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Pence reassures Japan PM Abe amid North Korea tension

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned North Korea Wednesday not to "pick a fight" with the United States. The Trump administration has said military action remains an option for dealing with North Korea. Nevertheless, United States Vice President Mike Pence still stands his ground regarding the tension with North Korea. "US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson strike group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the western Pacific", said Commander Dave ... Read More »

Dueling Shows Of Force As Tensions Ratchet Up On Korean Peninsula

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North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a US submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programmes. Tillerson, along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford, would also hold a rare briefing for the entire U.S. Read More »

Trump takes first step toward H-1B reform

Called the "Buy American, hire American executive order", it mandates government agencies to review and change rules that come in the way of "Buy American" policies, a campaign promise to re-energise manufacturing. "Right now, H1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery - and that's wrong", President Trump said at Snap-on. The additional scrutiny DHS has ordered will include "site visits" to determine whether "H-1B dependent employers are evading their obligation to make a good faith ... Read More »

Afghan Army Chief and Defense Minister Resign

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A spokesman for Ghani told Reuters that Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim resigned because of Friday's attack. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived for a surprise visit to Afghanistan Monday as the Trump administration considers boosting USA military support for the struggling country. Read More »

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is no longer "obsolete"

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Trump entered the doorway of the White House". Blaming the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for it, the United States bombed an airbase used in the attack last week. US President Donald Trump told allies it was time to end Syria's "brutal" civil war today, as he branded the country's leader Bashar al-Assad a "butcher" and questioned Russia's role in a suspected chemical attack. Read More »

Venezuela calls for 'true, accessible' media coverage of protests

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Hundreds of police and National Guard troops took up positions at several points in the city, riot gear at the ready. "I have an empty stomach because I can't find food", said Jeannette Canozo, a 66-year-old homemaker, who said police used rubber bullets to break up an early morning barricade on a Caracas avenue. Read More »

Reactions Mixed On New US Tariffs On Canadian Lumber

At a news conference Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced its plan to raise the taxes on lumber coming into the United States from Canada. The two countries are suddenly sparring openly over low-priced Canadian timber and Canada's barriers to USA dairy products - disputes that go back years but rarely get such a public airing. Read More »

Anzac Day - A time to remember all who served

Some these airmen lost their lives while supporting the jungle fighters and now lie buried in the Chittagong and Comilla war cemeteries. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will represent the government at the national service in Canberra, while Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will represent Australia at commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Read More »

Trump team defends latest trade dispute with Canada

According to a CNN Money report , USA lumber companies say Canadian firms receive unfair subsidies from their government, allowing the firms to sell their lumber in the U.S.at prices that American firms can't afford. "The (Canadian) provinces subsidise the cutting down of lumber - the technical term being stumpage - and then that lets them charge a subsidised low price when the product hits the USA border". Read More »

Not imposing Hindi but promoting it: Centre on DMK's 'Hindia' barb

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Led by the opposition party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK), the strike has been called to pressurise the state government and Centre to fulfill the demands made by the farmers. DMK working president M.K. Stalin has dubbed the K. Palaniswami government in the state as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "proxy regime", prompting rebuttals from the state government as well as the Centre. Read More »

Coast Guard: 2 dead after explosion on ship in the Atlantic

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EST Monday the Captain of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier MV Tamar reported that another crewmember had died from wounds sustained in the explosion. "Our condolences go out to the families and members of the crew who have passed and are injured". The Canadian Coast Guard also diverted two warships with physician assistants aboard to respond. Read More »

Lawmakers Say It Appears Michael Flynn Acted Illegally In Taking Russian Payments

And it appears as if he did take that money. "It was inappropriate and there are repercussions for the violation of law". But Cummings said the documents were "extremely troubling" and he urged the administration to declassify them. The announcement about Flynn comes a week after CNN reported that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser to the President, has yet to detail to the federal government all of his foreign contacts, a condition of receiving his top secret security ... Read More »

Judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

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In his ruling, Judge William H. Orrick sided with Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco and other jurisdictions, who argued that a threat to take away federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional. Read More »

Bomb Blast Occurs Near Army Base in Afghanistan

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About 13,000 U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops remain in Afghanistan , and the top USA commander is pushing for several thousand more. Mattis made his first trip to Afghanistan as Defense secretary Monday as the Trump administration determines how best to move forward in the country. Read More »

