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Hundreds join crucial battle for Syria's Aleppo

We are in our trenches but there are insane air strikes of unprecedented ferociousness. In a statement, the group vowed to "double the number of fighters for this next battle". The offensive against the government siege of Aleppo . Anas al-Abdah, president of the opposition Syrian Coalition, told reporters in Istanbul, Turkey , that the victory - which saw rebel fighters defeat the might of the Syrian regime along with Iranian, Hezbollah and Russian military power - was "almost a ...

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Putin: All want dialogue & relations restored in interests of Turkish & Russian people

Before leaving Turkey , Mr Erdogan referred to President Putin as his "friend" and said he wanted to open a new page in relations with Russian Federation. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford says Russian Federation is keen to capitalise on Turkey's cooling relations with the West following the failed coup.

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Big Blue Taxi boss sees red over nod for Uber, Grab

The proposal also included suggestions to improve the Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) model, streamlining the budget cabs fleet and a suggestion for a special fund for new taxi vehicles. Ride-sharing company Grab has welcomed the Cabinet's approval of the commission's proposal to regulate its service by end of the year. However, the ride-sharing services are unregulated while taxi drivers require permits and licenses to operate commercially.

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Family attorney compares Raleigh man's death to Trayvon Martin case

Thomas, 20, died at the hospital after being shot early Sunday morning outside a Raleigh home. "He wasn't dressed when he left the house with sagging trousers, or a doo rag, or anything people would call 'hoodlum, '" she said . The dispatcher asked: "You're going to do what?" Copley was later arrested and is now in Wake County jail, charged with first-degree murder. In his 911 call, he told the dispatcher he was going to confront "hoodlums" outside his home.

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Unrest in Kashmir is Pakistan sponsored: Rajnath Singh

I want to tell the brothers and sisters of Kashmir from this great birthplace of Chandra Shekhar Azad that Kashmir has the same strength that has been given to (other parts of) India by our freedom fighters. "When I visited Srinagar and Anantnag on July 23 and 24, I met various delegations and J&K CM there to discuss the Kashmir issue", he added. He and his government have been under tremendous pressure from critics and opposition that the administration has so far not effectively handled ...

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Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith: I'm the underdog against Corbyn

The debate in the Labour leadership contest reflects tensions at the heart of the party. "Surely that has to be the right decision", he said. Steelworkers, binmen, lollypop ladies, defence sector workers, welders, factory workers, bus drivers and thousands of others are saying they need a Labour government - they need Owen Smith for leader.

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Scotland produced enough wind energy to power it for a whole day

The aggressive winds closed bridges and interrupted ferry and train service, which likely frustrated locals, but the boost in wind energy generation stands out as a silver lining. While this is cause for celebration, the future of renewables remains uncertain due to hazy political circumstances. Despite having the largest oil reserves in the European Union - accounting for almost 60 percent of total EU reserves - Scotland has been going all in on renewables over the past few years.

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Australia's census website hacked

ABS said it was working with the Australian Signals Directorate, the country's intelligence agency, to track down the source of the attack and get the system back up safely. "It was quite clear it was malicious", chief statistician David Kalisch told ABC radio on Wednesday. However on Tuesday night the website crashed, with the ABS shifting into gear to attempt to fix the problem .

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United Nations fails to condemn NKorea missile tests

China wants the statement to also mention that "all relevant parties shall avoid taking any actions which could provoke each other and escalate tensions, and shall not deploy any new anti-ballistic missile stronghold in Northeast Asia with an excuse of dealing with threats of the DPRK [official name of North Korea - Democratic People's Republic of Korea] nuclear and missile programmes".

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McConnell: GOP chances to keep Senate are 'very dicey'

Bolling, trying to walk Trump off that cliff, pointed out that the RNC has a lot of data and resources, asking him if all that would be at risk. "I may or may not be calling the shots next year", McConnell said. "It has never been a topic". The source was referring to other controversies that have emerged since last month's GOP convention, including Trump's feud with a Gold Star family and comments that he wasn't prepared to back Ryan ahead of his primary race.

