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India's top court orders detained activists out of police custody

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Since then, however, "Maoists" has been used to pejoratively describe activists involved in subaltern liberties and rights claims, from the massive Avatar-style tribal protests against Vedanta Ltd's bauxite strip-mining in Odisha to fisherfolk protesting the Kudankulam nuclear-power facility in Tamil Nadu. Read More »

EU steps up WTO reform bid amid escalating trade war

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On July 25, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to start talks on a bilateral trade agreement. All told , the administration is preparing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products. The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body is battling with the effects of Washington's long-time refusal to sign off on the appointment of new judges to the court's appellate chamber. Read More »

Trump Revives Criticism Of Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Death Toll Jumps

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the president is "proud of all of the work the federal family undertook to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico". A FEMA spokesman said the agency is working to notify hotels that evacuees will be allowed to stay until checkout time on September 14, but said there will be no further extension of the programs beyond that date. Read More »

German gov't under pressure over violence at new-Nazi protest

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Police said Monday evening's protests ended with a few scuffles and bottles thrown, but German media claimed the police were unprepared and had lost control of the huge crowd. The far-right Alternative for Germany party won nearly a quarter of the vote in Chemnitz past year. Some carried banners or insignia of the far-right AfD and neo-Nazi NPD parties and other extremist groups, while a handful delivered the illegal right-handed Hitler salute, said police. Read More »

'Mystery' woman ringing Texas doorbell found alive

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The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says the 32-year-old woman was in a relationship with a man who has died from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound at a home in the Sunrise Ranch subdivision. Another area resident, Branson Golson, told KTRK-TV , "I've got a 9-year-old daughter at home". "He walked outside, no one was in sight". The deceased man's family reached out to authorities asking for the welfare check, the Sheriff's Office said. Read More »

The South African rand whips around after ruling party withdraws expropriation bill

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At the height of Zimbabwe's chaotic land expropriation exercise at the turn of the century, Mugabe told then British Premier Tony Blair off, arguing the program was non-negotiable. South Africa's ruling party, the African National Conference, announced Tuesday it would withdraw a bill allowing the government to seize land in exchange for money as a means to amend racial disparities. Read More »

Telugu poet and activist Varavara Rao flown back home by Pune police

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The Delhi high court as well as a sessions court in Pune are also hearing the matter. They have also urged the SC to seek an explanation from Maharashtra for "sweeping round of arrest" in the case. The BJP denies these allegations but says it is opposed to appeasement of any community and has long advocated tough action to protect national security. Read More »

Australia plans to ban whistle-blower Chelsea Manning

S501 pertains to the refusal of a visa on " character grounds ", and includes provisions for things like if applicant holds a " substantial " criminal record; if they are considered (with or without a conviction) to have been involved in war crimes or "a crime that is otherwise of serious global concern"; if they are considered likely to vilify a section of the Australian community; or if they are likely to cause " discord " in a section of the Australian community, among other things. Read More »

North Korea to Hold International Blockchain Conference in October, Report Claims

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The report further describes that North Korea seems interested in the defining " characteristics of cryptocurrencies, including anonymity, difficulties of tracing money and cashability ". The prospect has boosted shares in Hyundai Rotem and other South Korean train and rail companies since the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade in April . Read More »

Russian Federation to hold biggest war games since Cold War

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Shoigu said on Tuesday that the Vostok-2018 exercise, scheduled for September 11 to September 15, will have some similarities to Zapad-81 but involve vastly more personnel. Speaking to the top Russian military brass, Shoigu said army, air force and navy units will take part in the exercise that will be held across the Far East and Siberia. Read More »

Police search for mystery woman who rang doorbell and then disappeared

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Friday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office . They are continuing to canvas the area and are reviewing video surveillance from other nearby houses and businesses. Spencer did not want to speculate on the situation or even confirm that the items wrapped around the woman's wrists look like restraints. Spencer said the woman could be a victim or part of some sort of scheme. Read More »

White House counsel Don McGahn to exit role

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George Hartmann, spokesman for the committee, said Grassley viewed McGahn as the lynchpin to Trump's push to fill judicial vacancies. The announcement of McGahn's looming departure comes in the wake of reports earlier this month that he had provided Mueller with both damaging and favorable information on Trump as Mueller probes possible collusion by Russian Federation and members of Trump's 2016 election campaign, as well as if the president obstructed justice. Read More »

