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Can CP3, Clippers continue to play so well without Blake Griffin?

Largely due to Jordan's efforts, the Clippers were able to establish a 41-27 rebounding advantage. Paul broke his hand three games into that series and sat the remainder, which the Clippers lost. Last season, Griffin only played 35 games, missing time with a broken hand and a partially torn quad tendon. For a player who relies on his explosive athleticism as much as Griffin does, any toe injury ... [Full Article...]

100 killed in Taliban attack on army base

At the time of attack, security forces were observing Friday prayers. The commander of coalition forces, U.S. General John Nicholson, said in a statement on Friday that the attack "shows the barbaric nature of the Taliban". Mohammad Ibrahim Khair Andesh, head of the Balkh Provincial Council, told the dpa news agency that at least 140 soldiers were killed and another 160 injured in the incident, ... [Full Article...]

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army celebration

South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army celebration Kang confirmed that China had "serious concern with recent trends about North Korea's nuclear and missile development". "The situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely unsafe phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the USA", the Foreign Ministry said Friday in a statement reported by state-run news agency KCNA. [Full Article...]

Chancellor Hammond declines to commit to future pension rises

Chancellor Hammond declines to commit to future pension rises Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he would like to drop the party's 2015 manifesto pledge not to put up income tax, VAT or national insurance contributions (NICs) during the lifetime of the parliament. Sir Vince added that Mrs May needed to clarify her taxation plans and how she planned to "fill the Brexit black hole" in the budget. "Our tax burdens will not fall on those with low incomes". [Full Article...]

Trump Health Dept. Dismisses Obama Appointed Surgeon General

Trump Health Dept. Dismisses Obama Appointed Surgeon General But employees at the Department of Health and Human Services told the Times they were surprised by the unusually abrupt departure. His statement comes a little more than two years after he was confirmed under President Barack Obama. "We have made progress" on drug addiction, Murthy said on CBS This Morning in November. The role of the Surgeon General is traditionally to share wisdom with others,... [Full Article...]

Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad: US 'cannot hurt Iran'

All hopefuls will be vetted by the Guardian Council, a body that oversees elections and legislation, from April 16 to April 20. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani applied on Friday for candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections, Iranian Tasnim news agency reports. [Full Article...]

Kansas gains jobs, unemployment rate hits 16-year low

Kansas gains jobs, unemployment rate hits 16-year low The department says the state's employers added 19,300 non-farm payroll jobs last month. The national rate was 5 percent in March 2016. The rate was also 3.6 percent in March 2016. Sanders County posted 9.5 percent unemployment, up from 8.9 percent in February. "So we're seeing improvement in employment growth and a decline in the unemployment rate simultaneously", Pakko said. [Full Article...]

Report queries government cyber security support awareness

Report queries government cyber security support awareness More than 1,500 United Kingdom businesses were surveyed between October and January. It's unfortunate, but as a result we expect that the number of such successful attacks will increase in the coming year, especially amongst smaller and medium sized companies that do not have a lot of skills and expertise in cyber security . [Full Article...]

French presidential election: Overseas territories begin voting

It was the sixth terror attack in Paris in the last 3 years. With the major election looming over the French people, multiple candidates spoke out against the attack. That was followed later in the year by coordinated attacks that killed 130 in Paris . Polls also show Macron winning easily in a match up with Le Pen. [Full Article...]

Haslam road funding bill passes Tennessee House

Haslam road funding bill passes Tennessee House The tax increase is expected to generate $250 million for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which the Haslam administration says will fund 962 projects spread across the state's 95 counties. Opponents are calling for the fuel tax hikes to be stripped from the bill and to instead dedicate sales tax revenues from auto sales to highway funding. [Full Article...]

Pence: United States will honour refugee deal with Australia

Trump and Turnbull reportedly had a tense phone call about the refugees early in Trump's term, during which Trump called the Obama deal to accept the refugees "dumb". He said Washington believed that a nuclear-free Korean peninsula could be achieved peacefully because of the Trump administration's new engagement with China. [Full Article...]

Hamilton expecting titanic F1 title battle after winning in China

Hamilton expecting titanic F1 title battle after winning in China On lap one, I passed nine cars so that was not too bad. We felt the more competitive tyre would be to go onto the super-soft and then have a second stop. The Mercedes driver turned the tables on Sebastian Vettel by taking the chequered flag at the Shanghai International Circuit track on Sunday. [Full Article...]

Following aircraft carrier fiasco, Trump alienates another ally

Following aircraft carrier fiasco, Trump alienates another ally The U.S. Navy said on Friday a Carl Vinson fighter pilot was safely ejected during training in the Celebes Sea. In the face of the USA moves, North Korea said on Friday that the state of affairs on the Korean peninsula was "extremely perilous". [Full Article...]

CORRECTED: Seven migrants confirmed dead in Mediterranean rescue

CORRECTED: Seven migrants confirmed dead in Mediterranean rescue UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told Efe news that 8,300 people were rescued in 60 rescue operations were conducted throughout the weekend by 35 ships, including some merchant vessels that offered support. MSF used its two ship - Aquarius and Prudence - to rescue about 1,000 people in nine boats but video footage showed chaotic scenes as migrants clung on to rafts or slipped ... [Full Article...]

'Mother of all protests' in Venezuela

She told VOA that Venezuela's opposition supporters would continue peaceful protests. MARGARET WARNER: The peace was broken nearly immediately, as protesters clashed with police and government supporters. Despite the protesters' calls for the country's military to turn on Maduro, Defense Minister Padrino Lopez said the army will remain loyal to him . Across the country, the clashes have bee... [Full Article...]

Mom with four US-born kids in Ohio deported to Mexico

Mom with four US-born kids in Ohio deported to Mexico Democratic state Rep. Scott Inman says he will run for Oklahoma governor next year after serving as the leader of the House Democratic caucus for seven years. Immigration officials, however, say her crime was entering the USA illegally. A motion to reopen her asylum case is pending at the Board of Immigration Appeals, according to her attorney. [Full Article...]

Battles within and outside German nationalist convention

Political scientist Hajo Funke said Petry had recently tried to steer the party on a more moderate course but had lost to more radical members like Hoecke and his supporters, leaving the door open to the AfD shifting further right. Other items in the AfD's platform include shutting Germany's borders to migrants; deporting rejected asylum seekers, while admitting only qualified laborers; lifting sa... [Full Article...]

Over 1000 Palestinian Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike In Israel

In anticipation of the hunger strike , Amnesty International last week called Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners "unlawful and cruel". Barghouti could quite possibly be the successor to current Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who is 82 and to whom there is no current political heir having been groomed for the position. [Full Article...]

Afghanistan base militants attack

Afghanistan base militants attack As many as 140 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated attack by Taliban attackers on the army base near the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday. Ghani linked the attack to the stepped-up attacks on the militant group nationwide. In Berlin, military officials said advising missions on the base will be on hold for one or two days while the Afghan army investigates, but ... [Full Article...]

Blair: Voters Must Have Right to 'Change Minds on Brexit' After Election

Blair: Voters Must Have Right to 'Change Minds on Brexit' After Election MPs voted on Wednesday to trigger a general election on 8 June. Mrs May said she had made clear to European Council president Donald Tusk that she wants an early agreement on the status of EU nationals living in the UK. Analysis of polling data conducted by the Times newspaper showed May could win a landslide majority of 114 seats, up from the Conservatives' 12-seat victory in 2015. [Full Article...]


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