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Philippine troops battle extremists who beheaded German hostage

Philippine troops battle extremists who beheaded German hostage

FIVE Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists were killed while dozen others-including 11 soldiers-were wounded as the military pressed its assault Wednesday on enemy positions in Indanan, Sulu, a military spokesman said Thursday. "If we win this and defeat the Abu Sayyaf, this will definitely benefit every child, man, and woman of Mindanao", he added. The Philippine military has vowed to bring Kantner's killers to justice and to continue operations to free other hostages held by Abu Sayyaf, which had ... Read More

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Democrats seek Sessions resignation after report of Russian Federation contact

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has supported most of former President George W. Bush and President Donald J. Trump's most conservative and most disastrous policies. And now, reports of Sessions meeting twice with the Russian ambassador a year ago, but never telling a Senate committee about it. Jeff Sessions was appointed by Donald Trump to be America's attorney general, the top official at the Department of Justice, which is responsible for enforcing federal law. Read More

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Two Women Charged With Murder In Death Of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother

Two Women Charged With Murder In Death Of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother

The women did not enter pleas because the magistrates' court where they appeared has no jurisdiction over a murder case. The next court date will be on April 13, when prosecutors will apply for the accused to be tried jointly. Experts said the oily poison was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory. However, North Korean spokesman Ri Tong-il claimed Kim had "a record of heart disease" and diabetes, for which he was taking medication. Read More

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Sen. Collins, Rep. Poliquin call on Sessions to withdraw from Russian Federation probe

Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential election. Sessions explained that the question he received from Sen. Jeff Sessions at his Thursday press conferenceSource: Susan Walsh/APWhat is a recusal? The scandal surrounding Sessions highlighted, once again, the failure of the Trump administration to stick to one story or stay on message. Read More

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Jong-nam case: N Korean man released from detention

White Malaysian investigators have not directly accused North Korea of mounting the attack, police have arrested a North Korean man working at a Malaysian company along with three other people. "He, from time to time, had treatment while being hospitalised", Mr Ri said. Speculation has run rampant that dictator Kim Jong Un orchestrated the James Bond-style hit against his half-brother, with whom he had a rocky relationship. Read More

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Two more Donald Trump officials met with Russians

Two more Donald Trump officials met with Russians

During his January 2017 confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sessions said that he had not had communications with any Russians during Trump's campaign. "And I don't have anything else to say about that". But Mr Sessions said that was not necessary. As head of the Department of Justice, Sessions oversees any FBI investigations. Read More

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Somalia says 110 die of starvation, diarrhea in 48 hours

Somalia says 110 die of starvation, diarrhea in 48 hours

Some people have been hit by starvation and diarrhoea at the same time. The announcement by Hassan Ali Khaire on Saturday followed the Somali government's warning last week that the drought amounts to a national disaster . Mohamed has appealed for help from the global community and Somalia's diaspora of 2 million people, of which he was recently a member. The U.S. Agency for International Development's Famine Early Warning Systems Network warned that "about 363,000 acutely malnourished ... Read More

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Plane crash in Turkey as teams scramble to find ejected pilot

Plane crash in Turkey as teams scramble to find ejected pilot

Contact with the jet was lost and the military is now searching for the pilot, who had ejected, the SANA news agency reported, citing a military source. Turkish media said earlier that local villagers had called authorities to report the crash at around 6:30 p.m. (1530 GMT; 10:30 EST). The conflict has drawn in regional and worldwide powers and helped the rise of brutal jihadist groups, including the Islamic State group. Read More

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Marine Le Pen faces JAIL after European Union revokes immunity over ISIS tweets

Marine Le Pen faces JAIL after European Union revokes immunity over ISIS tweets

The case involves the posting in December 2015 on Le Pen's Twitter account of images showing three hostages being murdered by Islamic State, which is also known as Daesh. While the photos shared on Twitter sought to express rejection to the EI, in response to a journalist who compared the FN with that terrorist group, the prosecution chose to open an investigation for 'dissemination of violent images.' By losing immunity, the ultra-right wing presidential candidate could get a sentence of up ... Read More

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In Lakhimpur Kheri, BJP leader is arrested for inciting violence

In Lakhimpur Kheri, BJP leader is arrested for inciting violence

Curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 6 pm today. On March 2, Curfew was enforced in Lakhimpur district of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh after two communities clashed over an offensive video that went viral on WhatsApp. "People have been advised not to believe rumours as no one has died in Thursday's clashes", SP Manoj Kumar said. "But seeing the situation, it was extended till 9 pm", District Magistrate Akashdeep said. Read More

