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Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi in Washington to discuss bilateral issues

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi in Washington to discuss bilateral issues

A top Chinese diplomat will be visiting the United States this week to become Beijing's first and highest-level official to visit America since President Donald Trump took office. Trump has criticized China's activities in the South China Sea, where it has built several artificial islands housing military structures. Yang will have an extensive range of topics to discuss with the US officials but the foremost would be to reaffirm the tone of bilateral relations set by the two heads of state ... Read More

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German hostage beheaded by ASG

German hostage beheaded by ASG

Abu Sayyaf is a small but highly active group known for beheading, kidnapping, bombing and extortion in the south of the country. The Philippine military has been verifying reports that Islamic militants have killed a male German hostage after authorities failed to pay ransom before Sunday . Read More

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Nationalists threatened Kargil Martyr's daughter; Just for opposing them

A strong Arm Force prevents a war. "India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded", the Minister of State for Home Affairs said. Kaur had changed her profile picture to include #StudentsAgainstABVP, but the popularity of her campaign also led viewers to a silent video she had made previous year, calling for an end to state-sponsored conflict from India and Pakistan. Read More

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Dolezal claims she's jobless and on food stamps

Dolezal claims she's jobless and on food stamps

All said and done, Dolezal remains unapologetic, insisting she is not white and isn't about to stoop or grovel. In an article from The Guardian , she said she is jobless and feeding her family with food stamps. Rachel attended college in MS, where she says she "got more involved with campus activism" and her "appearance became more Afrocentric". "If I thought it was wrong, I would admit it". Read More

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Twins drown in washing machine

Twins drown in washing machine

She raised an alarm and informed her husband, they said. "She started searching them outside the house while one of neighbours called their father and police about the missing infants", said Deputy Commissioner of Police, M.N Tiwari. Later, they took them to Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini where doctors confirmed death due to drowning. In a tragic incident, three-year old twins climbed inside a washing machine filled with water and drowned on Saturday afternoon in west Delhi's Rohini. Read More

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Iran's Navy Begins Annual Exercise Off Strait of Hormuz

The naval forces of the Iranian army staged large-scale military war games code-named "Velayat-e 95" on February 26 in the north of the Indian Ocean, Oman Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el-Mandeb. Also last month, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels, which belonged to the country's Revolutionary Guards, near the Strait of Hormuz, for closing in at high speed. Read More

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Phase 5 polling today

Phase 5 polling today

Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati from the ruling Samajwadi Party, who will be facing Amita Singh from Congress and BJP's Garima Singh in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi. Read More

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Two IS agents arrested in Gujarat by ATS

In the first Islamic State-related case to emerge from Gujarat, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Sunday morning arrested two brothers from Saurashtra region for having alleged links with the terror group. "I came to know about my sons' activities only after the police raided my residence and arrested Wasim". They had also planned to carry out blasts at different places and also set on fire vehicles to spread terror, Chavda said. Read More

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Islamic state operative from Kerala killed in drone strike

A youth from Kerala, believed to have joined the ISIS has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. One of his cousins said that Hafeesuddin's mother received a message about his death on Sunday. On Saturday, news wire reports said Afghan and U.S. forces conducted a joint operation in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar and killed six IS leaders and 41 militants. Read More

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South Korea acting president declines to extend special prosecution probe

South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn will not extend the current special prosecutor's investigation into a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye beyond the Febraury 28 deadline, Hwang's office said today. The scandal centres on Park's close friend Choi, who is accused of using her ties with the president to meddle in state affairs and to force millions of dollars from local firms. Read More

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Senator de Lima surrenders to arresting cops

Senator de Lima surrenders to arresting cops

Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 also ordered the arrest of de Lima's former bodyguard and driver Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections officer in charge Rafael Ragos. Robredo, who was forced to step down from the Cabinet past year, suggested that the Duterte government is beginning to turn towards the same dictatorial rule that the country had endured under Ferdinand Marcos with the arrest of De Lima, one of the President's fiercest critics. Read More

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In Latest Phone Calls - ... Buhari Tackles Mischief Makers

