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  • EU decision on LSE-Refinitiv deal expected in a few months: LSE director

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    European competition authorities are expected to rule on the London Stock Exchange's $27 billion takeover of data and analytics company Refinitiv "around the summer", an LSE board member said on Tuesday. "The Milan stock exchange is a strategic asset for LSE, it is not up for sale at the moment", LSE director Raffaele Jerusalmi, who is also the chief executive of Borsa Italiana, said on the sideline of an event in Milan.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:33:44 -0500
  • Germany and Poland discuss new action to prevent swine fever

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    Germany and Poland are discussing new action to prevent the spread of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Poland close to the German border including border fences and increased hunting of the animals, Germany’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. Poland recorded 55 outbreaks of ASF in wild boars in December, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:23:23 -0500
  • Vuitton's diamond as big as a tennis ball steals the show in Paris

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    Louis Vuitton made a splash as it showcased its latest purchase on Tuesday: the world's second-biggest rough diamond. The LVMH-owned brand, which said last week that it was the new owner of the 1,758-carat Sewelo, displayed the glinting, blackened stone at its Place Vendome store in Paris. Its name, Sewelo, means "rare find" in Setswana, and the stone will be turned into a collection of fine jewelry, according to Lucara, a Canada-based diamond mining company which is partnering with Vuitton and an Antwerp-based manufacturer to produce the gems, and which owns the mine where it was found.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:23:07 -0500
  • Cameroonian soldiers go on trial over shooting of women and children

    The trial of seven Cameroonian soldiers accused of participating in the killing of two women and two children has begun behind closed doors, two judicial sources said on Tuesday, after a video of the incident sparked an international outcry. The soldiers were arrested after the video surfaced on social media in July 2018. The shaky footage showed two women, one with an infant strapped to her back, being led across a patch of dusty scrubland by uniformed men who accused them of belonging to the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:16:40 -0500
  • U.S. Census Bureau launches once-a-decade head count in rural Alaska

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    The U.S. Census Bureau was due to launch its latest once-in-a decade head count of Americans on Tuesday in one of the most remote corners of the country: a tiny, rural Alaska Native settlement on the Bering Sea coast. The population tally was scheduled to officially get under way with a ceremonial visit of Census Bureau chief Steven Dillingham to the home of a tribal elder in Toksook Bay, a Yup'ik village about 500 miles west of Anchorage. From there, a team will fan out to collect 2020 census data from all the other Toksook Bay residents in a day of fanfare that will include ceremonial Yup'ik dance performances and a feast of traditional foods.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:16:13 -0500
  • Franklin Templeton's Zahn short British gilts as fiscal expansion looms

    Franklin Templeton's head of European fixed income David Zahn said on Tuesday he has moved to a 'short' position in UK government bonds, given expectations the government will ramp up spending at the next budget. British finance minister Sajid Javid, who will deliver the first post-Brexit budget plan on March 11, has promised to use public investment to help the voters who gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson a thumping election win last month. "We've gone short gilts versus Europe," said Zahn, who last year had bought gilts as a hedge against Brexit uncertainty.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:15:32 -0500
  • Smog forces Bangkok schools to shut, but respite in doubt due to crop burning

    Thailand's capital on Tuesday ordered schools closed due to unhealthy levels of air pollution, and there were doubts whether the situation would improve in the coming months as farmers burn their sugarcane crop in the harvest season. The Bangkok air quality index (AQI) climbed to 170 - a reading above 150 is classified as unhealthy - on Tuesday morning and the city was ranked as having the world's ninth worst air for a major city, according to independent air quality monitor AirVisual. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ordered 437 schools in Bangkok, the most visited city in the world, to close for a day on Wednesday as one of the emergency measures against pollution.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:13:05 -0500
  • Germany and Poland discuss new action to prevent swine fever

    Germany and Poland are discussing new action to prevent the spread of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Poland close to the German border including border fences and increased hunting of the animals, Germany’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. Poland recorded 55 outbreaks of ASF in wild boars in December, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:12:06 -0500
  • DAVOS-Trump hails U.S. economic success in Davos as impeachment trial begins

