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Muslim candidate leading in Jakarta poll pledges to safeguard unity

MR ANIES BASWEDAN, welcoming talks with the outgoing team under current Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Quick-count results during Wednesday's run-off showed that he secured roughly the same vote share. The religiously charged campaign saw mass Islamist protests against the incumbent for allegedly insulting Islam. Many Muslim groups took offense to the comments and called for Purnama to be sacked and jailed. Read More »

Afghanistan says massive United States bomb killed 36 militants

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It was unclear why the Afghan government released casualty figures but USA forces did not. The Islamic State group's news agency Aamaq denied that the strike caused any deaths or wounded in a one-line statement put out on its social media channels, citing a "source" within the group. Read More »

Wall Street slips as investors eye French election

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Marine Le Pen called on President François Hollande to restore border controls immediately and to expel or detain those suspected of Islamic extremism. Le Pen has also said there will be a referendum on France's European Union membership within six months of her securing the presidency. The gunman struck as the 11 candidates took part in their last TV appearance together before the election, a tightly fought contest to be followed by a run-off on 7 May. Read More »

Afghanistan: Taliban Fighters Attack Major Military Base

Thomas could not say whether any coalition forces were at the base, but said there were no coalition casualties. The Western-backed Afghan government is locked in a prolonged war with Taliban insurgents and other militant groups. John Nicholson, head of all USA forces in the country, said in a statement. Shaheen camp - the area attacked - was manned by soldiers of the 209 Corps. Read More »

Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead in poll

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On Monday, protesters demonstrated in the multi-ethnic Paris suburb of Aubervilliers against a rally planned by Le Pen's supporters in a nearby concert hall. The latest voter surveys may raise investor concerns about the outside possibility of a second round that pits the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen against hard-left challenger Jean-Luc Melenchon. Read More »

Teacher filled Cialis scrip before 'kidnapping' teen student

Two loaded handguns were recovered at the cabin, along with personal items belonging to the pair. "Someone was showing me a picture, I was telling them, you know, and said 'That's the guy, '" Barry told KOBI. Authorities declined to answer a question on whether the girl went willingly, saying it didn't matter. How they got to Cecilville, California, and why they went there remains a mystery to investigators. Read More »

Jewish Le Pen Voter Blames Government For Paris Attack

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French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France's Europe 1 radio Friday that it's too early to tell what role the second suspect played, if any, in the attack. A female foreign tourist also was wounded, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. Macron said he would hire an additional 10,000 police officers in the next five years and that he would create a task force under the French Presidency to fight ISIS . Read More »

Trudeau unveils bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada

It will allow adults over the age of 18 to legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public, and to grow up to four plants at a maximum height of one metre. "It will allow law enforcement to focus on other serious offences, including the distribution of cannabis to children and youth and driving under the influence of drugs". Read More »

USA will honour Australia asylum seekers deal

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The United States has confirmed that it will be going through with a plan to resettle asylum seekers from Australia that President Donald Trump had once described as " dumb ". Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won praise from the Trump administration for raising rhetorical pressure on China to rein in North Korea following talks with visiting Vice President Mike Pence . Read More »

Ireland Citizens' Assembly votes in favor of changing abortion laws

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Today, the Assembly voted in a series of ballots to amend, rather than repeal, the Eighth Amendment. The campaign to reform Ireland's abortion laws has been gathering steam, which are most restrictive of any country in Europe, and the Irish government agreed a year ago to consult on the future of the Eighth Amendment. Read More »

Pence reaffirms alliance between US, Australia

Immediately at issue is a call shortly after the inauguration between Trump and Australian leader Malcom Turnbull, during which the two disagreed about a refugee resettlement deal brokered under the Obama administration. He said Washington believed that a nuclear-free Korean peninsula could be achieved peacefully because of the Trump administration's new engagement with China. Read More »

South Korea on alert over nuke fears

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The unannounced visit at the start of Pence's 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force allowing him to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire. The Nuclear Threat Initiative, a US -based non-profit opposed to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, estimated in its 2015 report that North Korea possessed somewhere between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons. Read More »

Minnesota sees 'alarming' rise in STDs, drug-related infections

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most occurred in teens and young adults, ages 15 to 24. The number of people newly diagnosed with syphilis was similar in 2015 and 2016, offering hope that there might be an end to a trend of increasing diagnoses that started in 2013. Read More »

"New UK government could reverse Brexit" — European Parliament President

Since being fired by Theresa May, Osborne has earned lucrative speaking fees and taken on an advisory role for American investment giant Blackrock. Today, they voted 522 to 13 in favor of holding the snap elections on June 8. Brok said that could help "so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 1/2 years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage". Read More »

Seoul on high alert as N Korea readies for army anniversary

These recent steps by the Chinese are assessed as part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency". U.S. President Donald Trump's apparently offhand comment after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping - that "Korea actually used to be a part of China" - has enraged many South Koreans. Read More »

