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Russian Federation prepares to label U.S. media as 'foreign agents'

Russian Federation prepares to label U.S. media as 'foreign agents'

Russia's parliament warned on Friday some USA and other foreign media could be declared "foreign agents" and obliged to regularly declare full details of their funding, finances and staffing. Russian influence in the USA has come under increasing scrutiny in the months following the 2016 presidential elections. "The Russian side has repeatedly warned that any measures limiting activity of the Russian mass media in the United States will inevitably trigger an immediate symmetrical ... Read More

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Moore Sexual Harassment Claims; GOP Congress ignore Obamacare defunding

Moore Sexual Harassment Claims; GOP Congress ignore Obamacare defunding

I've just seen it and I'll have more to say". In his almost three decades of public service, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has styled himself as one of the most religiously righteous politicians of the modern era. "He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear", the report states. "Whatever this is, just get it over". Read More

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Twitter Halts User Verification, Saying It's 'Broken'

Twitter Halts User Verification, Saying It's 'Broken'

Twitter argues that the decision to verify a user is based on authenticating that user's identity (and to avoid mix-ups with parody or troll accounts) and is in no way an endorsement of that user. Going by Twitter's own comments, the point is simply to ensure followers know for sure certain accounts are who or what they say they are. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chimed in, admitting the social giant "failed by not doing anything about it". Read More

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Syria set to join Paris climate Agreement, US remains defiant

Syria set to join Paris climate Agreement, US remains defiant

Out of the United Nation's 193 member countries, only two others weren't signed on to the agreement as of this fall: Nicaragua and Syria. That leaves the U.S. Nicaragua, which was one of the last holdouts, in September announced it would join the accord. Calling it "Draconian" and "onerous", Trump in June said "the Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, ... Read More

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Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to death over poisonings

Japan's 'black widow' sentenced to death over poisonings

Kyoto District Court ruled that Chisako Kakehi used cyanide " with a murderous intention " in the four cases, and that she should be held responsible for the crimes irrespective of the face that she had been diagnosed with dementia. Kakehi initially refused to speak when her trial began in June but later stunned the court by admitting killing her fourth husband in 2013. He died on Dec 28, 2013, only a month after their marriage. Read More

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United States resumes 'limited' visa services to Turkish citizens

The Turkish government is expected to reciprocate, potentially resolving a diplomatic standoff that began a month ago, following the arrest of a local employee of a US Consulate. Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that also plays host to a strategic air base close to the borders with Syria and Iraq, have been strained over the United States refusal to extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Read More

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Paul Pierce thinks LeBron James should sign with Wizards in free agency

Paul Pierce thinks LeBron James should sign with Wizards in free agency

Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing eight rebounds. Smith said the Cavs didn't discuss the Wizards' barbs in the locker room before the game, but they clearly resonated to some degree. James played like someone who took that slight to heart. By halftime, Cleveland's lead was 74-66 on 66 percent shooting. The under has been a good play in recent meetings between these two teams and that should be the case here. Read More

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Trump campaign adviser Page met Russian officials in 2016 Moscow trip

Trump campaign adviser Page met Russian officials in 2016 Moscow trip

That 2016 offer was revealed Monday, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed court documents relating to his investigation of Russian efforts to influence the election. "I don't know", Trump told reporters Friday on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One for the first leg of trip to Asia. CNN reported Wednesday that Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy ... Read More

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Spain mulls int'l arrest warrant for Puigdemont

Spain mulls int'l arrest warrant for Puigdemont

A spokeswoman for the High Court could not confirm the warrant had been issued. Puigdemont spoke at a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday and appeared on Belgian state television on Friday. "For Catalonia, for the freedom of political prisoners and the Republic", he wrote, endorsing calls for pro-secession political parties to unite in a coalition for the forthcoming poll. Read More

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George HW Bush calls Trump 'a blowhard' in new book

George H.W. Bush also reportedly called Trump a "blowhard". Updegrove documents misgivings the two former GOP presidents have about President Donald Trump with H.W. Bush confided to the author, "I'm anxious that I will be the last Republican president". George W. Bush , on the other hand, left the top of his ballot blank because he didn't want to vote for Clinton, saying that she has "bad judgment". Read More

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ISIS on verge of defeat in face of Syrian, Iraqi assault

ISIS on verge of defeat in face of Syrian, Iraqi assault

A USA -backed alliance of Syrian militias wrested control of Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa, last month, and Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, the largest city held by the militants, in July. Syrian government forces and their pro-government allies first broke the militant group's siege of their part of the city in September and have been advancing against ISIS positions since then. Read More

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Final hearing on all Aadhaar cases by Nov end

Final hearing on all Aadhaar cases by Nov end

The petitions challenge the linking of bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar on multiple grounds including violation of the right to privacy, and articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution . He said the bunch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme and the Act will be heard by the apex court in the last week of November. A nine-judge bench had recently ruled that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the purview of Indian Constitution. Read More

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40M Kidde fire extinguishers recalled due to potential activation failure

40M Kidde fire extinguishers recalled due to potential activation failure

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the plastic handles and the push buttons of these can get clogged. "In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", the announcement said. His family received a settlement from Kidde. These have plastic handles or were the push-button Pindicator models. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said . Read More

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Catalan leaders due before Madrid court on rebellion charge

Catalan leaders due before Madrid court on rebellion charge

When nine members of the deposed Catalan government appeared before the high court as part of its investigation into alleged sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds, the judge had the option of releasing them, pending trial. "The fury with which the Spanish government has attacked a attractive European nation is outrageous and is threatening us all", Mr Puigdemont said, adding that Catalonia's independence is "no longer an internal affair" of Spain. Read More

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Metro Detroit man George Papadopoulis mistaken for Trump advisor

Metro Detroit man George Papadopoulis mistaken for Trump advisor

Papadopoulos' guilty plea and the possibility that he's working with Mueller's team came as an unexpected twist in the mounting drama surrounding the criminal probe. J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and Trump campaign national security adviser who attended the meeting, told CNN he was "surprised to learn this week what George Papadopoulos was up to during the campaign". Read More

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Elizabeth Warren: The Democratic Nomination Process Was Rigged

Elizabeth Warren: The Democratic Nomination Process Was Rigged

She has set forth what she found in a new book, " Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House ". On CNN, Sen. Clinton's campaign had also taken over operational control of the Democratic party , Brazile says, to the extent that press releases could not be sent out from Washington, D.C., but had to first go to Brooklyn for approval. Read More

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At least 6 dead after vehicle rams Manhattan bike path

At least 6 dead after vehicle rams Manhattan bike path

The incident took place near the West Side Highway, police spokesman Ahmed Nasser said. New York City's mayor says a truck attack in lower Manhattan killed eight people and was a "cowardly" act of terror. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack. "I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed", a Twitter user wrote. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was heading to the scene on Tuesday afternoon, according to his office. Read More

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