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Man in Idlib fearing chemical attack makes gas mask from party cups

The talks led by Staffan de Mistura started and ended with little or no comment to reporters at the United Nations offices in Geneva, and offered a sideshow to the concerns about a looming battle for the northern province - the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria after 7½ years of war and now home to some 3 million civilians. Read More »

Pope calls meeting of key bishops on sexual abuse

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In July, Francis ordered McCarrick, 88, to observe a lifetime of penance and prayer pending the outcome of a canonical trial into the groping allegation involving a teenage altar boy in the 1970s. "In these times, it seems like the "Great Accuser" has been unchained and has it in for bishops ", he said . Gaenswein said the recent news of the sexual abuse and its victims from the USA were "even more bad than the sudden collapse of all the churches of Pennsylvania together with the Basilica ... Read More »

Vladimir Putin: Nothing criminal about men named as Salisbury attack suspects

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There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you. "When one country's prime minister accuses the leaders of another country of preparing a terrorist attack, from this point we can not proceed anywhere", he added. Russian Federation retaliated by kicking out a similar number of those countries' envoys. British Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that the two men who carried out the nerve agent attack were Russian spies. Read More »

Elizabeth Smart upset 1 of her kidnappers to be freed early

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Smart, then 12 years old, was kidnapped at knifepoint by Barzee and her husband Brian Mitchell from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in June 2009. Ms Smart was found while walking with Barzee and Mitchell on a street in the suburb of Sandy, Utah, by people who recognised the couple from media reports. Read More »

49 dead as bus falls into valley in Telangana

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The bus was returning from Kondagattu to Jagtial when it skidded off the ghat road near Shanivarapet village. The severely injured were rushed to the Jagtial hospital. Onlookers and rescuers gather around a bus that crashed in Jagtial district in India's southern Telangana state on 11 September 2018. Most of the victims - as many as 36 - were women, the police said , adding that the injured were taken to hospitals in Jagtial and the neighbouring Karimnagar district. Read More »

Ceremonies Across US Honor Victims of 9/11

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Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks on 9/11, when global terrorism hit home in a way it previously hadnt for many Americans. • At Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., a video presentation at 6:30 and ceremony will be followed by guest speaker Joyce Ng, who was temporarily trapped inside one of the World Trade Center towers. Read More »

As Trump fumes over leaks, Woodward pushes back on criticism

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Trump tweeted: 'The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly. Bannon called the piece "absolutely outrageous" and encouraged the Trump administration to figure out the people responsible for it. "I have every doubt that that happened". Read More »

Donald Trump's Upcoming Visit To Ireland Has Been Cancelled

Mr Trump was apparently planning to spend a day in Dublin before travelling to Doonbeg, Co Clare, where he owns golf links. Sources have indicated to Independent.ie that his entire European itinerary is now under review - but the Irish element is set to be cancelled. Read More »

FLOOD WATCH: Steady, possibly heavy rain en route to end weekend

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Steady rain is expected to start during the evening hours on Sunday - continuing through the day on Monday. Steady rain will continue to spread north and intensify Monday morning, becoming heavy at times. Monitor the latest forecasts and check for possible flood warnings. They should be prepared to secure their homes should flooding develop and to take extra precautions when outdoors. Read More »

20,336 murders recorded in South Africa in one year

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Many murders were linked to gang violence in Western Cape province, whose capital is Cape Town. Gauteng has the most taxi-related murders. Gauteng had the most reported murders, with a total of 4 233 in the period between 2017/18 (up from 4 101 the previous year). Read More »

Sarah Sanders calls for investigation into anonymous op-ed author

The source, while citing demeaning views of Trump from other unnamed senior officials, declined to say how many officials had actually taken this vow of resistance, or when and how they had taken this vow. "A number of people have come out and said Woodward never even reached out to corroborate statements Woodward attributed to them, which seems incredibly reckless for a book that makes such outrageous claims - to not even take the time to get a $10 fact-checker to call around and verify ... Read More »

Nawaz, Maryam burst into tears on receiving Kulsoom Nawazs demise news

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Her family was known for wrestling. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was born in 1950. Her husband and daughter, Maryam, are both in jail in Pakistan . She received a Master's degree in Urdu from Punjab University in 1970. She was elected as a member of National Assembly from Lahore in September 2017. She contested for the NA-120 seat despite her failing health and secured 59,413 votes and defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI). Read More »

Florence set to become major hurricane, aims at US Southeast

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This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. "Everyone in North Carolina needs to keep a close eye on Florence and take steps now to get ready for impacts later this week", Cooper said in a statement on Sunday. In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the coast, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. Read More »

Progressive groups ratcheting up pressure on Collins ahead of Kavanaugh vote

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Activists have also pledged to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund an opponent to Collins in 2020, if she votes in favor of Kavanaugh. "This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said , referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. Read More »

Trump Administration To Close Palestine Liberation Organization Office In D.C.

