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Roy Moore loss in Alabama fuels faint hope that Republicans might support NAFTA

The scandal-tinged defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election is raising faint hopes that it might embolden some decidedly reluctant Republicans to speak out in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Story continues belowNotwithstanding a series of explosive sexual misconduct allegations, Moore had the strong backing …

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Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the competitive nature of “animal” David Silva after his goals helped the Premier League leaders thrash Swansea and extend their record run of consecutive top-flight wins to 15. Silva scored twice and further goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero ensured City maintained …

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Ecuador VP Jorge Glas sentenced for corruption in Odebrecht case

The vice-president of Ecuador has been sentenced to six years in jail in connection with corruption at the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Jorge Glas is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the scandal that has spread across Latin America and further afield. Prosecutors said he took $13.5m (£10.2m) in …

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Saint John snowplow service won’t be impacted by city budget

City officials in Saint John, N.B. say the 2018 budget will not impact service levels when it comes to snow clearing operations, despite the large area they have to cover.Officials with the city and New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization detailed the winter management plan on Wednesday.Saint John’s snow removal fleet …

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Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

QUITO (Reuters) – An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty in Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA’s [ODBES.UL] corruption scandal. FILE PHOTO – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas gives a news conference in Quito, Ecuador, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel …

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Swiss church bells can chime again at night, says court

A Swiss church can once again ring its bells throughout the night after a federal court overturned a legal decision to limit them to hourly peals. The restriction was ordered in 2015 after a local couple complained about clangs between 22:00 and 07:00. The 250-year-old Protestant church in Wädenswil, near …

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Abbotsford man facing child porn charges

A 42-year-old Abbotsford man is facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.Abbotsford police say Jeremy Allen Willms was arrested on Dec. 11, after an eight-month investigation.The arrest came after a search warrant was executed at an Abbotsford home on Dec. 6, where police seized multiple computers and cell phones, according …

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Merkel's conservatives keen, but SPD still coy on German government talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives said they were willing to open formal talks on forming a government with Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) – but her chosen partner was expected to take two more days to decide how to proceed. Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at …

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Israel seals off Gaza border crossings

GAZA, Dec 13 (KUNA) — The Israeli army blocked the two border crossings with Gaza Strip under the pretext of missile firing from the Strip.In the light of the evaluation of the recent security developments, Israel decided to seal off the crossings of Karm Abo-Salem (Kerem Shalom), south Gaza, and …

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Harvey Weinstein: Salma Hayek alleges he threatened to kill her

Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled “monster”, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.” Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth …

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