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United Kingdom general election - here we go again

It is unusual for leaders to make a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street and most prime ministers only use the setting for major announcements. "What we are doing is not voting for a new prime minister for just two years over Brexit, but for a new prime minister for a duration of a parliament of five years", he told the Commons. Read More »

McDavid, Kassian score short-handed, Oilers beat Sharks 2-0

Doing this will help them put up a better fight, and lead to them limiting the Sharks' shots on net and opportunities. The series heads back to San Jose for Game 3 on Sunday . Kassian was called for roughing at the 13:04 mark of the first period and Maroon was given an elbowing penalty 7:02 into the second period. "He is looking really good this season". Read More »

Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails launch hunger strike


According to Israeli media reports , at least 700 prisoners affiliated to the Fatah movement are joining the hunger strike, which coincides with the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day. Israel Prisons Service officials are also reportedly investigating whether the article was smuggled out of prison by Barghouti's lawyers or his wife, the Hebrew-language Ynet news site reported. Read More »

Congress against politics over Canadian defence minister row


However, Amarinder rejected Canada's defence and said he stood by his principled stand of not associating himself with any "Khalistani sympathiser". As earlier reported by TOI, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has already declared that he will not meet Sajjan during his visit to India since he was among the five Sikh ministers in the Justin Trudeau government in Canada who were "Khalistani sympathisers". Read More »

More than 21000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll


It was just made smaller, down from the 35,000 people who got tickets previous year, but retaining such activities as a reading nook, an area to send messages to USA troops and an entertainment stage. Barron Trump to become the first boy to live in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. Just a year ago, the Obama's celebrated their last Easter Egg Roll with famous guests like Beyoncé, Idina Menzel, and athletes from the National Basketball Association and NFL. Read More »

Arkansas prepping for lethal injections despite halt from courts

Bruce Earl Ward and Don William Davis Jr. had been slated to die Monday (17 April) night, the first of four double executions for an 11-day period. The inmates' attorneys argued that their clients were denied access to independent mental health experts, saying Ward has a lifelong history of severe mental illness and that Davis has an IQ in the range of intellectual disability. Read More »

South Korea's Former President Park Charged in Corruption Probe

Former President Park Geun-hye was indicted Monday for alleged crimes committed during her failed presidency, including accepting bribes from the country's largest conglomerates. South Korea is to hold an election on May 9 to choose her successor. Ms Park was removed from office last month. South Korean prosecutors have formally charged Park Geun-hye over high-profile corruption allegations that could potentially send the former president to jail for life. Read More »

Rouhani, hard line rival register for Iran elections

Rouhani changed his tone when he said that Iran would not seek permission by any power to develop missile and air fighters; "balance of power in the region and securing our deterrence power are two major reasons that Iran should improve its defensive capabilities", he added. Read More »

Shark Kills Teen Surfing With Family Off Western Australia's Coast


Sky News said one of the girl's legs was badly mauled by the shark and she had lost a lot of blood by the time she was taken away by ambulance. This is a developing story. A surfer reportedly lost limbs from an attack at the same beach in 2014. The girl, from Mandurah near Perth was on holiday and surfing with her father at the Kelp Beds surf break when the attack happened. Read More »

Pence visits Korean demilitarised zone


Pointing to the quarter-century since the United States first confronted North Korea over its attempts to build nuclear weapons, the vice president said a period of patience had followed. "The United States wants to project a more muscular image when it comes to the policy so some unpredictability serves that cause". A North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, U.S. Read More »

Diplomats can't agree on what Trump will do next in Syria

At the same time, Tillerson said Assad's fate would be decided by the Syrian people. The US will keep up pressure to remove Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. The two chiefs of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri and General Valery Gerasimov, "condemned the American operation against a Syrian air base which is an aggression against an independent country", state news agency IRNA said. Read More »

North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The South Korean military said the missile was sacked from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew about 60 kilometers (40 miles). Citing a high-ranking government official, Yonhap said the South's missile with a range of 800 kilometres (500 miles) could serve as a strong deterrent to Pyongyang. Read More »

Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

He flexed us military muscles last week by ordering a cruise missile attack on a Syrian government airbase in retaliation for a poison gas attack. The IS' media wing, Amaq News Agency, said none of its fighters were killed or injured. Still, some residents and those in neighboring districts described widespread damage and hearing the blast miles away. Provincial Governor Muhammad Ismail Shinwari said on April 15 that four key commanders were among the militants killed. Read More »

