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Alabama Senate race: Trump candidate under spotlight as state votes

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The race between Doug Jones (left) and Roy Moore is too close to call Alabama voters are heading to the polls in a Senate election that could have wider implications for Donald Trump. Republican candidate Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge who is embroiled in allegations of child sex abuse, has…

Incoming asteroid won’t hit us. Here’s what could happen if it did.
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Incoming asteroid won’t hit us. Here’s what could happen if it did.

In the world of astronomy, 6.4 million miles is pretty close. And it raises the question: How likely is it that some big, scary asteroid out there is on a collision course with our planet? The answer, astronomers say, is not very — at least during our lifetimes. “There are no objects that have been…

Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet, then she punches back
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Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet, then she punches back

President Donald Trump and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sparred on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after the junior lawmaker called on the president to resign amid a series of sexual misconduct and assault allegations against him. Trump, in an early morning tweet, called Gillibrand a “lightweight” and a “total flunky” for Senate Minority Leader Chuck…

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‘The best security is invisible’: How Sandy Hook changed schools

Buzzers for the front door. Security cameras. Bulletproof glass. These are among the physical reinforcements that have become more common in schools across the country in the five years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, as more and more schools try to address security concerns. Experts say the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre in Newtown,…

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Theresa May Quiets Brexit Deal Critics — in Her Own Party

On this point, the agreement — which still has to be approved by European Union leaders when they meet in Brussels later this week — was deliberately ambiguous and open to different interpretations. But it seemed to say that the United Kingdom would stay in the bloc’s single market and customs union if that was…

Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’
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Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’

Mr. Trump’s personality has injected an unpredictable element into the long alliance with Britons, whose perception of American leaders has sometimes been ambiguous. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, for instance, was castigated frequently for being so close to President George W. Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 that he was…

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Austria Gas Explosion Leaves One Dead and 18 Injured

Photo Flames from a deadly explosion on Tuesday at a natural gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria.Credit Tomas Hulik/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images An enormous explosion rocked a major natural gas hub in Austria on Tuesday, killing an employee, injuring 18 people and raising concerns about tightening supplies across Europe. Firefighters and emergency workers rushed to…

Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China
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Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China

Sri Lanka has long been in India’s orbit, but its relationship with China has strengthened in recent years. As Western nations accused Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s former president, of grievous human rights abuses during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s nearly 26-year civil war, China extended billions of dollars of loans to Mr. Rajapaksa’s government…

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Jim Mallinder: Northampton Saints sack director of rugby

Jim Mallinder (second left) led Saints to the Premiership title in 2014, one year on from losing in the final to Leicester Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton Saints after more than 10 years as the club’s director of rugby. Saints, Premiership champions in 2014, are currently 10th and on the brink of elimination…