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Hair Force Un: Vietnamese barber marks summit with free Trump-Kim haircuts

HANOI (Reuters) – For those who like to push the cutting edge of style, two of the world’s most talked-about haircuts are now available for free, in Vietnam. In honor of an upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28, a Hanoi barber is offering free haircuts to anyone wanting to copy their distinctive locks. “I feel happy with this haircut because people will think I look like the leader of North Korea,” said nine-year-old To Gia Huy, whose hair had…

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Oculus founder sends free repair kits for Rift headsets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Luckey is offering free repair kits for Oculus Rift headsets Former Facebook employee and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is helping to repair VR headsets free of charge. Long-term users of Facebook’s Oculus headset have complained about audio loss in one or both earpieces. Despite leaving the company in 2017, Mr Luckey is offering to ship his custom repair kit to gamers who aren’t able to get their headsets replaced by Oculus. He says the kit is designed to make it easy for “the…

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Trump urges Venezuelan military: ‘Set your country free’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump addressed Venezuelan Americans in southern Florida US President Donald Trump has appealed directly to the Venezuela military to abandon their support for President Nicolás Maduro. In a speech in Miami, the president warned “the eyes of the entire world” were on those propping him up. Mr Trump said those who continued to back Mr Maduro’s government were risking their own futures and lives. The speech represents a further attempt to persuade officials to switch loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaidó.…

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Sports 

‘He is a free man’: refugee Bahraini footballer heads home to Australia

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a flight for Melbourne early on Tuesday after Bahrain dropped its bid to have him extradited from Thailand, bringing to an end a case that had drawn international criticism. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at the Gulf state’s request. He was seen chatting happily before boarding a…

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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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Hakeem al-Araibi: Thailand to free refugee footballer

Image copyright AFP A football player and refugee whose detention in Thailand sparked an outcry will be freed after Bahrain withdrew its extradition request, officials say. Hakeem Al-Araibi, who is a Bahraini citizen, fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted political asylum. He was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol notice requested by Bahrain. He had travelled to the Thai capital on honeymoon. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years for vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi, 25, denies the charges and human rights activists say he…

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The businesses demanding the ‘free’ from freelancers

Image copyright Stacey MacNaught Image caption Self-employed marketing consultant Stacey MacNaught has 10 years of experience but is still asked to work for free “It happens all the time and not just for small things. I’ve been asked to work for two full weeks in exchange for the company sharing the work on social media.” Stacey MacNaught is a self-employed online marketing consultant with over a decade of experience. Yet she’s still inundated with requests to work for free “for exposure”. “One agency asked me to work for free two…

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Provide sanitary products free in all hospitals, says doctors’ union

Image copyright Getty Images Two out of five hospital trusts and health boards in the UK do not give sanitary products to patients who need them, or only in emergencies, an investigation by the BMA has found. The doctors’ union says pads and tampons are a basic need and should be available free to inpatients. But in some trusts, razors and shaving foam were handed out free while sanitary products were not. The BMA has written to NHS England asking for action to be taken. The BMA asked a total…

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Brexit: Case for free votes for MPs, says cabinet minister Gauke

Image copyright Getty Images Justice Secretary David Gauke has become the second cabinet minister to suggest Parliament could be given free votes on some Brexit issues. He told the BBC MPs should be able to vote according to their personal views when the Brexit motion is debated on Tuesday, “to resolve things”. He reiterated he would have to consider his position if the government opted for a no deal withdrawal from the EU. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has adopted a similar stance. She told the BBC this week…

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