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200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismissed as a farce. «Self-determination is not a crime,» read a banner at the front of th
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200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismissed as a farce. «Self-determination is not a crime,» read a banner at the front of the protest led by regional president Quim Torra which municipal police said was attended by 200,000 people, while organisers countered 500,000 had taken part. Demonstrators waved blue, red and yellow Catalan separatist flags and carried banners reading «Freedom for political prisoners.» The trial of 12 Catalan separatist politicians and activists over their role in the 2017 attempt to break Catalonia from Spain started on Tuesday at Madrid's Supreme Court. They face up to 25 years behind bars on charges of rebellion and other offences for pushing an independence referendum in October 2017 in defiance of a court ban, and for a brief declaration of independence. The independence bid sparked Spain's deepest political crisis since the transition to democracy in the 1970s after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. Violence or no violence?  Independence supporters and the defendants' lawyers maintain they are on trial for their...

Government ‘should pay for’ longer paternity leave

Nationalist MEP David Casa called on the government to carry the financial burden of an EU directive that would be increasing paternity leave to 10 days. The proposed Work-Life Balance directive, led and negotiated by Mr Casa himself, was given the green ligh
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Government ‘should pay for’ longer paternity leave

Nationalist MEP David Casa called on the government to carry the financial burden of an EU directive that would be increasing paternity leave to 10 days. The proposed Work-Life Balance directive, led and negotiated by Mr Casa himself, was given the green light by the Council of Ministers earlier this month, taking it one step closer to becoming EU law. The directive would introduce 10 days of paternity leave remunerated at not less than the national sick pay level and introduce two months of paid leave for each parent that can be used until the child is eight years old. Under Maltese law, mothers can benefit from up to 18 weeks leave, however, fathers only enjoy a single day of birth leave. The proposed directive would also see a five-day annual carer’s leave for workers to care for sick relatives and the right for employees to request flexible working arrangements. Speaking at a public debate at Europe House, in Valletta, Mr Casa noted that the requirements laid down by the directive were minimum benchmarks for all member states. It was also up to every country to decide who would financially cover these rights. “I believe this is a social benefit and I urge the government to...

Balotelli, Marseille step up revival with Amiens win

Mario Balotelli scored for the third time in four games for Marseille to seal a 2-0 victory over Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday. The Italian failed to find the net in 10 matches for Nice this season but has found his goalscoring touch since arriving at Marseil
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Balotelli, Marseille step up revival with Amiens win

Mario Balotelli scored for the third time in four games for Marseille to seal a 2-0 victory over Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday. The Italian failed to find the net in 10 matches for Nice this season but has found his goalscoring touch since arriving at Marseille last month. Florian Thauvin bagged his 12th goal this term to give Marseille the lead on 19 minutes at the Stade Velodrome, and Balotelli swept in a second on the turn just six minutes later. Balotelli appeared to have grabbed a second midway through the second half when he nodded in from a free-kick, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR review. Marseille have recorded three straight wins for the first time this season and jumped to fourth, six points behind Lyon in the final Champions League spot. Monaco will bid to pull clear of the relegation zone later at home to Nantes, while leaders Paris Saint-Germain go to fifth-placed Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Lyon overcame bottom side Guingamp 2-1 on Friday in their final outing before Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first leg at home to Barcelona.   Olympique de Marseille - Amiens Live Score

Foreign aid: helping the poor - or maintaining power?

The subject of foreign aid is often raised in modern political debate. How much is enough? Where is the money spent? Who needs it the most? Often the issue centres around whether sending money to developing countries should be a priority for the governments o
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Foreign aid: helping the poor - or maintaining power?

The subject of foreign aid is often raised in modern political debate. How much is enough? Where is the money spent? Who needs it the most? Often the issue centres around whether sending money to developing countries should be a priority for the governments of wealthy states. For example, in the televised leaders’ debates ahead of the 2017 UK general election, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, Paul Nuttall, suggested that he would like to spend £1.4 billion on social care in Britain. How would it be funded? Well, he said, his party would take the money “directly from a foreign aid budget that is costing [the UK] around £13 billion every single year”. When Nuttall later reiterated his argument that there is no need to put up taxes as he would simply use the “money from the foreign aid budget which is costing us £30m every single day”, the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, interrupted: “Taking it away from refugees then, yeah?”. Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon added her support: “Take [the aid] from the poorest people in the world?” A familiar argument then, that foreign aid amounts to a form of state charity. Wood and Sturgeon did not question the...

