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Australian diplomat's tip a factor in FBI's Russia probe

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Court documents unsealed two months ago show he met in April 2016 with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London who told him about Russia's cache of emails. The FBI caught wind of Papadopoulos' claims more than two months after the London meeting with Downer. The hacking and the notion a member of Trump's campaign might have inside information were factors leading to the start of an FBI investigation beginning in July 2016, the article explained. Read More »

It's Now Official: George Weah Is Liberia's President-Elect

Liberia, a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps aside. Voter turnout was 55.8 per cent, or just over 1.2 million people, the NEC reported. Weah responded by thanking Sall for "his support and advice". Though hundreds sang his praises and chanted his name at the end of his speech, Weah did not mention how he intends to tackle the country's economic woes, nor did ... Read More »

Firefighters tackle multi-storey blaze at British apartment block

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Flames and smoke has affected several floors of the building but it is not clear if there have been any casualties. Check back for the fullest version. In a later update, it added: "The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here". "Firefighters along with colleagues from the Police and Ambulance service have done an incredible job to tackle this hard incident!" The fire service tweeted that 12 fire appliances tackled the blaze. Read More »

Turkey signs purchase deal of S-400 missile systems from Russian Federation

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The deal, reportedly worth about $2.5 billion, has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the antiaircraft weapon systems can not be integrated into the alliance's defenses. Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, told the newspaper Kommersant in an interview published on December 27 that the deal would consist of four batteries of S-400 missiles. Read More »

Suspected attacker detained after St Petersburg supermarket bombing

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Russia's FSB Federal Security Service has detained the perpetrator and organizer of the explosion at the Perekrestok supermarket in St. Petersburg, the FSB PR center said on Saturday, APA reports quoting TASS. The group's claim could not be immediately verified. Less than two weeks ago, Putin called US President Donald Trump to thank him for the CIA's assistance in thwarting an IS plot in the city. Read More »

Iranian VP accuses opponents of planning anti-Rouhani protests

In step with Mashhad, people protested against high prices and unbearable living conditions in the cities of Neyshabour and Kashmar (also in Razavi Khorassan Province, northeastern Iran), Birjand (in south Khorassan Province, eastern Iran), Shahrud (in the northeastern province of Semnan), Nowshahr (in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran) and Yazd (capital of Yazd Province in central Iran). Read More »

Erica Garner, Who Became An Activist After Her Father's Death, Dies

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Erica Garner , who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack , her official Twitter site confirmed. The coroner's report lists his death as a homicide , but no officer has ever been charged in the case. Doctors said Erica Garner's pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged. Read More »

Saad Rafique's remarks on civil-military administration unwarranted: DG ISPR

DG ISPR said that through Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan has tried to eliminate terrorism and will continue the efforts. Raising pressure on Pakistan, Trump in August, unveiled a new U.S. DG ISPR also briefed the audience about the socio-economic developments in K-P and FATA, "800 km roads were planned by the army for FATA and K-P, 730 kms have been completed, and the rest will be too", he said with pride. Read More »

Zimbabwe's ex-army boss sworn in as vice-president

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Chiwenga's elevation has been widely viewed as a token of appreciation after he played a key role in facilitating Mnangagwa's ascendancy to power through the military's Operation Restore Legacy which drove away "criminals" who had captured and surrounded Mugabe. Read More »

Foster & Motley Inc. Raises Stake in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT)

A total volume of 0.99 million shares were traded versus to average volume of 1.54 million shares. About 5.62M shares traded. Among 14 analysts covering Novo Nordisk (ADR) ( NYSE:NVO ), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. State of Wisconsin Investment Board lifted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 23.1% in the second quarter. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, October 17 with "Sell". Read More »

Teen learns mother, brother and sister killed in quadruple murder

She says she last spoke with her sister last week. Troy Boys and Girls Club director Hollyanne Buntich told CBS affiliate WRGB that Jeremiah, who was called JJ, was an fantastic child. The heinous nature of the murders has even shocked police in Troy , which is located upstate. "After being in this business for nearly 42 years, I can't describe the savagery of this", Troy police chief James Tedesco said in a press conference earlier this week. Read More »

Egypt church attack kills 2 policemen, 3 civilians

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Security forces shot dead one of the terrorists in an exchange of fire outside the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district while the other assailant has been captured, state TV and state news agency MENA said. The spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that at least six people were killed in the attack including five Copts and a policeman. Read More »

Berlin New Year's Eve party sets up safe zone for women

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In order to avoid a repeat of the Cologne sex attacks , the Berlin government announced the creation of women-only spaces in the area near the Brandenburg Gate for New Year's Eve. The guidelines also warn people to be especially aware of pickpockets operating across the event, with guests told to carry small handbags containing just the essentials, meaning no valuables and little pocket money. Read More »

Gunmen kill 12 in Cairo church

Despite the death toll, the state news agency MENA is calling the attack a foiled attempt; Egyptian media report that along with guns, the assailant was also carrying explosives, suggesting that the violence could have been far worse. One of the church's servants, Riad said, managed to close the door of the church before the attacker entered. Local media cited the Interior Ministry as saying two policemen had been killed in the attack on the Mar Mina church. Read More »

Upset With Portfolio Allocation, Nitin Patel Revolts Against Gujarat Cabinet

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Saurabh, the son-of-law of industry doyen Dhirubhai Ambani's elder brother Ramnik Ambani, was dropped by Rupani after he took control of the government replacing the then chief minister, Anandiben Patel. Notably, this time, the Deputy Chief Minister has been alloted charge of departments like road and building, and health. "If the BJP is not respecting Patels, then they should leave the party and should accompany Nitin Patel", Patel said. Read More »

