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IS launches chemical 'gas attack' in western Mosul

IS launches chemical 'gas attack' in western Mosul

All reports out of Iraq indicate that the invasion force trying to take Western Mosul away from ISIS hasn't advanced any meaningful amount in almost four weeks, but US Maj. "All road traffic has stopped", said an official at Hammam al-Alil, home to some 30,000 displaced people. THE so-called Islamic State (IS) has lost most of the territory it has held in Iraq since 2014, an Iraqi military spokesman said Tuesday. Read More

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Bills fire GM Doug Whaley, entire scouting staff

Bills fire GM Doug Whaley, entire scouting staff

Though pleased with the collaborative effort that took place in the draft room between Whaley and rookie coach Sean McDermott, Pegula went ahead with the change after what he called a lengthy review of his operation. McDermott sidestepped questions regarding Whaley's job security saying he was exclusively focused on the draft. The Bills are now on their 10th head coach since the 2000 season and have also employed six general managers. Read More

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10 killed in US tornadoes

Strong thunderstorms are causing flooding in the Midwest that has killed at least one person in Missouri, prompted numerous rescues and blocked roadways. According to CNN one of those killed was a 72-year-old woman who was stranded in her auto as it was swept away by floodwaters. One person has reportedly died and almost 50 people are in hospital after a tornado moved through the east Texas city of Canton. Read More

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Marine Le Pen Aligns Herself With Mainstream Onetime Rival

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is paying homage to a Moroccan man killed on the sidelines of a far-right march in 1995. A quick projection of the second round of the 2017 French presidential elections via The Guardian , which will see Macron against far-Right firebrand Marine Le Pen, however, has Macron winning the French elections. Read More

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Turkey threatens more strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens more strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkey's leader on Saturday urged the United States to stop supporting Syrian Kurdish militants as local media reported the Turkish military has moved armored vehicles and personnel carriers to a base near the Syrian border. Forty terrorists were killed at Iraq's Mt. Sinjar, and another 49 at Syria's Mt. Karacok in April 25 airstrikes by Turkish forces against the PKK and its Syrian offshoots, PYD and YPG. Read More

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Gutfeld bashes White House Correspondents' Dinner: 'Trump Kicked the Media's Rump'

According to the White House, Trump has signed 30 Executive Orders in his first 100 days, 11 more than former President Obama and 19 more than former President George W. Fox News, a favorite among conservatives, topped its website with an article praising Trump's record under the headline: "100 days of disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential playbook as Dems tried to derail plans". Read More

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Iranian satellite TV chief sentenced in absentia to prison killed in Istanbul

Iranian satellite TV chief sentenced in absentia to prison killed in Istanbul

Two masked shooters got out of the jeep before opening fire, Hurriyet Daily added. According to Dogan , the assailants escaped in their vehicle, which was then found burned-out in the Istanbul district of Kemerburgaz. An influential broadcaster who brought the British hit television show The X Factor to Iranian viewers via his own satellite channel has been shot dead in Istanbul in an apparent political murder. Read More

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Trump signs two executive orders on trade

While addressing a crowd in Pennsylvania he compared immigrants to "vicious snakes". Trump also read a poem called "The Snake", from the lyrics of a 1968 song by American soul singer Al Wilson reworking a fairytale about a maiden who saves a half-frozen serpent but who is then killed by its bite, as it stays true to its nature. Read More

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Turkey willing to be involved in resolving Kashmir issue: Erdogan

President Erdogan said India and Pakistan were both friends of Turkey and he wanted to help strengthen the dialogue process among the stakeholders for resolving the Kashmir issue. According to sources, India is concerned that Turkey may spoil India's bid at the NSG due to its "closeness" with its traditional ally Pakistan. "If we contribute towards global peace, we can get a very positive result", he said, as per PTI report. Read More

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Biden tells New Hampshire crowd: 'Guys, I'm not running'

Biden tells New Hampshire crowd: 'Guys, I'm not running'

In addition to his position under Biden, Ricchetti has also served as deputy chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, founded the political consulting firm Ricchetti, Inc. He said that Americans need to ask "what kind of country are we becoming?" With Trump's approval rating at a historic low for a new president and the first months of his presidency mired in controversies, Democrats are determined to take back the White House in 2020. Read More

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Bill O'Reilly Leaves Fox News, Tucker Carlson Takes His Slot

Bill O'Reilly Leaves Fox News, Tucker Carlson Takes His Slot

As of Wednesday evening, the network had already removed O'Reilly's name from the show's title. But the New York Times reported that two of the O'Reilly settlements were reached after Ailes left. But the departure of advertisers, wary of being associated with "The O'Reilly Factor ", sealed his fate as the Murdoch family, who owns parent company 21st Century Fox , battles to keep a lid on reports of harassment at the channel and eyes up a powerful merger in Britain. Read More

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Trump set to sign 'buy American, hire American' order

Trump set to sign 'buy American, hire American' order

The order Trump signed at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc. targets the H-1B visa program . Chamber of Commerce, also argued that "it would be a mistake to close the door on high-skilled workers from around the world who can contribute to American businesses' growth and expansion and make the USA more competitive around the world". Read More

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President Duterte hosts 30th ASEAN summit Gala Dinner

They looked forward to the early operationalization of the other early harvest measure, which is the joint statement on the application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) in the South China Sea. According to ASEAN sources, Duterte told his counterparts in the closed-door plenary session that the US should withdraw from confronting North Korea and allow China to handle the situation, while calling for Beijing to urge Pyongyang to halt its "saber-rattling with nuclear weapons". Read More

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Man City keeper Bravo could miss last five games

