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Blow for euro as half of Germans want the Deutschmark back

A survey commissioned by the newspaper Bild has found that many Germans are unhappy with how the common European currency has worked out for them. They long for the days when the mark was one of the world’s most stable and strong currencies. Bild commissioned a survey by Cologne’s YouGov-Institute that found 49 percent of Germans want the Deutschmark back.  Only 41 percent of those surveyed wanted to stay with the euro – often nicknamed the “Teuro” after the German word teuer, meaning expensive. As well as nostalgia for a…

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Technology 

FCC neuters net neutrality, votes out Obama-era rules – CNET

Internet service providers got an early Christmas gift. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, handing the broadband and wireless industries a big victory in their battle against government oversight of the internet. The Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle the 2015 regulations, which ensured all traffic on the internet is treated equally, and prevented broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. The agency also voted to eliminate the legal foundation that gives the FCC oversight over internet service…

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Technology 

Bitcoin exchange NiceHash loses millions to hackers – CNET

While many bitcoin investors are basking in record valuations, some are coming to grips with an astonishing loss. Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said Wednesday that hackers stole the contents of its virtual wallet, making off with digital currency reportedly worth more $60 million. The breach was announced the same day Bitcoin rose 18.2 percent to cross the $13,000- and then $14,000-per-coin trading milestones for the first time. NiceHash, a marketplace for cloud-based mining of cryptocurrencies, made its announcement following an hours-long outage attributed to “maintenance” and reports from NiceHash users that…

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Lifestyle 

Melania Trump steps out in SEXY knee high boots at a food bank in Texas today

Melania Trump posted images of her White House Christmas decorations recently, showing the First Family is getting into the festive spirit. Now Melania is also embracing the charitable side of Christmas, by visiting a food bank. The 47-year-old former model from Slovenia visited the Coastal Bend Food Bank in  Corpus Christi, Texas. She was joined by Karen Pence, Mike Pence’s wife.  The two wives are visiting Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas to check on recovery efforts. Melania and her husband Donald Trump touched down in Texas in September to help…

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Sport 

Tottenham 3 – APOEL 0: Fernando Llorente scores first goal as Spurs make last 16

Fernando Llorente was signed in the summer to provide back-up for Harry Kane and finally opened his account for Tottenham in his 17th appearance for the club. It was a night for B-listers with manager Mauricio Pochettino making wholesale changes – and so did Alli, whose commercial interests will henceforth be taken care of by Creative Artists Agency. With Spurs guaranteed to finish top of Group H, the Argentinian simply did not need his headline acts. Alli was just one of three players in the starting line-up who were also…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars release date: When is new movie The Last Jedi out in cinemas in the UK?

Episode 8, named The Last Jedi, will be playing nationwide later this month; two years after the record-breaking Episode 7: The Force Awakens. The good news for British Star Wars fans is that they can see it a whole day earlier than many other territories – and there really isn’t long left to wait. Over here, the movie will be released on Thursday December 14, with several midnight screenings scheduled at various cinemas on the night of December 13. The release will come following its Los Angeles premiere this Saturday,…

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Sport 

World Cup 2018 draw LIVE: England get Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup draw

GETTY World Cup draw LIVE: Latest updates from World Cup draw World Cup draw 2018 LIVE from Russia TV coverage starts at 3pm on BBC, we expect draw to start at 3.30pm (UK times) Gary Lineker is hosting the draw Group of Death? 16:19: The usual search for a “Group of Death” looks to be a fruitless one as, partly down to the new rankings-based format none of the “bigger” teams face more than one tough-looking rival. Defending champions Germany probably have the most difficult of the top seeds as…

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Sport 

World Cup draw live stream: How to watch draw for World Cup 2018

Express Sport take you through how you can watch it live. World Cup draw live stream The draw is due to start at 3pm UK time. Terrestrial viewers can watch it on BBC Two. Coverage starts at 3pm and the programme is called Match of the Day Live. If you wish to tune in and watch the draw online, you can use BBC iPlayer. It’s worth noting that you’ll need a valid TV Licence if you watch or record live programmes as it is a criminal offence in the UK…

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Lifestyle 

Melania Trump feud with Ivana continues after Donald Trump’s first wife speaks out AGAIN

Melania Trump, 47, was forced to issue a statement in October after Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana, 68, called herself the ‘real First Lady’. Ivana caused a stir when she told Fox News that she deserves the title of First Lady, and that she avoids calling her ex Donald, 71, at the White House so as not to make Melania jealous. Ivana, a former-model from the Czech Republic and mother to Donald’s first three children, said: “I (do not) really want to call him there because Melania is there and…

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EU BLASTS France and Italy over deficits: Brussels in panic over post-Brexit budget

A statement from the European Commission yesterday hit out at Paris and Rome, as well as a number of other member states who they believed had lost control of their spending.  France and Italy in particular were targeted in the ‘European Semester Autumn Package’ which analyses EU member states and their compliance with spending rules.  France was accused of “non-compliance” of previous targets, with the European Union warning of a “significant deviation” from its previous fiscal aims.  The statement said: “For France … the DBP is found to be at…

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