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Yogi Adityanath to campaign for BJP in Gujarat elections

After coming to power, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfill a key electoral promise. "They came again to ensure that we followed the instructions". With most of the small players in the meat market wiped out the 100 or so licensed meat sellers are likely to gain control of the supply chain, changing the market forever.

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Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting civilians in Mosul, Iraq

IS has targeted civilians and used them as human shields , while strikes by anti-IS forces have also left civilians dead. We still have some assessments to do. Iraqi forces began the massive operation to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group last month and have recaptured a series of neighbourhoods, but the battle poses a major threat to civilians in the city.

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British PM signs letter for Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa triggered Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, starting a hard two-year Brexit negotiation process. Two years of formal negotiations will follow the triggering of Article 50 to establish future ties between Britain and the EU.

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Palestinian leader Meets Trump envoy at Arab summit

US Vice President Mike Pence had reiterated that President Donald Trump was seriously considering moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Support for efforts aimed at achieving security and stability in the region and the need to continue the fight against terrorism were also tackled, with agreement that all forms of terrorism have to be combated in a comprehensive manner, as were the crises in the Middle East to which political solutions have to be found so that people in ...

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Germany owes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'vast sums'

His comments came a day after his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which he described as "great". The new president reaffirmed the United States' "strong support" for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but reiterated his stance that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies need to " pay their fair share " for the cost of defence.

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Trump's son-in-law volunteers to testify on foreign contacts in Russian Federation probe

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that cities and states that protect immigrant felons from federal immigration laws may lose grants from the Justice Department. "I'm sure that that will be an issue that we'll try to clarify", Collins said. The meeting between Kushner and Gorkov does not violate the U.S. sanctions, and it is not unusual for businesses under sanctions to meet with USA officials, experts said.

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Jailed for murder, Egypt's former dictator Mubarek freed

Hundreds of protesters were killed in clashes with police and Mubarak supporters during the 18-day uprising in 2011, part of the Arab Spring protests that swept the region. The ruling was upheld by another court previous year, and Mubarak's release Friday was for time served. Both of his sons, Alaa and Gamal, were freed.

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French ex-PM Valls says will vote for Macron in election

Mr Valls considers the independent as the best candidate to face far-right leader Marine le Pen. "One can not take any risks with the republic", Valls said in an interview with RMC radio. Macron was also quick to say that while he was grateful for the support, he did not plan to bring Valls into his government. On Tuesday, Mr Fillon's wife was charged with complicity in the abuse of public funds in the scandal that has engulfed her husband's campaign.

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French presidential candidate Fillon's wife placed under formal investigation

According to the BFMTV broadcaster, Penelope Fillon was placed under investigation on suspicion of complicity in diversion of public funds. The embezzlement charge carries a 10-year sentence and a €150,000 (£130,000) fine, the other two charges each carry five-year sentences and a €375,000 (£325,000) fine.

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Merkel's Party Wins In Saarland Bellwether Vote For Germany

Two more state elections in May will be followed by a national parliamentary election on September 24 in which Merkel is seeking a fourth term as chancellor. The Social Democrats (SPD) won 29.5 percent, down from 30.6 percent in the last election in Saarland in 2012. "This much is clear after the CDU success in Saarland: the SPD had better get ready for a tough campaign", it said.

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France's presidential debate ignored the one question everyone wants answered

A high court later blocked the ban saying it breached fundamental religious freedoms. 'The trap you are falling into, Madame Le Pen, with your provocations is to divide society, ' he said. It marked the first time a debate has been held before the first round of voting and it signalled the intensity of the campaign and the public's interest.

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Messi-less Argentina crash in La Paz

The team that finishes fifth advances to an inter-confederation play-off featuring one side each from Asia, Concacaf and Oceania. Speaking to the media after Spain's 2-0 friendly victory over France in Paris, centre-back Pique took aim at the seemingly draconian punishment.

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Mourners honour Kathrada by speaking out

Ahmed Kathrada was one of the ANC's most respected and accomplished leaders, but in recent years the aged freedom fighter had become critical of the direction the party was headed under JacobZuma's leadership. The freedom that we celebrate today is a precious gift bequeathed to us by leaders such as Ahmed Kathrada, says Brand South Africa's CEO Kingsley Makhubela .

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With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

Syrian sources pointed out that Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria have called for the return of the Syrian regime to the Arab League, but their attempts were rejected by the Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia. This year's conference comes as the region faces a series of pressing challenges, including violent conflicts, rising youth unemployment and millions of children deprived of the right to education.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed

He was also fined for organizing the protest, which the authorities said was illegal. "We can't express the same respect to those who consciously misled people and who consciously did it yesterday and provoked illegal actions", Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential spokesman said.

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Palestinian killed by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza

The Australian government suspended some funding to World Vision previous year after Israeli allegations that a senior official in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed el-Halabi, had diverted millions of dollars in aid to the Hamas terrorist group.

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South African finance minister pulled from overseas tour

The government has given no reason for Gordhan's sudden recall. Stocks were set to open higher at 0700 GMT, with the JSE securities exchange's Top-40 futures index up 0.49 percent. The case has been a bone of contention between Zuma and his finance minister. Pravin has turned to the courts to get a declaration that he cannot legally intervene to reverse the decision of major banks, including Standard Bank, to closed accounts of companies linked to the wealthy Gupta family.

