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Britain to help reform Saudi economy

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, receives British Prime Minister Theresa May, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. May spoke to BBC on her visit to Saudia Arabia. "I hope people will see me as a woman leader and will see what women can achieve and how women can be in significant positions", May said Tuesday. Read More

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Sweden truck attack suspect 39-year-old Uzbekistan-born man

Sweden truck attack suspect 39-year-old Uzbekistan-born man

The main suspect in the truck rampage, identified as a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, turned out to be a rejected asylum-seeker who "applied for a permanent residency permit in 2014", Police Chief Jonas Hysing told reporters . People leave flowers on the steps at Sergels Torg following Friday's attack in central Stockholm . Police have interviewed more than 500 people over the incident, Sweden's TT news agency reports . Read More

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Stockholm attack: Briton Chris Bevington named among victims

Stockholm attack: Briton Chris Bevington named among victims

Two Swedes and a Belgian citizen were also killed. Billboard reports that the 41-year-old Bevington served as director of global partnerships and business development at Spotify. Fifteen other people were injured and 10 remain in hospital, with four in a critical condition. "We have unfortunately have a lost a compatriot in the Stockholm attack", Mr Reyders said. Read More

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Trump's security adviser reaffirms plan to deploy missile defence system - Seoul

South Korean military specialists believe the goal was to further improve ballistic technologies. On Wednesday, North Korea launched a projectile about 60 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. South Korea has been under the protection of the United States military for decades, but the agreements between the two countries set a limit on the specifications of missiles Seoul could develop until 2012, when Washington allowed the South to review the limitations as Seoul sought domestic deterrence ... Read More

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Netanyahu: Israel committed to working with Trump for peace

In a televised speech to AIPAC's annual Policy Conference yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "Israel is on alert and ready to defend itself", Arab48 reported. On Monday, speaking to AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, Trump's Vice President insisted at least one Trump campaign promise was still alive. Pence then assured those in attendance that Trump's appointment of former Gov. Read More

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Alabama Supreme Court allows impeachment of governor to proceed

Alabama Supreme Court allows impeachment of governor to proceed

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. "We are gratified that the Alabama Supreme Court acted promptly and that the restraining order against the Judiciary Committee is stayed", said Jack Sharman, a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC and special counsel to the Judiciary Committee. Read More

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Russia, Iran vow continued military support for Assad

Russia, Iran vow continued military support for Assad

The regional alliance said the US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian base which Washington said was involved in a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians would not deter their forces from "liberating" all of Syrian territory. At the time , Trump repeatedly tweeted that the US shouldn't get bogged down in Syria and that Obama shouldn't act without approval from Congress. Read More

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US vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

For years the U.S. has pressed China to rein in the North - specifically, its nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs, which Pyongyang says it is pursuing with the aim of being able to strike the United States. Some observers suggested that China would see the president as weak. As President, Mr. Obama sought to differentiate himself from his predecessor, George W. Read More

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Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

The scenario this time, with nuclear weapons already being used on both sides of the North Korea-South Korea frontier, would be different, but it could be even more unsafe. Last week's strike against Syria was also designed as a stark warning against other rogue regimes, including North Korea's, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. Read More

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5 children injured after bounce house, inflatable slide go airborne

5 children injured after bounce house, inflatable slide go airborne

Five children were hurt near Greenville, South Carolina, when a gust of wind made an inflatable bounce house and slide go airborne. A power line was also knocked down during the event. They were able to respond before fire crews arrived, Reed said. But about an hour into the event, which was held outside the church, an unexpected wind gust - sort of like a mini-tornado - started swirling around, gathering leaves and dirt along the way. Read More

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Sen. McCain calls Michael Flynn's request for immunity 'unusual'

When the national security adviser tried to replace him, Cohen-Watnick appealed to senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly got the president involved to save his job. In the weeks after he resigned, Flynn and his business registered with the Justice Department as foreign agents for $530,000 worth of lobbying work that could have benefited the Turkish government. Read More

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Waters of the Jhelum start receding, flood fears in Kashmir abate

Waters of the Jhelum start receding, flood fears in Kashmir abate

Her body was recovered from Baba Pora area, two kilometers away from Payerpora. A father and his son were killed by an avalanche in Kargil district of Ladakh region on Thursday. "This rising water levels remind of that awful day in 2014 when Srinagar was marooned and our lives were destroyed", Mohammad Yusuf, 56, owner of a houseboat on Jhelum River in Srinagar , told Firstpost . Read More

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Aussies make winning start at Hong Kong Sevens

Aussies make winning start at Hong Kong Sevens

In extra time, South Africa attacked from deep and following a number of plays, Ruhan Nel raced in from 30 meters to score the try. Fiji's four tries came from Kalione Nasoko (two), Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Mesulame Kunavula and they were delivered with signature Fijian flair, relying on lightning-quick passing and continuity to leave their South African opponents grasping at air. Read More

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Le Pen says France's National Front receives no funding from Russian Federation

Le Pen was in Russian Federation at the invitation of Leonid Slutsky , head of the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, who called her visit "courageous". Her party took a €9m loan from a Moscow-based bank in 2014. "On the one hand, Marin Le Pen shows that she can contact such a hard state as Russian Federation, which is very important for European politicians now, as many people say that Russian Federation is a very big threat to the world". Read More

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Trump presented with assassination as solution to North Korea nuke threats

North Korea is also a proliferation threat. "I highly valued President Trump's strong commitment to the maintenance of the global order and to the peace and security of its allies and the world", Abe told reporters after the talks. He says Trump's missile strike was meant as a "very strong signal to Assad and his sponsors" that the USA will not stand idly by, and that Russian Federation should now reconsider support for the "murderous regime". Read More

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Kyle Freeland Dazzles In MLB Debut

