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Malaysia details submarine training cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Enthusiastic crowds, including tens of thousands of students, lined the route of his heavily guarded motorcade to the presidential Bogor palace. The king was also greeted by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta's Christian governor, who is on trial for allegedly insulting the Koran.

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Thought for the Week - Ash Wednesday

Beagley, associate pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church, said. Ancient traditions say that on the night of February 28, the Carnival season - the period of parties, balls and carnivals - ends. The Rev. Christine Bellefeuille started the morning in the parking lot of her Stillwater church, blessing folks who pulled in before work. One local church is taking the Ash Wednesday tradition to the streets, making the practice available to anyone who can't make it to an Ash Wednesday services.

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Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era water rule Tuesday

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. While 32 states and upward of 50 business, manufacturing and agriculture groups challenged the rule, seven states supported it and many environmental groups that largely back the rule challenged certain provisions in the rulemaking.

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Russian Federation and China's abusive use of veto "shameful"

This is the seventh resolution that Russian Federation has vetoed in the security council in order to shield the Syrian regime. China generally votes in line with the Russian position on Syria, and the veto it cast Tuesday was its sixth on a resolution seeking to address the conflict.

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Deadly Yemen raid resulted in no valuable intel

As we've discussed, the plan was to acquire intelligence and equipment at an al Qaeda camp in Yemen, but the mission quickly went sideways: Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens , a member of SEAL Team 6, was killed; several other Americans were injured; and by the end of the operation, multiple civilians, including children, were dead.

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Damaging winds, tornadoes possible Wednesday

Busy time: Spring is traditionally the busiest time for severe weather in the state. Forecasts are calling for severe weather, including damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour and quarter sized hail, for the Montgomery area on Wednesday .

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Billionaire heads toward confirmation as Commerce secretary

President Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S.jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. Although Ross made part of his fortune through worldwide deals with countries including China and Mexico, he will prioritize renegotiating trade deals with these countries.

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Police remove 9 families from homes in Ofra ahead of demolition

Police carried some of the settlers and protesters out of the red-roofed structures in the settlement of Ofra, while others walked out, escorted by officers. Amona residents announced they would begin a hunger strike today until the government keeps its commitment to build them a new settlement. The court rejected last minute petitions to halt the demolition or have the buildings sealed off.

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Mount Etna is erupting and it looks spectacular

Mount Etna is one of the world's most active volcanoes, according to the US Geological Survey. The fiery explosion could be seen in the nearby town of Catania, though the local airport remained open and is operating as usual today, reported the Associated Press (AP).

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French police sniper shoots two at Hollande speech

Mr Hollande, who will step down as President in May, was unhurt during today's incident, and continued his speech. "I don't think so", he concluded a few seconds later, launching back into his speech. An investigation into the incident has been launched and a public prosecutor is expected to hold a press conference later on Tuesday, reports La Provence .

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US Supreme Court weighs NC law banning sex offenders from social media

He came across a post from Packingham , who used an alias but also included a photo of himself and linked to an account used by his father and namesake. "The point is these people are being cut off from a very large part of the marketplace of ideas", Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told attorney Robert Montgomery, arguing for North Carolina .

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Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: army

However, Hamas militants continue firing rockets against Israel, while Israel is targeting Hamas positions in response. The group has observed a de-facto ceasefire with Israel since a 2014 war but small armed cells of Jihadist Salafis have continued to occasionally launch rockets at Israel.

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Bill Cosby Is Back in Court Today

Cosby's lawyer said, "Unless you've been living under a rock, the message that has been promoted, in insidious fashion, is that Bill Cosby is guilty, and that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist". The resulting news coverage has made selecting an impartial jury from the county impossible, they said. Cosby scowled through much of Monday's hearing and said nothing to reporters as he exited the court.

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China backs Pak's military operation Raddul Fasaad

The Inter-Services Public Relations, media wing of the military, says the checkposts have been set up to improve monitoring of suspected terrorists. At least 300 suspects have been arrested under "Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad" across the country up till the time including Monday.

