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7.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes off the coast of Honduras

7.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes off the coast of Honduras

There were no early reports of serious damage on land. The quake on Wednesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands. The quake was recorded at 9:52 p.m. EST and had a depth of about 6.2 miles. President Juan Orlando Hernandez tweeted that the emergency system had been activated and people should remain calm. Read More

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Trump says interview with Russian Federation investigator 'unlikely'

Trump says interview with Russian Federation investigator 'unlikely'

Sources familiar with the matter previously told NBC News that Trump's legal team was preparing for the possibility off an interview with Mueller's team, including written responses to questions in lieu of a formal sit-down. There has been growing speculation , however, that Mueller's investigation is increasingly focused on whether Trump, or others in the administration, attempted to impede the probe, rather than on collusion as such. Read More

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Iran lawmaker says 3700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

Iran lawmaker says 3700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

He did not elaborate or did he say where he got the figure. The number is far higher than the one initially offered by authorities. Mr Sadeghi's figure of arrests would mean 9% of those who demonstrated were arrested. Tens of thousands took part in subsequent pro-government rallies to support the establishment leadership. US President Donald Trump has written several tweets criticizing the Iranian government and encouraging protests, while the US State Department openly announced that ... Read More

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Canada increasingly believes Trump will withdraw from NAFTA, sources say

Canada increasingly believes Trump will withdraw from NAFTA, sources say

If anything, Trump's lukewarm support for NAFTA has cooled even more, despite five rounds of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The fifth round of renegotiations concluded in late November with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer observing "no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement". Read More

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Made mistakes in past, need 6 months for Congress overhaul: Rahul Gandhi

Made mistakes in past, need 6 months for Congress overhaul: Rahul Gandhi

In his first trip overseas after taking over the reins of AICC, Rahul told a convention of NRIs in Bahrain that Congress was not an ordinary institution but a party which had beaten the British out of the country. He said the diaspora contributed 3.2 per cent to India's gross domestic product (GDP). The Congress chief identified lack of job growth as the most serious concern facing the country and its youth. Read More

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James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena

James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena

Taylor is the second 2018 Summerfest headliner to be revealed, following Monday's announcement that pop artist Halsey and rapper Logic will co-headline the amphitheater on June 29. Three of her albums have gone gold, and four have gone platinum, including "Nick of Time", which has sold more than 5 million copies, and "Luck of the Draw", which has sold more than 7 million. Read More

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Israeli missiles 'target Hezbollah, Syrian arms depot'

Israeli missiles 'target Hezbollah, Syrian arms depot'

The army added that its air defenses had hit an Israeli aircraft and had intercepted some rockets fired at Syrian targets. In its statement, the Syrian army repeated previous warnings of serious repercussions for the strikes and repeated its past accusation that Israel was using attacks to support militant groups in Syria . Read More

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BJP slams Rahul for 'irresponsible utterances' in Bahrain

BJP slams Rahul for 'irresponsible utterances' in Bahrain

Mr Prasad also said that before comparing India with China and praising the latter, Mr Gandhi should have seen a report in an global magazine's December issue, "which predicts that India would overtake China in growth" soon. Prasad questioned Rahul's silence on the killings of BJP and RSS workers in Kerala and Karnataka. Central priority for govt is creation of jobs. Rahul also said that he would like to focus upon building a healthcare infrastructure so that the Indian people could access ... Read More

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Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Running for Ohio Governor

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich Running for Ohio Governor

Joining the chorus of gubernatorial candidates selecting their would-be lieutenant governors this week, Democrat Richard Cordray will announce his pick in Akron on Wednesday. Kucinich would be a high-profile candidate, but it's uncertain what his chances are on the Democratic ticket. "This is an opportunity to show how OH needs a change of direction and we think any of our candidates will highlight that", Pepper said. Read More

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Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

Red Cross In Need Of Donations After Bad Weather Cancels Blood Drives

Winter hits the organization hard and their supplies of both blood and platelets are running low. Over 40 hospitals and medical facilities in a 10-county area depend on the supply of blood provided by We Are Blood. The Red Cross says there's an urgent need now for blood and platelets of all types, although platelets and type O, B and AB blood are at more of a critical juncture. Read More

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More people contact police about Craig McLachlan's behaviour