IL lawmakers hear testimony about legal marijuana from Colorado

When the poll was first conducted in 1979, only 27 percent of people supported legalization. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws, even in those states where it is legal. Voters support 76% - 18% reducing the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug , the same classification as heroin. See the poll breakdown from CBS here. Read More »

Lavrov to Tillerson: Russia regrets U.S. opposes proposal on Idlib incident probe

Speaking alongside Mattis, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel has "100 percent information that [the] Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels". On Thursday, Western delegations to the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) rejected a call from Russian Federation and Iran for a new probe into the alleged nerve gas attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. Read More »

US general sees progress by Iraqi forces in Mosul despite complicated battle

They were some of the around 400,000 people still in western Mosul where Iraqi military forces are trying to dislodge IS from the Old City. Rudaw's Sidad Lashkri reported from the Bab al-Baid neighborhood near the Mosque of Zaywani in western Mosul saying that heavy clashes have been underway since early in the morning as ISIS militants have launched a counter-attack against the advancing Iraqi troops. Read More »

California judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city money

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The ruling from U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco said Trump's January 25 order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the order were likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional. Read More »

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

Bloodshed had always been feared ahead of Sunday's first round of the election after a string of attacks since 2015, and the shooting propelled the jihadist threat to the fore. But French authorities named him as Karim Cheurfi , a Frenchman living in the Paris suburbs. ISIS claimed credit for the attack within hours. Macron said he canceled campaign stops out of a sense of "decency" and to allow police to concentrate their resources on the investigation. Read More »

US Senate confirms Perdue as Trump's agriculture secretary

The vote was 87 to 11. Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary Perdue, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. "We are excited and stand ready to partner with Secretary Perdue with a goal of getting programs and policies in place that will ensure our industry continues to contribute to the American economy". Read More »

Dairy farmers in Canada dispute unfairness allegation by Trump

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The U.S. president's surprise decision to call out Canada by name Tuesday put dairy farmers north of the border on notice that they are in America's fair-trade sights. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will stick with its system of protectionist dairy quotas, even as President Donald Trump doubled down on a vow to help American farmers. Read More »

Labour hints at delaying Brexit if Parliament rejects deal

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Yet until today , it could have been argued that an election can hardly be defined by an issue on which both main parties largely agree. Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said that, if elected, his party would guarantee EU nationals living Britain the right to remain in the United Kingdom after the split, and would be open to retaining the benefits of the EU's single market and customs union. Read More »

Anzac dawn service: A store of memories, both proud and pitiful

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps event remembers the casualties of war from the Commonwealth nations of Australia and New Zealand and was organised by the New Zealand Society Scotland. And 99 years ago, our Anzacs marched home wearied but victorious, having successfully protected their country. "In her village they honoured the sacrifice made by Australians and when she found out what Australia was she decided she wanted to live there for the rest of her life", he said. Read More »

'Thank God Trump Didn't Deny the Holocaust' Is Where We Are Now

We will condemn hatred. We will bear witness. "Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust so that such horror, atrocity, and genocide never again occur", Trump said in a proclamation marking the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. Read More »

Trump Claims Canada Has 'Been Very Rough On The United States'

In softwood lumber, the countries have had a once-a-decade cycle of tariffs, trade litigation, and ultimately settlements. "When it comes to defending Canada's economic interests, we're going to play hard", Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told CNN Tuesday. Read More »

Trump softens stance on border wall funding

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The measure would also while maintain foreign aid accounts that Trump has targeted, along with a series of grant programs popular with lawmakers in both parties, such as community development block grants. Graham asked rhetorically. "I don't know what Schumer wants. We're hoping to reach an agreement in the next few days on how to process the entire bill through September 30, and I don't want to speculate about whether that can actually clear this week", Sen. Read More »

Possible conflict of interest involves Ivanka Trump

This allows the second-largest economy in the world to monopolize the selling rights for Ivanka Trump brand jewelry, bags, and spa services. Even Ivanka's 5-year-old Arabella is a known figure in the communist nation after footage of her, singing a traditional song to President Xi Jinping during his United States visit earlier this month, went viral on Chinese social media. Read More »

What would a Le Pen victory mean for France?

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Another suggestion is that Le Pen's distance from National Front will make it easier for her to build bridges with members of other right-leaning parties. Louis. Le Pen has denounced legal proceedings against her as political interference. Since Macron's electoral success, major party leaders, including the outgoing president, have endorsed the centrist candidate as a vote against the far-right. Read More »