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7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Papua New Guinea

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The quake occurred 60 kilometres east of Taron on New Ireland island at 9.51pm AEDT on Saturday at a depth of 73.4 kilometres. "This region of PNG is also pretty remote and very, very sparsely populated", he added. There were no immediate reports of damage, though officials were still assessing the situation, he said. It was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 but has since been revised to 7.9. Read More »

Obama: I Told Putin 'Cut It Out' On Hacking

Earnest said it was "obvious" Trump knew what Russian Federation was doing during the campaign, pointing out that Trump had encouraged Moscow during a news conference to find Clinton's missing emails, repeating the assertion Obama made in "The Daily Show" appearance. Read More »

Warning for mums to be in South Texas over Zika virus

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Men who could make a woman pregnant also need to protect themselves from bites so they cannot infect anyone else. "These include brain abnormalities with and without microcephaly, neural tube defects and other brain malformations or eye abnormalities and deafness that can happen from damage to the central nervous system", explained Margaret Honein , lead author of the US study. Read More »

Bank of England holds rates as it monitors Brexit impact

The trade-weighted value of sterling has increased by 6 per cent since the Bank's 3 November Inflation Report, in which it forecast that inflation will rise above 2 per cent in 2017. The UK central bank also published a letter from Carney to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on the current inflation undershoot. Twelve-month CPI inflation, now at 1.2%, is expected to hit the 2% target within the next six months, the MPC said, but it warned that real incomes for households could slow ... Read More »

Armed terrorists loot Rs 11 lakh from bank in Pulwama

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They looted Rs 11 lakh - Rs 16,000 in demonetised notes and rest in valid currency, police said. Reports claim that Police have cordoned off the area to nab the robbers. No arrests have been made in the case. This is the third bank robbery by militants since the Centre's announcement of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on 8 November. Read More »

India, Indonesia send a message to China on SCS

India would be happy to contribute to Indonesia's "maritime fulcrum vision" of Indonesia Nusantaraand, thereby, also to the security of the Indo-Pacific region. The India-Indonesia statement on maritime cooperation speaks of commitment from the leaders of the two countries to "maintaining a maritime legal order based on the principles of global law". Read More »

Alaska Completes Virgin America Acquisition But Changes Will Come Slowly

Virgin would lose its "cool factor", they anxious. The U.S. Department of Justice gave its regulatory approval last week after tweaking the terms to comply with antitrust requirements. The two airlines bring two different business approaches. It handed out salted caramel candy on its flights on Wednesday, and bacon donuts to arriving passengers. Read More »

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet

The Syrian army and its allies advanced on Sunday in southeast Aleppo and a rebel official said insurgents face "death or surrender" in an ever smaller enclave, with large numbers of civilians under very fierce bombardment. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled to government-held western Aleppo since the offensive began last month, but tens of thousands of others are believed to remain in the city's east. Read More »

Canada task force makes recommendations for legal weed

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No other major western country - with the exception of Uruguay, population 3.5 million - has fully legalized and the world will be watching. The federal government is planning to bring forth legislation in the spring that will legalize marijuana for recreational use. Read More »

Italy judge convicts 2 in sinking that claimed 700 migrants

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While both men claimed they were just migrants on the boat, who had been forced to steer it by traffickers, a jury did not believe them and they were also ordered to pay nine million euros each in compensation payouts. There were five bodies for every square meter. Firefighters who recovered the mangled bodies from the rotting ship said they had been "packed in like on the trains for Auschwitz". Read More »

Federal judge to rule on Stein recount push Monday

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The PACs attorney, Michael Morley, said he would consult with his clients on whether to appeal. A hand recount of the paper ballots in each of the counties could happen over one long day, while examining hard drives might take two days, University of MI computer scientist Alex Halderman testified. Read More »

Japan calls on United States to ground Osprey flights after Okinawa crash

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In the latest incident, all crew members were rescued, according to Fox News . The service members belong to the Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, based in Okinawa. The Japanese and USA governments are trying to move the Futenma base from Ginowan to the less populated Henoko coastal area of Nago. He did not immediately have additional details about the incident or whether the Osprey had crashed. Read More »

