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Syrian state media denies blasts caused by Israeli strikes

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There was no immediate comment from Israeli authorities. A regime military source said the Mazzeh airbase "was not the target of Israeli aggression", according to the official SANA news agency. The following month, Israel said it had shot down a Syrian warplane which entered its airspace - a rare incident between the two foes. Israel has said it will not tolerate a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria, especially near the frontier between the two countries. Read More »

Pentagon moves to stop $300m in aid to Pakistan

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The Trump administration accuses Islamabad of harboring insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies. This isn't the first time the Pentagon has canceled these kinds of funds but this year, as Pakistan's economy struggles, the move may get more attention from Imran Khan, the new leader. Read More »

Suu Kyi should have resigned over crackdown, says UN chief

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When communal violence broke out in 2012 and displaced more than 100,000 Rohingya people , Ms Suu Kyi sought to reassure the global community and pledged to "abide by our commitment to human rights and democratic values". That potential humanitarian crisis of even bigger proportions to which we are referring is India's recent massive purging of Bangladeshi Muslims in the name of combating illegal immigrants in its border state of Assam. Read More »

U.S. Tech Stocks Gain as Trade Deadline Approaches: Markets Wrap

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Treasuries, the dollar and the yen held on to gains. The U.S. may impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods as early as next week after a public comment period on the issue ends, according to a report Thursday . Elsewhere in Asia, the report on Trump's planned tariffs added to the fright on trading floors, with most equity markets across the region falling. Read More »

Speeches and Scenes From McCain's Memorial in Washington

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Uniformed members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the soaring cathedral and back out again after the 2-1/2 hour service. President TrumpDonald John TrumpCalifornia lawmakers pass stiffest net neutrality law in US Trump criticizes ABC/WaPo poll that found support for impeachment Trump hails unions, touts trade moves in Labor Day message MORE , with whom McCain had a contentious relationship, was not invited to the service. Read More »

Mourners Gather For Arizona Church Service For Sen. John McCain

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The past week has been marked by moving tributes from Republicans and Democrats to the life and service of John McCain . Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Vice President Joe Biden honored Sen. Top members of Trump's administration, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner , attended, as did White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. Read More »

Israeli prime minister's wife suspected of bribery

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The wife and son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being investigated for corruption as part of a case which sees the official accused of granting favours to a media giant in return for favourable coverage, it emerged yesterday. Read More »

US lawmakers call for China sanctions over Muslim camps

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Other aspects of the safety crackdown the AP has detailed include all-encompassing digital surveillance, mass deployment of police and severe laws in opposition to non secular customs and costume. China says its crackdown there is to protect peace and prevent what it calls terrorism. Beijing , Aug 31 China on Friday ignored the UN's grave concerns over the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in its restive Xinjiang province and said these reports were yet to be verified. Read More »

China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

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The presidential spokesperson said Friday that the envoys will hold comprehensive discussions with officials there about the upcoming summit and much more. News reports have suggested the North may have demanded early rewards for the denuclearization steps it has taken so far. Moon has repeatedly called for honest efforts on all sides to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

India 'expects clarity' on Iran oil cut after US meeting

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Iran's supreme leader has told the nation's president and Cabinet to work "day and night" to resolve economic problems that have put President Hassan Rouhani under unprecedented political pressure. India and China will continue to take nearly 1.0 million b/d of crude from Iran under sanctions, down from about 1.3 million b/d. German and French officials are also deeply involved in parallel proposals to keep trading with Iran. Read More »

Germany to return human remains from Namibian genocide

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The genocide began in 1904 after a Herero and Nama rebellion in response to the German expropriation of their land and cattle. A Namibian government delegation received the remains at a church service in the German capital, Berlin. Berlin has also refused to pay reparations. The repatriation of the remains is a reminder of Germany's short-lived past as a colonial power in Africa which included the bloody suppression of a Herero and Nama uprising between 1904 and 1908 that left tens of ... Read More »

Sadiq Khan bikini blimp takes flight in London

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The stunt comes after the London mayor defended the flying of a similar blimp depicting Donald Trump over the capital during the U.S. president's visit to the United Kingdom in July. "I don't really think yellow's my colour though". Protester Steve Charlston said Khan was a "complete hypocrite", saying he deemed the beach body ad offensive enough to ban it but felt it was "fine and dandy" to allow the anti-Trump blimp to fly over London while the president was visiting. Read More »

US ambassador: Victims in Amsterdam stabbing are Americans

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Amsterdam City Hall said German authorities searched the suspect's home and seized data storage devices that would be analyzed as part of the investigation. Mr. Hoekstra said, "We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families". Read More »

Sadiq Khan: Londoners welcome to look at bikini-clad blimp of me

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Organiser Yanny Bruere has raised more than $75,000 through the Crowdfunder website for the 29-foot blimp as part of a campaign to oust Mr Khan from his post. Another Angle Of The Sadiq Khan Balloon. People in London don't feel safe and they aren't safe. 'It feels like the Mayor of London prioritises personal enmity over the good of the country'. Read More »

Google, Facebook, Amazon May Be 'Antitrust Situation'

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Google has shot down President Trump's charge that the tech giant ignored his first State of the Union address after promoting President Obama's speeches to Congress for his eight years in office. He later said that Google, as well as Facebook and Twitter, were "treading on very, very troubled territory ". "When President Trump took office, Google stopped". Read More »

Eight people injured after Germany oil refinery explosion

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Bayernoil said on its website that the refinery had been put out of action but the installation had been secured and was no longer a safety risk. The cause of the explosion - which could be felt from several kilometres away according to local media - is not now known. Read More »