    Thousands of miles from his impeachment trial in the United States, President Donald Trump took centre stage at Davos on Tuesday to tout the success of the country's economy. Trump, who is attending his second meeting of global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum, also told a packed auditorium that recent trade deals with China and Mexico represented a model for the 21st Century. The address was pitched to appeal to the Davos crowd, touting the achievements of Trump's administration despite his unorthodox approach to politics and picking up on some of the themes he voiced when he first addressed the WEF two years ago.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:11:54 -0500
  • Philippines says Chevron unit underpaid rent for oil terminal lot

    The Philippines said on Tuesday a lease contract between a unit of Chevron Corp and a state-run firm was "grossly disadvantageous" to the government, after a review showed the energy company had been paying a "minuscule" rent. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a review of all government contracts last year, in a bid to ensure such deals with firms and other countries were fair and favourable to the public. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said Chevron Philippines Inc had been paying the state-run firm only a fraction of the fair market rent for an industrial lot hosting the energy company's oil import terminal.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:10:38 -0500
  • Vuitton's diamond as big as a tennis ball steals the show in Paris

    Louis Vuitton made a splash as it showcased its latest purchase on Tuesday: the world's second-biggest rough diamond. The LVMH-owned brand, which said last week that it was the new owner of the 1,758-carat Sewelo, displayed the glinting, blackened stone at its Place Vendome store in Paris. Its name, Sewelo, means "rare find" in Setswana, and the stone will be turned into a collection of fine jewellery, according to Lucara, a Canada-based diamond mining company which is partnering with Vuitton and an Antwerp-based manufacturer to produce the gems, and which owns the mine where it was found.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:02:07 -0500
  • Turkey says Libya's Haftar must choose political solution

    Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar must abide by calls for a political solution to the conflict in Libya and take steps to secure "calm on the ground", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. Haftar abandoned talks for a ceasefire in Moscow last week and the blockade of Libyan oilfields by his forces overshadowed a summit in Berlin on Sunday aimed at shoring up a shaky truce. Turkey supports Haftar's opponents, the Tripoli-based internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Serraj, and has dispatched military advisers and trainers to help the GNA.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:58 -0500
  • Apple lawsuit tests if an employee can plan rival startup while on payroll

    Attorneys for a former Apple Inc executive on Tuesday will try to convince a skeptical judge of a core tenet of tech startup culture - that employees can plan a competing venture while still in a job. Apple's lawsuit against a former chip executive-turned-rival will have implications for employees all over California who are considering striking out on their own and creating the startups that drive tech business and culture. California's long-held public policy favors employee mobility in contrast to states that allow strong non-compete agreements.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Weinstein must tread carefully in rape trial defense, experts say

    Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will face the challenge of defending himself in his rape trial as he tries to undermine his accusers' credibility without appearing callous to jurors, according to several legal experts. Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault. Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he has had have been consensual.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Huawei CFO's legal team to contest U.S. extradition in day 2 of Canada hearing

    Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is set to return to a Vancouver court on Tuesday, where her lawyers will build on their arguments against the U.S. extradition request that they say is based a sanctions violation and not bank fraud. Meng, 47, arrived in a Vancouver courtroom on Monday for the first phase of a hearing that will last at least four days, during which her legal team argued that "double criminality" was at the heart of the case, as China repeated its call for Canada to release her. The United States has charged Meng with bank fraud, and accused her of misleading HSBC Holdings Plc about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's business in Iran.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • U.S. Census Bureau launches once-a-decade head count in rural Alaska

    The U.S. Census Bureau was due to launch its latest once-in-a decade head count of Americans on Tuesday in one of the most remote corners of the country: a tiny, rural Alaska Native settlement on the Bering Sea coast. The population tally was scheduled to officially get under way with a ceremonial visit of Census Bureau chief Steven Dillingham to the home of a tribal elder in Toksook Bay, a Yup'ik village about 500 miles west of Anchorage. From there, a team will fan out to collect 2020 census data from all the other Toksook Bay residents in a day of fanfare that will include ceremonial Yup'ik dance performances and a feast of traditional foods.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • US Pelosi visits Auschwitz ahead of liberation anniversary

