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Mosul battle: Iraqi government forces reach Tigris river

The city is the last major center in Iraq still controlled by "IS". Once the Iraqi forces reach the river it would be reportedly hard for the jihadists to defend Mosul . Gen Saadi said warplanes from the US-led coalition killed dozens of IS militants who were using the hill as a position to fire from. The Islamic State claimed the attack in an online statement, saying it had targeted a "gathering of Shi'ites".

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Video captures shooting of U.S. consular official in Mexico

The consular, whose identity has been withheld, was shot in the chest but is in stable condition. Moments before the shooting video from different cameras showed the official, dressed in shorts and a sleeveless shirt, paying his parking ticket at an automated machine.

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Mark Hamill Is Dubbing Trump Tweets as the Joker

Hamill, who has voiced the diabolical villain since the early 1990s, uploaded the 30-second reading of Trump's New Year's Eve message to Twitter on Saturday. Hamill replied that he love to because "nobody writes better super-villain dialogue than (Trump)". Soon after, Hamill himself tweeted to the Oswalts, "As soon as I figure out how to tweet soundbites, I'd LOVE to".

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Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82

Throughout his political career, the former president was seen as a conduit for better relations with the West. "The soul of a giant of the revolution and politics, the embodiment of patience and perseverance, has ascended to heaven", Rouhani said in a Twitter posting soon after Rafsanjani's death was announced.

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Man Hanging Unconscious From Lift Rescued By Professional Slackliner

In an Instagram post about the rescue, Wilson said after the operator stopped the lift, he and others tried to build a human pyramid to reach the dangling man. "I've done that exact same move, kinda on your butt slash thigh, I've done that for 200 feet before", WIlson said. In dramatic vision of the rescue, bystanders can be heard shouting "cut him loose" before the man falls to the snow, where ski field staff begin performing CPR.

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WikiLeaks considers building a database of Twitter users' personal information

This controversy got a fresh lease of life when the WikiLeaks taskforce tweeted "We are thinking of making an online database with all "verified" twitter accounts and their family/job/financial/housing relations", something that didn't go well majority of the netizens.

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China To Budget $361 Billion For Renewable Energy Projects By 2020

The investment will result in installation of renewable projects including wind, hydro, solar and nuclear power which would account for about half of new electricity generation by 2020. The spending comes as the cost of building large-scale solar plants has dropped by as much as 40% since 2010. In December 2016, the country's economic planner National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced its five-year plan, which involved funding commitment of CNY1 trillion ($144.8bn) to ...

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Russian Federation to withdraw armed forces from Syria starting with aircraft carrier group

Russian Federation has carried out air strikes on anti-government rebels since 2015. Gerasimov added that the first to leave will be Admiral Kuznetsov's aircraft carrier naval group. The intra-Syrian peace talks were supposed to take place in February 2016, but were suspended two days after kicking off. Russian Federation and Turkey have backed opposing sides in Syria, with Moscow supporting President Bashar al-Assad while Ankara backs rebels fighting to oust him.

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Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter over killing of wounded Palestinian man

Together with more than a hundred other protesters the 31-year-old Tel Aviv woman is standing in front of military headquarters where Elor Azaria has just been convicted of manslaughter . The video, recorded by Btselem, an NGO that often films violations in the Palestinian territories, quickly became viral when it was released last March.

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Indonesia halts military co-operation with Australia

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne has confirmed joint activities between the two nations would be postponed as the Australian Army investigates the "serious concerns" raised by an Indonesian National Armed Forces officer late previous year.

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Netanyahu: Israel Will Try to Prevent Possible New UNSC Resolution

That move rocked longstanding United States foreign policy and caused a rare uproar between traditionally allied nations: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then summoned the U.S. Israel's policy is immoral and ultimately untenable. Even with the increased diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Israel, this rhetoric is mostly symbolic.

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IS video claims Modi, Obama, Turkey's Erdogan working against Muslims' interests

The number of Russian visitors dropped sharply after Moscow took a series of measures to discourage Russian citizens to travel to Turkey for eight months after the Turkish armed forces have shot down a Russian war plane in December 2015. He insisted that it is Turkey that carries out the most effective struggle against Islamic State. "We're trying to coordinate support in the best way possible, and that's part of the give-and-take that' going on with Turkey right now", he told ...

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Republican senators introduce bill to move embassy to Jerusalem

Rubio is referring to the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act passed by Congress mandating the USA embassy be relocated from its present home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to the still-contested Israeli capital of Jerusalem. "While administrations come and go, the lasting strength of our partnership with one of our strongest allies in the Middle East continues to endure".

