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Swaziland changes its name to eSwatini on 50th anniversary of independence

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It is not immediately clear how much it will cost the landlocked African country to make the name change. A mountainous country slightly smaller than New Jersey, Swaziland is economically reliant on South Africa . He explained that the name had caused some confusion, saying: "Whenever we go overseas, people refer to us as Switzerland ". "This effectively means Thursday (19 April) and Friday (20) April will be public holidays when the country will celebrate both the 50th birthday of His ... Read More »

In a first, seven parties submit motion to remove CJI to Vice-President

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As many as 64 Parliamentarians (MPs) belonging to seven political parties submitted a notice for impeachment proceedings against the CJI to vice president, the Times of India reported. "Does this impeachment set a precedent that political parties in India will use impeachment as an instrument to intimidate judges hearing controversial matters?" "We wish this day had never come", the opposition said in a statement explaining the move and listing five charges of misbehaviour against ... Read More »

Parts of central Berlin to be evacuated by 9am

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Each year, thousands of unexploded World War II bombs are discovered across Germany, and as development continues in the country's major cities, the number of cases isn't expected to see a slowdown anytime soon. The bomb, thought to have been dropped by the British Royal Air Force, had been discovered at a construction site for faculty buildings on the edge of Goethe University. Read More »

Romania President Slates Plan to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

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However, according to the Constitution, the final decision belongs to the president of Romania. "That Israel has a capital, that the Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years and that it is called Jerusalem is incontestable". Romania's government has backed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, drawing a warning from the president - who has the final say - that the move could break worldwide law. Read More »

European Union 'systematically & forensically annihilates' May's Irish border plans

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Mrs May's plans did not stand up to a "systematic and forensic annihilation" by European Union mandarins during the fifth round of technical negotiations this month, according to the Daily Telegraph . "We don't recognize these reports", a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters on Friday. Mrs May had previously set out the UK's customs policy in a speech last month . Read More »

Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Possible Riots if Trump Fires Mueller

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On Wednesday , Trump signaled that he is in no rush to fire either Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein . "So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us". U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference with other law enforcement officials at the Justice Department to announce nine Iranians charged with conducting massive cyber theft campaign, in Washington , U.S., March 23, 2018. Read More »

Syrian army starts shelling IS positions south of Damascus

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A similar mop-up operation is underway in Douma, where government forces have discovered a prison facility formerly run by the Jaish al-Islam militants when they were in control of the town. Syrian state media says government forces have retaken control of a town in northeast Damascus after rebels departed to north Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said President Bashar al-Assad s forces had effectively started a military operation against IS in the ... Read More »

The Position of the US Secretary of State Remains Uncertain

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Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has stated he can vote against Mr. Pompeo, also all 10 Democrats seem going to complete precisely the same. Cotton frankly acknowledged that Pompeo may not have the votes to win a recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Read More »

Former Houston 911 Operator Sentenced for Hanging Up on Callers

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The newspaper reported that Williams was sacked after the HEC officials conducted a monthly audit of 911 calls and found that Williams had a large volume of calls that lasted less than 20 seconds. Police say Williams hung up on him. The center - which opened in 2003 after the city consolidated 911 calls for the police, fire, and emergency management services - handles millions of calls annually, and about 9,000 a day. Read More »

State of the Air report gives Lane County a "C" grade

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The American Lung Association released its 2018 State of the Air report , and Wilmington topped several of the study's rankings of air quality. Same goes for particle pollution, mostly - Visalia-Porterville-Hanford; Bakersfield; Los Angeles-Long Beach; Fresno-Madera, and Modesto-Merced are all California cities that top the list. Read More »

Audio reveals Southwest Airlines pilot planning emergency landing

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Southwest has not yet released a statement naming the pilot in command of Flight 1380. "Our hearts are heavy". We are not conducting media interviews and we ask that the public and the media respect our focus'. "I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?'" Benjamin Goldstein told the Dallas Morning News . "Southwest 1380 it doesn't matter we will work it out there". Read More »

A bidding war is brewing over $50 billion drugmaker Shire

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An acquisition of Shire by Takeda would be by far the biggest acquisition of a drug company year-to-date. Takeda said it would only make a firm offer with the backing of Shire's board and following satisfactory due diligence. The offer, which Takeda said was made on April 12 was for £46.50 per share, making the bid worth a total of £42 billion. "Discussions between the parties regarding a potential offer are ongoing", the company said. Read More »

Commonwealth Is Growing On Yearly Basis - Queen Of England

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In his part, Prince Charles said the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of his life since his first visit to Malta when he was just five years old. "You have been the Commonwealth's most steadfast and fervent champion", May said. He hoped the 2018 summit would give the group "renewed relevance" to citizens, making it a "cornerstone" for future generations, as it had been for him. Read More »

Trump Raises US Prisoners Issue Ahead Of Meeting With Kim Jong

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Turning to North Korea , Mr Abe said he had urged President Trump to help bring about the release of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. national security interests, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. "Our campaign of maximum pressure will continue until North Korea denuclearises", he added. Read More »

Díaz-Canel replaces Castro as Cuban president

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Castro was originally set to retire February 24 this year, but the country was still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, so his succession was postponed. Diaz-Canel was born a year after the Cuban revolution. "In Cuba there will be no breaks, but continuity of the Revolution and its historic legacy", read a poster by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared on social media . Read More »

Rudy Giuliani is joining Trump's legal team

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President Donald Trump has had a hard time retaining qualified legal counsel for his defense in the Russian Federation investigation, so he is now turning to an ally that he previously declined to appoint to any significant role in his administration: Rudy Giuliani . Read More »

