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Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana

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BuzzFeed News reported on instance where Klobuchar berated staff members in her Senate office to the point that it at times brought them to tears. One of several Democrats already seeking her party's nomination to compete at the polls against President Trump in 2020, Ms. Klobuchar declared her support for legalizing marijuana in a statement sent to The Washington Post for an article about each candidate's stance on the subject. Read More »

Northern lower MI under Blizzard Warning through Monday

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We expect the roads to rapidly deteriorate and turn slick and snow covered. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for all of southwest Minnesota, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties. Read More »

Russia Extends Detention of Ex-US Marine Held for Spying - RIA

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Whelan has not been formally charged yet but spying charges in Russian Federation carry up to 20 years in prison. Sitting in a cage in the courtroom, Whelan told journalists he is "holding up well". Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Friday renewed its complaint that Russian authorities were not letting Whelan sign and submit a waiver that would allow consular officials to release more details about his case. Read More »

Fire destroys 300 cars parked near airshow venue in Bengaluru

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On the third day of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base here, Indian army soldiers demonstrated their skills. The IAF reassured people that the show would go on as scheduled on Sunday. Likely cause: " dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", he said. Those who were able to witness the start of the fire alerted the sleeping drivers to safety. Read More »

Bangladesh commandos kill purported hijacker of Biman Bangladesh plane

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Civil Aviation SecretaryMohibul Haque said a cabin crew member raised alarm finding the behavior of a passenger suspicious. The 148 passengers and crew aboard the Bangladesh Biman flight BG147 were all rescued unharmed, officials said. "He demanded to speak to our prime minister [Sheikh Hasina]", Mofid said. There were no casualties from the incident on the state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, Air Vice Marshal Mofidur Rahman of Bangladesh's air force said at a news conference ... Read More »

Storm Dumps Record-Breaking Snow In Arizona On Way To Texas

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How much has fallen near you? According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest three-day snowstorm on record in the city was 54 inches, also during the December 29-31, 1915 event. The National Weather Service said about half an inch had accumulated near the University of Arizona. A mere 10 inches, recorded in 1944. They have closed several roads and highways, including a portion of Interstate 40. Read More »

Britain's Theresa May promises vote on Brexit deal by March 12

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Their comments are likely to be seen as a thinly veiled warning they could defy the Prime Minister Theresa May to back moves by MPs to prevent a no-deal Brexit in next week's crunch Commons vote . "And then, obviously, we'll be having the debate the next day". My team will be back in Brussels again this coming week. With just 33 days until Britain is due to leave the 28-member EU, May is making last-ditch efforts to win concessions from EU counterparts on the divorce package, brokered ... Read More »

President Sisi inaugurate 1st Arab-European Summit

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It also reflects the EU's intention to play a more comprehensive global role. Since MPs rejected her withdrawal deal last month, May has sought to address their concerns about the text's "backstop" arrangement, which is created to keep the border with Ireland free flowing. Read More »

Afghanistan: UN says record number of civilians killed in 2018

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An increase in air strikes by U.S. and Afghan forces also led to more civilian deaths in 2018, with more than 500 civilians killed by "aerial operations for the first time on record", the report noted . UNAMA began systematically documenting civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2009. Ground engagements, mainly between pro-government forces and anti-government groups, also remained a leading cause of civilian casualties. Read More »

Saudi King Salman arrives in Egypt for Arab-EU summit

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The meeting will be cochaired by Egyptian President and European Council President, Donald Tusk, who will represent the EU alongside European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. It also reflects the EU's intention to play a more comprehensive global role. Among the most prominent participants from the European leaders are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Read More »

Vegas, LA hills see rare snow

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The snow snarled flights at the airport and traffic on highways. Dozens of crashes have been reported by Highway Patrol authorities, with the majority of incidents involving cars sliding off the roads. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, a small airport in Arizona, was also shut by the storm after visibility hit zero. Many took to social media, posting pictures and videos of the snow in surprise and delight. Read More »

Iran launches cruise missile from submarine during drill

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In the Channel 2 report, Rastegari said that Iran will unveil a new water-jet motor technology, which is one of the technologies that has sanctions applied to it, in late February. Iran has expanded its missile programme, particularly its ballistic missiles. Israel, increasingly concerned that its enemy Iran may establish a long-term military presence in neighboring Syria, says it has carried out over 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Names First Woman Envoy To Washington

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Saudi Arabia has announced that Princess Rima bint Bandar al-Saud will become its next ambassador to the USA - the first woman ever to take on an envoy role for the kingdom. Bessma Momani, professor of political science at Canada's University of Waterloo, told Al Jazeera that the appointment was about improving Saudi Arabia's image by showing that they are committed to the progress of women. Read More »

Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit legislation, hopes law ‘will never be needed’

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The Omnibus Bill, which will be fast-tracked through the Oireachtas, is created to support businesses and jobs affected by a no-deal and secure ongoing access to essential services and products across the Irish border. If in the event of a no deal Brexit , the United Kingdom opens its doors to South American beef, Deputy Chambers says this would be a catastrophe for our beef industry and would have a devastating effect on farmers the length and breadth of this country. Read More »

