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African leaders back plan for ICC withdrawal

The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A total of 34 African states are signatories to the Rome Statute, which set up the ICC. And now these countries, are thinking of a strategy to withdraw collectively from the ICC.

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Democrats are already plotting to block Trump's Supreme Court pick

Maggie Hassan by around 1,000 votes out of some three-quarters of a million cast. "A Supreme Court nominee, if willing to respond, should indicate that they regard this executive order as unlawful and unconstitutional", said Democrat Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee.

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Trump travel ban: Advice for British citizens

It means Sir Mo Farah can now return home to his family in Oregon, US, despite the Somalia-born Olympian's fears he would be blocked from entering the country. And also because you're coming from [one of the seven countries], you would need to have a visa or ESTA. His abrupt executive order has been met with global criticism, legal challenges and protests around the US.

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Israeli PM to Lobby Trump for Sanctions on Iran in US Visit

Recent news of a possible 20 percent tax on all goods from Mexico to pay for President Trump's wall has him concerned about his business. As the Mexican foreign ministry voiced concern and summoned the Israeli ambassador over the tweet , the country's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, on Monday, called on the Israeli government to clarify and " correct " its position.

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Chinese billionaire reportedly abducted from Hong Kong hotel and taken to mainland

The police did not identify Xiao by name, but said "family members" requested the case be closed a day later. One of China's richest men with connections into the top echelon of politics has been nabbed by Chinese agents in Hong Kong. Xiao, who said in the statement he was a Canadian citizen, insisted he was being treated for an illness overseas. In late 2015, the bookseller and passport holder of Britain, Lee Bo, disappeared from the city, and was later found in Chinese custody.

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Tunisian Islamic State Suspect Arrested over Attack Plot in Germany

The 36-year-old, who has not yet been named, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man did not resist his arrest, which was delayed to avoid jeopardising the ongoing investigation into a wider terror network, he added.

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Volkswagen Agree To Pay About $1.2 Bln To Settle US Diesel Claims

Separately automotive components supplier Robert Bosch GmbH said Wednesday it would pay $327.5 million to settle a USA civil claim related to its role in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal. "We will continue to work to earn back the trust of all our stakeholders", Hinrich Woebcken, Volkswagen Group of America's chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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Philippines' Duterte extends drug war, admits police corrupt

The president also warned that he would place a dead-or-alive bounty on the heads of cops guilty of corruption if they don't turn themselves within 48 hours. Jerry Umlang (right) answers questions from the members of the media regarding his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo while Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (left) looks on during a press briefing.

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Premier League, Riverside Stadium - Middlesbrough (Negredo 17 pen) West Brom (Morrison 6)

And Karanka - whose side sit 15th in the Premier League table, two points outside the relegation places - appeared to be satisfied with the performance, though he bemoaned the manner in which the goal was conceded. We had the game under control against a strong team. "The opponents have a lot of experience and good players". Boro, who had collected just two points from their last five top-flight matches prior to this fixture, fell behind when their former midfielder James Morrison ...

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France's Le Pen refuses to repay European Union funds

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she will not return to the European Parliament more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) in funds it says she has misspent. The party is also said to be facing a demand for €41,554 (£35,532) in wages paid to her bodyguard. In the first round, she is expected to win 25 percent of the votes, followed by 22 percent for the conservative former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, and 21 percent for Emmanuel Marcon, an independent.

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Quebec premier expresses horror at mosque attack

Wearing a white prisoner jump suit, his hands and feet shackled, he stared down at the floor and fidgeted, but did not speak. "Know that we value you", Trudeau said . He said: "Thirty-six million hearts are breaking with yours. We stand with you, we love you and we support you". The prime minister later attended a vigil outside the mosque.

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Canada mosque shooting leaves five dead after gunmen open fire

Witnesses told Reuters that the attack was carried on on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre, where in the aftermath police put up a security perimeter around the mosque and declined to comment about the incident. According to government figures , the number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims in Canada more than doubled from 2012 to 2014. On his Facebook page , Bissonnette reportedly said he was a fan of US President Donald Trump and French politician Marine Le Pen.

