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Kenya: US Scraps Travel Advisory Against Kenya

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State Department come in four levels, with Level 1 for normal precaution, Level 2 for exercise increased caution, Level 3 for reconsider travel and Level 4 for "Do Not Travel". "How we assess the threat level in a country hasn't changed". USA citizens are advised not to travel to the eastern DRC and Kasai provinces under the new system, which sometimes has separate, higher tier rankings for particular regions within a country. Read More »

Swiss mountain town Davos relishing in anti-globalist Trump spotlight

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The White House on Thursday announced an unusually large presidential delegation for the trip this month, including seven Cabinet secretaries and several high-ranking West Wing officials, among them Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will also attend. Read More »

South Korea Pushes Denuclearization Through Olympic Engagement

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US's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier that Washington "won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons". Meanwhile, South Korea has already made headway to ensure it hosts the Winter Olympics without any diplomatic hiccups. The Seoul government said it would also consider suspending some unilateral sanctions that could prevent the North's participation in the Olympics. Read More »

Zimbabwe president to visit Angola Friday

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This is prof Moyo's second interview after his televised BBC appearance, the latter which was his first ever since he fled Zimbabwe in November past year. Since his resignation Moyo and his close allies have escaped into exile, claiming to have escaped assassination attempts by the military. My family and I fled to my colleague Saviour Kasukuwere's home. Read More »

Why Should We Make Future Payments to Palestinians?

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The US was the biggest donor to the UN Relief and Works Agency ( UNRWA ) for Palestine Refugees in 2016, giving over $368,000,000. "The president has basically said that he doesn't want to give any additional funding ... On 6th December 2017, US President Trump proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the shifting of US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read More »

Three jawans falls from chopper during practice drill ahead of Army Day

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Slithering involves soldiers coming down from a hovering helicopter through a rope. A video of the entire incident has gone viral on social media. None of the soldiers suffered any serious injuries, the Indian Army confirmed. The slithering boom that was supposed to hold the rope broke off from the Advanced Light Helicopter during the drill, resulting in the accident, reported the Financial Express. Read More »

Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

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His girlfriend was in the auto with him, he said. As reported in the media, Desionne Franklin said, "My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!" The video emerged as rescuers frantically search for people who went missing after mudslides ravaged parts of Southern California earlier this week. Read More »

Tamil Nadu : Bus strike called off, services resumes after eight days

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In a huge relief to the people of Tamil Nadu , the eight-day old strike by transport employees was "temporarily" called off by unions today ahead of the Pongal festival, which falls on January 14. The day also saw the Tamil Nadu government introducing a Bill in the Assembly proposing to double the monthly salary and other allowances for MLAs. Read More »

Illini players preview Iowa game

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We're just going to keep trying to figure this out. ANSWER: Iowa's rally from 20 points down at IL for a 104-97 overtime victory Thursday night was the third-largest deficit the Hawkeyes have overcome in program history. Garza was a beast late. On Jan. 2, 2016, Iowa rallied from 19 points down with 2:21 left in the first half to stun Purdue 70-63 at Mackey Arena. Bohannon went 10-10 at the free throw line, as the Hawks hit for 33 of 40 from the line. Read More »

Putin calls North Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'a competent, mature politician'

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But Hook said the idea was one of many being explored, and that the allies invited to Vancouver would be consulted. Trump has called on China to do more to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. You could give me 30". "But they have done more for me than they have, by far, for any-I have a very good relationship with Xi". It remains unclear whether these disclosures by people close to the internal deliberations were simply psychological warfare aimed at sowing strategy-changing ... Read More »

White House Denies That Adviser Was Escorted Off Set After CNN Interview

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Wolff's bare-knuckle " Fire and Fury " quotes key aides and portrays the Trump White House as a fetid stew of backbiting, incompetence and dysfunction and paints Trump as craven, unstable and far out of his depth in the Oval Office. When the CNN host tried to end the conversation, Miller kept going: "You should be ashamed of yourself". Mr Bannon is chairman of Breitbart News, and his comments caused a key Bannon backer, Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican Party donor and ... Read More »

HUD Awards Grants To Northern Illinois

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According to a HUD media statement , "HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness". Family homelessness increased by 4 percent. The housing department estimates that the number of people experiencing long term, chronic homelessness, including veterans, has increased. Read More »

Economists advise Modi on farm incomes, fiscal & jobs

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The meeting, being organised by government think tank NITI Aayog , will be attended by a host of ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NITI Aayog functionaries and leading economists . In his intervention, Mr. Modi thanked the participants for their suggestions and observations. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has projected India's growth to slow to 4-year low of 6.5 percent in the current fiscal in the backdrop of introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Read More »

Lamborghini Urus makes way into India priced at Rs 3 crore

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The forthcoming SUV will be an essential player for the vehicle maker as far as the global sales are concerned. "Urus will change the game for Lamborghini in India in terms of volumes and we expect to grow our volumes 2.5-3 times, further strengthening our presence in this country". Read More »

Wisconsin agencies aim to address human trafficking

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In 2016, Atlanta and Charlotte were among the 25 US cities with the highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking hotline . The bottom line is that as citizens we need to keep our eyes and ears open to this growing public health problem. Read More »

Health Care Advocates See Missed Opportunity In Brown's Proposed Budget

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Philosophically, he is extending some of the recent changes in K-12 financing to the two-year public colleges. As the new formula is implemented, no district will receive less funding than now provided. More will be revealed in the following months. However, the UC released a statement on the same day that the increase in funding is still less than what was anticipated under a previous agreement between the University and the governor, and that it does not include funding for UC enrollment ... Read More »

