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Hemingway cafe in Madrid saved from near-certain closure

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Madrid’s iconic Cafe Gijon, whose past clients include Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali, has won a last-minute reprieve from near certain closure.

The cafe had warned it would have to draw the curtain on its 120-year history after Madrid’s cash-strapped City Hall granted the licence to its lucrative terrace to a higher bidder in July.

But the rival firm, Santa Engracia, which had bid 144,000 euros (($175,000), more than double the cafe’s offer of 70,000 euros, decided in early August to surrender the concession.

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“The Cafe Gijon is keeping its terrace,” said a City Hall spokesman, confirming a report in the daily ABC, which said Santa Engracia had given up its business plans in the face of Spain’s economic crisis.

ABC said the winning bidder had also been concerned about the uproar in cultural circles over the threat to Cafe Gijon, whose other regulars included Marcello Mastroianni, Truman Capote and Ava Gardner.

Shaded under the tall trees of the Spanish capital’s Paseo de Recoletos boulevard, the literary cafe’s outside tables had lured artists, writers and actors since 1888.

The cafe, which employs 42 staff, had said it would have to sell up if it lost the right to use the terrace, which generates 60-70 percent of its profits but is on land owned by the city.

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Hundreds of contractors over the years have filed complaints against the Trump Organization, saying they weren't paid the fees owed to them. Speaking to Yahoo Finance this Thursday, Eric Trump, who the organization's Executive Vice President, defended his company's record in a rather eyebrow-raising way.

"We believe in paying people when they do great jobs," Donald Trump's second eldest son said.

"We get people paid incredibly quickly. And we pay contractors,” he continued, adding that the Trump Organization only refuses to pay if a contractor doesn't complete a job.

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Hundreds of Trump supporters this week were left stranded by bus company U.S. Coachways after the organizers for a "March for Trump" rally in Washington D.C. failed to pay them.

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A Fox News chyron underlined a major lie by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

She still hasn't given an official press briefing, but Grisham made one of her frequent appearances on "Fox & Friends" to celebrate a cease-fire negotiated Thursday by Vice President Mike Pence that's already been broken.

"The president has an obligation to look out for the troops and look out for the country," Grisham said, justifying President Donald Trump's decision to remove troops from northern Syria and abandoned Kurdish allies to ethnic cleansing by Turkey.

"When (Turkish president Recep Tayyip) Erdo?an made it clear he was going to invade, the president acted decisively to pull our military out of the way," Grisham said. "He sent a delegation over to get a cease-fire. That takes time."

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