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Probe links Russian Federation to jetliner downing

The Boeing 777 crashed in July of 2014 over eastern Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 persons on board the aircraft died. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was "biased and politically motivated". Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said Wednesday that communications intercepts showed that MH17 was shot down from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled ...

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Iraq tribal leader: strike kills 19 pro-government fighters

The retaking of Iraq's second-largest city would be another blow. The worldwide coalition did not immediately respond to MEMO's requests for comment on the incident. Turkey is an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country with increasingly close ties to Sunni Muslim kingpin Saudi Arabia. As he did with regard to Syria, Erdogan indicated he was particularly troubled by any use of fighters linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a 32-year insurgency inside Turkey and whose ...

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North Carolina police enlist foundation to review policies

Police say they shot Scott Sept. 20 after he refused to drop a gun. Scott's family requested to see the videos in their entirety, and CMPD said they meant to accommodate that request this week. Rakeyia Scott warned law officers then to be aware that he "carries a 9mm black" gun, and checked boxes to indicate her husband had neither a county-issued permit to buy a handgun nor a state permit to carry a concealed handgun.

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What to expect as hurricane sweeps by South Florida

The National Hurricane Center said the storm could make landfall in any of those states. The National Hurricane Center predicts Matthew will move dangerously close to the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in the coming days.

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Badiucao (巴丢草): Joshua Wong Detained in Thailand

According to The Nation , Pol Col Pruthipong Prayoonsiri, deputy commander of the Suvarnabhumi Airport immigration office, said China had sought the Thai government's help to deny Wong's entry into the kingdom ahead of his visit. With a better communications team, the government could have used this opportunity to show that political space in Thailand is more open, especially after the recent charter referendum.

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Hong Kong Activist Is Barred From Entering Thailand, Reportedly At China's Request

Wong, 19, has been a thorn on China's side ever since he emerged as the face of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2014. It said he was expected to be sent back to Hong Kong on an Emirates Airline flight later Wednesday as that was the airline he flew to Thailand on.

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Thailand expels Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong 'at China's request'

Law said he could not confirm that there was any such request from the Chinese, but if it was Beijing that sought Wong's arrest, he said, "That gives a bad example of how China treats human rights defenders in Hong Kong ". Wong had been due to speak at an event in Bangkok on Thursday marking the 40th anniversary of a massacre of pro-democracy students by security forces and royalist militias.

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Hong Kong activist glad he didn't disappear

Law said he could not confirm that there was any such request from the Chinese, but if it was Beijing that sought Wong's arrest, he said, "That gives a bad example of how China treats human rights defenders in Hong Kong". The young activist made the trip to Thailand to speak to university students about the lessons he had learned from being one of the prominent players in the Umbrella Movement, which blocked roads around Hong Kong's CBD for 79 days, attracting around 100,000 demonstrators ...

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Thai official says Joshua Wong sent back to HK

Wong has been a perennial thorn in Beijing's side since emerging as an unlikely leader of protests against Chinese political domination of the city. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed the deportation was requested by China.

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Poland backs down on total abortion ban following protests in 60 cities

In practice, though, some doctors refuse to perform even legal abortions , citing moral objections. Will Poland impose a total ban on abortion? Campigners across other European cities also took to the streets to support the demands of Polish women, around 60 per cent of whom were thought to have gone on strike, with estimates of upwards of six milion women acorss the contient protesting on Black Monday .

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Thai officials: Activist Joshua Wong sent back to Hong Kong

Thailand has been under military rule since Prayuth led a coup that toppled the elected government in May 2014, and broad restrictions on political expression and activities remain in place. "A$3 fter which they used a very intimidating voice to say 'Here, we can treat you very well, or purposely make things hard for you, you know to what extent we can do this - so which do you want?" Nathan Law, 23, who last month became Hong Kong's youngest lawmaker when he won a seat for Demosisto, told ...

