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Jallikattu on in all parts of Tamil Nadu, except Madurai

The fault here lies squarely with the apex court, which should have gotten involved in the matter quickly given how it relates emotionally to the people of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu witnessed large scale protests by students in 1960s over the imposition of Hindi as the official language in the southern state, with the majority Dravidian community fiercely opposing it before the order was rolled back by the central government.

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United Kingdom govt accused of covering up failed Trident nuclear missile test

A number of MPs have said Defence Secretary Michael Fallon should make a statement to the commons on the incident on Monday. "The UK's independent nuclear deterrent is a vital cornerstone for the nation's defence", he said. A test firing of an unarmed British nuclear Trident missile from a submarine malfunctioned last June, the Sunday Times reported, prompting questions about why Prime Minister Theresa May did not tell parliament ahead of a vote on renewing the submarines.

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Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election

Adama Barrow was sworn-in as Gambian President Thursday at the Gambia Embassy in Dakar, Senegal . "Nobody wants to die for this", a source close to the presidency said , adding that many Jungulars, Jammeh's loyalists who are known to carry out his orders to torture and kill, had left the president's side.

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What Donald Trump has planned on his first full day as President

He's claiming that photographs of the inauguration were intentionally framed in a way to minimize the crowd. An estimated 1.8 million people gathered to watch Obama, the nation's first African-American president, be inaugurated in 2009. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Saturday. That same picture was removed from the POTUS account about an hour after Trump took the oath of office.

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Trump's To-Do List: What to Expect From an Unexpected President

Washington authorities reportedly predicted 800,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump's inauguration Friday, about half of the 2009 crowd. Spicer convened reporters at the White House during Trump's first full day in office to accuse them of engaging in "deliberately false reporting".

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OPEC, non-OPEC producers meet to discuss compliance with oil cut deal

OPEC's production fell by 220,900 barrels a day to 33.08 million a day in December, led by declines in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The first meeting of the oil production monitoring committee under OPEC, where ministers intend to approve the mechanism of oil production monitoring and summarize initial outcomes of implementing the oil production cut agreement will be held in Vienna on Sunday.

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Trade deal process fraught with risk

That, however, did not stop UK Prime Minister Theresa May from pursuing a hard Brexit and confirming on Tuesday that the country would lose access to the European single market together with the membership of the bloc, but would seek to secure a new free trade agreement (FTA) with Brussels on most similar conditions possible.

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Trump trade strategy starts with quitting Asia pact - White House

President Donald Trump is gearing up to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the White House announced on January 20. The TPP, which remained unratified by the US Congress, was conceived as the economic fulcrum of the Obama administration's much-publicised "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region and as a response to China's growing assertiveness in the huge Asia-Pacific geographic expanse.

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Women by the thousands deliver rebuke to Trump, from Iowa to DC

Philadelphia resident Andy Dinsmore, 31, said he wants to return to teaching, where he believes he "can affect more people". "He [Trump] has a whole lot to learn, and I hope today from this march he can see all the thousands and millions of people [marching] and hopefully he'll see that we're important and that we matter".

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President Donald Trump: "We will get the job done"

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. President Trump then will deliver his inaugural address . He has taken the record from Ronald Reagan who was only 69 when he took office. Trump will take the oath on a childhood Bible, as well as the Bible Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama used to take the oath of office. When Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on board Air Force One after John F.

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In inauguration speech, Trump vows to give power back to the people

The worldwide outpouring served to underscore the degree to which Mr Trump has unsettled people in both hemispheres. "We've defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay".

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Trump's inaugural address was a radical break with American tradition

Two miles down the road and nearly simultaneously, a lively protest stepped off the state Capitol steps. "Hey, hey! Ho, ho!" Los Angeles police said well over 100,000 people packed several closed blocks. "The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights", the website reads.

