Islam and Muslims but the way he stayed in the Islamic country and spent his time in a positive way in Saudi Arab was highly appreciated by the Muslims and it has definitely left a positive mark on the people who are living there. Also, Donald Trump has signed a business deal with Saudi Arab’s official whose worth is in millions. This will help a lot in making a strong connection among the Muslims of Arab and the people living in United States of America. The people of Saudi Arab are hoping for another visit by Donald Trump in near future. All these characteristics show the important effect of Donald Trump’s visit in Saudi Arab.


    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2017/05/donald-trump-convincing-saudi-arabia-170522190229466.html
    |title=Was Donald Trump convincing in Saudi Arabia?
    |author=Al Jazeera News
    |pub=www.aljazeera.com
    |date=22 May 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://bestumrahtravelagents.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/was-donald-trumps-speech-effective-in-saudi-arabia/
    |title=Was Donald Trump’s Speech Effective in Saudi Arabia?
    |author=Voice of Islam
    |pub=bestumrahtravelagents.wordpress.com
    |date=May 26 2017
    }}


  • Ivanka Trump Has Been Given $100 Million by Saudi Arab

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    {{stale}}{{develop}}{{date|May 26, 2017}}

    Ivanka Trump has recently given a visit to Saudi Arab with her father [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump Donald Trump] who is the current President of America and with her step mother Melania Trump who is the current first lady of United States of America. Ivanka Trump delivered her speech to the people of Saudi Arab and appreciated their efforts of working hard for the rights and empowerment of women in their country. There is a women’s empowerment project known as World Bank’s global project which is working for the progress of women. It pledged for the donations and for that, Saudi Arab gave $100 Million for the positive cause and Ivanka Trump has appreciated that a lot.
    Ivanka Trump said that it was an encouraging thing done by the government of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia Saudi Arab] but still there is a lot of work which needs to be done by Saudi Arab. According to Ivanka rump, women all over the world has to face a lot of issues due to cultural and institutional factors. Women’s Progress means that women are given the rights to cast their vote to whoever they want. Ivanka Trump stated that women has been playing a major role in creating a strong bond of union which shows the significant role of women in the whole world. When the issue of women driving the car and going alone in public was about to get raised, journalists were told to leave the room by the officials present there.


    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ivanka-trump-world-bank-womens-entrepreneur-fund-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-100-million-a7748501.html
    |title=Ivanka Trump praises Saudi Arabia on women's rights after country donates $100 million to her cause
    |author=Rachael Revesz
    |pub=www.independent.co.uk
    |date=May 22, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://hajjtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/saudi-arab-has-donated-100-million-to-ivanka-trump/
    |title=Saudi Arab Has Donated $100 Million to Ivanka Trump
    |author=umrahexpertsblog
    |pub=hajjtravelblog.wordpress.com
    |date= May 26, 2017
    }}


  • A Road Accident Caused Death of 5 Emigrants returning from Umrah

    Pi zero: tag


    {{stale}}{{develop}}{{date|May 26, 2017}}

    According to sources, five Bangladeshi members of the same family met a horrible accident in the past week. They were returning after performing Umrah to their home, but fate had destined something else for them. The labor counselor of Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh whose name is Dr. Sarwar Alam had told the Arab news that this terrible accident happened in Umm Al-Jamajem which is in Riyadh. When the whole family was returning after their one week stay in Makkah and Madinah, after performing Umrah, they faced that accident and unluckily none of them survived that accident. This unfortunate accident occurred at around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday. The family is from Feni district in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    The members of the family who died in the accident were Abdul Aziz, his mother in Law Zobeda Khanam, his son Arafat who was 12 years old, his daughter Ariya who was 4 year old and his driver Masud. According to Dr. Sarwar Alam, the driver died on the spot but the mother in Law died at Artawiyah Hospital in Al-Artawiyah town which is not far away from the site of the accident. The only one who survived the deadly accident was the wife of Abdul Aziz who is now having a treatment in the hospital in Riyadh. Dr. Sarwar Alam said the embassy has told a team to visit Hafr Al-Batin to look after the comfort of victims. It is undoubtedly a sad incident.


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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.arabnews.com/node/1099511/saudi-arabia
    |title=5 expats returning from Umrah die in Riyadh road accident
    |author=MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
    |pub=www.arabnews.com
    |date=Sunday 14 May 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://hajjdeals.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/5-emigrants-returning-from-umrah-die-in-riyadh-road-accident/
    |title=5 emigrants returning from Umrah die in Riyadh road accident
    |author=Hajj Deals
    |pub=hajjdeals.wordpress.com
    |date=May 26, 2017
    }}


  • Good People Still Exist In The World

    Pi zero: tag


    {{notnews}}{{develop}}
    {{date|May 26, 2017}}

    Today we see the great post that has gained the so much likes and the shares that explain a great story inside as the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism Taoist] man takes photo of Jewish couple sitting next to Muslim mother and child. This story has revolutionized the social media. It was the busy Sunday on the New York’s subway. I want to ask the question that who would not give up his seat if the couple is travelling with your side. It was the great hustle and bustle in the New York when Mr Summers, who is Taoist and also works as the model and then he faced a scenario in which a Jewish couple is sitting beside the Muslim mother who was feeding her baby. He took the image in front of them and posted it on the social media and posted it with the comment that was in such way that
    “A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday.”
    Mr Summers told it was totally a sudden movement as he didn’t think about giving up my seat for the couple and the couple did not even think about sliding themselves to make the room for he mothers so that she can feed his child properly. The world also includes the good people as they need to be highlighted we usually ignore the little deeds of happiness we should understand that today we have more important things to worry other than race, sexuality and religion.

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/viral-subway-photo-new-york-muslim-woman-jewish-couple-taoist-man-picture-a7689251.html
    |title = This is my America!': Taoist man takes photo of Jewish couple sitting next to Muslim mother and child
    |author = Andrew Buncombe
    |pub = www.independent.co.uk
    |date = April 18 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://blog.umrahexperts.co.uk/2017/05/26/think-beyond-race-caste-creed-religion/
    |title = Think Beyond The Race: Caste, Creed And Religion
    |author = Umrah Experts
    |pub = umrahexperts.co.uk
    |date = MAY 26, 2017
    }}


  • Police arrest ninth man in Ariana Grande concert bombing

    Acagastya: added Category:Manchester using HotCat


    {{United Kingdom}}
    {{date|May 27, 2017}}

    [[United Kingdom|British]] police announced yesterday<!-- on Friday --> they believe they have arrested most of the confederates of {{w|suicide bombers|suicide bomber}} {{w|Salman Abedi}}, who attacked an {{w|Ariana Grande}} concert in [[Manchester]] this Monday, killing 22 and injuring 116, of whom 23 were still in critical condition. As of this<!--Saturday--> morning, eleven people were being held for questioning. One woman and one teenage boy were questioned and released.<!--Guardian part and Guardian at large--> Assistant Commissioner {{w|Mark Rowley}}, Britain's counterterrorism chief, reassured the public yesterday<!--on Friday-->.<!--Guardian part and Belfast-->

    "Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see," said Rowley. "We can't let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business."<!--Belfast Telegraph--> However, the official threat level of ''critical'', indicating another attack may be imminent, is still in place this weekend.<!--Guardian part--> Officers equipped with firearms, which are not as common in the United Kingdom as in the [[United States]], patrol some streets and beaches.<!--Guardian part-->

    Police and other experts said they believe Abedi, 22, could not have built such a sophisticated bomb by himself and must have had accomplices. The nuts and bolts inside it had been arranged with care to cause maximum damage, as if the person who made it had some experience.<!--Guardian part-->

    "I think he saw children, [[Muslim]] children, dying everywhere," Abedi's sister Jomana told reporters concerning her brother's motives. "He saw the explosives America drops on children in [[Syria]], and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God."<!--Guardian at large--> According to [[CNN]], a friend of the Abedi family said Abedi wanted revenge for the gang killing of a friend.<!--CNN-->

    Several members of the Muslim community in Manchester, including the ''{{wikt|imam}}'' of his local mosque, had contacted authorities about Abedi, who had been expressing extremist and violent views for some time.<!--Guardian at large-->

    Abedi was born and raised in Manchester to parents who fled [[Muammar Gaddafi|Gaddafi]]-era [[Libya]]. His father returned there after the 2011 regime change and Abedi and his mother and brother joined him later. Abedi reportedly returned to the United Kingdom shortly before the bombing.<!--CNN-->

    "[T]here has been enormous progress with the investigation, but still an awful lot of work to do" Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins told the press.<!--Guardian part--> He also said the rate of hate crimes in his jurisdiction had nearly doubled this week, from 28 daily to 56.<!--Guardian part, Belfast-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/26/manchester-attack-police-arrest-man-and-search-barber-shop-moss-side-st-helens
    |title = Large part of Manchester attack network detained, police say
    |author = Robert Booth, Vikram Dodd, Haroon Siddique, Helen Pidd and Frances Perraudin
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = May 27, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ninth-man-in-custody-in-manchester-terror-probe-35760520.html
    |title = Ninth man in custody in Manchester terror probe
    |author =
    |pub = Belfast Telegraph
    |date = May 26, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/25/two-more-men-arrested-over-manchester-bombing
    |title = Manchester bombing accomplices may still be at large, police say
    |author = Vikram Dodd, Robert Booth and Steven Morris
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = May 25, 2017
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  • Fewer bookings for Umrah by expats this year

    Pi zero: required elements


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    {{date|May 26, 2017}}

    Different companies provide different Umrah package but as compared to last year this year the booking for the Umrah are lesser and the reason behind this told by the travel operator or people is that the school examinations are being conducted and second reason is the increased charges for visa application for the visitor going for the second time to [[Saudi Arabia]] in a year from QR 300 TO QR2000. The prices of the package depending on mean of [[transport]] either by bus or air and the facilities included like hotel accommodation etc. for the last year ranges to QR 1800 and QR 2000 in start of month whereas the last year range was QR 1400 -1800 for bus and for air travel was QR5500-900 and this year it is QR3000-7000.

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Source ==
    * {{source|url=http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/25/05/2017/Fewer-bookings-for-Umrah-by-expats-this-year|title=Fewer bookings for Umrah by expats this year|author=|pub=The Peninsula Qatar|date=May 25, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://www.umrahexpert.co.uk/blog/fewer-bookings-for-umrah-by-expats-this-year/|title=Fewer bookings for Umrah by expats this year|author=|pub=Umrah Expert|date=May 26, 2017}}


  • Kim Jong Nam may have met with a U.S. agent before his assassination

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    {{date|May 26, 2017}}

    According to a report released May 13 in the ''Asahi Shimbun'', [[Kim Jong Nam]], the exiled half-brother of [[North Korea|North Korean]] leader [[Kim Jong Un]], met with a man whom [[Malaysia|Malaysian]] officials suspect of being an [[United States|American]] agent during the week before he was assassinated in [[Kuala Lumpur International Airport]].<!--Business Insider-->

    {{haveyoursay}}
    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|Malaysian police chief publicly confirms murdered man was Kim Jong Nam|Monday, March 13, 2017}}
    *{{wikinews|Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong to be charged with murder of Kim Jong Nam with VX nerve agent|Tuesday, February 28, 2017}}
    *{{wikinews|Break-in attempted at mortuary housing remains of Kim Jong Nam|Thursday, February 23, 2017}}
    *{{wikinews|Malaysian authorities arrest fourth suspect in killing of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader|Sunday, February 19, 2017}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
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    |title = Kim Jong Un's brother reportedly met with a US agent before he was killed — and it could have been a coup
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    |date = May 24, 2017
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  • Manchester United betters Ajax to win Europa league

    Pi zero: restore (found in source, in off-wiki consult with reporter)


    {{date|May 26, 2017}}
    {{football}}
    On Wednesday, in the {{W|UEFA Europa League}} final, [[Manchester United]] defeated [[Netherlands|Dutch]] [[Amsterdam|capital]]-club {{W|Ajax AFC}} 0&ndash;2 to win the Europa League title and qualify for the [[UEFA Champions League]] group stage despite finishing sixth in the {{W|Premier League}} this season. A deflected goal from [[Paul Pogba]]'s left-footed shot in the first half and a flick goal by {{W|Henrikh Mkhitaryan}} in the second half ensured that [[José Mourinho]]'s side lifts its third trophy in this season, previously winning {{W|Community Shield}} and the {{W|EFL Cup}}.

    Before the kick-off, a one-minute silence was observed at the {{W|Friends Arena}}, [[Stockholm]], for the victims of a suicide attack in {{W|Manchester Arena}} on Monday<!--May 22-->. The English side had just 33% ball possession in the entire match, completing 192 passes out of 276. A comparatively young Ajax team, with the average age of the starting lineup no more than 23 years, had 88% passing accuracy, with 565 successful passes. Manchester United had better numbers for defense, recovering 64 balls &ndash; 22 more than Ajax, and had almost twice as many ball clearances as the Dutch counterpart. A total of 32 fouls were committed in the match, and the official booked six players &ndash; three players of each side received a yellow card.

    At the age of 17 years and 285 days, Ajax's {{W|Matthijs de Ligt}} became the youngest player to play in the Europa League final, while {{W|Marcus Rashford}} became the youngest winner of the tournament at the age of 19 years and 205 days.

    A deflection off {{W|Davinson Sánchez}} from Paul Pogba's left-footed shot gave United an early lead. Ajax's shot-stopper saved {{W|Antonio Valencia}}'s close-range strike. Another attempt in the first half by Ajax's {{W|Bertrand Traoré}} was saved by {{W|Sergio Romero}}. The half time ended 0&ndash;1. Minutes into the second half, [[Armenia|Armenian]] midfielder Mkhitaryan scored a goal just in front of Ajax's net, which doubled Manchester's lead. Five players were booked in the second half. Ajax's attempts in the final minutes of the game were stopped by Romero, not giving them a chance to reduce the difference.

    Last season, Premier League club [[Liverpool FC]] lost the Europa finals against [[Spain|Spanish]] side {{w|Sevilla FC}}. United is the first English club to win the Europa since 2013. This season's Premier League winners [[Chelsea FC|Chelsea]] won the tournament four years ago against {{W|S.L. Benfica|Benfica}} at Ajax's ground, {{w|Amsterdam ArenA}}. Since then, Sevilla has added three Europa titles to their collection.

    After the match, Ajax's coach {{W|Peter Bosz}} said, "We're obviously disappointed. I didn't see the Ajax team I'm used to, pressing and competing for first balls. We weren't good enough. Often, to win finals you must first lose them. It's all new for all my team. They will learn a lot from it and if we keep the squad together they will be stronger for it." Bosz's first season as Ajax's coach ended trophy-less.

    Manchester United's boss José Mourinho said, "We are in the Champions League in the right way and for me the right way is winning the Premier League or winning the Europa League. We were not strong enough to win the Premier League but we were strong enough to win the Europa League and we are back in the Champions League. The club now has every trophy in world football. We fought hard for this since the beginning. We totally deserved the win. I am so happy to see all the players, including the boys with the crutches, with the trophy." The {{w|Portugal|Portuguese}} has won two Champions League titles &ndash; one each with {{W|FC Porto}} and [[FC Internazionale Milano|Inter]], and two Europa titles &ndash; the first one with Porto.

