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Massive wildfire razes homes in New Zealand

Massive wildfire razes homes in New Zealand

At least 120 firefighters are battling the blazes with helicopters stood down for the night. The city council said more than 1,800ha of land had been torched on Christchurch's Port Hills and about 1,000 people have been evacuated. James Frost, 34, told the New Zealand Herald that the home he shares with partner burnt down just hours after he insured it. Regular rain usually keeps fires at bay, unlike their Australian neighbors. Read More

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Not conceding key to beat Arsenal, says Bayern's Hummels

Not conceding key to beat Arsenal, says Bayern's Hummels

Not since 2011, when they bowed out to Inter Milan after losing 3-2 at home in the second leg, has Bayern exited at the last 16 stage of the Champions League. Wenger will face the press on Tuesday evening and is expected to "respond to speculation that Mesut Ozil's place in the team is at risk after admitting the club's record signing is low on confidence", says the paper. Read More

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Russia Took Crimea by Force

Russia Took Crimea by Force

Asked during a press conference about his stance on Russia, Mr Trump said: "I want to do the right thing for the American people and to be honest, secondarily, I want to do the right thing for the world. "That's not great. I would love to be able to get along with Russia", Trump said, but "fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia". Read More

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Thomas commentary: A new direction on education with Devos

Thomas commentary: A new direction on education with Devos

The criticism she faced in the process stemmed from the color of her skin. What isn't mentioned in the piece, however, is the actual results; DeVos and her husband's involvement with the public education in their home state of MI. Sixty-four percent of children in the D.C. public school system are black and 18 percent are Hispanic. She says, "I applaud it". DeVos wouldn't commit to asking for more money for magnets. Read More

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Haley: US supports 2-state solution, but also thinking 'outside the box'

Haley: US supports 2-state solution, but also thinking 'outside the box'

Under a two-state solution, long a goal of US policy, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would eventually govern themselves in a separate state. She said the administration is trying to "think outside the box" to bring the two sides together and restart long-stalled negotiations. "I'm here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore", she said. Read More

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White House Will Not Insist on Two-State Solution

White House Will Not Insist on Two-State Solution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Donald Trump in New York, September 25, 2016. A one-state solution refers to a political system that would encourage Jews and Palestinians to retain separate nationalities within a single country, while the two-state policy endorsed by Congress and US presidents since the late 1990s, sets as goals an independent Palestine alongside a democratic, Jewish Israel. Read More

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Trump scolds 'dishonest' critics in the media

He grew combative with reporters in the room during the 75-minute event. He said, "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine", with the exception of the fact, "that I can't get my cabinet approved". The president castigated the media for reporting leaked information from his administration saying, "I don't want classified information getting out to the public". Read More

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Cyprus peace talks on edge of collapse

Cyprus peace talks on edge of collapse

Speaking on the telephone with UN's Cyprus Envoy Espen Barth Eide, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci asked Eide to urge the Greek Cypriot leader not to sign the decision, said a statement from Akinci's office. The eastern Mediterranean island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the north and a Greek Cypriot administration in the south after a 1974 military coup was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power. Read More

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White House's Remarks on Crimea 'Don't Deviate From Trump's Campaign Promises'

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that US President Donald Trump expected Moscow to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine and return Crimea to the Ukrainian authorities. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" In an interview on Tuesday, Trump advisor, Kellyanne Conway, said it was the misleading of the Vice President and not that actual call that led to Flynn's resignation. Read More

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Death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother raises many questions

Death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother raises many questions

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, director of Indonesian Citizen Protection at the Foreign Ministry, said Indonesia would ensure Aisyah's rights are protected and that she has legal assistance. South Korea's acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has described the apparent assassination as a "brutal and inhumane" example of the nature of Kim Jong-un's regime. Read More

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Sena-BJP indulged in scams in Mumbai: Scindia

Sena-BJP indulged in scams in Mumbai: Scindia

Two parties align because of need and not out of love. Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray. In 25 years both Sena and BJP benefited. Realising this, the two parties have brought in the heavyweights to campaign for them. Fadnavis said at a poll rally here this evening. Congress, which is plagued by infighting, has failed to take advantage of the BJP-Sena rift, according to political observers. Read More

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Austria to sue Airbus over Eurofighter contract

In response Airbus denied the accusations and called the legal offensive by Vienna's authorities "a political manoeuvre". Eurofighter did not reply to requests for comment. The Eurofighter programme is a joint venture between Airbus, BAE Systems and Italy's Leonardo to provide a modern fighter jet for the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, as well as other buyers. Read More

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Trump to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu at White House

Trump to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu at White House

Trump opened the press conference with several striking remarks, including the revelation that "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like". I think people misunderstand the settlement issue. Is it going to be any better under President Donald Trump? This would effectively preclude withdrawing Israeli military from the occupied West Bank - and thus preclude any meaningful two-state solution. Read More

