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North Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in letter

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While welcoming the USA position to continue talks in a press release on Monday afternoon, the director of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's US affairs department warned Pyongyang would only commit itself to denuclearization negotiations once all "obstacles" threatening the security of its regime were removed, adding that it was up to Washington to decide whether the upcoming talks "in the next few weeks" would be a "window of opportunity" or foment another crisis. Read More »

Whistleblower Snowden: I'd love to be granted asylum in France

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Snowden, who as soon as worked for the Central Intelligence Agency apart from to the NSA, has been dwelling in Russian Federation since leaking thousands of categorised paperwork to the press in 2013 which revealed the scope of USA authorities surveillance after 9/11. Read More »

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to hold talks with public

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Now, protesters are calling for full democracy and an investigation into allegations of police brutality during the protests, among other demands. The legislation would also require an annual assessment of the territory's autonomy to decide whether Hong Kong retains preferential trade treatment under USA law. Read More »

New Zealand PM welcomes Facebook's action against extremism

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With this initiative, we aim to improve our detection of real-world, first-person footage of violent events and avoid incorrectly detecting other types of footage such as fictional content from movies or video games. "The attack demonstrated the misuse of technology to spread radical expressions of hate, and highlighted where we needed to improve detection and enforcement against violent extremist content", the company noted. Read More »

Trump orders environmental notice to San Francisco on homeless

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After automatically following USA auto-emissions rules for many years, the Canadian government signed a memorandum of understanding with California in June committing to co-ordinate with the state on tougher vehicle-emissions requirements, as well as on measures to encourage more consumers to buy electric vehicles . Read More »

'High probability' Saudi attack launched from Iranian base near Iraq

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This increase is the biggest single-day hike since the July 5 maiden Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that raised rates by nearly Rs 2.50 a litre due to an increase in excise duty on fuel. The latter's suspected involvement also prompted concerns about whether the USA could be draw into a confrontation. In South Korea, there has been no indication of disruptions to term supply, a Seoul-based source said. Read More »

NY state ban on flavoured e-cigarettes gets final approval

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NY becomes the first state to implement such a ban on flavored e-cigarettes while MI legislators are have approved a similar ban but are still working on its details. The State Health Commissioner plans to expand ban in order to cover the exempted products as well. Andrew Cuomo is laying down emergency regulations against flavored e-cigarettes. Read More »

Pakistan denies airspace access to PM Modi's plane, India slams 'old habit'

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Pakistan Denies Airspace Permit to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Cites New Delhi's "Behaviour" in Kashmir . Mobile phone services have yet to be restored. New Delhi regretted the decision, Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for the Indian government, said. "But for the leaders, they will be free to talk about whatever they like", she said in response to a question. Read More »

Trump says not looking to meet Iran's Rouhani at United Nations meeting

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We've spent more than a trillion and a half dollars in the last short period of time on our military. "Nobody has even come close", he said. U.S. military action, meanwhile, would likely torpedo an effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to de-escalate the situation and get Washington and Tehran back to the table. Read More »

Fighting for survival: Keys to Netanyahu’s return to power

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If any of these parties fall short, their tens of thousands of votes would be wasted, complicating hopes of their larger allies to cobble together a coalition. Netanyahu has been shadowed by separate but intertwined long-running scandals, and the attorney general has recommended criminal charges in three of them. Read More »

Afghanistan: Taliban attacks kill 48, President Ghani unhurt as bomber targets rally

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The president was nearby at the time of the blast, but was unharmed. The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28 - a vote the Taliban vehemently oppose. Pakistan denounced the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims as well as prayers for a speedy recovery of all the wounded. He says there are women and children among those killed and wounded. Read More »

O’Brien as new national security advisor

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When the court released the rapper and two of his associates, before finding them guilty, O'Brien declared it a "very good night for the United States of America and for the Kingdom of Sweden". In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O'Brien to be U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly, where he worked with Bolton. The role does not require confirmation by Congress. Read More »

E-cigarettes will be banned, users face strict fines, jail: Nirmala Sitharaman

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New York's health department found very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by dozens of people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes. India's vapour-products market was valued at $57 million in 2018, according to data from Euromonitor International. Market research group Euromonitor estimates that the number of adults who vape will reach nearly 55 million by 2021. Read More »

Trump contradicts aides, self on Iran talks

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Donald Trump has fired back after Senator Lindsey Graham denounced the "weakness" in the President's past approach to Iran. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Lawrence Korb, former United States assistant defence secretary, said the last thing Trump wanted is a conflict with Iran. Read More »

Auto crashes into Trump Plaza lobby in NY, injuring 3

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According to Tony Aiello , a reporter at CBS New York , workers at Trump Plaza said the driver got out of the auto after the crash and "took a seat on the sofa". "He just really shook up", maintenance worker Kevin Jenkins told CBS New York. Authorities told WABC-TV the incident Tuesday night does not appear to be intentional. Read More »

B.C. woman charged in connection with USA college admissions scandal

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Extradition proceedings have been launched to bring Sui to Boston to face the charges. Dozens of others were charged in March when authorities announced the investigation. The alleged bribe ranks among the highest in the scheme. Sui's March indictment was kept under seal until Tuesday, records show. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli , are now fighting similar charges; in addition to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, they have also ... Read More »

Justice Department SUES Edward Snowden for proceeds of his memoir

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According to the DoJ, the lawsuit alleges that the book was published without being submitted to the CIA or the NSA for approval and violated terms of Snowden's non-disclosure agreements with the agencies. "The United States is suing the publisher exclusively to ensure that no funds are transferred to Snowden, or at his direction, while the court resolves the United States' claims", the DOJ said in a press release today. Read More »

Russian soldiers injured in clash with N Korea fishing boat

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Russia's main intelligence agency says three Russian border guards have been injured after they were attacked by North Koreans fishing illegally. The North Korean diplomat has spent over an hour at the ministry. "The expulsion of the Japanese ships from our zone is a just and righteous exercise of our sovereign rights". Last week, border guards detained 16 boats and over 250 sailors who were poaching squid off Russian shores. Read More »

Trump backed off on Iran last time - but will he again?

