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Rockets can close out Thunder with Game 5 victory

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Rockets have won three games in this series at present out of seven games in Round 1 National Basketball Association playoff. The NBA season is over for the Oklahoma City Thunder after the Houston Rockets closed them out 105-99 in game five to claim a 4-1 series win in the opening round of the playoffs. Read More »

NY Times: Trump administration drops support for border tax

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Trump will also propose a repatriation tax on offshore earnings along the lines of his campaign proposal for a 10 percent levy, versus the current 35 percent, a White House official said on Tuesday on condition of anonymity. One of these "pay-fors" was a proposed "border adjustment" tax that would cut taxes on exports and raise them on imports. While much is unclear about the shape this plan will take, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that it will include a 15 percent tax rate ... Read More »

US Senate confirms Perdue as President Trump's agriculture secretary

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He also announced the launch of his official Twitter handle: @ SecretarySonny . Kind has had several conversations with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in the Trump Administration to make sure Wisconsin farmers have access to new markets to sell their products and to ensure that Canada's dairy policies are a top priority in the context of any NAFTA renegotiation. Read More »

Fiat Chrysler profit up more than a third as Europe improves

The company delivered positive earnings surprises in three of the trailing four quarters with an average beat of around 39.76%. Earnings per share were 0.41 euros, or 45 cents, in line with analysts' expectations. In North America, the automaker said it posted adjusted earnings of 1.24 billion euros ($1.35 billion), up slightly from 1.23 billion euros during the same quarter previous year. Read More »

Le Pen attacks Macron

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But bypassing entrenched political parties is one matter; rejecting institutions created to increase cohesion among European nations is another. French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, speaks to journalists after a visit at the Raymond Poincare hospital in Garches, outside Paris, France , Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Read More »

Turkish court rejects opposition bid to appeal referendum

The possibility that Turkey will reinstate the death penalty and demand visa-free travel within the EU's Schengen area is most likely since the Turkish president is about to receive additional powers. In their report , co-rapporteurs propose that the Monitoring Committee urges Turkey to take urgent measures, including the lifting of the state of emergency and the release of MPs and journalists. Read More »

Trump calls on UNSC to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea

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The 170mm SP guns and 240mm MRLs - deployed on the front lines - would be capable of a "surprise, concentrated and massive attack" on Seoul, according to the MND. "When there's concern about supplies of fuel or other products, North Korea naturally opens the door to smuggling", said Kang, who spoke to a fuel smuggler by phone on the North Korean-Chinese border on Wednesday. Read More »

Barack Obama: 'I'm Always Optimistic' About Future of US

Obama's first public appearance took place just as Trump is nearing his 100th day in office. "So the question then becomes: What are the ways we can create pathways for them to take leadership - for them to get involved?" College students from around the Chicago area are expected to attend. Read More »

French Bond Investors Skeptical Election Risk Is Over: Chart

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The Socialist president joined a long line of politicians urging voters to back Macron in order to thwart the anti-immigration, anti-EU Le Pen. "She inherited her father's party and we will undoubtedly have Le Pens running for the next 20 years, because after we had the father, we have the daughter and we will doubtless have the niece", he said . Read More »

General Election 2017: Health unions welcome Labour's pledge to raise NHS wages

Speaking to Sky News ahead of his address to delegates, Mr Ashworth said Theresa May could not continue her "shameful" attitude of "burying her head in the sand" and let the NHS get worse and worse. She noted the bursary scrap in England and the subsequent drop in nursing applications at university by nearly a quarter this year. He also said there would be tougher rules on safe staffing levels in the NHS. Read More »

United States sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

Parts of a US-built anti-missile system created to mitigate the threat of North Korean missiles have been moved to the planned deployment site in South Korea as tensions with the nuclear-armed country escalate. But despite the stark warning, Mr Baucus also claimed that "strategic patience" hadn't proved effective and said the United States had been 'a bit too patient while Kim Jong-un builds up his nuke and his missiles and China hasn't done very much'. Read More »

General Election 2017: May warns ministers against complacency

Writing Tuesday in one of the leading newspapers in Wales, the Western Mail , May she said the election was an opportunity to give Britain "the strong and stable leadership it needs to see us through Brexit and beyond". Pat McFadden says Labour should keep open the option of remaining part of the EU customs union as Labour set out its Brexit plans should it win the General Election . Read More »

Trump adviser didn't disclose Russian Federation money

Ranking member Elijah Cummings , D-Maryland, however, said that according to a form Flynn filed to renew his security clearance in January 2016, there is "no evidence" he reported the funds he received from Russian Federation for the trip or asked for permission to receive them. Read More »

GOP congressman: 'Something in the swamp' stopped Trump from repealing Obamacare

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But it's not clear there would be enough votes in the broader GOP House conference to pass the bill. On the contrary, GOP leaders are downplaying the possibility that it'll even be considered. Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney agrees, but on Thursday he threw a wrench in the works. Davidson, who won a special election previous year to replace former House Speaker John Boehner's seat, also likened finding a better plan to purchasing a cell phone, a response that was met with groans and ... Read More »

U.S. judge blocks Trump order to cut funding to 'sanctuary cities'

Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the executive order , which calls for withholding funding from "sanctuary cities" like the Big Apple that do not cooperate with USA immigration officials. The judge's decision largely blocks the administration from doing things its lawyers said in court the agency would not do, such as strip health-care funding from cities and towns. Read More »

