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South Korea: What is the THAAD Missile Defense System?

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Angered by the approach of the carrier group, which could arrive within days, North Korea said the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was "an extremely risky act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade". Despite its longstanding ties with the North, China has stepped up pressure, announcing in February that it was halting all imports of coal from North Korea - a crucial earner for Pyongyang - for the rest of the year. Read More »

Philly Cop Facing Child Porn Charges

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Officials turned several devices over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for forensic analysis and discovered that Folly owned a laptop that had downloaded child pornography, according to police. They say child porn was found on his laptop, which was seized previous year from the Philadelphia home where he lived with his parents. Folly has since been suspended from the force for 30 days and police plan to dismiss him after those 30 days. Read More »

Israeli Strike Hits Iranian Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion could be heard in central Damascus, about 15 miles northwest of the airport. In an interview, visiting Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he was also using his meetings with White House officials and key lawmakers to press for further USA sanctions on Iran and the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read More »

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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described North Korea on Wednesday as "an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority". Graham, a defence hawk who dined with Trump on Monday night, said the North should not underestimate the president's resolve. He added that the THAAD equipment is now in "field deployment" at the former golf course which South Korea offered to USFK, with the allies conducting ... Read More »

Russia navy ship sinks off Istanbul; all rescued

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Anadolu Agency says that Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has spoken by phone with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvede. A shipping agent contacted by the Reuters news agency about the other vessel, described as a Togo-flagged freighter, also said the Liman was sinking. Read More »

Joint press conference by FMs of Russia, Syria and Iran

The foreign ministers from Russia, Syria and Iran, meeting Friday in Moscow , said any further unilateral action by the U.S.in Syria would be met with "grave consequences" and pose a danger to the entire world. In Russia's view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said. Read More »

Schumer backs Trump in dairy trade dispute with Canada

After months of sparring, the two are joining forces against a new dairy pricing policy in Canada they say is hurting American farmers, according to Schumer's office. US companies had, until recently, supplied Canadian customers during periods of relatively tight supplies and when production increased. After signing an executive order in Washington that directs his administration to investigate whether steel imports jeopardize USA national security, Trump chose to repeat remarks he made ... Read More »

Eugenie Bouchard slams WTA over 'cheater' Maria Sharapova

She said she failed to realize the heart drug she had taken for more than a decade for various health issues had been added to the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency from January 1, 2016. I can't get ahead of myself. Speaking to BBC Sport , former world number one Sharapova said: "If I get the opportunity to be in a draw then I will take it". Read More »

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

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A draft executive order was in the final stages of review and could be unveiled within a week or two, two White House officials were quoted by Politico news website. "My practice is to comment on things we've actually done or are doing as opposed to commenting on rumors", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at an unrelated White House briefing Wednesday evening. Read More »

Base attack another blow to struggling Afghan military

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To date, there have been many incidents of terrorism taking a heavy toll on the countries like the United States, the UK, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Afghanistan ambassador in India has said courntries engaging the Taliban to fight Daesh should look to a recent Taliban's attack on the Afghan army base before doing so. Read More »

US Weighs Military Response To North Korea Threat

At the beginning of the White House session, he and Vice President Pence gave a brief address before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Gen. His administration also briefed members of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol. Senators preparing to attend an unusual all-hands meeting on North Korea at the White House Wednesday said they are eager to hear President Donald Trump's views on the increasingly ... Read More »

Labour outlines pro-business "soft Brexit" policy for June 8 vote

Pro-EU campaigners, meanwhile, have launched a new bid to prevent a so-called "hard Brexit". Where hard-fought workplace rights and the environment are protected. Mrs May said the lack of "unity" in Westminster over the Brexit process was weakening the Government's negotiating hand with Brussels and meant an election was required. Read More »

Progressive Jewish groups aren't happy with Trump's Holocaust speech

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on May 4 in New York City as the two nations seek to fix a relationship strained by a row over an asylum seeker resettlement deal. Theodora Klayman , 79, a retired ESL teacher who was born in what today is Croatia, had a hard time squaring Trump's latest words with his campaign speeches, which, she said, seemed to scapegoat minority groups in America. Read More »

Trump team softens war talk on NKorea

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Landers/U.S. Navy via AP). Harris told Congress that any North Korean missile fired at US forces would be destroyed. China opposes the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, being installed in South Korea. Adm Harris said that the relationship between Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping remained "positive and encouraging". A senior Democratic senator says he does not understand the Trump administration's game plan on North Korea and hopes an extraordinary ... Read More »

More US Troops Heading for Afghanistan after Massacre?

The Taliban claimed it carried out the attack. The Taliban have killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province. The attackers managed to pass through two checkpoints at the base, driving in two military vehicles. The Taliban have stepped up their attacks against both Afghan forces and civilians since foreign combat troops pulled out of the country at the end of 2014, leaving only an advisory and training contingent of worldwide ... Read More »

White House wants people to know Trump contemplating NAFTA pullout

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Earlier on Wednesday, White House officials said a draft executive order to withdraw from NAFTA was being floated. He says he believes "that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better". Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Read More »

At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs 'eating French'

That left centrist Emmanuel Macron, heading the youthful En Marche movement, the narrow victor on Sunday, and the lone beacon of hope for liberal, pro-European reform in a nation riven by unemployment, social inequality and a persistent terror threat. Read More »

