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Mysterious death of former Putin aide in Washington hotel ruled accidental

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His death has been shrouded in mystery and the subject of widespread speculation about what the former powerful Kremlin official was doing in Washington at the time. The statement issued by USA authorities said Lesin entered his room at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington for the last time "after days of excessive alcohol consumption". Read More »

UNICEF says school attack a potential war crime

The raids hit a residential area and a school in Haas village, the Syrian Civil Defence rescue workers network said on its Facebook account. A day after the attack on the school, at least six children were killed and 15 injured in rebel rocket attacks in the government-held western part of Aleppo. Read More »

Seoul plans to restart talks on military pact with Tokyo

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Only Clapper knows why he made the statement Tuesday during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in NY. The United States has always maintained it can not accept North Korea as a nuclear state and, under President Barack Obama , has made any talks with the North conditional on Pyongyang first making some tangible commitment towards denuclearisation. Read More »

Pence plane slides off runway at NYC's LaGuardia Airport

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One reporter said there was a lot of turbulence as they were landing and the plane hit the runway hard, jolting everyone on the plane, after which it seemed to careen out of control for about 20 seconds and come to a sudden halt in the grass off the runway. Read More »

Cardinal Dolan: Clinton and Trump were kind to each other

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For instance, when one of Trump's jokes about Clinton and the WikiLeaks email scandals was booed by the audience, the Republican nominee responded: "That's OK, I don't know who they're angry at, Hillary, you or I. Trump, meanwhile, settled on a new target: Michelle Obama, who has emerged as one of the most effective voices for Clinton. They, too, believe they wi1l be able to cast their ballot, but eight out of 10 are confident their vote will be counted accurately. Read More »

4 countries to join Canadian-led battle group in Latvia

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NATO Secetary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media at the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland . In July, the United Kingdom said it would deliver one of four battalions to NATO's enhanced forward presence in the Baltic states and Poland . Read More »

Trump takes issue with Clinton's criticism of Putin

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The Russian president denied any involvement and/or attempts to influence the elections, adding that the allegations made by the USA authorities were a ploy to distract voters from focusing attention on United States politicians' failings in tackling domestic issues. Read More »

Info from accused nurse led to murder probe

The information sheds new light on how a task force led by Ontario Provincial Police could pursue, in a matter of weeks, a highly complex investigation into alleged homicides dating back almost a decade, deaths originally believed to have been natural. Read More »

Saudi-led coalition stages airstrikes after Yemen truce ends

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The UN envoy for Yemen called on Sunday for an extension of ceasefire as a truce just ended with air strikes and ground fighting raging in the Middle East country. However, rockets were fired by the Houthi group at Jazan and Najran in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led military coalition said in a statement. Almost 7,000 people have died since early past year, when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition to prevent Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels from deposing President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and taking ... Read More »

Iraqi special forces join battle in Mosul

The desperate conditions led many of Mosul's residents to sell a kidney. Abadi said he had instructed "the military on all the fronts to open corridors to citizens and IDPs, to all the people who want to flee the fighting". He did not say how many of them are foreigners. Rudaw reported Mosul's residents faced severe financial conditions after the city - Iraq's second largest - was captured by the Islamic State in June 2014. Read More »

This is when the clocks go back in October 2016

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RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey said moving United Kingdom clocks to the European model would "save a significant number of lives" by leading to more evening light year-round. A good way of remembering the clocks changing is the saying, "Spring forward, fall back ". It wasn't until 1966 that the country's current version of daylight saving time was established with the passage of the Uniform Time Act. Read More »

Wounded await evacuation on day three of Aleppo truce

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Assad fighting numerous opposition groups and terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Nusra Front. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview set to air Saturday evening that the intervention was meant to "liberate" Syria and keep Assad in power. Read More »

Russian Federation to halt strikes on Syria's Aleppo for 8 hours on Thursday

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says sanctions against Russian Federation over its actions in Syria should remain an option. "That was my understanding, that it was supposed to be a beginning", he said. According to the Syrian search and rescue group known as the White Helmets, most of the people killed in the attack were women and children. The northern province of Aleppo has been the center of violence in Syria over the past week, with hundreds of people killed in rebel-held areas ... Read More »

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in western town, far from Mosul

Geneva - As the US-backed Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army troops close in on Mosul , the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has committed grave violations against civilians. He said they had ordered all internally displaced people living outside established refugee camps to vacate their residences and move into the camps, some of which are already full. Read More »

