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Tourists to be banned from climbing Uluru

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Figures from Parks Australia indicated only 16per cent of visitors climbed the rock between 2011 and 2015, down from 74per cent in the 1990s. "This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realize, of course, it's the right thing to close the "playground". Read More »

Trump Says New York Suspect's Visa Was a 'Chuck Schumer Beauty'

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Trump also said that the Diversity Visa Lottery program used by the suspect to gain entry into the USA should be halted , and questioned immigrants' ability to sponsor family members who want to enter the country. "Transferring the suspect from NY would raise a host of constitutional and legal issues", the Times reports, "and it was not clear that Mr. Trump actually would follow through on the idea since his comment was in reaction to a question rather than part of his prepared remarks". Read More »

Trump pushes "extreme vetting" in wake of attack

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However, following an attack in Las Vegas in October, in which 58 people were shot dead by Stephen Paddock, an American not associated with Islam, Trump took more than five hours to respond, and did so in a more subdued tone. One of Trump's top domestic priorities has been a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and a strengthening of screening procedures for foreigners seeking to enter the U.S. Read More »

John Podesta Plays Victim Card in Response to Russia Investigation News

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Podesta, who founded the left-leaning Podesta Group in 1988, stepped down from his position with the firm on Monday morning, an employee told NBC News . The Podesta Group has repeatedly insisted that it was unaware that Manafort was using the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine to improve the image of then-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Read More »

Abadi Calls for Calm in Kurdistan After Barzani Resignation

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Yet it is unclear if Sunday was the final curtain for Barzani, an ardent Kurdish nationalist since the age of 16 who took up the mantle of his father, the Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani, after his death in 1979. Mr Barzani also accused leaders of the PUK, whose founder Jalal Talabani died days after the referendum , of being guilty of "high treason on 16 October". Read More »

Dual nationality sees Aussie Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce disqualified

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Australian media say the coalition government consisting of the Liberal Party and the Nationals has been thrown in crisis, as it has lost a one-seat majority in the parliament, at least until the by-election. Joyce's seat in December. It's expected he will win after his main challenger, former independent MP Tony Windsor, announced he would not be running. Read More »

Victims rescued from Somali hotel attack

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The attack came two weeks after a massive truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu, killing at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the troubled country's history. Two more blasts were heard in the area, with one reported as a suicide bombing. The attack on the Nasa-Hablod hotel, near the presidential palace, appeared to have devolved into an ongoing battle between militants and government security forces Saturday night. Read More »

Kid Rock not running for US Senate

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Senate bid was all to boost interest in his upcoming record. Rock also announced he would hit the road next year on his "Greatest Show on Earth" tour , named after his song released over the summer. But the 46-year-old Michigander (real name Robert James Ritchie) reveled in his self-promotion skills, telling Stern: "It's the worst advice that I ever gave myself, but it's been the most creative thing I've ever done - and I've gotten to see everyone's true colors". Read More »

Tillerson Affirms Afghanistan Commitments In Unannounced Visit

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Pakistan has acknowledged that it has some influence with the Taliban , but says it does not control the movement or its leaders. Tillerson's visit to Afghanistan set social media aflutter Tuesday after Afghan officials released a photo that had seemingly been doctored to disguise the fact that it took place at Bagram, a secure military base, rather than Kabul, which was hit by multiple militant attacks last week. Read More »

Facepalm! Hardik Patel declares support for Congress but his aides join BJP

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Thakor's decision came within hours of Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki's invitation to the three "Young Turks" of state politics, Alpesh Thakor, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join the party. "I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our vice president and agreed to join the Congress party". The meeting at Rahul's residence was also attended by Ashok Gehlot who is now in-charge of the Congress party's election preparedness in Gujarat ... Read More »

La Nina to influence winter weather, officials predict

Forecasters predict a 55% to 65% chance of a La Nina pattern developing by winter. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township say that could lead to a warmer start to winter and then more cold and snow at the end of the season. Read More »

Suspect arrested after four people stabbed in Munich

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Shortly after Saturday noon, the police said on Twitter that they had caught the suspect . The motivation for the attack is still unclear as the suspect refused to make a statement during his interrogation by police. He said police have "no serious doubts" that the suspect was the assailant, and that there was no longer any danger to the public. "We have no indication of a terrorist, political, or religious motive", Andrae said. Read More »

