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Obama meets Netanyahu, voices concerns on Israeli settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, September 21, 2016 in New York City. Hameid also said that Israel targets Hebron's educational system through its numerous military checkpoints in the area that obstruct students from reaching their schools, while Israeli forces have also regularly fired tear gas canisters at the class rooms.

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Iraq forces launch operation to take ISIL-held town

Obama said he and Abadi have been focusing on retaking the city and the "challenging battle" that lies ahead. But, speaking ahead of talks with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the United States leader warned: "This is going to be hard, this is going to be challenging".

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US Still Blames Russia for Aleppo Convoy Attack Despite No Evidence

The U.S. and its allies, as well as Syrian government troops and their allies, are striking ISIS and al-Qaeda, perhaps the most potent of all of Assad's foes. Earlier this month, the US and Russia brokered a deal, but the cease-fire has been on the verge of a breakdown after the USA -led coalition inadvertently bombed Russian-backed Syrian government forces this weekend and a convoy delivering humanitarian aid was bombed.

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U.S. is willing to extend Syria truce despite violations

Ibrahim Alhaj told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Syrian civilians will pay the price for the decision. "It is outrageous that it was hit while offloading at warehouses", he added. The Observatory said the aid trucks had made a delivery organised by an global organisation to an area west of Aleppo. "I believe that practically it has failed and has ended", Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of the Aleppo-based rebel group Fastaqim, told Reuters news agency.

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Bombing Suspect Faces Federal Charges

Rahami's fingerprint was reportedly found on one of the bombs. The court complaint also describes Rahami buying bomb-making equipment so openly that he ordered citric acid, ball bearings and electronic igniters on eBay and had them delivered to a New Jersey business where he worked until earlier this month.

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George Clooney Did Not Advise 'Allied' Actor To Save Marriage

After starring with Brad in 2001's Ocean's Eleven , George formed a close bond with the actor and later also became friends with Angelina . I feel very sorry to hear that. In the court filing, Jolie petitioned for full physical custody of the children, with visitation rights for Pitt. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids", he said.

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Sikh hailed as hero for helping arrest New York attack terror suspect

FBI investigators gather evidence at a business, First American Fried Chicken, owned by the family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is the suspect behind a 17 September explosion in New York City and a second bombing in New Jersey, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, 19 September 2016.

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44 bln for investment in Africa and neighbourhood, Juncker

Mr Juncker said the European Union was not at risk as a result of Britain's departure and urged for talks to secure its exit as quickly as possible. Juncker said there "must be a European HQ and work towards a common military force" - both plans that Britain had always been hostile to and which will come up at tomorrow's summit.

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Obama, Netanyahu Talk to Press Before Final Meeting

Barack Obama meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. "These are challenging times". Speaking before a bilateral meeting, Netanyahu joked that as Obama concludes his presidency he will be "busy with many, many things" more important than "improving what I hear is a terrific golf game".

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Jeb Bush's father voting for Hillary Clinton

According to Politico , former President George H.W. Bush will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. In fact, none of the five living presidents - Jimmy Carter , George H.W. Trump later echoed Priebus's warning that future support from the Republican Party is contingent on the politicians getting behind the party's chosen election candidate.

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Airbnb raises a $555 mn to grow globally

The company will soon disclose in a regulatory filing the amount it has raised so far, the person said. The source close to the company said Airbnb isn't necessarily looking for cash, but rather trying to bring in investors committed to the company's long-term growth.

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3 dead after gunman opens fire inside Tennessee factory

Police and fire first crews responded to reports of an active shooter just after 4:15 p.m. ET, officials said. He said the man was apparently using a semi-automatic pistol, but he didn't know the caliber or brand. Shortly after, Sheriff Guy posted an update to his Instagram , reporting that the scene was secure and the shooter down. The plant does not have its own security, he said.

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Canadian netminder Corey Crawford solid in World Cup of Hockey debut

However should the Finns win, it will be Team North America that qualifies in second place in the Group B. Kessel, Tyler Johnson, Kyle Okposo, Justin Faulk, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler didn't play in the World Cup for the USA, which scored two goals in two games before being eliminated from contention.

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France warns of threats as teen arrested in feared attack

According to investigators, her fingerprints were found in the Peugeot vehicle which was discovered abandoned last Sunday a few hundred metres (yards) from Notre Dame with five gas cylinders and three bottles of diesel fuel inside. Inès M. was taken into custody carrying a note in which she swore allegiance to Islamic State, he said. Anti-terror investigators are probing the incident, which comes with France on high alert following a string of terror attacks, including last November's ...

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Pakistan ready for unconditional talks with India: Aziz

Akbar added that the world knows Pakistan has indulged in ethnic cleansing of its own people. It is shocking that Mr. Sharif has glorified the terrorist, Burhan Wani, killed in a recent encounter in Kashmir as a "young leader". Most people in the Indian-controlled portion favor independence or a merger with Pakistan. He said the Security Council has called for the exercise of the right to self-determination by the people of Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite held under United ...

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Despicable strike on aid convoy leaves ceasefire deal in tatters

The flight ban proposal will be discussed today at a meeting in NY of the International Syrian Support Group, a multinational body that is led by Kerry and Lavrov . Addressing a crisis meeting on Syria at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in NY on Wednesday, Lavrov underlined the need for reining in militant groups on the ground to ensure they respect the truce.

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Syria's Assad says United States strikes "flagrant aggression"

The Syrian Armed Forces General Command issued a statement Monday declaring that "the US-Russian ceasefire deal started since September 12th is over". The official added that Kerry is in close coordination with the White House. -Russian brokered cease-fire had failed. Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that reports about the Syrian army targeting an aide convoy are not true.

