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British schoolgirl who joined ISIS wants to return home

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Begum said the other two were believed to still be in Baghuz, but after days of bombing, she was unsure whether they survived. "I could not endure the suffering and hardship that staying on the battlefield involved", the 19-year-old told the Times . Read More »

Iran marks 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

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In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said US efforts to isolate Iran would fail. Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards that posed the most serious challenge to its clerical leadership since a 2009 uprising over disputed elections. Read More »

IS, SDF fighters killed in 4 days of battles in eastern Syria

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Those observers will be from the coalition and not U.S. troops, Shanahan told reporters, as he flew from Baghdad to Brussels for a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting on February 13 and 14. On Monday, columns of white smoke from coalition air strikes were visible and trucks crammed with fleeing civilians drove along a dusty track out of the enclave, a Reuters witness said. Read More »

Saudi crown prince to visit Islamabad this week

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At a news conference Wednesday evening, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he hoped Saudi Arabia will make "a huge and extraordinary investment in Pakistan as a result of this visit". The BoI Chairman Haroon Sharif said Saudi Arabia had comprehensive long-term stakes in Pakistan. Asked if Saudi investment could be termed as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, he said though it was bilateral, however as Pakistan and China had agreed upon setting up three ... Read More »

Macedonia officially changes name to North Macedonia

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Workers in the newly renamed North Macedonia have begun replacing road signs to reflect the change in their country's name, following a deal with neighboring Greece to end a almost three decade-long dispute and secure NATO membership. Three other former Yugoslav republics - Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro - have become North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, joining other states in the region including Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania. Read More »

Ressa posts bail for cyberlibel charge

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She kept at it anyway, pushing ahead with her writing and speaking amid ever-escalating threats. The article included allegations the businessman was linked to illegal drugs and human trafficking, and that a auto registered in his name had been used by the country's chief justice. Read More »

Former White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump

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Trump's campaign accused Sims last month of violating a nondisclosure agreement by publishing his book, Team of Vipers . Sims was hired by the Trump campaign in September 2016, and signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars talking about "confidential" information and making disparaging remarks about the Trump campaign, Trump, and his family. Read More »

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Says He Will Step Down

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In a statement , Long said FEMA had provided assistance on " more than 200 declared disasters " and thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he said "have been extremely supportive of me, the FEMA workforce and our mission". Read More »

Pentagon fears China, Russia pose challenge to US space capabilities

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Noting that both countries have developed robust and capable space services, including space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the report said China and Russian Federation were making improvements to existing systems including space launch vehicles and satellite navigation constellations. Read More »

Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Twelve members of the Guards were among 25 people killed last autumn by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in the southwest. It came on the same day that a conference convened by the U.S. in Warsaw was to include discussions on what Washington describes as Iran's malign influence across the wider Middle East. Read More »

Woman wanted in chair tossing off balcony surrenders to police

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Marcella Zoia of Toronto is charged with one count each of mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property under $5,000 and common nuisance. Investigators launched a public appeal to identify her. The chair is seen fluttering in the wind as it makes it way down towards the highway. While the video ends before the chair hits the ground, police said the chair was found damaged "almost beyond recognition" at the entrance of a nearby building. Read More »

Texas couple jailed after children found neglected

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Bond has been set for two parents charged with child endangerment after authorities found two children locked in a dog cage and two more smeared with excrement in a North Texas barn. The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, but a hospital spokeswoman declined to disclose their conditions. The two oldest children were the ones locked in the dog kennel. Read More »

Senator calls for Google, Apple to drop Saudi app that monitors women

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Developed by the government of Saudi Arabia, Absher has been around for a while, but it only started making waves in western media after an article in ThisIsInsider highlighted one of its most controversial features - allowing male "guardians" to track and restrict women's movements via their smartphones. Read More »

Ex-Boyfriend Arrested in Connection to Woman Found Dead in Suitcase

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Highway maintenance workers carrying out a routine sweep found her barefoot with her shirt unbuttoned and her hands bound behind her back. Detectives from her hometown, accompanied by detectives from the town where she was found, arrested a "suspect in NY who had fraudulently used the ATM card of victim Valerie Reyes ", they said in an official statement . Read More »

