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Going for God: Vatican invited to attend Olympic opening ceremony

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Further in its rebuttal to the idea of including the 15 athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee, IOC adds that an establishment by its panel puts the athletes on the spot for engaging in doping . Part of the wrongdoing involved Russian lab workers tampering with samples to keep athletes from testing positive in Sochi . CAS had overturned life bans on 28 Russian athletes linked to doping but of these 13 had retired from sport . Read More »

Akshay Kumar Raises the Curtains: Pad Man

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It is known that director R Balki's upcoming flick " PadMan " deals with the story of Mr Muruganatham and his invention of low-priced sanitary napkin making machine. On Anand's picture, Sonam Kapoor , who also stars in PadMan commented: "My favs" while Sonam's father actor Anil Kapoor, who also completed the " PadMan challenge" wrote: "Mind blowing, love to your team Anand". Read More »

4-magnitude quake hits Taiwan: CENC

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A magnitude 6.1 natural disaster struck on Taiwan´s east coast about 17 km (10 miles) north-northeast of Hua-lien, the US Geological Survey said. An intensity level of 5 was felt in Hualien and Yilan, Nantou registered an intensity level of 4, while Taichung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Yunlin, Taipei City and New Taipei City felt an intensity level of 3. Read More »

Turkey suffers 'deadliest day' in northern Syria

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Turkey will also continue to use the airspace across Afrin region in northern Syria , where it recently launched Operation "Olive Branch", Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told Reuters in an interview. "Since the start of the operation, as many as 947 terrorists have been neutralized", the statement read. Nevertheless, David Pollock , a Middle East expert at the Washington Institute, indicated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not interested in a "peaceful resolution" to ... Read More »

TDP Leaders Meet Rajnath Singh Amid Strain In Ties

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The meeting was attended by party MPs, a few state ministers, senior TDP leaders and senior bureaucrats. His statements were seen as a response to the growing criticism against the TDP from the BJP's state unit. A Shiv Sena functionary, who works in the publicity wing of the party, said that Naidu had called party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday morning. Read More »

No difference in Pakistan on Kashmir policy: PM Abbasi

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He highlighted that six countries 1st Speakers' Conference hosted by National Assembly of Pakistan held at Islamabad in December, 2017 in its declaration has stated that the Kashmir Issue needed peaceful resolution in accordance with UN Security Council to ensure the global and regional peace and stability. Read More »

'Shameless threatening of Russia' - Iran on U.S. nuclear review

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His statement comes after the Trump administration published a document about its renewed nuclear policy on Friday , 2 February. The US readiness to use its nuclear arsenal against Russia pre-emptively is nothing but an "attempt to question [Moscow's] right for self-defense against an aggression in a situation that is critical for the very existence of the Russian state", the statement concluded. Read More »

Samsung heir's going free just par for the course for Korea Inc

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Lee then tried to appeal his sentence that prosecutors asked for and on Monday the high court reduced his sentence by two and a half years. The court, on the other hand, viewed the former President Park and her confidante Choi as joint principal offenders to the bribery case. Read More »

Pope Francis Hosts Erdogan, Chaldean Clergy From Iraq

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The Vatican said Erdogan and Francis also discussed Turkey's "reception of the many refugees and the challenges linked to this". Some 3,500 police and security forces were on duty in Rome and authorities declared a no-go area for unauthorized demonstrations that included the Vatican, Erdoğan's hotel, and the palaces where he is meeting the president and prime minister. Read More »

Archaeologists discover 4000 year old tomb in Eqypt

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The tomb, unveiled to the media on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), is made of mud brick and includes wall paintings in good condition depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes. Waziri said her main tomb is believed to be in the same area as the new discovery. The finding marks the first discovery to be announced in 2018, Ahram Online , an Egyptian news organization, reports. Read More »

House Speaker Ryan deletes tweet praising $1.50 pay increase

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Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet. To prove his point, Ryan highlighted a section of the story that read, "Julia Ketchum, a Pennsylvania high school secretary, saw her paycheck increase $78 a year - enough to cover the cost of her yearly Costco membership". Read More »

Thrilling finish on tap at Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Feeling the energy Mickelson, who also played college golf in Arizona and is a three-time Phoenix Open victor, is another fan favorite at the always raucous tournament. Connell, born with a rare airway disorder, passed away January 23 in Phoenix. "It was a grind", Fowler told Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports. This is Fowler's 10th trip to TPC Scottsdale, a place where he knows he can win - he just hasn't done it yet. Read More »

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid

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Residents told local media that soldiers used loudspeakers to call out, "Ahmad Jarrar, turn yourself in or we will demolish the village house by house". However, the proposal's language regarding the legal ownership of the land hinted at a significant hurdle that still remains ahead of the outpost's legalization. Read More »

Share your Super Bowl predictions in our weekend comments post!

