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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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Palestinian force deploys in Lebanon camp, ending clashes

Palestinian force deploys in Lebanon camp, ending clashes

Fighting broke out after the security force sought to deploy throughout the camp and met resistance from the Badr group. Wednesday, an exchange of fire erupted in the camp was set to delay the deployment of the joint force. Salah al-Ali, a resident of the camp, said there was damage from shelling inside the camp. "We ask from God that the situation calms down so that we can return to our homes", he said from Sidon's Musally mosque, where he was taking shelter. Read More

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AG Sessions Unveils New 'Get Tough' Approach to Immigration Enforcement

Sessions also instructed the Justice Department to pursue felony charges when applicable for immigrants who try to enter the USA illegally on multiple occasions. US attorney's offices will also crack down on individuals who illegally re-enter the USA without authorization. The media went into a tizzy over a speech Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave to border patrol agents on Tuesday. Read More

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Who Is Darek Fox, The Grand National 2017 Winner (One For Arthur)?

In the great tradition of the famous race, the 170th edition of the Grand National at Aintree delivered a story with many strands. "What a day! We have a fantastic team behind us and I'm just so pleased", she said. "I couldn't believe how fast the first circuit went in my head". The victory partially makes up for years of failure in the race for Scudamore, who never finished better than third in 12 attempts at the National despite being his country's top jockey in the 1980s and early ... Read More

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At least 1 dead after shooting near upscale mall in South Florida

At least 1 dead after shooting near upscale mall in South Florida

Miami-Dade police said the second victim was in critical condition at a hospital. Coral Gables Police also confirmed two other victims were injured and were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center. "It was never chaotic". Employees were allowed to clean and shut down the restaurant for the day, and were told to go home afterward. Officials have reported that the scene has been secured. Read More

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Police find remains of Missouri woman 7 months after her disappearance

Police find remains of Missouri woman 7 months after her disappearance

The Kansas City Police Department now says they are investigating Jessica's death as a homicide. The other set of bones already has been identified as those of Jessica Runions. "I don't know what to think", Kara's mother, Rhonda Beckford, told Fox 4 KC. Yust also has been questioned in Kopetsky's disappearance. "We have started over and gone back to square one and then [we have gone] back out again and then started back at square one", her father, John Michael Runions, told 20/20 in ... Read More

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United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

North Korea has long fired missiles and detonated nuclear devices during major political events in South Korea and the United States, and before or during regional talks. Earlier in March, it fired four missiles towards Japan, some of which came as close as 300 km (190 miles) to the Japanese coast. Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeHouse votes to move toward designating North Korea as state sponsor of terror Trump, Freedom Caucus turn on each other Trump threatens to "fight" Freedom Caucus in midterms MORE ... Read More

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Trump and Jinping in crucial talks at Mar-a-Lago

For his part, Mr Xi will seek assurances from Mr Trump on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province that must reunify with the mainland. That the meeting will be held on the Mar-a-Lago compound presents some uncertainty as to how much the press will be briefed on the negotiations. Trump made a number of extravagant and contradictory statements about China, as well as his future policy in this direction. Read More

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Russian Foreign Ministry poked fun at hacker scandal

Russian Foreign Ministry poked fun at hacker scandal

With the controversy over Moscow's alleged interference in the US presidential elections showing no signs of fading any time soon, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a decision to poke some fun at the matter. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside", Putin said of the tampering allegations. Read More

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Amazon Cash lets you shop without a bank card

Amazon Cash lets you shop without a bank card

While this isn't a new concept Amazon's foray, if marketed correctly, could allow the click-and-cloud retailer to become insurmountable in its market share. At any time, you can also view your Amazon Balance activity under Your Account. "Estimates from the FDIC 2015 survey indicate that 7.0 percent of households in the United States were unbanked in 2015". Read More

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Ex-Obama adviser Susan Rice denies political role in Russian Federation probe

After Bergdahl's release, Rice said he had served with "honor and distinction", but days later, Rice went on CNN to clarify and defend her statement. The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations - primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. Read More

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