More people contact police about Craig McLachlan's behaviour

A Current Affair and 9news.com.au are not suggesting the allegations are true, only that they have been made. McLachlan, 52, who rose to fame as Kylie Minogue's brother in Australian soap Neighbours , has denied the accusations, saying in an email to Fairfax Media that they are "baseless" and "they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety". Read More

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Reshuffle chaos as Conservatives delete tweet mistakenly announcing Chris Grayling as Chairman

Reshuffle chaos as Conservatives delete tweet mistakenly announcing Chris Grayling as Chairman

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Minister David Davis all stayed put. The BBC had been reporting at the time that Grayling would be named party chairman but the report and the tweet, were both wrong. This is a significant promotion for Mr Lewis to a cabinet-level post after three-and-a-half years in lower-ranking ministerial jobs including immigration. Read More

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Authorities respond to fire on Trump Tower roof

Authorities respond to fire on Trump Tower roof

Monday for a report of a fire on the top floor. Debris fell on a firefighter during the incident, and an engineer using a fire extinguisher to try and stop the fire inhaled smoke, Sakowich said. Photos and videos of the scene showed smoke billowing from the skyscraper. President Donald Trump was in Washington, DC, at the time of the fire. Read More

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Svitolina stops Sasnovich, wins first title in Brisbane

Svitolina stops Sasnovich, wins first title in Brisbane

Despite the defeat, the tournament in Brisbane was a success for the Belarusian. Svitolina won in just 65 minutes. The Belarusian steadied the ship but she was always under pressure and serving at 2-5, she cracked. "Sorry for my play today", she said. Standing just two points away from his first career final, De Minaur committed a string of errors, including a double fault to concede a set point to Harrison, allowing the World No. Read More

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Pakistan relationship with China and United States not the same, says official

Pakistan relationship with China and United States not the same, says official

China's increased investments in Pakistan, combined with President Donald Trump's recent decision to cut all funding to the country, is driving Pakistan into Beijing's arms, experts warned. "China needs to set up another base in Gwadar for its warships because Gwadar is now a civilian port", Zhou said. Provincial chief executive of Sindh has given the go-ahead for appointment of 813 police personnel for security of projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Read More

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Why has the 'Fire and Fury' book angered Trump so much?

Why has the 'Fire and Fury' book angered Trump so much?

The US President boasted at a meeting at Camp David that he made "billions and billions of dollars" and became "one of the top business people" when questioned about the tweets. Soon after, Trump tweeted: "Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration". Wolff's book, " Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House", portrays Trump as unfocused, unprepared and petty while presiding over a chaotic White House. Read More

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Sydney temperatures skyrocket, nearly break record

Sydney temperatures skyrocket, nearly break record

The high, 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit, marked the highest temperature ever recorded in the western suburb of Penrith, and the second-highest temperature recorded in greater Sydney. The day will be partly cloudy, and the city is tipped to hit a high of just 22 degrees today. The hot weather, combined with strong winds, means there is a chance for bushfires to spread out of control. Read More

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USA official denies that funds for Palestinian refugees frozen

USA official denies that funds for Palestinian refugees frozen

UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness said UNRWA must continue its activities until Israel and the Palestinians resolve their decades-long conflict. The Australian embassy in Tel Aviv isn't going anywhere, even as President Donald Trump plans to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and set in motion the relocation of the United States embassy to the city. Read More

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Sweden: Serious Injuries Reported After Hand Grenade Explosion at Stockholm Metro

Sweden: Serious Injuries Reported After Hand Grenade Explosion at Stockholm Metro

The Varby Gard station in the municipality of Huddinge, which is about 11 kilometers south of Stockholm , Sweden, was reopened after an explosion killed a man and wounded a woman on January 7, 2018. Tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen reported that the blast was thought to have been caused by a hand grenade, but police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson declined to confirm the reports . Read More

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Karni Sena continues to demand ban on Padmavati despite clearance by CBFC

Karni Sena continues to demand ban on Padmavati despite clearance by CBFC

Kalvi also demanded a complete ban on the 'Ghoomar' song. All efforts of Bhansali and CBFC ( Central Board of Film Certification ) shall go down the drain as we will never allow the screening of Padmawati anywhere in India or overseas. Joshi has said the special panel was only for an advisory goal. "This was an unprecedented and tough situation". The certificate as per procedure will be issued once the required modifications are carried out and final material is submitted. Read More

