• Russian Federation warns United States not to
Russian Federation warns United States not to "play with fire" in the Syrian conflict

The coalition claimed that it carried out airstrikes against "Syrian pro-regime forces" that launched an "unprovoked attack" on Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces' headquarters and killed an estimated 100 militia. "There are citizens of Russian Federation and the CIS countries among those killed, which had been earlier reported, and there are als...

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  • Syria War: 20 children among 77 killed in heavy bombardment
Syria War: 20 children among 77 killed in heavy bombardment

Syrian forces are poised to enter two contested enclaves, Afrin - where Kurdish militiamen are battling the Turkish army and its Syrian surrogates - and Eastern Ghouta, next to Damascus , where jihadis continue to fight the army. Toronto, Ontario- On the morning of February 19, a fierce bombardment began in civilian areas of eastern Ghouta, with...

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  • Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling
Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Stone said Facebook was also able to detect and remove "tens of thousands" of fake Facebook pages in advance of French, German and British elections past year using improved machine learning techniques. But some Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have criticized Obama for not doing enough . "Nothing we found contradicts the Special...

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  • Man accused of taking thumb from 2000-year-old terra-cotta warrior
Man accused of taking thumb from 2000-year-old terra-cotta warrior

Chinese authorities are livid over the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on loan to a United States museum, calling for the perpetrator to be "severely" punished. He was arrested and released on a 15,000-USD bail, on the condition that he hand over his passport, consent to drug testing, and refrain from leaving the country b...

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  • President Trump endorses Mitt Romney in Utah Senate race
President Trump endorses Mitt Romney in Utah Senate race

Senate seat left open by the retirement of Utah's Orrin Hatch . Those close to Romney say as senator he is less interested in direct combat with President Donald Trump than he once was and more interested in promoting Utah - though the man grew up in MI and has deepest political ties to MA.

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  • OH students being released to parents after student shot self on campus
OH students being released to parents after student shot self on campus

Schools were on lockdown in the Jackson Township, Ohio , after a seventh-grade student reportedly shot himself in the boy's bathroom on Tuesday morning. Safety Services are on the scene at this time. Both the high school and middle school were placed on lockdown, local affiliate Fox 8 News reported.

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  • Penn State vs. Ohio State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State vs. Ohio State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

With a shiny new Top 10 ranking, No. 8 Ohio State (22-5, 13-1 Big Ten) looks to hold onto the top spot in the Big Ten when they head to Bryce Jordan Center to take on Penn State (18-9, 8-6 Big Ten). The rap legend is the cousin of Penn State senior guard Shep Garner , who killed the Buckeyes from deep, connecting on 4-of-7 attempts and scoring ...

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  • Russian private security workers dead in Syria: monitor
Russian private security workers dead in Syria: monitor

One of the Russians killed was Kirill Ananyev, according to his friend Aleksandr Averin. He said: "They are, in essence, special troops of the Russian army - despite the fact that mercenaries and private military companies are officially banned in Russia".

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  • Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today
Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation in a televised speech on Thursday.

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  • Kushner requests more intel info than nearly all White House staff
Kushner requests more intel info than nearly all White House staff

Chief of Staff John Kelly proposed a series of tweaks meant to limit temporary security clearances, but which also seemed created to draw a line under the Rob Porter scandal . Dozens of officials, including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner , are working under temporary clearances in the absence of final security clearance.

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  • Woman Arrested For Posing As Man, Marrying 2 Women To Extort Money
Woman Arrested For Posing As Man, Marrying 2 Women To Extort Money

Police in India arrested 26-year-old Krishna Sen Friday after she allegedly posed as a man and tricked two women into marriage for the dowry . "We got married in 2014, she used to behave like a man, used to drink, smoke and also abuse", her first wife told a local news agency.

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  • U.S. special forces 'operating illegally in Syria', Sergey Lavrov tells euronews
U.S. special forces 'operating illegally in Syria', Sergey Lavrov tells euronews

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to the country. "We've decided and President Erdogan decided last night we needed to talk about how do we go forward". The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 80 civilians have been killed, along with 160 Kurdish fighters in a slow-moving offensive launched by Turkey on January 20.

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  • Australian PM bans sex between ministers, staff
Australian PM bans sex between ministers, staff

The rare public dispute between the two top government officials followed Turnbull taking the extraordinary step of banning sexual relations between ministers and their staff on Thursday. The Nationals held a crisis meeting on Wednesday over whether Joyce should continue as their leader. He implied that by holding a gun to the head of the Na...

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  • CPM leader held for hurting pregnant woman
CPM leader held for hurting pregnant woman

The woman, who was four and a half months pregnant, lost her child after a CPM leader named Thamby kicked on her stomach. In fact, he and his family were told to keep the identity of the accused a secret."One person was registered after I complained to the Kodanjery and Thamarassery police".

