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Sanders defends Trump's praise of Australian healthcare system

Sanders defends Trump's praise of Australian healthcare system

Senator Bernie Sanders quickly pointed out that Australia provided free or subsidised healthcare. The President's strong declaration came after he told Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull Thursday evening that "you have better healthcare than we do" - prompting guffaws from progressives who pointed out that Australia's single-payer government-run healthcare system is like the one they'd want in an ideal world for the U.S. Read More

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Kushner firm apologizes for reference to White House ties

Kushner Companies apologizes if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors. "That was not Ms Meyer's intention". Last year, it opened a Trump-branded apartment building in Jersey City, using money from Chinese investors in EB-5 transactions. "It says that visas-and eventual US citizenship-are for sale, a bad message for the 4.4 million people waiting in line for visas-some for as long as 23 years", Feinstein said in the statement. Read More

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Visa program touted by Kushners has fraught political history

Kushner's lawyer says he has no financial interest in the project that was being pitched in China and that he will recuse himself from matters involving the EB-5 visa program . The investment would be faciliated via the EB-5 immigrant visa program, which offers citizens of other countries the chance to immigrate to the United States, provided they invest at least USD500,000 American development projects, according to the New York Times . Read More

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Government forces, rebels clash in northwest Syria after de-escalation takes effect: Observatory

Turkey and Russian Federation are deeply entangled in the war in Syria, with each country having troops on the ground there. But it is not yet clear when and where they will deploy. Russian military officials said the plan, which was agreed to in Syria talks in Kazakhstan on Thursday, envisions establishing four safe zones that could would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return. Read More

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USA troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

The patrols come after Turkey earlier this week conducted airstrikes against Kurdish forces aiding the U.S.in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria (ISIS). In an article published on Monday, May 1, The Guardian's Martin Chulov has weighed in on the ever-closer ties between the United States and Kurds , which, according to the author, stoke Turkish border tensions. Read More

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Afghan forces fire on census workers, killing 9

Afghanistan's envoy to Pakistan on Monday rejected claims that Pakistani security forces killed 50 Afghan soldiers in retaliation for a cross-border attack at Chaman, saying only two Afghan soldiers were slain and seven more injured. Maj Gen Anjum said four or five checkposts were also destroyed when Pakistani border guards retaliated to the cross-border attack. Al Jazeera's Qais Azimy, reporting from Kabul , said Afghan officials called Pakistan's claims "totally false". Read More

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White House climate change meeting postponed

White House climate change meeting postponed

On Tuesday, former U.S. President Barack Obama told a food industry conference he was confident that the United States would keep moving "in the right direction" on climate change. Media captionCan coal make a comeback under Trump? "It is definitely the elephant in the room", a member of one national delegation told AFP on Tuesday. Read More

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Liberal Moon Jae-in set for South Korean presidency

Liberal Moon Jae-in has declared victory in South Korea's presidential election after his two major rivals conceded defeat. Moon, the child of refugees who fled North Korea during the Korean War, will lead a nation shaken by the scandal that felled Park Geun-hye, whose criminal trial is scheduled to start later this month. Read More

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Ismail Haniya, Hamas new political leader

Hamas' Gaza spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the leadership transition would be smooth. For his first appearance as Hamas leader, Haniyeh chose a symbol of elusive Palestinian unity — a solidarity tent where several political factions are represented, including Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement. Read More

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Missouri Valley Conference invites Valparaiso to replace Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference invites Valparaiso to replace Wichita State

Missouri State President Clif Smart said on social media the expansion committee will continue to evaluate expansion opportunities for the next nine months. Wichita State is joining the American Athletic Conference. Additionally, the team has participated in the NIT four times, including the last two years; the College Basketball Invitational once, and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) twice. Read More

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IndiGo To Go Regional With ATR Order

IndiGo To Go Regional With ATR Order

The company declared a dividend of Rs 34 per share for 2016-17. Meanwhile, IndiGo on Tuesday reported a net profit of Rs 440 crore in the January-March quarter, down 24.6% from Rs 583.8 crore from same period in previous fiscal. The government's UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme seek to connect un-served and under-served airport as well as make flying more affordable to the masses. Read More

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Charged in Fights at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Charged in Fights at Fort Lauderdale Airport

At Fort Lauderdale's airport on Tuesday it was calmer, but passengers were still frustrated. "While we will continue these efforts, we will actively defend the association, its officers and its member pilots against the unwarranted and counterproductive legal action brought by Spirit Airlines". Read More

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Eurovision contestants practice; big week for song contest

Eurovision contestants practice; big week for song contest

She said: "No. Although I'm tempted to say in current circumstances, I'm not sure how many votes we'll get". "They all have that power to make an audiecne feel something and that's what I love about working in the arts", Mr Hayward said. In another Australian interest, Anja Nissen, who won The Voice in 2014, is competing for her parents' home country Denmark with her ballad Where I Am. Read More

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South Korea exit poll shows landslide win for Moon Jae

