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Cody Simpson releases his love song to Miley Cyrus, “Golden Thing”

Coast HouseAfter much prodding from his new girlfriend Miley Cyrus, Cody Simpson has released the song he wrote for her, “Golden Thing.”

“Crystal dream/Cali queen/ Radiant hand, vibrant sand/ I’m shot/ It’s a golden thing she’s got,” the Australian musician sings on the sweet acoustic track.

The cover art for the song features what appears to be a close-up photo of Miley. Her face isn’t visible but we see her beachy blonde waves and gold chains around her neck.

Miley promoted the track on her Instagram Story Friday, writing, “MY HEART.” She had been bugging Cody to release it ever since he first played it for her after her recent tonsillitis surgery.

Cody told People, “She was like, ‘If you don’t put this s*** out, I’m putting it out on your behalf for you. I’m getting your Spotify login and doing this s*** myself.’”

Cody and Miley were apparently friends before Miley began dating actor Liam Hemsworth, who she eventually married. Miley and Liam split in August and Miley briefly moved on to Kaitlynn Carter, before that relationship ended in September.

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Listen to Idina Menzel & Ariana Grande salute Santa’s wife in “A Hand for Mrs. Claus”

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The North Pole is ready for some girl power.

Former Wicked star Idina Menzel and Wicked super fan Ariana Grande have teamed up for a fun duet on Idina’s new holiday album Christmas: A Season of Love, which just came out today.  The song, called “A Hand for Mrs. Claus,” was written by Frozen composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In the humorous song, Idina and Ariana trade verses about Santa’s wife, who gets no respect despite the fact that Santa couldn’t do it without her.

“She reads every Christmas letter/And fills out a Christmas sweater/Better than Ol’ Santa any day,” sings Idina. Ariana adds, “She runs the operation with no appreciation/So send a little Christmas love her way!”

Ariana also appears on For the Girls, the new album from Idina’s Wicked co-star, Kristin Chenoweth.

As previously reported, Christmas: A Season of Love also features Idina teaming up with Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter for “I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” her Frozen co-star Josh Gad on “We Wish You the Merriest,” and her husband Aaron Lohr on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

There’s also a solo holiday version of the signature song from the show Rent, “Seasons of Love,” as well as a tribute to Idina’s Jewish heritage with “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Hanukkah song she sings in Ladino, the ancient language of Sephardic Jews. 

Right before that song, there’s an adorable audio clip of Walker, Idina’s son with her ex Taye Diggs, at age three, chanting the traditional Hebrew blessing over the Hanukkah candles.

Idina will reprise her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen 2 on November 22.

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Finally! Selena Gomez announces new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” coming next week

Image Group LA/ABCSelena Gomez has been teasing something via some cryptic Instagram posts — and now we finally know what it is.

The singer announced her new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” will be coming out on Wednesday, October 23. She posted the cover art to Instagram: It features a black-and-white close-up of her face.

She captioned the post with part of the song lyrics, “I needed to lose you to love me.”

In the lead-up to the announcement, Selena teased fans by posting a couple of throwback photos of herself as a kid, with captions like, “We always go into it blindly” and “I gave my all and they all know it.”

She also posted another black-and-white photo of herself with the caption, “Rose colored glasses all distorted,” and a video of a brightly lit marquee bearing the words, “I saw the signs and I ignored it.”

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in June, Selena revealed she had completed the long-awaited follow-up to her 2015 album Revival and fans have been patiently waiting for her to drop some new tunes ever since.  

Of course, she’s been keeping busy with other projects outside of music. She produced the recently-released Netflix docu-series Living Undocumented, and will voice a giraffe in the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. movie Doolittle, due in theaters in January.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ and ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ among this week’s new releases

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — The sequel to the 2014’s Maleficent picks up several years after the first film chronicled the events that drove the notorious Disney villain to curse a baby Princess Aurora.  It follows the complex relationship between the two as they form new alliances and face new adversaries.  Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return as Maleficent and Aurora, respectively.  Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also return to their previous roles.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Michelle Pfeiffer join the cast as new characters.  Rated PG.

