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FACT CHECK: Do Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost $3 million?

The federal government has reportedly said it would reimburse the county for Trump's security costs. But commissioners said they're not sure when they'll see those reimbursement checks. Britain's Daily Mail agrees to pay Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology, and retracts an article saying the first lady offered "services beyond simply modeling" in her former job.

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Thousands march against Zuma, as he celebrates his birthday

The support on the ground has been overwhelming, with so many South Africans supporting the petition and expressing anger at Jacob Zuma's refusal to leave the presidency in the face of widespread protests. "I came because Zuma has to step down". Kathrada's widow had a message for Zuma: "Mr President, do you have ears to listen and eyes to see?" In the days before, the ruling party had publicly supported Zuma's decision to fire Pravin Gordhan (who shares a birthday with Zuma), ...

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Ronaldo reigns, Neuer shines, and Real wins

Real might have gone ahead for the first time in the fixture were it not for the fact that five-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Neuer was protecting Bayern's net, and he did so with aplomb over the next 15 minutes or so. "He doesn't feel so good, we hope it's nothing major", he said. With Robert Lewandowski ruled out by a shoulder injury, Thomas Muller was left to lead the Bayern attack, supported by the wandering Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

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Missile strike punctuated Trump talks with China's Xi on North Korea

Meanwhile, Gordon Chang, a Daily Beast columnist and author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On The World, said in a statement to Fox News Friday that last week's USA strike on the Syrian airfield " tells North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he must now heed American military power, something that he probably dismissed before".

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Opponents join forces in mass march against Zuma

EFF leader Julius Malema leaves the stage at the Day of Action march against the leadership of President Jacob Zuma held in Pretoria on 12 April 2017. No memorandum was handed over, he said, because Zuma does not read. The question that I have not heard anyone asking is, if indeed President Zuma is made to step down unconstitutionally, who takes over? However sentiment in the South African Rand began to sour again this morning as the protest appeared to do little to change the ANC's ...

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CIA Director Calls WikiLeaks 'Hostile Intelligence Service'

Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday called WikiLeaks a non-state "hostile intelligence service" often abetted by state actors, such as Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign. Pompeo also had harsh words for Edward Snowden , the former National Security Administration contractor who downloaded thousands of documents revealing some of the electronic eavesdropping agency's most sensitive programs and shared them with journalists.

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United Nations envoy: Syria ready to provide OPCW investigators access to Shayrat airbase

In an interview with the AFP news agency, conducted under restrictions imposed by the Syrian government at the presidential palace in Damascus , Assad claimed the reported details of what happened were not credible because their source was al-Qaeda's former affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front.

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Mile High Snub: Dao Lawyer Says Airlines Have 'Bullied' Passengers for Years

David Dao has been discharged from a hospital but he will require reconstructive surgery, said attorney Thomas Demetrio, whose law firm is representing the 69-year-old Kentucky physician. I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: "my deepest apologies for what happened", Munoz said in a statement. A huge part of the backlash directed at United came not only from a passenger being physically manhandled, but also in the airline's policies surrounding overbooking and the ...

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Xi urges peaceful solutions over North Korea

US administration officials said final decisions on specific sanctions targets have yet to made, but they privately expressed doubts about how much further Beijing is willing to go to bring its defiant ally to heel - in spite of increasing Chinese concerns that North Korea might soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or new missile launches.

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Cruz: Close House race in Kansas 'a warning sign'

Ron is going to be helping us, big league". He made a decision to mock doubters, those who dared think he - a Kansas Republican and the clear favorite - might not prevail. In the wake of his defeat, Thompson bitterly told supporters; "I probably shouldn't say this, but Mr. Estes did not beat us". "I'm not going anywhere", he tweeted Tuesday night.

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N. Korea leader oversees special forces op as tensions soar

Beijing has traditionally opposed slapping extreme sanctions on Pyongyang but has recently indicated it would support stronger United Nations sanctions if North Korea forges ahead with the expected provocations. A barrage of recent North Korean missile tests has stoked USA fears that Pyongyang may soon develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the U.S.

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Trump Thanks Chinese President For Visit, US Military For Syria Attack

The "fruitful" summit charts new course of China-US ties under global gaze and sent a clear-cut message that the world's two largest economies can become great cooperative partners despite their differences, the Xinhua news agency said, referring to the Mar-a-Lago summit in Florida.

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Trump faces a thorny dilemma in North Korea

Amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korea has warned of a nuclear attack on the USA at any sign of American aggression. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen a special forces commando operation, state media said on Thursday (April 13), as tensions soar with Washington over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

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Trump says North Korea a problem that 'will be taken care of'

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump shake hands during dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, during the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders. "By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the USA is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war", said North Korea's statement.

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Manafort expected to register as foreign agent for past Ukraine work

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn might have kept his involvement with the government of Turkey under wraps while on the Trump team. Not only was it revealed that the former Trump campaign manager's consulting firm received $1.2 million from the "secret ledger" of Ukraine funds, but he also began the process of registering as a foreign agent due to his strong ties to Ukraine and Russian Federation.

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USA missile attack increases risk of nuclear war: Russian MP

A joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah said the USA strike on a Syrian airbase crossed "red lines", hours after the United States indicated removing President Bashar al-Assad was the only hope for peace. "Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent", said Tillerson on Thursday night. The government was "quick to blindly follow every order from the Trump White House", he said.

