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State media showed scores of mangled cars and shops damaged by the blast in a bustling commercial part of the town which lies in President Bashar al Assad's minority Alawite sect's heartland. Around 38 miles to the south is the port city of Tartous where the Russian military bases are located. Hardline Sunni militants consider Alawites heretics.
  • Uttar Pradesh Election 2017: Defiant Akhilesh releases own list of 235 candidates

    Uttar Pradesh Election 2017: Defiant Akhilesh releases own list of 235 candidates

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    Alleging a conspiracy against those supporting the chief minister, Ram Gopal Yadav, SP national general secretary, said that many forces within and outside the party do not want Akhilesh Yadav to become the chief minister again. "He seems to have succeeded in his plan because people have started saying that although the SP was hand in glove with criminals, Akhilesh has a clean image", the source, who asked not to be named, told this newspaper.
  • Mosul battle: Iraqi forces launch 'second phase' of attack

    Mosul battle: Iraqi forces launch 'second phase' of attack

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    His comments follow a continued effort by US forces to rid ISIS from the northern city of Mosul, where the terror group has held power since 2014. The IS Jihadist have prepared for two years to protect Mosul, they made every house a stronghold to hold off any advancing forces.
  • Donald Trump to dissolve his charity foundation to avoid conflict of interest

    Donald Trump to dissolve his charity foundation to avoid conflict of interest

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    The investigation began after a $25,000 donation was made to a campaign fundraising group representing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Trump announced this weekend that the move to close the Donald J. Trump Foundation in order to provide transparency when he enters the White House. Trump used foundation money to buy giant portraits of himself . In a pair of tweets Monday night, Donald Trump laid out some bold and highly dishonest claims about his foundation, claiming "100% of ...
  • Several false shooting reports as mall melees erupt nationwide

    Several false shooting reports as mall melees erupt nationwide

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    While the spike in incidents seemed troubling, the disturbances only affected a few of the millions of shoppers nationwide, the vast majority of whom carried out peaceful shopping activities. The incident in NY came exactly a year to the date after a fight in the food court on December 26, 2015, ignited rumors of a shooting. According to the mall's website, police made the recommendation because there was a large group of teenagers loitering at the mall.
  • U.S. tourist slams Delhi police over rape inquiry

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    Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal, the DCW chairperson showed dissatisfaction over the police procedure and has issued notice to the Delhi Police demanding why the Rape Crisis Cell of the Commission was not informed when police recorded the statement of the United States national who was allegedly gang-raped in a five-star hotel earlier this year.
  • Chile quake triggers tsunami warning

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    A 7.6 magnitude natural disaster was recorded off the southern coast of Chile, according to the United States Geological Survey. A tsunami warning was issued but later reduced by the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. In the quake's immediate aftermath, more than 1.5 million people were without power in and around Santiago. An official with Chile's National Fish and Aquaculture Service said several companies had evacuated employees and were evaluating their facilities for possible damage.
  • Erdogan: 'Confirmed Evidence' US-Led Coalition Supported Islamic State

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    Lavrov also told Kerry that a United States decision to ease some restrictions on arming Syrian rebels could lead to more casualties, it said. Erdogan told reporters at a press conference in Ankara that he allegedly had proof that the us provided assistance to ISIS and Kurdish militant groups.
  • China to conduct drill in Western Pacific, aircraft carrier to partake

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    This time around, the Liaoning's fleet sailed through the open Pacific, then past the eastern coast of Taiwan. President-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory December 2 phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, marking the first time an American president or president-elect has publicly spoken to Taiwan's leader since Washington broke of its formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan in 1979.
  • Actress Carrie Fisher suffers 'cardiac episode' on flight

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    Fisher's rep didn't immediately return a request for comment. Akana thanked the United flight crew "who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped". Star Trek actor William Shatner: I ask everyone to stop for a moment and send special thoughts to @carrieffisher . According to TMZ , the Star Wars actress went into cardiac arrest 15 minutes before her flight touched down in Los Angeles.
  • Modi got Rs 40 crore bribe as Gujarat CM: Rahul

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    PM Modi sarcastically said that Rahul Gandhi who was a young politician is finally learning the art of speaking. He said Rahul Gandhi is addressing people in several states, including Gujarat, on demonetisation and related issues. Mr Gandhi asked who are the people in the list of Swiss Bank, supplied to the Indian Government and whom Mr Modi want to protect should be made public.
  • Al-Falih: Crude Prices Will Increase

    Al-Falih: Crude Prices Will Increase "Tangibly " in 2017

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    Brent crude was down 34 cents at $54.71 a barrel as of 1057 GMT, after rising 1.1 percent on Thursday. The U.S. benchmark price, West Texas Intermediate, was up 0.6 percent to start the day at $52.81 per barrel. Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it hoped to add 270,000 barrels per day (bpd) to national production after it confirmed on Tuesday that pipelines leading from the Sharara and El Feel fields had reopened.
  • Orca found on Sunshine Coast died of blunt force trauma, DFO says

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    As a member of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population, J34 spent much of the year in the Salish Sea. The carcass of an 18-year-old male, designated J34, was seen floating December 20, near the town of Sechelt north of Vancouver, B.C., according to the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor.
  • Obama gets rid of visitor registry before Trump takes over

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    Following intense pressure from civil and human rights organizations and NY state's attorney general, the Obama administration Thursday moved to dismantle a dormant national registry program that was once used to track mostly Muslim and Arab men.
  • Merkel: We have to assume this was a terror attack

    Merkel: We have to assume this was a terror attack

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    Police admitted that Tunisian migrant Anis Amri has been under surveillance for several months and had been able to stay in Germany due to red tape. They followed him until September, when it was decided there was no evidence to back up the original suspicions.
  • Trump Wants More Nuclear Weapons, But We Already Have Thousands

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    President-elect Donald Trump wants the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear capability. Putin said Moscow must " strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces , especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems".
  • How Russia Used a Poisoned App to Spy on Ukraine's Military

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    The evidence points how different arms of the Russian government are carrying out such types of cyber acts in the United States, the report said. Emails stolen from Democratic Party servers eventually turned up on WikiLeaks and are a central part of what American intelligence officials describe as an effort by Russian Federation to influence the USA election in President-elect Donald Trump's favor.
  • Winter storm could mar Christmas travel

    Winter storm could mar Christmas travel

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    London is expected to be hit with torrential rain and strong winds as Storm Barbara makes its way over to the United Kingdom during the festive period. However, the storm, which could bring winds of up to 120 k/ph, is not forecast to linger into Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Portland, it seems, will not be seeing actual snowflakes on Christmas, though there could be some flurries, especially higher than 500 feet, in the metro area on Christmas Eve.
  • Underwater Drone Returned By China To US

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    A Chinese naval vessel discovered an "unknown device" in the waters where it was sailing and "conducted investigation and verification" to "prevent it from endangering the safety of passing ships and personnel". "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the USA doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?" he wrote.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Has a New Virtual Butler: Morgan Freeman

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    So here's what Zuckerberg said he accomplished this past year. Zuckerberg said that humans are still at a distance when it comes to understanding how learning works. No word on whether his voice will come with Facebook's publicly available AI when it's realised. To build his Jarvis AI from scratch, he used Python, PHP, and Objective-C programming language.