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November 28, 2018 / 6:43 am | Story:

With a partial decision in government on December 7, President Donald Trump has met with Republican leaders to receive a spending plan that includes money for the proposed Trump boundary wall with Mexico.

Trump is looking for $ 5 billion for the wall, which became the 2016 campaign center and said that Mexico would pay for it, and a weighted pressure on Congress to provide. Trump said he would "be completely ready" to close the government if he does not accept the wallpaper he wants.

Republicans House $ 5 billion approved for the Trump wall in a key committee, but a bipartisan bill in Parliament allocates only $ 1.6 billion for the border.

Kevin McCarthy, Housekeeper, R-Calif., Called the White House Tuesday meeting was "very productive" and said that Trump "was very strong with where to go and what it needed to have a secure boundary. "

Whip Majority House, Steve Scalise, R-La., Were hard on the discussions, saying that Democrats will face a crucial question soon: "Are they going to close? government because they do not want to keep America safe? "

Trump said he was considering a contingency plan if the Congress refused to call it for the $ 5 billion, possibly involving the use of razor soldiers and wires to prevent migrants from entering the country. He told The Washington Post, if he does not get the money, there are other ways he could do that.

But he has expressed a disadvantage. "I'm firm," said in an interview published on Wednesday in Politico.

"I'm not doing anything … just for political gain," said Trump. "But I will tell you, politically, that issue is a total winner. People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throw and hurt three people, three flint a very brave pattern – I think it's a huge issue, but even more importantly, it really needs it, so we have to have border security. "


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November 28, 2018 / 5:42 am | Story:

Analysis of a plea bargain with the former chairman of the Trump Paul Manafort campaign and an explosive news report in Britain about alleged links they might have with Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has thrown a new element of uncertainty to the investigation Trump-Russia.

On Tuesday, a day after prosecutors accused Manafort of resting time, withdrawing his agreement to tell everyone in return for a lighter sentence, he immediately dismissed a report in the Guardian that he had met secretly with Assange around March 2016 . That's the same thing. Manafort joined the Trump campaign and Russian hackers began an attempt to penetrate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign email accounts.

The developments highlighted Manafort back to the attention of the investigation, raising new questions about what he knows and which prosecutors say he could try to hide as they investigating Russian election interventions and possible co-ordination with Thrift in the campaign sent by the famous businessman to Ty Gwyn.

Always, Manafort's lawyers have been briefing Trump attorneys on what their client has told researchers, an unusual arrangement that could put the Trump bullet off against Robert Mueller's special adviser.

"They share with me the things that are involved in the case," said Trump lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, at The Associated Press.

Giuliani also said that Trump, who has stepped up his recent attacks on Mueller, had been crossed by Manafort's treatment.

Other figures associated with the investigation, including Trump itself, have scratched to increase attacks and allegations against prosecutors who have been working quietly behind & # 39 ; r curtains.

As well as denying that he has never met Assange, Manafort, who is currently in prison, said he had told the prosecutors Mueller the truth when questioning. And WikiLeaks stated that Manafort had never met Assange, offering betting a London & Guardian newspaper "a million dollars and the head of its editor."

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November 28, 2018 / 5:37 pm | Story:

Three years after sealing a global global climate agreement in Paris, world leaders gather again to agree the small print.

The euphoria 2015 has given the opportunity to realize that agreement between among 200 countries, each with their own political and economic demands, is challenging – as can be seen by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States out of the Paris agreement, stating its "America First" mantra.

"Looking at the outer perspective, it's an impossible task," said the deputy environment minister in Poland, Michal Kurtyka, of the talks he will preside at Katowice from December 2 -14.

The top of the agenda will be to complete the rule book as it is called in Paris, which determines how countries have to count their greenhouse gas emissions, tell them transparency to the rest of the world and reveal what they do to reduce.

Seasonal negotiators call the meeting, and it is expected to draw 25,000 participants, "Paris 2.0" because of the high players playing in Katowice.