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Libya National Army Retreats from Key Oil Port

Libya National Army Retreats from Key Oil Port

However, an officer on Haftar's staff told AFP that MiG-23 warplanes and Mi-35 attack helicopters bombarded a convoy of Benghazi Defense Brigades vehicles south of Nofliya. The spokesman for Haftar's forces, Colonel Ahmad al-Mismari, said that they had lost control of Ras Lanuf's main airfield to forces led by Islamists of the Benghazi Defence Brigades. Read More

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Northern Irish parties to start talks amid Sinn Fein surge

Northern Irish parties to start talks amid Sinn Fein surge

The two largest parties have three weeks to form a new power-sharing government to avoid devolved power returning to London for the first time since 2007. The elections - triggered by the collapse of devolved government in Northern Ireland six weeks ago following controversy over a botched green energy scheme - saw turnout hit its highest level, 65%, in nearly two decades. Read More

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Rookie Bjork and Jamieson share lead in Tshwane Open

Rookie Bjork and Jamieson share lead in Tshwane Open

The duo were locked at 10 under par after round two in Pretoria and remained level at 13 under following rounds of 68 in Saturday's third round. "To be bogey-free around this golf course is a fair effort and hopefully I can do the same over the next three days, but I think I mustn't get ahead of myself", Porteous said. Read More

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Two GOP Reps Join Dems in Calling for Trump's Tax Returns

Two GOP Reps Join Dems in Calling for Trump's Tax Returns

Trump seems unlikely to release his returns on his own. It argues that letting members of Congress see what's in Trump's tax returns would clear up any questions about whether his business ties offer conflicts of interest. "We believe that it is imperative for the public to know and understand how such tax reform will benefit the President, his 564 financial positions in domestic and foreign companies, and his self-reported net worth of more than $10 billion". Read More

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Sinn Féin close the gap on DUP in NI Assembly

Sinn Féin close the gap on DUP in NI Assembly

That performance fitted neatly into a trend of election results which indicated that nationalists were voting in decreasing numbers, contributing towards a series of electoral setbacks for nationalism that was providing much encouragement to a political unionism increasingly of the view that Irish nationalist sentiment was on the wane in a post-conflict Northern Ireland . Read More

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White House: Military Force An Option Against North Korea

A resolution was adopted at the time to slash North Korea's coal export, believed to be its biggest, by about 60 percent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million, or 7.5 million metric tons, whichever is lower. The United States and South Korea have always been military allies and strategic partners. In December, Senator Lindsey Graham announced he would introduce legislation to authorise the president to conduct such strikes. Read More

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Sinn Fein cuts DUP advantage to a single seat in Stormont elections

Sinn Fein cuts DUP advantage to a single seat in Stormont elections

Sinn Fein's leader Michelle O'Neill told journalists it was an "amazing day" as her party benefited from a jump in turnout to 65 percent, the highest since the first elections held after the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. The fall in the Democratic Unionist Party's share of the vote increases the pressure on its leader, Arlene Foster , to step down. The issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has reared its head again, particularly with regard to how it ... Read More

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New assembly takes shape after snap Northern Irish elections

New assembly takes shape after snap Northern Irish elections

But those figures will change if the SDLP and Ulster Unionists decide to remain in opposition: They are entitled to one seat each at the Executive table. Foster had instigated the scheme when she was the province's economy minister. "The cause of the election was Sinn Féin and republicanism wanting to rerun the election, they have mobilised their vote in a very effective way". Read More

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First Phase polling for Manipur Assy ends, Turnout may exceed 80 pc

First Phase polling for Manipur Assy ends, Turnout may exceed 80 pc

Notably, elections are being held in two phases in this state. An electorate of 19,02,562 comprising 9,28,573 male voters and 9,73,989 female voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. The main contest in Uttar Pradesh is between the alliance forged by the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party led by former Chief Minister Mayawati and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre and is making a bid to add Uttar Pradesh to the kitty ... Read More

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AG Sessions Recuses Himself From Investigations Of Russian Involvement In Trump Election

An investigation of ties between Donald Trump's White House and Russian Federation would have no credibility if Attorney General Jeff Sessions were permitted to lead it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan seem to think this can be handled by the Intelligence Committees in both houses, but even Congress seems compromised: The Washington Post reported that the White House solicited help from Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to "engage" news ... Read More

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