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Alleged Duterte hitman denied protection after testimony

We killed people nearly on a daily basis", he said . During the hearing, Matobato recounted a death squad mission in 1993 that was unintentionally impeded by the vehicle of an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation , who was blocking the road in the city of Davoa.

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S.Africa urges DPRK to adhere to UN Security Council-mandated obligations

On Friday, North Korea announced it successfully conducted a "higher level" test of a nuclear weapon, its fifth since 2006. The talks, which also involve Japan, South Korea and the USA, have been on hold since 2008. North Korea is only doing what any other self-respecting nation would do if it feels threatened. As always, claims from North Korean state media are hard to verify.

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Excerpts from AP interview with Syrian president Assad

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has claimed a United States airstrike that killed around 60 of his soldiers was "definitely intentional". USA officials initially said the aircraft that dropped the bombs were Russian Su-24 fighter jet but that they weren't sure if the aircraft were piloted by Russian or Syrian government troops.

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Islamic State digs in behind Mosul moat as battle for city looms

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake a northern town Sherqat from Islamic State terror group. Iraqi forces are also moving to retake two areas in the western province of Anbar, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said in an televised message from NY, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly.

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Britain ramps up humanitarian aid in Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive

The shell landed in Qayara West, an air base that was seized from the Islamic State recently and is serving as a staging area for the upcoming offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the militants, the officials said. The town lies near the city of Mosul, which is ISIL's last major urban stronghold in Iraq. The U.S. envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition said on Wednesday the coalition was already taking steps to ensure there would be no repeat in the Mosul offensive ...

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Clinton Foundation won't disclose donors for Bill Clinton's party

The family would maintain some connections to the Clinton Foundation, which is sure to attract continued criticism. "There's no evidence that policy was impacted by anyone requesting an appointment". In his interview with Rose, the former president insisted Trump's "pay-for-play" accusations are inaccurate. But because the event is a fundraiser for the foundation, those donors eventually will be listed on the Clinton Foundation's website.

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Russian Federation accused of trying to influence USA election

Responding to Russian allegations, the Pentagon said Wednesday it had no aircraft flying anywhere near where a humanitarian aid convoy that was struck Monday in Aleppo, Syria. Officials in the administration of President Barack Obama have said they concluded that Russian Federation or its proxies were responsible for hacking political party organizations.

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Undersea quake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes southeast of Tokyo - USGS

It did not issue a tsunami warning. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported a magnitude 6.5 quake 230 km southeast of Tokyo . As per the USGS website, the quake hit the countrys east-southeast of Katsuura city at a depth of 10 kms. No damage has been reported yet. A 5.3 magnitude undersea quake struck Japan off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, south of Fukushima, following which another natural disaster of 6.0 hit the northern cost.

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Clinton up 7 points on Trump in Virginia

Clinton took the week off from campaigning to hone her debate style at home with a circle of experts. Asked which candidate would better handle the jobs and economy, Clinton ekes out a razor-thin lead over Trump (49 to 47 percent). As she has before, Clinton said she objects to what Trump says about others. It was that drubbing that persuaded some Republican leaders that their party needed to do more to reach out to Hispanic voters.

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Kerry admits Syrian diplomacy at impasse after truce's end

At least 54 Red Crescent volunteers have been killed in Syria. The spokesperson said a coalition drone had been detected in the area around the aid convoy hit in Aleppo , having set off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey. Rebel-held areas of Aleppo in Syria have suffered their most intense airstrikes in months, according to reports. He also said there is no siege on Aleppo , adding that if there were, "people would have been dead by now".

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Obama says 50 countries to take in 360000 refugees

Leaders representing China, Afghanistan, the EU, Pakistan, Japan and Ukraine are among those slated to deliver their annual addresses in NY on Wednesday. The Syrian conflict has killed as many as half-million people, contributed to Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State group to emerge as a global threat.

