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Second group of refugees to leave Australian camp for United States resettlement

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At least 22 asylum-seekers who have been held at the Manus camp in northern Papua New Guinea will board a plane in the capital of Port Moresby and fly to Manila, then head to an undisclosed location in the U.S. HERE are clear skies ahead for 25 asylum seekers who yesterday left Papua New Guinea for a new life in the US. "It raises the level of anxiety and uncertainty and that's been magnified by the fact that US officials have indicated that while they expect that there will be other groups ... Read More »

Shinzo Abe faces female rival Yuriko Koike in snap election

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Abe dissolved the lower house for an October 22 vote as soon as it convened at noon for an extraordinary session, without making a policy speech and without holding a press conference afterward. "The party may gain some seats in the Tokyo area, but a risk for her is that voters may feel betrayed as they voted for her as Tokyo governor and now she is working in national politics", Kensuke Takayasu, professor of political science at Seikei University, told AFP. Read More »

Brent slips from 2015 peaks, US crude up on inventory draw

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Vincent expects exports to continue to rise in the coming weeks, so long as US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude remains at a discount to global benchmark Brent. According to his forecasts, Brent oil may return to the level of $55 per barrel already on Thursday. "You have a very strong export market and you have a refinery utilisation rate that's coming back from Harvey in leaps and bounds", Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc in NY, said by telephone. Read More »

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has died aged 91

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Please refresh the page for the fullest version. The magazine hit with a splash, featuring a nude Marilyn Monroe on the cover, and went on to become one of America's most famous publications. He was attacked by feminists - accused of reducing women to sexual toys - but he styled himself as the godfather of the sexual revolution. He ran into trouble in the 1980s with competition from Penthouse and Hustler - magazines that had much more explicit photos - and Playboy's social impact faded ... Read More »

Wellness blogger fined for fake cancer tale

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Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) launched an investigation in 2015 over her false claims of donating portion of her profits to charity. "Ms Gibson expressly compares the awful circumstances of young Joshua to her own, asserting she had the same kind of tumour as he did; a statement which was completely false", Justice Mortimer said. Read More »

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly to fly to IN with Trump

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With the latest Republican push to overturn Obamacare sputtering in the Senate , Republicans are under mounting pressure to overhaul the USA tax code before year-end. The child tax credit would also increase, though the number is not yet specified, and there would be new credits for "dependents" who are not children. Read More »

Standoff ends with shooting on Interstate 80, traffic at standstill

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Earlier in the morning, Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan said his department was called to help because the suspect, who was armed and unsafe, drove through his city. CHP officers also assisted and used a spike strip on the suspect vehicle near University Avenue. Traffic was shut down during the standoff for miles (kilometers) on several key roads into San Francisco and surrounding cities. Read More »

Russia to destroy chemical weapons

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Russian Federation has completed the massive task of destroying its Cold War-era chemical weapons stockpiles, winning praise from an global chemical weapons watchdog. According to Putin, the United States "does not comply with its obligations regarding the terms for chemical weapons disposal: It postponed disposal terms three times already, including at the pretext of lack of budget financial assets, which, honestly speaking, sounds rather odd". Read More »

State of emergency declared in Vanuatu as volcano eruption displaces thousands

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Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office, said a ship had arrived Wednesday carrying food, water and other essential supplies. Over recent weeks, a cinder cone filled with a pool of lava has risen out of the crater lake on the Manaro voui volcano. The agency added that acid rain could damage crops in the area of the volcano. Read More »

'Imma go harder': Macklemore responds to NRL grand final controversy

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Macklemore's spot at the Grand Final has already led to the formation of a petition calling for the song to be removed from the Grand Final pre-show entertainment. "It's one thing to let either side of the debate advertise during the finals, it's a completely different thing to embed same-sex marriage advocacy as an official statement", he said. Read More »

Sen. Cochran to Trump, constituents: 'I'm not hospitalized'

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Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of MS has been recovering in MS from what his office described Wednesday as "a urological issue". He added: "we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!" "Get rid of Filibuster Rule!" The president also says he's looking at taking executive action to make health care changes. Read More »

