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Equine flu: Trainers welcome racing return after six-day shutdown

Horses at Simon Crisford’s Newmarket stables – one of two yards with infected animals Trainers have welcomed the return of racing on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown because of equine flu. Four meetings will take place after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) gave the go-ahead late on Monday night. There are afternoon jumps fixtures at Plumpton in Sussex and Scottish track Musselburgh, plus all-weather fixtures at Southwell and at Kempton Park (Surrey) in the evening. The first race on British soil since 6 February will be at Southwell. The apprentice…

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News Daily: Tougher taxi rules and US shutdown deal

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Protecting passengers Image copyright Metropolitan Police Anyone convicted of a serious or sexual crime could be banned from driving a taxi or mini cab under new government proposals. All drivers in England and Wales could also be forced to install CCTV in their vehicles which could be accessed in the event of a crime being reported. Those are two of the ideas from the Department for Transport which thinks vulnerable passengers need more protection. A national licensing database…

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US border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have released, and it is unclear whether President Donald Trump will back the agreement. He is due to address a political rally in Texas. Talks had previously stalled on the detention of undocumented immigrants and funding for Mr Trump’s border wall. A deal must be reached by Friday when funding will run out…

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Equine flu: British horse racing to resume after shutdown over virus

Horse racing in Britain will resume on Wednesday after a six-day shutdown following an outbreak of equine flu. Two scheduled jump racing fixtures will go ahead at Musselburgh and Plumpton, alongside the all-weather fixtures at Southwell and Kempton. Racing was suspended after three cases of equine flu at Donald McCain’s Cheshire stables. Three further cases were later reported at his yard. A total of 174 racing stables had been placed in lockdown. The decision to resume racing in a “controlled, risk-managed manner” was unanimously supported by an industry veterinary committee,…

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US shutdown: Parties in fresh talks as next deadline looms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora Democratic and Republican negotiators are due to meet on Monday to try to reach a deal on border security and avoid another government shutdown. They remain divided on the detention of undocumented immigrants and on funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico. Mr Trump accused Democrats of a making a “brand new demand” that was “crazy”. Congress has until Friday to pass legislation before the…

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US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Nick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora Talks between congressional Republicans and Democrats aimed at averting another US government shutdown have broken down without agreement. The negotiators were hoping for a deal by Monday to give Congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when last month’s federal funding deal runs out. The disagreement centres on President Donald Trump’s insistence on a bill that funds a US-Mexico border wall. The previous shutdown, lasting 35 days,…

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Trump insists Mexico wall will be built despite deal to end shutdown

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump says a wall or fence along the Mexican border is vital for US security US President Donald Trump insists the US will still build a wall along its border with Mexico, despite ending the longest-ever US government shutdown without securing funds for the project. On Twitter, Mr Trump said the deal to temporarily reopen government was “in no way a concession” on the wall. The bipartisan agreement announced on Friday covers just three weeks. Mr Trump indicated he might trigger another shutdown or…

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Delta postpones Airbus A220 launch due to U.S. government shutdown

FILE PHOTO: A Delta airlines flight arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., Jan. 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo CHICAGO (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines said on Friday it had decided to postpone the debut of its Airbus A220 due to delays in the Federal Aviation Administration certification process, which has stalled during the partial U.S. government shutdown. Delta had been planning to launch the new aircraft in January, but said it will now use other aircraft on the routes it had arranged to service with the A220. Reporting by…

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Trump accepts deal for temporary end to painful shutdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWe have reached a deal – Trump President Donald Trump has yielded to political pressure to end the longest US government shutdown in history. After 35 days, he backed a deal to fund federal agencies for three weeks, but it includes none of the money he has demanded for a US-Mexico border wall. The Republican president previously vowed to reject any budget unless it included $5.7bn (£4.3bn) to fund his signature campaign pledge. But Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, flatly…

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US shutdown: Senate rejects bills to reopen government

Image copyright Getty Images The US Senate has rejected two bills to end the government shutdown, leaving no end in sight to the record-breaking closure of federal agencies. The Republican legislation failed by 50-47 and the Democratic bill followed suit by 52-44. Both measures were long shots, needing 60 votes to pass. Meanwhile, 800,000 federal workers who are struggling to cover their bills will miss another payday on Friday. At 34 days with no end in sight, this is the longest shutdown in US history. Six Republican defectors – including…

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