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Congress delegation are paying a visit to the site of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops. At the memorial site in southern Poland, Pelosi and Poland's Senate Speaker, Tomasz Grodzki, laid wreaths Tuesday at the Auschwitz Death Wall where inmates were executed.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:54:43 -0500
  • Winter storm lashing Spain leaves 4 dead, power cuts

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    A winter storm lashed much of Spain for a third day Tuesday, leaving 200,000 people without electricity, schools closed and roads blocked by snow as it killed four people. Much of the northeastern province of Gerona was without electricity Tuesday because of a fault in the power connection with France, emergency services said on their Twitter account. Many schools remained closed in the northeastern region of Catalonia as well as the Valencia region further south and the inland region of Aragon, Spanish media said.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:51:55 -0500
  • DAVOS-Trump hails U.S. economic success in Davos as impeachment trial begins

    Thousands of miles from his impeachment trial in the United States, President Donald Trump took centre stage at Davos on Tuesday to tout the success of the country's economy. Trump, who is attending his second meeting of global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum, also told a packed auditorium that recent trade deals with China and Mexico represented a model for the 21st Century. The impeachment trial begins in earnest in the U.S. Senate after the Republican president was formally charged by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in December with "high crimes and misdemeanors".

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:51:20 -0500
  • Uber tests feature allowing some California drivers to set fares- WSJ

    Uber Technologies Inc is testing a feature that allows some drivers in California to set their fares, the Wall Street Journal reported https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-is-testing-a-feature-that-lets-some-california-drivers-set-fares-11579600801 on Tuesday, citing a person involved in developing the feature. Uber drivers ferrying passengers from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento can charge up to five times the fare set by the company starting Tuesday morning, the report added. Earlier in January, Uber informed its California customers it would switch to providing estimates as opposed to fixed prices for its rides.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:50:29 -0500
  • Facial recognition could help discover fate of Holocaust victims

    An old photograph and modern face recognition technology could help two Israeli brothers find out how their father survived the Nazi Holocaust. Seeking clues to the past, Eli and Saul Lieberman turned to an Israeli research centre, which hopes to match family pictures from around the time of World War Two with its database of tens of thousands of photos, many taken by German Wehrmacht soldiers. Shem Olam Holocaust Memorial Centre launched its "Face to Face" project in July, calling via social media for people to send in pictures for facial recognition scans.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:50:14 -0500
  • France offers to suspend digital tax in dispute with U.S. - source

    France has offered to suspend down payments on a digital services tax on big internet companies due in April as part of an effort to resolve a dispute with Washington over the levy, a French Finance Ministry source said on Tuesday. Washington has threatened to hit some goods with tariffs over France's digital services tax, which it considers to unfairly discriminate U.S internet groups. The aim is to give time for broader negotiations to take place in the mean time at the Organisation for economic Cooperation and Development to rewrite international tax rules, the source said.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:43:56 -0500
  • Religious woman drove into oncoming traffic to ‘test her faith’

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    A woman allegedly drove her car into oncoming traffic, hitting a car with three passengers in a bid to “test her faith”, said Pennsylvania State Police.Nadejda Reilly, 51, was arrested on 7 January after she was involved in a head-on collision with a car on a major north-south highway in the US.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:35:27 -0500
  • Man's 'action movie' stunt to escape police backfires spectacularly

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    A man in who tried to make a daring escape from being arrested by Florida police last week ended up failing in spectacular fashion, according to authorities who apprehended him. Daniel Christopher Booth, a 36-year-old solar power plant worker from MacClenny, Florida, was at his job on Jan 15 when the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office go word that Booth was there. “Now we can only assume that Mr. Booth has seen one too many action movies,” said the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office in a statement on Facebook describing Booth’s escape plan of diving into a pond and hiding under water.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:34:54 -0500
  • Swedish capital hit again by predawn blasts, 1 injured

    Two predawn explosions minutes apart rocked suburban Stockholm on Tuesday, damaging buildings and slightly injuring one person. Following the blasts at housing complexes on the Swedish capital's northwestern outskirts, some 50 people were evacuated. Police did not explicitly link Tuesday's blasts to gangs but did not explain why terrorism was ruled out.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:21:37 -0500
  • Driver 'intentionally' rams car carrying 6 teenagers, killing 3, authorities say

