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Trump cancels funding for US stabilization efforts in Syria

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Consequently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has authorized the department to "redirect" the US funding, following a monthslong review of the spending plans. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One for campaign fundraising events in Southampton, New York, U.S., August 17, 2018. As part of the move and to help oversee the transition, the administration is appointing veteran diplomat James Jeffrey as a special envoy to Syria. Read More »

Manigault Newman has more than audio recordings

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It's often said that no one who finds their way into Donald Trump's orbit manages to escape entirely clean. In one from August a year ago, she makes mention of "fake news", but then proceeds to catalogue a series of achievements by the president in a manner more enthusiastic than combative. Read More »

Death toll following deadly India floods rises to 357

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Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters flew in torrential rain to reach high risk areas, officials said, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing the crisis as "devastating". He asked the National Highways Authority of India to give top priority to fix the national highways which are badly damaged due to floods. According to India's weather bureau, since the beginning of June more than 126 inches of rain has fallen on the hilly central Kerala district of Idukki, which is ... Read More »

No tsunami threat to Hawaii following major Fiji natural disaster

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Dubbed "The Island of a Thousand Mosques", Muslim-majority Lombok is a less popular destination than its neighbour Bali, the Hindu-majority island that forms the backbone of Indonesia's $19.4 billion tourist sector. The economic toll of the quake - including its impact to buildings, infrastructure and productivity - has been estimated to be at least five trillion rupiah (€303 million). Read More »

Colorado woman and daughters may have been strangled, court documents reveal

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Authorities separately announced that the Weld County Coroner's Office had performed autopsies on Friday and confirmed the bodies as 34-year-old Shanann , 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste Watts . "Defense counsel had an opportunity to speak with a DNA expert this morning". It wasn't immediately clear if the judge ruled on the motions. Despite the new filing, there has been no official cause of death for the girls or Shanann revealed yet since their bodies were found on August ... Read More »

Operator of collapsed Italian bridge says no early sign of trouble

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Tragedy struck when the 50-metre-high section of the Genoa bridge crashed down during a violent storm on Tuesday, with as many as 35 vehicles driving on it . Italian Prime Minister Conte declared a 12-month state of emergency. A funeral will be held for the 39 identified victims on Saturday, Mr Conte said in a later Facebook post, adding that it would coincide with a national day of mourning. Read More »

North Korea marks war anniversary, preps for big spectacle

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In his opening statement, the North's chief delegate Ri Son Gwon said: "As the Pyongyang meeting of the leaders of the north and south is being discussed, I think talking about the issue will provide answers to the wishes of the people". Security experts caution against giving in to North Korea's demands, as Pyongyang is known to exploit ambiguities in agreements. -North Korea talks on denuclearization and rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Read More »

Chinese bombers likely training for U.S. strikes: Pentagon

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The report further stated that China is also building long-range bombers having nuclear capability, saying the Chinese air force "has been re-assigned a nuclear mission". The report notes the training is part of an attempt to leverage "China's growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to establish regional preeminence and expand the country's worldwide influence". Read More »

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 »