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North Korea conducts testing of new rocket engine

Tensions between North Korea and the US escalated amid Pyongyang's missile tests and recent reports of activities in its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility. Last week, Mr Tillerson signalled a tougher strategy and left open the possibility of preemptive military action against the North. But if Pyongyang were to "elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option's on the table".

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Teen crashes vehicle into fence outside Trump's Mar-a-Lago

According to the White House, he will have a telephone conversation with Brazilian president Michel Temer on Saturday afternoon. There are more moving parts for the Secret Service when it comes to the first family. Due to variations in each trip Trump takes, it is hard to estimate the exact amount each Trump trip is costing the federal government. The cost is enough that officials in both New York City and Palm Beach, FL, are asking for their money back.

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Manipur CM Biren Singh initiates process to lift economic blockade: BJP

The other ministers are TH Biswajit Singh of BJP, L Jayantakumar Singh, L Haokip and N Kayisii of National People's Party, L Dikho of Naga People's Front and Karam Shyam of LJP. The police had at that time reportedly said the statement published in the newspaper that Biren edited was "seditious and anti-national". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to form a government in Manipur after Nongthombam Biren Singh, who was elected as the BJP's legislature party leader in the state on Monday, ...

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Trump's Popularity Reaches A Historic Low

Bill Clinton also experienced a 37 percent approval rating (the lowest of his presidency) in his first year but not until June 1993. President Donald Trump has a ratings problem, and we're not talking about the New Celebrity Apprentice .

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Lawmakers offer clashing opinions on Russian Federation question

The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential race - in which computer emails from the Democratic National Committee and related to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were stolen and made public.

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Albany County executive tries to ease fears of 'Meals on Wheels' cuts

The fundraising and volunteer recruitment message from Meals on Wheels is clear. In two days, the charity got more than $100,000 in donations - 50 times more than they'd normally receive. More than 2.4 million older Americans are served each year, including more than 500,000 veterans. "To think of a cut, any amount of cut is really unsafe".

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Indus Waters Treaty In Troubled Waters?

India and Pakistan began discussions on the Indus Water Commission on Monday after 22 months amid optimism that the meeting may lead to resumption of the composite dialogue between the neighbours. Moreover, Pakistan will put forward a proposal of deploying a monitoring mechanism to assess the adverse affects of climate change on the water flows of Indus rivers system during the meeting.

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Iowa State University president Leath leaving for Auburn presidency

With this, however, his name has been plagued with controversies such as his use of Iowa State's university-owned aircraft and a land deal this past summer with Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter. "I don't know, but it's nearly a necessity for (the next president) to have that land-grant experience", Earlon McWhorter said. The university employs 6,300 faculty and staff, and is esteemed as one of two Iowa research universities in the Association of American Universities.

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Airport shooting reignites security debate before French election

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Ben Belgacem appeared to have become caught up in a "sort of headlong flight that became more and more destructive". An autopsy on Belgacem will go ahead on Sunday, including a toxicology examination to detect whether he was intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. A brother and cousin of Belgacem were also questioned by police and then released on Sunday, the judicial source said.

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USA bans electronic devices on flights from eight majority-Muslim countries

The tweet said the ban applied to laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games-all of which would need to be placed in checked baggage. "We will share any further information once shared with us", a spokesperson for Royal Jordanian Airlines said. "However, what seems certain is that Royal Jordanian wasn't misinterpreting some policy, but rather there's some intelligence that's about to change travel for a lot of people".

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UK: US spying claims will not be repeated

U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster personally apologized for the claims and gave Britain assurances the White House would not repeat the claims again, according to The Telegraph . Trump sent out a series of tweets last weekend saying that he had found evidence that he had been wiretapped by Obama. Then, at a regular press briefing, Downing Street said it had sought and received reassurances that the allegations would not be repeated.

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British queen gives approval for United Kingdom to leave the EU

Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday gave her royal assent to a bill that authorizes Prime Minister Theresa May to officially start Britain's exit from the EU. But according to British government rules, if there is no commencement order the act will come into force from "midnight at the start of the day of the royal assent".

