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Syrian rebels breach government-imposed siege on Aleppo

A monitoring group backs up the reports, however pro-government media outlets deny the siege has been broken. State television said the Syrian air force was carrying out air strikes around the military academy buildings seized by opposition forces.

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Machete attack against Belgian police is likely terrorism, officials say

The prime minister broke off his vacation in the south of France and was returning to Belgium for an emergency meeting of the government's National Security Council on Sunday. Police received a call at around 6:20am local time (5:20am United Kingdom time) on Sunday morning saying there was a man with a machete in the Carre neighbourhood of the north-eastern city.

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Donald Trump Tries To Make Amends In GOP After Gaffe-Filled Week

He also inflamed some Republicans by refusing to endorse U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in his re-election bid. Trump told the Washington Post earlier this week he likes Ryan, "But these are awful times for our country". The real question for voters: "What will it take for Wisconsin Republicans like Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, and Sean Duffy to denounce Donald Trump and withdraw their support once and for all?" The tweets were the latest manifestation of Trump's war of words with ...

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Toomey Says Trump Will Not Affect His Re-election Chances

Clinton has advantages over Trump among women (58/27 percent), college graduates (59/26 percent), voters earning at least $75,000 a year (54/30 percent), whites (46/37 percent) and nonwhites (78/9 percent). "Period." In the same statement, Ryan said he rejects any "religious litmus test for entering our country", another swipe at Trump. An aide to Ryan said Friday, "He appreciates the gesture and is going to continue to focus on earning the endorsement of the voters in southern Wisconsin".

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Terrorists Executed In Iran

Iran executed at least 977 people in 2015, more than any country apart from China. Iranian authorities have defended the execution of a number of Sunni prisoners, saying the executed persons were "takfiris". In 2013, the Islamic republic hanged 16 Sunnis in the eastern province of Zahedan, eight of whom were members of a Sunni militant group named Jundallah, which waged a deadly insurgency on civilians and officials in southeastern Iran for nearly a decade.

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Debris found off Akita Prefecture from N. Korea missile?

Asked whether China would support a council condemnation of the latest launches, he said "there's a real risk" and the council needs to do things that promote denuclearization and peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as well as a negotiated solution to North Korea's nuclear program.

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US notches first gold of the games

Yi earned air rifle gold at the 2012 London Games just three years after starting her worldwide shooting career. Rhode is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and member of the National Rifle Association. GOING FOR GOLD: The marquee event Saturday is the men's basketball game between the Americans and China - although some say the real action is more than 6,000 miles away in Las Vegas, where betting on the Olympics is legal for the first time since 1998.

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Trump Repeats Story He Saw Video of Cash Being Loaded Off Plane

Clinton's visit to the Knotty Tie Company comes a little less than a week after she addressed the same issue during her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, specifically mentioning that Trump could've made his ties in Colorado.

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Unofficial results show Thais approve new constitution

At least 20 other people were detained for destroying their ballots, apparently accidently because they were confused about the voting procedure. Though it contains strong provisions on healthcare and education, people have different opinions regarding its contents about the national assembly, the election of a new prime minister, the constitutional court, and counter corruption mechanism.

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Philippine President Acknowledges Abuses in Drug War

Before reading the list of names, he said the accused would be suspended, any firearm permits they held rescinded, and ordered them to surrender to the Philippines National Police (PNP). "Mr. President, impunity once unleashed has no boundaries", De Lima said. Some killings have been the work of unidentified vigilantes, who often leave handwritten signs next to their victims' bodies labeling them as drug dealers.

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Mandela's party loses ground in worst result for decades

In the municipal elections, the opposition Democratic Alliance party edged out the ANC in Tshwane, though it did not win a majority, raising the likelihood of a coalition government. "We have sent a message to our own people and the world that we are a maturing democracy", he said. "Let us get back to work and build our country together".

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Syrian refugee swimmer wins heat, won't advance in butterfly

This is for the first time refugees were recognised as a separate team with International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, saying, "We do not just tolerate diversity, but welcome it as an enrichment to our unity". Competing with all these great champions is exciting. However, that result wasn't fast enough to advance Mardini to the semifinals on Saturday. Mardini's story has been an inspiration at the Olympics.

