• Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian MPs to Washington

    Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian MPs to Washington

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    Russian foreign affairs chairman Konstantin Kosachev says that no plans on meetings have been finalized, but that he hoped such a meeting was possible to arrange before the end of the year. Paul's visit comes following a historic summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The summit drew sharp criticism at home after Trump suggested he was inclined to believe Putin's version of events regarding the 2016 U.S.
  • US gears up for potential cyberattacks after Iran sanctions

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    The DPRK foreign minister in response reiterated the praise for the two countries' longstanding relationship and agreed with the Iranian President's calls for strengthening ties. Turkey buys an estimated 9.5bn cubic metres of gas from Iran. "The US withdrawal from JCPOA and re-imposition of its sanctions is a serious breach of its legal obligations under the United Nations Charter, which entails its global responsibility".
  • Canadian dollar falls after Saudi Arabia reportedly sells off assets

    Canadian dollar falls after Saudi Arabia reportedly sells off assets

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    This after it suspended direct flights to Canada by its state airline and ordered the withdrawal of 12,000 Saudi students who are in Canada on state-sponsored scholarships. "We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said .
  • Blast kills head of Syrian arms research program

    Blast kills head of Syrian arms research program

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    It said Israel was suspected of carrying out the attack. Asbar headed the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf, Hama province, which the U.S. Syria surrendered its chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

    After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

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    Dorsey said in his posts that "we've been awful at explaining our decisions in the past". Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts. Jones' Instagram (owned by Facebook) account is still active, as is his Periscope account, which is owned by Twitter. Apple removed several Infowars podcasts from iTunes Sunday, claiming they violated its rules against hate speech.
  • Gates Describes Manafort Orders While Defense Hammers 'Secret Life'

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    Noah added, "It's like if at the end of "Karate Kid", Daniel-san kicked the shit out of Mr. Miyagi". During Gates' testimony on Tuesday , Manafort stared coldly at Gates as the business partner-turned-witness testified against him. "He always had control over the accounts", Gates said of Manafort, and the income was not reported to his bookkeepers, his accountants or the USA tax authorities.
  • Internet snaps at Texas student who posed with alligator in grad photos

    Internet snaps at Texas student who posed with alligator in grad photos

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    During her internship, she developed a strong bond with this alligator named Tex, and to celebrate the occasion, she chose to take a few snaps with it who she dubbed as a "sweetheart", and 'best friend'. She didn't elaborate what kind of "play" one engages in with a giant gator. "This is no small task, in fact, Tex is very picky about who can get in and feed him, but today a huge step was made", Noland said in her post.
  • China Tariffs on $16B Finalized for August 23 by Trump Administration

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    The first round of President Donald Trump's 25 percent punitive tariffs on China will hit $50 billion in goods starting August 23, the government announced Tuesday. "Although this may for a moment bring preening with delight, it will make it hard to resolve economic imbalances or out of kilter politics and other deep-rooted problems", it said.
  • 'Kill me': Parkland shooting suspect's alleged confession to police released

    'Kill me': Parkland shooting suspect's alleged confession to police released

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    But the report was prepared in a way that anyone could see the entire text after copy-pasting the blacked-out report into a Word document. The school district has asked that the Sun Sentinel and two of its reporters who published the private information be held in contempt of court for taking advantage of the school system's mistake.
  • Student protests surge in Bangladesh capital

    Student protests surge in Bangladesh capital

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    The concerns expressed by youth about road safety are legitimate and a solution is needed for a mega city like Dhaka . Tens of thousands of uniformed students have turned out to demand a crackdown on reckless bus drivers since Sunday, when a privately run bus hit the college students, provoking fury.
  • Baby boy dies after being found in river near Brooklyn Bridge

    Baby boy dies after being found in river near Brooklyn Bridge

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    Tourists from Oklahoma discovered a baby lying unconscious and unresponsive near the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. "I called 911. At that point, I thought it was a doll", Monte Campbell said. There was no respiration nor pulse. The Medical Examiner is working to determine the baby's cause of death. Police climbed over the safety railing to retrieve the baby, then brought him to the pedestrian walkway where they performed CPR, officials said.
  • OH race too close to call but Trump claims victory

    OH race too close to call but Trump claims victory

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    This is a special election, not a primary, so the victor of Ohio's vote tonight will head to Congress after votes are counted. Voters in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington state joined those in OH in Tuesday's voting. Kansas Republicans were fighting among themselves in a battle for governor, where Secretary of State Kris Kobach was trying to unseat Gov. Jeff Colyer.
  • Osinbajo Sacks Lawal Daura As SSS DG

