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Mum shields baby from massive hail (Warning: graphic)

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Simpson, her 4-month old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother were caught in their auto when the hailstorm hit near Kingaroy - located north of Brisbane in southern Queensland. She thought staying inside the vehicle would be safe but the pressure of the hailstones blew the rear and passenger windows. Fiona Simpson wrote on Facebook. Read More »

Thousands of people reported missing after Hurricane Michael; death toll at 17

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At 11.00pm Eastern time (0300 GMT), Michael was close to moving away from the coast of Virgina out over the Atlantic and becoming a post-tropical low, the National Hurricane Center said. About 285 people defied mandatory evacuation orders in Mexico Beach. Michael's outer bands still could drop up to 3 inches of rain from New Jersey to Long Island to Cape Cod, and up to 5 inches over the MA islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard through Friday afternoon, forecasters said. Read More »

Pik Botha, global face of South Africa's apartheid state, dies at 86

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He is survived by his second wife Ina, two sons, the rock musician Piet Botha and the economist Roelof Botha, along with two daughters, Anna Hertzog and artist Lien Botha. De Klerk also refers to Botha's "unique and colourful personality", adding in the statement that was what made him enter politics to begin with. He says that Botha played a pivotal role in steering the country towards democracy. Read More »

Taliban say 'general' discussion held with USA special envoy

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In the meantime, a source privy of the development has told The Wall Street Journal that Ambassador Khalilzad on Friday met with the Taliban political leaders in Doha, the capital of Qatar. "The United States shares the aspirations of all Afghans for a peaceful Afghanistan where all Afghans see themselves included". The U.S. has long maintained that it is ready to facilitate and sit at the table as an observer but any peace talks with the Taliban will have to be an Afghan led and ... Read More »

Gay Students And Teachers Could Be Rejected From Private Schools

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The review was ordered after same-sex marriage became legal in December 2017, to address concerns of religious communities who anxious marriage equality would infringe on their right to act in accordance with their beliefs. 'There is a wide variety of religious schools in Australia and.to some school communities, cultivating an environment and ethos which conforms to their religious beliefs is of paramount importance, ' the report stated. Read More »

Backlash over Israel's entry denial of Palestinian-American student for BDS

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Officials cited her alleged support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, known as BDS , that advocates for boycotts as a political tool to protest Israeli policies related to the Palestinian territories. Alqasem's lawyers say that she is no longer engaged in BDS activity, and has promised not to promote it in the future. She kept quiet and stared straight ahead, at first struggling to suppress a giddy smile when swarmed by reporters and photographers. Read More »

Greece bans 'overweight' tourists from riding donkeys in Santorini

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Throughout Greece and its islands, donkeys are used as a popular means of transportation among tourists. In an effort to protect its animals, Greece has banned overweight tourists from riding donkeys. The regulations also made it clear that animals not fit for work should not be used and they should get adequate food and fresh water every day. "This situation continues to Santorini for many years and can not be solved in one day, but we won the fight thanks to the attention of the global ... Read More »

UK PM faces backlash over Brexit compromise

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The EU has proposed keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union if a UK-EU trade deal can not be done in time. A Brexit backstop which is not time-limited would leave Britain and Northern Ireland trapped in unacceptable arrangements until the European Union decided otherwise, the deputy leader of Northern Ireland's DUP said on Friday. Read More »

Pope Francis compares abortion to hiring a hitman

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He asked if it was fair "to take out a human life" to solve a problem. "We can not take out a human being, even if it is small". In his address, the Argentine pontiff complained of a " depreciation of human life " as he cited wars, exploitation and " a culture of wastefulness " as problems, other than abortion. Read More »

SKorean climbers and 4 Nepalese guides missing in storm

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A search-and-rescue helicopter pilot saw eight bodies scattered across the mountain, a Nepal police spokesman, Shailesh Thapa, said. "A mountain expedition of five South Korean nationals and four foreigners were swept off by strong winds at the base camp during their climb to Mount Gurja". Read More »

Israel halts Gaza fuel deliveries as 7 Palestinians killed

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It happened during protests along Gaza's border. CNN crews witnessed Palestinians throwing grenades and burning tires, and burning the border fence - with Israeli forces responding with tear gas, live fire and a water cannon. They are also calling for Israel to end its crippling blockade of the strip. Israel accuses the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gaza's economic plight. Read More »

Australia to ban migrants from Sydney or Melbourne

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However, some experts are questioning whether to follow up on this idea and whether it will help achieve your goals. Why is Australia having this debate? "The government can talk the cows home about getting people into the regions and we would pursue policies similar to that but we cannot be unrealistic and disingenuous with the Australian people by suggesting that is a substitute for easing the population pressure on those in western Sydney and other parts of the country is just ... Read More »

Pope accepts embattled DC cardinal's resignation

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The report is thought to be the most comprehensive to date into abuse in the United States church , and it covered six diocese in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh. Church and Francis will stay in place, and his influence with the pope is unlikely to be diminished - if anything, since his retirement may afford him more time in Rome, it might even grow. Read More »

