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ROSARIO, Argentina Some of the biggest names in world football gathered in Argentina on Friday to see Barcelona striker Lionel Messi wed his long-time girlfriend Antonela Roccuzzo. Past and present Barcelona team mates Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all there, as was Gerard Pique and his pop star wife Shakira. Several
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LONDON The head of the local council in the London borough where at least 80 people died in a fire in a social housing tower block resigned on Friday after he was criticised for the organisation’s handling of the disaster. “As council leader, I have to accept my share of responsibility for these perceived failings,”
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By Nilufar Rizki and Jessica Damiana | JAKARTA JAKARTA A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization has called for a boycott of Starbucks (SBUX.O), saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the “religious and cultured” core of the Southeast Asian nation. With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province, homosexuality is legal
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Stephen Curry has agreed to a record five-year, $201 million ‘super-max’ deal to stay at the Golden State Warriors, according to several reports on Friday. The deal came immediately after the NBA’s free agency period began and was done under the league’s designated veteran player extension. Under the new designation, which was added to the
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TORONTO The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry’s vulnerability to cyber attacks. Since at least May, hackers used tainted “phishing” emails to “harvest credentials” so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to
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WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces, a Pentagon spokeswoman said. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that Mattis accepted a recommendation to defer transgender applicants until Jan. 1. The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving
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By Martyn Herman | LONDON LONDON Brad Gilbert reckons 40 women have a shot at the Wimbledon title which, depending on which side of the fence you stand, means either the WTA Tour is blessed with extraordinary depth or chronically short of capable understudies for Serena Williams. Its supporters will say the unpredictability adds to
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Even though a steady stream of money has flowed out of U.S. stocks into overseas markets, investors expect European and emerging market equities to rise further, supported by expectations for economic growth and accommodative central bank policies. U.S. fund investors put the most money into overseas equities since the second quarter in 2015, with more
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By Patricia Zengerle | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday. Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would
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By David Morgan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Twenty moderate Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives warned on Friday that efforts to overhaul the federal tax code could be jeopardized by demands for including major spending cuts in a fiscal 2018 budget resolution. In a June 30 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, lawmakers from the
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By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation. Senate Republican leaders had set Friday as
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More residents were allowed to return home and officials reopened a major roadway on Friday in central Arizona as firefighters continued to battle a six-day-old wildfire that forced thousands to evacuate. The fire has damaged buildings, but there were no reported serious injuries, said Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire spokeswoman Tiffany Davila. The blaze,
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(Editors note: Attention to language in paragraph 22 that may be offensive to some readers.) WASHINGTON/MOSCOW As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB’s alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the
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