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US assessing North Korea's likely nuclear test

Friday marked the 68th anniversary of the North's establishment, and Pyongyang's efforts appear to be gathering pace after Kim cemented his dual policy of pursuing economic and nuclear development. "This latest nuclear test is highly provocative and deeply concerning, especially as it comes on the back of a series of ballistic missile launches by North Korea recently", said Mr McCully.

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Seoul: North Korea's 5th nuke test "fanatic recklessness"

We are now analyzing whether it was a successful test, the official said. 2015, May: North Korea test-fires a submarine-launched ballistic missile, but experts say it was short of a full flight test. 2011, December 19: North Korean state media say Kim Jong Il has died at 69 of a heart attack and urges people to support his son and successor, Kim Jong Un.

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Police threaten San Francisco 49ers match boycott over Kaepernick

The letter finished by criticising the 49ers for "failing to address your employee's inappropriate workplace behaviour", and said: "If the 49ers organisation fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate workplace behaviour, it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities".

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Israel approves plans for new homes in West Bank settlements

Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved construction of new Jewish settlement units in the West Bank while "retroactively" approving 178 housing units that have already been built in the occupied territory, the Israeli media has reported .

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Korea believed to have conducted fifth nuclear test

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the blast occurred at a depth of 0 kilometers in the vicinity of the Punggye-ri test site, suggesting the country had carried out its fifth nuclear test. 2011, December 19: North Korean state media say Kim Jong Il has died at 69 of a heart attack and urges people to support his son and successor, Kim Jong Un.

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Syrian Opposition Launches Roadmap to Democratic State

Syria's opposition set out detailed plans on Wednesday for the transition to a democratic state without President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of talks with ministers of the EU, US and regional powers in London. The Foreign Secretary called on Russian Federation and the U.S. to help create a ceasefire, ahead of a meeting with the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC).

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Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov dies aged 78

Under Uzbek law, Senate head Nigmatilla Yuldashev has now become Acting President until early elections are held. A mufti was also shown saying a prayer over the body of the former Communist party apparatchik who portrayed himself as a secular bulwark of stability against radical Islam, stamping out insurgent groups at home.

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Erdogan: Turkey and U.S. 'ready to invade' Isis capital

Turkey launched a military incursion into northern Syria on 24 August initially to free the town of Jarablus from IS control. It said the tanks were destroyed and "a number of Turkish soldiers" killed. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would meet in Geneva on Thursday and Friday with his USA counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry.

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South China Sea: China building more islands?

They also underscored "the importance of exercising self-restraint in the conduct of the activities, and for the states concerned to resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea".

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Trudeau uses G20 to raise cases of Canadians detained in Turkey, Indonesia

Discussions with Chinese leaders focussed on bilateral trade and investment, including in the areas of clean energy development and clean technology; closer collaboration on the environment; regional peace and security; building closer ties between Canadian and Chinese citizens; expanding tourism; and, good governance and the rule of law.

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Barack Obama, Rodrigo Duterte meet despite Filipino leader's crude language

At the now-cancelled bilateral meeting, Obama was likely to bring up the drug-related killings in the Philippines that have escalated since Duterte's entrance into office. He vowed in the campaign that so many bodies would be dumped in Manila Bay that the fish there would grow fat from feeding on them. "When I think back to the time I spent here as a boy, I can't help but be struck by the extraordinary progress that's been made by the region in the decades since, even if there's still a ...

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Korea hails biggest nuclear test as 'successful' nuclear test

In addition to January's nuclear test, North Korea in March claimed to have miniaturized nuclear warheads and has tested several ballistic missiles, including some launched from a submarine. "Workers' Party of Korea sent warm congratulations to nuclear scientists. of the northern nuclear test ground on the successful nuclear warhead explosion test", the TV announcer added.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Asks 'What's Aleppo?' - and Instantly Regrets It

JOHNSON OK. Got it. "And what is Aleppo?" he asked. The New York Times ran an article on the Gary Johnson fiasco but had to correct their usage of Aleppo in the piece not once but twice! Johnson did go on to explain his position on the Syria conflict and his skepticism toward foreign intervention and the United States' support for regime change in other countries.

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Assad Troops Accused of Dropping Chlorine Bombs

The Syrian government has denied using chlorine gas for military purposes in the past. Secretary of State John Kerry said a year ago that he was "absolutely certain" that the Syrian government had attacked its own people with chlorine - an accusation the Syrian regime has denied.

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Judge says US should reconsider habitat for Canada lynx

Instead of analyzing the habitat as required, the agency unlawfully decided that because it did not have verified reports of lynx in those particular National Forests, it would not designate the areas as critical habitat regardless of the quality of the habitat.

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Israeli Forces Raid, Shut Down Palestinian Radio Station

Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of hundreds of new housing units in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to Peace Now , an Israeli organization that monitors settlement building. On Monday, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, reminded the Security Council that Israeli settlements in occupied territory have " no legal validity and are an obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East ".

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Twitter cracks up at Modi-Obama image from G20 summit

A "candid, blunt" meeting between President Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin failed to yield a deal to end bloodshed between US -backed rebels in Syria and the country's Russian-aligned regime, though the sides vowed to continue negotiations as the G20 summit in China came to a close.

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Perpetrators of Davao City blast, to be identified, made to pay

De la Rosa, who has been Duterte's main enforcer in the campaign, stressed that police would be more merciless towards corrupt policemen involved in illegal drugs. Mr Andanar has also raised the possibility of drug lords carrying out the attack as a way of fighting back against Mr Duterte's war on crime. More than 2,000 people have died in the war on crime, drawing widespread global condemnation over an apparent wave of extrajudicial killings.