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Fighting in Syrian city yields trove of ISIS intelligence

Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East, said Thursday that the intelligence haul was "extraordinarily important". In addition, we will aggressively pursue opportunities to build pressure on ISIL in Syria from the south, complementing our existing, robust efforts from northeastern Syria.

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Mainly Kurdish fighters control much of Syrian IS stronghold

It would also give rebels access to armaments stored in the base, which has been used by the Syrian army in the country's five-year conflict as a centre from which to shell opposition targets. Opposition forces - encircled by the government since July 17 - are hoping to expand their control in the area and use that route themselves. Abdel Rahman said the advance had left the regime forces "in a very hard position despite Russian air support".

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Washington not involved in Turkey coup attempt: U.S. ambassador

Gulen strongly denies any involvement and the movement he leads insists it is a charitable network promoting tolerant Islam. The crisis in Turkey has erupted at a time when the Ankara-Washington relationship is as important as ever, with the U.S.

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Trump ends hard week by focusing on Hillary Clinton

But she has widened her lead over Trump in recent polls, nationally and in some of the crucial swing states that could determine the outcome of the presidential race. Comey told Congress that investigators had "no basis to conclude she lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". At his worst, Donald Trump is announcing that he is not fit or competent to be Hillary Clinton's assistant, let alone President of the United States.

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Syrian rebels kill seven with toxic gas: Russian Defense Ministry

Earlier this year, the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) said chemical weapons attacks have killed almost 1,500 people since civil war broke out in Syria more than five years ago. And pro-government website al-Masdar News said an initial rebel advance into the Ramussa district was pushed back "following a long and gruesome battle ".

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Philippines' Duterte vows to keep 'shoot-to-kill' order

On Friday afternoon, an incumbent mayor and an ex-mayor from Lanao del Sur "surrendered" to PNP chief Director General Ronaldo dela Rosa and admitted links to the drug trade, but said this was in the past. My order is shoot to kill you. I give you 24 hours to report to your mother unit or I will whack you. The president dismissed critics' suggestions some of the 402 suspects whose killings have been acknowledged by the police were "salvaged", the local police term for summary execution .

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Duterte vows to keep 'shoot-to-kill' order

The so-called "Duterte effect" has seen a massive spike in extrajudicial killings of those suspected of involvement in the drug trade. "There is no due process in my mouth", Duterte said. He vowed to maintain his "shoot-to-kill" order against drug dealers while in office and says he "does not care about human rights". The president listed nine judges and over 50 current or former congressmen, mayors and other local officials whom he alleged were involved in illegal drugs.

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Olympic boxer arrested for alleged sexual assault

Saada will be jailed for 15 days while they investigate. The site said that two other athletes were allegedly in the room at the time but did not react to the assault. "We understand that the situation is being dealt with by the local Brazilian authorities and have complete confidence that they will handle the matter appropriately", federation spokesman Nicolas Jomard said in a statement.

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ANC shaken by South Africa election losses

PORT ELIZABETH , South Africa On the surface, white South African ex-farmer Athol Trollip seems an unlikely candidate for mayor of a metropolitan district named after the ANC's great liberation hero, Nelson Mandela. Votes are still being counted in the economic center of Johannesburg, and Granitz reported the DA is claiming victory there, too. Zuma, jailed on Robben Island with Mandela during apartheid, retains deep loyalty inside the ANC and in many rural areas, although he can not stand ...

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Once Again, Libertarian and Green Parties are Denied Participation in Presidential Debates

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by the Green and Libertarian parties seeking a space on the debate stage alongside the Democrat/Republican "duopoly". The Chicago Tribune writes that they have no "illusions about Johnson's chances to break through the clutter of ugliness and negativity". Supposedly serious Independent or third party nominees like John Anderson (1980) and Ross Perot (1992) saw their poll numbers slide in the final months of those campaigns as voters made ...

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Russian reinstated at last minute for women's butterfly

The IOC opted not to hand Russian Federation a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following allegations of state-sponsored doping. Last-minute appeals by banned Russians have turned the build-up into a legal obstacle course, creating uncertainty for the athletes and for their rivals.

