Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel Announces His Resignation

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration.

Michel told Belgian lawmakers Tuesday that “I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to see the king” to inform him.

The lawmakers had been demanding that he submit his new minority government to a confidence vote, but Michel had so far refused and a confrontation seemed likely this week.

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14 sustainable clothing gifts made from materials that are better for the environment

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The holiday season can come under fire for encouraging excess and consumerism, but it doesn’t have to represent unnecessary waste.

Often the source of the most waste, the clothing industry is slowly making amends by using more environmentally friendly, sustainable, and ethical processes to make its products. It’s not too difficult nowadays to find shoes and jackets made from plastic water bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill, or from renewable rather than non-renewable sources.

These apparel gifts are better for the planet and a more thoughtful option for your environmentally- and socially-conscious recipient. They tend to be a little more expensive than traditional clothing, but the extra bucks are a small price to pay for longer-lasting, sustainable apparel that makes smarter use of the planet’s resources.

Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days’ time, so don’t stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

Be a more sustainable gifter this year with these 14 apparel gifts:

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

Comfortable work flats

The Point in Persimmon, $145, available at Rothy’s
Gift Cards, $50-$165, available at Rothy’s

Rothy’s has repurposed more than 20 million plastic water bottles to make women’s shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. They come in four simple silhouettes and a host of pretty colors and prints, but we love the sleek Point style because it’s perfect for work. If you’re not sure about their size or shoe preference, you can get a gift card instead. The Sneaker and Flat are $125, The Point $145, and The Loafer $165.

A boxy, short parka

The ReNew Short Parka, $165, available at Everlane

55 plastic bottles received another life in this jacket. It has a roomy fit ideal for layering up underneath, and oversized, fleece-lined multi-entry pockets to warm up their hands. Even the Primaloft insulation is recycled, and it’s very warm, protecting wearers in sub-freezing temperatures.

A waffle weave robe

Unisex Organic Waffle Robe, …read more

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The hardest math problems of the year that went viral

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People tried to solve viral math problems with mixed success this year.
Some parents had trouble answering their kids’ homework questions.
A British mathematician presented a solution to a 160-year-old math problem that could make him a millionaire.

The internet seems to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with math.

People couldn’t get enough of math questions this year as they debated the answers in Twitter threads and parenting forums. But they also lamented how much the complicated problems made their brains hurt.

Here are 11 math problems, brain teasers, and SAT questions that went viral this year.

Only 2% of people were able to figure out this riddle in less than 60 seconds.

Adam Spencer, comedian, mathematician, and author of “The Number Games,” created a riddle that only 2% of people could solve within one minute, according to Reader’s Digest.

In the riddle, he wrote down the numbers one through 19 out of numerical order:

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

To solve it, you need to figure out the specific way he ordered the first 14 numbers and finish the riddle by adding the last five.

The five missing numbers are two, three, 10, 12, and 13. And the answer is that the existing numbers are listed in alphabetical order.

The completed set of numbers looks like this:

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, 10, 13, 3, 12, 2

This Chinese math question for 5th graders stumped adults.

A math question for 5th graders in the Chinese district of Shunqing stumped adults around the world.

The problem translates as follows:

“If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats onboard, how old is the ship’s captain?”

How is the amount of cargo a ship contains supposed to help you figure out how old the captain is?

The internet had a lot to say about this seemingly impossible math question, which became a trending topic on Twitter.

After the test question went viral, the Shunqing Education Department released a statement saying that the question was meant to gauge “critical awareness and an ability to think independently,” according to a BBC translation.

This 2nd grade math problem left the internet seriously confused.

The question is:

“There are 49 dogs signed up to compete in the dog show. There are 36 more …read more

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