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German coalition talks drag on into third extra day

Der Spiegel , public broadcaster ARD and the daily Bild each said the parties had ironed out their final differences and were ready to sign an agreement for Merkel's fourth term. He noted that Merkel's conservatives lost 3% points to 30.5% in the poll. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) as they strive to form a ruling coalition, and it was unclear when they would be able to wrap up the talks.

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Robin Lopez ejected in Sacramento after back-to-back T's, throws chair

The Bulls , who lost center Robin Lopez to an ejection in the first half , have dropped seven straight. Guard Zach LaVine showed off his hops and hammer with a huge dunk on forward JaKarr Sampson in the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Sacramento Kings .

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U.S. starts drawdown of troops in Iraq after declaring victory over ISIS

Glynn pledged continued support for 's security forces, but acknowledged US -led coalition "capabilities" in would likely shift now that conventional combat operations against the group have largely ceased. If the drawdown is true, it represents the first of its kind since the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was launched over three years ago.

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Ex-USA Gymnastics, MSU Doctor Nassar Receives Second Sentence for Sexual Assault

Cunningham said didn't authorize the statements and has disavowed them. Nassar's abuse mostly took place stateside in either MI or Texas, but also happened on the road, during Olympic events around the globe. Some victims say the abuse occurred decades ago. "I just signed your death warrant", Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in announcing his sentence last week.

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Taiwan natural disaster: People trapped in Hualien

The quake is said to be centered in East China Sea, around 21 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien City. Maggie Lewis, an American visiting scholar living in Taipei which is two hours away from the epicenter in Hualien City, said people there felt a minor shock.

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Winter weather could make for slick afternoon commute

Even there though, mostly if not all snow should be expected. A major pileup was reported southwest of St. Louis on Sunday . Areas to the north of Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties could get a foot of snow, as forecasters say the heaviest snow is likely to fall from northern and central Pennsylvania to northern New England.

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Polish president vows to sign controversial Holocaust legislation

Poland's president signed legislation Tuesday that imposes prison terms of up to three years for falsely and intentionally attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to Poland. "I think that the bill is precise and does not require a change". "If 150,000 Jews survived World War II, most of them, if not all, survived thanks to the Polish population".

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Toddler Dies After Being Found 'Frozen' On Porch

The Akron mother immediately called 911 and told the dispatcher, "she's frozen!" The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified the young girl as Wynter Parker and will conduct an autopsy Monday to determine her cause of death.

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Kenyan TV stations remain shut as police arrest third Odinga supporter

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Mutuku revealed to the High Court that Self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) general Miguna Miguna was arraigned in a Kajiado court on Tuesday, February 6. The government took three private television channels off the air on Tuesday as they began to cover of the opposition ceremony. Justice Kimaru had earlier on Monday summoned Boinnet and DCI to appear in court at 2pm to show cause why they should not be cited for contempt for ...

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Maldives declares state of emergency as troops storm Supreme Court

Following the court ruling, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen ordered the security forces to take over the control of the apex court and arrest a judge along with the chief justice. Responding to the state of emergency , the U.S. urged restraint on Monday. The government did not comment on soldiers entering the Supreme Court building or on Gayoom's arrest, but the president's main rival, who lives in exile, urged people not to obey what he called an "unlawful order".

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Trump's Nuclear Report Reaffirms US Commitment to Annihilate Mankind: Iran's FM

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief lawmakers on the major overhauls to USA nuclear weapons and conventional strategies that have drawn criticism from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea . Gabriel called for "existing arms control treaties to be upheld unconditionally". But Trump sees a fuller deterrent role for these weapons, as reflected in the plan to develop new capabilities to counter Russian Federation in Europe .

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Samsung heir released from prison following bribery scandal

He stood up and looked around with a blank stare after the ruling, and was blushing as he walked out of the courtroom. Lee had been incarcerated for nearly a year since he was indicted . The prosecution demanded a 12-year sentence for Samsung's vice chairman. "A soft punishment like this will further foster collusion between politics and businesses".

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President Erdogan meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

The Vatican said Erdogan and Francis also discussed Turkey's "reception of the many refugees and the challenges linked to this". Demonstrations against Turkey's military operation in Syria were banned in Rome for the visit, with around 3,500 police deployed to avert protests.

