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Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

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One of the team, who was pictured touching the enormous shark, wrote: "I am without words and at the same time I think I never stop speaking up for sharks, I am grateful beyond measure for my experiences and what they have taught me". She is unlikely to grow any more, but "she's quite large from the photos I have seen, so she has either over-gorged herself on sperm whale or she's pregnant", Ms Nasby-Lucas said. Read More »

President Donald Trump Unveils 2019 Missile Defense Review

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The president announced during a speech at the Pentagon that missile defenses, now limited to countering North Korean long-range missiles and future Iranian missiles , will no longer be constrained to rogue states. Trump joined a number of his top generals Thursday at the Pentagon to deliver an address in support of his initiative, which sought to install detection systems in outer space as a means to counter new weapons being developed by top military rivals Russian Federation and China , ... Read More »

Moscow courts extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen

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Western diplomats, Ukraine's top rights official Lyudmila Denisova and the sailors' relatives were present in court. For more than 50 days, Russian Federation has illegally detained Ukrainian sailors who were exercising Ukraine's freedom of navigation in its territorial waters. Read More »

Australian police investigate street slaying of Israeli woman

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Victoria Police said the 21-year-old victim, Aiia Maasarwe, appeared to have been "seriously assaulted". "I don't want to go into specifics out of respect for the family and also it's early days in the investigation. Officers appealed for information from anyone who saw anything out of place in the area, which is close to the university, between 11pm and 1am, or who travelled on the 86 tram that night. Read More »

Senate Republicans block attempt to keep sanctions on Russian oligarch’s firms

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The vote came up short even though several Republicans had criticized the sanctions move and 11 of them voted with Democrats. The resolution called for maintaining sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. "It seems that acquiescence to the president, a fear of breaking with the president, has held back too many of my Republican colleagues from supporting this resolution". Read More »

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

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China's rapidly modernizing military is quickly closing the gap with the USA and its allies and may soon be tempted to test the status quo with Taiwan, a stark report from the Defense Department's intelligence directorate concluded. Li Zuocheng, chief of China's Central Military Commission Joint Staff Department, reportedly told Adm. Richardson that China would allow "no external interference". Read More »

Crocodile jumps 8ft wall to eat scientist

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Indonesia local media reported officials saying the crocodile stood on its hind legs and jumped up the 8ft wall to drag her into the pool. Horrified staff at the CV Yosiki Laboratory said they saw a odd shape in the reptile's pool and discovered that it was Ms Tuwo's remains. Read More »

Fake Washington Post paper editions being circulated in DC

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Fake editions of the newspaperr claiming President Donald Trump was leaving office were handed out at multiple locations in the nation's capital, the Post reported. Another story, " The Civil War that Never Was " claims that Trump urged his supporters to take arms to defend his presidency, an abject failure that led to four arrests when a "handful of Trump supporters heeded the call" and were overwhelmed by a peaceful protest of 1.5 million in the National Mall. Read More »

Barron Co. Sheriff Talks 911 Response to Closs Case

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Patterson, who was wearing a mask and dressed in black from head to toe, grabbed the terrified teenager, taped her hands and ankles together, covered her mouth with tape and dragged her out of her home to his waiting auto. Keith Findley, co-founder of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, said it's important not to rush to judgment, noting that the complaint sets forth only one side. Read More »

FBI arrests man it says planned to attack White House

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According to the complaint, Taheb told an Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source that he had applied for a US passport and said his previous passport had been misplaced. Taheb agreed to meet up with the agent - in hopes of obtaining an improvised explosive device and anti-tank rocket - and was arrested in Gwinnett County, the affidavit says. Read More »

Russia, Japan meet on WWII dispute in Moscow

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He is due to hold peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 22, but Moscow has shown no willingness to cede control over the islands. Abe has made it a priority to settle diplomatic issues outstanding since the end of World War II, and the conclusion of a peace treaty with Russian Federation by resolving the standoff over the islands is one of them. Read More »

At Rs 4200 crore, this year's Kumbh Mela costliest ever

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The spectacular seven-week festival began Tuesday in Allahabad, an ancient city that rises alongside the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Thousands of posters, books, leaflets and calendars, counting the achievements of programmes introduced and promoted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, and bearing photographs of him and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, are being distributed to the devotees ... Read More »

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

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The Pentagon is also concerned about China's growing military presence far from its borders, including in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, where it has built a permanent base, a senior defense official told reporters January 16. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide more detail on intelligence findings in the report, which was written by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Read More »

Mueller: Manafort worked with alleged Russian agent even after criminal charges

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FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Capitol, June 19, 2013. The allegations, if confirmed, would mean that Trump's campaign chief was working on a plan to settle Russia's conflict with Ukraine on terms favourable for the Kremlin while the Russian government was interfering in the 2016 U.S. Read More »

Canada issues China travel alert as tensions escalate

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Schellenberg's family says it's "our worst case fear confirmed". "It is rather unimaginable what he must be feeling and thinking", she said in a statement to Reuters . Beijing considers the number of people executed in China each year to be a state secret. Global human rights organisations estimate the figure at around 2,000. Read More »

GOP Senators Split With White House On Russia Sanctions

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To take effect and block the plan to lift the sanctions, the resolution of disapproval would need to pass the Republican-led Senate as well as the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a majority of seats. The Senate is expected to hold another procedural vote to move forward on the resolution Wednesday, and this time supporters will need 60 votes. Schumer said that if senators agree with McConnell that Putin is a thug, "they'll vote yes" on the resolution. Read More »

