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Russian Federation strikes IS-held city in Syria amid Aleppo fight

During a visit to Russia earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, agreed to coordinate more closely in the fight in Syria. Meanwhile, there was no letup in the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where Turkey and Russian Federation are supporting opposing sides in the conflict and where residents and activists reported a chlorine gas attack late Wednesday.

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US declares Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

Until this week however, there had been no reported cases of birth defects related to Zika in Canada. Health officials believe the virus is being actively transmitted only in an area smaller than 1 square mile. Some $6.87 million in federal funding has been allocated, including $5 million for mosquito control in local districts, the department said. The format includes a panel of technical experts from the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities, who will facilitate discussion on ...

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Three dead, one missing in Madeira wildfire

Flames from forest fires are encroaching on homes around Funchal , casting a smoke plume over the downtown area and forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people. Temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit have contributed to causing fires. Officials suspect the fires were started deliberately, and police have made two arrests.

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Bolles alum Joseph Schooling wins gold in 100-meter butterfly

The 31-year-old is competing at his fifth Games and has already extended his record as the most successful Olympian, with his 22nd Olympics gold on Thursday, winning the men's 200m individual medley event, reports Xinhua. He announced his return two years later. Phelps, however, won while Lochte trailed in fourth. But Phelps slowly gained ground during the breaststroke leg and pulled ahead on the freestyle.

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Conviction overturned in 'Making a Murderer' case

At the time of the police interrogation , Dassey was a high school sophomore in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. The judge in his Friday ruling said that Dassey's confession to police in 2006 was "so clearly involuntary" that a state appeals court ruling to the contrary was an unreasonable application of established federal law.

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It's Corbyn for Kirkcaldy Labour group

While Corbyn has accepted Brexit, Smith has said Labour should fight it if Brexit means a worse deal than what we have now. "With hundreds of thousands of progressive voters flooding to support the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn neither the media nor Tom Watson's fertile imagination can conjure a real threat from a handful of obscure sectarians".

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Nationals' Scherzer loses no-hit bid, game to Indians

Asked about Bauer's held responsible for the Nationals to be scoreless through 6 ½, he said "Bauer, he worked quickly". The Indians said Francona, who expressed discomfort during his pregame media session, was examined by a ballpark EMT and remained at Nationals Park.

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Look Up! How to watch the 2016 Perseid meteor shower

The bright moon might provide too much light so the best chances will be after it sets at about midnight to 1 a.m. on August 12. He explained that although they look like stars shooting across a sky, they are actually debris from a comet.

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U.S. election: Clinton releases tax return, blasts Trump for not doing so

The Clintons also donated a million dollars to the non-profit foundation that bears their name. Bill Clinton, meanwhile, earned roughly $13.2 million in speaking fees that same year. Trump also has said his taxes are no one's business and that they reveal little. What might be in Trump's tax return? Trump, Clinton's Republican opponent, has steadfastly refused to release any of his personal tax information, citing legal advice from Trump Organization counsel not to publicly disclose ...

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Clinton releases 2015 tax returns, goading Trump

The Democratic presidential nominee's 2015 tax returns, which she filed jointly with her husband Bill Clinton, show that the couple paid a federal tax rate of 34.2 percent and donated 9.8 percent of their income to charity. "He refuses to do what every other presidential candidate in decades has done and release histax returns", she told the crowd. According to public records, Mr Trump did not pay any income taxes in 1978, 1979, and 1984.

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Clinton, Kaine To Release 2015 Tax Returns To Put Heat On Trump

The release is part of an effort to undercut Donald Trump's character by questioning the celebrity businessman's record. The latest release will also include those of Kaine and his wife for the past 10 years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the plans in advance. Clinton was not expected to come out with any major new policies during her remarks.

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Syrian Opposition Factions Passes Half Way towards Liberating Aleppo

The Levant Conquest Front, formerly al-Qaida's branch in Syria, is a key piece of the rebel coalition fighting for Aleppo . THE war in Syria reached a turning point on Saturday as rebel groups defeated government troops to break the siege of Aleppo .

