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Starbucks to shut over 8,000 US cafes for race training

Starbucks to shut over 8,000 US cafes for race training

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCoffee chain Starbucks is to close more than 8,000 company-owned branches in the US for an afternoon next month to carry out "racial bias" training.The aim is to prevent discrimination in Starbucks stores.The move comes after the firm had to apologise over last week's arrest of two black men who were waiting to meet someone in a Starbucks in Philadelphia.Following the incident, protesters converged on the store and there were calls for a boycott of Starbucks.Starbucks' chief executive Kevin Johnson said he had been "learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it".Mr Johnson said he had spent the last few days in Philadelphia. He has also met the two men who were arrested.In a joint statement the men's lawyer and Starbucks said...
UK's May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

UK's May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

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Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face restive British lawmakers Monday to justify her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament. Royal Air Force jets joined American and French warplanes and ships in hitting targets in Syria Saturday in response to a reported chemical attack in the town of Douma. Parliament, which returned Monday after a spring break, was not consulted about the action. The government is not legally bound to seek lawmakers' approval for military strikes, though it is customary to do so. May's office said Monday that she plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest," were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks and had broad international support. "We cannot allow the use of ...
Shoppers stay indoors over wet weekend

Shoppers stay indoors over wet weekend

Business
Fewer people went shopping this Easter weekend as bad weather lowered turnout.Total shop visits were down by 2.4% between Friday and Easter Sunday compared with last year, according to research group Springboard.This was largely due to a sharp fall in High Street visits - although footfall at shopping centres and retail parks was up. It comes amid a shopping slowdown which has seen a host of high street brands announce store closures or go bust.Springboard said High Street footfall fell by 9.6% on Good Friday year-on-year, and by 6.9% on Easter Saturday, as people avoided the wet weather. Easter has traditionally been a good time for retailers as the improving weather and four day holiday encourage people to spend. Six reasons behind the High Street crisisAll Toys R Us stores to closeFoot...
Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Science
China's defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth's atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say.It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China's Manned Space Engineering Office said.Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments.It was part of China's efforts to build a manned space station by 2022, but stopped working in March 2016. What do we know about where it came down?The rather vague "above the South Pacific" is the line from space officials. US specialists at the Joint Force Space Component Command said they had used orbit analysis technology to confirm Tiangong-1's re-entry. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tweeted that it appeared to have c...
Reporters clash with N. Korea authorities over Pyongyang concert

Reporters clash with N. Korea authorities over Pyongyang concert

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SEOUL, April 2 (UPI) -- A high-ranking North Korean official apologized to South Korean reporters for restricting access to a Pyongyang concert staged by major K-Pop artists.According to a pool report, Kim Yong-chol, a high-ranking Workers' Party official who oversees inter-Korean affairs, visited Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang to ask South Korean reporters for their understanding as regime leader Kim Jong Un had attended the concert on Sunday."We had the responsibility of providing the freedom and convenience of media coverage," he said. "I apologize on the behalf of North Korean authorities over the mishap."This comes after South Korean media were reportedly barred from the concert hall where the anticipated performance of South Korean musicians took place from 6:50 p.m. Seoul time.Reporters w...