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France says will 'prove' Damascus behind Syria 'chemical attack'

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Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting, though it has carried out a number of airstrikes on suspected Iranian weapons shipments it believed were bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The officer's comments came as USA defense officials reported Wednesday the Syrian regime has started to relocate its warplanes in close proximity to Russia's Khmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia Governorate, purportedly to deter the United States from any future attacks. Read More »

Dazed Dortmund lacked focus in Monaco - 'keeper Burki

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AS Monaco are in scary form in the Champions League this season. And after yet another goal in Europe's primary tournament against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, Mbappe duly broke an incredible Champions League record. So who will start at Stade Louis II? "After what happened to us, there is hardly a worse feeling than sitting together again on a bus which isn't moving". Read More »

Dark clouds after Jakarta vote

Private pollsters, approved by the national elections commission, are expected to announce an unofficial tabulation of a sample of votes, known as "quick counts", within a few hours of polls closing. Some voters may have been reluctant to vote for Purnama because of worries about "five more years of protests on the streets by Muslim hardliners", Loveard said in a telephone interview. Read More »

Vermont unemployment rate stays at 3 percent in March

Gains in several sectors bolstered Iowa's nonfarm employment. Job gains in March were led by the professional and business services sector, which added 4,900 positions, followed by a 2,500 gain in leisure and hospitality. "The reduction in Iowa's total labor force represents a smaller pool of qualified applicants and is making it hard for businesses to fill positions". Read More »

Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years for fatal shooting of Will Smith

While Judge Buras' ruling did technically fall within the 20-60 year punishment window allowed for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, the 25-year sentence certainly comes in a lot closer to 20, than it does 60. Assistant New Orleans District Attorney Laura Rodrigue dismissed the tears as a "desperate attempt" to gain sympathy, and hammered at Hayes' claim of self-defense. Read More »

Arrest made over blasts 'targeting' tour bus carrying Champions League team

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He had had his replica Monaco shirt freshly printed with the name of Marc Bartra, the Dortmund defender injured in the blasts that hit the Borussia's team bus, shattering the vehicle's windows. I think everybody could understand if you couldn't play it. Fans were told to expect longer waiting times to enter the Westfalenstadion and were not allowed to take backpacks into the arena, while state interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, Ralf Jaeger, said police numbers had been increased ... Read More »

Snap poll expected to strengthen Theresa May

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There were also a number of abstentions. The governing Conservative Party now has a narrow majority of 17 seats in the House of Commons. The House of Commons vote was a formality, given both UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron had previously said they welcomed the election, although Scottish National Party MPs abstained. Read More »

Panneerselvam's 'no' to Sasikala family for AIADMK unity

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However, he skipped the court hearing citing the death of a relative. The state's finance minister Jayakumar said,"AIADMK will continue functioning without the family's (Sasikala's) dominance". Responding to a question about joining hands with Panneerselvam, he said, "It is a separate issue and we desire to be united and retrieve the two-leaves symbol". Read More »

North Korea monitor: Nuclear site workers played volleyball when test was expected

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Karako said the US also can't overlook the threat that North Korea could use submarines to shorten the distance to its targets. While Defense Secretary Jim Mattis denounced North Korea's weapons test as he began a Mideast tour, Vice President Mike Pence offered support to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo amid a trip dominated by concerns about the rogue state's nuclear intentions. Read More »

Donald Trump says United States 'representing the world' in Syria air strikes

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a planned trip to Russian Federation because of fast-moving events in Syria. "Lavrov stressed that an attack on a country whose government is fighting terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists [and] creates additional threats to regional and global security", it said. Read More »

Trump to meet with Italian prime minister

Trump is also offering condolences from the U.S.to the people of France. The first plan faced opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans and was never voted upon in Congress. "I do not see a role in Libya", Trump said, just seconds after Gentiloni said his country hoped to see more US engagement there. Obama also had criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not meeting their defense spending obligations, although he didn't press the issue as much as Trump. Read More »

United States to honour 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia

In return, Mr Turnbull's administration has agreed to resettle people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who have sought asylum in the US. Pence told reporters on Saturday that he had reassured Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the US will honor the agreement struck by the Obama administration - even if the USA doesn't "admire" the deal. Read More »

Bill introduced to ban removal of passengers

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The airline, owned by United Continental Holdings Inc, said it would make sure crews traveling on their aircraft are booked into seats at least 60 minutes before departure. The man dragged off a United Airlines flight, sparking an global uproar, suffered a broken nose and concussion, his lawyer said Thursday, adding that he is planning to sue. Read More »

Paris shooter had note defending ISIS

He was 39-year-old Paris resident, Karim Cheurfi . Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood in Chelles, and anxious neighbors expressed surprise at the searches. Belgian security officials had warned French counterparts before the attack that El Osri was a "very risky individual en route to France" aboard a high-speed train. Read More »

Pence reaffirms refugee deal with Australia to go ahead

Mr Pence earlier praised the relationship between Australia and the USA during his talks with Mr Turnbull. The fallout has strained the typically cozy alliance between the US and Australia. The pact did not include Indonesia, with whom the U.S. Jakarta also scrubbed JP Morgan from its list of primary bond dealers after what was deemed a negative research report . Read More »

