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Syrian forces mass in northwest of country: monitor

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Turkey's official Anadolu news agency is quoting the country's defense minister as saying that a joint operation room with the United States has begun its activities as part of a deal for a safe zone in northeastern Syria . Russia , Turkey, and Iran, despite their differing positions in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to defuse tensions through diplomatic solutions since the beginning of the year. Read More »

Iran test fires new missile: Iran Revolutionary Guards commander

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The most recent unveiling came on Thursday as domestically made Bavar-373 air defense system came on stream. Tehran and Washington have been sabre rattling with an exchange of threats and warnings ever since. Nor was there any immediate reaction from Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deals directly with Tehran and Russian Federation over Syria's long war. Read More »

DOJ makes bid to get appeals court to reconsider Twitter-blocking ruling

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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet said whether they'll accept a rehearing of the case. Both lawyers said they would submit letters to the court responding to the question within 48 hours. A lawyer for the House reiterated Friday that the subpoenas are at least in part meant to aid an inquiry into possible money-laundering activities that could result in banking policy revisions and to investigate the President's financial dealings with foreign powers, such as Russian ... Read More »

Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Cancels Her Trip To Israel

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She said visiting her family under such "oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart". "You have two members of the United States Congress who are denied access to a country, Israel, which we spend many billions of dollars a year supporting", Sanders said. Read More »

Prince Andrew denies seeing any sex crimes during time with Epstein

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Court papers released the day before Epstein's suicide included portions of a deposition from a woman who said she was 21 in 2001 when Andrew fondled her breast. "His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure". Read More »

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump

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Undeterred from pressing ahead with his candidacy, Walsh said, "I think this thing. will catch on like wildfire". He has a history of inflammatory statements regarding Muslims and others and declared just before the 2016 election that if Trump lost, "I'm grabbing my musket". Read More »

Two Israeli drones come down in Beirut: Hezbollah

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Hours before the incident in Beirut the IDF announced that it had foiled an Iranian attack against northern Israel, striking targets in the Aqraba south of the Syrian capital of Damascus. In recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have hit Iranian targets in Iraq, in what would be a significant expansion of Israel's campaign targeting Iranian military entrenchment in the region. Read More »

Keystone XL pipeline cleared by Nebraska Supreme Court

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Aside from on-the-ground demonstrations, however, the pipeline also has another obstacle to overcome: a federal lawsuit filed in Montana following President Donald Trump's approval of the 1,179-mile construction project. It was in Nebraska that a politically diverse array of farmers, Native Americans and environmentalists first elevated the pipeline into the national spotlight. Read More »

Hong Kong protest winds down after clashes

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After a brief respite the previous weekend when demonstrations were peaceful, a group of hardcore protesters yesterday clashed with police, throwing petrol bombs and spraying fire extinguishers at officers, who then fired rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd after repeated warnings proved "futile". Read More »

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop ‘killer drones’, says military

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There have been multiple reports of explosions in the sky over Damascus on Saturday evening before midnight, as Syrian air defense forces engaged "hostile targets" coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapon shipments to Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah. Read More »

Johnson insists U.S. digital giants must be taxed ‘fairly and properly’

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to US President Donald Trump on the phone ahead of their one-on-one talks on Sunday on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France. "There is a tax on British micro-breweries in the United States that doesn't apply to USA micro-breweries in the UK". Earlier this week, Johnson returned from a European tour during which he attempted to persuade European leaders to renegotiate provisions of the Brexit deal, especially the Irish "backstop" . Read More »

Texas executes man in college student's death

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Swearingen had long tried to cast doubt on the evidence used to convict him, particularly claims by prosecution experts that Trotter's body had been in the woods for 25 days. Swearingen had five stays on his sentence and had requested one more last week on the grounds that the state sponsored "false and misleading" trial testimony from an analyst concerning blood flecks found under Trotter's fingernails and that the state "manufactured" evidence that the torn pantyhose used to strangle Trotter ... Read More »

