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News Daily: Brexit delay and New Zealand marks week since shootings

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Reuters ‘Clear choice’: May calls for MPs’ support after EU agrees to Brexit delay So, Brexit will be delayed until 22 May, if MPs back Theresa May’s withdrawal deal with the EU – at the third time of asking. EU leaders agreed on this at a summit in Brussels. But what if MPs reject the plan again? In that case, Brexit can be delayed until 12 April – at which point the UK must set out its…

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Hayabusa 2: Asteroid image shows touchdown marks

Image copyright Jaxa et al. Image caption The discoloured area could have been caused by the spacecraft’s thrusters or by the “bullet” A new image from Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft reveals a dark splodge where it touched down on the surface of an asteroid last week. The discolouration could have been caused by grit being blown upwards by the spacecraft’s thrusters, or by the bullet it fired into the ground. The purpose of the touchdown on asteroid Ryugu was to collect samples of rock for eventual delivery to Earth. Hayabusa-2 arrived…

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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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Giant piglet marks Chinese New Year in Manchester

Image copyright PA Image caption Piglet is currently residing in St Ann’s Square A giant piglet sculpture has been unveiled in Manchester to mark the Chinese New Year. More than a billion people around the world are celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig. The pig, one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, is believed to be a symbol of optimism and hard work. Artist Alex Rinsler, who designed the Manchester sculpture, said: “We were really keen for Piglet to represent all of those things in…

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Cedric Marks: MMA fighter suspected of murder found in rubbish bin

Image copyright Conroe Police Department/Facebook Image caption Police captured Mr Marks after a nine-hour manhunt A mixed martial arts fighter suspected of two murders had escaped from Texas police, only to be discovered hours later, squatting inside a rubbish bin. Cedric Marks, 44, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott and her friend, Michael Swearingin. They were found in a shallow grave last month. Mr Marks escaped from a prison transport vehicle after it stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe, near Houston. He is back in police custody and…

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Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy

FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Tintin will mark his 90th birthday this year with a return to controversy as his Belgian creator’s heirs release a new edition of “Tintin in the Congo”, a work from 1930 that draws accusations of racism. The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a…

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Castro denounces US ‘confrontation’ as Cuba marks revolution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Raul Castro was speaking in front of the tomb of his brother, Fidel Former Cuban President Raul Castro has accused the US of returning to its policy of confrontation. Mr Castro, who is still head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, was speaking on the 60th anniversary of the revolution led by his brother, Fidel. He urged Cubans to prepare for all scenarios to defend their independence and said the revolution “had not aged”. The Castro brothers, first Fidel and then Raul, ruled the country between…

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How would influencers save Marks & Spencer?

Image copyright @thefashionablepan/@thefrugality Image caption Bloggers Debbie Le and Alexandra Stedman are fans of some M&S clothing Remember THAT Marks & Spencer jumpsuit that sold out in 24 hours in the summer? Or the flowing yellow dress that’s currently dominating all of our Instagram feeds? If you look on social media, there is always a buzz about certain pieces from M&S, which seems to be at odds with Wednesday’s news that the retailer has suffered a decline in clothes sales. But, as online excitement translates into sales for retailers, is…

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Marks and Spencer sales continue to fall

Image copyright Getty Images Marks and Spencer has reported falling clothing and food sales and has warned that it sees little improvement in sales this year. Overall like-for-like sales, which strip out store openings, were down 2.2% for the six months to the end of September. Like-for-like food sales fell 2.9% and clothing and home sales slid 1.1%. M&S warned trading conditions for the remainder of the financial year will remain “challenging”. “We are expecting little improvement in sales trajectory,” the firm said. Source link

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