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Australia Introduces 'Values' Test for Citizenship

We're abolishing the 457 visas , the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country. "We are putting jobs first, we are putting Australians first", said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The current citizenship test - a multiple-choice questionnaire - tests an applicant's knowledge about Australian laws, flags and national symbols. The particular visa programme is highly popular among Indian workers. Read More »

Canadian dollar weaker with oil fall, offset by NAFTA deal hopes

In his Twitter post, Trump called America's relationships with the two hemispheric neighbors "very good" and said the prospects of a renegotiated deal are "very possible". Trudeau told a news conference in Saskatchewan he had urged Trump not to withdraw from the trade pact and warned that doing so "would cause a lot of short- and medium-term pain". Read More »

Obama holds first public event since leaving the White House

Former President Barack Obama said that while there are several issues he intends to work on post-presidency, helping preparing the next generation of leaders is "the single most important thing I can do". "Obama listened to the young men's stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up". Who could forget the moment Obama made his first big impression during the 2004 Democratic National Convention when he said, "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America, ... Read More »

Tokyo, Washington start joint drills in Pacific Ocean

By conducting a joint exercise and showing the firm Japan-U.S. alliance, the aim is to increase pressure on North Korea, which has repeatedly engaged in provocative actions such as ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests. The US Navy said on Friday a Carl Vinson fighter pilot was safely ejected during training in the Celebes Sea. The statement did not say when the incident occurred. Read More »

Trump tax plan leaves most of the hard work to Congress

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The florist has a range of possibilit. Regarding the tax cut plans' neutrality, or not, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said: "The goal is to make it permanent but there are a lot of levers there". "They're going to have a middle-income tax cut", he replied. Trump said before he launched his campaign that he'd release them if he ever ran for office. Read More »

ADMIRAL: The North Korea crisis is the worst I've ever seen

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Ri's letter appeared to be a highly unusual move. "I welcome the Trump administration's outreach to China on the issue of North Korea". Trump, asked if he considered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be rational, said he was operating from the assumption that he is rational. Read More »

US wants early results from NKorea pressure

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. The message came after US President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to attend a highly unusual meeting to discuss the latest military exercise held by North Korea. Read More »

European Union completely united' ahead of Brexit talks

In Berlin on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Britons to drop any illusions that they would continue to enjoy European Union rights - an allusion to full access to the EU's lucrative single market - after they quit the bloc. Read More »

UK police arrest man with 'weapon' near Parliament

Police said no one had been injured in the incident close to Prime Minister Theresa May's official Downing Street residence in Westminster. The incident took place near the scene of a terror attack last month that left four people dead when a vehicle rammed into a crowd, as well as a police officer, who the attacker stabbed near Parliament. Read More »

Le Pen seeks to ban religious slaughter of animals

Appearing before Whirlpool workers striking at a factory in his hometown of Amiens, Macron arrived to learn that Le Pen had out-maneuvered him by showing up hours earlier, posing for pictures and promising to keep the factory from closing. Macron will be campaigning in southwestern France, including an evening rally. Flanked by fans and fishermen in the Port de Grau port west of Marseille, Le Pen told a horde of journalists on the quayside that she would defend all seafarers and all ... Read More »

Testing China on North Korea

Adm. Harry Harris Jr.is commander of U.S. His testimony comes amid growing concerns over North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile programs. "The D.P.R.K. South Korea's Defense Ministry has said the North appears ready to conduct such "strategic provocations" at any time. He said China opposes "war and unrest" on the Korean Peninsula. Read More »

Israeli missile shoots down target over Golan: Army

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Israel's Intelligence Minister Israel Katz appeared to back up claims that Israel was responsible for the explosion in an interview with Army Radio Thursday. Hezbollah is an Islamist political and militant group that's violently opposed to Israel's existence. Intelligence sources put their numbers at 10,000 to 20,000 and say they play a significant role in military campaigns launched by the Syrian army. Read More »

Israel allegedly strikes arms depot in Syria, Russia urges restraint

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Israeli media are reporting that the target was actually an unmanned drone and that residents in the northern Israeli town of Safed saw two missiles being launched and of explosions occurring afterwards. Al-Manar said preliminary reports suggested the blast caused only material damage and no casualties. British participation in such operations is rarely crucial militarily, but it lends political support to the United States. Read More »

Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

General John Nicholson, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, said during a joint press conference in Kabul with Mattis on April 24 that he wouldn't dispute that Russia's involvement in the Afghan war includes Moscow providing weapons to the Tailban. Read More »

Trump to set executive orders on environment, energy this week

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The 100-day marker is an artificial measuring post for any president, but by comparison, Trump has reached this point in his presidency faring worse to much worse than other recent presidents. The younger generation is disapproving of the president's use of Twitter as well, the survey found; 68 percent said Trump's use of the social media platform is "not appropriate", 11 percent said it was appropriate, and 20 percent were unsure. Read More »

Parts of controversial US anti-missile system moved to South Korean site

The US "must be prepared to fight" on short notice, he said. Although highly unusual, it does not necessarily signal an imminent security crisis despite increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. "There is no doubt in my mind", Harris said. THAAD is created to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight. Read More »

