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The party of Malian presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse said on Monday that the poll would go to a run-off between Cisse and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a day after a vote that was heavily disrupted by suspected Islamist gunmen.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran`s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, "If they want to meet, we`ll meet."

Evan Spiegel

Life is good for Evan Spiegel.

In 2017, he was given a 800 million bonus for taking his company, Snap Inc., public at a 33 billion valuation.

Snap`s shares have since taken quite the hit, but Spiegel`s net worth is still around 2.7 billion, making the 28-year-old one of the youngest billionaires in the world. Spiegel also took home the title of highest-paid CEO in the world in 2017. 

Things seem good at home, too: Spiegel is married to model and entrepreneur Miranda Kerr, and the couple welcomed their first child — a baby boy named Hart — earlier this year. 

To get a better picture of how Evan Spiegel got to where he is, we`ve pulled the highlights from profiles by LA Weekly, Forbes, Business Insider, court documents, and more.

Here`s how Spiegel got his start and became one of the youngest billionaires in the world. 

Alex Heath contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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Spiegel grew up in the Pacific Palisades, a ritzy Los Angeles enclave just east of Malibu. He is the older son of two Ivy League-educated lawyers. His parents divorced when he was in high school.



When Spiegel turned 16 and got his driver`s license, he was given a Cadillac Escalade, which he parked in the gated Southern California Edison parking lot next to his school. Spiegel`s father represented Edison during the energy crisis.

Source: LA Weekly



Spiegel spent his early years at an ultra-exclusive school called Crossroads in Santa Monica, which costs tens of thousands per academic year. Other notable alumni include Tinder cofounder Sean Rad, Kate Hudson, Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Gwyneth Paltrow.



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  • MoviePass` owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, closed below 1 on Monday, less than a week after the company underwent a reverse stock split to boost its share price.
  • The stock has plummeted from 14 on Wednesday, trading as low as 0.77 on Monday, days after MoviePass experienced a service outage and HMNY borrowed 5 million in cash to turn the app back on.
  • Shares of HMNY have to close at 1 or above for 10 straight trading days for the stock to no longer be at risk of being delisted in mid-December.
  • HMNY closed at 0.80 on Monday, putting it at risk of delisting. 

MoviePass` parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, closed below 1 on Monday, less than a week after the company underwent a reverse stock split in an attempt to stay listed on the Nasdaq.

HMNY was trading as low as 0.77 Monday before closing at 0.80 — a sharp drop from its 14 share price on Wednesday after performing a 1-for-250 reverse stock split on Tuesday.

The stock`s plummet comes as MoviePass faces dire prospects in its attempts to be financially sustainable.

The subscription service had an outage on Thursday after the company ran out of cash. Its service came back on Friday after HMNY borrowed 5 million in cash, which it disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Many MoviePass users said over the weekend that they were having issues with checking in on the app and purchasing tickets on their card. Several also complained that the company was charging "surge prices" for films that had been out for weeks or were not showing at peak times.

Shares of HMNY would have to close at 1 or above for 10 straight trading days for the stock to no longer be at risk of being delisted from the Nasdaq, according to the exchange. It must also have a market cap of 50 million. (Its estimated market cap was about 1.35 million on Monday, according to Yahoo Finance.)

Since it closed at 0.80 on Monday, less than a week after its reverse stock split, HMNY is at risk of getting kicked off the exchange starting December 18.

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  • UBS analyst Colin Langan suggests Tesla`s newly-revised pricing strategy is intended to set the company up to raise more money in the fourth quarter.
  • Tesla is scheduled to report earnings on Wednesday, and investors will be closely watching results and subsequent commentary.
  • Follow Tesla`s stock price in real-time here.

Tesla`s newly-revised pricing strategy isn`t just intended to boost its near-term probability — it`s setting the company up to raise more money in the fourth quarter, says UBS.

Tesla recently adjusted the down payment requirement for Model 3 ordering. Instead of forking over a 1,000 down payment, customers are now required to submit a non-refundable 2,500 configuration deposit.

UBS analyst Colin Langan estimates this will soften the cash burn reported by Tesla as part of Wednesday`s earnings report. More specifically, the firm now expects a cash burn of 900 million, compared to 1.1 billion in the first quarter.

Langan then surmises that the new pricing structure and resulting reduction of cash burn is being done with one ultimate goal in mind: to raise more money through capital markets in the fourth quarter. He notes that Tesla has historically tried to achieve profitability before tapping the market.

"If Tesla is able to take advantage of high average selling prices (ASPs) in Q3 or Q4 it is likely they become profitable for the quarter, and we would expect a capital raise to follow," Langan said.

While a capital raise would certainly assuage investor concerns over Tesla`s liquidity in the long term, Business Insider`s Matthew DeBord is skeptical about the company`s upcoming earnings report.

He says the carnage could match or exceed the first quarter, when Tesla lost 3.35 per share, with revenue of 3.41 billion. With that in mind, DeBord also argues that Tesla`s stock is likely to stay resilient in the face of immediate selling pressure, just as it did following the first-quarter report.

Tesla shares are down 7.4% this year. 

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly wants to remodel the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, news website Axios reported Sunday night.
  • An anonymous source told Axios that Trump called the complex "one of the ugliest buildings in the city."
  • The FBI headquarters is brutalist, an architectural style that rose to prominence in the 1950s after architect Le Corbusier completed his Unité d’Habitation in France with unfinished concrete instead of steel. 
  • Brutalist design is one of the most contentious architectural styles. Le Corbusier intended for brutalism to exude democracy, honesty, and security, which could be why the FBI chose it for its HQ. But today, many consider brutalist buildings eyesores.

President Donald Trump reportedly despises the look of the FBI headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC. He also reportedly hopes to remodel the complex, which Axios` Jonathan Swan reports Trump is "obsessed" with.

"Honestly, I think it`s one of the ugliest buildings in the city," Trump said, according to a source that spoke with Axios. "The building is terrible ... It`s one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture."

Brutalism rose to prominence in the 1950s after architect Le Corbusier completed his first building in France under Unité d`Habitation, a design principle for brutalist residential housing. Although steel was more common at the time, he decided to use unfinished concrete. A hulking concrete structure with repeated, geometric windows on all sides, the FBI HQ features a similar raw, industrial style.

Brutalist buildings are often controversial because they`re not particularly pleasant to look at, according to traditional beauty standards. They refute the western idea of architectural beauty typically found in museums, capitols, train stations, and old churches. Brutalism is much more uniform. As you can see below, besides the pops of color, Le Corbusier`s Unité d`Habitation`s buildings look very similar to the FBI HQ:

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While the complex is not traditionally beautiful, there`s probably a reasonable explanation for why its lead designers, Charles F. Murphy, Stanislaw Z. Gladych, and Carter H. Manny, Jr., chose a brutalist design (besides the fact that it was built in the late `60s, when brutalism was becoming more popular).

