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Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, who for years has faced allegations that he abused women and underage girls, appeared in court in Chicago on Saturday to face charges that he sexually assaulted four people, including three teenagers. Cook County Judge John Lyke set bail at $1 million for Kelly after calling the allegations “disturbing” during a hearing.

07:57:02 on 24 Feb

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Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj accepted the invitation to present the Guest of Honour's address at the 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi to be held on 1-2 March. The invitation to address the inaugural plenary was extended by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE.

02:32:03 on 23 Feb

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Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators were held for questioning by Vietnamese police after they appeared in Hanoi, where the US and North Korean leaders will meet next week for a second summit. About 10 police officers later showed up at a local TV station where they were giving an interview, and told them to stop making media appearances or risk being deported.

08:57:01 on 23 Feb

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US president Donald Trump today said that the situation between India and Pakistan is "very dangerous" after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which over 40 CRPF soldiers were killed, news agency AFP reported. "It's very dangerous situation between the two countries," Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, according to AFP.

06:27:02 on 23 Feb

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Lieutenant General (retd) Asad Durrani, the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was found guilty of violating the military code of conduct after he co-authored a book The Spy Chronicles with AS Dulat, the former chief of India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Geo News reported.

07:41:27 on 22 Feb

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The family of a London teenager who joined the ISIS in Syria said Friday it would challenge the British government's decision to revoke her citizenship. Shamima Begum travelled to Syria in 2015 aged just 15 but has now fled the crumbling "caliphate" and says she wants to come home, after giving birth in a refugee camp last weekend.

06:58:22 on 22 Feb

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A deep earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early on February 22 morning, the United States Geological Survey said. The quake’s epicentre was in a sparsely populated area 224 km east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, at a depth of 132 km. The USGS’s initial reading had assessed the quake, which occurred at 3.47 p.m. IST, at magnitude 7.7.

05:52:55 on 22 Feb

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North Korea has warned that it is facing a food shortfall of some 1.4 million tons in 2019 and has been forced to almost halve rations, blaming high temperatures, drought, floods and UN sanctions in a memo seen by Reuters. The release of the undated two-page memo by the North Korean mission to the United Nations comes ahead of a second summit next week between U.S.

04:56:01 on 22 Feb

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US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday urging wireless carriers to deploy 5G and ‘6G’ networks in US ‘as soon as possible’. However, the sudden spur of the President’s tweets in support of the next-gen wireless telecom advancements was sneered at, as 6G technology does not exist, yet.

03:24:16 on 22 Feb

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Celebrities have lashed out at Empire actor Jussie Smollett following his arrest after many of them publicly voiced support for him when he first claimed he had been targeted in a racist and homophobic attack. Smollett was arrested on Thursday for filing a false police report. Hollywood celebrities like Tyler Perry and O Shea Jackson has posted about it on Social Media.

02:17:22 on 22 Feb

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Pakistan has said it is not concerned if India diverted the waters of Beas, Ravi and Sutlej a day after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the country had decided to fully utilise its share of unused water from the rivers. The minister's statement had appeared to be the latest strike against Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack last week.

01:14:04 on 22 Feb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held constructive talks on enhancing bilateral cooperation in key areas including trade, investment, defence and security. PM Modi, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea to strengthen India’s strategic ties with the country, was accorded an official reception at the Blue House, the executive office.

12:02:41 on 22 Feb

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Personalizing your license plate just got more fun -- at least if you live in Queensland, Australia. Queensland official personalized license plate vendor PPQ is launching "Emoji Plates" next month so that your car can wink at everyone you pass. According to reports, Personalized Plate Queensland is now letting drivers include an emoji on their license plates.

11:33:53 on 22 Feb

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The UN Security Council resolution condemning the Pulwama attack contained specific language proposed by India, which includes naming the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and calling for bringing the terrorists behind the attack to justice, say sources. Sources say these bits of the text, which India proposed through its partner countries, were opposed vehemently by China.

10:56:05 on 22 Feb

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Pakistan banned the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, amid intense global pressure to rein in the terror groups following the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. It was further decided that the two groups be notified as proscribed organizations by the Ministry of Interior.

