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Sri Lankan PM says failed asylum seekers safe to return home

Turnbull on Wednesday met Wickremesinghe to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations, Xinhua news agency reported. Hundreds of Sri Lankans, mostly Tamils, tried to flee to Australia, after the end the of the decades-long civil war, which ended with the defeat of Tamil separatists in 2009.

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Alison Rowat: Flynn resignation mere outer shell of Trump's Russian doll

Flynn left the post on Monday night following revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. Having picked his team, or more likely having it chosen for him, Mr Trump must be starting to worry how many other mistakes might be sitting round the table with him.

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Convicted Sasikala picks nominee to be next CM; BJP calls him 'proxy'

Though she has never held public office, the ruling AIADMK party said last week that she would be the next chief minister of the southern state. The conviction means Sasikala faces four years in jail and is barred from contesting elections for 10 years.

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President Trump's campaign team reportedly communicated with Russian intelligence before United States election

Manafort dismissed the claims as "absurd" in an interview with the Times . The officials did not conclude there was evidence of the Trump team colluding with the Russians to execute this campaign, but intelligence agencies had been anxious by so much communication at a time when the future President was praising Vladimir Putin's leadership skills.

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Trump vows not to move embassy to Jerusalem, PA official says

This has already been welcomed by a delighted Netanyahu as 'great'. It would apply throughout Israel as well as East Jerusalem, internationally recognized as Palestinian territory, but occupied by Israel since the 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

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Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn resigns over Russian Federation contacts

At the news briefing on Tuesday, Mr Spicer explained why the president had asked Mr Flynn for his resignation, saying there was an "evolving and eroding level of trust". The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating. "Gen. Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russian ...

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Kremlin suggests possible Trump-Putin meeting before G20 in July

The Times said three of the officials disclosed that American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russian Federation was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee.

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Mexico ready to retaliate by hurting American corn farmers

He also states Nebraska exports around $1 billion worth of corn annually, and in 2015 $220 million dollars of this came from doing business with Mexico. He blames the free trade agreement for sending manufacturing jobs to Mexico. The treaty has helped to dismantle Mexico's agricultural production system through neoliberal policies that have left millions of poor farmers without state support and made the country increasingly dependent on food from overseas.

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Flynn resignation 'not our business'

Flynn resigned Monday after just three weeks on the job. Meanwhile, top White House adviser Stephen Miller sidestepped repeated chances to publicly defend Flynn, saying it wasn't up to him to say whether Trump still has confidence in Flynn.

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Seoul examines 'death' of Kim Jong-un's half-brother

Their nuke-capable weapon was condemned by the U.S. and the world as Kim promised 2017 will be the year his nation launches an ICBM. Kim Jong Nam , the oldest son of Kim Jong Il, the second generation leader of North Korea, was long thought to be his successor.

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Rohith Vemula Not A Dalit, Concludes Guntur Collector's Report

However, a re-inquiry was ordered following petitions against the claims of the scholar's family. The Vemulas apparently belong to the Vaddera community, which falls under the Other Backward Classes category. They want to declare my son as OBC. Rohith was found hanging in a hostel room on UoH campus. The University administration led by Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, along with central BJP-led government, was accused of being anti-Dalit and discriminatory which led Rohith to end his life.

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BJP has no interest in Sasikala's conviction Naidu

However, it must be noted that Sasikala has already served 6 months and only need to serve 3.5years in jail and pay a penalty of Rs 10 crore. Additional police has been deployed at the chief minister's Greenways road residence and Raj Bhavan besides Koovathur resort where AIADMK MLAs supporting party chief V K Sasikala are staying, police said.

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Putin and Trump to meet in July

Last week, Putin said that a possible venue for the first encounter with Trump could be Ljubljana, Slovenia, but stated that the choice of venue did not depend on Moscow alone. "Both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilize and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis, " as well as " build up partner cooperation " on a wide range of global issues, according to a Kremlin statement following the phone discussion the ...

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Israeli Minister: Netanyahu, Trump to Discuss Palestinian State in Sinai, Gaza

Spicer later said that continued settlement activity was "not helpful" in their pursuit of a peace process. We are joined now by Martin Indyk. At that time right-wing lawmakers chose to ignore the backtracking, grabbing on to the fact that the Trump administration does not see settlements as an impediment to peace, and that it appears to support building in existing settlements within their already established footprints.

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Trump did not instruct Flynn to talk about Russian sanctions, Spicer says

President Donald Trump's counselor appeared on Tuesday morning's Today show to discuss Flynn, who resigned from his post late Monday night following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his communications with Russian Federation.

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Oil rises on OPEC-led cuts, but market remains range-bound

Will production in the US ramp up in response? Non-OPEC oil producing countries agreed to cut output by 558,000 barrels a day with the bulk of the cut falling on Russian Federation, one of the world's largest energy exporting heavyweights.

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Almost 200000 people told to flee crumbling California dam spillway

The Oroville Dam, separate from the auxiliary spillway, is structurally sound, Department of Water Resources officials said in a statement Sunday. "I respectfully request that you issue an Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance for the Counties of Butte, Sutter, and Youba, as a result of the potential failure of the Lake Oroville Dam emergency spillway ..." Emergency evacuation of Yuba City and areas in Sutton County was ordered on Sunday following a warning that the ...

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Audience need not to stand when National Anthem played in Films: SC

Previous year on December 1, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitav Roy ordered the move stating that it was taken to instil "committed patriotism and nationalism" among the people. The bench has dated the hearing on April 18. Along with the order, a set of directions and conditions were given by the court regarding the application of National Anthem.