Forest fires from California to Greece, drought in Germany and Australia, tropical cyclones Mangkhut in the Pacific and Michael in the Atlantic – scientists say that this year's extreme weather offers a snapshot of disasters to come if global warming continues unfinished

A recent report by the International Panel on Climate Change warned that the time is going on if the world is to achieve the most ambitious target in the Paris agreement – keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit grade). The planet has already warmed up by 1 degree C from pre-industrial times and the course is for a further 2-3 degrees of warming by the end of the century unless serious action is taken.

The conference will have "quite significant consequences for humanity and the way we look after our planet," Kurtyka told the Associated Press before the discussions.

Experts agree that Paris's goals can only be met by cutting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to nero net by 2050.

But Paris's agreement allows countries to set their own emission targets. Some are on track, not others. Overall, the world is leading the wrong way.

Last week, the World Meteorological Institute said that average concentrations of carbon dioxide reaches a new record in 2017, while the level of other heat-free gases also raises methane and nitrous oxide as well.

It is expected that this year will see another 2 per cent increase in human emissions, as the construction of coal power plants in Asia and Africa continues while carbon absorption forests are fractured faster than they can run them.


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President Donald Trump tested the constraints of his presidential authority and political muscles as he threatened to break all federal subsidies to General Motors due to his huge huge cuts in the United States.

Trump was unloaded on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after GM announced that it would close five plants and splash 14,000 jobs in North America. Many of the cuts would affect Midwest, the essential political region where the president promised manufacturing recognition. Here is the latest example of the president's willingness to try to stimulate business affairs of private companies and to threaten the use of government power to try to enforce their business decisions.

"Generally motivated by General Motors and CEO, Mary Barra, for the closure of plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing is closed in Mexico and China," Trump tweeted. "The General Motors saved by the US, and here's the WE CAN!"

He added that his administration was "looking at breaking all GM subsidies, including electric cars."

Trump's tweets came soon after Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, said that White House's response to the automaker's announcement was "a great deal of disappointment, perhaps even turning into anger." Kudlow, who met Barrach on Monday, said Trump felt it was betrayed by GM.

"Look, we did this deal, we've worked with you along the way, we have done other things with mileage standards, for example, and other related regulations," said Kudlow, referring to the US-Mexico-Canada trade recently negotiated agreement. "We've done this to help you, and I think it's disappointing, they've probably turned back on."

The White house seems to fly in the face of a long Republican opposition to choose winners and losers in the market. One day earlier, Trump gave a staggering threat to GM to protect a key plant in the presidential state of Ohio, where the company marched the Lordstown plant.

"That's Ohio, and you'll be better back back soon," he said.

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November 28, 2018 / 5:25 am | Story:

The steering knickers are huge on the internet – because it's huge.

Holstein Friesian won black-and-white social media celebrity and many publications of "Holy Cow!" Having photos facing head and shoulders above a herd of brown cattle in eastern Australia in the area 194-centimeter (6 feet-4 inches).

Owner Geoff Pearson said Knickers were too heavy to go to the slaughterhouse.

"We have a high turnover of cattle, and it was fortunate to stay behind," said Pearson.

Australian media says Knickers are believed to be the tallest leader in the country and weighs about 1.4 tonnes.

Instead of becoming a steak and burgers, 7-year-old Knickers will come to live out of their lives in the Pearson areas in Preston Lake, to the southwest of Perth.

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November 28, 2018 / 5:19 am | Story:

Russia said Wednesday, a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump still await a meeting as planned.

Trump, in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, said he could cancel the set down with Putin in Argentina following the seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships last weekend.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the meeting was underway and that Russia had not received "any other information from our U.S. counterparts"

The long-surprising confrontation between Russia and Ukraine attacked the opening on Sunday, when the Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian ships and seized the ships and crew .

Trump said he would receive a "full" report from his national security team on recent Russian deeds in eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea. He said he would decide on a course after that.

