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Syrian gov't: rebel shelling of Aleppo kills 8

And while most of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle and top military aides are already the subjects of United States travel bans and assets freezes, officials believe that targeting lower-level military officers would have a chilling effect on Syrian military morale.

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Hurricane Matthew: storm lashes Florida after hundreds killed in Haiti

Forecasters said Matthew could dump up to 15 inches of rain in some spots and cause a storm surge of 9 feet or more. The National Hurricane Center , in Miami , said Matthew is expected to weaken somewhat Friday and Saturday but remain a powerful hurricane as it moves closer to Florida's Atlantic coast.

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Students' protest in South Africa turns violent

Abuja - Some protesters at South Africa's Wits University went half-n*ked exposing their breasts in protest to high tuition fees on Tuesday. In the Western Cape, all classes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were suspended on Monday following disruptions at its Mowbray, Cape Town, Bellville and Wellington campuses.

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Russian Federation keeps up Syria bombing as United Nations urges Aleppo evacuations

Syria's military has released a video of its new advances in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, showing destruction and ruins in a neighborhood that is hundreds of years old. Possible responses include allowing Gulf allies to supply rebels with more sophisticated weapons, or carrying out a US air strike on a Syrian government air base, viewed as less likely because of the potential for causing Russian casualties, the officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Russia warns US against striking Syrian military

He also told them that if they decide to leave Aleppo he is "personally ready" to physically accompany them. Russia's defence ministry also warned that any aircraft flying too close to Syrian regime troops may be in for " a surprise " - apparently a reference to reports in the USA media that Washington is considering an attack on Bashir al-Assad's forces.

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Duterte unfazed by apprehensions that foreign aid for PH might stop

The U.S. has remained the Philippines closest ally since it gained independence in 1946 and the two countries have several defense treaties. Duterte's unprecedented crime crackdown has raised fears of mass extrajudicial killings with more than 3,000 people killed since he took office on June 30, prompting global condemnation led by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union.

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Aussie men arrested after stripping at Formula One

The group spontaneously stripped to reveal Malaysia's national flag on their behinds, while chanting "Aussie, Aussie, Ausssie, oi, oi, oi" in the middle of a large crowd. Despite an ensuing media furore the 23-year-old Briton was sentenced to three days in prison and fined 5,000 Malaysian ringgit (£860) for "committing an obscene act in public".

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Pakistani media calls PM Narendra Modi's speech venomous

There is anger among people of the country after the killing of 18 armymen in Uri attack. "Election promises were bluff", Surjewala said in a tweet. "They have started to recognise elements who oppose our country", said he. Pakistan is the hub of terrorism, which is very unfortunate. In his speech, the PM also addressed the Pakistani people directly - saying that while both India and Pakistan attained Independence at the same time, India exported software, but Pakistan exported terror.

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New post-debate polls put Clinton up in 4 big swing states

A Mason-Dixon poll of likely voters in Florida found Clinton leading Trump 46% to 42%, just outside of the poll's margin of error. Trump takes 43 percent of voters outside the major parties in the Opinion Savvy poll while 42 percent are for Clinton, 8 percent prefer Johnson and 6 percent support Stein.

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International Monetary Fund heralds catastrophe for major banks of European Union and US

The world trade outlook also soured, with growth pegged at 2.3 percent this year, 0.4 percentage points lower than forecast in July, before rising to 3.8 percent in 2017. The U.S. economy grew 2.6 percent in 2015. By 2017, it expects growth to slow to 1.1 per cent and for the United Kingdom to fall to fifth in the G7 for growth, behind the US, Canada, Germany and France.

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Escalation not in anyone's interest, says Pakistan Army

Pakistan and India traded fresh accusations of cross-border fire in Kashmir on Tuesday, October 4, a day after top officials discussed ways of de-escalating tensions over the disputed Himalayan region, the Associated Press reports. India is for comprehensive relationship with the neighbouring country and wants Pakistan to stop supporting, abetting, sheltering terrorists and allowing to use their land for conducting terrorist attacks on Indian soil, he said.

