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Japan's northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses.

At least eight people have been killed and about 40 are missing, say local media reports.

The magnitude 6.7 quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged.

The earthquake comes on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japan over the past few days.

Jebi, the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 25 years, killed at least 10 people and caused widespread damage and disruption.
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Fierce winds and rain lash parts of the country, killing at least six people and injuring 160.
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The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

The Commission's proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime".

However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be "a sovereign decision of each member state", Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

He stressed that the proposal was "to no longer constrain member states into cha
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nging clocks twice per year".

The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.

The Commission warns that uncoordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.
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Fear grows for people in rebel-held parts of Idlib ahead of what may be one of the war's last major battles.
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FBI says Robert Chain began a series of threatening calls after the newspaper announced it was coordinating a response to Trump’s attacks on the media
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A total lunar eclipse -- the longest of the century -- was visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere on Friday night.
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A raging wildfire in northern California has killed two firefighters and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The fires in Shasta county are being sucked up by strong winds to form "fire tornados" that are uprooting trees and overturning cars, fire officials say.

The blazes, known as the Carr fire, have destroyed at least 500 structures and are threatening thousands of homes.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 5% contained so far.

The wildfire began on Monday and has scorched over 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land - an area larger than the city of San Francisco.
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The death toll from coordinated attacks by Islamic State fighters on a usually peaceful southern Syrian city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216, a local health official said Thursday, in the worst violence to hit the area since the country’s conflict began.

Mass funerals were held in the city of Sweida on Thursday, a day after the wave of attacks that began in the early hours of the mourning and lasted for hours. The city was the scene of several suicide bombings, including one at a busy vegetable market that left a scene of devastation and set in motion the coordinated assaults.
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A new wave of salmonella infections has spread across 26 states, sickening 90 people — and this time the outbreak has been linked to contaminated raw turkey products, reports the Washington Post.
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Twenty-nine passengers and 2 crew members were aboard a duck boat in Missouri when it capsized, killing 17 people.
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On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.
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At least 38 people die and many are missing after downpours in Hiroshima and other western areas.
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Government forces began an assault on rebel-held areas of Deraa and Quneitra provinces two weeks ago.
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The last time a great white shark was spotted near Spain's Balearic Islands was in 1976.
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At least five people were killed and several others were gravely injured during a shooting at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, local officials said. An unidentified suspect is in custody, Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News.
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A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London.

The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 - which only applies to same-sex couples - is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ms Steinfeld said she hoped the government does the "right thing" and extends civil partnerships to all.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44627990
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The United Nations agencies for migration and refugees will present the European Union with a plan for “regional disembarkation platforms” around the Mediterranean where the bloc could hold migrants and decide whether to admit them.

The plan appears to have fairly broad support in an EU now bitterly split over immigration policy, although countries have yet to settle on the details.

Europe’s migration crisis, which peaked with the arrival of more than 1 million asylum seekers in 2015, has been tapering off with arrivals falling to the tens of thousands so far this year. But the issue has taken on new political urgency in recent weeks as anti-immigrant parties make their influence felt.

A new government in Italy is refusing to allow charities that rescue migrants at sea to dock ships on its shores, and migration policy has threatened to divide Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition in Germany.

EU leaders will hold a summit later this week to discuss more measures to curb arrival n
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umbers, including by tightening external borders and giving more aid to countries from Turkey to Libya to help them prevent people from setting sail for Europe.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-disembarkation/u-n-to-present-plan-for-mediterranean-migrant-centers-for-eu-idUSKBN1JM1BK?il=0
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"Not on my watch," says the US president, as his administration defends its immigration crackdown.
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Euroleague Basketball bows its head upon learning of the passing of longtime Panathinaikos Athens executive Pavlos Giannakopoulos. Welcome to the Official Site of Euroleague Basketball. Live Matches, Stats, Standings, Teams, Players, Interviews,...
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U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, killed himself in a French hotel room, officials said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a U.S. celebrity this week. He was 61.
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The missing woman's dogs refuse to leave the Florida lakeside where she vanished, police say.
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A failed asylum seeker is sentenced over a lorry attack which killed five people in Sweden last year.
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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, a Hawaii County spokeswoman revealed Tuesday, providing a grim update as an explosion caused the volcano to spew toxic ash and rubble nearly a mile in the air and triggered a 5.5-magnitude earthquake.
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Authorities in Guatemala say 18 more people have been confirmed killed by a volcanic eruption, raising the death toll to 25.
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Mamoudou Gassama earned widespread praise and Spiderman comparisons for saving a small boy.
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Italy's president set the country on a path back to fresh elections on Monday, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
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The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.
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China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world’s second-largest economy short of workers.
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With crossings closed, some travellers have been waiting months for exit permits
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri calls the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem a “provocative” act that closes the doors for any attempts to reach peace between the Israel and Palestinians.

