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Venezuelan FM visits anti-US allies in Mideast

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Maduro once again accused his political opponents inside the country and the United States administration of sabotaging the country's power plants and stations that had led to serious problems with power supplies. Defying the court order, Guaido left the country in late February for a ten-day tour of South America, meeting with foreign leaders who support the Venezuelan opposition and who reject Maduro's election last year for a second six-year term. Read More »

Indonesia Considers Closing Komodo Island Because Poachers Keep Stealing the Dragons

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Last week, police in East Java foiled an attempt to smuggle five Komodo dragons, and arrested a group of traffickers linked to the case. "These animals are sold for traditional medicine", he said. Komodo National Park, which is located in Indonesia, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and according to UNESCO statistics , roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons inhabit the park. Read More »

European Union leaders lukewarm on British PM's Brexit extension request

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However, she admitted staying in the bloc beyond that date would require the United Kingdom to elect new representatives and as such was triggering preparations which she hoped ultimately to cancel. French President Emmanuel Macron's office suggested it was "premature" to consider a postponement in the absence of a clear plan from London . Her withdrawal plan, agreed with the European Union over more than two years of delicate negotiations, has been rejected by Parliament three times, leading ... Read More »

Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoax

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He has yet to be charged with a crime and the authorities have not said whether he will be or what his motive was in claiming a false identity. Their adventure started after Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her 6-year-old son out of an IL elementary school on May 11, 2011. Read More »

Speaker casts vote after tie on indicative votes

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Yet his machinations amounted to nearly nothing, as none of the four options were approved - all of them had more votes against than for. "Let's cross our fingers for Theresa May for her efforts, let's hope that she can convince the members of the lower house of parliament and maybe find a way to avoid a hard Brexit after all", he added. Read More »

'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

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Biden recounted a time when he said the dignity of teachers, sanitation and electrical line workers was treasured and the nation felt it had a common objective. When asked by co-host Sandra Smith if the accusations should disqualify Biden from running Trump left that up to Democratic voters. Amy Lappos said she felt uncomfortable when Joe Biden touched her at a 2009 political fundraiser. Read More »

Michael Cohen offers Dems new evidence in bid to delay prison

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Cohen has located several documents that we believe have significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees , ' wrote the attorneys, Lanny Davis , Michael Monico and Carly Chocron . Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, asked Cohen. "If Republican members of these committees are interested in the substantive testimony of Mr. Read More »

Russian Federation searching for remains of 2 more missing IDF soldiers - senior official

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 4, 2019. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. In advance of Mr Netanyahu's meeting on Thursday with Mr Putin, Russia-watchers speculated that the talks were little more than an opportunity for the Israeli prime minister to shore up his image as a broker on the worldwide stage ahead of the vote. Read More »

Two former cabinet members kicked out of Liberal caucus

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Supporters of Jody Wilson-Raybould in her Vancouver Granville riding say they're disappointed she was ejected from the Liberal caucus but they would back her in the federal election if she ran as an Independent. "Timing of "pushing" me out (which will be the perception - whether true or not) is awful", Wilson-Raybould wrote . Caesar-Chavannes said she thinks more attention should be paid to the broader context, rather than to any questions about the prime minister's feminist credentials ... Read More »

USA magazine report contradicts Indias claim of shooting down Paks F-16

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Time for India to speak truth about false claims and actual losses on their side including the second aircraft shot down by Pakistan", Ghafoor said. The F-16s are manufactured by Lockheed Martin and an end-user agreement requires the buyer country to allow for regular inspections to ensure they are accounted for. Read More »

Congress votes to withdraw U.S. support from Saudi-led Yemen war

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No matter where a member of either chamber, and of either party, may stand on the specific question of USA engagement with Saudi Arabia and the crisis in Yemen, a Trump veto would represent a rejection by a sitting president of the will of bipartisan majorities in a Republican-controlled Senate and a Democratic-controlled House on a matter of war and peace. Read More »

Mormon Church Will Allow Children of LGBT Parents to be Baptized

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Oaks, reverses a 2015 policy that banned baptism for such children and labeled LGBT marriages as apostasy. "While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of Church discipline", three Mormon leaders said in a joint statement on Thursday. Read More »

Donald Trump falsely claims, again, that his father was born in Germany

My father is German, right. Trump's grandfather was at one point deported from Germany when he returned to his native country after spending time in the USA for avoiding mandatory military service as a teenager. Friedrich Trump was expelled from Germany in 1905, apparently because he had emigrated illegally. According to the Post , he returned with his pregnant wife Elisabeth Trump to the US where she soon gave birth to Trump's father. Read More »

Trump Says China Trade Talks Going Well, Will Only Accept 'Great' Deal

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Though Trump has been pushing for the Chinese leader to travel to the United States to sign a trade deal, Xi is unlikely to do so unless the agreement is 100 percent complete. China is pushing for the tariffs to be removed before it will agree to lift its retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm products and industrial goods including autos. Read More »

Cats Catch Their Name When Owners Say It, Study Suggests

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The cats in the cafe, however, seemed far less interested in their name , potentially revealing that being overwhelmed with stimuli or failure to learn their own names early on in life led caused them to be less responsive. "This work has shed new light on the ability of cats to communicate with humans". Indeed, the only cats that had trouble with the task were those that lived in a cat café, a shop that can house dozens of cats that customers pay to hang out with. Read More »

