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US Navy prepares to defend allies amid heightened tensions with North Korea

Off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, U.S. and South Korean Navy ships prepared for an event they hope will never happen: a North Korean land and air attack against their neighbors to the south. The annual bilateral training exercise called Maritime Counter Special Operations Force involved a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan and a U.S. destroyer, the USS Stethem, as well as South Korean ships. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz was aboard the Reagan in the Sea of Japan for the exercise this week, as the Trump administration…

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Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors defend lack of action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prosecutors have defended their decision not to take action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after a woman complained about his behaviour in 2015. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says undercover audio of the complainant and Weinstein was “insufficient to prove a crime”. But they said the Oscar winner had a “pattern of mistreating women”. Weinstein says many of the accusations against him are false. In a statement, Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo said: “If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the…

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Chris Eubank Jr brutally KOs Avni Yildirim to defend super-middleweight belt; eyes George Groves next

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Chris Eubank Jr scored a brutal third round knockout of Turkey’s Avni Yildirim on Saturday night as he defended his IBO super-middleweight belt. After putting Yildirim down in the first with a sharp uppercut, Eubank realised he could seriously hurt his opponent and so pushed forward, taking him out two rounds later with a wondrous combination of hooks. The victory meant that the 28-year-old defended his IBO title and progressed to the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament. His opponent in this semi-final…

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Kate Winslet is the latest actor to defend working with Woody Allen

Woody Allen has never been charged with a sex crime. In the court of public opinion, however, a large segment long ago began viewing the famed director a deviant for two reasons. First, in 1992, his former partner Mia Farrow accused him of molesting his then 7-year-old adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, an accusation Allen has denied. Then in 1997, he married Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter. At the time, he was 62 and Previn was 27. Kate Winslet, pictured in The Dressmaker, stars in Allen’s upcoming film Wonder Wheel. Photo: Supplied…

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Operation Sanctuary: Police defend payment to informant

Northumbria’s chief constable has firmly rejected claims that paying a child rapist to help secure convictions of sexual exploitation may have placed some victims at greater risk. Steve Ashman said the man’s information led to the conviction of 17 men and a woman for abusing girls in Newcastle. The informant was paid £10,000, and headlines have focused on criticism of that, rather than on the case. The paedophile had himself served a prison sentence for rape. The last of four trials, spread across two years, ended on Wednesday and in…

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George Groves to defend WBA super-middleweight title against Jamie Cox in October

George Groves Monday, July 24, 2017 George Groves’ first WBA super-middleweight title defence and his opening fight of the World Boxing Super Series against Jamie Cox has been confirmed for Wembley’s SSE Arena on October 14. The 29-year-old chose Cox as his first opponent of the 168lbs edition of the eight-fighter competition, in which Chris Eubank Jnr and Callum Smith are also competing. October’s fight also represents Groves’ first return to the venue in which his defeat of Eduard Gutknecht injured the Kazakh so severely he is unable to walk…

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Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray declares himself fit to defend title amid injury fears

Andy Murray: The 30-year-old will play Wimbledon’s opening match on Monday Sunday, July 2, 2017 Andy Murray has announced he is fit to defend his title at Wimbledon following a recent hip injury scare. The world number one pulled out of two warm-up matches earlier in the week as he battled to secure peak fitness. But on Sunday he dismissed fears he may have to pull out, saying: “I’ll be fine to play the event and play seven matches.” Murray faces Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik at 1pm on Monday, in the…

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