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Trump sworn in as 45th President of the United States

Six police officers suffered minor injuries and 217 protesters were arrested after they smashed windows, damaged cars and threw rocks at police near Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony on Friday in Washington, D.C. "Whatever happens, we Americans, we New Yorkers, we patriots, will stand united for our rights and for the rights of our fellow citizens", De Niro said.

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Ellen DeGeneres' moving tribute to the Obamas may leave you in tears

Beyonce chose to thank the former presidential couple by posting a picture on her Instagram, captioned simply: "Thank you". "I'm a legally married woman because of him and so is my wife", DeGeneres said, referring to Obama's role in supporting marriage equality, which allowed her and longtime partner Portia de Rossi to finally tie the knot officially.

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Ellen DeGeneres' Farewell to the Obamas Will Have You in Tears

Macklemore said: "Thank you for fighting for a world where I can raise my daughter to love whoever she wants to love". "President Obama, we are so grateful for everything you've done in the name of equality, kindness and love". " Ellen counters what too often divides us with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time ", an emotional Mr Obama said at the time .

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Northern Ireland lawmaker Martin McGuinness quits politics due to serious illness

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said: "People used to say it was a miracle between himself and Ian Paisley, God rest him, and whatever people may think of Martin McGuinness, I'm sure that most people would concede that for 10 years, he broke his back trying to make that office work".

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This boy just left a cheeky message about Donald Trump on camera

And then there was Trump himself. About 3,000 marchers gathered at Hyde Park in Sydney before marching towards the U.S. consulate. Celebrities such as Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Patricia Arquette and Michael Moore are expected to attend.

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India Andhra Pradesh train crash leaves 12 dead and many injured

The injured have been admitted to two nearby hospitals. Local authorities and the railway company's personnel were sent to help evacuate passengers of the train. Last November, more than 140 people were killed in a derailment in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state . According to a government report in 2012, about 15,000 people are killed every year in train accidents.

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8 magnitude quake near Papua New Guinea

The islands, east of Papua New Guinea, were struck by a 7.8 magnitude quake in December. EARLIER: A MAGNITUDE 8.0 quake struck the Solomon Islands on Sunday, with fears it could cause hazardous tsunami waves in several countries. No casualties or damage have been reported so far. Bougainville Island is one of the islands that make up the Autonomous Region of Bougainville within Papua New Guinea (PNG) which is home to around 300,000 people.

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Donald Trump takes oath as 45th US President

Here is a look at some facts about the inaugural event and the all-important oath of office. "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".

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Trump Ramps Up the Narcissism in an Appalling Speech

He blamed the media for ginning up his fight with the intelligence community, though Trump had, a week earlier, compared agents' tactics to those of the Nazis while accusing them of leaking an unsubstantiated report about him. "There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump , there is nobody", Trump said. While protests continue throughout America against him, Trump is expected to visit the Washington National Cathedral and then the Central ...

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Mississippi storm: At least 3 dead; damage reported in Hattiesburg area

Rescue teams were searching for more victims in the area where the tornado struck, Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency told the Associated Press, while Hattiesburg police were making door-to-door rounds. At least four people were confirmed dead, the City of Hattiesburg announced on its social media accounts. Photos and television images showed the intensity of the damage.

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Hundreds of VA National Guard soldiers to help at inauguration

Hapgood says the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. chooses the soldiers, and he says Iowa has gotten the call many times, with this year marking the third consecutive presidential inauguration that the Iowa National Guard has supported.

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Trump assures Central Intelligence Agency officials 'I am so behind you'

In the freewheeling speech Trump further boasted that most of the people in the room voted for him, said he would "end it" when it comes to the battle against Islamic extremism, criticized the press and wrongly asserted that the crowd at his inauguration stretched as far as the Washington Monument.

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Houston Philanthropist Heads to D.C. for Women's March

They will be defending human rights and demanding justice and equality for all. "I want to move forward and not backward". It's me and my mom and her two sisters, we're all going to go down. What started as women marching against Trump has now grown into something bigger. "For me, the March has always been about this idea of being with this group of women, feeling the positive energy, and just the affirmation that we're here and we're standing together".

