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Rhino poaching in South Africa dips from record high

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Cape Town: The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January to June compared with the same period a year ago, a downward trend welcomed with "cautious optimism" by the government on Monday. The department urged the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activities relating to rhino poaching and wildlife crime to the authorities. "We are acutely aware that in order to make a real impact on rhino poaching, these arrests must translate into ... Read More »

Israel removes metal detectors at entrance to holy site

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Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks to reporters about the situation in Israel outside Security Council chambers, Monday, July 24, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. The prime minister's spokesman, David Keys, said there was no connection between the decision to remove the metal detectors and Jordan allowing the Israeli embassy security guard who killed two Jordanians to return to Israel. Read More »

Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenas Manafort

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They added that they "may be willing to excuse" Manafort from a hearing if he agrees to provide documents and a transcribed interview. The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Behind the scenes, a sort of witness tug of war has developed between the Senate judiciary committee and the Senate intelligence committee, as well as the House committees running their own investigations. Read More »

Standoff at Jerusalem holy site after metal detectors removed

One person set off a firework, prompting Israeli police to raid and disperse them using sound grenades. Details of the advanced technologies the cabinet envisaged were not immediately clear. Jordanian authorities are holding Israeli diplomatic and security figures in Amman following violence on Sunday night in the Israeli diplomatic residential compound in the Jordanian capital.(ANSAmed). Read More »

Confusion lingers as Israel removes Al-Aqsa detectors

MK Masud Ganaim (Joint List) said the decision to remove the metal detectors, placed at the site following the murder of two policemen on July 14, was a "victory for the Palestinian public's struggle and the demonstrations". The statement said the government would budget 100 million shekels ($28 million) to implement the security plan over a period of "up to six months". Read More »

E-cigarettes banned from schools by NY state

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Cuomo's executive order expands that to all agencies, including ones that interact with the public through professional licensing and recreational activities. Cuomo has taken a hard line recently against President Trump's commission investigating unproven claims that "millions of people voted illegally" in the 2016 election, refusing a request from that panel to provide NY voter registration data. Read More »

Trump announces U.S. military ban on transgender individuals

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Military would not be accepting any transgender recruits at any point in the future, a walk-back from an Obama-era decision that was meant to take place in June. He contended that the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". Trump had tweeted at the time that he would fight for the LGBT community. Read More »

Despacito singers slam usage of song by Venezuelan president

They have condemned Nicolas Maduro for presenting an altered version of the song during his weekly television show. The president was seen clapping along to the remix, as his audience danced. Venezuela has been shaken by often violent protests in recent months, and millions joined a general strike last week. "Commercial sanctions against Venezuela would nearly certainly bring about a change in the government's decision to continue servicing its external debt", Francisco Rodriguez, the ... Read More »

Taliban Storm Want Waigal District in East Afghanistan

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The Kabul blast, also claimed by the Taliban, killed 24 people and wounded 42. Amir Helam, whose friend died in the explosion, told Afghanistan's Tolo TV that "every day people are dying". Noorullah, who uses just one name, was in his dormitory at a nearby university when the explosion occurred. The Taliban were reportedly engaged in fighting with security forces in the northern province of Baghlan, temporarily closing a key highway between the capital, Kabul, and northern Afghanistan. Read More »

United States relaxes visa norms for Indians

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In April, he also signed an executive order for tightening the rules and called for a review of the programme to stop visa abuse. Those included under the petitions are H-1B petitioners coming from an institute of higher education, a nonprofit organisation related or affiliated with an institute of higher education or is a petitioner with non-profit research or governmental research organisations. Read More »

Snapdeal Accepts Flipkart's Revised $900-950 Million Takeover Offer

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The board also considered a Dollars 700 million share-swap offer by listed e-commerce firm Infibeam but rejected it as too low, one of the sources said. Snapdeal board has approved Flipkart's Dollars 900-950 million buyout offer, sources told CNBC-TV18. Snapdeal, which has been struggling to decide about its future, has reportedly made its decision. Read More »

17 more bodies recovered, Gujarat flood deaths rise to 111

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These floods will not impact the development journey of Gujarat. An extra responsive team of IAF and NDRF has been placed in position if the situation escalates in the state. Modi, who flew over Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan districts of North Gujarat, said a team of the union Urban Development and Rural Development Ministries would visit the state to assess the extent of damage and suggest short-term as well as long-term measures. Read More »

It was a prank call

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The conversation was dedicated to the cooperation between Kiev and Washington in the energy sphere, cyber attacks on United States government structures and Ukraine's efforts to "develop" a new biofuel . Perry also mentioned an upcoming August meeting where USA business executives will talk about extracting oil and natural gas in Ukraine , the Post reported. Read More »

Eu to start legal action against Poland over law undermining judges' independence

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Polish President Andrzej Duda surprised many Monday when he vetoed two of the controversial reforms but later signed into law a third bill despite opposition from Polish demonstrators. Dutchman Timmermans said he "must acknowledge and welcome that president Duda has announced his decision to veto two of the four laws" but noted that two had already passed, and that the government would keep trying to push through the others. Read More »

8 people found dead in tractor-trailer in San Antonio

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Another eight people in a less severe condition were taken to another hospital, he said . The employee brought water to the truck in the parking lot, and then called the police who "found eight people dead in the back of that trailer", the police chief said, calling it a "horrific tragedy". Read More »

