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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The peace deal was rejected by 50.2 per cent of voters who went to the polls on 2 October. The award underscores the worldwide community's support for President Santos' peace process, which has been widely applauded by diplomats even though it's been a hard sell at home.

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Syria's Assad vows to retake Aleppo

Russia's Defence Ministry says there are numerous state-of-the-art S-300 and S-400 air defence systems deployed and ready to take down enemy aircraft. At a press conference in Geneva , de Mistira sharply revised downward his earlier estimate announced at the U.N. Security Council last month that more than half of all fighters in the northern city were from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, formerly known as the Nusra Front.

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Relieved Floridians Arrive at D/FW Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Hurricane conditions were expected in parts of Florida late on Thursday or early on Friday and a unsafe storm surge was expected to reach up to 11 feet (3.35 meters) along the Florida coast, Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the Miami-based NHC, said on CNN.

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Typhoon Megi makes landfall in China

At least 543 global flights were cancelled or delayed and 270 domestic flights were cancelled because of the storm, which also caused the suspension of all high-speed and ordinary rail services. "Also, expect more power outages and flash flooding as well", he added. Megi was 310 miles (500km) in diameter at its largest, and rainfall had topped 12in (300mm) in the south and eastern mountains of Taiwan.

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Syrian Army announces new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo

The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting on the escalating attacks Sunday morning at the request of the United States, Britain and France. According to the Observatory, at least 130 civilians were killed between July 31 and September 8, while more than 700 fighters also died. Syrian state TV said insurgents shelled the government-held neighborhood of Salhiyeh, killing five people.

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Contractor accused of stealing classified gov't information

Martin worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and is suspected of stealing "source code" used to break into computer systems of numerous USA rivals, such as China, Iran, Russia and North Korea, according to The New York Times . While details remain sparse, Martin's arrest also illustrates the difficulty of guarding against an insider threat when you have employees that, by virtue of their clearance level and jobs, must be entrusted with the nation's secrets.

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United States has not given up 'pursuit of peace' in Syria: Kerry

Moscow said the shelling is "result of the actions of those who, like the United States and some of its allies, provoke the continued bloodshed in Syria and flirt with militants and extremists of all flavors". It cited US sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and NATO's deployment of forces near Russian borders. Also Monday, the U.N.

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Kashmir not an integral part of India: Pakistan Parliament

India said the attackers had come from Pakistan but it demanded credible proof. Answering a question related to the claims of "surgical strikes by Indian army along LoC", Zakaria said, "falsified and irresponsible statements can only escalate tensions and are indeed a threat to the regional peace and security, which India sought to create on objective".

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Israel's UN mission to open condolence book in memory of Peres

Obama, who ordered United States flags at half-staff late Wednesday, "will lead the U.S. delegation to Jerusalem to participate in the funeral", the White House said. The Israeli flag at the Embassy has been lowered to half-mast. Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for attempting to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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France wants UN vote Saturday on Aleppo truce

Kerry said Syrian forces hit a hospital overnight, killing 20 people and wounding 100, describing what would be the latest strike by Moscow or its ally in Damascus on a civilian target. The development comes against the backdrop of a Syrian army onslaught on the rebel-held eastern part of the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, which has been backed by Russian warplanes.

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United Nations bans global trade in wild African Grey Parrot

Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, which host about a third of all remaining elephants, have stable or increasing populations. Wildlife experts in Zimbabwe have expressed mixed feelings over proposals presented at the on-going Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in South Africa for the elephant to be up-listed onto Appendix I and thus curtail trade in the species.

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Hurricane Matthew Hammers Florida Coast; More Than 400000 Without Power

Shares of insurance companies that are exposed to Florida are rallying on Friday, as Hurricane Matthew has yet to make landfall. Every little wobble is so crucial when tracking hurricanes, especially those with Category 3 force winds. Obama reminded Americans that the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 affected people in the Northeast after they thought the storm was over. The storm could end up inflicting $25 billion to $30 billion of insurance losses, making it the second ...