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Muslim clerics meet Rajnath, propose to take out peace march in Kashmir

The Left leader's demands are in line with Kashmir analysts who have called for confidence-building measures to bridge the trust deficit. He said the Government is open to discussion with all. There can be no compromises on issue of National Sovereignty. Giving details about the all-party delegation meeting with various set of groups in Kashmir , Singh said, "Everyone is very concerned, we all are of the view that things in Kashmir need to improve".

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Brock Turner released after 3 months in jail for Stanford sex assault

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky cited Turner's youth, clean criminal record and extracurricular considerations when he sentenced Turner. “He should be in prison right now, ” the sheriff said. Video of Turner's departure from the jail showed him walking briskly toward a waiting SUV with his eyes downward, avoiding questions from a throng of reporters.

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One student injured in high school shooting

Alpine is about 220 miles southeast of El Paso. The shooter was a new student at the school, and her family had only recently moved to the area. The deadliest attack on a United States high school occurred in Littleton, Colorado, in 1999, when a pair of heavily armed teenagers shot dead 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School, wounding 20 others.

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Taking Cots Is Stealing? What About Vijay Mallya, Asks Rahul Gandhi

Attacking Modi further over the issue of farmers' loans, Rahul said that the PM was more concerned with his industrialist friends rather than having sympathy for the farmers. "What will the Congress leaders do with the khatias?" said one farmer who identified himself as Ram Lakhan, when asked by a Congress leader to put down the cot he was carrying on his head.

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Xi's G20 summit opening speech reverberates across world

At the same time, a European leader highlighted the conflicts looming over the summit by calling for action on China's bloated steel industry. Other leaders have called for "inclusive growth" - a reference to efforts to spread the benefits of closer global integration to millions of people who have been left behind by wrenching change.

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2 arrested by police, being linked to suspicious vehicle

Le Figaro added that the two being detained were a 29-year-old woman and 34-year-old man, and police told AFP sources that the pair was previously known to law enforcement, and one of the suspects is believed to be the owner of the auto.

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Donald Trump campaigning in Ohio on Thursday

Trump's campaign said that massive investment would be paid for by reprioritizing "existing federal dollars", but didn't elaborate as to where that money would specifically come from. Central to it will be $20 billion for school voucher programs. Did the school expect any blow-back for hosting Trump? The company's chief executive officer, Ron Packard, was present.

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Obama talks climate change during Midway Atoll visit

Obama flew three hours west of his native Honolulu to Midway Atoll, on the far northwestern tip of the Hawaiian island chain. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug.

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Islamic State militants cleared from the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey says

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that Islamic State group has lost its link with the outside world after losing all border areas with Turkey. The US president Barack Obama said on Sunday that Russian Federation and the US were "working around the clock" on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China to hammer out a deal for a truce in Syria, but that no deal had been reached yet.

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What to Watch at US Open: Will Djokovic play full semifinal?

Today he can look forward to an inviting semi-final against Gael Monfils - whom he has beaten in each of their 12 previous meetings. Monfils is enjoying one of the best campaigns of his career. As Djokovic continues his bid to win his third US Open title, he finds himself denied of this opportunity. The two opponents in the other semis, world No 3 Stan Wawrinka and No 7 Kei Nishikori, are a lot closer.

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ISIS claims string of bombings in Syria

The state media reported on Monday that Around 38 people lost their lives in a series of Syria bombings in the government held areas of the city. US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes for talks centred largely on efforts to reduce violence; allow humanitarian aid; and to target Islamist groups.

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ITT Technical Institute shutdown could affect even students that have finished coursework

ITT Technical Institute, a national for-profit vocational school with a campus in Oxnard, is closing. A major college chain with campuses across the country, is no more. "From the email, it looks like there closed down for good", said former student Christopher Wood. "I have students I am still in contact with now", he said.

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Chinese canola import regulations solid until new deal is inked: Freeland

This is Trudeau's first visit to China since taking office in November. Canada has advantages in its relationship with China that other countries don't enjoy according to Sandra Pupatello, who led trade missions to China as a former Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

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10 killed in Syrian city hit by suspicious gas

They treated at least 70 people for breathing difficulties. This chemical attack poisoned 37 children; one girl, Hajer Kyali, 13, died on Wednesday. It called for Assad's departure after six months and for elections to be held under the auspices of a transitional government after two years. The plan begins with a ceasefire, and HNC negotiators say they won't accept any proposal that emerges from US-Russia talks if it deviates from their vision for a future Syria.

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Tribunal ruling on South China Sea is binding, stresses Obama

He said an global arbitration ruling on July 12 against China was binding and "helped to clarify maritime rights in the region". Obama drew attention to the ruling at the ASEAN meeting, saying, "I recognize this raises tensions". Russian Federation supports China's stance on the South China Sea issue and opposes any third party interference, Putin told a news conference after the G20 summit in China.

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Mother Teresa proclaimed saint before huge crowds in Vatican

Speaking in front of a large picture of the nun, Rev. Marijan Ristov said that Teresa dedicated her whole life to "God and human sufferings". For Francis, Teresa put into action his ideal of the church as a "field hospital" for those suffering both material and spiritual poverty, living on the physical and existential peripheries of society.

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"And what is Aleppo?" Gary Johnson asked

Johnson's blunder was also mocked by Christopher Hill , a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, but then Hill embarrassingly got confused and made the same error as the NYT by referring to Aleppo as the ISIS capital. "Why shouldn't somebody be able to shoot somebody else because their freedom of religion says that God has spoken to them and that they can shoot somebody dead".


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