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Turkey: Rocket attacks from Syrian enclave kill 2

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According to Turkey, it is targeting the YPG, the main Kurdish militia in the area. Turkey considers the YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. Read More »

London mosque attacker jailed for 43 years

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Passing sentence at a London court, judge Bobbie Cheema-Grubb told Osborne: "This was a terrorist attack". "This was a terrorist attack - you meant to kill", the judge told him. Osborne, 48, became radicalised over a month past year after watching a television programme about a child sex ring scandal involving a gang of mainly Muslim men in northern England. Read More »

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley interacts with industry leaders after Budget 2018

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The government said the scheme would be "the world's largest government funded health care programme" but critics have raised doubts whether 20 billion rupees in federal funding is enough to support the program for 2018-19. He further said the states will be given the choice to either opt for insurance based model or Trust based model for implementing the scheme. Kumar said around 6-7 crore persons fall into poverty each year due to medical expenses and they are often in non poor category. Read More »

Theresa May under pressure over Brexit position

Asked whether she would favour a deal that limited disruption to trade, or one that emphasised Britain's power to forge its own path, she said: "These are not the options we have before us". Fox earlier ruled out membership of any customs union , as any such arrangement would prevent trade deals with other countries. Britain is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union , and China, the world's second-largest economy, ... Read More »

Accountant John David Battaglia who killed his daughters is executed

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Convicted killer William Rayford was executed Tuesday. When the warden asked him if he had any final statement, he replied, "No". "Go ahead please", he said, according to the Houston Chronicle . Ms Pearle desperately called 911 and Battaglia was arrested hours later outside at a tattoo shop where he had two large red roses inked on his left arm to commemorate his daughters. Read More »

Trump talks to South Korean president on trade, human rights in North

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Trump has pushed for an oil embargo against North Korea, a measure that could significantly dent the country's military operations and the broader economy. Experts said Trump's embrace of defectors could also be interpreted in Pyongyang as a threat. The first, and most obvious, is that it's highly unlikely Kim Jong-un will believe the Trump administration's assurances that "surgical" strikes are not the opening phase of an all-out United States assault aimed at overthrowing the regime. Read More »

Police arrest NDFP consultant Rafael Baylosis

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Seized from Baylosis and his companion following the arrest were two caliber.45 pistols, 14 ammunitions, two pieces of magazines, cellphones, and assorted documents. He said Duterte should be held accountable "for this trampling upon a valid peace agreement" that assures all those involved in the peace talks immunity from arrest. Read More »

U.S. restricts arms shipments to South Sudan

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Uganda already hosts more than one million South Sudanese refugees, and they have also fled to neighbouring Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic. In a like manner, the East African country is projected to have the largest refugee crisis since the genocide in 1994 at three million refugees by the end of this year. Read More »

Kenya defies court order to reopen TV stations, detains opposition figure

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The U.S. urged the Government and all Kenyans to respect freedom of expression and implement court orders calling for the restoration of television broadcasts. "Miguna publicly declared that he is the general of NRM, which is already declared a proscribed group". Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna has been arrested at his Runda home. Read More »

Tigers quartet kick off Six Nations in Rome

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Last week he revealed that he funded a six-week rehab programme in Australia at the end of a year ago to ensure he was fighting fit for the Six Nations . What frustrated me was we'd actually played good rugby in the match and didn't get the credit for it. People came to Twickenham thinking England would score 100 points. Read More »

Migrants clash in Calais leaving four teenagers in critical condition

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According to AFP , the seriously injured migrants were Eritrean youths aged 16-18 and one was said to have been hit by a bullet in the back of the neck. Mr Elphicke said at the time that he agreed with bringing in children directly from war zones. Insisting that "very few" people successfully sneak across to Britain, Collomb said, "if you want to go to Britain, you shouldn't go to Calais". Read More »

90 migrants drowned off Libya coast

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At least two survivors swam to the shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, the spokesperson added. More than 218 migrants have already died on the route in 2018 before today's tragedy, according to IOM figures. The number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the western Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year is likely to increase, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic of the previous year, warned Europe's border watchdog last month. Read More »

Boston Celtics to sign free-agent center Greg Monroe

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The 6-foot-11 Monroe has split time between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns this season. The thought if playing in his hometown intrigued Monroe, however, the Pelicans could offer Monroe just 2.2 million. Monroe's role with his new team faces weeks of development ahead, but he will likely shuttle between the bench and starting units, depend on the nightly matchup. Read More »

Smoking driver causes fire, crash in Shanghai, police say; pedestrians hurt

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Police said the driver and other 17 people were sent to the hospital with injuries, but no lives were in danger, on the micro-blogging site Weibo. A local newspaper reported that gas cylinders were in the vehicle. Her schedule went ahead as planned. Several people were reported injured as the field license van "deliberately" crashed into the crowd. Friday's crash occurred just as the British prime minister was speaking at a business event in Shanghai. Read More »

6 more weeks of winter?

