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Confidant of PM turns state witness

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The former director of the communications ministry under Mr. Netanyahu, Shlomo Filber , agreed to testify about whether he organized positive media coverage for the leader on a news website, the person said. Last week, police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for fraud, breach of trust and bribery in two other cases. Police have recommended indicting Netanyahu over accepting almost $300,000 in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. Read More »

Senators Urge Trump to Rejoin TPP

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The destiny of the trade pact was cast into doubt late past year after Trump pulled the US out. But the most recent analysis of the new TPP - known by the acronym CPTPP - predicts lower USA imports into Canada. "The strategy that we put in place in Government with the other TPP countries was to do the deal, hold back a lot of the things the U.S. wanted to entice them back to the party". Read More »

A2 shares soar 25%, making it NZ's biggest listed company

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A2 Milk says A1 and A2 proteins affect digestion differently, and its products may benefit people who experience discomfort from drinking cow's milk. A joint packaging facility will also be explored, as well as development of A1 protein free milk pools in New Zealand and Australia. Read More »

NASA sees ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita affecting New Zealand

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New Zealand's Christchurch and two other districts declared a state of emergency Tuesday as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita slammed into the South Island. Air New Zealand has cancelled numerous outgoing flights due to the threat posed by ex-cyclone Gita. "Even though the deep low pressure system moves away from us early on Wednesday, the effects of Gita will last a few more days, with further rain likely about central New Zealand until Thursday", said Lisa Murray at MetService ... Read More »

Turkish General Staff: Over 1610 'neutralized' so far in Afrin operation

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After saying that the kind of poison used is unknown so far, the hospital director noted that four of those affected are stable, while the two others are in critical health condition. While the Kurds have provided the bulk of the ground troops for the US -led coalition battling the Islamic State militant group, Turkey considers them violent separatists and a threat to its national security. Read More »

Attorney for prominent law firm charged with lying in US Russia probe

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Manafort, a former campaign chair for the Trump campaign, has been already been charged with conspiracy and money laundering. Van Der Swaan was charged with a criminal information, which typically precedes a guilty plea. While there was evidence to suggest they were trying to help the Trump campaign and disparage the Clinton campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted that no American knowingly colluded with the defendants and that their actions did not affect the election results. Read More »

Trump Blames Obama For Not Doing Enough About Russia Meddling

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On Monday, Goldman posted a similar message to his fellow Facebook employees. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stressed on ABC's "This Week" that the indictment was not the end of the Mueller probe. The question of whom they should believe - the president or his advisers - has befuddled European officials. In January 2016, the USA agreed to settle an Iranian claim, paying the $400 million and committing to follow up and pay $1.3 billion in interest, for a total of $1.7 billion. Read More »

Do not test our resolve: Netanyahu to Iran's smooth-talking foreign min

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The prime minister has always been concerned about Iran's influence in the Middle East and warned that the country's power is growing as militant groups like ISIS lose territory . "It's not a better place". Kerry dismissed Netanyahu's assertion that Iran would be on its way to having a nuclear arsenal in 10 years. Saying he had "a message to the tyrants of Tehran " during a speech at the Munich Security Conference, he warned: "Do not test Israel's resolve". Read More »

Five killed in attack on church in Russia's Dagestan

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A group that calls itself the local wing of the Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility. The assailant was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee. Read More »

India, Iran agree to eliminate 'forces that support terror'

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The two sides inked nine pacts, which included a lease contract between Iran's Port and Maritime Organization and India's Ports Global Limited (IPGL) to take over operation of existing facilities at the Shahid Beheshti Port - Phase 1 of Chabahar - for 18 months. Read More »

Pakistan court sentences Zainab's killer to death on four counts

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Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after he raped and killed 7-year-old Zainab Ansari and threw her body on to a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur. Ali has reportedly confessed to all the eight attacks. The horror of Zainab's killing in January was brought home for Pakistanis by a photo of her that went viral on social media, showing the smiling girl in her favourite bright pink coat, with a pink barrette holding back her hair. Read More »

What's next for acting President Cyril Ramaphosa?

