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Applications for US jobless aid rise but remain at low level

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Initial jobless claims in the USA for the week ended 15 April increased by 10,000 to 244,000, consistent with consensus expectations of claims rising modestly to 240,000. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000 for the week ended April 15, the Labour Department said today. Read More »

Former Tennessee teacher in kidnapping case captured, girl safe

The arrest comes after authorities in Siskiyou County, Calfornia confirmed to WKRN that Cummins' vehicle was found there late Wednesday night. They had been staying in a rural area about a week and a half, authorities said. "With the information that I have seen, and that is on Facebook, I'm glad to see that she is unharmed, as far as we know now". Earlier, authorities in California said the pair were found at a commune, but those reports were incorrect. Read More »

Russian planes patrol US West coast

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The high frequency of Russian approaches this week has alarmed USA pundits. The Russian jets in both incidents remained in worldwide airspace. The official said that the two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers flew a path along the Aleutian Islands directed northeast toward the mainland on Tuesday evening. Read More »

9 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan Army Corps

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The attack was quelled after a gun battle lasting more than six hours, with responding troops hampered by being unable to distinguish the assailants from friendly troops because of the army uniforms the attackers wore. "The attack on the 209th Corps today shows the barbaric nature of the Taliban". It covers most of northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz province, which has been the scene of heavy fighting. Read More »

Acting President Warns of Imminent N.Korean Provocation

Meanwhile, the US, fresh off strikes on Syria and Afghanistan, has been talking tough on North Korea , with the Trump administration warning that the USA policy of "strategic patience" with the isolated country is over and that "all options are on the table". Read More »

Fugitive Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala

Political analyst Alejandro Hope said it is hard to judge whether Duarte's capture - the second in a week of a high-profile, fugitive former PRI governor - will boost PRI President Enrique Pena Nieto's image in fighting corruption. Duarte, a fugitive from justice suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, will be processed for extradition to Mexico. After his capture, the party issued a statement calling for punishment that makes an example of him "as well as anyone who is ... Read More »

Ontario to tax foreign buyers, expand rent control to cool housing market

Foreigners are believed to make up a smaller proportion of buyers in Toronto's housing market , but exact figures are unknown as the government does not keep statistics on foreign buyers. "And when the rising cost of housing is making more and more people insecure about their future, and about their quality of life in Ontario, we know we have to act". Read More »

Trump speaks with Egyptian president on church bombings

Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected Islamic State militants in a shootout on Monday as they were meeting to plan attacks on minority Christians, the Interior Ministry said. Rev. Danial Maher, of the Tanta church, lost his 23-year-old son, Beshoy, who was among six deacons killed in the attack. In December, 28 people were killed in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State in a church adjoining Cairo's main cathedral. Read More »

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

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Put another way, what transpired Thursday was arguably the year's foremost gathering of Washington navel-gazers and people who literally gaze at their navels because they're stoned out of their minds. The joint handout began again shortly thereafter. Advocates for legalized pot plan to hand out free joints to Congressional staffers and reporters who work on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 20th, also known as "420". Read More »

Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

Moscow has been a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has defended it against claims of chemical weapons use in front of the U.N. Security Council. White House officials caution that Mr Trump is not preparing to plunge the USA deeper into Syria. "In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government", Haley told NBC's " Meet the Press ". Read More »

Kashmiri students assaulted in Rajasthan

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Strongly condemning such incidents, Singh said, "I have come to know that there were a few incidents of misbehaviour towards Kashmiris in some places. Sixteen Kashmiri students and a warden, also from Kashmir, were suspended by the university after the incident. There are almost 500 Kashmiri students and 300 from Jammu at Mewar University. Read More »

Rajnath appeals for safety of Kashmiris in all states

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The home minister said an advisory is being sent by his ministry to all the states for the safety and security of Kashmiris living there. "I have asked states to take strict action against those who misbehave with the Kashmiri youth", he added. Read More »

Experts say police who dragged passenger had other options

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Reportedly, the flight was overbooked because due to technical issues the original aircraft scheduled to perform the flight had to be replaced with a smaller one. His legal team planned to hold a news conference Thursday to discuss the matter with reporters. Airport officials have said little about Sunday's events and nothing about Mr Dao's behaviour before he was pulled from the jet that was bound for Louisville, Kentucky. Read More »

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

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But in a statement, Mr Tillerson said: "President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran.is vital to the national security interests of the United States". Read More »

Tillerson to press Russian Federation on Syrian chemical weapons

McCain, who hasn't been the biggest supporter of the billionaire, said he was pleased with Trump's decision to listen to his administration's advice on the foreign situation. Graham said the Syrian leader intentionally did so to send a signal back to the USA commander in chief. At least 86 people died in Tuesday's attack on the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun, which left hundreds choking, fidgeting or foaming at the mouth. Read More »

