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Iran to dump the US dollar in response to Trump’s travel ban A woman walks past a currency exchange shop at a shopping centre in northern Tehran, Iran. © Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters Tehran plans to ditch the use of the American currency in financial reporting after US President Donald Trump issued a travel ban on seven countries, including Iran. Iran’s sinking rial despite record oil output According to the local news agency PressTV, the Central Bank of Iran is seeking...Continue reading »

“Both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilize and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis,” as well as “build up partner cooperation” on a wide range of international issues, according to a Kremlin statement following their discussion. The White House said that the “positive” conversation was “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.” “Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after...Continue reading »

From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heals for church like the unshakable Ned Flanders. I want to send global, sky-writing airplanes telling the life-change that happens beneath a steeple. I want to install a police microphone on top of my car and cruise the streets screaming to the masses about the magical Utopian community of believers waiting for them just down the street. I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite. Turns...Continue reading »

Many things comes to mind when you think of Russia, aside from it being the subject of many recent CNN alerts. Vodka. Being flipping huge (it’s bigger than Pluto!). Anna Kournikova. But the truth is, there’s a lot people don’t know about our planet’s biggest country — including what most of it looks like. (Siberia isn’t all covered in snow. Not even close.) To help illuminate the country Winston Churchill once called “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,”...Continue reading »

President Donald Trump told China President Xi Jinping the U.S. would honor the “one China” policy months after Trump suggested he might use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip between the two sides. Trump “agreed at the request of President Xi,” to honor the policy, the White House said in a statement late Thursday. — Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) February 10, 2017 The one China policy had been a source of friction between the U.S. and China since Trump’s election in November. Trump had questioned Washington’s policy on Taiwan, which shifted...Continue reading »

Are you planning a trip to Italy? If so, be prepared to fall in love with an extraordinary country. The food, the wine, the history, the art and architecture, the quaint, hillside towns in Tuscany, and the underrated Dolomites…there is something here for everyone. The list of places to visit in Italy is long. So long, in fact, that it would take months to see all of them. Most people have just a week or two to explore this amazing country. Here is a list of some of Italy’s best destinations, a good starting point for having the best holiday here. Best Places to...Continue reading »

“Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered. This is NOT A Drill. This is NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill,” says the statement posted on the Butte County Sheriff’s Facebook page. ‘THIS IS NOT A DRILL’: Residents in areas of Oroville, Calif. ordered to evacuate as dam is predicted to — Breaking911 Nature (@B911Nature) February 13, 2017 The statement refers to the Lake Oroville Dam, located 105 km (65 miles) north of Sacramento. The dam’s spillway was “predicted to fail...Continue reading »

The New York Observer, a media outlet that until recently was run by Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, has obtained an exclusive leak from a top National Security Agency (NSA) official. The source confirms fears that Trump cannot be trusted with state secrets that a president is normally privy to. The NSA official said that the intelligence community has withheld sensitive information about Russia from the Trump Administration due to concerns about possible conflicts of interest regarding U.S.-Russia relations. The source confided that...Continue reading »

Full screen Winter is a time of hibernation for many. When the season arrives, the less hardy among us retreat to their homes for warm beverages and Netflix binges. But for the rest of us, the cooler climate brings its own kind of adventure, and it’s prime time to explore places all around the world that shine their brightest when the mercury drops. Whether you’re looking to flee the snow or fly headfirst into it, this dazzling planet of ours offers a destination for every kind of cold weather traveller. Find yours here, in the D’Marge guide to the...Continue reading »

Two weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back into the United States after spending a few weeks abroad in South America. An employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bikkannavar had been on a personal trip, pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars. He had recently joined a Chilean team, and spent the last weeks of January at a race in Patagonia. Bikkannavar is a seasoned international traveller — but his return home to the US this time around was anything but routine. Bikkannavar left for South America on January 15th, under the Obama Administration....Continue reading »