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US Warship 'Challenges' Chinese Island Claims

The USS Decatur passed close to the Paracel Islands and "conducted this transit in a routine, lawful manner without ship escorts and without incident", Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross said. "We strongly urge the U.S. side to respect China's national sovereignty and security interests, and not keep repeating the same mistakes". The ministry warns that Chinese military will strengthen its surveillance and defense power in the region if needed, in a move to firmly protect China's ...

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Duterte to look into US Embassy dispersal

President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday that China and the Philippines have reached certain agreements in the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea dispute. China has looked dimly upon the US operations, which it views as meddling in waters where the USA does not have territorial claims. He probably loved it that he has rocked the world with his announcement and landed in worldwide news as a hotshot at the expense of the millions of Filipinos who, in one way or another, benefits, ...

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Hong Kong shuts down as typhoon edges closer

Eight of the victims were from the Cordillera region, said Ricardo Jalad, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, citing reports the agency received from provincial officials. According to the present forecast track, winds and rain will steadily increase through the morning hours. Haima moved back into open water at about 11 p.m.

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Hillary Clinton's allies think David Brock is an 'unhinged narcissist'

Marco Rubio of Florida is warning his fellow Republicans not to talk about the Wikileaks dump of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta, breaking with the example set by Donald Trump . Another leaked email shows that this strategy might have worked as it mentions that Cook wanted a one-on-one meeting with Clinton. Some of the ideas include increasing government reporting, particularly as it relates to spending, strengthening of bribery laws, increased reporting of ...

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North Korea missile launch fails

Forces Korea. The launch came shortly after the United States and South Korea agreed in Washington to bolster military and diplomatic efforts to counter the North's nuclear and missile programmes, which it is pursuing in defiance of U.N.

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Pres. Duterte signs AO creating presidential task force for media protection

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will make a state visit to China next week in the latest instance of reaching out to Beijing despite an ongoing territorial dispute, while questioning his country's traditional ties with the United States.

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Nittany Lions looking to earn statement win over No. 2 Ohio State

The Buckeyes might be undefeated but that doesn't mean that Ohio State is going through the motions without a scare or two. Durbin stopped playing soccer, was enrolled at a community college, and didn't really know what he wanted to do, as written by Bodani.

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South Africa to begin process of withdrawing from International Criminal Court

South Africa Friday served notice of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the second African nation after Burundi to do so. Masutha said that in order to ensure and further the country's ability to maintain diplomatic relations active in the country's parliament will be submitted soon a bill that repeals the adoption by South Africa of the Rome Statute , the document founder of the ICC.

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Palace: Defer speculating on US-PH ties amid Duterte remark

Duterte wanted to "separate the nation from dependence on the USA and the West and rebalance economic and military relations with Asian neighbours" like China, Japan and South Korea, Abella said in statement. "What is unfolding before us must be considered a national tragedy, which does not need to happen", he said in a statement. "We've seen a lot of this sort of troubling rhetoric recently", she told Reuters in an email.

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UK Sends Warships To Shadow Russian Naval Task Force

And the Navy destroyer HMS Dragon is also due to sail to meet two Russian corvettes travelling north towards the United Kingdom from the direction of Portugal. The taskforce will strengthen Russia's naval presence off the Syrian coast. It also includes the battle cruiser Peter the Great, the anti-submarine vessel Severomorsk, and five other vessels of Russia's Northern Fleet.

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Could Donald Trump really challenge the presidential election results?

As Trump's closest allies scrambled to row back debate-stage remarks that called into question the peaceful transfer of power, the 70-year-old populist dangled conditions for his acceptance. "If we lose this election, we can't trust anything in America anymore". You know, wealthy people don't like me because I'm competing against them all the time and they don't like me.

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London City Airport reopens after chemical scare

The fire brigade said about 500 people had been evacuated from the terminal of the airport east of London's Canary Wharf financial district, which mostly serves short-haul, European destinations. Witnesses claimed that they saw staff jumping... "Everyone was shouting and rushing towards the door, " he added. A group of Scottish MPs were among the travellers left standing on the airport's tarmac for more than 90 minutes before being allowed back into the terminal building.

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Clinton Campaign Ponders 'What If' Trump Doesn't Concede

During the third and final presidential debate, Trump told host Chris Wallace he would decide whether to accept the result on the day itself, adding Ill keep you in suspense. The Reuters/Ipsos data showed only half of Republicans would accept Clinton as their president, and almost 70 percent of them said a Clinton victory would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging.

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Death Toll Rises In The Philippines, Storm Headed To Hong Kong

Eight of the victims were from the Cordillera region, said Ricardo Jalad, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, citing reports the agency received from provincial officials. In Shenzhen, all schools, offices and businesses have been closed. According to the present forecast track, winds and rain will steadily increase through the morning hours.

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Obama personal email among WikiLeaks Podesta document dump

Correspondences with Barack Obama over his personal account before he was president are among John Podesta's emails in the latest document dump hack published by WikiLeaks on Thursday. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Hillary Clinton's campaign staff considered Tim Cook - Apple's openly gay CEO - for her vice president, according to leaked emails .

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IS assault on Iraq's Kirkuk ends after 24-hour battle

The army Humvees at the checkpoint carried Shi'ite flags, revealing that the soldiers of this unit belonged to Iraq's majority religious community. But the targets of the attack point to the Islamic State's weakness compared to Kirkuk's Kurdish stewards.

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Iraqi PM: Mosul offensive going faster than expected

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. They have played a central role in liberating several cities and towns over the past year, including Ramadi and Fallujah, in the western Anbar province.

