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Lavrov says Russia, US agree strikes on Syria should not be repeated

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In Russia's view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said. Lavrov added: "Yesterday, we discussed in detail (with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson) the need to step up Russian-American efforts towards mobilizing the global community to fight terrorism, and reminded him that US actions like the strikes against Syria on April 7 are at variance with this task". Read More »

Russia: Talks with U.S. won't lead to immediate action

With tensions rising over Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that US relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" as he moved ever further away from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow . Read More »

Hundreds descend on Priest Point Park for Easter egg fun

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Face painting was one of the most popular activities of the day. Four thousand Easter eggs were placed around the park. If you go, don't forget to bring your baskets! Baskets were provided to collect eggs, as well as free snow cones after the egg hunt ended. Read More »

Japan and United States set framework for economic talks

Lu said Beijing wants to resume the multi-party negotiations that ended in stalemate in 2009 and suggested that USA plans to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China. "We are with you 100 percent". "The policy that President Trump has articulated is to marshal the support of our allies in the region, here in Japan and South Korea, nations around the world, and China, who have taken the position now for decades of a nuclear-free Korean ... Read More »

Detroit lands 2020 Frozen Four at Little Caesars Arena

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You know we're honored that we get to host it. "I took this job 12-and-a-half years ago knowing that it was not a possibility for us to host NCAA Championships". The bid in 2020 means St. Louis will have the tournament once in six years. Basketball is another sport where the competition to host has grown significantly. Read More »

'Starved of resources': School funding dominates first PMQs since election called

Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would be fighting the election "to win", saying the PM had called it "for selfish, narrow, party political interests". Read More »

Britain to head to the polls on 8 June

They voted by 522 to 13 in favor of the government's motion to call an election after a debate in the House of Commons - a majority of 509. Hours after May announced on Tuesday that she would be seeking to hold an early general election on 8 June, Downing Street confirmed that she would not go up against other leaders on TV on the run-up to the election. Read More »

Petitions to cancel Turkey vote result rejected

Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council rejected petitions from three political parties to annul the April 16 constitutional referendum because of its illegality, Anadolu Agency reported. For example the illegitimately yes-stamped ballots in the videos were not necessarily counted. "That the Turkish leadership didn't like the criticism by the OSCE's election observer mission isn't a surprise to anyone", German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said. Read More »

Dad: Fresno shooting suspect spoke of race war

Muslim and other faith leaders held a vigil late Tuesday near the scene where three people were killed in a shooting rampage in downtown Fresno. Kori Ali Muhammad , 39, randomly gunned down a man walking along Fulton Street, and then murdered another standing outside of the city's Catholic Charities facility, minutes after killing a man riding in a Pacific Gas and Electric truck. Read More »

Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

Hundreds of people lined up outside election board offices in Ankara and Istanbul to submit petitions requesting the board reverse its pronouncement. Supporters of the "no" vote, (Hayir in Turkish) chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Read More »

US VP Mike Pence reassures Japan of US resolve against North Korea

Pence made his remarks as the White House grappled with controversy over the location of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group that U.S. President Donald Trump said last week had been sent to near the Korean peninsula as a warning to North Korea, but which headed towards Australia instead. Read More »

Turkish election board rejects appeals to annul referendum

They found that the opposition campaign had been restricted and the media coverage was imbalanced, and that the electoral authority had unfairly changed the rules after polls had opened. But he said the AKP would not hold a party congress until 2018, indicating Erdogan would not officially become its leader until then. "That is why it is very significant", Erdogan said in his remarks after the initial results were announced. Read More »

Aus visa move unlikely to impact Indian IT workers: Nasscom

According to reports, the 457 visa programme would be replaced by a new via a programme with renewed restrictions. The list for a new four-year visa would be even shorter. In announcing the end of the 457 visa system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would be replaced by one that was stricter. "This is important for temporary visas; vital for permanent residency and citizenship", he said. Read More »

US working with allies to put pressure on North Korea, Pence says

While the U.S. moved an aircraft carrier to the Korean coast to intimidate Pyongyang, North Korea made a display of its missile strength and tested a missile which failed, though it was seen as an act of defiance. According to a report in Guardian on Tuesday, the USA is exploring ways short of war to pressure the country into denuclearisation, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with a sixth nuclear test. Read More »

UK leader calls for early election to boost Brexit bid

One key piece of legislation passed during his tenure was the fixed term parliament act which was created to ensure that an elected government held power for a full five year term; to prevent (say...) a junior coalition partner from blackmailing the government by threatening to force an early election; and to curtail the power of a sitting PM to cut and run when the polls look good. Read More »

United Kingdom lawmakers overwhelmingly back June election

May formally notified the European Union on March 29 of Britain's intention to leave, and has said she is confident of reaching a deal on the terms of withdrawal in the two years available. The House of Commons will Wednesday vote on May's election plan, and is widely expected to vote in favor. Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give May an "election landslide" with a majority of more than 100, ... Read More »

Israel Vows Not to Negotiate with Palestinian Hunger Strikers

The United Nations says it is keeping a close eye on the situation of more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, who have gone on hunger strike honoring a call by a fellow inmate. A pair of Palestinian journalists have ended a 65-hour radio broadcast organized to raise awareness about conditions Palestinian prisoners face. Palestinians take part in a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel , in the West Bank town of Bethlehem April 17, 2017. Read More »