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    A California man "intentionally rammed" his vehicle into a car carrying six teenage boys, killing three and injuring the others, before driving off, authorities said. The deadly crash occurred Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. local time on a roadway in the Temescal Valley, some 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The hit caused the teens' Toyota Prius to slam into a tree off the road, and first responders had to free three of the boys who were trapped in the wrecked vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:15:00 -0500
  • WHO says expects further spread of new coronavirus in China

    The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that the new coronavirus was likely to spread to other parts of China and possibly other countries in the coming days. "More cases should be expected in other parts of China and possibly other countries in the coming days," said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:11:11 -0500
  • Trump's Senate trial begins as a polarized America looks on

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    Donald Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday in a rare use of the constitutional mechanism for ousting a president that has only deepened the polarization of U.S. voters ahead of presidential elections in November. Democrats have called on the Senate to remove the Republican president from office, describing him as a danger to American democracy and national security. Trump and his lawyers have decried his impeachment, saying he has done nothing wrong and that Democrats are simply trying to stop him from being re-elected.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:08:34 -0500
  • Nigeria charges ex-attorney general with financial crimes in $1.3 bln oil deal

    Nigeria's financial crimes watchdog charged a former attorney general suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3 billion oil block sale, the agency said on Tuesday, in the latest twist in one of the industry's biggest alleged corruption scandals. An international investigation into the 2011 sale of the offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas has entangled two of the industry's biggest players, Shell and Eni, as well as an array of powerful figures from the previous Nigerian government. Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria's ex-attorney general, was charged with receiving the U.S. dollar equivalent of 300 million naira in 2013 to facilitate the OPL 245 deal and help waive taxes for Shell and Eni, according to a charge sheet filed in an Abuja high court last week.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:07:03 -0500
  • Iranian MP says Iran would be protected if it had nuclear arms - ISNA

    Iran would be protected from threats if it had nuclear weapons, Iranian lawmaker told parliament on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency, adding that Iran should build missiles with "unconventional" warheads. The West has long accused Tehran of seeking to develop nuclear arms, although Iran's clerical rulers consistently deny this, saying the nation's nuclear programme has only peaceful aims.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:05:24 -0500
  • Trump's Senate trial begins as a polarized America looks on

    Donald Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday in a rare use of the constitutional mechanism for ousting a president that has only deepened the polarization of U.S. voters ahead of presidential elections in November. Democrats have called on the Senate to remove the Republican president from office, describing him as a danger to American democracy and national security. Trump and his lawyers have decried his impeachment, saying he has done nothing wrong and that Democrats are simply trying to stop him from being re-elected.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • FACTBOX-Trump impeachment: What happens next?

    * The House has until noon EST (1700 GMT) to file a rebuttal brief to the White House trial brief that called for an immediate dismissal of the House's two articles of impeachment. * A vote could be held as early as Jan. 21 on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed rules governing the first phase of the trial, which would leave open the option of voting later on whether witnesses would testify and new evidence could be introduced. * Democrats are expected to try to amend McConnell's rules to stipulate that witnesses must be called, possibly leading to extensive debate over the rules of the trial.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • Eight Indian tourists die in Nepal after lighting gas heater in hotel

    Eight Indian tourists including four children died of suspected suffocation in a hotel in Nepal on Tuesday, police said, after trying to keep warm by using a gas heater during the night. The victims were staying in Daman, a hill resort south of Kathmandu which is known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. "They had lit a gas heater to keep the room warm and probably suffocated," police official Hobindra Bogati told Reuters.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:59:48 -0500
  • Taiwan president complains to Pope Francis about Chinese pressure

    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis to complain about Chinese pressure on the island Beijing claims as its own, saying China seeks to threaten its democracy and freedom. The Vatican is one of just 15 countries that has diplomatic ties with Taiwan and the only one in Europe.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:58:07 -0500
  • Michael Avenatti is being held in El Chapo's cell at the Manhattan jail where Epstein died, his lawyer says