* Zombieland: Double Tap — The sequel to the surprise 2009 horror zombie apocalypse comedy finds original cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, who played four strangers that meet on the road during a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, contending with newer, more evolved zombies, as well as new human survivors, as they deal with their own shaky relationships.  Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Roasario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch join the cast for the sequel.  Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Jojo Rabbit  Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi [TIE-ka Wah-TEET-ee] wrote and directed this satire, set in World War II Germany.  It follows the titular character, a young German boy in Adolph Hitler’s army, played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, whose mother, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  Aided only by his imaginary friend, in the form of an idiotic version of Hitler, played by Waititi, Jojo must confront his ideology.  Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star.  Rated PG-13.

* The Lighthouse  Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in this black & white horror film about two keepers of a remote lighthouse who begin to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.  Rated R.

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Jane Fonda arrested again at another U.S. Capitol climate protest

iStock/rarrarorro(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, 81, was arrested by police with a group of about a dozen protesters Friday after being warned repeatedly to leave the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Inspired by young climate activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, Fonda recently told ABC News that every Friday while she’s in the nation’s capital, she’ll attend “Fire Drill Friday,” a weekly event featuring scientists, celebrities and activists addressing the various facets and impacts of climate change.

Fonda, who has a long career in activism, told ABC News in an earlier interview about her planned effort, “11 o’clock every Friday morning come get arrested with me, or choose not to — it doesn’t matter.”

The actress reportedly decided to leave her home and move to Washington for four months, because she wanted to “make a commitment to” the issue of climate change.

“Fire Drill Friday” is a reference to Thunberg saying during a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January, “I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”

In an interview with ABC News Deputy Political director MaryAlice Parks for an episode of of ABC News Live’s The Briefing Room, Fonda said that it’s the kids who are leading the charge when it comes to fighting climate change.

“And so, grandmas unite,” she said. “I want to stand with them and raise up…their message. This is serious…this is a crisis unlike anything that has ever faced humankind.”

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“None of my kids want to be actors,” says ‘Maleficent’ mom Angelina Jolie

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — While there are enough of them to make their own ensemble movie cast, don’t expect to see Angelina Jolie’s kids on the big screen.

The Oscar-winner and Maleficent series star explains to People that Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, have no plans to join the family business.

In fact, they turned down her offer to have them appear in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jolie tells the magazine, revealing, “I tried. Nobody was interested!”

Although Vivienne played young Aurora in the 2014 original, she wasn’t ready for her close-up this time around.

“None of my kids want to be actors,” Jolie says. “[They’re into] business, humanitarian affairs, things like that.”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is now in theaters from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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SPORTS NEWS

NBA commissioner says league ‘willing’ to take losses in China to stand for ‘American values’

Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league has suffered “substantial” losses in China as a result of the firestorm that followed a since-deleted tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager supporting the Hong Kong protests.

“The losses have already been substantial,” Silver said in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday, adding that, “I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here.”

“The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic,” he added in his first stateside interview since the NBA became embroiled in controversy in China.

Silver maintained, however, that the league is “not only willing” but “we are” taking these financial losses in China to stand for “American values” such as freedom of expression — and that they did not bow to Chinese pressure to fire the manager.

“The values of the NBA, these American values, we are an American business, travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression,” he said.

On Oct. 4, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong — setting off a series of consequences that illuminated the political challenges U.S. companies can face as they navigate doing business in China’s growing, lucrative market.

While the tweet was quickly deleted, China’s state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout of NBA coverage. China’s internet giant Tencent, which inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games, also announced that they would not play Rockets games.

Morey has since apologized. The Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that Morey does not speak for them. Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook apologized at a news conference, with Harden adding, “We love China, we love playing there.”

NBA star player LeBron James also weighed in, telling reporters that he thought Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand” and that “so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually” by his tweet.

After his comments were met with criticism, James later tweeted: “Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

Prior to Morey’s tweet, the Rockets were one of the most beloved teams in China, and where retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played in the states.

In the aftermath of his tweet, however, a series of NBA events in China — including charity events — were abruptly canceled, and video on social media emerged of NBA posters being ripped off the side of buildings.

The financial fallout has also been swift and dramatic, but Silver said Thursday that the NBA is willingly taking those losses.

Silver said the NBA was pressured to fire Morey, but they chose to take a stand.