Ninth MP quits Britain's opposition party accusing leader of "supporting extremists"

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Mr Austin, whose constituency overwhelmingly voted leave in the 2016 referendum, said he had no plans to join the Independent Group of cross-party MPs, a majority of whom support a second vote on Britain's European Union membership. A Labour Party spokesperson said: "We regret that Ian Austin has left the Labour Party". He clarified that he has not spoken to the Independent Group. Read More »

Prosecutors say Manafort's 'criminal actions were bold' in redacted sentencing memo

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In a separate case in Virginia, Manafort was found guilty on eight counts in a sprawling bank and tax fraud case. Prosecutors say Manafort faces as much as 24 years in prison in that case. His violation of the deal meant Mueller's team was no longer obliged to recommend a lenient sentence. "My suggestion is to change the double jeopardy statute in NY to permit prosecutions with this kind of conduct in mind", said Moscow, who is now at Lewis Baach and isn't involved in the matter. Read More »

Paul Manafort's 'criminal actions were bold', as per sentencing memo

As part of a plea deal in the case, Manafort admitted to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Russian Federation denies trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and Trump says his team did not collude with Moscow. Judge T.S. Ellis, who oversaw Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, will sentence him on March 8. Read More »

Botswana unveils plan to kill elephants and turn them into pet food

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The report comes almost a year after President Mokgweetsi Masisi asked ministers to review the hunting ban which was put in place by his predecessor Ian Khama. Yet coming up with a precise tally of the elephant population in Botswana - and even determining whether it is growing - is hard, in part because herds can cross into neighboring countries, the government says . Read More »

Chawkbazar: The 400-year-old bustling heart of Dhaka

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The fire is believed to have started when a fuel cylinder exploded in a auto at Chawkbazar in the old Mughal part of the capital. "This tragic incident happened due to the indifference and callousness of the government, as well as mismanagement", said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Read More »

Trump administration plans to leave 400 troops in Syria

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Administration officials said the United States would leave several hundred troops in Syria while the rest would be withdrawn. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the United States would keep a peacekeeping force of 200 troops in Syria "for a period of time", further muddling the president's timeline for withdrawal. Read More »

Train possibly taking Kim to summit enters China

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This is according to a US official as reported by CNN. While North Korea has repeatedly demanded that the United States take corresponding measures, including sanctions relief, Washington has called for more concrete steps from Pyongyang toward denuclearization. Read More »

Catalan protesters burn tires, clash with police over separatist trial

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Eleven highways in Catalonia were affected by the protests, police reported, adding that they were working to keep traffic flowing. Police in Spain arrested four people Thursday in connection with a general strike called by pro-independence Catalan non-governmental organizations, trade unions and political parties. Read More »

President Muhammadu Buhari Votes in Hometown

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Many Nigerians said the election will be decided by economic issues after a rough term for Buhari during which the country suffered a rare, months-long recession and unemployment grew significantly to 23 percent. Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and has been repeatedly attacked during their almost 10-year insurgency that has devastated the remote region. Read More »

Venezuela closes Colombia border as aid dispute turns deadly

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Maduro is trying to prevent food and medicines, from entering the country as tensions over access to the supplies turned deadly, prompting an angry condemnation from the United States . "People were in their community, calm. The soldiers came and started shooting at the indigenous people", said Salomon Perez, who accompanied a brother and two nieces suffering from gunshot wounds by ambulance to a hospital in Brazil. Read More »

Sudan's embattled President declares year-long state of emergency

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The amendments were to see al-Bashir running for another term as almost daily protests in Sudan, which initially erupted in December over rising food prices and cash shortages, grew against his near 30-year rule. Sudan has been gripped by nationwide protests since December 19. The rallies have since evolved into a widespread call for Bashir to step down. Without amending the constitutions, he can not run for a third term. Read More »

Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on monument in French cemetery

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In 2018, the number of anti-Semitic incidents increased by 74 percent nationwide, figures released last week showed, despite having fallen somewhat in previous years. The spike in attacks prompted dozens of political parties, trade unions and activist groups to organise rallies against anti-Semitism on Tuesday evening, with thousands attending in cities across France. Read More »

Germany resists force to ease Saudi arms export halt

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Leading British defense contractor BAE Systems said German moves to block exports to Saudi Arabia could damage its major deals with the country and weigh on its financial performance. A German Economy Ministry spokeswoman said no change was imminent. The Saudi war in Yemen means some of those aircraft are seeing high levels of utilization, and require replacement parts and services. Read More »

Tainted alcohol kills 41 tea plantation workers in India

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Another 200 people are in hospital after consuming the toxic liquor in the north eastern state of Assam . The first victims died on Thursday, the administrator of the Golaghat district in Assam, Dhiren Hazarika, is quoted as saying by Agence France-Press. Read More »

Trump picks envoy to Canada Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador

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Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft is being nominated to replace Nikki Haley as the ambassador to the United Nations . In a tweet , Trump said, "Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level". Read More »