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  • Mourinho accused of tax fraud during Real Madrid stint

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid's head coach.

    Portuguese-born Mourinho is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012. He has yet to comment on the claim.

    A prosecutor said he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit".

    Other big names in football have been accused of tax fraud in Spain recently.

    Those include Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho and shares the same agent as him. The player is accused of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7m, by also hiding his income from image rights.

    He denies the accusations and is threatening to leave Spain. The Portuguese-born star is set to give evidence in his case on 31 July.

    Mourinho, 54, is accused of two counts of tax fraud - €1.6m in 2011 and €1.7m in 2012. The Madrid prosecutor said the case was presented to a local court.

    Other footballers accused of tax fraud in Spain include:

    • Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, who has been handed a 21-month jail term. His father Jorge, who manages his finances, was also convicted
    • Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano - also an Argentine - admitted tax fraud, escaping a jail term with a one-year suspended sentence
    • Barcelona and Brazilian star Neymar is also facing allegations of corruption and fraud over his transfer to the Spanish club in 2013 - a case which also involves his parents. Prosecutors allege the transfer cost much more than publicly declared, and that millions were concealed from authorities
    • Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, was arrested in May as part of a money-laundering investigatio
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  • THE FIRST PHONE WITH AN ON-SCREEN FINGERPRINT SENSOR COULD COME FROM … VIVO?

    WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

    Including the fingerprint sensor in the screen looks to be a standard going forward, at least for future flagship smartphones -- and Vivo's device could be the first.

    The last few months have made it clear that the age of the standalone fingerprint sensor will one day come to an end. Apple is looking into packing its TouchID technology into the screen, and may actually pull it off. There was talk of Samsung doing the same with the Galaxy S8, but when that didn’t pan out, the conversation moved to the upcoming Note 8.

    Either way, somebody sooner or later is going to make it happen, and when they do, the industry will likely follow suit. Nobody expected the first to be Vivo, however.

    A post on the Chinese social networking site Weibo from industry analyst Jiutang Pan discovered by Android Authority shows a video of a Vivo device being unlocked through on-screen fingerprint recognition. Pan says the phone could make it to market in the coming months, before the next flagship iPhone’s presumed fall reveal.

    Still, the analyst says the iPhone could be the first phone outside China to launch with the feature. As for Samsung, the situation is a bit murkier. The company had to pass on the technology in the Galaxy S8, reportedly because it ran out of time perfecting its solution. You’d think that would bode well for the Note 8’s chances, but rumors suggest it will miss out as well.

    So yes, Vivo has a very real shot at being the first phone maker in the world to produce something other, much larger tech firms have been racing to ship. And while that would be surprising, it’s not completely ridiculous when you factor in the company’s modest history of innovation.

    Four years ago, Vivo released the X3 — the world’s thinnest smartphone at the time, measuring just 5.75 millimeters thick. Last November, it brought the very first phone with 6GB of RAM to the market in the form of its XPlay 5.

    Will it follow those achievements up with an even greater one? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: don’t count on the device making it to our shores.

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  • London fire: Six killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed

    At least six people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London 24-storey tower block, and police expect that number to rise.

    Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.

    Firefighters, who rescued many people, were called at 00:54 BST and are still trying to put out the fire.

    Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for.

    During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children.

    It is understood that "several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping.

     

    Media captionMickey, a resident of Grenfell Tower: 'It was like a horror movie'

    Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said the recovery operation would be "complex and lengthy", and the number of fatalities was expected to rise.

    He declined to give any details of the number of people who may be missing.

    He said it was likely to be some time before police could identify the victims, adding that it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.

    An emergency number - 0800 0961 233 - has been set up for anyone concerned about friends or family.

    More than 70 people have received treatment in hospital. At least 20 are known to be in a critical condition.

    At 13:00 BST, Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said firefighters expected to be on the scene for at least another 24 hours and she would not speculate about the cause of the blaze.