Hariri in a series of tweets Monday said he regrets “this decision that is igniting the anger of millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians.” He said Lebanon denounces the “provocative” decision that is deepening the conflict and allowing the “Israelis to spill more blood of innocent Palestinians and increases the intensity of extremism that threatens the world community.”

The embassy move comes on day marking Israel’s creation 70 years ago, a day Arabs call the “nakba” or catastrophe, in reference to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel. Lebanon was one of the Arab countries to receive many of the Palestinian refugees. Today, there are more than 170,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.
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The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific Ring of Fire has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.
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The latest bursts of molten rock, ash and toxic gas from Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii are part of an ever changing and still largely mysterious cycle of eruptions that have been at work for hundreds of thousands of years.
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New fissures have opened up as the Kilauea volcano spews lava into residential neighbourhoods.
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The InSight probe launched from California to investigate the interior of the Red Planet.
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Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world’s largest single case of child sacrifice.


The pre-Columbian burial site, known as Las Llamas, contains the skeletons of 140 children who were between the ages of five and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago, experts who led the excavation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The site, located near the modern day city of Trujillo, also contained the remains of 200 young llamas apparently sacrificed on the same day.

https://apnews.com/c8344ddf329241278454a9acccba46b8/Archaeologists-find-ancient-mass-child-sacrifice-in-Peru
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North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.

In a rare move, state-run TV and the official KCNA news agency hailed the talks and the leaders' commitment to seek "complete denuclearisation".

The summit came just months after warlike rhetoric from the North.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43932405
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How the US, UK and France attack on suspected chemical weapons facilities unfolded.
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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, killing 257 people in wh
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Trump tells Russia to "get ready" for Syria missiles, in response to alleged chemical attack.
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The fighter allegedly gatecrashed a UFC media event on the day he was stripped of his lightweight title.
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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro along with more than 50 Venezuelan nationals are considered "high risk" for laundering money and financing terrorism, according to an advisory issued by Panama's economy and finance ministry.
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At least 37 people are found dead and scores more are missing, with children believed among the victims.
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In response to the Senate passing H.R.1865, an anti-online sex trafficking bill that has the potential to seriously harm consenting, adult sex workers, Craigslist has shuttered its all of its personals sections. Even the platonic ones.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping warned self-ruled Taiwan on Tuesday that it will face the "punishment of history" for any attempt at separatism, offering his strongest warning yet to the island claimed by China as its sacred territory.
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Britain agreed to a potentially unpalatable deal to avoid a "hard border" for Northern Ireland on Monday to win agreement from the European Union that it would retain most EU benefits for nearly two years after Brexit.
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The people who died had been slowed or stopped in traffic beneath the new pedestrian bridge. The main span was installed Saturday near the campus of Florida International University.
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A case involving an 11-year-old girl has sparked a moment of moral and legal reckoning.
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Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon and remain critically ill.

A police officer who was the first to attend the scene is now in a serious condition in hospital, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said.
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The two men will meet for the first time in an April border summit, South Korean officials say.
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Desperate for food and medicine, Syrian civilians in the war-ravaged eastern suburbs of Damascus hoped for relief Monday as a 46-truck aid convoy began entering the rebel stronghold.
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SucicBahira was 14 when she was repeatedly raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers who attacked her Muslim village early in Bosnia’s 1990s war. She barely escaped execution, and has spent the past two decades trying to overcome her trauma.
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Richard Appiah Akoto is a Ghanaian teacher who faces a pretty discouraging dilemma. His school has no computers, so he has to draw them on the blackboard to teach students about information technology.
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Japanese women who say "Me too" do so at their own risk.

