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Oxfam faces fresh probe over Haiti prostitutes scandal

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Late on Friday, the Department for International Development (DFID) also said it was reviewing its relationship with the UK-based charity, to which it gave almost £32 million (36 million euros/$44 million) previous year. Oxfam was further embroiled in scandal as reports claimed staff also used prostitutes in Chad during a humanitarian mission there in 2006 . The British Red Cross admitted there had been a "small number of cases of harrasment reported in the UK", believed to be as many as ... Read More »

US Won't Engage In Syrian Civil War - Mattis

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SOHR said the fighters that attacked the SDF headquarters consisted of Afghan Shiite forces and local tribesmen in support of President Bashar Assad. It was in this complex military and political environment that the pro-Assad fighters shelled a Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters about five miles east of the Euphrates in Khusham, Syria, late Wednesday. Read More »

Hong Kong bus crash kills 18 and injures scores

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In 2008, 18 people were killed in another bus crash. The bus was carrying a lot of passengers when it overturned on a highway in the suburbs. The city's worst road traffic accident was in 2003, when a double decker bus collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge, killing 21 people. Read More »

US Senate approves budget deal

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The bill passed in a 240-186 vote in the House early morning despite opposition from most Democrats, who had sought a firmer commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan that he will bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote that would protect immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. Read More »

Rounds of snow this weekend — Metro Detroit Weather

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Sunday stays mild but will be wetter with periods of rain, some of it heavy. More snow is expected before then with additional accumulation making for a wintery weekend. Louis area was under a winter storm advisory. Texas shouldn't see any snow, but light glazes of ice are possible throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area with sleet and freezing rain continuing into Sunday morning, meteorologist Steve Fano said. Read More »

German parties near coalition deal

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The SPD, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union reached the coalition deal on Wednesday, which will possibly end the new government vacuum since the September 24 federal election, the longest period ever since 1949. Read More »

Israeli fighter jet shot down by Syrian fire

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The army has downed an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israel's northern territory; Israeli warplanes in response pounded the target in Syria, the army's spokesman said on Saturday. Air raid sirens had been activated in the Golan Heights and Beit She'an due to the Syrians activating their anti-aircraft artillery. "The Israeli enemy entity at dawn today conducted a new aggression against one of the military bases in the central region". Read More »

Home Intel Republicans Plan to Partition Aides From Dems

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Devin Nunes has demonstrated little interest good faith leadership of the House Intelligence Committee over the past year. "I do think it's important to release the Democrat memo", observes attorney Abe Hamilton, a former assistant district attorney who now serves as counsel at the American Family Association . Read More »

Windsor's unemployment rate sees significant drop

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The job market is coming off its strongest pace of growth since 2002 after creating more than 400,000 jobs in 2017. Job losses were heaviest in the services sector, which shed 71,900 positions in industries including educational services, finance, insurance and real estate. Read More »

Policeman killed, two wounded in Georgia shooting

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Locust Grove is about 40 miles southeast of Atlanta. McBrayer wouldn't say who fired first or give other details about how it happened. After deputies talked to the man for about 10 minutes, they realized they were going to be making an arrest and "would have issues placing him in custody", McBrayer said. Read More »

Terror Attack At Army Camp In Jammu: Updates

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The terrorists are said to be still inside the military camp but their number is yet to be ascertained. Drones and helicopters are being used by the security forces to track the terrorists. "It's not clear how many terrorists entered the camp and how did they manage to do that", a senior police officer said. "Around 4.55am, suspicious movement was noticed by the santri". Read More »

Rahul Gandhi slams Arun Jaitley, says UPA was transparent on prices

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Jaitley was replying to vociferous Congress MPs demanding the details of the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on the Budget . Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. Referring to the Congress leader's tweet, Jaitley said, "For those ten years, 2004-2014, you had a awful doctor". "Is it correct that according to global bids opened on December 12, 2012, the price per aircraft comes to $80.95 million (Rs 526.1 crore) as against ... Read More »

