The governing board in Newtown, Connecticut — where the country's deadliest grade school shooting took place — has blocked proposed bans on carrying firearms around town from further consideration. The decision came after the board heard from gun control activists who said they were intimidated at protests by armed Second Amendment supporters. The debate showed how the gun control discussion remains active in Newtown long after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
Arta Solar, the Djibouti club captained by former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, suffered a humiliating 9-1 CAF Confederation Cup defeat Friday by Al Mokawloon Al Arab in Egypt.
Four years after the United States quit UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency, over accusations of anti-Israel bias, diplomats say the Paris-based body has managed to put its house in order, potentially easing the way for Washington's return. The agency, founded in the ashes of World War Two to protect the common cultural inheritance of humanity, was thrown into turmoil after the United States, which provided a fifth of its funding, pulled out. It underscored the skepticism expressed by Republican President Donald Trump about the need for the United States to remain engaged in multilateral bodies and set the tone for a review and exit of several international accords and organizations.
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Canada could see the end of a nasty diplomatic dispute with China if the United States reaches a deal to release a Huawei executive from house arrest in Vancouver, but the affair shows that without the heft of its southern neighbor, Canada has no bargaining power with Beijing. And even if Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou does return to China, bilateral relations still face major challenges. Shortly after Meng was picked up on a U.S. arrest warrant in December 2018, China detained two Canadian men - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - who now face spying charges.Having failed to secure their immediate release, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has talked for months about a formal "reset" of relations with China.
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Putting aside its impact on the theater business for a moment, WarnerMedia’s decision to release 18 films on HBO Max over the next year has suddenly upped the stakes in its ongoing negotiations with Roku. Since launching in late May, HBO Max has been conspicuously absent from the nation’s largest streaming platform, as the two sides haggle over a distribution deal. Now, it’s worth asking, who holds the upper hand? The answer, according to a analysts, still appears to be Roku — whose stock closed on Friday at all-time high of $296.38 per share. “In this game of high stakes poker, it’s HBO that blinks first with the pressure on around distribution and subscriber growth,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said. “With the streaming wars heating up more, and especially given their price points and content pressures, we see HBO needs to ink a deal. It’s important to Roku as well, but it’s a key ingredient for success in our opinion around HBO Max into 2021 and beyond.” HBO Max may have just become the best deal in streaming, with major movies like “Dune,” Godzilla v. Kong” and “Matrix 4” now set to hit the service at the same time they...Read original story Why HBO Max Needs to ‘Blink First’ in Standoff With Roku At TheWrap
A Slovak court on Friday ordered Slovakia's second-richest man, Jaroslav Hascak, to remain in police custody following his arrest on Tuesday, the most high-profile detention since an anti-graft party took power this year. Hascak, a founding partner of Czech-Slovak Penta Investments, a private-equity group with assets in central Europe valued at 11.3 billion euros in 2019, is charged with money-laundering and other crimes, the court said. "The reason for custody is a concern of tampering with witnesses," said Katarina Kudjakova, spokeswoman for the special criminal court in an emailed statement.
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Matt Hancock’s “step-grandfather”, who he paid tribute to after he died of coronavirus, was actually his step-father's ex-wife's second husband, it has emerged. Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said the coronavirus figures in Liverpool mattered to him “because last month my step-grandfather Derek caught Covid there and on November 18 he died”. Close to tears, Mr Hancock added: “In my family, as in so many others, we've lost a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this awful disease. “So from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you to everyone in Liverpool for getting this awful virus under control.” It has now emerged that Derek Johnston, who died aged 77, was only distantly related to Mr Hancock. Mr Johnston was the second husband of Mr Hancock’s stepfather’s ex-wife, MailOnline reported. The Health Secretary’s complex family tree involves his mother’s third marriage to Robert Carter, who was formerly married to Marjorie Johnston, who then remarried Derek. A representative for Mr Hancock said he had nothing to add to his earlier statement in the Commons, which came at the end of a testy debate on the Government’s tiered lockdown system. Mr Hancock attempted to persuade MPs they should vote for the plans, pointing to how well the fight against the virus was going in Liverpool, where Mr Johnston lived. “It's down by four-fifths in Liverpool, that's what we can do if we work together in a spirit of common humanity,” he said. “We've got to beat this, we've got to beat it together.” When the vote came, 55 Tory MPs rebelled against the Government - the largest insurrection of this Parliament. The measures easily passed after the Labour Party decided to abstain.
Dhillon advised investors to lighten-up on large cap U.S. equities and buy the sectors that were left for dead this year, such as energy, financials and small cap.
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Billie Eilish announced that she is officially canceling her “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” tour to enable fans to receive refunds for their tickets. The tour, which was supposed to last for at least six months, launched in March but was postponed after just three shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. […]
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Soaring demand for coronavirus tests before Christmas has left Boots with no test appointments available before the holidays in six major cities across the UK. There are no appointments available before December 25 in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield or Bristol, leaving customers disappointed they cannot be tested before the Christmas travel window opens. Just one appointment for a private test at Boots is available in London between today and Christmas Day, while Liverpool’s branch has two. A spokeswoman for the company said Boots would add more booking slots as it expanded its testing operation from an initial 45 stores “over the next few weeks” The spokesman said the Boots’ private tests had been “incredibly popular” with customers. Private Covid testing is designed for people who do not have symptoms but want to check they are not carrying the virus asymptomatically. Some travel destinations require air passengers to certify they do not have the virus before flying. Tests cost £120 and deliver the results within 48 hours. In the last week, online searches for “private Covid test” have hit their highest level since mid-September, when there was another spike in demand. A Boots spokeswoman said: “The Boots Instore COVID-19 Testing Service is incredibly popular, and as you can book your appointment up to four weeks ahead, slots around Christmas are filling up rapidly. “The service is already available in 45 stores nationwide, with new stores being added every week – check boots.com for availability in your local area.” During a debate on the latest tiered coronavirus measures on Tuesday, Boris Johnson was asked whether he would roll out mass testing for people without symptoms who want to travel to visit family during the Christmas relaxation on December 23-27. Politicians raised concerns that people could spread the virus around the country during the Christmas break, especially to elderly relatives visiting their younger family members. Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, asked Mr Johnson whether testing could be made available for free on the NHS. Coronavirus tests are not currently available for free for people who do not have symptoms, apart from in Tier 3 areas with mass surveillance testing programmes. “In general the testing system is available at the moment for people who have symptoms,” Mr Johnson said. “But I would urge people who are worried that they may need to be in the company of those who are elderly or vulnerable to seek to get a rapid turnaround test.”