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European Union: Body calls for end to North Korean ballistic missile programme

On Monday, Pyongyang test-fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, a new show of force as world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China. In 2014, the North fired two Rodong medium-range missiles just as Park and Abe were meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at the Hague to discuss responding to the North's arms program. Read More »

Merkel: winning trust priority after German election defeat

Merkel's Christian Democrats finished third in Sunday's election for the state legislature in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, behind the three-year-old Alternative for Germany , or AfD. They have led the regional government for a decade with the CDU as junior partner, a coalition they can continue if they choose. An AfD candidate in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said that he was proud of the party's result, and predicted the end of the Chancellor's reign. Read More »

National Hurricane Center: Newton is now a hurricane

A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued for the west coast of mainland Mexico from Mazatlan to Huatabampito.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Warning is in effect for. The Newton weather system already caused damage in the south over the weekend before it became a tropical storm, with heavy rains blamed for three deaths in the southern state of Chiapas. Read More »

Eagles claim 3 players cut by other teams, release Turner


Hart, Smith and Turner likely will join the practice squad if they are not claimed by another team by noon today. The Eagles hope to sign Paul Turner to the practice squad but with his performance during the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see another team swoop in to nab him from the Eagles. Read More »

Obama suffers the slings and arrows of a restive world

Speaking in China amid the G20 summit in China, President Barack Obama said a lack of trust between the United States and Russian Federation as a hindrance to an agreement between the two countries to establish peace in Syria. Mr Putin has denied his government was involved, but cheered the release of the information. The Russian president said that his discussion with his U.S. Read More »

United Kingdom appoints first ambassador to Iran in five years


Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan and urged the global cooperation to tackle the problem, semi-official Mehr news agency reported Sunday. Britain named Nicholas Hopton, the current charge d'affaires in Tehran, as its ambassador to the Islamic Republic. "I hope this will mark the start of more productive cooperation between our countries, enabling us to discuss more directly issues such as human rights and Iran's role in the region", the statement ... Read More »

After Slamming Florida, Hermine Threatens East Coast


He said storm surge of 8 to 10 feet damaged docks and flooded coastal roads. Residents should secure water vessels and anything susceptible to wind and flooding, and bring in outdoor furniture, officials said. New Jersey officials ordered swimmers out of the surf. Amtrak said it has cancelled or altered some service on the East Coast as the storm approaches. Read More »

Alex Noren wins European Masters in playoff with Scott Hend

The Australian, who won the True Thailand Classic in March and represented his country at the Rio Olympics, started the day a shot off the pace but picked up four birdies on the front nine and two more after the turn before a bogey at the last left him on 13 under. Read More »

Uzbekistan's autocratic president to be buried


Karimov, 78, who had served as president of the newly independent Republic since 1991, died from brain haemorrhage on Friday after being hospitalised following a stroke on August 27. There is no legal political opposition and the media are tightly controlled by the state. His older daughter Gulnara, a high-profile businesswoman who also recorded pop songs, fell out of favor in 2013 and disappeared from public view. Read More »

Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation


The family of a deaf man who was shot dead by a North Carolina state trooper are left searching for answers as they wonder how 29-year-old Daniel Harris' encounter with police led to his death. The State Highway Patrol said in a statement that a trooper tried to pull over a motorist on Interstate 485 for speeding. But those charges in 2010 in Florida and 2008 in Denver were dropped. Read More »

Police union: Officers may boycott 49ers over Kaepernick

The 49ers released a statement in support of Kaepernick's freedom of expression as soon as the backlash started to begin. "I will urge the [SCPOA] leadership to put the safety of our citizens first", the police chief said. "Not only does he show an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and 'officer involved" shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity toward police officers". Read More »

South Sudan rebel leader has fled country, spokesman says


Mr Machar demanded a neutral force be deployed in July to keep peace and guarantee his safety after his bodyguards and President Salva Kiir's presidential guards fought each other, sparking days of violence. Machar had returned to South Sudan in April in a major step toward realizing a peace deal reached in August 2015 under intense global pressure. Read More »

Vietnam supports India's Act East Policy

Stating that the India-Vietnam ties have been shaped by a strong desire for the progress and prosperity of the people, he said: "In India, we believe in sharing our knowledge, experiences and expertise with other developing countries". Overall Modi short visit seems to have yielded dividends for both India and Vietnam. The countries have been traditional friends for long time, and also strategic partners in foreign policy. Read More »

Sidhu to float new political outfit, AAP taken aback


Kejriwal had said his respect for Sidhu will continue irrespective of whether "he joins (AAP) or not". With AAP at its weakest in the state due to infighting following the expulsion of its Punjab unit chief Sucha Singh Chhotepur, it is also learnt that the new front is trying to poach the removed leader. Read More »

Obama: 'Not there yet' on US, Russia deal on Syria violence

The White House says Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are likely to talk informally on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Hangzhou (China)/Beirut: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States and Russian Federation were struggling to reach a ceasefire agreement on Syria as the two sides planned to meet again on Monday. Read More »

