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North Korea gearing up for massive military parade

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GENEVA-North Korea said on Tuesday it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Read More »

New York City Sues Companies Over Opioid Abuse

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These products came to Allergan through legacy acquisitions and have not been promoted since 2012, in the case of Kadian, and since 2003, in the case of Norco", it said in a statement. Kennedy applauded de Blasio's proactive approach and pointed out that 'Congress only appropriated $500 million this year to fight the opioid crisis. Read More »

Iran 'concerned' by Turkish assault on northern Syria

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The Kurdish-led SDF are a key part of the US -led coalition's fight against Daesh (IS) in Syria and are now taking part in a training program for a border security force in the country's north. In effect, the USA was underwriting the existence of a small, permanent Kurdish state under U.S. protection and controlled by people whom Mr Erdogan had denounced as "terrorists" and promised to destroy. Read More »

Supreme Court jumps on dusky gopher frog case

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The justices agreed Monday to review a lower-court ruling that upheld a federal agency's designation of the 1,500-acre tract owned by the Weyerhaeuser Co. The U.S. government identified the Louisiana land partly owned by Weyerhaeuser , which is based in Washington state, as meeting the criteria for the frog's habitat under the federal Endangered Species Act. Read More »

Tillerson Says Russia Is Responsible for Syrian Chemical Use

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 people were suffocated by what appeared to be chlorine gas. Activists and rescue teams said the Syrian government launched an attack Monday with suspected poisonous gas that affected almost 20 civilians in a rebel-held suburb near Damascus. Read More »

Over a hundred flights cancelled as dense fog moves through Chicago area

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Be prepared to adjust your driving to changing road conditions. The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for the area Monday that will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Due to the fog, visibility has been reduced in some areas to a quarter-mile or less. The fog is expected to lift later this morning, according to the statement. Read More »

AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Wozniacki back in the semis

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Caroline Wozniacki almost had to book a flight home last week. "Today was very tough for me physically", she said. Suarez Navarro, who reached the Australian Open last eight in 2009 and two years ago, was asked how much of an influence Henin had been. Read More »

Davos 2018: United Kingdom should go for soft Brexit, says Norway PM

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The remaining 46 British seats would stay empty for now and be filled later by European Union newcomers - in all likelihood from the six Western Balkan countries now knocking on the EU's door - or from "pan-European lists" in which citizens of one European Union country can vote for a candidate from another member state. Read More »

Special Counsel's Office Questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Also, Axios reports this morning : "Attorney General Jeff Sessions - at the public urging of President Donald Trump - has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge...." Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by investigators working on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to a report on Tuesday. Read More »

Heavy rain, 'isolated thunderstorms' possible across MA on Tuesday

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Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24. The high will be near 42, with temperatures falling to 32 between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. TUESDAY: There will be a 50 percent chance of rain. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible. Tuesday night , the low will be 25 with mostly clear skies and a west wind of 3 to 6 miles per hour, according to the weather service. Read More »

Astronauts go spacewalking to give new hand to robot arm

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NASA did not give a reason. "Flight assignments have been changed often in the past at various stages of training for a variety of reasons", Dean said via email. She has not yet flown to space. As the federal government geared back up 250 miles below, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle floated outdoors to install the new mechanical gripper. Read More »

Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring

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The Australian and Kiwi shows would have been part of the third leg of his 50th anniversary tour, which already sold out tours in the USA and Europe in 2017. Neil's sad news came during his 50th Anniversary celebration tour. The musician sent out his "sincerest" apologies to fans and anyone who purchased a ticket in hopes of seeing him live. Read More »

Odisha pays homage to Netaji Subhas Bose, Veer Surender Sai

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Cuttack: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew, Chandra Kumar Bose, on Sunday urged the NDA government to "ensure that all files, including those of the Intelligence Bureau, on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are declassified". To commemorate the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other prominent leaders of the country honor and remember Netaji's 121st birth anniversary. Read More »

Shooting at Kentucky high school leaves multiple injured, reports say

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Italy, which promotes itself as "The Biggest Little Town In Texas", has about 2,000 residents and is located just off Interstate 35 between Dallas and Waco. Joffre would not say whether the suspect had any previous disciplinary issues at the school. "In a small town, the school district is the center of what goes on for our kids, and this morning's tragedy hits the heart of this community", Joffre said. Read More »

Turkish Military Extends anti-Terror Afrin Operation to Azaz

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The U.S. plans to wind down its support of fully armed militias, but commanders are now trying to build police forces that can protect the territory that was taken from ISIS, forces that will likely include some drawn from the YPG. "(If necessary) all the soldiers here will go to Afrin. Following talks with Russia , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not "step back" in the attacks. Read More »

Mertens stuns Svitolina to reach Melbourne semis

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Also playing in the round of 16 on Sunday were second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina . Martic took a medical timeout to receive treatment from a trainer for a hip or upper thigh complaint after the fifth game of the second set. Read More »

