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United Nations secretary-general starts official visit to Iraq

USA airstrikes probably played a role in the death of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, but an ongoing investigation may reveal a more complicated explanation, the top commander of American forces in Iraq said Tuesday. The fight for western Mosul began in February after Iraqi security forces pushed ISIS out of the eastern side of the Tigris River city. Iraq's Sunni Arabs resent the control of the Shi'ite majority over state bodies including the military, established after ...

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European Union 'will die', says French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C) speaks with Anglet's mayor Claude Olive during his visit at the farm of Christophe Gastigard (L) as part of his campaign, on March 25, 2017 in Cambo-les-Bains.

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Airstrikes kill dozens of militants near Syria border

Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led coalition, have been battling to retake the city of Mosul, Islamic State's stronghold in Iraq and the city where Baghdadi declared a caliphate almost three years ago. ISIS then stationed fighters on the building in an effort to get the US backed Iraqi Security Forces to call in a USA airstrike on the position. The number of Islamic State fighters who have been killed is not known with certainty.

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UN chief alarmed by Israel's approval of new settlement

A senior official from the Trump Administration told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the USA accepts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rationale for approving one exceptional new settlement because it was for the evacuees of Amona, an Israeli outpost in the West Bank that was dismantled in February.

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Palestinians demand sanctions against Israel over new settlement

It is meant to house residents of the West Bank outpost of Amona, which was demolished last month after Israel's high court ruled that it was built on privately owned Palestinian land. TRT World 's Nick Davies Jones reports. There have been no new settlements built in recent years, but existing settlement have grown. "While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace", a White House official ...

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Fillon scrambles to shift focus as French election nears

French conservative candidate Francois Fillon says his priority as president would be to fight Islamic totalitarianism, as the country is under a state of emergency after extremist attacks. He has already been charged in the case involving allegedly fictitious jobs as a parliamentary aide for which the Welsh-born Penelope Fillon was paid hundreds of thousands of euros.

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North Korea missile test fails, USA and South say, as tensions simmer

North Korea has stated that its goal is to develop a nuclear device small enough to be placed on a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States. The Trump administration, led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, has had some harsh words for North Korea. China resents being pressed to do more, saying the problem is between North Korea and the United States, although it too objects to the North's nuclear programme.

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France's Le Pen Lacks Election Funds, Denies Russian Backing

Le Pen met with Putin after a visit to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, during which she called for closer ties between the two countries and the removal of European Union sanctions. UNDR spokesman Laring Baou told DW that Le Pen, as the successor to her father Jean-Marie Le Pen as leader of the National Front party, does not have the interests of Africans in mind.

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U.S. bans electronic carry-ons from 8 Muslim countries

The Prime Minister's office confirmed today a ban on passengers bringing large electronics devices on UK-inbound flights from six countries across the Middle East and North Africa would come into effect over the next few days. The ban covers six United Kingdom carriers including British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, and Thomson, and eight overseas carriers comprising of Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal ...

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Tillerson in Turkey for talks amid Syria strains

Although the disagreement centres on tactics for a long-planned assault on IS' self-declared capital of Raqqa, Turkey's long-term security is also at stake. This equivalence between the two ethnic Kurdish groups would mark a change in USA policy. In the Netherlands, this campaigning clashed with a Dutch general election and led to the most dramatic showdown between Ankara and an European Union government when Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was barred from entering and Family Minister ...

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World Cup qualifying woes for Argentina after ban for Messi

However, much of the focus was on Barcelona playmaker Messi, who was banned for four global matches and fined 10,000 Swiss francs (S$14,030) for abusing an assistant referee during last Thursday's win over Chile. Bringing back the good times was just what Messi's Barcelona teammate Neymar had wanted from Brazil's game in Sao Paulo. Argentina remain on 22 points and dropped to fifth place in the 10-team South American qualifying group with four matches to play.

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Russia Investigation Grinds to a Halt in the House

An Obama administration official was set to potentially shed new light on the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation - until her hearing was canceled. Questioned by reporters on Tuesday over his reason for canceling the public hearing on Friday, after Yates informed Congress on Friday that she would deliver a testimony before House lawmakers alongside other intelligence officials, Nunes denied even canceling the hearing.

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Trump calls out 'sleepy eyes' Chuck Todd, slams 'fake news media'

In a follow-up tweet , he slammed the 'Fake News Media for "pushing the phony Russian Federation story". President Trump on Saturday called for NBC News to devote more attention to his unproven claims that President Obama spied on him and stop covering the investigations into Russia's interference in the election.

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Clashes, fire at Paraguay congress after re-election vote

The country's 1992 constitution , introduced after 35 years of dictatorship , limits the president to a single five-year term. "My colleagues have carried out a coup because of the irregular and illegal manner in which they modified no less than the Constitution", Sen.

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U.S. prez Trump expects 'tough' summit with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping

Chen Mingming, a veteran Chinese diplomat, said Xi's meeting with Trump will be a major diplomatic move taken by Beijing and will "kick off a good start for the ties in the next few years". On Friday, China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zheng Zeguang repeatedly emphasized that "both China and the USA attach great importance to the upcoming presidential meeting".

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Russian Federation being forced to enter confrontation with NATO - Moscow

The U.S. Congress supports NATO", Tillerson said. Tillerson delivered the message as he met fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers for the first time ahead of a May 25 summit to be attended by leaders of the 28-nation alliance, including President Donald Trump.

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House Intel Committee Leaders Divided As Russia Probe Continues

He said: "It tells me that Trump's whole defence is one member of his inner circle away from turning state's evidence and spilling some beans and it starts to be all over". A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on the collaboration between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, suggesting "it's the kind of evidence" that a grand jury investigation would want to consider.

