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Philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage

Chito and my wife and their companions, because they are innocent", he told Manila's DZMM radio. But when he last called her, someone else answered her phone, telling him to ask the military not to go near the area. Under the 1987 constitution, the president has the ability to place the country under martial law, though Congress has the ability to revoke the proclamation. Read More

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India in appeal to United Nations court to halt execution of 'spy'

India in appeal to United Nations court to halt execution of 'spy'

India has not approached the global court on any case related to Pakistan since 1971, but the government has said it had no choice as the life of an Indian citizen is at stake. Jadhav, the latest flashpoint in the tensions between Pakistan and India, was sentenced last month. Pakistan says Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav has confessed to working for Indian intelligence services but India denies he was a spy. Read More

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Woman goes on racist rant at Arkansas Wal-Mart

Woman goes on racist rant at Arkansas Wal-Mart

It's like they can't contain their racist little selves. Hicks was speechless to hear the white woman use the racial slur and said, "Oh my goodness, you're very rude". I'm so sorry y'all got treated that way. "This isn't your country - we don't want you here". A store manager asked the woman to leave during the incident. Read More

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Trump to Order Commission on Fraudulent Voting in Elections

Trump to Order Commission on Fraudulent Voting in Elections

Ahead of Trump's order, the officials said the commission would look at allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration across the United States in last November's election. The soon-to-be assembled commission will be composed of Republican and Democrat state election officials and other experts . It will "study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections" as well as "fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting", the order says. Read More

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High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

The ruling is a victory for the black North Carolina voters, who had argued the plans packed African-Americans in districts that already had a high percentage of African-Americans, thus diluting their presence in other districts. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. objected. Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the case. "The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prevents a State, in the absence of 'sufficient justification, ' from 'separating its citizens into ... Read More

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China-ASEAN senior officials finish COC draft framework

Lin added that the issue should be dealt with through multilateral discussions, based on the principles of shelving differences and seeking joint development of resources. Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman said today negotiations for the establishment of a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea were heading in a positive direction and expressed the hope that the COC would be ready within this year. Read More

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I did not mention Israel to Russian diplomats

Quoting a pool report , the New York Times's Glenn Thrush noted on Twitter that this was not the first time female reporters have been disadvantaged on the president's multi-stop foreign trip. During the short exchange, Mr Tillerson said that he does not feel Mr Trump should have to apologise to Israel for sharing the ally's classified intelligence with Russian officials during a White House meeting earlier this month. Read More

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Len McCluskey wrong to say Labour cannot win election - Kezia Dugdale

Len McCluskey wrong to say Labour cannot win election - Kezia Dugdale

The statement follows Tuesday's remarks that a seat total of 200 - almost 30 fewer than the number won under Ed Miliband in 2015 - would be a "successful" result for Corbyn . McCluskey's analysis, made in an interview with the Politico website, was widely seen as an attempt to lower expectations, in order to prepare to make an argument for Corbyn to remain as Labour leader even if he suffers a heavy election defeat. Read More

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Trump, Abbas meet in Bethlehem

Trump held a series of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Monday in Israel. "If Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an fantastic accomplishment", Trump said. Read More

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North Korea Celebrates Test Of New, Long-Range Missile

North Korea Celebrates Test Of New, Long-Range Missile

Zhao said that while Pyongyang may not have timed the launch to insult China, that it went ahead with it regardless showed they were unconcerned by potentially angering Beijing. KCNA said the test "proved to the full" the missile's capabilities, including guidance and stabilisation systems, its engine performance in flight, and "the homing feature of the warhead under the worst re-entry situation and accurate performance of detonation system". Read More

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Police Make 3 More Arrests In Connection With Deadly Manchester Concert Attack

The United Kingdom's domestic security service escalated the national terror threat level Tuesday from severe to critical. He was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester. "We aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents". "We don't believe in killing innocents", he told the AP. Another official said, "We knew he was going a little insane and left, but he went quiet and returned a few days ago, and we had no information about him in between". Read More

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Clark to continue governing B.C.

Clark to continue governing B.C.

