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Irish PM's party primed for snap election if Brexit sealed - party sources

Irish PM's party primed for snap election if Brexit sealed - party sourcesSupporters of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will urge him to call a snap election if Britain can seal its departure from the European Union, four members of his Fine Gael party told Reuters. Varadkar's minority government, run via a cooperation deal with the main opposition Fianna Fail party, was supposed to last only until the end of 2018 but its lifespan was extended as Dublin took on a pivotal role in Brexit talks. Varadkar could try to capitalise on what is likely to be hailed in Ireland as a diplomatic success if on Saturday British lawmakers ratify the Brexit deal reached with the EU and leave by the end of October, the four members said.



African swine fever outbreak has cut Vietnam hog herd by 20%: USDA undersecretary

African swine fever outbreak has cut Vietnam hog herd by 20%: USDA undersecretaryAfrican swine fever has killed off about 20% of Vietnam's hog herd, and it is not clear whether the outbreak has been contained, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ted McKinney said on Friday. There were some reports that the number might be higher, said McKinney, who spoke to reporters on a conference call from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during a government and agricultural industry trade mission. Vietnam government officials said this week the spread of the disease has shown signs of slowing and are urging farmers to restore pig herds battered by the outbreak.



Lawyer defends man arrested after child abduction

Lawyer defends man arrested after child abductionA lawyer for a man who was arrested after a girl was abducted in Alabama says his client has nothing to do with the disappearance. Defense attorney Emory Anthony told a news conference Friday that 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth doesn't know anything about what happened to 3-year-old Kamille McKinney. Police have identified Stallworth and a woman as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girl, who's called "Cupcake" by relatives.



Excluded from the debates, Bullock plots an increasingly unlikely path to the White House

Excluded from the debates, Bullock plots an increasingly unlikely path to the White HouseOn Tuesday, the bulk of the Democrats running for president were prepping a debate. But Steve Bullock, the only governor of the group, was hundreds of miles away.



UPDATE 1-Sterling steady ahead of Brexit deal vote showdown

UPDATE 1-Sterling steady ahead of Brexit deal vote showdownThe pound held steady on Friday ahead of Saturday's vote on the Brexit deal approved at the European Union summit. Sterling lost initial gains after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal was approved by the EU as relief that a no-deal Brexit could be off the table succumbed to doubts as to whether the deal will win parliamentary approval. "(The pound is) reflecting pessimism over the likelihood of whether the deal will be able to pass through Parliament tomorrow," said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG.





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