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G7 leaders set their sights on migration on final day of summit

G7 leaders set their sights on migration on final day of summit

The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations turned their attention to migration, artificial intelligence, economic security and the Indo-Pacific region on Friday, the second and final day of their summit in Italy. The G7 leaders stressed their determination to meet global challenges “at a crucial moment in history.” The gathering in a luxury resort in Italy’s southern Puglia region also discussed other major topics, such as financial support for Ukraine, the war in Gaza, climate change, Iran, the situation in the Red Sea, gender equality and China’s industrial policy and economic security. “We are working together and with others to address the pressing challenges of our time,” the G7 leaders said in a final communique, noting their solidarity with Ukraine, support for a deal that would lead to an immediate cease-fire and release of hostages in Gaza, investment in sustainable infrastructure in Africa and commitments to address climate change and migration. Divisions did emerge during the summit, however, notably over the lack of a reference to abortion in the summit’s final declaration.  04:45 Business © …

Shakespeare Martineau sets sights on Southampton expansion

Shakespeare Martineau sets sights on Southampton expansion

Shakespeare Martineau is looking to expand in Hampshire having secured office space at Southampton Science Park. The Birmingham-headquartered law firm has appointed corporate partner James Hawkeswood to head up the new location. James was previously national head of Blake Morgan’s corporate practice and brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role. He specialises in corporate law, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments and complex cross-border transactions – complementing the firm’s existing specialisms in energy, education, technology and healthcare. James’s appointment comes alongside confirmation of two new partners at Shakespeare Martineau – in commercial litigation and banking respectively – as it looks to grow its Southampton team to double figures by the end of the year. “My primary mission is to establish Shakespeare Martineau in the Central South, supporting a significant recruitment drive and raising the profile of the firm locally”, said James. “I’ve spent the vast majority my career in the Central South and I’m proud to call it home. “I recognise it as a region with huge influence and opportunity – particularly …

U.S. military review disputes that Marines had Kabul bomber in sights

U.S. military review disputes that Marines had Kabul bomber in sights

Marines who survived a devastating suicide bombing during the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan were mistaken in their belief that they had the attacker in their gunsights hours before the blast, a new military review determined, disputing allegations made before Congress and in the media. The findings, released Monday after they were shared with the families of 13 service members killed in the August 2021 attack at the edge of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, relied in part on facial recognition technology and interviews with the Marines and others who were not questioned during a previous investigation conducted soon after the explosion. The new review found that the Marines, while diligently performing their jobs on a sniper team, conflated vetted intelligence reports with unverified “spot reports” made by service members on site, leading to confusion. “Over the past two years, some service members have claimed that they had the bomber in their sights and they could have prevented the attack,” a member of the review team said, speaking to reporters on the condition of anonymity under …

Europe’s A.I. ‘Champion’ Sets Sights on Tech Giants in U.S.

Europe’s A.I. ‘Champion’ Sets Sights on Tech Giants in U.S.

Arthur Mensch, tall and lean with a flop of unkempt hair, arrived for a speech last month at a sprawling tech hub in Paris wearing jeans and carrying a bicycle helmet. He had an unassuming look for a person European officials are counting on to help propel the region into a high-stakes match with the United States and China over artificial intelligence. Mr. Mensch, 31, is the chief executive and a founder of Mistral, considered by many to be one of the most promising challengers to OpenAI and Google. “You have become the poster child for A.I. in France,” Matt Clifford, a British investor, told him onstage. A lot is riding on Mr. Mensch, whose company has shot into the spotlight just a year after he founded it in Paris with two college friends. As Europe scrambles to get a foothold in the A.I. revolution, the French government has singled out Mistral as its best hope to create a standard-bearer, and has lobbied European Union policymakers to help ensure the firm’s success. Artificial intelligence will …

‘Pushed to the limit’: the tiny Greek island in people smugglers’ sights | Greece

‘Pushed to the limit’: the tiny Greek island in people smugglers’ sights | Greece

Even by the standards of small Greek islands, Gavdos is tiny. In a population of fewer than 70 people, there are just two families with four children. The rest “are all old people mostly living alone”, its mayor, Lilian Stefanaki, explains. It is a micro-world that in the depths of winter is served by a single school, a bakery, two mini-markets and four kafeneia cum tavernas. The remote island – separated from the coast of Crete by frequently unpredictable waters in the Libyan Sea – is watched over by Efsevios Daskalakis, who for much of the year is its sole police officer. But recently life on Gavdos has been a little less quiet than usual. “The weekend before last we had 150 people arrive from Libya in three very overcrowded boats,” says Stefanaki. “We’re being pushed to the limit because, firstly, there’s no infrastructure to house them on Gavdos.” Map At Europe’s southernmost tip, closer to Africa than Athens, the 29-square kilometre island has emerged as the latest focal point for smugglers bent on bringing …

the ancient sights and sounds of the pre-Easter tenebrae service

the ancient sights and sounds of the pre-Easter tenebrae service

Easter is a time of mixed emotions. According to Church of England figures, up to a million people will go to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the joy and hope of the resurrection of Christ. But in the three days before that, churchgoers in many traditions come face to face with the darkest moments of the Christian story: the betrayal Jesus faced at the hands of Judas Iscariot, his death on the cross and his burial. A symbolic darkening. Lawrence OP|Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Among the lesser known rituals of this pre-Easter period is an ancient exploration of darkness itself, known as tenebrae. Originally, this service took place late at night or early in the morning on the last three days of Holy Week, leading up to Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). For at least 1,200 years, the defining feature of tenebrae services has been the gradual extinguishing of lights. Enclosed in an increasingly darkened church, worshippers are reminded of the three days Jesus spent in the tomb following his death. My research …

