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Silent marches across Venezuela following deadly protests

Falling oil prices have slashed its revenues, leading to critical shortages of food, medicine and basic goods. A 17-year-old boy and 23-year-old woman were among those who died following huge public demonstrations against Mr Maduro's government, which has been described as a dictatorship by opponents. Read More »

United Kingdom parliament votes in favour of early election

The latest opinion polls from ICM, YouGov and ComRes gave the Conservatives a 21-point lead over Labour, suggesting May could secure a majority of around 100 seats in the House of Commons. Watch this space. We are putting a message out there - this country does not have to be so divided, (there) does not have to be such appalling levels of poverty and unachieved ambition because of people growing up in poverty. Read More »

Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

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Tom Cole, a key GOP strategist and member of the House Budget Committee and House Appropriations' Defense Subcommittee, said that with Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, anything short of a bipartisan budget deal "is an indictment of Republican governance". Read More »

More Than 100 Dead In Taliban Attack On Afghan Army Base

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Former President Hamid Karzai tweeted: "I condemn in strongest terms the terrorist attack on our military base in Mazar-e-Sharif that killed and wounded many of our fearless soldiers". The Afghan defense ministry said its forces were engaged in heavy fighting against militants in northern Afghanistan and had reeled off a string of recent victories. Read More »

LeBron James here to remind everyone the East is still his

James delivered 28 second-half points as he took over the contest in the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of 18,100 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. The teams traded leads on each of the next four baskets, but after George's 3 with 5:15 to go gave IN a 104-103 lead, James scored on a layup that started a 12-5 run to seal it. Read More »

Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in U.S. diesel emission scandal

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Department of Justice and U.S. Customs. US prosecutors said in January that five of the seven are believed to be in Germany. "This is a very serious and troubling case involving an iconic automobile company", Judge Cox said during the hearing, describing the plea deal as providing "just punishment" to the corporation. Read More »

New Zealand tops Canada in dying seconds at Kitakyushu 7s Cup final

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The Kiwis had gone unbeaten in pool play, opening with a five-try 31-0 win over hosts Japan, but were pushed hard by France before winning their second pool match 19-14. The last-minute victory meant Australia (66) retained second place in the series standings after four of six rounds, but slipped 10 points behind leaders New Zealand after the Black Ferns won the final. Read More »

Obama offers France's Macron luck, advice ahead of election

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Politico reports that Macron made the first overtures to Obama. French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron spoke with former USA president Barack Obama on the phone on Thursday, in an apparent sign of support just three days before the first round of an uncertain presidential election. Read More »

Kenya's Mary Keitany breaks world record in women's London Marathon win

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But Bekele dragged himself back from outside the top 10 to come within a whisker of triumph, in the end finishing just eight seconds behind the victor with Bedan Karoki third on his debut. "I am already just over my personal fundraising target of £2,000 but would love to raise as much as possible for this fantastic charity to help them in the essential care that they provide for families throughout the region". Read More »

Israeli police: Palestinian stabs 4 in Tel Aviv

Israeli police, who have since handed over the investigation to the Shin Bet domestic security service, have deemed the incident a nationally-motivated attack. Israel says the violence is fueled by Palestinian incitement. The Palestinian, identified as an 18-year-old from the Nablus area of the West Bank, was apprehended by police. Read More »

Kimi Raikonnen pinpoints where Ferrari dropped the ball

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The Mercedes driver is tied on points with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after his victory in the Chinese Grand Prix . Starting from pole position, Hamilton led from beginning to end to capture the race in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 36.158 seconds and pull even with Vettel atop the driver's standings with 43 points. Read More »

USS Carl Vinson to arrive in Sea of Japan by April end

The White House later said the switch was intended as a deterrent to North Korea amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. While it was thought the group had been heading toward Korean waters, it had actually been completing a training drill with the Australian navy near Indonesia. Read More »

Venezuela's capital braces for more anti-government protests

Tensions soared Wednesday as anti-Maduro demonstrators dodged tear gas canisters lobbed by police, and Maduro loyalists marched in a counter-protest. "If we were millions today, tomorrow we'll be more". Further fueling the protests: The government banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from all political activity for 15 years on April 7. Activists say more than 400 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday. Read More »

