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2017 set record for U.S. natural disaster costs over $300B

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year's 16 weather and climate disasters caused $306 billion in combined damage. Irma cost 50 billion (£37 billion). NOAA announced its figures at the society's annual conference in Austin, Texas. The weather agency also says that 2017 was the third hottest year in US records with an annual temperature of 54.6 degrees. Read More »

France's Macron bets on horse diplomacy in China

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If they are roads, they can not be one-way". Known in China as "One Belt, One Road", the plan will see gleaming new road and rail networks built through Central Asia and beyond, and new maritime routes stretching through the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Read More »

Check CAT exam results at iimcat.in: 20 students get 100 percentile

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CAT 2017 has witnessed 20 candidates scoring 100 percentile. Earlier, the exam was conducted on 26 November 2017 at various centres throughout the country. The IIM-Lucknow would invite the students for personal interviews and writing eligibility test in February and the admission procedure will be completed by April. Read More »

Arunachal incident resolved, excavators returned to China: General Rawat

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Two dozers of the Chinese were confiscated after local villagers reported the building of a almost kilometre-long road inside Indian territory, as reported by The New Indian Express. The BPM in Arunachal Pradesh, with brigade commanders from the two sides leading the talks, was held on January 6. Troops from the two countries were engaged in a 73-day long standoff in Doklam in the Sikkim sector previous year. Read More »

24000 attempts made to access pornographic sites from United Kingdom parliament

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Parliamentary authorities claim, however, that most attempts to access online porn - which are nearly all blocked by the parliament's security software - were not intentional. The figures also show a sharp decrease in the number of attempts to access pornographic websites in recent years. Figures for January and February 2017 could not be provided by the parliamentary authorities due to changes in technology and the way the data was held, the Guardian reported. Read More »

Egypt's ex-PM Shafik says won't run for presidency

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Ibrahim explained in a press conference that the NEA's role is to supervise all the phases of the elections, establish the rules that will govern them and monitor Egyptian and foreign observers as well as the media. Sisi is yet to officially announce his candidacy. The founder of the Egyptian Patriotic Movement party narrowly lost a presidential election to the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in 2012 before fleeing for the UAE, where he has lived since. Read More »

GoFundMe For Tina Johnson Raises $150000 After Fire Destroyed Her Home

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Johnson is one of eight women who made allegations against Moore during his Senate candidacy. She told AL.com in November that Moore made inappropriate comments and groped her when she visited his law office in 1991. "Money won't erase what happened, but I truly hope it will help", the Go Fund Me page reads. According to a report by the International Business Times , neighbors first called 911 around 8 a.m. Read More »

Pence reschedules Middle East trip for later this month

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The New York Times purports to have the intelligence officer, identified as Captain Ashraf Al Kholi, on audio tape telling "several influential talk show hosts" that Palestinians should forget about having Jerusalem as the capital of their eventual state and "content themselves with the dreary West Bank town that now houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah". Read More »

AMU PhD scholar from JK's Kupwara joins Hizbul Mujahideen

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The information came to light when Wani's parents filed his missing report in his hometown Kupwara. The 25-year-old Geology scholar was supposed to return home around January 3 but failed to turn up. Mannan belongs to a well to do family. " I never expected that my son would make any decision without discussing with me", Bashir Ahmed Wani from Tekipora area of Lolab, Kupwara said. Read More »

Minnesota's Newest Senator Tina Smith Makes First Stop in Duluth

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Smith said the rise of steel imports - up 18 percent previous year through November - puts a strain on families, communities and businesses in northeastern Minnesota. Rather than build up a 50-person office from the ground, Smith carried over most of Franken's staff. And the next thing she plans on focusing on when she heads back to Washington next week? Amy Klobuchar and 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan have strongly supported the Trump administration's review for new tariffs as a ... Read More »

Twitter says it won't silence world leaders after calls to mute Trump

Once again sidestepping whether Donald Trump's tweets violates its terms of service, the micro-blogging platform has clarified that it will not block world leaders from tweeting. The post never names Trump. Instead, it is credited to "Twitter, Inc". "A mixture of fact checking, disagreement, agreement, and some random things". Read More »

Democratic activist pledges $30 million to mobilize voters

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In 2016, the group focused on mobilizing young voters around climate change policies. Steyer's decision removes some of the drama from California's races for governor and U.S. Barbara Comstock of Virginia. The former San Francisco hedge fund chief will target two dozen Republican-controlled House districts, as well as several swing seats now held by Democrats, he said. Read More »

Russian lawyer ran into Ivanka after 2016 Trump Tower meeting

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The President's legal team met with investigators on the special counsel probe in late December, but it's not clear what was discussed at that meeting. But the president himself had not been interviewed yet in the election meddling case that has morphed to include his axing of Comey. Hence why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's team is reportedly negotiating the conditions of a potential presidential interview with Trump's personal legal team. Read More »

