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Russia: Britain staged fake chemical attack in Syria

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The UN-backed World Health Organization said more than 40 people are believed to have died from poisoning and roughly 500 showed signs of a chemical attack. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said. Russian Federation has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015 and became Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally in the war against armed opposition groups. Read More »

'Escalation' fears grow as U.S. ponders Syria strike

Llorenti argued that while the UNSC faces many problems of its own and is in need of reform, its main priority for now should be "to unite and to create an independent mechanism in order to investigate the alleged chemical attacks ". Trump on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on talks with Western allies about possible military action to punish Assad over the suspected gas attack. Read More »

Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

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Draper announced Thursday that the Cal 3 petition received "an unprecedented show of support" with more than 600,000 signatures from across the state. They said they are motivated by what they call 'a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership and infrastructure'. Read More »

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

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RCB will be expecting some fireworks from Brendon McCullum and AB de Villiers, who blasted a 27-ball 43 and a 23-ball 44, respectively, in the first game. So far, however, it is the unheralded Kings XI Punjab that has broken batting records - K. L. Rahul's fastest fifty took R. Ashwin's team to a smooth victory over Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. Read More »

Chinas 1Q trade surplus with USA rises 19.4% yoy

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That helped narrow its surplus with the U.S.in March alone to $15.43 billion from $20.96 billion in February, but that was still almost 18 percent higher than March 2017. Meanwhile, imports surged 14.4% in March from a year ago, faster than the expected spike of 12.0%. Heisdorffer, an Iowa farmer, highlighted the importance of maintaining China as a robust market for US soybean exports, and the lasting effects implemented tariffs and a trade war would have on soybean farmers. Read More »

Eight-Year-Old Rape Spreads Outrage Across The Country

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There have always been differences between India's Muslim minority and Hindu majority in this constitutionally secular nation of 1.3 billion. Many suspect this is an attempt to win leniency for the accused, noting that the bureau is an arm of the central government, which the Bharatiya Janata Party controls. Read More »

Supreme Court Bans Nawaz Sharif for Life

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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office or contesting elections for lifetime in a landmark verdict that could change the course of the country's political history. Sharif in January had stated through a written statement before the bench that disqualification under Article 62 is confined only to the election in question, and it is not perpetual. Read More »

Teen killed in minivan was trapped under third-row seat, official says

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A teenage boy trapped inside a minivan in a parking lot near the Cincinnati school he attended told a 911 dispatcher, "I probably don't have much time left, so tell my mom I love her if I die". Cincinnati police said the department will "initiate a full procedural and technical review of all calls received by the Emergency Communications Section and associated dispatch recordings related to this incident". Read More »

Russian Court Orders Telegram To Be Blocked In Russia

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Fallout from the court decision will also be closely watched by investors as Telegram is undertaking the world's biggest initial coin offering - a private sale of tokens which can be traded as an alternative currency, similar to Bitcoin or Ethereum. Read More »

Winter storm watch for Saturday and Sunday

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Rain is expected to develop overnight and spread northward on Friday and mixing with freezing rain or snow over the north. NWS forecasters have issued a winter storm watch from 1 a.m. Depending on the track of the storm, the snow will begin to pull away Sunday morning. A strong storm system is forecast to affect the area from Friday night late to Sunday. Read More »

Trump lawyer to seek halt to porn star's lawsuit

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The case appeared to be headed towards arguments about whether it should be arbitrated, but thanks to a stunning Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office and residence earlier this week, the lawsuit is now taking an abrupt turn. Read More »

Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian Wrestlers, Shooters shine on Day 9

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India added another silver to their tally through Babita Kumari, who despite being pitted as a gold medal contender in the 53kg category, lost a close final against Canada's Diana Weicker. This was an improvement on the silver Tejaswini won in the 50m rifle prone yesterday. With this medal, Indian tally has been with Gold - 17, Silver - 8, Bronze - 11. Read More »

Three Bollywood actresses among most admired women in the world

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Current U.S. President Donald Trump went up in the rankings from previous year to take the 17th spot on the list. The list has 20 men and 20 women the people look up to the most . Russians ranked Donald Trump at 19 and Barack Obama at 20. The list of the world's most admired people. Following on from Obama in the men's list are Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Chinese actor Jackie Chan . Read More »

UP DGP addresses rape accused BJP MLA as 'mananiya'

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The court directed the CBI to carry out investigation strictly in accordance with law and to consider filing an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the case. The officials assured that no one found guilty will be spared and added that action has already been taken against some policemen and doctors for laxity and negligence. Read More »

Wet weather into the weekend; even cooler changes

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ONE - A few scattered showers and storms could pop ahead of the cold front today in Arkansas and push north into south central Missouri. "The front will kind of fall apart early Sunday morning, but there's still a significant amount of wind energy associated with this". Read More »

Trump signs executive order to study US Postal Service

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The task force will evaluate the operations and finances of the USPS, the order said. A second White House official disputed the notion that the order was directed at Amazon , and also said that the task force was charged with improving the mail service. Read More »

Trump Plans to Pardon CIA Leaker Scooter Libby

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Well, President Donald Trump is set to change all that. The U.S. leader may even have already signed off on the pardon, ABC News reported . Libby had denied involvement in the leak, which saw the operative's identity revealed in a column piece by journalist Robert Novak, until a number of people testified that they had learned of Plame's identity from the former chief of staff. Read More »

OPCW confirms United Kingdom findings

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Russian Federation has denied involvement in the attack and contends Britain has not provided evidence to support its allegation. "There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record". Read More »

OPCW Team en Route to Syria as US Mulls Missile Attack

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Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said more than 40 people were killed. One official said the U.S., France and Britain were considering military options that would be more extensive than the punitive, one-day strike last April. Coordination between Russian Federation and the U.S., the world's two greatest military and nuclear powers, would have positive implications for avoiding a massive escalation. Read More »

Hamas calls for more protests

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Lieberman did not provide evidence to support his claims. The group is paying $3,000 for the family of a "martyr" who dies in a confrontation with Israeli forces, $500 to protestors who are seriously wounded, and $200 to those who are moderately wounded. Read More »

Former Catholic priest jailed for historic child sex abuse

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Police say within hours the child was rescued and the abuser was caught in Pennsylvania. A Saskatoon man was subsequently convicted of multiple child porn-related charges and an application has been made to designate him as a unsafe offender, police said. Read More »

Trump May Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein As "Check" on Mueller

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Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to Trump, has encouraged White House aides to advise Trump to fire Rosenstein, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources. Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey plan to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, according to two people familiar with the legislation. Read More »

The Oklahoma Teacher Strike Has Now Lasted As Long As West Virginia's

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The protesters shut down schools across the state and demanded that the Republican-controlled legislature pass funding measures to restore a decade worth of public school budget cuts. Democrats also are emboldened by a string of four special election pickups from Republicans since 2016, including two victories by Democratic public school teachers. Read More »