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Preview In a tit-for-tat war of words, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to keep calling European leaders “Nazis” as long as they keep calling him a “dictator.”
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 9:17 am
Preview London police have revealed the original birth-name of attacker Khalid Masood as Adrian Russell Ajao. Scotland Yard revealed more details early on Friday about the extensive investigation that has led to more arrests following raids across the UK.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:42 am
Preview RT’s Murad Gazdiev inspected the bombed-out streets of Mosul to assess the impact of US-led coalition airstrikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who have been luring jets by climbing on the rooftops of the few buildings still standing.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:48 am
Preview Six Russian servicemen have been killed and several more injured in a militant attack on a Russian National Guard base in the Chechen Republic.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:49 am
Preview The new US and UK electronics travel ban has received mixed responses online, but airlines struggling to adapt to the new rules have come up with inventive and hilarious ways to turn the ban into a marketing opportunity.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:43 am
Preview Over 130 people trying to take shelter from the fighting in Mosul have been buried under the rubble of a building hit by a coalition airstrike, witnesses say in a video released by AP.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 5:04 am
Preview French President Francois Hollande has rebuked accusations by conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, who accused him of ordering leaks of compromising materials about Fillon’s wife getting a “fictitious” job as a parliamentary aide.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 4:41 am
Preview Powerful explosions forced thousands of people living in the Ukrainian city of Balakleya to abandon their homes on Thursday night as a large ammunition depot went up in flames. Evacuees shared stories of chaos, fear and confusion with RT.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 4:15 am
Preview One day after announcing that he had found evidence that members of President Donald Trump’s transition team were subjects of surveillance, the head of the House Intelligence Committee has reportedly apologized for those claims.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 4:05 am
Preview The federal agency that oversees the lease on President Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington, DC has ruled that he is not violating a clause barring government officials from being admitted to or benefiting from the building.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 3:54 am
Preview Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the US former administration of taking no action when China began building artificial islands in the South China Sea, which he said resulted in the current strained situation in the region.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 2:01 am
Preview A Freedom of Information Act request has uncovered evidence that the New York City Police Department not only surveilled protests with recording devices, but was unable to prove they followed standard procedure in doing so.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:59 am
Preview In a narrow vote Thursday, the US Senate confirmed David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for ambassador to Israel, in his new role.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:48 am
Preview Internet service providers may be able to gather private and sensitive data from their customers and sell it to the highest bidder, now that the Senate has voted to repeal some FCC regulations.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:02 am
Preview Some 400,000 civilians stuck in Mosul’s Old City, held by Islamic State militants, are dealing with food and electricity shortages, making the UN High Commissioner for Refugees believe that “the worst is yet to come” in the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:34 am
Preview The outpouring of grief and solidarity in the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack has provided westerners with some modicum of hope, but such reactions are not universal, with many pointing to the lack of response to attacks elsewhere.
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Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:14 am
Preview As the airline electronics ban spread from the US to the UK, many of those affected took to social media to air their grievances,and to poke fun at the confusing rule.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:57 pm
Preview Eleven US senators are siding with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) in the battle to block Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Republicans are expected to deploy the nuclear option to thwart a filibuster.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:20 pm
Preview A rift has opened up between NATO allies US and Turkey over the part Syrian Kurdish forces should play in the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State terrorists as Ankara has openly rejected taking part in any operation that would involve the Kurds.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:57 pm
Preview Amidst WikiLeaks’ revelations about the CIA’s capabilities to hack into Apple products is DarkSeaSkies – a tool used to monitor and control MacBook Air that’s physically installed by a CIA agent or asset in “less than 29 seconds.”
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:44 pm
Preview A Mexican matador failed to take the bull by the horns instead finding himself gored in a very uncomfortable place. Antonio Romero required reconstructive rectum surgery after an incident which saw a 12-inch bull horn pierce him from behind.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:21 pm
Preview WikiLeaks’ latest release of classified CIA documents has revealed the agency’s ability to bypass password protected Apple Macs while the laptop is booting up using a tool called “Sonic Screwdriver.” Monitoring and tracking tools can then be installed.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:01 pm
Preview Police say a man injured in Wednesday's Westminster terrorist attack has died, and the latest victim is reported to be a 75-year-old man.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:22 pm
Preview Amnesty International has condemned the US and Britain for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, arms which have then been used to kill hundreds of civilians in Yemen.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:18 pm
Preview The Trump administration is set to approve the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, reversing a key environmental decision of the Obama administration. The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from Alberta tar sands in Canada to Houston-area refineries.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:11 pm
Preview A top House Democrat is calling for an investigation into Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes after he told the White House about new information that President Donald Trump and his associates might have been caught up in government surveillance.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:05 pm
Preview An "unattended" package has been found near Buckingham Palace in central London, close to the site of Wednesday’s terrorist attack, forcing the Metropolitan Police to deal with it.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:50 pm
Preview The state of Arkansas is struggling to find enough volunteers to witness eight inmate executions scheduled over 10 days in April. To find more volunteers, its corrections department has reached out to the Little Rock Rotary Club.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:25 pm
Preview The believed site of Jesus’s tomb has been reopened in Jerusalem on Wednesday, amid warnings by scientists that the holy site faces a collapse of potentially devastating proportions.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:08 pm
Preview Despite the optimism professed by the White House, the plan to vote on repealing Obamacare on the controversial healthcare law’s seventh anniversary fell through due to objections from a number of Republican lawmakers.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:07 pm
Preview A video of a group of men working together to save a boy from a horrific fire in a residential building in Moscow that killed 2 and injured 19 on Wednesday has been posted online.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:02 pm
Preview WikiLeaks has revealed the CIA’s alleged ability to infiltrate and control iPhones through a tool called NightSkies, which is physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones and allows the CIA to monitor and download files from targets’ phones undetected.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:33 pm
