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OPEC panel recommends six-month extension of oil output cuts

West Texas Intermediate crude, the United States benchmark, is down by 2.7% at $49.32 per barrel, while Brent crude, the Global benchmark, is down by 2.4% at $51.72 per barrel as of 1:05 p.m. "The reason that we're seeing the selloff today and really for this week has been related to the fact that we're seeing higher waterborne imports arriving from the Middle East", said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at Clipperdata. Read More

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Italy's prime minister urges USA to

Italy's prime minister urges USA to

ET today. When asked which Congressional victory he wanted to get next week, Trump said, "I want to get both, are you shocked to hear that?" The visit will come a month before Trump is scheduled to travel to Italy for the first Group of 7 summit of his presidency. Read More

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US VP Pence assures Japan: America is with you '100 per cent'

Pence's comments come after a senior North Korean official warned the regime had no intention of dialling down its missile programme, pledging weekly tests and threatening "all-out war" if the USA took any action against it. The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. The United States wants peace, Trump said, and he hopes DPRK leader Kim Jong-un also wants peace. Read More

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Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on April 19 that this country would present proof of the Assad regime's culpability in the coming days, the Deutsche Welle report said. The officer's comments came as United States defense officials reported Wednesday the Syrian regime has started to relocate its warplanes in close proximity to Russia's Khmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia Governorate, purportedly to deter the USA from any future attacks. Read More

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Obama calls France's Macron, offers advice ahead of election

Obama calls France's Macron, offers advice ahead of election

European stocks struggled for direction on Friday, with France's benchmark index sliding after a suspected terror attack in Paris just days ahead of a presidential election vote. French voters are looking for a leader who can turn their country around after years of sub-par growth and a wave of attacks by Islamist terrorists fueled a backlash against the political establishment. Read More

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Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike leader sent to solitary

Erdan ordered the Israel Prison Service to do all they can to contain the strike within its walls and prevent any illegal communication between prisons and with other terrorists. "It is to be emphasised that the [prison service] does not negotiate with prisoners", he said. The strike, led by high-profile Fatah-linked prisoner Marwan Barghouti, is the largest in recent years. Read More

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Paris shooting: Everything we know the morning after the deadly attack

Paris shooting: Everything we know the morning after the deadly attack

The attack happened when a silver Audi pulled up next to a police van on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue - usually packed with tourists heading to the Arc de Triomphe. The people of France will not take much more of this. A police source told Reuters the man had been known to authorities and had served prison time for previous assaults on law-enforcement officials over the past 16 years. Read More

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Kashmir students clash with Indian troops; many injured

Student-led protests on Monday in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir escalated into violence that has left over 100 injured as students clash with Indian police and paramilitary forces. The ground support, among locals, is evident from the increasing stone-pelting and protests near encounter sites since a year ago. SRINAGAR , India/NEW DELHI Militants have stepped up attacks in contested Indian-ruled Kashmir, including raids on the homes of police officers, amid a spike in violence ... Read More

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PDP slams Jammu and Kashmir minister for his remarks on stone pelters

PDP slams Jammu and Kashmir minister for his remarks on stone pelters

The coalition had an arrangement by virtue of which they would have won two seats each while the National Conference and Congress would have won one seat each. Geelani asked global agencies to break their silence and said, in case any untoward happens to people, they will be held responsible. Madni, who is the uncle of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a hard hitting statement said, "Such disgusting utterances are not only unjustifiable but perilous as well". Read More

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Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

Supporters of the "no" vote, one, holding a banner of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, centre, chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul , Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Everyone and all sections - and the main opposition party in particular- must show respect. "The opposition should not call people to take to the streets and say they do not recognize election results". Read More

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Sweden summons Russian Federation envoy over reports of Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sweden summons Russian Federation envoy over reports of Chechnya anti-gay violence

An April 4 Novaya Gazeta article doubled down on those claims, with a source telling the publication that the Muslim-majority region's anti-LGBTQ efforts include concentration camps . The abuse allegations have been dominating global headlines all month, after Novaya Gazeta reported April 1 that at least 100 Chechen men had been detained "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation". Read More

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USA to Conduct Comprehensive Policy Toward Iran

STEEL Trump launches an investigation to determine whether Chinese and other foreign-made steel threatens US national security, raising the possibility of new tariffs and triggering a rally in USA steel stocks. Iran deal was one of the reasons why relations of these two countries with the U.S frayed under the Obama administration. "In my opinion, the way information was given was incorrect". Read More

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British PM Theresa May calls general election

British PM Theresa May calls general election

But how do P&J readers feel about a snap General Election? May also wants an election now so she doesn't have to be preparing for one in 2019, when the Brexit negotiations will be reaching their climax. While promising to run a "positive and optimistic campaign", she said the choice at the election was between her "strong and stable leadership" or a "coalition of chaos" led by Mr Corbyn. Read More

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New Ontario Housing Rules Land Thursday. Will This End The Frenzy?

