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France will skip 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang if safety isn't assured

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Concerns have grown in recent weeks following a series of missile launches by North Korea , the latest of which flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last Friday (September 15). "The political issues are having an impact on ticket sales", Eom Chan-wang, director general of marketing bureau at the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said. Read More »

Kylie Jenner reportedly pregnant with boyfriend Travis Scott's baby

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This is a developing story. Now, a source has confirmed the news that Kylie Jenner is pregnant . Meanwhile, according to TMZ sources, Travis is also spilling the big news to his buddies that he's going to become a dad. " Kylie's moving way too fast with Travis but this is the way she rolls". Weeks earlier, Jenner broke up with her on-and-off boyfriend Tyga . The pair had matching butterflies tattooed on their ankles to demonstrate their commitment to one another. Read More »

Catalonia independence: Spanish PM calls for end to 'radicalism'

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September 13: Spanish prosecutors order police to stop the referendum by seizing ballots, ballot boxes, campaign posters and other material needed to stage the vote. H e said the Catalan government is going against the Spanish constitution by holding the vote and that, "logically, the state has to act". Earlier, on Friday, the conservative government announced it would take over the payment of essential services and public workers' salaries in Catalonia to prevent it from spending money. Read More »

Rohingya Refugees To Receive $32 Million In Aid From US

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Suu Kyi earlier yesterday delivered a nationally televised address on the Rohingya crisis, appealing for outside observers to visit Myanmar and see the situation for themselves, in a speech aimed at appeasing an global community horrified by the army-led violence in Rakhine. Read More »

USA flies warplanes amid tensions with N Korea

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Cho said that U.N. Security Council resolutions on Pyongyang reaffirmed that they are not meant to negatively affect humanitarian activities for North Koreans. Instead, North Korea launched ballistic missiles over Hokkaido on August 29 and last Friday. "The danger is that North Korea's physicists are working to an altogether different and faster timetable than the NY diplomats". Read More »

Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Uses Racial Slurs in Speech

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The appointment came as unusual was reportedly investigating Bentley, who was forced to resign as part of a plea deal. Trump had made similar efforts on behalf of odd before the August primary. "'Cause if there's no place for Luther Strange , then we're all in trouble". In a state like Alabama, that means he's winning. Earlier this month, after Trump announced his decision to wind down President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for so-called DREAMers, Moore ... Read More »

'Politics of polarisation' a central challenge in India: Rahul Gandhi

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While he may not have delved deeper into the US-India relations, he spoke at length about what India and China's position in Asia could bring to the world. Speaking on the possibility of democratisation of China, Rahul said irrespective of the path it chooses, China and India would reshape the world. Gandhi had said last week in the USA that dynasties are fact of life in India. Read More »

Trump Threatens 'Total Destruction' of North Korea in First UN Speech

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Bush's pre-Iraq War "Axis of Evil" State of the Union. "Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Tokyo "(greatly) appreciate (s) President Trump's approach to changing North Korea's policy stance, denuclearising the country and calling on the global community, including China and Russian Federation, for their cooperation toward strengthening pressure on North Korea". Read More »

Dozens of states sign nuke weapons ban treaty at UN

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More than 40 countries today signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons , a pact that the world's nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned that the US would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies. He said "right from the early 60s, Nigeria has been a strong advocate of nuclear weapons prohibition and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons ". Read More »

Shooting at Mattoon HS, One in Custody

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Mattoon Community Unit School District 2 confirmed the casualty at Mattoon High School on its Facebook page. The names and ages of the suspect and the student who was shot weren't immediately released. The Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports that the shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Other students were taken to Riddle Elementary School. Read More »

Cassidy promotes bill meant to replace Obamacare

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He wrote, "I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare". The legislation sponsored by U.S. James L. Madara, executive vice president and chief executive. "Money direct to States!" "And I think that's unfair". The bill's Republican backers acknowledge that there will be winners and losers under the plan, but they are planning to bring the bill to a vote without getting a complete analysis from the Congressional Budget ... Read More »

Kenya elections were 'neither transparent or verifiable' court rules

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Justice Maraga points to an incident yesterday in which he says a judge was "blocked by demonstrators from accessing the Kerugoya Law Courts for the hearing of her own petition". The court held that Cebukati was responsible for failure to explain why poll results were not transmitted in the prescribed manner. It also comes amid petitions filed at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seeking the removal of judges Philomena Mwilu (Deputy Chief Justice) and Isaac Lenaola. Read More »

Police, protesters clash after vigil for slain Georgia Tech student

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In the call to police Saturday night, Scout Schultz described a suspicious person "as a white male, with long blond hair, white T-shirt & blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip", according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation . Read More »

Boris Johnson and dodgy use of statistics: A wake-up call?

