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Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

Pompeo praises ‘US ally’ Denmark after Trump cancels visit

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Denmark amid a public row over Greenland that saw President Donald Trump cancel a visit to the country. In a phone call with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, Mr Pompeo "expressed appreciation for Denmark's co-operation" as a US ally. Mr Kofod welcomed the "frank, friendly and constructive talk". It came after Mr Trump said Denmark's prime minister had been "nasty" when rebuffing his idea of buying Greenland. Mette Frederiksen had called his ambitions of buying the autonomous Danish territory "absurd". She said she was "disappointed and surprised" that he had cancelled his visit.The trip was scheduled to take place on 2 September, at the invitation of...
Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

Hong Kong airport cancels flights due to protests

World
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Hong Kong Airport Authority has canceled all flights on Monday as the island's airport has been engulfed with thousands of anti-government protesters. The authority made the announcement at about 5 p.m., stating that airport operations have been "seriously disrupted." "All flights have been canceled," it said in the statement. "All passengers are advised to leave the terminal buildings as soon as possible." The announcement was the third of the day after stating 50 minutes earlier that only departures were canceled and before noon that only those with airline tickets would be allowed in the departure hall of Terminal 1 for the next 24 hours. "All check-in service for departure flights has been suspended," the airport authority said. "Other than the departure flights...
Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Heathrow cancels 172 flights as two-day strike moves closer

Business
Heathrow Airport will cancel 172 flights on Monday and Tuesday after thousands of workers overwhelmingly rejected a revised pay offer.Unite said 88% of its 4,000 union members - who include security guards, firefighters and engineers - voted to refuse the deal, meaning the parties will head to last-ditch pay dispute talks in an effort to avert a strike. A two-day strike is set to start on Monday with further industrial action planned for 48 hours from 23 August.Unite warned the airport against paying millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights instead of using the money to settle the dispute.Unite regional officer Wayne King said: "Heathrow faces a compensation bill in the region of £4.6m from airlines if the planned strikes go ahead.
Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Entertainment
July 9 (UPI) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj backed out of a music festival appearance in Saudi Arabia in show of support for the rights of women and LGBTQ people. Minaj announced her decision Tuesday to cancel her planned headlining performance at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 after the Human Rights Foundation called for her and other performers to not appear at the festival. "THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for canceling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ rights," the HRF wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity." The rapper also shared a post on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, encouraging her fans in Saudi Arabia to share their opinions. In addition to withdrawing from the festival, the HRF called on Mi...
This trivia app cancels your student debt. One woman just won $50,000

This trivia app cancels your student debt. One woman just won $50,000

Finance
Cynthia Thomas Reher is a veterinarian in Bellevue, WashingtonSource: Cynthia Thomas ReherWhere did the actor Steve McQueen live as a child? Does brackish water have more freshwater than saltwater?If you can correctly answer questions like these, you might be done with your student loans sooner than you expected.Some 400,000 people have registered with Givling, a trivia app that is helping people pay off their student debt, said Seth Beard, Givling's chief marketing officer. People are tested in pop culture, history, geography, math, chemistry and more. Users play rounds of trivia on teams of three and prizes are given out weekly.The company was founded around four years ago, but it's taken off over the last year, Beard said. More than 5,000 people have won prizes on the app, he said,...