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Gabon leader Bongo accuses European Union poll observers of bias

At least six people have died in riots in Libreville and other cities since the result of the August 27 election was announced last Wednesday, giving Bongo victory by around 5,000 votes. A defiant Bongo ruled out any new tally unless the Constitutional Court ordered one. France has already joined the European Union and the United States in calling for the results to be published according to each polling station, but until now had stopped short of demanding a recount.

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Britain says post-Assad transition plan could help Syrian peace talks

Almost half of those displaced from Hama sought refuge in rebel-held Idlib while others fled toward government-controlled Hama city, where four mosques were converted into temporary shelters., although some refugees were forced to sleep in the open.

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Trade tensions overshadow global economic summit

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov have for weeks been trying to broker a deal that would curb the violence between the Russian-ally Assad's government forces and moderate rebels backed by the U.S. A communique is to be issued before the meeting wraps up later on Monday. David He, a partner of Boston Consulting Group, said Xi's speech at the Hangzhou summit underscored China's responsibilities in the global economy.

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France condemns nuclear test conducted by North Korea

North Korea detonated its fifth atomic device on Friday, South Korean officials said, with Seoul and worldwide monitors detecting unusual seismic activity near the North's northeastern nuclear test site. It would mark the fifth nuclear detonation by North Korea following the first in October 2006, the second in May 2009, the third in February 2013 and the fourth in January this year.

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China to join ASEAN, wants to dispel interference in South China Sea

Leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Chinese counterpart are expected to agree to concluding consultations on the outline of a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea in the first half of next year, a draft statement said ahead of the meeting.

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Multiple missteps mark NBC forum with Trump, Clinton

He replied, "Yeah, I guess so". The "neocon warmonger" emphatically promised not to deploy any ground troops to Iraq and Syria, and also said she views force "as a last resort, not a first choice". It also became painfully clear that the moderator of the event, NBC's Matt Lauer , is clearly more comfortable doing cooking segments with Giada than he is grappling with the minutiae of U.S.

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US payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash

Republicans are vowing to pursue charges that the White House paid ransom to Iran, a charge President Obama has repeatedly denied. The payments included Swiss francs, euros and other currencies, according to the Journal . Now, a new bill has been introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce to block future cash payments to the regime. Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, asked the president why the payments were made in cash; whether Iran had requested cash; whether there were ...

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Australian man burned by exploding Samsung phone

Samsung Australia has formally recalled over 50,000 Galaxy Note 7 phones after finding some of their batteries exploded or caught fire while charging. Irish customers who have a Note 7 will be able to exchange their current device for a new one. The fire in Dornacher's auto came just days after Samsung announced a massive recall of all Note 7 phones, after it discovered that some phone batteries were overheating and exploding .

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Turkey Clashes With Syrian Kurdish YPG on Border

Some of those wounded in the attack on the northern town of Afrin were civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that has researchers across the country. Turkey views the YPG as a terror group linked to the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The offensive continues, and Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said Turkish forces might push deeper into Syria after securing a stretch of land along the border.

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North Korea claims success in fifth nuclear test

Prime Minister Abe said a nuclear test could not be tolerated. French President Francois Hollande "strongly condemns" North Korea's latest nuclear test and called on the UN Security Council to take up "this violation of its resolutions", his office said on Friday.

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North Korea confirms fifth nuclear test

Park said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was showing " maniacal recklessness " in completely ignoring the world's call to abandon his pursuit of nuclear weapons. "The important thing is that five tests in, they now have a lot of nuclear test experience". "If there's evidence that they can do that - or they have done that - than this is a major concern for the region", Alexander Neill, a North Korea expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia, said.

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Tropics: Potential New Storm Headed for Southern U.S

EST, was downgraded to tropical storm status. Regardless of whether or not the system becomes a tropical storm or hurricane, gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mudslides should occur over the islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the Bahamas, the hurricane center warned.

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Clinton, Trump tied in Florida

These same spoilers need money to run a campaign and are obviously getting a lot of financial help from wealthy contributors, as one has already run a national ad that I have already seen several times , which is very expensive. To get to the 270 electoral votes to win, the Republican hopes to hold onto the red states Mitt Romney carried in 2012 and flip additional states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida that supported President Barack Obama .

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Tropical Storm to develop today, tracking toward SC coast

The tropical storm warning covers an area from Anclote River to the Walton County-Bay County line. After that, the storm would head across Florida and " brush the entire Southeast coastline with rain, beach erosion and windy conditions on Friday ", according to NBC meteorologist Bill Karins.

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Pyongyang conducts most powerful nuke test: Seoul

In South Korea, the Yonhap news agency described the quake as "artificial" after officials in Seoul said they believed it was highly likely the North had carried out its most powerful atomic test to date. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang , residents were delighted. South Korea's main spy agency told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing after the test that it does not think Pyongyang now has the ability to develop miniaturized nuclear weapons that can be mounted on ballistic ...

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Zika spreading, still a crisis, World Health Organization says

Just hours ago, Dr Noor Hisham had announced the Sabah man to be the first Malaysian to contract the Aedes mosquito-borne virus locally as he had not travelled overseas recently, unlike several other cases involving 11 citizens who were infected while in Singapore.

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A Closer Look At Matt Lauer's Presidential Forum Performance

House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed Clinton's statement during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. But Clinton maintains an Electoral College firewall that appears to be far more resilient than Trump's , according to state polling.

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EU leader calls for Brexit talks to start

While the European Union leaders are expected to reassert their post-referendum position that they won't start any kind of talks about the future relationship with the United Kingdom until Britain triggers Article 50, much of the discussion in Bratislava will likely focus on various European Union initiatives aimed at bolstering the bloc's standing after June's vote.