Russian Federation amends law to crack on terrorism

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Thirteen people were injured when an explosion hit a supermarket in St. Petersburg on Wednesday evening. Putin's 2015 decision to intervene in Syria militarily on the side of Bashar al-Assad has made Russian Federation a priority target for the Islamic State group. Read More »

Alabama Senate: Democrat Doug Jones officially declared victor

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Democrat Doug Jones was formally declared the victor of the bitterly contested US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the Republican majority in the chamber by a crucial seat. In his complaint, Moore alleged election fraud was "sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election". His office said 33 of those reports are still pending, and no fraud was found in 85 of the reports. Read More »

South Korea seizes vessel over 'oil transfer to North'

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In an interview with NYT published on Thursday, President Trump said for the first time explicitly that he had "been soft" on China on trade and expressed frustration at the reported illicit Chinese oil shipments to North Korea. "UN Security Council sanctions prohibit the transfer of anything to a North Korean ship", the official said, adding the Lighthouse Winmore was seized when it re-entered Yeosu on November 24. Read More »

State Department releases Huma Abedin emails

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Some of the documents contained redaction in the form of names, details which were considered classified information. The State Department applies the confidential classification level to information that "the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security", according to the Government Publishing Office. Read More »

Palestinian envoy shares stage with Hafiz Saeed, angers India

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A photograph of Palestine's Pakistan ambassador Waleed Abu Ali sharing the same platform with JuD captain at a public meeting in Rawalpindi is going viral on the all social media websites. Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Defence of Pakistan Council or DPC), founded in 2012, is an alliance of Islamist groups in Pakistan, campaigning for breaking of ties with the United States and opposing relations with India. Read More »

AIMPLB to approach SC after RS passes triple talaq becomes law

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The All India Shia muslim personal law Board, meanwhile, called for making the punishment to those indulging in 'triple talaq more stringent. Convener of our legal committee has also suggested that it can be challenged in the court. The bill, if implemented into a law, will make Triple Talaq a criminal offense. Commenting on the matter, advocate Farah Faiz said, "A new beginning has been made which would protect Muslim women from the immoral practice of nikah halala ". Read More »

Metro Atlanta sets record job growth in November

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Employ Georgia, the GDOL's online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 2,818 new active job postings in metro Augusta for November. "The state gained 2,900 jobs over the last 12 months, mostly from construction and professional and business services", said senior labor economist, Tyler Tenbrink. Read More »

Democrat in Virginia: I feel like I won 'fair and square'

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So without a victor determined in the 94th District, the State Board of Elections is waiting for some signal from the judges who certified the recount that they will or will not take some action. Cox called Simonds' legal action a "deliberate strategy to make it more hard for the House to organize smoothly" when the legislature reconvenes on January 10. Read More »

Dead Dog Found On Ohio Home's Porch Was Frozen Solid

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Sarah Anderson, associate veterinarian, MedVet Toledo, said. "They had plenty of food and water", he said in explanation of his absence. She noted blankets and a pillow on the front porch, but the roof on the porch and the blankets were not sufficient protection against the bitter winter weather. Read More »

Meghan Markle was shortlisted as the next Bond girl in 'Bond 25'

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Well, Grant did not take kindly to that little dig at all, and fired back via Twitter saying her 36-year-old sister was simply "too busy" to dedicate time to her large family. Doria Ragland is Meghan Markle's mother, who divorced her father Thomas Markle when Meghan was six. She always did. Our dad is awesome and completely self sacrificing. Read More »

Wind chill warnings issued for the North Country and Adirondacks

Though it originally was scheduled to last until noon on Thursday, the National Weather Service extended the advisory to Thursday night as well. The wind chill in central Pennsylvania will be about 15 to 20 degrees below zero. The low Tuesday will be about 0 degrees, but bitter wind will make it feel much colder. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. And there is no relief in the short-term making extra caution needed for any New Year's Eve celebrations. Read More »

NY governor rips tax bill for going after blue states

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Over the past several weeks, Cuomo has previewed 14 proposals he will make in his "State of the State" address. "Politics does not trump the law", Cuomo said on CNBC. He provided no details. Cuomo also will propose changes in state election laws that will allow for early voting 12 days before elections; spending $65 million to combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York; divesting New York state retirement funds from fossil fuel investments; and criminalizing "revenge porn" to outlaw ... Read More »

China caught 'RED HANDED' allowing oil to reach North Korea

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A State Department official later said the USA was aware that "certain vessels have engaged in UN-prohibited activities, including ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and the transport of coal from North Korea ". There were 23 Chinese nationals and two Burmese nationals on board the ship, officials said, adding they would be permitted to leave only when the investigation was concluded. Read More »

Cumbria on alert as snow is predicted

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It urged people to plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and to pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel. The warning is in place between 3am and 3pm tomorrow, with temperatures expected to continue being low. "There is a possibility that some rural communities could become temporarily cut off. Read More »

Shooting at Long Beach, Calif., office leaves two dead

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According to the LA Times , police responded to a call for an active shooter . CBS Los Angeles reports the shooting occurred outside a law office. Long Beach Boulevard north of Roosevelt Road has been closed to vehicles traveling north. Carson Street is shut in both directions at Long Beach Boulevard. Read More »