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Palestinians angry at Israel's new settlement plan in occupied West Bank

The United States has long considered the settlements an obstacle to peace, and the Palestinians and much of the world consider them a violation of worldwide law. New settlements - except for the one for Amona evictees - and new outposts will be banned. The new settlement was already on track to be approved "before the President had a chance to lay out his expectations", said the official, who declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of peace talks. Read More

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Electronic devices banned on some UK-bound flights: are you affected?

Electronic devices banned on some UK-bound flights: are you affected?

The ban applies to any device larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep. The restriction means that electronic devices such as laptops, tablets or even cameras cannot be brought into the main cabin. However, many reading devices, including Kindles, are too large and will not be allowed in cabin baggage. However, the US Department of Homeland Security said extremists were seeking "innovative methods" to attack jets. Read More

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Travel Ban Legal Battles Continue, As Administration Appeals New Injunction

Travel Ban Legal Battles Continue, As Administration Appeals New Injunction

Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis pending further orders from this court. A federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday ordered a temporary restraining order nationwide, hours before it was set to go into effect on Thursday. "A reasonable, objective observer - enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance - would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a goal to disfavor a ... Read More

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Trump to host China's Xi at Florida resort next week

The President of China Xi Jinping will be visiting United States to have meeting with President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida on April6-7. Referring to protracted negotiations on a U.S. Trump later agreed in a phone call with Xi to honor the long-standing policy and has also written to him since seeking "constructive ties". Read More

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Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

Maduro has yet to comment on the decision but there are signs that at least some top officials are in disagreement. For more than a year, Maduro has been ruling largely by emergency decree in response to an economic crisis that has caused concern the country could implode, creating a larger regional security and humanitarian crisis. Read More

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Bus and rail services resume as Bus Eireann pickets lifted

Bus and rail services resume as Bus Eireann pickets lifted

Nearly all transport services were cancelled this morning due picketing associated with Bus Éireann. Transport Minister Shane Ross says he wont be opening up the chequebook, and wont be intervening. Waterford/Dublin Heuston - all services cancelled in both directions. Belfast/Dublin Connolly - limited service operating. The Limerick-Galway rail service from Ennis resumed at 12.30, while the Galway to Limerick service gets underway from quarter to two. Read More

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Trump, Comey and Russia: Let the chips fall where they may

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was quick to insist on Monday that there was no collusion, saying: "Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things". Separately, Comey said during his speech that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still investigating about 1,000 cases of potential terrorists inside the USA inspired by Islamic State. Read More

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Le Pen visit to Chad causes outcry

President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting Friday with France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen , yet dismissed suggestions that Russian Federation aims to influence the election in her favor. The Kremlin, meanwhile, has officially denied a report by satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine that Fillon acted as a go-between to set up a meeting between Putin and Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi . Read More

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N. Korean suspects sent home with coffin

All of them left Pyongyang on a Royal Malaysian Air Force jet at 7.45pm (Malaysian time) yesterday and arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 5.03am today. The four named in the Interpol red notice are Ri Ji Hyon, 33, Hong Song Hac, 34, O Jong Gil, 55, and Ri Jae Nam, 57. North Korean citizens in Kuala Lumpur will also be allowed to return home, he said. Read More

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Pregnant middle school teacher in Roanoke accused of having sex with student

Pregnant middle school teacher in Roanoke accused of having sex with student

A pregnant cheerleading coach and teacher at a Texas middle school accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student exchanged nude photos with the boy during their alleged tryst, police said. Harper and the student had allegedly been sending text messages to each other that led to them meeting in her Fort Worth home or his home in Trophy Club , according to the affidavit. Read More

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Rikers Island to close, New York mayor says

Those reports included the suicide of Kalief Browder, who hanged himself after spending three years jailed - mostly in solitary - without trial and a homeless ex-Marine who essentially baked to death in a hot cell. "Mayor de Blasio has finally heard the demands of the #CLOSErikers campaign, and we thank him for recognizing that the problem with Rikers is Rikers", he continued. Read More