    She said there were concerns that people were still inside the tower and she urged all residents to make sure they had reported themselves to police so that the authorities know they are safe.

    Prime Minister Theresa May is "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life", said Downing Street.

    Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to demand a government statement in Parliament on Thursday on the tragedy, the BBC understands.

    Later, police and fire minister Nick Hurd will chair a cross-party meeting to look at how the government can assist the emergency services and local authorities.

     

    Media captionDavid Benjamin says he was woken by a neighbour banging on the door

    Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape.

    "As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible," he told the BBC.

    He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting "don't jump, don't jump".

    Eyewitness Jody Martin said: "I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window... hearing screams.

    "I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors

    Michael Paramasivan, who lives on the seventh floor with his girlfriend and young daughter, said he ignored official advice to stay in your home.

    "If we had stayed in that flat, we would've perished. My gut instinct told me just to get the girls out. I wrapped the little one up because of the smoke and I just got them out."

    Another resident, Zoe, who lives on the fourth floor, said she was woken by a neighbour banging on her door.

    "The whole landing was thick with smoke. The smoke alarms weren't going off but the way it spread so quickly from the fourth floor, all the way up to the 23rd floor was scary."

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  • Teddy Afro’s “Ethiopia” translated into English

    Ethiopian Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino, has translated Teddy Afro’s much beloved “Ethiopia” song into English aiming for those native Ethiopians, who have born and raised abroad.

    Here you can find Professor Alemayehu’s English version poem for Teddy Afro’s Ethiopia:-


    “Ethiopia”
    Even if I pass [die] away
    My motherland [Ethiopia]
    She [remains] is my honor
    Indeed, [she is] my [mother] country.

    So many have died
    Guarding your [her] honor
    Against those who have crossed seas
    To dishonor you [her].

    You are the land of heroes
    [Land] Where Adam left his footprints
    The fountainhead of Ghion [river mentioned in Ch. 2, Genesis]
    [From where] your name is called out.

    Not only those who see your flag waving in the SKY
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet
    Not only those who see your flag waving in the sky
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet.

    With your rainbow [shining]
    The sky draped with your flag
    Your symbol is imprinted on the palm of the world
    And known [even] to Aryam [Ge’ez: sky above all skies, heaven].

    Mountain [ranges] of high peaks
    Have stood guard over you
    [From] The peak of mountains
    That citadel of Axum, Ethiopia.

    You are the gate to Creation
    The [beginning] chapter for the round world
    If [rainbow] colors are seen across the SKY
    It is hers [Ethiopia’s] and no one else’s.

    Even though the world calls her [Ethiopia] backward today
    She will be the front runner of the coming age
    Just let me repeat her name over and over
    Isn’t Ethiopia my own name?

    If there is less food [injera] on the table [Ethiopia is poor]
    Is it possible to TRADE one’s [poor] mother for anything else
    I will hold tight on her skirt
    And never give up hope in my mother.

    Before [I] finish paying her [Ethiopia] for all her favors
    Should not people say [shout out] “Unity” when they hear [the name] Ethiopia
    Ethiopia! Ethiopia! My country!
    Isn’t my honor because of you?

    You are the seed of Solomon
    Tears of the holy ones from which your leaf sprouted
    It should be nothing new [not be surprised] today to those
    Who touched [provoked] you to be burned by the fire they lit.

    Without any limitation to your glory
    In the book of your heritage with the history of the spirit of the ages [written]
    The prophets saw you from afar and wrote in their books:
    “Don’t touch Ethiopia!”

    In the north
    In the south
    In the east and in the west
    May your bounty be full!

    Begone hardship [misery] from the land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!
    Begone hardship [misery] from your land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!

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  • Bionic hand 'sees and grabs' objects automatically

    A bionic hand that "sees" objects and instantly decides what kind of grip to adopt has been developed by scientists.

    A computer uses a camera to assess an object's shape and size to then trigger the correct movement to pick it up.