    United became the fifth team after [[Bayern Munich]], Chelsea, [[Juventus]], and Ajax to win all three major UEFA trophies &ndash; European Cup Winners' Cup, the European Cup (rebranded as Champions League) and UEFA Cup (rebranded as Europa League). They are to face the winner of [[Real Madrid]] and Juventus in the Champions League final in the UEFA Super Cup scheduled on August 8 at the {{W|Philip II Arena}} in {{W|Skopje}}.
    {{XQuote|author=José Mourinho|who=Manchester United manager|quote=We are in the Champions League in the right way and for me the right way is winning the Premier League or winning the Europa League.}}{{clear}}
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    == Related news ==
    *{{wikinews|Sevilla wins third consecutive Europa League title, beating Liverpool 3-1|Thursday, May 19, 2016}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://english.ajax.nl/streams/ajax-now/-ajax-ends-memorable-season-with-a-loss-in-europa-league-final-.htm
    |title = Ajax ends memorable season with a loss in Europa League-final
    |author =
    |pub = Ajax ACF
    |date = May 25, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000797/match=2019702/statistics/index.html
    |title = UEFA Europa League - Ajax-Man. United - Statistics
    |author =
    |pub = UEFA
    |date = May 26, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000797/match=2019702/postmatch/report/index.html
    |title = Manchester United beat Ajax to claim Europa League title
    |author =
    |pub = UEFA
    |date = May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/Football-News/2017/May/Manchester-United-win-the-Europa-League-after-beating-Ajax-in-the-final-in-Stockholm-24-May-2017.aspx?AL
    |title = United are Europa League winners
    |author = Adam Higgins
    |pub = Manchester United
    |date = May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = UEFA Europa League - Ajax-Man. United
    |author =
    |pub = UEFA
    |date = May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4-kCnF7gSU
    |date = January 19, 2017
    |pub = YouTube
    |author = UEFA
    |title = Benfica v Chelsea: 2013 UEFA Europa League final
    }}
    *{{Source
    |url = https://www.premierleague.com/tables
    |date = May 25, 2017 (date of access)
    |pub = Premier League
    |title = Premier League Table, Form Guide & Season Archives
    }}

    == External link ==
    *{{source
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    |title = Highlights Ajax - Manchester United (Europa League Finale)
    |author = Ajax AFC
    |pub = YouTube
    |date = May 25, 2017
    }}
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  • Hajj: Nigerian governors want negotiation of agreements with airlines

    MErrfan: I added today news about Nigerian governors want to renegotiation of agreements with airlines by Premium Times of Nigeria.


    {{date|May 25, 2017}}

    In [[Nigeria]] two airlines Med-View and Max-Air were performing the [[Hajj]] flight but last year a [[Saudi Arabia]] nominated airline was added in the list to take the passenger for hajj and this act raised many question, so for the answer the Nigerian Governor Forum called the chairman of NAHCOM to brief about the matter so the chairman briefed that this was done just due to the Saudi Arabia policy that some percentage of passenger will be provided to their airline by the country participating in the Hajj, this meeting was held at the Banquet hall of Presidential Villa located at [[Abuja]].

    A press release was also issued regarding the meeting and it states that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should take this matter and review the air carrier agreement with Saudi Arabia that put emphasis that the main stake holder will be the state in the agreement and it further tell the percentage that [[Nigeria]] will be using for passenger quota are 25% for 2015, 35% for 2016, 45% for 2017 and 50% for 2018 in the light of BASA Agreement that was signed on February 2015. The proper agreement was signed at [[Jeddah]] in the presence of Nigeria Ministry of Affair, the [[NCAA]], NAHCON, airlines involved, Saudi General Authority on Civil Authority GACA, and Saudi Ministry of Hajj.

    == Source ==
    ** {{source|url=http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/232126-hajj-nigerian-governors-want-renegotiation-of-agreements-with-airlines.html|title=Hajj: Nigerian governors want renegotiation of agreements with airlines|author=|pub=Premium Times of Nigeria|date=May 25, 2017}}
    ** {{source|url=http://www.umrahexpert.co.uk/blog/hajj-nigerian-governors-want-negotiation-of-agreements-with-airlines/|title=Hajj: Nigerian governors want negotiation of agreements with airlines|author=|date=May 25, 2017}}


  • Gjorge Ivanov, President of Republic of Macedonia, Goes to Russia

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    {{Macedonia}}
    {{date|May 26, 2017}}
    In Russia, the Macedonian President {{w|Gjorge Ivanov}} was awarded the "His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II" prize for 2016. The award was presented to him by the head of [[Russian Orthodox Church elects first new patriarch of post-Soviet era|Russian Orthodox Church]], [[wikipedia:Patriarch_Kirill_of_Moscow|Kirill]] at a ceremony was held in the Cathedral "Christ the Savior" in Moscow.

    The prestigious international award which is awarded to the President Ivanov is a recognition of his efforts in strengthening the inter-Orthodox relations, the role of religion in society and establishing or strengthening the principles of religious tolerance.

    [[File:Gjorge Ivanov with Vladimir Putin (2017-05-24) 03.jpg|thumb|left|Ivanov and Putin shaking hands on May 24{{Image|[[commons:User:Барвенковский|Барвенковский]]}}]]
    The award is hosted by the International Social Foundation for Unity of Orthodox People, either for outstanding work in strengthening the unity of Orthodox peoples or for the establishment and promotion of Christian values ​​in life and society.

    Despite President Ivanov, other winners for 2016 are the head of the Coptic Church, Patriarch Tavardos II and the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin.

    During the visit, Ivanov has met with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill and Bishop Tikhon, Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The President also attended the Divine Liturgy in the "Christ the Savior" in [[:Category:Moscow|Moscow]].

    The next day (May 24), the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov has met with President of the Russian Federation [[Vladimir Putin]]. The Russian President discussed the current political situation in the region.{{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    * {{source|url=http://www.b92.net/eng/news/region.php?yyyy=2017&mm=05&dd=24&nav_id=101361|title="We're closely monitoring developments in Macedonia" - Putin|author=BETA|pub=B92|date=May 24, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/putin-hopes-democratic-end-macedonia-political-crisis-47605562|title=Putin hopes for democratic end to Macedonia political crisis|author=The Associated Press|pub=Abcnews.go|date=May 24, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://meta.mk/en/ivanov-is-travelling-to-russia-to-receive-an-award-from-the-russian-patriarh/|title=Ivanov is travelling to Russia to receive an award from the Russian Patriarch|author=META|pub=Meta.go|date=May 23, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://www.independent.mk/articles/43909/Russia%27s+Patriarch+Kirill+Presents+%27Alexi+II%27+Award+to+Macedonian+President|title=Russia's Patriarch Kirill Presents 'Alexi II' Award to Macedonian President|pub=independent.mk|date=May 23, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54556|title=Meeting with President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov|pub=kremlin.ru|date=May 24, 2017}}
    * {{source|url=http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-s-president-greeted-warmly-in-moscow-05-24-2017|title=Macedonia President Greeted Warmly in Moscow|pub=balkaninsight.com|date=May 24, 2017}}

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  • The world biggest Holy Book is finally revealed for you

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    {{tasks|copyvio|news|mos|re-review}}{{date|May 25, 2017}}

    An Egyptian artist done a spectacular job as he educated himself after dropping out of school and groomed his personality with respect to the Islamic values and decided to make something amazing. He has spent three years creating his dream projects that what he hopes is the world's biggest Quran. Saad Mohammed, who has done the marvelous job by hand-painted Islamic motifs on the walls along with the ceilings of his home in the town of Belqina, north of [[Category:Cairo|Cairo]], it has been reproduced the Muslim holy book that has a paper scroll 700 meters (2,300 feet) long. He displayed it in well and intricately decorated manuscript in a large wooden box that has the rollers at each end.
    Quran is the Holy book and has the unique place in the heart of the Muslims so how could be this passion get less valuable that you are going to make the world biggest Quran this Quran is 700 meters long and there is no doubt that the largest amount of paper has been used in it. He added further that he has self-funded this project for the past three years and I am average person who has no resources to make this huge project quickly that’s why it took three years to complete this project. He also said that he wants to submit his Quran for the Guinness book of world record. He also says that he has hope for supporting the cost of applying to Guinness from the government or any other interested party.Guinness from the government or any other interested party.


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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-artist-saad-mohammed-world-record-700-metre-handwritten-quaran-belqina-cairo-a7717436.html
    |title=Egyptian artist aims for record with world's biggest handwritten Quran
    |author=Giles Elgood
    |pub=www.independent.co.uk
    |date=Thursday 4 May 2017
    }}
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    |title=Amazing Quran created by An Egyptian artist
    |author=umrahexperts
    |pub= umrahexperts umrah service provider
    |date=MAY 25, 2017
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  • Taiwan's Constitutional Court gives legislators two years to amend marriage laws

    Pi zero: as noted, this would be a violation of our neutrality policy


    {{Taiwan}}
    {{date|May 26, 2017}}

    On Wednesday, the {{w|Judicial Yuan|Constitutional Court}} of the {{w|Republic of China}} &mdash; Taiwan &mdash; ruled laws restricting {{w|same-sex marriage}} unconstitutional, declaring them "in violation of both the people’s freedom and the people's right to equality" in the official statement.<!--Taiwan News--> The Court gave legislators two years to amend the state's marriage laws.

    In the ruling, Taiwan's Constitutional Court, which contains 14 judges, ruled in favor of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. The Court also stated that, if the legislators miss the two-year deadline, same-sex couples will still be allowed to marry per ruling, which as things now are would make Taiwan the first {{w|Asia|Asian}} country to legalize same-sex marriage.<!--BBC--> One of the plaintiffs was Chi Chia-wei (祁家威), a {{w|LGBT|gay rights}} advocate since the 1980s who has campaigned for marriage rights since 2001.<!--NPR-->

    The ruling received mixed reactions. Taiwan's LGBT Family Rights Advocacy celebrated the ruling.<!--NPR--> However, groups like Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation have opposed same-sex marriage and, as reported by ''Taiwan News'', protested the ruling outside the Court, asked that the ruling be invalidated, and asked the country's president {{w|Tsai Ing-wen}} to resign.<!--NPR--><!--Taiwan News--> Before becoming the nation's first female {{w|President of the Republic of China|president}} in 2016, Tsai campaigned for the legalization of same-sex marriage.<!--NPR--><!--China Post-->

    Lawmakers in Taiwan passed the first draft of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in December 2016.<!--China Post--> The bill would replace "male and female parties" with "two parties" in Article 972 of the Civil Code concerning marriage.<!--China Post, Taipei Times--> Anti-ruling protests have interfered with the passage of the bill, however.<!--BBC-->

    Taiwan's capital, {{w|Taipei}}, holds the largest {{w|gay pride}} marches in Asia, reports the Human Rights Campaign.

    The [[China|People's Republic of China]] &mdash; mainland China &mdash; continues to claim sovereignty over the self-governing Taiwan.<!--BBC--> In China, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997 and delisted from the {{w|Chinese Society of Psychiatry|Chinese Psychiatric Association}}'s list of psychiatric disorders in 2001. However, of roughly 30,000 LGBT and {{w|intersex}} people, surveyed in China by {{w|Peking University}}, {{w|United Nations Development Programme}}, and the Beijing LGBT Center, most were found to be {{wikt|closeted}}, with only about 5 percent living openly.<!--PBS-->

    Twenty-two countries around the world currently legally endorse same-sex marriage, including the United States and Great Britain.<!--PBS--><!--The Telegraph--><!--BBC 2015, "Gay"-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sister links ==
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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url=http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3171568
    |title=Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry
    |author=Joy Chang
    |pub=Taiwan News
    |date=May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/24/529841027/taiwans-high-court-rules-same-sex-marriage-is-legal-in-a-first-for-asia
    |title = Taiwan's High Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal, in a First for Asia
    |author = Bill Chappell
    |pub = National Public Radio
    |pubtarget = NPR
    |date = May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm
    |title=Ruling puts Taiwan on verge of being first in Asia to have same-sex marriage
    |author=
    |pub=The China Post
    |date=May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/taiwan-court-clears-sex-marriage-lgbt/
    |title=Taiwan's top court clears way for same-sex marriage
    |author=Corinne Segal
    |pub=PBS
    |date=May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40012047
    |title = Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage
    |author =
    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = May 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.hrc.org/blog/marriage-equality-may-arrive-in-taiwan-this-week-possibly-making-it-a-first
    |title=Marriage Equality May Arrive in Taiwan This Week, Possibly Making It a First In Asia
    |author=
    |pub=Human Rights Campaign
    |date=May 22, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/12/27/2003661986
    |title=Committee green-lights same-sex marriage draft
    |author=
    |pub=The Taipei Times
    |date=December 27, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title=Gay marriage: 15,000 same-sex couples wed since law change
    |author=
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=October 20, 2015
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title=Mapped: Where is same sex marriage legal in the world?
    |author=Raziye Akkoc
    |pub=The Telegraph
    |date=May 21, 2015
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  • James Bond star Roger Moore, 89, dies

    Pi zero: retarget


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    {{date|May 25, 2017}}

    [[File:Sir Roger Moore crop.jpg|thumb|left|Roger Moore in 1973. {{image|[[Commons:User:Allan warren|Allan warren]]}}]]
    {{QuoteLeft|It is the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.|quotewidth=15px|4=Moore's family via Twitter}}
    On Tuesday, [[United Kingdom|British]] actor {{w|Roger Moore}}, best known for portraying {{w|Simon Templar}} of the 1960s series {{w|The Saint (TV series)|''The Saint''}} and the spy character {{w|James Bond}}, died in [[Switzerland]] at the age of 89.

    Before his death, Moore fought recently diagnosed {{w|cancer}}. His family confirmed his death on [[Twitter]] saying, "It is the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."<!--Variety-->

    Other stars paid tribute to Roger Moore via Twitter, including {{w|Russell Crowe}}, {{w|Michael Ball}}, {{w|Mia Farrow}}, {{w|Boy George}}, and {{w|Duran Duran}}, who sang the {{w|A View to a Kill (song)|eponymous theme song}} for Bond film ''{{w|A View to a Kill}}'' featuring Moore as Bond.<!--BBC, "Sir"-->

    Moore was born in {{w|Stockwell}}, {{w|South London}} an only child to his working-class parents on October 14, 1927.<!--NPR--><!--Variety--> During [[World War II]], he and his mother mostly stayed in {{w|Amersham}}, 25 miles from [[London]]. Moore left {{w|grammar school}} in 1943 to work.<!--Variety--><!--BBC, "Obituary"-->

    Moore's father, a detective sergeant, came to the home of film director {{w|Brian Desmond Hurst}} that had been robbed.<!--BBC, "Obituary"--> Moore was introduced by his father to Hurst and then started his acting career in summer 1944 as an {{w|Extra (acting)|extra}} in the film {{w|Caesar and Cleopatra (film)|''Caesar and Cleopatra''}}. Impressed, Hurst helped Moore gain extra parts in two other films and then paid for Moore's acting studies at the {{w|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts}}.<!--Variety--><!--BBC, "Obituary"-->

    Moore was assigned to the {{w|Conscription in the United Kingdom|National Service}} in 1945 and then, after training, was ranked captain.<!--Variety--><!--BBC, "Obituary"--> Afterwards, he appeared in modeling engagements, like appearance in ''{{w|Women's Own}}'' magazine.<!--BBC, "Obituary"-->

    Moore arrived in the [[United States]] in 1953 and then signed a contract with {{w|Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer}} (MGM) for mainly supporting roles.<!--Variety--> He portrayed the male lead in 1956 film {{w|Diane (film)|''Diane''}}.<!--BBC, "Obit."--> He first appeared on television as the titular character of the late-1950s {{w|ITV}} series ''{{w|Ivanhoe (1958 TV series)|Ivanhoe}}''.<!--NPR--><!--Variety--> He later appeared in some {{w|Western (genre)|western}} series, like {{w|Maverick (TV series)|''Maverick''}} from 1960 to 1961, replacing {{w|James Garner}} as the lead of the series.<!--Variety-->

    Moore then portrayed Simon Templar, stealing from rich antagonists, in the ITV series ''The Saint''. The series ran 118 episodes from 1962 to 1969.<!--Variety--> Due to his contract for ''The Saint'', Moore was prevented from being cast as James Bond for the 1962 film {{w|Dr. No (film)|''Dr. No''}}, which stars {{w|Sean Connery}}, the first actor to portray Bond.<!--Vanity--><!--Alabama Public Radio-->