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Sen. Whitehouse to vote against Supreme Court pick Gorsuch

A committee evaluating Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court contacted nearly 5,000 people nationwide who might have knowledge of his qualifications before unanimously giving him a well-qualified rating. Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch return from a break to continue his testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More

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Ahmed Kathrada, Champion of the South African Freedom Struggle, Has Passed Away

He called for President Jacob Zuma to step down. After a lifetime of struggle, the work of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation will cement his legacy as a resolute champion of non-racialism, reconciliation and nation building. Later in life, Kathrada often asked school groups what they imagined he missed most while he was in prison. But they were wrong. "Sometimes you want to hear a child cry". Read More

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North Carolina Lawmakers Vote to Undo 'Bathroom Bill'

Mr Cooper said in a statement that though the compromise is not the ideal, he feels it "begins to fix [North Carolina's] reputation". The NCAA made a bold and commendable decision last March when it chose to pull championship events from the state of North Carolina because of a discriminatory law against transgender people. Read More

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USA 'probably' involved in mass Iraqi civilian deaths

Votel said the investigation will look at what Islamic State militants did to contribute to the civilian deaths in the March 17 strike. Later, they said, civilians were seen being freed from the building. Just under 3,500 Iraqi troops were injured or killed during the three-month campaign to clear the eastern half, he said . He said the Islamic State had shifted to this tactic as an attempt to increase civilian casualties in order to "take advantage of the public outcry and deter action ... Read More

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A look at developments in the 2014 S. Korean ferry disaster

Bereaved families have been calling for the ship to be raised and want more thorough investigation into the disaster. As the Sewol ferry, which sank and took 304 lives almost three years ago, was being pulled up slowly at 3 meters per hour (9 feet per hour) on Thursday, public attention shifted to how much the ferry would be able to tell us about what happened when it capsized and whether it still carries the bodies of the missing and properties of the dead. Read More

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United States probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, says AP

People walk past a caricature picture of U.S. President Donald Trump on sale in a shopping mall in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Manafort was known to route financial transactions through Cyprus, according to records of worldwide wire transfers obtained by the AP and public court documents filed in a 2014 legal dispute in the Cayman Islands with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Read More

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Speaker Shares Trump Criticism Of Freedom Caucus

Speaker Shares Trump Criticism Of Freedom Caucus

Supreme Court's ruling in 1964 case of New York Times v. Sullivan, which said the press is protected by the First Amendment and set a high standard for a libel lawsuit to win. Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a co-founder of the Freedom Caucus, offered a more measured response to Trump's remarks and avoided direct criticism of the president. Read More

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US Exploring New Options Against Escalating North Korea Threat: White House

US Exploring New Options Against Escalating North Korea Threat: White House

Meeting in Seoul, Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and his USA counterpart Joseph Yun reaffirmed a commitment to push Kim harder to drop its push for nuclear weapons. CBS News' David Martin says the message from Pyongyang was clear; defiance in response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's announcement that a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea could be on the table. Read More

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Malaysia to send Kim body to North Korea

Prime Minister Najib said nine Malaysians who had been barred from leaving North Korea had now been given permission to return to Malaysia. - March 7: Tensions escalate after North Korea bans Malaysians from leaving Pyongyang . The deal marks a turning point in what had been a rapidly fraying relationship. Malaysia performed an autopsy despite protests lodged by North Korea . Read More

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Michigan, Flint to replace 18000 lead-tainted water lines

The costs will be covered by a combination of state and federal funds. They've agreed to dig up services lines at 18,000 homes and replace lines made of lead and galvanized steel. Michigan Radio's Wells noted this is one of several major lawsuits over Flint's tainted water. But for the groups suing on behalf of Flint residents, it's a leap forward. Read More

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