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Lalu Prasad attacked by BJP for meeting rape accused legislator

After emerging out of the meeting, Mr Yadav, who was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 30 in a case relating to rape of a minor, told newspersons that no one should draw unnecessary inference from the meeting as he had gone to meet Mr Prasad on the ongoing Durga Puja festival.

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UN Envoy Offers to Personally Escort Nusra Front Out of Aleppo

Children who fled from Islamic State-controlled areas ride a pick-up truck to the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria . The envoy said eastern Aleppo risked joining the ranks of the 20th century's worst tragedies including the Srebrenica massacre and the Rwandan genocide.

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Corbyn critic Sir Keir Starmer returns to shadow cabinet

Jeremy Corbyn has started his long-awaited shadow cabinet reshuffle, replacing longtime Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton with former agriculture minister Nick Brown. She had been trying to get a deal agreed on shadow cabinet elections and was seen as a "bulwark against attempts to deselect MPs that disagreed with Mr Corbyn".

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Maria Sharapova meldonium suspension reduced to 15 months

Sharapova was at fault, her plea of no significant fault or negligence should be upheld, triggering a discretion to reduce the otherwise applicable two-year sanction by up to 50%". WADA respects all decisions taken by CAS, the highest independent sport tribunal which has the jurisdiction to determine sports-related appeals. "As we demonstrated before Cas, not only did the tennis anti-doping authorities fail to properly warn Maria , if you compare what the ITF did with how other federations ...

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Investigation: Missile that shot down Malaysia Flight 17 came from Russian Federation

The investigators did not accuse Russian Federation of supplying the missile, saying that the next stage of its investigation would now focus on firmly establishing suspects and bringing criminal charges against them. Repeating those denials yesterday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or were in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment".

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In search of rebound, Donald Trump ramps up attacks on Hillary Clinton

Machado has joined the Clinton campaign in publicly denouncing Trump's comments against women, and Trump has responded with smears against the former beauty queen during interviews and on Twitter , including shaming her for a sex tape for which the campaign has not provided evidence.

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Congress Averts Government Shutdown With Two Days to Spare

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through December 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus . Congress staved off an October 1 government shutdown Wednesday, passing a stopgap spending measure after House Republicans agreed to address the drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan, removing a major obstacle in negotiations.

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Republican foe warns Donald Trump against saying the election is rigged

That's the general feeling amongst analysts on the day after. But some of those same pundits are saying that Pence's calm and composed performance Tuesday night was a reminder of Donald Trump's lack of composure in his first debate against Hillary Clinton.

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Fears of cholera upsurge in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, says UN

Matthew was located about 30 miles south-southeast of the Bahamas and about 215 miles southeast of West Palm Beach , and moving northwest at 12 mph on Thursday morning. The US National Weather Service warned on Thursday that the hurricane could be the worst storm seen in Florida for decades. "We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area".

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Canada unveils carbon price, Alberta demands pipeline in return

The new regulation will have provinces and territories install a direct tax on carbon emissions of at least 10 Canadian dollars ($7.60) per tonne, or a cap-and-trade system. "We want to continue this trend and cover the final 20 per cent", she said. "As far as we're concerned, we can't be talking about prices that got rolled out today until we get the commitment from this federal government that they're going to move on this fundamentally important economic piece that Albertans need and ...

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Hurricane Matthew kills at least 283 in Haiti

In updated travel advice, the Foreign Office said: " Hurricane Matthew is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the east coast of the U.S. Hundreds of passenger flights were canceled in south Florida, and cancellations were expected to spread north in coming days along the storm's path, airlines including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines said.

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Flights canceled, vacations cut short by Hurricane Matthew

Its centre may pass near or over Andros Island and New Providence on 6 October afternoon and Gran Bahama island (The Bahamas) in the evening of the same date possibly as a Category 3 Hurricane. "This is clearly either going to have a direct hit or come right along the coast". "We don't have much time left", said Florida Governor Rick Scott at a press conference.

