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Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war

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The visit was partially created to comfort Egypt's minority Christians following a spate of deadly attacks since December against their churches. "He came at a critical time in Egyptian history", she said. "He visits all countries with suffering, countries with problems", said Alban, 42. The Pope said that in this sense, it's useless to be concerned about our image, "since God looks at the soul and the heart and he detests hypocrisy". Read More »

Andrew Jackson Saw Civil War Coming, Would Have Prevented It

President Andrew Jackson a "swashbuckler" and asked why there was a Civil War . This morning, Meacham said on Morning Joe that Trump had privately told him that he thought he could have done a deal to avoid the Civil War-which, given what we already know about Trump's less-than-formidable negotiating skills, seems like just a bit of a stretch. Read More »

Girls Have Reportedly Been Released By Boko Haram

The statement credited the Swiss government, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), local and international non-governmental organisations, the military and security agencies with facilitating the exchange. President Buhari expressed delight over the release of the girls and reassured Nigerians, especially relatives and friends of the determination of his administration to secure freedom for the remaining girls and other Nigerians still under the insurgents captivity. Read More »

US citizen detained in North Korea

Few details on Kim Hak-song or his arrest were immediately available. The department will now work with the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, a result of the USA having no direct diplomatic relations with the North. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, and Kim was sentenced to 10 years of labor. - American Sandra Suh was deported in April 2015 after being accused of making anti-North Korea propaganda while visiting the country. Read More »

Venezuelan president, amid demands to resign, calls for a new constitution

Opposition barricades snarled traffic in and around Caracas on Tuesday, with demonstrators using garbage bags, branches, bottles, and cardboard boxes to block roads under a light drizzle. The government says the opposition is promoting street violence and refusing dialogue, so it has no choice but to shake up Venezuela's power structure. Read More »

National Basketball Association roundup: Raptors will meet Cavaliers after holding off Bucks

Each of the three previous series wins in Raptors franchise history had gone the distance. "I think we're going to be one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association". The Milwaukee Bucks come into this game -1 over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Of course, betting against Powell seems unwise. Add in the rest of Cleveland's scorers and that dream becomes an entire dreamland. Read More »

18 killed in China coal mine accident

Law enforcement agencies are now investigating the cause of the deadly accident. China is the world's largest coal producer and witnesses deadly accidents in mines frequently. Seventeen coal miners were killed when a lift used to move workers fell down a shaft in northeastern Heilongjiang province in March. At least 38 people died in two separate coal mine disasters in China in December. Read More »

Indonesia to disband hard-line Islamic group Hizbut

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However, there seems to be some confusion as to the implementation of the ban, as after the press conference, Wiranto said that the government must first obtain court approval before officially disbanding HTI, while Tjahjo Kumolo said that the ban is effective immediately. Read More »

Yates to testify for first time on White House contacts

That testimony is expected to contradict the White House's description of her warning, framed by press secretary Sean Spicer as "a "heads-up" to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict with what he (Flynn) had sent the vice president". Read More »

AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices fall 8 cents

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The latest GasBuddy.com survey of ME gas stations shows the average price of gas went down 3.7 cents, to $2.34 per gallon last week. During the last month, the national average has decreased 5.6 cents per gallon. The average price of gasoline has dropped more than a nickel in the past two weeks. "Factors playing a role: weak demand and strong production, which continue to weigh on OPEC's output cut last November created to cause prices to rise", DeHaan noted. Read More »

Labour Pledges to Keep EU Single Market Benefits After Brexit

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In contrast, it accused the Conservative government of "rigidity and recklessness" in its approach to leaving the EU. A Labour government would make it harder for people from other European Union countries to immigrate to the United Kingdom, the party's Brexit spokesperson said on Tuesday, as he set out the party's approach to leaving the EU. Read More »

10 shot, 2 killed in 'brazen' Chicago gang shooting

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Information provided by several members of the La Raza street gang helped police to identify a driver and a shooter who they said pulled up alongside two plainclothes officers last Tuesday and opened fire with a military-style rifle, shooting one officer in the arm and hip, the other in the back, the department said. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon hails 'emphatic' SNP election results

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Describing the results as a "clear and emphatic victory for the SNP", Ms Sturgeon said: "SNP councillors and SNP councils will put their communities and the people of Scotland first". "We are now in a position to lead Scotland's fightback on June 8 in the General Election too". "As in the rest of Scotland, people in Gordon have had enough of the SNP using their platform to take us back to a second referendum". Read More »

"You are not welcome in the US" - Blonde woman tells Muslim shopper

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The Charleston-based comedian wrote that the unknown woman began making disparaging remarks about another Muslim woman wearing niqab before interrogating his friend as to why she didn't wear one. 'We don't have a Muslim here anymore. 'Well, he's gone. He may be in jail too in the future, ' the other woman tells her, rolling up her sleeves. That woman then reportedly started talking about another Muslim shopper in the store. Read More »

Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

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Durani also claimed Pakistani "militias" were trying to cross the border. Afghan and Pakistani border forces met in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Friday evening to discuss the security situation - an hour after clashes stopped following a ceasefire. Read More »