Preview In the immediate aftermath of the terror attack in London, issues related to the 24-hour news cycle, the proliferation of smartphones, and ethical boundaries when sharing graphic information online have all come under intense scrutiny.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:15 pm
Preview A Muslim initiative to fundraise for the family of killed PC Keith Palmer raised over £12,000 (US$15,000) in less than one day.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:01 pm
Preview A crowdfunding initiative to raise money for family of the police officer killed during the London terrorist attack has received a massive amount of donations.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:48 pm
Preview Modern-day Spain is known for its sangria and tapas, but such delicacies apparently weren't on the menu 10,000 years ago. Instead, archaeologists have found evidence that humans cooked and ate other people during the Mesolithic period.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:27 pm
Preview Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested alleged arms smugglers in nationwide raids, saying the suspects have used international postal services to ship weapons from the US to Russia.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:24 pm
Preview World Cup 2018 Local Organizing Committee CEO Alexey Sorokin has expressed willingness to stand as a candidate for the FIFA Council in place of barred council member Vitaly Mutko.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:05 pm
Preview Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says Russia should expect a new wave of negative news in the Western media as the country prepares to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:41 pm
Preview Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage came under fire after blaming Wednesday’s terrorist attack on Britain’s “immigration policies” and multiculturalism.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:33 pm
Preview Israeli police have launched an investigation after an officer was filmed assaulting a Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem. The police authorities have described the officer’s behaviour as “shameful.”
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:20 pm
Preview The Secret Service added $60 million to its 2018 budget request to cover the escalating costs for protection and travel for US President Donald Trump and his family, according to internal documents.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:14 pm
Preview A 19-year-old US-Israeli citizen has been arrested in southern Israel on suspicion of carrying out a wave of telephone bomb threats targeting Jewish centers and communities around the world.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:46 pm
Preview The London terrorist attacker has been named by police as Khalid Masood.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:31 pm
Preview President Donald Trump has tweeted his condolences to the family of Kurt Cochran, the Utah man killed in Wednesday's terrorist attack in London.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:24 pm
Preview The hashtag #WeStandTogether has trended on Twitter and is being used across social media in support of London and its citizens following Wednesday’s terrorist attack.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:21 pm
Preview Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has linked Wednesday’s London attack to Europe’s migrant policy, saying it is “impossible” not to connect them. She went on to suggest the deadly assault justifies Warsaw's refusal to take in refugees.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:21 pm
Preview Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who is under fire over comments suggesting southern European countries had wasted crisis aid money on “booze and women,” has rejected widespread calls for his resignation.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:07 pm
Preview An investigation by the New Zealand Herald newspaper found electronics giant Apple has sold $2.96 billion (NZ$4.2 billion) worth of products since 2007 in the country but has not paid any local tax.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:55 pm
Preview The third victim of the terrorist attack outside Parliament in London on Wednesday has been named by his family as Kurt Cochran, a US tourist who was on a holiday around Europe with his wife for their 25th anniversary.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:55 pm
Preview The politics conducted by Western countries after the collapse of the USSR has laid the foundations for the current security crisis in Europe, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko told an OSCE conference.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:52 pm
Preview The world’s largest meat processing and sales company JBS faces a crisis with Brazilian authorities investigating the firm for bribery of government officials willing to approve the sale and export of tainted meat.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:46 pm
Preview Two of international football’s minnows, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti, contested the year’s first qualifying game for the Russia 2018 World Cup on Thursday.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:31 pm
Preview Julian Assange answered questions on WikiLeaks latest release in ‘Vault 7,’ named ‘Dark Matter,' as well as the CIA’s ever-changing role and the impact this has on world affairs.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:31 pm
Preview The deadliest district of Helmand Province in terms of UK military losses has fallen to the Taliban, according to local officials.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:17 pm
Preview WikiLeaks has released the latest batch of documents in its Vault 7 series of documents related to the CIA’s espionage programs. The latest release, dubbed ‘Dark Matter,’ reveals the specific techniques used to target Apple products.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:41 pm
Preview A person has been detained in Antwerp, Belgium, after he was believed to be attempting to drive his car into a busy shopping street at high speed, according to police.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:30 pm
Preview The inaugural match of Beautyball, a brand new version of football played by girls in makeup, was played last weekend as part of the build-up to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:25 pm
Preview London Mayor Sadiq Khan has found himself embroiled in a row with Donald Trump’s son, who used the attack on parliament to condemn comments made by the mayor last year that terrorist attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city.”
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:20 pm
Preview If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is shut down in Russia, the country’s banking system will not crash, according to Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina. Russia has a substitute.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:09 pm
Preview China says the US should respect its self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after a report alleged that a US bomber illegally flew inside the area in the East China Sea.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:41 pm
Preview Four Turkish NATO officers and a military attaché were given asylum in Norway after ignoring orders to return home following last year’s attempted coup. Turkey has summoned the Norwegian ambassador to Ankara for an explanation.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:38 pm
Preview The Miami Open match between German Tommy Haas and Czech Jiri Vesely had to be stopped for several minutes on Wednesday when an iguana climbed on the top of a baseline scoreboard.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:23 pm
Preview Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack outside the UK parliament on Wednesday which left four people dead, according to the terror group’s news agency Amaq.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:22 pm
Preview MPs have said the Carriage Gate, scene of Wednesday’s deadly attack, was the weak spot in parliamentary security as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon insists a review will take place.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:13 pm
Preview Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in central Kiev, Ukrainian police have said.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:22 am
Preview Whiteboard public announcements are a longstanding tradition on the London Underground, providing amusement as well as information for commuting Londoners.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:01 am