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Gloves come off in fight to lead Labour

Paternal activist group Fathers 4 Justice has occupied the roof of Jeremy Corbyn's London home because the Labour Party leader is yet to meet with them. He said: "We are fighting like ferrets in a sack". But addressing Mr Smith, Mr Corbyn said: "What I don't understand is how you can complain about disunity in the party when you and others are the ones who resigned from the shadow cabinet at the very point when we could have taken it to them".

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Mom of U.S. Military Member Booed by Pro-Trump Crowd

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who has endorsed Trump but has not received a reciprocal endorsement from the NY businessman in his re-election bid, told WTAQ radio host Jerry Bader in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that Trump has "had a pretty unusual run since the convention".

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Turkey says receiving 'positive signals' from US on Gulen extradition

Cavusoglu urged Russian Federation to fight against the "common enemy" of IS jihadists in Syria. "I say if we are strategic partners then you should bring about our request", he said. He might also get a softer Turkish attitude toward both Russia's treatment of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine and toward Syria's Bashar Assad, a man Putin considers an ally and Erdogan has denounced as an enemy.

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US DEA denies petition to reclassify marijuana

For decades, marijuana has been classified that way as a "Schedule I" drug , on par with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA) announced on Thursday that it has denied two petitions to minimize the amount of federal restrictions on marijuana.

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NY man pleads guilty to plotting New Year's terror attack

After his arrest, his father and mother earlier described a man who'd had psychiatric troubles since childhood, had recently stabbed himself in a suicide attempt and, they said, wouldn't have conducted the attack on his own. 'First he was a Blood, then he was a Crip, then he became a Muslim. The FBI used paid informants to uncover ex-convict Emmanuel Lutchman's plot to attack revelers at a Rochester restaurant a year ago.

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Perseid meteor shower peaks this week

The Perseids happen when Earth hits a wide belt of debris left behind by the comet Tuttle-Swift on its elongated, 133-year orbit around the Sun. Most of these particles are the size of sand grains, while a few are as big as peas, according to AMS.

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Delayed local trains agitate commuters at Badlapur station

They started protesting after a level-crossing gate signal caused a delay in suburban services of Central Railway by over 20 minutes early this morning. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu appealed for cooperation as the police went to the location of the protests to clear the tracks. The protest also led to bunching of trains, which made a serpentine queue on tracks on the suburban route.

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Air strikes pound Syrian opposition forces in Aleppo

The Levant Conquest Front, formerly al-Qaida's branch in Syria, is a key piece of the rebel coalition fighting for Aleppo . The battle for Syria's former economic powerhouse is intensifying after an opposition advance at the weekend broke through a three-week government siege of the city's rebel-held east, dealing a major setback to regime troops.

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Foreign Ministry Urges Caution on Thailand Trips After Bombings

It was not clear who was behind the attacks Thursday and Friday, but police ruled out links to worldwide terrorism or a low-level insurgency in the country's Islamic south. from his hotel room that there was panic after the first explosion there Thursday. He looked outside the bar and said saw people running. His ouster set off sometimes bloody battles for power between his supporters and opponents, who include the military.

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NYPD announces charges against Trump Tower climber

The Fifth Avenue tower is headquarters to Trump's presidential campaign and his business empire. NY billionaire and real estate developer Donald Trump lives in a marble triplex at the top of the 68-story building, which is also the headquarters of his Trump Organization and election campaign.

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German Second-Quarter GDP Growth Tops Forecasts Before Eurozone Data

Analysts said at the time of the initial estimate last month that uncertainty in the run-up to Britain's shock June 23 vote to quit the European Union had likely dampened activity after a very strong first quarter. Poland and Slovakia also excelled between April and June, with growth reaching 0.9%, with the Polish economy proving to be robust, leaping up from the minus 0.1 figure from the first quarter.

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Canadian police kill terror suspect who was being monitored

Police had placed Driver - a Canadian-born man who had become estranged from his father and converted to Islam - under certain restrictions past year after being alerted to online postings that voiced support for previous terror attacks. Perhaps Tailleur would be a bit less shocked if he studied the statements that brought Driver to the attention of police. Driver is originally from Winnipeg.

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Government concedes to have an all party meet on Kashmir unrest

Singh also said he is ready to hold talks with political parties and moderate groups in Kashmir. Home Minister said security forces have been instructed to exercise maximum restraint in dealing with protests in Kashmir. Sharing the pain and sufferings of Kashmiris, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed unanimous resolution, expressing sympathies over deaths in Kashmir and vowed to instill faith among people of the Valley.

