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Kerala Floods: Dam! Who let the shutters open?

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The chief minister had earlier said the state had suffered damages of about Rs 20,000 crore. The state government of Kerala has asked the center to increase its borrowing limit and also sought permission to impose a 10 percent cess on GST to mobilize funds for rebuilding the devastated state. Read More »

Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

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Hatami said the country's defence programme was motivated by the threats from Israel and the United States , apparently referring to US President Donald Trump's recent comment that all options are on the table for the Islamic republic. Read More »

Facebook finds disinformation networks tied to Iran, Russia | Digital

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Twitter said the accounts also appeared to originate from Iran . The social network's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher , blogged that Facebook got the tip in July that a network called " Liberty Front Press " was operating a network of Facebook pages and accounts to push a pro-Iranian agenda. Read More »

Man kills mother, sister in deadly stabbing in France

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PARIS -A man in the Paris suburb of Trappes used a knife to kill his mother and sister and he was killed by police. The Islamic State group has posted a claim of responsibility. It's a poverty-stricken area known for problems with gangs and hard-line interpretations of Islam. The Islamic State's claim Thursday was issued before authorities confirmed that the attacker's two victims were his relatives. Read More »

Iran FM Says US 'Action Group' Will Fail to Overthrow Iran

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The move angered the United Kingdom government, which sought the help of the U.S. to carry out a plan to force Mossadegh out of office with the tacit approval of the Iranian monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. The State Department did try to present Hook's responsibility as coordinating all anti-Iran activities within the department, however, which suggests that it's reasonable for Iran to conclude the goal is regime change, despite some Trump Administration officials denying that they are ... Read More »

Ex Trump campaign chief found guilty

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In October 2016, Cohen used a home-equity line of credit to finance a $130,000 payment to Daniels. Mr Cohen did not name Mr Trump in court, but his lawyer, Lanny Davis, said afterward that he was referring to the president. In news interviews, Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, attacked Cohen as untrustworthy. "If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen , then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump? ". Read More »

South Africans aren't happy with Trump's land expropriation tweet

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South Africa's land expropriation debates have caught the eye of United States president Donald Trump . It was not immediately available for comment on Mr Trump's tweet. "South Africa will speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation", a follow up tweet added. Critics of the land policy say instead of seizing farmland from whites, such households should be given title deeds, turning millions into property owners. Read More »

Saudi Arabia 'seeks death penalty' for female activist

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While a number have been released, nine remain detained without charge. Among the detainees is Israa al-Ghomgham, whom Saudi activists said was the first woman to possibly face the death penalty for rights-related work. The execution of a female activist would be a risky precedent, particularly since all the charges against her are related to her peaceful activism, they said. Read More »

The ‘most wanted man on the planet’ releases audio message

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In the voice recording, Baghdadi continued to summon the faithful to jihad and tried to make light of the loss of territory and cities like Raqqa that the group had suffered. Canadian police said that they had no evidence so far to support the claim. He called on Syrian rebels to join IS, accusing them of becoming apostates and surrendering their territories to the Syrian government without a fight. Read More »

Facebook is assigning users who report fake news a secret 'trustworthiness score'

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It's "not uncommon for people to tell us something is false simply because they disagree with the premise of a story or they're intentionally trying to target a particular publisher ", Lyons told the Post . Facebook last month shut down 32 fake pages and accounts involved in an apparent "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button issues ahead of November midterm USA elections. Read More »

Australia PM loses ministers in leadership battle

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In a key development on Thursday, cabinet ministers Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield and Michaelia Cash told reporters that they had withdrawn their support for Mr Turnbull. Labor has unsuccessfully moved a motion to refer Liberal leadership aspirant Peter Dutton's eligibility to sit in parliament to the High Court. Read More »

Trump didn't inform McGahn of hush-money payments in 2016

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Donald Trump on Sunday angrily denounced the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election meddling as " McCarthyism at its WORST! ", as he slammed a report that the White House counsel had given investigators detailed testimony about the president's actions at key moments now under scrutiny. Read More »