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Iraqi forces recapture Nineveh train station in western-Mosul

With many IS leaders having already retreated from Mosul, Ansary's death comes as blow to the militants as they defend their shrinking area of control in Iraq's second largest city. A displaced Iraqi man who had fled his home has his beard shaved inside Hamam al-Alil camp, south of Mosul on Tuesday. . "Daesh wanted us to move to their areas but we escaped when the army arrived", he said.

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Calm weather day today; more snow 'likely' Saturday

While the Lehigh Valley is expecting an inch of snow or less from this system early Saturday , getting out and about will likely require waterproof boots or shoes. Lows around 30. Northwest winds 5 to 10 miles per hour. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. The cool temperatures will drop as low as the mid-30s on the North Shore Wednesday night.

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Marine Le Pen pledges to work with Britain in Brexit negotiations

She was asked by Mr Farage if the EU's hardline stance on Brexit was putting the interests of Brussels above French workers, given her country's trade links with the UK. It's unlikely Le Pen's words will reassure many who fear what she would do if she gained power. The nationalist has pledged to renegotiate France's membership of the European Union and threatened that the republic would quit the bloc if she failed to get a decent deal.

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These Stats Prove Dont'a Hightower's Importance To The Patriots Defense

The 4-year, $43.5 million contract Hightower signed yesterday, elevates him in the ranks of the top-paid players at his position. Carolina's Luke Kuechly remains the highest at $12.4 million per season. Hightower wanted to return, and the Patriots reciprocated that feeling. The 27-year-old linebacker serves as the centerpiece of their defense, and he just earned his first Pro Bowl berth.

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In Dallas, 911 Center Is Haunted by 'Ghost' T-Mobile Calls

Kelli Merriweather, executive director of the Commission on State Emergency Communications, says her agency believes the problem is limited to Dallas 911. She made the second call at 5:57 p.m and it lasted eight minutes and 40 seconds. She called for a third time at 6:11 pm. "I've heard nothing, and they told me they'd keep me informed of what's going on", Taffet said.

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Trump to sign sweeping rollback of Obama-era climate change rules

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has also brought a federal court challenge against the Obama administration rules . The EPA had to file its midterm review this year and they rushed it to confirm the standards before Trump took over in January.

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Tourists hit by lava and boiling rocks as Mount Etna explodes

The BBC's global science reporter, Rebecca Morelle , was on assignment on Etna and described the experience in a series of tweets. Morelle said all those involved in the eruption were "okay" and had been brought of the mountain safely by an "excellent rescue team".

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Here's your very first look at Dave Chappelle's new stand-up specials

A Tribe Called Quest's "We the People" is the soundtrack for Dave Chappelle's new specials. If the trailer for his upcoming specials, both available to stream on Netflix as of March 21, is any indication, Dave Chappelle's glorious return has a theme, and that theme is awful, terrible death.

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SUV crash ignites fireball at Seattle gas station

The vehicle was launched into the air when it hit the roadside, propelling it into a parking lot and then into the Shell service station, where the CCTV footage of the incident begins. Investigators say the SUV crashed into a auto earlier, pushing it off the road and into a tree. There was one passenger of the SUV, a 40-year-old woman.

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House Intel Chair Says There's No Evidence of Trump's Wiretapping Allegations

Nunes told reporters Wednesday there was no evidence of the claim after the White House continued to claim Trump was surveilled. Regarding the matter of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said it would be "premature" for the president to accept the findings of both the House and Senate intelligence panels.

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Metro Nigeria Customs Reverses Policy On Payment of Vehicle Duties

In a letter to the Senate and signed by an Assistant Comptroller - General, Hameed Ali asked the Senate to differ the date of his appearance against the backdrop that the summon coincides with the Routine Management meeting of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS .

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Chinese Premier Says China Doesn't Want A Trade War With The US

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has dangled the prospect of more perks for Hong Kong and Taiwan even as he made clear that Beijing would not tolerate any breakaway moves. He also denied the economy was in for a hard landing and threw his support behind a united Europe. At first glance, the Asian giant's statements on Chinese trade relations with the USA and the world seem to be counterintuitive.

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Jewelry Evidence Helps Police ID North Korean's Body

FILE - Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, gestures toward his face while talking to airport security and officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. Subsequently, Kuala Lumpur made a decision to expel the North Korean ambassador. Malaysian police said that eight North Koreans are suspected of being involved in the killing, along with the two women.