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Christian governor loses Jakarta run-off

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Baswedan's huge margin of victory was surprising since opinion polls in the run-up to the election had pointed to a dead-heat. Purnama won a three-way first-round vote on Feb 15, securing 43 percent of the votes. Late a year ago Islamic hardliners staged several massive protests in the capital, while discrimination has percolated through neighbourhoods across the capital. Read More »

Trump says 'things will work out fine' between US and Russia

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The tweet comes on the heels of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meeting with Russian officials and declaring that relations between the two nations are in a bad place at the moment. On Wednesday he described the military alliance as a "bulwark of worldwide peace and security". "I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea". Read More »

North Korea nuclear: China fears 'conflict at any moment'

Now, U.S. officials are speculating that North Korea will conduct its sixth nuclear test on the country's most important holiday - April 15th or "Day of the Sun" as it's known in North. Leader Kim Jong-un attended the event and was seen clapping and smiling from a reviewing box. The country under his watch has been aggressively pursuing a goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States. Read More »

Trump says US-Russia ties 'may be at an all-time low'

The U.S. military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior U.S. He said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering the request. But there was no sign of a breakthrough following the talks, with the two sides seemingly as far apart as ever on Syria. Read More »

Pence to Focus on Trade With Japan

He added, "Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain". The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe continuing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion. Read More »

Corbyn hits election trail with rallying speech in marginal Croydon

Labour's ruling National Executive Committee is expected to rubber-stamp a decision to allow all the party's sitting MPs automatic reselection as candidates in the June 8 snap election. Mrs May insisted she will be out campaigning and promoting the Government's record to voters as well as her plans to "make Brexit a success and build a stronger Britain for the future". Read More »

Delhi police issue lookout notice against AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran

Dhinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai today. Dhinakaran, who had earlier welcomed the idea of expelled leaders such as Panneerselvam coming back to the party, said he had no problems with a possible merger of the factions now headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam . Read More »

U.S. releases footage of 'mother of all bombs' being dropped

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an Islamic State stronghold didn't need President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials said Friday. But the group has been steadily losing ground in the face of heavy pressure both from USA air strikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces. "So we have given them total authorization, and that's what they've done, and frankly that's why they have been so successful lately". Read More »

UK parliament votes in favour of early national election

Why is there yet another election now? "This was an incredibly hard decision for the Prime Minister to make", he said. May had for months ruled out an early election, but switched tack Tuesday saying it was needed for " certainty and stability " ahead of the Brexit negotiations. Read More »

Georgia Republican Handel thanks Trump for calling

Georgia's 6th district was seen as the best chance for that spark. Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, addresses his supporters Tuesday night in Georgia. Live host Stephanie Ruhle also chastised Trump, saying, "President Trump weighing in, going in on a new tweet, really a tirade against the Democrat". Read More »

EU's Tusk questioned for hours in Polish investigation

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Poland is now led by Lech Kaczynski's twin-brother, the nationalist Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has brought Poland's prosecutors under the direct control of the government, and critics suggest there is a wider agenda to belittle the former president. Read More »

North Korea Postpones Nuclear Showdown With US

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Amid the fanfare and regalia of its founder's birthday celebrations, North Korea rolled out what appeared to be new missiles - a brazen display as the country ratchets up its rhetoric against efforts to curb its weapons programs. China, North Korea's sole major ally and neighbour, which nevertheless opposes its weapons programme, on Friday again called for talks to defuse the crisis. Read More »

Vijay Mallya granted bail after arrest

According to the British extradition procedure, India's request was certified by British Home Secretary Amber Rudd on February 21 and sent to the Westminster Magistrate's court for issuing a warrant of arrest, which was executed on Tuesday. Read More »

Tories could have 140 seat majority after snap General Election

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party continue to dominate the polls, but the Conservatives may be set to nearly double their vote to become the second biggest party in terms of Westminster votes, ahead of Labour - though this is unlikely to make much of a difference in terms of seats in the current electoral system. Read More »

There was no conspiracy. Everything was open: Uma Bharati on SC order

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Unfazed by the Supreme Court decision for her trial on conspiracy charges in the Ayodhya case, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti today said now no force in the world can stop the construction of Ram Mandir.In a daring posture, she said, there was no conspiracy and she did everything in open. Read More »

V.P. Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

The video was shown as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of the founding father of the hermit kingdom, Kim Il-Sung, Yonhap reports. People watch a TV showing file footage of a North Korea's ballistic missile in Seoul, South Korea on April 16, 2017. Read More »

