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Met Office confirms today hottest winter day ever

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It's been a quite remarkable spell of weather, it's one thing to have a couple of days of warmer temperatures at this time of year, but another thing entirely to see such a sustained spell of warmth with highs so many degrees above the norm across several days. Read More »

GOP's Mark Harris Will Not Run in NC-09 Special Congressional Election

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The unanimous vote by North Carolina's bipartisan elections board followed four days of evidence showing an operative for Harris' campaign had orchestrated a ballot fraud scheme in the state's 9th Congressional District. Rushing may prove to be a controversial candidate for other reasons, too. "I do think McCready's campaign is looking at a legal challenge, since the law was passed after the investigation had begun", Bitzer said. Read More »

After Putin's warning, Russian TV lists nuclear targets including Pentagon in US

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The Pentagon and Camp David in Maryland were among the targets shown on Sunday evening. Some other targets mentioned in Kiselyov's show included Fort Richie in Maryland, which actually closed down in 1998, McClellan Airforce base in California, which also closed in 2001, and Jim Creek naval communications base in Washington State, according to Reuters . Read More »

Fiery crash ‘kills 20’ at Cairo train station

Eyewitness Ibrahim Hussein said: "I saw a man pointing from the locomotive as it entered the platform, and screaming 'There are no brakes!" "I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred", he added. Prime Minister Madbouly said in a brief statement that the reason behind the train collision is still unknown. Two years ago 41 passengers were killed and 133 wounded when two trains collided in Alexandria. Read More »

Kim's train chugs 4000 km for Hanoi summit with Trump

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That means he would be due to arrive in Vietnam early on Tuesday. Expectations of a second summit start building in January when Kim visits Beijing, his main diplomatic ally. "As long as there's no testing, we're happy", Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House. The United States has for years demanded North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, before any concessions will be granted. Read More »

Military spokesman: Pakistan does not want to go 'towards war' with India

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The Indian action came after Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. Pakistan says Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the town of Balakot , but there were no casualties. Indian air force planes strayed into Pakistani airspace on Wednesday after Pakistan had carried out airstrikes in Indian-occupied Kashmir, said Major General Asif Ghafoor, a ... Read More »

Australian python makes 9,000-mile flight in woman’s shoe

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Moira Boxall presumed her vacation had concluded when she departed Queensland and traveled thousands of miles back home, but a cheap guest ended up giving the jet-lagged Scotland national an immediate jolt of energy! 'I responded to a call from a woman who had just returned from a holiday in Australia who had found a small snake inside her shoe in her suitcase. Read More »

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Announces Resignation

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Zarif told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA ) on Tuesday that he hoped his resignation "would spark the return of the ministry of foreign affairs to its constitutional place in [Iran's] worldwide relations". Qais al-Khazali, a prominent PMU militia leader and politician, said in an interview with Reuters that he sees no reason for United States troops to remain in Iraq. Read More »

IAF Mi-17 transport chopper crashes in Budgam district of Kashmir

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Initial probe points out technical snag as the cause for the crash. The tension between the two countries escalated further after the February 14, attack in Pulwama that claimed the life of 49 paramilitary men. "Many commercial flights have been put on hold". Latest reports say that Srinagar Airport has been shut down. IAF aircraft MIG 21 reportedly crashed in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam. Read More »

USA officials discuss Mideast peace with Gulf leaders

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In an interview broadcast on Monday on Sky News Arabia during a visit to US -allied Gulf Arab states, Kushner made no specific mention of a Palestinian state, whose creation had been at the foundation of Washington's peace efforts for two decades. Read More »

Sanders Demanded Private Jets, Clinton Aides Say

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Sanders took questions from attendees in Washington on a variety of issues, including allegations of sexual harassment and other mistreatment of female staffers who worked on his first presidential campaign. The Clinton camp occasionally paid for private plane rides for surrogate campaigners, including Beyonce, Jay Z and Katy Perry, but according to the Politico story, Sanders was the only one who was granted this favour on a regular basis as the most important supporter. Read More »