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Obama compares Peres to Mandela and Queen

The caricature portrays a shaking Peres being read an extended rap sheet of his "crimes" against humanity by the Grim Reaper against the fiery backdrop of hell. "Justice and hope", Obama said, "are at the heart of the Zionist idea". "We believe that through good-faith direct negotiations, the parties should mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem and safeguards its unique religious status for people around the world", the statement said.

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Kingdom lambastes JASTA law

But families of the victims and their lawyers have dismissed these concerns. "Certainly this bill doesn't win America any friends", Ereli said. Senator John Cornyn of Texas is a member of the Republican Party. The bill cleared the House earlier this month, also by voice vote . He added that Defense Secretary Ash Carter also spoke out about the bill. The Middle East will be the first foreign policy issue awaiting the next US president .

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Australians who stripped to 'budgie smugglers' free to leave Malaysia

The Australian prime minister was responding to the Sepang Sessions Court's decision yesterday to free the nine dubbed as the "Budgie Nine" with a warning. "The Malaysian authorities were very lenient and the Australian men were very repentant, but they do need to reflect very seriously on their conduct".

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Malaysia is payback for Monaco: Ricciardo

Though the German driver continued to push hard on his vehicle, overtaking one after another, nobody believed he can really challenge the situation, until the engine explosion. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain returns to the paddock after his vehicle caught fire during the race in Sepang October 2, 2016. These guys work so hard and we are all feeling the pain right now.

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Greek islanders, Syrian rescuers top Nobel prize bets

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for "his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end", the committee announced this morning. The committee has made the link between climate and peace before, by giving the 2007 award to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former USA vice president Al Gore.

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Afghan leader vows to fight poverty amid donor fatigue

He welcomed the peace deal signed between Afghan Government and Hizb-i-Islami assuring Pakistan s continued efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG). The Taliban continue to wage a bitter insurgency nearly exactly a decade and a half after the US-led invasion that toppled the group in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, launching a major offensive on the city of Kunduz earlier this week.

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Sadiq Khan: Labour not just talking the talk, but walking the walk

In a speech to Labour's conference in Liverpool on Wednesday, Burnham said he was saddened that the achievements of Tony Blair's government had been "dismissed as if they were nothing" and that old friendships had been "strained". " We have to got to make sure that our economic situation is good for everybody because immigration is a good thing for us, but what undermines [that] is when people feel that it is unvetted and that we are not able to deal with the issues and the concerns that ...

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USA threatens to stop cooperating with Russian Federation on Syria

During the press briefing, Kirby said the USA has " influence over some of the groups but not all ". Russian Federation is backing the intensive campaign launched by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to capture Aleppo's rebel-held eastern sector.

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Iraq wants emergency United Nations session to discuss Turkey's military presence near Mosul

His comments, in a speech to businessmen, followed Iraqi condemnation of a Turkish decision to extend by a year the deployment of some 2,000 troops in northern Iraq . Abadi has repeatedly expressed his opposition to the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil and demanded that they be withdrawn. One militia leader agreed with Baghdad that Turkish forces in northern Iraq are "occupiers", and threatened to attack Turkish troops "if they do not retreat from Iraqi land".

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Cancellation of 19th SAARC Summit failure of premier: Aitzaz Ahsan

He pointed out that these non-state actors were carrying out protests, rallies in Islamabad , Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi. Pakistan is isolated because it gives "freedom to non-state actors" who may have had a hand in the Uri attack, a senior Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader told a special joint session of Parliament convened to discuss tensions with India.

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LAPD releases footage: Carnell Snell was holding a gun

The shooting occurred in a neighborhood where almost 450 people have been shot this year, making it the worst in the city for gun violence, Beck said. Beck said he made a decision to release the video to correct what he called competing accounts about Saturday's shooting of Snell. Police Commissioner Matt Johnson said efforts are underway to develop a system for deciding whether to release videos from incidents of police force.

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[Ticker] IMF predicts slower eurozone and UK growth

The report projects further deterioration in petroleum-rich Venezuela, where gross domestic product declined 6.2 percent previous year and is on course to fall another 10 percent in 2016 “as the decline in oil prices since mid-2014 has exacerbated domestic macroeconomic imbalances and balance of payments pressures.”.


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