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US, Taliban reach truce agreement calling for ‘reduction in violence’

American and Taliban officials have agreed Friday to sign a truce agreement that will see a seven-day “reduction in violence” in Afghanistan, in addition to possible U.S. troop withdrawals.

A source familiar with the discussions told Fox News that the U.S. is hoping to sign the agreement by the end of the month in Doha, Qatar, where special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have been meeting.

The agreement, according to a senior U.S. official who spoke to reporters Friday, calls for a “very specific” stoppage of violence and covers the entire country, including Afghan forces.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Friday. (AP)

“If it holds – and that is a big if – then 10 days later there would be negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban about the way ahead in Afghanistan,” Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin said on “America’s Newsroom.” “If all of that goes as planned then you could see a significant reduction in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”

A U.S. official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the Taliban had committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks. The official said the U.S. would monitor the truce and determine if there were any violations.

A Taliban official familiar with the deal said the withdrawal of foreign troops would start gradually and would be phased over 18 months.

The developments come as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday in Munich with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. They spoke on the sidelines of an international security forum in Munich.

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A truce had been widely anticipated, and President Trump has agreed in principle to the deal, according to U.S. officials.

The final details were hammered out in recent days by Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha. Khalilzad was in Munich and attended Pompeo and Esper’s meeting as did Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan.

Fox News’ Rich Edson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Criminals with rape, manslaughter convictions spared deportation as UK court backs activists

Criminals with convictions for rape and manslaughter are among the violent and sexual offenders who were spared deportation to Jamaica after a British court backed a challenge brought by left-wing activists and had them removed from a deportation flight.

Dozens of Jamaican-born criminals were pulled off the deportation flight before it left from London on Tuesday after a judicial review blocked their removal. In all, 17 criminals were deported, but 25 were removed from the flight.

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The Home Office said the Appeals Court decision prevented the removal of criminals convicted of “rape, sexual attacks, violence and drug crimes.” The Times of London reported those allowed to remain included a man who stabbed a father to death outside a pub, and a man jailed for raping a teenager and abducting another.

The prime minister’s official spokesman told The Daily Telegraph the offenses of those allowed to stay include one manslaughter, one firearms offense, seven violent offenses, two that were in the category of rape or sexual offenses and 14 drug offenses.

“We bitterly regret this decision which prevents the removal from our country of foreign criminals convicted of rape, manslaughter, sexual attacks, violence and drug crimes, which spread misery across our communities,” the spokesman said.

Judges backed a challenge by activists who claimed that some of the offenders had been unable to receive proper legal advice because of a lack of cellphone coverage for certain networks. The Home Office rejected this claim, saying those due to be removed had “ample access” to other methods of communication, including alternative mobile SIM cards, landline and Internet access, and face-to-face legal consultations.

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Campaigners chant slogans outside Downing Street as they protest against government plans to deport 50 people to Jamaica, in London, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

Activists and left-wing members of parliament (MP) had also argued that while they were foreign nationals, many of them had lived in the U.K. since they were children and therefore should be treated like British nationals. Labour MP Diane Abbott said there was concern that the deportations “constitutes double jeopardy because the persons have already served an appropriate sentence for their crime.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the decision to deport them this week, when he told the House of Commons it is “entirely right that foreign national offenders should be deported from this country in accordance with the law.”

“We make no apology whatsoever for seeking to remove dangerous foreign criminals,” the Home Office said in a statement. “We will be urgently pursuing the removal of those who were prevented from boarding the flight due to a legal challenge over a mobile network failure.”

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The Home Office, instead, drew attention to those who had been removed by highlighting that the 17 criminals who were deported had a combined sentence of 75 years, including 15.5 years for rape, 16 years for violent offenses, 14 years for robbery with possession of a firearm and nearly 29 years for drug offenses.

Activists and lawmakers had compared the flights to the Windrush scandal — whereby many who had arrived in the U.K. from Caribbean countries decades ago were deported despite having the legal right to stay in the U.K.

But government ministers have noted that those deported under the Windrush scandal had not done anything wrong and had their documentation destroyed by the then-government, while Tuesday’s deportation flight involved were all foreign national offenders.

