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Thales agrees to buy Gemalto in digital security deal worth ~$5.43BN


Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace and defense group Thales — in a deal worth around $543BN In a statement today recommending Thales’ offer, CEO Philippe Vallée said: “I am convinced that the combination with Thales is the best and the most promising option for Gemalto and the most positive outcome for our company...

Crew repair yacht mast while racing in rough seas


The metal runner that holds up the mainsail on the AkzoNobel was ripped out during a change of direction in high winds They tried to glue the track back on - but the first time it did not work as a big wave tore it off However, a second attempt was successful and the team was able to re-hoist the mainsail Image:A metal runner that holds up the mainsail on the AkzoNobel was ripped out Skipper...

For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure


And even with millions of families likely to enjoy lower taxes, many won't feel much until they file their 2018 tax returns in early 2019 Republicans hope that would overshadow their embarrassing failure to repeal President Barack Obama's health law Another flop would have infuriated GOP backers and donors already enraged by the Affordable Care Act debacle, fueling hard-right primary challenges...

Pentagon admits running a secret multi-million dollar UFO program


The New York Times reported on Saturday that the hush-hush program ran from 2007 to 2012 with $22 million in annual funding secretly tucked away in US Defense Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars The Pentagon openly acknowledged the fate of the program in response to a Reuters query
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RAC warns drivers to avoid travelling on pre-Christmas…


RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: 'Things tend to get worse on the last working day before Christmas, with 'Frantic Friday' this year falling on December 22 Many of Britain's mainline routes will be partially shut as Network Rail carries out its biggest ever Christmas investment programme Great Western Railway is urging passengers to complete journeys by Saturday 'at the latest' as London...

Around the world in 42 days: Sailor breaks record


Francois Gabart managed to beat the previous record - set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last Christmas - by six days and 10 hours Many pundits felt such an achievement was unthinkable The 34-year-old made the record-breaking journey in a 98ft (30m) trimaran - a sailing yacht with a main hull with two smaller floats attached - called Macif Image:Sailing around the world in 42 days was...

Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales


The Australian Federal Police said 59-year-old naturalized Australian Chan Han Choi used encrypted communication to broker sales and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction His actions contravened both United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea, police said
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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight


QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said He said two women were among those killed Jah said the venue - Bethel Memorial Methodist Church - was on high alert as Christian places of worship...

Six people killed in a multi-vehicle early morning crash


Another has been left critically injured following a collision which happened on Belgrave Middleway near Edgbaston, at around 1am on Sunday Of those travelling in the three other cars involved in the crash, a man and a woman were treated for minor injuries, one man was discharged after assessment and another said he did not require any assistance Lizzy Bowers, 18, is from London but was visiting...

Ashes: England face defeat as Australia inch closer to winning back urn


James Vince batted nicely before being bowled by a beautiful Mitchell Starc delivery Third Ashes Test, Waca (day four of five)England 403 (Malan 140) & 132-4 (Vince 55, Hazlewood 2-23) Australia 662-9 dec: Smith 239, M Marsh 181, Anderson 4-116 England trail by 127 runs with six wickets remaining Scorecard Australia earlier declared on 662-9 in their first innings, a lead of 259 England were...

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