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North Korea launched regular ferry service to Russian Port of Vladivostok

North Korea launched regular ferry service to Russian Port of Vladivostok

Khmel said the vessel will make the return sailing on May 19. A representative of a Chinese tourism company told the channel the route would be convenient for those wanting to visit North Korea and Russian Federation on the same trip. North Korea is facing increasing isolation over its missile development and Russian Federation is one of the few countries that continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. Read More

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Publicly-owned utilities will cut bills by £220 annually, says Labour

Publicly-owned utilities will cut bills by £220 annually, says Labour

It emerged on Wednesday morning that, in contravention of a Scottish Labour ruling, the local Labour group in Aberdeen was seeking a deal with the Conservatives and independent councillors in an attempt to stay in power in the city. Some believe that reducing tax generates more revenue. Unveiling what leader Jeremy Corbyn called "a blueprint of what Britain could be", Labour said it was the only party that would make leaving the European Union "work for ordinary people", but ruled out ... Read More

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Household debt tops 2008 peak

Household debt tops 2008 peak

While mortgage borrowers' finances remain strong, student loan, auto loan and credit card delinquencies are on the rise. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, during the past 15 years, the burden of student loans in the USA economy has increased from just 3.3 percent of overall household indebtedness in 2003 at $240.7 bln to the current $1.3 trln, or 10.6 percent of total household debt. Read More

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Stocks slide as Washington turmoil reaches Wall Street

USA stocks wavered and traded in a narrow range Tuesday, as Wall Street mainly digested Home Depot's better-than-expected quarterly results and newly-released economic data. About 8.37 billion shares changed hands on US exchanges in the busiest trading day since March 21, compared with the 6.9 billion-share average for the last 20 sessions. Read More

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Could This Be the World's Longest Cat?

Could This Be the World's Longest Cat?

Omar's measurements have been sent to Guinness World Records for verification. He weighs 14kg - the average cat weighs between 3.5kg and 4.5kg - and his favourite food is raw kangaroo meat. If Hirst's claims that Omar is over 120, that would quite easily make him the World's Longest Cat . "He does take up a bit too much room on the bed so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night", she further says. Read More

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Former Gov. Keating To Be Interviewed For FBI Director Position

To this day, I remain convinced that had Democrats nominated Lieberman rather than John Kerry in 2004, they would have won that election, and the United States might have had a much more consistent and fruitful foreign policy as a result. Last Saturday, top Justice Department officials interviewed eight people - though Lieberman, Keating and McFeely were not among the names made public that day. Read More

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Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

If the Bulls or Pacers change their minds about the directions of their franchises, they could come calling for that No. 1 pick, plus a player or two as filler. "We got fourth and personally, I'm good with it", McDonough added. A lot of people want the picks. It's a Boston team that many wrote off after the Celtics fell into a 0-2, first-round hole against the Bulls. Read More

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Warriors, Spurs will try to use break to rest and heal again

Warriors, Spurs will try to use break to rest and heal again

Add in how some are questioning (see Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ) whether Leonard was injured by a dirty play in the series opener Sunday against the Golden State Warriors, and it's even bigger. Cleaves sprained his ankle early in the second half of Michigan State's 2000 NCAA championship game matchup with Florida. Cleveland won a six-game series with Toronto but fell behind Golden State 3-1 in the NBA Finals before LeBron James and Kyrie Irving rallied the Cavaliers to the title . Read More

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Documentary about Chelsea Manning in works

Documentary about Chelsea Manning in works

Her departure from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas was confirmed by a spokesperson for the US Army to the BBC. "It was by far the longest sentence given to any whistleblower in USA history", Pulse said , saying the film would depict "the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman". Read More

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'Nervous India Can't Stop Others from Joining Belt and Road'

This is the most expensive development plan in history, several times larger than the US Marshall Plan that was used to rebuild Europe after the Second World War, analysts said. "The Belt and Road development does not shut out, nor is it directed against, any party", Xi told the summit. "We need to seek win-win results through greater openness and cooperation, avoid fragmentation, refrain from setting inhibitive thresholds for cooperation or pursuing exclusive arrangements and reject ... Read More

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Putin: Russia willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Putin: Russia willing to turn over transcript of Trump meeting with Russians

Yet as the House came back into session Tuesday night some Republicans from conservative districts said their constituents were not overly concerned with any aspect of the Russian Federation story. "(Lavrov) didn't share these secrets with us - neither with me nor with the representatives of the Russian security services. USA media reports allege Trump passed ultra-sensitive classified information about the Islamic State group - gleaned by a foreign intelligence partner - to Russian ... Read More

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Latest North Korea missile test represents significant advance

Latest North Korea missile test represents significant advance

In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". "More importantly", he added, it "may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)". KCNA also quoted Kim as accusing the United States of "browbeating" countries that "have no nukes", and said Kim warned Washington ... Read More

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9 hurt, 2 arrested in altercation at Turkish Embassy in DC

According to witnesses, the demonstrators, some carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party), were attacked by Erdogan's bodyguards outside the Turkish embassy, the Daily Telegraph reports . Nauert's condemnation of the attack contrasts with a non-answer from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer , who, just minutes earlier, punted on commenting on the issue during a press gaggle on board Air Force One. Read More

