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It will not be an easy election for the BJP in 2019

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Uttar Pradesh has a backward caste population of 39 per cent and only 9 pe rcent of them are the Yadavs (who vote en bloc for the Samajwadi Party ). As the BJP earlier lost byelections in Rajasthan owing to the growing unpopularity of the BJP government in the state, but the central leadership, which always takes the credit for victories, can not escape responsibility for the losses. Read More »

Wind and Fire Danger Friday 3-15-18

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Thursday's and Friday's forecasts have highs near 64 degrees, the weather service said, and the weekend will cool slightly with highs near 61 for Saturday and Sunday . The watch, which means critical fire weather conditions are forecast, will be in effect through Saturday evening, according to a news release from the agency. Read More »

Russian Federation 'responsible' for attack on ex-spy in Britain, US says

On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to inform him of the expulsion . Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed Johnson's remark in a comment to CNN. The Kremlin has given high marks and much praise to a new film by reporter Andrei Kondrashov entitled "Putin", which is devoted to the Russian president. Read More »

Kremlin stops British council activities in Russian Federation

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Russia's response does not change the fact that Moscow was in "flagrant breach of global law" and the Chemical Weapons Convention, she said. Russian Federation is kicking out 23 British diplomats - many believed to be intelligence officers - as the row intensifies over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Read More »

Korean Top Diplomat's Sweden Talks Could Pave Way for Trump-Kim Summit

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While some experts have questioned the sincerity of North Korea's outreach and expressed doubt the summit will materialise, Mr Trump has projected confidence. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on the same day he wishes China will make greater achievements in the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era. Read More »

Russian Federation could attack NY by Chemical Weapons: Nikki Haley

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said it's " highly likely " the Kremlin is responsible for the March 4 attack against Skripal and his daughter. It also said it is ordering the closure in Russian Federation of the British Council , a government-backed organization for cultural and scientific cooperation, and is ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St. Read More »

At least 16 including children, die at sea

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But hundreds of people, mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, continue to land every month on the Greek islands that lie just a stone's throw away from the Turkish coast. Under that deal, anyone who arrives on Greek islands must be returned to Turkey unless they qualify for asylum. There still has been no solution on the Greek side, with migrants and refugees still penned up in island holding camps that are often the scene of clashes among migrant groups. Read More »

Tillerson was on toilet when he got know about his dismissal

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Most likely to exit, after McMaster, were Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, with odds of 7/4 and 6/1, respectively. Another long week in the White House saw staff turmoil take center stage, with key firings fueling speculation that President Trump was about to clean house. Read More »

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns following Financial Scandal

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He said her resignation would take effect on March 23, a move that will bring down the curtain on a saga that has gripped the Indian Ocean archipelago for weeks. The PEI confirmed this account, issuing a statement earlier this week saying that Gurib-Fakim "thus never received gifts, favors, wages or expenses from the PEI, nor undue benefits or advantage". Read More »

Sweden happy to host US-North Korea talks

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Trump has agreed to meet Kim by May. The two previous summits took place in Pyongyang for three days and included not only talks but also other side events, but the border village is considered unfit for such auxiliary events. A source familiar with the matter declined to comment but told Reuters the bilateral talks would end on Friday. Harris said he believed Kim would "do a victory dance" if the United States were to withdraw its forces from South Korea and Japan and abrogated ... Read More »

Over a Dozen Killed in Afrin After Turkish Airstrike

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More than 1,300 people have been killed and thousands more wounded since the offensive began on February 18. The Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said it had identified 42 bodies so far. Staffan de Mistura said Turkish government forces and their allies "continue to take ground rapidly" in Afrin, and there are reports of shelling on opposition-besieged Foua and Kefrya, air strikes in Idlib and a new opposition offensive in Hama, as well as clashes and air strikes in Daraa in ... Read More »

Russian Federation to expel 23 British diplomats

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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson upped the stakes Friday when he said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to use the nerve agent against the Skripals. National Security Council will meet early next week to consider the next steps in its dispute with Moscow over the poisoning of a former spy. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the police officer caught up in last week's nerve agent attack in Salisbury, is no longer in a critical ... Read More »