Architecture is meant to encourage certain kinds of feelings. While an opera house may create a sense of grandeur, a post office may want to communicate efficiency, and a coffee shop may be designed to make customers feel a sense of homeyness.

As a civic agency, the FBI`s purpose is to investigate federal crimes and prevent terrorism — and its headquarters was likely designed with this mission in mind. The building makes those on the ground feel smaller, with a kind of powerful, "don`t mess with me" attitude. Similarly, the US government wants criminals to know that they shouldn`t mess with the FBI. Another primary function of the headquarters is to maintain security.

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It`s not clear if Trump would want the FBI HQ to look exactly like a Trump Tower, but he reportedly told Chief of Staff John Kelly he wants to remodel the "ugly" building with a high level of detail.

Trump Towers have a completely different function. Housing luxury offices, retail, and condos, the shiny skyscrapers aim to portray affluence. In New York City, Trump`s towers have a few signature, gaudy motifs: gold, glass, and marble. 

At the FBI building, architects Gladych, Murphy, and Manny treated the design with care by primarily taking security and cost into account. As explained on the FBI`s site, for security reasons, access to the courtyard is limited, and there are few doors to the first floor. The Pennsylvania Avenue Advisory Council and the National Capital Planning Commission also insisted on using concrete as the building`s primary material, due to its low cost.

Many other American civic buildings — especially city halls — are brutalist and have been met with similar contention. Boston City Hall is so unpopular that several mayors have pleased residents with (unfulfilled) promises to demolish and rebuild it. After the Yale School of Architecture built a new brutalist building for the campus in 1963, many students hated it. One student allegedly tried to burn it down in 1969.

The word "brutalism" comes from the French word, "brut," which means "raw." This may confuse the average person, because in English, brutalism sounds a lot like "brutal," a word that carries negativity.

In a 2013 article in a publication called CLOG, architectural critics Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik explain how the general public`s view of brutalist architecture may have changed over time.

"Originally seen to reflect the democratic attributes of a powerful civic expression — authenticity, honesty, directness, strength — the forceful nature of Brutalist aesthetics eventually came to signify precisely the opposite: hostility, coldness, inhumanity," they wrote. "Separated from its original context and reduced in meaning, brutalism became an all-too-easy pejorative, a term that suggests these buildings were designed with bad intentions."

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CAIRO – 30 July 2018: The Russian military has downed a drone targeting the Hmeimim air base in Syria, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.

The drone was launched on July 29 from territory controlled by Syrian rebels and was shot down at a safe distance from the base, RIA cited a Russian military official as saying.
The Russian military has downed a drone targeting the Hmeimim air base in Syria, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing to meet Iran`s leader without preconditions to discuss how to improve ties after he pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying, "If they want to meet, we`ll meet."
The U.N. World Food Programme has been forced to carry out air drops of food aid across South Sudan as the rainy season makes about 70 percent of the country inaccessible, a regional head of logistics for WFP said on Monday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met survivors of a wildfire that killed at least 91 people during his first visit to the town of Mati on Monday, as rescue teams kept recovering bodies and families mourned their dead.

Microsoft treehouses

While Amazon and Apple are making much noise about their new headquarters, Microsoft is quietly revamping its Redmond headquarters to support its growth. 

Speaking of growth, I got to tour the treehouses that Microsoft opened for its employees last year, where they can meet, chat, or just generally catch some rays. They`re located right near the buildings where top Microsoft execs like CEO Satya Nadella have their offices, but any employee can use them. 

They`re WiFi equipped, with power outlets everywhere. And they`re a very neat little employee perk.

Take a look.

If you don`t know the treehouses are there, you might never notice them. This is the view when you leave one of the nearby office buildings.



But climb the wooden ramps...



...and you`ll find the first of Microsoft`s three semi-hidden treehouses.



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Relay Therapeutics CEO Sanjiv Patel

  • Before coming on board as the CEO of Relay Therapeutics, Sanjiv Patel was the chief strategy officer at Botox-maker Allergan where he oversaw deals like the company`s merger with Actavis and the sale of its generics unit to Teva. 
  • These deals taught Patel the importance of melding together different corporate cultures. 
  • So when Patel heard about Relay — which is combining computational power and drug discovery to find new cancer treatments — he saw another situation where he could bring together two different work cultures: tech and biotech. 
  • "You put those two phenotypes in the same company and you get amazing things to happen, but you have to manage two very disparate cultures," Patel said. 

Sanjiv Patel is no stranger to blending different work cultures together. 

Patel had spent more than a decade working at Allergan, setting up the Botox-makers` presence in Russia, South Africa, Poland, and Turkey. At that point, Allergan was a small Southern California company and lacked a global footprint. 

Later, while serving as the company`s chief strategy officer, he oversaw its takeover by Actavis, a sale of the company`s generic business to Teva, and a potential merger with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that ultimately didn`t go through.

At the time when Allergan — known for its aesthetics and eye-care businesses — merged with Actavis — known for its generics business — Patel had a big question on his mind. "How do you put together two different work cultures?"

So ultimately, when he first considered in 2017 taking a job leading Relay Therapeutics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup, he noticed some of the same trends. Relay is using computation tools to get a better sense of how proteins look while they`re moving. Proteins, especially those that are mutated, play a critical role in conditions like cancer. The hope is that by evaluating how the proteins move in their "natural state" — as opposed to the way the protein is structured in a static moment — the company will be able to find cancer treatments that have otherwise been elusive.

That requires a lot of computational power, alongside biotech skills like testing experimental treatments out in the lab. 

"This company sounded like it was sitting on two disparate but unstoppable trends," Patel said. Those trends are computational power that`s getting better all the time, and technology that`s helping researchers get even more information out of the drug discovery process. But the tech and biotech employees who possess these skills have very different backgrounds.

"You have this West Coast, Silicon Valley, high-tech culture, and you`re blending it with this Kendall Square, biotech culture," Patel said, referring to the area in Cambridge that`s home to a number of biotech companies. One group has deep roots in experimentation and tradition, while the other wants to disrupt the ecosystem and do it quickly.

"You put those two phenotypes in the same company and you get amazing things to happen, but you have to manage two very disparate cultures," Patel said. 

That can create some growing pains in the office. For example, with computational power, the tech folks can uncover new potential drugs much quicker than they might have in the past. But the biotech experts who then have to test out those new drugs can only move so fast. 

