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Voice of America said it had tried but failed to reach Sun by phone and on social media. "There is now no information about Professor Sun's whereabouts, but we urge his immediate release if detained for engaging in what should be his right to free speech", said Smith, who also chairs the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
  • Mosque Attack Leaves at Least 30 Dead in Afghanistan

    Mosque Attack Leaves at Least 30 Dead in Afghanistan

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    On the same day 11 people were killed in the western province of Farah when a bus was hit by a roadside bomb in what was believed to be a Taliban attack. But Daesh has carried out multiple attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital Kabul in recent months, targeting everything from government ministries to a midwife training centre.
  • Omarosa’s back, charges Trump showed signs of mental decline

    Omarosa’s back, charges Trump showed signs of mental decline

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    The Daily Mail published an excerpt from the book, in which Manigault describes her reaction when she saw the President interviewed by NBC's Lester Holt in May 2017. She denied the claim and said she had resigned. Ms Manigault-Newman's mysterious tenure as a special adviser in the White House - I say mysterious, because even her colleagues couldn't figure out what exactly she was doing there - ended in acrimonious fashion.
  • Iran is Seen Readying Major Exercise as Tensions With US Simmer

    Iran is Seen Readying Major Exercise as Tensions With US Simmer

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    Iran's regional archrival and the largest of the OPEC producers, Saudi Arabia, came to the rescue to "ease consumer anxiety" amid rallying oil prices that threatened to dampen oil demand. United States officials in recent years have accused both the regular Iranian navy and the IRGC of routinely harassing American warships in the Gulf.
  • Korea sizzles at record 40.7 deg C, East Asia News & Top Stories

    Korea sizzles at record 40.7 deg C, East Asia News & Top Stories

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    The previous hottest day on record was August 1, 1942 when the mercury logged 40 C in the southeastern city of Daegu. Some opted for portable electric fans and cold drinks. High atmospheric pressure from Tibet and prolonged dryness contributed to the extremely hot weather, according to meteorologists. Seoul's temperature was raised by a so-called foehn phenomenon, in which the easterly wind moves westward over the Taebaek Mountains.
  • Hispanic Radio Podcast: SBS's Big Play In Puerto Rico

    Hispanic Radio Podcast: SBS's Big Play In Puerto Rico

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    The researchers estimate 459 excess deaths occurred in September, the month of the storm; followed by 564 in October and 116 in November. To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has committed almost $2.7 billion in funding to the Government of Puerto Rico and its municipalities.
  • Venezuelan President Unharmed After Assassination Attempt By Explosive Drones

    Venezuelan President Unharmed After Assassination Attempt By Explosive Drones

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    It was also reported that an explosion hit a building near the presidential palace where Maduro was delivering his address to mark the anniversary of the National Guard. Venezuela is living under the fifth year of a severe economic crisis that has sparked malnutrition, hyperinflation and mass emigration. A once-wealthy oil country, Venezuela's economy is crumbling in a five-year recession following two decades of socialist rule and plummeting crude production.
  • NZ PM back on deck after 6 weeks' maternity leave

    NZ PM back on deck after 6 weeks' maternity leave

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    I am aware that no one needs to hear about my parenting experiences cause I am not the first woman to give birth. "Day to day I'm worrying about feeding, sleeping and nappies and then there's this overlay of interest in something that is actually mundane", Ardern said in an interview with Television New Zealand .
  • Climber 'dug shelter' to survive mountain ordeal in New Zealand

    Climber 'dug shelter' to survive mountain ordeal in New Zealand

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    The rescue team earlier said he had enough provisions and equipment to stick it out for several days but search co-ordinator Neville Blakemore said the sooner they could get the climber off the mountain the better. "I don't think he would have lasted another night", Sean Mullally told the New Zealand Herald . The weather conditions were promising for the rescue later today.
  • ‘Real problem’ of anti-Semitism in UK Labour party, Corbyn says

    ‘Real problem’ of anti-Semitism in UK Labour party, Corbyn says

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    However, he said that some of the accusations were "overheated rhetoric" and that he would not accept that a Labour government would represent "any kind of threat" to Jews in Britain. Criticising the move, a joint editorial from three Jewish newspapers said, "Under its adapted guidelines, a Labour Party member is free to claim Israel's existence is a racist endeavor and compare Israeli policies to those of Nazi Germany, unless "intent"-whatever that means-can be proved".
  • 20 dead in strikes on Yemen’s Hodeida

