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China 'seriously concerned' over North Korea missile warnings

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale US and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion. The following day, Trump tweeted that he "had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea", But Xi in Beijing said that he had urged Trump to seek a "peaceful solution".

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Trump wins support for possible WTO action on Canada dairy

Trump took aim on Tuesday during a visit to cheese-producing Wisconsin, saying he would "stand up for our dairy farmers" against Canada's "unfair" practices. The most recent flashpoint came a year ago, when Canada's dairy farmers struck a new pricing deal with processors including Saputo Inc (SAP.TO) and Parmalat Canada [PLTPRC.UL].

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Assad has up to 3 tons of chemical weapons

In the meantime, the head of the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday that Sarin or a similar banned toxin was used in an attack in Syria's Idlib province on April 4 that killed almost 90 people. All of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules. The Syrian regime's stockpile of chemical weapons, which it disclosed amounted to some 1,300 tons of sarin, VX nerve agent and mustard gas, among other chemical agents, was said to have been ...

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France's Le Pen hardens tone as campaign clock ticks down

A video intercepted last week included images of a newspaper front page that bore the image of a presidential candidate whom Molins did not identify. Hundreds of protesters have marched in Marseille against French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen , ahead of her final rally in the southern port city.

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Democrat Just Misses Stunning Victory in Georgia House Race

So when the votes were counted Tuesday night, Bob Gray wound up with only 11 percent, underperforming the polls, while Moody and Hill, likewise underperforming with 9 percent each. "Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia", the President tweeted late on Tuesday.

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Ivanka Trump's global reach, undeterred by a White House job

The scenario shows how hard it is for the president's daughter, to separate business from politics in her new position at the White House. "Her brand is flourishing, despite boycotts and several stores limiting her merchandise", AP reported , noting that US imports, nearly all from China, rose some 166 percent past year with sales hitting record levels in 2017.

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Bill O'Reilly

O'Reilly has been enmeshed in controversy since the start of this month after The New York Times reported five women were paid about $US13 million ($A17 million) in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about the accusations.

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Trump administration talks tougher on Iran

Lu, while not directly referring to Tillerson's comments, said China hopes all parties could ensure the nuclear deal was implemented, appropriately handle disagreements and make positive contributions to nuclear non-proliferation and peace and stability in the Middle East.

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United Kingdom lawmakers approve PM's call for early election

Before 2011, a prime minister could dissolve parliament and call a snap election at any time they wanted. "So it's rather unusual that only a couple of hours after calling for a general election, the Prime Minister is saying she's not going to take part in TV debates", Corbyn said.

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Trump Hopes for North Korean Leader's Wish to Maintain Peace

North Korea has accelerated its nuclear and missile tests in recent years, despite global condemnation and United Nations sanctions. Analysts worry that a USA strike against North Korea would result in a war with the country. Also on April 13, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the country may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent.

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Trump signs 'Hire American' order in Snap-on visit

In the past, Trump has been known to hire low-skill foreign workers at a low cost for his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago under a complete separate visa system. The ban is also expected to levy a blow to the tech industry, as many foreign nationals immigrate on the H-1B visa. Under the program, the government admits about 85,000 immigrants each year, largely for work in high-technology jobs.

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Millions of Christians celebrate easter worldwide

Today commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave and his ascension to heaven. Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. Shafer will tell his church members to try to imagine what it was like going to the tomb and discovering that it was empty. Monsignor Robert Mazur, pastor of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, calls Easter a time of renewal and rebirth.

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SA's junk status courtesy of Zuma - IFP

Zuma's sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last week has fanned public anger, divisions within the ruling ANC party and a sharp decline in investor confidence in the country. The ratings agency joins Standard & Poor's in stripping the nation of its investment-grade credit rating, leaving only Moody's yet to downgrade - although it is also now reviewing its score for South Africa.

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Ossoff and Handel 'getting back to work' for June runoff

If Ossoff gets the support of the other Democratic candidates, he would have 49 percent, said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Ossoff was one of 18 candidates running, won 48.1% of the vote in a deep-South district that has been solidly Republican for decades.

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IFS chief challenges John McDonnell over tax rise claim

The shadow chancellor said the tax burden now falls too hard on middle and lower income households and that his party will fight the snap general election set for June 8 on a pledge to make the tax system "fair". People who feel they can keep their wealth offshore and avoid paying taxes. "But of course those people don't want us to win". Labour will also go into the snap general election on June 8 with a manifesto promising to cap senior executives' salaries, with no bosses able to pay ...

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Pence vows 'overwhelming' response to North Korea

Donald Trump's number two issued the explosive warning from the windswept deck of a massive U.S. aircraft carrier during a visit to Japan. "The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.

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At least three dead in Venezuela mass anti-government protests

There are few clear ways of identifying colectivos , who call themselves community groups but whom the opposition accuses of being violent paramilitary wings of the ruling Socialist Party. Dictator Nicolás Maduro announced a plan Monday to arm as many as one million chavistas seeking to join government-sponsored gangs on Tuesday in anticipation of the protest.

