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Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boat

Gaza fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boatWith hundreds of empty plastic bottles collected from the shores of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, fisherman Muath Abu Zeid has turned litter into a floating source of income. The Palestinian father-of-four used glue and old nets to bind the bottles into a small fishing boat that he hopes will help him support his family. A broad slab of wood lashed to the top serves as a seat, allowing the Abu Zeid to row a few hundred meters out from shore — far enough to go fishing.



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Progressive Dems try to catch some of Ocasio-Cortez’s lightning in a bottle

Progressive Dems try to catch some of Ocasio-Cortez’s lightning in a bottleBoston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who is running for Congress,  on July 28 near Boston. SOMERVILLE, Mass. — On a sweltering July Saturday in this city a few miles west of Boston, Ayanna Pressley is making a pitch for change. Pressley, a member of the Boston City Council, is attempting to unseat Rep. Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent who previously served as mayor of Somerville, in the congressional primary for Massachusetts’s Seventh District.



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The fiery £2,000 bottle of liquor that helped charm Kim Jong-un

The fiery £2,000 bottle of liquor that helped charm Kim Jong-unNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un was treated to the most expensive tipple in Xi Jinping's drinks cabinet during their historic meeting  - a £2,200 bottle of 53 percent liquor which the Chinese president rarely opens for foreign guests. Mr Xi, whose signature domestic policy is a war on corruption and excess among free-spending officials, was pictured with a giggling Kim drinking a fiery grain alcoholic beverage known as baijiu during the pair's summit in Beijing earlier this week. An expert in the beverage – which is hugely popular in China and produced by the world's biggest distiller by market value, Kweichow Moutai – said the bottle would have cost at least 20,000 yuan (£2,260). "I have rarely seen this type of Moutai at official banquets," said Kan Yuanbin, who runs Zenpintang, a large Moutai retailer in China's south-eastern Jiangxi province. "It is a 2003 product and very special. When Xi previously welcomed foreign guests, they usually only drank Moutai bottles worth about 4,000 yuan (£450) that were produced in 2015 or 2016," he told The Telegraph. The bottle of luxury 2003 vintage Kweichow Moutai at the Kim-Xi dinner, left, and an earlier version Credit: KCNA Mr Xi treated the young North Korean leader to a welcome banquet at Beijing's Mao-era Great Hall of the People, and also a luncheon the following day at the Diaoyutai Guest House. The bottle of Moutai drank by the pair, which is known as Aizui Moutai, would not be available to ordinary Chinese consumers, Mr Kan said. Luxury Moutai bottles which are on sale on the Chinese internet for affordable prices are often fakes, he added. Baijiu is popular among affluent Chinese, and it is often offered to foreign guests at banquets. Employees arrange bottles of Moutai baijiu at the Kweichow Moutai Co. factory in the town of Maotai in Renhuai Credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg The clear drink has a distinctive strong taste and a pungent smell which some say is similar to paint stripper. Previous foreign guests to be offered Moutai by Chinese leaders include Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who drank it during a state banquet for their landmark visit to China in 1972. Mr Xi and Mr Kim were also pictured drinking wine during a summit which observers said helped put the Chinese president back in the driving seat in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Kim is set to meet South Korean leader Moon Jae-in next month before holding talks with US president Donald Trump. President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raising their glasses at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Credit: KCNA/AFP Experts believed the sudden elevation of Mr Kim as a 'statesman' had left Mr Xi in an awkward position, on the sidelines of crucial talks which could shape the future of north-east Asia. While the expensive drinks he offered his distinguished guest might have helped get him back in the diplomatic fray, anti-corruption agencies in China would frown upon such generosity being replicated across China. Expensive tastes have been targeted by authorities since Mr Xi launched his war on graft when he assumed power five years ago. Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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Australian Woman Discovers Message In A Bottle Sent In 1886

Australian Woman Discovers Message In A Bottle Sent In 1886An Australian woman happened upon what experts believe is the oldest message in a bottle ever found, dating back to 1886. Tonya Illman of Perth said she walking along the beach on Wedge Island in January when she spied the old glass bottle and picked it up. Using basic German language skills and Google Translate, Kym Illman figured out the person who dispatched the bottle wanted to know where and when it was found.



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Oldest message in a bottle found after 132 years

Oldest message in a bottle found after 132 yearsThe world’s oldest known message in a bottle – thrown off a German ship on June 12, 1886 – has been found by a family on a remote beach  in Australia after their car became stuck in the sand. The message was written in German on paper which was bound and tied with a string and kept in a nineteenth-century Dutch gin bottle. The note stated it was thrown off the sailing barque Paula, about 600 miles off coast of Western Australia.  It was found 132 years later by Tonya Illman, who spotted an object sticking out of the sand while walking with her family near Wedge Island, 100 miles north of Perth.  "It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase," she told ABC News. Ms Illman turned the bottle over and a damp piece of paper tipped out. "My son's girlfriend was the one who discovered the note when she went to tip the sand out," she said. "We took it home and dried it out, and when we opened it we saw it was a printed form, in German, with very faint German handwriting on it." The family took their find to Ross Anderson, a maritime archaeology expert at the Western Australian Museum, who confirmed the gin and paper were authentic. He then contacted colleagues in Germany and the Netherlands who tracked down handwriting samples from the captain's entries in the ship's meteorological journal. “Incredibly, there was an entry for June 12, 1886, made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard,” Dr Anderson told ABC News. "The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message. The handwriting is identical in terms of cursive style, slant, font, spacing, stroke emphasis, capitalisation and numbering style." From the 1860s, the German Naval Observatory ran an experiment to examine ocean currents in which it urged captains to toss bottles overboard containing a form which recorded the date, the ship's coordinates and details about its route. Ms Illman has donated the discovery to the Western Australian Museum. The second-oldest bottle to be found was 108 years old.



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World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Found in Australia

World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Found in AustraliaThe note inside is surprisingly demanding.



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Trump awkwardly drinks from water bottle, sends social media into frenzy

Trump awkwardly drinks from water bottle, sends social media into frenzyPresident Trump drank from a bottle of water during his White House remarks on Wednesday afternoon, and the pause was too much for Twitter to handle.



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Emirates Airline Caught Pouring Unused Champagne Back Into Bottle

Emirates Airline Caught Pouring Unused Champagne Back Into BottleThe clip, which was taken by a passenger on board an Airbus A380, was shared on Reddit and Streamable.



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WSJ: Trump clings to wiretap claim ‘like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,’ damaging his credibility

WSJ: Trump clings to wiretap claim ‘like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,’ damaging his credibility“If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?” the WSJ wrote.



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