Hillary apologized to Obama on election night

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Clinton then was given a consolation call by President Obama; she apologized for the results of the election, saying, " Mr. President, I'm sorry ". Golodryga is married to Peter Orszag, who worked for the Clinton administration before going on to become President Barack Obama's budget director. Read More »

Victoria receives OBE from Prince William

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Victoria Beckham traveled to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to pick up her OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, from Prince William. Her four children, Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, Cruz, 12, and daughter Harper, 5, were not present for the ceremony. For Victoria, her philanthropic work as a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador was very important, she travelled with her kids to Africa where they fought for the rights of women with HIV who suffer prejudice and discrimination in ... Read More »

Australia scraps visa for skilled foreign workers

The 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled foreign workers to work in the country on a temporary basis. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced an overhaul of Australia's foreign worker system. Over 95,000 foreign workers are now working in Australia on the 457 visa. Read More »

More woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announced

England captain Dylan Hartley was omitted from the squad and is the third successive England captain to miss out, following in the footsteps of Chris Robshaw and Steve Borthwick. "I have to feel I deserve my place in the Lions team". "That really hit home to how big a deal it is, especially this time around with New Zealand , arguably the toughest tour". Read More »

Israel troops shoot, kill Palestinian in car-ramming attack

One person has been injured in a vehicle ramming attack in Israel. The incident occurred at the Gush Etzion Junction, a busy intersection south of Jerusalem that has been the site of multiple attacks over the past year and a half. A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank since October 2015 has killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. Read More »

North Korea missile launch fails: Seoul

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A senior North Korean official used the parade to accuse the United States of "creating a war situation" with the recent dispatch of warships to the region. Meanwhile, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol accused Trump of fanning tensions between the two countries with his "aggressive" tweets, and he said Trump was "becoming more vicious and more aggressive" than previous presidents. Read More »

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren launches book tour

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The Senator made her remarks when asked a particularly pointed question about her own political ambitions, noting that Warren had previously revealed she was dissuaded for joining the presidential race in 2016 by husband. McConnell demanded that Mrs. Warren be punished for speaking ill of a fellow senator. Last week, she told U.S. media that she opted out of the 2016 presidential election because of the "terrible" nature of the campaign. Read More »

What's next and what's at stake in UK snap election

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Theresa May won't take part in any TV debates in the run-up to the general election in June, Downing Street said. Both the Conservative and Labour Party say they want to carry out last year's vote to leave the European Union, so calling off Brexit looks very unlikely. Read More »

Thousands Demand Trump Release Tax Returns

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The testy town hall exchange comes on the heels of nationwide Tax Day protests in which activists demanded the president to finally release his tax returns and disclose his financial entanglements to the American public. Being under audit does not prohibit tax returns from being released. The demonstrations were timed to coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for annual tax filings, a key date on the calendar for U.S. Read More »

British PM calls for snap election — BREXIT

In her announcement, May said: "Britain needed certainty, stability, and strong leadership" ahead of its departure from the European Union , which was backed by 52 percent of the British electorate in June 2016. Wyn Grant, politics professor at the University of Warwick, said: "Clearly if Labour suffer a big defeat, Corbyn is going to go". The story on stock markets since the vote for Brexit last June has been more complicated and, for the past nine months, is the flipside of sterling's ... Read More »

Half a million Iraqis displaced in Mosul operation

The militants are now surrounded in the northwestern quarter including the historic Old City, using booby traps, sniper and mortar fire against the assailants. Since the start of military operations to retake Mosul six months ago, almost half a million people have been displaced from their homes. The UN estimates that as many as 500,000 people remain in ISIL-controlled districts in western Mosul , including 400,000 in the densely populated old city. Read More »

Trump More Dangerous Than Kim Jong Un

The nominee of the center-left People's Party made the claim in response to a North Korean media report that disparaged him as the "lesser evil" for conservatives in an election shaping up to be a two-way race between Ahn and Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party. Read More »

Trump takes direct aim at Canadian dairy

Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young. President Donald Trump dove straight into a trade fight with Canada, promising US dairy farmers his administration would intervene to restore exports of American milk. Read More »

White House decides against releasing visitor records

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In 2012, Trump took to Twitter to criticize Obama about not releasing documents. Under a 2009 settlement with these activists, the Obama White House disclosed the visitor logs for the rest of President Barack Obama's time in office; Mr. What he said: "We recognize that there's a privacy aspect to allowing citizens to come express their views". "The White House said, 'We are going to mobilize to find something to justify the President's tweet that he was being surveilled.' They put out an ... Read More »

BJP hails PM Modi as ambassador of good governance

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Earlier, Prime Minister Modi called on the BJP to tackle the triple talaq issue at the district level. Shah exhorted party workers to ensure the BJP symbol bloomed in every booth in the country. Amit Shah said he would like his party to win in leftist states like West Bengal, Kerala, and Tripura, too, besides stand-alone states like Odisha. Read More »