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On Tax Day, Trump Is Trying To Shift The Focus


And Saturday's nationwide protests on Saturday, April 15 - typically tax day, although not this year - spurred Trump's presidential motorcade to avoid protesters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump's latest remarks imply that he has no intention to issue his tax returns, some US media reports commented. "There is no law of any kind that prevents the president from releasing all of his tax returns as, for example, Bill and Hillary Clinton have since the 1970s", Johnston told ABC News ... Read More »

International Monetary Fund revises up 2017 global economic forecast


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it expects the Irish economy to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2017 and 3.2 per cent next year. There are still risks, however, against the world economy, such as low productivity growth, high income inequality, inward-looking policies in advanced economies, and the U.S.'s Federal Reserve raising rates faster than expected. Read More »

Scandal-struck Haiti UN peacekeeping mission to end

The AP investigation has uncovered a systemic pattern of abuse and lack of accountability that goes back a decade, leaving hundreds of victims in its wake, with very little jail time for perpetrators. Some Haitians, including lawyer Mario Joseph, wonder whether the United Nations has done more harm than good in a country that has endured tragedy after tragedy since it became the first black republic in 1804. Read More »

Arsène Wenger defiant despite Arsenal's 'damaging' defeat at Crystal Palace


I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are", he said . It's very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game. "For me it's fantastic", said the Serb after Monday's 3-0 win over Arsenal. Walcott admitted that Palace simply wanted it more than the Gunners , who fell to their fourth straight away league loss for the first time under Arsene Wenger and further away from a top four finish. Read More »

Election will 'strengthen our hand in negotiation,' Theresa May says this morning

Britain's next election had been scheduled for May 2020, but a two-thirds majority in parliament could overrule that in Wednesday's vote, which British media reported could come at around 1300 GMT after an hour and a half of debate. Today Parliament has no real choice but to support her plan for an election even though Labour MPs can be nearly certain that, under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, a Tory landslide looks pretty certain. Read More »

VP Pence thanks corporate Japan for boosting US growth


Speaking inside the ship's ceremonial room, the vice president spoke to CNN after addressing about 2,500 troops on the ship's deck - something he said he's never done before. Last week, President Trump said he was sending an "armada" to the Korean Peninsula as a show of force. Pence acknowledged that if North Korea doesn't abandon its programs on its own, and the United States is unwilling to negotiate with the regime, military action against the regime may be necessary. Read More »

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday accused Iran of "alarming ongoing provocations" to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. The nuclear deal "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran ", Tillerson said. Then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said the administration was putting Iran "on notice", but it was unclear what steps it would to take, although the imposition of sanctions ... Read More »

North Korea Founder's Birthday Celebration


The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the results of the policy review and requested anonymity. The situation on the Korean Peninsula appears to be gradually turning into a game of chicken. The officials are hopeful China and Russian Federation would agree to tighter United Nations sanctions on North Korea if it conducts another nuclear test. Read More »

Facebook Live killer Steve Stephens shoots himself after short chase


The elderly man was walking home from an Easter meal with family when Stephens approached him and shot him at close range. Stephens, 37, was on the run after randomly shooting and killing the OH grandfather and father of 10 in broad daylight and broadcasting the whole incident on Facebook Live. Read More »

Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

It cited precedents in which it had accepted unstamped ballots as valid due to the incompetence or lack of training of local ballot box officers who had failed to stamp them in time for elections. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe said Sunday's referendum had been an uneven contest. Read More »

Congressional reactions to Syria strike split

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Assad is telling Trump "FU" Graham: "I've never been more encouraged by the Trump administration" Sunday shows preview: White House officials talk Syria strike MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that Syrian President Bashar Assad was telling President Trump "FU" by resuming operations at an air base targeted by the US military. Read More »

USA carrier group was not steaming straight to North Korea

The April 15th snapshot showed Carl Vinson, which is accompanied by two guided-missile destroyers, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, and not in the Sea of Japan, as indicated by the White House. President Donald Trump also touted the dispatch, saying the USA is sending an "armada" to waters off Korea. 'A carrier group is several things. Read More »

Putin: Trust With US Deteriorated After Trump Took Office

A week after the U.S. attack on Syria, what exactly is the Trump Administration's stance on Syria going forward? If Russia or Syria were to use their military assets to fend off any future US strike, it may put Moscow and Washington on the brink of a head-on confrontation, and the Kremlin's decision to cut the crucial communications link between the militaries could make matters worse. Read More »

Patriots player crashes White House press briefing


Devin McCourty, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount all have been outspoken about the fact that they did not feel as though it was appropriate for them to take part in the festivities because of the man occupying the nation's highest office. Read More »

ISIS Death Toll from 'Mother of All Bombs' Hits 90

Afghan officials said Saturday that 94 militants were killed in a massive US bomb blast targeting Islamic State's regional affiliate, almost three times as many as was reported a day earlier. The bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province where the Islamic State has a stronghold and terrorizes the local population. Read More »

Australia changes work visa policy

She said there would always be a place for the importation of labour, such as seasonal fruit pickers, but companies ought to be looking to employ Australians first, and then overseas second. "We will no longer allow 457 visa to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians", he said. "Where this Government falls down on the job is ... Read More »

