• Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives
Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

Bush's administration, and a clerk for the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. District Judge David Nye of Pocatello has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve in the USA federal court for the District of Idaho. FILE - In this December 11, 2007, file photo commissioner Dabney Friedrich , speaks during the U.S. Sentencing ...

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  • Russia, US agree to air safety measures for Syria
Russia, US agree to air safety measures for Syria

A deal hammered out by Russia , Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria has gone into effect. Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria inspect weapons and ammunition that, according to them, belonged to Islamic State fighters, in al-Shadadi town, in Hasaka province, Syria, February 26, 201...

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  • After UNESCO Jerusalem vote, Israel cuts UN funding
After UNESCO Jerusalem vote, Israel cuts UN funding

They announced $728m in savings after US President Donald Trump publicly upbraided Lockheed over "out of control" costs, although most of the savings were already planned ahead of his involvement, during a months-long contract negotiation. Muslims, who refer to the site as the Noble Sanctuary, regard it as their third holiest place, home to al-Aqsa...

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  • Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election
Macron defeats Le Pen in French presidential election

Like the presidential race, France's legislative elections are split into two rounds. Still, Mr. Macron's presidential victory is encouraging for France, Europe and the Western world, and a welcome blow to the extremist forces blowing across the world right now.

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  • Prince Philip to retire from Royal duties
Prince Philip to retire from Royal duties

Philip will retire from royal engagements in the autumn after more than 65 years supporting the Queen in her role as head of state and attending events for his own charities and organisations. Even at the age of 95 Philip undertook 219 official engagements in the United Kingdom a year ago, which was more than Prince William , the Duchess of Cambri...

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  • S. Korea's New President Heading for Friction with the US?
S. Korea's New President Heading for Friction with the US?

On that front, Moon's options to generate major change could be severely limited by South Korea's alliance with the United States and whatever position toward North Korea that President Donald Trump decides to take. Moon waved to well-wishers through the sunroof of his limousine, which was flanked by police motorbikes. The deployment of the THAAD...

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  • Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 9
Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 9

Saucedo has been charged with 26 felonies, including multiple counts of homicide, assault and drive-by shooting, CBS reported . Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Eartha Washington ordered Saucedo held without bond. Aaron Saucedo, 23, was arrested last month in connection to the 2015 murder of his mother's friend. "If they would have ...

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  • Henry Kissinger visits White House, surprises media with Oval Office photo-op
Henry Kissinger visits White House, surprises media with Oval Office photo-op

The photo opportunity came during Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday, which was closed to press. "You're kidding. You're kidding". It did not note that accompanying Lavrov would be Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (photo), the man at the center of much of the intelligence community's inv...

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  • Labour Party manifesto leaked : Corbyn plans to re-nationalize rails, Mail
Labour Party manifesto leaked : Corbyn plans to re-nationalize rails, Mail

The claim was published shortly before the party's draft manifesto, due to be signed off today, was leaked to two newspapers and the BBC. But a draft version was obtained by media outlets, including the BBC, on Wednesday evening. Pressed on whether the party's commitments would mean more borrowing, Mr Gwynne said he would not "spell out chapt...

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  • Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns
Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

Finland is to formally assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Thursday this week, during a time when the Arctic body faces increasing challenges caused by the global situation. President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, has given mixed signals about remaining. The real strength of the USA ch...

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  • Comey invited to testify at US Senate next week
Comey invited to testify at US Senate next week

Trump told reporters Wednesday the decision came because Comey "was not doing a good job". The memo did not mention the ongoing Russian Federation investigation involving Trump associates. She also revealed that Trump is planning to visit the FBI's headquarters, saying: 'I believe that it's very likely that takes place sometime within the next...

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  • 'Power like gin on empty stomach': Pope Francis' surprise TED talk
'Power like gin on empty stomach': Pope Francis' surprise TED talk

Audience members were told that "good intentions and conventional formulas" used to appease our consciences are not enough, and that "people who call themselves "respectable" often leave "entire populations, on the side of the road". "Instead of self-help, other-help". He has frequently spoken about the growing divide between the rich and poor, a...

