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Patti Smith, Brian Eno and More to Protest Julian Assange's Fugitive Status

While she does not directly confirm or deny rumours about their relationship, she adds, "He's such a kind, gentle person... this is what his mission is and what he wants to do, and he's doing it for all of us citizens". Supporters of WikiLeaks say it's practicing the constitutional right of freedom of speech and the press. His comments came after CIA director Mike Pompeo branded WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service". Read More »

NAFTA Talks Amid U.S.-Canada Trade Drama Could Get Complicated

The comments came during the signing of an executive order promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in the America. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday it would assess a duty, called a countervailing duty, on softwood lumber from Canada, citing there are unfair subsidies that the Canadian and provincial government allegedly provide to lumber companies. Read More »

Dawn services held across the world for Anzac day

Anzac Day also serves to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in the Second World War, and in subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those who lost their lives in all the military and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved. Read More »

French Mayor Threatens to Quit After 'Assholes' Vote For Le Pen

The Front National leader and centrist Emmanuel Macron sent shock waves through France yesterday when they beat established parties in the first round of the presidential elections. It remains unclear whether Ms. Le Pen has performed a true makeover of the National Front. This election is widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave which a year ago prompted the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union and led to Donald Trump being elected U.S. Read More »

Texas Dem fasts to protest sanctuary cities crackdown

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State Rep. Victoria Neave made the pledge after attending Mass at downtown Dallas' Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, announcing that the communion wafer she received would be the last meal she will have until the bill is debated on Wednesday. Read More »

US will 'always stand with the Jewish people'

In Washington, Kushner was attending the Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance ceremony in the rotunda of the United States Capitol with his father-in-law, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Vice President Mike Pence. Trump added that in memory of those who were lost, "we renew our commitment and our determination not to disregard the warnings of our own times". 'The Jewish people have endured oppression, persecution, and those who have sought and planned their ... Read More »

North Korea's massive parade had a truck-load of Chinese influence

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The day before Trump recited the oath of office on the Washington Mall, the North Korean leadership already had prepared its own unique welcome for the incoming President. to shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the US. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. Read More »

Threat From the North: Seoul Seeks More Anti-Missile Radars

The work to set up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, within this year has angered North Korea, China and Russian Federation, which see the system's powerful radars as a security threat. Graham told Fox News he was impressed by Trump's resolve. During the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, the administration of then-U.S. President Bill Clinton secretly drew up plans for an airstrike against a North Korean nuclear facility at Yongbyon. Read More »

Trudeau vows to defend Canadian interests in call with Trump

New home buyers in the U.S. But it's Trump's latest rhetoric on Canada that had Clark speaking amongst lumber workers, where she expanded on her new "I'm not scared of Donald Trump" line. "These duties are unwarranted, and this determination is completely without merit", said Susan Yurkovich, president of the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council. Read More »

Le Pen sets aside party presidency to 'unite' France

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Mr Miquet-Marty said Mr Macron "needs a more offensive approach and to distil the message that a Macron presidency will be more peaceful than a Le Pen one". MALCOLM BRABANT: She supports the popular thesis that Macron will probably win the second round with about 60 percent of the vote. The New York Times, for example, called it "a full-throated rebuke of the mainstream parties" and The Economist warned that the "first-round result could also presage the break-up of the French ... Read More »

Two killed in worsening Venezuela unrest

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With near-daily demonstrations by both opponents and supporters of Maduro, there have been fatalities on both sides, as well as one National Guard sergeant killed during a protest. "In the morning they appear peaceful, in the afternoon they turn into terrorists and at night bandits and killers", said senior Socialist Party official Diosdado Cabello of the opposition protesters. Read More »

Trump says he does not fear a trade war with Canada

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that the United States "will not stand for" Canadian dairy trade policies that hurt American dairy farm exports, adding that the rules have "made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very hard". Read More »

US Will Not Issue Drilling Waivers to Russia Sanctions

Exxon released a statement saying it "understand [s] the statement today by Secretary Mnuchin in consultation with President Trump", according to The Hill. Part of the sanctions leveled on Russia include the prohibition of technology transfers in Russian energy projects in the Arctic, Siberia, and the Black Sea. Read More »

Officials React To Sonny Perdue's Appointment To Serve As Secretary Of Agriculture

During his confirmation hearing in March, he assured farm-state senators that while advocating for rural America he will also be sure to reach out to Democrats. The current Farm Bill is set to expire next year. Senator David Perdue, the nominee's first cousin, voted present. Over the coming year, Purdue's main task will be working with lawmakers on the next five-year farm bill. Read More »

