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Iran hardliner Ebrahim Raisi registers for election

In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, President Hassan Rouhani, left, speaks as he is accompanied by the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi on a visit to the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Baghaie, 48, was vice-president for executive affairs and headed the tourism board under Ahmadinejad. He has held several sensitive jobs in the Islamic Republic, including representing Khamenei for 25 years at the Supreme National Security Council. Read More »

Jon Ossoff's Lead in Georgia Race Gives Boost to Democrats' 2018 Hopes

Eighteen candidates are vying to represent Georgia's 6th District, but one candidate has taken up nearly all the oxygen: that's Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year old documentary filmmaker and former Capitol Hill staffer. "But my job.is to be the representative for the people of the 6th District, and that's what I believe regardless of who is the president". That distinguished her from other Republican contenders she left to squabble over who is more loyal to Trump. Read More »

Corporate opposition to 457 visa axing

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The scheme will be replaced with a two- to four-year Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) initiative. As of 19 April 2017, the occupations list used for skilled migration visas (including the subclass 457 visa) will be significantly reduced. Are they employing mature aged workers who have found themselves out of a job elsewhere?' he said on the Nine Network. "Congratulations for being totally out of touch with the challenges small operators are having with finding Australian workers", one ... Read More »

Labour MPs are quitting ahead of the June general election

The Labour leader's confident tone was echoed by some of his allies on the left but few of the party's MPs harbour any hope that they will form the next government. And it would leave Theresa May with a majority of 106. If Labour was on course to win and form a government then it would expect to win in constituencies seats such as Dudley South, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire - all seats that Labour used to hold but which now have Conservative MPs. Read More »

Trump slams 'failing' Democrats: 'It is now Hollywood vs

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With 88 percent of the precincts reporting , Ossoff had garnered 48 percent of the vote, falling just short of the majority threshold required in the so-called "jungle primary". A state investigator was able to resolve the problem. Broce says state officials went to both sites. Trump also commented on the funding in a tweet after the primary Tuesday night. Read More »

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition appeals for annulment of referendum

Proposed changes that will give the president more power and could enable Erdogan to stay in office until 2029 passed with 51.4 percent of the vote, according to electoral officials. Alfano said Italy takes note of the referendum outcome and is awaiting the "final evaluation of the observers" by worldwide monitoring bodies. He added: "This country held the most democratic polls that have never been seen in any other country in the West". Read More »

North Korean Nuclear Showdown

When asked if Trump will act alone on North Korea or whether the U.S. Congress will be involved in the process, Spicer said , "I think he's going to utilize the powers under Article II of the Constitution". A day after a failed North Korean missile test, U.S. President Donald Trump had a message Monday for the North's ruler: "'Gotta behave". Please support our efforts. Read More »

Do you want to help name April's baby calf?

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Patch says April is "recovering perfectly" following the delivery. Jordan Patch says he was so excited that he was shaking when he made the calls to assemble the delivery team. Animal Adventure has not announced a height and weight for April's calf . Animal Adventure, an educational animal park in Harpursville, N.Y., launched the live-streaming channel for April the Giraffe on February 10, 2017. Read More »

Afghanistan: Death toll from MOAB attack revised to 92

It also added that the local residents and security personnel did not suffer any casualties in the airstrike. An American special forces soldier was killed last Saturday in Nangarhar while conducting anti-ISIS operations. "This was the right weapon against the right target", Gen. John Nicholson, commander for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference. But some analysts called the action "disproportionate". Read More »

North Korea tension: China 'seriously concerned' about nuclear threats

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Pence on Wednesday also restated the US commitment to a peaceful resolution to the DPRK's missile and nuclear programs but intimated that it would be no pushover. Last week, President Trump said he was sending an "armada" to the Korean Peninsula as a show of force. Pyongyang said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the U.S. Read More »

United Nations says closely monitoring mass hunger strike in Israeli jails

The Prisoners' Club said a main demand was for Israel to halt detention without trial for some 500 Palestinians now being held and for an end to solitary confinement. Protesters claimed they were lobbying against Israel's administrative detention policy, which sees Palestinians being imprisoned for long periods without a specific charge or trial - a measure that has been in place since the 1980s. Read More »

US 'Not Looking for Fight' With North Korea

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McMaster, Trump's USA national security adviser, said in an interview with CNBC . US Vice President Mike Pence earlier vowed that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response. The video comes as tensions continue to rise between the US and North Korea and shows an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), being used to wipe out an American city. Read More »

N Korea poses 'most dangerous' threat to Asia-Pacific - Pence

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But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The lurch toward a conventional foreign policy has given rise to glib talk about how such officials as Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser Lt. Read More »

Outlook for economy is positive, International Monetary Fund says

For the bloc that includes the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan, IMF forecasts a 2.6% growth in 2017 and a 3.4% expansion in 2018, against a growth of 3.9% in 2016. The fund highlighted the pickup in commodity prices as well as signs of increased investment spending as reasons behind the improved outlook, especially in the emerging world spearheaded by China. Read More »

US Man killed three on street, says he 'hates white people'

