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More than 900 trapped underground in Free State mine

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Sibanye says a storm knocked out power on Wednesday night, preventing evening shift workers from exiting the mine. Mathunjwa said the mine's management should "mobilise all resources" to rescue the workers as soon as possible. "They are saying that the number is more than that (950)", he said. The union says more than 1,035 miners are still trapped. "The mine can not have only one escape route, which is a shaft". Read More »

This woman's 'emotional support' peacock wasn't allowed to board a flight

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The images show the animal perched on an airport baggage trolley, as fellow passengers gaze at it in shock. Ventiko, a Bushwick artist, owns Dexter the peacock. KREM 2 asked Smalley about Dexter the peacock being denied access to its United Airline flight. After Delta Air Lines announced new regulations that require passengers to provide documentation verifying their emotional support animals have been trained and vaccinated, we looked at the rules Delta , United Airlines, and ... Read More »

India ranks 42nd in Global Democracy Index

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Apart from the 19 full democracies, 57 countries are declared flawed democracies, 39 are hybrid regimes and 52 are described as authoritarian regimes by the report. Norway tops the chart whereas North Korea is at the bottom. The country's civil-liberties score declined because its legislature passed a law expanding the government's emergency powers. Read More »

App State tennis coach suspended over player's comment

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A white tennis player, during a match against a black opponent, made a series of racist comments, including telling the other player, "At least I know my dad". Appalachian State Athletics has suspended Coach Lake from all coaching duties effective immediately through the next four matches. Meanwhile, Wilson said no one from Appalachian State's administration had reached out to him yet, but thanked the school for acting so quickly. Read More »

Hong Kong bans ivory trade

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Hong Kong has always been the "heart of darkness" of the ivory trade with a 670 tonne stockpile when global trade was banned in 1989", said Alex Hofford of WildAid Hong Kong. Now that both China and Hong Kong have banned the sale, there is still the risk of affluent Chinese going overseas to buy ivory from other parts of Asia - in countries like Laos and Vietnam, where laws are less strict. Read More »

Yr Old Jewish Boy Attacked in Paris Suburb by Teenage Anti-Semites

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The suspects - believed to be around 15 - were hidden behind rubbish bins and attacked the boy as he walked to a tutoring class on Monday evening in the northern suburb of Sarcelles, which has a large Jewish community, prosecutors said. " Hatred is rising and Jewish people are suffering as a result", said CST chief executive David Delew. The figures reveal there were 145 violent anti-Semitic assaults reported 2017, an increase of 34% from the 108 violent incidents recorded in 2016 and the ... Read More »

Turkey: Court Orders Amnesty Chair Released From Jail

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Mr Kilic was accused of using an encrypted messaging application called Bylock that the Turkish government said was used by followers of the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen . Pending this hearing, Kilic has been given a travel ban, prohibiting him from leaving Turkey. Turkey has detained tens of thousands of people, including journalists, activists and opposition political figures, following an attempted military coup in 2016. Read More »

'Morning Joe' Rips Michael Wolff Over Nikki Haley Rumors: 'It's Disgraceful!'

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Wolff lashed out on Twitter following the on-air spat and slammed the hosts of " Morning Joe ". "After a lot of rumors came out, it was speculation that you meant Nikki Haley and you said she's embraced it". People then latched on to a paragraph in the book that said Haley spend "a notable amount of private time " with Trump. "Mika, again she has been accused of nothing". Read More »

Theresa May insists that she's not quitting after embarrassing Brexit document leak

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But as the prime minister headed off for a three-day trade mission to China , opposition parties said the public were entitled to know the true cost of leaving the EU. She continues on to Beijing later on Wednesday for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People with Premier Li Keqiang. It is now regarded as one of the strongest parts of the global economy. Read More »

Israel rejects United Nations report on companies linked to settlements

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The UN human rights office issued an update Wednesday of its report [text, PDF] on the human rights situation in Palestine. The UNHRC announced in a new report that it had identified 206 companies for inclusion on the "blacklist" - which critics say promotes the general boycott campaign against Israel and holds the Jewish state singularly responsible for the absence of a Palestinian state. Read More »

Black History Month "Reclaims Our Time" this February

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Dr. George E. Young Sr., the vice chair for Oklahoma's House Minority Caucus and the chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Historian William Thierfelder will explore the history of African Americans serving in the US armed forces, using Executive Order 9981 as a focal point. Read More »

