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Six dead, 88 missing after strong quake hits Taiwan

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A 7-member specialist team from Japan was scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Thursday to assist in rescue efforts following the magnitude 6 quake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, according to a statement from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read More »

Trump orders Pentagon to plan large military parade

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According to the Washington Post , which first reported the news, officials are in the beginning phase of planning a military parade this year, in what could turn out to be a costly endeavor prompted entirely by the president's request. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military. "Parades like this remind me of that old Texas saying about a braggart, saying he was 'all hat and no cattle, '" ... Read More »

Father of Barnaby Joyce's partner emerges

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Barnaby Joyce's relationship with a former staffer was in the spotlight after "The Daily Telegraph " published photos of his pregnant partner in its Wednesday edition. A friend of the Deputy Prime Minister said the pregnancy was shrouded in secrecy because he was concerned about the well-being of his daughters. Mr Joyce, who was born in Tamworth, acknowledged he was separated and said he was "not a saint" in a parliamentary admission previous year. Read More »

Fight Over Brexit Transition Raises Stakes as Deadline May Slip

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Manchester, England Tuesday Feb. 6, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of a British law giving some female voters the right to go to the polls. "We refer the questions to the European Court of Justice", judge Floris Bakels said in a written verdict issued by the Amsterdam District Court, in the case which could have far-reaching implications for about a million British citizens living in Europe. Read More »

Winter storm and snow fall warning issued

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Our area is right on the line between snow and ice as the storm picks up, but forecasts warn some areas will see a half of a foot, while others will get 3 inches and yet others will be dealing with ice and rain. "Total snowfall accumulations could amount to 15" or more in some spots between Thursday and Friday evenings. The snow will ease. The organized band of snow will travel across the regions mentioned between Thursday and Friday evening. Read More »

James Bulger killer jailed for having 'paedophile manual'

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The little boy's body was found stripped from the waist down with 42 separate injuries, most of which were to the face and head. "The length of the sentence is too short". Earlier the judge declined a request to delay sentencing so Bulger could make a victim impact statement, saying: "I know the impact on these two people of what happened when their child was killed". Read More »

Court lets Joshua Wong, friends walk free

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Last summer, Law and Wong were initially given 120-hour and 80-hour community service orders, respectively, while Chow was handed a three-week jail sentence along with a one-year probation. "It's not a time for celebration..." The magistrate was plainly aware of the factor of deterrence, the large scale nature of the assembly, the risk of violent clashes, the Appellants' knowledge of the likelihood of clashes between the participants and the security guards and the police and the ... Read More »

Kings Score 9 In 1st, Rally To Beat Bulls 104-98

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Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining and Sacramento overcame a dismal start with a strong finish to beat the Chicago Bulls 104-98 on Monday night. Van Duyne promptly hit Lopez with a technical, which is what sent the Bulls big man off the deep end. But then the Bulls found a rhythm. LaVine scored a game-high 27 points and had three rebounds and two assists in the loss . Read More »

Larry Nassar back in court to face 65 more victims in MI

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Geddert's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday by The Associated Press . "These places need to be more transparent so that this can never, ever happen again, anywhere", Boyce said . "I realise that it does not end the emotional and physical suffering he has caused", Judge Janice Cunningham said in a Charlotte, Michigan courtroom after imposing the maximum sentence under a plea agreement. Read More »

No snow to fall on wet Sunday

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Another weather advisory for snow is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday in the western mountains and foothills of ME, as well as northern New Hampshire. - The weather service says the timing of the wintry mix being coincident with the morning commute could maximize travel impacts. Read More »

OH toddler found 'frozen' outside family home

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The girl was found by her mother outside the building in Akron , and the woman then frantically called 911. Temperatures in Akron on Friday ranged between 12 and 19 degrees, according to AccuWeather. Wynter Parker was found unresponsive around 3:30 p.m., according to the Plain Dealer . Neighbors say they would occasionally hear people arguing outside of the apartment. Read More »

Court suspends any criminal proceedings against Miguna Miguna

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Picture: Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga (centre) takes an oath as president during a mock "swearing-in" ceremony on 30 January, with Miguna Miguna (left). The DCI said that the former Nairobi Gubernatorial candidate was apprehended for administering an illegal oath and being a member of NRM, a movement that has since been outlawed by the Government. Read More »