Syrian evacuations called off after bus bombing

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Meanwhile, a high-ranking source at the opposition accused the Syrian regime of planning the explosion, adding that the vehicle bomb that arrived to the convoy of buses "came from a pro-regime area and carried food". Heartbreaking pictures of injured Syrian children in the aftermath of a auto bomb attack on people trying to flee Aleppo show the sheer devastation caused. Read More »

US rekindles trade conflict with Canada over lumber

Meanwhile, hitting back on US imports of goods like cherries and office chairs may have too little impact, leaving Canada with limited leverage. Trade disputes over soft lumber has always been an issue between the USA and Canada, with the US claiming that Canada unfairly and illegally subsidizes its lumber industry by charging low fees to log public lands. Read More »

Senate Confirms Trump's Agriculture Secretary

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The United States Senate has confirmed former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. He also needs to fill senior positions at the USDA to oversee areas such as trade, food safety and rural development. "That is a problem, a constant issue for agriculture that is not new", Starling said, adding "It is perhaps more pressing now". Read More »

Asia Stocks Steady as Markets Pause after French Election

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It remains unclear whether Ms. Le Pen has performed a true makeover of the National Front. Many had feared another anti-establishment shock to follow Britain's " Brexit " vote and Donald Trump's election as USA president. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes Sunday, and many investors expect him to win a run-off against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7. Read More »

Iraq forces make Mosul gains, but anti-IS war far from over

Tough close-quarters fighting in heavily-populated areas of Mosul is still ahead, and IS also holds territory in other parts of Iraq, as well as in neighbouring Syria. He declined to discuss any involvement of the coalition in the explosion, but described ISIL as "very creative in exploiting the human element" by using hospitals, schools, churches, homes and mosques as hideouts or weapons caches. Read More »

Trump condemns Holocaust deniers

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Mr. Trump's remarks are part of the week-long Days of Remembrance of the USA commemoration of the Holocaust. We will bear witness. "We just won't", Trump declared. Launched Monday by Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that advocates for social justice causes, the petition by Tuesday morning had more than 7,400 signatures. Read More »

Rainout pushes back big league debut for Canadian pitcher Pivetta

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I definitely don't want it to lead to an arm thing again". So, in theory, Nola could miss just one start. "Hopefully, he'll miss just one start". "I achieved my goal of getting here eventually". Pivetta, 24, a Lambrick Park graduate, has a 3-0 record and a 0.95 earned run average in three starts with the IronPigs this season, and has been mentioned as a potential call-up during previous injury situations with the Philadelphia starting rotation. Read More »

South Korea confirms North Korean live-fire drill on army anniversary

South Korea's military said it's maintaining "firm readiness". North Korea did launch a missile on April 16, but it exploded within seconds. Experts thought North Korea might conduct a nuclear test or a ballistic missile launch to mark the anniversary, but as of Tuesday evening neither had occurred. Read More »

What Trump promised vs. what he accomplished in his first 100 days

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Others scheduled to attend the Capitol Hill meeting include Gary Cohn, chief of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady , R-Texas, Fox has also learned. Read More »

White House defends keeping visitor logs secret

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The White House decision is not so much stunning perhaps as sadly predictable. "The Obama administration agreed to release the visitor logs in response to our lawsuits , and despite the Trump administration's worry over 'grave national security risks and concerns, ' only positives for the American people came out of them". Read More »

Trump still grappling with presidency

It was vintage Trump , crowing about what he sees as his ability to accomplish great things. "At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century", which many dispute. Read More »

Trump Slaps Duty on Canadian Lumber, Intensifying Trade Fight

She says in a statement there is no evidence of unfair trade practices and the United States has taken approach that amounts to being "presumed guilty until proven innocent". And they said they would sue, if necessary. "In ruling after ruling since 1983, worldwide tribunals have disproved the unfounded subsidy and injury allegations from the us industry", Carr said. Read More »

Twelve People Killed in Venezuela in Overnight Violence

The last protests, on Thursday, descended into a night of clashes, riots and looting that left 12 people dead in Caracas . 11 had died of electrocution and gunshot wounds "in act of violence" in El Valle , a neighborhood in Venezuela , where armored transportation struggled to contain crowds of looters, said the attorney general's office in Venezuela . Read More »

Pence: United States Will Honor Refugee Deal With Australia

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Mr Pence told reporters he had reassured Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull that the U.S. would hold up its share of the agreement struck by the Obama administration, even if the USA did not "admire" the deal. Australia has fought alongside the USA in every major conflict since the First World War, and is one of the largest contributors to the US-led military campaign in Iraq and Syria. Read More »

Trump may delay Mexico wall to avoid shutdown

But Trump is refusing to say whether he's willing to force a government shutdown at the end of the week by insisting money for his wall be included in a must-pass spending bill. Trump said on Twitter: "The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!" The president tells reporters, "The wall's gonna get built". Read More »