Complaint Over Stormy Daniels Payout Could Crack the NDA

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But there is quite a bit of evidence in the public record suggesting Trump and Daniels were involved. Cohen allegedly used a DE company called Essential Consultants to make the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford . 'And then, about a week before the election, Daniels stopped responding to calls and text messages, ' Weisberg wrote. "But you never know". 'For the most important aspect of the story - the contract for her silence - I also lacked independent ... Read More »

U.S. govt ends shutdown as Congress passes bill

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Democrats , and some Republicans , wanted language protecting people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , or DACA , program, as part of the spending bill to ensure it became law. They don't want to do it but are powerless!' Feinstein said she wasn't persuaded by McConnell's assurances and did not know how a proposal to protect the more than 700,000 younger immigrants would fare in the House. Read More »

Tennessee Titans announce Mike Vrabel as next head coach

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Vrabel , of course, was one of the mainstays of the earlier part of the Patriots dynasty as part of the first 3 Super Bowl championship teams. FALCONS: Steve Sarkasian will return as offensive coordinator despite a decline in production in his debut 2017 season. Read More »

JGBs tick up after BOJ maintains policy, economic outlook

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The dollar eased against the yen on the tweaks to the inflation outlook, traders said. "I'm bewildered myself" about the continued stock gains, said Oriano Lizza, sales trader at CMC Markets in Singapore. Yuki Masujima, Bloomberg Economic. "The decision makes it clear that the BOJ doesn't want any noise about early tightening now", said Hiromichi Shirakawa, chief Japan economist at Credit Suisse Group AG and a former BOJ official. Read More »

Microsoft Xbox One X launched in India for Rs 44990

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Bryan Sparks, the design mastermind behind the new Xbox One X has ensured that you experience the most intense gameplay from the most compact gaming console in town. Microsoft is also making available to its customers the facility to upgrade to the Xbox One X if they already have the older version or the Xbox One S by providing the 4K patch for the games already in your gadget. Read More »

Palestinian leaders seek European Union support after US Jerusalem decision

The U.S. previously backed the current global consensus not to move embassies there because the city's status should be negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians. Vice-President during the visit. "Hamas praises the role of Palestinian members in the Israeli occupation Knesset in refusing the racial speech for Mike Pence against Al Quds (Jerusalem) and assures that Al Quds is the eternal capital of Palestine", Hamas wrote in a Tweet. Read More »

Storm expected to bring a foot of snow to area

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A winter storm will begin affecting western Wyoming on Friday and will spread heavy snow eastward through Saturday and into early Sunday . The mountains can expect snow. A high near 35 is forecast, the weather service said. The term "winter storm" can cover anything from a light snow over a couple hours to a blinding blizzard with straight-line winds and sub-zero temperatures that could last for days. Read More »

Man arrested after allegedly threating mass murder at CNN

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He called a CNN operator and said: "Fake news". "I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f-king gun ever single last one of you". Four of the calls, which CNN says were recorded, included threats against the network's employees. Griesemer was earlier under the radar of MI authorities after he called the Islamic center in Ann Arbor on September 19, 2017, and made derogatory comments about Muslims and the mosque. Read More »

Alaska quake prompts tsunami alert

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According to the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management, "A tsunami warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the Wash./BC border to Attu Alaska". "If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave". Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Read More »

Tillerson to discuss situation in Ukraine with European leaders

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He has repeatedly criticised the "bad deal" secured by his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump also wants tighter restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program. The decision to move the U.S. Embassy from its current Grosvenor Square location in the exclusive Mayfair area of London and to a site on the south bank of the Thames was agreed in 2008 under the presidency of George W Bush. Read More »

India has a major stake in global dialogues (Comment: Special to IANS)

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In addition to Trump, a record number of leaders from G7 economies are expected to participate in the talks this year, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May . Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will this week join various discussion platforms at the World Economic Forum ( WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos , Switzerland with an aim to develop a response to new strategies towards transforming governance in various parts of the world. Read More »

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

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A JAPANESE soldier was killed today after a volcano erupted near a popular ski resort, sparking an avalanche that left several injured and scores stranded up a mountain, officials said. Japan is one of the world's most volcanically active nations, sitting on the fault line known as the "Ring of Fire" which stretches around the edge of Pacific Ocean. Read More »

Blizzard to bring snow, wind to Plains, Midwest, New England

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Columbus is now looking at a range of 12 to 18 inches of snowfall by days end on Monday. The storm created whiteout conditions, making some roads impassable, causing multiple crashes and even forcing snow plows off highways in some areas because of poor visibility. Read More »

Shiv Sena to part ways with BJP; will contest 2019 elections solo

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On Tuesday, however, this was formalised at the national executive meet. The decision of Shiv Sena to go alone in 2019 was taken in the Party's national executive meet, Sanjay Raut had moved a resolution in this regard. Earlier, Aaditya Thackeray said the party will snap ties with BJP in Maharashtra within one year. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was re-elected unopposed and Aaditya was elevated into the top rung of Shiv Sena's leadership after being made a member of the party's ... Read More »