French start voting in oversea territories for presidential election

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The former USA president wanted to exchange views about the French presidential campaign, according to Macron who is the only candidate thus far says he has spoken with Obama . Speaking of "incredible lapses in the justice system", she said that both the current government and its predecessor had done everything to make France lose the war on terrorism. Read More »

Rep Hurd Issues Statement on Military Strikes in Syria

A United States defence official also clarified that the strikes conducted by the nation were not meant to damage runways or fully disable the Syria base. Lavrov also reaffirmed Russia's position that accusations that the Syrian regime had launched a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun last week "are not in line with reality". Read More »

Easter egg hunts planned around area

With parents in one hand and Easter baskets in another, kids from near and far hurried about on the upper ball fields of SARA Park to stuff their baskets with as many free, candy-filled plastic eggs as they could. After the service, all children are invited to participate in a very special Community Easter Egg Hunt outside in Tribute Park adjacent to the church. Read More »

Local Egg Hunts held Saturday and Sunday

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While plastic eggs filled with goodies are mostly associated with Easter, the egg hunt origin is unknown. Children of all ages came and crowded around in a circle as they waited for the signal to start looking for eggs. Jonathan and Noah Gonzales said they had fun participating in the egg hunt. "We try to remind people what the goal of Easter is, that Jesus died to save us from our sins on Friday and rose on Sunday". Read More »

DOJ asks sanctuary cities to prove cooperation with immigration law

It also pointed to a Milwaukee County rule that immigration detention requests be honored only if the person has been convicted of one felony or two misdemeanors, has been charged with domestic violence or drunken driving, is a gang member or is on a terrorist watch list, among other constraints. Read More »

UK Prime Minister Announces Snap General Election

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The Conservatives have consistently led the Labour Party in the public popularity stakes since the general election two years ago. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly called the general election three years ahead of schedule in a bid to capitalise on Labour's internal divisions and dwindling support. Read More »

Donald Trump: Nato is no longer obsolete

This is also former president Barack Obama's view. But on Wednesday , Trump had little but praise for China and its leader. The two sides appear to be hung up on the future of Assad, backed by Russian Federation, and slammed by Trump as a "butcher" who slaughters his own people with poison gas and barrel bombs. Read More »

MPs clear way for United Kingdom general election on June 8

The parliamentary election comes less than a year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and will likely be dominated by the political and economic upheaval spawned by Brexit. May is hoping to gain a bigger majority in Parliament for her Conservatives , strengthening her negotiating hand with the EU. Experts predict that her ruling Conservative Party could win around 100 more seats at the election on June 8, which should bolster support for her Brexit plan - a prospect that ... Read More »

Paris attack disrupts French election campaigning

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The attack carried out on the French capital's main thoroughfare and major landmark, the Champs-Elysees, has shaken the nation once again, just two days before the first round of the presidential election (April 23). "He made possible what had previously been presented as impossible", she said in an interview just days after the November 8 American election. Read More »

U.S. 'will honour' refugee deal with Australia that Trump called 'dumb'

He landed in the country on Friday, his fourth stop on a 10-day tour of the Asia-Pacific region. His trip to Australia is the first by a senior official in the Trump administration as the U.S. Under the deal, the US would take up to 1,250 refugees that Australia houses in detention camps on the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Read More »

Funeral held for Facebook shooting victim

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On Sunday, a video was posted on Facebook showing the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin in Cleveland. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the police chief had announced Monday afternoon that a $50,000 reward was being offered by authorities and Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest of Stephens. Read More »

Another 17 mass graves found in central Congo, UN says

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According to the United Nations , at least 74 people - among them 30 children - were killed by soldiers from the Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo (FARDC), when they clashed with members of the local Kamuina Nsapu militia group in Kasai provice. Read More »

British PM May says June election result 'not certain' despite front-runner status

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If Britain were to stick with the next scheduled general election date, in May 2020, "the negotiations would reach their most hard and sensitive stage just as an election was looming on the horizon", May said. Schinas and other European Union officials have said they expect draft Brexit guidelines to be adopted by the leaders of the other 27 European Union countries at an April 29 summit. Read More »

Police arrest man with knife at Paris station

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It comes just two days after police officer was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in the centre of Paris. Panic was caused at the Gare du Nord station as the incident unfolded on Saturday. Witnesses spoke of passengers fleeing in panic leaving their suitcases behind and false reports quickly spread online that there had been an "explosion" and a terror attack. Read More »

Cannot be complacent about potential threat of North Korean missiles

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In February it banned imports of North Korean coal and reports in Chinese media have raised the possibility of restricting shipments of oil to the isolated North if the tests continue. Trump responded by saying he doesn't " want to telegraph" what he's "doing or thinking", but went on to suggest the time for talk is over. North Korea warns it is prepared for war if the United States takes action to stop its ballistic missile program. Read More »

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 »