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Gauri Lankesh honoured with Anna Politkovskaya Award posthumously

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Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist, was killed in 2006 in Moscow for speaking out against the suffering of civilians in the war in Chechnya. "We are very honoured to award our annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones jointly to Gauri Lankesh, posthumously and to a fearless Pakistani activist, Gulalai Ismail, who similarly to Gauri, is fighting against the Islamic extremism in her country, Pakistan", said a note from the nominations ... Read More »

Turkey objects to illegal referendum 'not Kurds'

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In response to the vote, the Iraqi government has cut Kurdistan's direct air links with the outside world, partially isolating the northern region. In a televised broadcast Saturday Erdogan claimed that Turkey had been saddened to see some Iraqi Kurds celebrating the independence referendum with Israeli flags. Read More »

Bump Stocks Are Flying Off The Shelves Before Possibly Getting Banned

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Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) points to a photograph of a rifle with a "bump stock" during a news conference to announce proposed gun control legislation at the U.S. A bump stock dramatically increases a semi-automatic weapon's rate of fire as the device allows the natural recoil of the gun to "bump" the shooter's trigger finger. Read More »

Mumbai police denies permission to MNS rally

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Mumbai police on Thursday denied permission to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers' rally to Western Railway HQ as planned by the party chief Raj Thackeray . And shouting the poor rail infrastructure in India. Later addressing a large gathering of protesters outside the Churchgate station, Thackeray targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for their "failure" to fulfil the electoral promise of bringing good days for people. Read More »

House GOP members write ATF asking for review of bump stocks

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The Las Vegas gunman possessed a little-known device called a "bump stock" that was not widely sold - until now. When asked by reporters why the devices had been cleared by the ATF , spokeswoman Jill Snyder said the bureau had previously determined that bump stocks do not mechanically alter the function of rifles or convert them into automatic weapons . Read More »

How to help Las Vegas shooting victims

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Lombardo said he found it hard to believe that the arsenal of weapons, ammunition and explosives recovered by police in their investigation could have been assembled by Paddock completely on his own. "This individual is a lone wolf and I don't know how it could have been prevented", he said earlier. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. Read More »

Fired Construction Worker Kills Foreman, Self at Job Site

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Police have not confirmed they are searching for the gunman, but more than a dozen armed officers were seen entering a building in the area and aviation was called to conduct a rooftop search. His last arrest was in 2005. Despite fears at the scene that multiple people had been shot, the NYPD said the two people were killed are the only victims. Read More »

Egypt secretly ordered more than 30000 grenades from North Korea

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The ship carrying the weapons to Egypt was spotted in the summer of 2016 by U.S. intelligence, which tracked it as it left North Korea with a North Korean crew and watched it sail westward toward the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal. "Egypt will continue to abide by all Security Council resolutions and will always be in conformity with these resolutions as they restrain military purchases from North Korea", an Egyptian government statement said. Read More »

European Union action on Apple tax decision 'extremely disappointing'

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This relates to a decision made previous year that judged Ireland's favourable tax deal with Apple to be an illegal form of state aid, resulting in unpaid taxes of up to €13bn or around £11.5bn. The matter of Ireland's tax arrangements with Apple was discussed at European Commission level on Tuesday - with the Government being left with the impression that a three-month reprieve would be extended. Read More »

House Opens the Door to Tax Reform With $4.1 Trillion Budget

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For their part, Democrats tried to argue that TABOR never intended such a "ridiculous" outcome, saying the courts have repeatedly agreed with that assessment. The bill boosted the state tax on recreation marijuana sales but didn't change the wording to let some special districts collect their tax on the same sales. Read More »

Senior House Dem: Time for 'a new generation of leaders'

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Sanchez undercut her own argument for change by laying her ambitions on the table. Sixty-three Democrats supported Ryan in November, while 134 backed Pelosi. House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) at a news conference on Capitol Hill on September 25. "We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", Pelosi said during a press conference, according to NBC News. Read More »

Russian hackers stole NSA hacking tools using Kaspersky antivirus

Hackers working for the Kremlin specifically stole information revealing how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks and the computer code it uses to do so, the Journal reports . Today's news comes a month after the Department of Homeland Security directed all 430 departments, agencies and offices comprising the USA government to rid their systems of any software made by Kaspersky Lab, one of the world's most renowned cybersecurity firms. Read More »

Pennsylvania congressman announces retirement amid abortion scandal

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In a series of text messages obtained by the Post-Gazette, Edwards criticized Murphy for a pro-life statement posted on his official Facebook page. Murphy on January 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare. Murphy reportedly responded, "I get what you say about my March for life messages", and told her those messages were written by his staff and that he would write them going foward. Read More »

Vegas gunman specifically asked to stay in 32nd-floor suite

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Danley boarded a Philippine Airlines passenger jet in Manila, where she had travelled to before the shooting rampage, for a non-stop flight to Los Angeles International Airport, landing there as scheduled on Tuesday night . "He did this exclusively himself", her sibling said. "He didn't seem like he was the type of guy to do that". Marilou Danley , the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock , the man who opened fired on a concert crowd Sunday night at Mandalay Bay. Read More »

