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White House: Intel chair to brief Trump on 'monitoring'

He appears to believe that the news that US investigations meant to gather information on foreign intelligence efforts have discovered links to multiple members of the campaign, possibly including Trump himself , is somehow good news for Trump. Read More »

Trump to accelerate support in Iraq's fight against IS: Iraqi PM

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Key Iranian-backed Shiite militias mobilized by Abadi's government to fight in the anti-Islamic State campaign have been accused of carrying out their own massacres of Sunnis deemed to have collaborated with the extremist group. Moreover, US officials say the conference, which was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's initiative, will also be an opportunity for the State Department to drum up stronger coalition partner commitments - and for Mr. Read More »

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: 'I didn't want this job'

However, he said that when he returned to his Texas home after meeting Trump in NY, his wife, Renda St Clair, shook her finger in his face and said: "I told you God's not through with you ". It comes as the USA state department was forced to deny a report that Rex Tillerson pulled out of meetings with South Korean officials because of "fatigue". Read More »

White House refuses to attend global meeting to discuss human rights

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ACLU lawyers, present for a meeting Tuesday to discuss the new White House administration's agenda, shared photos with International Business Times showing several empty chairs where USA officials were supposed to be seated discussing Trump's travel restrictions, immigration policies and the Dakota Access Pipeline, among other issues. Read More »

Teachers vote to form new super union for education workers

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Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary said: "With almost half a million members, we will speak with a stronger voice on behalf of education professionals and the children, young people and adults they support". Of the ATL members who voted, 73% (21,722) said Yes to the merger, while 97% (65,908) of NUT members said Yes. "There is no easy evidence that fewer, bigger unions necessarily generate better outcomes for teachers". Read More »

Trump Is Going After Teen's 'Kittens Scratch Trump' Site

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Trump's team found the site just three weeks after it went live, and then sent Lucy a letter that embodies the pomp and bluster for which the president is known. Not surprisingly, the moves by Trump's lawyers have had the opposite effect of their intention. Lucy received the c&d letter from Trump's attorneys and she can't believe that a coding experiment has the president all in his feelings. Read More »

Documents: Trump aide hid payments

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They purportedly show a $750,000 payment sent to an offshore account of Manafort's company, disguised as a payment for computers, which Leshchenko claims was actually to pay for Manafort's political consulting work for Yanukovych . According to CNN, prosecutors in Kyiv have asked USA authorities seven times in the past two years to help them question Manafort in a corruption case against former justice minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych. Read More »

Brief Baghdad peace shattered by new IS bomb attack

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No group has said it carried out the attack but so-called Islamic State (IS) has in recent months carried out many similar bombings. At least 23 people have been killed and dozens injured in a vehicle bomb explosion that hit a southern Baghdad district, Reuters reports, citing police and medical sources. Read More »

Crews fight fire at Syncrude oil sands site in Canada, 1 hurt

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A contractor working on site, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said an explosion occurred around 2 pm local time and fires were still burning. TD Securities analyst Menno Hulshof said in a note to investors that Syncrude averaged more than 98 per cent utilization in the second half of 2016, an improvement attributed by some to Suncor Energy increasing its stake in the ownership consortium from 12 per cent to 54 per cent through buyouts of two other ... Read More »

House Intel chairman: Trump's personal communications may have been collected

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Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russian Federation. The remarks from Nunes add a new wrinkle to the controversy surrounding Trump and his claim that former President Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower ahead of the election. Read More »

Happiness Index: Bangladesh ranked 110th, 4th in S Asia

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Bangladeshis are happier than Indians and Sri Lankans, according to World Happiness Report 2017 released yesterday coinciding with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who is facing a tough re-election battle in September, welcomed the report as "a nice validation on a Monday morning". Read More »

Here's how happy the Swedes are, according to this report

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Rounding out the top 10 were Finland, in fifth place, The Netherlands (6), Canada (7), New Zealand (8) and Australia and Sweden tied for 9th. The World Happiness Report is produced by the Sustainable Solutions Network and relies on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll. Read More »

Azkals, Malaysia friendly ends in scoreless draw

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It will be the fifth time since 2012 that the Azkals face the Malaysian side, with all previous four encounters ending in draws. Philippines , who are ranked 124th in the world, dominated the first half but Malaysia took the fight to them in the second after coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee made some substitutions and tactical changes. Read More »

CRPF men martyred in Naxal ambush in Sukma

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Earlier on Friday, a former village head in Sukma district was killed by Naxalites over suspicion of him colluding with the cops. Five others have been injured in the ambush, which took place in Bheji district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to take stock of the situation. Singh along with Chief Minister Raman Singh, will proceed to the battalion's post in Mana camp to pay tribute to the 12 troopers killed in the attack on ... Read More »

Starbucks CEO Schultz to host last shareholder meeting

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Partially included in that number are other programs the coffee chain sponsors to boost hiring among groups like veterans and teens. Starbucks boasted that it had reached its initial goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses ahead of its 2018 deadline and will be expanding its goal to 25,000 by 2025. Read More »

Ukrainian Lawmaker Says Manafort Hid Yanukovych Payments

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Manafort, who served as a campaign chairman for Trump between March and August 2016, also previously worked for Yanukovych as a public relations advisor, as well as for Yanukovych's Party of Regions, between 2007 and 2012. Yanukovych ). Leshchenko alleges that Manafort falsified an invoice to the Belize company to legitimize the $750,000 payment to himself. Mr Manafort's spokesman denied the claim as "baseless". Read More »

White House jumper caught on fence

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Officials stopped the vehicle Saturday night, about a quarter-mile from President Trump's executive residence. But, in reality, no one knows how the intruder got inside the premise as a tight security was present outside and most important the president of the United States was inside at the time this incident happens. Read More »

Amber Alert issued for Quebec boy, 4, last seen in Kanata, Ont.

