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Melbourne introduces female traffic light figures

Melbourne introduces female traffic light figures

Chief executive of the Committee for Melbourne Martine Letts said she hoped adding greater representation of women on pedestrian crossings would enhance Melbourne's image as one that stands for gender equality. However, a Government spokesperson confirmed that the scheme would be at no extra cost to the taxpayer. The changes come at a cost however, as ABC reports that it costs $8,400AUS to make the updates to six traffic lights. Read More

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Philippine police kill 4 drug suspects as drugs war resumes

Philippine police kill 4 drug suspects as drugs war resumes

Singapore's Straits Times reports that the new operation will be code-named "Double Barrel Reloaded " and will refocus to "high value" targets - bosses in the drug trafficking world, rather than low-level addicts or dealers. Many Filipinos continue to support the drug war. The head of the Philippines police announced Monday that the war on drugs will be less bloody, "or even bloodless", moving forward. Read More

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US Falls in Ranking of the Best Countries in the World

US Falls in Ranking of the Best Countries in the World

Canada took the No. 2 spot, followed by the U.K., Germany, Japan, Sweden and then the U.S. In 2016, Germany was in first place, followed by Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Sweden, Australia and Japan. United States stands 18th in this ranking. Donald Trump has made Amercia worse again, however: the U.S. dropped faster than Ivanka Trump's fashion line from Nordstrom, tumbling three places to number seven. Read More

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As Mosul Fight Continues, US Trains Iraqis Forces How to Build Bridges

As Mosul Fight Continues, US Trains Iraqis Forces How to Build Bridges

Iraq's Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement that federal police and the elite Rapid Response unit had been able to "liberate" the headquarters for the Nineveh provincial government. Many of Islamic State's operational leaders were killed before Iraqi forces began attacking the west, Isler said. Iraqi troops have encountered the heaviest clashes yet with Islamic State fighters in western Mosul since the new push began more than two weeks ago, according to a senior commander. Read More

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Casey Anthony Speaks: 'I Sleep Pretty Good At Night'

Casey Anthony Speaks: 'I Sleep Pretty Good At Night'

George Anthony , Casey's father and Caylee's grandfather, found the body and helped dispose of it - according to the defense theory. On December 11, Caylee's skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near Anthony's home, and experts testified that air samples from Anthony's trunk indicated decaying human remains had been present. Read More

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Hollywood Reacts to Trump's Revised Travel Ban

Hollywood Reacts to Trump's Revised Travel Ban

The new order aims to address legal issues with the original, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts. Like the original executive order, the new order directs the Department of Homeland Security to set new standards for how much information other countries will have to give the United States when their citizens apply to come here. Read More

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Poachers kill rhino for its horn at zoo west of Paris

Poachers kill rhino for its horn at zoo west of Paris

According to Le Parisien , this is the first crime of its type on an animal in captivity in Europe. Staff at the zoo are said to be "extremely shocked" and a investigation into the "massacre" is under way. In traditional Asian medicine it is ground into powder or tablets and is believed to have myriad life-giving properties. Rhinoceros horns are in fact composed of keratin with small mineral deposits at the centre. Read More

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Blumenthal Threatens To Block Deputy Attorney General

Rosenstein is endeavoring to convince legislators on the Judiciary Committee he is worthy of taking over the No. 2 spot in the Department of Justice. Democratic Sen. Olson wrote that Rosenstein "will be precisely the kind of deputy attorney general the Justice Department needs". Soon afterward, President Clinton's deputy attorney general hired Rosenstein to be his counsel. Read More

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Akki, Taapsee, Manoj celebrate Anupam's birthday on Naam Shabana sets

Akki, Taapsee, Manoj celebrate Anupam's birthday on Naam Shabana sets

Taapse called on Akshay Kumar to show her self-defense move which she calls koni maar . The video, which both Taapsee and Akshay shared on Twitter features the actress urging women to fight for their protection. Taapsee retweeted the video saying, "A woman should be prepared for any circumstance". Throw a stone and run, kick, use your hands. It also stars South superstar Prithviraj Sukumaran in a pivotal role. Read More

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Too early to discuss oil deal's extension - Russia, Iraq

