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Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for 17 Opposition leaders at 10 Janpath

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Antony were among those present. The dinner was attended by leaders of 19 political parties, making it one of the biggest anti-BJP gathering of leaders of the past few months. It could not be taken up amid objections raised by opposition parties who have written to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan requesting her intervention. Read More »

Bypolls: SP takes lead in UP's Gorakhpur, Phulpur; NDA leading in Bihar

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At the same time in Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Kaushlendra Singh Patel is also trailing in second place having received 47,631 votes. Gorakhpur bypoll results 2018: In a turn of events, SP's Praveen Kumar Nishad is leading by 1523 with 44,979 votes, BJP's Upendra Dutt Shukla second with 43,456 votes. Read More »

Suspected killer of NY college student arrested in Nicaragua, cops say

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Orlando Tercero, 22, was wanted by authorities in Broome County in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend Haley Anderson, 22, a senior nursing student. Anderson's death was ruled a homicide, but police haven't said how or why she was killed. Police suggested in an earlier statement that Tercero and Anderson may have been romantically linked. Read More »

BJP's 4th RS nomination causes flutter in polls

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Vats here yesterday filed his nomination papers for the seat being vacated by Congress member Shadi Lal Batra. "The party is of the view that Rajya Sabha elections should be (held) unopposed". "It's only BJP who can make an issue out of a non-issue", Gujarat Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil said. The BJP has fielded four candidates while as Congress, nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena has fielded one each. Read More »

Trudeau, Trump talk steel and aluminum

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Asked to respond to Trump's accusations that the EU is imposing barriers to USA automakers, Malmstrom said that "it's hard to argue on Twitter over these issues, but the European Union is a very open market". The Korean government should optimize its negotiation ability and companies need to make their own preparations during the period. She's wrong. The U.S. Read More »

'Foreign law firms can't practise in India'

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The Bar Council of India (BCI) too had issued notice to MPs, MLAs and MLCs who continue to practice law , following Upadhyay's submission that since the MPs, MLAs etc. "These are parts of non-litigation practice which is part of practice of law" and the Advocates Act makes it clear that those enrolled with the Bar Council alone are entitled to practice law as regulatory mechanism for conduct of advocates also applies to non-litigation work", the court held in a 52-page judgment. Read More »

Confidence building measures along Assam-Mizoram border

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As strain mounted at the outskirt, Chief Ministers of Mizoram and Assam, Lal Thanhawla and Sarbananda Sonowal separately, held talks over telephone. The MZP alleged lathicharge and firing by the police that injured 49 persons, including students and journalists. Read More »

Jhene Aiko Dispels Big Sean's Cheating Rumour

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According to the reports, no phones were allowed at the exclusive industry event, but the source claims that Sean and Scherzinger looked incredibly cozy together, nearly as if they were dating. Others were salivating at the idea of new breakup music from Aiko. "I still love you tho", Aiko, 29, tweeted on Tuesday, March 13, adding a kiss-face emoji. Read More »

Open University workers in Milton Keynes strike over pensions

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Hopes were raised after an interim deal was struck between Universities UK (UUK ) and the the UCU on Monday, following six days of conciliatory talks in London. Hundreds of thousands of students have missed lectures during the industrial action, which has affected more than 60 universities. As there will be further national talks and strike action tomorrow, Warwick UCU added that "it is as important as ever that we keep up our action to show our strength of feelings around not giving up on ... Read More »

Stormy Daniels' lawyer on Trump missing deadline: 'time to buckle up'

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The alleged affair has become the latest distraction for Trump as he tries to advance his trade agenda and prepares for a proposed meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A message left with Cohen was not immediately returned. Larry Rosen, Cohen's lawyer, has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A lawyer for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, reportedly put in the request on Friday, claiming that because Judge Elizabeth Feffer of Los Angeles Superior Court is ... Read More »

Florida prosecutor seeks death penalty for accused Parkland gunman

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The charges against Cruz - 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder - are to be read out in court on Wednesday. Those included the charges that Mr Cruz "knowingly created a great risk of death" to many people, the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel", and it was committed in a "cold, calculated and premeditated manner". Read More »

US Secretary of State Tillerson meets Buhari, speaks on #DapchiGirls

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Buhari added that Nigeria was working with worldwide organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors. The kidnapping is one of the largest since the jihadist group Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014. Read More »

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

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A group of activists used the shoes to symbolize the amount of American children who lost their lives due to gun violence since December 14, 2012. Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported. Between the Sandy Hook massacre and the US Capitol protest, about five years and three months have passed. A sea of empty shoes also filled the grounds outside the Department of Health in 2016 to represent the millions of uninsured people who die each year from treatable ... Read More »