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  • Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China
Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China

Despite keeping its options open, the Trump administration has said time and again there would not be any sort of negotiations with North Korea unless it agreed to a list of preset conditions. When Mr Moon was last in government, in the early 2000s, South Korea had a "Sunshine Policy" which meant co-operation with North Korea, a policy which was ...

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  • What does France's new president-elect have to offer?
What does France's new president-elect have to offer?

It was Mr Macron's first public appearance with President Francois Hollande since Mr Macron resigned as economy minister in August to run for office. A senior official at a major Japanese automaker also welcomed Macron's victory, which means that France, a key member of the European Union, will maintain its pro-EU stance.

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  • IS leader in Afghanistan was killed in April raid
IS leader in Afghanistan was killed in April raid

Last month, the U.S. Air Force dropped "the mother of all bombs " on IS-K's stronghold in Achin district, killing at least 95 IS militants, mostly foreign fighters. The increased raids, usually involving drone strikes, by the U.S. forces followed a broader role granted by the Obama administration earlier a year ago.

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  • Senate Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
Senate Intelligence Panel Subpoenas Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

Mark Warner, a Democrat, say the committee asked Flynn for documents they believe are relevant to the investigation of alleged Russian links. The subpoenas are seen as a significant escalation in the investigation initially launched by the FBI last July.

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  • UK's Labour Party stung by early leak of election platform
UK's Labour Party stung by early leak of election platform

It has also ruled out "making false promises on immigration numbers". A quarter of people, 25%, are considering voting tactically in the general election, with a further fifth (18%) saying they don't know. "There will be a blood-letting in July", a Labour source said. He was meant to be here but things happen, and Mr Corbyn is dealing with ...

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  • S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China
S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China

Moon's victory could lead to a shift in the Pacific Rim's dynamics. The 64-year-old won 41.1 per cent of over 33.8 million votes cast on Tuesday, beating his closest rivals Hong Joon Pyo from the conservative Liberty Korea Party (24 per cent) and Ahn Cheol Soo from the centre-left People's Party (21.4 per cent).

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  • China's 'Silk Road' stirs unease over its strategic goals
China's 'Silk Road' stirs unease over its strategic goals

During the current year, 11 municipal-level colleges and 21 universities, directly administrated by the Ministry of Education, will receive the funding, benefiting02 students. Chinese officials reject suggestions "One Belt, One Road" is a power play by Beijing. The European Union's ambassador to Beijing , Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, recalled that E...

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  • Moon, Trump agree on close cooperation on N. Korea: Seoul
Moon, Trump agree on close cooperation on N. Korea: Seoul

Speaking to supporters on Tuesday night, Mr Moon said he would serve all South Koreans and build "a just, united country". He also begins his term facing multiple domestic challenges, including the aftermath of the huge corruption scandal that saw his conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached and swept him to power, but leaves the country ...

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  • UK PM Theresa May talks Brexit with French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron
UK PM Theresa May talks Brexit with French President-Elect Emmanuel Macron

Hollande smiled and clasped the arms of his one-time economy minister as the two men attended a ceremony at Paris's Arc de Triomphe to commemorate victory over the Nazis in World War II. This could give the National Front a significant increase on the two seats the party now holds. And the Prime Minister said that Macron's victory last night ha...

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  • Crews working to box in wildfire near Georgia-Florida line
Crews working to box in wildfire near Georgia-Florida line

The community of St. George was put under a mandatory evacuation order and Charlton County schools were closed Monday. Conditions are favorable for extreme fire behavior, characterized by rapid development and intense fire growth in any areas of available fuel.

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  • Nigeria spokesman says 1 Nigeria Chibok girl refused release
Nigeria spokesman says 1 Nigeria Chibok girl refused release

A Facebook user referenced the fact that women and children were rescued from Boko Haram at this same time a year ago. The Governor's wife, Nana Shettima was also at the centre to meet the girls. But he says the deal was done because "both sides felt they were maximizing the opportunity". Sarah Yaga was just 17 when she was kidnapped from her ...

