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U.S. Powerball jackpot soars to $625 million ahead of Saturday’s drawing

(Reuters) – The U.S. Powerball jackpot leaped to at least $645 million on Thursday ahead of its second drawing after no one claimed the winning numbers announced on Wednesday, when the cash prize was at $550 million, according to lottery officials. The jackpot, which surpassed the $600 million mark for the fourth time in history, has an estimated cash value of $380.6 million, officials said. The next drawing was scheduled for Saturday, March 23. “A lot like the flowers in the southwest, this $625 million Powerball jackpot is a spectacular…

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Secret indyref poll in 2014 ‘put Yes 4% ahead’

Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell Image caption Yes supporters at a No event attended by Labour leader Ed Miliband in Glasgow days before the referendum A secret opinion poll just days before the 2014 Scottish independence referendum caused “panic” among No campaigners, a new documentary claims. It said the internal poll carried out for the UK government put the Yes campaign four percentage points ahead. Also in the documentary, veteran BBC broadcaster Allan Little criticises the attitudes of some of his London-based colleagues towards independence. BBC boss Ken MacQuarrie said…

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Austria pressing ahead with digital tax after EU-wide plan fails

FILE PHOTO: Austria’s Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger addresses the media before a cabinet meeting in Vienna, Austria August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will press ahead with a proposed tax on internet giants after plans for an European Union-wide levy fell through this week, Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said on Friday. Austria said in January that it would tax firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba 3 percent of their advertising revenue from within Austria. It said at the time that it would hold off on implementing…

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Brexit: MPs’ second vote on PM’s deal to go ahead

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig Brexit moment: Will MPs back or bin the PM’s deal? A second Commons vote on the PM’s Brexit deal will go ahead on Tuesday, ministers have insisted, as Labour said the government was “in chaos”. Ministers said talks were continuing with the EU and the legal advice on the Irish backstop would be updated before MPs start debating tomorrow. Unconfirmed reports say Theresa May will travel to Strasbourg later. The EU has said it is now up to MPs to decide…

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Six Nations: Maro Itoje and Jack Nowell England injury concerns ahead of Italy match

Itoje limped out of England training on Tuesday Six Nations: England v Italy Venue: Twickenham, London Date: Saturday, 9 March Kick-off: 16:45 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary online. Lock Maro Itoje and wing Jack Nowell are fitness doubts for England’s Six Nations game against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday. Itoje limped out of training on Tuesday after damaging the same knee which kept him out of England’s last two matches. Nowell suffered a stinger to…

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French customs agents disrupt Calais port ahead of Brexit

Image copyright AFP Image caption The work-to-rule action began on Monday but unions said it would be “unlimited” Traffic jams built up on Tuesday around the French port of Calais as customs officers worked to rule, carrying out tighter checks on lorries heading for the Channel Tunnel and the ferry port. The action, which began on Monday, is aimed at improving pay and staff numbers ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on 29 March. Dunkirk, further up the French coast, is also affected. “Brexit is a catalyst…

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Emmanuel Macron calls for ‘EU renaissance’ ahead of polls

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Emmanuel Macron has published an open letter to Europe in newspapers across the continent French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a series of reforms to ensure the future of the European Union. In an opinion piece being published around Europe, he calls for the creation of an agency to protect the bloc against cyber-attacks. Ahead of May’s European elections, he advocates a ban on foreign powers financing European political parties. And he suggests the British people were not properly informed before voting to leave the…

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Qualcomm launches patent challenge to Apple ahead of antitrust case

FILE PHOTO: A Qualcomm sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Monday kicks off a patent challenge to Apple Inc, capping off a two-year legal strategy to put pressure on the iPhone maker before a major antitrust lawsuit between the two goes to trial in April. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest maker of mobile chips, alleges in federal court in San Diego that Apple violated three of its…

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Brexit: May tells MPs ‘do your duty’ ahead of fresh votes

Image copyright PA MPs will have their say on the next steps for Brexit later as Theresa May urges them to “do their duty”. Writing in the Daily Mail, the prime minister said the UK remained “firmly on course” to leave the EU with a deal “if MPs hold their nerve”. A number of amendments to the government negotiating strategy will be voted on in the Commons on Wednesday. The votes are not on Mrs May’s Brexit deal itself, but they will show what support she can or cannot get.…

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Going TikTok: Indians get hooked on Chinese video app ahead of election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A video clip shot on a sparse rooftop of what looks like a low-rise apartment block shows a young Indian man swaying while lip-syncing a song praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The logo of TikTok application is seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. Picture taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration Describing himself as a proud Indian with the online identity “garrytomar”, he is wearing ear-studs and shows a beaded necklace under a partly unbuttoned shirt in the 15-second…

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