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Source: The Guradian

Spain 'ready to discuss' greater fiscal autonomy for Catalonia

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

Senior sources in the Spanish government have told the Guardian that although there remains intense opposition within the ruling People’s party (PP) to any future referendum on self-determination, there is a renewed willingness to open discussions on a new fiscal pact under which Catalonia would have greater control of its finances.

In 2010, the PP successfully lobbied the constitutional court to annul or reinterpret parts of the statute, thereby ensuring that Catalonia was not recognised as a nation within Spain and the Catalan language was not given precedence over Castilian.

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Source: Common Domain

Hells Angels associates accused of racketeering, murder and intimidation, authorities say

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

The charges in the indictment include racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, robbery, maiming in aid of racketeering, and witness intimidation.

Federal prosecutors on Monday laid out a string of alleged crimes carried out over the course of the last decade by nearly a dozen alleged associates of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, including one on the East Coast.

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Source: The Guradian

Zimbabwe's strange crisis is a very modern kind of coup

Wednesday 05:10 GMT

It looked like a coup from a movie: a convoy of armoured vehicles, the president under house arrest, and the general on the nation’s screens talking of “restoring stability” in the small hours of the morning.

He is known as a liberation hero and revered in most African states despite the huge damage he has done to his country, and the military here understood that to hurt him would incur the wrath of much of Africa,” said David Coltart, a senior opposition politician in Zimbabwe.

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Source: The Guradian

UN urges Saudi Arabia to allow urgent aid supplies into Yemen

Wednesday 05:10 GMT

UN humanitarian agencies in Yemen have pleaded with Saudi Arabia to permit the delivery of two urgently needed shipments of medicine and food aid blocked outside the port of Hodeidah, warning that the 15-day Saudi-imposed blockade was endangering tens of thousands of lives.

Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on all ports in Yemen in response to a missile attack on Riyadh, allegedly fired by Houthi rebels using Iran-supplied weaponry.

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Source: New York Times

After Late Help for Elephants, a Question: Why?

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

President Trump’s surprise intervention to try to save the elephants of Zimbabwe has drawn praise from across the political spectrum — and the question of why he did it has now become the, well, pachyderm in the room.

In what may be one of the most curious moments of his first year in office, Mr. Trump put a sudden halt to a new federal government ruling that would have allowed hunters to bring “trophy” elephants killed in Zimbabwe into the United States, calling big-game hunting a “horror show” that he did not believe helped conservation. “There’s a lot of shock that this president and this administration would roll back a decision on trophy hunting like this,” said Tanya Sanerib, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, which fights to protect species threatened with extinction.

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Source: New York Times

AT&T’s Run-Ins With the Government

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

“That’s been the sense of AT&T through the ages — that they seem to have a lot of power, but people also want to be able to communicate in a way that AT&T allows them to do.”. Alexander Graham Bell receives two patents for his telephone.

Western Electric was overcharging AT&T, the government argued, and so was forcing telephone customers to pay higher rates. It also charged that technological innovations developed within the Bell Labs monopoly were being kept under wraps.

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Source: CBS News

Whitefish stops work to restore power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory's government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director.

The Associated Press obtained a letter dated Nov. 19 and signed by Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski saying that Puerto Rico's government owes Whitefish more than $83 million and that the company would suspend work on Monday if it wasn't paid.

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Source: Common Domain

Tuesday's TV highlights: 'The Long Road Home' on National Geographic

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Brian Tee, Yaya DaCosta also star. 10 p.m. NBC. The Long Road Home Before deploying to Iraq, Sgt.

Jason Ritter, Michael Kelly and E.J. Bonilla star. 10 p.m. National Geographic. Checked Inn This new unscripted series revolves around a woman who opens her own bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

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Source: New York Times

Colin Kaepernick and the Myth of the ‘Good’ Protest

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

LAST week, the editors of GQ named the quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year for his work protesting racial injustice.

Mr. Kaepernick has been heavily criticized by people like President Trump, who claims that an N.F.L. player who kneels during the playing of the national anthem “disrespects our flag” and should be fired; others argue that he is out of bounds as an activist who mixes sports with politics.

