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Turkey Submits Documents to EU Seeking Visa-Free Regime

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Visa-free travel to much of Europe for Turkish nationals was a key part of 2016's migrant deal with the EU. Turkish officials added that Ankara submitted all related documents to European Union officials as part of the visa liberalisation process. Read More »

The HSBC Holdings plc Downgrades Land Securities Group plc (LAND) to Hold

About 3.91M shares traded. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan on Thursday, January 14 with "Neutral". The stock decreased 2.14% or $3.49 during the last trading session, reaching $159.54. The rating was maintained by Liberum Capital with "Hold" on Tuesday, September 8. The firm has "Buy" rating by Goodbody given on Thursday, November 24. Read More »

Turkish President Erdogan warns U.S. to quit Syria's Manbij

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At least 70 asylum-seekers in Turkey's Black Sea province have applied for voluntary military service to take part in Turkey's ongoing military operation in northwestern Syria . The call between Putin and Rouhani was also an opportunity for both leaders to highlight their common strategic goals - particularly in Syria, where Russian Federation and Iran remain the principal backers of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Read More »

Senate leaders reach $300 billion federal spending deal

The US Senate , in a rare display of bipartisanship, has reached a two-year budget deal to raise federal spending by nearly $US300 billion, in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years. Read More »

More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan

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The 311 children, including 87 girls, will now begin reintegrating into their communities, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) said in a statement on Wednesday. More than 2 million children have been forced to flee their homes, both as refugees to other countries and internally displaced persons. "These are boys and girls who worked directly with armed groups in a number of different ways that included active involvement in the conflict, as well as domestic work", Mesfin Loha, ... Read More »

SC fixes March 14 as next date in Ayodhya case

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As the apex court commenced its final hearings on the Ayodhya dispute , there were heated exchanges between two senior advocates appearing for different parties after one of them suggested they should exchange the synopsis of their likely arguments. Read More »

America Will 'Not Be Okay' Under Trump: Former White House Aide Omarosa

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Don't give her access. Asked who has the power to speak up, Newman said she didn't know. "It's not my circus, not my monkeys", she added. " You know, I'd like to say not my problem but I can't say that because it's bad", she said. Newman left the White House in December , although she continued to be paid, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders , through the majority of January. Read More »

Steve Bannon's testimony to House panel rescheduled for next week

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Earlier Monday, Representative Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican who is running the Intelligence Committee's investigation, said that Bannon had been subpoenaed to appear before the committee Tuesday. Despite unity on the Bannon interview, partisan tensions continued to run high on the committee as lawmakers issued their dueling memos. Nunes was asked during a January 29 committee meeting whether he had coordinated the memo with the White House. Read More »

Pence says he learned of W. House staff scandal

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Residents practiced in plazas around the North Korean capital with bouquets of plastic flowers to be used to spell out slogans during the parade. Amid the thaw in inter-Korean ties, the two Koreas held a rare high-level meeting last month and the North's ceremonial head of state is due to arrive Friday, the highest-level Pyongyang official ever to visit the South. Read More »

NBC 'equipment failure' causes brief blackout during Super Bowl broadcast

Sunday's average viewership of 103.4 million that watched the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history on NBC did rank as the 10th-highest viewed program in USA history. Many speculated that NBC had accidentally skipped an advertisement. On NBC, the screen simply went black for somewhere around 30 seconds - long enough for people (including me) to wonder if something was wrong with their TVs. Read More »

Chinese police are using smart glasses to identify potential suspects

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China's police are utilizing sunglasses with built-in facial recognition at Zhengzhou train stations to scan travelers during the upcoming Lunar New Year. Peggy Whitson, First Female Commander of the International Space StationCoup launches new electric scooter service in Paris and faces off with CityscootA Multi-Cultural Wedding Too Pretty To BelieveA Fun + Festive Welcome to the Wedding WeekendIf You're Going to Elope, Do it Here. Read More »

Emiratis in Paris cautioned over bad weather

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Twenty-eight French departments, including eight in the Paris region, were placed on orange alert over the unsafe weather conditions and ice on the roads. In addition, it banned heavy trucks to circulate in main roads of the Ile-de France. The SNCF national rail company said it had been forced to reduce the speed of its high-speed TGV trains because of the snow and advised customers to postpone their journeys. Read More »

Young boy rescued from claw machine at Florida restaurant

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An off-duty fire-rescue lieutenant happened to be at the restaurant and, with the help of his colleagues, got Mason out. The hole through which Mason climbed into the machine. "Once we understood the mechanism and how it worked it was pretty easy to get those pins removed and the door open the rest of the way", he said. Although the boy was distressed during his emergency removal from the claw machine, it took just 5 minutes for firefighters to reinstate the boy's freedom from the glass case. Read More »

Cong demand to disclose Rafale deal details unrealistic: defence ministry

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The ministry again reiterated that the deal secured by the Centre is better in terms of capability and price, as compared to the one negotiated earlier by the UPA regimes. India and France signed the inter-government agreement for buying 36 Rafale fighters, off the shelf, on September 23, 2016, following long negotiations on the deal, agreed upon during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France in April 2015. Read More »

