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Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria’s Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and their allies after fierce clashes. Intense Turkish artillery fire and air strikes continued to hit some villages, the YPG said, and fierce…

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Watford name Gracia as manager after sacking Silva

Watford name Gracia as manager after sacking Silva LONDON (Reuters) – Watford sacked manager Marco Silva on Sunday after a poor run of results and blamed a rival Premier League club’s “unwarranted approach” to sign the Portuguese earlier this season as the catalyst for the decision. British media reported that Everton had targeted Silva in their quest to replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman before they appointed former England manager Sam Allardyce in November. Spaniard Javi Gracia, formerly of Malaga and Russian club Rubin Kazan was named by local media as the…

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German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach

German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach BONN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, moving Europe’s economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. SPD delegates voted 362 to 279, with one abstention, to press ahead with negotiations. The centre-left party’s leaders had agreed a preliminary coalition blueprint with Merkel’s conservative bloc earlier this month. A recount was held after an initial show of hands was too close to call for…

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Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight as shutdown enters second day

Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight as shutdown enters second day WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea. Funding for federal agencies ran out Saturday with Trump and Republican lawmakers locked in a standoff with Democrats. As the shutdown entered its second day, there appeared to be no clear path for a quick end to the…

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Everything We Know About The 2018 Grammy Awards

Everything We Know About The 2018 Grammy Awards Song of the Year: • “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber • “4:44,” JAY-Z • “Issues,” Julia Michaels • “1-800-273-8255,” Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid • “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars Album Of The Year: • “Awaken, My Love!” Childish Gambino • 4:44, JAY-Z • DAMN., Kendrick Lamar • Melodrama, Lorde • 24K Magic, Bruno Mars Record of the Year: • “Redbone,” Childish Gambino • “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber • “The Story…

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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been brought into city hospitals, with six identified as foreigners. However a senior Afghan security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because…

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'Jumanji' Stays Strong, Topping '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' With $20 Million

'Jumanji' Stays Strong, Topping '12 Strong,' 'Den of Thieves' With Million LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations. Afghan war drama “12 Strong” took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms’ “Den of Thieves” followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox’s “The Post” finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend…

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Mirror, mirror on the phone, am I still the fairest of them all? – asks bloodied Ronaldo

Mirror, mirror on the phone, am I still the fairest of them all? – asks bloodied Ronaldo MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo took his obsession with his image to new heights as he examined his bloodied face on the mobile phone of a Real Madrid doctor while walking off the pitch towards the end of Sunday’s 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna. Ronaldo scored twice against Deportivo to help ease Real’s recent crisis but paid a heavy price for his second goal in the 84th minute as opposing defender Fabian…

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