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Save the Children office in Afghanistan hit by attack

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An Afghan official told worldwide media, "A group of armed men then entered the compound". At least 11 people were wounded in the blast that was caused by a vehicle bomber outside the headquarters of the NGO in the city of Jalalabad early Wednesday morning, Afghanistan's Tolo news network reported. Read More »

TPP 11 trade pact talks commence in Japan

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The 11 remaining countries from the initial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement finally agreed to go ahead with the deal without the USA, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Tokyo negotiations were the first high-level talks since the leaders of the partner economies met in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang, Vietnam. Read More »

Venezuelan president says willing to run for reelection

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The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned 51 Venezuelan officials, including four current and former military officers, in an attempt to weaken Maduro's grip on power. "It would mean six more years of the regime of Nicolas Maduro", he declared. The president, Nicholas Maduro, promised that re would be elections in 2018. Read More »

Terrorist attack on Kabul hotel 'a moral outrage'

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The attack came just two days after the USA embassy in Kabul issued a threat alert that insurgents had planned to carry out an attack against a hotel in the city. As UNIAN reported earlier, a group of terrorists penetrated into the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on the evening of January 20. German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr confirmed that a German was among those killed, without providing further details. Read More »

Facebook wants its users to rank news organisations on trustworthiness

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On 11 January, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed which are "designed to help bring people closer together by encouraging more meaningful connections". Ahead of the USA presidential election in 2016, Facebook was criticised for bias because its human curators of a "Trending Topics" section were only allowed to pick links from a set of sources Facebook designated as trusted, which excluded some conservative sites. Read More »

Jihadi woman sentenced to death

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A German woman has been sentenced to death for joining Isis . Iraqi forces have claimed victory over Islamic State but there is still plenty of cleaning up to do. According to the German intelligence services, 910 people left Germany to join militant groups in Syria or Iraq. The New York-based group reported numerous accusations that security forces had used torture to extract confessions. Read More »

Natalie Portman Received Rape Fantasy Fan Mail At 13

She said she turned down acting roles "that involved a kissing scene" and turned to ones that "emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was", adding it had an impact on the way she dressed. This year's Women's March was spurred by the political climate as well as the innumerable recently surfaced accounts of men abusing women, and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have resulted. Read More »

'DC Is Open' If Federal Government Shuts Down, Mayor Says

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Without workers, various government offices, programs, and activities would be shut down . This time, a protracted shutdown would hit the Internal Revenue Service hard, coming during the tax-filing season and after a major, newly approved overhaul of the tax code. Read More »

Sheriff's Office: 5 Workers Missing In Explosion At Oklahoma Drilling Site

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Monday, an emergency management dispatcher said. An emergency official says five people are missing after an explosion at a drilling rig in eastern Oklahoma. The incident occurred about three miles from another explosion that happened previous year on a site owned by Trinity Operating LLC, located just west of Quinton. Read More »

Tillerson sees progress in fixing Iran cope with Europeans

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Nothing was tweeted about the visit while the United States panicked over the shutdown of government. The initiative, he added, was being led by the State Department. A No 10 spokeswoman said:'The Prime Minister attended a part of the National Security Adviser's meeting with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 10 Downing Street today. Read More »

Police responding to active shooter situation at Texas high school

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Her condition is not known. Aerials of the school showed students being escorted from the area. Parents gather outside of an Italy High School building Monday morning. The Ellis County sheriff's office confirmed the shooting in a tweet about 8:30 a.m. A 16-year-old boy shot a 15-year-old girl in a Texas high school cafeteria Monday, officials said. Read More »

Trump Advisers Blocking Deal to End Government Shutdown

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He's been an outlier for years", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday night. White House aide Miller was formerly a staffer for Attorney General Jeff Sessions when he was Alabama's USA senator - and has maintained a conservative stance on immigration in his new White Hour role, writing an immigration plan that includes wall funding and a crackdown on sanctuary cities. Read More »

Paul Ryan Slams Dems For Playing Games With Military Readiness

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On Thursday, Paul Ryan accused Senate Democrats of treating the military as nothing more than a "bargaining chip" in their desperate effort to get DACA Amnesty passed. Ryan called it "baffling" that Democrats would refuse to vote for a budget until DACA was addressed, considering that the deadline is "weeks away" and that "good faith" negotiations on the topic were ongoing. Read More »

People Injured In Passenger Train Crash At Sydney Station

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Emergency services are on the scene. Fire and Rescue NSW said at least three people were trapped and SES crews were also on the scene. Early reports suggested the train had derailed but Howard Collins, the head of Sydney Trains , told ABC News that was not the case. Read More »

Turkish Armed Forces, FSA capture Mt. Barsaya in Afrin

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Warplanes and artillery back a major ground incursion undertaken with Ankara-backed Syrian rebels. Turkey's Operation " Olive Branch " in the Syrian region of Afrin - controlled by Kurdish militias which Ankara believes to be terrorists - kicked off on Saturday. Read More »

