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United States to Deploy 300 Marines to Afghanistan's Helmand

The US maintains almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan under the NATO's Resolute Support mission. While the Obama administration made plans to reduce this number in 2017, the fate of the mission is unclear as US President-elect Donald Trumps prepares to take office later this month.

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Daesh claims vehicle bombing in Iraq's Baghdad

Maan said the soldier who opened fire on the attacker was among the wounded. Jamilah is the city's primary vegetable market and located in the primarily Shiite district of Sadr City northeast of Baghdad.

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Donald Trump orders Obama's political ambassadors to resign before he becomes President

State Department spokesman John Kirby said it was "common" procedure for all politically-appointed ambassadors to step down as a new us administration comes in on January 20. While big campaign donors are rewarded with swish sinecures, other key posts go to party grandees and trusted supporters tasked with handling sensitive, strategic relations.

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BCCI National selector's meeting commences after clearance from Lodha Panel

The meeting was reportedly called by Srinivasan, who was forced out from the post of BCCI president by the Supreme Court. Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently stepped down as captain. A total of 24 BCCI units, who are either done with their BCCI career or forced to go into compulsory cooling off, had gathered to discuss their future course of action following the Supreme Court's latest order.

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Shivpal meets Akhilesh Yadav in effort to end SP feud

Amar Singh was supposedly the main reason of the "rift" between Mulayam Singh and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The Akhilesh Yadav faction had yesterday submitted to the Election Commission affidavits which it claimed to have signatures of "90 per cent" of legislators and delegates, including over 200 of the 229 MLAs and 56 of 68 MLCs.

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Ex-army chief joins SAD, will take on Amarinder

Intracting to media persons here today Capt Amarinder Singh was replying to question by a newsman regarding Bhagwant Mann's alleged claim on post of Chief Minister. However, the Punjab unit of the Congress has now faced a roadblock in what would have been otherwise smooth sailing: The party's national vice-president Rahul Gandhi is on vacation, and therefore the full list of candidates for the election can not be released.

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Turkey dismisses more civil servants in post-coup purge

Turkey declared a state of emergency after the coup attempt and engaged in an unprecedented crackdown on Gulen's movement, arresting 41,000 people and purging more than 100,000 from government jobs. Since the coup , Turkey has piled pressure on the United States to extradite Gulen , a one-time Erdogan ally. One of the emergency decrees stipulates that Turkish citizens overseas who do not respond to a summons to testify as part the coup investigation may lose their citizenship.

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Police visit Collier relative of airport shooting suspect

He has been charged with act of violence at an global airport resulting in death - a charge that has a penalty of execution or any prison sentence up to life - and two firearms offenses. "We have not talked for the past three weeks", Bryan Santiago said. Santiago himself is a native of Woodbury, New Jersey. He grew up in the southern coastal town of Penuelas before joining the Guard in 2007.

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Narendra Modi reaches Bengaluru, set to inaugurate the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Black money and corruption were slowly turning the Indian economy hollow, he said, adding that the demonetisation exercise was necessary to set things right again. "It is unfortunate that there are some political worshippers (rajnaitik pujari) of black money who term our actions against it as anti-people", Modi said at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention here.

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Govt overlooks protests, calls Budget session on January 31

Opposition parties say the government can sway voters with populist announcements if the budget is presented as scheduled on February 1. Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap said the Election Commission does not have the power to stop the government from tabling the budget.

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West African leaders 'won't deploy forces to Gambia for now'

Tension is now high in the small West African nation of less than two million people after President Jammeh, who has governed the Gambia for 22 years rejected the election results. The Gambian embattled President, Yahya Jammeh after conceding defeat annulled the election results citing irregularities, not known at the time he conceded.

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Erdogan, UK PM say Geneva talks 'real opportunity' for Cyprus

The Geneva Conference is expected to be attended by the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who will be joined on January 12 by Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Akinci also insists on a rotating presidency for Cyprus where a Turkish Cypriot is elected every two years to the highest office - a proposal unpopular among Greek Cypriots.

