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INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela President seeks UN help to ease medicine shortage

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JAMAICA GLEANER – The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro has sought the assistance of the United Nations (UN) to boost supplies of medicine to his country. In a speech televised in Venezuela yesterday, Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the country. Venezuela’s Medical Federation revealed recently that hospitals now have ...

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INTERNATIONAL UPDATE: Terror attack at UK Parliament

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BBC – A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. The attacker, who was shot by police officers, is reported to have earlier mowed down several pedestrians as he drove a car across Westminster Bridge. He crashed it into railings before running into the Palace of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Shots fired outside UK Parliament

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BBC – Shots are reported to have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament in central London. Politicians and journalists have tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings, Witnesses said they saw people being treated for wounds and reported seeing a man with a knife in the grounds. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Death toll in Peru floods rise to 72

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ABC – Authorities in Peru have declared that the intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, with the death toll since the beginning of the year having hit 72. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman’s vagina almost severed husband’s penis

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NY POST – A British woman who underwent surgery to improve her sex life ended up with none — after her vagina mutilated her partner’s penis. Theresa Bartram, 50, of Brighton, suffered from stress incontinence after giving birth to her only child, sending her confidence in bed plummeting, The Sun newspaper reported. After going seven years without sex, she underwent an operation ...

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INTERNATIONAL: China, EU ban Brazil meats amidst ‘rotten meat’ scandal

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REUTERS – China and the European Union curtailed meat imports from Brazil on Monday after police, in an anti-corruption probe criticized by the government as alarmist, accused inspectors in the world’s biggest exporter of beef and poultry of taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. As the scandal deepened, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the government ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.

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CNN – Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a U.S. official. The official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to the U.S. from some specific countries. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Billionaire banker David Rockefeller dies

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NY TIMES – David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101. A family spokesman, Fraser P. Seitel, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Cat saves owners from carbon monoxide poisoning

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HUFFINGTON POST – A fluffy brown tabby cat is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her human family to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in their home last month. Annette Shanahan of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, told Madison.com this week that around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, she felt weak, ill and disoriented and wandered out of bed, collapsing ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Rock and roll inventor Chuck Berry dies

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BBC – Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police in the US state of Missouri report. The singer was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said. Berry’s seven-decade career boasted a string of hits, including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and ...

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INTERNATIONAL: WhatsApp bringing back status update feature

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MASHABLE – WhatsApp users have spoken, and their message is clear: They still want to update their Status via text just like the good ol’ days of away messages on AOL Instant Messenger. Last month, the Facebook-owned chat app introduced a new way for its billion-plus users to share updates with their contacts in the form of yet another Snapchat ...

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Chicago man arrested after promising to invest client funds, spent on St. Lucian vacations instead

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CHICAGO SUN TIMES – A Chicago man has been charged with defrauding clients out of at least $1.5 million by pocketing their money for personal expenses instead of investing it. Randall Rye, 26, who owns Faster Than Light Trading LLC, told investors they could earn large profits from his proprietary trading program, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US judge blocks new Trump travel ban

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BBC – A Federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, hours before it was due to begin at midnight on Thursday. The ruling by US District Judge Derrick Watson stops the executive order from going into effect. Hawaii is one of several US states trying to stop the ban. The directive would have placed a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls

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BBC – Suicide amongst young women is on the rise. When it comes to mental health, is gender the elephant in the room? In early 2016, five teenagers from Woodstock, Ontario killed themselves in just as many months, leaving not only their family but the community as a whole bewildered with grief. “Everyone was sitting on edge. For a while ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Huge weapons haul seized by Spanish police

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BBC – Spanish Police have released striking pictures of a huge weapons haul seized from an organised crime group. It includes over 10,000 assault rifles, machine guns, pistols, revolvers, and 400 shells and grenades. The guns and ammunition were seized in January during an operation against firearms trafficking. Investigators also found an illegal workshop with machinery to manipulate and reactivate weapons, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Man arrested with cocaine strapped to his body

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HUFFINGTON  POST – A man who police described as “busting out of his pants” was arrested at a New York City airport on Friday when officers found his legs were heavily strapped with cocaine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Officers said that Juan Carlos Galan Luperon was packing 10 pounds of the illegal substance, worth an estimated $164,000, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: CNN host under fire for eating human brain in India

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NATIONAL POST – Religion scholar Reza Aslan ate cooked human brain tissue with a group of cannibals in India during Sunday’s premiere of the new CNN show “Believer,” a documentary series about spirituality around the globe. The outcry was immediate. Aslan, a Muslim who teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, was accused of “Hinduphobia” and of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Man decapitates himself on subway tracks

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NY POST – He placed his head on the subway tracks and waited for an oncoming train to take his life. A distraught man left a suicide note on a Brooklyn platform and then committed suicide in gruesome fashion — with a train decapitating him as it barreled into the station Wednesday. Police found Rubin Antonio Rodriguez’s headless body at ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Zimbabwe bans corporal punishment

