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Syria retained chemical weapons, says Jim Mattis

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But Mattis says there's no question he does. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Lavrov spoke with Tillerson by telephone on Friday and they agreed once again to look into organizing an objective investigation under the aegis of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Read More »

Venezuela opposition boss asks Wall Street to cut off Maduro

Monday's protests were largely peaceful until mid-afternoon, following which some skirmishes broke out, which led to the shootings. "Let it be heard: The dictatorship is in its final days", said Maria Corina Machado, who was stripped of her seat in congress in 2014. Read More »

Violent clashes at German nationalist conference

But the party has lost about a third of its supporters since late a year ago, hit by a slowdown in migrant arrivals, AfD infighting and controversy over its attitude to the Nazi past. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said that the dispute was less about the political goals of the party, the most successful right-wing populist outfit in Germany's post-war history, than personal ambition. Read More »

Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba Mufti chairs Unified High Command meeting

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Sources said the situation will have to improve considerably before talks could be initiated, adding the Centre would closely monitor developments over the next two to three months before taking a final call. Mehbooba said the prime minister assured her that efforts would be made to see how the state would be compensated for this. The Chief Minister said dialogue is the only way forward for unbundling the knots of mistrust and uncertainty in the State and herald it to a level of prosperity ... Read More »

N.Korea detains United States citizen; at least 3rd American being held

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Satellite imagery analysed by 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, found activity under way at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site last week. The US State Department acknowledged the report on Monday. The detention comes amid a buildup of tension on the Korean Peninsula, with a North Korean newspaper saying Sunday that Pyongyang was ready to sink a USA aircraft carrier conducting drills in the region. Read More »

North Korea: We 'Will Go To War' If That's What Trump Wants

China is North Korea's sole major ally but it disapproves of the North's weapons programmes, and its confrontations with the United States and its Asian allies, and it has supported U.N. In addition, North Korea's vice minister, Han Song-ryol, said his country "will go to war if they choose". North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war scare tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable code that could be used to communicate with its spies in the South. Read More »

North Korea Detains Another U.S. Citizen

Trump, speaking to reporters, said the council also failed to act in response to a recent Syrian chemical weapons attack, which he called a "great disappointment". President Donald Trump spoke again to the leaders of China and Japan to discuss the matter on Sunday. "North Korea is conducting a large-scale firing drill in Wonsan areas this afternoon", the South's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement . Read More »

Herrera talks up Manchester derby importance

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Guardiola won at least one trophy — often many more — in each of his seasons with Barcelona (2008-2012) and Bayern Munich (2013-16) but he's found it harder at City, where he arrived as the most coveted coach in world soccer. Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries. Read More »

France's Le Pen temporarily steps down as leader

Even Le Pen's most ardent opponents know that it'll be a much closer race this time around, with the Front National quite possibly breaking through the psychologically important 40 percent threshold. "I plan to leave France if she becomes the next president", said Sabrine, adding: "I don't want my six-month old daughter growing up with Le Pen on her case". Read More »

Beating Spurs in FA Cup has no bearing on league, says Conte

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Please be focused on the present and try to help the team and the club to be there if Chelsea drop points'. "Of course we wanted to win and keep our momentum going but it didn't happen", Kane said. They travel to Crystal Palace on Wednesday with memories of last season's loss of form still fresh in fans' minds. "We've got six very hard games home and away so we'll do everything we can to get as high up the league as we can". Read More »

USS Vinson nears Korean Peninsula

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Pak Yong Sik told a meeting of thousands of senior military and civilian officials. More recently, North Korea threatened Sunday to destroy a U.S. Tuesday is Army Day in North Korea and USA intelligence is expecting some kind of "firepower display". Read More »

Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern province

A vehicle bomb detonated at the entrance to Camp Chapman, a US-operated base, and there were a number of Afghan casualties, Reuters reported . The exact toll from Friday's assault in the northern province of Balkh remained unclear, with some local officials putting the number of dead alone as high as 130. Read More »

EU Undermines France's Sovereignty, Infringes National Economy - Le Pen

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Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen vowed on Wednesday to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the "poison" of Islamic radicals, holding her final rally in the southern port city of Marseille, where police arrested two men a day earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack around this weekend's vote. Read More »

Rapper Drake to host first-ever 'NBA Awards' on June 26

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The NBA never held an awards show, but the player's union attempted to produce their own in 2015 and it never gained traction. Drake is no stranger to hosting sports award shows. These awards are typically announced throughout the playoffs but the league has finally made a decision to give these guys some love on one star studded night. Read More »

China is selling flights to North Korea again

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Earlier Tuesday, a U.S. submarine made a port call in South Korea in what USA officials said was a show of force amid mounting tensions in the region. North Korea has an air base in Wonsan and missiles have also been tested there. Trump on Monday called on members of the U.N. Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, describing the country as "a real threat to the world". Read More »

French election results catapult Wall Street higher; Nasdaq sets record

His former boss' endorsement may not mean much to the french electorate though - Mr Hollande is the most unpopular in modern French record-keeping. The argument against Macron is his centrist position might not be enough to get voters from both sides of the spectrum to show up at the polls and beat Le Pen's reliable base. Read More »