Canada-Philippines helicopter deal sparks human rights concerns

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Duterte said today he respected Canada's stand but added it was unavoidable that the Philippine air force would used the choppers "against the rebels and terrorists". Canada announced an official review of the deal, to make sure the helicopters would not be used for counterinsurgency operations. In November, Mr Trudeau raised the issue of human rights - and the ire of Mr Duterte - while in the Philippines for the Asean summit. Read More »

USA urges Bangladesh to ensure fair trial for Khaleda Zia

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Terming Khaleda Zia's conviction in a corruption case as natural consequences of her past deeds, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today accused her arch-rival of looting public property and burning to death over 500 people in a "demonstration of extreme brutality". Read More »

Putin, Erdogan discuss Afrin, Syria over phone call

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President Rouhani said in a Thursday phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that using national currencies in economic transactions could accelerate Tehran-Ankara relations. Bilgic said Turkey has informed worldwide organizations, including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United Nations, as well as its neighbors about the operation. Read More »

Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong swoops on Los Angeles Times

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He would become the first local owner of the Times in 18 years, but would be buying the paper in a time of turmoil. Times staff was largely critical of Michael Ferro, who controls Tronc , and the Times' executive leadership. Despite the changes in journalism, Kaplan notes that the Times is still the largest regional newspaper, with over 400,000 subscribers and that with smart management, "there's no reason they can't still be successful". Read More »

Trump orders Pentagon to draw up plans for military parade in Washington

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The move has attracted criticism from some in the U.S., with retired Maj. It has always been conventional wisdom that the USA does not need to boast of its military strength because it already is recognized as the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and a model of military professionalism that countries across the global seek to emulate. Read More »

Flu Season 2018: How to Identify Flu from Colds

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But only some pharmacies have run out of flu shots, and the shots are still available at regional health departments and private providers, Department of Public Health officials said Monday. So far, 35,200 influenza diagnostic tests have been reported with 6,466 being positive since October 1. "This may be because the most common influenza virus reported there this year is influenza A; it tends to lead to higher case counts and larger outbreaks". Read More »

Manchester United can win title next season, believes Ryan Giggs

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United fans have responded to Jose Mourinho's criticism about the subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford . They've got pace, guile, goals , experience and make up a really top forward line. Rashford can play on the left or on the right. The competitive nature of the Premier League , this season aside, has seen the past seven title winners fail to retain their crown the following season - with Chelsea looking likely to become number eight. Read More »

Top recruit, Quay Walker, tosses Tennessee hat for Georgia

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Missing out on Walker also has to sting for Tennessee, given that it had already lost the No.1 player in the state, 5-star offensive lineman Cade Mays, to the Bulldogs in the early signing period. The 4-star linebacker commit put the Bulldogs back on top for good. Georgia was also able to flip five-star linebacker Quay Walker from Alabama and four-star linebacker Otis Reese from MI. Read More »

Trump sees 'BOMBSHELLS' in FBI texts about Clinton email probe

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It was on October 28, 2016 that Comey informed Congress that, "Due to recent developments", the FBI was re-opening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct government business. Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, is expected to release the new texts in a report Wednesday, Fox News said. In recent months, the Department of Justice handed two batches of text messages over to Congress that Strzok and Page exchanged during the 2016 presidential campaign ... Read More »

Pakistani court sentences 1 to death for lynching student

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A Pakistani court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death and convicted 30 others over the lynching of a 23-year-old university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, officials said. He was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus on April 13 past year after a dormitory debate about religion. Blasphemy became a controversial issue in Pakistan after laws were amended in the 1980s making it an offence punishable by the death penalty, although nobody has been executed so far. Read More »

Britain rules out being in customs union with the EU after Brexit

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Mrs May has repeatedly said that Britain will leave the customs union, but a number of ministers in her government had suggested Britain could remain in some sort of bespoke customs arrangement with the EU after Brexit. Rudd herself said Britain is likely to end up with "something within the customs framework", but she would not be "drawn into this whole "a" or the "the" customs union". Read More »