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the new speculation tax on Thursday as part of a series of measures to help stabilise the price for property and for rental units in and around Toronto. Similarly, the government is committing $125 million over five years to rebate development charges - the fees municipalities charge housing to recoup sewer and road costs that new homes bring - back to rental developers. Read More

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US VP Pence's visit to Indonesia signals US support for Southeast Asia

Pence landed in Australia late on Friday, his fourth stop on a 10-day tour of US allies in the Asia-Pacific region that has included a series of roundtables with business executives in South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia . Pence said that strong partnership in the defense sector would be useful to anticipate security threats. Trump has said the trade abuse probe will crack down on "foreign importers that cheat". Read More

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Iran reiterates commitment to nuclear deal

Iran reiterates commitment to nuclear deal

The U.S. can not mislead the public opinion through leveling "unfounded accusations", he told IRNA. Trump's administration has been publicly tightening the noose on Iran over the deal , which was negotiated by the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany to roll back Tehran's nuclear programme in return for the easing of sanctions. Read More

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Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck

England captain Dylan Hartley is among the big names to miss out on selection to the 41-man squad with his English teammate Joe Launchbury also being overlooked. Gatland pointed out the Lions had several accomplished goalkickers in the squad. England have supplied 16 of the 41 players bound for New Zealand in Lions colours this summer, leaving Jones with significant holes to plug. Read More

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First female candidates vie for Iranian presidency

But despite months of talks, hardliners have been unable to unite behind a single candidate and Khamenei appears to have not yet intervened to make them do so. Ahmadinejad does, however, maintain popularity among the poor for his populist policies and subsidies he offered while in office. The 12-member Guardian Council, which scrutinizes the candidates, was to announce on April 26, 2017, which candidates it determined were qualified to run. Read More

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China stresses dialogue to resolve Korean Peninsula issue

China stresses dialogue to resolve Korean Peninsula issue

Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea's nuclear program. They also emphasized "the vital importance" of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization". Previous statements "welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue". Read More

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Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

When potential clients were told the "girls" were aged 13 to 16, most men dropped the matter, but 104 attempted to arrange meetings and were subsequently arrested. "All of the people caught in the sting were prepared to pay money to have sex with children", she said. Of the 104 cases placed before the courts, 40 of the cases have been resolved, with 64 still before the courts. Read More

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Ronnie O'Sullivan pegged back by Gary Wilson

And he revealed the extent of his distress at receiving a letter from disciplinary chiefs after he criticised a referee and photographer during January's Masters. He added "I have enjoyed a good season, so hopefully I can go a step further at the Crucible this year". He has won two ranking titles this season - the European Masters and Players' Championship - the latter ending a losing run in finals which saw Trump fall at the last hurdle in the English Open, the Welsh Open and the ... Read More

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Donald Trump says US-Russia relationship may be at 'all-time low'

Donald Trump says US-Russia relationship may be at 'all-time low'

Russian Federation has also denied a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria saying the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by a Syrian regime airstrike on a rebel-controlled chemical weapons factory on the ground. "Whatever the aspirations on the campaign trail, they have given way to the realities of what it takes to conduct American foreign policy in a cruel and unforgiving world", said Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Read More

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Bill O'Reilly accuser appears on 'The View'

Bill O'Reilly accuser appears on 'The View'

In the email, O'Reilly himself had apparently also run out of patience with Fox News Channel, the network he had called home for 20 years: "You all should know that I will not put up with much more from FNC", he wrote. But the departure of major advertisers, anxious about the knock-on effect of being associated with "The O'Reilly Factor ", ultimately sealed his fate as the Murdoch family, which owns the corporation, flexes their might in a global marketplace. Read More

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Pence set for charm offensive in Australia

His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S. -Australia alliance and laying out the new administration's priorities for the Pacific Rim. President Trump's company, the Trump Organization, also has business interests in Indonesia. Trump's company, the Trump Organization, is active in Indonesia with plans to manage luxury resorts being built near the capital Jakarta and on the tourist island of Bali. Read More

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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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White House defends portrayal of 'armada' push toward Korean peninsula

White House defends portrayal of 'armada' push toward Korean peninsula

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency earlier reported that as many as three aircraft carriers were advancing toward North Korea, but that didn't hold much water: one of the carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, is being repaired at a base near Tokyo, while the other carrier that was said to be joining the party, the USS Nimitz, was all the way across the Pacific in Southern California. Read More

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