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Strongest storm in 60 years batters Tonga in South Pacific

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It left around 40 percent of houses in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa damaged, according to local officials . Thousands of Tonga residents are facing a long wait for power and other services to be restored after Cyclone Gita tore through the Pacific nation. Read More »

Rex Tillerson endorses Egypt's military operation in Sinai

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Tillerson, whose trip began Sunday, has already visited Egypt and is due in Jordan, Kuwait , Lebanon and Turkey. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's "too early to judge" whether a lasting diplomatic process between the Trump administration and the North Korean regime will grow from Pyongyang's current charm offensive toward South Korea around the Winter Olympics. Read More »

Gupta's Saxonwold home raided by Hawks

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They are apparently hoping to strike a deal with the Hawks on Wednesday morning. "Anything that is seen as evidence for this investigation will be seized‚" a source said. The project was meant to be a lifeline to indigent farmers but saw millions of rand allegedly siphoned off to the Guptas. Mkhwebane said the Estina expenditure was being investigated by the Hawks. Read More »

Trump 'shows great compassion' for women, Kellyanne Conway says

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Soon thereafter, he said, "We received requests for follow-up inquiry, and we did that follow-up and provided the information in November". Following that submission, the White House requested further information that was provided to them by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in November. Read More »

Bill and Melinda Gates answer 'tough questions' in annual letter

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They also create USA jobs. "We've learned over the years that listening and understanding people's needs from their perspective is not only more respectful-it's also more effective", she says. In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates started The Giving Pledge along with their friend (and fellow billionaire) Warren Buffett . They've been criticized for prescribing how the money is spent and then expecting tangible proof their investments work. Read More »

Passenger climbs into x ray machine at Chinese train station

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Fine by her, but she followed, crawling into the machine with her handbag. Dongguan Railway Station staff have advised passengers not to ride the X-ray machines saying radiation given off by the scanners can be harmful. The weird incident occurred on February 11 at a train station in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong Province, according to Pear Video . Screengrab of a video showing the woman climbing off the belt of the X-ray machine. Read More »

Trump personal lawyer says he paid Stormy Daniels with his own money

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Cohen contends that the payment to Stephanie Clifford , an adult film star known by the name Stormy Daniels , was legal. She had said the affair took place soon after Trump's wife, Melania , gave birth to the couple's son, Barron. Cohen is pitching the book as both a rebuttal to Michael Wolff's White House tell-all Fire and Fury and a more expansive Trump explainer than we've recently received from Trump allies. Read More »

Trump's Massive Budget Cuts Spare the Military

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President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget Monday for next year which blocks certain abortion providers from receiving federal funds. "I applaud the President for taking care of our troops, enhancing our national security, and keeping America safe", Gaetz said. "As of a couple of months ago, we have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East". Read More »

Telephone Call Stopped Imminent Israeli-Iranian War

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That means Syria could become the theater for a direct confrontation between two of the most powerful states in the Middle East. They want to build naval and air bases in Syria and strengthen Hezbollah. The United States, meanwhile, has been battling for days to hold back Iranian-supported Syrian tribal militias in the eastern desert, drawing USA forces closer toward entanglement in Syria's conflict. Read More »

Palestinian girl, 17, stands trial accused of slapping, punching 2 Israeli soldiers

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Tamimi's trial , this girl that after confronting a soldier from Tel Aviv became a symbol of resistance to the occupation, was postponed until March by a military court in Israel . Her mom, Nariman, and cousin, 20-year-old Nour, are additionally set to go on trial on Tuesday. Those backing the call include actors Rosario Dawson, Danny Glover and Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams; The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Alice Walker; public ... Read More »

Sweden tried to drop Assange extradition in 2013, CPS emails show

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The hearing was the second attempt by Mr Assange to have the arrest warrant hanging over him removed . Assange is still wanted [ Telegraph report] for failing to appear at his bail address back in 2012. "Mr Assange's health problems could be much worse". "It is time to acknowledge what the real issue is and has always been in this case: the risk of extradition to the USA". Read More »

He Thinks Jesus Tells Him to Say Things

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If Keshia had not begged the houseguests to evict her, do you think they would have voted for Omarosa instead? "But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things", she continued. Apparently there's a show called Celebrity Big Brother , and this is what it's like? That would most likely elevate Pence , a former governor of IN and House member who is known for being socially conservative and disciplined. Read More »

Chicago police superintendent addresses media, officer name released

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Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the commander was shot before 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. "There's a radio laying (sic) next to him". Bauer leaves behind a wife and daughter. "I heard the gunshots go off, about five shots, and then the stairs there to the pedway, I think they have the guy cornered because they lock those doors down there", Janko said. Read More »

Macron: 'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

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Syria has denied using chemical weapons, and insists they disarmed several years ago. Syria signed the worldwide treaty banning chemical weapons and allowed monitors to destroy its poison gas arsenal after an agreement reached in 2013 to avert USA retaliation for what Washington said was a nerve gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,000 people. Read More »

Penny wise and pound foolish: Proposed SNAP budget cuts will reduce outcomes

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Food retailers that are authorized to accept SNAP benefits, such as Walmart , Target and Aldi, could lose billions a year if food stamp recipients' spending power is cut in half. The Trump administration released their plan for the 2019 budget. The U.S. Department of Agriculture , which oversees the food assistance program, said the plan would save $129.2 billion over 10 years. Read More »

Two arrested in stabbing death of woman found on rural Livermore road

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The woman was then able to give authorities a name that led them to arrest a woman and man, both 19, at a Modesto , CA, home later Monday. Authorities have not identified the motorist, but Stockton resident Wendy Stroud posted on her Facebook page that she and two others were in the vehicle when they saw the stabbing victim. Read More »

