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After Florida shooting, students spurred to act against guns

Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something now. Declaring the nation united and grieving with "one heavy heart", President Donald Trump is promising to tackle school safety and "the hard issue of mental health" in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. Read More »

Pakistani child killer sentenced to death

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The verdict, which was announced at Lahore's Central Jail, also added one life term, a 7-year jail term and Rs 3.2 million in fine. Among the punishments, the four death penalties were for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act. Read More »

IDF confirms striking 6 targets in Gaza strip Saturday, including tunnel

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The Israeli military says one of its tanks has struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its border. Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, a senior U.S. administration official told AFP on Friday.The March 5 visit comes after a war of words between close allies Israel and the United States over settlements, and a scandal that has seen police recommend Netanyahu be indicted for graft. Read More »

Rain/ snow mix early Saturday, warming weekend

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Luckily the winds will quiet down by the morning because temperatures will be cold in the mid teens to start Friday . Temperatures will warm to the mid 70s before the front arrives. Rain will continue to fall heavy at times into Friday morning. Look for a few scattered showers to accompany the front today which looks to move through by early evening, with rain amounts fairly minimal. Read More »

Hafiz Saeed officially declared 'terrorist' by Pakistan

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They are also being used as human shields and also to organise anti-India or anti-U.S. protests. Saeed, one of the founders of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba ("Army of the Pure" or LeT), is banned on the worldwide terrorism blacklist maintained by the United Nations. Read More »

DPD Officer Killed in Car Crash

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said six of the seven were shot and one died in an auto crash. "They did everything they could possibly do to save his life", Craig said. Police say Smith killed two women before shooting an off-duty police officer, and then shot two more officers. Weathers - who went by the nickname "Lucky" - had been on the job for only about a year and-a-half at the time of his death. Read More »

Indian scribe deported from the Maldives

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India on Friday, reacting to reports that China hoped that the Maldives government can resolve the raging internal political crisis on its own, said that all countries can play a constructive role in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. Maldives' Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after Yameen declared a state of emergency. India and the U.S. Read More »

S Korean PM hosts lunch for North Korean delegation

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The editorial said that it appears the U.S.is "unhappy about the detente on Korean peninsula", and it wished to destabilize the improving relations between North and South Korea. Her brother's single-minded pursuit of nuclear weapons and gleeful laughter at missile tests have, for many , turned him into a caricature of a maniacal boogeyman. Read More »

African National Congress chiefs to meet to 'finalise' Zuma exit

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Zuma at a national executive meeting on Monday afternoon. If he refuses, the matter could go to parliament for a possible motion of no confidence or impeachment proceedings. "Nelson Mandela represented the best version of ourselves as South Africans", SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago said. "We have no other choice but to continue fighting corruption" Ramaphosa said. Read More »

US Secretary of State arrives in Cairo to start Mideast tour

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Jordanian leaders were upset when the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and suspended some aid for the Palestinians. Doha denies the charges and says the countries are trying to curtail its sovereignty. In Jordan, Tillerson is doing damage control after President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and decision to withhold aid money from the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees. Read More »

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

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Moon asked the North Korean team. Pyon said he was happy to see the Korean hockey team competing with a "single-minded" unity, saying the two Koreas could also field a joint Alpine team in the future. But Mr Pence left the reception after just a few minutes, skipping the hopeful dessert and a potentially awkward encounter with North Korea's nominal head of state, Mr Kim Yong Nam . Read More »

Northern Puerto Rico hit by blackout due to fire at power substation

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The island's utility company said electricity had been restored to 75% capacity after Hurricane Maria decimated the US territory in late September. The cause of the blast remains unknown, but no injuries were reported. The hurricane tore through Puerto Rico with 155-mile-per-hour winds and pummeled the island with more than 30 inches of rain, leaving a deadly path of destruction in its wake. Read More »

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1218 drones

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The Trump administration is wary of engagement with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough worldwide sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons program. "I wanted to connect South Korea's past, present and future". Pence and the North Korean delegation, who both attended the Games opening ceremony, had no contact with each other. Read More »

Anthony Scaramucci If Kelly Lied About Porter ... He's Gotta Go

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What was his intent in emphasizing that point?" My friend turned to me and said, 'The President of the United States just called you a liar.' Yes. Willoughby also took Trump to task for a tweet in which he suggested that Porter's life and career were being "shattered and destroyed" over unproven allegations. Read More »

Aaron Blake: White House's broken promise on Democratic memo

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It was not immediately clear what recourse Democrats might seek against the president's decision to hold up the release of their memo. Trump had claimed he was completely vindicated by the Republican-written congressional memo, which alleged the FBI abused its surveillance powers during an investigation of the Trump presidential election campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. Read More »

US Vice-President Mike Pence raises prospect of talks with North Korea

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In a rare public moment, President Moon shook hands with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un , at start of the opening ceremony . North Korea is looking to use the opportunity of the Olympics to soften South Korea's attitude towards its northern neighbour and to find a way to bring South Korea to the negotiation table, thus weakening the US-Japan-South Korea trilateral cooperation which has been pressuring North Korea. Read More »

