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  • DA takes early lead in major Metros as results emerge

    DA takes early lead in major Metros as results emerge

    Past year it elected its first black leader, Mmusi Maimane, as it tries to shake off an image of a party mainly serving white interests. Neither it nor the ANC appeared to have a majority in Johannesburg or Tshwane that would allow it to govern alone, raising the possibility of coalition governments.

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  • Olympics: Taiwan wins first gold in women weightlifting

    Olympics: Taiwan wins first gold in women weightlifting

    The 2013 world champion, Li went into the clean and jerk with a 1kg lead over Hsu, who lifted 112kg to move out front before then failing to haul 126kg. Asked what she will spend it on, Hsu said: "If I get this money it will be my pension for life, and I will give some to my family". She lifted in the 58kg class in the 2008 Beijing Games as a 17-year-old and impressed many in the field, but she failed on all her clean and jerk attempts in London.

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  • Serena and Venus Williams lose in first round of Olympic doubles

    There was better news for Samantha Stosur, who fought back from a set down to defeat Jalena Ostapenko of Latvia 1-6 6-3 6-2 to make it through to round two. Gavrilova struck a double fault to hand Williams an early lead. "She had been ill for a few days with a bad virus". Despite the fight from Gavrilova, the young Australian could do little to halt Williams' march to victory.

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  • Belgians ID machete attacker as Algerian criminal, 33

    The news agency for Islamic State militants later claimed responsibility for the attack , though there was no immediate indication the man had coordinated with the radical group. "We maintain cool heads and blood", added the premier, who said unspecified measures would be taken to bolster security for police while noting that Belgium was confronting a similar threat to that faced by its European neighbours.

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  • Wedding evacuated after carbon monoxide contamination

    Wedding evacuated after carbon monoxide contamination

    Others also said they weren't feeling well. Guests approached the paramedics and asked them about an odor in the building and told them a generator powering the band was running indoors. The patients ranged from kids to older adults, and are all expected to be okay. Numerous patients suffered from headaches, dizziness, and/or nausea.

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  • Philippine Leader Duterte Links Judges, Politicians, Police to Illegal Drug Trade

    A total of 57 politicians, seven judges and 93 soldiers and police were on the list - among them incumbent mayors in northern Luzon island, the central Visayas islands and southern Mindanao island, including majority Muslim provinces. He said he would be accountable for what has been a bloody anti-narcotics crackdown. He has repeatedly hit back at those raising the alarm over a surge in the killing of suspected drug traffickers, saying human rights should protect dignity, not let criminals ...

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  • STARRING: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman

    In case you didn't know already, Suicide Squad tells the terrific-looking tale of the world's most risky, incarcerated super-villains who are sent off on a mission to defeat a deadly enemy. "For any movie , that's the most important aspect". The United Kingdom led the foreign markets with $13.9 million. Rounding out the top five is Star Trek Beyond with an estimated $10.2 million, which continues the film's downward spiral as it drops over 58 percent for the second consecutive weekend.

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  • Iran executes nuclear scientist claiming was U.S. spy

    USA officials contradicted Amiri's claims , saying the scientist had defected on his own and had handed over useful information and had been paid around $5 milllion for his trouble. Iran a year ago signed a landmark deal with world powers, including the United States, to place curbs on its controversial nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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  • United Nations says 'we can not give up hope' on Syria

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition monitor, said there were at least 40 air strikes on opposition areas, including on a camp for displaced people in Atareb, south-west of Aleppo . The official SANA agency said five people died. They are seeking to capture the southwestern district of Ramussa in a bid to cut off government forces and open a new route into the city for rebels.

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  • Xenophon won't pursue discrimination changes

    Xenophon won't pursue discrimination changes

    New senators Derryn Hinch and Malcolm Roberts plan to join David Leyonhjelm and Bob Day in trying to scrap section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to offend, insult or humiliate a person on the grounds of race. "I can understand some of the arguments put forward". "Whatever you want to call me, the only person who decides whether I'm upset is me". In 2011, Mr Bolt was successfully sued under the act for a series of articles he wrote on Aboriginals, including ...

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  • Syria army redeploys after rebels 'break' Aleppo siege

    Syria army redeploys after rebels 'break' Aleppo siege

    The Syrian Coalition said demonstrators took to the streets celebrating the lift of the siege. The rebel advance now puts the estimated 1.2 million people in government-held districts under opposition encirclement, he added. State television said the Syrian air force was carrying out strikes around the military academy buildings seized by opposition forces. "The Syrian army in coordination with allied forces are continuing their fight south of Aleppo", it said.

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  • Thais fear new constitution could 'dilute' democracy

    Thais fear new constitution could 'dilute' democracy

    About 58% voted to allow the Senate to jointly vote for the prime minister, while nearly 42% rejected it, according to the Thai Election Commission. National referendum on Thailand's 2016 draft constitution and its additional question begins at 8 a.m.

