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Women form human chain in Mumbai to support Kerala 'Women's Wall'

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The temple in Kerala state has been at the centre of a prolonged showdown between Hindu devotees supporting the ban and women activists who have been forced back several times from Sabarimala . BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai said that the state government has conspired to facilitate the entry of the two women to Sabarimala. They have become the first women to offer prayers at Sanctum sanctorum of Lord Ayyappa shrine since the Supreme Court overturned the centuries-old tradition ... Read More »

Trump Invites Congressional Leaders For Talks As Shutdown Continues

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Republican leaders will be attending. Pelosi is set to become House speaker on Thursday. Pelosi and Schumer unveiled the outline of their bill to end the partial government shutdown when Democrats take control of the House. "You can do two things at once", he said. President Trump calls the wall "necessary" and presumed Speaker Pelosi calls it "immoral". The report arrived after Kelly, who is set to leave the White House next month, made critical statements about the ... Read More »

Pompeo Says U.S. Still Committed to Israel Despite Syria Move

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Animal rights activists blocked traffic at a major Toronto intersection on Tuesday, staging a "die-in" to protest the inauguration of Brazil's new far-right president and his proposed environmental policies. While his government, which takes over on Wednesday, features a US-trained free market advocate as economy minister, and a star anti-corruption judge as justice minister, almost a third of the 22 ministerial posts are held by ex-military men. Read More »

Vladimir Putin sends New Year greetings to Indian leaders

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent New Year messages to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi , and said relationship between the two countries was developing in a constructive and dynamic manner. Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin scheduled for December 1 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, tweeting "it would be best for all parties" given Russia's seizure days earlier of three Ukrainian naval vessels . Read More »

Cops grieve Krispy Kreme Doughnuts lost in NYE truck fire: 'No words'

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He noticed some smoke in the cab of the truck and pulled off. Law enforcement from as far away as Ireland have responded to Lexington Police about the incident. We may call a Donut a Gravy Ring here in Northern Ireland but we can still understand your pain. The cause of the fire has not yet been established. Read More »

UK, France to take action over rise in Channel migrant crossings

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It's thought the plan will involve action targeting people trafficking gangs, and to raise awareness among migrants of the potential dangers. The main United Kingdom opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said there was a "duty to reach out the hand of humanity" to people facing danger and seeking safety. Read More »

Top Dem Jeffries Defends Sanctuary Policies in Wake of Officer Death

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Christianson said his department was prohibited by the law from sharing the suspect's gang affiliations, "other active warrants" and past drunken driving arrests with federal immigration authorities. Trump tweeted about the shooting on Thursday, days after the December 22 partial shutdown of the federal government. A photo taken that day shows Singh and his K-9 in uniform along with his wife and baby and his K-9 posing in front of a Christmas tree. Read More »

Trump insists an ‘all concrete Wall’ was never abandoned

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The Democrats' position only gets stronger on Thursday, when California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi is set to become the next speaker after her party picked up 40 seats and control of the House in the November midterm elections. Building a solid "wall" along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico frontier was a central plank of Trump's 2016 election campaign, and he has tweeted about it nearly 100 times this year alone. Read More »

Seven dead, dozens trapped after gas explosion at Russian apartments

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The mayor of Magnitogorsk told the state-run TASS news agency that 38 people were missing, adding that it was not clear if they were in the building at the time of the collapse. They said some residents could have been buried under debris after Monday's accident. The blast, thought to have been caused by a gas leak, damaged 48 apartments in a nine-story building in Magnitogorsk, an industrial city in the Urals some 1,700 km east of Moscow, the emergencies ministry said . Read More »

Chinese court orders new trial for Canadian in drug case:The Asahi Shimbun

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Part of a series. McIver was the third Canadian to be detained by China following the 1 December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou , chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. The other two are a Canadian diplomat on leave and a Canadian businessperson trading with North Korea. She was contacted by Chinese authorities earlier this month regarding her visa. Read More »

Personal Data Of Nearly 1,000 North Korean Defectors Reportedly Stolen In Hack

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These are the institutes which the South Korean government run to help the thousands of defectors who have come from North Korea adjust to life in the South. North Korean state media has denied those cyberattacks. But experts are reportedly anxious for the safety and security of defectors and their families, according to the BBC . Read More »

Conservative Writer Bre Payton Dies From Sudden Illness At Age 26

A CaringBridge page shared by the politician explained "a CT scan and hours of testing" found Payton had "the H1N1 flu and meningitis", and that "her condition worsened and worsened". on December 26. Payton was a frequent guest on Fox News and CNN and also appeared on MSNBC, NPR and BBC World News. It's not clear how she contracted the virus. Read More »

US President Trump considering executive order to bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

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If the reported executive order comes and states that this equipment must be replaced, it's estimated that the cost of such work would be $800 million to $1 billion for all RWA members to replace their Huawei and ZTE equipment. "Some countries, without any evidence, are abusing the national security and politicizing and putting up all sorts of barriers on the normal scientific and technological exchanges - this is to shut themselves off from the openness, progress and fairness". Read More »

Mick Mulvaney: Pelosi Standing in Way of Compromise to End Shutdown

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Because of the partial government shutdown - which went into effect a week ago - President Trump canceled plans to spend Christmas in Florida, and stayed at the White House. Misguided as Trump's wall is, the smart thing for Democrats to do would be to give him some money for it in exchange for legalizing Dreamers and those he kicked off "temporary protected status". Read More »