Trump And NFL Debate Over National Anthem Kneeling

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It did not indicate how many signatures had been received. The decision came amid a prolonged feud between Trump and the NFL that began last month when he called on football teams to fire players who took a knee . Earlier this week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with about half of the NFL owners. The demonstrations began previous year with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick , who has been unable to find a new team after leaving the 49ers. Read More »

3 white supremacists charged with attempted murder after Richard Spencer speech

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Tenbrink will face additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At that point, Tenbrink left the vehicle and pulled out a handgun, the police report said. "We had complete unknown about the numbers of people who they may be coming to our area and what their intent would be", said Sheriff Darnell. Prior to the white nationalist rally , Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency , warning that the "threat of a potential emergency is imminent". Read More »

GM owes CT, others $120M in ignition flap

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The settlement concludes the state investigations. This is separate from the settlement to victims who were injured or to the families of those killed in GM cars with faulty switches. In all, the settlement covers seven GM recalls in 2014 affecting more than nine million vehicles, multiple state attorneys general said. Caldwell said the settlement assures "GM will continue ongoing improvements it's made to ensure the safety of its vehicles". Read More »

Half of US Voters Believe Media Lies About Trump

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Among Republican voters, 76 percent believe the media invents stories about the Trump administration, and 11 do not think so. Trump has made "fake news" one of his key issues, accusing the bulk of major media outlets, print and broadcast alike, of telling tall tales. Read More »

Trump Says Obama Never Called the Families of Dead Soldiers

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But ABC News in the USA reports General Kelly and his wife attended a breakfast for Gold Star families at the White House in 2011 and sat at first lady Michelle Obama's table. "I don't know. That's what I was told". "And a lot of presidents don't, they write letters.I do a combination of both". A spokesman for Obama declined to comment. Read More »

Oil rig blast on Louisiana lake leaves man missing, 7 people hurt

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John and St. Charles parishes, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the City of Kenner , the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated Fire Department and East Jefferson Hospital. What caused the blast is unclear, but fire investigators are looking at the possibility of a combination of chemicals that may have ignited on the platform and led to the explosion. Read More »

Canadian Rescued From Taliban Has Complicated Ties to Osama Bin Laden

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He added, about the alleged rape of his wife, "As retaliation of the repeated refusal to accept an offer that the criminal miscreants of the Haqqani had made to me". government's obligation to Americans held as hostages overseas. USA officials have long accused Pakistan of ignoring groups like the Haqqani network, which was holding the family. Read More »

Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded

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It follows threats of mass protests over Mr Trump receiving VIP treatment. After inspecting a Guard of Honour, the visiting party then travels in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace. MPs from across the political aisle criticised the invitation at the time and John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, announced he would oppose an address to Parliament. Read More »

$10 million reward for 'dirt' on Donald Trump

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As Flynt notes in the ad, he's offered rewards for information, but with members of Congress. "We need to flush everything out in the open". Flynt's ad went on to say there were several reasons Trump warrants impeachment , including his decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, his controversial response and "racial dog-whistling" following the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville , the risk that he might launch a nuclear war with North ... Read More »

Bimal Gurung plans to enter Darjeeling before Oct 30: Intel

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Additional Director General of Police Siddhinath Gupta said the state police had asked its Sikkim counterpart to intimate them about anyone entering the Northeastern state from Bengal with injuries. Though Union home minister Rajnath Singh appealed to Gurung to withdraw the indefinite strike in Darjeeling , the Centre must now decide if it wants to involve a "fugitive" in the discussions, said an officer in Kolkata , asking not to be named. Read More »

Tillerson 'Moron' Comment Followed Trump's Call for Massive Nuclear Buildup

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His missive came shortly after he vehemently denied an NBC News report that he asked to dramatically expand the United States nuclear arsenal. That came just over a month after Trump responded to a North Korean missile test by telling reporters that if the regime of Kim Jong-un issues further threats, the USA will retaliate with " fire and fury like the world has never seen ". Read More »