• Serge Ibaka & James Johnson Trade Punches & Get Ejected During Heat-Raptors Game

    Serge Ibaka & James Johnson Trade Punches & Get Ejected During Heat-Raptors Game

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    In the midst of a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat , the two established veterans were facing off in the midst of a half-court set and, seemingly out of nowhere, punches were being thrown. Wesley Matthews had 16 points for Dallas, which got its first win since December 31 against Oklahoma City. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle earned his 708th career win, moving past John MacLeod for 17th in National Basketball Association history.
  • Pentagon Approves $133Mln Worth Sale of Interceptor Missiles to Japan

    Pentagon Approves $133Mln Worth Sale of Interceptor Missiles to Japan

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    The State Department has cleared Japan's request to buy Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, related equipment and services from the US government under a potential $133.3 million foreign military sales agreement. During his November visit to Japan, Donald Trump said that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" if it bought the US weaponry needed for doing for doing so and suggested Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now.
  • Government considers extension to bag charge in England

    Government considers extension to bag charge in England

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    Specifically, May is expected to announce a consultation on ending the exemption that allows smaller shops with fewer than 250 employees to hand out free plastic bags. More broadly, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government would take a stand against the "profligate" use of natural resources with its 25-year plan.
  • Mafia raids: Police in Italy and Germany make 169 arrests

    Mafia raids: Police in Italy and Germany make 169 arrests

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    In Germany, the operation involved several Prosecutor General's Offices and Prosecution Offices in four German Federal States (Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia), as well as numerous German police authorities, with the support of Eurojust.
  • Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outposts

    Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outposts

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    Despite having attacked Syria nearly constantly throughout the past several years, Israel maintains that they are "neutral" on the war. The Syrian war is by no means over, but the success of the coalition that includes Iran, Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia forces means that the balance of power in the region is swinging against Israel.
  • Indian National Anthem No Longer Mandatory in Cinemas

    Indian National Anthem No Longer Mandatory in Cinemas

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    He continued to fight for the respect of the national anthem and collected more evidences that showed people disrespecting it. Broadcaster NDTV said cinema hall associations based in India's entertainment capital of Mumbai would meet shortly to discuss the court's latest ruling.
  • CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi rubbishes rumours of '300 cuts' in 'Padmavat'

    CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi rubbishes rumours of '300 cuts' in 'Padmavat'

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    As per reports, there was pressure on the newly-formed Himachal government to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, following repeated warnings from fringe groups. The film is expected to release across India on January 25 but will not hit theatres in Rajasthan. However, Raje has stated that given the sentiments of the people, the movie is forbidden to be screened in Rajasthan as she can not allow defamation of Rani Padmini's honor.
  • Zuma sets up state capture inquiry

    Zuma sets up state capture inquiry

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    The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found the Public Protector's report on State Capture was binding and ordered the president pay the legal costs of opposing the remedial action put forward. He said the commission should "seek to uncover not just the conduct of some, but of all those who may have rendered our state or parts thereof vulnerable to control by forces other than the public for which government is elected".
  • Six units of fire brigade attending blaze in north Dublin

    Six units of fire brigade attending blaze in north Dublin

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    The family-run "scrap-metal specialists" collect metal from all over Leinster, dismantling old cars to sell some parts and disposing of others. Pictures posted on Twitter show that huge plumes of smoke billowing over the fire site can be clearly seen from the airport.
  • Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters reporters

    Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters reporters

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    Dozens of journalists wearing black waited outside the court Wednesday to protest the arrest of their colleagues, who were led into the court smiling and giving the thumbs up sign despite heavy handcuffs on their wrists. "Having heard the charges brought under the Official Secrets Act of 1923, we continue to expect the Myanmar authorities to ensure the full protection of these journalists' rights and to release them as quickly as possible", an European Union spokesman said, adding that ...
  • Teacher is handcuffed by officer at school board meeting

    Teacher is handcuffed by officer at school board meeting

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    A Louisiana teacher who was forcibly removed from a school board hearing in a viral video clip was booked on two crimes and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning, court documents show. He told her to "stop resisting", to which she replied, " I am not, you just pushed me to the floor ". "Are you kidding me?" Deyshia HargraveWas Deyshia Hargrave really out of the order or perhaps the school board? With the board seemingly uninterested in answering the educator's concerns, an Abbeville ...
  • 100 migrants missing in shipwreck off Libya

    100 migrants missing in shipwreck off Libya

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    One of those boats, however, was already almost sunk and only 16 people who remained aboard were saved. The Libyan Coast Guard said there are about one million people ready to depart from its shores on migrant boats. More than 600,000 have crossed the central Mediterranean in the past four years, generally travelling in flimsy inflatable craft provided by smugglers that often break down or puncture.
  • Trump administration backs of drilling plan that angered Florida lawmakers