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NJ Gov. Christie & Wife To Have Lunch With President Trump

Christie and the president are scheduled to address several topics, including opioid addiction across the country, NJ Advance Media reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. Christie - who had the lowest approval rating of any governor in the past twenty years - was the head of the Trump transition team before being replaced by Mike Pence , the vice president.

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Economy can withstand Trump and Brexit

Even those Member States most hit during the recession are also expected to have returned to growth a year ago. Britain is expected to pay a higher cost for the political uncertainty surrounding Brexit talks. "Growth is holding up and unemployment and deficits are heading lower". "Above all, we must ensure that its benefits are felt in all parts of the euro area and all segments of society".

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Ethics office says Conway's TV plug for Ivanka Trump a 'clear violation'

This pattern of behavior, in conjunction with President Trump's failure to follow the advice of the Office of Government Ethics concerning his own assets, suggests that ethics violations will continue to plague this Administration throughout the length of its tenure.

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Russian spy ship patrolling off United States east coast

The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of DE, heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The ship can measure U.S. Navy sonar capabilities and is armed with surface-to-air missiles, the official said. The new president has sought better relations with Russia's President, Vladimir Putin. The station also says this type of incident is nothing new; in September 2015 a Russian ship was spotted off the coast of Florida and was believed to have been mapping US undersea cables.

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Pat Toomey meets with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorusch

With the din of the election behind us, the Senate can now offer its advice and consent without the distraction and distortion of a presidential campaign. Donnelly has not yet indicated if he'll vote for the nominee. "I have long held that when considering judicial nominees, objective qualifications are more important than partisan politics, and Senators should work across the aisle to fill the federal bench with highly qualified jurists", he said.

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Delta Air Lines Boosts Offer for Aeromexico Stake, Citing Currency

Presently, Analysts assigned consensus EPS estimate of $0.92 for present quarter and one month ago projected EPS estimate was set at $0.91, according to FactSet data. (DAL) is in Bernstein's research list so their analyst rating change is noteworthy. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 22.18, and it's gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange.

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Russian jets buzz U.S. destroyer in Black Sea

The three recent incidents were reportedly less provocative than Russia's buzzing of the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in April past year with two Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers. The Russian fighters flew in with their electronic identifying transponders turned off. The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the New York Times story.

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Water levels fall at threatened dam as 200K evacuated

Oroville Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents of Oroville, Gridley and other areas downstream of Oroville Dam . Immediately, the damaged main spillway was pushed to let out as much water as possible, as work crews with dump trucks and helicopters work to fill the hole beneath the emergency spillway wall with boulders, to prevent further damage.

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Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

Christophers said no freshly beached whales had been found Tuesday, although wildlife officers remained on high alert because of the mammals' tendency to re-strand themselves. New Zealand's Department of Conservation cordoned off the carcasses and issued a statement warning of the risk posed by exploding whales, according to Reuters .

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Local flower shop preps for Valentine's Day sales

Picking out the ideal flower is no bed of roses around Valentine's Day. Calvert has been in business for more than 30 years. Major flower exporters include the Netherlands, the U.S., Ecuador and Colombia. Businesses have also started cracking down and how close they let these tents or shops get on their property. I love the fact that I'm able to help people express their love and appreciation through flowers.

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IS terrorists 'neutralized' in northern Syria

If confirmed, it would mark a rare case of contact in the conflict between the Damascus regime and the rebels seeking to oust it. The Observatory said the IS is still in control over the major areas in al-Bab despite the fact that the Turkish forces and allied rebels have reached the outskirts of the city three months ago.

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One dead, several injured after train crash near Bettembourg

Bausch said that the freight train driver had tried to brake and then braced himself upon seeing the passenger train approaching on the same track. Also hurt was a woman conductor. "My thoughts are with the relatives of the victims", he said. There were no travellers on board the passenger train at the time of the accident between Bettembourg in Luxembourg and Zoufftgen in northeastern France around 0800 GMT.

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J&K: BSF detect tunnel along border

While speaking to a leading daily, BSF Jammu Frontier DIG D Pareekh said, "In view of the security scenario in the past few months on global border of Jammu region and after assessing various threats from Pakistani side, Border Security Force had taken various innovative measures to ensure foolproof security".

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Ten-Year-Old Boy Dies Following Accident in British Topshop Store

He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Eyewitnesses said that he pulled down a barrier in the fashion store, causing the furniture to crash down onto his head. "Our thoughts are with the family at this hard time", she said. Bunches of flowers had been left against the shop's shutters. "We are thoroughly investigating all the events surrounding this extremely sad situation".

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Israeli right-wing pushes radical agenda for Trump meet

Mr Trump's team is complying with Mr Netanyahu's view about how to deal with Iran, said Adnan Khalil, chief editor of Al Hawadeth newspaper which serves American Arabs. "We need to gather the best archaeologists in the world, so they can say , 'Jerusalem has thousands of years of Jewish history". There is so much land left.

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Jerry Sandusky's son Jeffrey arrested on child sex charges

Jeffrey is now being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility, where his bond has been set at $200,000. His defense lawyer, Lance Marshall, declined to comment on the allegations. The Daily Mail reports that in addition to the charges of criminal solicitation and corruption of minors, Jeffrey Sandusky faces charges for sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, photographing and videotaping minors, and depicting on computer or filming sexual acts.

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Bournemouth Midfielder Jack Wilshere Limps Off in Defeat Against Manchester City

Eddie Howe said Jack Wilshere was "just feeling his ankle" before he was withdrawn during the defeat to Manchester City on Monday. Simon Francis was also forced to withdraw in the first half, leaving the Cherries with a shortage of defenders.


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