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U.S. boycotts United Nations rights council debate on Israel, Palestinians

U.S. boycotts United Nations rights council debate on Israel, Palestinians

In a report , the United Nations special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, charged Israel with "the subjugation of humanity" in Palestine and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who hopes to reform the global organization and eliminate its perceived anti-Israel bias. "All UN member states and worldwide partners who are committed to human rights to work with us to pursue much needed reforms in the UN Human Rights ... Read More

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Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

Following his Monday meeting with al-Sisi, Abbas departed Cairo after a two-day visit. Relations between Cairo and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been tense over a range of issues, including Egypt's contacts with Gaza's Hamas rulers and other factions that are at odds with Abbas' Palestinian Authority. Read More

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White House says Trump 'stands by' wiretapping claim after congressional rebuttals

White House says Trump 'stands by' wiretapping claim after congressional rebuttals

Asked how he concluded he was being snooped on, Trump cited a January 20 New York Times article 'where they were talking about wiretapping. Republican Rep. We are about to enter the big "health care" debate of 2017. In a rare public statement, Britain's GCHQ, Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, the equivalent of the US National Security Agency which monitors overseas electronic communications, said the claims were "nonsense" and should be ignored. Read More

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Tory calls for 4 May snap election dismissed by party chiefs

Tory calls for 4 May snap election dismissed by party chiefs

May has made it clear to her colleagues that she does not favour an early election, because she thinks it would be self-serving and create added uncertainty at a time when the country needs stability. There is also the small matter of the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliament Act, introduced under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. Previous reports suggested that Mrs May would call one either later this year or following the two-year negotiation period once Article 50 is triggered. Read More

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Sturgeon ready to delay Scottish second vote

It represents both an advance for working people and a defeat for the forces of capital which holds them back". "It's like going back to the bad old days of Margaret Thatcher and it didn't do the Tories many favors in those days", Sturgeon, who runs the semi-autonomous government in Edinburgh, told the BBC last week after May rebuffed her road map for another independence vote between the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. Read More

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Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of 'undermining game's integrity'

Wales coach Rob Howley accuses France of 'undermining game's integrity'

I know Wayne (Barnes), I've been in his changing room a couple of times to talk about that process and the evidence suggests that it's not in the integrity of our game. But controversy would arise once more before play could resume. "In the event that he wishes to make a citing complaint in respect of the alleged bite (or any other incident), because he considers that there was an act of foul play that warranted a red card, he is required to do so within 48 hours after the conclusion of the ... Read More

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Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

On March 4, the NY billionaire attacked Obama in a tweet, claiming that he had "tapped" his phone while he was busy campaigning for the November 8 vote, further suggesting that the British intelligence was also involved in the move. It led to U.S. officials making an apology for repeating the claims which had been initially made on Fox News. GCHQ responded by saying the allegations were "nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored ". Read More

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What's Behind Trump, Merkel Divide on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Merkel said she was encouraged that Trump supports North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, stressed its vital role and pledged that Germany will increase its own payments. Asked if both sides were curious, Merkel said: "There's definitely curiosity". The stark difference between their immigration policies surfaced again occasionally in the course of their news conference - with Trump pointedly asserting that "immigration is a privilege, not a right". Read More

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'I said yes immediately': Stephen Hawking is going into space

'I said yes immediately': Stephen Hawking is going into space

Hawking added that even though everyday life in the USA seems to be continuing much the same as it always has, he fears that the new administration will have a chilling effect on the scientific community. Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain , he said: 'My three children have brought me great joy. "Instead, we should retain as many links as possible with Europe and the rest of the world, particularly China ". Read More

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Hardline Hindu priest becomes UP chief minister

It's a coincidence that the new chief ministers of the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand hail from the Garhwal region of the hill state, DHNS reports from Lucknow . After the ceremony, Modi said in a tweet: "Our sole mission and motive is development". It can be further argued that past experience shows how development models can be projected as successful even when they are fundamentally premised on excluding minorities on multiple levels - economic, political, ... Read More

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Passenger plane with 44 on board crashes in South Sudan

Passenger plane with 44 on board crashes in South Sudan

The South Sudanese National Courier newspaper carried photos showing the burned-out wreck of the South Supreme Airlines plane on the tarmac at Wau Airport. At least 14 people have survived the crash and have been taken to hospital. The crash is believed to have happened when the plane came down to land after flying from Juba to Wau . Read More

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Trump's wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

Trump's wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

On Friday, the Department of Justice said it turned over information sought by congressional committees, which requested documents for any potential court orders or warrants related to Trump, his campaign surrogates, family or friends. The top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee also say that they've seen no evidence suggesting Mr. Trump's phones at Trump Tower were tapped by Obama. Read More

