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Japan gets a new emperor as Naruhito vows to pursue peace

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During the special ritual, an nearly exclusively male audience saw Naruhito, 59, take possession of royal regalia and seals, including a sacred sword, that provide ceremonial proof of his ascension. He also faces uncertainties in the imperial household. "In the past, enthronements followed the death of emperors and people weren't sure whether they should be happy and celebrating, but with this transition, I am sure that we can celebrate while welcoming the new era", she said. Read More »

Chris Johnson's Forecast | A very warm stretch of weather ahead

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Storms are now developing to our west in parts of Iowa and this activity will continue to expand in coverage through Monday morning as the amount of moisture increases. Out-the-door temperatures are holding in the upper 30's now and wind chills are in the lower 30's. As of right now, Derby Day looks excellent, but rain chances are set to return by the end of next weekend! This number could certainly go higher if we experience heavy rain in a short period of time. Read More »

Iran's Foreign Minister says he will visit North Korea

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On April 21, the White House proclaimed that it has decided not to renew waivers from US sanctions to purchasers of Iranian crude oil, in an attempt to cut Iran's vital oil exports to zero. "They want - they have all shown an interest in and dragging the United States into a conflict", said Zarif . "We believe Iran will continue to sell its oil.[and] use the Strait of Hormuz". Read More »

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Trump, Pelosi, Schumer Agree on $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

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Asked if investigating Trump or passing an infrastructure bill is of bigger importance to Democrats, Pelosi said her party is focused on meeting its obligations to the American people. "I am all for more infrastructure". "There was good will in this meeting", said Schumer. But it's unclear whether Blumenauer will get support from Republican members of Congress, or even top Democratic leaders. Read More »

Cyclone Fani: Centre Releases 1,086 Crores To 4 States As Advance Funds

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Another threat of heavy rain and gusty winds persists in the region due to very severe cyclonic storm "Fani", even though the trajectory at present remains uncertain. Director of the regional meteorological centre, H R Biswas said the impact of Cyclone "Fani" is likely to be much more severe than "Titli", which had hit the Odisha-Andhra coast past year and killed at least 60 people. Read More »

Trump urges Fed to lower rates, adopt quantitative easing

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The Fed has hiked rates nine times December 2015 and Chairman Jerome Powell, a Trump appointee, has repeatedly given the impression that there will be no further rate hikes. Trump's other controversial pick for the board of the independent central bank, Herman Cain , withdrew over criticism of his qualifications for the role and past allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. Read More »

Trump says union members 'love' him, mocks Biden

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Sanders, the independent who challenged Clinton from the left during the 2016 Democratic primary, criticized Biden's past support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other trade deals that he says have cost Americans jobs. Read More »

Mueller complained that Barr's conclusions didn't fully capture his report

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Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning. Barr, a Trump appointee, released a redacted version of the document on April 18. Fox News learned over the weekend that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler , D-N.Y., wants to have Judiciary Committee staff - rather than members of Congress - question Barr on his handling of Mueller's report. Read More »

Briefing: Backdoors found in Huawei equipment, says Europe's top carrier

The US said on Monday it would review intelligence sharing with the United Kingdom if Theresa May does not reverse her decision to allow Huawei's equipment in the UK's next generation mobile network. Meanwhile, a USA official said yesterday that if European allies use Huawei in future fifth generation or 5G networks the United States will have to reassess its ability to share information with them. Read More »

Trump Moves To Designate Muslim Brotherhood As Terror Group

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It came to power in the 2012 election, after dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising. Some advisors suggest designating another group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organization, which will ultimately make the Muslim Brotherhood subject to harsh sanctions. Read More »

North Carolina campus shooting leaves 2 dead, 4 injured

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One person was taken into custody. In addition to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, the ATF is also responding. Another tweet read: 'NinerAlert: Campus lockdown continues. The campus was reportedly about to host a concert at the school's football stadium at the time of the shooting. There are over 30,000 students enrolled at the university, in addition to just under 1,500 academic staff. Read More »

USA senator who played role in Marcos ouster dies at 87

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Lugar worked to prevent the spread of unsafe weapons, eventually partnering with Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia to establish the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. He was well known as an authoritative voice on USA foreign policy. I'm not sure we will ever see another Richard Lugar , but I pray that we do. Former US president Ronald Reagan was inclined to accept the rigged election that would have kept Marcos in office, but Lugar, who went to the Philippines as an election ... Read More »

Australian officials killing millions of feral cats with poisoned sausages

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They plan to end the feral cat population by 2020. Modern feral cats are the same species as domesticated house cats, but they hunt and survive in the wild without human contact. According to the Australian government, the goal is to "reduce the impact of feral predators and increase the resilience of our native species", because cats "damage the productivity of Australia's farming sector". Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg Made a 'Sleep Box' for His Wife

