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Man escapes rape conviction because '11-year-old consented'

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The child told her parents immediately after and they sought assistance from the police. The act is considered a crime regardless of whether the minor consents, and therefore no force or violence is involved. Prosecutors in France deemed that sex between a 28-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl can not be considered as rape because it was consensual, sparking nationwide outrage. Read More »

National Football League must change or business is 'going to hell'

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The line drew loud applause, but the words cut deep into America's most popular sports league, where the majority of players are black and many grew up in tough neighbourhoods, raised by strong women. (AFP) Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines as the National Anthem is played before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Read More »

IAF trainer aircraft crashes at Keesara, pilot safe

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A Kiran trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in Hyderabad on Thursday. The pilot was identified as Aman Pande by the pilots. The plane, a Kiran craft, was on a routine training flight and no casualties or injuries have been reported in the crash. Read More »

Saudi Women Enter Stadium for First Time to Celebrate 'National Day'

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The royal decree ordered the formation of a ministerial body to give advice within 30 days and then implement the order by June 24, 2018, according to state news agency SPA. Neither Islamic law nor Saudi traffic law explicitly prohibited women from driving, but they were not issued licenses and were detained if they tried to drive. Read More »

Trump eyes executive order on health care, vows vote next year

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The executive order Trump is eyeing would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines through so-called health associations, a measure advocated by Republican Senator Rand Paul. On Wednesday, Trump told reporters he was " almost certain we have the votes ", but noted that one of the bill's supporters was in hospital. Cochran's aides said he was being treated for a urological issue and could return to Washington if a vote was planned. Read More »

Scaffolding collapses at Miami television tower, at least 3 dead

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Officials couldn't immediately confirm how high the workers were when the gin pole lifting device collapsed, but one witness said it appeared they were near the top. It sounded like the wind from the hurricane - the cord ripping, and then when I heard the boom. The TV tower is shared by WSVN and WPLG . The antenna was being replaced for WSVN-TV, another Miami station that uses the tower for transmitting signals, Ellis told WPLG-TV. Read More »

Trump Hesitates to Waive Jones Act to Help Puerto Rico

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New York Rep Nydia Velazquez had asked for a Jones Act waiver for Maria. "These emergency waivers have been valuable to speed up recovery efforts in the impacted regions". The president in the situation room, being briefed on Puerto Rico. The government has given varying statements on the Jones Act in recent days. We did receive a congressional letter today. Read More »

China orders N Korean businesses to shut

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National security advisor Chun Eui-yong, in a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, said he expected Pyongyang to act around October 10 and 18, but gave no details. Since the North's latest nuclear test, countries have taken measures against the reclusive state, including the expulsion of North Korean diplomats. Read More »

Evacuations from Bali volcano rise to 57000

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Many Indonesians live near volcanoes because lava flows make the surrounding soil and land fertile for farming. "If my house is destroyed I don't know how to restart my life. Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 127 are active and 65 are classified as risky. Indonesia lies in the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Read More »

Baldwin County Team Headed to Help in Puerto Rico Disaster

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They have fixed power at the airport and are working on the island's electrical grid. From Washington , President Donald Trump has praised FEMA , the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for a job well-done in Puerto Rico . " FEMA does have people in Puerto Rico ", she says. They're looking for donations to the first lady of Puerto Rico's foundation, Unidos Por Puerto Rico . Read More »

Iraqi lawmakers ask government to recover oilfields from Kurds

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In response, Barzani urged the world to "respect the will of millions of people" who voted in Monday's referendum . The process was very successful. On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi gave the country's Kurdish region until Friday to surrender control of its two airports or face a shutdown of worldwide flights. Read More »

Pakistan on top against Sri Lanka

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The Pakistani spinner was among the quickest to 50 and 100 wickets in the Test format as well taking nine and 16 Tests for the respective milestones in this format. Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. Fast-rising batsman Babar Azam at four and Haris Sohail, who is yet to play a test, will attempt to fill the void, while Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will also be expected to play a leading role. Read More »

Malaysia's Asian Cup Qualifier In Jeopardy After N.Korea Travel Ban

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Malaysia's ban on travel to North Korea presents a new hurdle for an Asian Cup football qualifying match between the two countries that has already been postponed twice this year over security fears. So far, one Indonesian woman and one Vietnamese woman have been charged with Kim's murder. "The decision to impose the travel ban on Malaysians to North Korea was taken in view of the escalation of tensions in the Korean peninsula and related developments arising from missile tests", Wisma ... Read More »

Zuckerberg responds to Trump's claim Facebook was out to get him

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He wrote: " Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News , @ nytimes (apologized) & @ WaPo were anti-Trump". "This is too important an issue to be dismissive", he wrote. Mr Zuckerberg, 33, insisted that the tech and publishing company was "a platform for all ideas" giving "people a voice, and enabling candidates to communicate directly, to helping millions of people vote". Read More »

Rescued Father Tom Uzhunnalil Meets PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj

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May God bless all, even my abductors, for all the goodness in them, Father Tom Uzhunnalil said during his meeting with the Foreign Minister. "Very happy, thank almighty for making this day possible". On October 1, he will arrive in Kerala at Kochi and will then head for his home-town at Ramapuram in Kottayam district. The first picture of Father Tom, soon after his release, showed him with long hair and a flowing white beard. Read More »

Five civilians wounded in attack on Kabul airport

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A Taliban spokesman tweeted that the attack was aimed at Mattis' plane. About 11,000 USA troops are in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism missions against groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda. Read More »

Prep volleyball roundup: Rehobeth edges Carroll

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Lindsay Lane 3, Decatur Heritage 0: Bonnie Cundiff led the Lions with six kills and eight digs in the win. ECS wins: Emmanuel Christian defeated East Memorial Academy 25-11, 25-20, 25-7 as Carley Cook had four aces, two kills, four assists and one block. Read More »

