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Crude oil rises to 1-month high on tightening of supplies

Hints that the overproduction of oil may be reducing sent oil prices to one-month highs on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its inventory figures later on Wednesday. Census Bureau Tuesday. Output has dropped around 1.5 million barrels while demand likely expanded at a "health clip of above 1.2 million barrels" in the first quarter, said Giovanni Staunovo, energy analyst at UBS. Read More »

German cabinet agrees to fine social media over hate speech

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But Maas is also agitating for a European-level approach to tackling the spread of hate speech by online platforms, saying now that he will present the government's proposals for regulation to colleagues in the European Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers. Read More »

Frustrated Republicans prepare for the nuclear option

Democratic senators are still angered by the refusal of Senate Republicans past year even to consider former Democratic President Barack Obama's nomination of appellate judge Merrick Garland to fill the same high court vacancy that Trump has selected Gorsuch to fill. Read More »

Trump administration orders 'increased scrutiny' for visas

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As per the four cables sent between March 10 and March 17, Embassy officials have to inspect a broader pool of visa applicants to determine if they pose security risks to the United States. During his presidential campaign, Trump accused the Obama administration of failing to properly screen people coming into the United States , a claim former officials in that administration reject. Read More »

Syria 'gas attack' kills dozens in rebel-held Idlib

The Union of Medical Care Organizations, a coalition of global aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria, said at least 100 people had died. "We do not have all the information yet, but the attack bears all the hallmarks of yet another deliberate campaign by the Syrian regime and their military backers, to use chemical weapons". Read More »

Trump recycles campaign fodder to distract from Russia

Michael Flynn attends a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. "I don't really listen to what anyone says". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the comments by Farkas and other reports raise "serious" concerns about whether there was an "organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes". Read More »

Borisov wins Bulgarian elections

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Bulgaria's election is expected to be a tight race between the Socialists, seen as closer to Russian Federation, and the centre-right. GERB is likely to turn first to the United Patriots nationalist alliance, observers say. The Central Election Commission said voter turnout for the election stood at almost 43 percent at 5 p.m., a larger showing than in previous elections. Read More »

5 killed in shootings on Chicago's South Side

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He was walking about 9:15 a.m.in the 7200 block of South Paulina when two men shot him multiple times before running east on 72nd Street, police said. "They were shooting at somebody inside the restaurant, my boys just got in the way I guess", said Georgia Jackson, the victims' grandmother. A woman who saw the footage of the shooting on her home surveillance system told the Chicago Sun-Times that another individual got out of the van and ran away. Read More »

What is the strange rocket button icon doing on Facebook?

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Tapping the rocket-ship icon shows a news feed made up of popular articles, videos, and other posts from Facebook Pages. The feature was originally exclusive to Android, but it's hitting iOS and desktop now. The Explore tab seems to be based on how the Instagram Explore works, which shows account pages, videos based on what you might have liked on the site. Read More »

Chelsea Clinton: I'm not the person to defeat Trump

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Candice E. Jackson, who aided Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign by highlighting Hillary Clinton's role in defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, has been tapped for a key civil rights position at the Education Department, according to her alma mater. Read More »

White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves

At Thursday's briefing Spicer said he "can't get into" the chairman's sources and again said he didn't know who let Nunes onto the White House grounds last Tuesday. The Senate intelligence committee, which has thus far taken a strikingly more measured and bipartisan approach to its own Russian Federation investigation, responded to the White House's invitation by asking for the intelligence agencies "that own the intelligence documents in question to immediately provide them directly to the ... Read More »

Obama aide Rice denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

In that report , Rice was found to have made false statements about the attack during a television appearance. What Exactly Was She Asking For? This Bloomberg story came about after they obtained a report from a National Security Council review of the government's policy on unmasking, in which the identities of people in the US who are not being targeted in electronic surveillance , but whose communications get collected incidentally, are disclosed. Read More »

U.S. withdraws funding for United Nations Population Fund

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UNFPA stated that it regrets the US government's decision to end funding, which it said is based on an " erroneous claim " that the agency supports coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China . For many years, links have been exposed between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and China's one-child policy. The UNFPA is an organization that focuses on family planning and maternal and child health in more than 150 countries worldwide. Read More »