In Latest Phone Calls - ... Buhari Tackles Mischief Makers

For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. "I know Mr. President, he will speak with me". The aforementioned aides may be "the cabal" alleged by Aisha to have hijacked President Buhari's government as PUNCH further gathered that the First Lady maintains a somewhat "hostile" relationship with this set of aides. Read More

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La La Land wins four awards including best cinematography, best original score

La La Land wins four awards including best cinematography, best original score

Numerous major categories have yet to be awarded, but there are clear favorites for most. How many Oscars will La La Land walk away with? In jazz circles, there are more pointed gripes about the film, which stars Ryan Gosling as a journeyman piano player enthralled by the mystique of the music, and eager to evangelize his passion - particularly to his aspiring-actress girlfriend, played by Emma Stone. Read More

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Donald Trump Stinks Up CPAC With Hypocrisy & Ego-Stroking - See The Lowlights!!

At the beginning of his speech , and to the delight of the crowd, Trump blasted the mainstream liberal media as "fake news". "But there are some bad dishonest people and they do a tremendous disservice to our country and to our people". They take the word "fake" out". And Ms Borger suggested there could be another reason for Mr Trump's repeated attacks against the mainstream media . Read More

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Dad calls for investigation into Navy SEAL son's death in Trump mission

Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid was decorated commando from Ill. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in February that anybody questioning the success of the raid was doing "a disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens". "I told them I don't want to meet the president". In the interview with the paper, Owens said, "The government owes my son an investigation". Yet another person wants answers about the death of Navy SEAL William (Ryan) Owens: His father. Read More

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Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Makes Bold Anti-Trump Message Without Attending Ceremony

Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Makes Bold Anti-Trump Message Without Attending Ceremony

Mayor Khan declared to loud cheers that "President Trump can't silence me", while the actress Cole also gave an impassioned speech in front of the National Gallery. Naderi left Iran for the United States in 1964 and worked for some 30 years in positions with the USA space agency. Instead, Mr. Farhadi sent a surrogate to accept the award and read a prepared statement . Read More

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Alarming resent growing against South Africans outside borders

Last week, foreign-owned shops were looted in Atteridgeville in Pretoria while homes of suspected drug dealers and brothels‚ said to be owned by foreigners‚ were torched in Pretoria West. According to the president of the community, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, the union received information that there would be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on February 22 and 23. Read More

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BJD retains number one position in Odisha Panchayat polls

BJD retains number one position in Odisha Panchayat polls

It is to be noted that the BJD had swept the 2012 panchayat polls by winning 651 seats. District BJP vice-president Jajati Pattnaik said, "We could have won five more seats had there been free and fair poll". It managed to get only 60 seats this time. Last week, I wrote about how the BJP catapulted itself from a marginal player in Odisha's politics to taking the effective space of principal opposition. Read More

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The Internet v Sean Spicer, day 37

The Internet v Sean Spicer, day 37

According to the political news outlet, Spicer held an "emergency" meeting with the entire White House communications staff last week - only the meeting wasn't about anything. Then, with White House counsel Don McGahn standing by, Spicer asked his staff to provide him with their cell phones so he could ensure they were not using those apps or corresponding privately with reporters. Read More

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Russians march in Moscow two years after Putin critic was killed

Russians march in Moscow two years after Putin critic was killed

Five Chechen men accused of killing Nemstov went on trial at a Russian military court last October, but an investigation of who ordered the crime has been slow and inconclusive. Some people carried cardboard replicas of the Russian flag shot through with five holes representing the bullets a gunman pumped into Nemtsov's back as he walked home across a bridge that spans the Moscow river near the Kremlin on the night of February 27th 2015. Read More

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Iraqi forces eye key bridge in Mosul in next step of offensive

Iraqi forces eye key bridge in Mosul in next step of offensive

Across the border in Syria, al-Bab - the site of Thursday's other major defeat - was one of ISIS's significant westernmost outposts, close to the Turkish border. Gunfire echoed across the area as rockets and artillery heavily shelled the district in preparation for the advance. The United Nations has planned for an exodus of at least 250,000 people from west Mosul but, in the absence of humanitarian corridors, only a few hundred have been able to flee so far. Read More

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President Trump has historically low job approval