Trump sends letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Kim's trip was a sign a second US-North Korean summit was "imminent", and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added at the weekend that: "We're working out the details". While Trump has been eager to hold a second summit with Kim, on Wednesday the United States vice-president, Mike Pence, acknowledged that efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal had not made headway. Read More »

Historic defeat in parliament leaves Brexit plans foundering

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May had urged Parliament to vote in favor of her Brexit deal , which she struck with the E.U.in November. "I have always believed that the best way forward is to leave in an orderly way with a good deal and have spent much of the last two years negotiating such a deal", she added - although again, this appears to contradict her earlier and oft-repeated assertion that " no deal is better than a bad deal". Read More »

Another migrant caravan heads for USA from Honduras

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It's time for the shutdown to end with an agreement to fund hardening of the border wall, fence, barrier or whatever you want to call it. 26-year-old Juan Carlos Molina, an organizers and promoter of the latest migrant caravan from Honduras, was arrested in San Pedro Sula in connection with an investigation into alleged rape. Read More »

Grace Millane: man accused of murdering British backpacker pleads not guilty

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The accused is alleged to have murdered Millane sometime between December 1 and 2 past year, according to court documents seen by the New Zealand Herald. Members of the public also shared his name and photographs widely on social media platforms and blogs. The daughter of a property developer, Ms Millane was on the second leg of a year-long trip around the world after graduating university. Read More »

Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd'

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Trump has rejected the conclusions of U.S. intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the election and he fired Comey for resisting pressure to halt his investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The treaty bans development, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500-5500 kilometers (310-3140 miles). Read More »

Isil blast strikes near U.S. patrol in Syria's Manbij

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A USA official who declined to be named said four US troops had been killed and three wounded in the blast, which an Islamic State-affiliated site said was the work of a suicide bomber. Islamic State later put out a statement saying a Syrian fighter had detonated his explosive vest while targeting a foreign patrol in Manbij. Prior to Wednesday's attack, only two U.S. Read More »

Government Shutdown: TSA Union Warns of "Massive Security Risk"

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Says the lawsuit, "Each day, the FAA's Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for ensuring the safe routing of tens of thousands of flights, often working lengthy, gruelling overtime shifts to do so". With the U.S. government shutdown entering its 22nd day, the longest closure in the nation's history, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun lessening security measures at various airports around the US. Read More »

Airline staff members arrested on drug-smuggling charges

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Four women and four men were arrested in Melbourne and charged with drug trafficking in relation to the syndicate. One of the investigation's "key players" said they had made at least 20 such trips. AFP Commander Amanda Kates said the operation was a great success and a strong example of the excellent cooperation between the State and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies. Read More »

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s hunger strike begins

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Richard Ratcliffe said she will consider extending the hunger strike if her demand is not met. A British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran has been pressured to become a spy for the country in exchange for clemency, it has been revealed. Read More »

Giant rotating ice disk forms in USA river

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The Portland Press Herald reports the disc is roughly 300 feet (91 meters) in diameter. Bowdoin College physics professor Mark Battle told the Press Herald the circle's rotation is probably powered by the river current. The uncanny nature of the ice has not gone unnoticed on social media. Observers likened it to a frozen crop circle. "It's where the aliens landed", commented another. Read More »

Witness says El Chapo boasted of $100M bribe to former Mexican president

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Details of the alleged $100 million bribe to Nieto - who left office past year - came during the defense attorney's cross-examination of witness Alex Cifuentes, who used to work as El Chapo's secretary. The New York Times reported that Cifuentes said an intermediary paid the bribe to Peña Nieto. Pena Nieto served as the president of Mexico from 2012 until 2018. Read More »

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces 2020 presidential bid on "Late Show"

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Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , an outspoken Donald Trump critic and champion of women's issues including the #MeToo movement, announced Tuesday she was jumping into the 2020 presidential race. Asked by host Stephen Colbert why she had made a decision to enter the race to challenge President Trump, Gillibrand portrayed herself as a champion of those not represented in the current political system. Read More »

Three young children die in US after getting trapped in chest freezer

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Some states added to it, including Florida . Shortly after, they discovered all three inside the freezer. First responders were not able to revive the kids. (WCTV) - The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of three children. None of the children were breathing, with frantic family members attempting CPR as they waited for police to arrive. Read More »

Chinese death penalty concerns Australia

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday in an attempt to shore up support for its condemnation of China's recent diplomatic actions. Bloomberg reported that executives from Chinese state-owned enterprises had been cautioned against travelling to the USA and the Five Eyes intelligence partner countries - Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. Read More »

Minister open to Australia Day date change

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Councils are arguing they should be financially compensated if they are forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. "I mean they don't hold them, we give them that right to do that and we want to make sure that they uphold the importance of that day, of Australia Day, and of citizenship, and that's why I have connected the two things together", he said. Read More »

Trump Roasted For Serving Football Champions Fast Food At White House

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However, President Trump made a decision to feed the players a very nontraditional White House meal - McDonald's , Wendy's, Burger King and Domino's. "Of all the insane things Trump said and did over the weekend, this might be the craziest", Jimmy Kimmel said Monday night, before playing a clip of Trump boasting about the evening's spread. Read More »

Dashcam video captures moment toddler tumbles from moving vehicle

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Shockingly, the girl's mother drove off after the accident, forcing Mock to jump out of his auto and try to flag her down. Mock said he's just glad he happened to be in the right place at the right time. Despite what could have gone wrong, the girl escaped without injury. "The young girl was very aware". He picked the girl up, put her in his vehicle and pulled into the grocery store's parking lot and waited for police to arrive. Read More »