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Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman celebrate Valentine’s Day at Dollywood

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman know how to keep the spark alive.

The country artist and award-winning actress, both 52, apparently celebrated Valentine’s Day one day early by paying a visit to Dolly Parton’s famous theme park, Dollywood, in Nashville, Tenn.

Urban posted a sweet photo of the pair posing together inside of a gigantic heart-shaped frame made of wooden logs.

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“HAPPY VALENTINES DAY❤️🔥💋,” Urban captioned the pic posted late Thursday night.

The couple was dressed down in matching knit hats and raincoats for a day of fun.

Kidman’s “Big Little Lies” co-star Reese Witherspoon commented on the pic, calling the pair “Sweet hearts.”

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Kidman followed up with a post of her own on Valentine’s Day with a close-up photo of the Hollywood stars touching foreheads.

“My Valentine forever #HappyValentinesDay,” Kidman wrote.

Urban and Kidman celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary last June.

Kidman opened up about her marriage to Urban in a recent interview with Sunday Life. When asked how she likes to unwind, her answer involved having her husband by her side.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 2019. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

“I like to relax by meditating, but what makes me feel most comfortable and secure is being with Keith,” she said of her husband, country star and fellow Aussie. “Having a partner by your side, someone with whom you can talk, who loves you and who you love, balances everything.”

Kidman continued: “Before I met him, I was more scared. Now I feel protected thanks to this great friend and wonderful partner I have.”

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Myles Garrett reiterates claim Steelers’ Mason Rudolph used racial slur to spark helmet-swinging incident

Just one day after getting reinstated by the NFL over the helmet-swinging incident, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett again alleged that Mason Rudolph sparked the November fight when he called him a racial slur.

Garrett told ESPN’s Mina Kimes during an interview Thursday night that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “called me a ‘stupid N-word” during the Nov. 14 game, which “sparked” the viral moment he ripped rip off Rudolph’s helmet and hit him over the head with it.

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“When he said it, it kind of sparked something, but I still tried to let it go and still walk away,” Garrett said. “But once he came back, it kind of reignited the situation. And not only have you escalated things past what they needed to be with such little time in the game left, now you’re trying to reengage and start a fight again.”

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Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fights with defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Garrett went on to say that it was “not entirely” Rudolph’s fault.

“It’s definitely both parties doing something that we shouldn’t have been doing,” he said.

Garrett was suspended for the final six regular-season games and the playoffs. He apologized but during a hearing with the NFL to get his suspension reduced he accused Rudolph of using a racial slur to incite him.

“I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension,” he said in November. “This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed. I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reacts after swinging a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The NFL “found no such evidence” to back Garrett’s initial accusation. Rudolph has adamantly denied ever using a racial slur against Garrett.

“I couldn’t believe he would go that route after the fact,” he said at the time.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball championship history

The Sun Belt Conference holds an annual men’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The conference features 12 teams, including Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Little Rock, Louisiana, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama, Texas-Arlington, Texas State and Troy.

The men’s basketball conference tournament begins March 7 and runs through March 15.

The Sun Belt Conference started conference tournaments in 1977.

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Read below for a list of past winners.

2019: GEORGIA STATE

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Malik Benlevi helped Georgia State to a Sun Belt Conference title in 2019. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

In a rematch of 2018, Georgia State again took care of Texas-Arlington. The Panthers won, 73-64. Malik Benlevi was named MVP.

2018: GEORGIA STATE

Georgia State won its second title in 2018. The Panthers defeated Texas-Arlington, 74-61. D’Marcus Simonds was named MVP.

2017: TROY

Troy won its first title in 2017. The Trojans defeated Texas State, 59-53. Wesley Person Jr. was named MVP of the tournament.

2016: LITTLE ROCK

Little Rock defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 70-50, to win in 2016. Roger Woods was named MVP of the tournament.

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2015: GEORGIA STATE

George State narrowly defeated Georgia Southern in 2015. The Panthers won, 38-36. Kevin Ware was named MVP.

2014: LOUISIANA

Louisiana-Lafayette won the title and didn’t have to vacate it in 2014. They defeated Georgia State, 82-81 in overtime. Bryant Mbamalu was named MVP.

