Afghanistan delays vote in Kandahar after killing of commander

KABUL (Reuters) – Saturday’s parliamentary election in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar will be delayed by a week after the assassination of one of the country’s most powerful security chiefs dealt a stunning blow to the Western-backed government. Afghan policemen stand guard at a checkpoint a day before parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani General ...

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BBC Young Sports Personality 2018: Kare Adenegan, Freya Anderson & James Bowen on shortlist

The final three – Kare Adenegan, Freya Anderson and James Bowen Para-athlete Kare Adenegan, swimmer Freya Anderson and jockey James Bowen have been named on the final shortlist for the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. The trio are still in contention after an initial shortlist of 10. The winner will be announced at the Radio 1 ...

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EU to sign trade deal with Singapore, eyes deeper Asia ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will sign a trade agreement with Singapore on Friday, the highlight of a two-day meeting of 51 European and Asian leaders and a signal of the EU’s push for open market accords with Asian countries. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the ASEM leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir Leaders ...

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EU’s Barnier says Brexit deal 90 percent done, but Ireland issue could derail it

PARIS (Reuters) – European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom was 90 percent done, although there was still a chance no accord would be reached due to ongoing stumbling blocks over the Irish border. European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends the EU Commission’s weekly College meeting in Brussels, Belgium, October ...

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Italy’s Salvini says there is no government crisis over tax amnesty dispute

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said there was no government crisis after a row broke out in the ruling coalition over a tax amnesty draft bill, Il Messaggero said on Friday citing Salvini. FILE PHOTO: Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini talks to journalists after a G6 meeting of Interior Ministers, the European ...

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Colin Kaepernick: Rihanna ‘declined Super Bowl invitation in support of quarterback’

Rihanna was the NFL’s first choice for the Super Bowl half-time show The NFL has refused to comment on reports that Barbadian singer Rihanna declined an invitation to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback Kaepernick, 30, was the first player to kneel during the US national anthem. Other players followed suit, leading to criticism ...

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Vivendi CEO denies company wants to call Telecom Italia shareholder meeting on board

ROME (Reuters) – A report Vivendi (VIV.PA) is thinking of calling a shareholder meeting at Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI) to appoint four more board members are off the mark, the French media group’s CEO said. FILE PHOTO:Vivendi’s Chairman of the Management Board Arnaud de Puyfontaine attends the media group company’s shareholders meeting in Paris, France, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau “What ...

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Extension of Brexit transition would not solve the problems: German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union and Germany’s government will not block an extension of the post-Brexit transition period, but an extension alone will not solve the problems on hand, European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Germany’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth listens to a journalist ask a question about Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris ...

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