Online comments accused Rika Shiiki of lying and being a publicity hound when she tweeted that she lost business contracts after refusing to have sex with clients. Some said that by agreeing to dine with a man, she led him on.
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Rome has been hit by a snowstorm after an Arctic storm from the east headed towards Europe.
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Toni Harrison was adopted from an orphanage in Vietnam and raised in the UK.
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Several corporate partners abandon the US gun lobby in the wake of the deadly school shooting.
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Four million women have been raped once in their lives, a major survey of abuse in France suggests.
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A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year-old civil war.
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A youth-led anti-gun movement born out of Florida's deadly school shooting stages its first protest.
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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. Shortly after the shooting, several legislative leaders were taken on a tour of the school to see the damage firsthand and they appeared shaken afterward.
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Accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz kept his head down and mouth shut Monday during his first live appearance in a Broward County circuit court.
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The Damascus government and Kurdish forces have reportedly agreed to join forces in Afrin to counter an ongoing Turkish offensive. Syrian state media report that the deployment of pro-regime troops is imminent.
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An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported.
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A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow's purported effort to interfere.
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Man sentenced to death for raping and killing six-year-old girl whose murder sparked outrage in Pakistan.
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When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, he claimed the lives of students with their whole lives ahead of them, along with those of the teachers who tried to protect them. Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities say died in the deadly shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
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Only weeks into a new job heading General Motors Co’s international operations, Barry Engle flew into a frigid South Korea in January and held a series of meetings with government officials to discuss the future of GM’s loss-making local unit.
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Nikolas Cruz, charged in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, talked a lot about guns and his troubled past, students say.
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Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was elected as South Africa's new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid.
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At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida.

The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in police custody.

As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on the building.

It is the deadliest school shooting since 26 people were killed at Connecticut school Sandy Hook in 2012.

It is the sixth school shooting incident this year so far that has either wounded or killed students.
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Russia and Saudi Arabia are seeking ways to amplify the success they’ve had working together to manage the oil market by reaching new energy agreements, including one on liquefied natural gas.
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A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing anger from activists who said lives were being put at risk.

The article in Sinar Harian featured bullet points of supposedly distinctive qualities that revealed LGBT people. They stated that gay men were easy to identify because of their love of beards, going to the gym – not for exercise but to check out other men – and branded clothing. Their eyes light up when they see handsome men, the article said.
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KUWAIT CITY: Saudi Arabia allocated $1.5 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq as foreign donors pledged billions of dollars at a conference in Kuwait on Wednesday.  The pledge from Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir included a $1 billion loan through the Saudi Fund for Development and $500 million in export credit.  Kuwait said it would provide $1 billion in loans from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and $1 billion in direct investments. 
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A gun industry lobbyist provided comments incorporated into a white paper on deregulation by ATF's acting deputy director, according to newly disclosed emails.
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The tiny Pacific Island nation of Tonga, which juts out into the South Pacific, southwest of American Samoa, was struck on Sunday night eastern time by the strongest storm of 2018 so far: Category 4 Cyclone Gita.

Tropical Cyclone Gita, packing sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, making it the equivalent of a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, swept across the southernmost Tongalese islands on Sunday night and Monday eastern time.
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The loss of a warplane sparks what Israel says is its biggest attack on Syrian defences since 1982.
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Two British ISIS militants implicated in brutal acts of torture and execution, have been captured by US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria.

