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European Union condemns Venezuela's expulsion of Spanish ambassador

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The constituent assembly elections took place previous year, despite the warnings from the U.S. that there would be sanctions and the vote held by the opposition days before showing that millions of Venezuelans disapproved. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and trustees of the state's pension plan voted to bar the state from making future investments that directly support Maduro. Read More »

Paris Zoo evacuated after baboons escape from enclosure

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Pictures on social media appeared to show armed police surrounding the zoo, with nearby roads shut. Initial reports suggested all 50 baboons had escaped but a zoo spokesman told The Independent this was not the case. "We have them surrounded", one officer told the newspaper, adding: "They can be unsafe". Zoo officials say baboons are "stronger than us" and can get erratic "especially when stressed". Read More »

Cape City to expire of water inside weeks

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Originally scheduled for April 22, it was announced this week that the ominous "Day Zero" has now been brought forward to April 12 , if consumption does not lower for the coastal city's almost four million people. Cape Town is less than three months away from nearly completely running out of water. Hotels are being forced to re-use water used for cleaning in order to water their plants. Read More »

China unveils its plan for a Polar Silk Road through the Arctic

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The carefully worded blueprint positions China as an important stakeholder in the Arctic, being a "near-Arctic" state affected by changes to the natural conditions there. The white paper said that China earnestly fulfills its obligations under relevant treaties, and takes its responsibility in environmental protection. Read More »

Paris Is Flooded With Rats As the Seine River Continues to Rise

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About 400 people have been evacuated thus far as continued rising flood waters in Paris caused the Seine River to overflow its banks, authorities said . Non-stop rain has led the Seine and Marne rivers to overflow to record levels, with roads, railways and walking paths in Paris along the Seine inundated and boats unable to pass under bridges, effectively bringing traffic along the French capital's main waterway to a complete standstill, The Local reported. Read More »

Syrian regime, opposition end talks without breakthrough

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Previous rounds of United Nations -sponsored talks have made little progress while Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation and Iran have gained ground, recovering swathes of the country from rebel fighters. "It is very risky to enter in any parallel initiative and ignore the main political process which is here in the UN-led process". "We will tell you today, hopefully", opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi told reporters as his delegation arrived, when asked if the opposition ... Read More »

U.S. sanctions 6 Taliban and Haqqani network financiers and vacillators

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Those blacklisted are forbidden to hold USA property, and those in the US are prohibited from dealing with them. The U.N. refugee agency also said it had not been operating in the tribal regions of Pakistan since 2005. Drones strikes such as these also show why we have continued to so strongly condemn the U.S. drone programme. The Pakistani security official said the security forces could confirm only the militant commander's death. Read More »

West Ham Latest: Hammers sign Euro 2016 victor

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Joao Mario joined Inter for an initial €40million from Sporting CP after helping Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, featuring in every match for Fernando Santos' side in France. 18 shirt, said: "I am really happy to be here". Mario joins countryman Jose Fonte at West Ham , both of whom played a part in Portugal winning the European Championship in 2016. Read More »

Has the Rohingya disaster modified Suu Kyi?

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Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "isolated" and living in a "bubble", according to veteran US politician Bill Richardson, who quit an global panel advising her government on the Rohingya crisis after clashing with the Nobel laureate. Read More »

Canadian billionaire Sherman couple 'murdered'

The post-mortem examination concluded that both deaths were caused by "ligature neck compression", signaling a type of strangulation. Jeremy Desai, president and chief executive of generic drug maker Apotex Inc., which was founded by the late Barry Sherman, has resigned, the company announced Friday. Read More »

Hillary Clinton protected '08 campaign adviser accused of sexual harassment

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Strider was Clinton's faith adviser and sent her scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign. The allegation against Strider was made by a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him and told a campaign official that the accused perv had rubbed her shoulders, kissed her on the forehead and sent her suggestive emails. Read More »

Belt and Road benefits Pakistan: Abbasi

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He said Singapore is closely working with the Chinese agencies for this project. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said key principles of CPEC projects are financial sustainability and lessening of environmental impact and apart from financial sustainability, these projects are indicative of Pakistan being a more responsible global citizen as far as environment is concerned. Read More »

Deji Tinubu, former Lagos Sports Commission boss, dies

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Governor Ambode, according to a reliable source, announced the cancellation of the retreat, which officially commenced on Thursday and was to end on Saturday. We will always remember him for that because he carried everybody around him along. Tinubu's profile shows he was a nephew of former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and brother to the MD of Oando, Mr. Read More »

White House indicates disapproval of bipartisan immigration bill

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Sanders" criticism of Graham comes after the SC senator told reporters on Sunday that Miller, a senior policy advisor to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE and an immigration hardliner, has "been an outlier for years" on immigration. Read More »

Cuomo and NJ and CT governors to challenge federal tax law

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Cuomo said they are looking at pursuing a temporary restraining order, though he acknowledged that it is hard to get. In a public statement, Murphy said that the governors of all three states are still formulating a plan on how and when the suit will be filed. Read More »

Kidnapping victim killed when Federal Bureau of Investigation agent opens fire during raid in Houston

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At that point, Conroe police called in the FBI, who obtained a federal warrant that helped them track the suspects' phone to a hotel in the Webster area, Smith said. "Unfortunately the victim in the kidnapping has died as part of the shooting", Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said. Smith told the Chronicle that it was unclear whether the suspects had any ties to a cartel. Read More »