    20 dead in strikes on Yemen’s Hodeida

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    The airstrikes were close to the city's main public hospital, al-Thawra, and near a popular fish market, said the medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. After condemning the Houthi rebels and their Iranian sponsors, Haley noted that the deadly Saudi-led air raids mark a " new day " in Yemen in which civilians are " starting " to be put at risk.
  • The Europeans fleeing from the sweltering heat in the fountains

    The Europeans fleeing from the sweltering heat in the fountains

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    That could push them above Europe's record high of 48C, set in Athens in 1977. The mercury is being driven higher by a hot air mass moving north from Africa, bringing dust from the Sahara Desert. In eastern Europe, Poland was also enduring unusually high temperatures as the hot African air pushed temperatures up to 34C. "I don't want to say anything bad but yesterday, while I was watching TV, I thought the same could happen here but I'm praying it doesn't", said Eva Stigliano, a Greek ...
  • Income was disguised to help Paul Manafort, tax preparer says

    Income was disguised to help Paul Manafort, tax preparer says

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    Gates has reached a plea deal with the special counsel team and will likely testify sometime next week. During that process, he admitted to two felony charges, but when he testifies it will be the first time he'll detail those crimes face-to-face with his former boss and mentor.
  • Video shows rhinoceros ramming vehicle in Mexican safari park

    Video shows rhinoceros ramming vehicle in Mexican safari park

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    As you can see, the driver tried to follow protocol and started sounding the car's horn, to little effect. The rhino persistently shook the 4WD at the safari park in Mexico. "The necessary measures were taken immediately so that this does not happen again", the statement read. "The rhino was separated and is staying in another part of the park while the fertile period of the female rhino ends".
  • Royal couple attend friend's wedding on Meghan Markle's 37th birthday

    Royal couple attend friend's wedding on Meghan Markle's 37th birthday

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    Charlie is one of Prince Harry's best friends and was seen at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding in May. The new royal looked beaming with joy as she arrived for the wedding, chatting with fellow guests and well-wishers. Elle reported that the royal family pulled out all the social media stops to post blasts about Meghan's birthday . Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside St Mary the Virgin Church after attending the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks.
  • Senate Agrees to Send Butina Transcript to Justice Department

    Senate Agrees to Send Butina Transcript to Justice Department

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    Butina's testimony before the Committee", the senators said in the statement. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and the top Democrat on the committee, Virginia Sen. She received the master's degree in global relations in May 2018, according to her lawyer. But Butina also appeared to have had a broader mission, The Daily Beast reports , detailing an encounter in which Butina urged legendary USA financial executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg to pour more money into ...
  • Sanders And Acosta Spar Over Trump's 'Enemy Of The People' Comments

    Sanders And Acosta Spar Over Trump's 'Enemy Of The People' Comments

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    When he was traveling to Helsinki to meet Russian President Vladamir Putin, he called the press the "enemy of the people ". You have to listen beyond her words. In fact, as far as I know, I am the first press secretary in the history of the United States that's required Secret Service protection. "The president", Sanders told reporters, "will hold China's feet to the fire and stop the unfair trade practices".
  • Woman Becomes First Person in Denmark Fined for Wearing a Face Veil

    Woman Becomes First Person in Denmark Fined for Wearing a Face Veil

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    They also told her to either remove her veil or leave the public area, but she made a decision to keep her headwear on. He stressed that the assault had nothing to do with the niqab . Danish protesters dressed in burkas, masks and false beards to defy a new law outlawing the wearing of veils in public. Civil liberties campaigners and Muslim women's advocacy groups have argued that the ban is discriminatory .
  • Herd of rental goats invade Boise neighborhood, really baaaaaaad goat puns ensue

    Herd of rental goats invade Boise neighborhood, really baaaaaaad goat puns ensue

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    More than 100 goats have burst into a neighbourhood in Idaho's capital city, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. As it turns out, the goats were the property of local company We Rent Goats , which dispatches the herds to clear weeds and suppress plant growth on public and private land.
  • Trump ridicules Koch donor network

