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Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights
Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015. The issue of airline security came up in talks involving visiting British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry. Johnson praised Egypt as a longstanding friend of Britain and said they were strong allies against terrorism and extremist ideas, according to a British statement.
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Israel army disperses Lebanese protesters at border
Israel's army dispersed dozens of Lebanese demonstrators Saturday after they crossed the border protesting against the alleged installation of spying equipment in their village, the Israeli army and media said. "Dozens of people gathered at the border between Lebanon and Israel," a military spokeswoman said. "Upon the group crossing of the international border, IDF forces fired dispersal means in order to disperse the gathering and prevent further infiltration into Israeli territory," she said, adding there were no casualties.
One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: authorities
By Andreas Burger HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) - A man died and two other people were injured after a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack. The two other people injured, a 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, also received hospital treatment but were then discharged, police and prosecutors said in a statement. Regional newspaper Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung said the suspect was not fit to be questioned.
'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere
A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site Slooh.com. Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse. SEE ALSO: This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye. ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile WOW :) pic.twitter.com/i47LKmXNjl ? David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017 Skywatchers will catch the best view in Chile and Argentina in South America, as well as Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa and parts of Antarctica, Space.com reported. We'll track the #eclipse from start to finish from Chile and South Africa, bringing the full experience to you https://t.co/vuD0wkQm67 pic.twitter.com/MPNbVLVsir ? Slooh (@Slooh) February 25, 2017 These countries align with the "path of annularity," a zone where the moon casts its shadow on Earth that ranges from 18 miles to 55 miles wide. BONUS: Mesmerizing footage shows the total solar eclipse traveling over Southeast Asia
Border walls: 'turnkey' answer to threats real and imagined
Built to keep out migrants, traffickers, or an enemy group, border walls have emerged as a one-size-fits-all response to the vulnerability felt by many societies in today's globalized world, says an expert on the phenomenon. Practically non-existent at the end of World War II, by the time the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 the number of border walls across the globe had risen to 11. One third were intended to bring an end to a conflict, Vallet says, such as between north and south Cyprus, the two Koreas, and India and Pakistan.
Officials to stop California dam's outflow to clear debris
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) ? California water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday.
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This tiny laptop charger is the accessory all MacBooks need
The MacBook charger is an iconic design that is, by all accounts, a good piece of work. It's a little more elegant and refined than the ugly black bricks most laptops ship with, and a reason why people are willing to repeatedly spend $80 to replace it every time the cable craps out.
But as it turns out, the advent of USB-C is causing a shift. For the first time in forever, it's feasible to make a third-party laptop charger, because more and more new laptops charge off the USB-C standard, rather than some random proprietary plug.
Enter the FinSix Dart C, which claims the title of the world's smallest laptop charger. It will charge any laptop that draws 65W or less, and it's about the same size as most phone chargers. Needless to say, I'm in love.
There's not much to review here, which is a great thing. Necessary items like chargers are best when you don't notice them: a charger needs to be robustly built, provide electricity in a consistent fashion, and have a long enough cable. Beyond that, all I really want from a charger is to be small and light and in my bag when I need it.
On all of these arbitrary categories that I just invented, the FinSix scores really well. It is absolutely tiny, taking up less room in my bag than just the power cable for a regular MacBook charger. 65W is enough for the Retina MacBook, every new Chromebook on the market, and most of the smaller Windows ultrabooks. Most importantly, it's just enough to charge the new MacBook Pro.
Other small details: there's a USB port just before the USB-C charging tip, which lets you charge a phone at the same time. It's not a huge deal, since I'd normally just charge the phone off the laptop anyway, but when you're using a one-port wonder like the Retina MacBook, it does mean one less charger to carry.
There are some small niggles. Making the charging prongs retractable would be good, even if it added a few grams to the overall weight, as I live in fear of the prongs getting bent in the bag. Making the cable with a braided fabric cover would also be handy, and while we're on the topic, it would have been good to make the cable USB-C on both ends; as it stands, the connector into the wall wart is proprietary, which isn't ideal. Still, having a replaceable cable does mean that if (when) you break the connector end, you can replace it for $35, rather than the full $100.
The charger is on back-order currently, but new orders should ship in March.