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Iraqi forces retake areas in northern Nineveh province

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The Kurds' long-time big power ally, the United States, also opposed the vote. The areas include the provincial capital Kirkuk . A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. Read More »

A subsidiary Volvo introduced its first vehicle

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In Shanghai the firm introduced its first vehicle Polestar 1 , which will go on sale in 2019 and production will be limited to 500 units a year. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in to power the front wheels when the driver needs more mileage or wants to crank things up to full performance. Read More »

Minnesota Granted Real ID Extension

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Virginia and SC are only two of the 21 states not in compliance that received extensions. SC hasn't yet been practicing this; the first " REAL ID " hasn't been issued yet. "You put yourself in a better position to avoid the line and potentially be able to order your REAL ID license from home next year". Congressman Greg Gianforte: "The federal government has granted the state more time to comply with REAL ID requirements". Read More »

President Trump's Fortune Falling Faster Than His Polling Numbers

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According to Forbes , it now requires $2 billion to make the list, a almost 18 percent jump from previous year. Gates' net worth totaled $89 billion, up $8 billion from 2016. "A tough NY real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign all contributed to the declining fortune of the 45th president", it says. Read More »

14000 lone children among Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh

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Human Rights Watch analysed a total of 866 villages in Rakhine State and found that up to 90% of villages were destroyed in some subareas between August 25th and September 25th. The new exodus comes amid media reports pressure by the Myanmar government led to the toning down of a damning report into the diet of Rohingya refugees. Read More »

Kenya vote chief: Credible election 'difficult'

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukat, addressing media in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, on status of preparedness for the rerun of elections on Oct.26. The commission was already reeling from last week's surprise withdrawal of Mr Odinga from the election re-run. It is hard to imagine the commission will recover from these shocking revelations to organise a free, fair and credible election. Read More »

Seven policemen killed in Pakistan blast

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Balochistan home minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed that six policemen and a passerby lost their lives in the attack while 22 others were injured. Security forces have reached the location and cordoned off the area, and a security sweep is underway, it said. Read More »

Lighthizer Slams Canada and Mexico for Refusing to Accept NAFTA Reforms

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If the deal falls apart there is no economic analysis as to what would happen but Lighthizer said "my guess is all three countries would do just fine". The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which encompasses more than 200 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, added that Nafta's downfall would incur "massive" disruptions in agriculture and manufacturing as well as higher costs for USA consumers. Read More »

North Korea has warned that nuclear war could break out any moment

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Following North Korea's most powerful nuclear test , the U.N. Security Council capped North Korean imports of crude oil, but China and Russian Federation resisted an outright ban. The ministers also cut the amount of money that people can send to North Korea from $17,700 to $5,900, saying they believe the remittances are being used to back Pyongyang's arms program. Read More »

Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action

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Special Ops troops killed in Niger two weeks ago. "They've been sent, or they're going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend", Trump said. "I can tell you, my policy is I have called every one of them". "I don't know if he did", he said of Mr Obama. "I also photographed him meeting with hundreds of wounded soldiers, and family members of those killed in action", he wrote. Read More »

Sri Lanka commits to Lahore T20I despite reluctance from players

After a clinical win in the first ODI it is time for Pakistan cricket team to enjoy some good time, as the team celebrated the birthday of middle order batsman, Babar Azam , as the Lahore born turned 23 on Sunday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday launched the first phase of online ticket sales for the upcoming T20I match between Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in Lahore . Read More »

Passengers describe panic, terror aboard Indonesia AirAsia flight

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Most passengers got onto the next flight on Sunday with some hesitant to fly. The aircraft landed safely and the 145 passengers on board will be put on later flights. Some passengers said they believed they were going to die and that many attempted to send farewell text messages to loved ones as the stricken aircraft dived without any warning. Read More »

Mughal history will be rewritten: BJP MLA

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The BJP stepped into the row with party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao describing Muslim rule in India as "barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance" while asserting that its members could hold any opinion they want on specific monuments. Read More »

Asia Cup : India beat Pakistan 3-1

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Q4 58'min: India just need to calm their nerves to win this encounter, they still lead 3-1 vs Pakistan. Soon Gurjant had a great chance to consolidate India's lead but his push, after a fine one-two with Akashdeep was saved by the Pakistani goalkeeper. Read More »

Fani-Kayode Blasts Okorocha for Erecting Zuma's Statue in Owerri

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Social media has reacted with mixed emotions following the news that the Nigerian government unveiled a statue of President Jacob Zuma on Sunday. The South African president is also under fire for allegations of corruption and abuse of power in his ruling African National Congress (ANC). Read More »

US Supreme Court to review Microsoft email privacy case

Microsoft challenged the warrant in 2014, arguing that prosecutors could not force it to hand over its customer's emails stored overseas. The case began in 2013, when USA prosecutors got a warrant to access emails in a drug trafficking investigation. Read More »

More Than 15 States To Sue Over Trump Health Care Move

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The new lawsuit would be separate from an existing case now pending before an appeals court in Washington in which 16 Democratic state attorneys general are defending the legality of the payments. The administration will not make the next payment to insurers, scheduled for Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. Becerra added that Trump's order is "essentially a $7-billion dollar tax increase for working families trying to hold onto their health insurance". Read More »

Iraqi, Kurdish Troops In Tense Standoff As Deadline Nears

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Iraqi forces and their allies began moving toward Kirkuk Thursday night, aiming for military bases to the northwest and southwest of the city, Kurdish commander Gen. Kurdish Peshmerga forces moved into Kirkuk before IS reached the area, and have since held the province. The Kurds have repeatedly called for negotiations following the referendum in which an overwhelming majority voted for independence. Read More »

