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Israeli tanks fire at Gaza

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes against two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to a projectile fired from Gaza into southern Israel. Palestinian sources and eye witnesses said Saturday that Israeli war jets struck the military facilities in Gaza Strip, no injuries reported. Hamas has cracked down on these small groups, recently carrying out a wave of arrests among Salafi, jihadist, pro-Islamic State organizations. Read More

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Afghan Soldier Opens Fire, Wounds Three US Military in Southern Afghanistan

Afghan Soldier Opens Fire, Wounds Three US Military in Southern Afghanistan

Resolute Support said in a post on Twitter Sunday morning that 3 US soldiers were wounded after being shot by an Afghan soldier on a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban said an "Afghan patriot soldier" opened fire on the Americans, without claiming responsibility for the attack. The Marines will head to the poppy-growing province this spring to assist a NATO-led mission to train Afghan forces, in the latest sign that foreign forces are increasingly being drawn back into the ... Read More

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Syrian rebels, families leave last opposition stronghold in Homs

Syrian rebels, families leave last opposition stronghold in Homs

Known as "reconciliation agreements", this is one of the Syrian government's local pacts that allow surrendering civilians and fighters to evacuate to other rebel-held regions. The evacuation operation is being overseen by Syrian and Russian military police units, al-Barazi later told Reuters, adding that all rebels from al-Waer are due to depart within around six weeks. Read More

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G 20 finance summit underway in Baden Baden

BADEN-BADEN, Germany-World finance chiefs clashed Friday over the future of global trade, anxious that protectionist tendencies could tilt the global economy back into the doldrums and stir up cross-border tensions. Saturday's meeting of finance ministers will also likely to consider currency markets as well as receiving an update on the G20's drive to promote economic growth in Africa under its Focus Africa plan. Read More

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Swearing-In Ceremony Of UP's New Chief Minister On Sunday

Swearing-In Ceremony Of UP's New Chief Minister On Sunday

Firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath was sworn in on Sunday as the Chief Minister of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and party veteran L K Advani were present at the ceremony, which was also attended by outgoing chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. Read More

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Holy wars in Europe are coming, top Turkish diplomat says

He added, "if the European Union could negotiate a special relationship with Britain it could serve as a blueprint for other countries ". Relations between Berlin and Ankara have soured recently over a German Parliament resolution labelling the 20th-century killing of Armenians as "genocide", Turkey's crackdown on the opposition and civil society following a failed coup last summer, and appearances in Germany by Turkish officials campaigning for constitutional change in an upcoming ... Read More

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139-day Manipur economic blockade to be lifted tonight

139-day Manipur economic blockade to be lifted tonight

Tripartite talks in February to end the economic blockade of a crucial highway in Manipur failed to make any headway as Naga group spearheading it refused to relent from its position to not allow seven districts to be carved out. BJP formed the government in Manipur and N Biren Singh took oath as chief minister on March 16. The blockade was imposed by the UNC on November 1 past year after a day of total shutdown and the highway had been blocked since October 31. Read More

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Trump thanks Merkel for her efforts to settle Donbas conflict

For Mrs Merkel - who shared such a close relationship with former USA president Barack Obama that his last official phone call to a foreign leader was to her - talks with Mr Trump will involve walking a fine diplomatic line. It is not a wonder why the German reporter asked her questions. She's not used to Trump's enthusiasms and flamboyant behavior, his rejection of convention or his bluntness. Read More

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Trump declines to shake Merkel's hand during awkward White House interaction

SEOUL, South Korea - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action". He told the reporter asking the question: "I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be an example of fake news". In their first meeting at the White House since Trump's inauguration as president, Trump reprised his complaints that ... Read More

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White House apologizes to British government over spying claims

White House apologizes to British government over spying claims

Chairman Devin Nunes , R-Calif., said in a statement late Friday that said his panel is "satisfied" that the Justice Department "has fully complied" with its request related to the "possible surveillance" of Trump and his associates. In the two weeks since the tweets , the White House has tried to soften the statement, but not disavowed it. "And I don't believe, having spoken to people just in the last week, I don't believe there was an actual tap of Trump Tower ". Read More

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Grab to Open Research and Development Centers in India, Vietnam

Grab to Open Research and Development Centers in India, Vietnam

The new R&D centre is established to bolster payment platforms, especially its mobile wallet GrabPay as per the report by The Mint . "Our philosophy is to develop products to suit the local needs in each country, while seeking the best talent in the technology field in the world in a bid to enhance the user experience and the efficiency and effectiveness of our platform", Tan said. Read More

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US, China to cooperate on 'dangerous' N Korea situation

The first meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on February 17. In the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton considered a first strike on North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the Pentagon concluded that even limited action would claim a million lives in the first 24 hours - and this was well before Pyongyang possessed nuclear weapons. Read More

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Saraki 'We didn't reject Magu based on DSS report,' Senate President says

