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German FM: Netanyahu cancellation would be 'regrettable'

Gabriel, in the country to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and discuss peace efforts, was originally slated to meet with Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin later Tuesday. "Merkel has often repeated during bilateral government consultations and during interviews with Netanyahu that despite the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, there is discontent about the decisions concerning new settlements in Palestinian territories", said Volker Beck, a Greens party lawmaker who heads ... Read More

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Flynn may have broken law by not disclosing Russia payments, lawmakers say

Flynn may have broken law by not disclosing Russia payments, lawmakers say

Now, he is the subject of multiple investigations. FILE - Then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, June 28, 2016. White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said in a letter on 19 April that he would be "unable to accommodate" the request because it relates to Mr Flynn's actions before joining the White House. Read More

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Schumer joins officials working on US-Canada dairy dispute

Schumer joins officials working on US-Canada dairy dispute

In March, the total was 2.59 billion pounds, up 1.5% from a year earlier, and the 35th consecutive month of year-to-year increases. Mr. Schumer said the National Ingredients Strategy in Canada is putting US dairy farmers at a disadvantage. "For all sorts of reasons, we're striking while the opportunity is ripe, to showcase, to take companies with us to promote them", said the official, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss details of the trip. Read More

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10 killed in Kurram tribal area blast

10 killed in Kurram tribal area blast

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban, swiftly claimed the attack in a message sent to AFP . According to political administration officials, a passenger vehicle which was en route from Godar to Sadda. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered officials to "extend maximum support" for the treatment of the injured, his office said. Read More

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UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

The UN had already said back in February that it would need $2.1 billion to help avert starvation in Yemen , but by the time Tuesday's conference opened, that appeal had only been 15 percent funded. The Swiss city hosted a fund raising forum for Yemen on Tuesday, in which UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke. It's estimated that 70% of the population in Yemen is in need of some form of humanitarian aid. Read More

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Labour set to fall behind the Tories in Wales, new poll claims

The latest ICM survey for The Guardian, of more than 2,000 people between 21 and 21 April, gave the Tories a 21 point lead over Labour (48% versus 27%). The results come as the Prime Minister is expected to warn Welsh voters of Labour's plan to borrow £500billion to fund a grant spending spree. He added: "But even if this continues to be a difficult election overall for the party, their local campaigners and sitting MPs seeking re-election will be hoping that their hard work will enable ... Read More

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Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to U.S.

Tillerson held tense meetings on Wednesday in Moscow with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, their first face-to-face encounters since Donald Trump became president in January. However, the Syrian nerve gas attack blamed on Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, and the retaliatory U.S. missile attack against Syria has sent U.S. Read More

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Special Constable hails wife as inspiration for London Marathon challenge

Special Constable hails wife as inspiration for London Marathon challenge

Jenny Lowe who is running the London Marathon in memory of her dad. We are looking for any running enthusiasts or London Marathon runners from Somerset to share their stories, pictures and tips for surviving a marathon with us. I absolutely love my job brightening up the resort where I work and brightening children's lives by fundraising for GOSH Charity is one of my passions. Read More

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President Trump signs Buy American and Hire American executive orders in Kenosha

But the CEO, Nicholas Pinchuk, pointed not to measures to protect American-made goods or reforms to the H1-B visa program, but rather to more training for workers. Trump said Tuesday that Canada has been "very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that". "And we should end it". One reason the program has been criticized is the rise of the outsourcing industry, a nascent business 30 years ago. Read More

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US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

The U.S. strike, accompanied by hardening American rhetoric on the Syrian president's future, also dragged U.S. relations with his ally, Russia, to their lowest level since the Cold War. Moscow has warned against putting the blame on Damascus until an independent inquiry is conducted and vetoed a proposed United Nations resolution on the attack, saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the affected area. Read More

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British Columbia New Democrats promise balanced budget, higher corporate tax

British Columbia New Democrats promise balanced budget, higher corporate tax

Roy is also behind a new strategy outlined by the BC Rental Housing Coalition, which calls for a significant increase in rental and affordable housing development, adding he'd like to see the New Democrats and other parties support it. The economists recommended a 1.5-per-cent property surcharge that would target owners of vacant properties or "those with limited participation in the Canadian economy", with proceeds going to a housing affordability fund. Read More

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Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

She lived through two World Wars, worked in a jute factory and courageously made a decision to separate from an abusive husband at a time when divorce was frowned on. "And cookies. But I do not eat much, because I have no teeth", she told AFP. "How does my hair look", she asked before blowing out the candles on her 117th birthday cake previous year. Read More

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Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 per cent fabrication'

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks in an earlier interview with AFP , in February 2016 in Damascus. "There was no order to make any attack ... we gave up our arsenal a few years ago". And Assad said he could "only allow any investigation when it's impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won't use it for politicised purposes". Read More

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Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins

A civilian who was travelling in one of the evacuation buses from the rebel-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani said the operation began at around 6:00 am (0300 GMT). She refused to leave her home and her land. "As long as it's temporary, we wouldn't worry about it ". If the evacuations are completed, they would be the first in number of rounds stretching over two months to evacuate some 30,000 Syrians from besieged areas, in a deal struck by rebels and the government. Read More

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US, Russia: 'Low level of trust'

Washington blames Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible. The Kremlin has been supporting Assad both militarily and politically since the start of the conflict in 2011. "I will be frank, we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous and contradictory ideas on the worldwide agenda in Washington ", Lavrov said after shaking hands with Tillerson and sitting down at a conference table. Read More

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North Korean suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing head home

On Thursday, Najib said a deal had been struck - Kim Jong Nam's body had been released to North Korea and the nine Malaysians had been allowed to board a plane home. Mohamad Nor Azrin, the counselor of the Malaysian Embassy in North Korea, said all of the Malaysians who were stuck North Korea were allowed to move around and were not threatened while in Pyongyang . Read More

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Iraq says Islamic State has lost most of the land it seized

Iraq says Islamic State has lost most of the land it seized

Brig Gen Yahya Rasool, a military spokesman, says the extremist group now controls less than 30,000 square kilometres in Iraq, or 6.8 per cent of the country's territory, down from more than 40 per cent at its height. Its reach in Iraq peaked in August the same year when a second offensive saw it take over areas of northern Iraq that were home to various minorities and had been under the control of the autonomous Kurds. Read More

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5 children injured after bounce house flies away

5 children injured after bounce house flies away

Police say the incident happened at Springwell Church in Taylors around Saturday afternoon. "This afternoon, we held our annual Spring Carnival on our campus on Wade Hampton Blvd in Taylors SC". The bounce house reportedly struck a power line, but did not catch on fire. Reed said the local power company had installed safeguards so that the grid system would automatically shut off the power lines in the event of an accident. Read More

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Taiwan Bans Eating Cats and Dogs 15000 Years Later

Taiwan Bans Eating Cats and Dogs 15000 Years Later

Those found not abiding by the new law will be fined between 1,300 and 6,500 pounds apart from public shaming. The new law makes Taiwan the first Asian state to impose a full ban on both the marketing of dog meat and its consumption. Last year, the military was forced to apologize after a video surfaced of three soldiers torturing and strangling a stray dog to death with an iron chain, prompting several street protests. Read More

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