Preview European countries are not going to adopt the new safety regulations prohibiting electronics on flights from some Middle East airports, imposed by the US and Britain earlier this week.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:56 am
Preview Prime Minister Theresa May says the terrorist attacker was a British national who was known to MI5 and had been investigated before as a “peripheral figure.”
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:39 am
Preview As part of a campaign to speed up the repatriation of around 50,000 asylum seekers, Vienna said it would double the amount of money paid to migrants who voluntarily return home.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:31 am
Preview In a landmark federal case, a man has been charged in the US with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for sending a malicious tweet which triggered an epileptic fit.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:03 am
Preview The latest poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM shows most Russian citizens currently prefer to live in a republic and strongly oppose the very idea of restoring the monarchy.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:51 am
Preview Russian Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachev has criticized Ankara for imposing a 130 percent tariff on Russian wheat and corn. The measure could halt Russian agricultural exports to Turkey.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:50 am
Preview Oil prices are heading down again on swelling US crude oil inventories, with Brent dropping below $50 per barrel for the first time this year.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:39 am
Preview A total of eight suspects have been arrested in raids at six different locations in connection with Wednesday’s attack near the UK Parliament, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer has said.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:53 am
Preview Protesters in the eastern German city of Halle set up a giant anti-Merkel banner and were shouting “Heil Merkel!” as Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived to visit the National Academy for Science.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:30 am
Preview Thousands of people are being evacuated from Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, as a massive fire has broken out at a munitions depot, which is said to be the largest in the country. There are reports of explosions and shattered windows.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Preview ExxonMobil has been ordered to work with New York’s attorney general after it revealed it lost emails belonging to its former CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who made an account under the alias “Wayne Tracker.”
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:56 am
Preview Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has warned that undocumented victims of sex crimes might not report them to the police, out of fear that deportations are on the rise under the Trump administration.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:33 am
Preview One shooter killed four people across three crime scenes in three small Wisconsin towns before being taken into custody following a standoff with a SWAT team. A police officer is among the dead.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:27 am
Preview A ruling made by US Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch in a federal appeals court has been struck down 8-0 by the Supreme Court. Gorsuch apologized for his ruling during a Senate confirmation hearing, but defended it based on circuit precedence.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:25 am
Preview Google Maps is about to chart out more than just streets and roads. They’re going to locate methane leaks in cities. A collaboration between scientists, advocacy groups and Google found that equipping the cars with methane sensors helped locate natural gas leaks.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:21 am
Preview Scores of tanks, self-propelled artillery guns and other military hardware have started to arrive in Estonia from the UK and Germany, in what the UK defense minister has called the largest deployment in Eastern Europe since the Cold War.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:14 am
Preview After working for nearly a year without a contract, 17,000 AT&T call center workers and technicians have taken to the streets in one of the most widespread labor actions against the multinational telecommunications conglomerate in years.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:44 am
Preview Russian singer Yulia Samoylova said she can’t comprehend what scared the Ukrainian authorities so much that they banned her from entering the country for three years. Samoylova said she still hopes to perform at Eurovision in Kiev this May.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:09 am
Preview A Florida man is in custody after the Air Force determined he went “absent without leave,” or AWOL, 45 years ago. The 75-year-old was found living a quiet life with his wife under an assumed identity, and his neighbors had been none the wiser.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:57 am
Preview The car-and-knife attack in Westminster on Wednesday was the deadliest terrorist attack in the UK’s capital in more than a decade. RT looks back at the trail of gruesome stabbings, car attacks and bombings that have taken place in London.
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Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:00 am
Preview A Florida resident was in for quite a shock when he spotted a massive alligator stuck in a storm drain. A local trapper, with the help of some rope, managed to wrest the giant reptile free.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 11:55 pm
Preview As the world comes to terms with Wednesday's attack on Westminster in London, the resounding message online has been one of strength, solidarity and praise for the remarkable and fearless work of the emergency services.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 11:06 pm
Preview The US Navy has revealed a video of the first commissioning tests of a railgun, a futuristic weapon that many people hope could shift the balance of power in naval warfare away from aircraft carriers and back to surface warships.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:58 pm
Preview Financial giant ING has sold its stake in its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline as a result of a divestment campaign to stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from going ahead, marking a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:25 pm
Preview Powerful footage has emerged of the police evacuation of civilians in the wake of the attack on Westminster which has claimed four lives, including one police officer and the alleged attacker.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:08 pm
Preview The Pentagon is asking Congress for an extra $30 billion for 2017, mostly to address pressing readiness issues and the fight against Islamic State – yet Russia and President Trump’s budget proposal dominated the Senate appropriations hearing.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 8:56 pm
Preview New York police ramp up security at British sites across the city after a “terrorist incident” on Westminster Bridge and outside the Houses of Parliament in London, which left four people dead and about 40 others injured.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 8:28 pm
Preview A terrorist attack shook central London on Wednesday, with at least four people killed and about 40 injured. RT shares what details are known so far.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 8:13 pm
Preview Tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has shown a radiation level enough to kill a person within 40 minutes, according to TEPCO, the power plant's owner.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 7:44 pm
Preview Italia Thunder boxing team and Hammersmith Boxing Academy were attending the launch of the British Lionhearts boxing team Year 2 project at the House of Commons at the time of the terrorist attack.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 7:28 pm
Preview Britain's Channel 4 News has backtracked on a report naming a known “hate-preacher” as the man behind an attack on parliament in London.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 7:16 pm
Preview Pope Francis has said that social media and reality TV distort people’s perception of life, and rob it of meaning, and has urged their consumers to take control of their own destinies, rather than following the lives of others.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 6:52 pm
Preview The trial has begun for three Santa Clara County correctional officers who are accused of involvement in the beating death of a mentally ill man. Prosecutors said the man begged for his life before dying.
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Posted: March 22, 2017, 6:32 pm