Too early to discuss oil deal's extension - Russia, Iraq

An expansion in US oil stockpiles and production have pressured oil prices as traders are waiting to see how well global exporters implement their output cut plans to ease oversupply. "It's very premature to talk about any changes or to predict anything", Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said on the sidelines of the industry gathering in the USA energy capital of Houston. Read More

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60 students receive Independence Day awards from Ghana president

60 students receive Independence Day awards from Ghana president

They questioned how the government could set a theme of the celebrations as "mobilising for a better future" when it could not even mobilise Ghanaians to buy the locally printed anniversary cloth. According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Madam Sirleaf, in her message to Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo, fervently hoped that the cordial ties of friendship and cooperation subsisting between both nations will be further strengthened for their mutual benefit. Read More

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Hanson 'must be responsible' on vaccinations

It had effectively banked the four votes of One Nation in the Senate. Senator Hanson said she was not judging the Russian leader over the downing of MH17 because she did not know the truth. Several One Nation candidates said they were not consulted about the deal and would be preferencing the Liberals last. "They want to hire and sack people as needed". Read More

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Chat: What do you think of the new Top Gear?

Chat: What do you think of the new Top Gear?

Audience figures for the second series of the new-look Top Gear have plunged to almost half of last year's ratings. "You can please some people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time", the American actor told reporters while promoting the series at the BBC Worldwide Showcase. Read More

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Nigerians advised against travel to U.S. after visa holders were denied entry

Nigerians advised against travel to U.S. after visa holders were denied entry

Trump is expected to sign a revised travel ban on Monday. It is not clear at this stage whether the Nigerian action is linked to the new travel ban. The move sparked anger among many Iraqis, and prompted lawmakers to call for a reciprocal order banning Americans from Iraq. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took a second swing at his temporary travel ban yesterday, this time targeting travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and crafting his executive order in ways meant to survive challenges in ... Read More

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Tornado touches down in Zimmerman and Princeton, Minnesota

Tornado touches down in Zimmerman and Princeton, Minnesota

Then storms should impact the St. Louis metro area between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. The tornado set down at 9:54 p.m. 4.2 miles northeast of Carmi and lifted at 10:45 p.m. Local hospitals reported that four Jackson County residents were treated for minor injuries they sustained from flying debris in the tornado, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday in a preliminary assessment. Read More

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France's Fillon: 'No one can stop me' from race

France's Fillon: 'No one can stop me' from race

Mr Fillon will attempt to reignite his campaign with a major rally on Sunday near the Eiffel Tower. The first round for the French presidential election happens on April 23. Francois Fillon visits a farm in Chantenay-Villedieu, western France. Some party officials have rushed to the defence of Mr Fillon, while others have suggested that he should bow out and allow Mr Juppé to become the new candidate. Read More

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Most want Trump-Russia special prosecutor

Most want Trump-Russia special prosecutor

Over the weekend, Trump without evidence accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign, and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, said those allegations should be part of any investigation. Forty-five percent said they were either "not too" concerned or "not at all concerned" about the reports. Currently, 48 percent are concerned that he may be too friendly toward Russian Federation and 49 percent are not concerned. Read More

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How Much Weight Did Mama June Lose?

How Much Weight Did Mama June Lose?

Before going under the knife, the mother-of-four declares Sugar Bear is "gonna be so jealous" after seeing the results from her life-altering surgery. She's gotta be looking good at Sugar Bear's wedding'. "I had to say 'You can't be everything to everybody else and be nothing to yourself.' Once she gave herself permission to put herself first, she was fine". Read More

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EC notice to Akhilesh for abetting 'bribery'

EC notice to Akhilesh for abetting 'bribery'

Mulayam Singh - sidelined completely from the selection of party candidates and other key decisions like an alliance with the Congress - campaigned only for daughter-in-law Aparna and brother Shivpal in the assembly elections, compared to 300 rallies that he had addressed in assembly elections five years ago. Read More

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Stand-off between ATS, suspected terrorists in Lucknow