    Moore eventually became the third actor to portray Bond, and his first Bond film was the 1973 film {{w|Live and Let Die (film)|''Live and Let Die''}}.<!--NPR--> He would appear again as Bond in six more films: {{w|The Man with the Golden Gun (film)|''The Man with the Golden Gun''}}, 1974; {{w|The Spy Who Loved Me (film)|''The Spy Who Loved Me''}}, 1977; {{w|Moonraker (film)|''Moonraker''}}, 1979; {{w|For Your Eyes Only (film)|''For Your Eyes Only''}}, 1981; ''{{w|Octopussy}}'', 1983; and ''{{w|A View to a Kill}}'', 1985.<!--BBC News-->

    In 1991 Moore became a {{w|UNICEF}} {{w|goodwill ambassador}}.<!--BBC, "Sir"--> His UNICEF work earned him {{w|Order of the British Empire|Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire}} (CBE) in the late 1990s.<!--BBC, "Obituary"--> He was knighted in 2003 for that.<!--NPR-->

    Throughout 2000s, Moore performed voiceovers in mostly animated films and made appearances in some other live-action films, like the 2002 film {{w|Boat Trip (film)|''Boat Trip''}}, portraying a gay man resembling Bond.<!--Variety--> Then he wrote his 2008 autobiography ''My Word Is My Bond'' and other books, including memoir ''One Lucky Bastard'' and ''Bond on Bond''.<!--Variety-->

    Moore married four times, to four different woman. He was survived by his fourth wife, Danish-Swedish multimillionaire Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup, and his three children.<!--Variety-->

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    |title = Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89
    |author = Carmel Dagan ({{w|Variety (magazine)|Variety}})
    |pub = MSN
    |date = May 23, 2017
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    |title = He Called Himself 'One Lucky Bastard': Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89
    |author = Jacki Lyden
    |pub = National Public Radio
    |pubtarget=NPR
    |date = May 23, 2017
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    *{{source
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    |title = The Saint Before The Spy: Actor Roger Moore Dies at 89
    |author = Bob Mondello and Ari Shapiro
    |pub = Alabama Public Radio
    |date = May 23, 2017
    }}
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    |title=Obituary: Sir Roger Moore
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  • THE RIO 2016 GAMES

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    Delete this line, and start typing your article in its place. For Wikilinks, use {{tl|w}} template, example, <code>{{tl|w|Target page|The competition venues were clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transport ring. Nearly half of the athletes could reach their venues in less than 10 minutes, and almost 75 per cent could do so in less than 25 minutes. Of the 34 competition venues, eight underwent some permanent works, seven were totally temporary and nine were constructed as permanent legacy venues.

    The [[Rio Games]] also celebrated and showcased sport, thanks to the city’s stunning setting and a desire to lift event presentation to new heights. At the same time, Rio 2016 was an opportunity to deliver the broader aspirations for the long-term future of the city, region and country – an opportunity to hasten the transformation of Rio de Janeiro into an even greater global city}}</code>.

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  • RCMRD International Conference

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  • The Options For Key Criteria In prostate cancer

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    The patient must learn about this because it is a great concern related to his sexual life. This plant based nutrient could given help to prescribed medicines given to fight tumors while protecting healthy cells from damage. As you have your cancer and other disease symptoms show they are healing you may be able to feel younger and reduce or discontinue medications. Journal of the National Cancer Institute also figure out that men who use to consume tomato goods are more likely the men that are not prone to prostate cancer. If you don't have enough zinc in your system then chances are your prostate (and other sexual organs) won't be working in tip-top shape. <br><br>Symptoms include inability to completely empty the bladder when urinating and difficulty when urinating. Patients having metastatic cancer of the prostate are presently treated by means of hormone therapy by the use of medication after detection of ailment. This process attributes to the increased urinary frequency, hesitation, and reduced urinary flow. Thus the cell will no longer be able to divide and will die without producing offspring. In addition to a significant reduction in tumor volume, results of contract compliance software ([http://En.Wikipedia.org simply click the next website page]) this study showed the formula also worked to inhibit a number of genes involved in cancer proliferation and metastasis. <br><br>These catechins are powerful antioxidants that scavenge free radicals which damage our cells and DNA. An MRI scans the area of the prostate gland and the tumors inside it are isolated and targeted. Through a simple DNA test, which identifies risk genes, the scientists at the Swedish medical University Karolinska Institutet hope to identify men carrying a known combination of risk genes, who run 4 to 5 times higher risk of prostate tumors. According to data collected by the World Health Organisation, high income countries tend to be more obese, are greater consumers of alcohol, do much less exercise generally and have a much higher risk of cancer than other lower-income countries, by comparison. From as early as the 1950s it was postulated that the transmission of a carcinogenic agent through sexual practices may have resulted in an increase in prostate cancer cases. <br><br>In a nutshell, I would not go as far as saying fish cures prostate cancer, but I do believe it could give patients the upper hand, or perhaps tip the balance in their favor. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in males in the United States today in older men and a significant cause of death. A regular checkup with your doctor is one of your best detection tools. The precise focusing of this ultrasound energy throughout the duration of an HIFU therapy session increases the temperature of tissue located within the focal zone at a very rapid pace, while enabling it so that the intervening tissue located between the focal zone and transducer remain safe with no increase in temperature. Your doctor can also answer any questions or concern you might have about this process. <br><br>Basically, it's a story of Christopher Mc - Dougall running across the planet where no man should have gone before - but, there is much, much more to this book - and I am not about to spoil it for you by telling you any more about it. Unfortunately results for my relatives have not been that good. When the level of (T) decreases, the relative level of estradiol in men increases the risk of prostate cancer if adequate amounts of progesterone are not present to counteract its effect by stimulating the P53 cancer protection gene. Prostate cancer is a cancer that is being developed in a man's prostate gland. A computerized arm supplies a high intense radiation beams to the variety of angles and positions to transverse the cancerous cells so that it will not cause any harm to the nearby healthy tissues.


  • Wikinews Shorts: May 22, 2017

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    === Explosion in Manchester Arena ===
    After a large Manchester concert by Ariana Grande, as part of her Dangerous Woman Tour, a large explosion went off in Manchester Arena. The current death toll is 19 souls, with 'about 50' injured, according to the BBC. Witnesses say the blast, which occurred at approximately 10:30 PM, came from the area near the entrance in an incident evoking memories of the Paris terrorist bombings of 2015. The Manchester Police tweeted that "This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until the police know otherwise," and a police investigation has begun.

    '''Sources'''
    * {{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886|title=Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and about 50 hurt|author=Tom Mullen and Ian Youngs|pub=BBC|date=May 22, 2017}}http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886
    * {{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/world/europe/ariana-grande-manchester-police.html|title=Explosions, Panic and Death at Ariana Grande Concert in England|author=Rory Smith and Sewell Chan|pub=New York Times|date=May 22, 2017}}
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  • 2017 Manchester Arena Bomb Explosion

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    [[File:MEN Arena, Manchester (7263927380).jpg|thumb|left|Exterior of the Manchester Arena, a popular concert and sports venue. {{Image|Matthew Hartley}}]]

    Last night, at approximately 22:35 {{w|British Summer Time|BST}} ({{w|UTC+1}}), a lone male suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by [[United States|US]] pop singer {{w|Ariana Grande}} at {{w|Manchester Arena}} in [[Manchester]], [[England]]. 59 people have been injured in the blast near the entrance to the concert venue.

    Chief Constable Ian Hopkins from {{w|Greater Manchester Police}} said that the incident is "the most horrific incident" and that an investigation was under way to see whether the attacker acted alone. Many concertgoers have not yet been reunited with families; people are posting images to social media to try and locate their friends and families. The nearby Victoria Station has been closed. British Home Secretary {{w|Amber Rudd}} has said that young people were "deliberately targeted" by the attacker.

    Prime Minister {{w|Theresa May}} has initiated a meeting of the government's emergency COBRA meeting in [[London]] and is planning to visit Manchester later today. All major political parties have announced a pause on campaigning for the upcoming UK general election, and the Union flag is flying at half mast at both {{w|Downing Street}} and Manchester Town Hall.

    The mayor of Manchester, {{w|Andy Burnham}}, said. "After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. These were children, young people, and their families. Those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act."

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    |title=Manchester attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt in suicide bombing
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=May 23, 2017
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    |title=Manchester Concert Attack Kills 22; Children Among Dead
    |pub=New York Times
    |date=May 23, 2017
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  • Manchester Arena Incident

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    Manchester Arena Incident (MEN Arena incident) took place on Monday 22nd May 2017. The event involved to loud explosions near outside the MEN Arena where singer/songwriter Ariana Grande was performing at the time of the incident. Number of fatalities is currently unknown.


  • Bill Cosby sexual assault trial enters jury selection

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    {{date|May 24, 2017}}

    Yesterday<!--On Tuesday-->, {{w|Brian McMonagle}}, a lawyer defending the [[United States|U.S.]] actor {{w|Bill Cosby}}, accused the prosecution of attempting to exclude black jurors. Cosby, who is black, is charged with drugging and [[sexual assault|sexually assaulting]] a white woman.<!--NBC News, CBS News-->
    [[File:2012 Bill Cosby.jpg|thumb|left|Bill Cosby in 2012.{{image|senatorchriscoons}}]]
    Prosecutors claimed that one of the potential jurors, a black former police officer who had once sued the state, might have an anti-government bias that could skew her judgement in trial. The judge overseeing the case, Steven T. O'Neill, decided to accept the prosecution's explanation but told Cosby's lawyers he would entertain their accusations of racial bias if they came back with statistical evidence. Of eleven jurors seated as of yesterday<!--Tuesday-->, ten were white and one was black. Out of the 100 potential jurors examined, sixteen were non-white<!--CBS News--> and about a dozen were black. Of the eleven, seven were men, four were women. One juror and six alternates had yet to be selected.<!--NBC News-->

    Nearly 3000 residents of [[Pennsylvania]]'s {{w|Allegheny County}} have been called to report for jury selection for just one trial. After selection, eighteen of those people will be bused about 300 {{w|miles}} (500 {{w|kilometre|km}}) to {{w|Norristown}} where the trial of Bill Cosby for the alleged 2004<!--Time--> sexual assault of {{w|Andrea Constand}} is scheduled to begin on June 5.<!-- NYTimes -->
    {{QuoteLeft|No one should make an effort to be on this jury, and no one should make an effort to not be on this jury.|source=Judge Steven T. O'Neill}}
    The area around [[Pittsburgh]] was chosen as as source of jurors at the request of Cosby's legal team, who were concerned about the interest that politicians elsewhere in Pennsylvania have shown in the case.<!--Time-->

    Judge O'Neill, was present for jury selection: "No one should make an effort to be on this jury, and no one should make an effort to not be on this jury," he instructed the first set of 100 potential jurors.<!--Pennlive-->

    The first round of winnowing was done by questionnaire. Potential jurors were asked if they had religious beliefs or experiences with criminals that might affect their ability to serve impartially.<!--NYTimes--> Jurors were asked if they or anyone they know has been sexually assaulted, and about a third said yes. Jury selection specialist Howard Varinsky, who worked on the {{w|Scott Peterson}} and {{w|Timothy McVeigh}} cases, said the judge would be likely to dismiss jurors who said yes to that question; and said defense lawyers would likely favor black jurors who might question the veracity of reports from police officers and older jurors who may see Cosby's alleged victim as an adulteress.<!--Time-->

    Under Pennsylvania jury selection rules, either side may reject any number of jurors "for cause," meaning either that they have some health problem or work obligation that would make jury service an undue hardship for them or that there is some proof that they could not be impartial. Someone who has admitted to hating or loving Cosby could be struck for cause. Each legal team may also strike seven jurors and three alternates regardless of their reasons, which they are not obliged to share with the court.<!--Time--> However, they are not allowed to exclude jurors solely because of their race or gender, which is what Cosby's lawyers allege the prosecution attempted to do Tuesday.<!--NBC News-->

    Over the past few years, about 40 women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them. One woman besides Constand is expected to testify to establish that Cosby's actions were part of a predatory pattern.<!--Time--> Cosby claims his encounter with Constand was consensual and says he hopes to restore his reputation and career. If convicted, Cosby, who is currently 79 years old, could serve 10 years in prison.<!--Time-->

    Bill Cosby is best known for his role on ''The Cosby Show'', which earned him the nickname "America's Dad."<!--Pennlive-->

    Judge O'Neill has already decided to {{w|jury sequestration|sequester}} the jury for the trial, estimated at about two weeks.<!--Time-->

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    |url = http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bill-cosby-scandal/three-more-jurors-picked-cosby-sex-assault-trial-n763591
    |title = Cosby's Lawyers Accuse DA of Blocking Black Jurors
    |author = Tracy Connor
    |pub = NBC News
    |date = May 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Bill Cosby's lawyers claim race bias in jury selection
    |author = {{w|Associated Press|AP}}
    |pub = CBS News
    |date = May 23, 2017
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    *{{source
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    |title = On first day, five selected for Bill Cosby jury
    |author = Mandak, Maryclaire Dale, Dake Kang ({{w|Associated Press|AP}})
    |pub = Pennlive
    |date = May 23, 2017
    }}
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    |title = Bill Cosby Trial: Five Jurors Are Chosen in a Painstaking Process
    |author = Graham Bowley, Richard Pérez-Peña
    |pub = New York Times
    |date = May 22, 2017
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    *{{source
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    |title = Jury Selection Begins in Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Trial. Here's What You Need to Know
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    |pub = Time (Magazine)
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  • Mysterious star goes dim--right on schedule

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    The Tabby's taking a scheduled dip and not to kill fleas. On the night of May 18 into 19, a robotic 14-inch Celestron telescope at {{w|Farborn Observatory}} in [[Arizona]] watched {{w|Tabby's star}} lose brightness by a dramatic 3%<!--Universe--> and counting, confirming a prediction that the star would undergo its unusual dimming events once every 750 days. Other major telescope projects and citizen astronomers have confirmed these findings.<!--Astronomer's Telegram--> The dip was complex and continued through to Sunday, after a brief rise in brightness over the weekend.<!--Telescope--> It seems to have ended now, with tweets from Jason Wright reminding us that the dips came in clumps before and from Tabby Boyajian saying "will we have a flurry of dips to come? Stay tuned!" <!-- Tabby Boyajian - Twitter --> <!-- Jason Wright - Twitter -->

    Tabby's star, also called Boyajian's Star<!--Universe--> and officially designated KIC 8462852<!--Phys-->, came to attention during the [[Kepler telescope]] project, which continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars simultaneously, from May 2009 to May 2013, with the primary goal of detecting [[exoplanets]]. If a star grows dimmer but then recovers, a planet may have passed in front of it. But Tabby's star is showing something else. An exoplanet can cause its sun to dim by perhaps 1% and not for very long. Some of Tabby's dips have been this mild, but others have hit 20% and lasted weeks.<!--Telescope--> It also tends to recover only partially, slowly showing a net dimming over the years.<!--Telescope and Phys-->
    {{QuoteLeft|Tabby's star… went through a lot of very strange dimming events that got up to 22% dimmer during the Kepler Mission, and since then we've been eagerly awaiting another dip. And the reason that we've been waiting for that is that whatever is causing the star to get dimmer will leave a spectral fingerprint behind.|source=Jason Wright of Penn State}}
    "Tabby's star… went through a lot of very strange dimming events that got up to 22% dimmer during the Kepler Mission, and since then we've been eagerly awaiting another dip. And the reason that we've been waiting for that is that whatever is causing the star to get dimmer will leave a spectral fingerprint behind," said Jason Wright of [[Pennsylvania State University]]. "So if it's a lot of dust between us and the star that's passing by, it should block more blue light than red light. If there's gas in that dust, that gas should absorb very specific wavelengths. So we’ve been eager to see one of these changes, these dips in the star, so we can take the spectra." He also addressed space fans via [[Twitter]]: "ALERT:@tsboyajian's star is dipping This is not a drill. Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!"<!--Universe-->

