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Saudis intercept missile over Riyadh, shoot down drones in south

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Yemen's rebel Houthi movement launched earlier on Wednesday drone strikes on a Saudi Aramco facility and on an airport in Saudi Arabia, Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV channel reported on Wednesday. The Houthis and their allies have used the drones to disable Patriot missile defence systems deployed by Saudi-led forces in Yemen, said auto. The attack on Wednesday marked the fourth time in five months that missiles have flown over Riyadh, as the Houthis step up efforts to demonstrate they can ... Read More »

Man accused of telling woman he has 'full-blown AIDS' before raping her

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A Burlington man faces five charges, including forcible confinement and extortion, after a woman reported being sexually assaulted at a south-end hotel by a man she'd met online. The victim told Roberts to go away, but he refused, police believe, and sexually assaulted them. "As a result, it is possible that the other passengers did not notice exactly what happened", the police said. Read More »

EC Launches Blockchain Partnership Initiative at EU DD18

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Further, the EC announced that it will form a European Blockchain Partnership to "promote interoperable infrastructures", though no further details are available at this time. Blockchain, it is suggested, makes it possible to share on-line information, agree on and record transactions in a verifiable, secure and permanent way . Read More »

Who Is Masazo Nonaka? Japanese Man Confirmed As World's Oldest Male

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Nonaka was awarded the Guinness World Records' official title of being the oldest man alive after 113-year-old Francisco Nunez Olivera from Spain died in February. That honor goes to Jiroemon Kimura , also from Japan, who was born on April 19, 1897, and died on June 12, 2013, at the age of 116 years and 54 days. Read More »

J&K: One soldier killed, two injured in Kulgam gunfight

While official statements from the police and the army are still awaited, the reports quoted sources as saying that one soldier - identified as Sada Gunakara Rao - succumbed to injuries. The doctor at a local hospital in Qaimoh said that Sharjeel Sheikh succumbed after he suffered a bullet injury in his abdomen. As the encounter was going on stone-pelting youth took to the streets and clashed with security forces to disrupt the anti-insurgency operation. Read More »

No survivors in small plane crash at TPC Scottsdale

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Algerian state radio says more than 100 people have been killed in a military plane crash southwest of the capital. National Transportation Safety Board investigators were at the site in Scottsdale Tuesday examining the burned wreckage. Kenitzer said the plane caught fire after takeoff from Scottsdale Airport, but it's still unclear what caused the fire. Nobody on the ground was hurt. Read More »

U.S. approves $300mn guided missile deal with Qatar

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But the U.S. president has since softened his language against Doha and praised its counter-terrorism efforts. "It's getting stopped and fast - very important". "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" he said last June. When the dispute began 10 months ago, Trump sided with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and neighbors who accused Qatar of spreading extremism, fomenting regional unrest and allowing funds to flow to terror groups. Read More »

Arizona, New Mexico, Texas sending 1600 Guard members to border

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez told The Hill her state would help, but did not announce what date troops would be deployed. McMaster was one of Trump's earliest supporters in the 2016 Republican presidential primary but said there was nothing political about the deployment. Read More »

Syrian Airbase in Homs Province Hit by Missile Attack

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The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated. "However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable", the Pentagon's statement reads. Read More »

Kimi Raikkonnen hits mechanic, breaking his leg during Bahrain F1 race

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Vettel whooped with joy as he crossed the finish line, although his team's celebrations were more low-key than usual following the mechanic's hospitalization. There were also celebrations at Sauber , with Sweden's Marcus Ericsson finishing ninth for his first points since 2015 and the Swiss team's first of the season. Read More »

One more BJP MP joins chorus over Dalit issue

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The second half of Parliament's Budget Session, which came to a close on Friday, was not an ordinary session. The prime minister then told his party's MPs to reach out to villages with substantial Dalit and tribal population through implementation of his government's seven key welfare schemes. Read More »

Mexican Senate slams Trump's bid to militarize border

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Cillizza: Trump seems to be taking some credit - along with the Mexican government - for the dispersion of the caravan? The president suggested that women were being raped in a high profile "caravan" of more than 1,000 migrants that has been making its way through Mexico to the U.S. Read More »

Germany praises bail decision for ex-Catalan leader

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A smiling Puigdemont emerged into the sunshine from the prison in Neumuenster, where he has been held for almost two weeks, thanking staff "for their professionality and for their respect" and the inmates for "their solidarity and help for me to adapt quickly to the situation". Read More »

Body found in ocean near site of Hart family crash

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On Tuesday, Alexandra Argyropoulos, a former friend of the family, told The Associated Press she alerted OR welfare officials about Jennifer and Sarah Hart because she felt they were withholding meals from their six adopted children. Last week investigators said the crash may have been "an intentional act", noting that information from the car's software and a lack of brake or skid marks suggests that the van stopped at a dirt lookout and then appears to have been driven directly off the ... Read More »

Orban nearly certain of fourth term as Hungary votes

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Orban is seeking his fourth term. Polls agree on the triumph of Mr Orban's right-wing nationalist Fidesz party and its allied Christian Democrats, but a splintered opposition and Hungary's complex electoral system make the margin of victory hard to predict. Read More »

