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Amid sex-abuse scandal, Olympic gymnasts will no longer train at Karolyi Ranch

Scandal-rocked USA Gymnastics announced Thursday it will no longer train gymnasts at the famed Karolyi ranch in Texas, where powerhouse Olympic teams were built and where some athletes say they were molested by the team doctor, Larry Nassar. The move comes a few days after Simone Biles, the star of the 2016 games, revealed that she was abused by Nassar and said she could not bear the thought of training again at the Huntsville facility. “It breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream…

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Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus – with cases rising

Almost 200 people were admitted into intensive care during the second week of January, the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) revealed.  Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus – was responsible for 20 of those patients. In total, 598 people were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of the hospital patients were infected with Aussie flu. But influenza isn’t just sweeping the UK – the report published by PHE also revealed other countries in the world to see an…

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OUSTED: Romania votes to kick Prime Minister out of office – Tudose RESIGNS

Party sources said Mr Tudose resigned moments after Social Democrat Party (PSD) seniors voted to withdraw political backing for the prime minister. He is the second Social Democrat leader to fall victim to internal party disputes in seven months. PSD senior Paul Stanescu has been appointed as interim prime minister, party officials said. It comes mere days after Mr Tudose made a veiled threat to hang members of Romania’s ethnic Hungarian minority over demands for autonomy. Hungary summoned Romania’s ambassador on Friday to formally complain about Mr Tudose’s controversial remarks.…

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Wolf found in northern Belgium, first time in over 100 years

Overhunting, industrialisation and urban sprawl progressively led to the disappearance of the wolf from most of Western Europe since the beginning of the 20th century (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG) More Brussels (AFP) – A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. “Our country was the only one in continental Europe to have not been visited by a wolf,” since the animal began recolonising the continent, Landschap said. Overhunting, industrialisation and urban sprawl…

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Japanese PM in PLANE ALERT: Wing panel FALLS OFF Shinzo Abe’s Boeing 747

Officials noticed the panel was missing from the Boeing 747, one of two jetliners used by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for foreign trips, after it flew from Tokyo to its base on the northern island of Hokkaido. A spokesman for the Japan Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said the part, measuring 15in by 10in has not been found.  It is believed to be an access panel near the pylon connecting one of the engines to the right wing. The ASDF spokesman said the air force would conduct an urgent investigation…

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Austria sparks EU FURY with plan to slash benefits for foreign children

The country’s coalition government led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, along with Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said they would press ahead with the cost-cutting drive, and are adamant it does not break EU rules banning discrimination. Mr Kurz believes the move could save about €114 million. The move though has been met with condemnation from other European Union countries. MEP Romana Tomc, the former state secretary and candidate for the Slovenian presidential election, said the proposal was “unacceptable”. She said: “Austria is turning children from EU citizens into first and…

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Smaller nations are DYING because of EU open border policy

Since it joined the EU in 2000, Latvia’s population has fallen by an incredible 18.2 percent, from 2.38million down to just 1.95million. It has led television commentator Otto Ozols to warn the country could even “cease to be a nation” in 50 years time. Diplomat Atis Sjanits told Politico this week: “The reality is that we are losing people — fast.” Officials say the country still has jobs for people who want to work there. But they cannot stop citizens from disappearing further west in search of better pay and…

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Juncker spokeswoman fires off WARNING: EU ready for SHOWDOWN after Austria tests Brussels

Austria sparked controversy earlier this week after they declared plans to cut benefits for children living abroad – a move that could break EU rules and enrage Brussels’ hierarchy. There is mounting concern of a showdown between Austria and the EU, after the country’s new coalition Government included a far-right, eurosceptic party. The latest policy move prompted Jean-Claude Junckrr’s deputy chief spokeswoman to issue a warning that the European Commission was closely monitoring the situation. Mina Andreeva, spokesperson of European Commission, was quizzed about the policy announcement, after the bloc shot down…

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Austria STRIPS benefits from residents’ children living aboard in move that could anger EU

The conservatives and the far right party coalition announced its plans to cut benefit payments for children living abroad during a cabinet meeting in a castle near Slovenia. The move will mean stricter rules are imposed on Austrians who claim benefits for children who live in a country where the cost of living is lower. However, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said they would press ahead with the cost-cutting drive and was adamant the move does not break European Union rules banning discrimination. Mr Kurz said…

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Germany’s push for EU army: Merkel developing networks with EU members for military union

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been working on establishing the groundwork for an European Union army, in particular developing a network of co-operation between troops from Germany and others from countries that are part of Pesco – Permanent Structured Co-operation. The bloc comprises 25 EU countries with only Denmark, Malta and the UK remaining outside. The move largely comprises of co-operation in training the troops, with the Bundeswehr training a number of soldiers from various EU countries and similarly, German troops visit their counterparts. But the plan…

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