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Pharrell Williams' Wife Helen Lasichanh Gives Birth To Adorable Triplets

The Happy singer's wife Helen Lasichanh reportedly gave birth to triplets earlier in January. The representative didn't say where or when the babies were born or their genders.

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Tim Cook's Response to the Muslim Ban

While legal teams are trying to somehow work around the issue, Apple's CEO disclosed that the company already reached out to the White House in an effort to elucidate the negative effect the move has on the iPhone-manufacturing company and its co-workers.

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Former Man United winger Nani lined up for sensational Premier League return

Even to lose the match by one goal difference would give us a final. Mourinho has had to be satisfied with Europa League football in his first season at the club, guiding United to a last 32 clash with St Etienne later this month. "Do you want me to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out after being man of the match and playing so well as he did?" 'But obviously Manchester United is much more important than me.

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United States airline shares continue to reel after Trump travel ban

The waivers were granted by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security . The temporary suspension of the refugee admissions program would extend for 120-days after which time it would be reinstated for those countries which were deemed to meet the possible additional procedures necessary to ensure national security, according to a text of the executive order supplied by the White House to the New York Times .

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Dido Harding steps down as TalkTalk chief executive

Since late 2015, Harding has been slugging it out with aggrieved customers and regulators over the embarrassing hack attack on TalkTalk's weak security system-something that the company has been attempting to address as it tries to stem a mass exodus of subscribers, and pull in new customers.

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UNSC admits importance of Astana talks on Syria

The members recognized the International Meeting on Syria in Astana as an important step toward the resumption of intra-Syrian negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. Russian Federation has begun airstrikes on terrorist facilities in Syria since 30 September 2015. Previous UN-led talks have broken down over disagreements on ensuring a transition in Damascus that would lead to President Bashar al-Assad's exit from power.

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White House tells U.S. diplomats to quit if they oppose Trump

Then, Spicer referenced the attack on the mosque as a justification for Trump's new executive order on immigration, which followed his campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days . Trump called the family of the fallen soldier to express his condolences, Spicer said Monday.

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Quebec mosque rampage: University student charged

PM Justin Trudeau attends a vigil in Quebec City after a terror attack on a mosque left six people dead. "Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City as they deal with a awful attack on a mosque", he wrote in one. "It's a bad reminder of why we must remain vigilant and why the President is taking steps to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to our nation's safety and security", Spicer said at this afternoon's briefing when speaking of the Quebec City attack.

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Iris Mittenaere of France crowned Miss Universe

He injected a little comedy into the proceedings when he said to the crowd, "I know what you're thinking: Is that the guy from past year?" The question was directed at her by Celebrity TV show host Steve Harvey , during the pageant held in Manila, Philippines .

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New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English calls election for September 23

English took over as Prime Minister from John Key on December 12 after the latter resigned over family reasons. The Breakfast club get stuck into Bill English's reaction to Trump. "The challenge for our country now is to sustain that growth and build on it to deliver more again for all New Zealanders", Mr English said. Winston Peters' party was "an unlikely partner", he said, but he was open to negotiations after the election.

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Former UN Chief Ban Not Running for South Korea President

Elections were set to be held in December, at the end of current president Park Geun-hye's five-year term, but she is now facing impeachment. At an unscheduled press conference at Seoul's National Assembly building, a visibly irritated Mr Ban said that he blamed himself for the failure of his campaign, but then went on to excoriate South Korea's political class.

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MPs launch Jo Cox's 'Commission on Loneliness'

And she called for society to work together to forge more "cohesive communities and positive relationships", adding that in doing so, they would "make Jo proud". Yesterday saw the launch of the cross-party Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness , which will look for practical solutions to reduce the effects of loneliness on families and individuals.

