German citizens killed in Istanbul bombing

A number of German tourists are thought to be among the at least 10 people killed this morning by an apparent suicide bomb attack in the center of  Istanbul. The Turkish President blamed a man with “Syrian roots.”

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WORLD

President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address tonight (9pm ET/ 2am UK).

  • Follow using the hashtag #SOTU or, indeed, just turn on your TV.

But perhaps the most poignant and powerful image of all tonight’s invitees will be the #EmptySeat left for victims of gun violence.

In Britain, junior doctors are staging strike action today.

Powerballmania! (Trans: you people have too much f*cking money).

Luckily the folks at Fox News have some tips on how to win…

But perhaps that billion dollars might be best spent investing in math teachers…

Meanwhile…

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CULTURE

Nice job by most of the British papers on yesterday’s Bowie news.

Finally, um, whatever…

Let’s end on a sweet note, though…

 

The stars look very different today

RIP Thin White Duke

changes

 

US workforce shows more strong growth

The final US jobs report of 2015 is out.

this is interesting…

and

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WORLD

Donald Trump’s rally last night in Bernie Sanders’ hometown of Burlington, Vermont – where 20,000 tickets were distributed for a venue holding 1,400 – went pretty much as you’d expect…

meanwhile,

In the UK, today’s thing was fake Blair/Clinton transcripts, although looking at some of the genuine articles, it’s tough to know where one ends and the other begins.

oh, and there’s this…

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BUSINESS

The FT‘s Stephen Foley has lunch with Charles Koch.

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JOURNALISM

The BBC breaking a story had some folks upset.

Expanding the notion of “the audience”…

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CULTURE

Elvis Presley would have been 81 today.

 

Powerball, UK Lottery rollovers amid global economic turmoil

Global markets were again being properly knocked around this morning after the latest turmoil in China led to another shortened trading day – this time the shortest ever – on the Chinese exchanges.

Apparently an economic “circuit breaker” was to blame.

Meanwhile, oil continues its search for a bottom.

but of course the barrel might be half-full…

And the pound continues to slide.

In the UK, Chancellor George Osborne warned about, well, everything..

While the only hope for many people of getting on the property ladder, the National Lottery, saw no-one win its record jackpot which rolls over to Saturday.

Neither did the US Powerball. Coincidence? Or a short-term interest grab?

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WORLD

North Korea’s desperate plea for attention yesterday seemed to count for naught this morning, with a serious bombing in Libya, a knife-wielding man shot by police in Paris and tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia heightening further after Iran accused the Saudis of launching an air strike against its embassy in Yemen.

But wait…

President Obama talks to the nation about guns tonight.

Donald Trump threatened to pull his investments out of the UK after the British parliament said it is to debate a petition banning him from the country.

Meanwhile, things are heating up in the countdown to Iowa (Feb 1st) between Trump and who now seems to be the coalescing candidate, Ted Cruz.

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle took on something of the air of a playground spat as Labour MPs started blocking each other on Twitter.

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BUSINESS

With M&S ironically one of the few FTSE100 companies in positive territory early this morning, their boss called it quits.

Now you can “Netflix and Chill” in 130 countries.

The first passenger drone – otherwise known, I guess, as a helicopter – made its debut at CES.

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SPORTS

A wee bit of history was made in the GAA last night.

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CULTURE

Not quite what it says on the tin..

Why do some cats look like Hitler? Admit it, you’ve always wanted to know.

Fat-shaming squirrels is a thing now?

Dear God, you’d think it was a slow news day or something… ah wait, that was yesterday..

 

 

 

Security Council meets over North Korean ‘H-Bomb’ claim

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session on Wednesday after North Korea said it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb. The claim has not yet been confirmed and many experts are already skeptical.

The country first conducted an underground nuclear test in 2006 and most recently in 2013.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of negotiations over a reformed EU. Earlier, Merkel’s office in Berlin had been sealed off for several hours after a suspicious package was discovered. No explosives were found.

Meanwhile, in Cologne and Hamburg, police are still seeking “hundreds” of men responsible for an “unprecedented” wave of sexual assaults on women on New Years Eve.

In an emotional speech yesterday, President Obama outlined his plans for executive action on guns.

And in another in a string of powerful recent front pages, the New York Daily News goes for it…

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn’s much-hyped “reshuffle” is apparently still going on…

It’s also PMQs. Watch live here:

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BUSINESS

So is Twitter planning to lengthen its character limit or not?