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    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer most famous for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her case against President Trump, was arrested in California last week and transferred over the weekend to New York's federal Manhattan Correctional Center to face charges of extortion and embezzlement, his lawyers told a federal court on Monday. In fact, lawyer Scott Srebnick wrote, Avenatti is being housed, for reasons that are unclear, in the MCC's "Special Housing Unit on the notorious 10-South," the "most secure secure floor in the entire facility," in "a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses."Not only is Avenatti being held in the freezing cell that once housed notorious Mexican drug trafficker and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Srebnick said, but he's on 24-hour solitary confinement with a guard and two cameras keeping watch on him from outside his cell 24 hours a day. MCC appears to have learned from the suicide of another recent inmate, Jeffrey Epstein, as Srebnick alludes to in his filing.> Avenatti’s lawyers also write that the Manhattan federal jail’s staff and SDNY’s line prosecutors have been as helpful as they can. > > It all raises the question—if the letter is accurate, who decided that the SHU and SAMs were appropriate conditions of confinement for Avenatti?> > — southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 21, 2020Srebnick asked for the court's help in finding out why Avenatti is under such strict lockdown and in getting him moved to regular incarceration amid the general population of MCC, saying the current conditions are hindering Avenatti's participation in his defense case.More stories from theweek.com Dershowitz tells CNN he wasn't wrong about Clinton's impeachment but is 'far more correct' defending Trump The strongest case for Joe Biden Under McConnell's rules, Trump's impeachment trial could last well past midnight or end immediately

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:51:00 -0500
  • Iranian MP announces $3 million award for "whoever kills Trump" - ISNA

    An Iranian lawmaker announced a 3 million dollar award to "whoever kills Trump", Iranian semi-official News agency reported. "On behalf of people of Kerman province, we will pay 3 million dollar award in cash to whoever kills Trump," Ahmad Hamzeh told parliamentarians, according to ISNA. Kerman is the hometown of Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top commander of the Quds Force who was killed by a U.S. drone on Jan. 3 in Iraq.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:50:57 -0500
  • Death toll from coronavirus outbreak in China's Wuhan rises to six - state TV

    The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has risen to six in China's central city of Wuhan as of Jan. 20, the city's mayor told state television. A total of 258 cases had been confirmed in the city by the end of Monday, Zhou Xianwang said in an interview. Separately, China's eastern Zhejiang provincial health authority said a total of five cases of new coronavirus were confirmed as of noon Jan. 21.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:41:40 -0500
  • Experts defuse World War II bomb in German city of Cologne

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    Explosives experts on Tuesday successfully defused an unexploded American bomb from World War II in the western German city of Cologne, authorities said. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb was found Monday evening during construction near the Rhine River in the center of the city. Officials closed down a bridge across the Rhine that takes most trains to Cologne's main train station, one of Germany's major rail hubs.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:35:45 -0500
  • Posthumous sperm donation should be allowed, say UK experts

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    Men in Britain should be allowed to donate sperm after they die to meet growing demand from couples seeking fertility treatment, medical experts say. Posthumous sperm donation is technically feasible and morally acceptable, the specialists said in a review published in the Journal of Medical Ethics on Tuesday. While infertility is not life-threatening, said Nathan Hodson of Britain's Leicester University and Joshua Parker of Britain's Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, it causes great suffering and could be said to be a form of illness.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:32:50 -0500
  • Posthumous sperm donation should be allowed, say UK experts

    Men in Britain should be allowed to donate sperm after they die to meet growing demand from couples seeking fertility treatment, medical experts say. Posthumous sperm donation is technically feasible and morally acceptable, the specialists said in a review published in the Journal of Medical Ethics on Tuesday. While infertility is not life-threatening, said Nathan Hodson of Britain's Leicester University and Joshua Parker of Britain's Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, it causes great suffering and could be said to be a form of illness.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:30:18 -0500
  • Mom does 5,332 burpees in 12 hours to help daughter with rare birth defect

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    Gena Laielli, a 37-year-old mom of two, completed 5,332 burpees in 12 straight hours. The number -- a staggering feat for anyone who has tried to do one burpee -- is poised to break a world record. The world record will be a nice accolade, but the most important thing to Laielli is that she finished her burpee marathon with her 6-year-old daughter Emma by her side.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:18:28 -0500
  • Tunisia's designated PM vows to tackle economic, social ills