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Turk court issues warrant for cleric

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Gulen for the violence, in which Erdogan said 237 people were killed excluding the plotters and more than 2,100 wounded, and said the United States should extradite him to Turkey. Gulen condemned the Turkish judiciary, saying it lacked independence. They said they have given USA 85 boxes of material and evidence to support their case.

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South Africa local elections: ANC loses in capital Pretoria

The party was still leading in the overall count in the nationwide municipal vote, with 98 percent of ballots counted. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters it was too early to analyze the election results , saying it would be like reading "somebody's tombstone before they die".

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'We need to wake up': Nova Scotia front-line workers on MMIW inquiry

Speaking at a ceremony announcing the makeup of the inquiry at Canada's Museum of History, Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs, called on the commissioners to investigate the systemic causes of violence, "including racism, sexism and the sustained impact of colonialism".

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Two Belgian police hurt by machete-wielding assailant shouting 'Allahu akbar'

The perpetrator, who could be heard shouting " Allahu Akbar ", was shot by a third officer on site, the RTL radio station claims, citing local police. "Thoughts are with the victims, their relatives and police officers", Michel posted on Twitter. "We are closely monitoring the situation". Belgium was also a springboard for the Islamic State cell which carried out the November 13 2015 attacks in Paris which killed 130 people, investigators say.

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Kazakhstan to expel teachers linked with Gulen movement: Nazarbayev

Cavusoglu blasted Kern's "ugly" comments. FILE - Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016. Under the plan, Turkey stops refugees' unsafe sea journeys and takes back illegal migrants from Greece. But Ankara has complained Europe is not living up to its side of the accord.

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Two Police Officers Attacked with Machete in Belgium

Belgium's prime minister Sunday announced a terrorism probe into a machete attack that wounded two policewomen, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of militant attacks in Europe. The terrorist group ISIS claimed credit for that attack . Many of those who carried out attacks in Paris in November, which killed 130 people, were based in Belgium.

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Owen Smith accused of 'blackmail' over Labour split warnings

Some grassroots members had moved to deselect Wallasey MP and former Labour leadership contender Angela Eagle MP, whose office had also suffered a smashed window purportedly in response to her opposition to Mr Corbyn. Islington South MP Emily Thornberry has so far not declared who she will support in next month's ballot but has shown steadfast loyalty to Mr Corbyn since he was elected leader a year ago.

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Obama: Sorry, But We've Got To Give Trump Classified Briefings

President Obama dismissed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's comment this week that the election may be "rigged" this year. "That doesn't seem to be the case today". Trump has to say and make your own judgment with respect to how confident you feel about his ability to manage things like our nuclear triad". "I'm afraid the election's going to be rigged.

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Has Clinton's convention message resonated with the party?

Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination Thursday night, becoming the first woman to lead a major party's ticket in a general election. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, and its potential ties to Russian hackers, are likely to heighten accusations, so far unproven, that Moscow is trying to meddle in the USA election to help Trump.

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South Africa's ANC Faces Worst Electoral Performance Since Apartheid

The Democratic Alliance angered the ANC last month by declaring that it was the only party that could realize Mandela's dream of a "prosperous, united and non-racial South Africa". With 99.9 percent of the vote in on Saturday, the ANC secured 54.4 percent support in an August 3 local government election, slipping below the 60 percent mark for the first time since it took power in 1994.

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Syrian air strikes 'hit displaced people's camp' near Aleppo

Air strikes believed carried out by Russian warplanes hit two displaced persons' camps west of Aleppo and near the Turkish border on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. Jan Egeland, an adviser to U.N.'s special envoy to Syria, says only 40 percent of planned humanitarian relief was delivered in June and July. A boy carries his belongings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Assad in Aleppo's al-Fardous ...

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South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance beats ANC in key municipality

A defeat in these three strongholds is a sign that black South Africans will no longer automatically vote for the ANC. Since South Africa's first all-race election in 1994, the ANC has had widespread support on the strength of its successful fight against white-minority rule, while bringing basic amenities to many people who had had none.


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