Here's the impact the government shutdown is having in Florida's national parks

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In 2013, President Barack Obama cordoned off the World War II Memorial during that year's government shutdown . Some of the boat services furloughed employees, and the government had to refund thousands of tickets. While the usual crowds swarmed Muir Woods and Alcatraz Saturday, visitors to many of California's most popular national park sites began to experience the inconvenience that comes with fewer rangers, locked restrooms and shuttered information centers. Read More »

Most Americans Think It's Racist To Talk About Immigrants From 'Shithole Countries'

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Trump has been accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting Thursday with a bipartisan group of six senators, according to people briefed on the conversation. "That is all he cares about", Eric Trump said on Fox & Friends, a show regularly watched by his dad. When he pines for more Norwegians, he wants to welcome more white people. Read More »

Turkish military enters Syrian city after days of airstrikes

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Turkey's state-run news agency, Anadolu, said Turkey's chief of staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, discussed the operation with his Iranian counterpart in a telephone conversation on Sunday. A statement by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also asked Turkey to be "scrupulous to avoid civilian casualties", adding that all parties involved in Syria should focus on defeating the Islamic State group. Read More »

Mulvaney on 2018 vs 2013 Shutdowns: Obama Wanted to 'Weaponize' Shutdown

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They've denied it so far. "Something that was very hard for Republicans to do and we wouldn't vote for it". In a briefing on Friday ahead of a failed vote in the Senate, Mulvaney said the effects of a shutdown would be different than those seen during the last shutdown in October 2013, when the federal government closed for 16 days. Read More »

Body of Montecito woman found, brings mudslide death toll to 21

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The agency said on Saturday the highway would be open to drivers on Monday, but it appears officials were able to get it safely cleared even sooner. The good news for the locals came a day after rescue crews found the body of a 18-year-old mother Faviola Benitez Calderon, the 21st victim of the slide that brought down boulders and trees from hillsides in Montecito made bare by last month's wildfires. Read More »

Trump and May to meet for talks in Davos

However, the Prime Minister rued that at times there is less criticism and more allegations. "President Trump looks forward to having a bilateral meeting with U.K. Prime Minister also supported the pitch for simultaneous general and assembly elections in the country adding that the repeated and scattered elections are a huge drain on the economy of the nation. Read More »

China vows action against United States warship entering South China waters

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China on Saturday vowed to take "necessary measures" to safeguard its sovereignty after a U.S. warship entered the waters surrounding Huangyan Island in the South China Sea without Beijing's permission. The Philippines has sparred with China for decades over what it says is aggressive conduct at the Scarborough Shoal. News of the encounter follows yesterday's release of a new USA defence strategy that says America is facing "growing threats" from China and Russian Federation. Read More »

United States and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

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Sullivan had once again accused Pakistan of bearing safe terrorists' sanctuaries. Pakistan's U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodi countered that Afghanistan and its partners, especially the US, need to address "challenges inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict onto others". Read More »

Insta's new feature will let people see when you were last creeping

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Instagram now lets users see when their friends last checked the app on their mobile device . Facebook Stories, a separate Messenger app, etc., are some of the irritating features that nobody asked from Facebook. By turning it off your Instagram activity will remain hidden but so will the activity of everyone else. Well, the Active Status Feature has to be enabled in order to view the status timing and all of the followers and the friends of yours on Instagram . Read More »

Jordanian King Tells Pence Of Concerns Over Jerusalem Decision

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Pence later in the day traveled on to Israel where he is set to meet on January 22 with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and address parliament. "We heard President el-Sissi out", Pence said after the meeting. "America will try to move peace forward" Shoval told The Media Line, despite resistance from Palestinian officials. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is refusing to meet Pence because of the declaration, making his visit a rare one by a high-ranking U.S. Read More »

7 ways for the U.S. military to get its swagger back

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The strategy , summarized in an 11-page unclassified version released Friday, is the first of its kind in a decade and outlines a vision for restoring the military's combat readiness, which Mattis said has been depleted by 16 years of continuous war and years of budget instability. Read More »

United States plotting another Korean War: North Korea

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Kim made it clear in his speech there was no stopping North Korea because under his rule the regime has "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force". "Unpredictability is not an asset", the analyst said, referring to Trump's tweets about Kim Jong Un. High-ranking officials will come to South Korea as part of the Olympic delegation - including perhaps North Korea's de facto No. Read More »

Zimbabwe politician, wife killed in USA helicopter crash

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The only surviving passenger was Burnett's long-time partner, and daughter of the co-pilot, Andra Cobb, the Telegraph reported . Burnett's friends, pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd of Colorado and copilot Paul Cobb of Texas, were ferrying the group aboard a Huey UH-1 when it went down after dark on Wednesday. Read More »