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School Dropout, Posing As Billionaire, Target Of China Crackdown On Fraud - Dotemirates
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School Dropout, Posing As Billionaire, Target Of China Crackdown On Fraud

BEIJING: China's crackdown on online rumour-mongers and fraud has snared a fresh target - a 17-year-old junior high school dropout who pretended to be a billionaire, gave himself fake titles and posted Photoshopped pictures of himself with world leaders.Police in northern China's Shandong province said they were investigating the suspect, identified by the surname Shi and one of the characters in his first name, who called himself the "Sh Runlong Jocker" on social media and claimed to be a Chinese New Zealander from Hong Kong.Shi made false claims about his identity, including that he was a board member of the...


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Taliban holds talks with US envoy in bid to end 17-year war

Islamabad: The Taliban have held three days of talks with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. The talks are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down America’s longest war. Seventeen years after the US-led invasion that ended Taliban rule, the militants control nearly half of Afghanistan and carry out near-daily attacks on local security forces and government officials. The two individuals said Khairullah Khairkhwah, the former Taliban governor of Herat, and...
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Turkey Says Khashoggi Killers May Have Taken Body Parts Out Of Country

ANKARA: The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have taken his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by broadcaster CNN Turk on Sunday.Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, sparking global outrage against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Riyadh had offered numerous contradictory explanations for his disappearance, before saying Khashoggi was killed after "negotiations" to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.Speaking at a panel as part of an international...
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Trump Suggests Ex-Navy SEAL Commander Should Have Found Bin Laden Faster

President Donald Trump derided retired Adm. William H. McRaven as a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama backer" and suggested that the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command should have apprehended Osama bin Laden faster.The comments, which the president made in an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," represent the latest point of tension between Trump and a group of retired general officers who have criticized the commander-in-chief publicly for his handling of national security and military matters.McRaven, a retired Navy SEAL, oversaw the 2011 operation that killed bin Laden at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. After...

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Trump Says Won't Listen To "Suffering Tape" Of Khashoggi's Last Moments

President Donald Trump acknowledged the existence of an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul but said he has not listened to what he called the "suffering tape" and dismissed a growing clamor among lawmakers for Saudi Arabia to face more serious consequences for the killing.Based in part on the tape and other intercepted communications, the CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered last month's killing of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi leaders and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post.But Trump maintained in an interview on "Fox News...
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6.7-Magnitude Undersea Earthquake Off Fiji, But No Tsunami

Suva, Fiji: A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji Monday, the United States Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to cause any damage.It was centred 534 kilometres (331 miles) deep and 283 kilometres east of the capital Suva where residents said they did not notice any shaking.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the tremor which occurred at 9:25 am (2025 GMT Sunday).The area is prone to deep undersea earthquakes and was hit with a 7.8-magnitude tremor two months ago.Fiji sits within the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity...
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Republican Rick Scott Wins Florida Senate Seat In Bitter Contest

Miami, United States: Florida's outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott has narrowly won a US Senate seat in a bitterly contested race with incumbent Bill Nelson, official results showed Sunday.Nelson conceded the seat he has held for three terms since 2001 after a machine and hand recount showed Scott had edged the Democrat by just over 10,000 votes, or 50.05 percent to 49.93 percent, official final results showed."I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," Scott wrote on his Facebook page.A day earlier, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded his hard-fought...