Trump praises Danish PM he called 'nasty'

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The Trump administration is planning to open a USA consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades amid increased strategic and economic interest in the Danish territory. "I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off", Trump told reporters on Wednesday. But on Friday he appeared to reverse course, calling her 'a wonderful woman'. Read More »

Mexican authorities arrest Minnesota man charged with killing parents

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Barry and Carol Bennett both were 63 years old. "Anyone with information on Dylan Bennett's whereabouts is urged to call the Todd County Sheriff's Office ", officials said. Authorities also learned Dylan Bennett had withdrawn a large amount of money from his parents' accounts and purchased airline tickets to Cancun. Her auto was found in Columbus, Ohio. Read More »

NY man crushed to death by elevator at apartment building

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Waisbren was exiting the elevator at the lobby-level when the auto dropped toward the basement, causing him to become stuck between the elevator vehicle and the shaft wall on the first floor. A Department of Buildings spokesperson tells PEOPLE that an investigation is ongoing and DOB inspectors are on site. 'Elevators are the safest form of travel in NY, due to the city's stringent inspection and safety requirements. Read More »

Zarif Hails Macron's Proposals on Nuclear Deal, Highlights Futility of US Pressures

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France defends the preservation of the deal, while Germany and the United Kingdom, together with other signatories, proposed a mechanism to relieve USA sanctions against Iran . Speaking after a week of high drama with migrant ships desperately seeking port, Macron also said that the world would continue to suffer from the "immigration scandal" across the Mediterranean as long as the situation in Libya remains unresolved. Read More »

Vietnam, Australia voice China concern

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A Chinese vessel , the Haiyang Dizhi 8, yesterday continued to survey Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under escort from at least seven Chinese vessels, according to data from Marine Traffic, a Web site that tracks vessel movements. Read More »

Johnson, Trump discuss global trade ahead of G7 meeting

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Elysee Palace and shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, August 22. "We think that it is very important that Iran doesn't get the nuclear weapons", said the diplomat speaking ahead of the G7 leaders summit in Biarritz , where Johnson and Trump will meet. Read More »

Myanmar troops show ‘genocidal intent’ for Rohingya

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It said these collective efforts have stabilised camp conditions, strengthened monsoon preparedness and helped prevent disease outbreaks. Rohingya Muslims have long demanded that Myanmar give them citizenship, safety and their own land and homes they left behind. Read More »

Lightning Strikes Kill 5, Injure Over 100 in Tatra Mountains

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Most of the victims were on the Polish side, where lightning struck a metal cross atop Mount Giewont as well as a metal chain near the summit, according to local media . Krzysztof said the massive mountain rescue action involved five helicopters and " went beyond the situations" that his team had ever faced. They had set out to climb Poland's highest mountains when the skies were clear earlier in the day. Read More »

Hundreds of thousands turn out for peaceful HK protest

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It ended a weekend of protests that for the first time in weeks saw no major confrontations with police, as of early Monday morning. "The Junior Police Officers" Association and some pro-Beijing legislative councillor have repeatedly called protesters "cockroaches.' It brings up the painful memories of genocide [for] both Hongkongers and the global community", said Wong. Read More »

Rahul-led opposition team sent back from Srinagar

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Parties like Congress , CPI, DMK, RJD, TMC, NCP and JD (S) were part of the opposition's all-party delegation. But the Jammu and Kashmir Department of Information and Public Relations requested the opposition leaders not to visit Srinagar as it would "disturb the gradual restoration of normal life". Read More »

Iran Unveils Domestic Long-Range Missile System: Bavar-373

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Rouhani said that "now that our enemies do not accept logic, we can not respond with logic". Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people. According to the Press TV, Bavar-373 is a mobile defense system and capable of intercepting and destroying hostile targets flying at altitudes of up to 27 km. Read More »

