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Help is slow to come, almost a week after PNG quake

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The aftershocks include two 6.0 magnitude tremors that took place on Monday as well. "Ensuring those affected are safe and healthy with access to clean water, food and safe spaces is the number one priority". Santos shares hardly moved, down 0.6% at $4.89, though they are down from $5.07 a week ago a day after the quake happened. ExxonMobil Corp said on Monday it would take about eight weeks to restore production at the Papua New Guinea liquified natural gas project (LNG), following a ... Read More »

Ortega stops Edgar, Cyborg defends belt at UFC 222

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That sent Edgar to the canvas, two punches followed, but it was already over as the ref called the end to the fight. Wow. We'll get to see how Holloway fares against an opponent with superior jiu-jitsu skills and a great standup game. It's unfortunate that I am getting older! A future date with the featherweight champ and a "which way will this one go?" question will be answered; this is a wonderful pairing with a lot on the line. Read More »

JBU President Attends Graham Funeral

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After the service at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte , the globetrotting preacher and spiritual confidant to American presidents will be buried beside his wife, Ruth, at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the library's Prayer Garden. Read More »

US Navy's visit to Vietnam also sends message to China

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A U.S. Navy band will play a concert in Danang during the Vinson's visit, and sailors from the carrier are to spend time at a treatment centre for people who were exposed to Agent Orange chemicals during the war. Hiep said the Carl Vinson's visit is likely to irritate China, but that Beijing will not take it too seriously. The Trump administration has been quietly increasing the number of US patrols in the South China Sea, but China has failed to respond as negatively to the patrols as it ... Read More »

Turkey detains US Embassy threat suspects

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Embassy officials said the building in Ankara will be closed to the general public and "only emergency services will be provided", the announcement said. The 12 were among 20 people in the case, for whom arrest warrants were issued by the state prosecutor's office, the report said. It added that all the suspects are foreigners but did not provide detail on their nationalities. Read More »

Utica College Locked Down After 'Credible Threat'

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Utica police are working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate the threat. The college told students they would be evacuated and escorted to a safe location. Utica College administrators urged students and faculty to shelter in place as officers descended on the campus after a threat was phoned in shortly before noon. Read More »

After Trump Move, A Second Nation Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has rejected a local lawyer's attempt to prevent the government from moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as the United States plans to do, a court spokesman said Saturday. Trump reversed decades of US policy, which avoided declaring Jerusalem the Israeli capital in the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, by announcing the relocation of the country's embassy in Israel on December 7. Read More »

France's AXA Buys XL For $15B

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XL shares were gaining around 29 percent in the pre-market activity on the NYSE at $56. "The future Axa will see its profile significantly rebalanced towards insurance risks and away from financial risks". Axa will fund the deal through 3.5bn euros (£3.1bn) in cash, 6bn euros (£5.3bn) from a planned United States stock market listing of its life and annuity business and 3bn euros (£2.7bn) of debt. Read More »

Team Rio, Zeliang meet Nagaland Governor

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BJP broke its alliance with NPF before the elections. Though the NPF led in the beginning, it was the NDPP-BJP alliance which later surged ahead. A senior leader of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), an ally of the BJP, said Rio, in his meeting with the Governor, had staked claim to form the government in Nagaland saying he has the support of 32 MLAs. Read More »

"Committed to winning back the trust of the people", tweets Rahul Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP and its allies are also ahead in the Christian-dominated mountainous state of Nagaland, while opposition Congress-ruled Meghalaya is heading for a fractured verdict. Its ally IPFT, which fielded candidates in nine seats, got almost eight per cent votes. The exit of the Congress from most of the region, and the disappearance of the popular Left government has left BJP with a clean field except for local parties who are most susceptible to money and can be ... Read More »

Cold and Quiet with a few flurries

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The precipitation should start as rain - probably late Tuesday night - as it moves in from the west, but increasingly cold air should support a changeover to snow, though exactly when that happens is a bit up in the air. Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before 7pm. Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 30. Wind gusts are expected reach more than 20 miles per hour today , but it will be nothing like the wind that pummeled the area during Friday's storm, leaving many without ... Read More »

Deadly nor'easter disrupts flights; Virginia declares emergency

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The other five people killed included two children. Later in the day in Putnam County, New York State, an 11-year-old boy died when a tree fell onto his home and trapped him underneath. The storm is going to undergo rapid intensification Thursday night and Friday, and you'll probably hear the words "bombogenesis" and " bomb cyclone " thrown around again. Read More »

Chaos in Melbourne as Pell fronts court

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The 76-year-old Australian cardinal has denied any wrongdoing and has foreshadowed pleas of not guilty if the committal hearing that is likely to run as long as a month finds there is sufficient evidence to warrant a jury trial. Pell was excused from giving evidence in person to a session of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016 due to a heart ailment. Read More »

Iran Says Missile Work Will Continue Despite Western Pressure

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While Iran has seen massive economic benefits from the JCPOA , notably by being able to resume oil exports, it still subjected to US sanctions in other areas. Le Drian also pressed Iran on the activities of its ally, the Syrian government, amid the ongoing bombardment of civilians in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus. Read More »

Trump says may visit Israel for embassy opening

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Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and has not been named a suspect in the case, but he was questioned by police on Friday ahead of his trip to Washington. Pressed further on whether he would travel to the opening, Trump reiterated: "We're looking at coming". "If I can, I will". "The relationship has never been better", Trump said of U.S. Read More »

