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China aims for around 6.5% economic growth in 2017

China aims for around 6.5% economic growth in 2017

However, analysts say China's moderate growth of its military budget is more a reflection of its slowing economy than an attempt to appear non-aggressive on the worldwide scene. Air pollution is a hot-button issue this year after swathes of northern China were blanketed under toxic smog since end of last year (2016). They include upgrading coal-fired power plants to make them less polluting, reducing coal-fired heating, and implementing "round-the-clock monitoring" of industrial pollution. Read More

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UP Elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi says, Modi makes deal with Ganga

UP Elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi says, Modi makes deal with Ganga

Security has been beefed up in the city and officials of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) are camped in the city to ensure Modi's protection. The roadshow took a brief pause near Kashi Vishwanath Temple as Modi went in to offer prayers, and wound up near Kaal Bhairav Temple, where he offered prayers again before rushing off to Jaunpur to address an election meeting. Read More

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China to raise defence budget by around 7%

China to raise defence budget by around 7%

Still, the defense budget reached 953.35 billion yuan, a 7.6% increase. "U.S. activities in the South China Sea are indicative", Fu said , describing USA military spending as "stunning". defense spending plans. She said China will continue its military buildup. Ms Fu said that China's military focus was purely for defence purposes and constituted a force for stability in Asia. Read More

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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

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

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

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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