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The blaze started on Friday in the highly-polluted and biggest water body of the city, giving anxious moments to hundreds of residents living nearby before it was doused last night. George said he had urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to sanction separate funds for the development of lakes in the state's budget for 2018-19. The lake, according to the Karnataka Lake Development Authority, is the largest of the 262 lakes and accumulates about 40 per cent of the city's sewage.
  • Primark enjoys

    Primark enjoys "record Christmas" beating expectations

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    As well as jitters over the retail outlook, investors have been unable to overlook renewed signs of trading pressure at AB Foods' sugar business. Its sugar business lagged in the four-month period, with revenue from continuing operations down 12 per cent at constant currency rates and 13 per cent behind at actual exchange rates.
  • Francis wraps up Chile visit, heads to Peru

    Francis wraps up Chile visit, heads to Peru

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    The Pope was highlighting the conflict between the state and the Mapuche people, who centuries ago controlled vast areas of Chile but have since been marginalised. They asked him to bless their marriage. Pope Francis himself was struck by what appears to have been an item of clothing or a towel as he greeted crowds from the popemobile on his way to an open-air Mass in Chile's capital, Santiago.
  • Trump calls Bob Dole 'a true American hero'

    Trump calls Bob Dole 'a true American hero'

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    Its obverse (heads) features a portrait of Senator Bob Dole with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background. "He has never stopped earning his place in the pages of American history", Trump said . Dole, 94, was the only former GOP presidential nominee to endorse Trump during his 2016 campaign. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are now mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved.
  • American Arab group condemns USA cut in aid to United Nations agency

    American Arab group condemns USA cut in aid to United Nations agency

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    The head of UNRWA on Wednesday responded by saying that the agency would launch a global fundraising campaign to ensure that its schools and clinics remained open in 2018 and beyond. "This administration is thereby targeting the most vulnerable segment of the Palestinian people and depriving the refugees of the right to education, health, shelter and a dignified life", the statement continued.
  • Surprise Democratic victor of Wisconsin special election is a school board member

    Surprise Democratic victor of Wisconsin special election is a school board member

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    The race has been considered a litmus test throughout the state - and beyond - to gauge whether the special elections success experienced by Democrats elsewhere in the country would find its way to Wisconsin. 2018 is not looking like it will be a good year for Republicans. If the next three years of Trump are anything like the first has been, they will have a very hard time climbing out of the hole he's digging them into.
  • Tillerson signals deeper USA military commitment in Syria

    Tillerson signals deeper USA military commitment in Syria

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    It said however that the alliance did not have a presence on the ground in Syria and that the matter was an issue for the USA -led anti-IS coalition, which includes dozens of countries. "Tear off the insignia you have placed on the uniforms of the terrorists so that we don't have to bury them (U.S. soldiers) together with the terrorists".
  • Freedom House: Albania remains a partially free country

    Freedom House: Albania remains a partially free country

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    At the same time, Bulgaria's freedom of the media is placed in the category of "partially free" states. According to Freedom House , Albania also registered a record in terms of its competitive elections, however, political parties were highly polarized and often focusing on party leaders.
  • Serbian politician killed; Belgrade suspends talks in Brussels

    Serbian politician killed; Belgrade suspends talks in Brussels

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    There has not yet been any official comment from either Pristina or Belgrade , but ordinary citizens have expressed their shock at Ivanovic's death in a flood of posts on his Facebook page . His rise in full swing, he was appointed a minister in the Assembly of Kosovo after parliamentary elections in 2001 and he was a leader of the Serb List for Kosovo and Metohija in parliamentary elections held in October 2004.
  • Rahul Gandhi's temple visits merely for show: BJP

    Rahul Gandhi's temple visits merely for show: BJP

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    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday hit out at the Congress party for posting a sarcastic video over Prime Minister Narendra Modi and suggested party president Rahul Gandhi to perform positive politics. Mr Gandhi, in an informal speech later, accused the BJP of lying continuously and also depriving Amethi of its development projects. The poster is said to be displayed by a local named Abhay Shukla, who claims to have no connection with the Congress party.
  • North Carolina woman kills her 2 kids, jumps to death from bridge

    North Carolina woman kills her 2 kids, jumps to death from bridge

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    Police said Christina Elizabeth Treadway, 34, injured 3-year-old Iliyah Miller and 7-year-old Isaiah Miller in a home on the 2100 block of Sebastiani Drive. Photos show the kids' trips to a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, dressed up in Eagles football jerseys and opening gifts on Christmas morning. 'Iliyah and I have an incredible bond, ' Treadway posted on Instagram around the time of her daughter's birthday, as Charlotte Observer first reported.
  • 'US a step closer to N-war with usable warheads'

