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Death toll in Guatemala girls' shelter fire climbs to 40

Death toll in Guatemala girls' shelter fire climbs to 40

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has accepted the state's responsibility for the death of nearly 40 minors in a fire at a rehabilitation center for abused teenagers. Parents and relatives said numerous young people at the shelter, which had both female and male residents, had been sent there because of abuse, poverty or family problems. Read More

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Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa

Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa

Earlier today, Digvijaya Singh, who is facing flak for his handling of the Goa polls, claimed his proposal for a pre-poll alliance with Goa Forward was "sabotaged" by his own party leaders. He had sought out the media to speak out against the Congress emissaries in the state, blaming them for delaying the decision to stake a claim to form the government. Read More

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Merkel Hits Back Over Turkish 'Nazi Practices' Comments

Merkel Hits Back Over Turkish 'Nazi Practices' Comments

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted: "We have not called anyone a nazi". About 1.4 million people of Turkish descent living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum Turkey is to hold next month. However, Cavusoglu later appeared to backtrack, saying that it was a " delicate " matter and that Turkey " is not calling anybody Nazis ". Turkey introduced the "Bring your neighbor and come" campaign to Germany's Turkish diaspora at Berlin's ITB fair. Read More

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Conservative party handed record fine following investigation into election expenses

Conservative party handed record fine following investigation into election expenses

The party has also released a statement on the Battlebus spending, saying individual MPs were advised that it was part of national spending and therefore would not have included any costs on their constituency returns . Holmes stressed that " where the rules are not followed, it undermines voters' confidence in our democratic processes , " and that the political parties must treat expenditure regulations seriously. Read More

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Big Contingent of US Special Forces Joins Regular Drills

Big Contingent of US Special Forces Joins Regular Drills

The US system, created to shoot down North Korean missiles, has angered the Kim Jong-un regime and also sparked strong criticism from China, which believes Thaad can interfere with its defence systems. But it is unclear how the new president would enforce this. Thae said Tuesday the site is located on a road that connects Pyongyang to Hamgyong Province, and that "roads and railways that go up north pass by the nuclear test site". Read More

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A new approach to North Korea?

A new approach to North Korea?

The New York Times reported on Wednesday he will warn Chinese officials that the United States would increase missile defenses in the region and target Chinese banks if Beijing does not constrain North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions. Read More

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Biren Singh as CM candidate for Manipur

Biren Singh as CM candidate for Manipur

Sources said that Shah chose to do away with the practice of calling the parliamentary party's meeting and decided in favour of relieving Parrikar of his responsibility as a central minister. Leader of Opposition Pratapsinh Rane (Congress) is ahead of BJP's Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane in Poriem seat. It attempted to raise issues in the Lok Sabha. Read More

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Korean DMZ

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Korean DMZ

President Donald Trump is seen as seeking to examine all options - including military ones - for halting the North's weapons programs before Pyongyang becomes capable of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US mainland. "Our stance is that since the United States and its followers continue their nuclear threats and intimidation - in the form of their annual military drills - on the doorstep of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), we will continue to strengthen our ... Read More

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Tillerson: State Department spending levels 'unsustainable'

Tillerson: State Department spending levels 'unsustainable'

Whether the U.S.is involved in "fewer military conflicts" or not, that shouldn't have much to do with the size of the State Department's budget. Tillerson, for most of his career a top executive at Exxon Mobil, said he expected more aid from other countries would help to cover the shortfall as the US recedes, and he said he was "confident" the State Department would continue to fulfill its mission. Read More

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Mnuchin, Schäuble talk trade in Berlin

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated today that the Trump administration has no desire to engage in trade wars, however certain trade agreements must be re-examined to make them fairer for the U.S. "I didn't get any push back (from Mnuchin)", Aso said. And IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged the G20 to "collectively avoid self-inflicted injuries". Read More

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China sends warning to US: Don't start trade war

Trump and Xi subsequently smoothed over the dispute last month in a phone call in which the U.S. leader reiterated Washington's adherence to the "one China" policy that nominally endorses Beijing's claim to Taiwan. The North conducted two nuclear tests and 24 ballistic missile tests past year, deepening concern in Washington that it could soon develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland. Read More

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Tillerson On North Korea - Military Action 'Is On The Table'

Tillerson On North Korea - Military Action 'Is On The Table'

Moon said South Korea should resume operations at Kaesong - where South Korean companies operate factories with North Korean workers on the North Korean side of the border - regardless of North's nuclear ambitions. In China, where he is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, Tillerson will meet with President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to start laying the groundwork for a bilateral summit. Read More

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Myanmar 'trying to expel' all Rohingyas: UN expert

Myanmar 'trying to expel' all Rohingyas: UN expert

A United Nations expert on Myanmar said she's "disappointed" at the lack of "appetite" at the Human Rights Council to back her call for the creation of Commission of Inquiry into alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority. Reezal Merican said the Myanmar government had taken appropriate action when there were reports of army and police brutality in the Rakhine State. But she was blocked at the last minute from Kachin State, another area of ethnic violence. Read More

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Modi congratulates Parrikar on becoming Goa CM

Modi congratulates Parrikar on becoming Goa CM

The 45-year old son of veteran Congress leader Pratapsing Rane was elected the MLA for the third time in this Assembly election from Valpoi. Objecting to the appointment of Kunkolienkar as pro tem Speaker by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Chodankar said that the Congress legislative party leader had officially complained to Sinha, asking her to reconsider her decision. Read More

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BJP govt in Uttar Pradesh will waive farm loans: Radha Mohan Singh

BJP govt in Uttar Pradesh will waive farm loans: Radha Mohan Singh

Only yesterday, home minister Rajnath Singh was being touted as the new chief minister of UP. The date for the swearing-in of the chief minister of the country's most populous state has not been decided yet. Most leaders are of the opinion that Amit Shah and the prime minister will finalise the name which would then be ratified by the legislature party. However, now the BJP leadership is keen on having a senior leader as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister who can fix the law and order problem ... Read More

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Oil slips despite weak dollar as U.S. stockpiles remain high

Oil slips despite weak dollar as U.S. stockpiles remain high

There could be no clearer indication of Saudi Arabia's communication problem than the kerfuffle its energy ministry found itself in on Tuesday regarding its February crude output level. But OPEC heavyweights Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, has said it is too early to consider an extension. USA crude oil production since September, meanwhile, has increased by 400,000 barrels per day. Read More

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China lauds Pakistan efforts for regional stability

China lauds Pakistan efforts for regional stability

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is presently in Beijing on a three-day official visit. "Fan stressed that China appreciates Pakistani military's positive efforts to safeguard the security of the CPEC and is willing to further strengthen the cooperation with Pakistan, so as to promote the pragmatic cooperation between the two militaries in all fields to a new high", the defence ministry said. Read More

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