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China president's plane stops in Alaska after Trump visit China president's plane stops in Alaska after Trump visit
- April 09, 2017

Xi, on a state visit to Finland before this week's US summit, said China and Finland will "enhance cooperation in Arctic affairs and promote environmental protection and sustainable development of the Arctic". Included in that previous year was about $130 million of precious metals, which Hladick said was likely gold from the Fairbanks area. The meeting between Walker and Xi is expected to be joined by Lt. (more...)
Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his succession Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his succession
- April 09, 2017

He was welcomed by a large crowd in Tawang on Friday and will be at the monastery till April 10. However, the Nobel laureate endorsed the European Union for pursuing policies directed at social cohesion and staying away from following the United States practice of "anti-immigration and protectionism". (more...)
Nunes: House intel committee invites Comey to testify Nunes: House intel committee invites Comey to testify
- April 08, 2017

When - or whether - Yates actually does appear is another matter. He previously served on Trump's transition team. That session was also cancelled. Both the House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting separate investigations on any possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign , while FBI Director James Comey said his agency is leading its own inquiry into the matter. (more...)
After North Korea Missile Test, Rex Tillerson Offers Ambiguous 'No Comment'
- April 08, 2017

Haley emphasised that at the Florida meeting "the most important conversation will be how we're going to be dealing with the nonproliferation of North Korea". Trump's national security adviser, HR McMaster, agreed in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart on the need to proceed with the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea after Wednesday's launch. (more...)
EU's Tusk, Britain's May meeting for Brexit talks in London EU's Tusk, Britain's May meeting for Brexit talks in London
- April 08, 2017

The two politicians smiled on the doorstep of May's 10 Downing St. office before a meeting in London that lasted two hours. "Agreed to stay in regular contact throughout process". Mrs May has said that by Brexit Day in March 2019 she expects the shape of a new UK-EU trade relationship to be clear, but appeared to accept that the formal conclusion of any agreement will have to wait until after withdrawal. (more...)
Judge blocks request to delay police hearing
- April 07, 2017

Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks at a news conference at the department's headquarters in Baltimore, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in response to the Department of Justice's request for a 90-day delay o. He complained that consent decrees can make police officers look like villains, when "the vast majority of police officers are performing heroically every day". (more...)
North Korea may have tested new technology in latest missile
- April 06, 2017

Launched at 6:42 a.m. local time , the projectile was reported to have traveled around 37 miles, according to South Korean Defense Ministry officials cited by CNN . Beijing has suspended imports of North Korean coal through the end of the year, cutting off a key source of revenue for Pyongyang. "It was very polite, they usually shoot more than one missile", he said. (more...)
United Kingdom woman who urinated on Trump golf course loses case United Kingdom woman who urinated on Trump golf course loses case
- April 06, 2017

An Edinburgh sheriff who sat in on this case also said that Beyts should "not have been photographed". At the time, the club was not registered under United Kingdom data protection laws and staff had used photographs taken of Beyts on their mobile phones as part of a police complaint against her which was later dropped, British media reports said. (more...)
Crude Oil Prices Pare Gains, Inventory Hopes Dashed
- April 06, 2017

Traders said that slowly tightening market conditions were driving price rises, with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) leading an effort to cut output. Mars Blend crude for loading in April, a person familiar with the matter said. "These changes are a signal that the rebalancing is happening faster than many in the market believe". (more...)
London police charge 6 more in beating of asylum-seeker London police charge 6 more in beating of asylum-seeker
- April 05, 2017

A teenage asylum seeker left fighting for his life when he was allegedly attacked by a group of up to 30 has been described as a "quiet" boy. Five other accused, including two sets of siblings, have already appeared in court charged with violent disorder. (more...)
Spain Surprised by United Kingdom's Attitude Referring to Gibraltar Spain Surprised by United Kingdom's Attitude Referring to Gibraltar
- April 05, 2017

