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PG&E guilty of federal charges in deadly California blast

The blast came without warning in the early evening. The explosion in San Bruno's Crestmoor neighborhood killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. California's largest utility was found guilty on six criminal counts Tuesday related to a deadly gas pipeline explosion in 2010. That would have been twice the amount of money prosecutors argued that PG&E saved by cutting safety programs.

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Israel arrests UN Gaza employee `for aiding Hamas`

Companies hired to carry out certain projects under fictitious tenders were "made aware" that 60 percent of the project's funds were destined for Hamas, the Shin Bet statement said, adding that some of World Vision's budget was used to pay the salaries of Hamas operatives.

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Clinton urges US Congress to reconvene, pass Zika bill

According to health officials, the virus was contracted through travel in the Caribbean and the patient resides in the vicinity of the Marathon airport. Like Texas , Florida has a large population of people who travel back and forth between the US and Latin America. In a campaign trip to South Miami last week, Vice President Joe Biden said the White House could reallocate some of the Ebola money to go toward Zika, but he underscored the importance of Congress setting aside significant ...

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EU Sets New Deficit Deadlines for Spain, Portugal

The EU Council said Spain would have two more years to bring the deficit below 3%, while Portugal would have just one more year to reduce its deficit to 2.5%. They also confirmed the new budgetary adjustment paths for both countries. Although all European Union countries are required to run budget deficits below 3% of GDP, only the 19 countries that use the euro as a currency can be fined.

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Israel Indicts U.N. Employee, Accuses Him Of Helping Hamas

Israel last week charged Mohammed El-Halabi, director of the Gaza branch of worldwide Christian charity World Vision, with funding Hamas with up to $7.2 million a year over more than five years. The UNDP carries out reconstruction and development projects for the civilians in Gaza. Mr. Borsh confessed to helping Hamas during an investigation, it added.

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Clinton calls on Congress to return, address Zika funding

He added that in pro-forma sessions this week, Democrats could drop their opposition and allow the Republican-backed bill to pass unanimously. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a Tuesday visit to South Florida.

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Fire at bar in Rouen ,northern France kills 13 and 6 injured

The victims are mostly young people aged between 18 and 25. A fire swept through a Friday night birthday party at a bar in the Normandy city of Rouen , killing more than 10 people and injuring six others, French authorities said. National media has said the fire is France's deadliest blaze in over a decade. Police told Reuters that a birthday cake with candles and sparklers had fallen onto the floor, causing the carpet to catch fire .

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American University in Kabul to reopen after kidnappings

In the Kabul incident, it was not known who carried out the kidnappings, and the Taliban have not claimed responsibility. Those two foreigners, both of them women, were eventually released unharmed, with police saying the kidnappings were most likely motivated by money.

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Brazilian government happy that Rio Olympics "have begun very well"

Afterwards, they issued a joint statement, expressing their happiness at the start and highlighting the importance of joint efforts by all security forces. Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium outsprinted Jakob Fuglsang and Rafal Majka on the long run to the finish at Copacabana Beach on Saturday to win the men's Olympic road race.

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IOC Brings Hammer Down On Doping, I Mean, Social Media

RIO DE JANEIRO Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, who helped expose state-backed doping in Russian sports and has fled the country, asked again on Saturday for the International Olympic Committee (IOC ) to reassess her exclusion from the Rio Games.

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Clinton Campaign Responds to Trump's Call for 'Second Amendment' Violence Against Her

The Clinton campaign has repeatedly pushed back on Trump for claiming that Clinton wants to eliminate the Second Amendment. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is ... "And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton , it will be for Donald Trump ", Senior Communications Adviser Jason Miller said in the statement.

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Chicago Gang Leaders Allegedly Plotting an Attack on Police

The Independent Police Review Authority declined to give the officers' names in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Tribune, releasing a document Tuesday with the officers' names blacked out. Shortly after O'Neal is killed by the police, two officers are seen doing what can only be described as a high five . "What I can say is that I was concerned by some of the things that I saw in the videos, and that's why we took such a swift action that we did last week to relieve ...

