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On Thursday‚ Trump tweeted that he was looking into South Africa's land seizures. "To this end the presidency will request the minister of the department of global relations and co-operation to obtain clarification from the USA ambassador‚" said Khusela Diko‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokeswoman.
  • NY state subpoenas Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

    NY state subpoenas Cohen in Trump Foundation probe

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    President Trump told "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt that he knew "later on" about payments that his then-attorney Michael Cohen arranged to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal . "This is a huge threshold we just crossed today ", said Zac Petkanas, a Democratic operative who specializes in Trump opposition research. Cohen told the court he had made the payments for the "principal goal of influencing the election".
  • Accused Russian agent moved from DC to Virginia jail for undisclosed reasons

    Accused Russian agent moved from DC to Virginia jail for undisclosed reasons

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    The attorney said he was not notified of the transfer beforehand and the reasons behind the move were also not explained to him. She was ordered held without bond pending trial by U.S. "It seems as if Washington is trying to force her to cooperate with the investigation by making her living conditions as hard as possible", the embassy tweeted on Thursday.
  • Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh…

    Qatar accuses Saudis of barring haj pilgrims, Riyadh…

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    Major General Mansour al-Turki, the spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry, told journalists Saturday that over two million Muslims from overseas and inside the kingdom would be taking part in this year's hajj. The main ritual is known as " tawaf ", during which the people circle the Kaaba clockwise seven times. "Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed, and residents of Qatar can not be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions".
  • Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran

    Bolton meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss Iran

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    Look, I have a good relationship with him. "I had a discussion about it myself with President Putin when I went to Moscow originally to prepare the groundwork for his meeting with President Trump ", he said. Some North Korean participants, who are reportedly chosen for the reunions based on their loyalty to their authoritarian rulers, were eager to show their government commendations to their South Korean relatives.
  • United States deports 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard to Germany

    United States deports 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard to Germany

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    During World War II , Palij trained and worked at the Trawniki forced labor camp. After lying on his paperwork, saying he lived on a farm during WWII instead of working as a Nazi at death camps. A deportation order was issued in 2004, but he was never deported, even though, according to the German Foreign Ministry, "The US has constantly been urgently demanding Palij's return to Germany".
  • Rockets hit Kabul's diplomatic area during Eid speech

    Rockets hit Kabul's diplomatic area during Eid speech

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    Police official Jan Agha says the boom of the rockets was heard during Ghani's speech, televised live on Tuesday. Police say the first rocket landed somewhere near the presidency, the second near a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation compound and the US Embassy in Kabul but no one was hurt.
  • Deputy saves toddler from a hot vehicle in Florida

    Deputy saves toddler from a hot vehicle in Florida

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    Seminole County Deputy Bill Dunn is seen on the dash camera video rushing to rescue her limp body. He carried the child to his patrol auto, flung on the air conditioning and sat her down in front of it. Her eyes started fluttering, he said, and he could feel her heart beating fast. In breathtaking bodycam video , the girl can be seen just as Dunn saw her: all but lifeless.
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    Taiwan Blasts China's "Behaviour" As Ally El Salvador Switches Sides

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    Meanwhile, Tsai's office stressed that the president was fully aware of El Salvador's decision to sever ties, refuting the rumor that she was kept in the dark until the last minute. In Beijing , Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that his government had established ties with El Salvador. Wu said El Salvador's ruling party was also expecting Taiwan to provide funds to help it win in elections, but Taiwan refused.
  • Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct Hajj

    Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct Hajj

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    Directly translated Eid al-Fitr means "the feast of the breaking of the fast". Muslims celebrated the first day of Eid Al-Adha on Tuesday, which marks the closing parts of the Hajj pilgrimage. The significance of Bakra Eid lies in the sacrifice of an animal which is then feasted upon. Muslims believe Ibrahim was commanded by God him to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
  • China registers protest over Pentagon report on planned strikes

    China registers protest over Pentagon report on planned strikes

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    The Pentagon's new report on the Chinese regime's military says that People's Liberation Army (PLA) bombers are likely training for strikes against USA and allied targets, and that a massive fleet of maritime militia controlled by Beijing is being used to support the regime's aggression in the South China Sea and beyond.
  • TS to send 500 tonnes of rice to flood-hit Kerala

    TS to send 500 tonnes of rice to flood-hit Kerala

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    Vijayan said there has been demands from various quarters to declare the floods as a national calamity. CM of Kerala has written a letter to CM of Telangana expressing his gratitude for offering Rs 25 crore, RO Machines, Balamrutham, a child nutritious food.
  • Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

    Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

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    He faces five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and two counts of tampering with a deceased human body . Mr Watts is due in court on Tuesday to be arraigned. "Chris said he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death", the affidavit said. Their bodies were later found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Company, where Christopher Watts worked as an operator up until the day of his arrest.
  • Turnbull's troubles far from over as vote reveals divided caucus