    Trump administration backs of drilling plan that angered Florida lawmakers

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    Governor Rick Scott , and U.S. Senators to Florida Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have also each individually voiced their opposition to the plan to drill. Federal law lays out eight factors the Interior Department must consider when developing those leasing plans, including the views of local officials and residents.
  • North Korea will send Winter Olympics team south of the border

    North Korea will send Winter Olympics team south of the border

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    The hotline was one of many that were closed as inter-Korean relations soured. But the two countries were not on the same page on all fronts. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday said there is no middle ground on the matter of denuclearizing North Korea, insisting it is the only path to ensuring stability on the peninsula.
  • India vs South Africa 1st Test: A day gone, game still on

    India vs South Africa 1st Test: A day gone, game still on

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    Eighteen wickets fell on the fourth day at Newlands as the visitors failed to chase down 208 against an attack which, in the absence of Dale Steyn , was spearheaded by Philander. Vijay then departed while trying to defend an outswinger from Philander, only to manage an edge for de Villiers to complete the catch at third slip.
  • Convert madarsas to public schools: UP Shia Waqf Board chief

    Convert madarsas to public schools: UP Shia Waqf Board chief

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    However, the BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain said that the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh had no plans to shut down the madrassas and were, instead, working towards the modernisation of education imparted in these institutes. Have written to PM and UP CM in this regard. Rizvi's claims invited angry reactions from his opponents. Taking strong note of Rizvi's statement, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi described him as an "opportunistic" ...
  • Catherine Deneuve And 100 Other Women Slam #MeToo Movement

    Catherine Deneuve And 100 Other Women Slam #MeToo Movement

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    The Oscar-nominated actress, who is best known for her role in the 1967 worldwide classic, " Belle de Jour ", in which she played a bored housewife who turned tricks in a brothel, signed the letter with other signatories such as Catherine Millet , the French author and art critic, known for her explicit 2001 bestseller, " The Sexual Life of Catherine M ".
  • US Halts $125 Million in Funding for Palestinian Refugees

    US Halts $125 Million in Funding for Palestinian Refugees

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    It also highlighted calls by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut global aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until it disappears. Netanyahu made nearly identical comments about dismantling UNRWA in June - a message he said at the time he had conveyed to the USA ambassador to the United Nations.
  • 6 killed, several stranded in California mudslide

    6 killed, several stranded in California mudslide

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    Helicopters were being used even during the downpours because roads were blocked, Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said . A 14-year-old girl, who had been trapped for hours in a collapsed Montecito home, was among those firefighters rescued, Eliason said.
  • $70 Million Reward on Offer In Hunt for Missing MH370 Jet

    $70 Million Reward on Offer In Hunt for Missing MH370 Jet

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    According to Channel News Asia , the Malaysian government will pay up to $50 million to Ocean Infinity if the missing flight MH370 is found within a 9,653 sq. "It is my hope that we will find the answer that we seek for almost four years and bring some closure to this unfortunate incident", Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said at a press conference outside Kuala Lumpur .
  • JNU Scholar Missing, CCTV Shows Him Leaving Campus

    JNU Scholar Missing, CCTV Shows Him Leaving Campus

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    Initial reports suggest that Jain was last seen leaving the campus at around 12.30 pm from the East Gate of JNU. As per a senior police officer, Mukul, who was enrolled in Life Sciences course in the prestigious university, was having some problems in his relaionship.
  • Did a CNN quarrel signal a Trump-led media fight?

    Did a CNN quarrel signal a Trump-led media fight?

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    Miller then tried to energize Trump's base by saying Trump "tapped into something magical that is happening in the hearts of this country", to which Tapper replied, "The president has an approval rating in the 30s". "You gave me two minutes!" Miller was then escorted off set because the show was coming back from a commercial break, according to the insider who pointed out that "it was a live set" and it was not quite as scandalous as "being thrown out".
  • Trump Says He Would Beat Oprah Winfrey if She Ran for President

    Trump Says He Would Beat Oprah Winfrey if She Ran for President

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    But after Ms Winfrey's inspirational speech at the Golden Globe awards which called for a "new day", speculation has grown that she's planning a campaign. she's a wonderful woman". Her appeal extended well beyond her celebrity, some said, citing her compassion, kindness and devotion to helping others as a badly needed change after Trump.
  • 13000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

    13000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

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    A police official in Zermatt , a tourist magnet for backpackers and millionaires alike, said the helicopter journey to the village of Taesch takes around three minutes. "Only the ski areas are closed". Romy Biner, the head of the Zermatt town council, told SRF the airlift was for guests who urgently needed to leave and to bring in supplies.
  • Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, says leader

    Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, says leader

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    He accused the US and "the Zionists " of spending months preparing demonstrations in small towns in the hope that they would spread to the capital. At least 1,000 people have been arrested in the biggest anti-government protests for almost a decade, with the judiciary saying ringleaders could face the death penalty.
  • Hero Dad Stabs Pitbull To Save Daughter's Life

