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Ice cracks force shutdown of UK Antarctic station

0SHARESShare Tweet LONDON (AFP) –  A British research station on an ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off on an iceberg, the British Antarctic Survey said on Monday. Sixteen people who were due to stay during the Antarctic winter between March and November will now be moved out, ...

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Thomson smashes speed mark to close on Vendee lead

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  Record-setting Briton Alex Thomson is closing in on long-time leader Armel Le Cleac’h in a dramatic denouement to the Vendee Globe around the world yacht race. The exhausted, first finishers are set to arrive on Thursday to a hero’s welcome at Sables d’Olonne on the French Atlantic coast. But whether it will be Le Cleac’h bagging ...

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EU 'has no need for outside advice,' France's Hollande says of Trump

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  French President Francois Hollande replied bluntly on Monday to Donald Trump’s criticism of the European Union, saying the EU “has no need for outside advice” in its affairs. “I say it here, Europe will always be willing to pursue transatlantic cooperation, but it will determine its path on the basis of its own interests and values,” ...

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'Troubled times': Green Day takes on Trump again

0SHARESShare Tweet NEW YORK (AFP) –  Punk rockers Green Day renewed their attack Monday on President-elect Donald Trump, warning of dangers ahead for the world in a video that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The video for the song “Troubled Times,” released on the US holiday for the slain civil rights leader’s birthday, begins with footage of historic marches for ...

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UN envoy meets with Yemen president as war's toll hits 10,000

0SHARESShare Tweet UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) –  A UN envoy was in Aden on Monday for talks with Yemen’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the United Nations said the death toll from the war had reached 10,000, a UN spokesman said. The envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, was to “try to present (Hadi) the latest peace proposals” to end the ...

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Deadlocked Northern Ireland set for snap elections

0SHARESShare Tweet BELFAST (AFP) –  Northern Ireland will hold snap elections on March 2 in a bid to resolve its worst political crisis in years after the power-sharing executive collapsed on Monday. Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire announced the province’s assembly would dissolve on January 26 and urged its feuding parties to mend fences and keep devolved government going in ...

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Saudi 'optimistic' about Trump's rule: foreign minister

0SHARESShare Tweet PARIS (AFP) –  US ally Saudi Arabia is “optimistic” about Donald Trump’s impending presidency, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday, hailing Trump’s stern line on arch-Saudi rival Iran and promise to defeat the Islamic State group. “When we look at the Trump administration’s view as articulated — wanting to restore America’s role in the world — we welcome this,” ...

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Biden urges Trump to keep up cancer campaign

0SHARESShare Tweet DAVOS (SWITZERLAND) (AFP) –  US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking just days before he leaves office, on Monday urged the incoming Trump administration to maintain his national fight to eradicate cancer. “This is the one bipartisan thing that exists and I pray will continue to exist in the new administration,” Biden told an audience of executives and opinion-makers at ...

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Newport v Newport as codes clash

0SHARESShare Tweet LONDON (AFP) –  A looming fixture clash involving two sports clubs in the Welsh town of Newport could have a major impact on the last day of their domestic football and rugby seasons. Both Newport County, who play in the fourth tier of the English Football League, and Newport Gwent Dragons rugby club are scheduled to play at the ...

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Mexican sues Honduras for detention after activist's murder

0SHARESShare Tweet TEGUCIGALPA (AFP) –  A Mexican who survived a murderous attack on a fellow activist in her Honduran home lodged an international complaint on Monday against Honduras for detaining him in the country for weeks after the killing. The Mexican activist, Gustavo Castro, announced the suit at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights through his lawyers, who said Honduras had ...

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