UNRWA says nothing official so far on US aid halt

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On Friday, in a report denied by a State Department official, the Axios news site said Washington had frozen $125 million in funding for UNRWA. Netanyahu said that UNRWA is focused on Palestinian refugees and that its funding should instead be shifted to the U.N.'s blanket refugee agency. Read More »

USA to end protected status for Salvadoran immigrants: Senate aide

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Trump administration officials say that because previous administrations have frequently extended the temporary stays, the program has improperly been allowed to become an all-but-permanent refuge. South Sudanese immigrants' protected status was extended until May 2019. It also represents a serious challenge for El Salvador, a country of 6.2 million people whose economy depends on remittances from wage earners in the U.S. Read More »

WH Defends Trump's Schedule After Report He Doesn't Start Until 11AM

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As time has gone on, Trump spends under eight hours a day "at work", usually from 11 A.M.to 6 P.M. Though he's kept the "loose, improvisational" management style he had running the Trump Organization, it certainly sounds like the 71-year-old Trump is trying to live the life of a retiree while also being president. Read More »

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to pay a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar

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After Jazbaa and Sarbjit, she is now working on two projects: She is reprising Nargis' role in the remake of 1967 film Raat Aur Din , and she is in talks to play the lead role in a film on surrogacy. Looks like Aishwarya will rule the screens this year! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play a surrogate mother in "Jasmine" . Moreover, in Fanne Khan , she not only plays a singer but will also pay tribute to the songstress as she plays her fan in the film. Read More »

Trump to visit wall prototypes after State of the Union address

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U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that he would not support legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation unless it included funding for a border wall and eliminates the visa lottery program and extended-family-based immigration. Read More »

There Is 'No' Deep State at the CIA — CIA Director Pompeo

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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is resistant to change and stated that Iran's government ignores the demands of its people. Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury" has stirred controversy and debate as its excerpts surfaced online ahead of its publication. On Saturday, Trump, in a public defence of his histrionics, went on a Twitter spree, branding himself as a "very stable genius". Read More »

Policeman in Washington state shot dead by suspected burglar

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Police have determined that two suspects were involved in the incident. "He was one of the people in our agency who stepped up and stepped forward", said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, according to KOMO. Police said a manhunt was under way for the second suspect. "It is with incredible sadness ... that our deputy has passed away from his injuries", the sheriff's department said. Read More »

Donald Trump Screw Claims of Mental Instability 'I'm a Genius!'

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In his latest online onslaught, Mr Trump accused his critics of trying to make an issue of his "mental stability and intelligence". He went on to blast the Russian investigation, saying after a year it's proven to be "a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media". Read More »

Second US military chopper makes emergency landing in Japan

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The U.S. military said the AH-1 attack helicopter belonging to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the prefecture made a precautionary landing, according to the police. 'We do not know about the cause as the incident is still under investigation, ' the spokesman told AFP. Officials with the US Marines could not immediately be reached for comment. Read More »

NI Secretary Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet

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It comes amid the ongoing political crisis in Northern Ireland which has seen the country in limbo without a government for a year. "We are now well into overtime to re-establish an executive if further intervention in the day to day affairs of Northern Ireland is to be avoided". Read More »

Trump Tower fire: Fire fighters respond to blaze in midtown Manhattan

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ANI said no injuries had been reported. The tower houses both residential and commercial units. There have been no injuries or evacuations, and the President is not now at Trump Tower. Oddly enough a structure at the NY property where Hillary Clinton, President Trump's opponent in the 2016 election, caught fire last week. This story is developing and will be updated with further information as it's made available. Read More »

One ticketholder wins mega Powerball £412million lottery jackpot

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If the victor selects the lump-sum option, the onetime payout would total an estimated $358 million, before taxes. Move over mega millions. As of Sunday morning, the grand prize victor had not yet come forward. The victor in Florida has 180 days to claim the prize, either as a one-time payment of $281.2 million or in 30 annual payments. The New Hampshire Lottery says the winning ticket for the $570 million Powerball lottery jackpot was sold at a local convenience store in Merrimack. Read More »

Reporter Courtney Roland Missing, Last Seen In Houston

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Saturday. The television journalist's last known communication was at 12.30am local time (6.30am GMT) on Sunday when she apparently told a friend she thought she was being followed. As of Sunday evening, no one had heard anything further from her, and Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reported that her family had filed a missing persons report with the Houston police. Read More »

Six people killed in wrong-way California highway crash

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The Federal Highway Administration says that there are between 300 and 400 people killed each year due to wrong way driving crashes, which represents approximately 1 percent of total traffic-related fatalities. Officials say the woman in the Chevrolet and everyone in the Dodge - three women and two men - died at the scene. One vehicle sustained major damage and two vehicles were left facing sideways, the CHP said. Read More »

Angela Merkel hopeful of breakthrough in coalition talks

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Merkel said: "I am going into these talks with optimism, but it is clear to me that a huge amount of work lies ahead of us in the coming days". Germany has been led by a caretaker government since September 24, when inconclusive elections weakened Merkel's CDU and the SPD. Read More »