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Landline and broadband customers who suffer poor service could get automatic refunds under Ofcom plans.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:59 am
Man killed in Westminster attack named by police as Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:45 am
Here is what we know about the incidents in Westminster, which are being treated by police as terrorism.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:42 am
The president demands a make-or-break vote on Friday on a new healthcare bill to replace Obamacare.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:59 am
Lewis Hamilton puts in a scintillating performance to set the pace in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:41 am
Friday's newspapers focus on the the identity of the assailant behind the Westminster terror attack.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:10 am
From a childhood of hunger and abuse to double Olympic champion, Claressa Shields has been fighting all her life.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:12 am
British scientists say they now isolate different strains and so diagnose sufferers within days.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 5:14 am
How one man revamped the menus and made food appetising again at Kingston Hospital.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 4:17 am
The boy, who was 16 when he was arrested, planned to attack Sydney, police said.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 2:59 am
Behaviour tsar Tom Bennett says the poor behaviour in schools has not been taken seriously enough.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 2:51 am
The picture puts a spotlight on benefits being stripped out of latest healthcare bill revisions.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:58 am
A new book documents nine women survivors of tuberculosis, India's most severe health crisis.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:05 am
When Jenna Cook returned from the US to China to search for her birth family, more than 50 candidates came forward - but were any of them a match?
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:01 am
After years of planning, scientists are set now to send missions to explore the ocean world of Europa.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:54 am
A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:38 am
The TUC says UK mothers may get a reasonable amount of maternity leave but get a poorer deal on pay.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:18 am
Graffiti growth - from simple tags in the US 50 years ago - to vast colourful creations.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:13 am
The BBC examines the unusual photo of Kim Jong-un giving piggyback to a military officer.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:12 am
Assya was given 24 hours to live when she was born, but she is now approaching her 30th birthday.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:12 am
Theo Leggett examines what changes new owners Liberty Media might bring in to re-energise Formula 1.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:07 am
A 70-year-old says attackers "did him a favour" as assault led to his cancer being discovered.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:04 am
Lyse Doucet goes inside Syria's famed Roman-era city, badly damaged by Islamic State militants.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 12:01 am
Footage obtained by the Sun shows Theresa May being hurried to safety during Wednesday's attack.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:33 pm
Daniel Friedman, a critic of the two-state solution, is approved by the Republican-led US Senate.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:14 pm
A look at the men and women affected by President Trump's deportation strategy.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:00 pm
Russian TV says the offer to allow Julia Samoilova to perform in Ukraine via satellite link is "strange".
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:59 pm
Police said it appeared the man might have been there for several weeks.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:37 pm
Contractors repainted the "SL" after they laid down cabling and resurfaced part of the road.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:42 pm
The people of London and visitors to the city come together to remember the people who lost their lives.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:16 pm
Tony Davis was the first person to reach PC Keith Palmer, who lost his life in the London attack.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:16 pm
The Taliban's capture of the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin is highly significant.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:21 pm
Matthew Price reports from Westminster Bridge on the deadly sequence of events.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:06 pm
Travis Frain suffered fractures to his hand and leg when he was hit by a car on Westminster Bridge.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:02 pm
British Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC learns.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:56 pm
Former NHL player Dale Purinton says ice hockey needs to change, so players are not left "physically and mentally" broken.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:42 pm
An attacker tried and failed to access Westminster - so what is security like in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Washington DC?
Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:34 pm
The people of London show their solidarity after the Westminster attack.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:30 pm
There has been praise for the bravery of the emergency services and the public in the wake of the attack.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:55 pm
MPs and ordinary Londoners vow to carry on as normal in the wake of a deadly terror attack on Parliament.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:48 pm
Conservative MP James Cleverly, who knew PC Keith Palmer, pays an emotional tribute in the Commons.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:39 am
The attack outside the UK parliament has made headlines around the world
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:40 am
Witnesses describe how attack near the Houses of Parliament unfolded.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:51 am
BBC coverage of latest developments
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The Floriana Granaries, which has served as the venue for the Isle of MTV since the first edition in 2007, will not host this year’s concert. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The annual Isle of MTV concert will not be held at the Floriana Granaries this year, the first time in a decade the popular live music show is being relocated, this newspaper is informed. Sources who spoke to the Times of Malta said that this year’s edition of the popular concert would instead be held at the Ta’ Qali national park, outside the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre (MFCC). The event, being held on June 27, coincides with the annual Trade Fair which is held at the MFCC. The sources also said that as a result of this, food stalls inside the convention centre for the fair would be allowed to set up outside the stage area during the music event. Over the past decade, thousands attended the show, with both locals and tourists alike descending on the Floriana Granaries for the free live music event. Last year, some 50,000 music lovers headed to the Granaries as British singer-songwriter and Grammy award winner Jess Glynne, US rapper Wiz Khalifa, UK electronic group Clean Bandit and electro-house superstar DJ Steve Aoki took to the stage. Contacted about the relocation, a spokeswoman for the tourism ministry said that the Malta Tourism Authority and the organisers of the...
Author: Claire Caruana
Posted: March 24, 2017, 9:01 am
Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors yesterday as part of their investigation into his country’s successful bid for the 2006 World Cup. The Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) opened criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other former high-ranking German soccer officials last September. The proceedings related to allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering and misappropriation. The OAG confirmed in a statement to Reuters that “Franz Beckenbauer has today (yesterday) been interrogated by federal prosecutors of the Confederation... in Berne” adding that the 71-year-old had been “cooperative.” Beckenbauer has previously admitted to making mistakes but has denied wrongdoing. Widely regarded as one of the game’s finest players, he captained the West Germany team that won the 1974 World Cup and was coach when they won again in 1990. The German football federation’s own report into alleged irregularities over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup was published in March last year. It said that, while there was no evidence of Germany paying FIFA members in return for votes, payments were made to at least one former...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:49 am

