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United States senator calls on Donald Trump to 'punish' Russian Federation for election interference

In an interview on CBS News' " Face The Nation ", the South Carolina Republican, who was videotaped in Munich, where he attended an global security conference, said the media needs "to do some self-evaluation". "The backbone of democracy is a free press and an independent judiciary", Graham told CBS host John Dickerson. Of course, Sen. Graham has been pushing anti-Russia measures since long before the election allegations, and will be pushing such measures in Congress long after the ... Read More

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North Korean Arrested by Malaysia Police Over Kim Murder

Meanwhile, Malaysia's health minister said on Monday that the autopsy results for Kim Jong Nam's body could be released within two days. At a news conference in the front of the DPRK embassy, Kang Chol, the ambassador, said an official document has been submitted to the Malaysian side, pointing out that "we did not know any other name except Kim Chol as written in the passport" of the deceased. Read More

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Le Pen meets Lebanese PM Hariri

Polls now show Le Pen winning the first round of the election, but failing to garner the more than 50 percent of voters needed for victory in the second round. "The worst mistake would be the amalgam between Islam and Muslims on one hand and terrorism on the other hand". On Tuesday, Le Pen is to meet Lebanon's grand mufti, the leader of its Sunni community, the Maronite Christian patriarch and rightist Christian party leader Samir Geagea. Read More

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Trump appoints HR McMaster as national security adviser

On Sunday, the president plans to meet with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, to discuss strategy for replacing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. A senior administration official said that Harward's acceptance of the national security adviser post was contingent on the agreement of his family. Read More

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The Questionable Account of What Michael Flynn Told the White House

The Questionable Account of What Michael Flynn Told the White House

Multiple U.S. officials told the Times this week that phone records and intercepted calls reveal that Trump's campaign staff had repeated conversations with senior Russian intelligence officials before the election. Flynn's resignation as national security adviser is this: According to The New York Times , key advisers to Trump, including Flynn, were in regular contact with Russian intelligence officers during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read More

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Who is... Michael Flynn?

Who is... Michael Flynn?

Trump's campaign was watched with rapture as news anchors gushed over the novelty of hearing an American presidential candidate praise Putin. He frequently raised eyebrows among Washington's foreign policy establishment for trying to persuade Trump to warm up relations with Russian Federation. Read More

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Israel alliance has become 'even stronger,' Netanyahu tells Cabinet

The report said that Kerry's proposal was rejected by Netanyahu but was supported by the two Arab leaders. While terming the nuclear deal with Iran as "the worst", he did not refer to "scrapping" the deal. "As we have said before, we expect the deal to be fulfilled". Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations no longer protest the US-Israeli relationship as they did in the 1970s with the oil embargo, as the US now has many sources of oil and the price of crude oil has plummeted. Read More

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Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS

It advised people to "stay inside your houses and raise the white flags" as ground forces approach ISIS positions. Rudaw's Ranja Jamal who is embedded with the Iraqi army said with the liberation of the village, located 5 kilometres from the southern edge of Mosul, the Iraqi forces have come very close to the airport. Read More

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Son of murdered North Korean due in Malaysia: Airline source, media report

Malaysian authorities have said they will release the body of the victim, believed to have been killed by North Korean agents, to next of kin. The Malaysian foreign ministry said the government has kept the North Korean Embassy informed, telling them that because "the death occurred in Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death". Read More

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Merkel to meet Lagarde as IMF's Greece involvement comes to fore

In another development, the head of the European Stability Mechanism - the eurozone's bailout fund - said in a newspaper interview that Greece's finances were improving faster than expected. Sparking fear of another eurozone crisis, concerns of Greek debt have been rising in past few weeks. "Greece requires substantial debt relief from its European partners to restore debt sustainability". Read More

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Trial for attempted murder of Turkish president starts

Three of the suspects are still at large and are being tried in absentia. The defendants are accused of joining efforts to raid a hotel in Turkey's Aegean resort town of Marmaris , where Erdogan and his family were on holiday, after some in the Turkish military launched a coup attempt on the night of July 15, Xinhua reported. Read More

