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In Mideast, Trump pushes shared worries over Iran

Since his remarks during the Abbas visit and especially since it was announced that Trump would visit Israel during his first worldwide trip as president less than four months after taking office - his predecessors Obama and Bush both visited Israel during their second term - there has been speculation about whether the president would use his Israel trip to officially re-launch the stalled United States of America initiative to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. Read More

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South Korea fires warning shots at suspected drone

In its latest effort to develop its ballistic and nuclear weapons, North Korea fired a medium-range missile Sunday that appeared to be similar to one the country tested earlier this year, US and South Korean officials said. The command said that "the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America". Images carried by the Rodong Sinmun―the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea-sshowed a smiling Kim clapping surrounded by his aides in an outdoor ... Read More

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Texas' Anti-LGBTQ Bill May Hurt Children The Most

Senate Bill 2078 would require all public and charter school students to use the bathroom or locker room that matches their biological sex, not their gender identity. Rafael Anchia drew a line between Paddie's amendment and the House bill's original objective. Thwarting Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's threat to force a special session over the bathroom bill, the Texas House voted Sunday night to pass bathroom restrictions for transgender students in all public schools. Read More

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Scottish Conservatives launch Angus general election campaign

Scottish Conservatives launch Angus general election campaign

There is now no doubt - they'll sacrifice Scotland's interests and jobs because they're far more concerned about winning votes from UKIP. The only Tory win there came in 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. Still, that disappointment did not stop the SNP winning half the vote in 2015, and so perhaps it will not do so again. Just 24 hours after the Tories' council election surge, the party leader was full of confidence as she arrived in Inverurie in the heart of the SNP MP's Gordon ... Read More

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Fringe Tamil outfit opposes Rajinikanth entry into politics

Fringe Tamil outfit opposes Rajinikanth entry into politics

Members of a fringe pro-Tamil outfit today burnt an effigy of actor Rajinikanth, opposing his entry into politics. Again, a question arises why would a mega star join the BJP, which has limited appeal and marginal presence in Tamil Nadu. "He will only float a new party". "There is no problem if he (Rajnikanth) wants to meet the Prime Minister". "Thamizhachi Thamizarukey, Kannadiga nadigar Rajinikanth oziga", chanted protesters (A Tamil should rule Tamils, Kannadiga actor Rajinikanth down ... Read More

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Western Wall is part of the West Bank

Since his inauguration, Trump has faced a flood of warnings from top Arab diplomats and a personal appeal from Jordan's King Abdullah to not move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The date coincides with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War, which will be commemorated in Israel beginning the evening of May 23 and the day of May 24. Read More

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Turmoil grows over intel Trump leaked to Russian Federation

The White House has disputed a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. But other nations appeared to be reconsidering. They said the information, which had been provided by a USA partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement, was considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the US government. Read More

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President Trump's aide comment on West Bank shock Israel

President Trump's aide comment on West Bank shock Israel

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu again insisted that he had asked Donald Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem , responding to media reports which stated the contrary. "His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and it enjoys his highest priority", he added. The Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City (right) and the Dome of the Rock above. Read More

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Trump Administration Expands Pro-Life Mexico City Policy

Trump Administration Expands Pro-Life Mexico City Policy

On May 14th, President Donald Trump issued a statement in honor of National Women's Health Week, pledging to "recognize the importance of providing women access to the best, evidence-based health information and care". Governments and multilateral organizations remain outside of the scope of the expanded policy, which also will not apply to humanitarian aid provided through refugee or migration programs or to disaster relief. Read More

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Turkish PM attacks US decision on arming Kurds

Turkish PM attacks US decision on arming Kurds

The meeting took place with a White House still responding to what a senior US official said was Trump's disclosure of classified information about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft. Doing this has allowed Turkey to go after limited PKK forces who have crossed the border into Iraq or Syria , but as lines blur, it's tough to argue that Turkey isn't just at war with Kurds in general at this point, particularly in Syria , where the PKK is virtually ... Read More

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Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations

