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U.S. assesses Russian retaliation potential should it be cut from SWIFT -senator

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is analyzing what damage could be done by Russia to Western

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Lebanese museum returns artefacts from Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five Roman artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra, a site damaged during Syria's decade-long conflict, were

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Ivanka Trump Asked to Cooperate on Capitol Riot Inquiry

(Bloomberg) -- Ivanka Trump has been asked to submit to an interview by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6

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Jury selection begins in federal trial over Floyd's killing

Jury selection is underway in the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing

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CIA sees no foreign effort behind 'Havana syndrome' cases

The CIA has concluded that no foreign government is likely behind hundreds of mysterious "Havana syndrome" afflictions reported by US

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New ‘deep freeze’ poses grave threat to Texas power supply

Fresh warnings are being issued over power supplies in Texas, as the state braces for sub-zero weather conditions in the coming days. Just over a fortnight ago, the first Arctic blast of the year crippled numerous gas wells and processing plants, raising concerns over the Lone Star State’s level of preparedness this time around, Bloomberg reported. The primary concern for Texan lawmakers will be to protect natural gas drillers, wind farms and solar arrays which continue to be the lifeblood of the state’s economy – and which help provide power to its 30 million residents. During the Arctic chill earlier this month, more than 10 per cent of Texas gas production was knocked offline over a two-day period, according to data provided by Bloomberg NEF. America’s second-biggest state is still very much reeling from the effects of last year’s big freeze, which killed more than 200 people in the month of February alone. Some, such as Democratic Congressional candidate Coy Branscum, have criticised Texas’s Republican leadership for not taking effective action in the elapsing 11 months that would help prevent a repeat occurrence. The temperature drop will vary across Texas, but one city which could suffer more than most is Midland. Home to the Permian Basin oil and gas field, temperatures are forecast to bottom out at 18 degrees Fahrenheit next week. While virtually all power supplies are at risk of being affected by such extreme conditions, gas wells are especially susceptible to so-called ‘freeze offs’ because of the high volumes of subterranean water that typically flows out of the ground alongside fuel. During this month’s earlier cold snap, West Texas crude rallied to a two-week high as buyers scrambled for supplies in anticipation of shortages to come. The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas production in the state, sent an email and held two conference calls about the upcoming freeze with top producers and major pipeline operators on Tuesday. “They didn’t anticipate anything other than normal production fluctuations, however, they are prepared to address any issues they may have with overnight freezing temperatures,” Railroad Commission spokesman R.J. DeSilva said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. Read More Gang Chen: US to drop charges against MIT scientist accused of working with Chinese government Anger as NCAA drops protection for trans athletes after attacks on champion swimmer Lia Thomas Ted Cruz aide weighs in on Tucker Carlson appearance, says he’s been ‘radicalised’ Climate crisis leads to discovery of new penguin colonies in Antarctic Opinion: We are in a Don’t Look Up situation. Here’s what the government should do Air pollution reduces pollination by changing how insects smell flowers, study finds

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Bob Saget's widow Kelly Rizzo shares her final communication with him

Kelly Rizzo remembered her husband Bob Saget in emotional interviews that aired Thursday on the "Today" show and "Good Morning America."

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Bargain-hunting buoys Wall Street after Nasdaq correction

By Lewis Krauskopf, Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Shreyashi Sanyal (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rebounded on Thursday with solid

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Bogoso: Ghana police tok wetin cause huge explosion for Bogoso

Ghana police and other emergency service providers don activate full emergency recovery exercise.

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Carlyle Weighs $2 Billion Sale of Defense Firm Titan

(Bloomberg) -- Carlyle Group Inc. is considering a sale of Titan Acquisition Holdings and is working with an adviser on

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Father’s post with photos of his son’s ‘ridiculous’ school meals goes viral

