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Putin arrived in the 18th-century palace shortly after attending the wedding of Austrian FM Karin Kneissl. Maas said he had spoken with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin this week, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to visit Berlin again on September 14 after a meeting with Merkel in the German capital last month.
  • Smoke polluting Okanagan Valley air, quality statement issued

    Smoke polluting Okanagan Valley air, quality statement issued

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    The smoke choking the Tri-Cities could get worse. The National Weather Service says that fresher ocean air will move in Wednesday night to improve air quality into Thursday morning. Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains what got Alex Jones suspended

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains what got Alex Jones suspended

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    Apparently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey thinks the best way to deal with Alex Jones is to treat him like a 5-year-old. Twitter permanently banned the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in 2016 after he repeatedly insulted the comedian and actress Leslie Jones, for violating rules against targeted abuse and harassment.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok fired, lawyer says

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok fired, lawyer says

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    Strzok's lawyer charged the decision also contradicts FBI Director Christopher Wray's "testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI meant to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters". Both Comey and McCabe said, however, they believe they were fired because they are crucial witnesses in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the investigation.
  • Omarosa releases taped conversation with President Trump

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    And Manigault Newman put some of the problems she described on stark display Sunday, surfacing a tape she surreptitiously recorded in the White House Situation Room. Conway also brought up Omarosa's claim that Trump is on tape using the N-word while on the set of The Apprentice . The casting of Manigault Newman as unstable raises the question of why the Trump administration hired someone like her in the first place.
  • Argentina: Senate rejection of abortion bill an 'unforgivable step backwards'

    Argentina: Senate rejection of abortion bill an 'unforgivable step backwards'

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    In mid-June, Argentina's lower house voted in favor of the bill by just 129 to 125, thanks in part to the anti-abortion President Mauricio Macri's insistence on pushing the bill through the legislature. Last month, Bochatey, 62, told AFP that "you can not make a law to justify the elimination of human life", but said the Church is against penal detention as a sanction for those carrying out illegal abortions.
  • State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

    State Of Emergency Declared In Charlottesville For 'Unite the Right' Anniversary

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    At a multi-agency press conference Wednesday, Charlottesville Director of Communications Brian Wheeler said well over a thousand public safety and law enforcement personnel will be active in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region this weekend - including over 700 Virginia State troopers, 300 National Guard troops who will be on stand-by and the combined forces of the Charlottesville, Albemarle and U.Va.
  • Russian Federation firmly rejects new USA sanctions, Lavrov tells Pompeo

    Russian Federation firmly rejects new USA sanctions, Lavrov tells Pompeo

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    He said Moscow would take retaliatory measures if Washington targeted Russian banks. Russia is already under USA sanctions for its 2014 invasion of Crimea, and the Trump administration expelled 60 Russians from the US and shuttered the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the failed assassination attempt.
  • Rain fury continues in Kerala, two more shutters of Idukki reservoir opened

    Rain fury continues in Kerala, two more shutters of Idukki reservoir opened

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    Nearly all of Kerala's 40-odd rivers are in spate, officials said. This is for the first time in the history that all the gates of the dam have been opened , underlying the gravity of the situation. The deaths included 11 in Idukki , five in Malapuram, three in Wayanad , two each in Kannur and Ernakulam, and one in Kozhikode. At 12:30 pm, the authority also opened the Cherutheni shutter of the Idukki dam as water levels (2399.56 feet) reached dangerously close to the full capacity ...
  • Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, leaving one dead

    Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, leaving one dead

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    Israel's rescue service Magen David Adom said seven Israelis, including two men ages 34 and 20, were taken to a hospital for treatment. On Thursday, the IDF destroyed a five-story building allegedly housing Hamas' internal security service and offices of the group's senior officials.in response to a rocket fired at Beersheba, almost 40km from the border with Gaza .
  • Saudi Arabia Appears To Be Trying To Tank Canadian Asset Prices

    Saudi Arabia Appears To Be Trying To Tank Canadian Asset Prices

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    The report comes a day after the Toronto Stock Market saw a major selloff from an unknown worldwide dealer, in contrast to gains in other global markets. The Saudi Arabian regime triggered a sell off of Canadian assets on Tuesday morning, amid an escalating row between the two nations over human rights.
  • U.S. congressman, Trump loyalist, indicted for insider trading

    U.S. congressman, Trump loyalist, indicted for insider trading

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    They say the son traded on the inside information and passed it to a third defendant, Stephen Zarsky. Collins was charged Wednesday with insider trading for tipping off his son, Cameron, one of Innate's top shareholders, ahead of time that the company's multiple sclerosis drug MIS416 failed a clinical trial - a development that caused Innate's stock to plummet 92 percent previous year.
  • Rick Gates, testifying in Manafort trial, admits to affair, London apartment

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    Both Manafort and Gates were indicted a year ago on charges of bank and tax fraud as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Paul Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, is on the stand for the third straight day in Manafort's bank and tax fraud trial as prosecutors and defense lawyers wage their battle over Gates' credibility.
  • Osinbajo Condemns NASS Blockade, Vows To Punish Perpetrators

    Osinbajo Condemns NASS Blockade, Vows To Punish Perpetrators

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    He said that the standoff at the NASS complex reached him as a surprise, adding that the police would soon issue a statement in relation to the impasse. In a statement by his media aide, Professor Osinbajo described the takeover as unlawful and unauthorised, vowing to ensure everyone involved is disciplined.
  • SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

    SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

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    With gusting winds, triple digit temperatures and nearly zero chance of rain in Northern California this week, scorching weather poses a persistent threat to firefighters battling out-of-control blazes on parched land, officials said . On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 1,200 acres.
  • Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as state battles 17 blazes

    Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as state battles 17 blazes

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    PG&E power company identified the worker today as Jairus Ayeta, who was killed in a remote area of Shasta county where crews were working to restore electricity. "Tragedies bring people together", he added. The two fires cover an area larger than the wildfire that damaged parts of Redding, California last week and continues to grow.