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Bernie Sanders Can't Stop Laughing At Trump's Health Care Confession

House leaders came through with the votes to give Trump a major political win more than a month after Republicans' first attempt to pass a health care bill went down in a humiliating defeat. "The Australian healthcare system provides healthcare to all of its people at a fraction of the cost than we do", Mr Sanders tweeted on Saturday. "Or systems throughout Europe", Sanders said. Read More

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Bobby Moynihan Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

Bobby Moynihan Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

The comedian is now the second longest-serving performer on the NBC sketch comedy series behind Kenan Thompson , who has been with the show for 14 seasons . It focuses on three distinct periods in Alex Riley's life - as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day (Moynihan) and a 65-year-old (John Larroquette) in 2042. Read More

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British Columbia Liberals hang on to win minority government

British Columbia Liberals hang on to win minority government

Conversely, the NDP teaming up with the Greens would give them a fragile minority government . "British Columbians voted today for proportional representation". "LNG is not happening", he said on election night. She simply didn't connect with voters this time the way she did so effectively four years ago. Supporters and media crowded into the small conference centre to hear the NDP leader's final message before British Columbians head to the polls. Read More

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Iran election: Jahangiri withdraws and endorses Rouhani

Raisi faces having to reach out to a wider conservative base in the next few days, Bassiri Tabrizi added, but noted that things are "definitely more hard for Rouhani now". The hardliners' message may be contradictory, but their labeling Rouhani and his supporters as elitists, combined with their campaign pledges to provide new monthly unemployment benefits and a public works program to generate jobs for the mostazafin (downtrodden) means the incumbent's re-election isn't certain. Read More

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Georgia executes man who killed elderly neighbor in 1992

Georgia executes man who killed elderly neighbor in 1992

Ledford, Jr. J.W. Ledford Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m.at the state prison in Jackson, more than six hours after his initial execution time. Ledford stabbed Johnston to death during an argument, according to court files, and then demanded money from his wife. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal of a lower court's refusal to stop the execution. Read More

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Putin says Russia has transcript of Trump meeting

Putin says Russia has transcript of Trump meeting

The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. Two sources told CNN that the information was classified. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating these links. "At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known", ... Read More

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Bank of England holds, sterling turns lower

Carney said he expects real wage growth will eventually pick up, but that there would be "consequences" if it doesn't. Real income growth, to use our terminology, will be negative. The BoE policy decision was accompanied by the release of the policy statement which supported the view that, on the assumption of a "smooth" transition to Brexit, monetary policy will likely tighten by a somewhat greater extent than the market is now pricing in. Read More

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Donald Trump had asked FBI chief Comey to end Flynn's Russian Federation investigation

The White House disputed Mr Comey's claim and said the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey". Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts. Read More

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Prince Philip stepping down from royal duties

Prince Philip stepping down from royal duties

Buckingham Palace officials tell The Associated Press that a meeting of royal household staff has been called, but one says there is "no cause for concern". On Thursday, Prince Philip and the Queen are due at a service for members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace before hosting a lunch for those attending. Read More

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Syrian government denies US allegations of mass killings

It is not clear why the US State Department waited to reveal their findings. "New "sensational" and "declassified" United States revelations on the alleged "mass executions" in Syria and a crematorium at the Sednaya Prison near Damascus are not very trustworthy", Kosachev pointed out, who chairs the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs. Read More

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After Trump disclosures, May says will continue to share intel with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin says US President Donald Trump did not pass any secrets onto Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week - and he has evidence that could prove it. He said that Americans dealing in anti-Russian rhetoric "either don't understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just dumb, or they understand everything and then they are unsafe and unscrupulous people". Read More

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Tipu Sultan Mosque authorities sack Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati

Tipu Sultan Mosque authorities sack Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati

Week ago, Barkati triggered huge controversy after he refused to remove red beacon from his vehicle, when Central government's ban on lal batti has come into effect since May 1. "It seems he has taken away the keys to destroy those documents so that it does not reach the trustee board for validation", he had alleged. Considered close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he was seen sharing stage at prominent rallies of Trinamool Congress. Read More

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Amid Chaos South Korea Intends to Reopen Dialogue With North

Amid Chaos South Korea Intends to Reopen Dialogue With North

Meanwhile, North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland. On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the USA base at Guam" in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away. Read More

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Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

In Friday's daily briefing, Mr Spicer refused to comment on questions about whether Mr Trump had been making surreptitious recordings in the White House. Is it the details of the Comey-Trump dinner and the president's hints of secret "tapes"? Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was back behind the podium Friday after Sarah Huckabee Sanders subbed for him for two days, has been the subject of memorable lampoons by comic Melissa McCarthy on "Saturday Night Live". Read More

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House Democrats discuss the Russian investigation

Some legal experts aren't so sure. Q: What has Trump said publicly about Flynn? The reports raised questions over whether obstruction of justice charges could be laid against Trump, weakening confidence in the US president's ability to push through an aggressive stimulus programme that investors had been banking on since his election last November. Read More

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