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Death toll rises to 140 after Taliban attack in Afghanistan

The attack is the latest on a military installation and underscores rising insecurity as Afghanistan braces for the spring fighting season. The Afghan ministry of defense said it will provide a breakdown later Saturday. Although the government insists about 100 were killed or wounded, other sources put the toll at more than 130 dead. President Ashraf Ghani visited the attack site on Saturday. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May on Boot- Boot Campaign

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The Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats. Would she resign? Would she keep calling elections until she is either defeated or gets a landslide majority? Best of luck to everyone standing for elections in May and June - see you on the Labour doorstep! "Theresa May will insist that this is an election about Brexit". Read More »

Sessions praises NYPD after 'soft on crime' controversy

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De Blasio also cited statistics showing a continuing drop in crime over the past 25 years, and demanded Trump and Sessions officially retract it. "It ignores a quarter century of progress in this city bringing down crime", de Blasio told reporters Friday night, with Commissioner O'Neill at his side. Read More »

Venezuela opposition vows fresh protests despite deaths

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Maduro says the opposition is trying to topple his Socialist government, and he got his supporters to hold a counter-demonstration, although it attracted a considerably smaller crowd than the march calling for his resignation. "I have a two-year-old son to support and I am unemployed, and it is all Maduro's fault". Anti-government protesters and politicians have accused President Nicolas Maduro of sliding towards dictatorship, while officials in the socialist government have claimed ... Read More »

United States support for marijuana legalisation reaches all-time high

It can bring in loads of tax revenue from legal sales, as well as massively reduce drug-related arrests, which in turn can decrease prison populations and allow law enforcement to focus on more important issues. The Obama administration generally allowed state marijuana programs to operate, while officials under President Donald Trump have signaled they are open to medical marijuana, which is legal in IL for those who qualify, but not recreational use. Read More »

Four injured in stabbing attack by teenage Palestinian in Tel Aviv

Israel's MDA emergency medical service said that three men and a woman, who are all Israeli citizens, sustained light injuries. The victims were taken to Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv. Israel accuses the Palestinian National Authority of "inciting" the unrest. The police were initially not sure whether this was a terror attack or criminal. Read More »

Trump's North Korea Policy Might Just Be Working

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The two governments hope to achieve North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear program through heightening US military pressure as well as strengthening economic sanctions by China. A senior Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press last week that Pyongyang has been watching Trump's actions - including his recent order for the strike on a Syrian air base and his many tweets about North Korea - and determined that his administration is "more vicious and more aggressive" than that of his ... Read More »

France votes in election nailbiter

USA presidents typically avoid weighing in on specific candidates running in overseas election. Although pollsters put Le Pen in second place behind Macron in the first round, she is seen as unlikely to win the second. Fillon supports the EU, but objects to the union's policy of free movement across the borders of member nations. The possibility of a Le Pen-Melenchon run-off is not the most likely scenario but is one which alarms bankers and investors. Read More »

Marlins netted by Mariners

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It's not every day you see fans give a member of the opposing team a standing ovation for hitting a home run. It tied Miranda's longest start as a Mariner, and he never before had an outing of more than six innings in which he held the opposition scoreless. Read More »

USA rejects Exxon Mobil request to drill in Black Sea

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The 2014 sanctions that now stand in Exxon's way prohibit us business in the Arctic, Siberia and the Black Sea, as well as with Rosneft's CEO, Igor Sechin. The Trump administration's decision likely will make it impossible for Exxon to drill in Russia's Black Sea waters before its agreement with Rosneft expires at the end of this year. Read More »

Trump Contradicts State Department On Iran Deal

Trump's administration is demanding that Congress fund a bigger US border wall with Mexico and is suggesting that his administration could scrap the USA nuclear deal with Iran. "There would have been no way to get a deal if we lumped in everything else we don't like about Iran". Barack Obama argued the deal, between Iran and six world powers including China , Russia and the United Kingdom, was the best way to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon. Read More »

Florida state senator to publicly apologize for racial slurs

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Arguing that there is never an excuse for racism or misogyny, Miami-Dade's Democratic Party is demanding the resignation of Miami Senator Frank Artiles. But not in Gibson's and Thurston's , they said. "Let's kind of nip this in the bud", Thurston said. "I'm very respectful to everyone", Gibson said. Read More »

NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

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Kim was questioned and then placed into custody as he was attempting to board an worldwide flight from Pyongyang global Airport, local reports say. The man, believed to be surnamed Kim and in his 50s, was arrested at Pyongyang's worldwide airport Friday as he went to leave the country, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Read More »

Rescued teen back home in Tennessee

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He had taken her to church with him, he claimed. Siskiyou County Sheriff, Jon Lopey, told KRCR that they are handing over all evidence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It was very traumatic for her". March 17 - Jill Cummins', suspect's wife, speaks during a press conference and asks for Cummins to turn himself into authorities and to "do the right thing". Read More »

