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Hurricane center expects Harvey to deliver super soaking to Texas-Louisiana area Hurricane center expects Harvey to deliver super soaking to Texas-Louisiana area
- August 24, 2017

Will Harvey developed into a big hurricane? The National Weather Service expects Harvey to become a tropical storm Wednesday night, with landfall on the central Texas coast likely late Friday or early Saturday, meteorologist Roger Erickson said. (more...)
Finland suspect admits to stabbing spree but denies terrorism motive Finland suspect admits to stabbing spree but denies terrorism motive
- August 24, 2017

Candles, flowers and a placard reading "There is no place for fear in Turku" have been left at the makeshift memorial for the victims of Friday's stabbings at the Turku Market Square, Finland on 20 August 2017. The main suspect has been named as 18-year-old Moroccan Abderrahman Mechkah , who on Tuesday told a court he was responsible for the attack but denied a terrorist motive. (more...)
Qatar restores full diplomatic ties with Iran Qatar restores full diplomatic ties with Iran
- August 24, 2017

Chad , Mauritania and Senegal all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in June. "Qatar announced that its ambassador to Tehran will return to resume his diplomatic duties", the Qatari foreign ministry's information office said in a statement in Arabic on its website. (more...)
North Korea shows its detailed plan for missile launches at Guam North Korea shows its detailed plan for missile launches at Guam
- August 24, 2017

Pence specifically encouraged Chile to reclassify its wine exports as luxury goods, which would prevent North Korea from obtaining them under current US sanctions. "North Korea is probably looking at all the cards it has to maximize pressure against the United States, and the drills provide a good opportunity to do it", Cheon said. (more...)
Philippine bishops criticise drug war as 80 killed in one week Philippine bishops criticise drug war as 80 killed in one week
- August 24, 2017

The corpses could no longer defend themselves from accusations that they fought back", Archbishop Villegas said in a pastoral exhortation August 20. The student was killed in a rundown area of Manila and according to a forensic expert who conducted an autopsy, Kian was shot in the back of the head and ears while on the floor, suggesting there was no gunfight, contrary to the police report. (more...)
Buy the HTC Vive VR headset for $200 off Buy the HTC Vive VR headset for $200 off
- August 24, 2017

This comes after the Oculus Rift getting a temporary price drop in July, which made it available for $399. In a move to make its VR devices more accessible to the mass market, HTC has announced a US$200 price reduction for its Vive virtual reality (VR) headsets. (more...)
Opposition parties boycott Kerala assembly, demand health minister's ouster Opposition parties boycott Kerala assembly, demand health minister's ouster
- August 24, 2017

Legislators shouted slogans and held placards demanding the ouster of health minister after the Kerala high court rapped the Pinarayi Vijayan government over admissions in self-financing medical colleges by way of an adjournment motion. Shylaja rose to present the medical education Bill, they protested, walked out and five members, Roji M. John, V.P. Sajeendran, T.V. Ebrahim, N. Shamsudeen and Eldhose Kunnappilly launched an indefinite strike too. (more...)
MANHUNT: Spain Seeks Driver In Barcelona Terror Attack MANHUNT: Spain Seeks Driver In Barcelona Terror Attack
- August 24, 2017

He was described as "dangerous" and police warned that he could be armed. Five members of the cell were shot dead by police after they rammed a auto into a group of pedestrians in Cambrils, killing a woman and injuring six others in the early hours of Friday morning. (more...)
Maryland, RGGI States to Strengthen Emissions Cap Maryland, RGGI States to Strengthen Emissions Cap
- August 24, 2017

Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are Connecticut's partners in RGGI, which makes the group a formidable force in worldwide efforts to reduce global warming, according to Shattuck. More than 90 percent of these proceeds are invested in energy efficiency projects and clean and renewable energy. Each state eventually will have to apply its own legislative and regulatory processes to implement the changes to the carbon-trading program, ... (more...)
Navy relieves commander of USA 7th Fleet after latest collision near Singapore
- August 24, 2017

