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Gilbert Baker, inventor of gay rights rainbow flag, dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, inventor of gay rights rainbow flag, dies at 65Clive Baker gave the world the rainbow flag, he gave me forty years of love and friendship," Cleve Jones said on Twitter. No details were immediately available on the cause of Baker's death or where he died. Jones also tweeted a photo of Baker with former President Barack Obama, inviting mourners to meet him under a rainbow flag in the Castro district of San Francisco on Friday evening to remember his friend.


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New York mayor says violence-torn jail complex to close

New York mayor says violence-torn jail complex to closeNew York City's massive Rikers Island jail complex will close in as little as 10 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday, saying falling crime levels had paved the way toward shuttering the troubled facility. The decision by the Democratic mayor follows a 9 percent drop in the city's overall crime rate over three years, and an even larger drop in the inmate population. "If we can continue on that trajectory, it will allow us to get off Rikers Island," de Blasio told a City Hall press conference.


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Strong iPhone 7 sales saved Apple’s manufacturer from record decline

Strong iPhone 7 sales saved Apple’s manufacturer from record decline

The fate of Apple and Foxconn, its gargantuan Chinese manufacturing partner, are closely linked. When iPhone and iPad sales flatlined a little around the iPhone 6s era, Foxconn slipped into decline. From Q3 2015 to Q3 2016, Foxconn's revenue was declining on a year-by-year basis. With little structural change in the business, a decline was expected for the fourth quarter of 2016. But once again, analysts underestimated the iPhone 7.

Net profit was up 30 percent for Foxconn compared to the same quarter in 2015, a major jump by any measure. The fact that it beat analysts' predictions of a loss -- and beat it by $660 million -- shows how far off some predictions were. Net profit was T$68.77 billion ($2.26 billion), up from T$52.93 billion in Q4 2015, according to Reuters.

The turnaround was mostly attributed to increased iPhone sales. Apple drives about half of Foxconn's profits, so it makes sense that Apple's record shipment of iPhones in Q4 last year would see Foxconn turn around sharply. Other investments, such as Foxconn's in-house manufacturing robots division and its purchase of screen-maker Sharp, are also starting to pay dividends.

With a strong 2016 final quarter on record, Foxconn is now well set up for a record year. Apple is expected to release three new iPhone models this year, including updates to the iPhone 7 generation and an all-new iPhone 8 (also referred to as the iPhone Edition or iPhone X). Those updates promise a growth in the number of iPhone sales overall, and if the iPhone 8 actually sells for more than $1,000 as has been rumored, the profit margin on every iPhone could also go up.

Add in a revamped iPad line with a new budget model, and things are looking rosy for Foxconn.


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Jailed leader of pro-Kurd party in Turkey ends hunger strike

Jailed leader of pro-Kurd party in Turkey ends hunger strikeA jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday called off his hunger strike, announced the previous day to protest the "inhumane" conditions he was being held under, after prison authorities agreed to talks. Selahattin Demirtas's Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the second-largest opposition party in Turkey, is campaigning against the government's plan for constitutional changes that would bolster President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.


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