• Female genital mutilation: United Nations calls for more commitment by 2030

    Female genital mutilation: United Nations calls for more commitment by 2030

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    The UN earmarked February 6 as a reminder that efforts needed to be made in order to end female genital mutilation, which affects more than 200 million women and girls, said World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic in Geneva. While most of the girls and women who have been subject to FMG live in 28 African countries, and some in Asia, they are also increasingly found in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States; primarily immigrants from Africa and southwestern Asia, ...
  • Vietnam vows to make Trump-Kim summit a success

    Vietnam vows to make Trump-Kim summit a success

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    A wave of optimism greeted the diplomatic developments of 2018, which included three summits between Kim and Moon as well as the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore , but South Koreans may have become much more skeptical in recent months. The United States sustained more than 33,000 battle deaths in the Korean War, while the number of NKoreans killed, both military and civilian, has been estimated at about 1-M.
  • Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee

    Senate panel approves William Barr, Trump’s attorney general nominee

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    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that Barr, as attorney general, would have the authority to change policies that now might prohibit him from revealing information about Mueller's work and that his nomination must be considered in the context of the historic moment in which the Justice Department finds itself.
  • Food Fan Donald Trump In 'Very Good Health': Chief Physician

    Food Fan Donald Trump In 'Very Good Health': Chief Physician

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    It's reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam Friday, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories. Trump said previous year he takes a statin drug to lower his cholesterol. But the president was directed to try to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) by eating better and starting to exercise, Aides said he now eats more fish than he used to but still enjoys steaks, well done with ketchup on the side, and fried potatoes prepared by ...
  • Virginia Will Elect GOP to Top Posts in 2020

    Virginia Will Elect GOP to Top Posts in 2020

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    Lamont Bagby, said Wednesday. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring , who is third in line to the governor, have acknowledged wearing blackface while students in college in the 1980s, an act widely seen as racist although it was not uncommon in television and movies of the time.
  • Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Sexual Assault

    Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Sexual Assault

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    Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", the release went on to claim. The two undergrads were " friends " at Duke but did not date or see each other romantically, according to Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith. He first said he was in the picture , then denied it while at the same time acknowledging that he did wear blackface once at a dance contest. Virginia Gov.
  • For first time, Pope acknowledges sexual abuse of nuns by priests

    For first time, Pope acknowledges sexual abuse of nuns by priests

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    Pope Francis' journey of to the United Arab Emirates "has written a new page in the history of dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in the commitment to promote peace in the world on the basis of human fraternity". The news agency reports that in 2008, the International Union of Supreme Generals, the organization that represents more than 500,000 nuns, urged their members to report cases of abuse and to step forward.
  • Trump's more measured on border security talks

    Trump's more measured on border security talks

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    Wiles continued, "The facts are clear: while it is true that El Paso is one of the safest cities in the nation, it has never been 'considered one of our nation's most unsafe cities.' And, El Paso was a safe city long before any wall was built".
  • Oil workers flee Venezuela's crisis for a better life

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    Maduro has overseen an economic collapse in the oil-rich OPEC country that has left many Venezuelans malnourished and struggling to find medicine, sparking the exodus of an estimated 3 million Venezuelans. The United States has recognised Juan Guaido , the head of the opposition-led National Assembly, as the interim president of the economically troubled nation.
  • Russian court gives Jehovah's Witness 6 years in prison

    Russian court gives Jehovah's Witness 6 years in prison

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    Christensen has pleaded innocent claiming he was only exercising his freedom of religion which is enshrined in the country's constitution. Al Jazeera's Rory Challands reports from Moscow . "We agree with President Putin that persecuting peaceful believers is utter nonsense , and call on Russian Federation to respect freedom of religion".
  • Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US

    Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US

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    Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine , 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin. in recent weeks, ABC News reports. "They have been sending smaller amounts over the years. Australia is now being targeted", he said. "This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".
  • Trump Receives Standing Ovation At National Prayer Breakfast For Defending Pro-Life Values

    Trump Receives Standing Ovation At National Prayer Breakfast For Defending Pro-Life Values

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    The annual gathering brought together members of the president's Cabinet and members of Congress, including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see). The co-chairs this year were Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said. The shutdown was caused by the Democrats' refusal to approve Trump's demand of $5.7 billion in spending on southern border security, which included building a barrier.
  • Whitaker confirmed to appear before panel as scheduled

    Whitaker confirmed to appear before panel as scheduled

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    Gowdy, who joined a private law firm in Columbia, South Carolina, after he retired from Congress, told Fox News' Martha MacCallum Wednesday evening that there are three reasons why Nadler would want to subpoena Whitaker . "This resolution merely authorizes the subpoena", Nadler said. "In a quest to score political points against the president, they authorized a pre-emptive subpoena, treating a voluntary witness as hostile", Collins said.
  • Manslaughter conviction upheld of young woman who texted boyfriend to kill himself

    Manslaughter conviction upheld of young woman who texted boyfriend to kill himself

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    The seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous verdict, found that Carter did indeed "badger" and "constantly pressure" Roy to go through with the suicide, Reuters reports. The justices said Carter preyed upon Roy's "well-known weaknesses, fears, anxieties and promises" and overcame the 'mentally ill, vulnerable, ' young man's will to live.
  • Storm Erik set to lash United Kingdom with gusts of up to 70mph

    Storm Erik set to lash United Kingdom with gusts of up to 70mph

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    The awful storm is expected to spark travel chaos and power cuts across large parts of the country over the weekend. Some patchy rain across eastern England before the heavy rain across the west this morning spreads east to reach here in the afternoon, accompanied by winds gusting to 40-50mph.
  • Thai princess to contest election as prime ministerial candidate

    Thai princess to contest election as prime ministerial candidate

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    The royal family is highly regarded in Thailand and carries great influence - especially in the case of recently deceased and longstanding King Bhumibol Adulyadej . Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha later accepted the nomination. The Election Commission is required to endorse all candidates by next Friday.