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USA prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old Christian pastor, was detained two years ago in Turkey on spying charges, and faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. Turkey's image overseas is especially crucial because much of its growth has been fueled by foreign credit. "For now, we don't know the details for this investment package, but it's a sign for both Turkish domestic markets and global markets that Qatar has confidence in the Turkish markets", reports Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu, from ...

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Mark Warner Threatens Amendment to 'Block' Trump from Voiding Security Clearances

As Cummings pointed out, "if making "outrageous" statements or engaging in "wild outbursts on the Internet and television" were grounds for denying access to classified information, numerous President's top aides ― indeed the President himself ― would be swept into this unprecedented new category".

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Australian political leaders unite to condemn Fraser Anning over immigration 'final solution'

Mr Anning has refused to apologise and says his speech has been misinterpreted. His choice of the phrase " final solution " - used by Nazi high command during the Holocaust as a euphemism for the mass extermination of Jews - provoked instant and widespread condemnation, reports The Sydney Morning Herald .

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Navjot Singh Sidhu Arrived in Pakistan for Imran’s oath-taking ceremony

The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Saturday (August 18). "We have to have strict accountability in this country; the people who looted this country, I promise that I will work against them" and "the money that was laundered, I will bring it back - the money that should have gone towards health, education, and water, went into people's pockets" Khan pledged in continuation of his anti-corruption campaign.

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Pregnant woman, 2 daughters reported missing in Colorado

Ian Albert said Shanann Watts and her daughters were reported missing at 1:40 p.m. on Monday by a friend who was concerned that she hadn't heard from the woman. "I just want everybody to come home". He said they believe they know where the body of her two daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella , may be.

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Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Ex-CIA Director, a Major Critic

Castro said, "It's a clear abuse of power, and it's a mark of an authoritarian dictator, really, rather than a democratically-elected president of the United States". "I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham", Trump told the newspaper in an interview on Wednesday. And these people led it. Brennan, now a commentator for NBC and MSNBC, has been a persistent Trump critic and defender of the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation attempted to influence the ...

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Omarosa releases tape of Trump campaign's job offer

In his letter to the publisher Tuesday, ex-Hulk Hogan attorney Harder accused Omarosa and the publisher of "tortoious interference" with the non-disclosure agreement that the former Apprentice contestant signed during her White House tenure that was terminated in December.

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Bomb threat made at Boston Globe after editorial condemning Trump

Trump tweeted that he supports a free press but much of what the United States press prints is "fake news". Trump has labelled the news media "the enemy of the American people" and called much of the coverage "fake news". Led by The Boston Globe , members of the mainstream media chose to publish dozens of editorials defending their work and their constitutional right to exist.

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Clapper: Trump revoking security clearances would be 'very, very petty'

She ticked off Mr. Clapper, Mr. Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe , former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former top intelligence official Michael Hayden as others who could face scrutiny. " Andrew McCabe's security clearance was deactivated when he was terminated, according to what we were told was Federal Bureau of Investigation policy", Melissa Schwartz, McCabe's spokeswoman, tweeted .

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Man Arrested After Car Crashes Into Barrier Outside UK Parliament

Another recording shows injured cyclists and pedestrians lying in the street in the immediate aftermath of the incident. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said , "Huge thanks to our emergency services for their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning".

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Orca abandons body of her dead calf after 17-day journey

Her calf was born and died on July 24, and researchers say she towed it around for more than 1,500 kilometres. According to Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research , the 20-year-old whale appeared healthy despite her weeks-long ordeal.

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Sydney rises in the Economist's global liveability rankings

The Austrian capital ranked second in last year's survey. Perth ranked in 14th with a 95.9 per cent rating, while Brisbane failed to crack the top 20, placing 22nd at 94.3 per cent. It is now 13 places ahead of London, the biggest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago, while NY comes in at 57th. "The prolonged period of relative stability has resulted in the stabilisation of terrorism threat scores in several cities, especially in Western Europe".

