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Jaguar claws Arizona woman who climbed zoo barrier to take a selfie

(Reuters) - A jaguar clawed an Arizona woman who climbed over a barrier to take a picture at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, officials said, and the zoo assured animal lovers the big cat would not be put down. Cellphone video of the incident showed at least one gash on the woman’s left forearm as she writhed on the ground in pain on Saturday. “I hear this young girl screaming: ‘Help, help, help’ ... and the jaguar has clasped its claws outside the cage around her hand and into her flesh,” witness Adam Wilkerson told Fox 10 television. Wilkerson’s mother distracted the jaguar by pushing a…

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Exclusive: Two Belgian women, renouncing Islamic State, fear kids will never go home

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children.  Belgian women Tatiana Wielandt and Bouchra Abouallal, each 26, who joined Islamic State in Syria are pictured in Ain Issa, Syria March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Issam AbdallahTatiana Wielandt and Bouchra Abouallal, each 26, said that as much as it pains them, they would send the children to Belgium for a better life and stay behind if it came to that.  “What do I wish to receive? A ticket…

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U.S. Olympic medalist Kelly Catlin dies at age 23

FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Women's Team Pursuit Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016.Sarah Hammer (USA) of USA, Kelly Catlin (USA) of USA, Chloe Dygert (USA) of USA and Jennifer Valente (USA) of USA on podium with the silver medals. REUTERS/Matthew Childs (Reuters) - Olympian Kelly Catlin, who helped the United States win the women’s pursuit team silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games, has died, USA Cycling said on Sunday. The three-time world champion was 23. “The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin,” USA Cycling…

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Hours in purgatory as families wait for news of Ethiopian Airlines crash

NAIROBI (Reuters) - More than three hours after Ethiopian Airlines tweeted that there were no survivors from flight ET302 to Nairobi which crashed on Sunday, authorities finally began informing families waiting in Kenya. A relative reacts as he leaves the information centre following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Baz RatnerMany had already spent hours at the airport, frustration turning to fear as social media began to light up with news of the crash. “They’ve told us nothing, absolutely nothing,” wept Ginny Muhu, 57, who was waiting for her fiance George Kamau.…

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Venezuela suspends school, business activities on Monday: minister

A worker stands inside a bakery during an ongoing blackout in Caracas, Venezuela March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela is suspending school and business activities on Monday amid a continuing blackout, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a televised broadcast on Sunday, the second such cancellation since power went out last week. Reporting by Caracas newsroom; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Peter CooneyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing 157

NAIROBI (Reuters) - An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October. Sunday’s flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. (0538 GMT), before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8:44 a.m. “The pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return,” Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam told a news conference. “There are no survivors,” the airline tweeted alongside a picture of…

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Nerves fray, tempers flare as Venezuela blackout hits fourth day

CARACAS (Reuters) - Furious Venezuelans lined up to buy water and fuel on Sunday as the country entered a fourth day of a nationwide blackout that has left already-scarce food rotting in shops, homes suffering for lack of water and cell phones without reception. A woman whistles as she and others block a street to show their anger because of the ongoing blackout in Caracas, Venezuela March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoAuthorities have managed to provide only patchy access to power since the outage began on Thursday in what President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage, but critics insist it is the result of incompetence and…

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Nvidia nears deal to acquire Mellanox Technologies: source

FILE PHOTO: The logo of technology company Nvidia is seen at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Chipmaker Nvidia Corp is nearing a deal to acquire peer Mellanox Technologies Ltd for more than $7 billion in cash, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The deal would be Nvidia’s biggest-ever acquisition and boost its business of making chips for data centers, allowing it to reduce its reliance on the video game industry, for which it is best known as a major technology vendor. Nvidia has outbid Intel Corp in the auction for Mellanox and could announce…

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Exclusive: In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for his promised wall on the U.S-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters. The demand, which drew swift criticism from Democrats, is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year. Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the U.S. House of Representatives, making it unlikely the Republican president’s…

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U.S.-backed Syrian force attacks Islamic State enclave

BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Sunday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria. A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sits at a back of a truck, near the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, in Syria March 9, 2019. Picture taken March 9, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi SaidWhile the Baghouz enclave represents the last shred of populated land held by the jihadists, the group is still widely seen as a big security threat operating in remote territory elsewhere…

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