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Bomb Blast in Pakistan's Sindh province kills 30; over 50 injured

The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he said. Worshippers had converged on the shrine for dhamaal , a ritual that packed the area with people - thousands of people, by CNN's account . Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, or Freedom Movement, claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message sent to The Associated Press. In recent years it has launched major offensives against militant strongholds in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan, but ... Read More »

Trump Chooses Former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta for Labor

Four GOP senators have expressed reservations about Puzder's nomination, and no Dems are expected to give him a nod, the political web site reports . The Campaign for Accountability's request says that because of Puzder's upcoming hearing, details regarding his marriage divorce "are of high interest and concern to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee", who will conduct the hearing. Read More »

Russian spy ship spotted just off CT coast

A third such "incident" involved a single Su-24. I really wish someone in the Trump administration would just come out and say, "look, we are married to Russian Federation and when we took those vows it was forever"-(Cardi B voice), so that we can stop acting like this is a shock. Read More »

Kim Jong-nam's death raises speculation about motive, impact


The source gave no further details. Said Mr Fadzil: "He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport's clinic". The effect of Kim Jong-nam's death on the regime isn't expected to be great, given that he was not an official. But his attempt to visit Tokyo Disneyland reportedly soured North Korea's leadership on his potential as a successor. Some reports also say that Kim Jong-nam may have been involved in recent political changes within the regime. Read More »

Thousands protest Trump in Mexico City


The confrontation has stoked patriotic pride in Mexico, where USA companies like Starbucks, Coca-Cola and McDonald's are the targets of boycott campaigns and many people have taken to putting the Mexican flag in their profile pictures on social media. Read More »

New talks seek to end Syria's war after almost six years


The global meeting began on January 23 with the participation of a number of delegations, including armed opposition, Damascus, Russia, Iran, and Turkey. They follow a meeting in Astana last month that ended without a breakthrough in the almost six-year conflict, in which more than 310,000 people have died. Read More »

Thousands remain in shelters after California dam evacuation

Residents faced traffic problems after the evacuation order went out and authorities said they are preparing to handle thousands of people returning. This led to the evacuation of about 200,000 people, and all of them remain away from their homes, filling Sacramento area hotels as well as campgrounds and community centers to the north around Chico. Read More »

Samsung might have a curvy new Bixby logo

As per speculations that new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone is all set for launch on 29th March 2017. In terms of cameras, it's still unclear whether the Galaxy S8 + gets the same cameras as its standard model, which is expected to come with a 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture along with an 8MP selfie shooter. Read More »

Pentagon strongly condemns North Korea missile test


A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Sunday night that the meeting is expected to take place Monday. But South Korean officials have confirmed this is a new surface-to-surface missile that appears to use improved technology from the North's submarine-launched ballistic-missile system (which has a range of 900km). Read More »

Census: Ottawa-Gatineau above national average: Pembroke and Smiths Falls lose population

The national growth average was about 5 per cent. In 2016, there are more than 1.1 million private dwellings in the Big Smoke, the data shows. Scooch over a bit, Winnipeg's population is growing. According to Hallman, we know from other sources that while births and deaths are now about equal in the province - though that is expected to change as the population continues to age - Nova Scotia is experiencing population loss to other provinces in Canada. Read More »

Three soldiers killed by Russian warplanes

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip. Russian fighter aircraft have carried out a rocket strike against Turkish military personnel in Syria , reported the Turkish military headquarters. Read More »

Former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared Somalia's new president

Incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat after two rounds of voting, and Mr Farmajo was declared the new leader. "We have taken this path to democracy". There were no public statements by al-Shabab on Wednesday. He eventually became a USA citizen, served as equal employment commissioner for the NY state Transportation Department and wrote a master's thesis titled: "U.S". Read More »

Explosion rocks Kabul city, 12 feared dead


Najib Danish, an Afghan official has confirmed the death count. "Unfortunately, several people were killed and wounded". In the past 12 months, Kabul in particular has become more risky, with 77% of civilian casualties from suicide and complex attacks in 2016 occurring in the capital itself, the United Nations report said. Read More »

Australia has new right-wing party


Bernardi likely will continue to caucus with the conservative coalition on most issues, but independent senators in the Australian system have outsize power to derail legislation. She admitted she now knew very little of Senator Bernardi's positions on agriculture policy or in general, "other than that he's a staunch conservative, supports small government, lower taxes and has more conservative views generally". Read More »

IAAF taskforce recommends Russian Federation remain suspended


As we have reported, the IAAF banned Russian athletes from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, "Because the system in Russia has been tainted by doping from top level and down, we can not trust that what we call and what people might call clean athletes really are clean", Andersen said in a June 2016 announcement of the ban. Read More »

Afghan Civilian Casualties Rose 3 Percent In 2016


The violence caused more than 11,400 civilian casualties, including around 3,500 deaths past year, according to the annual report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA, released in Kabul Monday. UNAMA attributed 20 percent of total civilian casualties to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) 2,281 civilian casualties (706 deaths and 1575 injured); two per cent to worldwide military forces, 262 casualties (145 deaths and 117 injured); and two percent to pro-Government ... Read More »

Theresa May makes 'position clear' to Netanyahu on settlements

The meeting was the first between Netanyahu and May since the latter assumed office after the resignation of her predecessor, David Cameron, in July, following the U.K.'s secession from the E.U. The Monday meeting was the first between the leaders since May succeeded David Cameron as prime minister a year ago following the British vote to exit the European Union. Read More »

Inside Obama's quiet deal to help Australia with refugees


The report even stated that the American President hung up the phone on the Australian Prime Minister - possibly a baseless rumour - which means that if nothing else, this call did not take the most friendly note. Why should the U.S.be the moral compass of Australia? "There will not be a people swap", Scott Ryan, a special minister of state in Australia, said at the time. Read More »

Donald Trump attacks 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia

Later, Trump tweeted , "Do you believe it?" The "one-off" deal was announced in November with former president Barack Obama agreeing to take an unspecified number of refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres. The department even said that all refugees "would only come to the United States in accordance with the recently signed executive order". President Donald Trump is creating doubts over whether he'll honor an agreement with Australia that he called a " dumb deal ". Read More »