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Israel seeks US backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

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They launched surprise attacks on moderate rebel groups in February this year, capturing a town and several villages along the Syrian border. The Syrian government has also repeatedly blamed Israel for supporting terrorist groups active within Syria, a charge that Israel continues to deny despite evidence to the contrary. Read More »

Slides (Foster), surges (Davis) from 1st round of NFL draft

It's all about helping the Chicago Bears win, and that's what I'm looking forward to most. Chicago paid a whopping price to move up one spot to second overall for North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, Tackle (Utah) 21. Garrett, 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds, compiled 145 tackles with 48.5 for loss and 32.5 sacks in three seasons at Texas A&M. Read More »

In Egypt, Pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

After his arrival in the Egyptian capital the Holy Father travelled by auto to the Presidential Palace to pay a courtesy visit on the Head of State which included a welcoming ceremony. IS claimed responsibility for the attacks. Streets designated for the pontiff's motorcade around the Coptic Orthodox cathedral of St. Mark's and the Vatican Embassy in the upscale Zamalek neighborhood were cleared of cars. Read More »

Macedonia president calls crisis meeting after protesters invade parliament

They grabbed Radmila Sekerinska, an SDSM deputy, by the hair and yanked her to the ground. "We are using stun grenades in order to allow the evacuation of the MPs". Western officials also condemned the events on social media. Violence has NO place in Parliament. "Democracy must run its course", European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn tweeted. Read More »

BC leaders set for televised debate

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Her calendar showed no such meeting, however. "But he did, in a slip of the tongue, say the party that's going to win the election took a lot of campaign donations". He added that those workers have been hammered by soaring MSP premiums and BC Hydro rates, which the Liberals only agreed to reduce in the last provincial budget. Read More »

Trump keeps mum about ousted adviser Flynn

One episode in question involves a trip he took to Moscow in 2015 for RT's anniversary celebration. Flynn earned tens of thousands of dollars from Russia's state-sponsored RT television network and from a Turkish businessman linked to Turkey's government. Read More »

US Lawmakers Say Trump Administration Does Not Have Convincing North Korea Plan

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After their briefing, members of the House expressed confidence in the administration officials who spoke, but some said they had real concerns. They were ferried from the Capitol by bus. "I think we're all happy to go to the White House and hear what he has to say as well as his national security leadership". Trump has said that Xi is applying pressure on North Korea to not engage in further provocations. Read More »

S. Korea disputes Trump comments on missile system, trade

On Wednesday, Tillerson, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats even said in a joint statement that the US was open to negotiations with North Korea on its military nuclear program. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently said South Korea and other key US allies should pay more for the defense provided by the U.S. "Their threats can appear sometimes to be theatrical and over the top and they have been the subject of satire but I can assure you ... Read More »

Hyderabad Court rejects CBI's plea against Jaganmohan Reddy's bail

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The court agreed with Jagan's contention and dismissed the CBI petition seeking cancellation of his bail. After hearing the case from both parties, the court quashed the plea to cancel Jagan's bail. The CBI court had granted conditional bail to Jagan in September 2013 after spending 16 months in jail. Jagan was present in the court. The ED said its investigations revealed that Jaganmohan Reddy laundered the proceeds of crime through his group companies Sandur Power, Classic Realty, ... Read More »

Trump on being President: 'I thought it would be easier'

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I actually, think this is more work than my previous life. "I thought it would be easier", Reuters quoted Trump as saying. The President said he missed being able to take the wheel. Trump, who had earlier decided not to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington , has now clarified that he "would come next year, absolutely". Read More »

'I thought it would be easier'

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Trump , who now usually travels by limousine or SUV, also said he missed driving. 'I like to drive, ' he said. "Internationally, I think he's creating more tensions than solutions."That was the main reason that Holly Peseski, 46, a legal assistant in Mt. Read More »

Michelle Obama reveals why she will Never run for Office

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Obama appeared at the American Institute of Architects 2017 conference in Orlando, Fla., taking the stage in a black and cream Lafayette 148 maxi dress ($548; neimanmarcus.com ) to roaring applause. "I didn't want to have tears in my eyes because people would swear I was crying because of the new president", she said. She worked tirelessly on the campaign to get Hillary Clinton into the White House, though unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Read More »

Two charged over pre-election attack plot

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Conservative Francois Fillon , a former prime minister, and the far left's Jean-Luc Melenchon were snapping at their heels with 20 and 19.5 percent respectively. "We can only say that the author is French". "It's definitely risky, but I have faith in the result even if an extreme candidate qualifies for the second round", said Beatrice Schopflin, who was queuing to vote in Paris . Read More »

Turkish army, Syrian Kurdish militia in new clashes

It is particularly frustrated by the use of YPG fighters in a planned USA -led offensive to retake Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on the northeast bank of the Euphrates river, an operation Ankara has long sought to join. It aims to end all Kurdish military involvement west of the Euphrates. But Ankara insisted that Washington and Moscow had been properly informed ahead of time. Read More »

Merkel expects demanding Brexit negotiations for Britain and EU

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The European Council President said the United Kingdom must honour its financial obligations to the union, including a "divorce bill" of up to €60bn (£50bn), before talks over trade agreements. The Irish Prime Minister, or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny called last month for European Union leaders to include the language of the Good Friday Agreement in the European Union negotiating ground rules. Read More »