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Aleppo: UN probes 'gas' attack amid pressure for longer truce

Syrian activists said airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa on Thursday killed at least 20 civilians, as neighboring Turkey called for greater cooperation with Russian Federation against the extremist group.

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Judge Stops Ohio Law From Causing 'Irreparable Injury' to Planned Parenthood

Iris Harvey, President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, welcomed the ruling. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati sided with Planned Parenthood on Friday in granting a permanent injunction. [Planned Parenthood's] attorneys argued the law was unconstitutional because it required, as a condition of receiving government funds, that recipients abandon their constitutionally protected rights to free speech and to provide abortion services.

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Turkish and Russian leaders agree on steps to mend relations

Russia intends to resume cooperation with Turkey in the building area, Russian President Vladimir Putin said over the course of a meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and representatives of business circles. "It is good that after the shooting down of the Russian fighter jet by Turkey past year, there is a rapprochement", he said. Erdogan said added that both Turkey and Russian Federation are determined to normalize ties and he believed relations between the two countries ...

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Canada reports first birth defect linked to Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 1,962 Zika cases in the US have been reported as of August 10, the vast majority of which are travel-related. The action gives the government access to additional funding to fight Zika as congressional efforts to allocate money remain stalled. Health officials have confirmed 413 travel-related cases of Zika in Florida, in addition to the 28 infections not believed to be related to travel, the department of health said.

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Jury finds soldier guilty in lover's mom's death

Prosecutors say Barnes was wielding the knife when Ms Silvonek was killed in the driveway of her home on March 15, 2015. After pulling into the Silvonek driveway, he said he left the vehicle and went to his late-model Camaro parked nearby on a cul de sac in an upscale Upper Macungie Township development."I was exhausted, physically and mentally, and I fell asleep".

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Libyan official: '70 per cent' of last IS bastion liberated

The large domed Ouagadougou complex is a landmark in Sirte, hometown of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and was used for meetings and religious instruction by Islamic State after they took control of the city a year ago. Upon the Tripoli government's request, USA warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes targeting IS positions in Sirte starting August 1, breaking the stalemate.

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Hillary Just Released Her Tax Returns. See, Donald, It Isn't So Hard

In a statement , the communications director for the Clinton campaign, Jennifer Palmier, said that with this new release of income tax information, " Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency".

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Trump under pressure after Clinton releases 2015 tax returns

Income is taxed up to 39.6 percent by the federal government, while capital gains are only taxed at 20 percent rate for people in the highest federal income tax bracket. The agency, while not indicating whether the Republican presidential nominee is being audited, has said anyone can release their returns, under audit or not.

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Japan, Philippines to push rule of law amid S. China Sea raw

Former Philippine president and special envoy Fidel Ramos said Friday, following rounds of unofficial meeting with Chinese officials this week, that both Beijing and Manila want to hold formal discussions over maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

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Zika in Puerto Rico now a public health emergency

The mosquito-borne virus has infected 1,035 pregnant women, which is a concern to authorities because Zika has been tied to a severe birth defect known as microcephaly. It allows Puerto Rico to apply for funding to hire and train unemployed workers to assist in mosquito control efforts, as well as for outreach and education efforts.

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Fire near Big Sur now 25 percent contained

It remains only 25 percent contained. In western Wyoming, firefighters are trying to gain better control of several other large wildfires. Firefighters continue to make progress on a half-dozen wildfires in northern Nevada. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman says his undersheriff toured the burned area and said it looked like a moonscape. The 13-day-old conflagration near Big Sur is one of almost 30 major wildfires reported to have scorched roughly 700 square miles (1,813 sq km) in 12 ...

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Cubs hit five home runs in rout of Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (15) can't catch a solo home run hit by Chicago Cubs' Jorge Soler during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. Despite a 24-man roster Friday because of Holliday's injury, Matheny had a fully stocked bullpen, and he went quickly to it so that Wainwright didn't have to shoulder more bruising.