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SC playground shooting: 6-year-old Jacob Hall fighting for his life

Authorities say they believe the teen fatally shot his father in their Townville home, and then opened fire Wednesday at the playground at Townville Elementary School, southwest of Greenville, wounding two children and a teacher. He says Osborne is the father of the suspected shooter in the homicide. McAdams said they immediately noticed a black pickup truck that was crashed into the playground area.

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Israeli Army shells Gaza following rocket attack

September's airstrikes came as the second wave of Israeli shelling to strike the besieged Gaza Strip in the span of a month, while a few weeks earlier the Israeli army fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun that left at least five Palestinians injured in late August, after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside Sderot, with no injuries or damage reported by the Israeli army.

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Canadian general says anti-ISIS fight about to grow harder

Turkey-Iraq relations became strained after Ankara sent troops late a year ago to the region of Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul and close to Turkey's border, to train anti-ISIL fighters there. Iraq's parliament responded on Tuesday night by condemning the Turkish vote and calling for Turkey and its 2,000 troops to leave. Wednesday's strike in Iraq comes as local forces prepare for a final push to retake Mosul, the last IS-held city in the country.

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Florida gov says he won't extend voter registration deadline over hurricane

And in Florida, Governor Rick Scott has allocated 3,500 National Guard troops for aiding in evacuation and any necessary search-and-rescue missions. As it moved north Thursday evening, Matthew spared the 4.4 million people in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas from its most punishing effects.

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Netanyahu, Abbas face criticism after funeral for Israel's Peres

Commenting on the reason why he believes Abbas did this, Al-Masri said: "This is a form of political flattery to Israel". These are "leaders who have seen so much, whose lives span such. The only response so far was a Facebook post by Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett, who slammed Abbas and Israelis who lined up to shake the hand of a man who he said "encourages the murder of Israelis".

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Maria Sharapova has doping ban reduced, can return to tennis in April

Tennis is my passion and I have missed it. The five-time Grand Slam victor was banned for two years after she failed a drug test at the Australia Open on January 25. The absence of Maria Sharapova at major tournaments has a negative impact on the world of tennis, Russian Olympic Champion Elena Vesnina has said. Sharapova , who has won five Grand Slam singles titles in her career, has not played since the Australian Open.

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Hungary: Overwhelming anti-migration vote declared void

Almost 8.3 million citizens were eligible to vote but only 45 per cent cast their vote and 5 per cent of the votes were invalid. The turnout of under 50 percent makes such a vote invalid. His 18bn forints (€57m) No campaign focused heavily on the fact that Isil terrorists, such as those behind the Paris and Brussels attacks, posed as migrants in 2015 while returning from Syria along the so-called "Balkans route" of eastern European countries, including Hungary .

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Vote to raise New Jersey gas tax by 23 cents rescheduled

At the same time, New Jersey will trim its sales tax, increase breaks for retirees and the working poor and eventually eliminate its estate tax. The Assembly and Senate rescheduled a Wednesday vote for Friday on the deal that Christie reached with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney last week.

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Turkish Troops Entering North Force Iraq to Call for UN Meeting

In light of the unwelcome military presence, Iraq called for a reevaluation of economic and trade relations with Turkey, and requested that the Iraqi government send a missive to the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad describing the Turkish forces at Bashiqa as "hostile occupying forces", according to Turkey's Andalou Agency.

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Drone footage shows devastation of Syria's Aleppo

The United States has said the intended target was ISIS and that it is investigating the incident. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local contacts, says several of the wounded are in a grave condition and may not survive.

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Prince William and Kate officially wrap up royal tour

Prince George charmed the waiting crowd. He then shook some hands like a true statesman - although he didn't seem too thrilled about it. "She asked me what and I said Italian like pizza and pasta and she said George loves that", Zara Auld from Victoria said.

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Russia lawmakers agree indefinite military presence in Syria

During Friday's debates, Russian lawmakers said that Russia should demonstrate its military muscle to deter the U.S. Kerry's September 9 agreement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would have created a new counterterrorism alliance in Syria, had fighting stopped for a week and aid deliveries been permitted to reach desperate civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo and other besieged areas.

