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Senate debate on Gorsuch is under way

However, there's mounting pressure to avoid the nuclear option . "If it's necessary in order to get him confirmed, I may have to vote that way, but I certainly don't want to", Collins told reporters Monday night. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would say when asked if she would vote for the change in rules. "That' s my interest", perhaps hinting that she would support nuclear option but perhaps not. Read More

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Flynn confessed to receiving money from Russians

The discrepancy on reporting income linked to Russia could add to the scrutiny the retired general, who was forced to resign his White House post after only 24 days, is already under for his contacts with Russian officials. John McCain said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that Nunes "killed" the investigation with his White House trip. Flynn stepped down in February after it became public that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Read More

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Citing Abortions in China, Trump Cuts Funds For UN Family Planning Agency

Citing Abortions in China, Trump Cuts Funds For UN Family Planning Agency

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers , said: "We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China ". Though the administration's decision was widely expected, it was greeted with dismay by supporters of reproductive health programs, whose objections start with the Trump administration's memorandum of justification. Read More

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Putin on US Election Tampering: 'Read My Lips, No!'

Putin on US Election Tampering: 'Read My Lips, No!'

The US State Department said Tillerson is planning to visit Russian Federation in April following a G-7 meeting in Italy. However, he added that any meeting between him and Trump should be well prepared "by both sides". "We are waiting for the situation to normalize and become more stable". Repeating his hope that the current frosty relationship between Moscow and Washington would soon start to thaw, Putin once again rejected any notion that the Kremlin had interfered in last year's U.S. Read More

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Central banks ditch euro exposure in preference for sterling

Central banks ditch euro exposure in preference for sterling

Mr. Praet added that the European Central Bank had the option of being more expansionary in its policy, but conceded that "the probability of us having to provide more monetary accommodation to meet our objective has reduced considerably". Respondents' biggest fears were political instability in Europe, amid growing anti-EU sentiment, and the European Central Bank's negative interest rate policy, which has eroded profits of private banks. Read More

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Egypt's El-Sissi and America's Trump

Egypt's El-Sissi and America's Trump

Trump, who first met Sisi on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in 2016, praised the Egyptian leader as "fantastic guy", declaring that his "tough approach" had "gotten the terrorists out (of Egypt)". The Egyptian leader, Hanna said, has steadily earned global respectability in large part due to a key Western shift in the perception of Egypt and the rest of the Middle East - emphasizing stability over human rights or democratic reform. Read More

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Watford beat Sunderland 1-0 to ease EPL relegation concerns

Leicester are yet to lose since sacking Claudio Ranieri and boss Craig Shakespeare is looking to continue that run of form. If you are not winning then you will always get criticism. "I was frustrated by the lack of chances we created, that's been a problem for a while for us", added Moyes. "But we are giving Adnan an opportunity and he has to take it as well". Read More

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Hoisting non-Iraqi flags in Kirkuk unconstitutional: Iran

Hoisting non-Iraqi flags in Kirkuk unconstitutional: Iran

We think a decision like this, which aims to change the demographic makeup of Kirkuk, is not correct. Yildirim told Abadi that flying the Kurdish flag was a "huge mistake". Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Behram Kasimi said "raising any flag apart from the Iraqi national one is against the Iraqi constitution and might rise tension in the country" in a statement released Monday on the ministry's website. Read More

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Blackwater founder represented Trump at UAE-brokered secret meeting with Russian Federation

Blackwater founder represented Trump at UAE-brokered secret meeting with Russian Federation

He also has close ties to Steve Bannon and is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. White House Press Secretary and noted gaslighting enthusiast Sean Spicer asserted that the administration is "not aware of any meetings" and added that "Erik Prince had no role in the transition", apparently hoping that we'd not consider the possibility that someone not on the official transition team might agree to do something on behalf of the White House. Read More

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WikiLeaks' Assange a winner in Ecuador presidential runoff

So far the only evidence of possible fraud presented by Lasso's campaign are the results in one tiny provincial voting center that it said were reversed when they were reported to electoral authorities in Quito. Moreno, a former United Nations envoy on disability, has a more conciliatory style than the fiery Correa and has promised benefits for single mothers, the elderly, and disabled Ecuadoreans. Read More

