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Iraq's first non-Arab president, Jalal Talabani, has died

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Iraqi Kurdish lawmaker Zana Said said Tuesday that Talabani was "the only president whose death saddens Arabs, Kurds and all other ethnicities". He served as president from 2005 to 2014 and oversaw the implementation of a new constitution that strengthened the autonomy of the Kurdish region of Iraq. Read More »

Israeli settlement leaders warn Netanyahu against permit delays

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Netanyahu gave no specifics or a timetable, which suggests he may have been playing to his nationalistic base. However, he said Israel has just approved the planning of 1,200 new housing units and "intended to add more". U.S. Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt took to his boss' favorite outlet, Twitter, and expressed his hopes-and an admonition-for the efforts to unify the Palestinians under a single government. Read More »

Egyptian Businessmen Caught Ordering Weapons from North Korea

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However, the deal was only interrupted after US intelligence agencies saw the vessel and informed Egyptian authorities, according to current and former USA officials and diplomats familiar with the events. "We do talk to them", he said, without elaborating about which Americans were involved in those contacts or how frequent or substantive they were. "So I do not see the divergence as strongly as some have interpreted it", said Mattis. Read More »

Pakistan's disgraced ex-PM re-elected head of ruling party

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He said some intolerable words were used in the ceremony against institutions. Sharif's election came hours after after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's central working committee approved an amendment to the party's constitution, paving Sharif's way to lead the party, Dawn online reported. Read More »

Ariana Grande Responds To Las Vegas Attack, Calling It "Terrorism"

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The Police later revealed that a resident named Stephen Paddock , aged 64, began shooting around 10:08 p.m. on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. She also called for "love, unity, peace and gun control" and for the American public and its leaders to call this act what it is: "terrorism". "Tonight has been beyond horrific", Aldean wrote after the tragedy. Read More »

Gun expert demonstrates how Vegas gun may have worked

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Benjamin Paddock was in and out of prison in IL before heading to Arizona, where he robbed a bank and escaped from prison, landing him on that list. The gun issue is virtually the only one where the default response is increasingly to shrug and say that laws don't matter, since bad people do bad things, so why bother with new ones? When people call for getting rid of machine guns, many don't realize that the US government effectively did precisely that back more than 80 years ago. Read More »

Las Vegas Hospitals Call For Backup To Handle Hundreds Of Shooting Victims

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They've encouraged not just law enforcement, but also bystanders, to learn how to stop hemorrhaging. Coates says every bed was full while others waited in hallways and outside, according to AP News . The situation forced hundreds of people into area hospitals all at once, overwhelming medical responders. That is why we prepare a mass casualty plan in order to increase our capacity in terms of people, supplies and resources to meet the need. Read More »

Flags to fly at half-staff in Atlanta following Las Vegas shooting

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The shooting - which claimed the lives of at least 58 people - is the deadliest in USA history. All flags should be flown half-staff until sunset Friday, Oct. "May we keep the victims and their families in our prayers today, and in the hard weeks ahead". "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those tragically killed in Las Vegas", Governor Brown said. Read More »

Stab wounds found on torso of journalist Kim Wall

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According to the prosecutor, investigation of the case has also led to a hard drive, probably belonging to Madsen, on which videos are stored showing executions of women by hanging and burning. Madsen's detention was extended until October 31. An autopsy revealed that Wall had been dismembered after her death, Buch-Jepsen said. Defense lawyer Betina Hald Engmark argued Tuesday that Madsen should be released. Read More »

Iraq warns KRG against deploying Peshmerga in Kirkuk

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Mr Bakawan said: "The independence referendum result could trigger a civil war". "The game, played in Northern Syria , is a siege project, aimed at completely isolating Turkey from the Middle East". Following the controversial referendum, Iraq's central government suspended global flights to and from the Kurdistan Region. "Given the recent developments in the region, it is suitable that worldwide transportation companies and drivers active in this field avoid loading and carrying oil ... Read More »

Donald Trump heads to Puerto Rico after Twitter outbursts

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I will tell you the first responders, the military, FEMA , they have done an incredible job in Puerto Rico , and whether it's (the San Juan mayor ) or anybody else, they're all starting to say it. Because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico , and that's fine. To be clear, Trump is scheduled to visit Puerto Rico on October 3, but this begs the question, why not sooner? In a stunning series of weekend tweets , the President impugned the character of many in Puerto Rico . Read More »

Jurors see new surveillance footage of suspect in Chelsea bombing trial

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He also told the judge he'd been allowed too few family visits, noting that visits with his children had been infrequent and that it had been more than a year since he'd seen his wife. She told jurors Monday that she couldn't see or hear. Jane Shreibman told jurors she saw the second device prosecutors believe to be planted by Rahimi in Chelsea. Read More »

