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Rents nationwide continue to surge, hit another record high

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In the last quarter of 2017 rents saw a further 1.9% growth. The Simon Communities have warned that Ireland's homelessness crisis will not improve while rents remain so high. "The Bill that I tabled in the Dáil on this matter could have one of two outcomes: it could vindicate the Government position and show that rent pressure zones and rent certainty is working, or it could highlight that there are some who are not complying with the RPZ legislation - which in itself would be a problem". Read More »

Georgia to file request to Poland for Saakashvili's extradition

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Saakashvili, who had been stripped of his passport, broke through the Ukrainian-Polish border with the help of his supporters in September previous year and since then has led rallies calling for Poroshenko´s ouster. Saakashvili, 49, became a regional governor in Ukraine in 2015 at the invitation of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko . Ukrainian authorities accused Saakashvili of abetting an alleged "criminal group" led by Yanukovych, and claim the protests he has led are part of a ... Read More »

Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

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However, he does think it is a step in the direction of less opioids being prescribed by doctors. In 2016, opioids killed more than 42,000 people across the country, a five-fold increase over opioid deaths in 1999. Purdue, which makes OxyContin, announced it'll no longer market its opioid products. . In the legal claims, the governments seek money and changes to how the industry operates, including an end to the use of outside groups to push their drugs. Read More »

Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore

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Most recently she served as the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran , tirelessly fighting on behalf of the Iranian people as they demanded freedom, dignity, and respect for human rights. "She was a legendary human rights defender: pioneering, determined, calm, courageous - and a lovely human being", the office said in a tweet posted on its official account. Read More »

Thousands in Pakistan Attend Funeral of Prominent Rights Activists

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Born on January 27 in 1952, Jahangir had a prominent career both as a lawyer and rights activist. Asma Jahangir co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan . She has co-chaired South Asia Forum for Human Rights and was the vice president of International Federation for Human Rights. "In her teenage years, she came out on the roads against black laws and became an icon of hope", she said. Read More »

Four paramilitary soldiers killed in attack in Pakistan

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It is becoming increasingly common in Quetta for militants to target security officials , along with religious minorities. However, the attackers escaped from the spot after the attack. The deceased officials have been identified as Aslam, Saeed, Shabbir and Amjad, Geo News reported. Condemning the killings, Governor Mohammad Achakzai expressed condolences to the bereaved families. Read More »

Duterte warns he'll order navy to fire if sea wealth taken

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At the same time, Williamson didn't specify whether the frigate would sail near the China-controlled islands, a move usually practiced by the United States that comes under criticism from Beijing . According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippines and China had a frank, cordial, exchange of views on issues of concern on the South China Sea. Read More »

US Senate begins rare open debate on immigration

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The Trump plan faces an uphill battle in the Senate . Durbin says Kim's family resembles many other immigrants who don't bring wealth and often don't bring a proficiency in English. Many Democrats are reluctant to help fund the wall, which is aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out but is seen by many lawmakers as too expensive and too inefficient. Read More »

Woman Infected by Parasitic Cattle Eye Worm

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Well, they typically live in face flies, which hang around livestock, and a fly most likely landed on her face while she was in OR visiting her family and friends who have animals. After returning to dry land-and pulling out another four worms- CNN reported that she visited the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Read More »

Indian police arrest most-wanted terrorist from Nepal border

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Junaid is also believed to be involved in several other incidents including the 2008 blasts in Jaipur (May 13), Ahmedabad (July 26) and Delhi (September 13). Kushwaha said that after Khan escaped from Batla House , he remained in India for a month before fleeing to Nepal. Tauqeer was teaching in Nepal along with Khan and he provided valuable inputs to Special Cell about his movements. Read More »

Germany proposes free public transport to curb pollution, avoid big fines

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The government of Germany is now mulling the idea of making public transportation system use in heavily polluted cities free as a means of reducing emissions and thus improving air quality , Reuters has reported. "Whoever wants cheap local public transportation has to be able to pay for it", German Association of Cities "Staedtetag" director Helmut Dedy said. Read More »

Saakashvili flies to Netherlands after expulsion from Ukraine to Poland

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Such claims have emerged after Saakashvili said in an interview with Bild newspaper, published on Tuesday, that Ukraine would be destroyed unless the European Union, particularly Merkel, takes action in this situation. "It is, like always, good to be here", Saakashvili said to the NOS. Saakashvili said he planned to "go on a tour of Europe" to raise support for his campaign to topple Poroshenko and his government in Kyiv. Read More »

Rohingya solution lies in Myanmar, keep supporting Bangladesh

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He also thanked the European Union for assistance in managing the Rohingya crisis. Myanmar regards the Rohingya as immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though they have been there for generations. The U.N. refugee chief said that while the exodus had significantly decreased, the flow "still continues", with some 1,500 refugees arriving in Bangladesh this month. Read More »

Gerhard Schroeder Slams US Vice President Pence's 'Clumsy' Behavior at Olympics

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The longstanding tradition of professional athletes visiting the White House to meet with either the President or Vice President often occurs when an athlete or a group of athletes do something exceptional. Rippon, who is gay, was part of the US team that won bronze in the team figure skating Monday, but has repeatedly been quizzed by reporters in Pyeongchang, South Korea, about comments he made that apparently criticized Pence. Read More »

