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Destruction in fight to take west Mosul worse than east

Destruction in fight to take west Mosul worse than east

The progress in the old city center is much slower than the early phases of the offensive after the troops restricted the use of bombs and increased sniper fire against terrorist militants holed up in densely populated old city center. Iraqi has been encircled for "quite some time", he said. "The federal police penetrated the old city and killed 13 terrorists, and destroyed 7 booby-trapped vehicles of Daesh in the Bab al-Jadid axis towards the al-Nuri Mosque in western Mosul", police ... Read More

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Macron favorite in French election, Le Monde poll says

Marine Le Pen could still win the first round of the French presidential election but will then be crushed by her likely opponent, according to the latest poll. Unlike that debate, Tuesday's will feature all of the candidates and not just the top five, prompting fears it could become unwieldy. But after a while you realised that there were really only two people out there who were in any sense defending - more or less - the way things are. Read More

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Zuma warns against racism resurgence in S

Zuma warns against racism resurgence in S

The march, to government headquarters at Union Buildings, was organised by rival opposition parties ahead of a no confidence vote on Mr Zuma in the country's parliament on Tuesday, which he is expected to survive. But his mother, Susanna Hattingh, 38, said she felt strongly that she needed to interrupt her maternity leave with some peaceful protest action against Zuma. Read More

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Donald Trump sees global gains from 'chemistry' with China's Xi Jinping

Donald Trump sees global gains from 'chemistry' with China's Xi Jinping

Those wins may include offering USA banks and insurers more freedom to invest in China, and lifting a ban on imports of US beef, the Financial Times reported , citing USA and Chinese officials. Ross admitted that it was "a very, very short time" for trade talks. The US produces only relatively small volumes of HGP-free fed beef - some estimates say as few as three percent of cattle entering US feedlots do so without the use of implants. Read More

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Spanish Navy in illegal incursion into Gibraltar waters

Spanish Navy in illegal incursion into Gibraltar waters

The Royal Navy told the ship to leave but the incident, the seventh of its kind this year, is likely to escalate already rising tensions over the sovereignty of the Rock. France's Barnier added that as the first European Union institution to take a formal position on British Prime Minister Theresa May's letter triggering Brexit last week, parliament would set the "tone" for the negotiations. Read More

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Once opposed to intervention, Trump says he can be flexible

Even before Trump ordered last week's strike on the air base in retaliation for a nerve gas attack, Tillerson's visit was certain to be dominated by thorny issues, including Russian interference in the 2016 US election, an apparent violation of an important arms control treaty, and seeing what cooperation, if any, is possible in the fight against Islamic State. Read More

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Bangladesh militant hanged for attack aimed at British envoy

Bangladesh militant hanged for attack aimed at British envoy

Mufti Hannan reportedly confessed to having supplied grenades for launching the attack, in a statement before a court in Dhaka in 2006. Last month, Islamic State claimed three attacks targeting police in Bangladesh. "He has no connection with militancy", she told reporters earlier on Wednesday after meeting her husband for the last time. Last month, militants threw bombs at a prison van carrying him, reportedly in an attempt to free him. Read More

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NC lawmaker calls Abraham Lincoln a 'tyrant' like Hitler

NC lawmaker calls Abraham Lincoln a 'tyrant' like Hitler

Pittman writes, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?" Larry Pittman also blamed Lincoln for the U.S. Civil War, which he called "unnecessary and unconstitutional". Pittman appears to have taken down his Facebook page as of Thursday morning. Pittman's public comments drew nearly immediate condemnation, prompting North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Wayne Goodwin to questions his colleague's judgment. Read More

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Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'

Assad urged the global community to launch an inquiry into the alleged Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, but added Damascus would only allow an "impartial" external investigation. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!" He said Russian Federation vetoed a draft United Nations resolution Wednesday because it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack. Read More

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Spicer apologizes for Hitler comments

Millions of people died during the Holocaust, with gas chambers being one of the primary ways the Nazis killed the victims. Spicer apologized for his comments Wednesday morning, saying he "screwed up" and that his comments were " inexcusable and reprehensible ". Read More

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Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

Individuals would be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of recreational pot, similar to the one-ounce standard set in several US states with legal marijuana laws in effect, while households would be allowed to grow up to four plants. Health Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Department of Public Safety would be responsible for enforcing the regulations. Read More

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Greening wants grammars to work for 'ordinary families'

Greening wants grammars to work for 'ordinary families'

Forthcoming proposals will outline how to "knit together" the different parts of the education system in a bid to raise attainment, and will be fairer for ordinary working families. There's an old adage - what gets measured gets done. However, she added: " Today's announcement alone nearly certainly comes with a huge price tag, without necessarily even providing new school places in the areas that need them most". Read More

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Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

He said he didn't know if the use of the weapon sent a message to North Korea, and that it "didn't make any difference" if it did or not. I authorised the military. This munition was developed during the Iraq War. "There might have been a degree of payback here as well", Roggio told Military Times. He said there has been heavy fighting in the area in recent weeks between Afghan forces and IS militants. Read More