09:38:11 on 22 Feb

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As the week-long meeting of the Financial Action Task Force ends in Paris on Friday, all eyes will be on the FATF president’s briefing on the outcomes of the plenary. In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, India has made a strong case against Pakistan’s non-compliance in curbing terror funding. India wants Pakistan to be put under “closer scrutiny immediately”.

09:32:27 on 22 Feb

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Police in Florida want to know who spray-painted "#MeToo" on the leg of a statue depicting a sailor and a dental assistant kissing at the end of World War II. Sarasota police officers found the phrase painted in red on the left leg of the woman in the "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota early Tuesday. The paint covered the length of the nurse's leg.

05:10:54 on 21 Feb

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President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike. The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba.

05:09:38 on 21 Feb

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Beijing’s Forbidden City has been illuminated and opened to the general public for night visits for the first time to celebrate China’s Lantern Festival. As night falls, visitors were welcomed by a light show at the Meridian Gate exhibition hall. The Forbidden City, which served as China’s political center for more than 500 years, is now known as the Palace Museum.

05:05:06 on 21 Feb

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A day before Saudi crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was to reach India, all conversation was directed towards where the Saudi prince will come from. MBS was in Pakistan till Monday before heading back home, and then flew out again to India. The Saudi royal made it very clear that his visit to Pakistan had nothing to do with India, at least not directly.

04:47:30 on 21 Feb

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At a time when Pakistan is under immense global pressure on terrorism, the country’s cash-strapped government has gifted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman a gold-plated assault rifle, a media report said. The unusual gift for a visiting foreign dignitary was presented to Mr. Mohammad during his first official official visit to Islamabad.

04:10:45 on 21 Feb

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At least 70 people were killed in a fire that swept a centuries-old area of Bangladesh capital Dhaka. The fire initially broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion. Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon called off rescue operations at around 12:10pm after almost 14 hours of efforts.

03:31:53 on 21 Feb

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Saudi Crown Prince arrived in China on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that aims to expand the kingdom's influence on the continent. Chinese Premier Xi's resolve to deepen ties Saudi Arabia's chief strategic rival Iran and the criticism it faces over the treatment of Muslim Minority groups in the country may hold centre stage during the Crown Prince's visit.

11:53:57 on 21 Feb

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Pope Francis kicks off a red-letter global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges for change clamour for incisive reforms. The pontiff has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle paedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018.

11:19:55 on 21 Feb

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Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain’s governing Conservatives quit over the “disastrous handling of Brexit” on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. The resignations put May in an even weaker position in parliament, where her Brexit deal was crushed by lawmakers last month.

06:48:15 on 20 Feb

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In a significant development, the New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday passed a motion condemning the 14 February Pulwama terror attack. Earlier the MEA responded to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s statement on Pulwama attack and said that “the Pakistani PM has ignored claims made by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, as well as by the terrorist, who perpetrated this heinous crime".

12:41:19 on 20 Feb

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US President Donald Trump Tuesday described as a “horrible situation” the Pulwama terrorist attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, in which 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting reports on it and would issue a statement. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, the US has also been in contact with Pakistan.

10:44:28 on 20 Feb

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, will seek to run for the White House again in 2020, he said in an interview that aired on Tuesday. Mr. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, made the announcement in an interview on Vermont Public Radio (VPR).

07:46:04 on 19 Feb

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India is likely to strongly raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even as the two countries will look at further enhancing defence ties, including having a joint naval exercise, during his two-day visit here beginning on Tuesday, officials and sources said.

07:26:48 on 19 Feb

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Pakistan has sought the UN's urgent intervention to "defuse tensions" with India following the Pulwama terror attack, the country’s Foreign Office said on Tuesday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said in the letter that attributing the attack to Pakistan even before investigations was absurd.

01:00:31 on 19 Feb

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California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a statement on Monday saying 16 States including California allege the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

09:07:11 on 19 Feb

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India is likely to strongly raise the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even as the two countries will look at further enhancing defense ties during his two-day visit beginning on Tuesday. Official sources said Saudi Arabia was no longer accepting Pakistan's narrative on Kashmir and cross border terrorism,

09:03:19 on 19 Feb

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Pakistan Monday conferred its highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his “outstanding support” in reinvigorating the ties between the two countries. The award was presented by Pakistan President Arif Alvi at a special ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad.