Lalu's benami property case: IT raids 22 locations

One such land deal involving Lalu Prasad and his family members is in Bijwasan in Delhi, he said. As per sources, the raids are being conducted on the charges of illegal ( benami ) land deals worth Rs. In another tweet, he said, "RSS-BJP ko Lalu ke naam se kampkapi chhuti hai... The Congress is of the stand that if corruption evidence is found against any one, go ahead to take action", he said. Read More

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'Triple Talaq should be declared invalid'

'Triple Talaq should be declared invalid'

Other issues can be deliberated upon some other time, the bench said. If the Modi government has its way, the Centre will be the one deciding the mode by which a Muslim husband will divorce his wife. "There was a talk that whether Triple Talaq is legitimate unavoidably". Monday was the last day for those challenging triple talaq to state their points before the five judges from different religions: Sikh, Christian, Parsee, Hindu and Muslim. Read More

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Trump gave highly classified information to Russians

Trump gave highly classified information to Russians

The incident is said to have occurred when Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak into the Oval Office last week. Some US officials have told Reuters they have been concerned about disclosing highly classified intelligence to Trump. If the reports are true, "it's very damning, very damaging", Manchin said, adding that such disclosures "would be extremely risky and concerning to all". Read More

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Noted journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico's Sinaloa

Javier Valdez was killed when assailants opened fire on his vehicle in the state capital, Culiacan, according to RioDoce , the media outlet he co-founded and where he worked. "The better you do journalism and the more passionate you are about it, the more alone you end up", he told La Jornada in an interview. "The Committee to Protect Journalists honoured Javier Valdez Cárdenas with an International Press Freedom Award in 2011 to recognise his bravery and uncompromising journalism ... Read More

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Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

Jadhav was arrested in the southwestern province of Balochistan a year ago and Pakistani officials claim he has confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services. We submit that India's silence is telling. "Indeed. India could and should have responded to a letter of request dated January 23, 2017, seeking India's assistance to investigate the criminal activity and links with people of India which commander Jadhav has revealed", he said. Read More

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Moors murderer Ian Brady dead at 79

The serial killer, who used the name Ian Stewart-Brady before his death, was a patient at Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside where he was reportedly receiving palliative care. Brady had told Hindley he wanted to "commit the flawless murder" that night. He received three life sentences to run concurrently. Her body was buried on the moor but not found until 1987 when the pair finally confessed. Read More

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China Jan-April property investment rises 9.3 percent year-on-year

China Jan-April property investment rises 9.3 percent year-on-year

Investment in residential properties rose 10.6 percent year on year in the first four months, and the floor space of new residential construction increased 17.5 percent year on year. High-tech and low-carbon products witnessed faster production growth in the first four months, with the production volumes of industrial robots and solar batteries surging 51.7 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, Xing said at a press conference. Read More

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U.S. committed to Turkey's security, Mattis tells Turkish PM Yildirim

U.S. committed to Turkey's security, Mattis tells Turkish PM Yildirim

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said Tuesday the Kurdish component, which makes up more than half of the SDF fighters, would be armed "as necessary to ensure a clear victory" over Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria. In this undated photo released Thursday, May 11, 2017, by Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows fighters from the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, patrolling on a street in Tabqa, northern Syria. Read More

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BC Election 2017: 4 Liberal ministers unseated

Opposition leader John Horgan, appearing moments later at his election party down the block in Vancouver, declared: "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve". And presuming the seat count remains unchanged, collaboration between the NDP and the Greens would give them 44 seats. "Now is the time for all Greens across the country to celebrate". Read More

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Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

The tweet was in reference to testimony at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper . "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?" "The only thing we said was we saw no evidence of influencing voter tallies in any of the 50 states, but we were not in a position to judge whether - what actual outcome on the election", added Clapper. Read More

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Russia: Syria deal bans US-led coalition aircraft

He said third-party monitors could be invited provided Iran and Turkey agreed. But it is not yet clear when and where they will deploy. It called on the US and other Arab allied countries, to prevent the implementation of the deal. She added that US has concerns, including about Iran's "guarantor" role in the Kazakhstan deal. He did not elaborate on which those countries might be. Read More

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Russian Federation looks for new allies over Syria - political scientist