After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the UK may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK. Voters in Gibraltar, a strategically important rocky outpost at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, rejected the idea of Britain sharing sovereignty with Spain by 99 percent to 1 percent in 2002, but overwhelmingly backed remaining in the European Union in June's Brexit referendum. (more...)
Pirates hijack small boat with 11 Indian sailors onboard off Somali coast Pirates hijack small boat with 11 Indian sailors onboard off Somali coast
- April 05, 2017

In a separate incident that highlights increased pirate activity, UKMTO said on its website that early on Monday, six skiffs had approached a vessel and that ladders and hooks were sighted. "But finally we found that there were 10 members in the vessel", the official said. Muse Osman Yusuf, district commissioner in the Puntland port of Eyl, said this evening that the authorities were ready to confront whoever had seized the Indian dhow. (more...)
Cardinals Agree to Extension with Stephen Piscotty Cardinals Agree to Extension with Stephen Piscotty
- April 04, 2017

After locking up catcher Yadier Molina over the weekend, St. Louis and outfielder Stephen Piscotty have agreed to a deal, multiple media outlets reported. According to Jon Heyman , the deal will be worth $33 million, and Joel Sherman adds that it will be six-year deal starting with the current season and including an option for a seventh year. (more...)
London police make two more 'significant arrests' in Westminster attack
- April 04, 2017

Nine people are now in custody after a woman was released on bail. Masood attacked and killed PC Keith Palmer inside the grounds of Parliament after he ploughed into the crowds on Westminster bridge with a 4x4 vehicle. "That understanding may have died with him", Basu added. "However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH (grievous bodily harm), possession of offensive weapons and public order offences". (more...)
Human Rights Watch Says Israel Blocking Access to Gaza Human Rights Watch Says Israel Blocking Access to Gaza
- April 04, 2017

HRW said it wasn't convinced. Human Rights Watch said the Israeli restrictions cast doubt on the government's claims that it is conducting its own investigations and there is no need for the ICC to get involved. The statement made no mention of Human Rights Watch or Amnesty. Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008. "We coordinate the crossing of many human rights organizations", it said, naming the group "Doctors Without Borders" as an example. (more...)
Philippines to protest China's planned work on disputed shoal Philippines to protest China's planned work on disputed shoal
- April 03, 2017

The Philippines would take necessary action to defend and protect the country's sovereignty and entitlements in the disputed maritime borders, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said. But President Rodrigo Duterte, who has pivoted towards China and away from traditional ally the U.S. since his election a year ago, admitted that the country did not have the military clout to stop China's plans, and instead said that he would talk " face-to-face " with Chinese officials and look for a " ... (more...)
Congress demands scrapping of EVMs Congress demands scrapping of EVMs
- April 03, 2017

On its part, the Election Commission has made a decision to send a team of senior officials prior to the upcoming by-election in Madhya Pradesh. The new EVMs, which will be introduced in 2018, will cost around Rs 1,940 crore. The party urged the commission to take immediate action to what it said was restore the faith of the common man in the electoral process "for the sake of the institution's dignity and credibility". (more...)
Police say body found in NSW flood Police say body found in NSW flood
- April 03, 2017

The deluge was brought by a weather front created by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie after it lashed Queensland's eastern coast before travelling south. More than 2000 schools have been closed, affecting around 300,000 students. River levels in some threatened communities were continuing to rise, even on a low tide, when they should be starting to drop. More than 100 homes and businesses have been flooded in low-lying areas of the Logan area in south-east Queensland as the Albert and Logan ... (more...)
UK seeks to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit talks UK seeks to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit talks
- April 02, 2017

The EU has effectively handed Spain a veto over the future of Gibraltar in its Brexit negotiating guidelines. Lord Boswell, chairman of the House of Lords EU Committee, said the government must not give the impression that Gibraltar is an "afterthought". (more...)
Donald Tusk has outlined the EU's Brexit negotiation strategy Donald Tusk has outlined the EU's Brexit negotiation strategy
- April 02, 2017

