Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet, remains in parliament

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

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Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said.

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Airbnb CEO pledges to take more responsibility for impact to housing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Home-booking company Airbnb has sparred with regulators across the globe, but Chief Executive Brian Chesky on Thursday spoke of coming to terms with his responsibility for how the company can impact housing markets and neighborhoods.

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Freestyle skiing - Serwa leads Canadian one-two in ski cross

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Kelsey Serwa pulled away from compatriot Brittany Phelan to claim ski cross gold on Friday as Canada secured a one-two finish ahead of Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who edged out Swede Sandra Naesland in a tense battle for third.

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Jury finds USTA mostly liable for Bouchard fall - report

(Reuters) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was found by a jury mostly liable when Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard fell in a training room at the 2015 U.S. Open, resulting in her withdrawal and a concussion, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

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Barnaby Joyce to make statement amid leadership speculation – live

Prime minister and Liberal frontbenchers have declined to support the embattled deputy PM, who has called a media conference for 2pm. Follow updates live …

2.14am GMT

Several developments have piled on the pressure for Joyce in recent daysL

2.07am GMT

Hello and welcome,

We’re expecting big news from the Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce, at 2pm.

Putting out the tea towel for @Barnaby_Joyce pic.twitter.com/v0HuZcnhqH

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2018/feb/23/barnaby-joyce-deputy-prime-minister-leadership-national-party-live

  


Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

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Armed deputy who failed to confront gunman at Florida school resigns

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

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Saudi Arabia to spend billions on expanding entertainment sector

Kingdom wants to reverse the trend of Saudis splurging in neighbouring Dubai and Bahrain

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has embarked on a wide-ranging program of social and economic reforms driven by its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/23/saudi-arabia-to-spend-billions-on-expanding-entertainment-sector

  


Puerto Rico governor announces independent probe into Maria death toll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration’s controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.

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‘Labor thinks you’re stupid’: pokies lobby fights hard in Tasmanian election

State blanketed in pro-Liberal advertising after pledge by Labor to phase out poker machines

It’s a blunt message for a blunt campaign, plastered on billboards above pubs across Tasmania.

“Labor and the Greens think you’re stupid. What’s next? Don’t let them tell you what to do.”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/23/labor-thinks-youre-stupid-pokies-lobby-fights-hard-in-tasmanian-election

  


World's last remaining wild horses aren't really wild after all

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It may come as a disappointment to equine enthusiasts, but a new genetic study has found that no truly wild horses still exist and that a population inhabiting Mongolian grasslands actually is a feral descendant of the earliest-known domesticated horses.

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Trump considers pulling immigration agents from California, saying it would spur 'crime like nobody has ever seen'

'If we ever said “hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,” in two months they'd be begging for us to come back,' President says More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-ice-california-sanctuary-cities-immigration-crime-a8224366.html

  


Britain and Europe must ban palm oil in biofuel to save forests, EU parliament told

Forest peoples affected by plantations urge EU to enact ban despite diplomatic opposition

If Britain and other European nations are to fulfil forest protection goals, they must ban the use of palm oil for biofuel and tighten oversight of supply chains, a delegation of forest peoples told parliamentarians this week.

The call for urgent, concrete action comes amid an increasingly heated diplomatic row over the issue between the EU and the governments of major palm-producing nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Costa Rica.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/23/britain-and-europe-must-ban-palm-oil-in-biofuel-to-save-forests-eu-parliament-told

  


Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder’s aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month.

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Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the county sheriff said on Thursday.

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Banned anti-anxiety drug Phenibut may have caused Gold Coast students' overdose

Police are investigating reports that the teenagers may have got the substance from the dark web

An anti-anxiety and insomnia drug once given to Soviet cosmonauts could be responsible for the overdose of seven teenagers at a Queensland private school.

The year 10 students at St Stephen’s college on the Gold Coast were taken to hospital on Wednesday, with some in a critical condition, after ingesting a powdered drug.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/23/banned-anti-anxiety-drug-phenibut-may-have-caused-gold-coast-students-overdose

  


Inside CPAC: How the political right's premier annual gathering became the Trump show

Alongside more than a dozen members of President Donald Trump's administration, speakers include right-wing populists Marion Maréchal-Le Pen of France and Britain's Nigel Farage More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/cpac-conservative-right-farage-le-pen-trump-alt-right-breitbart-a8223991.html

  


U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

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Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge - prosecutor

(Reuters) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with a probe into an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

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Social interaction, staff training reduce agitation in dementia patients

(Reuters Health) – An approach to nursing home care that fosters interest and social interaction among patients and staff may reduce agitation and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia sufferers and improve their quality of life, a recent trial suggests.

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Japan wins WTO dispute over Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korean import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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