"I may not get the meeting," he said. "Maybe I will not even meet."

Trump added: "I do not like that assault. I do not want that assault at all."

The comments were Trump the strongest so far in condemning the recent Russian actions in Ukraine, where the tensions are stunned. But White House assistants still planned for Putin's meeting after Trump's comments.

The meeting between Trump and Putin means being one of a number of high profile foreign policy engagements for the US leader on the two-day visit to Argentina. Trump also meets the Chinese President Xi Jinping over the lunch this weekend, in what can be a central session to decide whether the trade dispute between their countries could be resolved and how.

The White House warned Tuesday Xi against trying to stay Trump in the ongoing discussions, suggesting that the Chinese economy was not so resilient to a commercial war as the U.S. economy.

The warning from Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, came before the two satire's high seats on Saturday night. Over the last year, the two countries have raised a series of tariffs on hundreds of millions of dollars imports from each other, with the latest round of U.S. duties. which was set to take effect in the new year.

Xi said on Wednesday, the international community needs to create a consensus to resolve the conflict between free trade and defense. In a speech to Spanish solicitors, who are hosting a state visit before attending the Group of 20 leaders in Argentina's summit, said the world was facing "instability, uncertainties and hot topics without precedent in our history. "

"I believe we are on a crossroads," says Xi. "In economic terms, we need to decide whether we want to pursue the economic globalization and the free market or if we are to choose unity and protection."

National Security adviser, John Bolton, said Trump will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, First Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, Moon Jae-in, United Kingdom, Rece Tayyip Erdogan and Principal Indian Minister Narendra Modi

Spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, spokesman of the White House, of the name of the trip, was an opportunity for the president to cease relations with other world leaders and to develop a global economic system based on "free trade, ten and volatile. "

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November 27, 2018 / 8:59 p.m. | Story:

The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded bar in California had more than 150 fireballs left to fire, but he stopped shooting for slippers arriving, killing one of them , says the police on Tuesday.

Researchers said they still did not know why Ian David Long, 28, was attacked by staff and customers at Bar Ffiniol and Grill in the Borough of Thousand Oaks on 7 November.

There is no evidence that Long has radicalized or targeted anyone in the bar, and while Long had been a customer there, the owner did not know it, researchers said .

They painted a clearer picture of the disorder that ended when Long Fire opened as a crowd of people mostly in their 20s dancing to country music.

He put long smoke grenades into the group of exposers, blocking what they could see. He used a flashlight with a laser look attached to his semi-automatic elegance .45-caliber as he hit, killing 12 of the 13 people who were hit.

He hit one of the victims shooting in the neck, although it was not clear why, a coroner's officer said.

Some people were placed on top of friends to protect while flying bullets as others feed windows to get out of the bar.

"As you can imagine, this was a wonderful experience for everyone who was there," said Sir Sheriff County Sheriff Bill Ayub. "Confusion and disorder can only describe the situation adequately."

The first two officers to reach the scene, the sheriff split. Ron Helus and the problem of the highway saw at least 100 people fleeing the bar and running into a stubborn, said Ayub. Long had entered a tactical situation and fired on them when they went in, killing Helus, a veteran of the 29-year-old department who was close to retirement.

Initial reports from survivors extended further confusion. Some of the victims in the escape fled to an adjoining place and the authorities were initially scared that a separate shoot had taken place there. Survivors also gave different descriptions of the shooter, leading officers to believe that there are more than one shooter.

Even, that was not hit by the officers' defeat, he shot himself a shot. The former ex-coroner and Afghanistan war veteran has been posted on social media during a break in the gun, who thought if people thought he was crazy.

He had the ability to kill many more than 12 people. Of seven high magazines of 30 circles that Long has caught, five were still unused, Ayub said. Such magazines are illegal to buy and occupy in California but can be easily bought in neighboring states.

