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In a message announcing his resignation to staff in Brussels, Sir Ivan urged colleagues to provide British ministers with their "unvarnished" understanding through Brexit negotiations - "even where this is uncomfortable". That means Prime Minister Theresa May will likely need to find a replacement to take on the job before her government embarks on what many people believe will be the most complex set of negotiations faced by the United Kingdom for decades.
  • New Zealand v Bangladesh

    New Zealand v Bangladesh

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    The duo put on an unbeaten 81-run stand for the fifth wicket to muscle the team home, Williamson remaining unbeaten on a T20I best 73 off 55 deliveries and de Grandhomme smashing three fours and as many sixes in a 22-ball 41. The Blackcaps lost their fourth wicket as Tom Bruce was run out in the 11th over. Santner picked up his first wicket midway through the 16th over when Hossain holed out to Anderson at cover point, then de Grandhomme removed skipper Mashrafe Mortaza for just one to ...
  • Ryan Tannehill's (knee) availability for playoffs unclear to Dolphins

    Ryan Tannehill's (knee) availability for playoffs unclear to Dolphins

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    That, Tomlin says, is a credit Miami's offensive line, which has allowed just 30 sacks this season (ranked 23rd) and the scheme of offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. Leading the Dolphins behind center this year is QB Ryan Tannehill , who finished with 2995 yards, 19 TDs and 12 picks. Ajayi is boom or bust. The regular season is over.
  • Syria Anti-Govt Groups Halt Talks over Alleged Truce Violation

    Syria Anti-Govt Groups Halt Talks over Alleged Truce Violation

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    The truce, brokered by Russian Federation and Turkey, is meant to be followed by talks later this month in the Kazakh capital Astana between mainstream rebel factions and government representatives. Much as with other besieged rebel-held areas, the regime has pursued a starve-or-surrender strategy, say analysts, hoping to pressure rebels into withdrawing.
  • Trump calls for halt to Gitmo releases

    Trump calls for halt to Gitmo releases

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    Obama, in November 2016, announced renewed plans for closing the facility in 2017, indicating he would release more prisoners in the final weeks of his term in office, which ends on January 20. Late a year ago the administration, complying with notification laws, reportedly informed Congress it plans to transfer as many as 19 of the 59 detainees still being held in the facility on Cuba.
  • Megyn Kelly said to leave Fox News for NBC News

    Megyn Kelly said to leave Fox News for NBC News

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    She has been at Fox for 12 years. FOX has reported the departure but not yet offered an official press statement . "We hope she enjoys tremendous success in her career and wish her and her family all the best". She was cast by Trump as his nemesis after the first GOP debate in which she asked him about labeling women as "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals".
  • Finland Unveils Universal Basic Income Scheme

    Finland Unveils Universal Basic Income Scheme

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    On Tuesday, the Finnish government announced it will begin a two-year trial of a universal basic income system, as reported by The Verge. Recipients, who are randomly-selected, are still entitled to receive the benefit even if they find work - a contrast to current rules, under which unemployed Finns lose benefits commensurate with their in-work income.
  • Dylann Roof Competency Hearing: Off Limits to Public

    Dylann Roof Competency Hearing: Off Limits to Public

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    As the Times notes, last month, it took jurors only about two hours to find Roof guilty on 33 counts for the June 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine dead. "I think that closing this hearing at this point is closing out the community from an important part of this process", Bender said. Roof's whole trial was put on hold for several weeks so that Gergel could hold a first competency hearing.
  • President Trump thinks computers aren't safe, promises hacking revelations

    President Trump thinks computers aren't safe, promises hacking revelations

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    Donald Trump, the USA president-elect, claimed that "no computer is safe" from hacking, as he expressed continued scepticism that Russian Federation interfered in the election. Mr Trump's transition team declined to comment on the ticket prices. He also argued, as he did Sunday, that China in 2015 stole sensitive information from millions of Americans, including federal workers, and the White House failed to issue "a single statement".
  • Pulse survivor represents Orlando in Rose Parade

    Pulse survivor represents Orlando in Rose Parade

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    They were chosen as the lead ban in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade and will join bands across the world. "As the organization notes , Dating back to 1890 when members of Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club covered their horse-drawn carriages with fresh-cut flowers from their gardens in celebration of the mild winter of the West, this annual event has continued to grow in size and splendor".
  • South Koreans demand president Park Geun-hye's removal on New Year's Eve

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    Chung had "tearfully" asked the court not to detain her, saying she was anxious about her 19-month-old son who was staying with a nanny, it said. Park has been accused by state prosecutors of colluding with Choi to extort money and favors from the country's largest companies and allow her friend to interfere with government affairs.
  • Donald Trump boasts that Turkey attack proves him right on border wall

    Donald Trump boasts that Turkey attack proves him right on border wall

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    It's a pretty simple process, but there's other family members involved, and so, and I think they wanted to make sure that all the I's are dotted and all the T's are laid out". "I don't think Obama knows what it means to go out gracefully", former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told Fox Business Channel. Even President Obama, who couldn't work with Congress, is rated higher in the ability to get things through Congress than Trump, even though the House and Senate are both in the control of the ...
  • United Nations chief appeals for peace on New Year's Day

    United Nations chief appeals for peace on New Year's Day

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    He noted that civilians are faced with deadly force, killed and injured, forced from their homes, and thrown into poverty. On the other hand, the diplomat criticized the wars and conflicts that persist in the world, saying that no one is a victor from them.
  • Ohio State Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker entering National Football League draft

