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Trump signs order to roll back curbs on oil drilling in Arctic

Trump signs order to roll back curbs on oil drilling in Arctic

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big shock to the system, we will renegotiate. Yet Trump's seemingly erratic approach to trade policy - he dropped a threat to label China a currency manipulator and may be thwarted in his bid to build a wall with Mexico - has mostly confused Canadians wondering if Trump's protectionist posturing and threats to impose tariffs on all imports will trigger trade wars or merely mean more missed promises to his ... Read More

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Larry Kudlow: Trump Needs to Rally Support for Tax Cuts

The state and local tax deduction is just one of the proposals that could provoke a titanic fight among Republicans as the White House tries to get its plan off the ground. The 40 percent estate tax , which applies to anyone who inherits $5.5 million or more, would be scrapped. Another sizable area of savings could come from Trump's proposal to allow some individuals to qualify for a reduced tax rate of 15 percent. Read More

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Netanyahu cancels German Foreign Minister meeting over clear policy

Netanyahu cancels German Foreign Minister meeting over clear policy

Netanyahu threatened to scrap his meeting with Sigmar Gabriel if he also visits with anti-Israel NGOs, to which the German foreign minister responded that it would be no great loss if the Israeli leader cancels their appointment. Amit Gilutz, a spokesman for B'tselem, said there were no plans to cancel Tuesday's meeting. In an interview with German television network ZDF , Gabriel said it was "totally normal" to meet with groups from civil society such as " Breaking the Silence ". Read More

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Pence, headed to Japan, turns focus to trade

Pence, headed to Japan, turns focus to trade

Its latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch. Pence, on a 10-day Asia trip that will also take him to Indonesia and Australia, said Trump hopes China will use its leverage to get its longtime ally North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missiles. Read More

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Malaysia's leader: ASEAN seen growing to 4th-largest economy

The Asean Declaration on the Role of Civil Service as a Catalyst for Achieving the Asean Community Vision 2025 is the only document signed by the leaders at the 30th Asean Leaders Summit today. The disputed sea could also hold 17 billion tons of oil reserves, aside from its rich maritime and aquatic natural resources. The ASEAN countries have a combined population of over 600 million with a $6 trillion economy. Read More

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Severe storms, possible tornadoes forecast in wide region

Severe storms, possible tornadoes forecast in wide region

All modes of severe weather are possible, with an emphasis on damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Highs are expected to be in the upper 80s, with southwest winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour. The WBTV news area is in the "marginal risk" threshold for severe weather. The expected low will be around 49 with south winds of 6 to 9 miles per hour becoming west in the evening. Read More

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Le Pen Says Eurosceptic Dupont-Aignan is her PM Pick

BEIJING: China is closely following France's presidential election, but web users appear less interested in the politics than the unusual marriage between moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron and his former teacher. She is painting herself as David against rival Emmanuel Macron's Goliath as she tries to overcome a poll gap and broaden her support base. Macron said: "On the other hand, you have my project which is a republican, patriotic project aiming at. Read More

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Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke USA law

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke USA law

Among the payments in question was more than $33,000 that Flynn received in 2015 from the Russia Today television network, which has been described by USA intelligence officials as a propaganda front for Russia's government. "It really doesn't involve the White House and, if it did, it would be the Obama White House". "He filled that form out before coming here, so it would be up to the committee and other authorities to look at that". Read More

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Why S. Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Why S. Korea is debating US anti-missile system

Pyongyang's sole major ally - to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. Tillerson will be "very vocal" about nations enforcing sanctions on North Korea, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. It said that Seoul and Washington have been pushing to get THAAD quickly working to cope with North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile threats . Read More

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Le Pen to appoint ex-rival as PM if elected

On Thursday, the far-right Ms Le Pen, who has said she admires Russian President Vladimir Putin and backs the lifting of the European Union's economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict, hopped onto a fishing boat at dawn as she pursued a guerilla-style campaign that has upstaged the front-running Mr Macron. Read More

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North Korea's missile test fails

North Korea's missile test fails

Tensions are mounting between the United States and North Korea as USA officials look to contain Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. On April 16, North Korea's attempt to launch a missile on its east coast had apparently failed. The test came as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a guided missile submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday. Read More

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Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirmed the number of displaced civilians in a statement on Thursday, adding that the intense fighting had forced humanitarian organisations to suspend their activities in the town. will help bring much needed relief to thousands of South Sudanese who are affected by the starvation", said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas . Read More

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Canada threatens to play hardball with Trump over lumber tariffs

Canada threatens to play hardball with Trump over lumber tariffs

The latest dispute traces back to the expiration of the 2006-2015 U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is mistaken when he says the tariffs will have little effect on the cost of housing. Beating up on Canada will play well with the many voters who want him to put "America First". A viable trade pact is also vital because the USA does not produce enough lumber to meet the nation's needs. Read More

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Pence reiterates that all options on table on N. Korea