Judge Rejects Challenge to Iowa's Abortion Waiting Period

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and its medical director Dr. Jill Meadows filed a petition for injunctive relief in May against Iowa and the state Board of Medicine in Polk County District Court. "There is no question that the second trip will have some impact on low-income women and those who have to drive longer distances". A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Missouri will continue the process of acquiring licenses that would allow it to perform abortions at three additional clinics, ... Read More »

Top military officials endorse staying in Iran deal, contradicting Trump

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But Mattis added he supports Trump's "rigorous review" of the agreement, which provided Iran with relief from worldwide sanctions in exchange for widespread curbs and inspections of its nuclear program. But Trump - who told reporters last month he had reached a decision, but would not say what course of action he intends to take - has appeared publicly to side with foreign policy hawks like his United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley. Read More »

No evidence Las Vegas shooter tied to militant group

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Danley was born in the Philippines , but according to multiple Australian news outlets, she lived in Queensland until 2003, when she moved to Nevada with her husband, Geary Danley, who she married in Las Vegas in 1990. "It's like an asteroid fell out of the sky", his brother Eric said to CNN . The gunman opened fire from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Read More »

The answer to gun control in the US? There is no answer

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With the Oakland Raiders soon to become the Las Vegas Raiders, they have a personal investment in the affected community. According to the police, he was working alone and had no accomplices in the attack. Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Craig Paddock's father was a notorious bank robber who tried to run down an FBI agent with his vehicle in Las Vegas in 1960 and was on the agency's most wanted list after escaping from a federal prison in Texas in 1969. Read More »

Boris Johnson under pressure over 'dead bodies' remarks

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Mr Johnson, who was speaking at the Conservative party conference on Tuesday, made the comment about Sirte's potential as a tourism hub, the city where Muammar Gaddafi died, in response to a question about his visits to Libya. Manfred Weber, leader of the centre-right EPP grouping of MEPs, said: "Please sack Johnson because we need a clear answer who is responsible for the British position". Read More »

Trump, the NRA and why nothing will change after Vegas

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NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said silencers hardly make a difference in reducing the sound of gunfire. That's compared to 38 percent who anxious the government would go too far in the same survey in 1995. Ryan, an avid hunter, is a gun-owner and like most Republicans has argued that tougher gun laws are not the answer. A December 2016 bill signed in to law included some of the most expansive new mental health laws in almost a decade. Read More »

FEMA's Long: No time for mayor's 'spout off,' focused on Puerto Rico

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But critics have accused Trump of showing more concern for the people of Texas and Florida , whose lives were also upended by major hurricanes this season. Cruz says that "if he asks to meet with me, of course I would meet with him". Since Trump's tweets, Cruz has reiterated that municipal employees in Puerto Rico are working as hard as they can, and that her statement was a plea for help. Read More »

BC mechanic killed in mass shooting 'always looked out for his Nana'

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Jasper Legion Branch 31 said in a Facebook post that it lowered its flag in Medig's memory. "And she said, 'No, that's not true, he's got to be breathing'". She watched as investigators paced the now-empty venue, a ghostly scene strewn with abandoned lawn chairs and scattered personal belongings. Gooze shared the contact numbers she had, she said, then moved aside to let the authorities do their work. Read More »

Saudi King to visit Russian Federation this week

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It signifies an increasingly close strategic partnership between the two oil-rich states. They will discuss the market situation and implementation of a global deal to cut oil production. "Even 12 months ago, Riyadh was highly critical of Russia's involvement in Syria and the relationship looked as frozen as ever", said Chris Weafer , senior partner at economic and political consultancy Macro-Advisory Ltd. Read More »

Gauri Lankesh murder: Killers have been identified, claims Karnataka Government

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Pointing out that it is a high profile case, he said that the investigators are ensuring there's concrete evidence so that the same stands in Court. The matter was escalated, after Lankesh's murder started to drop out hints linking it to the murder of MM Kalburgi, who was shot dead at his home in the Dharwad region of the state in 2015. Read More »

Entire Congress Leadership 'Out On Bail': PM Modi Launches Himachal Bid

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Modi was addressing the "Abhar" rally of the BJP in Bilaspur after laying the foundation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Kothipura in Bilaspur district, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the Haroli constituency in Una and dedicating a steel processing plant at Kandrori in Kangra district online from the Water Sports Complex on the banks of the Gobind Sagar dam. Read More »

The 8 worst mass shootings in the USA since 2012

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More than a dozen festival visitors are still in critical condition after shooting in Las Vegas . Of the 28 killed, 27 were actually killed on school property, and one other person - the suspect's mother - was shot offsite. Paddock is believed to have purchased a number of weapons at Cabela's in Verdi, Nev., a federal law enforcement official said late Monday. Stephen Paddock is seen in an image provided by CNN . Read More »