YouTube has removed 210 channels that posted about the Hong Kong protests

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They cheered as it toppled over. Anti-government protesters have filled the streets of a Hong Kong commercial district for another weekend rally. The demonstration was nicknamed, "The Hong Kong Way", a homage to the 370-mile " Baltic Way " human chain formed exactly 30 years ago by about two million people in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to demand liberation from the Soviet Union. Read More »

Shasta County Wildfire Spreading Rapidly, Burning Homes And Forcing Evacuations

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It was whipped by north winds, but a California state fire official said those died down in the evening, and fire activity had been reduced. Elevated humidity and light-weight in a single day winds helped firefighters sluggish the expansion of a brush fireplace that exploded in Shasta County a day earlier, forcing evacuations and destroying three properties, officers mentioned Friday. Read More »

Indonesia beefs up security in Papua province

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Indonesia's acquisition of West Papua has been the cause of tension and controversy for more than 60 years . A number of public facilities such as the airport also became a target of public anger, while a number of vehicles were found in wrecked condition and scorched. Read More »

Arun Jaitley: Former India finance minister dies

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Jaitley held the finance portfolio in Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government from 2014 through this year but chose not to run for reelection in May's polls because of poor health. The Prime Minister tweeted, "Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary". Condolences to his family. He brought a defamation case against Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejrwal after the latter alleged that there were financial irregularities at the DDCA during his tenure. Read More »

Indonesia bishop urges calm in Papua, denounces racism

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In Jakarta, more than 100 demonstrators calling for Papuan independence scuffled with police near the presidential palace, while dozens of placard-holding demonstrators protested in Bali's capital Denpasar. Indigenous Papuans angered by decades of racism rallied in 30 cities across Indonesia, including Jakarta, this week, after video circulated of Indonesian militias racially abusing Papuan students. Read More »

Beijing hits back after Trudeau vows to stand up to China

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In apparent retaliation, China arrested two Canadian, and accused them of espionage, while blocking billions of dollars in Canadian agricultural shipments. The US is seeking her extradition to face fraud charges for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to US banks-accusations that her lawyers dispute. Read More »

Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack

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Emergency services said the girl had died and two men, aged 46 and 20, were described as being in a serious condition. Gaza's health ministry said the infiltrator was wounded by gunfire and evacuated to a local hospital. Israeli paramedics say three Israelis have been seriously wounded in an explosion near a West Bank settlement. AFP reporters said thousands of Gazans participated in weekly Friday protests at the Israeli border fence, with some youths using slingshots to launch stones at the ... Read More »

Donald Trump Strikes Back at China with Higher Tariffs

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Boeing and Airbus have been expanding their footprint in China as they vie for orders in the country's fast-growing aviation market, which is expected to overtake the United States as the world's largest in the next decade. China's punitive tariffs of 5 to 10% will apply to 5,078 U.S. items, and are timed to start in tandem with the new USA duties set to take effect in two steps Sept 1 and Dec 15, China's state council tariff office said. Read More »

Feds indict 80 people in massive web of scams tied to Nigerians

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Six defendants live in the USA are fugitives while the remaining defendants live in other countries, mainly Nigeria . According to Federal Bureau of Investigation, one Valentine Iro , aged 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe , aged 38, where the lead suspects in the crime and several others who they coordinated with to launder funds have also been implicated. Read More »

Pilot blames bad gas in California plane crash

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Leipelt immediately contacted the U.S. Coast Guard and other than a few jelly fish stings, Lesh and his passenger were rescued virtually unharmed. The video then cuts to a Coast Guard helicopter coming to their rescue and winching them up to safety. Read More »

North Korea reportedly fires two projectiles

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They also say the intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan is still in effect, so they are ready to share information if Japan requests it. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile. Read More »

Turkey To Host Syria Summit With Russia, Iran On September 16

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Most of Idlib province and parts of neighbouring Hama, Latakia and Aleppo are under the control of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, a militant alliance led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate. The move meant that rebel-held towns and villages in the central province of Hama, including the militants' strongholds of Kfar Zeita and the nearby town of Latamneh, were now besieged. Read More »