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Israeli settlement construction in West Bank rises by 70%

Amona was evacuated by police at the start of February after Israel's Supreme Court ordered that the outpost be dismantled because it was built on private Palestinian land. Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, are illegal under global law and are considered one of the main obstacles to peace. Read More »

Dems Turn On Nancy Pelosi After Ossoff Loss

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The elders in the Democratic party have been accused of failing to learn lessons from the shocking loss to Trump: that running without a positive message isn't enough to win elections. Rice also bemoaned the treatment Pelosi received from Republicans , but that didn't stop her from maintaining the former House speaker should be ousted. Read More »

Warmbier release followed rare trip by US official to NKorea

Some media reports said the North Koreans suggested Otto Warmbier had come down with a case of botulism and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill - an account questioned by a number of officials. Among the battery of tests Otto Warmbier underwent at UC Health: a brain scan which showed "extensive loss of brain tissue" in all areas of the brain. Read More »

Qatar Says Will Not Negotiate Until 'Blockade' Lifted

The three countries, along with Egypt, announced they were closing land, sea and air access to Qatar, while its nationals were ordered to leave these countries. The Qatar crisis is a test case for Pakistan's foreign policy because the aggravation of crisis will negatively impact on the country's vital interests. Read More »

Navy crew missing, skipper hurt after collision off Japan

Because of the hour when the collision happened, many sailors were sleeping , but the ship had a "full complement" of bridge crew on duty, Aucoin said. The container ship's left bow was dented and scraped, and accident investigators from the Japanese transport ministry found further damage below its waterline. Read More »

Trump tweets support for Nancy Pelosi...sort of

Or, Pelosi could announce prior to the midterms that she won't seek the leadership position again, as New York Rep. Kathleen Rice suggested to CNN Wednesday. He tried and failed last fall to unseat Pelosi as House minority leader. Democrats have lost all four House special elections this year in Georgia , South Carolina, Montana and Kansas. Read More »

Trump says he didn't record conversations with ex-FBI chief Comey

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The president also raised questions about the impartiality of Robert S. Mueller III , the former F.B.I. director who was named special counsel after Mr. Asked why it took so long to lay the issue of the tapes to rest, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "You guys asked for an answer, he gave you one". Read More »

Israelis Dismiss Iranian Missile Strike as 'Flop'

Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18 dead last week, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported . Most of the missiles missed their mark, and only one landed on its intended target despite claims by Iran's military that it struck an Islamic State command center and suicide auto bomb operation. Read More »

Condition of congressman shot during baseball practice upgraded

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Hodgkinson had with him a piece of paper listing the names of six members of congress, said Tim Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office's Criminal Division, at a news conference Wednesday in Washington. Hodgkinson had a list of six members of Congress on him, Slater said, but there was no indication that he meant to target them. The attack on a group of Republican lawmakers at an Alexandria , Va., baseball field was not linked to terrorism, the Federal Bureau of ... Read More »

Passports to be in both English and Hindi, announces Sushma Swaraj

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As of now, passports have personal details only in English. The announcement came after Sushma Swaraj spoke about easing of rules to apply for a passport past year in December. "We often receive complaints as to why our passports are only in English", Sushma Swaraj said. Police verification, a major part of the passport issuing process, takes time, the minister pointed out. Read More »

Trump mocks Democratic leaders Pelosi and Schumer

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Karen Handel , who won over Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff , will also have the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to Congress from the state of Georgia. Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race". BENNETT: Democrats see 70 House seats that could be easier to flip than that Georgia district. Read More »

Myanmar Contributes to Increasing Global Displacement

That number is 300,000 people higher than in 2015 and is six million people more than it was in 2014. By population, Syria still accounts for the biggest number of displaced people overall, with 12 million people (almost two thirds of the population) either displaced internally or having fled overseas as refugees or asylum seekers. Read More »

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

For now, Qatar appears to be isolated logistically, though the US has been increasingly vocal in support of the country. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's spokeswoman declared Washington "mystified" that Saudi Arabia had yet to produce a clear list of demands after accusing Qatar of sponsoring terrorism . Read More »

Police confirm man killed in attack on London Muslims

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It is believed that Osborne acted alone but the Metropolitan Police are investigating all circumstances leading up to the attack. Of the victims who were injured during the attack, four remain in hospital - two receiving critical care. He was detained and taken into custody at a central London police station. The Imam thanked Julie and said that the attacker did not represent Britain. Read More »

Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees 'unconstitutional'

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The decision had six justices approving it, with Justice Wiliam Atuguba dissenting. Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef, 36 and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, 34, arrived in Ghana from the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay for a two-year stay as part of a deal reached between the United States of America and the Government of Ghana. Read More »

Turkey sends troops, food to Qatar

The list was handed over to Qatar by Kuwait , which is mediating in the dispute. - Shut down the Al Jazeera media network and its affiliates. The number of Turkish soldiers sent to the Gulf state could eventually reach 1,000, it said, adding that an air force contingent was also envisaged. Read More »

Facebook Launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK

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As part of the move Facebook will give United Kingdom anti-terror groups advertising credits to promote their messages to individuals that might be at risk of radicalisation. Sheryl Sandberg , Facebook´s chief operating officer said there was "no place for hate or violence on Facebook". "Some of our most important partnerships are focused on counter-speech, which means encouraging people to speak out against violence and extremism". Read More »

Trump claims his approval rating is higher than Obama's

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The findings differed only slightly from those of Gallup's daily poll , which on Wednesday reported Trump's favorability to be 37 percent and his disapproval rating to be 58 percent. Despite the President speaking against Special Counsel prosecutor Robert Mueller , who is now leading the Russian Federation investigation, more than half of those surveyed - 56 per cent - believe Mr Mueller is impartial and should be allowed to act unhindered. Read More »

Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles

Iran blames regional rival Saudi Arabia for being behind the attacks. "Death to the House of Saud and Daesh (IS)", demonstrators chanted. Iran held anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel ". Read More »

Australia players' union rejects Cricket Australia's revised pay offer

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That has led to fears players could go on strike if the issue is not resolved before next week. In a letter to ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson , CA executive general manager Kevin Roberts made the new offer. ACA president Greg Dyer issued a public statement on Friday, saying it was time for mediation at chief-executive level. "The current talks between the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia have failed to achieve a break through", Dyer said. Read More »

German teen probed for shooting toy gun at Thai king

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He was unable to say if King Maha Vajiralongkorn was actually hit by one of the rubber pellets. "First it was sacked at a group of cyclists, one of whom was the King of Thailand", said Thomas Rauscher, prosecutor in the southern town of Landshut, on Wednesday. Read More »