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Meet the New US 45th President Donald Trump Family

He took over his family's real estate firm after his father was imprisoned on a federal felony conviction for witness tampering and tax evasion. The President-elect has three children - Donald Jr, 39, Eric, 33, and Ivanka , 35 - with his first wife Ivana Trump, and a 23-year-old daughter, Tiffany, with second wife Marla Maples.

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New Gambia Leader to Set Up Truth Commission; Defeated Leader to Leave

His opponent, Adama Barrow, was sworn in today at the Gambian embassy in Senegal, so at the moment, the country has two presidents. He was sworn-in about 5p.m. The uncertainty continued to push Gambians to flee the country and the United Nations refugee agency said around 45,000 had fled so far, with more than 75 percent being children, largely accompanied by women.

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Theresa May to travel to U.S. for Donald Trump talks next week

May will be the first foreign leader to meet with Trump after he was sworn in as the new U.S. President on Friday. However, when contacted on Saturday afternoon, Downing Street would not confirm May's visit to Washington DC. He said while visiting Burma: "I think that the new president has made it very clear that he wants to put Britain at the front of the line for a new trade deal and obviously that's extremely exciting and important".

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Foreign Boko Haram terrorist captured, 15 killed

Speaking when he paid a visit to troops of 3 Battalion, Buratai said two days after the accident, Boko Haram fighters returned to Rann in two gun trucks, but were repelled by the soldiers. The Boko Haram attack Thursday occurred as aid workers were trying to help bombing victims. He said while one insurgent, suspected to be a foreigner, was captured, others escaped with one gun truck.

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Five feared dead as Hirakhand Express derails

As many as eight coaches, including one Second AC, one Third AC, two sleeper coaches, were derailed. "The death toll has risen to 23". "Thirteen people are confirmed dead and scores are injured", J. A total of 12 people have been killed in the deadly accident that took place around 11 PM when the train was going to Bhubaneswar . On Friday 10 coaches of an express train were derailed in western Rajasthan state leaving many passengers with minor injuries.

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Barrow sworn-in as President, Jammeh refuses to cede power

A statement issued at the United Nations headquarters in NY by the Secretary-General further expressed deep concern about the refusal of the former President Yahya Jammeh to step aside and about the high outflow of Gambians into Senegal. Barrow won the December elections, but Jammeh contested the results as calls grew for him to be prosecuted for alleged abuses during his time in power.

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The PA-NJ turnpike bridge closed

Officials said that construction work already is underway to stabilize the bridge, fastening new plates where needed, even as the analysis proceeds. "However, out of an abundance of caution and to protect traveler safety, the bridge must remain closed until a full-scale analysis and fix plan have been completed".

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Trump Trade Strategy Starts With Quitting Asia Pact: White House

Mattis was confirmed by a 98-1 vote earlier Friday in the first action taken by USA senators after Trump took the oath of office, and was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. A number of studies have suggested the deal would have a very limited economic impact on Canada, given that Canada already has trade deals with most of its largest trade partners in the pact.

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Women's March on Washington: Canadians turned away from U.S. by Border Security

They explained to the border agents that they were considering attending the Women's March - after which they were questioned, fingerprinted and photographed. At this point they were turned away. I can tell you I don't consider myself a national security threat. For the next two hours, US border agents searched their cars, examined their cell phones, and fingerprinted each of the eight-person contingent.

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Rabidly anti-gay pastor preaches at Trump's private Inauguration Day service

The pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, is a Southern Baptist who vigorously campaigned for Trump during the final months of the presidential election and is a member of his evangelical advisory board . Trump and his wife, Melania, will attend the exclusive sermon together with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. . "Jeffress' anti-LGBTQ message is now going to be tied to this administration and its policies".


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