India Eases Restrictions In Kashmir Ahead Of Eid Al-Adha

More than 250 ATMs were made functional in Srinagar and bank branches opened for people to withdraw money ahead of Monday’s Eid al-Adha festival, city administrator Shahid Choudhary said in a tweet. The New Delhi Television News channel showed video of jeeps fitted with loudspeakers moving in the region after lunchtime, telling people to return to their homes and shopkeepers to shut markets. NDTV said the move may have been prompted by sporadic clashes that took place in Srinagar after …

Is the full stop rude?

or even Sounds good! Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch says more and more people now see ending messages with a full stop as rude because of the way we text and use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. “If you’re a young person and you’re sending a message to someone, the default way to break up your thoughts is to send each thought as a new message,” she says. “Because the minimum thing necessary to send is the message …

Kashmir: New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda

New Delhi (CNN)Hindu nationalists in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long dreamed of stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir — named Jammu and Kashmir state — of its decades-old special status. The “abrogation of Article 370” was also mentioned in the BJP election manifesto, released in April ahead of India’s general elections. It was part of a promise “to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state.” A …

A$AP Rocky charged with assault after Stockholm brawl

(CNN)American rapper A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault after a confrontation in Stockholm in June, prosecutors said. Suneson said that he had determined the events constituted a crime “despite claims of self-defense and provocation” after reviewing video material and witness statements. “It is worth noting that I have had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet. In addition to video material, the injured party’s statements have been supported by …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and …

UK house prices and sales ‘losing momentum’

Britain’s fastest moving property market revealed Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law Rics said 69% of property professionals said sale prices were lower than asking prices for homes marketed at more than £1m, although asking prices for homes priced at £500,000 or less appeared to be holding up more firmly. House prices continued to fall in London – where a higher proportion of £1m homes are sold, the South East of England, and East Anglia. Overall across …

Trump’s Baltimore tweets tell us everything about his 2020 strategy

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s strategy in 2020, similar to 2016, is to use race to divide the country. There is no mystery in what he’s doing because he’s done it before. Each of Trump’s targets is a congressperson of color. One of them is a naturalized citizen. There is no question of the ugly racial subtext in Trump’s tweets. The elements of these attacks repeat on a theme: explicitly connecting his nonwhite opponents to crime and social decay. Any complaint about …

Internet sites blamed for helping incite racist violence, but there’s no plan to rein them in

El Paso, Texas (CNN)White supremacists and neo-Nazis have found a racist’s virtual paradise that authorities believe has now become home to three hate-filled rants by suspected mass shooters. The writer said he was inspired in part by another manifesto full of white supremacist language posted on 8chan by a person identifying himself as the man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year. That atrocity was also cited in an 8chan message before a shooting …

European Union Probes Amazon As Scrutiny Over Tech Giants Grows

The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet’s biggest marketplace works. The EU’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said she’s taking a “very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer.” In doing so, Amazon collects data about activity on its platform that, the EU says, it might be able to use …

Huawei is laying off more than 600 people in the United States

New York (CNN Business)Huawei is laying off more than 600 workers in the United States as the Chinese technology giant continues to struggle with new restrictions from the Trump administration. “Given the United States’ vulnerability in cyberspace, I think the government is bending over backwards to make America safe, but they’re going too far,” Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer and former head of the US Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity division, told CNN last week. “If we are …