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North Korean leader begins new year with threats against US

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During the cabinet meeting, Moon said improving inter-Korean relations is not a separate issue from resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, ordering the foreign ministry to closely cooperate with its allies and the global community to push for improving inter-Korean ties and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Iranian protesters attack police stations, raise stakes in unrest

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Speaking to Iranian lawmakers, Rouhani said the protests were being pushed by Saudi Arabia, which was trying to destabilize the country along with the United States and Israel. "Big protests in Iran", he later added. US President Donald Trump supported the protesters in a tweet on Monday: "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. Read More »

Two multimillion-dollar lottery jackpots up for grabs

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The largest winning jackpot in Mega Millions history was $656 million, while the largest winning Powerball jackpot was almost $1.6 billion. The Powerball drawing on Wednesday will be the 20th since the last winning ticket was sold. The estimated prize, which has a cash value of $278 million, marks the ninth-largest jackpot in the game's history, according to the Powerball website . Read More »

Maria Sharapova Shines in Shenzhen Debut

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Blasting 34 winners, almost three times Riske's total, Sharapova's effort was buoyed by 11 aces that helped her to save a couple of break points in the last game of the second set. "You need to move her, not to kill her" suggested coach Sven Groenefeld. French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko slumped to a shock defeat in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday only days after beating Serena Williams in the American's comeback match. Read More »

Nine dead as fresh protests hit Iran

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The Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that the law enforcement agencies had arrested almost 400 people in Iran , including 200 in Tehran , for taking part in the protests. " Iran is failing at every level despite the bad deal made with them by the Obama Administration", he wrote, adding that the Iranian people were "hungry for food & for freedom". Read More »

Dalit Protests Hit Mumbai, Riot Police Called In: 10 Updates

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The groups, raising anti-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) slogans, also tried to march towards Ambedkar Garden in Chembur, but were stopped near Chembur Naka by the police. Incidents of stone-pelting and vandalism occurred at Bhima Koregaon in Shiroor tehsil on Monday afternoon when people were heading for the war memorial in the village, police said. Read More »

Vijay Keshav Gokhale to be the next foreign secretary

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He will succeed S Jaishankar whose extended tenure will end on January 28. Though he was initially appointed for a tenure till January 2017, the government early last year amended a 95-year-old rule to give him extension for another year. Read More »

United States of America sweat on Sock fitness at Hopman Cup

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On a chaotic day, Sock retired early in the second set of his men's singles clash with Yuichi Sugita , having injured his hip during his loss in the first set tie-breaker at the mixed teams tournament. "I have been practising with Maddi all week, so she is comfortable with me and my game; I would think", she said. If Sock can't take his place, the Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic will likely claim their spot in the playoff as the highest-ranked team in Group B. Read More »

Ukip councillor's wife found dead at home

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Stephen Searle, 64, is accused of killing 62-year-old wife Anne who died at their family home in Stowmarket, on Saturday night. Mr and Mrs Searle are believed to have been married for... We tend to get the poppies from him'. The woman's next of kin has been informed of her death, a police spokesman said. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.20pm, but the grandmother was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived. Read More »

Clinton supporters donated $700K to help Trump accusers

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Bloom told the Times that the effort was unproductive. Bloom told the paper that one woman requested as much as $2 million for her story, a sum she was unwilling to offer. "Security and relocation are expensive", she said, "and were sorely needed in a case of this magnitude, in a country filled with so much anger, hate and violence". Read More »

Bundle up: New Year's Eve temperatures to remain in single digits

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Highs are predicted to be 7 degrees on Tuesday, 14 on Wednesday, 7 on Thursday and 8 on Friday. A wind chill advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. The weather service recommends limiting time outside. January 1 set new record lows at five weather stations in the tri-state, according to the National Weather Service. Read More »

Iran protests: Nine deaths reported after night of violence

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The ILNA news agency report on Tuesday quoted Ali Asghar Nasserbakht, a security deputy governor of Tehran, offering the figure. The State Security Force in Bandar Abbas also arrested Iranian protesters. "I demand all prosecutors across the country to get involved and the approach should be strong", he said. While some have shared Trump's tweets, many in Iran distrust him because he has refused to re-certify the nuclear deal and his travel bans have blocked Iranians from getting U.S. Read More »

Netanyahu ridicules idea Israel behind Iran protests, chides Europe for silence

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Rouhani had said earlier Monday that the protests were being pushed by Saudi Arabia, which was trying to destabilize the country along with the United States and Israel. The Iranian Students News Agency quoted Mashhad Governor Mohammad Rahim Norouzian as saying that police had eventually dispersed the protests, while 52 demonstrators had been taken into custody. Read More »

S.Korea welcomes Kim's offer for dialogue

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly called for North Korea to join the Olympic games. But the North has not answered a call by the South since it severed the channel in February 2016 in an angry protest against Seoul's shutdown of an inter-Korean industrial complex. Read More »

