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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...


'Three Billboards' biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor. Frances McDormand won best...


Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel
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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabuls Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been brought into city hospitals, with six identified as forei...


Why has the U.S. Government shut down? What is shut, and what is not?
Source: Pankaj Thapa (With inputs from Reuters Report)

Why has the U.S. Government shut down? What is shut, and what is not?

President Trump and the U.S Congress failed to meet a Friday midnight deadline to pass a short term funding bill to extend federal funding, which has caused the U.S. Government to shut down. The government had been operating on temporary funding measures since the end of the fiscal year in September. Short term funding measures were being adopted as Republicans and Democrats were not being able t...


British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn
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British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran said on Saturday he is engaged to long-time friend Cherry Seaborn, whom he first met at school at the age of 11. Got myself a fianc just before new year, he wrote on an Instagram photo of him and Seaborn. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx. Sheeran, 26, and accountant Seaborn, 25, were pupils at the same school in Suffolk, ...


South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown
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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets. Apple is already facing lawsuits in the United States and elsewhere over accusations of having defrauded iPhone users by slowing down devices without warning to compensate for...


U.S. won't pay $45 million pledged for Palestinian food aid for now

The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. The State Department had said on Tuesday that Washington would withhold a separate $65 million it had planned to pay the U.N. agency that serves the Pales...


Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comm...


Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal
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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday Im not a racist in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from shithole countries. Trump also said he was ready, willing and able to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreeme...


Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire
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Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs. But convoluted and restrictive licensing demands, substantial finance requirements and a guarded medical profession mea...


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