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US, Russia say Syria's truce not dead; more meetings planned

CENTCOM noted that it had struck the area in the past, and that Russian Federation was informed of the attack before it occurred. The UN on Tuesday suspended all aid convoy movements in Syria after 18 of its trucks were destroyed and an estimated 21 people were killed in an air attack near Aleppo that the United States has blamed on Russian Federation and the Syrian military. Read More

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In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

Georgian analysts say the turn-around in attitude has nothing to do with personalities but is based on Georgia's geopolitical ambitions. Relations between Russian Federation and Georgia - a former satellite state of the Soviet Union - have always been tense with Kremlin troops occupying the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia following a brief 2008 war between the two countries. Read More

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Former Miss Universe strikes back

Former Miss Universe strikes back

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado said Tuesday it's been like "a really bad dream" as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump again took the opportunity to criticize her weight. Months after Machado won the Miss Universe crown, she had put on some weight, and Trump had been the constant reminder of how she wished she had not won instead. Read More

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Opec agrees to oil production cuts

Opec agrees to oil production cuts

The price of oil slipped back in Thursday trading as traders questioned whether the output cut agreed by Opec would be binding. A man walks past an OPEC logo ahead of an informal meeting between members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ) in Algiers, Algeria September 28, 2016. Read More

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Saudi Arabia Issues Statement on JASTA

Saudi Arabia Issues Statement on JASTA

The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it hoped "wisdom will prevail" and that "Congress will take the necessary steps to correct this legislation". "The financing of terrorism in the United States is not behavior we should tolerate from any nation... allies included" Cornyn said on the Senate Floor. Read More

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High court takes case akin to Redskins fray

The appeals court based its ruling on a 2015 Supreme Court decision that struck down a similarly worded part of another federal law imposing longer prison sentence on repeat criminals. The law "simply reflects Congress's judgment that the federal government should not affirmatively promote the use of racial slurs and other disparaging terms by granting them the benefits of registration", the government said in its appeal. Read More

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Saudi arms deal backed by United States senators

Saudi arms deal backed by United States senators

When Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of SC began expressing their qualms with the legislation and suggesting that a veto override should be held off until the end of the year, the families fired back, saying the Republicans are asking "far more than the families and survivors should ever be asked to accept". Read More

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Global efforts against ivory traffickers still fall short

Global efforts against ivory traffickers still fall short

These proposals could change the way that ivory will be traded in the future. The finding comes amid arguments among African nations over the best way to protect elephants. Speaking during his weekly briefing at State House, Nairobi, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said elephants and rhinos, which are a great tourist attraction, are faced extinction due to rampant poaching and illegal ivory trade. Read More

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Shell that hit Iraqi base contained sulfur-mustard agent

Shell that hit Iraqi base contained sulfur-mustard agent

Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by the US -led coalition, are said to be developing a pincer strategy that would see Iraqi troops advancing from the southeast and Kurdish units coming from the northwest. The new deployment, as with the previous few, would have the troops sent to Qayara Air Base, which Iraqi forces occupied back in July. No one was injured in the rocket attack on Tuesday on Qayyarah , the US' de facto base outside the Isis stronghold of Mosul. Read More

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N. Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday slammed the USA and South Korea as "outright aggressive and invasive" for staging two joint military exercises this year. That could act as a goad for China to cooperate in more effective sanctions against firms, including those in China, that aid North Korea's rogue military programs. Read More

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Lin-Manuel Miranda to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Werk! Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-award victor Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to emcee NBC's Saturday Night Live on October 8. The episode will air October 8, and Miranda will be joined by musical guest Twenty One Pilots . Will we get to talk about Miranda's love of the complex and thrilling children's show, Chuggington ? Hamilton mastermind Miranda has a plethora of projects on the horizon. Read More

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OPEC set for no deal as Iran rejects Saudi oil output offer

Oil prices slid Tuesday as investor skepticism grew than the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would reach an agreement to limit production. But Faleh said Tuesday that "the opinions of OPEC and non-OPEC states are beginning to converge". What are the levels that you're watching at this point? Given this outlook, Dhar believes it explains why Saudi Arabia seems willing to compromise with other OPEC members to prevent a further delay to rebalancing the market. Read More

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U legislator files FIR against Katju

U legislator files FIR against Katju

Bihar has made a big contribution...it has seen great men like Gautam Buddha, Chandragupta Maurya and Ashok", he said. Some even suggested that instead of Bihar, Pakistan should take Katju. Terming the comments as "serious", he also demanded an inquiry to ascertain if Katju was "entrapped among anti-nationals out to destroy India's sovereignty and integrity". Read More

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