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Venezuela: Maduro ready to stand in early presidential poll

Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly has ordered fresh elections before the end of April. President Nicolas Maduro told thousands of his supporters at a rally that he is ready to seek another six-year term. “It’s the right decision. Imperialism and the right were plotting to take over the economy,” said Mr Maduro. The opposition is weakened and divided and many of ...

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Asia shares surf global growth wave, dollar sinks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares scaled record peaks on Wednesday as strong corporate earnings and optimism on global growth outweighed concerns over trade tensions, while a fresh burst of speculative selling took the U.S. dollar to three-year lows. A 10 percent surge in Netflix (NFLX.O) led gains across the tech sector as it became just the latest to top forecasts. ...

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Shipwreck discovered in Alabama may be remains of last boat to bring slaves to US

The wreckage of a boat discovered on a riverbank in Alabama is thought to be that of the Clotilda, the last vessel to bring African slaves into the US. The ship wreck, which has not been formally identified, was found when unusually low tides revealed charred wood and rusted metal in a river delta and were spotted by a reporter ...

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Danny Walters reveals the big difference between working on Benidorm and EastEnders as he wins Best Newcomer at the NTAs

Danny Walters may have won big at tonight’s National Television Awards, but he admitted that there was one big thing he missed about Benidorm. The actor, who was awarded the Best Newcomer gong tonight, admitted that there was one major difference between the BBC soap and the ITV sitcom. “The pina coladas!” He told Mirror TV. “You’ve got Nandos and ...

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Holly Willoughby suffers wardrobe malfunction as massive gust of wind catches her Grecian-style gown

Holly Willoughby’s stunning National Television Awards dress almost made a break for it when she was spotted leaving for the annual bash on Tuesday evening. The TV favourite pulled out all the stops on the night in a blue and yellow Grecian-style gown that featured a layered tulle skirt. But the skirt appeared to have a mind of its own ...

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Revealed, the areas of Britain where more than half of all kids are mired in poverty

More than half of kids are mired in poverty in parts of Britain, according to a shocking map revealing the hardship suffered by youngsters across the country. Among the 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of childhood poverty, seven are in London, three in Birmingham and three in Manchester. The End Child Poverty coalition urged the Chancellor to scrap ...

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Study reveals London gets more than twice as much money for transport as the North

Chris Grayling has been slammed over an “indefensible” North/South divide on transport. Planned transport investment in London is two-and-a-half times higher per person than in the North of England, a shock study reveals today. London will get £4,155 per person compared with just £1,600 in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber regions combined, think tank IPPR ...

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'He's not a monster': Stepsister of 'Kentucky school shooter' speaks out after 2 killed and 17 injured

The stepsister of a 15-year-old boy believed to have carried out a mass school shooting in Kentucky has said: “He is not a monster”. The woman took to Facebook to defend the teenager who is being widely named and pictured online as responsible for the gun rampage. Police in the town of Benton have yet to confirm his identity but ...

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Laughing all the way to the bank: Ex-boss of Carillion grins as hundreds of thousands of workers face financial misery

Carillion ex-boss Richard Howson emerged looking happy and relaxed as he grabbed a takeaway coffee yesterday. Wearing jeans and puffa jacket, Mr Howson, 49, surfaced in Skipton, North Yorks, near his £1.2million farmhouse. He shared a joke with pals as wife Geri, 43, parked her £50,000 electric blue Mercedes outside a NatWest branch in the High Street. The former chief ...

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CCTV shows Finsbury Park 'murderer hiring van, writing hate letter in pub then ploughing into Muslim worshippers'

Dramatic CCTV of the moment a removals van ploughed into a group of innocent Muslim worshippers in the street has been shown to a jury. Unemployed dad-of-four Darren Osborne, 48, was allegedly behind the wheel when the white Luton van slammed into the victims as they gathered to help a man who had collapsed on the way home from prayers. ...

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