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In his New Year’s resolution, Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to spend 2017 touring the US.
The Facebook founder posted that this year’s personal challenge is to “have visited and met people in every state in the US”.
Mark Zuckerberg, 32, added that he needs to travel to about 30 states to fulfill the pledge.
His previous New Year challenges have included running 365 miles, reading 25 books and learning Mandarin.
Mark Zuckerberg’s US tour plan comes amid speculation that a future personal challenge could include running for president of the United States.
He said in a Facebook post: “After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future.
“For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected.
“This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”
Mark Zuckerberg added that the road trips would help him to make “the most positive impact as the world enters an important new period”.
He said: “My trips this year will take different forms – road trips with [wife] Priscilla, stops in small towns and universities, visits to our offices across the country, meetings with teachers and scientists, and trips to fun places you recommend along the way.”
In 2016, there was speculation that Mark Zuckerberg could one day launch a bid for the White House.
That was fuelled by documents showing the Facebook founder has made provisions to keep control of the company if he works for the government.
Mark Zuckerberg also said last week that he was no longer an atheist.
He posted a Christmas message, prompting someone to ask: “Aren’t you an atheist?”
Mark Zuckerberg replied: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”
Prince William has met President Barack Obama at the White House as part of a three-day visit.
The talks were held in the Oval Office, in advance of delivering a speech to the World Bank on wildlife crime.
During the speech, Prince William described the illegal wildlife trade as “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today”.
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton visited a New York children’s centre.
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived in New York on Sunday night, with the prince travelling to Washington alone on Monday.
At the White House, Prince William joked with Barack Obama about the birth of Prince George, saying: “The excitement of the event and everything else was just chaos.”
He added that he expects a “busy year” in 2015, when Kate Middleton is due to give birth to the royal couple’s second child.
Barack Obama said the prince’s work to protect endangered wildlife was “very important”.
Later, in his speech at the World Bank, Prince William said: “In my view, one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today is the illegal wildlife trade.”
He attacked those who “loot our planet to feed mankind’s ignorant craving for exotic pets, trinkets, cures and ornaments derived from the world’s vanishing and irreplaceable species”.
Prince William founded the umbrella organization United for Wildlife to try to preserve the planet’s most endangered animals and habitats.
The Duke of Cambridge has been the royal patron of Tusk since 2005. The charity supports projects in 17 African countries, aimed at protecting wildlife and alleviating poverty.
Before starting at St Andrews University, Prince William went on a gap year, some of which was spent in Africa learning about its wildlife and game conservation.
Paying tribute to his father, Prince Charles, and his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, he said: “They helped to bring about a revolution in attitudes towards our natural environment.”
He added: “From them, I learned that our relation to nature and wildlife goes to the heart of our identity as human beings. From our sheer survival, to our appreciation of beauty and our connection to all other living things.
“Seen in this light, the extinction of any of the world’s species of animals is a loss to all humanity.”
Prince William said wildlife crime “goes to the heart of our security”, “distorts economic development” and “fuels sources of conflict”.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton have landed in New York for a tour of the US east coast.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in the US for three days, during which Prince William will meet President Barack Obama.
Kate Middleton, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, will accompany Prince William to pay respects to those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Danny Lopez, the British consul general in New York, said there had been “incredible interest” in the visit.
He added there has been a huge “level of excitement” from people in the city.
Prince William is also expected to give a speech at a World Bank conference in Washington on combating illegal wildlife trafficking.
Highlighting the scale of the problem the prince is expected to say “some endangered species are now literally worth more than their weight in gold”.
Prince William is set to describe the trade in elephants tusks, rhino horns and other animal parts as “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today”.
His speech is also expected to make reference to China, which has a market for endangered animal parts, and say that the wholesale price of ivory has risen from $5 to $2,100 per kilogram in the last 25 years.
Prince William will argue that this price hike has increased poaching around the world, and he will urge people to take action.
