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UK, EU and Spain hail 'significant progress' in Gibraltar talks

“Significant progress” has been made towards a post-Brexit deal for Gibraltar, Spain, the EU and the UK have said. In a joint statement following talks in Brussels, the parties said they had agreed “general political lines” on the territory’s future status and said a final deal could be reached within weeks. Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron was among those taking in part in the talks about Gibraltar’s relationship with the EU – which remains unresolved after the UK officially left the bloc in 2020. The joint statement said: “Discussions took place in a constructive atmosphere, with significant progress achieved. General political lines have been agreed, including on [the] airport, goods and mobility. “Negotiations will continue over the coming weeks to conclude the UK-EU agreement. “The participants agreed that this was a productive day.” The narrow peninsula – known colloquially as ‘The Rock’ – has been a British territory since 1713, but its sovereignty has been disputed by Spain. Politics latest: Starmer responds to Angela Rayner investigation The question of how to police Gibraltar’s border with Spain long-term has been undecided since Brexit, while another sticking point is Madrid’s desire to have greater management of its airport. Lord Cameron’s Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares was among those who took part in Friday’s talks, alongside European Commission executive vice president Maros Sefcovic and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo. Read more from Sky News:Man who murdered 32-year-old outside nightclub is jailedPolice launch investigation into Labour deputy leaderUK’s best and worst airports for delays revealed The joint statement continued. “The meeting reaffirmed their shared commitment to concluding an UK-EU agreement to secure the future prosperity of the whole region. “This agreement will bring confidence, legal certainty and stability to the lives and livelihoods of the people of the whole region, without prejudice to the parties’ legal positions.”

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No Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya: Selectors Sent "Virat Kohli Should…" Advice For T20 World Cup 2024

The T20 World Cup 2024 is just round the corner and the Indian cricket team selectors have a keen eye on the ongoing IPL in order to identify the right players for the competition. While several players are almost confirmed to find a place in the squad, questions still remain on the middle order and certain players like Rishabh Pant and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull believes that India should use Virat Kohli as an opener along with Rohit Sharma as this move will allow him to play more fast bowlers which can result in a great start for the team against tough opponents. (function(v,d,o,ai){ai=d.createElement(“script”);ai.defer=true;ai.async=true;ai.src=v.location.protocol+o;d.head.appendChild(ai);})(window, document, “//a.vdo.ai/core/v-ndtv/vdo.ai.js”);“I think Virat should open…100 per cent. I don’t think he should bat at number three, because if he does, then Rinku Singh will miss out. And in my India starting XI, Rinku has to play. Therefore, Virat’s got to open the batting. Now who he opens with, up to you. If it is Rohit Sharma or Jaiswal. But Kohli has to open, because in the modern game that is his best position. He hits the quick bowlers as good as anyone and he times the ball beautifully. Coming in and starting against spin is not his best option,” he said on Cricbuzz.Doull added that although Yashasvi Jaiswal is in great form, it seems unlikely that he will find a place in the India playing XI for the World Cup. Instead, he suggested that Sanju Samson can bat at No. 3 followed by Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.“It sounds stupid to me but if Jaiswal is out. But if that’s the case, you could have Sanju at 3, Suryakumar at 4, Dube and Rinku at 5 and 6, Jadeja at 7,” he added.The team suggested by Doull had couple of huge omissions in the form of Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill. While he believes that other players may find a place in the team due to their recent form, Rinku Singh needs to be a constant for the side as he has performed superbly in the past year.

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Four jailed after sawn off shotgun fired at funeral crowd as doves released in Euston