Venezuelan opposition launches trial against President Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro convoked to a Defense Council session Tuesday, to evaluate the attempt of parliamentary coup in the National Assembly (with opposition majority) and the process of peace dialogues. On Tuesday, government workers and supporters are holding a rally downtown waiting for the president to arrive from a tour of the Middle East and Europe that included a surprise stop Monday at the Vatican for a private meeting with Pope Francis . Read More »

Russian Federation to extend air strike moratorium, as opposition alleges bombing in Aleppo

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It said it was also ready to organise more ceasefires on the ground in Aleppo to allow wounded civilians to be evacuated. There were also accusations from Russian Federation and Syria that rebels had prevented people from using the corridors to flee, while rebel leaders countered that most civilians were not leaving because they distrusted the Syrian government and what might happen if they did go. Read More »

Lady Gaga returns to NYC bar when she launched her career

There are many successful recent templates for young female singers who want to express their inner hoedown. And now Gaga has honoured Trayvon in her new song, in which she sings " Angel down , angel down/Why do people just stand around?" The album sees Gaga, 30, address the police brutality and gun control issue in the United States with the song Angel Down dedicated particularly to Trayvon Martin. Read More »

Australian gets 15 years prison for abusing girls in Bali

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His lawyer has objected to the sentence and indicated he would appeal. The 70-year-old would bathe the children - aged between seven and 17 - and touch them inappropriately, prosecutors said. Last week, Ellis was quoted by the SMH as saying that he did not deserve jail for molesting the girls, insisting it was "not a serious thing" and saying he paid them to compensate his actions. Read More »

Six killed in Malaysia hospital fire

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Health Minister S Subramaniam said the fire broke in the hospital's intensive care unit at 9 a.m. (0100GMT). However, he commended the Fire and Rescue Department and HSA staff for preventing the blaze from spreading to the rest of the building and safely evacuating 487 people. Read More »

Former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha meets Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani

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The BJP has nothing to do with this", said BJP's national secretary Shrikant Sharma. He added that the delegation led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha did not carry any mandate from the central government. "We discussed many important issues, the larger issues can take time", Kak said. Asked if they had been invited by the separatists, the former Union minister said, "We do not have an invitation". Read More »

All-party meeting led by DMK passes three resolutions on Cauvery issue

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An "all-party meeting" called by DMK on the Cauvery issue today urged the Tamil Nadu government to immediately convene the state Assembly to discuss the matter, even as ruling AIADMK and BJP criticised the M K Stalin-led consultations. The AIADMK and BJP, however, had no kind words for DMK for the meeting convened by Stalin. During a meeting at the Anna Arivalayam in Chennai on Tuesday, the DMK and its allies passed three resolutions pertaining to the Cauvery dispute. Read More »

Indian forces kill 19 Maoists in Odisha

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He said the special forces of the two states were combing the area following information about the presence of Maoists . "The chief minister congratulated Odisha Police on its success in containing naxal menace", a communication received from the chief minister's office said. Read More »

4 die as bus falls off bridge in central Odisha

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Notably, a private bus named "Janha Mamu" en route from Angul to Athamalik plunged off a bridge nearby Tukuda village under Jarpada PS in Angul district. "We have already shifted 18 seriously injured patients to SCB Medical College and Hospital", he added. Anugul Sub-Collector Saroj Kumar Mohanty said, "We rushed to the spot after learning about the mishap and immediately began the rescue operation by shifting the injured to Angul hospital first". Read More »

Man held after allegedly stabbing toddler daughter to death

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A 2-year-old girl died Friday after a man threw her out of a window of a North Hollywood apartment, police said. Officer Drake Madison says he's hospitalized in critical condition. Officials say the apartment was also intentionally set on fire and that the father attempted to jump out the window soon after it began. Police said the man remained in the hospital late Friday night for the injuries he sustained in the incident. Read More »

France calls for end to raids by Syria, Russia

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel alliance, which has said it is preparing for a big attack to break the siege of eastern Aleppo, warned residents in and around the city to stay away from Syrian government military buildings for their own safety in a statement on Saturday. Read More »

Kickers miss short field goals, Seahawks, Cards tie 6

Initially, a referee threw a flag signaling Wagner made contact with Brewer on his leap, but the referees conferred and determined the contact was incidental. Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro had a chance to win the game with a second field goal in overtime, but his 24-yard attempt with 3:19 remaining bounced off the left upright. Read More »

At Least 70 Dead, 600 Injured in Cameroon Train Crash

Officials have put the death toll at 53 but said it will climb as they raced to transport more than 600 injured people to hospitals in the capital, Yaounde, and the port city where the train was going, Douala. President Paul Biya, who is overseas, wrote on his official Facebook page: "I instructed the government to provide full assistance to the survivors". Read More »