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  • It is Time to End the Israeli Occupation, Says Palestinian President
It is Time to End the Israeli Occupation, Says Palestinian President

Speaking through a translator, Abbas echoed Trump's upbeat tone, saying, "We believe that we can ... be true partners to you to bring about a historic peace under your stewardship". They said Trump will reiterate his belief that Israeli settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians does not advance peace prospects.

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  • Prince Philip Decides 96 Is a Good Retirement Age
Prince Philip Decides 96 Is a Good Retirement Age

Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip , the husband of Queen Elizabeth II , will stop carrying out public engagements sometime between now and August. The queen is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The prince is also a patron of more than 780 organizations and will continue his association with them.

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  • N.Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot
N.Korea demands handover of suspects in assassination plot

KCNA reported US authorities bribed a North Korean citizen, whom it called "human scum", with $750,000 in order to kill Kim using biochemical substances . North Korea's Ministry of State Security has suggested that the plan was thwarted last month, and state media have been running stories on the topic since last week.

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  • Bank of England keeps rates at record low as economy slows
Bank of England keeps rates at record low as economy slows

The BoE said inflation was likely to fall back to 2.16 percent in just over two years' time - still above the BoE's target - and then pick up slightly going into 2020. Usually BoE inflation forecasts show inflation falling back to target. The Bank's monetary policy committee (MPC) is widely expected to keep interest rates at their record low of 0...

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  • Senator: Comey Asked DOJ for More Resources for Russia Probe Before Firing
Senator: Comey Asked DOJ for More Resources for Russia Probe Before Firing

They pointed to Trump's praise of Comey at the end of the presidential campaign for having the "guts" to disclose new questions about Clinton's email situation. "There should be a drumbeat building for a bipartisan call for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our democracy-their attempts to screw our democracy".

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  • White House offers multiple-choice answers for Comey firing
White House offers multiple-choice answers for Comey firing

On Syria, Trump emphasized "the need for Russian Federation to rein in the [President Bashar al-] Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies", the executive mansion said in a readout of the face-to-face at the Oval Office. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for a meeting in Washington on May 10. U....

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  • Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid
Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid

The Afghanistan-based South Asia Islamic State branch, dubbed Khorasan (ISIS-K), is named after an ancient title of a region that covers Afghanistan , Pakistan, Iran, India, and other neighboring countries. military officials told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. During the joint operation, 50 US Army rangers and 40 Afgha...

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  • No federal charges for Louisiana officers in shooting of black man
No federal charges for Louisiana officers in shooting of black man

There were some revelations in the Justice Department's announcement. Sterling's son wiped tears after the decision on Wednesday. The formal announcement of the Justice Department's decision concludes a ten-month federal investigation, though reports had leaked Tuesday that prosecutors had reached this decision.

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  • FBI's Comey Defends Pre-Election Clinton Email Decision
FBI's Comey Defends Pre-Election Clinton Email Decision

The report found mixed evidence that this late wave in favor of Trump was directly tied to FBI Director James Comey's announcement on October 28 that the agency would review new evidence in its probe of Clinton's use of a private email system as secretary of state.

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  • Nanaimo MLA says election uncertainty means anything is possible
Nanaimo MLA says election uncertainty means anything is possible

With a majority elusive, the three probable seats for the Greens now raises the serious possibility that Weaver and his caucus may hold the balance of power in a minority government. In some places, the army generals would have decided that this is why democracy doesn't work, installed themselves into power to provide certainty and ordered the imme...

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  • UNESCO passes resolution critical of Israel's actions in Jerusalem
UNESCO passes resolution critical of Israel's actions in Jerusalem

Still, Israeli officials were not pleased. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin released an Israel Independence Day greeting in English, in which he called it "the Independence Day of all the Jewish people". "There is no reason to vote against any country, and especially on its Independence Day, and especially on a decision that tries to delete the ...

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  • Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections
Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections

The warning was delivered to senior USA national security officials in closed-door meetings this week after the Trump administration expressed its intent to arm the Kurds following months of deliberations, the Turkish officials said . Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters that the U.S. has had very open discussions with Turkey over its c...

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