He will say: “Our collective goal must be to reduce the wildlife trade by making it harder: denying traffickers access to transportation, putting up barriers to their illegal activities, and holding people accountable for their actions.
“Those who look the other way, or spend the illicit proceeds of these crimes, must be held to account.”
And talking about those who engage in the trafficking of animal parts he will say: “Together they loot our planet, to feed mankind’s ignorant craving for pets, trinkets, cures and ornaments derived from the world’s vanishing and irreplaceable species.”
Prince William will be joined by former foreign secretary William Hague, who hosted the government’s conference on illegal wildlife trade in February.
President Barack Obama has welcomed Prince William’s work on the issue, which he called a “a devastating environmental problem”.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are also set to attend an NBA basketball match during the trip.
Kate Middleton will also visit an organization supporting families in Harlem called the Northside Centre for Child Development.
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BB King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current US tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.
According to his website, BB King, 89, was taken ill during a performance in Chicago on October 3.
The tour was to have included two shows at BB King’s own blues club in New York.
BB King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current US tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion
The veteran bluesman has diabetes and was briefly in hospital in 2007.
Earlier this year, BB King issued a public apology to fans after a performance in St Louis that led to audience catcalls and walkouts.
BB King’s publicists called it “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends” that had fallen short of King’s “usual standard of excellence”.
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Diana Krall has canceled her US fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia.
Diana Krall said in a statement released by her publicist she’s “deeply saddened” about the postponement, but is “under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health”.
Diana Krall has canceled her US fall tour to give herself time to recuperate from a severe case of pneumonia
The tour was scheduled to kick off November 7 in Phoenix, and new tour dates will be announced later.
Diana Krall also is putting off the release of her new album, Wallflower, from October 21 to February 3.
Cat Stevens is to perform a series of dates in the US for the first time since 1976.
The musician, also known as Yusuf Islam, converted to Islam in 1977 and put his career on hold.
Cat Stevens, 66, will play six concerts in December.
The singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, is now known by his original stage name and Yusuf.
Cat Stevens is best known for his 1971 recording of Christian hymn Morning Has Broken, a top 10 hit in US.
The British-born singer had a number of other hits during the 1960s and 70s, including Wild World and Peace Train.
Cat Stevens is to perform a series of dates in the US for the first time since 1976 (photo AP)
Cat Stevens, who now lives in Dubai, is due to release a new album on October 27 – his first in five years.
He says he has been gradually reconnecting with this music career in the US.
“I’ve been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation,” Cat Stevens said in an interview with the Associated Press.
The six dates announced so far will take in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago and the Canadian city of Toronto.
A further six concerts around Europe are also scheduled.
The tour is entitled Peace Train… Late Again in a nod to Cat Stevens’ long musical break and gradual moves to resume his recording career.
Cat Stevens says he is not concerned about his faith becoming an issue when he resumes touring in the US.
“I’m afraid that a lot of things that people believe about Islam are totally different from the religion that most of us recognize.
“I was really fortunate that I got to know Islam before it became a headline,” the singer said.
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Paul McCartney has resumed his Out There tour in the US after being forced to take nearly two months off due to a virus that left him in hospital.
Paul McCartney, 72, played an arena in Albany, New York, on Saturday night as part of his Out There tour.
Paul McCartney played an arena in Albany as part of his Out There tour (photo USA Today)
He called off the Japan leg of the tour and a South Korea show after falling ill on May 16 and later postponed a number of US dates.
Paul McCartney spent six days in a Tokyo hospital being treated for the viral infection.
Before his illness, Paul McCartney had last performed on May 1 in Costa Rica.
He opened the show at the Times Union Centre with Beatles’ hit Eight Days a Week and dedicated a song, My Valentine, to wife Nancy Shevell.
Paul McCartney has 19 performances scheduled for the US, including at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, where the Beatles played their final full concert in 1966.
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Morrissey has decided to cancel the remainder of his US tour after being treated in hospital for a respiratory infection.
The singer was in the middle of a 30-day tour when he was “rushed” to hospital in Boston on Saturday, according to a statement.
