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Trump presses Turkey's Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote Trump on Tuesday , asking him to raise the issue of human rights with Erdogan given the increasing suppression of dissent in his country. "And we should never allow those groups to manipulate the religious structure and the ethnic structure of the region making terrorism as a pretext or an excuse", he added. Read More »

Turkey condemns U.S. move to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters

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The move announced on Tuesday has already provoked fury in Turkey, which says the YPG are linked to its own domestic Kurdish separatist group the PKK, or Kurdish Workers Party. USA officials have indicated that 120 mm mortars, machine guns, ammunition and light armored vehicles were possibilities. U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. Read More »

West Bengal civic polls: Mamata's TMC wins four out of seven seats

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This is the first time in the last three decades that a political party from the plains has been able to snatch victory from the hill parties that have dominated the political scene in the hills. The Trinamool captured the Mirik Notified area and picked up seats in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong municipalities. The election results in seven municipalities is expected to set the ground for the 2018 panchayat and Lok Sabha elections. Read More »

Activists seek video in boy's slaying by police; friend sues

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They said they were initially told he died shortly after he was shot in the head. Rivera told the Hartford Courant: "If that crucial part of the story is a lie, everything else is up for question". The Bridgeport medical examiner has determined the accused vehicle thief died of gunshot wounds to the chest. Officials said Jayson's body lay in the street for more than six hours, shielded from public view with screens, while state police investigated, which reminded some activists of ... Read More »

North Korea's Missile Program Is Progressing Faster Than Expected: South Korea

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On Monday morning, North Korea officially confirmed that it had conducted the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile a day before. In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". Read More »

President Moon Jae-in's special envoys to US, Japan to depart Wednesday

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After a decade of political corruption that ended in the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, South Korea has a new leader. "The conversations that I have had.in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long-range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action", Haley said. Read More »

UAE Crown Prince meets with Trump at the White House

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Gowdy has been mentioned as a possible successor to Comey, but he said in a statement Monday he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions he was not interested in the job. Some Republicans also called for action, asking Comey to speak to Congress and demanding that any memos or recordings of his conversations with the president be presented to them. Read More »

EU, US to meet Wednesday over in-flight laptop ban

In a statement to The Daily Beast , the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the broader ban is "under consideration", though no final decisions have been made. The move comes as the Department of Homeland Security warned that the United States could be under threat from home grown terrorists. If the USA ban on a laptop is to be actualized on European excursions, this could affect some US aircraft that handle the course. Read More »

Trump has legal authority to declassify intelligence

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said in a statement: "Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump". Read More »

Isis claims attack on Afghanistan state TV station

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At least 16 people, including journalists, were wounded in the attack, which took place in central Jalalabad , close to the provincial governor's office and a busy square, Hendren said. Twelve employees, including the head of the station, were evacuated but others are reported to be trapped in the building, which is near the provincial governor's compound. Read More »

Lucknow: IAS officer found dead under mysterious circumstances

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Mr Tiwari joined the Food and Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department in Bengaluru as Commissioner in January. As per reports, Tiwari had been staying at the guest house for past three days along with his batchmate who had gone to play badminton while Tiwari chose to venture out for a walk. Read More »

McMaster Debunks Post Story on Trump Leaking Secrets

Trump's approval ratings have been hovering in the high 30s and 40s. He'll also huddle with some of Washington's strongest European partners at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and the Group of 7 meeting in Sicily. Mr Trump has shown extreme frustration about the suspicion that his campaign collaborated with the Russians to win the election. Kasich, a Republican who ran for president against Trump, issued a statement that said if the incident earlier this month ... Read More »

United Kingdom unemployment rate sinks to 42-year low of 4

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Chris Williamson at IHS Markit pointed out that the pay data come hot on the heels of Tuesday's news that inflation has spiked to 2.7%, "meaning real pay is falling at the steepest rate for two-and-a-half years". The think tank expects the unemployment rate to rise from 4.8% at the end of this year to 5.4% in 2018 and 5.8% in 2019. For March alone, the rate was 4.3 percent. Read More »

Award-winning reporter shot dead in Mexico

Cárdenas began his career in journalism in the early 1990s, according to La Jornada , a Mexican news outlet where he worked as a national correspondent. His death makes him the fifth reporter to be killed in Mexico in the past three months. Seven reporters were targeted last weekend in southwestern Guerrero state by an estimated 100 gunmen, who pistol-whipped and robbed them. Read More »

