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China's Communist Party Raises Xi to Symbolic 'Core' Status

However, the rising popularity of Xi following his anti-corruption agenda and an internal party clean-up drive have made him vastly different from many of his immediate predecessors. The Standing Committee embodies collective leadership in CPC parlance. "It's important to point out that the party does not necessarily give him a blank check or give him Mao (Zedong) -like power", Li said.

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Union government clears Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh next year

This move will raise eyebrows in Beijing. "You are all aware that HH Dalai Lama is revered spiritual figure and an honoured guest of India". India has a long spiritual connection with the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama has played a large role in global humanitarian and peacekeeping negotiations.

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UNICEF says school attack may be deadliest of Syria war

A photograph circulated on social media showed a child's arm, seared off above the elbow, still clutching the strap of a dusty black rucksack. The Syrian Civil Defence first responder team and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes killed at least 35, a lot of them children.

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World News! Third runway at Heathrow cleared for takeoff by ministers

Prime Minister Theresa May , a former critic of Heathrow expansion, said she had opted for a plan that would boost the economy, create jobs and provide access to global markets. Entire communities will be leveled, and the government said that compensation and mitigation could cost 2.6 billion pounds ($3.2 billion). Sadiq Khan , the mayor of London, also said expanding the west London airport was the wrong decision for both London and the UK.

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Filipino President says US troops must leave his country within two years

As president, Duterte has reached out to Beijing while criticizing USA foreign policy. Initially, in the Philippines, powerful landowners grew sugarcane plantations on their lands and sold it in America. "The question is, will his words be followed by actions?" The Philippines has periodically reassessed its defense relationship with the US, most notably in the early 1990s when a swell of anti-colonial sentiment led to the USA closing its military bases in the country, which at the time made ...

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Man shot dead after stabbing guard at US Embassy in Kenya

An African man has been shot and killed after he reportedly attacked and injured a police officer outside the United States embassy in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The well-guarded USA embassy in Nairobi is located opposite the main United Nations complex in Gigiri, an upmarket suburb in the city's north popular with expatriates.

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Hackers: emails show ties between Kremlin, Ukraine rebels

Putin said in his Thursday speech. He argued that USA elites have used the "mythical and fictitious" issue to distract attention from real problems such as government debt and police violence. "He has chosen a method to get through to voters' hearts", said Putin. Oleksandr Tkachuk, the chief of staff to the head of the SBU , Ukraine's intelligence service, said on TV Tuesday that experts from the agency examined the documents released by CyberJunta, and believe them to be real.

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Belgium's Wallonia says won't meet European Union 'ultimatum'

European Council President Donald Tusk spoke by phone with Trudeau on Monday to decide whether the summit should go ahead, with the Belgian deadlock unresolved. All five regional governments in Belgium have a veto over global treaties. Magnette and other critics especially fault terms supposed to protect worldwide investors which, they say, could allow them to force governments to change laws against the wishes of the people.

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Why African states have started leaving the ICC

Last Friday, South Africa's Justice Minister Michael Masutha said his country had also begun a formal process to withdraw from the ICC . Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in an announcement on state television that the court had been used "for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders" while ignoring crimes committed by the West.

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Gambia becomes third African country to leave ICC

The southern African country affirmed its membership in the court and reiterated its support for a strong global criminal justice system through the ICC. "Yet even if it were, the tokenism would have been justified to show that the court is more than the imperialist agent of regime change that many Africans consider it", he said.

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Donald Trump's Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame Vandalized

Otis later spoke with NBC4 and called the vandalism an act of civil disobedience. According to Deadline , the vandalism took place around 5:45 a.m . He added that Trump's star will be "repaired immediately, but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished ". "When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark", Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and ...

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US charging 61 people in call center scam based in India

That call resulted in almost 770 people being detained - about 70 that were actually charged and 630 "listed accused but not arrested yet". "This multi-agency, three year investigation illustrates the ability of federal, state and local agencies to successfully leverage resources, communicate and work together to achieve justice", said Inspector General Roth.

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Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star was demolished this morning in protest

A man identified as Jamie Otis, claimed responsibility for the incident and said he wanted to auction the pieces of the star to raise money for the 11 women who are accusing Trump of sexual misconduct. "Our democracy is based on respect for the law". To receive a star on the Walk of Fame, a celebrity has to be nominated and a $30,000 fee paid to a charitable trust.

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Diplomats: US expected to abstain on United Nations vote on Cuba embargo

Wide view of the General Assembly meeting October 26, 2016 at the thirty-second plenary meeting of the General Assembly, at the UN in NY, convened to consider the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.

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US Charges 61 Defendants in Call Center Scam Based in India

This week, federal authorities in the USA followed up on the case, ending a three-year investigation by arresting dozens of people in the US and India for allegedly scamming tens of thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars through the sophisticated call center scheme.

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Info from accused nurse led to murder probe

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government is open to an independent review of the province's long-term care facilities after a nurse was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of nursing home residents in southwestern Ontario.

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Russian Federation strongly denies North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allegations regarding Aleppo Bombardment

Three Russian warships reportedly canceled a planned refueling stop at a Spanish port as they made their way toward the Middle East. The effort by Russian Federation to dock the three warships , including its only aircraft carrier, the Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov, at Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the north coast of Africa, was first reported in the Spanish news media on Tuesday evening.

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Syria: 'Last battle' with 'crusaders' is off, as Isis fighters melt away

A leader of the Hamza Brigade, another Syrian rebel group, said ISIS fighters could only offer "minimal resistance" to defend Dabiq before withdrawing towards the south. The Swiss meeting on Saturday included key rebel backers Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, as well as government supporters Iran and Russian Federation.

