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Kiwi transgender weightlifter wins in first outing

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Gifford said. They must prove that their testosterone level "has been below 10 (nanomoles per litre) for at least 12 months prior to her first competition" in order to compete. "It'll be interesting to see how much support she gets from the community, but I would think she's on the cusp of creating a lot of history". Despite that Hubbard met the criteria set by the International Olympic Committee, the transgender athlete's victory sparked criticism among the competitors, claiming Hubbard ... Read More »

In state of emergency after El Nino storm strikes

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Thousands more have been displaced after their homes were destroyed by the flooding. According to the Associated Press , 72 people have died so far as of Saturday. Police had to help hundreds of residents in an outskirt neighborhood cross a flooded road by sending them one-by-one through choppy water. The disaster has cut drinking water throughout most of Lima . Read More »

Theresa May to trigger Brexit on March 29

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Britain's Parliament last week gave its final approval to May's Brexit plans, and the prime minister had at one point been expected to trigger Article 50 then. In the event, the United Kingdom faces the choice of accepting freedom of movement as a condition of free trade, 44 per cent of Conservative supporters feel the trade-off would be worthwhile, while 55 per cent would not be willing to go through with the deal. Read More »

May to trigger Brexit on 29/3

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This will be essential in more regulated sectors like financial services, pharmaceuticals and energy. Mrs May's spokesman said he would not go into the details of what will be in the letter until closer to the time, but added at a regular Westminster briefing: "The (PM's) words speak for themselves". Read More »

North Korea Not Afraid of US Warnings About Nuclear Tests: State Media

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United States aerospace expert John Schilling said the engine appeared too big for any ICBM that North Korea was working on but would be a good fit for the second stage of a new space rocket it is planning to build. Toner also said that the United States is not backing away from its concerns about human rights in China. On a recent trip to Japan, South Korea, and China, Tillerson laid out a tougher strategy for dealing with the North. Read More »

Donald Trump Takes Another Shot At Colin Kaepernick

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I lean that way, although I can see why we'll want to see what happens as offseason workout programs get closer. Kaepernick, who formerly played for San Francisco 49ers, became a controversial and divisive figure past year after he began kneeling in protest during pre-game national anthems, over what he called "the oppression of black people and people of color". Read More »

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

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Gorsuch said the first case he wrote as a judge to reach the U.S. Supreme Court was upheld with two liberal justices concurring and two conservatives dissenting. His seat has now been vacant for more than a year. Democrats hope to stall Gorsuch's approval, possibly with a filibuster. It was also a setting for Democrats to revisit their feelings about the snub a year ago of President Barack Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland . Read More »

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86

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He killed off the detective in the final book The Remorseful Day . Colin Dexter, author or the Inspector Morse novels, has died aged 86. His legendary series of 14 Morse novels, written between 1975 and 1999, were adapted for the long running ITV series, starring John Thaw. Read More »

Govt authorises RBI to conduct field trials of Rs 10 plastic notes

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He was responding to a query on the total number of people who died during the demonetisation period and compensation that would be provided to the families of the deceased. Few days back, some ATMs in New Delhi and Haryana were dispensing fake currency with notes bearing Children Bank of India stamp. These include introduction of plastic banknotes and other developments in banknote substrates for enhancing durability including use of natural fibre blends, varnish of banknotes etc. Read More »

'Kong: Skull Island' action-packed reboot worth seeing

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The movie shines a new spotlight on the giant ape, making the character more powerful, threatening, and complex than he's ever been before. Bringing us to an issue in the film . His portrayal of Loki has captured the hearts of many Marvel fans, but the character he plays in " Kong: Skull Island " is just a generic action hero. Read More »

Emirates says U.S. electronics restrictions to last months

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Direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia are affected by the new restrictions, amid terrorism fears. The United States has banned passengers from taking large electronic devices in carry-on luggage for flights from eight African and Middle Eastern majority-Muslim countries. Read More »

Waitrose pours cold water on hot drink offer

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WAITROSE is ditching its popular offer of totally free tea or coffee across all of its stores. But an email sent to them today says they will be asked to confirm they have made a purchase before picking up their free drink from April 3. Then in November, Waitrose trimmed back its free hot drink offer in a small number of shops fuelling speculation that it will axe the freebie entirely. Read More »

United Kingdom to follow USA flight ban on larger electronic devices

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To answer the question, "Could more airports be added in the future?" The UK is to announce a ban on bringing electronic devices on to certain flights from Middle Eastern countries, following a similar move by the US. While details on the ban are expected to be disclosed by the Trump administration on Tuesday, the ban will reportedly affect nine airlines: Royal Jordanian Airlines, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and ... Read More »

US Citizens on Spring Break in Mexico Chant 'Build That Wall!'

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The newspaper added that the " racist hymn " wasn't an isolated incident and that numerous complaints about spring breakers have been lodged by Mexican tourist industry workers. The Yucatan Times reported that several Mexican tourists on the ship became annoyed and uncomfortable as the chants went on, but the Americans refused to stop chanting. Read More »

President Donald Trump holds rally in Louisville

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, addressing the crowd ahead of Trump's speech, said Obamacare has proven too expensive for people to use. The president is pushing for a vote Thursday in the House, and his latest remarks conveyed a sense of urgency. Read More »

Apple announces new $329 iPad to replace iPad Air 2

According to older reports, the Cupertino-based company was expected to launch three new upgraded products between March 20 and March 24. As MacRumors spotted, Apple's system status page now shows that the Apple Store will be down tomorrow morning from 3.00AM to 8.30AM. Read More »

