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Biden’s adopted new dog – and other political pets

Image copyright Delaware Humane Association Image caption Joe Biden adopted his new dog, Major, from the Delaware Humane Association Former US vice-president Joe Biden has adopted a dog from a shelter in the state of Delaware. The Bidens have been fostering Major the German Shepherd and are now giving him a permanent home, the Delaware Humane Association said. The association posted photos of the adoption on social media. Mr Biden has adopted dogs before – in 2008 he adopted a puppy called Champ after being promised a dog by his…

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Single-use plastic: ‘Fish and chips must help save our seas’

Image copyright Matthew Williams Image caption The Crispy Cod will represent Wales at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2019 An award-winning fish and chip shop has called for takeaways to do more to protect the seas. The Crispy Cod in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff, plans to eliminate plastic bags and polystyrene packaging from the shop floor. It kicked off its efforts by launching a competition for school pupils to design a logo for its new paper bags. The takeaway was recently crowned best fish and chip shop in Wales…

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Zverev stuns Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title

LONDON (Reuters) – An inspired Alexander Zverev beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday — the biggest title of the German’s fledgling career. Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 18, 2018 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge The 21-year-old broke serve once in the opening set and three times in the second to pull off a shock victory in a packed 02 Arena…

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Jamal Khashoggi: Trump won’t listen to ‘terrible’ murder recording

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Frank Gardner looks at what could happen to the man known as MBS US President Donald Trump says he has been briefed on a recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder – but will not listen to it himself. “It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape,” he told Fox News Sunday. The CIA has reportedly concluded the powerful Saudi Crown Prince ordered the killing but the White House is yet to endorse that assessment. Saudi Arabia has called the…

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UK’s richest man eyes North Sea oil and gas fields

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jim Ratcliffe is the founder and chairman of Ineos Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe is hoping to extend his grip on the North Sea by buying oil and gas fields from US giant ConocoPhillips. Mr Ratcliffe’s company Ineos and ConocoPhillips have both confirmed that they are in exclusive talks. Among the assets up for grabs is Conoco’s 6.5% stake in the Clair field, west of Shetland. The field potentially has 7 billion barrels of oil in place, according to BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley.…

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505 ‘safety events’ at Faslane nuclear submarine base

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A total of 505 safety events were recorded at the British naval base since 2006 There have been more than 500 safety incidents at the home of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet in the past 12 years, it has been revealed. Two events at HM Naval Base Clyde had “high potential for radioactive release to the environment”, according to the Ministry of Defence. But in “neither [Category A] event was any radiological contamination evident”, the MoD confirmed. The figures were disclosed in response to…

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Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to win ATP Finals in London

Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Tour final Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career. Djokovic, 31, was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German. Third seed Zverev broke Djokovic for a 5-4 lead in the first set and then served three big aces to take the set. Zverev, 21, continued to dominate in the second set and sealed…

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World Falconry Day: Eagle and falcons soar over desert show

Egyptian falconers have met in the desert near Alexandria to celebrate World Falconry Day and highlight an ancient sport. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yasser al-Khawanky fed his Golden Eagle at the gathering at Borg al-Arab. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Golden Eagles have been kept for hunting for centuries. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The birds were lined up at sunrise for the celebration. Image copyright Reuters Image caption They soared through the sky to swoop on pigeons and rabbits in front of the spectators. Image copyright Reuters Image…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria

Middlesbrough midfielder George Saville was one of Northern Ireland’s best players against Austria A Valentino Lazaro goal with the last kick of the game won the Nations League clash for Austria against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. NI looked set for their first point of the competition when Corry Evans hit a 57th-minute equaliser after Xaver Schlager’s goal eight minutes earlier. In the first half a Niall McGinn free-kick came within inches of putting Northern Ireland into the lead. Northern Ireland have lost all four matches in the new Uefa…

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Dorsey: Browns haven’t discussed Condi Rice

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey denied the team has discussed interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Browns’ head coaching job on Sunday. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice poses for a portrait while promoting her new book “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” in New York, U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Dorsey issued the statement after a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the team was hoping to interview Rice. “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the…

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