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Brexit breakthrough: UK, European Union reach agreement

The United Kingdom and the European Union have reached a preliminary agreement on Brexit, CNN reported Friday.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Friday morning following overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border, the BBC reported. After late-night talks with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, May said there would be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

In Brussels, May met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“We had to make the deal today,” Juncker said, as a Dec. 14 deadline approached. “Sufficient progress has now been made on the three terms of the divorce,”

Negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the EU can now proceed to the next stage, CNN reported.

“This hasn't been easy for either side,” May said. “Getting to this point has required give and take on both sides.”

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, said Friday she was “pleased” to see changes which mean there is "no red line down the Irish Sea,” the BBC reported.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the latest deal was a “very good outcome for everyone on the island of Ireland.”

The sticking points in the negotiations had been threefold: that rights of European citizens in the UK are guaranteed, that Britain pays a substantial "divorce bill,” and that there is no reinstatement of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, CNN reported.

IOC suspends Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

The Russian Olympic team has been suspended from competing in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, several media outlets reported Tuesday. The International Olympic committee, however, opted to allow clean athletes to participate under the Olympic flag. 

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On its website, the IOC said Russian government officials are forbidden to attend the Games, the Russian flag will not be displayed during the opening ceremony, and its anthem will not be played. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals, The New York Times reported.

Russian athletes or teams will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR),” ESPN reported. Their uniforms will bear this name and they will participate under the Olympic flag. The Olympic anthem will be played in any ceremony during which a Russian athlete wins a gold medal.

The IOC handed out the unprecedented suspension after completing investigations about Russia’s alleged doping violations, the Times reported. Tuesday's action was based on the findings of the IOC's Schmid Commission, formed in July 2016 to examine the role of Russian officials and institutions in organized doping, ESPN reported. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

The IOC ruled that Russia was guilty of executing a state-backed doping program. It did, however, leave the door open for Russian athletes who have passed rigorous drug tests to compete.

Those with histories of rigorous drug testing may petition for permission to compete in neutral uniforms. 

Rodchenkov's testimony, in concert with evidence unearthed and backed by forensic analysis in a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, refute efforts by Russian government officials to distance themselves and portray Rodchenkov as a rogue actor, ESPN reported.

Supermoon 2017: 12 must-see photos that lit up social media

Did you miss the supermoon that delighted skygazers Sunday night? Here’s the good news: Photographers around the world shared must-see snapshots of the phenomenon on social media.

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>> MORE PHOTOS: Supermoon 2017 around the world

>> Sunday supermoon kicks off trilogy of spectacular lunar viewing

>> Supermoon 2017: How to see, photograph the majestic ‘Full Cold Moon’ this weekend

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You’ll also get a chance to see other supermoons on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Photos: Supermoon delights skygazers around the world

A trilogy of supermoons began Dec. 3, 2017, with a full cold moon that could be viewed in person or online. The other supermoons will occur Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Australia powers up the world’s biggest battery

The world’s largest lithium battery was activated in Australia on Friday, fulfilling the pledge by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or provide it for free, CNN reported.

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The electric car company’s Powerpack battery system stores energy generated by a nearby wind farm in South Australia, and it is capable of providing electricity for as many as 30,000 homes, CNN reported.

“South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy,” the state's premier, Jay Weatherill, said in a statement Friday. “This is history in the making."

Tesla said it hopes the project “provides a model for future deployments around the world.”

Musk made his “100 days or it's free” vow on Twitter during an exchange with Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, CNN reported. The promise began with the official contract was signed in September.

With the battery going online this week, Musk met his deadline. The battery was officially launched Friday, but Australian media reported that it started supplying power to the electricity grid Thursday during peak demand hours.

Prince William shared what he is looking forward to when little brother gets married

Prince William is so, so happy Prince Harry will be staying out of his fridge once he marries Meghan Markle.

On Wednesday, William joked with reporters in Helsinki, Finland about his little brother’s upcoming spring wedding and the one hope he has for Harry after the “I do’s.”