A New York father’s social media post with photos of his son’s inadequate school meals has gone viral. Christopher Vangellow shared pictures of meals severed in the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District in upstate New York, including a number of unappetising beige meals. One had four small chicken nuggets, a lump of rice, and a handful of carrots, another photo had a square slice of pizza and three orange slices. Another shows some fried balls, a bread roll and some jello. “The kids were complaining at the amount of food they were getting for lunch,” Mr Vangellow told The Independent. “They told me ‘it’s gotten less and less in the last couple of years, so I said ‘we can send you in with money to buy more or we can send you in with food from home’, which we do. But I was curious how bad it really is, so I said ‘take some photos.’” “I got this photo today. It really is ridiculous. Don’t come at me with the ‘you get what you pay for’ or ‘just send them with food’ crap either,” said Mr Vangellow in his viral post last week. “The problem is that not all families can do that. We don’t live in a very rich area. Some kids may not get much or anything when at home and this is what they have to survive on.” Mr Vangellow said that providing free school meals is the right thing for the government to do. “During the pandemic, all school meals are provided to students,” he said, but added that before Covid the standard was a lot better. The National School Lunch Program claims its meals are “nutritionally balanced”. “It’s not enough, it’s not nutritious enough, it’s not filling enough,” Mr Vangellow told The Independent. “Especially for the students who are athletes, no way is it going to get them through the day, let alone a basketball game.” Mr Vangellow’s 16 year-old-son is six foot five inches tall, “these meals are failing those kids,” he said. Since the post, he has received numerous messages from other parents whose children have also complained about their lunches. It suggests there is “a problem all over the country,” said Mr Vangellow. On the reverse side, a lot of parents have shared photos of their nutritious children’s meals at public schools and “there is a lot more to it”, he said. “There’s sometimes a salad or lots of fruits and vegetables, and larger portions … I don’t know why it’s so different from school to school.” Mr Vangellow agrees with free school meals for children, “if it means higher taxes I’m for that”, he said. “We need food to survive, why are we giving our children so little?” The Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District has responded with a statement to Mr Vangellow’s post: “In fairness to the cafeteria, students are allowed one more serving of fruits or vegetables and one additional nugget than appeared in the photograph,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr William Collins, who conceded that this wouldn’t change the dissatisfaction of parents and students. He has vowed to improve the situation. “The Cafeteria Manager and I are creating a group to address the dissatisfaction with school meals,” added Dr Collins. Mr Vangellow has said that the situation has already improved since his post, “my son said that they actually got a pretty good lunch yesterday,” he said. The Independent has contacted Parishville-Hopkinton Central School for further comment. Read More 'Peril' co-author Robert Costa moves from Post to CBS News Study: Drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters Prosecutors want to talk to Ivanka Trump about deal on luxury apartment US drops case against MIT professor accused of ties to China Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many

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Beijing Olympics will showcase hockey's next generation

Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon will not get to play at the Olympics for the first time since the NHL is not sending players to Beijing

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FIFA 22 Team of the Year Squad Officially Revealed

EA Sports has officially unveiled the full Team of the Year Squad coming to FIFA 22 this Friday, Jan. 21. Here are the 11 best as voted by the FIFA community.

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Former Dutch talent show producer apologizes amid scandal

The former producer of Dutch talent show “The Voice of Holland” has apologized after allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct linked to the ratings blockbuster were aired

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Arsenal vs Liverpool live stream: How can I watch Carabao Cup game on TV in UK today?

At last, the conclusion of the Arsenal vs Liverpool battle to reach the Carabao Cup final is upon us. With the first leg originally having been delayed due to Covid concerns within the Liverpool camp, Arsenal eventually defended valiantly when down to 10 men to claim a spirited goalless draw at Anfield. Indeed, the opening result means tonight’s meeting is perfectly poised for a cracker. Chelsea await in next month’s final at Wembley as both Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta try to add the Carabao Cup - usually so dominated by Pep Guardiola - to their trophy cabinets. Here’s everything you need to know about where to watch tonight’s all-important second leg at the Emirates Stadium. Where to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool TV channel: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go app. LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Simon Collings will be providing insight from the ground. Read More Arsenal vs Liverpool: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results - Carabao Cup preview Arsenal XI vs Liverpool: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Carabao Cup Mikel Arteta vows to defend Arsenal ‘with teeth and nails’ after postponement criticism

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Alert! Check new iPhone 13 price before deciding to buy as Apple just slashed trade-in value

Checking out iPhone 13 price? Know exactly how much the new iPhone 13 price is before buying.

