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Amit Shah's road show in Tripura, says BJP isn't afraid of violence

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With the BJP being seen as putting up a strong challenge to the 25-year-old uninterrupted Left reign in the state, Shah led an eight-kilometre road show and addressed rallies in which he sought votes for the state's "transformation". "Congress is practically helping the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) by splitting the non-Left vote share in Tripura". Shah, who is in the state to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections scheduled to take place on February 18, further alleged that ... Read More »

North Korea held 'warm' but 'candid' talks with South Korea

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The games have not reduced the US -led worldwide pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and long-range missile program that is threatening America and the world. If the proposed visit of the South Korean President to the north does take place it will be the first summit between Korean leaders since 2007, and only the third inter-Korean summit to ever take place. Read More »

Opposition parties set to meet over no confidence motion to oust Zuma

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The opposition erupted in rage, accusing Zuma and Ramaphosa of holding South Africa's fortunes hostage while they negotiated a deal for the benefit of themselves and the ANC. 31 March 2016: Nice pool, who paid for it? South Africans have repeatedly taken to the streets in recent years demanding that Mr Zuma resign. An anti-corruption body found he had spent $23m (£15m) on his rural home in Nkandla in the KwaZulu-Natal province, adding a swimming pool and amphitheatre. Read More »

Palestine says no going back — United Nations membership

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But the PA envoy to Moscow, Abd al Hafiz Nofal, was quoted on Sunday as saying that the Palestinian goal was not to completely exclude the USA from any Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In his reply, he seemed to qualify his earlier remarks. The Palestinians are also upset with Trump's threats to cut funding to cut funding to the PA and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). Read More »

London City Airport Closed as Unexploded WWII Bomb Found in River Thames

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Specialist officers and the Royal Navy confirmed the device was explosive and the airport was shut at 22:00. Up to 16,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the airport's closure, a spokesperson told the BBC . It is located in the East of London near the Canary Wharf business district. The police said that the decision to close the airport had been taken "to ensure that the ordinance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public". Read More »

Turkish Army Chopper 'Shot Down' in Hatay in Turkey's Southeast: Erdogan

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In a statement , the Turkish General Staff said one of the ATAK helicopter crashed at around 1 P.M. (1000 GMT) during the ongoing operation in Afrin . "Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege". Meanwhile, Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army forces cleared another village from YPG militants in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border. Read More »

What's at Stake for Trump at the Korean Olympics

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South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit meeting in the North. "She ( Kim Yo Jong ) is not charming, she is a dictator's sister", Laila said ."She is not looking after North Korean people". Read More »

Trump declares state of emergency for American Samoa

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The cyclone has already carved a swathe through American Samoa and Samoa, with large-scale clean-up efforts underway in both countries. The state of emergency is to help prevent or minimise loss of lives, injury, damage to property and the environment, Matangi Tonga reported. Read More »

Seoul seeks communication, lower military tension ahead of possible North Korea summit

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South Korean officials have said Moon was invited to Pyongyang to speak with Kim Jong Un during the talks and lunch that Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday. The North Koreans were to fly back to Pyongyang later Sunday on a private jet, wrapping up a three-day trip. But the summit invitation offered a diplomatic opening that may prove too hard to resist for Moon, a liberal leader who took office in May promising to seek a peaceful resolution with the North. Read More »

Moon in talks with high-level N.Korean delegation

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North Korea's goal after the Olympics will be to stop this exercise completely. South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul, South Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 10, 2018. Read More »

At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un's sister takes VIP seat

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam to a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace on Saturday in what would be the most significant diplomatic event between the rivals in years. One mother told her daughter she would kidnap her to keep her off the plane. For TV viewers, augmented reality created a spectacular dome of constellations and stars above the performers before traditional Korean kites were then flown, a mural of the Four Guardians ... Read More »

5 people killed in shootings in Johnson County

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Sheriff Price led a search of the apartment complex. There, they found the bodies of two additional victims as well as the suspect, who was identified as Joseph Nickell. I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responding to a call in McKenzie Branch found two people shot to death at a residence there Saturday afternoon. Read More »

Thiessen: The FBI's scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

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He then claimed that Democrats would in turn blame the White House "for lack of transparency". "The meaning of the "(and more)" was not immediately clear. Nunes said the Justice Department will not recommend the disclosure of sensitive US sources and methods, which are believed to be contained in the minority memo. Read More »

Trump warns Israel that settlements 'complicate' peace process

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Contrary to the image portrayed by mainstream media, U.S. President Donald Trump kept his plans off the table with regard to Iranian actions in Syria - and for that matter, with regard to his plans for the Palestinian Authority. "Russia and Putin will have an important role in this matter, including launching an global peace conference and several important issues that require consultation with all relevant parties until we achieve the interest of the Palestinian people", said Khalidi. Read More »

Iranian scholar and environmental activist dies in prison

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Authorities on Friday called Seyed-Emami's wife to say her husband had committed suicide in Tehran's Evin prison, his son tweeted . The death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, who was imprisoned by Iranian authorities in January, was reported by his son, Iranian musician Raam Emami, who said his mother was informed of Seyed-Emami's death on February 9. Read More »

