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New Zealand MP Jian Yang denies being a Chinese spy

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A China-born member of New Zealand's parliament is now having to fend off accusations that he was trained as a spy in his home country after a media investigation unearthed some concerning details about his allegedly hidden past. 'If you define those cadets or students as spies, yes, then I was teaching spies , ' he said. "I don't think so". However, at a press conference on Wednesday, Yang was forced to admit that while serving as a "civilian officer" paid by the Chinese military he had ... Read More »

Gulf crisis continues as false media reports surface

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Initially it was reported that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has expressed his willingness to enter into negotiations with the quartet. Qatar plans more USA investments as it seeks to further diversify its assets as a diplomatic standoff with its Gulf neighbors enters its third month. Read More »

Air Berlin Cancels 100 Flights After Pilots Call in Sick

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Air Berlin continues to operate due to a 150 million euro ($180 milliom) credit loan from the German government. Air Berlin has been forced to cancel more than 110 flights today after pilots called in sick. "I think Air Berlin is in a decidedly hard situation at the moment and the pilots, with their behaviour, are putting at risk a reasonable handover or sale". Read More »

States With the Highest and Lowest Uninsured Rates

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The number of people covered by Medicare grew by 0.4% from 2015 to 2016, while the percentage of people covered by other types of insurance remained essentially unchanged. Most states continued to see decreases in their uninsured rates a year ago, with only 11 states seeing no drop. After Congress failed to repeal the ACA this summer, Deal said his cabinet was "exploring" new health-care options. Read More »

Hurricane Jose twists in Atlantic

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Hurricane Jose is hanging on as a 75-mph tropical cyclone that remains in an idle before taking a path that could send it harmlessly out to sea. In any case, forecasters said the shear environment will keep the hurricane relatively weak, with maximum expected winds of 80 miles per hour throughout the next few days. Read More »

French leader to go to hurricane-hit St. Martin

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But Britain's response to Irma has been criticised by some local inhabitants as too slow and some Britons have voiced frustration over Britain's failure to evacuate their loved ones from the area. Many homes on St. Barts are destroyed. So he used his own money to charter boats to ferry people to safety. During a series of focus groups held earlier this year at a conference reflecting on the future of Britain's Overseas Territories at the National Maritime Museum, young citizens of the ... Read More »

EIA reports smaller-than-expected rise in United States crude supplies, output climbs

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The impact on demand from Hurricane Harvey , which briefly shuttered about one-quarter of US refining capacity, will be "negligible", according to the report. OPEC's crude oil exports fell by 920,000 bpd to 25.19 MMbpd in August 2017-compared to the previous month. Next year, OPEC expects to add another 200,000 b/d to its total production volumes, bringing its yearly average in 2018 to 32.8 mb/d. Read More »

Modi, Abe to kick-start India's bullet train project

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe signed the visitor's book at Sabarmati Ashram, one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi , after their roadshow from Ahmedabad Airport and shared a light moment with Prime MInister Narendra Modi by the riverside. Read More »

Killed, 3 Injured in Washington State High School Shooting

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The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirmed that five people had been shot, one fatally, according to Spokesman-Review report issued just before noon . According to reports in U.S. media, one student was killed and five other people injured in the horror. All Spokane South Hill schools are in lockdown as a precaution. Read More »

Leaders prepare to pull the trigger on India's bullet train

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Both questions are incorrect, created to give you a certain kind of answer. The Japanese government has given other soft loans, such as for the western Dedicated Freight Corridor, but one loan can't be used for another goal. Starting from Mumbai's BKC business district, the train will cover a distance of 21 kms inside a tunnel, of which, 7 km will be under the sea. "This is an occasion to celebrate the advent of the most modern technology in India". Read More »

Ireland set for two extra MEPs after Brexit

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It will say the United Kingdom has the largest defence budget and development budget in Europe, while it has also committed to invest at least 50% of development spend in fragile states and regions. "Last year alone there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day and 80 percent of European companies experienced at least one cyber-security incident", he said. Read More »

Additional Nuclear Inspectors Sent to Florida Power Plants in Hurricane Irma's Path

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Most remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. Duke warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could exceed 1 million. It threatens to knock out power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses served by FPL, affecting around 9 million people based on the current storm track, the utility's chief executive said. Read More »

Erdogan heralds S-400 missile deal with Russian Federation

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A S-400 Triumf launch vehicle. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had already paid the deposit on the deal, estimated to be worth $2.5 billion, the Hurriyet daily reported on Tuesday. Some aspects of the deal are reportedly to be finalized, but Russian officials said the contract furthers Russia's geostrategic interests. The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets including ... Read More »

