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Islamic State leaders fleeing Mosul, US military says

Iraqi security forces began the offensive to take back Mosul on Monday after months of preparation with the aid of the Kurdish Peshmerga and airstrikes carried out by the USA -led worldwide coalition against the Islamic State. "So UNICEF is preparing for water and for sanitation for up to 700,000 people in all", UNICEF's representative in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, told RT. IS militants responded with at least four suicide auto bombs, AP reported , but there was no information on casualties.

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Terror police investigate suspicious item on United Kingdom subway

Counter-terror police today carried out a controlled explosion after a suspect item shut a Tube station for almost five hours. Police were called around 11am, with the station remaining closed over five hours later. British counter-terrorism police launched an investigation on Thursday after a suspicious item was found on a London underground train, saying they were keeping "an open mind" about the incident.

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Abstainers on UNESCO Jerusalem vote (2)

The resolution also condemned Israel for restricting Muslims' access to the holy site and denounced aggression by Israeli police and soldiers. "This is great but it is only for an hour", he said. "On this matter there is no disagreement among the people of Israel, and I urge UNESCO to withdraw this weird resolution and to engage in protecting, not distorting, human history".

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Federal appeal seeks to halt North Carolina restroom law

Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder that eliminated the Voting Rights Act's preclearance requirement for changes to voting procedures in states with a practice of voter suppression. Only a few sites open, per county, on October 20 for early voting for a week. North Carolinian voters can make their voice heard starting Thursday by casting an early voter ballot.

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Defendant back on stand in New Jersey bridge trial

Baroni and Kelly, both 44, face nine counts of conspiracy, misusing agency property, wire fraud and violating the civil rights of Fort Lee residents to travel freely. Later Wednesday morning, former Christie press secretary Michael Drewniak testified that he believed early on that the traffic jams were part of a bridge authority traffic study.

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13.8M goal set for Obama's final health care sign-up season

The forecast is more optimistic than that of S&P Global Ratings, whose estimate is 11.7 million to 13.3 million. There is upheaval now as exchanges head into enrollment, he said, referring to bigger premium increases than in previous years and insurers exiting the market.

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Clinton wins third and final presidential debate

Let's not forget that Trump has already been in similar territory before, and fairly recently: his second debate warning that Clinton "would be in jail" were he president similarly shunned democratic convention, while a Foreign Policy discussion this week characterised him as nothing less than seditious over invitations for Russian Federation to hack more of Clinton's emails and for "second amendment people " to do something about his opponent's Supreme Court appointees should she come to ...

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Syria Military Urges Residents to leaveAleppo

A US defense official in Washington says the Syrian Kurdish fighters targeted by Turkish airstrikes on Wednesday in northern Syria are not among the Kurdish groups that USA forces are advising and assisting, so there were no American troops with those Kurds when they came under attack.

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Auto bomb kills 30 in rebel-held area in Syria's Aleppo

The activist group also said that clashes were taking place between government forces and rebels on the city's northern edge. The Syrian Civil Defense, a team of first responders, and activist media platform Aleppo Media Center put the death toll at 41.

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Police Van Rams Protesters At Anti-U.S. Demonstration In Philippines

Some 1,000 protesters of the umbrella group Bayan and Sandugo, a newly-formed alliance of national minorities, gathered by the embassy to demand an end to all United States troop visits to the country. He said the driver "was just trying to extricate the police van out of the area because the rowdy protesters were toppling or trying to turn over the van".

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Clinton Comes Out Five Points Ahead In Arizona Poll

Our model is going to be stingy about assigning those last 10 or 15 percentage points of probability to Clinton as she moves from the steep, middle part of the probability distribution to the flatter part. - Clinton leading among women, 57 percent to 30 percent, and among men by a narrow margin of 40 percent to 38 percent. "This election could really help Democrats: the presidential election and the down ballots", Diaz said.

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China, Philippines resume talk on sea disputes

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a signing ceremony held in Beijing, China October 20, 2016. About $15 million in loans will go toward drug rehabilitation programs. He has said he does not intend to bring up the South China Sea issue during his visit.

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Turkey 'displeased' with US support for Kurds

Turkish military officials say they hit 18 targets with 26 airstrikes in the areas under the control of Kurdish militia, destroying their headquarters, ammunition dumps and shelters. Quoting the army, the report claimed between 160 and 200 fighters from the YPG (People's Protection Units) group were killed in the raids on Wednesday night.

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Ceasefire in Aleppo to let in aid

He described the suspension as a precursor for the opening of humanitarian corridors. At that time, Russian and Syrian militaries will halt any offensive actions. Air raids have killed hundreds and caused global outrage. The Syrian regime and its ally Russian Federation launched an offensive on September 22 aimed at recapturing the east, held by rebels since 2012.

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CPI(M), CPI back Vigilance Director in Kerala

Other officials privy to the contents of the letter said Mr. Thomas had cited "personal reasons" for his decision. Reportedly , he was annoyed over the re-surfacing of reports against him on financial irregularities when he was ports director in 2013-14.

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Julian Assange's Internet Cut Off Over WikiLeaks' US Election Interference, Ecuador Says

WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange's internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. WikiLeaks on Monday alleged that Assange's internet access was cut Saturday after the anti-secrecy group published private speeches by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Goldman Sachs.

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Ecuador says Assange's internet cut over United States election leaks

The government of Ecuador has directed its embassy in London to cut off the Internet access of long-term guest Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, saying the organization's recent document releases have had a "major impact" on the US presidential elections.

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United Nations hits failed missile launch of North Korea

The missile was launched from the western city of Kusong during the final United States presidential debate. The Musudan has a range of some 3,000 kilometers, posing a threat to South Korea and Japan, and possibly the USA territory of Guam.