Britain to ‘enhance lethality’ amid Russia, China threats -Minister

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Williamson will announce that the first mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will include work in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Pacific regions, with the vessel carrying two squadrons of British and US F-35 jets. He said: "In NATO, we must stand firm against Russia's non-compliance with the INF Treaty, if necessary being ready to deal with the threat that new Russian missile systems may pose". Read More »

NYPD detective killed in friendly fire incident, commissioner says

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De Blasio on Tuesday night praised officers for rushing into risky situations and taking decisive action when lives are threatened. A New York Police Department detective was shot and killed Tuesday, and a sergeant was hit in the leg, after they responded to a reported robbery at a cell phone store in the borough of Queens, city officials said. Read More »

New York Gov. Cuomo to urge Trump to rethink tax changes

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Residents in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California could see substantial increases in their federal tax bills this year because of the deduction cap. "There are some people from NY who have been speaking to me about doing something about that, about changing things". The bill, the Reproductive Health Act, allows abortions after the 24-week mark to protect the mother's health or in cases where the fetus will not survive. Read More »

Black Leopard Pictured In Africa For First Time In Nearly 100 Years

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The cat is so rare it has taken on an nearly mythical status, which is reflected by the fact the creature hadn't been photographed in Africa in nearly 100 years. Black panthers in the Americas would be black jaguars. "Collectively these are the first confirmed images in almost 100 years of black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known spot in all of Africa to have black leopard". Read More »

Australia reopens offshore detention centre

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While opposition leader Bill Shorten has voiced support for the bill, the government has been advised the move would undermine the security of Australia's borders. "If they don't come, it will be because of the work and the decisions we are now taking and the actions we are putting in place", Morrison said. "My job now is to ensure that the boats don't come", he told reporters at Parliament House . Read More »

Prison Nurse Fatally Poisoned Husband to Marry Convicted Murderer

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According to a statement from the Miller County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Murray's body was discovered after investigators were called to a house fire in Iberia, Missouri on December 11 and found him dead inside the home. Clayton has been locked up for more than 18 years in the deadly stabbing of a 72-year-old Missouri man who won $1.7 million in a lottery game. Then, she allegedly started the fire before taking their dogs and 11-year-old son to McDonald's . Read More »

Trump open to letting March 1 deadline for China tariffs slide

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They're inching closer to a March 1 deadline to come to an agreement. US President Donald Trump has said he could extend the 1 March deadline to reach a trade deal with China if they are making good progress. The destroyers conducted the passage, illustrating the continuing USA military presence in the area, to which China routinely has objected. -China Business Council, said more time may be needed for a deal, which will require a meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart to ... Read More »

McConnell plans to bring Green New Deal to Senate vote

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While some environmental advocates applauded the plan's grand scope , experts said the plan's aim to get to net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years seemed unrealistic . "McConnell thinks he can end all debate on the Green New Deal now and stop this freight train of momentum ... all he's going to do is show just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people", she said in a statement . Read More »

Police ask woman who threw chair from balcony to surrender

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The chair appears to hurtle towards the Gardiner Expressway, one of the busiest highways in the country, but there are no reported injuries. Sgt. Ron Boyce told Radio-Canada that police believe the condo is at 55 Bremner Blvd., and said condo management is working with them. Read More »

Gavin Newsom To Scale Back, Not Abandon, California's High-Speed Rail

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Gavin Newsom's announcement today is not about killing the wasteful High-Speed Rail Project, it is about keeping it very much alive", Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, said in a press statement Tuesday . 'Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values, ' he said. Read More »

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, to run for Senate

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Democrats are eagerly watching the Arizona contest, having already defeated McSally. The couple became well-known gun control advocates following the attack. "I thought then that I had the risky job", Kelly says to Giffords. "Turned out that you were the one who had the risky job", Kelly said in the video talking to Giffords. Read More »

Australia signs $50 bln submarine contract with France after two-year squabble

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The $50 billion Attack class program will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia for the Navy. Australia decided in 2016 that the French Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) would be responsible for the construction of its new submarine fleet after a tender, but it did not sign the contract until recently, after months of negotiations. Read More »

Warren: Trump May Not Even Be A Free Person In 2020

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His capitalization of the word "trail" also sparked backlash over the apparent reference to the " Trail of Tears ", which was the extremely brutal and forced relocation of Native Americans by the government. In fact, he may not even be a free person, ' she said. "Let him make a full report to the American people and then collectively we can make the decision about what the appropriate next step is". Read More »