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Malaysian woman charged with murder of Indonesian helper in latest case of abuse

Malaysian woman charged with murder of Indonesian helper in latest case of abuse KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 60-year-old woman with murdering an Indonesian domestic helper who was found with bruises on her face and died from her injuries, state news agency Bernama said. It is the latest such case in a series. In 2008, a Malaysian was sentenced to jail for scalding her Indonesian domestic helper with a hot iron. Years later, a Malaysian couple were convicted of starving an Indonesian domestic helper to…

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Lloyds Banking profit jumps to 5.3 billion pounds but misses estimates

Lloyds Banking profit jumps to 5.3 billion pounds but misses estimates LONDON (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) reported its highest pre-tax profit since 2006 on Wednesday and announced a share buy-back of up to one billion pounds and 3 billion pounds of strategic investment over the next three years. The 24 percent rise in profit to 5.3 billion pounds beat last year’s 4.2 billion but fell short of the 5.73 billion expected by analysts in a poll provided by the bank. Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said 2017 had been…

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Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls

Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls Media playback is unsupported on your device Survivors of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead have travelled to the state capital to press lawmakers to take more action on gun control. About 100 students arrived in Tallahassee hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack. They are due to stage a rally at the statehouse later and meet legislators. It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun…

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Lloyds Banking profit jumps to $7.4 billion but misses estimates

Lloyds Banking profit jumps to .4 billion but misses estimates LONDON (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group reported its highest pre-tax profit since 2006 on Wednesday, announcing a share buy-back of up to one billion pounds and 3 billion pounds of strategic investment over the next three years. The 24 percent rise in profit to 5.3 billion pounds beat last year’s record of 4.2 billion but fell short of the 5.73 billion expected by analysts in a poll provided by the bank. Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said 2017 had been a…

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Hard Brexit faction in May's party demands clean break from EU

Hard Brexit faction in May's party demands clean break from EU LONDON (Reuters) – More than 60 lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have signed a letter demanding that she deliver a Brexit that ensures “full regulatory autonomy” for Britain after it leaves in March 2019, the BBC reported. May, whose government and party is divided over Brexit, has just eight months to strike a withdrawal deal with the EU but insists Britain will leave at 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019. The 62 Conservative lawmakers signed a…

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John Worboys case: Met Police loses appeal against victims

John Worboys case: Met Police loses appeal against victims The Met Police has lost an appeal at the Supreme Court against two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys who won compensation for its failings. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Source: BBC…

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Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee

Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles. Last week’s massacre, the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in U.S. history, has inflamed a national debate about gun rights and prompted young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and across the…

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Post-Brexit, builder Barratt could shift some production back to UK

Post-Brexit, builder Barratt could shift some production back to UK LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest housebuilder Barratt is considering moving production of blocks used in construction from Germany to Britain, an example of steps some businesses are taking to mitigate against any risk from Brexit. London and Brussels hope to agree a deal this month which will protect free trade, including the movement of goods, between Britain and the European Union until at least the end of 2020 but many firms are developing contingency plans. Barratt said around 90 percent…

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Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Residents of Syria’s eastern Ghouta said they were “waiting their turn to die” early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave. Five died and over 200 were injured early on Wednesday in the area, hammered by one of the heaviest bombardments in seven years of war that has killed at least 250 people in 48 hours, a war monitor said. The pace of the pace of the bombardment appeared to…

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Pro-government forces hit Syria's Ghouta with rockets, air raids

Pro-government forces hit Syria's Ghouta with rockets, air raids BEIRUT (Reuters) – Over a dozen people were injured on Tuesday night in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, where one of the heaviest bombardments in seven years of war has hammered a besieged enclave, killing at least 250 people in 48 hours, a war monitor said. Pro-government forces fired rockets and dropped barrel bombs from helicopters on the towns and villages of the rural district just outside Damascus, where rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have their last big redoubt near the capital, it…

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