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But I love the Super Bowl so much, I will watch the game no matter who's playing. The two teams involved in today's game, the underdog Philadelphia Eagles and defending champion New England Patriots , will repeat a 2004 Super Bowl XXXIX matchup in Florida in which the Eagles were beaten 24-21. Read More »

Amtrak, CSX Train Crash In South Carolina

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Palmetto Health officials described the response to the incident as phenomenal with wonderful coordination. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says the two deaths are employees of Amtrak . Passengers will be provided alternate transportation to missed stops, as available. Preliminary information from an event data recorder in the rear locomotive showed that train, in its maiden trip on a new route, was speeding at 128kph in a 50kph zone. Read More »

Russian Federation ultimately to blame for Syrian chemical attacks

USA officials say the characteristics of recent alleged attacks suggest Syria is producing chemical weapons despite a 2013 deal to destroy its program. The Syrian government rejected USA allegations on Saturday that it had used chemical weapons to attack rebel-held Eastern Ghouta last month. The French government announced Tuesday that it is freezing the assets of companies that help furnish material to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, a Syrian lab accused of producing ... Read More »

PyeongChang 2018 Cultural Olympiad kicks off in South Korean coastal city

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The Games get underway on Friday. South Korea used a rare chartered flight between the countries to fly the North Korean athletes on Thursday. The Korean team did not stand for either the North or South Korean national anthems. His trip will be the diplomatic high point of the rapprochement between the two Koreas triggered by the Pyeongchang Olympics in the South, which have their opening ceremony on Friday - although analysts warn that their newly warmed relations may not last long ... Read More »

Maldives top court orders immediate release of political prisoner

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India along with the UN, the US, Australia, Britain and Canada had welcomed the court's decision as "a move towards restoring democracy in the politically troubled Indian Ocean nation". So is this the beginning of the end for Mr Yameen, as the opposition claim? The two groups said the Supreme Court's order for the fair re-trial of all the political prisoners is a landmark ruling. Read More »

Father Of Three Victims Attacks Larry Nassar In Court

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Larry Nassar , faced the gymnastics doctor in a MI courtroom on February 2. He said hearing his daughters' words and watching Nassar shake his head while they were speaking led him to nearly attacking Nassar. Nassar's sentencing hearing has been suspended after Randall Margraves , the father of three of the victims, lunged at the 54-year-old. Having also called him a "son of a b****", he was told off for his language in court . Read More »

Hawaii false missile alert sender says he thought drill was real

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Granting his first interviews since the scary January 13 debacle, the employee said his decision to push a panic button that alerted Hawaiians of an impending attack was no accident - he really believed it. The notice informing residents the first warning was a false alarm wasn't sent for 38 minutes - reportedly because Hawaii Governor David Ige couldn't remember his Twitter password . Read More »

3 jawans dead in avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir

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This is second major accident due to avalanches in north Kashmir. There was avalanche warning in the higher reaches near LoC following fresh snowfall recently, they said adding however, troops remained deployed to foil infiltration bids. One soldier was found in an injured condition under the snow and evacuated to the base hospital. In occupied Kashmir, three Indian troops were killed in a snow avalanche in Kupwara district. Read More »

Stormy Daniels denies Trump affair, 'hush money' in new statement

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Stormy Daniels implied on Tuesday night that a letter denying an alleged affair with President Donald Trump didn't come from her. Following the Journal's report , In Touch magazine published the transcript from a 2011 interview with Daniels in which she detailed her relationship with Trump. Read More »

Syria war: Turkey suffers deadliest day in Afrin offensive

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Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish General Staff said one soldier had been martyred and another injured in Sheikh Haruz, where the terrorist group targeted a Turkish army tank. In Strasbourg, Kurdish protesters carried banners reading "Erdogan assassin" and "defend Afrin", and shouted slogans such as "silence kills" outside the Council of Europe offices. Read More »

Syria Army Makes Fresh Gains in Aleppo, Idlib

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Syrian Army forces continued clashes with Daesh terrorists in northeastern Hama, regaining control of the villages of Job Zariq, southern Abu Khanadeq and Mazra'a al-Aw in southern Abyan. Russia's defence ministry said the pilot had survived the crash but was killed by "terrorists" on the ground. Pro-government forces have advanced on the area. Read More »

U.S. unveils new nuclear weapons strategy

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It warned the regime would end if it ever launched a nuclear attack against the U.S. or its allies. "Russia considers the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions", the Pentagon said. Read More »

Police say foreigners were targeted in the Macerata attack

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A 29-year-old Nigerian immigrant is being held on a murder charge after police found several large knives and blood stains in his apartment. Northern League leader Salvini said the center-left government was responsible for her death for letting migrants stay in the country, reports Reuters . Read More »

Snow volleyball will make case for Olympics in Pyeongchang

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution - the outcome favored by the global community, including Trump's predecessors, for the past two decades. A senior United States diplomat stated on Thursday that the crisis with North Korea will likely not be resolved with military action. North Korea's launched its last test missile-one it claimed could reach anywhere in the mainland United States-in late November. Read More »

New report reveals second Trump-related dossier

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According to the Guardian , the Department of Justice was given the unconfirmed material by Cody Shearer , a former journalist with close connections to President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State -and President Trump's opponent in the 2016 election- Hillary Clinton. Read More »