2013: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky won its ninth championship in 2013. The Hilltoppers defeated FIU, 65-63. T.J. Price was named MVP of the tournament.

2012: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky defeated North Texas in 2012, 74-70. George Fant was named MVP of the tournament.

2011: LITTLE ROCK

Little Rock knocked off North Texas, 64-63. Solomon Bozeman was named the MVP.

2010: NORTH TEXAS

North Texas won its second title in 2010. The Mean Green beat Troy, 66-63. Eric Tramiel won the MVP of the tournament.

2009: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky repeated as champions in 2009. They defeated South Alabama, 64-55. A.J. Slaughter was named MVP.

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2008: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky won the title in 2008. They defeated Middle Tennessee State, 67-57. Jeremy Evans was named MVP.

2007: NORTH TEXAS

North Texas won its first Sun Belt Conference in 2007. The Mean Green defeated Arkansas State, 83-75. Calvin Watson was named MVP.

2006: SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama defeated Western Kentucky, 95-70. Chey Christie was named MVP of the tournament.

2005: LOUISIANA

Louisiana-Lafayette won the conference tournament but the title was later vacated.

2004: LOUISIANA

Louisiana-Lafayette won the conference tournament but the title was later vacated. The Ragin’ Cajuns had their titles from 2004 and 2005 vacated as part of the penalty for major NCAA violations in the men’s basketball program.

2003: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky defeated Middle Tennessee State for its third straight title. Patrick Sparks was named MVP.

2002: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky repeated as champs in 2002. They defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 76-70. Derek Robinson was named MVP.

2001: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky started its short reign of the Sun Belt Conference in 2001. The Hilltoppers defeated South Alabama, 64-54. Chris Marcus was named MVP.

2000: LOUISIANA

Louisiana-Lafayette defeated South Alabama, 51-50, in 2000. Virgil Stanescu was named MVP.

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1999: ARKANSAS STATE

Arkansas State won the Sun Belt for the first time in 1999. They defeated Western Kentucky, 65-48. Chico Fletcher was named the MVP.

1998: SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama repeated as champions in 1998. The Jaguars defeated Southwestern Louisiana, 62-59. Toby Madison was named MVP.

1997: SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama got back to the winner’s podium in 1997. They defeated Louisiana Tech, 44-43. Rusty Yoder was named MVP of the tournament.

1996: NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans picked up another conference title win in 1996. The Privateers narrowly defeated Little Rock, 57-56. Lewis Sims was named MVP.

1995: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky edged out Little Rock, 82-79. Chris Robinson was named MVP.

1994: SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA

Southwestern Louisiana defeated Western Kentucky, 78-72. Michael Allen was named MVP.

1993: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky won the conference tournament in 1993. The Hilltoppers defeated New Orleans, 72-63. Darnell Mee was named the MVP.

1992: SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA

Southwestern Louisiana came away with its first title in 1992. They defeated Louisiana Tech, 75-71. Todd Hill was named MVP.

1991: SOUTH ALABAMA

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Future NBA forward Chris Gatling won the MVP in the 1991 tournament. (Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport)

South Alabama won its second title in three seasons in 1991. The Jaguars defeated Old Dominion, 86-81. Chris Gatling, of Old Dominion, was named MVP.

1990: SOUTH FLORIDA

South Florida won its first Sun Belt title in 1990. The Bulls defeated Charlotte, 81-74. Radenko Dobras was named MVP.

1989: SOUTH ALABAMA

South Alabama won its first Sun Belt title in 1989. The Jaguars demolished Jacksonville, 105-59. Jeff Hodge was named MVP of the tournament.

1988: CHARLOTTE

Charlotte won its first since the start of the Sun Belt in ’77. The 49ers defeated VCU, 81-79. Byron Dinkins was named MVP.

1987: UAB

UAB won its fourth championship in 1987. They defeated Western Kentucky, 72-60. Tracy Foster was named MVP.

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1986: JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville won its first title since 1979. They defeated UAB, 70-69. Otis Smith was named MVP.

1985: VCU

VCU won its third title in 1985. The Rams defeated Old Dominion, 87-82. Mike Schlegal was named MVP of the tournament.

