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Moscow: Russian general killed in Syria because of U.S. policy - RIA

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US-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir Ezzor province on Monday, near a major natural gas field they seized from Islamic State in recent days. ISIS has controlled the Conoco gas field since 2014. The PKK/PYD is advancing into the eastern Syrian province, home to some of the country's most productive oilfields. Read More »

Malaysia disowns Asean stand

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Hindus from Myanmar have joined streams of Muslim Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh after the recent killings from their community in the ethnic violence in the neighbouring Buddhist-majority country. The Security Council earlier this month called for "immediate steps" to end the violence, following a closed-door meeting. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to respond to Malaysia's statements. Read More »

Iraqis in Kurdish Regions Vote in Non-Binding Referendum on Independent Kurdistan

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Kousha wrote that with the Islamic State in retreat, the vote could plunge Iraq into more war, especially over the fate of disputed Kirkuk , which is controlled by the Kurds and also has significant Arab and Turkmen populations. "At the request of the central government of Iraq, all flights from Iran to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports as well as all flights through our country's airspace originating in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region have been halted", Khosravi said. Read More »

Trump, Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten': Russian Federation

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On the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory. Trump's stern speech targeting North Korea and Iran at the United Nations . "We have developed strong allies and strong alliances internationally". Read More »

Quake detected near North Korea nuclear test zone 'occurred naturally'

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The South Korean weather agency official said the analysis of seismic waves and the lack of sound waves clearly showed that the quake wasn't caused by an artificial explosion. Pyongyang has enough conventional artillery to do significant damage to Seoul, but the quality of its gunners and munitions is dubious, and the same problem - retaliation from the South and its allies - remains. Read More »

Two police officers shot, gunman barricaded in house

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The woman is still in critical condition at Yale New Haven hospital. Shumway was shot in the arm and is still being treated. Negotiators attempted to convince the suspect to surrender but were unsuccessful. Once they are on the ground, the officer can be heard shouting, "let go of my gun!" though he appears to retain full control of the weapon during the entire encounter. Read More »

Maria continues northerly track, Lee become a hurricane

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The storm has been slowing down over the past day or so, beyond this weekend is where Maria's forecast track gets tricky. After reaching the top intensity rating in the Caribbean earlier this week, Hurricane Maria is weaker but heading north on an uncertain track that could lead to a tropical storm or hurricane watch here as soon as Sunday, the National Hurricane Center says. Read More »

Cruz Says He's Against GOP Health-Care Bill

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But McConnell had little margin for error in a Senate split 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, and could lose only two votes, counting on Pence to break the tie. Republicans have said they're still reshaping the bill in hopes of winning over skeptics. "Later, on Twitter, Paul said that he "didn't run to put a cap ON Obamacare, I ran to put a cap IN Obamacare", adding "#nofakerepeal". Read More »

One killed, seven wounded in Tennessee church shooting

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All were taken to area hospitals. Metropolitan Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron identified the suspect as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Murfreesboro. Police confirmed that a total of 7 victims had been shot, including the woman who died in the parking lot of the church. "As of 11:40 a.m. a dispatcher said the scene was still active". Read More »

'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un should have been handled years ago

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President of making an " unprecedented rude nonsense " remark that he "has never heard from any of his predecessors", possibly referring to Trump's " totally destroy " threats on the United Nations floor. The US President told supporters America "really has no choice" but to confront the Pyongyang regime over its nuclear weapon ambitions. Raising concern over the North Korean missile-tests, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said that negotiations is the only way to find out the solution ... Read More »

Over 500000 sign petition backing Uber in London

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Count U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross among the critics of the decision to not renew Uber's license to operate in London . Uber said it will appeal the decision. Khosrowshahi, who took over recently to revive the company's image after a string of worldwide scandals, tweeted: "Dear London: we are far from ideal but we have 40k licensed drivers and 3.5mm Londoners depending on us". Read More »

Turkey says KRG referendum will have serious consequences

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The non-binding referendum will see Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas - and in a handful of territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad - vote whether to declare full independence from Iraq . According to the statement, the three ministers have "confirmed their strong commitment to maintaining Iraq's political unity, territorial integrity and expressed concern about the planned referendum". Read More »

Iran successfully launches ballistic missile defying USA warnings

He said: "Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them". In early March, Iran tested a pair of Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles . The parade also showcased various Iranian army units and Revolutionary Guard forces, as well as the police. Read More »

Trump talks North Korea, signs new order

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North Korea "may take further provocative actions including launching ballistic missiles that would fly over Japan again in the future", Onodera said , adding that his ministry "would take appropriate measures to protect people's safety". Read More »

Predictably, Twitter Can't Handle the Kylie Pregnancy News

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Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant , according to multiple outlets who say the reality star is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott . "They are spending a lot of time together". We wonder if he's still laughing! The couple has been dating for less time than it takes a baby to gestate . Read More »

USA sends powerful bombers, fighters over Korean Peninsula in 'show of force'

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Haley insisted that the U.S. has "a whole lot of military options on the table", and that President Trump's threat to give North Korea "fire and fury" was not an empty threat. Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis summoned North Korean ambassador Kim Hyok-chol on Sunday and informed him of his designation as persona non grata. Read More »

Nod for immersion on Muharram if situation found fit: West Bengal government

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A report on CNN-News18 said the state government views the high court order as being in its favour, and termed it a "victory". The chief minister directed top police officials to ensure that the puja committee in each area seek prior permission from the local police station about immersion and the routes to be taken.The government also sought the assistance of the local representatives to cooperate with the administration and the police to maintain peace and harmony among the different ... Read More »