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Iraqi PM: Mosul offensive going faster than expected

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. They have played a central role in liberating several cities and towns over the past year, including Ramadi and Fallujah, in the western Anbar province.

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Fears that adults are posing as minors to cross channel

Some are pushing for Home Office officials to perform dental X-ray checks to verify a migrant's age. A spokesman for the BDA said dental X-rays are an "inaccurate method for assessing age" and also described them as "inappropriate" and "unethical" when there is no health benefit for them.

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Britain says will 'Man-mark' passing Russian Warships

Some media outlets even speculated that the ships could take part in the Russian military operation in Syria. "This group may be used to. increase attacks on Aleppo", the former Norwegian premier told a press conference after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

According to the BBC, if a recall election were to oust Maduro before the end of the year , the country would hold a new election - and "polls indicate the opposition is likely to win". While foes said failed socialist policies are to blame, the government points to the plunge in oil prices and alleges an US -led "economic war" against it.

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US Navy destroyer conducts operation in South China Sea

The Pentagon, in a statement, called the USS Decatur's trip "routine" and said it took place "without incident". "This is serious illegal behavior, and is intentionally provocative behavior". Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have rival claims in the waters. China has denied the USA claims, saying the facilities, which also include lighthouses, benefit the worldwide community.

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United Nations rights council backs inquiry into Aleppo 'slaughterhouse'

Russian Federation claimed a group of more than 1,200 rebels, including 30 suicide bombers, has been massed for an attack on Aleppo from the south-west. Qatar's permanent representative to the United Nations, HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, during the General Assembly's emergency session on Syria, said in a statement that holding the session quickly was a clear indication of the worldwide community's position regarding the protection of Syria civilians.

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South Africa to withdraw from the ICC

Nine out of 10 of the ICC's current investigations are in Africa - leading to allegations of bias against African countries. The statue legally obligates its signatories to arrest anyone sought by the ICC, which was established to bring to justice the perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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At least 8 injured in drive-by shooting at Jerusalem station

The group said he had been arrested by Israel five times in recent weeks and had been ordered to stay away from east Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque. The shooting attack comes a day after the gunman told Ma'an that he meant to turn himself in to serve a prison sentence, after he was charged with assaulting an Israeli police officer in 2013.

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Chelsea Clinton Responds to Donald Trump Calling Her Mom a "Nasty Woman"

Babin's office released a statement on the issue saying that he had only said that "Hillary has done some nasty things". COLMES: Do you think it's appropriate to call her a nasty woman? "I think she's done some nasty things". Time to reclaim the moment - so where can you get a "nasty women" t-shirt ? Meanwhile, it was hard not to immediately equate Trump's insult with "Nasty", the 1986 Janet Jackson hit that helped define Jackson's career and not only lionized Jackson as a feminist hero ...

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European Central Bank keeps door ajar for more stimulus

United Kingdom public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, increased unexpectedly in September, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday. That sent the euro lower. The Dow Jones industrial average traded about 35 points lower shortly after the open, with Travelers Companies contributing the most losses.

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Turkey Airstrikes Kill Over 160 Syrian Kurds North of Aleppo, Military Says

It has also occasionally shelled ISIS positions in northern Syria, but its last-known airstrikes against ISIS were in November previous year. The bombings happened Wednesday night against Kurdish fighters advancing against ISIS militants near Afrin, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Aleppo , Kurdish militia representatives said.

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Syrian standoff stalls Aleppo evacuations

The Syrian military said on Thursday that a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russian Federation had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, but rebels rejected the move saying they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade.

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Why the Trump campaign's Al Gore comparison is bogus

LANNIS WATERS/AFP/Getty ImagesWEST PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Palm Beach county election workers count ballots at the Emergency Operations Center 17 November 2000, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. One of the purposes of the Electoral Count Act of 1887 is to make this joint session a formality, but if there are lingering disputes arising out of states that did not meet the safe harbor deadline, it is up to Congress to settle them.

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Ex-NSA worker accused of stealing secrets to be held without bond

Suspect Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, according to the U.S. According to an affidavit, Martin was a contractor with the federal government and had a top secret national security clearance. Officials said compared to Snowden's, however, Martin's theft is far greater.

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BAT offers to buy Reynolds in $47 billion tobacco deal

British American Tobacco PLC announced in a statement that it has made a $47 billion takeover bid for the nearly 58% of American company Reynolds American Inc . A new parent company was established at the time, of which BAT owns a 42.2% share. Shares in Reynolds jumped about 18 percent to $55.50 in premarket trading in NY, while BAT was up 2.8 percent to 49.39 pounds in London.

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Bihar Deputy CM gets 44000 WhatsApp marriage proposals

According to Indian media, "out of 47,000 message received on the number, almost 44,000 were personal message proposing marriage to Yadav". As per a government official, out of 47,000 messages, only 3,000 were about issues related to roads.

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Thiruvananthapuram Medical College announces new dress code, bans leggings, jeans for students

This notice which has drawn a lot of flak from the students is however not the first to hit the students in Kerala. The students association is now planning to write a letter to the principal in this regard. Although the MCI guidelines specify a dress code as a means infection control, communication and cultural sensitivity while examining patients, it does not get into specifics.

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United Nations rights boss denounces air strikes on Aleppo as war crimes

Russian Federation on Thursday offered an 11-hour unilateral ceasefire in Aleppo, saying it would allow civilians and those fighters who lay down their weapons to leave the city. Borodavkin was unable to finish his speech at a special session of Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, as his microphones were switched off without warning.


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