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Assad regime blocks White Helmets evacuation

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Three Western countries - Britain, Germany and Canada - made a legally binding pledge to resettle the 800 Syrians within a specified period of time "because of a risk to their lives", al-Kayed said, without elaborating. I have, in the past, spoken to Syrian officials who claimed the White Helmets had links to MI6, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Gulf States - they were, it was claimed, a conduit for weapons and "terrorist" resistance against President Assad. Read More »

European Council rep: No need to remove tariffs for EU-US talks

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This marked a strengthening of language compared to their previous statement issued in March, in which they simply "recognize the need for further dialogue". Morneau cautioned however, that such a feat, while an "aspirational target", might be hard to pull off in real life. "We are all, particularly us European countries, anxious about this trade war that was launched a few weeks ago", Le Maire told AFP from Buenos Aires, where the two-day Group of 20 summit amongst finance ministers got ... Read More »

Afghan Vice President Dostum returns after year in Turkey

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Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord, and his entourage were unharmed, said Danish. Observers say President Ashraf Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, gave the green light for Dostum to come home to stabilise the north and secure Uzbek support before next year's presidential election, which he is widely expected to contest. Read More »

'Special summit' could solve border issue, Sinn Fein to tell Barnier

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The EU are concerned May's proposals represent a fresh effort at "cherry picking" parts of the single market. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph that there must be "conditionality" between Britain making the hefty exit payment and its ability to create a new relationship with the EU. Read More »

Gunmen Kill 11 South African Taxi Drivers

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The ambush took place between the KwaZulu-Natal towns of Colenso and Weenen. "We have dispatched our taxi violence unit to the scene", said police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker. The day after, the Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand and Sandton Taxi Association chairperson Themba Sam Budza and member Fani Ramatfwane were shot dead in Marlboro, Sandton. Read More »

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk "not working" on Putin

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Trump clarified his remarks after returning to the United States, saying that after reviewing a transcript and video of his statements , he realized he had misspoken in a key sentence about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. The critics include Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan who said, " There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world". Read More »

Israel rescues Syrian volunteers stranded in border area

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In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli military said it had completed "a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organisation and their families. Stay with us as we look at the story behind the story of the so called White Helmets on this DEBATE. The Syrian government began a major offensive in June to retake rebel-held areas in the Deraa and Quneitra areas. Read More »

French investigators raid home of Macron's ex-bodyguard

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A judge handed Alexandre Benalla multiple charges on Sunday night. The prosecutor's office said on Sunday evening Benalla would be investigated over group violence, interference in public service and illegal wearing of a police badge along with two other felonies. Read More »

Donald Trump says Federal Bureau of Investigation 'illegally spied' on Carter Page, campaign

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Schiff insisted that that the FBI's inclusion of information showing Page "had in fact, been a target of Russian intelligence in the past, that Carter Page had gone to Russia during the campaign, that he had meetings with the Russian officials that Page had publicly denied, but we can now confirm that he did, in fact, have meetings with Russian officials", vindicated the surveillance warrant application. Read More »

‘Never, ever threaten US again, Trump warns Iran

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Nonetheless, the decision drew worldwide condemnation and has led to renewed concerns of a potential conflict between the US and Iran , which has wide influence across the Middle East, including in Syria, where Washington also maintains a military presence. Read More »

Mass shooting in Toronto, many said to be injured

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Between 15 and 20 gunshots were heard. Victims reportedly suffered "significant injuries". The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene, while six of his victims were rushed to a trauma center. It is not known how many people have been injured in the incident. She said she was told to run to the back of the restaurant. Witnesses also said they saw a number of people lying on the ground in the aftermath of the shooting . Read More »

Footage of sole survivor of Amazon tribe emerges

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Neither his name, nor the name of his tribe, are known. The film was taken by representatives of the Brazilian government FUNIA, which tries to protect and observe uncontacted tribes in the country. Survival estimates that some tribes lose up to 90 percent of their members after first contact, Many fall prey to sarampion, flu and other infections against which they have no natural immunity. Read More »

Blast in Afghanistan's Kabul kills 14, returning VP unharmed

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The Kabul Security Commandment officials are saying at least 11 people have been killed and at least 14 others have sustained injuries in the suicide attack in Kabul city later this afternoon. Dostum fled to Turkey past year amid accusations of torture and abuse of political rival Ahmad Eshchi, but he returned to Afghanistan on Sunday. He denied Eshchi's accusations but, amid worldwide demands that he be held accountable, he left the country in May past year, ostensibly to seek medical ... Read More »

