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Death toll soars in China chemical blast

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President Xi Jinping , who is in Italy on a state visit, ordered all-out efforts to care for the injured and to "earnestly maintain social stability", state television said. The factory has been cited and fined for work safety violations in the past. Strong winds around the site helped disperse fumes though there were concerns about their toxicity, Yancheng's environment bureau said in a later statement, adding that residents in the surrounding areas have been "basically evacuated". Read More »

Trump says the US should recognize Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

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Trump moved the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upending the global consensus that a permanent two-state solution would first need to be reached so Israel and Palestine could jointly share the city as their capital. Former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who served under President Barack Obama, said the move "raises a lot of concern" and said it is hard to not see this as an attempt to buttress Netanyahu's chances of remaining prime minister. Read More »

New Zealand observes Muslim prayer after mosque attacks

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Women wearing headscarves as tribute to the victims of the mosque attacks are seen before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch , New Zealand March 22, 2019. Kirsty Wilkinson joined the throng at Hagley Park along with two female friends, all in make-shift hijabs. "I personally am doing this to knock down my walls of personal oblivion to the terror Muslim people feel every day, worrying about their safety", Wilkinson told AFP before the prayers began. Read More »

Israeli Forces Reportedly Kill Palestinian in West Bank

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Governor Kamel Hmeid said Israeli troops in the adjacent village of al-Khader fired at a vehicle and wounded the driver late on Wednesday night. The military says 19-year-old Omar Abu Leila was fatally shot when he opened fire on soldiers trying to arrest him. Read More »

New Zealand marks one week since mosque attack with prayers, headscarves

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Al Noor mosque Imam Gamal Fouda said the response to the attacks showed that New Zealand was "unbreakable". Zaid Mustafa (centre), who was wounded by an Australian white supremacist gunman in the twin mosque massacre, arrives for congregational Friday prayers and a two-minute observation of silence outside the Al Noor Mosque where his father Khalid Mustafa and brother Hamza Mustafa were killed in Christchurch on March 22, 2019. Read More »

US negotiators to return to China next week

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Word of the new round of talks briefly helped lift Wall Street after stock prices had begun to sag following reporting by Bloomberg that some United States officials said China was reneging on earlier trade concessions. But Chinese officials have sought an immediate end to the tariffs that Trump has imposed on about US$250 billion worth of Chinese imports. Both Beijing and Washington are engaged in intense negotiations in the wake of a trade dispute, which would've originally seen the ... Read More »

Ex-Brazil President Michel Temer Arrested In Connection With Graft

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Asked about looming cases against him in December, Temer said he wasn't anxious and did not believe he would be arrested. Temer, who was vice president, came to the presidency in 2016 after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and ousted from office for mismanaging the federal budget. Read More »

Juan Guaido's Envoys Take Control Of Venezuela's Diplomatic Properties In The US

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MEMBERS of the Venezuelan armed forces that abandon President Nicolas Maduro will keep their rank and be reinstated once a new government is in place, the opposition-controlled legislature said yesterday. "This is a welcome development for our bilateral relations with Venezuela". "This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of US diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on USA policy", said the top USA diplomat ... Read More »

Trump to order colleges to support free speech or lose funding

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The executive order is a fulfilled promise; Trump suggested, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held earlier this month , that he planned to mandate that colleges and universities respect students' right to free speech, particularly as it relates to accepting conservative speakers on campus. Read More »

U.S. abruptly endorses Israel’s Golan sovereignty in big shift

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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday emphasized the fundamental importance of states' territorial integrity under worldwide law, criticizing U.S. Following the establishment of a ceasefire in 1967, Israel began the construction of settlements in the Heights and moved settlers there, in contravention of global law. Read More »

Hollywood Cheers New Zealand Gun Ban Following Christchurch Shooting

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New Zealand announced a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons on Thursday, less than a week after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch. She previously said that the primary perpetrator of the shootings used five guns including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. New Zealand does not have anything resembling a Second Amendment, making gun bans relatively easy to pursue. Read More »

Netanyahu, Pompeo vow to counter Iranian 'aggression'

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Richard Haass, a former senior State Department official who is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said in a tweet he strongly disagreed with Trump's Golan decision. What wasn't controlled by Israel was controlled by the Syrian government before their civil war. In 1981, Israel's parliament passed legislation applying Israeli "law, jurisdiction, and administration" to the Golan, in effect, annexing the territory. Read More »

Trump Says he Doesn't Mind If Public Sees Mueller's Russia Probe Report

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Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. And we'll see what happens. Mueller is expected to send his report to Attorney General William Barr soon. "If you want to let them see it, let them see it", Trump said of the report, which independent special prosecutor Robert Mueller is believed to be close to finishing. Read More »

Jared Kushner used non-secure WhatsApp to contact foreign leaders, Democrat says

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Lowell claimed on Thursday, however, that at the December meeting, he cautioned lawmakers that he wasn't prepared to discuss the topic and that their questions were best suited for the White House. It was unclear whether Kushner continued to use WhatsApp after the December meeting. Cummings also sought a briefing on how the official messages are being preserved. Read More »

A closer look at New Zealand’s new weapons ban

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The government has also immediately implemented a stop-over measure that will keep the weapons from being sold and stockpiled until the new laws can be implemented, Ms Ardern said . The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is now 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons. NZ Police Commissioner Michael Bush said there were around a quarter of a million firearms users in New Zealand, but he did not give a breakdown on how many possess semi-automatics. Read More »