Chinese front company hacked Hillary's server

Trump's calls to investigate Clinton and others on "the other side", as he put it in a recent tweet , have grown louder as the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2106 election continues. Trump's claims, which he provided no evidence for, appear to be based on a report from conservative blog the Daily Caller . Strzok, who worked on the Mueller team in the initial days of the special counsel probe before being removed after critical text messages were unearthed, ... Read More »

Senator John McCain's body to lie in state at Arizona State Capitol

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McCain is only the third individual so honored in Arizona's state capitol over the past 40 years, organizers of the ceremony said. "Given the political world as it is today, why go do this?" The Trump administration also re-lowered the White House flag on Monday, after coming under criticism for not keeping it at half-staff to honor McCain. Read More »

Iran says it has control of Gulf and Strait of Hormuz

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In his statement that was cited over at Iran-based Tasnim news agency , the navy official said that the Iranian armed forces can single-handedly "ensure the security of the Persian Gulf ", a declaration which would then render the presence of American and other worldwide military forces in the area, irrelevant. Read More »

Tearful Graham mourns McCain in Senate eulogy

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Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain's service to the nation and had ordered flags to half-staff. John McCain has been honored with a tribute in the Senate chamber , as his desk was covered in flowers and draped in a black cloth. American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan said, "On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an ... Read More »

Memorial services set for Senator John McCain

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McCain at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump mocked McCain's war service. McCain's family will hold a private service at his alma mater in Annapolis, Maryland , before laying him to rest at the academy's cemetery. Read More »

Nigeria is home to the poorest people - Theresa May

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The Prime Minister was attending a reception at the ID MKize Senior Secondary school in Gugulethu, Cape Town where she was met by pupils singing and waving British flags. May added that Britain would also host an African investment summit next year, and would open new diplomatic missions across the continent. "I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK", Mrs May said, according to The Times . Read More »

French president announces new push for European Union defense

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Alain Juppe, a conservative former prime minister and presidential contender, said he was impressed by Hulot's "high-mindedness and by the nobility of his act". "It's up to us to meet our responsibilities and guarantee our own security, and therefore European sovereignty", he said in a speech to French ambassadors in Paris. Read More »

Bees swarm hotdog cart in Times Square, draw crowd of tourists

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Wearing netting across his face, the NYPD's "Bee Guy" climbed on a ladder and vacuumed the bees in a matter of minutes. 'We like to keep the families together'. The beekeeper noted that the "very humid day" likely caused the bees to relocate . "Look at all those darn bees!" "I wish I had a phone right now - this is too cool", Beech said. Read More »

Texan says he's selling 3D-printed gun plans after ruling

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Cody Wilson , founder of Defense Distributed , said at a news conference in Austin, Texas on Tuesday that he would sell the files and ship them to buyers on a flash drive. "They can just name their price". Wilson insisted that the digital files had already been available elsewhere online for years, and that barring him from distributing the content was akin to free speech censorship. Read More »

More than four meters in New Zealand found a giant squid

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Now the squid was sent to the national research Institute of water and atmosphere New Zealand for more detailed study. "How lucky are we to have these huge sea dwellers around our shores lately", one amazed viewer commented . As is the case with other types of squid , giant squid have eight arms and two tentacles used for feeding that extend and capture food. Males of that species often grow to be more than 30 feet long . Read More »

Hurricane Maria Caused 2975 Deaths In Puerto Rico, Independent Study Estimates

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Maria led to an estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico , according to the analysis by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, which was commissioned by Puerto Rico's governor. By comparison, Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833. Puerto Rico's government released data showing increases in several illnesses which could have been linked with the storm, including sepsis and heart illnesses. Read More »

The Florida primary election results

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He led by almost 19 percentage points with more than half the votes counted. Now Florida Republicans are counting on a relatively untested candidate steadfastly aligned with Trump to continue the GOP's two-decade hold on the governor's mansion. Read More »

Trump colors USA flag wrong, draws laughs and flak

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Along with First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar Trump can be seen spending times with the kids around, drawing and colouring. "Sorry U.S.A. you got the most stupid person as president". The added blue line was quickly spotted online, as Twitter users speculated whether it was a simple mistake or a deliberate act. Read More »