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Israel has in recent days escalated its threats against Lebanon over planned offshore gas exploration in block 9. Block nine is the disputed block with Israel. Tel Aviv, which also claims sovereignty over Block 9, has been critical of the move. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman described as "very provocative" Lebanon's exploration tender and suggested that Lebanon had put out invitations for bids from worldwide groups for a gas field "which is by all accounts ours".
  • Fiscal hawk Paul slows United States budget deal, shutdown looms

    Fiscal hawk Paul slows United States budget deal, shutdown looms

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    Update: The House has passed the budget measure, 240-186. The proposed top-lines for the defense budget adhere to the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and the deal would increase the spending caps for defense and nondefense programs by approximately $300 billion over a two-year period.
  • Egyptian Air Forces Hit Militant Targets in Sinai Peninsula

    Egyptian Air Forces Hit Militant Targets in Sinai Peninsula

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    The operation is launched as part of the efforts to reach the three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to eliminate terrorism after the mosque attack that killed more than 300 people in the northern Sinai city of Arish in November, 2017, the Egyptian army said in an earlier statement.
  • Japanese school mulls $800 Armani uniforms for elementary students

    Japanese school mulls $800 Armani uniforms for elementary students

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    Taimei Elementary School, in Ginza, one of Tokyo's most expensive and traditional districts, provides free education in common with all Japan's public (state-funded) elementary schools, which 99 per cent of Japanese children attend. At a meeting of the Lower House Budget Committee on Thursday, Kibo no To (Party of Hope) lawmaker Manabu Terada addressed the issue, saying that since it is a public elementary school, "a certain (price) range needs to be considered".
  • Trump signs United States budget bill to end government shutdown

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    A single Republican senator late Thursday held up a bipartisan bill to keep the USA government open hours before federal funds expired. Almost $300 billion in new spending included in the bill approved on Friday will ensure the annual budget deficit will exceed $1 trillion in 2019, said the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a private fiscal policy watchdog group in Washington .
  • House Passes Massive Budget to End Government Shutdown

    House Passes Massive Budget to End Government Shutdown

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    Two hours after the setback, congressional leaders scrambled to end the standoff, and senators eventually voted 71-28 to approve the deal, with the bill moving to the House of Representatives for a further vote. "We're in risky territory here", he said. At about 2:00 a.m. today the Senate approved a budget deal. That strategy provided several minutes of heightened drama on the House floor, as Republicans looked nervously up at a board that displays votes by member's name and the yes ...
  • Rand Paul holds budget deal vote

    Rand Paul holds budget deal vote

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    In another sign of the Republican-controlled Congress' inability to get basic work done, the House in a 245-182 vote sent to the Senate a temporary spending Bill to extend most agency funding until March 23. It was a remarkable display of determination by the minority leader and former House speaker, which ended with her high-fiving Democratic colleagues who gave her a standing ovation.
  • Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts

    Supreme Court blocks some redrawn North Carolina districts

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    This year, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two landmark cases-one from Wisconsin and one from Maryland-that test whether partisan gerrymandering can be squared with the U.S. Gov. Tom Wolf has until February 16 to decide whether he will accept that plan. The maps deemed illegal by the state Supreme Court were put in place in 2012.
  • Dem Senator's Ties to Russian Oligarch Earns 'Wow!' From Trump

    Dem Senator's Ties to Russian Oligarch Earns 'Wow!' From Trump

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    Fox News reported Thursday that Warner had several contacts with Adam Waldman, a one-time lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska, for help setting up a meeting with former British spy Christopher Steele . "Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.Has had zero impact on our work", Rubio tweeted . Rubio has also been one of a handful of congressional Republicans to defend special counsel Robert Mueller as many of his colleagues have launched blistering ...
  • Can analysts adopt a bullish outlook for Ted Baker PLC (LON:TED)?

    Can analysts adopt a bullish outlook for Ted Baker PLC (LON:TED)?

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    About 246,603 shares traded. About shares traded. Diageo plc (OTCMKTS:DGEAF) has 0.00% since February 9, 2017 and is. It has outperformed by 15.98% the S&P500. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Thursday, July 30 by JP Morgan. The Company operates through property investment and in one geographical segment, the United Kingdom.
  • Ryan: I've got the votes for the budget deal

    Ryan: I've got the votes for the budget deal

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    And if the Republican majority in the House can not pass this bill on its own, then the GOP will have to make the choice to either provide the necessary assurances that the House will debate legislation dealing with Dreamers or allow the government to shut down once again and let the voters decide who is to blame.
  • EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition

    EU's Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition "not a given"

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    Barnier also made clear Britain had to sort out all the outstanding issues related to its exit from the bloc - including ties with Euratom and privacy laws, among others - in order to be given a transition period after it leaves the European Union , which is now due to happen next March.
  • Syrian air defenses respond to Israeli attack in Damascus

    Syrian air defenses respond to Israeli attack in Damascus

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    Aid groups had previously condemned the Syrian government's targeting of medical facilities and said at least 10 hospitals had been put out of commission by air raids since December of past year. The US-led coalition said it carried out air strikes against pro-government fighters to defend its allies in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. The Crisis Group analyst suggested that Russian Federation brokers a deal within which Israel will acquiesce to Iran's influence in Damascus and will ...
  • Helicopters from Canada won't be used for attacks: Philippines defence head

    Helicopters from Canada won't be used for attacks: Philippines defence head

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    On Tuesday, the Philippines through Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana formally signed with Canadian Commercial Corporation, to purchase 16 helicopters. "And we want the government to look into that to see if the helicopters are indeed being used in combat that are harming and killing civilians". The country is also regularly battered by typhoons.