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Australia and New Zealand both said they had assessed the threat and there was no danger to their coastlines. The USGS initially reported the magnitude of the quake at 8.0. There are no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or damage. Preliminary reports said the quake, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. local time Sunday (11:30 p.m.
  • Iraqi troops discover failed fighter jet attempt by ISIS

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    Iraqi forces say they have recaptured the site revered as the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah. Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a top commander in the CTS, told AFP that his forces were helping the Iraqi army battle remaining jihadists in two areas in the north of the city that include the presidential palaces and a hotel.
  • Trump proposes end to nuclear sanctions over Russian Federation

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    Reports state that the agencies also have a candid video shot of Trump at a Moscow watching a "golden shower", while he was there in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant filming. "Where our interests have overlapped I did what I could to encourage Russian Federation to be a constructive member of the worldwide community", he said.
  • China's President Xi Jinping Defends Globalisation, Warns Against Trade War

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    It is true that economic globalisation has created new problems. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned countries on Tuesday against returning to protectionist trade policies, saying there would be no winners in a trade war. He sprinkled his 45-minute talk with literary references and Chinese mottos, borrowing from Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities, the Arabian Nights folk tales and Greek mythology.
  • Madame Tussauds Unveils Updated Trump Wax Figure

    Madame Tussauds Unveils Updated Trump Wax Figure

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    The whole process, which included using as many as four color samples and inserting each strand of hair individually, lasted four weeks. The wax Trump is dressed in a dark blue suit, a red tie and a Made in America flag lapel pin. In Washington D.C. the figure will be featured in a recreation of the White House Rose Garden. If you didn't realize, the photo on the left is the wax figure, and on the right, the real life Donald Trump! This is, says Tussauds, the only place in the world ...
  • United Kingdom tourists set to be flown out of The Gambia

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    Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994 and his government gained a reputation for torturing and killing of perceived opponents. The longtime leader is refusing to step down despite worldwide pressure and the threat by other West African nations of a military intervention.
  • Zeenat murder case: Mother of victim sentenced to death

    Zeenat murder case: Mother of victim sentenced to death

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    Abdur Rauf said judge Chaudhry Ilyas in eastern Lahore on Monday convicted Parveen Bibi of burning to death Zeenat Rafiq a week after her marriage to Hassan Khan last June. Pakistan's National Assembly in October a year ago passed a much-anticipated new law that mandates a stiff penalty for those convicted of so-called honor killings and closes a legal loophole that has permitted the families of those who commit honor killings to forgive the perpetrator.
  • Frydenberg criticises Japan after whale slaughtered in Australian waters

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    The " Nisshin Maru " set sail with a Japanese fleet in November, 2016, on an apparent mission to hunt down the protected mammals, against global orders from a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling. Mr Hansen demanded the government send a vessel to the Southern Ocean to monitor Japan's whaling fleet, noting a recent poll that indicated support for such a measure.
  • European Union will stand by nuclear deal, Mogherini says

    European Union will stand by nuclear deal, Mogherini says

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    Iran, Obama said, is "upholding its commitments, demonstrating the success of diplomacy". Iran, it said, had "reduced its uranium stockpile by 98 percent and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges". As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to verify the deal through intensive access and monitoring provisions, there is no doubt that the deal is working and all participants are keeping their commitments.
  • Serbia to defend 'every inch' against Kosovo after train incident

    Serbia to defend 'every inch' against Kosovo after train incident

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    Nikolic warned that Serbia will defend "every inch of its territory", including its former province of Kosovo where ethnic Serbs allegedly are under threat from Kosovar Albanians. Reports say the train later returned to Belgrade. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said Saturday on his Facebook page that Kosovo respects the freedom of movement of people and goods but a train covered in nationalist banners that violate Kosovo's constitution and laws "is completely unacceptable".
  • Politicians Fire Back At Trump In Defense Of Rep. John Lewis

    Politicians Fire Back At Trump In Defense Of Rep. John Lewis

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    Lewis is known as a civil rights leader. Earlier Friday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., also announced his plans to skip the inauguration during a speech on the House floor. "Absolutely", he said, before adding, "We've got to move on". "I'm not second-guessing, I'm not whining". Trump's tweets have provoked sharp responses from numerous Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi of California.
  • Dhoni says split captaincy doesn't work