The medical attention “was not enough to shake off the virus, the recovery time for which is too lengthy to meet the final nine shows of the tour”.
Morrissey cancelled 22 US concerts last year due to ill health.
Morrissey has decided to cancel the remainder of his US tour after being treated in hospital for a respiratory infection
His ailments included pneumonia, an ulcer, the throat condition Barrett’s esophagus and anemia.
A statement on Morrissey’s Facebook page said: “It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled.
“The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted.
“Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates.”
The cancelled shows include one with Cliff Richard in New York on June 21.
A separate statement on the semi-official fan site True-To-You said: “On Saturday, June 7th, following the show at Boston Opera House, Morrissey collapsed and was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where doctors treated Morrissey for <<acute fever>>.”
The statement blamed support act Kristeen Young for passing on “a horrendous cold”.
Kristeen Young hit back in a Facebook post, which has since been removed, saying she was suffering from an allergy attack.
Paul McCartney has decided to postpone a number of US tour dates while he continues to recover from a virus he contracted last month.
Sir Paul McCartney, 71, told fans he was “feeling great” but was skipping his first seven US shows on medical advice.
“I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again,” Paul McCartney said.
Paul McCartney has decided to postpone a number of US tour dates while he continues to recover from a virus he contracted last month (photo AP)
The concerts, which were due to begin on June 14 in Lubbock, Texas, have been rescheduled to October.
Paul McCartney previously cancelled the Japan leg of his Out There tour and a show in South Korea after falling ill last month.
He spent six days in a Tokyo hospital while he was treated for the viral infection.
At the time his spokesman said he expected Paul McCartney – who turns 72 next week – would make “a complete recovery”.
“I’m feeling great but taking my doc’s advice to take it easy for just a few more days,” the singer said on his website.
Paul McCartney’s US tour will resume in Albany, New York, on July 5.
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Prince Harry joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House at the start of his week-long U.S. tour.
Michelle Obama welcomed the 28-year-old prince to her home on Thursday afternoon for a reception in honor of military mothers and their children after he caused a stir in Washington D.C.
As well as meeting Sen. John McCain at Capitol Hill, Prince Harry was welcomed by a bevy of grinning female staffers – who were promptly ushered back inside by police, according to their colleagues’ tweets.
“If all the women on Capitol Hill were dust bunnies, #princeharry would be a Dyson Vacuum. Every woman is gone. Every. Single. One,” Chris Mickey tweeted before the royal’s arrival.
When the women were asked to leave, sparking “grumpy faces” according to further tweets, they swiftly found other balconies over which to peer at the prince.
At his last event of the day, Prince Harry entertained US policy makers and wealthy donors at a British embassy reception.
Prince Harry joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House at the start of his week-long U.S. tour
Prince Harry chatted with 200 guests at the champagne bash hosted by British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and the HALO Trust anti-landmines charity before a dinner for 37 key influential donors and decision-makers.
In the sweltering humidity, the Prince repeatedly mopped his brow as he stood in a receiving line to greet each guest before working the room.
Among them were numerous American politicians, and President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Anthony Blinken.
Guy Willoughby, director of the HALO Trust, praised Prince Harry’s determination to continue his mother’s work.
Prince Harry is visiting various areas of the U.S. from May 9 to 15 and wanted to include areas of the Jersey Shore that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The roguish heir to the British throne will also attend a reception at the British Ambassador’s home and pay visits to Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Harry will spend time with wounded veterans.
The tour is not limited to New Jersey and Washington, as he will also attend a diplomatic reception in Denver, Colorado, as well as the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs -an event that benefits disabled veterans.
In New York City, Prince Harry’s visit will include an event promoting a community baseball program involving a new partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which bills itself as the culmination of the charity lives of Harry and his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate.
Harry will be promoting the charity’s “Coach Core”, which is an initiative dedicated to improving training facilities for inner-city kids.
Prince Harry also will take in a polo cup match in Connecticut.