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UNC barricades 'Silent Sam' Confederate statue ahead of planned rally

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Consequently, Folt, along with System President Margaret Spellings and several other university officials, wrote to Cooper asking him to "consider convening the North Carolina Historical Commission" to address the issue. The letter says, in part, "Our concern is always for your safety and so considering the potential for a highly charged atmosphere and the very real possibility for confrontation with outside groups, we would encourage you not to attend the rally on Tuesday". Read More »

Palestinians await 'clear vision' from United States on peace talks

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Top Abbas aide Ahmad Majdalani said the Palestinians pressed Kushner for the US position on Israeli settlements and support for Palestinian independence during his June visit, the Associated Press reported. Trump also has backed away from a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israel Ministry of Education, run by right-wing extremist Naftali Bennet, is trying to ban use of Palestinian books in occupied Jerusalem and replace them with Israeli-issued ... Read More »

Prominent theater director detained in Moscow

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But in recent years Serebrennikov has fallen out of favour with the authorities and has criticised a government clampdown on artistic works, warning last year that "everything is returning to the most pathetic Soviet practices". He was also an outspoken supporter of artistic freedom in Russian Federation even as socially conservative forces gathered strength. "Theater is a territory of freedom". Read More »

New unemployment rate report released by WorkForce West Virginia

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A total of 257 people was looking for work in July, up 12.7 percent over June (down 29.8 percent since July 2016). Last month's figures also represent an expected bounce back from June's numbers, which were affected by a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shutdown and gave Howard County the state's highest unemployment rate. Read More »

Four Terror Suspects In Court In Spain

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The hearing took place behind closed doors. One of the issues being investigated is whether the cell had help from overseas after it was revealed some members of the cell made a "rapid" visit to Paris on 11th and 12th of August, while Abdelbaki es Satti, the imam who is thought to have radicalized the terrorists and who was killed in the Alcanar explosion, is known to have spent considerable time in Belgium. Read More »

VP Pence says Confederate statues are a state, local decision

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Lauer pressed Pence on Trump's comments that the were "fine people on both sides" of the Charlottesville protests, which Pence somewhat dodged and reiterated that he and the president had condemned white supremacist groups. Pence said the exact numbers were "yet to be seen". I think the American people heard him. "And we'll continue to do that". Trump's strategic guidance for South Asia unveiled on Monday states that U.S. Read More »

Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection

On Sunday, John Kasich, the Republican Ohio governor who refused to endorse Trump after being defeated by him as they both sought the GOP's 2016 nomination, did not definitively rule out a primary challenge to the president. Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, said there is no question his old boss will be the GOP nominee in 2020 if he seeks reelection. Read More »

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Address the President's New Afghan Strategy

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Tillerson echoed President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric on Pakistan in his address laying out a new strategy for the war Afghanistan . "The only way we can defeat an enemy that is as nimble and as cagey tactically as this enemy we have is to be as cagey and tactical as they are and we have not been fighting that way", Mr Tillerson said . Read More »

Crowd Watches Total Solar Eclipse at Illinois Football Stadium

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A brief timelapse of the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, taken in downtown Yorkville. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the Earth during its orbit of our planet. It's where eclipse totality lasted the longest in the US, although spectators were momentarily disappointed when clouds blocked out the view. A photo of the solar eclipse taken by Craig Shepheard . Read More »

Barron Trump Slammed For His Casual Wardrobe

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Chelsea Clinton recently came to the defense of President Trump's youngest son Barron, after discovering an article that was put out criticizing the way the 11-year-old dresses. This time, by criticizing the media for attacking Barron Trump's attire. President's son or not, as the former first daughter said in her tweet , he deserves to be a child. Read More »

Russian Federation bristles at U.S. sanctions

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The U.S. tightened its financial restrictions on North Korea, slapping sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities it accused of assisting Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and also seeking millions of dollars it said moved through the U.S. Read More »

China urges U.S. to fix 'mistake' of sanctioning firms over North Korea

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Other activities subject to the U.S. Treasury's individual sanctions included "dealing in the North Korean energy trade, facilitating the country's exportation of workers, and enabling sanctioned North Korean entities to access the U.S. North Korea has balked at all sanctions against the regime. The measures block any assets they may have in USA jurisdictions and bar Americans from transactions with them. Read More »

Led Strikes Claim 20 Civilian Lives in Syria's Hasakah

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That takes to 167 the number of civilians killed in coalition strikes since August 14, after the observatory said at least 27 were killed on Sunday. "There are buildings full of civilians that are trying to get away from the front lines". Read More »

