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Art of the Deal: How Trump’s own book explains his battle for the border wall

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump inspects an early prototype of the border wall – it’s now more likely to be a type of fence If he ever pulls it off, Donald Trump’s deal to build his long-promised wall on the Mexico border will be the biggest deal of his life. Building it would require a feat of negotiation and compromise with his political opponents that right now looks difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. It’s a good job, then, that the US president authored a 1987 book…

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Nick Vallelonga: Green Book writer sorry for Muslim 9/11 tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologised for a 2015 tweet in which he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he had seen “thousands and thousands” cheering – a claim that’s been widely discredited. Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was “100% correct”, but has now said sorry “for the hurt I have…

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The school using giant book murals to encourage reading

Image copyright Mundelein High School For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year. Students of Mundelein High returned to find six floor-to-ceiling book covers lining the corridor of the school’s English department. The vinyl prints, which wrap around sections of wall like the jackets of giant books, flank the doorways of three of the school’s English classrooms. The school explained…

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Tsurenko stuns Osaka in Brisbane to book Pliskova final

(Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka lamented her poor attitude following a straight sets thrashing by Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semi-finals on Saturday but the U.S. Open winner said defeat came with a valuable lesson. Tennis – Brisbane International – Women’s Semi Finals – Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, January 5, 2019 Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in action during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Patrick Hamilton World number five Osaka was beaten 6-2 6-4 in 65 minutes by Latvia’s Tsurenko, who comfortably broke her opponent’s serve four times en…

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Library book returned in Aberdeen after 40 years

Image copyright Aberdeen City Libraries A book has been returned to an Aberdeen library 40 years after it was due to be brought back. Crime novel A Touch of Danger by James Jones was last taken out in 1978. It has now been taken back to Aberdeen’s Central Library – but luckily for the person who returned it the fine was capped at £3.60. Aberdeen City Libraries events and programming officer Dallas King said it had apparently been found during a tidy up and was “sheepishly” returned. Image copyright Aberdeen…

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Apple plunge deepens Warren Buffett’s book value woes

(Reuters) – The plunge in Apple Inc’s share price will likely cause new pain for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, after the conglomerate suffered a big quarterly decline in its net worth that will hit its bottom line. U.S. dollar banknotes are seen in front of the Apple logo in this photo illustration taken August 3, 2018. Photo illustration taken August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Berkshire’s share price fell more than 4 percent on Thursday after Apple, its largest common stock investment, slashed its revenue forecast after demand fell in…

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Child health record ‘red book’ to go online

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The personal child health record – or red book – is given to parents at a child’s birth The ‘red book’, containing a child’s medical records, is to be made available to parents online as part of government plans to improve NHS care for mothers and new babies. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also promised more specialist neonatal staff and intensive care cots for newborns. The measures are designed to make maternity care safer while cutting stillbirths and infant deaths. England still lags…

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True-life treasure hunt that turned into a comic book

Image copyright Paco Roca, Guillermo Corral/Astiberri Edicion Image caption The treasure-hunting firm is given the fictional name Ithaca in the book When Spanish civil servants got wind that someone was sweeping up the priceless treasure of a 200-year-old frigate from the ocean floor, it triggered a real-life escapade full of naval pursuits and secret airlifts – like something from a comic book adventure. And that is what it has now become, after one of those suit-and-tie sleuths convinced Spain’s best-known graphic novelist that together they should tell the tale of…

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Waterstones: Normal People by Sally Rooney named book of the year

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Waterstones called Rooney’s second novel “astounding” Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, which has won rave reviews and a deal to become a BBC drama, has been named the best book of 2018 by Waterstones. The novel tells the intimate story of an on-off relationship between two school friends in a small Irish town after the financial crisis. Waterstones said the book confirmed the 27-year-old author as “one of the outstanding novelists at work today”. Dublin-born Rooney said she was “very touched by the honour”.…

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William Hill sports book award shared for first time

LONDON (Reuters) – The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award has been shared for the first time as the story of an 11-year-old’s remarkable swim across the English Channel and a biography of Northern Irish boxer Eamonn Magee divided the spoils on Tuesday. A Boy in the Water tells how author Tom Gregory became the youngest person to swim the Channel in 1988, billed as an uplifting read and a reminder of a different era – the minimum age to attempt the feat now being 16. He shared…

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