    Tabby's star has become a favorite among space fans and both professional and citizen astronomers, with a plethora of ideas about what might be causing its behavior. A comet's tail of dust and gas can spread over a region as large as a star or larger. It could be that pesky space dust<!--Telescope--> or stellar indigestion after {{w|planet eater|chowing down on a planet}}.<!--Phys--> Some have even hypothesized that alien civilizations might be harvesting the sun's energy using a {{w|Dyson sphere}}<!--Telescope--> mid-construction, a Dyson swarm, or similar apparatus.<!--Jason Wright-->

    [[File:A Dyson Swarm Superstructure (21983905140).png|thumb|left|A Dyson Swarm Superstructure, visualization by Kevin Gill, this is one of the megaarchitecture hypotheses for KIC 8462852]]In 1960, physicist Freeman Dyson first suggested searching space for evidence of a spherical structure completely enclosing a star. He suggested that an advanced civilization, a few centuries ahead of us technologically, could make it out of asteroids, comets, or large planets such as [[Jupiter]]. They could use it, he hypothesized, to harness all the solar power from their host star which they would convert to waste heat as part of their civilization's energy metabolism. However, this would create excess infrared radiation, which astronomers have not observed for Tabby's star. Fans of the Dyson sphere or swarm model for Tabby's star think that it could be used for some other purpose, like beaming signals to other stars, or that the structures might lie within a disk seen edge on, so that most of the infrared is radiated away from the direction of observation from Earth. {{w|Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence}} (SETI) devoted six nights of observation time to Tabby's star in the fall of 2016 as part of the {{w|Initiatives#Breakthrough_Listen|Breakthrough Listen}} project. No radio or laser pulse signals have been detected yet.<!--SETI Search sources-->

    [[File:Artist's impression of colliding planets hypothesis for KIC 8462852.jpg|thumb|left|This artist concept illustrates how two large, planet-sized objects could collide to create clumps of material in orbit around a star. like KIC 8462852]]Tabby's star had its first major dip 800 days into the Kepler observations and a series of further large dips lasting for a few months each started 1500 days in. Astronomers predicted Thursday's dip by hypothesizing that it was caused by material orbiting Tabby's star with an orbital period of around 750 days. However, no substantial dip was noticed during the first 800 days. One idea is that whatever blocks out the star actually formed during that brief interval of time. Possibly, two planetary embryos collided after Kepler started its observations of the Tabby's star system. Many such collisions have taken place in Earth's [[solar system]], including the theorized collision that formed the Moon. However to give Kepler even a decent chance of spotting such a rare event, there would have to be an average of 10,000 such collisions per system.<!--Royal Astronomy Society--> <!--Telescope-->

    [[File:Artist's concept of the exoplanet WASP-12b.jpg|thumb|left|Artist's impression of Wasp-12 eating a hot Jupiter Wasp 12 b - the hottest known exoplanet - another hypothesis for KIC 8462852 is that it recently ate a large planet like this]]It is also possible that the dips are associated with the orbiting remnants of a planet eaten by the star 10,000 years ago. Astronomers now believe that such events are quite common, with the example of Wasp 12 eating a Jupiter sized planet right now. However, they estimated that unless we were exceptionally lucky again, ten Jupiters' worth of planets and other debris would need to fall into an average star in its lifetime to explain these observations.<!--Phys Org--> This would make them very common. Jason Wright commented, "This paper puts the merger scenario on the table in a credible way, I think this moves it into the top tier of explanations"<!-- Quotes are from New Scientist-->

    At the time of its discovery by Tabetha Bayajian, Tabby's star was the only star known to have such huge dips in its light. Another one was discovered in 2016, EPIC 204278916, a young star, leading the authors to suspect a warped inner disk or transiting comets<!-- sources for EPIC 204278916-->. Tabby's star is an {{w|F-type main-sequence star}} slightly larger and brighter than our sun, while EPIC 204278916 is a young pre-main sequence star on its way towards becoming an M type {{w|Red dwarf|red dwarf}} rather smaller and dimmer than our sun.

    The next step is to examine the dimming events with instruments able to spread out the light into a spectrum. If an object, natural or otherwise, is blocking Tabby's light, it will change its color slightly, and leave a fingerprint of some sort in the stars spectrum, such as darker lines at particular frequencies or a dip in the spectrum over a range of frequencies.<!--Telescope-->

    The follow on observations after the Kepler project were funded by a $100,000 kickstarter to continuously monitor {{w|Tabby's star}}<!--Universe-->. Other organizations monitoring this current Tabby's star dimming event include the {{w|University of Tennessee}}, [[Arizona]]'s {{w|MMT Observatory}}, {{w|Mauna Kea}}'s {{W|W.M. Keck Observatory}}, {{w|Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network}}, and the {{w|American Association of Variable Star Observers}}.<!--Universe--><!--Telescope-->. Tabby's star was originally discovered by volunteers for the {{w|Planet Hunters}} citizen science project, which was implemented to search for planet transits in the Kepler data using the unique pattern finding capabilities of the human eye. This buzz of discussion is what alerted the professional astronomers to it. <!-- Royal Astronomy Society - intro -->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url =https://twitter.com/tsboyajian/status/866682297235460097
    |title = Tweet: will we have a flurry of dips to come? Stay tuned!
    |author = Tabetha Boyajian
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = May 21, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url =https://twitter.com/Astro_Wright/status/866677994173198336
    |title = Tweet: Latest photometry from last night; this event seems to have ended, but remember than in Q16 they came in clumps.
    |author = Jason Wright
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = May 21, 2017
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=10405
    |title = A Drop in Optical Flux from Boyajian's Star
    |author = Tabetha Boyajian (Louisiana State), Steve Croft (UC Berkeley), Jason Wright (Penn State), Andrew Siemion (UC Berkeley), Matthew Muterspaugh (Tennessee State), Michael Siegel (Penn State), Bruce Gary (amateur), Shelley Wright (UCSD), Jerome Maire (UCSD), Andres Duenas (UCSD), Clayton Hultgren (UCSD), JonJohn Ramos (UCSD)
    |pub = Astronomer's Telegram
    |date = May 21, 2017
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.seti.org/seti-institute/mysterious-star-kic-8462852
    |title = The Mysterious Star KIC 8462852
    |author = Seth Shostak
    |pub = SETI Institute
    |date = May 20, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.universetoday.com/135644/star-probably-doesnt-alien-megastructure-maybe-dimming/
    |title = The Star That Probably Doesn't Have an Alien Megastructure (But Maybe it Does) is Dimming Again
    |author =
    |pub = Universe Today
    |date = May 20, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/finally-the-galaxys-most-mysterious-star-is-dipping/
    |title = Finally! The Galaxy’s Most Mysterious Star Is Dipping
    |author = Monica Young
    |pub = Sky and Telescope
    |date = May 19, 2017
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = http://sites.psu.edu/astrowright/2015/10/15/kic-8462852wheres-the-flux/
    |title = Where's the Flux?
    |author = Jason Wright
    |pub = AstroWright - Astronomy and meta-Astronomy (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University)
    |date = January 12, 2017
    }}

    <!-- Planet eating sources -->
    *{{source
    |url = https://phys.org/news/2017-01-explanation-alien-megastructure.html
    |title = Finally, an explanation for the "alien megastructure?"
    |author = Matt Williams, Universe Today
    |pub = Phys Org
    |date = January 12, 2017
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.newscientist.com/article/2117459-alien-megastructure-signal-may-be-due-to-star-eating-a-planet/
    |title = ‘Alien megastructure’ signal may be due to star eating a planet
    |author = Leah Crane
    |pub = New Scientist
    |date = 9 January 2017
    }}
    <!--SETI Search sources-->
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/10/seti-tunes-into-tabbys-star-with-radio-telescopes
    |title = SETI Tunes Into Tabby’s Star with Radio Telescopes
    |author = K.N. Smith
    |pub = Astronomy.com
    |date = October 31, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.universetoday.com/131680/search-alien-signals-around-tabbys-star/
    |title = THE SEARCH IS ON FOR ALIEN SIGNALS AROUND TABBY’S STAR
    |author = Bob King
    |pub = Universe Today
    |date = October 28, 2016
    }}
    <!-- sources for EPIC 204278916-->
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/a-second-dyson-sphere-star-epic-204278916-shows-strange-flickering-of-up-to-65-per-cent/news-story/e51b9c2afaaf9045edd3bfbabc23850f
    |title = A second Dyson sphere? Star EPIC 204278916 shows strange ‘flickering’ of up to 65 per cent
    |author = Jamie Seidel
    |pub = News.com.au
    |date = September 6, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://phys.org/news/2016-08-irregular-dimming-young-stellar-astronomers.html
    |title = Irregular dimming of a young stellar object investigated by astronomers (EPIC 204278916)
    |author = Tomasz Nowakowski
    |pub = Phys Org
    |date = August 30, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://arxiv.org/pdf/1509.03622.pdf
    |title = "Planet Hunters X. KIC 8462852 – Where’s the flux?" - see section 5.2 "Aftermath of giant impact in planetary system" for the original source for the 750 day prediction
    |author = T. S. Boyajian et al
    |pub = Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society
    |date = January 26, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/12/no-alien-laser-signals-seen-from-strange-star
    |title = No alien laser signals seen from strange star
    |author = SETI International
    |pub = Astronomy.com
    |date = December 9, 2015
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.islandone.org/LEOBiblio/SETI1.HTM
    |title = Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation
    |author = Freeman Dyson
    |pub = Science
    |date = June 3, 1960
    }}

    == External links ==

    * {{source|url=https://www.planethunters.org/
    |title=Planet Hunters - the citizen science project to search for new planets, which discovered Tabby's star
    |pub= Zooniverse
    |date=
    }}
    * {{source|url=https://twitter.com/tsboyajian
    |title=Tabetha Boyajian twitter feed - for the latest updates on Tabby's star
    |pub=Twitter
    |date=
    }}
    * {{source|url=https://www.reddit.com/r/KIC8462852/
    |title=KIC 8462852 subreddit to discuss Tabby's star with enthusiasts
    |pub=Reddit
    |date=
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eqmTdko34o
    |title = Update on Tabby's Star (KIC8462852): Q&A with Professor Tabby Boyajian 5/21/17
    |author = Tabetha Boyajian
    |pub = Youtube
    |date = May 21, 2017
    }}

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  • Fatal police helicopter crash in Slovakia caused by technical failure

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    {{Disasters and accidents}}
    {{date|May 21, 2017}}
    Last week's police helicopter accident in eastern [[Slovakia]] was caused by technical failure and not human error, said the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic on Friday. <!-- Teraz.sk (May 19), Aktuality.sk --> The statement is based on preliminary {{w|Flight recorder|flight recorder}} data analysis. Ministry spokesperson Petar Lazarov confirmed the flight recorder and remains of the helicopter will be sent to the [[United States]] for further analysis. <!-- Teraz.sk, Pravda (May 19) --> Helicopter crash occurred during a training exercise on May 10 shortly before 2:30 PM {{w|Central European Summer Time|CEST}} at {{w|Prešov Air Base}} near {{w|Prešov}}, resulting in deaths of two crewmembers and serious injuries of both pilots.
    [[File:Bell 429 Slovak police.jpg|thumb|left|Slovak police helicopter Bell 429, registration OM-BYM, in August 2015. {{image|[[Commons:Special:Contributions/Puki301|Puki301]]}}]]
    According to initial reports by the Slovak Police Force, the helicopter spiraled down from a height of about 100 metres and 200 metres away from the point of take-off.<!-- Facebook status of Slovak Police Force --> Slovak tabloid newspaper ''{{w|Plus JEDEN DEŇ|Plus Jeden Deň}}'' wrote that, according to a source from the forensic team that analysed flight recorders data, both rotors failed at the same time. <!-- Plus Jeden Deň -->

    The accident caused fatal injuries to two Fire and Rescue Corps firefighters, {{translation note|First Lieutenant|sk|Slovak language|nadporučík}}<!-- noteː First Lieutenant is translation of Slovak rank nadporučík --> Peter Toďor, born 1974, and {{translation note|Lieutenant Colonel|sk|Slovak language|podplukovník}} Radoslav Lacko, born 1968. According to reports, one died on the site, and one in the Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Košice. "The patient suffered serious head and chest injuries. Our doctors resuscitated him for about 50 minutes. Ultimately, he died of his injuries," said hospital spokesperson Ivana Stašková. <!-- cited in The Slovak Spectator; information about firefighters (years of birth) in Ministry of Interior press release --> Both firefighters were buried on May 16.<!-- Teraz.sk --> The helicopter pilots were hospitalized with serious injuries in the Ján Adam Reiman Teaching Hospital with Polyclinic in Prešov. While one of them was stabilized and conscious already on May 10, suffering from right femoral fracture, right rib and facial bone fracture<!-- Pravda (May 10) -->, the second one is still in serious condition at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine, said hospital spokesperson Renáta Cenková. <!-- Teraz.sk (May 19) -->

    The {{w|Bell 429 GlobalRanger}} helicopter, registration OM-BYM, was made in 2014 and commissioned by the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Interior on August 17, 2015. The Aviation Department later commissioned another Bell 429 helicopter, registration OM-BYD.<!-- AeroBoek.nl, Helis.com; list of all helicopters used by the Aviation Department can be found here (also in English) https://forum.valka.cz/category/view/502222 --> According to {{w|Bell Helicopter}}, the primary purpose of both these helicopters was to be "border protection, search and rescue, natural disaster relief missions and road traffic law enforcement". <!-- Bell Helicopter's press release -->

    Bell Helicopter reacted on the incident, expressing condolences and willingness to assist with the investigation. <!-- Aktuality.sk --> Members of the {{w|National Council (Slovakia)|National Council}} started their late-afternoon session on May 10 with a minute of silence for the victims of the crash. <!-- The Slovak Spectator --> Other government officials expressed their condolences as well, including the President {{w|Andrej Kiska}}, the Prime Minister {{w|Robert Fico}},<!-- their Facebook statuses--> and the Mayor of Prešov Andrea Turčanová.<!-- Korzár -->

