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UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence referendum

UK government rejects Scotland's bid for second independence referendum

Ms Sturgeon wrote: "The Scottish parliament this week voted to mandate formal discussions with the United Kingdom government on the process to give the people of Scotland a choice on their future". The government has toughened its line on a second Scottish independence referendum: Scotland may have to wait for Brexit to "bed in", it may even have to wait for a transition period after Brexit before a second referendum can take place. Read More

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Heavy and Wet Snow Expected Friday to Saturday

Heavy and Wet Snow Expected Friday to Saturday

This storm has the potential to drop over a foot of heavy wet snow in parts of the region, especially away from the immediate coastline. Highs in the low 40s. Rain near the coast, snow well inland. High near 36. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. High near 36. Southeast wind 7 to 9 miles per hour. A coating of snow and sleet are possible north of the city. Read More

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Touting Trump ties, Netanyahu skips thorny US-Israel issues

Touting Trump ties, Netanyahu skips thorny US-Israel issues

When it comes to combatting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, "there's a new sheriff in town", United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley proclaimed on Monday at the AIPAC Policy Conference. Meanwhile, Netanyahu had just announced new homes would be built. And we - at least, I can speak for the European Union but I am sure that I reflect also the President's view in this respect - welcome the fact that the U.S. Read More

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EU puts pen to paper, signs unity pledge on 60th anniversary

Desperately trying to portray that sustained unity is the only way ahead in a globalized world, the no-show of British Prime Minister Theresa May was a symbol of the cathartic crisis the 27 other European Union nations are going through. Poland also balked at signing the new treaty until the eve of the ceremony. "We want a more powerful Europe, which means that we will have to cooperate more closely in our defense", she said. Read More

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South African rand plunges amid fresh political turmoil

South African rand plunges amid fresh political turmoil

Soon after his return to South Africa, Gordhan was seen at the headquarters in Johannesburg of the ruling African National Congress party. The Cabinet shuffle comes as the calls for Zuma to step down grow. Zuma's opponents have become increasingly vocal, and agreeing to stand aside early could help prevent a permanent split in the former liberation movement of Nelson Mandela, which past year suffered its worst result in local elections since it swept to power with the end of apartheid in 1994. Read More

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Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett won't talk to Kahu about brain fade

Hasler is expected to sign a new two year deal at the club after yesterday's pre-game Board meeting. Hasler's contract has been an ongoing discussion at the Bulldogs since midway through past year. "We just got on with the week", he said, admitting the past week hadn't been a good one. The eighth-placed Broncos are unchanged from the side that beat Canberra 13-12 last Friday. Read More

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India's parliament passes key tax reform bills

India's parliament passes key tax reform bills

There is a fifth bill, that is, SGST Bill also supposed to be passed by the state government after its clearance from the cabinets of the respective state assemblies. GST will destroy all the indirect taxes levied by the Centre Government and State Governments and a single GST tax will apply through out the country. Read More

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CASA to hold candlelight vigil against child abuse

CASA to hold candlelight vigil against child abuse

The Times reported in November that the number of child abuse and neglect cases filed in IN courts nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015, to 17,491 cases in 2015 from 8,861 cases filed in 2006. The month will kick-off with a display for First Friday on April 7 in downtown Kokomo. The booth also will have information on preventing child abuse, auto seat safety, and Safe Sleep. Read More

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Mosul lays bare the challenge of asymmetric warfare

Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Islamic State militants are exploiting American sensitivities to civilian casualties, using people as human shields to avoid being targeted by strikes. "This is an enemy that ruthlessly exploits civilians to serve its own ends", U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said. A number of air raids have resulted in high civilian casualties. Read More

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UK faces government decision on deadlocked Northern Ireland

Speaking at a debate in Glasgow hosted by The Sunday Times Scotland and law firm Brodies, Mr Russell said: "We're in constitutional chaos across these islands, there is no unanimity about this". May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain s formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019. Read More

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Macron, Le Pen clash in first French election TV debate

Meanwhile, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon saw his share of the vote rise to 13.5 percent, surpassing for the first time the score for the ruling Socialists candidate Benoit Hamon at 12.5 percent. Le Pen also came under fire from Socialist candidate Hamon over her remarks on safety in public schools, which she portrayed as being wracked by violence. Read More

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Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall: conservation group

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall: conservation group

Although poaching may have peaked a few years ago, some 20,000 African elephants continue to be killed for their tusks every year, experts say, largely to meet demand from Asia, and particularly China, for ivory. Authorities there will also shutter all retail outlets by the year-end in a bid to stem demand for a commodity that has expanded along with China's economy and decimated elephant populations across much of Africa over the past decade. Read More

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Russian opposition leader Navalny gets jail term

Russian police on Sunday detained more than 500 people during protests - led by Navalny - which took place in several cities including Moscow and St. They attracted a significant number of minors born during President Vladimir Putin's 17 years in power. Navalny and his associates organised the protests, which were the biggest show of defiance in Russian Federation since the 2011-2012 anti-government demonstrations. Read More

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Senate puts focus on Russian meddling

Senate puts focus on Russian meddling

Warner, a Virginia Democrat, placing his hand on Burr's back, stepped to the microphone and said, "I have confidence that Richard Burr - that we, together with the members of the committee, are going to get to the bottom of this". Last night he talked about testifying before Congress. Watts suggested that the committee also "follow the dead bodies". Thursday marked the panel's first open hearings into the investigation about potential Kremlin efforts on behalf of now-President Donald ... Read More

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Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'

