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Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on Afghan military base

At least 135 Afghan soldiers were killed and 60 injured in the deadly attack by Taliban militants on an Afghan army base in Balkh province, an official said on Saturday. German military says no German or worldwide troops were involved in the attack. "Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there", he said. Read More »

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice

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Gorsuch is thought to have about the same ideological makeup as the late Antonin Scalia, whom he replaces on the court. With his final vote set for Friday, Gorsuch counts 55 supporters: the 52 Republicans, along with three moderate Democrats from states that Trump won - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Read More »

After poll defeat, Jakarta's Christian governor may escape jail

Jakarta has been called to unify following the defeat of its Christian governor in a divisive election that some believe sets a unsafe precedent for the "politicisation of religion" in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Basuki is backed by President Joko Widodo's ruling party. "It would be a major political win for (former 2014 presidential candidate) Prabowo Subianto, who has been very transparent in his support for Anies", Wilson said . Read More »

Presidential Election: France security forces on "red alert"

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The Islamic State claimed one of its followers carried out the shooting of French police officers along the famed Champs-Elysee boulevard on Thursday evening. Indeed, the latest polls show Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron in a virtual tie for the top position at 24% and 23% respectively. She repeated her frequent call for all people who are on the so-called "S" list to be expelled if they are foreign or detained if they are French. Read More »

Pence says America's 'sword stands ready' if North Korea attacks

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The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also covers the disputed Senkaku Islands, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday, using the Japanese name for the islands known in Taiwan as the Diaoyutai (釣魚臺). If the United States is unwilling to negotiate with North Korea , and the regime is unwilling to abandon its nuclear and missile programs based on pressure alone, the prospect of the United States using military action to prevent North Korea from developing the ... Read More »

UK lawmakers back May's call for June election

Critics of an early election accuse May of taking advantage of low ratings for the main opposition Labour Party. May became prime minister without winning an election in July past year following the resignation of David Cameron after millions of Britons went against his advice and voted to leave the EU. Read More »

China chides US about carrier location

When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction. Read More »

Venezuela's Maduro mad at mayor for chemical attack tweet

The march culminated in clashes, and opposition leaders said on Thursday night that Jairo Ortiz was shot in a Caracas suburb by security forces that were breaking up a protest there. Worldwide criticism of his government mounted in recent weeks after the Supreme Court moved to curb the powers of the opposition-majority legislature. Read More »

Trudeau to mark 100 years of Vimy battle

Although Queen Elizabeth II wasn't in attendance, she did send out a public message paying tribute to the Canadian troops who "stood far from home together with their allies in defence of peace and freedom". It was neither decisive for the war's outcome "nor the most fundamental" of the battles fought by Canadians during the conflict, Boire said . The battle took place between April 9 and April 12, 1917. Read More »

Two MSDF destroyers leave for potential drill with USS Carl Vinson

Instead it was heading south for military drills with Australia in the Indian Ocean. "The Ministry is in the process of checking facts with both the U.S. The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the Carl Vinson strike group at some point. The perceived communications mix-up has raised eyebrows among Korea experts, who wonder whether it erodes the Trump administration's credibility at a time when US rhetoric about the North's ... Read More »

Venezuela confirms 12 deaths during opposition protests

Opposition leaders said some people were hit with an electrical current in El Valle while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence. "I denounce before the global community that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children", Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez tweeted , noting that President Nicolas Maduro had ordered the hospital's evacuation. Read More »

Mike Pence: WH Moving to 'Isolate' NKorea After Failed Test

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech to U.S. and Japanese service members on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, at the U.S. In the statement North Korea accused American troops of trying to provoke its border guards and warned the USA soldiers to stop, or they'd meet a "dog's death any time and any place". Read More »

Authorities identify alleged Paris attacker; second suspect in custody

On Thursday at least one attacker pulled up next to a stationary police van on the busy Paris street before opening fire, killing one officer immediately. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in shootings on two police officers, according the AP. Read More »

Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strike in Israeli jails

Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, released a statement of support for the hunger strikers. Those leading figures taking part in the movement have been transferred to solitary confinement, while other willing participants have had their clothes and belongings confiscated. Read More »

Where's U.S. aircraft carrier going?

