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Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform

Students who survived a mass shooting at their Florida school on Sunday announced plans to march on Washington in a bid to “shame” politicians into reforming laws that make firearms readily available. The “March for our Lives” will take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country, a group of students told…

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Love is In the Air….Or Not?

By Gulrukh Tausif I am sure this is going to be a highly unpopular blog especially among the younger people but the fun and beauty of writing blogs is that I can put across my ideas and opinions with complete freedom and others are equally free to agree or disagree with my perspective. As soon…

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US wants to privatize International Space Station: report

Could the International Space Station become a commercial venture run by private industry?  That is the wish of the White House, which hopes to end funding for the costly program within a few years, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The US plan, the paper said, involves privatizing the ISS, a low-orbit space station piloted by…

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US mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil: Tillerson

Buenos Aires: The United States said Sunday it has not ruled out sanctions on Venezuelan oil as it turns the screw on President Nicolas Maduro, but is wary of hurting the country’s people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Argentina as he tours Latin American to bolster a common front against Venezuela’s bid to…

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Mexico studies request for US air marshals on cross-border flights

Mexico City: Mexico is studying a request by the United States to put armed US air marshals on cross-border flights, the head of Mexico’s National Security Commission said on Tuesday. “No decision has yet been taken on the matter,” Renato Sales told the Televisa network. But the proposal was for US federal marshals to be…

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Mattis warns of ‘growing threats’ from Russia, China

Washington: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that America is facing “growing threats” from China and Russia, and warned that the US military’s advantages have eroded in recent years. Mattis’s assessment came as he unveiled the Pentagon’s vision for the future detailed in a document called the national defense strategy. “We face growing threats from…

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Two US lottery winners pull in a total exceeding $1 billion

Some lucky person in New Hampshire has won $560 million in a Powerball lottery, officials said Sunday, just two days after someone in Florida won a cool $450 million, helping push the weekend’s total past $1 billion, apparently for the first time in US history. The winning ticket in New Hampshire was sold at Reeds…

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Bannon backs away from remarks that drew Trump’s ire

Former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Sunday sought to back away from incendiary remarks quoted in an explosive new book that have landed him in hot water with the president he helped elect. Bannon has found himself in dire straits since excerpts of Paul Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” —…

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Trump willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help deescalate the crisis over Pyongyang’s nuclear drive. Trump’s remarks were a further pivot from his often-bellicose rhetoric on North Korea and Kim, with whom he has engaged…

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Americans should worry about Kim’s mental fitness, not Trump’s: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump’s tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader’s mental fitness, not their president‘s. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Year’s Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear…

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Huge pro-regime rallies in Iran as protests die down

TEHRAN: Tens of thousands gathered across Iran Wednesday in a massive show of strength for the regime after days of deadly unrest, with state television showing vast crowds marching through several cities.  Chants of “Leader, we are ready” were heard as images showed thousands rallying in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere. The demonstrators waved…

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Trump on Iran: ‘Oppressive regimes cannot last forever’

US President Donald Trump weighed in on protests in Iran Saturday, warning that the country’s people want change and “oppressive regimes cannot endure forever.”  Trump posted on Twitter two clips of his speech to the UN General Assembly in September in which he took aim at the Iranian regime, which Washington has held out as…

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US ‘strongly condemns’ Iran protest arrests

The US State Department said Friday it “strongly condemns” the arrest of protesters in Iran, where dozens were detained during demonstrations against high prices and unemployment. The State Department is monitoring the protests, and urged “all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption,” spokeswoman…

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Trump’s vacation: golf, tweets and phone calls

President Donald Trump is spending his winter vacation at his exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida but he is not taking a break from two of his favorite things — golf and Twitter. Trump flew to his Florida resort on Air Force One a week ago, and his days since have tended to follow the same…

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US oil prices end above $60 for 1st time in 2-1/2 years

US oil prices finished above $60 a barrel for the first time since June 2015 after new data suggested American producers were being cautious about ramping up output. The benchmark US contract, West Texas Intermediate for February delivery, climbed 58 cents to finish at $60.42 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent North Sea crude for March delivery…

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Trump ‘disappointed’ in China over NKorea sanctions

US President Donald Trump — who has often hailed China’s efforts to put pressure on North Korea — hit out at Beijing Thursday for failing to cut off Pyongyang’s oil supply, saying such moves prevented a “friendly solution” of the crisis. “Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into…

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From stardom to politics: some precedents

Former international football star George Weah, who has won Liberia’s presidential run-off, follows several celebrities who have achieved the top job in their countries.  However, only one sportsman — Hungary’s double Olympic fencing champion Pal Schmitt — has previously become president. Here are some precedents: – US: Reagan and Trump – B movie actor Ronald Reagan,…

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Bitter Arctic chill hits Canada, northern and central US

A bitter Arctic chill settled across Canada and much of the United States Thursday, forcing people indoors, stranding motorists with dead car batteries and complicating firefighting duties. In Canada, firefighters saw water at times freeze in their hoses as they battled an overnight blaze south of Montreal, in Quebec province. Environment Canada increased the number…

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Chicago murder rate declines but still alarmingly high

After years away, Anthony Davis returned home to Chicago last year to take care of his elderly father. The predominantly African-American neighborhood on the city’s south side where the 51-year-old Davis grew up was unrecognizable. Abandoned homes dot the landscape and the once vibrant community had fallen prey to the gun violence plaguing America’s third-largest…

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Signs point to strong US shopping season

Americans shopped with greater gusto at malls and online this holiday season amid a strong labor market and cold winter weather, retail sales experts said Tuesday. Shoppers in the world’s biggest economy spent generously over the “Black Friday” weekend in late November that kicks off the US holiday shopping season, and buying picked up further…

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Mariah Carey back to Times Square New Year’s after debacle

Mariah Carey must have made a New Year’s resolution to ensure a better sound system. The pop diva confirmed that she will return to Times Square in New York to ring in 2018, a year after she was humiliated by technical issues at the annual televised ball-drop. “We can all agree that last year didn’t…

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