Hawaii makes its case against Trump's travel ban in federal court

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But the judge wondered whether Trump is forever forbidden from adopting an executive order along the lines of his travel ban. Spicer said Monday the executive order is fully lawful. But if Trump's executive order was anything like Korematsu , Wall said: "I wouldn't be standing here, and the US would not be defending it". Katyal responded that Trump could remedy his "taint" by taking a number of actions, including working with Congress to enact new measures. Read More »

Australia boosts infrastructure spending

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Economic nuts and bolts aside, there is big spending in infrastructure and education, while the $13 billion in so-called "zombie" measures from Joe Hockey's ill-fated 2014 budget - stymied by the Senate - have been dumped. The biggest loser from Tuesday's budget was the nation's banking sector, which has already been subjected to a series of scandals and parliamentiary inquiries in recent months. Read More »

Germany chancellor welcomes new French president

Macron previously met Merkel when he visited Berlin in March as a candidate. Macron, who ran a pro-European election campaign, kept with tradition by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday in his first trip overseas after taking office. Read More »

High possibility of conflict with North as missile crisis builds

Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach towards the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure. As about Haley's comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China would work hard at reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula and finding a peaceful resolution. Read More »

Students choose NDP over Greens, BC Liberals in mock elections

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The final results of British Columbia's election are still not in, but experts already see scenarios for an unstable provincial government that is unlikely to last a full four-year term. "We inspire people to vote for something... and those people are from across the political spectrum", Weaver said. George Hoberg, professor of environmental and natural resource policy at the University of British Columbia, said the situation could create uncertainties and makes building the project ... Read More »

Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins

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He said a large number of flights to Australia come through Dubai in particular, so a ban would have a major impact on business travellers in particular. Both countries have opted to ban electronic devices bigger than mobile phones in cabins on flights due to concerns bombs may be smuggled inside them. Read More »

Haley: US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korean nuclear program

During a meeting in Seoul on Tuesday, South Korean and US officials described guidelines the two allies would follow in dealing with North Korea, which tested a powerful missile on Sunday. South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo told the country's parliament Tuesday that not only was Sunday's missile test successful, but that the program itself was developing faster than expected. Read More »

North Korea Claims Long Range Missile Can Carry A Nuke

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The 15-member body, which includes main Pyongyang ally China, also demanded that the North "conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", and vowed to take tough measures, potentially including new sanctions. On Monday, South Korea's military played down the North's claim of technical progress on atmospheric re-entry, saying the possibility was low. The launch came as troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations gather near Guam for drills that are partly a message to ... Read More »

Comey Wrote in Memo that Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

The FBI, meanwhile, declined to comment. "I hope you can let this go", Trump told Comey, according to the language of the memo, which the source confirmed. Flynn resigned the day before the February 14 meeting, after it was revealed he apparently had lied to his about the nature of his contacts with Russia's ambassador. Read More »

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Yates 'Got the Best' of' Trump on Legal Questions

On Monday, Trump tweeted that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, "reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows- there is "no evidence" of collusion w/ Russian Federation and Trump". Despite her warnings, Flynn remained in his position for 18 more days (a gap Democrats say is as scandalous as "the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes"). Read More »

Israel deploys 10000 police officers for Trump's visit

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has welcomed a clarification from President Donald Trump's administration that it. "It will advance the process because of the correction of the historic injustice and the smashing of the Palestinian fantasy of Jerusalem not being the capital of Israel", it said. Read More »

Will Moon and Trump hold a summit soon?

Regardless, talks will happen; Moon has reportedly tapped a special envoy to China to begin discussions, to include THAAD and the nuclear crisis, as soon as Saturday. Yoon Young-chan told a press conference here on Thursday that President Moon would dispatch separate delegations to discuss THAAD and the DPRK's nuclear program with their Chinese counterparts, although the two issues will be dealt with together. Read More »

North Korea leader revisits island strike site

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The ministry threatened that a counter-attack would begin immediately. The bill bars ships owned by North Korea or by countries that refuse to comply with United Nations resolutions against it from operating in American waters or docking at USA ports. Read More »

Officers, family of slain man await decision in Baton Rouge police shooting

The Department of Justice said its civil rights division; acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson and the FBI will be part of the news conference at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge at 1 p.m. "No decision by the Department of Justice can replace the loss of Mr". According to Baton Rouge police, the two officers responded to a disturbance call from someone who said a black man selling CDs threatened him with a gun. Read More »

John Terry takes centre stage at Chelsea championship party

Terry had nothing but praise for former Juventus and Italy boss Conte. Chelsea will have to wait until the final match of the season to get their hands on silverware, with the trophy presentation saved for the aftermath of their game against Sunderland on Sunday. Read More »