The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution demanding a 30-day truce to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations with the support of Syrian ally Russia after a flurry of last-minute negotiations. It came after intense negotiations to persuade Russia not to use its veto power in the Security Council. Cameras in the Security Council chamber captured other delegates poring over the document shortly before the session finally began, more than two hours behind schedule. But the difficulties encountered by the Security Council to pass a cease-fire resolution in the face of such human suffering underscored some the institution’s impotence. “This is not a moment for self-congratulation,” said Stephen Hickey, an official with the British mission to the United Nations.

February 24, 2018 19:22 UTC

The research, from DDI, found that empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) is a "critical driver of overall performance" for management. In the study, "listening and responding with empathy" was highly correlated with key management skills including coaching, engaging, and making sound decisions, as well as overall performance. Despite this importance, the study also concluded that only "40% of frontline leaders" were "proficient or strong in empathy." In short, there was a substantive gap between a valuable management attribute and the common possession of that attribute. But when you consider that effective management is all about accomplishing work through others, it's shortsighted to dismiss it too quickly.

February 24, 2018 19:18 UTC

(CNN) An inspired Scotland hustled and harried two-time reigning Six Nations champion England to pull off a shock 25-13 victory at Murrayfield Saturday. England had won 24 of 25 internationals going into the match as heavy favorite, but Scotland never trailed after an early penalty from Greig Laidlaw and went on to dominate the opening half. Stockdale, whose early try put Ireland ahead in the Aviva Stadium, was scoring his eighth in the last seven Tests. Conor Murray's late penalty goal and the late, late try from Stockdale ultimately gave Ireland its 10th straight win and one hand on the Six Nations trophy. Second half tries from Bastareaud and Bonneval put the game out of Italy's reach in the second half, with Machenaud kicking his way to a personal points tally of 17.

February 24, 2018 19:07 UTC

Walters was discussing the Republican reaction to the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president. This historic election, he said, prompted conservatives to pick Steele, implying that he was not the most qualified person for the job. Steele, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland who went on to become the first black RNC chair, made the Friday night comment responding to Walters in an interview with the Observer. “I can’t believe an official of CPAC would go onstage in front of an audience and say something like that. I’ve been a strong supporter of CPAC for many years and I thought they raised them better than that here.”

February 24, 2018 19:07 UTC

In 2012 and 2013, Manafort used at least four offshore bank accounts to wire more than 2 million euros (roughly $2.5 million) to the group, the indictment states. Mueller is tasked with looking into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including possible interactions with the Trump campaign. The “Hapsburg group” detail in the indictment released Friday triggered widespread attention in Europe, as well as speculation over which European politicians were in Manafort's alleged group. Since leaving office, Gusenbauer has been criticized for paid consulting work he has undertaken for autocratic regimes. More on WorldViewsWhat we know about the shadowy Russian mercenary firm behind an attack on U.S. troops in Syria

February 24, 2018 19:05 UTC





(CNN) A Republican congressman from Florida announced his support for a ban on assault weapon sales Friday in an op-ed in The New York Times. Rep. Brian Mast, who himself carries a concealed pistol, said in the op-ed that he supports "defining what constitutes an assault or tactical firearm and not allowing them for future purchase." His combat weapon, he said, was "the best for killing our enemies." And for that reason, he said, "I cannot support the primary weapon I used to defend our people being used to kill children I swore to defend." Within his sharp critique of assault weapons, Mast defended the Second Amendment, calling it "unimpeachable."

February 24, 2018 18:56 UTC

Do you think virtual or augmented reality technology has been too focused on light-hearted fun or pleasant experiences? Well, you’re the only one who thinks that, but today is your lucky day. Tech designer Abhishek Singh ― known for his creative use of technology ― used augmented reality to recreate that frightening scene in “The Ring” where ghost girl Samara crawls out of the TV. She then chases Singh around his home and ultimately it doesn’t end well for him. So, if you had been looking for a great way to bring nightmares to life, congratulations, this video will be so much fun.

February 24, 2018 18:56 UTC

One of the most important trends in employment today is giant corporation’s increasing use of freelancers. Not everyone likes it, given that some firms are forcing employees who once did traditional jobs into becoming contractors with no benefits. Many big corporations pay well and have a lot of plum projects to farm out. “Quite honestly, talented people have a lot of choice,” says Zaino. But that could be changing, as more corporations are realizing they need to get in front of the freelancing trend and make their work environments more appealing to free agents.

