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After Threat of Rift, Philippines Looks to Reset Ties With China

Historically one of the staunchest USA allies, the Philippines is pivoting to China , as President Rodrigo Duterte prepares for his first state visit to Beijing, and has proposed not just an economic, but a military partnership with the country's giant neighbor.

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Yahoo believed to be first United States internet firm to scan all emails

The software, which was built previous year, spied on incoming emails of hundreds of millions of accounts, it said . Facebook also told Vocativ: " Facebook has never received a request like the one described in these news reports from any government, and if we did we would fight it".

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U.S. Detects Failed North Korean Ballistic Missile Test, Issues Warning

The object-believed to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile-failed immediately after launch, per South Korea's military. After several failed attempts, the country conducted its first successful launch of the missile on June 22, flying as high as 1,413.6 km and traveling about 400 km.

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China launches crew to dock with experimental space station

The Tiangong, or "Heavenly Palace", is China's version of the International Space Station, a multinational program that China is barred from participating in, mostly because of the United States government's security concerns. "Tiangong-2 is supposed to be able to stay in orbit for two years or longer, so that's taking them really close to 2019 or so". It is expected to be fully operational by 2022.

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U.S. advisers advance on Mosul with Iraqi units

The city fell to IS fighters during a lightning charge in June 2014 that left almost a third of Iraq in militants' hands and plunged the country into its most severe crisis since the USA -led invasion in 2003. Saud Masoud, a soldier with Iraq's special forces watched the frontline on the horizon Monday while waiting for orders to advance. As the fighting intensifies key decisions will be made by junior leaders in the middle of the fight with little American assistance.

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Kurds pause in Mosul offensive, say Iraqi army will advance

But Iraqi forces have never attempted to retake a city the size of Mosul. Amin Shekhani of the Iraqi army. In a political deal between the country's Kurdish region and the central government, it was agreed that Kurdish forces would advance first, bringing the villages they retake under their regional control, according to Iraqi special forces Lt.

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CNU poll finds Clinton 15 points ahead of Trump in Virginia

And he is pointing to Vice President Joe Biden as he defends himself. By wide margins, they made him seem less accessible and less "human". In general, the rush to federalization of government would be on a slower track if Clinton had to negotiate with Republicans.

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USA threatens retaliation for attack on warships off Yemen

The Houthi-controlled SABA news agency of Yemen quoted an anonymous army official denying its forces fired on the USS Mason , without elaborating. He said the missiles came from the Houthis, a minority Shia group in Yemen . The ship was in the southern part of the Red Sea. The conflict has killed more than 6,700 people - nearly two-thirds of them civilians - and displaced at least three million since the coalition launched military operations, according to the United Nations.

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Trump goes nuclear in second debate, Clinton holds steady

Mr Trump's decision to launch a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton and her husband is described by Fox as the equivalent of "Hillary dropping Alicia Machado on Trump" in the previous debate. On Sunday he denied that he's ever grabbed women without their consent and again characterized the comments as " locker room talk ". NBC News will also release another post-debate poll in the coming days.

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Podesta's Twitter, new email hacked by 4chan users

In an interview with "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth, the outspoken, conservative Catholic activist charged that new emails released by WikiLeaks not only bashes Catholics, but it shows that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was trying to foment a "revolution" within the Catholic Church to "manipulate public opinion".

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China says visit by Philippine president restores trust

When Duterte was questioned by al-Jazeera about the minors caught up in the violence, he said all those cases would be investigated. We want to talk about friendship, we want to talk about co-operation, and most of all, we want to talk about business.

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Producer prices up in September on energy, food costs

The CPI recorded an annualized growth of 0.8% for core inflation in line with forecasts and the previous month. "The continued fall in food inflation has been positively surprising the markets, undershooting our and street expectations for the second consecutive month".

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Montenegro election inconclusive according to partial count

With over 95 percent of votes counted, pollsters CEMI forecast that the Democratic Forum (DF), an opposition alliance of pro-Western parties and others that want stronger ties with traditional allies in Serbia and Russian Federation, would have 18 seats.

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PM Modi thanks Bangladesh for showing solidarity with India after Uri attack

India and China held a bilateral meeting between its two leaders on Saturday with reports coming out of the meeting indicating that both sides had expressed a difference of opinion. It is " bigger today than even in the most optimistic scenario I thought 15 years ago, and it's primarily because of China ", he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded the eighth summit of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS in Goa , thanking the other leaders for their support to make the summit a success.

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Bay of Bengal states say terrorists not to be glorified

India and Pakistan should look for ways to resolve their deeply-held differences peacefully, the U.S. has said even as it refrained from making any comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks calling Pakistan as the "mothership" of terrorism.

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German Constitutional Court blocks bid to stop Canada-EU trade deal

European Union trade ministers meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday to vote on CETA and want unanimous backing for it ahead of a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday and a visit, if all goes well, by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a week later.

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BRICS Summit: Bhutan, Myanmar show solidarity with India over Uri attack

Like BRICS, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) too, stopped just short of specifically denouncing cross-border terrorism or directly blaming Pakistan. "The BRICS states are ready to support macroeconomic growth and promote world trade", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. "In the past year, BRICS have played an active role in shaping the global agenda for change and development", he said.

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Pope Francis grieves over death of Thailand's king

Recent years have seen political turmoil in which the King was too ill to play any role beyond the symbolic - yet he was still the glue that held many things together. Prem Tinsulanonda, the president of a king-appointed advisory committee called the Privy Council, will act as Regent pro tempore until the king's only son Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is invited to ascend to the throne.