Help Restore Peace In Maldives, Ex Prez Mohamed Nasheed To India

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Exiled president Mohamed Nasheed in a tweet , from Colombo, urged the Indian forces to send a military-backed envoy to help in the release of the judges and the political detainees. When asked about whether India is considering Nasheed's request, an official said, "All I can say is that the government continues to monitor the situation". Read More »

Wells Fargo struck with an unusual growth ban in Yellen's final act

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After markets closed on her final workday in office, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered a blow to one of the nation's largest banks: Wells Fargo & Co. The US economy added 200,000 jobs in January, with unemployment holding at 4.1 percent - its lowest level in more than 17 years. Inflation , though, has consistently fallen short of the Fed's 2 per cent objective during Yellen's tenure and stood at 1.7 per cent in December, according to the Fed's favourite price gauge. Read More »

35 killed in Syria regime attacks

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The Observatory said it was the highest number of deaths registered in one day since the escalation started 45 days ago. This week's strikes, which began on Monday, hit at least 10 areas in Eastern Ghouta, including Haza, Harasata, Douma, Hammouriyeh and Beit Sawa. Read More »

Trump Goes Silent on Stock Market

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Representative Peter DeFazio, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said last week Trump should not call for "slashing real investments to states and local governments, pushing the responsibility off federal balance sheets, cutting existing transportation programs to pay for Wall Street and foreign investors to toll our roads". Read More »

NJ to Contract Only with ISPs Observing Net Neutrality

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New Jersey, in doing this, becomes the most recent state to enact net neutrality regulations of its own following the dismantling by the Federal Communications Commissions of the regulations imposed during the Obama presidency. "An open internet is critically important to our people and our economy, connecting us to the rest of the world, increasing our commerce, fostering innovation, and adding to our economic growth", said Ige in a news release. Read More »

President Trump and Melania had another awkward hand-holding incident

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He even called Democrats in Congress "treasonous" for sitting stone-faced and not applauding through most of his State of the Union address last month. The president's political broadsides contrasted with the softer touch employed by his wife on her visit to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where executives briefed her on the opioid crisis in Ohio. Read More »

A 6.4-magnitude quake hits Taiwan; Hotel, buildings collapse

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People are reportedly trapped inside the Marshal Hotel and other buildings, and aftershocks are continuing to rock various cities. Citing the national fire agency, the government said that another hotel had also been damaged. Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and is near to popular Taroko Gorge. Lewis said she lives on the 12th floor of an apartment complex. Read More »

Poland's president says will sign Holocaust bill, defying critics

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Poland's authorities have described it as an attempt to protect the country's reputation from what it believes is confusion about who bears responsibility for Auschwitz and other death camps Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland. They say it was modeled on anti-defamation laws in many other countries, including laws criminalizing Holocaust denial. In another case late last month, a Polish state radio commentator, Piotr Nisztor, suggested that Poles who support the Israeli position ... Read More »

US Starts Drawing Down Troops from Iraq

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Dozens of USA soldiers have already been transported over the past week, along with weapons and equipment, according to the contractors. An Associated Press reporter at the Al-Asad base in western Iraq saw troop movements reflecting the account by contractors. Read More »

Judge Upholds UK Warrant Against Julian Assange

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Though the Swedish charges have since been dropped, Assange still faces arrest for breaching his bail conditions in the United Kingdom. This afternoon, Mr Assange claimed reports he had lost the appeal were "fake news" and said the hearing was still going on, with three other points yet to be decided. Read More »

Tillerson to Venezuela's Maduro: Allow democratic elections or step aside

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Calling the situation in Venezuela "quite dire", Tillerson added that the costs of imposing such sanctions needed to be balanced against the need to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro . Sanctions from the United States have also done the same against several officials. The top U.S. diplomat has received support from other governments in the Americas, including on Sunday from his Argentine counterpart Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, but some are cautious about sanctions. Read More »

Captain, three soldiers killed in Pakistan shelling in J&K's Rajouri

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However, a retaliation is unlikely to happen immediately due to the state of high alert on both sides of LoC. Shahnaz Bano, 15, of Islamabad village in Shahpur sector was injured in the Pakistan firing, and hospitalised, he said. On Jan 28, three civilians were injured after Indian forces opened unprovoked fire across LoC in Kashmir. India regularly accuses Pakistan of aiding fighters in crossing the LoC to attack Indian targets. Read More »