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Somalia: At least 20 dead in Mogadishu blast

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Emergency services and ambulances arrived at the scene. Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror group, carried out several deadly auto bomb attacks in the city in just the first few months of this year. According to witnesses, the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has gone off at busy intersection, Zoobe Area in downtown Mogadishu , sending volumes of smoke to the sky. Read More »

Windies included in innovative ICC Test league

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Zimbabwe beat competition from the United Arab Emirates as well as a joint bid between Scotland and Ireland to stage the tournament, where two nations will join the hosts and the top seven on the ICC one-day internationals (ODIs) rankings. Read More »

Syrian army 'fully' liberates Islamic State capital

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The city lies on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, and the advance of the Syrian army in that area helped in tightening the siege on the IS militants in the few neighborhoods they are still holding inside Deir al-Zour city. A Syrian army source had recently described Mayadeen as the "military capital" of the militant organisation in Deir Ezzor. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the deployment of almost 16 armored vehicles, five tanks and a military force ... Read More »

Hurricane Ophelia to batter North East with 70mph winds

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A Status Red Wind Warning is in place for the west coast while the rest of the country has been placed on the second highest weather alert level - Orange . Before the storm, a yellow warning for rain is in place for Saturday morning across parts of northern England, with up to 50mm of rain over high ground and as much as 70mm possible over the most exposed hills. Read More »

'Tumhari Sulu' trailer has so much fun, because of Vidya Balan

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Vidya Balan plays a middle-class married woman named Sulochana aka Sulu. So far, I have watched really less films. With the body of work she has, the awards and adulation only reinstate the fact that there is no character Vidya has played and not owned! "So, I think that's a good thing", she said. Read More »

At least four killed in plane crash in Ivory Coast

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The four dead are Moldovan and six other people, including French nationals, were injured in the crash of the aircraft which had 10 people on board, Colonel Issa Sakho, an Ivorian firefighter, told local television. Rescue workers removed two bodies from the plane, which had broken into several pieces and come to rest near the beach. Hundreds of residents of the heavily populated neighbourhood of Port Bouet, which surrounds the airport, crowded around the crash site. Read More »

Railways introduces Spl Rajdhani Exp between Delhi

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Indian Railways on Friday announced a new "special" Rajdhani Express train for the Delhi-Mumbai route. It will have tatkal fares and will run thrice in a week from each direction. Catering and other services will be optional and will be an additional part of these fares. It will depart from BDTS on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Read More »

Bangladesh ranks 88th on global hunger index

The Global Health Index studies four indicators - the prevalence of undernourishment, child stunting (low height-for-age), child wasting (low weight-for-height), and child mortality - in each of the 119 countries to determine the hunger index. Read More »

IRS Suspends Equifax Contract

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Still, the IRS says it's temporarily suspending its $2.7 million Equifax contract that's used for verifying some taxpayers' identities. Users who already had Secure Access accounts will not be affected, the IRS said. In 2016, government services made up 5 percent of Equifax's overall $3.1 billion in revenue, accounting for 10 percent of its workforce solutions revenues, 3 percent of its USA information solutions revenues, and 7 percent of its worldwide revenues, according to a regulatory ... Read More »

Syria war: Alliance poised for new assault on Raqqa

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The SDF Kurdish-led forces have been battling for Raqqa since June, backed by USA coalition airstrikes, intelligence and advisers on the ground. The YPG is one of the most influential militant groups in the opposition alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Read More »

Thousands of Adelie penguin chicks wiped out in Antarctica

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The deaths were caused by the unusual formation of extensive sea ice, which makes it extremely hard for the penguins to travel to the sea and return with food. "If it shrinks it would help but if it shrinks too much then the food chain they rely on may be impacted". A polynya is an area of unfrozen sea within an ice pack. Read More »

J&K: 2 terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter

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Sometime in late June 2015, slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani released a photograph of himself seated with 10 other terrorists, all armed and dressed in Army fatigues. Hundreds of local people took to the streets as news of the deaths spread, with some protesters pelting government forces with stones and shouting slogans for Kashmir's independence from Indian rule. Read More »

Pakistan's army says Canadian man, family rescued from 'terrorist custody'

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U.S. intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram Agency on October 11, 2017. 'It means Pakistan could have released them far earlier. "I don't know what five years in captivity would do to somebody, but if I saw a USA aircraft and U.S. Read More »

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Two suspects identified, SIT releases sketches

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Nearly 40 days after the prominent journalist was shot dead at her residence, the SIT has zeroed in on suspects based on inputs by witnesses. The attackers are believed to have stayed in Bengaluru for at least a week before the killing, Singh said."We want to request the public to give us any information about where these suspects stayed for that week", Singh said, adding that allegations that organisations such as Sanatan Sansthan may have been involved were yet to be backed by their ... Read More »

Muslim school guilty of sex discrimination

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Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted said that the department's goal is to prepare children for modern Britain. Books in the library advocated husbands beating their wives and forced sex, the report said. "This is discrimination and is wrong". She said that such policies harm the girls more than the boys. In November, a High Court judge had overruled the inspectors, saying that they had taken an "erroneous" view on an issue "of considerable public importance". Read More »

