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Russians injured in recent clash in Syria were not servicemen - Foreign Ministry

Russia has backed Syria's fight against terror since late 2015 when Russian air force and troops arrived in the Arab country at an official request of Damascus to help the government fight against Daesh and other Takfiri militants. "But they took directions from someone". Was it from external sources? The Russian defense minister also accused the U.S. of having a "hidden agenda", claiming that the aim of what he labeled as Washington's "illegal military presence in Syria" was is to control ...

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Louisville vacates 2013 national championship as part of NCAA sanctions

Louisville will have to vacate its 2013 NCAA title and pay a fine. I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong. Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement Tuesday that the school still disagrees with the NCAA's ruling.

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Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent

US President Donald Trump has been accused of forcibly kissing a woman just over a decade ago - an accusation he has labelled "false" and insists "never happened". She claims he asked whether she wanted to be a model, before kissing her for two whole minutes. Trump's second tweet on Tuesday, referring to one of his accusers having her mortgage "paid off", appeared to be a reference to Jill Harth.

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Delhi Chief Secretary Assault: Centre seeks report

As the blame game over the alleged manhandling of the Delhi chief secretary by few AAP MLAs escalated on Tuesday, Anshu Prakash wrote to DCP North over the incident. It's a criminal, cowardly & deplorable act and an assault on the Constitution. Police teams have been formed to investigate both the cases and the Delhi Police will investigate both the cases with all seriousness, Pathak said.

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Abbas calls for talks on Palestine statehood

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyBidens pose with Bradley Cooper at Super Bowl Nikki Haley praises Justin Timberlake for "awesome" Super Bowl performance Syria rejects USA accusations of chemical weapons use MORE slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N.

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Christchurch declares state of emergency

The official MetService weather bureau said the storm had moved out to sea south of Christchurch by mid-morning today. "Ferry and barge and for some people air travel. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters at Parliament that military had been deployed to areas likely to be worst hit and the country's national Civil Defence office in Wellington was on standby to help local authorities.

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S. Korea to resume joint military drills with US

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on the same day told a parliamentary committee he has no plan to oppose the resumption of Korea-U.S. military drills after the Olympics. "I hope the inter-Korean talks could lead to talks between USA and North Korea and also denuclearization talks", said Moon. "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan".

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Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid _ and Romney accepts

Those close to Romney say as senator he is less interested in direct combat with President Donald Trump than he once was and more interested in promoting Utah - though the man grew up in MI and has deepest political ties to MA. Romney in the Senate means a huge opportunity for the GOP establishment to anoint him as the opposition within the majority it needs to help push back against certain Trump policies.

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Trump Ranks as Worst in Expert Presidential Greatness Survey

After political experts in a New York Times survey showed President Donald Trump ranked at the very bottom on a scale of all the US presidents, a number of commentators on Twitter - including Trump critics - came to the president's defense, Mediaite reported Monday .

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Fresh rocket sirens ring throughout Gaza border communities amid rising tensions

These specific military targets belonging to the Hamas organization were attacked, Xinhua quoted a statement issued by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IOF said it struck six Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the explosion in a "large-scale attack". "We will respond appropriately and I send my wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded".

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Auburn's Anfernee McLemore Stretchered Off Court After Horrific Ankle Injury

The South Carolina Gamecocks (13-13) are riding in a six-game losing streak including a 70-67 defeat to Tennessee in which Frank Booker scored 19 points in 4 of 11 shooting from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Frank Booker paced SC offensively with 19 points, making some big plays in the second half to stunt Auburn's rally, and Wesley Myers added 13 before fouling out late.

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Oxfam's United Kingdom chief says critics are gunning for the charity

It comes as Haiti's president Jovenel Moise said that sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff was only the tip of an "iceberg" and called for investigations into other aid organisations that came to the country after a devastating natural disaster in 2010.