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    If you were an National Football League team, who would you draft - Malik Hooker or Jabrill Peppers? Hooker indicated in his statement he made the decision to jump with no second thoughts. Hooker finished with 74 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Hooker has drawn comparisons to National Football League legend Ed Reed, and his ability was on full display in Saturday night's Fiesta Bowl, where he covered an absurd amount of ground to pick off Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson .
  • Benedict Cumberbatch to Return as 'Doctor Strange' in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

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    According to 2017 highlights by Disney's official fan club D23, Thor , the Hulk, and Doctor Strange will face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new. In the Doctor Strange movie a year ago, the Sorcerer Supreme was in a post-credits scene with Thor and the best beer mug ever. It is confirmed, Doctor Strange will be present at the cast of Thor Ragnarok whose release is scheduled for the end of the year.
  • It Was 'Mass Molestation,' Says Bengaluru Witness On New Year Eve Horror

    It Was 'Mass Molestation,' Says Bengaluru Witness On New Year Eve Horror

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    According to a report in Bangalore Mirror , the incident took place in the busy areas of MG Road and Brigade Road where men groped and verbally abused women revellers even as policemen were present in huge numbers. "We take a lot of precautions", Parameshwara told ANI . Meanwhile, Karnataka DGP Om Prakash said culprits will be identified and action will be taken against them.
  • Politicians can't seek votes in the name of caste, creed or religion

    Politicians can't seek votes in the name of caste, creed or religion

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    India has a Hindu-nationalist government, and most political parties select candidates in various districts based on caste and religious considerations to influence voting. And the judgment could force political parties to change their election strategies. Even Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which has been a champion of the Dalit cause in the state, is likely to suffer politically after the court's ruling.
  • Naresh Uttam new UP chief; Mulayam expels 2 MPs

    Naresh Uttam new UP chief; Mulayam expels 2 MPs

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    Mulayam Singh Yadav had then warned Akhilesh that if Shivpal, who was then the Minister for PWD and Irrigation, left the Samajwadi Party would break. "I will decide as to who will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party", he insisted.
  • PM Modi announces sops for housing sector, rural India, MSMEs

    PM Modi announces sops for housing sector, rural India, MSMEs

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    Matters of Interest Reduced interest rates have been promised to home builders, 4% cut for loans up to Rs 9 lakh and 3% reduction on loans up to Rs 12 lakh. For small entrepreneurs, Modi announced that the credit guarantee cover can go up to ₹2 crore against the current ceiling of ₹1 crore. This is actually the best announcement of the entire lot, which can be tracked from the onset of 2017, and will also reap benefits.
  • Israeli TV Reports Netanyahu Probe Expected Within Days

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    Police are expected later this week to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under caution on suspicion that he accepted valuable gifts from businessmen, Hebrew media reported Sunday. Last month, an investigation was opened into the purchase of new submarines from Germany, after it was claimed that Mr Netanyahu's lawyer represented the company during negotiations.
  • R.I.P. Allan Williams The Beatles First Manager 1930

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    The news was broken yesterday by the Jacaranda, the Liverpool club he had owned during the Beatles' early years. From May to August 1960, the Beatles - then comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and bassist Stuart Sutcliffe - played occasionally at the Jacaranda and the Blue Angel, another venue owned by Williams.
  • Donald Trump rings in New Year in new home: Darcy cartoon

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    Now, in a tweet, he has called Vladimir Putin's response to US sanctions for the hacking "a great move", adding "I always knew he was very smart". A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that the White House may have disproportionately punished Russia by ordering the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies.
  • North Korea's long range missile 'in final stages'

    North Korea's long range missile 'in final stages'

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    The nation was preparing a test launch of an global ballistic missile, and the process has already "reached the final stage", he insisted. Pyongyang has responded to the sanctions by accelerating its weapons development programs through the summer, testing numerous land-based and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
  • At least 23 people dead after ferry catches fire near Jakarta

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    According to the BBC, an official said 194 people were rescued and nine remain in the hospital, after many had jumped into the sea. With almost 200 persons on board, the Zahro Express ferry heading to Tidung island caught fire in Jakarta Gulf after leaving Muara Angke sea port, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency told Xinhua news agency.
  • Prime Minister Modi to address the nation today at 7:30

    Prime Minister Modi to address the nation today at 7:30

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    The government set withdrawal limits from ATMs and bank accounts and announced 30 December as the deadline for depositing the demonetised currency at banks. "There was once a time when people used to call you "angutha chap" but now your angutha (thumb) is your bank, your identity", he said. This will be transferred directly to their accounts.
  • Trump says he had a 'nice conversation' with Obama after Twitter tiff

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    The Sprint jobs announcement came after tensions rose and fell Wednesday between Trump and Obama. But the two men spoke by phone Wednesday afternoon, which Trump described as a "very, very good talk" that "covered a lot of territory". "The group weighed public-private partnerships and other options that would make it possible for veterans to go to any hospital for care, inside the VA system or outside of it, a senior transition official said after the meeting", according to Bloomberg .
  • Taiwan announces United States itinerary for president, upsetting China

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    The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a nonprofit that acts as the USA embassy to Taiwan, said that Tsai's stop in the US would be "private and unofficial". Senior Chinese military officers say the country's army is considering strong measures to prevent Taiwan from moving toward independence as warming relations between the self-ruled island and the U.S.
  • Murray on knighthood: 'I'm quite happy being known as Andy'

    Murray on knighthood: 'I'm quite happy being known as Andy'

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    Murray, now in Abu Dhabi where he is playing in a tournament, told the BBC: "I feel more like Andy Murray feels obviously more normal to me, but it's obviously a big honour and [I'm] happy with that". Farah told britishathletics.org: "I'm so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight".