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Trump's Nightmarish First 100 Days Gets the 'Simpsons' Spoof It Richly Deserves

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It's been credited as the longest running prime-time comedy series in US television history. As a storm breaks out over the White House, the much mocked press secretary Sean Spicer is seen having hanged himself, a sign attached to him that says "I quit", with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway saying "I am not replacing him" as she runs off. Read More »

Berlin: Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father

Ivanka Trump was embracing her role as adviser to the president on Tuesday when she was representing the United States at a women's summit in Berlin , Germany. Trump said she's heard the "criticism from the media" - a reference to the media firestorm that followed his campaign when allegations of sexual misconduct and that infamous Access Hollywood "hot mic" video surfaced previous year. Read More »

UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them

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Civilian deaths decreased by two per cent while civilian injuries decreased by five per cent. Kabul, the Afghan capital, had suffered the highest levels of civilian casualties, followed by Helmand, Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces. Afghan News Agency on Twitter , become a fan on Facebook . UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in 2009 and has since recorded almost 25,000 deaths of Afghan civilians. Read More »

Uber flying cars arriving soon: All the details on the futuristic ride

The Uber flying cars would be of the VTOL (A vertical take-off and landing ) variety -Now the company has come up with the fresh, innovative idea that is, " Flying cars". The company had revealed it would pursue urban air travel past year, but used the three-day Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday to provide further details on its so-called UberAIR service . Read More »

Trump condemns anti-Semitism at Holocaust Remembrance event

The centre houses a vast collection of artefacts by those who survived Adolf Hitler's massacre. "The administration and Congress have to speak against the phenomenon", said Ms. "We applaud President Trump for his heartfelt and moving remarks today."
But on the other end of the Jewish political map, skepticism remained. In The Cedar Valley, the UNI Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education and the Grout Museum District took part in the worldwide effort to honor the victims of the ... Read More »

At Meat Market, Marine Le Pen Backs 'Eating French'

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If we look at the last election, 47% of those who voted for Socialist President Hollande turned to Macron on Sunday. Sunday's outcome is a huge defeat for the two centre-right and centre-left groupings that have dominated French politics for 60 years, and also reduces the prospect of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote last June to quit the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as United States president. Read More »

French intelligence pins Khan Sheikhun chemical attack on Assad

The report, which lists some 140 suspected chemical attacks in Syria since 2012, also said intelligence services were aware of a Syrian government Sukhoi 22 warplane that had struck six times on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 and that samples taken from the ground were consistent with an airborne projectile that had munitions loaded with sarin. Read More »

BJP trounces AAP, Congress in Delhi municipal body elections

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And with BJP registering a comfortable majority in all three municipal corporations in the city - winning 181 of 270 wards - it's time for both AAP and Congress to engage in some serious introspection. More precisely, people have once again reposed their faith in Narendra Modi - the BJP had sent sitting councillors packing and put up fresh faces, seeking votes in the name of Modi and Vikas (development). Read More »

Costly US Missile Defense System Probably Doesn't Work

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North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the BBC that missiles will still be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis". In a VOA interview, he said "our allies want to see us react and want to see us get tougher, and not just let these things roll off our back". Read More »

FAQs on US-North Korea Tensions

R. McMaster. The U.S. military moved parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, triggering protests from villagers and China. Read More »

Pentagon: Turkish airstrikes put United States forces at risk

Turkish troops and People's Protection Units [YPG] fighters exchanged artillery fire on Wednesday , as tensions descend into fighting on the Syrian border. It also expressed concern that "the Turkish strikes were inflicted on the territory of sovereign states, bypassing their legitimate governments". Zerdasht Shengali, a spokesman for the Yazidi forces, said the Turkish strikes hit a radio station, a cultural center and a media center. Read More »

Do tax cuts actually work?

That's according to an official familiar with the plan. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called Trump's tax plan "unprincipled" - and one that "will result in cuts for the one percent, conflicts for the president, crippling debt for America and crumbs for the working people". Read More »

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on N. Korea

Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. On the same day, a USA guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea. 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 a joint environmental effect survey of the new military base under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Read More »

Flynn's Foreign Payments May Have Broken The Law

Chaffetz and Cummings said the documents they reviewed showed no evidence Flynn asked permission for the payments or later detailed the amounts he received to military authorities. He cited a number reasons, including that the White House did not have them or that the documents may contain classified information. According to Chaffetz, Flynn failed to disclose the payments when he was seeking a security clearance for his appointment as national security adviser. Read More »

Merkel puts forward Irish concerns in her speech on Brexit

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This involves dealing first with the exit bill, in defiance of Britain's demands for the financial issues to be handled at the same time as talks on a new relationship. The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said that "we are ready, we are ready" as he entered the meeting in Luxembourg. She also said Germany must defend the interests of the approximately 100,000 German citizens living in Britain. Read More »

Tens of thousands protest German AfD party conference

The AfD delegates attending the conference are likely to sign off on the party's election manifesto but will have to set aside months of tensions and turmoil to agree on a team to lead the campaign. The party's current co-leader and public face of the party, Frauke Petry , has announced she will not take part. As delegates voted to reject her motion, they also rebuffed a bid by Petry's allies to block appointing any candidates. Read More »

