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New Zealand election stalemate leaves maverick Peters as kingmaker

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When the election was announced in February, many assumed the result would be a slam-dunk for National Party leader Bill English, who took over from John Key in December. Both parties are now courting the populist New Zealand First party, which won nine seats, to form a coalition. "It's up to New Zealand First, pretty much", said Bramwell. Read More »

China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

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In the course of the speech, Trump said if the United States is "forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea ". "This may be the most powerful detonation of a bomb in the Pacific ocean", said he. Media captionHow would war with North Korea unfold? He said there is evidence of fuel shortages in the country following the passage of recent United Nations sanctions, which targeted oil imports among other things. Read More »

Oil prices dip due to hike in United States crude production

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Oil headed for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years as prices rose on Wednesday after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners are considering extending or deepening output cuts aimed at reducing a global supply glut. Gasoline stocks fell 2.1 million barrels, in line with analysts' expectations while distillate stocks inventories fell 5.7 million barrels, the biggest weekly draw since November 2011. Read More »

Korea threatens USA with 'horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin'

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Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from United States forces. Japan, the United States and South Korea are urged to strengthen their security cooperation further. The US has flown two B-1B Lancer bombers and four F-35B Lightning II advanced fighters over the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's launch of its intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan. Read More »

Egypt's El-Sisi Meets with US Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu

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The hour-and-a-half-long meeting at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Manhattan on Monday was closely watched for signs of a rapport between the two men over the key issue of restoring wider negotiations. "The relationship is very good", Trump said Wednesday. "I say it can happen". Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, president of Egypt, addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in NY ity. Read More »

Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has launched a full-throttled campaign for the sacking of electoral commission officials whom it blames for bungling the election. About 10,000 paper forms from polling stations, each containing the documentation of anywhere from dozens to hundreds of votes, were missing when the results were announced. Read More »

Trump considering holding DC military parade on July 4th

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Paris is trying to set up an global contact group on Syria to revive stalled peace talks in Geneva, but the United States has adopted a staunchly anti-Iran stance since President Donald Trump took power, complicating peace talks between major powers. Read More »

Hurricane Maria Dominica Photos: Historically Strong Storm Causes 'Widespread Devastation'

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Three airlines are capping airfares on flights departing from cities likely to be affected by Hurricane Maria , after allegations that the industry jacked up prices as consumers tried to flee Hurricane Irma earlier this month. With maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour), the storm slammed into the island as a Category 5 hurricane. And this coming just about two weeks after Irma skirted off the northeast of Puerto Rico. Read More »

India says Rohingya refugees threat to national security

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Centre's affidavit says presence of Rohingya Muslims in India is a drain on India's resources and a serious security threat to country. It also said there was information on Rohingya involvement in plots by Islamic State and other "extremist groups" to ignite communal and sectarian violence in India. Read More »

The GOP's Last-Ditch Effort To Repeal ObamaCare Is Surprisingly Good

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But some of the same GOP senators who blocked various stages of earlier repeal efforts are withholding their support. For the time being, all McMaster would say is he continues to "study" the proposal. Is the Cassidy-Graham bill ideal? "Of course, block grants are much better than other ways to do things ... but again, this is a very serious question, and I'm studying it very closely". Read More »

Ryanair counts cost of flight cancellations mess

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As it ramped up capacity, Ryanair overscheduled its crews, which has led to a vacation backlog as it scrambles to meet holiday requirements by Irish authorities. Ryanair has since told passengers on its Twitter page that "between today and tomorrow" it will publish a full list of the flights it plans to cancel up to October 31. Read More »

Troll Level: Expert - Donald Trump Literally Takes Aim at Hillary on Twitter

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In the video, Trump takes a swing, and a woman that appears to be Hillary Clinton falls to the ground as she enters a plane. Trump has often retweeted or responded to random Twitter accounts praising him before. He continued, "The one with Hillary Clinton , knocking her off with a golf ball, really and truly, this is the president of the United States?" The retweet comes after Trump attacked Clinton directly last Wednesday (Thursday NZT) in a pair of tweets. Read More »

Donald Trump's London terrorist attack tweet 'unhelpful' - Met Police

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The latest version of his travel ban, initially announced in a botched late-January rollout, calls for a ban on people entering the USA from a short list of terror-prone countries that are also Muslim-majority nations. Trump was quick to criticise law enforcement in the wake of the attack and implied the assailants had been know to Scotland Yard. "Must be proactive", Trump said in a series of tweets. Read More »

Iraq's Kurdish parliament backs September 25 independence referendum

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The Gorran (Change) party and the Islamic Group, which have called for postponing the referendum to an unspecified date, boycotted the session, the parliament's first since October 2015. In recent years, there have been tensions between Baghdad and Kurdistan over power-sharing, oil revenues and territorial disputes. There is widespread support among Iraqi Kurds for an independent state. Read More »

Cassini's fiery death witnessed by emotional NASA team

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The final descent and atmospheric entry of the Cassini spacecraft brings to an end one of the most successful space missions in human history. After traveling for almost seven years, the spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn on July 1, 2004. Read More »