Olive Garden ups ante on popular never-ending pasta pass

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If you're the lucky holder of one of these "Pasta Passports" you'll be able to travel to Italy for only $200 (I may not be American, but even I know that's cheap). Airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals and excursions are all included. "The passion of our guests have helped make Never Ending Pasta Pass an annual phenomenon", MaryKate Rosack, Olive Garden's director of marketing, told TODAY FOOD over email. Read More »

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme must be halted, Defence Secretary says

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Pyongyang warned the United States on Monday that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts on UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures". A proposed asset freeze and a travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were dropped. But after saying last week that North Korea is " begging for war ", Haley told the Security Council, " North Korea has not yet passed the point of no return". Read More »

Clarke: Kohli a better ODI batsman than Smith

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Steve Smith who claims to have followed the entire India and Sri Lanka series is very confident for the India-Australia face-off. In the Test series Kohli had expressed his displeasure after Smith looked up to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in the Bangalore match, and a war of words erupted between the two captains. Read More »

Trump appears to side against federal government in lawsuit over Harvey relief

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Hurricane Irma , the strongest hurricane ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean and the second major hurricane to landfall in the contiguous United States , is impacting the Florida Keys and southern Florida Sunday morning. A significant proportion of South Florida's tourism industry lies on the coast, an area that would have been subject to instant destruction from Hurricane Irma's force. Read More »

Africa Summit Canceled Amid Togo Unrest

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Several African countries - including Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda - reportedly expressed strong support for the conference, which was expected to focus on security, counter-terrorism, economics and collaboration in the fields of agriculture, health, education and technology. Read More »

Things To Know About Hope Hicks, the New White House Communications Director

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She does not do TV appearances, isn't on Twitter and was the only aide in the Oval Office when Trump publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the New York Times . 14, 2017. 'I said, "What do you know about politics?" Trump himself eventually succeeded in getting her to change her mind. When asked by one-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski if she'd prefer to stay on in the administration or go back to the Trump organization, Hicks chose the latter. Read More »

Trump's tax cut aim doubtful: USA treasury secretary

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Equifax announced last week that it learned on July 29 that hackers had infiltrated its systems in mid-May, pilfering names, birthdays, addresses as well as Social Security and driver's license numbers. Most Democrats have said that any measures that benefit the rich are nonstarters and that they oppose tax cuts that add to the deficits. Mnuchin said that Republicans plan to eliminate the state and local tax deduction, so there won't be a tax cut for people in high-tax states such as NY and ... Read More »

Hurricane Irma's Miami landfall and aftermath in photos

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Moving the cranes would have taken two weeks, city officials said. The counterbalances alone can weigh up to 30,000 pounds, reported CBS News' Mark Strassmann . "It has fallen and hit a building". Gusts over 90 miles per hour (145 kph) were reported at Miami International Airport. Read the complete Miami-Herald story here. Read More »

China ambassador blames Rohingya insurgents for Myanmar crisis

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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi - a Nobel Peace Prize victor - has been facing widespread criticism for her government's tacit support for the killing of the Rohingyas, with many even calling for a case to be filed against her at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to try her for condoning hate crimes, violence and killings. Read More »

Irma Leaves Flooding and Destruction Across Florida — Surveying the Damage

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Jacksonville experienced its worst flooding since 1864. Irma made landfall on Florida's mainland on Marco Island with 115 miles per hour winds. The mass exodus from southern Florida could become one of the largest evacuations in USA history, according to CNN . Charles Peek has been a storm chaser for years but says Irma was his first hurricane . Read More »

Oil industry anxious about peak demand - not peak production: strategist

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It gradually lost strength and weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning as it headed toward Georgia. Brent crude rose 53 cents or 0.9 percent to $54.37 per barrel by 11:56 a.m.(1556 GMT). According to an S&P Global Platts preview, EIA data could show a build of 10.1 million barrels for crude oil, but a drain on gasoline stocks of 4 million barrels. Read More »

TCNJ remains top ranked public college in region

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UC made the list among national universities for economic diversity , as measured by the percentage of undergrads (38 percent) receiving federal Pell Grants for low-income students. Among all national universities, including private universities, FSU ranked 81st, up from 92nd previous year, the university said . The complete list of colleges is available at 2018 U.S. Read More »

Hamas says relations with Cairo have passed tense stage

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He further said that the period since the summer of 2014, which saw a military conflict between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, has been the most peaceful in some three decades. Although totally eschewed as an ally of the Egyptian nemesis Muslim Brotherhood when President Al-Sisi took office, in recent weeks Hamas efforts to deny that status have apparently succeeded. Read More »

US Supreme Court Gives Green Signal to Trump's Travel Ban on Refugee

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The ruling on refugees "will disrupt the status quo and frustrate orderly implementation of the order's refugee provisions that this court made clear months ago could take effect", acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall wrote. The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to step in again - though only to block refugees, not grandparents and other extended family members. Read More »