Rival Palestinian Groups Hamas, Fatah Reach Deal Over Control Of Gaza

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If this deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since the Islamist militant group Hamas wrested control of the territory 10 years ago. Senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri (left) sits next to Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad as they sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday. It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions. Read More »

German Football Team distracts from losses by kneeling down

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The #TakeAKnee campaign started in the U.S. past year when former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back Colin Kapernick knelt during his country's national anthem as a way of protesting against racism. For us, kneeling down is a way of fighting against this kind of behavior. And so the team from Berlin took a knee before their match against Schalke inside the Olympiastadion, the same stadium where Adolf Hitler watched his athletes compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics, 81 years ago. Read More »

Brexit: UK and European Union 'move heaven and earth' to protect NI

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Mr. Barnier said the discussions were deadlocked on the issue of how much money Britain should pay the bloc in its deal to exit it. London's refusal to spell out a detailed cash offer was "very worrying" for business, he said. But EU officials noted that Mr Tusk, the European Council president, has sounded out most national leaders in recent days. We were certainly hoping for it. Read More »

Collins says she's not running for governor, will stay in Senate

Senate. Collins is one of a handful of GOP centrists and decided she's needed in Washington . It would not be Collins' first shot at the Augusta state house. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator. The 64-year-old Collins plans to announce her decision on Friday at an event in Rockport. Read More »

Congress blazes victory trail in Nanded, BJP trails (2nd Lead)

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Nanded (Maharashtra), Oct 12 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday was firmly on way to re-capturing the Nanded-Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), a stronghold of Maharashtra party chief Ashok Chavan , by bagging 30 of the 32 seats in the 81-seat body for which results had been announced. Read More »

Indian troops kill three Kashmiris in Pulwama

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Jammu and Kashmir police has been tracking the movements of Shah, who is considered as the "don of Heff", another traditional stronghold of militants in South Kashmir's Shopian district. He had joined ranks in March 2014. Meanwhile, militants in the evening attacked a police vehicle at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir's Kulgam district. Read More »

Mother of Eight Among Three Dead in Tragic Skydiving Accident

Our thoughts are with the families of the two men, thought to be in their thirties, and the one woman, in her fifties, who died in the accident. It is believed her husband Alister, a former local councillor, and children had gifted the skydive as a 50th birthday present. Read More »

India's high court rules having sex with child brides is rape

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Marriage to girls under 18 and boys under 21 is banned in India, but the practice of child marriage is widely prevalent in backward and rural areas amid weak enforcement of laws, poverty and patriarchal social norms. The Delhi High Court is now hearing petitions asking that marital rape be recognised as a criminal offence. It was also argued that if one of the parties to the act is a conservative person and is not exposed to the various ways and systems of the world, mere reluctance would also ... Read More »

Wins and Losses for Outgoing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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The episode prompted officials from Mr. Weah's party and the party of Alexander Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, to lodge complaints with the elections commission. Global observers in the West African nation said the vote went smoothly despite late starts in some counties. She led the country's recovery from a 14-year civil war and guided this West African country through the Ebola crisis that killed almost 5 000 people. Read More »

Trump to announce Iran strategy tomorrow: White House

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If Trump decertifies the agreement, Congress will have 60 days in which it can reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. It gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program in a bid to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Read More »

Palestinian Authority, Hamas Reach Reconciliation Deal After 10-Year Feud

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The 2011 agreement stipulated that legislative, presidential and national council elections should be conducted within one year of its signing. Details of the deal will be made public at a news conference scheduled later for Thursday. Faced with increasing isolation and a severe electricity shortage, Hamas has reached out to Cairo for help, hoping to have the Rafah border with Egypt opened. Read More »

Congress To Release Russian-Bought Facebook Ads To The Public

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Axios reported an email sent to Facebook advertisers said that ads that are targeted to people based on "politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues" are now to be manually reviewed before they are set live. The Senate Intelligence Committee is also holding an open hearing with the three companies that day. Conaway, R-Texas, and the top Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Read More »

Alibaba to double research and development spending

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According to Alibaba's Chief Technology Officer Jeff Zhang, "The Alibaba DAMO Academy will be at the forefront of developing next-generation technology that would spur the growth of Alibaba and our partners". Moreover, they will include quantum computing as well as human-machine interaction, including Natural Language Processing and machine learning. Performing research will help Alibaba stay on top of the latest technology developments, something that will be important as the ... Read More »

The Feud Between Trump and Corker Is Puzzling to Washington Insiders

Trump tweeted: "Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee". Sen. Bob Corker , the retiring Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, has engaged in a heated back-and-forth with Trump for days now, including in an interview with The New York Times where he said that he feared Trump was steering the nation "on the path to World War III". Read More »

U.S. flies strategic bombers over Korean peninsula

An unusually aggressive approach to the North by Trump, which has included rhetoric hinting at US strikes and threatening the destruction of North Korea's leadership, has some South Koreans fearful that war is closer than at any time since the Korean War ended in 1953 in a shaky cease-fire, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. Read More »

Hillary Clinton 'shocked and appalled' by Weinstein accusations

In the context of allegations against her husband, Clinton said, "I would say that everyone should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence". During a roughly 90-minute speech Monday night, Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, did not address the controversy. "But she didn't mention Harvey Weinstein ", noted "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. Read More »