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Palestinian hunger strikers' leader in solitary confinement

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The hunger strikers' immediate demands include more contact with relatives, improved medical services, and more access to educational materials. As over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launch a collective hunger strike on Palestinian Prisoners' Day, Palestinian prisoners, political organizations and social movements have issued statements and positions on the strike. Read More »

Champs-Elysees gunman had shot at French police before

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Sunday. "Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night", he said as he appealed for national unity and for people "not to succumb to fear". Eventually freed after serving most of his sentence, he was arrested again this year on suspicion of preparing an attack on police - but released for lack of evidence. Read More »

2-year probation sought for Jakarta governor

Baswedan will officially take over as governor in October. Once considered as a political "rock star" by his opponents, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama now concedes defeat. "The saddest part is that it gives less hope for children who were born Christian or other races that they might become leaders here". Indonesia is the world's fourth most-populous country and most populous Muslim nation. Read More »

Erdogan Plans World Tour, Including Trump Visit, Following Turkish Referendum Power Grab

Specifically, Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the opposing Republican People's Party, announced the move at the Ankara offices of the electoral board. "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this". The Turkish leader is sure that his visit to the USA would be "productive and timely". Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu previously said the pair would meet in May before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit planned for late May, but did not provide further details. Read More »

China criticizes North Korea, praises USA on nuclear issue

In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent U.S. statements on the North Korean issue. "China is unswerving in its commitment to realising the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula, and continue to solve matters through dialogue and negotiations", said Lu. Read More »

Macron-Le Pen heading to runoff in France

Scandal-hit Republicans candidate Francois Fillon followed suit, saying: "There is no other choice than voting against the far-right". Voters will choose on May 7 between Macron, a former investment banker and ex-economy minister who only launched his En Marche! party a year ago, and Le Pen, who has tried to scrub her National Front party of its history of racism and anti-Semitism. Read More »

'Sword stands ready' against Pyongyang: Mike Pence

But his words aboard the Reagan about an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons by North Korea rang hollow. Pence wasn't supposed to walk outside, according to the schedule, but he decided in the moment he wanted to send a message directly to the North Koreans. Read More »

France votes in high-stakes election under tight security

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon conceded defeat but far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon refused to step aside until votes from France's cities, where he and Macron draw much of their support, had been counted. Le Pen has also supported France's withdrawal from the European Union, recalling the xenophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric involved in the United Kingdom's "Brexit" referendum to leave the union. Read More »

Donald Trump backs Marine Le Pen as France election heats up

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The shooting abruptly pushed national security up the agenda, potentially making the outcome of Sunday's first round vote even more hard to call. On Thursday, a gunman killed a police officer and wounded two others on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard before he was fatally shot. Read More »

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate in solidarity with prisoners

Barghouti's call for the strike has given it added credibility, with the 57-year-old serving five life sentences over his role in the violent second Palestinian intifada . Israeli authorities have reportedly begun reprisals against hunger-striking prisoners, including with transfers, isolation and confiscation of personal belongings. Read More »

U.S. carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanese destroyers

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On Friday, the U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, who was in Australia for an official visit, said: "If China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will". The USS Carl Vinson is set to arrive in the Sea of Japan, following a series of North Korean missile tests. Ms Bishop said last week sanctions would send "the clearest possible message" to North Korea that its behaviour would not be tolerated. Read More »

China urges USA and North Korea to refrain from provoking each other

With concerns that the state is getting closer to successfully producing a nuclear arsenal, Saturday's parade was an opportunity for Mr Kim to broadcast North Korea's current military capabilities. A representative for Air China said the airline was temporarily suspending flights due to weak sales. State TV showed images of the Pukkuksong-2 SLBMs on trucks waiting to be paraded in front of leader Kim Jong Un. Read More »

Abbott: 'I support the principles' of bathroom bills

House Public Education Chair Dan Huberty is the author of a bill scheduled to be heard on the House floor that aims to do just that. If the House bill passes, neither city would be able to defend an elderly person who claims they were denied access to a shower or other intimate facility due to their age... Read More »

Police continue timeline probe of Steve Stephens

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Godwin, 74, was shot in the head at random on Easter Sunday by Steve Stephens on East 93rd Street in Cleveland. The interview with Cooper came after Godwin's daughters met with Joy Lane, the woman Stephens repeatedly blamed for his problems in videos uploaded to Facebook around the time of the killing. Read More »

France may catch populist wave in presidential election

The victor is required to garner more than 50 per cent of the vote, which means citizens will head to the polls next month to choose between the top two contenders. Speaking at his campaign headquarters, Hamon said he took full responsibility for the poor result, and urged his supporters to vote for Macron to defeat Le Pen in the second round, "even if he is not left-wing". Read More »

Trump greets freed Egyptian-American prisoner in welcome video

Earlier this week, a court acquitted Hijazi of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and USA officials. She spent her childhood in Falls Church, Virginia and earned her B.A.in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University in 2009 before moving to Egypt with her husband and founding the Belady Foundation, a group that aids "marginalized street children". Read More »

Obama meets with at-risk youth ahead of Chicago speech

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Obama, who had vowed to avoid meddling in President Donald Trump's handling of the office, has largely declined to make public statements as his successor works to dismantle portions of his legacy, including on immigration, health care and the environment. Read More »