Ferry sinks in Tigris near Iraq's Mosul, killing 55

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Many people couldn't swim. I couldn't help. I feel guilty. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi ordered an investigation and expressed deep condolences to families of the victims. Maj Gen Saad Maan, the interior ministry spokesman, said 71 people died and 55 were rescued, among them 19 children. He said 30 people were rescued, adding that search operations were still under way and it was not known how many people were onboard the ferry. Read More »

Previous Biden +8 Over Bernie In New Poll On 2020 Dem Field

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Mark Putnam, a Democratic advertising and video maker who worked for Obama and several of last year's successful congressional candidates, was seen last weekend surveying scenes outside Biden's childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to the political news website Politico. Read More »

Fire spreads at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal

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No employees at the facility were missing and no injuries were reported, Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) the operator of the storage facility, said in a statement. The company is working with federal, state and local officials on this emergency situation. "Consistently favorable" air quality monitoring results, along with the lifting of the shelter-in-place order and forecasts calling for the smoke plume to keep moving west, led to the decision to reopen Deer Park schools on Tuesday, the ... Read More »

Iran denies hacking phone of Israeli election frontrunner

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Israeli media reported recently that Iran's intelligence service has tapped the phones of former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara and son Yair. But in a recording broadcast Monday evening by Channel 13, Gantz appeared to walk back that declaration - at least in a scenario where he, and not Netanyahu, becomes prime minister. Read More »

Thousands believed still inside last IS pocket: Syria force

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Remaining diehard fighters had been pushed to the bank of the Euphrates, and on Tuesday night they continued clashing with the SDF, a spokesman for the militia said. It has crumbled under years of military operations in which Syrian and Iraqi forces backed by their global allies clawed back the land but left cities in ruins and populations homeless. Read More »

Viktor Orban's Fidesz party suspended from European People's Party

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The committee would be chaired by former European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who would monitor the Hungarian party while its membership is frozen. And as an immediate repercussion, Orban will not participate in the traditional gathering of EPP national leaders forum, including chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of the European Union summit on Thursday. Read More »

Trump threatens lasting China tariffs and new front against Europe

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USA stocks have fallen after President Donald Trump said his administration was considering leaving tariffs on China for a "substantial period". Their Chinese counterpart in the talks, Vice Premier Liu He, will then travel to the U.S.in early April, he said, adding that the three have had "several" calls recently. Read More »

Egg Boy Will Connolly To 'Donate £45k To Christchurch Victims'

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The 17-year-old's action came after the ultra-conservative Queensland senator said Muslim immigration contributed to the 50 deaths in the Christchurch massacres at two mosques last Friday. Connolly after cracking the egg into the skull of Fraser Anning is being hailed a hero by musicians worldwide. Political leaders, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Scott Morrison, her Australian counterpart, have condemned the senator's statement. Read More »

Trump’s White House decides it’s above the law - just like Nixon’s did

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A source told CNN that the White House hadn't responded to the request, but "intends to in the near future". A committee aide confirmed to CBS News that Hicks had agreed to turn over the documents. He added that committee investigators are in contact with others on their list who have said they would be more comfortable responding to a subpoena, rather than a voluntary request. Read More »

Hundreds Of Hotel Guests Were Secretly Filmed And Live-Streamed Online

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The cameras were discovered hidden in digital television boxes, wall sockets, and hairdryer holders. The footage was sent to a site where more than 4,000 members paid $44.95 to watch. In 2017, more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police. The authorities in Seoul have launched initiatives like a special squad of women inspectors who conduct regular inspections of public washrooms across the city. Read More »

Bus driver sets bus ablaze after abducting 51 children in Italy

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Photos showed the burnt-out shell of the bus and the vehicle. Firefighters stand by the gutted remains of a bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy , March 21, 2019. Police identified Ousseynou Sy, 47, as the driver who allegedly shouted "No one will survive" as he rammed cars on a provincial highway and threatened to douse the children with gasoline and set them alight. Read More »

British PM asks European Union for 3-month delay to Brexit

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Mrs May said: "Of this, I am absolutely sure: You the public have had enough". Former attorney general Dominic Grieve, who is opposed to Brexit, told the Commons the sight of May rebuking Parliament for its role in the process was "the worst moment I have experienced since I came into the House of Commons". Read More »

Is Finland Really The Happiest Country In The World? (HBO)

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The social democracy of Finland was once again ranked number one on the United Nations' World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday, while the corporate-dominated United States fell one place to rank at 19th. Concise News understands that the latest report , which is the seventh, was released to mark the International Day of Happiness. South Sudan was at the bottom of the happiness index, whilst Central African Republic, Afghanistan and Tanzania were also ranked just above. Read More »

Tech Consortium Flags 800 Versions of New Zealand Shooting Video

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On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch , New Zealand , opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand as worshippers gathered for prayers. Facebook uses artificial intelligence to detect objectionable material while relying on the public to flag content that violates its standards. Read More »

Italy probes possible poisoning of anti-Berlusconi witness

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Berlusconi is already being investigated or prosecuted for witness tampering in Milan, Sienna, Rome and Turin, each time for allegedly paying people to keep quiet about his bunga-bunga parties. The latest development is creating a sensation in Italy and is certain to dominate airwaves and newspapers in the coming days, at a moment when Mr. Read More »

Brenton Terrant impassive as he is charged in court for mosque shooting

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Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch , New Zealand , March 15, 2019. Police said 3 people were in custody including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. Syed Mazharuddin was praying at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch on Friday around lunchtime when a man wearing protective gear entered and began shooting at men, women and children inside. Read More »