    Turnbull's troubles far from over as vote reveals divided caucus

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    Mr Turnbull's original energy policy, which was trying to deliver cheaper energy, more reliability and lower emissions, enjoyed broad support - even in his party room. Mr Turnbull defeated Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in a party room ballot in Canberra on Tuesday. Treasurer Scott Morrison will be acting Home Affairs Minister for now, with a ministry reshuffle on the way.
  • Separated by war, mother sees son for first time in 68 years

    Separated by war, mother sees son for first time in 68 years

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    After the initial tearful reunion was over, Sang Chol showed his mother a photo of her husband, who had been with their son when the couple became separated but has since died. South Korea sees the separated families as the largest humanitarian issue created by the war, which killed and injured millions and cemented the division of the Korean Peninsula into the North and South.
  • Trump targets allies' social media bans

    Trump targets allies' social media bans

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    He added that "mistakes are being made" and vowed that his administration "won't let that happen". In other words, having graduated from merely tweeting to obsessively ruminating on the labyrinthine, never-ending series of injustices inflicted upon him and his fellow conservative tweeters by the social media bigwigs, Trump has graduated from being one who posts to being A Poster.
  • Spokane air quality in the 'very unhealthy' range; 'Tuxedo Junction' concert cancelled

    Spokane air quality in the 'very unhealthy' range; 'Tuxedo Junction' concert cancelled

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    The district also urged the public to stay off the roads this weekend. Low visibility caused by the smoke led to the delay and cancellation of some flights in the province on Sunday and Monday. An air pollution advisory for southern OR remains in effect until further notice. Hundreds of residents are either under evacuation orders or are being warned that they should be ready to leave their homes at a moment's notice.
  • NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

    NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

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    A pregnant politician in New Zealand has chosen to cycle to hospital while 42 weeks pregnant to give birth to her first child. "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew. Meanwhile, Eugenie Sage will take on the role of acting minister for women. It will be Genter and Nunns' first baby. Ardern was driven there in June by her partner, Clarke Gayford, in the couple's auto, rather than using a government vehicle or a driver.
  • Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

    Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties

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    USA embassy spokesman David Gainer confirmed to AFP that a "security incident" had taken place. The spokesperson added, "We have no reports of any injuries and we are investigating the details. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also came out fighting Monday, saying an attack of Turkey's economy was no different from a strike against its flag or the Muslim call to prayer.
  • Taliban holds passengers after Afghan bus attacks

    Taliban holds passengers after Afghan bus attacks

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    Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council in Kunduz province , says the insurgents stopped three buses on the road Monday near Khan Abad district and abducted the passengers. Taliban sources confirmed that their leaders had provisionally agreed a four-day truce but said that their leader, Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada, still had to give his final approval.
  • Tourist survives 10 hours in water after cruise ship fall

    Tourist survives 10 hours in water after cruise ship fall

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    Clay Barclay, who was onboard the Norwegian Star cruise vessel, posted an image to social media of the section of the boat where the woman fell over. "I am very lucky to be alive". Cavtat ship captain Lovro Oreskovic said: "The British woman was exhausted when we pulled her out of the water". "We were extremely happy for saving a human life", he said.
  • Saudi disputes with Canada and Qatar bubble over into the Hajj

    Saudi disputes with Canada and Qatar bubble over into the Hajj

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    Nayef Ahmed, 37, told Reuters that he sold a plot of land in Yemen, which is embroiled in a three-year proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, to afford the trip. Amer estimates 60 people used each pod every day during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Islamic tradition holds that the Kaaba was built by Ibrahim and Ismail as a house of monotheistic worship thousands of years ago.
  • $92 Million For Trump’s Military Parade Causes A Postponement

    $92 Million For Trump’s Military Parade Causes A Postponement

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    The parade was supposed to be held on November 10 on the occasion of Veterans Day, but has now been pushed back to next year. He added, "The $20 million you just mentioned is a number, that's a number that I'm not familiar with". "I guarantee you there's been no cost estimate ". He's been planning a huge parade in D.C., reportedly ever since he spent Bastille Day in France previous year.
  • Thousands stranded in India as deadly monsoon floods continue

    Thousands stranded in India as deadly monsoon floods continue

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    One such rescue mission was by Wing commander Prasanth of Garud Special Force of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who rescued a baby from the rooftop of a flooded building at the town of Alappuzha, Kerala . He acknowledged the grit & resilience of people of Kerala in coming together in this trying hour. This is the first time since August 9 that Red Alert has been withdrawn from the entire state.
  • Short sentence recommended for former Trump campaign adviser

    Short sentence recommended for former Trump campaign adviser

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    The former Trump campaign employee reached a plea agreement with Mueller's team a year ago and is set to be sentenced in September. Papadopoulos' case represents "the first criminal conviction arising from the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election", Mueller's team previously said.
  • Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: 'Truth isn't truth'