“We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by parties we dealt within government and business,” Silver said. “We said there is no chance that’s happening; there’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”

Still, Silver said that “our games are not back on the air in China as we speak. We’ll see what happens next.”

“I understand that there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint that’s fair, not getting into whether the tweet and the response to it,” he said.

“At some point, look to the American government, we are in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement,” he added. “Many multinational corporations obviously trade extensively with China.”

Silver said that for years he has believed, however, that sports have been a way to “bring people together, often in a way that governments don’t.”

He added that he has been traveling to China for NBA events for years and he hopes to keep finding “a commonality” with the Chinese people.

“When you build that commonality over time, it potentially leads to shared understanding, empathy, begins dialogues …. often things that aren’t happening at high levels among official government operatives or diplomats,” Silver said.

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Report: Patrick Mahomes to have MRI following patella dislocation

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left in the middle of Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos with what appears to be a dislocated kneecap.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 24-year-old suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of the game. Mahomes walked off the field with the help of trainers and was ruled out from returning to the game.

The quarterback is expected to undergo an MRI to see if he sustained any ligament damage, ESPN reports.

Despite Mahomes’ exit in the first half, the Chiefs went on to win the game 30-6.

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Scoreboard roundup — 10/17/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Houston 8, NY Yankees 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Miami 107, Orlando 98
Chicago 111, Atlanta 93
Milwaukee 118, Minnesota 96  
Denver 110, Portland 104
Dallas 102, LA Clippers 87

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 – SO
Montreal 4, Minnesota 0
New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 2
Vancouver 4, St. Louis 3
NY Islanders 3 Winnipeg 1
Calgary 5, Detroit 1
Arizona 5, Nashville 2
Vegas 3, Ottawa 2
Buffalo 3, LA Kings 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Kansas City 30, Denver 6

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NATIONAL NEWS

Cranes at Hard Rock Hotel ‘more damaged’ than experts thought, demolition delayed

JONGHO SHIN/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) —  The controlled demolition for the cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans has been delayed, officials said Saturday.

The two cranes are “more damaged” than experts initially thought, which forced them to change their course of action, New Orleans Fire Department chief Timothy McConnell said at a news conference.

The cranes were supposed to come down Friday, but McConnell said he now believes it won’t happen until noon Sunday at the earliest.

“If they tell us it’s too dangerous to do it one way,” authorities will go with the experts and prioritize a new plan, he said.

The cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, have been a source of major concern. Both have continuously swayed since the under-construction building’s collapse on Oct. 12, which left three dead and dozens injured.

Experts are using small explosives, known as energetic materials, to bring the cranes down.

The goal is that they will come down in the same place as they are standing. However, McConnell noted that because of how unstable the cranes are, they might not fall as experts hope.

“That’s our goal, but it may not happen that way,” he said.

Residents in the nearby area will be evacuated starting four hours before the crane’s official demolition.

The bodies of two men who died are still inside the building. Authorities have not been able to reach them but hope that they will be able to recover the bodies.

Officials have not yet said what caused the collapse. Ten of the victims injured filed a lawsuit Friday against five companies involved in the construction, citing negligence.

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Judge halts Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral amid family dispute

iStock/Kuzma(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Family and friends of Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old woman fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home last week, will have to wait to pay their respects after a judge halted Saturday’s scheduled funeral.

At the request of the victim’s father, Marquis Jefferson, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued the temporary restraining order Friday to postpone the funeral. The father claimed he had no control over his daughter’s funeral and burial arrangements, which were planned by Atatiana Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body.

Lee Merritt, the attorney for Brody, confirmed Saturday the funeral had been postponed. He lamented the family having to deal with this family dispute publicly.

“This family, like most families, is dealing with internal disputes,” Merritt said in a statement Saturday. “Unfortunately, due to the public outcry concerning Atatiana’s murder, they are being forced to go through this tragedy publicly. Please respect their privacy as the family resolves this conflict.”

Marquis Jefferson, according to court documents, argued that, as the surviving parent and his daughter’s heir, he should be the one planning her funeral. The documents also state that he was denied any involvement by the funeral home.