The two men, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, formed part of a group of four fighters nicknamed “the Beatles” due to their British accents and are allegedly responsible for murdering approximately two dozen hostages in Syria.
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Adi lived in America for nearly 40 years. His wife and daughters are all US citizens. He owns several businesses in his adopted hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. A week ago, he was deported. 
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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan, according to the United States Geological Survey. Witness Maggie Lewis describes the scene.
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Lauri Love, from Suffolk, is suspected of hacking into FBI, US Central Bank and Nasa systems.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Mr Justice Ouseley said they permitted Mr Love's appeal against his extradition.
However, they said it would "not be oppressive" to "prosecute Mr Love in England for the offences".
Mr Love, speaking outside the court, said he was "very thankful for all the support" he had received.
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Salah Abdeslam faces charges concerning a police shootout in the Belgian capital in March 2016. The trial is a prelude to a later one in France over Abdeslam's role in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people in 2015.
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China joins Russia in condemning a newly-announced US policy to develop smaller atomic bombs.
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The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright.
It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.

Hawaii and Alaska had the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. also had good viewing, along with Russia.

At the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, hundreds gathered on the lawn in the wee hours under clear skies. Traffic was backed up more than a mile around the observatory. Sky-gazers also lined the beach near the Santa Monica Pier, some snapping photos and others reclining in the sand, their faces turned upward.
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A train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hits a truck. NBC's Kate Snow, Tom Costello and Garrett Haake report.
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The government denounces "abominable" tests of diesel fumes on humans and monkeys.
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Since the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, and her pant suits, have symbolized feminism in politics for millions of women. But her credentials haven’t always been rock solid, and they'll receive a further blow from a damning new report that she sheltered an advisor from sexual harassment claims. The New York Times reported today that, during...
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Authorities in Paris are bracing themselves for major flooding risks over fears the River Seine could swell to nearly 20 feet overnight.
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A U.S.-led coalition airstrike in support of an Iraqi military raid mistakenly killed several members of the country’s security forces, Iraqi officials said, in an incident seized upon by Iraqi factions.
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The exiled Catalonian independence leader cannot be president while abroad, a Spanish court rules.
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Back in 1980, Donald Trump strode alone down the hallway of the federal Organized Crime Strike Force office in Brooklyn.

He was there to be interviewed by the famously tough U.S. Attorney Michael Guadagno concerning possible dealings with labor racketeer John Cody.

The sight of anyone of means coming in for questioning without legal representation was rare enough to prompt an exclamation from another strike force prosecutor.

Now, 38 years after that solitary stroll into the Brooklyn Strike Force office, Trump again faces questioning by the feds. This time it will be by special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators.

Trump presently has a host of lawyers, but he very likely still harbors an impulse to go solo as he did in 1980.
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President Donald Trump will give an address and meet U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Rwandan President Paul Kagame while in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum later this week, the White House said.
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The volatile Ring of Fire seismic fault system contributed to a deluge of calamities Tuesday, encompassing the large earthquake off the coast of Alaska that triggered tsunami alerts across the U.S. West Coast and volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away in Japan and the Philippines.
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Turkey has acknowledged its first combat death in a military offensive against the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Afrin in neighbouring Syria that was launched over the weekend.

The military said in a statement the soldier had been killed in clashes with Kurdish militiamen just south of the Turkish border .

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with wide contacts inside Syria, said 24 civilians had died after three days of intense shelling and airstrikes, as well as 25 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkey and 26 Kurdish fighters.
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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthis from Yemen’s Saada toward the city of Najran on Saturday, according to the spokesman for the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.  Al-Maliki said that the hostile action taken by the Houthi forces proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting Houthi armed groups in clear defiance of UN Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231. 
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The German Social Democratic Party (SPD) is to decide at a congress whether to enter coalition talks with Angela Merkel's conservatives. In a speech, leader Martin Schulz called for party unity, whatever the outcome.
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Security forces battled a group of three or four gunmen who stormed the popular western-style Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday, Reuters reported.
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At least one German was killed in Saturday's Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, according to the German foreign ministry. The militants gunned down over twenty people, mostly foreigners, in a siege lasting hours.
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Officials tell NBC News that Jerry Chun Shing Lee may have gotten 20 U.S. spies in China killed, and that the Chinese may have tipped off the Russians.
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An ongoing search for victims of deadly mudslides in Southern California earlier this month has led to the recovery of a 28-year-old mother’s body, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 21.
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Many federal services will not open on Monday as politicians struggle to agree on a new budget.