Macaron Poised to Win Round 1 of French Presidential Polls

Fillon conceded defeat and urged voters to back Macron, saying Le Pen would bankrupt France if elected. With Le Pen wanting France to leave the European Union, and Macron wanting even closer co-operation between the bloc's 28 nations, Sunday's outcome after a wildly unpredictable and tense campaign meant the runoff will have undertones of a referendum on France's European Union membership. Read More »

Turkish referendum polls put 'yes' vote slightly ahead

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The referendum has polarized the nation of 79 million. He roars that a "No" vote would play into the hand of Turkey's enemies such as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK ) and the group of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen , blamed for the coup plot. Read More »

Jakarta counts votes for governor after tension-filled campaign

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The result is also seen as a major blow to Widodo, who had backed Purnama's candidacy. With almost all the votes counted, polling companies said Anies Baswedan won about 60% of the vote in a runoff election to lead the city of 10 million people, soundly defeating incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of Chinese descent. Read More »

US President Donald Trump signs order to review H-1B visa programme

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump signed an executive order this week that may affect the H-1B visa system, a non-immigrant visa program that allows US employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis. A close family member lost his job to a foreign worker because of this visa. Trump will also instruct the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that H-1B visas are not used to undercut United States workers and wages. Read More »

US To Review Nuclear Deal and Iran Foreign Policy

Defense Secretary James Mattis while in Saudi Arabia this week. The agreement was brokered by putting aside Iran's alleged support of terrorism to get a deal guaranteeing Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain in the eye of United Nations inspectors. Read More »

Raptors top Bucks in slugfest, tie series at 2-2

Even after the deflating performance from its team, the Milwaukee faithful chanted " Bucks in six" during the closing seconds of Game 4. Seated side by side at the post-game press conference, Lowry credited DeRozan for helping him get past their humiliating 104-77 loss two nights earlier. Read More »

While President Buhari praises Turkish referendum, European Union calls for transparent investigations

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Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP said it will present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum. Government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus told parliament Tuesday that the state of emergency is needed to purge the network of USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the failed coup, and to combat Kurdish militants, the Islamic State group and other threats from Syria. Read More »

Iraqi forces attacked near where western Mosul civilians had been executed

Iraqi forces, backed by Western airstrikes, are battling the jihadists in the west of the city after recapturing the eastern side earlier this year. The US-led coalition is attempting to recapture the Old City from the extremists, but the ancient quarters are densely populated and there have been concerns over civilian casualties. Read More »

North Korea rolls out missiles, weaponry at parade

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Kim, wearing a suit and tie, was greeted Saturday with thunderous - and extensively practiced - applause as he stepped into view on a large podium, clapping to acknowledge the thousands of soldiers and civilians taking part in the parade at Kim Il Sung Square. Read More »

Le Pen, Macron ahead in French presidential vote, partial official figures show

The pair now face a run-off vote on 7 May. "It is time to free French people from arrogant elites". An attack destroyed the family apartment building as 8-year-old Marine Le Pen and her sisters slept. "I think that it'll probably help her because she is the strongest on borders and she is the strongest on what's been going on in France", he added. Read More »

De Blasio, NYPD chief slam Justice Dept. for 'outrageous' crime claim

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The Democratic mayor called the remark "unacceptable", "outrageous" and "absurd" during a press conference alongside New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O'Neill. In a terse statement released earlier Friday, the NYPD chief criticized the Trump administration's "willful disregard for the facts", saying that NY "is experiencing a steady decline in overall crime that includes major reductions in murder and shootings". Read More »

French vote for president in litmus test for Europe's future

The first round will send two of 11 candidates into a run-off vote in two weeks' time to pick a new president for France, a core member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and the world's fifth largest economy. Read More »

Wounded vet crosses finish line in Boston Marathon

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But this year, at the age of 70, she ran it again, finishing in 4 hours, 44 minutes, 31 seconds — only about 25 minutes slower than when she was 20. American Jordan Hasay, making her first run at the 26.2-mile distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth - the first time since 1991 that two US women have finished in the top four. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn rules out backing second referendum on final Brexit deal

Asked who was best suited to the job, he said: "Because I've said I'm not going to get into the discussion of the campaign, I'm not even going to get into that discussion". Answering questions from journalists, Mr Corbyn said Labour's manifesto would be "fully costed and will be all accounted for and paid for". "Now, it's a very clear choice at this election". Read More »

Han Song-Ryol: Trump building 'vicious cycle' of tensions

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USA officials said Friday the president's advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, including military options and trying to overthrow the isolated communist dictatorship's leadership. Trump has also been pressing China to do more to rein in North Korea. In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that the country's preparations for an inter-continental ballistic missile launch have "reached the final stage". Read More »

Tory election manifesto 'will include PM's Brexit pledges' to stifle rebellion

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According to an online poll of 2,003 voters carried out on 19 and 20 April, some 45% of voters said they would vote for the ruling Conservative Party, up 7% on last week and before May called a national election for 8 June. She said that "Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave". The prime minister is hoping to significantly boost her current Commons majority of 17 to increase her authority, ahead of 18 months of talks which will determine the manner of the UK's exit ... Read More »

Trump welcomes to White House US aid worker freed from Egypt

Pretty early on we even get a quick scroll through The Washington Posts write up of Hijazi and co's return, because the best videos always have walls of text to read through. The Obama administration had unsuccessfully pushed for Hijazi's release. The rest of the two minutes are dedicated to elementary-level transition effects between press photos of the president with the rescued Egyptian, her family, and four other rescued humanitarian workers. Read More »