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Flights disrupted after Dubai airport accident

There were 282 passengers and 18 crew members on board from Trivandrum International Airport. Flight EK521 was coming from Thiruvananthapuram , in India, when it was involved in an "operational incident upon landing" in Dubai , Emirates said.

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Drug smugglers to be sentenced for £500m cocaine haul on boat

Mumin Sahin and Emin Ozmen were caught with the drugs by HMS Somerset , working with the National Crime Agency and the UK Border Force and assisted by the cutter Valiant past year. Inside, there was a sealed metal hatch holding 128 bales of cocaine each weighing 25kg. Speaking following today's sentencing, the Crown agent, David Harvie said: "The global drugs trade does not respect borders, and those of us whose job it is to dismantle it are working ever-closer together to ensure ...

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S&P, Dow end lower; Nasdaq closes at all-time high

Oil prices were also sitting higher after the International Energy Agency forecast crude markets would rebalance in the next few months following several years of overproduction. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 0.4 percent higher, while China's Shanghai Composite slipped 0.5 percent. Nordstrom rose 8.9 percent in the run-up to the results after market closes, while J.C.

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Mevlut Cavusoglu: 32 recalled diplomats didn't return to Turkey

In a separate briefing, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said "four specialists" would make up the delegation. Cavusoglu, during the news conference, added that Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were also due to arrive in Turkey but the dates were yet to be confirmed.

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USA election: Clinton releases tax returns

According to a speech Hillary Clinton just concluded, the same economist who predicted that 3.4 million job-loss number under Trump's plan (he's a former economic advisor to Republican senator John McCain) said that Clinton's plan would create more than 10 million new jobs.

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Hillary Clinton releases tax returns to pressure Donald Trump

The Clintons, who now live in Chappaqua, New York, paid an average effective federal tax rate of about 32 percent from 2007 to 2014 and an effective combined tax rate of approximately 40.5 percent. "You're only afraid if you've got something to be afraid of". The Clintons reported total income of $10.7 million previous year, and adjusted gross income of $10.5 million.

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Orlando shooter's father attended Clinton rally in Florida

The Clinton campaign responded quickly, noting that the campaign did not invite Mateen to the open rally. That was Hillary Clinton's second rally of the day on Monday in Florida, and Clinton supporters who couldn't attend in person were invited to watch via a live stream on Patch.com.

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Local losses mount for ruling party in South Africa

Early results showed tight races between the ANC and the Democratic Alliance in Johannesburg and Tshwane, the greater metropolitan area of the capital, Pretoria. "We are into negotiations as we speak", said Paul Mashatile, the ANC chairman in Gauteng province, which includes Tshwane and Johannesburg . Rating companies are taking opposing views of what the fallout will be from the loss of support for South Africa's ruling party in local government elections.

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Chlorine bombs in Syria would be a 'war crime'

The monitor said another six people were also killed but it had not yet confirmed how many of them were civilians or IS jihadists. What is at stake is the life of millions of people who face widespread starvation and disease - particularly now, when, for four days, up to 2 million people in Aleppo have gone without running water - in this second major Syrian city.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps suffers first Olympic defeat in 100m butterfly

Twelve minutes into the night's event, Michael Phelps climbed onto the blocks, bent over, and adjusted his feet on the starting platform. Rio de Janeiro: Joseph Schooling pulled off a stunning upset at the Rio Olympics on Friday by beating Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly to win Singapore's first ever gold medal.

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OLYMPICS Carmelo powers USA over spirited Aussies

With five National Basketball Association players in their lineup, Australia refused to be intimidated by the mighty Americans, who have won gold medals at 14 of the 17 Olympics they have participated in, including the last two. Kyrie Irving of the Cleaveland Cavaliers also helps Anthony and the team who score 19 points and 5 assists. The top four teams from each preliminary group go to the quarterfinals on August 17.


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