A gang have been jailed after they fired a sawn-off shotgun into a funeral crowd and left a little girl with a shotgun pellet embedded in a muscle close to her heart. Four women and two girls, aged 11 and seven, were injured when the drive-by shooting opened fire on mourners at a funeral for a mother and her daughter at St Aloysius Church in Phoenix Road, Euston, in January 2023. They were hurt just as the crowd turned to view white doves being released into the sky. Tyrell Lacroix, 23, a well-known drill rapper using the name T. Scam; Jashy Perch, 20; Jordan Walters, 24; and Alrico Nelson-Martin, 20; were sentenced for conspiracy to wound with intent to cause serious harm, at Kingston Crown Court on Friday. Perch was also sentenced for having an offensive weapon and for possession of cannabis. While Nelson-Martin was also sentenced for possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life. Lacroix was jailed for 21 years with a further five years on licence, Perch was jailed for 16 years with a further four years on licence, Walters was jailed for 13 years, and Nelson-Martin was jailed for 14 years. The court heard that one of the little girls sustained gunshot wounds to her arms, legs, and pelvic region, as well as one pellet lodging in a muscle next to her heart. In a victim impact statement, the girl’s mother said she had asked her, “Mummy, why has this happened to me?” The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “She felt like she had done something wrong and could not understand why.” She added that the incident had “taken away” her daughter’s innocence. One of the women was also left with serious injuries that have affected her hearing and balance. In a victim impact statement, she said: “I am half the woman I was before.” The memorial service was a requiem Mass for Sara Sanchez, 20, and her mother, Fresia Calderon, 50, who died in November 2022. Ms Sanchez had suffered from leukaemia for three years. She died after her mother died suddenly from a rare blood clot on arrival at Heathrow from Colombia. The planning of the attack began in November 2022 when Lacroix found the black Toyota car that would be used in the shooting, Scotland Yard said. Lacroix was part of a gang in north London and believed members of a rival gang would be at the memorial service. Sentencing Lacroix, Judge Mark Bryant-Heron QC said: “You, Tyrell Lacroix, had been stabbed in an attack by a rival gang member almost exactly a year before the shooting. “And you, Tyrell Lacroix, were set on revenge. Your co-conspirators played their part in helping you to get your revenge. “It is the misfortune of those that organised the memorial service that the deceased people who were being commemorated were from the Regent’s Park estate, an area regarded by you as territory under the control of the Cumbo gang.” DI Darren Jones, from the Specialist Crime Trident Investigation team, said: “These dangerous men brought unimaginable fear and horror to the streets of London. I am pleased our investigation has resulted in them being removed from the community for a considerable time. “The innocent women and girls who were injured will have to deal with the impact of the shooting for the rest of their lives, something that Lacroix, Perch, Walter and Nelson-Martin will have time to consider as they serve their sentences. He added: “I hope that the justice handed down today brings the victims a small measure of comfort and closure.” Enquiries continue to identify a third man who was in the car at the time of the shooting. Additional reporting by PA.

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No link between Ozempic, Wegovy and suicide, EU drug regulators say

By JONEL ALECCIA (AP Health Writer) Drug regulators in Europe have found no evidence that popular diabetes and weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. The European Medicines Agency regulatory committee announced the results of its review on Friday. It’s the latest group to conclude there’s no known tie between a new class of obesity drugs and suicide. In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a preliminary review showed no evidence of such a link, though the agency said it could not rule out that “a small risk may exist” and that it would continue to study the issue. A federally funded U.S. study also found that people taking semaglutide, the medication in Ozempic and Wegovy, had a lower risk of suicidal thoughts than those taking older medications to treat diabetes and obesity. The review by the European Union’s regulators was triggered last July by anecdotal reports that people taking the drugs had thoughts of self-harm. The regulators examined studies, post-marketing data and other research related to medications used in nearly a dozen drugs used to treat the diseases. The group did not review information regarding tirzepatide, the medication used in drugs sold as Mounjaro and Zepbound. Both agencies said they would continue to closely monitor reports of suicidal thoughts or actions in people taking the drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. Patients taking the drugs should report any mental health or other problems to their health care providers, officials said. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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Canary Islands residents call for hunger strike to protest explosion of tourists: ‘A cancer consuming the island’