United States to Conduct Comprehensive Policy Toward Iran

While disparaging the nuclear deal and accusing Iran of fomenting violence and terrorism throughout the Middle East, Trump has avoided committing to abandoning the agreement, a move that would be staunchly opposed by US businesses and European allies. Read More »

Australian citizenship to include test of 'values'

Some businesses and workers have criticised scrapping the visas. "The fact that somebody might fudge an answer on a test or an application is no argument against us asking people if you want to become an Australian citizen, abide by our laws and our norms", Mr Dutton said . Read More »

Russian official claims Trump not tied to Assad departure

It is unclear whether Democrats would support the large tax cut even with the addition of these measures, as they may instead demand infrastructure and childcare be dealt with separately. For instance, during a signing ceremony for an executive order on agriculture on Tuesday, Trump, reading off a sheet of paper, said, "So this is promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America". Read More »

B.C. leaders set for televised debate

Competing child care visions dominated the early days of the B.C. election campaign, with costly promises from the B.C. NDP and Green Party proposed to fix a status quo of rising costs and waiting lists that continue despite new additions from the B.C. Read More »

Korea installs parts of contentious US missile defense

According to the US Navy's Submarine Force Pacific website, the USS Michigan carries more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles. "Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. Recent U.S. commercial satellite images indicate increased activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, and third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un has said the country's preparation for an ICBM launch is in its "final stage". Read More »

Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader until election runoff

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The National Front leader is facing pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 presidential runoff. Indeed, Marine Le Pen would need to find at least an extra 9-10 million voters to win... French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni have expressed their desire to work together for the benefit of European prosperity, . Read More »

North Korea Conducts Massive Artillery Drills for 85th Anniversary of Military

Amid escalating tension with North Korea , a San Diego Navy destroyer started two days of exercises with South Korea's navy off the Korean peninsula. The Vinson group was said to change plans and rush toward Korea. However, the deterrence effect of the operation may have been undermined by confusion over when the carrier arrives. Read More »

Marine Le Pen backs French produce at Paris market

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Soon after the results of the first round, Le Pen visited Paris' main wholesale food market and gave a TV interview, in which she accused Macron of lacking love for his own country and representing "runway globalisation". And if Macron loses and Le Pen wins? French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron is going hunting for blue-collar votes, planning to meet on Wednesday with workers from a home appliance factory that is the latest hot-button symbol of the loss of French jobs to plants ... Read More »

Top Mexican official calls Donald Trump's border wall a 'hostile' act

The spending bill will require 60 votes to pass through the Senate, and Republicans only have 52. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Republican negotiators were following the lead of Mr Trump, who signalled on Monday evening that he would not insist on one billion dollar-worth (£800 million) of wall funding now as an addition to the one trillion dollar-plus (£800 billion) spending bill. Read More »

CRPF Men Killed In Chhattisgarh Naxal Attack

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Singh, who reached Raipur with the Additional Director General of CRPF Sudeep Lakhtakia, said that the government would not let the sacrifices made by the soldiers go in vain. In a statement, the CRPF said there were "telltale signs from the ground" to indicate that a considerable number of Maoists could have been killed in the gun-battle. Read More »

White House refuses lawmakers' request on Flynn

Flynn, a former U.S. military intelligence chief who was a close adviser to Trump during last year's campaign, was paid more than $33,000 dollars to attend an RT gala in December 2015, where he sat at a table with President Vladimir Putin . Read More »

Teacher accused of kidnapping to face federal charges in Tennessee

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The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office responded and found the auto had no license plates, but matched it to Cummins by running the VIN number, the station reports. They were discovered in a remote cabin in Cecilville, California, after a tipster saw the pair and contacted authorities on Wednesday night, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

U.S. commander: Anti-missile system in South Korea operational in 'coming days'

The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, was originally scheduled to be installed after South Korea elects a new president on May 9, giving the next administration a chance to review the contentious missile defense system. South Korea has raised suspicions that China is retaliating against plans for THAAD by limiting Chinese tour group visits to South Korea, whose economy is increasingly dependent on Chinese tourism and demand for its industrial products. Read More »

US THAAD missile defence equipment enters South Korea site

Matching the flurry of diplomatic and military activity in Asia, the State Department in Washington said on Monday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would chair a special ministerial meeting of the U.N. The comment, experts said, would nearly certainly get under the 33-year-old dictator's skin. The North says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against invasion and a spokesman for its foreign ministry yesterday claimed the meetings-coupled with Trump's fresh policy of "maximum ... Read More »

US carrier exercises with Japan air force

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham voiced confidence that Trump won't allow North Korea to reach that point. Some of Trump's provocative tweets against North Korea, including one that said the rogue state is "looking for trouble", have suggested that this administration is adopting a more aggressive tone. Read More »

Hyundai Motor reports 21 percent drop in 1Q profit

Hyundai Motor released China-only SUV ix35 during the Shanghai Motor Show on April 19. "China sales falls in March are not the result of internal aspects, however the outcome of growing anti-Korean sentiment since late February, and some rivals making the most of anti-Korean sentiment in marketing", stated Zayong Koo, Hyundai vice president, on a teleconference. Read More »