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Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's new president

Ramaphosa, a lead negotiator in the transition from apartheid to democracy in the early 1990s, was elected by jubilant ruling party legislators anxious to shed political limbo and get the leadership of the country back on track. The parties say that Ramaphosa will have to back up his words, with concrete plans and programmes. Zuma resigned Wednesday, opening the way for Ramaphosa to become South Africa's fifth president since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

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Speaking for energy group, Ayotte welcomes Romney to Utah US Senate race

Senate seat in MI. Romney said in his announcement video , "I have made a decision to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah's values and Utah's lessons to Washington ". "I think you'll see him spending his time and building a dialogue with the people of Utah and earning their support", veteran Romney adviser Spencer Zwick told Politico .

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More Israelis believe police than PM Netanyahu: polls

Israel politics observer Tahsin al-Halabi thinks there's little chance of the corruption charges leveled against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week from sticking, since the politician successfully weathered similar allegations back in 1999.

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Kuwait pledges $2bn to Iraq reconstruction

Burgan Bank, a diversified growing financial powerhouse, welcomed one of its majority-owned subsidiaries, the Bank of Baghdad (BoB) delegation to Kuwait who attended the "Invest in Iraq Conference" held in Kuwait City. It is also counting on a Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement to weaken Iran's influence there. Other global players participating in the conference have also pledged their support, with the European Union promising €400 million ($494 million) in investment and the USA extending its $3 ...

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Historic immigration debate in flux

The hopes for citizenship of 1.8 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children hung in the balance Monday as Congress started up debate on sweeping new immigration legislation. Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill . But Trump is adamant that overall immigration cutbacks be part of any deal. They expect their case to be a part of the deal, whose headline components are the future of 690,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.

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'Chelsea Bomber' sentenced to life in prison for 2016 blasts

Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence. In the trial, Ahmad Rahimi criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said that the father had not sufficiently informed them of Rahimi's interest in terrorist organizations.

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South Africa's ANC to meet on Monday as Zuma deadlock tightens

Opposition parties have criticized reports of ongoing private talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa. On Tuesday, Parliament's presiding officers announced that Thursday's State of the Nation Address had been indefinitely postponed amid fears that it might descend into chaos.

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PM to address rallies in poll-bound Tripura today

After arriving in Amman , he is expected to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan who will facilitate his transit to Palestine on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in south Tripura taking his party's call of "Chalo paltai" to the voters.

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Led coalition attacks Assad forces in Syria

The statement also claimed that the US-led attack was "in self-defense". More than 100 forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed in the attack by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ezzor province, a United States official said late Wednesday.

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What is in US Senate deal on spending, debt ceiling

That includes $140 billion in emergency defense funding. "To carry out the strategy you rightly directed we develop, we need you to pass a budget now", he said. "Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi said.

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IOF Kills Palestinian in Alleged Stabbing Attack

He was the son of a Hamas figure killed by Israeli forces during the second intifada of the early 2000s. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said in a statement today that violent clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and the occupation troops after storming the house of the Palestinian martyr Hamzah Zamara.

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German chancellor urges compromise in coalition talks

Which party runs which ministry isn't decisive, she said. The left-of-centre Social Democrats (SPD) claimed the prized finance portfolio in a new grand coalition deal settled on Tuesday, a ministry that will be key to driving reforms in the European Union's single currency eurozone.

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Uber-Waymo trial reveals cutthroat race to control future of transportation

But in Uber's version, Waymo is a race official who can't find anything wrong. Although Anthony Levandowski , the former Google engineer who downloaded tens of thousands of files before joining Uber to work on its self-driving vehicle team, has been at the centre of the legal battle, Verhoeven worked to shift attention to Kalanick's behaviour.

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US Starting to Withdraw Forces in Iraq Following Defeat of ISIS

He died in a suicide bombing in Syria. But just months after the last big Isis strongholds were retaken in Syria, and Russian Federation and Iran declared the jihadis had been defeated, rising tensions and new territorial ambitions among the worldwide forces have shifted the focus away from the remaining Isis pockets.

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Status yellow snow warning

Those in the north and south should expect to see the coldest temperatures so far this winter. Monday morning saw pile-ups and travel disruption due to snowfall in southeast England. Public Health England said earlier today: "From now until 9am on Friday 9 February Public Health England has declared a "level 3 cold alert". Kent police urged motorists to take care and allow extra time for journeys as officers responded to crashes on the M20 near Maidstone.