The Navy said Wednesday it has fired the commander of the Japan-based USA fleet that has suffered four major accidents at sea this year, including two deadly collisions in the last two months, a rash of mishaps that have shaken the Navy. Swift said four had been immediately flown by Singapore navy helicopters to a Singapore hospital, and the fifth was hospitalized when the ship reached Singapore. (more...)
25 pounds of meth seized, 13-year-old driver arrested 25 pounds of meth seized, 13-year-old driver arrested
- August 24, 2017

A deputy with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force pulled over the teen near mile post 13 in Fruita. According to investigators, 22-year-old German Michel-Arreola and 19-year-old Irene Michel-Arreola were also inside the vehicle. The 13-year-old boy is being held at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center. The boy and his two passengers were all arrested and charged with various felony drug charges including manufacturing, possession and distribution of the drug. (more...)
Amnesty International Says Civilians Trapped in 'Deadly Labyrinth' in Raqqa Amnesty International Says Civilians Trapped in 'Deadly Labyrinth' in Raqqa
- August 24, 2017

Amnesty said on Thursday that the US-led coalition campaign to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group out of its de-facto capital has killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining there face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages. (more...)
Trump drops 'many sides' quote while defending his Charlottesville response Trump drops 'many sides' quote while defending his Charlottesville response
- August 24, 2017

The controversy sparked intense objections from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and prompted an exodus of corporate executives from White House business advisory panels. The president also reiterated his comdemnation for hate groups. "I wished I had attended one of his campaign rallies before he became president and I wanted to go to the inauguration". (more...)
Afghanistan calls for peace as United States refuses to pull-out Afghanistan calls for peace as United States refuses to pull-out
- August 24, 2017

American taxpayers have accounted for more than $33 billion to the country since the 9/11 terror attacks - either in direct aid or in reimbursement for its counterterrorism efforts. He also reiterated Pakistan military's offer to impart training to the Afghan security forces in the Pakistani military centers. "As Pakistan military spokesman I have never leveled the allegations against Afghan government or the Afghan army for supporting Pakistani terrorists", he said. (more...)
Respect Pakistan's sovereignty, security concerns, China tells US
- August 24, 2017

Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir on Tuesday rejected the allegations of U.S. president Donald Trump saying There is no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, adding that armed forces of the country had dismantled all nurseries of terrorists. (more...)
We didn't fix admission cut-off marks, stakeholders did - JAMB We didn't fix admission cut-off marks, stakeholders did - JAMB
- August 24, 2017

Also, the minimum entry benchmark into polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics was pegged at 100. Previous year the education minister scrapped the post UTME examination after meeting with a group of protesters at the venue of the jamb policy meeting. (more...)
Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead at residence Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead at residence
- August 24, 2017

Shirinsky is the ninth Russian diplomat to have died within a year. Shirinsky's body was discovered by the employees of the embassy at his residence around 6pm local time (4pm BST), the press secretary of the Sudan mission, Sergey Konyashin, told RT News. (more...)
Diplomats in Cuba suffer brain injuries Diplomats in Cuba suffer brain injuries
- August 24, 2017

The incidents have caused some US diplomats to cut short their stays on the island. In May, the U.S. expelled two Cuban diplomats after reminding the country of its worldwide obligations to protect diplomats under the Vienna convention. (more...)
Chad closing Qatar's embassy there, kicking out diplomats
- August 24, 2017

Qatar will build a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap for the 2022 World Cup, organisers have said, as the Gulf state moves ahead with preparations for the tournament despite a diplomatic rift with its neighbours . Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani spoke with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif about "bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them", the ministry reported. (more...)
McCain: Trump Leadership on Cybersecurity Is 'Weak' McCain: Trump Leadership on Cybersecurity Is 'Weak'
- August 24, 2017

Anti-McCain sentiments among Trump and his supporters increased after McCain voted against legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act . A few days before McCain cast the deciding vote on the health-care bill last month, Trump praised the senator for returning to Washington despite having been diagnosed with cancer. (more...)
In Setback To Sasikala, Supreme Court Says No Reason To Cancel Conviction In Setback To Sasikala, Supreme Court Says No Reason To Cancel Conviction
- August 24, 2017

