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The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead Redemption win big

Image copyright SONY The adventures of a Spartan and a rugged Wild West outlaw have swept the board at this year’s The Game Awards. Big budget titles God Of War and Red Dead Redemption joined Fortnite in taking home trophies at the event. God Of War won the big one – Game of the Year – ahead of Assassin’s Creed, Celeste, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter and Red Dead Redemption. It also won an award for game direction and was named Best Action or Adventure Game of the Year. Red Dead Redemption…

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Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ expected to sell for $1.5m

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The letter is regarded as a clear statement of Einstein’s religious beliefs A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£1.2m). The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, then 74, wrote the one-and-a-half page note to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to one of his works. It is seen as a key statement in the…

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The Game Awards 2018: God of War and Red Dead dominate

Image copyright Sony Image caption God of War told the story of Kratos’s relationship with his son The Christmas countdown clock is ticking, and you might be wondering what games to ask for in your stocking. With so many launching every month, it can be tricky to pick out the must-plays. The Game Awards recognises the best games released every year, and has announced the full list of nominees. Perhaps unsurprisingly Red Dead Redemption II and God of War lead the pack, with eight nominations each. Image copyright Chesnot //…

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Migrant caravan: ‘May God soften Trump’s heart’

Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants are stuck at the Mexico-Guatemala border hoping to make it to the US. President Trump has warned them that he will shut down the southern US border so they cannot enter. This is the second large-scale caravan of Central American migrants this year. Video by Angélica M Casas and Peter Murtaugh in Guatemala Read More: Migrant caravan halted by Mexico police on Guatemala border Source link

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Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ may fetch up to $1.5 million at New York auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A handwritten letter in which Nobel physicist Albert Einstein took issue with the concept of religion and his own Jewish faith is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million at auction in New York. The God Letter, an autographed letter signed by Albert Einstein (“A. Einstein”) to Eric Gutkind at Princeton, January 3, 1954 is shown in this image provided by Christie’s in New York, U.S., October 4, 2018. Christie’s Images LTD. 2018/Handout via REUTERS Christie’s auctioneers said on Thursday that the so-called God Letter, written…

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Was God Save the Queen played at John McCain’s funeral?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWas God Save the Queen played at John McCain’s funeral? British eyebrows may have been raised during Senator John McCain’s funeral when the familiar notes of God Save The Queen were heard. The anthem of the departed colonial power might seem an odd choice to be played at the memorial for the Vietnam War hero, who died last week from cancer at 81. So why was it played? Actually, it wasn’t. In short: it was not the British national anthem but My…

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Got a note for God? His inbox is empty

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – There’s some room again in God’s inbox. A worker removes notes from cracks at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old city, as customary ahead of the Jewish new year August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Equipped with long sticks, a team of cleaners on Tuesday gouged out written prayers that visitors to Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem traditionally cram into its crevices. Twice a year, the Rabbi of the Western Wall oversees the collection of thousands of notes to ensure there’s always space for more. The papers are…

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George Ormond sex abuse victim: ‘To me he was God’

Image caption George Ormond was convicted of 36 offences Two men abused by ex-football coach George Ormond have said they believe there are more victims yet to come forward. Waiving their right to anonymity, Paul Chilton and Gary Weymes said Ormond’s 20-year sentence was “not enough”. Grassroots club coach Ormond, 62, was jailed last week after being convicted of a string of sex abuse offences spanning 25 years. Mr Chilton said: “To me he was God. Your trust is implicit in him.” Newcastle Crown Court heard he used his “position…

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‘It feels like the hand of God thrusting you up the road’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow electric motorbikes are zooming forward Electric cars have grabbed all the headlines, but what about electric motorbikes? They’re quick, clean and quiet, and big manufacturers are waking up to their potential as legislators around the world bear down on vehicle emissions. Richard Hatfield, boss of Silicon Valley-based electric motorbike maker Lightning Motorcycles, believes the experience of riding his high-performance superbike borders on the divine. “There’s something almost magical about riding a bike where you twist the throttle and you get this…

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US detainees thank Trump and God for release from North Korea

Image copyright Reuters / AFP Image caption Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim Three Americans released by North Korea on Wednesday have thanked President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for securing their freedom. The men are flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where Mr Trump will welcome them early on Thursday. The White House said they had been freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the planned meeting between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said…

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