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Most Republicans think FBI, DOJ trying to "delegitimize" Trump

A White House spokesman said Trump would "consider" the Democratic memo's release just as he had the Republican document. "I think the president would be hard-pressed to try to suppress this memo, particularly since they claim they're releasing the GOP memo in the interest of transparency".

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EU warns United Kingdom on impact of exiting customs unions

The comment comes as Britain seeks to clarify its position ahead of a new round of talks between Britain and the EU. While Davis hailed the constructive talks, Barmier was firm that United Kingdom government must respect the rules of the Union during the two-year transitional period ending December 2021 with no say in shaping them.

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Syrian regime said to strike civilians with 'toxic gas'

Such allegations were timed to undermine the efforts to resolve the Syrian war through a peaceful settlement between the Syrians without foreign interventions, it noted. However, Russia described the OPCW report as "very biased" arguing the report failed to address the question of who was responsible for the use of the chemical substance.

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Joint Korean hockey team plays for first time

While athletes will compete for their respective countries, there will be a unified Korean team at the Olympics for the first time as players from both North and South Korea make up a team in women's ice hockey. flunkeyism". Ri charged in the letter that the USA military is "intentionally" aggravating the situation in and around the Korean peninsula by deploying military reinforcements, including aircraft carrier strike groups, created to make a "pre-emptive strike" on North Korea at a ...

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Man given life for Finsbury Park terror attack

Far-right loner Darren Osborne , 48, was convicted in less than an hour over the van attack on a crowd of worshippers in June past year. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali , was killed and 12 people were injured when Osborne drove a rented van into people leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

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Trump says Democrats are 'AWOL' on immigration

They have begun to adapt to his unpredictable nature and, when it comes to investigations into Trump's 2016 campaign and presidential actions, Republicans have increasingly become strong defenders in a bid to invalidate his Democratic tormentors and special counsel Robert S.

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Boeing Gets $6.6 Billion From Pentagon To Expand Missile Defense

The missile in Wednesday's test , SM-3 Block IIA, was built by Raytheon and is a project in development as a collaboration between the USA and Japan. The SM-3 Block IIA can be used on Aegis-equipped destroyers as well as with the Aegis Ashore system, which Japan decided in December to deploy. "North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland", Trump said during the speech.

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Shopian army firing: Third civilian dies of bullet injury

The incident rocked Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Council, where opposition clashed with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) members, who were justifying the firing on demonstrators. We will take the Shopian probe to its logical conclusion. The Army personnel allegedly involved in the incident can either depose before the Magistrate in person or give written reply to a questionnaire prepared by the probe panel.

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United States names Hamas leader as terrorist

Haniyeh, leader and chief of the Political Bureau of Hamas , was designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) together with three other groups. "Today's actions are an important step in denying them the resources they need to plan and carry out their terrorist activities", he added. According to Newsweek , he's also said to have ties to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a proxy group of Iran, as well as its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

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Muslim scholar questioned by French police over rape claims

A second unnamed woman on Friday also accused Ramadan of raping her in a hotel room in 2009. Mr Ramadan, 55, denies wrongdoing and is suing one of his accusers, Henda Ayari, a former radical Islamist who now heads a secular feminist group.

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Iranian women protest obligatory headscarf; Twitterati praise the bravery

At least five women in the Iranian capital Tehran protested the country's compulsory headscarf rules by waving theirs on sticks, social media postings showed on Monday. The woman, reportedly a 31-year-old mother, broke the law by exposing her hair in public, risking arrest and fines. The wearing of headscarves by Iranian women has been obligatory since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979.

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Seine still rising in Paris; Louvre partially closed

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from their homes in the Paris region because of the flooding and a similar number are without electricity. In normal times, the river measures about 5 feet on the Austerlitz scale. Some basements in Paris began to see leaks on Friday, and a health centre in the northwestern suburbs, where 86 patients were receiving care, was evacuated because of flooding.

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Chris Stapleton to perform 2 Upstate NY shows

Country star Chris Stapleton is set to return to Northwest Arkansas in 2018. The Missoula show is scheduled for August 3 in the Adams Center and public tickets go on sale February 9 at 10 a.m. Country music's biggest victor at Sunday night's Grammy Awards will take a victory lap this year that will wind its way through Charlotte in the fall.