At least 2 dead, 198 injured in 6.4-magnitude earthquake off Taiwan

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Lai said the government was urgently repairing a major highway damaged by the quake. Emergency services are working to free anyone trapped inside the building, media reports said. Most are minor and cause little or no damage. Lewis said she lives on the 12th floor of an apartment complex. "I wouldn't be surprised for there to be a number of aftershocks in the next couple of days". Read More »

Here's when the snow, ice and rain will arrive

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The forecast says that snow will begin early in the morning, with a wintry mix predicted to hit the area Wednesday afternoon. Rain will increase in coverage with this afternoon. "There is still some uncertainty how fast and how much sleet/freezing rain could occur". That transition will happen first along the shoreline (least snow), and last in northwest CT (more snow). Read More »

Lok Sabha adjourns briefly amid protests by TDP members

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It is evidently clear that the Telugu Desam Party happens to be the BJP's biggest ally in the South. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Naidu and TDP MPs at Vijayawada on Sunday to deliberate their next course of action. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has told NDTV that he does not believe that the Sena will act on its threat. Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal also complimented the FM for a farmer-friendly Budget, but his party is weighing its options ... Read More »

Kok lone Blitzbok in Hamilton Sevens Dream Team

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Hamilton has made a hugely positive impression in its debut on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit. Wales' first victory of the weekend came against Spain, which included a second try of the tournament for newcomer Harri Millard for a final score of 29-21. Read More »

Syria's Idlib province pounded by Russian airstrikes, activists say

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The pilot of the Sukhoi was killed after being ejected from the aircraft by rebel fighters, including members of the Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham group, commonly known as Tahrir al-Sham. Turkey, which supported rebel fighters trying to overthrow Assad, has worked with Assad's main worldwide backers Russian Federation and Iran in recent months to try to stem some of the bloodshed in Syria's almost seven-year-old civil war. Read More »

CCTV footage of terrorists escaping after attack at Srinagar hospital

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This firing led to the prisoner getting escaped. The slain policemen has been identified as constable Mushtaq Ahmad and Babar Ahmad who died at the hospital after receiving grevious wounds. The incident spread panic in Kashmir Valley's premiere government hospital in Kaka Sarai area. "At this moment it is hard to say anything, but the way the attack was planned indicates that militants had the full information about the strength of the police party who brought Naveed to the court", he added. Read More »

LA School Shooting That Injured 5 'Unintentional,' Police Think

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Police interviewed her and by evening they announced that they would book her on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds. His condition was later upgraded to serious, but stable. Counselors will be on hand when classes go back in session Friday at Sal Castro Middle School , just a day after two students were shot in what police say was an accidental shooting. Read More »

IL police announce Super Bowl weekend DUI enforcement

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According to David Everly, regional coordinator of North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program, there were 10,497 fatalities in vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers in 2016. Safety advocates are encouraging party hosts (and anyone else concerned about safety) to step in if someone impaired is trying to drive. Pomona police remind drivers that alcohol isn't the only way to get a DUI: driving while drugged also counts as impaired driving. Read More »

China accuses U.S. of 'cold war mentality' over nuke policy

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Kimball wrote on the group's website. "They are compliant with all treaties and agreements, and together, they will: provide a diverse set of characteristics enhancing our ability to tailor deterrence and assurance; expand the range of credible USA options for responding to nuclear or non-nuclear strategic attack; and, enhance deterrence by signalling to potential adversaries that their limited nuclear escalation offers no exploitable advantage". Read More »

U.S. concerned over possibility of sarin gas used in Syria

Syria also says that reports by Western-backed media outlets about Damascus using chemical weapons "is a new version of USA and Western desperate intentions to create" an excuses to attack Syria. He was of the opinion that if global community does not act quickly to tighten the screws on Mr Assad, Syria's chemical weapons could spread beyond its borders and possibly even "to U.S. Read More »