They were headed for a naval exercise with Australia. "So we're doing exactly what we said we were going to do", he added. Earlier, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the carrier and its strike group is to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula after completing training drills with the Australian Navy. Read More »

VP Pence to North Korea: "The Sword Stands Ready"

Speaking on the deck of a massive U.S. aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve of the United States military. If North Korea had more modern technologies, its missiles could reach the opposite coast of the United States. Tillerson was responding to a reporter's question about the possibility of North Korea being restored to the United States' list of state sponsors of terrorism, from which the country was removed by the Bush ... Read More »

North Korea reacts to Trump threats

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The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, struck an aggressive tone earlier on Thursday. After countless seemingly empty threats to destroy the USA and a failed missile test on Sunday, North Korea has upped the ante with the warning of a "super-mighty preemptive strike ". Read More »

Pence reaffirms US commitment to refugee deal

During the visit to Indonesia, his latest stop on an Asia tour, Pence has been pushing to help US firms who want to do business in Indonesia - one of several countries targeted by US President Donald Trump's administration for running a trade surplus with the US. Read More »

Moment of truth has arrived for Spurs, says Chelsea's Conte

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Diego to China? I repeat, the most important thing for us is to be focused. Gary Cahill looks likely to miss Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. Conte revealed he will only consider Terry for the role in the centre of his back-three which is in the possession of David Luiz. Conte , responding to Pochettino's comments, fired back, calling Spurs " a really great power " and dismissing the idea that Chelsea should be favored to win. Read More »

Keith Palmer's Body Will Receive Rare Honour Before Funeral

During the funeral the congregation heard readings from some of PC Palmer's fellow officers including new Commissioner Cressida Dick who read a poem during the service. On Sunday, Palmer's body was brought to the Palace of Westminster to lie in rest inside the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft - a rare honor that requires the consent of the Queen. Read More »

Paris attack raises travel insurance questions

Police forces take positions on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris , France, after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker , Thursday, April 20, 2017. The following November, IS gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris , and a Tunisian man rammed a truck through crowds in Nice last July, killing 86 people. Read More »

Pilot ejects from jet on US aircraft carrier headed to Korea

He said the only the White House was asked about it "was what signal it sent, and I think we answered that very correctly at the time". Pence warned on Wednesday that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response. Read More »

Trump praises Gorsuch after confirmation

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Senate Republicans responded with a "nuclear option" rule change to lower the 60-vote threshold to a simple majority for all high court nominees. He will be sworn in Monday. There are appeals pending on expanding gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public, state voting restrictions that critics say are aimed at reducing minority turnout, and allowing business owners to object on religious grounds to providing gay couples certain services. Read More »

Impact of Ontario housing measures on market may be short-lived

Another housing measure would expand rent control, which now only applies only to units built before November 1991. The Ontario government has responded to the rapid growth in house prices and rents in the Greater Toronto Area by releasing what they call the Fair Housing Plan - a series of policies aimed at cooling the real estate market. Read More »

China criticizes North Korea, praises United States on nuclear issue

United Nations diplomats said the proposed statement of condemnation had consensus from the other 14 Council members, including China, North Korea's biggest ally and a Council permanent member. The U.S. has stepped up its warnings to North Korea over its missile program and nuclear weapons tests. "We are closely watching the situation", he said, adding that South Korea would not let its guard down. Read More »

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to 'rest easy'

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By design, the nuclear deal does not address those Western grievances, meaning that Iran can be in compliance even as it violates United Nations resolutions and remains a USA -designated state sponsor of terrorism. His statement ran counter to his statement earlier this week that "no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days". "We'll see if United States prepared to live up to letter of #JCPOA (nuclear deal) let alone spirit", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted . Read More »

Paris shooting will have 'big effect' on French election

A police officer was killed in the attack and two others were gravely wounded along with a woman tourist. On social media accounts affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist group, the alleged shooter was identified as Abu Sayif al-Baljiki, 39, of Belgium, the Le Figaro daily reported Friday. Read More »

Mine kills Saudi guard on Yemen border: ministry

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Yemen is now divided between Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels. "We will work with our allies, with our partners to try to get it to the United Nations -brokered negotiating table", Mattis said. Congressional sources say the Trump administration is on the verge of notifying Congress of the proposed sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Trump Rebukes Italian Prime Minister, Calls For No US Intervention In Libya

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni made the remark in Trudeau's Parliament Hill office today, one day after he was praised by President Donald Trump during a visit to Washington . "I do not see a role in Libya", Trump said. In addition to discussing the issue of Iran, President Trump brought up the fight against ISIS, the G7 summit and Italy's commitment to paying 2% of it's GDP to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Read More »

Police charge suspect with Dortmund bus attack

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The suspect was staying at the Dortmund team hotel on the day of the attack, prosecutors said in a statement . "If the shares of Borussia Dortmund had fallen massively, the profit would have been several times the initial investment", the prosecutor's office said , adding that such a slump could have resulted if any players had been killed or seriously injured. Read More »