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Trump refuses to back away from claim Obama founded Daesh

Earlier Thursday, Trump stood firm when asked by CNBC whether it was appropriate to say a sitting U.S. president founded a jihadist group determined to kill Americans. And I give it to him, and I give it to, I gave the co-founder to Hillary. "They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn't create ISIS".

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New trouble for Trump: Clinton far ahead in key swing states

Almost 42 percent of likely voters said that they were very concerned about the virus spreading over the next several months, with an additional 34 percent somewhat concerned. Trump has made a strong push to put Pennsylvania in play this cycle, though the state hasn't voted for a Republican in the presidential race since 1988.

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Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen capital resume, airport shut - residents

In early April, Saudi aircraft attacked a crowded marketplace in Mastaba, a village in Yemen's northern Hajja governorate, some 45km from the Saudi border. UNICEF said on Tuesday that four children were reportedly killed and three others wounded in fighting on Saturday. The UN says that more than 6,400 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Yemen since then the coalition air campaign began last March.

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Tulowitzki fractures thumb as Orioles reclaim AL East lead from Blue Jays

Tulowitzki hit his 18th home run of the season on Tillman's first pitch in the Toronto fourth, a drive off the facing of the fourth deck at the Rogers Centre. Blue Jay's pitcher Justin Happ with an ERA of 3.16 picks his 14th season win triumphantly giving the defending AL EAST champs the number one spot. Bautista was 1-for-4 with a walk.

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Free education won't help poor students, says NGO

President Jacob Zuma established the commission earlier this year in response to the "Fees Must Fall" protests on campuses in 2015. Cloete told the commission a free-for-all approach simply won't work. Prof Cheryl de la Rey‚ the university's vice-chancellor and principal‚ said in a sliding scale model tuition fee tiers were determined based on household income.

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Blow To Corbyn As GMB Union Backs Rival

Mr Smith says he resigned "because you cannot lead us back to power, you could not fulfill the basic task. of working with your colleagues. He said it", Mr Smith said. He continued: "I can not believe that so many MPs are above the views of the people who pay money to the Labour movement, not just the Labour party".

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Raging fires threaten French villages near Marseille

Assistant Prefect Yves Rousset, asked at a pre-dawn meeting with reporters in Marseille , whether the fire might reach France's second-largest city overnight, said, "We can never say there will be no risk, but we're doing everything so it doesn't".

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Vladimir Putin: Return of Russian tourists to Turkey a matter of time

We are against all attempts that are against the constitution. Putin called the attack "a stab in the back delivered by the accomplices of terrorists", while Russian officials accused Erdogan's family members of oil dealing with ISIS - allegations Erdogan strenuously denied.

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Small plane crashes on street in Peterborough, Ont.; pilot killed

He has not been identified. Paramedics responded to the scene and attempted to resuscitate the pilot but pronounced him dead a short time later. "York Regional Police are investigating the theft of the plane since it occurred in their jurisdiction", she said.

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Lok Sabha unanimously passes resolution on Kashmir, appeals for peace

Jaitley said: Terrorism and violence will be dealt with strictly. The House "conveys its deep sense of anguish and concern over the loss of lives and critical injuries caused by the deteriorating situation", it said. Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had described the Kashmir issue as the main pillar of Islamabad's foreign policy. When something happens in Africa, the Prime Minister tweets about it.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned in Ecuadorian embassy in London

The 45-year-old Australian sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June 2012 after exhausting all his legal options in Britain against extradition to Sweden. "It means that a questioning can make the case go forward", Rosander told The Associated Press. WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange will finally be quizzed over an alleged sex attack in Sweden after after a deal with Ecuadorean authorities sheltering him in the embassy in London .

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Hayes on new questions about State Dept .and Clinton Foundation overlap

The emails were obtained by the group through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the State Department in 2015. Clinton pointed to Trump's insulting comments about Muslim couple whose son, a US military officer, was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq, his loose talk about nuclear weapons and, "now his casual inciting of violence" to argue he is unfit for the Oval Office.


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