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Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul

Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno on Monday celebrated victory in Ecuador's presidential election, bucking a shift to the right in South America, but his conservative challenger demanded a recount amid scattered protests. With 98.84 percent of votes counted, the CNE said Moreno earned 5 million votes for 51.15 percent of the total, while Lasso earned 4.8 million votes for 48.85 percent of the total in Sunday's runoff election. Read More

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GOP lawmaker defends Russia, Trump before meeting president

Trump and his aides have accused former officials of inappropriately disclosing - or "unmasking" - the names of Trump associates whose conversations were picked up by US intelligences agencies. Nunes initially said he expected that information would be provided by the National Security Agency last Friday, but has consistently pushed that timeline back. Read More

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As Israeli settlement growth slows, some drift away

Palestinians have killed 41 Israelis and two visiting Americans since, mainly in stabbings. The new settlement will re-house illegal Jewish settlers from the Amona outpost, which was demolished on the orders of an Israeli court. Israel says the demolitions are necessary because the building was carried out without a permit in an area of the West Bank, known as Area C, where Israel retains full control. Read More

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United Nations envoy says Security Council to meet on Syria chemical attack

Russian Federation vehemently denied carrying out Tuesday's attack. President Barack Obama gave the Assad government an ultimatum that the use of chemical weapons in any circumstance would result in consequences. Spicer also refused to say whether the Trump administration believed that Russian Federation had a role in the attack. Among his tweets on the matter, he urged Obama in all caps, "DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN". Read More

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Ecuador's electoral council confirms Moreno's win

Ecuador's electoral council confirms Moreno's win

Juan Pablo Pozo, president of the electoral council, announced the election win by the leftist Moreno in a nationwide broadcast. Socialist Lenin Moreno has been declared the victor of Ecuador's closely contested presidential election. For weeks Ecuadoreans polarized by 10 years of Correa's iron-fisted rule had been bracing for a contested vote. Moreno, 64, also benefited from last-minute doubts that the pro-business Lasso if elected would gut social programs that have endeared poor voters to ... Read More

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British PM arrives in Saudi Arabia on mission to boost ties

British PM arrives in Saudi Arabia on mission to boost ties

The prime minister's comments come after Amnesty International UK urged May to tell Saudi Arabian leaders that their human rights record is "totally unacceptable". "An even deeper partnership with these countries, and greater knowledge and understanding of one another, will increase our ability to address the issues that concern us, including the promotion of global standards and norms". Read More

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Islamic State says US 'being run by an idiot'

More people are expected to flee the fighting and camps for the displaced north and east of Mosul are expanding, the United Nations statement said. The comments mark the first time the terror group has publicly commented about Trump since his inauguration, according to Reuters . US-backed forces are fighting to retake Islamic State's two biggest cities - Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. Read More

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Petersburg subway bombing suspect identified

Petersburg subway bombing suspect identified

The National Anti-Terrorist Committee also confirmed an improvised explosive device was found and defused outside the Vosstaniya metro station in St. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday: "The fact that the act of terror was perpetrated in the moment that the head of state was in the city is food for thought". Read More

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Israel Approves New Settlement, UN Condemns

Settlements in land Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War are considered illegal by most of the worldwide community and an obstacle to restarting peace talks as they are built on land Palestinians claim for a future state. Mr Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, this week completed a second trip to the region aimed at reviving peace talks that collapsed in 2014. Read More

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Nearly a tonne of drug ice seized in Vic

Nearly a tonne of drug ice seized in Vic

The previous largest haul of the increasingly popular drug best known in Australia as ice was nearly 880 kilograms (1,940 pounds) seized in Sydney in November 2014. Authorities said the drugs probably originated in Asia, but they did not say where. Secret tests of sewerage by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found ice is the most popular illicit drug in the country, with levels of use in WA far outstripping the rest of the nation. Read More

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Unexploded WW2 Bomb Found Near Boat Race Route