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Clinton urges emergency action on Zika in Florida

Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Tuesday morning that the recent death of a newborn baby girl in Harris County is directly related to the Zika virus. If contracted by pregnant women, the virus can lead to a rare and devastating birth defect called microcephaly. Prior to these cases, USA patients diagnosed with the virus had either traveled to infected areas or were in close contact with someone who had been there.

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Erdogan renews ties with Putin during Moscow visit

Previously close ties between Moscow and Ankara broke down after a Turkish jet shot down a Russian warplane at the Syrian border, an incident that Putin had described as a "treacherous stab in the back". The coup attempt took place while Erdogan was on a family holiday in southern Turkey and saw both the parliament and the area around the presidential palace bombed from the air.

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Trump suggests gun owners could prevent Clinton victory

In a political environment where Trump supporters chant "lock her up", say Mrs Clinton should face a firing squad or worse , the Republican candidate's open-to-interpretation remarks likely throw gasoline onto a smouldering fire. Trump's comment is being blasted on social media, as some say his comment threatens Clinton's life. The second read: "But there IS something we will do on #ElectionDay: Show up and vote for the #2A!" But then he added without elaboration that maybe supporters of ...

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Israel arrests an employee of the worldwide NGO Save the Children

Thirty-eight-year old Wahid Abdullah Boresh, a resident of Jebalya in Gaza, helped build military installations for Hamas , and helped Hamas leaders build mansions for themselves. World Vision temporarily suspended its Gaza operations in the wake of the claims, while funding for the charity from Australia and Germany has also been put on hold pending further investigation.

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100 samples from 2008, 2012 Olympics tested positive after reanalysis

This is the second positive test of a competitor with teams having arrived in Rio after an Irish boxer was provisionally suspended on Thursday for failing a dope test. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press: "We respect CAS and will of course follow their decision". "I want to tell you that our teams will take part in a majority of the sports at the Olympic Games with full participation", Alexander Zhukov, the head of Russia's Olympic Committee said.

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American Kidnapped in Kabul, US Confirms

One of the attackers smashed his gun barrel through the passenger-side window and pulled the two men out of their vehicle. "We are devastated by the news and will remain vigilant to ensure the safety of all university personnel and students", university president Mark English said in the statement.

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Putin meets Turkey's Erdogan in Russian Federation

In February, Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov said Turkish exports to Russia fell by two-thirds soon after the jet incident. He says Erdoğan's visit shows that he wants to restart dialogue and restore relations with Russian Federation.

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Two shots fired at media bus in Rio de Janeiro?

A BUS carrying certified media staff at the Rio Olympics has been hit by something - at first thought to be bullets - while travelling between arenas and the press centre. A Turkish Games volunteer received minor injuries, and could be seen wiping blood off his arm in a photo. "The two windows did not shatter immediately but one of them shattered as we drove along the motorway".

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Backed Syrian rebels responsible for toxic shells in Aleppo: Russia

Rebels of the Syrian opposition initiated the offensive by carrying out two auto bomb attacks on regime checkpoints at the entrance of the artillery base in Aleppo , and then launched dozens of mortar shells targeting Syrian army headquarters inside the base.

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World's Longest Hunger Strike Comes To An End After 16 Years

After almost 16 years, the world's longest hunger strike is due to come to an end Tuesday. With her decision to eat willingly, Sharmila also earned her freedom. She was released on bail on Tuesday by L. Tonsing, chief judicial magistrate, Imphal west, where she was produced. Choosing to end the fast on the same day has been interpreted by some as a sign of her disillusionment with India's democratic process.

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Olympics Day 4 table tennis, weightlifting, field hockey and equestrian

Kerber, the World No. 2 who's seeded as such at the Games, downed her opponent in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Williams compiled 37 unforced errors to 27 winners, and got broken at love while serving for the first set at 5-3, a game that included a tremendously entertaining point.

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U.S. assessing new documents in Turkey's bid for Gulen extradition

Earlier on Thursday , Erdogan said the government will continue to go after businesses linked to Gulen and his Hizmat movement, which is banned in Turkey. He speaks of "signs that are unmistakable" that Turkey is moving toward a dictatorship under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . "After July 15, this sneaky organization's structure in the Turkish Armed Forces has started to be uncovered", Erdogan said, adding, "For now, those who are captured are the tip of the iceberg ".

