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Twin panda cubs born for the first time in Germany

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The new arrivals were born less than an hour apart and don't look much like their parents yet, with pink skin covered in fine white down and long tails. They are famously hard to breed, and female pandas only have a 24-72 hour window to get pregnant each year. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrived from China in June 2017. Read More »

Pentagon defers 127 building projects to fund border wall

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The White House's proposed $718 billion Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2020 included $3.6 billion in an emergency fund to backfill money taken from 2019 construction projects for the wall as well as an additional $3.6 billion marked for potential new construction at the southern border. Read More »

US hits Iran space agency with sanctions over missile work

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A photograph was released by the president of U.S. on Friday showing the failed launch of an Iranian rocket and also said that the States had to do nothing with it. The launch failed last week when the rocket exploded on its launchpad. In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue. Read More »

American Airlines 'confident' Boeing 737 Max will fly in December

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Among other USA airlines that operate the MAX, Southwest, which has the most with 34, has canceled flights into early January. For the airline industry in general, "the grounding of the fleet was less disruptive than it might have been because far more jets were in Boeing's order backlog than in service", Bloomberg's Anurag Kotoky and Kyunghee Park write for The Washington Post . Read More »

Hong Kong leader 'to withdraw extradition Bill'

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The demonstrators have demanded Lam step down and scrap the proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China , where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials. According to a leaked audio recording, Lam said she now has "very limited" room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China. Read More »

UK's Johnson faces new Brexit vote after stinging defeat

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After the vote, Corbyn told Johnson that he must get the Brexit delay bill that will be discussed on Wednesday passed before trying to call an election . On a day of high drama, an Edinburgh court also heard a legal challenge against Johnson's decision to suspend parliament next week for more than a month, which critics said was a bid to silence MPs. Read More »

Several Tourists Feared Dead, 6 Injured In New Zealand Bus Crash

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Another witness told the New Zealand Herald the bus windscreen was shattered and as survivors emerged from the scene wrapped in blankets and being comforted by police. About 10 people were taken from a minivan into the building. A helicopter is dispatched to the crash scene in Waikato, New Zealand. 'We are assessing patients and will update with any further information as it comes to hand, 'it tweeted. Read More »

Prince Harry's new Travalyst initiative aims to promote sustainable travel

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He continued, addressing the controversy: "Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe and it's genuinely as simple as that". He was joined by representatives of his partners, Booking.com, TripAdvisor , Visa , China's largest travel company, Ctrip, and the Ctrip-owned fare aggregator Skyscanner . Read More »

Bahamas suffer 'catastrophic damage' as Dorian pounds islands: offical

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Its winds, with sustained speeds of 155 miles per hour, were expected to batter the Bahamas for much of the day before the storm skirts the Florida coast through Wednesday. Water levels in the Abacos, swamped by a similar surge Sunday, were expected to slowly subside. Disney Cruise Line is defending its decision to leave crew members on Castaway Cay, its private island in the Bahamas, to ride out Hurricane Dorian. Read More »

Boris Johnson to seek snap election after Commons Brexit defeat

An angry Prime Minister claimed MPs were "on the brink of wrecking any deal that we might be able to get in Brussels" and warned them that if they pass today's legislation, "the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels". The 328 to 301 vote, made possible by fellow Conservatives who turned their back on Johnson's pleas, cleared the way for his opponents to introduce a bill Wednesday that would seek to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal October 31. Read More »

Ex-Tory MP Phillip Lee quits to join Liberal Democrats

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Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee, a former justice minister, quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats and suddenly left it without a parliamentary majority. Meanwhile, protests have erupted outside the Houses of Parliament, as well. Johnson has threatened call a snap general election and kick members who oppose a no-deal Brexit out of the party. Read More »

25 bodies found after scuba dive boat catches fire off California

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Thirty four people are presumed dead in the fire and the search has been suspended. After borrowing clothes from the Hansens, some crew members headed back toward the Conception to look for survivors without luck, Hansen said. Records show the Conception had no issues after a Coast Guard inspection in February. They were able to take a dinghy to a nearby boat for shelter. Read More »

Tropical Storm Fernand develops in the western Gulf

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The hurricane center said storm squalls with winds up to tropical storm force will be possible along the northern coast of Mexico, and the storm could bring 6-12 inches of rain to the area. The hurricane season typically peaks between mid-August and late October. Forecast track and wind speed probability as of Tuesday, Sept. 3. Though associated thunderstorms and showers show signs of organization, the system does not have a well-defined surface center and stands a 30-50 percent chance of ... Read More »

US, France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes

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In a press release on Tuesday , the UN said individuals in the Yemeni government and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, may have "conducted air strikes in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution, and may have used starvation as a method of warfare, acts that may amount to war crimes". Read More »

Indonesia Limits Access for Foreigners to Papua and West Papua

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Four Australian's could face travel bans after participating in West Papuan pro-independence demonstrations. He reiterated Jakarta's position that it was not open to talking about Papuan independence. In Indonesia, protesters can be imprisoned for up to 15 years for simply raising the Morning Star flag. "West Papua is recognised by the United Nations as being part of Indonesia". Read More »

Furious vegan demands neighbours stop cooking meat on barbecue

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Perth woman Cilla Carden claimed that their activities - among them barbecuing and smoking -as well as their noisy children, breached residential laws. "[They] have not allowed the children out at night, have not used the patio at night, and have not turned on the lights for several months for fear of reprisals from the applicant", the tribunal said. Read More »