“Good cause exists to limit the right of Bonita Body to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson because … Marquis A. Jefferson, as the parent, has priority of the persons that are allowed under the Code to control the decedent’s funeral and burial arrangements,” Marquis Jefferson’s temporary restraining order application states. “Applicant prays that after notice and hearing on this matter, the Court to restrain Bonita Body, Golden Gate Funeral home and others acting in concert with them to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson.”

Body’s funeral for Atatiana Jefferson was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday before the judge postponed it. Thompson scheduled a hearing for Monday, Oct. 21, to determine if the restraining order would continue.

Atatiana Jefferson was shot to death on Oct. 12 at around 2:30 a.m. Her neighbor called the non-emergency number for a welfare check because her doors were open. Police bodycam footage showed that when officers arrived, they walked to the back of the house. That’s where they saw Atatiana Jefferson, in the rear window. The officer, later identified as Aaron Dean, approached the window with his gun drawn. When he saw Atatiana Jefferson in the window, he shouted, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” but then fired one shot.

When police arrived at her home, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games and baby-sitting her 8-year-old nephew. The boy told investigators he witnessed his aunt being shot to death as she approached the window that night.

“She took her handgun from her purse,” the arrest affidavit reads. “(The nephew) said Jefferson raised her handgun, pointed toward the window.”

At that point, she was shot and fell to the ground, the affidavit said.

Dean’s partner, identified in the warrant as L Darch, told investigators that she didn’t see Jefferson raise the gun before Dean discharged his weapon. “Officer Darch said that they went into the backyard and Officer Dean was standing between her and the house and she could only see Jefferson’s face through the window when Officer Dean discharged his weapon one time,” the arrest warrant affidavit reads.

The footage appears to confirm that Dean never identified himself as a police officer before opening fire. On Monday, Dean abruptly quit the police department shortly before he was going to be fired, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus.
 
“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus said at a press conference Monday.

Just hours after he resigned, Dean was arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean was then released on bond from Tarrant County Jail late Monday, according to court records.

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Video shows Oregon coach disarming student then embracing him before police arrive

KATU(PORTLAND, Oregon) — Stunning surveillance footage captured the moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then held him in his arms.

Keanon Lowe, a football and track and field coach at Parkrose High School, can be seen walking through the hallways and entering a classroom on May 17.

When he next emerges, he is holding a shotgun and backing away from student Angel Granados-Diaz before another teacher comes up and takes the weapon away.

Then, in an extraordinary moment, Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz and the two hug for at least a minute.

At one point, it appears that Granados-Diaz tries to break free, but Lowe continues to hold on to him.

Police eventually arrive and take Granados-Diaz into custody.

Lowe was hailed a hero following the incident at the Portland high school.

“This was a best-case scenario,” Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots said at the time. “The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”

Initial reports said that Lowe wrestled the student to the ground, but the video, which was released by Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, shows the emotional moment the two shared.

Granados-Diaz, now 19, was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to three years of probation, KATU reported.

Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player, told the station that when the student entered the classroom with the weapon, he was close enough that he lunged for the gun and grabbed it with both hands.

“Then it was just me and that student. It was a real emotional time. It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me,” he said back in May, according to KATU. “In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”

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WORLD NEWS

Tourist deaths in Dominican Republic were due to natural causes: FBI

Nathaniel Holmes/Facebook(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) — Toxicology tests done by the FBI have confirmed that three American tourists found dead this spring in the Dominican Republic died of natural causes, the U.S. State Department said.

The results were consistent with the findings of local authorities, according to a statement from the State Department on Friday.

Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvania, was found dead at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel on May 25.

Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, a couple from Maryland, were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris on May 30.

Steven Bullock, a family spokesperson for the Day and Holmes families, said the families have yet to hear any updates from authorities regarding their loved one’s deaths.

“The Day and Holmes families have not been provided with any information from the FBI or the Dominican Republic Authorities regarding the deaths,” Bullock said in a statement to ABC News. “The only information that has been received by the families is what is being reported in the media. Our investigation is continuing, and we will not have any further comment until we receive the results of our investigation. Thank you.”

The FBI was assisting in the probe at the neighboring resorts in the Caribbean nation.

