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Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTalks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between them.What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections.Her bloc won September's poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties.Germany coalition: Merkel's 'political party poker'Why German election was a turning pointMrs Merkel said she regretted the collapse of the talks, adding she would meet the German president later on Monday to ...
Scientists study whale's blow hole microbes with the help of a drone

Scientists study whale's blow hole microbes with the help of a drone

Science
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Scientists have for the first time surveyed the unique community of microorganisms -- the microbiome -- living inside the blowhole of a humpback whale. They did so with the help of a six-rotor hexacopter.Researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used a custom-built drone to collect blow samples, the moist breath exhaled by whales, from 17 humpbacks off the coast of Cape Cod and from nine humpbacks swimming near Canada's Vancouver Island. The scientists sequenced the genetic material found in the blow samples to identify the microbes living in each whale's respiratory tract."We were using the drone to take aerial images of the whales, so that we could assess body conditions," NOAA researcher John Durban said in a news release. "Because of the stable flight p...
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says bitcoin is a fraud that will eventually blow up

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon says bitcoin is a fraud that will eventually blow up

Finance
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took a shot at bitcoin, saying the cryptocurrency "is a fraud." "It's just not a real thing, eventually it will be closed," Dimon said Tuesday at the Delivering Alpha conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor.Dimon joked that even his daughter bought some bitcoin, looking to cash in on a trend that has seen it soar more than 300 percent this year."I'm not saying 'go short bitcoin and sell $ 100,000 of bitcoin before it goes down," he said. "This is not advice of what to do. My daughter bought bitcoin, it went up and now she thinks she's a genius."In an appearance at a separate conference earlier in the day, Dimon said bitcoin mania is reminiscent of the tulip bulb craze in the 17th century."It's worse than tulip bulbs. It won't end well. Someone...
Floyd Mayweather deals with knockout BLOW by Simon Cowell over £2.3m supercar

Floyd Mayweather deals with knockout BLOW by Simon Cowell over £2.3m supercar

Entertainment
GETTYSUPERCARS: Floyd Mayweather has been dealt a knockout blow by Simon CowellSimon has managed to reserve one of only 500 new Bugatti Chiron motors but champ Floyd, 40, is not on the waiting list.Both men are huge petrol heads, with car collections worth many millions of dollars.However, the fighter missed out on the chance to buy the machine.Floyd Mayweather keeps posting pictures of his car collection, and it is INSANE Floyd Mayweather loves his cars, and judging by the pics he posts to his Insta account, he's not afraid of splashing the cash to get them!Instagram Sandwiched between two supercars “You could tell Floyd was annoyed by his grandstanding” SourceSimon, 57, is said to have boasted about his new purchase when he saw Floyd i