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USA sees more civilian casualties as campaign against militants intensifies

General Votel's comments about standards are likely to cause concern, with human rights groups already slamming the United States military for an increase in the allegations of civilian casualties in recent weeks. ISIS knows the great extent to which the coalition goes to protect civilians, Scrocca said. The strikes if confirmed would rank among the highest civilian death tolls in a us air operation since the Iraq War began in 2003, according to the New York Times .

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Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's European Union departure

Meeting without Britain just days before it triggers its divorce. from the European Union, the other 27 countries signed a new declaration on the Capitoline Hill where six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957. There was also a smaller anti-Brexit protest march in Edinburgh, Scotland. But in a sign of how deep divisions run between the 27 countries that will form the European Union once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, the text was watered down after Poland and ...

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Tillerson says Assad's fate up to Syrian people

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met the wife of a jailed American pastor during his visit to Ankara . He recalled that the USA also "unfurled its flag" in the Kurdish region, with some US troops stationed inside and in rural parts of western Manbij, and these moves have deterred a Turkish advance.

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UN Secretary General calls for more aid as people flee Mosul

Despite using state-of-the-art weaponry, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq appears unable to avoid civilian casualties as it battles the militants in close urban combat. Local officials and eyewitnesses have said as many as 240 people may have died in the al Jadida district when a blast made a building collapse, burying families inside.

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Leaders reaffirm support for Palestinian state at Arab summit

Talks are expected on a range of other issues including efforts against the Islamic State group, the war in Yemen, unrest in Libya and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The pressing crises should not make us forget our central and core issue- the Palestinian cause, and the global unanimity on the two states solution", said Ayman Al Safadi, Jordan Foreign Minister.

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Thune to Senate: What's taking so long on Gorsuch?

Republicans need eight Democrats to vote with them. That was a reference to Republican threats to respond to a Democratic filibuster by changing Senate rules and extending the so-called "nuclear option" to Supreme Court nominees, which would essentially allow the Senate to approve a nominee with 51 votes.

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Rain and/or snow will become heavier for some through the night

Roehler estimated 7 to 12 inches in Monument, 6 to 12 inches in Black Forest, 5 to 10 inches in Calhan and 6 to 10 inches in Falcon. In 1997, heavy snow buried portions of central and southern New England into the Catskills of NY and the Poconos of Pennsylvania from March 31 to April 1.

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Trump Trade Tweet Sets Tone for Tense First Meeting With China Leader

Mr Trump put Mr Xi on notice on Thursday when he wrote in a series of Twitter posts that he plans to have "difficult" conversations with his Chinese counterpart about trade issues. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced the trip at a daily media briefing in Beijing , where he spoke about the need for both sides to foster mutual interests in trade relations.

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First Xi-Trump summit to chart way forward on US-China relationship

But Trump s tough language on trade and increasing frustration about China s policies on North Korea could signal he is already willing to throw sand in the gears. "We can no longer have massive trade deficits. and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

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Trump tweets meeting with China will be 'difficult' and centered on trade

President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Finland before he heads to Florida, the United States , for a China-US presidents' meeting next week, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang announced Thursday. Now, Trump is following the trend that he promised to change. The Chinese official highlighted that Beijing's ongoing reforms will increase domestic consumption, which would help raise demand for foreign goods and services, including those originating from the U.S.

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Oklahoma Utilities React After Trump Ends Obama's Clean Power Plan

Kelly said following Trump's executive order for the rollback, that lawsuit probably will be dropped. Days before Trump took charge, the Obama administration sent $500 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which the current President has refused to contribute to.

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China's 'New Silk Road' to Drive Northern Aust Infrastructure

Both countries should fully review the existing free trade agreement and conduct free trade policies in more areas to promote globalization and oppose trade protectionism for open markets, Premier Li said. For his part, Mr Turnbull repeated Australia's long-held position which includes urging China to refrain from building on the islands and coral reefs.

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Ryan says Nunes shouldn't recuse himself from Russian Federation investigation

Mr. Jones told The Hill just off the House floor. The White House on Tuesday rejected allegations that it sought to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before Congress in the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of ties between Russian agents and Trump campaign officials.

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White House to share financial info on top staff

The White House was poised Friday to publicly release on its website the financial disclosure forms of 180 administration officials as part of an information release for employees earning over $161,000. However, whether the administration crossed a line in giving both Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner , positions in the White House is not entirely black and white based on a 24-year-old judicial hearing involving the Clinton administration.

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Senate Intel panel tells WH to send Russian Federation information directly

CNN also quoted Watts as saying he was concerned about President Donald Trump's reaction to revelations that the Russians were trying to damage his campaign opponents. Those three states were later the subject of a failed recount attempt by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, Rubio himself discussed how both his campaign and Senate office had staved off Russian hackers.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says it will reschedule meeting so Tillerson can attend

Tillerson would miss meetings in Brussels from April 5 to 6 to stay in Washington and travel with President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Fla. The State Department spokesman did not mention this detail and NBC News could not immediately independently confirm it. News of Tillerson's Russian Federation trip was first reported by Reuters .

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Freedom Caucus rejects Trump's Obamacare repeal bill

The group of more than 30 hardline conservatives defied Republican leadership and the White House when they said they'd vote no on the legislation without major changes. By pulling the bill Friday, Ryan said, he moved to "let a little pressure off the system, let some nerves cool a little bit and then get back talking with each other while we work on this issue and all the other issues".

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Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood 'used WhatsApp' minutes before attack

However, a 58 year-old man still remains in custody sine last Thursday. Massod was born Adrian Russell Ajao in Kent on Christmas Day in 1964 and moved through several addresses in England, Rowley added. A group of students from Tennessee were in London and witnessed a deadly terrorist attack on Parliament. Yesterday officers released seven people with no further action and one on police bail.


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