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Erdogan and Putin: Russia to resume flights and end sanctions with Turkey

He quickly rolled back a ban on the sale of package holidays to Turkey and signaled Moscow would end measures against Turkish food imports and construction firms. Erdogan's visit is his first foreign trip since the abortive putsch, in which more than 240 people were killed. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Bild daily that he was not anxious about Russian Federation and Turkey improving ties. Read More »

Arthur Hiller, Director of 'Love Story,' Dies at 92

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In 2002, he received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work. Hiller served as the Academy president between 1993 and 1997 and of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) from 1989-93. "My heart and love go out to his family". Over his almost 50-year Hollywood career, he directed more than 30 films in a range of genres, including comedies, dramas, war stories, satires and musicals, among them successful collaborations with playwrights Neil Simon and Paddy ... Read More »

2 teens killed in Atlanta suburb: Man accused due in court

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The Fulton County medical examiner stated that Henderson was found naked, while Davis was only wearing his shorts. Police say 20-year-old Jeffrey Hazelwood is accused of killing them. In addition to murder, Hazelwood was charged with financial fraud for swiping the victims' credit cards and trying to use them to make purchases. Why did Jeffrey Hazelwood murder Roswell, Atlanta teens? Bennett said Hazelwood apparently stole the gun from his grandfather. Read More »

Rio Olympics: Helen Maroulis becomes first American woman to win wrestling gold

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Helen Maroulis , a 24-year-old who grew up in Rockville, became the first woman to win a gold medal in wrestling in United States history on Thursday, CBSSports.com reports. "You have to find a way to love yourself for who you are", Maroulis said. The gold-medal match was Maroulis' fifth of the day. She won two earlier matches on Thursday to advance to the quarters against North Korea's Jong Myong-Suk and then beat Sweden's Sofia Mattsson by an 8-0 score in the semis to reach the final ... Read More »

Kiss of victory: Chinese paddlers celebrate 28th Olympic gold

China picked up gold medals from a couple of familiar sources on Day 11 of the Olympic Games - diving and table tennis - but perhaps its greatest success came in volleyball. "Of course there is a lot of pressure on us because we want to win all the golds", she said. Germany moves on, and the reigning team silver medalists will now have to win another match just to end up on the podium. Read More »

U.S. held $400 million until hostages were released

Sources told the Journal that Iran Air executives arranged the flight between Tehran and Geneva, Switzerland. "Our top priority was getting the Americans home", said a US official. US officials timed the release of a $400 million payment to Iran until several American prisoners were released from the country, according to a report. Read More »

Weather: Good weather for the Perseid meteor shower

NASA says the shower will be "extra awesome" this year, with up to 200 meteors per hour visible if weather cooperates with clear skies. NASA scientists say that Thursday evening will see the Earth orbiting floating debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which will create the Perseid meteor shower. Read More »

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Fla., N.C., Va., Colo.: Polls

Clinton leads Trump 46%-32% in Colorado, 44%-39% in Florida, 48%-39% in North Carolina and 46%-33% in Virginia, according to new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. Any gains that Trump would have made from his economic policy speech on Monday have already been erased by his inciting remarks on Tuesday about his rival Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Burkini riot: Corsican village Sisco bans clothing item following mass brawl

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The North Africans made it clear that they didn't want to be photographed, but then a group of Corsicans arrived and also started a discussion that escalated into a confrontation. France has been under a state of emergency since ISIS members killed 130 people in Paris in November. "We're going up there because this is our home", people in the crowd shouted. Read More »

Old Farmer's Almanac releases updated Northeast forecast

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The Almanac predicts a colder than normal winter , with slightly above-normal precipitation. Above-normal temperatures are likely in the southern tier of the country during fall and winter , according to the Climate Prediction Center - echoing what the almanac has predicted. Read More »

Germany calls for "air bridge" to supply besieged Aleppo

He said that in order for the Aleppo ceasefire to be lengthened "it was necessary to solve issues on the fight with terrorists". Russian Federation bears special responsibility in Syria's Aleppo province, especially in ensuring humanitarian access, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on August 15, addressing students of the Urals Federal University. Read More »

South African woman jailed 10 years for child theft

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It was the coincidence of Zephany attending the same school as her younger biological sister that led to the investigation after the younger sibling told her parents about the girl at school who looked like her. Her real parents called their daughter Zephany, but only knew her for three days before she was stolen from her hospital cot in 1997. The prosecution also said the woman defrauded authorities when she registered the child as her own daughter in 2003 under a false birthdate. Read More »

Police question person of interest in fatal shooting of Imam

However, police have not officially confirmed whether a suspect is in custody. They do not have a motive, but police said they "were trying to determine whether an earlier dispute at the mosque led to the shooting". "And this is when we all have to come together", Comptroller Scott Stringer said. Awad also said the group was waiting for more information about the circumstances behind the killing, including whether it will be determined that it was a hate crime. Read More »

Two killed in Assam militant attack

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The two dead have been identified as Rajesh Shah and Kishori Shah. The incident is reported to have taken place in Pholbari area. According to the reports, a group of armed militants entered at Bahbon, a remote village near Philobari in Tinsukia district, and started firing by targeting the Hindi speaking people dominating the area. Read More »

