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USA health secretary says will repay travel on private planes

USA health secretary says will repay travel on private planes Charter plane operators estimated 24 flights would have cost $300,000, Politico reported . The HHS inspector general's office previously said the agency is reviewing Price's charter flights to see if they violated government travel regulations. [Full Article...]

Israel only occupies 2% of West Bank, says United States ambassador

Israel only occupies 2% of West Bank, says United States ambassador Out of some 400 Palestinian attacks tracked by Israel since September 2015, about 18 percent of assailants were driven by personal issues, according to Israel's Shin Bet security agency. policy but the fact that the occupation refers to the whole of the West Bank and East Jerusalem". Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called Friedman's comments "false and misleading". [Full Article...]

Catalonia conflict: Barcelona's mayor calls on European Union to mediate

Catalonia conflict: Barcelona's mayor calls on European Union to mediate The students gathered outside a building at the University of Barcelona in the center of the Catalan capital on Thursday to defend the region's right to hold an independence referendum . The mayor of Barcelona says the European Commission should mediate between the Spanish and Catalan governments to break a political deadlock over the future of the northeastern region. [Full Article...]

Attention, James Bond villains: Aston Martin is building a submarine

Attention, James Bond villains: Aston Martin is building a submarine Designed in collaboration with submarine maker Triton Submarines , Project Neptune is meant to combine the best of Triton's diving and submarine operation experience with Aston Martin's luxury design and craftsmanship. Patrick Lahey, president of Triton Submarines, said: "We have always admired Aston Martin ". Despite having four motors its top speed of under 4mph makes it by a long way th... [Full Article...]

ISIS Chief Calls On Jihadists To 'Resist', In Apparent Recording

ISIS Chief Calls On Jihadists To 'Resist', In Apparent Recording The Islamic State had last released a speech by al-Baghdadi in November 2016. The recording, which was released by the official ISIS media wing, makes reference to North Korea "threatening America and Japan with nuclear power", but it wasn't clear if that was based on the most recent round of saber-rattling, Flashpoint said. [Full Article...]

I Will Negotiate With Dems on Health Care in Coming Months

I Will Negotiate With Dems on Health Care in Coming Months Because it allows him to concoct an even more ridiculous story: Trump continues to insist that the GOP has the votes to pass the Graham-Cassidy health-care proposal, but he needs a way to explain why it's not even voting on the bill. "I am excited to be working with President Trump on this initiative". They are Arizona's John McCain , Kentucky's Rand Paul and Maine's Susan Collins. [Full Article...]

Thai PM says former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai

Thai PM says former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai The former prime minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been given a five-year jail sentence for her role in an allegedly corrupt scheme involving subsidies to rice farmers. Yingluck is believed to have fled the country ahead of the verdict day that was originally scheduled last month. Yingluck's government was overthrown in a military coup in 2014. [Full Article...]

Nokia's popular 3310 feature phone to get 3G connectivity

Nokia's popular 3310 feature phone to get 3G connectivity The phone will go on sale in Australia from October 16. The Nokia 3310 now has more spacing between the buttons which the company claims helps users dial, text and tweet more comfortably. However for those in the U.S. who want the Nokia 3310, you could be in luck because HMD Global has recently taken the wraps off the Nokia 3310 3G. Responding to this request, HMD has finally responded and h... [Full Article...]

United States slaps sanctions on 8 North Korean banks

United States slaps sanctions on 8 North Korean banks The most recent tweet reiterated parts of Trump's first speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week in NY. "That's called the military option", he continued, adding, "if we have to take it, we will". In Moscow, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it was working behind the scenes to find a political solution and that using sanctions against North Korea was nearly exhausted. [Full Article...]

Pakistan Finance Minister indicted by Islamabad Accountability Court

Pakistan Finance Minister indicted by Islamabad Accountability Court Dar is believed to have sworn that his assets were accumulated by fair means and said he will prove his innocence, Geo TV reported. The corruption case , pertaining to Dar's owning assets that are disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. [Full Article...]

Trump's North Korea tweet 'newsworthy'

Trump's North Korea tweet 'newsworthy' Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said war on the Korean peninsula would have no victor. "A war on the Korean peninsula will have no winners and would be even worse for the region and regional countries", Lu told a regular news briefing. [Full Article...]

OJ Simpson Release Could Happen Monday

OJ Simpson Release Could Happen Monday Simpson's parole was granted in July this year, by the state parole board, which set Sunday, October 1st as the day he will be eligible for parole . Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's lawyer in Las Vegas, didn't respond to questions about a release plan. He will report to the state Division of Parole and Probation. [Full Article...]

Asylum seekers from Manus, Nauru on their way to the US

Asylum seekers from Manus, Nauru on their way to the US They will arrive in the United States via the Philippines and Qatar, and will settle in population centers including in Atlanta, Georgia, according to the Daily Telegraph. "It raises the level of anxiety and uncertainty and that's been magnified by the fact that USA officials have indicated that while they expect that there will be other groups being processed, it could take as long to process the... [Full Article...]

Venezuela slams new United States travel ban as 'psychological terrorism'

Venezuela slams new United States travel ban as 'psychological terrorism' Venezuela accused the United States on Monday of "psychological terrorism" created to bring down the government after it was included in a list of eight countries targeted by a travel ban. The new travel ban prohibits entry of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on some business and tourism visas. [Full Article...]

Japan PM Abe dissolves lower house, calls snap election

Japan PM Abe dissolves lower house, calls snap election When the ABC asked Tobias Harris, a Japan analyst for Teneo Intelligence and Economy what impact she might have on the election, he said: "Her party looks increasingly capable of gaining at the LDP's [Mr Abe's party's] expense". The media-savvy former TV announcer - often floated as a candidate to become Japan's first female prime minister - is looking to repeat that success nationally. [Full Article...]

Brent oil price ease back from two-year highs

Brent oil price ease back from two-year highs Brent November crude futures were down 31 cents at $58.13 a barrel, while USA crude for November delivery was unchanged on the day at $51.88. The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-up-as-sources-say-api-data-show-us-crude-supply-fell-2017-09-26) a fall of 761,000 barrels, according to sources. [Full Article...]

Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91

Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91 Hefner's son, Cooper Hefner, who is also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said: 'My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. [Full Article...]

Twitter will test a 280 character length tweet randomly

Twitter will test a 280 character length tweet randomly A 140 character tweet (left) and 280 character tweet (right). Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey unveiled the possible change with an example of what a tweet would look like with the longer character limit. More pressing than expanding the character count, they say, is curtailing trolls, hate speech and the potential for Trump to unwittingly start a war through the platform. [Full Article...]

Belle Gibson fined $410000

Belle Gibson fined $410000 Justice Mortimer said she had "sought to use the tragic terminal illness of a young boy for her own selfish purposes". The penalty was broken into five amounts, with the heaviest element a $150,000 fine concerning the "Schwarz family app donation claims", in reference to money which Gibson falsely claimed was destined to go to the family of a terminally ill boy battling cancer. [Full Article...]

Anthem will not sell individual Obamacare plans in ME next year

Anthem will not sell individual Obamacare plans in ME next year Most of the more than 79,000 ME residents who signed up for a plan from Anthem and two other insurers selling coverage through HealthCare.gov this year qualified for such aid. Under Maine's guaranteed renewal law, current individual members will be able to renew their health plan in 2018, Anthem said. "As most people are well aware, there has been quite a bit of turmoil in the insurance market... [Full Article...]


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