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USA hits Russians with sanctions for election meddling, cyber attacks

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Russia's foreign ministry summoned Britain's ambassador to the country, Laurie Bristow , for a meeting on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing an unidentified ministry source. "This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War". Read More »

New European sanctions will affect nuclear deal: Iran

He noted that Tillerson's shock departure was "nothing new" and had yet to disrupt joint talks regarding the 2015 nuclear deal, which improved bilateral relations with Washington under former President Barack Obama but has soured them under Trump, an opponent of the agreement. Read More »

Thousands of Syrians flee as two major battles rage

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Russia-backed government forces have retaken more than 80 percent of the last opposition bastion outside the capital since launching a blistering air and ground offensive on 18 February, the Observatory says. "Around 10,000 civilians streamed out of the rebel enclave into regime-held areas (today morning)", Abdel Rahman said. The Kurdish YPG militia defending Afrin said it was battling the Turkish forces who tried to storm the town from the north. Read More »

UP bypoll results not a referendum on Yogi government: Amit Shah

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Sources in the two parties said that the bypolls could actually decide the finer contours of a possible alliance as they gear up to take on BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Another noteworthy observation was his admission that the BJP failed to grasp the significance of the SP-BSP deal halfway through the elections. While BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena said the results will give a boost to the opposition, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP said it showed that a united opposition can defeat the BJP-led ... Read More »

Uttar Pradesh to see 11 nominees fighting for 10 seats

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The formal announcement on March 23 Rajya Sabha election results will be done on March 25. The humiliating aspect was that Gorakhpur had earlier been held many times by Uttar Pradesh chief-minister Yogi Adityanath who quit as M.P. Seven-member Congress and one-member RLD have announced support to the BSP candidate. The BJP candidates now left in the fray are Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh ... Read More »

Case of land dispute, says Sushil Modi

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However, the Bihar police on Saturday refuted the reports that the beheading Yadav is linked with the naming of private land after PM Narendra Modi . "When we protested, they said that the RJD's victory in bypolls marked their party's resurgence and so they wanted to rename the square after Lalu Prasad", he alleged. Read More »

May 'anticipated' Russian retaliation in ex-spy poisoning row

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The Russians have denied any involvement in the poisonings and have dismissed the allegations as the result of anti-Russian sentiment in the West. Thumbing their nose at condemnation from the West, Russia social media users are mocking the United Kingdom in the wake of the attempted killings of a former spy and his daughter - widely believed to have been poisoned by Moscow. Read More »

Parkland shooting: CCTV shows school policeman standing outside during massacre

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The 30-minute video shows former Deputy Scot Peterson flagging down another male staff member from the school at the main administration building and hopping on a golf cart to race toward the freshman building. Police have released footage of the deputy who has been heavily criticised for not running into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman opened fire. Read More »

Russian Federation spy poisoning: Czechs angrily reject Russian Federation claims

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Russian Federation also said it was halting the activities of the British Council, Britain's worldwide organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, across the country. "We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort, which is an attack not only on the United Kingdom, but upon the global rules-based system on which all countries, including Russian Federation, depend for their safety and security", Bristow ... Read More »

North Korea-Sweden Talks Focus on 'Peaceful Solution' to Nuclear Conflict

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In a telephone call, Mr. Moon and Mr. Trump both voiced "cautious optimism" about efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons. On Friday, Lavrov said that Russian Federation treated with respect Japan's right to determine how to best ensure national security, as well as to freely choose partners and forms of defense cooperation. Read More »

See St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland

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There were 10,500 people from 186 different groups marching in the parade down Superior Avenue. The parade featured local first responders, the American Legion club, the Missoula Irish Dancers, and many more. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in downtown Lawrence. This was the 22nd year for the parade in Uptown Charlotte. Addabbo noted that the Rockaway parade, combined with the legendary New York City St. Read More »

Severe flaws in UP strategy sunk BJP's bypoll chances

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In spite of contesting on a BJP ticket, he has always depended on his own private "army", the Hindu Yuva Vahini to win elections. She called the SP-BSP coming together, "a corrupt alliance with a lust for power". "These plans are not made public, but are executed", he said. For BJP Mumbai secretary Vivekanand Gupta to cite the loss as a "huge setback' is akin to stretching things all the way from Mumbai to the Varanasi ghats". Read More »

