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Experts split over Hatch ActThe Hatch Act -- formally known as An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities -- aims to prevent executive branch staffers from engaging in partisan political activities aimed at influencing an... election. But even election-law experts acknowledge that identifying what is and what isn't a violation of the act can be tricky -- especially during...
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UN counter-terror tsar visitsActivists say official visit risks affirming China's narrative that camps thought to hold a million people are not an abuse of human rights The UN's counter-terrorism tsar is on a visit this week to... China's Xinjiang region, where Beijing insists the estimated 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims it is detaining constitute a potential terrorist threat. Vladimir Voronkov, the under-secretary general for counter-terrorism, is the highest level UN official to visit Xinjiang, which activists have described as an open-air prison where people are deprived of religious freedom.
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Trump: if foreign powerPresident claims he would have no obligation to call the FBI, contradicting bureau director he appointed Donald Trump said on Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he... would be open to accepting it, claiming he would have no obligation to call in the FBI. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding: "There's nothing wrong with listening."
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A Man Who Shared Video of theThe businessman sent the clip to 30 people and described it as "awesome"
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German far-right candidateWriters, directors and actors called on voters in Goertliz to not to succumb to AfD party's 'hate and enmity' A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating... a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention. Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sunday's election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%.
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Libya's UN-recognisedPlan comes after efforts to persuade US that White House had wrong message on Libya Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli has sought to break the deadlock in the country's civil war by launching... a peace initiative which will include a national peace forum followed by simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections to be held by the end of the year. The plan comes after sustained diplomatic efforts by the Tripoli-based government to persuade the US that the White House had got the wrong message on Libya and was in danger of backing anti-democratic forces of Gen Khalifa Haftar, on the false premise that he was leading a fight against terrorists.
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8-year-old boy survives sharkAn 8-year-old boy was attacked by a shark while swimming off the North Carolina coast on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
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US President Donald Trump launches a fresh attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying he will "only get worse" after three people are killed in the city in less than 20 hours.
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Iran attempted to shoot downIran attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone that was surveilling the attack on one of two tankers hit in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday morning, U.S. Central Command said.
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Liliya 'liay5' Novikova fans are grieving for the 26-year-old poker star, who was found dead in her bathroom by a neighbour.
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U.S. eases up, won't cut aidJust hours after announcing the United States planned on cutting off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the State Department on Monday night said it will move forward with $432 million in... projects and grants already approved by Congress. The Trump administration said it was stopping aid as a way to pressure the countries into doing something about the high number of undocumented migrants from Central America coming to the United States. The asylum-seekers are fleeing poverty and violence, and several lawmakers argue that cutting off aid is cruel and won't do anything to slow down migrants flows. The funding comes from the 2017 budget, and supports health, poverty alleviation, and education programs. The State Department said the Trump administration will work with Congress to...
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Stewart dares McConnell toJon Stewart fired back at Sen. Mitch McConnell Monday, explaining why he’s so “bent out of shape” over securing health care for 9/11 responders — and challenging the senate majority leader to... meet with the ailing heroes on Tuesday. The former host of “The Daily Show” was responding to McConnell’s interview on Fox & Friends,...
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Earthquake kills 11, injuresThe earthquake measured at magnitude 6.0 when in it struck late Monday night.       
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Mexico Reinforces Checks AmidThe National Migration Institute said 1,000 immigration agents had been deployed
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Don't interrupt the president!The awkward moment was broadcast on Sunday on the ABC special President Trump: 30 Hours, during which the president was asked about the Mueller investigation and sagging poll numbers.
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Benjamin Netanyahu's wife,Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, admitted to misusing state funds, and on Sunday was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine. Netanyahu took a plea deal, with the charges... reduced from fraud to intentionally exploiting another person's error. She will have a criminal record. Her lawyer, Yossi Cohen, claims that his client is innocent, and this was an attempt to bring down her husband. The case was in court for four years, with Netanyahu accused of spending $100,000 on catering between 2010 and 2013, despite having her own personal chef provided by the state, The Guardian reports. Benjamin Netanyahu is also the focus of several corruption investigations, and Israel's attorney general announced earlier this year that he plans on indicting him.
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Hong Kong braces for secondChief executive's suspension of work on extraditions bill rejected by protest leaders as not enough Hong Kong is bracing for another mass rally on Sunday as public anger seethes following... unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over an extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader in suspending the bill. Organisers are hoping for another mammoth turnout as they vow to keep pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who suspended work on the hugely divisive bill on Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood.
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Hong Kong extraditionThe Hong Kong government is ready to pause plans to change extradition laws, local media report.
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Man arrested for allegedlyThe incident happened at just after 9 p.m. Friday.
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New York Police Officer KillsThe police commissioner urged officers to seek mental health care, reiterating what he said after a deputy chief and detective took their own lives this month.
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Ivanka Trump Collected $4She and husband Jared Kushner reported up to $135 million in income while working in the White House, according to the latest financial disclosures.
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Authorities eyeing bootlegCops are investigating whether at least seven tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, The Post has learned. Officials want to know who supplied the... alcoholic beverages the victims drank in the minutes and hours before their deaths over the past year -- and if the drinks had any...
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Family claims US Army vet wasThe last time relatives of Queens-born Everett Palmer Jr., 41, heard from him was in April 2018, when he said he was going to Pennsylvania to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from two years earlier,... the family said.
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Islamic State in AfghanistanU.S. counterterrorism efforts have failed to reduce the group's fighting ranks, a senior American general said
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Hong Kong Protests: Police UseThousands of people protested across Hong Kong ahead of a debate Wednesday morning in the city's Legislative Council on a contentious bill that would permit extradition to mainland China.
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