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Tim Farron: I want my country back

However, former Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable, who lost his seat at the 2015 general election, has said holding a second vote "raises a lot of fundamental problems". A party member since 1987, she tells me she doesn't think there is a need for a new centre-left party "when we've got the Liberal Democrats". "The absence of leadership from Theresa May is astonishing, the absence of clarity as to what will happen to our country is a disgrace".

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Ex-militiaman tells Philippines senate, "I was in Duterte's death squad"

Before Duterte became president of the Philippines, he served from 1988 to 1998 as the mayor of Davao City, a metropolis of almost 1.5 million people located in the southern Davao del Sur province. He left the protection programme when Mr Duterte became president, fearing he would be killed, and said he had chose to speak up "so the killings will stop".

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Rome 'to withdraw bid' for 2024 Olympics

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had originally signed on to support the bid back when it was discussed, but he has vowed not to get involved. Only Los Angeles , Paris , and Budapest are left as bidders to host the 2024 Olympics. "For the last approximately six to seven months, we've been working directly with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA2024 Committee to ensure that Long Beach is well represented and a part of the official United States Olympic bid", Garcia said.

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Mayor of Rome rules out bid for 2024 Olympics

Rome became the latest major global city to reject efforts to host the Olympic Games when Mayor Virginia Raggi said Wednesday she is opposing the city's bid for the 2024 Games . He has said the bid would be doomed if Romes mayor doesnt support it. "Romans don't want that", she said, according to Reuters. After years of mismanagement of the Eternal City , putting on an Olympics is not top of Raggi's list of priorities.

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Assad: US airstrike on Syrian troops 'intentional'

Here's a closer look at his statements and the facts surrounding them. The United Nations is ready to restart vital aid convoys to Syria days after airstrikes targeted a humanitarian convoy near the northern city of Aleppo , killing 20 people, according to a U.N.

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Hundreds feared dead after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

The boat sank 12 kilometres from the coast and the victims included one child, 10 women and 31 young men. Though the death toll has now reached 42, the armed forces were able to rescue 163 people who had attempted to cross to Europe from Egypt, according to an official statement .

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Egypt arrests 4 after migrant boat capsizes, killing dozens

A military boat was seen bringing six corpses to shore in bags, one containing the body of a child whose grandfather recognised him and knelt down in shock. Neighbouring Libya is still the starting point for most efforts to reach Italy by boat from north Africa but, after years of lawless chaos in the region, a rising number of people are setting out from Egypt instead.

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Liberals, Labor Unions Come To Blows Over Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers initially authorized the project's request to cross federal lands, and a court ruled in favor of the pipeline, but the Obama administration then temporarily barred construction, saying it would review its previous authorization.

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Shut down: Across Tamil Nadu majority of shops remained closed

In its September 5 order, the apex court had directed the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water for 10 days to ameliorate the plight of farmers of the neighbouring state. State transport corporation run buses, trains plied as usual, though most autorickshaws, taxis, private trucks and commercial freight operators chose to go off the roads.

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Engine shut down as smoke fills cabin of Jetstar flight from Sydney

Flight JQ956 was on its way from Sydney to Cairns when the captain shut down one of the aircraft's engines and diverted to Brisbane "as a precaution" the budget airline said. "The hazy smoke seen in the video happened when the aircraft had landed safely in Brisbane and shortly before the passengers disembarked", he said.

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Tiahleigh's foster father to be moved to jail

The Ethical Standards Unit is investigating his collapse. Speaking to the media today Ms Palmer thanked the Queensland Police and the public for their efforts in working on the case and providing any information. The 19-year-old was also denied bail but is expected to reapply in the Supreme Court. Detectives have been unable to corroborate that story, however, and now believe Tiahleigh was killed the previous day.

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US tests for mustard agent after rocket attack near Iraq base

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. US troops often deploy with protection against chemical weapons, including gas masks. The U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition also said there would be "no tolerance" for sectarian torture and other abuses resulting from the planned offensive to recapture Mosul.

