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Man threatens pub drinkers with power saw in Sale

A man burst into a pub revving a power saw and threatened terrified customers. Andrew Dicken, 37, ran amok in The Bulls Heads on Cross Street, Sale, Greater Manchester, at 00:45 on 9 February. Dicken earlier admitted affray at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 11 March. Source link

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Crypto bear market threatens to last as potential token supply weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies may be facing a prolonged bear market. FILE PHOTO: Bitcoin.com buttons are seen displayed on the floor of the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo Companies that issued tokens, or digital currencies, over the last two years through initial coin offerings (ICOs) may have to sell more of these assets to finance their operations. There’s just one problem: There are very few takers. After the blockbuster success of ICOs in 2017, with funds…

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Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers

Image copyright Getty Images Climate change poses a growing threat to the glaciers found in the Hindu Kush and Himalayan mountain ranges, according to a new report. The study found that if CO2 emissions are not cut rapidly, two thirds of these giant ice fields could disappear. Even if the world limits the temperature rise to 1.5C this century, at least one third of the ice would go. The glaciers are a critical water source for 250 million people living across eight different countries. The towering peaks of K2 and…

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Holy guacamole! Mexican fuel shortage threatens Super Bowl snack

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Super Bowl fans may have to go without guacamole this year if avocado farmers in Mexico cannot send their fruit to the United States because of a prolonged fuel shortage. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a freshly picked avocado at a plantation in Tacambaro, in Michoacan state, Mexico, June 7, 2017. Picture taken June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Ortega/File Photo Like clockwork, Mexican producers ship thousands of tonnes of avocado to the United States in early February every year, where guacamole is a staple living room snack…

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Trump threatens to shut Mexican border in demand for wall funding

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Migrants from Honduras tried to enter the US illegally on Thursday by jumping a border fence Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the border with Mexico over illegal immigration if Congress fails to fund his proposed wall. “Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border,” the US president tweeted after nearly a week of deadlock in Washington over the federal budget. Confirming the threat to close the border was real, the White House said negotiations with Congress had stalled. The dispute…

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Chestnut-killing wasp threatens major harvest

Image copyright Richard Duebel Chestnuts are increasingly used as a form of replacement protein in vegan and vegetarian diets. But a small, invasive wasp from China is threatening the chestnut harvest in Spain. Now government scientists are considering releasing another non-native insect into the environment to keep the wasp population under control. Under the dense green cover of the Genal Valley in southern Spain, Julio Ruiz, a thirty-something farmer is collecting sweet chestnuts (castañas) with his father, mother and brother. They are picking up the prickly nuts from the leaf-strewn…

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Apple to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues. FILE PHOTO : An attendee uses a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Apple will carry out the software updates at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”,…

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Climate change: ‘Trump effect’ threatens Paris pact

Image copyright Getty Images President Donald Trump’s words and actions are restricting global efforts to cut carbon, according to a new study. The analysis says the US’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement has created the political cover for others to go slow on their commitments. The author says the world is in denial about President Trump’s true impact. The study comes as delegates begin two weeks of UN-led talks here on the future of the Paris pact. President Trump has justified pulling his country out of the landmark climate…

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Spain Brexit: PM Sánchez threatens to vote no over Gibraltar

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit could have big implications for Gibraltar, which voted overwhelming to remain in the EU in 2016 Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said Spain will reject the draft Brexit withdrawal deal without a clarification of the text on future talks on the status of Gibraltar. Spain maintains a claim to the peninsula, ceded to the British crown under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. It wants to ensure that future EU talks with the UK do not cover Gibraltar. “As things stand today…

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Firms urged to use other routes if no-deal Brexit threatens vital drugs

Image copyright AFP Ferry and freight firms will be urged to plan alternative routes for drugs and other vital supplies if a no-deal Brexit blocks cross-Channel traffic. The suppliers will be told to use Belgian and Dutch ports if blockages at Calais threaten to delay shipments. The plan emerged after a Cabinet meeting in which ministers were told of contingencies for a no-deal Brexit. Earlier, MPs were warned that a no-deal could have “catastrophic” consequences for the supply of drugs into the UK. A senior government source denied there were…

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