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JAMAICA GLEANER – Zimbabwe’s High Court has outlawed corporal punishment for children both at school and in the home. The ruling comes after a parent complained that her six-year-old child had deep bruises after a beating by a teacher. The mother said her daughter had been punished for failing to have her reading book signed by guardians as proof she ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Game Of Thrones star dies aged 36

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THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – Game Of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain’s tallest man, the 7’7″ star played Mag The Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. According to reports, he passed away following heart failure on ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Suspect in killing of North Korea leader’s brother thought she was in ‘comedy video’

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – Vietnam said Saturday the Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half brother told officials she thought she was taking part in a prank for a comedy video. Doan Thi Huong was arrested alongside an Indonesian woman, with both accused of carrying out a fatal poison attack on Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia on February ...

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WhatsApp makes changes to its ‘status’ feature

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BUSINESS TODAY – In a nod to its past as well as its future, WhatsApp is adding a “status” feature that lets users tell their contacts what they are up to. It’s not a new idea – WhatsApp started out as a way for people to let their friends know what they are up to – at work or available, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Giant cannabis factory found in nuclear bunker in England

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BBC – A large-scale cannabis factory has been found in an underground former nuclear bunker, Wiltshire police have said. Several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1m were seized in a raid on RGHQ Chilmark. Six men were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production following the midnight raid on Wednesday. There are 20 rooms in the building ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Trump expected to revoke rules on transgender rights in schools

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NY POST – Republican President Donald Trump’s administration was expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The draft reverses former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature initiative on transgender rights, which instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman convinced she was speaking to Virgin Mary actually had brain tumor

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NY POST – A woman who convinced herself she was speaking to the Virgin Mary was actually battling a brain tumor, doctors discovered. The unnamed 60-year-old, who lives in Spain, suddenly became religious, finding God in just two months. Family and friends described the woman as being happy and positive. But they told doctors she was not particularly religious. Yet ...

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INTERNATIONAL: China, Venezuela number 790 cooperation agreements in strategic areas

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PRESS RELEASE – Through the High-Level Joint Commission, shared by Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China since 2001, 790 cooperation projects have been developed to enhance development of strategic areas. This commission, which emerged as a result of the Cooperation Framework Agreement, signed between late President Hugo Chavez and his Chinese counterpart Jiang Zemin, currently includes the implementation of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Homeowner finds landscaper having sex with family dog

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NEW YORK POST — An Atlanta-area man has turned himself in after he was accused of engaging in a sex act with a dog while working as a landscaper. Citing jail records, news outlets report that 61-year-old Cruz Barreralugo turned himself in to authorities Monday. A Lawrenceville man called police Saturday to report that he was playing in his yard with ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nokia 3310 to be relaunched at MWC

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Nokia will re-launch the 3310, perhaps the best-loved and most resilient phone in history. The phone, originally released in 2000 and in many ways beginning the modern age of mobiles, will be sold as a way of getting lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body. The new incarnation of the old 3310 will be sold ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Pakistan has become the latest country to ban Valentine’s Day. It has prohibited all public celebrations and any media coverage because the celebration is not part of Muslim traditions. The ruling was handed down by the Islamabad High Court, following an unsuccessful attempt to ban the festival last year. President Mamnoon Hussain urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine’s Day, which he ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested in ‘routine’ U.S. enforcement surge

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YAHOO NEWS – U.S. federal immigration agents arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four states this week in what officials on Friday called routine enforcement actions. Reports of immigration sweeps this week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. That ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Man jailed for marrying mother and her daughter

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NY POST – A bail bondsman has been jailed on charges he was simultaneously married to a 43-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter, and illegally possessed weapons by working in Pennsylvania under an alias. The suspect is charged under the name Christopher Hauptmann, though authorities believe his real last name is Buckley and he has a felony drug conviction in ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Doctors find cockroach in woman’s skull after she reported ‘crawling sensation’

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – The 42-year-old Indian woman was in deep slumber last Tuesday night until she awoke around midnight to a “tingling, crawling sensation” in her right nostril. At first, the woman, a domestic worker named Selvi, brushed the feeling off, assuming she might be catching a cold, the Times of India reported. But she soon felt something move. She spent ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Buddhist monk caught with millions of meth pills

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NEW YORK POST – A Buddhist monk is facing some bad karma after being caught with more than 4.6 million methamphetamine pills, officials said. U Arsara was driving a Toyota Kluger from Shwe Baho village in the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine state, in Myanmar, when he was pulled over Sunday by members of a narcotics task force. Cops found ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Teenage hitman accused of more than 30 murders

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SKY NEWS – A 17-year-old who is accused of carrying out more than 30 murders has been arrested by police in Colombia. The teenage suspect – known only by his nickname ‘Frijolito’ – was held in the city of Cali in the South American country. Police describe him as a “highly dangerous criminal” and said he was caught after a ...

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