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The Reason Why Chinese Conglomerate LeEco Is Leaving India

The Economic Times , which first reported the layoffs , has spoken to LeEco and industry sources and concluded that the situation does indeed look grim for the company. "All this certainly does not signal a company in wind-up mode", read the company statement. "The resource head count in India is well aligned to the scale of operations envisioned and in line with industry benchmarks", it added. Read More

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Wave of U.S. airstrikes target al-Qaeda in Yemen

The United States launched dozens of drone strikes throughout Barack Obama's presidency to combat al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded as one of the Islamist group's most risky branches. According to the Pentagon, at least 14 civilians were killed in the mission along with at least 16 militants. Owens' widow, Carryn Owens, was seated during Trump's speech next to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump. Read More

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WA returns to growth as Australia avoids recession

It meant Australia, which is transitioning from a mining investment boom to broader growth, avoided a technical recession - when the economy goes backwards for two quarters in a row. The ABS figures show that is certainly far from reality and plain wrong. Net exports contributed 0.2 percentage points. "This will support GDP growth and according to the RBA will add around 0.5 percentage points to yearly growth each year in 2017 and 2018". Read More

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U.S. judge approves release of Orlando nightclub shooter's wife

The prosecutors claim that Salman helped Mateen case the club, knew of his plans because of unbridled spending before the attack, and created a false cover story. Salman's lawyers say the judge's decision to release her while she awaits trial shows that the government has a weak case. They point to her actions on the night of the attack in which she shopped for a Father's Day gift for Mateen and planned a family vacation as evidence that she was unaware of her husband's violent plans. Read More

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Syrian HNC Hopes For Results of Geneva Talks

The delegation and de Mistura held a meeting on Saturday, with Bashar al-Jaafari stressing that the talks focused on only one point, which is putting the issue of combating terrorism as a priority. Russia, Turkey and Iran held two rounds of meetings with the warring sides in Astana over the past month in an effort to firm up a failing ceasefire, which has steadily fallen apart in recent weeks. Read More

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Try crepes with a twist this Pancake Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the first day of Lent known as Ash Wednesday. This is despite the fact a significant number have no idea where the term Shrove Tuesday comes from. Lemon and sugar remains a popular topping choice among pancake lovers, while berries, chocolate spread, honey and yoghurt are all popular choices for those with a sweet tooth. Read More

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French Launch Campaign to Recruit Obama for President

The slogan reads: " Oui on peut ", which is French for 'Yes we can'. French voters go to the polls April 23 in the first round of voting for a new president. "He's Barack Obama", one of the campaign organizers told CNN . "I think the whole world would love to have him as president", he says. There's only one problem: Obama is not a French citizen and therefore can not actually run (not that we're saying he would be even remotely interested). Read More

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Swedes mock US Fox News for interviewing fake expert on TV show

Swedes mock US Fox News for interviewing fake expert on TV show

But according to court records and Swedish officials, the man, identified as Nils Bildt , has a criminal record and no ties to Sweden's security establishment. Bildt told reporters he hasn't misrepresented himself. The supposed expert's father, Sven Tolling, is "well known in Swedish equestrian circles", but he changes his name to Bildt nine years after emigrating from Sweden. Read More

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GOP congressman says special prosecutor needed to investigate Russian Federation election meddling

Some GOP lawmakers have said the investigations should focus on the leaks from the intelligence community rather than the reported campaign contact with Russian individuals. Rep. Darrell Issa of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation. Appearing later on the same program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered a different view, saying: "The attorney general must recuse himself". Read More

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Funeral ceremony for Vitaly Churkin scheduled for February 24 in Moscow

The United Nations is where ambassadors can stand out and actually become media stars. He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body. "He was a bright diplomat, a bright man". Churkin countered that Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration, which Power served in, was "desperately" searching for scapegoats for its failures in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Read More

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Backed Iraqi forces advance on ISIS-held western Mosul

Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the US-led coalition forces, said in a statement on Sunday: "Mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world". "Mosul is going better than we expected, but there are serious dangers ahead", said Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq. Isis - also known as Islamic State - has destroyed numerous bridges that connect the two sides of the city and its own fighters had to flee the western districts by boat during the bitter ... Read More

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Jewish headstones destroyed at mass vandalization of St Louis cemetery

Police near St. Louis are investigating damaged headstones at a Jewish cemetery. As a precaution, Lt. Lemons said police would step up patrols not only at the Chesed Cemetery but at all religious institutions in University City. "We must fight acts of intolerance and hate". At least 11 Jewish community centers received bomb threats on Monday, the JCC Association of North America America reported. Read More

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DHS Outlines Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor traffic offenses. [DHS] officials also made clear that the department meant to aggressively follow Mr. The Department of Homeland Security did not deny any information contained in the draft memos but did not provide further detail. The memos are said to have already been approved by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and will be reviewed by the White House before the President signs any new executive orders . Read More

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ISIS claims Sinai rocket attack

Earlier this month the group claimed responsibility for a rocket barrage fired from the Sinai towards Israel's Red Sea resort of city of Eilat. "Forces are searching the area". A Palestinian from Gaza was reportedly among those killed in the strike. The alleged drone strike follows an escalation of hostilities nearly two weeks ago between Israel and "Sinai Province", a militant group linked to the Islamic State. Read More

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Greece Agrees New Bailout Reforms To Secure Aid

Eurozone finance ministers will assess Greece's progress in meeting requirements of its bailout deal with global lenders to unlock another tranche of funds. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has taken a tough stance with Greece ever since the first bailout of May 2010, sounded positive that an agreement for inspectors to return to Athens will be reached. Read More

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Korean coal imports, striking at regime's finances

China announced in April a year ago that it would ban North Korean coal imports to comply with sanctions, but it made exceptions for deliveries intended for "the people's wellbeing". On Saturday in Germany, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se held a bilateral foreign ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the security conference, struggling to find common ground over the controversial issue of deploying the US -led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ... Read More

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1 dead, dozens injured in Brussels passenger train derailment

One carriage tipped over onto its side while another portion of the train travelled down a small slope. Last June at least three people were killed and nine injured in a train crash in the town of Hermalle-sous-Huy, near Liege. Police officers and officials stand next to a train after it derailed in Kessel-Lo, Leuven, on February 18, 2017. Interior Minister Jan Jambon tweeted: "My thoughts go to the families and loved ones of the victims of the derailment in Louvain". Read More

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Watch out Southern California: Off the charts storm heading your way

Rain fell in some areas at rates up to three quarters of an inch per hour and wind gusts hit 55 mph in the Malibu hills, the weather service said. Azusa officials have been distributing sandbags to residents at the City Yard, 809 N. In Northern California, officials monitoring the stricken Oroville Dam on the Feather River said Thursday that they were confident the reservoir would handle any runoff from expected storms because ongoing releases have been lowering the lake's level since its ... Read More

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Start of Syria talks in Kazakh capital delayed one day

A Syrian source close to the government said the discussions in Astana would be "purely military". The focus of the talks in Astana is a partial cease-fire that went into effect at the end of December. At least four rebel groups told AFP they had not yet received an invitation to the meeting, and several cast doubt on whether they would attend if invited. Read More

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