Saraki 'We didn't reject Magu based on DSS report,' Senate President says

The invitation from the Global Witness and Transparency International is in recognition of the invaluable role the Magu-led EFCC has played in his more than one year in office in recovery of stolen funds. Special Adviser to the President on Media Affairs, Femi Adesina, said last week on a national television that the President awaits that communication before taking a decision to either replace Magu or re-nominate him. Read More

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Trump Budget Blueprint Gives and Takes From Connecticut

Over the course of Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to promote his budget plan and share a video of Kenny's visit to Washington. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities stated : "It's a budget that will increase hardship and poverty, exacerbate the gulf between the wealthy and other Americans, slash funding for areas that represent investments in our workforce - with likely long-term adverse effects on the economy". Read More

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Pope Francis to visit Cairo in April

Pope Francis to visit Cairo in April

The post Pope Francis to visit Egypt on April 28-29 appeared first on The Independent Uganda:. Youssef said Francis will meet el-Sissi, as well as Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, and Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians. Read More

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BSF to probe death of 3 civilians

BSF to probe death of 3 civilians

Government offices, banks as well as financial institutions forgot to register attendance. The injured are Jiban Kumar Tripura and Senchandra Tripura. But started firing when a group of villagers proceeded to rescue her from the jawans, the opened fire and within a few minutes they ran away with the help of other jawans.Meanwhile, the BSF authorities stated they had secret input that a group of 40 members' smugglers were harbouring large number of livestock to smuggle them across the border. Read More

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Man Shot Dead at Paris Airport After Trying to Grab Soldier's Gun

The attacks have no impact on a trip to Paris by Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his wife Kate, who are due to end a two-day visit to the French capital today, a British spokesman said. At around 7:30 a.m. a man shot a police officer in the head with a pellet gun during a routine traffic stop before fleeing in a stolen vehicle. The police evacuated the airport when the attack began, safeguarding over 3,000 people. Read More

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Trump team claims funding climate change is

Trump team claims funding climate change is "a waste of your money"

Still, Trump's moves have not gone unnoticed among Republicans. Trump's proposal would slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department by 31 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, decried a cut to before- and after-school programs that would affect about 9,000 students in CT and anticipated cutbacks to early childhood education programs like Head Start. Read More

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Absence of anti-protectionism in G-20 statement adds risk to Korea

Ahead of the meeting, Germany, which holds the G20 presidency, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have warned that U.S. protectionist talk risks derailing the global economy. In a surprise to many, finance ministers also dropped any reference to climate change funding in their official statement, reflecting President Trump's commitment to deregulate the fossil fuels industry. Read More

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Opposition parties hit out at Trump visit

Opposition parties hit out at Trump visit

Last May, when the U.S. presidential campaign was in full swing, Kenny told the Dáil in Dublin he was concerned over what he described as the then Republican primary candidate's use of "racist and risky language". On people living in the USA illegally, Kenny said: "We would like this to be sorted". Speaking to reporters in NY yesterday Mr Kenny indicated he will not announce any retirement plans until political uncertainty in Northern Ireland is addressed and the European Union's ... Read More

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Tillerson: State Department funding 'simply not sustainable'

Tillerson wrote that the USA was concerned as well about the council membership of countries accused of human rights violations, such as China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. For the US administration, nervous about whether the Turkish-backed force is large enough and sufficiently trained, the decision sets Trump's wish for quick battlefield victories against the need to maintain its strategic alliance with Turkey. Read More

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Vlhova denies Shiffrin slalom victory at Aspen

Vlhova denies Shiffrin slalom victory at Aspen

Mikaela Shiffrin didn't even need to step into the starting gate at World Cup Finals to wrap up her first overall title. Returning to the podium was Frida Hansdotter in third place, 0.35 seconds away from the win. She finishes the year with 840 points, while second place Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia had 565 points. Germany's Laura Dahlmeier secured the biathlon World Cup pursuit title after finishing ninth in Oslo. Read More

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Aso: No G20 member was against free trade

Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, downplayed differences over the language. In a meeting that some said was at times 19 against one, the U.S. G20 finance ministers and central bankers take a group photo at the 2017 meeting in Baden Baden , Germany. But the new U.S president, who has promised to put "America First", has made no secret of his disdain for multilateral trade deals that he says have treated America unfairly. Read More

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Tillerson Says State Department Spending 'Unsustainable'

The current budget of the State Department exceeds $50 billion, but if the new budget is approved, it will be cut to $37.6 billion, of which $12 billion for operations in war-torn regions. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended", said Tillerson in a later press availability following in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. Read More

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G20 Finance Ministers Agree on Trade Provisions in Draft Communique

Trade and currencies have been the two main themes of the G-20 finance chiefs' meeting , the first since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January. Countries like France, Italy, China and Brazil argued - against United States resistance - for keeping a reference to "rules-based" trade in the final communique, while Germany pushed for a compromise solution referring only to "fairness". Read More

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