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Russian Ambassador to United Nations Dies in NY

Russian Ambassador to United Nations Dies in NY

The cause of death wasn't immediately known, the agency reported. Churkin has been Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a little over a decade and was considered Moscow's great champion at the U.N. In the 2000s he was ambassador at large at Russia's Foreign Ministry, while in the early 1990s he served as the special representative of the Russian president to the talks on the former Yugoslavia. Read More

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Tributes for mum killed in Bussell Highway head-on crash

Tributes for mum killed in Bussell Highway head-on crash

Tributes have been left for Ms Pratt, a woman who was described as an "irreplaceable handsome soul" with an wonderful outlook on life and infectious smile. "Completely erratic, there was no explanation for it", Mateljan told Nine News . "Mum's brightness, attractive smile and the way she listened and cared, meant that so many people loved and relied on her as a companion, someone to confide in and a true friend". Read More

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Protesters To Mark Trump's First Month In Office On Presidents Day

Protesters To Mark Trump's First Month In Office On Presidents Day

He is 70-years-old. Prior to his presidency, Trump was known as a businessman and a television personality. In Atlanta , anti-Trump organizers are planning an "ImPEACH Now" protest march. - New York , where protesters are asked to wear all black in an attempt for the protest to seem like a mock-funeral. In Florida, Donald Trump staged his own rally for his supporters on Saturday. Read More

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Elderly woman weighing 250kg found 'moulded' to a chair

Elderly woman weighing 250kg found 'moulded' to a chair

Police said the woman screamed in pain as she was removed from her chair because the "bones in her body were breaking as EMS tried to carry her out of the house". He recognised the smell, but was "used to it". According to the Blade , police received two calls from Foster's house in May, but no reports were ever filed regarding the incidents. Read More

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Donald Trump claims 'White House is running very well'

Donald Trump claims 'White House is running very well'

He repeated all of his campaign promises, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border, rebuilding the US military, cleaning up the inner cities, destroying Islamic State and crushing drug cartels operating in the US. "I promise you that". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Reuters on Thursday that Trump planned the event partly because he doesn't think his message is always treated fairly in the news, and Trump can deliver his own message "very effectively by taking the ... Read More

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Nullify result of floor test, say DMK, OPS faction

Nullify result of floor test, say DMK, OPS faction

A day after ruckus in the Tamil Nadu Assembly unfolded, DMK on February 20 filed a petition in Madras High Court challenging the trust vote won by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. "When the speaker emerged, he said the same that he said earlier", Stalin added. Stalin went on to allege that the speaker ordered expulsion of all the DMK members without following the laid down procedures. Read More

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CCTV footage 'shows Kim Jong-Nam assassination'

Tito Karnavian told reporters in Indonesia's Aceh province that Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to be involved in a Just For Laughs-style hidden camera show stunt. The older half-brother of North Korea's leader was once thought to be the natural successor to his father, but on Kim Jong-il's death in 2011 the succession went to Kim Jong-un, who was born to the former leader's third wife. Read More

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South Asian Speakers' Summit starts in Indore today

South Asian Speakers' Summit starts in Indore today

Pakistan had also expressed its unwillingness to host a conference of Commonwealth countries' speakers after India threatened to boycott it if Islamabad refused to invite the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. It would also discuss opportunities for regional parliamentary cooperation. "You can easily talk about your differences", he added. "Pakistan is not here but we hope they will be joining this platform in near future". Read More

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Uttar Pradesh: Voting going on for 3rd phase of polls

But now, he has lost his smile", Rahul said, while addressing a poll rally at Banda in Uttar Pradesh. The polling began at 7 am and will continue till 5 in the evening. "People of Uttar Pradesh have reposed their faith in the good governance of Prime Minister Modi and various welfare measures initiated by the Central government". Read More

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Four more suspects in Kim Jong-nam murder

