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Trump disputes Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

Trump said Tuesday , "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful". The death toll in Hurricane Maria is estimated to be almost 3,000, a steep increase from the initial 64. The governor of Puerto Rico, who commissioned the research, said he accepted the estimate as official. "During our broader study, we found that many physicians were not oriented in the appropriate certification protocol", according to the report from the researchers at GWU. Read More »

Russian Federation begins its largest ever military exercise with 300,000 soldiers

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The global military exercise, named Vostok-2018, will involve 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships, according to Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu . The Russian Ministry of Defense yesterday broadcast images of military trucks being transported on trains, columns of tanks, armored vehicles and warships on the move, and combat helicopters and fighter aircraft taking off. Read More »

Exclusive Images Of Vijay Mallya’s Cell In Arthur Jail

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Singhvi said the Congress had repeatedly asserted for the past over 18 months that not only Vijay Mallya , but also Nirav Modi, Choksi and many others have been allowed to leave the country with impunity. "This is a totally unnecessary controversy created by friends in the media". This provided the opposition some fodder to target Jaitley and the Congress said that the revelations were an embarrassment to the government. Read More »

President Trump Calls Response to Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria an 'Unsung Success'

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One year on and in the middle of hurricane season once again, the federal response to Hurricane Maria has come under further scrutiny. Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 2017.Initial figures from authorities recorded 64 deaths however last month the United States territory estimated the death toll stood at 2,975, making it the deadliest storm to have hit Puerto Rico since the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane. Read More »

Millions at risk as typhoon closes in on the Philippines

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In Cebu, boat trips to neighboring Bohol and Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte were cancelled starting Wednesday afternoon following advisories from the Maritime Industry Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard with rough seas expected from the storm. Read More »

Death toll from Afghanistan blast rises to 68

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The first explosion happened in front of Malika Omaira girls' school in Jalalabad , the capital of Nangarhar province , at around 8:30am (4am), provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told AFP . "The planners must face justice". The violence follows recent diplomatic efforts to end the lengthy war between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Read More »

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Syria as crippling assault on Idlib continues

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Meanwhile, Turkey , which already hosts three million Syrian refugees , is keen to prevent an assault that would see hundreds of thousands more mass along its border. The move to bring USA troops home prematurely, coupled with the decision to cancel some $200 million in funding earmarked for Syria's recovery, would leave the Middle Eastern nation vulnerable to Russian and Iranian influence, experts have warned. Read More »

Pope Francis summons bishops from all over world for sex abuse summit

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Wuerl said he will meet with Francis about the resignation he presented almost three years ago at age 75, the mandatory age for Catholic bishops to submit their retirement to the Pope . Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano sparked a firestorm last month when he claimed Francis had personally ignored abuse allegations against prominent United States cardinal Theodore McCarrick for 5 years. Read More »

Trump signs executive order to sanction foreign meddlers in U.S

The order will require Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to conduct regular assessments about potential foreign interference in elections. from maneuvering to affect the outcome of some 2018 congressional races, according to Coates. The finding would then be passed to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, who would then make a determination within 45 days whether the interference took place and warranted sanctions. Read More »

Pope calls meeting of key bishops on sexual abuse

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In recent weeks, the Catholic Church, and Cardinal Wuerl in particular, have been rocked by a Pennsylvania grand-jury report on the mishandling of sex abuse charges by six of the state's dioceses and by the recent revelations of decades of serial sexual abuse and misconduct by his predecessor, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Read More »

Storm response in Puerto Rico 'incredibly successful'

In a series of morning tweets as Florence bore down on the Southeast U.S. coast, Trump bristled over criticism of the response to Hurricane Maria, in which 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico . "Don't play games with it". None of this gives us any confidence in how Trump will respond to Hurricane Florence's landfall, which is projected to hit somewhere along the Carolina coast later this week. Read More »

Diplomats from Iran, Russia, Turkey meet United Nations envoy on Syria

Underscoring the necessity of preventing civilian casualties, he further called on Russia , Iran, the US, France and the United Kingdom as well as all other partners and actors in Syria to work together and find a peaceful solution. And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran this time around . Read More »

Putin says two Skripal suspects are civilians

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Russian Federation identified the two men Britain named as suspects in the poisoning and there is "nothing criminal" about them, President Vladimir Putin said. 'There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you. A composite image showing the fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal. Read More »

The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’

Warner and his colleagues are still wending their way down a list of people they'd like to interview, he said , including Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos , who was sentenced to 14 days in prison last week for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russians while he was working on the campaign. Read More »

Elizabeth Smart upset her kidnapper to be freed

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According to a news release sent by Greg Johnson, director of administrative services for the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, the early release date stems from an issue during Barzee's parole hearing in June, which she refused to attend. "Therefore Ms. Barzee's state sentence ends on September 19, 2018". Barzee, 72, served eight years at a federal prison in Texas; the state charge was related to a separate plot to kidnap Smart's cousin in the weeks after Barzee and husband Brian David ... Read More »

Russian Federation launches biggest ever war games

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On September 10, Peskov called Vostok-2018 part of "a regular, routine training process aimed at improving skills and coordination in our armed forces". The country´s war games in Eastern Europe past year, Zapad-2017, saw 12,700 troops take part according to Moscow. Russian officials have said that the war games are not meant as a threat to any particular country but are justified by what Putin's spokesman described on August 28 as a hostile global environment. Read More »