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Trump Supreme Court pick is payback time for angry Democrats

Merkley's threats potentially set up another year of heated rhetoric over the court seat. Former President Obama had nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the position past year. The only filibuster attempt in the past few decades was by Democrats against Justice Samuel Alito , nominated by former President George W. Bush . "Gorsuch should be filibustered, and every Democrat of conscience should vote against his confirmation", said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for ...

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Israeli government approves 3000 new settler homes in West Bank

It comes days after the government approved an additional 2,500 homes in the West Bank and hundreds more in east Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim both areas, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as parts of a future state. He said the Israeli government had been encouraged by what it heard from Trump. The Supreme Court had ruled that the Amona outpost must be evacuated by Feb 8.

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New BCCI administrators meet for first time

It was also decided that Limaye and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary will represent BCCI in the ICC meeting. The Indian team selection meeting in Delhi for the one-off Test against Bangladesh was delayed by four hours following uncertainties over Amitabh Choudhary's "eligibility" to convene the proceedings.

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NASA Looks To The Future At 2017 Super Bowl Fan Festival

The NFL partners with a local host committee to produce the week-long celebration. More than 25 million people live in Texas; 2 million of them are concentrated in Houston , making it the fourth most populated city in America. Ahead of this Sunday's Super Bowl game, Houston officials and private contractors are preparing security measures for the event . More than 1 million people are expected to stop by downtown's Discovery Green , a almost 12-acre park that will be hosting the free ...

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'We want peace, not war': DG ISPR

He said is concerned over current situation in Afghanistan. He emphasized the need for strong relationship amongst the state institutions in order to take forward the country on the path of development. He said the entire nation stands by the state institutions to fight the menace of terrorism. Responding to a question on Afghanistan, the head of ISPR said Pakistan was not involved in terrorist incidents inside Afghanistan and would not allow its soil to be sued for such acts.

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Indian snowshoe racers 'devastated' by U.S. visa denial

Hussain told the newspaper that he was interviewed for six minutes before US embassy officials turned down his application. He said they weren't really aware of Trump's order at the time, but after their visas were rejected, they heard about it from other people at the embassy.

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Randgold Resources Limited 33.5% Potential Upside Indicated by Jefferies International

Barclays PLC restated an overweight rating and set a GBX 8,300 ($103.58) price target on shares of Randgold Resources Limited in a report on Monday, October 24th. The company said representatives of the central and local governments as well as the union have joined management in engaging with the workers to end their action.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is opposing 8 of Trump's Cabinet nominees

According to Trump, Chuck Schumer's tears over his executive order on immigration and refugees were "fake". "I'm going to ask him who is his acting coach". Trump wrote on Twitter early Tuesday morning. The president on Monday responded, "There's a 5 percent chance they're real". "Trump added , "'Cause I know him.

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Protests against Trump's travel ban organised across Scotland

Thousands more protested in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and St Andrews. "We're looking at how we provide not only political support", he said. "People don't recognise this America". Protesters heard from Scottish Green Party co-convenor Maggie Chapman, NUS Scotland Black Student's officer, Shuwanna Aaron and Assad Khan of Edinburgh University Islamic Society.

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Homeland Security's Kelly Defends Trump Travel Ban

Meanwhile the United States embassy in Dublin has said Mr Trump's executive order on immigration does not restrict the travel of dual citizens as along as they hold the passport of an unrestricted country and possess a valid visa. But Kelly's assurance contrasts with accounts from lawyers and elected officials on Sunday, following Saturday night's Brooklyn federal court order issuing a stay on deportations for those who arrived in the United States with valid visas after Trump's executive ...

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Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

Water protectors have been actively protesting the DAPL at Standing Rock for almost a year, claiming that the pipeline jeopardizes both sacred ancient sites and clean water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all downriver. The Army Corps and Energy Transfer didn't immediately respond to requests for comment left after business hours. The tribe also stated that, although the easement is imminent, the Army Corps of Engineers still needed to undertake several steps before actual construction ...


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