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Journalists are being jailed for 'fake news,' and critics blame Trump

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President Donald Trump's nationalistic rhetoric and insistence on labeling critical media "fake news" serves to reinforce the framework of accusations and legal charges that allow such leaders to preside over the jailing of journalists", the committee said adding that this year's census found the number of journalists jailed for "false news" doubled this year, to 21 cases. Read More »

Cabinet Clears Bill on "Triple Talaq"

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The draft law also proposes a three year jail term for the husband, PTI quoted a senior government functionary as saying. The law would allow victims of instant divorce the ability to seek the custody of her minor children and receive maintenance from her husband after filing a complaint to police. Read More »

Guilty verdict for Russian ex-economy minister Ulyukayev 'groundless' - Putin adviser

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State prosecutors had urged the court to sentence Ulyukayev to 10 years behind bars and a maximum $8.5 million fine. Standing before the court, he appeared thin and in poor health. There is no concrete evidence that Ulyukayev ever demanded a payment. Referring to Sechin's failure to show up in the court room, Ulyukayev said the key witness "disappeared, leaving only a whiff of sulfur in the air" - a reference to Sechin's sinister image. Read More »

Sensex, Nifty clock second straight weekly gains

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Both the indexes rose over 0.6 percent in their second straight weekly gains. "Exit poll predictions stating absolute majority for the ruling party in Gujarat and Himachal elections pushed stocks and indices to a higher opening, but the rally stalled thereafter as investors chose to wait for the results next week", said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services. Read More »

Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say

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Dozens of fellow firefighters lined up in Fillmore , where the accident happened, to honor Iverson in a procession that traveled to the Ventura County Coroner's Office. The last time Santa Barbara County saw such a ferocious blaze was 10 years ago, when the Zaca Fire burned just over 240,000 acres. Some evacuations were lifted and the risk to the agricultural city of Fillmore was diminishing. Read More »

Trump's Moon Directive Earns Praise from NASA, Others

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Trump's plan partially revolves around using the moon as a jumping-off point to get to Mars, though the directive vaguely adds that it's also "of interest to global partners and is within reach of America's private space industry". The US "will work with other nations and private industry to return astronauts to the Moon, developing the technology and means for manned exploration of Mars and other destinations in our solar system", it said. Read More »

European Union extends sanctions against Russian Federation for meddling in Ukraine

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The sanctions , which target Russia's financial, energy and defense industries and limit the country's access to European Union markets, would have expired at the end of January 2018. Many UN countries, the United States, the European Union and Turkey do not recognize Crimea as Russian territory. The formal legal decision extending sanctions will be approved next week. Read More »

Pakistan's Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Disqualify Khan

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Taking to Twitter, Tareen said on Friday that all allegations of misuse of authority, loan write off, insider trading and wrongly declared agricultural income were dismissed in the top court's verdict. After more than 50 court hearings, the verdict was reserved on November 14. The court can also form a commission or JIT to investigate Jahangir Tareen's 18,000 acre land or his offshore company's trust. Read More »

Mika Singh dedicates 'Ali Ali' to Virat-Anushka

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There is a bleak chance that the idea for such a wedding invitation card came to Virat and Anushka when they were in Sri Lanka in August, this year. In the photo, Anushka shows off her ring, and the caption reads, "In heaven, literally". "Thanks Jinx, looking forward to some tips from you", wrote Kohli leaving the Twitterati in splits. Post wedding, the couple is now in Rome for their honeymoon. Read More »

Rohingya Muslim death toll hit 6700 in one month, charity says

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The group, known by its French acronym MSF, says the survey it conducted in refugee camps in Bangladesh estimated that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar's Rakhine state between August 25 and September 24. But it has consistently denied abuses in Rakhine, saying the crackdown was a proportionate response to the Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25, killing around a dozen officials. Read More »

School bus, train crash in southern France

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He praised the work of the first responders. The Education Minister's office released a statement saying Jean-Michel Blanquer would visit to support students, teachers, families and the educational community. Twelve others suffered less serious injuries. Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus torn in half - with first responders gathered around. Read More »

Trump pledges to whittle federal regulations down to 1960 levels

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Trump credited his slashing of regulations for the strong economy and stock market and mentioned that small business optimism is at its highest point in 34 years. "He said the results could be observed in the "record" level of the stock market, which he said created "$5 trillion in new wealth" as of three weeks ago and had likely approached $6 trillion by the time of his remarks. Read More »