Sweden hosts North Korean foreign minister amid speculation

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South Korea's top diplomat has asked for continued support from United States congressional leaders for efforts to resolve issues related to the Korean Peninsula, ranging from security to trade and economic cooperation between the allies, the foreign ministry said Friday. Read More »

Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'

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After President Trump likened undocumented immigrants to "professional mountain climbers", a nonprofit organization for climbers said they'd gladly people looking to scale walls. Rep. Juan Vargas (D), whose 51st District runs along the southern California border, including the sites of both rallies, said Trump is not his president. Read More »

May warns of more action as Russian Federation expels diplomats

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The British Council said it was profoundly disappointed by Russia's decision and remained committed to developing long-term people-to-people links with Russian Federation despite the closure. The statement said the government could take further measures if Britain takes any more "unfriendly" moves toward Russian Federation. The UK also said it would crack down on Russian oligarchs who stash money in London real estate and banks. Read More »

Russian Federation says 4127 people left Syria's Ghouta on Friday

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Pro-regime airstrikes on Eastern Ghouta killed at least 42 civilians on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said government warplanes and shelling had pounded the Failaq zone overnight. They came out of Hammouriyeh and Jisreen, which the army advanced into on Thursday, and other towns nearby, the UK-based monitor said. "At the moment 11,300 people have left [Eastern Ghouta], averagely over 3,000 people per hour are passing through the humanitarian ... Read More »

Russia probe: Why hasn't Mueller talked to Donald Trump Jr yet?

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It is worth noting that Russia's illegal actions are not anything new. The Trump administration report cited a widely circulated investigation from Symantec released in October 2017 that linked the hacking group Dragonfly, suspected to be Russian, to a series of attacks on energy systems in the US and Europe. Read More »

Russia Expelling 23 British Diplomats in Growing Dispute

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And it said it had halted the activities of the British Council, Britain's global organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, across the country. Theresa May has indicated that Britain and its allies will regroup to consider its next move as Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats from the Kremlin . Read More »

Pakistan NSA In Kabul For Talks With Ghani

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The latest blast in the series attacks in the war-weary Afghan capital comes after the United States general in Afghanistan said protecting the city was a priority for foreign forces. The United States, in particular, is demanding that Pakistan move against Taliban leaders who support a continuation of the war in Afghanistan and oppose participating in peace talks with Kabul , the official said. Read More »

Murray State fans proud to watch basketball team in NCAA tournament

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Center Sagaba Konate (10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds) has made strides as a low-post threat, while Lamont West (9.5 points) and James Bolden (8.9 points) can fill it up from 3. "Credit to them", Stark said. "They're a solid defensive team, but I got a lot of wide-open looks". The effort, particularly from Carter, didn't come as a surprise to his coach. Read More »

BJP leads in Gorakhpur, SP in Phulpur

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The two Andhra parties have been miffed with the BJP following the latter's inability to grant special status for the state. The plan of a united front was also spoken of in 2014. Similarly, the saffron party had also lost the Bijepur by-election last month. But it would be equally foolish to dismiss the results as inconsequential so far as the national elections in 2019 are concerned. Read More »

Russian Federation announces retaliatory measures against Britain over spy attack row

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Escalating a crisis in relations, Russian Federation said it was also shutting down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and Britain's consulate-general in St. The tit-for-tat expulsion follows after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London on March 4. - July 2007: Britain expelled four Russian diplomats and hit Moscow with visa restrictions after Moscow refused to extradite Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect ... Read More »

Small plane crashes outside Philippine capital, killing 7

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At least seven people were killed when a small plane crashed into a house while trying to take off just outside the Philippine capital, police and aviation officials said. Witnesses said the plane struck a tree and an electricity pole before slamming into the house. "The house was burned while the aircraft was totally wrecked", Bulalacao said. Read More »

Cougars lose close battle with Auburn 62-58

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The official called the foul, briefly turned his head toward the scorers table and then turned his head back to the basket where the foul occurred. "At the end of the day, Auburn played good defense tonight". "When we have won games, big games, road games, things like that, we have gotten great contribution from those guys, and the big three didn't have to carry us". Read More »