    Osinbajo Sacks Lawal Daura As SSS DG

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    Except for a change of heart, the Federal Government is set to name most senior Director in the Department of State Services (DSS ), Matthew Seiyefa, as the Acting Director General of the service. The siege was lifted about an hour after the DG was sacked from office. Journalists were also barred from entering the complex with the DSS officials claiming that the blockage was an order "from above".
  • German couple convicted over rape, online sale of young son

    German couple convicted over rape, online sale of young son

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    Her partner, Christian L., was sentenced to 12 years. The 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner were also convicted of repeatedly raping the boy, now 10, and filming the abuse. Video footage catalogued the horror of the boy's abuse, which included him being tied up and subjected to verbal humiliation. The couple was also ordered to pay a total of €42,500 in damages to the boy and another victim, a girl who was temporarily in their care.
  • White House can't -- or won't -- explain Trump's wildfire tweets

    White House can't -- or won't -- explain Trump's wildfire tweets

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    The Mendocino Complex of Fires east of Ukiah, California has blackened more than 273,664 acres, becoming the second largest wildfire in the state's recorded history. The fire has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings, and more than 11,000 structures remained threatened, the department said. As of Monday, the Carr Fire had consumed 163,207 acres and was 45 percent contained.
  • Manafort’s former business partner drops bombshell testimony

    Manafort’s former business partner drops bombshell testimony

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    At some point this week, Manafort's former right-hand man, Rick Gates , is expected to take the witness stand. Gates, who also served on Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty in February and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors under a deal that could lead to a reduced sentence.
  • Dravidian icon M Karunanidhi passes away at the age of 94

    Dravidian icon M Karunanidhi passes away at the age of 94

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    Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter. In the years that followed, the state government alternated between Karunanidhi and its main political rival, the AIADMK. Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people. Later, after Jayalalithaa's death in December 2016, he had expressed regret, saying "I had hurt her".
  • Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer

    Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer

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    Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, said it is hard to determine what the economic impact on Canada would be without specifics on which trade deals will be affected. According to Thompson Rivers University figures, there are 2,839 global students enrolled, nine per cent of which - 256 - are from Saudi Arabia, which makes up the third-most contingent of students at TRU, behind India (22 per cent; 625 students) and China (30 per cent; 852 students).
  • 'Shut Up and Dribble' Showtime Docuseries Coming With LeBron

    'Shut Up and Dribble' Showtime Docuseries Coming With LeBron

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    The program's title? " Shut Up And Dribble ". The series - billed as an inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the National Basketball Association - will be titled Shut Up and Dribble .
  • Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

    Hamas leaders to meet in Gaza amid Israel truce reports

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    Muadh al-Suri, 15, was shot in the stomach on Friday in central Gaza, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, raising the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during those clashes to two, with over 200 wounded. What Happened: Israel and militant group Hamas are allegedly working on a deal to ensure that peace between the two sides holds, Haaretz reported August 3.
  • President Trump appears to change his story about meeting

    President Trump appears to change his story about meeting

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    However, a tweet Trump sent last week in which he appeared to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the Mueller investigation was quickly downplayed by Trump's lawyers as the President's opinion , not an order. "And the other is a broader statute which Robert Mueller has been using in connection a number of the Russians that have been indicted, and that is, broadly, a conspiracy to defraud the United States", Abrams said.
  • Trump team unites in bid to topple Iran regime

    Trump team unites in bid to topple Iran regime

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    The stiff economic sanctions ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide accord limiting Iran's nuclear activities.
  • 5 killed in CA when plane crashes into parking lot

    5 killed in CA when plane crashes into parking lot

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    The victims, in addition to pilot Scott Shepard, 53, were identified as Lara Shepard, 42, the wife of the pilot; real estate agent Nasim Ghanadan, 29; and another married couple, Floria Hakimi, 62, and Navid Hakimi, 32. Another witness told local news media that he was coming out of a sushi restaurant when he saw the plane flying low. "I couldn't believe what was happening".
  • Starving US children rescued from caravan

    Starving US children rescued from caravan

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    Police in rural New Mexico have rescued 11 children from a "squalid" makeshift compound after receiving a tip that they were "starving" and desperately in need of food and water. The sheriff described the conditions at the property as "filthy" and said its residents were poorly clothed, without shoes, and appeared to have had access to a limited food supply, consisting of "a few potatoes and a box of rice".
  • 11 killed, 70 injured in a single weekend across Chicago