White House vows to continue funding Obamacare, averting showdown with Democrats

Trump has threatened to scuttle payments the government makes to insurers under Obama's law that help low-income people afford coverage, a move strongly opposed by Democrats. By dropping his call for immediate funding for the wall, Trump may clear a path to a spending bill. The president then insisted the wall would be built "soon", but offered no time frame other than within his four-year term. Read More »

US Considering quitting NAFTA

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In fact, Canada is one of the few nations that we enjoy a trade SURPLUS with, exporting $337.3 billion worth of goods and services, versus imports of $325.4 billion ... A pair of former American ambassadors to Canada have criticized what they call unhelpful and counter-productive remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump about the northern neighbour. Read More »

Merkel warns against British illusions in Brexit talks

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Merkel noted that German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of an informal gathering of European Union member states and candidate countries in Malta on April 28-29. Merkel, a conservative who will seek a fourth term as German chancellor in an election on September 24, said one priority would be to protect the interests of European Union citizens living in Britain, including 100,000 Germans. Read More »

White House: Trump will not immediately pull out of NAFTA

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The Canadian Prime Minister has warned of a "thickening border" with the USA as trade tensions continue to escalate. Some goods are exempted from the accord, such as softwood lumber and dairy products, the source of recent tension between Canada and the United States. Read More »

Judge blocks Donald Trump's order on sanctuary cities

See you in the Supreme Court! The judge clarified that the injunction "does not impact the Government's ability to use lawful means to enforce existing conditions of federal grants ... California was informed it could lose $18.2 million. Orrick said the order is unconstitutional because Congress is given control of the federal bank account and the president cannot impose new conditions on federal funds to municipalities. Read More »

White House to host private briefing on N.Korea

South Korean and US officials have feared for some time that a sixth North Korean nuclear test could be imminent and speculation has grown that this, or another missile test, could coincide with the 85th anniversary of the foundation of North Korea's army on Tuesday. Read More »

112 dead in Syria evacuation bus bombing

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Footage on state TV showed bodies lying next to charred buses with their windows blown out, and vehicles in flames. The Saturday blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck, rocked the rebel-held Rashideen area in the countryside of Aleppo province, where buses carrying 5,000 pro-government Shiites were waiting for the reactivation of a deal created to secure their transportation to the government-controlled area in Aleppo. Read More »

I won't quit Nafta trade deal, says Trump

The White House had released a statement late Wednesday saying only that Trump assured the two leaders the USA wouldn't bolt NAFTA at this time . President Donald Trump says he didn't announce the cancellation of NAFTA this week because he likes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Read More »

Federal judge issues injunction to block Arkansas executions

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Two others won stays of execution from state courts, leaving six of the original petitioners now in line for their executions to be carried out. The back-to-back decisions upend what had initially been a plan to execute eight men in 11 days in four double executions, starting Monday night, because the state's supply of one of the other execution drugs expires at the end of the month. Read More »

Turkish PM says relations with EU at lowest point in recent times

The CHP also expressed its discomfort with a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decision to again place Turkey under a monitoring process. "The UK asked her people and they voted for Brexit". But EU member states don't seem to realize this fact. The decision comes after the recent referendum on expanding presidential powers was criticised by a delegation observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which works closely with the Council ... Read More »

Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

Polls showed pro-EU Macron is expected to beat right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in a deciding vote on May 7, quelling some fears of a breakup of the Eurozone after Britain's shock exit vote a year ago. An Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll gave a similar result while a new poll by Opinionway on Monday put the margin at 61 percent to 39 percent. Whichever candidate wins on May 7 will need to try to build a majority six weeks later in a parliament where the National Front now has only two seats and ... Read More »

Support For Legalizing Marijuana Has Never Been So High

According to a recent CBS News poll , a striking majority of Americans believe that marijuana use should be legalized. The Obama administration had previously said it wouldn't interfere in states where marijuana was legal, as long as the states controlled the drug's use and distribution. Read More »

Netanyahu snubs Gabriel, German FM

This is Gabriel's first visit to the Middle East since becoming foreign minister in January, and it comes at a time when ties between Germany have hit an all-time low due to concerns about Israeli settlement building. The statement continued: "Prime Minister Netanyahu's policy is not to meet foreign visitors who, on diplomatic trips to Israel, meet with groups that slander IDF soldiers as war criminals". Read More »

Trump announces 'one of the biggest tax cuts in American history'

The White House announced a tax-reform package Wednesday that included a proposal to significantly slash the top US corporate rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent. He had previously set up his own company, according to state media reports . As a result, he paid little state income tax despite earning almost $3 million a year. Read More »

After 100 Days, Immigration Changes Will Be Up To Congress

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Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under President Barack Obama have said they are open to Trump's tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade. Democrats are not likely to go along with Trump's tax cut, so the plan could have a hard road in getting through Congress. This means if taxes for corporations or individuals are cut, they must be offset by some combination of revenue increases elsewhere. Read More »

Syrian Kurds seek US-led coalition air cover

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has been waging an insurgency in Turkey since 1984. Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said Turkey must prioritize the fight against the Islamic State. The strike in Syria hit the area where the headquarters of the YPG, a Kurdish militia, are located, killing and wounding an unspecified number of fighters, according to the group ... Read More »