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This is the most powerful passport in the world right now

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The Canadian passport didn't do as well as past year, but it was still ranked one of the most powerful in the world in a global survey. The Indian passport continues to fare poorly in the global power rankings with it occupying the 75th position, only three indices higher than its position a year ago. Read More »

President Buhari apologizes to National Assembly leaders over security fracas

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Yakubu Dogara; and other Principal Officers of the National Assembly on Thursday night angrily turned back from the Presidential Villa, otherwise known as Aso Rock, in Abuja , The Punch is reporting. Trouble reportedly started after the security operatives at the villa insisted that the lawmakers must alight in order to be screened. In a statement issued after the dinner, Femi Adesina, spokesperson for the President said the dinner with the leadership has been shifted to next Tuesday as a ... Read More »

Russia Conducts Ballistic Missile Tests

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Russian troops launched three "intercontinental ballistic missiles from submarines and one from the Plesetsk Space Centre", its defence ministry said, Breaking 911 reports. All missiles reportedly hit their practice targets. A third missile was sacked from the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. The Yars, reportedly fitted with more advanced decoys and countermeasures than the Topol-M and featuring a higher speed, has been specifically created to evade Western anti-ballistic missile ... Read More »

White House: Trump likely to skip EAS while in Manila

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Cayetano issued the remark amid reports from global press that Trump was mulling to skip the East Asia Summit, an annual forum that will be attended by Southeast Asian leaders and world leaders. "It's purely for scheduling reasons", US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said in a forum with the Foreign Correspondents' Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) on Thursday, October 26. Read More »

Senior journalist Vinod Verma arrested in extortion case

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In March 2016, Verma, along with two other journalists, was part of a fact-finding committee to verify and assess the arrests of journalists in Chhattisgarh as well as threats and challenges faced by journalists in the state. "Prakash Bajaj gave us a complaint claiming that someone called his landline number and threatened him to release a pornographic CD of his boss", the inspector general said. Read More »

Iraq starts offensive to retake last IS bastion

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The coalition will continue to support Iraq's government "as we recognize together the importance of a unified Iraq to the long-term security and prosperity of the Iraqi people", officials said. They have advanced mostly in areas to the west of the Euphrates River where they have captured the town of al-Mayadin and besieged the last Islamic State-held pockets of Deir al-Zor city. Read More »

Bombardier cuts 280 Belfast jobs amid Boeing trade row

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He said Unite is appealing to Bombardier management to review the decision because of the potential for additional jobs in Belfast in relation to the C-Series and also what he described as opportunities for additional employment on site with existing legacy products. Read More »

Bank customer tackles armed robber

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He got the clerk to put money in a bag, but then suddenly, another customer tackled him, forcing him to the floor. Sakosky retrieves the money bag, then goes outside to indicate to arriving police the direction in which the robber fled. The Good Samaritan attempts to subdue the robber, holding him in a headlock but the man manages to break free and run out the door. Sakosky, the general manager of the Carbondale Grand Hotel, was dubbed a hero by his employees and neighbors. Read More »

Freeze watch in effect for Oklahoma County

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Saturday . Northern Ohio is in store for a very cold night tonight with temperatures in many areas falling close to or below freezing according to the National Weather Service. And a real chill is possible overnight. Any cold-sensitive plants you may want to protect should be covered or moved indoors. Exposed or poorly insulated pipes should be protected. Read More »

Woman found living in Lowell after vanishing 42 years ago

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Flora Stevens, 78, was using the name Flora Harris when detectives tracked her down at the facility in Lowell, 23 miles northwest of Boston. When her husband went back to pick her up, she had vanished. Cops upstate were able to track her down after stumbling upon a set of unidentified remains of a woman who matched her description. The state police investigators asked Sullivan County for help tracking down any relatives who could provide a DNA sample for possible identification. Read More »

Pope Speaks With Space Station Astronauts

Back then, the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli was aboard the orbiting lab, and now he is up there again, along with three Americans and two Russians. Bresnik, a Baptist, said, "People can not come up here and see the indescribable beauty of our earth and not be touched in their souls". It is the ultimate human experiment, showing that people from diverse backgrounds can band together to solve some of the most daunting problems facing the world. Read More »

Boy, 10, takes family auto, leads police on a high-speed chase

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Authorities said no-one was injured during the pursuit that began around 9.30am Thursday (local time) when Westlake police saw a auto speed by chased by another vehicle, possibly driven by the boy's mother. The boy's mother's boyfriend called police and said the preteen took his vehicle while waiting for his sister was in the shower. He was later found driving with three flat tires on Interstate 90. Read More »

Iraq launches offensive against last IS stronghold in Anbar

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The U.S. led anti-Islamic State coalition's air campaign engaged the terrorist group almost 56,000 times killing 768 civilians, CENTCOM revealed in a Thursday statement. The coalition conducted 27,566 strikes between September 2014 and September 2017. The London-based collective of journalists and researchers has always had civilian death tolls that are wildly divergent from those acknowledged by the coalition, putting the number killed in US-led strikes at 5,637 as of Thursday. Read More »

Donald Trump holds back some JFK assassination files, White House says

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Following Kennedy's murder, more than 30,000 government documents - totaling millions of pages - have been incrementally released to the public, although many of them have been redacted or only partially released. Documents determined to not meet those standards will need to be released by April 26, 2018. What is in the documents? Still, the files will give Americans a fuller picture of how the 35th U.S. Read More »