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Russia seeks to lower expectations before new Syria talks

The Sakhour hospital was put out of service earlier this year after it was targeted several different times by air strikes, but members of the Civil Defense have recently by working to fix it. And with rebel-held Aleppo poised to fall, potentially in a matter of weeks, there is deep skepticism that the Syrian and Russian governments want to stop the fighting just yet.

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After a quiet start, Donald Trump takes the bait

Continuing to deploy lethal darts from her team of shrinks, Hillary Clinton baited Trump into a series of damaging nails-in-the-coffin statements. When Clinton called Trump a Putin puppet, he unraveled, once more proving how malleable he is with anyone from Vladimir Putin to Clinton , who either praises him or pokes him.

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Boko Haram commanders released as part of Chibok girls deal

The AFP cited local media sources to report that four Boko Haram militants were released in exchange for the girls. Twenty one of the school girls kidnapped in Nigeria in 2014, have been freed. Negotiations past year failed when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion, according to a recently published authorized biography of Buhari by American historian John Paden.

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Foxes on brink of Champions League knockout stage

While they would have been scouted and Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater would have all been identified as threats their rivals would not have faced them week in, week out in the Premier League and they can still shine. Because in every high ball, Copenhagen are very, very strong. "But now we've met the two favourites in the group away and we could have had three points, we could have had zero".

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Donald Trump claims he has 'never met' Vladimir Putin. He has

Conversely, only 19 percent of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's supporters have a favorable view of Russian Federation. WikiLeaks revealed this month that Hillary Clinton once told Brazilian bank executives that she wants open borders in the Western Hemisphere, and the comment came back to haunt her when moderator Chris Wallace asked her about it during Wednesday night's presidential debate.

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Women fabricated stories to 'stop our movement'

Donald Trump has suggested Hillary Clinton was under the influence of drugs during the last debate and says that both candidates should undergo drug tests before the next one. Ms Zervos was an Apprentice contestant in 2006. Trump, a NY real estate mogul and reality TV star, is also calling for a boycott of the next People issue.

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NYC officer kills disturbed woman wielding bat, scissors

Authorities in NY were sharply critical Wednesday of a police sergeant responding to a call about an "emotionally disturbed person" on Tuesday night who officials said fatally shot a 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat. One instance that ripped a scab off an ugly wound, and the protesters are demanding the words from city leaders be followed up with action. Reverend Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and long-time critic of New York's policing practices, was among those who praised ...

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China, Philippine to sign $13.5B deals, hold sea bilaterals

The two leaders are due later to oversee the signing of a raft of agreements following their meeting. He called the two countries "neighbors across the sea" and said they'd agreed to achieve "full improvement" in bilateral ties, state media reported .

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Battle for Mosul slows down as Islamic State digs in

Of that one million, the United Nations believes 700,000 would require shelter and emergency assistance, he said. Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday that "despite all the uproar on Western TV channels, the operation hasn't started in earnest yet".

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Mourning Thailand asks to move World Cup qualifier

Entertainment is due to be toned down during a one-year official mourning period that was announced following the king's death which led the FAT to scrap the league on October 14 with three games left to play. It said a request had been sent to both Fifa and the Asian Football Confederation, seeking a change in the venue for Thailand's fifth Group B game of the final Asian phase of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup against Australia.

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Xi hopeful of 'fully improved' ties thanks to Duterte visit

Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also said at the forum that his country and China will sign $13.5 billion of deals this week. And they're insisting. "I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things", he said without mentioning South China Sea directly.

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Running mate Mike Pence urges 'forgiveness' for Donald Trump

He repeatedly called her a "liar", labeled her the "devil" and contended she had "tremendous hate in her heart". "We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them". Moderator Anderson Cooper pushed on, asking Trump directly and specifically if he had committed the actions he discussed doing in his tape. "After a subpoena! You belong in jail!" Raddatz on Monday said she could feel the tension in the room from the start.

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Rebels start evacuating eastern part of Aleppo city

US Secretary of State John Kerry played down expectations of a new Syrian ceasefire deal with Russian Federation after talks in Geneva aimed at agreeing on how to separate al Qaeda-linked militants from opposition fighters in the besieged city of Aleppo .

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21 missing Nigerian school girls freed by Boko Haram

After securing the release of 21 of the kidnapped "Chibok girls" last week, Nigeria's government brought them to the nation's capital, Abuja , for a major photo opportunity: a reunion with their parents. In an exclusive interview with the Pulse, Aisha Wakil (a.k.a. Mama Boko Haram) had said the militant group was emboldened not to release the girls when the issue made a lot of noise on television.

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UK premier to provide first Brexit details to EU leaders

In parallel with this, a three-day judicial review case which is seeking a ruling that a parliamentary vote is needed to invoke article 50 enters its third and final day today. The Guardian reported that the legal opinion was seized on by city traders as a sign that MPs might be able to prevent a hard Brexit, pushing the pound's value up at one stage to 1.23 USA dollars, a rise of nearly 1.0 percent.

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Selective approach to terrorism will be futile: PM Modi at BRICS Summit

But at the same time, Hua also called for internal action against countries and organisations by global community while answering a pointed question about Modi's criticism that Pakistan continues to support anti-India terrorist groups by giving them arms, financial support and helping them to cross the border to carry out attacks in India and whether it is China's view that the world should not take a stand on Islamabad's support to terrorists.

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Low hopes of breakthrough from Syria talks in Switzerland

Pressure is rising for a halt to a ferocious, three-week-old Syrian government offensive to capture the rebel-held eastern zone of the city of Aleppo, where the United Nations says 275,000 civilians still live and 8,000 rebels are holding out against Syrian, Russian and Iranian-backed forces.


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