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Scottish parliament backs bid for new independence referendum

She faces an uphill battle, however, as Prime Minister Theresa May has already promised to block another referendum during the Brexit negotiations. She has repeatedly said it would be anti-democratic for London to stand in the way of Scotland's elected government if it wanted to hold a referendum.

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Did White House Pressure Spike This Week's Russia Hearing?

The committee's beleaguered chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), abruptly cancelled the hearing late last week, without notifying any of his colleagues. He also wrote that Yates' testimony would cover details that others have publicly recounted. The following day, Scott Schools, a senior Justice Department lawyer, replied in a letter to O'Neil, saying the Yates conversations with the White House "are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the ...

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South Korea's ex-president hounded over dumped dogs

Park will fully cooperate with the investigation, Yonhap reported, citing one of her lawyers. The signs read " We love Park Geun-hye". Park said through a spokesman that she felt sorry about not being to complete her term but added that the truth would come out, striking a defiant tone about the prospect of facing an investigation.

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New NATO-Russia talks on eve of Tillerson visit

Stoltenberg said after the last NATO-Russia Council in December that the 28-nation, US -led military alliance and Russia "have profound disagreements on the crisis" in Ukraine. Scaparrotti's remarks came ahead of a meeting in Brussels Thursday between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassadors and the Russian envoy in a new bid to ease tensions, including over the crisis in Ukraine.

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Third life sentence requested for 'Carlos the Jackal'

His lawyers, who pleaded for acquittal, said they would appeal, although the third life sentence does not affect how long he will stay behind bars. His lawyers had urged the special Paris court to acquit him but the panel of five judges found him guilty after four hours of deliberation and handed down the life sentence requested by prosecutors.

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The moment Khalid Masood was shot during the Westminster attack

British authorities still have nine people in custody and being questioned in connection to the vehicle rampage and stabbing near Parliament on Wednesday. Pc Kristofer Aves was returning from a ceremony where he collected a commendation for his work as a family liaison officer when he was seriously injured as Khalid Masood drove his hire auto into pedestrians on the bridge on Wednesday.

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Three held at Stansted after deportation protesters lock themselves to plane

Supporters said those due to travel included a young Nigerian asylum seeker and a married Ghanaian man who has lived in Britain for 18 years and was contemplating suicide if he was removed. "We hope to resume operations fairly shortly". "In the wake of the Brexit vote, this government is more keen than ever to be seen to be "tough" on immigration.

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Police identify British-born attacker, victim count rises to four

But he "was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack", police added. Birmingham has been one of the hotbeds for British Islamists. Although he previously convicted, he was thought to be more of a thug than a terrorist.

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Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

Nevertheless, Rep. Schiff declared Monday that Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., can no longer be trusted to conduct a "full and impartial" investigation and should step aside. According to report, the Justice Department claimed Yates' testimony could breach executive branch communication privilege. "We believe that the department's position in this regard is overbroad, incorrect and inconsistent with the department's historical approach to the congressional testimony of current and ...

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46 dogs saved from being eaten in South Korea, animal advocates say

The dogs arrived in the U.S. on Saturday after a mercy mission by the Humane Society International saved them, reports the New York Daily News . China is estimated to account for 10 of the 30 million dogs slaughtered worldwide each year, though only a minority of residents - about 20 percent - eat dog meat, according to the Humane Society International.

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German state warns Gulen followers of Turkish spy efforts

The cleric has been openly accused by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of being behind last year's failed coup attempt . "We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy". "We hope that the "no" vote will prevail", he said, adding that the referendum is only "in the interest of one man". "There's this obsession in Germany now, that if you're for Erdogan, it automatically means you're anti-democratic", he told AP.

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Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for Park on Monday for multiple charges including bribery, abuse of power and the leakage of state secrets. Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is loyal to Ms Park, is now the acting president. Choi is also accused of colluding with Samsung's top executive, Lee Jae-yong, and receiving more than $38 million in bribes from the South Korean technology giant.

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Severe Weather Tuesday Night; Then Wednesday

A line of thunderstorms predicted to sweep across Arkansas on Wednesday evening brings the risk for damaging winds, tornadoes and hail, weather officials say. Farther south, more discrete storms have developed within the warm sector this afternoon across additional portions of Tennessee, northern MS and northwest Alabama.

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Trump comes at Comey with another wiretapping theory

When a reporter at Thursday's White House daily briefing asked about allegations that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, he was told that stronger evidence existed of Democratic campaign collusion. The investigation of Trump's ties to Russian Federation have ongoing since July, and while the information currently does not conclusively prove that collusion took place, that is reportedly now the focus of the investigation.

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Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order requiring the EPA to review the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan , which required states to meet standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Veterans of the Obama administration played down the impact of Trump's actions. Today there are fewer than 75,000 coal mining jobs in the USA - but more than 650,000 renewable energy jobs.

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Three Civilians Killed in Kashmir Protests Against Indian Rule

The teenage boys, identified as Zahid Rashid and Saqib Ahmad, were killed after being hit by bullets of Indian troops. Security forces on a specific information about presence of militants surrounded Durbugh village in Chadoora area of Budgam district early Tuesday.

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Scottish lawmakers to vote on independence referendum call

The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon's call for the powers to hold a second independence referendum. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson insisted the majority of Scots did not want another referendum now. "At this crucial time we should be working together, not pulling apart". She said: "In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that means fully respecting, and indeed strengthening, the devolution settlements".

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King Abdullah II of Jordan makes his debut on the twittersphere!

This was an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's previously stated intentions to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He says Israeli settlements on war-won land are illegal, and called on Israel to halt construction.


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