“We are very excited and delighted for them both. And, we are wishing them all of the happiness at this exciting time,” William said. “And, for me, personally, I hope this means he stays out of my fridge. He’s often been found scrounging off of my food over the last few years.”

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William took a more serious tone when it came to his actual feelings about the upcoming royal wedding, “it’s a fantastic process to go through. The engagement and the build up to the wedding. They have a lot of happy times ahead of them. They are very caught up in the moment and I wish them all of the happiness and success in planning the wedding. I hope it goes very well.”

On Tuesday, Duchess Catherine shared her excitement during an event in London.

“William and I are absolutely thrilled,” the duchess said. “It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

On Nov. 27, the couple announced they were engaged in a statement shared on Kensington Palace’s official social media pages. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The couple are planning for a May 2018 wedding.

Report: Hawaii to test nuclear sirens for 1st time since Cold War

For the first time since the Cold War, Hawaii will be conducting monthly tests of a nuclear warning siren system aimed at alerting residents to an impending nuclear missile strike, according to a report from CNN.

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Starting Friday, the state will begin the monthly tests, which will be part of the overall test of the statewide warning siren system, the report said, citing the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

At 11:45 a.m. on the first business day of each month, a steady alert signal will sound from speakers for 50 seconds, which will then be followed by a 10-second pause and then an “attack warning” signal for 50 seconds, CNN reported.

Hawaii sits about 4,600 miles from North Korea and CNN reported the state would have about a 20-minute heads up before a missile launched by Kim Jong Un’s regime would strike the U.S. islands.

The tests will follow the latest missile launch by North Korea, which was reported to have happened Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

North Korea fires ICBM after 2 months without missile launch

North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday local time, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, that has the potential of reaching any target on the globe, increasing tensions between the North and South Korea and the United States.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle plan May wedding at Windsor Castle

Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle will get married in May at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace officials said Tuesday, one day after the couple’s engagement was announced.

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The wedding will take place at Windsor Castle’s historic St. George’s Chapel. The chapel was also where Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles had their union blessed 12 years ago, according to the Evening Standard.

The royal family will pay for the wedding, Kensington Palace officials said.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place one month after another big royal event.

Harry’s brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to welcome his third child with his wife, the former Kate Middleton, in April. The couple has two other children, 4-year-old George and 2-year-old Charlotte.

>> Related: Prince William, Kate Middleton expect 3rd child in spring

The duchess of Cambridge said Tuesday that she and the duke are “absolutely thrilled” by the news of the upcoming nuptials.

“It’s such exciting news,” she said. “It’s really a happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best.”

Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, started dating after being introduced by a friend in July 2016, the couple said Monday in an interview with BBC News. Harry popped the question earlier this month as he and Markle were attempting to roast a chicken at their cottage at Kensington Palace.

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"It was just an amazing surprise," Markle told BBC News. "It was so sweet and natural and very romantic, he got on one knee."

WATCH: New Zealand police ask, 'Do you care enough to be a cop?' in hilarious viral video

Looking for a job? New Zealand police are hiring – and they're pulling out all the stops to attract new recruits in a hilarious viral video.

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"Freeze! NZ Police's most entertaining recruitment video, yet!" the police department's recruiting website says of the action movie-style video. "With over 70 real cops, the police band, police cats, helicopters and stunts, we're here to encourage a range of New Zealanders to join our team."

(And yes, you read that right: police cats.)

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The video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube since it was posted Saturday, touts the department's starting salary – $55,000 NZ, or about $38,000 US – and variety of jobs.

"You can choose from over 30 different careers, like underwater business or youth work or police commissioner stuff," officers say while diving, swimming, dancing and sitting behind a cluster of microphones.

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Another officer running at full speed stops abruptly to help an elderly man slowly cross the street as a local internet celebrity, William "Waiirua" Cribb, entertains a stopped driver with some interesting dance moves.

"Do you care enough to be a cop?" one officer shouts through a bullhorn after coaxing a furry, four-legged thief into dropping a woman's purse. "Take the first step and visit newcops.co.nz."

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