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SpaceX aims to regain momentum with new rocket launch

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Nevertheless, SpaceX Chief Financial Officer Bret Johnson stated that they have more than 70 future launches on their manifest representing over $10 billion in contracts. The rocket's payload will be 10 satellites to be deployed for the communications firm Iridium. Saturday's launch was originally set for about a week earlier in the month, but that date was pushed back due to weather and conflicts with other activities at Vandenberg. Read More »

ISIS, Iraqi forces battle for control of Mosul University

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The massive operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has captured about a third of the city since October. The Tigris divides eastern and western Mosul and Iraqi-led forces have not crossed into or started any anti-ISIS operations in western Mosul to date. Read More »

Abbas at Vatican: Peace could suffer if U.S. embassy moves

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But with Trump coming into office, there is little expectation that the United States will continue to break with its tradition of supporting Israel's activities, at least in public. For peace to happen, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needs to first come to Jerusalem and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More »

Kim Kardashian in major blunder over stolen engagement ring

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Andy Richter questions Kardashian - and one of her biggest fans - about how many carats her ring was when she slammed the buzzer and shouted "12!" Authorities are now looking at a possible inside job. Another suspect, 70-year-old Christiane G , is reportedly being hit with even more serious charges. FILE - In this Oct.3, 2016 file photo, a French police officer enters the residence of Kim Kardashian West in Paris. Read More »

Princess Margaret's former husband Lord Snowdon has died

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Speaking of his complex personal life , his biographer, Anne de Courcy, wrote that the Eton-educated photographer was primarily motivated by "work and sex" and that "his world was one in which both long relationships and casual encounters co-existed". Read More »

UK, Greece and Turkey join Cyprus peace talks in Geneva

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Flanked by Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, respective leaders of the island's Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Guterres said the reunification talks had "obviously a way to go". The topic of rotating presidency has been discussed in the Cyprus conference in Geneva , Eide said. Mr Anastasiades said in Geneva that the fact that the guarantors broached the security issue offers hope for a deal. Read More »

#BRUHNews: Boy Pulls Gun After Girl Refuses To Give Him Chicken McNugget

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The girl pushed the gun away, told the boy to leave her alone and got on the train. She had a McNugget in her hand, a gun to her head, and no fear in her heart. The boy was arrested after a 13-year-old classmate told school officials about the incident that took place Tuesday evening. They say the boy was released on Thursday, and the case has been referred to the family courts. Read More »

Snowboarder survives avalanche in Canada

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Throughout the video, you'll hear a unusual buzzing sound, and that's probably what saved Oye's life. "That was uh, that was a little scary ", he then says, putting it lightly. Oye was wearing a JetForce inflatable backpack , which can cost (depending on the model) between around $1,000 and $2,000. "It could have been a million dollars but it would have been worth it", she said. Read More »

Motorist Kills Man Beating Wounded Arizona Trooper

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An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was shot and wounded in an ambush early Thursday morning. "The trooper says, 'Please help me , ' and asks the uninvolved third party for help", Milstead said. "He's been shot by a passerby", the man said, reported Phoenix's KPHO. Milstead called Andersson "a true hero" and an "incredibly tough individual;" in addition to his work as a trooper, Andersson volunteered as a volleyball coach at the high school 10 miles away from where ... Read More »

Indian army chief threatens Pakistan with surgical strikes

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The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) terror outfit chief was reportedly speaking to more than 100 members of the JuD at Muzaffarabad in PoK. Indicating that any direct combat role for women officers in the Army would meet with logistical difficulties, Army chief Gen. Read More »

Chicago police's use of force violates 4th amendment - DOJ

The yearlong investigation found that the police department has violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and killing people who didn't pose a threat. The report is one step in a long process that, in recent years, has typically led to bilateral talks between the Justice Department and a city, followed by settlement plan that a judge enforces. Read More »

Obama declares historic civil rights sites national monuments

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The Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Alabama, includes the site of a former Greyhound bus station where members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) attacked protesters who demanded integration. Those monuments include ones to Latino farmworkers in California; Japanese Americans placed in internment camps in Hawaii; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rioters at New York City's Stonewall Inn; a stop along the Underground Railroad in Maryland; and ancestral Pueblo sites in Colorado and ... Read More »

Evacuations ordered in United Kingdom flood warning

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Some people who live near the sea on the east coast of the United Kingdom have been told to leave their homes after warnings of flooding. Mark Sitton-Kent, national duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Gale-force winds and high tides are likely to create large and risky waves along parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday". Read More »

