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China, Russia warn against fuelling North Korea tensions

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It was the first time North Korea had shown the missiles, which have a range of more than 1,000 km (600 miles), at a military parade. But they were mistaken, given the new danger posed by Islamic terrorists and North Korea, ruled by a dimunitive but megalomaniac leader. Read More »

Strategy, patience needed in face of threat posed by North Korea

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US Vice President Mike Pence told business leaders in Seoul on Tuesday that the Trump administration will review and reform the five-year-old free trade agreement between the two countries. During an interview on CNN the same day, Pence said he doesn't see a direct negotiation between North Korea and the U.S. The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement Wednesday that the USS Carl Vinson strike group is heading to the western Pacific "as a prudent measure". Read More »

The Democrat Went Down in Georgia

Networks aired the speech from the 30-year-old Jon Ossoff to his supporters on Tuesday evening, where he acknowledged what CNN would confirm later - he was not going to reach the 50% threshold to avoid a run-off election. The seat became vacant after the occupant Tom Price was appointed Health & Human Services Secretary by Trump. Trump's approval rating has not topped 50 percent since he took office on January 20, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. Read More »

VP Pence gives stern warning to North Korea

North Korea did test a missile on Sunday, but by USA and South Korean accounts it failed "within seconds". In an exclusive interview to Al Jazeera on Monday, Sin Hong-chol, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, said: "The time of dictating orders by brandishing the USA military might has gone". Read More »

Amid widening White House divides, Trump reportedly considers major staff shakeup

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also one of his chief advisers, has been working in global relations as well, drawing criticism because of his lack of government experience. "I imagine he has gotten exhausted of this."The White House dismissed persistent talk that Trump might be on the verge of a staff shakeup". One senior staffer flatly denied a report that Priebus may be ousted potentially for Rep. Read More »

Oil Prices Down, US Drilling Up

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US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were also down 4c at $52,61 a barrel. All oil producers taking part in a supply-cut pact are committed to bringing global inventories down to the industry's five year average and restoring stability to the market. Read More »

Mike Pence fires a fresh warning to North Korea

China's foreign ministry has expressed "serious concern" over its ally North Korea's warning of further missile tests and the eventual possibility of nuclear war. South Korean presidential candidates clashed in a TV debate on Wednesday night over the planned US -supplied Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system which has annoyed China, with frontrunner Moon Jae-in being slammed for leaving his options open. Read More »

Trump administration talks tougher on Iran but sticks with deal -- for now

In 2015, the United States and five other nations - the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany - lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran drastically limiting its nuclear activities. - Complying with regular monitoring from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the international watchdog for nuclear power. "That's why he's asking for this review", Spicer said. Read More »

US Vice President Pence to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

U.S. and Japanese troops wait for the arrival of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. "I think at the 100-day marker, the American people are going to conclude what I have concluded: President (Donald) Trump is off to a great start". Read More »

China says Interpol 'red notice' issued for tycoon Guo Wengui

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According to The South China Morning Post , an Interpol "red notice" was issued for Guo at China's request on Tuesday evening, citing unidentified sources. Rights advocates have warned that the abuses and lack of transparency within China's legal system meant there was the potential for Interpol to be misused to attack Beijing's political opponents. Read More »

On Easter, Pope condemns 'vile' Syrian attack

At least 126 people , including 68 children, were killed in a bomb attack Saturday near Aleppo when a vehicle loaded with explosives hit buses transporting evacuees from mostly government-held towns. Peter's Square, at the Vatican , Sunday, April 16, 2017 (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Mass, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 16, 2017. Read More »

Internal memo on Bill O'Reilly sent to Fox News employees

Potential successors such as Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld have substituted for O'Reilly since he left for his holiday. According to sources, network executives were most concerned about how to make O'Reilly's transition out as seamless as possible. Read More »

Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya arrested in London

According to PTI from London, the 61-year-old industrialist will appear before Westminster magistrate's court later on Tuesday. Tulsi said that though the Indian government has sent the evidence against Mallya to the United Kingdom courts while requesting his extradition, the courts there will "evaluate it independently to see if the evidence is sufficient" to send him back here. Read More »

Israeli Cancels Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners on Strike

Later Monday, there were unconfirmed reports in both Israeli and Palestinian media that Barghouti had been moved from his usual prison, Hadarim, near Haifa, and had been placed in solitary confinement at another prison. They said some 6,500 Palestinians are now in Israeli lockups. Barghouti, now serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for his role in deadly terror attacks during the second intifada (uprising), accused Israel of " inhumane " treatment of prisoners and "judicial ... Read More »

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans march against Maduro

The Libertador district encompasses part of the capital metro area's central and western zones and is the area where key government buildings are located. "Those responsible for the criminal repression of peaceful democratic activity, for the undermining of democratic institutions and practices, and for gross violations of human rights, will be held individually accountable for their actions by the Venezuelan people and their institutions, as well as by the worldwide community", the U.S. Read More »

Why Is Tom Brady Skipping Patriots White House Visit?