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United Nations criticizes Israel for approving new West Bank settlement

The new settlement, which will be constructed north of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, is intended for Israeli settlers evacuated from Amona, an outpost destroyed by Israeli authorities in February because it was not sanctioned. A White House official also warned Friday that "while the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace". Read More

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Dems: Trump's tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul

On tax reform, Schumer was asked the if issue is made more hard by Trump's refusal to release his tax returns. "The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK?" I won. In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Trump said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping "that a trade deal with the US will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!" "No one knows the answer", he said. Read More

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp 'really proud of Borussia Dortmund'

Spanish defender Marc Bartra was the only Dortmund player injured by the blast. Reus, 27, has recovered from a thigh muscle tear against Bayer Leverkusen on March 4. We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings. "Last night we felt it". A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, Frauke Koehler, said metal from one of the bombs lodged in a headrest. Read More

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Marine Le Pen sparks outrage over Holocaust comments

Marine Le Pen sparks outrage over Holocaust comments

Most would never return. But Le Pen has used the ugly moment in France's history to aid her nationalist platform: "France has been mired in people's minds for years". Le Monde daily newspaper said in an editorial that the Front National leader "crossed a red line", adding that remarks "jeopardise years of efforts to soften her party's image". Read More

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Iran's Rouhani condemns U.S. attack on Syria, chides Gulf Arabs

Iran's Rouhani condemns U.S. attack on Syria, chides Gulf Arabs

Not so fast. Speaking to ABC's This Week, Tillerson emphasized there was "no change" in the US military stance toward Syria. "I think that's conversations that he [Trump] will be having and have started to have, going forward". Russian Federation had agreed to "be the guarantor of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. the result of their failure has led to the killing of more children and innocents", Mr Tillerson added. Read More

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China's exports accelerate in March

China's exports accelerate in March

China's exports rebounded at a faster than expected pace, while growth in imports slowed in March, data from the General Administration of Customs showed Thursday. Analysts had expected China to return to a surplus of $10.0 billion in March, versus February's $9.15 billion deficit. China's crude imports in March surged to a record, and topped the U.S.as the world's biggest overseas buyer during the first quarter, as domestic output sags after producers cut spending previous year amid oil's ... Read More

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Assad claims Syria chemical attack was 'fabrication' despite evidence

However, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay did not explicitly condemned the attack, for which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government is being held responsible by the USA and its allies. "The agglomerate media and the supremacist policy of the United States of America just want the killing and destroying conflict in Syria to continue, and this primarily to kill whatever attempt to resolve the bloody crisis", said Younan. Read More

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Canada introduces bill to legalize marijuana

Canada introduces bill to legalize marijuana

In many cases, it is easier for our children to get cannabis than it is to get cigarettes. "It will keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and stop criminals from profiting from it". The driving objective of the Liberal government's plan is to address Canada's "very high rates" of cannabis use among young people that are among the highest rates in the world, Philpott said. Read More

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United States denies Syrian strike hit IS gas depot

United States denies Syrian strike hit IS gas depot

Washington and its allies say there is no doubt that the Syrian military carried out that attack, which prompted US President Donald Trump to order cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week. The incident proved that Isis and al Qaeda-linked militants " possess chemical weapons ", a statement by the army aired by Syrian state TV said. On April 4, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces said some 80 people were killed and 200 injured earlier that day ... Read More

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MOAB has only been dropped in one other place

MOAB has only been dropped in one other place

It follows last week's death of a United States special forces soldier in Afghanistan. Trump praised the military for the bombing run and called it "another very, very successful mission". He said IS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defences. We have the greatest military in the world and they've done their job as usual. Read More

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China 'not obliged to defend North Korea from an attack'

China, North Korea's sole major ally and neighbour, which nevertheless opposes its weapons programme, has called for talks leading to a peaceful resolution and the denuclearisation of the peninsula. has not only aircraft carriers but nuclear submarines. Trump commented on North Korea after he was asked about the US military's decision to drop the largest non-nuclear weapon it has ever used in combat on an area of eastern Afghanistan. Read More

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Can North Korea Hit The USA Or UK With A Nuclear Missile?

Officials both in the United States and South Korea have been expecting an imminent nuclear test for months. News of a possible test comes as the a U.S. But the acting United States ambassador to Australia voiced "extreme concern" that North Korea will be able to strike the west coast of the U.S. and Australia with nuclear missiles within two years. Read More

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Trump strategist Bannon dropped from National Security Council

Bannon was given a seat on the Principals Committee only as a check against then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the official said . But be clear, this guy is still running around the White House, for now. One argued that Bannon was put on the council to ensure that it no longer "micro-managed" foreign policy and was put on a more "operational track". Kushner has also won over two key West Wing officials, Gary Cohn, the chairman of the National Economic Council, and Dina Powell, ... Read More

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