Sonia Gandhi says 'My role is to retire'; Rahul becomes Congress chief

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Sonia Gandhi has retired as Congress president and not from politics, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday said, dismissing speculation that she has quit public life. Late on Wednesday evening, a Congress delegation led by Ashok Gehlot submitted a memorandum to the EC demanding immediate registration of FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi , BJP chief Amit Shah , Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Piyush Goyal and other BJP leaders. Read More »

Gujarat polls:PM Modi waits in queue, casts vote in Ahmedabad

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The Congress accused PM Modi of violating the Model Code of Conduct by taking out a "roadshow" after he voted. Many other senior leaders including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be in Vejalpur region of Ahmedabad to vote while LK Advani will be in Ahmedabad city to cast his vote from Khanpur area. Read More »

Trump Boasts of 'Screeching' Halt to Growth of Regulations

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Trump said his administration had "decades of excess regulation" to remove, adding that he is challenging his cabinet to find and remove every single outdated, unlawful, and excessive regulation now on the books. "We're going to cut a ribbon because we're getting back below the 1960 level and we'll be there fairly quickly", he said. "But they're all moving back (into our country)", he said. Read More »

USA shows arms it says Iran gave to Yemeni rebels

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Adopted under former President Barack Obama, the historic deal lifted billions of dollars worth of Iranian sanctions in exchange for Tehran agreeing to halt its nuclear production, which the country maintained was always peaceful. -We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons. A total of 12 Yemeni civilians were killed and several others injured during air bombardment conducted by Saudi-led warplanes in the southwestern ... Read More »

All Aadhaar linking deadlines extended till March 31, validity hearing in Jan

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Attorney general KK Venugopal told the court that the government was willing to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with all services to March 31, with the exception of mobile phones and new bank accounts. CJI Misra, however, observed that the court's earlier orders were passed based on the government's executive decision, and needed to be tested on anvils of the law, now that the Aadhaar Act is in place. Read More »

Tillerson, White House offer different opinions on North Korea talks

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Trudeau visited Cuba in November 2016, shortly before the death of dictator and Trudeau family friend Fidel Castro. Once talks are underway, he said, "we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards". Tillerson's overture sharply contrasts with the numerous threats and insults President Donald Trump has leveled at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whom the president has called " Little Rocket Man " and " short and fat ". Read More »

Police explore potential link between Skelton boys and teeth found in Montana

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Montana is in touch with the NBC affiliate in Detroit, who told us about a case of three missing boys from seven years ago . The three brothers from Morenci, Michigan went missing in November of 2010 . The Montana Crime Lab verified the remains were human. The anthropology department members say they are not ancient, and likely modern. Missoula police also disclosed December 13 that they're seeking a former tenant of the property as part of their investigation. Read More »

Charged in Slaying of Rapper Chinx

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Reports say the two men were already behind bars on unrelated charges when they were arrested for the rapper's murder. He grew up in Baldwin, and said at the time he was in a marijuana treatment program. Requests for comment from the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney's Office were not immediately returned. The suspects were expected to be arraigned at Queens Supreme Court. Read More »

Kim Jong Un allegedly executes ex Top Aide

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Naples has been famous for centuries for its Nativity scenes depicting Jesus' birth. North Korea may have just inadvertently revealed evidence of a long history of nuclear weapon production in the background of a news bulletin. "We thought, 'This would be awesome!'" Rodman said. -LiAngelo Ball appeared on The Breakfast Club morning radio show with his father, LaVar, on Wednesday and revealed he did not want to thank to Donald Trump for helping him return home after his arrest in China. Read More »

This 16-Year-Old's Reaction To Getting Into Harvard Is Priceless

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On Tuesday, Little posted a video to his Twitter account of himself and his classmates celebrating the acceptance. A big moment to be sure, especially for a 16-year-old. Little told The Huffington Post he plans to study math and computer science, and when he graduates wants to "find a job on Wall Street with the intention of opening a nonprofit to help children from my community get to the position that I'm now in". Read More »

