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U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. In a dramatic late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through Feb. 16. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but fell short with only 50 supporting it. Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include…

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Macron says 'special' UK deal possible

Macron says 'special' UK deal possible Media playback is unsupported on your device French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could get a special trade deal with the EU after Brexit. But he warned that Britain would not have full access to the single market without accepting its rules. Speaking to Andrew Marr, he warned – as Brussels has already done – that the UK could not “cherry-pick” the elements it liked. A deal might fall somewhere between the single market and a trade agreement, he said. Mr Macron’s…

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US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget Media playback is unsupported on your device The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key issues. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. It means many government services will close down until a budget is…

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Halep edges Davis in marathon thriller to reach fourth round

Halep edges Davis in marathon thriller to reach fourth round MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep saved three match points before edging an inspired Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a thrilling marathon to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. The Romanian fought back from the brink at 11-10 in the epic final set before serving out the match on the fourth attempt after a taxing three hours and 44 minutes on the centre court at Rod Laver Arena. A former quarter-finalist at Melbourne…

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Cancelled North Korean visit to prep for Olympics 'not permanent' – South Korea ministry

Cancelled North Korean visit to prep for Olympics 'not permanent' – South Korea ministry SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Saturday that the sudden cancellation of a North Korean delegation’s planned visit to the South to prepare for the North’s art troupe during the Winter Olympics was “not a permanent cancellation”. “It’s not a permanent cancellation on sending its advance team for performance, it is a tentative cancel,” a ministry official said. A seven-member North Korean team had been scheduled to visit on Saturday to check venues…

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U.S. government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill

U.S. government shutdown looms as Senate short of votes for spending bill WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued. In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to keep alive legislation that would fund the government through Feb. 16. Slideshow (13 Images) As the clock ticked towards…

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Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement

Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement Today’s Stories  Google inks patent deal with Tencent Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS Credits Written by: Tito HamzeHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by: Tito HamzeEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup and want to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and I’ll wear it in…

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U.S. government shutdown looms, lawmakers in hectic negotiations

U.S. government shutdown looms, lawmakers in hectic negotiations WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal. Trump invited Schumer to the White House for talks as a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through Feb. 16 appeared headed to defeat in the Senate, where Democratic votes are needed to pass it. Trump said the meeting was “excellent” and…

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Yes, cities should indeed fight for tech jobs

Yes, cities should indeed fight for tech jobs Few events have jolted the urban planning crowd quite like Amazon’s process for selecting the company’s new second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). The company put up a massive carrot of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment, and then proceeded to demand proposals from cities across North America (lovingly written up by Clickhole). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon received 238 proposals, and this week chose twenty finalists. Apple is also getting in the game now, announcing this week that it too is going to build…

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British tourists warned to 'stay in resorts' in Jamaica security emergency

British tourists warned to 'stay in resorts' in Jamaica security emergency British tourists are being warned they should stay inside their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency in the St James parish, after a number of “shooting incidents”. The Foreign Office has told British tourists to stay in the confines of their hotels as a “major military operation” takes place. About 200,000 British tourists holiday in the Montego Bay area every year. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “[Tourists] should follow…

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