    Dhoni says split captaincy doesn't work

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    Dhoni told the media that he was always of the opinion that split captaincy does not work for the Indian team setting and that is the reason why he finally made a decision to give up the captaincy. In an interview to Maharashtra Times , Yograj once again blamed Dhoni and said "Yuvraj is in the team because Dhoni is no longer the captain. Limited over captaincy is not a big challenge and this was the time I finally decided, it was the time to move on and give Virat the full captainship", ...
  • Japan's Abe visits Duterte in his Davao City house

    Japan's Abe visits Duterte in his Davao City house

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    Japan is the Philippines's largest provider of aid, a major source of remittances and was the second-biggest source of foreign investment in 2015 (after the Netherlands). He left Davao on Friday for Australia, and will also travel to Indonesia and Vietnam before returning home on Tuesday. Accompanied by his wife and a business delegation, Abe is the first head of state to visit since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June.
  • Michelle Obama Surprises Supporters on 'Tonight Show'

    Michelle Obama Surprises Supporters on 'Tonight Show'

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    Incoming President Donald Trump will be inaugurated on 20 January. She explained that it was talking about the fears of children in America which made her become tearful at the end of the speech. One young African-American woman thanked the first lady for instilling confidence. She was then serenaded by her favorite singer Stevie Wonder, who altered the lyrics of " My Cherie Amour ", singing "My Michelle amour, you're the only one that we adore ..." While we got high on sentiments at ...
  • Saudi oil output at lowest level in 2 years

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    Meanwhile, Iraq is aiming to increase its oil exports from Basra to their record high in February, and North America is expanding its oil production. He said Iraq was committed to the success of the production-cut agreement "even though it should have been exempted".
  • "Record Christmas" boosts Sainsbury's sales

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    Combined sales across both the supermarket and Argos were 1 per cent higher excluding fuel. But chief executive Mike Coupe said the "market remains very competitive and the impact of the devaluation of sterling remains uncertain". Its online arm reported a nine per cent lift in revenue and its convenience stores posted a six per cent rise. He added that the weak pound "is likely to put pressure on margins, and profits".
  • Iraqi special forces advance further in eastern Mosul: spokesman

    Iraqi special forces advance further in eastern Mosul: spokesman

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    The advances however did slow down in November and December as the IS put up fierce resistance and used the civilian population as cover, therefore making it hard for Iraqi forces to target them. In recent days, many civilians returned to their homes in areas that were recaptured by the Iraqi forces from IS (Daesh). The CTS and army units want to capture all the eastern bank of the Tigris so they can launch operations to retake western Mosul .
  • Teenager Formally Charged with Murder of Seven Year Old Girl

    Teenager Formally Charged with Murder of Seven Year Old Girl

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    Katie pictured as a bridesmaid two weeks before her death "No, no". The suspect, whose name was not released due to her age, was hauled into York Magistrates Court in North Yorkshire on charges that she murdered Katie Rough during the attack, the Daily Mail reported .
  • United States sanctions five Russian officials for human rights abuses

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    USA citizens are forbidden from carrying out any financial transactions with them. The sanctions imposed Monday include a ban on travel to the United States and a freezing of any assets held by U.S. The Treasury Department on January 9 announced the financial sanctions and visa bans under a law punishing Russians that Washington deems complicit in the death of whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and other abuses.
  • Southern rail strike: Aslef three day drivers' strike starts today

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    This is while workers with the Southern train operator would also begin their three-day walkout on Tuesday, two days after the failure of Sunday's last-minute talks to reach a solution. More all out strikes are planned on the Southern network at the end of January and they follow months of delays and walk outs. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling did appeal to the rail unions - Aslef and the RMT - to cancel the walkout but his appeal was ignored.
  • Boris Johnson Meets Donald Trump Aides in NY

    Boris Johnson Meets Donald Trump Aides in NY

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    It has been reported that Johnson met Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the incoming White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Johnson is expected to travel to Washington DC today for talks with key congressional leaders. Last month, she took the unusual step of issuing a statement distancing Britain from a speech made by outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry about Israel in a move seen as a bid to please the Trump team.
  • Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dead: agencies

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    Mr Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics, and supported President Hassan Rouhani. He was badly beaten in the 2005 presidential election by hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a conservative backlash. His passing comes at a critical time in Iranian politics as the country prepares for an important presidential election in May.