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Canada commemorates centenary of pivotal Vimy WWI battle

Unburdened by a history of warfare, the Canadians looked at war differently and adopted new tactics such as the creeping barrage while entrusting the battleplan for the first time to even the lowliest privates. Among them are members of Liberation Tours, based in Georgina, who took in the moving and stark image of rows upon row of empty boots placed on the Vimy memorial to represent the almost 3,600 who died in what is considered a seminal moment in Canadian history. Read More

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Coachella audience not smart enough for Kate Bush

Coachella audience not smart enough for Kate Bush

It'd certainly be a scoop booking for any festival, but apparently America's biggest music event turned down the English singer because people wouldn't "understand". "I'll say, 'She's never played here, and she just did 30 shows in the United Kingdom for the first time since the late 70s". Tollett maintains a hands-on role in the Coachella lineup; The New Yorker reports that he personally curated and booked all 150 artists playing this year's festival . Read More

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Australia, India To Push Ahead With Trade Talks

A pact to significantly expand counter-terror cooperation was among six agreements India and Australia inked on Monday as the two countries called for strong action against those financing and providing sanctuary to terror groups. He said Australia was helping India in its water management policy while sharing expertise in the area of renewable energy. While the re-instatement of Australia in the Malabar exercises, comprising of India, the USA and Japan, will have to wait for some time, Modi ... Read More

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Neil Gorsuch being sworn in as 113th Supreme Court justice

Gorsuch becomes the 113th justice in Supreme Court history, filling the ninth seat on the bench that had been vacant since the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost 14 months ago. The official filibuster was enacted April 6, and that same day the Senate Republicans invoked the "nuclear option", a procedural precedent that ended the option of a filibuster for Supreme Court nominees to require only a simple majority of votes, rather than the usual 60 votes to end debate. Read More

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Senate confirms Gorsuch as 9th SCOTUS judge

Senate confirms Gorsuch as 9th SCOTUS judge

No. 2, it's genius, in that order, because he knew how much criticism he would get", said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. There is no reasonable justification for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's failure previous year to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's nomination of the moderate and highly qualified Judge Merrick Garland to that seat. Read More

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China offers concessions to avert trade war with US

U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to punish China over trade have been displaced by a pledge to negotiate after hearing the perspective of his counterpart Xi Jinping. On Saturday Trump tweeted "it was a great honor to have President Xi" at his home and that a friendship was forged between the two leaders, "but only time will tell on trade". Read More

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Iran's Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

Ahmadinejad made the comments at a Wednesday news conference after stunning election officials by registering. Speaking after submitting his paperwork Mr Ahmadinejad said he was "committed to my moral promise" of not running and was only helping his close confident and former Vice-President, Hamid Baqai, who registered alongside him. Read More

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AL Supreme Court: Bentley impeachment hearings can begin Monday

AL Supreme Court: Bentley impeachment hearings can begin Monday

The order allows the House Judiciary Committee to continue with its schedule of impeachment. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Monday morning. The Alabama Ethics Commission Wednesday found probable cause that the governor had violated ethics and campaign finance laws, and referred charges to the Montgomery County District Attorney for consideration. Read More

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Xi, Trump discussed situation in Syria during meeting in US

The only other foreign leader to be hosted at Mar-a-Lago during Trump's presidency so far is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close USA ally. Trump's meeting with China's president on Friday was highly-anticipated on the heels of Trump's campaign, during which he repeatedly blasted China for currency manipulation and unfair trade policies with the US. Read More

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Hamilton Beats Vettel to Win Chinese Grand Prix

He ran as high as second behind Hamilton and fended off late-race pressure from team mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give Red Bull their 100th podium place. "Grazie a tutti!" said Vettel over the radio. Lance Stroll, the 18-year-old rookie, spun off the track on the first lap after making contact with Force India's Sergio Perez. Read More

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Trump says former Obama official may have committed a crime

Trump did not make clear what crime he was accusing Rice of committing. "It's such an important story for our country and the world", Trump added. "It is one of the big stories of our time ". And as President Barack Obama's national security adviser, there could very well have been legitimate reasons for her to ask to unmask individuals in these intelligence reports, which are part of her job. Read More

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"Serious explosives" rock bus carrying German soccer team

The police chief for the German city of Dortmund says it's not clear yet who was behind the explosions that rocked a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team and left a player injured. A window of Dortmund's team bus is damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 . Read More

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Putin says U.S. preparing more strikes on Syria

Putin says U.S. preparing more strikes on Syria

Now we return to the USA missile strikes on Syria and what the Trump administration's options for dealing with that now-six-year-old civil war. Over the last several years, he repeatedly warned against United States military intervention into the Syrian conflict, sending tweets like, "We should stay the hell out of Syria, the "rebels" are just as bad as the current regime". Read More

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North Korea 'Looking for Trouble,' US Will 'Solve the Problem'

North Korea 'Looking for Trouble,' US Will 'Solve the Problem'