S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

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The stats for murders, rapes and other sexual assaults, have all increased, according to the latest crime stats. In the previous year, 291 more women were killed than in 2017 - 117 more boys and 29 more girls. Cele, who took over from former police minister Fikile Mbalula in February, had attempted to clamp down on criminal activity in South Africa, especially violent crimes such as murders and hijackings. Read More »

How 9/11 Is Being Remembered at the Sites of the September Attacks

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Commemorating the 17th anniversary of the attacks that struck the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in Washington, Trump said the nation shared the grief of the family members whose loved ones were lost that day. Tuesday's trip comes on the day that investigative reporter Bob Woodward's scathing White House tell-all book "Fear" - which paints a portrait of a man unable to handle the presidency - hits stores. Read More »

Donald Trump cancels Ireland visit

President Trump has canceled a planned trip to Ireland, the Irish government said Tuesday, amid planned demonstrations to protest his climate policies, global relations and treatment of immigrants, women and minorities. In August, the White House announced Trump would visit Paris to attend events on November 11, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, as well as make a stop in Ireland. Read More »

Donald Trump 'raged like Nixon in last days of power'

Although, the commander-in-chief, the White House and several top Trump administration officials have denounced the book as "fiction" and "fabrication", it doesn't take away from the fact that the incidents reported in the book echo shocking similarities to other books written about the Trump administration. Read More »

Kerala nun abused by Jalandhar Bishop writes to Vatican seeking justice

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The congregation's latest statement comes a day after it dismissed the nun's allegations against the bishop as "baseless" and said they "cannot crucify an innocent". Then in the same week itself, Bishop Franco made a special visit to this community and stayed there overnight. "It is unfortunate that the Church has not initiated any measures against Bishop Franco, though the police have registered an FIR [first information report] and interrogated him", said Joseph Varghese, joint secretary ... Read More »

Trump Knocks Woodward Book As ‘Total Joke,’ Vows To Write ‘Real Book’

On Monday, Trump tweeted that "the Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources". "The idea that the Secretary of Defense [James Mattis] has to tell a president that all of these actions are created to prevent the ultimate catastrophe", Woodward said. Read More »

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM's wife dies in London

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Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are now lodged in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. The newly-elected Khan, a former cricket hero who had campaigned against the Sharifs for his entire 22-year-long political career, sent his condolences Tuesday. Kulsoom was arrested by the military and immediately shifted to her local residence. Her family reported a slight improvement in her condition on July 12, a day before Nawaz and Maryam were set to return to Pakistan after an accountability court sentenced ... Read More »

Woman killed estranged husband outside Walmart, in front of 3 kids

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Officers found the victim lying on the ground. "Emergency personnel responded and attempted to resuscitate the man, but were unable to, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene", police said. At one point during the handoff, Giles allegedly shot him. According to the Town Talk , Coutee Jr. did not mention abuse in court documents before the August 28 petition for a new trial. Read More »

Shaheen, Hassan to vote against Kavanaugh's nomination

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Kavanaugh explained the email was "referring to the views of legal scholars, and I think my comment in the email is that it might be overstating the position of the legal scholars, so it wasn't a technically accurate description in the letter of what legal scholars thought". Read More »

21 dead as overloaded plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

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State information Minister Taban Abel said: "The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors". Nineteen people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the center of South Sudan, while four survived, a regional official told AFP. Read More »

Trump Admin Will Shutter Palestine Liberation Office In D.C.

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A draft speech that U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is scheduled to give before the conservative Federalist Society in Washington takes a hard stance against the court. "The ICC prosecutor has requested to investigate these Americans for alleged detainee abuse, and perhaps more - an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation", he said. Read More »

Egypt sentences 75 to death, jails hundreds, over Rabaa protests

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Another 56 defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment, including Mohamed Badie, leader of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mahmoud Abu Zaid, a photojournalist known as Shawkan, whose detention has been criticised by rights groups at home and overseas, received five years in prison. Read More »

Russia: Google removes Putin critic's ads from YouTube

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Sunday's rallies, which had been called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny , were held in dozens of towns and cities across Russian Federation. The proposed pension changes, which are now going through parliament, have shaved around 15 percentage points off Putin's popularity rating and are the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits. Read More »

USA officials held 'secret meetings' for Venezuela coup

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Officials from President Donald Trump's administration reportedly met secretly with Venezuelan military officials to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. The former commander told the Times at least three factions within the Venezuelan military were plotting against the Maduro government. One of the officials identified in the report as part of the meetings is known to United States officials as a corrupt officer, The Times reported. Read More »

Ceasefire talks fail as airstrikes target last rebel-held region in Syria

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Turkey has troops stationed in Idlib and 12 observations posts around the province as part of the pact. "As of 9 September, 30,542 people have been displaced from northwest Syria, moving to different areas across Idlib", David Swanson, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said . Read More »

Mike Pence: I'll Take a Polygraph Test 'in a Heartbeat'

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Both releases are said to have infuriated Mr Trump , who unleashed a string of attacks on Woodward's credibility and dismissed the celebrated author's book as a "work of fiction". "The clue is in the op-ed of when it says, 'no matter how this will end, ' meaning that they're anticipating it may end impeachment, it may end in him not being reelected, but it gives clues in that particular line for me". Read More »