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  • New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands
    New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands

    By Barbara Goldberg and Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. ...

  • Poroshenko warns Ukraine will defend itself if truce fails
    Poroshenko warns Ukraine will defend itself if truce fails

    Kiev (AFP) - President Petro Poroshenko warned Sunday that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should a peace plan aimed at ending a five-month war with pro-Russian insurgents fall through.

  • More US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source
    More US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source

    Monrovia (AFP) - A second deployment of United States troops arrived in Liberia on Sunday as part of an eventual mission of 3,000 soldiers helping its beleaguered health services battle the Ebola outbreak.

  • Doctor Who "Time Heist" Review: Time Bandits
    Doctor Who "Time Heist" Review: Time Bandits

    Doctor Who S08E05: "Time Heist" Maybe it's because "Time Heist" had the unfortunate task of following last week's surprisingly well done time-travel episode "Listen," but it left a lot to be desired. There wasn't anything particularly awful about watching the Doctor, Clara, and their two compatriots rob the most well-protected bank in the universe, but it didn't have that spark, nor did it inspire me with hope for the rest of the season. In fact, it was fairly predictable from start to finish, which might also be why I didn't feel particularly moved by it. Joining Steven Moffat as a writer this week was Steve Thompson, who penned the Matt Smith adventures "Curse of the Black Spot" and "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS". He's also responsible for a handful of Sherlock episodes as well, which is why I expected a bit more from this episode. As a standalone outing, "Time Heist" was perfectly fine and moved along fairly swiftly while hitting all the necessary beats. But it was a fairly typical rescue mission episode masquerading as a caper, which is where it lost some of its steam. In the end it was revealed that the Doctor wasn't robbing a bank so much as rescuing the last two remaining creatures of a particular species through a set of carefully planned, perfectly timed steps, with the final and most important one coinciding with a solar storm that took down the bank's defenses. It felt a bit like last season's "Hide" in that regard, and while I rather enjoyed that particular outing for the creep factor, this one felt a bit tired. The time-travel here was less complicated but also more clunky than in "Listen," and I found it to be fairly obvious early on that the Architect was the Doctor. From the memory worms, to the suspiciously placed briefcases with clues and bombs and more—it all felt very Doctor-y. Plus, once you realized that the Doctor and Clara's special skills for robbing a bank were just that they were the Doctor and Clara, it became clear who had orchestrated the entire thing. Like I said, there's nothing inherently wrong with the episode as far as one-and-dones go, but I was hoping we'd get more development on the overarching mystery of the season this week. We're five episodes in to Season 8 and the only real continuity present in the episode was Danny's 30-second scene prior to the opening credits. At least "Into the Dalek" and "Robot of Sherwood" felt connected (if a bit awkwardly so) to the mystery of Missy and her secret garden. Before I'd realized (about a few seconds before it was revealed—I must be slipping in my old age) that Saibra and Psi didn't die, I thought we might once again see how people who die in the Doctor's presence are sent to Missy's weird version of purgatory, or whatever it may be. But alas, it was not meant to be. Instead, we were introduced to two characters played by Keeley Hawes. As a clone of Madame Karabraxos, Ms. Delphox was responsible for running the bank and using the Teller's ability to detect guilt in order to melt the minds of people with criminal intent. Prior to the beginning of the season, the Ms. Delphox character was described as being the ultimate villain, but that feels a bit overstated now, doesn't it? In some area of my brain I know that what she did to the Teller might be considered ruthless, and I'm not saying locking up one's mate in order to secure its cooperation isn't offensive and morally wrong, but the episode didn't make me feel anything either. I was looking forward to Hawes' performance here, but she wasn't given the best material. Psi, the human/computer hybrid hacker, and Saibra, with her ability to replicate DNA by touch, were interesting additions to the overall Doctor Who gallery of episodic companions, though, which might be what truly saved this episode from feeling too formulaic or boring for me. Psi and Clara formed a bond fairly quickly once she realized that he voluntarily deleted the memories of his family and friends to keep them safe prior to being interrogated in prison. His life is a lonely one, and it's not terribly surprising that Clara would take a liking to someone so selfless. She's risked her life to save and protect the Doctor countless times now as the Impossible Girl. But I do think their insta-bond, one that allowed Psi to seemingly sacrifice himself because Clara had friends and family and he had no one, rang a bit hollow given that there wasn't much time to truly develop a relationship of any kind. How is it possible that an episode with proper pacing still felt a bit rushed? Let's just blame time travel. NOTES – "I was hoping for minimalism. I think I came out with magician." – There was a lot of talk about having different faces this episode as it concerned Saibra, but also the Doctor (Madame Karabraxos and her clones, too, albeit in a different way). He's had a lot of them over the years, and I liked the mention of Tom Baker's scarf and Matt Smith's bowtie when the Teller scanned the Doctor's brain. I think we all know that Capaldi's Doctor will be remembered for his eyebrows, so it's rather nice that the series also finds time to point them out. thekaitling:list:doctor-who-what-did-you-think-of-time-heist/

  • 'Maze Runner' speeds past Neeson's 'Tombstones' at box office

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dystopian young adult movie "The Maze Runner" won the weekend box office race in the United States and Canada, collecting $32.5 million in ticket sales to outpace the Liam Neeson action flick, "A Walk Among the Tombstones." Neeson's film earned $13.1 million from Friday through Sunday and finished in second place, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. Comedy "This is Where I Leave You" landed in the No. 3 slot with $11.9 million at domestic theaters. "Maze Runner" fell slightly short projections for a start of $34 million, the forecast of Box Office Mojo. ...

  • Kids send powerful message in antigun video
    Kids send powerful message in antigun video

    A Bay Area photographer and mother fed up with U.S. gun violence has produced a powerful video using children to carry her message.

  • Moscow marchers condemn Kremlin role in Ukraine war
    Moscow marchers condemn Kremlin role in Ukraine war

    Moscow (AFP) - Thousands of Russians on Sunday marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.

  • SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida
    SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA. The 208-foot (63-meter) tall booster, built and launched by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, bolted off its seaside launch pad at 1:52 a.m. EDT/0552 GMT, slicing the night-time sky with a bright plume of light as it headed into orbit. ...

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