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Last year, China's military budget rose 7.1 percent to 1.044 trillion yuan ($160 billion), the slowest pace since at least 1991. The defence budget of the USA which is the highest in the world amounted to $602.8 billion. "To say that the Belt and Road Initiative is a geo-strategic tool, in my view, this is a misinterpretation of the initiative", he said. "This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping".
  • Russia's Gazprom asks court to halt Ukraine gas contracts after losing dispute

    Russia's Gazprom asks court to halt Ukraine gas contracts after losing dispute

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    Ukraine and Russian Federation have been embroiled in two separate legal disputes regarding the transit of gas and gas purchases since 2014. " Gazprom had to immediately start the procedure of the termination of the contracts with Naftogaz on gas supplies and transit at the Stockholm arbitration court", Miller said in a statement, as cited by Reuters .
  • Newest weather satellite takes flight

    Newest weather satellite takes flight

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    The start was given at 17:02 on the East coast of the United States of America (00:02 Friday Kyiv time). The total cost of the four satellites, from original conception in the 2000s until the end of their mission in the 2030s, will be about $10 billion, according to Tim Marsh, acting GOES-R system program director at NOAA.
  • Kushner's Company Got $509M in Loans After WH Meetings

    Kushner's Company Got $509M in Loans After WH Meetings

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    Three unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the officials were downgraded to a lower "secret" clearance level until their background checks are concluded. Others thought Kushner knew the topic would likely surface and used the opportunity while talking to the foreign officials to engage in conversations about his business interests.
  • N elects Shehbaz as interim party prez

    N elects Shehbaz as interim party prez

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    The younger Sharif , now the chief minister of powerful Punjab province, is seen as a political dealmaker, with many crediting him for the string of by-election victories since his brother was removed from the premiership. "Begum Kulsoom would have been the best choice to succeed Nawaz Sharif but since she is not well and is recovering from throat cancer (lymphoma) in London, Shahbaz Sharif has become the ultimate choice although some close to Nawaz have reservations (about him)".
  • Little Miami River Brings Flooding to Loveland, Ohio

    Little Miami River Brings Flooding to Loveland, Ohio

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    At the Point where the OH and Little Kanawha rivers meet, the river was forecast to crest at 41.5 feet Monday evening, 5.5 feet above flood stage at Parkersburg and Belpre. East Liverpool is gearing up for rain this weekend that could potentially cause some flooding, adding to the amount from last week's rainfall. However, all 16 stations remained in operation.
  • California Democratic Party declines to endorse Dianne Feinstein. It's about time

    California Democratic Party declines to endorse Dianne Feinstein. It's about time

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    De Leon questioned, among other things, remarks Feinstein had made that were interpreted by many Democratic activists here as sympathetic to Trump, and suggested she was too conventional in taking on the White House. No official endorsement was given either to the four Democrats that involved in the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa , who is courting more moderate and even conservative voters, won 9 percent.
  • PM reinstates minister for arms control in first foreign policy speech

    PM reinstates minister for arms control in first foreign policy speech

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    But then objectivity when it comes to Ardern and her love-is-blind disciples doesn't enter their vocabulary - but repugnant, says Priscilla with 138 followers, and patronising, says Emily with 221 followers, does. Charles Wooley asked Ardern, who is now pregnant, about the conception of the child, as well as calling the politician attractive and describing her as the "catch of the day".
  • Tamimi family and IDF spar over truth in teen's skull injury

    Tamimi family and IDF spar over truth in teen's skull injury

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    Among them was 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi , a cousin of Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested in December after a viral video showed her hit and kick two Israeli soldiers, an uncle, Atta Tamimi, said. He is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on his skull next week. The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained 10 members of the Tamimi family from the central occupied West Bank villages of Deir Nitham and Nabi Saleh.
  • Jessica Korda: American wins title in Thailand on return from jaw surgery

    Jessica Korda: American wins title in Thailand on return from jaw surgery

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    Her compatriot Korda had a roller-coaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys. "I told her that was the loudest thing I've heard in a long, long time", said Korda. Lydia Ko has continued her middling start to the LPGA season with a 31st placing at the LPGA Thailand tournament.
  • Florida shooting: Trump calls armed officer a 'coward' for not engaging gunman

    Florida shooting: Trump calls armed officer a 'coward' for not engaging gunman

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    Mr Peterson, the school resource officer at the campus, never went inside to engage the gunman and is under investigation, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. President Donald Trump continued to criticize the armed school resource officer in Parkland, Florida, who stayed outside of the school during the shooting , saying during a White House news conference conference that Scot Peterson "doesn't love the ...
  • BC, Alberta stand-down may turn out to be a brief truce

    BC, Alberta stand-down may turn out to be a brief truce

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    Notley has since threatened that more retaliatory actions were being prepared and formed a task force that includes a former deputy prime minister and former New Brunswick premier to evaluate methods to force B.C.to back down. "We did run out of product [in Alberta] and I think one of the main reason is lots of our support over there, they went right to the stores and probably bought off whatever was around", he said.
  • Afghanistan: 22 troopers die amid Taliban attack

    Afghanistan: 22 troopers die amid Taliban attack

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    The bomb was the latest in a spate of attacks in the capital in which hundreds of people have been killed and wounded. The Taliban also staged two suicide strikes in Helmand Province, including the one involving the explosive-laden Humvee, which are armored and are sometimes able to drive through defensive fire.
  • Moscow sends new SU-57 stealth jets to Syria

    Moscow sends new SU-57 stealth jets to Syria

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    Then came word - and video - of Russia's cutting-edge fifth-generation SU-57 fighter patrolling the skies above Syria . She repeated earlier statements of how US military personnel were on the "deconfliction phone" with their Russian counterparts as the attack got underway as well as during the counter-attack.
  • USA to move to 'phase 2' if North Korea sanctions don't work

    USA to move to 'phase 2' if North Korea sanctions don't work

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    In his speech, Trump said "hopefully something positive can happen" from the sanctions pressure. After announcing what he called the "largest ever" set of sanctions against North Korea , U.S. "We are going to be continuing in that form. We will see", he hoped. Trump did not say what that phase would entail . "I can tell you that the president won't make the mistakes the past administration has, and be soft or weak", said Sanders.
  • Winter Storm Warning Issued

    Winter Storm Warning Issued

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    Ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected. Quieter weather is forecast through the afternoon Wednesday, although there will be a chance of a few snow or rain showers Tuesday afternoon. In addition, northwest winds gusting to near 30 miles per hour Saturday night will lead to areas of blowing snow, especially across southern and western Minnesota .
  • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy

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    Gardner, the Democratic prosecutor in St. Louis who brought the case before a grand jury. "With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken", he wrote. Dowd Jr. said in a statement . Greitens, 43, was taken into custody after his court hearing for taking a photo of a person who was nude, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported .
  • 2 teens arrested in connection to threats to school campuses

    2 teens arrested in connection to threats to school campuses

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    But Deptford Township isn't the only school district dealing with rumors and threats of violence. No arrest has been made, and the district is investigating whether to recommend formal charges and other disciplinary action. Another BHS in the region - Bethel High School - wrote on its Facebook page Thursday night that they determined the threat was not related to them and class would still be in session Friday.