British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

London terrorist Khalid Masood acted alone, there is no information suggesting that further attacks have been planned, London Metropolitan Police said. Police said his first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Masood was known to intelligence services as a "peripheral" figure some years ago but there was no warning of his intention to mount an attack. Read More »

Key findings of the AP-NORC poll on health care

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Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapproved of Trump's job performance and stated the country was moving in the wrong direction, a joint Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed. Trump's presidency has been in chaos since his first day in office. In the days since the bill's collapse, President Donald Trump has castigated on Twitter members of the Freedom Caucus for blocking a deal, prompting a rebuttal from many of them that it was moderate Republicans who were more ... Read More »

Cardinals lock up OF Stephen Piscotty with contract extension

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The annual average value of the guaranteed years is slightly more than $5 million, a source described, bringing the guarantee to around $ 33 million . He hit.151 with eight hits in 53 at-bats during spring training. Third-year outfielder Stephen Piscotty is closing in on an extension with the St. Read More »

Federal Judge Kosik found safe

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his northeastern Pennsylvania home. "I told him who I was, and his first statement to me was, 'You cut your hair.' He knew who I was", Payne told the AP. When asked if the Marshals believe Kosik was in the woods the entire time, Pane told Newswatch 16, "that's an excellent question, it's possible that he has been there ... Read More »

HRW says Israel denying aid workers access to Gaza

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Israel is blocking rights activists' access to and from the Gaza Strip, hampering their work in the Palestinian enclave run by Islamist movement Hamas, Human Rights Watch claimed Monday. "We coordinate the crossing of many human rights organizations", it said, naming the group "Doctors Without Borders" as an example. The group, Human Rights Watch, says that Israel's restrictions call into question whether Israel is committed as it says to investigating human rights violations. Read More »

Police believe United Kingdom attacker acted alone

Rowley said detectives were questioning nine people in custody, having made two further " significant " arrests in central and northwest England. Earlier on Friday, police announced that six people detained after the Wednesday terror act in London had been released. Read More »

China denies building in Scarborough Shoal

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Duterte is not about to give up the Philippines' sovereign rights and entitlements in the disputed territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea and would even defend and protect it, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said. Read More »

Lalu demands high-level inquiry into tampering of EVMs

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The development comes days after several political parties had alleged that the EVMs were tampered with in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election and also in Punjab. "The incident (of Bhind) shook the faith of millions of Indian voters in the impartiality of the EC and the entire process of elections using EVMs", AAP said in a statement. Read More »

Two people dead after huge floods swamp northern NSW

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The NSW State Emergency Service made nearly 400 flood rescues in the region and had about 2000 calls for help since Wednesday night. The NSW State Emergency Service performed nearly 400 rescues and responded to about 2000 calls for help at the height of the flood emergency after up to 740mm of rain soaked the region. Read More »

Israel talks on settlements suspended after no progress made

A woman was shot dead Wednesday after she tried to stab police officers with a pair of scissors. Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri in a statement the Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured two Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City. The dailies said accordingly, Israeli police cordoned off the Old City and forced shop owners to close their shops before detaining 20 of them. Others died during clashes and protests. Read More »

Spain Condemns New Israeli Settlement on Palestinian Lands

The land in question is near the illegal settlements of Eli, Givat Haroeh and Adei, said the Times of Israel , which noted that that it would be used for building more settlement housing units. A White House official said that President Trump has expressed his concerns regarding settlements and that the existence of settlements is not directly against peace but that it does not help to advance it. Read More »

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

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The Associated Press details the contents of a memo allegedly written in 2005 by Manafort in which he writes, "WE are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success". Read More »

Mashrafe Mortaza suspended for one ODI for slow over-rate offence

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The skipper soon followed after he was cleaned up by Taskin Ahmed - on a high after taking a hat-trick in the second ODI - but Mendis batted with great maturity once again to keep Sri Lanka ticking along. Needing a win to avoid a series defeat for the first time against Bangladesh , Gunathilaka and Tharanga began aggressively to put on 76 runs in their opening stand in a little over 10 overs. Read More »

Kashmir's youth have two paths- tourism or terrorism: PM Modi

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He said the government was constructing a total of 13 tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir to boost connectivity and infrastructure development in a state that has long suffered from industrial backwardness due to the lack of roads. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the country's longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 30 km. Read More »