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FTSE 100 higher but Thomas Cook shares fall

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Tour operator EBIT fell by 2% with lower margins in the United Kingdom offsetting growth in Continental Europe and the Nordics. Group revenue increased to 9.01 billion pounds from 7.81 billion pounds a year ago, reflecting strong customer demand for holiday and flight offering. Read More »

A mild day with much cooler air later tonight

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Expect quiet travels during the day for the busiest travel day of the year. This evening's clear skies will give way to steadily increasing clouds overnight. By 10 am rain chances go back down to 10% and we are mostly cloudy. Daytime temps will start to runaway from us. Cloud cover will increase through the morning with precipitation chances increasing after 1 p.m. Read More »

German Police Retrieve 100 Stolen John Lennon Items

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The unidentified suspect, 58, was arrested in Berlin , Germany, after possibly handling items belonging to the popular Beatles singer who was shot and killed by a gunman in 1980, reported The Associated Press . A second suspect is believed to be in Turkey and remains at-large. Hagen rejected suggestions that Ono might have lent or given away the objects: "The diaries especially ... Read More »

PISA results: Finland near top in group problem-solving

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Just over a fifth (22 per cent) of United Kingdom students performed below Level 2 - meaning that at best, they were able to complete tasks with low problem complexity and limited collaboration complexity, the OECD said. On average, girls are 1.6 times more likely than boys to be top performers in collaborative problem solving, while boys are 1.6 times more likely than girls to be low achievers. Read More »

Pakistan releases Hafiz Saeed from house arrest

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Rejecting the government's plea to extend his detention for another three months, the board ordered Saeed's release. Hafiz Saeed is scheduled to be released on Thursday. "The review board looking in to the case... has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges", a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen said. Read More »

Arron Banks threatens legal action over Leave.EU investigations

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However, according to media reports , both groups reportedly paid the money directly to a Canadian data analytics firm, AggregateIQ, which was also heavily used by Vote Leave. Darren Grimes set up BeLeave, a group representing young people in the campaign for a leave vote. But more information has now come to light which has give the watchdog "reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have been committed". Read More »

Plane crashes into sea with everyone on board feared dead

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The aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is now operating in the Philippine Sea, when it went down. Their C-2 "Greyhound" transport plane crashed while on its way to the carrier on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea, where the USA and Japanese navies are holding exercises. Read More »

Syrian Foreign Ministry Laments Degradation of Arab League

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This latest flare up between Saudi Arabia and Iran was sparked by a November 4 incident in which Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh's worldwide airport. Hariri flew to Paris Saturday and vowed to return to Lebanon to attend celebrations marking the country's independence day on November 22. Hezbollah responded to the attacks Monday, dismissing the Arab League statements as "silly" and "absurd". Read More »

Snow warning issued for Aberdeenshire

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Forecasters have warned spray and flooding on roads will make journey times longer, while bus and train services could also be delayed - and, in addition, there is a flood risk for homes and businesses. Outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy, will add to the hard travel conditions. And the Met Office says that despite the warmth down south, Scotland could see an inch of snow on hills this week. Read More »

China says opposes new United States sanctions over North Korea

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His spokeswoman confirmed the designation just after he made the remarks in front of reporters. President Donald Trump yesterday announced plans to designate North Korea a "state sponsor of terrorism". The armistice, signed in 1953 by US-South Korean, North Korean, and Chinese forces, effectively ended the Korean War. "But this will close a few additional loopholes". Read More »

USA strike in Somalia kills over 100 Shabaab fighters

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A US defense official said that the strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, CNN reported. Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. Read More »

Kushner Worried Mueller's Probe Would 'Get' President Trump

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Kushner has repeatedly figured into the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election due to his presence at meetings a year ago with Russian officials and representatives. As part of the flurry of diplomatic efforts, senior Israeli officials apparently contacted Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, as well as Stephen Bannon, another senior Trump aide, and others to see if the incoming president could intervene to torpedo the December 23 resolution. Read More »

Another senator quits over dual citizenship

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When Singapore attained independence, Senator Kakoschke-Moore's mother subsequently obtained the right to live in the UK. Her resignation follows a High Court of Australia decision last month that clarified constitutional rules and determined five politicians to be ineligible. Read More »

Border agent injured in Texas dies

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The FBI said both men were found injured late Saturday in a culvert area - a tunnel structure used for water drainage - in southwest Texas. An FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau is investigating the death of a border patrol agent and severe injuries to another as "potential assault", but he wouldn't rule out that they could have been hurt in some other way. Read More »

NY terror attack suspect faces 22 charges

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The Patterson, NJ, resident was arrested on Halloween after he allegedly killed eight people and inured a dozen by speeding over a popular bike-only path in lower Manhattan in a rental truck. The NYPD said previously that Saipov, who came to the USA from Uzbekistan, had been planning the attack for several weeks . Saipov was shot by a police officer after he carried out his attack just blocks from the World Trade Center. Read More »

Ranked Mizzou recruit likely out for the season

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It is a procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, that has a projected recovery time of three to four months. "I'm excited to get after it in Orlando". After just two minutes of playing time, Michael Porter Jr .'s season is apparently over. He did not sit on the bench with the team in wins over Wagner and Emporia State, and he did not travel to Utah, where the Tigers were blown out by the Utes. Read More »

Federal judge's order sets up sanctuary city showdown

Trump , and the related case of City and County of San Francisco v. Trump , Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found the president's order to be in violation of the 10th Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the constitutional separation of powers. Read More »

Words of fellow Republicans used against Roy Moore in new ad

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Mr. Trump had declined to weigh in on the charges against Mr. Moore for more than a week, leaving it to his press secretary to say only that the president believed it was up to Alabama voters to decide. Asked about the allegations against Moore, the president replied, "Moore denies it". "In the case of Senator Franken, you have someone who was - what he did was unacceptable, but I think in a different level of behavior, unacceptable still, but the kind of sexual assault that you had ... Read More »

State Dept. officials accuse Tillerson of violating law

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Reuters was first to report on the memo , and obtained other documents appearing to support the argument that several bureaus within the State Department recommended the three countries be listed. The President of the United States can issue waivers to offending countries if doing so "is in the national interest", and must alert Congress within 45 days. Read More »

Celebrations as Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns

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In the symbol of the level of his decline, Mugabe's dominating ZANU-PF said on Fri "Just go", based on the Herald, their state magazine which has functioned like a faithful mouth piece for pretty much 40 years. ZANU-PF, which Mugabe co-founded and led for decades, ousted the 93-year-old leader as its party chief on Sunday and gave him an ultimatum to step down in 24 hours or face impeachment. Read More »