Johnson, speaking in Brussels upon arrival for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, said he has had good feedback from partners since Wednesday's British formal announcement of its departure from the European Union, despite worries on both sides of the Channel about Brexit. (more...)
SC reserves order on plea seeking liquor outlets on highways SC reserves order on plea seeking liquor outlets on highways
- April 02, 2017

The SC had directed that no liquor vends should be visible and directly accessible from state and national highways nor should they be situated within 500 metres of the outer edge of national and state highways or of the service lane. Mr Sandhu wanted to make the roads safer for everyone. In Maharashtra, reports suggest, the ruling could impact over 8,000 establishments. A PIL had revealed that nearly 1.42 lakh people died due to road accidents in 2015 alone with around 400 deaths every day. (more...)
American Women Sentenced for Aiding Christian-Killing Terrorist Group in Africa
- April 02, 2017

Trump approved a mission proposal from the Pentagon which will allow the U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, to strike at any part of the country designated "area of active hostility". Open Doors USA ranks North Korea and Somalia No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on its World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. (more...)
UK police, Muslim youths to link hands to mark London attack
- April 01, 2017

The bridge, still adorned with floral tributes to the victims, was closed to traffic while the Hands Across Westminster Bridge vigil took place. Mr Bercow said: "Members will also be aware that 2.40pm today marks a week on from the shocking events of last week, and our thoughts will be in particular with the Metropolitan Police as they mourn their colleague Pc Keith Palmer ". (more...)
NYC mayor wants to close Rikers Island jail within a decade
- April 01, 2017

The mayor, who is up for re-election this year, has previously said that shutting the prison was a "noble idea" but would cost the city billions of dollars and take years to close. Past attempts to build or expand existing jails in the boroughs have been met with significant resistance from neighborhood groups and others. De Blasio, Lippman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito huddled together at City Hall Thursday night. (more...)
Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case Mexican state prosecutor held on drug charges in NYC case
- April 01, 2017

United States authorities on Wednesday said they arrested a Mexican attorney general on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. The FBI says the arrest stems from a joint investigation that also involved the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations. (more...)
Lebanese PM urges world help to cope with refugee influx
- April 01, 2017

Turkey is the largest host country for Syrian refugees, having taken in almost 3 million during the six-year war. In Jordan, some 657,000 Syrian refugees are registered with the United Nations, but the government says the true figure is 1.3 million. (more...)
Hillary Clinton Slams Trump, Calls Proposed Budget Cuts A 'Grave Mistake' Hillary Clinton Slams Trump, Calls Proposed Budget Cuts A 'Grave Mistake'
- April 01, 2017

The White House has shrugged off concerns from Democrats, some Republicans and current and former national security leaders about the impact, saying the proposed cuts are Trump making good on promises he made during his presidential race against Clinton, the Democratic nominee. (more...)
Trump to decide whether to stay Paris climate pact by late May
- March 31, 2017

The Clean Power Plan was meant to drive the point home through force of law, and it still might, given Trump's shaky early record on seeing his executive orders upheld in court. The order also will scrap language on the "social cost" of greenhouse gases, and will initiate a review of efforts to reduce the emission of methane in oil and natural gas production as well as a Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing rule, to determine whether those reflect the president's policy ... (more...)
Gurugram: Shiv Sena shuts 500 shops selling meat products Gurugram: Shiv Sena shuts 500 shops selling meat products
- March 31, 2017

They had not responded by the time of publication, and we will update the copy if they do. "We have asked customers of KFC to cooperate with us in vacating the place". Just last September, the Haryana police and State's animal husbandry department officials raided shops and vendors selling biryani in Mewat district of Haryana, which is a Muslim-dominated area, after they received complaints that beef was being added to the dish. (more...)
Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers
- March 31, 2017

