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Mexican avocado growers strike, sending US prices soaring

Across the country, supplies are low. Drought in California . California's issues with growing may have contributed to the Mexican strikes: produce buyer Cruz Sandoval told the Orange County Register that he heard Mexican growers are "holding out for more money because the California season is running dry, and there are no other sources".

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Met Office issues fog warning for Bucks

The warning is valid from 10.20pm Tuesday night until 10am Wednesday morning. It states patches of fog are likely to form in rural areas this evening, and will become more widespread and dense overnight and into the morning. Visibility will be variable, but may be as liow as 50 to 100 metres in places. Readers in the West reported encountering very localised thick patches of fog.

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California National Guardsmen face bonus clawback

Jerry Brown. She declined to comment on what action the governor can or would take. "I don't have the money". Top congressional leaders - including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy , and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi - all agreed that Congress must remedy the issue and harshly criticized the Pentagon for placing the responsibility on soldiers to repay for the mistakes of others.

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President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

During Kimmel , Obama didn't shy away from making fun of Trump. But he nailed it when he replied to a tweet by Donald Trump . Back in March, the president had joined Kimmel's show to do the same " Mean Tweets " segment, which calls on various celebrities to read hilariously spiteful tweets about themselves aloud.

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Dreamworld accident leaves four people dead including Canberra siblings

Visitors as young as two years old can ride the Thunder River Rapids, but under-fours must be accompanied by an adult. "In terms of how they escaped, maybe through the providence of God", he said. Roozi Araghi, Luke Dorsett (left) and Kate Goodchild (second from right). It's believed Ms Low's partner Mathew and six-year-old daughter Isla were also waiting elsewhere near the ride's finish.

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Philippines, US to determine fate of joint exercises next month

He was referring to visiting U.S. troops, whose presence in five Philippine military camps was established under a security deal signed under Duterte's predecessor as a counterbalance to China's growing military assertiveness in the region.

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Second strong quake felt in Rome

Several dozen people were treated for light injuries or shock, civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio told a late night press conference, but no serious injuries had been reported. Makeshift beds were prepared for hundreds of people who fled from their homes. Today's quake was felt from Perugia in Umbria to the capital Rome to the central Italy town of Aquila, which was struck by a deadly quake in 2009.

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South Africa's Zuma files application challenging graft report

In the affadavit, Zuma is asking new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to confirm whether or not the report is final, and admitting that he was informed on 2 October that he was an implicated person in the report. Madonsela's report, which was to be published on 14 October 2016, is one of two reports on the subject of alleged state capture involving the controversial Gupta family.

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Arrested, Pakistan Official Questioned For Alleged Leak Of Defence Documents

Akhtar was arrested with defence documents and has been remanded at Chanakyapuri police station under the espionage charge. The staffer, however, has been released due top diplomatic immunity. Pakistan on Tuesday, lodged a strong protest with India and the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) regarding the "unprovoked" firing along the Working Boundary which killed two civilians a day earlier.

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Turkish military destroys IS, Kurdish militia targets in Syria

During the weekend, Turkey-backed FSA groups and Syrian Kurdish fighters allied to the SDF fought near the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, north of Aleppo . Turkey fears the militia's advance will embolden Kurdish militants at home. Turkey, however, sees it as a terrorist organisation because of its link to the Kurdistan Workers' Party ( PKK ) that launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984.

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Diplomats: US expected to abstain on UN vote on Cuba embargo

In 2015, only the United States and Israel voted against the resolution (191 to 2). Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at the United Nations headquarters that the new USA approach is "a positive sign" but noted that "the truth is that the blockade persists and marks the current Cuban reality".

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Marmite taken off United Kingdom shelves as Brexit bites

Most analysts and economists believe sterling's recent slump - it is down about 19% against the dollar and about 16% against the euro since the June vote - will lead to higher prices, despite fierce competition between supermarkets. Marmite fans have reportedly starting panicking about a possible shortage and rushing out to buy jars of the black stuff, while #MarmiteGate has been the top trending topic on Twitter.

