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Taliban writes Trump, wants U.S. forces out of Afghanistan

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The Taliban are fighting to restore their Islamist rule over Afghanistan, which they enjoyed from 1996 to 2001, when they were the most powerful faction in the country, before being toppled by an American-led invasion. "A number of warmongering congressmen and generals in Afghanistan are pressing you to protract the war in Afghanistan because they seek to preserve their military privileges". Read More »

Citizen Arrest for Grace Mugabe

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Grace Mugabe is accused of beating up Gabriella Engels with an extension cord after discovering her in a hotel with her boys Robert JR, 25 and 21-year-old Chatunga. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. "Rob jnr was put out of the hotel room and Bellermine ran away. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere". Read More »

North Korea's envoys to key states summoned to Pyongyang for special meeting

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Admist ongoing threats from North Korea targeting Guam and the surrounding waters, no state of emergency has been declared. Senior U.S. national security officials say a military confrontation with North Korea's isn't imminent. "We are hopeful that the leader of the country will understand [Trump's remarks] in precisely the way they were intended", according to excerpts of the interview, "to permit him to get to a place where we can get the nuclear weapons off the peninsula". Read More »

Gunmen attack United Nations base in Mali, killing 7 and wounding 7

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A terrorist attack on Sunday night killed 18 people in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. In Monday's attacks on the camps of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) in Douenza and Timbuktu in Mali, a UN peacekeeper from Togo, a Malian soldier, a member of the Malian gendarmerie as well as six Malian contractors were killed. Read More »

Iran Votes To Increase Missile Spending, Sanction US

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The IRGC commander said Iran had an advisory presence in Syria and Iraq at the request of their governments, stressing, "We did not enter these countries without permission like the Americans and others [did]". Iran's Parliament has voted to allocate US$520 million (S$708 million) to develop its missile programme to fight the US' "adventurism" and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country's Revolutionary Guards. Read More »

Charlottesville Suspect in Court Monday

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He is charged with second-degree murder , malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. The man accused of running his vehicle into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia will be in court this morning. Weimer said Fields confided that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in his youth and had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication. Fields flunked out of basic training two years ago, the U.S. Read More »

United Kingdom says it may seek 'temporary' customs union with EU

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The paper will also reject the idea of a lengthy transition period, during which the status quo is maintained while negotiations drag on: an option favoured by pro-EU Tories, and business groups including the CBI. "One possible approach would be a temporary customs union between the United Kingdom and the EU", it said in a statement, ahead of the publication of the full paper later on Tuesday. Read More »

Fate of statue that sparked Virginia chaos remains unclear

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Heather Heyer was killed Saturday when police say a man plowed his auto into a group of demonstrators protesting the white nationalist rally. "My hope is that once this clarification is received", the letter reads, "Baltimore City government is positioned to take swift and decisive action based on" the commission's report. Read More »

U.S. stocks jump as tensions with North Korea appear to ease

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The Japanese currency , which firmed around 1.4% last week, tends to benefit during times of geopolitical or financial stress as Japan is the world's biggest creditor nation. "We have North Korea saying they will wait, and Trump not saying anything at all, compared to his past promise of 'fire and fury, '" said Mitsuo Imaizumi, chief FX strategist at Daiwa Securities. Read More »

Trump Signs Memo Ordering Trade Rep to Consider Investigating China's Trade Practices

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China's government appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to avoid a "trade war" ahead of what the White House says is a possible announcement of an investigation into whether China is stealing U.S. Interestingly, Beijing's move came amid media speculations that Trump is mulling a trade crackdown on China . He suggested that more steps would be taken against China on trade issues. Read More »

North Korea cautions 'nuclear war' as Guam wakes up to D-Day

Kim said the United States should make the right choice "in order to defuse the tensions and prevent the unsafe military conflict on the Korean peninsula", the KCNA report said. He has ratcheted up his rhetoric by declaring that North Korea will be met with " fire and fury " and that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded". In an interview with German newspaper group RND, Gabriel said the maneuvers "could lead to North Korea using the opportunity for renewed provocation, for example, by ... Read More »

Kovind: New India must have 'integral humanism'

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Spelling out his vision, President Kovind said when India completes 75 years of Independence by 2022, it should have a compassionate society. Today, in big cities we may not even know our neighbours. He said he was glad the people of the country had happily accepted GST. While the government has started the Swachch Bharat programme, he said, it is the duty of each one of us to keep the nation clean. Read More »

New India by 2022 likely to be theme for PM Modi's address

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Security has been tightened in Delhi with areas in the Lutyens zone and those surrounding the historic Red Fort being turned into a fortress to ward off any security threats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last ' Mann Ki Baat' address on July 30, appealed to the public to send their suggestions for his Independence Day speech. Read More »

White nationalist loses job after photo goes viral

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On the Internet, some people are crowd-sourcing efforts to identify and shame the people participating in the rally. The Yes, You're Racist Twitter account was created in October 2012. "I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture", Cvjetanovic says. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center in its definition of white supremacy defines the group's as having ideals that "focus on the alleged inferiority of ... Read More »

Museum gives eclipse lessons and plans viewing party

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Officials at Jeffersontown, Alex Kennedy and Okolona elementary schools, as well as individual teachers at other schools purchased the glasses from various vendors through Amazon a few weeks ago for their students so they can can view the August 21 eclipse with the right protection. Read More »

Hundreds Of Chicagoans Rally For Charlottesville Victims

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The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend resulted in a tepid response from Donald Trump, and outrage from citizens and politicians of all parties seeking to combat bigotry and racism. Aubrey Seader, from the Openhearted Campaign, told those in attendance to deliberately to reach out to people and groups unlike themselves, and diversify their social circles. Read More »

Iranian drone buzzes USA aircraft over Persian Gulf

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A drone "conducted an unsafe and unprofessional approach" as it passed by the USS Nimitz without navigation lights late on Sunday, said spokesman Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey. According to the Navy, this recent run-in constitutes the 14th unsafe or unprofessional action in 2017 between US and Iranian maritime forces and marked the second time in a week that an Iranian drone has harassed the U.S.in the region. Read More »

Durham protesters topple Confederate statue outside courthouse

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Activists on Monday evening used a rope to pull down the monument outside a Durham courthouse. Loan Tran-described as "an organizer"-said, "It needs to be removed". In Durham however, a local statute prohibits the county from "removing or making substantive adjustment to historical monuments and memorials". In what is probably the blackest part of this protest, three young black people came to pose next to the statue after it was toppled. Read More »

MCSD to release elementary students early on solar eclipse day

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Abrams says the district is in the area that will have a 98 percent eclipse. The closest location to Columbus to observe the total solar eclipse's narrow path will be in northeast Georgia. "All after school activities will also be cancelled". The Lake County School district announced Monday that all its outdoor school activities between 1:30 p.m. Read More »

Top US General to Meet South Korean Leader Amid Tensions

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The United States is ready to make a "decisive" response to North Korea's possible attack near its territory of Guam , but its focus in dealing with the recalcitrant regime is placed on diplomatic efforts and economic pressure, its top military officer said Monday. Read More »

Korea tensions ease slightly as USA officials play down war risks

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Dunford, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday, also will meet with Defense Minister Song Young-moo and other senior officials during his two-day visit, Yonhap said, citing Moon's office. USA officials and South Korea's president in recent days have played down the risk of an imminent conflict while stressing their preparedness to respond militarily to any attack from North Korea. Read More »