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Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter. Thousands of people gathered overnight to await the forecast, bundled up against the cold and entertained by folk music and a fireworks display, with temperatures around -12 C. Read More »

Iran arrests dozens of women as anti-hijab protests heat up

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Since Monday, Iranian women took off their headscarves and waved them on sticks, in protest at laws that make it obligatory for women to wear the Muslim hijab. Such discussions have rarely reached national newspapers, which operate under heavy censorship, but comments by judicial officials allowed Shargh to write about the matter. Read More »

EFF Prepared to 'Raise Issues' About 'Illegitimate President' At SONA

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The office of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete said she made a decision to hold the vote on February 22 in response to a request from the Economic Freedom Fighters, an opposition party. "Ms Mbete had also consulted relevant stakeholders". "These extraordinary circumstances warrant extraordinary action - the ANC can not hold the country hostage as we wait for their party to recall their lame-duck president". Read More »

Ruling by Court in Maldives Breathes New Life Into Political Opposition

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People were reportedly manhandled and led away by police officers. It was not immediately clear if there were any arrests, but some protesters were taken away by police. However, it lost much of its democratic gains after Gayoom's 2013 election. The half-brothers have since fallen out, and Maumoon has joined the opposition. Read More »

Trump just lied about his State of the Union ratings

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Trump then endorsed a series of vague, but nonetheless bipartisan - if not outright Democratic - policy proposals, including reducing drug prices, infrastructure investment, subsidized job training, and paid family leave. Trump, such as addressing the opioid epidemic and advancing "clean coal" technology. Trump described the latter as "a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people" - an utterly fraudulent claim that ... Read More »

Conte comments on Chelsea exit rumours, Italy return

Chelsea's title defence is nearly over after Wednesday's surprise 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth left the Londoners 18 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City . As per The Standard , Italy Football Federation (FIGC) president Fabbricini believes Conte is "eager" to become manager of the Azzurri once again. Read More »

Faso on train that crashes into garbage truck, killing one

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Investigators said the train was going around the expected speed, 60 miles per hour, and they've spoken to four eyewitnesses. Aside from the concussion, Lewis's aide says he is otherwise fine. Cole says he's not aware of any injuries on the train . Several Arizona lawmakers were on board the train that crashed into a truck in Virginia Wednesday morning. Read More »

Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France

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There were no immediate details on what caused the crash. EALAT, found in nearby town Cannet des Maures, trains helicopter pilots for the French Army, Navy, and Gendarmerie, as well as customs and other civil security agencies. A French army Gazelle crashed into a power line at Caylus in 2003, killing four people. The five-seater Gazelles are made by Britain and France , and are often used for light transport, scouting and attack missions. Read More »

The Men In Black franchise reboot looks like it's back on

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I'm not sure what they would have called that movie. According to a new report from Deadline , the studio is now in negotiations with the 48-year-old filmmaker to serve behind the lens for the film which is due out in the United States on June 14, 2019. Read More »

'Sense of pride, community' found through Black History Month kick-off

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He supported his family via farming and mining, and was primarily self-taught. "Black history is American history and as we celebrate the diversity that makes our country and our community strong, it is important that we continue to highlight the hidden figures who have sacrificed their lives for freedom", wrote Tremblay. Read More »

Avalanche hits army post along LoC in Kupwara, 3 soldiers killed

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The deceased army men have been identified as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Niak Balbeer and Sepor Rajinder. "In an unfortunate incident of avalanche in Machil sector, the Army lost three valiant soldiers", said an army release. Earlier on Thursday, the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued an avalanche warning in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir for next 24 hours. Read More »

Palestinian Authority's Abbas to Address UN Security Council Feb. 20

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They also called on all States to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in the city. The move comes amid escalating tensions between the Palestinians and the USA since President Donald Trump's Jerusalem declaration. Such a move - involving unilateral recognition of a sovereign, independent "State of Palestine" without direct negotiations with Israel, would allow the Palestinian Authority to abrogate and evade its commitments under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords which it ... Read More »

Jewish groups blast Polish Senate's passing of Holocaust bill

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The legislation set fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish or accuses Poland of complicity in the Third Reich's crimes. "These are the facts of that awful history, and the Poles, like all other nations conquered by Germany that became embroiled in the Nazi atrocities, have an obligation to the victims and to the future to seek the full truth, however painful", the editorial stated. Read More »

Rex Tillerson Starts Latin America Tour With Visit To Mexico

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While aiming to enhance energy cooperation with Latin American nations, Tillerson lashed out at Venezuela , a country with vast oil reserves whose people have been impoverished by a crippling economic crisis. He is scheduled to travel to Mexico City on Thursday afternoon to meet with high-ranking officials as part of a almost weeklong trip across the Western Hemisphere. Read More »

British Prime Minister Arrives in China to Forge Post-Brexit Trade Ties

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It has piled pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May , who is under fire from some in her own Conservative Party for lacking leadership and a clear Brexit plan, as she negotiates a deal to end more than 40 years of union. On the first day of her trip the prime minister announced a UK-China effort to strengthen global action against the illegal trade in ivory. May was due fly to Shanghai on Thursday evening after a tea ceremony and formal dinner with President Xi and his wife, Madame Peng, ... Read More »

Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect Darren Osborne convicted

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The jury was told by the prosecution that the act was terrorism driven by Osborne's hatred of Muslims, which his partner said had developed rapidly in the weeks before the attack, leaving him "a ticking timebomb". When that did not prove possible, he drove around the city looking for a mosque, it said. Prosecutors said they classified the crime as terrorism because Osborne acted to advance a political goal. Read More »