IMF raises 2017 global growth forecast to 3.5%

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China's debt-to-GDP ratio rose to 277 percent at the end of 2016 from 254 percent the previous year, with an increasing share of new credit being used to pay debt servicing costs, according to an estimate from UBS. "Despite these signs of strength, many other countries will continue to struggle this year with growth rates significantly below past readings". The IMF also revised Britain's growth forecast to 2.0% for 2017, up a half percentage point from January. Read More »

Indonesia capital votes for governor after divisive campaign

Ahok's defeat is a setback for his political patron, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who on Thursday hosts Vice President Mike Pence on the Indonesian leg of an Asian tour. Prabowo is expected to challenge Widodo again in 2019. Baswedan, a former education minister, thanked Jakarta's voters for supporting him and hinted that he would move to heal the divisions in the capital after the bitter poll, if his victory was confirmed. Read More »

Pence: U.S. won't rest until N. Korea gives up nukes

Pence on Monday had travelled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over". GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL RACE Democrat Jon Ossof leads a field of 18 candidates in Tuesday's election for the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Trump's health secretary, and a win by the political novice in a reliably Republican district could spell trouble ... Read More »

Why has Western media been so quiet about Egypt's Palm Sunday massacres?

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Neither the targets nor the dates were chosen at random. A small child was among the survivors when the Islamic State attacked two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday services April 9. Authorities said the Coptic pope for Alexandria, Pope Tawadros II , was inside leading the prayers but was not injured. According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 28 were killed and 71 injured in a bomb explosion at Mar Girgis Coptic church in the central delta city of Tanta during the ... Read More »

ISIS Fighters Trapped in Western Raqqa

However, Strack said while coalition forces are focused on Raqqa, IS may be poised to gain territory in another city - Deir el-Zour - if the Syrian government forces holding the militants back there are weakened. The Manbij Civilian Council was formed on 5 April 2016 and took over the city's administration and countryside after the city was liberated from ISIS in August 2016, in a campaign that took over two months. Read More »

MPs clear way for general election on June 8

Parliament is expected to be dissolved on May 3, as British law mandates the dissolution must happen 25 working days before a general election. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general, CBI, said: "With a snap General Election now called, businesses will be looking to each political party to set out their plans to support economic stability and prosperity over the next Parliament in a way that is fair and sustainable for communities across the UK". Read More »

Mike Pence issues North Korea warning as 1200 marines ready for war

Chamber of Commerce in Japan Wedneaday. He said the Trump administration's plans to simplify the USA tax code and cut the corporate tax rate will "benefit every business represented here today". Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea and reassured Japan of United States commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions in a series of meetings with Japanese leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read More »

Pence warns North Korea: "The sword stands ready"

The musical was performed by a uniformed choir and orchestra, in a large theater hall. The musical show marked the birth anniversary of founding father, Kim Il-sung. Since Donald Trump took office, North Korea has launched at least eight ballistic missiles, and there is evidence that the North is preparing for a sixth nuclear test; however, there is no clear indication as to when the next test may occur. Read More »

European Union adds to to North Korea nuclear sanctions

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Wednesday's missile, launched days after Pyongyang warned of retaliation if the global community ramps up sanctions, flew 60km, South Korea's defence ministry said. was prepared to go it alone in bringing the North to heel if China did not step in. "For North Korea, making advancements on missile and nuclear weapons technology is the clear priority, and political and diplomatic considerations come second", said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies. Read More »

Israel Rules Out Talks With Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Barghouti began to call for a strike after talks between prisoners' representatives and the Israel Prisons Service - on improving prison conditions - reached an impasse. In anticipation of the hunger strike, Amnesty International last week called Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners "unlawful and cruel". The strikers also want better medical treatment and that disabled inmates or those suffering chronic illness be freed, access to more television channels and more phone contact ... Read More »

Pence On North Korea: 'It's Time For Them To Behave'

Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said previous year that the us could move to "take out launch capabilities on the launchpad" if North Korea appeared poised to launch a nuclear armed-missile. "That creates a framework within which countries can better assess whether the deal itself is what we call win-win arrangement", he said. In Beijing , Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a new appeal Tuesday for calm on the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Trump to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 3

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The group is allegedly planning to demand an end to all Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, according to the report. According to Palestine's Al-Manar Radio, the anonymous sources said that worldwide and regional parties, including Arab states, are behind the meetings attended by Israeli and Palestinian officials in Middle East capitals. Read More »