German SPD votes in favor of 'grand coalition' with Merkel

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Meanwhile, Merkel's Bavarian partner CSU will formally agree the coalition Monday and name the three ministers it will send to Berlin including the transport minister. The uncertainty was followed by inconclusive elections in September past year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement a the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on March 5, 2018. Read More »

Putin says he wished USSR did not collapse

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According to the documents released in 2015, the Status-6 could carry a multi-megaton nuclear bomb with a range of about 10,000 kilometres moving at 56 knots, or 104 km/h and travel to a depth of more than 1,000 metres. Hypersonics are generally defined as missiles than can fly more than five times the speed of sound. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated the theme, pointing to America's massive military budget, as well as US President Donald Trump's own nuclear ... Read More »

Police ID Alabama man who killed himself near White House

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Speaking for the Secret Service, Mason F. Brayman says the man approached the fence shortly before noon and fired several rounds from a handgun. A White House official told Fox News that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the episode, and referred all questions to the Secret Service. Read More »

Manik Sarkar resigns, to continue as caretaker CM in Tripura

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But NPF leader and chief minister T.R. Zeliang said soon afterwards that the BJP-NPF alliance, too, was still on. It also looked like it could win a majority with support from other groups in Meghalaya and Nagaland states. Senior party leaders also felt that the CPM could not match the organisational strength of the BJP, which went with the slogan " Chalo Paltai ". The Governor advised Sarkar to continue until the new chief minister takes oath of office. Read More »

Respect people's mandate: Mukul Sangma to BJP

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Saying that the opportunity must be given to the single largest party - in this case the Congress - Kharge said that if the party can not prove a majority, then the party in second position needs to be invited. While the picture is now hazy, as per reports and sources, a 5-party alliance including NPP, UDF, BJP, PDF and independent MLAs might claim to form the government in the state. Read More »

White House: Russia complicit in civilian deaths in Syria

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The fighting since 18 February has left more than 600 people dead, many of them children. It went on to accuse Moscow of ignoring the conditions of the 30-day humanitarian pause in Syria introduced by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), claiming it had violated the cessation of hostilities " to kill innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations ", in a strongly-worded statement . Read More »

Alec Baldwin Returns to Mercilessly Taunt Trump in SNL's Cold Open

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US President Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin - his chief impersonator - have traded online barbs, each describing the other as causing " agony ", the latest salvos in an ongoing feud between the commander in chief and the actor. My mentals are so high, but we have to respect the law", Baldwin-as-Trump-with his signature mastery of the president's facial expressions and lilting tone-said. Read More »

At joke-filled dinner, Trump suggests USA will meet with N. Korea

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But the main goal is to meet the North Korean leader and see whether he is willing to engage in talks to discuss scrapping the North's nuclear weapons. On Sunday, North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed USA demands that it give up its nuclear arsenal. During a joke-filled monologue at a dinner with journalists in Washington on Saturday, Trump suggested that the United States will be meeting with North Korea but has told Pyongyang it must first "denuke". Read More »

Shots fired at university in MI

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The men's basketball game Friday between Central Michigan and Western Michigan University has been postponed, said Michael Alford, Central Michigan's athletics director. Davis graduated from Plainfield Central High School in 2016 after attending Plainfield South High School for three years, according to Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez. Read More »

'Will Melania LEAVE me?' Trump in shock comment about marriage

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A quip that drew some groans: "So many people have been leaving the White House ". He said Vice President Mike Pence's comedy talent was as a straight man, adding "He is very straight!" "It might be hard for you to believe, but I do love gatherings like these", Trump said Saturday. Read More »

VENEZUELA: Country Postpones Election To The Second Half Of May

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Venezuela's presidential elections have been postponed from April 22 to the second half of May, the National Electoral Council ( CNE ) said on Thursday. The sanctions are reportedly still under discussion, and could be implemented both before and after the election . Maduro wants Mr. Falcon to run to give the election a veil of legitimacy. Read More »

Burmese Python found with deer in stomach in Collier County

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After this discovery, biologists said they are concerned for the federally protected Florida panther, which preys on white-tailed deer. The fawn weighed 35 pounds while the 11-foot python came in at 31.5 pounds, which the Conservancy called "not a big python by any stretch of the imagination". Read More »

Key US diplomat on North Korea policy quits

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In a meeting Sunday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, North Korea's intelligence chief, who headed his country's delegation to the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, indicated Pyongyang's willingness to hold talks with Washington. We need to make sure if there are talks it will lead to denuclearization. The U.S. government is considering measures to strengthen long-term surveillance, including the dispatch of patrol vessels from its coast guard. Read More »

Pakistan's ruling party wins majority seats in Senate

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Former interior minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhary Nisar on Saturday has said that government institutions should play a practical role to tackle horse-trading during Senate elections. In Pakistan, the 342-member National Assembly and four provincial assemblies are the Electoral College for the Senate. The main halls of all provincial assemblies have been declared polling stations for the respective provinces and while separate polling stations have been ... Read More »

Putin blames Syrian 'extremist forces' for ceasefire failure

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Movement in and out is prohibited except at a handful of crossings, heavily guarded by both regime and rebel forces. But with no sign of decisive worldwide pressure to stop the attack, eastern Ghouta appears on course to eventually meet the same fate as other areas won back by the government in lengthy, punishing assaults, where rebels and civilians who oppose Assad were finally evacuated in negotiated withdrawals. Read More »