McDonald to succeed Adams as Sinn Fein leader in striking shift

BELFAST (Reuters) – Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party as it bids to enter government on both sides of the Irish border. Adams, a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for almost 50 years, announced he would step down ...

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Turkey air strikes hit Syria's Afrin province in push to secure borders

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes struck positions of a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Saturday, a senior Turkish official said, in a move likely to drive a deeper wedge between Ankara and the United States. The operation opens a new front in Syria’s war and sees Ankara confronting Kurds allied to the United States at a time ...

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North Korea says to send delegation to prepare for Olympics on Sunday – South Korea ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea will send a delegation to South Korea on Sunday to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month’s Winter Olympics, pushing the visit back a day after earlier cancelling it, South Korea’s Unification Ministry has said. The North’s participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang has been interpreted as an ...

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Power to the Polls: Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters were expected to take to the streets of New York, Los Angeles and Washington on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a multi-city mass rally hailed as the start of a new era of female political activism. This year’s demonstration is being held in coordination with rallies planned for the weekend in ...

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Brexit: Second referendum would be 'extremely unhelpful' says Labour frontbencher

A Labour shadow Cabinet minister has said a another EU referendum would be “extremely unhelpful” adding that it was a “shame” the party’s deputy leader appeared to leave the option on the table.  Speaking to The Independent Debbie Abrahams, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, also said she would relish another general election in 2018, adding: “I’d love there to be an ...

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Jamaica travel: Everything you need to know about state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared for the key tourist gateway of Montego Bay and the surrounding area. Thousands of British holidaymakers are in Jamaica, with many more booked to travel in the next few weeks – on winter sun trips to resorts or on cruises. Many people have contacted The Independent for advice. This is what we know ...

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Manchester United need Alexis Sanchez but battling win at Burnley shows team he's about to join still has plenty to offer

Much like something else everyone at Manchester United has been waiting for this week, the final whistle felt like a long time coming here, but they got it done in the end. It wasn’t pretty, but that in turn made it a pretty impressive 1-0 win at Turf Moor. Few teams come to Burnley and are allowed turn it on, ...

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Oumar Niasse rescues a point for Everton against West Brom but James McCarthy's leg break overshadows all

For what seemed like an eternity at Goodison Park, a malfunction in the Park End’s public-address system resulted in a relentless white noise transmitting from the speakers. On and on it went, causing anxiety for those closest being forced to co-exist with the fuzzy sound. Finally, it stopped and when it did, the roar was enormous, as well as the ...

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Javier Hernandez to the rescue as West Ham see out disappointing draw against Bournemouth

In the end this was a hugely frustrating afternoon for David Moyes, and for most inside the London Stadium, as they watched West Ham huff and puff for little reward. It might have been worse than a 1-1 draw when Ryan Fraser handed the visitors an unlikely lead, but Javier Hernandez’s immediate reply at least prevented what would have been ...

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Arsenal hit Crystal Palace for four to show there will be life without Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal eased to a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday as Alexis Sanchez was left out of the squad ahead of his expected move to Manchester Untied. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said that the Chile international could be involved if the deal had not been completed, but he was again omitted. Unlike last week, however, when Arsenal lost 2-1 ...

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