Russian Federation looks for new allies over Syria - political scientist

Separate concepts of Russian Federation and the United States on creation of special safety and de-escalation zones in Syria could be compatible, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said. The agreement calls for the creation of four "de-escalation zones" to shore up a ceasefire, ban flights and allow for humanitarian aid deliveries. Several ceasefires have been agreed on since Syria's conflict broke out in 2011, but they have failed to permanently stem the fighting. Read More

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15 great white sharks spotted off Calif. coast

15 great white sharks spotted off Calif. coast

He said they lingered most of the summer and then disappeared. Video footage of the helicopter alerting the California paddle-boarders of the situation and warning them to "calmly" exit the water has gone viral. "Within six feet of the surfer, its tail flipped and it made a circling motion around him ", a lifeguard told The Orange County Register . 'Populations are coming back. Read More

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Necropolis With at Least 17 Mummies Unearthed in Egypt

Necropolis With at Least 17 Mummies Unearthed in Egypt

Mohamed Hamza, director of excavations for Cairo University said the discovery was "important and unprecedented because it's the first human necropolis" to be found in the area. "Antiquities are the soft power that distinguishes Egypt", Enany said. Millions of tourists visited Egypt every year to see its Giza Pyramids - the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and its ancient pharaonic temples and relics. Read More

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Pilgrims descend on Fatima ahead of Pope's visit

Pilgrims descend on Fatima ahead of Pope's visit

Fatima, Portugal ( CNA/EWTN News ) - "Silence is important, because only in silence can we listen to the Word of God, only in silence can we listen to the whispers of God in our hearts", Fr. For centuries, people made their living raising sheep and other animals. Fatima has always been associated with pope John Paul II, who credited the Virgin Mary with having saved his life in 1981. Read More

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French President-elect Emmanuel Macron prepares for challenges ahead

Macron's proposed reforms during the presidential campaign were not as well-defined or bold as that of the Republicans' Francois Fillon, who became embroiled in a scandal over hiring family members for no-show government jobs. The last time France had "cohabitation" was under President Jacques Chirac in 1997-2002, who described the setup as a state of "paralysis". She has spent the past six years as president of the National Front single-mindedly focused on one objective: Erasing the stain ... Read More

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Dozens hurt, 1 dead in violent day of protests in Venezuela

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. Maduro has dismissed the opposition movement as a violent, far-right effort intent on removing him from power. "We can not remain silent in the face of such obvious abuse of the basic human rights of Venezuelans". With inflation in the high triple-digits, shortages of the most basic medicines, and millions suffering food scarcity, Venezuela has been rocked by weeks of violent clashes as hundreds of thousands of people take to the ... Read More

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Pak violates truce agreement on LoC in Rajouri, Poonch

Pak violates truce agreement on LoC in Rajouri, Poonch

If the video is to be believed, although there is no authentication attached to it, the Indian forces fired at Pakistani bunkers and destroyed all three of them. Army has already made it clear that it will respond to the dastardly act at "a time and place of its choosing". He called it an appropriate action by the Army to counter Pakistan's ceasefire violations. Read More

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Sacked AAP minister seeks lie-detector test

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia termed Mishra's jibes unworthy of a response, while Kumar Vishwas, who had hit out at AAP leadership last week before reaching a truce, came out to vouch for Kejriwal's conduct. Meanwhile, on Monday, Mishra challenged both Kejriwal and Jain to undergo a lie detector test along with him. "Despite serious allegations of corruption against Jaitley, he is still holding the post of Finance Minister". Read More

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Macron victory in France sends euro to 6-month high

When he moves into the Elysee Palace after his inauguration next weekend, Macron will become the eighth - and youngest - president of France's Fifth Republic. France has a new president. He finished top in the first round on 23 April, ahead of Le Pen, and eliminating the candidates of the two main traditional parties - Francois Fillon from the centre-right Republicans and Benoit Hamon from the Socialist Party. Read More

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Delhi Metro fares hiked by up to 66 per cent

Delhi Metro fares hiked by up to 66 per cent

The new fare structure is: up to 2 kms - Rs 10, 2 to 5 kms - Rs 15, 5 to 12 kms - Rs 20, 12 to 21 kms - Rs 30, 21 to 32 kms - Rs 40, and for journeys of over 32 kms Rs 50. The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday."The DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the FFC (Fare Fixation Committee)". Read More

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