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Raves, Rants and Results – Yep movement heads to Clash of Champions

Owens and Zayn try to occupy SmackDown with a Yep movement Friday, December 15, 2017 The go-home edition of SmackDown saw Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and AJ Styles show the blue brand worth, but was it enough to sell you on Sunday’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view? Raves Yep! Yep! Yep! Another week, another master-class from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and their Yep movement. Their attempt of occupying SmackDown in a twist to lure Daniel Bryan into the Clash of Champions match was very well written and performed even better…

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May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

Media playback is unsupported on your device The prime minister is due in Brussels on Thursday, hours after Conservative rebels in the Commons defeated the government in a key Brexit vote. MPs backed an amendment giving them a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. One rebel, Stephen Hammond, was sacked by Theresa May as Conservative vice chairman in the aftermath of the vote. Other EU member states could decide to move forward to trade talks with the UK at their two-day summit. The…

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Bill banning Down syndrome abortions heads to Ohio governor

Ohio lawmakers have taken a major step toward making it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Two other states have passed similar prohibitions in an expanding national push that’s triggered emotional debate over women’s rights and the trust between doctor and patient. Ohio senators approved the bill Wednesday. Lawmakers have now sent it to the governor. The measure makes performing such abortions a fourth-degree felony and requires the state medical board to revoke a physician’s license if convicted. Women involved…

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$450m 'Da Vinci painting' heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Media playback is unsupported on your device A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said. The newly-opened museum made the announcement on Twitter, without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month. Media reports say it was purchased by a Saudi prince. The work – known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) – was sold in New York for a record $ 450m (£341m). It was the highest auction…

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Pope heads to Bangladesh with Rohingya crisis looming large

Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Myanmar on Thursday with a Mass for young people before heading to neighboring Bangladesh where the Muslim Rohingya refugee crisis was expected to take center stage. Francis has so far refrained from speaking out about Asia’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades out of diplomatic deference to his hosts in Myanmar, who consider the Rohingya as having illegally migrated from Bangladesh and don’t recognize them as their own ethnic group. The Vatican has defended Francis’ silence, saying the pope wants to “build bridges” with…

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Poldark star Aidan Turner heads for the West End

Poldark actor Aidan Turner is to swap his scythe for a cut-throat razor in a new stage production that will see him play a psychotic Irish terrorist. The 34-year-old will make his West End debut next year in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a violently dark comedy by the Oscar-winning Martin McDonagh. Set in Ireland in 1993, the play tells of a paramilitary who exacts bloody retribution when his cat is murdered. The play runs at London’s Noel Coward Theatre from 23 June to 8 September. The production is one of…

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Celtic out of Champions League after Martinez heads winner

Javi Martinez’s brave header consigned Celtic to defeat and ended the Scottish champions’ hopes of reaching the Champions League’s knockout stage. Bayern Munich took the lead in the first half when Kingsley Coman pounced after Dedryck Boyata’s hesitation. The home side played valiantly and were rewarded by Callum McGregor’s equaliser after the break at Celtic Park. The scoreline was only level for four minutes, with Martinez suffering a cut as he headed the winner. Man United win but must wait to qualify Sloppy Chelsea lose by three in Rome Hibs…

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