• Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege
Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

For the past seven weeks, the Iraqi army - backed by USA -led coalition warplanes and local allies on the ground - has been fighting to retake Mosul , which was once considered Iraq's second most populous city. "They can't hold territory for long", the source said. "The Iraqi security forces have completely encircled the city", Dorrian said, add...

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  • Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands
Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Bilateral economic cooperation is likely to be discussed during the Japanese Foreign Minister's visit to Russia this week and a later meeting between Russian and Japanese leaders. "We proceed from an indisputable need for Tokyo to acknowledge the results of the Second World War, including the territorial issues regarding the south Kuril islands", D...

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  • Iran says it will reply to US sanctions renewal
Iran says it will reply to US sanctions renewal

With Washington keeping its hold on the sanctions noose, the president of oil-rich Iran said foreign investors were moving into its economy. That nuclear agreement included a tit-for-tat agreement that had Iran scale back its nuclear program in exchange for the six other parties lifting sanctions on Iran's banking and energy sectors.

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  • House lawmakers sign on to Jewish rep's letter seeking Bannon dismissal
House lawmakers sign on to Jewish rep's letter seeking Bannon dismissal

Dermer did not name Trump's appointee for White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman known for close ties to pro-Israel Republicans. As People for the American Way president Michael Keegan argued: "by choosing Bannon as chief strategist, Trump has made clear that he intends to carry the racism and anti-Se...

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  • Syrian troops capture additional areas of rebel-held Aleppo
Syrian troops capture additional areas of rebel-held Aleppo

The prosecution bid came as Syrian rebels who had controlled all of the east of the key northern city Aleppo lost a substantial portion of their territory to a major government offensive backed by Russian air strikes and foreign fighters. A correspondent for Al-Manar TV of Lebanon's Hezbollah group reported from inside east Aleppo's Haidariyeh ...

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  • NATO criticizes new Russian missiles near Poland, Lithuania
NATO criticizes new Russian missiles near Poland, Lithuania

Viktor Ozerov, head of the defence committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, said nuclear-capable Iskander missiles deployed to Kaliningrad in October would stay there permanently as a response to a military build-up of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in eastern Europe.

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  • Iraqi forces assault 2 villages south of Mosul
Iraqi forces assault 2 villages south of Mosul

Samarra, which lies 110 kilometres (70 miles) north of Baghdad , is home to a major security headquarters and to an important Shiite shrine where a 2006 bombing touched off two years of sectarian bloodletting. "There are efforts to bring water tankers to neighborhoods that have been retaken", Basseem said. "The longer it takes to liberate Mosul ,...

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  • BJP says victory in civic polls mandate for demonetisation
BJP says victory in civic polls mandate for demonetisation

Thanks to the statewide Patel agitation for reservation, the BJP suffered the first-ever electoral jolt in those December elections after the exit of Narendra Modi from the state politics to become the Prime Minister in 2014. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani took tweet on twitter and Congratulate the party for the victory in Gujarat municipal po...

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  • Irish boxer Katie Taylor wins on her professional debut
Irish boxer Katie Taylor wins on her professional debut

The referee sensibly intervened after 58 seconds of the 3rd round to avoid further punishment for the Pole whose 25th Professional bout that was compared with Taylor's first. The 30-year-old has admitted that she wants to continue in her field, despite losing in the Olympics Games earlier in August. I beat Sofya Ochigava at London 2012 -now she has...

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  • Ronaldo backed for Ballon d'Or by Perez
Ronaldo backed for Ballon d'Or by Perez

Perez was quoted as saying that Ronaldo "ought to win his fourth Ballon d'Or " and added that "Cristiano has become one of our greatest legends, the highest goalscorer in our history and a worthy successor to our beloved Alfredo Di Stéfano".

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  • China complains to Singapore over armoured vehicles
China complains to Singapore over armoured vehicles

Mainland Chinese law enforcement organisations had tipped off Hong Kong customs officials about a shipment of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) armoured vehicles that arrived at the city's port earlier this week, leading to its eventual seizure, a new report has alleged.

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  • Indian Soldier, 2 Rebels Killed in Kashmir
Indian Soldier, 2 Rebels Killed in Kashmir

The adviser's statement comes after Indian troops "targeted" a passenger bus and ambulance across the Line of Control earlier this week, and killed three Pakistan Army soldiers and 10 civilians in various incidents of "unprovoked" firing.