1984: UAB

UAB became the first team to three-peat in 1984. They defeated Old Dominion, 62-60. McKinley Singleton was named MVP.

1983: UAB

UAB won back-to-back championships in 1983. They defeated South Florida, 64-57. Cliff Pruitt was named MVP.

1982: UAB

UAB still maintained a big presence in the Sun Belt. They finally broke through in 1982 and won their first title over VCU, 94-83. Oliver Robinson was named MVP.

1981: VCU

VCU knocked off UAB again in 1981. The Rams defeated the Blazers, 62-61. Kenny Stancil was named MVP.

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1980: VCU

VCU became the first team to score 100 or more points on the conference title game, defeating UAB 105-88. Edmund Sherod was named MVP.

1979: JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville defeated South Florida in 1979, 68-54. James Ray was named MVP.

1978: NEW ORLEANS

The New Orleans Privateers got back to the championship game the next season and won, 22-20, over South Alabama. Nate Mills was named the MVP.

1977: CHARLOTTE

The Charlotte 49ers won the first Sun Belt Conference tournament in 1977. They edged New Orleans, 71-70. Cedric Maxwell was named MVP.

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Ivanka Trump debuts new hair color

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump debuted a new look on Wednesday morning with chunky blonde highlights in her already golden hair.

The president’s oldest daughter unveiled the new ‘do at a State Department anniversary event in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative she spearheaded last year.

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Ivanka Trump hosts an event to mark the first anniversary of her Women’s Global Development Prosperity Initiative in the Franklin Room at the State Department February 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Looking ahead, style blog Who What Wear predicts that chunky highlights popularized in the 90s will make a comeback in 2020. Unlike the dramatic, high-contrast highlights of days past, however, the new take on the trend will reportedly incorporate balayage and face-framing coloring techniques.

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This isn’t the first time in recent months that Trump switched up her look. In September 2019, the White House senior adviser made headlines when she lobbed off her long locks into a trendy bob, debuting the new hairstyle while visiting Colombia to advocate for female entrepreneurs.

At the Wednesday W-GDP event, Trump revealed that a bipartisan pair of senators are working for the global women’s initiative to be written into law. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will take on the effort.

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The proposed legislation would establish an Office of Women’s Empowerment at the State Department and make the economic empowerment of women across the globe a mainstay in U.S. foreign policy, beyond the Trump administration.(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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The proposed legislation would establish an Office of Women’s Empowerment at the State Department and make the economic empowerment of women across the globe a mainstay in U.S. foreign policy, beyond her father’s administration.

The first daughter called the legislation a “long overdue goal.”

In February of last year, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) aimed to “help 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025,” according to an op-ed she penned for The Wall Street Journal.

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Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Twitter praises couple’s unique marijuana-themed baby names: ‘Kept with the theme’

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This weed-loving couple got more creative than the typical “Mary Jane” moniker marijuana aficionados have used in the past and instead opted to name their daughters SaTiva and Indica – two types of cannabis plant.

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In a post that has racked up nearly 18K retweets and 95K likes, Twitter user Fred Lee shared the news that he had become an uncle for the second time and that his brother had chosen to stick with the marijuana theme he and his partner chose for their first daughter.

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“UPDATE: My brother is excited to announce the birth of his 2nd daughter!” Lee wrote in the post, before following it up with a “…and before you ask, yes, her name is exactly what you think it is.”

Attached to the February 2020 post was a tweet Lee had shared in 2018 announcing the birth of his first niece, who was named “SaTiva,” a play on the sativa plant, which is known as more of a head high, whereas indica is a body high.

“My first niece is named SaTiva…I just…” the uncle posted.

The proud uncle was impressed that his brother “kept with the theme.”

Those on Twitter had a field day with the comments, suggesting other options if the family continues to expand.

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But most were surprised by how much they liked the unusual names.

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Hopefully, the little ones will grow up to appreciate their unique monikers as much as social media does.

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Macron ally quits Paris mayoral race after sexually explicit images surface

French President Emmanuel Macron’s preferred candidate in the Paris mayoral race dropped out Friday amid allegations that he sent sexual images to a woman who isn’t his wife.

