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Pompeo's call to Pakistan's new premier stirs controversy

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A foreign Office spokesperson said there was no mention of the presence of terrorists in Pakistan during conversation between the two. The relevant part of the statement read: "Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process". Read More »

Zimbabwe court rejects opposition attempt to annul election result

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Chamisa's lawyers alleged that there was massive doctoring of the vote to keep Mnangagwa in office. Chief Justice Luke Malaba took nearly an hour to read out the court's ruling, flanked by the eight other members of the court dressed in their wigs and black gowns, in front of a packed courthouse on Friday afternoon. Read More »

Manafort juror: Lone holdout blocked conviction on all counts, prosecutors were "napping"

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Ellis asking for an explanation of the term, "reasonable doubt". "I'm not afraid at all, and I thought that the public, America, needed to know how close this was, and that the evidence was overwhelming". "I saw them napping during the trial", Duncan said, citing in particular prosecutors Brandon Van Grack and Greg Andres. "I'll tell you what, if I ever got impeached I think the market would crash". Read More »

Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Leaking Classified NSA Report

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Reality Winner, 26 , worked for federal contractor Pluribus International Corp .in Augusta, Georgia , when she was arrested previous year after "removing classified materials from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", a criminal complaint said at the time. Read More »

Federal education dollars could go to buy guns for schools

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The federal grant being considered for this goal is one that does not specifically prohibit buying weapons. According to the NYT , the education department is weighing their options under the auspices of a program called Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants. Read More »

Taiwan Loses Diplomatic Partner El Salvador to China

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Taiwan now has official diplomatic ties with just 17 small, developing nations. China and the US are sparring over El Salvador's decision to drop Taiwan in favour of diplomatic relations with Beijing, with a Chinese spokesperson on Wednesday accusing Washington of trying to deter other nations from making a similar switch. Read More »

Iran says Israel, US will be targeted if Washington attacks

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Over the past years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware despite sanctions and economic pressures on the country. Iran has unveiled its first homemade fighter jet this morning - and boasted that the United States would not dare attack the country because of its "power". Read More »

Facebook removes pages with 'inauthentic behavior' linked to Iran

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Targeting Latin American web users, the Iranians set up a site for "Instituto Manquehue" that claimed to be an independent civic organisation but which used an email for the domain registration found on another site promoting Shia Islam. Hundreds of thousands of people followed one or more of the Facebook pages implicated in the campaign, Facebook said. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers have been grappling with mounting evidence from social media and US intelligence that sanctions and other ... Read More »

Uganda’s pop star-turned-lawmaker now facing treason charges

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He was detained in Arua, where President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, was campaigning. A Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker has been re-arrested by police shortly after being freed by a military court and likely is being taken to a magistrate's court where lawyers fear he will face charges of treason. Read More »

Bolton says warned Russian envoy against election meddling in 2018

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The Trump government has said the accord failed to deny Tehran the means to make a nuclear bomb and acted as a spur to its interference in the affairs of neighbouring countries. A senior Iranian cleric warned Washington yesterday that if it attacked Iran, the U.S. and Israel would be targeted, as a war of words escalated after the re-imposition of United States sanctions on Iran. Read More »

Iran tells European Union to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

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Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship & subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years. In an interview with Young Journalist Club, Zarif noted that, despite the fact that European governments put forward proposals for the maintenance of oil and banking ties with Iran after the entry into force of the second phase of US sanctions in November, these measures were rather "a statement about his position than practical measures". Read More »

Killed In Knife Attack Near Paris, ISIS Claims Attack

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The attacker, 36, reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the rampage, and was shot dead by police after the assault in a residential street. Jean-Jacques Brot, the top government administrator in Yvelines, tweeted to confirm the assailant was killed. Read More »

US, China escalate tariffs on each other amid trade talks

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Calling the latest round of sanctions a " clear violation " of WTO trade rules, the ministry stressed that it will continue to introduce all the " necessary countermeasures " in order to defend free trade and China's " legitimate rights and interests ". Read More »

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen testifies Trump told him to commit a crime

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CORNISH: So unpack that a little more . One of the unlawful campaign contributions involved a corporation. And while the case doesn't involve allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination by the Trump campaign, it has been closely watched by President Donald Trump as he seeks to publicly undermine Mueller's probe. Read More »

