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Turkish FM predicts Europe will soon face "religious wars"

There are no signs that a deal reached between the European Union and Turkey past year to stem the flow of illegal migrants into the bloc has been suspended by Ankara , a spokesman for the German government spokesman. "They started a clash between the cross and the crescent, there is no other explanation", he said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday said such remarks were "unacceptable". Read More

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CPS to continue paying grants - but under supervision

CPS to continue paying grants - but under supervision

Government's social assistance programme remains an important safety net for millions of South Africans and all dedicated resources and expertise needed to ensure the smooth payment of social grants will be put in place. The court was only informed on February 28, despite Dlamini being informed in October 2016 that Sassa couldn't carry grant payments. Dlamini has also been ordered to explain to the court why she should not pay from her own pocket for the costs of an application that dealt ... Read More

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EU Revives Decision to Fine Cargo Airlines Over Price-Fixing

EU Revives Decision to Fine Cargo Airlines Over Price-Fixing

The European Commission said Friday that it has fixed the original error and re-established the fines because the antitrust case, as such, hadn't been addressed by the EU's General Court. Air France-KLM was worst hit and must pay €310m (£270m). Never miss a story again - sign up to our Telegram channel and we'll keep you up to speed! "Millions of businesses depend on air cargo services, which carry more than 20 percent of all European Union imports and almost 30 percent of European Union ... Read More

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Tillerson says America's approach to North Korea has 'failed'

Speaking in Tokyo , Tillerson earlier vowed a tougher strategy to confront North Korea's nuclear threat. Japan and South Korea both host tens of thousands of USA troops. "The history of U.S. policy toward North Korea is complicated". Washington says the maneuvers are routine and defensive. The measures in this sanctions package include placing a cap on coal exports to target North Korea's hard currency revenues; a ban on exports of non-ferrous metals; sanctions on government officials as ... Read More

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Turkey: US secretary of state to visit country on March 30

Erdogan's latest broadside against Merkel also infuriated Germany, which had also last week prevented Turkish ministers from holding rallies in the country. Turkey is a secular country and wearing headscarves and other religious symbols was banned for decades. While much of Europe congratulated Dutch prime minister , Mark Rutte on his election victory and hailed his defeat of the far-right Geert Wilders as a rejection of xenophobia, the Turkish leadership were dismissive. Read More

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Japan, US agree to urge N. Korea to halt nuke, missile programs

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit China this week, the Chinese foreign ministry said today as both countries prepared for the first summit between President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Donald Trump next month. "Our stance is that since the USA and its followers continue their nuclear threats and intimidation - in the form of their annual military drills - on the doorstep of DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), we will continue to strengthen our defense and ... Read More

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Donald Trump stands by unproven Barack Obama spying claim

Donald Trump stands by unproven Barack Obama spying claim

The new US president will come face-to-face with the veteran German leader whom he frequently maligned on the campaign trail, and whose free-trade, open-border politics stand in marked contrast to Trump's nationalistic rhetoric. "The other option is that we file a suit against him at the WTO - there are procedures laid out there because in the WTO agreements it is clearly laid out that you're not allowed to take more than 2.5% taxes on imports of cars", Ms Zypries said . Read More

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Trump's first budget plan is a great start

The Washington Post called it "the clearest snapshot yet of Trump's priorities ". During the campaign, Trump promised "there will be no cuts to social security, Medicare and Medicaid". "This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat". Together, the cuts to climate change initiatives at the agency would eliminate some $100 million in spending. Read More

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Somali refugees killed, at least 25 injured in Yemen airstrike

Somali refugees killed, at least 25 injured in Yemen airstrike

Witnesses said that huge fire and smokes were seen rising from the Kowfal military camp where the attack happened and many ambulances rushed to the area. An IOM spokesperson said that " our confirmation is that there are dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals ". A Yemeni man who survived a deadly attack on a boat packed with Somali migrants off the coast of Yemen says their vessel was hit by heavy gunfire from a helicopter gunship. Read More