Gay Teacher Fired After Posting Wedding Photos on Facebook

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Jocelyn Morffi, who worked at the school for seven years, was abruptly fired on Thursday, 8 February by principal Dr. Carlota E. Morales. However, some parents are fuming with the school's decision and organised a protest demanding to know why Morffi was sacked, but say they still haven't been given a satisfactory reason. Read More »

East Queensland storms: more wild weather as 50000 without power

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One man was rushed to hospital after suffering an electric shock in the shower, when lightening stuck near his phone at Ferny Grove. He was transported to Prince Charles Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. "You need a combination of things to get a thunderstorm so heat and humidity does increase the instability, so when you have hot, humid conditions that does help storms develop". Read More »

United Nations chief urges denuclearization to North Korea

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Pence told reporters that the two leaders "spoke as friends" during his visit to South Korea , and their discussions including the meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation, led by Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong . Roh Moo-hyun, a liberal South Korean president who carried on with Kim Dae-jung's engagement policy, crossed the border to the North to meet Kim Jong Il in 2007. Read More »

Syria's Eastern Ghouta Suffers Bloodiest Week Since 2015

It later reported that 10 strikes by the coalition had caused "massive destruction". Regarding the military casualties suffered by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), no accurate number was reported except for five fighters who lost their lives last week. Read More »

South Korea president meets Kim Jong-un's sister, other officials

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And against that backdrop of athletics and pomp, a cascade of political events unfolds even as the region's uneasiness about potential nuclear war continues unabated. South Korea has welcomed Kim Jong Un's conciliatory gesture to Seoul as an improvement in inter-Korean relations that would lead to peace and stability on their peninsula. Read More »

Priest and worshippers hurt in sword attack in Indonesian church

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District police chief Muhammad Firman Lukmanul Hakim said the suspect, who suffered gunshot wounds to his legs, is being held at Bhayangkara Hospital, where he is also being treated. All victims have been taken to hospital for treatment. "We are still investigating the case", Yogyakarta police spokesman Yulianto told BenarNews. Read More »

After brief government shutdown, parties agree to spending bill

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After he signed the bill to re-open the government , President Donald Trump tweeted that the bill is a big victory for our military. Just a few hours before the deadline, Paul took to the Senate floor to demand a vote on an amendment to keep budget caps in place, then launched into a filibuster that lasted into the small hours of the morning. Read More »

Combined Korean hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut

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But it made no mention of US President Mike Pence , who was seated in the same box as Moon and the two North Koreans. A senior White House official said Pence was not trying to avoid the delegation from North Korea but rather ignore them, according to the AP. Read More »

At least 19 dead after double-decker bus crash in Hong Kong

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Footage and images from the scene show the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. vehicle lying on its side while emergency workers rushed to treat injured passengers nearby. Hong Kong's double-decker buses can accommodate around 140 seated and standing passengers, depending upon the model. In 2008, 18 people were killed in another bus crash. Read More »

Pence spokeswoman on CNN story: 'Let's not whitewash North Korea's record'

Her presence in the Olympics Stadium in Pyeongchang is the first time that a member of her family have visited South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War. Olympians have already spoken out against the Trump administration. Mr Moon did not immediately accept the offer, calling instead for efforts to "create the right conditions to realise" such a visit, and urging Pyongyang to actively seek dialogue with the USA, said Mr Moon's spokesman. Read More »

Rohingya crisis: Boris Johnson presses Aung San Suu Kyi to take action

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That public admission followed the arrests of the two Myanmar journalists who were investigating the massacre and are now facing up 14 years in prison on charges of possessing secret documents. He left for Myanmar in the afternoon and will hold talks with de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss the crisis and press for the end to the suffering in Rakhine and the safe and voluntary return of the refugees. Read More »

North Koreans wrap up whirlwind of Olympic diplomacy

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The delegation, the highest-ranking to visit the South and led by the younger sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un , concludes its visit on Sunday after charming and intriguing the South Korean public, but still faces deep skepticism over Pyongyang's sincerity towards improving relations. Read More »

Five elephants run over and killed by train in Assam

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NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma confirmed this on Sunday and said that the engine of the Guwahati-Silchar Fast Express also got derailed after hitting the herd. They said the spot between Hawaipur and Lamshakhan stations, some 180 km east of Guwahati , is a notified elephant corridor. "But the train collided with a few baby elephants surrounded by several adult elephants", the NF Railway CPRO said. Read More »

Trump Asks For Due Process As Staffers Resign Amid Abuse Allegations

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Speaking to a small crowd, Biden seemed flabbergasted that Trump said he thought Porter had done a good job at the White House and that the president wanted to "absolutely wish him (Porter) well". But a number of West Wing aides were shaken by Kelly's handling of the Porter accusations. Kelly and press secretary Sarah Sanders both issued statements calling Porter a man of "integrity" in response to the initial Daily Mail report that Porter's two former wives had accused him of abuse. Read More »