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Stop hounding British troops through the courts, says Theresa May

A total of 250 soldiers have been accused of 1,500 incidents of abuse, murder and torture in an extensive £57 million probe by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT ). "I hear the words vexatious and spurious bandied about but, to date, there have been 326 settled cases and the Government has paid out £20 million [US$26.1 million]", he told the BBC on Thursday.

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UNGA: Nawaz Sharif comes out positive; urges dialogue with India

About aggressive Indian policy, he said Pakistan had the ability to cross any kind of aggression from India and our armed forces were fully capable for the security of the homeland. necessary to maintain credible deterrence". Pakistan wants dialogue while holding a terrorist gun in its hand. If the Government of Pakistan wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks, India is ready to provide finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in the Uri and Poonch incidents.

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Tom Watson Plans Changes To 'Pretty Unpopular' Labour Leadership Rules

Mr Corbyn's efforts at reconciliation with disaffected Labour MPs have been overshadowed by threats of deselection and suggestions members could be involved in picking the shadow cabinet. Smith said: "I would stand against anti-Semitism". Asked whether he would have liked Mr Corbyn to be given longer as leader, he added: "Yes, is the honest answer".

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Campaign pushing to expand gambling in New Jersey suspended

The suspension of the campaign by two of the most high-profile backers of casino expansion - both of whom have proposed casinos in the northern part of the state - reflects a shift in public sentiment away from the proposal that has put it in jeopardy.

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European Union plans to offer free Wi-Fi to all

Elsewhere the powerful lobby group urged Jean-Claude Juncker's Commission to stop interfering in member states' affairs where they are not directly relevant to trade and job creation. Claiming success in fostering investment by the application of seed capital and guarantees from the EU and national governments, the commission has put the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) at the heart of its economic policy.

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Del Rio ruled out for No. 19 Gators vs. 14th-ranked Tennessee

We'll stretch the field. We're not going to change as far as throwing the ball down the field. In 17 games at Purdue, Appleby threw 19 interceptions. On a drop-back pass, Del Rio was hit from behind near the knees by North Texas defensive end Devin O'Hara, who was flagged for a late hit on the play.

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Obama and Netanyahu in last face-to-face

The White House is hoping the unprecedented aid will curb the perception among Israel's supporters that Obama has been insufficiently supportive of Israel's security. The move by both leaders not to air their differences in public reflected their common understanding that if a breakthrough on Mideast peace is to occur, it won't be while Obama is still president.

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Barack Obama tells Israel it 'cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land'

Reluctant to invest more diplomatic resources at a time when he says both sides lack the needed political will, Mr. Obama has long since conceded that his administration won't be the one to forge a resolution to the Mideast conflict. The U.S. President Barack Obama urged Israel to end occupation in Palestinian territories in his farewell speech at the United Nations summit. "That's a goal that I and the people of Israel will never give up on", he said.

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Cauvery row: Security beefed up in Mysuru, Bengaluru

Facing criticism over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue, despite the state writing to him twice seeking his intervention, the state BJP leaders have made a decision to boycott the all-party meet. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U. U. Lalit also directed the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board - a body to regulate and monitor the release of water - within a month, Financial Express reports .

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Most Puerto Ricans face a second night without electricity

However, he cautioned: "Problems may arise". People of Puerto Rico, who continue to struggle in the midst of the island's economic hardship, were angered about the power outage and expressed their concerns on social media. Elsewhere, people crouched around power outlets at generator-powered supermarkets and malls to charge cellphones. The blackout is affecting most of the USA territory, causing traffic jams and forcing business closures.

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Brooks, Freeman lead list of award winners at White House

When he went to receive his medal, Brooks pretended to pull Obama's trousers down. Obama awarded National Medals of Arts to 24 American giants of the arts and humanities , lauding their accomplishments - and sharing some laughs in a White House ceremony.

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ASEAN Summit: Duterte chats with Chinese premier Li

China, Taiwan, the Philippines , Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts or all of the South China Sea , making it a hot spot of regional tension. He also said the situation in the South China Sea is moving towards a positive direction with joint efforts from China and other ASEAN members.


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