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Motor racing: Sainz ready to step up as leader in Alonso’s shoes

WOKING, England (Reuters) – Carlos Sainz intends to be McLaren’s leader on the track this season and said he felt no pressure to be stepping into fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s shoes at the Formula One team. The 24-year-old has joined from Renault, where he was on loan from Red Bull, on a two-year deal in a new lineup with 19-year-old British rookie Lando Norris. Sainz, son of the former world rally champion of the same name, will begin his fifth season in Formula One after starting out in 2015 at…

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Venezuela top court curbs opposition leader Juan Guaidó

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Guaidó urged Venezuelans to “choose freedom, democracy and prosperity” Venezuela’s Supreme Court has banned opposition leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and frozen his bank accounts. The move comes amid an escalating power struggle, after Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president last week. He has been backed by the US and other countries. President Nicolás Maduro has major allies too, including Russia. The opposition has asked supporters to take part in a two-hour peaceful protest on Wednesday. It is as…

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro cuts ties with US after it recognises opposition leader

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands attended Wednesday’s rally in Caracas against President Maduro Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has broken off relations with the US after it recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim leader. Mr Maduro gave US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country but the US said the “former president” no longer had the authority to order them out. On Wednesday, Mr Guaidó had declared himself president during mass protests. The US has urged the military to back Mr Guaidó, but so far it…

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From pariah to demi-god: transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, chief of the “Kinnar Akhara” congregation for transgender people speaks to her followers during “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has become…

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Luxury leader LVMH planning fashion brand with Rihanna: report

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Rihanna poses for pictures on the red carpet for the European premiere of Ocean’s 8 in London, Britain June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Louis Vuitton parent owner LVMH is developing a luxury brand with singer Rihanna, in a rare move by the acquisitive group towards building a new fashion label from scratch, industry news site WWD reported on Wednesday. Paris-based LVMH – also the owner of Christian Dior and Givenchy, among a host of other luxury brands also spanning champagne and cosmetics…

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Felix Tshisekedi: Opposition leader named winner in DR Congo poll

Image copyright EPA Image caption Felix Tshisekedi’s supporters earlier rallied outside his party headquarters in Kinshasa ahead of the result Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says. Provisional results put him ahead of another opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, and the ruling coalition’s Emmanuel Shadary. If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence. President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 18 years in office. He had promised DR Congo’s…

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed: The leader promising to heal a nation

Image copyright Getty Images Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been widely praised for introducing sweeping reforms aimed at ending political repression, writes BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane after visiting the country. The crowd at the airport in Jimma in Ethiopia’s Oromia region was handpicked and universally rapturous. But these were not the praise-singing party hacks who so often grace the arrivals and departures of powerful men in Africa. Men and women, old, young and very young – beaming babies were held above the crowd – had gathered to witness…

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Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s far-right leader to take office

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jair Bolsonaro will govern Brazil for the next four years A far-right former army captain will be sworn in as Brazil’s new president later on Tuesday. Jair Bolsonaro, 63, won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party on 28 October. Mr Bolsonaro was propelled to victory by his campaign promises to curb Brazil’s rampant corruption and crime. But he has proven a deeply divisive figure whose racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks have angered many. Who is he?…

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Duterte: Outrage as Philippines leader describes sexually abusing maid

Image copyright AFP There has been a wave of criticism after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he sexually assaulted a maid when he was a teenager. In a speech, he recalled confessing to a priest how he reached into the maid’s underwear as she slept. Women’s rights group Gabriela said Mr Duterte was “unworthy of his position and should resign”. The Philippines president has sparked outrage with a number of provocative comments but remains popular. In his latest remarks, he described entering the room of his maid while she was…

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Ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Former Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown has died aged 77 following a short illness, a party spokesperson has said. The former MP for Yeovil “made an immeasurable contribution to furthering the cause of liberalism” and would be “desperately missed”, a statement said. Lib Dem leader Vince Cable said it was “a hugely sad day” for the party. Lord Ashdown was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October. Source link

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