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April 29, 2017 12:34 PM Don’t let the Trump Show hijack our political agenda: Editorial

After 100 days, it’s not clear that Donald Trump will be able to shape the American political agenda. He should certainly not be allowed to shape ours. One hundred days into Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s difficult to find the appropriate measure for his performance. The normal tests for a new government – the extent, for instance, to which it has delivered 12

April 29, 2017 12:25 PM Trump's first 100 days – by the numbers

President Trump hit his 100th day in office on Saturday, with the White House claiming they've accomplished more in the opening stretch than any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. The White House says Trump has signed more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Harry Truman. It's technically true; Trump signed 28 bills and resolutions 60

April 29, 2017 12:17 PM Rafa Benitez says Christian Atsu's future doesn’t change with one action or goal

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says he is yet to make a decision on the future of Christian Atsu. The winger scored his fourth goal of the season in Newcastle United’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City last night. Atsu, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, opened the scoring with a well-struck free-kick early in the second half. Isaac Hayden added a second 5

April 29, 2017 11:54 AM Amazon's Alexa Can Now Whisper and Bleep Out Words, Change Its Pitch

In a bid to provide more natural voice experience, Amazon has introduced new Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) features to its voice assistant Alexa that allows it to whisper, bleep, and even change its pitch. SSML is a standardised markup language that allows developers to control pronunciation, intonation, timing and emotion. "We are excited 68

April 29, 2017 11:17 AM Trump’s First 100 Days, Ranked

The best, the worst and everything in between. Many of us political scribes are sizing up the meaning of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office with long essays about foreign policy evolutions or executive orders or presidential temperament. But I thought: What better way to mark the milestone than with a good old-fashioned ranking—a list, from best to worst 82

April 29, 2017 9:49 AM Tanzania’s President Magufuli sacks 10,000 over fake certificates

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants for having fake education certificates. He was responding to the release of a government report into fraudulent qualifications in the public sector. The education minister said that some had been using their relatives’ school certificates, while others did not appear on official 46

April 29, 2017 9:05 AM Fact-Checking President Trump Through His First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: Times reporters are taking a look back at the beginning of the Trump presidency — from the biggest news stories to the most provocative tweets. See all of our coverage here. In his first 100 days in office, President Trump has falsely boasted of attracting the largest inaugural crowd ever, cited a nonexistent terrorist attack in Sweden 99

April 29, 2017 7:24 AM 100 days in: Is the Middle East Trump's new playground?

One hundred days into office, analysts say Trump's Middle East policies remain largely unclear, pathless and arbitrary. As the United States marks 100 days since President Donald Trump assumed office, analysts say his sporadic policies in the Middle East have only made the region a more volatile place. During his election campaign, Trump systematically 15

April 28, 2017 9:35 PM Yaya Toure: Man United celebrating draw shows rise of Man City

MANCHESTER -- Yaya Toure says the way Manchester United celebrated Thursday's 0-0 draw shows how far Manchester City have come since he joined the club. City dominated the Manchester derby with 69 percent possession and 19 shots compared to United's three but couldn't find a way past goalkeeper David de Gea. The result keeps City above their rivals and means 20

April 28, 2017 9:33 PM Other countries are still trying to figure out what Trump means to them

Much of the world is in a quandary, still unsure what to expect from the administration of President Trump. The Chinese are unexpectedly hopeful. Europeans, less so. And Mexico remains wary, if less frightened than when Trump took power on Jan. 20. “We can’t keep assuming there is now an established order,” says Sergio Aguayo, a Mexican political analyst 61