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Lawrence Korb, former United States assistant defence secretary, said the last thing Trump wanted is a conflict with Iran. Trump also contradicted his own remarks. President Donald Trump revealed he had invited Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace talks, but canceled them after an American serviceman died in a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Read More »

PM Modi confirms Donald Trump will join him at Houston event

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Calling it a " unique challenge " Jaishankar said, "We hope to build a better, stronger neighbourhood but recognising that we have a unique challenge from one neighbour until the issue of cross border terrorism is successfully addressed & that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour that would remain a challenge". Read More »

Russian Federation warns of war possibility after Saudi oil attacks

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Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan's full support and solidarity with the brotherly country against any threat to its security and territorial integrity. Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Riyadh asked worldwide experts to join its investigation, which indicates the attack did not come from Yemen, the foreign ministry said. Read More »

Farooq Abdullah's detention yet another assault on democracy: NC

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The government is believed to have detained thousands of people including activists, local politicians and businessmen. His house has been declared as a subsidiary jail. Vaiko acknowledged he would test with Farooq Abdullah, now beneath detention, in Srinagar at an appropriate time. Mr Abdullah had been kept under "illegal detention without any authority of law in violation of his constitutional rights", said the petition. Read More »

Job hunt begins in Bahamas even as another storm threatens

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However, its effects could be felt across the coastal southeastern USA through large swells and the possibility of unsafe rip currents, according to the National Hurricane Center . U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said ahead of a weekend visit to the Bahamas that more than three-quarters of all buildings were destroyed by the hurricane. Read More »

Won`t compromise on Kannada`s importance, says BS Yediyurappa

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The idea is to have a common language for the country and as Hindi is spoken the most, it can unite the whole country, said the Home Minister. "The attempt to create a row over Hindi is meant to deflect people's attention from crucial issues", Vijayan said, alluding to the economic slowdown. Read More »

Humberto strengthens into a hurricane, takes rare aim at Bermuda

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People in the predicted path should not focus on the exact forecast track, the NOAA said, adding "only a slight deviation to the right could bring the centre near or over the island". Bermuda's coast is also forecast to see an increase of large swells. By early Monday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (137 kph). Read More »

Yemen's Houthis Attack Saudi Oil and Gas Fields

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The Brent crude oil prices had closed on Friday, slightly higher than the $60 barrel. The price of oil has skyrocketed by more than 10% after an attack on two major oil refineries in Saudi Arabia over the weekend cut the country's production in half, wiping 5% off oil output globally. Read More »

Tropical Storm Humberto is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday

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Late Sunday, Humberto did strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 kmph. The storm is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it moves to the western Atlantic Ocean. Just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of the Bahamas, residents had to once again prepare for a storm. "Hurricane Dorian has been classified as Category 5". Read More »

UK PM Boris Johnson, EU chief agree Brexit talks must 'intensify'

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Here is the ostensible leader of a nation telling the press that, should he be confronted by the UK Parliament's recently-ratified legal action to prevent the UK facing the political equivalent of shitting its own trousers with a no-deal Brexit - now set to happen with thematic appropriateness on All Hallow's Eve itself, October 31 - that he would become Bruce Banner, break the surly bonds of his enemies, and Hulk out. Read More »

Iran dismisses US allegation it was behind Saudi oil attacks

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The attacks resulted in "the temporary suspension of production operations", Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said Sunday in a statement. Iraq denied Sunday that its territory was used for an attack on the Kingdom and US officials said a strike from there would be a violation of Iraq's sovereignty. Read More »

The remains of Mugabe to be moved to his village, Kutama

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In 2017, the long-reigning leader dismissed Mnangagwa's bid to be his first vice president. Senior army generals and Mugabe's wife and children followed, as a brass band played. Mnangagwa, a one-time protege of Mugabe, called the former president a "national icon" after his death. "Mugabe had no doctor looking after him". Read More »

Imran Khan warns of possibility of conventional war with India

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Separately on Monday, local media reported Farooq Abdullah, a three-time former chief minister of the state, was detained in state capital Srinagar under the Public Safety Act, a special law that allows for detention of up to two years without trial, and has been criticised by rights groups as draconian. Read More »

Cyclist dies after being attacked by swooping magpie in Australia

An elderly man died in a bike accident after trying to escape a swooping magpie south of Sydney, police said Monday (Sept 16). He reportedly collided with a post and fell to the ground, sustaining serious injuries. A cyclist has died after being attacked by a magpie. "This bird was very aggressive and uncharacteristically territorial". Investigators are looking into the incident, but magpies are known to "swoop" around strangers during mating season - and can even become aggressive and ... Read More »

Storm Humberto hits the Bahamas

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As of 5 a.m., the system was about 135 miles north of Great Abaco Island and about 175 miles east of Cape Canaveral, moving north-northwest at 7 mph with sustained winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. "I think it's Category Hell", said the secretary general, adding he was horrified by the "level of systematic devastation". The first one, in the Gulf of Mexico, is not expected to develop and will move onshore in Texas tonight or on Tuesday. Read More »

Son of bin Laden killed in US operation

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Documents seized in the raid on his father's house in Abbottabad, Pakistan suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al Qaeda leadership. Hamza was born in 1989 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "Moreover, while Hamza has not actually fought, he has been featured in al-Qa'ida propaganda from a very young age, in videos that depict him as having been very close to his father". Read More »