Iran not respecting United Nations resolution on missiles

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The gathering in Brussels may even have reinforced the US president's antipathy, according to three USA officials involved in the discussions. Tehran is concerned the Europeans might cave in to Washington's desire to rework the deal. "If there is such a quote [from the French foreign minister] that we held talks, we deny it", Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Monday. While Britain, Germany and France appear united, Mogherini has so far been unwilling to consider European Union sanctions ... Read More »

Puerto Rico Governor announces privatization of state owned power company

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He said that the move will get the island to a goal of more than 30 percent of renewable energy generation. He said the system operates "deficiently" and that the improved infrastructure would respond more "agilely" to natural disasters. The lack of power is the central obstacle to resuming normal life. Union leaders said they wouldn't comment until Tuesday. "With this transformation of PREPA, you will cease being its hostage", he told Puerto Ricans. Read More »

Jail sentence sought for Paul's neighbor

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Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, told police he attacked Paul because he'd "had enough" after seeing the Republican senator stack more brush on a pile near Boucher's yard, according to the plea agreement Boucher signed. Paul , an ophthalmologist and Kentucky's junior senator, reported being attacked November 3 outside his home as he was mowing his yard while wearing headphones. Read More »

TSA adds strict air cargo scrutiny from five predominantly Muslim countries

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Customs and Border Protection for vetting before the cargo is loaded. While there is no intelligence suggesting an imminent plot to attack USA -bound airlines, effective immediately, "six carriers, based at seven last-point-of-departure airports in five different countries", must begin following the Air Cargo Advance Screening program (ACAS) protocols, said a TSA official. Read More »

Israel Pays Compensation for Killed Jordanians

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Over the past few years, a number of Jordanian citizens have committed terror attacks against Israelis, Jordan has yet to apologize for a single attack. Jordan has refused to accept that the shooting was an act of self-defense. Moyal shot the two Jordanians dead after one of them allegedly attacked him, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Jerusalem and Amman and prompting all diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Einat Schlein, to return to Israel. Read More »

New Black Panther clip reveals vibranium suit's explosive abilities

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Both trailers and been grand and bold, and the film bested 2016's Captain America: Civil War , becoming the fastest-selling Marvel Studios film in the first 24 hours of online ticket sales. "I think Ryan is a great director, so there's always going to be some social conscience inside of it". Check out the Black Panther clip scene and footage from The Ellen Show below. Read More »

Cardi B defends fiancé Offset's homophobic lyric

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Cardi B defended that point, saying she's never seen her fiancé act differently with members of the LGBTQ community. " Bodak Yellow " rapper said that when she called her fiance to ask him why he used the word, he told her that he was going by the dictionary that defined it as meaning something different, reports New York Daily. Read More »

South Korean Exchanges Are Barring Foreign Residents from Trading

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Currently, banks in the country are barred from working with cryptocurrency exchanges, a move aimed at curbing, what the government believes to be, an alarmingly high interest in speculative investments. Last week , cryptocurrency traders also appeared to be spooked as the chorus of warnings from regulators grew louder. Also, early this month, Bloomberg reported that Chinese regulators announced a set of proposals to discourage bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining due to high ... Read More »

Trump's cognitive ability is normal, says White House doctor

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His " incredibly good " genes allow the 71-year-old president to stay in " excellent " health , Jackson said after the president's physical exam which took place Friday. He said the slurred speech was simply down to a dry mouth. Trump has been seen out on the golf course, and the guidelines do say that "some activity is better than none", but if his doctor has any say in the matter, Trump will be exercising more . Read More »

Pakistan strongly condemns attack at Kabul hotel

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On Thursday, the USA embassy in Kabul issued a warning to United States citizens, saying: "We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul". Editor's Note: This analysis has been updated to specify that the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul is no longer part of the global chain by the same name. Read More »

Cornyn says Trump eager to work on immigration

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Trump , in return, has said Democrats are "far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our risky Southern Border". Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor to slam President Donald Trump whose "unwillingness to compromise", he said, prompted the shutdown . Read More »

Chunk of suspected frozen airline poo lands on village in India

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Some surreptitiously took a few pieces of the "geological treasure" to their homes and stored them inside their fridges . Waste is usually kept in a tank until touchdown, however it is possible there was a leak on board. "The heavy mass of ice, which is not associated with any type of rainy weather, suggests there is a possibility it might have fallen as frozen toilet water coming out from some aircraft lavatory", one official who inspected the ice said. Read More »

UK Chief of General Staff wants to boost defence spending

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Last week in the Commons Mr Williamson would not comment on speculation that the defence element of the ongoing strategic defence and security review would be separated from it. "Our ability to pre-empt or respond to threats will be eroded if we don't keep up with our adversaries", Carter will say, according to excerpts from the speech , published by The Guardian . Read More »