Stand-off between ATS, suspected terrorists in Lucknow

UP Deputy General of Police Javeed Ahmed also said that the forces were trying to convince the holed-up person to surrender. "One suspect was arrested in Kanpur", he said. The ATS has tear gas shells to flush out the terrorist, believed to be ISI operative Saifullah. Saiful, allegedly linked with terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is suspected of involvement in an explosion on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabdi station in Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district. Read More

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Sinn Fein party makes gains on Democrats in Ireland election

Sinn Fein party makes gains on Democrats in Ireland election

They wanted her to step aside pending an ongoing investigation into the scheme, which could end up leaving taxpayers liable for £490 million ($600 million, 570 million euros). Northern Ireland's main political parties on Saturday were facing a three-week deadline to mend fences after snap elections aimed at sorting out the bad blood between them left them deadlocked. Read More

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Former US intelligence chief rejects Trump wiretap accusation

Asked whether he's seen any evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump or anyone else in Trump Tower during the campaign, Cotton said , "I've seen no evidence of the allegations we've seen in the media". Comey made the request on Saturday after Trump criticized Obama for tapping his phones at the Trump Tower in NY just ahead of the Election Day last November, the reports cited senior US officials as saying. Read More

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Forex: CBN direct banks to meet school fees demand within 48-hours

Forex: CBN direct banks to meet school fees demand within 48-hours

In February, the central bank effectively devalued the naira for private individuals, offering to sell the currency at around half the premium charged on the black market, in a bid to narrow the spread on the unofficial market. Alvan Ikoku. The banks according to the circular were also directed to meet the demand of customers for Business and Personal Travel Allowance within 24 hours of such applications. Read More

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Iraqi Forces Liberate Mosul Police Department From Daesh

Iraqi Forces Liberate Mosul Police Department From Daesh

Iraqi Federal Police have captured the cousin of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS terrorist group, the Al Sumaria channel reported , citing its own sources. A successful mission would wipe out the Iraqi wing of IS's self-declared caliphate. The number of Islamic State fighters in Mosul was estimated at 6,000 at the start of the offensive on October 17, by the Iraqi military who estimate several thousands have been killed since. Read More

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Avalanche hits Tignes French Alpine ski resort, reportedly causing casualties

Avalanche hits Tignes French Alpine ski resort, reportedly causing casualties

According to AFP , sniffer dogs are being deployed to assist the rescue workers after witnesses reported "many people" were caught in the avalanche. They had to come by road instead. The Tignes ski resort has been closed, resort press officer Alyse Zajackowski told CNN and emergency services are present. The avalanche risk was high on Tuesday at four on a scale of five. Read More

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Knesset approves bill to ban BDS activists

Knesset approves bill to ban BDS activists

It describes boycott efforts as a "new front of war against Israel". He is married to an Israeli-Arab and as such has permanent resident status, although not full citizenship. Peace Now, an Israel-based settlement watch group, denounced the law as "undemocratic". "We aren't against legitimate criticism, but there's no connection between that and to call for a boycott on the state of Israel, which is crossing a red line". Read More

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OPPO gets Indian cricket team's sponsorship

OPPO gets Indian cricket team's sponsorship

Oppo mobiles will replace Star as Indian Cricket team's sponsor starting from 5th April 2017. At present, Star India owns the rights till March 31. This means that Oppo Mobiles will replace Star India, which is now the Indian Cricket team's main sponsor. The rights are now with Sony India and will end after 2017's IPL. Read More

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Iraqi forces capture key bridge in Mosul

Iraqi forces capture key bridge in Mosul

The Federal Police command said in a statement that the forces took over the water and sewage department's offices along with the police directorate and the courts complex in western Mosul's district of Dindan, Iraqi News reported . A U.S. general in the global coalition in Iraq says that Islamic State forces defending western Mosul are disorganized and some foreign fighters are trying to leave the city. Read More

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Iraq Minister Slams Mosul Aid Efforts

Iraq Minister Slams Mosul Aid Efforts

Military officer Jabbar Hassan said Iraqi forces launched a dawn offensive during which they seized control of the government building in western Mosul . Iraqi commanders are bracing for the most hard fight of the campaign as coalition forces move toward the old city district of Mosul . After over three months of fighting, Iraqi forces have managed to capture Mosul's eastern side. Read More

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