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Tornadoes cause extensive damage across US Southern Plains

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:43am
Twenty tornadoes reported across the Southern Plains but were less destructive than warnings predicted.
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Venezuela: Where's the petrol?

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:36am
Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves, yet people are scrambling to fill car tanks as petrol supplies dry up.
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Pakistan IMF deal: Rupee to be devalued against dollar

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:11am
After months of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, Pakistan reaches agreement on a $6bn loan package.
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After economy, Venezuela's waste collection system collapses

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:06am
How Venezuelans are coping with the problems piling up on many streets.
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Game of Thrones finale ‘ruined’ by Brexit fudge

News Biscuit - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 4:00am

Fans of the long running saga promising to showcase the dangers and opportunities of dealing with dragons and fire breathing individuals, mortal combat and an increasingly improbable storyline based on an age of ruthless beasts and damning liars have compared it to the HBO TV show, Game of Thrones. ‘Brexit, and the withdrawal treaty in particular, has had way more ups and downs than the entire series of Game of Thrones,’ said Alison from Whitby before correcting herself. ‘I meant to say downs and downs.’

Followers of the medieval fantasy epic believe that George R R Martin must have been inspired by the whole Brexit process. ‘That bullshit slogan on the side of a red dragon – where do you think he got that idea?’ asked Wayne from Chichester. ‘350 million groats a week – pure fantasy, just how I like it,’ he added.

Critics have slammed the finale, saying that the ‘withdrawal agreement isn’t substantially changed, despite what Theresa insisted in a spoiler alert issued last week,’ said one critic, who refused to reveal the final outcome of the series before PMQs on Wednesday. ‘Except to say Theresa is toast,’ he said, sniggering.

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Argentina's ex-president Kirchner faces trial for corruption

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 3:44am
As Argentina's former president goes on trial for corruption, Al Jazeera looks at the impact it could have on her future political ambitions.
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Water supply restored to besieged Libyan capital Tripoli

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 2:25am
Tripoli government blamed group that is says also cut the water supply in 2017.
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Man dubbed ‘Heston Blumenthal’ for having lunch somewhere other than Greggs

News Biscuit - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 2:00am

A plumber was branded a class-traitor after buying lunch from an Italian deli.   ‘There’s a nice looking deli a couple of doors down from Greggs that I thought I’d give a try’ says 24-year old Alan Brooks. ‘They do a lovely salami, emmenthal and mozzarella Panini. When the lads saw it they looked at me like I’d just asked them if I could stick my hands down their trousers to keep them warm.  One of them called me Heston Blumenthal and the rest joined in, even though I’m pretty sure most of them have no idea who or what Heston Blumenthal is’.

Co-worker John MacPherson has defended the name-calling.  ‘When you work on a large site like this you do the Hi-Viz Greggs walk at least 2 or 3 times a day in a big group.  If you fail to comply then we reserve the right to rip the utter pish out of you until you conform and start eating cheese and onion pasties and artery-hardening Belgian buns again.  It’s just the way it is. I don’t make the rules’.

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Nepal climber scales Mount Everest for record 24th time

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:50am
A native mountaineering guide Kami Rita ascends the world's highest peak for the second time in just a week.
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Iran slams 'genocidal taunts' by US, increases uranium stockpiles

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 1:36am
Zarif hits back at US warnings of 'official end' as Iran's nuclear agency quadruples production of low-enriched uranium.
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Jokowi declared Indonesia president; Prabowo readies challenge

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:33am
Election Commission proclaims Joko Widodo clear winner, but Prabowo claims fraud as Jakarta prepares for protests.
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Malawi votes in tight election as Mutharika seeks second term

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:29am
Mutharika is facing stiff challenge from deputy Chilima and former baptist preacher Chakwera.
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Libya armed group cuts off water supply to Tripoli

AJE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:19am
UN says water interruption by armed group 'may be considered war crime', as Tripoli government blames Haftar's forces.
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Christchurch mosques attacker Tarrant charged with terrorism

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:42pm
Self-confessed white supremacist accused of killing 51 people in two New Zealand mosques.
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Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula One legend, dies at 70

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:21pm
The three-time world champion, who survived a horrific crash in 1976, passed away peacefully, his family says.
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Chelsea Flower Show judges divided over Brexit themed garden entry

News Biscuit - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:00pm

After nearly three years in the making the Brexit garden, designed in collaboration with experts, renowned designers and votes from the general public is causing a major rift among Royal Horticultural Society judges.

Entitled ‘Pull up the Ramparts’ the installation features a crumbling castle representing an English man’s home, surrounded by a cess filled moat complete with a floating duck house. Stones for the crumbling walls come from all corners of the UK including the Irish border, former foundations of the Scottish Parliament, Offa’s Dyke and a disused public convenience in Scunthorpe.

A spokesman for the RHS said, ‘Working with the ‘Pull up the Ramparts’ team has been a bit of a challenge for Chelsea this year. Lack of communication and an inability to compromise with us has led to several resignations and two cardiac arrests on the RHS board.’

There was also an unconfirmed report that one judge required intensive care following an altercation with a patriotic Chelsea Pensioner in the D-Day 75th Anniversary garden.

Meanwhile, a sneak preview by the BBC has revealed that the installation is also home to the flora and fauna that might normally climb, shelter or leap over the walls including poison ivy; ‘serpentium faragus’, a native wide mouthed reptile and a four seater Intex Seahawk inflatable raft containing thirty two Syrian refugees.

According to the RHS official programme, ‘The multi-sensory installation space invites visitors, with UK passports only, to enter and take time out from the hustle and bustle of their lives for a period of peaceful meditation.’

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Myanmar's political prisoners struggle with life after jail

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:27pm
Freed prisoners struggle to find work, resume normal life after their release amid stigma and lack of support.
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Singapore's economy slows to decade low as trade war bites

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 9:57pm
Official figures show Singapore's GDP expanded 1.2 percent year-on-year in the three months ending March 31.
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Indonesia election: Joko Widodo wins second term

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 9:56pm
Early announcement by elections commission comes hours before expected opposition protests challenging the results.
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A Thai mother's long fight for justice over 2010 deadly crackdown

AJE - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 7:59pm
Kamonket Akkahad was shot as she treated the wounded in the bloody crackdown on the Red Shirt protests nine years ago.
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