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India names ex-China envoy new foreign secretary

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Gokhale, who was India's ambassador to China from January 2016 to October 2017, deftly worked to avert any major crisis during a 73-day military standoff between the two countries in Bhutan's Doklam plateau a year ago. The ministry said that in 2015, he was appointed Ambassador to China for two years. Gokhale, a postgraduate in history from Delhi University, is known among his colleagues as someone who would speak his mind on policy matters rather than merely pursue orders. Read More »

Two climbers die on Table Mountain in South Africa

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Table Mountain is a major tourist destination in the South African city of Cape Town . The agency quotes Merle Collins, a spokeswoman for South Africa's national parks service, as saying they had been abseiling down the mountain. "The hikers were spotted on the cliff's edge by Cableway staff at 5.15pm". Suspending operations also helped to limit the number of visitors at the top station. Read More »

Planned H-1B rules tweak may deport many Indians

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Currently, the proposal has been sent to the Department of Homeland Security in the form of an internal memo. But an adjustment is being considered internally within a DHS memo that would change which employers would fit the category of being allowed to hire workers using H-1B visas. Read More »

21 killed in Rivers in New Year bloodbath

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While 14 people died on the spot, 12 others sustained gunshot wounds. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Nnamdi Omoni (DSP), said police were aware of the incident, but could not ascertain the number of casualties to journalists at the time of filing this report. Read More »

Man accused of killing stepson could face death penalty

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According to prosecutors, Montgomery put Brice to sleep and had the other children lay with him, but officials believe the child was dead by that time. The boy's brothers told investigators that they were forced to watch Montgomery hit him and were threatened with violence if they did not join him. Read More »

As Cold Weather Continues, So Do Water Main Breaks

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Missouri American Crews are working 16 hour days and extra workers will be called in on the holiday, yet the company says it's still not enough workers. However, Martin said the 8-inch water main leak "has progressed to the point where crews will be required to shut down the water main". As of 2 p.m., members of Maine Water Company had not yet found the break that caused a large pool of water to surface on the road opposite 250 Main Street. Read More »

Initial investigation into Woburn Safari Park blaze points to generator fault

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It took about two hours to control the fire. "Staff and Fire-Crews attended the scene, however devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the thirteen animals could be saved", the statement reads. Misha the aardvark dies after a fire breaks out at London Zoo. The fire broke out in the monkey house situated within the drive through section of the safari park. Read More »

United States soldier killed and four others injured in Afghanistan battle

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The incident took place on New Year's Day in the country's embattled Nangarhar Province, where a bomb blast at funeral killed 15 a day earlier. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own", Gen. Nicholson told Pentagon reporters in a news briefing November 28 that ISIS-K at one point had a presence in nine districts spanning three provinces in eastern Afghanistan, but that USA -led counter-terrorism operations had reduced that to three. Read More »

Senator Al Franken to Officially Resign from Office

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Bachmann said that she would be willing to run in order to take godly principles into the Senate but is concerned that she will be unfairly attacked by Washington insiders because "the swamp is so toxic". The Senate will swear in Minnesota Lt. Gov Tina Smith on January 3; Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith to serve as a senator until the 2018 midterm election. Read More »

GOP's Hatch says he will retire from US Senate

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Hatch is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate. Hatch chairs the Senate Finance Committee and was a pivotal factor in pushing through a major overhaul of the USA tax system in December. Hatch's term is set to expire in January 2019. Romney, the former governor of MA and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has signaled he would run for the seat if Hatch were to retire. Read More »

Confusion over chilling discovery in NSW school sandpit

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Volunteers believed they were laid by two snakes most likely from a reserve that backs onto the school with FAWNA volunteer Yvette Attlier saying the location was an ideal spot for laying eggs. 'The sand was still fresh and loose and would have provided the ideal place for snakes to regulate the eggs due to the temperature, ' Ms Attleir said. Read More »

Hawaiian Airlines flight travels back in time

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Hawaiian Airlines flight #446 then landed in Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:16 a.m. on December 31, 2017 . The Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA446 took off from Auckland, New Zealand, at 12.05am on January 1, 2018, and reached Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9.45am on December 31, 2017. Read More »

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend threaten to sue Pizzagate conspiracy theorist

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Crokin used her alleged journalistic prowess to deduce that these symbols indicate that Teigen and Legend have placed Luna into the nefarious world of Pizzagate . Meanwhile, Chrissy - who also has 20-month-old daughter Luna Simone with the "All Of Me" hitmaker - previously admitted she was shocked by just how "big" she has become while pregnant with her second child. Read More »

Mike Pence's visit to Israel postponed indefinitely

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The trip was originally rescheduled last month for mid-January due to the Senate tax reform vote. But Israel's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the visit was no longer on its schedule for January. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to leave on an official trip to India on January 14, and he will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos towards the end of the month. Read More »

Death toll in Iran protests rises to 20

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Organisers appear to have used social media to call for more protests in dozens of towns and cities across the country tonight from 5pm local time (1.30pm United Kingdom time). The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, some 350 kilometres (215 miles) south of Tehran. He said the protests, initially over economic hardship and banking corruption, had grown to a general protest against the regime. Read More »

Bigg Boss 11: THESE four contestants nominated for eviction?