Woman, Man Shot Near Battery Park Believed to Be Innocent Bystanders

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A 32-year-old female bystander was shot in the ankle. Both men appear to be between 30 and 40 years old. The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital minutes after the 2:35 p.m. Surveillance images of two persons of interest who police say are wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting in Lower Manhattan that left two people hurt on April 24, 2017. Read More »

Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken law, lawmakers say

Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings said it appeared that Flynn, who resigned following reports that he lobbied for the Turkish government without registering as a foreign agent, failed to receive permission for or fully disclose income he earned for that work and for a speaking engagement in Russian Federation. Read More »

Council of Europe assembly wants to monitor Turkey again

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In a resolution, the assembly - made up of parliamentarians from the various member states - voiced concern over Turkey's sweeping dismissal and detention of civil servants, judges, prosecutors and academics following the botched coup, as well as the closure of independent media and non-governmental organizations. Read More »

CBSE scraps marks moderation policy

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A resolution to end the practice was also passed here at a meeting of the school boards. "In the meeting held with State and Central Education Boards, consensus arrived at doing away with "spiking" of marks through moderation", tweeted School Education Secretary Anil Swarup yesterday. Read More »

What's next for the Iran nuclear deal?

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the contracts for the plant's redesign would be signed on Sunday in Vienna with initial agreements having already been reached in Beijing, describing it as an important part of the Iran nuclear deal. However, in the same letter, Tillerson said the Trump administration would also review the terms of the deal, considering Iran's leading role in backing terrorism. Read More »

Trump's visa executive order could have big impacts on Tennessee

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The order, which Trump signed after delivering his remarks , looks to bolster protections for certain American-made goods. Many go to technology companies, which argue that the U.S. "I'm grateful that President Trump has taken my suggestions to heart by taking steps today to protect American workers and preserve limited H-1B visas for truly qualified, high-skilled foreign workers", said Grassley in a statement. Read More »

Park Could Face Life in Jail After Indictment

The indictment by Seoul prosecutors covers multiple charges, including abuse of power, extortion, bribery and leaking state secrets. Park is accused of colluding with her confidante at the heart of the scandal, Choi Soon Sil, who is already on trial for coercing local conglomerates into donating a total of 77.4 billion won (HK$529 million) to two nonprofit foundations. Read More »

Hollande urges French voters to block Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron, the leading vote-getter, is a socially liberal banker who served as minister of the economy and wants to work with France's European Union partners. "I fought against [Socialist President Francois] Hollande for five years and can not back his heir", said 28-year-old parliamentary assistant Eric de La Fouchardiere, referring to Macron, a former adviser and minister of Hollande's, at an election night gathering on Sunday. Read More »

North Korea detains U.S. citizen; at least 3rd American being held

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Yonhap, citing an unidentified South Korean government source, said there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around the city of Wonsan on its east coast. "North Korea's unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to United States national security", Ross added. Trump has told ambassadors from U.N. Read More »

US imposes sanctions on Syrian researchers in response to alleged chemical attack

The move comes after at least 80 people, including dozens of children, were killed in the 4 April attack in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in northern Syria. He added: "Sanctions send a clear signal that actions have consequences and seek to deter others from similar acts of barbarism". Then US president George W Bush first placed sanctions against the SSRC in 2005, accusing it of producing weapons of mass destruction. Read More »

Is North Korea About to Test a Nuclear Weapon or ICBM?

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Pak Yong Sik reiterated that the country is ready to use pre-emptive strikes or any other measures it deems necessary to defend itself against the "U.S. Separately, envoys from South Korea, Japan and the United States have been meeting in Tokyo to discuss North Korea's refusal to abandon its nuclear program. Read More »

Paul Manafort's Firm Received Payments Listed In Secret Ukrainian Ledger

Trump, including one that partners with a Ukrainian-born billionaire and another led by a Trump economic adviser [and] ... were among $20 million in loans secured by properties belonging to Mr. "Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine was totally open and appropriate, and wire transfers for global work are perfectly legal", Maloni said. A few months before President Trump won the election, his campaign manager Paul Manafort quit. Read More »

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz won't run for re-election

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He did not mention those possibilities in announcing his decision to leave the political arena, just five months after his re-election to Congress for a fourth term. If Chaffetz leaves his term early, there would be a special election to fill the seat, he said . Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, called Chaffetz "a valuable member of the Republican team" and wished him well. Read More »

Turkey Demands End Of EU Interference In Referendum Outcome

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Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sunday's referendum to be annulled because of voting irregularities. Yilmaz added that the CHP was not surprised by the rejection of Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council of his party's appeal against the constitutional referendum results given the composition of the Council, which, he claimed, is dominated by supporters of the Turkish president. Read More »

U.S., North Korea Flex Military Muscles as Tensions Simmer

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is presumed to have watched the exercise involving some 300-400 long-range artillery pieces that can put Seoul and its adjacent areas within range, it added. China also seems to be be dangling a carrot - Air China, the country's flag carrier, is set to resume Beijing-Pyongyang flights on May 5, according to a report. Read More »

U.S., North Korea Flex Military Muscles as Tensions Remain High

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Trump was due to call Chinese President Xi Jinping after talking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier on Monday. The move also comes as the US and South Korea are keeping a close watch on the possibility of Pyongyang conducting a nuclear test or a ballistic missile launch on Tuesday on the occasion of the North Korean army's anniversary. Read More »