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US, Israel move closer to agreement to curb settlements

US, Israel move closer to agreement to curb settlements

The statement came after an American team lead by US envoy Jason Greenblatt discussed the matter with Israeli officials in Washington after Mr. Greenblatt visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority in recent days. Israel disagrees, citing historical and political links to the land, as well as security interests. Israel for decades has pursued a policy of constructing Jewish settlements on territory captured by Israel in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors. Read More

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American killed in London terror attack was celebrating 25th wedding anniversary

American killed in London terror attack was celebrating 25th wedding anniversary

The latest victim who died, a 75-year-old man, had his life support withdrawn on Thursday evening. His wife Melissa was also injured during the attack, and is now in hospital recovering from a broken leg and rib. Please continue to pray for our family. Ms Sawdon described her as "one of the most charming" people, and said her children were "adorable", adding: "It's just so terribly sad". Read More

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College Basketball South Carolina Gamecocks vs Baylor Bears Start Time, Betting Odds

College Basketball South Carolina Gamecocks vs Baylor Bears Start Time, Betting Odds

Baylor and SC played two close games in 2013 and '14, but multiple friendships began well before that. (7-0) will minimize his impact on the game, especially driving to the basket. It's no secret that he's Sean Miller 's best player and any more advancements in the tournament will have to come from him producing. All the hard work and discipline paid off when the winningest collegiate men's coach of all-time shook Martin's hand late Sunday night in a delirious Greenville arena and said, ... Read More

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OR upsets Duke 74-65, advances to 1st women's Sweet 16

OR upsets Duke 74-65, advances to 1st women's Sweet 16

In Kansas City's Midwest region , the very first Sweet 16 game will likely be one of the most entertaining. "You get so much more attention with the success and the plane crash and all that media attention", said sophomore Mo Wagner. Brittany McPhee and Alanna Smith have established themselves as go-to scorers for the Cardinal and Stanford will need them both to have big games against Texas not to mention steady contributions from Erica McCall and the 3-point shooting of Karlie Samuelson, ... Read More

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Florida Prosecutor's Refusal To Seek Death Penalties Draws Political Backlash

Florida Prosecutor's Refusal To Seek Death Penalties Draws Political Backlash

Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala said the death penalty isn't an effective way to prevent crime. "I have seen the video of Markeith Loyd executing Lt. Dixon's father said life without parole is one of the options being considered in the case against Loyd. The legislation was aimed at restarting death penalty cases, after questions about Florida's death penalty law during the past year brought executions to a halt. Read More

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Don't cut Meals on Wheels

Don't cut Meals on Wheels

That roughly estimates to $365,000 within a year. But Meals on Wheels officials pushed back on that, saying the program saved taxpayers millions of dollars. "To take the federal money and give it to the states and say, 'Look, we want to give you money for programs that don't work.' I can't defend that anymore". Read More

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NI Assembly To Pay Tribute To Martin McGuinness

NI Assembly To Pay Tribute To Martin McGuinness

Mr McGuinness became deputy first minister in 2007, standing alongside Democratic Unionist Party leaders Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster. "We have a historic chance now to bring lasting peace to Ireland, and we have to do all in our power to seize it". As Sinn Fein's chief negotiator, his integrity and willingness to engage in principled compromise were invaluable in reaching the Good Friday Agreement. Read More

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Rebels launch fresh assault on Damascus

Rebels launch fresh assault on Damascus

Two days before new Syria peace talks, rebels and jihadist allies stormed a government-held area in northeast Damascus on Tuesday. The short-lived rebel surge was the closest opposition forces have come to the center of Damascus in more than two years and comes at a time when they are losing ground elsewhere. Read More

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Up to 320000 Iraqi civilians may flee Mosul in coming weeks

Those on the scene say there is strong resistance from ISIL militants in some areas of the densely-populated Old City. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped, she warned, and they are in bad danger. Since Oct. 17, more than 330,000 people have been displaced by the Mosul crisis, more than 70,000 of whom have returned to their homes. Taking the Iron Bridge will mean Iraqi forces control three of the five bridges that span the Tigris River and connect the old city with Mosul's modern ... Read More

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Britain to launch European Union exit process on Mar 29

Britain to launch European Union exit process on Mar 29

The notification of Article 50 will take the form of a letter to Tusk, likely outlining Britain's key objectives, followed by a statement by May to MPs in the House of Commons. Reacting to the confirmation of the date, Karen Briggs, head of Brexit at KPMG said, "Although the UK's substantial financial contribution to the European Union and its status outside the Schengen Area offer the opportunity for a unique deal to be struck, businesses still need to plan for a "no deal" scenario". Read More

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Senate Intelligence Committee Finds 'No Indications' Trump Tower Was Wiretapped

Senate Intelligence Committee Finds 'No Indications' Trump Tower Was Wiretapped

Their respective counterparts on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff, made similar comments on Wednesday, Efe news reported. Nunes says he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in NY. Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone says he believes his contacts with a Russian-linked hacker who took credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee may have been obtained through a FISA warrant. Read More

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Israel's multi-layer defense system fully operational soon

Israel's multi-layer defense system fully operational soon

That includes the Arrow, created to intercept ballistic missiles in the stratosphere from long-range threats like Iran and Iron Dome that defends against short-range rockets from Gaza. "Russia can play a role so that Israel no longer attacks Syria", Assad told Russian journalists yesterday. At the same time, Putin has been cozying up with Israel and discreetly coordinating each others' security activities so as to avoid crossing one another in Syria . Read More

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Iraqi troops seize main bridge, advance on mosque in battle for Mosul

