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Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Coppa Italia – Bologna v Juventus – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna, Italy – January 12, 2019 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo after the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/ MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion in which Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and a fine. The Portuguese striker, who left Real Madrid for Juventus last July, is expected to plead guilty after he agreed a settlement worth 18.8 million euros with…

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Lifestyle 

Millions expected to throng Indian city for world’s largest religious festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man looks on during a religious procession ahead of the “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh,…

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Wylfa: Decision on future of nuclear power station expected

Image copyright Horizon Nuclear Image caption Wylfa Newydd would have a 60-year operational life A decision is expected about whether work to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey will be halted. Japanese media has reported that Hitachi will suspend construction of its £20bn Wylfa Newydd plant – with the board due to meet on Thursday. Wales’ Economy Secretary Ken Skates said he expected an announcement to be made during the morning. Anglesey council said if the project was paused it would be a “tremendous blow” to the north…

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Technology 

T-Mobile adds more phone subscribers than expected in fourth quarter

FILE PHOTO: A T-Mobile logo is seen on the storefront door of a store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) on Wednesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, adding 1 million customers in the fourth quarter. The third largest U.S. mobile carrier was expected to add 857,900 new phone subscribers, according to research firm FactSet. Last month, T-Mobile won backing from two national security reviews for its deal to buy smaller rival…

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Technology 

Verizon adds more phone subscribers than expected in fourth quarter

FILE PHOTO: The Verizon logo is seen on the side of a truck in New York City, U.S., October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, adding 650,000 customers in the fourth quarter. The largest U.S. wireless carrier was expected to add 355,600 new subscribers, according to research firm FactSet. The company has been investing heavily in its next generation 5G network, which will become the backbone of its largest business. Verizon…

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Bigger discounts expected as shops try to boost sales

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Bigger discounts than normal are expected in the traditional Boxing Day sales, as shops try to make up for weak trading in the lead-up to Christmas. On top of widespread deductions already offered by retailers, they will be forced to cut prices further to get rid of unwanted stock, say analysts. Average discounts of “at least 52% off from Boxing Day” have been predicted by management consultancy Deloitte. Market researchers including Mintel and Springboard also expect big discounts. “Yes, there will be further deeper discounts…

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Sports 

NFL notebook: Flacco expected to change uniforms in 2019

The Baltimore Ravens are expected to release or trade quarterback Joe Flacco this offseason, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) looks on in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Earlier in the week, coach John Harbaugh chose rookie Lamar Jackson, who subbed for an injured Flacco the past four weeks, to start even though Flacco is recovered from the hip injury that sidelined him. Flacco was…

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Sports 

Report: Flacco expected to change uniforms in 2019

Dec 16, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up in the rain prior to his first career game as a backup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports The Baltimore Ravens are expected to release or trade quarterback Joe Flacco this offseason, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. Coach John Harbaugh announced earlier this week that rookie Lamar Jackson, who subbed for an injured Flacco the past four weeks, will start even though Flacco is recovered…

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Dean Richards: Newcastle boss ‘expected common sense to prevail’ in rejected player request

Blair Kinghorn’s try ensured a bonus-point win for Edinburgh on Friday Newcastle boss Dean Richards accused European Cup organisers of disregarding player welfare in Friday’s 31-13 Champions Cup defeat at Edinburgh. Following a front-row injury crisis, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) rejected the Falcons’ request to register an extra tighthead prop. It meant Newcastle fielded loosehead Sam Lockwood on the wrong side of the scrum with no cover at tighthead. “You would expect common sense to prevail,” Richards said. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, he added: “That’s life, isn’t…

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Science 

Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ expected to sell for $1.5m

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The letter is regarded as a clear statement of Einstein’s religious beliefs A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he grapples with the concept of religion is being auctioned in New York on Tuesday. The so-called “God letter” was written in 1954 and is expected to fetch up to $1.5 million (£1.2m). The Nobel Prize-winning scientist, then 74, wrote the one-and-a-half page note to German philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to one of his works. It is seen as a key statement in the…

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