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US sanctions 8 Venezuelan Supreme Court judges

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement . "By imposing these targeted sanctions, the United States is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect and advance democratic governance in their country". Venezuela's opposition party controls a majority of the Assembly but has been slowly weakened by Maduro since they won elections in 2015. The judges' devotion to the government is indisputable. Read More

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Ex-CIA chief says he warned Russians about election meddling

Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). "And that probably is indicative of the level of trouble that he's in". After Trump rocked the nation's capital by firing FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, who was leading the inquiry, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reinstated a measure of calm by putting the inquiry in the hands of Mueller, who was Comey's predecessor as bureau director for a dozen years. Read More

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Ariana Grande's opening act send prayers to victims of bombing

Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion Monday night, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens. Witnesses said the blasts occurred inside the arena and were designed for maximum killing power. 'We have been visited by the prime minster and home secretary and we have taken them through the emergency response so far and what we plan to do in future days. Read More

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Philippines: Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao amid clashes

Philippines: Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao amid clashes

Government troops and police battled dozens of gunmen protecting one of the world's most wanted Islamic militants in a built-up area of a southern city on Tuesday, authorities said. "I have to do it to preserve the Republic of the Philippines, the Filipino people", he said. The focus of the raid was about 15 militants belonging to the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State in the Middle East. Read More

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North Korea says medium-range missiles ready for deployment

That missile travelled about 500 kilometres before crashing into the sea, according to South Korean and USA officials. The Pukguksong-2 flew about 500 km (310 miles), reaching an altitude of 560 km, South Korea's military said . It said South Korea was analysing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border. The ongoing testing is disappointing. "We urge North Korea to not do anything to again violate U.N. Read More

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Syrian fighters take back town, dam from IS

Turkey today slammed as unacceptable a USA plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers terrorists, but the militia applauded a "historic" move that would speed up the defeat of Islamic State (IS) extremists. counterpart Donald Trump . "I hope that they will turn away from this wrong", he said. On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that every weapon obtained by the YPG constitutes a threat to Turkey. Read More

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Pressure mounts on Trump as Comey agrees to testify

Trump famously referred to James Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview after Comey's firing, and reportedly referred to him as "crazy" and a " nut job " in other conversations. The elder Comey said that despite voting down the Republican line in the November 2016 election, he refrained from voting for any presidential candidate. Read More

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Higher taxes in Australia's 'better times' budget

TWO of the big four banks' bosses separately found out details of Scott Morrison's Budget plan to rip $6.2 billion from them after meetings with anxious investors. To offset these goodies, the Medicare levy will be increased in two years to help fund the national disability insurance scheme while the big banks face a new levy to help fix the budget. Read More

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22 dead after suspected explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England

As many as 400 police were deployed overnight, Hopkins said early Tuesday. The cause of the blast is unknown but North West Counter Terrorism unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident, sources have told the BBC . "We stand with the British people, and, like them, refuse to be bowed by heinous acts of terror". Eyewitness Karen Ford had taken her 13-year-old daughter to the concert. Read More

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30 students injured in Pakistani varsity clashes

30 students injured in Pakistani varsity clashes

A heavy contingent of police reached the campus after being informed of the unrest. A few students were severely injured and admitted to hospital in critical condition. The police controlled the situation after hectic efforts; however, they were present on the occasion till filing of this report. QUA administration has announced the closer of university in the coming week. Read More

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Trump's frustrations boil over after Comey dismissal

Trump's frustrations boil over after Comey dismissal

Although the official word coming out the White House Tuesday and Wednesday was that Comey had been fired because of the way he'd handled Hillary Clinton's email investigation, Trump himself contradicted that in a Thursday interview with Lester Holt , saying he felt the " Russia thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story". Read More

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Macron presents diverse cabinet; shows willingness to reform

Socialist party stalwart and veteran of François Hollande's government Jean-Yves Le Drian remains in the government but moves over from defence minister to Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The leader of the Democratic Movement, François Bayrou, threw his support behind Macron during the election. In 2007, Bayrou's unexpected popularity - winning almost 7 million votes in the first round - took the French establishment by surprise. Read More

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Trump travels to Bethlehem for talks with Palestinian president

President Donald Trump were set to speak in their main addresses. During his stay in Saudi Arabia, Trump had accused Iran of fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" in the region and called for its worldwide isolation. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. "We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people", Trump said. Read More

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Trump arrives in Bethlehem for Abbas meeting

Ahead of Trump's visit to Israel, Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes told JNS.org, "I hope that President Trump leaves the exhausted and failed model of the "peace process" behind". Abbas, for his part, reiterated his commitment to the principle of the two-state solution. "Words fail to capture the experience", he said ahead of dinner at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence. Read More

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Yankees hit three home runs in win over Royals

Yankees hit three home runs in win over Royals

A reversed call in the seventh kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Yankees returned home with a 4-2 win over the Royals on Monday night. KC now sits 6.5 games back of the division-leading Minnesota Twins. "We had opportunities. Three times we had runners at second base, two times with one out, and one time after (Hosmer) led off with a double", Yost said. Read More

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Manchester terror attack kills 22, injures dozens

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians were "shocked by the news of the horrific attack ", while European Union president Donald Tusk wrote: "My heart is in Manchester this night". "I'm sending all my love". Associated acts such as Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift tweeted their support for fans of Grande. Greater Manchester Police say they are working with national police and intelligence agencies in what is being treated as a terrorist incident. Read More

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Rouhani says hopeful Europe won't follow Trump's lead on Iran

Rouhani says hopeful Europe won't follow Trump's lead on Iran

Speaking alongside Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, at his residence in West Jerusalem on Monday, Trump said: "There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran ". "The Americans have used various methods, including sanctions, against Iran, but they have always been unsuccessful..." Iranian-backed forces have been fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and support the government of President Bashar Assad in its battle ... Read More

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United Nations condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

United Nations condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

Ambassador Kim In Ryong called a news conference to protest Security Council sanctions and vowed to continue developing its weapons programs unless the US changes its policy toward the North . Seoul also said the Pukguksong-2 missile used solid fuel, which is harder to produce than liquid fuel, but which is more stable and can be transported in the missile tank to allow for a swift launch. Read More

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Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

Police stand outside the Turkish Embassy after the Turkish leader's security clashed with protesters. The State Department issued a relatively strong statement Wednesday saying that it was "concerned by the violent incidents" involving Turkish security personnel and that the United States is "communicating our concern with the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms". Read More

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China and ASEAN Near A Code of Conduct?

The tribunal struck down China's expansive claims over the area based on historical hold. The U.S. State Department said it understood Asean and China had "not agreed on a text of a Code of Conduct, but on an initial framework describing how such a document might be structured". Read More

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Venezuelans again shut down capital to protest government

Venezuelans again shut down capital to protest government

The protesters, which for weeks have called for the release of political prisoners and the resumption of indefinitely delayed elections , clogged the streets of several cities Monday morning with a sit-in directed against Maduro. Maduro, 54, who narrowly won the election in 2013 after Chavez's death, says he is the victim of an worldwide right-wing conspiracy that has already brought down leftist governments in Brazil, Argentina and Peru in recent years. Read More

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