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State Department: Iranian Harassment of US Ships 'Unacceptable,' Escalates Tensions

The situation escalated on Wednesday when a lone IRGC boat harassed the USS Squall , a naval patrol craft, and a Kuwaiti naval vessel. In January, the Iranian navy briefly captured the crews of two U.S. Only after the two Iranian vessels had closed to within 300 yards of Nitze did they slow their speed before ultimately moving away. "These were incidents that the crews deemed unsafe", Cook said.

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United Nations rights expert: Upcoming peace conference an opportunity to transform Myanmar

Since then, ethnic groups have accused successive, mostly military, governments of failing to honor the 1947 pact. The Nobel laureate has made bridging the ethnic fault lines that have fractured the country since independence a priority of her newly minted government, which took power in March.

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Officials unsure of deal as Kerry arrives for Syria talks

Officials traveling with Mr. Kerry played down expectations for the latest round of discussions aimed at coordinating attacks against agreed-upon terrorist targets in Syria and curtailing violence in the more than five-year-long civil war that is estimated to have killed more than 400,000 people.

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U.S. defense head accuses Russian Federation of bid to 'erode' world stability

He went on to claim that Russian Federation is driven by "misplaced fears", adding that the U.S. doesn't seek to defeat them militarily or constrain them in any way. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. He said Moscow understandably wants to be seen as an important world power, but is undercutting its case by undercutting the work of others.

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China's Xi condemns FETO coup bid ahead of G20 summit

Despite the political differences, emerging economies - India and China - are trying to work out more closer cooperation to oppose protectionism from the developed countries, increasing globalisation and expansion of global trade through structural reforms to create more jobs for their massive populations.

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Lance Bill Would Cut Off US Cash Payments to Iran

According to the administration, the $1.7 billion was sent to prop up the cash-starved Iranian economy. The Republican Party had previously alleged that $400m, out of the total amount, was paid as ransom to free some United States prisoners held in Tehran.

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North Korea nuclear test triggers quake felt in China

The North's boast of a technologically game-changing nuclear test defies both tough worldwide sanctions and long-standing diplomatic pressure to curb its nuclear ambitions. "Twenty years ago, the idea of North Korea being able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the US seemed farfetched", said Sharon Squassoni, director of the proliferation prevention program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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North Korea conducts its biggest ever nuclear test

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 missiles, but intelligence officials expressed worries that the North's efforts to do so are progressing quicker than previously thought, said Kim Byungkee, a lawmaker from the opposition Minjoo Party.

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South Korea Condemns North's Fifth Nuclear Test

Obama said he also spoke with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since returning, promising an "unshakable USA commitment to take necessary steps to defend our allies in the region". White House press secretary Josh Earnest made a statement on Friday concerning the test. In this photo taken on September 9, 2016, a soldier looks at a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at Seoul Station.

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Man dies after CS spray used during incident in Belfast

The Ombudsman confirmed on Thursday that police had used CS spray on the 36-year-old, whose health later deteriorated in hospital, before he died that night. He received medical attention at the scene, before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital for emergency treatment. Sinn Féin councillor Mairead O'Donnell said she had been to see the "devastated and grieving" family, who gave her a statement to release.

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Cauvery issue: Normal life hit by Karnataka bandh

The protests over water had started in Karnataka's Mandya district on Monday after the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 15,000 cusecs of water for the next 10 days. In Ballari, protestors stoned three lorries bearing Tamil Nadu registration plates. Mangaluru city police commissioner, Chandra Sekhar said that security arrangements have been strengthened in the city limits and in case of unwanted activities, stern action will be taken.

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NBC views moderator Matt Lauer as 'disaster' at Clinton - Trump forum

Trump seemed to skate by a half hour later as he repeated - unchallenged - the false claim that he was against the war, even though he voiced support for it in a 2002 interview. Overall, 38% say it should be shut down now to do so, another 22% say it should be shut down if Clinton wins the presidency, and 34% say it does too much good to be shut down completely.

