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US Claims Assad Regime Operating Crematorium at Saydnaya Prison

US Claims Assad Regime Operating Crematorium at Saydnaya Prison

Amnesty International has previously called Sednaya a " human slaughterhouse ", estimating 13,000 people were killed there from 2011-2015. Yesterday's allegations from the US State Department that Syria had built a large crematorium outside of Damascus and was using it to mass cremate the detainees they also claim Syria to be mass executing came with a conspicuous lack of evidence for any of the assertions, boiling down to satellite images of the outside of the putative crematorium . Read More

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North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea claimed Monday it successfully test-fired a new mid-to-long-range ballistic missile, capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead. And Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada suggested that it might be a new type of missile altogether, noting that it reached an altitude of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and remained in the air for 30 minutes. Read More

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Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

The US president is expected to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, an important Jewish holy site, as part of his trip. Afterwards, he is expected to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews. National Security Advisor HR McMaster said Trump will "express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians". Trump realizes that, and so he's not coming here to start peace talks. Read More

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US spat erupts ahead of Trump visit to region

At this stage, he will work out of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and will live in the ambassador's residence in Herzliya. And as Netanyahu's team reeled from the shocking and negative remarks that were reportedly made by the US official today, it also faced another worrying report coming from a senior Fox news correspondent who took to social media to claim earlier in the day that the premier had asked US President Donald Trump to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv and not relocate it to ... Read More

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Trump to visit Jewish, Christian holy sites in Jerusalem

Trump to visit Jewish, Christian holy sites in Jerusalem

Israel's Channel 2 reported this exchange occurred after the Trump team rejected a request for Netanyahu to accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall, becoming the first sitting USA president to do so. The Trump administration quickly disavowed the statement, but stopped short of saying the Western Wall belonged to Israel. Prior to meeting Netanyahu, Friedman presented his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Read More

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Italy's Padoan says G7 did not discuss trade protectionism

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States reserved the right to be protectionist if it thought trade was not free or fair. At a news conference in Bari , Italy, where finance ministers from the Group of Seven nations gathered, Mnuchin said, "We do not want to be protectionist but we reserve our right to be protectionist to the extent that we believe trade is not free and fair". Read More

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Sinks game-winner in Game 6

Sinks game-winner in Game 6

The Celtics will need a productive Brown to close out the Wizards in Game 6 and if they advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Wizards won Games 3 and 4 by 27 and 19 points, respectively, the Celtics roared back with a 123-101 victory in Boston on Wednesday. "We put ourselves in position to win the game", said Al Horford , whose 16-foot baseline bank shot with 7.7 seconds left gave Boston its last lead at 91-89. Read More

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Mail carriers Stamp Out Hunger with food drive

Mail carriers Stamp Out Hunger with food drive

Acceptable food includes canned meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, soup, pasta, rice, cereal and juice. It has collected more than a billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993, a Postal Service news release said. Letter carriers try to touch every single mail box in America during the Food Drive, but the fact is that they do admittedly miss some. For many years, a number of post office branches collected food for the needy as part of their community service efforts. Read More

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Lavrov and Tillerson to Meet May 10 in Washington

A Russian plan to stabilise Syria after more than six years of civil war is the most urgent foreign policy topic on the agenda. The stigma of the Russian Federation investigations has been impossible for Mr Trump to shake. But in the meantime, his hopes for a possible rapprochement with Moscow, so regularly repeated during the campaign, have been derailed. It is yet another sign that the relationship between the United States of America and Russian Federation is improving under the newly ... Read More

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N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

North Korea said Kim Sang-dok was arrested "for committing criminal acts", but did not elaborate. "Professor Kim was a man who would call North Korea as his own country". "Foreign nationals in the DPRK really have to allow for there to be no ambiguity or interpretation about any of their interactions or what they're doing", says Madden, a contributor to North Korean monitoring organization 38 North. Read More

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Prince Philip retires from royal duties, says "I can't stand up much'"

Tall, craggy-faced and always elegantly dressed, Philip is as famous for his occasional off-color gaffes and one-liners as he is for his devotion to the monarch, and he joked about his retirement at an Order of Merit reception at St. Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to the Queen's consort, saying he has given the monarch "steadfast support", while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Duke's "clear sense of public duty" had inspired people for more than 60 years. Read More

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Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'ludicrous' claims Tory surge could stop referendum bid

But even if everyone who voted independent on Thursday would have voted SNP in a general election (a highly improbable supposition in itself), that clearly can not account for all of the difference between the two performances. Labour's only Scottish MP in the last Parliament, Ian Murray, also looks poised to lose his Edinburgh South seat to the Tories. She added that many Scots were angry that their Remain vote had been "assimilated" by the SNP and turned into a "proxy vote" for independence. Read More

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Chechnya gay rights: Putin backs inquiry into hate crimes

Chechnya gay rights: Putin backs inquiry into hate crimes

The Kremlin leader broke his silence on the scandal on Friday, telling Russia's human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova that he will intervene. Earlier president of Russia Vladimir Putin reported that he is going to discuss with the Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and the Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev, "information or rumors " on "what is happening in the North Caucasus with people of nonconventional sexual orientation". Read More

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Venezuelans Again Take to Streets as Death Toll Jumps to 36

Venezuelans Again Take to Streets as Death Toll Jumps to 36

Opposition protests have often started peacefully but degenerated into violence when security forces block marchers and masked youths fight them with stones, Molotov cocktails and fireworks shot from pipes turned into homemade mortars. The opposition-led NGO, Foro Penal Venezolano , reports that nearly two thousand protesters have been detained since April 4th and 600 of those are still behind bars. Read More

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Ivanka Trump Is No Intersectional Feminist - But Can She Become One?

The Office of Global Women's Issues , a small sub-agency at the State Department, used its official Twitter account to retweet an Ivanka Trump tweet touting her new book , Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. See what the critics had to say about Women Who Work (below)! If a person's identity revolves around having things handed to her, then she must publish a book titled Women Who Work . Read More

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Taliban kill 8 police in northern province

Afghan officials said earlier that the country's army chief and the defense minister resigned following the weekend Taliban attack. Planning took four to six months, he said, adding that American military officials believed that the 10 Taliban fighters who opened fire on the base had inside help, because they knew that Afghan soldiers there would have put down their weapons to attend prayers. Read More

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Man, girlfriend's hands bound when search team found bodies in Belize

Man, girlfriend's hands bound when search team found bodies in Belize

According to Belize Police sources a postmortem examination was conducted today Tuesday at the Northern Regional Hospital where the pathologist certified their deaths as due to strangulation. Nancy Rifenbark , a close friend of Matus's, also confirmed the news, which was circulating in local media reports Monday night. The Canadian Press has learned that the couple were found with their wrists duct taped. Read More

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Kentucky Clerk Not Off the Hook Yet, Sixth Circuit Rules

Kentucky Clerk Not Off the Hook Yet, Sixth Circuit Rules

After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015, Davis denied several same-sex couples marriage licenses, including David Ermold and David Moore of Rowan County. Ermold and Moore previously called the experience of being turned away by Davis "devastating". Since refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples applying to get married, Davis has spent time in jail, been skewered on billboards, and-perhaps worst of all-was mocked by '80s rock band Survivor. Read More

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