    This accident was not the first Bell 429 helicopter crash in Slovakia. On September 7 of last year, an {{w|Air – Transport Europe|Air-Transport Europe}} rescue helicopter crashed near Banská Bystrica, killing all three crewmen and a patient aboard. <!-- Reuters --> Investigation is still in progress and no preliminary results are known. <!-- Aktuality.sk -->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==
    <!-- Information about the accident -->
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/policajny-vrtulnik-padol-/260702-clanok.html
    |title = Čierne skrinky ukázali príčinu pádu vrtuľníka v Prešove<!-- [Black boxes showed the cause of the helicopter crash in Prešov] -->
    |author =
    |pub = TASR
    |pubtarget = Tlačová agentúra Slovenskej republiky
    |date = May 19, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.aktuality.sk/clanok/489393/co-sposobilo-pad-policajneho-vrtulnika-prve-zavery-vysetrovatelov/
    |title = Čo spôsobilo pád policajného vrtuľníka? Prvé závery vyšetrovateľov<!-- [What caused the crash of police helicopter? Investigators' first conclusions] -->
    |author = Ján Petrovič, Ján Debnár
    |pub = Aktuality.sk
    |date = May 19, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/430012-pricinou-padu-policajneho-vrtulnika-bola-technicka-porucha-pilot-nezlyhal
    |title = Pri páde vrtuľníka nezlyhal pilot, ale technika<!-- [Helicopter crash was not pilot's error, but technical failure] -->
    |author = {{w|SITA Slovenská tlačová agentúra a.s.|SITA}}<!-- it is joint-stock company, full business name SITA Slovenská tlačová agentúra a.s., see http://orsr.sk/vypis.asp?ID=20848&SID=2&P=1&lan=en -->
    |pub = Pravda (Slovakia)
    |date = May 19, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.pluska.sk/spravy/z-domova/vieme-prvi-tragedia-objasnena-sokujuca-pricina-padu-policajneho-vrtulnika.html
    |title = VIEME PRVÍ Tragédia objasnená: Šokujúca príčina pádu policajného vrtuľníka!<!-- [WE KNOW FIRST Tragedy explainedː Shocking cause of the helicopter crashǃ] -->
    |author =
    |pub = Plus JEDEN DEŇ
    |date = May 19, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.aeroboek.nl/429/57202.HTM
    |title = Bell 429 Global Ranger
    |author =
    |pub = AeroBoek.nl
    |date = May 15, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.minv.sk/?tlacove-spravy&sprava=hasicsky-a-zachranny-zbor-stratil-dvoch-profesionalnych-hasicov
    |title = Hasičský a záchranný zbor stratil dvoch profesionálnych hasičov<!-- [Fire and Rescue Corps lost two professional firefighters] -->
    |author = Fire and Rescue Corps
    |pub = Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic
    |date = May 11, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.helis.com/database/cn/42213/
    |title = N538AK OM-BYM Bell 429 C/N 57202
    |author =
    |pub = Helis.com
    |date = [May 2017] <!-- after May 10, 2017 -->
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20529663/crash-of-police-helicopter-claims-two-lives.html
    |title = Crash of police helicopter claims two lives
    |author = <!-- compiled by Spectator Staff -->
    |pub = The Slovak Spectator
    |date = May 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/429048-v-presove-spadol-policajny-vrtulnik/
    |title = V Prešove sa zrútil policajný vrtuľník, zahynuli dvaja hasiči<!-- [Police helicopter crashed in Prešov, two firefighters dead] -->
    |author = Dominik Hutko
    |pub = Pravda (Slovakia)
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://presov.korzar.sme.sk/c/20529626/pri-havarii-vrtulnika-zahynuli-dvaja-presovski-hasici.html?ref=trz#axzz4gh64vEFz
    |title = Pri havárii vrtuľníka zahynuli dvaja prešovskí hasiči<!-- [Two Prešov firefighters died in a helicopter crash] -->
    |author = Martin Belej, Michal Lendel
    |pub = Korzár
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/na-vychode-sa-zrutil-vrtulnik/258982-clanok.html
    |title = ONLINE: Pri Prešove sa zrútil policajný vrtuľník, hlásia dvoch mŕtvych<!-- [ONLINE: Police helicopter crash near Prešov, two dead reported] -->
    |pub = TASR
    |pubtarget = Tlačová agentúra Slovenskej republiky
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.facebook.com/robertficosmersd/posts/657505741105255
    |title = Veľmi ma mrzí strata dvoch mimoriadne skúsených hasičských záchranárov<!-- [I am deeply sorry for loss of two extraordinary experiences fire rescuers] -->
    |author = Robert Fico
    |pub = Facebook
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.facebook.com/AndrejKiska/photos/a.244111399042979.57101.162852047168915/1298530413601067/
    |title = OBROVSKÁ TRAGÉDIA<!-- [HUGE TRAGEDY] -->
    |author = Andrej Kiska
    |pub = Facebook
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.facebook.com/policiaslovakia/posts/1572532549443628:0
    |title = MIMORIADNA SPRÁVA: PADOL POLICAJNÝ VRTUĽNÍK<!-- [BREAKING NEWS: POLICE HELICOPTER CRASH] -->
    |author = Polícia Slovenskej republiky<!-- [Slovak Police Force] -->
    |pub = Facebook
    |date = May 10, 2017
    |lang = Slovak
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.reuters.com/article/us-slovakia-crash-idUSKCN11E0NM
    |title = Slovak rescue helicopter crashes, four dead
    |author = Tatiana Jancarikova, Larry King
    |pub = Reuters
    |date = September 8, 2016
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bellhelicopter.com/news/press-release/slovakian_police
    |title = First Bell 429 Delivered to Slovakian Police Force
    |author =
    |pub = Bell Helicopter
    |date = September 1, 2015
    }}

    [[Category:Aviation accidents and incidents]]
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  • Dutch footballer Kuyt to hang up his boots

    Pi zero: Protected "Dutch footballer Kuyt to hang up his boots": precaution ([Move=Allow only administrators] (indefinite))


    {{date|May 20, 2017}}
    {{football}}
    {{w|Dirk Kuyt}}, {{w|Netherlands|Dutch}} {{w|soccer|footballer}} and captain of Dutch football club {{w|Feyenoord}}, on Wednesday announced retirement from football.

    The 36-year-old forward said, {{translated quote|nl|Dutch language|Voor mij voelt dit als het juiste moment om te stoppen. Na mijn terugkeer naar Feyenoord heb ik hier twee fantastische jaren gehad, met de landstitel van dit seizoen als absoluut hoogtepunt. Ik kwam terug om prijzen te winnen en kampioen te worden met Feyenoord. Al mijn dromen zijn verwezenlijkt.|To me this feels like the right time to retire. I have had two fantastic years here since returning to Feyenoord, with this season's title as the absolute pinnacle. I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord. All my dreams have come true.}} On Sunday, Kuyt scored a {{w|Hat-trick (football)|hat trick}} as Feyenoord won their first Dutch League title {{w|Eredivisie}} since 1999.

    On Sunday, Juyt scored a hat-trick as Feyenoord won their first Dutch league title {{w|Eredivisie}} since 1999. Kuyt's nineteen-year footballing career started at {{w|FC Utrecht}}. He won one {{w|KNVB Cup}} (Dutch Cup) with them. Kuyt moved to Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2003 after five seasons at Utrecht. He was top-scorer of the club in all three season at the {{w|Rotterdam}} club.

    The Dutchman joined [[England|English]] club [[Liverpool F.C.]] in 2006. Six seasons with the {{w|Merseyside}} club, Kuyt netted 71 goals in 285 appearances. In 2012, he won the {{w|Football League Cup|English Cup}}, his only trophy with the ''Reds''. In his debut season for Liverpool, Kuyt won the silver medal in the [[UEFA Champions League]], losing to [[Italy|Italian]] giants [[A.C. Milan]].

    Kuyt spent three seasons with [[Turkey|Turkish]] club {{w|Fenerbahçe S.K.|Fenerbahçe}} winning the {{w|Süper Lig}} (Turkish league title), {{w|Turkish Cup}} and {{w|Turkish Super Cup}} before moving to Feyenoord. He won a KNVB Cup and Eredivisie in two seasons in his second spell at the club. He scored twelve league goals this season.

    Kuyt has 104 international {{w|cap (football)|caps}} and has the sixth most caps for ''Oranje''. He has scored 24 goals in the Dutch colours. Kuyt featured in three {{w|FIFA World Cup|FIFA World Cups}}, finishing second in 2010's World Cup in [[South Africa]] and third in 2014's World Cup in [[Brazil]]. Kuyt is to take a sports management training programme. Feyenoord's techincal director Martic van Geel is to tutor him. van Geel said, "I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course."

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Related news ==
    *{{wikinews|Gerrard announces retirement from professional football|November 25, 2016}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.fifa.com/live-scores/news/y=2017/m=5/news=goalscorer-kuyt-announces-retirement-2884240.html
    |title = Goalscorer Kuyt announces retirement
    |author =
    |pub = FIFA
    |date = May 17, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39952788
    |title = Dirk Kuyt: Former Liverpool and Netherlands forward retires after Feyenoord title win
    |author =
    |pub = BBC Sports
    |date = May 17, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.feyenoord.com/news/news-overview/Dirk-Kuyt-announces-retirement?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
    |title = Dirk Kuyt announces retirement
    |author =
    |pub = Feyenoord
    |date = May 17, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.feyenoord.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/kuyt-al-mijn-dromen-zijn-verwezenlijkt
    |title = Kuyt: ‘Al mijn dromen zijn verwezenlijkt’
    |author =
    |pub = Feyenoord
    |date = May 17, 2017
    |lang = nl
    }}

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  • 17 million accounts' hashed passwords, emails stolen, Zomato says

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    {{date|May 19, 2017}}
    {{Infobox|Computing}}
    Yesterday<!--On Thursday-->, {{w|Zomato}}, a food ordering and restaurant finding company, announced security breach of more than 17 million accounts, via their official blog. A hacker operating under the alias ''nclay'' uploaded evidence to prove they had the stolen data &mdash; hashed passwords and emails &mdash; for sale, ''Hackread.com'' reported. Zomato later announced they contacted the hacker, who asked Zomato to organise a bug bounty programme.

    The food ordering company, with 120 million monthly users, said the payment information of the users was not located with this data and was not leaked. Zomato said it uses {{w|Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard|PCI Data Security Standards}}.

    As a security measure, all the passwords of the involved Zomato accounts were reset and all of the accounts were forcibly logged out from the application and website. The company said only hashed passwords were compromised.

    Hashed passwords are encrypted and, per Zomato, every password had a different "salt", for {{w|salt (cryptography)|cryptographic salting}} was performed before hashing the original password. A "salt" is a random set of characters added before encryption to make decryption to obtain the original passkey more difficult.

    The hashed password itself can not be used to access the account. In the blog post before contacting the hacker, saying "internal (human) security breach", Zomato suggested this could have happened after a worker's development account was hijacked. After contacting the hacker, and promising a bug bounty programme on Hackerone, they said, the hacker agreed and removed the stolen data which was put on sale on the {{w|dark web}}. Zomato said they are looking forward to working closely with the ethical hacker community on security vulnerabilities.

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/security-tech/security/zomato-hacked-security-breach-results-in-17-million-user-data-stolen/articleshow/58729251.cms
    |title = Zomato: Zomato hacked - Security breach results in 17 million user data stolen
    |author = Anu Thomas
    |pub = Economic Times
    |date = May 19, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/zomato-user-records-hacked/article9706774.ece?homepage=true
    |title = Zomato says 17 mn user records stolen
    |author =
    |pub = The Hindu Business Line
    |date = May 18, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://blog.zomato.com/post/160791675411/security-notice
    |title = Security Notice
    |author = Gunjan Patidar
    |pub = Zomato
    |date = May 18, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://blog.zomato.com/post/160807042556/security-notice-update
    |title = Security Notice
    |author = Gunjan Patidar
    |pub = Zomato
    |date = May 18, 2017
    }}

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  • In a step toward personalized medicine, researchers train human stem cells to produce blood cells

    Pi zero: abandoned?


    {{abandoned|May 27, 2017|userspace=}}
    {{tasks|news|re-review}}{{Health}}
    {{date|May 18, 2017}}

    In findings published on Wednesday in ''{{w|Nature (magazine)|Nature}}'', two teams of researchers, one from the {{w|Boston Children's Hospital}}<!--Eurekalert--> and another from {{w|Weill Cornell Medical College}} in [[New York City|New York]]<!--Nature News--> report they have been able to transform adult cells into producing blood.

    The Cornell team used cells from the blood vessels of adult mice<!--Nature News--> and the Boston team accomplished this by transforming pluripotent {{w|stem cells}} into hematopoietic progenitor cells and blood stem cells, a feat scientists have been working toward since human stem cells were first isolated in 1998. This has implications both for the use of donated blood and for patients with {{w|leukemia}}, {{w|lymphoma}},<!--LA Times--> {{w|myeloma}},<!--LATimes--> and other conditions usually treated with {{w|bone marrow transplants}}, especially those for whom a compatible donor would be hard to find.<!--Nature News-->
    {{QuoteLeft|We're tantalizingly close to generating bona fide human blood stem cells in a dish. This work is the culmination of over 20 years of striving.|source=Dr. George Daley, Boston Children's Hospital.}}
    "We're tantalizingly close to generating bona fide human blood stem cells in a dish," said lead scientist Dr. George Daley of {{w|Harvard Medical School}} who led the Boston Children's Hospital project. "This work is the culmination of over 20 years of striving."<!--Eurekalert-->

    The Boston experiments were performed on both embryonic stem cells (ES) extracted from SOURCE and on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), which are adult cells that have been artificially regressed to they regain their ability to differentiate into many different kinds of cells.<!--Eurekalert--> Specifically, they used the H9 hESC (NIHhESC-10-0062), MSC-iPS1, 1045-iPSC, PB34 iPS, and 1157-iPSC lines, all of which were cultivated in-house at the Boston Children's Hospital.<!--Nature Haematopoietic-->

    Although scientists have been able to coax induced pluripotent stem cells, adult cells that have been artificially rejuvenated to regain their ability to transform into different kinds of cells, into neurons and muscle fibers for some time now, getting them to become blood-producing cells is new.<!--Eurekalert-->

    In the Boston experiment, both ES and iPS were treated with cell growth signals that caused them to form an embryonic tissue called hemogenic endothelium, then exposed this endothelium to a series of nine transcription factors via {{w|lentivirus}}<!--Nature Haematopoietic-->. They found seven, {{w|HOXA5}}, {{w|HOX19}}, {{w|HOXA10}}, {{w|RUNX1}}, {{w|ERG (gene)|ERG}}, {{w|SPI1}}, and {{w|LCOR}}, could induce blood cell production to a meaningful extent.<!--Eurekalert and Nature Haematopoietic --> Finally, the treated cells were implanted into mice. Twelve weeks later, some of those mice later produced human {{w|B-cells}}, {{w|T-cells}},<!--Nature Haematopoietic--> and other human blood cells and even showed a human-type immune response when injected with a vaccine.<!--Eurekalert-->

    The Cornell Medical College team, led by Shahin Rafii, extracted cells from the linings of blood vessels of adult mice instead of using induced pluripotent stem cells but treated them with some of the same transcription factors as Daley's team, {{w|FOSB}}, {{W|GFI1}}, RUNX1, and SPI1, to convert them to hematopoeitic stem cells.<!--Nature Conversion-->. The treated cells were later injected into mice that had been rendered unable to produce their own blood cells. The mice recovered, produced human blood cells for the next 40 weeks,<!--LA Times-->, and lived for more than a year.<!--Nature News-->

    Although Rafii's techniques have yet to be replicated in human cells, the fact that it does not rely on iPS makes it much more efficient and bypasses the risk of cancer that shadows stem cell implantation.<!--Nature News-->

    Up to 70% of {{w|bone marrow transplant}} patients develop {{w|graft-vs-host disease}}, in which their own immune systems recognize the implanted tissue as foreign and attack it as if it were a pathogen, and many patients are unable to find a compatible donor in the first place. Cells grown from the patient's own body would presumably share all the patient's own immunological markers, eliminating the risk of these types of complications.<!--LA Times-->

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    |title = Scientists get closer to making personalized blood cells by using patients' own stem cells
    |author = Melissa Healy
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  • Simulations show planet orbiting Proxima Centauri could have liquid water

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    {{date|May 18, 2017}}
    In findings published Tuesday in ''{{w|Astronomy and Astrophysics}}'', a team of scientists led by Ian Boutle at the {{w|University of Exeter}} have created successful simulations of two possible atmospheres of {{w|Proxima B}}, an [[exoplanet]] orbiting {{w|Proxima Centauri}}, one a simple atmosphere of nitrogen tinged with carbon dioxide and another an {{w|Atmosphere of Earth|Earth-like mix of gases}}. They found it possible that liquid water, a prerequisite for life as we know it, might exist on parts of the planet.<!--Eurekalert-->
    [[File:Artist’s impression of Proxima Centauri b shown hypothetically as an arid rocky super-earth.jpg|thumb|left|Artist's representation of Proxima B as an arid but not waterless rocky exoplanet.{{image|{{w|European Southern Observatory}}}}]]
    The University of Exeter's lead exoplanet modeller, Dr. Nathan Mayne, in remarks to ''{{w|Wired}}'', said, "If, and it is a huge if, the composition of the atmosphere was Earth-like then we showed the planet could indeed support temperatures which would allow liquid water on the surface". In another statement, he emphasized researchers could also "exploit this to hopefully improve our understanding of how our own climate has and will evolve".<!--Eurekalert-->