Irish president leads tributes to former PM

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Flags at Leinster House and government buildings are flying at half-mast in his memory today. During his 40-year political career, Mr Cosgrave led the government during some of the most turbulent years of the Troubles and consistently opposed violence. Read More »

Duke Energy Corporation 5.125% (NYSE:DUKH) Trading Volume Significantly Lower

Traders are a little more bearish on Duke Energy Corporation 5.125% at least if you consider the increase in short interest. It has underperformed by 8.39% the S&P500. The stock now has an average rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $28.58. According to Zacks, "Shares of Duke Realty have outperformed the industry it belongs to, year to date". Read More »

CBI questions Lalu in IRCTC case

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At lunch time, the investigating agency organized a special, low spice meal of jeera rice, aloo chokha (a boiled potato delicacy) and arhar dal for the 69-year-old, careful about his health needs. The CBI also booked former Managing Director, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd ( IRCTC ) P K Goel, Sujata, wife of Yadav's confidante Prem Chand Gupta and two directors of a private company, among others, in connection with the case. Read More »

Shooting in Las Vegas kills 59, injures more than 500

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Paddock is alleged to have wired $100,000 to the country a week before the mass shooting , NBC News reported . Authorities said Monday they had recovered a weapons cache including firearms, explosives and ammunition from a house owned by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock , as they upped the death toll from the attack to 59. Read More »

House Republicans make time for new abortion ban

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Despite the uphill battle the legislation faces in the Senate, requiring 60 votes to pass while Republicans only hold 52 seats, Graham said he expects the bill "to pass with 60 votes over the arc of time as we persuade more and more Americans ". Read More »

Sessions Says Title VII Doesn't Protect Trans Workers

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But according to Buzzfeed , a government memo to USA attorneys has revoked this guidance. It's the latest move in the Trump administration's tough-on-crime agenda. Attorney Sharon McGowan of Lambda Legal , a former lawyer of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, asserted that Sessions was "trying to roll back the clock and pretend that the progress of the last decade hasn't happened". Read More »

Woman who lived with Las Vegas shooter described as 'person of interest'

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Authorities said Paddock, who had no criminal record, smashed windows in his hotel room shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday and rained fire on a crowd of some 22,000 attending a country music concert below. Danley left her husband, Geary Danley, in 2013 and moved in with Paddock. The 62-year-old Filipino-born woman landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 7:17 p.m. Read More »

Marsha Blackburn Officially Launches Senate Run

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Bob Corker's seat Thursday, with a clear message against Republican leadership on Capitol Hill. The Congressman (and, yes, she prefers that title to Congresswoman), made a point of singing the praises of President Trump, of calling for progress on the President's wall project for the Mexican border, and of scourging Senate Republicans for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read More »

Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies

The Senate Intelligence Committee is just one group looking into the connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign and administration. On Wednesday, NBC News reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been contemplating leaving the administration until he was counseled by Vice President Mike Pence. Read More »

NRA calls on federal government to review bump stocks

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If you do, stop reading this article. "I'll match every donation". "Gun rights were, for all practical purposes, gone forever". "I'd urge President Trump to get real on this problem". And the bottom line here I think for us is in Congress, where it's our job to try to come up with some improvements in what is clearly a very, very bad situation, for us not even have a hearing, for us not to even have a debate on practical steps that we can take that respect the Second Amendment and diminish ... Read More »

Trump administration turns NASA back toward the Moon

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It's clear that the administration is interested in using assets from private companies like Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin and SpaceX to make its space dreams a reality. "We expect to come out of this meeting with a reinvigorated focus for America's space exploration goals that engages all the innovation of NASA and our partners, moves us toward national priorities, and excites people around the world", said Lightfoot. Read More »

New video from inside Vegas gunman's hotel room

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Lombard delivered it after Danley , described as a "person of interest", was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at their Los Angeles headquarters on Wednesday. "A mother, a grandmother, a sister and friend". She was born in the Philippines , and is an Australian citizen. Danley is known to have flown to the Philippines just prior to the awful shooting perpetrated by Stephen Paddock . Read More »

Facebook tests feature to provide context for news stories

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It also turned over to Congress some 3,000 Russia-linked ads that appeared to use hot-button issues to turn people against one another ahead of last year's United States election. Threatening its position as a source of factual news and information, Facebook recently admitted that Russian agents used its network to distribute disinformation to about 10 million U.S. Read More »

Unarmed security guard led police to Las Vegas gunman

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He was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound when they arrived. Paddock apparently saw Campos approach and fired two hundred rounds through the hotel door. "It is fantastic that the security guard didn't sustain additional injury", Lombardo told reporters. Broken windows are seen on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a lone gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, in Las Vegas , Nevada. Read More »

Two people killed in serious crash in Hamilton, SIU investigating

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Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after two people were killed in a crash between a vehicle and a transport truck north of Hamilton, Ont., Thursday morning. The driver allegedly ignored the attempts to stop the vehicle, at which point a chase was initiated. The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates incidents involving police in which someone is killed, injured or accused of sexual assault. Read More »