A Bench of Justices SA Bobde and Amitav Roy also rejected the review petitions of VN Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi, who were sentenced to undergo four-year imprisonment in this case for abetment and acting as benami of Jayalalithaa . The apex court had held that Sasikala and others had hatched one criminal conspiracy after the other at Poes Garden to launder the ill-gotten wealth of Jayalalithaa for purchasing huge properties in the names of "masked fronts". (more...)
'Game of Thrones' finale photos show Jon Snow out of his element 'Game of Thrones' finale photos show Jon Snow out of his element
- August 24, 2017

Check out a preview video clip below of characters doing a lot of walking. With two big battles of ice and fire out of the way, the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones still has something truly dazzling to offer. Plot details are still under wraps but the finale is set to feature the long-awaited face to face confrontation between Cersei Lannister (Lene Headey) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) who now stands alongside Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) in addition to Cersei's brother, Tyrion ... (more...)
Russian Federation to continue to seek dialogue with U.S. despite sanctions Russian Federation to continue to seek dialogue with U.S. despite sanctions
- August 24, 2017

After all, the experience of the past years and decades, I hope, has taught both us and our colleagues in Washington to responsibly approach such issues". In late July, Moscow announced that the diplomatic presence of the United States in Russian Federation would be cut by 755 people to 455, the same number of diplomatic personnel that Russian Federation now has in the United States. (more...)
Ottawa's response to asylum seekers undercuts the system Ottawa's response to asylum seekers undercuts the system
- August 24, 2017

Only about 50 per cent of Haitians are granted asylum in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed individuals seeking safety in January 2017. Rempel said Trudeau's statement was misleading and said he should make it more explicit that asylum seekers risk being deported to their country of origin if they enter Canada illegally. (more...)
Unusual past for black man behind Trump at Phoenix rally Unusual past for black man behind Trump at Phoenix rally
- August 24, 2017

Cherokee Indians are the "real KKK slave masters". If there's one person other than Donald Trump who made quite a stir at the Phoenix rally last Tuesday, it's " Michael the Black Man ". He was seen promoting a website on which he blames slavery on Cherokee Indians and refers to former president Barack Obama as "The Beast", Oprah Winfrey as "The Devil" and Hillary Clinton as a member of the KKK. (more...)
Suspect Charged in Officer-Involved Shooting that Killed Transgender Woman Suspect Charged in Officer-Involved Shooting that Killed Transgender Woman
- August 24, 2017

Several people sustained minor injuries, one person who went over the car's hood went to the hospital. 'The protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it with their hands and a flag pole. Police said officers attempted to stop driver of vehicle who initially refused to stop. Supporters also questioned details in the police report saying there was no evidence that it was Herring who attacked two people, including a responding officer, with a knife. (more...)
North Korea's Kim 'starting to respect US' North Korea's Kim 'starting to respect US'
- August 24, 2017

The United States hopes this means North Korea is planning to restrain its "provocative acts" in the future, Tillerson said , adding: "Perhaps we are seeing our pathway to, sometime in the near future, having some dialogue ". On Tuesday the US Treasury slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's weapons programmes and attempting to evade US sanctions. (more...)
U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson commends North Korea's 'restraint' U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson commends North Korea's 'restraint'
- August 24, 2017

Yet it follows multiple statements from the Trump administration assuring Americans that North Korea is reconsidering its approach to US policy. Kim said earlier this month that he would watch the U.S.'s conduct "a little more" before deciding whether to fire ballistic missiles toward Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, as he'd threatened. (more...)
Tinder date 'stole woman's dog and ran away' Tinder date 'stole woman's dog and ran away'
- August 24, 2017

However, one woman found herself in a slightly trickier situation when her Tinder date popped round to the house she was dog-sitting at... and allegedly stole the dog. "The detective called me", she said. "Today at approximately noon, the owner met the dog from the shelter and confirmed it was Maggie". Thanks to help from a local animal rescue group, Maggie was reunited with her owners Wednesday. (more...)
Trump will issue guidelines for the Pentagon on transgender military ban Trump will issue guidelines for the Pentagon on transgender military ban
- August 24, 2017

A White House memo, expected to drop in the next few days, will instruct Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (r.) to discharge transgender servicemembers. On July 26, seemingly out of the blue, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he would ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. (more...)