    Giuliani on hazards of Trump interview: 'Truth isn't truth'

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    Trump and his aides have been accused of spreading lies and disinformation. In addition to somehow topping Kellyanne Conway's infamous " alternative facts " statement (which, coincidentally, also happened in a Meet the Press interview), the comment is also the flawless phrase to describe what's unfolded on the internet over the a year ago.
  • Paul Manafort is a 'good person' and his trial is 'very sad'

    Paul Manafort is a 'good person' and his trial is 'very sad'

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    Prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding from U.S. tax authorities $16 million in money he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine to fund an opulent lifestyle and then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans after his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash.
  • Russia says US sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process

    Russia says US sanctions over North Korea risk undermining peace process

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    The Treasury accused China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co and its Singapore -based affiliate, SINSMS Pte., of falsifying documents to facilitate shipments of alcohol and cigarettes to North Korea. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday that the United States had acted without evidence on the basis of groundless accusations when imposing sanctions on the Russian company.
  • United States suspends $230 million budgeted for stabilization projects in Syria

    United States suspends $230 million budgeted for stabilization projects in Syria

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    In the past, US officials have repeatedly said their priority in Syria is the enduring defeat of the IS terror group, which according to the coalition has lost control over all but a few areas it previously held. The stabilization projects focus on bringing back electricity and running water while removing land mines from the war-ravaged country. A report by the U.N.'s Arab countries agency ESCWA has cited experts as saying the volume of destruction of Syria's physical capital and its ...
  • Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

    Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

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    Right now we are giving them food & water so that they can at least survive till water recedes'. Interestingly, most of the flood-affected districts including Idukki and Wayanad were once classified as ecologically-sensitive zones by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel headed by Madhav Gadgil, founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
  • Strong quake hits off Fiji, no tsunami threat

    Strong quake hits off Fiji, no tsunami threat

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    The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami. Lombok suffered damage running to more than $342 million from the August 5 natural disaster, authorities said last week, putting the death toll at more than 430.
  • Nobel Prize victor, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

    Nobel Prize victor, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

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    Pierre Maudet, president of the Geneva cantonal government, said he was "sad" to learn about Annan's death whom he considered "a great friend of Geneva and Switzerland". However, Annan was not immune from criticism. "He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Ghanaian to chart his or her own course onto the path of progress and prosperity".
  • Omarosa has video, audio, texts, source says

    Omarosa has video, audio, texts, source says

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    Manigault Newman this week infuriated Trump with the release of conversations that she secretly recorded during her time working for his administration, which is the subject of a tell-all book she is now promoting. Al Sharpton. Manigault Newman was director of communications for a White House office that networks with various constituency groups until she was sacked last December by chief of staff John Kelly , citing "significant integrity issues".
  • Vladimir Putin dances, raises eyebrows at Austrian minister's wedding

    Vladimir Putin dances, raises eyebrows at Austrian minister's wedding

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    Its construction is being funded by Russian state-owned giant Gazprom and a group of major European energy firms who say the project will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by providing cleaner fuel to Europe . Earlier, Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said he was "relatively optimistic about the chances of a United Nations mission", telling the Die Welt newspaper: "We want to give a new dynamic to the Minsk process".
  • Colorado family struggled with debt before husband's arrest

    Colorado family struggled with debt before husband's arrest

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    When asked by the reporter whether they argued, Watts said , "We had an emotional conversation, I'll leave it at that". You spoil us with love an attention! You Work so hard everyday to provide for us. Just two months ago, she sent her husband a picture of her first ultrasound. "I'm completely at a loss for words", Ashley Bell told the outlet. One of the motions, filed by Merson, concerned collecting and preserving DNA evidence, particularly at the family's home, where investigators ...
  • Trump Plans to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

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    Mr. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the company paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on Mr. Trump, including hiring Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the controversial dossier. " Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency ", he added.
  • Video captures panic among passengers as Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands in Manila

    Video captures panic among passengers as Chinese Boeing 737 crash-lands in Manila

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    He cited an initial report that the plane appeared to have "bounced" during the landing then its lights went out. Passengers have been demanding explanations from a Chinese airline whose plane crash-landed and overshot the runway at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila amid a downpour just before midnight on Thursday evening.
  • Declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires burn across province

    Declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires burn across province

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    The move ensures that the whole province will be able to access coordinated federal, provincial and local resources to fight against the 566 wildfires that are burning in the heavily-forested and mountainous Pacific province. Previous declarations were in 1996, 2003 and 2017, which lasted 10 weeks. New evacuation orders and alerts in both the Nechako Valley and in the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District (BVLD) have been in place as of Tuesday evening, but due to limited lodging, evacuees are ...