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Tehran-Riyadh war of words hots up as Iranians miss hajj

Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, the grand mufti, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's accusations were " not surprising ". After the tragic incident, Iran said Saudi Arabia must provide due security for all pilgrims, including the Iranians, while they are in that country in Hajj season but the Saudi rulers refused to guarantee the pilgrims safety and consequently, deprived Iranians from performing their annual Hajj rituals this year which is a legitimate right for any Muslim.

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Clinton calls Trump comment on security briefing "undisciplined"

Clinton mostly used the time to attack Trump for things he said in the Wednesday forum , as well as throughout the campaign. A CBS News poll released last weekend found Clinton leading Trump by four in the state. I have a concern about the rape of women on our armed forces. But he said there is " also a significant chance of a Clinton landslide", or win by a very large percentage.

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Clinton calls Trump comment on security briefing 'undisciplined'

Instead, the forum sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America turned into a superficial event, Haynie said. "Sometimes I think I come across more in the "walled off" arena", she said. When Trump repeated his demonstrably false claim that he opposed the Iraq War, Lauer didn't bother to challenge him-and in response to every one of Lauer's vague, softball questions about whether Trump was prepared to be commander-in-chief, the candidate produced a word salad of fact-free ...

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Women 'Planned To Attack' Paris Station This Week

French media has reported links between the suspects and Hayat Boumeddiene, the wife of supermarket attacker Amedy Coulibaly who now lives in Isis territory, Larossi Abballa, who murdered a police officer and his wife earlier this year, and Normandy church attacker Adel Kermiche.

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Taiwan condemns North Korea's nuclear test

It was North Korea's fifth underground atomic test since 2006 and highlighted the challenges facing President Barack Obama and US allies trying to rein in the communist country's nuclear ambitions as economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure have so far failed.

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Race for the White House: September 8

It's called playing the refs and I think, you know, it's something that Democrats are doing right now because they have a press corps that is sympathetic to the idea of stopping Trump.I think they're a little upset Matt Lauer wasn't on reservation for that anti-Trump crusade that they're trying to whip up.

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French Alps cable cars tourists rescued

Chief of the cable vehicle company, Mathieu Dechavanne said at around 8am local time (6am GMT): "It restarted five minutes ago, the last cable (which was blocking the system) was untangled". A tourist from Australia posted a picture on Instagram after riding the cable auto in Chamonix earlier. The incident comes five years after around 40 people were stuck for almost seven hours on the Grande-Motte cable auto in the south-eastern French Alps after it broke down.

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Protesters shut down London City Airport

In a video , the UKBLM claim that black Britons are 28 per cent more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts. The activists also plan to protest outside the Jamaican High commission this evening against the deportation of black people from the United Kingdom to the Jamaica due to their immigration status.

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'What is Aleppo?' Syrians share stories from war-torn city

Those efforts were complicated by a significant offensive in the southern part of the divided city of Aleppo where al-Qaeda- linked groups had become more intermingled with opposition fighters. However, many displaced families are sleeping outdoors in parks in Idlib, OCHA said, due to a shortage of shelter space. "Wherever the regime is driven out of an area, it ends up destroying it", he said in a text to The Associated Press.

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Zlatan born for Manchester derby, says Henry

Jose Mourinho has instructed his Manchester United players to bully Manchester City in the air as Old Trafford braces itself for the most high-profile match in British top-flight history. Mourinho has an infamously fractious relationship with the Spaniard while Ibrahimovic fell out with Guardiola during their time at Barcelona together, which led to the Swede calling him a "spineless coward" in his autobiography.

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US, Russia resume talks for Syria deal

However, they are not sure if a ceasefire agreement could be reached as some issues have remained "outstanding and that we have been unable to close", an official said. Kerry's proposal for military cooperation with Russian Federation over Syria has faced strong pushback from USA defence and intelligence officials who argue that Moscow can not be trusted.

