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China, which has repeatedly called for the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, is increasingly anxious the situation could spin out of control, leading to war and a chaotic collapse of its isolated, impoverished neighbour. Trump was critical of China in his election campaign but he has in recent days praised its efforts to rein in what he called the "menace of North Korea". Read More »

Pence says United States stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem

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Defying worldwide pressure, the North on Sunday tried to test-fire another missile in an attempt that failed, but which fuelled fears that it may be preparing for its sixth atomic weapons test. But at a press conference with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday, Pence also played up the importance of coordination. A USA official said the projectile "blew up nearly immediately", adding the type of missile North Korea was testing was still being assessed. Read More »

North Korea detains US citizen; at least 3rd American being held

A U.S. citizen has been arrested as he tried to fly out of North Korea, becoming the third American to be detained there, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday. The latter was arrested on charges of espionage. He was given 15 years' hard labour for crimes against the state in March 2016. The reclusive state is also holding Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim. Read More »

China ups calls for calm after tense weekend on Korean Peninsula

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Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described his conversation with Trump as a "thorough exchange of views". In early April, U.S. officials sent out confusing messages that the Carl Vinson group was heading toward Korea in advance of the April 15 birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung, which is often celebrated with a provocative weapons test. Read More »

Schumer says budget talks must be two-way street

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Mulvaney has said that funding for Trump's border wall with Mexico and more immigration agents are top administration priorities. In the spring of 1993, 21 percent said they strongly disapproved of Mr. Repatriation is a pay-for that Senate Democrats have backed in the past, with bipartisan support, and could provide a boost for Trump's call for a $1 trillion infrastructure package. Read More »

UK Labour Party wants 4 new bank holidays

YouGov for The Sunday Times has the Conservatives on 48%, 23 points ahead of Labour on 25% while Opinium for The Observer puts the Tories on 45% with a 19-point advantage over Labour on 26%. "If they don't take them, we're at danger". She is also looking to capitalise on the disarray swirling around the Labour party , which has been riven with internal division over its leader Jeremy Corbyn . Read More »

Iran, Georgia ink MoUs to boost bilateral cooperation

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He said Georgia and Iran have a positive record of trade-economic cooperation and praised Georgia's investment environment. In turn, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted that this topic is relevant, pledging his support to the organizing of such a conference. Read More »

Teaching Resumes in Colleges Across Kashmir

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The students were chanting slogans such as "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom". The police resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the students and the police personnel. The teaching work in colleges across Kashmir Valley resumed today after remaining suspended for five days in the wake of student demonstrations last week against the alleged high-handedness of security forces. Read More »

Pakistan's top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

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Former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry said all five SC judges declared that the prime minister was not honest while two judges gave him a certificate of disqualification. At the heart of the matter is the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to purchase several high-end London properties via offshore companies. Read More »

Corbyn: Let's win this election - and then take on the establishment

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Britons voted by 52-48 percent in June 2016 to leave the European Union, and May says re-electing her with a bigger majority will strengthen the U.K.'s hand in divorce negotiations with the bloc. "The UK elections do not change our EU27 plans", said a spokesman for Tusk. He said: "I don't play by their rules". Mr Corbyn said: "We're gaining support, we're gaining a huge amount of ground". Read More »

Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances

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The visit came as political tensions between the two major Arab states had been raised. The Egyptian presidency announced the visit in a statement on Friday, saying Sissi's trip was in response to an invitation by Salman and aimed at "bolstering strategic relations between the two countries". Read More »

Federal government cracks down on Australian citizenship requirements

In explaining what constituted " Australian values ", Turnbull said migrants must demonstrate support for religious freedom and gender equality. "If we believe that respect for women and children and saying no to violence.is an Australian value , and it is, then why should that not be made a key part. Read More »

Rooney scores as United add extra bite to Manchester derby

They're now one point behind their cross city rivals. "I don't care about it in this moment, I just want the player to recover the best he can and we'll see about it". "Giving up is not an option", he added. Speaking after the game, Mourinho said: "We cry because we have two important injuries in two wonderful guys". Read More »

Egypt Releases American Aid Worker From Prison After Trump Strikes A Deal

They were imprisoned until Sunday, when a Cairo court acquitted several aid workers of all charges. A Cairo court on Sunday acquitted Hijazi of child abuse and human trafficking charges after she had spent almost three years behind bars. Between the lines: Trump's focus on repairing relations between the US and foreign countries has helped him become more successful with his global policy goals. Read More »

European Bonds Rally After France Election as Risk Sentiment Improves

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The election has dominated conversations in Washington on the last few days during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. They were followed by conservative candidate Francois Fillon with 19.8 percent and far-left challenger Jean-Luc Melenchon with 18.8 percent. To all those who have accompanied me since April 2016, in founding and bringing En Marche! to life, I would like to say this: "in the space of a year, we have changed the face of French political life ... Read More »

France Begins Presidential Vote in Test for Populism

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He has unveiled a series of business-friendly measures created to boost France's economy, and has been vocal on the fight against terror and law and order, announcing proposals that would increase defense spending and hire more police officers. Read More »

French election: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron 'through to final round'

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Macron, a political independent, was on course to take 23.9 percent in Sunday's election, with National Front leader Le Pen on 21.4 percent, according to projections from the Interior Ministry based on 97 percent of votes counted. A Paris police official said no injuries were reported in scuffles between protesters and police at the Place de la Bastille. People burn litter as they protest in Paris . Read More »

Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump discuss North Korea over phone as tensions mount

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Under Kim's leadership, North Korea has been aggressively pursuing a decades-long goal of putting a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland. Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the tensions on the Korean peninsula in a phone conversation with his USA counterpart Donald Trump on Monday and called on the parties concerned to exercise restraint to avoid escalation of the situation in the region. Read More »

The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

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According to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, North Korea has detained a US citizen, Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk. He was charged with subversion and given a hard labor life sentence in 2015. Kim Dong Chul , who was born in South Korea but is also believed to have USA citizenship, is serving a sentence of 10 years for espionage. Read More »

Labour reiterates Trident backing after Corbyn defence review comments

In a statement issued following his appearance on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show , a party spokesman said: "The decision to renew Trident has been taken and Labour supports that". Sir Michael claimed a victory for Labour in the general election would result in "very unsafe chaos". The Labour leader said he would order an immediate strategic defence review covering "all aspects" of defence policy if he won the general election on June 8. Read More »

US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

The ADL tally includes a much broader array of incidents, such as distribution of hateful materials, threats, slurs, intimidation and vandalism, along with physical assaults. "It is deeply troubling that there are at least three anti-Semitic incidents reported in New Jersey every week", said Ross Pearlson, ADL New Jersey regional board chair. Read More »

Republicans Are Trying to Reanimate Trumpcare Again. Their Plan Still Sucks

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US Republicans on Friday prepared to re-introduce legislation repealing Obamacare, potentially setting up a showdown vote next week as the White House seeks a major accomplishment before Donald Trump's 100th day as president. "I'm not going to be for a plan that's going to allow for preexisting conditions to not be covered", he told CNN . Democrats insist they won't support a downpayment on the Southwest border wall, and are pushing back against Trump's threat of stopping key federal ... Read More »

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

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France is now steaming into unchartered territory, because whoever wins on May 7 can not count on the backing of France's political mainstream parties. In a foretaste of the battleground ahead, Macron sought in his speech on Sunday to portray himself as a force for unity - he has repeatedly dismissed Le Pen as a divisive figure. Read More »

Protests break out as French election results come in

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Alhough Mr Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held elected office, opinion polls in the run-up to the ballot have consistently seen him easily winning the final clash against the 48-year-old Ms Le Pen . Le Pen outlined her main priority as president as to "defend the French nation" emphasising her previous campaign rhetoric which focused on restoring order to a country plagued by Islamic extremist terrorism and riots in various Paris suburbs. Read More »

Germany's nationalist AfD elects two main contenders for vote

While tensions brewed inside the AfD party convention in the western German city of Cologne , outside the hotel hundreds of left-wing demonstrators tried to block about 600 AfD party members from entering. "If we now stick together and fight together, then finally a true opposition party will be getting into German Parliament", she told cheering delegates. Read More »

Bashar al-Assad still has 'tonnes' of chemical weapons

Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the USA were unacceptable. Russian Federation has alleged that the victims were killed when Syrian warplanes hit a rebel chemical arsenal. People close to the Russian Federation despot, like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Carter Page, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions and rage fueled hate golum Steve Bannon, have said that Trump's missile attack really bothered the shirtless Soviet, so much so ... Read More »

British woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, police say

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Israeli secret service, the Shin Bet, said that Tamimi had tried to commit suicide by swallowing a razorblade while hospitalized. "This is another case, out of many, where a Palestinian who is suffering from personal, mental or moral issues chose to carry out a terror attack in order to find a way out of their problems", the Shin Bet said in a statement . Read More »

Pence Talks Trade in Japan

Pence underlined this during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday when he said that " all options are on the table" regarding North Korea. The USS Carl Vinson was now heading north to the Western Pacific "as a prudent measure", according to the US Pacific Command. Vice President Mike Pence stood on the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan, on Wednesday and reassured thousands of US Navy sailors and regional allies that " the sword stands ready " to ... Read More »

Kenya's Keitany Breaks World Marathon Record

Dibaba , who overcame stomach cramps just a few kilometres from the finish, finished strong to take second place in 2:17:56, moving to third on the world all-time list. However, a good portion of those I spoke to running the London Marathon are using them too, in a race where you're allowed to use any headphones you wish - showing that it's as much about being able to have ears open to the atmosphere (while still listening to music) as it is about safety. Read More »

Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties

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King Salman issued a decree late Saturday, April 22, 2017, reinstating public sector perks after a drop in oil prices forced the kingdom to curb big-ticket spending and implement sensitive austerity measures. Egypt agreed to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia but this hasn't gone as planned for either government. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Riyadh on Sunday for a state visit to Saudi Arabia. Read More »

Le Pen, Macron Leading in French Presidential Vote

He was trounced by Jacques Chirac in the second round. The French presidential election is a two-stage process. "I was really scared of a Fillon-Le Pen". The presidential poll has consequences for the future of the European Union, for France's millions of Muslims and for world financial markets. 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. Read More »

Iraq Accuses IS of Using Chemical Weapons in Mosul

Al-Badrani issued numerous group's brutal diktats, which led to the torture, death and sexual abuse of civilians, reported the BBC . - February 19: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announces the start of the campaign for western Mosul, with Iraqi forces backed by coalition air power and increased support from coalition advisers. Read More »