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Qataris, Iranians travel to Saudi for Hajj despite tensions

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For author Zeghidour, going on the hajj takes pilgrims to another level altogether. One of the portals is called SaudiWelcomesTheWorld.org , which is aimed at addressing Islam's image problem by conveying a message of compassion and inclusion to the entire world. Read More »

After North Korea launch, United States successfully tests missile interceptor

The missile defence drill was conducted from the Arleigh Burke-class USS John Paul Jones , state the statement issue by US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) on Wednesday. An earlier test of the same interceptor in February succeeded. In addition, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed any diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, saying "talking is not the answer". Read More »

Blunt boards Air Force One with President Trump

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Democrats have hinted they are willing to work with Republicans and the administration to accomplish tax reform, but only if it does not provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. "We want to be clear that the people of MO are against his harmful and hurtful healthcare cuts", Webber said. Cady added that a high corporate tax rate deters economic growth and job growth, reduces incentives to invest in the United States and pits small businesses against lobbyists seeking special subsidies for ... Read More »

Led Coalition Says it May Hit ISIS Evacuees in Syria

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Their convoy left Monday and. The evacuation deal was negotiated between IS and Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which has intervened in the war in neighboring Syria to prop up the Damascus government. The Lebanese army launched an offensive this month which ended with Islamic State militants leaving their last foothold along the border on Sunday. Read More »

Houston flood: major dam begins overflowing

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Boats and kayaks are being used to reach people stranded on rooftops. Both reservoirs are at record levels and the release of water means more homes and streets will flood, with some homes inundated for up to a month, said Jeff Lindner of Harris County Flood Control District . Read More »

Joel Osteen Responds: "We Have Never Closed Our Doors"

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On Sunday, Lakewood Church took to Facebook to announce that the megachurch is "inaccessible due to severe flooding," and then proceeded to direct displaced Houston residents to nearby shelter resources. The church also provided photos of the inside of the building, sections of which appeared to be flooded. At least several hundred people can be housed on the 2nd floor of the church, he said. Read More »

Merkel: Russia sanctions must remain in place

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Supporters of the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party jeered her throughout a 30-minute campaign speech in the eastern city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen hours after Merkel declared comments by a top AfD official to be racist. Read More »

Pope Francis to visit Bangladesh and Myanmar in November

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He would visit the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka , from November 30 to December 2. Violence has forced thousands of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh . A military source , however, blamed what he described as insurgents for torching the buildings. Organized violence against the Rohingya , with the participation of government forces, has been underway since at least 2015, with spikes of intensity in 2016 and 2017. Read More »

China: India is Pulling Troops from the Disputed Doklam Border Region

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According to Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying , " China will continue to exercise sovereignty rights to protect territorial sovereignty in accordance with the rules of the historical boundary". Neither initial statements were clear about whether there was going to be simultaneous withdrawal or even whether the Chinese forces would withdraw from Doklam . Read More »

Defiant Catalonia stages march against ISIS attack in Barcelona

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More than 500,000 people swarmed the streets of Barcelona Saturday to proclaim "We are not afraid" after last week's terrorist attack that killed 15 people and injured more than 100 others. Rajoy is joining King Felipe VI and national and regional politicians for a massive rally Saturday evening in Barcelona to reject violence. In a precedent for a Spanish monarch, King Felipe VI joined the demonstration along with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other Spanish and Catalan regional ... Read More »

Israel urges United Nations chief to take steps against "anti-Israel discrimination"

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This is Guterres' first visit to Israel since taking office in January. "As we witness a new wave of shocking and risky racism, the entire world must stand up and unequivocally denounce anti-Semitism", Danon stated during the visit. Netanyahu is expected to ask Guterres to address and alter the UN's notorious anti-Israel bias . Gueterres will visit Israel and Palestine August 28-30. Read More »

North Korea fires several short-range unidentified projectiles: military reports

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South Korea's presidential office and military said North Korea fired "several" projectiles in what was presumed as a test of its 300-millimeter rocket artillery system. North Korean state media showed leader Kim Jong Un overseeing a special forces operation which simulated strikes on South Korean islands, CNN's Ripley reported from Pyongyang. Read More »

Nurse Suspected Of Killing Over 80 Patients

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He was sentenced two charges of endeavored murder and two checks of murder by an Oldenburg court in 2015. Now serving a life sentence, Hoegel admitted to injecting 30 patients at a clinic in Delmenhorst, northern Germany , with deadly doses of heart medication. Read More »

Tal Afar fully liberated from ISIL terrorists

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Rather, most of the Iraqi forces still seem to be ringing the city's outskirts, and it took very few to capture mostly uncontested districts. Iraqi spokesman, Brig. Khaled al-Obaidi, the head of Nineveh provincial department of the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement, told al-Ghad Press news agency that 10,000 people had fled Tal Afar to refugee camps south of Mosul. Read More »

Forecasters watching for development of storm off SE coast

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The National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service have issued tropical storm watches for Horry and Georgetown Counties through early Tuesday . Whether this storm becomes Tropical Storm Irma or not doesn't actually matter too much, the impacts will be gusty winds and rain either way. The wanna-be Irma was trying to develop off of Georgia's coast on Sunday and chances of the low pressure system churning into a tropical or subtropical cyclone were gaining strength. Read More »

Nursing Home Residents Rescued from Harvey Floodwaters

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Kim McIntosh lives in Florida, but told CNN that her mother, who owns the nursing home just southeast of Houston, took the photo. Popoff said that rescue efforts in Dickinson were still ongoing, but could not confirm how many had been performed. Read More »

'Mahagathbandhan' just fighting for existence: BJP on RJD's rally

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RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday declared "a war against the BJP " as he was joined by several other political parties at his Patna rally, as rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav showed up in defiance of his party's direction and vowed to work for forging a national "gathbandhan" (alliance). Read More »

Tillerson says Trump 'speaks for himself' on values

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In a discussion about the president's roundly condemned response to the violence in Charlottesville , Tillerson affirmed that the State Department represents American values . Despite North Korea's "provocative" firing of three missiles, the USA will continue to push for negotiations to deescalate nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. Read More »