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Federal finance minister, Ontario counterpart, Toronto mayor talk housing today

For his part, Sousa has hinted that the province might introduce measures to target speculators who flip homes, snatching up new properties and then quickly reselling them at a profit. The province also indicated that they have a number of things on their To Do list including looking into assignments of new construction properties and providing more transparency into real estate transactions. Read More »

Police Arrest Suspect Over Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack

Still, a 26-year-old Iraqi man detained after the attack was ordered held on suspicion of membership of IS. The attack took place as the players' bus left their Dortmund hotel for a Champions League match against AS Monaco. This was so he would have a clear view of the bus and could set off the explosives as it passed, the prosecutors believe. The suspect had been hoping to trigger a drop in the football club's share price, prosecutors said. Read More »

N.Korea's Kim stages giant show of military strength


China - the North's sole major ally and economic lifeline - on Friday warned that war over North Korea could break out "at any moment". "However, North Korea has a habit of showing off new concepts in parades before they ever test or launch them", Hanham said. Read More »

USA to Stick to Refugee Deal With Australia, Pence Says

His trip to Australia is the first by a senior official in the Trump administration as the United States looks to strengthen economic ties and security cooperation amid disputes in the South China Sea and tension on the Korean Peninsula . Australia has fought alongside the United States in every major conflict since the First World War, and is one of the largest contributors to the US-led military campaign in Iraq and Syria. Read More »

Fox News dumps Bill O'Reilly over harassment claims


The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O'Reilly books, including "Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy". "I think this is probably the last shoe to drop in the re-making of Fox News and it's obviously a big one, if not the biggest", said Tom Fiedler, the dean of Boston University's College of Communication. Read More »

Trump to order US Treasury to delve into taxes, post-crisis reforms


Without giving away many details, Mnuchin did say the Trump tax plan would have either three or four tax brackets - there are now seven - along with a streamlined tax system. Of the administration's plan, he said: "We're pretty close to being able to bring forward what is going to be major tax reform". Instead, Obama used regulation to crackdown on inversions after a wave of tax-motivated mergers that occur when a USA company is bought by a smaller foreign firm in a low-tax country and moves ... Read More »

Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas

The automaker has responded by ceasing all operations in the country - effectively shuttering 79 dealerships with almost 4,000 workers. Two days of huge protests on the streets of Caracas against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro spilled into a violent Thursday night in several parts of the city, with residents in El Valle witnessing repetitive gunfire, street barricades set aflame and more than two dozen businesses looted. Read More »

No evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian troops-Putin

The Russian veto came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said following talks in Moscow there was a "low level of trust" between the United States and Russia . He says relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated in the early months of Donald Trump's presidency. We can only hope that this will equip him to handle the cast of chancers in Moscow , Pyongyang and Syria that he will now be dealing with. Read More »

Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark


Despite the fact that Clark was by all accounts a model prisoner who earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, served as a college tutor and started an HIV/AIDS education program all behind bars, Cuomo's decision to commute her sentence to allow her to apply for parole was harshly criticized by law enforcement, state Republicans and the family of the three men killed by Clark's accomplices. Read More »

Russian expert points to Fillon as best French presidential candidate for Moscow

She said: "Islamism is a monstrous totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason, on civilisation". Trump's barely concealed endorsement of Le Pen - who wants to deport or prosecute more than 10,000 people on a terrorism watchlist and take France out of the European Union - comes one day after his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, tried to boost the chances of the centrist, pro-European candidate, Emmanuel Macron, with a friendly phone call trumpeted by ... Read More »

US Vice-Prez Mike Pence pledges to strengthen security ties with Indonesia

The region was almost the fulcrum of a major worldwide trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has been scuttled by President Trump who said it was unfair to American workers. US Vice President Mike Pence, left, is greeted by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary General Lee Luong Minh shortly before a meeting with permanent representatives of the association at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta yesterday. Read More »

Venezuela braces for new protest in wave of unrest

It will be a test of the authorities' tolerance for peaceful protests after days of running street battles pitting riot police and pro-government vigilantes against protesters hurling stones and Molotov cocktails. The European Union condemned the violence and called for a "de-escalation" of the situation. My family and I threw ourselves to the floor. "I have a two-year-old son to support and I am unemployed, and it is all Maduro's fault". Read More »

Police in Paris search home believed linked to ISIS-claimed attack


A Belgian prosecutor said there was no indication the attacker was Belgian, reported France 24 . Bloodshed had always been feared ahead of Sunday's first round of voting after a string of jihadist atrocities since 2015, and shooting on the world-renowned boulevard forced security to the top of the agenda in the campaign. Read More »

EU Commission says Turkey must investigate referendum doubts


Critics fear the changes will lead to autocratic one-man rule under Erdogan, but supporters say they simply put Turkey in line with France and the United States and are needed for efficient government. The newly bestowed presidential powers will allow Erdogan to take up position as the head of the political party he represents, not allowed under current legislation, and to stay in office for two more terms. Read More »

