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UP jumps to 156th place in THE Asia 2018 top 200

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The main trend of this year's rankings is the continued rise of China, which now claims nearly one in five places on the table. Quaid-e-Azam University, the country's top ranked university in THE's World University Rankings 2018, was judged the 79th best university in Asia in the rankings released on February 6. Read More »

Razzak, Taijul baffle Sri Lanka

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Mehidy also beat Dimuth Karunaratne with an away-turning delivery but it was the 35-year-old Razzak, playing his first Test in four years, who accounted for the first wicket. The second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka series is scheduled on February 8 which would be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Read More »

Richardson police negotiating with suspect who shot police officer, civilian

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Police say for residents of the apartment complex to shelter in place. Police said the officer was checking a report of a man screaming at the apartment complex. He was transported to Medical City Plano, where he died. Police were trying to negotiate his surrender, but he was randomly firing at officers. The suspect has not been taken into custody. Read More »

Shallow 2.6-magnitude quake strikes North Korea

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But recent weeks have seen a thaw with South Korea, after Pyongyang agreed to send athletes to compete in the Olympic Games opening on February 9 in the south. However, a White House official has said Pence planned to use his attendance to counter what he sees as Pyongyang's efforts to "hijack" the Olympics with a propaganda campaign. Read More »

Pence says U.S. to announce new sanctions on North Korea before Olympics

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Vice-Pres. Mike Pence is attending the opening ceremonies, but stopped Tuesday for a diplomatic visit in Japan. Washington will soon announce the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever", Pence told reporters after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo , according to reports. Read More »

Bulger killer Venables pleads guilty over child abuse imagery

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He returned to jail in November after the images were first discovered, and according to the BBC , Mr Justice Edis described him as "manipulative and dishonest" while addressing the crimes in court . "And to apologise to the family of James Bulger for the renewed distress by his reoffending, and the subsequent publicity". The lawyer said his "relapse" had been swiftly detected and acted upon by authorities. Read More »

Forbes values Thunder at record $1.25 billion

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With each franchise now valued at a $1 billion minimum, it's safe to say the league is as successful as it has been at any point in history. The Knicks have been shut out of the playoffs since 2013 but their value rose to $3.6 billion, up 9 percent from a year ago, due to renovations to Madison Square Garden which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. Read More »

Death toll in Syria's Ghouta rises to 80 - NGO

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In January alone, 211 civilians were killed and 1,447 wounded. The activist-run Ghouta Media Center said at least two, Douma and Harasta, was struck by ground-to-ground missiles. Turkey's Afrin operation has pushed the US into a situation where it has to make a choice about whether to continue protecting the YPG, which is designated as terrorism-affiliated in the CIA's World Factbook, and thus ignoring the threat perception of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, worsening already ... Read More »

Patrick Surtain, 5-Star CB, Announces Commitment

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Alabama , with Collin Sexton sitting out due to injury, built a 19-point lead (41-22) at halftime in the first MSU game. MSU put the pressure on most of his supporting cast and they struggled. Aric Holman and Abdul Ado added three blocks each. The Bulldogs are also getting solid production from the Weatherspoon brothers, sophomore Quindarry and freshman Nick, in the backcourt. Read More »

New US forces air campaign expands to the north of Afghanistan

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U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said the air strikes also destroyed stolen Afghan National Army vehicles that were in the process of "being converted to vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices". We now have 50 percent more MQ-9 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. "They analyze surveillance and reconnaissance data to develop the networks that produce targets for our air power to strike". Read More »

North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

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He will also meet American troops who would be on the front lines of defending America if a crisis with North Korea erupted. The Vice President used a refueling stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to set the scene for a trip he said was meant to show American "resolve" in rallying the worldwide community against the North Korean regime. Read More »

United States jets bomb 'pro-regime' forces in Syria

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USA military advisers in Syria had to call in American airstrikes and artillery support to repel an attack late Wednesday night by pro-Assad regime forces on a headquarters belonging to US -backed rebels fighting ISIS. fighters and their partners, according to CNN . The US-led coalition did not say whether any pro-Syrian fighters were killed in the retaliatory strike. Read More »

Iran's Velayati Scorns US Dream of Kurdish State in East Euphrates

The council is expected to hear a briefing on Thursday and then hold closed-door consultations on the growing humanitarian crisis. According to the Turkish General Staff, the ongoing operation aims to secure northern Syria's border with Turkey and protect the civilian population from the YPG. Read More »

Mattis Berates Congress for Budget Duty 'Abrogation'

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Mattis told reporters at the White House that the weapon would be used to deter one nation in particular, clearly suggesting North Korea, which has threatened to use its nuclear arsenal against the United States. "To advance the security of our nation, these troops are putting themselves in harm's way, in effect signing a blank check payable to the American people with their lives", Mattis told the committee. Read More »

Lebanon military vows to block Israeli wall on Lebanese land

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It was unclear if Wednesday's actions were the first on the wall itself. As the Lebanese senior officials unanimously rejected the Zionist threats pertaining the utilization of the country's seashore oil resources and reiterated readiness to confront any Israeli aggression in view of Hezbollah related vow, the enemy officials started eliminating the aggressive rhetoric, tending into approving any mediation to avoid the confrontation. Read More »

Politicians who crow about stock market gains face hazard when market drops

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This topic drew a great deal of attention yesterday, particularly after Donald Trump said he would "love" to go through another government shutdown if he doesn't get what he wants on regarding the wall and border security. "Where were they when it was going up?" he asked. NTraders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the closing bell, February 2, 2018 in New York City. Read More »

Several feared trapped after Taiwan natural disaster

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Still, even amid dust and heavy rain and shattered glass, the scale of the devastation was becoming clear as night settled in: At least eight people have died, more than 250 are injured and more than 60 remain missing, according to Taiwan's state-run Central News Agency . Read More »

NYC schools boast record high-school graduation rate in 2017

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Asian students also had the city's lowest dropout rate at 4 percent. Schenectady High School registered a 70 percent graduation rate for students who started school in 2012 and graduated after 5 years. Last year's Island cohort includes 4,631 students who entered 9th grade in the fall of 2013, the smallest of all five boroughs. "All of the above will serve to make ever-higher graduation rates a foreseeable goal". Read More »

Joe Biden says Republicans will 'do anything to protect Trump'

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Cuomo's full interview with Biden will air Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360". "Well, let me tell you, he's a joke", Biden said. Unless you figure out something that's more important to you than yourself, I think it's hard to be really happy". "This is doing everything that Putin ever wanted". Read More »

North Korea sends clear message with missile parade on eve of Olympics

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Vice President Pence, who will lead the US delegation at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, says he is prepared to announce the "toughest" economic sanctions yet on North Korea . They often wear matching uniforms and display the well-practiced unified precision that is a hallmark of North Korean mass events. Mr Kim has been in senior government or party posts since 1960 and served for many years as North Korea's foreign minister, exerting a lot of ... Read More »

Vegas police connect 4 shootings, 2 homeless men dead

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Robert Plummer of the Las Vegas Police said at a Tuesday news conference. Paddock opened fired from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into a crowd of concertgoers attending a country music festival, ultimately killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others. Read More »

Pope Benedict 5 years after retiring: weaker, but 'on a pilgrimage home'

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He thanked the readers for their concern, saying it was a "grace" to be surrounded by such love "on this final stretch of the road, that's sometimes hard". "Because of this", he wrote, "I can not but be thankful, on my part assuring you all of my prayers". Since stepping down, Benedict has only appeared publicly at major Church events. Read More »