Rahul to take over as Congress chief soon: Sonia

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Hailing Modi, he said the prime minister has turned development into a movement of people and that the country is on the path of rapid progress. Rahul , however, refused to get drawn into a discussion. According to the party constitution, all candidates running for the top post need to get their names jointly proposed by 10 Pradesh Congress Committee delegates and the proposal should reach the CWC. Read More »

Giants at Broncos: Preview, prediction, odds and pick

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NY suffered their biggest loss of the season this past Sunday. After an excellent start to the year in wins over the Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, Siemian has averaged just 219.0 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his last two games against the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. Read More »

Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: CBI judge's approach draws flak

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One of the instances where the HC judgment said the trial judge "conjectured" is during Dr Sunil Dohre's testimony on Aarushi's post-mortem. A division bench of the high court comprising justices B.K. Prison officials said they had not received a copy of the High Court order and would initiate the release procedure after they get the copy. The first suspect in the murder was the Talwars' domestic help, 45-year-old Hemraj, who at the time was missing. Read More »

Trump sanctions Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard

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Known members and affiliates of the IRGC are already flagged as terrorists by the State Department, but media outlets including The Financial Times have cited unidentified US officials who suggested the Trump administration sought to take on the group as a whole. Read More »

Pakistan beat SL by 83 runs in first ODI

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Sri Lanka were buoyant after earning a historic 2-0 Test series win earlier this week, but Pakistan got off to a promising start in the quest to gain a measure of revenge in the five-match ODI contest. Thirimanne hit three boundaries in his 74-ball stay. The first of Shoaib's two sixes was his 100th in ODIs as he looked to accelerate, but he holed out off Suranga Lakmal prior to Babar bringing up his hundred, before the latter and Sarfraz Ahmed (1) perished in the final two overs. Read More »

USDA to Raise Soybean Production Forecast, Analysts Say

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Indiana's alfalfa hay yield is forecast at 4.30 tons per acre, up 0.1 tons from a year ago. The anticipated sorghum production of 194 million bushels is down 28 percent. Acreage for harvest, at 61,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2016. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 27,600 a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 13,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 48,000 acres. Read More »

Britain stresses Unesco commitment after USA withdraws over Israel bias

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But it does not necessarily foreshadow a further retrenchment of US engagement with the United Nations , which the Trump administration has been pushing to bring about strutural and financial reforms. But Washington actually stopped paying the agency after it voted to include Palestine as a member state in 2011. "The continued retrenchment of the US administration from active participation in global diplomacy efforts and dialogue is deeply concerning to the scientific community", said ... Read More »

Man finds $24M winning lottery ticket in old shirt

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Always check your shirt and trousers pockets before you throw your clothes in the wash, or even before you hang them back up in your closet, especially if you've recently purchased a lottery ticket. A TV newscast inspired Smith to check his old tickets in his closet. I had to stick my head out the window and breathe in some fresh air. "I really had to convince myself this was real". Read More »

Dover sole 'jumps' down angler's throat in Bournemouth

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When he arrived on the dimly-lit pier where the man was fishing, a friend of the casualty was already performing CPR. The 28-year-old man, who was not identified, went into cardiac arrest after the fish jumped into his mouth, blocking his throat completely, USA Today reports . Read More »

Trump says he spoke to Virgin Islands' 'president' -- which is him

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Trump could not have spoken to the president of the Virgin Islands because the president is Trump himself, since it's a US territory. While speaking on the natural disasters that have struck the United States in the last few months, Trump accidentally said he met with the president of the Virgins Islands . Read More »

North Korea Is Threatening to Launch Missiles at Guam Again

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The 10-day drill, which involves the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, is set to begin on Monday in waters east and west of South Korea. The U.S. military said in a separate statement it conducted drills with Japanese fighters after the exercise with South Korea, making it the first time U.S. Read More »

Skowhegan Candlelight Vigil Honors Lives Lost to Domestic Violence

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Four Broome County organizations that provide domestic violence services received grants from New York State on Thursday morning. The first allows domestic violence victims to be notified when an Order of Protection has been served. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence , one in three women have been the victims of some form of physical violence by a partner within their lifetime. Read More »

Pranab was most qualified to be PM: Manmohan Singh

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Speaking at the launch of Mukherjee's new book, 'The Coalition Years: 1996-2012, ' in Delhi, Singh said the former president had every reason for grievance at being ignored for prime ministership. Praising the book, Akhilesh Yadav said that it is like laying your hands on good notes before the examinations. His autobiography is titled Coalition Years 1996 to 2012 and released today at the Nehru Memorial Museum Library, Delhi. Read More »

AG sues Trump, administration over new birth control policy

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Research done by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that because of Obamacare's contraceptive coverage mandate, the number of women paying out-of-pocket for oral contraceptives dropped from over 21 percent to just 3 percent in the last three years. Read More »

Two instructors and a customer killed in 'horrific' scene at Mission Beach

Vision captured shortly before the fatalities has emerged of other tourists successfully completing their jumps at the beach. A witness said: 'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening. The company operating the dives, Skydive Australia, released a statement on Friday offering its "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences" to the families of the deceased and to the local skydiving community. Read More »

European Union says Brexit negotiations could take longer

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Chancellor Philip Hammond retreated from the potentially volatile comments moments after they were aired, saying on Twitter that "in an interview today I was making the point that we are united at home". The issue of citizens' rights is one of the main issues to be dealt with during the negotiations, along with the land borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar and Spain. Read More »