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Calls mount to probe cause of Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy

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He said he would be visiting the school on Monday to express his sympathies and lend his support to the community during this time of grief. The pathway bridge connecting the administration block and the classes collapsed on learners as they were heading back to classes after the morning assembly. Read More »

US Senate chief rebukes Trump over Syria pullout

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McConnell's vocal support of the amendment comes after Trump ordered a rapid withdrawal of troops from Syria in December, a move that angered lawmakers across both sides of the aisle. Trump's public broadsides against the intelligence community ― which follows his denials about the US intelligence community's assessments regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Russia's intervention in the 2016 presidential election ― irked GOP leadership in the Senate this week. Read More »

Budget 2019: India overshoots budget deficit target for second straight year

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The amount will be distributed in three instalments and transferred directly to farmers' bank accounts. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal is now presenting the budget for the year 2019-2020 at the Parliament. In the health department, the Budget allocation is likely to be increased by 5% from past year. Ahead of the Budget, tax benefits were expected for the middle class - a key constituency for the Modi government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections this spring/summer. Read More »

Warnings for snow and ice issued across the UK

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Further snow is forecast overnight into Friday, with 5-10cm (2-4in) expected in Wales and south west England. The amber warning will come into effect alongside four yellow warnings for snow and ice throughout Britain. "Snow accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible in places by Friday morning". Central England and Wales could bear the brunt of the snow on Thursday afternoon and into the evening as wet weather coming through the south-west England turns wintry, with some places seeing up to ... Read More »

Pelosi Will Be Begging For A Wall After More Caravans

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Trump responded in a letter from the White House, accepting Pelosi's invitation. "Normandy fencing would work", Pelosi said . I've got you covered. At a White House meeting on Thursday, Trump cited "caravans" headed to the US and said that he was not backing off his demand for a wall on the Mexico border. Read More »

Polar vortex puts US Midwest in a deep freeze

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At least 12 people have died due to the plummeting temperatures that have plunged the United States down to minus 40 degrees celsius this week. But the sudden swing from long johns to light jackets and short sleeves could create problems of its own. Read More »

US sends first Central American asylum seeker to Mexico

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A memo to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees reportedly said asylum seekers would be interviewed and allowed to stay only if they are "more likely than not" to be tortured or persecuted in Mexico, AP reported . "This is literally sentencing people to die", said Nicole Ramos, an attorney with the Tijuana-based legal aid office Al Otro Lado. A sharp increase in Central American families seeking asylum in the United States led to the Trump administration's dramatic move, ... Read More »

Could the indictment of Republican advisor Roger Stone lead to Trump's impeachment?

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Stone described his style of doing politics in a 2018 interview with The New Yorker , both of which will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in United States politics since Donald Trump took office in 2016. The indictment brought by Mr Mueller does not accuse Stone of co-coordinating with the Russian government's election interference in 2016, the key matter under investigation in the probe . Read More »

Atleast 27 dead and 77 injured in twin blasts at Philippines church

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Analysts say Sunday's cathedral bombing attack had all the hallmarks of ISIS, which has been all but displaced from its former strongholds in Iraq and Syria, and shows that the group is still influential in the Mindanao region. In a joint statement they said, "We strongly appeal to our security and military forces to flush out the perpetrators of this barbaric crime and bring them to justice". Read More »

Christie says he warned Trump the Russian Federation investigation would not go away

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When you get into things like white-collar crime, there are often a lot of nuances. In his new book, Christie accuses senior adviser Jared Kushner , Trump's son-in-law, of ousting him because of bad blood. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he believed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made false statements to Congress out of stupidity. 'I mean it's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was United States attorney, ' he told PBS Tuesday night, adding ... Read More »

Here’s how Russian Federation apparently tried to join Trump’s attacks against Robert Mueller

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Prosecutors added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no evidence the discovery files were hacked from US government computer servers. "A Twitter account with the handle "@HackingRedstone" posted a link to the web portal containing the files in October. Some file folder names and folder structure on the webpage matched what the Mueller team had produced. Read More »

GOP Lawmaker Tells Ocasio-Cortez Congress Isn’t Just ‘Eating Bonbons’

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As for its sponsorship of the conference, Google stressed to Mother Jones , which wrote about the event prior to the congresswomen's rebuke, "We sponsor organizations from across the political spectrum to promote strong technology laws" and that sponsorship or collaboration doesn't equate endorsement of agenda or ideas, as is stated in its public policy transparency report . Read More »

Stacey Abrams to give Democrats' response to State of Union

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Abrams, an African-American, will speak during prime time shortly after Trump wraps up his address to a joint session of Congress next Tuesday. "She is just a great spokesperson", Schumer said . "Make no mistake, the former secretary of state was deliberate and intentional in his actions", Abrams said, referring to Kemp, who served as the state's chief elections officer for almost a decade before resigning after overseeing his own contest. Read More »

EU's Juncker tells May - Brexit deal won't be renegotiated

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MPs late Tuesday voted through an amendment saying they would only support a divorce deal if its controversial "backstop" clause to keep the Irish border open was removed. He urged Mrs May to "go back (to Brussels) and do what she said she would do in the House of Commons". However, this was refuted by Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Read More »