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Gianluigi Buffon will play his 1,000th match when Italy face Albania in a World Cup qualifier today with the veteran seemingly no closer to thinking about retirement. The Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, 39, who has previously joked he will retire when he is 65, was giving little away about his future plans yesterday. “As far as I’m concerned, tomorrow (today) will be a great achievement and the only assurance I can give is that there will not be another thousand,” he said with a laugh. Asked if he might retire after the 2018 World Cup, he added: “I don’t know, now I just have to think about the upcoming games.” Buffon’s landmark appearance will come in a World Cup qualifier which Italy need to win as the battle at the top of Group G remains fierce. Italy are level on 10 points with leaders Spain, who will be facing an Israel side one point worse off in third place. “We have great respect for Albania and that is not just rhetoric,” Buffon added. “In the last two years they have done very well and have played in the European Championship. “I am glad the smaller teams like Albania have improved. The battles are more beautiful and balanced.” Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said he was...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:10 am

Video footage of UK prime minister Theresa May being escorted into a car and driven away from Westminster Palace as Wednesday's terror attack unfolded in London has emerged. In footage published by UK newspaper The Sun, Mrs May can be seen being ushered to a silver Jaguar as the sound of gunfire crackles in the background.  READ: London attacker's criminal past Mrs May was among MPs at the House of Commons as Wednesday's attack began and was whisked away to Downing Street by security officers as the attack got underway.  In the moments of panic, Mrs May appears to momentarily lose her bearings, making as if to head right before veering left as someone shouts "get in the car!" Her chauffeur also appears to be confused, first driving towards one exit before partly reversing and heading in another direction.  The hesitancy has been slammed on social media, with many saying the footage suggests a lack of preparedness by the prime minister's security detail.  "It all looks a bit 'who's got the keys?'" one person wrote on Twitter.  "Why were security all over the place and not surrounding her?" another asked.  The attacker, who has been named as Khalid Masood, was shot some 100...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:10 am

Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking. The aptly named town is home to 60 residents, down from 400 in its heyday. They live in 19 tidy brick houses, paying rent to the Stawovy family, proprietors of the unincorporated village for the past 70 years. The asking price includes a one-room schoolhouse that was long ago converted into a duplex residence. The plant, built by American Reduction Co on a wide bend of the Youghiogheny River, shut down in 1936 after processing waste from the city of Pittsburgh since the early 20th century. Workers would render animal carcasses, and separate metal from household waste for resale. “This was the original recycling plant,” said David Stawovy, 67, who owns Reduction with his three siblings. In 1948, David's father, John, owned an adjoining farm and was thinking about buying one of the larger homes in Reduction for his growing family. At one time, he would have had 28 from which to choose. "My mother and dad wanted their own place," David Stawovy said, "and the man said: 'Why don’t you buy...
Author: Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:07 am

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hugs Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, last week upon their arrival at a debate on the future of the European Union to mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. Photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

On Saturday, Europe will be marking 60 years of unity and economic integration, which for 500 million citizens has also meant six decades of peace. But on the day, leaders at the Rome Summit will also have an important discussion on the Union’s future, as opposing forces pull it in different directions. The foundations of the Europe that we know today were laid in Rome 60 years ago and led to the longest period of peace in the continent’s written history. Instead of uniting the continent using armed forces, the founding fathers chose the force of law, and on March 25, 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community. This led to the creation of the Single Market  in 1993. But the recent rise of populism and anti-EU sentiment, which was reaffirmed by the Brexit referendum last year, has raised doubts across the board about the Union’s future. Ahead of the Rome Summit on Saturday, the European Commission presented a White Paper on the future of Europe, setting out the main challenges and opportunities for the coming decade. It presented five possible scenarios for how the Union might evolve by 2025. Two Maltese MEPs, a former European Commissioner and the...
Author: Sarah Carabott
Posted: March 24, 2017, 8:03 am

The Emirates’ terminal at Dubai International Airport. Photo: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters

Dubai International Airport’s duty free operator estimates that it will lose about $2 million in sales this year from the ban on carrying most electronic devices on US-bound flights, a senior executive said yesterday. Under new security measures announced this week, electronics larger than a mobile phone will be banned from passenger cabins on direct flights to the US from airports in eight Muslim-majority nations, including the United Arab Emirates, starting Saturday. “We estimate that the ban will cost us around $2 million in revenue for the year,” Dubai Duty Free’s chief operating officer Ramesh Cidambi told Reuters in an e-mailed statement. The estimate is based on sales of electronics to US-bound passengers, excluding mobile phones and accessories, for 2016 and if the ban runs until the end of the year. US officials have said the ban is indefinite. Dubai Duty Free made $1.85 billion in total sales last year, Cidambi said. The chief executive of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, had earlier told DubaiEye radio that the ban on electronics covers goods sold in the airport, including duty-free stores. The regulations, prompted by reports that militant groups want to smuggle...
Author: Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:49 am

Ferrari, who have not won a title in more than a decade, are hotly tipped to take the assault to Lewis Hamilton’s all-conquering Mercedes team this season, after an overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations coupled with an encouraging winter of testing for the famous Italian constructor. Mercedes have won 51 of the last 59 races in an unprecedented stranglehold on the sport which has seen them clinch the last three drivers’ and constructors’ championships. And while Hamilton and his new team-mate Valtteri Bottas – the Finn who has replaced retired world champion Nico Rosberg – were hardly sluggish in testing, there is a real sense Ferrari may not just have closed the gap, but usurped their rivals ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. “I see Ferrari being the quickest at the moment and they will definitely be the favourites,” said Hamilton yesterday. “It is interesting to see Sebastian is usually a lot more hyped, but I can tell he is excited and trying to keep a lid on it.” Vettel, keen to play down said hype, did not concur. “Mercedes have been in very strong form over the past three years,” he said. “If a team is strong then they will build a strong car the...
Author: Philip Duncan
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:37 am

The European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

The European Central Bank expects London-based banks seeking to keep access to the EU’s single market once Britain leaves the bloc to move key functions, branches and dealing operations, the ECB’s top supervisor said yesterday. The ECB, the eurozone’s banking supervisor, has had many inquiries from British-based banks wanting to come under its watch and may give them an expedited entry. But Daniele Nouy reiterated Frankfurt would not sanction “empty shells” and said bank branches as well as key functions should be attached to the holding company supervised by the ECB. “We don’t want to authorise empty shells,” Nouy, head of the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), told a hearing of the European parliament. “We want what is needed in the SSM to be domiciled in the SSM, so internal control, risk management and so forth.” She said the ECB should be allowed to supervise broker-dealers, too, closing a loophole and giving it authority over a key area of business for investment banks. “Some investment banks in London can be attracted by countries saying ‘I will give you the status of broker-dealer so you’ll be supervised by me and not by the SSM’,” Nouy said. “So this will have to...
Author: Francesco Canepa, Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:18 am

Nadur’s Claudio Antunes tries to steer the ball past SK Victoria Wanderers goalkeeper Matthew Towns during last weekend’s Division One match. Photo: Anthony Cassar

