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FBI received tip on Florida suspect but did not investigate

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Parkland | in Sunday Pioneer

The FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip, the agency said on Saturday. A person who was close to Nikola Cruz called the FBIs public tip line on Jan 5 and...

US charges 13 Russians with meddling in 2016 election

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

A US federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election through a massive operation, including a major social media offensive, which began as early as 2014. The indictment, presented by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, speaks of...

Suicide blasts kill 22 in Nigeria: Civilian militia

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AFP | Kano (Nigeria) | in Sunday Pioneer

Three suicide bombers killed 22 people at a fish market in northeast Nigeria, civilian militia leaders said on Saturday, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The blasts happened at about 8:30 pm (1930 GMT) on Friday in Konduga, some 35 kilometres southeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. Babakura Kolo...

US, Turkey return from brink, aim to normalise ties

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Ankara | in Sunday Pioneer

The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis today, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies longstanding ties. However, details of the rapprochement were vague as the two sides agreed in principle only to...

Turkey claims control inside Syria's Afrin

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | Istanbul | in Sunday Pioneer

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced that his country's armed forces had taken control of more than 300 sq.km of Syrian territory inside the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, located in northwestern Syria. Speaking at a public rally, Erdogan touted the progress being made in Turkey's military incursion into...

Maldives police break up Opp protests; many injured

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | Male | in Sunday Pioneer

Dozens of pro-opposition supporters were injured and many were arrested after police in the Maldives broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of his political opponents from prison. Thousands of people took part in the protests in the archipelago nation on Friday despite...

NASA's Kepler discovers nearly 100 new exoplanets

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | London | in Sunday Pioneer

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets — planets located outside our solar system. The discovery was based on data from the second mission of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014. K2 searches for exoplanet transits by registering dips in light caused...

Moon won't discuss possible summit with N Korea's Kim

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | AP | PYEONGCHANG | in Sunday Pioneer

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will lead to better ties between Washington and Pyongyang and help to set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs. But Moon wouldn't answer a question from The Associated...

Globe Trotting

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Agencies | in Sunday Pioneer

Pak minor's killer gets 4 death sentences Lahore: A Pakistan court on Saturday gave a 24-year-old man four death sentences for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin last month. Oxfam chief: Attacks out of proportion London: Oxfam's Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against the...

6 lions, 74 vultures poisoned to death in Tanzania

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | IANS | Dodoma | in Sunday Pioneer

Six lions and 74 vultures were found dead near a national park in southern Tanzania this week after they were poisoned to death, authorities. Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Tourism Gaudence Milanzi said on Friday the way the animals were killed suggested they had been poisoned by local herdsmen amid...


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Police recover illegal coal, seize five motorbikes

19 Feb 2018 | SURESH NIKHAR | Bokaro

A police team of Bokaro Thermal police station headed by inspector cum officer-in charge Parmeshwar Leyangi on Sunday morning conducted raids at Ganjutola in Armo forest area here and seized approx 2.5 tonnes of illegal coal along with their 4 motorcycles and 5 cycles,said Bokaro SP Kartik S...

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