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Fire kills 11, injures 3 at home for elderly poor in Japan

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Flames engulfed the three-storey building late on Wednesday, 31 January, in the city of Sapporo , on the island of Hokkaido. Japan's public broadcaster NHK said that according to eyewitness accounts smoke was seen billowing out of the facility at 11:40 p.m. Read More »

Five things this ODI series can teach us about SA's ODI progress

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Leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounder Kedar Jadhav in the playing XI, Shreyas Iyer misses out as Ajinkya Rahane returns to the side. India know what they have in Hardik Pandya. He tried to throw his weight around in the test series but South Africa bowled well to him. On the series itself, du Plessis expected another tough challenge from India , and said he was looking to his batsmen to take charge against the visiting side's bowling. Read More »

India budget to test investors' faith in Modi's government

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He added that the Modi government wanted to double farmers' income by 2022 when India celebrates its 75th year of independence. "Cryptocurrency investors in India have to bear in mind that the government doesn't consider them legal tender", Jaitley announced in his Budget address. Read More »

Pakistan lawmaker disqualified after threatening judges

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified a lawmaker from the ruling party for five years after finding him guilty of threatening judges in a speech last year. "You are making the life of the prime minister hard". Raja Zafar ul Haq - head of the committee - found Hashmi violated the party's code of conduct and reported the premier for action against him. Read More »

Trump's Law Enforcement Purge Is Now Republican Policy

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The Times added that Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump's legal team, was expected to testify that White House communications director Hope Hicks may have been planning to obstruct justice. It isn't the actions his lawyers take on his behalf in dealing with the special counsel , adversarial as that relationship might sometimes become. Read More »

Super blue blood moon photos!

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It will also be a Super Moon , meaning the moon will be closer to the earth than it normally would be. Since this is the second full moon of the month, it is considered a blue moon . The Earth's atmosphere will filter out nearly all of the visible light, which is all the colors of the rainbow, except for orange and red, which is why the moon will appear reddish-orange. Read More »

IAF Officer Detained on Charges of Espionage

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The officer was taken into custody a couple of days ago and now a team of the IAF's central security and investigation is questioning him. The IAF official was held a few days back after surveillance was mounted on him after his "suspicious" behaviour in the office and his activity on social media platforms alerted the authorities. Read More »

Virginia Tech student charged with illegal gun possession

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Zhao was an undecided business major, the paper reported, and is no longer enrolled at the university. The timeline given in the warrants - a January 22 notification about the magazine purchase, a Thursday notice about the rifle, and the shooting range visit on Friday - conflicted with the arrest warrant and online court records that gave the date of Zhao's alleged offense as January 19. Read More »

Rewriting History: Polish Senate Passes Controversial Holocaust Bill

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Although the proposal exempts artistic work and research, it has raised concerns that the Polish state will decide what it considers to be facts. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. "If enacted this draft legislation could undermine free speech and academic discourse", she said. Read More »

Ten primary school children among 81 people missing on Kiribati ferry

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President Taneti Maamau said earlier on Monday that the ferry was carrying 100 passengers. The ferry left Nonouti Island bound for South Tarawa on January 18, according to authorities, a journey which was supposed to take two days. The survivors had been assessed by medics on board the patrol boat and were not in need of urgent hospital treatment, the RCCNZ spokesman said. The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ), which is supporting the search, said in a statement on ... Read More »

DPRK athletes to arrive in S. Korea for Winter Olympics later Thursday

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And US officials told The Washington Post's Josh Rogin that a possible first-strike at North Korea was not imminent. But as is often the case with North Korea, the bark may be worse than the bite. The North Korea expert agrees with the Trump administration's determination that , if unchecked, the volatile country "will build an arsenal with multiple nuclear missiles meant to threaten the USA homeland" and cut us off from our allies in the region. Read More »

FBI reveals 'grave concerns' over classified Russia probe memo

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More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign. Read More »

Trump Signals $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure 'Investment'

Ends the visa lottery - "a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people", Trump said . "In confronting these dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defence", he said and asked the Congress to end the risky defence sequester and fully fund the military. Read More »

Paul Woody: Redskins had to make a change at quarterback

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Eagles quarterback Nick Foles , who was Smith's backup last season in Kansas City, called Smith a "great quarterback". Instead of looking over his shoulder at Patrick Mahomes , Smith now shifts into a long-range starting role with legitimate job security. Read More »

Congress ahead in Alwar, Ajmer; BJP leads in Maldalgarh, TMC in WB

The counting of votes for all three seats has begun. Early trends showed Congress leading in the Lok Sabha seats - Congress was leading with 30,595 votes in Alwar , and leading with 7,585 votes in Ajmer . The voting for the seats was held on Monday, January 29, 2018. Meanwhile in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress surged ahead of its rivals in both the Noapara assembly seat and Uluberia Parliamentary seat and has now won Noapara by a huge margin. Read More »