USA slaps sanctions on North Korean banks, executives

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He is saying things that should never, ever be said. Although North Korea has openly expressed its intentions to shoot down United States bombers that are not even trespassing its airspace, the question of whether the nation can practically shoot down U.S. Read More »

One killed during rock slide at El Capitan in Yosemite

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Multiple people reported the rockfall just before 2 p.m. on the east buttress of the Waterfall climbing route of El Capitan. Ranger Scott Gediman said rocks came crashing down Wednesday at the height of climbing season with at least 30 climbers on the wall. Read More »

Trump Plans 45000 Limit on Refugees Admitted to US

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He was especially critical of the Obama administration's pledge to take in Syrian refugees, saying in a CNBC interview, "We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork". "It's tragic", said Robert Carey, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under Obama. "Setting a record-low cap on refugee resettlement, the White House is showing a stunning cruelty toward those fleeing our common enemies - enemies who intend to paint the U.S.as indifferent ... Read More »

CJAR condemns transfer of judge

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As a judge of the Gujarat High Court , Justice Patel had ordered a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry into the Ishrat Jahan encounter case . From yesterday, I am relieved of responsibilities. He also said his resignation is effective from the moment it reaches the President of India, through the Chief Justice. Read More »

Korean stocks open lower on US-N. Korea tension

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The bombers took off Saturday night and flew further north than any US Air Force warplane has flown since the turn of the century, according to the Pentagon. North Korea's aging MiG fighters won't stand a chance against much more powerful US fighters escorting long-range bombers. In response, the US has led two recent rounds of United Nations sanctions on the regime, winning support from China, North Korea's top trading partner, and Russian Federation. Read More »

North Korea Releases Doctored Propaganda Depicting Attack On United States

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Nonetheless, Australians remain anxious, and Mr Trump had not ceased his aggressive posturing - threatening that the "military option" would be devastating for North Korea . planes remain off-shore, they would be reasonably safe", said Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies . Read More »

US Bombers Buzz N.Korean Coast

Ri described Trump as a "mentally deranged" person who uses "reckless and violent words". Up to 20,000 people would be killed in South Korea each day in a war between the United States and North Korea, a retired US Air Force brigadier general has said. Read More »

German FDP reject Macron's call to create joint euro zone budget

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He added that beyond acknowledging the need for European solutions, "we also need the common European will" to implement them. Reacting to the speech in Britain, a spokesman for UKIP remarked the plan could nearly have been tailor-made to repulse British voters, remarking: "If Eurosceptics had wished to create a European perspective that would guarantee Britain voting to leave the European Union, they could not have done as well as Mr. Read More »

Hurricane Maria: Mandatory Evacuations Ordered in Parts of N. Carolina

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Forecasters said swells were also continuing in Puerto Rico , the Virgin Islands, the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas. Also, life threatening storm surge of 2-4 feet could be expected, along with some beach erosion, unsafe rip currents, and high surf. Evacuations were ordered for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands. Read More »

France's Macron Proposes Creating EU Military Force

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Talking up the idea of a common European budget and finance ministry, Macron also said this system would need a common European Public Prosecutor to "punish without delay any unfair practice" within the Single Market. The pro-business Free Democrats, a key potential partner for Merkel, is against a joint budget because the party says that would result in automatic, uncontrolled money transfers from Germany to struggling eurozone partners. Read More »

'I threw eggs at his vehicle, I wanted to run him over'

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Davis admitted to police that she had an affair with Sciarra while he was with her daughter, whose age was not specified. She was distraught, according to reports, that this would damage her mother-daughter relationship. The officer also noted they observed him running in different directions in an attempt to avoid being hit by the Mercedes being driven by Davis. He told investigators he asked Davis to stop. Read More »

Jared Kushner has been voting as a woman for eight years

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This, however, isn't the first time Kushner has had a tough time with paperwork. The error was initially spotted by Democratic opposition research group American Bridge, according to the report , reading "Is Kushner a woman? Unfortunately, there's absolutely no way to know for sure". Read More »