Panic but no injuries as Venezuela hit by 7.3 magnitude quake

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Its epicenter was 12 miles (20 kilometres) northwest of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela. In Caracas , concrete fell from an unfinished office building. A block away, children wearing surgical masks stretched their necks to peer at the 620-foot (190 meter) building after fleeing a building housing a foundation for children suffering from cancer. Read More »

Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Set to Appear in Manhattan Federal Court

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This was the first case brought to trial by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. They said the campaign finance charges involve payments to two women. "Mr. Cohen had testified before the Committee that he was not aware of the meeting prior to its disclosure in the press last summer". Read More »

Trump calls for immigration reform in wake of Mollie Tibbetts murder

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Yarrabee Farms, where the suspect had been employed for four years, said in a statement he "was vetted through the government's E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing". "We have to get 'em". Rivera is now being held at the Poweshiek County jail, he said. Rivera's initial court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Montezuma. Read More »

Wildfire smoke forces float plane cancellations for second straight day

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The change in the weather Thursday also should bring cooler temperatures. Flights are affected for passengers going through Victoria Harbour, with cancellations and delays. It was an early start Monday morning for a 21-person crew heading to Prince George, B.C.to help control wildfires in that province. "But I also understand how absolutely tragic this has been for many, many people, and the frustration that we have heard and will continue to hear as we travel through the north". Read More »

Hajj season starts with almost 2 mln pilgrims

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He said: "President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, with the cooperation of the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Attah accounted for the successes chalked in the organisation of the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2017 and this year". Read More »

Israel closes Gaza crossing ahead of Eid holiday

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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement he chose to temporarily shut down the Erez Crossing, except for humanitarian cases. Hamas officials have been meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo for days, hammering out details of a possible truce with Israel. Read More »

Europe must ‘pay price’ to save nuclear deal, says Iran foreign minister

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The United States and Britain orchestrated the removal of Mossadegh after he acted to nationalize Iran's oil industry, restoring to power Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi . It will be headed by senior policy adviser Brian Hook, who dismissed speculation that the new group's creation during a week coinciding with the coup anniversary suggested that the US was pursuing regime change in Iran, calling the timing "pure coincidence". Read More »

Ice cream that looks like real puppies

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Realistic looking puppies made from delicious ice cream. They're only able to make about 100 puppies a day. The gelato creations cost between NT$110 to NT$188 (approximately Rs 250 to Rs 400) and come in three different flavours . One puppy ice cream takes about five hours to make and customers can devour the small ones for about $ 3.50 and the larger ones for nearly $ 6. Thanks to viral posts on social media - such as the off-putting one embedded above - representatives for the restaurant ... Read More »

Brazil to deploy troops after clashes with immigrants at Venezuela border town

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Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have poured over the border into Roraima state over the last few years, fleeing economic and political turmoil in their country. The latest violence is an offshoot of the migration crisis in Latin America triggered by the failure of the Venezuelan economy. Brazil's federal government has repeatedly said it would not consider closing the border on humanitarian grounds, despite demands from the border state's government. Read More »

Nazi labor camp guard arrested by ICE, deported to Germany: Authorities

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Democrats offered rare praise for President Trump on Palij's removal, with frequent Trump critic Senator Chuck Schumer saying he was "glad" Palij had been deported. Washington had tried to expel him for almost two decades after he admitted to federal officials in 2001 that he had been trained as a Nazi guard in 1943. Read More »

Russian Diplomats Accuse US of 'Borderline Torturing' Alleged Russian Agent Maria Butina

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No reason was given why Maria Butina, 29, was moved to the new facility on August 17. She was ordered held without bond pending trial by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. 'Should Maria really be doomed to suffer such borderline torture before a court verdict on the allegations against her?' It seems that the reason behind the US decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council was to give the USA authorities green light for such provocations. Read More »

