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Ivanka Trump calls Syrian refugees a 'global humanitarian crisis'

Still, the creation of the fund presents another tricky balancing act for Ivanka , who is already struggling to reconcile her dual roles as First Daughter and Senior Adviser to the president-an unprecedented arrangement that has highlighted the enormous gulf between her advocacy on behalf of women and her father's policies. Read More »

White House: Trump says US will not withdraw from NAFTA

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Trump is considering an executive action that would notify Canada and Mexico he intends to begin a six-month process of withdrawal from the three-nation trade agreement, according to senior administration officials. Politico noted National Trade Council head Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right site Breitbart News turned Trump's chief strategist, were key backers of the initiative. Read More »

Phase-in on N Carolina class-size mandate approved by Senate

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A compromise to House Bill 13 , approved Monday, allows mandates on class size to be phased into local districts over the next two school years. Without any changes to state law, the average class size in a district for K-3 classrooms would have to equal the funding allocated starting next fall. Read More »

Afghan defence minister and army chief resign over deadly Taliban attack

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Mattis met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday during the unannounced trip to Kabul. Mattis said "2017's going to be another tough year for the valiant Afghan security forces and the worldwide troops who have stood and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan against terrorism and against those who seek to undermine the legitimate, United Nations recognized government of the this nation". Read More »

White House says Trump won't immediately pull out of NAFTA

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This has been a top concern of Trump's administration, which has expressed frustration over the pace. The Russian rouble firmed in early trade on Thursday, mirroring moves in other emerging market currencies after U.S. Trump's initial incentive for removing the United States from the treaty is simple - it's exactly what he said he was going to do. "It would be a nothing". Read More »

Raiders bring RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement

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Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season , was known for his physical presence on the gridiron in Seattle, and joins a Raiders team that has Super Bowl aspirations this upcoming season. Lynch's presence would give Oakland the physical presence that is needed to play into January and February. I'm also looking forward to Lynch playing for the Raiders given that he is from Oakland and still seems to spend the majority of his time there. Read More »

Republican lawmakers offer stopgap funding bill to avoid United States govt shutdown

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Hurd, a Republican, spent almost a decade serving as an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent before becoming the congressional representative for Texas' 23rd district, which stretches some 820 miles along the US-Mexico border. The White House has been exerting intense pressure on House GOP leaders to deliver any tangible legislative accomplishments ahead of Trump's 100-day mark, something that has yet to occur aside from Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Read More »

China hits milestone in military goals

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State media say the aircraft carrier has its propulsion, power and other main systems in place, but will not enter into service until 2020. Both its carriers use decks with "ski jump"-shaped launch platforms to boost planes into the air, a technique that is simpler, though less powerful, than the catapult method used by American carriers". Read More »

Audio of Trump travel ban hearing to be broadcast live

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer slammed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday as having a "horrible record of interpreting the law" during a discussion of a judge's blocking of part of President Trump's executive order to try to withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities. Read More »

French presidential foes take spin battle to tumble-drier factory

Macron and Le Pen face off May 7 in the French presidential runoff. "Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on - he is on the side of the corporations", Le Pen said. During Le Pen's unannounced visit to the factory, where she had been met with enthusiasm, she accused Macron of protecting the interests of oligarchs. Read More »

U.S. will not immediately exit NAFTA, Trump tells Canada, Mexico

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But that official said NAFTA has been a top priority for the president since day one and said the administration has been working on it since taking office. The White House says the president "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time". During his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to renegotiate NAFTA, a trade deal, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, that removed tariffs on goods and services between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Read More »

Iraqi forces say they've seized Hatra antiquities site

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Assadi said his units were refraining from engaging enemy forces in positions where the militants were holding civilians as human shields. Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives and another two were killed by police. Hatra is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site of the same name that was destroyed by Daesh. "It used to be one of the main strongholds for terrorist groups", Staff Lt. Read More »