"It`s linking something that almost has unlimited power and combining that with a traditional pathway that still takes time. So those two together can create some frustration," Patel said. 

But rather than leading to two very different sides of the company that are annoyed at the other over the pace at which it`s moving, Patel said it`s actually been a motivating experience. 

"The excitement that`s created by `OK, we`ve tested all these ideas,` it then leads to the experimental team getting more excited, to say `OK, we need to test all these ideas,`" Patel said. "So it`s almost like the acceleration is infectious."

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  • Jeff Bezos shared a photo on Instagram of a creation his kids made: a MacGyver-esque combination of an iRobot Roomba and an Amazon Echo Plus. 
  • Unfortunately, the Roomba would work like this but the Echo Plus wouldn`t, as it`s not plugged into the wall.
  • Bezos was previously a strategic advisor to iRobot, the company that makes Roombas. 
  • Also, the Roomba pictured already has Alexa capabilities — and it costs 630 on Amazon.

Jeff Bezos` children were so preoccupied with whether or not they could build an Echo-Roomba hybrid, they didn`t stop to think if they should. 

In a post on Instagram showing an Amazon Echo Plus haphazardly taped to an iRobot Roomba, Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, showed off the creation his kids had made, adding "I have no idea. #LifeWithFourKids."

Ingenuity aside, while this Echo model wouldn`t normally work without being plugged into the wall, but an eagle-eyed reader pointed out that the device appears to be plugged in to a portable battery base

Coincidentally though, the Roomba device that Bezos owns appears to be the Roomba 960 — a 630 cleaning device that already is compatible with Alexa. 

It`s no secret that Bezos is a fan of Alexa and Echo devices, as he once said he will "dance into work if I have Echo and Alexa meetings on my schedule that day," and has an Echo device in every room of his house. 

Bezos also has a connection to iRobot — he previously served as a strategic advisor to the company

alexa absorbed the roomba to become more powerful get your head out of your ass jeff pic.twitter.com/xO6NGVJPeW

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  • Turo is a car-rental service most easily described as "Airbnb for cars."
  • Its CEO, Andre Haddad, lists five of his vehicles, including the "trifecta of Teslas," on the Turo app. He`s earned 11,000 renting them out so far in 2018.
  • Haddad said he believes shared vehicles are the future of driving, because people will want to make their self-driving cars go to work for them.

 

Over the last Fourth of July weekend, Andre Haddad handed over the keys to his cars to seven strangers. While he barbecued with family at home, his Audi R8 and three Teslas carried guests where they needed to go. By Sunday night, they were back in his driveway.

Haddad rents out the vehicles on Turo, a person-to-person car-sharing service most easily described as "Airbnb for cars," where Haddad has been CEO since 2011.

"I`m a car enthusiast. I have the trifecta of Teslas," Haddad told Business Insider.

And he puts those cars to work. So far in 2018, Haddad said he`s earned a little over 11,000 renting five luxury vehicles on Turo. He`s on track to beat his 2017 earnings.

Turo is changing the economics of owning a car in pricey cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Car owners list their vehicles on the platform and lease them by the day for a fee. According to Turo, the average host makes 625 a month on Turo, more than enough to cover the national average monthly car payment on a new vehicle.

Haddad, who was a veteran executive at eBay before joining Turo as CEO, believes that someday about half of the cars on the road will be shared vehicles. He said drivers will use services like Turo — or its competitors Getaround, Zipcar, and traditional can-rental companies — to get from point A to B because of the cost and environmental savings.

"The norm, I think, is going to be shared vehicles, not fully owned vehicles," Haddad said. "That`s exciting for us, and it`s exciting for people who have for a long time expected that the vehicle will cost them money and depreciate. Now it can pay for itself."

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According to Haddad, the rise of autonomous vehicles will be the catalyst for this change. The person who leases their self-driving car on Turo will be able to monitor their car`s location through GPS and lock and unlock it remotely via the Turo app.

"In that scenario, it will be amazing to own an autonomous vehicle, because it can go work for the owner while they`re asleep," Haddad said.

He added: "Obviously, we`re not there yet. It`s a bit `science-fiction-ey.` But I can see a path to getting us there ... over a long-term horizon, ten years from now or so."

Turo is having its best year on the books, with seven million people signed up on Turo and two million users joining in 2018 alone. Usage is also rising. So far this year, there have been 4.9 million days booked across the quarter-million vehicles on the service.

Business Insider spoke to several Turo "power hosts" who said renting their cars to strangers on Turo completely covers the cost of car ownership. One user even bought a Tesla Model 3 after seeing how much money she could make leasing her old Toyota Corolla. Both cars pay for themselves through her earnings on Turo, this host said.

"It`s like having a free car in the city," another host said.

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Social conditions and the humanitarian dimension were taken into consideration in the reshuffle to help officers do their duties effectively.

- Maj. Gen. Salah Abdel Gawwad, assistant minister for the training sector,

- Maj. Gen. Ahmed Iskandar, assistant minister for central security,

- Maj. Gen. Alaa el Din Selim, assistant minister for public security,

- Maj. Gen. Zakaria Abu Hashem, assistant minister for the personnel sector,

- Maj. Gen. Mohamed Mansour, Cairo security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Mostafa Abdel Hamid, Giza security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Reda el Sayyed, Qalubiya security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Abdullah Abdel Monem, Sharqiya security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Nael Mohamed, Aswan security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Magdy Ahmed el Sayyed, Minya security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Magdy Ahmed Mohamed, Qena security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Farid Mostafa Mohamed, Kafr el Sheikh security chief,

- Maj. Gen. Ahmed Amin, South Sinai security chief
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  • MoviePass owner Helios and Matheson Analytics was trading below 1 on Monday, less than a week after the company underwent a reverse stock split to boost its share price.
  • The stock has plummeted from 14 Wednesday to as low as 0.77 on Monday, days after MoviePass experienced a service outage and borrowed 5 million in cash to turn its app back on.
  • Shares of HMNY would have to close at 1 or above for 10 straight trading days for the stock to no longer be at risk of being delisted in mid-December.

MoviePass` parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, was trading below 1 on Monday, less than a week after the company underwent a reverse stock split in an attempt to stay listed on the Nasdaq.

Helios and Matheson was trading as low as 0.77 Monday, a sharp drop from the 14 share price it was trading on Wednesday after performed a 1-for-250 reverse stock split on Tuesday.

The stock`s plummet comes as MoviePass faces dire prospects in its attempts to be financially sustainable.

