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Ethiopia's prime minister submits resignation after protests

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a "lasting peace."

Ethiopia's PM offers resignation to help reforms after mass unrest

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition in an effort to facilitate reforms following a period of mass unrest. Hundreds of people have died in violence sparked initially by an urban development plan for the capital Addis Ababa. The unrest spread in 2015 and 2016 as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out.

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In Trump era, reformers take fight to local prosecutor races

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A big win in Philadelphia last year has given criminal justice reformers momentum to get involved in more DA races in 2018, starting in Dallas.

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This week in games: New THQ buys back old THQ, The Evil Within II adds a first-person mode

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The biggest video game news this week is that Valve updated the format for Steam Wishlists—not because I care about Wishlists, but simply because Valve actually updated the Steam interface. Could this be the start of that large-scale overhaul we’ve heard has been coming for like, two years now? One can hope.
In any case, plenty of other news this week too. The Evil Within II now lets you get up-close-and-personal with your monsters, release dates for a slew of games including Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Warhammer: Vermintide II, a bunch of free-to-try games for your long weekend, and the incredible tale of THQ Nordic slowly reforming the entire THQ library one piece at a time.

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In Trump era, reformers take fight to local prosecutor races

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A big win in Philadelphia last year has given criminal justice reformers momentum to get involved in more DA races in 2018, starting in Dallas.

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Taliban publishes open letter to Americans

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The Taliban has published an open letter to the American people, calling on them to demand an end the conflict in Afghanistan and to reject “the inexperienced policies of president Trump and his war-monger advisors”. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, released copies of the 10-page document on Wednesday in several languages, detailing insurgent gains and so-called failures of the “illegitimate” US-led invasion, now in its 17th year. The authors write that they hope Americans “will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light of the prevailing realities”. They point out the continuing insurgency, and the costs incurred, plus the increase of drug production. They also emphasise the loss of life. And, the authors argue, “it is not the duty of America to draft laws and suggest systems for other countries”. The Taliban attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul earlier this year left 42 dead, including four US citizens Credit: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL They claim that the war in Afghanistan, launched in 2001 “under the influence of misleading propaganda by your officials”, has now lost international support and should be brought to a negotiated conclusion. The letter says: “The American people! You proclaim to be a developed and civilized nation of the world. Since the imposed government in Afghanistan is established by you therefore we leave it to your judgment to decide – according to your logic and conscience – whether the present system and its pertinent changes, insecurity, chaos and 87 per cent increase in narcotics are reforms or crimes against humanity? “Your authorities proclaim that tens of billions of dollars have been spent on various reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Of course this is the same money which is collected from you as taxes and revenues, but here it has been distributed among thieves and murderers.” The government of Ashraf Ghani is described as “a band of usurpers, looters, mafia warlords and drug-dealers”, while the Taliban present themselves as the legitimate rulers of the country. They continue: “No matter what title or justification is presented by your undiscerning authorities for the war in Afghanistan, the reality is that tens of thousands of helpless Afghans including women and children were martyred by your forces, hundreds of thousands were injured and thousands more were incarcerated in Guantanamo, Bagram and various other secret jails... “The Afghan masses feel pity for the whole American nation because they are being sacrificed and are losing respect through the world with each passing day solely due the war-mongering policies of a few war-mongering officials.” A suicide attack in Kabul on January 27 killed 40 people Credit:  Anadolu They conclude that “it is not too late for the American people to understand that the Islamic Emirate – as representative of its people – can solve its problems with every side through healthy politics and dialogue.” The letter’s release comes as the US steps up airstrikes in support of anti-insurgent ground and air operations by Afghan forces, under Mr Trump’s new war strategy. Mr Trump’s generals hope to break the military stalemate with the Taliban, and push insurgents to the negotiating table. During a visit this week to eastern Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, who commands the US and Nato’s Resolute Support mission in the country, said the intensified offensive is yielding results. And he blamed the recent surge in Taliban attacks on the Islamists' growing desperation. “The success of the Afghan operations around the country, supported by Resolute Support and US forces, have caused the enemy high casualties everywhere,” he said.  “This has caused them to stop their attempts to seize provincial capitals, to stop trying to cease districts.” The American general asserted a recent wave of Taliban suicide bombings against Afghan civilians stemmed from insurgent battlefield setbacks and losses.

[Ticker] Make budget cuts in farm and regional funds, the Dutch say

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The bulk of EU budget cuts, which are needed because of Brexit, should be done by reducing the size of the EU's agriculture and cohesion funds, the Netherlands said in an internal document seen by EUobserver. The paper said that the Dutch government could support making payments of EU funds conditional on structural reforms, but noted that the Dutch government was reluctant to support additional EU taxes.

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Two Major Retailers Set to Benefit From a New Tax Break

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The recent tax reform law includes an incentive for companies to increase capital spending during the next five years. Two prominent companies could take advantage of this policy.

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Thanks to Tax Reform, Retailers With Strong Cash Flows Will Soar

Added: 16.02.2018 3:45 | 0 views | 0 comments

The U.S. retail sector will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of a lower corporate tax rate, and companies with high free cash flow yields look particularly attractive.

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