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However, the European Union used the adoption of the new negotiating mandate to clear up confusion about its non-negotiables for the transitional period and to warn Britain about the work that's still ahead. European affairs ministers adopted the transition negotiating directives "within two minutes", Barnier's deputy Sabine Weyand tweeted. May 3 - English local government elections will provide the Prime Minister with her first widespread electoral test since the disastrous snap election of ...
  • Pistons have made Avery Bradley available for trade

    Pistons have made Avery Bradley available for trade

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    The Pistons are now in 9th place in the East, having lost their last eight games. Wojnarowski, citing league sources , reported Monday that Pistons guard Avery Bradley is available in trade talks . Bradley played a key role in the Pistons' early-season success, averaging 18.3 points per game over the month of November. Detroit renounced the rights to restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope upon acquiring Bradley in July, banking on a long-term partnership with Bradley.
  • FCC: Miscommunication led to Hawaiians getting false missile alert

    FCC: Miscommunication led to Hawaiians getting false missile alert

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    The report says the HI-EMA worker who triggered panic across Hawaii by sending a false ballistic missile alert to phones, believed Hawaii was actually under attack. The FCC said Tuesday that the individual who sent the false alert refused to talk to the agency, but provided a written statement. Addressing concerns over system efficiencies, redundancies, and the dangers posed by such mistaken alerts, FCC chair Ajit Pai said , "When disaster strikes, it's essential that Americans in harm's ...
  • Saudi wraps up settlement stage in anti-corruption campaign

    Saudi wraps up settlement stage in anti-corruption campaign

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    Meanwhile, the hotel was closed to normal business. RIYADH , Saudi Arabia (AP) - Stocks in Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's investment firm surged 10 percent on Sunday, the day after the billionaire investor was released from almost three months in detention in connection with an anti-corruption campaign.
  • Wild Elephant Illegally Enters Laos By Stepping Over Border Barrier

    Wild Elephant Illegally Enters Laos By Stepping Over Border Barrier

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    The wild elephant steps over roadblocks at the checkpoint in an early morning surprise for Chinese border officials. China's state broadcaster CCTV broadcast video showing it crossing the border. "We often see wild elephants hunting for food in nearby villages", Li Zhifu, a soldier with a Chinese border agency said, according to CCTV. The deceased elephant was later found to be pregnant and the man was jailed for an unspecified amount of time.
  • #Capitec responds to Viceroy's 'loan shark' report

    #Capitec responds to Viceroy's 'loan shark' report

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    According to all the information available, Capitec is solvent, well capitalised and has adequate liquidity. "We are studying the (Viceroy) report systematically and are still seeking clarity on some of the allegations", Capitec said. The Sarb placed African Bank under curatorship at the time. "By 2012 as little as 6% of the total microcredit volume advanced was being used for conventional business purposes", stated the report.
  • Malaysian Censor Board Bans Release of Padmaavat

    Malaysian Censor Board Bans Release of Padmaavat

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    Padmaavat was finally released on January 25th nationwide amid violence by protesters. According to the LPF chairman, the storyline of Padmaavat is itself a matter of concern for the country as it is a muslim-majority nation. Malaysia a year ago also prosecuted filmmaker Lena Hendry for holding a private screening of a documentary "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka".
  • Sunny, breezy, and cool today

    Sunny, breezy, and cool today

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    Tuesday will be sunny, 39 degrees, and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Tonight: A 50 percent chance of light snow, mainly before 5 am. Accumulation should be less than a tenth of an inch. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. SUNDAY: There will be a 100 percent chance of rain after 1 a.m. A combination of strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity will raise the risk of wildfire risk Tuesday and Wednesday in northeast Oklahoma.
  • Saudi attorney general says 56 graft suspects still held

    Saudi attorney general says 56 graft suspects still held

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    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had ordered the arrest and detention of about 200 Saudi dignitaries and top officials for more than three months. Al-Ibrahim will return to running the media company as usual, one of the people said. Another high-profile detainee, former National Guard chief Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, was released recently following his "settlement" with authorities which reportedly exceeded $1 billion.
  • 7 killed as auto hits landmine in Pakistan

    7 killed as auto hits landmine in Pakistan

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    As a result, the vehicle smashed into pieces leading to death and injuries to people on board. "Several arrests were made in the area after an investigation was launched by the political administration", Dawn News reported. However, tribesmen believe that it was an act of terror. Kurram is one of the seven districts along the Afghan border in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which have always been home to local and foreign militants.
  • Murder trial begins for woman accused of killing twin sister on Maui

    Murder trial begins for woman accused of killing twin sister on Maui

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    The witnesses claimed the two were engaged in a heated argument with the passenger seen pulling the driver's hair. Maui resident Chad Smith claimed to have swerved out of the way of their auto and testified that he saw them arguing shortly before the sisters plummeted 200ft over a cliff in their vehicle.
  • Paul Ryan defends vote to release classified Russian Federation probe memo

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    But Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said the panel had " crossed a deeply regrettable line ". " Today , tragically, it has infected our committee". The document was prepared by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes , R-Calif., and the Republican majority staff of the committee. "I actually lobbied him to let DOJ look at it too but it wasn't successful".
  • California Politician Objects Plastic Straws to Protect Environment

    California Politician Objects Plastic Straws to Protect Environment

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    The bill would not apply to fast-food restaurants. I'd like to clarify that #AB1884 (Straws Upon Request) is (a) NOT a ban; (b) should it become law, it will NOT make it a crime for servers to provide plastic straws. And Calderon's is not the only bill targeting drinking plastics. "Convenience is a tough thing for people to give up". Schlichter said California officials should shift their focus to improving the lives of the homeless and the growing number of people with substance abuse ...
  • Orange passport: Govt. reverses its decision

    Orange passport: Govt. reverses its decision

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    In a new move announced, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has made a decision to continue with the current practice of printing of the last page of the passport and not to issue a separate passport with an orange colour jacket to Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport holders.
  • Former HGTV star charged with sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl

    Former HGTV star charged with sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl

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    She said the reality show host was in his boxers and asked if she wanted to touch his penis, to which she responded no, the warrant said. The young girl said she awakened at Dionne's home on November 26 to him grabbing her under her clothes and taking pictures of her, according to a warrant obtained by the Hartford Courant .