    The technology was developed at Newcastle University and has been trialled by a small number of amputees.

    Dr Kianoush Nazarpour, a senior lecturer in biomedical engineering at the university, said the bionic hand can "respond automatically".

    'Intuitive hand'

    The device could spark a new generation of prosthetic limbs giving the wearer the ability to grip objects without the use of their brain, researchers say.

    Dr Nazarpour said: "Prosthetic limbs have changed very little in the past 100 years.

    "Responsiveness has been one of the main barriers to artificial limbs.

    Dr. Kianoush NazarpourImage copyrightPAImage captionDr. Kianoush Nazarpour has praised the "intuitive" hand that can seemingly react without thinking.

    "For many amputees the reference point is their healthy arm or leg so prosthetics seem slow and cumbersome in comparison.

    "Now, for the first time in a century, we have developed an 'intuitive' hand that can react without thinking."

    The team, whose work is reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering, programmed the hand to react within milliseconds and perform four different "grasps" suitable for picking up a cup, holding a TV controller, and gripping objects with a thumb and two fingers or a pinched thumb and first finger.

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  • Former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove says Donald Trump borrowed money from Russia during 2008 financial crisis

    The former head of MI6 has said Donald Trump borrowed money from Russia for his business during the 2008 financial crisis.

    Richard Dearlove told Prospect Magazine that “what lingers for Trump may be what deals – on what terms – he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian money” when other banks and lenders would not risk the money, given Mr Trump’s history of bankruptcy. 

    Mr Dearlove alleged the money was used by Mr Trump to prop up his real estate empire, which was hit hard by the financial crisis. It is not illegal to borrow money from Russian entities but Mr Dearlove, who left government in 2004, did not provide any evidence to support his claim in the interview. 

    Just days before taking office Mr Trump tweeted that Russia has never had “leverage” over him. 

    Mr Trump also recently said US-Russia relations may be at an “all-time low” following the US air strike in Russian-allied Syria after a chemical attack in the Idlib province. 

    Robert Amsterdam, a lawyer at international law firm Amsterdam & Partners with considerable experience in Russian affairs, told The Independent there was “no question” that US intelligence agencies and the FBI had information about Trump’s financial dealings with Russian entities prior to the 2016 US election.

    “Trump’s relationship with Russia goes back many, many years. I’m sure the FBI was monitoring it,” he said. 

    Two parallel investigations into alleged ties between Trump associates and Russia during the 2016 presidential election as well as Russia’s alleged tampering with the election are being conducted in Congress at the moment. 

    Democrat Senator Mark Warner, Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the tactics used by the Kremlin “send a chill down anyone who believes in the democratic process“.

    If the FBI and or other US intelligence agencies did know about any financial burden Mr Trump had with Russian lenders, it will raise further questions over why the information was not released earlier, especially given the FBI's approach to Mr Trump's opposition candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

    FBI Director James Comey infamously sent a letter on 28 October - just 11 days before Americans went to the polls - to Congress stating the agency found new, pertinent emails in its ongoing investigation into then-candidate Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server for messages containing classified information. 

    Mr Amsterdam said one possible explanation is “that the FBI has an informer who was once part of the Trump organisation” and that information was not released in order to protect that source. 

    “In my view…[the FBI] had no obligation” to share the Trump investigation but “the same rules should apply to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” he said. 

    Mr Amsterdam explained that Russian authorities likely have the same, if not “better,” information about Mr Trump’s financial dealings with Russian entities. 

    “One of Mr Trump’s main lenders is a bank that’s been particularly close with Russians: Deutsche Bank,” said Mr Amsterdam. 

    It is unknown if Mr Trump is still paying off the alleged 2008 debts to Russian lenders or which part of the vast Trump organisation took out the loans. 

    The Congressional investigations will also include interviews and possibly hearings with Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

    It has been confirmed that Vnesheconombank, a Russian state development bank, met with Mr Kushner in December 2016.