Police Chief Jerry Dyer stated that he fired at least 16 bullets from a pistol that he carried with him until he was finally arrested by the police. Dyer also said in his press briefing that Muhammad told officers while he was being arrested that he was the man they were looking for. Read More »

North Korea Offers Unconditional Surrender After Mike Pence Angrily Squints at It

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North Korea has responded by accusing the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". "There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over". "But all options are on the table", he said during a press conference. Read More »

Obama Claimed 'All' of Syria's Chemical Weapons Had Been Eliminated

After a campaign marked by friendly comments about Russia , President Donald Trump sounded a different note on Wednesday about the current state of U.S. "It's no longer obsolete", he said, though he repeated previous calls by United States presidents for Nato's European members to increase their defence spending. Read More »

Who Was Karen Elaine Smith? The San Bernardino Teacher Taught Special Education

Michael Madden told reporters earlier. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles, was an apparent murder-suicide. They were later being moved to Cajon High School to be reunited with parents and "for safety", Burguan said. "No one has come forward to say they saw this coming", he said. Read More »

Cape Town protesters gather in their thousands at Parliament

The retired Anglican archbishop, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his peaceful campaign against apartheid, has criticised the ruling African National Congress for alleged mismanagement over the years. "This afternoon's downgrade by Fitch Ratings of both South Africa's foreign and local currency credit ratings to "junk status" is a devastating blow to our economy", he said in a statement. Read More »

Girls banned from wearing leggings on a flight

Social media users have criticised United Airlines after two girls were not allowed on a flight because they were wearing leggings. United responded to the comments on Twitter, arguing that the right to refuse passengers is "left to the discretion of the gate agents". Read More »

Female Indian Techie, Son Brutally Murdered In The US

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Sasikala, and son, Aneesh Sai, were found strangled to death when he returned from work in the evening. The police arrived at the crime scene and moved the deceased to hospital. The investigation is now under progress and more details are awaited. The fear among Telugu community and Indians at large is growing with frequent violent incidents against their diaspora. Read More »

Engie reportedly ponders bid for RWE's Innogy

RWE said on March 14 it aims to generate an EBITDA adjusted for one-offs of between 5.4 billion euros and 5.7 billion euros in 2017, compared with last year's 5.4 billion euros and the 5.2 billion euros forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. Read More »

The Latest Optical Illusion Stumping the Internet Is This Photo of Strawberries

Strawberries are red, violets are blue but there are no red pixels in this viral image of a strawberry pie. But what is actually in front of you is a picture with absolutely no red pixels . You can see the grey better if you isolate each strawberry from the background. The way New York Magazine's Science of Us explains it , our brains are created to color-correct everything we look at, whether we're sitting in a room with bright fluorescent lighting, walking around outside on a ... Read More »

China calls for "international peace" in cyberspace

Beijing now operates the world's largest and most sophisticated online censorship systems, dubbed by the outside world the "Great Firewall", which blocks access to major websites including YouTube and Google, and some human rights agencies. Read More »

Abby Lee Miller Heading to Mexico After Second Sentencing Moved to May

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Deadline recently reported that a new court date has been set for May 8, on which Abby Lee Miller will find out whether or not she will receive probation or prison. It's unclear if Chloe will be returning for the next competition being held in Fresno, California, on Saturday, but she is still in California. Days before the now-canceled February sentencing, she traveled to London to talk about all things " Dance Moms ". Read More »

Opko Health Inc (NASDAQ:OPK) Analyst Coverage

There may be various price targets for a stock. Therefore, stock prices are sometime established based on the expectations that prospective investors have for the future earnings power of the firm. The reported earnings per share topped the analyst's consensus by $0.11 with the percentage difference between estimated and actual earnings arriving at 366.70%. Read More »

IRS Will Accept Tax Returns That Do Not Declare Health Insurance Status

On January 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that directed federal agencies to exercise authority and discretion available to them to reduce potential burden. This year, the penalty is the greater of $695 per adult, or 2.5 percent of taxable household income. The move does not repeal the individual mandate - and only Congress can do so. Read More »

Federal judge grants preliminary approval to Volkswagen settlement

The larger, 3.0-liter vehicles have an undeclared auxiliary emissions system that allowed the vehicles to emit up to nine times allowable limits. U.S. He said the settlement was complicated and motivated by economic and environmental concerns. These are just the latest problems that Volkswagen has worked its way through related to the diesel scandal. Read More »

What Is Barack Obama Doing Now? Kitesurfing With Richard Branson, Obviously

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And he had none other than entrepreneur Richard Branson to reintroduce him to the sport - and teach him some new tricks - while on a blissful post-inauguration sojourn to Branson's private island in the Virgin Islands. Obama was obviously a pro and won the battle, 100m to 50m. The blog ends with Branson revealing that the two have already made plans "to do the long kite over to Anegada [Passage] together" next time Obama visits. Read More »

Anastasios Leventis of Quebec man killed in Toronto shooting

Sgt. Craig Somers told a news conference at the scene that two semi-automatic handguns were recovered and it's not known if the dead person was the intended victim. James campus was placed under hold and secure for about an hour while police investigated. Students were being advised to stay on campus or to avoid the area if they were not already on campus. Read More »