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  • Check Out The Richmond Semifinalists for 2018 James Beard Awards
Check Out The Richmond Semifinalists for 2018 James Beard Awards

Texas chefs or restaurants were nominated 20 times in this year's James Beard Award semifinalists. Also up for a nomination, Madison restaurant, L'Etoile. Other Wisconsin chefs nominated in the " Best Chef: Midwest " category are: Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack in Bay City, Thomas Hauck of c.1880 in Milwaukee, Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of EsterEv...

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  • Trump Tells Lawmakers He Would Support 25-Cent Gas Tax Increase
Trump Tells Lawmakers He Would Support 25-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Officials have been mulling an increase in the federal gasoline tax for months as a means to pay for the infrastructure package. "To my surprise, President Trump , today in our meeting, offered his support for raising the gas and diesel tax by 25 cents a gallon and dedicating that money to improve our roads, highways, and bridges", Carper, a Dem...

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  • Tutu retires as global ambassador of scandal-hit Oxfam
Tutu retires as global ambassador of scandal-hit Oxfam

The South African, who was regarded as a key figure in the anti-apartheid movement, has retired as a church leader but still continues to work with the Elders - a group of senior global figures. "I'm not a saint, I'm a man of flesh and blood and have made mistakes (not easy to admit), and I am deeply ashamed", he said. "No organisation is too b...

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  • Invoice & Melinda Gates: Why we give our cash away
Invoice & Melinda Gates: Why we give our cash away

What is most evident in the letter is how passionate the Gates are about what they do. The 13-page letter from Bill and Melinda, out today, begins with a defense of their optimistic outlook that the world is getting better, while some might argue that growing climate change, massive refugee crises and uncertainty around the Trump administrati...

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  • Snow This Weekend? It's Possible
Snow This Weekend? It's Possible

Winds will start to increase into the overnight hours tonight along the Rocky Mountain Front. A general 5-8 inches can be expected, as of now, with as high as a foot or a foot and a half in some areas. On Saturday the high could be in the upper 50s and any precipitation is expected to fall as rain. Monday night, expect a 40 percent chance o...

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  • Daytona 500 2018 Qualifying Results: Alex Bowman Takes Pole for NASCAR Opener
Daytona 500 2018 Qualifying Results: Alex Bowman Takes Pole for NASCAR Opener

William Byron is not most 20-year-olds, a fact he demonstrated by posting the fifth-fastest time in Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday. "We were team Key West", Patrick said. "From a performance standpoint, he's someone who can look after me, but also from a comfort standpoint - I don't have to try to win the Daytona 500 with somebody I never ...

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  • Iraq seeks US$88.2b for reconstruction, says minister
Iraq seeks US$88.2b for reconstruction, says minister

The conference, which took place in Kuwait , involved donors and investors discussing efforts to rebuild Iraq's economy and infrastructure following the defeat of ISIS jihadists who conquered almost a third of the country. The projects introduced include building oil refineries and developing oilfields, in addition to massive housing and industr...

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  • Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent
Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent

She previously awoke from a pounding headache with an Irish lilt and later with an Australian accent. "They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon". She now says the accent may actually be a good thing. Because this is such a rare condition, treatments are also lacking. FAS is extremely rare and usually appears...

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  • Israel police recommend indicting PM Netanyahu for bribery
Israel police recommend indicting PM Netanyahu for bribery

Speaking at a local government meeting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), Netanyahu said his government remains stable despite the police announcement, and that "the truth will come to light and nothing will come of this". What are the cases against Netanyahu? Key members of Mr Netanyahu's Likud Party pointed to this as proof t...

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  • Minnie Driver Quits Oxfam Ambassador Role After Prostitution Scandal
Minnie Driver Quits Oxfam Ambassador Role After Prostitution Scandal

That has other aid organizations desperately trying to distance themselves from Oxfam GB, fearing they, too, may lose government funding and donations. "And compels us to take action", she is expected to say. Marks & Spencer, Heathrow Airport and Visa are among those listed as supporters, and the charity states on its website: "We couldn't ac...

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  • U.S. airstrikes kill Russian military contractors in Syria
U.S. airstrikes kill Russian military contractors in Syria

Last week the United States unleashed an air and artillery barrage on Syrian government-backed troops after some 300 attackers launched what appeared to be a coordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by USA advisers in the province of Deir el-Zour.

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  • South Africa's ruling party tells Jacob Zuma to resign from office
South Africa's ruling party tells Jacob Zuma to resign from office

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma was clinging to power Tuesday after his ruling African National Congress party held a marathon meeting to decide his future. Should Zuma refuse to obey the NEC's order to step down, the party could tell its lawmakers to use their majority in parliament to vote him out of office, clearing the way ...

