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US Vice President Mike Pence to visit Australia this month

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Pence also said that the USA would work with its allies and China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on the North and increase its military presence in the region. "We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan", Pence said in Tokyo before a lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull announces crackdown on citizenship test

Today, the country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced changes to the citizenship test , which almost 4,000 Irish people passed a year ago alone. And finally they must demonstrate that they have integrated into the community. Examples include: Evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children. Read More »

Macron, Le Pen ahead in French presidential race: Projection

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It was also a success for Le Pen, who has spent years attempting to rid the Front National of the toxic legacy of her father. "For months and again today I've heard the doubts, the anger and the fears of the French people". The official result is not expected until later on Sunday night. France's Interior Ministry said voter turnout at midday was 28.54 percent - slightly stronger than it was in 2012, when turnout was high. Read More »

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails launch hunger strike

Furthermore, the Palestinian Detainees' Committee and the Palestinian Prisoner Society have reported that the prison authority in Galboa' Israeli prison has prevented the lawyers from visiting with hunger striking detainees. "They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve ", Erdan said. Barghouti wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday that Israeli prison authorities are violating prisoners' rights. Read More »

CNN Exclusive: Erdogan insists Turkey reforms don't make him a dictator

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Voting was already underway on Sunday when the electoral authority announced it would start accepting unstamped ballots - a decision that the opposition said should invalidate the results. "The German government takes the report by the OSCE and the Council of Europe very seriously, and we expect Turkey to do so", German foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer told reporters in Berlin. Read More »

Futures rally after centrist takes first round in French election

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Sunday evening local time, with 71 percent of votes counted, the French Interior Ministry said Le Pen received 23.3 percent of the vote while Macron received 22.98 percent. "As a result, we expect some recovery in French bond prices, while the euro is also likely to benefit", he said. In his election day headquarters in Paris, Mr Macron promised to be a president "who protects, who transforms and builds". Read More »

Parks & Rec egg hunt an Easter weekend tradition

A relative saw the event was occurring and told them about it, sparking their interest in attending the Animal Egg Hunt. Attendees are asked to bring their own eating utensils and beverages as well as a dish to share. The annual Easter egg hunt gave kids a chance to have tons of fun on a gorgeous day, all while taking in a very important message. "It's fun, she's having fun". Read More »

China seeks Russia's help to 'cool' N. Korea situation

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However, when foreign journalists visit North Korea, their movements are closely managed and they are usually restricted to Pyongyang . Kim Jong Un has engaged in a war of words with President Trump amid recent missile tests. "We've tried persuasion, it's failed, we've tried coercion, it's failed". Kim Jong Un didn't speak before North Korean television ended the live broadcast. Read More »

At least 13 civilians killed in U.S. led-airstrike in western Mosul

The Iraqi government has issued instructions to civilians on how to stay safe as forces continue their assault on the IS-held western side of the city. "Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving nearly everything behind", Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande said in a statement . Read More »

Unidentified men kill security guard at Jayalalithaa's Kodanad Estate

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UDHAGAMANDALAM: A watchman in late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa 's Kodanadu Tea Estate in the Nilgiris was found dead in the early hours of Monday.Another watchman, who had injuries, was found tied with a rope near the estate gate (number 10).The deceased watchman has been identified as Ohm Bahadhur Thapa, 50 while the injured has been identified as Krishna Bahadhur Thapa, 37. Read More »

Schiff: Trump breaking Iran deal 'a grave mistake'

President Donald Trump accused Iran on Thursday of failing to abide by the "spirit" of a landmark 2015 deal created to allow the nation to pursue a nuclear energy and research program but prevent it from producing a nuclear weapon. Michael Oren, Israel's Deputy Minister for Diplomacy, argued in a newspaper piece this week that Iran is a bigger threat than Syria and North Korea combined. Read More »

France Kicks Off Presidential Vote Overseas; Security Tight

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The incumbent Socialist president made the unusual move previous year of pledging to not stand for re-election. In a concession speech, Republicans party nominee Francois Fillon called for a vote for Macron. Hollande, the current president, voted in his political fiefdom of Tulle in Correze, southwestern France. "It's definitely risky, but I have faith in the result even if an extreme candidate qualifies for the second round", said Beatrice Schopflin, who was queuing to vote in Paris . Read More »

Appealing for calm, China says U.S. wants talks on North Korea

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Mr Pence told reporters near the DMZ that President Donald Trump was hopeful that China would use its "extraordinary levers" to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons programme, but he expressed impatience with the unwillingness of the regime to move towards ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Read More »

Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process

The 457 visa has been axed with immediate effect, and replaced by two new visas with a shorter skills shortage list and a tougher English language requirement, Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The current citizenship test - a multiple-choice questionnaire - tests an applicant's knowledge about Australian laws, flags and national symbols. "We are defined by commitment to political values", Turnbull said. Read More »

AIADMK rules out change in CM, Palaniswami to stay

A day after minister D. Jayakumar said senior ministers had chose to keep away Dhinakaran's family from party activities, TTV spoke to the media here at his residence. Meanwhile, the Panneerselvam camp took to Twitter to express its willingness to hold talks with the AIADMK (Amma) faction. The speculations that the two warring camps were planning to come together reached fever-pitch on Monday when Tamil Nadu ministers and ruling AIADMK legislators went into a huddle and held a series of ... Read More »

SC orders Govt to reinstate TP Senkumar as DGP

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It should be recalled that the police chief was removed from office soon after the LDF government assumed power. Though Senkumar made an appeal to the Central Administrative Tribunal and the high court, the decision by the government was approved. Read More »

