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Qatari Emir to meet Turkey's Erdogan in Ankara: Turkish presidency

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar in June over its close ties to Iran and its alleged support for extremists. In July, Turkey sent a 25-member Turkish artillery unit to Qatar, adding to 150 troops already there. The directorate said the military exercises will be held in areas of Hamad Port, Doha naval base and the territorial waters of Qatar, according to the report. Read More »

Ghana introduces free secondary education

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As an African I have to come and see for myself how he was. The Deputy Minister of Education [Dr Osei Adutwum] has been efficient. "He's done a great job in executing the Free SHS policy". President Akufo-Addo, at the launch of the program at the West Africa Secondary School (WASS) in Accra , said the program will be financed from revenues from Ghana's oil and mineral proceeds. Read More »

London fire probe chief: Survivors feel 'anger and betrayal'

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In 2007, sprinklers were made compulsory in new-build high rises over 30 metres tall in England, but there is no requirement for retro-fitting to older properties. Her son Farhad said he had heard helicopters but he did not believe the fire brigade had told anybody they should move to the roof for rescue. He said: "We are all searching for the truth". Read More »

Lander jumps in rankings on US News and World Report lists

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Categories are Regional Colleges, Regional Universities, National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges. The magazine says the rankings focus on best academic value for the money and consider such factors as first-year student retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty. Read More »

Chakmas, Hajongs to get limited citizenship

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Describing them as a security threat, India has said it wants to deport almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled the violence in Myanmar, but today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh led a large meeting to decide whether to grant citizenship to tens of thousands of Chakma refugees who are Buddhists based mainly in Arunachal Pradesh , where locals are deeply opposed to a change in their status. Read More »

Syria to play home leg of play-off in Malaysia

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Syria have not hosted an worldwide match on home soil since 2010, with all of their third-round home qualifiers played in Malaysia. Officials have stuck with the formula by confirming Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca for its October 5 "home" game, despite speculation the playoff could be staged in the Middle East. Read More »

FIFA World Cup Russia Tickets On Sale Thursday

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Purchasing of tickets for the world's most popular sporting event will consist of three phases, the first of which begins tomorrow. During the first period, which starts on Thursday and finishes on October 12, fans will be able to submit their ticket applications. Read More »

Record number of terrorism arrests made in United Kingdom in past year

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The Home Office stats include 56 arrests related to the fatal attacks on Westminster, Manchester Arena and London Bridge . The number of people arrested in Britain on suspicion of terrorism offences rocketed by 68 percent in the a year ago to the highest figure on record during a period when the country suffered four deadly attacks, figures showed on Thursday. Read More »

Wednesday Evening Weather: Warm To End Work Week

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As we start next week, we will have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a 20% chance for a few small pop up showers. We will be much warmer Thursday with highs near 80. Plenty more sunshine is in the offing Friday into the weekend . Friday evening will be warm for SportsZone Football Friday as temperatures start off in the mid 80s, only dropping to near 80 by 9 PM. Read More »

Hatch announces support for medical marijuana in pun-laden statement

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Per the Salt Lake City Times , on Wednesday the OH senator introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposed bill aimed at increasing medical marijuana research. Retain important checks to protect against diversion or abuse of the controlled marijuana substances. Thom Tillis (R-NC). It's created to improve the process for conducting research on medical marijuana and would direct the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop best practices for growing ... Read More »

Marlins move weekend home series to Milwaukee

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Samson said the Marlins still intend to host a home series at Marlins Park that starts Monday against the New York Mets . The move isn't because of the condition of Marlins Park, but instead because the team doesn't want to further burden public resources while the city recovers from Hurricane Irma . Read More »

World's oldest captive giant panda dies aged 37 in China

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The world's oldest captive giant panda died on Wednesday. Basi was named after a valley she was rescued from when she was around four-years-old. During her life, Basi visited the U.S. The Fuzhou centre reportedly had invested 20m yuan ($3m) to build a summer resort for the panda - providing air-conditioning and ice to cool its living environment - as the city is known for its very hot summer climate. Read More »

Trump to view Irma damage in Florida tomorrow

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Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham tweeted shortly after that the First Lady would be joining her husband, and later in the day Pence's press secretary Marc Lotter said that the vice president and second lady Karen Pence would also travel to Florida. Read More »

The United States Steel Corporation (X) Bond Prices Rise 1.3%

United States Steel Corporation has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $28.59. Earnings per share (EPS ) is the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. The ex-dividend date was set for Monday the 7th of August 2017. United States Steel Corporation's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 125.00%. Standpoint Research raised United States Steel Corporation from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $28.00 price ... Read More »

North Korea may have detonated 250-kiloton bomb

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North Korea has reportedly resumed work at its underground nuclear testing site, according to defense analysts, in a brazen act of defiance against the latest United Nations sanctions. North Korea would need fewer nuclear-tipped missiles to destroy a given target. In its first official reaction to the sanctions resolution adopted by the U.N. Read More »

