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Why the Mormon church is severing some ties with the Boy Scouts

Why the Mormon church is severing some ties with the Boy Scouts

Mormon officials said in a news release that it will keep some 280,000 younger boys ages 8-13 in Scouts while it continues to develop a global scouting-type program. Although the LDS church previously expressed concerns about the Boy Scouts' changing openness to gay and transgender Scouts and leaders, church leaders claimed that didn't factor into Thursday's announcement. Read More

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Netanyahu Tosses Hamas Policy Paper on Israel Into trash can

It took Meshaal and key leaders years to wake up to the new geopolitical reality, post-Arab Spring, that their fundamentalist course was leading them nowhere. Meshaal has been Hamas political chief since 1996. Haniya became involved in political activities at university through the student union, the arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, later the Islamic Hamas movement in December 1987. Read More

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Indian woman in Pakistan seeks security on journey back home

Indian woman in Pakistan seeks security on journey back home

Uzma and Tahir fell in love after meeting in Malaysia. First Secretary of Indian High Commission Piyush Singh had gone to Islamabad High court in context of Indian national Uzma's writ petition. On May 5, Uzma, the petitioner, and his maternal uncle came to Islamabad to apply for a visa. The counsel said that the petitioner was denied entry to the Indian High Commission and has been unable to communicate with her in any manner whatsoever. Read More

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CIA Launches Korea Mission Center

Pompeo said during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he created the center to "draw the best minds, the most innovative, create people from across our agency". Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. Read More

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Balochistan blast: 10 killed, deputy chairman Senate injured

Balochistan blast: 10 killed, deputy chairman Senate injured

Senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that 30 to 40 people were injured. Police official Safar Khan said AFP at least ten people had been killed and "many injured", with the death toll confirmed by a second police official. As per the rescue sources, the majority of those injured and killed were party workers of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Read More

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North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot

North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot

Calling the USA and South Korean intelligence services a " hotbed of evils in the world ", the report accused the agencies of having "hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK". The North Korean article cited recent commentaries by Chinese state media that it said shifted the blame for deteriorating bilateral relations onto the North and raised "lame excuses for the base acts of dancing to the tune of the U.S". Read More

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Erdogan Urges US to 'Immediately' Reverse Decision to Arm Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump had authorized the U.S. Defense Department to equip "Kurdish elements" of the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "to ensure a clear victory" over Daesh in Raqqah. Like Turkey, the US considers that group a terrorist organization. Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the PKK militant group, which is labeled a terrorist organization by both Ankara and Washington. Read More

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French election twist to May Day in Paris

French election twist to May Day in Paris

All the while, the country's presidential candidates battled for the working-class vote. Later, at a rally, he described her as "the anti-France candidate" and said "We want Europe to be strong because we want France to be strong". Sunday was France's national day of remembrance for the French Jews who were deported to Nazi Germany during World War II. Meanwhile, Jean-François Jalkh - the man she named as interim president of the FN while she campaigned - was forced to step down on ... Read More

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Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House

After the White House meeting, Tillerson and Lavrov are expected to depart for Alaska to attend a meeting of the Arctic Council, which the United States has chaired for the past two years. USA intelligence agencies have asserted that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump's chances of victory. Blaming "fake information,"Lavrov said: "I believe that politicians are damaging the political system of the U.S., trying to pretend that someone is controlling America from the outside". Read More

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Justice Karnan, on run, moves Supreme Court for relief

Justice Karnan, on run, moves Supreme Court for relief

The bench, comprising senior-most judges, Justices Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and Kurian Joseph, had said it was satisfied that Justice Karnan be sentenced for six months in jail adding that the contempt power does not recognise who is what, whether he is a judge an individual or a private person. Read More

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Climate envoys meet in Bonn, but all eyes on Washington

President Donald Trump previously indicated that he intends to yank the USA out of the agreement, though his top advisors are reportedly divided on whether that is a good idea politically, environmentally and economically. During the conversation, Macron told Trump that climate change was a crucial and sensitive issue for the French people and he would defend an global agreement crafted in Paris in 2015, the spokesperson said. Read More

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Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling

Senators voted 51-49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Environmentalists are applauding the defeat of the repeal. Brought up under the Congressional Review Act , the resolution only needed 50 votes to pass the Senate, after already passing the House along party lines. Read More

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Joe Schmidt excited to draw host nation Japan

The pooling was done on Wednesday in Japan where the Africa victor, hopefully Kenya Simbas, will play reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa and a repechage victor. Wales lost to Australia during the 2015 World Cup, and they also face tough opposition from rapidly-improving Georgia. The other eight teams will be made up of qualifiers. Read More

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Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

The deal says those areas would be bordered by "security zones" with checkpoints and observation centres "ensured by the forces of the guarantors by consensus", but that "third-party" monitors could also be deployed. The Observatory said government forces shelled and bombed the nearby town of Latamneh and surrounding areas. Syrian state TV said some 60 buses and ambulances of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were in Barzeh for the evacuations. Read More

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President Trump: I Was Going to Fire James Comey 'Regardless of Recommendations'

Speaking to NBC Thursday, Trump said he fired Comey because he was a "showboat" and a "grandstander" who he'd long ago decided must go. Trump said he asked Comey. "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date". "... And I said, "I'll consider we'll see what happens"..." Blumenthal followed, "But as a former prosecutor, you know that when there is an investigation into several potentially culpable individuals, the evidence from those individuals and can lead to others, ... Read More

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New South Korean leader gets White House invite from Trump

Moon assumed presidential duties early in the morning after the National Election Commission finished counting Tuesday's votes and declared him victor of the special election necessitated by the ousting of conservative Park Geun-hye, whose downfall and jailing on corruption charges is one of the most turbulent stretches in the nation's recent political history. Read More

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Macron marches to French presidency

Macron wins French presidency but hurdles remain in campaign to governEmmanuel Macron steps into his new role as France's President-elect. Le Pen says she will lead the opposition to Macron. European stock markets fell Monday and the euro dropped from a six-month dollar high as investors looked beyond Emmanuel Macron's French presidential victory to bet on whether he will be able to push through economic reforms. Read More

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Russian Foreign Minister Jokes About Comey's Firing

Trump's first face-to-face with a senior Russian official since taking office comes amid a firestorm over Trump's dismissal of Comey, who was overseeing a probe into Russian meddling in the US election. During that trip, Mr Tillerson said relations with Russian Federation were at a low and needed to be rebuilt. "I had a very good meeting with Lavrov". Read More

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Ahead of EVM hacking challenge, EC all-party meet begins

Ahead of EVM hacking challenge, EC all-party meet begins

The EC has invited seven national and 48 state parties to the meeting during which the commission is also likely to throw an "open challenge" to prove allegations of EVM tampering. Rai said in his letter to the EC that the live demonstration - done on a "replica of the EVMs used by the ECI" - had demolished the idea that voting machines used by it were tamper proof. Read More

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Prince Philip steps down from public life

Prince Philip steps down from public life

Prime Minister Theresa May has "offered our deepest gratitude and good wishes" to the Duke Edinburgh who is stepping down from official duties later this year. "There was no precedent". 'Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Read More

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Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

Kobach is one of the biggest promoters of the myth there is a widespread conspiracy of in-person voter fraud . This commission, to be co-led by King of Voter Suppression Kris Kobach , is a sham . Last year, for example , a federal court in Richmond , Virginia, found that North Carolina's voter ID law "targets African Americans with nearly surgical precision". Read More

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