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France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

World
Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a summit with leaders of West and Central African nations to send hundreds of more troops to reinforce the region's fight against Islamic terrorism. During a summit meeting Monday in the southwestern French city of Pau, Macron and the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger reaffirmed their commitment to fighting extremism in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt stretching 2,400 miles across the breadth of the continent, they said in a joint statement. Macron also said he agreed to send 220 additional combat troops to reinforce Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas mission to counter terrorism in the region, which has seen an uptick in violence in recent years. On Thursday, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the U...
Michael Pineda agrees to two-year, $20M deal with Minnesota Twins

Michael Pineda agrees to two-year, $20M deal with Minnesota Twins

Sports
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda will return to the Minnesota Twins after agreeing to a two-year contract with the club. League sources told ESPN and FOX 9 of Minneapolis that Pineda reached an agreement with the Twins on a two-year, $ 20 million deal. Pineda had 11 wins and a 4.01 ERA over 26 starts with the Twins last season before missing the remainder of the 2019 campaign due to suspension. MLB initially handed the pitcher an 80-game ban after he tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which can mask other banned substances. After an appeal, Pineda had the penalty reduced to 60 games. He will begin the 2020 season serving the remainder of the suspension that started in early September. He has about five weeks of the ban left to serve. In 14 sta...
Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

Technology
Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine imposed by the UK's data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.It had originally appealed the penalty, causing the Information Commissioner's Office to pursue its own counter-appeal.As part of the agreement, Facebook has made no admission of liability.The US firm said it "wished it had done more to investigate Cambridge Analytica" earlier.James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the ICO said: "The ICO's main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a
Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

Queen agrees to close British Parliament; opponents outraged

World
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British Queen Elizabeth II agreed Wednesday to shut down Parliament for five weeks at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request, drawing backlash from lawmakers working to strike a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves in two months. Johnson asked the queen to temporarily suspend Parliament from early September to Oct. 14, saying the move will allow him to better pursue his domestic policies. Opponents say he's trying to ward off interference from lawmakers hoping to block an exit without an EU agreement. Johnson has previously vowed Britain will have departed the 28-nation alliance by Nov. 1, with or without an EU agreement. He also said a reason for the move is because the present session has gone on for too long. Johnson denied the move had anything to do wi...
Roman Reigns agrees brand-new multi-year contact with WWE with significant payrise

Roman Reigns agrees brand-new multi-year contact with WWE with significant payrise

Sports
Roman Reigns has been the poster boy of WWE for around five years now and officially inherited that throne when John Cena left WWE full-time. Now, The Big Dog has signed a new deal with WWE that will keep him with the company for ‘at least a few more years’. Getty Roman Reigns (left) made his film debut in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Pro Wrestling Sheet, who are ultra-reliable when it comes to contracts, revealed the news following Reign’s outstanding match with Buddy Murphy on SmackDown Live. It is believed Reigns is now the highest-paid full-time superstar WWE has. At 34-years-old, the four-time world champion has some gas left in the tank but he recently stated that he wouldn’t hang around the business for too long. Reigns obviou