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Trump decries Russia subway blast as a 'terrible thing'

The news agency, quoting an unnamed law enforcement source, said that human remains examined at the scene suggested that the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber. Shurshev said he left the platform immediately after the blast. He said the injured would be given all the necessary assistance. The anti-terrorism committee announced that security would be tightened at all critical transport facilities following the blast. Read More

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Putin spokesman: Moscow's relationship with United States may be worse than Cold War

Obama also announced the shutdown of two massive Russian recreational compounds in Maryland and NY, which US officials said were used for intelligence purposes. While US-Russian relations may not have reached the lows of the Cuban missile crisis, they have deteriorated in several ways since US intelligence services concluded that Russia meddled in the US election . Read More

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Dozens missing after landslide in Indonesia

He added, following the incident, many Desa Banaran residents had been evacuated to a safer area, adding that the authorities also provided makeshift tents to house the evacuees. BPBD estimates about half the country's population of 256 million people lives in areas prone to landslides. Twenty-six people are missing in Indonesia's East Java following a landslide, with rescue efforts being hampered by heavy rain and hard conditions. Read More

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Who were the winners and losers of the marathon French presidential debate?

Marine Le Pen has given quite a strong performance, sticking to her regular themes of anti-immigration, anti-globalisation, about needing to restore sovereignty. I have defects. Who doesn't? But in France, with Le Pen hoping to emulate Donald Trump's win in the United States, polls show that only around 65 percent of voters are planning to vote in the first round in what would be a record low. Read More

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Talks To Form New Power-Sharing Executive Resume

Talks To Form New Power-Sharing Executive Resume

However, all parties have been invited by Secretary of State James Brokenshire to participate in another round of talks at Stormont Castle today in a bid to break the deadlock. Charlie Flanagan said that as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Government "is determined to uphold its principles and protect its institutions". Read More

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Putin Critic in Ukraine Shot Dead

Police said an unidentified man gunned down Denis Voronenkov outside the entrance of an upscale hotel in the country's capital. The police say that the guard was able to open fire in response and wounded the attacker, who is now in a hospital under police protection. Read More

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Donald Trump Praises Fox News In Early Morning Tweet

Donald Trump Praises Fox News In Early Morning Tweet

It seems the spreading of names was done for "political purposes that have nothing to do with national security", or foreign intelligence, but hurting Trump's team, Housley noted. "Remember this coming from a President who said there was a Sweden Terrorist attack, endorsed the Bowling Green Massacre, stated he won the popular vote, stated that President Obama wire tapped Trump Towers, stated that his inaugural was bigger than President Obama's, stated that American steel will build the ... Read More

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Kenyans ranked 13th happiest people in Africa

They are followed by three European countries: Denmark , Iceland and Switzerland. Rounding out the top 10 were Finland at 5th place, the Netherlands (6), Canada (7), New Zealand (8), and Australia and Sweden tied for 9th place. Despite recent declines in oil prices, oil-rich Norway still moved into the top spot, illustrating once more that high happiness depends on much more than income, it said. Read More

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Sesame Street introduces new muppet, Julia - their first autistic character

The character was developed after years of consultation with families, organizations and experts within the autism community, Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice-President of US Social Impact Jeanette Betancourt said . "She's like a little budding artist". "For years, families of children with autism have asked us to address the issue". How do we talk about autism?' " Christine Ferraro , one of Sesame Street's writers, told 60 Minutes . Read More

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Those responsible for St. Petersburg metro attack must be held accountable

Russia's Investigative Committee said it was probing an "act of terror" but added it would look into all other possible causes of the blast. The train came to a stop at Technological Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg. September 2004: Russian Federation witnessed the worst form of barbaric terrorism in September 2004 when a group of heavily armed militants linked to the separatist insurgency in Chechnya took hostage 1,128 civilians, many of them children, at a school in Beslan. Read More

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Explosion on St. Petersburg subway in Russia injures several

Explosion on St. Petersburg subway in Russia injures several

A member of Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said "an unidentified explosive device" caused the blast. "The complex of measures against terrorism in the country failed". According to Xinhua reporters, people kept heading to the Sennaya Ploshchad (Square) station after the explosion, where a security cordon surrounding the station was set up by the police. Read More