North Korea Sending Kim Jong Un's Sister to 2018 Olympics

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. "President (Donald) Trump has said he always believes in talking". The North Korean leader has already tapped Kim Yong-nam, the isolated regime's ceremonial head of state, to lead the country's delegation at the Olympics and attend the opening ceremony on Friday evening. Read More »

Senate strikes finances deal rising spending by $400 billion for 2 years

Votes from Democrats - possibly as many as 100 - would be needed to get the budget agreement passed in the House, because many Republicans are balking at the cost. It is expected that the deal would spend the fiscal levels of 2018 and 2019 and decline the second prospect of the government shutdown on Thursday, when the measure spent by a stopgap will expire. Read More »

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Games - Seoul

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While South Korea prepared to welcome Kim Yo Jong , Vice President Mike Pence said in Japan that the U.S. is preparing to announce the "toughest and most aggressive" economic sanctions against North Korea, boosting pressure on its government during the Olympics. Read More »

Bermuda becomes the first country to repeal laws allowing same-sex marriage

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Bermuda has become the first country in history to remove same-sex marriage from its statute book - even though it was only introduced previous year. About half a dozen same-sex marriages that took place in Bermuda between when they were legalised by a court ruling in May 2017 and the repeal are recognised under the new law. Read More »

Rob Porter was a rising star before abuse allegations surfaced

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Jennifer Willoughby , another former Porter's wife, told The Intercept that she had been physically and psychologically ill-treated by her husband when married. Porter said his commitment to public service "speaks for itself". Kelly said: "There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition". Read More »

World court to hold preliminary examination on Duterte, illegal drug campaign

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In January 2017, and again in December 2017, Amnesty International recommended that unless Philippine authorities took key steps to end drug-related killings the ICC should open a preliminary examination into the crimes. Trillanes also welcomed the ICC's move. While the government insists that all the killings were lawful, Duterte has been repeatedly quoted saying in public that he " will kill more if only to get rid of drugs ". Read More »

Senate Budget Deal Provides $6 Billion To Fight Opioid, Mental Health Crisis

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The Senate is slated next week to begin a debate to address the dilemma of immigrants left vulnerable by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA . It would stave off a government shutdown before a Thursday night deadline for a new short-term spending bill , and also extend the federal government's debt ceiling until March 2019, putting off for more than a year the risk of a debt default by the United ... Read More »

No evidence border patrol agents were attacked

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Martinez had severe head injuries and other wounds such as broken bones. Both agents were subsequently airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, 121 miles away. There was also a purple discoloration behind his right ear. The autopsy report noted that a barbiturate was found in his system. The drug is often combined with aspirin or acetaminophen to treat headaches and pain. Read More »

United States general says troops will remain in Manbij, backs Kurdish group

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The military said the soldier was killed late Monday by a mortar-and-rocket attack that also wounded five Turkish soldiers and a civilian military contractor. The talks sponsored by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, set out the creation of four so-called de-escalation zones: Idlib, the greater Damascus area, the southern region of Daraa and the city of Homs. Read More »

Top LeT commander arrested in J&K

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Giving details, the Minister said a Pakistani militant managed to escape from the Police custody after militants attack a Police party in SMHS hospital Srinagar . He was operating in South Kashmir since 7 July, 2012 and was active in north Kashmir's Lolab area for one year before arriving in South Kashmir. The daring escape of Naveed from the Srinagar hospital was planned at the city's central jail, NDTV quoted the J&K police chief as saying. Read More »

White House sees good chance of long-term budget deal

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The short-term agreement the House is considering would fund the government through March 23 and provide money for defense for the rest of the fiscal year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the two-year budget agreement , which will provide almost US$300 billion more for defence and non-defence spending, ending a months-long impasse on spending priorities. Read More »

North Korean official facing sanctions may get exemption

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Pence is in Tokyo on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea and was speaking at the start of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . But the January 31 trip wasn't official until less than two hours before the chartered Asiana Airlines flight carrying the South Korean skiers took off for the North's Kalma Airport. Read More »

Met Office warning for ice on parts of the Isle of Wight

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As for this week, most of the country is set to be hit by flurries of snow, sleet and rain up to the weekend. A yellow weather warning will be in place until midday on Friday for most of Scotland, northern England, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More »

Russia 'Successfully Penetrated' US Voter Systems in 2016

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Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, declined to go into detail about classified information, but confirmed to NBC News that Russian hackers targeted 21 state voter registration rolls - "and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated". Read More »

Conservatives Line Up Against McConnell-Schumer Spending Deal

And that's already causing a snag in the House. Some form of a debt ceiling increase will be in the final deal, two sources with direct knowledge tell CNN. The bill came as the result of a 2011 standoff over the U.S. debt ceiling , when Republicans in Congress demanded spending cuts in exchange for giving the Obama administration the needed legal headroom to pay the federal government's obligations to its bondholders. Read More »