North Korea Displays Apparently New Missiles amid Rising Tensions across the Region


Against the backdrop of rising tensions with the United States, North Korea showed off new missiles in a military parade Saturday marking the birth of the country's founding leader, Kim Il Sung. Japan's Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's office released nearly identical statements late Sunday, citing the USA announcement about North Korea's failed ballistic missile launch from its east coast. Read More »

Theresa May: We won't be doing television debates

Mrs Hayman said: "This General Election gives people the chance to vote for a Labour Party that will put the interests of the majority first". Sturgeon said the prime minister's decision was a huge political miscalculation as it would give voters a fresh chance to reject Conservative austerity and a hard Brexit, and give the Scottish National party a new mandate for an independence referendum. Read More »

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski jokingly crashes White House briefing


For the record, Brady attributed his absence to "recent developments" and "personal family matters". He posted a wedding photo of his parents on Instagram and wished them a happy anniversary. They were joined, of course, by head coach and Trump supporter Bill Belichick to greet the president on an overcast spring afternoon. During the South Lawn ceremony, Trump recounted reading a supportive letter from Belichick on the eve of the election, while Kraft saluted the president as a friend for ... Read More »

S.Korea to match any N. Korean provocation


During the past week, tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons programme appear to have increased the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula. But the vice-president expressed impatience with the unwillingness of North Korea to rid itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Shortly after, North Korea issued a forceful response to the deployment of a USA naval strike group, including the 97,000-ton aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson , to the region April 10, saying it ... Read More »

Days before by polls, two school buildings torched in J&K

Separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the vote, resulting in heightened security and low voter turnout when the polling began. The state CEO will submit a detailed report on the discussion to the Election Commission of India, the officials said, adding a decision on holding the by-polls likely to be taken tomorrow. Read More »

Thousands at Stockholm 'Lovefest' vigil against terror

A 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan was arrested as the suspected driver of the truck that plowed into shoppers on Friday, according to the Associated Press . The Uzbek suspect had been due to be deported from Sweden after his residency application was rejected past year. A second person has been arrested in connection with the attack and is suspected of terrorist offences, including murder, and police are holding f our others. Read More »

VP Pence's message to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'


A separate critical test in the Pacific region, to be held at the end of May, will examine the ability of the United States to shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the US. He'll wrap up his Japan trip with a visit to a Japanese youth baseball and softball clinic before departing for Jakarta, Indonesia. Trump is clearly on the mind of the North Korean leadership. Read More »

ICBMs may be part of North Korea's Day of the Sun


Amid rising regional tensions, Pyongyang residents have been preparing for North Korea's most important. USA satellite imagery suggests the country could conduct another underground nuclear test at any time . provocation. It seems longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 ICBMs, an official said. An official from South Korea's Defence Ministry could not immediately confirm whether any of the rockets paraded represented a new type of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the ... Read More »

Rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai strikes southern Israel


Sinai has traditionally been a popular destination for Israelis - especially during the upcoming Passover holiday. The block was imposed as "a protective measure", the statement said, to prevent Israelis from traveling to resorts in Sinai, where many Israelis to spend their Passover vacation. Read More »

Donald Trump signs executive order to reform H-1B visas

Trump issued the 'Buy American, Hire American' executive order on Tuesday in Wisconsin, stating that the order will tighten guest worker visas like H1-B, and would also require American agencies to purchase more products and services from U.S. Read More »

Trump Congratulates Erdogan after Narrow Referendum 'Victory'


Trump's congratulations on Monday were in contrast with European Union leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory and even his own State Department, which earlier noted concerns expressed by worldwide observers over the "uneven playing field". Read More »

Aaron Hernandez murder conviction likely to be vacated


Also, prosecutors presented several weeks-worth of cell phone tower records, text messages, video surveillance footage, photographs, DNA and other evidence that essentially forced Hernandez's lawyers by closing arguments to conceded that the former National Football League star was at the crime scene. Read More »

Putin says bomb shows terror threat still real


According to official Bishkek, Akabrzhon Dzhalilov, who is suspected of committing this terror attack, is not a Kyrgyz national. The news agency, quoting an unidentified law enforcement source, said that human remains examined at the scene suggested that the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber. Read More »

Trump Congratulates President Erdogan on Turkish Referendum Victory


Mehmet Hadimi Yakupoglu, the Republican People's Party's representative to the High Electoral Board, said the party had asked the board to annul Sunday's referendum "because we weren't able to ensure election safety". His congratulations stands in stark contrast to the more cautious tone adopted by European leaders and a statement issued by the US State Department, which acknowledged the results but warned against further repression by the Turkish government of the political opposition. Read More »

US Asks Countries To Punish UN Troops For Sexual Abuse

It's the latest in a long series of sex abuse scandals to plague United Nations peacekeeping missions worldwide. United Nations peacekeepers were deployed to Haiti in 2004 when a rebellion led to the ouster and exile of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Read More »

United Kingdom parliament to vote today on snap elections

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon branded the announcement as "one of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent political history" and argued Mrs May was "once again putting the interests of her party ahead of those of the country". High profile Leave campaigners included the current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and David Davis, now the Brexit secretary. These groups will vote in the direction that they have previously and there is little evidence to suggest that there will be a change in their ... Read More »