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  • North Korea 'ready for nuclear attack' amid show of force

    North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks".

    The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung.

    A huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test.

    Among the hardware on display appeared to be new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

    The show of strength comes amid mounting tension, with a US aircraft carrier group steaming towards the region.

    "We're prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war," said Choe Ryong-hae, believed to be the country's second most powerful official.

    "We are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks," he said.

    Rows of military bands and goose-stepping and sword-wielding soldiers marched through Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square for the "Day of the Sun" celebrations, as a black-suited Kim Jong-un watched on.

    Kim Jong-un at the paradeImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionKim Jong-un appeared relaxed and laughed with aides

    He saluted an honour guard and took his place on the podium. At times he appeared relaxed and laughed with aides.

    Military planes created the number 105 in the sky.

    With concerns that North Korea is getting closer to successfully producing a nuclear arsenal, Saturday's parade was an opportunity for Mr Kim to broadcast North Korea's current military capabilities.

    On display for the first time were what appeared to be the Pukkuksong submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), which have a range of more than 1,000 km (600 miles).

    Weapons analysts said there also appeared to be two new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles in canister launchers, but it remains unclear whether they have been tested.

    North Korea is marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sungImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionNorth Korea is marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung

    The event made clear how vital the state's nuclear programme is to its future ambitions as it continues to ignore growing pressure from the US to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

    North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches. Experts and government officials believe it is working to develop nuclear-warhead missiles that can reach the US.

    On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that "conflict could break out at any moment", adding that if war occurred there could be no winner.

    Unlike at previous Pyongyang parades there did not appear to be any Chinese representatives present.

    The USS Carl Vinson, 8 April 2017Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionThe US carrier group deploying off the Korean peninsula is led by the USS Carl Vinson

    Adding to Chinese unease, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "the problem of North Korea" would be "taken care of".

    "If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."

    Vice-President Mike Pence will be in South Korea on Sunday as part of a 10-day Asia trip.

    The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and an accompanying battle group have also been sent to the Korean peninsula.

    "We are sending an armada. Very powerful," Mr Trump told the Fox Business Network. "He is doing the wrong thing," he said of Kim Jong-un. "He's making a big mistake."

    However, Associated Press quoted US officials as saying that the Trump administration was focusing more on raising pressure on North Korea with the help of China rather than using military force.

    The US president has recently demonstrated his willingness to resort to military methods. He ordered a cruise missile attack on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack, and the US military just used a huge bombagainst so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan.

     

    Media captionHow North Korea is testing the US

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  • The flying car is finally here

    It looks like the popular vision of the future has finally arrived. On April 20th in Monaco, AeroMobil will show off its new two-seater flying car, designed to both drive on the road and in the air. The race amongst companies like AeroMobil and Airbus to make flying vehicles a reality is set to change travel for ever. Futurism.com has more.

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  • Why Did the U.S. Use the 'Mother of All Bombs' in Afghanistan?The military says it was to destroy tunnels used by ISIS, but the group’s presence is becoming marginal.

    The U.S. military’s announcement that it dropped the “mother of all bombs,” one of the largest non-nuclear devices, against an ISIS facility in Afghanistan comes despite the U.S. assessment that only about 700 ISIS fighters remain in the country. It’s the first time the bomb has been used on the battlefield.

    The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), which has a yield of 11 tons, targeted the tunnels and caves used by ISIS in Achin district, Nangarhar province, which is on the border with Pakistan. In comparison, Little Boy, the nuclear device dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, had a blast yield of 15 kilotons. Fat Boy, which was dropped on Nagasaki, was a 21-kiloton bomb. In other words, while the MOAB is one of the largest nonnuclear bombs, it’s far smaller than most nuclear weapons the U.S. possesses or the ones it has used.

