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Ghani called for a cease-fire and prisoner release, and offered insurgents who renounced violence and recognized the Afghan government a place in the country's political institutions. Trump has also raised pressure on Pakistan - the neighboring country that Afghanistan accuses of sheltering and supporting the Taliban - by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in USA security assistance.
  • Mueller's Russia Trump probe scrutinizes spring 2015 before decision to run

    Mueller's Russia Trump probe scrutinizes spring 2015 before decision to run

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    Investigators are also asking about the timing of Trump's decision to run in the 2016 presidential election and how that might have intersected with his business ventures. No wonder the Russians were behind the anti-Trump rallies. "I think we really need to focus on that much more so than we have done in the past, just because of the continuing threat that we see in cyber out there", Ernst said.
  • Russian medalists of PyeongChang Olympics receive awards

    Russian medalists of PyeongChang Olympics receive awards

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    The IOC at the time said it would not lift the suspension after two neutral athletes failed doping tests at the games. The IOC decided in a meeting on Sunday that in such an event - alongside its other demands, including the payment of US$15 million (S$19.8 million) to reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC in the course of the doping scandal probe - the suspension of the ROC would be lifted.
  • White House adviser Hope Hicks resigns day after testifying

    White House adviser Hope Hicks resigns day after testifying

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    Hicks reportedly admitted to lawmakers she would tell " white lies " to cover for Trump, over which POTUS allegedly berated her at the White House on Wednesday. She is a direct witness to much of the day-to-day goings on in the White House. Hicks, 29, had the high-pressure job last summer of crafting , with the president, an explanation for his son Donald Trump Jr's secret meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in NY in 2016 - an explanation later revealed as false.
  • At least 30 dead after 7.5-magnitude natural disaster strikes Papua New Guinea

    At least 30 dead after 7.5-magnitude natural disaster strikes Papua New Guinea

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    U.S. seismologists said the initial quake struck 90 km (56 miles) south of Porgera at about 03:45 local time on Monday (17:45 GMT on Sunday), with dozens of aftershocks, including a 5.7 quake on Tuesday afternoon. Energy giant ExxonMobil Corp has shut its liquefied natural gas plant in the wake of the powerful quake. USGS said some casualties and damage were possible and recent earthquakes in the area had caused tsunamis and landslides.
  • Body of missing Middlesex mother found, man arrested

    Body of missing Middlesex mother found, man arrested

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    If you have any information about the whereabouts of TerriLynn St. John , contact the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. St. John did not show up for work on Tuesday, but her two young children were found uninjured at their Wake home. "They looked through the woods and you could definitely tell there has been a struggle beside my daughter's auto", her father Terry St. John told the station.
  • EU Gives Tech Giants 1 Hour to Remove Online Hate Speech

    EU Gives Tech Giants 1 Hour to Remove Online Hate Speech

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    European Union officials say the commission is seeking to get out ahead of possible plans by some national governments, including France and the United Kingdom, to hold tech firms legally responsible for failing to take down illegal content , a threat that could also include fines.
  • Turkey: Czech release of former PYD leader is 'support for terror'

    Turkey: Czech release of former PYD leader is 'support for terror'

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    Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies would suffer, he added. Muslim continued: "I have never been a terrorist. His release is a scandal". Muslim was detained at the Marriott Hotel where he was staying a few hours after the conference ended. The YPG is the armed wing of the PYD. It has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
  • Ukraine's Naftogaz claims $2.56B victory in Gazprom legal battle

    Ukraine's Naftogaz claims $2.56B victory in Gazprom legal battle

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    Ukraine is Russia's main gas transit route to Europe, but bilateral relations have been strained for quite a while. Naftogaz said it now wants to start talks with Gazprom on the post-2019 transit terms, but Gazprom is still unhappy after the court ruling on the current contract.
  • Newton's heave helps Miami stun No. 9 North Carolina 91-88