Unexploded WW2 Bomb Found Near Boat Race Route

The Dark Blues, who had several Olympic and world medallists on-board, were put at 2/5 to win before the race and dominated proceedings to finish just over a boat length clear of their rivals from Cambridge. Chief Inspector Tracy Stephenson said, "I'm very happy to update that the ordnance has now been safely removed and the race will be going ahead as planned". Read More

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McGuinness went from rebel to minister

McGuinness went from rebel to minister

McGuinness worked at the heart of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army leader who came to symbolize Northern Ireland's peace process, has died. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Prime Minister Tony Blair were also among those to mourn Mr McGuinness. McGuinness and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made history in 2012 when they shook hands during her visit to Northern Ireland, a symbol of ... Read More

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Trump's Budget Might Not Have to Fund Border Wall

Trump's Budget Might Not Have to Fund Border Wall

The interior secretary added that some areas along the border are too physically imposing for a wall to be necessary, but the Rio Grande spans 1,200 miles, and President Trump has called for a wall along the entire border. The proposed designs are to be reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security this week, and the contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of May. Read More

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Democrats move to block Gorsuch

Democrats move to block Gorsuch

The GOP, meanwhile, vows that any filibuster will lead them to the " nuclear option " - a removal of the filibuster all together in favor of straight up or down majority votes. If the filibuster possibility remains in place, when the next vacancy comes, Trump and Senate leaders would still have to worry about potential defections from their slim majority in choosing a nominee. Read More

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Trump signs repeal of US broadband privacy rules

This legislation just passed the house on a party-line vote and is expected to be signed by President Trump. "The Commission also revises its current telecommunications privacy rules to harmonize today's privacy rules for all telecommunications carriers, and provides a tailored exemption from these rules for enterprise customers of telecommunications services other than [broadband internet]." . Read More

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Spain seizes property worth $735M linked to Assad's uncle

Spain seizes property worth $735M linked to Assad's uncle

Rifaat Al Assad has also lived in France, where authorities investigated him in 2013 for embezzlement of Syrian funds and seized €90 million ($95 million) of real estate belonging to his family. Those assets were located in France, Curacao, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. "They question the timing of these coordinated judicial actions, 33 years later, at a time when their country is suffering more than ever and where Rifaat al-Assad's voice should be heard to contribute to find a peaceful ... Read More

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Teen admits plotting to kill Pope during Philadelphia trip

Teen admits plotting to kill Pope during Philadelphia trip

Colon often used the adopted name " Ahmad Shakoor " while he was planning the attacks. Colon is a U.S. citizen, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Up to several hundred thousand people were in attendance on the parkway that day as the concluding Mass to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the first apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the United States was celebrated without incident. Read More

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Syria: Iblib attacked with chemical weapons

Late Tuesday, Abu Hamdu, a rescue worker in Khan Sheikhoun, said people were still searching for their family members, almost 12 hours after the attack. His government declared a 1,300-ton stockpile of chemical weapons and so-called precursor chemicals that can be used to make weapons amid global outrage. Read More

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'Muslim NATO' not against any country, says Pakistan

'Muslim NATO' not against any country, says Pakistan

Bajwa also said Pakistan had never objected to Iran's close ties with India and, therefore, Islamabad expected Tehran to respect the decision over the Saudi alliance. "We'll, however, look at it", FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said. He said Tehran had informed Islamabad Iran would not become part of such a military alliance, adding that neither had Iran been extended an offer to join a coalition of this sort. Read More

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Syrian activists say several dead in Idlib chemical attack

Makeshift hospitals soon crowded with people suffocating, activist said. The UN Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, added that the UN Security Council would meet to identify "clear identification of responsibilities, accountability". The White House also eventually placed blame for the attacks on Assad and the Syrian regime. It also said Islamic State had used sulfur mustard gas. The opposition accused the Syrian air force of being behind the attack. Read More

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South African government warns against illegal protests

