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North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

North Korea accuses US of creating situation for nuclear war

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared in recent weeks, as a series of North Korean missile tests have prompted ever-more bellicose warnings from Trump's administration. Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter that China was working with the United States on "the North Korea problem". A senior North Korean official Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC's John Sudworth they would be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis and an all out war ... Read More

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Putin speaks on relations with Trump

Putin speaks on relations with Trump

But as for the broader relationship, it's not even clear yet whether President Trump and Putin might meet. Tillerson is considering the request, he said , "and we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction". However, Lavrov added some progress had been made on Syria at the meeting, adding that a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of US-Russia ties. Read More

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Brighton seal Premier League promotion for first time in their history

Consistent play-off contenders are few and far between in a league as unpredictable as the Championship but Hughton's Brighton have been near-constant top six residents in the last 18 months. "He's a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club", the 58-year-old said after the match. "I knew we had a group of lads that were capable of doing it, but being capable of doing it and actually doing it are two different things". Read More

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China reiterates opposition to South Korea's THAAD anti-missile system

McMaster's use of "provocative" and "destabilizing" to describe North Korea echoes administrations of both parties that have attempted to rally others on the global stage, including China, to help prevent fresh war on the peninsula. Security Council late next week in NY. Pence praised the "historic, iron-clad alliance" between the US and South Korea, not ruling out a military solution of the Korean standoff. Read More

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Madison church hosts open Easter meal

Madison church hosts open Easter meal

The services were held on the church's four campuses across Jonesboro. At each stop, someone would step forward to carry a wooden cross to the next station along the way. "People like to jump to Easter, but this day is essential to our faith", he said. Volunteer Sarah Flanagan, who helped serve the meal to the estimated 200 people, says the menu included baked ham, vegetables, a casserole, salad and homemade treats, as well as breads donated by Clasen's European Bakery. Read More

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Marine Le Pen blasted by Israel over Holocaust comments

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has touched a raw nerve in France by denying the French state's responsibility for a mass arrest of Jews in Paris during World War Two. Le Pen, 48, is the leader of the populist, anti-establishment, National Front, a party the media describes as far-right, although Le Pen's economic platform has some similarities to those espoused by Bernie Sanders. Read More

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Former Afghan President: Massive US bomb was an 'atrocity'

John Nicholson, commander for USA forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference. "The decision to drop the MOAB in eastern Afghanistan sends a clear message that the U.S. His words could signal a political backlash that may endanger the United States military mission in Afghanistan. The US used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" as part of its operations in Afghanistan that killed at least 94 Islamic State fighters, CNN reported Saturday. Read More

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North Korea missile test ends in failure

North Korea missile test ends in failure

It is already apparent that Trump's North Korea approach is different from any of his predecessors. "If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will!" he tweeted Thursday. A White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence said no USA response to the missile launch was expected because there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure. Read More

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South Africa's Cosatu urges Zuma to step down

Zuma himself, in his first public comments since he fired Gordhan, said that fiscal policies would be unchanged and that people should remain calm. Mantashe said the ANC accepted the "irretrievable breakdown of the relationship" between Zuma and Gordhan as sufficient reason for his departure, and has "full confidence in the newly appointed minister of finance". Read More

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Iran, Russia, Hezbollah: US aggression in Syria crosses 'red lines'

Six Syrian air force planes undergoing repairs at the base were destroyed, but the runways were undamaged, the Guardian quoted the Russian defence ministry saying after the attack. Turkey's foreign minister said Sunday that Turkey has no obligation to take a side in any dispute between the US and Russian Federation. Haley said she thought a regime change would occur because "all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria". Read More

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USA 'mother of all bombs' kills dozens of ISIS militants

Helmand police chief Agha Noor Kentoz blamed the Taliban for the blast, saying the road had been mined to target Afghan security forces who frequently use it. The Taliban also denounced the bombing. When asked if the MOAB's deployment in Afghanistan was meant to send a message to North Korea amid increased tensions with the isolated country, Trump replied: " I don't know if it sends a message, I don't care if it does or not ". Read More

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At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world's oldest

At 117, Jamaican woman likely just became world's oldest

The oldest person in the world is now Violet Mosse Brown, a 117-year-old woman from Jamaica. Palmer Murray said Brown is happily living in Duanvale, Jamaica - where her family has lived for 200 years - and is doing well. She is able to sit up by herself and walk short distances. Remarkably, Violet has a son who is nearly 100 and who is believed to be the oldest person with a living parent. Read More

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US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

It has said it has developed and would launch a missile that can strike the mainland USA but experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead. A White House foreign policy adviser traveling with Pence said no USA response to the missile launch was expected because there was no need for the U.S.to reinforce the failure. Read More

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Security stepped up at churches in Egypt as Easter approaches

