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US to tighten sanctions on North Korea

It comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. When asked about such statements, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing had noted that many United States officials had recently made similar remarks. [Full Article...]

Turkey releases official referendum results

Police have arrested more than 1,000 people in an operation across Turkey against a movement blamed for last summer's failed coup. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the overnight crackdown targeted a Gulen network "that infiltrated our police force, called "secret imams". [Full Article...]

China urges USA and North Korea to refrain from provoking each other

Led by rows of military bands, columns of troops toting rifles and a troupe of sword-wielding female soldiers marched into the vast square in the heart of the city which was festooned in the national colours of blue, white and red. North Korea said United States military bases in South Korea, and South Korea's presidential Blue House, would be "pulverised within a few minutes". [Full Article...]

Colbert Destroys Trump for Saying His 'Ratings Are Bigger Than 9/11'

Colbert Destroys Trump for Saying His 'Ratings Are Bigger Than 9/11' Prior to winning the 2016 general election, Donald Trump had a lot to say about his first 100 days in office. But the president is downplaying the occasion, something late night hosts have been quick to seize on, given that Trump has still failed to fill his Cabinet, repeal Obamacare , pass major tax cuts, or do numerous things he promised he would within that time frame. [Full Article...]

A Historic But Unsurprising Election In France

A Historic But Unsurprising Election In France Many people think her move is another bid to move her party away from the racist and anti-Semitic image it previously held, appealing to voters from both the left and right. That must have been a welcome relief for investors, who had feared that the anti-established Le Pen may come out on top. "I will feel freer, I will be above partisan considerations , it's an important act", Le Pen told Fr... [Full Article...]

US THAAD missile defence equipment enters South Korea site: Yonhap

US THAAD missile defence equipment enters South Korea site: Yonhap The USS Michigan , a nuclear-powered submarine, also arrived in the South Korean port city of Busan on Tuesday. The U.S. deployed submarines and warships to South Korea recently in an attempt to guard against imminent action by North Korea. [Full Article...]

British teen admits planning London bomb attack

British teen admits planning London bomb attack Judge Michael Topolski warned him this was "a grave offence, and he would consider if a life sentence was merited". "If I die, I die, you understand", he said. He was arrested on September 8. He arranged to pick up the bomb, in exchange for 150 pounds, the following week. Syed asked Abu Yusuf to make sure there were lots of nails in it and added: "I was thinking of Oxford Street ". [Full Article...]

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

It's outrageous", he told the Examiner , referring to a history of legislation submitted by Republicans-most recently, by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake-to divide the sprawling administrative region into two. For perspective: Nationwide, the Supreme Court reversed about 70 percent of cases it made a decision to take up between 2010 and 2015, according to PolitiFact. [Full Article...]

Venezuela Threatens Withdrawal from OAS in Response to International Pressure

The opposition hoped Saab's video would spur protesters to keep up street action despite fatigue, injuries, arrests and no sign of concessions from Maduro. "The repression is very strong", said Luis Florido, an opposition lawmaker, as he dodged plumes of tear gas. Elsewhere, children were evacuated from a school after being exposed to tear gas. [Full Article...]

10 things to know about legal pot

And on top of that, most people think marijuana is less unsafe than most other drugs, and only 23 percent think legalizing pot leads to an increase violent crime. Last year, Pew Research reported that 57 percent of Americans favor recreational legalization. But the White House previously said it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with st... [Full Article...]

Boris Johnson launches scathing attack on Jeremy Corbyn

Asked on Thursday whether the British government would need to consult parliament before taking any such action, Johnson said: "I think that needs to be tested". Some people said Johnson had taken inspiration from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , as Wonka refers to Mrs Bucket as "my dear old muddleheaded mugwump". [Full Article...]

Israeli Patriot missiles down target over Golan Heights: army

The strikes prompted Syria to launch ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory in the most serious flare-up between the two neighbours since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. Netanyahu released a video statement after the strike saying: "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally fea... [Full Article...]

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack Samples from the scene of a chemical attack in northern Syria prove that the Assad regime carried out the attack, France's foreign minister said. Following in the US' footsteps, Paris pinned the blame for the suspected attack on Damascus, claiming that the sarin allegedly used in the Idlib province on April 4 bears a resemblance to the nerve gas produced in Syria before 2013. [Full Article...]

Housing, Jobs, Political Donations Spark BC Election Debate Battles

With attack ads proliferating across the airwaves and both radio and television debates featuring plenty of flashpoints, the May 9 election is shaping up to be one of the nastiest in B.C. Although both the Greens and NDP have talked about making life more affordable for average British Columbians, Clark said raising taxes and killing projects like the Site C dam, George Massey tunnel replacement a... [Full Article...]

Trump team softens war talk but vows other pressure on North Korea

Trump team softens war talk but vows other pressure on North Korea The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as soon as next week on legislation to toughen sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state, congressional aides said on Thursday. [Full Article...]

U.S. vows to force N.Korea back to nuclear talks

U.S. Admiral Harry Harris said he is confident that any weapons Pyongyang would consider deploying to attack the USS Carl Vinson strike group would be "easily" defeated. But signaling that military action remains possible, Thornton told an event hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies - the Washington think tank has advocated tougher US policies on Iran and North Korea - that the adm... [Full Article...]

Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan

Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan The strike occurred at around 3:30AM local time, with a resulting fire lighting up the night sky over southeast Damascus. Israel neither confirmed nor denied it was behind Thursday's blast, in keeping with official government policy of not commenting on some national security issues. [Full Article...]

Trump and Italian PM stress importance of defeating ISIS

Trump and Italian PM stress importance of defeating ISIS These are not easy takes, but Trump has another opportunity to take a strong step forward on a major ongoing conflict if he listens closely to US allies, acknowledges their views, and makes a clear statement in support of Libya's unity government and the United Nations -sponsored peace process. [Full Article...]

Kodak Black Found Guilty of Violating House Arrest in Florida

Kodak Black Found Guilty of Violating House Arrest in Florida The Florida judge ruled that Kodak violated the terms of his house arrest by going to Club Lexx (a Miami strip club) and a boxing match in OH without prior authorization. According to the Sun Sentinel , the State describes Black's actions as a "slap in the face" after he was given a second chance in 2016 by agreeing to a plea deal which allowed him to only serve house arrest for a year. [Full Article...]

Trump's 'massive tax cut' falls flat with investors

Worth noting, Mnuchin's words were met with quick opposition from the Republican chair if the House Ways and Means subcommitee on tax policy, who said on CNBC he did want to see "temporary" measures. On Tuesday, the official scorekeeper for Congress dealt the argument - and Trump's plan - another blow. That plan would have allowed parents to deduct the cost of child care from their income, w... [Full Article...]


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