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U.S. judge temporarily restores White House press pass to CNN’s Acosta

“The judge said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ initial statement that Acosta was penalized for touching a White House staffer attempting to remove his microphone was “likely untrue and at least partly based on evidence that was of questionable accuracy.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday temporarily restored White House press credentials to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, which were revoked after a contentious press conference with President Donald Trump, saying there should be a due process in place for limiting…

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As it happened: PM defends agreement after ministers quit

“Theresa May has been forced to defend her Brexit plan to MPs just moments after cabinet ministers Dominic Raab and Esther McVey dealt her authority a major blow by resigning from the government” writes Lizzy Buchan for independent.co.uk. The prime minister secured the uneasy support of her cabinet for the draft deal with Brussels after a stormy five-hour meeting on Wednesday night.See below for updates as they happened The Independent has launched its #FinalSay campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal. Source: independent.co.uk Share…

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A.I. in Your Pocket: Intel Announces Second-Gen Neural Compute Stick

“The Neural Compute Stick 2 debuted at Intel’s inaugural artificial intelligence developer conference in Beijing” writes Nathaniel Mott for tomshardware.com. Intel explained the effect of the first gen of this morsel: “The first-generation Intel Neural Compute Stick sparked an entire community of AI developers into action with a form factor and price that didn’t exist before. The Neural Compute Stick 2 is available now from RS Components in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; Switch Sciences in Japan; JD.com in China; and Mouser worldwide for $99. (Intel didn’t offer prices…

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Al-Sisi meets Haftar, Serraj, Conte in mini-summit during Palermo conference

“President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with the leader of the Libyan national army Khalifa Haftar, during the mini-summit on security in the attendance of the Prime Minister of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the Palermo conference” writes Daily News Egypt for dailynewsegypt.com. The Palermo conference is attended by key political Libyan factions and other international partners in order to draft a plan to deal with the political crisis in Libya.Haftar only attended the mini-summit with the leaders but did not attend the conference. Source: dailynewsegypt.com Share…

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AT&T CEO says Trump’s handling of Acosta appears to violate free-press protections as CNN sues White House

“CNN did more, filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday morning in D.C. district court” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson fired back at the White House over its decision to suspend the press credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, charging that the administration had ignored established procedures in a way that appears to violate press-freedom protections.The Trump administration said it suspended credentials for Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, because he “placed his hands” on a White House intern who was trying to take…

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​Jimmy Butler trade makes 76ers true contender in East, according to…

“Nearly two months after Jimmy Butler came to the Timberwolves with a trade request, the four-time All-Star is finally leaving Minnesota” reports sportingnews.com. That’s a substantial improvement from the original projection, putting the 76ers at No. 2 in the conference with at least a chance of representing the East in the NBA Finals.Philadelphia’s odds have dramatically increased following the trade with Butler (90 Overall rating) helping to form the league’s third-best “Big Three” based on “NBA 2K19” ratings. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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Jeremy Corbyn Must Uphold Labour Brexit Policy On Second Referendum, Says Gordon Brown

“Jeremy Corbyn has been told by Gordon Brown to abide by Labour Party policy that Brexit could still be stopped” writes Ned Simons for huffingtonpost.com. The apparent split in Labour over Brexit policy comes as negotiations remain deadlocked over measures to prevent a hard border between the UK and Ireland.Former culture secretary John Whittingdale said May would have to go if she could not get a Brexit deal through the Commons.Theresa May also faces hardening opposition back home to her deal – including from within her own Cabinet. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share…

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Exclusive: U.N. envoy wants Libya election by June after Libyans decide format

“The envoy said the national conference should “preferably” take place on Libyan soil” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “We want to ask at the national conference what type of election do you want, parliamentary or presidential, and what kind of law,” Salame said.PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – The U.N. envoy for Libya hopes another attempt to hold an election will take place by June after he scrapped a December plan, but said Libyans should first use a national conference in early 2019 to decide on the poll’s format.Salame said he…

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Trump on GOP wins, economy, health care

“On the economy, Trump asserted that U.S. growth under his watch has been unprecedented” writes Hope Yen for twincities.com. Strictly speaking, the short-term and association health plans are not new.Association health plans do have to accept people with pre-existing medical conditions, but they don’t have to cover the full menu of 10 “essential” kinds of benefits required by Obamacare. Source: twincities.com Share This:

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US agribusiness looks to boost sales to Cuba

“Cuba imports most of its food products from abroad, a multibillion-dollar market that has flourished despite U.S. sanctions” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Coalition will explore potential opportunities for American agriculture producers seeking a market on the island.Relations between both countries normalized somewhat after former U.S. President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo while in office.Cuba spends about $2 billion a year to import food for its 11 million citizens, who are given almost free rations each month of products such as chicken, rice and milk. Source: thebusinessjournal.com Share This:

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