Moon, a former human rights lawyer and special forces soldier, served as chief of staff to President Roh Moo-hyun prior to entering politics. Moon, 64, led conservative Hong Joon-pyo by 41.4 percent to 23.3 percent in Tuesday's presidential election, according to an exit poll conducted by South Korea's three biggest broadcasters. Read More

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Appeals Court Focuses on Trump's Travel Ban Comments

Appeals Court Focuses on Trump's Travel Ban Comments

The hearing comes about two months after a federal judge in Maryland blocked the President's revised executive order that sought to bar foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. "The basic question in this case is whether the mountain of evidence that exists as to the improper motive is going to be looked at by this court or swept under the rug", Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said before the hearing. Read More

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Wait over: Canelo, Triple G eager for September megafight

And for his most recent bout against Liam Smith last September, Canelo Alvarez earned his customary $3-3.5 Million pre-fight guarantee in addition to proceeds from Mexican TV and PPV incentives. The Mexican showed that his youth - 26, he is nine years younger than Triple G - and speed will be a real concern for Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). Finally, the fight the boxing world has been waiting for has been confirmed. Read More

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Afghanistan- Wolesi Jirga denounces Pakistan for border violation

The Pakistani and Afghan armies have been clashing at the border crossing in southwestern Baluchistan province since Friday. Afghan and Pakistani security forces have been fighting since Friday when 10 Pakistani civilians were killed and more than 40 people were injured in in firing by Afghan forces on Pakistani census workers and the troops escorting them at border villages in Balochistan. Read More

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Malaysia, North Korea Asian Cup qualifier to go ahead in Pyongyang

Malaysia, North Korea Asian Cup qualifier to go ahead in Pyongyang

The North Korean authorities detained a US citizen called Kim Hak-song on Saturday. The report said Kim "had worked for operation of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology". Korea studies professor Stephan Haggard of the University of California San Diego described these two recent arrests as "classic asymmetric warfare", to Time magazine, with North Korea "nabbing" American citizens in response to pressure against its nuclear and missile programs. Read More

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Trump vows to combat Holocaust denial

We will never ever be silent in the face of evil again", he said. The museum will also unveil a new research center during Trump's appearance, a forum that will include details records and artifacts donated by Jews who were persecuted by Hitler during the Holocaust. Read More

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Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, said the House bill is unlikely to be the version that ultimately clears the Senate and ends up in front of the president. The Republican legislation only does more crudely what Obamacare aimed to do more deviously, behind a cloud of reformist rhetoric: cut the cost of health care provision for American corporations and the capitalist state by shifting the burden to working people. Read More

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Local elections bring cheer for Theresa May

We'll have to wait and see whether the public will embrace Mr Corbyn in the coming weeks, but there is evidence that the Labour leader is now much less popular than Theresa May or indeed his own party. The local government elections in Britain this week have taken on a particular significance in terms of providing an indication of voting intentions ahead of the Westminster poll in just over a month's time. Read More

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Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid

Democrats are united in opposition to the House bill. Ryan noted that, under the bill, prices can not be hiked for those with continuous coverage and people with pre-existing conditions can not be denied coverage. Democrats taunted Republicans with "na na na na hey hey hey goodbye" as they left the chamber for what they see as the death knell for their majority. Read More

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Chibok girls in health checkups before Buhari meeting

Chibok girls in health checkups before Buhari meeting

The girls were among a group of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram, which has waged an eight-year insurgency against the Nigerian government. Numerous kidnapped girls, most of whom were Christians, were forced to marry the Islamic extremists and became pregnant. Schoolgirls who were imprisoned by Boko Haram for more than three years have been pictured for the first time since their release. Read More

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McMaster says we should be 'prepared' for North Korea

McMaster says we should be 'prepared' for North Korea

Donald Trump has condemned North Korea as "disrespecting the wishes of China" after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile despite rising tensions in the region. "I think we are in a very tense and risky moment". South Korean media reports said the CIA chief arrived in South Korea over the weekend for meetings with the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service and high-level officials in the presidential office. Read More

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After calls, Trump not to ditch NAFTA, yet

After calls, Trump not to ditch NAFTA, yet

Trump tweeted Thursday that the USA will remain in the trade agreement after calls he received from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Trudeau. After the obviously failed negotiation, Trump made sure to comment on his remarkable ability by admitting that NAFTA is "very complicated", after talking to leaders for just ten minutes. Read More

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Iran warns Pakistan over militant safe havens

Iran warns Pakistan over militant safe havens

An official statement issued after the meetings said the two sides agreed to enhance border security coordination, including deployment of additional Pakistani troops to prevent illegal crossings. On the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the two countries are poles apart. Following the attack, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador to communicate Tehran's strong protest. Read More

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Trump administration delays decision on Paris climate accord

He said he trusted that "the good sense and pragmatic spirit of President Trump and his team" would prevail. Still, senior administration officials are divided over whether the US should stay in the agreement. Ivanka Trump plans to meet separately with Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who has said publicly over the last month that the USA should pull out of the deal. Read More

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