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Tom Brady has joined Instagram

After the murder of their 20-year-old son, a mother and father in California received a letter of sympathy from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady , according to a story in Sports Illustrated . He now has 233,000 followers and is likely to hit the one million mark soon enough. It's not some inflated number either, because Brady already has half a million followers on Instagram.

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GOP legislators vow govt. funding to US-Mexico border wall

Fox added in another tweet that "Trump may ask whoever he wants" but there was no way Mexico would "pay for his racist monument". On Trump's campaign website, in a 664 word plan, it states Mexico will pay for the wall or the USA will block wire transfers to Mexico.

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WikiLeaks' Assange: Russia didn't give us emails

Ecuador has officially handed over its report to Sweden on the interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations, Sweden' prosecutor's office confirmed Thursday. Trump has faced criticism for appearing to embrace Assange, whose organization has been under criminal investigation for its role in classified information leaks.

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China to Trump: Delete your Twitter account

State-media service Xinhua is reported to have run a commentary on Trump's tweets, saying : "An obsession with "Twitter foreign policy" is undesirable ". "North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!" The rebuke followed a tweet by Trump - or whoever is running Trump's Twitter account - critical of China's protection of renegade nuclear patron North Korea.

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Trump Tanks Toyota's Stock After Threatening Automaker With 'Big Border Tax'

US President-elect Donald Trump has targeted Toyota, threatening to impose a hefty fee on the world's largest vehicle maker if it builds its Corolla cars for the US market at a plant in Mexico. The company, which is based in Japan, stressed Thursday that the new Mexico plant will not cause any job losses in the U.S. Trump's campaign slogan during the USA presidential election campaign was "Make America great again", elaborating that one of the key components in his plan was to bring back ...

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Portuguese PM to visit ancestral home on Jan 11

A total of six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between India and Portugal were signed, including one on defence cooperation. Mr Mukherjee said Mr Costa " s visit was taking place at a time, when relations between India and Portugal were in an excellent state.

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A US Consulate Official Was Filmed Being Shot In Mexico

Surveillance footage showed the gunman, dressed in blue, following the official inside the garage. The video shows the gunman firing a round into the windshield before fleeing the scene. Although the video of the attack suggests that the shooter deliberately targeted the victim, previous attacks on US officials in Mexico have turned out to be mistakes.

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New zone to create 100K jobs with USD5bn investment: Chinese Ambassador

Sri Lanka and CMPort signed a framework agreement for the joint management of Hambantota's port in December. Lawmaker D.V. Chanaka, one of the protest organizers, said he fears the port area will become a "Chinese colony". The Rev. Magama Mahanama, from an organization calling itself the Monks' Organization to Protect National Assets, said that the clergy following an ancient tradition would issue a decree to the government to stop the leasing.

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Dan Coats picked to be director of national intelligence

Coats, who retired from the Senate this month after deciding not to seek re-election a year ago, would become Trump's principal adviser on intelligence matters and would oversee U.S. and then chose to run for his former Senate seat in 2010 - an election he won. Bush administration, he served as US ambassador to Germany. He did not seek re-election in 2016.

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FIR Against Sakshi Maharaj For Comment Blaming Muslims For Population Rise

Following the controversial statement, Haji Mohammad Salis, General Secretary of the All India Sunni Ulema Council (AISUC) lashed out at the BJP MP and said that he speaks about Muslims having four wives and 40 children but why doesn't he speak about Hindus having mistresses.

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Lakers come back home after loss to take on Heat

Luol Deng and D'Angelo Russell contributed 19 points apiece for the Lakers (14-26), who beat the Heat for only the second time in their last 10 meetings. The misfortunes of the youthful Los Angeles Lakers continued Thursday night with breakdowns in the second half of a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Mamata calls for a national govt.