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Mike Pence: Donald Trump won the VP debate

The Indiana governor excelled on the debate stage in areas Trump did not - namely, refusing his opponent's bait and deflecting criticisms. Mr Trump wrote: " Mike Pence won big". At the same time, he showed daylight between himself and Trump at points, calling Putin "small and bullying", for example. A post debate poll from CNN/ORC global showed Pence winning Tuesday's debate 48 percent to 42 percent over Kaine .

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OPEC and Russian officials plan informal talks in Istanbul

The US government's Energy Information Agency reported that overall imports rose by 7 per cent, or 528,000 barrels per day, through June, with Nigeria and Iraq taking the largest share of the increase. Plants usually cut back on operations in September and October after the peak-demand driving season comes to an end. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, surged 1.3% to settle at about $52.51 a barrel, the highest settlement since early June.

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Russia ratifies deal on military base in Syria

Mr Ayrault is in Washington before a meeting of the UN Security Council, where he will present a plan for a further ceasefire to try to get humanitarian access to the divided city of Aleppo. Washington responded by engaging Moscow in a multinational process aimed at getting all of Syria's fighting parties, except the Islamic State and al-Qaida, to buy into a cease-fire and eventual unity government.

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Trump says town hall event has 'nothing to do' with debate prep

Unlike that debate, which featured a single moderator asking questions on a wide variety of topics, including the economy, national security and race relations, the second bout will be a town hall style format. "We are very enthusiastic about this debate format", Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters in a conference call. "And you know Hillary frankly - they talk about debate prep - that's not debate prep".

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Chancellor Philip Hammond to 'reset' fiscal policies

But when times change, we must change with them. "They have understandable questions about the process of negotiations". Asked about a forecast by the Institute of Fiscal Studies that predicts Brexit could knock up to four per cent off Britain's GDP, Mr Hammond suggested it was all too credible.

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EU parliament launches misconduct probe into UKIP scuffle

Woolfe, 49, is being kept in a Strasbourg hospital for a further two days for observation, UKIP officials said on Friday. "There was a bit of a scuffle but there was no physical violence". The front pages of several of Britain's national newspapers were dominated Friday by the image of Woolfe apparently sprawled unconscious on the floor at the European Parliament.

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Southern BC storm cuts power to about 34000 homes and businesses

The agency says a low pressure system offshore will intensify Thursday as it approaches Vancouver Island. "It's the first storm after the summer, so typically what happens is everything that's dry and brittle is easily airborne and comes in contact with our lines and there's no vegetation work that could help us deal with that", Olynyk said.

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U.S. demands Russian Federation be investigated for war crimes

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russian Federation and Syria must face war crimes investigation for recent attacks on Syrian civilians. Kerry says Syrian forces struck another hospital overnight, killing 20 people and wounding 100.

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'Creepy clown' craze hits the United Kingdom after wreaking havoc across the US

Of course, as some users were quick to point out, King's 1986 novel It, about a murderous and supernatural clown , had a thing or two to do with people's fear of the costumed performers. "Anyone who sees any suspicious activity, or who has been intimated or upset by this behaviour, should call Cheshire police immediately on 101". Clown sightings have been reported in the woods of SC, where the clown hysteria seems to have started; in OH, where a teenage boy said he was chased by a ...

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Creepy Clown Sightings Spook America

The clown situations "waste valuable resources and can lead to injuries to both first responders and members of the public", CT state police said. Professional clowns said they were being unfairly maligned amid the hysteria which has led to several teenagers being criminally charged for making threats against their schools.

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Voters Say 'Nothing Unusual' About Trump Tax History

Maggie Hasan, was asked by the moderator whether she would point to Trump as a "role model" for kids. "I said , "Well, we're gonna start a website and we're gonna put on that website all the companies we know of here in Pennsylvania and OH and MI and Colorado and Virginia and across the country who could make everything that Donald Trump sells.' I mean, look, you wanna make America great again, don't you think you should have jobs in America that make Americans" lives better?" she ...


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