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Putin wins Russian presidential vote marred by allegations of fraud

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Among them were two election observers in Gorny Shchit, a rural district of Yekaterinburg, who told The Associated Press they saw an unusually high influx of people going to the polls between noon and 2 p.m. Russians in Crimea will be able to vote on Sunday, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the peninsula's annexation by Moscow. "That's Putin's main quality - he is at the core of our state". Read More »

Goa CM extends Gudi Padwa greetings

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Like all Hindu rituals, people celebrate the festival by making intricate rangoli, or color imprints on the floor of their homes. Gudi Padwa is also significant because it marks the beginning of the spring season and the reaping of the rabi crops. Read More »

Lalu Prasad Yadav Convicted in Fourth Fodder Scam Case

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The 69-year-old RJD chief has been in Ranchi's Birsa Munda jail since December 23 after being convicted in the second fodder case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from the Deogarh treasury 21 years ago. Prasad had already been convicted in three fodder cases while Mishra was convicted in two fodder cases. In the second case of Fodder scam, Lalu Yadav was condemned on December 23, 2017, and sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment on 6 January 2018. Read More »

Australian and ASEAN pursue maritime code of conduct

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New Zealand's finance and also sports minister Grant Robertson, Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya and New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia Trevor Mathedon welcomed their arrival. Lee and Turnbull urged Asean to speedily agree to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a China-backed alternative to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact that Trump withdrew the United States from a year ago. Read More »

European Union powers propose new Iran sanctions to keep Trump in nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war , according to a confidential document seen by Reuters . Giving credence to speculations about the fate of Iran's nuclear deal, Mark Dubowitz, an executive of the Foundation for Defense Democracies, who is seen close to the Trump administration, said: "For anybody who thought Trump was bluffing about his May 12 deadline to fix the deal or nix it, the ... Read More »

Report of dozens killed in airstrike in Syria

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The Observatory said 30 people were killed in a Saturday morning airstrike on Zamalka that hit a group of people trying to flee into government-controlled areas. On Friday, YPG official Redur Khalil and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported an airstrike on the hospital. The outflow began on Thursday with thousands fleeing the southernmost of the three Ghouta pockets. Read More »

Amber Alert issued for missing El Paso Co boy

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Authorities were still trying to piece together the events leading up to the boy's disappearance. Nain Dominguez was last seen wearing green sweatshirt and sweatpants near 1215 Forest Road, which is near Stratmoor by Fountain Creek. EDT. The van was described as a white panel van with no windows in the back. Deputies did not elaborate how Nain was injured, but said he died after he was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Read More »

Putin visits Crimea on election home straight

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In Kiev, the radicals displayed anti-Russian banners and effigies of incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin , while blasting nationalist songs through loudspeakers. Earlier this week, Moskalkova sent letters to the organizations regarding Ukraine's actions, but has yet to receive an answer. Avakov's decision was strongly condemned by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Read More »

United States students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence

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But other districts aren't planning to be so accommodating. The Parkland shooting "could have just as easily been my school", said Claire Garcia, a senior at Lowell High School. With some students dressed in orange, the colour adopted by the gun control movement, the walkouts began at 10am local time in each time zone and were scheduled to last 17 minutes. Read More »

Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister withdraws defamation complaint

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Kejriwal's apology to Gadkari comes days after his "sorry" to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia. Kejriwal had included Gadkari's name in a list called "India's most corrupt" politicians ahead of the 2014 General Elections. Almost 20 defamation cases have been filed against Kejriwal in various courts by several distinguished politicians. Kejriwal's letter to Majithia drove a wedge between the party's state and national units with Punjab AAPM MLA demanding that the state unit ... Read More »

US, South Korea, Japan's hold meeting on Korean denuclearization: Blue House

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Choe, experienced in negotiations with the USA, is expected to meet the retired American diplomat as well as other retired South Korean diplomats, the South's Yonhap news agency said , citing an unnamed diplomatic source. A senior North Korean diplomat, meanwhile, flew to Finland on Sunday for talks with former US officials as well as American and South Korean civilian academics. Read More »

Florida State knocks off Xavier 75-70 to reach Sweet 16

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And with just over 10 minutes remaining in the second half, it surely seemed so. Florida State's surprising victory has thrown the West Region into anarchy. Both Xavier and Florida State have potent offenses averaging over eighty points per game on the season. Junior guard Terance Mann and senior forward Phil Cofer added 10 points apiece. Read More »

Scores of Homes Destroyed by Tathra Bushfire

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Bruce McAslan, president of Bermagui Surf Life Saving Club, said many people were blindsided by the fire, including tourists at a number of caravan parks. The inferno, fanned by very strong winds, burned through several kilometres of bushland and crossed a river before it reached Tathra, south-east of Bega. Read More »

Putin ordered to shoot down passenger plane over terror threat

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In the two-hour film, posted online, Mr Putin says he was told a plane from Ukraine to Turkey had been hijacked as the Games were about to start. The reporter points out that there were 110 passengers on board, while over 40,000 people had arrived at the stadium for the opening ceremony. Read More »

Suu Kyi spoke at length about Myanmar troubles at ASEAN summit: Turnbull

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told the summit the refugee crisis was no longer exclusively a domestic issue for Myanmar, as fleeing Rohingya could be prime targets for terrorist radicalization. It said Australia and Asean look forward to the early conclusion of an effective code of conduct, as part of efforts to maintain peace, stability, maritime security, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the region. Read More »

Modi Government Continues To Find Ways To Awade No Confidence Motion

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TDP , which pulled out on NDA last week, has 16 seats, and YSR Congress has only eight. Former MP and AIADMK spokesperson K.C. Palanisamy told IANS: "If the Centre refuses to set up the CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC) as the Supreme Court ordered, the AIADMK may support the no-trust motion". Read More »