We're ready to move quickly on Brexit customs deal, says Barnier

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Corbyn has refused to meet with May until she rules out "no deal", but she said the only way to do this was to agree a deal - or stop Brexit altogether. Crucially, the amendment does not seem to have gained the support from the caucus of Tory Remain MPs, who have on occasion sided with the opposition to back amendments to stymie the Government's Brexit plans, and would need to back the change for it to pass. Read More »

Nationwide Snow-Ice Warning Issued For Most Of This Week

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It said there was a "slight chance" rural communities could be cut off and that power cuts may occur. Around 1cm to 3cm of the white stuff is expected to accumulate "quite widely", the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm to 10cm falling on higher ground. Read More »

Mother dead after fall down subway stairs

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An autopsy will be performed to determine if Goodson succumbed to an underlying health condition or if injuries from the fall were the cause of her death. "The Fast Forward Plan acknowledges and prioritizes this work as one of four key priorities, and aims to ensure that riders will never be more than two stops away from a station with an elevator", the statement continued. Read More »

Some districts cancel class ahead of Wednesday's cold temps

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However, the decision to close is a complex one, said the superintendent, because of NYS mandates for class days, needy children who get free meals in the schools and the child-care complications it can cause for parents. Because most of our students are walkers, either to the bus stop or their neighborhood school, the district takes special interest in their safety in relationship to the weather. Read More »

911 dispatcher helps boy with his fractions homework

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The boy explains he is having particular difficulty with fractions, leading the dispatcher to walk him through one of the math problems. Though homework help isn't the best use of 911, Flannelly lauded the dispatcher for her patience with the young boy and her efforts to brighten his day. Read More »

Significant development expected in Bruce McArthur case: Toronto police

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McArthur was first arrested nearly exactly a year ago, in January 2018, after the remains of seven men were discovered in large planters on a property where the husband and father-of-two previously worked. September 2017 - Project Prism officers identify McArthur "as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman". Read More »

Lost toddler Casey Hathaway protected by bear during two nights in wilderness

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Despite being out alone in the elements-it's estimated temperatures dipped below freezing for more than six hours Tuesday night-his family says Casey is now doing well. "He's already asked to watch Netflix, so he's good". She wrote on the social network: "He said he hung out with a bear for two days". Hathaway was discovered about a mile away from where he disappeared after a neighbor walking her dog heard a child crying in the woods, WITN reports. Read More »

Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court

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Bibi is now expected to leave Pakistan , seeking asylum in another country as supporters warn she remains at risk of violence from extremist groups. Her lawyer, Saiful Malook, was granted temporary asylum in the Netherlands after facing death threats while Ms Bibi's husband pleaded for asylum. Read More »

Brexit uncertainty a 'disgrace', says Airbus CEO Tom Enders

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I am very happy to be public about it and very happy if the prime minister decides I am not the right person (to be business minister). Supporters of Brexit say departure from the European Union is an opportunity to trim the rulebook and keep the City of London competitive as a global financial hub. Read More »

Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 presidential bid with Oakland rally

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So let's answer that question - to the world and each other - right here and right now: America, we are better than this". Speaking before a giant American flag in front of Oakland's City Hall, Harris was surrounded by giant screens that alternated images of the crowd with a picture of her campaign logo-" Kamala Harris for the People"-and a request that supporters text "Fearless" to a campaign number in order to show their support. Read More »

Snow and ice to bite across the country

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The warning for Devon and Cornwall comes into force at 12pm on Tuesday and lasts until 11am on Wednesday. Past year saw several inches of snow fall in North Somerset, causing widespread problems - schools closed while the public transport system also ground to a halt. Read More »

There will be no change to Brexit backstop, says Tanaiste

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A demonstration at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Newry, Northern Ireland. Referring to these plots, Johnson dismissed the attempt to delay Brexit as a "thin disguise for killing it off" and said if they were successful in doing so "they will risk an incalculable backlash from those who voted Leave". Read More »

Man Walks Out Of Museum With Painting In Brazen Art Theft, Arrested

Security footage released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows the suspect remove the painting from a gallery wall in the presence of a large number of people. "Security measures at the Arkhip Kuindzhi exhibition and all sites of the Tretyakov Gallery have been strengthened", it added. "Thank God, thanks to the energetic efforts of our law enforcement officers, the painting was found quickly and efficiently", said Dmitry Peskov, president Vladimir Putin's press-secretary. Read More »

Five officers shot in Houston, officials say

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Several officers have been transported via Lifeflight, others transported by ground ambulance. Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, said one of the injured officers was transported by helicopter to the hospital. Read More »

NY Woman Rescued After Being Stuck In Elevator For Entire Weekend

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On Monday morning, January 28, firefighters responded to a call on the Upper East Side that mentioned a person was stuck inside. She's reportedly in good condition. this morning, when they realized the elevator was stuck. City records show the elevator was inspected multiple times, but it's not clear when the last inspection was conducted. Read More »

Matthew Whitaker: Mueller Probe 'Close To Being Completed'

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The Senate is reportedly expected to vote on Barr's confirmation on February 11. Whitaker oversees the Mueller probe as head of the Department of Justice. As I testified, I believe that Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation. He took over control overseeing the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president's request in November. Read More »