MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign without having to defect

Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021, allows Cubans to sign under rules similar to those for players ...

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‘Disturbing increase’ in violence against journalists worldwide

The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately reflects a hatred of the media in many areas of society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday. At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs from Jan. 1 to Dec.1, 2018, the Paris-based ...

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Quebec man sentenced to 8 years, 5 months in Australian prison for smuggling cocaine

A Quebec man has been sentenced to eight years and five months in prison for his involvement in an international drug smuggling operation, after he was arrested in 2016 along with two young Quebec women posing as travellers. André Tamine, 65, was convicted Monday for bringing several suitcases of cocaine into Australia on a luxury cruise ship. Judge Catherine Traill of ...

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‘Over my dead body’ will Mueller interview Trump, Giuliani says

With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews to deliver a series of broadsides ...

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Countries reach agreement on Paris climate accord rules at COP24

After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to help bridge a chasm of opinions on the best solutions. The deal agreed upon at the ...

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