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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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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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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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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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UAE says 'significant breakthrough' reached in Libya talks

The UAE is, with Egypt, the main supporter of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control most of eastern Libya, including its key oil ports, and who refuses to recognise the UN-backed government of Fayez al-Sarraj. The United Arab Emirates voiced optimism a political settlement could be reached in Libya after the meeting. Egypt and the UAE have been spearheading regional efforts to mediate between rival authorities in eastern and western Libya as fighting has threatened to plunge the ... Read More

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United States will honor 'dumb' Australian refugee deal

During Trump's initial phone call with Turnbull, Trump criticized an Obama administration refugee resettlement deal with Australia that would bring refugees from Australia to the United States. Mr Pence told a joint news conference with Mr Turnbull that the deal would be subject to vetting, and that honouring it "doesn't mean that we admire the agreement". Read More

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Stephen Hendry sees himself in finalist Mark Selby

Mark Selby won 17-15 and advanced to the final. I'm happy with how I did this time. "I could not make any mistakes, but that is what happened". Higgins had started the second mini-session really well, winning the first frame to ensure that he would have a lead overnight before producing an outrageous plant to open up a six frame lead. Read More

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Iran Border Guards Killed By Sunni Militants On Pakistan Border

Iran Border Guards Killed By Sunni Militants On Pakistan Border

His anguish and anger over the killing of border guards was reflected in the statement, Iran "is very disheartened that it is repeatedly transgressed upon from Pakistani soil by armed bandits and terrorist hirelings". While Tehran says it honors its commitments to provide Islamabad with secure borders, it laments that the Pakistan side is falling short of its reciprocal commitments. Read More

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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

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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