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Thursday 23 November 2017

US plunges to -18C

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SNOW-covered roads, high winds and ice were creating dangerous driving conditions in the US from the Midwest to the Northeast yesterday, ahead of a "polar vortex" that will bring temperatures to below -18C.

It has not been that cold for almost two decades in many parts of the US. Medical experts are reminding people that frostbite and hypothermia can set in quickly in such extremes.

EGYPT IN PROTEST PROBE

EGYPT'S regime committed "crimes against humanity" while crushing protests against last year's coup to overthrow Mohammed Morsi, according to lawyers seeking an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

In the days after the coup, Mr Morsi's supporters gathered at protest camps across Cairo. The army and police responded by forcibly clearing them in an operation claiming at least 1,120 lives.

NO TO SNOWDEN MERCY

THE former head of the US Department of Homeland Security said Edward Snowden doesn't deserve clemency for exposing US surveillance programmes.

Janet Napolitano said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that Snowden's leaks had hurt the US. She rejected calls that Snowden, now living under temporary asylum in Russia, be granted clemency. "I think he's committed crimes and I think that the damage we'll see now and we'll see it for years to come," Ms Napolitano said.

CHILD PRAISE 'HARMFUL'

CHILDREN with low self-esteem could be harmed if they are lavished with too much praise by parents for doing things well, a research study claims.

Inflated praise can lead to their worrying they will have to reach the same standard in future tasks, the study says. Confident children, in contrast, will strive to do better and see the praise as a challenge to repeat or better their efforts.

'RIVERS OF BLOOD' SHOCK

THE leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, has provoked anger after agreeing with the "basic principle" of Enoch Powell's notorious "rivers of blood" speech. Mr Farage was speaking after being read portions of the text, without being told whose words they were, during a TV interview.

The passages included Powell's claims that Britons risked becoming "strangers in their own country". Mr Farage said: "In a lot of England, that's true." The Ukip leader then refused to back down when he was told the remarks were from Mr Powell's 1968 speech.

Irish Independent

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