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24 dead after river overflows, destroying homes in Colombia

24 dead after river overflows, destroying homes in Colombia

Images shared by residents online showed vast areas filled with wood planks and other debris. "People do not know what to do. there were no preparations" made for such a disaster, he said. President Juan Manuel Santos visited Mocoa, the capital of Putumayo department, on Saturday to supervise rescue and assistance efforts in the heavily forested region. Read More

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Trump signs executive orders to ramp up trade enforcement

The freakish scene played out at the White House, and involved executive orders pertaining to trade abuses, reports The Hill . US President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders meant to step up trade enforcement. Sources in the administration say the orders could allow Trump to avoid detailed trade discussions with the Chinese leader by citing the ongoing study. Read More

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Saudi embassy confirms United Kingdom attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

Police are investigating media reports that Masood checked his encrypted messaging service WhatsApp - or even sent a message - just before the attack, which hinted at others being involved. Fears Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood was groomed for extremism in prison have heightened after it was claimed he turned to Islam behind bars. Still, police have released many of those they took in for questioning in the case. Read More

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Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

A senior military official later explained that in December the delegation of authorizing airstrikes was lowered to more tactical levels reflecting the switch to offensive operations against ISIS in the battle for Mosul . deaths in a Middle East quagmire, President Trump is earning a reputation as a boss who wants a quick fix and doesn't care much how you got there. Earlier this month, dozens of civilians were reported killed in Syria, in US-led airstrikes that hit a school in Raqqa province ... Read More

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Southern New England gets second day of snow, sleet, rain

Southern New England gets second day of snow, sleet, rain

With temperatures in the 30s, this also allowed for sleet and even freezing rain to form. How Much Snow Will Fall? Other counties in the region are under a winter weather advisory. Ice accumulations are also possible in MA. Rainfall amounts will range from 1.50 to over 2 inches but any localized downpours may bring as much as 2 1/2 inches. Read More

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Dalai Lama recalls flight to India ahead of northeast trip

Dalai Lama recalls flight to India ahead of northeast trip

Assam Transport minister Chandramohan Patowary and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomed the Nobel Peace laureate at Borjhar International airport. 'I sent some of my officers to Indian authorities at the border, ' he said. "We believe this type of activity goes against the promise made by the Indian government.We hope the India government will take effective measures and cancel such kind of activities", Chinese Consul general in the city Ma Zhanwu said here. Read More

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China bans burqas, abnormal beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang

China bans burqas, abnormal beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang

On the official website the authorities further writes good moral conduct should be used by parents to influence the children, educate them to revere science, uphold ethnic unity, pursue culture and refuse extremism. The new rules is set to come into effect on April 1. Peaceful protests have taken place alongside bombings and other violent attacks on Chinese security forces and institutions. Read More

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At least 11 buried in landslide in Indonesia's Java

At least 11 buried in landslide in Indonesia's Java

The search was halted late Saturday and would resume on Sunday "because the weather conditions and unstable terrain could lead to more landslides" Sutopo said. He said difficulties in accessing the disaster site were hampering rescue efforts. Meanwhile in September, nearly thirty people were killed in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java. Read More

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Ex-US President Bill Clinton to join mourners at Martin McGuinness funeral

Ex-US President Bill Clinton to join mourners at Martin McGuinness funeral

McGuinness first rose to prominence as a leader in the paramilitary IRA during the Troubles - Northern Ireland's bloody conflict over independence from the United Kingdom. In a memorable gesture that would once have been unimaginable, he shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Belfast in 2012. "In the years that followed, he played an even more important role in ensuring that the peace would last - personally overseeing the arms decommissioning, joining the new government ... Read More

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Arab leaders hold first summit in Trump era

Arab leaders hold first summit in Trump era

The meetings between the United States president with Sissi and Abdullah will help determine the nature of Abbas's visit to Washington, the ministry said. Morocco stated back then that it will not host the summit because it is an event that implies that Arabs are in unity when it fact the gap between them is discrepant and wide. Read More

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Prepare for a blast of wintry weather and freezing rain on Thursday

Prepare for a blast of wintry weather and freezing rain on Thursday

A quick changeover to freezing rain and rain is expected across the Greater Toronto Area, while the snow will continue to spread northeast into cottage country and eastern Ontario. Areas northwest of Toronto, including Caledon, were under a freezing-rain warning early Thursday. 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said there's a high of 4 C in Toronto's forecast, but most of the day the mercury will hover around 2 C. Read More

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Trade orders set stage for revival

The first executive order concentrates on tougher enforcement of anti-dumping laws and increasing the collection of anti-dumping penalties and so-called countervailing duties - a mechanism used against foreign governments that subsidize their producers and sell goods at below-market prices. Read More

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China's Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week

