LIVE: May updates MPs about Brexit negotiations ahead of debate



UK Prime Minister Theresa May gives an update in the House of Commons in London about the latest Brexit negotiations with the EU on Monday, March 25.

Following May's statement, the House of Commons is expected to hold a debate on the matter, discussing an amendable motion on Brexit.

Last week, the prime minister requested an extension to the negotiation period from the originally planned March 29.

The EU-27 agreed on Thursday to delay Brexit until May 22, if MPs approve Theresa May's Withdrawal Deal next week. If they do not, there will be a shorter delay until April 12.

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LIVE: AIPAC Policy Conference 2019: Monday morning general session



The morning general session of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference 2019 takes place in Washington DC on Monday, March 25.
The forum is held annually and includes the presence of activists, members of Congress and Israeli and American policymakers.

LIST OF SPEAKERS:
- Mike Pence, Vice President, United States of America
- Lt. Gen (res.) Benny Gantz, leader of Israel Resilience Party
- Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
- Nikki Haley, Former US Ambassador to the UN

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[TIME TBC] Theresa May holds Cabinet meeting at Downing Street



Ruptly is live from outside 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, March 25, as UK Prime Minister Theresa May is holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps on Brexit.

The meeting takes place ahead of May’s statements in the House of Commons, set to occur later in the day. The Prime Minister is expected to update the Members of Parliament on the latest negotiations to her withdrawal plan with the EU.

The EU-27 agreed on Thursday, March 21 to delay Brexit until May 22 if MPs approve Theresa May's withdrawal plan next week. If they do not, there will be a shorter delay until April 12.

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LIVE: France’s Didier Deschamps speaks to the press before Iceland match



French national team manager Didier Deschamps is speaking to the press in St. Denis on Sunday, March 24, one day before his squad faces Iceland for the second round of the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers.

France returns home after playing against Moldova for the first round of the Qualifiers.

The last time Iceland and France played each other was in October of 2018, also on French soil. The friendly ended with a 2:2 draw.

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Afghanistan: Afghan peace activists call on Taliban and gov. to 'stop conflict'



Afghan peace activists staged a protest in Jalalabad on Sunday, demanding an end to the ongoing conflict.

The demonstration was reportedly organised by the so-called 'Helmand Peace Convoy,' which got its name last year, following its 38-day peace march from Helmand's capital of Lashkar Gah to Kabul.

One of the protesters, Abdul Hadi, urged the Taliban and the government "to stop their conflict." Hadi condemned the ongoing conflict, adding that "some people lost their limbs, and even their families."

Another protester said, "On the one hand, the Taliban plant landmines on a road, and when a vehicle carrying many women and children crosses the road, they explode and kill all the civilians. On the other hand, Americans bombard our houses and say that it is the Taliban area."

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Russia: Construction of Kerch Strait Bridge railway sections finished



Two coasts between the Krasnodar Region and the Crimean Peninsula became connected by railways along the Kerch Strait Bridge, as footage released on Sunday shows.

As all the sections of the railways were connected, soon an automobile road will not be the only way to travel from the Russian mainland to the peninsula.

The road on the bridge was officially opened in May 2018, while the cargo and railway crossings were expected to be opened in 2019.

The construction of the 19-kilometre (11.8-mile) bridge, the longest in Russia, has been underway since February 2016.

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Spain: Anti-abortion march takes place in Madrid



Protesters took part in an anti-abortion march in Madrid on Sunday, to call for an end to abortion and to urge more political parties to advance policies in support of maternity.

The march, which was organised by the ‘Yes to Life’ platform and supported by over 500 civic associations and entities, protested against what demonstrators call the “culture of death” surrounding abortion.

Protesters held banners and chanted anti-abortion slogans as they made their way towards Madrid’s Puerta de Alcala.

The march, which takes place one day ahead of the International Day of the Unborn Child, ended with live music and dancing.

Women in Spain can access abortion on request during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy after a 2010 law legalised the practice. After the second trimester, the procedure is only available in the case of serious risk to the mother’s health or foetal defect.

Opponents of the law, such as the President of the People's Party (PP), Pablo Casado, have advocated for its repeal and are in favour of restricting women’s access to abortion.

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LIVE: Iceland coach Erik Hamren holds press conference before clash with France



Iceland national football team’s coach Erik Hamren is holding a press conference in St. Denis on Sunday, March 24, a day before their clash against France for the second round of the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers.

The match takes place in Stade de France, three days after Iceland’s first test in the Qualifiers against Andorra, also playing away from their domains.

