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Israel approves 284 new West Bank housing units, draws US ire

The Civil Administration's High Planning Committee on Wednesday went on to approve the development of 234 housing units for the elderly in Elkana Jewish settlement, south of Nablus city. "Jews have been in Jerusalem , Judea and Samaria for thousands of years and their presence there is not an obstacle to peace", David Keyes said, using the biblical names for the West Bank.

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Yikes: Iranian Navy Successfully Conducts Intercept of US Destroyer

Commenting on the incident , State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said incidents like this one "unnecessarily escalate tensions", adding that the USA doesn't know Iran's intentions. Because Stout can travel at much higher speeds than the IRGC boat, it maneuvered out of the way. Cook said all of the incidents occurred in global waters that can not be claimed by the Iranians.

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Palestinian court postpones next month's municipal election

Local elections are scheduled for October 8 in the 416 councils, of which 391 councils are in the West Bank and 25 in the Gaza Strip. The ruling came after a special session at the Ramallah High Court based on an appeal presented by Palestinian attorney Nael Al-Hooh.

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Joe Pavelski named USA's captain; Kane, Suter are alternates

Beyond the captaincy trio of Pavelski, Kane and Suter, the US will also have Bruins center David Backes , Ducks center Ryan Kesler , Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Wild winger Zach Parise will part of the team's leadership group.

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Southeast Asia issues non-rebuke to China

Commemorating 25 years of dialogue between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the event was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Southeast Asian leaders, including the controversial Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

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Clinton and Trump in test of mettle

Trump is to use his Philadelphia speech to accuse Clinton of backing "military adventurism" for her handling of conflicts in Libya and the Middle East while she was Obama's secretary of state from 2009-13. The email was filed in court by the State Department early Wednesday as part of a lawsuit filed by a conservative legal advocacy group. Some veterans and families of military members killed in action protested outside Trump Tower in NY on Wednesday.

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Duterte, Obama shake hands and chat at ASEAN after rift over insult

The two leaders were supposed to meet one-on-one on Tuesday, but Obama cancelled the meeting after Duterte warned him and other leaders against questioning his bloody anti-drug campaign with the words "son of a bitch". "You must be respectful". He used the Tagalog phrase for "son of a bitch", and on Tuesday expressed regret that his comments came across as a personal attack against the US leader.

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Britain to build its own wall in to keep out migrants

The roughly half-mile, 13-foot-tall wall - part of a $23 million package of joint Anglo-French measures to tighten security at Calais - is expected to be completed by the end of the year, officials said . Since past year, Calais has served as the location of the Jungle, notorious for its awful living conditions. But Vicki Woodfine, of law firm DWF, who work with affected hauliers, said a wall "isn't the answer".

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Obama and Duterte 'exchange pleasantries' after 'son of a whore' insult

Duterte blasted Obama as a "son of a bitch" and warned he would not tolerate any violation of Philippines sovereignty he said such a question would entail, after which the White House canceled their planned parley. Obama with expletives and said if the US President pressed him over his drugs war, "Son of a bitch, I will swear at you in that forum". Obama did not sit next to Duterte, who sat between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo.

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Modi arrives in Laos to attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits

For nine years, the USA conducted a punishing, covert bombing campaign on landlocked Laos in an effort to cut off communist forces in neighboring Vietnam. In a Monday-night address to the Filipino community in Laos, where he is attending the ASEAN Summit, Duterte threatened to "eat" members of the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf that operates in his country's South, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer .

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Asean key to northeastern India's development: Modi

India's engagement with the ASEAN and wider Asia-Pacific region has acquired further momentum following the enunciation of the Act-East Policy by Modi at the 12th ASEAN-IndiaSummit and 9th East AsiaSummit in Myanmar in November 2014. ASEAN is a strategic partner of Indiasince 2012. The ASEAN summits and related meetings will also see the participation of U.S. President Barack Obama, the first visit by a U.S.