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European Parliament backs trade agreement with Canada

There were chaotic scenes outside the parliament building in Strasbourg on Wednesday, as protesters blocked access ahead of the vote - only to be dragged off by riot police. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told European lawmakers Thursday that the world is better off when the EU is strong, as anti-Brussels sentiment soars following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory. Read More

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Donald Trump tells Israeli PM Netanyahu 'Iran will never have nuclear weapons'

Donald Trump tells Israeli PM Netanyahu 'Iran will never have nuclear weapons'

Addressing a joint press conference with Netanyahu at the White House last night, Trump said that the security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions. "You call for confronting Iran's terrorist regime, preventing Iran from realising this bad deal into a nuclear arsenal", Netanyahu said. The two leaders agreed that the Iran nuclear deal is a awful deal for the United States, Israel, and the world. Read More

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Puzder Out Of Running For Labor Secretary

The withdrawal signifies the first casualty of the Trump administration's Cabinet picks, as the Senate was expected to confirm Puzder later in the week. Ever since his nomination for the position of labor secretary was announced a year ago, Puzder has been a lightning rod for controversy, as he's faced past allegations of both spousal abuse and mistreatment of his workers. Read More

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Melania Trump's Miserable' As First Lady: Refuses To Move Into White House

Apparently, she's not happy with the situation. To think she's not even living in the White House with the former reality TV star so their 10-year-old son Barron can finish school in NY and it's still overwhelming for her. There has been a flurry of support and sympathy for the 46-year-old following a meme showing her smiling broadly at her husband during his inauguration and then looking downcast as soon as he turns away. Read More

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Eight women, 1 child killed in Yemen air raid

Medics dispatched to the incident identified the bombing site as the residence of Mohammed Al Nakii in the village of Shiraa. Huthi rebels in Sanaa accused a Saudi-backed coalition of carrying out the strike. In October the alliance of mainly Gulf Arab states was heavily criticised after launching an air strike on a funeral gathering in Sanaa that killed 140 people, according to one United Nations estimate. Read More

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Restoring Dialogue Between Russian, US Intelligence in Common Interests - Putin

But Putin's call to work together may find receptive ears in Washington , as President Trump has called for the U.S. and Russian Federation to work together to defeat ISIS. "When we look at Russia's behavior after the USA elections, they have slowly been increasing tensions, and their behavior has become more aggressive, including on violating worldwide law", Tsahkna said. Read More

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Tillerson warns Russian Federation to respect Ukraine commitments

Tillerson warns Russian Federation to respect Ukraine commitments

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pauses as he talks to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a bilateral meeting prior to a meeting of the group of 20 Foreign Ministers in Bonn , Germany, Thursday, Feb. "You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries", Lavrov told reporters. Trump has said he hopes to rebuild ties with Russian Federation despite reports from US intelligence agencies previous year which concluded that Russian Federation hacked ... Read More

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Double strike whammy for Tube and rail commuters

That pig-headed attitude has today wrecked the talks process. "I will now take a full report back to the union's executive". Nick Brown, chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern's parent company, said: "We are disappointed that the RMT is going to heap yet further misery and disruption on the travelling public". Read More

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Kim Jong-nam assassination: Cops arrest female suspect

Police said an autopsy was planned. Jong-nam, who used to be called the "Little General" and was once heir-apparent to his father Kim Jong-il, fell from grace in 2001 after a spectacular blunder. If proven, the sanctioned assassination of Kim Jong Un's brother could further isolate a leadership in Pyongyang that is already struggling under harsh sanctions for its continued development of nuclear weapons and for widespread human rights violations. Read More

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Trump offers National Security Adviser job to Vice Admiral

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg , appointed acting national security adviser, after Mike Flynn stepped down, is one of the three candidates under consideration to replace him. Congressional Democrats expressed alarm at the developments surrounding Flynn and called for a classified briefing by administration officials to explain what had happened. Read More

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Tourists with e-visas to get free SIM card on arrival

Tourists with e-visas to get free SIM card on arrival

Dr Sharma said that this unique initiative will facilitate tourists in communicating with friends, relatives, near and dear ones soon after their flight terminates in India. The SIM card will be provided to all the tourists and there will be no charges for the same. The SIM cards will be available at the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) counters at the airports. Read More

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Germany Raids Imams Suspected Of Being Erdogan's Spies

The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (GBA) said in a statement that the imams acted on an order issued on September 20 past year by the Turkey's religious affairs authority, the Diyanet. The imams are suspected of spying on behalf of Turkish intelligence on a network linked to the US-based cult leader Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of being behind a coup attempt to overthrow the Turkish government in July a year ago. Read More

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