    Proxima B is believed roughly Earth-sized and in its solar system's {{w|habitable zone}}, meaning it would have similar gravity to Earth and at least the possibility of liquid water. The exoplanet was discovered in August 2016 about 4.2 {{w|light year}}s from Earth<!--Wired-->. Last year, [[NASA]] put out a statement expressing doubt that the planet could have an atmosphere in the sense that most of us understand it: "Considering the host star's age and the planet's proximity to its host star, the scientists expect that Proxima B is subjected to torrents of {{w|X-ray}} and extreme {{w|ultraviolet}} radiation from superflares occurring roughly every two hours."<!--Wired-->

    Co-author Dr. James Manners said, "One of the main features that distinguishes this planet from Earth is that the light from its star is mostly in the near {{w|infra-red}}[...] These frequencies of light interact much more strongly with water vapour and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which affects the climate that emerges in our model."<!--Eurekalert-->

    This new model allowed scientists to evaluate the effects of Proxima B's possible orbits and likely exposure to radiation and {{w|solar flares}} from its {{w|red dwarf}} sun on two types of atmospheres.<!--Paper abstract--> The specifics of Proxima B's orbit are not yet established. It might rotate around its axis quickly the way Earth does or it might be {{w|tidally locked}} to its sun, with one side of the planet always lit and the other always dark. It might have a near-circular orbit or an elliptical one. All these variations would have different effects on the flow of any gases over its surface. The models described in this paper review two possible orbits: one tidally locked and one modeled after [[Mercury (planet)|Mercury's]], with a slow-rotating three days per year.<!--Eurekalert-->

    The team used the {{w|Met Office}} {{w|Unified Model}} to produce the simulations.<!--Eurekalert-->

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    *{{source
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    |title = Exploring the climate of Proxima B with the Met Office Unified Model
    |author = Ian Boutle, Nathan Mayne, Benjamin Drummond, James Manners, Jayesh Goyal, Hugo lambert, David Acreman, and Paul Earnshaw
    |pub = Astronomy and Astrophysics
    |date = May 16, 2017
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    |title = 'Second Earth' Proxima b could support alien life after all
    |author = Abigail Beall
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    |date = May 15, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Scientists take first tentative steps to explore potential climate of Proxima B
    |author = Eurekalert
    |pub = University of Exeter
    |date = May 15, 2017
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  • U.S. President Trump discloses classified information on Middle East to Russian officials

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    {{date|May 17, 2017}}

    Yesterday<!--On Tuesday--> morning, [[United States]] President [[Donald Trump]] defended his disclosure of classified information regarding the [[Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]] (ISIL or ISIS) to [[Russia|Russian]] foreign minister {{w|Sergey V. Lavrov}} and ambassador {{w|Sergey I. Kislyak}}, a decision that has drawn a storm of both explanation and criticism from the media and both major U.S. political parties over the past week.
    {{QuoteLeft|As president, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled [White House] meeting) which I have the absolute right to do|source=U.S. President Donald Trump}}
    Trump spoke directly to the public, as is his custom, via [[Twitter]]: "As president, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled [&zwj;[[White House]]&zwj;] meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against Isis and terrorism."<!--Guardian Holpuch and BBC-->

    On May 10, President Trump met with Lavrov and Kislyak in the {{w|Oval Office}} and, according to reports first from the ''[[Washington Post]]'', told them about an Islamic State plot to sneak explosives onto airplanes by hiding them in laptop computers<!--BBC-->, which may have placed the anonymous partner who provided it in danger of identification.<!--NYTimes--> According to U.S. officials, the information in question was so sensitive that it is not only usually not shared with allies but also extremely restricted even within the U.S. government.<!--Washington Post-->

    "The Russians have the widest intelligence collection mechanism in the world outside of our own," said {{w|John Sipher}}, the former head of the U.S. [[Central Intelligence Agency]]'s Russia division. "They can put together a good picture with just a few details[...] They can marry President Trump's comments with their own intelligence, and intelligence from their allies. They can also deploy additional resources to find out details."<!--MSN-->

    While it is not illegal for the sitting U.S. president to share classified information with foreign officials, it may violate the agreement with the person or organization who provided the information in the first place. There are concerns the Russians may reverse-engineer the process by which the information was gathered and identify the source.<!--NYTimes--> Because many of the countries in the Middle East have tribal-level connections to areas controlled by the Islamic State, allowing a source to be identified could place them in political as well as personal danger.<!--Guardian--> An official from one country in Europe told the ''[[Associated Press]]'' his government might cease to share intelligence with the United States.<!--AP--> According to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, the information came from [[Israel]]. None of their Israeli counterparts have seen fit to either confirm or deny this, and Israeli ambassador to the U.S. {{w|Ron Dermer}} wrote to ''[[The New York Times]]'' expressing "full confidence" in the U.S. intelligence process.<!--MSN-->

    Trump's advisors who were present at the meeting were quick to say on Monday, once the disclosure was reported publicly, that Trump did not tell the Russians exactly how the U.S. had come by any information. "At no time — at no time — were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known," said Trump's National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General {{w|H.R. McMaster}}, who also told reporters, "I was in the room. It didn't happen."<!--NYTimes and Guardian Holpuch--> No U.S. newspapers were invited to the meeting.<!--BBC-->

    {{w|Maria Zakharova}}, a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry, said the report of Trump disclosing classified material was "another fake."

    [[U.S. Republican party|Republican]] Senator {{w|Bob Corker}} of [[Tennessee]], noting he was not present at the meeting and did not personally know if President Trump actually compromised the source, said, "To compromise a source is something that you just don't do, and that's why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close as to prevent that from happening."<!--NYTimes-->

    Senator {{w|Jack Reed (politician)|Jack Reed}} of [[Rhode Island]], who serves on the U.S. {{w|United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee}}, and fellow [[U.S. Democratic party|Democrat]] Adam Schiff of the {{w|U.S. House Intelligence Committee|House Intelligence Committee}}<!--BBC--> both raised concerns about Trump's mindfulness. Reed called it "reckless" and said: "The president of the United States has the power to share classified information with whomever they wish, but the American people expect the president to use that power wisely. I don't believe the president intentionally meant to reveal highly secretive information to the Russians."<!--NYTimes-->

    [[U.S. Republican party|Republican]] [[John McCain]] of [[Arizona]] called this "A troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future."<!--BBC and AP-->

    Trump's meeting with the Russian ministers took place one day<!--BBC--> after he fired [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] director {{w|James Comey}}, who had been running an investigation into alleged [[Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election|Russian involvement]] in the [[2016 U.S. presidential election]], which raised concerns about obstruction of justice.<!--Washington Post-->

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    *{{wikinews|Changing position, President Trump says FBI Director Comey was fired over Russia investigation, showboating|May 13, 2017}}

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    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/16/donald-trump-russia-shared-information|title=Trump: I shared information with Russia and I had 'absolute right' to do so |author=Julian Borger, Sabrina Siddiqui, Amanda Holpuch|pub=The Guardian|date=May 16, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39937258|title=Trump defends 'absolute right' to share 'facts' with Russia|pub=BBC News Online|date=May 16, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=https://apnews.com/f24f9ecf590444a79be621f3de47a6ba|title=Analysis: Trump intel sharing risks damaging US alliances|author=Julie Pace|pub=Associated Press|date=May 16, 2017}}
    *{{source
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    |title = Middle East allies at physical and political risk from Trump leak
    |author = Martin Chulov
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = May 16, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, in Break With Ally, Officials Say
    |author = Matthew Rosenberg and Eric Schmitt
    |pub = New York Times
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    |title = Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador
    |author = Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe
    |pub = Washington Post
    |date = May 15, 2017
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  • Ravi Vasanwar

    Pi zero: Pi zero moved page Ravi Vasanwar to User:Ravi Vasanwar without leaving a redirect: perhaps a user page?


    Ravi vasanwar was born to Heera Lal and Kesha Devi in Titpuri, Kathumar, Alwar.He has passed his sr. Sec. Class in Kherli.


  • Salvador Sobral wins Eurovision for Portugal

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    {{date|May 15, 2017}}
    {{Culture and entertainment}}
    [[File:Salvador Sobral RedCarpet Kyiv 2017.jpg|thumb|left|200px|File photo of Salvador Sobral{{image|[[Commons:User:Mykola Swarnyk|Mykola Swarnyk]]}}]]
    On Saturday, [[Portugal]] won its first victory at the {{w|Eurovision Song Contest|Eurovision}} song competition, held this year at [[Kiev]]'s {{w|Kiev International Exhibition Centre|International Exhibition Centre}} in [[Ukraine]]. {{w|Salvador Sobral}}'s song Amar Pelos Dois won 758 points from public and professional judges. [[Bulgaria]] and [[Moldova]] came second and third respectively. Sobral called it "a victory for music".

    Out of 42 countries participating this time, 26 countries including hosts [[Ukraine]] and the Big Five &mdash; [[France]], [[Germany]], [[Italy]], [[Spain]] and the [[United Kingdom]] &mdash; competed in the finals. The competition began on May 9. Sobral, who has a serious heart problem, did not perform during early rehearsals. Ukraine, Germany and Spain ended up at the bottom of the vote ranking winning collecting respectively 36, six and five points.

    [[UK]] representative {{w|Lucie Jones}} secured fifteenth place with 111 points. Sobral's ballad was written by his sister, who joined the 27-year-old winner on the stage during the reprise. Winner of the second semi-final Bulgaria's Kristian Kostov secured 615 points from the voting and Moldova won 374 points. Last year, Ukrainian singer {{w|Jamala}} scored 534 points, then highest in the competition, but this year won only 36 points.

    Portugal made its first appearance in the competition in 1964. The European Broadcast Union (EBU) warned Sobral against breaking the rules of the contest after he wore a t-shirt with "S.O.S.Refugees" written on it in a press conference following the first semi-final which Portugal had won. The Portuguese said, "If I'm here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message [...] People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they're refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey, and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries" EBU banned him from wearing t-shirts with politically motivated messages.

    {{w|Kasia Moś}}, representing [[Poland]], said that she dedicated her performance to {{w|animal rights}} and added "I just hope that after this in Poland we’re going to change the law and we will not have dogs on chains".

    Eurovision reported the final was watched by four million viewers on [[YouTube]].

    As the winner of this edition of the competition, Portugal is to host next year's competition. Two-time winner of the competition Ukraine previously hosted the 2005 contest.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39911839
    |title = Eurovision 2017: Portugal's ballad wins contest
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    |pub = BBC News Online
    |date = May 14, 2017
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    *{{source
    |url = https://eurovision.tv/story/portugal-salvador-sobral-winner-eurovision-2017
    |title = Portugal wins the 2017 eurovision song contest
    |author = Paul Jordan
    |pub = Eurovision
    |date = May 14, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/863534745484840960
    |title = Eurovision on Twitter
    |author = Eurovision
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = May 14, 2017
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    |title = Eurovision on Twitter
    |author = Eurovision
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = May 14, 2017
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    *{{source
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    |title = Portugal: EBU Ban Salvador Sobral From Wearing "S.O.S Refugees" Jumper
    |author = Emily Herbert
    |pub = Eurovoix
    |date = May 13, 2017
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    |title = Eurovision contestants share emotions after qualifying for final
    |author = Maria Romanenko
    |pub = Kyiv Post
    |date = May 10, 2017
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  • Changing tune, President Trump says FBI Director Comey was fired over Russia investigation, showboating

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    {{United States}}{{date|May 13, 2017}}

    Despite the [[White House]]'s initial assertion that [[FBI|Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)]] Director {{w|James Comey}} was dismissed Tuesday over mishandling the [[Hillary Clinton]] email case, [[United States]] President [[Donald Trump]] on Thursday told [[NBC]] that "this [[Russia]] thing" was among his reasons, mentioning Comey's repeated claims that he, Trump, was not being investigated. He also accused Comey of "showboating" and said "the FBI has been in turmoil."<!--Guardian-->

    James Comey was leading an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia and possible [[Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election|Russian involvement]] in the [[2016 US presidential election]] that placed Trump in power. The official reason given for his dismissal, overly harsh treatment of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, was met with skepticism from politicians and the press.

    {{QuoteLeft|[W]hen I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.'|4=President Trump to NBC}}
    President Trump also told NBC's {{w|Lester Holt}} that, despite statements to the contrary by Vice President [[Mike Pence|Pence]] and {{w|Sean Spicer}}, recommendations from deputy attorney general {{w|Rod Rosenstein}} did not have anything to do with his decision, which he made before receiving Rosenstein's memo.<!--Guardian and Time--> "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey. Knowing, there was no good time to do it[...] And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won.'"<!--Guardian--> He went on to express regret that firing Comey might prolong the investigation and said Comey had told him that he, Trump, was not under investigation when asked.

    Trump told NBC that he had asked Comey if he, Trump, were under investigation, to which Comey had replied in the negative. While it is not illegal under U.S. law for President Trump to ask if he is under investigation, former {{w|U.S. Department of Justice}} spokesperson Matthew Miller described it as "completely inappropriate" and pointed out that Comey would not be allowed to answer under Department rules.<!--Guardian-->

    Deputy White House Press Secretary {{w|Sarah Huckabee Sanders}} disagreed with Miller's assessment. "I don't see it as a conflict of interest and neither do many of the legal scholars who've been commenting on it over the last hour." She did not elaborate on the reference to legal scholars.

    While some sources have said Comey requested more resources for the Russia investigation only days before being fired, one of his associates told news outlets this was not true and the investigation had no shortage of resources.<!--Guardian and Washington Post-->

    In his interview with Holt, President Trump affirmed that his campaign had no connections to Russia.<!--NBC-->

    Four candidates for Comey's position were scheduled to be interviewed today<!--on Saturday-->: a lawyer named {{w|Alice Fisher}}, an appeals court judge named {{w|Michael Garcia}}, [[US Senate|Senator]] {{w|John Cornyn}} of [[Texas]], and {{w|Andrew McCabe}}, who is currently serving as acting director of the FBI.<!--Washington Post--> McCabe has promised to "vigorously and completely" continue the Russia investigation and to tell Congress if any pressure is brought to bear to stop it.<!--Guardian-->

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    ==Related news==

    *{{wikinews|President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, raising questions about Russia investigation|May 11, 2017}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
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    |title = Donald Trump admits 'this Russia thing' part of reasoning for firing Comey
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    |date =May 12, 2017
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    |title = Comey associates dispute Trump’s account of conversations
    |author = Devlin Barrett, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date =May 12, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
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    |title = President Trump Links His Decision to Fire James Comey to Frustration With Russia Investigation
    |author = Abigail Adams
    |pub = Time
    |date = May 16, 2017
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  • Slavery services at the United Nations?

    Pi zero: abandoned?


    {{abandoned|May 27, 2017|userspace=}}
    {{tasks|news|re-review}}
    {{date|May 21, 2017}}
    [[File:Flag of the United Nations.svg|thumb|Flag of the United Nations]]

    The {{w|United Nations}} is looking for applicants. The deadline date is May 29, 2017. The intergovernmental organization offers an internship for three months, up to six months. Due to the number of applicants, the desired competencies are high: a very good knowledge of the English language is required, and fluency in French, too. Applicants with an academic career are preferred, minimum is a Bachelor’s level or equivalent.

    The organization pays no travel costs, travel arrangements (including visas) and living accommodations. Considering the cost of living in New York, such an internship will only be suitable for applicants in a good financial situation. Comments on Facebook were saying that the money could better be invested in founding an own independent existence. The offer rather gives the impression that the United Nations will have a few slaves.

