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Erdoğan, Putin discuss Syria in phone call

In a phone call to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over the "tragic" incident, the Kremlin said in a statement Thursday. On August 24, the Turkish army launched Operation Euphrates Shield against the internationally-condemned the Takfiri group. USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces have made new advances against IS fighters this week after launching a third phase of their ongoing offensive to retake Raqqa, some 200 kilometers ... Read More »

Russian opposition activist has been poisoned, says wife

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Prokhorov told CNN that an investigator from the Khamovniki district of Moscow contacted him last Friday to inquire about the circumstances which led to Kara-Murza's hospitalization, but has not received any further updates about the ongoing investigation. Read More »

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny found guilty in retrial

Nevertheless, the activist has packed a bag in preparation to be taken into custody, he told journalists covering the trial. Navalny was allowed to compete in that race as he was appealing his first 2013 conviction. A judge in the provincial city of Kirov found the Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner guilty at a trial that he insists was aimed at knocking him out of the election expected in March 2018. Read More »

PM Modi in Lok Sabha

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Participating in the Motion of Thanks to the President for his Address here, the Congress leader said the Congress protected democracy for 70 years, slamming the ruling party for saying repeatedly that the Congress did not do anything for years. Read More »

Scottish parliament votes against triggering Brexit

Today MSPs will debate a motion arguing that the European Union Bill should not proceed. Britain's highest court ruled last month that the launch of Brexit talks must be approved by the British parliament, but Prime Minister Theresa May has no legal obligation to consult the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More »

BC population grows by 5.6 per cent: census

Ottawa-Gatineau is still ranked the fifth largest metropolitan in Canada with a population growth rate of 5.5 per cent as recorded in the 2016 census . Bridgewater, for example, with a population of 8,532 saw a growth rate of 3.5 per cent in the last five years and Middleton (pop. 1,832) saw a 4.7 per cent population increase. Read More »

Army Reportedly Green-Lights Completion Of Dakota Access Pipeline

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December 6 photo of the Oceti Sakowin camp while "water protectors" demonstrated against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Protesters converged a year ago by the thousands onto makeshift camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in an effort to stop the oil pipeline over concerns about native relics, water quality and climate change. Read More »

François Fillon sinks in polls after 'Penelopegate' scandal

The favorites to reach the second and final round of voting in May are the former economy minister and independent candidate, Emmanuel Macron, and leader of the anti-immigration and populist National Front party, Marine Le Pen. He admitted he had paid Penelope for 15 years in total, with her after-tax monthly income averaging 3,677 euros over this time, which he said was justified. Read More »

Trump to play golf with Japanese Prime Minister

Mr Trump was at Mar-a-Lago last weekend, when he visited his wife Melania and attended a fundraiser for the Red Cross, among other events. "We're going to have a round of golf, which is a great thing", Trump said in the phone interview, according to a White House transcript. Read More »

Senate confirms Betsy DeVos as education secretary

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The New Hampshire senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat whose son has cerebral palsy, asked DeVos if she understood it was already federal law. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who announced they would vote against her last week. Read More »

Upgraded US Aegis Battle System Passes First Shipboard Test

The SM-3 Block IIA was flown twice before in successful test demonstrations, both without target intercepts, in order to fully evaluate the missile in flight and prepare for the first intercept test. The Aegis system is created to intercept ballistic missile around the middle of their flight, when the missile is at its highest point above the Earth. Read More »

McConnell: Not Using Federal Funds to Investigate Voter Fraud

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He also slammed Trump's lambasting of the "so-called judge", who ruled against his executive order, suggesting that the administration should adhere to the court order. "Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban". Another Senate Republican also made clear he's not comfortable with Trump's lashing out at another branch of government. Read More »

The Philippines' communists are 'terrorists': Duterte

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Duterte said he freed rebel leaders previous year to foster the peace talks but added that the guerrillas raised excessive demands, including the release of about 400 detainees, that would amount to a general amnesty and upset the military and the police. Read More »

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner help prevent reduction in LGBT rights

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The words in favor of LGBT rights are striking for Pence, who a has long anti-LGBT history that includes signing into law as in governor a " religious freedom " bill that would have enabled anti-LGBT discrimination. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Pence responded that it's the "purview of the president" to determine if further executive action would be necessary. Read More »