Four more suspects in Kim Jong-nam murder

Kim Jong-nam died after an unidentified liquid was sprayed in his face at Kuala Lumpur global airport on Monday, in an attack Seoul says was carried out by female agents on the orders of Pyongyang. The Malaysian ambassador in Pyongyang has also been recalled to Kuala Lumpur for consultations, the statement said. Kim Jung Nam had been at the airport in Kuala Lumpur's global airport en route to Macau when the attack occurred. Read More

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Iraq Pushes To Retake ISIS Stronghold In Mosul

Iraq Pushes To Retake ISIS Stronghold In Mosul

Of those, more than 1,000 have been killed, according to Iraqi estimates. The offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Mosul, its last major city stronghold in Iraq , started in October. The latest attack on Iraqi militants from the jihadis came in a city just 40 miles to the west of Mosul. Minimising civilian casualties and avoiding reprisals will be key to regaining the trust of the city's population in the Iraqi state itself, he adds. Read More

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Starvation declared in South Sudan's Unity State

Conflict-hit countries such as South Sudan and Yemen are among the most at risk. The situation is the worst hunger catastrophe since fighting erupted more than three years ago. Since then the fighting has increasingly split the country along ethnic lines, leading the United Nations to warn of a potential genocide. According to an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification update released Monday by the government, the three agencies and other humanitarian partners, 4.9 million people - ... Read More

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South Korea accuses North Korea of Kim Jong Nam assassination

From the airport clinic, Kim was rushed to the hospital. Fuji TV has not revealed how it acquired the video footage, which was taken by a series of security cameras as Kim arrived for a flight to Macau, where he had a home. Noor Rashid said the men arrived in Malaysia on different days beginning January 31 and flew out of the country last Monday. It is claimed two killers worked in tandem, one stood in front of the North Korean to distract him, while the other locked him in a chokehold and ... Read More

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Battle to drive ISIL from west Mosul underway

Battle to drive ISIL from west Mosul underway

During Iraq's assault on IS-posts in the eastern side of the city last month, US -led coalition airstrikes targeted some of the bridges to prevent militants on the west side from sending reinforcements to their eastern counterparts. The operation to retake Mosul, formerly ISIS' most important stronghold, began in mid-October. "I don't expect a very hard fight: their end has arrived", Hakem Gassem Mohammed, an officer with the interior ministry's Rapid Response force told an AFP ... Read More

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Here's why everyone is talking about the superfan Trump brought on stage

Here's why everyone is talking about the superfan Trump brought on stage

He also touched on topics such as keeping jobs and manufacturing in the United States and protecting law enforcement officers from crime those who would harm them. Mr Huber, wearing a President Donald Trump T-shirt, took the microphone and said: "Mr President, thank you, sir". Former campaign aides said Friday that they were not surprised Trump was getting back on the road so early in his first term, in part because it was what fueled him for months on the campaign trail. Read More

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Saudi Arabia, Israel present de facto united front against Iran

His comments came after Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Israel's Avigdor Lieberman delivered harsh speeches against Iran in the MSC in Germany. More: https://t.co/i6B5dNi07m pic.twitter.com/ot5f5z8iUt- The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) 19 février 2017 With no clear United States position on Syria, there was caution from the UN envoy to the war-torn country about the chances of success in upcoming peace talks in Geneva. Read More

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14 killed in bus accident in Philippines

14 killed in bus accident in Philippines

Bong Bati, administrative officer of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, told local media that 10 students died at the scene, while four others passed away later in a hospital, Efe news reported. According to the operator of the Panda Bus Transport and Tours, Lacorda had been in the company for only three months. "They could have been running too fast that when they hit the post, the impact was too strong the roof of the bus nearly got detached", said Carlos Inofre ... Read More

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UK MPs debate pro and anti-Donald Trump petitions in Parliament

UK MPs debate pro and anti-Donald Trump petitions in Parliament

In Westminster Hall MPs will debate the petition, which calls for the visit to be stripped of the trappings of a state occasion, to avoid causing "embarrassment" to the Queen. "We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised", the Govenrment said in response to the petition. Say what you like about Donald Trump but his presidency has been good for reviving long-forgotten industries: vehicle plants, placard manufacturers and Saturday Night Live . Read More

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