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Gunmen Attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan Capital of Kabul

Four attackers are in the hotel, interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. Local media Kabul Monitor has reported that among many local and foreign guests, officials from all 34 provincial directorates of broadcasting and information technology, were present at the hotel when the attack took place at around 09.40 p.m.

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What happens in a US govt shutdown

The National Parks , which fall under the Department of the Interior , often serve as a symbol of the government's closure, as "Park Closed" signs are placed at entrances and gates are locked shut. The State Department's passport services are funded partly by fees, which means it is not completely dependent on Congress for money and may be able to continue to issue passports for at least a short time.

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Did You Read Fake News During the Election? Twitter Will Tell You

In the 10 week period before the 2016 election, a total of 3,814 IRA-linked accounts posted 175,993 tweets. "Any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue", the company said.

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Donald Trump's exercise regimen will amaze you

That's according to his White House physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. Trump also received a ideal score (30/30) on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA ) - a standard, one-page test created to test a person's thinking and memory skills for signs of dementia , Jackson said .

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Halep topples Davis in marathon

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final past year to Sloane Stephens , saved three break points serving for the match , finally clinching it on her first match point. "I say that it's a big win in many ways, and I take it". Roger Federer continued his career-long domination of Richard Gasquet , beating the Frenchman for the 17th time in 19 matches with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 third-round win at Melbourne Park.

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Bawana factory fire: 17 dead, Delhi govt orders inquiry

The fire was caught in the ground floor initially at around 6.20 p.m. on Saturday. The rescue operation continued for almost two hours before the fire was doused. "Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and I pray for speedy recovery to the ones who are injured", he said on Twitter. Kejriwal was reacting to his health minister, Satyender Jain's tweet, which read, "Learnt about a serious fire incident in a private factory at Bawana .

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The Mystery Surrounding Agni 5's Range

Sarawat told The Hindu newspaper . The missile was reportedly fired on Thursday morning India time from Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha. This successful test of Agni-V reaffirms the country's indigenous missile capabilities and further strengthens our credible deterrence", said a defense ministry official, according to the Times of India .

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President Donald Trump is officially overweight, his physician revealed Tuesday

The White House physician said several times that there was nothing he was holding back, and that neither Trump nor his aides had coached him on what to say. A year earlier, Bornstein had released a letter that predicted Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" if he won. Still, some people didn't accept Jackson's assessment of the president.

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Should we change the date of Australia Day?

January 26 is not that day. Neither prime minister Malcolm Turnbull nor opposition leader Bill Shorten support changing the date. Most WA councils have reaffirmed their intention to retain the official date for celebrations and citizenship ceremonies.

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America first: Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

The government faces a partial shutdown after Friday unless Trump and Congress agree to continue funding. Trump's tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for "Dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program.

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Orthodox Christians of Kyrgyzstan take dip in icy water for the Epiphany

Russian president Vladimir Putin has stripped off to courageous the icy elements as part of a religious ceremony near Moscow . Mr Putin, wearing just trunks, became completely immersed in the water, having removed a sheepskin coat and felt boots for the freezing swim.

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Harrowing new study shows National Football League concussion protocol won't protect players from CTE

Researchers who worked on the study identified evidence of early CTE brain pathology after head impact, even in the absence of signs of concussion . That presence of that protein is how CTE is diagnosed after death. To further cement the theory, the researchers conducted an experiment on mice, which were exposed to blast exposure and to repeated head impacts.

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New Jersey Governor Vows To Legalize Marijuana In Inauguration Speech

Phil Murphy has signed an executive order aimed at promoting gender pay equality. Murphy says the order prohibits any effort by a state agency to ask a job applicant about their wage history. Governor Phil Murphy-officially in office just two days-has already begun to implement numerous "progressive" policy changes he promised on the campaign trail and transform New Jersey into the "California of the East".

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Syrian Kurdish PYD urges action against Turkish bombing of Afrin region

The border force will include fighters from the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which have been instrumental in fighting ISIL, and it will be charged with securing Syria's northern border with Turkey and eastern border with Iraq. "[The U.S.] did wrong by continuing to fight a terrorist organization using another terrorist organization", he added. Some analysts say Assad's latest offensive may, though, force some rebels to participate, if for no other reason than to try to get a pause in ...

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Disproportionately Low Job Approval for Trump Confounds

The President ends his first year in office with an approval rating higher than he has seen in months. In other words, these voters picked Trump based (primarily) on what he said and did on the campaign trail, and not based on what others said or did.

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FIR filed against Cong leader for portraying Modi as 'Ravana' in poster

Some of the placards charged him with ignoring health and education needs and other problems of the local people and laying foundation stones of "fake" projects. Addressing a meeting in Salon, Rahul said that BJP government had been lying to people and asserted that time had come for change and Congress will form government at Centre.

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Steve Bannon 'summoned' in Russian Federation probe

Asked if events depicted in his unflattering portrait of Donald Trump 's first year as president of the United States are accurate, Armisen as Wolff replied: "You read it, right?" Bannon has said he regrets making the comments. A grand jury testimony is usually more taxing for the witness, as the entire proceedings are transcribed and the witness is required to answer every question .

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Korea slams South for praising USA role in inter-Korean talks

The first ever Winter Olympics in South Korea are to be held in the host city of PyeongChang, 182 kilometers east of Seoul , and two nearby cities - Gangneung and Jeongseon - from February 9-25. Moon's claim that pressure from USA -led sanctions made the talks possible throws cold water on efforts to improve inter-Korean ties, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary Sunday.

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Pravin Togadia alleges plot to kill him, says voice being stifled

Just about 10 days ago, on January 5, Togadia had alleged a conspiracy had been hatched against him by a "higher up in the BJP" to implicate and jail him in a 1996 murder case by ensuring he did not get the summons issued against him, said a media report.

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Stricken tanker leaves 16km-long oil slick in East China Sea

Rabiee, who led a special committee to investigate the incident, had earlier said at the end of the closing meeting of the committee in Shanghai that Chinese officials did all within their power, but they failed to control the fire due to its scale and gas condensate consignment aboard the tanker.

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Iran president says U.S. failed to undermine nuke deal

Nor is it likely to: having denounced the deal so often since the presidential election campaign as "the worst in history" Trump is boxed in by his own rhetoric - not that he has ever shown the slightest discomfort at this. "The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal". All these ill-considered actions and inactions by Trump and his coterie pale in significance compared to the prospect of stoking a military confrontation with Iran.

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Girl, 11, Can Use Medical Marijuana at School: Judge

Her parents filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday against Schaumburg School District 54 and the State of IL, claiming that the state's ban on taking the drug at school violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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House rejects privacy limits in voting to reauthorize new warrantless surveillance law

And the White House statement Wednesday night going on record against that amendment was a further effort to make it clear Trump supported the bill and not the effort to kill it with major changes. Despite some presidential Twitter drama, the House voted to extend the government's powers of warrantless surveillance another six years on Tuesday with a 256-164 vote, the Hill reports .

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Turkey condemns U.S. plans to build new Syrian border security force

The statement that this area will be controlled by forces of up to 30,000 troops in United States command makes fear of division of Syria , "said Lavrov in his traditional press conference to summarize results of year that has just ended".

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Netanyahu's visit to focus on economic issues

Representatives of some 100 top Israeli firms were accompanying Netanyahu, and a number of economic round tables are scheduled during the visit, it said. "We have 500 start-ups dealing with automation of auto". Netanyahu further said that Israel has the best Intelligence mechanism in the world. The Hindustan Times reported last week that the Indian Army was very keen on purchasing the weapons and that the Indian government might find a way to make that possible.