Reports of Russian deaths underscore dangers of Syria's war

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Russian officials said that no Russian forces were involved in the attack, according to the New York Times . We will remind, in result of air strikes of the global coalition led by the USA in Syria has killed more than 100 fighters from Pro-government forces . Read More »

Obama's portrait artist painted black women decapitating white women

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Kehinde lifted them up, and gave them a platform, and said they belonged at the center of American life. Sherald also painted the first lady sitting, and much of our impression of Mrs. Valerie Mercer, curator of African American art at the DIA says she isn't concerned with the facial detail on Sherald's painting because art is about an artist's impression of reality. Read More »

Police urge graft charges against Netanyahu; process may take months

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Netanyahu, prime minister for a total of almost 12 years, addressed the nation as news of the recommendations broke, proclaiming his innocence and making clear he had no intention of resigning. Police said in a statement that Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels ($214,000) from billionaire film producer Arnon Milchan , and in exchange Netanyahu had operated on Milchan's behalf on USA visa matters and helped Milchan with the Israeli media market. Read More »

NYC bomber Ahmed Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

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District Judge Richard M. Berman, who also imposed today's sentence. Judge Berman said Tuesday that Rahimi's defense provided "not an ounce of justification". He was convicted of charges including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosives, and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence - namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. Read More »

Second judge blocks Trump from ending DACA

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Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of NY issued an injunction barring the Trump administration's plans to end the program on Tuesday. Garaufis said the administration could eventually rescind the DACA program but that the reasons it gave last September for rescinding it were too arbitrary and could not stand. Read More »

US ready to talk with North Korea, Pence says

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Some local reports have said the masks resembled Kim Il-sung, the country's first leader and the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. "Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state". Moon replied that it was not appropriate for Abe to have raised the issue, which he described as an internal affair. Despite favorable coverage in the South Korean media that largely ignored the horrors inflicted on North Koreans by Kim's regime, many ordinary South Koreans were skeptical of the ... Read More »

Seoul seeks communication, lower military tension ahead of possible North Korea summit

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But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung. Experts said it conveyed confidence, superiority and reflected a positive attitude. Sunday's KCNA report cited Moon as saying inter-Korean relations should be mended by the parties concerned "at any cost as indicated by Chairman Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address". Read More »

Couple sells all to sail the world, boat sinks on day 2

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They stayed with family until they found a sailboat flawless for them: a 28-foot 1969 Columbia. "It was everything we could've asked for it to be". Now, it could cost thousands to remove Lagniappe from the channel. Walsh and Broadwell returned to the boat the next day to see if anything was salvageable. Broadwell's mother helped them get an Uber, which took them to a cheap motel. Read More »

Read the White House letter denying release of Democratic memo

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The Democratic memo is believed to elaborate on these points. Asked if Democrats drafted a memo they knew would be blocked, Schiff said "of course not". intelligence collection methods. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation. That led to the Democratic push to publish their own 10-page counter-memo, accusing the Republicans of misleading and omitting key facts. Read More »

Shoot female rebels in their vaginas: Philippine President Duterte tells soldiers

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Official transcripts scrubbed the speech of the word "vagina", replacing it with a dash. The president also chastised female soldiers for abandoning their children and families, in order to join the communist movement. "What a waste", he said. Duterte who came into power after vouching to kill all of the country's drug users and peddlers has been doing just that. Duterte regularly denigrates and threatens women, but when challenged, insists it was all just a joke. Read More »

Myanmar minister orders Rohingya to leave no man's land

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The killings of 10 Rohingya men occurred in the village of Inn Din in September past year and the bodies were buried in a mass grave after they were hacked to death or shot and killed by Buddhist neighbours and Myanmar soldiers. A spokesperson for Reuters said at the time: "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are journalists who perform a crucial role in shedding light on issues of global interest. Read More »

Palestinian state should be established as soon as possible

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He said all Indians are "eternally grateful" to the UAE and the Crown Prince for granting land and permission for Abu Dhabi's first temple. "We consider a multi-lateral mechanism that emerges from an global peace conference as the ideal way to sponsor the negotiations". Read More »

South Africa's ANC executives to decide on President Jacob Zuma's future

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Soon after that‚ talks about an exit plan for the president gained momentum and intensified after the ANC top six met with Zuma on Sunday to ask him to "hand over power" to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa . "Those who are pushed into a corner will be seen as having tried to block this transition". Yet, sometimes, statements come along and reveal so much about our leaders and their cohorts that they can not be ignored. Read More »

Don't Talk to Kim if Nukes Are Off the Table

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A North Korean art troupe put on a concert in Seoul on Sunday to celebrate the ongoing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics , with President Moon Jae In and the North's high-ranking delegation, including its leader Kim Jong Un's sister, in attendance. Read More »

Duke's Bagley to miss Ga. Tech game with mild knee sprain

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The Blue Devils now rank 36th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.471), while Georgia Tech is 316th in effective field goal percentage (0.475). Georgia Tech is just 11-13 (4-7 in ACC play) this season, with six losses in their last seven games, so it should be a pretty easy mark in the win column for Duke Sunday night even without Bagley on the floor. Read More »

Second White House aide resigns over domestic violence allegations

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Sorensen resignation from his post comes just a few days after staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid abuse allegations made against him by his two ex-wives. "As chief of staff Kelly has said himself, as the president has stated, they both plan on being here for the long haul and doing it together", she added. Read More »

Women Dead, Detroit Cop Shot in Barricaded-Gunman Situation

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When officers arrived, someone opened fire. FOX 2 was told the suspect does suffer from a mental illness and told police he would not go down without a fight. Williams said one of the women who was fatally shot was a neighbor, and the second was "just responding because she has a relative or a family member that she was trying to check on". Read More »