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Father and daughter arrested over incest

According to the warrants, the two young children were told by Steven to refer to Katie as step-mom, even though she's actually their sister. Steven and Katie have been charged with incest, adultery and contributing to delinquency. The warrant also notes how Mr Pladl's wife read one of her other children's diaries, where she found out Ms Pladl was pregnant and her husband was the father.

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Military spox denies NYT report on Egypt-Israel 'secret alliance'

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, unlike his predecessor Mohammed Morsi, is considered to be close ally of Israel and U.S. and their partners in the region. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab nations with peace treaties with Israel. The report said the buffer zone will destroy dozens of hamlets around the airport, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes for an unknown future, sparking some protest by residents despite the government promises of compensation.

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President Donald Trump makes his way to W. Va. for GOP retreat

Tim Murphy, who resigned in October after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the congressman, an opponent of abortion rights , asked a woman he had an affair with to get an abortion. The president covered a variety of topics in his speech, which lasted about an hour and a half. "You can not sustain a majority on such a pathetic and desperate strategy".

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The winners and losers if NAFTA talks fail

But is the name really the problem? According to the U.S. Chamber, a NAFTA-less economy would jeopardize almost 250,000 jobs in the Show-Me State. President Trump has also shown a willingness to negotiate past March and into the summer of 2018, noting that the Mexican election in July will likely make completing a deal before then hard.

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3 soldiers die in avalanche in J&K

The rescue operation is on to recover the bodies of the soldiers, the police said. They said intelligence inputs suggest that there are large number of militants waiting in launch pads near the LoC in north Kashmir to sneak into this side even during winter months.

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Syrian Airstrikes Kill Civilians in Northern Rebel Territory

The pilot onboard, who ejected successfully was reportedly killed by rebels on ground. TASS reported that "according to preliminary information, the plane was shot down from a portable anti-aircraft missile system". The warplane came down near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, which Syrian troops have been trying to take under the cover of Russian air strikes. On November 19, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group was flushed out of its last stronghold in Syria's Al-Bukamal.

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Rihanna attends the Global Partnership for Education Conference

The conference centre in Dakar erupted with cheers and whistles as the Umbrella hit-maker was announced, with Macron and the singer from Barbados posing arm in arm with Senegalese President Macky Sall . As the ambassador for GPE, her work has led her to travel the world to raise funds for schooling in poor communities. The conference in turn asks partner countries to devote 20 per cent of public expenditure to education - a level that can be particularly hard for countries battling ...

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Operation Olive Branch: 7 Turkish soldiers martyred

On Friday, at least two people were reportedly killed and 19 injured in attacks on Turkish towns near the border with Syria. Since the start of the operation, the PYD/PKK has carried out cross-border attacks on Turkey by firing rockets on civilian neighborhoods.

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Paul Gosar Demands Dreamers at State of the Union Be Deported

No member of Congress has announced their intention to invite an undocumented immigrant to the State of the Union , but they are also not required to publicly identify their guests. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Business Insider that Gosar's comments were "so outside the circle of respectable behavior for a member of Congress that it's hard to comment on it".

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Saudi government expects to seize more than $100bn in corruption crack-down

Prince Mohammed is expected to travel to Washington in late February or early March, and many suspect that he wants to finish the process before then so as not to face questions about the detentions. Some cases will go to trial. Mahjoob Zweiri, a Doha-based professor of contemporary Arab politics, said that the purge is part of Mohammed bin Salman's plan to consolidate economic, as well as political power in Saudi Arabia.

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Nicotine In E-Cigarette Vapors May Cause Cancer, Mouse Study Suggests

If confirmed in future studies, the finding could mean that e-cigarettes carry their own cancer risk through the nicotine they deliver, said Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center. A new study is claiming that vaping can be just as bad for your health as picking up a real cigarette. A huge, landmark research paper this month analysed 800 previous studies into the health effects of e-cigarettes - and found that they are far less unsafe than cigarettes.

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Qatar 'Ready To Participate' In US-GCC Summit

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling for the calming of tensions in the Persian Gulf. During the strategic dialogue, Tillerson highlighted many important issues which will be discussed with Doha, including investment, security, counter-terrorism, energy and aviation.