Its dispatch to the Korean Peninsula comes amid increased tensions with North Korea, whose rapidly developing missile and military nuclear programs have unnerved Washington. Delegates from around the North have been arriving in Pyongyang ahead of the assembly session. Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them past year. Read More

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Monaco shows full support to Dortmund after explosions

The chief executive of Borussia Dortmund said Bartra was injured on the arm and hand. German police are working on the assumption that explosions which rocked the Borussia Dortmund team bus were caused by "serious explosive devices". Separately, security was also being tightened at another major Champions League clash in Germany on Wednesday - between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Read More

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One killed, two injured in United States factory shooting

One killed, two injured in United States factory shooting

This is published unedited from the IANS feed . Police said the female suspect was killed and two others were airlifted to area hospitals with critical injuries. Police said there is no danger to the public since the scene is now secured. "I saw that girl (Deplae) come walking up to Rebecca's auto". I have been notified about the devastating events that unfolded in our community earlier this morning. Read More

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China Rejects North Korean Coal Shipments After Missile Test…

China Rejects North Korean Coal Shipments After Missile Test…

After repeated missile tests by North Korea that drew worldwide criticism, China banned all imports of coal from the country on Feb 26, cutting off its most important export product. Trump tweeted, adding, "North Korea is looking for trouble". Therefore, it is expected that rising pressure will build for "secondary boycotts" which aim to sanction Chinese corporations trading with North Korea. Read More

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Spokesman: 2 students wounded were not targeted

Spokesman: 2 students wounded were not targeted

Could the shooting have been foreseen? Jonathan died at a hospital after being shot Monday (Tuesday NZT) in his classroom by the estranged husband of his teacher, Karen Smith , who also was killed. A gunman opened fire the morning of April 10, 2017 in a classroom of North Park Elementary School . All of the 520 other children in the school were immediately evacuated afterwards. Read More

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North Korea calls U.S. strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

North Korea calls U.S. strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

US President Donald Trump ditched his trademark anti-China bombast, hailing an "outstanding" relationship with counterpart Xi Jinping at the end of a superpower summit yesterday overshadowed by events in Syria. Tillerson said Trump had accepted Xi's invitation to visit China and that they also agreed to upgrade a U.S. Xi had arrived at the meeting with a gift of "tweetable deliverables", sources said - peace offerings on Trump's signature issues - trade and jobs - that he hopes will ... Read More

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Bashar al-Assad sends 'touching' letter to North Korea's Supreme Leader

Bashar al-Assad sends 'touching' letter to North Korea's Supreme Leader

Like other attendees, Kim Jong Un was shown on the North Korean news late Tuesday holding up his assembly membership card to vote on state business. The US has been calling on Beijing to help contain North Korea. He said that "if we go from the assumption that THAAD's only goal is to detect and neutralize North Korean missiles, then there are no reasons that make it impossible for South Korea to purchase these USA missile systems". Read More

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Kendrick Lamar reveals new album title, artwork and tracklist

Kendrick Lamar reveals new album title, artwork and tracklist

And now just a few weeks later the 29-year-old has put fans out of the dark and revealed what he's working on, an album that will be out on April 14 . Nope, this time it's just him looking sweaty and worn out, a feeling that many Americans might be feeling right now. Take a look at Kendrick Lamar letting us in on the name of his album a week before he confirmed it below. Read More

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Trump considering to introduce sanctions against Russia, Iran for supporting Syria

Trump considering to introduce sanctions against Russia, Iran for supporting Syria

The meeting in the Tuscan walled city of Lucca also brings German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, along with other G-7 foreign ministers, at a moment when the United States is sending a Navy carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to provide a physical presence following North Korea's persistent ballistic missile tests. Read More

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'No doubt' Syria responsible for deadly chemical attack: Mattis

'No doubt' Syria responsible for deadly chemical attack: Mattis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said . A joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault. The army chiefs of Russian Federation and Iran discussed the United States strikes in Syria by phone on Saturday and vowed to continue the fight against "terrorists" and their supporters, Iranian media reported . Read More

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North Korea Threatens 'Toughest Counteraction' After U.S. Moves Navy Ships

North Korea Threatens 'Toughest Counteraction' After U.S. Moves Navy Ships

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he said he told Xi that any efforts by China to rein in North Korea would help improve the conditions of a trade deal with the U.S. " Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point". Twice before this century, China has had to deal with a flood of refugees from North Korea . Read More

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Nancy Pelosi calls for Sean Spicer to be fired over Hitler remarks

Nancy Pelosi calls for Sean Spicer to be fired over Hitler remarks

On Monday, he suggested that Trump could take military action if Assad were to drop more barrel bombs - a regular occurrence in Syria's brutal war and a red line that would nearly immediately be breached, making U.S. "Until you've stood at that podium, you have no idea how hard it is day in and day out to never make a mistake", said Ari Fleischer, the press secretary to George W. Read More

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