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N. Korea Re-designated by United States for Violating Religious Freedom

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Over the summer, the United States said it was withholding $255m in military assistance to Pakistan until the country increased efforts to crack down on internal "terrorist" groups. A bipartisan group of six senators, including Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), asked Tillerson in October to make Pakistan a CPC, citing systematic religious oppression. Read More »

Expect specific action on Pak. this week, says US

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The reaction followed Trump's message on Twitter, where he wrote that the United States had allocated millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan , while the latter had not contributed to countering terrorism and provided safe harbor to terrorists from Afghanistan . Read More »

North Korea is 'in the early stages of another missile test'

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The report also noted that due to the Tokchon facility's close proximity to what appear to be residential and commercial buildings, a slight difference in the missile's trajectory could have led to a disaster. Reports suggest that the Hwasong-12 missile that was launched but malfunctioned, is the third failed test in a single month (April 2017). The global community is still unaware exactly what caused a massive explosion that devastated the city of Ryongchong in 2004, soon after ... Read More »

How an worldwide flight took off in 2018 and landed in 2017

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Because Auckland is 23 hours ahead of Honolulu, the plane "time traveled" as it crossed the International Date Line. A flight by Hawaiian Airlines did some serious time travelling this week. So time travel is possible, apparently . But it is not as uncommon as some might believe with planes crossing the International Date Line every day. Read More »

Powerball ticket sold in central Iowa wins $1 million prize

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More than $380 million is up for grabs. Powerball is played in all the same places, plus Puerto Rico. Five Iowa Lottery players have now claimed prizes of at least $1 million in calendar year 2017, all of them in the Powerball game. According to Mega Millions , it would be the eighth-largest jackpot won in the game's history if the winning numbers are drawn. The estimated cash value of the $440 million Powerball jackpot will be $278.3 million. Read More »

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots swell to almost $800M

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The Saturday jackpot was initially estimated at $384 million ($242.9 million cash value), the fourth time in 2017 that the prize value hit the $300 million mark. No ticket won all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. According to a Sunday news release from the Iowa Lottery, someone bought a Powerball ticket in Iowa worth $1 million. Read More »

WTI Crude Oil Price Hits 60 bbl, Highest Since Mid

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Brent crude futures , the global benchmark, were also down at around $66.67 USA a barrel after hitting a May 2015 high of $67.29 United States earlier in the day. Some analysts think Friday's crude gains will evaporate sooner than later: "The current highs are unsustainable in the short-to-medium term, with prices likely to head back below $60 once we get past January", stated JBC Energy GmbH. Read More »

23 injured in NY city fire

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Dozens of fire trucks were at the scene as thick smoke poured out of the building and flames were through the roof. "They've all been transported, and they will all be ok, thankfully", he said. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest. Read More »

IMA strike: Hospital Services affect in Odisha

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Nadda. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has directed the panel to file its report before the Budget session. According to IMA Goa President Ajay Pednekar the routine OPD services of clinics and hospital across Goa will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on January 2. Read More »

Wind Chill Advisory In Effect New Year's Eve Into New Year's Day

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Temperatures are finally expected to warm up by early next week. Impressive December cold outbreak: It's not hard to quantify how anomalously long and potent the almost nationwide cold spell has been over the past week. There's the potential for absolutely nothing to some snow showers, or even a period of light snow east. "For the revelers going out there for the New Year's festivities.we don't think we're going to hit records, but it's downright colder than usual". Read More »

Daughter of police victim dies from brain damage

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When Erica Garner gave birth to a son in August, she named him after her father. Erica Garner , an activist and the daughter of Eric Garner , who was killed from a police choke hold in 2014, has died. Showing up to rallies with allies and giving interviews for major outlets, she used her voice and platform to demand more transparent and accountable policing, speaking out against a lack of it in her father's case. Read More »

JeM claims responsibility for fidayeen attack on CRPF camp

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Meanwhile director general of police (DGP) SP Vaid at a press conference here said, the trend of local boys joining militancy has gone down. Heavily-armed militants stealthily entered the camp in Lathpora area about two hours after midnight, hurling grenades and resorting to indiscriminate gunfire. Read More »

'Make America Gay Again' sign greets Pence in Colorado

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According to CNN , the neighbors hung a rainbow flag with the words " Make America Gay Again " on a stone pillar that borders the end of the driveway to the two homes. Pence eventually approved changes to the law that protected that community. He has also been accused of being a proponent of " conversion therapy ", a practice which purports to change individuals' sexual orientation via spiritual intervention. Read More »

It's Now Official: George Weah Is Liberia's President-Elect

Weah responded: "I am honoured to join a new generation of heads of state". The former FIFA World Player of the Year played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others. Senator George Manneh Weah, President-elect of the Republic of Liberia has praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the worldwide community for his ascendancy as president of Africa's oldest republic, Liberia, and also bragged of his government's commitment to continue the works of his precursor. Read More »

Soldier home for Christmas died rescuing neighbors from Bronx fire

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About 20 people were already on fire escapes, Nigro said. City officials have declared the incident as the deadliest fire in New York City in over 25 years. He ran out in his bathrobe, jacket and sandals. Some families in the apartment building are part of the parish so he rushed to the location "as soon as I could get there", he said. Read More »

Prank led to police shooting unarmed Kansas man

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said investigators were tracking online leads, and a law enforcement official who earlier confirmed Barriss's arrest said the shooting stemmed from a dispute over Call of Duty . "It should be a crime of what he did", Finch's mother, Lisa Finch, said. The gamer who has been accused of orchestrating the swatting wrote on Twitter in a now-deleted message, "I didn't get anyone killed because I didn't discharge a weapon and being a swat member ... Read More »

Congress MLA slaps on-duty police, gets slapped in return

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She said, "The constable was abusing and pushing me, trying to stop me from entering the party office even after I showed her pass to identify myself". No one has a right to raise hand against someone, at least not the Congress culture. In her complaint, the MLA also stated that she could not file the complaint on Friday itself as she had to attend an important meeting. Read More »

40 killed in ISIL-claimed attack in Kabul

Of the people killed, four were women and two children, said Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health. Local media reported an explosion early on Thursday. He called on the Afghan government and people and also the regional countries to raise awareness and maintain unity to counter terrorists. The Islamic State, a militant Sunni extremist group, regards Shiites as heretical, and some analysts have said it is attempting to drive a wedge between Afghan's dominant Sunni ... Read More »

Dangerously cold wind chills

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A steady stream of icy air will continue to pour into West Michigan with wind chills below zero both Saturday and Sunday nights. Cover all potentially exposed skin, including wearing a hat and gloves. The first day of 2018 will feature the biggest moon of the year. That part of the state will see Sunday's high cut almost in half as cold air continues to spread. Read More »

Atiku, Secondus react to victory — George Weah

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Vice-President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating Weah. George Weah's road to the Liberian presidency has been a long and glittering one. Younger voters overwhelmingly favour Weah, who is idolised in his country as "Mister George". He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term. Read More »

Penn State Fiesta Bowl rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 35, Washington 28

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Barkley, in what was likely his final collegiate game, ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns - the big play a 92-yard romp down the PSU sideline for a score. He finished the game 32-41 passing for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. With three-fourths of the conference headed to bowl games, there was potential for the Pac-12 to have an impressive showing and prove that despite not having a team qualify for the College Football Playoff, it is still one of the better Power-5 ... Read More »