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Blair defends Guantanamo release for 'Isis bomber'

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Mr Blair said: "When his release was announced in very measured terms in 2004, pointing out the risks which remained with Guantanamo detainees , .Conservative MPs reacted by strongly criticising not the release, but why it had taken so long". Read More »

JK Rowling's support for Muslim campaign to fix Jewish cemetery triples donations

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In response, Muslim-American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi started an online campaign to raise funds for the cemetery's recovery and to "send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities". At the time of publication, the campaign had raised more than $80,000. In an interview with Israel's Army Radio, Anita Feigenbaum, the cemetery's executive director, said that she does not think that the Jewish cemetery was targeted at random. Read More »

Islamic State bombings kill 2 in eastern Mosul

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Consolidating the gains lays the groundwork for the Iraqi troops' next stage of the operation: entering Mosul's more urban neighbourhoods with old and narrow streets, a densely built-up area with a population of up to 750,000 people. The commander overseeing the US -led anti-ISIS coalition, Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, said Monday that USA forces are fighting closer to the front lines under authorities granted during the Barack Obama administration. Read More »

China suspends all coal imports from North Korea

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THAAD , which South Korea agreed in 2016 to be deployed on its territory by the end of 2017 with the stated aim of countering threats from North Korea, serves as one of the main irritants in Beijing-Seoul ties. Moreover, China's willingness to use sticks has often been transient. Coal is North Korea's largest export item, and also China's greatest point of leverage over the regime. Read More »

US Homeland Security Directives Outline Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

The US Department of Homeland Security issued two new memos that flesh out how it will carry out US president Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration . The current memos are still considered draft documents, and need to be reviewed by the White House Counsel's Office before they will go into effect. Under the Obama administration, this policy was used for immigrants who'd been in the country for less than two weeks and who'd been caught within 100 miles of the border. Read More »

Islamic State fires more rockets Into southern Israel from Egypt

An ISIS rocket previously fired at Israel. "Forces are searching the area", the statement read. They were reportedly planning to launch missiles. On 9 February, a volley of rockets from Sinai targeted the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat, with three intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system and the fourth exploding outside of the city. Read More »

Greek Bailout Deal Delayed for Months as Deadline Missed Again

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Once there, discussions will commence on the exact nature of the reforms Greece will have to undertake in order to get its hands on more bailout money. The talks now appear set to continue during election campaigns in the Netherlands and France, which euro zone officials have said may make a final deal more hard. Read More »

Auto bomb kills child, injures 15 in southeast Turkey

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The suspect is between 18 and 20 years old, the governor said. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet, but Ankara usually blames militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for similar bombings in the country's southeastern regions. Read More »

Powerful storm Brings Flooding to California

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Rain will fall on the Southland from tonight through Saturday morning, including unusually heavy rainfall on Friday as a result of the region's most powerful storm so far this season, forecasters said, warning of flash flooding and cascades of mud and debris down slopes stripped bare in wildfires. Read More »

Trump promises 'a lot of love' to counter anti-Semitism

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No. 2, racism. The least racist person. "[Turx] said he was going to ask a straightforward question ", Trump harumphed. "I mean, the President went out of his way to recognise the Holocaust and the suffering that went through it and the people that were affected by it and the loss of life and to make sure that America never forgets what so many people went through, whether they were Jews or Gypsies, gays, disability, priests", he said. Read More »

Meeting in Astana Seeks Mechanism to Regulate Truce in Syria

Jihad Makdissi, a representative of the Cairo Group of political opposition, told TASS his group will not participate as part of the HNC delegation. The regional brokers met separately for talks with regime and rebel delegates on Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana . Read More »

Kenyan private doctors to strike after colleagues jailed

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While delivering the ruling, Justice Hellen Wasilwa said the doctors' application has no merit. The 5,000-member doctors' union wants the government to implement a deal agreed in 2013 to raise basic salaries by 150 to 180 percent, review working conditions, job structures and criteria for promotions, and address under-staffing in state hospitals. Read More »

Tour bus crashes in Taiwan, at least 32 dead

Taiwan News cited a preliminary investigation by highway police as saying that the group was on its way back to Taipei follow a trip to the Wuling Farm to view the cherry blossom. Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department said, adding that 12 people were still being treated in hospitals around Taipei, the capital. Read More »

Trump vows to 'very strongly' respond to North Korea

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South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was sacked from around Banghyon, North Pyongan Province, which is where South Korean officials have said the North test-launched its powerful midrange Musudan missile on October 15 and 20. Read More »

