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Iraqi prime minister declares victory over IS in Tal Afar

Iraqi prime minister declares victory over IS in Tal Afar ERBIL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants in Tal Afar and the entire province of Nineveh on Thursday, despite continued fighting in the small town of al-‘Ayadiya. Tal Afar had become the next target of the U.S.-backed war on the jihadist group following the capture of Mosul, where it had declared its “caliphate” over parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. “Tal Afar has been liberated,” Abadi said in a statement. “We…

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US hands out first contracts for border wall prototypes

US hands out first contracts for border wall prototypes Four companies have been chosen to build prototypes for Donald Trump’s planned border wall, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. The four concrete prototypes will be 30ft (9m) long and up to 30ft tall, and will be built in the coming months. Officials will then spend up to two months testing the walls for tampering and penetration resistance using small hand tools, CBP said. The four contracts are worth up to $500,000 (£387,000) each. A continuous wall across the entire…

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Uber hires former Facebook exec and Firefox founder Blake Ross

Uber hires former Facebook exec and Firefox founder Blake Ross Uber has hired Firefox co-founder Blake Ross, to work with them on product strategy. Ross will be working with the ridesharing company part-time from Los Angeles. He announced it on Facebook, where he once worked as director of product.  This embed is invalid” /> [embedded content] “I’m joining Uber to help develop product strategy, rally the troops, and improve my passenger rating,” quipped Ross. The news comes just two days after the company announced its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi.  The role…

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Barkley 'pulled out of Chelsea move at last minute'

Barkley 'pulled out of Chelsea move at last minute' (Reuters) – Everton midfielder Ross Barkley dramatically pulled out of a move to Chelsea at the last minute, Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said on Thursday. “The two clubs agreed a deal of 35 million pounds, personal terms agreed, and after a medical we heard from Paul Martin, Ross Barkley’s agent, that he had changed his mind,” Moshiri said on Sky Sports minutes before Thursday’s transfer deadline. It was not immediately clear what led to Barkley’s about-turn, but Moshiri said: “He…

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Miley Cyrus, Beyonce join Harvey storm relief effort

Miley Cyrus, Beyonce join Harvey storm relief effort LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Miley Cyrus and Oscar-winning actors Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio pledged funds to help victims of storm Harvey, while Beyonce on Thursday said she was sending a team to her Houston, Texas hometown to help with relief efforts. A donation drive organized by Houston Texans NFL star J.J. Watt had reached $10 million in pledges from celebrities and ordinary people by Thursday, and singer Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister, announced benefit concerts in Boston and New York…

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Ronaldo grabs hat-trick as Portugal beat Faroes 5-1

Ronaldo grabs hat-trick as Portugal beat Faroes 5-1 PORTO (Reuters) – Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, his fifth for his country, to lead the European champions to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday. The 32-year-old, Portugal’s record scorer, took his haul in the current qualifying campaign to 14 goals in seven games and his overall tally to 78 in 144 international appearances. The win left the Portuguese in second place with 18 points from seven games in Group B. Leaders…

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Razer’s gunmetal Blade Stealth is like dressing a gaming laptop in a suit

Razer’s gunmetal Blade Stealth is like dressing a gaming laptop in a suit The chassis of this Blade Stealth isn’t dramatically different than it has been in past generations — except for its new gunmetal paint job. An all-black exterior, backlit triple snake logo and a keyboard with every color in the rainbow is often what kept corporate types and minimalists away from Razer’s laptop portfolio. Everything screamed “gamer” or “PC enthusiast,” but the user experience has been well-revered across the internet. Now for the first time, Razer is making…

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Mbappe, Oxlade-Chamberlain headline transfer deadline day

Mbappe, Oxlade-Chamberlain headline transfer deadline day (Reuters) – France’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe joined Paris St Germain from AS Monaco and England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spurned Chelsea’s overtures to sign for Liverpool from Arsenal in two of the most eye-catching deals on transfer deadline day. Mbappe, 18, signed on loan from Monaco with PSG having an option to buy the striker at the end of the season in a deal European media said could reach 180 million euros (165.76 million pounds)and make him the world’s second most expensive signing. PSG already…

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Sir Philip Green sends legal warning to MP Frank Field over BHS pension deal

Sir Philip Green sends legal warning to MP Frank Field over BHS pension deal Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has deepened his long-running feud with Frank Field, threatening the MP with legal action. In a letter, Sir Philip told Mr Field he should read a missive from Sir Philip’s lawyers “very very carefully”. Sir Philip accused Mr Field of giving a “disgraceful” radio interview last week. The MP said in the interview he had new information about Sir Philip’s £363m BHS pensions settlement. “You seem intent on continuing your personal…

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Britain 'going backwards' on rights of disabled, says U.N. committee

Britain 'going backwards' on rights of disabled, says U.N. committee GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Committee on the rights of disabled people said on Thursday it had more concerns about Britain – due to funding cuts, restricted rights and an uncertain post-Brexit future – than any other country in its 10-year history. The committee, which reviews states’ compliance with the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, published a 17-page report with recommendations about how Britain could do better. “The UK is at the moment going backwards in…

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