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Trump maintains laissez-faire position on gun control

The NRA - which claims five million members including many white, rural voters - was one of the most steadfast supporters of Trump's against-the-odds presidential bid. The mega-weight organization's support was something Trump relied on heavily on the campaign trail, reminding the crowds that turned up to watch him speak that he would "save" the Second Amendment from being gutted by Hillary Clinton. Read More

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United States nuke-powered submarine arrives in S. Korea

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said North Korea had become a "front and centre front-burner issue" and Tillerson would be "very vocal" on Friday about his concerns that countries were not doing enough to implement sanctions. The drill came instead of a nuclear test or the launch of a long-range missile as feared amid pressure from the United States and China, its sole major ally which has been irritated by Pyongyang's weapons development. Read More

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American bombers fly over Korean Peninsula amid tensions

American bombers fly over Korean Peninsula amid tensions

The administration has also sent mixed signals in negotiations with ally South Korea , and with a confusing claim that a USA aircraft carrier had been sent to the region. The latest belligerent statement from Pyongyang was a response to the deployment of two USA bombers over the Korean peninsula on Monday - as part of a joint drill with South Korea and Japan's air forces. Read More

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US, Russia agree to increased diplomacy on Syria

Police later determined the girl had made up the kidnapping, though a man in his 20s was charged with sexual abuse of a minor because she was below the age of consent. Mrs Merkel said she wanted to "keep trying to find solutions" to global problems and that Moscow has an important role to play. Putin was speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi and responding to a question about USA allegations of ... Read More

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Mnuchin says ultra-long us bonds can make sense

Mnuchin says ultra-long us bonds can make sense

Administration officials and supporters say the tax cuts will spawn economic growth, provide much-needed relief to middle-class taxpayers and reduce distortions in savings and investment decisions. In his inaugural address Trump said, "For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost...." For tax reform to be a reality, Trump is likely going to have to make some concessions to assuage concerns on income ... Read More

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Minister hints Israel behind strike on Syria airport

Hezbollah is a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has sent thousands of its militants to fight alongside government forces in Syria's six-year-long civil war. A military spokeswoman refused to comment on Israeli media reports that the object was a drone. Syria's regime is allies with both Hezbollah and Iran, and Israel says Iran is using that connection to funnel weapons and resources to Hezbollah. Read More

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Merkel arrives for talks with Vladimir Putin

The formal reason for the chancellor's visit to Russian Federation after a two-year hiatus is preparations for the G20 summit to be held in Hamburg in July. Putin and Merkel last met in Germany in October for talks aimed at reviving the stalled peace process in eastern Ukraine. The German leader has been the main mediator with Putin over the crisis in Ukraine. Read More

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Preds head into Game 4 with series lead against St. Louis Blues

Preds head into Game 4 with series lead against St. Louis Blues

Nashville went 0 for 3 on the power play Sunday, but spent much more of the game on the attack. Nashville Predators left wing Cody McLeod (55) celebrates with defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) after Ellis scored against the St. Vladimir Tarasenko was at the right place at the right time to take advantage of a lucky bounce and help the St. Louis Blues get a big win. "We know what we have to do, though". Read More

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Trump wrong about Andrew Jackson's 'big heart'

Jackson, a slave owner who was instrumental in the forced removal of Native American tribes from the U.S. Southeast in the so-called Trail of Tears, died almost 16 years before the start of the Civil War. That's a long time ago, " Trump said ". I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things. "Slavery was the root cause of the Civil War". Read More

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European Union warns Turkey on death penalty 'red line'

European Union warns Turkey on death penalty 'red line'

U.S. President Donald Trump calls Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 17, 2017 to congratulate him on constitutional referendum "victory". Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's call to Erdogan on Monday was focused primarily on the "shared interests as a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a partner there". Read More

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Pence gives stern warning to North Korea

Pence gives stern warning to North Korea

In just the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in the decisive action that he took in Syria and Afghanistan. While past officials have visited DMZ, Pence ventured outside the Freedom House to stare down the North Koreans. Pence will also meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discuss North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats. Read More

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Duterte Welcomes Chinese Warships to Philippines

Duterte Welcomes Chinese Warships to Philippines

There will be other ASEAN meeting with other nations, including the East Asia Summit in November among 18 nations - the ten ASEAN nations plus the United States, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. "It was not a distancing (of relations) but it was rather a rift between me and the (US) State Department and Mr Obama, who spoke openly against me", he said. Read More

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Korea marks day with firing drill

The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table. The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Michigan, which arrived in the South Korean port of Busan, is built to carry and launch ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Read More

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Syria chemical attack: Tests show sarin was used, watchdog says

Exterior view of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ( OPCW ) headquarters in The Hague in this file picture taken on October 11, 2013. Syria President Bashar Assad said that his government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrians, and all the chemical weapons which had been stored by the government before the deadly incident in East Gouta in 2013 had been destroyed under the OPCW's supervision. Read More

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British police shoot woman, arrest six suspects in counter-terrorism raids