Lord shocks colleagues by resigning over his 'disgrace' at being late

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His apology was addressed primarily to Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett, a member of the Labour Party who had asked a question that he was best equipped to answer. Lord Bates, the former MP for Langbaurgh, was due in the Lords chamber for oral questions on a strategy for reducing inequality. Lord John Taylor had clearly been caught off guard at having to respond to questions from peers in the absence of Lord Bates at the start of proceedings. Read More »

PM Narendra Modi Launches 1st Khelo India School Games

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While launching the inaugural event of Khelo India School Games today, PM Modi said, "Khelo is not only about winning medals". The Khelo India School Games are being held from 31st January to 8th February, 2018 in New Delhi . Under Khelo India Games, around 20 crore children in age group of 10 to 17 years will also be engaged into national Physical Fitness Campaign and the Khelo India School Games is only the beginning of this journey. Read More »

Afghan President speaks to Modi, not to Pakistan PM

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The group's meeting will be held in Kabul on February 3, where Pakistani delegation will be led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, the broadcaster said. Islamabad, for its part, denies the charge and accuses Kabul of allowing anti-Pakistan Taliban factions to use its soil for terrorist attacks on civilians and security forces inside Pakistan. Read More »

Trump honors parents of teen girls slain by MS-13 gang

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Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. The gang now has a presence across the country, with about 10,000 members. By misleadingly designating MS-13 as a national priority for the Justice Department and simultaneously stepping up anti-immigration rhetoric and raids of Latino communities, the administration is only encouraging the gang and others like it to flourish here. Read More »

Gallup: Trump Has 31 Percent Approval Rating In Connecticut

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Four percent had no opinion. Two-thirds of poll respondents in Vermont - or 69 percent - disapproved of Trump's job performance. Trump's ability to fulfill numerous promises he made during the 2016 election has also impressed a majority of Americans, 55 percent of which said he has been "somewhat successful at getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda". Read More »

North Korea dials back military drills under sanctions strain

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Furthermore, the 34-year-old's military muscle-flexing has been accompanied by major development projects in Pyongyang as well as a ski resort in Kangwon province. It stipulates that Pyongyang stops nuclear tests and missile launches in exchange for Seoul and Washington abstaining from carrying out joint drills. Read More »

Texas governor orders investigation of abuse claims at USA Gymnastics facility

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Abbott also lauded the investigation already being conducted by the Walker County Sheriff's Office and said the state's investigators should work with local law enforcement to conduct the inquiry. "He was grooming me so he could molest me", Raisman said. The Karolyi Ranch was owned by Bela Karolyi, a legendary gymnastics coach, and his wife Marta Karolyi, the coordinator of the US women's gymnastics national team who retired after winning the team gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio ... Read More »

White House to propose 72 percent cut to clean energy research

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Meanwhile, China has budgeted more than $70 billion a year for renewable generation alone through 2020. The Trump administration had asked the spending to be cut to $636 million, a request that Congress did not approve. In a statement to the Post , the White House said it would not comment "on any leaked or pre-decisional documents prior to the release of the official budget". Read More »

Australian tennis star Tomic 'depressed,' wants to return to court

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Other than their duplicates matching, a Nick Kyrgios-drove Australia are likewise yet to choose their second player for Friday's opening singles activity. The last time Tomic was in the top 20 was in 2016. Bernard Tomic has vowed to resume tennis training as soon as he returns to Australia from the African jungle but it seems Tennis Australia has finally run out of patience with the fallen prodigy. Read More »

Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli gunfire

According to local media, Abu Naim - a high school student - was shot at point blank range. The spokeswoman was "unable to confirm that any Palestinians had been hit by gunfire". The Palestinians have rejected the United States as the mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process after Trump announced in December that the United States would recognize Jerusalem , the disputed holy city, as Israel's capital. Read More »

North Korea pulls plug on pop festival with the South

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During a New Year's Day address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered his country's participation in the Games - prompting the first inter-Korean talks in over two years. The security officials said they were unaware of any specific threats and were confident that the South Koreans can provide a secure Olympics. Trump has called Kim "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission". Read More »

US, Qatar reach agreement on subsidy spat with airlines

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US and Qatar officials have reached an agreement in the three-year dispute about airline subsidies that left factions on both sides claiming victory. The agreement, if announced with the leaked terms, would also not pose any threat to the approximately 200 weekly flights the largest three Gulf carriers operate to a dozen USA cities, many of which have proven to be extremely profitable for their operators. Read More »