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  • Pearland Police looking for 9-year-old autistic boy
Pearland Police looking for 9-year-old autistic boy

Police in Texas are desperately searching for a nine-year-old CT boy with autism who has been missing since Thanksgiving afternoon. Volunteers had joined police in searching for McGee after he went missing. A bloodhound track pointed to the area of FM 1128 and FM 518. Police notified the public on their Facebook page that they found Marcus' b...

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  • 27 ceasefire violations between Nov 16 and 21, India tells Pakistan
27 ceasefire violations between Nov 16 and 21, India tells Pakistan

The Pakistani military said that Indian shelling killed at least 11 people on the Pakistani side on November 23, in the deadliest incident in weeks of border clashes. His statement came a day after 12 people, including three soldiers, were killed in alleged Indian cross-border firing. Pakistan has set up a high-level committee to formulate "a d...

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  • Indonesians protest violence against Rohingya Muslims
Indonesians protest violence against Rohingya Muslims

The innumerable casualties in state-sponsored massacres, communal violence, and the dismal condition of the Internally Displaced Peoples' Camps for the Rohingyas have resulted in grave physical and psychological damage. The foreign ministry has also issued a statement saying the Myanmar army's actions in Rakhine state are "causing dire consequenc...

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  • Colombia signs revised peace deal with FARC rebels
Colombia signs revised peace deal with FARC rebels

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos is signing, for the second time in under two months, a historic peace accord with leftist rebels. The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group, the Farc, have signed a revised peace deal.

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  • Thunderstorm asthma kills 4, sickens thousands in Australia
Thunderstorm asthma kills 4, sickens thousands in Australia

Ambulance Victoria was flooded with more than 1800 calls - more than six times their usual workload - after the storm hit Melbourne, prompting a "major disaster response" from emergency services. A number of other patients remain in intensive care. But as the pollen is broken down into smaller bits by wet weather, they easily can get past the hairs...

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  • Ondo Election Yoruba group calls for postponement of governorship poll
Ondo Election Yoruba group calls for postponement of governorship poll

SaharaReporters correspondent reported that some aggrieved members of the factional PDP, backed by 16 political parties, have called for the postponement of the election. Nigeria now has 29 registered political parties and twenty-eight are taking part in the Ondo election. He said fears by political parties that some names had been removed from t...

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  • Pocan to back Pelosi in Democratic House leadership race
Pocan to back Pelosi in Democratic House leadership race

Last Tuesday's election will forever be remembered as a major turning point for the United States of America. Ryan, a a seven-term lawmaker who represents Youngstown, wrote to his colleagues that "Democrats must not let this opportunity for change pass by without a fight".

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  • British Politician Says He'll Make Sure Trump Doesn't Grope Theresa May
British Politician Says He'll Make Sure Trump Doesn't Grope Theresa May

In today's Daily Telegraph Mr Farage - who joined Mr Trump on the campaign trail - says the relationship between Mr Trump's Republican Party and the Conservatives has " completely broken down ". That's exactly the kind of reaction they hope to produce. The UKIP leader said he would like to be Mr Trump's special adviser to Europe but acknowled...

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  • Thousands expected at Malaysian anti-government rally despite arrests
Thousands expected at Malaysian anti-government rally despite arrests

The group, which is supported by many civic organizations and opposition parties, has vowed to proceed with Saturday's rally in Kuala Lumpur despite a police ban and fears of clashes with a pro-government group. "In particular, a Bersih supporter was physically beaten up by these group of thugs", she said in a statement at the time. "Our stan...

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  • Israel President hopes India visit opens way for full FTA
Israel President hopes India visit opens way for full FTA

The unfolding fourth Industrial Revolution and advent of disruptive technologies will make some of the present skills and jobs redundant, but this will also open up many new areas of job creation, especially in the services sector. Rivlin arrived in India on Monday on a week-long state visit. "We agreed to intensify our cooperation to combat the fo...

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  • Nigel Farage Will Not be Donald Trump Intermediary: Downing Street
Nigel Farage Will Not be Donald Trump Intermediary: Downing Street

The Daily Telegraph reported that the United Kingdom government would be "forced" to seek Mr Farage's advice because it had no links to the new president's team. "It it comes down to it, I could be there as a responsible adult to make sure everything's OK". "I believe that this is a great opportunity for us in the United Kingdom to build on t...

