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Putin said he planned to follow up the meeting with telephone calls to President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar. This week's visit is the second time Assad ventured outside his war-ravaged nation since the civil war began, both times to Russian Federation. With the Syrian government controlling most of the country and Islamic State (IS) fighters in disarray, Mr Putin told Mr Assad at the Monday meeting that Moscow is about to curtail its military ...
  • Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

    Trump Delays Change in Elephant Hunting Policy

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it would allow the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe , arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the animals would help raise money for conservation programs.
  • Trump invites 'loser' Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020

    Trump invites 'loser' Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020

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    President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are at it again. "Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years! " the president posted to Twitter. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) response to sexual harassment accusations "is the kind of accountability I'm talking about", that the Republican tax reform plan is "bad" and "cruel" policy, and that the Uranium One deal conversation is a "political stunt [created] by the Trump Administration and its allies".
  • Saudi Arabia wants resolute anti-Iran stand from Arab League

    Saudi Arabia wants resolute anti-Iran stand from Arab League

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    While not mentioning Iran by name, he said Lebanon condemned all attacks against Arab nations, but blamed exploitable inter-Arab divisions that allowed worldwide and regional powers to promote their interests. The House of Saud has been losing ground in the multi-religious Mediterranean state, and the Bahraini foreign minister at the Arab League summit called Lebanon's Hezbollah militia " Iran's longest arm in the region ".
  • Erdogan and Ataturk depicted as enemies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise

    Erdogan and Ataturk depicted as enemies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise

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    Nato's website describes the Trident Javelin exercise in Stavanger, southern Norway, as a "computer assisted exercise without troops on the ground", meant to improve command structures for large operations. On Saturday, despite the officials' apologies and affirmations, the insulted leader remained steadfast, saying that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can not easily get away with the incident .
  • Moody's ratings 'extremely encouraging', endorses Centre's reforms, says Jaitley

    Moody's ratings 'extremely encouraging', endorses Centre's reforms, says Jaitley

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    The rating agency also said that India's growth potential is significantly higher than the most other baa rated sovereigns. Listing the series of reforms which led to the upgrade, he said while demonetisation took the economy towards greater formalisation and digitisation, use of Aadhaar ensured targeted delivery of government benefits.
  • Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP declares second list of candidates

    Gujarat Assembly Elections: BJP declares second list of candidates

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    In another setback, a prominent leader of the Koli community from Saurashtra and sitting MLA from Kodinar, Jetha Solanki, submitted his resignation from the party. The Congress list has been delayed and may be out only on Sunday as the party sources said some problems with the Hardik Patel group as its leaders camping in Delhi felt slighted at no Congress leader talking to them, not even taking their phone calls.
  • Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

    Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

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    According to the Department of Defense, sexual assaults include rape, forcible sodomy, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those crimes. "One of the features of the department's reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place", Nate Galbreath, deputy director of the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said in a statement.
  • Moody's Upgrades India By A Notch On Reform Progress

    Moody's Upgrades India By A Notch On Reform Progress

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    Arvind Chari, Head, Fixed Income & Alternatives, Quantum Advisors, said the ratings upgrade seems to have come at a wrong time as the government is facing pressures on the fiscal front. Jaitley reiterated the government's commitment to structural reforms and said fiscal prudence will be maintained. It had in 2015 changed rating outlook to "positive" from "stable".
  • 170 firefighters battle fire in 6-story apartment building

    170 firefighters battle fire in 6-story apartment building

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    A massive fire has broken out at an apartment building in NY. The building's top floor was engulfed in flames, and thick smoke billowed from the building. "I think we don't even have a super for the last six months", one resident said. "We took the children and left and are monitoring the situation, and anxious about the wind and flames jumping from building to building".
  • Malaysians involved in Joo Koon MRT train collision

    Malaysians involved in Joo Koon MRT train collision

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    The Joo Koon station is on the East-West Line, popularly referred to as the Green line, and has 35 stations between the Tuas Link and Changi Airport. They later said 26 passengers and two SMRT employees had been sent to nearby hospitals with "light to moderate injuries", adding that most of the victims were discharged after treatment.
  • China sends special envoy to North Korea after Trump visit