Bloody 2016 for Afghan civilians

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Protection of Civilians in Armed Comment, shows the number of casualties in 2015 went up by 3 percent in 2016. They also documented a 10-fold increase in casualties - 899 deaths and injuries - caused by IS militants, who a year ago launched an increasing number of suicide attacks. Read More »

JVP Statement on Passage of "Outpost Legalization" Bill

Those statements fueled speculation that Israel's hardline government would resume expanding settlements in Palestinian territory. Knesset lawmakers voted 60-52 in favor of the measure late Monday to legalize some 4,000 settler homes. Unlike previous U.S. governments, the current administration had said new settlements would not hinder the peace process in the region. Detractors see the legislation as justification for ongoing land theft on the West Bank. Read More »

Broos hailed Cameroon unity spirit

Cameroon closed in on the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 while hosts Gabon were left still waiting for a win despite another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was part of the squad that won the last AFCON crown in 2002. Porto's forward Vincent Aboubakar celebrating scoring Porto "s goal during the match between FC Porto and Vitoria Guimaraes for the Portuguese Primeira Liga at Estadio do Dragao on August 15, 2015 in Porto, Portugal". Read More »

Killer of US Tourist in London Pleads Guilty in UK Court

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Bulhan is a Norwegian national of Somali origin who moved to the United Kingdom in 2002. Her husband, psychology professor Richard Wagner, watched in horror as Bulhan plunged a knife into Mrs Horton's back in the attack on August 3 previous year. Read More »

Howard Stern: Presidency Might Be 'Detrimental' to Trump

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More than anything, Stern said , Trump "wants to be liked, he wants to be loved" and "he wants people to cheer for him". Stern doesn't think Trump's new reality is all that real either, saying instead the new POTUS is playing to his supporters instead of his own instincts. Read More »

Cameroon tops Ghana to reach Africa Cup of Nations final

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Ghana was the more unsafe team throughout the second half, and probably for most of the semi, but the Cameroonians hung in and struck first through defender Michael Ngadeu's goal in the 72nd minute. After victory over Zambia and Algeria, the Super Eagles face Cameroon in a crucial double-header of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in August and September. Read More »

Naveen disapproves attempts restriction on NEET

Many students who are preparing for the common medical entrance test petitioned to the Central government saying the clause had made them ineligible to apply for Neet. Prakash Javadekar, the HRD minister, took to twitter and said "Issue of number of attempts in NEET sorted out". "It is now clarified that since any new regulation takes effect prospectively, NEET-2017 shall be counted as the first attempt for this objective irrespective of the previous attempts in AIPMT/NEET, subject to ... Read More »

J&K on high alert as Pakistan observes "Kashmir Day"

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Saeed had also asked his followers to raise the issue of Kashmir during Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed every year in Pakistan on 5th February. In a series to tweets, the cricket star condemned violation of human rights in the Indian-occupied valley. Read More »

Pakistan Thanks India For Reuniting 5-Year-Old Boy With Mother

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Subsequently, a case was filed in an Indian court by his mother Rohina Kiyani. Pakistan and India cooperates to unite a five year old boy with his mother who were separated for a year. Her tears trickled down while talking to the media. Iftikhar reached the Wagah border crossing from where officials of the High Commission of Pakistan handed him over to his mother. Read More »

Chinnamma is the new Amma; Sasikala will be CM of Tamil Nadu

Sasikala was appointed as general secretary by AIADMK's top decision-making body General Council on 29 December. When former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran died in 1987, his wife and successor N Janaki would only be able to hold the post for 24 days. Read More »

Prashant Kishor found personally monitoring poll campaign of Rahul, Akhilesh

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Mulayam said he would go to Jaswantnagar in Etawah and seek people's support for Shivpal. A day after the Lucknow rally, posters had come up in Allahabad depicting the camaraderie between the two leaders and portraying Rahul as "Jai" while Akhilesh as "Veeru", the two leading protagonist from the blockbuster Bollywood movie "Sholay" in the 1970s. Read More »

Donald Trump suggests Russian Federation and United States morally equivalent

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Trump added that if Russian Federation helps fight against ISIS and "Islamic terrorists all over the world" then it's "a good thing" - a reference to his earlier statements where he had said that he would revoke sanctions against Russian Federation in exchange for cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Read More »

Man murders wife, buries body in concrete platform at home

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Udayan who allegedly killed his West Bengal's Bankura-resident live-in partner Akanksha and entombed her body at his house in Bhopal had confessed to police that he had killed his parents too eight years ago and buried their bodies at their previous house in Raipur. Read More »