    Newton's heave helps Miami stun No. 9 North Carolina 91-88

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    Seventh Woods, Brandon Huffman and Garrison Brooks react during their loss to the Miami Hurricanes . Newton's game-winner came 4.1 seconds after Joel Berry II nailed a game-tying 3, but Miami pushed the ball upcourt for Newton's shot over Berry.
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Reopens after Protest

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Reopens after Protest

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    Leaders of Christian Churches responsible for the administration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre shut the church down for a second day today to protest tax and land policies by the Israeli government. This reminds us all of laws of a similar nature which were enacted against the Jews during dark periods in Europe. Churches are major landowners in Jerusalem .
  • Battlefield 5 Will Reportedly be Set in World War II

    Battlefield 5 Will Reportedly be Set in World War II

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    A logo screen for Battlefield V appears to have leaked online as well. EA will reveal it soon, and it will launch it before the end of this calendar year. The game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine and considering how incredible Battlefield 1 looked, we expect this game to look even better. EA and Battlefield developer DICE decided on this strategy several years ago.
  • In Peace Overture, Afghan President Offers Passports to Taliban

    In Peace Overture, Afghan President Offers Passports to Taliban

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    Ghani proposed a ceasefire and a release of prisoners as part of a range of options including new elections, involving the terrorists, and a constitutional review as part of a pact with the Taliban to end a conflict that past year alone killed or wounded more than 10,000 Afghan civilians.
  • Iconic Jerusalem church reopens after closing to protest tax plan

    Iconic Jerusalem church reopens after closing to protest tax plan

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    A second proposed law would make it harder for church leaders to sell their land. Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Holy Land Theophilos III, second right, stands outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre , traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem on Sunday.
  • 'Celebrity Big Brother': Omarosa Manigault Shares Her Plans After Joining CBS Show

    'Celebrity Big Brother': Omarosa Manigault Shares Her Plans After Joining CBS Show

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    I don't want 15 seconds on a reality show to encapsulate such a serious subject". Colbert then asked for further context for her comment about leaving the White House feeling like she'd been "freed from a plantation". "If my best friend was president tomorrow, I'd feel better", he responded to applause from the audience, "because she is way smarter than I am". In a conversation with comedian Ross Mathews , Omarosa said: "It's not going to be OK, it's not.
  • Pink Shirt Day still resonates with Sask. students

    Pink Shirt Day still resonates with Sask. students

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    Albertans who wear pink demonstrate that we will not stand by. This year Chico schools held kindness campaigns in which students participated in kindness-themed plays and assemblies and recited anti-bullying pledges. Pairing children up with a positive role model also helps build confidence to shut down bullies. Pull on a pink shirt on Wednesday for Pink Shirt Day to take a stand against bullying in the community, schools and workplaces.
  • Slovakian Journalist Murdered for Investigating Corruption Case

    Slovakian Journalist Murdered for Investigating Corruption Case

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    Police went to the house at the request of a anxious family member. The French daily Le Figaro emphasised that the last case Kuciak enquired in was suspected tax frauds linked to a luxurious housing complex in Bratislava . Mr Kuciak then complained that police had failed to act. Mr Kuciak said previous year he filed a complaint with police after the businessman, Marian Kocner, threatened him following another story.
  • Ben Carson's Spending Habits Called Into Question By House Oversight Committee

    Ben Carson's Spending Habits Called Into Question By House Oversight Committee

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    Gowdy requested in a letter to Carson that he turn over all communications related to Foster, as well as all documents and communications related to the redecoration of his office. But on Tuesday night, the New York Times confirmed that this is exactly the kind of thing that the leadership of HUD would say. Williams said Candy Carson and Clemmensen were unable to comment because Foster's complaint is pending.
  • CNN Claims Shooting Survivor's Father Altered Town Hall Email

    CNN Claims Shooting Survivor's Father Altered Town Hall Email

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    Their comments came after the Associated Press spoke to the student's father, Glen Haab, who told the newswire that he unintentionally deleted a few words from an email he had received from a CNN producer before sending it to outlets covering the " scripted " story.
  • Kim Family Applied for Western Visas Using Brazilian Passports