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Meanwhile, Hina tells Luv that Vikas tried to save Puneesh by nominating so many contestants but Puneesh is not grateful to him. Luv says Puneesh is a brilliant player and has played his cards very well. In a rather shocking revelation, Bigg Boss adds an unexpected twist and reveals that this wasn't an ordinary task, but was perhaps the nominations process this week. Read More »

Trump's First Tweets of 2018 About Pakistan, Iran

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In 2017, the aid was approximately $473m by all the agencies in terms of disbursements. "US must disengage with Pakistan and its terrorist army, it should stop giving funds to Pakistan, impose a travel ban on them, limit the global reach of Pakistani banks and isolate Pak from worldwide financial system", ANI quoted World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF)'s Naela Quadri Baloch as saying. Read More »

Israeli parliament passes law to tighten control over East Jerusalem

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Many Palestinians do not have Israeli citizenship, holding only permanent resident status in the city, which can be withdrawn any time for different reasons. The decision prompted widespread condemnation and protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and around the world. Earlier this month, Trump formally recognized the contested city as the capital of Israel in a speech at the White House as well as plans to relocate the U.S. Read More »

Possibility of Iran Spring pushes oil prices northwards

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The spread between the benchmarks widened throughout the year, as Brent responded to the drawdown in supply from major world producers while US output continued to grow. Extreme cold weather across much of North America could also boost USA crude prices by causing production problems in the oilfields. Higher crude oil price negatively impacts oil marketing companies as it strains their refining and marketing margins. Read More »

Protester opens fire on police in Iran, kills 1 injures 3

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It says all were shot by hunting rifles. Hundreds of people have been arrested and a prominent judge warned on Tuesday that some could face death penalty trials. The government said it was temporarily restricting access to the Telegram messaging app and Instagram. The level of protests in Iran escalated on Monday after demonstrators ignored President Hassan Rouhani's calls for calm and instead attacked a religious school and offices for the Basij, in the absence of any accurate ... Read More »

United States twins born minutes apart, yet in different years

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That's right, the miracle birth involved the pair of twins - a boy and a girl, arriving on either side of the midnight in California's Delano Regional Medical Center. Maria was originally due on January 27 and then was scheduled for a caesarean on January 10. Maria and her husband, both are farm labourers and parents to three daughters as well. Read More »

LA police arrest 25-year-old as suspect of Kansas swatting death

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Tyler Barriss from South Los Angeles was arrested on a fugitive warrant Friday afternoon for allegedly making the so-called "swatting" call, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The deceased man, who was unarmed, has been identified as 28-year-old Andrew Finch. According to Friday's Wichita police briefing, an officer thought Fitch had reached for his "waistband" and then raised his hand again, potentially carrying a gun and posing a threat which needed to be eliminated. Read More »

Powerball, Mega Millions have $783M up for grabs to start new year

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The Powerball number was 24 and the Power Play multiplier was 2. SiLive will also post the winning numbers. Those are tougher odds thanPowerball, which is a 1 in 292.2 million shot. Mega Millions rolled over to a $343 million jackpot after no one had a winning ticket Friday night, though one Florida lottery player matched five numbers to collect a $1 million prize. Read More »

Dispatch: Iranian protesters defy authorities to voice differing demands for change

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Two others, included a teenage boy, were run down and killed by a fire engine stolen by protesters in the western town of Dorud, the state broadcaster said, bringing the total death toll in four days of protests to 12. " Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas. Read More »

German MP's anti-Muslim tweets spark account suspension, outcry

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Under Germany's new hate speech laws , von Storch may could face charges of incitement to hatred. If prosecutors deem there is sufficient grounds to launch an official criminal investigation against von Storch, they would first have to ask parliament to suspend her immunity before proceeding with a case. Read More »

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Dangerously cold temperatures continue

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There were a few snow flurries but no accumulation. WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Low 39. North wind 5 to 10 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. West wind around 5 miles per hour. Thursday , isolated snow showers. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 miles per hour. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 24. Read More »

16 injured in huge fire in the Bronx

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Flames spread through the four-story building and through the roof. She was getting ready for work when she smelled smoke. About two dozen fire trucks were at the scene as a half-dozen ladder trucks worked on the flames. Some residents displaced by last week's massive apartment building fire in the Bronx are being allowed back in to gather their belongings. Excluding the September 11 attacks, it was the deadliest fire in the city since 87 people were killed during a social club fire in the ... Read More »

Iranian people 'will respond to rioters and lawbreakers': Rouhani

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Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also praised the protesters and criticised Europe for not supporting the Iranian people. "Those who damage public property, disrupt order and break the law must be responsible for their behaviour and pay the price", Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli said on state television. Read More »

South Korea offers border talks with North Korea

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Kim Jong Un Monday repeated claims that he could hit the USA with a nuclear weapon, saying that its deterrent is "irreversible" and would prevent President Donald Trump from starting a war. He said the two sides should "urgently meet to discuss the possibility". After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, the North Korean leader used his televised New Year's Day speech to declare his country "a peace-loving and responsible ... Read More »

Seven Injured After Box Truck Crashes Into Vehicle, Pedestrians in SF

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According to reports, the incident happened when the driver of the truck tried to make an illegal left turn at a busy intersection at the corner of 21st Ave and Geary Boulevard. A family of five was in the vehicle. Four paramedic units are on-scene, along with a fire truck. The five suffered minor injuries, and they range in age from pre-teen to adult. Read More »