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Britain loses case to delay submission of air pollution plan

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Leadsom claimed the plan has been written, but was being held back as it would breach rules on Government activity - known as purdah - in the run up to the local and general election. But ClientEarth, an environmental law firm which brought the case, disagreed. In court on Thursday, Garnham challenged the government's counsel on the reasons for the delay. Read More »

George HW Bush extends hospital stay

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Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston . Doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia. He added the former president is "in very good spirits". The couple marked their 72nd wedding anniversary January 6. Read More »

Trump's administration unveils tax cut principles

The goal of taxes is to fund the government. Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for US businesses and individuals - outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules. Read More »

Trump administration holds briefing on North Korea threat

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In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious USA missile defence system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. It said that Seoul and Washington have been pushing to get THAAD quickly working to cope with North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threats. He has said the system is created to bring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "to his senses, not to his knees". Read More »

Hoosier Senators On North Korea Threat

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Trump's plan could shift the US economy into higher gear but could have one effect the White House would not welcome - interest rates ratcheted higher than expected by a wary central bank. "The joint statement reaffirms the U.S. administration's clear resolve to take the North to the path of denuclearization through economic and diplomatic pressure", spokesperson Cho June-hyuck said at a regular news briefing Thursday. Read More »

The government shutdown could come down to a key piece of Obamacare

Even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House , the Trump administration is learning that Democrats retain significant leverage when their votes are needed on must-pass legislation. The measure would also 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. Read More »

Abbas to stop funding electricity in Hamas-run Gaza

Hamas leaders vowed not to bend to Abbas' demand to cease control of at least part of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority. Since that time , Fatah has been purchasing a portion of the power used by Gazans from Israel as well as paying salaries for thousands of civil workers who lost their jobs to Hamas appointees. Read More »

Britain urges North Korea to stop nuclear weapons drive

Ahead of Saturday's festive parade, Pyongyang urged Washington to stop its " military hysteria " and come to its " senses " - or otherwise face a merciless response in case of any provocations against North Korea. The United States has warned that a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over. On Twitter, Mr Trump said he had "great confidence" China would "properly deal with North Korea". Read More »

Netanyahu gives German FM 'ultimatum' over meeting with NGOs

But he said a cancellation of Tuesday's meeting would not be a "catastrophe", and wouldn't change his relationship with Israel. Netanyahu's office told the German delegation it would not take action if a junior member of the German delegation kept the meeting. Read More »

Congress moves closer to deal to avert US government shutdown

The threat of a government shutdown over funding for Donald Trump's precious wall appears to have receded as Trump folded like a cheap suit. There are also Republicans who aren't enthusiastic about funding the border wall at all, unless it were paid for up front and through significant cost-saving mechanisms. Read More »

Kurds and Turks trade fire on Syria border

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Turkish officials say the United States and Russian Federation were informed in advance of a recent airstrike carried out on the positions of suspected Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, the USA said it was concerned over the Turkish strikes, as they were not coordinated with the us -led anti-terror coalition. The U.S.is "deeply concerned" that Turkey carried out the attacks "without proper coordination either with the United States, or the broader global coalition to defeat ... Read More »

US Thaad missile defence equipment enters South Korea site: Yonhap

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A CNN team in North Korea said citizens in the streets of Pyongyang were celebrating Armed Forces Day, with no visible signs of tension. North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military and a USA submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. Read More »

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now

Instead, sources suggested the move was effectively a negotiating tactic created to rattle Ottawa and Mexico City, put pressure on the U.S. Congress and throw red meat to the President's base. Since the time NAFTA came into effect, merchandise trade among the three members had more than tripled, reaching US$946.1 billion in 2008. The administration appeared to be divided on Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as they balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up ... Read More »

Mourinho just getting started at Man United

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still have Manchester United futures, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday, despite his reservations about their refusal to play through the pain barrier. Sunday's extra-time defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final saw the last chance of silverware disappear after City's loss to Monaco in the Champions League last 16. Read More »

President Trump Unveils Plan for Tax Reform

The Trump plan contains few details, with the staff able to outline it on a single sheet of paper. But here's what we know. So what might tax reform look like once it's been put through the wringer in Congress? General Electric Co. They expressed disappointment that the plan did not include infrastructure spending. He said the lower rate is aimed at helping small businesses, not the wealthy. Read More »

Donald Trump summons entire Senate to WH briefing on North Korea

Salon reported that the meeting will occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building auditorium. Every US senator has been called to a White House briefing on North Korea, as tensions with the rogue state escalate. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly about plans for the closed-door briefings and requested anonymity. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. Read More »

USA turns up heat on North Korea as national milestone nears

Harris said that he was taking Kim Jong Un at his word that the North Korean leader is determined to develop a long-range nuclear missile that could strike the U.S. As the carrier group drills continued, the USS Michigan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Tuesday, the US Navy said. "The two leaders reaffirmed the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, and committed to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearisation of the Korean ... Read More »

Train strike to go ahead after talks fail

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Members of the RMT union are still fighting the introduction of driver-only operation. The union is due to hold a national demonstration outside Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday April 26) to mark one year since it started industrial action against Southern. Read More »