    Kim Family Applied for Western Visas Using Brazilian Passports

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    A Brazilian source confirmed to the Telegraph on the condition of anonymity that the two passports were legitimate documents and could be used for worldwide travel. Kim Jong-il is said to have used the name Ijong Tchoi . He also visited Russian Federation in 2011 to meet then-President Dmitry Medvedev for unspecified talks and then died months later.
  • North Korea sent Syria missile and chemical weapon items, says United Nations report

    North Korea sent Syria missile and chemical weapon items, says United Nations report

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    Not only does it allow the Syrian government to continue its production of deadly chemical weapons, to be used on its own people, it also provides Pyongyang with the money to expand its nuclear weapons program. The Syrian regime has been repeatedly accused of using chemical weapons during the eight-year civil war. It may never be publicly released, but a spokesperson stressed the "over-arching message is that all member states have a duty and responsibility to abide by the sanctions that ...
  • Michigan Lottery: Winning $50000 Powerball ticket sold in Detroit remains unclaimed

    Michigan Lottery: Winning $50000 Powerball ticket sold in Detroit remains unclaimed

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    The official Ohio Lottery site offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games. Along with no grand prize victor, no one matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million. Six have been identified and all have claimed their winnings. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1 in 30,821,472. If anyone discovers they have the $50,000 winning ticket, they should contact the Michigan Lottery Public Relations Division at 517-373-1237.
  • Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See 'A Wrinkle in Time'

    Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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    The stars of the film - Oprah Winfrey , Reese Witherspoon , Mindy Kaling , and Storm Reid - surprised fans at Disneyland on Saturday. DuVernay made her presence known when she directed Selma and spoke out with the same sentiment before telling the New York Times that Hollywood still has issues around inclusion during the #OscarsSoWhite controvery.
  • Bernie Sanders' Son Joins New Hampshire House Seat Race

    Bernie Sanders' Son Joins New Hampshire House Seat Race

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    The incumbent, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, is retiring, and Sanders is now the eighth Democrat vying for the seat; there are also three Republicans and one Libertarian in the race. The National Republican Congressional Committee said it will compete for the seat and two declared GOP candidates - Andy Martin and Eddie Edwards - have already raised more than $350,000 combined.
  • Pence: Abortion to be illegal 'in our time'

    Pence: Abortion to be illegal 'in our time'

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    He then made a stunning suggestion: that legal abortion could "once again" be banned in the USA, and that it could happen " in our time ". He also drew attention to his tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Anthony List & Life Issues Institute around 12:30 p.m. Pence will also be speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters' Proclaim 18 Convention at Gaylord Opryland around 2 or 2:30 p.m.
  • Russian operatives compromised election systems in seven states in 2016

    Russian operatives compromised election systems in seven states in 2016

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    Prior to the election, Washington officials informed some of the states that the foreign entities were probing their systems; however, none of them were told the Russian government was responsible. Prompted by the NBC report, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham urged Gov. Rick Scott to "take immediate action". A voter asks an election worker a question as she votes at Samuels Community Center in the presidential election November 8, 2016 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
  • LSU Loses Heartbreaker in OT, 83-74

    LSU Loses Heartbreaker in OT, 83-74

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    With the win, South Carolina's record improves to 16-14 (7-10 SEC). The Gamecocks then scored the first nine points and eventually outscored the visitors 11-2 to cruise to the win that kept their own NIT hopes alive. She is averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds a game. SC managed to build the lead back to six points with 3:07 to play and led by four with 41 seconds remaining before Duop Reath connected on one of two free throws with 19 seconds left.
  • Rain returns today; Possible power outages Thursday, Friday

    Rain returns today; Possible power outages Thursday, Friday

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    THURSDAY: Rain likely in the morning with temperatures in the 40s. Snow will taper off Friday night as the storm system pulls away from the area and the winds die down. We start Friday with a few clouds and a chance of light snow flurries with afternoon clearing. Night: Mostly cloudy early then decreased cloudiness later.
  • Royal 'Fab 4' Make 1st Official Appearance As A Group

