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North Korea threatens to launch merciless military strikes against US

But Pence expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the North to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. After U.S. "I think China has stepped up more than they ever have before". The vice-president, Mike Pence , visited South Korea recently and declared an end to the "strategic patience" of the Obama administration. Read More »

Iraqi forces fight door-to-door in Mosul as battles enters seventh month

The Iraqi army has been pushed into door-to-door fighting inside Mosul's Old City, where some 400,000 civilians are trapped, according to the UN . Raed Shaker Jawdat, head of the Iraqi federal police, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the forces advanced towards the remaining Old City since the early morning hours and that the police snipers are laying control over the region surrounding al-Nuri mosque. Read More »

Tillerson warns 'unchecked Iran' could be as bad as North Korea

Zarif said Iran's compliance had forced the USA administration of President Donald Trump "to change course and fulfill its own commitments". Since taking office, he also has tried to bar Iranians from being allowed to visit or immigrate to the United States through a visa ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries. Read More »

Trump congratulates Erdogan on disputed Turkey referendum

Turkey should "consider the next steps very carefully", an European Union spokesman said. Erdogan rejected accusations that the new powers were aimed at personal gain rather than improving Turkey's political system. Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) claim the poll resulted in a 51.41% victory for those saying the country should switch away from a parliamentary system in favour of an executive presidency. Read More »

Serena Williams confirms her pregnancy

Predicting how long it will take Williams to recover from a pregnancy depends on several factors, including whether she had an easy or complicated vaginal or Cesarean delivery, whether she breastfeeds and whether her baby sleeps through the night or keeps her up for feedings every few hours. Read More »

Scott Pruitt to East Chicago Residents: Chicago EPA Office Not Closing

Pruitt on Wednesday visited a Superfund site for the first time in his tenure, something elected officials from both parties noted. The school was closed in 2016 due to high levels of lead on school grounds and is located near the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, which is scheduled for demolition. Read More »

WestJet Airlines looks to launch new no-frills airline later this year

Westjet started in 1996 as a discount carrier but has recently faced increased competition on prices from Air Canada's discount brand Rouge and new carrier NewLeaf, which began offering ultra-low fares a year ago. "We believe WestJet is well poised to bring that model to Canada". "The worldview on low-priced airlines has changed since the launch of WestJet in 1996 and we are responding", said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO. Read More »

New images show volleyball game at nuclear test site

The images were taken on Sunday by a commercial satellite amid speculation that Pyongyang was preparing for its sixth nuclear test at a time of growing tensions with the US. The Punggye-ri site is located in a mountainous region in the north-east. Pyongyang has claimed to have miniaturised nuclear warheads for use on missiles, though experts have cast doubt on that given the lack of evidence. Read More »

'If not wanting Zuma is racist‚ then we are proud racists' - Malema

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Mr Zuma, who is due to stand down as head of the ANC in December, and as national president ahead of the 2019 general election, did not appear concerned as he celebrated his birthday with supporters in Johannesburg . Even if all opposition parties support the motion to force the president to resign, they will need 51 ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) to vote against their leader. Read More »

No pardon for Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Nawaz Sharif

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Swaraj warned "the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter". Pakistan claims that its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Baluchistan province on March 3 past year after he reportedly entered from Iran. Read More »

Syria chemical attack: 'Incontrovertible' evidence of Sarin

In a warning directed towards the United States, the Israel's military claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons. strikes on Syrian military positions. On April 4, survivors said they felt as if their lungs were on fire. The United States launched 59 cruise missiles in a strike meant to damage the infrastructure of the airstrip from which the USA believes the chemical weapons attack was launched. Read More »

U.S. establishment rallies behind Trump after military strikes

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Last week, the U.S. struck military installations used by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the investigation into the president's ties to Russian Federation continues - with no end in sight - and Trump's poll numbers remain historically low for a new president, which means we can expect more reckless behavior from the new commander-in-chief. Read More »

North Korea: US is creating a situation for nuclear war

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Aso told reporters before Mr. Pence's arrival. He has sent a navy strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, and the US and South Korea are moving ahead with the early deployment of a controversial missile defence system. Meanwhile Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula and says he believed the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the stand-off. Read More »

North Korea on "Maximum Alert"

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North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two previous year. North Korea has warned its army is on "maximum alert" after the U.S. vice president visited the heavily militarized border between the two Koreas and reiterated Washington's position that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Pyongyang. Read More »

Pence Praises Toyota, Says Economic Ties With Japan Can Improve

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US Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen are introduced by Japan Softball League team Toyota's Monica Abbott as they visit a Japanese youth baseball and softball clinic in Tokyo, Japan April 19, 2017. One of the most common refrains from Trump, Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been "the era of strategic patience is over", referring to what was essentially a wait-and-see tactic to dealing with Pyongyang but is notoriously vague, says Neill. Read More »