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Tillerson calls for "different approach" on North Korea

However, Tillerson said that option was not being considered right now. China's President Xi Jinping of China will visit Donald Trump on April 6-7 - possibly at Trump's Florida resort at Mar-a-Lago. State Department officials insist that the focus of the trip will be North Korea and efforts to rebalance commerce without provoking a trade war with the Chinese giant. Read More

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Trump Lied: Keystone XL Now Allowed to Be Built Using Imported Steel

Trump Lied: Keystone XL Now Allowed to Be Built Using Imported Steel

Attorneys for TransCanada and the commission have asked the judge to uphold the order. The State Department estimated the pipeline would create about 35 permanent jobs in the United States. In the letter, the senators pointed out to the PSC that in addition to the significant economic benefits, the Keystone XL project would have minimal impact on the environment, is safer than transporting oil by truck or rail, would be one of the safest pipelines ever built and would allow Nebraska to play ... Read More

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Amgen -6%, MDCO -22%, ESPR -30% after Repatha data

The study saw thousands of patients, including at hospitals in Leeds, Rotherham, York, Barnsley, Sheffield, Hull and GP practices in Whitby and Doncaster, take part in the trial of the cholesterol-lowering drug evolocumab. The FDA approved Repatha and Regeneron Pharma's (REGN) Praluent on that basis. "The new data show a meaningful reduction in cardiovascular events in the highest-risk patients who had the highest LDL cholesterol levels, despite already taking high-intensity statin therapy". Read More

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'Ridiculous': UK agencies rubbish Trump's allegations of spying

'Ridiculous': UK agencies rubbish Trump's allegations of spying

He said Friday that Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated. Following allegations by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer of its role in the wiretapping of US President Donald Trump during the 2016 US elections, British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on Thursday have denied that it had helped former president "spy" on Trump, the Guardian reported . Read More

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Tillerson wades into a political minefield in South Korea

Yanmei Xie, a foreign policy expert at Gavekal Dragonomics in Beijing, said Tillerson had "a dearth of good choices" when it came to putting more pressure on Pyongyang. The missile defense system is in the process of being deployed in the country's south. Tillerson, however, stressed that cooperation with Japan and South Korea was "critical". Read More

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Death toll in Guatemala girls' shelter fire climbs to 40

Death toll in Guatemala girls' shelter fire climbs to 40

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has accepted the state's responsibility for the death of nearly 40 minors in a fire at a rehabilitation center for abused teenagers. Parents and relatives said numerous young people at the shelter, which had both female and male residents, had been sent there because of abuse, poverty or family problems. Read More

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Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa

Parrikar wins trust vote in Goa

Earlier today, Digvijaya Singh, who is facing flak for his handling of the Goa polls, claimed his proposal for a pre-poll alliance with Goa Forward was "sabotaged" by his own party leaders. He had sought out the media to speak out against the Congress emissaries in the state, blaming them for delaying the decision to stake a claim to form the government. Read More

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Merkel Hits Back Over Turkish 'Nazi Practices' Comments

Merkel Hits Back Over Turkish 'Nazi Practices' Comments

However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted: "We have not called anyone a nazi". About 1.4 million people of Turkish descent living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum Turkey is to hold next month. However, Cavusoglu later appeared to backtrack, saying that it was a " delicate " matter and that Turkey " is not calling anybody Nazis ". Turkey introduced the "Bring your neighbor and come" campaign to Germany's Turkish diaspora at Berlin's ITB fair. Read More

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Conservative party handed record fine following investigation into election expenses

Conservative party handed record fine following investigation into election expenses

The party has also released a statement on the Battlebus spending, saying individual MPs were advised that it was part of national spending and therefore would not have included any costs on their constituency returns . Holmes stressed that " where the rules are not followed, it undermines voters' confidence in our democratic processes , " and that the political parties must treat expenditure regulations seriously. Read More

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