The recent attack is only the latest among a series of attacks on Coptic Christians, who happen to be a religious minority in Egypt . The Mail Online reports that the jihadists, who were killed in a shootout in the southern province of Assui, were planning to attack a monastery in Durunka, Christians across Assuit and Sohag provinces, and attack police officers, government buildings and a courthouse. Read More

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Democrats Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democrats Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick

It was a shamefully partisan dereliction of the Senate's constitutional duty to provide advice and consent, and the effects of this cynical power play were magnified when President Donald Trump nominated the far-right-leaning Judge Gorsuch instead of a more moderate and generally acceptable candidate. Read More

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull discusses trade opportunities with India during maiden visit

Australia said Monday that it was ready to export uranium to India, almost three years after the two countries signed an export deal for peaceful power generation. Turnbull said that two-way trade in goods and services previous year was almost $20 billion - more than double of what it was a decade ago. With focus on education, the two countries are expected to work out several tie-ups in this sector. Read More

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North Korea missile launch fails: Seoul

Today's holiday, known as the Day of the Sun, normally includes an vast military parade and synchronized public performances, sometimes involving tens of thousands of people. North Korea's last parade was held in October 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea. The parade also included large rockets covered by canisters in two different types of transporter erector launcher trucks, or TELs. Read More

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Israel condemns Le Pen comments on roundup of Jews in WWII

Corsican nationalists arrived at the rally in the city of Ajaccio and clashed with her far-right supporters before being evacuated by security, French television BFM TV said . Le Pen, a frontrunner in the election being held this month and next, triggered an outcry with her comments on one of the darkest episodes of French history when the country was occupied by the Nazis during the war. Read More

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Making Dortmund play so soon lacked empathy - Klopp

Making Dortmund play so soon lacked empathy - Klopp

The fixture was postponed from Tuesday after three explosions rocked the Dortmund team coach and left Spain global Marc Bartra with a broken wrist. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was unhappy at the lack of consultation, describing UEFA's decision to inform the club of the game being re-scheduled for 22 hours later as leaving a "very bad feeling". Read More

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Favorite White House tradition rolls on

I think First Lady Miche-Melania Trump and her staff did an incredible job, her team did an wonderful job here this year. The White House ultimately opted to invite 16,000 fewer people than the previous year, leading to what appeared to be a much sparser South Lawn than previous years. Read More

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Trump explained USA position on THAAD to Xi: South Korea

The spotlight's turn from Syria to North Korea carries benefits as well as risks for the Trump administration, now nearing its 100-day mark. He didn't specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough. If Thursday's strike was a warning to other countries, it was one with which Pyongyang, which regularly cites US hostility as the driving force behind its nuclear weapons development, is quite familiar. Read More

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13 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies

13 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies

Trump supporters announced earlier in the week that they were holding a "Patriots Day" rally at the park at noon that would feature speeches by members of the alt-right, an amorphous fringe movement that uses internet memes, message boards and social media to spread a hodgepodge of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and xenophobia. Read More

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Death toll in Sri Lanka garbage mound collapse rises to 27

Military officers operate an excavator during a rescue mission after a garbage dump collapsed and buried dozens of houses in Colombo . MEETOTAMULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) - Rescuers on Monday were digging through heaps of mud and trash that collapsed onto a clutch of homes near a garbage dump outside Sri Lanka's capital, killing at least 30 people and possibly burying dozens more. Read More

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North Korea missile test ends in failure, South Korea's Joint Chief says

North Korea missile test ends in failure, South Korea's Joint Chief says

North Korea is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles. But the missile was believed to have exploded on launch, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Another missile test from Sinpo failed earlier this month, when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. Xi and Trump met in Florida on April 6 and 7, the first face-to-face communication between the Chinese and USA heads of state since the new ... Read More

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Japanese Government Preparing for Mass Refugees from the Korean Peninsula

Japanese Government Preparing for Mass Refugees from the Korean Peninsula

And with U.S. -South Korean war games taking place, North Korea has intensified its rhetoric, warning that it would retaliate strongly against any aggression. The photos of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site taken on Wednesday show continued activity around the North Portal (where earlier tests were conducted), new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site's Command Centre, US-based 38 North reported. Read More

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Russia warns US against unilateral strike on N.Korea

Russian Federation on Monday warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over. Pence, speaking at Freedom House, a few metres from the military demarcation line that he described as a "frontier of freedom", said America's relationship with South Korea was "ironclad and immutable". Read More

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US Tests Highly-Accurate Nuclear Gravity Bomb

US Tests Highly-Accurate Nuclear Gravity Bomb

The B61-12 will add at least 10 years to the service life of the B61, the NNSA said , allowing the retirement of the B83. The mock bomb test - completed with a non-nuclear replica bomb - was conducted at Nevada's Tonopah Test Range and was part of a series of upgrades that are due to be completed by 2020. Read More

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