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Facebook, Google face crackdown in Europe on race, religion and more

Google and Facebook face tighter restrictions on how they target ads to users, after European lawmakers voted to toughen upcoming legislation.

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Ghost Workers! How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

Contractors are starting to protest their dismal working conditions, but it’s an uphill battle.

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New York City's mayor really wants you to think he's getting paid in bitcoin

No, Eric Adams is not getting his salary in bitcoin. The newly inaugurated mayor of

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Google's got AR glasses in the works. Here are 6 things you need to know.

If you’ve ever wanted to Google search with your eyes, we’ve got great news. The

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Think 'Pokémon Snap' but make it dogs: 'Pupperazzi'

Think about the last time you took a picture of a dog. Did it go

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The best fitness trackers for keeping up with your goals

You can't buy motivation. But, you can buy a fitness tracking device that lights a

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Save over $800 on a Dell business laptop, plus more laptop deals as of Jan. 20

UPDATE: Jan. 20, 2022, 1:45 p.m. EST This list has been updated to reflect pricing

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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news h2h results - Carabao Cup preview

Arsenal take on Liverpool in the all-important second leg of their delayed Carabao Cup semi-final tie tonight. The match is expected to go ahead, with the Gunners still having plenty of issues but in a better situation than last weekend, when their request to have the north London derby clash with Tottenham postponed was granted by the Premier League. This game at the Emirates was originally supposed to be the first leg, but was switched after initially being called off as a result of Liverpool’s Covid-19 outbreak. The semi-final tie is finely poised following a remarkable opener at Anfield last week that saw depleted, 10-man Arsenal valiantly battle for a goalless draw despite a rash of injuries and Granit Xhaka’s latest inopportune red card. And while Mikel Arteta’s side have not played since, Liverpool took their frustration out on Brentford, easing past the Bees 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Chelsea await in the final at Wembley on February 27 after overcoming London rivals Tottenham in their semi-final clash. Date, kick-off time and venue Arsenal vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 7:45pm GMT kick-off tonight - Thursday January 20, 2022. The match will be played at Emirates Stadium in north London. Where to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7pm. Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app. You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog. Simon Collings will be on location at the Emirates. Arsenal vs Liverpool team news Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Lacazette Subs: Hein, Holding, Alebiosu, Tavares, Partey, Patino, Salah-Eddine, Nketiah, Biereth Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Gordon, Firmino, Jota Subs: Alisson, Adrian, Konate, Milner, Gomez, Minamino, Tsimikas, Williams, Morton. Arsenal vs Liverpool prediction Much is likely to depend on the strength of the team Arteta is able to field here after Sunday’s controversial postponement. Arsenal rightly received plenty of plaudits for keeping Liverpool at bay for more than an hour with 10 men on Merseyside, but they must now make sure those efforts were not in vain. Liverpool have inevitably lacked that attacking spark at times with no Salah or Mane, although got back into the groove against Brentford. Arsenal held their nerve in a penalty shootout against the same opposition to reach the quarter-finals last season and you get the feeling this tie could also go all the way through to spot-kicks after another tense affair. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool. Head to head (h2h) history and results Arsenal wins: 81 Liverpool wins: 92 Draws: 62 Read More Arsenal considering Matt Turner move which could impact Bernd Leno Aubameyang reveals he’s ‘completely healthy’ after Arsenal return Arsenal vs Liverpool: Carabao Cup - LIVE!

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Dutch reality TV king under fire in ‘Voice’ sex scandal

The Hague, Netherlands — Reality television tycoon John de Mol, the creator of international hit "The Voice," faced questions Thursday over an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse claims at the now-suspended Dutch version.De Mol, who also created reality show Big Brother, admitted knowing about one allegation of inappropriate messages by The Voice of Holland's bandleader as far back as 2019 but taking no action.The billionaire, 66, said he was "in shock" to hear of further abuse claims and felt "personally responsible," while insisting he had not "brushed it under the rug.”Broadcaster RTL took The Voice of Holland off the air at the weekend after it was first made aware o

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