Egyptians overseas begin voting in election

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It is significant that the Egyptian Elections Committee is not allowing any foreign monitors to cover the electoral process. Egyptian Ambassador in Manama, Soha Ibrahim Refaat, urged the Egyptian community in Bahrain to take part in the election, terming it as a "national duty" that reflects loyalty and belonging to Egypt . Read More »

Scotland Yard Launches Murder Investigation Into Russian Exile's Death

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The London police force said "at this stage there is nothing to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury", and they said there was no evidence that Glushkov has been poisoned. Glushkov had worked for Russian airline Aeroflot and at Berezovksy's LogoVAZ auto company. He served a five-year term for money laundering and fraud in Russian Federation, then fled the country after being handed a two-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2006. Read More »

Shriya Saran marries Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev

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The marriage also went so silent and things were so keen at the function. The wedding took place in the presence of all the family members and a few friends. The tabloid further adds that post the secret wedding, the post wedding celebrations are to continue in Udaipur on Saturay, March 17. It's just recently only that when their wedding news came, everyone got to know that she was seeing someone. Read More »

Ex-Diplomat: NK 'Surprised' Trump Agreed to Meet With Kim

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Earlier on Friday, Seoul said it would propose high-level discussions with Pyongyang in late March, with the hope of organizing a summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the following month. Mr. Lim was basically the architect of South Korea's engagement policy with the North dubbed the "Sunshine Policy" during the Kim Dae-jung administration. Read More »

Britain's top diplomat says Russia's leader Vladimir Putin ordered ex-spy's poisoning

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A Downing Street spokesman said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been invited to come to the United Kingdom to take a sample of the nerve agent - that process is expected to begin "imminently". Downing Street called the attack "an unlawful use of force' by the Russians against the U.K". They added that "Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the United Kingdom government further underlines its responsibility". Read More »

Turkish military encircles Afrin town centre

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Thousands of people had started to flee Afrin on Monday as the Turkish troops got closer to the town, heading toward nearby government-controlled areas. Turkey is now undertaking an air and ground offensive in Syria as part of " Operation Olive Branch " against the YPG, Kurdish militias that have been affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a designated terror organisation that has launched continual attacks against Turkey. Read More »

Russia expels 23 British diplomats, shuts Council, Consulate

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The U.K., the U.S., Germany and France accused Russia this week of orchestrating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter with a toxic nerve agent on British soil, leaving them critically ill. Russia's response was more robust than expected. The order to close the British Council ends almost 60 years of its work in Russian Federation as the UK's worldwide organization for culture and education. Read More »

FAA Curbs Helicopter Flights After New York Crash

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Following a helicopter crash in New York City's East River on March 11 that left five people dead, the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) on Friday temporarily grounded flights that have open doors and that employ tight seat restraints that could potentially ensnare passengers in emergencies. Read More »

USA hacker, who led to WikiLeaks whistleblower Manning's arrest, dies

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange blasted the hacker yesterday after he rumbled then-Bradley Manning for passing on military material to be published on the leak website. Manning was later arrested and sentenced to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was later commuted by President Barack Obama, and she was released last year. Read More »

In NH, Senator Jeff Flake rips Trump for 'propaganda-fueled' conservatism

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Flake, a Republican from Arizona, left the door open for himself, though he said he thinks it's unlikely. Flake, who was speaking to the National Press Club earlier this week, explained that members of his own party (who are largely ignoring or even praising Trump for things they've been critical of others for in the past) are dooming their own political chances and careers. Read More »

United Airlines flight diverted after third pet incident

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The airline came under intense scrutiny after a French bulldog puppy was forced into an overhead bin on a Houston-to-New York flight on Monday and died on the plane. Kara Swindle, her husband and two children were in the process of moving from OR to Wichita in Kansas when they were met by a Great Dane at the airport on Tuesday. Read More »

Russian Federation says 23 British diplomats must leave within a week

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The statement said the government could take further measures if Britain takes any more "unfriendly" moves toward Russian Federation. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson upped the stakes Friday when he said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin personally gave the order to use the nerve agent against the Skripals. Read More »