House passes medical marijuana bill

The bills now move to the full Senate for consideration. Sen. Jeff Clemens , the Lake Worth Democrat sponsoring the bill ( SB 1662 ), asked that the Senate Criminal Justice Committee temporarily postponed the measure after a 15-minute discussion Monday. Read More »

Pence begins Indonesia visit focused on trade, security

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Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to " work diligently " with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. Read More »

General Election 2017: Tory support double that of Labour

Starting off, the Prime Minister defended her decision by saying that a speedy election was "in our country's national interest ", suggesting that this would promote unity in Westminster over Brexit. "Instead of the country's wealth being hidden in tax havens, we will put it in the hands of the people of Britain, as they are the ones who earned it". Read More »

Brexit talks to start after UK vote in June

The House of Commons backed the prime minister by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move. Two EU agencies employing more than 1,000 in London will definitely move to the continent, despite United Kingdom attempts to keep them after Brexit, officials say. Read More »

Trump to host New England Patriots at White House

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Among the athletes not in attendance was quarterback Tom Brady , who announced Wednesday morning that he would be absent for "family matters". Brady did not mention Hernandez and the Patriots have said they will have no comment on his death. Read More »

Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand

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If confirmed, Scott Brown of MA will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand. Mr. Considered a moderate, Brown endorsed Trump ahead of the New Hampshire primaries in February. Brown has also worked as a political analyst for Fox News, the White House noted in its release. Like Trump, Brown scored his own shocking upset when in 2009 he ran a special election campaign for the U.S. Read More »

Sasikala, Dinakaran ouster from AIADMK first victory

Ministers like Thangamani, Manikandan, Dindigal Srinivasan were all part of this meeting, standing by Jayakumar. Meanwhile, the warring factions within AIADMK seem to be making progress on a potential merger although there is no clarity over who will lead the party and the government. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid fans to stop booing

Spanish clubs have won the European competition the last three seasons. "It's time to introduce videos for the referees". "We all know that". "Many times in decisions there are doubts, here there is no doubt. "One year of hard work, thank you referee, bravo!" was the caption on one of his photos. "They showed that they are an excellent team, but Madrid are Madrid ". Read More »

Three killed in Venezuela's 'mother of all protests'

But Trump has recently stepped up his criticism of Venezuela's government. Maduro, who says recent protests have been little more than opposition efforts to foment violence and topple his government, has called on supporters of the ruling Socialist Party to hold a competing march in Caracas . Read More »

US Nuke Sniffer Plane Reportedly Makes Emergency Flight Past Korea

Satellite imagery shows little activity at North Korea's nuclear test site, though one of its tunnels is ready for the communist nation's sixth nuclear test at any time, the monitoring website 38 North said Wednesday. Bermudez said Sunday's images of the Punggye-ri site showed indications of some minor dumping from mine carts - a sign of tunneling work - but no active pumping of water out of the tunnel system used for nuclear testing. Read More »

Pence tours Southeast Asia's largest mosque

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From two continents, Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation and assured allies in Asia that the USA was ready to work to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

India still to receive copy of Jadhav judgment

Rejecting New Delhi's brouhaha over the death sentencing of an Indian spy, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Saturday that India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and perpetrating subversive acts in Pakistan. Read More »

Mike Pence: Working With Allies to Put Pressure on North Korea

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the United States stands "100 percent" behind its anchor ally in Asia in working to defuse risks from North Korea's nuclear program. President Donald Trump took office in January. Pence's economic discussions in Tokyo will be closely watched to see how hard a line Washington is prepared to take on trade. Read More »

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

She said on Wednesday that "I am a candidate in the election for the French republic" and that Europe is acting like France's "enemy". Four candidates are still in contention to make it to a second round two weeks after Sunday's ballot. Authorities announced Tuesday that they had arrested two Islamic radicals suspected of plotting a possible attack around the vote. Police have refused to identify their proposed target but Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen have both been named by media as ... Read More »

Japan and Australia to deepen ties amid North Korea tension

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said he would expand America's nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack" amid a heated war of words between the U.S. The diplomatic developments come amid much confusion surrounding the path of the USS Carl Vinson. According to Tarbutu CEO Haim Peres, only around 100 Israelis have traveled to North Korea, and the company has noticed a strong interest in visiting the country. Read More »

Trump signs directive on foreign tech hires

The President's executive order directs the federal bureaucracy to enforce visa law more vigorously, and to study new ways to reform and restrict the H-1B system. The move is a deterrent to Indian IT firms which send software engineers to the USA on H-1B visas. A Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu report in the Livemint says the number of Indian in United States looking for jobs in India went up by 10-fold between December and March. Read More »