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Chicago Bears trade up, take QB Trubisky with No. 2 pick

But Cleveland coach Hue Jackson and general manager Sashi Brown won out by convincing Haslam not to pick another first-round pick on a quarterback. "You could feel that all around us". 1 and 12. After two trades they wound up with three first-rounders: Nos. He's a 6-foot-4, 272-pounder who has supreme power (he did 33 bench-press reps of 225 pounds) yet routinely runs the 40-yard dash in under 4.7 seconds; he ran a 4.64 at the scouting combine last month. Read More »

Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for THAAD missile system

The Export-Import Bank of Korea said this month that South Korea could suffer up to 16 trillion won ($14 billion) losses from reduced trade and falls in Chinese tourist numbers over the next two years. It comes just days after council ambassadors said President Donald Trump made clear - over lunch on Monday at the White House - that he would be the US leader to deal with Pyongyang, ideally peacefully. Read More »

Why Trump Says He Won't Pull Out of NAFTA - for Now

While most of his fire has been directed at Mexico, Trump abruptly shifted course this week to pick fights with Ottawa over softwood lumber and dairy products. Whether his Wednesday night phone calls with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, and their joint decision to stick with NAFTA, helps his case remains to be seen. Read More »

British PM, Corbyn trade blows in final pre-election clash

In Wales, a largely rural country that has always been a stronghold of her Labour opponents but which voted in favour of Brexit a year ago, May took aim at opposition parties to press her argument that only she can win a good deal with the European Union. Read More »

Macron solicits votes ahead of French presidential runoff

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hopped on to a fishing boat at dawn on Thursday as she pursued a guerrilla-style campaign that has upstaged frontrunner Emmanuel Macron. Le Pen is under investigation for the alleged misuse of European Parliament funds. In response to her statement on a ritual slaughter ban, French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia accused Le Pen of "fomenting hatred and war between the government and religions, as well as inter-religious animosity" with her ... Read More »

Thai police say pursuing arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

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Police in Thailand say they have begun the process of requesting an arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of a deadly hit-and-run accident nearly five years ago but never charged. A recent Associated Press report revealed that he's been living lavishly, traveling to Formula One races, snowboarding in Japan and cr. He is accused of running over and killing a police officer in 2012, but again failed to meet the prosecutors on Thursday. Read More »

Marine A Alexander Blackman to be freed 'on Friday'

Blackman's lawyer Jonathan Goldberg told AFP that he was released overnight, while a statement from his campaign Facebook page said he was now in a "safe/private location with Claire", his wife. "But if it is reduced, he may be home much sooner". The appeal court accepted the grounds of diminished responsibility as he was suffering from a mental illness, known as adjustment disorder. Read More »

Michael Flynn Is Under Investigation Over Foreign Payment Accusations

Kislyak. The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon spy agency that Flynn headed before he retired, said that it had found no evidence that Flynn had sought permission to accept foreign government payments. Separately, the committee's Republican chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz, asked the acting Army secretary for a "final determination" as to whether Flynn violated the law by accepting foreign payments, according to a letter released by his office on Thursday. Read More »

China Launches Second Aircraft Carrier

While Liaoning took nearly 15 years to be commissioned, the construction for the latest aircraft carrier began only in 2015. The country unveiled its first domestically built aircraft carrier in 2015, but the Wall Street Journal said in 2016 that top United States naval engineers discovered the carrier wouldn't be operational for up to a decade. Read More »

Theresa May warns ministers against election complacency

The Labour leader met Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, yesterday to discuss his plans for government should he win the general election on June 8. "I think we need to keep our options as open as possible". The main one to look out for here is the West Midlands, comprising of the cities of Birmingham and Coventry, which will be selecting its first ever metro mayor next week. Read More »

Investigation continues after arrest of man carrying bag of knives in Whitehall

A builder working on the road nearby said: "I saw the police officers catch him". A police forensic officer holds a knife at the scene after a man was arrested following an incident at Whitehall in London, Thursday April 27, 2017 . The woman who was shot is in serious but stable condition, police said. Images from the site of the arrest on Parliament Square showed two officers handcuffing a man, whose hands looked wrapped with a white bandage. Read More »

Trump's Wall Is Worthless If He Doesn't Back It Up With Tech

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But as for whether he supports funding Trump's border wall vision, Scott gave himself room to maneuver. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed for an agreement on the short-term legislation that will carry through next week, giving lawmakers more time to complete negotiations on a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill for the remainder of the 2017 budget year. Read More »

Govt seeking mechanism for North to rejoin European Union through united Ireland

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Brussels insisted that if added on Saturday a so-called "Kenny text" - named after Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny - would not change the situation of Ireland or Northern Ireland. With its border with the United Kingdom, which is its biggest trading partner, Ireland does not want to see a hard Brexit which would pose questions about its constitutional future and could lead to a hard border with Northern Ireland for the first time since 1998. Read More »

Cleveland Browns trade up with Packers for tight end David Njoku

He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015 and collected the Paul Hornung Award - given to college football's most versatile player - this past season. Kansas City moved from 27 to 10 for Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. The failure of both Cleveland and San Francisco to pick a quarterback, however, was made all the more glaring when Houston, which suffered a big miss a year ago with the free agent signing of Brock Osweiler , traded again with Cleveland (which accepted Osweiler in a ... Read More »

