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30 killed in Kabul hotel as guests flee terrorist siege

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Afghan government forces ended an overnight siege Sunday at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries, including 14 foreign nationals. Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed that one of its citizens was among the dead and said the Ukrainian consul was flying to Kabul . Read More »

Facebook to Have Users Decide What Is 'High Quality' News

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Neil Patel, publisher of conservative site Daily Caller, stated that, "For a company that wields this much power to make these kind of decisions with zero transparency really scares me", cited by the New York Times. Facebook, which has come under fire for the spread of fake news on its service, recently said it will reduce the amount of content from brands and other company pages - including those run by publishers - in the news feed . Read More »

China says United States trespassed its waters with warship

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China would take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty after the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal on Wednesday evening without China's permission. Read More »

"Li'l d" makes the cut for Amazon HQ2

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The Seattle-based tech giant sparked a bidding war a year ago when it announced plans to build a new 8 million-square-foot campus that would cost $5 billion and create up to 50,000 new jobs. The big news of the day was that Indianapolis had been chosen as one of the 20 finalists for the new Amazon headquarters. In a written statement, she said: "We are very excited and encouraged that Mississauga and the Toronto Region have been shortlisted as part of Amazon's desire to open the ... Read More »

SA business plans to boycott Trump's Davos speech

Trump will be the first US leader since President Bill Clinton to attend the meeting in the Swiss Alps, which typically attracts some of world's wealthiest financiers. "We will showcase India's progress while also giving a taste of Indian cuisine as well as of Indian culture and heritage", he said. He will deliver the opening plenary address on 23rd of January. Read More »

Local Koreans react to united Olympics team

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Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The South quickly offered dialogue in an effort to secure the North's participation. The release did not mention Moranbong.Moranbong member Hyon Song Wol seen with North and South Korean officials on January 15, 2018. Read More »

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on Travel Ban 3.0

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The New York Times reported that in September past year a U.S. court ruled that the ban was tainted by "religious animus (hostility)" and was not adequately justified by national security concerns. The pending petition concerns a challenge brought by the State of Hawaii . Trump tweaked the order after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate the ban. Read More »

Bitcoin falls below $10000 as sell-off continues

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With the drop below $10,000, bitcoin had lost about half its value since hitting a high above $19,000 in mid-December. South Korea has joined a number of regulators and governments attempting to dampen bitcoin fever, in the case of the Seoul government by considering banning digital currency exchanges in its jurisdiction. Read More »

Yes Bank to mobilise $1 bn by 2023 for solar power projects

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report titled, 'Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017.' The publication finds that onshore wind power is now cheaper than, or as expensive as, any other source of power and predicts, based on current trends in technologies and prices, that all forms of renewable energy will become cost-competitive with fossil fuels by 2020. Read More »

Democrats pull off a surprise win in rural Wisconsin

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As the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County, and a former first responder, Schachtner said she never once asked someone their political affiliation before providing care, and she doesn't care to do so now. -elect Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, a continuation of the 2017 trend of Democrats winning across the country. Republicans have flipped four seats from blue to red - two in the Republican-trending Deep South, one in New Jersey, and one in MA. Read More »

Turkey deployed 10 tanks to Syrian border

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Syrian Kurdish forces led offensive to retake Raqqa, and were instrumental in routing Islamic State militants from much of the rest of northern Syria . Even the United States dropped from 89 to 86, due to "growing evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, violations of basic ethical standards by the new administration, and a reduction in government transparency", the report said. Read More »

Gov. Cuomo Proposes Study of Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Cuomo's proposal also includes a variety of "revenue actions" - tax and fee increases. The governor is not expected to talk in-depth about a proposed congestion pricing plan for the East River bridges. "It's not enough to give funding to the poor districts", he said Tuesday. It comes as at least nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Read More »

Steve Bannon to be questioned by House Intelligence Committee

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Hicks met last month with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation, which appears to be focused on both Russian meddling and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice during his firing of James Comey as FBI director. "Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by nearly everyone", Trump wrote . In December, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cambridge Analytica had turned over e-mails from any employees who worked on the campaign to Mueller. Read More »

North Korean orchestra to perform in South Korea

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According to South Korea's Unification Ministry on Monday, the orchestra was formed in the late 2000s to perform for important guests visiting the North. Western European security sources told Reuters last month that Russian tankers had supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea. Read More »

Syrian Kurds mobilise civilians as Erdogan warns of attack 'at any moment'

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Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian arm of the PKK, an outlawed Kurdish group responsible for major terror attacks in the Turkey as part of its bid for national ethnic autonomy. In his view, the answer to the question of the reasons for Ankara's involvement in the operation in Afghanistan is the PYD / YPG terrorists' attempt to support the United States to form the 30,000 people strong Security Force on the border of Syria in the Bashar Assad- Abu Zhuhur in Idlib province and the ... Read More »

Israeli Army Conducts Airstrike Targeting Southern Gaza Strip

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The tunnel belonged to Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling, according to Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus. "We are happy to be able to have those capabilities", Conricus said. The IDF said it holds Hamas responsible for all activity emanating from Gaza. Nezar Ayyash, the head of Gaza fishermen union, earlier said the fisherman had been shot by gunfire from the Egyptian border. Read More »

Hawaiians horrified by false alarm of incoming missile attack

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State officials and the USA military's Pacific Command confirmed there was no actual threat to the state, but Hawaiians waited for almost 40 minutes while the agency struggled to retract the warning . By the time she found out about the warning, it was already confirmed to be false. Lauren McGowan, on holiday in Maui with family members and friends, was on her way to breakfast when her phone blared the alert. Read More »

