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MLK Day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he once preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president’s Florida resort Monday, the official federal holiday honoring King. At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers honored the late civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday and ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Trump…

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Simone Biles says she was molested by gymnastics doctor

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. The revelation came on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims. “Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,” Biles wrote in…

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EU’s trade deal with Mexico could be ruined by ‘CHEESE PIRATES’ in row over manchego

Strong-tasting manchego sheep’s cheese is produced in central Spain. However a softer cow’s milk cheese used to stuff quesadillas in Mexico also goes by the name manchego. The EU wants to guarantee the exclusive labelling of regional products, including manchego cheese, which has been produced in the La Mancha region in Spain for hundreds of years. But Mexico is refusing to give ground in a row over which cheese is the real deal – putting the success of trade negotiations under threat. Ismael Álvarez de Toledo, president of the Spanish…

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Science 

Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War

His comment comes after Hawaii sent out a false missile alert More Pope Francis warned against the dangers of nuclear war on Monday before setting off on a trip to Chile and Peru, saying he is afraid of what could happen. “I think we are at the very limit,” Pope Francis said when asked if he was concerned about nuclear war breaking out. “I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.” Pope Francis’s comments follow the mass panic caused in Hawaii by a false missile…

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Black Death fear: Medics rush to contain ‘eye-bleeding fever’ as tests confirm outbreak

Health officials in Uganda are scrambling to stop the spread of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a viral disease in the same family as Ebola which can kill up to 40 percent of those it infects. Its long list of grim symptoms includes fever, headaches, vomiting and bleeding from the eyes and mouth.  A rapid response team from the country’s health ministry has been deployed to the central districts of Nakaseke and Luweero where infections have been reported.  It comes after an eight-year-old girl from Luweero died earlier this month, sparking…

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Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dies at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the Irish soprano who led The Cranberries to worldwide fame as one of the most popular bands of the 1990s, has died, her publicist said Monday. O’Riordan, 46, was in London “for a short recording session” when she died “suddenly” at a hotel, the publicist said. “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,” her bandmates tweeted. “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a…

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BREAKING: Huge explosion – people trapped as building destroyed in Belgium

Photos from Paardenmarkt showed devastation after a blast at the four-storey building. The entire front of the complex appeared to have completely collapsed on to the street Several people are thought to be injured, with Belgian news agency Belga reporting five people hurt. It is thought the ground floor of the building was a pizza restaurant, with three storeys of flats above. Two neighbouring buildings are also thought to have been damaged. The incident took place at around 9.30pm local time. However, police do not know how many people were…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars: Qui-Gon Jinn to RETURN? Liam Neeson confirms ‘anything is possible’

The actor, now promoting his latest movie The Commuter, said in a recent interview that he currently has no plans to reprise the role he played in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace back in 1999. That said, he acknowledged that – despite being killed off in the movie – he could always pop up in an prequel or anthology movie as a Force Ghost. “This is the first time I’m hearing of this,” he said of a potential reprisal.  “No one’s been in touch with me. I know…

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Lifestyle 

House prices: The most affordable postcodes in England and Wales – would you buy here?

Middlesbrough has been revealed as one of the most affordable postcodes for house prices in England and Wales. Three postcodes within the large industrial town in North Yorkshire made the top ten list, in data from eMoov. One postcode in the area came top of the list for the most affordable housing to buy. The average sold price for properties in the TS2 postcode there came in at just £46,000. This compares with the average sold price for properties across England and Wales, which is £288,494.  The Middlesbrough postcodes of…

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