Supreme Court refuses to exempt Tamil Nadu from Neet

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However, sources in the Health Department have indicated that the counselling could be pushed to September 4, as there is no clarity at this point in time. During the resumed hearing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Bench that the Centre was not inclined to allow Tamil Nadu to promulgate an ordinance to exempt the State from Neet. Read More »

Raqqa: US-Led Attacks 'Kill 100 Civilians' In 48 Hours

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The US has been heavily backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their push to capture Raqqa from the IS. Please Wait while comments are loading. The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what it says are Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations mandate. Read More »

Salehi Says Iran Could Resume Uranium Enrichment In Five Days

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Iran's atomic boss says Tehran "loyal" to nuclear deal but ready to respond if USA renegotiates or walks away from it. "We are committed to the deal and we are loyal to it". "The EU, China and Russian Federation prefer much more pragmatism in handling matters ranging from Iran to North Korea", he added. While Iran has long maintained its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, uranium enriched to 20 percent and above can be used in nuclear bombs. Read More »

China Warns India Of Utter Chaos If It Enters Indian Territory

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying called India's reasons to stop Chinese road building in Dokalam area as "ridiculous". "Although China is a responsible country, we can't fulfil our obligations to India when it shows no respect to our sovereignty", IANS quoted Hu as saying. Read More »

White House placed on lockdown due to suspicious package

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The item had been discovered along the north fence line at the White House. The US Secret Service officers cleared the near-by area as soon as the incident was alarmed; pedestrians and other people around the area which is near to the Pennsylvania Avenue have been safeguarded. Read More »

Santa Maria Slaying Triggers Amber Alert

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Police have not said what the relationship is between the boy and Konstantin. The person of interest, 48-year-old Konstantin Morozov, is described as 6-feet tall, weighs around 180 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. Initial investigations have indicated that both of them are travelling in a black 2017 Jeep Cherokee with a California license plate 7XZK698. Konstantin Morozov left in a blue 2015 blue Volkswagen Golf hatchback, which was later found abandoned in Santa Maria, the Police ... Read More »

Shark attacks seal dangerously close to water-goers, causing panic; video

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However, according to the surfers, the shark had ripped into a seal a few feet away from them. One surfer made it out on his own while another got help from O'Brien and another good Samaritan. "It looked like the seal was trying to get on the shore, but there were so many people it was afraid", Pat said. The teens swam to safety but said they will think twice about returning to the water. Read More »

'Blood On Your Hands': Protesters Interrupt Charlottesville Meeting Over White Supremacist Rally

A photo online showed two people holding a sign that read "Blood On Your Hands" behind the council seats. They were reportedly later released. The chamber erupted, and when police officers forcibly removed three people, the 100 or so at the meeting broke out into furious chants of "Shame" and 'Shut it down!' The three people were issued summonses charging them with disorderly conduct. Read More »

Ohio Gov. John Kasich praises Trump's tweets on Boston protests

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The protests were contentious but lacked the same level of violence demonstrated in Charlottesville after riot police dispersed the rally. Officials estimated turnout of about 40,000 demonstrators. Thousands of counter-protesters had convened in two groups before the main rally in Boston, chanting "No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists in the U.S.!" The former head of homeland security, meanwhile, said that top Trump administration officials such as defence secretary Jim Mattis should ... Read More »

Lottery: Powerball jackpot estimated at $700 million in Wednesday's drawing

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Interest is mounting after Saturday's drawing failed to yield a victor for the top prize. The lottery estimates that your chance of matching all six winning numbers is one in 292 million. Wednesday at Massachusetts Lottery retailers across the state. The latest Powerball jackpot tops the highest-ever Mega Millions jackpot - $656 million in 2012. Read More »

Hundreds line up to get glasses, watch eclipse at library

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They will drive back Monday night, as Shafer said he still has to be at work tomorrow. She said the amount of hype the issue has received, "created an excessive amount of concern". Thanks to a grant from the STAR Library Network, which is partially supported by NASA, Google, the Moore Foundation and the Research Corporation, the Seminole library found itself with 1,000 eclipse glasses to hand out to local residents. Read More »

Missouri governor halts Tuesday execution

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Williams had been scheduled for execution at 6 p.m. Tuesday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, however, says the DNA tests were simply inconclusive. "How innocent do you have to be to avoid being executed?" Death penalty opponents planned to rally Tuesday at several locations throughout the state. Read More »

US, S. Korea Begin Kicking Tires On Trade Deal Retooling

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We invest a lot more in the U.S.", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last week. The countries' officials had held talks in Seoul, in which Washington hoped there would be discussions to amendments or modification of the free trade deal agreed to 5 years ago. Read More »