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Federer leads Swiss into Hopman final

Federer leads Swiss into Hopman final

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3 (3), 4-2 over Germany to give Switzerland the Hopman Cup. The third set was nearly as one-sided as the second as the world number two lost just two games in sealing victory to give his country the lead in the final. Read More

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Amid suspension of military aid to Pakistan, US, India discuss bilateral issues

Amid suspension of military aid to Pakistan, US, India discuss bilateral issues

The senior Trump administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity acknowledged that a Pakistani cut-off would greatly complicate U.S. resupply efforts in Afghanistan. "We're not you know evaluating the internal political situation", the official said. "Exceptions to the suspension will be made on a case-by-case basis to allow for certain kinds of security assistance deemed critical to United States national security interests", the spokesperson said. Read More

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Astronaut John Young Dead

Astronaut John Young Dead

Young was in NASA's second astronaut class, chosen in 1962, along with the likes of Neil Armstrong , Pete Conrad and James Lovell. At NASA, Young enjoyed a notable career. He also commissioned the first mission of the American Space Shuttle in 1981. Young's sixth flight was as Spacecraft Commander of STS-9, the first Spacelab mission, November 28-December 8, 1983, with Pilot Brewster Shaw, Mission Specialists Bob Parker and Owen Garriott, and Payload Specialists Byron Lichtenberg of the ... Read More

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Vanguard Value ETF (VTV) Rises 0.48% for Jan 5

The ETF's YTD performance is 0%, the 1 year is 0% and the 3 year is 0%. The exchange traded fund has 2.39 billion net assets and 1.05% volatility this month. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 14,961 shares of the exchange traded fund's stock worth $2,107,000 after purchasing an additional 7,456 shares in the last quarter. Read More

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New Zealand v Pakistan, first ODI

New Zealand v Pakistan, first ODI

The Champions Trophy 2017 winners are heading into the series with a winning streak of nine consecutive games, and Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad is hopeful his team will continue the momentum. He further said, "They've got some very good performers and from a batting point of view they're experienced". "We've continued the same way since with just the odd changes, so it gives us a proper chance of having a decent team at the 2019 World Cup", said Sarfraz. Read More

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Attack on cultural centre in Afghan capital kills dozens

Attack on cultural centre in Afghan capital kills dozens

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said police were conducting operations against illegal drug and alcohol sales in the area and that security personnel were attempting to maintain safety among crowds that had gathered. "I have little doubt that this attack deliberately targeted civilians", said Toby Lanzer, acting head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Read More

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Storm Grounds Flights at Bangor International Airport

Storm Grounds Flights at Bangor International Airport

The average flight is being delayed 16 minutes thanks to weather-related issues sich as de-icing planes and snowy runways. Many JetBlue passengers were stuck on the tarmac for about three hours Thursday morning. Flights are expected to resume at JFK Friday at 7:00am local time. Meanwhile, Northeast Regional Service between Washington, D.C., and the Newport News-Norfolk, Va., area was canceled for Thursday. Read More

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim protests over

Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim protests over

As they did so, the head of the country's Revolutionary Guard declared that anti-government protests were at an end. Reuters news agency is reporting fresh protests after nightfall on Wednesday in the city of Malayer in western Hamadan province, with protesters chanting: "People are begging, the supreme leader is acting like God!" He said the Guard had deployed limited numbers of troops in Isfahan, Larestan and Hamadan. Read More

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Cold iguanas fall from FL trees

Cold iguanas fall from FL trees

This low is just enough to immobilize or stiffen the limbs of these green iguanas. Members of media outlets tweeted photos of the event, including an iguana lying belly-up next to one writer's swimming pool. Well-meaning residents finding stiffened iguanas are advised to leave them alone, as they may feel threatened and bite once they warm up. The reptiles may be easier to catch this week, Sommers said. Read More

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United States requests UN emergency talks on Iran on Friday

United States requests UN emergency talks on Iran on Friday

Haley said the U.S. had negotiated a $285 million reduction of the United Nations budget for 2018-2019 compared to the budget for 2016-2017. "But if it does, we must bring even tougher measures to bear against the North Korean regime". "I repeat: The government is open to talking with North Korea, regardless of time, location and form", Cho said. Should the talks be held on January 9, it would be the first such dialogue since a vice-ministerial meeting in December 2015. Read More

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