Pence reiterates that all options on table on N. Korea

China is defending its trade practices with North Korea after Chinese-made vehicles were seen carrying ballistic missiles during a military parade despite global sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang . "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis", NK Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol said. China also made a plea for a return to negotiations, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang saying Beijing wants to resume the talks that ended ... Read More

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Al-Sisi honours Pope Francis' visit to Egypt

Francis insisted on going ahead with the trip even after twin Palm Sunday church bombings killed at least 45 people and a subsequent attack at the famed St. Sisi has been criticised internationally for human rights abuses since he led the military overthrow of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Read More

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Air China to increase flights to North Korea in May

Yet I'm anxious because the existing policy inherited from Barack Obama is running out of time, because all US and South Korean policies toward North Korea have pretty much failed over the years. It launched a missile one day after the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. The Michigan's visit to Busan comes after North Korea on Sunday threatened to sink the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is beginning joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the ... Read More

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Colts add Ohio State DB Malik Hooker in 1st round

Colts add Ohio State DB Malik Hooker in 1st round

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Hooker's selection, ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden was outspoken with his view of Hooker's tackling exploits. In New Castle, Hooker is known for his humility, and for embracing his status as a role model. Mom's pride in her son was on display early Thursday, the calm before the storm created by the NFL Draft. Read More

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US troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban vowed to ramp up assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces in a statement Friday announcing the start of their annual spring offensive. America has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. That report said that the Afghan government had control or influence over only 52 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts previous year, down from 63.4 percent previously. Read More

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Quebec mom's email about homework to her daughter's teacher is going viral

Quebec mom's email about homework to her daughter's teacher is going viral

The mom noted that kids need downtime after school, just as adults do after work. Laditan explained that her daughter often does homework until 6:30 p.m., with little to no time to relax after dinner. Going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don't care who knows it. Finland has always been a model for educators around the world: not only do their students consistently rank high in reading, math, and science, they also get less homework, spend less time in school, and have ... Read More

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Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch

Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch

Prior to Thursday, the Raptors were 0-3 in Game 6 since Dwane Casey took over as coach in 2011. We didn't have the toughness offensively to fight through some of the reaching and grabbing, bumping and we knew it was going to be like that. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's three gave them the 71-46 advantage. The Bucks nearly came back to win the game in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors were able to avoid a Game 7 with a road win in Game 6. Read More

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May in Scotland seeking votes

Ms Dugdale is expected to challenge the Conservatives over the rights of European Union citizens now living in Britain following Jeremy Corbyn's pledge that they would be allowed to remain if he becomes Prime Minister. A poll published on Friday suggested the Conservatives are on course to win seven seats from the SNP in the General Election. YouGov questioned more than 1,000 people between April 24 and 27 for the latest survey. Read More

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Anti-racism protesters crash anti-EU UKIP election launch

Anti-racism protesters crash anti-EU UKIP election launch

In a statement released today, Nuttall said: "It is a great honour and a privilege to stand for Ukip in Boston and Skegness". "These members are lovely people, don't get me wrong, they're just not used to the way we do things". He moved to another Hartlepool pub to conduct media interviews before knocking on doors and meeting voters in the street in the Headland area of the city. Read More

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CRPF trooper injured, one attacker arrested

CRPF trooper injured, one attacker arrested

He said that the injured jawan has been taken to a hospital where his condition is stated to be stable. Reports added that a bullet hit the arm of the CRPF man who was later hospitalized while the militant was handed over to police. A police official said that youth armed with sticks attacked the trooper at Bus Stand Tral and snatched his rifle. Further details were awaited, the official said. Read More

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North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test

North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test

In the early hours of Saturday morning, local time, North Korea test-fired a mid-range ballistic missile from Pukchang, near the capital Pyongyang. The US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational "within days". Read More

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Sharif approves removal of Adviser Tariq Fatemi over Dawn leaks

Sharif approves removal of Adviser Tariq Fatemi over Dawn leaks

Leaders of the PTI and PPP both came out in favor of the military, effectively supporting the Army as the most powerful institution in the country, which can question the federal government at will. The PM's Office had initially rejected the story, but the military had mounted pressure to demand a probe into the matter to determine those involved in disclosing the details of the meeting. Read More

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Venezuela officials: 12 dead overnight violence

Venezuela's attorney general's office said 11 people had died of electrocution and gunshot wounds "in acts of violence" in El Valle . Those killed include protesters and bystanders struck by gunfire and a dozen dead Friday in overnight clashes and looting that destroyed more than two dozen businesses. Read More

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Reporter Q&A: What to look for at Southeast Asian summit

In his opening remarks, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the significance of this year - a milestone year for ASEAN as the bloc marks its 50th anniversary of establishment. That has allowed leaders like Hun Sen of Cambodia, Thailand's coup leader-turned-premier Prayuth Chan-ocha, the one-party Communist rulers of Laos and Vietnam, and the generals who once ruled Myanmar to attain regional legitimacy and defy the call for democratic governance. Read More

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