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  • Fractious politics, high national debt pose security threats, says USA intelligence director
Fractious politics, high national debt pose security threats, says USA intelligence director

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats - who, in the wake of the House Intelligence Committee GOP staff memo alleging FISA abuses, began by thanking lawmakers for renewing Section 702 surveillance authorities that the IC considers the " most important collection issue against foreign terrorists and threats to America" - said that Russian Fe...

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  • Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills 3
Grand Canyon helicopter crash kills 3

The incident left four others injured. It remained unclear why the Eurocopter EC130 aircraft crashed, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said, adding that the helicopter was heavily damaged. Mr. Robb said his heart went out to the victims. Papillon Airways is expected to release a statement Sunday. It notes that it "abides by flig...

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  • UK official warns Oxfam to hand over all info on sex case
UK official warns Oxfam to hand over all info on sex case

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who has been at the centre of Haiti sex scandal, was running Oxfam's Chad operation at the time . "We were not told about the nature of these events". All of these would be followed up, she told the BBC's Andrew Marr. Oxfam said it now had a dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential whistleblowing hotline and safeguard...

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  • U.S. massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war
U.S. massacre of Syrian troops threatens to unleash wider war

The Syrian government denounced the attack as a "war crime" and "direct support to terrorism", insisting that its forces came under USA attack as they were carrying out an operation against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) elements between the villages of Khasham and al-Tabiya on the eastern side of the Euphrates River.

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  • At least 19 dead in Hong Kong bus crash
At least 19 dead in Hong Kong bus crash

Police said at least 18 people, including 15 men, had been confirmed dead on the scene. The police said that they will need to expand the road blog and send more personnel to the scene for the investigation. says $10,230 will be paid to the family of each victim. So far there is no sign of fatigue driving when the accident occurred, said the genera...

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  • Israeli Op Against Syrian Air Defense 'Most Significant' Since 1982
Israeli Op Against Syrian Air Defense 'Most Significant' Since 1982

The sirens sounded in the Golan Heights are a result of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, said the Israeli army in the statement. A military expert talked to Sky News Arabia TV, revealing that he obtained "news that the Israeli F-16 fell inside the Jordanian territory".

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  • Big Budget Deal in Senate Hailed as
Big Budget Deal in Senate Hailed as "Genuine Breakthrough"

The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders praised the Senate bill, saying "we're certainly happy with the way it's moving".

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  • Weather Service Forecasts Weekend Santa Ana Winds, Then Rain Next Week
Weather Service Forecasts Weekend Santa Ana Winds, Then Rain Next Week

There will be periods of light rain and drizzle throughout the day. Sunday afternoon looks overcast with temperatures sneaking into the mid 30s. Less than an inch of new snow is possible today , forecasters said. A *Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect for northern and western Kansas until 3 AM tonight . A slow warming trend will ki...

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  • Angela Merkel Criticised By Own Party Over Coalition
Angela Merkel Criticised By Own Party Over Coalition

There has been more than four months of coalition negotiations - a German post-war record - since inconclusive elections in September. Under the terms of the deal struck between Merkel and Schulz earlier this week, the SPD will keep the foreign ministry it held in the last government and also take over the finance ministry from the CDU.

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  • Army Men Killed As Militants Attack Army Camp In Jammu
Army Men Killed As Militants Attack Army Camp In Jammu

The security forces have cordoned off the area and are conducting a search and combing operation. At least three people, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and his daughter, have been injured. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has briefed Defence Minister about present situation and operations in Sunjuwan . The attack has taken place at a ...

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  • Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal
Jaitley dismisses corruption charges regarding Rafale deal

Jaitley was basically responding to Congress President Rahul Gandhi's repeated allegations of discrepancies in the Rafale deal. " UPA's new strategy is to manufacture corruption charges". Addressing the media with Congress leader Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja, Rahul said on Thursday that Jaitley should "come clean on the deal". Previousl...

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  • Afghan Officials Welcome US Raids On Taliban
Afghan Officials Welcome US Raids On Taliban

The US Air Force has carried out a series of airstrikes on Taliban hideouts near the border with Tajikistan and China as efforts are underway to suppress the Taliban-led insurgency across the country as part of the ongoing massive air campaign.

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  • Duterte orders military to cancel helicopter deal with Canada
Duterte orders military to cancel helicopter deal with Canada

Bell Helicopter said in an announcement of the deal that the aircraft were intended "for a variety of missions such as disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport". The Crown corporation would not reveal any other details about the deal, citing commercial confidentiality, but media reports say the Philippines gover...

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  • Eight countries push United Nations to take up Myanmar Rohingya crisis
Eight countries push United Nations to take up Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Reuters has published an extensive report of the Myanmar massacre of 10 Rohingya men in September , pulling from photographs, documents and eyewitness accounts obtained by two Reuters journalists. It said a decision was made to kill them because there was no opportunity to take them to a police station . Instead, the men had been selected ...

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