Officials Are Now Offering $115000 For Information On The Austin Package Bombings

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According to his Facebook page, he was a Bassist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Principal Double Bass at Austin Youth Orchestra, and Principal Bassist at Austin Soundwaves. "We hope this person or persons is watching and will reach out to us before anyone else is injured or anyone else is killed", Chief Manley said during a Sunday afternoon press conference announcing the new reward level. Read More »

Sunny and cold; forecasters watching midweek storm

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Patrick's Day Parade. "In the mountains we expect an average of 4-8" of snow with lighter amounts in the valleys and some higher pockets on a few of the highest peaks. Thursday is looking breezy and cool with winds out of the Northwest. Farther north, snow totals will be less, with many areas only seeing a coating to an inch of snow. Read More »

Shakib vows to keep emotions in check after bad-tempered T20

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He then beckoned Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain off the field, only the batsmen appeared very reluctant to follow those instructions, and ambled half-heartedly towards the boundary as numerous Sri Lanka fielders took their places. Bangladesh managed to make it to the final after a tough battle with Sri Lanka . Manish Pandey may not be as experienced as Mahmudullah in worldwide cricket but Pandey's 10 years of IPL cricket holds him in good stead. Read More »

Angry players attack rugby referee after World Cup qualifier

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World Rugby told BBC Sport it would not comment on the match until it had received a full review, however vice-chairman Agustin Pichot posted on Twitter saying: "I'm going to watch the game and of course there will be an explanation". However, Belgium raced into a 15-0 lead and, despite a late fightback, Los Leones could not finish the job off, losing 18-10, meaning they will now face the play-off route. Read More »

Trump falsely says 'no crime' in Russian Federation probe

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Stephanopoulos asked Schiff about the president's tweets and a statement by Trump attorney John Dowd to The Daily Beast on Saturday suggesting that the Justice Department official who appointed Mueller end the probe. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a frequent Trump critic, said on CNN that the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing on McCabe's firing and give Attorney General Jeff Sessions and McCabe opportunities to explain their actions. Read More »

Russian Federation boots 23 United Kingdom diplomats in spy-poisoning tit-for-tat

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow would "certainly" expel some British diplomats in a tit-for-tat response. The first use of a nerve agent on European soil since World War II is a direct challenge to the Western alliance, days before elections are nearly certain to give Vladimir Putin a fourth term as Russia's president. Read More »

Sweden happy to host US-North Korea talks

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Now that the preparatory committee has been formed, we can make a meeting proposal first or if the North is prepared, it may do so first", the official said. Global media have speculated that Sweden could be a potential location if the summit were to be confirmed. Some media have reported that Ri, who was stationed at North Korea's embassy in Stockholm from 1985 to 1988, will stay in the Scandinavian country until tomorrow, ... Read More »

2 dead in shooting outside of north-end Toronto bowling alley

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Saturday. "Someone screamed, saying: 'Gunshots!" Amar had been at the bowling alley with her husband and sister, he said, and happened to be leaving the building when shots rang out. The shooting could've been much worse given how many people were inside the bowling alley at the time, according to Choe. "Five to 10 shots were heard outside of a business", police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante said. Read More »

'Nonsense' Russia would poison spy: Putin

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Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a rally and concert marking the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region, at Manezhnaya Square in central Moscow, Russia March 18, 2018. Read More »

Gowdy to Trump: If you didn't collude, 'act like it'

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He said Trump trying to get rid of Mueller would make 2018 a hard time for the administration to get anything done. A Republican senator is dismissing President Donald Trump's suggestion that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's GOP campaign be immediately concluded. Read More »

Ireland beat arch-enemy England to complete Grand Slam

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Asked about the jeers that accompanied his post-match remarks at Twickenham on Saturday, Jones said: "Get me a recording, it'll put me to sleep at night". Furthermore, they have done it the "hard way" as they have faced both France and England, two of the best teams in the championship, away from home. Best, who is still to agree a new contract which would take him through to the World Cup, said the end result on Saturday was the reward to Sexton for his sublime drop kick in stoppage time ... Read More »

British Council shutdown in Russian Federation will not affect other educational programs - minister

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The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday that 23 British diplomats are "persona non grata" and must leave the country within a week. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's deadline to explain how a Russian former double agent was poisoned in Britain with a highly toxic nerve agent invented by Russia. Read More »

Rahul Gandhi's sharp attack on PM Modi, RSS sets tone for 2019

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Priyanka also ensured that Rahul's instruction - that youngsters in the party should be allowed to moderate the session - is adhered to. "Today, the corrupt and powerful control the conversation in the country", Rahul Gandhi added. "This is the time to think what all each one of us can do for the party", Gandhi told supporters. Speaking on the recent controversy where four Supreme Court judges chose to go to media to highlight certain issues, Rahul said, "People of India go to the courts ... Read More »

Russian diplomat hints United Kingdom lab could be nerve agent source

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According to a Gallup poll, taken late in 2017, 80 percent of Russians approve of Putin's leadership, while only 40 percent have confidence in the reliability of Russia's elections . Many voters said they were under pressure from their employers to vote. Some see Sobchak, the daughter of Putin's one-time patron, as a Kremlin project meant to add a democratic veneer to the vote and help split the ranks of Kremlin critics. Read More »

Syrian President Assad visits army positions in eastern Ghouta - state media

The development came on the same day that Syria's official news agency SANA reported that thousands of civilians had managed to leave Eastern Ghouta as militants have been raining rockets on the capital Damascus from the suburb area, while using civilians there as human shields, preventing their exit through safe passages set up by Russian Federation and blocking their access to humanitarian aid. Read More »