Morocco, Beacon of Moderate Islam, Bans Burka

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Unnamed government officials disclosed that the move necessitated for security reasons, saying that criminals have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes. Vendors and merchants have reportedly been informed by the representatives of the Interior Ministry on Monday to stop selling or manufacturing the garment due to security reasons. Read More »

Two arrested in Brussels over 2015 Paris attacks

File: (Left to right) Khalid El Bakraoui, Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, who carried out the deadly suicide bombings in Brussels on March 22, 2016, in a photo distributed by Belgian authorities. He was also reportedly wanted on an worldwide arrest warrant for terrorism in December and had rented an apartment used by the cell linked to the Paris attacks, which were claimed by ISIS. Read More »

Bumper Christmas sees first M&S clothing sales growth for two years

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Same-store sales in its food division advanced 0.6 percent, beating the median estimate for a 0.5 percent decline. The company further reported that its like-for-like clothing sales had gained 2.3 percent during the reported period. Stock into sale during the quarter declined by around 7%, M&S noted, with one fewer clearance event than a year ago. "I am pleased with the customer response we have seen to the changes we are making in line with our plan for the business", commented M&S chief ... Read More »

BSF Jawan Targetted For Speaking Up And Exposing Reality, Says His Family

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While the home ministry has ordered an immediate enquiry, the BSF brushed the matter under the carpet, claiming that the jawan was "a habitual offender". He also said that the welfare of our soldiers is our first priority. The IG BSF said the jawan may be shifted to some other headquarters, where the inquiry will be conducted so that he does not complain of pressure and can put forth his views freely. Read More »

Obama says 'yes we did' in emotive farewell address

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Mr. Obama spoke about the advances made on issues of national security and the fight against terrorism, noting that under his watch, the country has eliminated torture, worked to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and killed terrorist Osama bin Laden. Read More »

USA armoured vehicles and tanks to start arriving in Poland

Poland's prime minister and defense minister said they would attend official ceremonies Saturday celebrating the Americans' arrival. In Poland . the troops have been well received by the people who waved flags and as American convoys crossed the German border and entered Poland . Read More »

Senate approves exception for Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary

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Since Yalta, we have a long list of times that we've tried to engage positively with Russian Federation. In his opening statement, the retired general outlined his approach. The Senate foreign relations committee, which is questioning Mr Tillerson, comprises 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. In addition to his comments on Russia, Mattis broke with the president-elect when asked broadly about the intelligence community, saying that he had worked closely with them throughout his time in the ... Read More »

Investigation launched after Movie World rollercoaster malfunction leaves riders dangling

A Queensland fire and emergency services spokeswoman said all 20 patrons were rescued from the stalled ride by 1.30pm. Firefighters scaled the Arkham Asylum ride to free passengers, who became stuck at the top about midday. Movie World rides were cleared by Worksafe Queensland in November. The ride will be closed while safety officers carry out an investigation. The drama came just weeks after the nearby Dreamworld tourist attraction reopened following a rigorous safety review over the ... Read More »

Trump picks son-in-law as his senior adviser

In the announcement of Kushner's appointment, Trump's team said, "Kushner has chosen to forego his salary while serving in the administration". In a Facebook post on her personal page, the entrepreneurial mother-of-three said she will take a formal leave of absence from the Trump Organization and her apparel and accessories brand once her father is sworn in as the 45th USA president. Read More »

Five UAE Diplomats Killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar Blast

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The federation of seven sheikhdoms, founded in 1971 on the Arabian Peninsula, said it would fly the nation's flag at half-staff for three days in honor of the dead from the attack Tuesday in Kandahar. The US State Department condemned the suicide bombings in Kabul and Kandahar and said the attack on parliament amounted to an attack on democracy. "Such unprincipled, unlawful and deplorable attacks cause vast human suffering and make the peace that Afghans need and deserve even more hard to ... Read More »

Journalist who broke news that WWII started dies aged 105

Ms Hollingworth lived in Hong Kong for the last 40 years after working from Beijing in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Hollingworth moved to Hong Kong. "Clare had a remarkable career as a foreign correspondent, beginning with the scoop of the century when she reported the start of World War II". Read More »

Man charged with shooting U.S. diplomat in Mexico

Neither Mexican nor US officials released the victim's name, but local media have identified him as Christopher Ashcraft. The FBI collaborated in the investigation. He wounded 13-year foreign service officer Christopher Ashcraft, who was reported to be in stable condition in a Guadalajara, Mexico, hospital. "I wish him a speedy recovery". Read More »

TN CM to declare ALL districts in state drought-hit

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Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on recognising Pongal festival as a compulsory holiday even as the Centre clarified that these are decided by the employees welfare committees in state capitals and it has "nothing" to do with it. Read More »