    'US a step closer to N-war with usable warheads'

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    The new administration will likely seek to accelerate and bolster the already unaffordable, 30-year, $1.3 trillion scheme to replace and upgrade all elements of the US nuclear triad and supporting infrastructure at force levels that exceed requirements set by the 2010 NPR Report and follow-on studies.
  • Full details on the chilling missile warning that people in Hawaii received

    Full details on the chilling missile warning that people in Hawaii received

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    Panic hit Hawaii Saturday morning as residents and visitors were warned of an inbound ballistic missile threat to the island. "What happened today was totally unacceptable", the Democratic governor said. EST, before leaving for Mar-a-Lago around 1:38 p.m., according to pool reports. Hawaii's economy depends heavily on tourism. He and his wife are in Hawaii for a conference.
  • Possibly armed man in custody after Greyhound bus chase

    Possibly armed man in custody after Greyhound bus chase

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    Greyhound said in a statement that the incident began around 9:50 p.m. CT. Police tossed down spike strips to try and stop the bus. Vargas-Rosas was ordered off the bus at gunpoint. "And this is a situation that could have really went a different direction, when you think about what's happening throughout our country right now: mass killings and shootings".
  • Treasury releases withholding tables for new tax law

    Treasury releases withholding tables for new tax law

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    And that results in a refund when they file their tax returns. "The new year is off to an exciting start, and I look forward to many more great things to come". "Republicans are using brute force and speed to implement a law that will deliver a financial blow to hardworking Americans all across the country", Sen.
  • Strong quake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

    Strong quake in southern Peru leaves one dead, scores injured

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    Arequipa Governor Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that one 55-year-old man died in the town of Yauca after being crushed by a rock. The epicenter was 56 km south of Lomas town in Arequipa at a depth of 48 km. "There is no longer a tsunami threat from this natural disaster", the center said. The powerful quake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said.
  • Republicans 'do not recall' Trump's alleged Africa slur

    Republicans 'do not recall' Trump's alleged Africa slur

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    The remarks leaked out, transforming a debate about saving from deportation some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children into another drama about Trump himself. Both Durbin and Graham were in the meeting. "This is a hard world and it doesn't help to label people", Young said . He also denied demanding that Haitians be removed from negotiations about protected status for people from certain countries.
  • Winter Storm Watch issued for Friday

    Winter Storm Watch issued for Friday

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    Readings fall into the 20s to near 30 degrees by daybreak as the precipitation wraps up. ADDITIONAL DETAILS.A layer of ice exists under the snow , making untreated surfaces very slick. Fortunately, it was pretty much smooth sailing for the Friday night homeward-bound commute. The ice accumulation from freezing rain and sleet anticipated prior to the start of snow could limit the ability of highway crews to substantially improve driving conditions, particularly in the early hours of ...
  • Pakistan army chief says nation felt 'betrayed' by USA criticism

    Pakistan army chief says nation felt 'betrayed' by USA criticism

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    In a telling sign of his priorities for the year, Trump's first foreign policy tweet of 2018 slammed Pakistan and was soon thereafter followed up by the suspension of an estimated $900 million of military aid to the South Asian state. Votel also told Bajwa the "US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan", it continued. "We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward".
  • Saudi women enter stadiums for first time

    Saudi women enter stadiums for first time

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    One woman described it as a great experience, completely unlike watching at home. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world's only ban on female drivers. Under his guidance, some aspects of the kingdom's guardianship system - which has aligned the country with a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, and under which a woman must have a male companion with her in public at all times - have become more relaxed.
  • Iran deal deadline approaching, as Trump weighs options

    Iran deal deadline approaching, as Trump weighs options

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    U.S. President Donald Trump , in a statement issued on October 13, refused to certify Iran's compliance to the nuclear deal and asked Congress to decide about the fate of the nuclear deal. Despite being outspoken in his criticism of USA foreign policy since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, Gabriel has also said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran's strategy in the Middle East.
  • India says $500 million missile deal with Israel will move ahead

    India says $500 million missile deal with Israel will move ahead

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    The Israeli envoy's statement indicates that Israel may have expected some reciprocity in diplomatic support from India when it came to the United Nations resolution on Jerusalem. On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power Breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar. In November, the defence ministry had made a decision to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.