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Liverpool car park blaze destroys hundreds of vehicles on New Year's Eve

Liverpool car park blaze destroys hundreds of vehicles on New Year's Eve LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Firefighters in the northern English city of Liverpool were battling a huge fire at a car park on Sunday that destroyed hundreds of vehicles and prompted the evacuation of multiple buildings in the surrounding area. Firefighters tackle a fire during a serious blaze in a multi-storey car park in Liverpool, Britain, December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble Police said all cars inside the multi-storey Kings Dock car park, which has a capacity of 1,600 vehicles,…

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What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?

What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017? You might have noticed a new end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the tool already. But for those of you who are new to that Best Nine game, here’s how it works. First of all, your Instagram profile must be public for this…

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Likud party calls for de-facto annexation of Israeli settlements

Likud party calls for de-facto annexation of Israeli settlements LOD, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party unanimously urged legislators in a non-binding resolution on Sunday to effectively annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, land that Palestinians want for a future state. Party supporters demonstrate during a Likud Central Committee meeting in Airport City, Israel December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen By enacting civilian law over settlements, the move could streamline procedures for their construction and expansion. That land is currently under military jurisdiction and Israel’s defence…

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Italian president calls for 'realistic' proposals ahead of election

Italian president calls for 'realistic' proposals ahead of election ROME (Reuters) – President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday urged political parties to make realistic proposals to tackle Italy’s problems, especially joblessness, ahead of an election in March. Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits the tomb of Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes during the official welcoming ceremony at Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes Although the presidency is largely ceremonial, Mattarella does have the power to pick prime ministers and dissolve parliament, which he did this week to open…

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Manchester United's Young banned for three matches

Manchester United's Young banned for three matches (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Ashley Young was charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association (FA) on Sunday after his altercation with Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic in the Premier League the previous day. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United vs Burnley – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – December 26, 2017 Manchester United’s Ashley Young looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates Young appeared to strike Tadic with an elbow during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. “Young’s charge…

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Iran protests: Citizens have right to criticise, not destroy – Rouhani

Iran protests: Citizens have right to criticise, not destroy – Rouhani Media playback is unsupported on your device Iranians are free to protest against the government but must not jeopardise security, President Hassan Rouhani has said after four days of demonstrations. Speaking at a cabinet session, he acknowledged that there were problems that needed to be solved but warned that violence would not be tolerated. The protests have been the biggest show of dissent since huge rallies in 2009. There have been clashes in several cities, and Iran has restricted…

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Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business

Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the device and get the answer instantly. That kind of scenario is increasingly becoming a reality, although it is still far from common place in business just yet. With the increasing popularity of devices…

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Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire disrupts horse show

Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire disrupts horse show A fire has broken out in a car park next to the Liverpool Echo Arena during an international horse show. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted that everyone was safe and no animals had been hurt. He said some horses that were on the first floor of the multi-storey car park had been moved inside the arena. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said 12 engines were at the scene at King’s Dock. Merseyside Police said a number of vehicles were on fire….

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Controversial penalty earns West Brom draw with Arsenal

Controversial penalty earns West Brom draw with Arsenal (Reuters) – WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 ARSENAL 1 Soccer Football – Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain – December 31, 2017 Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in action with West Bromwich Albion’s Matt Phillips REUTERS/Darren Staples Arsenal were denied victory on their manager Arsene Wenger’s big day as West Bromwich Albion snatched a dramatic late point in a 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday. In Wenger’s record 811th game in charge, James McClean…

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New Year's Eve 2017: UK prepares to celebrate despite storm and strikes

New Year's Eve 2017: UK prepares to celebrate despite storm and strikes Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK is preparing to bid farewell to 2017 and see in the new year with parties, fireworks and fizz. There are warnings, however, that celebrations could be scuppered by travel disruption and stormy weather. Storm Dylan brought winds of up to 76mph to parts of Scotland on Sunday but Hogmanay organisers in Edinburgh say it will still go ahead. Meanwhile, a 24-hour rail strike could cause delays for partygoers travelling…

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