S. Africa rejects Trump’s ‘narrow perception’ on land reform

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Seventy-two percent of land in South Africa is owned by white farmers, despite accounting for just 8% of the population, according to the Land Audit Report . South Africa has a long history of colonial conquest and dispossession that pushed the black majority into crowded urban townships and rural reserves. Read More »

ISIS leader Baghdadi releases statement urging followers 'to persevere'

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The audio has posed fresh questions over Baghdadi's existence. He also called for attacks in the West in the Telegram message on Eid al-Adha, which comes as IS has lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria. His last know audio recording was released on September 28, 2017. He also criticises surrendering rebels in southern Syria who capitulated to President Bashar Assad's forces, calling them traitors and urges fighters to join the Islamic State group instead. Read More »

ECRL project a costly, lop-sided deal - Khalid Samad

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At a press conference in Beijing before ending his five-day visit, Mahathir said Malaysia, owing to its financial woes, can not afford the projects, namely the $20 billion East Coast Rail Link for which construction already started, and the Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline projects worth over $2 billion. Read More »

Colleagues say Australian PM has lost party support, back his rival

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But new polling shows a Dutton government would crash at the election to Bill Shorten , with voters picking the Labor leader over the ex-Home Affairs minister. "If I believe the majority of colleagues support me then I will consider my position", he said. "I'm speaking to colleagues, I'm not going to beat around the bush with that, mate", he told commercial radio station 3AW on again attempting to dump Turnbull. Read More »

Trump anxious talking under oath would be 'perjury trap'

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Trump said "disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller" spent more than 30 hours with McGahn "only with my approval, for purposes of transparency". Trump also said he was anxious that any statements under oath he provides to Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him. Read More »

Saudi Arabia May Execute Its First Non-Violent Female Activist

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Saudi Arabia , which has one of the highest execution rates in the world, is taking the rare step of seeking the death penalty for a 29-year-old female activist accused of encouraging demonstrations for greater rights for the Shiite Muslim minority, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch said. Read More »

Debt-laden Malaysia ‘wants fair and free’ trade with China

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, left, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing , Monday, Aug. "We do not want a situation where there is a new version of colonialism happening because poor countries are unable to compete with rich countries", he said. Read More »

At least 11 killed by flash flood in Calabria gorge

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But precautionary searches were continuing for people possibly still there since the gorge is open to the general public and visitors are not required to register. Powerful floodlights were brought in to allow rescuers to work through the night, authorities said. A firefighter stands in the area after several people were killed in a mountain gorge flooding. Read More »

CCTV captures Genoa bridge collapse

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Ministers also want the company to foot the bill for restoring buildings and other areas that were damaged when the 260ft (79m) span of the bridge crashed to the ground during a torrential downpour. The Italian government is working on penalties it could apply against Atlantia following the fatal bridge collapse in Genoa , Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (Aug 21). Read More »

Family of Mollie Tibbetts issues a public statement

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And Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said residents "are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community". Rivera is from Guayabillo, Mexico according to his Facebook page . It's about a three-hour drive from the resort city of Acapulco. Authorities found what they believe to be the body of the young Iowa woman on Tuesday. Read More »

Portland's air quality fourth-worst among major cities worldwide

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Vancouver B.C. (146) ranked fourth. "The air is really bad on the lungs but it's also emotionally draining", he said. The wind that clears the smoke from Seattle will blow east of us, worsening air quality in Eastern Washington. Thick smoke produced by the B.C. wildfires is expected to move back into the province on Wednesday afternoon, reducing visibility and causing poor air quality. Read More »

Russian accused of spying in US faces 'borderline torture': Moscow

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Accused Russian agent Maria Butina speaks to camera at 2015 FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., July 11, 2015 in this still image taken from a social media video obtained July 19, 2018. But while the facility is around the corner from where Manafort's trial is being held, Butina has hearings back in D.C. closer to her former facility. Read More »

Israel closes Gaza crossing on the eve of Qurban Bayram

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Israel has enforced an air, land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip for more than a decade and grants permits a limited number of permits for medical and other purposes, including a small number to the elderly during religious festivals. The representative of the Ministry of defense of Israel confirmed that it had closed the Erez crossing. Hamas officials have been meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo for days, hammering out details of a possible truce with Israel. Read More »