Benjamin Griveaux, a former government spokesperson and member of Macron’s centrist La République En Marche party, quit after images surfaced Thursday of an online chat that included a video of a man’s genitals, Reuters reports. He has not disputed that he participated in the conversation.

“I have decided to withdraw my candidacy from the municipal election,” Griveaux said in a video message, adding that websites and social media are “carrying ignoble attacks about my private life.”

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The leaker who reportedly revealed the images, Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, is known for actions such as nailing his scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square in protest of the former Soviet country “becoming a police state.”

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Paris mayoral candidate Benjamin Griveaux has dropped out of the upcoming Paris mayoral elections. (AP)

The newspaper Liberation said Pavlensky called Thursday night to disclose that he obtained the video from an unnamed source who had a relationship with Griveaux.

Liberation quoted Pavlensky as saying that he wanted to denounce Griveaux’s “hypocrisy.”

“He is someone who is always playing up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor of families and always cites as examples his wife and children. But he does the opposite,” Pavlensky reportedly told the newspaper.

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Yet expressions of support are coming in for Griveaux, even from political rivals.

Politicians warned that people will no longer want to stand for elected office if they run the risk of their private affairs becoming public and that the leaking of sexually explicit material to take Griveaux out of the municipal elections was a threat to France’s democratic traditions.

“We’re not trying to elect saints,” said Sebastien Chenu, a spokesman for the far-right National Rally party, normally an unforgiving political opponent of Griveaux’s centrist camp.

On the far-left, former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon also expressed support, saying Griveaux was the victim of score-settling and that French public life must not become prey to voyeurism.

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“The publication of intimate images to destroy an adversary is odious,” Melenchon tweeted.

Griveaux’s sudden withdrawal from the mayoral race leaves Macron’s party without a candidate for the elections next month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Royal Caribbean cancels 18 cruises in Asia amid coronavirus outbreak

Bon voyage, Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean International has canceled 18 cruises in Asia amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday, Reuters reports, the Miami-based cruise line announced that 18 upcoming cruises in Southeast Asia have been canceled as officials struggle to contain the viral disease, which is officially known as COVID-19.

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“It is important that every organization acts responsibly, and we have already taken aggressive steps to minimize risk through boarding restrictions and itinerary changes,” Chief Executive Officer Richard Fain said in a statement shared with Bloomberg. “Our focus on public health is unwavering.”

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Royal Caribbean International has canceled 18 cruises in Asia amid the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, formerly known as the novel coronavirus. (iStock)

Royal Caribbean also described recent demand for bookings as “softer” COVID-19 anxieties spread beyond Asia.

“While the early impact due to concerns about the coronavirus is mainly related to Asia, recent bookings for our broader business have also been softer,” the company revealed.

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Looking ahead, Royal Caribbean has not yet canceled its remaining departures across Asia through the end of April.

A spokesperson for the cruise company was not immediately available to offer further comment on the news.

As of Friday morning, the viral outbreak that began in China has reportedly infected over 64,000 people globally and claimed the lives of at least 1,383.

Last week, Royal Caribbean canceled eight cruises from China through early March as a precautionary measure for the safety of guests and staff.

A spokesperson for the cruise company was not immediately available to offer further comment.

On Monday, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ship finally departed a New Jersey port after docking last week to screen dozens of passengers for the novel coronavirus.

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What’s the romantic vehicle? Probably not the Chevrolet LUV

The Chevrolet LUV is adorable, but its name isn’t exactly what it seems.

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The economy pickup was a rebadged Isuzu compact launched in 1972 to help Chevy compete with the wave of small, affordable import trucks hitting the market.

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According to Hemmings, the starting price was $2,200, or about 15 percent less than a full-size Chevrolet C-10 pickup. The tiny truck was powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with just 75 hp, but its efficiency helped build sales through the gas crises and Malaise Era, which peaked at over 100,000 in 1979. It’s affordability and available 4×4 drivetrain made it popular among off-roaders.

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The LUV was updated a year later and sold in the U.S. through 1982, when Chevy finally got around to building its own small truck, the S-10, to replace it.

As for the name, while it spawned plenty of plays on words about how much people LUVed their trucks, it was actually an acronym for Light Utility Vehicle, which is really about as cold and descriptive as names get.

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