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Christian adoption agency sues New York after state tries to shut it down

By Caleb Parke

A Christian adoption agency in Syracuse, New York is suing the state after it threatened to shut them down for a "discriminatory and impermissible" policy of placing each child with a married mother and father.

Kikkan Randall’s Year: Olympic Glory Followed by Chemotherapy

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY and ALANA PATERSON

A year ago, she won the first American gold medal in cross-country skiing. Then she found out she had breast cancer.

Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections.

Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections.

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not accept a monthly tax transfer from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not accept a monthly tax transfer from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

Turkey seeks life terms for 16 activists over 2013 protests

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have charged a prominent philanthropist businessman and 15 other people with seeking to overthrow the government by allegedly supporting anti-government protests in 2013.

Winter storm bringing 'widespread hazardous weather' stretching from Midwest to Northeast

By Travis Fedschun

A "significant" winter storm is bringing the threat of snow, ice and rain to every state east of the Mississippi River on Wednesday, causing the federal government to shutter offices and leading to widespread travel disruptions.

Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

By FRANK JORDANS

Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom.

Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

By FRANK JORDANS

Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom.

Israeli official: Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Moscow delayed

By ARON HELLER

An Israeli government official says a planned meeting in Moscow between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed.

Israeli official: Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Moscow delayed

By ARON HELLER

An Israeli government official says a planned meeting in Moscow between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed.

Russian pay-TV market slows

By Chris Dziadul

Growth in Russia’s pay-TV market slowed to 3.2% in 2018, according to the latest data published by TMT Consulting.

This compared to 3.8% in 2017, and as of the end of last year there were 44.2 million pay-TV subscribers in the country. With penetration already exceeding 77%, the market was close to saturation.

Pay-TV revenues in 2018 amounted to R93.3 billion (€1.25 billion), up 10.8% on a year earlier. This growth was similar to the 10.6% in 2017 and was down to such factors as a slight increase in the subscriber base, higher tariffs introduced by some operators and growth of such additional services as VOD and Multiroom.

The number of cable subscribers declined by 0.1% in 20178 (-0.7% in 2017), while the DTH subscriber total grew by 2% (3.8%) and that for IPTV by 10% (13.5%).

Cable TV was still the market leader in terms of subscriber numbers in 2018 (42%, compared to 39% for DTH and 19% for IPTV), as well as in revenue terms (43%, versus 32% for IPTV and 25% for DTH).

Tricolor TV had the most subscribers (28% of the total), followed by Rostelecom (23%), ER Telecom (8%), MTS (8%), Orion (7%) and other providers.

However, in terms of revenues Rostelecom was in top spot with 35%, followed by Tricolor TV (18%), ER Telecom (11%), MTS (8%) and others (28%).

Russian pay-TV market slows

By Chris Dziadul

Growth in Russia’s pay-TV market slowed to 3.2% in 2018, according to the latest data published by TMT Consulting.

This compared to 3.8% in 2017, and as of the end of last year there were 44.2 million pay-TV subscribers in the country. With penetration already exceeding 77%, the market was close to saturation.

Pay-TV revenues in 2018 amounted to R93.3 billion (€1.25 billion), up 10.8% on a year earlier. This growth was similar to the 10.6% in 2017 and was down to such factors as a slight increase in the subscriber base, higher tariffs introduced by some operators and growth of such additional services as VOD and Multiroom.

The number of cable subscribers declined by 0.1% in 20178 (-0.7% in 2017), while the DTH subscriber total grew by 2% (3.8%) and that for IPTV by 10% (13.5%).

Cable TV was still the market leader in terms of subscriber numbers in 2018 (42%, compared to 39% for DTH and 19% for IPTV), as well as in revenue terms (43%, versus 32% for IPTV and 25% for DTH).

Tricolor TV had the most subscribers (28% of the total), followed by Rostelecom (23%), ER Telecom (8%), MTS (8%), Orion (7%) and other providers.

However, in terms of revenues Rostelecom was in top spot with 35%, followed by Tricolor TV (18%), ER Telecom (11%), MTS (8%) and others (28%).

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