The subscription service had an outage on Thursday after the company ran out of cash. Its service came back on Friday after the company borrowed 5 million in cash, which HMNY disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. 

Many MoviePass users complained over the weekend of having issues with checking in on the app and purchasing a ticket on their card. Users also complained that the company was now charging users "surge prices" for films that had been out for weeks or were not showing at peak times.

According to Nasdaq, shares of HMNY would have to close at 1 or above for 10 straight trading days for the stock to no longer be at risk of being delisted. It must also have a market cap of 50 million (its estimated market cap was about 1.5 million Monday, according to Yahoo Finance). If these conditions aren`t met, HMNY is at risk of getting kicked off the exchange starting December 18.

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Facebook reported lower-than-expected quarterly results last week, resulting in an initial 24% stock drop before eventually leveling out to a 19% dip.

It was enough to cause Facebook`s market capitalization to plummet 119.4 billion as the company`s disappointing results — as well as a discouraging upcoming quarterly forecast — caused a massive stock market sell-off.

As this chart from Statista shows, the almost 120 billion drop is the biggest single-day market cap loss suffered by a US public company, beating out Intel`s 90 billion drop in 2000.

Despite the record-breaking loss, Facebook`s current price of 174.89 is still above its share prices in late March following news that data company Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of user profiles illegitimately.

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  • Netflix executive Cindy Holland defended the upcoming original series, "Insatiable," at the streamer`s Television Critics Association presentation.
  • "The creator [Lauren Gussis] felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but satirically, in a very over the top way," Holland said. 
  • The show, in which a high school girl wires her mouth shut to lose weight, has been accused of "fat-shaming" and promoting eating disorders.

 

Netflix defended its controversial upcoming original series, "Insatiable," which has been accused of "fat-shaming" in the lead-up to its release.

At the streamer`s Television Critics Association presentation, Netflix`s original series VP Cindy Holland addressed the controversy, but stood behind the show.

"The creator [Lauren Gussis] felt very strongly about exploring these issues based on her own experiences, but satirically, in a very over the top way," Holland said, according to Deadline. "Ultimately, the message of the show is that what is most important is you feel most comfortable."

She said the issue of “fat shaming is in the DNA of the show.” However, Holland also said that it was a topic that Netflix`s PR team could address better.

In the show, which is set to premiere on the streaming service August 10, a high-school girl named Patty gets her mouth wired shut so that she can lose weight, and then gets revenge on the people who made fun of her. Many have criticized the show based on its trailer, calling the show "insulting" and even "harmful," and accusing it of promoting eating disorders.

An online petition for Netflix to not release the show has over 200,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. 

The petition states: "The toxicity of this series, is bigger than just this one particular series. This is not an isolated case, but part of a much larger problem that I can promise you every single woman has faced in her life, sitting somewhere on the scale of valuing their worth on their bodies, to be desirable objects for the male gaze. That is exactly what this series does. It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women`s bodies."

Watch the full "Insatiable" trailer below:

 

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly wants to remodel the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, news website Axios reported Sunday night.
  • An anonymous source told Axios that Trump called the complex "one of the ugliest buildings in the city."
  • The FBI headquarters is brutalist, an architectural style that rose to prominence in the 1950s after architect Le Corbusier completed his Unité d’Habitation in France with unfinished concrete instead of steel. 
  • Brutalist design is one of the most contentious architectural styles. Le Corbusier intended for brutalism to exude democracy, honesty, and security, which could be why the FBI chose it for its HQ. But today, many consider brutalist buildings eyesores.

President Donald Trump reportedly despises the look of the FBI headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC. He also reportedly hopes to remodel the complex, which Axios` Jonathan Swan reports Trump is "obsessed" with.

"Honestly, I think it`s one of the ugliest buildings in the city," Trump said, according to a source that spoke with Axios. "The building is terrible ... It`s one of the brutalist-type buildings, you know, brutalist architecture."

Brutalism rose to prominence in the 1950s after architect Le Corbusier completed his first building in France under Unité d`Habitation, a design principle for brutalist residential housing. Although steel was more common at the time, he decided to use unfinished concrete. A hulking concrete structure with repeated, geometric windows on all sides, the FBI HQ features a similar raw, industrial style.

Brutalist buildings are often controversial because they`re not particularly pleasant to look at, according to traditional beauty standards. They refute the western idea of architectural beauty typically found in museums, capitols, train stations, and old churches. Brutalism is much more uniform. As you can see below, besides the pops of color, Le Corbusier`s Unité d`Habitation`s buildings look very similar to the FBI HQ:

Briey_unite_d_habitation

While the complex is not traditionally beautiful, there`s probably a reasonable explanation for why its lead designers, Charles F. Murphy, Stanislaw Z. Gladych, and Carter H. Manny, Jr., chose a brutalist design (besides the fact that it was built in the late `60s, when brutalism was becoming more popular).

Architecture is meant to encourage certain kinds of feelings. While an opera house may create a sense of grandeur, a post office may want to communicate efficiency, and a coffee shop may be designed to make customers feel a sense of homeyness.

As a civic agency, the FBI`s purpose is to investigate federal crimes and prevent terrorism — and its headquarters was likely designed with this mission in mind. The building makes those on the ground feel smaller, with a kind of powerful, "don`t mess with me" attitude. Similarly, the US government wants criminals to know that they shouldn`t mess with the FBI. Another primary function of the headquarters is to maintain security.

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It`s not clear if Trump would want the FBI HQ to look exactly like a Trump Tower, but he reportedly told Chief of Staff John Kelly he wants to remodel the "ugly" building with a high level of detail.

Trump Towers have a completely different function. Housing luxury offices, retail, and condos, the shiny skyscrapers aim to portray affluence. In New York City, Trump`s towers have a few signature, gaudy motifs: gold, glass, and marble. 

At the FBI building, architects Gladych, Murphy, and Manny treated the design with care by primarily taking security and cost into account. As explained on the FBI`s site, for security reasons, access to the courtyard is limited, and there are few doors to the first floor. The Pennsylvania Avenue Advisory Council and the National Capital Planning Commission also insisted on using concrete as the building`s primary material, due to its low cost.

Many other American civic buildings — especially city halls — are brutalist and have been met with similar contention. Boston City Hall is so unpopular that several mayors have pleased residents with (unfulfilled) promises to demolish and rebuild it. After the Yale School of Architecture built a new brutalist building for the campus in 1963, many students hated it. One student allegedly tried to burn it down in 1969.

The word "brutalism" comes from the French word, "brut," which means "raw." This may confuse the average person, because in English, brutalism sounds a lot like "brutal," a word that carries negativity.