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Bashar al-assad insists Syrian forces "to clean" Aleppo of rebels

This is the importance of Aleppo now". US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are expected to hold new ceasefire talks in Lausanne on Saturday along with counterparts from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - all backers of Syrian opposition forces.

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Trump blasts Republicans over voter fraud in Twitter rant

In a vivid illustration of how Trump is shattering American political norms, the Republican nominee is alleging that a conspiracy is underway between the media and the Democratic Party to commit vast election fraud. "Maybe if Republicans controlled the inner cities, they'd do as much cheating as Democrats", he said . "Our system has worked very well because we have people who get involved in the process and perform these functions".

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Phoenix Police: Do not dress up like clowns

Threats from creepy clowns this week - none of which has been proved to be legitimate - have put Utah school administrators on edge and sucked up law enforcement resources. The prevalence of social media has caused these stories to spread more quickly than in the past. "You should consider your costume carefully and use discretion in your choice, given the current national circumstances regarding clown costumes", it adds.

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#Podesta: WikiLeaks releases 9th batch of emails from Clinton campaign chair

Attached to the email are the alleged transcripts of Clinton's speeches made at separate events held by Goldman Sachs back in 2013 after she left the State Department. In two of those speeches, Clinton talked about the benefits of the USA being energy independent largely due to the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, into shale formations for previously unreachable oil and natural gas.

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India joins 'Nuclear Triad' club with INS Arihant

India already has the land-based Agni ballistic missiles, and fighters like the Mirage 2000s, which are capable of delivering nuclear weapons. In order to ensure the secrecy, the Indian Navy even made a decision to not refer it as "INS Arihant" but instead chose another code name.

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PM Sheikh Hasina hails Bangladesh-China ties

Bangladesh s $28 billion garment manufacturing industry is the world s second largest after China s, accounts for 80 percent of the country s annual shipments and employs some 40 percent of its industrial workforce. At the invitation of Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Bangladesh on October 14-15, the first by a Chinese head of state in the last 30 years to the South Asian nation.

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'Family of 14' killed in Russian strike on Aleppo, say White Helmets

Russian Federation said on Monday its forces and Syrian regime troops would briefly halt fire in Aleppo on Thursday, as criticism mounted of the ferocious Moscow-backed assault on the Syrian city. The European Union on Monday condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

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Assad: Syria now a war between Russian Federation and the West

After Aleppo , the next target will be the other remaining rebel stronghold, the north-western city of Idlib, which would hand the government control over all major urban centres in Syria except for Raqqa, the capital of the self-declared caliphate of Islamic State, Mr Klintsevich said.

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Missiles may have been fired at United States warships in Red Sea

One official said initial reports are that multiple missiles had been fired at the destroyer, which used defensive countermeasures in response. A U.S. According to the Pentagon the ship was previously targeted last Sunday and again on Wednesday. Though the U.S. is providing logistical support to the Arab coalition battling the Houthis, Thursday's launches marked the first time the USA has taken direct action against the group.

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Buhari replies wife on hijack claims

Recall that President Buhari who is now on a state visit to Germany has equally responded to his wife's claims by saying she belongs to his kitchen and other rooms , a statement which further heated up the matter. Some are wondering what Mr Buhari meant by "the other room ", others have been posting pictures of a variety of bedrooms, and the hashtag #TheOtherRoom is trending in Nigeria.

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China plays down Philippine leader's comments on arbitration case

A large contingent of Philippine businessmen accompanying Duterte is expecting the Chinese to lift bans on more than two dozen fruits, imposed by Beijing four years ago in retaliation against the former government for its stance on the South China Sea.

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Wikileaks says 'state party' cut Assange's internet connection

WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. However, Wikileaks has only spoken so far as to say that it has "activated the appropriate contingency plans " to deal with a possible cyberattack.

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Bahamas warns passengers trying to smuggle Samsung phones on board aircraft

An airline flight ban on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is spreading fast after reports some phones have caught fire. It means passengers with the phone can not fly with the device, even if it is switched off or is packed in checked or carry-on luggage.

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United States high school graduation rate hits record high, White House says

Iowa had the highest rate, with 90.8, while New Mexico had the lowest, with 68.6. "The biggest thing we do is try and help them connect to our school", Schutlz said. "This level of on-time high school completion is clearly leaving many students behind and can have a lasting negative impact on our state", he said.

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PM Narendra Modi dedicates 3 hydroprojects to nation in Himachal

Describing Himachal Pradesh as "veer bhumi (land of the brave)", Modi said nearly every family in the state has members in the armed forces. Lashing out at erstwhile governments for delaying the process, he said, "The One Rank One Pension was hanging for 40 years, and it is our government which completed that work".

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BRICS Leaders Meet In India For Summit

The worldwide community should respect the enormous efforts and sacrifices made by Pakistan in fighting terrorism. Benaulim (Goa), Oct 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Nepal and Bangladesh counterparts, Pushpa Kumar Dahal "Prachanda" and Sheikh Hasina, respectively following the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit here on Sunday.

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Sterling firms as May offers scrutiny on Brexit, dollar buoyant

But Ms. May, under pressure from Labour , other lawmakers and global financial markets to offer them more than her catch phrase of "Brexit means Brexit", stopped short of promising a formal vote on her strategy before triggering Article 50 of the E.U.'s Lisbon Treaty.


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