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US President Donald Trump insists he is not a racist

Dick Durbin , the Illinois Democrat who went public with accusations about Trump using the language at a closed-door meeting Thursday in the Oval Office. "I can just say what was described in the meeting I had was identical to what was reported later in the news", Flake said. The official said that although this might enrage Washington , staffers predicted the comment would resonate with Trump's base, similarly to how Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem did. Read More »

Meet New Chief Election Commissioner

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Prior to his appointment as election commissioner , Rawat served as secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. According to the news reported in NDTV, Om Prakash Rawat is a retired IAS officer of 1977 batch. "Also, the model code of conduct that imposed before every election, poses several constraints in the way of smooth governance, which can be done away with", Rawat had said. Read More »

Spain in extradition bid as exiled Catalan leader travels to Denmark

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Puigdemont was to take part in a debate on Catalonia at the University of Copenhagen later Monday. Carles Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for involvement in a controversial independence referendum. Shortly after his arrival in Copenhagen, Spain's state prosecution service said it had asked the Supreme Court to reactivate the warrant, on charges of sedition and rebellion, originally issued - and later lifted - after he fled to Belgium. Read More »

Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating

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It may come as no surprise, but a new poll has found that Israelis like President Donald Trump more than former President Barack Obama, while the reverse was true in most other countries. Some of the biggest losses were among Washington's closest allies in western Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was up in Israel, Poland, Slovakia, Belarus, Liberia, Lebanon, Iraq, and in perennial US rival Russian Federation, where approval of USA leadership registered only eight per cent, ... Read More »

US Blaming Russia for Supporting North Korea Attempts to Mask Own Failure

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He also expressed concern at the "ebb" in trust on nuclear and other weapons-related issues between the USA and Russian Federation, and the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. Since 2006 the UN Security Council has adopted 10 resolutions, four of them previous year alone, to ratchet up the pressure . Starting from the first week of January, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned embassy officials of all 20 countries invited to the meeting, including Japan, South Korea and the ... Read More »

China beats USA in global leadership: Gallup

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Worldwide, more people now say they disapprove of US leadership (43 percent), than of China's or Russia's (30 percent and 36 percent respectively). The 43% median disapproval, up 15 points from the previous year, set a new record as well, not only for the US but for any other major global power that Gallup has asked about in the past decade. Read More »

Concussion rules Pakistan's Shoaib out of NZ T20s

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Tim Southee will captain the side in Williamson's absence. New Zealand are also resting pacemen Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. But the scenario looks even further intimidating due to the fact that New Zealand are occupying the top position in T20I Rankings followed by Pakistan . Read More »

Patriots favored by 5-6 points over Eagles in Super Bowl

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Foles proved he can deliver in big games after some critics wrote off the Eagles's chances of winning the NFC title following Wentz's injury. The Eagles total of 15 points probably won't get it done against the Vikings , so quarterback Nick Foles needs to come up with a better performance to complement the running game and get the Eagles offense in the end zone. Read More »

Donald Trump's exercise regimen will amaze you

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Donald Trump's White House physician, Dr Ronny L Jackson, said Tuesday that the president received a flawless score ton the exam. CNN divulged more details about Trump's habits during so-called 'executive time , ' a term used on the president's schedule to indicate he's doing work, but often from the Yellow Oval room, located in the residence. Read More »

Secret Superstar: Aamir Khan, Zaira Wasim starrer makes EXTRAORDINARY collections in China

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The film , which was a moderate hit in India, has made Rs 174.10 crore over the first weekend, putting a seal on the popularity the actor enjoys in China . China is the second biggest film market in the world right now and Aamir has been exploiting it since his 2009 blockbuster 3 Idiots. Film and trade expert Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the latest figures of the film. Read More »

Possible Bomb Threat Investigation Underway at Eagle Ridge Mall

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Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire Department received an alarm call at the Eagle Ridge Mall. Emergency services personnel rushed to the scene where they discovered that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been detonated in the corridor. The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshall and the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad are assisting with the investigation. Read More »

ONGC stocks soar 6.4% on 51.1% stake buy in HPCL

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The deal is exempt from a public offer as both the entities are related parties but the acquisition involving two listed entities have been carried out on an arm's length basis. "The alternative mechanism under the chairmanship of finance minister in its meeting today approved the price bid of ONGC and the terms and conditions of the sale", it said. Read More »

Philippines Warns Of Imminent Eruption Of Mayon Volcano

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The lava flow in the Missi Gully on Mayon's flank has advanced to some three kilometers from the summit crater, still well within the permanent danger zone around the volcano. "We continue to coordinate with all units involved in providing assistance to communities affected by Mayon's impending eruption". The crater began glowing soon after in what PHIVOLCS said was a sign of the growth of a new lava dome. Read More »

