Fourth bombing in Austin by 'tripwire'; new Brexit transition deal

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  • Police say fourth bombing in Austin indicates work of “serial bomber”  – A device exploded in Austin, Texas for the fourth time in a month on Sunday, injuring two men. “We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. Unlike the other three devices which were left on residents’ doorsteps, this one was left on the side of a residential road. Police say it may have been triggered by “tripwire”, according to CNN. Austin’s law enforcement is trying to determine whether the explosion is linked to the earlier bombings.
  • EU and UK agree Brexit transition deal terms – The European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom reached an agreement on the terms of a transition period after Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, which they hope can be signed off at the EU summit later this week. The transition period is planned to begin on March 29, 2019, when the UK formally exits the EU, and will end on December 31, 2020. The most notable terms agreed included an emergency “backstop” option for Northern Ireland. More details can be found in our story here.

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