    11 killed, 70 injured in a single weekend across Chicago

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    Four of the victims were teenage girls. In the city's Gresham community, eight people were wounded when several gunmen opened fire outside a building in the 1300 block of West 76th Street, the Chicago Police Department said . "Detectives are working around the clock to investigate the incidents, build a timeline of events and identify any shooter", said the Chicago Police Chief .
  • Huge Explosion Near Italy's Bologna Airport Triggered By Road Accident

    Huge Explosion Near Italy's Bologna Airport Triggered By Road Accident

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    Police in Bologna said a vehicle accident caused a fire that led to the explosion, and Italian firefighters said a tanker carrying inflammable material was involved. Firefighters said the flames were extinguished several hours after the explosion, ANSA reported. The explosion caused a bridge to collapse. Police said they had closed off the road where the crash took place as well as the surrounding area in Borgo Panigale, on the outskirts of Bologna.
  • Tampa police: Woman threw young daughter into river, killing her

    Tampa police: Woman threw young daughter into river, killing her

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    At around 4 p.m. Thursday, police received a report of a woman who had thrown a child into the Hillsborough River, police told ABC News. Vicki Walker, who says she noticed Denson in the water, told The Tampa Bay Times the woman started to cry once she made it to shore.
  • United States prepares to reinstate Iran sanctions

    United States prepares to reinstate Iran sanctions

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    The 2015 landmark nuclear deal provided Tehran with some relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program. "It's an important part of our efforts to push back against Iranian malign activity", he said. Hemmati had told state TV late on Sunday that "money exchangers are allowed to sell and buy foreign currencies" once again, to help Iranians get better access to "services and travel overseas".
  • A Trump Pardon Is Starting To Look Like Paul Manafort's Best Hope

    A Trump Pardon Is Starting To Look Like Paul Manafort's Best Hope

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    Manafort is on trial for alleged bank fraud and tax evasion, charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. In Friday's testimony, and throughout the trial thus far, neither Trump nor Russian Federation has been discussed, as evidence has focused on Manafort's work as a consultant in the years before he joined Trump's campaign in the presidential election year.
  • John Kasich: Suburban GOP Women 'Turned Off' by Trump's Chaos

    John Kasich: Suburban GOP Women 'Turned Off' by Trump's Chaos

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    Responding to Saturday's rally at an OH high school gym meant to boost the prospects of Republican Troy Balderson in a tightly contested special election scheduled for Tuesday, a top GOP operative confided "Today is a flawless example" of Trump's failings as an advocate for candidates.
  • Wildfires spreading across Portugal's Algarve region as temperatures reach 46C

    Wildfires spreading across Portugal's Algarve region as temperatures reach 46C

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    Portugal's weather service said the capital reached 44C (111.2F) on Saturday, surpassing the city's previous record of 43C (109.4F) set in 1981. The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was 48C in Athens in 1977. Some places in Sweden have had their driest May-to-July period on record, according to its meteorological agency, and a number of weather stations have recorded only 10% to 15% of their normal rainfall.
  • UN Envoy Invites Warring Parties to Yemen Talks on September 6

    UN Envoy Invites Warring Parties to Yemen Talks on September 6

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    Martin Griffiths says proposed talks in the Swiss city of Geneva will lay groundwork for peace negotiations . Hodeidah authorities said these air attacks were absolutely unanticipated because both the Houthi fighters and the Saudi-UAE coalition had declared the suspension of hostilities in Yemen, recognising the United Nations peace efforts.
  • Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its envoy over 'interference'

    Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its envoy over 'interference'

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    Saudi Arabia has also made a decision to freeze all new trade and investment deals between the Kingdom and Canada while retaining its right to take other measures, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Human Rights Watch said they are "the latest victims of an unprecedented government crackdown on the women's rights movement". However, supporters of women's rights were arrested just weeks before the ban was lifted, signaling that only King Salman and his powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin ...
  • Brown Asks Trump for Wildfire Aid as State Battles 17 Blazes

    Brown Asks Trump for Wildfire Aid as State Battles 17 Blazes

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    Jairus Ayeta worked as an apprentice lineman for Pacific Gas & Electric and died in a vehicle-related incident near the Carr Fire in Shasta County on Saturday, spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin said. "Fire managers are continuously assessing conditions in the area and will work directly with and will immediately advise park managers as conditions change and it becomes safe to reopen", the agency said in a statement.
  • Assassination by drone? Venezuela's President avoids plot to kill

    Assassination by drone? Venezuela's President avoids plot to kill

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    Three firefighters speaking on the condition of anonymity said the explosion was caused by a gas tank in a nearby apartment building but did not provide additional details, the AP wrote. The parade Maduro attended was to mark the one-year anniversary of the Constitutional Assembly, a legislative body packed with Maduro loyalists that arrogated powers from the opposition-ruled National Assembly.