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Syria chemical attack allegation 'credible': OPCW

A preliminary assessment showed that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria "was a credible allegation", said the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday. The Syrian government's suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians last week amounts to a "war crime", the US State Department said Thursday. The Syrian government denied the accusation.

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U.S. commander explains use of "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan

On Thursday, US military aircraft dropped the 22,000-pound MOAB, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. "We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS (Daesh) fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target USA military advisors and Afghan forces in the area", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday.

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Thousands evacuated from besieged Syrian towns under swap deal

It said the evacuation of Zabadani, also besieged by the government side, had been delayed until the evening or early Saturday, without elaborating. On Friday, buses set out from the regime-besieged Madaya and Zabadani districts carrying some 2,350 passengers, including nearly 1,000 opposition fighters.

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'Mother Of All Bombs' killed 36 ISIS fighters: Afghanistan

A US Air Force file image of the GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb in an undisclosed location. The Afghan Ministry of Defense says 36 Islamic State militants were killed by a huge bomb dropped by the US military on Thursday. "It was the right weapon against the right target", he said at a press conference in Kabul on Friday afternoon local time . Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for America Rising Squared - an arm of the Republican super-PAC, America Rising - however, said the ...

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Egyptian Parliament Approves 3-month State of Emergency

George's Church in Tanta, which is located north of Cairo. The group was allegedly planning to attack a monastery. Women cry during the funeral for those killed in a Palm Sunday church attack in Alexandria Egypt , at the Mar Amina church, Monday, April 10, 2017.

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Le Pen Criticizes Trump For Changing His Mind On NATO

Prosecutors also petitioned the parliament to lift the immunity of Le Pen's colleague, fellow National Front MEP Marie-Christine Boutonnet. French magistrates have asked the European Parliament to suspend immunity of far-right presidency front-runner Marine Le Pen as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of parliamentary salaries, a local report said on Friday.

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Monaco beats Dortmund on emotional night

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game on Wednesday that his team had not been ready to play and had found out about the rescheduling after receiving a text message from Switzerland, where UEFA is based. "It was very hard for the team to focus on the game", Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. "We weren't attacked on the field by an opponent; we were attacked from inside the bus as men", Tuchel said in a post-match broadcast interview.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: India rejects Pakistan's 'farcical' trial

The Pakistan Army had also released a "confessional video" of Jadhav after his arrest. The worldwide norm is consular access, India and Pakistan have a bilateral agreement on consular access. "We pointed out that consular access to Shri Jadhav would be an essential pre-requisite in order to verify the facts and understand the circumstances of his presence in Pakistan.

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Russian Federation 'guilty of killing civilians' after Trump's Syria missile strike

Haley's latest comments echoed those of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said in a separate interview on CBS' " Face the Nation " that defeating ISIS is the Trump administration's "first priority". Mr Johnson had originally planned to fly out to Moscow at the end of March, but rescheduled the visit in order to attend a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including U.S.

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NI Harry Potter actor wins Olivier award

HARRY POTTER And The Cursed Child cast a spell over theatreland's biggest night of the year. It won numerous most prestigious awards, including best new play and best director for John Tiffany. Billie Piper won the Best Actress award for playing the role of a young woman driven to extremes by her desire to have a child in 1934 play, Yerma .

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US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

The Somalia-based al-Shabab claims that its escalation of deadly attacks is in "doubled response" to President Donald Trump's approval of expanded USA military efforts against it, an organization that monitors extremist groups says. Following those deaths, the American public was shocked and support for the operation evaporated. This is the first time regular USA troops have been deployed in Somalia since 1994, although some counter-terrorism advisers are already there.

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Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

The press conference came just moments before Russian Federation again cast a veto at the UN Security Council, blocking a bid from the US, UK and France to condemn the suspected gas attack and push the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.

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Trump signs resolution allowing USA states to block family planning funds

Vice President Mike Pence, in his constitutional role as president of the Senate, cast the tiebreaking vote. Crucially, the new measure also does not keep abortion providers from receiving federal Medicaid reimbursements, a policy option often referred to as "defunding" Planned Parenthood.

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Secret Service officers to be fired after fence-jumping

Last month, a suspected intruder jumped three fences and nearly made it to an executive mansion door. Authorities said Jonathan Tran of Milpitas jumped several fences and was on the White House grounds for more than 15 minutes before he was detected near an entrance.

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Russian Federation relations at new low after Syria attacks

Tillerson said Syria's government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict. But they could have. His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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Trump lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the US, performing at least 300,000 abortions every year. Planned Parenthood issued a statement that denounced the signing of the resolution. Even Trump himself acknowledged the good work Planned Parenthood does as a Republican presidential debate in 2015, while simultaneously maintaining that he is "totally against" abortion .

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Packed Iraq morgue reveals toll of Mosul conflict

Senior Daesh (banned in Russia) militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have been eliminated by the Iraqi forces and do not have centralized command anymore, an Iraqi police official told Sputnik Wednesday. Clashes are expected to continue in the area. ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces are making progress in their offensive to expel Islamic State from Mosul but face a "very complicated" urban battle as the militants hide in mosques, homes and hospitals, a USA general told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Calgarians commemorate 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge

More than 200 people attended the B.C. Dragoons' tribute to the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Vernon cenotaph. PARIS (AP) - More than 20,000 people, majority Canadians, attended a solemn ceremony Sunday to commemorate a World War I battle in northern France that remains indelibly etched on Canada's national identity 100 years after it happened.