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Russia Blames US for Airstrike on Syrian Regime Forces

The route is a vital supply line into the rebel-held eastern side of Aleppo . The Russian president said Moscow would disclose nothing without US consent, adding that he was "more positive than negative" about a United Nations resolution being agreed.

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United Nations says South Sudan arms embargo possible

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan and more than 2.5 million driven from their homes since a brutal civil war erupted in the world's youngest country in December 2013. The report was the first major project by the Sentry , whose partners have focused on the financial connections to endemic conflicts in some of Africa's most troubled places, including Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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Shell that hit Iraqi base contained sulfur-mustard agent

Defence officials based in Washington say that the shell landed at the Qayyara air base , south of Mosul in Nineveh Province, on Tuesday 20 September. ISIS terrorists are suspected of targeting U.S. and Iraqi troops with a bomb containing a banned caustic mustard-gas compound, authorities said Wednesday.

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Standing Rock Sioux Takes Fight Against Dakota Pipeline to UN

It basically says the city recognizes the treaty agreements with some Indian Nations, and it supports respecting tribal lands and cultures. "I am here because oil companies are causing the deliberate destruction of our sacred places and burials", said Archambault.

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OPEC Production Freeze Never Likely To Happen

A big drop in USA crude stockpiles sent oil prices sharply higher on Wednesday (Sep 21). Russia, Iran and other major oil producers are due to take part in the Algiers meeting. Analysts polled by Reuters expected USA commercial crude oil inventories to have risen 2.3 million barrels in the week to September 16, paving the way for a bearish market reaction because a rise in stocks indicates growing oversupply.

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Abe, Li confirm cooperation over North Korea

He said Japan would lead Security Council discussions. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a hotel in NY, U.S. At last year's General Assembly, Abe said Japan would provide about $1.6 billion to assist Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war and for building peace across the Middle East and Africa.

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Norwegian kidnap victim freed after a year

The Abu Sayyaf freed the Norwegian on Saturday, handing him over to another Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari, whose group assisted in the release and at whose camp he spent the night, according to the government. The Norwegian government said the release of Sekkingstad was a "positive development". Sekkingstad told journalist that he, Hall and Ridsdel had been treated as slaves by the Abu Sayyaf and were often dodging bullets by attacking government forces.

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North Korea Accidentally Reveals It Only Has 28 Websites

So how did this great unveiling happen? And apparently, North Korea - a country that is no fan of the Internet - has only 28 registered domain names for its top-level domain suffix, .kp. this means our nuclear warheads can turn Seoul into a sea of fire in an instant". For the uninitiated, here's what you might see on a wander around the North Korean internet.

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Militants free Norwegian hostage

The Indonesian government had been pushing for negotiations in the hostage crisis, Ryamirzard said, noting that securing the release of the three sailors had been a tough process. He also said Sekkingstad's first words to him on the phone was "Thank you to President Duterte". Islamist militants in the Philippines have released a Norwegian man taken hostage along with two Canadians who the group beheaded, officials say.

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Paris Agreements on climate change may take force before 2017

But because together those countries account for 48 percent of total global emissions - short of the 55 percent threshold - the agreement must wait for more nations to join. More than 170 world leaders have signed the deal, but it won't take effect until 55 countries accounting for at least 55 per cent of global emissions have ratified or accepted it through their domestic procedures, the officials added.

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Gas, grenades, rubber bullets used against Charlotte protesters

The turmoil prompted Governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency and deploy the National Guard and highway patrol officers to the city to help restore peace. The officer who shot Scott, Brently Vinson, has meanwhile been placed on leave, which is standard procedure in such cases. Putney says other uniformed officers on scene were wearing cameras.

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Militants free Norwegian hostage

The Indonesian government had been pushing for negotiations in the hostage crisis, Ryamirzard said, noting that securing the release of the three sailors had been a tough process. He also said Sekkingstad's first words to him on the phone was "Thank you to President Duterte". Islamist militants in the Philippines have released a Norwegian man taken hostage along with two Canadians who the group beheaded, officials say.

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Freed Abu Sayyaf hostages savor their freedom

Meanwhile, Sekkingstad extended his gratitude to the Philippine President and to the people who helped secure his safety and freedom. The group released Mr Sekkingstad in the town of Patikul in the Sulu Archipelago and he is now in the custody of Nur Misuari, founder of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), in the regional capital Jolo, peace adviser Jesus Dureza to the Philippines president said.

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One photo dramatically captures the tension between police and protestors in Charlotte

Officer Brentley Vinson , who is also black, shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday outside a Charlotte apartment building. Demonstrators held a vigil for Scott on Wednesday night in uptown, but hundreds more joined the protests and marched through the streets of Charlotte.

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Indonesia thanks Manila after crew, Norwegian freed

Norway is the third party facilitator of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, the political wing of the CPP. She also offered thanks to all other parties that had assisted in providing expertise in Sekkingstad's case, noting that the authorities in both Norway and the Philippines had worked closely on the matter.

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Don't Expect Police Video Of Keith Scott's Death Any Time Soon

But open government advocates and the ACLU urged police to release the video, noting that the new law doesn't go into effect until October 1. Chief Kerr Putney said it would be inappropriate to present footage of "a victim's worst day" for public consumption.

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Brentley Vinson: What we know about the Charlotte police officer

Last year, a Chicago police officer was charged with murder the same day the city released dashcam video that showed him shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times, footage that contradicted the accounts of officers who said the teen swung a knife at them.

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NAACP speaks on Keith Lamont Scott shooting

Instead of video, the public will have to wait for answers to the many questions being posed and trust the N.C. SBI's investigation into officer Brentley Vinson's decision to pull the trigger on Scott. A second night of violence in Charlotte, North Carolina prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency in the city. The North Carolina National Guard arrived at a Charlotte armory early Thursday, and Guard vehicles left the armory about 8 a.m.


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