Meet Emmanuel Macron, From Unknown Advisor to French Election Favourite

Donald Trump has tacitly endorsed the far right Marine Le Pen for president of France, saying she is the "strongest" of the candidates. Trump said Le Pen was the "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France ", though he held off from calling his comments an official endorsement. Read More »

Billy Donovan talks trusting Russell Westbrook

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With the win on its home court, Thunder avoided falling into a 0-3 hole in a best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series, narrowing the deficit to 2-1. Thunder coach Billy Donovan thought his guy got worn down during the contest. The Oklahoma City Thunder survived a late launch by the Houston Rockets to take game three of their National Basketball Association opening round playoff series 115-113. Read More »

Vice President Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

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London [U.K.], April 19: The United States Military has been considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang , The Guardian reports . Tokyo is increasingly concerned about this possibility. The language on North Korea's nuclear program was more straightforward. We are at a risky crossroads in North Korea, one which has been coming a long time. Read More »

Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

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Francis gripped the hands of Roselyne Hamel, whose brother, Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, died when his throat was slit as he celebrated Mass on July 26, 2016. Francis took some of the Lesbos refugees with him aboard his plane back to Italy. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) later urged the pope "to reconsider his regrettable choice of words " for using the term concentration camp. Read More »

North Korea threatens to launch nuclear attack on Australia

Labor's defence spokesman Richard Marles today said North Korea's statement was a matter of enormous concern, but noted Pyongyang had made similar threats to other nations, even a veiled one at China. China said in February it was halting all coal imports from North Korea for 2017 in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution passed past year. Read More »

May refuses to rule out personal tax hikes after election

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May will also include pledges in her election manifesto to pull out of both the EU single market and European Court of Justice, the newspaper said. He said voting Labour was "the only way to remove Theresa May from office". The Conservatives now hold 330 of the 650 seats. Members of parliament taking part in Prime Minister's questions in the House of Commons in London ahead of a vote on holding a snap election in June. Read More »

USA vice president discusses Korean Peninsula with Australian PM

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The Carl Vinson, accompanied by a carrier air wing, two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, was reported to have been ordered to sail north after leaving Singapore on April 8. In the face of the US moves, North Korea said on Friday the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was "extremely perilous". Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the Vinson was "on her way up". Read More »

North Korea Is Now Threatening A "Nuclear Strike" Against Australia

Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop , says North Korea should look after its "long-suffering citizens" rather than developing weapons of mass destruction after the regime pointedly warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if Canberra persists in "blindly and zealously toeing the U.S. Read More »

North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier

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The Hermit Kingdom's ruling Workers' Party newspaper on Sunday wrote that the country's revolutionary forces are "combat-ready to sink a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike". The statement added that Japan's Samidare and Ashigara destroyers are taking part in the exercises from the Japanese side. Japan's show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike Japan with nuclear or chemical warheads. Read More »

Turkey says European rights court has no jurisdiction over referendum

The opposition complaints hinge on the electoral commission's decision, made while voting was well under way, to allow ballots that were not stamped with an official seal to be counted as valid. "Efforts to cast a shadow on the result of the vote by spreading rumors of fraud are futile and in vain", Yildirim said. "I don't believe the Trump administration will do the same". Read More »

Australia Abolishes Visa Programme For Foreign Workers To Encourage 'Australians First'

Secondly, they must demonstrate a higher level of English than now required to pass the test. Applicants will need to achieve a IELTS level 6 equivalent of English . The mining industry represents only 1.8 per cent, or 230, of new 457 applications and 2.4 per cent of the nation's 96,000 457 visa holders, according to the most recent government report from previous year. Read More »

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: With North Korea, we do have cards to play

China's state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the USA makes a surgical strike on North Korea's nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move. Two weeks ago, the USA announced it had ordered the deployment of nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson on the Korean peninsula, a move that was interpreted as a warning against Pyongyang's arms development program. Read More »

Documents 'link Russian Federation to U.S. election'

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What's more, as Rachel noted on last night's show, this wasn't some low-level scheme: this was a government-run, intelligence operation, coordinated in part by the Kremlin's in-house intelligence think tank, which Vladimir Putin has staffed with his former senior intelligence officers. Read More »

Tillerson: Iran supports Houthis and threatens naval navigation in the Gulf

On another subject, as he stood alongside Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni at the White House, Trump voiced optimism that the USA had successfully enlisted China to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. The deal's critics, though, say it fails to achieve even that goal because key restrictions on Iran's nuclear development sunset after a decade or more. Read More »

Documents reveal just how much wealth is inside White House

While there are unprecedented conflict-of-interest issues surrounding the Trump family, the situation that gives rise to them is, ironically, a benefit to Ivanka's brand: Her role inside the White House gives her even more ammunition with which to claim exclusive intellectual property rights to her name. Read More »