French Socialist candidate holding Paris rally

The two-round presidenti. The Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday that a video linked to the two Frenchmen and intercepted in early April had featured a machine gun placed on a table as well as a newspaper which had one of the presidential candidates on the front page. Read More »

Asia stocks slip amid North Korea concerns, dollar up on Mnuchin comments

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USA housing starts and building permits for March, as well as industrial production, are also due later in the session. While praising China for stepping up efforts to rein its neighbor and ally, Pence and South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, said they would proceed with the early deployment to South Korea of the U.S. Read More »

Russia: Talks with United States won't lead to immediate action

It was a guessing game of whether or not Putin would see Tillerson, but a spokesperson for the Kremlin confirmed the two had met during the secretary of state's high profile visit to Russian Federation, his first trip to the country as secretary of state, CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported. Read More »

Business and politics stoke record sales of Ivanka Trump's brand

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While Ivanka Trump was sitting down to enjoy a meal of pan-seared dove sole, Thumbelina carrots and the most lovely chocolate cake along with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month at her father's Mar-a-Lago resort, she was also being granted provisional approval for three new trademarks in China. Read More »

United Kingdom lawmakers back prime minister's call for June 8 election

With just 13 votes against the motion, this easily exceeded the two-thirds threshold needed for the government to be able to overrule legislation that had required elections to be held at regular five-year intervals, beginning in 2015. But Labour MP Gisela Stuart, one of the architects of Brexit as co-chair of Vote Leave, said she would be standing down after 20 years as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston. Read More »

British Defence Secretary: Russia Responsible For Syria Chemical Attack 'By Proxy'

He challenged Russian Federation publicly in a way Trump appeared scrupulously to avoid and said of Assad early Thursday: "It would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people ". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose close ties to Russian Federation raised questions during his confirmation hearings, slammed Moscow for either being "complicit" in the chemical weapons attack or "incompetent". Read More »

Israel Refuses to Negotiate With Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

The Israel Prisons Service spokesman Assaf Librati said Barghouti had been transferred from Hadarim Prison to the Kishon Prison, near Haifa. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Read More »

Number of illicit drug overdoses is still high, says coroner

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The Coroners Service says a total of 120 people died across the province last month due to illicit drugs, an average of almost four deaths per day. Last year, Kamloops saw 41 overdose deaths, ranking the city fifth in the province. Meanwhile, the latest drug death numbers are in and paint yet another grim picture of B.C.'s overdose crisis. In all of 2016, the province recorded 914 overdose deaths. Read More »

'Sword stands ready,' Pence warns North Korea

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The vice president earlier visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders at the joint U.S. As the brown bomber jacket-clad vice president was briefed near the military demarcation line, two North Korean soldiers watched from a short distance away, one taking multiple photographs of the American visitor. Read More »

Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech over fears of more violent protests

School officials said they based their decision after a review by campus police, which concluded that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully-or that the safety of Ms. She said that she believes her speech "has been unconstitutionally banned" by the "public, taxpayer-supported UC-Berkeley". In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter , she elaborated that "they can't stop me". Read More »

Sri Lanka garbage dump collapse toll rises to 24

He also said 625 people whose homes were either destroyed or under threat from the collapse were being housed in nearby schools. Soldiers are still searching the site to ensure nobody was buried under the enormous heap which fell on Friday night. Read More »

Uganda declares end to mission to pursue warlord Kony

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The decision means the manhunt for one of the world's most notorious fugitives is effectively over. In a press release the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the first batch of soldiers was received today in Gulu by the Chief of Staff Land Forces (COS-LF) Brig Katsigazi Tumusiime and 4Div Commander Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye. Read More »

Rice denies using intel to spy on Trump

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Trump himself said Wednesday that he believes Rice may have committed a crime . "I think it's going to be the biggest story", he told the New York Times . "It is hard to fathom how the de-masking of multiple Trump campaign and transition officials was not politically motivated". Even so, Warner said, the Trump White House has fallen into a pattern of responding to criticism or inconvenient news with sometimes extreme countercharges. Read More »

Trump signs executive order targeting H-1B visa programme

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that is likely to end the H-1B lottery system from next year onwards. He said the current system that doles out thousands of H-1B visas in an annual lottery is unfair to US workers, and he vowed to restrict visas to only the most skilled and most-valued applicants, such as foreigners with masters degrees or doctorates. Read More »

Brighton book berth in EPL, boost championship league

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Former Newcastle , Birmingham and Norwich boss Hughton took charge at Brighton in December 2014, with the club battling to avoid relegation to the third tier, and despite a dismal end to that campaign he oversaw a third-place finish in his first full season before securing promotion this time around. Read More »

OSCE report on referendum 'baseless — EU Minister

The challenge from the secularist party comes amid concerns raised by opposition parties and global voting monitors about major voting irregularities in the April 16 referendum. Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will give sweeping new powers to the office of the president, but the main opposition party formally requested the vote be annulled. Read More »