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Spicer defends White House policy on visitor logs

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Breaking with precedent, the Administration will not share with the public the names of the visitors who meet with President Trump, Vice President Pence and their senior staff. This is published unedited from the PTI feed . Hundreds of thousands of visitors take entry to the White House annually. Looks like we'll never know. Read More »

Sgt. Pepper sketch to be auctioned May 20 in New York

Produced by Luke Doran for the BBC, across one day let BBC Radio 4 Extra bring the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to life in this unique and imaginative celebration. Along with the Sgt Pepper sketch, the auction will feature other Beatles memorabilia including a Lennon-signed " Please Please Me " album cover, a George Harrison-signed Fender guitar used by the Beatle and a program page from 1963, which all four members of the Beatles autographed. Read More »

German ban on full-face veils for public servants goes ahead

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France , Austria, Belgium and Turkey have all imposed a ban in certain public spaces. Critics argued that burqa-wearing soldiers and officials do not actually exist, making the new rules redundant, and said they will worsen tensions. Merkel had said that the veils were not appropriate in Germany . "A culture of open communication with one another is part of the free and democratic understanding of Christian values", he added. Read More »

France's Le Pen vows to 'tame' globalization

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Having led a largely lackluster campaign before the first-round vote Sunday that propelled her and Macron into round two on May 7, Le Pen has rediscovered her mojo. Latest polls show she is 20 points behind her globalist rival Emmanuel Macron. She hopes, like Britain, to hold an in-out referendum on France's European Union membership, deport all foreign criminals with Islamist links, and prioritize jobs, welfare, housing, and schools for French nationals over "foreigners". Read More »

Youth protest against French election ends in violence

Meanwhile, Paris and the western city of Rennes saw demonstrations by secondary school students opposed to both Macron and Le Pen, the Le Monde newspaper reported. Macron went into a gymnasium to meet members of an association that works to socially integrate local youth through sports and by helping them to set up businesses and find jobs. Read More »

Scots don't want another independence vote - Kantar poll

A similar story was evident from the pattern of voting in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum - just under half (47%) of those who voted "Yes" wanted the second referendum to be held by Spring 2019 in contrast to 72% of those who voted "No" indicating that they did not want such a referendum . Read More »

Arkansas Attorney General Tries to Undo Judge's Orders on Executions

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On Saturday morning, a federal judge followed suit, issuing a preliminary order staying the executions in response to a lawsuit mounted by the death-row inmates. The state is also seeking to overturn Griffen's order regarding the state's supply of vecuronium bromide. "Attorney General (Leslie) Rutledge plans to immediately appeal to the Eighth Circuit and ask that today's injunction imposed by the district court be lifted". Read More »

Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In 8 Days

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Williams, sentenced to life without parole for the 1998 murder of 19-year-old college cheerleader Dominique Hurd , broke out of a maximum-security prison in 1999 after serving less than a month behind bars. Williams still has claims pending at the US Supreme Court. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams' execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick succession. Read More »

100 days of Trump, according to the Simpsons

The Simpsons accurately predicted Donald Trump's presidency 16 years in advance, so it's only fair the animated series gets to relish in the controversial President's first 100 days in office. Daughter Ivanka is also thriving - she's a Supreme Court Justice and is using the new platform to sell clothing and accessories. Even Grandpa Simpson makes a brief appearance in the clip and can be seen being carted off by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read More »

Jose Mourinho provides injury update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Jose Mourinho acknowledged Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a hard road to recovery given his age but the Manchester United boss stressed he is focused on that rehabilitation rather than thoughts about whether he would ever play again. Both are being assessed to see how long they will join Juan Mata , Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines for at a crucial point in the season, with United chasing Europa League glory and a top-four Premier League finish. Read More »