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Azerbaijani soldiers are killed in Karabakh fighting

The Azeri defense ministry said the clashes had occurred early on Saturday in the remote Khojavend and Fizuli regions. Shortly after noon, Azerbaijani media published a comment from the former commander of Azerbaijani special forces Colonel Xetai Baxisov suggesting that the fighting began as Armenian forces attacked in the area of Azerbaijani-controlled Nargiz Tepe, several kilometers from the LoC, and north-northeast of the Karabakh Armenian town of Martuni.

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Hollande rebukes Trump following Paris remarks

Take a look at what's happening to our world folks and we have to be smart. "We can't let that happen to us", President Trump said . Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande also slammed Trump for his comments asking him not to disparage Paris, Efe news said.

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Swedes Stumped By Swedish 'National Security Adviser' On Fox

During the segment, which focused on the "link" between immigration and crime in Sweden's cities and suburbs, the man, Nils Bildt, spoke about the difficulties of integrating newly arrived immigrants and expressed his desire for the country's leaders to engage in "open and honest" debate about crime.

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Kansas City shooting survivor says alleged shooter asked about visas

Sunayana Dumala, Mr Kuchibhotla's wife, told a news conference organised by the technology company Garmin , where her husband and his colleague worked, that she wondered what the U.S. Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla - Alok Madasani - Ian Grillot. The suspect allegedly fled on foot and was arrested five hours later at a restaurant just over the state border, 130km away in Clinton, Missouri.

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France make triple change for Ireland trip

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said the return of Sexton's field leadership was important, but credited the foul conditions and partisan home support with playing a potentially critical role against a physically powerful opponent. "Johnny has been in camp with us all through the campaign so far and he slotted in really well", said Murray. "We just want to get the ball and play".

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Warren Buffett criticises Wall Street as Apple investment pays off

During the financial crisis, he bet a founder of the asset management company Protege Partners $1m that a Vanguard S&P 500 stock index fund would outperform several groups of hedge funds of over the 10 years through 2017. In a letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett wrote, "American business - and consequently a basket of stocks - is virtually certain to be worth far more in the years ahead".

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Severe thunderstorm watch in Baltimore through Saturday night

Expect thunderstorms to develop shortly after 3 PM this afternoon. At 2:05 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Tyler Run-Queens Gate, moving northeast at 40 miles per hour, the NWS said. The main concerns appear to be lightning and locally heavy rain. Storms are forecast to be at their most intense, this evening - those chances diminishing after midnight.

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Iceland's president says he would ban pineapple on pizza

Jóhannesson has become a political hero overnight after denouncing pineapple on pizza. The Icelandic diet is heavy on lamb, dairy, and fish, but if President Jóhannesson wants to switch things up and go vegan, he can always try Blackbird Pizzeria 's take on the Hawaiian, featuring house-smoked tofu instead of the traditional ham, roasted pineapple and daiya cheese.

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USA changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight in Iraq

Iraqi security forces members pose with a seized ISIS flag after driving its militants out of Mosul's airport , southwest Mosul, Iraq, February 23, 2017. Despite an announcement by a senior US Army official this week that US servicemen would be embedded closer to the theater of operations, Dorrian said that US troops were still staying out of danger.

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Verizon and Yahoo agree to $350M discount, shared liabilities

What's left of Yahoo after the deal - a holding company to be called Altaba - will be exclusively responsible for liabilities stemming from shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Yahoo, with liabilities from other litigation and government investigations to be split 50/50 with Verizon.

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Trump's aides don't want to admit the President is golfing

Former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O'Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer were also present and pictured with McIlroy and the president but McIlroy said the pair were not part of the fourball. Trump's deputy press secretary said that Trump and McIlroy only played a "couple of holes" this weekend, only to be contradicted by an interview McIlroy gave where he said that they played a full 18 holes and that Trump was a "decent player".