The 27-year-old was arrested on terrorism charges after being surrounded by firearms officers who pinned him to the ground. A male aged 16 and woman aged 20 were arrested at the address. Alex Paton, 50, who lives in Harlesden Road, said he saw a woman "getting all cuffed up and put in a white suit". The police said they believed the arrest of the man near Parliament and the raids stemming from the separate investigation had effectively contained the relevant threats to the public. Read More

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5 horses to watch in 143rd Kentucky Derby

5 horses to watch in 143rd Kentucky Derby

But the Derby draws more shrugs than snark. The process is similar to a game of tug of war, in which the 40 horse racing experts discuss their selections while moving a digital planchette around a board. Listed at 9-2 on the morning line, Miss Sky Warrior is the only filly in the field to have won at the Oaks distance of nine furlongs, that coming in her most recent in the Gazelle (GII) that she won by 13 lengths. Read More

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HRW Says Damascus Used Nerve Gas in Four Recent Attacks

HRW Says Damascus Used Nerve Gas in Four Recent Attacks

But the Human Rights Watch report stated that "Russian forces continue to provide active military support to Syrian forces despite extensive evidence that the latter are using chemical weapons and targeting civilians". "It would not be plausible that conventional bombs struck chemical caches repeatedly across the country", it said. "The government's use of nerve agents is a deadly escalation", Kenneth Roth, HRW's executive director, said. Read More

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Hamas unveils changes to political program

The latest position was presented in Doha by Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of the Islamist group which runs the Gaza strip. Earlier on Monday, Hamas unveiled at a conference in the Qatari capital of Doha its new program, which does not include direct pleas for Israel's destruction and distances the movement from the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist organization, outlawed in Russian Federation and a number of other states. Read More

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Turkey: Erdogan vows new attacks on Kurds

Turkey: Erdogan vows new attacks on Kurds

Erdogan also told reporters that Ankara is concerned by the photos showing USA soldiers attending the funeral of YPG fighters who were killed by Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria last week. Last month, about 200 Marines arrived in northern Syria backed with howitzers, significantly widening the United States footprint in the hostile region. Read More

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Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said the visit to Davao City Sunday of three Chinese navy ships will further strengthen relations between the Philippines and China. Duterte´s chairman´s statement, which is meant to reflect the views of all Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders, will voice concern but not mention the ruling nor China directly, according to excerpts of the latest draft on Saturday obtained by AFP. Read More

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Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran

Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran

He said that Iran's ideology was based on belief that "the Imam Mahdi will come and they must prepare the fertile environment for (his) arrival. and they must control the Muslim world". The comments echo those made by the Prince past year, when he said the sale of a 5pc stake would spearhead his "2030 Vision", breaking the country's "addiction" to oil and enabling it to diversify into other industries, such as weapons production, petrochemicals, and tourism. Read More

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What's next for the Iran nuclear deal?

Trump's administration has launched a 90-day review of the agreement with Iran to determine whether the United States will continue to abide by it. He says people must be strong and vigilant. But Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement. Which means if the USA wants to weasel its way out of the deal, which they clearly do, they need to invent some other problem, with Tillerson claiming that Iran's status as a "state sponsor of terrorism" could justify backing out of the deal. Read More

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US Says THAAD Missile System In South Korea Is Now Operational

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified that the conditions for such a meeting "were not there yet", saying that Pyongyang needed to tone down its bellicose rhetoric and refrain from provocative actions. President Donald Trump's administration is looking for China to use its influence with Pyongyang to rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programmes. Read More

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Tear gas in France as Le Pen, Macron hold May Day rallies

Supporters of both candidates took to the streets, airwaves and social media to weigh on an election closely watched by financial markets and France's neighbors as a test of the global populist wave. She also sought to puncture Macron's argument that he represents change, calling him Mr Hollande's lapdog, the candidate of "the caviar left". The presidential candidate joined the man's son and anti-Front National protesters at an annual commemoration near the Louvre Museum in Paris . Read More

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Thousands rally in US for workers, immigrants, against Trump

Portland Police declared the rally a riot, saying "anarchists" destroyed a police cruiser, attacked police officers, damaged windows and properties and set fires to objects. Permitted group encouraged to separate from them. Demonstrations also are planned for dozens of smaller cities from Ft. The Portland May Day Coalition, which organized the rally and march, didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday evening. Read More

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Venezuelans block roads to protest Maduro constitution ploy

Anti-government protests have been roiling Venezuela for a month, and Borges said more pressure is needed to restore democracy. "I am no Mussolini", he added. He recalled that many of those missions "are the legacy of Chavez and we saw how the first actions of the counter-revolutionary majority in the National Assembly (in 2016) was to attempt privatize and distort the Great Housing Mission Venezuela". Read More

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Dallas paramedic shot, taken to hospital for surgery

Dallas paramedic shot, taken to hospital for surgery

He "had been acting erratically in his home yesterday morning" and at some point took his roommate, Arthur Riggings, 67, into a back room and fatally shot him, Dallas Assistant Police Chief Randall Blankenbaker said . Responding Dallas PD officers approached his vehicle. A paramedic in the USA is in critical condition after he was shot and injured while responding to a shooting, officials have said. Read More

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