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Supreme Court gets five more judges

But the Centre refused to clear the transfer. The SC collegium did not press the issue of the pending transfers of Justices MR Shah and KM Joseph with the Modi government, culminating in the elevation of five judges to the top court. Sources said the government had in August sent back to the collegium the file related to the MoP for reconsidering the two contentious clauses, but Justice Thakur did not bring it for discussion before the panel till November 15.

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Groundhog Day: N. Korea launches more ballistic missiles

The latest test came a day after Trump held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , and also followed Trump's phone call last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping. But the official said that, given that the missile test was believed not to have been a threatened intercontinental missile test and that Pyongyang had not carried out a new nuclear explosion, any response will seek to avoid ratcheting up tensions.

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New Zealand: Fires In Christchurch Destroys Homes, Hundreds Evacuated

Fire officer Douglas Marshall told "Radio New Zealand" there had not been any significant flare-ups on Thursday and that his crew would monitor the situation closely overnight. Regular rain usually keeps fires at bay, unlike their Australian neighbors. He said the region had been unusually dry for three years and the grass in the hills had turned brown over the Southern Hemisphere summer.

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White House to name Mike Dubke as communications director

Dubke could step into his role as early as Friday - the four-week mark of President Donald Trump's term. Mr. Dubke is expected to work alongside Mr. Spicer, who will remain as press secretary, Mr. "Dubke's work with Crossroads Media is rankling some longtime Trump loyalists who would rather see a veteran from campaign in Comms job", Mr. Acosta tweeted.

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Spain's Princess Cristina acquitted in fraud case, husband jailed for 6 years

Neither Cristina nor her husband were called to court for the ruling. He also received a fine of 512,000 euros ($545,150). Emerging as unemployment surged and the government slashed spending at the height of the country's economic crisis, the case contributed to a sense of popular anger that helped turn the anti-austerity platform Podemos into a political force.

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Boko Haram attacks NAF helicopter

He, however, said that only the bomber was killed during the incident as the vehicles were empty. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy. Some Boko Haram gunmen who were riding on motorcycles accompanied the six suicide bombers, they said. The seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20 000 people and driven 2.6 million from the homes, creating the worst humanitarian crisis on the continent with millions facing starvation.

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Bihar's latest prohibition rule

Bihar cabinet has green-signalled an amendment to the state prohibition law that seeks to punish bureaucrats , judges or magistrates caught drinking anywhere in the world. The service conduct rules would be applicable on IAS, IPS or other officials on deputation to the Centre, any other State and even overseas. Punishment could include demotions, salary cuts or even expulsion.

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Tropical storm Dineo 'has had no impact' in SA yet

Cyclones are characterised by heavy rains and violent storms that can leave trails of destruction. The two provinces have a chance of receiving 80% of rain over the next 24 hours. Heavy rains have fallen in Limpopo and up to 200mm in the affected areas. The South African Weather Service has sent out a warning saying rainfall could reach more than 50mm.

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Pound Extends Decline as UK Retail Sales Notch Surprise January Slump

The lacklustre retail report from the ONS follows an equally disappointing December, when volumes fell 1.9pc month-on-month. Retail sales including automotive fuel dropped 0.3 percent month-on-month in January, following a 2.1 percent fall in December, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday.

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Myanmar halts military operations in Rakhine state

The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied nearly all allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, including mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims, and said the operation was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign. No official information has yet been released about the charges or location of the hundreds of people that Myanmar authorities claim to have arrested and "taken legal action" against since 9 October 2016.

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Eurosceptic media attacks on judges 'undermine law' says Supreme Court president

After the government lost the Article 50 case at the High Court, a Daily Mail headline called the three judges in the case "enemies of the people". Lord Neuberger, who is due to retire later this year, was one of the Supreme Court judges who rejected the Government's appeal in an eight-three majority ruling.