Clinton Campaign Calls Out Trump, Releases Tax Filings

Trump has said he is worth more than $10 billion, but no one has been able to confirm this independently. But Clinton's own returns bring her some unwanted attention too, notably to her and her husband's extraordinary income, derived primarily through speaking fees. Read More »

NATO Says Turkey Is 'Valued Ally' After Erdogan Visit to Russian Federation

Relations between the two countries were badly damaged when Turkey shot down the military jet last November, leading Russia to impose trade sanctions and suspend Russian package tours to Turkey . "Let me say openly, this is because the European Union adopted a favourable position to the coup [and] encouraged the putschists", he said, without giving details. Read More »

Michael Phelps wins silver in 100 butterfly

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Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 meters individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games. American Gabby Douglas is the defending Olympic champion, but will be on the sidelines Thursday. Saturday's Rio 2016 menu is loaded with treats including a first look at the fastest man on Earth and probably the last Olympic glimpse of a swimming legend. Read More »

Turkey submitting request to US for Fethullah Gulen's arrest

According to Turkish officials over 35,000 people have been detained since the coup attempt that left 240 dead excluding the plotters. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Turkey on August 24, the White House announced on Saturday. "If a tenth of the accusations against me are established, I pledge to return to Turkey and serve the heaviest sentence", he said in an opinion piece in French daily Le Monde. Read More »

United States declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

Zika can also be transmitted through sex. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 50 countries and territories since the outbreak began a year ago in Brazil. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people traveling to Cayman to wear insect repellent and long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Read More »

Hillary Clinton's opposition means TPP hangs in the balance

However, during her primary fight against Bernie Sanders, Clinton took a number of concrete positions that may force her to pursue protectionist policies to the detriment of the US economy. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has strongly reiterated that she will not sign the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if she becomes president. Read More »

Ukraine puts troops along Crimean border on combat alert

Some in the West fear that President Putin is gearing up for a fresh attack on Ukraine, from which it annexed Crimea and has controlled towns on its eastern border, using the worldwide distractions such as Brexit and the USA presidential elections as a smokescreen. Read More »

Clashes as Afghan Taliban Edge Closer to Helmand Capital

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The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the Taliban insurgents have suffered casualties in battle for the control of Nawa district in Helmand. The province is by far the most significant locus of opium production in the entire country; earlier this year, Helmand yielded a particularly strong opium harvest, benefiting the Taliban , which already controlled significant areas of the province. Read More »

Moscow blames Kiev for Crimea 'terror plot'

The FSB said in a statement that its officer was killed late on Saturday outside the town of Armyansk, within miles of the de-facto border between Crimea and Ukraine, when they engaged with what were described as Ukrainian "saboteurs". "This is fake information", a spokesman told Reuters . Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst said that while it was impossible to know the Kremlin's intentions based on Putin's statements, "They've clearly set the stage for a crisis, and maybe a ... Read More »

Turkey Throws Temper Tantrum Post-Coup Failure, Tensions With Germany Up

The government says the coup was instigated by a US -based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen , a former Erdogan ally who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and whose extradition Turkey is seeking from the United States. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West on Tuesday of supporting terrorism and those who tried to carry out the coup d'etat in Turkey on July 15. Read More »

Froome hopes to add golden shine to his Tour crown

And it proved a wise move as he added to his 2008 victory in Beijing, matching the feat of Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov, who won the Olympic time trial in 2000 and 2004. But Cancellara stormed to a farewell gold by 47 seconds over Dumoulin. "I can't imagine not having shared them with him", she said. "I had my objective at the beginning of the year, that was the gold medal - I didn't succeed". Read More »

Philippines celebrate first ever female medal victor in Rio

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Diaz became the fifth athlete to win an Olympic medal since 1964 and the third to take a silver. It was the first Olympic medal for the Southeast Asian nation since boxer Mansueto Velasco took a silver in the 1996 games. They hugged each other, some cried as Diaz pulled off what will be regarded as the one of the biggest surprises in the history of Philippine sports. The silver came as a surprise for Ms. Read More »

Israeli charges based on 'huge gap' in numbers

Mohammad El Halabi, World Vision's manager of operations in Gaza, was arrested by Israel on June 15 while crossing the border into the enclave, which is under the de facto rule of Hamas, a group on Israeli and USA terrorism blacklists. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) called the allegations "deeply troubling" and said in a statement that it was "urgently seeking more information from World Vision and the Israeli authorities". Read More »

Clinton opens up 10-point lead over Trump

Hanna had previously said that he would never back Trump, but announced direct support for Clinton for the first time Tuesday. Fifty percent think negatively of Clinton compared to 36 percent who view her positively, the poll said, adding that positive number has increased by five points and the negative one decreased by six points. Read More »

Iran hangs nuclear scientist over United States 'treason'

Amiri's disappearance in 2009 came amid targeted killings in Iran of scientists and others associated with the country's nuclear program - attacks that Iran blamed on the United States and Israel. In June 2010, a shaky online video emerged of Amiri saying he had been kidnapped by American and Saudi agents and was in Tucson, Arizona. Paul Pilar, a former senior CIA official, told Mike that "the Amiri case seems to be a story out of the wilderness of mirrors department - in which intelligence ... Read More »