Iran announces new fighter jet, Middle East News & Top Stories

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Iran designed and developed its own version of the S-300 missile shield after the Russians shrugged off delivery of their advanced missile defense system to Iran on the pretext of the UN Security Council sanctions. As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. It has been forced to rely on aging US strike aircraft acquired before relations broke with the 1979 Iranian revolution. Read More »

Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran

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On Sunday, the president called the probe "McCarthyism at its WORST!" In a short joint media facility at the prime minister's Jerusalem residence, Mr. While the threat of election interference by Russian Federation is well-known, President Donald Trump has said on multiple occasions that other foreign powers also are attempting to meddle in America's political affairs. Read More »

Some Cooler Weather This Week

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The high temperature in Allentown on Sunday reached 73 degrees at 3:19 p.m. - a nine degree departure from normal, 12 degrees colder than the same date a year ago, and 20 degrees below record value for August 19. Tomorrow: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (60%). Wind: NW 5-10. Low: 65. Then comes the change in the weather pattern, starting with a mostly sunny day Thursday with a high in the upper-80s. Read More »

Alleged Nazi Labor Camp Guard Deported To Germany

US officials say a 95-year-old former Nazi labor camp guard named Jakiw Palij who lied about his wartime work when he immigrated to the United States has been deported to Germany . On November 3, 1943, around 6,000 Jewish prisoners at the camp were shot to death in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust, according to the White House statement. Read More »

Two Iranian Citizens Indicted by DOJ for Spying on US

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Ghorbani is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing Tuesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said. The charges carry maximum statutory penalties of 10 years, 20 years and five years in prison, respectively. They said that Doostdar, 38, who resides in Iran, traveled to Chicago in July 2017 where agents watched him take pictures of Hillel Center and Rohr Chabad House, both Jewish community centers, near the University of Chicago. Read More »

Malaysian police hunt for missing radioactive material

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Authorities have confirmed the device is missing but have insisted that "everything is under control". In reality though, the danger the RDD presents can not be understated, as the industrial radiography equipment contains the radioactive isotope Iridium-192, which emits beta and gamma radiation as it decays during its estimated half life of 73 days. Read More »

Flash flood in Italy leaves at least 8 hikers dead

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The civil protection department said 18 people were rescued and six of those were injured in the flash rush of water in the Calabria region. At least 11 hikers have been killed and others were missing in southern Italy on Monday, after flash floods due to heavy rainfall upstream, officials said. Read More »

South Korean families gather on eve of rare reunion

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Numerous elderly family members at the reunions, which will be held at the North's scenic Diamond Mountain resort starting Monday, know that given the fickle nature of ties between the rival Koreas, it could be their last meeting before they die. Read More »

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called for greater unity among various faiths as the country's Muslims mark Eid'l Adha or the fast of sacrifice. The day begins with a collective morning prayer, typically at a large hall or park. They will consume some of the meat and give the rest to poor people unable to buy food. Read More »

Taiwan cuts ties with El Salvador

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At a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Taiwan would immediately evacuate its embassy and close diplomatic channels with its former ally. The news comes as Tsai wrapped up a high-profile trip to Latin America, including stops in the United States , that drew anger from China. "China will not get unification with Taiwan by luring away our allies". Read More »

Three injured in shooting near Kingbsury Tube station

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An update on Transport for London's website read: 'Kingsbury: Closed - Station closed while the police carry out an investigation outside the station. They were treated by emergency services at the scene and taken to hospital. "There has been no arrest at this early stage". The shooting tonight comes just hours after shots were fired outside a school in west London. Read More »

PH joins world in mourning former United Nations chief Kofi Annan’s death

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He was 80 years of age. In Thailand, Kofi Annan will always be remembered for his lifelong dedication to the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter. He was married with three children. "He had patience for everyone, from children to adults in everything and he was extremely humble.in fact we have lost a great person who can not be replaced. Read More »