In a 2013 article in a publication called CLOG, architectural critics Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik explain how the general public`s view of brutalist architecture may have changed over time.

"Originally seen to reflect the democratic attributes of a powerful civic expression — authenticity, honesty, directness, strength — the forceful nature of Brutalist aesthetics eventually came to signify precisely the opposite: hostility, coldness, inhumanity," they wrote. "Separated from its original context and reduced in meaning, brutalism became an all-too-easy pejorative, a term that suggests these buildings were designed with bad intentions."

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Fortnite at E3 2018

  • The biggest game in the world, "Fortnite," still hasn`t arrived on the world`s biggest mobile platform: Android.
  • It`s scheduled to launch on Android this summer, but there`s no solid release date.
  • The latest rumors point to the game being exclusive to Samsung`s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone when the phone arrives in late August, with wide availability a month later.


The good news is that "Fortnite" is finally coming to Android. Its maker, Epic Games, says the Android version will arrive "this summer."

The bad news: It may be exclusive to a brand-new Samsung phone for its first month.

That`s according to a recent report on XDA Developers, which says "Fortnite" will launch on Android on August 24 — exclusive to Samsung`s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 for its first month.

If accurate, that puts a wider Android launch on track for late September.

It would also be a huge get for Samsung.

The announcement is expected on August 9, the same day of Samsung`s Unpacked event in New York City. Samsung has already teased the event, with all signs pointing to an unveiling of the latest Galaxy Note smartphone.

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Samsung`s Galaxy Note line is known for pioneering large format smartphone design — so-called "phablets" — and for including a stylus. It appears that, with the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung may be aiming for a gaming audience.

According to 9to5Google, anyone who orders a Galaxy Note 9 will get somewhere in the range of 100 to 150 worth of in-game cash ("V-bucks") for use in "Fortnite." Hit "Fortnite" streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is even rumored to make an appearance at the phone`s unveiling. 

After its first month of availability, when "Fortnite" is playable on more than one type of Android phone, the game may skip Google`s ubiquitous Play Store. Instead, you`d download the game directly from the web.

If it sounds weird, that`s because it`s a little weird — most games and apps on Android are available in the Google Play Store. Skipping the Play Store is simply a means of Epic Games getting around paying Google a cut of its profits from "Fortnite" — something that`s become more meaningful than ever considering how much money is being made through "Fortnite" on just iOS.

Neither Samsung nor Epic Games offered a comment on this story.

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Jeff Bezos

  • As the media industry goes through a massive realignment driven by multiple mergers, Amazon looms in the background.
  • Some industry insiders see Amazon staying away from any acquisitions, as the company looks to avoid getting saddled with declining businesses.
  • Yet others see a perfect opportunity for the e-commerce giant to pounce and grab up a media asset that could help bolster Prime Video in its quest to take on Netflix.
  • Amazon`s Prime service is now the No. 3 video-streaming service behind Netflix and YouTube. A recent survey, however, found that only one in three Prime members actually used it.

As the media industry plays a prolonged game of merger musical chairs, it seems wise to ask: What would Bezos do?

While many of the ongoing or proposed deals — whether AT&T-Time Warner or CBS-Viacom — are driven by media companies` need to get bigger to defend against tech giants like Netflix and Facebook, Amazon`s looming hangs over every discussion.

Amazon`s Prime service is already the No. 3 video-streaming service behind Netflix and YouTube. And Amazon seems to loom large over just about every industry, with businesses as varied as healthcare and grocery stores taking large hits to their stock price from the mere prospect of Amazon disruption.

But does Amazon want in on any media deals? Does it need a big media platform to pump up use of its Prime Video service (a recent survey found that only one in three Prime members actually used it) or to ramp up its advertising aspirations?

Or is Amazon better off hanging back and letting legacy media players grapple with legacy issues while it focuses on multi-industry domination?

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We talked to media experts, and they were torn. Some said Amazon should steer clear of big-ticket deals and stick to bidding for sports rights. Others said it could bid for CBS or a movie studio like MGM.

And looming large over Amazon and any moves it may make is the Trump White House.

Here`s what people are saying about Amazon`s next move in media:

The `Stay the Hell Away` theory

Broadcast and cable-TV companies are in secular decline. Comcast shed 140,000 cable-TV subscribers in the second quarter alone. The companies` businesses are being thoroughly disrupted by Silicon Valley.

So, many media insiders ask, why would Amazon want to mess with expensive companies and start managing decline?

"Why would Amazon want broadcast networks tied to [getting paid by carriers] or cable networks that require linear distribution? It makes zero sense,"said Rich Greenfield, a media and tech analyst at BTIG.

Greenfield said Amazon would just pay for shows, movies, and sports rights, something that would be much cheaper than making acquisitions.

"They will buy nobody," he said. "Who wants to be tied to a legacy ecosystem?"

But could Amazon buy CBS? Could anyone?

On the flip side, there are a lot of deals to be had out there. CNBC reported in June that the industry analyst Michael Nathanson had written a note suggesting that Amazon should snatch up CBS.

Of course, the future of CBS is highly uncertain. As the company explores a merger with Viacom, leadership of the two companies are locked in a bitter legal battle, with CBS` controlling owner, the media mogul Shari Redstone, looking to combine the two companies and push out CBS` CEO, Les Moonves.

On Friday, CBS was rocked by a bombshell story in The New Yorker detailing multiple women`s accusations of unwanted sexual advances by Moonves spanning decades. CBS` board is said to be weighing whether it should dismiss Moonves.

All this drama could inhibit sales talks — or, theoretically, accelerate them if Redstone can assume control quickly.

CBS could give Amazon access to a content studio, letting it make "Star Trek" series that it could distribute globally and possibly use to bring lots more folks to Prime. Maybe there`s a way for Amazon to use CBS` mainstream shows to get more Americans shopping and streaming through its ecosystem.

It could use CBS` direct-to-consumer subscription play, CBS All Access, as a testing hub for getting more people streaming other CBS shows, locking them in to the Prime ecosystem.

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Or it could give Amazon tons of headaches, such as owning TV stations that are declining in value, not to mention a news organization it may not want to touch, the ad-industry veteran Jay Sampson said.

"At 22 billion plus a premium?" he said, referring to CBS` 22 billion market cap before any Viacom deal happens.

"I don`t see what they`d be getting that`s terribly strategic."

If anything would be compelling about CBS, Sampson said, it would be live sports like CBS` NFL deal. But Amazon — which has nonexclusive rights to Thursday-night NFL games — could just wait until the next huge sports-rights package is up for grabs.

Should Amazon just buy its way into sports?