05:23:49 on 18 Feb

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India was appalled at the terrorist attack that killed 40 paramilitaries of the Central Reserve Police Force in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February. Even though Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, fingers of blame are also being pointed in China’s direction.

04:22:50 on 18 Feb

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Jihadi bride Shamima Begum is being treated worse than Nazi war criminals, her lawyer has said after the runaway schoolgirl pleaded to bring her newborn son back to Britain.
Her family's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said that even mass murderers in World War II had been given 'due process', as debate rages in Britain about whether to allow her to return.

01:15:55 on 18 Feb

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Visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has expressed optimism about the economic future of Pakistan, saying his country had been waiting for leadership like that of PM Imran Khan to partner with Islamabad in various areas. The Crown Prince said Pakistan was a "dear country" to all Saudis and that the two countries "have walked together in tough and good times."

11:15:52 on 18 Feb

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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed a raft of investment deals Sunday worth up to $20 billion for the cash-strapped South Asian country, as Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman launched his Asia tour seeking to emerge from the Khashoggi affair. Pakistan is facing a serious balance of payments crisis and hopes the deals will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy.

05:57:01 on 18 Feb

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Amid heightened security, cash-strapped Pakistan was on Sunday ready to receive Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Unease ran in the inner circle of the Pakistani govt that the Saudi prince might call off the trip due to security reasons after build-up of tensions between Pakistan and India following the terror attack on CRPF soldiers Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.

04:43:31 on 17 Feb

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Iran and India delivered a stern message to Pakistan when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a brief stopover in Iran on Saturday, days after both countries lost soldiers to attacks carried out by terrorists operating from Pakistani soil. Swaraj met Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Aragchchi while en route to Bulgaria as part of her three-nation tour.

11:21:33 on 17 Feb

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China’s culpability in the Pulwama attack of Indian jawans is unmistakable. In keeping with its master plan, Beijing brazenly shields Pakistan’s export of terrorism, including blocking UN action against Pakistan-based terrorists like Masood Azhar. Indeed, China has long used militants to attack India’s weak points, including by originally training Naga and Mizo guerrillas.

02:32:06 on 17 Feb

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Amid the global outrage over the attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, India and the United States will once again push to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations. According to official sources, the government will hold talks with the US to bring another resolution to the UN Security Council for a ban on Azhar.

11:43:49 on 16 Feb

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort faces up to 24 years in prison after being found to have violated his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, a court document filed said. He was convicted in August in a Virginia court on eight charges of banking and tax fraud related to his work for Russia-backed political parties.

10:02:46 on 16 Feb

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President Donald Trump, repeating his claim that "walls work," announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress. Trump said, that a wall is needed to stop an "invasion" of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico.

10:11:36 on 15 Feb

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China has banned the entry of visitors who don't have climbing permits into the core zone of the Mount Everest National Nature reserve in Tibet to better conserve the environment of the world's highest mountain. But for travellers, who have a climbing permit, the mountaineering activities will not be affected, according to the reserve, which was set up in 1988.

06:39:33 on 15 Feb

After British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered another humiliating defeat in the House of Commons, her Brexit plans are no closer to coming together than they were a week ago. In fact, last night's events have pushed Britain closer to a no-deal exit from Europe -- and put her strategy in even greater disarray.

03:20:00 on 15 Feb

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As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she’s pursuing a bid to become the country’s first transgender prime minister. The 52-year-old is one of three candidates put forward by a political party for the post in next month’s general election.

01:15:52 on 15 Feb

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US President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill averting a government shutdown but will also issue an emergency declaration to fund his controversial border wall, the White House and lawmakers said Thursday. Pelosi, Trump's Democratic nemesis, expressed disdain for the president's upcoming emergency declaration, warning that he was doing "an end run around Congress."

08:25:01 on 15 Feb

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India and China are leading the global greening effort, which is quite contrary to the general perception worldwide, a latest NASA study said Monday, observing that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago. The effect comes mostly from ambitious tree-planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.

