General election 2017: No cut to UK aid spending, says May

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out cuts to the UK foreign aid budget if she wins the general election. She said the government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on aid “will remain” but said it must be spent “in the most effective way”. It follows speculation that she was ready to drop the commitment from the Conservative election manifesto. But she declined to guarantee existing spending on state pensions which ensures a minimum 2.5% annual increase. Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted that a pledge in the ...

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Think Twice Before Getting Excited for Nintendo’s Upcoming SNES

In July 2016, we first covered the Mini Classic NES, later officially called the NES Classic Edition. It was a tiny Nintendo with original controllers, 30 preloaded games, and an original controller. As information leaked out, it became clear this thing was really going to be something special, with excellent game reproduction and multiple graphics modes, plus some saved game options that didn’t exist when the NES first launched. My significant other is a fan of classic Nintendo and I never got to play most of the games from the NES ...

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Murdoch must wait extra month to learn fate of Fox-Sky deal

Bill O’Reilly forced out at Fox News Rupert Murdoch will have to wait an additional month to learn the fate of his planned takeover of British pay TV provider Sky. U.K. culture secretary Karen Bradley said Friday that she will give regulators extra time to review the contentious deal because of snap national elections scheduled for early June. The decision from media regulator Ofcom, which had been due by May 16, must now be wrapped up before June 20. The £18.5 billion deal struck by Murdoch in December would give ...

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New EA/Origin Access Game Out Now For Xbox One And PC

EA and Origin Access subscribers can now download football phenomenon FIFA 17 on Xbox One and PC. Subscribers can play the full version of the game for as long as their subscription remains active. The title is not the first in the series to join the EA Access Vault: FIFA 14, FIFA 15, and 16 are also available for those who subscribe. We enjoyed the latest in the franchise when it launched in September 2016–critic Nathan Ditum awarded it a 9/10. Read his thoughts in our full FIFA 17 review. ...

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Biggest fall in UK retail sales in seven years

UK retail sales posted their biggest quarterly fall in seven years in March, as the prices of everyday goods continued to climb. By volume, sales were down 1.4% on the preceding quarter, and down 1.8% compared with February 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the quarter, they fell across all types of shop except those selling textiles, clothing and footwear. But the total amount spent was still higher than a year ago. ‘Clouds gathering’ Kate Davies, senior statistician at the ONS, said: “This is the first time ...

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Would you buy a Chinese car called Trumpchi?

GAC’s Trumpchi GS4 model. One of China’s biggest automakers plans to start selling cars in the U.S., but it’s facing a headache over the name of its flagship brand: Trumpchi. It was intended to sound like its Chinese name, Chuanqi. But executives at the brand’s owner, Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC), are concerned the likeness to the U.S. president’s name could put its American ambitions in a spin. A GAC spokeswoman told CNNMoney that the company is doing research and consultation about whether to usethe Trumpchi brand in the U.S. It ...

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LeBron lifts Cavs to historic second-half rally

3:41 AM ET INDIANAPOLIS — One of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history occurred with LeBron James on the court for every single minute of the second half with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love not seeing a second of playing time in the fourth quarter on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 25-point deficit, the largest halftime margin ever overcome in the postseason, to beat the Indiana Pacers119-114 and go up 3-0 in their first-round series. James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks as ...

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Sony Bringing These Games And More On Tour This Summer Across The US

Sony is bringing back its “Road to Greatness” event, which sees the company fill a tractor trailer with PlayStation games and more for a nationwide tour. The tour kicks off this weekend (April 21-23) at the Silicon Valley Comic-Con, with other stops including Sun Fest (May 3-7) in West Palm Beach, Florida; Summefest (June 29-July 2) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the MLB All-Star Game Fan Fest (July 7-11) in Miami, Florida; and the GameStop Expo (August 27) in Las Vegas, Nevada, just to name a few. You can see the full ...

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Arkansas executes Ledell Lee in first death penalty use in 12 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee in the US state’s first use of the death penalty in 12 years. It came after the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge arguing Arkansas was unfairly rushing several executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April. On Thursday the state’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling blocking the use of a different drug. Lee was convicted for murder and recently told the BBC he was innocent. His third request to stay ...

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LeBron James leads Cleveland to historic comeback win

2:51 AM ET INDIANAPOLIS — It was as rough of a first half as LeBron James has faced in his career, followed by as dramatic a comeback as the 70-year history of the NBA has ever seen. The Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 25-point halftime hole to beat the Indiana Pacers119-114 on Thursday and go up 3-0 in their first-round series. It was the largest halftime deficit overcome in the history of the NBA playoffs. Cleveland trailed by as many as 26 points early in the third quarter. The Cavs flipped ...

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