Residents in the Canary Islands are planning protests and strikes as they fight against overtourism. The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago sitting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northwestern Africa, have been a hot spot for tourists for decades. But they have become overrun by tourism in recent years — pricing out locals and diminishing their resources along the way. The worsening conditions of the locals and the construction of two new hotels — the Hotel La Tejita and Cuna del Alma in Tenerife’s Puertito de Adeje — have led groups like Canarias Se Agota (“The Canary Islands Sold Out”) and Canarias se exhausts (“The Canary Islands are exhausted”) to form and subsequently organize protests. The Canarias Se Agota called for a hunger strike that was set to begin on Thursday, and the Canarias se exhausta have called for Islands-wide protests on April 20. According to local environmental organization Fundación Canarina, the number of tourists jumped from 11.5 million per year to around 16 million annually in the last decade, CNN reported. In 2023 alone, the Canary Islands attracted 14.1 million foreign visitors, a record for the islands, according to Euronews. With the skyrocketing number of visitors, locals are reportedly sleeping in cars and caves as soaring housing and rental prices have made the area unaffordable for many area residents. Although government officials have argued that the economy is reliant on tourism, nearly 34% of the local population — close to 800,000 people — are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, a report from Ecologists in Action warned, Euronews reported. Residents have tried placing fake “closed to overcrowding” posters and stickers around popular spots in attempts to keep tourists away. “We have nothing against individual tourists, but the industry is growing and growing and using up so many resources, and the island cannot cope,” Ivan Cerdena Molina, who is helping organize the protests, told southern Spain’s The Olive Press. “Airbnb and Booking.com are like a cancer that is consuming the island bit by bit.” Along with driving prices up, locals complain that tourism is also causing environmental damage, as well as pressure on health services, waste management, water supplies and biodiversity. Local government officials have proposed beginning conversations with politicians, experts and locals to create a plan of action to appease all parties and establish common guidelines.

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Israeli settlers rampage through a West Bank village, killing 1 Palestinian and wounding 25

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of angry Israeli settlers stormed into a Palestinian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, shooting and setting houses and cars on fire. The rampage killed a Palestinian man and wounded 25 others, Palestinian health officials said. The violence was the latest in an escalation in the West Bank that has accompanied the war in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli rights group said the settlers were searching for a missing 14-year-old boy from their settlement. After the rampage, Israeli troops said they were still searching for the teen. The killing came after an Israeli raid overnight killed two Palestinians, including a Hamas militant in confrontations with Israeli forces. Palestinian health officials say over 460 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces since the war erupted in October. The Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said that settlers stormed into the village of al-Mughayyir late Friday, searching for the Israeli boy. The group said that settlers were shooting and setting houses on fire in the village. Videos posted to X by the rights group showed dark clouds of smoke billowing from burning cars as gunshots rang out. A photo posted by the group showed what appeared to be a crowd of masked settlers. The Palestinian Health Ministry said that one man was brought dead to the hospital and 25 were treated for wounds. The Palestine Red Crescent Society said eight of the injured were hit by live fire from settlers. The Israeli army said it was searching for the 14-year-old boy, and that forces had opened fire when stones were hurled at soldiers by Palestinians. It said soldiers also cleared out Israeli settlers from the village. “As of this moment, the violent riots have been dispersed and there are no Israeli civilians present within the town,” it said. U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, have repeatedly raised concerns about a surge in settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank since Israel’s war with the militant Hamas group in the Gaza Strip began. Rights groups have long accused the military of failing to halt settler violence or punish soldiers for wrongdoing. Earlier Friday, two Palestinians were killed in confrontations with Israeli forces in the northern West Bank, Palestinian medics and the military said. Hamas said one of those killed was a local commander. The military said the target of the soldiers’ raid was Mohammed Daraghmeh, a local Hamas commander. It said Daraghmeh was killed in a shootout with Israeli soldiers who discovered weapons in his car. The army alleged that Daraghmeh had been planning attacks on Israeli targets but provided no evidence. It also said assailants also hurled explosives at soldiers. The Israel-Hamas war started on Oct. 7, when Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis, mostly civilians, in a surprise attack and incursion into southern Israel. Around 250 people were seized as hostages by the militants and taken to Gaza. Israel said Friday it had opened a new crossing for aid trucks into hard-hit northern Gaza as ramps up aid deliveries to the besieged enclave. However, the United Nations says the surge of aid is not being felt in Gaza because of persistent distribution difficulties. Six months of fighting in Gaza have pushed the tiny Palestinian territory into a humanitarian crisis, leaving more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation. Israeli bombardments and ground offensives in Gaza have killed more than 33,600 Palestinians and wounded over 76,200, the Health Ministry says. The ministry doesn’t differentiate between civilians and combatants in its tally, but says women and children make up two-thirds of the dead. Israel says it has killed over 12,000 militants during the war, but it has not provided evidence to back up the claim. Jack Jeffrey And Julia Frankel, The Associated Press