Newest "Simpsons" features a White House unraveled in 100 days

On Wednesday, the twitter account for the long-running sitcom released a minute-and-a-half trailer of the Trump-themed scene. The White House looks haunted. Watch out, Donald Trump! " My boys will love that ", the Trump character says. "Can't Fox News read it and I'll watch what they say?" the president replies, clearly in no mood to do any heavy lifting. Read More »

Ivanka Trump Has Huge Chinese Fan Club Worshiping 'Goddess Ivanka'

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Now that she is serving in the White House in an unprecedented position, Ivanka is benefiting from loose or nonexistent accountability mechanisms. As Politico reported at the time: "The menu for the formal dinner - held at two long tables set with white tablecloths, candelabras and red-and-yellow flower arrangements under gold chandeliers - included some of Trump's known favorites, dry-aged steak and whipped potatoes". Read More »

Business tycoon Vijay Mallya arrested in London

London police said that Mallya surrendered himself at a central London police station. The Westminster Magistrate's court granted Mallya bail on some stringent conditions, instructing "neither he can apply for travel documents nor attempt to leave the UK". Read More »

UP school issues freakish diktat: Yogi haircut

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It has been learned that parents have protested against the order, the report says. The school denied the charge. The school has denied the allegation. Ranjeet Jain, secretary of the school's management committee, said boys and girls were made to sit in different classrooms "for the safety of girls and to prevent love jihad". Read More »

Turkey: hundreds more detained over suspected links to Gulen

Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people with suspected links to US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen and later temporarily suspended some 9,000 personnel from its police force in one of the largest operations in recent months against the movement that is blamed for last summer's failed military coup. Read More »

Arvind Kejriwal to appoint Labour Minister Gopal Rai as AAP's Delhi convener

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The BJP had won 138 wards in the last election. Compared to its washout in the 2014 general elections and the 2015 assembly elections, the Congress has improved its tally. Party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, EVM tampering is a bitter truth and his party will continue to speak about it without caring the opponent will mock. Read More »

Malaysia's leader: ASEAN seen growing to 4th-largest economy

The big challenge is to ensure that the integration of our individual economies, that is necessary for ASEAN itself to become a significant world market, is driven through. "To achieve the US$9.2 trillion figure by 2050 there has to be a 20 per cent reduction in fixed trade costs". "Most of all, non-tariff barriers and measures (NTB/NTM) must be reduced and ultimately removed". Read More »

Prosecutors seek one-year jail term for Jakarta governor

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Official results are expected to be announced by the elections commission by May 5-6. Law and human rights groups have condemned Indonesia's blasphemy and defamation laws as murky and unclear. "The small turnout at the last anti-Ahok demonstration on March 31 may signal that the religion-based opposition to the incumbent is past its peak". The recommendation of two years probation in the trial of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (picture), with a possible one-year jail term if he commits a crime ... Read More »

Donald Trump is historically unpopular as he reaches the 100-day mark

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The demands and constraints of the Oval Office - where every word uttered counts - are quite different from the daily stump speeches Trump made on the campaign trail. The stock market and the economy seem to be reacting strongly to having a president who is pushing hard to get the economy out of its low gear. Many of Trump's other accomplishments stem from relatively minor executive orders directing federal agencies to carry out reviews of various policies and reduce regulations. Read More »

Venezuela protesters block roads to pressure president

Among the demonstrators gathered in Caracas was Andres Ramirez, a 34-year-old agricultural engineer who marched with a giant cross draped in the Venezuelan flag. Protests have been roiling Venezuela on an nearly daily basis since the pro-government Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers three weeks ago, a decision later reversed amid a storm of worldwide rebuke. Read More »

China urges diplomatic solution to US-N Korea feud

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There are also chances that U.S. might convince Japan to use its own missile-defense capabilities against a ballistic missile test traversing Japanese waters. China is one of North Korea's few allies and accounts for three-quarters of its exports and nearly all direct investment and in the country. But John Schilling from the 38 North monitoring group said the failure was indicative of the test of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un's regime. Read More »