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Sentencing phase for Dylann Roof underway

But Gergel restricted Roof's movements in the courtroom, ordering him to speak to jurors from behind a podium when he delivers his opening statement and barring him from approaching the jury, witnesses or the judge during the proceedings. "He can not approach witnesses, the jury or the bench and has to give opening statements from behind a podium". Even some involved in the investigation and prosecution - including William Nettles, the former USA attorney in SC, and Vanita Gupta, the head of ...

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Kane Williamson steers New Zealand to six-wicket win

Guptill pulled a hamstring while running between the wickets in Saturday's third one-day global, which New Zealand won by eight wickets, and could be sidelined for up to four weeks. Tom Bruce made his mark on debut when he took a catch to dismiss Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal for 11 off his Central Districts teammate and fellow debutant Ben Wheeler.

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Donald Trump Ties Turkey Nightclub Attack to Need to Build Border Wall

Emanuel's spokesman Adam Collins responded in a statement saying that if the federal government really wants to help, it can fund summer jobs programs for at-risk youth and pass meaningful gun laws. Mr Trump also announced plans to dissolve a controversial foundation established in his name, but officials said he can not do so while it was the subject of criminal investigation.

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1000+ Migrants Attempt to Break Into Spanish Territory

Yesterday 1,100 migrants tried to cross into the enclave from Morocco. The vast majority of the migrants were returned back to Morocco, although two people were allowed into Spain because they needed hospital treatment. Many men sat straddling the top of the first fence for several hours before being lifted down by cranes. El Pais reports that Spanish Civil Guard officials' suspicions were aroused by the 22-year-old woman's nervous body language as she pushed her luggage cart at the ...

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Hundreds attend Cotton Bowl watch parties in Kalamazoo

While the loss to Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game still looms large for the Badger faithful, the University of Wisconsin football team ended the 2016-17 season on a high note with a close win over Western Michigan University Monday.

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Donald Trump Issues Fresh Attack On United Nations

Trump aides appear to have made an effort in recent weeks to offer additional access, allowing reporters to camp out outside a doorway at Mar-a-Lago to document staff and Cabinet candidates' arrivals and departures and providing information about his meeting schedule.

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Storms guarantee rain, snow and a New Year's chill

Snow accumulations will be 1 to 3 inches in Flagstaff, but Forest Lakes and other locales along the southeast rim could see up to 10 inches. This system will be fairly light with snow totals less than an inch for many locations. Low temps will fall below freezing overnight. Showers will push in throughout Sunday , with the best chance for rain arriving after lunchtime. At this point, there will be a wintry mix developing Monday afternoon, changing to light rain from Highway 29 on south by ...

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British Airways flights affected by fog in London

The weather has also affected Gatwick and London City Airport - although the fog is expected to finally ease on Friday night. "The arrival of a snow storm across southern B.C.is not expected to cause delays here in Kamloops, but systemic delays may build as a result of delays at other airports", Legace says in the release.

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Watch live as bald eagles protect their soon-to-be-born eaglets

The Southwest Florida Eagle Camera was launched in 2012. Russ Ochs, with the Audubon Society and McGough Nature Park in Florida, told NBC affiliate WXIA the eggs "will likely hatch one day apart". November 25, so it's due to hatch Friday. This falls marks the second season at this location for Harriet and M15 as a mated pair. - Usually, they will average about 2 eggs per nest.

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Brazil policeman confesses to killing Greek ambassador -TV report

He was previously Greece's ambassador to Libya and worked as consul in Rio from 2001-2004. The other two suspects are a policeman and a young man, the source said. It was parked under a highway overpass in the area where the couple had been staying. The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that requested the "full mobilization of all the authorities of Brazil", but it did not give further details.

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Richmond's minimum wage increases to $12.30/hour on January 1

Jerry Brown and state legislators. The first increase starts Saturday: The minimum wage for workers in New York City will increase to $11 an hour or $10.50 an hour for employers with less than 10 workers. For example, AB 1732 bill will require single-user toilet facilities in all businesses, government agencies and other public places be branded as "all-gender" restrooms by March 1.

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The Terrifying Trailer for Alien: Covenant is Here

Alien: Covenant will be released on May 19th, 2017. The " Alien : Covenant " not only has a connection with the "Prometheus", but the story has a connection with Scott's 1979 movie " Alien ". Headed toward a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, menacing world in which the only inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), a survivor of the ...