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Arsene Wenger's new contract more important than player deals, says Robert Pires

The 67-year-old continues to split opinion among the Arsenal fan-base, with a growing number of supporters calling for the Frenchman to leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season. But Koscileny says the players need to take responsibility for the situation. But former France midfielder Pires believes the club can salvage their campaign if the players, the board and the fans stay loyal to the long-serving manager. Read More »

Retail sales show biggest drop since 2010

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EMarketer expects United Kingdom retail ecommerce sales to rise 12.0% in 2017 to £77.74 billion ($104.93 billion) and represent 18.8% of total retail sales for the year. Some rebound in today's report was expected after the three back-to-back declines in the previous months. "As a result, with credit conditions remaining supportive, and consumers' confidence in the outlook for their own finances still quite strong, we expect overall household spending to slow this year, rather than collapse ... Read More »

Bill observing Obama's birthday fails to pass IL legislature

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The bill would have observed August 4, Obama's birthday, as a legal holiday in the Land of Lincoln. Opponents of the bill have raised concerns about the economic impact such a holiday would have on the state, and Republicans have noted the "inconsistent way" in which presidents from IL are recognized. Read More »

Ten Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai

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According to the army's statement, soldiers also destroyed half a ton of the TNT explosive and seized two vehicles containing hand grenades and hundreds of mobile phones. Recently, the "Sinai Province" claimed responsibility for shooting several missiles towards Eilat, Israel's most southern city. The militants carry out frequent attacks against Coptic Christians, security forces and civilians in the both the Sinai and on the mainland. Read More »

AR Senate Votes to Exempt UAMS, Sporting Events from Conceal Carry Bill

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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Wednesday that could allow those with concealed handgun licenses to carry in places like colleges, bars, government buildings and even the Capitol. Firearms would also be barred from grievance hearings, prisons, courtrooms, public schools, and pre-kindergarten. "I am convinced that the public will be more safe", Hutchinson said. Read More »

Book of Condolences for McGuinness opens in Leitrim

He was hailed by many as a peacemaker in later life who played an instrumental role in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which largely brought to an end a conflict in which around 3,500 people were killed. Sinn Féin MLA, Caoimhe Archibald has sent her condolences to family of Martin McGuinness. He also struck up a warm relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, whom he praised for her contribution to peace. Read More »

USA forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

The US-led coalition fighting ISIL faces "tough decisions" on how much it should support Kurdish fighters in an offensive to reclaim Raqqa from the armed group, a senior US lawmaker warned on Wednesday. The air strike came ahead of a today meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group. That airlift marks a deepening USA involvement in Syria's conflict ahead of a looming battle for the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Read More »

Teenage Girls Say They Were Sexually Assaulted by a Border-Patrol Officer

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Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security. According to the complaint , the officer removed the first sister from the holding cell and forced her into the room, blocking her exit. The officer then allegedly placed his hands under her brassiere and fondled her breasts as she began to cry. The women's claims were filed under the federal Tort Claims Act, which allows people to sue the federal government and seek monetary damages. Read More »

'The Flash's Iris & Barry Get Engaged Again During Musical Episode!

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But let's start from the beginning. - Barry and Iris' loft looked like a Disney Condo at the end of tonight's episode. "Everything's better in song", he says . Now he has superspeed, flight, super strength and heat vision. Martian Manhunter and Kid Flash subdue him with a one-two punch. Yet, with Barry catching a glimpse of the future, he hasn't been able to just leave the best part of his life normal. Read More »

Philly DA Hit With Federal Corruption Charges

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Last month, Williams announced he would not seek a third term this year in light of that case, saying he made "regrettable mistakes" in accepting the gifts. The gifts also included sideline passes for Philadelphia Eagles games for several years, almost $21,000 in free airfare, a free roof, and a $6,500 Rolex watch from a girlfriend. Read More »

Asylum seekers intercepted entering Canada illegally increase

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Forty-eight percent of Canadians think border crossers should be sent back to the US, according to the results of a survey released on Monday by Reuters and Ipsos, a leading market research firm. border in January and February. CBC News reported last week that more than 200 asylum seekers from around the world have walked north across the Canadian province of Manitoba's shared border with North Dakota and Minnesota and into the town of Emerson, Manitoba, since the beginning of the year. Read More »

French presidential debate: Le Pen comes under fire from rivals

Hamon, the socialist candidate, suggested Macron could be influenced by people in the pharmaceutical, banking, or oil industry due to the large amounts of private donations his campaign has received. I know polling is valid, but under that rule, I could not have participated in the primaries [debate]". A high abstention rate could benefit Le Pen as polls consistently show that her supporters are the most certain of their vote. Read More »