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Three dead, 12 wounded in Los Angeles restaurant shooting

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is calling a shooting at a restaurant that left three people dead and 12 wounded the latest example of senseless gun violence in America. "We had as many as 50 LAPD officers responding initially, and roughly the same amount of fire department personnel responded to treat and transport victims", Bojorquez said.

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Philippine President Duterte rejects United States dominance on country

Though the Philippines has continued to soften its remarks and sought to reassure the USA that it will not break up the alliance, it is clear the Philippine government under Duterte is no longer willing to be used as a pawn in the US' strategic rebalancing to Asia, which has been widely seen as meant to contain China's rise since day one.

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US Judge Approves Volkswagen's 2.0L Diesel Settlement

The vehicles were fitted with secret software created to distort exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner in testing than they really were. An American judge approved the $14.7 billion fine that Volkswagen will pay to US owners after the pollution scandal, reports BBC. The German automaker was found to have cheated on its diesel emissions.

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Gov. Baker heading to NY to champion charter schools

A new ad featuring Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is advocating for approval of Question 2 on the November 8 ballot, and the expansion of charter schools in the Bay State. In Springfield, an estimated $35 million in tuition money is transferred from district schools to charter schools. "Everything Kentucky is now doing has proven to not be enough to get the job done".

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Volkswagen's record USA settlement over 'Dieselgate' scandal approved

A United States judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal, the largest such automaker settlement in history. Volkswagen has admitted to misleading regulators and still faces a continuous criminal investigation. The settlement was approved by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco.

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Heathrow expansion will help North East soar - Chamber

Mr Mundell, who was part of the cabinet committee which unanimously backed the Heathrow option over its rival Gatwick, said: "This is one matter on which the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments are in complete agreement, both recognising the importance of this decision and that the Heathrow option works best for Scotland".

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Montenegro's long-ruling prime minister Milo Djukanovic to step down

Mr Djukanovic, who led the tiny Adriatic nation to independence from Serbia in 2006, has resigned twice in the past, but returned as either prime minister or president. In contrast to the DPS, the main opposition party, the Democratic Front, opposes Montenegrin membership in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Iraqi Army's elite force waits for more troops to near Mosul

The battle may become the biggest yet in the 13 years of turmoil unleashed by the USA -led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the fall of Mosul would mark the group's effective defeat in Iraq. Iraqi troops are meeting stiffer resistance from " Islamic State " (IS) fighters as they close in on the strategic city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

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US Drone Strike Targets Top al-Qaida Leader in Afghanistan

The official said accounts from the ground described the two targets as having been "leveled", but that the results were still being assessed and the men's deaths could not yet be confirmed. He is a Saudi-born Qatari aged between 34 and 36, according to the Treasury Department . In recent years, al-Hababi planned and supported attacks on global forces in Afghanistan and helped direct the group's worldwide operations, the United Nations said in the report.

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Thousands cast ballots early for election in Arkansas

Among those taking the opportunity to vote early was Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who cast his ballot at City Hall. New numbers released Tuesday by the state Division of Elections show almost 300,000 voters went to early voting sites on the first day it was offered in 50 counties.

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Nicola Sturgeon plans to strengthen Scotland's trade links with EU

Asked if she would anticipate a second Scottish referendum before 2020, Ms Sturgeon said: "I think it's highly likely, given the situation we're in, I said that actually the morning after the European Union referendum and nothing has changed my mind".

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Russia: Weeklong halt of airstrikes on Aleppo to continue

Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, with pro-government forces mounting several assaults along the city's front lines after the three-day pause last week. UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on the other hand, said air strikes had hit frontline areas of clashes in the city since the lull ended on Saturday, for example in southwest Aleppo city.