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Philippine President Announces 'Separation' From US, Seeks Relationship with China

It's the only way. "I announce my separation from the United States", he said to applause at a meeting in the Chinese capital. Duterte's announcement comes after months of tension between himself and U.S. Hundreds of left-wing demonstrators burned a replica of the USA flag during a rally in Manila on Friday as they called on the government to terminate military agreements with Washington .

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PM sends condolence message following the death of Thailand King

Amid an outpouring of grief over the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok has opened its doors for members of the public to sign condolence books. Though a constitutional monarch with limited official powers, many Thais looked to King Bhumibol to intervene in times of high tension. The situation will remain in place until further notice, subject to the government's announcement, she said.

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Eastbourne MP 'very disappointed' at airport expansion decision

Theresa May will reportedly face a snap by-election after her government gave the green light to a third runway at Heathrow Airport today (25 October). Mr Goldsmith, who has been an MP since 2010 when he took the seat from the Liberal Democrats, had previously told LBC that he would "sacrifice" his seat if the government opted to the Heathrow expansion.

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Common-law wife of Mexico narco "El Chapo" files complaint

She also said authorities have gone too far by cutting Guzman's weekly lovemaking time with her from four hours to two. In the doctor's report, Guzman described a prison cell where the lights are kept on 24 hours a day and his only human contact is with masked guards.

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Jury Acquits Man Accused Of Stalking Kendall Jenner

Jenner - who appears on her family's reality TV show " Keeping Up with the Kardashians " - identified McKenzie in court October 13 as the man who has "been following me for a couple of years" and said she had "never been so scared in my life" after being approached by him in her driveway.

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Philippine president assures Japan his visit to China was all about economics

Before ending his three-day visit, Duterte proposed joint military exercises with Japan, while reiterating that he will not conduct them with Americans in his presidency. Domestic backing for Duterte is strong, but there is far from the same level of support for his stance on the United States. And I would like to assure you that all there was economics.

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Russian Federation drops Ceuta pit-stop amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concern

Vasily Nioradze, spokesman at the Russian embassy in Madrid, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the request has been canceled , but he gave no details. There has been concern that the ships could take part in air strikes in Syria , where Russian Federation has been conducting a bombing campaign for the past year in support of President Bashar al-Assad and has deployed a naval contingent to back up its operation.

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U.S., Britain expect anti-IS Raqqa offensive in next few weeks

Ten days into what is expected to be the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the US -led invasion of 2003, army and federal police units aim to dislodge the militants from villages in the region of Shora, 30 km (20 miles) south of Mosul .

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145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

UNICEF said that the child soldiers were released by rebels supporting former vice president Riek Machar and another armed group known as the Cobra Faction . "145 children released by armed groups in #SouthSudan today". Others join to save themselves from being beaten or killed and to protect their communities.

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Pakistan militants worked with Islamic State to attack police college

Two detonated suicide vests, and the third was shot, said Sarfraz Bugti, Baluchistan province's home minister. Other cadets spoke of jumping out of windows and cowering under beds as the attackers hunted them down. "This is a cowardly, lethal, horrific attack", he said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other top officials attended funeral prayers .

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Iraq says regains control over town stormed by Islamic State

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. We've seen what happened when the USA left Iraq too early. Civilians in villages on the eastern outskirts of Mosul were being bussed to a camp near Khazir. They are not deployed on frontlines. The coalition claims to have carried out more than 30 strikes in Mosul in the past week. "Truthfully, the Kurds that I've dealt with don't intend - they're not comfortable going into Raqqa".

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EU lawmakers: 2 Yazidi women win EU human rights prize

European Parliament Martin Schulz announced the winners in Strasbourg earlier. She has called for the massacre of Yazidis to be recognised as genocide. The freedom of thought prize is awarded annually in memory of Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet scientist and dissident. Set up in 1988, it honours individuals and organisations defending human rights and basic freedoms.

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Syria airstrikes kill 17, mostly kids

The agency didn't say when the attack happened. Lake said the school compound was "repeatedly attacked", adding that it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago. And she told Churkin: "You don't get congratulations and get credit for not committing war crimes for a day, or a week". Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian warplanes had pounded positions held by terrorists in the path connecting two ...

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British PM May says Brexit talks with EU will take time

It will not be that easy. Chuka Umunna today hit out at the Tories' approach to Brexit and immigration, slamming Theresa May for her political "opportunism". Any other arrangement necessarily entails trade-offs. EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said Thursday that the bloc's fundamental freedoms "are inseparable".

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Beatty's The Sellout is first US Booker winner

Camilla, Prince Charles' wife and the Duchess of Cornwall, will give the award to Beatty in a ceremony at the medieval Guildhall. Paul Beatty, from the United States, victor of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for fiction poses for the media with his book "The Sellout" after the award ceremony in London, Tuesday, Oct.

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Japan, US, S. Korea agree to step up pressure on N. Korea

President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that the United States will never accept North Korean as a nuclear-armed state. And they are under siege, and they are very paranoid. "What does bother me a bit is that we don't capitalize on our great weapon, which is information". "And that's something they worry about a lot...(just look at) their reaction to the loudspeakers being activated along the DMZ or the dropping of leaflets by NGOs over North Korea ...

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UK concerned as Spain mulls refueling of Russian warships

It is expected to enter the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, passing through the Strait of Gibraltar in between Spain and Morocco. Late on Tuesday night, El País reported that the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs was reviewing the permit issued to the Russian flotilla to stop at Ceuta .


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