Secret briefing on Trump's Korea plan

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North Korea routinely accuses the United States of readying for an invasion, and threatens pre-emptive strikes to stop the U.S. Even though the North's actual behavior this year is less provocative than in the recent past because there has been no nuclear or long-range rocket or missile tests, what's driving USA policy is the cumulative weight of their nuclear and missile programs and the growing realization that at some point in the foreseeable future, most likely four to five years away, ... Read More »

White House briefs Senate amid tense times with North Korea

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The briefings come amid rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the detention of another U.S. citizen over the weekend. United States officials have warned that a conflict with North Korea could have a devastating effect on ally South Korea and USA troops based there, a point Pyongyang underscored by a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military. Read More »

U.S. criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria

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But the PKK's Syrian affiliate targeted in the strikes - the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG - has played a key role in turning back IS extremists and is a major component of USA -backed forces preparing for an assault on the IS stronghold of Raqqa. Read More »

Police hurt in clashes outside far-right AfD convention in Cologne

It was under Mrs Petry's leadership that the AfD was transformed from a fringe Eurosceptic party into a populist force that was seen for much of previous year as the main challenge to Mrs Merkel. He later said the comments reflected his own views. He likened the country to the Titanic. All of Germany's mainstream parties have ruled out working with the AfD if it clears the five-percent hurdle to representation in the 24 September election. Read More »

New Elon Poll results: Trump's support declining in NC

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With committees in both the House and Senate investigating Russia's attempts to influence the election and any potential coordination with Donald Trump's campaign, it probably shouldn't come as a shock that a large portion of Americans feel Trump-Putin collusion exists. Read More »

Arkansas stages first double execution in United States in 17 years

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The judge ultimately allowed the second execution to go ahead after a hastily arranged 20-minute hearing by phone, marking the nation's first double execution on one day in almost 17 years, but the widely varying witness accounts of the first execution illustrate the risks that have made efforts to put more than one inmate to death in a day so rare. Read More »

USA sets up missile defence in S. Korea as North shows power

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The unprecedented meeting in a building adjacent to the White House reflected the increased American alarm over North Korea's progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland. THAAD is created to safeguard South Korea and U.S. troops by blowing North Korea's nukes out of the sky. "You have seen some early indications of China doing a better job enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on North Korea", the official said, adding there had also been a clear ... Read More »

North Korea carries out massive military test in show of might

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Additionally, a U.S. nuclear submarine has also arrived to the Korean peninsula. He has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile. About 8,000 police officers were mobilised and the main road leading up to the site was blocked earlier on Wednesday, Yonhap reported . Protesters shouted and hurled water bottles at the vehicles over lines of police holding them back. Read More »

Paris shooting: Gunman named as police seek possible accomplices

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The killing of a policeman on Paris's Champs-Elysees claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rocked France's presidential race yesterday, with just two days to go before one of the closest races in recent memory. Two police officers and a woman tourist were wounded, he said. Members of the same cell then carried out the March 22 bombings in Brussels a year ago that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds more. Read More »

Iraqi forces recapture new neighborhood from IS militants

Mosul - Iraqi forces launched a new attack on ISIS in Mosul's Old City on Sunday, military officials said , trying to break the stalemate in attempts to seize the militants' last stronghold. Iraqi forces are accusing so-called Islamic State of using chemical weapons in the fight to fully retake the city of Mosul from IS fighters. "In reality, it's very, very slow and very, very hard, and it's gut-busting, difficult fighting between our forces and theirs", he told reporters. Read More »

NBA fines Rockets owner $100000 for confronting referee

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The fan was identified by several National Basketball Association insiders as Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. There is supposed to be a certain amount of decorum among those that own professional sports franchises. Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon apparently attempted to grab Alexander's arm, per ESPN's Calvin Watkins, but to no avail. Alexander, who is normally mild-mannered during games, declined to discuss much about the scene, saying at halftime only that he "can't talk about it" and ... Read More »