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Trump's pick for Israeli ambassador apologizes for past rhetoric

Moral American Jews stand against occupation and against Friedman" another protester yelled as she was escorted out of the hearing. "Senators, if you send this man to Israel you endanger millions of Palestinians and Israelis". The diplomats' statement coincided with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Washington on Wednesday to hold talks with President Trump. President Trump himself donated $10,000 to the illegal Beit El settlement, and Jared Kushner's parents, Charles and Seryl, ...

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At least 30 killed in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine blast

The Pakistani government has blocked routes to its border with Afghanistan , BBC reported. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan army, said that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been closed with immediate effects till further orders due to security reasons.

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'Everything must be done' to preserve Mideast two-state solution: United Nations chief

Almost identical numbers of Jewish Israelis (58 percent) and Palestinians (57 percent) said they supported a broader regional peace involving the Arab world and Israel. Describing her first council meeting on the Middle East as "a bit unusual", she said there was no mention of rockets fired by Hezbollah or the threat from Iran, but that discussions had focused on "criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East".

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Tony Blair calls for people to 'rise up' against Brexit

The former Labour PM will argue that people voted without knowing the terms of leaving and therefore have a right to change their minds. The former Prime Minister will tell the British people to "rise up" against the referendum vote and stop the process of leaving the Union, according to remarks released to the BBC .

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Robert Kennedy grandson pleads guilty in Aspen bar fight

The 22-year-old grandson of RFK was arrested for punching a man outside the mountain resort town's Bootsy Bellow in late December. "While officers were on scene dealing with that situation, they witnessed a fight occurring on the street in front of the bar".

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Libya rivals in Cairo to discuss political settlement

The only positive result apart from the agreed parliamentary elections in 2018 was the agreement on a committee to be comprised of 15 members each from the HoR and the State Council which would look at changing the Libyan Political Agreement.

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USA intel agencies keep Trump in dark citing alleged 'Russian contacts'

Feinberg, who has no intelligence experience, is a founder of Cerberus Capital Management , a $40 billion firm with a wide range of assets, including the military contractor DynCorp. In a January 6 report , the US intelligence community assessed with "high confidence" Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign created to "to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process".

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Duterte has P2B in banks - Trillanes

Trillanes released bank statements, which he said were from 2006 to 2015, allegedly showing Duterte has or controls $47.8 million in secret accounts which he failed to report before he ran for president in 2016. Malacañang on Wednesday stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte's display of strong political will is just a firm response to the issues of the times and not a sign of a looming dictatorship.

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Pak-Afghan border at Torkham, Chaman closed after terror attacks

According to reports, the border crossing has been sealed for all kinds of trade and commercial activities due to security concerns, Pakistani news website Dawn reported. "Afg Embassy officials called in GHQ. Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers, and handlers operating from its territory", said the press release.

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Arrest of 'dreamer' immigrant could be first under Trump to defy DACA

Immigration officials said he was taken into custody based "on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety". Richeson declined to elaborate further on how ICE established the man was a member of a gang. Legal experts say that unless the Trump administration revokes the program, DACA recipients should still be protected. "We certainly haven't seen this with our other hundreds of clients who have DACA status as well".

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Aliyev Holds Talks With US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman In Baku

The top USA and Russian military leaders have agreed at a meeting in Azerbaijan to enhance communication to avoid "unintended incidents", the Pentagon said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to avoid encounters in the skies over Syria. The sides also discussed Caspian security issues, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, expansion of bilateral military relations between the two countries, as well as training and military education issues.

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Three die in water tank tragedy near Gunning

NSW Police Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said the deaths appeared to be a tragic accident. Police were called to the Gunning property, around 60kms north of Canberra, just after 6.20pm, after a man collapsed while working in an empty in ground cement water tank.

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Former [Left-Wing] US Ambassadors To Israel Working To Block Friedman's Confirmation

Friedman, holding up the Palestinian flag, right behind you". "American Jews stand against this man; we stand for freedom and dignity for all". "If Israel is to carry on as a democratic, Jewish nation, respected internationally, we see no alternative to a two-state solution", they wrote in a letter to the committee.