His predecessor, in contrast, started off with a net positive 34 percent, while George H.W. Bush had a net positive of 45 percent. And 58 percent of Democrats said Trump wasn't up to being president. He received the highest net positive rating for being strong and decisive, 29 percent, and positive ratings for changing business as usual (14 percent), being straightforward and direct (12 percent), being effective and getting things done (12 percent) and dealing with the economy (11 percent). Read More

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Palestinian workers killed by toxic gas in Gaza tunnel

The Interior Ministry says the three were working to fix the tunnel a day after the Egyptian military blew it up. The victims were identified as Abdullah Annamouli, 23, Salama Abu Shusha, 24, and Obaid Assufi, 25. While the tunnels are used by Hamas as a source of tax revenue and inflow of weapons from the south, they also supply highly demanded necessities for Gazans - who have been trapped under Israeli siege for a decade - including food, medicine, and much-needed infrastructure materials. Read More

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Almost 10 anti-migrant attacks every day in Germany past year

There were 3,533 attacks on refugees and refugee hostels across Germany past year, the Funke Media Group reported on Sunday. In its statement, the interior ministry said it strongly condemned the violence. Migrant arrivals were down sharply a year ago, following the EU's decision to broker a migrant processing deal with Turkey and close the Balkan overland route taken by many Syrian asylum seekers. Read More

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World donors gather in Oslo to tackle Nigeria starvation

World donors gather in Oslo to tackle Nigeria starvation

Half a million children aged under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UN Under-Secretary General Stephen O'Brien said he was optimistic the overall target for this year would be met. Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama , said this in a statement issued by Sarah Sanda, the Special Assistant, Media to the minister in Abuja. Read More

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Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner

Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner

Reagan however phoned in with friendly remarks. "But as you saw throughout the entire campaign, and even now, the fake news doesn't tell the truth", he continued. "I would have a good time and the press would say I look like I wasn't having a good time ". "If Trump represents a genuine threat to press freedoms, then foregoing the dinner doesn't change a thing". Read More

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Hollywood prepares for a night of glamour at the Academy Awards

It's a movie about the movies. And then there's the box office - a factor that's hard to deny in a close Oscar contest. Among the more interesting categories this year, from a horserace perspective, is best actor . Come back to Vox on Sunday night for our live coverage of the ceremony! It primarily involves defacing Matt Damon's seating card and plotting ways to keep Damon from winning as a producer for the drama " Manchester by the Sea ". Read More

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Baghdad coordinated anti-IS airstrikes with Damascus says source

Baghdad coordinated anti-IS airstrikes with Damascus says source

The Iraqi-led operation to retake the western part of Mosul from Islamic State fighters began this week. "Iraqi Intelligence was able to chase those terrorists who were behind the latest terrorist attacks in Baghdad". About a thousand civilians, mostly women and children, walked out of southwestern parts of Mosul on Saturday and climbed into military trucks taking them to camps further south. Read More

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Akhilesh Yadav dares PM Modi for debate over discrimination in development

Akhilesh Yadav dares PM Modi for debate over discrimination in development

Junior Yadav was countering the comment made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently in which he said that electricity should be given during both-Diwali and Ramadan. "Given more electricity in Diwali than in Ramadan", said the CM. "How they can say there is no power supply in Gorakhpur", Akhilesh Yadav said. "It (Congress) is your (SP's) alliance partner now", he said. Read More

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Where to see the coverages of the Academy Awards

Mel Gibson has been praised for his turn in the director's chair, with many considering this film his "comeback" after his star fell following his DUI charge and antisemitic rant in 2006. It's been a personal project for Casey about a taciturn uncle who is forced to look after his nephew following the death of his brother. This is usually the case because I end up going with my heart (the nominee I want to win) rather than my gut (the nominee I think the Academy will select). Read More

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Dozens hurt as pickup truck plows into New Orleans parade

Dozens hurt as pickup truck plows into New Orleans parade

Seven people declined EMS assistance. The victims range in age from as young as three years old to adults in their 40s, New Orleans police said. According to police, Rizzuto's truck was speeding down North Carrollton in the opposite direction of the parade towards City Park when he stuck two vehicles sending one of those vehicles into another vehicle. Read More

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