    China sends special envoy to North Korea after Trump visit

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    Questions remain on how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can "come to the table and make a deal ", as Mr Trump had suggested. Onodera, for his part, told Harris that he believed a recent joint military exercise involving Japanese forces and three USA aircraft carriers had sent a "very strong message" to North Korea.
  • Lebanese president accuses Saudi Arabia of detaining PM

    Lebanese president accuses Saudi Arabia of detaining PM

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    Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said Hariri and his family will arrive on Saturday in France, "where he will rest for few days" before returning to Beirut to make "a decision regarding the resignation". Macron has stressed that Hariri should be able to return to Lebanon to confirm or withdraw his resignation in person. Since Hariri announced his resignation, Saudi Arabia hasaccused Lebanon of declaring war on it, citing Hezbollah's role fighting in other Arab countries.
  • Twitter tries to fix verification of people 'we in no way endorse'

    Twitter tries to fix verification of people 'we in no way endorse'

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    Twitter admits its granting of blue check marks - supposedly a sign that an account is of public interest - has been problematic: "Verification has always been perceived as an endorsement". White nationalists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler , controversial conservative commentator Laura Loomer , and a blogger known as @APurposefulWife all tweeted on Wednesday they had lost their verified status.
  • 'F--- Trump' graphic on pickup stirs controversy in Texas

    'F--- Trump' graphic on pickup stirs controversy in Texas

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    The sheriff southwest of Houston put out a call for information, saying that a prosecutor had already told him that she could bring disorderly conduct charges. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas asked the truck owner to contact the organization and offered the sheriff a free legal tip. Texas penal code describes disorderly conduct as "intentionally or knowingly [using] abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to ...
  • UCLA basketball players fly back to USA after shoplifting scandal in China

    UCLA basketball players fly back to USA after shoplifting scandal in China

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    On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that LiAngelo Ball , Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were facing 10 years of jail time. Ball, Hill and Riley were released on bail in time for the game, but they were benched by Coach Steve Alford, and now that they are back in Los Angeles, it remains to be seen when they will be allowed to play.
  • Based Qualcomm rejecting Broadcom's purchase offer

    Based Qualcomm rejecting Broadcom's purchase offer

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    If Broadcom makes a hostile bid, Qualcomm's governance rules would allow the rival to submit its own slate for the entire 11-member board by the December 8 nomination deadline. The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential. Qualcomm has more, including the soon to finish NXP acquisition, a great patent portfolio, high-end phone SoC leadership, Modem and WiFi leadership in 4G and 5G and even automotive, the world's first 10nm server and Windows 10 holding ...
  • Loftus-Cheek believes Chelsea 'definitely' held him back

    Loftus-Cheek believes Chelsea 'definitely' held him back

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    The midfielder was one of the major pluses from England's successive stalemates against Germany and Brazil , with the on-loan Crystal Palace star putting in a man-of-the-match performance against the world champions on Friday night. Loftus-Cheeks' Crystal Palace head to the Hawthorns to face West Brom when the Premier League resumes again on Saturday. "Today is a disappointment for him to have to come off because I think he had already shown some really good touches in the game but ...
  • Coalition to Gradually Reopen Yemen's Seaports, Airports

    Coalition to Gradually Reopen Yemen's Seaports, Airports

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    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted for a resolution declaring that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under previous legislation which has given the president power to combat terror overseas and invade Iraq in 2003.
  • Militants, trooper killed in encounter

    Militants, trooper killed in encounter

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    As the troops laid cordon, they came under heavy fire from the militants, triggering off an encounter. "He may have done some diploma course, but not BTech", the DIG said, adding that Mudasir had joined militancy in 2015. However, trains continued to chug from Budgam-Srinagar to Anantnag and Qazigund to Banihal, a senior railway official said. A hideout of Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit was busted in the operation, said the official.