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Trump falsely claims he got biggest Electoral College win since Reagan

Bush 426, when he won as president". As Trump responded, the television audio feed cut out, not returning until he answered Alexander's second, unrelated question, so he was only audible via the White House public address system. In 2000, Bush won 271 Electoral Votes and in 2004, he was reelected with 286 votes. "I was given that information", Trump said. The President insisted to reporters, his aides and family at his first solo press conference this term that he had "inherited a ...

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Leah Parker-Bernstein: Concerns about nominee as ambassador to Israel

Udall went on to call Friedman "completely unfit for this or any other diplomatic office". Friedman's supporters include Christians United for Israel, which on Wednesday ran a full-page ad in the Capitol Hill daily, The Hill, in support of his confirmation, and the Orthodox Union, which sent a letter of support to the Senate committee.

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European Parliament gives green light to CETA

Parts of the deal , including tariff reduction, will go into effect immediately, but some portions, including investments, will only be enacted after clearance by more than 30 European parliaments and the assemblies of Belgium's regions. Anti-trade groups vowed to do everything possible to rally opposition in regional parliaments to eventually block the full implementation of the pact, which will knock down tariffs for 35 million Canadians and 500 million Europeans.

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How Are North Korea's Neighbors Responding to Missile Launch?

A USA official told CNN the missile travelled 500 km before landing in the sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and that it was launched from North Pyongan province. That's a sufficient range to worry both Japan and South Korea, vital USA allies. In a joint statement , Abe called the test "absolutely intolerable".

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Letters from rabbis, Holocaust survivors decry Trump Israel envoy pick David Friedman

In the letter , they quote Friedman explaining the two-state solution, [which President Trump has pushed aside] as being "an illusory solution" and that [he dares] to openly support "West Bank settlements". "Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution- that would be an error". Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) acknowledged that Friedman has said things he did not agree with but said he backed the nominee as qualified, experienced and passionate.

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Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong arrested for bribery

Lee was taken into custody in the Seoul Detention Centre and remained there while the court arrived at its decision in a closed-door hearing which ended on Thursday evening. Lee Jae-yong is accused of paying as much as $38 million to the close friend of South Korea's embattled president , Park Geun-hye, in return for political favors - like getting a company merger approved by the government.

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Fox Anchor Wants Answers On Trump's Russia Ties

Trump did have a refreshing start on the question-and-answer segment by calling on reporters he did not know, as well as those he knew and even considered hostile. "Well, it would be nice if the conservative outlets the president is calling on would ask him tough questions instead of trying to curry favor with this president", CNN anchor John King condescendingly chimed in.

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Trump's Israel envoy pick takes flak for rhetoric

His remarks come a day after Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to endorse the two-state solution as the preferred outcome of peace talks. An EU-funded poll of 1200 people on Thursday found that 55 percent of Israelis and 44 percent of Palestinians supported a two-state solution to the on-going occupation of Palestinian lands.

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Man's pet squirrel attacks burglar breaking into gun safe

Upon entering the house he began noticing open doors that he normally keeps shut, and when he went to his back bedroom and looked at his gun safe, his suspicions were confirmed. Pearl, who has never known Joey to bite or attack, has his belongings back and also has a whole new perception of his pet. Now Joey is being hailed a hero.

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ISIS bombs Pakistan's holiest Sufi shrine; more than 100 dead: Top developments

Militants group of Islamic State, through a website of its news agency AMAQ, has claimed the attack. "The attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar represents an attack on the progressive, inclusive future of Pakistan; one where every man, woman and child is entitled to life, liberty and property in the pursuit of happiness no matter their religion".

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UP polls: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's first rally on family turf today

Sonia has stayed away from poll campaign so far. They said that Priyanka will accompany Rahul to these rallies. Smriti Irani took potshots on her rival while addressing a rally in Amethi. While her name has been repeatedly appearing in the star campaigner list of the party, she is likely to restrict herself to Amethi-Rae Bareli only, an informed party source told IANS.


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