It`s not easy to figure out which media play Amazon may make because the company rarely telegraphs its intentions. Did anyone see the Twitch acquisition coming a few years ago?

"It`s hard to tell. These guys are nonlinear thinkers," the media consultant Bernie Gershon said. "Who thought they would buy Whole Foods?

"If anything, I think Amazon will make a play for more sports rights when they come up rather than buying a legacy media company."

Amazon has already snatched up some rights to stream the NFL and the English Premier League. A quick way Amazon could get much deeper into sports is by snatching up 21st Century Fox`s regional sports networks, which Disney must sell as part of its agreement to buy major Fox assets.

But those networks — while highly lucrative — are tied to an eroding pay-TV model, at least for now. Would Amazon want to buy them and then unbundle them? Or leave as is?

Remember, Amazon did buy Twitch

Elgin Thompson, a managing director at Digital Capital Advisors, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, sees perhaps a surprising synergy between sports and Amazon`s video game livestreaming service, Twitch.

Simply put, livestreaming is a great way to market Amazon shopping.

"Amazon acquired Twitch for 1 billion not because of an innate love for online gaming but to reach the massive and growing eSports audience," he said (the price was 970 million in 2014). "That time spent can also be used to serve ads for Amazon products."

Plus, tons of gamers spend time playing massively popular sports-themed games (think the "Madden" or "FIFA" series). So there could be natural ties to exploit, he said.

Why not just buy a studio?

There is lots of support for this idea in media circles. Amazon is putting lots of money into making its own shows. But it could use an instant library of shows and movies. One name that was frequently mentioned was MGM, which produces the James Bond franchise.

Indeed, while distribution and consumption are being disrupted in media, content is still vital.

daniel craig"What Amazon might pursue to win out over Netflix, etc., is an accelerated strategy for owned content," said Alex DeGroote, the owner of DeGroote Consulting, which focuses on media and tech companies.

"Amazon Studios to date has been largely organic or self-funded. There is an argument for having a central, scaled studios hub, in the way that Whole Foods has added a bricks-and-mortar hub to the e-commerce retail strategy."

Then there`s the Trump factor

It`s fun to speculate what should or shouldn`t be done with CEO Jeff Bezos` checkbook. But even if Amazon has the perfect strategic rationale and the wherewithal to make a big deal, there`s one factor that could muck up the whole thing: The Donald.

President Donald Trump`s administration seems to like certain mergers (Fox-Disney) and not others (AT&T-Time Warner).

And he`s also overall not wild about Amazon and Bezos.

The Amazon Washington Post has gone crazy against me ever since they lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court two months ago. Next up is the U.S. Post Office which they use, at a fraction of real cost, as their “delivery boy” for a BIG percentage of their packages....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018

In truth, Trump is a wild card in any media deal.

For example, Sampson argued that Amazon should grab up Comcast, for its crucial broadband connection into millions of potential Prime homes. But "I don`t think Bezos would want the scrutiny," he said, considering that Comcast owns NBC News. "He took The Washington Post private for a reason."

"The reality in all of this is the White House," Thompson said. "Anything Amazon does will be initially blocked for obvious, personal reasons. Hopefully the court of law remains impartial and adjudicates transactions on the merits. But these are unprecedented times."

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Frode Jacobsen, chief financial officer of browser maker Opera

  • Opera is a distant also-ran in the web browser market.
  • But the company is profitable and growing, noted Frode Jacobsen, Opera`s chief financial officer, in an interview with Business Insider.
  • The company has found a niche in the developing world and with a new news reader, he said.


In the web-browser market, Opera is an afterthought at best.

The company`s browser software has about 2% of the market in terms of usage, trailing far behind not just Google Chrome, the market leader, but Apple`s Safari and even Mozilla`s Firefox. Few give it a chance of displacing those leaders.

But if you ask Frode Jacobsen, Opera`s chief financial officer, browser share doesn`t really matter all that much — if it`s even accurate. Despite only catering to a small share of the internet market, the company, whose shares debuted on the Nasdaq on Friday, has built a growing and profitable business with lots of potential, he said.

"Our business model is very scalable," Jacobsen told Business Insider before ringing the closing bell on Friday. "What we are happy with, in terms of our financials, is we`ve managed to combine growth with profitability."

Investors seemed excited too. In their first day of trading, Opera`s shares rose 1.11, or 9%, to close at 13.11.

Opera has been around longer than most of the companies that launch their stock on the Nasdaq. It was started in 1995 and released its first browser in 1996, near the beginning of the first internet boom. It became a public company in 2004 on the Norwegian stock market and remained publicly traded until two years ago, when it was acquired by a consortium of Chinese companies which restructured it.

The company has long been an innovator in the browsing market, pioneering browser tabs and search bars. But it`s long struggled to find an audience for its software beyond a small niche of fans, at least in the developed countries.

Opera`s big in the developing world

What critics are missing, though, is that Opera has had great success in emerging markets, Jacobsen said.

The company tuned Opera Mini, its mobile browser, to be efficient with data. Web pages are routed through Opera`s servers, which compress them before sending them on to users` phones. That allows them to load quickly and reliably, even over bad network connections, and helps users minimize the amount of bandwidth they consume.

That`s an important consideration in developing countries, where the cost of data is often high, Jacobsen said. As a result, Opera Mini is the leading mobile browser in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of Asia, he said. And Africa is the company`s "top priority," he said.

"Our offering on mobile … speaks to such large population today," Jacobsen said.

He continued: "Essentially what we are doing is building on our footprint and brand in emerging markets where we are strong."

Indeed, Opera estimates it has about 322 million monthly active users of its browsers, about 100 million of which are in Africa, Jacobsen said. As internet penetration and data usage grows in emerging markets, Opera expects to grow alongside, he said.

Opera makes more than browsers now

But browsers aren`t the only business the company is in these days. Last year, the company launched Opera News, an artificial intelligence-powered news-reader service. That service, which uses AI to figure out which articles to recommend to users, has quickly gained traction with consumers.

In March, little over a year after it launched, it already had nearly 95 million users, according to the company. The service started on the web, but earlier this year, Opera launched a corresponding app that, by March, had 3.6 million active users. The average Opera News user spends about 32 minutes a day on the service, Jacobsen said.

The company started selling ads on the service in the third quarter last year and is already seeing a windfall from them, he said. In the first quarter this year, Opera`s advertising revenue jumped 72% from the same period last year to 12.9 million, thanks in large part to the new ad business from its news service. The additional revenue helped the company swing a 6.6 million profit in the period from a year-earlier loss.

Those ads "have had a pretty massive impact already," Jacobsen said.