Favre urges Dortmund to bounce back at bottom side Nuremberg

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is urging the injury-hit Bundesliga leaders to quickly recover from their Champions League mauling at Tottenham Hotspur with another big win over bottom side Nuremberg on Monday. Nuremberg were thrashed 7-0 at Signal Idun
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Favre urges Dortmund to bounce back at bottom side Nuremberg

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is urging the injury-hit Bundesliga leaders to quickly recover from their Champions League mauling at Tottenham Hotspur with another big win over bottom side Nuremberg on Monday. Nuremberg were thrashed 7-0 at Signal Iduna Park when the sides last met in September and Dortmund could do with another thumping win to restore flagging confidence. Dortmund are winless in their last four games in all competitions after going down 3-0 at Wembley against Spurs on Wednesday, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their Champions League last 16, return leg at home on March 5. Favre is desperate for his team to rediscover some form to restore their five-point lead over second-placed Bayern Munich, who beat Augsburg 3-2 on Friday. «We need to keep playing the way we have done, but with more patience,» said Favre on Saturday. «We're getting goal chances, we're creating them well, but we need to stop conceding. »We have to correct that."

Bank of England should NOT choose white scientist for new $50 note

Treasury minister Robert Jenrick said the new £50 note 'should symbolise our values as a country.’ Among the names being considered for the new note is Mary Seacole, a Crimean War nurse.
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Bank of England should NOT choose white scientist for new $50 note

Treasury minister Robert Jenrick said the new £50 note 'should symbolise our values as a country.’ Among the names being considered for the new note is Mary Seacole, a Crimean War nurse.

Thousands of mourning fans gather to watch Emiliano Sala's emotional family carry his coffin

Thousands of well-wishers travelled to the town of Progreso near Santa Fe to pay their last respects to the 28-year-old, after he died in a plane crash over the English Channel on January 21.
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Thousands of mourning fans gather to watch Emiliano Sala's emotional family carry his coffin

Thousands of well-wishers travelled to the town of Progreso near Santa Fe to pay their last respects to the 28-year-old, after he died in a plane crash over the English Channel on January 21.

21 students feared trapped as St Petersburg university building collapses

Security services said more than 60 people have been evacuated after the fifth and sixth floors of the ITMO University in St Petersburg collapsed earlier today.
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21 students feared trapped as St Petersburg university building collapses

Security services said more than 60 people have been evacuated after the fifth and sixth floors of the ITMO University in St Petersburg collapsed earlier today.

Icelander missing in Dublin

Jón Þröstur Jónsson has been missing in Dublin, Ireland since February 9th. His family is now in Ireland looking for him with local police.
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Icelander missing in Dublin

Jón Þröstur Jónsson has been missing in Dublin, Ireland since February 9th. His family is now in Ireland looking for him with local police.

Offbeat marathon runner Yuki Kawauchi to race in Vancouver

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi, the unlikely 2018 Boston Marathon champ, who sometimes runs dressed as a panda, and known as the 'citizen runner,' will toe the line as an elite entry at the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May.
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Offbeat marathon runner Yuki Kawauchi to race in Vancouver

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi, the unlikely 2018 Boston Marathon champ, who sometimes runs dressed as a panda, and known as the 'citizen runner,' will toe the line as an elite entry at the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May.

'You can smell crude in the air': Train carrying oil derails in western Manitoba

CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a western Manitoba village early Saturday morning.
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'You can smell crude in the air': Train carrying oil derails in western Manitoba

CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a western Manitoba village early Saturday morning.

Сестра Бориса Джонсона оголилась в прямом эфире в знак протеста против Brexit (ВИДЕО)

Журналистка Рейчел Джонсон отметила, что других способов быть услышанными не осталось. Таким образом она последовала примеру преподаватель
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Сестра Бориса Джонсона оголилась в прямом эфире в знак протеста против Brexit (ВИДЕО)

Журналистка Рейчел Джонсон отметила, что других способов быть услышанными не осталось. Таким образом она последовала примеру преподавательницы Кембриджа Виктории Бейтман, которая дважды предстала голой во время интервью, объяснив, что по-другому привлечь внимание к проблеме "брексита" не удается.