On a visit to Canada on Monday, May rebuked Johnson, saying: "This government is driven from the front , and we're all going to the same destination". It comes amid reports of Cabinet infighting over Britain's divorce from the EU. Mr Clarke is just the latest to publicly condemn Mr Johnson's actions, who has been left increasingly isolated by his decision to set out his own personal Brexit plan. Read More »

Trump Takes Aim at Venezuela in UN Speech

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It came after the U.S. president said he would step-up if Venezuela imposes "an authoritarian regime" as he urged world leaders to restore "democracy" in the South American country. Trump has invited Presidents Michel Temer of Brazil, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama and Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti to the dinner on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. Read More »

Backed rebels hindering Syria Daesh fight: Russian Federation

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They have liberated some 60 square kilometers [some 23 sq. miles] on the eastern bank but have encountered obstacles, he said. While the Syrian Army has had major battles against ISIS day in and out, the Kurds appear to take over previously held ISIS territory with zero resistance, particularly north of Deir Ezzor where vast oil fields are located and needless to say the U.S. Read More »

North Korea Vows to Complete Nuke Program After Latest Missile

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The 15-nation council condemned Friday's missile test in an emergency session and called on all countries to "fully, comprehensively and immediately" implement all U.N. Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from the U.S. . The U.S. military released 24 photos of the latest show of force, an apparent message to North Korea and the global community. Read More »

US May Close Embassy in Cuba Due to Health Concerns

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A handful of GOP senators have called on Tillerson to take stronger action to protect U.S. diplomats from acoustic attacks in Cuba. At least 21 American diplomats and their family members have experienced odd health symptoms in the a year ago, including permanent hearing loss, mild traumatic brain injury, loss of balance, severe headaches, brain swelling, and concentration problems. Read More »

Tropical Storm Watch in effect for southern Connecticut

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Its moderate to large swells are forecast to continue to affect the eastern Florida coast through mid week, the Weather Service said, causing rip currents and poor offshore boating conditions. Maria is forecast to sweep across the islands before a possible midweek landfall as a major, Category 3 or higher hurricane in Puerto Rico. There are no expectations at this time Lee will pose a great danger to the U.S. Read More »

United States military forces hold joint military exercises with South Korea, Japan

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared on "Face The Nation" Sunday, a day after North Korea released a new image of its leader, Kim Jong Un, observing a recent missile test. Trump , who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, gave the North Korean leader a nickname in a tweet about his latest phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Read More »

Narendra Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to nation

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Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Babasaheb Ambedkar, the prime minister said: "If they had lived even a few more years, the dam would have been completed in the 60s and 70s itself..." He was accompanied by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari . Read More »

British Airways Plane Evacuated In Paris For Security Reasons

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The spokesman said the plane was evacuated , each passenger and each bag was checked and the plane was thoroughly examined but no threats were found. 'The pilot then said there had been a direct security threat involving our flight specifically'. "They needed to make sure everybody and everything has been searched". Read More »

American tourists attacked with acid in Marseille's train station, prosecutor says

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Two of the US women suffered facial injuries in the attack, police said. The attacker, a 41- year old woman, has been taken into custody. More on this as it develops. In August, a man driving a van crashed into two bus stops in the Vieux-Port area, a popular tourist spot. In April, French police say they thwarted an imminent "terror attack" and arrested two suspected radicals in Marseille just days before the first round of France's presidential election. Read More »

Ready to hand over Gaza to Palestinian President: Hamas

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Hamas has dissolved its administration that runs the besieged Gaza Strip and is now agreeing to hold general elections, the movement announced on Sunday. The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006. "This puts Abu Mazen and Fatah to the real test", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement on Hamas' official website. Read More »

Bitcoin platform to stop trading end-September

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As Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies can be bought and sold without any government intervention, China's move is being seen as a way for Beijing to gain control over crypto-currencies. The outlet does not say when the exchanges must close their operations, but there are several indications that the set date is September 30. Other businesses that the company runs, including a mining pool, physical bitcoin line of products, and an worldwide cryptocurrency exchange will continue to operate ... Read More »

Slender Man Trial: Jury finds Anissa Weier mentally ill, won't face prison

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Judge Michael Bohren told jurors they must decide whether Weier had a mental illness at the time of the crime and whether she lacked the capacity to understand her wrongful conduct. "This sounds insane, because it is", McMahon said. Leutner became so concerned about the stories that she asked her mother if they were real, according to Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher. Read More »

Trump to work on building business ties at United Nations assembly

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The worry is less about a full-blown attack from the North on its neighbours (an unlikely possibility given that Kim is not suicidal) and more the prospect of low-level provocations - for example, the shelling by the North of contested border territories near the Northern Limit Line between North and South Korea, or use of cyber attacks to disrupt United States and allied command and control operations. Read More »

5 steps you should take to protect yourself

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Ohio's Democratic U.S. Senator is introducing legislation to better protect against identity theft after data company Equifax announced a breach exposing almost half the people in the country. Lastly, you can also sign up for fraud alerts through your credit card companies and credit bureaus. A freeze restricts access to your credit report, making it almost impossible for someone to open a new account or line of credit in your name. Read More »

Malaysia: School Fire Leaves At Least 25 Dead

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The department's director-general Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim said initial submissions of architectural drawings showed that the building had two stairwells and was an open concept dormitory which would allow those inside access to both stairwells for emergency exit. Read More »

Kobach and his 5313 fraudulent voters

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At a meeting of the election panel Tuesday in New Hampshire , Kobach said he might have chosen the wrong word. "And it is real and valid", Gardner told Kobach as a small audience applauded Gardner's comment. Temple noted that the attorney general represented on the record, and Assistant Secretary of State David Scanlon represented in his affidavit, that the Secretary of State's Office will make good-faith efforts to ensure that voters are properly informed of SB3's requirements at ... Read More »