    {{original}}

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  • Moon Jae-in becomes President of South Korea

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    {{date|May 11, 2017}}
    [[File:Moon Jae-in May 2017.jpg|thumb|left|Moon Jae-in, at a press conference yesterday<!--on Wednesday-->. {{image|Jeon Han}}]]

    {{W|Moon Jae-in}} assumed the office of {{W|President of South Korea|President}} of {{w|South Korea}} yesterday<!-- on Wednesday -->. He was announced the winner of Tuesday's election, with 41.1% of the vote, and sworn in yesterday<!-- on Wednesday --> at the {{W|National Assembly (South Korea)|Korean National Assembly}}. Moon is succeeding the impeached President {{W|Park Geun-hye}}.

    Moon has promised to unite his country, which faces tensions due to the corruption scandals of the previous president. He has also vowed to promote peace between the two Koreas. One way Moon is attempting to improve the relationship between South Korea and [[North Korea]] is by reopening the [[Kaesong Industrial Region]], an industrial park on the Korean border jointly run by both Koreas. Moon also wishes to reform {{w|chaebol}}, a type of conglomerate run by powerful families. An example of a chaebol is {{w|Samsung}}, whose vice-chariman {{W|Lee Jae-yong (businessman)|Lee Jae-yong}} was arrested for allegations of bribery under the previous president Park Guen-hye.

    In more international affairs, Moon has said he is reconsidering the {{w|Terminal High Altitude Area Defense#Korean peninsula|THAAD}} (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployments of the {{w|United States}}, as he believes they could damage relations with [[China]].

    Moon's parents were North Korean refugees. He worked as a [[human rights]] lawyer after serving in the South Korean special forces.

    {{haveyoursay}}
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    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39866696
    |title=South Korea's Moon Jae-in sworn in vowing to address North
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    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=May 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.businessinsider.com/moon-jae-in-policy-south-korea-2017-5
    |title=South Korea's new president is already making big moves — including reconsidering the US anti-missile system
    |author=Kim Tong-Hyung ({{w|Associated Press|AP}})
    |pub= Business Insider
    |date=May 10, 2017
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  • U.S President Trump fires FBI director in charge of Russia investigation

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    {{United States}}
    {{date|May 11, 2017}}

    On Tuesday, [[United States|U.S.]] President [[Donald Trump]] dismissed {{w|James Comey}} from his position as head of the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] (FBI). Officially, Comey was fired for mishandling the issue with former presidential candidate [[Hillary Clinton]]'s alleged {{w|Clinton email scandal|misuse of private email servers}}, but [[United States Senate|Senate]] [[U.S. Democratic party|Democrats]] and the [[American Civil Liberties Union]] (ACLU) have raised concerns over whether the real reason may have been that Comey was leading the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to [[Russia]] and possible [[Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections|tampering with the election]] that placed Trump in high office.<!--Guardian-->
    [[File:Mueller_comey_obama_september_2013.jpg|thumb|left|James Comey with predecessor {{w|Robert S. Mueller}} and then-President [[Barack Obama]].{{image|US Federal Government}}]]
    [[CNN]] reports a source within the [[White House]] told CNN reporter {{w|Dana Bash}} the President's office gave this reason intending to avoid controversy because many Democrats have also criticized Comey for mishandling the Clinton case, and some have blamed him for Clinton losing the election.<!--CNN--> Specifically, recently confirmed Deputy U.S. Attorney General {{w|Rod Rosenstein}} released a memo criticizing Comey's statements in a July 2016 press conference, in which he called Hillary Clinton "extremely careless" for using private email servers to transmit government information but said she would not be charged with a crime. "The director was wrong to usurp the attorney general's authority on 5 July 2016, and announce his conclusion that the [Clinton] case should be closed without prosecution. [...] Compounding the error, the director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation," wrote Rosenstein.<!--Guardian-->

    "It simply defies logic that President Trump, who made the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails a centerpiece of his campaign, would all of the sudden convert to the view that Clinton was treated unfairly," said Democratic Senator {{w|Christopher S. Murphy}}.<!--NYTimes--> [[CNN]] legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin rejected it as "absurd." He went on to compare it to the dismissal of {{w|Archibald Cox}} during the {{w|Watergate scandal}}.<!--CNN-->

    {{w|Anthony Romero}} of the ACLU also expressed concern: "The independence of the FBI director is meant to ensure that the president does not operate above the law. For President Trump to fire the man responsible for investigating his own campaign's ties to the Russians imperils that fundamental principle."<!--Guardian-->

    Most [[U.S. Republican party|Republicans]] agreed with Trump's decision. Senator {{W|Chuck Grassley}} said, "The handling of the Clinton email investigation is a clear example of how Comey's decisions have called into question the trust and political independence of the FBI." However, Republican [[U.S. House of Representatives|Representative]] {{w|Justin Amash}} referred to the rationale behind the dismissal as "bizarre" and said that he and his staff would look into laws that might allow the establishment of an independent commission to continue the Russia investigation.<!--Guardian--> Such a commission has also been called for by Republican Senator [[John McCain]]<!--CNN--> and Democratic Senator {{W|Bob Casey}}.<!--Guardian-->

    Minority leader {{w|Chuck Schumer}} said, "If deputy attorney general Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover-up."<!--Guardian-->

    Schumer was one of several Senate Democrats to ask for a special prosecutor or special counsel. Others, expressing themselves both by [[Twitter|Tweet]] and traditional television interviews, {{w|Tim Kaine}} of [[Virginia]], {{w|Jeff Merkley}} of [[Oregon]], and {{w|Cory Booker}} of [[New Jersey]]. However, special prosecutors are appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, in this case {{w|Jeff Sessions}} who recused himself from any further involvement in the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. According to [[ABC News]] chief legal analyst {{w|Dan Abrams}}, the responsibility would then fall to a deputy, who would be unlikey to act except in response to pressure from Congress.<!--ABC-->

    President Trump responded, as is his custom, via tweet: "Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, 'I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.' Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp"<!--Guardian--> and "The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!" <!--NYTimes-->

    Deputy Director {{w|Andrew McCabe}} is to serve as acting head of the FBI until a replacement is confirmed.<!--Guardian-->

    {{haveyoursay}}
    {{update|Changing position, President Trump says FBI Director Comey was fired over Russia investigation, showboating|May 13, 2017}}
    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/appointing-special-prosecutor-comey-firing-problematic-expert/story?id=47322349|pub=ABC News (US)|date=May 10, 2017|title=Appointing a special prosecutor after Comey firing could be 'problematic,' expert says|author=Morgan Winsor}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/james-comey-fbi-fired-donald-trump
    |title=Trump fires FBI director Comey, raising questions over Russia investigation
    |author=David Smith
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=May 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/james-comey-fbi-trump-white-out/
    |title=Trump fires FBI director James Comey
    |author=Stephen Collinson, Jeff Zeleny, and Jeremy Diamond
    |pub=CNN Politics
    |date=May 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article
    |title=Trump Says Comey 'Wasn't Doing a Good Job' and Assails Democrats
    |author=Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear
    |pub=New York Times
    |date=May 10, 2017
    }}

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  • Debian closes FTP mirrors for download

    Acagastya: though it is abandoned, it is for an interview — see the content. {{Prepared}} is not fit for this article as well. And there is no harm keeping it in the main space.


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    {{Internet}}
    {{develop}}
    {{original reporting}}
    {{date|May 10, 2017}}

    On April 25, Debian announced on its website the decision to close FTP services on November 1, 2017. This decision was motivated by efficiency issues with FTP protocol as well as FTP clients, its low usage, and its high effort required to maintain the FTP servers.

    The news item included a list of the services to be closed, ftp.debian.org and security.debian.org, both of which contain an FTP server. Users were directed to use the same URL over HTTP.

    Wikinews interviewed several members of the Debian project about this decision.

    == FTP ==
    * Who and what motivated to start a discussion of the FTP servers closure? When did it start?
    * Who was asked to weigh in to the decision? How many people participated? What were their arguments?
    * What are the HTTP and FTP servers usage statistics? May we please have yearly data so that we can plot it?
    * Which other popular Linux distributions do you know took this decision?
    * Do you think sooner or later other distributions would also leave FTP?
    * How much resource does the FTP server consume? How many maintainers does it normally have?
    * How was the FTP server set up? When did it start its work for the first time?
    * What are/were the advantages of the FTP protocol? Why was it initially popular?
    * Why was this decision taken now? Why not earlier?
    * Why will the public FTPs redirected to HTTP rather than ''HTTPS''?
    * Why would the developer services support FTP even after dropping the public FTP support?
    * How does FTP benefit the developers?
    * In the announcement, it was mentioned "our own installer has not offered FTP as a way to access mirrors for over ten years." What happened ten years ago? What made Debian stop using FTP to access the mirror?
    * Why didn't Debian decide to stop public FTPs ten years ago?

    == Debian evolution ==
    * In this gap of ten years, what were the major developments in Debian?
    * What are the other popular technologies Debian has dropped over the years?
    * How does the Debian development team communicate with each other?
    * How has the contribution to Debian changed over the time?

    * Which operating system do you use? Why do you choose that particular operating system?
    * If you had to choose any other operating system other than Debian (or if Debian did not exist) which operating system would you be using? (It is possible they try other operating system to see how things work on the other distros.)
    * Have you ever used a closed source operating system?

    * What do you think is the next big thing in the FOSS world?
    {{haveyoursay}}

    == See also ==
    *{{wikinews|Debian to shutdown public File Transfer Protocol services|Friday, April 28, 2017}}

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  • Cyberattack, not British comedian, caused website slowdown, says FCC

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    {{Internet}}
    {{date|May 10, 2017}}

    Late Sunday night and Monday morning, the website of the [[United States]] {{w|Federal Communications Commission}} (FCC) became unresponsive, which interfered with attempts by the public to express their views on the proposals currently up for comment, including one about {{w|Net Neutrality}}. Although comedian {{w|John Oliver}} on his show ''{{w|Last Week Tonight}}'' had asked his viewers to inundate the website with comments supporting Net Neutrality, the FCC says a DDoS<!--CNN--> ({{w|distributed denial-of-service}}) cyberattack, not angry {{w|HBO}} fans, are responsible for their website's issues.

    [[File:John Oliver 2014.jpg|thumb|left|John Oliver in 2013.{{image| Photo by Max Morse for TechCrunch}}]]
    FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray explained in a formal statement that FCC.gov's problems did not come from a large volume of complaints and comments, which is what Oliver had asked his fans to make, but from sabotage. "These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC," said Bray.

    Net Neutrality is the idea that Internet providers should not be allowed to speed up or slow down access to certain websites, which would presumably be done for payment. In 2014, the U.S. government ruled Internet providers must be held to standards similar to those of telephone companies and changed their legal classification to fall under Title II of the {{w|Communications Act of 1934|1934 Telecommunications Act}}<!--verge and CNN Pagliery-->, which gave the FCC the legal authority to order them not to give preferential treatment to high-paying customers.

    In response to a previous Net Neutrality proposal in 2014, John Oliver did a segment on the fifth episode of ''Last Week Tonight'' explaining the difference between Title I and Title II status and asking his viewers to flood the FCC's websites with comments supporting regulation. Approximately 4 million did so, and the website crashed<!--CNN-->. Sunday night, Oliver asked the public to repeat the performance, recommending comments to make and providing a single link to take them to the exact part of FCC.gov required: "America needs you to rise &mdash; or more accurately, remain seated in front of your computer screen &mdash; to this occasion," said Oliver on the air. "So please, fly my pretties, fly once more!" Again, the FCC website soon suffered problems.

    Despite Sunday night's issues, the FCC still received tens of thousands of comments on the proposed relaxing of the 2014 regulations, which is up for a vote on May 18.<!--Wpost-->

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==
    *{{source|pub=BBC News Online|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39855490|title=FCC website 'targeted by attack' after John Oliver comments|date=May 9, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/8/15577800/john-oliver-net-neutrality-last-week-tonight-ajit-pai-title-ii-verizon
    |title=John Oliver pleads with viewers to revive net neutrality fight
    |author=Chaim Gartenberg
    |pub=The Verge
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/05/08/the-fcc-says-an-attack-not-john-oliver-hampered-its-website/?utm_term=.d6f531c4e696
    |title=The FCC says an attack — not John Oliver — hampered its website
    |author=Hayley Tsukayama
    |pub=Washington Post
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}

    *{{source|url=http://time.com/4770205/john-oliver-fcc-net-neutrality/
    |title=John Oliver Wants You to Flood the FCC Website to Save Net Neutrality, Again
    |author=Melissa Locker
    |pub=Time
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}

    *{{source|url=http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/08/media/john-oliver-net-neutrality/|author=Melissah Yang|pub=CNN|title=John Oliver tackles net neutrality again, encourages viewers to 'go FCC yourself'|date=May 8, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/26/technology/fcc-rules-net-neutrality/index.html?iid=EL|title=FCC adopts historic Internet rules|author=Jose Pagliery|pub=CNN|date=February 25, 2015}}

    == External links ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vuuZt7wak&t=922s
    |title=Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    |author=''{{w|Last Week Tonight}}''
    |pub=YouTube
    |date=May 7, 2017
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  • Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election race

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    {{date|May 9, 2017}}
    {{France}}
    On Sunday, ''{{w|En Marche!}}'' candidate {{w|Emmanuel Macron}} won the second round 2017 [[France|French]] Presidential election, winning about 66.1 percent of the votes, defeating ''{{w|Front national}}'''s {{w|Marine Le Pen}} with the final result declared yesterday<!-- on Monday -->. Winning the race with a significant vote difference, Marcon tweeted, {{translated quote|fr|French language|Tout le monde nous disait que c’était impossible. Mais ils ne connaissaient pas la France !|Everyone told us that it was impossible. But they did not know France!}}
    [[File:Élection présidentielle de 2017 par département T2.png|left|thumb|Distribution of votes. Yellow represents ''En Marche!'' and blue represents ''Front national''{{image|[[Commons:User:Mélencron|Mélencron]]}}]]
    With this victory, winning almost twice as many votes as Le Pen, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became the youngest President-elect of the Republic of France. In the first round of the election, held on April 23, no candidate won the absolute majority. The abstention rate increased from 22.23% to 25.44% in the second round, {{w|AFP}} reported, the first such second-round increase since 1969. He won the presidential race in the continuing state of emergency which was announced after the November 2015 [[Paris]] attack.

    Known for her anti-{{w|European Union|European}} and anti-globalisation programme, far-right leader Le Pen managed to win about twice as many votes as her father and founder of the ''Front national'' party {{w|Jean-Marie Le Pen}} who lost to {{w|Jacques Chirac}} in 2002. ''Front national'' won the highest number of votes in their history.

    In his speech in front of the glass pyramid near the {{w|Louvre Museum}}, Macron said, {{translated quote|fr|French language|Je sais les divisions de notre nation qui ont conduit certains à un vote extrême. Je sais les colères, les doutes, l'anxiété que certains ont exprimé.|I understand the divisions of our country that have led some to vote for extremists. I understand the anger, the anxiety, the doubts that a great part among us have also expressed.}} He also added, {{translated quote|fr|French language|Je défendrai la France, ses intérêts vitaux, son image. J'en prends l'engagement devant vous. Je défendrai l'Europe, c'est notre civilisation qui est en jeu, notre manière d'être libre. J'oeuvrerai à retisser les liens entre l'Europe et les citoyens. J'adresse aux nations du monde, le salut de la France fraternelle.|I will defend France, its vital interests, its image, I promise you in front of you. I will defend Europe, our civilisation is at stake, our way of being free. I will work to re-establish the bonds between Europe and the citizens. I address to the nations of the world, the salvation of fraternal France.}} Macron said he would serve as per the motto of France — {{translation note|''Liberté, égalité, fraternité''|fr|French language|Liberty, equality and fraternity}}. Acknowledging the "immense" awaiting task<!-- in case the other sources aren't enough: https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/861327757158043648 -->, he said, "I will do everything I can in the coming five years to make sure you never have a reason to vote for extremism again".

