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Britney Spears takes indefinite break after father 'almost died'

Britney Spears takes indefinite break after father 'almost died'

Entertainment
Britney Spears has announced an "indefinite work hiatus" to spend time with her family, revealing that her father "almost died" in an emotional message to her fans. The singer is putting her Britney: Domination shows in Las Vegas on hold so she can help with her father Jamie's recovery from "life-threatening health issues", a statement on her website said.Mr Spears underwent emergency surgery two months ago after suffering a ruptured colon, the star's publicist confirmed to Sky News. In a post on social media, Spears said that "it breaks my heart" to postpone the shows, but that "it's important to always put your family first".In her full message to fans, she said: "I don't even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say."I will not be performing ...
Revised U.S.-S.Korea free trade deal takes effect

Revised U.S.-S.Korea free trade deal takes effect

World
SEOUL, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The revised free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea will take effect this week, Seoul's trade, industry and energy ministry said. The two countries will notify each other Tuesday that legal procedures to ratify the revised trade deal have completed, according to the ministry. The U.S and South Korea began renegotiation for the trade pact earlier this year after U.S. President Donald Trump called the trade agreement a "terrible deal." Under the revised deal, the U.S. extends a 25 percent tariff on imports of Korean pickup trucks by another 20 years until 2041. South Korea will apply moderate emission standards for U.S. car imports when setting a new emission standard between 2021 and 2025. It will also allow eased emission restrictions for U.S. compani...
Ted Baker boss takes leave of absence

Ted Baker boss takes leave of absence

Business
Fashion chain Ted Baker's chief executive Ray Kelvin is to take a voluntary leave of absence amid allegations of harassment.Last week, an online petition launched by employees accused 62-year-old Mr Kelvin of inappropriate comments and behaviour, including "forced hugging". Ted Baker said its committee and board had been made aware of "further serious allegations" against Mr Kelvin.Mr Kelvin said the claims had raised "serious and upsetting issues".The company has appointed a law firm to conduct an independent external investigation.And chief operating officer Lindsay Page has been named acting chief executive.The firm said it would not be making any further comment about the nature of the allegations while they remained under investigation.'I care deeply...
First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

First manned Soyuz rocket since October accident takes off

Technology
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts bound for the International Space Station has taken off for the first time since a Soyuz rocket failed midair in October. American astronaut Anne McClain joined Canada’s David Saint-Jacques and Russia’s Oleg Kononenko aboard the rocket that launched from the Baikonur spaceport in the desert in central Kazakhstan on Monday. The launch had unusually high stakes following the accident in October, when a Soyuz suffered a malfunction around 2 minutes after take-off, forcing an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject about 30 miles above the earth’s surface. Following that accident, Russia’s space agency Roscomos suspended all manned Soyuz flights, cutting off the only way to get astronauts to the ISS. More tha...