Turkey gave less than 1 hour notice before Syria strikes

Turkey attacked two Kurdish positions on Tuesday, hitting a local YPG military headquarters in north-east Syria and a Peshmerga position in Iraq's Sinjar Mountains. But State Department spokesman Mark Toner said "these kinds of actions frankly harm the coalition's efforts" against IS. Ankara accuses the YPG of being a " terrorist group" due to its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been engaged in a three decade war with Turkey. Read More »

United States pushes for more sanctions, diplomacy over NK threats

The THAAD system has been moved to South Korea in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests, but it has drawn sharp opposition from China and Russian Federation, who see it as also equalizing their nuclear deterrents. The US and South Korea agreed previous year to deploy Thaad to counter the North Korean threat. "And so what the president has done is he's made a decision for us to pursue a certain course, and that course obviously has a number of options associated with ... Read More »

'Venezuela is a mess,' says Trump

The United States played down the announcement. "We sincerely hope and believe that (Venezuelan) society can properly manage its internal affairs, maintain national stability and continue to achieve economic and social development", said the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang. Read More »

USA to extend sanctions against North Korea

The US' indication that it is willing to adopt non-military means to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue came as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier approached Korean waters. North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem that we have to finally solve. Adm. Harry Harris Jr.is commander of U.S. Pacific Command. "Do you think that's part of our national security strategy - without provocation to attack North Korea?" Around four in 10 Americans see North Korea as an "immediate ... Read More »

U.S. soldiers killed in region where MOAB was dropped

Jeff Davis. He said a number of IS fighters were also killed. "On behalf of all U.S. Forces and our coalition partners, I offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and fellow service members of our fallen comrades". The troops were in the area fighting ISIS. Both threats have posed challenges this month. US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin ... Read More »

US sets up missile defence in South Korea as North shows power

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United States troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday , amid heightened tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions. An unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US administration's policy to maximize pressure on North Korea was "little short of lighting the fuse of total war", the state news agency reported . Read More »

NAFTA: Trump Says U.S. Will Renegotiate, Not Withdraw (for Now)

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But it may have been even harder on the USA, and Trump would have faced intense opposition from business groups and high-profile Republicans in Congress. "Canada is ready to come to the table at any time", said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Mexico had expected to start NAFTA renegotiations in August but the possible executive order could add urgency to the timeline. Read More »

"No retreat, no surrender" plays out in North Korea nuclear tests

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In the letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' secretary general, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho warned the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "reaching the brink of war" because of Washington's actions. On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council that will focus on the North Korea threat. Read More »

Trump jokes about replacing Haley, takes it back

I can see it. But I'm not sure what to make of that last bit about the United Nations getting together to solve conflicts in the future. Haley, a foreign-policy neophyte, has emerged as the unlikely face of United States foreign policy as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has shied away from the spotlight as the country's top diplomat. Read More »

United States may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles: admiral

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He says, "What we are seeking is the same thing China has said they seek - a full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula ". "If it flies, it will die", Harris said. "North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority", the trio said, arguing that their lead efforts are at "tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures". Read More »

Chief Minister Mufti Holds Security Meet, Advocates Youth Engagement

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Fresh clashes took place between the students and security personnel in Srinagar on Monday as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed her concern over the prevailing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. "I impressed upon him the need to follow the road map given by (former Prime Minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee". Advocating holding of counseling sessions for the youth, Mehbooba said it would not only help allay their apprehensions and misgivings about the system ... Read More »

Conservatives back latest United States healthcare bill, obstacles remain

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Tom MacArthur's proposed amendment ", the statement read , "the House Freedom Caucus has taken an official position in support of the current proposal". Dent says the changes ignored his concerns that the health care bill would cut too deeply into the Medicaid program for the poor and leave many people unable to afford coverage. Read More »

Who said it: Boris Johnson or Roald Dahl?

Johnson said he was echoing Prime Minister Theresa May's opinion when he said it would be "very difficult" for the U.K.to reject a USA request for military assistance against Assad. The British Parliament held a vote on whether to bomb Assad's forces in 2013 after an earlier alleged chemical attack. She refused to say whether she would keep Mr Johnson as foreign secretary after the election. Read More »

White House welcomes Pentagon probe of Flynn

The U.S. House Oversight Committee is looking into the legality of failure to disclose payments by Michael T. Flynn. Further, Cummings said there is no evidence Flynn did seek permission to receive payment from a foreign government, which contradicts what Flynn's lawyer has said. Read More »

'NAFTA's been a horrible deal for the United States,' says Trump

Masswohl doesn't see anything wrong with making some changes to NAFTA, although he thinks overall the trade pact has worked well for cattle producers in Canada, the US and Mexico. Regardless of the logistics, farm groups agree withdrawing from NAFTA would be bad for agriculture. "And our competitors for USA grain supplies will definitely go through that door and certainly be a lot more aggressive in their pricing". Read More »