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    The vicious attack was reported in Falmouth Sunday morning, and first responders told Boston 25 News it was the most horrific dog attack they've ever witnessed. She was transported to the Falmouth Hospital by ambulance, and subsequently to a Boston area hospital by LifeFlight helicopter. "She's very good. The dogs always got along with her, so I don't know what happened".
  • Iran, banning English teaching in primary schools

    Iran, banning English teaching in primary schools

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    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voiced anger in 2016 over the "teaching of the English language spreading to nursery school", the Financial Times reports . A wave of anti-government protest demonstrations began on December 28 in Iran, exploding tensions between the Islamic republic's hardline government and its fed-up populace.
  • James Damore Sues Google, Alleging Discrimination Against Conservative White Men

    James Damore Sues Google, Alleging Discrimination Against Conservative White Men

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    Damore's memo which claimed that the inequality in payment of wages existed between men and women was because the latter was "biologically" less capable than the former caused a tumult in the tech industry. Damore and Gudeman, who was reportedly dismissed from the firm following a confrontation with a Muslim colleague on an internal forum, alleged that the technology giant "employed illegal hiring quotas" to fill positions with its desired percentages of women and ethnic minority ...
  • Was the Third Hottest Year on Record for the US

    Was the Third Hottest Year on Record for the US

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    The month of December ranked near the warmest third of the record, with an average temperature across the contiguous US of 34.8 degrees F, 2.1 degrees above average. Far more tragic was the human toll. Last year, the USA experienced 16 weather and climate disasters each with losses exceeding $1 billion, totaling approximately $306 billion - a new US record.
  • Firefighter among 3 injured in Trump Tower rooftop fire Secret Service spotted

    Firefighter among 3 injured in Trump Tower rooftop fire Secret Service spotted

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    At least 300 building tenants took part in a petition to get rid of the name starting in October, the New York Times reports . Before he became the president, Trump's primary residence used to the in the same Trump Tower. Roger Sakowich, the Manhattan borough commander for the FDNY said on social media that the blaze "wasn't in the building" but that it was "on top of the building".
  • Cam Newton Famous CTE Expert Calls BS ... That's a Concussion

    Cam Newton Famous CTE Expert Calls BS ... That's a Concussion

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    The NFL is investigating whether the Panthers violated concussion protocol by not bringing Newton back to the locker room to be evaluated . National Football League officials have already been in contact with the Panthers' medical staff as to why Newton was not taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a concussion.
  • Singapore passport ranked 2nd most powerful in Henley Index, Germany top

    Singapore passport ranked 2nd most powerful in Henley Index, Germany top

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    Seven countries lost visa-free access to a single country, while 18 countries maintained their level of access year on year, and the remaining 174 nations saw an improvement in their level of access compared to 2017. The Irish passport can gain visa-free access to 173 countries. In addition to the increased number of wealthy and talented individuals that are looking to diversify their citizenship portfolios to give themselves and their families greater worldwide opportunity, travel freedom, ...
  • North Korea to Send Delegation to Olympics

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    Ri Son Gwon, the head of the North Korean delegation and the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of North Korea , set an optimist tone for the meeting. Prior to Tuesday's negotiations, analysts and Korea watchers had advised against getting too excited about these talks. According to NBC News correspondent in Seoul, Bill Neely, some people in Seoul and Washington believe Kim Jung Un's real motive for holding these talks is to drive a wedge between South Korea and the ...
  • Will Julian Assange be forced out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London?

    Will Julian Assange be forced out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London?

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    WikiLeaks in 2010 released troves of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan and tens of thousands of leaked US diplomatic cables, many of which were highly classified. However, speaking to RT last week, a spokesman for the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has resided since 2012, confirmed that the Australian was still in the building and his health status remains unchanged.
  • Pakistan frees Islamist cleric who helped Taliban against US

    Pakistan frees Islamist cleric who helped Taliban against US

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    Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan on Tuesday said that intelligence and defence cooperation with the United States (US) had been suspended and it was high time for Pakistan to have "ruthlessly candid dialogue" with the US with everything on the table.
  • USGS: Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Strikes Off Central America

    USGS: Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Strikes Off Central America

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    Tsunami advisories were in effect following the natural disaster for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. There are four levels of tsunami threats, according to the National Weather Service's Tsunami Warning Center. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the quake and warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level.
  • The moment a giant humpback whale saves diver from shark

    The moment a giant humpback whale saves diver from shark

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    James Sulikowski, a marine biologist and professor at the University of New England who has studied tiger sharks, said he's not convinced that the whale saved her life. Hauser says whales are "altruistic" and often hide seals from predators, but she has never experienced or read about anything like this before. However, such actions have been previously witnessed in dolphins.