North Korea's "large-scale artillery drill" raises tension with the West

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There have been occasions in the past when political tensions have reached crisis point - most recently in April 2013 - but Trump's firm rhetoric on North Korea in recent weeks is unusual for a USA leader. A US nuclear-powered submarine on Tuesday arrived at the southern port of Busan, South Korea, amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula, YTN television reported. Read More »

French candidate Macron visits immigrant suburb

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Labeled an "elitist" by his rival Marine Le Pen , criticized for his first round victory celebrations, and then overshadowed in his hometown by the far-right candidate, Macron has spent much of the past week on the back foot. This is how a former investment banker like Macron - who was the choice of the financial elite - ended up being the only credible opposition to Le Pen and why Donald Trump was able to face a candidate as flawed as Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Leaders weigh in on their debate performance

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Liberals' home ownership grant and the NDP's $400 rental subsidy proposal. But NDP Leader John Horgan countered, "While you waited, the average housing price in Vancouver went up $600,000". "It was a proposal to go from 32 per cent of market share to 22 per cent of market share", she said. She said the goal is to ensure fewer kids end up in care, but support needs to be there for those who do. Read More »

Trump Will Review Obama's Locking Up Of Huge Swaths Of Ocean

During a signing ceremony at the Department of the Interior on Wednesday, Trump said the order would "give power back to the states and to the people where it belongs". "I stand ready fight against any attempt to undermine the Río Grande del Norte National Monument - this treasure of northern New Mexico must be protected and preserved for future generations", he added. Read More »

Changes to Australian citizenship to focus on what's important to you

Two days after abolishing the controversial 457 visa, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce a new test that puts "Australian values at the heart of citizenship process". It will instead consult with the public before settling on the questions included. They will also need to demonstrate a job record and how they have integrated into the local community. Read More »

South Korea should pay for $1B missile defense system

The perceived threat from North Korea has been held up as one of the biggest challenges facing the Trump administration - with some experts saying the country could have a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States sometime after 2020. Read More »

Massive firing drill but no nuclear test

After the three countries representatives' meeting in Tokyo , South Korean diplomat Kim Hong-kyun, said all three parties agreed to take strong punitive action if Pyongyang continues to conduct nuclear tests. They say it is exclusively aimed at defending against North Korea . Michael Hayden, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with other experts and analysts, has predicted that North Korea will probably be able to hit Seattle with a nuclear weapon aboard an ... Read More »

I was 'psyched to terminate NAFTA' but reconsidered

United States media had earlier reported that Trump was considering an executive order to begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the 23-year-old trade agreement in a bid to put pressure on Mexico and Canada . The US trade deficit in goods and services previous year with Mexico was $62 billion, but with Canada the US had a surplus of $8 billion. Neither Videgaray nor Trudeau mentioned whether the Mexican and Canadian governments were in communication or coordinated their ... Read More »

Heavy clashes hit Rojava as Syrian Kurds respond to Turkish attacks

John Dorrian, the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday. Along with the 28 believed to have been killed in the Syrian strikes - a lot of them YPG fighters - six pro-Ankara Kurdish peshmerga fighters were also killed in northern Iraq on Tuesday, in what was apparently an accident. Read More »

USA ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

The Trump administration is instead seeking to put pressure on North Korea with the help of China. The drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula and as the USS Michigan, one of US's most powerful submarines, arrived in South Korea. Read More »

China won't confirm US claim of new pressure on North Korea

With concern over a possible confrontation with North Korea clearly uppermost in his thoughts, Mr Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, even though China was the target of much of his criticism during the election campaign. CHINA AGAIN DENOUNCES THAAD The top U.S. Commander in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, said on Wednesday the THAAD system would be operational "in coming days" bolstering the ability to defend the U.S. Read More »

General strike brings much of Brazil to a halt

Many banks were shut. Mr. Temer already faces resistance in Congress to the unpopular pension overhaul, and Friday's strike could make its passage even more hard while forcing the administration to scale back an already watered-down proposal, according to Luciano Rostagno, Latin America strategist at Banco Mizuho, in São Paulo. Read More »

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions

The spring offensive usually marks the start of the "fighting season", although the Taliban continued to battle government troops through the winter - including a devastating attack on a military base in northern Afghanistan last week. The UN mission said anti-Government Elements caused 62 per cent of civilian casualties - 1,353 civilian casualties (447 dead and 906 injured), reflecting a five per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016. Read More »

Conte: Chelsea passed psychological step after Man Utd loss

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Conte began against Tottenham with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench - a decision made partly with one eye on this week's league games against Southampton and Everton. Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino wants his Tottenham stars to ignore speculation over their futures and focus on making a final push to win the Premier League. Read More »

Russia criticizes French report on Syria attack

As far as we know, there were no precedents in the entire history of chemical weapons existence. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia's position on the attack is "unchanged" and that "the only way to establish the truth about what happened.is an impartial global investigation". Read More »

FAST FACTS: New lumber tariff could increase home prices

Canada has the world's third-largest forest canopy, and is the largest producer of softwood, the bulk of which goes to the United States. The U.S. needs to recognize the importance of the two nations' $500 billion in annual commerce, she said. Read More »