Russian President Vladimir Putin is certain that corruption must be fought against, but using this theme for achieving political aims before elections is wrong. All these stories are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic as shrinking polar ice creates new opportunities for exploration. Read More

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North Korea 'fails' in new missile test

North Korea 'fails' in new missile test

Toner argued that the tweet "didn't break new ground in the sense that China knows that we believe they can do more with respect to addressing North Korea's bad behavior". "Those who tie the knot should be the ones to untie the knot". "Because China's stated policy is denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, we renewed our determination to work together to convince the North Korean Government to choose a better path and a different future for its people", Tillerson said. Read More

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US Secretary of State Tillerson in Turkey for talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Turkish leaders on Thursday, a day after Turkey said it has ended a military operation in northern Syria amid differences with the United States over how to fight the Islamic State group there. The Turkish military supported FSA fighters with artillery and special forces during the operation. Then Vice President Joe Biden said during a January 2016 visit that Turkey was setting a poor example for the region by intimidating the media and curtailing ... Read More

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David Friedman sworn in as Donald Trump's ambassador to Israel

David Friedman sworn in as Donald Trump's ambassador to Israel

President Donald Trump's choice for the role of US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, was sworn in by a narrow margin yesterday. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Friedman and hailed Trump's decision to nominate his former bankruptcy attorney for the sensitive diplomatic post as "one of the clearest signs" of the president's commitment to the state of Israel and the Jewish people. Read More

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Dershowitz: Trump is anxious for an Israel-Palestinian peace deal

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Security Cabinet approved the building of a settlement for Jewish residents who had been living in Amona, a West Bank outpost of 40 homes that was evacuated in February, according to i24 News. But he has also pledged to honor a promise to build a new settlement to replace Amona, an illegal settlement outpost built on private Palestinian land that was dismantled following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling. Read More

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Coutinho unconcerned by 'improved' Everton ahead of derby

Coutinho unconcerned by 'improved' Everton ahead of derby

Ex-Liverpool player Phil Thompson has predicted his former side to record a comfortable victory over Everton at the weekend. Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games against the current top 10 this season (W8 D6 L0). " Everton are flying. They're doing really well". Liverpool have been given a pre-Merseyside derby boost with Daniel Sturridge's return to training, but the chances of captain Jordan Henderson making the visit of Everton on Saturday are unlikely. Read More

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Federal Bureau of Investigation head confirms Russian Federation election probe, says Moscow backed Trump

Comey said the probe is part of the FBI's counter-intelligence mission. Comey gave no details of the classified investigation and said the fact that it exists does not mean charges would be filed. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, had interfered in the election to punish Hillary Clinton , "who he regarded as an enemy of his regime", Mr Mook alleged. Read More

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Ivanka Trump is making her White House job official

Ivanka Trump is making her White House job official

Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, has recently been confirmed a Senior Adviser to the President. A White House official has since said her title will be Assistant to the President. The White House described the move as one that would harness her talents to impact policy. For example, on Monday, she chaired a roundtable at the White House for women in leadership roles in small business. Read More

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Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

EU officials expect Britain's permanent representative in Brussels, Tim Barrow, to personally hand the withdrawal letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. She added: "As the Westminster government is driving us off a Brexit cliff, we will say it loud and clear". Ahead of the Rome summit, the Commission had launched a pan-European debate with the White Paper on the Future of Europe, which will enable citizens and leaders to shape the vision of the bloc without the ... Read More

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Delhi MCD elections to be held in April

Delhi MCD elections to be held in April

The AAP won just 20 seats in the 117-member Assembly in Punjab and drew a blank in Goa, which has a 40-member House. She asked the poll panel to do re-polling using paper ballots in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader directed the Chief Secretary to ask the State Election Commission to conduct municipal polls using paper ballot, AAP sources said. Read More

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Feds extend deadline for first border wall bids

Feds extend deadline for first border wall bids

Udall and Richardson discussed the importance of the relationship between the USA and Mexico to New Mexico's economy and border security. He noted that in some areas, the border is in the middle of the Rio Grande and raised the question of on "what side do you put the wall", suggesting Kelly would decide whether "electronic measures" are more appropriate in those areas. Read More

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French candidate Macron wins new supporter: former PM Valls

French candidate Macron wins new supporter: former PM Valls

In a runoff against former French PM Manuel Valls in the Socialist primary, Hamon was the more left-wing choice of the two politicians. Hamon, livid at Valls' decision to join other key Socialists defecting to Macron, brushed off talk of an early election race exit, saying in an interview on public service radio channel franceinfo: "Of course I will stay through to the finish". Read More

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Sean Spicer tells reporter to 'stop shaking your head'

Less than 30 minutes later, Ryan was on MSNBC as former Trump correspondent Katy Tur sarcastically told her that " you've got an agenda ." . You're shaking your head, ' he said during one of his answers. And Spicer hasn't been afraid to accuse reporters, including CNN's Jim Acosta and ABC's Jonathan Karl, of pushing their own agendas - especially on issues like Russian Federation. Read More

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Trump to meet China's Xi in Florida next week

Trump to meet China's Xi in Florida next week

But it had not yet confirmed the trip, despite western media reports on a scheduled meeting and an announcement by the Finnish government that Xi would make a brief stop in Finland on April 5. The two leaders had spoken by phone on February 9 during which Trump had told Xi that he would honour the "One China" policy on Taiwan. "We are willing to make joint efforts with the USA side.so as to maintain a stable military-to-military relationship while striving to make new gains", spokesman Col. Read More

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