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Stockholm suspect 'admits truck attack'

Swedish politicians have meanwhile expressed anger over the failure by the authorities to deport the suspect, as police said around 12,000 people had absconded after being denied the right to stay. Police have not given a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility, but police chief Dan Eliasson said that after questioning him they have become increasingly "convinced that we have the right suspect".

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Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines'

Nor would it say whether the United States believed Assad should step down after the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun that killed at least 80 people and injured dozens more on Tuesday. Rouhani added the USA attack was in line with policy to strengthen the terrorists. Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria ", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", ...

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Brexit EU's Barnier calls for calm over Gibraltar

The patrol boat Infanta Cristina was told to exit the area by the Royal Navy unit stationed in the British overseas territory. A Spanish gunboat has been chased off by Royal Navy vessels after entering British waters off Gibraltar following days of growing tensions .

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Man dragged off United flight reportedly prepares to sue

The incident attracted a storm of negative publicity for United , as did their initial handling of it in the immediate aftermath. "We can't do that". Initially, the airline said employees and police acted appropriately because Dao had been "belligerent" and "disruptive" in refusing to give up his seat.

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J&K: Ahead of by-elections, schools designated as polling booths set on fire

Counting of votes will be held on April 15. "Peaceful means and not violence are the only way ahead for getting the state out of the present difficulties", she said. Two government schools designated as polling stations for the Wednesday's by-poll to Ananatnag Lok Sabha constituency, The New Indian Express reported.

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South Africa's biggest trade union calls for Zuma to quit

The president could in theory be ousted by the ANC recalling him, or after losing a vote of no confidence in parliament. While opposition leaders have urged ANC lawmakers to vote according to their conscience, party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday they won't oppose Zuma.

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N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it

Coal exports are a critical source of foreign currency for the North. Beijing's embargo thus makes it significantly more hard for Pyongyang to obtain funds to import supplies for nuclear weapons development and missile launches. Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. China also said there can be no victor in war over North Korea.

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French race tightens nine days to polling day

The two highest scorers in the first round on April 23 will go through to contest a run-off on May 7. French judges have asked for far-right leader Marine Le Pen's parliamentary immunity to be lifted, the latest setback in a presidential election campaign in which she is no longer assured of reaching the decisive second round.

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Swedish Truck Attack Suspect Admits Guilt, His Lawyer Says

According to the Swedish Police Authority, Rakhmat Akilov was responsible for the deadly terror attack over the weekend in Stockholm . A number of people were killed when a truck was driven into a department store in Sweden's capital, Stockholm .

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WashPo: Judge granted Federal Bureau of Investigation warrant to monitor Trump aide Carter Page

That result indicates that federal agents persuaded a judge that probable cause exists to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power . This was part of the investigation into the possibility of connection between the campaign and Russian Federation, the law enforcement as well as what other USA officials said.

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Haley: Attack on Syria 'One of the President's Finest Hours'

Not so fast. Speaking to ABC's This Week, Tillerson emphasized there was "no change" in the USA military stance toward Syria. "We're hopeful that Russian Federation will choose to play a constructive role in supporting ceasefires through their own Astana talks, but also, ultimately, through Geneva", Tillerson said.

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North Korea: 'We will go to war with US if they choose'

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South China Sea as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, April 9, 2017. North Korea, still technically at war with the South after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, has on occasion conducted missile or nuclear tests to coincide with big political events and often threatens the United States, South Korea and Japan.

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Ecuador Presidential Election: Ruling Party Candidate Claims Victory As Opposition Demands Recount

And Moreno appears to have won Sunday's tight race, . On election night, thousands of outraged Lasso supporters shouting "fraud" crashed through metal barricades to nearly reach the entrance of the electoral council's headquarters in Quito.

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Russia vetoes UN resolution for speedy probe of Syria chemical attack

This comes as U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visited Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, and a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Putin's decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the US even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.

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Allies Call for Zuma to Step Down

South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar in early trade on Thursday but looked vulnerable to lingering political tensions after a controversial cabinet reshuffle. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma reacts during the launch of a social housing project in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, April 1, 2017. ANC's National Working Committee (NWC) held a lengthy meeting on Tuesday night where President Zuma's fate was discussed.

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NBC's Report Of Preemptive Strikes On North Korea Contested, Declared 'Wildly Wrong'

A spokesperson for China's customs agency on Thursday said that first quarter trade with North Korea had increased when compared to previous year, despite a ban on North Korean coal. VOA claims that the a "preemptive strike is NOT planned". There are also American heavy bombers located in Guam. The preparations come amid rising tensions in the region, with North Korea this week promising a "big event" as the country prepares to celebrate the "Day of the Sun", the birthday of communist ...

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Woman Critically Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

The Israeli police said in a statement that tens of thousands of Jews had come to the wall to perform the ritual (blessing of the priests) "which is part of Passover celebrations". Another woman, 30, in her late pregnancy, was hurt in the stomach area when the train came to an emergency stop. Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld said the attack, which took place near Tzahal Square, was carried out by an "Arab terrorist" and tweeted a photo of an apparently blood-stained knife.


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