Syria War Monitor Says Israeli Strikes Killed 6

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An incursion made by an Iranian drone into Israeli air space prompted the Israel Air Force to scatter eight fighter jets in a coordinated assault on the "T-4 base" in Syria - the base reportedly responsible for the drone launch. It should be noted that according to Israeli sources, the Iranian drone was one with an advanced semi-stealth design, based on the technology of the American RQ-170 drone, captured by the Iranians in 2011. Read More »

BH Loya death case: Opposition delegation submits memorandum to President

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MPs from several political parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK, met the president today and presented him a memorandum with the demand. Amit Shah was discharged by a new judge, who said there wasn't enough evidence to merit a trial. In their petition, the Opposition MPs said, "We believe that if lives of judges and lawyers are jeopardised for doing their duty, then democracy is under grave threat". Read More »

Rand Paul's Ego Shut the Government Down Last Night

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Paul said he would only allow the budget bill to advance if GOP leaders gave him a vote on an amendment to restore the budget caps, set in 2011 to rein in deficit spending. We're a month and a half, actually less than a month and a half into February of 2018, or into 2018 in general, excuse me, and the federal government shut down twice in one year? The midnight deadline was missed because of a nine-hour, on-again, off-again Senate floor speech by Senator Rand Paul , who objected to $300 ... Read More »

Turkey Resumes Afrin Operation In Northern Syria

However, in a posting on Twitter, Mustefa Bali, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the YPG, said a helicopter had been hit in the Rajo area of northwest Afrin. According to Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists. Read More »

Hardik Patel meets Mamata Banerjee, gets offer to join Trinamool Congress

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Kolkata: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) chief Hardik Patel met West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Friday. "After Indiraji (Gandhi), if there is any woman who has risen to power through struggle, she's the one". "I will definitely come here to campaign during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019". Read More »

Congress Closes In on a Big Deal to Bust Through Budget Caps

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been negotiating on a broader budget bill that would raise budget caps set as part of a 2011 law. That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. "I don't see a government shutdown coming, but I do see a promise by Senator McConnell to finally bring this critical issue that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in America, finally bringing it to a full debate in the Senate ", said Durbin, who is Senate Democrats' ... Read More »

Thunder stars Westbrook, Anthony out towards Lakers

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The Thunder play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday, and Anthony said it's too early to tell if he'll be available for that one. For the time being then, it looks like George will be staying at the Thunder, but be prepared for the Lakers talks to come around once more when the summer arrives later this year. Read More »

Turkish helicopter shot down by Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear YPG militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria . As Turkey's military intervention in Kurdish-majority Afrin, Syria, entered its third week, a parallel public relations battle has raged on airwaves and social media, with varying messages tailored to Armenian and Azerbaijani audiences. Read More »

Corea, Kim Jong-un invita il presidente del Sud a Pyongyang

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Si fanno concrete le speranze di distensione dopo mesi di tensione dovute ai programmi nucleari nordocoreani, i test missilistici e atomici che fanno di questa porzione di estremo oriente uno dei punti più caldi del pianeta. C'è una "buona chance" che Kim Yo- jong , sorella minore del leader nordcoreano Kim Jong-Un, inviti il presidente sudcoreano Moon Jae-in a Pyongyang "prima o poi quest'anno". Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

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A senior USA official said Pence and Moon, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions. Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in worldwide sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs. Read More »

North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

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If Moon follows in the footsteps of his predecessors, it would hurt the Trump administration's pressure campaign against the North, according to Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval Analyses. North Korea has emerged as the early favourite to grab one of the Winter Olympics' most important medals: the diplomatic gold. "I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North ... Read More »

Israel Launches Heavy Air Strike in Syria After F-16 Crash

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Both pilots aboard the Israeli jet ejected, the Israeli army said. "Israel has carried out dozens of attacks over the past one year, but this is the first time the Syrian military has shot down an Israeli plane", she said. and Israel) wanted to create tension in the region. they wanted to divide Iraq, Syria". The targeting of an Iranian site in response, however, marks an escalation in the Israeli retaliation. Read More »

Second White House staffer resigns amid spousal abuse claims

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White House speechwriter David Sorensen has resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse, although he denies being violent and said he was actually the victim, according to The Washington Post . Corbett released a statement on Medium saying she stands by her allegations, saying her story is "messy, humiliating and tragic, but it's my truth". Read More »

Iran, Turkey Call for Promotion of Ties to Strategic Level

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He further pointed to regional developments and said, "Numerous threats in the region are endangering the interests of both Iran and Turkey and other Muslim countries". Elsewhere in his statements , Erdogan highlighted the commonalities in Iran and Turkey's stances towards many regional and worldwide issues and expressed satisfaction over the current level of cooperation between Iran and Turkey in fight against terrorism. Read More »

Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

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The Charity Commission took no further action at the time but says it would have acted differently had it known all the facts . "In the 21st century, it is utterly despicable that sexual exploitation and abuse continues to exist in the aid sector", she sad. Read More »