Turkish 'Yes' vote leads with 63 percent after quarter of votes counted

On Sunday, voters decided whether to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will change the country's system of government from parliamentary to presidential, and grant Erdogan even more authority. Supporters found in him a man who gave a voice to the working- and middle-class religious Turks who long had felt marginalized by the country's Western-leaning elite. Read More »

Thousands expected to be evacuated in Syria after blast


Footage on state TV showed bodies lying next to charred buses with their windows blown out, and vehicles in flames. The scenes were the last in the unyielding bloodshed Syrians are living through. The Observatory said more than 24 were killed and scores more wounded. According to Abdul Hakim Baghdadi, an interlocutor who helped the government negotiate the evacuations, 140 were killed in the attack. Read More »

Faith Time: Easter 2017


Several years ago, a survey undertaken by the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus found that 86 percent of Americans identify Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with more than 70 percent noting the resurrection as the most holy event in the Christian timeline. Read More »

Trump security adviser urges Russian Federation to rethink Syria support

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday said there is no political solution to the conflict in Syria until President Bashar al-Assad is out of power. "I don't draw conclusions of complicity at all, but clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians", Mr Tillerson said in an interview with ABC's This Week program. Read More »

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base


Trump told the Post . "I had already beaten all senators and governors, and I did not know Steve". Steve Bannon helped bring out those qualities in Trump's policies. In any other situation, the blatant nepotism in the White House would be even more controversial than it is. His relations with Donald Trump's discreet son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who became the United States president's real right arm in recent weeks, have become notoriously bad, according to U.S. Read More »

Is this a new Trump? Abrupt reversals may reflect experience

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6. North Korea conducts some 90 percent of its trade with China. According to a recent report in the New York Times , Trump hired campaign manager Paul Manafort past year after expressing appreciation for Manafort's "tanned, no-hair-out-of-place appearance" and youthful demeanor. Read More »

Thousands of evacuated Syrians stuck as transfer stalls

The statement said Abu Bakir al-Habeeb al-Hakim was killed in one of the strikes, describing him as a leading member of IS in Raqqa. A rebel official says at least 30 of his opposition fighters who were guarding the evacuees were killed in the blast. Read More »

Bhubaneswar: PM Modi receives rockstar reception as admirers throng streets

Security agencies were thrown into a tizzy when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, setting aside security protocol, stepped out of his bulletproof SUV and nearly walked into the crowd during his nine-km roadshow here on Saturday. Interestingly, the BJP held a similar national conclave in Bhubaneswar in 1997, exactly 20 years ago. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and several other Union ministers will also take part in the deliberations, besides Chief Ministers of all ... Read More »

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US


The deal ensured flight safety over Syria where both Russian and USA planes have been carrying airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group and other radical groups for years. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's USA attack on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not ... Read More »

Syria war: 39 evacuees killed in huge vehicle bomb explosion near Aleppo

Video from a local reporter on the scene shows multiple buses burned out and many bodies. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported casualties, saying the explosion appeared to be caused by a bomb. He said the area was walled off from all sides and there were no toilets. Salloum Salloum, a lawmaker speaking on the pro-government al-Ikhbariya TV channel, said efforts were underway to resolve the problem, accusing the rebels of adding new conditions to the deal. Read More »

Libyan coast guard says 97 missing after migrant boat sinks


He said the Libyan coastguard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6 miles) off the coast of Tripoli. "EU states keep their blind eyes turned". More than 2,000 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued from the Mediterranean on Friday, while at least one person was found dead, the Italian coastguard confirmed. Read More »

Flash floods kill at least 17 in northwest Iran


Iran's state television on Saturday showed images of flooded houses and cars carried away by the surging water following the torrential rains that began on Friday. The death toll in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Iran's northwest province of eastern Azarbaijan rose to 30 as rescue teams deployed, state TV reported Saturday. Read More »

It's a boy! April the giraffe's calf is male

April will raise the calf as weaning could take between six to 10 months. Well, according to Animal Planet , a giraffe calf is usually born weighing between 100 and 150 pounds, measuring in at 6 feet tall. Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May. A zoo official said it was a "perfect deliverly" and that the newborn calf was doing well. Read More »

Yes or No? Final day of campaigning before tight Turkey vote


As with other recent Turkish elections, the outcome may depend on a couple of key swing blocs: religious Kurds who like the AKP but are wary of Erdogan's style and irked by his crackdown on their compatriots, and hard-line ultra-nationalists who despise groups like the Kurds but are not convinced by the AKP. Read More »