    The 30-foot-long MOAB was first tested in 2003. NPR reports it was then “deployed to bases in the Middle East where it could be loaded aboard an American aircraft” such as the the MC-130 Combat Talon, which opens its ramp and releases the weapon, as it did Thursday. The bomb is satellite-guided, making its delivery precise in a way the BLU-82 Daisy Cutter, MOAB’s predecessor, was not.

    “As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense,” General John W. Nicholson, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement, referring to the ISIS-Khorasan group, the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

    ISIS is a relative newcomer to Afghanistan, announcing its arrival in the country in January 2015. Since then it has claimed a number of high-profile and often horrific attacks against civilian targets—attacks that have drawn criticism even from the Taliban, whose rebels have fought the Afghan government and the U.S. since 2001. Nangarhar is ISIS’s stronghold, and it is there the U.S. and its allies in the Afghan military have been fighting the group, targeting militants with airstrikes as well as ground attacks. Just this week, a U.S. special-operation forces soldier was killed in the fighting the area.

    “We have been conducting a series of operations against ISIS-K on a regular basis since the beginning of 2016 and have succeeded in reducing their number of fighters almost in half and their territory by two-thirds,” Nicholson told the Combating Terror Center at West Point in February. “We’ve killed their top 14 leaders.”

    He added: “We’ve been striking them and eliminating people, but they are adapting. We have reduced their financial flows, but we haven’t eliminated them.”

    The Trump administration has increased the pace of airstrikes the U.S. military has carried out in Afghanistan. From January to March, the U.S. Air Force dropped 450 bombs in the country; that number was close to 1,300 for all of 2016, according to the Air Force’s open-source database of such strikes.

    “Our goal is to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a spokesman for the U.S. military command in Kabul, told Foreign Policy. He said the MOAB “has the ability to collapse the tunnels” that ISIS fighters use to evade Afghan forces. It’s that capability that led to the expectation the MOAB would be used against an underground nuclear facility in a place like Iran or North Korea.

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  • Russia and Iran warn US they will 'respond with force' if red lines crossed in Syria again

    Threat after UK Defencomes ce Secretary demands Vladimir Putin rein in President Bashar al-Assad                                                                                    File photo of a Russian Navy landing ship Getty Images

    Russia and Iran have warned the US they will "respond with force" if their own "red lines" are crossed in Syria.

    Following Friday's cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to "any breach of red lines from whoever it is".

    "What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well," the group's joint command centre said.

    US President Donald Trump said the strike on al Shayrat air base, near Homs, with some 60 Tomahawk missiles was "representing the world". The base was allegedly used by Syrian forces to conduct the attack, which killed more than 70 peopel

    On Sunday the UK's Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad, claiming that Moscow is "responsible for every civilian death" in Khan Sheikhoun.

    Sir Michael said the attack had happened "on their watch" and that Vladimir Putin must now live up to previous promises that Mr Assad’s chemical weapons had been destroyed.

    Experts have dismissed Russia’s claim that a rebel chemical weapons facility caused the deaths.

    Britain, the US and France accused Mr Assad's regime of gassing civilians in the opposition-held town, but Damascus claimed it destroyed its toxic stockpiles following an international agreement struck in 2013.

    The Russian defence ministry put out a competing version of events claiming legitimate Syrian air strikes against "terrorists" had struck a warehouse used to produce and store shells containing toxic gas, which were allegedly being sent to Iraq.

    The joint command centre also said on Sunday the missile strike would not deter it from "liberating" Syria, and that the US military presence in the north of the country amounted to an illegal "occupation".

    Mr Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have called for an objective investigation into the chemical attack.

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that Moscow had failed to carry out the 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.

    "The failure related to the recent strike and the recent terrible chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the international community,"  he said on ABC's This Week.

    Mr Tillerson is expected in Moscow in the coming days for talks with Russian officials.

    He stopped short of accusing Russia of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack.

    But he said the US expected Russia to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Mr Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility."

    Additional reporting by agencies

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