China warns it could unilaterally impose emergency rule on Hong Kong

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It has taken China a long time to build up to that sort of worldwide profile and to have some say, not only being a big economy but a responsible big economy, so to forsake all those positive developments is clearly not on their agenda. One after one other journalists fired robust inquiries to the town's Chief Government, hard her authority and skills to deal with the continuing unrest which have left the monetary hub in its worst turmoil since its handover from Britain to China in 1997. Read More »

Flights cancelled after Hong Kong protesters target airport

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At least 16 flights were canceled, Hong Kong International Airport's Web site said, with the departure hall packed with a backlog of passengers who had struggled to make it to the terminals. "The police are a licenced mob, they have the licence to attack and to assault", Kwok Ka-ki, a pro-democracy lawmaker, told AFP . "With such escalating violence and progressively lethal weapons of protestors, the safety of police officers and other members of the public is seriously threatened", ... Read More »

Teen confesses to slaying five family members in north Alabama, police say

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According to law enforcement, the 14-year-old shooter is now assisting investigators in locating the weapon, a 9mm handgun, that he said he tossed nearby. Sheriff Mike Blakely says that's when the teen confessed. Later in the morning, still before dawn, people in the neighborhood were stopping to talk with police about what happened. Read More »

Hong Kong's Lam dismisses leaked voice recording

A striking social sector worker who gave only a single name, Winston, said the string of sackings of employees found to have participated in the anti-extradition movement represents a significant erosion of the city's traditional rights and freedoms. Read More »

Eight students killed in attack on Chinese elementary school

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The culprit, a 40-year-old man with the surname Yu, has been detained by police. In October past year, a woman attacked and injured 14 children with a knife at a kindergarten in China's southwestern Sichuan province. The episode sparked public outrage since Monday marked the beginning of courses for college pupils. In January, 20 kids were injured after a man with a hammer struck them at an elementary school in Beijing . Read More »

Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas, menaces east USA coast

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Although Dorian is expected to weaken gradually, forecasters said it likely would remain a powerful hurricane for the next couple of days. Amaya Martin, a Jacksonville resident, only purchased a few items on Monday while grocery shopping with her mother and brother. Read More »

PM BoJo Threatens Pre-Brexit Snap Election if Remainers Vote Against Government

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The threats, reported by multiple British outlets, are coming through Conservative whips, those who are responsible for gauging and building support in parliament. The leader of the opposition Labour Party wants his lawmakers to vote for an October 14 election but with a "mechanism" attached to force an extension to Britain's Brexit date from Halloween, The Sun's political editor said on Tuesday. Read More »

Local Red Cross plans to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian

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The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend. The American Red Cross estimated that some 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by the storm, with as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and SC potentially in need of emergency shelter, depending on the impact. Read More »

Simone Biles sends emotional tweet after brother charged in triple-homicide

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Biles was raised by her grandfather and grandmother. "E$3 ating my feelings don't talk to me", she tweeted Thursday night. Her older brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury after three people were shot to death at a New Year's Eve Airbnb party in Cleveland, authorities said. Read More »

Vice President Pence Begins State Visit

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US Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at Shannon Airport for his two-day visit to Ireland. . He was greeted on the apron by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Cathal Crowe, Irish American Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Shannon Group Chairperson Rose Hynes and Emma Madigan, Chief of Protocol with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Read More »

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of `last chance` Brexit battle

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Johnson said he was making progress on a deal because European Union officials were convinced that he was serious about the deadline. "I don't want an election , you don't want an election , let's get on with the people's agenda". SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also accused the PM of being disingenuous, urging anti no-deal MPs "not to blink". But officials said that more than two weeks after Johnson's meeting with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, no alternatives to the backstop had ... Read More »

Iran says Europe not implementing its nuclear commitments

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran will go back to complying with the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in full only when European nations go back to delivering on their commitments. He was referring to Iran's violations of the nuclear deal in recent months. It remains unclear what further step Iran could take, though it could involve restarting advanced centrifuges prohibited by the deal or further bumping up its enrichment of uranium. Read More »

Amy-Lee has been found

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There has been mixed information saying that De Jager has been found and that is not true, she has not been found. Amy-Lee's kidnappers had reportedly stopped the vehicle, given her R4 to buy some water at a nearby shop and sped off. Horn said while the family still had many questions, they are relieved that the ordeal is finally over. Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo: "We appeal to all to please allow this investigation to take its course and investigators are busy investigating the ... Read More »

Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 4, winds still gusting at 150 miles per hour

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This high-pressure system essentially controls the track of Hurricane Dorian and subtle position and strength changes in that high-pressure system will result in slight shifts to Dorian's path. Due to the fact that we don't know exactly what path Dorian will take, it is important that anyone along the USA southeast coast from Florida to the Carolinas continue to monitor forecasts closely. Read More »

FG may clash with S/Africa over xenophobic attacks

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The reaction of the Federal Government is coming as both countries planned to meet in October in South Africa during President Muhammadu Buhari's state visit to his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa. South Africa has seen a spate of xenophobic attacks in recent months. This follows incidents of violence and looting in Malvern, Jeppestown and other Joburg areas since yesterday. Read More »

Trainee Pilot Lands Plane After Instructor Passes Out In Australia

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Over the next 62 minutes, the controller managed to keep Sylvester calm and guided him through the emergency landing - with his instructor still unresponsive. But you're going to do an wonderful job and we're going to help you get down to the ground", the controller said in recordings supplied to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Read More »

Brexit: Boris Johnson's opponents publish plan

But Johnson believes another delay to Brexit, which was due to happen at the end of March, would be undemocratic and says those frustrating the process simply want to block Brexit altogether and go against the country's 2016 referendum result. Read More »