One of the victims' mother, Telemachus "Tel" Orfanos, said she was going to the news conference to make her son remembered more than a statistic.

Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said she gave her energy to work for gun control. His son survived last year's shot in Las Vegas before being killed in Borderline.

"There's no place to put my anger," he said. "We need to end gun violence so that no other families will be grieved and squeezed as we get rid of it. That's where my danger is going to go."

Researchers have interviewed hundreds of witnesses and collected bullet collections, surveillance video and other evidence of the scene, as well as items from the Long home, including digital media, says Paul Delacourt, an assistant director responsible for FBI Los Angeles field office. Most of the evidence taken by the FBI is analyzed in its laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.

Detective hopes that household items will help them to learn why the Long assault was carried out and that bar bar evidence explains how it was achieved.

"There is a process of interviewing the people and having the information researchers got and combine them to develop a timeline, and if we can find out what the motivation was for this assault," says Capt Garo Kuredjian , Siryf Ventura Sir.

Their work continued continually despite wild wildlife shaking a few hours after shooting, enforcing some FBI researchers and sheriff sensors to leave. "They did not lose a beat," said Kuredjian.

Neighbors have said they are uncomfortable by Long and even call him 911 in April. Deputies who responded to behave long ago were unfortunately and unreasonably, but a mental health specialist that he met did not feel he needed hospitalization.

Two long-haired secondary school track instructors described his behavior during his teenage years as aggressive and harassment.

They told The Associated Press that they repeatedly complained about Long administrators for the school, insisting he needed help, and even kicked off the team after he attacked one of them. They say that another trainer has been restored back after arguing that his elimination could jeopardize his goal of joining the military.


Associated Press Writer Brian Melley wrote to this report by Los Angeles.

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November 27, 2018 / 8:44 p.m. | Story:

The German court on Tuesday convicted a man of 28 attempts to assassinate last year's assault on the Borussia Dortmund football team bus and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Dortmund's state court found that the defendant, not only known as Sergej W. in accordance with German privacy rules, was guilty of 28 counts of murder as well as physical damage and the installation of an explosion, reported a dpa news agency.

Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and police officer were injured when three explosions hit the team's bus as she left a hotel in the western city of Germany for a Champions League game on April 11, 2017.

The Tuesday ruling ended on a 11-month test that showed evidence from players and then Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel's coach.

Prosecutors claimed that W. had taken a loan to bet that Borussia Dortmund's shares would reduce value, then bombed the bus and try to hide the assault as Islamic terrorism. Dortmund is the only German football club whose shares have listed on the stock exchange.

The explosives scattered the bus window and beat Bartra with a shrapnel, leaving the team without the Spanish defender for about a month after having a bone surgery cut into his wrist.

The ruling was short of calling prosecutors for a life sentence. However, defense lawyers have argued that W. should be convicted of just breaking off and giving a much lower sentence.

In January, the defendant testified that he had committed the assault but did not intend to kill or injure anyone. The 29-year-old citizen in Germany told the court that he was trying to mock an assault and designed the explosives in such a way that "no harm could be expected for people."

The court did not buy that explanation.

"The defendant predicted the possibility of slaughtering people," said judge Peter Windgaetter as he presented the ruling. "It could not have managed the direction of the explosion."

"Its aim was to send as high a signal as possible, resulting in a reduction in the price of a share," added Windgaetter.

The suspect built the bombs themselves, using metal pins – some of them fly over 200 meters (over 650 feet) in the explosions, and came back by remote control of the hotel. He was arrested 10 days after the attack.

The bombing occurred as the Dortmund team joined the Champions League Championship against Monaco. The game was reorganized for the next day, when Dortmund lost 3-2.

The club had no comment on the ruling.

"Today, we're just focusing on the game," said club spokesman Sascha Fligge, referring to the Wednesday Champions League match against Brugge Club. "The issue has been dealt with internally for a long time."