Zuma faces another NPA deadline on corruption charges

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In another court ruling‚ following the SCA judgment last year‚ a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria set aside Abrahams's appointment as NPA boss and said Zuma had already told the Supreme Court of Appeal that he had every intention of using the processes available to him to resist prosecution. Read More »

Union Budget for 2018-19 to be presented tomorrow

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Asserting that the government's commitment towards its flagship programme for the girl child "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" is unflinching, Jaitley said the "Sukanya Samriddhi Account" scheme launched in January 2015 has been a great success. "We are set to achieve high growth", FM expected from his last budet. While providing some sops to salaried individuals and pensioners, it has aimed to raise Rs 11,000 crore by increasing cess on income of individuals, from three to four per cent. Read More »

Super Blue Blood Moon appears in Chicago sky

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Notice the red tint? The eclipse , according to Nasa , will be "extra special" for those in the U.S. and other parts of the world such as the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, where the Blue Moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse. Read More »

Prime minister refuses resignation from 'ashamed' Lord Bates

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When he did make it to the despatch box, the peer told Lady Lister he was " thoroughly ashamed " and would be offering the Prime Minister, who is on a trade mission to China, his resignation. In this case, the peanut gallery of Lords-and if you've never watched British Parliament in action, you really must, because they're delightfully vocal-was shocked by Bates' resignation. Read More »

Outraged Over Polish Holocaust Bill, Israeli Minister Calls to Recall Ambassador

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Senators voted 57 to 23 in favour of the bill, with two abstentions. Yad Vashem says it differentiates between the ban on using phrases such as " Polish death camps" - which it also agrees is incorrect - and "other elements" of the law, which include sections that ban speaking about the part of the " Polish people" in the Nazi crimes or crimes against humanity. Read More »

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present Annual Budget on Thursday

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There is speculation that the budget will be a landmark one in terms of agrarian policies and rural initiatives, but if the PM's economic adviser and NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy is to be believed, agriculture can not deliver quick dividends and hence Jaitley may play other tricks to woo the rural voters. Read More »

U.S. allows Syrians to stay, renews their 'protected status'

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The Trump administration previously chose to end TPS for Haitians and El Salvadorans. U.S. military forces are active both on the ground and in the skies above Syria. It is also common for TPS protections in general to be extended without allowing new immigrants to apply. He added that the decision was "just another cruel way to leave people in need of assistance out in the cold". Read More »

'Will not repeat mistakes of past administrations' on North Korea

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In his address , Trump of victims of the Kim regime, inviting as guests North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho and the parents of Otto Warmbier , who died shortly after returning from North Korea where he spent 17 months in captivity. In response to Monday night's telegram, the ministry said that "it is very regrettable that an event agreed by the South and the North will not be held due to North Korea's unilateral notification". Read More »

Former US Gymnastics Doctor Faces Additional Sentencing

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The USOC demanded and received the resignation of the entire USA Gymnastics board in the wake of Nassar's sentencing last week . "I wish she would have just given him a insane number like 3,000 years", Biles said. Every member of USA Gymnastics' board of directors has resigned , the organization announced Wednesday . The lawsuit alleged that USA Gymnastics had a plan to let Nassar leave quietly, while silencing his victims as much as possible. Read More »

Trump Asked Deputy AG If He Was 'On My Team'

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Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller in May to launch an investigation into the possibility of collusion between the Trump administration and Russian Federation to undermine the presidential election in 2016. As a further sign of the President's focus on Rosenstein's testimony, one of the sources said Trump also had suggested questions to members of Congress that they could ask Rosenstein. Read More »

Texas Rangers asked to investigate abuse at Karolyi Ranch

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Several women spoke about how Nassar would earn the trust of athletes as a friendly contrast to the demeaning remarks and tough demands they would otherwise endure at the training facility. He had already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. Biles came forward as a Nassar victim on January 15 and wondered why she had to continue to train at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, a place where she said Nassar abused her earlier in her career. Read More »

Afghan President speaks to Modi, not to Pakistan PM

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On Wednesday, President Ghani sent a delegation "to handover evidence related to recent attacks in Kabul" to be shared with Pakistan's Army. In the last attack in recent times, at least five soldiers were killed after insurgents launched a coordinated attack on a military academy in Afghanistan on Monday, media reports said. Read More »