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Source: Washington Post

DHS inspector general: Travel-ban confusion led agents to violate court order

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

The Trump administration’s botched rollout of its first travel ban led federal agents to violate court orders by telling airlines not to let certain passengers board U.S.-bound flights, according to an internal watchdog.

The move led to confusion and alarm at airports, where immigration agents were unsure how to enforce the order and passengers were unsure whether they could enter the United States.

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Source: Global News

Summer storms will be fiercer across the continent due to global warming: study

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 per cent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.

Future storms will be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, according to a federally-funded study released Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. NASA tool shows how rising sea levels will affect New York, London, other coastal cities. The U.S. in recent years has experienced prolonged drenchings that have doused Nashville in 2010, West Virginia and Louisiana in 2016 and Houston this year.

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Source: DW

'Apartheid' in Myanmar, accuses Amnesty

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

Like in other reports, most of the input that went into Amnesty's was based on eyewitness accounts of refugees, as the Myanmar government does not give overseas observers access to the crisis-plagued region.

Although Myanmar has not signed any of these conventions, they are an integral part of customary international law and therefore applicable to the Myanmar case. In the closing section, Amnesty calls for the implementation of the proposals drawn up by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis in Rakhine.

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Source: BBC

Albatrosses hit by fishing and climate

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

The spectacular wandering albatrosses in Sunday's Blue Planet programme on the BBC have suffered a major decline in numbers over the past three decades.

They longterm study detailing the falls in population is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Source: Common Domain

Can former SBA head Maria Contreras-Sweet save Weinstein Co.?

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

This week, in a surprise Hollywood plot twist, she emerged as potentially the best hope yet to save troubled movie and television studio Weinstein Co.

Others who have considered buying all or pieces of the company have included Lionsgate, talent agency Endeavor and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.. 6:45 p.m.: This article was updated with additional reaction to Contreras-Sweet’s bid for Weinstein Co.

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Source: Common Domain

Venezuela Turns to Billionaire Debt Investor to Help With Bond Crisis

Wednesday 02:27 GMT

CARACAS, Venezuela—Billionaire distressed debt investor David Martínez urged Venezuela’s struggling government to default on its bonds days before the country’s surprise announcement to restructure its obligations.

The loan allowed Venezuela to make a crucial bond payment and helped Mr. Martinez earn Mr. El Aissami’s trust, said an official who was involved in the deal. His New York-based company Fintech Advisory Inc. received bonds with a face value of $1.3 billion as a guarantee for a $300 million loan to the country in March.

Source: Global News

The average Canadian could save $360 more a month without noticing: CIBC

Wednesday 05:11 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Nine-Figure Listing in Los Angeles Gets $10 Million Price Cut

Wednesday 10:54 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Wipes Skype From China App Store

Wednesday 23:46 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Apartment Breaks Price Records

Wednesday 23:45 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Stock market could tumble 15% if 10-year Treasury yield crosses this line

Wednesday 23:45 GMT
Source: The Week

7 easy ways to save money during the holidays

Wednesday 02:27 GMT
Source: CBS News

CBS says it remains "far apart" on deal with Dish

Wednesday 23:45 GMT
Source: Common Domain

How Charitable Donors Can Minimize Taxes This Year

Wednesday 23:44 GMT
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Source: New York Times

Trump Declares ‘America First’ Policy a Success After Asia Trip

Thursday 12:44 GMT
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Source: Common Domain

Envoy says US to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions

Saturday 07:02 GMT
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Source: Fox News

Rep. Mark Meadows: A special counsel must investigate the Russia dossier, explain why Obama's FBI was involved

Thursday 16:23 GMT
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Source: Washington Post

Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

Saturday 09:57 GMT
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Source: New York Times

California Today: U.C.L.A. Players Credit Trump With An Assist

Friday 13:41 GMT
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Source: DW

California shooting: Gunman's dead wife found under floorboards a day after rampage

Thursday 23:43 GMT
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Source: Common Domain

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

Saturday 07:02 GMT

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