American killed in Kenya terrorist attack survived 9/11

The American who among the at least 14 people killed in a terrorist attack in Kenya was a tech executive who survived 9/11, his family said. Jason Spindler, the 40-year-old CEO of I-DEV International, was having lunch at the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi Tuesday when Al-Shabab militants attacked the complex with car bombs and gunfire. “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that my brother, Jason Spindler, passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi,” his brother Jonathan wrote on Facebook, according to the Guardian, before making…

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Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union address amid shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Trump to delay his State of the Union address, which is set for Jan. 29, until after the government shutdown ends. In a letter to the president, Pelosi, D-Calif., cited “security concerns” related to the shutdown’s effect on the US Secret Service, which provides security for the president’s annual address to a joint session of Congress. “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened…

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Kremlin mocks notion that Trump could have worked for Russia

Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed a report that President Trump is working on behalf of the Kremlin and accused the US news media and Congress of trying to sabotage his administration. “It’s hard for me to comment on what is happening in the U.S. surrounding accusations that President Trump is effectively a Russian agent,” Sergei Lavrov said, according to Bloomberg News. He blamed the media and Congress with trying to undermine the president, saying news outlets are “lowering their journalistic standards.” Lavrov said Trump’s right to conduct foreign policy…

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Tigers will be extinct within a decade if we don’t act now, claims charity

Tigers may be wiped from existence and consigned to history within a decade, a charity claims.  Born Free says the dramatic demise of tigers in the wild has seen 96 per cent of their population disappear in the last hundred years.  As few as 4,000 are believed to exist in the wild today due to poaching and habitat destruction.  The British charity has today launched an international plea to save this iconic species.  Scroll down for video   The dramatic demise of tigers in the wild has seen 96 per cent…

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World’s largest species of fish has to survive longs periods of starvation

The largest fish on the planet survive long periods of starvation even though they weigh as much as three African elephants.  Despite their conspicuous size, many details of whale sharks’ lives in the open ocean remain a mystery even now – 183 years after they were first discovered. Whale sharks can grow up to 39 feet long (12 metres) and weigh up to 46,297 lbs (21 metric tonnes). Researchers compared blood tests from captive whale sharks living in an aquarium and samples from wild whale sharks who were accidentally entangled…

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Astronauts more likely to get sick from superbugs that stay resistant for hundreds of generations

Astronauts are more likely to get ill from antibiotic-resistant bugs in space than they normally would on Earth. They might also find it harder to shake off the infections too, experts say, after studying the behaviour of bacteria in simulated space conditions. Sleep deprivation, microgravity and radiation exposure can make astronauts more vulnerable and bugs more resistant to treatment.  With astronauts venturing to the moon and Mars more in the future, scientists are worried about how to keep them safe and healthy on such long haul trips under foreign environments. …

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WhatsApp users are FURIOUS after an annoying bug starts deleting old messages without any warning

WhatsApp users have reported their messages are being deleted without warning.  The incident seems to be affecting Android phones and has reportedly hit both older and more recent messages.  WhatsApp users have taken to Twitter to vent their anger about the missing data. It is thought that a bug could be causing the problem, although WhatsApp itself has not confirmed whether this is the case.  Scroll down for video  WhatsApp messages are being deleted on Android phones without warning. Users have reported old and new messages disappearing. The app said…

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Alexa is back up after users complained it was ignoring them

Amazon’s Alexa is back up and running after crashing for users around the world.  Customers found their Echo devices were malfunctioning, ignoring requests to turn off and spontaneously shutting down.    Alexa is the name given to the artificial intelligence (AI) system that powers the Echo device range. The smart assistant first went down around 8am GMT (3am ET) but Amazon has now fixed the issue and says the digital assistant is ‘operating normally’.  Scroll down for video   This user wrote: ‘Anybody else’s alexa ignoring them this morning? It played my…

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American soldiers killed in ISIS-claimed suicide attack in Syria

Four American soldiers were among 16 people killed and more than a dozen wounded when a suicide bomber attacked US-led coalition forces in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday, according to a US official. An ISIS-affiliated web site, Amaq, said a suicide attacker with an explosive vest had targeted a foreign military patrol. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a militia source said US troops were among the dead, according to Reuters, which reported that four were killed. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a…

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World’s oceans absorbed the same amount of heat last year as 150 MILLION Hiroshima bombs

Last year the world’s oceans absorbed the same amount of heat as 150million Hiroshima bombs, a new study claims.  Scientists also found 2018 was the worst year for ocean warming since the 1950s.  The top 6,500 feet (2,000 metres) of ocean absorbed 19.67 x 10²² Joules of energy, 388 times more than the total electricity generated in China during 2017. Following 2018 as the hottest oceanic years on record are 2017, 2015, 2016 and 2014, in descending order.  Scroll down for video   Last year the world’s oceans absorbed the same amount of heat as…

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