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Edmonia Lewis: Why Google celebrates her today

Edmonia LewisMary Edmonia Lewis was a trailblazer who shattered racial barriers as the first professional African American sculptor in the mid-1800s, becoming famous for her 1,408kg marble sculpture, The Death of Cleopatra.

In honouring Lewis on Wednesday, Google paid tribute to her artistic legacy and her effort to forge a path "for women and artists of colour".

"Today, we celebrate her and what she stands for - self-expression through art, even in the face of [adversity]," the Google citation reads.

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John Hurt, Star Of ‘The Elephant Man’ And ‘1984,’ Dies At 77

john hurtJohn Hurt, the intense British actor who mesmerized audiences in starring roles in “The Elephant Man” and “1984,” and was the Alien’s very first victim, has died. He was 77.

Hurt, who announced he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, died in London on Friday, his spokesman told The Associated Press.

Hurt was a man of many personas on screen and stage. But he was unrecognizable in his most memorable role as the star of 1980’s “The Elephant Man,” in which he portrayed with great dignity and pain the real-life John Merrick, who suffered from a disfiguring, debilitating disease.

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Iowa Pipeline Leaks 140,000 Gallons Of Fuel In Largest U.S. Diesel Spill Since 2010

Iowa fuel spillMagellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP.N) said on Thursday its refined products pipeline in Worth County, Iowa, remained shut after spilling about 3,300 barrels of diesel.

The spill, equivalent to nearly 140,000 gallons of fuel, is the largest diesel spill in the U.S. since 2010, federal authorities confirmed to the Associated Press.

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The Doomsday Clock’s Most Dire Warning Since the Cold War

Doomsday Clock moves closer to the endThe Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the Doomsday Clock now stands at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, suggesting that existential threats now pose a greater danger to humanity than they have at any time since the height of the Cold War.

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic warning about how close the world stands to “midnight,” that is, nuclear or existential catastrophe. Since 1947, the Bulletin’s scientists and security experts have updated it annually. Many of the world’s most acclaimed scientists—including Stephen Hawking, Susan Solomon, Lisa Randall, and Freeman Dyson—sponsor, oversee, or consult with the Bulletin.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto cancels trip to Washington

President Pena Nieto of MexicoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Thursday morning that he will not attend a meeting at the White House scheduled for next Tuesday.

Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter that he informed the White House of his decision this morning, which comes after he said his country will not pay for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Dutch respond to Trump's 'gag rule' with international safe abortion fund

Dutch set up abortion fundUp to 20 countries have indicated support for the Netherlands’ plan to set up an international safe abortion fund to plug a $600m funding gap caused by Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the “global gag rule”, the Dutch international development minister, Lilianne Ploumen, said on Wednesday.

Ploumen took soundings from a number of her colleagues around the world on Tuesday evening after the Netherlands said it would act to mitigate the impact on hundreds of charities around the world.

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WikiLeaks calls out Trump for refusing to release tax returns

WikileaksWikiLeaks on Sunday took President Donald Trump to task for refusing to release his tax returns and offered to post them online, after a senior adviser said definitively that Trump would not be publicly disclosing the documents.

“Trump's breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts,” WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

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