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November 27, 2018 / 8:30 pm | Story:

As Mexico fought what to do with more than 5,000 Central American emigrants camped out in a sports complex in the city of Tijuana, Presidential government Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday would be ready to live & # 39; the emigrants on British land. they claim for asylum in the United States – a key call from US President Donald Trump.

The new Mexican foreign minister also called on the Trump administration to contribute to development projects to help create jobs in Mid America to prevent migrants' flow from the disadvantaged region, suggesting an appropriate figure would start at $ 20 billion.

"We can not decide how fast people are being interviewed" by US officials as part of the asylum process, the incoming foreign secretary secretary Marcelo Ebrard said to a news conference in Mexico City. US border inspectors process less than 100 asylum applications per day as the main Tijuana crossing to San Diego, creating a backlog of thousands.

"So what do we need to do?" Ebrard asked. "Prepare yourself to assume that there will be a good part in this area of ​​Mexico for the coming months."

"We must support local authorities" in housing and feeders and emigrants, he says, adding: "This is not a bilateral deal. That's something we have to do."

Lopez Obrador, who won the election victory on July 1 and took up a post on Saturday, who built his political career on protecting the poor. He is now facing the difficult task of trying Trump on the migratory issue in maintaining the long-term situation of Mexico from asking for better treatment for migrants.

Ebrard told Tuesday's correspondents, whose key administration goal is to ensure the U.S. commitment. to development projects in Honduras, where the vast majority of migrants in the caravan come, as well as neighboring Guatemala, El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America.

"What do we talk about with the US? We want them to take part in the project that I just talked about" to create jobs in Central America. He asked how much U.S. contributed, Ebrard suggested that the figure should be at least $ 20 billion.

"Mexico itself is going to invest in our own territory during the next administration, over $ 20 billion, and so any serious attempt about brothers in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala should be for a similar amount, "said Ebrard.

Ebrard's statements came to be worried that the residents of Tijuana had closed a sports-off school complex where thousands of emigrants had camped out for a fortnight.

The move came after border agents in the United States blocked tumbling gas to Mexico to turn back a group of migrants who had cut the border over the weekend. The event triggered Mexican authorities to raise police presence around the shelter.

Noting fears about their children's safety, Gabriel Ramos Milan's elementary school parents bought their lock and their own chain and closed school gates. He stated that the school was still closed until further notice.

Carmen Rodriguez said parents had been calling for authorities to do something since the emigrants arrived, adding that his 9-year-old daughter would not return to the classes until they had gone.

"We ask them to be relocated," said Rodriguez, stating that some emigrants had contacted the school grounds to ask children for money and to use the school's bathrooms. Some marijuana said to smoke around his perimeter walls, he said.

He said the parents were worried about anti-migrant protocols that can converge on the sports complex again, as they did last week. "If they come here and there's a confrontation, we'll be caught in the middle," he said.

The emigrants themselves examined their choices in a hurry, among a growing feeling that they did not have much hope of making successful shelter bids in the United States than illegally crossing the border.

The majority were abolished after US agents switched off a tear gas on the group of emigrants trying to cross the US on Sunday. They found that the conflicts response and the official response hurt their chances of reaching the USA National Migration Organization. 98 emigrants were deported after attempting to break the border between the United States. The Interior Department of the country said that around 500 people were trying to rush the border, while the US authorities gave the number to 1,000.

A consistent line on Tuesday outside the tent was a home to the International Migration Institute, where officers offered assistance to those who wanted to return to home countries.

Officials also said that there was more interest from migrants who want to start and stay in Mexico. There has been an increasing number of queries for migrants that are fair matching with openings in Baja California.

"What happened to us all came," said Oscar Leonel Mina, a 22-year-old father from San Salvador, from the confrontation of Sunday's boundaries.

Mina, his wife and child's daughter went to the protest and they were glad they had heard others reporting what he had developed, he said.

The Mina events reconsidered her family's plan to make to the US. He says he has heard people talking about Rosarito, a beach town that is popular with the tourists of the USA about driving 40 minutes to the south of Tijuana.