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Former Strongsville football coach indicted on sex charges involving minors at West Geauga schools

CHARDON, Ohio (WJW) — The FOX 8 I-Team has learned that the former Strongsville football coach has been indicted on charges of having sexual conduct with juvenile victims while he was employed at a school district in Geauga County. Louis A. Cirino, 40, of Columbia Station, was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday by Geauga County sheriff deputies. An indictment filed in Geauga County Common Pleas Court states Cirino is facing a felony charge of sexual battery and a felony charge of gross sexual imposition. According to the indictment, the sexual battery offense allegedly happened between Dec. 21, 2009, and December 20, 2010, and the offense of gross sexual imposition allegedly happened between December 21, 2004, and December 20, 2005. The gross sexual imposition charge also states the victim was under the age of 13 at the time of the offense. At the time, Cirino was working for West Geauga Local Schools, according to authorities. “Fortunately, there were victims that came forward and due to the outstanding work by the Chester Township Police Department, we were able to secure an indictment,” Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz told the I-Team. The I-Team requested Cirino’s personnel file from Strongsville City Schools but has not yet received it. Cirino was removed as football coach in December. He was also placed on administrative leave in December after school district officials were advised of the allegations.

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Overland Park police searching for woman in connection to several thefts

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park police department is looking for a woman in connection with several thefts. Photo via OPPDPhoto via OPPDPhoto via OPPD Police said she has stolen wallets from a number of stores in Overland Park. These thefts happened between late February and earlier this month. She then used credit cards from those wallets and is wanted for identity theft, according to police. If you have any information, call the Overland Park police.

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Mike Pence lands new gig after failed 2024 presidential bid

Mike Pence, who served as vice president under former President Donald Trump, has landed a new gig. Pence will be teaching a course at Grove City College, the school announced Thursday. Grove City College is a conservative Christian school located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. “It was an honor to be on campus today and see President Paul McNulty and so many wonderful students!” Pence tweeted Thursday, with photos of him addressing the annual conference held by The Institute for Faith & Freedom. Pence will serve as the Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Faith & Public Life for the school’s new Center for Faith & Public Life, which will “explore and support the presence of Christian faith in public institutions,” the school said. In a separate statement, Pence said he was honored to be a visiting fellow for the college. “It is my great honor to serve as a visiting fellow to Grove City College’s new Center for Faith & Public Life,” Pence said. “Faith and engaging in public life are not mutually exclusive, nor should they ever be. History shows that Christians steadily working toward the common good have changed the world, and Grove City College opening a center shows they are committed to continuing this work.” The former vice president and governor of Indiana continued: “Grove City College has been a pivotal institution in helping students grow in their faith and in understanding God’s calling for their life through a rigorous education and a faith-based community. Grove City works to send out young men and women into the world to be beacons of light and truth in a world that needs leaders of integrity and principle.” Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty emphasized the role of faith in society and praised Pence as the “perfect choice” for the position. “The appropriate role of faith in the public square is a major issue in this moment of our American life. The Founders envisioned a free society sustained by a self-governing citizenry and strengthened by virtues rooted in religious belief. At the core of Christian faith is the call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. The Center will examine how and why Christians have sought to put their faith into action for the common good,” McNulty said in a statement. McNulty added: “Mike Pence is the perfect choice for the Center’s first fellowship.” “No one has pursued this calling more sincerely than the former vice president,” the president continued. “He is an extraordinary role model for what it looks like to lead with wisdom and winsomeness in public life, and he will be a leading source of thought leadership and an impactful voice of the Center.” In a news release, the school added: “As one of America’s foremost Christian political leaders, Pence has been explicit about how his faith has guided him as a public servant. The wisdom he has accrued over decades of service in Congress, as governor of Indiana, and as the nation’s second-in-command for four years under President Donald J. Trump will benefit the new center.” Pence will teach a course with McNulty, write and speak with students in his new capacity. He will also participate in various events, the school said. Since leaving office, Pence has written a book, “So Help Me God,” and run for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election. He has since suspended his campaign. Original article source: Mike Pence lands new gig after failed 2024 presidential bid

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20 years later, Abu Ghraib detainees get their day in US court

