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Partisan split at House intel committee over canceled open hearing

Rep. Devin Nunes , R-Calif., chairman of the House intelligence committee, told reporters on Friday that Paul Manafort's counsel contacted the panel on Thursday to offer lawmakers the opportunity to interview him. But Himes said Democrats can't afford to walk away from the intelligence committee's actions. 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 ... Read More

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White House denies it sought to prevent Yates' testimony

Democrats believe Nunes is too close to the White House to lead a thorough investigation into Russia - including ties between the Trump camp and Russian officials - an assertion firmly rejected by the GOP. And then, on March 24th, the hearing was canceled by Devin Nunes. On Monday, without identifying his source, Nunes acknowledged he obtained the information while on White House grounds, an admission Democrats said should force him to at least recuse himself from the committee probe tied to ... Read More

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Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO 'vast sums'

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO 'vast sums'

She added that it was wrong to link the target for members to spend 2% of their GDP on defence by 2024 exclusively to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. And then he tried to make common cause with her on his controversial wire-tapping allegations. The post Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "vast sums" appeared first on PBS NewsHour . Read More

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South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

Winnie Mandela, (C), ex-wife of the late former South African president Nelson Mandela, attends a memorial service in Honour of anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Kathrada on March 28, 2017 in Johannesburg , South Africa . SAFA president Danny Jordaan says struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada was a great man. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation said in a statement that he will "be buried according to Muslim religious rights, details of which will be made publicly available in due course". Read More

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Clinton faults Trump for low number of women

Hillary Clinton during the closing keynote for the 28th annual Professional BusinessWomen of California at the Moscone West on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. "We shake our heads and think, how could they not have invited any women to the table?" Although the election was nearly five months ago, President Donald Trump has continued to attack Clinton to try and deflect criticism of his administration. Read More

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Fillon criticises Merkel refugee policies in French TV debate

Fillon criticises Merkel refugee policies in French TV debate

A point in Fillon's favour is that he is the only one of the top three candidates who would be able to secure a majority in parliament - Le Pen or Macron would be forced to negotiate a coalition. "This does not affect asylum seekers but all other forms of immigration". Melenchon said that efforts to control migration were "small nets with holes inside" and that "we should treat [migrants] as we would like to be treated if we were in their countries". Read More

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American-Israeli teenager arrested for wave of bomb threats against Jewish organizations

American-Israeli teenager arrested for wave of bomb threats against Jewish organizations

Reports from The Times of Israel indicated that the teen used voice-altering technology to call in threats to more than 100 JCCs, Jewish day schools and other Jewish institutions across the U.S. The young man, whose name has not been made public, apparently has severe medical and perhaps mental problems which, among other things, caused him to be rejected for service in the IDF. Read More

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N.Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight

The global community has been piling pressure on the North after it conducted two nuclear tests and launched more than 20 missiles past year - nearly twice as many as it did under the rule of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il. While the missiles themselves weren't new, the tactic was, analysts said. North Korea has accelerated its weapons development, violating multiple UN Security Council resolutions and appearing undeterred by tough global sanctions. Read More

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Cyclone Debbie to bring further Australian reinsurance losses

North Queensland Bulk Ports said the Port of Mackay remains closed after a breakwater was damaged. "We will also receive more reports of injuries, if not deaths". Major flood warnings have since been issued for the Connors, Isaac and Pioneer rivers, while lesser warnings applied to Theresa Creek, as well as the Don, Proserpine, Kolan and lower Burdekin rivers. Read More

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Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a national disaster response plan, dispatching naval vessels and helicopters to deliver critical aid and supplies to the pummeled coastline, according to the BBC . "It looks like a war zone", he said. "I'm trying to make sure everyone is OK", he told ABC television. It's the worst storm to hit Queensland since Cyclone Yasi - the most severe at category five - badly damaged sugar- and banana-producing regions in 2011. Read More

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Snow and rain expected to hit Toronto on Thursday

Snow and rain expected to hit Toronto on Thursday

It is warning of both rain and snow, starting Thursday. "The rain will continue through the day on Thursday, Thursday night, on and off during the day on Friday, and finally start to taper off as we get into Friday night". "Those in the Greater Toronto Area in closer proximity to Lake Ontario, as well as most of southwestern Ontario, should receive mostly rain", Environment Canada said. Read More

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Lack of clean water poses threat to countries facing starvation

Lack of clean water poses threat to countries facing starvation

The organisation also said communities hosting displaced families facing severe water shortages because "displaced families are putting enormous pressure on already strained health and water systems in host communities". More than two million children are out of school. - Close to half a million have severe acute malnutrition, almost three times the figure in 2014, with numbers rising rapidly. Read More

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George Michael: Private funeral for singer held

George Michael: Private funeral for singer held

The star's publicist has confirmed that the funeral of George Michael took place today attended by family and close friends in a small, private ceremony. "The news encouraged a fresh outpouring of tributes over social media, with one fan tweeting: "@GeorgeMichael handsome. And that's incredibly important for me because can you imagine how it feels that people would doubt my love for him? A message posted by fan Toby Bourke on Twitter read: "His legacy will be the millions of hearts ... Read More

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Benched legal analyst returns to Fox, stands by story

