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Easter road deaths show 51% increase from past year


However, the period is usually marked by carnage on the country's roads and a high death toll. "However, this year's fatalities are still significantly lower than the 333 fatalities recorded in 2015", Maswanganyi addressed a media briefing in Pretoria. Read More »

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

Hayes had faced up to 60 years if the maximum sentences were to be served consecutively. Racquel Smith , widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith, enters the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse with supporters, for a sentencing hearing for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith , in New Orleans , Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Read More »

Here's why PM Modi banned mobile phones in meetings with bureaucrats


Speaking about the problems in civil services, the PM said , "Hierarchy remains an issue - this is something we inherited from colonial rulers and we did not leave that behind". The BJP top brass, including union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and other senior leaders, will also attend the meeting, which is to be held at the BJP headquarters here, said party's National General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav. Read More »

House Oversight head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018

Before running for Congress, Chaffetz worked for politician and diplomat Jon Huntsman 2004 as campaign manager in Huntsman's successful race for Utah governor, then as chief of staff after Huntsman took office. Meanwhile Chaffetz's campaign committee recently purchased and Chaffetz did raise concerns about comments Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway made about Ivanka Trump 's clothing line, among other potential White House ethics issues. Read More »

George HW Bush still in hospital; George W Bush visits

Neil Bush also explained in an interview with KHOU 11 News Thursday morning that this is the third time President Bush has been in the hospital this year. "No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder", Bush tweeted. Physicians said the illness was treated and has been resolved. The 41st President was hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital Friday for a persistent cough and was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia. Read More »

Arkansas Executes 1st Inmate Since 2005

Lee was the first inmate put to death in the state since 2005. They said the odds were increased by Governor Asa Hutchinson's original plan to execute all eight of them over the course of 11 days. Moments after the first ruling, a district judge blocked the use of one of the lethal injection drugs, halting all seven executions. Earlier this week, McKesson said it refunded the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) for the drug after it agreed to return the supplies. Read More »

Protest erupts at Wits University


Students, who moved into the newly built Yale Village residence in Braamfontein earlier this year, blocked the university's Yale Road North Gate on Thursday morning to demand services. Vehicles within the university were diverted by police onto Yale Road towards to the Jorissen Street exit. The Dean of Students arrived on the scene to receive the memorandum and to engage with the affected students, but students have said they want to see Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib . Read More »

Ontario, Canada brings in foreign housing tax to cool market


He didn't say the auditor general and Ontario's Financial Accountability Office have warned the Liberals that they have plunged the province into precarious levels of debt. He says the measures will also look at how to expedite housing supply, and he has appeared receptive to Toronto Mayor John Tory's talk of a vacant homes tax. Read More »

Australia Plans To Tighten Rules For Citizenship


Non-citizens can also be deported if they commit even a minor crime. Mr Turnbull has this week unveiled a new set of criteria for citizenship tests. Michael McVicar agreed. "The NZ Government can't keep letting Aussies coming over have access to everything while it's not reciprocated the other way. Read More »

Fugitive ex-governor of Mexican state of Veracruz detained


The state attorney's office said it had requested the government of Guatemala detain Duarte so that he could be extradited. A photo released by Guatemalan police showed a bespectacled Duarte being escorted by Interpol agents. Interpol joined the search and the Mexican government offered a reward of about $811,000 for his capture. "Veracruz is a lovely, long, thin state on the Gulf coast of Mexico where many journalists are terrified not only of the rampant organized crime groups that kill ... Read More »

Tens of thousands pour into Venezuela streets


The government last year abruptly postponed regional elections the opposition was heavily favored to win and cut off a petition drive to force a referendum seeking Maduro's removal before elections late next year. "We call on all Venezuelans to come together to de-escalate the situation and find democratic solutions in the framework of the constitution", said EU Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Nabila Massrali, who also urged "an investigation into the deaths and acts of violence that occurred ... Read More »

Abe sends offering to shrine honoring Japan's war dead


Abe has visited the shrine in person only once, in December 2013, since becoming premier the previous year. Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi paid a visit Friday, telling reporters she came "as a Japanese person, to offer my gratitude with reverence to those who died for state policies". Read More »

Rajasthan: Kashmiri students clash with locals after being taunted as 'stone pelters'


Dubbing the incidents as "unfortunate" the Home Minister said he had come to know that Kashmiris were subjected to "misbehaviour" in some places. Even they are part of India. "The people should understand this reality", he added. The Kashmiri students and other residing away from their state can call for assistance on a round the clock helpline set by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi at 011-23092923 and 011-23092885. Read More »

Rajnath tells all states to ensure safety of Kashmiris


The home minister said an advisory is being sent by his ministry to all the states for the safety and security of Kashmiris living there. Singh told ANI, "Last evening I got to know that some Kashmiri youth have been mistreated". The incident took place around 5 pm on Wednesday when 11 students, all living in the varsity hostel, had stepped out of the campus. "Boycott those Kashmiris who pelt stones atthe Indian Army". Read More »

Trump's ally steps aside in US Congress' Russia probe


This comes after the announcement on Thursday morning that the embattled Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will be stepping away from the Russian Federation probe. Nunes's stepping aside came after weeks of public tensions between himself and Adam Schiff , the Democratic vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Read More »

