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Palestinian hunger strikers' leader in solitary confinement

Michael Oren, an Israeli parliamentarian and former ambassador to the United States, said that the New York Times had committed a "journalistic terrorist attack" in publishing an op-ed by imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. More than 300 Palestinians have been in prison since before Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo accords in 1993. Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, but rarely on such a large scale. Read More

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Paris attack: Police detains family members of gunmen

Paris attack: Police detains family members of gunmen

According to BFMTV, the man was previously sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting two police officers in 2001. ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the incident which left police officer Xavier Jugele, 37, suffering a fatal head wound, but in its haste it may have mixed up the attacker's identity, according to radicalisation experts. Read More

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North Korea's missile launch fail

Ostensibly the event is to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim's grandfather, the North's founder Kim Il- Sung - a date known as the " Day of the Sun " in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name. Along with the deployment of the Naval aircraft carrier and other vessels into waters off the Korean Peninsula, thousands of US and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry were also deployed last month in their biggest-ever joint military exercises. Read More

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Pence: North Korea is 'getting the message'

Pence: North Korea is 'getting the message'

South Korea has convened a National Security Council meeting after the failed test, saying in a statement their government "condemns this serious threat on the Korean peninsula and overall worldwide society". The launch ended in failure as the missile blew up right after takeoff. Pence also told gathered servicemembers from both USA and Japanese forces that Tokyo will "assume a larger role and responsibility" within its security alliance with Washington. Read More

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In abrupt shift, Trump warms to China and NATO, sours on Russia

The evolving Trump foreign policy appears to reflect less of the influence of his campaign team and more the views of Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. That is certainly coloring US relations with Moscow. But experts said a formal declaration to that effect by the Treasury Department could have led to United States sanctions, which would have prompted retaliation from Beijing. Read More

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Popular Nigerian pastor arrested in SA airport toilet over rape claims

Popular Nigerian pastor arrested in SA airport toilet over rape claims

He can not be arrested without an arrest warrant and, when I asked, they refused to show one to me. "They are worse than Mugabe's thugs in Zimbabwe. Their behaviour was despicable, they absolutely refused to talk to us", said Price. While the Jesus Dominion International sang hymns and prayed outside for Divine intervention in the case, angry protesters from several local political parties said the courts must make sure he is locked away for what he did. Read More

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Trump officials say no new US focus on ousting Syria's Assad

Mr Rouhani was referring to the UN-supervised destruction of the Damascus regime's chemical arsenal under a 2013 agreement between Washington and Moscow. Speaking on a United States talkshow to be aired Sunday, Rex Tillerson insisted he had no concerns about possible retaliation by Moscow as "Russians were never targeted" in the strike and said defeating the IS group was the top priority for the United States in Syria. Read More

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Pence Promotes Trump's Economic Plans, Visits USS Rondald Reagan in Japan

Pence Promotes Trump's Economic Plans, Visits USS Rondald Reagan in Japan

Another U.S. official said the alert status was not restricted to one particular region of China but spread out across the country. "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Han said. Reports in South Korea claim the US President is bolstering the deployment by sending the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz to the Sea of Japan next week. Read More

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Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

A shooting on Thursday night on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard in central Paris , in which one policeman was killed and two others were wounded, could bring campaigning to a sombre and abrupt end, however. Macron said he had cancelled two rallies on Friday to avoid overburdening security forces but said he refused to suspend his campaign. LONDON (AP) - France's main stock market outperformed its counterparts in Europe on Thursday as traders priced in a growing likelihood of a victory ... Read More

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VP Pence arrives in Australia, last stop in Asia

Upon entering the presidency, Trump pulled out of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral free trade accord that would have stretched to nations around the Pacific Rim. They do $225 billion in trade with the USA each year. Trump's relationship with Beijing remains unclear and his unorthodox foreign policy has begged the question as to whether he could ease USA demands on the South China Sea to win Chinese cooperation on North Korea. Read More

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Advani, Josi, Uma Bharti To Face Trial in Ayodhya Case

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court disagreed with the CBI about criminal conspiracy charges for the BJP veterans, which meant that the leaders' case continued to be heard in Rae Bareli. While the saffron outfit would be happy with the Ram temple issue being pushed to the fore, it would not "jump the gun" on a matter decided by the apex court and let the issue rather pan out in courts. Read More

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Prosecutors, Judges Support Ayala In Lawsuit Against Gov. Scott