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Allegedly detained at JFK: Former GPD Chief Aden

Aden posted on Facebook . Aden said it took around an hour and a half for CBP officers to clear him from entry. "I was taken to a back office which looked to be a re-purposed storage facility with three desks and signs stating, "Remain seated at all times" and "Use of telephones strictly prohibited " - my first sign that this was not a voluntary situation and, in fact, a detention", the ex-cop wrote in a harrowing Facebook post . Read More

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Hindu priest takes oath as chief of India's largest state

Hindu priest takes oath as chief of India's largest state

Asked about reports suggesting that Adityanath was made the chief minister at the behest of the RSS, Naidu shot back, "Who are these people to say?" Firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath has stressed that in his new role as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, his top priority will be all-pervasive growth and development of the state, indicating that he was ready to toe the moderate line in sync with his party's central leadership. Read More

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Internet infrared system 'Li-Fi' is 100 times faster

Internet infrared system 'Li-Fi' is 100 times faster

And when you want to add another device, all you have to do is assign it to a different wavelength - that way you're not cramming everyone onto one signal. The report also said that the infrared network wouldn't have to deal with any interference from close-by Wi-Fi networks either. Even if you have the very best Wi-Fi system available, you won't get more than 300Mbit per second speed in total. Read More

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Restoring death penalty in Turkey 'red line' in European Union bid

Gabriel said Erdogan was taking advantage of a sentiment many people of Turkish origin have in Germany that they are neither accepted nor welcomed, but failed to address why these European citizens of Turkish background may feel this way. A day after accusing the European Union of starting a "crusade" against Islam by the ruling, he said the court should "ban the kippa ban too" - although in theory the Jewish skullcap should be included in the decision which covers all religious symbols. Read More

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Malaysia hunting for more N. Korean suspects in Kim's death

Malaysia hunting for more N. Korean suspects in Kim's death

North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. A VIP is among several more people police are looking for to help in the murder probe of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. Read More

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All eyes on Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as Russian Federation, wiretap claims swirl

He drew parallels to Watergate and McCarthyism and said Obama was a "Bad (or sick) guy!" for ordering surveillance of his NY residence - allegations the former president quickly denied through a spokesman. Based on "everything I have up to this morning - no evidence of collusion", said US Representative Devin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking to the Fox News Sunday television program. Read More

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Duterte to visit Myanmar and Thailand for stronger ASEAN relations

Duterte to visit Myanmar and Thailand for stronger ASEAN relations

Aside from the economic cooperation, the President is also set to discuss with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and other high ranking officials, on the Philippines' support for the reforms being undertaken by Myanmar. According to Duterte, illegal drugs are threatening to turn the Philippines into a narco-state. Myanmar is home to 1,800 Filipinos, while Thailand hosts 16,000 Filipinos. Read More

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United Kingdom govt halts YouTube advertising over extremism funding concerns

United Kingdom govt halts YouTube advertising over extremism funding concerns

An ad appearing alongside a video earns the poster about £6 for every 1,000 clicks it generates, meaning brands may have unwittingly contributed money to extremists. Sky, Vodafone, HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland made the decision to suspend their ads, or review whether to do so, over the weekend over issues uncovered last week in a report by The Times , with the list of others to do so including McDonald's, L'Oréal, Audi, Sainsbury's, Channel 4 and Argos. Read More

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Top economies yield to United States, drop no-protectionism pledge

Top economies yield to United States, drop no-protectionism pledge

The language used in the final statement was toned down and all that remained was: "we are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies". "Taking into account the recent evolution of the position of the US and of the refusal of numerous countries, including France, to any rollback on these questions, the ministers of the G-20 chose to continue to work in a constructive manner with a view to the Hamburg summit so as to reinforce the advantages of worldwide commerce". Read More

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NoKor tests new rocket engine

Lee said the test featured a main engine supported by four supplementary engines. Kim said the "development and completion of the engine would help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability", according to the report . Read More

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US President Donald Trump's approval rating drops to 37 per cent

US President Donald Trump's approval rating drops to 37 per cent

The dip in Trump's approval rating comes after a tumultuous week in which the president struggled to sell a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and questions continue to swirl about Russia's involvement in his campaign. The survey found that 43 percent of voters approved of the job he was doing compared to 51 percent who did not. President Donald Trump's approval rating among Jews in the United States is 31 percent. Read More

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North Korea Is 'Acting Very, Very Badly'

North Korea's test of a rocket engine Sunday showed "meaningful" signs of progress, according to South Korean officials. That is usually code for fresh developments in intercontinental ballistic missile technology. Speaking in Seoul last week, Tillerson said that military action against North Korea was "on the table", indicating a break with the Obama administration's dissuasion strategy based on sanctions. Read More

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