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- Games doping tests: quality over quantity
- South Korea eliminates US in International Crown
- Why Movies on Netflix Just Don’t Matter Anymore
This week Netflix made several announcements regarding their streaming properties that will forever change the shape of video content consumption. Netflix’s announcement that they had increased their subscriber base this quarter by 1.7 million to a total of more than 50 million globally was paired with a plan to go live in France and Germany as well as Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland in September. At present, three quarters of Netflix registrations are U.S. based; Neither of these announcements was greeted with much shock, but it’s still worth remembering how close Netflix was to death before its phoenix-like rebirth when it challenged HBO as a provider of top-quality original content.
- Lull in Gaza fighting as US, UN up pressure for truce
Fighting subsided in war-torn Gaza Monday at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr as world powers ramped up pressure on the warring sides to immediately end their 21-day confrontation. Following increasingly urgent calls by the UN and the US for an "immediate ceasefire," a senior source in the West Bank said Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was heading to Cairo along with representatives of Hamas for fresh talks on ending the violence in Gaza. "Abbas is forming a Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives to meet Egyptian leaders and discuss a halt to Israel's aggression against Gaza," the source told AFP, without saying when the talks would take place. Earlier US President Barack Obama phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire", in a call echoed several hours later by the UN Security Council.
- Richard III's makeshift grave opens to public
The grave of King Richard III, immortalised by Shakespeare as one of history's great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester. Around a hundred visitors were on hand to watch city mayor Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the £4 million ($6.8 million, 5 million euro) new visitor centre at the discovery site. Early arrivals at the building, in an abandoned school close to Richard's grave, were able to examine a replica of his skeleton made using a 3D printer.
- New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image
- 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con