    {{translated quote|fr|French language|Félicitations Emmanuel Macron! Rencontrons-nous rapidement et continuons à renforcer les liens de fraternité entre le Canada et la France|Congratulations Emmanuel Macron! Let's meet soon, and keep working to grow and strengthen the deep ties between Canada and France}}, [[Canada|Canadian]] Prime Minister [[Justin Trudeau]] tweeted. [[Germany|German]] chancellor [[Angela Merkel]] congratulated Macron via a telephone call.

    French parliamentary elections are to be held in June, and Emmanuel Macron, who describes himself as "neither left nor right" <!-- found in a source and on Wikipedia as well -->does not have a party in the parliament. ''En Marche!'' was formed last year. Marine Le Pen tweeted that ''Front national'' {{translated quote|fr|French language|doit se renouveler pour être à la hauteur de cette opportunité historique et des attentes des Français|must renew itself to live up to this historic opportunity and expectations of France}}.

    Current president, [[François Hollande]] announced he would not run for re-election in December.
    {{q|{{translated quote|fr|French language|Tout le monde nous disait que c’était impossible. Mais ils ne connaissaient pas la France !|Everyone told us that it was impossible. But they did not know France!}}<br>&mdash;Emmanuel Macron}}

    {| style="width:100%"
    |-
    | style="width:85%" |
    {| style="width:100%; text-align:center; font-weight:bold;"
    |- style="color:white;"
    | style="background:#FFE25A; width:66.1%; color:#000;" | 20,753,798
    | style="background:#0D378A; width:33.9%;" | 10,644,118
    |-
    | {{color|#000|Emmanuel Macron&nbsp;– ''En Marche!''}}
    | {{color|#000|Marine Le Pen&nbsp;– ''Front national''}}
    |}
    | style="width:15%; text-align:right;"| <small>Data from {{w|Interior Ministry (France)|Ministère de l'Intérieu}}.</small>
    |}

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Resultats-globaux-du-second-tour-de-l-election-du-President-de-la-Republique-2017
    |title=Résultats globaux du second tour de l'élection du Président de la République 2017
    |author=
    |pub= Ministère de l'Intérieur
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.yahoo.com/news/macron-won-66-1-le-pen-33-9-094251751.html
    |title=Macron won 66.1%, Le Pen 33.9% in French vote: final results
    |author={{w|Agence France-Presse|AFP}}
    |pub=Yahoo! News
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.thelocal.fr/20170508/emmanuel-macron-becomes-frances-youngest-president
    |title=Macron vows to unite France after stunning election win
    |author=
    |pub=The Local
    |date=May 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/861320225832275975
    |title=Emmanuel Macron on Twitter
    |date=May 7, 2017
    |pub=Twitter
    |author=Emmanuel Macron
    |lang=fr
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/07/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-france-election-marine-le-pen.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-ab-top-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
    |title=Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen in French Presidential Race
    |author=Alissa J. Rubin
    |pub=The New York Times
    |date=May 7, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/861330736812576768
    <!-- en quote: https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/861330850113363969 -->
    |lang= fr
    |title= Justin Trudeau on Twitter
    |author=Justin Trudeau
    |pub=Twitter
    |date=May 7, 2017
    }}
    *{{source
    |lang=fr
    |date=May 7, 2017
    |pub=Atlantico
    |author=Jour J
    |title=Emmanuel Macron président de la République : retour sur la soirée électorale
    |url=http://www.atlantico.fr/pepites/emmanuel-macron-president-republique-retour-soiree-electorale-3041371.html
    }}
    *{{source
    |lang=fr
    |date=May 7, 2017
    |pub=Twitter
    |author=Emmanuel Macron
    |title=Emmanuel Macron on Twitter
    |url=https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/861329331355873280
    }}
    *{{source
    |lang=fr
    |date=May 7, 2017
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  • Acagastya/UserBabel

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    No story. Just the table. No pings intended, user list order is random. '''NOTE''' go by the VIBGYOR for native to 0 proficiency.<br>[[User talk:Acagastya|<span style="font-family:Helvetica; color:rgb(153, 68, 2);">acagastya</span>]] 06:26, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
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  • Several episodes of 'Orange is the New Black's released prematurely by hacker

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    {{date|May 2, 2017}}{{crime and law}}
    A hacker, or group of hackers, operating under the alias of The Dark Overlord uploaded ten episodes of {{w|Netflix}}'s web TV series ''{{w|Orange is the New Black}}'' on Friday and <!-- Twitter tells me it was SAT; TPB says it was uploaded on 2017-04-28 22:29:09 GMT -->Saturday on [[The Pirate Bay]] after they said the online streaming service failed to meet their demands. Netflix had planned to release the season on June 9.

    According to ''{{w|The New York Times}}'', the unreleased content from the upcoming fifth season of ''Orange is the New Black'' was likely stolen from a postproduction company Larson Studios, based in [[Los Angeles]]. Netflix in a statement said, "A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved." In a [[Twitter|tweet]] on Saturday, the hacker said, "Who is next on the list? FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Oh, what fun we're all going to have. We're not playing any games anymore." <!-- https://twitter.com/tdohack3r/status/858152416008577024 -->

    The hacker tweeted about uploading the first episode on The Pirate Bay on Saturday saying, "Let's try to be a bit more direct, Netflix". <!-- https://twitter.com/tdohack3r/status/858059500921769985 -->The hacker allegedly demanded an amount of money which they publicly described as "modest", from Netflix for not releasing the episodes prematurely. ''The New York Times'' reported that the final three episodes were not pirated since the security breach occurred before the postproduction studio was handed those episodes. In January, the hacker erased the data from the servers of a {{w|Muncie, Indiana|Muncie}}-based charity called ''Little Red Door Cancer Services of East Central Indiana'' demanding 50 {{w|bitcoin}}s to restore their data, which was estimated to be about [[US$]]43,000.

    The {{w|Federal Bureau of Investigation}} is reportedly investigating this cyber crime. Netflix has more than 100 million subscribers, CEO {{w|Reed Hastings}} announced recently. ''{{w|Variety (magazine)|Variety}}'' noted that Netfilx's shares experienced a 0.57% loss on the day the first episode was uploaded by the hacker.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://twitter.com/tdohack3r/status/858152416008577024
    |title=thedarkoverlord on Twitter
    |author=The Dark Overlord
    |pub=Twitter
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://twitter.com/tdohack3r/status/858059500921769985
    |title=thedarkoverlord on Twitter
    |author=The Dark Overlord
    |pub=Twitter
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/29/business/media/netflix-hack-orange-is-the-new-black.html
    |title=Hacker Leaks Episodes From Netflix Show and Threatens Other Networks
    |author=Nicole Perlroth and Matthew Haag
    |pub=The New York Times
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/apr/29/hacker-holds-netflix-to-ransom-over-new-season-of-orange-is-the-new-black
    |title=Hacker holds Netflix to ransom over new season of Orange Is The New Black
    |author=[[Associated Press]]
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
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    |date=April 29, 2017
    |pub=Variety (magazine)
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    |title=Orange Is The Black New Season Hacked, Netflix Says
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  • At least 4 dead, as tornadoes strike parts of Northeast Texas

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    At least four people died as a string of tornadoes tore through parts of [[Texas]] several miles east of [[Dallas]] on Saturday. The {{w|National Weather Service}} later confirmed at least seven tornadoes stuck the area.

    [[File:Seymour Texas Tornado.jpg|thumb|left|260px|File photo of a tornado near Seymour, Texas in 1979. {{image|{{w|National Severe Storms Laboratory}}}}]]

    Radio broadcasts were interrupted shortly after 5:00pm Saturday, advising residents of the town of {{w|Eustace, Texas|Eustace}} to seek shelter immediately. Residents were also warned to avoid driving in the area, for safety reasons. One tornado reportedly covered a 51-mile stretch as it moved. Reports indicated one man died in his truck, while checking on his livestock.

    The local {{w|Red Cross}} set up two shelters nearby for those displaced by the storm. On Sunday, a man told ''Wikinews'' he'd visited family in {{w|Canton, Texas|Canton}} and they said one of the tornadoes passed within fifty yards of their home. Canton reportedly received the most severe damage during the storm.

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    |title=2 missing people found safe as heartbroken East Texas digs through destruction of 7 deadly tornadoes
    |author=Julieta Chiquillo, Naheed Rajwani, Claire Z. Cardona, Marc Ramirez
    |pub=Dallas Morning News
    |date=May 1, 2017
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  • Turkish government blocks Wikipedia over alleged smear campaign

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    {{date|May 2, 2017}}
    [[File:Anasayfatasarımlogo.png|thumb|left|A Turkish Wikipedia logo. {{image|[[w:tr:Kullanıcı:Erdall|Erdall]]}}]]
    Saturday morning, at 8:00 a.m. {{w|UTC+3|local time}} (0500 {{w|UTC}}), residents of [[Turkey]] who tried to view [[Wikipedia]] in any language received only a "connection timed out" screen. According to watchdog group {{w|Turkey Blocks}}, this was not a technical issue but rather the Turkish government barring access to the {{w|crowdsourcing|crowdsourced}} encyclopedia under a law stipulating it can block websites that contain obscenities or threats to national security.

    Just hours later, roughly 3900 officials, scholars, clerks, prison guards, and other employees suspected of being anti-government were fired<!--Guardian-->.
    [[File:TurkeyBlocks-logo.jpg|thumb|left|Turkey Blocks logo. {{image|[[Commons:Special:Contributions/Isik5|Isik5]]}}]]
    The Turkish government has allegedly previously blocked international websites such as [[Facebook]] and [[Twitter]], often after militant attacks or other unpopular events, but has blamed the "outages" on overload from users seeking information.<!--Guardian--> The government did not immediately claim credit for blocking access to Wikipedia, as such, but the Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry said access will be restored if Wikipedia removes some content claiming the Turkish government is working with militant groups<!--NPR--> and issued a statement to the state-run Andalou news agency: "Instead of coordinating against terrorism, [Wikipedia] has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena."<!--Reuters-->
    [[File:Recep Tayyip Erdogan 2017.jpg|thumb|left|Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, from file, 2017. {{image|US State Department}}]]
    [[Wikimedia Foundation]] spokesperson {{w|Juliet Barbara}} told ''{{w|National Public Radio|NPR}}'', "We are committed to ensuring that Wikipedia remains available to the millions of people who rely on it in Turkey. To that end, we are actively working with outside counsel to seek judicial review of the decision affecting access to Wikipedia. We hope the issue can be resolved promptly."

    The government did publicly announce the firings, stating that everyone dismissed was suspected of associating with "terrorist organisations and structures presenting a threat to national security" and it has connected recent similar actions to the failed coup in the country last year.

    This is the second political purge to take place since Turkish President [[Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]] was granted considerable additional powers after the April 16 {{w|Turkish constitutional referendum, 2017|constitutional referendum}}.<!--Guardian-->

    The Turkish government also banned televised dating shows, stating "such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend[...] cannot be permitted."<!--Guardian-->

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    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/29/turkey-blocks-wikipedia-under-law-designed-to-protect-national-security
    |title=Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security
    |author=
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
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    |title=Turkey Blocks Wikipedia Accusing It Of Running 'Smear Campaign'
    |author=Amy Held
    |pub=National Public Radio
    |date=April 29, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-internet-wikipedia-idUSKBN17V06Q
    |title=Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia
    |author=Can Sezer and David Dolan
    |pub=Reuters
    |date=April 29, 2017
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  • Shrink-wrapped sheep survive: Researchers say 'Biobag' artificial uterus, successful on lambs, may one day be suitable for use on premature human babies

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    {{Science and technology}}
    {{date|April 28, 2017}}
    In findings published Tuesday in ''{{w|Nature Communications}}'', a team mostly from the {{w|Children's Hospital of Philadelphia}}<!--Atlantic--> announced they have successfully created an artificial womb in which premature lambs can be brought to term. <!--Nature C--> The researchers say this technology could develop into a means of helping {{w|premature babies|premature human babies}} survive, but it has also drawn concern from {{w|bioethics|bioethicists}}.

    According to first author Emily Partridge and her team, previous efforts at creating an artificial womb have failed because the pumps used, to provide oxygen and nutrients to the developing animal, put too much stress on the heart, causing circulatory failure; and because they used open-fluid systems, which were easily exposed to germs. Partridge et al.'s system uses a closed-fluid apparatus, which they've called the Biobag.<!--Nature C--> The sound of a maternal heartbeat was played in the room where the fetuses were kept.<!--NPR-->

    The animals housed in the artificial womb showed normal blood gases and their lungs, brains and nervous systems showed normal development.<!--Nature C--> They opened their eyes and grew wool.<!--Atlantic--> When they were removed from the circuit and dissected, their brains, lungs and other organs were found similar to those of lambs delivered by hysterotomy (Cesarean section) when nearly full term.<!--Nature C-->

    Although lambs often serve as an {{w|model animal|experimental model}} of fetal development, the researchers concede that not all of their findings can be translated to humans. While the lambs' brains appeared healthy, they also develop certain traits much earlier than human brains, so not all of these effects may be attributable to the Biobag system.

    The researchers also acknowledge the startling appearance of a fetus wrapped in plastic. "It is important to consider that the comparator is the extreme premature infant on a ventilator and in an incubator," reads the official paper. "We feel that parents will be relatively reassured that their fetus is being maintained in a relatively protective and physiologic environment."<!--Nature C-->

    One of the researchers, Dr. Alan Flake, also of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says the apparatus may be ready for testing on human babies in three to five years.<!--NPR---> The researchers noted premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, with about nine out of ten infants born at 23 weeks gestation or earlier suffering complications such as {{w|mental retardation}}, deafness, blindness, paralysis, and {{w|cerebral palsy}}.<!--NPR--> When a fetus is removed from the {{w|amniotic fluid}} and placed on a respirator, the shift from liquid to gas can cause the lungs to stop developing. The most common direct cause of death among premature infants is failure of the lungs to properly oxygenate the blood.<!--Nature C-->

    Bioethicist {{w|Dena Davis}} of {{w|Lehigh University}} notes this invention raises several ethical issues. "If it's a difference between a baby dying rather peacefully and a baby dying under conditions of great stress and discomfort then, no, I don't think it's better," she told ''National Public Radio''. She also notes the problem of babies who would otherwise have died surviving with severe side effects and the implications that this has for the [[abortion]] debate: "Up to now, we've been either born or not born. This would be halfway born, or something like that." {{w|Scott Gelfand}} of {{w|Oklahoma State University}} worries that women who would otherwise seek abortion could be pressured into putting their fetuses in Biobags instead or that employers would punish mothers who took maternity leave instead of using an artificial uterus.

    "I want to make this very clear: We have no intention and we've never had any intention with this technology of extending the limits of viability further back," Dr. Flake said in response to these issues. "I think when you do that you open a whole new can of worms." He went on to call gestating fetuses younger than 23 weeks "a pipe dream at this point."<!--NPR-->

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    *{{source|url=http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/25/525044286/scientists-create-artificial-womb-that-could-help-prematurely-born-babies
    |title=Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies
    |author=Rob Stein
    |pub=National Public Radio
    |date=April 25, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/04/preemies-floating-in-fluid-filled-bags/524181/
    |title=Babies Floating in Fluid-Filled Bags
    |author=Olga Khazan
    |pub=The Atlantic
    |date=April 25, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15112
    |title=An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb
    |author=Emily A. Partridge, Marcus G. Davey, Matthew A. Hornick, Patrick E. McGovern, Ali Y. Mejaddam, Jesse D. Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C. Caskey, Theodore R. Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J. Schupper, James T. Connelly, Kevin C. Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L. Hedrick, William H. Peranteau, and Alan W. Flake
    |pub=Nature Communications
    |date=April 25, 2017
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