Mortars target Kabul's diplomatic area during Eid speech

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Several rockets exploded near the diplomatic area in Kabul. Early reports indicate they were fired at the Presidential Palace and around the Green Zone. As troops secured the area targeted, it was still not clear who had fired the rockets or if any casualties had been caused. Earlier on Monday, Taliban fighters ambushed three buses carrying almost 200 passengers travelling for Eid. Read More »

Death toll nears 400 in India's flood-hit Kerala

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India's southern state of Kerala may get some much needed relief in the coming days as the forecast shows less rain for the area that has been dealing with deadly monsoon floods for more than a week. The floods were triggered by 10 days of an unusually heavy bout of rainsin the state, taking the death toll to 239, and more than 400 since the monsoon started in June. Read More »

Colorado man Christopher Watts charged with murder says wife killed daughters

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In addition to five counts of murder, three for pre-meditated murder and two for killing a child under 12, Watts is also facing counts of unlawful termination of pregnancy and tampering with a deceased human body , court documents showed. He was taken into custody by police Wednesday evening. Watts' family was reported missing last week by Nicole Atkinson, a family friend, who had dropped Shanann off at her Frederick home after a business trip around 2 a.m. Read More »

Peter Dutton resigns ministry after leadership loss to Malcolm Turnbull

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Moments later, Turnbull emerged victorious, taking 48 votes to Dutton's 35 in the spill contest. He's made good on that nearly immediately after the failed coup and resigned from his position as Minister for Home Affairs. "My position from here will be to do what I can as a backbencher to make sure that I support the government, to make sure we are elected and can keep Bill Shorten from the Lodge". Read More »

China Expresses Strong Objections to Pentagon's Report

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In recent years the Chinese army has expanded bomber training operations in the "likely to prepare for strikes" against the USA and its allies. Several Chinese state-run companies past year established a joint venture that aims to strengthen China's nuclear power capabilities in line with its ambitions to "become a strong maritime power", the Post added, citing a statement released by the venture. Read More »

Debt-laden Malaysia ‘wants fair and free’ trade with China

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As well as the rail link, which would have run from the Thai border to Kuala Lumpur, the government has suspended a China-backed project to build pipelines after alleging that nearly all the money for the work was paid out but only a fraction of the project had been completed. Read More »

Turnbull survives leadership contest but battle far from over

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Mr Turnbull's original energy policy, which was trying to deliver cheaper energy, more reliability and lower emissions, enjoyed broad support - even in his party room. A senior political figure described Mr Turnbull as being in "panic mode" and "clearly rattled" about the amount of support he has lost. Gary Spence, LNP president in Queensland, urged federal MPs to replace Mr Turnbull with Mr Dutton, arguing he would do better at defending the Coalition's nine marginal seats in the state. Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership on knife edge following devastating poll

Mr Dutton is their leadership standard-bearer, with former prime minister Tony Abbott a key agitator on the backbench. The Prime Minister insisted yesterday his focus was on energy prices, not his own job, telling reporters he was not concerned by talk of growing opposition to the National Energy Guarantee among coalition ranks. Read More »

Families separated by Korean War allowed brief reunions in the North

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Thousands of families have been divided after the 1950-53 Korean War , which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still in a technical state of war. But after applying for a reunion, Mr Park learnt that his brother had died in the mid-1970s. The oldest participant this year, Baik Sung-kyu, is 101, and will meet his daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Read More »

Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on police in Chechnya

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A police officer died in a series of at least four coordinated attacks on police in Russia's volatile Chechnya region on Monday. There were also reports of a shoot-out between police officers and attackers at the intersection between Pervyomaiskaya and Isaev streets in Grozny that killed one officer. Read More »

Tears, hugs, arguments as Korean families reunite after 70 years

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Some were struggling to recognise family they have not seen in more than 60 years. "I've prepared for him some household medicine including digester and headache pills, nutritional supplements as well as some daily necessaries", 76-year old Lee Soo-nam, who was due to meet his older brother, told Reuters. Read More »