Trump insider David Pecker leaving Postmedia board of directors

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Pecker cooperated with federal investigators and was given immunity as part of the Cohen probe that took place in the Southern District of NY. And to protect him, he would dig up the dirt on Trump, often paying for the stories and then burying them in a practice called "catch and kill". Read More »

Outcry over retirement plan brings rare Putin concession

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While Putin said the general thrust of the policy was justified given Russia's wider economic and demographic backdrop, he did row back on the planned retirement age for women. "Their retirement age should not increase by more than that of men", he said. Mothers of three children will be able to retire at the age of 57, and mothers of five or more children could retire at 50. Read More »

Alex Salmond resigns from SNP

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He said: "I did not come into politics to facilitate opposition attacks on the SNP and, with Parliament returning next week, I have tendered my resignation to remove this line of opposition attack". 'I refute these two complaints of harassment and I absolutely reject any suggestion of criminality. "Complaints must be investigated without fear or favor, regardless of the seniority of the person involved". Read More »

Ukraine separatists say leader killed in cafe bombing

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Zakharchenko's family and friends. Moscow condemned 42-year-old Zakharchenko's murder, adding that it could be detrimental to the whole peace process in Ukraine. Igor Guskov, chief of staff of the Ukrainian Security Service, rejected allegations of any involvement, saying: "We have reason to believe that the death of Zakharchenko may be the result of an internal criminal conflict among the rebels. Read More »

Peskov: Preparations underway for guarantor states summit in Tehran

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Iran now holds the chair of the organization, which was inaugurated in June 2002 in Thailand. "The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already risky conflict", Pompeo said on Twitter in a post that also lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for defending Syria's assault plans. Read More »

Putin scales back pension reform plan as approval rating dips

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Sergei Kosov, a 71-year-old Muscovite who watched Putin's televised address, said the reform "has always been overdue even though not everyone agrees". In a TV address, Putin, who once promised to never raise the retirement age, for the first time took responsibility for the reform which he said was needed to protect state finances, ensure social stability and safeguard national security. Read More »

USA to allow 'targeted relief' from steel, aluminum quotas

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U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations allowing targeted relief in steel quotas for Korea, Argentina, and Brazil, and aluminum quota for Argentina depending on industry conditions in the U.S. The exemption also applies to steel that was contracted prior to the imposing of the tariff and can not enter the United States because a quota has already been reached. Read More »

Bobi Wine 'blocked' from leaving for torture treatment

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Kyagulanyi was charged with treason last over his alleged role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni's convoy this month, but a court granted him access to private doctors, citing his health. Dozens of musicians around the world, including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Angélique Kidjo and Brian Eno, issued an open letter last week condemning the treatment of Kyagulanyi, who in his first public appearance after his arrest had to walk with support and appeared to cry. Read More »

Homeless Good Samaritan Suing Couple Who Raised $400K To Help Him

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Badway described the judge's ruling as a "harsh remedy" because the couple plans to file counterclaims for thousands of dollars worth of items and cash that Bobbitt allegedly stole from them. And within 13 days, D'Amico said on " Megyn Kelly Today ", Bobbitt had blown through it. The pair denied Bobbitt's allegations, claiming the money already given to him was spent on drugs, overdue legal bills and dispersed to his family members. Read More »

Trump stumps for Republican Senate hopeful Braun in Indiana

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President Trump leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in IN, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings. "We will not let large corporations silence conservative voices", the president said. Vucci says Trump's staff is usually professional and no different from other campaign staff he has worked with in the past. Read More »

US extends ban on travel to North Korea for another year

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In recent days, however, Trump, irked by the slow pace of subsequent nuclear talks on how and when North Korea would dismantle its nuclear arsenal, ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to forego a planned trip to Pyongyang for more negotiations. Read More »

VP Mike Pence Speaks on Trump's Behalf at McCain's Funeral

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Trump will fly to Charlotte for an event on retirement security at a fundraiser at one of his golf clubs Friday afternoon. Senator John McCain was remembered as a "true American hero" and a "terrible driver" at a church service ahead of his state funeral. Read More »

How to watch John McCain's funeral services

John McCain , R-Ariz., is carried into the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Their quarrels continued even after McCain revealed he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer past year. Saturday's service will be held at Washington's National Cathedral and include a speech from Barack Obama . Amid personal memories, there were references to current political divisions - and to the presidency of Trump, which deeply troubled the senator. Read More »

4.4 quake rattles SoCal

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Los Angeles downtown felt minor shakes widely over the county due to the natural disaster that hit La Verne which epicentre is located at 25 miles east of the Los Angeles . An illustration on how seismic stations work provided by the Los Angeles Times . Another added: "4.4 #earthquake in LA, also known as 'Tuesday"'. Read More »

Ukraine separatists report leader killed in cafe explosion

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Zakharchenko is sworn in as the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic on November 4, 2014. Ukrainians say Zakharchenko, a former electrician, filled a mostly figurehead position for the Russian security service agencies that manage and finance the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and they attributed his death to infighting in the rebel ranks or a Russian targeted killing. Read More »

Donald Trump to visit Ireland in November

The White House has all but ended speculation that Donald Trump will visit Australia this year, announcing that Mike Pence will instead represent the administration for a tour of south-east Asia in November . "Maintaining those connections is always a top priority", Mr Coveney said. The dates and exact itinerary of his Irish visit have not been released. Read More »

Manafort associate charged with acting as foreign agent

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Attorney's Office in Washington , DC. Kilimnik is also accused of helping Manafort attempt to tamper with witnesses in his recent trial , where the former campaign manager for President Trump was found guilty of tax fraud. Patten's plea is not part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but was the result of a referral from his office. Patten's company received more than $1 million for its consulting work with the party. Read More »