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Movie reviews: 'Lady Macbeth' delivers icy tale of vengeance

LADY MACBETH: 3 ½ STARS
“Lady Macbeth,” a new drama based on Nikolai Leskov’s Russian novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk,” is not your father’s period drama. Disturbing and diabolical, it’s an erotic thriller that examines gender politics, power and class.
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'Mindy Project' final season promises clarity on key romance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The producers of "The Mindy Project" say the series' final season will provide some clarity on the main character's key romantic relationship.
Creator and star Mindy Kaling and executive producer Matt Warburton said Thursday at a TV critics' meeting that the show will illuminate the relationship between Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano (Chris Messina).
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Russia orders cut in U.S. diplomats in reaction to sanctions

In this Monday, July 17, 2017 file photo, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak arrives at the State Department in Washington to meet with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon. T(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate's bid to repeal 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON -- Dealing a serious blow to U.S. President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S.
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Jeff Sessions plans to stay, despite criticism from Trump over recusal

His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve.
Sessions told The Associated Press during a visit to El Salvador that he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda "as long as he sees that as appropriate.
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Asian, European shares slide as tech sell-off worries spread

HONG KONG -- Asian and European shares slid Friday as investors assessed corporate earnings reports, with a sell-off in Wall Street tech stocks pressuring sentiment.
KEEPING SCORE: European shares sagged in early trading. France's CAC 40 lost 1.3 per cent to 5,117.88 and Germany's DAX shed 0.6 per cent to 12,133.16.
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Scaramucci exposes simmering tensions in vulgar tirade on chief of staff

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new communications director exploded the smouldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump's chief of staff to deny he's a "leaker" and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability.
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Pakistani court disqualifies PM on allegation of corruption

ISLAMABAD -- A five-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over allegations of corruption against him and his family.
The court in a unanimous decision said Sharif was disqualified for not remaining "truthful and honest" after considering evidence against him.
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Venezuela braces for mass protests ahead of election

On the streets of Caracas, Venezuela — already one of the most dangerous cities in the world — tension from many months of protests could come to a head with what is expected to be a massive confrontation on Friday.
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The curious case of the 3DS, the device too successful for Nintendo to kill

In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best idea for Nintendo to name its new flagship handheld device after its least important feature.
When the venerable Japanese gaming company unveiled the 3DS, the successor to its wildly popular DS handheld, in 2010, it retained the physical aesthetic of the DS — dual screens (one with touch functionality) in an attractive clamshell design — while adding more processing power.
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'Dithering' by B.C., Ottawa helped kill Pacific NorthWest LNG, energy CEO says

The CEO of one of Canada's biggest natural gas producers says "government dithering" played a role in the cancellation of a massive liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia.
"They [Petronas] kept getting held up … all levels of government were trying to squeeze more money out of them," said Mike Rose, head of Tourmaline, among the largest gas producers in Western Canada.
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The slow death of urban parking: Don Pittis

Build it and they will come is a business mantra. It encourages entrepreneurs to take a shot at something new with the expectation of a flood of customers.
In urban planning the term has taken on a more sinister meaning, especially when it comes to parking.
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