Trump just shut down Tillerson's attempt to talk with North Korea - again

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The New York Times frames all this as "the latest example of a public rift between the president and his chief diplomat over North Korea " and cites sources who say that " White House officials were alarmed by Mr. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing the same. But the White House, where Tillerson has reportedly fallen out of favor, seemed to push back. Read More »

An airstrike on the Gaza strip

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Israel has closed border crossings when tensions are high, some which have not been reopened to date. The military claimed the overnight strikes hit Palestinian resistance movement Hamas facilities used as training and weapons storage facilities. Read More »

US Warplanes Fire Warning Flares at Russian Jets Over Syria

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The Defense Ministry spokesman also expressed bewilderment over the Pentagon's statement that the U.S. -led coalition will remain in Syria until the full defeat of the Islamic State (terror group, outlawed in Russia). Col. Damien Pickart told CNN. Pickart accused the Russian pilots of unsafe flying during the encounter. Russians agreed in November to maintain flights west of the Euphrates while coalition aircraft would maintain corridors in the east, with the understanding that they would ... Read More »

Bill barring abortion based on Down syndrome diagnosis passes OH legislature

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According to a proposed law, pregnant women will be effectively prevented from having an abortion in the state of OH if it's been found through genetic testing that their babies will be born with Down Syndrome. An Indiana judge found the law there unconstitutional because it restricts women's right to an abortion before the pregnancy is viable. The woman seeking the abortion would not be held accountable, according to the bill. Read More »

Rifts Remain between US, Russia over Syria Assad Political Future

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Al Jazeera's David Chater, reporting from Geneva , said this was the "eighth round of talks that has ended in failure", with Jaafari originally announcing he quit the current round of talks on December 3. Speaking on Swiss television station RTS, he urged Russian Federation to convince the Syrian government to clinch a peace deal with opposition groups, to end the almost seven-year-old war. Read More »

Committee recommends repealing the Eighth

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To better deal with the question of whether to allow abortion in the case of rape or incest, the committee made a decision to vote on the question of allowing abortion up until 12 weeks without any restriction. "Because what the Committee has done is they have shown a really frightening disregard for the right to life of unborn children". Sinn Féin members voting at the committee abstained from this motion as, according to Sinn Féin TD Louise O'Reilly, speaking at the committee, it doesn't ... Read More »

Children's health should never be a bargaining chip

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State officials began reaching out to their families on Tuesday, notifying them that FAMIS could be terminated on January 31. Congress originally authorized and funded CHIP for a 10-year period. I've taken the position here for my whole Senate service: "I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves but would if they could". Utah announced it will end CHIP at the end of January if Congress doesn't come up with money for the program. Read More »

Jisha murder case: Accused Ameer Ul-Islam gets death penalty

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Shockingly, when Jisha asked him to provide her some water, he had given her alcohol. Prosecution advocate N K Unnikrishnan said, "This was a brutal murder that shocked the conscience of Kerala". Autopsy revealed that there were 33 wounds on the body. Ameerul was awarded the death sentence two days after he was convicted of raping and murdering Jisha in 2016. Read More »

Here are Christmas concerts and special services to celebrate the season

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Chapel Street Congregational Church , 185 Chapel St., Lincoln, will have a service with Communion at 10 a.m., on Sunday, Dec. 24, and a traditional candlelight service with Communion at 9 p.m. 13, will focus on Jesus, the Shepherd. Visit www.CommunityChurch.org for more information and to sign up children in advance. Service of healing, memories, and Christ's presence for when Christmas does not feel like a happy time. Read More »

J&K NC decries NGT directive on Amarnath pilgrimage

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The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday (December 13) declared the Amarnath temple area from stairs to the holy cave as silence zone, thereby banning chanting of mantras and slogans in this area. "The one way queue of visitors/pilgrim will be maintained at the shrine". The bench further asserted that directions were also to ensure that adverse effects of "noise, heat and vibrations do not have adverse impact" on the Maha Shivling, so that pilgrims coming at the later part of limited period ... Read More »

Bermuda Votes to Replace Same-Sex Marriage With Civil Partnerships

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The country's MPs have voted to re-ban same-sex marriage, just six months after it was legalised. Pat McCrory in 2016 signed a bill that banned transgender people from using public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity and banned municipalities from enacting LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination measures. Read More »