Man accused of smuggling cobras in potato chip cans

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Franco said in those messages that he had previously received live cobras and planned to give five of the snakes to a relative of the contact in Virginia, court papers said. The three soft-shelled turtles were sent to Franco's home in Monterey Park in California, according to Los Angeles Times . Special agents from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service then raided the address. Read More »

Kristen Stewart Crashed This Couple's Wedding And Everyone Loved It

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Um, who is that?'" she said. Stewart is in Canada filming her latest project JT LeRoy , alongside Diane Kruger and Laura Dern. Apparently the pizzeria's owner knows Stewart after working with her on a previous project. "She was probably there [from] 10 p.m.to 1 a.m.", Kirsten revealed , before confessing that, yes, there were a few wedding guests who melted down at the sight of the star. Read More »

Israeli man stabbed by Palestinian assailant in central Israel city

Cameras installed in the wake of the attack on the police were also removed. Israel will invest about $28 million dollars in the new security measures, which will be implemented in no more than six months, Daniel reports. Under worldwide pressure, Israel removed the metal detectors. On that day, three Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine at Israeli police guards, killing two people before being shot dead. Read More »

Seven civilians killed in blast in north Sinai

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The militants embarked in a shoot-out with servicemen and detonated a bomb in the auto near the tank, resulting in seven civilians killed, including three men, two women and two children. He said: 'After storming terrorist hideouts, the soldiers are staying there. "The terrorist elements are fleeing and leaving their weapons behind", he added. Read More »

MPC: Forex rate crashes Naira rate

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At the unregulated parallel market, the local currency traded at N365 per dollar. Naira was quoted at the rate of N305.75k per USA dollar on Tuesday, the same level it traded the previous day. The central banks of South Africa and Ghana cut their key rates in the last week as the inflation outlook in the two economies improved. He, however, said that two members voted to ease monetary policy rate. Read More »

Top EU court says Hamas shouldn't have been taken off terror list

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The European Union's top court ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist, referring the case back to a lower court. According to the ECJ , a competent authority is needed to place an organization on the blacklist, but there is not such condition for subsequent retention. Read More »

Aboriginal musician Dr G. Yunupingu dies aged 46

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Williams said he had been contacted by people who were concerned that the musician had not been getting renal treatment for the Hepatitis B he contracted as a child, which had caused the singer to suffer from liver and kidney disease. Midnight Oil then performed the song Wiyathul off the late singer's 2008 debut album. The news site also published his full name despite requests from his family that it be withheld for cultural reasons. Read More »

M stalls Yechury's re-election to RS

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Moreover, according to the party's norm, its leaders can not have more than two terms in the Rajya Sabha. The central committee members also spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who had opposed Yechury's third nomination to the RS in an interview. Read More »

Defamation case: Delhi HC imposes Rs 10000 fine on Arvind Kejriwal

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Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has quit as the counsel of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed against him by Union minister Arun Jaitley . You ask Kejriwal to make public both the letters. In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming that they made "false and defamatory" statements in the case involving the DDCA, thereby harming ... Read More »

Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate'

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Mr. Sessions, a veteran U.S. Senator from Alabama who was a prominent surrogate for Mr. Trump on the campaign trail a year ago, recused himself amid an embarrassing episode in which it was shown that he had lied to his former Senate colleagues during his confirmation hearings by stating that he had not met with Russian officials during the course of the campaign. Read More »

Amazon to double London research and development as it unveils flagship office

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According to today's announcement , Amazon now has a 600,000sq ft, 15-storey United Kingdom headquarters in Shoreditch, London. "We see a lot of opportunity in London given the continued growth of ecommerce and technology industries and the strong pool of talent in the city", said Expedia-owned president of Hotels.com Johan Svanstrom. Read More »

No evidence of killing of 39 Indians: Sushma Swaraj

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Referring to demolition of the Badush jail, she said she had suggested to the Iraqi foreign minister to look for the jail warden and find out from him details about the Indians. Responding to a tweet requesting for visa help, Swaraj tweeted, "Indian daughters and daughters-in-law from Pakistan or any other country are always welcome". Read More »

Opposition protests against suspension of six MPs from Lok Sabha

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Mahajan said she was constrained to bar for five days the MPs - Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan , Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan- for "undermining the chair's dignity". "Your kindness is on test", he said and praised the Speaker for always being generous to allow the members raise all issues. Even after the Speaker's repeated appeals for calm went unheeded and she adjourned the House for lunch. Read More »

Israel installs security cameras at Temple Mount entrance

Muslims refused to go through the metal detectors at the holy site's entrance, which had been installed after the July 14 Palestinian attack at the holy site. Instead of metal detectors, Israel plans to install unspecified advanced technologies and "smart inspection". Yesterday, Israel installed new security cameras at the entrance to the sensitive holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors that set off a weekend of violence. Read More »

India orders probe after dead lizard served in meal on passenger train

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The incident comes to light days after a CAG report rapped the Indian Railways over the quality of food served on Indian trains, stating it as "unfit for human consumption". The complaint then reached the ticket examiner and pantry vehicle attendant but again received no suitable response, so the passengers tweeted the incident to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is known for being active on twitter. Read More »

Protestors Interrupt Senate Vote, Shouting 'Kill the Bill' and 'Shame, Shame'

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John McCain , R-Ariz., who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer . Despite being a crucial move forward for the president, the victory now sparks a week-long debate over healthcare. "That's a position that even Democrats have found hard to defend". McCain refers to the risky step taken by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ask his colleagues to vote in open debate on a bill that is still unknown, as the Wall Street Journal explained in detail. Read More »