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  • Japan valuable partner in India's journey to prosperity: Modi
Japan valuable partner in India's journey to prosperity: Modi

Briefing reporters on the deal, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar recalled that there were four stages in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal such as signing of 123 agreement in 2007, getting NSG clearance in 2008, finalising the reprocessing pact in 2010 and finally inking the administrative pact in 2015.

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  • Rocky relationship? Paul Ryan says he and Donald Trump are now 'fine'
Rocky relationship? Paul Ryan says he and Donald Trump are now 'fine'

Ryan said he will meet again soon with Trump to discuss what Trump's priorities are for the "lame duck" session of Congress that begins next week. The GOP will continue their six-year streak under the direction of reelected House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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  • Kevin Durant Erupts Against Russell Westbrook's Thunder
Kevin Durant Erupts Against Russell Westbrook's Thunder

But it wasn't sustainable for more than nine minutes-especially not on a back-to-back-and I suspect won't be sustainable for an entire season, unless Westbrook can put up a 40-12-10 every night. But Westbrook was on the break, flying to the rim, coming 100 miles per hour at Warriors forward Draymond Green . And as commentators on the blog have ...

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  • US dollar steady ahead of US presidential election
US dollar steady ahead of US presidential election

Comey sent a letter to Congress on October 28 notifying lawmakers that the FBI was investigating thousands of emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Comey has come under fire from Democrats over his decision to inform Congress about the new e-mails, discovered in the co...

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  • U.S. elections: France's Hollande congratulates Trump, warns of period of uncertainty
U.S. elections: France's Hollande congratulates Trump, warns of period of uncertainty

But she hasn't been seriously considered as a candidate who could actually become president. "It will be the responsibility of the next French president to work with the president chosen by the American people ", he said, adding that "France will always be the friend of America".

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  • Mosul offensive slows as Iraqi forces push into densely populated neighbourhoods
Mosul offensive slows as Iraqi forces push into densely populated neighbourhoods

Just a few miles from the clashes, Iraqi officers coordinating air strikes with the US-led coalition watched live drone footage showing a team of IS fighters regrouping near the front line. Provincial spokesman Ali al-Hamdani said the attacker set off a bomb-packed ambulance in a parking lot near Shiite pilgrims before detonating his explosives ves...

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  • Hillary is phenomenal;singularly qualified to be prez:Michelle
Hillary is phenomenal;singularly qualified to be prez:Michelle

Clinton took the stage after Obama, who galvanized the crowd by explaining how his former secretary of state was uniquely placed to succeed her as the nation's commander-in-chief. "Hillary is the face of failure". She cast the choice facing voters on Tuesday as a "test of our time". The States of the Nation poll found that early votes have been...

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  • IS claims 2 bombings near Baghdad killing at least 20
IS claims 2 bombings near Baghdad killing at least 20

The envoy says two years into the campaign, "in many ways we are ahead of where we thought we would be". Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday strongly condemned terrorist attacks in the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Samarra that killed several people, including some Iranian pilgrims in Samarra.

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  • Velkomið! That's Icelandic for 'Welcome,' to Wow Airlines
Velkomið! That's Icelandic for 'Welcome,' to Wow Airlines

Travelers can continue their trip to other European destinations including London , Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and Dublin. "Our recent growth and momentum at Pittsburgh International is matching the momentum and growth of our region". WOW air is a low-priced carrier that has been rapidly expanding into USA markets, with Pittsburgh becoming its f...

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  • Scotland looking for Andy Murray inspiration at Wembley
Scotland looking for Andy Murray inspiration at Wembley

Scotland are also set to play in pink shirts, with Federation Internationale de Football Association ruling the white sleeves on their blue home kit clash with the light blue sleeves on England's home strip. "The last couple of games were tough for us, but there is still plenty of time and we can get a positive result at Wembley". McGhee reveale...

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  • China passes law punishing companies for box-office fraud
China passes law punishing companies for box-office fraud

Rights advocates also say the laws will increase restrictions on China's internet, already subject to the world's most sophisticated online censorship, known outside the country as the Great Firewall. China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing that the law was similar to other countries' rules and did not distingu...

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  • Clinton Foundation: Donor Killed 'Unfavorable' Bill Clinton Tabloid Stories
Clinton Foundation: Donor Killed 'Unfavorable' Bill Clinton Tabloid Stories

Band asked Podesta to "speak to her" - a reference to either Hillary Clinton or her daughter - "and end this". "Once we go down this road", Band wrote ominously. The bush kid then told someone else who then told an operative within the Republican Party. Podesta replied, " You are perfecting your skills for understatement ".

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