Majority Of Americans Say Trump Unfit For Office

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Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president with 36 percent saying they approved. White voters were divided with 50 percent saying he is fit and 48 percent saying he is not. The poll was conducted September 21 to 26 via phone, among 1,412 voters nationwide. More than twice as many Americans - 66 percent vs. 28 percent - said Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unify it, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll published ... Read More »

Reserve Bank keeps OCR at 1.75 per cent

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The RBNZ has kept the official cash rate steady at a record low of 1.75% since November 2016 and according to a Reuters poll, the vast majority of economists forecast that the RBNZ will keep things steady today. Mr Speizer said the NZ dollar has been "overly punished" in the past few weeks for election reasons and the market may have decided it had gone far enough in pricing in the uncertainty around the election. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron looking to bind European Union closer together

It's Macron's third speech since he was elected, about Europe , and I think precisely because we're encountering so many problems today in Europe, we need to set a bolder vision and that's exactly what he did. Striking in the speech was the lack of a sense of hierarchy among all the different projects. But that approach obviously can't be applied to eurozone reform, which will no doubt constitute the heart of the European Union discussion in months to come and be the main bone of ... Read More »

United States says it's not pushing for regime change in NKorea

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The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. The U.S. flew bombers as far north as they've gone above the demilitarized zone this century over the weekend as a show of force . White House National Security Adviser H.R. Read More »

Thai PM: Fugitive Former Leader Yingluck Shinawatra in Dubai

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It was the first public assertion by top regime leaders about former leader's whereabouts since she fled the country just days before her verdict was originally to be read on August 25. She is the sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecommunications tycoon. Everyone is under the same law. Prayut said an arrest warrant would be issued for Yingluck and efforts made to have her extradited. Read More »

Pakistani Finance Minister Indicted On Corruption Charges

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However, Dar denied all charges against him relating to the accumulation of assets and funds beyond known sources of income. "Dar told the court that he was innocent and he will prove that his assets are legitimate", Jan Achakzai, a PML-N official, told Reuters. Read More »

Oil in bull market nears $52 on signs USA stockpiles declined

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Five countries in the group -Libya, Nigeria , Venezuela, Iran and Iraq -may already be pumping at their maximum capacity this year, Ed Morse , the bank's global head of commodities research, said in an interview. "Further drawdowns in United States crude stocks are expected over the coming weeks as the country's gasoline and distillate inventories are replenished", said Abhishek Kumar, Senior Energy Analyst at Interfax Energy's Global Gas Analytics in London. Read More »

Almost half of abortions worldwide are unsafe, study says

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Almost half of the 55.7 million abortions that take place globally each year are unsafe and putting women's lives at risk, a study said on Wednesday, calling for greater access to contraception and safe terminations. "But despite recent advances in technology and evidence, too many unsafe abortions still occur, and too many women continue to suffer and die". The country has legalized therapeutic abortion two months later, on September 14. Read More »

Andrew Luck still at least a week away from practicing

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He might be able to start some practice this week, but I'm not guaranteeing nothing, so don't write anything. "He's doing great; there was no setback", Pagano said. In a press conference Wednesday, head coach Chuck Pagano said he'll likely be back in practice sometime next week. He threw for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during his rookie campaign and completed 54.1 percent of his passes with a passer rating of 76.5. Read More »

Former Iowa senator testifies in Menendez trial

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A former U.S. senator has testified at the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a one-time Democratic presidential candidate, whom the prosecution also called to the stand Wednesday. Menendez, 63, stands accused of accepting bribes from the West Palm Beach, Fla., ophthalmologist - including private-jet trips and vacations - in exchange for favors, such as help with Melgen's Medicare dispute. Read More »

N.Korea mobilises aircraft in response to USA bombers

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It's been nearly half a century since North Korea shot down a US military aircraft. The Pentagon said the mission in worldwide airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behavior". It's also possible that the North is trying to fan concerns about a potential military clash in the region now so that it can win room to save face later when it tries to de-escalate, he said. Read More »

OJ Simpson Release Could Happen Monday

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He's eligible to be released from prison this Sunday. He will report to the state Division of Parole and Probation. And Tom Scotto, a close friend of "Juice", added that he was set for release " shortly after " October 1 . Simpson spent nine years behind bars on armed robbery and kidnapping charges following a 2008 confrontation between Simpson and two sports memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas. Read More »

Belle Gibson Fined $410000 Over False Cancer Claims

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The huge fine is nowhere near the maximum penalty she could have faced - £590,000 ( $1.1 million). Justice Debbie Mortimer handed down the judgement in Australia's Federal Court on Thursday over five contraventions of the country's consumer law. Read More »

Tokyo Governor Koike's new party gains traction ahead of general election: polls

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The election will take place on October 22. Popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike Wednesday vowed a break with old-school politics as she officially launched a new party she hopes will shake up the upcoming snap election in Japan. Mr Abe suffered a drop in popularity earlier this year over allegations of cronyism. Her party is unlikely to prevent the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) winning a third successive victory but it could cause Mr Abe embarrassment, particularly... Read More »

Trump Tax Plan Aims to Slash Rates for Corporations and Super-Wealthy

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Under the Republican proposal, the president said , tax regulations will be "simple and fair", and most Americans' annual tax returns will fit on a single sheet of paper. Reduces the number of tax brackets from seven to three with the highest being 35 percent and the lowest being 12 percent. According to an estimate from Kyle Pomerleau, director of federal projects at the Tax Foundation, up to $5 trillion could be added to the deficit if all of the GOP ideas on this wish list ... Read More »