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The 65-year-old was confirmed as the country's new leader on Thursday just hours after his scandal-plagued predecessor Jacob Zuma finally resigned. He spoke these words in October 2001, four months after he formed Kenya's first coalition Cabinet by including members of the then opposition National Democratic Party in the government. Read More »

Mental health, safe schools are Trump priorities

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This isn't just a mental health issue . "You haven't heard students speak up one after another after another after witnessing such carnage and speaking out with such conviction". The White House says President Donald Trump will address the nation about the Florida school shooting at 11 a.m. EST. "I want you to know that you are never alone, and you never will be", Trump said. Read More »

Boushie's family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

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The jurors also let Mr. Stanley off on the lesser charge of manslaughter, finding that it was reasonable for him to go get and load a semi-automatic pistol during a confrontation on his farm property with Mr. "Naming racism for what it is in this country is essential to any potential there is in moving forward collectively", said Ryan McMahon, an Indigenous comedian and broadcaster who noticed a spike in offensive and threatening comments throughout the weekend. Read More »

Four security personnel killed in Quetta attack

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According to reports, unidentified men targeted the vehicle while it was on routine patrol duty on Sariab Road- the assailants fled after the attack . Police and law enforcement personnel reached the spot as an investigation was launched. It is becoming increasingly common in Quetta for militants to target security officials, along with religious minorities. Read More »

Devastated Iraq seeks $90 billion for reconstruction

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Ahead of a conference on Iraq's reconstruction that will be held in Kuwait next week, Iraq's National Investment Commission published a list of major strategic projects available for investment, with 157 different opportunities up for grabs. Read More »

Celebrity Big Brother: Who Went Home? Plus, Omarosa Talks 'Scary' Mike Pence

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She added, "They're intentional and they're going to get worse ". Who does she want to take home the quarter of million dollars prize? "She said , 'On The Apprentice , everyone has sex together, so you and I could do that and then we could sell it and make loads of money.' I said, 'Are you completely deluded?" She went on to discuss the vice president's fervent religious beliefs and claimed that he thinks he's got a direct line to Jesus. Read More »

White House plan would change food SNAP benefits for low-income people

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The proposal would change the supplemental nutrition assistance program .or SNAP .once known as food stamps . Under the proposal, only a fraction of SNAP benefits delivered to households that now receive $90 or more per month would be delivered through the traditional retail-based Electronic Benefit Transfer card that allows recipients to buy approved foods from grocery retailers. Read More »

Egypt kills 16 militants

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Egypt's army yesterday said it had killed 16 jihadists and detained 34 more in the Sinai Peninsula since launching a major operation against them on Friday. The Sinai borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has always been a bastion for Islamic insurgent groups tied to al-Qaida. The New York Times says Israeli warplanes have carried out covert air strikes in Egypt with the Egyptian president's approval. Read More »

Jacob Zuma's Exit From South Africa Presidency to Be Finalized Monday

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Holding the microphone for Mandela that day was a young Ramaphosa, then a trade union leader. Ramaphosa said the ANC would continue Mandela's legacy by fighting corruption. "We just need to give them time to attend to these issues and in due time they will come back to us with solutions", he said in an interview. "While preserving the value of money is our main mandate, our goal is to be a bastion of institutional strength, contributing to a stable and prosperous economy that serves the ... Read More »

Modi Begins 3-Nation Tour; Says Palestine Visit a 'Historic' Occasion

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Commendation of Grand Collar read, "In recognition of his wise leadership, lofty national and global stature, in appreciation of his efforts to promote historic relations between Palestine and India, in acknowledgement of his support to our people's right to freedom so that peace prevails in region". Read More »

U.S. spies, seeking to retrieve cyberweapons, paid Russian peddling dirt on Trump

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According to a report by the New York Times on Friday, the Russian took the money but failed to turn over the stolen material or the dirt on Trump. The operative's "eagerness" to provide them with the supposed damaging information, those officials said, led them to suspect he was attempting to bait them into stoking animosity between the American intelligence community and the president as part of a Russian operation to sow division within the USA government. Read More »

Jones accuses Wales captain of insulting referees

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But Wales lock Jones had but a brief response when questioned ahead of the match at Twickenham on Saturday . England head coach Eddie Jones - who oversaw his side's second win in as many weeks as they bid to win the championship for a third consecutive year - had no complaints with the TMO's verdict. Read More »

Russia meddled in US election, former President Bush says

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He also said: "It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", Bush added. Bush said the US should "welcome" immigrants and thank them for doing the "jobs that Americans won't do". "Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it". Read More »

Duterte orders military to cancel helicopter deal with Canada

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Mr Lorenzana said on Thursday that the helicopters will be used in a "limited" role primarily "for the transportation of personnel and supplies, ferrying wounded and injured soldiers, and the conduct of humanitarian and assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations". Read More »

Ayodhya issue: AIMPLB says it sticks to earlier resolutions

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Maulana Nadvi made the statement during a meeting with Art of Living founder Sri SriRavishankar. Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is a century old point of a tussle between the Hindus and Muslims. As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court ruling on four civil suits on September 30, 2010. The dispute before the court was whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, ... Read More »

Smallest partner approves deal on new German government

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Horst Seehofer, CSU chief and designated interior minister in the new government with the CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD), is to head the committee which is set to meet at 10 am (0900 GMT) in Munich . Citing unidentified party officials, dpa said that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union and the Social Democrats overcame the last hurdles to a coalition deal on Wednesday. Read More »