Talking to media persons here this afternoon, Ms Banejee said "All the institutions are under attack.,.they had even dismantled the Planning Commission.,.This is a unsafe game.,.the PM is behaving like Kalidas.,.trying to cut the branch he is sitting on and even the President hasvoiced his concern about demonetisation".

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Note ban broke Opposition's pro-poor plank: Amit Shah

Modi's comments on the concluding day of the BJP's two-national executive meet came within hours of the party adopting an economic resolution hailing the recall of high-value banknotes as a "historic step" and linking it to "patriotism" and "people's honour".

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Why China is watching Taiwan leader's foreign tour

Prior to arriving in Honduras on January 8 on the first leg of trip, she will make a stopover in Houston on January 7, according to the itinerary. The Chinese Foreign Ministry today reiterated the importance that China and the United States maintain stable relations, an idea supported by the global community.

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WISD gets mixed scores from TEA

The grades are based heavily on student performance and on state standardized tests. This isn't including the individual domain scores for each campus, which all met standard a year ago. The data on which the grades are based is flawed, considering a new company conducting statewide testing did a awful job carrying it out. "We will carry on as we have, as if they are never published", he said.

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NASA MRO captures incredible picture of Earth and Moon from Mars

A view of Earth and its Moon, as seen from Mars. The image, which was taken using the most powerful telescope on November 20 previous year, shows continent-size details of the planet and the relative size of the moon. "Other bright areas are clouds", NASA said in a statement . "We see the western near-side of the Moon". The two images were taken using different exposure parameters.

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Trump keeps denying Russian meddling. But he can't outrun the facts forever

Russian Federation has denied links to the breaches of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The agencies said the Russian government's efforts will likely be the "new normal", explaining that Putin is likely to apply the lessons learned during the 2016 presidential election to future contests in the United States and elsewhere.

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Buhari, African leaders to take decision on The Gambia, while in Ghana

President Muhammadu Buhari alongside other African leaders will on Saturday take a decision on the political impasse in The Gambia, while in Ghana for the inauguration of President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. President Rouhani further wished for prosperity and well-being of President Akufo-Addo and the Ghanaian nation. The former president has defended his record, saying his government had been up against "strong headwinds" that caused growth to slow, public sector debt to rise and the country's ...

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Pentagon: Four Detainees Transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia

There were emotional reunions with families at the royal airport in the capital Riyadh, with one man bending down to kiss his sobbing mother's feet as she cried "God is great". Mr Obama pledged during his 2008 presidential campaign to close the controversial facility. The outgoing president aims to transfer at least 19 inmates to four countries including Italy, Oman and the United Arab Emirates before he leaves office on 20 January.

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US Marines Again Deploying Into Afghanistan's Helmand Province

This is actually the second time during the United States occupation of Afghanistan that the U.S. withdrew ground troops from Helmand only to put them back later, with troops withdrawn in 2006 and the Marines deployment part of the 2008 escalation of the Afghanistan war.

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Turkish-backed forces fighting street battles in Syria's al-Bab: defense minister

Jan 5 Turkey has told US officials it has not received sufficient support in its fight against Islamic State in the last month-and-a-half and expects full support in its bid to drive the jihadists out of Syria's al-Bab, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Thursday.

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Army National Guardsman, Iraq War Vet Is Suspect in Airport Shootings

At 2:26pm Eastern time, more shots were reported at the parking garage in Terminal 1, and there was police activity in other terminals previously unaffected by the shooting at Terminal 2. Lauderdale airport was targeting a person or persons in his attack. Although some reports indicated Santiago flew in from Canada, Air Canada later said they had no record of a passenger by that name on any of their flights to Ft.

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Hatton Garden raid: Woman claims to be missing £7m in gold

Detectives are now investigating the unnamed victim's claim, which would take the total haul to £21million. The gang raided safe deposit boxes for jewels after boring into the vault of the now defunct Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd. Another member of the gang, known only as Basil, who played an "instrumental" role in the raid, remains at large. After the trial, two-thirds of the proceeds were unaccounted for.


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