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G-20 summit yields hopes for better China-Japan relations

If the Chinese government confirms the suspicion, the Philippines would lodge an official protest, according to Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. On July 12, an worldwide arbitration tribunal ruled against China's claims, saying they were illegal. Beijing can pretend that the PCA ruling has not affected its declared position on SCS and will continue its sabre-rattling through deployment of advanced weapons systems and missiles in the artificial islands it has built, it has ...

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PM Narendra Modi Returns Home From Laos

PM announced hosting Commemorative Summit on "Shared Values, Common Destiny" in 2017 in India. "President Obama thanked PM Modi for his cooperation on a broad range of global and bilateral issues and commended Prime Minister Modi's leadership in addressing the urgent threats posed by climate change", the White House official said.

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Pakistan extends stay for Afghan refugees until March 2017

Jenkins said the situation and environment in Pakistan suggest that the return of Afghan refugees may expedite and more refugees may return during the current and next year to Afghanistan. A government statement quoted Sharif as saying that Afghan refugees were "guests" of Pakistan and that measures will be taken to ensure their safety.

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US, Russia "not there yet" on Syria deal, State Department says

In a "flash update " on Tuesday, the aid agency, OCHA, said figures from a camp coordination group show almost half of the displaced from Hama have arrived in the neighboring rebel-held Idlib province. The organization says the rescuers were trying to help victims from earlier strikes on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib and the Salehine neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

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Apple Tax Ruling Made Without Bias: EU President

A government spokesman said that following the Cabinet's decision, it would ask parliament to endorse the legal challenge next Wednesday. "We'll reinforce the attractiveness of Ireland as a location by lodging an appeal ", he added. The Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed that the US President levy double taxes on European companies in USA. Apple officials appear to agree with the USA position, but they manage their books in a way that keeps the money out of the ...

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President Obama wants to prevent a cyber weapon 'arms race'

Western allies have so far balked at the idea, saying it would require a significant ground force and planes to patrol a "no-fly zone", a major commitment in such a crowded and messy battlefield. "This is my first summit and I received a very gracious welcome, I felt very comfortable", Macri told a local radio station here on Monday, reported Xinhua news agency.

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North Korea's nuclear test condemned by world leaders

North Korean state media have reported the newly developed nuclear warhead was capable of being mounted on to a ballistic missile. South Korea , Japan and China condemned the test, saying it was a clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution.

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Trump tells voters again he opposed the Iraq war -- but he didn't

Donald Trump made a renewed pitch here Thursday for the school choice movement - at a charter school that has received failing grades from the Ohio Department of Education for its students' performance and progress on state math and reading tests.

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CAL FIRE Lifts Saddle Fire Evacuation Orders

It has burned over 850 acres. CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire investigators have determined the fires on Pentz Road that occurred on Monday, September 6, 2016 were caused by a malfunctioning vehicle with a faulty exhaust system. Wednesday, with one exception. The cause of the Saddle Fire is still under investigation. Residents in this area were warned to be ready to evacuate.

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India, Pakistan can cooperate on nuclear safety: Aizaz

Aizaz said Pakistan has urged the worldwide community and partcularly the United States to shun discriminatory practices in the context of nuclear and defence ties as it jeopardizes the stability of whole region. In the context of India and Pakistan bilateral relations, he said both countries need to bolster the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to reach pragmatic solutions to their long-standing disputes.

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UN Security Council to hold emergency talks on North Korea

A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, Ned Price, says Washington is aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site. North Korea has hit the button on its fifth and potentially most powerful nuclear test, claiming to have successfully tested a nuclear warhead. Pyongyang previously tested at Punggye-ri in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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Hong Kong elects youth protest leaders to 6th Legislative Council

China has said that it may sanction Hong Kong pro-independence supporters after a number of pro-independence activists were elected to Hong Kong's Legislative Council, two years after the "umbrella revolution", amplified anti-China sentiment.

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Apple eliminates headphone jacks in new waterproof iPhones

There is also the latest version of the Apple Watch called the Series 2, as well as a new wireless headset called the Apple AirPod. If you're using Apple's new lightning EarPods that are bundled in the box then it's even worse, you simply won't be able to charge and listen to music at the same time as the dock doesn't have an additional lightning connector for the headphones.

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Gabon: Bongo hits back at claims he stole disputed election

Ping, a former diplomat and African Union Commission chairman, said he had been told the delegation would arrive on Thursday. Authorities appeared to have restored order in the capital on Tuesday, as election monitors focused on the southeastern Haut-Ogooue province, a Bongo stronghold where industry ministry figures showed he won 95.46 percent of the vote on a 99.9 percent turnout.

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Modi meets Obama on the sidelines of EAS

He also said India is committed to supporting realisation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Li also said Asia's prosperity and development can not do without regional peace and stability and called on countries to cherish the current "generally stable" security situation in Asia.

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North Korea rejects UN Security Council condemnation

The Council members said they further regretted that the North Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles while it citizens have great unmet needs. The UNSC had on Tuesday deplored the North's test-firing of three ballistic missiles carried out a day earlier. North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui arrived in Beijing on Tuesday with her interpreter, the South's Yonhap news agency cited an anonymous source familiar with the situation in North Korea as saying.

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Passenger plane collides with van at Hong Kong airport

A witness told the newspaper that he saw the jet suddenly stop on the runway, with the van trapped underneath. Surveillance video from yesterday shows a grey delivery van driving straight toward the taxiing passenger plane, taking a sharp turn right into one of its engines and being dragged along the tarmac.


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