Prosecutors, Judges Support Ayala In Lawsuit Against Gov. Scott

The brief is joined by The American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Florida, the nationwide ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Sentencing Project, and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP). Her complaint with the Florida Supreme Court says Scott overstepped his authority and asks the justices to declare her the prosecutor in the cases that were ordered taken away from her. Read More

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British Parliament approves snap election

Earlier, Mr Corbyn dismissed Mrs May's argument that she needs a fresh mandate to deliver Brexit, and said it was "extremely interesting" that she had chosen to call an election as the Crown Prosecution Service prepares to decide whether to press charges against a string of Tory MPs over allegations relating to 2015 general election expenses. Read More

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Bannon and Kushner meet to make peace amid reports of infighting

Trump purportedly told the pair to "work this out" amid repeated policy disagreements between them - a recurring media narrative. Bannon's reasoning was that the missile strikes violated Trump's America First ideology, while his ideological foe in the White House - Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner - insisted they were necessary as a response to Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Read More

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South Korea's ex-president Park charged with bribery

Park, 65, was charged with colluding with her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil to receive tens of millions of US dollars in bribes from Samsung Group and Lotte Group , while demanding millions dollars from SK Group. Park will stay in jail during her trial due to start in weeks from now that could last up to six months. In another blow to Lotte Group, whose family members are already standing trial for their involvement in embezzlement, tax evasion and fraud, its chief Shin was indicted ... Read More

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EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

Residents and their supporters railed against any cuts at EPA and demanded action to ensure those affected by the lead crisis are made whole as they prepared Wednesday for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's visit. Two dozen families remain at the West Calumet Housing Complex, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would cut EPA funding 31 percent, the biggest planned cut for any federal agency. Read More

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China adjusts its North Korea policy

China adjusts its North Korea policy

The Trump administration has signaled a more forceful US stance toward North Korea's recent missile tests and threats, including a warning from Trump that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "gotta behave". AFGHANISTAN U.S. troops are still battling suspected Islamic State fighters near the site where a massive bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, an American military official says. Read More

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Labour's Corbyn sets election tone, targeting British establishment

Corbyn denied a report published in The Times newspaper on Thursday which said his party could promise a public vote to approve the terms of Britain's European Union exit. However, Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, played down suggestions new taxes might be introduced at this level, saying she understood why "many people" on this salary might feel they were "not rich". Read More

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MOAB strike: 90 IS fighters killed in Afghanistan

The attack was launched on Thursday after Afghan forces had tried repeatedly to capture the tunnels in fierce and prolonged fighting with ISIS militants in the province. And later on Saturday, during an address delivered at an event in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, the former president of the country, criticized the Afghan government for allowing the US military to launch the bomb attack. Read More

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Brisbane Roar get past Western Sydney on penalties

Brisbane Roar get past Western Sydney on penalties

Moore said there was an "open-ended invitation" for Broich to join the Roar's operations - most likely in an academy role - once he retires after previously expressing a desire to take up coaching. A diminutive figure much like McKay, the former Joeys captain has been an assured presence in Brisbane's engine room and Aloisi reckons he'll have no trouble dealing with the added pressure of Friday's elimination final against Western Sydney. Read More

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Syria Values Highly Russia's Stance on US Aggression - Foreign Minister

Syria Values Highly Russia's Stance on US Aggression - Foreign Minister

Trump said in a note on Twitter . Two days after the USA launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said Assad's departure was inevitable. In some ways, Russia's veto isn't surprising. Trump has praised China for its decision to abstain from voting on the United Nations resolution, terming it an honour for the US. Read More

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Buoyant French economy ahead of election a boon to eurozone

Buoyant French economy ahead of election a boon to eurozone

Euro-area economic momentum accelerated to its fastest pace in six years, with France unexpectedly outperforming Germany in a strong start to the the second quarter that suggests the recovery is broadening. The services PMI rose to 56.2 from 56. The flash composite output index dropped to 56.3 in April from March's six-year high of 57.1. United Kingdom retail sales declined more than expected in March, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Friday. Read More

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China 'seriously concerned' about North Korea

One wonders: How much will Xi end up bilking us for his squeezing of Kim Jong Un? South Korea, the USA and Japan described such measures as "irrational and inappropriate". Some of China's Air Force bombers were put "on high alert" Wednesday, a US official told the network, and Chinese military aircraft are seeing intensified maintenance as they're made fully ready for action. Read More

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