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Pope arrives in UAE for historic Gulf visit, condemns Yemen war

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday became the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. Shortly before departing for Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis said he was following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, using his regular Sunday address in Vatican City to urge all sides to implement a fragile peace deal and help deliver aid to millions of hungry people. “The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he told tens of…

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UK Brexit minister to work with compromise Brexit plan Conservatives

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will hold a meeting of a new working group of Conservative lawmakers on Monday seeking to find an alternative plan to avoid a post-Brexit border in Ireland, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said. Last week lawmakers voted to support May’s Brexit deal if she could agree “alternative arrangements” to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement, known as the backstop. The EU has so far ruled out reopening the exit deal to make any changes to the backstop, an insurance policy that aims to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern…

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Private investigators find wreckage of missing soccer player Sala’s aircraft

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Cardiff City - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - January 22, 2019 General view of tributes left outside the stadium for Emiliano Sala REUTERS/Rebecca NadenLONDON (Reuters) - The wreckage of the aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot has been located, the marine scientist directing the search said on Sunday. The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21.…

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Factbox: Venezuelan special police unit blamed for abuses, killings

A local resident waits for a bus at next to a graffiti of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at Jose Felix Ribas neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaCARACAS (Reuters) - Violence perpetrated by Venezuela’s state security forces has been contributing more and more to the country’s homicide rate, one of the highest in the world. From 2010 to 2017, the proportion of homicides committed by the police and military jumped from 4 percent to 27 percent, according to Keymer Avila, a criminology professor at the Central University of Venezuela. He estimated it rose further last year. The government of President Nicolas Maduro has sent troops…

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Pentagon sending 3,750 extra U.S. forces to border with Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is sending 3,750 additional U.S. forces to the southwest border with Mexico for three months to support border agents, the Department of Defense said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe deployment will raise the total number of active-duty forces supporting Customs and Border Protection agents there to about 4,350, it said. The Pentagon disclosed the official figure days after a Democratic lawmaker said about 3,500 extra troops would be deployed. President Donald Trump, who has portrayed the…

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Pope arrives in UAE for historic Gulf visit

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Pope Francis became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. Shortly before departing for Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis said he was following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern, using his regular Sunday address in Vatican City to urge all sides to implement a fragile peace deal and help deliver aid to millions of hungry people. “The cry of these children and their parents rise up to God,” he told tens of thousands of…

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Nissan scraps plan to build new X-Trail model in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Carmaker Nissan has scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain and will produce it solely in Japan, warning two months before Brexit that uncertainty over Britain’s departure was making it harder to plan for the future. Falling demand for diesel cars in Europe has forced Nissan to invest in other technologies and save costs. It cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland factory in the north of England, Britain’s biggest car plant, last year as output slumped 11 percent, hit by levies and crackdowns on diesel. “Nissan has increased its investments in new powertrains and technology for its future European vehicles,”…

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Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option,’ Russia objects

CARACAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.” FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference to mark six months since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader. Maduro,…

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Senior Democrats press Virginia governor to resign over racist photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democrats on Sunday accused embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam of being dishonest and urged him to resign after he backtracked from an earlier admission that he appeared in racist garb in a yearbook photo. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019. Picture taken February 2, 2019. REUTERS/ Jay PaulNortham, a Democrat trying to resist mounting pressure from his party to step down, on Saturday walked back his admission that he was one of two people shown in the photo from his 1984 medical school…

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Empire actor Smollett says he’s OK at first show since alleged attack

FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett performs a tribute to President's Award recipient John Legend at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo(Reuters) - Actor Jussie Smollett appeared onstage in Los Angeles on Saturday in his first public appearance since he told police he was the victim this week of a racist and homophobic attack. Smollett, an openly gay African-American who plays a gay character on the hip-hop drama “Empire,” performed in West Hollywood less than a week after he reported to Chicago police that he was attacked on Tuesday by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and put a…

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