47 killed in Indonesia fireworks factory (Second Lead)

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Witnesses reported hearing two loud explosions on Thursday morning (local time). "I don't know how it happened, I was working outside the factory and there were some explosions". Police say the bodies of several women, including some suspected under-aged workers, were found piled up at the back of the factory. "The evacuation is ongoing", Tangerang Kota police chief Harry Kurniawan told Agence France-Presse. Read More »

Iraq's Al-Abadi In Tehran For High-Level Meetings

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Abadi will later leave Iran for Kuwait. "Subsequent to my meeting with Prime Minister Abadi, I had a very lengthy telephone call with Kurdistan President Barzani". On a related note, the U.S. Secretary of State also held talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani where they discussed worldwide efforts to fight against the ISIS terror group, besides the latest developments in the region, especially in Iraq, Syria and Palestine. Read More »

Revanth Reddy removed from posts

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Summary: Reddy should issue legal notices to Congress leaders as their comments hurt him and also the party, Ramana had said. "Naidu wanted that Revanth Reddy should not take up any programmes as the TDP Telangana working president and also as the TDLP leader", he said. Read More »

Off-Duty State Trooper Prevents Man from Choking to Death

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The trooper quickly getting up and performing the Heimlich Maneuver on the man, which was successful. Shortly after sitting down, he noticed a man sitting at a nearby table in distress, according to authorities. New Jersey State Police recruits are taught in the academy to expect the unexpected and to always be prepared to act. "The victim thanked Trooper Palaia for his life-saving efforts". Read More »

Three arrested in Kerala for suspected IS links

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During interrogation, the officials said, Hamsa claimed that ISIS was true Islam and challenged the police to bring any religious expert for a debate on that. The three men, who were arrested yesterday, had reportedly left the state years ago. "We have been keeping a tab on them since then". The arrests follow closely after three men with alleged ISIS links were taken into custody on Wednesday from the northern district of the south Indian state. Read More »

Syria responsible for sarin attack that killed scores

Experts from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog are blaming Syria's government for a sarin nerve gas attack that killed over 90 people last April. Reports of chemical attacks on civilian populations and opposition fighters have continued to come out of Syria since an attack in August 2013 killed more than 1,400 people in East Ghouta near Damascus. Read More »

Navy rescues women, dogs lost at sea for months

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The sailors had initially set sail with their two puppies from Hawaii to Tahiti this spring. Two American mariners and their canine companions have been rescued after drifting off course and spending months stranded in the Pacific Ocean, the US Navy said Thursday. Read More »

'I'm a Very Intelligent Person'

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President Donald Trump says he's not as "uncivil" as the media's making him out to be. "I'm a very intelligent person". "Even though it's amusing, because he's so insecure that he has to tell people he went to an Ivy League college and he's a very intelligent man, the sad part is this is another day of lying", Scarborough said. Read More »

EU Commission investigating United Kingdom controlled foreign corporation for State aid violation

On Thursday, the European Commission stated that the UK's Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules, which generally aimed at preventing United Kingdom firms from avoiding taxes, contradict EU competition law. Earlier this month, the European Union ordered Amazon to repay Luxembourg €250m (£222m) in back taxes and took Ireland to court for failing to collect €13bn in back taxes from Apple. Read More »

Lawmakers finalize how to fund state budget

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For $1.25 million, a company can set up an online gambling operation using tablets at Pittsburgh International Airport . Casinos in the Commonwealth will have first dibs on applying for licenses. How long will it take to launch? It remains to be seen if the tax rate and fees will be changed before the bill becomes law, but the Governor could just give the legislation his autograph as is and that's it. Read More »

Scotland's population growth could be hit by Brexit

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The population of Britain, now 65.6m, is forecast to surge by another 7.3million by 2041. ONS said over the ten-year period, worldwide migration into Britain is expected to account for 54 percent of the growth, with the remaining 46 percent coming from the higher number of births than deaths. Read More »

Lawmakers seek probe of power contract to Interior chief's neighbor

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The key - restoring electrical power to the island's 3.4 million American citizens - remains a frustrating and mysterious process with 75 percent of the island still without electricity. Whitefish responded on Twitter and threatened to pull its workforce from the island. The implication is if I do not "play nice" they will not do their job. Read More »

Machado is Orioles' lone Gold Glove finalist

Third baseman Manny Machado is the Orioles' only hope of having a 2017 Gold Glove Award victor. Kansas City's four finalists are tied for the most in the Major Leagues, matching Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Angels. Read More »

Trump readies opioid plan, but some worry it won't be enough

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Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D. says, "We do not know specifically how this declaration will impact Georgia". Opioids are a type of drugs that include illegal substances, such as heroin , and legal painkillers - medications such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine are all types of opioids. Read More »

$300 million Puerto Rico power deal now under government review

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As part of the plan to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery in the two USA territories, the release said, the DoD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined, in consultation with Puerto Rico Gov. The deal surpassed a six-month contract worth $240 million to Fluor Corp. from the Army Corps of Engineers to help bring power back to the island and a $35.1 million contract to Weston Solutions to provide two generators for temporary power to the city of San Juan. Read More »

Parents charged after baby's body found in swing

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Iowa parents are charged with murder after abandoning their 4-month-old son in a swing at their home, according to authorities Thursday. When sheriff's deputies and first responders arrived at an Alta Vista apartment on the afternoon of August 30, they found a scene of unspeakable horror, according to documents filed in Chickasaw County District Court. Read More »