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Backed forces take 90% of IS stronghold Raqqa - monitor

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement on Wednesday that it had started a new offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group on the northern edge of Raqqa. The government and its backers, and the SDF and the US, are at risk of clashing in the energy-rich eastern Syrian Deir el-Zour province, where both sides are rushing to grab territory from the embattled IS group. Read More »

Australia lagging, not leading, on marriage equality

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The form asks: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry" and has "yes" and "no" boxes to be marked by the voter. 'When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. Read More »

Tom Price Reportedly Spent $60000 on Private Jets Last Week

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The flights took place over a span of three days, between September 13 and 15, and were used to ferry the HHS head to and from a resort in ME, where Price held a "Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO", and to "community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania", according to official documents. Read More »

US Again Threatens Force to Halt North Korea Weapons Program

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If diplomacy fails, she says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "will take care of it". Long gas lines forming in North Korea. US President Donald Trump said that he is "more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming". Read More »

United Nations starting to gather testimony on Myanmar violations - investigator

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The NHRC said it would argue against the deportation of the two Rohingya refugees , Md Salimullah and Md Shakir. Together with other United Nations bodies, the IOM has called for global humanitarian assistance of $77 million. Responding to the speech by Burmese de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had promised to implement recommendations by a commission to address the Rohingya crisis, Guterres asked the South-East Asian nation to end military operations in Rakhine. Read More »

Countries begin signing nuclear ban treaty at UN

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But, UN Secretary General António Guterres acknowledged that much work was needed to rid the world of its stockpile of 15,000 atomic warheads. "We need to put maximum public pressure on the Australian government and that's the goal of this action today", ICAN board member Sue Wareham told AAP. Read More »

Colorado police searching for serial sidewalk pooper

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Budde said she expected the jogger would be "mortified" over being seen and never run in the neighborhood again. However, Mrs Budde says the jogger has continued with her disgusting routine. Mrs Budde says she has confronted the woman, who always has paper towels tucked in her tights. There are photos of the woman and police are trying to identify her. Read More »

Tropical Storm Jose continues threat of flooding, moves further into Atlantic

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A few passing showers will hang around in southern New Hampshire Tuesday night as the effects of Hurricane Jose begin to move in. Hurricane Jose formed around two weeks ago in the Atlantic and continues to be a storm to watch. At its height, southern and southeastern areas of the state will have periods of rain and some east-northeast wind gusts over 25-30 miles per hour. Read More »

Trump, South Korean leader vow to increase pressure on North Korea

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Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho called the missile launch an "outrageous act" that is not only a threat to Japan's security but a threat to the whole world. But China and Russian Federation have warned that United States talk of military options to address the North Korean crisis would have a catastrophic result and are pushing for diplomatic talks. Read More »

China calls for 'six-party' diplomacy on North Korea

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He said this is what the United Nations is for. He declared parts of the planet are "going to hell". Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop , who is in NY for a series of meetings, caught-up with Trump for what she termed a detailed discussion about his fiery speech. Read More »

North Korea fuel prices soar after United Nations sanctions capping supply

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Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the Security Council has run out of options on containing the North's nuclear programmer and Washington may have to turn the matter over to the Defense Department. The U.S. should cease threats against North Korea and do more to resolve the crisis, China's ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai told reporters in Washington Friday. Read More »

Time to expose countries supporting terror groups like Taliban

Trump had criticized Pakistan and warned it against providing safe havens to terror groups. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday addressed the UN General Assembly in NY where he touched on a wide range of issues with special focus on North Korea and the threats emerging from militant groups across the world including the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Read More »

President Trump Headed To New York Ahead Of Visit To United Nations

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And he wants to slash US financial contributions to the U.N. Richard Gowan is a U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations. In response, Moon said both countries should intensify efforts to lobby China and Russian Federation to carry out the sanctions that were adopted by the U.N. Read More »

Trump, Netanyahu Talk Fate Of "Terrible" Nuclear Deal, Peace Process

But he must say by October 15 whether Iran is in violation of the JCPA, and he has signaled recently that he might not recertify the deal. In Trump's first address to the United Nations , he described Iran as a "corrupt dictatorship" and "rogue state", calling for a nuclear agreement between Tehran and several world powers - including the USA - to be ultimately scrapped. Read More »

Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov meet on Syria

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The U.S. State Department earlier had said that Tillerson would travel to the Russian UN mission to meet with his counterpart at 9 p.m. (3 a.m.in Prague) on September 17. The United States will seek a peaceful solution to the North Korean nuclear issue until it becomes necessary to use military force, Washington's top diplomat said Sunday. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cancelled For Monmouth County

However, tropical storm watches remain for the shoreline portions of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties. The storm will sit and spin just offshore for the foreseeable future, and while some models did draw the low back toward the coast by next week, most data now indicates it will just sit and fizzle out in the Atlantic. Read More »

Parents Not Playing Safe With Car Seats

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In 2016, 18 children under the age of 8 were killed and 47 suffered serious injuries as passengers in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. According to the website, almost 80,000 auto seats were recycles during its first program conducted in April with nearly 43,000 of the reward coupons used in stores and 20,000 online. Read More »

Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

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Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the government will provide evidence of Rohingya links with extremist Islamic groups and illegal transfer of money at the next hearing. The Centre said the Rohingya refugees were illegals and their continuous stay pose a grave security threat. Sumitra Mahajan has said the nation was not ready to accept the burden of Rohingyas. Read More »

Iran nuclear deal must change: Tillerson

Trump's threat came minutes after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, also delivering his debut address to the UN General Assembly, said that the Korean Peninsula crisis should be solved through political process. Tillerson said the United States will seek the help of allies in Europe who signed onto the deal in trying to persuade Iran to reopen negotiations over the expiring provisions. Read More »

Netanyahu on the nuclear agreement with Iran: fix it or reject it

Trump said he believed there was a "good chance" a peace agreement could be reached. " Most people would say there's no chance whatsoever". Zarif, who personally signed the document that restricts Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of global sanctions, said the JCPOA was " non-negotiable ", despite the U.S. Read More »

Clinton Backpedals on Possibly Contesting 2016 Election Results

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Soon after Clinton conceded the election to Trump, The Washington Post published photographs of what Clinton's history-making victory speech was supposed to look like at New York City's Jacob K. "What I hoped the president would have said", Clinton continued, "was something along the lines of, you know, we view this as unsafe to our allies, to the region, and even to our country". Read More »

Portion of canal collapses in Bihar a day before inauguration

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The breach, officials said, occurred around 5:30 pm on Tuesday when parts of the elevated canal built over a road collapsed when water was "pumped into the canal on a trial basis prior to the inaugural function". Former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav has blamed rampant corruption under the Chief Minister for the fiasco. The incident has not caused any damage to the newly constructed part of the project. Read More »

'Resolve Rohingya crisis before it's too late'

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The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) on 20 September said that India will not take any Rohingya refugees as they pose a security threat to the nation, adding that the pressure is mounting on Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi to take back refugees migrated to India and Bangladesh in large numbers. Read More »

Cook Pharmica Sold To Catalent For $950 Million

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Catalent Spokesman Elliot Berger says the publicly-traded company bought Cook Pharmica in order to expand their pharmaceutical reach into biologics- those are large and complex biological molecules, that are often injectable, like vaccines. Read More »

Two infiltrators killed along India-Pak border

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Amritsar: The Border Security Force shot dead two Pakistani intruders along the Indo-Pak border on Wednesday when they refused to surrender while crossing over to Indian territory. "When challenged by BSF troops, infiltrators fired on ambush line with automatic weapons". The fire was appropriately retaliated and infiltrators were neutralized near Border Security Fence. Read More »

Spain police search Catalan govt headquarters amid referendum row

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The central government say the 1 October ballot is illegal and can not take place. Police and judicial authorities declined to give details on the operation because a judge has placed a secrecy order on it. Spain's central government says the referendum goes against the country's 1978 constitution which states Spain is indivisible. A dozen high-ranking local officials were arrested, La Vanguardia newspaper said. Read More »

Chelsea Manning "Marginalized" @ Harvard

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Manning told the crowd she did the best she could in her circumstances when asked whether she's a traitor. Tom Scott who launched The Nantucket Project with Kate Brosnan said that they had summoned Manning for a clear comprehension. Elmendorf apologized to Manning and to "many concerned people" he said he had heard from "for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation". Read More »

Teacher murdered by Amazon pirates

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Ms Kelty disappeared in the upper stretches of the Amazon in northern Brazil often referred to as the Solimoes river - an area known for pirate attacks and drug traffickers. "There are various lines of inquiry", said Ivo Martins, the police chief leading the investigation in the state capital Manaus. She was six weeks into a 4,000-mile trip along the Amazon and had been tweeting about her trip which was to make its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Read More »

Haywood County infant subject of Amber Alert

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Heather Marie Cochran is described as a 31-year-old white woman, around 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She is approximately 20 inches tall, weighing 10 pounds. Authorities say he has brown hair and brown eyes. Officials believe the suspects may be headed to Ocala, Florida or Valdosta, Georgia. "Rex Cochran is described as a white man standing about 5' 7" tall and weighs about 185 pounds. Read More »

Mattis Explains Why US Hasn't Shot Down Any North Korean Missiles

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The missile flew for about 20 minutes before crashing into the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 kilometers east of Japan's Hokkaido. Trump, perhaps unaware that private ownership of cars is severely limited in North Korea, probably thought the new sanctions would cause "long gas lines" in the country, and then made the leap from what he expects to be true to what he assumes must be true. Read More »

Jose watch at Shore; surf ripping, flooding expected

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Meanwhile, tropical storm Maria was expected to be upgraded to hurricane status as it makes its way through the Caribbean islands already battered by Hurricane Irma. The Department of Buildings has issued an advisory for property owners, contractors and crane operators to take precautionary measures to secure their construction sites, buildings, and equipment in preparation for strong winds associated with Hurricane Jose. Read More »

President Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea in UN Speech

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that threat just a day before Trump delivered his hostile remarks at the United Nations . If the righteous men do not confront the wicked few, evil will triumph. In an indictment of the global body, Mr. Trump said the Iran nuclear deal provides a "cover for the potential construction of a nuclear program" in the region, an outcome that the us would not tolerate. Read More »