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Mazher Mahmood 'Fake Sheikh' guilty over Tulisa Contosavlos case

Mahmood met the singer in London and she allegedly arranged for him to be sold cocaine by one of her contacts for 800 pounds. Mahmood, working undercover for the The Sun on Sunday , was posing as a wealthy Indian film producer, offering Tulisa a starring role in his next movie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Polish Women Go On Strike Over Total Abortion Ban

Science and Higher Education Minister Jaroslaw Gowin stated that the demonstrations of women have taught the government "humility" and, due to this, "there will not be a full ban on abortion ". Poland's existing restrictions on abortion are already stringent with only a few exceptions, including fetal anomaly, danger to the mother's life, and rape.

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Polish government to back down on full abortion ban?

Speaker of the upper house Senate, Stanislaw Karczewski, said on Wednesday that governing Law and Justice (PiS) MPs were set to drop plans to push their own draft legislative bill on abortion . Reuters reports that some critics have said the law would even discourage doctors from doing prenatal tests, if they carried the risk of miscarriage.

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Thai officials: Activist Joshua Wong sent back to Hong Kong

Thailand has been under military rule since Prayuth led a coup that toppled the elected government in May 2014, and broad restrictions on political expression and activities remain in place. "A$3 fter which they used a very intimidating voice to say 'Here, we can treat you very well, or purposely make things hard for you, you know to what extent we can do this - so which do you want?" Nathan Law, 23, who last month became Hong Kong's youngest lawmaker when he won a seat for Demosisto, told ...

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Polish Government Drops Abortion Ban After Protests

Abortion is now only allowed in cases of rape, incest, badly damaged foetuses or if the mother's life is at risk, and in some cases doctors even refuse to perform legal abortions if they personally oppose the practice, reported The Guardian .

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Thai official says Joshua Wong sent back to HK

Wong has been a perennial thorn in Beijing's side since emerging as an unlikely leader of protests against Chinese political domination of the city. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed the deportation was requested by China.

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Poland Backs Away From A Proposed Total Abortion Ban After Mass Protests

As if the conditions weren't severe enough, a new legislative proposal by the conservative government will impose a almost total ban on abortion - even in cases of rape or potential risk to the woman's life. Law & Justice's initial reactions to Monday's rallies were dismissive, with Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski telling TVN24 that the protests were "marginal in scale" and that demonstrators had "yelled half-witted slogans" instead of engaging in serious discussion.

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Poland Backs Away From A Proposed Total Abortion Ban After Mass Protests

As if the conditions weren't severe enough, a new legislative proposal by the conservative government will impose a almost total ban on abortion - even in cases of rape or potential risk to the woman's life. Law & Justice's initial reactions to Monday's rallies were dismissive, with Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski telling TVN24 that the protests were "marginal in scale" and that demonstrators had "yelled half-witted slogans" instead of engaging in serious discussion.

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Polish Women strike; protest proposed abortion ban

A petition gathered over 450,000 signatures and thousands of men and women wore black and took part in a nation-wide strike to protest against the government's intentions. The Guardian calls the Law and Justice party's sudden rejection of the proposed ban just weeks after recommending it "humiliating". Polish officials estimate that there are now more illegal abortions than legal ones in the country.

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Protests against abortion ban sweep Poland

Meanwhile, the Senate speaker also said the upper house of parliament would not initiate any work on a bill that would further restrict Poland's abortion law, already one of the most restrictive in Europe. In the two days since Monday's protests , Poland's leaders had signaled they wouldn't support the divisive ban. The proposal for a complete abortion ban proved highly unpopular among women in the country, where abortion is already banned in the majority of cases.

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Ceasefire Violations By Pak In 24 Hours, Firing On Indian Posts, Villages

The Indian posts and civilian areas which came under shelling are located in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch, officials said, adding that the Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Mandi and Sabzian sectors of from 1.45 pm.

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Jack Nicklaus eulogizes Arnold Palmer as 'king of our sport'

Palmer, one of golf's greatest players whose vast popularity drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army", was honored during a memorial service at the Saint Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe that lasted two hours and 20 minutes. At 4:10 p.m. on the Sunday that Palmer died, Saunders called him. Each speaker touched on the many aspects of Palmer's life - his legend as a golfer, his family, his passion for flying, his charismatic presence on and off the TV screen, his work promoting the game ...

