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Iran creeping toward Israel’s northern border

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Israel's army has since 2013 claimed hundreds of attacks on what it says are Iranian military targets and arms deliveries to Tehran-backed Hizbullah, with the goal of stopping its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in neighboring Syria. Read More »

Boy Calls 911 Over Too Much Homework

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It turns out, he was struggling with his math homework and couldn't solve a question involving fractions. "Thank you antonia, you are a true hero!" A confused young boy called 911 for help with a hard homework assignment - and a kind dispatcher patiently helped him out with his work. Read More »

15 killed as hotel wall collapses in Peru wedding party

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Peru's national health agency, EsSalud, said 25 people were being treated for their injuries at the Guillermo Díaz de la Vega Hospital. The city has been battered by five days of rains, which authorities said led to the collapse. The mayor of Abancay, Guido Chahuaylla, told a television station that the couple who was getting married are in stable condition , the Republic reports. Read More »

Met Éireann issues snow and ice warning for the entire country

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Around 1cm to 3cm of the white stuff is expected to accumulate "quite widely", the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm to 10cm falling on higher ground. Heavy snow is expected over Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and North Wales . Weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for large parts of the United Kingdom, with up to 10cm (4in) of snow expected to fall on higher ground as temperatures drop. Read More »

'Significant' development expected in Bruce McArthur case

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The plea comes slightly more than a year after police arrested McArthur last January 18 on two initial counts of first-degree murder, and precisely a year after the force upped the murder charges against him to five. Each of the first-degree murder charges carry an automatic life sentencing, meaning he will not be able to apply for release until the age of 91. McArthur will be sentenced on February 4, but is likely to face the remainder of his life behind bars. Read More »

30-year-old orca dies at SeaWorld’s Orlando park

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Her death remains a mystery as SeaWorld officials say the cause won't be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted. She died with her animal auto specialists by her side. 'That's like literally being a 30-year-old woman. Kayla was originally born at SeaWorld San Antonio and moved to OH a few years later. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration , female orcas live an average of 50 years but can live up to 90 years. Read More »

SA’s Corruption Perception Index remains unchanged

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Kenya attained a score of 27 points out of 100, down from the 28 it scored in 2017, and took position 144 out of 180. Transparency International also said its analysis showed a clear link between having a healthy democracy and fighting public sector corruption , and cited declining scores for Turkey and Hungary, in connection with challenges to the rule of law and press freedoms. Read More »

Cohen agrees to talk to House committee February 8

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Cohen has relayed to the Committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family", Schiff said, "which have been fueled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer..." Trump's former attorney and long-time fixer had initially accepted an invitation to testify during an open session before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7, saying he looked forward to "having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and ... Read More »

BREXIT DELAY: EU considering United Kingdom extension on Article 50 deadline day

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Theresa May has told a meeting of Conservative backbenchers that they should instruct the government to renegotiate the Northern Ireland backstop when they vote on amendments to her Brexit deal again tomorrow. In essence, May is forcing MPs to show their cards on what sort of Brexit, if any, they want. These are focused on ensuring that MPs get more parliamentary time to discuss the kind of Brexit they want to see agreed. Read More »

'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Pacific island of Niue

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As silly as this all seems, Trevor was a truly beloved sight for residents of Niue, and visitors would often snap photos and record video of the friendly fowl as he fed and strolled around a large puddle that became his home. Such was Trevor's beloved status on the island, that when his puddle started to dry out previous year, it was topped up with water by local residents, Niue's Fire Service or the gardening staff from New Zealand's High Commission on the island. Read More »

The UAE handed out awards for gender equality & men won them all

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Dubai's ruler, was shown congratulating the recipients of Best Personality Supporting Gender Balance, Best Federal Authority Supporting Gender Balance, and Best Gender Balance Initiative. The United Arab Emirates' ranks 34 on the list, attaining a GDI of 0.97, while neighboring Saudi Arabia ranked several slots below at 39 with a GDI of 0.88. Read More »

Warnings of snow and ice for Preston

Rain moving eastwards across the country is expected to turn to snow as temperatures fall gradually from tonight down to as low as minus 4C (25F) on Wednesday. Wales is braced for a widespread fall of snow across many parts today. Further showers are predicted for Wednesday for western coasts but secondary low pressure coming in on Thursday could bring a "further covering" of snow. Read More »

Asia Bibi's daughters find safety in Canada ahead of court blasphemy ruling

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The deputy commissioner of Islamabad in a letter to the authorities concerned has said that Punjab Rangers should be deployed as part of the efforts to heighten security in Judges Colony, Ministers Enclave and Diplomatic Enclave. "God willing, she will have the decision in her favour tomorrow". If so, she is likely to be flown out of the country within hours. Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was killed later that year after calling for her release. Read More »

Several officers injured in Houston shooting

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One of the officers was airlifted to a hospital, Houston Police Officers' Union president Joe Gamaldi said in a separate tweet . The suspect is down, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted earlier. "Please avoid the area and yield for emergency vehicles", police tweeted . Three of the officers are in stable condition and two others are critical. Read More »

Mueller tells acting attorney general that the probe ‘close to being completed’

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Whitaker, who served as then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Chief of Staff and, as was widely reported, was President Trump's "mole" in the DOJ, also said he has "been fully briefed" on the investigation. In responses to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin's questions, Barr cited a Justice Department manual that he said "cautions prosecutors to be sensitive to the privacy and reputational interests of uncharged third parties". Read More »