In Rajya Sabha, MPs demand triple talaq bill sent to Select Committee

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The Left parties (CPM and CPI), SP, BSP, NCP, RJD and a host of other parties have issues with the Bill in its present form. The Bill, if enacted, will make triple talaq a criminal offense. The government is determined to pass the bill in the winter session, of which three days remain after today. The bill was passed after the Lok Sabha rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members including those from Congress. Read More »

Prominent UK CEO, Canadian pilot victims of Australia seaplane crash

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The family are believed to have been flying back to Sydney from an exclusive waterfront restaurant in Jerusalem Bay when the plane crashed, the BBC reported. Photo Richard Cousins was chief executive of Compass Group, which employs more than 550,000 people worldwide, for more than 11 years. Mr Cousins led Compass over the past 11 years after his decision to quit as senior independent director of supermarket giant Tesco. Read More »

Prominent Russian Blockchain Expert Kidnapped Days Before Hackers Targeted His Bitcoin Exchange

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Russian and Ukrainian media reports said he was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing balaclavas. Lerner's company is registered in the United Kingdom, but mostly focuses on the Eastern European market. Exmo said Lerner's role did not involve access to the financial assets of the company's users. To add insult to injury, on Thursday, the day Lerver was released, Exmo announced that its servers were under a DDoS attack, and out of service as a result. Read More »

People Hurt in San Francisco When Truck Slams Into Pedestrians, Parked Vehicle

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At least one of the pedestrians has life-threatening injuries while another elderly pedestrian has been sent to a trauma center, KTVU reports. According to ABC7 News, the white box truck was making an illegal left turn onto 21st Avenue from Geary when the driver appeared to over-correct, hitting a Mazda sedan with a family of five inside. Read More »

My Land, My Rules! New Zealanders Build 'Island' to Thwart Alcohol Ban

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Kiwis will do anything to drink at the beach, it seems. The ban forbid alcohol consumption at the beach and other public places in the Coromandel area on New Year's Eve . Waikato East Area Commander Inspector John Kelly said the authorities weren't aware of this development, calling it "creative thinking" and adding that he "would have joined them" (the " island builders") if he had known about it. Read More »

North Korea vows to bolster its nuclear capability

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A separate report released by South Korea's Unification Ministry Tuesday predicted that after a year of successful progress in Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs, North Korea would "explore the possibility of negotiating with United States, while seeking to be recognized as a de facto nuclear-possessing state". Read More »

Weather warning: Storm Eleanor to hit Ireland on Tuesday

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A wind warning is in place for counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, south Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary . Take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take storm selfies, ' she said. "If you're travelling, please check your route before setting off and don't drive through flood water". Read More »

Israelis continue protests against Netanyahu 'corruption'

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Netanyahu said "Brave Iranians are hitting the streets". Iran President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, December 31, 2017. No wonder mothers and fathers are marching in the streets . "Sadly many European governments watch in silence as young heroic Iranians are beaten in the streets". Read More »

Kim says USA should know North Korean nuclear force a reality

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He appeared open to the prospect of sending a North Korean delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be hosted by South Korea at Pyeongchang in February 2018. "The U.S. can never start a war against myself and our nation now". Kim said during his address that his aim is to "lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment". Read More »

South Korea seizes Hong Kong ship for oil transfer to North Korea

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China is North Korea's main trading partner and energy supplier. The Chosun Ilbo reports that USA reconnaissance images had shown "Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels on the West Sea around 30 times since October". However, a White House official, as well as a number of National Security Council officials, were unable to explain why the President tweeted this, and refused questions over the South Korean report. Read More »

Iran shuts down Instagram, Telegram apps amid protests

Rouhani sought a conciliatory tone on Sunday, saying that government bodies "should provide space for legal criticism and protest" and calling for greater transparency and a more balanced media. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps warned protesters they will face the nation's "iron fist" if political unrest continues. Two people were killed overnight, becoming the first deaths attributed to the rallies. Read More »

In Bonkers NY Times Interview, Trump Says 'No Collusion' 16 Times

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US President Donald Trump has said that the FBI probe investigation led by Robert Mueller into the alleged links between his Presidential campaign and the Russian government is making #America "look very bad". " I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department ", he said. The President has reportedly told friends he expects to be cleared "in writing". Read More »

Mohsin Hamid's Exit West makes it to Obama's favourite books of 2017

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Obama also gave a bonus shout-out to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Coach Wooden and Me . Beyoncé; ) " Humble " by Kendrick Lamar; "La Dame et Ses Valises" by Les Amazones d'Afrique (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller ), and " Family Feud " by Jay-Z (feat. While he was in office, POTUS 44 often posted reading lists (here's every book he recommended during his two terms) and even earned the title " President of Playlists " for his dedication to sharing his favorite workout songs and lazy summer ... Read More »

Brutal cold continues… Wind Chill WARNING through Tuesday

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For the Piedmont low will be in the teens each night with single digit wind chills for New Year's morning. Temperatures will struggle to get into the middle single digits above zero this afternoon , while wind chills hover between 5 and 15 degrees below zero. Read More »