China's Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week

Given that the United States has a massive trade deficit with China, American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives, Trump tweeted. China is the U.S.'s biggest trading partner, and enjoys the largest surplus in the trade of goods-$347 billion a year ago, nearly half of the US total. Read More

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Flood threat on Friday night as rain soaks Staten Island

Flood threat on Friday night as rain soaks Staten Island

Here are the rainfall totals projected through early Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Pocatello issued a Flood Advisory below the Big Wood River channel and the Little Wood River upstream from Shoshone. A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge. The morning's thunderstorms are expected to stick around for a while - and could come with flooding. Read More

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South Korea prepares to move sunken Sewol ferry to port

They lifted it about six feet from the sea floor on Wednesday and, since that test went well, they chose to proceed with raising the ferry to the surface early Thursday morning. The partially lifted sunken ferry Sewol is ready for transport in waters off Jindo, South Korea , Friday, March 24, 2017. They resumed lifting the ferry after spending hours on operations to better balance it. Read More

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Venezuela plunged into turmoil as top court muzzles congress

Maduro lost control of congress in December 2015, after voters "angry about soaring inflation, rising poverty and shortages of medicines and basic commodities" turned on his United Socialist Party of Venezuela, says The Guardian . An attempt a year ago to hold a recall referendum against Maduro was blocked when the national electoral council, controlled by loyalists of the president, cancelled the process, alleging fraud. Read More

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NYC Mayor: 'Fearless Girl' statue can stay through February 2018

The statue appeared opposite the bull statue ahead of the International Woman's Day. The mayor promised a WNYC radio reporter that his office would soon provide a reaction, once he was briefed. "The bull represents men and power", says Cristina Pogorevici, 18, a student from Bucharest, Romania, who visited the statues this past week. The " Fearless Girl " was an immediate hit, with tourists and New Yorkers alike lining up to take photos joining the girl in her standoff with the bull. Read More

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Defoe opens door for place at 2018 World Cup finals

Defoe opens door for place at 2018 World Cup finals

With Tottenham's Harry Kane nearly certain to be part of the 2018 World Cup squad, if England qualify, Southgate will have to decide who else will fill the other forward berths. "I think they are a better team than maybe they gave themselves credit for". "Never once did I think "I'm going to retire from worldwide football". Read More

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Turkey says military operation in northern Syria over

Less than 24 hours before his arrival, Turkey announced its six-month long military campaign inside northern Syria, the Euphrates Shield, has been "concluded successfully". But there has not been any open indication of a change in policy under Trump. The US-led worldwide coalition against Daesh includes airstrikes mainly conducted from Turkey's Incirlik airbase in the southern part of the country. Read More

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European Union demands progress on Brexit divorce before trade talks

The European Council President's nine-page document states that there must be "sufficient progress" on withdrawal talks - including a "divorce bill" potentially running as high as £50bn - before negotiations on future relations begin. "It is only if we have sorted that out that we can next - and I hope soon - talk about our future relationship". May said she wants those to start "alongside" those on the withdrawal treaty while the EU's official line is that it wants to hold off until divorce ... Read More

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Israel approves construction of first new settlement in more than 20 years

Settlements in land Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War are considered illegal by most of the worldwide community and an obstacle to restarting peace talks as they are built on land Palestinians claim for a future state. The worldwide community mostly views settlements in the West Bank territory illegal and an obstacle to peace. Construction workers in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Read More

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Banks Worried Zuma Trying to Erode South Africa's Oversight

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe was quoted as saying in a radio interview that the process followed to axe Gordham and eight other ministers made him "jittery and uncomfortable". Business leaders said in a statement that Gordhan's dismissal would have severe consequences for the economy and was a setback to the work done to avoid a credit ratings downgrade. Read More

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Tillerson, Turkish leaders struggle to resolve Kurds dispute

Turkey has argued that the USA ought to ally itself only with Turkish forces in Syria, but Washington has said the Kurds have proven themselves to be the most effective fighters against IS targets. But the US considers Syrian Kurdish fighters the most effective force at fighting IS and critical to liberating Raqqa. Any operation following this one will have a different name, " Yildirim said in an interview with broadcaster NTV. Read More

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US Vows to End 'Israel-Bashing' at United Nations

When it comes to combatting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, "there's a new sheriff in town", United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley proclaimed on Monday at the AIPAC Policy Conference. Pence said Trump is "invested" in finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pence also said that the U.S. will hunt down and destroy the Islamic State "at its source". Read More

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Putin says Western criticism of Russia's handling of protests political

Politicians heading the Senate intelligence committee have focused squarely on Russian Federation as they opened a hearing on attempts at undermining the 2016 United States presidential election. "We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident". "We can see what is happening, the president is being prevented from carrying out his policies", Putin said of Trump. Read More

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