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  • Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh arrested

    Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh arrested

    Photographs of Singh have surfaced online after a priest who helped him with the darshan uploaded the picture on his Facebook account. Earlier today, after being on the run for over a week, Dayashankar was arrested in Bihar's Buxar. The BJP apologised and expelled Dayashankar Singh. Dayashankar Singh hails from Ballia in eastern Uttar Pradesh. After two BSP MLAs on Wednesday accused party chief Mayawati of selling tickets for UP assembly polls, BJP said their charge only establishes the ...

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  • Machete attack may have been terror-inspired

    Belgium's prime minister is meeting with the country's security services following an attack by a machete-wielding man on two policewomen that left one officer with deep facial wounds. and not give in to terror. "That's the trap that has been set for us". The language was almost identical to other claims of responsibility issued by the IS for other attacks in recent weeks, including an axe attack by an Afghan refugee in Wuerzburg, Germany, and the killing of a priest in the Normandy region ...

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  • Russia's Entire Paralympic Team Is Banned In Doping Scandal

    World Archery is disappointed that the IPC did not clarify which were the three summer Paralympic sports that were implicated in the McLaren Report , as it puts the image of World Archery and other summer sports into question. "The McLaren report marked one of the darkest days in the history of all sport", IPC president Sir Philip Craven said . Critics had called for Russia's entire Olympics team to be banned, to send a message that systematic cheating is unacceptable.

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  • Entire Russian team banned from Rio Paralympics

    Once the IPC had examined McLaren's evidence, it was able to see that positive drug tests by 11 Russian athletes were covered up by the Moscow anti-doping laboratory at the behest of the Russian ministry of sport between 2012-15, with a further 18 samples being tampered with at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, where Russia won nearly half of the gold medals on offer.

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  • Aussies score late for draw with USA, both advance in Rio

    Aussies score late for draw with USA, both advance in Rio

    New Zealand beat Kenya 52-0 in Pool B and Australia routed Colombia 53-0 in Pool A, the last match before an afternoon interval. A solitary try from Portia Woodman proved enough for New Zealand as they prevailed 5-0 against a United States of America team that had earlier come agonisingly close to beating Australia in the pool stage.

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  • Tim Kaine Defends Hillary Clinton in 'Meet the Press' Interview

    Tim Kaine Defends Hillary Clinton in 'Meet the Press' Interview

    Some journalists note these transparency issues are far from new for Clinton . "That really is the bottom line here", she said. Todd started off the interview by coming straight at Kaine on Clinton's low trustworthiness ratings, which have remained abysmal throughout her 2016 campaign.

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  • Turkey's FM brands Austria 'capital of radical racism'

    Turkey's FM brands Austria 'capital of radical racism'

    However, Juncker also told the German public broadcaster ARD that, at the moment, Turkey would not become a member of the European Union - comments that could further strain relations between the nation and the EU. But Juncker added: "I don't see that it would be helpful now if we were to indicate unilaterally to Turkey that the negotiations are over". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in an interview with TGRT TV channel, called Austria "a capital of racism".

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  • Norwegian princess divorces husband after 14 years

    Martha Louise's older brother Crown Prince Haakon is the heir to the throne. The couple has three daughters: 13-year-old Maud Angelica Behn, 11-year-old Leah Isadora Behn and seven-year-old Emma Tallulah Behn. They returned to Oslo two years ago and have not figured as highly in the media as before, after the princess claimed she felt "persecuted" by the media.

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  • Surrender, Duterte tells judges, officials 'linked' to drug trade

    Duterte said the move is prompted by a huge number of citizens who are addicted to illegal drugs. They included eight judges, as well as five retired and current generals. "The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime remains greatly concerned by the reports of extrajudicial killing of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines", its executive director Yury Fedotov said in a statement.

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  • Trump more prepared to be POTUS

    Trump more prepared to be POTUS

    The survey was conducted between August 1 and August 3, after both national conventions had concluded and in the midst of the controversy surrounding Trump's comments about the family of a fallen Muslim Army captain. Both states are regarded as among a handful that are up for grabs. "America is better than Donald Trump ", she said. But getting from 40 percent to 47, 48, 49 percent - the vote total Trump will likely needs - means convincing lots of people who wouldn't be proud of or ...

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  • Severe floods in Macedonia leave 21 dead, six missing

    A large section of the ring road around Skopje had been swept away in the storm and the waters had carried some cars hundreds of meters into nearby fields. "We have never experienced such a thing". "There were thunderbolts with lightning nearly every second". Macedonia's Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev pledged support to victims and cut a vacation short to visit Skopje, he said in a statement .

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  • BJP urges party CMs to ratify GST bill soon

    GST, the biggest economic reform since 1991, is likely to sail through smoothly in the Lower House. It will replace a raft of different state and local taxes with a single unified value-added tax system to turn the country into the world's biggest single market.

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  • UN soldier killed, four injured in mine blast in NE Mali

    UN soldier killed, four injured in mine blast in NE Mali

    Less than three hours later, a MINUSMA vehicle was damaged by a roadside bomb near the town of Kidal while on patrol about two kilometres from the mission's base, but no-one was hurt, the statement said. Five Chadians were killed in May in an ambush near Kidal. On June 29, the UN Security Council chose to send an additional 2,500 personnel to bring MINUSMA up to a maximum level of 15,200 troops and police and provide for modern equipment and fast-response units.

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