ISIS claims Paris attack ahead of vote

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Cheurfi was known to police in relation to Islamist terrorist activity and was detained and released as recently as February for threatening a police officer, Press Association reported , citing French officials. France launches terrorism probe after attack on Champs Elysees, three days before first round of presidential poll . Ms Le Pen, widely seen as taking the hardest line on security, called for France to " immediately " take back control of its own borders from the European Union and ... Read More »

At Least 12 Are Dead In Venezuela After A Night Of Protests

Amid anti-Maduro protests roiling Venezuela, leading to 20 deaths and dozens of arrests the past three weeks, the opposition is trying to rally worldwide opinion against his socialist government. Already drawing criticism for the GM seizure, Mr Maduro announced late on Thursday that he wanted an investigation into mobile phone operator Movistar for allegedly being part of the "coup-minded march" organised by his adversaries on Wednesday. Read More »

Don't want a fight, don't start one : USA tells North Korea

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President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs seen by Washington and others as a direct threat. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, said the missile was a Scud variant that the USA calls a KN-17. Read More »

Ninety-thousand hit by massive power cut in San Francisco

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The citywide power outage occurred around 9:19 a.m. Pacific Gas & Electric says on its official Twitter account that all power has been restored after an outage wiped out electricity for some 90,000 customers. A city transportation official said that at its height, the outage knocked out a third of San Francisco's traffic signals. Buildings quickly began emptying out amid the incident, while shops like Starbucks dished out coffees to customers in their darkened cafe. Read More »

USA aircraft carrier to reach waters near NKorea next week

Reports that the US would position its strike group in the area didn't help. The New York Times , quoting Defense Department officials, reported Tuesday that the Carl Vinson was "finally on a course for the Korean Peninsula" and that it is expected to arrive in the region next week. Read More »

U.S. 'not looking for fight' with North Korea

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Lu Chao, director of the China's Border Studies Institute at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the latest test, despite its failure, could be another defiant message from Pyongyang that it will not change its tough stance in the face of United States pressure even though the failure showed that Pyongyang's missile technology was flawed. Read More »

Alleged 'fake architect' charged in 'Seinfeld'-esque scam

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Schneiderman said Thursday. On each, he signed as a registered and license architect, using a forged New York State Registered Architect Stamp or Professional Engineer Stamp. The Pastures Project, Town of North Greenbush, Rensselaer. According to the Attorney General's office, Newman was not in fact an architect, despite allegedly presenting himself as one between 2010 and 2015. Read More »

Trump right about "China not currency manipulator"

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But in its exchange rate report to Congress last week, Treasury declined to label China a currency manipulator , saying the trade deficit with China is just business. Garrett concluded that the commonly seen headlines in U.S. media about the Chinese economy were usually "profoundly misleading about the win-win nature of the relations between the United States and China", adding that drastic changes in bilateral relations following the election of Trump, once much anticipated, actually ... Read More »

May gets the go-ahead for 'snap' United Kingdom election

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Before holding the election, May must first win the support of two-thirds of the parliament in a vote on Wednesday (April 19 ). She said on Tuesday she had "reluctantly" come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticising opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU. Read More »

With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on 'high alert'

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The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the USA agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang. and if we have to start looking at sanctions or other actions we will". Top envoys from the United States, South Korea and Japan are due to meet on Tuesday, South Korea's foreign ministry said, to "discuss plans to rein in North Korea's additional high-strength ... Read More »

Ivanka Trump Brand Reportedly Wins Chinese Trademarks

On the April 18 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 , correspondent Tom Foreman noted that the trademark acquisitions are "big business" for Ivanka Trump's brand and added that the president's staff are held to legally enforceable prohibitions against conflicts of interest. Read More »

At least 12 people killed overnight in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday unexpectedly took over GM's plant in the central Carabobo state, seizing production facilities and vehicle stock, the company said in a statement . Venezuela's government has not commented on GM's statement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano). Police officers throw stones from an overpass at anti-government protesters in Caracas , Venezuela, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Read More »

French far-right presidential candidate Le Pen is 'strongest on borders'

We do not know what will happen in the election or who will win. A presidential election in France is not usually the sort of thing that I would tell you to pay attention to. The credibility of politicians who do this could suffer serious blows when it turns out that the attacks they reference were not terrorist in nature. Read More »

Justice Dept threatens sanctuary cities in immigration fight

It drew an immediate response from de Blasio, who called the rhetoric "nothing new" and "grandstanding". However, New York City now has its lowest crime levels in decades and with respect to Chicago, experts believe that its recent rise in violent crime has little to do with illegal immigration. Read More »

Canada unveils legislation to legalize cannabis

The marijuana task force led by former Liberal justice minister Anne McLellan had acknowledged provinces and territories would likely harmonize it with the age limit they now have in place for alcohol and tobacco. In spite of many lawmaker's enthusiasm for the proposed law, Canada's nation-wide legalization of recreational cannabis could conflict with global drug treaties which still ban the substance. Read More »