May and Corbyn clash over Brexit in final PMQ session

Labour said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) it wanted to change the tone of the upcoming divorce talks with the European Union talks by immediately guaranteeing the rights of millions of European Union citizens in Britain if it won the vote. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Brackla Community Centre in Bridgend, Wales. The Tory Party candidate, Lee Rowley, is hoping to oust Natascha Engel who has a majority of just under 2,000 votes. Read More »

Assad behind April 4 chemical attack, French intelligence confirms

Scores of people were killed in the chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which a declassified report claims bears the signature of the regime. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault claimed that the strike "bears the signature" of Syrian chemical weapons. After the attack, the US retaliated a few days later by launching cruise missiles against a Syrian air base the Pentagon says was used to launch the chemical attack. Read More »

United States starts to install Thaad in South Korea

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A military drill marks the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army. The U.S. deployed submarines and warships to South Korea recently in an attempt to guard against imminent action by North Korea. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly about plans for the closed-doors briefings and requested anonymity. Asked if Beijing has done enough to curb its neighbour, Gabriel said that the "primary responsibility lies with North Korea ". Read More »

Canada, U.S. 'not there yet' on lumber resolution: Freeland

He said Canada can't appeal duties until they're finalized early next year. "If Nafta were functioning properly, you wouldn't be having these kinds of very prickly and unfortunate events back to back", Mr Ross said. The discussions were held against the backdrop of Trump's election campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), threatening "to withdraw" if the US' partners, (Canada and Mexico) refuse to renegotiate. Read More »

Macron gets rough ride in Le Pen country

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Although Amiens is Mr Macron's hometown, Ms Le Pen got more votes than him there during the first round. French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, center, poses for a picture after a visit at the Raymond Poincare hospital in Garches, outside Paris , France , Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Read More »

US senators travel to White House for extraordinary North Korea briefing

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Amid this U.S. -North Korea standoff, it remains unclear whether China would respond with force to U.S. military action against the reclusive regime. Harris said the THAAD would be operational within days. "We have JBLM whose primary goal is to reinforce the Korean Peninsula in case hostilities break out". A targeted attack to take out North Korea's growing nuclear weapons program could spark a wider war on the Korean peninsula, lawmakers and experts on North Korea have warned. Read More »

Australia to add 'values' test to citizenship exam

The current citizenship test - a multiple-choice questionnaire - tests an applicant's knowledge about Australian laws, flags and national symbols. If an applicant is unsuccessful in applying for citizenship three times, they must wait another two years before reapplying. Read More »

China Launches Its First Aircraft Carrier Built at Home

The new carrier, the first developed and built by China , was transferred from a dry dock into water at a launch ceremony starting at about 9 a.m.in the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The carrier, which is the second one for the world's second-largest economy, was constructed at the Dalian port which is located in the northeastern parts of China . Read More »

British teen admits planning London bomb attack

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The court heard he had searched the internet for IS [so-called Islamic State], past terrorist attacks, and possible locations - including an Elton John concert on 11 September previous year. Syed also looked into targeting Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street, Europe's busiest shopping street. "If I die, I die, you understand?" He "lacked education", struggled with an addition to "violent online games" and couldn't deal with his brother's arrest and subsequent imprisonment. Read More »

EPA Chief Pruitt Calls For US To "Exit" From Paris Agreement

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Some 330 were living there when the mayor called last summer for residents to be relocated. On Wednesday, Pruitt refuted the report during a 45-minute meeting with East Chicago residents, Frank said . Lead exposure, even at low levels, can cause nervous system damage and lowered IQs. Protesters snaked through streets of the largely black and Latino community where more than one-third of the residents live in poverty. Read More »

White House unveils tax plan that's broad on goals, short on specifics

The groups that issued the statement are: The National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the U.S. More lower-income Americans would pay no tax at all, and there would be relief - still undefined - for families with child care expenses. "Global business, from the USA or elsewhere, will always want to have operations in the European Union, and Ireland will remain very competitive and attractive as an European Union location to invest ... Read More »

Ontario boosts forestry road funding by $20M in response to softwood tariffs

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This dispute is just one of the trade confrontations the Trump administration has already faced in its short term and could be a major indicator of how Trump and his team handle negotiations going forward. And American dairy exports make up less than 1% of total USA exports to Canada, according to Freeland. The duties on Canadian lumber imports are "a pretty hard blow", Gary Hufbauer, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said of the lumber sanctions. Read More »

China, Russia to counter Donald Trump's controversial THAAD missile shield

Leading South Korean presidential contenders have criticized the rushed deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system less than two weeks before their country's election. A flurry of military activity, by North Korea and the USA and its partners on and around the divided Korean Peninsula, has added to the world's sense of alert. Read More »

European Union in focus as French presidential candidates face off

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She's right. When the single currency was launched more than 15 years ago, French and German consumers had roughly equal purchasing power; today, the Germans are 17 percent better off. She said if she's elected, she'll invite Pope Francis to France "with great pleasure" and "will tell him exactly what I have just told you". Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen held onto their lead as the frontrunners to narrowly beat other candidates in the first round of the ... Read More »

Venezuela to Quit OAS, Comes under EU Pressure

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The political unrest has been blamed for 29 deaths in recent weeks. The government earlier moved imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to solitary confinement, which Amnesty International called "unlawful". MEPs also urged the Venezuelan government to investigate all the deaths and bring those responsible to justice, as well as guaranteeing the right to peaceful further protests. Read More »