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The move is the latest in a pressure campaign on the Palestinians by the White House , including slashing funding, as it prepares to roll out its long-awaited peace proposal for the Israelis and Palestinians. An additional condition of the mission , NBC News reports , requires the PLO to refrain from calling on the ICC to prosecute Israel. "I don't think that the actions we have taken are at all inconsistent with our objective of peace between Israel and the Palestinians", he said . Read More »

Egypt court sends 75 to death, 47 to life

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Photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid was among 739 defendants on trial, a lot of them charged with killing police and vandalising property. "These sentences were handed down in a disgraceful mass trial of more than 700 people, and we condemn today's verdict in the strongest terms", said Najia Bounaim, the watchdog's North Africa campaigns director. Read More »

Google pulls Putin critic’s videos from YouTube

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The proposed pension changes, which are being considered by the national parliament, have shaved about 15 percentage points off Putin's popularity rating, opinion polls show, although his ratings remain high. Another protester, Katya Shomnikova, 23, said: "They (the authorities) stole my future life, we will have to correct what's been done". However, life expectancy in Russia remains low, at 66 for men and 77 for women, meaning that 43 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach the ... Read More »

Pence: I'd take lie detector test over NYT essay

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I know their character", he said in a taped interview aired by CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday. Both also said they had no idea who wrote the piece. " President Trump is doing for the people of this country". Mr Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason. Read More »

Zach Daniel provides update on potential Hurricane Florence impact in Virginia

A major hurricane is a category 3 storm or greater , meaning it has winds of at least 111 miles per hour. Maui County is expected to experience tropical storm-level winds starting Tuesday. North Carolina seems to be the state that could bear the brunt of the winds, along with SC and parts of southern Virginia. Gov. Roy Cooper urged the state to prepare for power outages, flooding and landslides that will come with a major storm. Read More »

Syria, Russia resume Idlib air strikes

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More than three million people have fled to Idlib and as many as 70,000 opposition fighters are dug in there. That has prompted an estimated 30,452 people to be displaced within Idlib and parts of adjacent Hama province between September 1 and 9, the UN's humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Monday. Read More »

PLO Fury as U.S. Shutters Palestinian Embassy in Washington

He said a U.S. official had earlier notified the Palestinian leadership that its diplomatic mission would be closed, which he said was "yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people , including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education". Read More »

Trump Presses Apple to Shift Production to U.S.

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Many products purchased by consumers, such as refrigerators, spark plugs and furniture, are among the potential targets. An intensified trade war would likely hurt the USA more than China , according to S&P Global Ratings. Trump's now threatened tariffs on a total of 517 billion dollars in Chinese imports - a figure that eclipses the total amount of goods imported from China to the US previous year. Read More »

Lyon airport flights grounded as auto rams terminal, speeds onto runway

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The driver eventually abandoned his vehicle on the airport tarmac and tried to flee on foot but was surrounded by officers and arrested. All flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport were temporarily suspended. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes police proceeded to arrest the man but have not yet disclosed what he is being charged with. Flights were grounded until further notice, the airport tweeted. Read More »

Trump wants investigation into anonymous New York Times opinion piece

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Woodward said in the interview with CBS Sunday Morning , 'People who work for him are anxious - that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or financial security of the country or of the world'. He added: "We have a really well-run, smooth-running White House". The op-ed published Wednesday afternoon, just a day after excerpts from veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book, " Fear: Trump in the White House ", were published. Read More »

NY Times: US met Venezuela officers to discuss coup bid

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It's reported that officials from the Trump administration secretly met Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to oust President Nicolas Maduro . Citizens are increasingly seeking refuge in nearby countries including Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. "The United States government hears daily the concerns of Venezuelans from all walks of life - be they members of the ruling party, the security services, elements of civil society or from among the millions of citizens forced by the regime to ... Read More »

'Unhinged' Trump loses temper, claims Woodward book

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Meanwhile White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that she didn't bring Woodward's request to interview the president for the book directly to Trump. The 448-page book is scheduled to hit stores on September 11 and claims to give an insider's account on the White House working and decision-making process in Trump's presidency. Read More »

Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast

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In its 11 p.m. Sunday advisory, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Isaac to a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of almost 75 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday and remain extremely unsafe and powerful as it nears the U.S. Read More »

Swedish far-right party grows support, not by as much feared

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If Sweden takes a more restrictive approach to its borders, it would join other European countries in tightening migration rules, notably Italy, where a government coalition that includes the far-right League party came to power this year and began an ambitious campaign to discourage migration. Read More »

Boris Johnson tells Prime Minister: Cut taxes to help struggling families

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Johnson also criticized the Northern Ireland " backstop " by assuming that the United Kingdom has given Barnier " a jimmy " with which Brussels can choose at any time " to crack apart " the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. "Comparing the PM to that isn't amusing". Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said: 'For Boris to say that the PM's view is like that of a suicide bomber is too much. Read More »

Several hurt in Paris knife attack, suspect held

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Two British tourists were understood to be among seven people injured in Paris late last night by a man carrying a knife and metal bar. The officer had no information about the identities of the injured. A source told the Reuters news agency that there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism. That attack came days after an Afghan asylum-seeker was arrested in town of Perigueux for a drunken rampage with a knife in which four people were wounded, one seriously. Read More »