The company has some big competition

To be sure, Opera`s success may be fleeting. Apple and Google are putting lots of effort into their own news reader apps. And those apps have the advantage of being backed by the two major smartphone operating system vendors. Apple includes Apple News with every iPhone shipped.

In the browser market, while Opera`s had success in developing countries, that too may not last. It`s quite possible that as internet penetration increases in developing countries and connectivity improves, they will evolve in similar directions as the developed world, where the browser market is dominated by the big brands.

Jacobsen acknowledged it`s likely that the browser market will head in that direction in emerging markets. In developed countries, consumers tend to use whatever browser comes with their operating system. Only around 20% choose to use something different, he said. But by offering users features that meet their needs, Opera believes it can be the top choice among those who switch away from the default software, he said.

"We have a browser that`s different from the default ones," he said. That strategy, he continued, "has been really successful."

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  • Big banks have begun courting millennials from wealthy families in an effort to woo them as future clients, Bloomberg reports.
  • At a recent summer camp sponsored by Swiss banking conglomerate UBS Group, a group of wealthy millennials enjoyed entrepreneurial workshops, luxurious food and drink, and niche networking opportunities.

At a three-day event sponsored by Swiss banking conglomerate UBS Group, a number of wealthy millennials reportedly lugged a 40-pound keg of water for a mile-long journey. The trip`s goal? To get a better understanding of the grueling excursions many women in impoverished communities regularly make to get water.

Afterwards, Bloomberg reports, the group was rewarded with cocktails at a swanky townhouse, where it was later announced that UBS would donate 12,000 to build a well for a community in the name of its moneyed guests.

These "workshops," reports Bloomberg, have become a trend among big banks, which have begun to offer luxurious, multi-day experiences to affluent young people in an effort to woo them as future clients.

At this particular UBS summer retreat, which was hosted at The Four Seasons in New York, the barrier to entry was high: Invitees all had a reported minimum of 10 million in their families` bank accounts. 

Familiarizing their affluent guests with UBS was, seemingly, just one part of the bank`s mission: At UBS`s summer camp, guests enjoyed a number of entrepreneurial-themed lessons including demonstrations on "impact philanthropy," like the water-lugging example above. Other camp perks reportedly included niche networking opportunities and wine tastings led by Jon Bon Jovi`s son. 

Read the full story over at Bloomberg.

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Google up and Comers

Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are major players in everything from consumer electronics and self-driving cars to high-speed internet access and video entertainment — and of course, there`s the search engine.

But while everyone knows the marquee names like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki, there`s an incredible surfeit of talent one layer below that`s driving some of the company`s most influential projects. Business Insider spoke to Google insiders, partners, and rivals to get a sense of the most buzzed-about names within the 80,000-person tech giant.

From programmers to designers, Google veterans to new hires, Business Insider`s Google and Alphabet reporter, Greg Sandoval, rounded up a roster of the company`s unsung rockstars. These are the names you may not have heard of yet but might just become the next Pichai.

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  • The main cast of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies released a statement on Monday in support of fired director James Gunn.
  • Many, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, said they would like to see him reinstated for the third "Guardians" movie.
  • Gunn was fired this month over resurfaced offensive tweets from years ago.

 

The cast of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies released a statement on Monday in support of fired director James Gunn, and many, including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, said they would like to see him rehired.

Disney fired Gunn this month after offensive tweets from years ago resurfaced online. Gunn had addressed and apologized for the tweets in the past, but after conservative personalities led an outpouring of backlash against the director, Disney severed its business relationship with Gunn.

Many have come to Gunn`s defense since, and a petition online for Disney to rehire him has over 300,000 signatures. But most of the cast has been careful in fully addressing the situation — until now.

The cast released a statement in the form of a letter on Monday, which was signed by every member of the main cast of the two "Guardians" movies: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, and Karen Gillan. 

The letter stated that they "fully support James Gunn" and being in the movies had "been a great honor in each of our lives."

They said that they didn`t support Gunn`s tweets, but "the character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart."

"Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future," the letter stated.

It continued: "Given the growing political divide in this country, it`s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across all political spectrums can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality."

The full letter is below:

While the letter doesn`t explicitly state that the cast supports Disney rehiring Gunn, many have tweeted that they wish to see him reinstated, including Pratt, Saldana, and Bautista.

If you please, read the statement written and signed by The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in support of James Gunn’s reinstatement as director of GOTG Volume 3. pic.twitter.com/TjNA9RF6M8

— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 30, 2018

Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the… https://t.co/FWBXkZilB7

— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 30, 2018

 

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CAIRO – 30 July 2018: The Libyan customs office in Tripoli announced on Monday finding three corps belonging to Egyptian citizens who had entered the country illegally recently. The bodies were announced to be almost decomposed due to the intense heat of the desert.

According to the official statement, the authorities identified the three corps on July 20 shortly after finding them. An investigation was launched by Libyan authorities revealed the identities of the three Egyptians and that they were in the middle of a conflict zone which led to their death 100 kilometers south of Libya.

The identities of the three Egyptians revealed that the Egyptian victims were Abdullah Ahmed Ibrahim from Minya governorate, Sayed Abulhamied Mohamed from Faiyum governorate and Hamdy Ramadan Faiyum governorate.

In statements to Egypt Today, a Libyan official (who refused to mention his name), affirmed that the three Egyptians entered the country illegally through one of the highly popular human trafficking groups active inside the region where they were found. “We issued several warnings not to follow these gangs. The Libyan authorities also occasionally launch intensive patrols in that area to control illegal immigration between Egypt and Libya,” the official said.

On July 17, 70 Egyptian illegal immigrants were arrested in Libya. Head of the media office in Ajdabiya security directorate, Mustafa Boufjra, told Egypt Today that all the defendants have forged documents to enter the country.

The Libyan public prosecution announced launching an investigation into the incident, according to Boufjra.

In December 2017, the Libyan authorities announced to media outlets that the country hosts nearly 700,000 illegal immigrants from different nationalities planning to travel to Europe. The officials affirmed that they are doing all the needed efforts to cooperate with all governments to control illegal immigration.

Egypt’s government has been cooperating during the past period with several countries, especially Italy and Libya, to reduce illegal immigration.

Illegal immigration topped Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer`s discussions during their meeting that took place early in July in Germany.

In statements to ON Live, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs` spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said that both ministers had long talks on strategies to combat illegal immigration. “Both ministers agreed they need to reach new mechanisms to eliminate illegal immigration by uprooting its economic and social causes and by dealing with the crises from a comprehensive perspective,” Abu Zeid stated.