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Joel Munkonkole, 4, is 90 cms (3 feet) tall. At the time of the abduction, which occurred on Tuesday at 11:45 am, he wore a black and white striped toque, a white (top) and blue (bottom) winter coat, gray trousers and white boots. She was wearing a dark, hooded coat and a grey and white scarf when she disappeared. She was last seen in the Kanata, Ont. area, driving a red, four-door Pontiac Vibe with Quebec plate 270-XLX. Read More »

Rex Tillerson On Being Secretary Of State: 'I Didn't Want This Job'

Attorneys for teens who filed a climate change lawsuit against the USA are requesting the government and the American Petroleum Institute to hand over emails sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson using the alias " Wayne Tracker " while he was head of Exxon Mobil, the nonprofit Our Children's Trust said Monday . Read More »

Four new prisons planned in £1.3bn revamp

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Rochester and Hindley jails will close while the new prisons are built. The MoJ previously announced that it would add £100m to the budget to increase frontline staff by 2,500 after prison riots last December at HMP Birmingham and planned industrial action by prison staff last month over pay and pensions. Read More »

Family Of Missing American Sues Iran 10 Years After Disappearance

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Levinson, who is a resident of Coral Springs, disappeared 10 years ago in Iran while working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Under President Barack Obama, five Americans were released by Iran in January 2016 in an exchange timed to coincide with the implementation of the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six major powers. Read More »

Why the Trump-Russia Affair Will Only Get Worse

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Yahoo News correspondent Hunter Walker asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday. "We have to talk to Mr. Manafort", Warner said. "We know what Russia has done to interfere in the electoral process, now we have to see what kind of combination or conversations took place between folks affiliated with the Trump campaign and the Russians". Read More »

Norway Voted The 'Happiest Country' On Earth

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So it's very boring: "bureaucrats are the secret to our happiness". In the USA, happiness has been declining for the past decade even as the nation has become richer. Norwegians have more reason than ever to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Venezuela and the Central African Republic slipped the most over the past decade. Read More »

Telangana Finance Minister introduces state budget

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The Gouds, who are dependent on toddy-tapping, will also be helped, the state said. According to officials, the government will take loans in two ways. Replying to a query on Public Debt Outstanding, he said it was a total of Rs 93,115.16 crores in 2015-16, Rs 1,14,813.82 crores in RE (Revised Estimates) of 2016-17 and Rs 1,40,523.17 crores in Budget Estimates of 2017-18. Read More »

Sergei Magnitsky lawyer 'serious but not critical' after fall from window

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Gorokhov has represented the Magnitsky family since 2011. News reports showed pictures of what appeared to be the shattered remains of a bath at the scene in the town of Troitsk, south west of the Russian capital. The death soured relations between the United States and Russia, with Washington imposing sanctions on several Russian officials in response while in Russia, while USA officials were sanctioned and Magnitsky was posthumously put on trial in response. Read More »

The Cosby Jury Will Come From the Other Side of the State

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Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle says he has no immediate comment on the decision from the state Supreme Court. A jury from Allegheny County will hear evidence in the upcoming Bill Cosby sexual-assault trial and decide the fate of the television star and comedian, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. Read More »

No Red Beacon Vehicles For Punjab Ministers, Says Capt Amarinder Singh

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In an effort to revive the state's industries, the cabinet decided that a new Industrial Policy would be formulated by the Department of Industries and would be notified within 90 days. Having tasted electoral victory in Punjab after a gap of 10 years, Congress would like to give representation to various sections and also accommodate experienced leaders and youth in the cabinet. Read More »

Philippine vice president blasts Duterte's drug crackdown

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She also mentioned the supposed "exchange of head" scheme, in which she said "the wife, husband or relative in a so-called drug list will be taken if the person himself could not be found". Robredo has emerged as one of a few high-profile Filipinos willing to speak out against the war on drugs. Duterte removed Robredo from Cabinet last December after she began criticising the drug war. Read More »

13 get life term for murder of Maruti executive

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A lot of them have already spent four years since their arrest in 2012. Defence lawyers Rebecca John and Vrinda Grover said they would challenge the sentence in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 148 workers arrested in relation to the crime, with 99 of them having been arrested within two days of the incident itself. Vrinda Grover, who was representing the workers, said the court dismissed the argument of the prosecution seeking the death penalty on the ground that the case can not be ... Read More »