The Trustbuster Who Has Apple and Google in His Sights

The Trustbuster Who Has Apple and Google in His Sights

Shortly after Jonathan Kanter took over the Justice Department’s antitrust division in November 2021, the agency secured an additional $50 million to investigate monopolies, bust criminal cartels and block mergers. To celebrate, Mr. Kanter bought a prop of a giant check, placed it outside his office and wrote on the check’s memo line: “Break ’Em Up.” Mr. Kanter, 50, has pushed that philosophy ever since, becoming a lead architect of the most significant effort in decades to fight the concentration of power in corporate America. On Thursday, he took his biggest swing when the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple. In the 88-page lawsuit, the government argued that Apple had violated antitrust laws with practices intended to keep customers reliant on its iPhones and less likely to switch to competing devices. That lawsuit joins two Justice Department antitrust cases against Google that argue the company illegally shored up monopolies. Mr. Kanter’s staff has also challenged numerous corporate mergers, including suing to stop JetBlue Airways from buying Spirit Airlines. “We want to help real …

Marathon runner, 12, sets her sights on 2028 Olympics

Marathon runner, 12, sets her sights on 2028 Olympics

Evan Kim is not sure what she wants to do when she grows up. She might want to be an elementary school teacher. Or perhaps an Olympic long-distance runner. She’s working on the running thing. The 5-foot-tall sixth-grader placed second among all girls and women at the Ventura Marathon in February when she ran the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours 58 minutes, averaging less than 7 minutes per mile. Her goal this year is to run the fastest recorded marathon for a 12-year-old of either gender — she’s only four minutes away. Her trainer (also known as her dad, who goes by MK) says the equation is simple: Just follow the workout plan and the record will be hers. Evan was in some ways destined for a life of long-distance exercise. Born into a family of athletes in 2012, she was named after Cadel Evans, the cyclist who won the Tour de France the year prior. Her father MK, 49, was a pole vaulter at Duke University and now trains runners. He’s run a 2-hour, …

Back From War, Reserve Soldiers Set Their Sights on Israel’s Politics as Usual

Back From War, Reserve Soldiers Set Their Sights on Israel’s Politics as Usual

Gathered this month around a campfire on the edge of a forest in central Israel, the soldiers planned their next mission: saving their deeply divided country from itself. Like many of the thousands of Israeli reservists called to fight in Gaza, the soldiers left for war amid a sudden surge of national unity after the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks on Israel. But as the military has withdrawn soldiers from Gaza in recent weeks and the troops have returned home, they have found their country less like it was after Oct. 7 and more like it was before: torn by divisive politics and culture clashes. Now, as these bitter divisions re-emerge, disillusioned reservists are at the vanguard of movements demanding a political reset, seeking unity and repudiating what many view as extreme polarization. “I first came out in December and was shocked to see that nothing had changed,” said David Sherez, a special forces commander and start-up entrepreneur, on leaving his base near Gaza. Mr. Sherez, one of the soldiers who gathered around the campfire in …

‘Married at First Sight’s Jamie Otis Is Pregnant, Expecting Baby No. 3 With Husband Doug Hehner

‘Married at First Sight’s Jamie Otis Is Pregnant, Expecting Baby No. 3 With Husband Doug Hehner

Married at First Sight stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner are preparing to be parents once again!  On Tuesday, the reality TV star and influencer, 37, announced she and her husband of 10 years, 40, will welcome their third child later this year. Otis shared the exciting news in an Instagram post, thanking her followers for their support as she experienced numerous health issues that contributed to infertility struggles.  “I’M FINALLY PREGNANT!!!???????????? I wanna scream it from the roof tops!!! I cant thank YOU enough for praying for us! GOD IS GOOD!!! ????✨,” she captioned a video of her with a pregnancy test.  “It’s been over three years of trying. Ive been diagnosed with secondary infertility, a blocked fallopian tube, MTHFR, hypothyroidism, ‘low-normal’ AMH, advanced maternal age, and I’m probably missing something else that was thrown at us ….. BUT GOD WILL WORK MIRACLES IF YOU BELIEVE!????✨????????,” Otis continued.  The video shows a ClearBlue pregnancy test with a strong horizontal line and a faint vertical line. The next photo in the Instagram carousel sees the star …