But the Supreme Court scuttled the opposition's powerful two-thirds majority when it barred the three investigated lawmakers from taking their seats. President Nicolas Maduro and his allies tightened their grip in Venezuela on Thursday as the Supreme Court seized legislative powers from the opposition-majority National Assembly, whose speaker declared a "coup". (more...)
US Secretary of State Tillerson in Turkey for talks
- March 31, 2017

The YPG has been the best USA ally on the ground in Syria, but the Turkish government considers it an arm of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Kurdish militant group that Ankara is at war with at home. "The Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish people expect from the USA the immediate extradition of Fethullah Gulen ", Turkey's embassy to the us said in a statement earlier this week. (more...)
A Turkish Banker's Arrest Puts Spotlight on Erdogan's Circle at Awkward Time A Turkish Banker's Arrest Puts Spotlight on Erdogan's Circle at Awkward Time
- March 30, 2017

US prosecutors on Match 28 charged an executive at a Turkish state-owned bank with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate USA sanctions against Iran, escalating a case that has added to tensions between the United States and Turkey. (more...)
'Marine A' Alexander Blackman to be released in weeks 'Marine A' Alexander Blackman to be released in weeks
- March 30, 2017

During his trial, Blackman, who denied murder, said he believed the victim was already dead and he was taking out his anger on a corpse. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Claire Blackman said: "We are just waiting for the [release] date to be calculated but know it will be fairly imminent". (more...)
Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement' Nearly half of Americans say Republican healthcare reform 'not an improvement'
- March 30, 2017

Only 42 percent of GOP voters say they favor the bill, while 24 percent oppose it and 35 percent are unsure. A mere 19 percent said they would be more likely to vote for their lawmakers under that scenario. Questions over whether to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, however, provoked wildly differing opinions. The poll was conducted between March 16-21 of 1,056 voters around the US, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. (more...)
Arab summit to endorse Palestinian positions with eye on US
- March 30, 2017

Jordanian King Abdullah said Wednesday morning at the opening session of the 28th summit of Arab leaders that the basis for peace in the Middle East is a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ghassan Khatib, a professor of political science at Birzeit University in the West Bank town of Ramallah, said the summit is important to counter recent suggestions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that reaching peace with the Palestinians must begin with a wider regional ... (more...)
Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat in Capital Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat in Capital
- March 30, 2017

Gen Chhetri was conferred a similar honour by President Pranab Mukherjee in February 2016. During his visit to Nepal and Bangladesh, General Rawat will be visiting several important military installations and will be meeting high-ranking dignitaries including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and the Chief of the Army Staff. (more...)
North Korea crimes to be documented for prosecution someday North Korea crimes to be documented for prosecution someday
- March 30, 2017

North Korea's state media says its military has tested a new high-performance rocket engine. In a separate event, Malaysia Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said negotiations are now underway involving the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's Department on the Malaysian side and the North Korean government. (more...)
Adorable little girl mistakes water heater for robot Adorable little girl mistakes water heater for robot
- March 29, 2017

On the one hand, you have great robots like Wall-E, the Iron Giant , Johnny 5 and the Terminator from the second movie. This provides the basis for a very logical mistrust of robots. "Hi robot!" Rayna repeatedly said to the silent and unmoving water heater. Ideally, it would also have arms, says Knepper. Rayna even told the robot she loved it, starting what looks to be an everlasting friendship (or until Mr. (more...)
Six aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush Six aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush
- March 29, 2017

The objective of the summit was to urge both the governments of Sudan and South Sudan into making certain that their territories were not used by armed groups that pose a threat to the security of both counties, as well as to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS). (more...)
Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body still in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body still in Kuala Lumpur
- March 29, 2017

Responding to reporters' questions on March 26 on the possibility of Kim's corpse being returned to North Korea , Malaysian Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said it was "very likely", Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao newspaper reported. "The body is still in the morgue at Hospital Kuala Lumpur", Subramaniam said, adding it would remain there until the government had decided what to do. (more...)