Government and Labour plan more talks to break Brexit deadlock

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A Downing Street spokesman said the "detailed and productive technical talks" were supported by civil servants. He said: 'Colleagues and all staff have been working around the clock sicne we returned after Christmas. Conservative Brexiteer Peter Bone said Wednesday's vote in the House of Commons "was a total farce and it was an abuse of Parliament". Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the Bill would leave the PM with little room to manoeuvre. Read More »

USDA to quit killing cats in controversial research

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Scientists tested the stools of the animals for signs of the parasite in the meat before they were put down. USDA officials announced on April 2 that this practice is now over. Following the USDA's announcement, Democrat Representative Jimmy Panetta , who backed the bill, said: "I commend the USDA for their decision to end this type of testing on kittens". Read More »

U.S. Democrats question Mar-a-Lago security after Chinese intruder

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Federal prosecutors have unveiled charges against Yujing Zhang , a woman whom they accused of entering the President's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida illegally in late March. Chinese diplomats have contacted a woman arrested at US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and offered her consular services, the Chinese foreign ministry said today. Read More »

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be expelled 'within hours or days'

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Wikileaks made the claim in a tweet and quoted a high-level Ecuadorian government source. Later, a top official said while Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno was angered by the apparent hacking of his personal communications, he denied WikiLeaks' claim and said no decision had been taken to expel Assange from the Embassy. Read More »

Accused Christchurch gunman faces 89 further charges

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High Court Judge Cameron Mander said whether Tarrant would be required to enter a plea at his next appearance depended on his mental health assessment and "any other developments". Presiding Justice Cameron Mander has declined 12 applications from domestic and global media outlets to film or audio record inside the courtroom on Friday, citing the need to ensure due process, judicial integrity and a fair trial. Read More »

1MDB: Superyacht linked to financial scandal sold for $126m

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While the government's allegations against Najib involve more than $680 million in state funds that wound up in his personal bank accounts, the 1MDB fund accumulated some $6.5 billion - money raised with the help of USA bank Goldman Sachs, which also faces charges related to 1MDB . Read More »

Boeing defends 'fundamental safety' of 737 MAX after crash report

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The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that pilots had shut off the anti-stall system, but switched it back on because they could not regain control, citing people briefed on the preliminary findings. "If the preliminary report from the Ethiopian authorities is accurate, the pilots quickly identified the malfunction and applied the manufacturer's checklist", said Captain Jason Goldberg, spokesman for Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots. Read More »

China and U.S. nearing trade agreement

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Gary Clyde Hufbauer, a former USA trade official and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said that lifting the tariffs too early could encourage criticism from Democrats that he had gone soft in the negotiations. Read More »

Health Care Reform Vote After GOP Win in 2020

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Amid Donald Trump's recently renewed calls for dismantling the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a new poll showed that Americans had more trust in former President Barack Obama and Democrats when it came to health care policy. Read More »

Brunei jets ban sought over gay death law

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Ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah , the country has also introduced amputation of the hands and feet as punishment for thieves and joins middle eastern states such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan in adopting full sharia law. The sultanate in Asia - on Borneo island with Indonesia and Malaysia as its neighbours - is adding same-sex , adultery and a number of other sex acts to its capital punishment. Read More »

Some votes to be reassessed in 7 districts of Istanbul

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Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) on Wednesday ruled for a recount of votes in eight of Istanbul's 39 districts following the ruling party's appeal over Sunday's local election results . Asked about the AKP's challenge on Tuesday, a US State Department spokesman urged parties to accept election results. Referencing the conflicting remarks of the ruling party's deputy chairman and the government, Imamoglu added: "What has happened that the elections are now all of a sudden the most ... Read More »

Chinese woman carrying malware allegedly got into Mar-a-Lago

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Secret Service agents said Zhang was carrying two Chinese passports and a malware-infested thumb drive. Based on her responses the Secret Service determined there was probable cause to charge Zhang with making false statements toward federal law enforcement agents and unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds. Read More »

British PM, opposition leader to continue talks on Brexit deadlock

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The move, which followed a long cabinet meeting on Tuesday, angered Brexit hardliners in her party as it opens the possibility of Britain aiming for closer economic ties with the European Union after leaving. There have been all sorts of rumours and reports - supermarkets with bare shelves, trucks finding it hard to cross over to the continent, etc. People just do not know who are they to believe. Read More »

United Nations chief concerned about Libya violence, urges 'calm and restraint'

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The capture of Gharyan after skirmishes on Wednesday with forces allied to Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj followed a rapid thrust westwards by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) from his eastern stronghold of Benghazi. Only intra-Libyan dialog can solve Libyan problems. "On the orders of the commander-in-chief of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces [i.e., Haftar]... military units are being deployed to the western region", a Haftar spokesman said in a statement posted on Facebook. Read More »

Tsipras first Greek leader to visit North Macedonia

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Athens had been opposing its neighbor's use of the name "Macedonia" for years because it was also the name of a region in Greece, but the deal and its subsequent ratification put an end to the years-long dispute. Skopje agreed to the change in exchange for assurance that Athens would stop thwarting its efforts to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU. Read More »

Mueller Investigators Say Final Report Contains Damaging Evidence

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President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2019. He also said Mueller didn't find evidence that could prove in court that Trump committed obstruction of justice. "It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself", the official said. The top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Doug Collins , said at the vote that the five subpoenas are misguided because two of the individuals have already provided 3,000 ... Read More »

Ocasio-Cortez dismisses new FEC complaint as 'bogus'

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They consist of, "an global marketplace that is fair to American innovators", "a modernized electric grid", a cut on federal land regulations in order to promote renewable energy development and, "an inclusive technology doctrine", that will allow, "scalable, modular nuclear reactors" and other inventions to be put into action. Read More »