White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration official

The White House made the surprise announcement on Wednesday in a read-out of calls between the world leaders. "The leaders agreed on the benefit of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and work together with Canada to carry out a successful renegotiation for the benefit of the three countries", it said. Read More »

United CEO: Dragging Incident May Sway Flyers' Airline Pick

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He potentially could have surpassed his father's size, Edwards said. Edwards said the airline was examining CCTV images to determine what might have happened to the rabbit. "What I can not understand is if he was all right when he landed in Chicago, what has happened between then and them finding him dead after he'd been checked on a couple of times", Edwards told the Mail. Read More »

Merkel wants dialogue before Brexit negotiations

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Britain not to be under any "illusions" in thinking that it will be able to get the same rights as an European Union member when it leaves the bloc. "We can only make a deal about Britain's future relationship to the European Union once all questions about the terms of its exit can be clarified to a satisfying degree". Read More »

Trump considers action on NAFTA ahead of 100-day mark

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He says any trade agreement in place for nearly a quarter century probably could be improved by renegotiation. One official already has an answer ready for the Americans if they complain about Canada's supply management in dairy, which restricts imports: "The U.S. Read More »

SRH vs RCB match called off due to rain

On the sixth place are the Royal Challengers Bangalore who have had a bad season this year. Sunrisers Hyderabad are eyeing on their 5th win in Tuesday's match , as they are now holding the third spot in the IPL standings. None of the RCB batsmen could score double digit runs against KKR on that particular match . "So that's how we'll take the positive notes from that game and come up with a good game tomorrow", said Arvind. Read More »

Hong Kong police arrest more political activists: parties

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The protest resulted in authorities using pepper spray and batons against protesters who charged a police barricade. HONG Kong police arrested nine democracy activists on Thursday over a November protest outside Beijing's representative office in the city, opposition parties said, in what one of the activists said was a campaign to stifle opposition. Read More »

Bunny death spells trouble for airlines

The continental giant rabbit, Simon, which was bound for O'Hare, had a veterinary checkup three hours before takeoff from Heathrow Airport near London and was " fit as a fiddle ", his breeder said. Munoz, who took the helm at United in 2015 as part of an effort to improve customer relations, has faced calls to step down after referring to Dao as "disruptive and belligerent" in a statement following the incident. Read More »

British government furious as Twitter blocks access to data

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According to reports, government had paid a third-party company for a service that tracked terms related to potential terror attacks - before this was blocked by Twitter cutting off access to its API. Twitter has previously been clear in its view of governments' access to the platform - describing surveillance as "absolutely unacceptable" and "prohibited". Read More »

Top Admiral: US Forces Capable Against N. Korean Threat

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Harris said the THAAD would be operational within days. North Korea conducted a live-fire artillery drill to mark the founding of the country's army on April 25. However, a coal trader with knowledge of the matter said that North Korean crew members on several ships have reported health issues since they have been living on the vessels for more than two months, receiving little medical attention. Read More »

Maduro short on regional allies as Venezuela crisis rages

The Organisation of American States will hold an emergency meeting later today to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. "With a deeply frustrated populace and severe financial pressures, the prospects may be brighter for a negotiated solution to the multiple crises facing Venezuela , but only if mutual guarantees can be agreed upon", said Dr. Read More »

Erdogan: Constitutional reforms key to Turkey's future

What happened in the run up to 14 April 2007? Under the proposed changes, presidents will no longer have to be neutral in Turkish politics. Erdogan had stoked secularist concerns by speaking out against restrictions on wearing Islamic headscarves and by taking steps to bolster religious institutions. Read More »

FAITH: Hope kindled by the Easter message

However, the state government of Meghalaya, in northeast India, has decided against observing Digital India Day on April 14 because it coincides with Good Friday, an important occasion for the state's Christian-majority population. Many people eat dinner with family as a way to spend time with family on this day. "Easter reminds us that God is forgiving, He is gracious and there is victory in Him as well as love", added. Read More »

Trump to meet with Australian prime minister on May 4: White House

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Under the deal, Australia would resettle refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in exchange for the USA resettling as many as 1,250 now being detained by Australian authorities. "They are as much as four or five times the price per gigajoule. that are being offered in the United States", Turnbull said. The government will introduce the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism, giving it power to impose export controls on companies when there is a domestic shortfall. Read More »

Syria condemns Turkish attack on Kurds

In turn, the Turkish military released a statement saying that Turkish warplanes had bombed members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Syria and in northern Iraq. Israeli officials have previously said they view any movement of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah units in Syria as a "red line" that would prompt it to carry out air strikes or artillery fire in the past. Read More »

Russian hackers 'targeted Macron campaign'

Unmasking which group is behind this or that spying campaign is one of the most challenging aspects of cybersecurity, but Hacquebord said he was confident Trend Micro had gotten it right. A Paris school district official says teens blocked or tried to block some 20 high schools in the Paris area Thursday morning. In Canada, the Canadian Dollar, familiarly known as the Loonie, hit a 4-month trough after the USA imposed a heavy tariff on softwood lumber imports. Read More »

National monuments a 'massive federal land grab'

But there was confusion because the order applied to land exceeding 100,000 acres and the smaller ME monument was left off a Trump administration list of 24 larger monuments targeted for review. He said any attempt to change it would amount to "an assault on our nation's historical, cultural and natural heritage". The SGMNM stretches from Castaic to Mount Baldy, taking in mostly the wilderness sections of the Angeles National Forest but including picnic spots often full of trash and ... Read More »