More Filipinos join Forbes billionaires' list for this year

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Number three is Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of $72.8 billion. Joining Gates on top is the investor and philanthropist, Warren Buffet, with a fortune worth $75.6 billion, up from $60.8 billion past year. In 2016, there were 1,810 billionaires who featured on the list. Their combined net worth of all of the world's billionaires also grew by 18 percent to reach the record sum of $7.67 trillion. Read More »

Extending influence in Syria, Russia says it will train Kurdish troops

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The Russian troops have already entered the region of Afrin , near the Turkish border, and moved in some of their army transporters and armored vehicles as well, he added. Each fighter will receive a monthly salary of $200, which is $20 above the maximum wage now paid to YPG fighters, Xelil said. Syrian Kurdish groups established three autonomous administrations in Kurdish-dominated areas of northern Syria as Syrian state control collapsed in much of the country, setting up their own ... Read More »

Paul Manafort Hid Payment From Pro-Russian Political Party, Ukranian Lawmaker Says

The documents were left behind in a safe, he said, adding that Manafort's signature and his company seal were proof that the documents were real. Serhiy Leshchenko, who additionally called on the FBI to investigate Manafort's financial ties to Russian Federation, released a copy of an invoice printed on letterhead from Manafort's consultation company in Alexandria, Va., dated October 14., 2009, with charges of $750,000 for 501 computers. Read More »

Robert Downey Jr to star as Doctor Dolittle in new movie

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Are the stories themselves as unusual as the titles? The story was about a Doctor who elects to treat animals over humans after he finds that he has the ability to speak with them. In 1998, Eddie Murphy played the character and the film was a hit, making $294m worldwide which led to a less successful big-screen follow-up and three later sequels which were released direct to video. Read More »

And the world's happiest country is

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The top ten countries this year were Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Holland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The least happy on the list is the Central African Republic, which scored an average happiness rank of 2.693. Read More »

UN Nuclear Inspector: North Korea's Capability Has Entered A 'New Phase'

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While this hole in the North's technical ability buys the USA and its allies some time, experts agree the regime will eventually acquire the re-entry technology and have a deliverable ICBM within five years. The U.S. and China also disagree over U.S. deployment of a missile defense system to South Korea. North Korea on Sunday accused the USA of maintaining a policy of aggression against it, a local media report said . Read More »

How Trump can boost his dismal poll numbers

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A Fox News poll found Trump's job approva rating at 43 percent, down from 48 percent in February: 51 percent disapproved of his performance in office. The irony is that Trump, master businessman and real estate tycoon, is doing such a poor job selling the American public on what he's doing. On top of that, a new GenForward poll found Trump is doing even worse among millennials. Read More »

School Aircraft Collide, One Dead

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Witnesses described hearing a loud bang. The shopping center was evacuated. There's no word yet on what caused the crash, we are working to gather more information. He said he and several others ran outside and saw the plane, which he said was leaking fuel. "There was just shredded metal", he said, referring to the wreckage. Read More »

All eyes on Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as Russian Federation, wiretap claims swirl

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On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee received a classified report from the Department of Justice about the claim, which is all but certain to come up at Monday's hearing. Will Hurd (R-Texas) told ABC's "This Week," when asked whether Trump should apologize. Earlier this month, on the CBS News program "Face the Nation", Collins said it would be helpful if Trump stopped commenting on the investigation and "let us do our work". Read More »

Scottish Government frozen out by Downing St over triggering of Article 50

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Brexit Minister David Davis said the withdrawal process will take Britain to "the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation". May has said she wants to make Brexit as painless as possible. Tusk will receive another letter from May on Wednesday next week to invoke Article 50 before she provides a statement to MPs in Parliament . Read More »

Pakistan, India begin water talks in Islamabad

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Indian and Pakistan have been at loggerheads about the Indus Water treaty , both countries wanting more out of the deal. Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept on making efforts for resumption of talks. Read More »

Iowa State's Steven Leath named as new Auburn University president

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Leath is former president of Iowa State University. An audit found that Leath used the university plane for medical appointments in Minnesota, personal flight lessons and to take trips home to North Carolina. However, after much thought, Janet and I chose to look at the opportunity at Auburn and realized the opportunity was one we could not pass up. In fact, it was not long ago we bought a farm here and expected to retire here. Read More »

James Comey: 'No evidence' to back Trump's claims about Obama wiretap

Department of Justice attorneys must then present that request to a court for approval. Comey also said he was unaware of any evidence supporting Trump's allegations that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. I had said Friday was the worst day of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpScarborough: Today is "the worst day" of Trump presidency On Iran, President Trump is sending mixed signals GOP mulls ObamaCare tweak to win NY support MORE's presidency. Read More »

Israel reportedly launches strike on Syria as tensions rise

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Russian Federation and Israel had already set up a "hotline" aimed at avoiding air clashes over Syria, which Moscow said it would like to see work more effectively. "There will be no compromise on this issue", the defense minister stressed. It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. Read More »