Sumter students participate in National Walkout Day

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From Maine to California, it's estimated almost a million students participated in the 17 minute walkout-17 minutes to honor the 17 people who were killed on February 14 in Parkland. "The primary goal of the walkout was a remembrance of the 17 lives that were lost due to Parkland", Watts said. "It should be a place of learning", said one student speaker. Read More »

Muggy weekend will possibly lead to strong to severe storms Monday

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Rounds of showers and thunderstorms could continue into Tuesday afternoon. More thunderstorms may develop late Sunday night into Monday morning but instability will remain limited through the early part of the day Monday with the possibility for heavy rain, along the front which could lead to some localized flooding. Read More »

Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats

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It added, "The British side is warned that, in the case of further actions of an unfriendly character toward Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take other answering measures". "We anticipated a response of this kind and the National Security Council will meet early next week to consider next steps", said Britain's Foreign Office. Read More »

Carson Midway Fire burns 3300 acres, is 40 percent contained

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As of 6:40 p.m. The fire began around 10 a.m., KKTV reported , and started on base about a mile northwest of Pueblo County on Range 155. The fire didn't jump across Interstate 25 and was mostly contained near the Pueblo County line. According to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department as of 3 p.m. local time, 1,234 acres were burning and 0 percent was contained, KKTV reported. Currently, no structures or personnel on Fort Carson are threatened but a large animal shelter has been set up at ... Read More »

ME candidate who made 'skinhead lesbian' smear drops out of state race

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And Thomas Martin Jr., a Republican, said he "couldn't sit back" after reading Gibson's comments and felt compelled to enter the race , according to the Portland Press Herald . Gibson's apology to Gonzalez wasn't enough to calm the public's outrage regarding his hateful attack. Hogg, who also saw a precipitous increase in his number of Twitter followers, asked if somebody, anybody, would run against Gibson. Read More »

Abe tells Moon of Japan's intention to talk with N. Korea

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Kang is also scheduled to meet congressional leaders to share information on the latest situations on the Korean Peninsula and exchange views on other issues of mutual concern. The two allies will also arrange a timetable on JapanesePrime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to the US expected early next month andsummit talks with Trump in Washington. Read More »

West seeks new Iran curbs to meet Trump ultimatum

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This is an European Union effort to deter the USA from exiting the nuclear deal with Iran. Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Friday, according to state media. Read More »

North Korea 'Surprised' By Trump's Sudden Decision To Talk, Ex-Diplomat Suggests

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The idea that Trump and Kim would sit down together was unthinkable just months ago when North Korea was regularly testing weapons in its pursuit of developing a missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States . But he also said he believes it is "extremely important" that North Korea "match its words with actions". If the Trump administration is successful at getting North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons programs, it could be a boost for Trump's 2020 presidential ... Read More »

Syrian Troops Control 70 Percent of Eastern Ghouta

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Air strikes killed 37 civilians across the shrinking rebel territory Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor reported , majority in the town of Zamalka as they prepared to flee. Hospital director Jiwan Mohammed told state news agency SANA the strikes had put the hospital - until then, the city's only functioning medical facility - out of service. Read More »

White House desperately seeking to allay staff concerns about personnel changes

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McMaster is Trump's second national security adviser after Michael Flynn was dismissed past year for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US. During his Africa trip, Tillerson was suffering from a stomach bug when Chief of Staff John Kelly informed him to return to Washington and be on the lookout for a presidential tweet. Read More »

Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats in spy poisoning crisis

She said that the government will consider its next steps "in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners". Mirzayanov said the use of Novichok in Britain was a "shock". In response, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called Mr Johnson's claims " shocking and unforgivable ". A tit-for-tat reaction is expected to the Prime Minister's decision to kick out 23 diplomats who she said were undeclared intelligence officers . Read More »

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns following Financial Scandal

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Prime Minister of the nation Pravind Jugnauth had threatened to force Gurib-Fakim out of her position which is largely ceremonial. Fakim had earlier denied allegations and was prepared to go to court to defend herself. In a statement to the BBC , PEI London said that Ms Gurib-Fakim had refunded the money to its Mauritian sister organisation. Ms Gurib-Fakim, who took the post in June 2015, was not pressured to leave office, he said. Read More »