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Here's the edition for Thursday, February 7th, 2019.

Virginia's top 3 elected officials engulfed in scandal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The political crisis in Virginia spun out of control Wednesday when the state's attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detail...

US ‘vowed’ to withdraw half its troops from Afghanistan, says Taliban

A senior Taliban official told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the US had vowed to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by April. The US however has issued no details of a potential troo...

Germany's anti-trust watchdog restricts Facebook's data collection via other sites

Facebook faces restrictions in Germany on its collection of data from other sites that it owns like Whatsapp. The social media giant intends to appeal, claiming the watchdog underestimated the competi...

This is how the Visegrad Group works

Germany: Train carrying hygiene products catches fire

Netanyahu channeling Trump in Israel's election campaign

UK leader travels to Brussels seeking Brexit breakthrough

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Brussels Thursday in a new attempt to reopen talks with the European Union on the Brexit divorce agreement and is bracing for a clash...

Beyond the HeadlinesImportant stories from below the fold.

Former hostages to give evidence in Brussels terror trial

A young Frenchwoman on Monday pointed to Mehdi Nemmouche as the gunman at the Jewish museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, the first witness at his trial to do so. Nemmouche, a 33-year-old Frenchman fac...

French ire as Italian deputy PM pays visit to Yellow Vest protesters

The French foreign ministry reacted angrily on Wednesday after Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio travelled to France to meet "Yellow Vest" anti-government protesters, describing his latest p...

NATO chief Stoltenberg bats for expanded INF treaty deal with more members

Jens Stoltenberg has said countries such as China and India could be brought on board to save the key nuclear pact. The INF treaty is headed for a collapse after the US and Russia said they would walk...

Science and TechnologyBehind the scenes of our daily lives.

Indecent disclosure: Gay dating app left “private” images, data exposed to web

Online-Buddies was exposing its Jack'd users' private images and location; disclosing posed a risk.

Carriers selling your location data: It was worse than we thought

Remember last month, when we learned that AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint had not immediately fulfilled their promises to stop selling the real-time location of your phone to shady third-parties, and a blac...

Skype’s new background blur helps you avoid cleaning your house or office

Microsoft is adding a new automatic background blur feature to Skype. It will blur everything behind you in a video call, meaning you don’t have to clean up your office or home space for calls

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Questions and AnswersWhat are people asking about today?

Germany plans military spending hike, but is it enough to appease NATO?

The German government has presented its military budget report to NATO. A spending hike is planned, but economic concerns and political uncertainty may leave allies questioning Germany's commitment to...

Spelling bees? No, but they can do arithmetic, say researchers

Study says honeybees can learn to carry out exact numerical calculations

Marlon James: what’s in your bag? What’s in your bag, Marlon James?

James carries a lot on his back: notepads, cough drops, mints, cables, headphones, a book light. “I carry lots of tea because Americans suck at tea,” he says. It’s also good for his throat, which gets...

SportsHeadlines from international leagues and competitions.

Watch: An evening of goals in the Scottish Premiership - BBC Sport

The Scottish Premiership produced 18 goals on Wednesday evening on a rip-roaring night. (UK only)

Durant rips media over free-agency, Knicks talk

Warriors star Kevin Durant aired out his anger and frustration with the media over recent stories speculating that a decision about his future had already been made and that he was headed to the Knick...

FA Cup: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion highlights - BBC Sport

Watch highlights as two extra-time goals from forward Glenn Murray send Brighton past West Brom into the fifth round of the FA Cup where they face Derby County.

EntertainmentNews from the world of music, TV and cinema.

Nicki Minaj Shuts Down Ariana Grande Feud Rumors in New Song ''Bust Down Barbiana''

Nicki Minaj is showing some love to her girl Ariana Grande in her new song "Bust Down Barbiana." The rapper once again shut down any rumors of a feud between her and the pop...

Meet G-Eazy's New "Bae:" Victoria's Secret Model Yasmin Wijnaldum

It looks like G-Eazy is living the good life with his new "bae" Yasmin Wijnaldum. The 29-year-old musician hinted at his seemingly new love interest in his Instagram Stories on...

Dwayne Johnson says he was 'first choice' to host the Oscars but 'couldn't make it work'

The actor said he's too busy working on a sequel to 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.'

BusinessMoving finance and global economics today.

Qantas cancels order for 8 Airbus A380s amid doubts on jet's future

Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday it formally canceled a longstanding order for eight Airbus SE A380 superjumbo jets.

Cramer's lightning round: 'I'm surprised' Canada Goose trades so badly—it's a buy

Jim Cramer tears through his responses to callers' stock questions, including one on a winter apparel play that's been a rough trader.

Cramer Remix: After a 20-year hiatus, this stock is finally back

Jim Cramer details Nokia's recent turnaround and explains how it could get even more attractive.