Abu Zeid affirmed in his statements that Seehofer expressed his admiration of the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to control illegal immigration.

A huge number of Egyptians escaped harsh living conditions and sought to improve their living standards by illegally migrating from Egypt, often travelling first to Libya and then to Europe across the Mediterranean.

Human-trafficking gangs operate in Libya and charge migrants large sums of money to make the perilous journey.

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An astronaut in space captured haunting photographs of Friday`s total lunar eclipse, also called a blood moon because of its eerie orange-red color.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, a geophysicist and spaceflight veteran, launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) on June 6.

In the short time the European Space Agency astronaut has been in orbit, he`s done some stunning photography of Earth and the moon.

On Friday, Gerst watched and photographed the eclipse from his temporary home about 250 miles above the planet.

Here are a few pictures he snapped, plus some other share-worthy imagery he`s recorded over the past eight weeks.

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Astronauts on the space station see the moon many times per day because they orbit Earth about once every 90 minutes. It helps that their viewing platform is far above any clouds.

Gerst took this photo of the moon fading into Earth`s atmosphere on June 22, 2018.



Gerst trained on Earth to use all the photo gear at the space station before he launched into orbit.

In addition to being a steady shot, Gerst will be the commander of the Expedition 57 mission aboard the ISS.



On July 27, 2018 — when the moon was eclipsed by Earth`s shadow — Gerst was ready. The core of the planet`s shadow, called the umbra, colored the moon red because of the way Earth`s atmosphere refracts the sun`s light.

"Just took a photo of the lunar eclipse from the International Space Station. Tricky to capture," Gerst said in a caption for this picture. "The slight hue of blue is actually the Earth`s atmosphere, just before the moon is `diving into it.`"



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Imagine coming home from work and finding dozens of tourists camped across the street, snapping photos and singing the theme song from `90s sitcom "Full House."

For San Francisco residents Come Lague and Charlene Li, it`s part of their everyday routine.

The couple lives in one of the Victorian homes in the Alamo Square neighborhood, known collectively as the "Painted Ladies." Made famous in part by their appearance in the "Full House" intro, the homes are among the city`s most photographed tourist destinations.

In 2016, Business Insider had the chance to tour the home. Take a look inside.

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Look familiar?



The Painted Ladies rocketed to fame in the 1990s after their cameo in the "Full House" intro, but they`ve been featured in dozens of commercials, TV shows, and movies.

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The iconic row is located in San Francisco`s ritzy Alamo Square neighborhood.



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McMinnville

Walking down Main Street in this quaint Oregon town is like walking back in time, which is appropriate, considering what may or may not have happened 70 years ago.

It feels pure, wholesome—like you want to live here. The shops are vibrant and kitschy, just like the people. And where else could you go for a walk around the block and run into a five-star restaurant, a cozy coffee shop, and a high-brown wine-tasting room, all right next to each other?

You can do it here in McMinnville, Oregon, a city with a population of just over 30,000 that sits about 40 miles southwest of Portland. With its tree-lined walks and comfortable climate, Parade magazine voted it the No. 2 prettiest Main Street in America in the mid-2000s.

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And with an economy based on 14 area wineries, you can expect a laid-back vibe and an appreciation for cuisine. But there’s also plenty of recreation, from surfing on the coast to mountain climbing and skiing. It seems like there’s a little something for everyone in this little valley town nestled in the Pacific Northwest.

And of course, every May, there’s the UFO Festival.

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“The whole town gets excited,” says Dr. Leonard Finkelman, an assistant professor of philosophy at nearby Linfield College. “We have a parade, and there are film festivals and a fun run and people in costumes walking around. It’s four days long—it’s quite a celebration.”

So much so that thousands of visitors flock to the town in honor of a single series of photographs taken by a local farmer in May 1950.

For UFO enthusiasts, that would be a few years after the legendary crash in Roswell, New Mexico—probably the most infamous unexplained UFO event in American history.

But back to Oregon. A farmer in nearby Sheridan, (nine miles outside McMinnville) claimed to have seen and photographed a UFO in his backyard. A month later, the photos were published in the local newspapers, the first such pictures to be published in the U.S.

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They became the iconic pictures of the UFO craze. Though they have not been fully explained, there are many skeptics who believe the pictures are completely genuine; still, others believe they are a total hoax.

No one knows for sure. But what is certain is that it doesn’t take much for a town to have an excuse to party.

In 1999, local brewery McMenamins—who owned the downtown pub at the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville—decided to celebrate the legendary UFO picture. That celebration has turned into the country’s second-largest UFO festival, runner-up only to a similar celebration held in Roswell each year.

“It’s a boom for the town,” Finkelman says. “Every year we get plenty of people coming in. I think the size of the town doesn’t quite double, but it’s pretty close.”

And with it comes its share of weirdness. Podcasters, filmmakers and television personalities appear on panels to discuss the latest in UFOlogy and the paranormal. Families wear cartoon alien heads and munch on food as they walk through downtown. Most realize it’s all in good fun—and few seem to care whether the photo is real or not.

“I’m a philosopher of science, and a scientist,” Finkelman says. “And one thing I think is good to remember is that just because something hasn’t been disproven doesn’t mean it’s true. The evidence I’ve seen regarding the photograph is not enough to disprove its authenticity. But a certain healthy dose of skepticism should always be in order, too.”

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So Finkelman and other scientists in the area take the opportunity to preach science to the large audience. They will also take part in the festival, setting up their own podcasts and media to discuss various scientific issues.

“It’s important to have fun,” he says. “But it’s a different world right now. And this is special. Let’s face it, anything that can get large groups of people together to celebrate one topic these days is rare. What we’ve got going on here should be an example for us all.”

Still, there are things he wishes he could say to this large group. Like how there are very troubling scientific issues going on right now that—if a group of, say, 30,000 people could get behind a solution—may help save parts of the world.

“The lack of respect with which actual science gets treated can be really troubling,” he says. “I hate to play the role of naysayer, but we’re staring down the barrel of environmental catastrophe and we need people to care. Science literacy is the most important step to take care of large-scale problems.”

So he will try his best to educate during the festival.

“Sure, go wild, have fun,” he says. “But it’s important to recognize how scientists do their work. Discover and evaluate evidence. Learn about the world that isn’t immediately in front of you.

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“It’s also important to realize that there is a possibility someone may lead you down the wrong path,” he continues. “My hope is that the people who come here have fun but stay on the right path. Overall, it’s a great way to get people thinking.”


By Ryan Clark, contributor for Ripleys.com

Source: Real UFO? Hoax? McMinnville Doesn’t Care

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