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Erdogan seeks to send Trump stern message on Syrian Kurds

According to Turkish security officials who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the explosives and weapons the USA provides to the PYD in Syria are used by PKK in terrorist attacks in Turkey. Turkey has long complained about United States military ties with the Kurds , complaining they are all terrorists. A series of Turkish airstrikes targeting American-allied Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria threaten to put Turkey and the United States on a "collision ... Read More

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Flynn Under Pentagon Investigation For Russian Payment

It is illegal under the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution for a former military officer to accept payment from a foreign government without receiving prior approval from both the Secretary of Army and the Secretary of State. These reviews included questionnaires and interviews and would have included issues such as whether the candidate had drug problems, had hired prostitutes, or had personal or financial problems, the former official said. Read More

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Hamas picks new Gaza leader amid bid for more influence

In a document issued last week Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state's right to exist and continued to back "armed struggle" against it. He was the private secretary of Hamas' founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin. Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007, a year after securing an overwhelming victory in legislative elections the previous year. Read More

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As many as 245 feared dead in migrant boat disasters

As many as 245 feared dead in migrant boat disasters

A further 82 people are feared dead or missing after a rubber dinghy sank late on Friday in open sea off the Libyan coast with 132 people on board, UNHCR said. "The summer tends to be very, very busy because sea conditions are better". Spanish officials say that about 300 migrants have tried to scramble across the six-meter border fence separating the north African enclave city Melilla from Morocco with many throwing stones and other objects at police. Read More

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Theresa May 'taking nothing for granted' despite local elections triumph

Theresa May 'taking nothing for granted' despite local elections triumph

Theresa May will look at the figures and feel well satisfied that her gamble in calling a snap general election is going according to plan, with not only Labour having a bad day but the Ukip vote collapsing. UKIP's vote was "bleeding off to the Conservatives", while the Lib Dem failure to capture Remain voters was a "big surprise" and a "disappointment" for the centrist party. Read More

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Israel fires down incoming "target" from Syria

They, too, specified that the strikes targeted an ammunition depot complex near Damascus airport that is used by Iranian-backed forces supplied via an air corridor between the Syrian capital and Tehran. Israel's army said Thursday that its Patriot missile defense system intercepted an incoming object from Syria, reportedly a drone, while it was above the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Read More

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Senior al Shabaab chief, 3 other fighters killed in Somalia raid

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Jeffrey Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, was killed Friday during an operation in a remote area about 40 miles west of Mogadishu , Somalia, the Department of Defense said Saturday. Editor's Note: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the service member killed was a Navy SEAL. The mission was targeting a compound of al Shabaab militants that “has been associated with some attacks on facilities that we use and that our Somali partners use ... Read More

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Police search for toddler, stepfather swept away in Quebec floods

Police search for toddler, stepfather swept away in Quebec floods

Coiteux said "there is hope before us", before again stating, "The situation won't improve overnight". Quebec was in the grip of historic flooding, forcing more than 1,500 people in 146 communities to flee their homes, officials said. In Montreal-area Rigaud, Chris Amerides said he bought a small motorboat last week for $7,000 so he could check on his house and transport people in and out of the flood zone. Read More

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Health care debate shifting over to Senate

He supported Medicaid expansion in his state and called the House bill "woefully short on the necessary resources to maintain health care for our nation's most vulnerable citizens". Gov. John Kasich of OH questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid. Read More

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Anonymous hackers warn 'citizens will be last to know'

Anonymous hackers warn 'citizens will be last to know'

In the ominous almost seven-minute video, while they say recent political developments "doesn't mean outright war yet", that is just "for the moment". Its video cited reports of China telling its citizens to leave North Korea, recent USA tests of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and United States military deployments to Australia in making its claim of "looming" war. Read More

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China's Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in call to Duterte

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drugs campaign to Hitler's persecution of Jews during WWI, saying, "Hitler massacred three million Jews". According to The New York Times , Trump and Duterte also talked about the "very hard" battle in the Philippines against illegal drugs. President Trump, his family, and business associates have been heavily involved in marketing the Manila condominium building. Read More

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North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plotting to kill Kim Jong

The statement from North Korea's Ministry of State Security released Friday said the USA intelligence agency had bribed a North Korean citizen, named only as Kim, in 2014 to carry out the plot. Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst now at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said it could be the first time North Korea had accused the allies of an attempted assassination. Read More

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How World Leaders Are Responding To North Korean Aggression

US Pacific Command leader, Admiral Harry Harris defended the deployment of the missile-defense system in South Korea. "Not happy meaning military action?" "But eventually, he'll have good missiles". When discussing North Korea, Trump said Pyongyang can't be allowed to possess more capable ballistic missiles, with the regime continuing its push to acquire a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can hit the USA mainland. Read More

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Pakistan opens border crossing for ailing Afghans to return

Pakistan opens border crossing for ailing Afghans to return

Pakistan and Afghanistan traded gunfire at the Chaman border last Friday, leaving casualties on both sides, a rare escalation in tensions between the two neighbours. In the past, Google has found itself drawn into similar worldwide disputes over its placement of borders that now leaves many areas of the global map with broken lines to indicate that they are contested. Read More

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UK PM's party secures big gains in local polls