David Johnson (wrist) officially placed on injured reserve by Arizona

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In two games against the 49ers last season, Johnson ran the football 46 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson accounted for 2,118 yards and 373 touches (293 rushes, 80 receptions) in 2016. "It's always tough seeing guys' seasons ended after Week 1", Veldheer said . "Just relieved from the fact that I finally get a fair trial", Elliott said after the game in his first public comments about the matter. Read More »

Russian Federation begins large scale Zapad 2017 military exercise in Belarus

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They say Russian Federation could use the occasion to position a large, permanent contingent of troops in Belarus, leaving the country at the mercy of any armed confrontation involving Moscow. The danger has increased "This is part of a pattern, which we've seen developed over several years with a more asserted Russian Federation, a Russia which has tripled defense spending over the last years, which is using force against neighbors and which is exercising much more modern capabilities in a ... Read More »

Why 200 pilots from the same airline chucked a sickie

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Flights from Air Berlin's key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf were especially badly hit by cancellations, the airline said. About 100 flights had been cancelled by late Tuesday morning after 200 Air Berlin pilots called in sick. About 150 pilots called in sick today, Air Berlin said. The flight cancellations represent a "massive threat" to Air Berlin's insolvency proceedings, in the view of the carrier's court-appointed executive director Frank Kebekus . Read More »

DW: Italian family die after falling into volcano

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Three people reportedly died when they fell into a volcanic crater . Italian reports identified them as Massimiliano Carrer, Tiziana Zaramella and their son, Lorenzo. When the boy's 42-year-old mother tried to save her husband, she was also sucked in. It was a tragedy; they pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away. Read More »

Hurricane Will Possibly Weaken Into Tropical Storm, Says NHC

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Hurricane Jose, which is taking more of a northerly track, Hurricane Katia, which slammed into Mexico's east coast, and of course Hurricane Irma which made its US landfall in Florida. Whether it impacts our forecast is still uncertain. But forecasters warn that long-term forecasts are often off by hundreds of miles. Because Hurricane Jose is so far from land, the National Hurricane Center has issued no watches or warnings yet. Read More »

10 militants dead, nine Egyptian policemen wounded in Cairo shootout

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At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when suicide vehicle bombs tore through two military checkpoints in North Sinai in July, in one of the bloodiest assaults on security forces in years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media. That was the deadliest attacks in two years. The exchange of gunfire took place in the densely populated Cairo district of Ard el-Liwa and wounded five policemen, including two officers, said the ... Read More »

In book, Clinton admits mistakes, casts blame for 2016 loss

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Hillary Clinton opened up about her failed presidential campaign, how she handled losing to a reality TV star, and what that night was really like when she went in expecting to be the first female American president. CLINTON: I don't know quite what audience he was playing too other than some, you know, right-wing commentators, right-wing members of Congress, whatever . Read More »

Tower Crane Spins As Irma Outer Bands Hit Miami

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That has left the Miami skyline dotted with construction cranes that were not taken down before the storm. There was a concern the cranes could collapse. The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday. More than two dozen cranes hang over residents' heads with horizontal arms of the tall tower devices hanging loose as they could not be tied down or moved in preparation for Irma. Read More »

Cooper shifts emergency focus to western NC as Hurricane Irma nears Florida

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The 2 p.m. advisory continues to show similar tracks for the major storms, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. Risky surf and rip currents will continue through the next several days along the entire coast. Cooper also advised for people to be mindful at the gas pump, saying only to take what you need. "Tampa is very, very, very vulnerable to this type of storm", Fishel said. Read More »

Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies

In a joint news conference following their summit in Vladivostok on Wednesday, Moon said he and Putin strongly condemn the North for conducting its sixth nuclear test on Sunday, despite repeated warnings from the worldwide community. They have raised worries over rumored health hazards linked to the system's powerful radar and the possibility that the town will become a target of North Korean attacks. Read More »

European court to review $1.3B fine against Intel

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Though Intel challenged the commission's fine, the European General Court dismissed Intel's appeal in 2014. It found that Intel had given wholly or partially hidden rebates to PC manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo for using its chips rather than those of rival AMD , and that Intel had also directly paid computer manufacturers to scrap or delay the launch of products using non-Intel chips. Read More »

Trump should emulate North Dakota on tax reform

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump will once again hit the road to advocate for his still-incomplete plan to reform the USA tax code. Trump will note on Wednesday that the last major tax overhaul, under President Reagan, received bipartisan support in 1986, White House officials said. Read More »

Facebook Says Sold Political Ads To Russian Company in 2016 Election

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The news was announced in a blog post by Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos, who said: "There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 United States election about Russian interference in the electoral process". In addition to that $100,000, another $50,000 in political ad spending is thought to have loose connections to Russia that suggest Russian origins, including "ads bought from accounts with US IP addresses but with the language set to Russian". Read More »

NJ's Menendez Set for Rare Senate Corruption Trial

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He won a full term later that year and was re-elected in 2012. Menendez said before entering the courthouse Wednesday: "Not once have I dishonored my public office". Melgen had been slapped with a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that he had overcharged Medicare for $8.9 million for a retina-related treatment. Read More »