'It's Insane' to Say Obama Wiretapped Trump, Former White House Aide Says

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Because? "Because it's insane". It's an insane accusation. "On March 4, President Donald Trump first tweeted the accusation that Obama ordered his "'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory". Gen. H.R. McMaster, and reflects Trump's belief that the NSC should focus less on military operations and tactics and more on strategic issues. "He did. Read More »

Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

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Among the groups hardest hit by the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is one that swung for Donald Trump during last year's presidential race - older Americans who have not yet reached Medicare age. taxpayers to pay for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border. The new credit would be age-based and would be reduced for individuals with modified adjusted gross incomes exceeding $75,000 ($150,000 for individuals filing a joint return). Read More »

White House claims FBI, NSA told Congress Russia did not influence election

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Admiral Rogers said he agreed with comments from the British Government that claims GCHQ was involved in surveillance on Mr Trump were "nonsense" and "utterly ridiculous". "There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Mr Schiff said. "There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation". Read More »

Trump takes push for Obamacare repeal to Louisville rally

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Trump promised "he'd give them better care."... The newly revised bill has not been "scored" by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan entity that provides cost and coverage estimates to Congress. Instead, the four governors urged the two leaders to consider their alternative health care plan that would allow each state "to pursue Medicaid transformation in its own way". Read More »

Trump Reportedly Restores CIA Drone Strike Authority

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These and other rules, along with a general policy preference by Obama, led to a dramatic drop in drone strikes toward the end of the Obama presidency. The official said that bomb damage assessments have found no civilian casualties in the recent Yemen strikes, which were against fighting positions and equipment. Read More »

MPs Slam BBC over 'Unfair' and 'Pessimistic' Brexit Bias

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Tory backbencher Julian Knight said last night that it appeared the BBC had suffered a "collective nervous breakdown" over last year's bombshell Brexit vote. "BBC coverage also shapes worldwide perceptions of the United Kingdom: we fear that, by misrepresenting our country either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote, the BBC will undermine our efforts to carve out a new, global role for this country ". Read More »

Goldman Sachs to Move Hundreds of Employees From London Before Brexit

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The Wall Street firm's Europe CEO revealed the company had begun contingency plans to move staff away from the capital just a week before Theresa May will trigger the UK's departure from the European Union on March 29. However, he warned the lender could not afford to let the uncertainty linger any longer before taking action. "Here, we can't bank on them, so we have to have contingency plans, and that's what we've got, and we're going to start to execute on those contingency plans". Read More »

Sri Lanka arrests 10 Indian fishermen

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The Indians were later handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna. The Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 85 Indian fishermen and had seized their boats as well after the firing incident. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, V Maitreyan said 1.5 lakh Tamils were killed in the "planned and systematic genocide" but so far no reliable investigation has taken place and not a single guilty has been punished. Read More »

Turkey-EU relations plumb new depths

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Gabriel told the Passauer Neue Presse, a German newspaper, in remarks published on Monday, that Erdogan's comments on Merkel were "shocking" and that "a boundary has been crossed here". "We have to ask ourselves: Who benefits, if we answer with the same sort of language the Turkish president uses?" Constitutional changes are 'a departure from Europe, ' EU commissioner said. Read More »

White House: Trump campaign chairman Manafort played only a 'limited role'

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President Barack Obama played golf frequently when the weather and his schedule permitted. That doesn't include his comments on television or at campaign events. "He had a mini Cabinet meeting the other day down - or two weekends ago, down at his club in Virginia". "The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at some point", Spicer responded. Read More »

Pope Francis to visit Egypt in late April: Presidency

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Pope Francis says priests shouldn't hesitate to refer people to an exorcist if they suffer from "genuine spiritual disturbances". Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, apostolic nuncio to Colombia, said: "The pope wants to come to meet the Colombian people; he comes for those who live in the cities and for those who live in the countryside and have a different culture and needs; for the rich and for the poor; for the youth and for the elderly". Read More »

Calcutta HC Judge 'rejects' SC warrant in contempt case

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Justice Karnan is currently accused in a case of corruption, and the case is before the Supreme Court right now. He also threatened to "restrain the judicial and administrative work of these judges" if he was not paid the amount within a week, The Indian Express reported. Read More »

Calcutta High Court orders CBI probe into Narada sting

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Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel called the order a "fair decision" and alleged that the Banerjee administration had "misused" the state machinery in an effort to nail him. When asked about the Calcutta High Court order today, she said, "I will not comment on this, we'll approach higher judiciary". "The Chief Minister should also be brought under the purview of the investigations as it is her party leaders and state cabinet ministers who are found to be involved in it", Mishra said at the rally. Read More »

Iraqi troops push into area around symbolic Mosul mosque

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Juburi also linked the slow pace of the days-old offensive to the lack of artillery in the ancient neighborhoods of the Old City, where buildings are too close together and roadways too narrow to support the use of such weaponry. Recent fighting has targeted the centuries-old al-Nuri Mosque, with its famous leaning minaret. In mid-February, Iraqi forces - backed by a US -led air coalition - began fresh operations aimed at ousting Daesh from western Mosul, their last stronghold in the ... Read More »

Singapore ranked world's most expensive city for expats for 4th straight year

The EIU said London is cheaper than NY for the first time in 15 years, and that relative prices in Manchester have fallen so far that the cost of living in the city is now on a par with Bangkok. The bi-annual survey covers over 400 individual prices across 160 kinds of products and services in 140 cities in 93 countries with all the price gathered being converted into a central currency (US dollar) using a prevailing exchange rate. Read More »