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Twenty years ago this month, photos of abused prisoners and smiling U.S. soldiers guarding them at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were released, shocking the world. Now, three survivors of Abu Ghraib will finally get their day in U.S. court against the military contractor they hold responsible for their mistreatment. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, and will be the first time that Abu Ghraib survivors are able to bring their claims of torture to a U.S. jury, said Baher Azmy, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights representing the plaintiffs. The defendant in the civil suit, CACI, supplied the interrogators who worked at the prison. The Virginia-based contractor denies any wrongdoing, and has emphasized throughout 16 years of litigation that its employees are not alleged to have inflicted any abuse on any of the plaintiffs in the case. The plaintiffs, though, seek to hold CACI responsible for setting the conditions that resulted in the torture they endured, citing evidence in government investigations that CACI contractors instructed military police to “soften up” detainees for their interrogations. Retired Army Gen. Antonio Taguba, who led an investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal, is among those expected to testify. His inquiry concluded that at least one CACI interrogator should be held accountable for instructing military police to set conditions that amounted to physical abuse. There is little dispute that the abuse was horrific. The photos released in 2004 showed naked prisoners stacked into pyramids or dragged by leashes. Some photos had a soldier smiling and giving a thumbs up while posing next to a corpse, or detainees being threatened with dogs, or hooded and attached to electrical wires. The plaintiffs cannot be clearly identified in any of the infamous images, but their descriptions of mistreatment are unnerving. Suhail Al Shimari has described sexual assaults and beatings during his two months at the prison. He was also electrically shocked and dragged around the prison by a rope tied around his neck. Former Al-Jazeera reporter Salah Al-Ejaili said he was subjected to stress positions that caused him to vomit black liquid. He was also deprived of sleep, forced to wear women’s underwear and threatened with dogs. CACI, though, has said the U.S. military is the institution that bears responsibility for setting the conditions at Abu Ghraib and that its employees weren’t in a position to be giving orders to soldiers. In court papers, lawyers for the contractor group have said the “entire case is nothing more than an attempt to impose liability on CACI PT because its personnel worked in a war zone prison with a climate of activity that reeks of something foul. The law, however, does not recognize guilt by association with Abu Ghraib.” The case has bouncedthroughthecourts since 2008, and CACI has tried roughly 20 times to have it tossed out of court. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2021 ultimately turned back CACI’s appeal efforts and sent the case back to district court for trial. In one of CACI’s appeal arguments, the company contended that the U.S. enjoys sovereign immunity against the torture claims, and that CACI enjoys derivative immunity as a contractor doing the government’s bidding. But U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, in a first-of-its kind ruling, determined that the U.S. government can’t claim immunity when it comes to allegations that violate established international norms, like torturing prisoners, so CACI as a result can’t claim any derivative immunity. Jurors next week are also expected to hear testimony from some of the soldiers who were convicted in military court of directly inflicting the abuse. Ivan Frederick, a former staff sergeant who was sentenced to more than eight years of confinement after a court-martial conviction on charges including assault, indecent acts and dereliction of duty, has provided deposition testimony that is expected to be played for the jury because he has refused to attend the trial voluntarily. The two sides have differed on whether his testimony establishes that soldiers were working under the direction of CACI interrogators. The U.S. government may present a wild card in the trial, which is scheduled to last two weeks. Both the plaintiffs and CACI have complained that their cases have been hampered by government assertions that some evidence, if made public, would divulge state secrets that would harm national security. Government lawyers will be at the trial ready to object if witnesses stray into territory they deem to be a state secret, they said at a pretrial hearing April 5. Judge Brinkema, who has overseen complex national security cases many times, warned the government that if it asserts such a privilege at trial, “it better be a genuine state secret.” Jason Lynch, a government lawyer, assured her, “We’re trying to stay out of the way as much as we possibly can.” Of the three plaintiffs, only Al-Ejaili, who now lives in Sweden, is expected to testify in person. The other two will testify remotely from Iraq. Brinkema has ruled that the reasons they were sent to Abu Ghraib are irrelevant and won’t be given to jurors. All three were released after periods of detention ranging from two months to a year without ever being charged with a crime, according to court papers. “Even if they were terrorists it doesn’t excuse the conduct that’s alleged here,” she said at the April 5 hearing.

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