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3 killed in 5th straight Friday of clashes at Israel-Gaza border

3 killed in 5th straight Friday of clashes at Israel-Gaza border

World
April 27 (UPI) -- Three Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured Friday during the fifth weekly "March of Return" rally along the Israel-Gaza border, officials said.The Israeli military said it opened fire at the crowd after hundreds of Palestinian rioters tried to burn the fence and enter the Israel throwing explosives, fire bombs and rocks.Thousands of young people, dubbed "rebellious youth," protest every Friday at the border fence. Several of the injured on Friday were journalists and medical staff:UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Israel must address what he called an excessive use of force in Gaza -- saying the loss of life is "deplorable" and the number of injuries is staggering.Last week, the Israel Defense Force again dropped pamphlets over Palestinian dem...
Irish pubs are open on Good Friday for the first time since 1927

Irish pubs are open on Good Friday for the first time since 1927

World
March 30 (UPI) -- For the first time in 91 years, it's legal to buy an alcoholic drink on Good Friday at a pub in Ireland.The Irish parliament passed legislation in January allowing pubs, supermarkets and restaurants to legally sell alcohol, in an effort to boost international tourism at Easter. The Vintners Federation of Ireland, a pub keeper's organization, said the change in the law could bring up to $ 49 million in sales and $ 8.4 million in new taxes."The Good Friday ban is from a different era and is rightfully consigned to history," federation CEO Padraig Cribben, said of the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1927. "Like all other businesses who were never subject to a ban, publicans now have a choice to open."The old law, a remnant of Ireland's Catholic heritage, called for a 24-hour ban ...
Crude oil prices searching for direction early Friday

Crude oil prices searching for direction early Friday

Business
Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices turned somewhat lower in early trading Friday after a report of easing supply-side strains became a bit more nuanced.Crude oil prices entered the trading day Thursday under pressure from reports by the American Petroleum Institute and commodity pricing group S&P Global Platts that U.S. crude oil inventories were increasing just as total U.S. crude oil production is setting records.U.S. oil production is offsetting the effort by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to erase a market surplus with coordinated production cuts. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, however, surprised the market by reporting that inventories declined 1.6 million barrels last week."After yesterday's inventory report brought focus back onto the fundamentals,...
Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Science
An asteroid up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, is due to skim past the Earth on Friday.Asteroid 2018 CB will pass by at just less than one-fifth the distance between the Earth and the Moon.It was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, a Nasa-funded project to record potentially hazardous asteroids.However, while the pass is relatively close in astronomical terms, it's nowhere near enough to be a threat.The 15-40m space rock is set to make its closest approach to Earth at 22:27 GMT."Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013," said Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Media playback is unsupported...
Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Business
Black Friday helped retail sales grow by a better-than-expected 1.1% last month, official figures show.Electrical household appliances were a key factor in boosting sales.The figures appeared to allay some of the gloom surrounding the high street as rising inflation eats into household income, shaking consumer confidence.The growth reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) beat the average expectation of economists that sales volumes compared to the previous month would increase by just 0.4%.ONS senior statistician Rhian Murphy said: "Household goods stores had a good November, with a number of businesses saying that Black Friday promotions boosted sales."The 1.1% growth in November was the strongest monthly figure since April. The ONS also revised up October's reading from 0.3%...