Saudi Arabia says Trump visit to enhance cooperation in 'fighting extremism'

Trump can leverage both into pushing for enough concessions to get talks restarted, while also giving Netanyahu assurances that his administration will have Israel's back more than the previous one. "Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace". The Trump administration will demonstrate its dissatisfaction with Iran's behavior in the region with actions, he said. Read More »

Trump to work as 'mediator' for Middle East peace

Trump offered himself as a "mediator, arbiter or facilitator" to help reach a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, but said, "Any agreement can not be imposed by the United States or any other nations". Abbas mixed that flattery of Trump with a stern message on Israeli occupation. And if you believe the Times of Israel's founding editor David Horovitz , you will think it all went down so well for Abbas, that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu will have some very sleepless nights. Read More »

UK Conservatives extend lead in ORB poll ahead of national election

We've gained seats in some places, we've held councils that many predicted we wouldn't. The Conservatives made sweeping advances across the United Kingdom, gaining more than 500 councillors, winning tightly-fought battles for elected mayors in the West Midlands and Tees Valley and forcing Labour into third place in its former stronghold of Scotland. Read More »

Indian woman says was forced to marry Pak man on gunpoint

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Uzma said that she does not want to leave the Indian High Commission premises till she could safely travel back to India. A Pakistani has accused India's high commission in Islamabad of detaining his newly Wednesday Indian wife, prompting Pakistan to say she was "stranded" at the mission and New Delhi to insist she had "sought help" and was receiving consular assistance. Read More »

Eric Trump denies report that Russia funded dad's golf courses

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Dodson then turned his attention to Eric and asked him who exactly was funding the golf club. "So when I got in the cart with Eric", Dodson says, "as we were setting off, I said, 'Eric, who's funding?" Only a few years after the Great Recession, when investor confidence was still relatively low, the Trumps had bought and promised a grand renovation to the old golf course on the outskirts of Charlotte. Read More »

Again, Buhari Jets Out for Medical Treatment in London…See Details

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Eighty-two schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group were released in exchange for the freedom of some Boko Haram suspects on Saturday. ICRC had played a similar role previous year October, when Nigeria got the first batch of 21 Chibok girls released. Girls who escaped said some of their classmates had died from illness. Read More »

Afghan, Pakistani officials agree to defuse tension

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The Pakistani officials made their visits despite former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan's revelations in the local media about the deadly nexus between RAW and NDS against Pakistan. The gunfight prompted Pakistani authorities to shut the Chaman border crossing, one of only two major crossing points along the disputed frontier, and threatens to exacerbate already tense relations between Islamabad and Kabul . Read More »

Chibok schoolgirls freed in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday proceeded to London for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors. Some parents of the kidnapped girls gathered in the capital, Abuja, to celebrate the release, while others expressed anxiety over the fate of the 113 girls who remain missing after the mass abduction from a Chibok boarding school in 2014. Read More »

Unesco ratifies Jerusalem resolution slammed by Israel

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On Tuesday, the Steering Committee of UNESCO voted to adopt a resolution that declared all the legislative and administrative measures taken by Israel regarding the character and status of Jerusalem as null and void. The resolution, tabled by Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, and Sudan, was passed 22-10 with 23 abstentions. Israel has long complained about bias at U.N. Read More »

Rundle: heady hours for centrist France as Macron thumps Le Pen

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The euro rose to as high as $1.1024, its highest in about six months, before stepping back to $1.0984, 0.1 percent below late USA levels last week. "Political risk in Europe has been considered as a major market theme this year". Macron also suggested that Poland supported his populist opponent Marine Le Pen and said the Polish ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski belonged in a group of "regimes" that includes Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Viktor Orban of Hungary. Read More »

North Korea detains fourth U.S. citizen: state media

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The arrest of Kim Hak-Song means that the North now is holding four U.S. citizens, with the two countries at loggerheads over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions. Although Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances, he has also refused to discard the possibility of taking military action against North Korea . Read More »

DMRC approves hike in fares of Delhi Metro

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The present minimum fare of DMRC which is Rs 8 will go up to Rs 10 and the maximum fare that is now Rs 30 is set to go up as high as Rs 50. "There will be a public notice about the fare tomorrow and the new rates will be effective from Wednesday", a source confirmed. Read More »

Marine Le Pen dances the night away after presidential election loss

That vote, the decisive round of which will be held on June 18, will determine the makeup of the National Assembly, and with it, Mr. Macron's ability to govern. Macron's victory also smashed the dominance of France's mainstream parties. "Your victory is a victory for a strong united Europe and for the Franco-German friendship". Read More »

Massive, deadly Texas tornado caught on camera

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Substantial flooding was witnessed in the Mississippi River following excessive rainfall for consecutive days in parts of the Plains, Midwest and Mississippi Valley, while both flash floods and riverine flooding occurred in Missouri , Oklahoma, Illinois, and Arkansas. Read More »

Obama Presidential Center Design Unveiled

Mr. Obama said he wants the Center to be a living institution dedicated to inspiring and training young people to be the leaders of tomorrow. Yesterday's event marked one of Obama's first major engagements (and his first joint appearance with Michelle) after the White House. Read More »