    Tunisia's new designated prime minister Elyes Fakhfakh said he would form a smaller cabinet than in previous governments and combat poverty and marginalisation of poorer regions. President Kais Saied named the former finance and tourism minister as his choice for premier on Monday, giving him a month to form a government that can win majority support in the deeply fragmented parliament. Speaking late on Monday, Fakhfakh said his cabinet would try to meet the aspirations of the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy, citing the October election of Saied as evidence Tunisians wanted big change.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:17:57 -0500
  • Religion and school choice on the line in 'crucial' Supreme Court case

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    The battle over school-choice programs and state aid for religious schools returns to the U.S. Supreme Court this week as three mothers from Montana ask the justices to uphold a scholarship program that would help fund Christian education for their children. The case is a major test for the balance between dueling constitutional principles: protection for religious freedom and a prohibition against government support of religion. “If the decision goes in a certain way, it will be a virtual earthquake,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who fears a blow to state funding of public education.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:16:59 -0500
  • This Bon Appetit chef made a meal that will have you taking another look at leftovers

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    Lalli Music rethought her meal prep approach after she found herself wasting food on repetitive recipes. One of Lalli Music’s favorite make-ahead components is slow-roasted chicken, which can be turned into a soup, tacos, a sandwich or salad. "The finished meal is what you bring to it in the moment, and the prepping is giving you lots of opportunities to go this way or that depending on what you're in the mood for," Lalli Music said.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:12:10 -0500
  • What Prince Harry, Meghan can learn from the last royal to exit the family, King Edward VIII

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    Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to no longer be working members of Britain's royal family is bringing to mind the last example of a royal leaving for love, King Edward VIII. Edward abdicated the throne in 1936 so that he could marry Wallis Simpson, who like Meghan, was an American divorcée.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:07:45 -0500
  • EMERGING MARKETS-Assets battered as China virus fears mount; Rand hits one-month low

    Emerging market stocks and currencies took a beating on Tuesday as investors turned risk-averse on growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in China, while South Africa's rand hit a one-month low on a weak economic outlook. Market players across the globe were spooked after China reported a fourth death from the flu-like virus on Tuesday as the number of cases continued to rise and China confirmed the new virus could be spread through human contact.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:07:10 -0500
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China virus sends shiver through markets as risks mount

    Global shares took a beating on Tuesday, wiping out all gains made at the start of the week as mounting concerns about a new strain of coronavirus in China sent a ripple of risk aversion through markets. Authorities in China confirmed that a new virus could be spread through human contact, reporting 15 medical staff had been infected and a fourth person had died. Safe-haven bonds and the yen gained as investors were reminded of the economic damage done by the SARS virus in 2002-2003, particularly given the threat of contagion as hundreds of millions travel for the Lunar New Year holidays.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:04:48 -0500
  • New H5N6 bird flu hits swans in China's Xinjiang: ministry

    China's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it had found the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of avian flu in swans in its western Xinjiang region. The case is the fourth this month of the strain in swans in Xinjiang. The ministry said 19 swans had died in a reservoir that were inhabited by around 150 birds.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:01:34 -0500
  • Sterling holds steady ahead of crucial labour market data

    Sterling held above $1.30 ahead of UK labour market data on Tuesday that, if disappointing, will provide a further signal that the Bank of England could cut interest rates next week. The pound has fallen in the past fortnight as investors hiked bets on a rate reduction by policymakers keen to boost an economy struggling to grow in recent quarters.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 03:59:45 -0500
  • Virus outbreak prompts Chinese travel firms to offer free cancellations

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Chinese travel booking platforms from Trip.com to Alibaba Group's Fliggy said on Tuesday they would offer free cancellations on bookings made for Wuhan amid mounting fears over a viral outbreak in the central Chinese city. The companies, which also include Meituan Dianping and Qunar.com, said in separate but similar statements that the policy would be extended to users who had been put under quarantined or diagnosed with the new coronavirus. As of Tuesday, nearly 300 people had been diagnosed globally, with all but a handful in China, and most of them in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.

    Tue, 21 Jan 2020 03:59:31 -0500
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