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Bernie Sanders announces second US presidential bid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 77-year-old ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016 but lost out to Hillary Clinton US Senator Bernie Sanders says he will run again for president in 2020, making a second attempt to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. The 77-year-old Vermont senator became a progressive political star in 2016 although he lost his candidacy bid. In an email to supporters, he said it was time to complete the “political revolution” they had started. An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, Mr Sanders has described…

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Indonesia submits bid to host 2032 Olympics

A view of the Jakarta skyline looking north, Jakarta, Indonesia August 2, 2016. Picture taken August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has submitted a bid to host the 2032 Olympics, the state news agency said on Tuesday, after winning praise for hosting last year’s Asian Games, though it could face competition from India and a joint bid by North and South Korea. Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland submitted a letter from President Joko Widodo to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week. “The IOC has acknowledged Indonesia’s capabilities…

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Manchester United: Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies takeover bid

Reports linking Prince Mohammed Bin Salman initially surfaced in October Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s media minister has denied reports linking him with a £3.8bn takeover of Manchester United. Rumours of his interest resurfaced over the weekend, although reports suggest the Glazers are not looking to sell. United’s American owners bought the club for £790m in May 2005. “Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying Manchester United are completely false,” said Turki al-Shabanah. “Manchester United held a meeting with PIF [​Public Investment…

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Private equity firms win over Scout24 with improved $6.4 billion bid

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone have won over Scout24 after raising their offer for the online classifieds group to 5.7 billion euros ($6.4 billion) including debt, setting up the biggest takeover of a listed German company by private equity. The investors said in a statement on Friday that Scout24’s management and supervisory board supported the sweetened bid of 46 euros a share. Last month, the German company rejected an offer of 43.50 euros per share. Scout24 shared jumped 11.8 percent in Frankfurt to 46.38 euros, above the…

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British hacker Marcus Hutchins loses bid to omit ‘intoxicated’ testimony

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marcus Hutchins faces 10 charges in total but denies any wrongdoing British cyber-security expert Marcus Hutchins – who has been accused of writing virus code – has lost a legal bid to suppress some evidence prosecutors want to use against him. The evidence is comments he made in an interview after the FBI arrested him. He wanted the testimony discounted, claiming he gave it when “intoxicated”. A court ruling issued earlier this week threw out the request saying there was no evidence that he…

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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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‘He is a free man’: Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport. A police car believed to be carrying Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is pictured as it leaves the Bangkok’s Remand Prison, Thailand, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at a Bangkok airport while…

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Thailand to free refugee Bahraini footballer after extradition bid dropped

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand will free by the end of Monday a refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia who was arrested more than two months ago, a prosecutor in the case said, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition. A police car believed to be carrying Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi is pictured as it leaves the Bangkok’s Remand Prison, Thailand, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November at…

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Democrat Amy Klobuchar announces presidential bid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSnow was falling when US senator Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced she is running for president in the 2020 election. Ms Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, said she was running for “everyone who wanted their work recognised”. She won praise for grilling Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and attorney general nominee William Barr during recent confirmation hearings. The 58-year-old enters an increasingly crowded field of Democrats competing to challenge President Donald Trump. Ms Klobuchar called on…

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Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley cancels Patisserie Valerie bid

Image copyright Reuters Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has cancelled a bid for collapsed cafe chain Patisserie Valerie, just two days after making an offer. The retail billionaire announced his bid for the chain on Friday evening. Sports Direct offered £15m, but was told by administrator KPMG it would need to offer up to £2m more than this, according to the Financial Times. Patisserie Valerie collapsed last month. KPMG closed 70 outlets, but kept 121 open in the hope of selling them. Mr Ashley is thought to be facing several competing…

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