Benched legal analyst returns to Fox, stands by story

The exchange did not answer the most pressing question: why Napolitano was allowed back on the air so soon after being suspended , only to make the same debunked claim. Napolitano's first report followed Trump's sudden and angry accusations in early March that Obama had engaged in a "Nixon/Watergate" plot to spy on him at Trump Tower. Read More

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22-year-old Oklahoma police officer dies after chase, shooting

Kidney told reporters that the rookie, also a volunteer firefighter, had recently gotten a puppy and hoped to before a K9 officer. " Terney was able to tase the suspect, but police say the suspect was unaffected by the taser". We offer thoughts and prayers to Officer Terney's family and give our full support to the Tecumseh Police Department'. His condition is unknown at this time. Read More

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BJP-led govt wins Manipur trust vote

BJP-led govt wins Manipur trust vote

Earlier in the day, Yumnam Khemchand Singh of the BJP was elected as the new speaker of the Assembly. It has the support of four MLAs of Naga Peoples' Front (NPF), four of National Peoples' Party (NPP), the lone MLA of Lokjanshakti Party and Independent MLA Asab Uddin besides a Congress legislator who was inducted also in the Council of Ministers. Read More

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Indian-origin anti-apartheid icon dies

Later in life, Kathrada would recall his friend Mandela's "abundant reserves" of love, patience and tolerance during their long years in prison on Robben Island. "We have lost a leader whose service to his country will forever be inscribed", ANC said in a statement. Both the Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations are expected to give a briefing during the course of Tuesday morning. Read More

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Air Flight Laptop Ban In Muslim-Majority Nations Begins

While the US gave a broad ban on devices larger than a smartphone, the United Kingdom went a step further and specified just how large devices can be. Electronic devices larger than a cell phone will be checked with the baggage and none to be allowed on cabins. The British ban, announced just hours after the American measure, is similar but applies to different airlines. Read More

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Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

Mr Tillerson further said: "So we have 20 years of failed approach". Dunham added that the United States and China need to work together in dealing with North Korea instead of trying to get the upper hand on deals. "Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict", he said. "Of course there is no guarantee for success. The North Korean nuclear issue is caused by Washington-Pyongyang confrontation, to which China has no obligation to shoulder all the ... Read More

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Messi handed four-game suspension for Argentina

Messi handed four-game suspension for Argentina

However, much of the focus was on Barcelona playmaker Messi, who was banned for four worldwide matches for abusing an assistant referee during last Thursday's win over Chile. They are only two points ahead of Ecuador and Chile in fifth and sixth. Argentina are having to cope without Lionel Messi as they try to forge a path towards next year's World Cup. Read More

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Woman says she saw missing daughter assaulted on Facebook Live

Woman says she saw missing daughter assaulted on Facebook Live

Deahvion was reportedly found on Tuesday morning walking on a street close to her home by police and was immediately taken home to her mother before going to a hospital for treatment. According to Chicago news outlet WGN-TV, the high school freshman went missing on Sunday afternoon after heading out from home to visit a store. In this case, Chicago police say "40 or so" people watched the assault and no one called 911. Read More

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Strikes to hit French Guiana as tensions paralyze territory

Strikes to hit French Guiana as tensions paralyze territory

The protests over crime rates and cost of living have propelled the French overseas territory into spotlight of the French elections and into the media spotlight. French Guiana senator Antoine Karam said on BFM-TV that the population has been ignored despite grave problems, such as 50 percent unemployment among young people and 30 percent of the population lacking drinking water and electricity in their homes. Read More

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Tamil Nadu farmers seek reinforcements

Tamil Nadu farmers seek reinforcements

Thirunavukkarasar told ANI. The farmers are, however, thankful to Tamil youngsters living in the national capital for reducing their burden by funding for their food. Though with the help of Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai the farmers' representatives had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently, the protesters were not happy with the outcome. Read More

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Senate intel panel working on Russia probe

Senate intel panel working on Russia probe

Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat, held dueling press conferences on Friday to discuss their investigations. Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Democratic Sen. According to the Washington Post , Nunes met with a source to review intelligence documents in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building before returning to the White House the next day to reportedly brief Trump - a ... Read More

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Farage: "The EU will not survive"

But for Nigel Farage, everything changed on July 28, 2016, when the " Brexit " campaign he spearheaded was passed by British voters. Following the announcement that Article 50 had been set in motion, Farage told Sky News : "It was an impossible dream and here we are, it's happening". Read More

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Morning Consult Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Drops to 46 Percent

The first week of March was one of Trump's better ones as president, based on his job approval rating at the time, while the past week has been his worst. It now sits below President Barack Obama's lowest approval of 38 percent and President Bill Clinton's worst reading of 37 percent. The bill was withdrawn from consideration on Friday in a move widely seen as a failure for Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who supported the bill, and a victory for former President Obama's signature ... Read More

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Rivals Paris and London partner to attract more tourists

Rivals Paris and London partner to attract more tourists

The announcement comes just one day before the United Kingdom government triggers Article 50, beginning the formal process of withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Union. The new online "cleaner vehicle checker", which Mr Khan said was the first of its kind, will be launched in the autumn and include test results for new auto and van models on the market. Read More

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