February 24, 2018 18:56 UTC

One day, you may be able to stop flu viruses in your body in just one day with just one pill. Flu viruses are like squatters in your home that then use the furniture and equipment in your home to reproduce. A flu infection begins when flu viruses reach your lungs. In order to do this, the flu virus uses "cap-snatching", which has nothing to do with bottle caps. Baloxavir marboxil also seemed to shorten the duration of flu symptoms (median 53.7 hours compared to a median of 80.2 hours for those taking placebo).

February 24, 2018 18:53 UTC

Simplifying transactions, however, isn’t where the big cost savings are, according to the Accenture report. The question remains, however, whether this mainframe-centric approach to blockchain that addresses the needs of the banking industry delivers cost savings as a primary benefit. Lucio is thus emphasizing the strengths of mainframe-based blockchain while noticeably leaving out cost savings as an advantage. Such transaction cost considerations unquestionably apply to blockchain transaction processing in general. Just don’t expect anywhere near the unrealistic 70% cost savings figures that Accenture and others are promising.

February 24, 2018 18:45 UTC

The book uses the common psychology and popular science framework where a variety of stories about individuals or industries motivate a wider discussion of research. In contrast, when you read a pop psychology book where the motivating narrative is about some dude who may be exceptional and entertaining but historically is unimportant, if the science lessons don’t hold up you’ve wasted your time. In this chapter he balances out all the other lessons on what makes something popular by pointing to the chaos of fame. Undermining of simple narratives about fame makes Hit Makers something of an anti-popular psychology book, which tend to want you to take away some core oversimplified lessons and apply them everywhere. Derek buries this in a footnote, but its’ really a central disclaimer for careful social scientists considering reading this book but wary of popular science books that take the story driven approach.

February 24, 2018 18:45 UTC

South Korean Kim Bo-reum slipped into the channel created by Takagi to win the silver medal 0.12 seconds behind the Japanese as Schouten settled for bronze. Takagi, who won gold in the women’s team pursuit earlier this week, now has an individual Olympic title to add to her collection. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters Nana Takagi celebrates her gold-medal mass speed skating win on the podium. Jean Catuffe via Getty Images Ivanka Trump attends the Ladies' and Men's Mass Start Speed Skating event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 24. Jamie Squire via Getty Images In Semifinal 2 for Ladies' Speed Skating on Feb. 24, Canada's Ivanie Blondin, Japan's Ayano Sato and the Netherlands' Annouk Van Der Weijden collide on the ice.

February 24, 2018 18:45 UTC

D.C. police are seeking help from the public identifying a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Southeast D.C. early Saturday. The alleged assault occurred at approximately 1 a.m. in the 3500 block of 19th Street SE., where the victim was entering her home, according to a news release. The suspect, who carried a handgun, forced the victim into her residence and assaulted her before fleeing, police said. Police described the suspect as a male wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood. They are requesting that anyone with knowledge of the incident call them at (202) 727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

February 24, 2018 18:33 UTC

Still, as the pileup at the courthouse indicates, allies of Mr. Trump acknowledged that the investigation had taken a toll. probe began, there is still no evidence of Russian collusion,” said Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax and a friend of Mr. Trump. PhotoWhile Mr. Gates joined the campaign with Mr. Manafort, his longtime business partner and mentor, he stayed after Mr. Manafort was fired. He rode on Mr. Trump’s campaign plane and served as liaison to the Republican National Committee. Ty Cobb, the White House special counsel, has said that Mr. Manafort has no damaging information against Mr. Trump.

February 24, 2018 18:33 UTC

When Apple Inc. next week begins shifting the iCloud accounts of its China-based customers to a local partner’s servers, it also will take an unprecedented step for the company that alarms some privacy specialists: storing the encryption keys for those accounts in China. The keys are complex strings of random characters that can unlock the photos, notes and messages that users store in iCloud. Until now, Apple has stored the codes only in the U.S. for all global users, the company said, in keeping with its emphasis on customer...

February 24, 2018 18:33 UTC