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Clinton, Trump tied in OH, other swing states

Four said they were completely undecided. They are even less popular among voters than those candidates from the 2012 presidential election , Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Asked to describe the Republican nominee as a member of their family, the most popular title was "crazy uncle", and, in one case, "drunk uncle". For most of the campaign, Clinton has largely kept her traveling press corps at a distance, choosing instead to sit for one-on-one interviews with local and national ...

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Miss Alabama rakes in scholarship money in preliminary competition

In an Instagram post the morning after she debuted her unique choice, Quan said she had known from the first time she competed in a local pageant that she would want to wear trousers in the evening wear competition at Miss America. Supporting the military, helping children and seniors figured prominently in the onstage interviews some of the contestants gave. Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields said people should look closely at what they eat before they consume it.

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North Carolina poll shows Trump with small lead over Clinton

Are there any Trump links to Putin? Clinton also slammed Trump for heaping praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin during an appearance at a commander in chief forum in the city on Wednesday, saying lauding Putin is "unpatriotic".

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National security debate gets hot and heavy

For most of the campaign, Clinton has largely kept her traveling press corps at a distance, choosing instead to sit for one-on-one interviews with local and national broadcasters, to call into cable TV shows, appear on podcasts and talk with new media websites.

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North Korea claims 5th nuke test

North Korea says it is now capable of mounting nuclear warheads onto its arsenal of ballistic missiles after it conducted its fifth and most powerful atomic test to date. US-based 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project, said in a note late on Thursday that satellite images showed fresh activity at North Korea's Punggye-ri test site.

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No second referendum - Britain will leave European Union as planned

Once Article 50 is triggered, Britain will have two years to negotiate the terms of its withdrawal and its future trade and political relationships with the European Union before it is formally out. But Mr Barnier, the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator insisted it is important to the EU to keep a good relationship wit Britain. Gro Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, believes that the United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May will have to resign if her government ...

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North Korea nuclear test 'deeply troubling', violates security resolutions

North Korea on Friday said it "successfully" conducted a nuclear test, its fifth and the "most powerful" test so far. South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, called it an act of self-destruction showing the maniacal recklessness of leader Kim Jong-un.

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Scotland Seeks a Second Vote on Independence

The Scottish National Party leader launched what she described as a consultation exercise in Stirling today, saying she would be seeking views on Britain's exit from the European Union as well as independence via a survey and nationwide town hall meetings over the next three months.

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Pentagon chief accuses Russian Federation of spreading global instability

Both Russia and the US are now attempting to negotiate a ceasefire in the country. But Carter added, "We're a long way from getting there". "That is true before the Brexit vote and it is true today after the Brexit vote", Carter said. "Thanks to the steps we are taking together as allies, thanks to all the United Kingdom is doing to promote stability worldwide, thanks to its continued commitment - as expressed in its Strategic Review and its funding commitments - thanks to our continued ...

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"I don't take these comments personally" - Obama

More than 2,800 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since Duterte took office. Speaking at a summit in Laos, Mr Obama had urged Mr Duterte to conduct his crime crackdown "the right way" with respect for the rule of law. Barack Obama defended his efforts to "rebalance" USA foreign policy toward Asia on Thursday even as he wound up the final visit of his presidency to the region with the South China Sea dispute still smoldering.

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Afghan blasts: Kabul charity hit by bomb and gun attack

At least one person has been killed in an attack on the offices of an global charity in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul . At least 24 people were killed and 91 wounded in a double suicide bombing in central Kabul during late afternoon rush hour, the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

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Old Firm reunited: Celtic, Rangers renew rivalry in Scotland

He said: "In the first game I played, if I'd said I was going to score a hat-trick that day and scored two I'd have been criticised because I'd under-achieved from what I said I would do". "It's about doing what we do and if we go in there and we are courageous and we get on the football and we move it quickly and do what we do well then we will be fine".


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