European Union leader: USA 'committed' to Iran nuclear deal

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This is a new era for US relations with the European Union. "I was reassured by what I heard in my meetings on the intention to stick to the full and strict implementation of the agreement in all its part", Mogherini told France 24. Trump has said the deal is awful, and Flynn put Iran "on notice" last week for test-firing a ballistic missile, raising the prospect of spiking tensions between Iran and the United States. Read More »

Turkish troops, Syria rebels enter IS-held town of Al-Bab

He said there had been a communications failure, adding: "There should not have been Turkish soldiers within the limits of these coordinates". Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield was launched on August 24, 2017 with the aim of ridding its borders of the presence of terrorist groups including Daesh and the YPG, a Syrian-offshoot of the PKK, which the United States and Ankara designate as a terrorist group. Read More »

Phoenix mayor calls deportation of undocumented woman a 'travesty'

A total of seven protesters were arrested , Phoenix police said on social network Twitter . The role of President Trump's executive order tightening enforcement of illegal immigration laws is another point of contention. In a statement , ICE said Rayos' removal was finalized by the Department of Justice in May 2013. "Her only crime was to work here so she could support us". Read More »

Brazil accuses Canada of unfairly supporting Bombardier — WTO

The province of Quebec, where Bombardier is based, injected $1 billion into the company's CSeries program a year ago. Last year, Bombardier scored an order from Delta Air Lines Inc DAL.N for 75 CSeries jets, worth some $5.6 billion at list prices, beating out Embraer's competing E-Jets with below break-even prices, according to the Brazilians. Read More »

Sarkozy to appeal decision to send him for trial

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Investigators suspect [ L'Express report, in French] Sarkozy exceeded that amount by €23 million on big-production, theatrical rallies. One of two magistrates handling the case ordered the trial on the charge that Sarkozy spent way more than he was entitled to, despite warnings from his accountants. Read More »

UK's May to reiterate settlements breach of trust to Netanyahu

Departing for London on Sunday, Netanyahu stressed that the danger of Iran, which recently conducted ballistic missile test firings in violation of us sanctions, would be at the forefront of his discussion with May. During remarks in London prior to his meeting with May , Netanyahu said Israel faces challenges from "militant Islam" and from Iran. Israel's supreme court occasionally orders the government to demolish Jewish settlements if they were built illegally. Read More »

Kim Jong Un fires spy chief, instead of killing him

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The Yonhap cited officials as saying the investigation against Kim is underway and a proper punishment will be decided after the probe. Among those killed was his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was once considered the second most powerful man in North Korea. Read More »

Milo Yiannopoulos says he's coming back to Berkeley

Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart News, was escorted by police from the campus as a relatively small group among the 1500 protesters smashed windows and set fires and the campus was put on lockdown. UC Berkeley, one of the top public universities in the United States, is the home of the 1960s "Free Speech Movement" that helped launch the era's student protests against the Vietnam War. Read More »

Tiger Woods Is Fucked Up Again, Withdraws From Tournament

The victor of 14 major events is suffering from back spasms after shooting an opening-round 77. Fox is one under overall, and eight shots off the pace set by South African George Coetzee , who leads Spain's Sergio Garcia by one stroke, nearly halfway through Coetzee's second round. Read More »

Nicki Minaj Airs Out Giuseppe Zanotti For 'Racism And Disrespect'

On her Twitter , Minaj claims that Zanotti's public relations team "won't take our call". Ms. Minaj feels Zanotti has mistreated her and has subjected her to racism. Meek Mill's ex-girflriend further suggested that if fans go to Google, you can see the series of shoes and collections " named after me". Minaj's fans have also taken to Giuseppe Zanotti's Instagram page, flooding the comments with the #GiuseppeWhatsGood hashtag. Read More »

Affordable Care Act Repeal Could Put Tribal Healthcare at Risk

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Repealing the ACA without a suitable replacement would significantly damage the health of our people and the wellbeing of Northwest Louisiana's health-care industry. Subsidies, paid to lower-income people, are therefore needed to allow lower-income people to pay the premiums for mandated insurance coverage. The protections also include pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny coverage. Read More »

United Nations presses Myanmar to probe atrocities against Rohingya

Human Rights Office free access to Rakhine's worst areas. A United Nations human rights research team wrote the report after interviewing hundreds of Rohingya who Myanmar security forces drove to neighboring Bangladesh. "See what we can do?" "The devastating cruelty to which these Rohingya children have been subjected is unbearable - what kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother's milk", High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a ... Read More »