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Turkey's President Rejects Criticism from International Monitors Over Referendum

On Monday evening, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the White House will only comment on the results of the Turkish constitutional referendum after the global monitors release their final report. Observers from the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the referendum campaign had been conducted on an " unlevel playing field ".

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VP Mike Pence: US not seeking North Korea negotiations

Pence repeated the phrase in South Korea, the first stop on his tour, and again during his speech aboard the Ronald Reagan. "President Trump has submitted a budget, which will rebuild our military and restore the arsenal of democracy with the largest increase in defense spending since the days of the namesake of this ship sat in the Oval Office", he said.

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Capitals beat Maple Leafs 5-4, tie series at 2 games apiece

If you believe Matthews is destined for greatness, he's now 75 points behind Doug Gilmour for the franchise post-season points lead. Even with the Blackhawks finally ending their scoring drought in this series, it wasn't enough as Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period to force overtime.

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Minnesota dairy farms affected by US-Canada trade dispute

Trump last week promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of NAFTA, an agreement he's called the worst deal in USA history. Canada's ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, says that problems with the American dairy industry are due to overproduction, not Canada's supply management system.

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Gorsuch to hear major religious liberty case

The case, brought by a longtime U.S. Census Bureau worker against the Merit Systems Protection Board, revolved around a highly technical question about which court should hear the worker's appeal. Trump was able to fill Scalia's vacancy only because Senate Republicans previous year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.

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North Korea threatens weekly missile tests as tensions soar over Korean peninsula

It has been claiming that Kim's regime has already developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the mainland US. Abe said Japan likewise hopes for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang , "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless". Washington has also given powerful indications that it would use a military strike if necessary, pointing to recent actions in Syria, where it fired missiles on a government air base, and ...

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Afghanistan: 90 ISIS terrorists killed in U.S. 'mother of all bombs' attack

The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 bomb, was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan , Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said on Thursday. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, told a news conference Friday. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) says there needs to be more communication between the White House and Congress on military actions overseas.

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Drug Company Files Another Lawsuit Against Arkansas Over Use Of Execution Drugs

It has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to put on hold the first of the scheduled lethal injections, of Bruce Earl Ward, after his legal team argued he is a diagnosed schizophrenic with no rational understanding of his impending execution.

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Trump follows Turnbull's visa changes with 'buy American and hire American' order

The order is an attempt by Trump to carry out his " America First " campaign pledges to reform USA immigration policies and encourage the purchase of American products. The commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president. He also dissed the World Trade Association and the NAFTA free trade agreement.

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Pence warns North Korea the U.S. "sword stands ready"

The White House has said that Beijing is using its political and economic influence to rein in North Korea, attributing the efforts to "recently developed" ties between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The North has said such launches are an act of deterrence against a potential invasion by the US or South Korea. Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been ...

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Georgia race seen as early Trump test goes to run-off

And Trump let the world know he played a role - via a robocall and tweets - writing this: "Glad to be of help!" An Ossoff win would not tip the balance of power in the Republican-controlled House but could weaken Trump's already shaky hold on his party there by encouraging those in competitive districts to distance themselves from him.

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Conte: Title Race Is Now 50-50

Mourinho felt United were dominant as Chelsea failed to register a shot on target in a league match for the first time since September 2007. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after seven minutes with a clever finish, having been played through on goal by Ander Herrera who appeared to handle the ball in the build-up.

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North Korea threatens 'all-out war' with United States

He said the Trump administration's deployment of the Carl Vinson nuclear carrier task group to waters off the Korean Peninsula again "proves the US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario". US Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr Mattis did not identify the type of missile but said it was not of intercontinental range, meaning it could not reach USA territory.

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US VP Mike Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour

He also said , "We are with you 100 percent", adding that the USA always seeks peace. Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States' response to any use of weapons by North Korea will be "overwhelming and effective", in a new warning to the reclusive state Wednesday.

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Trump's daughter meets Chinese president, receives Chinese trademarks

Ivanka Trump greets students while touring The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on March 28, 2017 in Washington D.C. Norman Eisen, former President Obama's chief ethics lawyer, said Ivanka and Kushner have too many conflicts to be involved in policies regarding China.

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Putin's TV says Trump 'scarier' than North Korea's Kim Jong

The current and former U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the Russian documents' classified status. It said they described two confidential documents that were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies and acquired by USA intelligence officials.

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Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

Moore was found guilty on six charges of violating the canons of judicial ethics after he sent a letter to all state probate judges instructing them to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. To the broader point about whether the commission proved its case against Moore, the state's high court was blunt: "The record before this Court supports the findings of the Court of the Judiciary; therefore, we can not conclude that its judgment is plainly and palpably wrong, manifestly unjust, ...

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Stockholm truck attack: Authorities arrest second suspect

He added that two Swedes, one Briton and a Belgian were killed in the attack and another 15 injured. "Everything points to a terror attack", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was quoted as telling reporters earlier in the day. The crowds gathered in Stockholm built a wall of flowers on the fence put up to keep them away from broken glass and twisted metal. Some hugged police officers nearby.


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