The anti news feed

Trump's head keeps popping up everywhere and I just wanted to turn him off.

Wouldn't it be great if we could just 'turn off' certain things from our news feeds? This work in progress tool tries to do that. This is a bare-bones news aggregator that uses SimpleXML.

Feeds in this aggregator: World news from BBC, Guardian Washington Post, New York Times, Times of India and New Indian Express

Keyword to block (defaults to 'Trump')

BBC News

Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami alert

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the southern coast, 300km from Kodiak, officials say.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:54:55 GMT

UN flag no longer offers 'natural protection' to peacekeepers

The organisation's flag and blue helmets no longer offer "natural protection", a new report says.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:57:35 GMT

Jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies

The South African musician died aged 78 after a "courageous battle with cancer", his family say.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:20:11 GMT


High-elevation corruption: A vital Afghan mountain trade route falls into decay

When the Soviets built the Salang Tunnel in the 1960s, engineers marveled at its innovation. Today, the pavement is torn to shreds. There is little by way of lighting or ventilation, and dust and fumes often reduce visibility. The road is the only direct route between Kabul and Afghanistan’s northern provinces.  

A German nurse was convicted of murdering two patients. Police say he killed 97 more.

Niels Hoegel is already serving a life sentence for two murders. Now the country is coming to terms with the full scope of one of its most prolific serial killers since World War II.

Turkey’s president vows to keep up offensive against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria, rejects calls for restraint

The defiant message from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up a possible expansion of the latest flash point in Syria’s seven-year conflict and underscored the deepening rift between NATO allies over the Kurdish militias.

Head of Britain’s right-wing UKIP fights to save his job — and the party itself — after his partner’s racist texts

The pro-Brexit U.K. Independence Party is imploding, and its latest leader is resisting a no-confidence vote despite his efforts to distance himself from a girlfriend who sent racist texts about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's biracial fiancee.

China to U.S.: It’s your fault we are in the South China Sea

The Chinese government accused the United States of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.


Earthquake, Davos, Academy Awards: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:05:33 GMT

New York Today: New York Today: A Taste of Sunset Park

Tuesday: Exploring Sunset Park, the Indie Theater One Minute Play Festival, and readers discuss bike lanes.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:00:22 GMT

Government Shutdown Ends After 3 Days of Recriminations

With a promise that lawmakers would soon take up immigration, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to reopen the government after a brief but heated shutdown.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:09:25 GMT

With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown

Two dozen centrist senators from both parties banded together to push their leaders to a deal to reopen the government. Now comes the hard part.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:16:23 GMT


Angela Merkel braces for intensive negotiations in German coalition talks

Chancellor welcomes SPD vote to begin negotiations but both sides have vocal doubters

Angela Merkel has welcomed the Social Democrats’ decision to enter into formal coalition talks, even as the party’s leader signalled he would try to wring concessions from her before putting the final deal to members in a postal ballot.

“The path for coalition negotiations is now clear,” said the German chancellor, appearing relieved after the SPD’s vote on the issue on Sunday. She said she would strive to create an economically stable government and would prioritise social justice and security.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:05:48 GMT

Congo steps up deadly crackdown as church joins anti-Kabila protests

Clergy among hundreds detained as Catholic church leads call for president to step down

Hundreds of people have been arrested in a wide-ranging crackdown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after fresh protests against the continued rule of President Joseph Kabila.

Security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired teargas to disperse demonstrations organised by the Catholic church on Sunday. Among the victims was a woman who had wanted to become a nun, local media reported. The detained include at least a dozen priests and nuns.

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Times of India

For wealth and wellness, come to India, PM says at Davos 

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16:14 GMT

PM Modi's address at WEF: Highlights

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:20:13 GMT

PM lists three challenges world is facing

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:45:19 GMT

Modi draws crowd for keynote speech at Davos

"Last time an Indian PM came to Davos was in 1997, when Deve Gowda ji had come. That time our GDP was little more than 400 billion dollars, now its more than six times," PM Modi said at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:51:33 GMT

Please tell Davos why 1% of Indians get 73% of wealth: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:47:54 GMT

New Indian Express

Volcano eruption, avalanche at Japan ski resort kills one

Footage broadcast on Japanese television showed thick black smoke interspersed with falling rocks rolling down the snow-covered side of the volcano towards a ski slope.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 05:30 PM +0530

PM Modi addresses plenary session of World Economic Forum, says climate change, terrorism grave concerns

Modi mentioned that India's GDP has increased more than 6-time from the last time an Indian PM had attended the World Economic Forum in 1997.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 05:23 PM +0530

Magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes offshore Alaska; tsunami warning issued 

  Tsunami waves could hit the coasts of Oregon and Washington as early as around 1310 GMT, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 05:18 PM +0530

European Union removes Panama, seven others from tax haven list amid criticism

The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Mongolia, Macau, Grenada and Barbados were also lifted from the list by finance ministers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:50 PM +0530