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Jong-nam murder accused must enter defence

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During his two-hour-half ruling at the end of the prosecution team's submission, Azmi said he "cannot rule out that this could be a political assassination", but noted that there had been a "well-planned conspiracy" between the two women and the North Korean operatives despite the lack of evidence. Read More »

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

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The flight from Xiamen, China, aborted one landing after circling Manila for about an hour in the early hours of Friday. As of press time, the disabled 66-ton aircraft has remained an obstacle during the last 12 hours on runway 06-24, preventing the landing and takeoff of all flights. Read More »

Dozens of Afghan Soldiers Killed in Ghazni Clashes With Taliban

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The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have launched air strikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces as they fight for the city, which is just 75 miles from the capital Kabul and has a population of 270,000 people. It comes before another cease-fire was expected to start next week to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The situation in Ghazni, particularly for non-combatants remained grim, as the fighting has led to electricity outages along with water and food ... Read More »

Trump Is So Sad About Jury Deliberations In Paul Manafort Trial

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Not only are prosecutors trying Manafort for 18 counts - an unusually high total - but their case involves complex tax and bank loan laws. Judge T S Ellis III said Friday he has received threats over the Manafort case. "I have the marshals' protection", Ellis said at the hearing, according to the Hill . Several media outlets, including CNN, have pushed for the information to be released. Read More »

Greear: Catholic abuse report requires 'bold steps'

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At the time of his transfer, the Diocese's release states, there were no reports of any accusations of sexual abuse involving Bostwick as noted in the timeline of the grand jury's report . It's far from the first report to expose the systemic abuse and cover-up of child sexual abuse in the church. After casting doubt on the victims' accounts during his visit to Chile earlier this year, Francis apologized to them, hosted the victims at the Vatican and later accepted the resignations of ... Read More »

Former Indian prime minister Vajpayee passes away at 93

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Chief Secretary Pandey told The Indian Express that the government is also finalising the nature of four memorials - in his birthplace, Bateshwar in Agra; in Kanpur, where he pursued higher studies; in Balrampur, from where he was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time and in Lucknow , which he represented five times in Parliament. Read More »

Omarosa may have as many as 200 White House recordings

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This writes the Agency Voice of America. She told NPR last week that she had heard Donald Trump using the "N-word" on tape and that he may have dementia. She reappeared on the program again in 2008 and 2013, but didn't win either time. "Private contracts like the NDA may not be used to censor former or current government officials from speaking about non-classified information learned during the course of their public employment". Read More »

Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan

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Votes secured by Imran Khan are the same as were polled by the party candidate for election of the Speaker. The key decision of the major reshuffle was taken in a high-level meeting headed by PTI chairman Imran Khan and attended by Jahangir Tareen, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Arbab Shehzad. Read More »

Trump's military parade estimated to cost $92 million

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Earlier in the day, CNBC and ABC News , citing unnamed officials, reported that the cost estimate of the parade - which was estimated in July to cost approximately $12 million - had swelled to $92 million. United States media pointed out that Donald Trump cancelled planned military exercises with South Korea in June after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the grounds it would "save a fortune". Read More »

Pakistani-born Mehreen Faruqi becomes Australias first female Muslim senator

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Katter's Australian Party has only one member - Katter himself - in the country's 150-member House of Representatives. Anning, who has been in parliament for less than a year has entered into a lose alliance with several conservative independent lawmakers that has boosted his otherwise inconsequential role in Australia's upper house. Read More »

Akhilesh Yadav Shares Wedding Photo As He Remembers Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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The former prime minister was admitted to the facility in June with a urinary tract infection, a lower respiratory tract infection and kidney-related ailments but the hospital had said days later that he was recovering. He was the first non-Congress, non-Gandhi Prime Minister to complete a five-year term. But the next year, when Islamabad sent fighters across the cease-fire line that divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the nations, Vajpayee resisted military pressure ... Read More »

Afghanistan: Gunmen attack spy training center in Kabul

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The United Nations Security Council condemned the bombing as a "heinous and cowardly terrorist attack", saying that it "underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice". Read More »

Republicans defend Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance

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In addition to voicing support for the Russian Federation investigation, Brennan has repeatedly criticized Trump directly, most recently for calling Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog". Writing in The Washington Post , William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honour" if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well. "Mr Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash", he said. Read More »

Husband arrested for murder in connection to disappearance of wife, children

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Prosecutors have until Monday to formally charge Watts. - The body of a Colorado woman who was reported missing with her two daughters on Monday was recovered at her husband's place of work, police said Thursday. Shannan Watts was one of the first customers to visit Ashley Bell's tanning salon in nearby Dacona two years ago. "I miss them", Watts said of feeding them dinner. Read More »