Iraqi troops seize main bridge, advance on mosque in battle for Mosul

USA and Iraqi officials are citing gains in the battle to retake western Mosul from Islamic State, saying pro-government troops have pushed farther into militant-held territory and cut off potential escape routes. Since starting the offensive Iraqi forces have retaken eastern Mosul and about 30% of the west of the city. "It's very key for our forces to secure the riverside and prevent Daesh militants from turning around our advancing forces", a Rapid Response spokesman said in the morning, ... Read More

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Manipur governor congratulates state govt on lifting of economic blockade

Manipur governor congratulates state govt on lifting of economic blockade

The meeting led by Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (north east) at the Union ministry of home affairs, agreed to "create (a) conducive environment for the democratic process of consultation and dialogue". The top UNC leader said that, the UNC appreciates the initiative and new approach of the newly formed BJP-led Manipur government is coming forward to address the core issue at hand. Read More

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Syrian Air Defense Commander Assassinated

Syrian Air Defense Commander Assassinated

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow air defence system, Israeli media reported. While the Syrian Army has achieved major victories against the terrorist groups in the battlefield and has forced the militants to withdraw from many areas, the Israeli aerial operations inside Syria signify the striking similarity between the stances of Tel Aviv and those of terrorist groups and lay bare the "the occupying Israeli regime's illegitimate interests in strengthening Takfiri-Zionist ... Read More

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Syria's war : Forced evacuations begin in Al Waer

Syria's war : Forced evacuations begin in Al Waer

In 2011 the violent repression of demonstrations in many Homs neighbourhoods calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power lead thousands to seek refuge in al-Waer. People there say they have been told to get out or die. Mr Barazi said there was communication with other rebel-held areas north of Homs city to reach similar deals. Read More

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Dwayne Bacon Throws Down Vicious Slam Against FGCU

Dwayne Bacon Throws Down Vicious Slam Against FGCU

Their inconsistent play in the last six weeks has tapped the brakes on some of that hype, but the Eagles got a taste of how unsafe FSU can be when they get into a transition-type game. "We had a lot of anxious moments", FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I could say I was a little nervous", sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes said. Read More

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Saudi strike on refugee boat kills over 31 off Yemen coast

Saudi strike on refugee boat kills over 31 off Yemen coast

The civil war, ground battles and airstrikes have already killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, injured more than 35,000 others and displaced over two millions, according to humanitarian agencies. Children were reported to be among the dead. "Our confirmation is that there are dozens of deaths", said spokesman Joel Millman. The organization said the refugees, who were from Somalia, were probably heading towards Sudan. Read More

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Tillerson shuns all but conservative website on Asia tour

Tillerson shuns all but conservative website on Asia tour

Tillerson said the lower budget reflects the administration's expectations that the United States will be engaged in fewer foreign wars, and that other countries will contribute more to development and disaster aid. "We could not accommodate press", Toner told reporters. It also said the decision to travel without reporters was meant to cut costs. Tillerson admitted it would be challenging but said he accepted that challenge "willingly". Read More

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Documents detail Flynn payments from Russian interests

Documents detail Flynn payments from Russian interests

Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings wrote Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis and FBI Director James Comey about the new information Thursday . Volga Dnepr Airlines and the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Government Security Solutions Inc. Both companies are privately owned and based in Russian Federation, though Flynn appears to have given talks to branches based in the US, according to Yahoo News. Read More

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Trump wiretap claims: White House softens stance on unproven tweets

That was the explanation White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave as the White House stepped back on the unsubstantiated claim that former U.S. John McCain of Arizona also asked the White House to do the same - if Trump can't produce evidence. In an interview on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Schiff said that he doesn't " expect we're going to see any evidence " to verify Trump's claims. Read More

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South Australia tightens grip on energy security

South Australia tightens grip on energy security

Malcolm Turnbull has threatened east coast gas suppliers his government will invoke its powers to control exports should they not make good on commitments to increase supply of the fuel into the domestic market. Ms Stanton said she liked what she had heard from the Government's plan, but like Mr Ross, she was anxious prices would not go down significantly. "But my expectation is yes - but time will tell". Read More

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Stade Francais players say they are on strike over mergers

Stade Francais players say they are on strike over mergers

Whatever happens in the coming months at Racing, it is inevitable that merging with Stade Francais is going to see players and coaching staff being released to explore new opportunities elsewhere. Due to play this weekend against Castres, it looks like Stade will not fulfill the fixture as a result of the strike. Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 and vicious rivals Stade Francais will form a super club in the 2017/18 season after the announcement to merge was made on Monday (NZ time). Read More

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Trump envoy meets Netanyahu, Abbas

Trump envoy meets Netanyahu, Abbas

Before the meeting Tuesday at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jason Greenblatt emphasized the USA president's commitment "to the effort to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations", according to a statement . Read More

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Haitian bus plows into crowd, at least 38 people dead

Haitian bus plows into crowd, at least 38 people dead

The driver fled the scene on foot and is still at large, police said. The bus was on its way to the capital, Port-au-Prince, when it initially hit two people in a town in northern Haiti. Haitian President Jovenel Moise released a statement expressing "his deep sadness following the bad accident". Moise called for "an investigation as soon as possible to shine light on this tragedy". Read More

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Rahul calls for structural changes in Congress

Rahul calls for structural changes in Congress

Vishwajit P. Rane, the Congress MLA from Valpoi and son of Pratapsingh Rane, had also announced that he was quitting the party. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has justified Goa governor Mridula Sinha's decision to invite a coalition led by the BJP instead of the Congress, the largest party, to form the ministry in the state. Read More

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