Their deaths were among the first of at least 11 Americans to die in the country in recent months, setting off a flurry of panic as to whether it was safe to visit the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. State Department said back in June that, despite the deaths, it had not seen an “uptick” in fatal incidents.

The spokesperson said that more than 2.7 million U.S. citizens visit the Dominican Republic each year and, as in most countries, “the overwhelming majority travel without incident.”

Schaup-Werner died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to the hotel. An autopsy performed on Holmes and Day determined that they died of the same causes, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

The families of the three Americans have been informed of the FBI toxicology reports.

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Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old wooden coffins in Luxor

Hatem Maher/ABC News(LUXOR, Egypt) — Egypt unveiled 30 ancient wooden coffins on Saturday that were discovered in the southern city of Luxor, in what the country’s antiquities ministry described as one of the largest discoveries in years.

The announcement was made in a makeshift tent just opposite to the famed Temple of Hatshepsut, which is situated beneath a cliff in Deir al-Bahari on Luxor’s West Bank.

The 3,000-year-old coffins, which appeared to be well preserved, were unearthed during excavations at the nearby Asasif necropolis last week. They belonged to priests, with 23 sarcophagi containing the mummies of men, five of women and two smaller coffins that held mummies of children, according to antiquities minister Khaled El-Anany.

The colorful coffins were adorned with inscriptions, with one official saying he was surprised to find out that they were “completely sealed.” They date back to the 22nd Dynasty in the 10th century BC.

“We can look at the wooden coffins; still sealed and in a perfect shape of preservation,” Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters.

He also said it was only the fourth major discovery of a “cachette” following two for royals and one for priests, which were all discovered in the 19th century. It was called a cachette because the coffins were hidden from grave robbers, Waziri added.

A team of Egyptian restorers then unsealed two of the displayed coffins for the first time, with journalists and photographers jostling to take a glimpse of the ancient mummies.

“The coffins were in the mountain, they were not inside a tomb. And that’s really very interesting to know why they were buried in a cliff,” El-Anany told reporters.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said the discovery will “capture the hearts of people everywhere.”

“The mummies and coffins are all made from one workshop, and have been sealed for all those years,” he added.

El-Anany said Egypt will reveal more major discoveries soon as the country hopes to revive its vital tourism industry, which has been battered by years of turmoil in the country.

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UK Parliament votes to force Brexit extension in setback for Boris Johnson

iStock/Vladislav Zolotov(LONDON) — U.K. lawmakers voted on Saturday to undermine a deal reached between Boris Johnson and the European Union, casting doubt on the prime minister’s ability to meet an Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

Johnson announced Thursday that he had reached a deal with European leaders for the U.K. to leave the EU, but the agreement still needed to be approved by his country’s Parliament.

But in the latest stunning rebuke, lawmakers on Saturday approved an amendment, by a vote of 322 to 306, that said Parliament must pass all of its Brexit-related bills before a deal can be reached with the EU.

Meanwhile, the U.K. Parliament had gathered to vote on Johnson’s deal — the first time the body gathered on a Saturday in nearly four decades. The vote has now been rescheduled for next week.

Johnson has repeatedly ruled out asking EU leaders for an extension to the Brexit deadline, and vowed to continue with his Brexit plans “unchanged” despite the setback.

“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, and neither does the law compel me to do so,” Johnson said after the vote. “I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days that I’ve served as prime minister: that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy.”

Johnson said his government will introduce legislation next week “for us to leave the EU with our new deal on Oct. 31.”

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, praised Parliament’s vote as a mechanism to “stop a no-deal crash out from the European Union” and said the prime minister must comply with the law.

As the vote took place hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through London to call for a second Brexit referendum.

In early September lawmakers voted 327 to 299 in favor of a law that will force the prime minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if a deal has not been passed. The amendment effectively builds into the law another insurance policy to avoid a “no-deal” Brexit.

That law means Johnson is now required to write a letter requesting an extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline by midnight on Saturday. The EU is expected to reluctantly agree to an extension, despite Johnson saying after today’s defeat he “would not negotiate” a deal with EU leaders.

If no extension is agreed with EU leaders, the default procedure means the U.K. is still scheduled to leave the EU without a deal after the Oct. 31 deadline. Critics say such a development could be devastating hugely to the UK economy.

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