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At least 500K urged to evacuate as Matthew nears Florida

Florida is expected to start to feel the peripheral effects of Matthew as early as Wednesday night, but storm impacts will really crank up by Friday morning. A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Haitian government estimated 350,000 people needed immediate assistance. Mourad Wahba, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Haiti, said at least 10,000 people were in shelters and hospitals were overflowing.

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Ex-Portugal PM, Guterres, set for United Nations top job

António Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who is all but certain to become the next United Nations secretary-general, was welcomed by United Nations insiders with a degree of elation not seen since one of their own, Kofi Annan, rose through the ranks to become the world's top diplomat.

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Pakistan troops indulge in shelling on LoC, international border

Opposition parties have been demanding the evidence in order to shut the mouth of Pakistan , which continues to deny the happening of any sort of surgical strikes. While giving details to "IG Mushtaq", Akbar said the strikes killed at least five Pakistani soldiers along with several terrorists in many sectors in the wee hours of September 29.

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Vision for more home-grown doctors set out by Jeremy Hunt

The health secretary's plans also raise the question of whether more trained doctors will in fact lead to more doctors in the NHS . More student doctors Hunt intends to make more places available for students to study medicine at universities, which he hopes will shore up the supply of British-trained doctors by the time the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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In debate, GOP senator says Trump is 'absolutely' a role model

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte was asked if she would point to Trump as role model and responded: "Absolutely, I would do that". "Would you tell a child to aspire to be like Donald Trump?" Her campaign released a statement following the debate, saying she "misspoke".

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Without Moscow's help, Damascus could be under rebel control: Russian envoy

The U.S. State Department says Washington is halting its participation in bilateral channels with Russian Federation as Moscow did not live up to its commitments. The Fatah al-Sham Front, previously known as the Nusra Front, announced the death of Ahmed Salama Mabrouk shortly after the Pentagon said the USA had targeted a prominent member of the group in Syria.

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Rocket from Gaza lands in southern Israeli city, no injuries

The U.S., which has repeatedly criticized Israel for such projects over decades, has refrained from imposing consequences. WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM The United States sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday over plans to build a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank that it said would damage prospects for peace with the Palestinians and contradicted assurances made to Washington.

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UKIP leadership contender has Jewish roots

James standing down has triggered another leadership contest, opening the possibility of Steven Woolfe, who could not stand last time because he submitted his paperwork too late, or Suzanne Evans, who was suspended from the party last time , becoming leader.

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Supreme Court turns away Redskins appeal in trademark case; other case pending

At first glance, the Supreme Court's denial of rehearing October 3 on lower court rulings that preliminarily blocked President Barack Obama's proposed immigration programs seems to spell the end of the programs. The Redskins requested the Court hear its appeal of a federal government decision to revoke the team's trademark on the name because it is disparaging to Native Americans.

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Supreme Court faces docket full of controversy

The United States needs a full Supreme Court that will throw out this politically motivated lawsuit and put the issue to rest once and for all". The Obama administration asked the court this summer to rehear the case once it had nine members again, although it is unclear when that will be.

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USA suspends negotiations with Russian Federation over Syria ceasefire

The confirmation that the US-Russian talks have now collapsed suggests there is little hope of a diplomatic solution to end the five-and-a-half-year-old civil war anytime soon. But in part because of the presence of al-Qaida veterans like Mabrouk among its ranks, most experts still view the group as an al-Qaida affiliate, and both the United States and Russian Federation have vowed to keep striking it.

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Lyncrest in Fair Lawn named Blue Ribbon School

Southwest Principal Josh Mckeel agrees and said the school "is extremely honored to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School". Celeste Bowler and former principal Fatima Avila will represent Kent Heights School at a two-day awards ceremony November 7-8 in Washington, D.C.


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