Senate confirms James Bridenstine as next NASA administrator

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Bridenstine is a Republican Oklahoma congressman, and was originally nominated to lead the US space agency almost eight months ago. "The @NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional - not a politician", Nelson tweeted. He also promised he would not interfere with its scientists on issues such as climate change. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said Thursday. "And the scientific consensus is not what Mr. Read More »

Gilchrist County deputies killed

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The sheriff's offices in neighboring Alachua and Levy Counties were assisting the investigation, as were the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney. The incident quickly caught attention throughout the state and nationwide, eliciting condolences from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi , The Polk County Sheriff's Office , and President Donald Trump . Read More »

Chrome On Android Now Blocks Autoplaying Videos By Default

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The new feature, released with the launch of Chrome 66 for Windows , iOS , Android and other operating systems, will stop the video from playing on any site where the video is set to autoplay with sound - and when it's not the site's primary goal to run the video. Read More »

Reno Students Gear Up For Another Protest Against Gun Violence

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However, with the recent increase in public support for gun control displayed by the walk outs and marches of last month, the possibility of changing gun laws seems more real than it has in a long time. In the new poll, Democrats are now twice as likely to say gun violence remains America's most pressing issue, at 8 percent to 4 percent of Republicans who say the same. Read More »

Yep, another winter weather advisory and accumulating snow forecast

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Surprisingly, parts of northern and central OH will see a little snow on the grass for the second time in three days in the middle of April. The NWS has also issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY , in effect from 10 AM Wednesday to 1 AM Thursday, for Stephenson, Winnebago, Ogle, Boone, Carroll, and Whiteside counties. Read More »

Canadian drug mule 'risked life sentence to take Instagram selfies'

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What do you think of the Melina Roberge? Roberge's accomplice with whom she shared a cabin, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, was sentenced in November to 7 1/2 years in prison backdated to their arrest, on August 28, 2016. "This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women". She was recruited by a " sugar daddy " who got interested in her after learning about her experience as an escort in Morocco. Read More »

Turkey to hold early presidential and parliamentary elections

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Erdoğan has established a formal alliance with the MHP to fight the elections, which made it hard for his Justice and Development party (AKP) to to dismiss Bahçeli's call out of hand. The change would also allow the president to retain ties to a political party. Turkey's main opposition party accused the government of misusing its emergency powers to erode democracy and arrest government critics. Read More »

Lawyers call for U.S. to turn up pressure on Turkey

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Brunson, who is accused of espionage and aiding terror groups, should be allowed to "allowed to come home to his handsome family where he belongs", Trump said . I reject all the accusations in the indictment. Brunson - wearing a black suit, speaking fluent Turkish and at points bursting into tears - emphatically rejected all the charges against him at the first court hearing after nearly 18 months of detention, in the town of Aliaga north of Izmir. Read More »

Voting rights for parolees restored in NY under Cuomo executive order

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Cuomo will issue an executive order to restore voting rights to those felons already on parole as well as those who enter the parole system each month, a spokesman said. As it stands, those convicted of a felony and sentenced to incarceration are unable to voteuntil completing their prison sentence and parole. Long added, "If he's going do that, then why not pass an executive order to allow anyone who lives in the state of NY and those visiting the state of NY to vote in the election". Read More »

Oil prices rise on fall in US crude inventories, global supply risks

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Official weekly USA data is set to be published by the Energy Information Administration on the latter part of the day. Those gains were underpinned by strong demand for petroleum products and a steady drop in global crude stockpiles, but escalating conflicts in the Middle East have boosted the oil market in recent weeks. Read More »

Cash shortage temporary, caused by unusual demand: Jaitley

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Chouhan said , "The currency worth Rs 15,00,000 crore was in circulation before demonetisation. Nirav Modi fled with Rs 30,000 crore and prime minister didn't utter a word", the Congress leader said. No cash was available at SBI and Axis bank ATMs in Dr Shivaram Karanth Nagar. Arun Kumar, a former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and an expert on cash economy is of the view that "such a sudden shortage of cash could be a result of some rumour in the market that has shattered ... Read More »

Tens of thousands rally in Armenia as ex-president elected PM

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He served the maximum two terms in office as president from 2008. Despite the government warning protestors that it would quell the demonstrations, and sporadic clashes with police in which some people were hurt, whole streets continued to be blocked by throngs of angry Armenians on April 17. Read More »

Cuba confirms sole candidate to replace President Raul Castro

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On Wednesday, the legislators will elect the legislature's leadership and then, the president, first deputy president and another 29 members of the State Council. Political observers said Diaz-Canel would be given the job of breathing life into the creaking economy, but would seek Castro's approval on major strategic decisions such as the relationship with the United States. Read More »

France's president urges defense of European Union democracy

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He said Europe seemed to be engaged in a "kind of civil war", before decrying the growing "fascination with the illiberal" in reference to the eurosceptic electoral victories in Italy and Hungary, adding that there had never been a time when the European Union had a greater responsibility to act. Read More »

Trump says he doesn't like TPP Bargain for USA, citing restrictions

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REPORTS suggest USA president Donald Trump has made an about-face on his decision not to participate in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. "Look how bad WTO is to U.S". He added the countries "still have to talk about trade, and that the prime minister understands that". His comments last week came after he unexpectedly indicated the U.S. Read More »

Poland Rebuked for Logging in Protected Forest

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Bialowieza forest has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site and is home to Europe's largest herd of almost extinct bison. Poland's Environment Ministry says it will respect Tuesday's ruling but environmental groups say the damage has already been done. Read More »