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Iran's Supreme Leader: No war or talks with USA over sanctions

Khamenei added that Iran would enter negotiations only when it has reached a desirable level of "political, economic, and cultural" strength, but that now, "negotiations with the United States will be detrimental and are forbidden". Altmaier lauded the agreement reached by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during negotiations with Trump last month, saying the interim deal had saved hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe.

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Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on anniversary in Va.

On Saturday, as memorial ceremonies also got underway in Charlottesville, Trump wrote on Twitter: "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division". "I think there are a number of steps that the president has taken to move us in a better direction", he said, citing Trump's support of the opportunity zones legislation and his meetings with African-American pastors and business leaders in the year since the Charlottesville rally.

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American Troops Help Fight Off Major Taliban Assault

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militants are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out terrorist related activities. "Only the governor's office, police headquarters and intelligence agency's compound are in the hands of the government and Taliban are pushing to take them", said Chaman Shah Ehtemadi, a lawmaker from Ghazni .

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Get Paid To Live On A Greek Island And Play With Cats

You will be responsible for taking the cats to the vet in case of illness and you'll need to be able to drive a manual vehicle. According to the posting, this job is likely most suitable for those who are 45 years of age or older, and someone who is "responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined - and really, with a heart of gold!" 'You'll no doubt thrive best if you are the type of person who appreciates nature and likes tranquillity - and rest comfortably in your own company.

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GOP lawmaker: Russian meddling fanned the flames in Charlottesville

CBS affiliate WCAV-TV says the response efforts have been in development since March. The far-right organizer of last year's event, Jason Kessler , dropped a court challenge last month in his attempt to obtain a permit to hold a " Unite the Right 2 " rally in Charlottesville on August 12.

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Spicer says Omarosa's claim he was paid to laud Trump is bogus

He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room - what's supposed to be the most secure place in the White House . In her book, Manigault Newman paints a damning picture of President Donald Trump , including claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his " The Apprentice " reality series, on which she co-starred.

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United States military to create ‘Space Force’ by 2020

The time has come for Space Force, Vice President Pence told an audience at the Pentagon on Thursday. Whether the United States is really " going to have the Space Force " has yet to be determined, because only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military.

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NASA launches historic probe to 'touch Sun'

Launching in a ball of flame that lit up the night sky, Nasa's Parker Solar Probe today set off on its seven-year odyssey to unlock the secrets of the Sun. "Even I still go, really?" "It took a while for the Delta IV Heavy to clear the pad", Fox said, "but I was prepared for that, so I didn't panic". "We've accomplished something that decades ago, lived exclusively in the realm of science fiction", he added, describing the probe as one of NASA's "strategically important" missions.

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Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed past year when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his vehicle into counter-protestors. This year's Unite the Right is permitted to allow up to 400 people, but many say the number who will show up will be far less. Amid imagery of violent confrontations, and two days after the death of a young woman protesting against a massive white ...

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At least 4 dead in Canadian shooting

In a tweet , police acknowledged that two of those killed were from their department and that no names are being released at this time. Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000, said a suspect was in custody and being treated for serious injuries.

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Canadian universities scrambling amid Saudi student suspension

There's a lot of uncertainty for Saudi Arabian students after their country made a decision to suspend government scholarships for studying in Canada. "It would be a shame for those students if they are deprived of the opportunity to study here", Freeland told reporters. One well placed source said the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - which stresses the importance of human rights - planned to reach out to the United Arab Emirates.

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Trump sets goal to create USA military Space Force by 2020

He added, "History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead". Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., last year. Currently, the Air Force oversees most space capabilities and there is some push back from officials who worry Space Force's mission would be duplicative and create turf wars.

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak to be charged with money laundering

In a civil suit seeking to seize assets allegedly bought with 1MDB money, the DoJ alleges that playboy financier Jho Low used about $250 million stolen from the fund to purchase the Cayman Islands-registered yacht. "We have to maintain the good relations between the two countries", he said. The seizure was later declared invalid and without legal basis, and so was nullified based on technical grounds.