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Teenager killed in MA gas blasts

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The dramatic series of explosions and fires Thursday destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, killed a teenager, injured dozens and forced thousands of people to evacuate from the three Merrimack Valley communities. Columbia Gas has released a statement - almost five hours after the initial explosion occurred. "I often say the people of the Commonwealth are resilient-and this devastating situation is no exception". Read More »

Gaza: funeral of a palestinian child killed during clashes

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Erekat, who also serves as the chief Palestinian negotiator, said that the USA has already accepted Israel's position on the main issues of the conflict, including Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the status of West Bank settlements and the question of Palestinian refugees. Read More »

Uhuru praises Kipchoge, Cherono for winning Berlin races

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Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has broken the marathon world record - completing the course in just two hours, one minute and 40 seconds. "I had a great belief that I would run a world record", Kipchoge told the TV broadcast. From an Irish perspective, his time would outstrip the best efforts of any Irish runner over the half-marathon. Kipchoge had covered 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record. Read More »

Kavanaugh's #MeToo accuser has come forward

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Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. The New York Times reported Thursday that the letter was regarding "possible sexual misconduct" from when Kavanaugh was in high school. Kavanaugh allegedly put a hand over the girl's mouth, held her down and attempted to force himself on her. Mr Kavanaugh and his friend were both drunk, she says. Read More »

USA 'serial killer' border agent arrested in Texas

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Alaniz claims all the victims were involved in sex work. The 35-year-old suspect, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was found hiding a auto park in Laredo, Texas , at around 2am after he initially fled police on Saturday. "Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends", Meehan said. Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol. Ortiz was captured in the parking lot of a Laredo, Texas , hotel after fleeing from state troopers. Read More »

How I Got Fake NYSC Certificate - Adeosun

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The minister felt that her position is becoming untenable and is hurting the President in the run up to the 2019 election. Adeosun said she had accepted her fate. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London. Until I hear from her, my assumption is that it's not true. Read More »

Man dies from shark attack off Cape Cod

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He was pulled from the water, given first aid and taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died, according to the Wellfleet Police Department. The local district attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police were investigating. "15ft wide. I saw a tail and a lot of thrashing", Joe Booth said. Then the victim's friend dragged him to shore. "It was like right out of that movie Jaws ". Read More »

Trump disputes Milken research estimating Hurricane Maria death toll

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In fact, the tweet was so disastrous, it was even pushed back by prominent Republicans - which is a rare sight. "The aftereffects, people don't talk about that", he said. Disaster deaths are usually categorized as direct or indirect. The official death toll later grew to 64, a figure that included "indirect deaths" connected to the hurricane. Read More »

Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in the Philippines

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Chinese authorities have ordered about 6,000 boats to return to harbor, and evacuated thousands of offshore oil platform workers, the state news agency, Xinhua , said. The dead were two women killed in landslide, a girl who drowned and a security guard crush by a falling wall. The semiautonomous region is preparing for "fierce winds" and "intense" downpours as the storm moves west-northwest at roughly 8 miles per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Read More »

FEMA update on Hurricane Florence

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One man was rescued from the Mercer Avenue home, according to Wilmington Fire Department Chief Buddy Martinette. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 km/h) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out to 195 miles (315 km/h). Read More »

Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches

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Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street. "My wife's in a panic right now". Federal emergency officials at a Washington briefing are urging people to treat Hurricane Florence seriously even though its top sustained winds are down to 110 miles per hour (177 kph), which makes it a Category 2 storm. Read More »

China says Washington asks to resume talks on tariff fight

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Trump told reporters that tariffs were coming "soon" last week, but final details about which goods the tariffs would apply to have delayed their imposition. US President Donald Trump has instructed staff to move forward with the next round of tariffs on Chinese goods, US media have reported. "Tariffs are already negatively impacting U.S. Read More »

Manafort and Mueller have reached a tentative plea deal

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It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. One of the prosecutors, Andrew Weissman, confirmed in court that Manafort was cooperating with the government's investigation. None of the charges against Manafort related to collusion with Russian Federation. Read More »

British PM faces fresh threat of Brexit rebellion

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A major sticking point in the negotiations is how to agree for a British withdrawal from Europe without reinstalling a hard border between the United Kingdom province of Northern Ireland with the Republic to the south. Many ERG members want a more decisive break and oppose May's so-called Chequers blueprint for a soft Brexit. "Under the first, Chequers will be parked until talks resume after Brexit day for a loosely-worded fudge on the future relationship instead.The second option is to ... Read More »