Protesters gather outside OH home of Brock Turner

Turner attempted to run away when he was caught, which makes the already lenient six month sentence even more shocking. The Sheriff's Office operates the county jails. Victims' advocates in Sacramento are urging Gov. On Monday, the California Assembly voted unanimously to create mandatory prison terms for crimes like Turners. Read More »

Turkish air strikes kill 15 more civilians in Syria - Observatory

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 50 people had been wounded in the attack south of Jarabulus, in an area controlled by militias allied to the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The monitor also said at least four Kurdish fighters had been killed and 15 injured in Turkish bombardment of the two areas. Syrian rebels on Saturday said they had captured several villages, south of Jarablus, from Isis and Kurdish forces. Read More »

2 correctional officers shot at Fresno County jail

Juanita Davila and Toamalama Scanlan, both veteran officers, were shot in the head and neck area, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Margaret Mims says a man with a long criminal history, identified as Thong Vang, entered the lobby Saturday morning and tried to cut to the head of the visitor line. Read More »

China, US join climate deal; Obama hails work to save planet


The agreement, whose text was passed by almost 200 countries in Paris last December, is the first universal action plan meant to mitigate the impacts of climate change and hold the rise in global average temperature to below 2C, compared to pre-industrial levels. Read More »

Mugabe back in Zimbabwe after overseas absence, health fears


His private jet soon set off for Singapore, where the 93-year-old has received medical treatment on past occasions. But Reuters news agency said that on arriving at Harare President Mugabe had told reporters in the local Shona language: "I had gone on a family matter to Dubai concerning one of my children". Read More »

Clinton: "I do not recall any briefings"


After news broke of her private setup, she tried to completely wipe all her records. The document dump also revealed the gaps that remain in the record. The FBI on Friday afternoon, released Hillary Clinton's interview notes over the use of her private email server . Powell told Clinton - evidently in an e-mail - that if it ever became public that she used a private e-mail address to "do business", those messages would become "official record and subject to the law", ... Read More »

Clinton offers plan to prevent 'excessive' drug price hikes


Amid an outcry by parents, consumer groups and USA politicians, the company on Monday said it will soon launch the first generic version of the device for $300, half the list price of its branded product. Also, the group would establish criteria to determine an unjustified price increase for "long-available" drugs that have not been changed or improved, such as when a company buys a drug and then raises prices. Read More »

Burkini clash sets tone for France's presidential campaign

Villeneuve-Loubet's prohibition of the full-body bathing suits worn primarily by observant Muslim women "dealt a serious and clearly illegal blow to fundamental freedoms of movement, freedom of conscience, and personal liberty", the three judges of the State Council (Conseil d'Etat) wrote. Read More »

Tim Cook: Apple could move billions back to US next year

These politicians understand that deferral means the US Treasury is missing a substantial amount of revenue that could be used to fund various public services. "I think that Apple was targeted here", he said. Neither Apple nor the EC responded to a request for comment, nor did the Irish government. "It's total political crap", Cook said of the figure. Read More »

Who Needs ANTM?? Tyra Banks Lands New Gig As Stanford University Professor!


One major aspect of what she will be teaching the students is how one can harness all the different forms of old and new media in order to best showcase one's different strengths. She wants to keep people off their phones, with the exception of allowing them to " tweet something I've said". In 2000, Oprah Winfrey taught a "Dynamics of Leadership" class at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Read More »

Pretoria Girls High Code of Conduct suspended: Lesufi


The new rules have been interpreted as racist as black students say it is an attempt to repress an expression of culture. They believe their school policies aim to discourage traditional Black hair styles like Bantu knots and braids, according to Read More »

Russian Federation didn't hack US Democratic Party emails: Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed accusations that his government's intelligence community is responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Cybersecurity company Cyberstrike probed the DNC hack, hoping to determine who had hacked the organization. "Because one of them would seem to be a lot more favorable toward you". Read More »

United Nations fails to agree on action against Syria


An inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), unanimously authorized by the 15-member Security Council, also found that Islamic State militants used sulphur mustard gas. But the Russian envoy to United Nations challenged the findings, claiming that findings are based on a single factor, namely which side had the capability to use aviation for the chemical weapons drop. Read More »

Steve Irwin's dad shares touching long-lost note from the Crocodile Hunter


Irwin added, " For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we've shared and will continue to share ". Lyn Irwin died in a auto crash in 2000, while Steve Irwin was killed when his chest was pierced by the barb of a stingray while he was snorkeling in shallow water off Queensland, Australia, in 2006. Read More »

No Zika cases from Rio Olympics

He said the group heard from experts and representatives from Brazil, Singapore, and the United States, and that WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, has accepted the committee's recommendation. He said health facilities in Brazil had been poised to track and treat Zika cases, but had reported none. There have also been rare cases of person-to-person sexual transmission. Read More »