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American Sniper [Movie Tie-in Edition]

American Sniper [Movie Tie-in Edition]: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Chris Kyle , Scott McEwen , Jim DeFelice
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Hackers threaten to issue alleged Iggy Azalea ‘sex tape’ images

Rapper denies reports that she has a sex tape after a branch of Anonymous suggest otherwise following online altercation with Azealia Banks surrounding black culture

A branch of the hacker group Anonymous has threatened Iggy Azalea following her recent criticism of rapper Azealia Banks. Accusing Azalea of “misappropriating black culture” and “making light of Eric Garner’s death”, an Anonymous spokesperson claimed that if the rapper does not issue an apology, they will release photo stills from her alleged “sex tape”.

“Fuck you, @IGGYAZZALEA. #ICantBreathe,” tweeted the popular Anonymous account @TheAnonMessage on Saturday. “We have so much shit on you, your scandal would be bigger than Bill Cosby’s … You are guilty of misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner’s death … You have exactly 48 hours … to release a statement apologizing to @AzealiaBanks and the protesters in NYC.”

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South Korea trims 2015 growth forecast, vows to spur consumption

Skyline of Seoul, seen at dusk on November 26, 2014

Seoul (AFP) – South Korea on Monday trimmed its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent as it vowed to continue expansionary policies aimed at spurring domestic consumption.

The revised projection comes after the country’s central bank this month warned its own 3.9 percent growth forecast would be “difficult” to maintain as domestic demand alternated between positive and negative territories and a weak yen hurt the price competitiveness of South Korean firms against Japanese rivals abroad.

The finance ministry said Monday that, in addition to the 2015 growth forecast being lowered, its estimate for this year’s economic growth was also revised down to 3.4 percent from 3.7 percent. South Korea’s economy grew 3.0 percent last year.

“We must maintain our expansionary macroeconomic and fiscal policies so that people can feel the effect of economic recovery,” President Park Geun-Hye said at a meeting of economic ministers on Monday.

Consumer spending has recovered at a slower-than-expected pace this year despite a government stimulus package and a series of cuts in the Bank of Korea’s key interest rate, which now stands at 2.0 percent.

The ministry said domestic demand may pick up next year, helped by lower oil prices.

“Our economy will pick up gradually thanks to our expansionary macroeconomic policy, lower international oil prices and an expected global economic recovery,” Finance Minister Choi Kyung-Hwan said.

But economic weakness in China and Europe, as well as the US Federal Reserve’s expected policy tightening, might weigh on South Korea’s growth, the ministry said.

It also said consumer prices are expected to rise about 2.0 percent next year, faster than this year’s estimated 1.3 percent rate.

The country’s current-account surplus for 2015 may fall to $82 billion in 2015 from $89 billion this year, it added.

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China promises medical care for HIV-positive boy: state media

An 8-year-old boy - who suffers from HIV and was given the pseudonym Kunkun by Chinese media - sits on a doorsill in his village in Xichong county, southwest China's Sichuan province, on December 18, 2014

Beijing (AFP) – Beijing has pledged to provide medical treatment and a living allowance for an HIV-positive 8-year-old boy who was last week threatened with expulsion from his village, state media reported Monday.

In a case that sparked intense soul-searching in China, some 200 residents — including the child’s own grandfather — signed a petition to expel him from their village in southwestern Sichuan province to “protect villagers’ health”.

Beijing has now pledged to ensure the boy, dubbed Kunkun in the media, gets an education after reports he was having trouble finding a school that would take him, the China Daily said.

China’s health ministry has also pledged to conduct spot checks around China to uncover any other violations of anti-discrimination policies, the state-run paper reported. 

It was unclear on Monday whether Kunkun still faces expulsion from the village, where he had been living under his grandfather’s care.

The United Nations said that it was “deeply concerned” about that case, which has prompted huge debate in China and highlighted the stigma attached to the virus in a country where sufferers face widespread discrimination.

“Stigma and discrimination are our biggest enemies in the fight to end HIV,” the UN said in a statement published Friday.

“But sadly, this week’s reports demonstrate that breaching confidentiality, ignorance and fear continue to have devastating consequences for those living with HIV.”

The child’s grandfather and guardian, Luo Wenhui, told the Beijing News on Saturday that he had signed the petition to remove Kunkun because he “hoped that it would make things better,” as he would receive better care elsewhere.

The boy was reportedly referred to as a “time bomb” by villagers worried about being infected and local children shunned him. Reports said Kunkun was born HIV-positive through transmission from his mother.

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