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Stormy Daniels defamation suit against Trump tossed on 1st Amendment grounds

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday threw out adult-film actress Stormy Daniel’s defamation lawsuit against President Trump on free-speech grounds. “The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.,” U.S. District Judge S. …

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Abu Dhabi scraps oil refiner Cepsa’s IPO

Abu Dhabi shelved plans for an initial public offering of a 25 per cent stake in Spanish oil refiner Cepsa as investors balked at the valuation amid a stock market rout. “Recent international economic developments have created uncertainty in international capital markets,” said Cepsa, which is controlled by Abu Dhabi’s …

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New employee insurance system starts

AT A GLANCE ■ New insurance policy replaces existing bank guarantee system ■ Insurance scheme costs Dh60 annually, providing Dh20,000 coverage per worker ■ It covers their end-of-service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker’s return ticket and cases of work injury. ■ The insurance policy of domestic workers …

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Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan. Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are reported to be “in good condition”, both Nasa and Russian media said. Search and rescue teams are now en …

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The Woman Who Could Be Israel’s Next Leader

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fond of showing his visitors an ancient seal unearthed in Jerusalem, thought to date back more than 2,700 years. Its inscription is similar to the prime minister’s family name—proof of the historic bond between the Jewish people and their land, and perhaps (one might …

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