Kyle Freeland Dazzles In MLB Debut

Garneau hit left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu's first pitch, a 90 miles per hour fastball. The Dodgers' offense couldn't bail him out, producing just one run through the first seven innings. "We were hopeful that he'd be here today, but there are certain things that trump even opening day", general manager Jeff Bridich said. He allowed a hit to the only batter he faced in his first appearance of the season Tuesday but struck out the side in the ninth to seal Freeland's victory. Read More

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Evans beats Frenchman Benneteau to salvage pride for Britain

Evans beats Frenchman Benneteau to salvage pride for Britain

On Friday, Kyle Edmund lost the first singles match 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 to world number 17 Lucas Pouille. With the Britons trailing 2-0 after the first day, Murray and Inglot knew they had to win the doubles rubber to keep the tie alive. France , the nine-time champions, will host 2010 winners Serbia in the semi-finals in September. "A quarter-final, a win, a semi-final, a quarter-final - in decades previous you weren't getting that", said Smith after the doubles defeat. Read More

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Chinese first lady visits US art school

U.S. President Donald Trump's five-year-old grand-daughter floored Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan with her impeccable Mandarin skills, reciting a Chinese folk song and a poetry for them. Arabella is well liked by Chinese netizens, and had previously been filmed reciting Chinese poetry and singing a song for Chinese New Year. During Lunar New Year in February, Ivanka took Arabella to the Chinese embassy in Washington DC to attend a party to celebrate the Chinese festive ... Read More

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Jermain Defoe hoping veganism and cryotherapy can boost World Cup chances

Jermain Defoe hoping veganism and cryotherapy can boost World Cup chances

Defoe's breakthrough goal against Lithuania capped an excellent all-round display and Southgate said that even relegation to Championship for the player's Sunderland side would not preclude his consiseration for Russian Federation. Asked how he was informed that his stellar form for Sunderland would not be enough to earn a recall for Euro 2016, he added: "I didn't get a call. For sure we'll play better than we did today". Read More

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GIRAFFE WATCH: Animal Adventure cites more progress overnight

GIRAFFE WATCH: Animal Adventure cites more progress overnight

With April's live video stream going viral across the country, Ballone says it's sparked new interest in her property. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Once the calf is born, there will be a contest to name it. No, watching after April is not my only job. Later, the 15-year-old beauty strutted over to her handsome but much younger beau Oliver (5), and flirted a bit before turning her back to him and walking off in the direction of the camera. Read More

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What is the US/Russia

What is the US/Russia "deconfliction line?"

Russian state TV today broadcast video that it claimed to show Shayrat airbase in Syria after it was hit by U.S. missile strikes. On the U.S. side, it is run out of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at the vast al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which hosts the forward headquarters of U.S. Read More

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North Korea Calls US Strikes On Syria 'Unforgivable'

Addressing the nation on television immediately following the U.S. airstrike, Trump said, "Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched". North Korea has long claimed that the United States is preparing to conduct similar precision strikes against its territory or even launch an all-out invasion. Read More

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U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

In an interview with CNN , Haley said the US administration's priorities in order to end the war in Syria includes defeating the Islamic State group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad. "Well this is part of the problem in Syria, is Russia's sponsorship of this murderous regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday". Lavrov said USA allegations that Syria carried out the chemical attack "do not correspond to reality". Read More

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Trump poised to strike North Korea

Trump poised to strike North Korea

Despite UN resolutions barring North Korea from any use of ballistic missile technology, Mr Kim has been busy developing missile capabilities. "And I think in terms of North Korea, we have been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korean peninsula". Read More

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Canada commemorates the centenary of the Vimy WWI battle

Canada commemorates the centenary of the Vimy WWI battle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the journey to France in order to honor the fallen. Doctors from Montreal and cowboys from Red Deer. "They stand for justice and hope". Hundreds of people gathered in both Toronto and Brampton on Sunday, paying homage to all the Canadians who lost their lives in the Battle of Vimy Ridge a century ago. Read More

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North Korea test was of Scud missile

Also on Tuesday, speaking at an event at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Michael Hayden took a different tack to describe THAAD. "Pyongyang's missile program has progressed over the last few decades from tactical rockets in the 1970s, to short, medium-range ballistic missiles in the 1980s and 1990s". Read More

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Sweden identifies truck attack suspect as Uzbek native, 39

The first suspect had applied for permanent residency in 2014, but this was rejected, and in December 2016 he was given four weeks to leave the country, police chief Jonas Hysing told a press conference . Fifteen people were treated in hospitals for injuries they suffered in the attack. Evensson said authorities have questioned more than 500 people in the investigation so far. Read More

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Egypt: At least 21 dead after explosion at Coptic Church in Tanta

Egypt: At least 21 dead after explosion at Coptic Church in Tanta

Deputy Health Minister Mohammed Sharshar confirmed the toll. CBC TV showed footage from inside the Mar Girgis church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers. While the Copts have stood steadfast alongside the government, repeating the mantra that Egyptians were all being targeted by terrorists, an increase in attacks on Christians has tested that support. Read More

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Norway police neutralize explosive device, arrest suspect

Police said in a tweet that the "bomb-like device" had been found in a busy area outside Oslo's main underground station late on Saturday and then neutralized. 'The noise from the blast was louder than our explosives themselves would cause, ' a police spokesman said, adding that further investigation was needed to find out if the device had contained explosives. Read More

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Suspect in Stockholm Attack Identified, Border Security Tightens

The truck mowed down shoppers in one of the city's busiest districts, ending it's rampage by crashing into the Åhléns department store at 2:53 pm. The motive for the attack is not known. Sweden's SAPO security police said it was working to find "any abettor or network involved in the attack". "We must get through this". "He was a marginal character", said Sweden's national police chief Dan Eliasson. Read More

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