US business insiders welcome progress on US-China trade talks

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President Donald Trump tweeted he "will be delaying" the increase of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled on March 1. The tweets came following several days of negotiations in Washington led by U.S. Trump and Xi agreed December 1 to postpone more penalties while they negotiate. The report said the parties also agreed to "carry out follow-ups in accordance with the instructions of the two heads of state". Read More »

Trump Wants To Turn Fourth Of July Into Trump Rally

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Parade-goers reach for a souvenir during the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, July 4, 2018. President Donald Trump posted plans for a Fourth of July event on Sunday, asking Americans to " hold the date ". There's also an annual concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol, broadcast live by PBS and immediately followed by the annual fireworks show. The idea has been shot down by Defense Department officials, who say that a military parade could cost the US up to $ 92 ... Read More »

IAF strike in Pakistan killed 300 terrorists: Government source

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The local police chief, Saghir Hussain Shah, said a team sent to the area found no damage and no casualties. Hours after the bombing, India's air force shot down a drone near the Pakistani frontier. They fought a third war in 1979 over East Pakistan, which gained its independence with the help of India and became Bangladesh. "Rauf is now de-facto chief of the outfit as Masood Azhar is not known to be keeping well", said an intelligence official. Read More »

Top Democrat vows to subpoena Mueller report if necessary

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His deceit, which is a fundamental component of the crimes of conviction and relevant conduct, extended to tax preparers, bookkeepers, banks, the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice National Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Special Counsel's Office, the grand jury, his own legal counsel, Members of Congress, and members of the executive branch of the United States government. Read More »

Man wrongfully convicted of Simi Valley murder to get $21 million

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Craig Coley, 71, was jailed in 1978 for the murder of his ex-partner and her son, but consistently maintained his innocence. The settlement is the largest payout from the state's Victim's Compensation Government Claim Board, and his time behind bars was the longest prison term overturned in California , according to a press release. Read More »

#ResurrectionChallenge: Netizens mock Pastor Alph Lukau’s ‘resurrection miracle'

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This U-turn comes in the wake of funeral parlour Kings and Queens Real Funerals distancing itself from what transpired at the church at a media briefing, News24 reported . Controversial Pastor Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries International Johannesburg published a live feed of his Sunday service online, where he is seeing, allegedly raising a dead Zimbabwean man in a coffin. Read More »

Highest recorded number of Afghan civilians killed in 2018, says UN

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That's about a fifth of the U.N.'s tally. Casualties due to aerial operations by coalition and Afghan forces were at record highs. In the past decade, it said, more than 32,000 noncombatants have been killed and nearly 60,000 injured. "For the first time since 2009, UNAMA recorded more than 1,000 civilian casualties from aerial operations", the report said. Official data shows the USA military dropped 7,362 bombs and munitions in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest in a single year in at ... Read More »

What the Pope’s sex abuse summit has and hasn’t changed — AP Analysis

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said new legal procedures were needed to deal with those either accused of abuse or of protecting alleged perpetrators, and insisted lay experts should be involved in every step. But the man who helped touch off the firestorm that prompted a summit of church leaders on the topic expressed skepticism over whether they'll follow through, in an exclusive interview with WGN. Read More »

Mom, Daughter Accused of 'Atrocious' Murder of Family

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Their bodies were discovered around 4 p.m. Monday inside the Robert Morris Apartments on West Bridge Street. According to Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, the victims have been identified as the mother's two other children-13-year-old Damon Decree Jr. Read More »

May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote

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Ms James, who is considered one of the Government's rising stars, said: "We don't know what the whipping is going to be. what the Prime Minister is going to say in Parliament today". "If it's being delayed, which is my suspicion, as a plot to stop Brexit altogether then I think that would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit", he said. Read More »

Trump extends China tariff deadline, cites progress in talks

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Trump's tweets did not indicate how much longer the increase would be delayed but said trade talks with China had made "substantial progress" and that a summit is being planned with China's President Xi at Trump's private club. U.S. stocks opened higher yesterday after the latest developments. "But if the United States has come away with very little in terms of binding commitments (after dropping the tariff deadline), then the chance of getting more in the coming weeks could be quite low". Read More »

Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Lying and Potentially Criminal Conduct

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Over the next three days Cohen will be testifying under oath to three different Congressional committees, with Wednesday being the day in which he does so in public, on live television. Cohen is scheduled to report to prison on May 6 to begin serving his three-year sentence . Cohen paid $130,000 weeks before the 2016 election to Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump. Read More »

Country Liquor Kills 22 tea garden workers in Golaghat

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An investigation has been ordered into the tragedy, while the death toll is believed to be the highest since a 2011 case in West Bengal, where more than 170 people died after ingesting bootleg alcohol. He said doctors from Assam Medical College Hospital in the neighbouring Dibrugarh district and Tezpur Medical College in Sonitpur district were rushed to Jorhat and Golaghat to assist in the treatment of the affected people. Read More »

Harry and Meghan meet horses that heal in Morocco

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The duchess, who earlier had a henna tattoo painted on her left hand which had now faded, told a group of female executives and entrepreneurs: "Women have to challenge everywhere in the world". One of the teenage students said : "Her French was good and it was a surprise she spoke it so well, but Harry said he didn't speak French at all". Read More »

Himes Eager To Hear Michael Cohen Testify Before House Intelligence Committee

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Last month Cohen backed out of a public hearing that was scheduled to take place before the Oversight Committee on February 7. His close ties to Trump over the course of more than 10 years make Cohen a particularly interesting witness to lawmakers, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and potential links to Trump's campaign. Read More »

Okinawa 'no' vote won't delay US base move: Japan PM

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Kodai Arakaki, 24, from Nago said he believes there will be no other option but to move the base to Henoko although he voted against the plan as he hopes the referendum "offers an opportunity for the central government and people in the country to understand Okinawa's situation". Read More »

Freezing rain, damaging winds could be on the way this weekend

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Environment Canada issued a number of weather warnings and advisories across eastern Ontario. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows is possible, along with power outages. It could also affect the Monday morning commute as the gusting winds are expected to continue. Snow squalls will develop in the afternoon, and will combine with very strong westerly winds gusting up to 100 km/h to produce reduced visibilities in blowing snow. Read More »

UK Labour leaders hint at second referendum

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British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Sunday that she is delaying a vote on her Brexit deal in Parliament, saying it should now take place by March 12, a little more than two weeks before the U.K.is due to leave the European Union. Read More »

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

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A day after his conviction in December, a Vatican office announced that Cardinal Pell had been removed from the Council of Cardinals , a papal advisory group, back in October. The Catholic church in Australia has said it would oppose such a law. His victims were two 13-year-old boys on scholarships to the prestigious St Kevin's College. Read More »

High Winds Create ‘Ice Tsunami’ in NY

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He wrote: "An incredible sight along the Niagara River in Fort Erie as strong winds from today's storm have pushed hundreds of chunks of ice on shore over barriers". NYPA said it was hoping to use drones to inspect the ice boom for damage but the winds were still too high on Monday February 25th. David Piano shared these photos. Read More »

Supreme Court orders eviction of over 1 million adivasi families

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The next date of hearing is set for July 27 - the effective date by when states would have to evict tribals to comply with the court orders. This rather extreme judicial order, reprising a similar one almost two decades ago, has come about on a petition filed by the NGO Wildlife First and others who claim the Forest Rights Act , 2006, was faulty and has accelerated deforestation. Read More »

Journalist Jorge Ramos detained while interviewing Maduro

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Venezuelan officials confiscated his and his crew's cellphones, equipment and the material of the interview, according to Ramos. Coronell said their equipment and the recordings of the interview were not returned. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier also tweeted calling for Maduro to release the journalists. The Venezuelan government had set up multiple interviews with American journalists amid the country's deepening crisis. Read More »

Saudi Prince Shows Grip on Power, Names First Woman Envoy To US

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Reema has worked for Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority and as the chief executive of Alfa International, a luxury retail company. She is the 11th Saudi Ambassador to Washington. Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during a joint press conference at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi. The killing refocused attention on a Saudi-led military coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, which is gripped by what the United Nations calls the world's worst ... Read More »