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Dead As Multiple Bomb Blasts Rip Through Syrian Cities

Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that four officers were killed in Homs where an explosion hit an army checkpoint. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks which all took place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. local time (0500-0600 GMT). Al-Zahraa has also been regularly targeted in bomb attacks, including a devastating double bomb blast in February that killed 57 people and was claimed by ISIS.

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Singapore Confirms 41 Locally-Transmitted Zika Cases

On Saturday, the ministry disclosed that a 47-year-old Malaysian woman living in Block 102 on Aljunied Crescent had become the first to contract the disease locally. The disease was detected in Brazil a year ago, and has spread to the US. It has been linked in Brazil to more than 1,600 cases of microcephaly - where babies are born with small heads.

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Nigerian air force kills '300 Boko Haram' suspects

The assailants are also accused of raping several women and kidnapping many others from the Nigerian village. The audacious mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014 ignited global outrage and brought unprecedented attention to Boko Haram's brutal tactics.

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The canonization of Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa of Calcutta celebrated locally

With tens of thousands of pilgrims from across the world gathering at St. Peter's square for the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa , the city was also wrapped itself in pride and joy of the same. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize . "This is a gift to us and at the same time a challenge that her teachings and her life will bear fruit in each one's life, in each believer's faith and in our church as a community".

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Palestinian president was reportedly KGB agent in Syria

She says that "the most important thing is to pick the right timing". The last substantial public meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu is thought to have been in 2010, although there have been unconfirmed reports of secret meetings since then.

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Lorry drivers downgrade blockade to go-slow as they protest against Calais camp

The mayor of Calais has pledged to turn out in support of a blockade of the Port of Calais on Monday. The camp made global headlines during the European refugee and migrant crisis when its population started to grow and the French authorities carried out evictions.

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Export of terror common threat: Modi at Asean

Combating it requires collective effort. The Prime Minister said that India remained committed, including through membership of export control regimes, to pursuing total and verifiable elimination of weapons of mass destruction. The meeting was "extremely warm and cordial", Swarup said after the meeting. "There's one country in our neighbourhood whose competitive advantage rests exclusively in producing and exporting terrorism", he said in his address at the East Asia Summit, without naming ...

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Dubai announces Jumeirah Central as "blueprint for future cities"

Dubai prides itself on being a future-thinking city - and a just-announced new development is taking things one step further. The "district", of which over half will be open space, will offer 1 million square feet of climate-controlled arcades for an "all-season lifestyle".

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G20 summit concludes with extensive consensus: Xi Jinping

While Obama looks on intently, Erdogan can be seen engrossed in a chat with his newfound friend Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. "We need to reignite the engine of growth via innovation", he said, adding that the G20 had adopted "guiding principles" for investment policy management.

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At least 40 killed in bombings across Syria

The YPG already controls swathes of northern Syria where Kurdish groups have established de facto autonomy since the start of the Syrian war in 2011. "The Syrian government calls on the United Nations security Council to immediately condemn the bloody crimes perpetrated by terrorist groups, and to assume its responsibility in preserving worldwide peace and security".

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Philippines' Duterte suits up for ASEAN summit

Obama, closing out the first U.S. presidential visit to Laos, also said he planned to do everything possible to persuade the U.S. Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal before the end of the year. "President Obama made exactly the right choice", she told reporters in her campaign plane. The White House had earlier said Obama would not pull any punches on his concerns about human rights abuses in the Philippines, its treaty ally, when meeting Duterte.

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FSU rallies past Ole Miss, 45-34

Swinney's absence creates a major depth problem for Ole Miss at running back, as junior Jordan Wilkins , who has 740 career rushing yards, was already suspended for the season for academic reasons. He finished the game with 420 passing yards, which marks the second most ever by a Florida State freshman, trailing only Jameis Winston . The flip was eerily similar to those achieved by Florida State's 2014 team, which was known for getting off to slow starts before rallying late.

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Taliban push into provincial capital in southern Afghanistan

Over the past few months, Afghan security forces have focused on foiling Taliban attacks in the southern province of Helmand and the northern city of Kunduz, besides battling Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The provincial council head Kareem Atal earlier said that roughly 80 percent of Helmand is already under Taliban control. Provincial officials say they were unable to call in air strikes to halt the insurgent advances for fear of collateral damage because ...