    Trump ridicules Koch donor network

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    President Donald Trump has bolstered his feud with Charles G. Koch. The Koch brand - including the privately held energy company Koch Industries - has become synonymous in political parlance with pro-business policies and libertarian ideology.
  • Russian helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in Siberia, kills 18 on board

    Russian helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in Siberia, kills 18 on board

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    Law enforcers also said the helicopter crashed because of midair collision with a cargo carried by another helicopter. "As a result it fell, was destroyed and burned", it added. "Both flight recorders have been found", he said. A commission has been set up to investigate the crash. The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.
  • Growing California fires prompt new evacuations

    Growing California fires prompt new evacuations

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    A fire whirl - similar to a tornado - that occurred in the Carr Fire near Redding on July 26 had maximum winds in excess of 143 miles per hour, according to an initial analysis by the National Weather Service and Calfire. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenkoannounced Wednesday afternoon that the last person reported missing in the aftermath of the Carr fire - Bruce Brown of Old Shasta- has been located, and is safe.
  • Ivanka Trump says news media are not ‘enemy of the people’

    Ivanka Trump says news media are not ‘enemy of the people’

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    Thursday morning, when Axios' Mike Allen asked Ivanka Trump if she thinks the media is the enemy of the people , she responded, "No, I don't". "I am the daughter of an immigrant, my mother grew up in communist Czech Republic, but we are a country of laws", Trump said.
  • United States targets Russian bank for violating North Korea sanctions

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    The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Russian Federation is letting thousands of North Korean laborers into the country and giving them new permits to work. They said a key North Korean technique was to turn off a ship's tracking system, but that they were also physically disguising ships and using smaller vessels.
  • China calls on US to be 'cool-headed' in trade war

    China calls on US to be 'cool-headed' in trade war

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    Robert Lighthizer said Mr Trump directed the increase because China refused to meet U.S. demands and has imposed retaliatory tariffs on USA goods. Until now, China has matched United States tariff moves but not sought to escalate them, which has also probably also emboldened the White House to think it holds a stronger position on the escalation ladder.
  • US Mexico NAFTA talks minus Canada: feds insist they're encouraged - Inside Logistics

    US Mexico NAFTA talks minus Canada: feds insist they're encouraged - Inside Logistics

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    The Canadian negotiating team led by Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has been told that the U.S. is focusing on negotiations with Mexico and is notinterested in engaging with Canada at the moment, according our sources. US and Canadian trade unions have complained that more manufacturing has gravitated to Mexico due to the country's low wages. ". What we're talking about now is that a percentage of vehicles made in North America be made in a high-wage area", Economy Secretary Ildefonso ...
  • France Has Banned Smartphones In Schools

    France Has Banned Smartphones In Schools

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    It was originally a campaign promise from French President Emmanuel Macron , who said he would outlaw children's phones in preschool, elementary, and middle schools. Any sexual act by an adult with a child younger than 15 can be prosecuted as a sexual offence under current French law. The only exceptions are disabled students, extra-curricular duties, as well as "pedagogical use", which also sounds fairly vague, but will most likely require the explicit approval of an educator.
  • Danish ban on Islamic full-face veil takes effect

    Danish ban on Islamic full-face veil takes effect

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    Protesters in Copenhagen wore the niqab veil, which covers the whole body except the eyes, the all-enveloping burqa, and other face coverings. But Sabina, 21, who is studying to be a teacher, joined forces with other Muslim women who wear the veil to form "Kvinder I Dialog" (Women In Dialogue) to protest and raise awareness about why women should be allowed to express their identity in that way.
  • GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing'

    GOP rep. dismisses Trump shutdown talk as 'posturing'

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    White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters that he discussed the issue with the president. Republican leaders disagree, hoping they can avoid a high-profile display of dysfunction and focus their message on the GOP tax cuts and the strong economy.
  • China, Southeast Asian states hold simulated naval drill

    China, Southeast Asian states hold simulated naval drill

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    At a news conference later, Wang said: "We believe that without any disturbances from the outside, COC consultations will accelerate". The U.S. has deployed ships and jets to patrol the waters to promote freedom of navigation and overflight.
  • Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in U.S. city

    Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in U.S. city

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    The University of Lynchburg , which is near the lake, said it has not ordered an evacuation because it is not downstream of the dam, according to affiliate WSLS in Roanoke. The dam doesn't meet current regulations and the city is making it a priority to find a solution. "About 200yards down that hill is a dam, behind that dam is a reservoir, College Lake".
  • Pastor Calls Trump Most 'Pro-Black' President Ever

    Pastor Calls Trump Most 'Pro-Black' President Ever

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    For months, Mueller has been seeking to question the president as part of his investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 campaign, which is also examining whether Trump has sought to block that probe. The president- along with allies in conservative media - has launched a long PR campaign against the Mueller probe, which he claims is biased and pursuing erroneous claims of collusion between his campaign team and Moscow.
  • Man taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park

    Man taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park

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    As the animal approaches, the man is seen dodging it at the very last second. 'This is what happens when a buffoon meets a bison...,' wrote one man. "These distances safeguard both visitors and a remarkable experience of sharing landscape with thousands of freely roaming animals". After quickly dodging another rampage, the man and bison go their separate ways.
  • Pope declares death penalty as ‘inadmissible’ in new policy

    Pope declares death penalty as ‘inadmissible’ in new policy

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    The Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty has slowly evolved since the time of Pope John Paul II, who served from 1978 to 2005. Archbishop Fisichella said the Church recognizes the "mixed feelings in the face of such violent and inhumane crimes" that can lead to the decision to pass the death penalty .
  • Blasts, gunshots hit eastern Afghan city Other News 31 July 11:59

    Blasts, gunshots hit eastern Afghan city Other News 31 July 11:59

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    At least two blasts were heard before the attackers entered the compound of the refugees and repatriations department, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province. It was at least the 10th such assault on civilian targets this year. At least 11 people were killed in the attack. Zabihullah Zemarai, a member of the provincial council, says there was first a vehicle bombing - likely an explosion set off by a suicide auto bomber - near the city's provincial ...
  • Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

    Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

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    Mollie Tibbetts , who was staying at this home on July 18, vanished after last being seen going for a jog. "Mollie was a friend to everybody", said Kim Calderwood, her aunt. He said he believes there is someone out there who is withholding information, either because they think it's too trivial or because they are anxious it will incriminate a loved one.
  • Italy's Conte says he is organizing a conference on stabilizing Libya

    Italy's Conte says he is organizing a conference on stabilizing Libya

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    Conte was the only G-7 leader to embrace Trump's call to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the diplomatic club - an idea that was quickly quashed by other G-7 countries. We had a great meeting. Conte, who was making his worldwide debut at the Group of Seven talks, said he agreed with Trump, setting himself apart from his European colleagues.
  • Facebook Announces It Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign

    Facebook Announces It Identified Ongoing Political Influence Campaign

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    After its latest discovery, Facebook said it had removed 17 profiles and eight pages, along with seven accounts on Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app. Besides removing the accounts, Facebook has already shared the information with law enforcement in the U.S.as well as other technology companies and the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab, an organization helping Facebook analyze abuse.
  • And Won't Refute Claim It's the 'Enemy of the People'

    And Won't Refute Claim It's the 'Enemy of the People'

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    It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people ", said Acosta. "I think we. "But no, I do not feel that the media is the enemy of the people ", Ivanka Trump said. "The president has made his position known". Hannity regularly uses his popular Fox News show to attempt to undermine the credibility of news outlets and promote falsehoods that paint the Trump administration in a more favorable light.
  • National Archives: We can't produce all Kavanaugh docs until end of October

    National Archives: We can't produce all Kavanaugh docs until end of October

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    The GOP statement said the committee was counting on receiving documents "in an even more rapid fashion" from the archives of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. They cover Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel office and his nomination to be a judge. "This unprecedented process appears to be designed intentionally by Republicans to deny the Senate and the American people the information they need to evaluate this critically important nomination", Schumer said.
  • Italy's PM Plans to Organize Conference on Stabilizing Libya

    Italy's PM Plans to Organize Conference on Stabilizing Libya

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    A recent Economist/YouGov poll showed a scant 40 percent of American voters approve of how Trump handles foreign policy. "In agreement with President (Donald) Trump, I'm going to organize a conference on Libya", Conte told reporters at the White House after meeting with the US president.