United States fighters intercept Russian bomber near Alaska

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On Tuesday at 6 p.m. Alaska time, two Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers were intercepted by two NORAD F-22 "Raptor" fighter jets, a release said. NBC News points out that it's not uncommon for these events to occur, and Russian aircraft have been accused several times of violating the airspace of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and flying dangerously close to us ships and aircraft in the Black Sea. Read More »

Article image Brexit negotiators in call ahead of European Union summit

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A raft of papers unveiled by the government today revealed the consequences of a "no deal" Brexit . He said: "The government has made it quite clear that, as part of its preparation for a no-deal Brexit - if that's what happens - to ensure that driving licences issued in the United Kingdom can be used outside the United Kingdom, it has applied for United Kingdom driving licences to be treated as worldwide driving licenses as well". Read More »

Key Takeaways from Paul Manafort's Plea Deal With Mueller

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Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation in exchange for reduced charges, according to the New York Times . Manafort has aggressively fought the charges against him and taken shots at his co-defendant, Rick Gates, who cut a deal with prosecutors earlier this year that did include an agreement to cooperate with the special counsel. Read More »

Pope Francis summons bishops for summit on clergy sex abuse

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The church is facing abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia and Germany, among other places. In the USA, a grand jury report released last month from Pennsylvania found that more than 300 priests had sexually abused minors in the state over seven decades. Read More »

Gunman shoots wife, four men dead in California

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Last week, a gunman killed three people at a bank in downtown Cincinnati before he was shot to death by police. A victim happened to be in the area and was chased around the building before being shot, Youngblood said. The shooting left 6 dead, including the gunman and his wife, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated. Read More »

Alex Cora discusses Trump's comments on Puerto Rico

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Compounding the situation are photos that went viral this week of millions of bottles of water FEMA that delivered in the aftermath of the disaster, that somehow never left an airport runway in Ceiba with the island's death toll now estimated at around 3,000. Read More »

Elizabeth Smart blasts pending prison release of kidnapper: 'It is incomprehensible'

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Smart said she was raped almost every day during nine months in captivity and forced to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and watch Mitchell have sex with his legal wife, Barzee. However, the news release goes on: "based on further review and advice from legal counsel, the Board must count the time in federal prison as credit to the Utah sentence and therefore Ms. Read More »

Saudi Arabia reportedly arrests man for eating breakfast with female co-worker

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What do you think of Saudi Arabia's law and treatment of women? The latest case in point is a viral video which shows an Egyptian man having breakfast with a female colleague in his office. Women are exempted from carrying out most outside activities without being accompanied by a man, father, husband, brother or son. After the video went viral and sparked a torrent of criticism from conservatives, thousands of social media users took to Twitter to defend the Egyptian man, with the ... Read More »

Russian Federation joined by China for biggest 'war games' since Soviet era

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Russian officials have said that the war games are not meant as a threat to any particular country but are justified by what Putin's spokesman described on August 28 as a hostile global environment. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed such concerns on Tuesday. Most experts say the figure of 300,000 is likely an exaggeration with not all of those actually taking part in the field exercises. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi asks why didn’t Arun Jaitley reveal meeting Mallya earlier

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In his response, while Jaitley did not deny meeting Mallya or the latter's offer of settling the bank loans, the finance minister accused the billionaire businessman of abusing the House privileges. I even did not receive any paper from him at that time. So, obviously the comments are referring his meeting with Arun Jaitley. "I did not have any formal meeting scheduled with him", he said. Read More »

Philippines braces for most powerful typhoon this year

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After leaving the Philippines , the fast-moving storm is expected to blow toward southern China on Sunday if it maintains its course, forecasters said. The storm may damage as many as 156,793 metric tons of rough rice and 257,100 metric tons of corn in the Philippines worth as much as 13.5 billion pesos ($250 million), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol wrote on his Facebook account Tuesday. Read More »

Pope Francis summons bishops from all over world for sex abuse summit

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The meeting , on February 21-24, is believed to be the first of its kind. The Catholic Church is facing sexual abuse scandals in the United States, Chile, Australia and Germany, among others. Mr DiNardo has said recent accusations of top Vatican officials, including the current pope, covering up for McCarrick deserve answers. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said DiNardo would meet with Francis on Thursday in the Apostolic Palace, along with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Francis' top sex ... Read More »

Pope summons senior bishops for meet

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The Vatican said that among those meeting the pope would be the head of the US bishops' conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of the Galveston-Houston area, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston. POPE Francis has taken the unprecedented step of summoning bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of children from sexual abuse . Read More »