Tidewater schools fully accredited

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This is roughly the same as previous year , when 21 out of 28 schools were fully accredited. Roughly 86 percent of the state's schools were fully accredited compared to 81 percent a year ago. The fully accredited schools include Waynesboro High, Berkeley Glenn and Westwood Hills elementary schools. PWCS is seeking to have Brewer's proven track record considered in the accreditation status, as Fred Lynn Middle School continues its journey toward improvement. Read More »

NWS: Hurricane Irma could lead to rain, wind, rising rivers in region

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Hurricane Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression and bring rain and windy conditions to Middle Tennessee later this afternoon and into early Tuesday morning. A wind advisory is in effect for the mid state, where winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 45 miles per hour will be common. Trees and power lines possibly down, particularly for higher elevations. Read More »

Missouri Senate censures senator for Trump Facebook comment

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Meanwhile, the Missouri House on Wednesday opted to open an ethics review of Rep. Warren Love (R-Osceola), who is white, for an August Facebook post in which he called for those responsible for defacing a Confederate monument in Springfield, Mo., to be "hung from a tall tree with a long rope". Read More »

Hamas ready to reconcile with Fatah

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Egyptian and Palestinian sources participating in the talks now held in Cairo said that a Hamas delegation discussed with officials from Dahlan's Democratic Reformist Current a plan to dissolve the Hamas administrative committee ahead of holding general elections and forming a new national unity government. Read More »

Zapad 2017 Joint Strategic Drills Start in Russia, Belarus - Russian MoD

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has also deployed about 1,000 soldiers in each of the Baltic states and Poland in response to growing concern over Russian intentions after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The event has caused alarm in the Baltic states and Poland and drawn criticism from the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for a lack of transparency. Read More »

ESPN to Jemele Hill: Calling Trump a White Supremacist is 'Inappropriate'

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In another tweet , she said, " Donald Trump is a bigot", and went on to criticize his supporters, adding "The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you". Hill's comments were the latest fallout from Trump's mixed messages about violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester. Read More »

Singapore gets its first female president, though without an election

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And why is it a big deal, you ask? In 2013, she became the first woman to be elected Speaker of Parliament and held that position until last month, when she resigned to contest in the Presidential Election. Despite the criticism, Yacob remains unfazed and is eager to work for the betterment of her country. Addressing concerns over her election, Yacob said she was "a president for everyone". Read More »

With 7.4 million without power, utility workers get respect

In Texas, the Department of Energy estimated that over 300,000 customers were left without power in the hurricane's wake. Duke Energy outages totaled 1.2 million in Florida, with almost 100,000 customers restored in the early stages by midday Monday, the company said. Read More »

DeVos to ditch Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault

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Rachel Terry is a mother of three children and a big local advocate of charter schools, because of the range of choices they give students and parents. "We're a proud public school. with a community that supports us, and we are going to take it very, very seriously that we are representing all of the voices of public education". Read More »

Another Vic council dumps Australia Day

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A third local city council in Australia's second-largest city Melbourne has voted to abandon official Australia Day celebrations on January 26, claiming they are insensitive to Australia's Indigenous people. "Ratepayers of Moreland, who have not been consulted and who did not sign up to dumping Australia Day, have every right to feel ashamed and angered by this divisive move". Read More »

New polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen enters circulation

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After a campaign led by Labour Party lawmaker Stella Creasy and journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, Carney said the Austen note would appear within a year of the Churchill fiver, which went into circulation in 2016. The note includes a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner to help visually-impaired users to identify the denomination of the note. "Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published". Read More »

Accountability Court summons Sharifs on 19th

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Mr. Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, son-in-law Muhammad Safdar and Mr. Dar in their petitions asked the court to review the judgment as it violated several provision of law. He won a third term as prime minister in May 2013 general election. Meanwhile, a five-judge larger bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday started hearing of the review petitions by Sharif and others against the judgment. Read More »

FedEx pledges $1m for Hurricane Irma relief efforts

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As the Sun Sentinel in South Florida reports, there are often more fatalities following a hurricane due to falling debris from damaged buildings and trees. It is a partnership with the American Red Cross and Cromwell Radio Group. The IRS also announced that victims of Hurricane Irma who have retirement assets in qualified employer plans can take hardship distributions or loans from their plans to alleviate hardships caused by the hurricane ( Announcement 2017-13 ). Read More »

Bengal CPI-M recommends expulsion of party MP

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Banerjee had also claimed that Mohammad Salim, another politburo member, had been given a spot in the party's highest body because it has a quota for Muslims. There are reports that Banerjee, who is known for his articulation in Rajya Sabha, has been approached by both Trinamool and BJP. After a party member criticised his flashing of Mont Blanc pen and Apple Watch, the Rajya Sabha member shot off a letter on his official letterhead to the company where he was employed demanding action against ... Read More »

Lexus Driver Nearly Crushed by Falling Tree During Tropical Storm Irma

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Monday afternoon while driving on Highway 92, in Griffin, Georgia to escape the dangers of Tropical Storm Irma, Baxter's Lexus RX 300 was almost crushed by a large tree that fell across the road. Baxter told Atlanta's Channel 2 that she was travelling to her sister-in law's house to meet her husband. She suffered a burn from her seatbelt, a strained muscle in her shoulder and her knee and big toe hurts. Read More »