06:10:01 on 14 Feb

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world “can’t achieve peace and security in the Middle East without confronting Iran.” Mr. Pompeo spoke before the opening session of a Middle East security conference in Warsaw. Appearing next to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Pompeo says “pushing back” against Iran is central to dealing with all the region’s other problems.

02:32:43 on 14 Feb

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be making his first state visit to India. The visit is of course important for both sides.The Prince is refurbishing his global image after the crisis relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. And Modi will be able to proclaim to certain sections of the electorate that he remains a prominent leader on the global scene.

07:31:59 on 13 Feb

Hawaii, the tropical volcanic archipelago in the central Pacific, was just turned into a snow land after it got hit by a massive winter storm. According to CNN, the US state was covered in snow causing an unbelievable scenario, which the officials are calling has happened for the first time ever.

07:02:11 on 13 Feb

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Venezuela's oil exports have tapered off and shifted toward India since new US sanctions began on January 28 as state-run oil company PDVSA seeks to replace deliveries to the US and Europe that were disrupted by payment restrictions. The South American nation is turning its focus to cash-paying buyers, especially in India, its second-largest customer after the US.

10:40:53 on 13 Feb

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The British Broadcasting Corporation has asked the White House for a review of security arrangements after a BBC cameraman was assaulted at a Donald Trump rally. BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter yelling anti-media slogans during the US president's rally in Texas, late Monday. The White House Correspondents' Association condemned the attack.

09:10:02 on 13 Feb

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Of all the counterproductive policy campaigns conservatives have waged in recent years, among the most irrational has been their war on the federal government's efforts to update the lightbulb. Swapping out all the old incandescent bulbs across the country would save an astonishing amount of energy, which would translate into big savings for consumers and less pollution.

06:18:20 on 12 Feb

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A supporter of US President Donald Trump attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in Texas, the news network said on Tuesday. Sporting a "Make America Great Again" cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC's Ron Skeans and other news crew before being pulled away at the rally at El Paso on Monday night.

03:54:41 on 12 Feb

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A Malaysian man walked out on his four-moth old pregnant wife and his child due to addiction to the online game PUBG. Ever since he was introduced to the game by his folks, it made him severely hooked onto it and things went so out of control for the family. They would constantly fight and quarrel as stated by World of buzz, quoting a viral Facebook post written in Malay.

03:29:09 on 12 Feb

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PM Theresa May will tell British lawmakers to hold their nerve over Brexit to force EU to accept changes to the divorce deal that would pave the way for an orderly exit. UK is on course to leave the EU on Mar 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to reopen the divorce deal she agreed in November and then sell it to sceptical British lawmakers.

03:00:56 on 12 Feb

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Japan said on Tuesday it had lodged a complaint with South Korea and after a Korean lawmaker said the Japanese emperor should apologise to "comfort women" forced to serve in Japanese military brothels in World War Two. Relations between Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies, have amid an intensifying row over their wartime history.

02:40:01 on 12 Feb

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Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there. The move came after officials in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, with a population of about 3,000 people, appealed for help.

12:37:34 on 12 Feb

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Saudi Arabia had "absolutely nothing to do" with the National Enquirer's reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said. Bezos accused AMI, the Enquirer's owner, of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing "intimate photos" he allegedly sent to his girlfriend.

11:32:22 on 11 Feb

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Donald Trump pushed back on Sunday at the suggestion he spends much of his work day taking it easy. According to details published last week by Axios, 60 per cent of Trump's work life is categorized as "executive time," meaning unstructured time to make phone calls, read newspapers, tweet and watch television.

07:55:02 on 11 Feb

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Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi's body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found.

06:10:01 on 11 Feb

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The Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate for PM could be banned from a general election after an activist said he would file a petition seeking its dissolution. Her announcement drew a swift rebuke from King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who issued a statement hours later saying it was 'inappropriate' for members of the royal family to enter politics.

05:12:59 on 10 Feb

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The UK government has begun hiring for jobs in a new crisis command and control centre to be set up to tackle a chaotic no-deal Brexit next month, a media report said today. Briefing notes, seen by "The Guardian"', have been issued by the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to recruitment agencies to seek potential recruits for the so-called EUXE.

07:50:50 on 09 Feb

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