Iran's foreign minister says USA must meet own obligations for nuclear deal


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ramped up the rhetoric on Iran Wednesday, accusing Tehran of trying to destabilize the Middle East with "alarming ongoing provocations", and labeling an global deal on its nuclear program a failure. "We are well aware of any potential negative impact the action could have", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. During the Obama era, Iran enjoyed the opportunity to fill the vacuum in the Middle East after the White House abandoned its traditional ... Read More »

General election: All Welsh MPs to defend their seats


The motion passed with 522 members of parliament in favour and 13 against - well above the required two-thirds majority. "I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster not division", she said as MPs debated in Parliament. Read More »

Macron fades in final BVA French election poll


One police officer and a gunman was killed in the attack claimed by Islamic State (IS) group, reported BBC. He said Le Pen's claims that she could prevent such attacks were misleading. Trump's comments about Le Pen came just a day after former President Barack Obama called Emmanuel Macron, the center-left candidate seen as Le Pen's sturdiest challenger. Read More »

New Deal Aims To Bridge Republican Health Care Divide

Tom MacArthur , a moderate and co-chairman of the Tuesday Group, is brokering a compromise with North Carolina Rep. and chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus Group, Mark Meadows , according to The Hill . Democrats and many Republicans are going to hold Trump to his campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall. Under the so-called MacArthur Amendment, states could never allow insurers to price plans based on gender or to turn away people because of pre-existing conditions . Read More »

What does Trump's 'very unusual moves' refer to?


Meanwhile, there has been some confusion over the whereabouts of a USA aircraft carrier group after Mr Trump said last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea even as the ships were still far from Korean waters. "We have said it as clearly as we can possibly say it: The ball is in their court". A US defense official told CNN that China put its cruise missile-capable bombers on "high alert" on Wednesday and appears to be conducting intense maintenance on a large number ... Read More »

US supercarrier due in Sea of Japan 'in days': Pence


U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile but his deputy said in Sydney on Saturday a peaceful outcome was still achievable because of warming ties between Beijing and Washington . Read More »

Note Praising Islamic State Found Near Body of Paris Gunman

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday's shooting via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki. Released on probation in 2015 from a further two-year jail term imposed for lesser offences, Cheurfi was arrested again in February after threatening to kill police officers but was released for lack of evidence. Read More »

Why you should care about the French election

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for Thursday's shooting, in which a French policeman was shot dead, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki. "Make sure you that, as you said, you work hard all the way through". Even before Trump and Obama got involved in the French election , it was already regarded as the latest test of the sweeping global populism that led to Britain's stunning break from the European Union and Trump's staggering victory ... Read More »

Harvard researchers find copy of Declaration of Independence


The parchment write-up announcing that America was leaving the British Empire was likely scrawled out in the 1780s - after the Revolutionary War ended, according to a Harvard press release. "The list of names was intentionally scrambled, we believe, to drive home the point that the signers of the Declaration of Independence signed as individuals, as a community", rather than as a grouping of states, Sneff said. Read More »

Patriots White House Turnout for Obama in 2015 vs

In case you missed it, everyone was buzzing Wednesday about several New England Patriots players who skipped a meeting at the White House . He continued to day that the Pats had done something special, and they are all proud of it, and will be for years to come. Read More »

Corbyn labels election a battle between 'the establishment and the people'

The Lib Dem leader predicted that Labour will lose "dozens and dozens" of seats on June 8 , and said that the only threat to Conservative MPs came from his party. Unfortunately, under Jeremy Corbyn, the past two years have been marred by bitter in-fighting and swing voters may well wonder why they should support someone who can not command the support of his own MPs. Read More »

Le Pen Calls for French Border Controls to Be Restored Now

The gunman has been named by French media as 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi. "It is a very, very awful thing that's going on in the world today but it looks like another terrorist attack", Trump said Thursday afternoon before ISIS later claimed responsibility . Read More »

Melenchon Gains Momentum As French Election Enters Final Straight

Jaurena said, as the far-right leader has pledged that, if elected, she would pull France out of the euro currency and hold a referendum on whether the country should leave the EU. It appeared not quite full. Marchers handed out tracts denouncing the xenophobia and racism they associate with Le Pen and the party co-founded by her father. Read More »

Paris attack 'will have a big effect on presidential election'

He said one police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured and hospitalized. Bloodshed had always been feared ahead of Sunday's first round of voting after a string of terrorist atrocities since 2015, and shooting on the world-renowned boulevard forced security to the top of the agenda in the campaign. Read More »

Governor Ahok concedes Jakarta election to Baswedan

Indeed, while their results have varied, nearly all recent polls have shown Ahok-Djarot's numbers rise over the last month while Anies-Sandiaga have stagnated or decreased slightly. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana). Indonesians queue up give their votes at a makeshift polling station under a bridge during the runoff election in Jakarta , Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Read More »

UK MPs back plans for 8 June poll


A two-thirds majority of MPs must agree to a move that will shorten the lifespan of a parliament. Today, they voted 522 to 13 in favor of holding the snap elections on June 8. The prime minister's own personal ratings also dwarf those of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with 50 per cent of those asked saying she would make the best prime minister. Read More »