US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace Prize

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The North Korean taekwondo athletes arrived South this week and performed at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday as part of four performances during their nine-day trip. "The female ice hockey players from the two Koreas are now holding a small snowball in their hands", he said. 'We have to put this in context. The crowd at Kwandong Hockey Centre came alive each time Korea took possession, as did North Korea's all-female cheerleading squad. Read More »

Pakistani Taliban senior commander confirmed killed by United States drone

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Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike. They said the target of Thursday's strike was the Haqqani network. The Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014. Read More »

Kim Jong-un Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang

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And due to the ongoing war between the South and North since their unresolved conflict in the 1950's that left the Korean Peninsula divided along with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's reluctance to end his nuclear program, many believed that the South and the Games would be threatened. Read More »

Korea: 'Warm talks' with Moon

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Some set a North Korean flag on fire before police intervened, and others chanted 'Let's tear Kim Jong Un to death!' as they ripped up posters bearing his portrait. A White House official said that, although Moon did not discuss the invitation with Pence on Saturday, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to de-nuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off. Read More »

MI officer shot during barricaded gunman incident

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There was no word on the relationship of the dead women to the suspect. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. A bullet struck an officer in the leg but the cop is expected to be OK. The suspect, in that case, Decharlos O. Brooks, has been charged with eight counts of assault with intent to murder, seven counts of resisting and obstructing, one count of carrying a risky weapon and 17 counts of felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Officer. Read More »

3 killed in Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter crash; survivors rescued

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NTSB investigators determined the probable cause of the 2001 crash was pilot error. Three people died when a EC-130 helicopter operated by sightseeing tour company Papillon Airways went down at 5:20 p.m. It was in the Grand Canyon West area when it came down at around 17:20 local time (00:20 GMT) on Saturday. Hualapai Police chief Francis Bradley said: "It's a very tragic incident". Read More »

South Korea's Leader May Be on Brink of Legacy-Defining Moment

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Pence, who was in South Korea for the Olympics, has said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea. The younger Kim, who came here as a special envoy of the DPRK leader, delivered the DPRK leader's invitation for Moon to visit Pyongyang at Moon's convenient time. Read More »

Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait, Citing Abuses

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The move comes after President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement that Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours. Sermonia told the BusinessMirror the recent development will lead to lost employment opportunities for some Kuwait-bound Filipinos workers. A total of 10,800 are 'overstaying violators, ' Arriola added. Read More »

Iraq Seeks $88.2 Billion For Reconstruction After Years Of War Against ISIS

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Qusai Abdelfattah, director general at the planning ministry, said US$22 billion of those funds were needed immediately and the rest for the medium term. Iraq is the 10th most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International. Railways, airports, and ports construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation are also high on Iraq's investment opportunities list, including berths for oil products exports and imports at the $6-billion project for the Grand Port of Al Faw at ... Read More »

Antonio Conte reiterates desire to fulfil Chelsea contract

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Conte, as short as 1-4 to be the next Premier manager to be sacked, sang the praises of Enrique, who is now on a sabbatical. Even if he survives Chelsea's current slump in form, Conte is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season following months of tension with the club hierarchy about transfer policy. Read More »

University replaces professor who insisted Australia was not a country

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But when the stay-at-home mum got her grade back, she had been failed because, according to the teacher, " Australia is a continent; not a country ". The university let the professor go as a result. "We have apologized to Ashley, replaced the instructor & are reimbursing her tuition for the course", SNHU said on Twitter . Read More »

Barnaby Joyce 'resisted' removing girlfriend Vikki Campion from office

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Ms Campion, a former journalist, was initially a media advisor in the deputy prime minister's office before working for cabinet minister Matt Canavan. Ahead of the Nationals party meeting, the deputy prime minister's New South Wales Nationals colleague John Williams said he did not know if Joyce would lead the party to the next election. Read More »

Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's President to Pyongyang (Second Lead)

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The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons programmes a year ago and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington. In the interview, Pence said the US and South Korea agreed on terms for further engagement with North Korea, calling the diplomatic path "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time". Read More »

South Africa's ruling ANC to finalise talks on Zuma's future

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When Mandela finished, Ramaphosa briefly addressed the crowd. The Top Six backed Ramaphosa fully and resolved that there was no longer any point in continuing to "manage the transition" with Zuma, and that he should therefore go. The interests of people must be put first, not the interests of individuals, said Ramaphosa. Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of corruption charges after nine years in power. Read More »

In Interview, Trump Casts Doubt on Palestinians' Desire to Make Peace

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The Palestinian envoy to Moscow, Abd al Hafiz Nofal, said on February 11 that the Palestinians were not looking to exclude the United States from the peace process, "only asking that other parties join" as well. It's a sentiment Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole says he agrees with, also suggesting Canada increase its consular presence in the area. Read More »