11 bodies of babies found in ceiling of closed Detroit funeral home

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Police say the bodies had been hidden in the ceiling of the Mack Avenue business - eight inside a cardboard box and three others in individual bags inside a casket. USA inspectors made the grim discovery of 11 corpses on Friday at the Cantrell Funeral Home on Michigan's east side, according to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Jason Moon. Read More »

Analyst Looks at Democrats' House, Senate Prospects

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Supreme Court . Vice President Mike Pence gives Republicans the tie-breaking vote. She may be the most vulnerable Democrat running. As he walked on the Senate floor before the deal was announced, Democratic Sen. "Trump and McConnell are confirming conservative judges at a breakneck pace in what's sure to be Trump's most enduring legacy", said Brian Fallon, who worked for Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department, and has tried to spur Democrats to fight harder to block President ... Read More »

White Woman Calls The Cops On A Black Man Babysitting White Children

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The footage shows a Cobb County police officer pulling up as Lewis waits with the children outside his mother's home. The officer questioned the 10-year-old and the 6-year-old before calling their parents. In the video, the officer, whom Lewis says was courteous, spoke to the children, who confirmed Lewis's identity. Another woman dubbed " BBQ Becky " complained to cops about a group of black people using a charcoal grill in a "non-designated" area in an Oakland, Calif. Read More »

Video Shows Man Allegedly Shooting at Teen Who Asked for Directions

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The video that aired was from Zeigler's home surveillance system and raised some doubt in jurors' minds about his intent since it showed that the gun was sacked in Walker's direction. "He took a big drink of water, he looked at me and he said, 'I'm exhausted of being a victim'". But later, Ziegler said that he was attempting to fire a "warning shot". Read More »

Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali

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A Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii , the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin. But the warning has since been called off. At least three people have died in earthquakes that struck Indonesia and then Papua New Guinea's neighbour in the space of two hours, with magnitudes respectively of 6 and 7. Read More »

Russian FM says independent Ukrainian Church is US-backed 'provocation'

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This is far more than a shuffling of church papers. Millions of Ukrainians who have dutifully attended churches that deferred to Kirill, a close ally of Mr. It strikes at the belief of many Russians that Moscow is the "Third Rome", the heir to Rome as Christianity's center. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was elated with Bartholomew's decision, saying in a televised statement that it was "a victory of good over evil, light over darkness" that "finally dispelled the imperial illusions ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton Tells Dems You 'Can't Be Civil' With The Republican Party

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Conway gave an interview to Fox & Friends on Wednesday, and there was no way she could pass up an opportunity to rebuke Clinton and claim President Trump is a champion of unity and civility. She referred to their treatment of Merrick Garland, replying "I think they did" when asked if the GOP "stole a Supreme Court justice from the Democratic Party". Read More »

China amends anti-extremism regulations to write Xinjiang's 're-education' camps into law

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Reports of mass detentions and strict surveillance of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in China have sparked a growing worldwide outcry, and prompted the United States to consider sanctions . The 405-page report covering a one-year span ending in September documents "unprecedented repression of ethnic minorities" in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, "dramatic increases" in Communist Party control of government, society and business, and the increased use of technology as a repression ... Read More »

Michael Bloomberg changes party affiliation, re-registers as Democrat

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Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats. Bloomberg hasn't been registered to either party since 2007 - when he abandoned his facade as a Republican - but has been for the majority of his life, a Democrat. The Guardian newspaper reported in August that he was considering running in 2020 as a Democrat. "So if you ran, yeah, you'd have to run as a Democrat". Read More »

Iraq 'dealing with' attempts to re-deploy terrorists from Syria's Idlib - Moscow

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Government forces are stationed just five kilometers away in the town of Al-Hader, but the front is calm. A local source close to HTS said Ankara's actions demonstrated that Turkey, Russia or Iran do not plan to break the deal. "HRT long-term to Idleb", says Nicholas Heras, a researcher at the Center for a New American Security. In recent weeks, Turkey has dispatched convoys of troops to monitoring posts in the region and its soldiers are expected to patrol any future buffer zone. Read More »

Brexit backstop talks likely to continue till November - British PM

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Brussels wants a more long-term customs solution if talks fail - and reports said May told her Brexit "war cabinet" she was ready to accept the EU's terms. According to the BBC, Brexiteers were particularly concerned over the fact that Britain could be tied to the bloc's mechanisms indefinitely, which would become an obstacle to the country's independent trade deals elsewhere once it leaves the EU. Read More »

Photos taken after rocket failure prove spaceflight is never routine

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Roscosmos' executive director Sergei Krikalyov said in comments on state television that the rocket's failure happened after parts of the first and second stage came into collision. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, coordinated the launch, which had been planned for multiple years. Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential vote, but they have ... Read More »