Supreme Court delays Alabama man's execution

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Madison's attorneys argued that strokes and dementia have left Madison unable to remember killing Schulte or fully understand his looming execution. The state attorney general's office says courts have found that Madison, though in declining health, is competent. Read More »

Larry Nassar Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Is Also A Crime Novel Author

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years on seven counts of criminal sexual abuse in Ingham County Circuit Court Wednesday. When revealing Nassar's sentence , the judge is quoted as saying, "I just signed your death warrant". I know this apology is not enough. How was Nassar allowed to molest so many young female athletes for more than two decades, one of whom later committed suicide? On Thursday, the United States Olympic Committee gave the USA Gymnastics board six days to ... Read More »

Senate advances bill to reopen government

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In the last one, more than 800,000 government workers were put on temporary leave. President Trump was largely quiet on the issue over the weekend, though he suggested in a tweet on Sunday morning that Republicans should change Senate rules to allow the bill by a simple majority. Read More »

Scandal-Tarred GOP Rep. Meehan Will Retire, Opening Up Swing Seat

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The Cook Political Report shifted its rating of Congressman Pat Meehan's (R-Delaware) seat from "lean Republican " to "toss up" after allegations surface that Meehan sexually harassed a staffer. Calling the news "a major distraction", Mr. Meehan wrote, "I need to own it because it is my own conduct that fueled the matter". He said he had developed strong feelings for the woman in the seven years she had worked for him, and that he reacted badly when he discovered that she had a romantic ... Read More »

Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP) Analysts See $0.74 EPS

First Republic Investment Management Inc. now owns 73,725 shares of the oil and gas company's stock valued at $5,037,000 after buying an additional 21,450 shares in the last quarter. (NYSE:CIT) for 134,828 shares. Etrade Mngmt Limited Co has invested 0.01% in Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE). Several other institutional investors have also sold shares of the company. Read More »

Trump Tried to Fire Robert Mueller Last June

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Mr Mueller learned of the incident in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in an inquiry into whether the President obstructed justice, the Times reported . Sources familiar with the matter told CNN that Mueller had provided Trump's lawyers with possible interview topics. The day before, Mr Trump for the first time directly said that he would cooperate with Mr Mueller , whose investigation he had previously ... Read More »

Headliner Baker Mayfield may not play in Senior Bowl

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This is very important for the franchise, because it allows the talent evaluators to get an up-close look at the players and determine whether they could be a fit for the Broncos. It wasn't about delaying measuring. "To see what I'm all about and see how I react to certain things", said Mayfield when asked why he thought the Broncos requested to work with him. Read More »

Republic Day 2018: Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

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The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended yesterday as part of the security drill of the Republic Day. Preliminary reports suggest the suspect belongs to Pune in Maharashtra. The stadium hosted the parade for the first time as the regular venue, Bakhshi stadium, is being renovated. Mobile internet services have been snapped in Kashmir as a precautionary measure on the occasion of the Republic Day, officials said today. Read More »

Mohan Bhagwat hoists tri-colour in Palakkad school

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On Independence Day a year ago, the RSS chief had kicked up a row by hoisting the national flag at Karnakiamman higher secondary school, a government-aided institution, flouting an order by the Palakkad collector. Bhagwat hoisted the national flag, is run by educational wing of the RSS, the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan. The RSS has defended Bhagwat's decision and said the chief has done nothing wrong that was defying or disrespecting the government orders. Read More »

Weekend Weather: clouds and rain return

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Much colder air is set to return early next week. Mostly sunny today and windy in Mid-Michigan. Look for highs in the upper 50s.and lows in the 40s to low 50s. Tuesday we clear out with colder air sticking around for the day with highs topping out near freezing. The weekend is milder, with showers Saturday night into Sunday morning. Read More »

Dutch Spies Exposed Russian Hackers in US Election Meddling

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The United States suspects a hacking group with ties to Russian Federation, known as Cozy Bear , of leaking hacked Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. Last January's joint intelligence report , which focuses mostly on an election operation run by Russia's military intelligence agency GRU, said that Russian intelligence had access to networks at the Democratic National Convention from July 2015 to June 2016. Read More »

Canadian min. quits over sexual harassment allegations

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She said that on her very first day at the Alberta legislature, she was told to avoid being in elevators with Hehr. She alleged that Hehr made "verbally sexually suggestive comments" to a number of women. In another statement on Thursday evening, she insisted "this is not a partisan issue". He was appointed to cabinet as minister of veterans affairs but then demoted in a shuffle. Read More »

'Invasion Day' protests in strong force across Australia

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Historically, the day has also been called Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, or ANA Day, and there are observances and parties throughout the country to, sometimes unknowingly, praise the start of British sovereignty over Australia . - After the arrival of the British settlers and convicts, the Aboriginal population decreased from an estimated 1 million to just 100,00 by 1910, with most killed by the colonists or from the diseases they introduced. Read More »

Late Kijana Wamalwa's Widow Yvonne Passes On

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Mr Kenyatta mourned her as an ambassador who served with distinction and cared about the interests of Kenya. According to a report by the Daily Nation on Thursday, January 25, Laikipia County Police Commander Simon Kipkeu said they opted of road transportation because it would only take about two hours. Read More »

Few lawmakers are optimistic about Congress reaching immigration deal following government shutdown

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In September, the administration announced it would end the Obama-era DACA program, which gave almost 800,000 immigrants work permits and protection from deportation. "I choose to find that encouraging", said Sen. "If you want a permanent solution for the DACA recipients, you're going to need a permanent solution - which means a plan and funding, something on the order of what Sen". Read More »