Xewkija Tigers bounced back from last week’s unexpected draw against Kerċem Ajax as they eased to a 3-0 win over Oratory Youths to retain a four-point lead at the top ahead of nearest rivals Nadur Youngsters. Xewkija hit the ground running against Oratory and scored the opener after nine minutes courtesy of Daniel Sakic’s headed goal. However, they struggled to make territorial advantage count and only had that one goal to show at half-time Oratory showed signs of improvement after the break, creating a couple of scoring opportunities but their hopes were dashed on 77 minutes when Daniel Azzopardi was dismissed for two yellow cards. Xewkija profited from their numerical advantage as Rodney Buttigieg beat the offside trap to make it 2-0 before he sealed the points with a third three minutes from time. Nadur kept up the pressure on the leaders when they came from behind to beat SK Victoria Wanderers 3-1. The Youngsters went close early on when Dewilde Dos Santos’s shot came off the bar. But it was the Wanderers who took the lead just before half-time when Ian Xuereb hit home past goalkeeper Matthew Muscat. Nadur stormed back into action when play resumed. Dos Santos scored twice...
Author: Mark Cini
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:13 am
Several US investment banks were scouting the market for available Frankfurt office space to shift parts of their business from London, the real estate executive of a large German bank said yesterday. Several concrete requests for vacant office space have been logged, Juergen Fenk real estate executive at German lender Helaba said at the bank’s annual press conference. The European Central Bank expects London-based banks to seek ways to retain access to the EU’s single market after Britain leaves the common trading bloc, the ECB’s top supervisor said yesterday. Hubertus Vaeth, who heads lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance, last month said he was confident that of the five leading US investment banks, three will move some operations to Germany next year. According to financial sources in Frankfurt,Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are on the lookout for office space in Germany’s financial centre.
Author: Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:02 am

Before he killed at least four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat. A British-born Muslim convert, Masood had shown up on the periphery of previous terrorism investigations that brought him to the attention of Britain's MI5 spy agency. But he was not under investigation when he sped across Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, ploughing down pedestrians with a hired car before running into the parliamentary grounds and fatally stabbing an unarmed policeman. He was shot dead by police. Although some of those he was involved with included people suspected of being keen to travel to join jihadi groups overseas, Masood "himself never did so," said a U.S. government source, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. "Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack," London police said in a statement. "However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH (grievous bodily harm), possession of offensive weapons and...
Author: Michael Holden for Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:50 am

The Shaybah oilfield complex at night in the Rub’ al-Khali desert, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

Output or exports? Opec members have argued for decades over which of the two they should monitor to gauge compliance with oil-output cuts. This month, Saudi Arabia has thrown a third metric – supply – into the debate. The move saw oil prices declining, with confused traders fearing Riyadh would pump more crude, thus complicating Opec’s efforts to reduce a global glut and prop up the market. But sources in Riyadh argue that those worries are overblown. They say that while Saudi production could fluctuate slightly from month to month, supply will remain stable at around 10 million barrels per day (bpd), fully in line with the Saudi Opec quota. “What we are watching closely is the supply. Saudi Arabia will not supply the market more than 10 million bpd,” a Saudi-based industry source said. On January 1, a deal between the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-Opec states to curb production by 1.8 million bpd came into effect. Production is the volume of crude pumped from the wellhead, while supply is the amount of crude sent to the market, domestically and for export. This may vary from production on a monthly basis based on movement of barrels in or out...
Author: Rania El Gamal, Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:42 am
Birkirkara’s Cain Attard made the cut to Malta’s final squad for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier as coach Pietro Ghedin finalised his list of 20 players yesterday. Attard, who was initially named in the ‘B’ squad, seized his chance when he impressed Ghedin during a friendly on Wednesday. This is not the first time Attard has been called to the senior squad as the Birkirkara right-back earned his first cap for Malta in the friendly game against the Czech Republic last May. From the provisional list announced last week, Ryan Camenzuli, of Floriana, and Samir Arab, the Balzan defender, have not been retained. Jurgen Pisani, of Floriana, pulled out of the squad after sustaining a knee injury during training at Ta’ Qali earlier this week. Malta squad Goalkeepers: A. Hogg (Hibernians); H. Bonello (Birkirkara). Defenders: J. Borg, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (both Gżira); Z. Muscat (Arezzo); S.  Magri (Dover Athletic); R.  Camilleri (Valletta); J. Zerafa, C.  Attard (both Birkirkara). Midfielders: G. Sciberras (Birkirkara); B. Kristensen (Hibernians); S. Pisani (Floriana); L. Gambin (Luton Town); P. Fenech, R. Fenech (both Balzan); M. Scerri (Sliema Wanderers). Forwards: M. Mifsud...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:32 am

