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Winter Storms Wreak Havoc In Europe

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Winter Storms Wreak Havoc In Europe

Snow storms are wreaking weather havoc in Europe as hundreds of people were snowed-in in Alpine regions.  Warnings of high risk of avalanches have gone out, and parts of Scandinavia were left without electricity.  High winds have caused flight delays and cancellations in the Netherlands as deadly winter weather continued to blast Europe on Tuesday.

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A 29-year old Swedish woman and three Finns, were presumed dead after a 300-meter-wide avalanche hit the Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe, last week.

In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads, and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.

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Schools in some Austrian regions remained closed for a second day. Austrian public broadcaster Orf reported a 78-year-old man was severely injured when he fell off the roof of his home in Turrach while shoveling snow,

In neighbouring Netherlands, Amsterdam’s busy ski-pole (Schiphol) airport warned of delays and cancellations. Dutch carrier, KLM, cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.

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Meanwhile in southeastern Europe, schools in the Greek capital and many surrounding areas remained shut because of bad weather after snowfall blanketed Athens, with temperatures in some parts of the country plunging well below freezing.

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Thailand To Hold First Elections After Military Rule

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Thailand To hold Elections In March After Military Rule

Thailand says it will finally hold elections in march after more than four years of military rule.

The poll will be the first since generals ousted a democratically elected government in 2014 after months of violent street protests.

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The election commission announced the decision on Wednesday after having postponed the vote’s date several times.

In December the commission said the elections would be held in Febuary, but the military government expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha scheduled for May.

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The monarchy is revered in Thailand, and this year’s coronation will be the first in living memory for most of the population.

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Partial Shutdown

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U.S. Senate Plans To End Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is on the path to resolving a partial shutdown that has lasted for a month now, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are working without pay.

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Republican senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell laid the groundwork for a vote on Thursday on a proposal by Democrats to fund the government for three weeks, but without attaching the 5 billion dollars president Donald Trump is demanding for U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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The president has opposed similar legislation.

The senate leader said he would also bring up for a Thursday vote, a proposal by trump to end the shutdown that includes border wall funding and relief for “dreamers,” people brought illegally to the united states as children.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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