UK PM's party secures big gains in local polls

Nevertheless, the Opinium figures were lower than some recent polls. "The Conservatives have managed to pull in people who voted Leave (in the European Union referendum) while retaining Remainers", he told AFP. Prime Minister Theresa May's party gained more than 300 extra council seats and at least two mayoralties in England, mostly benefiting from UKIP losses. Read More

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ASEAN countries continue to court China

An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. The visit came a day after Duterte issued a chairman's statement on behalf of the 10-nation ASEAN bloc that took a soft stance towards Chinese expansionism and island-building in the Sea. Read More

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Trump to visit Saudi Arabia and Israel in first foreign trip

The US president, who upset many Muslims by attempting to ban travellers from seven countries where the religion is prevalent, will travel to the Middle East later this month. Speaking on Thursday, Trump said that he would use his trip to strengthen interreligious cooperation in the fight against terrorism. A former US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, Jerry Feierstein, said the Trump visit "makes ideal sense". Read More

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Despite Terror Concerns, Trump Confident He Can Broker Peace Between Israelis, Palestinians

Despite Terror Concerns, Trump Confident He Can Broker Peace Between Israelis, Palestinians

Walking in the footsteps of many of his predecessors who delved into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking - but ultimately failed - US President Donald Trump launched Wednesday his own "process which hopefully will lead to peace". Trump has assigned his son-in-law Jared Kushner to work on a Middle East peace deal. Trump also outlined his administration's efforts to create new economic opportunities for Palestinians through a " positive, ongoing partnership " between the United States and the ... Read More

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Royal Shocker! Prince Philip Retires

Royal Shocker! Prince Philip Retires

In a statement issued about Prince Philip , who will turn 96 next month, the Royal Family said the Queen's husband would attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II will continue to fulfill all of her engagements as Queen . From his childhood, to becoming a doting husband, to watching generations of his family grow and flourish, click through to see Prince Philip's life in pictures. Read More

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Travel ban arguments focus on Trump's comments about Muslims

Travel ban arguments focus on Trump's comments about Muslims

Protesters hold signs and march outside the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 8, 2017 . (AP Photo/Steve McMillan). People protest outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 8, 2017. "This is not a Muslim ban", Wall asserted. Trump received widespread, bipartisan condemnation for his December 2015 call to ban Muslims from the United States, including from now-Vice President Mike Pence , who called it "offensive and unconstitutional". Read More

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Venezuela leader calls for citizens congress

Maduro made the announcement as thousands of government supporters marked May Day with a massive march in Caracas . It comes a month after deadly protests erupted in the country. The effort was promoted on social media with the hashtag “the people rebel against the coup.”. Observers fear 1 May, could bring a spike in unrest, with opposition and pro-government supporters planning rival marches. Read More

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French ex-PM Valls wants to join Macron's movement

French ex-PM Valls wants to join Macron's movement

Valls, a center-leaning politician in favor of relaxing labor protections, had already thrown his support behind Macron before the presidential election after losing to Benoit Hamon in the Socialist primary. Mr Macron's 577 candidates in the elections are expected to be announced on Thursday. "(Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's". Read More

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Trump proclaims Loyalty Day as protests flare

Trump proclaims Loyalty Day as protests flare

Across the country and throughout Miami-Dade, thousands of immigrants and their allies gathered on Monday to protest President Donald Trump's toughened immigration enforcement measures, and to mark International Workers' Day. "A group of Trump supporters is expected to counter-protest", explains Simone Alicea of member station KNKX, in addition to the "anti-fascist and anti-capitalist groups who are likely to demonstrate". Read More

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Dublin City Council votes to fly Palestinian flag

The motion, proposed by People Before Profit Alliance Councillor John Lyons, saw cross-party support and passed by majority at yesterday's Dublin City Council meeting. Dublin City councillors have voted to fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall as a gesture of solidarity. Ireland has called for recognizing Palestine as a state for years, with the country's parliament passing a motion in December 2014 to "officially recognize the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East ... Read More

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Comey's firing should make all of us 'mildly nauseous'

Comey's firing should make all of us 'mildly nauseous'

Though many Democrats have criticized Comey's handling of the Clinton email probe, they said they were troubled by the timing of Trump's firing of him. As recently as late January, Comey was seen patting Comey on the back during a White House reception to honor law enforcement officers. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the Committee. Read More

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Avalanche in French Alps leaves three dead

Avalanche in French Alps leaves three dead

It is unclear if he was on an outing with friends or on duty as a guide. Rescuers found the bodies of three skiers, including instructors. The avalanche struck around noon, local time, engulfing two men and one woman in deep snow. The CRS Alpes de Modane went to the scene by helicopter to search for a fourth missing person. Around midday today an avalanche near to the col du Greffier killed three ski tourers. Read More

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Attorney: Travel ban is religiously motivated

Attorney: Travel ban is religiously motivated

On Jan. 27, shortly after taking office, Trump signed an executive order prohibiting visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. The last, Chief Judge Roger Gregory, was a recess appointment made by President Bill Clinton. The president's original order of January 27 was amended after successful court challenges. "Is there anything other than willful blindness that will prevent us from getting behind those statements? ". Read More

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