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Prosecutors prepare to question ex-S.Korean President

President Park Geun-hye (left) and U.S. President Barack Obama walk on the colonnade of the White House before a lunch in the Cabinet Room on May 7, 2013. The protesters, mostly older conservatives, called on the Constitutional Court to reverse its decision to unseat Park. Prosecutors later said they began questioning Park with her lawyer present. Read More

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Trump signals support for another run at repealing Obamacare

Trump signals support for another run at repealing Obamacare

When push came to shove, congressional Republicans were more than willing to stand up to Trump, denying him the support he needed to get his bill through the House. The Obama administration repeatedly advanced such a measure. Yet the rosy notion of Democratic cooperation glosses over recent history. Trump has routinely disparaged Democrats - calling Schumer the "head clown" in one tweet - and began blaming them for the demise of the Republican health plan nearly as soon as GOP leaders pulled ... Read More

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NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor Russia probe

That includes 83 percent of Democrats but also includes 59 percent of independents, 17 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of those who called themselves Trump supporters. "He's spending political capital that he didn't acquire on Election Day". He immediately withdrew from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, revived plans to build the Keystone XL Pipeline and announced plans to build a wall on the U.S. Read More

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Kushner, Ivanka Trump could exceed $700mn in worth

The reports reflect their holdings when they entered their White House jobs, and do not necessarily show planned sales of assets. Financial information about Trump, said to be a billionaire, is not included in the disclosures. Ethics experts are concerned that foreign leaders will stay there in an attempt to influence the president's policy. A report released by The Hill confirmed that despite stepping down from his senior positions at over 200 entities tied to his family business in ... Read More

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British police make 2 new arrests in London attack

Masood, born Adrian Russell Ajao, was still connected to WhatsApp at 2.37pm - approximately two minutes before he began his attack on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday (22 March). Anyone with any information about Masood can call the Met Police's Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. Arrests were made in London and Birmingham, while homes were also searched in Brighton and Carmarthenshire, in west Wales. Read More

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Trump, conservatives try to put aside bitterness to cut tax deal

Trump, conservatives try to put aside bitterness to cut tax deal

An impasse between House moderates and Freedom Caucus members prompted the withdrawal last week of a bill to replace Obamacare that was supported by GOP leaders and the President. But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance. Additionally, after the bitter health care fight, the fledgling administration might be looking for a quick victory, experts say. Read More

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Donald Trump Rips Russia Coverage, Lashes Out At Media

Donald Trump Rips Russia Coverage, Lashes Out At Media

The president's Twitter rant came a day after Todd warned on MSNBC that Trump could be on the verge of a "lame duck" presidency due to the current investigation over his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation. Republicans who have no fear of this president right now. Comey's statement, made during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee late March, has failed to change the president's mind about the claims. Read More

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United Nations slams Israel over approval of new settlement in West Bank

Media reports said that during talks now underway with the United States, Netanyahu made the USA aware of the situation and of the fact that for him it would be impossible not to keep his promise.(ANSAmed). In recent years, construction had focused on expanding existing settlements, making this the first entirely new settlement that an Israeli government has approved since 1991, the anti-settlement NGO Peace Now said. Read More

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Texting While Driving May Have Caused TX Truck/Van Crash

Texting While Driving May Have Caused TX Truck/Van Crash

Authorities investigate after a deadly crash involving a van carrying church members and a pickup truck on USA 83 outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County, Texas, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Also killed at the scene were Avis Scholl Banks, 83, of Austin; Cristie Clare Moore, 68, of Cibolo; and Donna Elizabeth Hawkins, 69, of Schertz. A total of fourteen members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels , Texas, traveled to the Garner State Park area in Uvalde County, west of ... Read More

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Sacked Trump aide's 'testimony for immunity' offer over Russian Federation rejected

Sacked Trump aide's 'testimony for immunity' offer over Russian Federation rejected

Last Thursday, Flynn's lawyer had issued a statement saying his client had a story to tell but needed to protect himself against "unfair prosecution". When he was asked later if the White House was anxious Flynn might have damaging information to tell investigators, Spicer said simply: "No". During his daily press briefing Friday, Spicer was asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl whether the President believed that Flynn was guilty of any crime, given that Trump has said frequently that asking ... Read More

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