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Dutch MP refuses to shake Netanyahu's hand

Netanyahu did not deny that there was a proposal for a meeting this week in Moscow, but rather claimed that Abbas continues to set preconditions for the existence of such a meeting. The reports come after Netanyahu said on Tuesday said that he is "not picky on the location" of such a meeting, and is willing to meet Abbas "without preconditions any time ".

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Six Syrian Kurd fighters killed by Turkish shelling

Turkish media report Erdogan told journalists Wednesday traveling home with him from the G-20 meeting the issue was brought up by U.S. President Barack Obama during their talks on the sideline of the summit in China. "We have always said that if we do not support local forces on the ground, if there is no land operation, it will not be possible to eliminate or even stop Daesh exclusively from the air", he said.

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Duterte and Obama iron out differences

Duterte was supposed to meet Obama on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane , Laos, during which the USA president was reportedly planning to speak to his Filipino counterpart about human rights.

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Britain will regain sovereignty without delay - Brexit minister

I think that's what the British people want. A points system similar to that of Australia, whereby prospective immigrants are chosen based on attributes, such as qualifications and level of English, was brandished by the likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in the run up to the UK's vote to leave the European Union in June as a way of curbing immigration levels.

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British Airways: Passengers Face Delays After Check-In Glitch

On Tuesday morning, London time, the British Airways said their flights are returning back to normal. The BA outage comes after Delta Air Lines last month suffered 2,300 flight cancellations, costing about $100 million in lost revenue, after a power-control module caught fire.

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ISRO Weather Satellite INSAT-3DR launch is progressing smoothly

ISRO's GSLV-MkII rocket will carry INSAT 3DR satellite to geostationary transfer orbit around the earth. This mission will for the first time use the indigenously developed cryogenic engine in an operational flight. Both belong to ISRO-operated larger class of meteorological satellites, including the KALPANA-1 and the INSAT-3A. Its previous journeys were test flights including the GSLV-D5 and D6 missions in January 2014 and August 2015 that were resounding successes.

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Computer problem causes delays for British Airways travelers

A spokesperson offered a brief statement this morning, saying BA was checking in customers at Heathrow and Gatwick Airport , although it is taking longer than usual. Angry travellers have complained of long queues, with the systems problem reported in London , Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago , Berlin, San Diego , Las Vegas, Phoenix, Vienna, Rome and Durban.

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Obama mentions Taiwan as model Asian democracy in Laos speech

U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday the United States is more engaged in the Asia-Pacific region than it has been in decades and that the region will become even more important in the future. He says it's always hard to get things done when lawmakers are in the midst of campaigning for re-election. Republican leaders of the House and Senate have suggested the prospects for passage this year are dim.

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PM Narendra Modi meets Barack Obama on sidelines of East Asia Summit

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea , including islands more than 800 miles (1,200 kilometers) from the Chinese mainland, despite objections from neighbors including the Philippines , Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam. Beijing has refused to recognise the ruling. Referring to the arbitration panel's ruling that invalidated China's claims, Obama said: "I realize this raises tensions but I also look forward to discussing how we can constructively move forward together to lower tensions ...

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Trump Hosted Fundraiser for Florida AG Who Stopped Investigating Trump U

What brought the story back into the spotlight recently was a story by the Washington Post's David Fahrenthold. As the Washington Post reported , Trump did break federal tax law by donating money from his tax-exempt charity to a political campaign and was fined $2,500 by the I.R.S., but no definitive proof has surfaced that Trump or Bondi violated federal bribery law.

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European Union observers note anomaly in Gabon voter turnout results

Bongo lashed back on France's Europe-1 radio Wednesday, saying "Ping committed fraud" in his home constituency and others with the help of "cyber-criminals". "France, the European Union as well as the US already called last week on the electoral commission to publish detailed results of all polling stations".


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