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There has been talk about Facebook' efforts to consolidate its disparate app framework to a unified backend and create one master messaging platform for the company. To really emphasize the "meaningful connections" side of things, Facebook introduced a "Meet New Friends" feature that will "help people start friendships with new people from their shared communities like a school, workplace or city". Read More »

Bolton: No Money Was Paid to North Korea, That Is Clear

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The Trump Administration says they have not made any repayments to North Korea, but Yun went on to say that the US should meet its terms of the commitment by paying up. North Korea has denied mistreatment of Warmbier and said that he contracted botulism. Wallace then asked if the American official assigned to secure Warmbier's release signed a document promising payment to North Korea. Read More »

Video Shows ‘Hero’ 8-Year-Old Save Sister From Attempted Kidnapping

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The children were traveling with their grandmother, 69-year-old Nita Coburn, on Thursday afternoon to the Atrium Medical Center. She hadn't. A safety feature prevented her from locking the doors with the keys still inside - which she realized the moment a stranger climbed into the driver's seat and began to speed away from the hospital. Read More »

Suspect in Taiwan Valentines murder jailed in Hong Kong

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According to early estimates, several thousand people had joined the march along Hong Kong Island from Causeway Bay to the council in the Admiralty business district. "They create fear and uncertainty for business at a time when we should all be working to safeguard Hong Kong's reputation as one of the world's greatest business and financial centers", he added. Read More »

Indonesia election: More than 270 election staff die counting votes

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The polls were the first time the country of 260 million people combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary elections in order to save money. Counting millions of ballot papers by hand proved to be a life-threatening job for hundreds of election staff in Indonesia, as over 270 died and almost 2,000 fell ill after working long hours, an official has said. Read More »

Corbynista left splits over Brexit referendum

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Britain is expected to take part in the European Union elections on May 23 after the Government failed to agree a Brexit deal with Parliament. "The response has been phenomenal, particularly in Leave voting areas such as the West Midlands where people are clearly angry and frustrated at the way the Conservatives and Labour have handled Brexit". Read More »

Venezuela's Guaido announces 'final phase' to oust Maduro

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On Tuesday, jailed Venezuelan politician Leopoldo Lopez said he had been "freed" by soldiers supporting Mr Guaido. A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Guaido and around 70 armed men in military uniform near the La Carlota air force base in Caracas. Read More »

Indonesia Continues to Mull Plan to Abandon Jakarta for New Capital

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The minister cited examples such as Brazil, Australia and Kazakhstan which all, at one point, moved their capital cities . Following President Jokowi's statement on moving Indonesia's capital city, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Head Bambang Brodjonegoro revealed the criteria needed upon moving the capital city. Read More »

Journalist death spurs bid to restore Northern Ireland govt

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He added: "At Lyra's funeral on Wednesday we heard many messages about the potential for a better future but as I have said previously, such sentiment will all be in vain if collectively we can not tackle the malign influence that some individuals continue to exert over our communities". Read More »

US, China, Saudis lead 2018 military spend

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Nan Tian, a researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) program, adding that "the higher level of world military expenditure in 2018 is mainly the result of significant increases in spending by these two countries". It was 2.6% higher in real terms than in 2017 and 5.4% higher than in 2009. Tensions between Asian countries, as well U.S. and China's contest for primacy, were "major drivers" for the growth in military spending in Asia and Oceania, SIPRI added. Read More »

Harnessed whale may have been trained by Russian navy

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On Friday, fisherman Joar Hesten, aided by the Ree Wiig, jumped into the frigid water to remove the harness. Together with the rest of the paraphernalia, that leads some to suspect the animal could be a lost recruit from a Russian naval facility. Read More »

Japan: Knife found on school desk of emperor's grandson

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The 12-year-old is the only male grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Palace watchers say Akihito wanted keep the emperor's presence always visible so it would not be veiled and politically used like his father's wartime role, while others say he tried to smooth the transition for his son. Read More »

Trump Family Sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One To Fight Dems' Subpoenas

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From left: President Trump , Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and Eric Trump. Graham, R-S.C., broke with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's assertion that Russia's role in election interference in 2016 was "a couple of Facebook ads", and said the government of President Vladimir Putin attempted to pit "one American against the other" when it hacked into Democratic emails. Read More »

Boeing didn’t advise airlines, FAA that it shut off warning system

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However, Boeing will need to win back the trust of customers, passengers and regulators following the crashes. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg takes questions at a news conference in Chicago. Jason Goldberg, who flies for American Airlines and is a spokesman for its union, told NPR that while it's true pilots train to overcome problems with a plane's pitch adjustment systems, a malfunctioning MCAS system creates other distracting problems. Read More »