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November 27, 2018 / 7:51 pm | Story:

Wall Street investors are enamored with a new emerging technology company.

He has nothing to do with posting an identity or finding a soul partner. Instead, the company makes billions of dollars selling cloud computers and other technical services to offices worldwide.

Say hello to Microsoft, a 1990-home-based computer pump that has a serious analysis – eclipsed Facebook, Google, Amazon and other technical darlings of the end of a decade.

And now he's about to excel Apple as the most valuable company in the commercial world.

Yes, that is Microsoft. As other technology players turn out, its constant resilience pays.

Microsoft is even close to Apple's extraction – and made so little a bit of this week's work – has been anonymous from a few years ago.

Ond o dan y Prif Swyddog Gweithredol, Satya Nadella, mae Microsoft wedi dod o hyd i sefydlogrwydd trwy symud i ffwrdd o'i system weithredu Windows flaenllaw a chanolbwyntio ar wasanaethau cyfrifiadurol cwmwl gyda chontractau busnes hirdymor.

"Mae Microsoft yn edrych fel eu bod nhw wedi troi'r gornel yn olaf ac wedi dod yn chwaraewr cymylau hyfyw," meddai Daniel Morgan, uwch reolwr portffolio Ymddiriedolaeth Synovus. "Maen nhw wedi gwneud pontio cryf iawn i ffwrdd o'r bwrdd gwaith."

Cyfnod byr o ddydd Llun masnachu oedd y tro cyntaf ers dros wyth mlynedd fod Microsoft yn werth mwy na Apple. Bu Microsoft yn rhagori ar Apple eto'n fyr Mawrth, cyn i Apple gau ar ben gyda gwerth marchnad o $ 827 biliwn, dim ond 0.5 y cant o flaen $ 822 biliwn Microsoft.

Afal wedi bod yn gwmni mwyaf ffyniannus y byd ers hawlio'r fan a'r lle gorau gan Exxon Mobil yn gynharach y degawd hwn. Nid yw Microsoft wedi bod ar y brig ers uchder y ffyniant dot-com yn 2000.

Daeth Microsoft yn gystadleuydd eto yn rhannol oherwydd bod stoc Apple wedi gostwng 25 y cant ers dechrau mis Hydref, er nad yw Microsoft wedi gwneud unrhyw waeth na gweddill y farchnad stoc. Ond mae'r ffaith nad yw wedi gwneud yn wael yn adlewyrchiad o'i ffocws cyson ar gwsmeriaid busnes yn ystod y blynyddoedd diwethaf.

Ychydig flynyddoedd yn ôl, roedd rhagolygon Microsoft yn edrych yn waeth. Roedd y cwmni'n dibynnu ar ffioedd trwyddedu o'r system weithredu Windows a ddefnyddiwyd mewn cyfrifiaduron personol, ond roedd pobl yn gwario arian yn lle hynny ar y ffonau smart diweddaraf. Yn 2013, fe wnaeth gwerthiant PC ymuno 10 y cant i oddeutu 315 miliwn, y gostyngiad gwaethaf o flwyddyn i flwyddyn, yn ôl cwmnïau ymchwil Gartner ac IDC. Nid oedd yn helpu bod ymdrech Microsoft i wneud cyfrifiaduron yn fwy fel ffonau, Windows 8, wedi'i dynnu'n eang.

Ond dechreuodd achlysur pan gynigiodd cwmni Redmond, Washington, Nadella fel Prif Swyddog Gweithredol yn 2014. Llwyddodd i bennaeth Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, a ddywedodd yn wreiddiol ar y syniad y byddai pobl yn barod i dalu $ 500 neu fwy ar gyfer iPhones Apple.