French intelligence says Assad behind chemical attack

Turkey says it targeted fighters affiliated with an outlawed Kurdish group waging an insurgency inside Turkey. Assad's assertion that the attack was fabricated was "not credible" given the mass flows of casualties in a short space of time arriving in Syrian and Turkish hospitals as well as the sheer quantity of social media posts and video showing people with neurotoxic symptoms, said the report . Read More »

Palestinian journalists hold 65-hour radio marathon

Calling for Arab and worldwide human rights groups to expose Israeli violations against the Palestinian prisoners, the Arab League also called for an global mission to investigate the conditions in which they are held in Israel's prisons. One cage held two Palestinians in Israeli prison uniform. The strike, led by high-profile Fatah-linked prisoner Marwan Barghouti , is the largest in recent years. Read More »

Fellaini sees red in Manchester derby stalemate

And Fernandinho, who has been key to helping his compatriot settle since his arrival in January, says his return is a boost for the whole squad. Manchester City , meanwhile, are also confident they can persuade Tottenham to sell full-back Kyle Walker , the Daily Telegraph say. Read More »

Global stocks mixed as investors await Trump tax cut plan

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Mnuchin also said that Trump was proposing that corporations bring offshore profits into the country at a rate well below the current 35 percent rate. "Given the markets lofty expectations, traders are viewing it as little more than a road map, rather than the much ballyhooed 'big announcement, ' because the statement did not provide any comprehensive details". Read More »

Chance of 'major conflict' with N Korea

The USS Vinson aircraft carrier is now on its way to the peninsula, while a nuclear-powered submarine, USS Michigan, arrived in a South Korean port on Tuesday. "It is shameless for the U.S.to ask South Korea to pay for THAAD given that they are deploying it not only to protect South Koreans but also Americans in South Korea, American territory and for the security" of the region, said Kim Ki-jung, a foreign policy adviser to Moon and a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul. Read More »

Nebraska lawmakers weigh in on North Korea tensions

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After briefing senators at the White House, top US officials said US President Donald Trump also aims to pursue diplomatic measures with allies and regional partners. Chinese and Russian officials met in Moscow on Wednesday within hours of the installation by the United States of large parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile radar at Seonju, 300 kilometres from Seoul . Read More »

Korea's Kim noticing China changing

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The port call by the USS Michigan came as a USA aircraft carrier strike group steams for Korean waters and as the top nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan, and the United States met in Tokyo to discuss the North's refusal to give up its nuclear programme. Read More »

North Korea threatens to sink United States aircraft carrier with single strike

North Korea's supposed strike would be " an actual example to show our military's force ", added the commentary, which ran after a report on supreme leader Kim Jong-un's inspecting a pig farm. Beijing : North Korea seemingly made a subtle warning to China on Saturday of catastrophic consequences to their bilateral relations, as it asked Beijing not to step up sanctions. Read More »

'TTV Dinakaran arrest not to impact proposed unification talks in AIADMK'

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The rift between both factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK has widened with the O Panneerselvam camp sticking to its demands, and the rival group led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, appearing unrelenting. The Delhi Police Crime Branch said Faisal's statement can be a crucial link in unearthing the money trail. He said: "There is a political conspiracy in the arrest". Read More »

Trump warns of "major, major conflict" with North Korea

He said, in fact, we were told by the Chinese that they informed the North Korean regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions action on their own. "We want to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees", said US Admiral Harry Harris, who heads Pacific command. South Korea is adopting a "wait and see" stance after US President Donald Trump pledged to either renegotiate or terminate a "horrible" free trade deal between the two countries. Read More »

Neil Mitchell questions Prime Minister Turnbull on North Korea, gas bills, more

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Coons said a resolution of the "very difficult" North Korea problem would require "persistent engaged allocation of diplomatic and military resources and effort". "There is no change to this basic position", South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement. South Korea on Wednesday moved parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system to its deployment site on a golf course about 250 km (155 miles) south of the capital, Seoul, signalling faster installation. Read More »