White House face-off? NHL star Ovechkin wants to ask Trump ‘when Russia relations will improve’

Russian NHL star Alexander Ovechkin has said he would be open to a White House visit and would use the opportunity to ask US President Donald Trump “when the relationship with Russia will improve.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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White House face-off? NHL star Ovechkin wants to ask Trump ‘when Russia relations will improve’

Russian NHL star Alexander Ovechkin has said he would be open to a White House visit and would use the opportunity to ask US President Donald Trump “when the relationship with Russia will improve.” Read Full Article at RT.com

Amazon Drops New York Headquarters Plan Amid Protests

Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies. The New York neighborhood of Long Island City w
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Amazon Drops New York Headquarters Plan Amid Protests

Amazon abandoned plans for a new headquarters in New York City on Thursday, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies being offered to one of the world's most successful companies. The New York neighborhood of Long Island City was one of two locations Amazon selected last year after a long search for a second headquarters or «HQ2.» The online retail giant had promised the sprawling complex in the borough of Queens would create 25,000 jobs in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives -- which had riled some New Yorkers. "While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politic...Keep on reading: Amazon Drops New York Headquarters Plan Amid Protests

Apple Eyes Starpower for Launch of New Streaming Service

Is it Hollywood time for Apple? The iPhone maker appeared set to launch its streaming television service next month, calling on celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and «Star Wars» director J.J. Abrams to join an event at its S
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Apple Eyes Starpower for Launch of New Streaming Service

Is it Hollywood time for Apple? The iPhone maker appeared set to launch its streaming television service next month, calling on celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and «Star Wars» director J.J. Abrams to join an event at its Silicon Valley headquarters.Apple remained customarily tight-lipped about its plans amid reports of a March 25 event at its Cupertino headquarters focusing on services, including video and a likely subscription news service aimed at shaking up the world of journalism. The news comes with Apple under pressure to emphasize subscription-based services to diversify its revenues amid sluggish growth in smartphones, which have delivered the bulk of ...Keep on reading: Apple Eyes Starpower for Launch of New Streaming Service

Trump’s New Trade Decision: Impose Tariffs on Imported Cars?

DETROIT (AP) --- Sometimes, on a bad night, Brad Strong wakes at 2 a.m. and can't get back to sleep. The insomnia isn't about his family or money or health. It's about tariffs. The Strong family's three car dealerships in Salt Lake City could suffer a sign
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Trump’s New Trade Decision: Impose Tariffs on Imported Cars?

DETROIT (AP) --- Sometimes, on a bad night, Brad Strong wakes at 2 a.m. and can't get back to sleep. The insomnia isn't about his family or money or health. It's about tariffs. The Strong family's three car dealerships in Salt Lake City could suffer a significant blow if President Donald Trump proceeds with a proposal to impose tariffs of 20 to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts. Strong may be in for a few more sleepless nights. By Sunday, Trump's Commerce Department is expected to issue an opinion on whether auto imports endanger U.S. national security enough to justify such import taxes. Trump would then have 90 days to decide whether to impose them. The department...Keep on reading: Trump’s New Trade Decision: Impose Tariffs on Imported Cars?

California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, California --- California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democ
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California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, California --- California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, told reporters that there is no emergency at the border and that Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration. «No one in America is above the law, not even the president of the United States,» Becerra said. «The president does not have power to act frivolously.» Trump declared a national emergency earlier in the day to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and counterdrug efforts to fulfill his p...Keep on reading: California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarric
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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking Catholic churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title. He is the first churchman who reached the rank of cardinal to be defrocked in the church's sex abuse scandals. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington, spent ye...Keep on reading: Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

AU commanders reach deal on Somalia transition plan

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military commanders have agreed on implementation of the transition plan that will guide their operations in the Horn of Africa nation.
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AU commanders reach deal on Somalia transition plan

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military commanders have agreed on implementation of the transition plan that will guide their operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

Breaking News: Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia, orders Somali envoy out

Kenya has recalled its ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered Somali envoy out of the country over alleged auctioning of oil blocs belonging to Kenya.
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Breaking News: Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia, orders Somali envoy out

Kenya has recalled its ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered Somali envoy out of the country over alleged auctioning of oil blocs belonging to Kenya.

Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo after it emerged that oil and gas blocks in disputed territorial areas were auctioned to the United Kingdom.
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Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo after it emerged that oil and gas blocks in disputed territorial areas were auctioned to the United Kingdom.

Bill Gates backs tiny robotic surgeons that operate from inside a patient’s body

Bill Gates has thrown $10 million behind the development of tiny camera-wielding surgical robots that can be placed inside a person’s body through a small incision and controlled by a surgeon anywhere in the world via VR. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Bill Gates backs tiny robotic surgeons that operate from inside a patient’s body

Bill Gates has thrown $10 million behind the development of tiny camera-wielding surgical robots that can be placed inside a person’s body through a small incision and controlled by a surgeon anywhere in the world via VR. Read Full Article at RT.com

Car driven by Inter star Icardi’s wife Wanda ‘hit by rock’ as tensions rise at Italian club

A car driven by Wanda Nara, the wife of Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, has reportedly been hit by a rock while she was traveling with her children near the club’s San Siro stadium, amid spiralling anger from fans. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Car driven by Inter star Icardi’s wife Wanda ‘hit by rock’ as tensions rise at Italian club

A car driven by Wanda Nara, the wife of Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, has reportedly been hit by a rock while she was traveling with her children near the club’s San Siro stadium, amid spiralling anger from fans. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Pray he has no plans for children’: Internet recoils at below-the-belt kick on Russian MMA fighter

The internet has recoiled in collective agony after Russian MMA fighter Sergei Kharitonov suffered a brutal low-blow during his heavyweight match-up with America’s Matt Mitrione at Bellator 215 on Saturday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Pray he has no plans for children’: Internet recoils at below-the-belt kick on Russian MMA fighter

The internet has recoiled in collective agony after Russian MMA fighter Sergei Kharitonov suffered a brutal low-blow during his heavyweight match-up with America’s Matt Mitrione at Bellator 215 on Saturday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Fergie time: Sir Alex to return to Old Trafford dugout for treble-winning anniversary match

Sir Alex Ferguson is returning to the Old Trafford dugout one more time in May for a special charity match against Bayern Munich to mark 20 years since Manchester United's famous treble-winning season. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fergie time: Sir Alex to return to Old Trafford dugout for treble-winning anniversary match

Sir Alex Ferguson is returning to the Old Trafford dugout one more time in May for a special charity match against Bayern Munich to mark 20 years since Manchester United's famous treble-winning season. Read Full Article at RT.com

Tearful family and friends gather for footballer Sala's wake and funeral (PHOTOS)

Mourners are gathering to pay their respects to footballer Emiliano Sala in his Argentinian homeland as the funeral and wake are held for the Cardiff City player, who tragically died in a plane crash in the English channel. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Tearful family and friends gather for footballer Sala's wake and funeral (PHOTOS)

Mourners are gathering to pay their respects to footballer Emiliano Sala in his Argentinian homeland as the funeral and wake are held for the Cardiff City player, who tragically died in a plane crash in the English channel. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘The most honorable thing I’ve ever seen’: Cormier hails Khabib for paying teammates’ UFC 229 fines

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has paid tribute to lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov for paying his teammates’ fines from the brawl that erupted after he defeated Conor McGregor in October. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘The most honorable thing I’ve ever seen’: Cormier hails Khabib for paying teammates’ UFC 229 fines

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has paid tribute to lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov for paying his teammates’ fines from the brawl that erupted after he defeated Conor McGregor in October. Read Full Article at RT.com

Emiliano Sala's body will be cremated today in his Argentinian home town

Thousands of people are expected to pay their last respects to the new Cardiff City signing at a wake in the sports hall of his boyhood football club San Martin in the small town of Progreso.
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Emiliano Sala's body will be cremated today in his Argentinian home town

Thousands of people are expected to pay their last respects to the new Cardiff City signing at a wake in the sports hall of his boyhood football club San Martin in the small town of Progreso.

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