Mae'r bet wedi'i dalu. Erbyn hyn mae Windows yn ffracsiwn gwaethygu o fusnes Microsoft. Er bod y cwmni'n dal i redeg busnesau sy'n canolbwyntio ar ddefnyddwyr megis chwilio Bing a gemau Xbox, mae wedi blaenoriaethu gwasanaethau sy'n canolbwyntio ar fusnesau, fel llinell e-bost y Swyddfa a meddalwedd gweithle arall, yn ogystal ag ychwanegiadau newydd megis LinkedIn a Skype. Ond mae'r twf mwyaf wedi digwydd yn y cwmwl, yn enwedig y llwyfan cwmwl mae'n galw Azure. Mae cyfrifiadura cwmwl yn awr yn cyfrif am fwy na chwarter o refeniw Microsoft, ac mae Microsoft yn gwrthod Amazon fel darparwr blaenllaw gwasanaethau o'r fath.

Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.

President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.

The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results earlier this month amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump's escalating trade war with China.

Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.

While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That's partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.

Morgan said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it's not. It doesn't face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it's not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it's still more dependent on online retail.

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Nov 27, 2018 / 7:16 pm | Story:

One of the most famous songs of Christmas was celebrated Tuesday as it approaches its 200th anniversary, with a concert at the New York City church where "Silent Night" is believed to have been sung in the United States for the first time and where a priest was the first to publish an English translation of the Austrian carol.

The performance of the carol by Austria's Kroll Family Singers and ensembles from Trinity Church took place at the Alexander Hamilton memorial in the Trinity churchyard. The singers stood in front of the memorial in the darkened yard as onlookers gathered and horns from passing cars beeped on nearby streets.

The Kroll singers opened the carol with verses in the original German, followed by the Trinity singers with verses in languages including French, Spanish, and finally English. After the outdoor performance, they went inside the church, where the Austrian group sang some other songs before they finished with another rendition of "Silent Night."

The song resonates with people because of its simple melody and straightforward message, said Elisabeth Frontull, a member of the Kroll group.

"You sing it from the bottom of your heart; that's the reason why the song is so popular," she said.

Organizers of the event said it's believed the song was first sung at the Trinity Church location in 1839 by the Rainer family singers, a travelling singing group from Austria.

"Silent Night" initially debuted as a musical piece in December 1818, with words by Joseph Mohr, a priest, and music by Franz Xaver Gruber, in Oberndorf, Austria.

In 1859, a priest at Trinity, John Freeman Young, published the first English translation of three verses of the carol, including the well-known first verse that ends with "sleep in heavenly peace."

It has become one of the most recorded songs in the world and declared as part of Austria's cultural heritage.

To mark its anniversary, Austrian tourism organizations put together a number of events in that country, including concert and exhibitions.

The concert at Trinity — a historic church and tourist attraction that survived the destruction of the nearby World Trade Center in 2001 — was the only stateside event done through that effort, said Sigrid Pichler, spokeswoman for New York City's Austrian Tourist Office.

"It touches the hearts of people deeply," she said. "It's a very simple song, it has an eternal message of peace. It is also something that the whole world needs to hear."

A man suffered a broken wrist while hang gliding in Switzerland, but it could have been far worse.

A video uploaded to YouTube Monday, titled SWISS MISHAP, shows a man's first hang gliding experience go terribly wrong.

The video begins with a warning that the video “may be disturbing to some, including my wife.”

The footage shows two people preparing to take off on the hang glider, but an unattached harness is visible.

As the hang-glider pilot takes off, the unattached passenger slips to the slide and hangs on by just his hands.

For the two minutes and 14 seconds before the pilot is able to get them both back to solid ground, the passenger hangs on for his life, as they fly over the picturesque Swiss countryside.

They finally get close enough to the ground for the man to let go and make a rough landing.

In the video, the man writes he suffered a fracture in his right wrist when he landed which required surgery, and he also tore a tendon in his bicep from holding on for as long he did.

“It beats the alternative,” he writes.

The video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times since it was uploaded Monday.

The man says he plans to try hang gliding again, as he didn't get to enjoy his first flight.

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