Striking workers give France's Macron rough reception in factory visit

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Workers whistled and jostled with Macron's security guards while a burning tire threw a cloud of black smoke across the site when the former economy minister visited the tumble-drier factory in his hometown of Amiens . It would be hard for Europe to cope with a potential "Frexit" alongside the existing Brexit negotiations, she said. Even members of Switzerland's right-wing anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) are less than enamoured by the idea of a Le Pen presidency - with one ... Read More »

Democrat Advances in Georgia's 'Trump Referendum' Special Election

According to Politico , Ryan will hit the trail in an effort to stave off surging Democrat Jon Ossoff, who fell just two points shy of 50 percent in Tuesday's special election and managed to win the largest share of the vote for any Democrat in that district since it was established. Read More »

China unveils its first home-built aircraft carrier

In comparison, the United States Navy now maintains a fleet of 10 nuclear-powered supercarriers that are much bigger than any Chinese counterpart. Once operational, the new carrier will likely be officially commissioned in a separate ceremony. Read More »

Trump team softens war talk but vows other pressure on North Korea

But the timing, as the USA increases its military presence in the area, allows North Korea to remind its opponents that it could cause crippling damage with conventional artillery to highly populated areas in South Korea. The Michigan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan Tuesday. "We agreed to warn North Korea to stop any additional strategic provocation and take intolerably strong punitive measures against Pyongyang if it goes ahead with such provocations", Kim Hong-kyun told reporters ... Read More »

Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

The sanctions are meant to hold the Assad regime and those who support it accountable for what Mnuchin called "blatant violations" of the chemical weapons convention and U.N. The attack on Khan Sheikhun was also debated in the UN Security Council. Since the alleged chemical attack, however, Trump's administration has suggested it may take further action against Assad, while maintaining that defeating ISIS was the priority of the US mission in Syria. Read More »

Gorsuch is Chatty Cathy in Supreme Court debut

Those of us that voted for Donald K. Trump to become president did so with one of the main reasons was to put a man such as Judge Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch joins the court as it rounds the final turn of a term set to conclude by the end of June. An upcoming argument Wednesday , involving Missouri's refusal to fund a church's playground improvements, will present Gorsuch with a more far-reaching and politically charged social issue. Read More »

Netanyahu Threatens to Cancel Meeting With Germain Foreign Minister

A German government spokesman said in February that a summit with Israel planned for May had been delayed, with Israeli media reporting it was because of the Jewish state's controversial new settlements law. Israel has occupied the West Bank for 50 years, and Jewish settlement building in the Palestinian territory has drawn intense worldwide criticism. An Israeli official said that Netanyahu's position remained the same. Read More »

Pop some pills to digest MCD poll defeat: Anil Vij to AAP

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Parties contest elections all the time, they win and they lose as well, it should not be too worrisome for them. Crushing defeat in the high octane municipal polls came as a huge embarrassment for the AAP after back-to-back poor show in the Punjab and Goa Assembly polls, and the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll. Read More »

United Kingdom best universities 2018 revealed

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The latest United Kingdom league table, published today [26 April], reveals that Bristol has climbed more places than any other university in the top 30. "Brexit and its consequences notwithstanding, Scottish universities will strive to continue to out-perform, and we look for meaningful support to enable us to do so". Read More »

National Pretzel Day 2017: Where To Find Free Pretzels On Wednesday

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Download Auntie Anne's app - the My Pretzel Perks app - and head over the the closest Auntie Anne's location . Wetzel's Pretzels is offering one free Original Pretzel on Wednesday at participating locations . The promotion runs from 1 to 7 p.m.at participating locations. Pretzelmaker : Get a pretzel for 26 cents Wednesday to celebrate National Pretzel Day and Pretzelmaker's 26th birthday when you sing "Happy Birthday". Read More »

Arkansas carries out first double execution in USA since 2000

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The lawyers claimed Jones was "gulping for air", which Arkansas' attorney general denied . A media witness to the execution also said that Jones' lips were moving for one to two minutes. The condemned inmate is allowed an attorney and a spiritual advisor, according to Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves. For his last meal, Jones had fried chicken, potato logs, beef jerky bites, Butterfinger bars and a chocolate milkshake. Read More »