Trump Blasts FOX News Reporters, Pundit Ann Coulter

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The larger finding of the poll was a 39 percent approval rating for Trump overall , down from 42 percent in December, versus 53 percent who disapprove, which is up from 49 percent last month. CNN has reported that an emergency order to allocate funds and begin building the wall has already been drafted by the president's team. The shutdown, which began shortly before the Christmas holiday and entered into its 34th day Friday, became the longest budget impasse in US history. Read More »

Three-year-old survives two days in woods with help from friendly bear

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Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says the boy was playing with two other children in his grandmother's backyard in Ernul on Tuesday, but didn't come inside with them. Hundreds of people from the community spent two days searching for the boy. The claim was reportedly repeated by the boy's aunt Breanna Hathaway. Read More »

Government gives its backing to plan for alternative to Brexit backstop

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The main sticking point was the backstop - the "insurance policy" meant to ensure that whatever else happens, there will be no return to a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. And European Commission vice-president Jyrki Kateinen said there was "no reason to give any concessions" to the United Kingdom and there was "not much room for manoeuvre" on the backstop. Read More »

Woman stuck in elevator of $20million Manhattan townhouse for weekend

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Firefighters were able to force the elevator door open with tools, New York Fire Department spokesman Chris Bark said. The woman reportedly told the FDNY that they had been stuck there since Friday . Stephens is the chairman, president and CEO of Stephens Inc., a privately held investment bank based in Little Rock, with an office in NY. The townhouse belongs to billionaire conservative political donor Warren Stephens, who bought the residence in 1999. Read More »

Red Panda goes missing from Belfast Zoo

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Motorists in and around the zoo area are also being asked to be vigilant in case the animal attempts to cross the road. The zoo celebrated the births of two red panda cubs previous year, but it's not known if it's one of the youngsters that has escaped. Read More »

U.S. Economy Permanently Lost $3B From Shutdown, CBO Finds

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As a result of the delay in wages and spending the CBO expects the level of gross domestic product (GDP) - the broadest measure of economic growth - to fall by 0.2% in the first quarter of the year. Former ICE Director Tom Homan and Fox News national security strategist Sebastian Gorka on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remarks about drugs crossing the southern border and how President Trump reached a deal to reopen the government without border wall funding. Read More »

Momentum Continues To Grow in US-Taliban Peacetalks

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Negotiators from the United States and the Taliban held talks in Qatar this week on a ceasefire to the 17-year war in Afghanistan - with a deal under discussion that would result in the withdrawal of American troops, and insurgents promising not to allow the country to host militant groups like al-Qaeda. Read More »

Rescuers diverted to second Brazilian dam in danger of collapse

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Pedro Ahiara, spokesman for the firefighters in the state of Minas Gerais, says "the risk of a breaking continues". Even before the half-day suspension of rescue efforts, hope that loved ones had survived a tsunami of iron ore mine waste from Friday's dam collapse in the area was turning to anguish and anger over the increasing likelihood that numerous hundreds of people missing had died. Read More »

Duke Professor's Email to Chinese Students Causes Uproar

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The University of California at Santa Barbara found many of its Chinese students could not speak English at the college-level even though global students must score at an "intermediate level" on an English language proficiency test to study in the USA, the Los Angeles Times reported . Read More »

NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's foreign policy

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The poll also suggested 35 percent of Americans had some confidence in Trump, with 21 percent saying they had what was considered a "great deal" of confidence. Just 39 percent approve of Trump's handling of immigration and border security, compared with 51 percent who approve of his handling of the economy. Read More »

Man Clings To Hood Of SUV In High-Speed Road-Rage Incident

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It ended when a man with a gun forced the driver out of his vehicle on the highway. Police told NBC Boston that Richard Kamrowski, 65, jumped onto the hood of a white Infiniti SUV that belonged to Mark Fitzgerald, 37, after a verbal altercation over a minor traffic accident on Interstate 90 about 20 miles west of Boston. Read More »

Four people die following fatal collision in Donegal

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The crash, which happened, on a local road near Magheraroarty, Gortahork, was described by Gardaí as "devastating". Emergency services are on the scene of the crash close to the Meenaclady area of Gortahork, and the scene has been sealed off for technical examination. Read More »

US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

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Both the Taliban and the USA cited "progress" over the weekend, and the US envoy to the talks has said a "draft of a framework" for a peace deal has now been reached - though the details still need to be filled in, and agreed to by Kabul. Some 8,000 troops from 38 other countries are participating in the operation, known as Resolute Support. However the hardline Islamist group has reportedly given assurances it will not allow al-Qaeda and IS militants to attack the U.S. Read More »

The U.S. Will Lift Sanctions on Three Russian Companies

The measures were imposed last April as part of an effort to punish Russian Federation for actions including the 2014 annexation of Crimea, interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and ongoing support for the Syrian government in its civil war. Read More »

Crowds Gather At Invasion Day Rallies Across Australia's Major Cities

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Activists held so-called " Invasion Day" protests on Australia Day, calling on authorities to abolish the holiday and change its date, demanding equal rights for Australia's indigenous population. They were also engaged, like Australians right around the country, in enjoying a day off, picnics and family fun. However, January 26 will not be all celebration on the island, with rallies planned by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and supporters challenging Australia Day . Read More »

Italy police probe French pilot over helicopter-plane crash

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Two helicopters were dispatched with a doctor and rescue teams on board, the CNSAS said. The rescuers were equipped with metal-cutting tools. The students, a Belgian man, and a Frenchman died. The plane took off from the French ski resort village of Megeve, Italian media reports. The main difference is that skiers use a helicopter to quickly reach the "stunning heights and spectacular slopes otherwise hard to access". Read More »