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MEDIA

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SPORTS

So Pep Guardiola finally confirms that he wants to come to the Premier League in the summer. But where will he end up?

After a record-setting first innings in Durban, can England er, hang on for a draw..?

Regardless of the outcome, among the memorable moments in the match will be Temba Bavuma becoming the first black African player to score a Test century in South Africa.

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Guns n’ No’s…

Meanwhile, in Oregon,

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WORLD

The man at the center of the latest ISIS propaganda video is apparently a former bouncy castle salesman called Sid.

metro(Metro/Tomrorrow’s Papers Today)

Seriously, though…

British Prime Minister David Cameron freed up his ministers to vote their conscience and campaign for their chosen outcome in the expected summer EU referendum.

In today’s shadow cabinet reshuffle, Hillary Benn might not be moving after all.

In Belfast, an elderly Pastor was found not guilty of causing “gross offense” in one of his sermons. I guess it comes down to whatever that gap between “offensive” and “grossly offensive” might be.

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JOURNALISM

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BUSINESS

One New York landmark business is calling it quits…

This is from the year I was born. Today, your smart wine cooler would probably send a message that you’re running low on Pouilly Fousse and they’d send a case right over. Also isn’t it kind of quaint that they closed on weekends?

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CULTURE

If the idea was to get the show trending on social media, it worked….

 

 

 

New year, new chaos. What’s new?

So much for a metaphorical clean slate, or even the vain expectation of an outbreak of reasonableness.

Tensions are high between Saudi Arabia and Iran – and across the Middle East – following the Kingdom’s execution of an outspoken Shi’ite cleric. After protests in Tehran targeted the Saudi embassy, the Saudis cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled its diplomats. This kicked off a regional escalation as the split grew.

not to mention oil prices…

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WORLD

British authorities are attempting to identify an individual in a propaganda video released by so-called Islamic State. (I had no idea until just now there was such a thing as “vein recognition software.)

In Oregon, an armed group took over a federal building in an apparent dispute over the treatment of local ranchers.

The backstory is probably impossible to understand without knowing about why some people are so angry at the Bureau of Land Management.

Even if they’re at pains to make sure the world knows they’re talking about the right acronym…

Generally, though, regardless of the disupte at the heart of the incident, regular people – and Cher – remain confused by one obvious thing…

The incident prompted the hashtags #OregonUnderAttack and, brilliantly, #YallQaeda or #VanillaISIS

(Update – this is just getting brilliantly out of control now…)

Perhaps its time for a reminder from history?

and while there are obviously myriad elements at play, this might offer something of a broader societal contextualization…

MSNBC looks at conclusions from the poll data:

Overall, 52 percent of the country said the idea of the “American dream” no longer holds true. The group most pessimistic about the thought that anyone in the country can work hard to get ahead is Americans between 45 and 64 who are thinking about retirement, the survey found.

More than half of Americans (54 percent) say their financial situation is worse off than they thought it would be. Asked why, a plurality of respondents said it is harder today to succeed than it used to be.

Very rich Americans earning household incomes above $150,000 were the least angry income bracket. The poorest Americans earning less than $15,000 were the most angry.

which leads, perhaps inevitably, to our latest look-in on the GOP primary.

Donald Trump released his first round of ads in Iowa amid questions as to whether he can translate his poll popularity into voter turnout.

Other candidates, including Jeb Bush, did too, sensing a national security “moment”.

All in all, the level of anxiety and anger in the country might not be the most fertile ground for President Obama to move on gun control. Monday is expected to see the start of a fresh bid by the President – including a Town Hall meeting with Anderson Cooper on CNN on Thursday – to take his case for executive action to the public

Accompanied by the inevitable slippery-slopism from critics…

Here in Britain – there’s plenty of speculation on the impending shadow cabinet “revenge reshuffle” in the wake of the Syria vote.

While

Finally, as it all too often does, the idea of real change in the world for a new year came too late, or not at all.

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BUSINESS

This week sees the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Some people aren’t exactly squealing with excitement.

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SPORTS

Over where it’s currently not raining, the Barmy Army (and their South African counterparts the Amla Army) have been in fine form during the Second Test in Durban, dominated by a record-setting innings from England’s Ben Stokes.

On a sadder cricket note, tributes have been paid to Mathew Hobden, the promising 22-year-old Sussex bowler who died at the weekend.

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CULTURE

Thirty years gone today. I remember Lizzy at the Ulster Hall like it was yesterday.