The stock has lost more than 10% in the past week, however, after President Jacob Zuma ousted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and eight other ministers as part of a cabinet reshuffle in a bid to oust the president's critics. "The goal of making South Africa a South Africa we can all be proud of - and getting rid of greedy people, corrupt people within our land". "There is no finance minister who has been the friend of the workers including Pravin Gordhan; so going forward we will support ... Read More

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South Africa's Zuma says government disputes are damaging

S&P said the cut to below investment grade reflects "heightened political and institutional uncertainties" following Zuma's shock purge of critical ministers on Friday, including respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan. Thanking Gordhan and Jonas, Zuma said his government remains committed to measured fiscal consolidation that stabilizes rising public debt, but would also aim to radically transform the economy to include the black majority. Read More

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White House studying carbon tax and VAT

Movement on health care accelerated Monday when Vice President Mike Pence met separately with both sympathetic members of the moderate Tuesday Group and the entire House Freedom Caucus, but there is little evidence that the conversations are leading to substantial progress at this point. Read More

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Immigration agents round up 153 in South Texas

Immigration agents round up 153 in South Texas

Others had been convicted of aggravated assault, burglary, child abuse by injury and drug trafficking, among other crimes. Not everyone who was arrested during the sweep had a criminal background. President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security to issue the reports, called the Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report , in an executive order in January, according to CNN . Read More

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Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

Cohen-Watnick found out about Rice's multiple requests to unmask individuals in the Trump orbit, which showed up in incidental intelligence reports, and then took this information to White House General Counsel's office. The report quickly re-opened an unsubstantiated debate on whether the Obama administration previously ordered wiretaps on Trump's phones. However, senior national security officials can request the identities of the Americans if that helps understand the intelligence ... Read More

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US ambassador claims Russian involvement

Bush administration. Asked what the apparent US shift on Assad meant for European Union policy, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said she believed it "would be impossible" to return to the status quo in Syria. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a press briefing that the focus was now on defeating the Islamic State militant group. "There's nothing ordinary about the process that was used here at all". Read More

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Obama aide Susan Rice sought names of Trump associates in intelligence reports

Donald Trump's administration is hailing reports accusing Barack Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice of "unmasking" identities of his transition team's ties to Russian Federation. Rice did not respond to an email seeking comment on Monday morning. It has been revealed that Rice repeatedly asked for the identities of Trump associates caught up in surveillance with foreign entities to be unmasked, and later, the Obama administration changed the classification of unmasked ... Read More

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Arab States send message to US, Israel

Donald Trump's worldwide envoy has told officials at an Arab summit that the USA president believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is possible and would "reverberate positively throughout the region and the world". The declaration was issued at the end of an Arab summit, attended by 21 presidents, kings and top officials. His Highness said terrorism still remains as one of the most serious threats to our Arab region that target its security and stability. Read More

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Utility worker saves man who fell onto NYC subway tracks

Utility worker saves man who fell onto NYC subway tracks

The moment a NY man jumped onto live subway tracks Saturday to rescue another man who had fallen has been captured on dramatic video. Kulig's effort was caught on cellphone video by 15-year-old Parker Van de Graaf. "I just so happened to have taken track safety training with Metro North railroad about month and a half ago for a project most people don't do", he said. Read More

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U.S. ready to respond North Korean nuclear threats

U.S. ready to respond North Korean nuclear threats

He said in his Financial Times interview that he planned to talk with Xi about that situation and use trade as "the incentive" to talk China into fixing it. Bannon, who served as a naval officer in the Pacific, has offered similarly fatalistic views toward the US-China relationship. For China, the USA is an intruder when it comes to this dispute. Read More

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London plans vehicle emissions fee to fight air pollution

London plans vehicle emissions fee to fight air pollution

It would be extended to the inner circular route round London for cars, vans, minibuses and motorbikes in 2021, leaving 170,000 motorists facing a choice of paying the levy or switching their vehicle. Air quality and health campaigners welcomed the announcement while business groups expressed some concerns over the cost to small firms. He has published proposals to expand the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital. Read More

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