Here's How Trump's New Tax Plan Could Affect Your Wallet

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., said , "There's no question, when you lower the marginal rates, you're going to have to take away a lot of the deductions". Mnuchin declined to set a deadline for the reform passing Congress, but he said the administration was aiming to "get this done this year". " Today we are putting out the core principles", Mnuchin said. Read More »

THAAD in South Korea to be operational soon

US 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". "There's tremendous confidence in the administration officials in key positions". The meeting also outlined military options. He added, "Where I failed was to communicate that adequately to the press and the media". Read More »

Donald Trump decides to keep Nafta for now

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Both conversations were "pleasant and productive", the statement said. But in a post Thursday morning on his verified Twitter account, the president said his positive response was "subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA ". Read More »

Heavy Fighting Between Kurds and Turkish Forces in Syria

On Wednesday, Turkish warplanes continued cross-border raids, striking Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and killed six militants, the army said. "They've been reliable in making progress against ISIS fighters under very hard and risky conditions", he said. He also said there has been "a significant amount of diplomatic activity" between the USA and Turkey since the airstrikes. Read More »

N.Korea stages big artillery drill as USA submarine docks in South

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Trump sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group for exercises off the Korean peninsula as a warning to Pyongyang, but US officials say sanctions, not military strikes, are the preferred option. "This system is a defensive system that will help protect South Korea from ballistic missile attacks from North Korea", Harris told the House committee during Wednesday's public hearing. Read More »

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launch mass hunger strike

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Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, called for the "Freedom and Dignity" strike. In a letter penned by Barghouti and read by his wife Fadwa on Saturday, Barghouti accused Israel of detaining "thousands of Palestinians every year in a flagrant violation of worldwide treaties and conventions". Read More »

Angela Merkel warns UK against Brexit 'illusions'

Speaking to German MPs, Ms Sturgeon declared it a "waste of time" to maintain the terms of the UK's exit and any future trade relationship can be negotiated simultaneously. Juncker stressed the EU's position that Britain must agree on the terms of the divorce, including its exit bill, before talks on any future EU-UK trade deal can start. Read More »

White House briefs senators on 'very grave threat' from North Korea

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Trump and USA officials have repeatedly said all options remain "on the table" to deal with further North Korean provocations. US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence walk to the walk to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington where senators are being briefed on North Korea. Read More »

Harry Redknapp: My wife thought I was mad to take Birmingham job

The " football mad " former Tottenham boss, 70, has been hired by Birmingham's Hong Kong-based owners in a desperate bid to avoid relegation from the Championship following Gianfranco Zola's resignation with just three games remaining. "I got a phone call about 7 o'clock at night and was asked if I'd come and have a meeting with representatives from Birmingham", Redknapp said at his first official news conference. Read More »

Trump says he won't pull USA out of NAFTA

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The concern here, beyond the cost to consumers, is what the tariffs may signal about how the administration will approach renegotiation of NAFTA. -The U.S. "More broadly in terms of our approach to the United States, I would describe it as polite, but firm", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday in a conference call from Berlin, where she was attending G20 meetings. Read More »

Turkish court declines to hear referendum appeal, Anadolu reports

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Placing Turkey under monitoring means Europe considers Turkey to be non-compliant with the Copenhagen criteria, the rules on governance, economic standards and human rights that determine if a country is eligible to join the EU. Held under a state of emergency in place since a failed coup last July, the referendum was criticised by European election observers, who said the decision to allow unstamped ballot papers to be counted had removed a main safeguard against voting fraud. Read More »

Mnuchin can't promise plan won't raise taxes on middle class

The florist has a range of possibilit. But most analysts agree that it is unlikely the proposed changes will make their way to Trump's desk in their current form. The nonpartisan group also found that the plan would cause a tax increase for middle-income families . But no details have been released on that aspect of the proposal. Read More »

Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

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Ahn Cheol-soo, a presidential candidate who supports THAAD, said the USA should stick to its agreement and cover the costs of the anti-missile system. A joint statement from the agency heads made no specific mention of military options, though it said the US would defend itself and friends. An official from South Korea's Finance Ministry said that the USA administration had not yet requested anything on the free trade agreement. Read More »

Trump Knows Striking North Korea Is Last Resort, McCain Says

It said it was focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure, including Chinese cooperation in containing its defiant neighbour and ally, and remained open to negotiations. Adm. Harry Harris , commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee, Wednesday, that THAAD will be operational "in the coming days". Read More »

Veteran actor-politician Vinod Khanna passes away

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Khanna was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital early in April for cancer, but the family was then tight-lipped about his condition. Khanna was battling advanced bladder carcinoma (bladder cancer) reportedly and after his prolonged illness succumbed to the disease. Read More »

U.S. admiral says N. Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen

South Korean and US national security advisers agreed on Thursday that the deployment of a USA anti-missile defense system was moving ahead smoothly, South Korea's presidential office said. The U.S. -South Korea free trade deal is not the only free trade pact that the Trump administration is reconsidering. He admitted it has been slow going to fill top jobs at the State Department, but Tillerson said he's relying on career officials and launching a survey of 75,000 employees across the ... Read More »