Family of Colten Boushie meets with PM and justice minister

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Debbie Baptiste holding a picture of her son, Colten Boushie , at the trial of Gerald Stanley , the white farmer accused of killing Boushie, from Saskatchewan's Red Pheasant First Nation. They allege the officers were callous in how they informed the family of Boushie's death and then immediately searched the home. "She said Mr. Trudeau told her: "'Things need to change. Read More »

DUP Leader Says Party Won't Agree To Irish Language Act

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May is expected to commit to restoring power-sharing, and reaffirm the principles of the Good Friday agreement which underpins the devolved system of government at Stormont . But she insisted "the basis of an agreement" between the parties and hoped an executive could be "up and running very soon". Sinn Fein's insistence on a stand alone Irish Language Act means that we have reached an impasse. Read More »

UK police investigating unspecified incident in parliament

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The workplace stays shut as of now, however whatever remains of the Palace of Westminster is open'. Detectives from the Metropolitan's Counter Terrorism Command were investigating Tuesday's incident at the Houses of Parliament . A police vehicle leaves the Palace of Westminster during the investigation into a suspect package. The Palace of Westminster was not locked down and the main Carriage Gate entrance - the scene of the attack on Westminster last March - was open as normal. Read More »

Kuwait Joins Iraq Reconstruction Drive, Pledging $2 Billion

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Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah said $1 billion will be in the form of loans, and the rest will be invested in projects in the war-battered country. The U.S. alone spent $60 billion over nine years - some $15 million a day - to rebuild Iraq . Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December, having taken back all the territory captured by the militants in 2014 and 2015. Read More »

Prisoner recaptured a year after switching clothes with drugged twin brother

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The incarcerated Delgado then apparently proceeded to drug his brother , swap clothes, and stroll on out of jail. Authorities were able to confirm that Alexander had left his brother in his place when they took Giancarlo's fingerprints. Amid the confusion, Ciancarlo was arrested for aiding his brother's escape, but the charges were later dropped. And his time as a fugitive finally came to an end on Monday when he was arrested in the port city of Callao. Read More »

Gowdy says House panel probing Rob Porter's security clearance

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The scandal has already called into question the judgment of senior members of the White House staff. At a press conference on Wednesday, reporters reminded the Speaker that Trump has refused to publicly condemn former White House staffer Rob Porter for allegedly abusing his ex-wives and that the president has also declined to make a more generalized statement against domestic violence. Read More »

Missing Whiteface Skier found in California

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State officials said they started a search at 4:30 p.m., led by Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers in co-ordination with New York State Police and Whiteface Mountain staff. "He identified himself and he was transported from our custody to a local hospital where he is getting treatment", Sgt. Shaun Hampton with Sacramento police told CP24 in an interview over the phone on Tuesday evening. Read More »

No new remains found in Toronto yard tied to alleged killer

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Those factors, in combination with the frozen ground, may lead police to conducting secondary searches so they can be more thorough, spokesperson Meaghan Gray said. Toronto police have recovered the remains of at least six people and identified one of them as Andrew Kinsman. Investigators say the 66-year-old McArthur is believed to have met his victims in Toronto's Gay Village and on gay dating apps for older and large men with names such as "SilverDaddies" and "Bear411". Read More »

National Security Agency investigates reports of shooting near its headquarters

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Officials said there was no continuing threat after the morning incident, which left a black sport utility vehicle riddled with what appeared to bullet holes, according to video from the scene. The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is one of the United States government's main spy agencies. The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting. Read More »

S.Africa's ruling party orders Zuma to step down

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But the reason his demise now seems inevitable is because his party, the African National Congress, appears to have judged that he's too much of an electoral liability. "The collective of the ANC believe that (party) president Cyril Ramaphosa must take over the (national) presidency". Another analyst, Sipho Seepe, told Xinhua that the ANC needs to sort its internal pressure and renew itself. Read More »

Australia hands Iraq $18m for rebuilding

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday described the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq as far from complete and announced $200 million in new USA aid to stabilize war-torn communities so residents can return home. However, the country needs far more donations on Wednesday, the last day of an appeal for funding to come forward at the Kuwait conference. The Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mahmoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, also said that his country is ... Read More »

Merkel and #SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

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Though the executive committee endorsed Nahles' candidacy for the leadership position, her future will also depend on the outcome of the membership vote. The Berlin branch of the SPD also opposes Nahles's appointment as caretaker leader. Still, the turmoil at the top of the party has angered many SPD stalwarts who accuse the party leadership of putting their own careers ahead of the party's interests. Read More »

Minnie Driver quits Oxfam role over charity sex scandal

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Evans, who headed a "safeguarding" section responsible for protecting staff and the people Oxfam works with, spoke of frustration that her calls for more support for her team were not taken seriously enough. Talking about how charities receiving United Kingdom aid have been told to show "full transparency", Penny Mordaunt said: "If our standards are not met, then the British taxpayer will not continue to fund them". Read More »

Airport worker dies after vehicle collision at Heathrow

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A man in his 40's was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries, the BBC reported. The airport said the incident involved "two members of staff", adding: "An investigation is underway and we are working with the police". The airline apologised to passengers and said it was doing "all we can" to ensure delayed flights depart as soon as possible. At least 20 British Airways flights failed to meet their scheduled departure time after the crash. Read More »