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It was a odd moment in a highly unusual day surrounding the NFL's most successful franchise. But Gronkowski was only there to inquire one, simple thing: "Sean, need some help?" The president has a close friendship both team owner Robert Kraft and Belichick, referencing a letter of encouragement the coach wrote him before a crucial primary contest a year ago. Read More »

German Top Diplomat Gabriel Urges Pro-EU Reforms on Kosovo Trip

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Gabriel, who was in Serbia a day earlier, advised Kosovo and Serbia to continue dialogue and "first of all to avoid provocations; second, to accept the reality; third, to care about how to make life easier for the people and that this has to be the focus of the negotiations". Read More »

CIA, FBI launch manhunt for insider who leaked top-secret docs to WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks published a trove of secret documents in March detailing programs that US intelligence agencies had developed to hack into smartphones, television sets, and computers to use their resources to monitor users. 'It's time to call out Wikileaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia, ' Pompeo charged as he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Thursday. Read More »

Delhi Police team reaches Chennai, serves notice to Dinakaran

Tamil Nadu's former chief minister O Panneerselvam said on Wednesday that talks of the merger of the two factions of the AIADMK will begin now. A few hours later, his tone changed as he declared he had no problem in the decision to merge as long as it benefitted the party and the government in the long term. Read More »

British Parliament backs snap poll

The opposition Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats welcomed May's surprise call on April 18 for the early poll, while the Scottish National Party (SNP) signaled that its deputies would abstain in the vote. Theresa May clashed with MPs during a debate in parliament ahead of the vote in favour of an early election . "That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my ... Read More »

Fox News addresses O'Reilly exit on air

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People upset about O'Reilly's forced departure may quit their cable subscriptions, and Fox News would lose out on those fees, DiClemente said. "The O'Reilly Factor" is the most watched program on Fox News and is coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Read More »

Beiser raises awareness about child abuse prevention

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Some 35 percent of child abuse cases involve children younger than 12. In the state of MI, more than 30,000 children are abused and neglected annually. Henderson County businesses and school districts will be showing their solidarity in supporting these children who have been abused by wearing the blue T-shirts on Friday, April 21 or April 28. Read More »

From Carrier Flight Deck, Pence Warns N. Korea: 'The Sword Stands Ready'

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The new administration has expressed a desire to peacefully resolve this issue, but the US will not back down from a fight if the North takes on a more aggressive approach. He expressed his intention of advancing security cooperation between Japan and South Korea, including the sharing of information based on the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). Read More »

WH: Trump's call to Turkish president wasn't endorsement of referendum

Unlike U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union would not congratulate Erdogan on his triumph, a Western official with knowledge of EU policy told Reuters . The president was expected to become leader of the ruling Islamist party nearly immediately. His comments came as the YSK met to evaluate appeals to annul the referendum and after the bar association and an worldwide monitor said the board had acted illegally by allowing unstamped ballot papers to be counted, and may have swung ... Read More »

What happens next in the high-stakes Georgia runoff

But for a first high-profile test of polling since the 2016 election, when surveys underestimated Donald Trump's support, Georgia 6 is not consistent with the idea that polling is broken, or that polls are systematically missing Republican support. Read More »

United Kingdom heads for surprise general election

Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. The First Minister said the SNP was fighting to win the election in Scotland, but did not need to secure a majority of the vote to keep up the pressure for a second independence referendum. Read More »

Syria war: United States 'disappointed' at Russia's Syria stance

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Black doesn't think Assad is behind the chemical attack on civilians. The Syrian opposition has always been critical of USA policy towards the Syrian conflict, saying former President Barack Obama's administration had failed to give enough support to rebels fighting the better-armed Syrian army and its allies. Read More »

United States now wants regime change in Syria, says UN envoy

Meanwhile, a joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran, and militias supporting Assad said the US strike crossed "red lines". Haley on Friday told a special session of the UN Security Council that the USA was "prepared to do more" in Syria and that it was Washington's "vital national interest" to stop the use and spread of chemical weapons. Read More »

Thousands of Britons to be hit by Australian visa clampdown

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One Nation leader senator Pauline Hanson has claimed credit for the changes, recirculating campaign material which emphasises "jobs for Australians first" and "Australian values" - a phrase used by the Prime Minister in his announcement. "However, it should be recognised that the 457 Visa programme has worked as intended. It's lost its credibility", Turnbull said at a press conference in Canberra. Read More »

North Korea video portrays U.S. destroyed in missile barrage

United States defence officials told CNN News that the tests have been in the pipeline as part of the military's overall ballistic missile defence programme in the wake of North Korean or Iranian threats. Most experts believe the regime is still at least several years from that goal, but the North does have conventional weapons with a proven range to put US troops and allies in the region at risk. Read More »

Pence visits USS Ronald Reagan carrier in Japan

Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo. "My hope is that they'll continue to get the message not just from the United States, here in Japan, and in South Korea, but on an increasing basis from China and countries all over the world committing to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said. Read More »

S Korea ousted leader Park charged in corruption probe

The retail giant Lotte, with interests ranging from hotels and retail to food and chemicals, becomes the second conglomerate mired in the political scandal after Jay Y. Park and Choi allegedly conspired with one of Park's top presidential adviser to pressure 18 business groups, including Samsung, to donate 77.4 billion won ($69 million) for the launch of two non-profit foundations controlled by Choi. Read More »

Russian Federation blocks United Nations condemnation of N.Korea missile test

Guterres said that countries in the region - China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Russian Federation - should spare no efforts to curb the North's threats. It is not a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the global ban on nuclear explosive testing. Diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity appeared surprised that Russian Federation would block condemnation that China, Pyongyang's ally, had been willing to support. Read More »