Gunman in Trader Joe's standoff looking at murder charge

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Officers were able to track the auto using LoJack - a stolen vehicle tracking system - and officers tried to stop the suspect in Hollywood, but the man refused to pull over, Moore said. Mr Kohles said he hurried inside, and he and others took cover as the man ran in. He added that officers tried to pull the man over and were led on a pursuit. Read More »

Friday forecast: Isolated storm chance today, dry this weekend

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An area of high pressure will remain near South Florida so the onshore wind pattern will continue into next week. Southwest wind around 5 miles per hour. The chances for storms exist on Monday mainly in the morning then again possibly late Wednesday but with better chances starting Wednesday night and lasting on and off through Friday . Read More »

Beauty queen sentenced to death for stabbing lover 25 times

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He told the court that Ms Kamande was the only child to her single mum and that she had enrolled for a course at a local university prior to her arrest in 2015. According to submissions made in court, Kamande stabbed Mohammed over twenty times following a domestic dispute sparked by a revelation that he had been taking HIV suppressing drugs without her knowledge. Read More »

United States spy chief reacts after THAT awkward response to Trump's Putin invite

President Trump was angry that a reporter was allowed to ask him a hard question during his disastrous press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, according to sources who spoke with the Washington Post . Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country. It has prompted calls for the subpoenaing of the notes taken by the USA translator who was in the room at the time and even calls for her to testify before a congressional ... Read More »

Microsoft Helps Block Hacking Attempts on Three Midterm Candidates

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According to him, experts of the company this year found a fake domain of Microsoft , which was used as part of phishing attacks aimed at these candidates. The company has not disclosed whether or not the Russian government is suspected of being behind the attacks, and did not specify who the targets were. Read More »

G20 calls for greater dialogue on trade tensions: draft

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The finance ministers of G20 countries gathered in Buenos Aires for talks on Saturday and Sunday that are set to see the Trump administration's protectionist policies and implementation of tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods in recent months be a major source of frustration. Read More »

Brits reject May's Brexit plan, some turn to Boris and far right

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Mrs May referred to the importance of the Union several times and said she wanted it to endure "for generations to come". Nearly half think it would be bad for Britain. The Prime Minister attempted to deny these criticisms at a press conference in Northern Ireland on Friday, but just hours later Barnier - perhaps unintentionally - completely undermined her, telling reporters that one the "very positive" aspects of Chequers is that guarantees "the role to be played the ECJ as sole arbiter". Read More »

Rouhani warns Trump ‘war with Iran is the mother of all wars’

Elsewhere in the meeting, Larijani said Iran has a positive view on interaction with Austria, because it was among those countries, which moved to develop cooperation with the Islamic Republic after the signing of the JCPOA in 2015. The new initiative-which the White House refused to discuss with Reuters-comes just weeks after Pompeo unveiled what critics described as a wildly unrealistic set of demands that Iran must meet if it wishes to engage in nuclear discussions with the United ... Read More »

Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle Leaving Network for Campaign Trail

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Reports of " The Five " co-host's impending departure swirled for hours on Friday as Fox News publicists remained mum. It's unclear how the network will handle Guilfoyle's departure after she spent over a decade there. Guilfoyle's ties to the White House have become more personal lately. Guilfoyle was previously married to prominent Democrat Gavin Newsom , the former mayor of San Francisco now running for Governor in California. Read More »

Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

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And she lamented that a platform that has connected Jewish organizations and united people around the world also can be used as a weapon against them. In the hearing, Bickert apologized to Diamond and Silk, two pro-Trump social media stars who had claimed they were treated unfairly by Facebook . Those bent on lying, sowing misunderstanding, and breeding hate will never be truly silenced. Read More »

Trump Pushing US Army to Invade Iran: Top General

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Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to looming US sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil. "[ These] were important remarks that reflect Islamic Republic's approach ", the Ayatollah said, according to his official website . "Although the incumbent United States administration does not make military threats, there is credible information that in the past year and a ... Read More »

Florida Woman Saves Baby She Found Sitting in Hot Car

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As soon as Kaiser realized it was a real baby, she and her husband called 911. The sheriff gave a special thank you to a woman named Jessica Kaiser who noticed the baby was alone in the vehicle. "I work in the emergency department, like I'm a nurse and I hear these stories", Burgess says in the video. An off-camera voice, presumably a police officer, responds, 'It happens'. Read More »

Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

The US is seeking to tighten the economic screws on Iran, abandoning a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing stringent sanctions. Trump earlier this year pulled the USA out of the global deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions. Read More »