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Up to 69 killed in airstrikes on eastern Syria

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He recalled that the city of Deir ez-Zor, which used to be besieged by terrorists for more than three years, was unblocked by Syrian troops under the command of General Hassan Suhel on September 5. It remained unclear whether the Deir Ezzor Civil Council would coordinate with, or rival, government authorities already present in other parts of the city. Read More »

USA pushing a long-shot United Nations resolution on North Korea

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It also bans all textile exports and prohibits all countries from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers - two key sources of hard currency. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Wang Yi, China's foreign minister told the reporters that the council should respond further "by taking necessary measures", but did not elaborate further on how it should be done. Read More »

China Urges Restraint Over N.Korea

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While Russia and China back these measures, they have been calling for a freeze-for-freeze agreement, which would see the US and South Korea halt military drills in exchange for Pyongyang stopping its nuclear and missile program. "The "resolution" was fabricated by the U.S. employing all sorts of despicable and vicious means and methods", the statement said, according to a report in North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Read More »

Peterborough MP explains reasons for voting against government's European Union repeal bill

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London- British MPs held their first vote Monday on a bill to end Britain's membership of the European Union , which ministers say will avoid a "chaotic" Brexit but has been condemned as an unprecedented power-grab. "Long-standing Conservative "Eurosceptic" MP Sir William Cash, by contrast, argued that the arrangements in the Bill simply mirror the provisions under the 1972 European Communities Act for bringing into effect EU Treaty obligations - and that these do not provide for any ... Read More »

Pakistan summons Myanmar ambassador over Rohingya issue

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For years I had a photograph of you on my desk to remind me of the injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar's people. "The vast majority are women including mothers with newborn babies, families with children". They were mostly poor farmers, just like their Buddhist neighbours, and their right to Burmese citizenship was unquestioned until the Burmese military seized power in 1962. Read More »

Liam Neeson: 'They are throwing money at me'

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He can even do a clever riff on the iconic Taken speech, but he can be on the phone with a movie studio executive instead of a kidnapper. In a surprise career move, Neeson pulled in huge audiences while starring in three Taken movies. Read More »

Pyongyang warns Washington over United Nations sanctions push

North Korea's embassy in Lima declined comment. The new sanctions against North Korea include a ban on the country's textile exports and a cap on imports of crude oil. During the banquet on Saturday, Kim spurred his engineers to make "redoubled efforts, not slackening the spirit displayed by them in bringing the great auspicious event of the national history", the North Korean news agency said. Read More »

North Korean envoy just warned the US will suffer "greatest pain"

But she stressed that "these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively". The United States has called for a vote on Monday on a UN resolution that would impose the toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea , a move that could lead to a showdown with the country's biggest trading partner China and its neighbour Russian Federation. Read More »

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

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Referring to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Netanyahu said "while Israel rejects terror in any form, it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of their own". Kirkuk , an ethnically mixed city, voted last month to participate in the referendum, a move that stoked tensions with its Arab and Turkmen residents, as well as with Baghdad . Read More »

Gerry Brownlee welcomes new North Korea sanctions

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Though the United States had proposed a complete ban, the sanctions by the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea for its sixth nuclear test cap Pyongyang's annual imports of crude oil at the same level they have been for the past 12 months: an estimated 4 million barrels. Read More »

White House won't commit to signing joint congressional resolution condemning white supremacists

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The gathering of white supremacists began as a rally to protest the Charlottesville city council's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism by white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups". Read More »

Ninth person dies after shooting at Dallas Cowboys football party

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Plano Police Officer David Tilley said amid a news gathering Monday that officers were called to a home on the 1700 square of West Spring Creek Parkway soon after 8 p.m. Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting. She opened her door and smelled gunpowder. Police then found nine gunshots victims. Two others were injured in the shooting. Read More »

There are 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic right now

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Three simultaneous hurricanes in the Atlantic basin may seem extreme, but it happens about once every ten years. Tropical storm Jose formed east of Hurricane Irma Tuesday afternoon. A hurricane warning has been issued for Mexico as Hurricane Katia is set to strike the country by early Saturday. The storm is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) over northern Veracruz , and 2 to 5 inches over far southern Tamaulipas , northeast Puebla , and ... Read More »

Post-Tropical Cyclone Irma brings rain, could dissipate Tuesday

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As of Monday afternoon, Irma was a tropical storm. Wednesday will likely be an overcast day with a slight chance of showers in the northwestern corner of the state. The Valley has experienced a relatively dry week over the past several days, so the rain is expected to be rapidly absorbed by the ground in this region. Read More »

Iraq MPs vote against Kurdish independence referendum

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It called on the central government to "shoulder its responsibly to protect the unity of Iraq and to take all necessary measures to preserve that unity". At a news conference on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Kurds were continuing to "illegally export" Kirkuk's oil, and he called for urgent talks. Read More »

House conservatives were plotting against Ryan. Then came Trump's surprise

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Asked about the potential for including Montana Sen. "Why do pigs fly?" That wasn't the view of some Republicans at the end of last week when Sen. Mitch McConnell , the Senate majority leader. "Mr. Trump ... has accomplished something that could prove defining for the country's 200-year-old two-party system: He is clearing an opening, intentionally or not, for a new party", Peters wrote. Read More »

U.S. marks 9/11 anniversary with resolve, tears and hope

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This scene was also repeated on Monday - September 11 - when the nation paid homage to the victims of the two terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centre site. When America is united, "no force on earth can break us apart", he said. Emily Root Schenkel, cousin of flight attendant Lorraine Bay, said her children, including a daughter named after Bay, will always remember 9/11, but the memorial would tell the story to other children and future generations. Read More »

Rebel Wilson wins $4.5m defamation payout

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Wilson told the court that the articles had cost her work by damaging her reputation. She has said she will give the money away. Bauer Media, Dixon added, failed to properly investigate the allegations, which came from a source who required payment and anonymity, and whom the editor considered "had an ax to grind". Read More »

North Korea says will make U.S. suffer over 'vicious' United Nations sanctions

Meanwhile the regime continues to celebrate the nuclear test (and earlier missile launches), and on Saturday Kim hosted a banquet in honor of the scientists and military officials involved in the weapons programs. Among the provisions that were in a draft proposal, but not the final resolution were a total oil embargo and a freeze on the assets of both North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the national airline. Read More »

China's big banks halt services for North Koreans, tellers say

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In June, President Donald Trump hardened his administration's approach on the issue, blacklisting a small Chinese bank over dealings with North Korea . Han said Washington "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution", news agencies reported . China accounts for 90 percent of North Korea's external trade. Read More »

5 areas left under signal no. 1 as Maring exits land

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Parayno said responding workers were able to rescue 12 persons, who were brought to a hospital where the boy died upon arrival. If Maring does not change direction and speed, it will leave the Philippine area of responsibility tonight or early tomorrow. Read More »

World needs China's help to deal with North Korea

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The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions in a watered-down resolution without an oil import ban or global asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un . New bans on textile exports and overseas workers sending hard currency back to Pyongyang would starve the regime of at least 1.3 billion dollars in annual revenues - an estimated 800 million and 500 million dollars respectively, Haley said. Read More »