Israeli defense minister claims there are 'no innocent people' in Gaza

The blockade has made it increasingly hard for Hamas to govern. Palestinian news agency Maan said that an Israeli tank fired twice towards the Strip, however the Israeli military said it only used small arms fire. A United Nations human rights spokeswoman urged Israel to exercise restraint against the Palestinian protesters. For Hamas, it's perhaps the last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. Read More »

Backpage.com shut down, about damn time

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Carl Ferrer, CEO of Backpage .com, and Liz McDougall, corporate counsel, could not be reached for comment. This builds on the historic effort in Congress to reform the law that for too long has protected websites like Backpage from being held liable for enabling the sale of young women and children . Read More »

Putin allies targeted in new US sanctions

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The action targets Russian oligarchs including Kirill Shamalov, who married Putin's daughter and has amassed a fortune since they tied the knot in February 2013; Oleg Deripaska, a senior Russian official who has been investigated for money laundering; and Suleiman Kerimov, who allegedly brought millions of euros into France in suitcases, according to the Treasury Department. Read More »

New NYPD drive encourages sex assault victims to come forward

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Police on Thursday released security camera footage that showed Vassell approaching people on the street and pointing the pipe at them as if it were a pistol. "How you get the full facts of what the person has in their hand, and what their mental health condition might be, and are they known to anyone, in something that's playing out in seconds and minutes, that's a very tall order", the mayor reportedly added. Read More »

Australia break women's 4x100m freestyle world record

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The team of Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell went 0.60 seconds under Australia's previous world record set at the 2016 Rio Olympics. "With fans in the crowd, I wanted to give them something to cheer about by delivering a fast time". "The whole South African team just jumping up, it just made me emotional". Read More »

Trump to tout tax overhaul in WV

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Sen. ManchinDems face hard choices on resources in battle for Senate House members demand Senate confirm Jim Bridenstine as NASA chief The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday, after cultivating a working relationship with the red-state Democrat previous year. Read More »

US Targets Allies of Putin in Latest Round of Sanctions

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This includes their occupation of Crimea, instigation of violence in Eastern Ukraine, support for the Assad regime in Syria by supplying material and weaponry, and ongoing malicious cyber activities. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said, however, Moscow's contacts with the USA government would not be brought to an end by the sanctions. Read More »

40000 civilians return home in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: state media

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They included fighters from the Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups, their families and other residents. The army retakes control of Daraya. Since the Syrian crisis broke out in 2011, the Chinese government has signed multiple agreements with worldwide bodies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the global Committee of the Red Cross, to provide medical and food aid to Syrian refugees. Read More »

Brazil's Lula must start prison term, Supreme Court rules

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The orders follow a narrow Supreme Court ruling denying the ex-leader's request to delay the sentence while pursuing appeals against the conviction handed down past year. Lula's downfall is a serious loss for Brazil's already divided left because he is still the country's most popular politician despite the corruption scandals. Read More »

BJP celebrates 38th foundation day

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In his distinctly electoral address, Shah reacted to the this week's protests by Dalit groups against a perceived dilution of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Shah stressed that his party would never remove reservations for Dalits or the Other Backward Classes. Read More »

Seattle Joins Lawsuit to Preserve Fair and Accurate Census

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According to the complaint , actual enumeration , "requires that the Census Bureau avoid unnecessarily deterring participation in the decennial census ". "Adding an untested citizenship question at this point would sabotage the accuracy of the 2020 Census and threaten federal funding for critical programs in MA", said AG Healey. Read More »

Trump praises Mexico for breaking up 'caravan'

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Similar statements were made in the Senate, whose plenary unanimously approved a declaration that also demands that the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto end the relations of cooperation with Washington in migration matters. Jose Antonio Meade, the candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party in the presidential election July 1, called for candidates to come together to condemn National Guard troops on the border. Read More »

Air Force F-16 Pilot Who Crashed In Nevada Wednesday Dies

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The accident occured during a "routine training flight" at around 10:30 a.m. local time, a statement said. "We are mourning the loss of Major Del Bagno", said Brig. The man was part of a team of the Air Force's six best F-16 pilots, who do flight demonstrations and air shows across the country. Four crew members were killed when a Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Tuesday in California during a training mission along the U.S. Read More »

Severe storm threat returns late Friday

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Rain eases to showers overnight and Friday looks mainly dry through the Capital Region - a welcome break between systems. We're tracking an area of low pressure that will move across the Palmetto State Saturday morning into the afternoon. Read More »

German court agrees to release former Catalan leader on bail

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Puigdemont was imprisoned in Neumünster after being arrested at his entry to Germany through the border with Denmark, following an order given by the court of that city to keep him in prison and avoid his escape. Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected. The ex-police chief - who was credited for the force's swift response in the 2017 Barcelona terror attacks - resigned a year ago in the aftermath of the referendum. Read More »

5.3-magnitude quake hits near Channel Islands, rattles Southern California

VIDEO: ABC7 Quake Cam captures 5.3-magnitude quake Following the quake, the Los Angeles Fire Department went into natural disaster mode to survey the greater Los Angeles area. During a press conference, Dr. Andrews said the off-shore quake is the strongest to hit the area since March 28, 2014, just over four years ago, when La Habra was rocked by a magnitude 5.1 shaker. Read More »