    Royal 'Fab 4' Make 1st Official Appearance As A Group

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    Carrying out their first joint engagement together, they appeared on stage in front of a small audience to talk about their ambitions for the future with The Royal Foundation . Prince William acknowledged the significance of the appearance, saying, "We're particularly happy to be at our first Royal Foundation event with Meghan ", as the crowd applauded.
  • Egyptian singer gets six-months jail term for insulting the Nile

    Egyptian singer gets six-months jail term for insulting the Nile

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    Later on Wednesday, a court in Cairo sentenced another singer, the little-known Leila Amer, to two years in jail for "inciting debauchery" in a music video with sexual connotations, a judicial official said. A video of her response then hit social media, drawing criticism and a lawsuit from an Egyptian lawyer for disparaging Eygpt and hurting the country's tourism industry.
  • 15 dead, 40 injured in Egypt passenger train collision

    15 dead, 40 injured in Egypt passenger train collision

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    Another 40 people were hurt in the collision between a freight train and a passenger train in Beheira province, it said in a statement. The Chief of Egypt's national railways has reportedly gone to view the site and aid in investigations.
  • New Zealand's National Party chooses indigenous Maori leader

    New Zealand's National Party chooses indigenous Maori leader

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    My job as Leader will be to hold the Jacinda Ardern-Winston Peters coalition to account. "My focus as leader will be ensuring we build on those policies to improve the lives of New Zealanders". "I would like to commend Amy, Steven, Judith and Mark for putting themselves forward, and our colleagues for the constructive way we have handled this important decision".
  • Korea finishes last in ski jumping team competition

    Korea finishes last in ski jumping team competition

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    This performance will showcase the transition from Korea to China for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. "Here in Korea, we will continue our endeavor to broaden the horizon of peace that began in Pyeonchang". Despite a cyber attack during the opening ceremony, an outbreak of norovirus and the official suspension of the Russian team for doping violations, the games went off smoothly.
  • Tokyo 2020 mascots unveiled as futuristic superheroes

    Tokyo 2020 mascots unveiled as futuristic superheroes

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    More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organizers said. The mascots themselves are two parts Powerpuff Girls with a gentle sprinkling of the Samurai Pizza Cats for good measure.
  • IITs, universities show dip in world ranks subject-wise

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    The rankings come as the prime minister, Theresa May, pushes ahead with funding reforms that may see universities cut their fees for social science and humanities courses based on their lower costs of delivery, leaving science and technology courses more expensive.
  • Manafort pleads not guilty; trial due September

    Manafort pleads not guilty; trial due September

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    Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates, another Trump ex-campaign aide, decided last week to cooperate with the investigation. Special counsel, Robert S. The judge told him the statement violated her November order barring the parties from trying the case in the press. In it, Manafort said Gates' decision "does not alter my commitment to defend myself against the untrue piled up charges in the indictment against me".
  • House package responds to Nassar scandal with updated child abuse protections

    House package responds to Nassar scandal with updated child abuse protections

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    Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said the Catholic Church is concerned that the statute of limitations bill could "open up other things that have been closed", and "I think they have some valid concerns". She urged lawmakers to move quickly to pass the bills before breaking for summer. On the same day these bills were unveiled, the U.S. Department of Education announced it was opening its own investigation into Michigan State University's handling of the Nassar scandal .
  • Michael Wolff: Tony Blair a complete liar over Trump job denial

    Michael Wolff: Tony Blair a complete liar over Trump job denial

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    Mr Wolff said in his book Fire and Fury that he overheard Mr Blair speaking to Mr Kushner about getting a job as a Middle East diploatic envoy after the election. Wolff?" Fordham repeated his question. When Marr told Wolff that Blair vehemently denies his account, Wolff responded, "I have to say Tony Blair is a complete liar".