Taliban fighters attack Afghan base; dozens of casualties reported

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An Afghan army source at the base told AFP the death toll could be as high as 150, and said most of the soldiers were young recruits there for training. The army corps in Mazar-e Sharif is the command centre for northern Afghanistan and where a contingent from the German army is based. He said four soldiers in the base who had always been working for the Taliban led the attack in retaliation for killings of Taliban shadow governors in the Kunduz and Baghlan provinces. Read More »

US Spy Planes Watching for Possible North Korea Nuke Test

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He answered a reporter's question about instability in North Korea by praising China's president and China's actions in the region. In fact, the communist country vowed to continue testing its missiles and expressed its readiness for an "all-out-war" in the event of USA military aggression. Read More »

Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

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On another subject, as he stood alongside Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni at the White House, Trump voiced optimism that the US had successfully enlisted China to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. "We will see what happens", Trump said. The bottom line is that the Trump administration has approved 90 days more of sanctions relief for Iran. "I think the United States has enough roles". Read More »

China Stresses Dialogue To Resolve Korean Peninsula Issue

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North Korea reiterated its vow to launch "full-out war" with nuclear weapons on Saturday as an American naval strike carrier was set to arrive off the tense Korean peninsula in a matter of days. Trump gave no indication of what the moves might be. Making the valid point that the North Korean dictatorship is "propped up" by China, Warren then found another way to criticize Trump by saying, "That's how it is that these lines and webs with China is really so disturbing". Read More »

North Korean test missile explodes on launch

This matters because while North Korea regularly launches short-range missiles, it is also developing mid-range and long-range missiles meant to target US troops in Asia and, eventually, the USA mainland. The U.S.is weighing several military options for responding to North Korean provocation. Neither military knew what kind of missile was sacked. In this image taken from video aired by North Korean broadcaster KRT, a portrait of Kim Il-sung is carried during a parade at the square named ... Read More »

House Intelligence Committee Requests Sally Yates to Testify Over Russia

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Additionally, it said it also has asked former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to appear at an open hearing also scheduled for Tuesday. So why would the committee ask Yates about this investigation? The probe is now headed by Mike Conaway, a seven-term Republican congressman from Texas tasked with restoring credibility to the bipartisan House investigation. Read More »

Outage sent San Franciscans outside to play

About 90,000 customers have been affected by a power outage in San Francisco , according to Pacific Gas & Electric. PG&E said via Twitter that crews are working on the issue and expects power to be restored to " most " customers by 1 p.m. Read More »

Corbyn kicks off United Kingdom election campaign, vowing to overturn 'rigged system'

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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is determined to change the course of the upcoming general election, pledging to defeat the " rigged system " and establish a government that puts "the interests of the majority first". Sounding much like a British Bernie Sanders, Corbyn lays out his populist pitch: "I want a Labour government that makes sure that £10 an hour is the living wage and is paid to all workers all over the country". Read More »

Iran not living up to 'spirit' of nuclear deal

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He declared the 2015 Iran nuclear deal failed to achieve its stated objective of preventing Tehran from becoming a nuclear state. In a letter from Rex Tillerson, secretary of the US State Department, to Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tillerson wrote that as of April 18, " Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ". Read More »

Arkansas executions temporarily on hold

Arkansas has said it will appeal a court ruling that bars the USA state's use of a lethal injection drug and effectively puts a stop to its plans to execute eight prisoners in 11 days. America's largest drug wholesaler has once again succeeded in blocking the use of dishonestly-obtained medicines in Arkansas's planned "mass execution". Read More »

How suspected bus bomber hoped to make millions

Prosecution spokeswoman Frauke Koehler however said police financial experts were still calculating how much he could have hoped to gain. Nerves about terror have been running high in Germany, which has taken in more than 1 million refugees in the last two years and is gearing up for an election on September 24, following a terror attack in Berlin on December 19 that killed 12 people at a Christmas market. Read More »