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US election 2020: Which Democrat will take on Trump in 2020?

Kamala Harris is the kind of Democrat who could stick around and prevail in what is sure to be a gruelling nomination battle. She is from California, which is rich in both primary delegates and fundraising dollars. As a woman, and from an ethnic minority, she is well positioned to capitalise on her party’s growing diversity. She has one of the most liberal voting records in the US Senate at a time when Democrats are leaning to the left, but she also has a background as a hard-nosed prosecutor. That…

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Apple teams with Ant Financial, banks for interest-free iPhone financing in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Apple Inc has teamed up with Chinese payments giant Ant Financial Services Group and several local banks to offer interest-free financing, its first such move in the country as it looks to boost waning smartphone sales. FILE PHOTO: A new iPhone X is sold at an Apple Store in Beijing, China November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo The U.S. tech behemoth issued a rare revenue warning last month citing weaker iPhone sales in China, one of its most important markets, where consumer spending has taken a hit…

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NBA roundup: Lakers rally past Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 19 points down in the third quarter to defeat the visiting Houston Rockets 111-106 on Thursday night. February 21, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots to score a basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who avoided their second-ever season sweep against the Rockets. Brandon Ingram finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, Kyle…

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Wales v England: Eddie Jones tells his Six Nations visitors to relish Cardiff hostility

Jones has won four Tests out of four against Wales since taking charge at the start of 2016 Six Nations: Wales v England Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday 23 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. England coach Eddie Jones says his team have to relish taking on an entire nation when they play Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Saturday. Both…

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Celtic: Jeremy Toljan red ‘took game away’ in Valencia – Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers said the dismissal of Jeremy Toljan was crucial to his side’s defeat Jeremy Toljan’s sending-off “took the game away” from Celtic, said Brendan Rodgers after his side’s European season ended with defeat in Valencia. The full-back was booked twice in 11 first-half minutes, meaning Celtic had to play almost an hour of their Europa League last-32 second leg with 10 men. Kevin Gamiero’s goal earned Valencia a 1-0 win and a 3-0 aggregate victory over the Scottish champions. “I thought the referee took the game away from us,”…

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Teenage Tolkien’s early glimpses of Middle Earth

Before The Lord of the Rings, and even before The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien had his paintings. And maps. And even a secret language. A new exhibition in New York brings together the life’s work that went into creating his famous “Middle Earth”. Editor: Joni Mazer-Field, Camera: Henry Morton, Music: Gene D’Andrea, Producer: Mat Morrison Source link

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Israel’s first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface. The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet – Hebrew for the biblical phrase “in the beginning” – soared into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT Friday) atop the 23-story-tall rocket. Beresheet, about the size of a…

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What Iceland can teach us about paying men and women fairly

Image copyright Getty Images Last year, Iceland became the first country to make companies responsible for paying men and women equally. Equal pay – paying men and women the same for jobs of equal value – has been a legal requirement in Iceland, the UK and many other countries for decades. While other countries focus on gender pay, Iceland has put the onus on employers to show they follow the existing laws around equal pay. The country, which has a population of nearly 350,000 has long been ranked the world’s…

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News Daily: MPs’ Brexit rebellion threat, and Begum family challenge Javid

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright AFP Brexit: Tory MPs warn of rebellion With five weeks to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, Theresa May has been warned that more than 30 normally loyal Conservative MPs could rebel against the government in an effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Brexit Delivery Group, containing Leave and Remain supporters, says members may back alternative plans if the prime minister’s reworked deal with the EU fails to gain majority support in…

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Isle of Wight cerebral palsy author writes autobiography with his nose

Writer Josh Barry has cerebral palsy and has spent the past nine years writing a book about his life with his nose. Because of his limited mobility and speech he previously used an array of switches connected to a computer – or would dictate to a scribe – but says he started using his nose to type on the keyboard of an iPad so that he could be more creative. Josh, who is from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, works as a freelance journalist and runs an entertainment…

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