Clark's party won 43 seats while the NDP led by John Horgan collected 41 and the Greens under Andrew Weaver won three ridings in the 87-seat legislature. Andrew Weaver and the Green Party, according to the results of the fourth provincial-level Student Vote project, form the official opposition, receiving 28.5 per cent of the popular vote. Read More

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China urges North Korea to not violate United Nations resolutions again

China urges North Korea to not violate United Nations resolutions again

A statement that additional sanctions were merited after Pyongyang's ballistic missile test last weekend was released on Monday, signed by all 15 Security Council members, including North Korea's patron China. He told reporters on Monday that France hopes the council will move ahead on a strong resolution that demands better implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions against North Korea . Read More

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to change lawyers after ICJ stays execution

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan to change lawyers after ICJ stays execution

A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged 'espionage and subversive activities'. Former RAW official Jaideep Ranadey described the verdict as half battle won. "Pakistan's contention before the International Court of Justice that this case was taken to the military tribunal because there was issue of terrorism, this is a lie", Sharma said. Read More

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Manchester suspect spent 3 weeks in Libya prior to attack

A second brother, Ismail Abedi , 23, was taken into custody in Manchester a day earlier. The suicide bomber has been named as Salman Abedi , a 22-year-old man believed to have been born in Manchester and of Libyan descent. In Manchester, where residents continued to place floral tributes to the dead and injured, police arrested a man at a house near Abedi's home. The military said it would deploy soldiers to support policing at Downing Street, the home and office of the prime minister; ... Read More

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'He Is Something': Trump Visits Pope Francis At The Vatican

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis Wednesday morning, and the pontiff made sure to give the president a gift weighted with certain connotations: an encyclical urging action in response to climate change . He has also proposed drastic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, has airbrushed most references to climate change out of government websites, and is reportedly considering pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Read More

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Trump says Palestinian and Israeli leaders ready to 'reach for peace'

Trump said: "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims". The US president said he was assured that both Mr Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu would work towards the goal of peace "in good faith", later reiterating that Palestinians were ready to "reach for peace". Read More

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Trump pledges to help end Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The two leaders discussed ways to advance negotiations and considered how Arab states might support those negotiations. "He wants peace", he said. The Arab Peace Initiative, spearheaded by the Saudis and initially proposed in 2002, would extend alliances between Israel and numerous Arab nations for the land seized in 1967, setting into motion the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state. Read More

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Senate Investigators Slap Flynn With Two Fresh Subpoenas

Senate Investigators Slap Flynn With Two Fresh Subpoenas

Burr (R-North Carolina) said at a joint press conference at Warner's side. If Flynn does not comply, Burr threatened him with a contempt of Congress charge. Flynn's decision reflected the high legal stakes he faces as investigations intensify: a USA counterintelligence probe of Russian Federation, a federal investigation in Virginia and multiple congressional inquiries. Read More

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Hostages taken at church in southern Philippines

The Philippine leader had declared martial law in the entire island of Mindanao also on Tuesday night, following clashes between the military and the Maute Group, which previously pledged allegiance to the Islamic State . Long queues of pickup trucks and jeeps crammed full of people and loaded with belongings snaked on roads leading into nearby towns. In March, the program was criticized in the State Department's annual human rights report, which referred to "apparent governmental ... Read More

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Iranian president calls USA relations 'a curvy road'

The head of the Iranian atomic energy agency (AEOI) said Saturday (29 April) that his country will honour its commitments to its nuclear agreement regardless of who wins the presidential election on 19 May. President Rouhani is a moderate and reformist figure in Iranian politics known chiefly for negotiating a deal on Iran's nuclear power that ended up controversial both with the Western powers that signed it and in Iran. Read More

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Ex-CIA director's testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

He said this was cause for concern "because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals, and it raised questions in my mind, again, whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals". Beyond that, he said: "Before sharing any classified intelligence with foreign partners, it needs to go back to the originating agency to make sure that the language in it is not. Read More

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Trump says 'ultimate deal' possible for peace in Middle East

Trump's speech, welcomed by Israeli right-wingers, came after he met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day. The papers included several stories on Trump's visit to the area and his meetings in Palestine and Israel. In Israel the overall tenor of Trump's trip - which included a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday - and the warmth exhibited between the president and Netanyahu contrasted sharply with the Israeli prime ... Read More

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