Natalie Portman always feared being objectified by men

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The honor winning performer shared her terrible experience on Saturday while tending to a jam of thousands accumulated in downtown Los Angeles for the Women's March. The 36-year-old sent out a powerful message in a Time's Up T-shirt as she proudly carried her daughter around the Stateside rally. Her culture was clear to her. Read More »

Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

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Turkey reacted angrily to the announcement. The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by the USA and European Union as well as Turkey. But it is not believed to maintain any American forces in Afrin, an enclave that is not linked to the bulk of Kurdish-run territory in Syria . Read More »

Women's March 2.0 aims to harness Trump opposition

While not necessarily an anti-Trump event, a lot of the sentiments expressed by protesters took aim at the President's words and policies on topics ranging from women's rights to immigration. "I know that we have a long slog ahead of us to undo the damage that this man has inflicted". Writer and activist Zainab bint Younus encouraged people not to stand silent in the face of Islamophobic hate crimes, reports of which she said have gone up dramatically since 2012. Read More »

Security Council to discuss Syria on Monday-French formin

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The cross-border fire marked the second day of Turkey's new front in the almost seven-year-old Syrian civil war. Turkey considers Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the YPG, "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long fight inside Turkey. Read More »

White House denies Trump has beef with Kelly

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Democrats said voters would fault Republicans because they control Congress and the White House . Currently, the renegotiation is under a US -imposed March deadline. Immigration activists have been gearing up for this fight for months. As he's done since taking office a year ago, Trump was dominating and confusing the jousting, at times to the detriment of his own party. Read More »

USA government shuts down for the 18th time

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Senator Tester said he would not let Washington fail Montana anymore. There have been 12 shutdowns since 1981, ranging in duration from a single day to 21 days, according to the Congressional Research Service . These employees include some State Department workers, US intelligence agencies, the Internal Revenue Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »

President Trump's New Defense Strategy Is a Return to the Cold War

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States is losing its competitive military advantage over China and Russian Federation, marking the central challenge to America's armed forces. The unclassified document accuses China of "predatory economics to intimidate neighbors" while building and militarizing fake islands in the South China Sea. Read More »

Syria's Assad slams Turkey offensive as 'support for terrorism'

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The operation pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied with the United States at a time when ties between Ankara and Washington - North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point. Read More »

Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

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But many social media users had a hard time believing the president only weighs 239 pounds. Dr Jackson said in a press conference on Tuesday that Mr Trump has "incredible genes" and if he had a healthier diet over past 20 years "he might live to be 200" . Read More »

Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in officers' deaths

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Bracamontes made headlines on Wednesday after shouting in the courtroom that he killed cops, didn't regret it, and wanted to kill more . On Sunday's "Meet the Press", White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short defended the president's re-election ad (for 2020) blaming Democrats for the government shutdown and accusing them of being complicit in murder. Read More »

Freezing Rain Coming to Toronto, Ottawa

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, warning of a "snowstorm beginning Monday and continuing Monday night and Tuesday". Environment Canada says the most significant freezing rain will be seen in an area stretching from the Bruce Peninsula and northern Grey County in the west through Barrie to Peterborough, Kingston and beyond. Read More »

Train Hits Barrier in Sydney, at Least 15 Hurt

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At least three people were initially trapped but all passengers have since been freed, the spokeswoman said, and the incident was still unfolding nearly an hour after it occurred. "It's all chaos here", another caller, Steve, told the station. Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins said he had been made aware of the event and confirmed the incident will be investigated. Read More »

Canadian billionaires were murdered, say detectives

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Barry, 75, and Honey, 70, were found together in the basement of of their Toronto mansion, according to a private investigator. The source said their bodies were in an upright seated position on the floor near an indoor pool. The independent sleuths also suspect the couple may have been killed on December 13 - two days before they were discovered - based on the clothes Honey Sherman, 70, was wearing at the time. Read More »

Henry Bolton clings on as UKIP leader despite vote of no confidence

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Bolton, 54, took to Facebook to lambast his enemies within Ukip, adding that they had collaborated with the "left wing media" to try and turn the party's membership against him. Mr Bolton told ITV's Peston On Sunday: "I don't believe I have done anything wrong". A source close to Mr Farage said: "Nigel has always said that he would return if Brexit appeared to be under threat". Read More »

Protest rally over Macedonia name issue concluded in Thessaloniki

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Central Macedonia, in Greece, is the country's most popular tourist destination. They waved Greek flags, held banners reading "There is only one Macedonia and it is Greek!" and chanted the national anthem as they rallied around the statue of Alexander the Great in the centre of the city and along its seaside promenade and port. Read More »

India, Pakistan should come together to fight poverty, says Modi

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Modi said: "At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India's future engagement with the worldwide community". He will deliver the opening plenary address on 23rd of January. "We showed respect for the federal structure", he said and added that new systems always created unease in the beginning. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, WEF. Read More »