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ANC suffers poll defeat in capital Pretoria

But Ndlozi says most of the party's supporters have indicated they would rather the EFF form a partnership with the DA. In South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, the ANC beat the DA but still did not manage to gain an outright majority.

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Would Trump go wobbly on Crimea?

Trump's relationship with Russia and favorable statements about Putin have come under scrutiny in recent days following his suggestion for Russian hackers to find emails that Hillary Clinton deleted after serving as secretary of state. "I said he's a better leader than Obama", Trump said. Bob Menendez said Thursday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about Russian Federation exposing Hillary Clinton's emails are an "act of treason".

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Won't spare perpetrators of Kokrajhar killing, warns Assam CM

Police said the group of militants came in a auto and swooped down on Balajan Tiniali market on Friday afternoon. Authorities took out one of the assailants during the attack. As per police reports, the attack was carried out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) - NDFB (S). Two others died on their way to the hospital, another police official said.

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ANC takes Johannesburg but below 50% of votes

The ANC also lost control of the symbolic Nelson Mandela Bay area, which includes Port Elizabeth , to the DA - again without a majority so a coalition there is also possible. Let me explain. South Africa has many very serious problems, from unemployment that is chronically over 20 percent, to endemic corruption, to a recent spate of political assassinations.

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Israel charges United Nations employee in Gaza Strip for assisting Hamas

In a statement , Shin Bet claimed Borsh had redirected UNDP aid allocations to Hamas' military activities, including the construction of a jetty on the Gaza coast for use by Hamas naval units. Halabi would uncover other Hamas operatives. Israel's Shin Bet security service said in a statement that Borsh used his position with the UNDP "to provide material assistance to Hamas' terrorist/military efforts".

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NY Google worker slain in MA may have been burned, sexually assaulted

Originally from the MA town of Leominster, Marcotte, who had been living in New York City, was visiting her mother in Princeton over the weekend. Marcotte worked as an account manager at Google. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of her death. MA law enforcement officials believe that Marcotte's death likely took place between 1 and 4 p.m.

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Humanitarian crisis in Aleppo as war looms

Rebel factions and President Bashar Al Assad's regime have sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo in anticipation of the fighting, after opposition forces broke a government siege at the weekend and vowed to capture the entire city. "These cuts are coming amid a heat wave, putting children at a grave risk of waterborne diseases", UNICEF said. "The longer the fighting drags on, the more civilians will be caught in the middle, the more they will pay the highest price", Samantha Power told ...

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Jeremy Corbyn allies win places on Labour's ruling body

According to Stephen Cragg QC, who is representing the five, the NEC is unlawfully "freezing" out his clients and many others from voting in the party leadership contest, which pits Jeremy Corbyn against challenger Owen Smith. The appeal is due to be heard on Thursday, just hours before Mr Corbyn and Mr Smith go head-to-head at a hustings in Gateshead. In July, a judge rejected a challenge to Labour's decision to automatically put Mr Corbyn on the ballot paper.

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Japan's emperor hints at abdication, citing deteriorating health

However, conservative traditionalists in the Abe administration are anxious that if the law were to be changed, liberal politicians in parliament would take the opportunity to push for women to be allowed to become emperor. Last month, Japanese media reported that the emperor wanted to step down in coming years, which would be unprecedented in modern Japan. Japan's Emperor Akihito is set to deliver his second ever televised address to the public.

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Donald Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain

It was a remarkable breach of protocol for the party's White House nominee to withhold support from its most powerful member of Congress. An aide to Ryan told the Guardian that the Speaker "appreciates the gesture and is going to continue to focus on earning the endorsement of the voters in Southern Wisconsin".

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Rio Olympics open with bang at Maracana Stadium

In addition, police recently announced the arrest of a group of Islamic State supporters who were planning a terrorist attack, there are fears about Zika-carrying mosquitoes, toxic waste in the Rio de Janeiro bay has triggered calls to suspend the Games' water competitions, and many facilities built for the Olympics were not ready, or were only half-ready, for the August 5 opening ceremony.


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