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  • Queen’s Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap – BBC News
  • British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’ – BBC News
  • Birmingham terrorism arrest: Man held in Spanish inquiry – BBC News
  • Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

Koch brothers’ political network critical of Senate healthcare bill

Colorado Springs (CNN)As growing opposition imperiled passage of the Senate version of the healthcare bill, leaders of the conservative Koch network voiced sharp criticism of the legislation at their donor retreat here — stating that the bill needed dramatic changes before they would support it. “This Senate bill needs to get better. It has to get better,” said Tim Phillips, a top lieutenant in the network who recently met with…

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EastEnders executive producer leaves programme after one year – BBC News

“I’ll enjoy watching EastEnders go from strength to strength but will miss everybody enormously. Elstree really is a place where you make friends for life.” Image caption O’Connor is currently working on a feature about murderer Neville Heath with Gatiss Controller of BBC Drama Piers Wenger said: “I want to thank Sean on behalf of the BBC for the work he’s done on EastEnders, and we wish him all the…

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UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial – BBC News

“It is the first British pump to be built for this purpose: to treat blood which is flowing through the pump extremely gently and not to do any damage to the blood. “There are other pumps that have been built that do cause some damage to the blood and, as a result, patients have adverse events that diminish the impact of the implantation and the treatment. Media playback is unsupported…

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Visa refusal leaves mother and toddler 4,000 miles apart – BBC News

Image caption Suhail and Riza met on a holiday in Pakistan Irena said: “As he’s growing up he’s forgetting her so we have to remind him all the time on Skype or on email or WhatsApp – ‘that is your mother’. He doesn’t realise that at all.” The family had to mark Umair’s first birthday without his mother: “I cried my eyes out. I really, really cried because she wasn’t…

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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Reality Check: How many people are affected by May’s offer? – BBC News

The number of citizens of the other 27 EU countries living in the UK in 2015 was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to be around 3.2 million. Polish citizens topped the list with 916,000 – more than any other nationality. In 2001, there were only 38,000 Polish nationals living in the UK. Read more from Reality Check Follow us on Twitter More From this publisher : HERE…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

“No-one should have to live in fear of terrorism – and we all have a part to play in stopping violent extremism from spreading. “We know we have more to do – but through our platform, our partners and our community we will continue to learn to keep violence and extremism off Facebook.” Increasing pressure In recent months, governments across Europe have been pushing for technology companies to take more…

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Russian warships fire missiles at ISIS targets In Syria

(CNN)Russian warships fired six missiles on ISIS targets in Syria on Friday, according to state media. Developing story – more to come More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsFanInviter Agency FC Sellosity Labs Sellosity Labs is the perfect compliment to the Sellosity Smart Commerce Platform that allows people to build a real business, learn the insider strategies for ecommerce success and surround and immerse themselves in one of the…

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Ousted South Korean president’s confidante Choi Soon-sil sentenced

Seoul (CNN)The confidante of South Korea’s ousted president has been sentenced to three years jail for her role in a corruption scandal that brought down the country’s leader and roiled its political and business elite. Choi, who has been described as a Rasputin-like character to the ousted leader, is also on trial for abuse of power and fraud. Park went on trial for corruption last month in a case that…

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One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from…

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head,…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Democratic brand is pretty bad’

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he agreed with Democratic congressman Tim Ryan‘s claim that the Democratic brand is worse than President Donald Trump’s in some parts of the country. “I think the Trump brand is also pretty bad as is the Republican brand. That’s why so many people are giving up on politics.” The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the Democrats have the momentum, but the party has to…

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Memorial for Muslim teen murdered in Virginia set on fire

The memorial for a teen murdered near a Virginia mosque was set on fire in Dupont Circle on Wednesday, according to fire officials. DC Fire said they responded to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. and found the remains from the memorial for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen on fire at the Dupont Memorial Fountain on Connecticut Avenue NW. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. DC Police said 24-year-old Jonathon Soloman…

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Philando Castile shooting: Girl begs mother to stay calm, video shows

MINNEAPOLIS –  In the moments after a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, his handcuffed girlfriend began screaming in the back of a patrol car as her 4-year-old daughter begged her to stop. Squad car video from the July 2016 shooting shows Diamond Reynolds and her daughter in the cruiser, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday. In the video, the young girl repeatedly told her mother to keep quiet. “Mom,…

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Convicted Oklahoma child molester moves next door to victim

A convicted Oklahoma child molester has moved next door to his victim. Harold English, who recently got out of prison, moved in with his mother in the town of Bristow. His mother’s property is next to his victims home, KFOR-TV reported Tuesday. English, who is the victim’s step uncle, was convicted in 2015 of molesting the girl when she was as little girl. When you have to see it, I…

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

(CNN)Dennis Rodman’s role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. Petition Rodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism…

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Teens are still having sex, most use contraception

(CNN)American teens’ sex habits and contraceptive use haven’t changed much over the past decade, according to a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that time period, 42% of female teens and 44% of male teens reported having had sex at least once, a 1% decrease for females and a 2% increase for males…

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian hackers — something Obama…

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