Migrants: record numbers rescued in the Med

German NGO Jugend Rettet, which took part in the rescue operations on Saturday, said 3,000 people had been plucked to safety during a particularly busy day amid fine Spring weather in the Mediterranean. The pregnant woman and 25 other migrants were aboard a vessel that was taking on water in the Atlantic Ocean when reached by the rescue boat Salvamar Gadir before daybreak Friday. Read More »

Paris police say officer and attacker shot, killed


This tragic shooting comes just three days before French general elections - meaning, "Paris was already in a state of heightened alert", according to CNN . The prime minister said the shooting - which left one dead and two wounded - had all of the hallmarks of a terror attack. The Champs-Elysees has been closed to vehicle traffic and all businesses in the area have shut down. Read More »

US Reviews 'Failed' Iran Nuclear Deal


As with North Korea , Tillerson said, the Trump administration is unwilling to be patient with Iran, ticking through a list of countries where he said Iran supports terrorism and violence. Tillerson said that as of Tuesday, Iran was complying with its responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action , which it agreed to in 2015 after negotiations with the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany. Read More »

Trump attacks Canada's dairy trade as 'unfair' to U.S.


At issue is a recently-adopted Canadian policy that makes it more hard for American dairy farms to sell ultra-filtered milk across the border - a rule Canadian leaders say protects its own producers, but which the National Milk Producers Federation estimates could cost NY and Wisconsin farmers more than $150 million each year. Read More »

North Korea threatens 'super-mighty' strike on U.S.

Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of the region, warned this week that "the era of strategic patience is over" when it comes to US policy toward North Korea. Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang. Read More »

US 'disappointed' at Russia's Syria stance

President Trump's decision to finally react to the violence in Syria has caught many by surprise. The moderate opposition to his regime has essentially ceased to matter on the ground. Haley noted that ousting Assad was not the US's only priority. Still, not all Trump voters agreed with the missile strike, echoing objections from some on the far right that it ran counter to his campaign promises. Read More »

Paris attack: ISIS claims responsibility after 1 killed on Champs-Elysees


UPDATE: Paris police say that a gunman killed one police officer and wounded another before being killed himself in an attack on the Champs-Elysees shopping district. "Traffic has stopped", she says. Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a auto and opened fire on a police vehicle. Read More »

Trump on Paris attack: "What can you say? It just never ends"


Again, it is happening, it seems... While noting that he had only just seen coverage of the still-developing event before entering the press conference, Trump said it was a "very awful thing that's going on in the world today". "And this is a very delicate period for them, just three days before the election", the Italian prime minister said. According to a document obtained by Reuters Police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the shooting. Read More »

Gun shop burglary suspect mailed manifesto to Trump

Jakubowski, 32 and a convicted felon, is suspected of stealing 16 firearms from a gun store in in Janesville, Wisconsin. Spoden said police had found a 161-page manifesto that Jakubowski had allegedly written and sent to Trump Tuesday at the White House. Read More »

Gary Cohn 'top candidate for chief of staff'

In McMaster's report on Thursday night about the airstrikes, the lieutenant general said the National Security Council had met on Wednesday to discuss three options with Trump, who asked the team to concentrate on two options. The White House has tamped down on suggestions a staff shakeup is imminent. Meanwhile, both the Times and Washington Post have fresh reports on the bickering between the Bannon and Kushner camps, as each tries to pull Trump in an opposite direction. Read More »

Cannabis Act: Canada set to legalise marijuana to keep children 'safe'


The Canada government on Thursday tabled legislation aimed at regulating the recreational use of marijuana by July 2018. "We have a responsibility to act as expeditiously as we can". "Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world", Goodale said. Read More »

To O Panneerselvam's New Tough Talk, A Soft Response From Rival Faction

On Wednesday night, the Delhi Police had served summons to him in the case. Earlier, an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar had been arrested in this matter. "If this is done, we'll accept that our demands have been met", he said. Senior leader in the VK Sasikala faction and Cooperation Minister, Sellur K Raju, said Chief Minister K Palaniswami has constituted a team of "senior ministers" for the objective. Read More »

Tens of Thousands March on Tax Day


Trump is required to say how much interest he pays on the debt incurred, but not how much he owes or who lent him the money, Sheppard says. Protesters gathered in over 150 cities on April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline, to demand that Trump release his taxes. Read More »

Iranian President to run for second term

That gives gadflies and publicity seekers the chance to smile and wave to gathered journalists. Ahmadinejad's decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. Read More »

Death Toll Reaches 118 in Terrorist Attack on Syria Evacuees

The overall death total from Saturday's attack climbed to at least 126 , and the final number killed is expected to rise, SOHR said . UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned today a terrorist attack in Syria against a convoy of buses evacuating 5,000 civilians and armed opponents who chose to leave their terrorist-besieged towns. Read More »

Trump Sticks With Obama Playbook On Iran Nuclear Deal


Despite the sanctions relief, Iran remains on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support of anti-Israel groups and is still subject to non-nuclear sanctions, including for human rights abuses and for its backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Read More »