Mega-church destroyed in crackdown on Christians

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A church in northern China's coal country that once served as the worship center for more than 50,000 congregants is no longer standing. In an earlier crackdown in 2009, squads of the Chinese regime's security goons descended on the church to smash the building and seize bibles from its members, according to ChinaAid. Read More »

Calcutta University to await court order before D.Litt to Mamata Banerjee

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The Indian chief minister said they will be given shelter in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts. The Calcutta University (CU) had chose to honour the chief minister with the prestigious degree in literature for her contribution in social welfare and literature at its highest decision making body meeting- syndicate, on October 26, 2017. Read More »

May reshuffles her Cabinet

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Monday's cabinet reshuffle tore back the curtains, revealing the prime minister's diminished authority in the cold, unforgiving light of a January morning. May's room for manoeuvre is limited by heading a minority government and the need to maintain a delicate Cabinet balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers as major Brexit decisions loom. Read More »

'Bored' Russian man crashes armoured vehicle into shop

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He stole the APC from a "motorsport training ground" near Apatity, Russia . On a joyride through Apatity, the man driving the armored vehicle badly damaged a parked auto before careening through the supermarket window, police said. I don't blame the man for taking a joyride in that vehicular behemoth. The video shows people walking by nonchalantly and getting within an arm's reach of the vehicle. Read More »

Homosexual marriages also enjoy freedom of movement in the EU

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Coman and Hamilton have been fighting for years to have their legal status as spouses officially recognised in Romania, where there is strong anti-gay sentiment. Next, the Advocate General finds that the directive makes no reference to member state law in order to determine the nature of "spouse", even though that concept must be interpreted autonomously and uniformly throughout the EU. Read More »

3 quakes magnitude 5 hit Iran-Iraq border area

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All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the USGS. The strong quakes, ranging between 5.0-5.6 magnitude, shook western Iran on Thursday. On November 12, a 7.3-magnitude quake killed 620 people in Kermanshah and eight in Iraq. No injuries or damage were reported. Earlier in the morning, a 5.1-magnitude quake had rattled Kerman province in southern Iran . Read More »

Elderly 'Christmas Pot' Couple Busted for Carrying $18000 in Drug Money

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Investigators found about $18,000 in a duffel bag and a plastic bag and it all tested positive for marijuana. The couple signed an abandonment form stating they don't claim the money as their own, Mayo said . Barbara and Patrick Jiron were taken to the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of possession of suspected drug money. York County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Vrbka told the News-Times that Barbara Jiron was cited but was not jailed at that time "due to some medical issues". Read More »

'No security threat to Nazarene feast'

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But Arrojado reiterated that there were no terror threats to the Black Nazarene feast. Around 380,000 people were in the Manila procession, according to estimates by the police. "Filipinos who come to Quiapo... get a sense of being near the Lord, of the Lord touching them and of the Lord accompanying them... through hard challenges", Quiapo church parochial vicar Father Marvin Cruz told AFP. Read More »

Steve Kerr calls LaVar Ball 'the Kardashian of the NBA'

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It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved with an issue. It's just 'Can we make it really interesting for no apparent reason?' There's nothing interesting about that story. "But for whatever reason, we're giving this guy a voice and Luke's got to deal with it and it's a shame". There may be those who point to De'Aaron Fox's 15 points as proof of his superiority over his supposed rookie rival, as was the case in some corners when the No. Read More »

Sushma Swaraj, Shashi Tharoor trade barbs over Hindi

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Swaraj said India was "attempting to get the support of countries like Fiji, Mauritius, Surinam", where there are non-resident Indians. "But when the issue of bearing the expenses comes, many small nations become hesitant which has led to a big hurdle in making Hindi an official language of the UN", she said, adding that despite this, the efforts are on. Read More »

MEA confirms Doval-Janjua secret talks post Jadhav-family meet

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Asserting that talks on terror with Pakistan can definitely go ahead, provided it denounces terror, the Ministry of External Affairs today confirmed that an NSA level talks between the two nations took place last month. "Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead", externalaffairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Following this, the FATF will discuss Islamabad's attempts to counter terrorist financing, said the ET report. Read More »

Ethiopia bans foreigners from adopting amid concerns of child abuse and neglect

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The country's parliament has pulled the plug on global adoptions by foreigners in a bid to protect children from possible abuse by their new parents. Several countries have since suspended adoption from Ethiopia due to concerns over possible human trafficking cases. Hana Williams died in May 2011 in the backyard of the couple's home, where she was forced to stay as part of a strict system of child-rearing outlined in a Christian parenting book. Read More »

Yet another D-Day for Lalu on Jan 24

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Transporters/suppliers Tripurari Mohan Prasad got seven years imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine while Sushil Kumar Sinha was given three-and-a half years in jail and a fine of Rs 5 lakh. On Thursday, the RJD chief appeared before the special CBI courts in Ranchi through videoconferencing from jail in connection with two cases of the Rs 1,000-0crore fodder scam. Read More »

Turkey summons United States diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

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The de-escalation zones were set up last September in an effort to scale back the conflict. Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over Washington's policy of support for the YPG, which Ankara views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party ( PKK ) that has waged an insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast for more than three decades. Read More »

Texas rallies around guard Andrew Jones after leukemia diagnosis

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When responding to questions about Jones' absence, it was clear from coach Shaka Smart's pained reaction this was more than a typical virus or illness. He's obviously just starting his fight, but nobody I know is a stronger fighter than him". Kenrich Williams led the Horned Frogs with 26 points, 23 of which came after halftime, and nine rebounds. Read More »