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Danny Blind has been sacked as Netherlands head coach following their World Cup Qualifier defeat to Bulgaria. Blind, 55, had been in charge since July 2015, succeeding Guus Hiddink, but Saturday's loss in Sofia left the Dutch in fourth place in qualifying Group A, six points behind leaders France.
  • Turtle who had 915 coins removed from stomach dies

    Turtle who had 915 coins removed from stomach dies

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    The animal, whose real name is Omsin (which means piggy bank), died after lapsing into a coma that followed its second operation Sunday, according to reports . But she took a sudden turn for the worse over the weekend, developing blood poisoning from serious intestinal problems after the coins were removed.
  • Here's how Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump's frequent golf outings

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    During the briefing, Spicer sought to distance the Trump campaign from aides who have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russian Federation after they were the subject of a line of questioning during the House committee hearing. Months ago when the idea of Trump being our president was still a distant possibility, the nominee himself said while sitting next to Governor Chris Christie that he couldn't understand how a president would even leave the White House.
  • Gas Prices Decline for a Second Straight Week

    Gas Prices Decline for a Second Straight Week

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    The average price of a gallon of gas in cities around the state includes $2.09 in Charlottesville, $2.03 in the Norfolk area, $2.07 in Richmond and $2.16 in Roanoke. "I remain optimistic that the annual spring rally at the pump could be less severe than expected, but remain cautious as it remains hard to know where the new path will lead oil prices in the week ahead", DeHaan said.
  • Article 50 to be triggered on 29th March

    Article 50 to be triggered on 29th March

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    Speaking soon after the date was announced during her ongoing tour of Wales, the British Prime Minister said she would work towards getting a "good free trade deal" from the EU. Theresa May froze Scottish ministers out of the process to start the UK's exit from the European Union on March 29, The Courier has learned. Notification comes 279 days after the referendum of June 23 a year ago delivered a 52 to 48 per cent majority in favour of withdrawal.
  • Tillerson Puts Preemptive Strike Against North Korea 'On the Table'

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    There was no immediate reaction from North Korea but the country's top newspaper Rodong Sinmun carried a commentary Saturday threatening to launch a devastating nuclear attack if the U.S. "North Korea must understand that the only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction".
  • Europe is Facing 'Wars of Religion' Says Turkish Foreign Minister

    Europe is Facing 'Wars of Religion' Says Turkish Foreign Minister

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    Erdogan, in response to the ban, accused the Netherlands of acting like "Nazi remnants" and having a "rotten" character, claiming the country was responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War. Kalın made the comment in an interview with broadcaster CNN Türk, Reuters reported . "Germany, as well as Turkey , deserves respect", he added. Legislation to restore capital punishment would still need to be signed by the president, and Mr Erdogan said he would do so ...
  • Iran Condemns Israel's Violation of Syrian Airspace

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    Damascus said Syrian anti-aircraft systems confronted the planes and shot one of them down over Israeli- controlled territory and hit another. " Our policy is very consistent ", Netanyahu said. Israel is officially neutral in Syria's civil war but has unilaterally reserved right to intervene to prevent potential shipments of advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah group based in Lebanon.
  • Syrian rebels and families start leaving Homs

    Syrian rebels and families start leaving Homs

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    In 2011 the violent repression of demonstrations in many Homs neighbourhoods calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power lead thousands to seek refuge in al-Waer. " We are optimistic that the full exit of armed [fighters] from this district will pave the way for other reconciliations and settlements ", he said.
  • Scotland leader ready for independence vote

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    Despite her refusal to openly rule it out, Sturgeon's aides insisted afterwards she had no plans to stage a so-called indicative, unofficial referendum. But Sturgeon was elected past year on a manifesto which included the possibility of a new independence vote if there were a material change in circumstances "such as Scotland being taken out of the European Union against our will".
  • Yankton's JC Penney Store To Close

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    The company said stores will begin liquidating merchandise next month and most of the closures will occur in June. In addition to that offer, Penney's said Friday that it is trying to relocate certain leaders and will provide outplacement support services for eligible workers.
  • Miguel Cabrera, K-Rod help Venezuela advance in World Baseball Classic

    Miguel Cabrera, K-Rod help Venezuela advance in World Baseball Classic

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    Venezuela got a major reprieve at the World Baseball Classic . Ricky Nolasco went four innings in the start for the Angels, giving up four hits and allowing three earned runs. With wins from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico , each team to finish atop their respective pools did so undefeated. For Venezuela , the road to Round 2 was far more hard.
  • Britain plans for all options as Brexit nears

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    The unelected House of Lords, wary of being seen as trying to block the outcome of last June's Brexit vote, is not expected to fight for their changes a second time. In a 2014 referendum, 55 percent of Scottish voters rejected independence from the UK. "This is a choice between a society for the few who will use the current crisis to justify their position and a society for the many which recognises the vital and important contributions migrants make to the country".
  • Trump meeting with Chinese President Xi expected next month, official says

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    Axios first reported on the Xi Jinping visit. The summit could mark a change of relations between the two presidents. During his presidential campaign, Trump accused China of unfair trade policies. Beijing suggested last week that the USA should suspend its joint defense drills with South Korea in exchange for North Korea to halt its missile tests.
  • Kim Jong Nam could be buried in Malaysia: Deputy Health Minister

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    The North Korean government has openly criticised the investigation, disputing the cause of death as nerve gas and whether the man killed was in fact Kim Jong-nam. A decision will be announced today whether North Koreans with expired work permits will be repatriated or prohibited from leaving the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
  • Self-employed NICs vote delayed until autumn

    Self-employed NICs vote delayed until autumn

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    The move has now been delayed until autumn, while May said Hammond would listen to concerns over the change. But Mrs May said the proposals would make National Insurance "simpler, fairer and more progressive". That is not fair to the 85% of workers who are employees. Tom Watson has called for the Government to ditch its National Insurance hike for self-employed workers as he accused the Prime Minister of breaking a Tory manifesto pledge .
  • Congress chief in Kerala quits, cites health reasons

    Congress chief in Kerala quits, cites health reasons

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    The Muslim League, which had defended Mr Sudheeran in his strong stand in liquor policy, is now peeved that he did not bother to take the party into confidence before deciding to call it quits. "I'll be sending the resignation letter to the Congress president today", Sudheeran told reporters on Friday. Sudheeran, whom Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had handpicked to lead the party in the state, said internal problems in the state unit had nothing to do with his decision.
  • Alec Baldwin Battles Real Aliens On 'SNL' As Commander-In-Chief

    Alec Baldwin Battles Real Aliens On 'SNL' As Commander-In-Chief

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    Then, out walks Alec Baldwin in full Trump mode, wearing a military bomber jacket, spewing alien-defense strategies like "bring coal back". These aliens are laughing at us. And where is he getting this information? " Infowars , hosted by Alex Jones". Baldwin's Trump appears not to know the Pledge of Allegiance; in addition to numerous words he can not pronounce, like "demand", he says, "That's is why I hereby demand".