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2 killed in police confrontation outside Maryland motel room

Two people from Dover are dead following a standoff with police at a Cecil County motel, Maryland State Police said. He says two people are injured near the room and officials believe a third person is inside the room. But the apprehension team quickly "retreated" when one of the members looked inside that motel room through a window and suspected an imminent attack, police reported.

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EU chief says trade deal with Canada still possible

If the Belgian talks reach consensus later Wednesday, the documents would have to be sent for review first to the ambassadors of the 28 European Union member states and then back to the various layers of government, including the parliament in Wallonia .

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Former AG Kane sentenced 10-23 months in prison

The former attorney general was also sentenced to eight years of probation by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy. She said she doesn't want her two sons to join the vulnerable group of high-risk children with mothers in prison. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele at the sentencing hearing played a news clip of Kane's final day in office on August 17 when she told Scranton reporters, "I don't have any regrets".

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Turkey says will clear Kurdish fighters from Manbij

Townsend underlined the importance of liberating Raqqa, saying USA officials believe the city is where the terrorist group plans most of its worldwide attacks. Turkey however has been bombing Kurdish targets across its border for the last two months, targeting the YPG, which it calls a terrorist organization.

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Calais Jungle camp clearance accomplished, prefect says

But the image of burning tents is not new in Calais; in fact, local officials say the burning of tents has become somewhat of a ritual for those living in the jungle. Between 150 and 200 migrants including Afghans and Syrian had to be evacuated, among whom a dozen of minors, as the blaze spread. About 1000 people were waiting at a transit centre near the camp for transport.

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London's Heathrow Finally Approved For Major Expansion

Keen to show the U.K.is open for business after June's vote to leave the European Union, May pushed through a decision that has divided opinion for decades, with unanimity in the committee of ministers that approved the plan. "No other world city would dream of subjecting so many people to more noise pollution", he said. The decision will then be voted on by Parliament in 2017 or 2018.

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Calais jungle clearance declared 'over' as fires sweep through site

Camp resident Mahmoud al-Saleh told Agence France-Presse: "There were several fires overnight. And later this evening, since the job will be done, we will close the SAS", she added. More than 5,000 migrants and refugees have been bussed to registration centres, he said, with around 100 people waiting to be transported. Success in closing down the camp carries heavy political implications for French President Francois Hollande, who is deeply unpopular and has yet to decide whether to seek ...

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S'African varsities get an extra $1.2bn to improve student enrollment

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloom said, "We want to applaud Mthembu for having the courage to stand up for the truth and we know that this is an expression from numerous NEC members and ANC caucus members in Parliament". "Without growth we will get more and more fiscal slippage". The rand weakened more than one percent against the dollar to a session low of 13.9325/dollar after the budget statement, while the benchmark government bond added as much as 11 basis points to 8.9 percent.

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Canadian nurse charged with murder of eight retirement home patients

No bodies will be exhumed, police said . In March, Italian police arrested a 55-year-old nurse on suspicion of murdering 13 elderly patients in the intensive care ward where she had worked for decades. The victims are James Silcox, 84; Maurice Granat, 84; Gladys Millard, 87; Helen Matheson, 95; Mary Zurawinski, 96; Helen Young, 90; Maureen Pickering, 79; and Arpad Horvath, 75.

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NYPD admits 'we failed' in police shooting of mentally ill Bronx woman

In 2015, U.S. police officers killed 346 black people, according to Mapping Police Violence . I retired in 1984 from the '60s. He added that on each of those occasions she was taken away safely. The shooting is being investigated by the Force Investigation Division . "Our condolences are with the family, friends and community as they mourn their loss".

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Rand Gains as Prosecutor Says Open to Review of Gordhan Charges

However, Abrahams made an about turn on Wednesday while addressing members of parliament when he announced that doors were still open for Gordhan to have discussions relating to the NPA's decision to charge him. The Hawks had come to Gordhan's home to hand the summons to appear before court on 2 November. The reaction to the news on Tuesday in the country's financial markets was "less than expected", meaning that the risk of South Africa losing its investment-grade status hasn't been fully ...


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