Trudeau, Trump talk tariffs

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In the call with Trudeau, Trump "emphasised the importance of quickly concluding the ongoing Nafta negotiations", the White House said. "Our steel, our aluminium is in their tanks and ships and planes". The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on US national security. Canada, the top supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S. Read More »

Israel Escapes Early Elections as Coalition Stabilizes

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Netanyahu, who attended MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as an impressionable college student, said one thing that makes the United States truly unique in all the world is that no matter who you are, or where you're from, you can succeed if you're talented and work hard. Read More »

Iraqi PM announces Baghdad lifting ban on worldwide flights to KRG

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday lifted a ban on worldwide flights to northern Iraq's Kurdish region. A statement by his office said Abadi signed a decree to lift the ban after receiving positive response from the Kurdish local authorities "to restore the federal authority in the two airports in accordance with the Constitution of Iraq". Read More »

Rain Sunday, then slushy snow Monday

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Temperatures are cold for the middle of the week, but warm up to the 60s by the end of the week and for next weekend. "I know everyone is waterlogged and sick of rain", Shamburger said. According to the National Weather Service at State College, today will be sunny with a high near 44. Temps are in the teens and low 20s as you head out on this Monday and snow chances increase this morning, especially after 7 or 8 a.m. Read More »

Eastern Long Island braces for latest nor'easter

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The weather service says total accumulations are expected to range from 12 to 17 inches of heavy snow in near blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service said Monday that Suffolk County in NY, and southern CT would receive a heavy, wet snowfall of 5 to 10 inches, with 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour. Read More »

Ex-aide to New York Governor Cuomo found guilty of taking bribes

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Percoco, once described by the governor as his late father Mario's third son, was convicted for solicitation of bribes and two other felony counts. The jury indicated to the court that it had reached a verdict after earlier in the day asking whether it could reach a partial verdict. Read More »

Depression over southeast Arabian sea, Kerala's southern coast warned of heavy rains

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Wind speed over the Lakshadweep area and the adjoining southeast Arabian Sea is also predicted to gradually increase on Wednesday and Thursday, at 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph. A top level meeting has been called by the Chief Minister, and it will be attended by Chief Secretary Paul Antony, State Police Chief Loknath Behera, and Met director S Sudevan, among other officials. Read More »

'Roommate from hell' gets special probation, may avoid criminal charges

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Under the probation or "accelerated rehabilitation" agreement, Brochu will have to complete 200 hours of community service, including 50 at a literacy organization in Greater Hartford and 50 at a social services group. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Although Williams found that Brochu was deserving the second chance offered by accelerated rehabilitation, he expressed astonishment at the pettiness of the disagreements ... Read More »

TN forest fire: Toll climbs to 11; 17 hurt grievously

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Since morning, 16 commandos of Garud Commando Force and 4 choppers from the Indian Air Force , with one of them on stand-by, have been involved with the search and rescue operations. Describing both trekking expeditions as illegal, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a probe into it and offered compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to families of those killed in the inferno. Read More »

United Kingdom trade minister slams talk of Brexit punishment by the EU

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The survey by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is for businesses that offer their financial services under European Union "passporting" rules to customers in Britain from a base in another member state. The EU last week snubbed British Prime Minister Theresa May's calls for a special post-Brexit deal by offering London just a free-trade agreement with no special treatment for Britain's mighty financial sector. Read More »

Jeff Flake Drafting Bill To Kneecap Trump On Trade Policy

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Republicans do not like these tariffs . Flake said he would introduce legislation to "nullify these tariffs", a phrase that echoed a fraught period in American history. Rushing in to try to stop Trump as he blindly readies his plan to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, angry Republican politicians, especially red state representatives, are getting an up-close look at what it's like dealing with an erratic, illogical president. Read More »

Jeff Flake wants GOP primary challenge to Trump in 2020

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Asked if he thought another Mr. Trump should receive a primary challenge, Mr. Flake replied, "Yes, I do". "I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary". "But that's not to say it will stay that way". "Somebody who voices, you know, reservations about where the president is or criticizes his behavior ... Read More »

California Senior Immigration Official Quits, Accuses Officials of False Statements

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After the raid, a Homeland Security official said it's common for a large-scale immigration sweep to net about a third of its targets, as member station KQED reports . Of the battle over how to properly characterize the events, Schwab said, "I've never been in this situation in 16, nearly 17 years in government where someone asked me to deflect when we absolutely knew something was awry - when the data was not correct". Read More »

CCTV footage shows moment man was shot inside courtroom

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The witness, Vaiola Mataele Tenifa, was a former member of the Tonga Crip Gang and was testifying in the witness box of the courtroom. He was not hurt, the " Daily Mail " reports. Angilau was shot dead by a US Marshal. U.S. District Judge John Dowdell , the judge who released the footage, dismissed a lawsuit from the Angilau family. Read More »