These are the leading stories in today's local newspapers. The Times of Malta leads with news that the beleaguered head of the Broadcasting Authority was given a €27,000 EU presidency-related job by the government in February 2016.  The Malta Independent reports on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's pledge that the government is committed to delivering on its promise of a tunnel between Malta and Gozo.  L-Orizzont leads with reports that Fredrick Azzopardi is being urged out of retirement by the Nationalist Party, with the party reportedly struggling to find new electoral candidates in Gozo.  In-Nazzjon reports that one man died and another was hospitalised after inhaling toxic gases early on Thursday morning.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:29 am
Defender Jonas Olsson has left West Brom for Sweden’s Djurgarden IF. The 34-year-old, who has spent nine years at West Brom, reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract so he could join the Stockholm-based side in time for the start of the Swedish top-flight season in 10 days. “It’s all happened so quickly I’ve not had chance to say a proper farewell,” Olsson said. “I still feel I have a few good years in me but such is the quality of the competition at Albion for places in my position, it was getting harder and harder to see a first team opportunity.” Lemonis returns to Olympiakos Experienced Greek coach Takis Lemonis has been appointed for a third time as head coach of Olympiakos. The 57-year-old, who coached the Piraeus club from 2000-2002 and again from 2006-2008, replaces the sacked Paulo Bento, who departed earlier this month after a poor string of results. Interim coach Vasilis Vouzas, who has been handling senior team affairs since Bento’s departure, will return to his role as Under-20 coach. “Lemonis is part of the history of our club, he has served  as a player and a coach winning titles and trophies along the way,” the club said. Defiant Butland Stoke...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:21 am

Once a winemaker found himself in the awkward position of being reproved while dining out by the chef- patron because his winery had run out of stock of one of the bestselling wines on the restaurant’s carefully curated list. To this, the winemaker graciously replied with the question why the catch of the day didn’t include his favourite type of freshly-caught fish. Let’s not forget that wine is an agricultural produce. Restaurateurs, retailers and eager drinkers easily overlook the nicety that makes wine such a special beverage: the number of bottles made each vintage will always be limited by the size of the yearly grape crop making each bottle unique. Different wines are available in different, but never endless, amounts. Any winemaker crafting vintage wines from grapes harvested from a delimited piece of land or domaine will always have to make do with whatever quantity of grapes, big or small, mother nature lets the farmer pick in summer. Sooner or later every single bottle will be sold and drunk – if the wine is any good, that is. Malta’s land under vine is small and so is the annual national grape crop which can be vinified into no more than a total amount of about 3.5...
Author: Georges Meekers
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:18 am

A month before the first round of France's presidential election, 43 per cent of voters are hesitant about who to vote for, a poll said on Friday, underlining the uncertainty surrounding the volatile election campaign. Opinion polls show independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen likely to lead in the first round of the election on April 23 and that these two candidates would go through to a May 7 run-off that Macron would win easily. But an opinion poll by Odoxa for franceinfo radio found that 43 per cent of voters were still hesitating between several candidates, which it said reflected an "uncertainty unprecedented in (French) electoral history." "The level of voter indecision about the candidates is completely exceptional," Odoxa said. Investors have been jittery about the possibility of Le Pen, leader of the anti-European Union, anti-immigration National Front, winning the election and taking France out of the euro. The poll found that potential voters for right-wing candidates - Le Pen and conservative Francois Fillon - were more settled in their choices than potential voters for Macron and the leading left-wing candidates, Benoit Hamon of the...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:14 am
It takes a great deal of courage for a parliamentary secretary to say, at the launch of new arrangements governing minor traffic contraventions, that “this government does not consider wardens to be a money-making machine”. If his government really believed that, it would have made the new arrangements in the early days of the administration, not in the last lap before the next general election. Which is precisely why many are considering the “reform” as a populist move. Having said that, is the decision to take a more lenient stand over a number of minor contraventions wise or unwise? Many wardens have often proved themselves totally unfit for the post as, consciously or unconsciously, they have shown, in most cases, to be after making money for their agency rather than doing their bit to bring about greater responsibility on the road by using their better judgement before booking motorists. A number of them ridiculed themselves by hiding behind trees or walls in their zeal to book offenders. To those who do not think twice before breaking traffic rules, the instructions to wardens to give first-time offenders a warning, instead of a fine, in the case of six minor...
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:13 am

Diamonds displayed in the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Anglo American’s diamond specialist De Beers has bought the 50 per cent stake held by French luxury goods group LVMH in De Beers Diamond Jewellers for an undisclosed sum, taking full ownership of the retail operation. Analysts said the joint venture no longer fitted LVMH’s strategy, while Anglo American, which has long dominated global rough diamond sales, has been developing its presence on the high-margin diamond retail market. LVMH had no comment. De Beers said in a statement that fully integrating De Beers Diamond Jewellers would enable the group to enhance value. Anglo American, which along with other mining companies has largely recovered from a deep commodities downturn in 2015, has put diamonds, along with copper and platinum, at the heart of its portfolio. One of the advantages of diamonds is that they are a counter-cyclical luxury product that can generate profits even when bulk industrial commodities are in a downturn. De Beers Diamond Jewellers’ retail network comprises 32 stores in 17 countries. This includes a growing business in greater China, an established presence in London and Paris, and a new flagship location in New York. In addition, De Beers’ Forevermark...
Author: Reuters
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:13 am