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Passenger rights if you're bumped from a flight

It gave compensation to 129,825 volunteers past year while bumping 1,238 non-volunteer passengers. But it angers and frustrates customers who see their travel plans wrecked in an instant. It gave few details. Despite United Airlines' high-profile blunder in yanking a passenger from a full flight, the odds of getting bumped from your next flight on a USA carrier are very small, CNBC reported.

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1 dead, 3 wounded in Atlanta shooting

MARTA police received the call at approximately 4:29 p.m. Emergency responders are on the scene. Atlanta television station WGCL quoted witnesses as saying that the shooter, a man also in his 30s, appeared to shoot randomly at passengers.

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Pakistan mob kills university student over alleged blasphemy

At least 15 people have been arrested in connection with the incident, and the campus has been shut down until further notice. "After severe torture that led his death, the charged students then wanted to burn his body", said Shinwari. The police, when alerted, reached the varsity and rescued Abdullah, after which the mob set its sights on Khan, who was in the hostel at the time, an eyewitness told the newspaper.

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State paper says China would protect a denuclearized North Korea

Trump himself did not do much to relieve the tension, tweeting Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble" and that if China chose not to "solve the North Korean problem", the US would "solve the problem without them!" Trump's policy toward the North Korean threat is still taking shape.

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Donald Trump ordered Syria strikes while eating 'the most beautiful cake'

Donald Trump has told of how he boasted to the Chinese President about ordering a missile strike in Syria while eating "the most handsome piece of chocolate cake". All of this may easily be rhetoric and likely none of it will come to pass, but if you are the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, wouldn't you want to be at the White House, as close to the situation room as possible? "He was ok with it".

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Russia says it won't broadcast Eurovision Song Contest

Russian Federation debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. The tactical exercises of the security officials have been already held regarding security protection of Eurovision participants and guests [April 8 in Boryspil].

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You can still be fired for being gay - legally

The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now agreed with her. The argument: Federal civil rights laws prohibit sex discrimination, and this, based on the Seventh Circuit Court's interpretation of the law, encompasses sexual orientation .

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4 statements by United on passenger's removed from flight

Dao suffered "a significant concussion as a result of disembarking that plane", Demetrio said in a news conference in Chicago. He adds that the ordeal was "more harrowing" for his client than fleeing Vietnam decades ago, per MarketWatch. Munoz has since called Dao directly to apologize and issued a notice to United employees that passengers must not be forced off airplanes except for security reasons.

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Putin meets Tillerson as US, Russia fiercely feud over Syria

The UN Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, but Russian Federation is likely to veto the measure, diplomats said.

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Syria's President Says Government's Role in Chemical Attack Is '100 Percent Fabrication'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes the USA fabricated a chemical weapons attack in order to justify a cruise missile strike, he told AFP in a Thursday interview. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", he said. The report could not immediately be independently verified. It will be Moscow's eighth veto in support of the Assad government since the Syrian war began six years ago.

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GOP congressman says Spicer 'needs to go' after Hitler comments

Speaking to hundreds at a town hall in Aurora, Coffman fielded questions for two hours from questioners hoping he'd flex his muscles against President Donald Trump's agenda. Assad, he "mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison". "I would ask for folks forgiveness", Spicer said a day later.

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GOP Congressman calls for Spicer's resignation after Hitler comments

Cramer initially said "I think he apologized and that's the end of it". "It was a mistake to do that". "Someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons". "There was not. He brought them into the Holocaust center I understand that". "We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II". "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust".

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In Venezuela power play, another opposition leader is sidelined by dubious accusations

A leading Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles , says he has been formally banned for 15 years from political activity. After a recall referendum against Maduro was quashed last year and amid fears that next year's presidential election will not be fair, opposition supporters say they have no option but to take to the street.

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Sean Spicer Hitler-Assad Apology

He said there was no comparison and "it was a mistake to do that", adding: "It was my blunder". Coffman, a moderate representing a swing district in and around Aurora, was asked at a town hall about Spicer's remarks this week that even Hitler didn't "sink to using chemical weapons" during the Holocaust.

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US hit IS with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used

General John Nicholson, the head of U.S. and global forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K. According to the Air Force, the last time the MOAB was tested in 2003, a huge mushroom cloud could be seen from 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K", he added, using the USA military's ...

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Trump says would be 'wonderful' if US, Russia could get along

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Russian Federation by vetoing a Security Council draft has said no to peace in Syria. US President Donald Trump offered an olive branch to Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, even as Washington and Moscow clashed over Russia's alleged US election interference and Syria's brutal conflict.

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Cases, but also cafeteria duty, await Gorsuch at high court

The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change rules for approving Supreme Court picks over the fierce objection of Democrats. Cook-Dubin told The Eagle that the new associate justice could have a greater influence on the details of the law rather than the bigger cases that attract more attention.

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Uber Is Back in Taiwan After a Two-Month Suspension

In a statement that said its return to the island came after "constructive talks" with the government, the firm acknowledged that the new business model in Taiwan was a departure from its standard ride-sharing service. Brown said it was hard for Uber to suspend its operations, because it slowed the company's growth, but it was more important for the company to obey local laws.

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EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

Presently, coal plant wastewater has contaminated more than 23,000 miles of waterways, including almost 400 water bodies used as drinking water sources. Most recently, Trump ordered the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. Plants had been expected to comply with the rule between 2018 and 2023, depending on when they need a new Clean Water Act permit.


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