Man City keeper Bravo could miss last five games

Jesus then made an immediate impact by scoring three goals from four starts but he broke a metatarsal in February and only returned to action in Thursday's derby stalemate against Manchester United. The system Guardiola is playing doesn't suit some of his players and so you'd expect he's going to get rid of a few in the summer, but only his reputation buys him that time. Read More

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Macedonian minister accuses police of not responding timely to prevent violence

Macedonian minister accuses police of not responding timely to prevent violence

The revelations were first made in the spring of 2015 by Zaev, who had received the wiretapped conversations from a Ministry of Interior whistleblower; their publication along with every day protests of citizens which have evolved into a popular movement called the Colorful Revolution, triggered a two-year-long crisis which resulted in the foundation of a Special Prosecutor's Office aimed at investigating the wiretaps. Read More

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Trump Lashes Out at Tax Return Protesters: Who Paid Them?

Trump Lashes Out at Tax Return Protesters: Who Paid Them?

From there, at 9:07 a.m., Trump dove into a subject near and dear to his heart: His electoral college win. Trump tweeted . "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" Presidential candidates are not required to release their tax returns to the public, but Trump became the first major party nominee to refuse the tradition in more than 30 years. Read More

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Judge Blocks Trump's Order to Defund Sanctuary Cities

While the judge's order temporarily stops the White House from placing new restrictions on federal funding without going through Congress, it does not keep the administration from enforcing existing rules on federal grants. "Under our system of government, the President can not coerce cities, counties and states to become agents of federal immigration enforcement by threatening the loss of funds appropriated by Congress", he said . Read More

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US, South Korea reaffirm existing pact on Thaad deployment cost

A South Korean military official also said without elaborating that the launch was believed to be a failure.The official could not immediately confirm how far the missile flew or whether it had exploded shortly after launch. Japan won't tolerate repeated provocative actions by North Korea and asked the Japanese public to remain calm, Suga said. North Korea fired the missile hours after the Security Council held a ministerial meeting on Pyongyang's escalating weapons program. Read More

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Race tight in Georgia vote seen as test for Trump

Race tight in Georgia vote seen as test for Trump

A young and inexperienced Democratic candidate could win a congressional race in the Atlanta suburbs where Democrats hope to defy President Donald Trump by capturing a seat held by Republicans since 1979. There will now be a run-off between Ossoff and Handel. The 6th district encompasses much of suburban Atlanta and until recently was considered a shoe-in for Republicans. Read More

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Japan helicopter carrier leaves port to protect USA ships

Although not officially an aircraft carrier, which are banned under Japan's constitution, the Izumo can launch helicopters and accommodate V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. But Japan did not provide any protection to USA vessels at the time. Japan on Monday sent one of its largest warships to escort a United States vessel amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Read More

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Trump assures wall along Mexico border will be built

The Trump administration most likely will seek money for the wall in legislation funding the government for the fiscal year starting October 1, but lawmakers are likely to balk again. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown of OH, along with Republicans representing parts of Appalachia, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Read More

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United Kingdom could strike in Syria without MP vote

Last year, she wrote in her column: 'In general elections I have voted nothing but Tory, and since I have two brothers standing as MPs for the party, it's sort of a matter of family duty'. Both Ms Johnson and the Lib Dems declined to comment, but a party source told Channel 4 News the new recruit was an "endorsement" of their election strategy. Read More

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Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

But now he has announced what his own treasury secretary has called " the biggest tax cut " in United States history. How much a middle class family could expect in tax cuts, and whether the plan would be revenue-neutral. If Republicans in Congress agree to that large a cut in the face of that assessment, it will be a sign that their opposition to the growing national debt under President Barack Obama had less to do with the debt itself and more to do with the man in the White House. Read More

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France says analysis shows Syria regime behind sarin attack

The Trump administration fired 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in central Syria in the wake of the attack, marking the first time the US has directly struck Assad's forces during the country's six-year civil war. The sanctions were leveled against 271 employees of the Scientific Studies & Research Center, the Syrian government body the US believes is responsible for developing and producing chemical and biological weapons. Read More

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Israel marks sombre Memorial Day for fallen soldiers

Yesterday, on the eve of Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism (Yom Hazikaron in Hebrew), a new $25 million national Hall of Remembrance dedicated to fallen soldiers was unveiled on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, where Israel's national cemetery and other memorial and educational facilities are located. Read More

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Abe, Pence urge Beijing to do more on North Korea

Abe, Pence urge Beijing to do more on North Korea

North Korea's vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the U.S. The vice president earlier visited a military installation near the DMZ, Camp Bonifas, for a briefing with military leaders at the joint U.S. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless". Read More

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China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

China launched its first domestically constructed aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, on Wednesday morning at the Dalian shipyard in northeast China's Liaoning Province. These carriers do not, however, possess the catapult technology the USA carriers have and which is used to launch aircraft. China's Ministry of National Defense has been celebrating the 68th anniversary of its navy this week. Read More

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Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at Labor

The Senate finally confirmed a labor secretary on Thursday, one of that last cabinet positions to be filled. Given his labor background, Acosta is seen by both Republicans and Democrats as a better fit for the position. Thursdays vote marks the fourth time Acosta has been confirmed for the Senate. Acosta hinted during the hearing that he may be open to increasing the income limit, but perhaps at a lower level. Read More

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The French election and Europe's future

The French election and Europe's future

With no majority victor, the top two vote-getters-far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front and Emmanuel Macron of the progressive En Marche! party-will face off on May 7, 2017. Yet the alliance statement by Dupont-Aignan's Stand up France' produced following the forming of the coalition noted that the return to Franc is not a pre-requisite. Read More

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