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Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”. His departure means the ill-fated production, which is due to open in two weeks, has lost its entire main cast. First to go was star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, followed by soprano Kristine Opolais, who had the title role. Her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, was next to go. His replacement, James Levine, was then suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct. Three men have now accused Mr Levine of abusing them decades…

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Coral Daily Download: Is the wait over for an English winner of the Champions League? Latest odds here

Listen to the Coral Daily Download Thursday, December 7, 2017 Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds. There was no such Brexit for England in Europe this week, as our teams completed our most successful Champions League group stage in history – with five Premier League teams qualifying for the last-16 for the first time. Four of those sides were winners, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United finishing top of their groups, while Chelsea finished second. But how are the odds looking ahead…

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The Latest: FBI escorting Kentucky fugitive from Honduras

The Latest on a fugitive Kentucky lawyer captured in Honduras, where he fled during sentencing for Social Security fraud (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Officials in Honduras say a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago after pleading guilty to massive Social Security fraud is on his way back to the United States. Eric Conn was handed over to the FBI on Tuesday, a day after his capture by a SWAT team as he came out of a restaurant in the coastal city of La Ceiba. Spokesman Jorge Galindo…

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The Latest: Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh amid security

The Latest on Pope Francis‘ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia amid tight airport security. Huge banners with pictures of the pope and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been put up around the city and St. Mary’s Cathedral is decorated with lights in preparation for his three-day trip to the Muslim majority nation starting Thursday. A Christian priest went missing in northern Bangladesh on Tuesday, and his family reported…

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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe faces impeachment by parliament

The party of Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe is to begin moves to impeach him. A Zanu-PF official said a motion to strip him of the presidency would be presented to parliament on Tuesday, and the process could take just two days. The motion accuses the 93-year-old of charges including allowing his wife Grace to “usurp constitutional power”. Military leaders, who last week intervened, said he will meet his exiled former vice-president soon. What next for Robert and Grace Mugabe? Zimbabwe’s next likely leader, the “crocodile” Emmerson Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe…

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The Latest: Paris picked as future home of EU banking agency

The Latest on the competition between EU countries to host agencies that must be relocated because of Brexit: (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Paris has been picked to succeed London as host city of the European Banking Authority once Britain leaves the European Union. Paris beat out Dublin in the final round of voting Monday among the 28 EU nations minus Britain. Frankfurt, in a surprise, failed to be selected as one of the two finalists. The European Banking Authority monitors the regulation and supervision of Europe’s banking sector. It…

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Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe 'let wife Grace usurp power'

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe, on charges he “allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power.” The motion is now due to be moved in parliament on Tuesday. Party member Paul Mangawana said the process could take as little as two days to complete, and President Mugabe could be removed by Wednesday. The announcement came after a Monday deadline for his resignation passed. Grace Mugabe was seen as a potential successor to the ageing president before the military intervention last week. Zimbabwe’s…

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