Trump Signs Fiscal 2019 Defense Authorization Act At Fort Drum Ceremony

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McCain's condition - dire enough that a recent HBO documentary on him was titled " John McCain: For whom the bell tolls" - has not stopped Trump from deriding the Arizona senator at political rallies. The act sets active duty end strength for the Army at 487,500 in fiscal 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. The bill is aimed at rebuilding the USA military by authorizing a total of $717 billion for military funding over the next year. Read More »

Trump Revokes Security Clearance for Critic and Obama Official John Brennan

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Brennan wrote that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation are "hogwash" and that the only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy". The statement added that the White House is considering revoking the security clearance of a number of other former Obama era officials including James Comey , the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who Trump fired in May 2017. Read More »

Trump Homes In on 'the Fake News Media' as 'Opposition Party'

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The Boston Globe , which led calls for the media campaign, wrote that "today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current USA administration are the "enemy of the people". Read More »

Trump revokes security clearance for ex-CIA chief John Brennan

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The memo that details Trump's decision to yank Brennan's credentials was released Wednesday, but was originally dated July 26 - 3 days after Paul met with Trump. "I will not relent". His memoir, A Higher Loyalty, likened Mr Trump to a mob boss . "I don't trust many of those people on that list", Trump said. Read More »

Seattle's air quality 'worse than Beijing' as wildfires scorch eastern Washington

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Air circulation patterns are bringing in smoke from wildfires in California and OR to the south, Canadian wildfires to the north , and the Maple Fire on the Olympic Peninsula to the west. Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors. Read More »

Westminster terror attack suspect named as Salih Khater

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This attack took place not far from the site of the March 2017 attack in which terrorist Khalid Masood killed four people and injured around 50 before crashing his vehicle into the railing in front of Parliament. The man arrested for driving into a barrier protecting the Houses of Parliament in a suspected terror attack was a Briton of Sudanese origin from Birmingham, media reports said Wednesday. Read More »

North Jersey Catholic Priest Named In Massive Child Sex Abuse Report

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According to the report , 41 predator priests were named in the Diocese of Erie, 20 in the Diocese of Greensburg , 45 in the Diocese of Harrisburg , 99 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and 59 in the Diocese of Scranton totaling 301 Catholic priests identified as predator priests who sexually abused children while serving in active ministry in the church. Read More »

Jury could begin deliberations in Manafort trial today

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The defense also attacked the prosecution's key witness , Manafort's former protégé Rick Gates , who testified that he and Manafort falsified documents presented to banks and the IRS . Lawyers for President Trump's former campaign chairman said they won't call any witnesses. Manafort's lawyers argued that there is no way that one of the banks, Federal Savings Bank, could have been defrauded because its chairman, Stephen Calk , knew full well that Manafort's finances were in disarray but ... Read More »

Death toll rises to 35 in Italy bridge collapse

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A huge section of the Morandi Bridge fell at midday over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete onto warehouses below. He said 13 people had been hospitalised, including five in a critical condition. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli told Italian state television the disaster showed the dilapidated state of Italy's infrastructure and a lack of maintenance, adding that "those responsible will have to pay". Read More »

Scott vs. Hallquist: AP calls both gubernatorial primaries

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She's one of a handful of transgender politicians running for office since President Donald Trump's election. Hallquist was not the only transgender candidate on the ballot in the United States in recent days. His approval among Vermonters fell 18 points to 47 percent while his disapproval doubled to 42 percent. Charlie Baker of MA and Larry Hogan of Maryland - and place him three spots from the bottom 10. Read More »

Iran aide doesn't see 'any reason' for Trump-Rouhani talks

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He added unilateral actions which run contrary to the United Nations regulations are condemnable. The decision came after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The U.S. administration blames Iran for fomenting instability in the Middle East and encouraging terrorism. Accusing Iran of "squandering its money on proxy wars and malign activities overseas", US Ambassador Woody Johnson's op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph asked the ... Read More »

'Dozens Dead' As Motorway Bridge Collapses In Italy

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Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was 'following with great apprehension what seems like an huge tragedy'. Italian news agency Adnkronos , citing local ambulance services, reported that there were "dozens of dead" in the collapse. Read More »

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

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Joseph Dunford, who attended the signing. The measure also includes provisions created to improve how the Defense Department handles reports of sexual assaults among the tens of thousands of children and teens who live and go to school on the military bases where their parents serve. Read More »

Man Arrested After Car Crashes Into Parliament

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Officers could be seen surrounding the auto before leading a man away in handcuffs. The scene has been cordoned off, with the cordon widening as more police, including counter terrorism officers, arrive on the scene. Eyewitness Ewalina Ochab told the Press Association: "I think it looked intentional - the vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers". The attack left five people dead and around 50 injured, and only ended when police shot Masood dead. Read More »

Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

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Counterprotester Heather Heyer died and more than a dozen others were injured at last year's event after a white supremacist drove a auto into several people. "Peace to ALL Americans!", Trump wrote on Twitter . While majorities of white and Hispanic Americans agreed that tensions have increased, African Americans were especially likely to think tensions have risen. Read More »