US will honour refugee deal Trump dubbed 'dumb', Pence tells Australia

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In return, Australia would resettle refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, according to Reuters news agency, as part of a US-led program in Central America. Trump and Turnbull repeatedly referred to the nations' long history of military cooperation. Australia is the only country to have fought alongside the U.S.in every major conflict since World War I. Read More »

38 detained in Turkey for questioning legitimacy of referendum result

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Sunday's vote gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "yes" camp a narrow win for constitutional changes that will abolish the office of the prime minister and convert Turkey's system of government from a parliamentary to a presidential one. The U.S. State Department said it had taken note of the European monitors' concerns and looked forward to a final report, urging the Turkish government to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens, however they voted. Read More »

BJP set for Delhi sweep: Exit polls

The exit poll was conducted among 14,503 respondents in all 270 wards of the three civic bodies that went to the polls on Sunday. "As many as 16,40,304 people have cast their vote in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation", according to the State Election Commission (SEC). Read More »

NZ dollar drops vs euro on optimism Macron will prevail

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Russian television RT reported that people in the city of Nantes in western France staged a protest against the results of the elections. Sunday's outcome is a huge defeat for the two center-right and center-left groupings that have dominated French politics for 60 years, and reduces the prospect of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote last June to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as USA president. Read More »

North Korea: 'A lot of sabre-rattling'

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The US has warned Pyongyang of a mighty preemptive strike if the country didn't fold back its plans related to further missile launches and tests. A South Korean F-15K jet fighter takes off during the "Max Thunder" South Korea-US military joint air exercise at a US air base in the southwestern port city of Gunsan on April 20, 2017. Read More »

Macron ally says his victory shows 'deep malaise' in French society

Security Council. Students immediately took to the streets in protest against Le Pen's success in the first round, the Associated Press reported Sunday. "If Le Pen wins, she will divide the country, Europe and probably the world". Macron , 39, a former investment banker and economy minister who is a relative newcomer to French politics, would like to form a tighter bond with the European Union to lower the country's 10 percent unemployment rate. Read More »

Referendum said 'Yes' to fighting terror: Turkish PM

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Though tens of thousands of people have been detained for political reasons in Turkey in recent months, these are the first political arrests reported since the referendum. The "Yes" camp won 51.41 per cent in Sunday's referendum in a narrower-than-expected victory but the opposition claimed the outcome would have been reversed in a fair poll. Read More »

London cops investigating suspected acid attack at Mangle nightclub that injured 12

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Police believe a man threw acid at two other men after a dispute between two groups at the venue, according to the BBC . Isobella suffered burns on her arm and on her back, while Prue was burnt on her arm. "Surrounding roads have been closed as an investigation is underway". "A London Fire Brigade spokesperson confirmed that the substance was identified by a PH paper test as a strong acidic substance". Read More »

Conservatives on course for landslide victory, polls suggest

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Party leaders are hitting the election trail in the first weekend of campaigning following Theresa May's surprise announcement of a snap general election. The former deputy prime minister added that Brexit was taking up almost of the Government's resources. "If they don't take them, we're at danger. Read More »

Trump warns Democrats Obamacare will die without cash infusion

The idea that Congress can simply pass both bills this week is not just unrealistic ― let's just say it will be a success if Republicans avoid a government shutdown ― but it underscores what is driving the White House's agenda right now: Trump hits his 100-day mark on Saturday, and he just wants to chalk up wins before then. Read More »

Builders find lost archbishops in London crypt

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They cut a six-inch hole in the floor by mistake, and used a mobile phone on a stick to film a flight of stairs leading down to a hidden vault. "It's the crown, it's the mitre of an archbishop gleaming there in the dark". Visitors will be able to view the coffins were they were found. "This is a discovery of exceptional interest, and will be a new story in the interpretation of the Church of St Mary's-at-Lambeth, in which the Museum is housed", the Museum said in a statement . Read More »

Ontario imposes tax on overseas buyers to rein in housing prices

The area, which stretches from the Niagara Region to Peterborough, Ont., is home to about 9 million people and is one of North America's fastest growing regions. I am pleased that the government will activate surplus provincial land like the West Don Lands to create new affordable housing, something I have been urging the Premier to do for some time. Read More »

Charleston church shooter on federal death row in Indiana

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He is now in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. Earlier this month, he appeared in state court where he received nine life sentences without parole for his crimes as part of a plea deal to avoid a second trial. After the federal death penalty was suspended by a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision, it was brought back 16 years later and three people have since been executed under it. Read More »

Trump to speak with China's Xi, Japan's Abe on Sunday, official says

North Korea's state news agency ( KCNA ) quoted a foreign ministry spokesman castigating Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, after she said the rogue nation would be subject to further Australian sanctions and for "spouting a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defense". Read More »

1200 imprisoned Palestinian terrorists launch hunger strike

The Israeli prison service on Monday put that number at about 1,100. Erdan insisted that there was no need to negotiate at all about their prison system's actions, and that they had no reason to improve conditions for the detainees. Erdan continued his remarks on Israeli public radio by describing the prisoners as "terrorists". "It is to be emphasised that the [prison service] does not negotiate with prisoners", he said. Read More »

Donald Trump declares North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'no longer obsolete' in major u-turn

But on Wednesday, Trump had a different view: "They made a change and now they do fight terrorism". "For me, the important thing is. burden-sharing", Stoltenberg said. Separately, the president gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal today in which he said the United States will not be labeling China a currency manipulator, backtracking on something he had often promised during the presidential campaign. Read More »