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

Lake Victoria, Tanzania: Dozens drown in ferry capsize

With the ferry carrying hundreds of people on board, it is feared the death toll will rise.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:00:10 GMT

Russia reinstated by Wada after doping scandal suspension

A decision to lift the suspension of Russia's anti-doping agency (Rusada) is labelled "the greatest treachery" of clean athletes.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:12:56 GMT

Marine Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric testing

The court order is part of a probe into the far-right leader sharing images of IS atrocities.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:24:10 GMT

Maryland shooting: Woman kills three, turns gun on herself

The attack which killed three people is a rare mass shooting carried out by a woman.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:39:23 GMT

Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure

Dozens on a Jet Airways flight are injured as pilots "forget" a switch to maintain cabin pressure.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:24:24 GMT


A parade of cyclones is slamming the United Kingdom as winter storm season starts with a bang

Storm Bronagh is on the way in the wake of Storm Ali, and there might be more on its heels.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:19:44 EDT

Why are Ugandan youth so angry? Four takeaways from the recent protests.

Fully 78 percent of the population is under 30, and most of them feel significant political and economic exclusion.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:31:08 EDT

Children in Australia’s offshore migrant center are so distraught, some have attempted suicide

Doctors on a desolate island in the South Pacific have said it's an urgent medical crisis and the children need to be brought to Australia for treatment.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:19:13 EDT

After three years and hundreds of gruesome deaths, Britain’s ‘Cat Killer’ case has been solved

The victims were often found mutilated. Investigators had suggested that people might be next.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:14:00 EDT


Asia and Australia Edition: Your Friday News Briefing: Russia, India, Pandas

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

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:20:48 GMT

Kavanaugh Accuser Opens Negotiations on Testimony Next Week

Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager, has reopened discussions that could lead to testifying next week.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:34:19 GMT

Evangelical Leaders Are Frustrated at G.O.P. Caution on Kavanaugh Allegation

They say religious conservatives may feel little motivation to vote in the November elections unless Senate Republicans defend and confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:25:00 GMT

Creativity From the Chaos of Hurricane Maria

One year later, artists in Puerto Rico and those attached to the island talk about how the devastation and its aftermath influenced their work.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:57:03 GMT


May humiliated by Salzburg ambush as she fights to save Chequers plan

PM on the defensive after EU leaders take turns to rubbish her plan – just a week before the Conservative conference

Theresa May was left fighting to save her Chequers Brexit plan and with it her authority as prime minister after she was ambushed at the end of the Salzburg summit when EU leaders unexpectedly declared that her proposals would not work.

The prime minister was thrown on to the defensive – just over a week before the Conservative party conference – when EU leaders led by Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron rejected her Chequers plan as it stood, prompting hard Brexit Conservatives to demand it be abandoned.

May was also set an October deadline for a solution on the Irish border issue just hours after informing Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, in a private breakfast meeting that she felt it would be impossible to come to a compromise within such a timescale.

A clearly nervous and angry May told reporters that EU leaders were engaged in “negotiating tactics” designed to throw her off course. “I have always said these negotiations were going to be tough,” she said. “And at various stages of these negotiations, tactics would be used as part of those negotiations”.

The assault on May’s plan came shortly after a lunchtime meeting of EU leaders in the Austrian city, where they discussed the Brexit talks in May’s absence. EU council president Tusk declared that Chequers “would not work” while French president Macron said it was “not acceptable”.

Related: May: EU criticism of Chequers plan is 'negotiating tactic'

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:35:33 GMT

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify if terms 'ensure her safety'

Christine Blasey Ford says she’s willing to testify next week – but not on Monday as Repubicans have demanded

Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, has signaled that she is willing to testify next week – but not on Monday as Republicans have demanded.

In an email to the Senate judiciary committee, first reported by the New York Times and obtained by the Guardian , lawyers for Ford said on Thursday that she “wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety”.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:14:39 GMT

558m-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal

Oval-shaped Dickinsonia lifeform existed at least 20m years before the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of animal life

A fossilised lifeform that existed 558m years ago has been identified as the oldest known animal, according to new research.

The findings confirm that animals existed at least 20m years before the so-called Cambrian explosion of animal life, which took place about 540m years ago and saw the emergence of modern-looking animals such as snails, bivalves and arthropods.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:04 GMT

More than 200 feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster

MV Nyerere ferry sank on Thursday afternoon near Ukara Island, Lake Victoria

At least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said.

Ukerewe district commissioner, Col Lucas Magembe, told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the MV Nyerere had been halted until dawn with 42 people confirmed dead.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:15:25 GMT

Uganda's pop star politician addresses jubilant crowds on return from US

Bobi Wine flies home from US, where he received medical treatment after being beaten in detention

A Ugandan pop star turned opposition politician whose beating by soldiers last month prompted mass protests has vowed to fight on in an address to jubilant supporters on his return to the country from the US.

Bobi Wine’s associates feared he had been arrested after he was separated from other passengers before immigration controls and prevented from seeing his lawyers at Entebbe international airport, then escorted by police to a waiting vehicle.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:38 GMT

Times of India

Snub to Cong? BSP ties up with Jogi in Chhattisgarh, to go it alone in MP

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:25:07 GMT

IAF tests Rafale with India-specific upgrades

IAF deputy chief Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar flew the Rafale, a 17-year-old aircraft that is being used as a “testbed” for the 14 India-specific upgrades the IAF has asked for, in an 80-minute sortie at the Istres air base in France on Thursday.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:52:27 GMT

India, Pak foreign ministers to meet in New York

India and Pakistan will have their first substantive engagement since their December 2015 abortive bid to restart the dialogue process in the form of a meeting between the foreign ministers on the side lines of UNGA later this month.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:17:59 GMT

‘Urban Naxal’ letters talk of 6 attacks: Cops

In a disquieting claim before the Supreme Court on Thursday, Pune police alleged that a letter recovered from one of five recently arrested activists revealed a plan to ambush security forces in six places by banned CPI (Maoist) cadre and that four attacks were actually carried out.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:50:26 GMT

UP cops call media to film a ‘real encounter’

TV journalists were invited to “watch and film a real encounter”. On their arrival, the scribes saw a team of policemen initially corner and then gun down two men— “armed and hiding” in an abandoned irrigation department building.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:59:15 GMT

New Indian Express

Syrian Kurds say they cannot hold foreign Islamic State fighters indefinitely

They are now reportedly fighting to take the last few villages Islamic State holds along the Euphrates River in Syria, close to the border with Iraq, and has detained more foreign fighters.

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:51 AM +0530

World 'won't rest' on Rohingya crisis, UK foreign minister Hunt tells Aung San ​Suu Kyi 

Hunt's rallying cry for accountability comes at the end of a busy two-day visit during which he visited Rakhine before meeting Suu Kyi.

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:47 AM +0530

China looks to restrict imported current affairs TV content

The move comes amid a broader clamp-down targeting online content from livestreams and blogs to mobile gaming.

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:46 AM +0530

UN chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case that was seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar.

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:43 AM +0530

US sanctions Chinese agency for buying Russia military equipment

The move is in contravention of a sweeping US sanctions bill signed in 2017.

Friday, September 21, 2018 12:39 AM +0530