Antonio Guterres sworn as UN secretary

After the sixth poll, the council nominated him by acclamation and his name was sent to the assembly for final approval. Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has been sworn in as Secretary-General of the United Nations , taking over from Ban Ki-moon at the end of the month. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or(1/4)

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Ronaldo has now won just one less Ballon d'Or than 2015 victor Messi, whose Barcelona team beat Real Madrid to the Spanish La Liga title by one point. Uruguay forward Luis Suarez was fourth and Brazil's Neymar fifth, giving Barcelona three players in the top five. Ronaldo was the firm favourite to win, but the prestigious prize comes at a time when the prolific forward has generated negative headlines in the past week over accusations of tax evasion. Read More »

2 rescued, 11 killed in Hyderabad building collapse; owner absconding

Telangana ministers N Narsimha Reddy and P Padmarao, who supervised the operation said that the number of persons trapped inside could not be ascertained and will be known only after the debris is removed. "Dattatreya also directed Labour Ministry officials in Hyderabad to provide necessary help to the victims", a release from the Union Minister said. Read More »

State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

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France will hold the two rounds of the presidential election in April-May, followed by parliament elections in June. Mr Cazeneuve said the electoral period with multiple political meetings and gatherings may increase the risk of attacks by "those who want to strike our democratic values and republican principles at the heart". Read More »

Severe cyclonic storm Vardah to cross Andhra coast on Monday

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According to Skymet Weather , Vardah further has further intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and will start moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast on Saturday, which would result in rains reducing over Andaman and Nicobar Islands and rains commencing over Andhra Pradesh. Read More »

Men named Robin Williams, Tupac arrested with 115 pounds of marijuana

They were also with a third man named Erick Harris Jr. Troopers determined that there were "indicators of criminal activity", and a K9 officer was brought to the scene, along with a National Forest Service K9. Crum, Williams and Harris - all of Albuquerque, New Mexico - were booked into the Gila County jail on numerous drug charges. On Arizona Police Department's website , Lt. Read More »

EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions

Thursday's action is a sign that the EU executive, under pressure from the European Parliament, is keen to prove its worth to voters. Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and the United Kingdom have been accused of not applying their national provisions on penalties against Volkswagen despite the company using illegal defeat devices to cheat on emissions. Read More »

Buzz Aldrin, second man on moon, evacuated from South Pole

From there, he was flown to New Zealand . His rescue, however, was not as exhilarating as his walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin speaks during WE Day Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center on September 20, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. Aldrin was a tourist visiting the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica when his condition deteriorated, the National Science Foundation said. Read More »

Joe Biden hints at USA presidential bid in 2020

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So, uh, what the hell, man". "That is the sound of a door creaking open is what that is", Stephen said excitedly. When squeezed promote, Biden stepped back to some degree from his announcement, saying, "I'm not submitting not to run ". Biden could well make inroads with those voters in 2020. "But at the same time , he's viewed as one of the choices voters might've preferred to Clinton and has led on a handful of issues". Read More »

Large turnout in Ghana's election

In its latest evening update, the country's electoral agency said that they had received preliminary results from 90 of out 275 constituencies, but only published the results for 25 of them. For years, Ghana had one of Africa's most dynamic economies but it hit the buffers in 2014 due to lower global prices for its gold, oil and cocoa exports and a fiscal crisis that featured a spike in the budget deficit and elevated inflation. Read More »

Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

Gordon had argued Stein had no chance of overturning the election results - Stein finished a distant fourth in MI to Republican president-elect Donald Trump - her concerns about votes not being counted properly were merely speculative, and the recount would result in excessive costs for MI taxpayers. Read More »

US Senate votes unanimously to renew Iran sanctions

However the USA still maintains its own separate set of sanctions . The U.S. Congress move was a blow to Rouhani, a pragmatist who engineered the diplomatic opening to the West that led to the nuclear deal. "In a theatrical move, U.S. senators extended the unjust ISA law and the sanctions against the great Iranian nation", the statement read, adding that such an act "is against the spirit of the JCPOA, while global officials and United States authorities have repeatedly confirmed Iran's ... Read More »