The last time Iceland and France played each other was in October of 2018, also on French soil. The friendly ended with a 2:2 draw.

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Flight of fantasy! NAKED man tries to board plane at Moscow airport *EXPLICIT*



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A naked man attempted to board a flight bound from Moscow to Simferopol on Saturday at the capital's Domodedovo airport.

The man took off all his clothes in the boarding area and tried to queue for the flight. He was detained and accompanied to the airport medical station. Later on he was reportedly taken for medical tests at a hospital.

According to the Russian Ministry of Interior Affairs, the man is believed to be a 38-year-old citizen of the north Russian city of Yakutsk. Witnesses reportedly claimed he had tried to explain his public undressing act with a reference to the law of aerodynamics.

The incident caused a delay to boarding and delayed the flight for 15 minutes.

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Germany: Duisburg demolishes ‘White Giant’ skyscraper to make way for park



A 20-storey building called the "White Giant" was demolished in Duisburg's Hochheide on Sunday.

At 12:00 local time, around 290 kilograms (639 pounds) of explosives were used to blast the block of flats into a pile of rubble.

Up to 600 field workers, including police, firefighters and 200 public order officers worked on the site, according to local officials.

Officials said the demolition required several months of preparation. Around 2,500 residents in the area had been evacuated.

The building, built in 1972, is among the six skyscrapers that Duisburg plants to demolish in order to upgrade the district. A park is set to be created on the site.

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Monaco: Chinese President Xi greeted by Prince Albert II



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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Monaco as part of his three-nation Europe tour on Sunday.

President Xi and his wife were greeted by Head of State of the Principality of Monaco Albert II and his wife Princess of Monaco Charlene.

This is the first time a Chinese head of state has visited the Mediterranean country.

Among the issues discussed at the meeting reportedly were bilateral relations, as well as political and economic matters.

The Chinese president has already visited Italy and will then head to France as his European trip continues until March 26.

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New Zealand: Thousands gather to remember victims of Christchurch shooting



Tens of thousands attended a vigil at Hagley Park in Christchurch on Sunday to remember those killed in the mosque attacks earlier this month.

People came along with family, chairs, picnic blankets and women wore headscarves to show their solidarity with the victims.

“I think we're going grow back stronger and with a fortified sense of unity between everyone, and all different cultures and religions and it's going to be amazing,” said one of those in attendance, Alana Macgregor.

"I thought what better way to have a vigil and put on a bit of music and sort of try and bring the community back together but also to show support to the Muslim community because this is a tragic event that has hit them very hard," the organiser Scott Esdaile said.

The names of the 50 innocent people killed were read out by the Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdul Halim, and the crowd was asked to hold a minute of silence to pay their respects to those killed

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Israel: Netanyahu says good relations with Trump is an 'asset' to Israel



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the relationship with US President Donald Trump is an "important asset" to the country. He made the statement in Tel Aviv on Sunday, before departing to Washington D.C.

Netanyahu stressed that "there has never been such a relationship between an Israeli prime minister with an American president," which he said "is a very important asset to the State of Israel, and it is imperative that it will continue to serve us."

Netanyahu is visiting the US capital to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference. The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to meet with Trump twice on his four-day visit, during a working meeting and a dinner.

On March 21, Trump announced on Twitter that it was “time” the US recognised Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967.

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These PUPTENDERS will help you wet your whistle at DC ‘pup-up’ bar



It was all about the dogs on National Puppy Day. Midlands Beer Garden teamed up with Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Washington D.C. on Saturday, for a 'pup-up' bar, featuring puppy bartenders.

The puppy bartenders, outfitted with beer-holding vests, delivered cans of the Gold Leaf Lager produced by the brewing company. The four-legged bartenders were assisted by the employees of the Devils Backbone, also known as 'pup-backs.'

Attendees were encouraged to bring their own dogs. Their canine companions could get their portraits drawn or have their photos taken in an especially set-up dog photo booth. The dogs could visit a dog treat bar, enjoy treats at a dog bakery bar or win giveaways of branded leashes, collars and bowls.

The event also featured dogs that could be adopted. Marketing Director of the Devil's Backbone Marisa Black said that the puppy bartenders did "pretty well," noting that "they are all here for the mission to support rescue dogs in the city and make sure that every dog finds their forever home."

The event was part of a larger initiative of the brewing company, which ran the 'Adventure Dogs' contest where five dogs were selected to be on the cans of Gold Leaf Lager.

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