Florida is off the list for offshore drilling, but not everyone's happy

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Offshore drilling is a lose-lose proposition, and the entire proposed 5-year offshore oil lease plan should be withdrawn. Zinke's action is especially outrageous because Florida — unlike California, Washington and other states — did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal in written comments submitted to the Interior Department, Cantwell said . Read More »

GOP senator: Reports of Trump's 's---hole' comments a 'gross misrepresentation'

If Congress doesn't reach agreement on crucial immigration issues and pass a spending bill, the costly effect would be a government shutdown. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund. His comments drew a chorus of condemnation inside the United States and internationally, especially in Africa. "We have to stand out; we have to speak up and not try to sweep it under the rug". Read More »

India likely to revive missile deal with Israel

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The Israeli Prime Minister will surely speak of the dramatic growth in strategic cooperation and bilateral trade since India and Israel established full diplomatic relations nearly 26 years ago. Thus, despite the bloated rhetoric by Rightwing elements on both sides, ties between Israel and India will remain transactional. It does not share India's concerns relating to expanding Chinese influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. Read More »

Georgia QB Jacob Eason reportedly transferring to Washington

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Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason announced what had been expected Friday via his Twitter account, informing Bulldog Nation that he plans to transfer. "You still prepare like it's the same as past year like you're the man", Eason said. Eason is expected to transfer to the University of Washington , near where he went to high school. Read More »

Trump's Move to Slash Palestinian Cash: What It Means for Future Talks

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USA aid accounts for 40 percent of the budget for the U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency (for Palestinian refugees only) better known as UNRWA. That assessment is shared by the Israeli security establishment and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) - the Israeli body that administers the West Bank and Gaza - according to Ravid's report. Read More »

The Falcon Heavy rocket will be one of SpaceX's biggest tests yet

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp, led by entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched its first satellite for the United States military with its Falcon 9 rocket in May of past year. That in itself was a statement: "They're not going to launch again if they think there's a chance it was their fault", said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Read More »

Julian Assange diplomatic status bid rejected by UK

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Julian Assange , the Wikileaks founder, has been given an Ecuadorean passport and identity documents, fuelling speculation that he could soon be moved from the embassy in London . Referencing a 2016 UN ruling that said Assange was being "arbitrarily detained", WikiLeaks responded: "The UN ruling, issued nearly two years ago, is crystal clear in its language". Read More »

Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for another term

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Issa's decision makes him the 30th Republican House member to not seek re-election this year, a number that has steadily grown in the last several months. But he became best known in Washington for turning the Oversight Committee into something like an Inquisition. Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve. Read More »

Powerful Earthquake in Caribbean Prompts Tsunami Warnings

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The warnings for the disaster-hit countries were short lived. The USGS said, "The Great Swan Island, Honduras quake occurred as the result of strike slip faulting in the shallow crust near the boundary between the North America and Caribbean plates". Read More »

Winter weather event possible for Coffee County Friday night, NWS says

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The possible floods stem from the combination of heavy rain (one to three inches) and melting snow. This will lead to possible sidewalks and roads icing up ahead of the snowfall. Totals over a foot are likely in the higher terrain. Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 22. Forecast guidance is suggesting a second area of low pressure will develop later this week in association with Winter Storm Hunter . Read More »

California mudslides: At least 13 killed, thousands evacuated

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Eight commercial properties were also destroyed and 20 were damaged. Some of the homes worst affected weren't within an evacuation zone set up by police. An unknown number of people are unaccounted for, and the search for survivors continues. The search for victims is not. Actor Rob Lowe, who also has a home in Montecito, wrote on Twitter he was "mourning the dead in our little town tonight" and previously posting he was under mandatory evacuation. Read More »

Trump Ends Protection From Deportation for 200000 Salvadorans

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Salvadorans make up the largest portion of individuals covered by so-called temporary protected status, which shields about 320,000 people in the US from deportation, according to the Congressional Research Service . Salvadorans are the largest group by far with temporary protected status. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, called on Congress to offer a permanent solution for current TPS holders and protect them from deportation. Read More »

Netanyahu: UN Palestinian refugee agency 'must disappear'

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Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesman, said the refugee crisis was being perpetuated by "failure of the parties to deal with the issue". The U.S. later denied the report , saying the funding was still "under review". The Israeli Prime Minister said that practical steps must be taken to change the situation in which "UNRWA perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem instead of resolving it". Read More »

Fire breaks out in Trump Tower - Fire Dept.

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Videos showed the smoke coming out of the building, but a raging fire could not be seen. At least one firefighter suffered minor injuries after being hit by debris before being transported to the hospital. There have been no injuries or evacuations, and the President is not now at Trump Tower . His main residence is the White House, although he maintains a luxurious apartment in Trump Tower . Read More »

Sears, Kmart closing another 103 stores

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The 100 stores that will close will be a mix of Kmart and Sears locations. The Kmart at 1400 Wildcat in Portland, Texas is on the list of store closures. She says they've been preparing for the closure for more than a year. "Sears Holdings continues its strategic assessment of the productivity of our Kmart and Sears store base and will continue to right size our store footprint in number and size", the company said in a statement . Read More »

Roy Moore's 'Jewish' attorney is a practicing Christian

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During the special election campaign past year, Tina Johnson accused Moore of grabbing her backside in his office in the early 1990s. Fire trucks respond to the home of Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson in Gadsden, Ala. "We have just the clothes on our backs", she told the website. Moore , she said, grabbed her buttocks so hard she could feel the "dents of his fingers". Read More »