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US says strategy on North Korea centres on sanctions, open to talks

We remain open to negotiations toward that goal. However, simultaneously the USA will also encourage China to use its influence on its ally, and reject bilateral diplomacy with Pyongyang. Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a United States guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions. Read More »

French riot police clash with youths protesting election


A daily Opinionway poll showed Macron, whose score has nearly always been 60% or higher over the past few months, dipped to 59 percent for the first time since mid-March, Reuters reports. Two women pass an election poster for French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which reads "Choose France" prior to an election campaign rally on Thursday in Nice, southern France. Read More »

Parties in France unite against Le Pen


She had previously said she is not a candidate of her party and the policy platform she stood was hers and not reflective of the Front National. Macron says his party will field candidates in all 577 constituencies, but he has also made clear that he will welcome those from other parties who share his views. Read More »

Trump keeps mum about ousted adviser Flynn

Documents released Thursday reveal former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was specifically warned in 2014 not to take money from foreign governments without advance permission and is now under investigation by the Pentagon for possibly violating the law, lawmakers said . Read More »

German FM: Netanyahu cancelation would be regrettable

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini yesterday (27 March) reiterated the EU's commitment to a two-state solution and its opposition to Israel's settlements in Palestine. Netanyahu allowed it to pass. But tensions occasionally flare up over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, as well as settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Read More »

Tillerson Seeks 'Open, Candid, Frank Exchange' With Lavrov In Moscow


In the last few days there has been wild accusations and unsafe ultimatums issued regarding the Syrian conflict. Trump made the remark at a joint press conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation Safronkov said, "whereas the OPCW is doing nothing, for reasons unknown". Read More »

IL lawmakers return from break facing budget issues


The 62-55 party-line vote coincided with a rally by women's groups outside the Capitol which focused on a "progressive" legislative agenda, headed by the abortion measure. "Today is a victory for every woman in our state because it protects every woman's right to choose", Feigenholtz said Tuesday in a release. "Illinois has been without a complete budget for almost two years now, and gone even longer without a balanced budget that actually matches spending to projected revenues", Skillicorn ... Read More »

Turnovers, misses need to be remedied in Game 5


They like fast, and they got it. NOTES: Bucks G Khris Middleton (sore throat) missed the shootaround Monday but was in the starting lineup. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. Read More »

Woman Stuck On Crane Downtown Toronto Rescued


The last-minute change to the rescue plans came shortly after 8 a.m., after concerns from rescuers about lowering the crane itself. Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg told reporters at the scene that she did not appear to be in any distress. Read More »

IOC Sanctions Russian Olympic Medalist Tatiana Chernova


Russia's Tatyana Chernova has been disqualified after the International Olympic Committee re-analysed one of her doping samples from Beijing and found that it had tested positive for a steroid. This was confirmed earlier this month after she proved unable to overturn a conviction based on biological passport abnormalities following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Read More »

Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died


It was December 23, 2015. Using cellphone records, Facebook messages, and the fact that K9 dogs found no scents of a foreign individual on the property, police were able to build a case to arrest and charge Richard Dabate. She was sitting and reading a book when her Fitbit "exploded" on her wrist. She was utilizing the IP address at their house. Police found Debate was having an affair with a friend from childhood who was pregnant, and tried unsuccessfully to cash in a $475,000 (£370,000) ... Read More »

Trump insists Mexico border wall will get funded

But during a meeting with conservative media members at the White House on Monday, Trump said he was willing to budge on his demands to fund the wall in the spending bill. However, Republicans also insisted on increases in border security and defense spending , including money to fix existing fencing and new surveillance technology to patrol the almost 2,000-mile border. Read More »

Netflix strikes licensing deal in China


That easily topped the slightly less-than $2 billion in revenue and earnings of 6 cents a share the company pulled in during the same time past year, and exceeded analyst estimates of 37 cents a share in earnings. While iQiyi initially relied on advertising to generate revenues, it has shifted its focus to a subscription model similar to Netflix's . Some Netflix content has already made its way to China. Read More »

Benteke earns Crystal Palace 2-1 win on return to Liverpool


Philippe Coutinho's free-kick put Liverpool in front midway through the first half, but Benteke levelled just before the break and then headed in what proved to be the victor in the 74th minute. Jurgen Klopp's side are now third in the table, two and three points ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, but crucially have played two games more . Read More »

U.N. Security Council must ready new sanctions on North Korea

It so far has carried out five nuclear tests. President Donald Trump's missile strike on Syria won plaudits from commentators on the left and right, with some of the enthusiasm spilling over into the debate about a "military solution" when it comes to North Korea. Read More »

Campaign begins as UK MPs vote for early election


This sentiment was echoed by Ryan Shorthouse, the director of liberal conservative thinktank Bright Blue, who said that if May wanted a big majority then "the Conservatives need to gain seats which are now Labour and have a disproportionate number of voters on modest incomes or from black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as containing a revived Liberal Democrats in the south of England". Read More »

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke U.S. law

Flynn received $33,750 from RT, which has been described by US intelligence officials as a propaganda front for Russia's government. "As a former military officer, you simply can not take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else - and it appears as if he did take that money", said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican. Read More »

USA defies both letter, spirit of nuclear deal: Javad Zarif

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared the Iran nuclear deal a failure on Wednesday but left open the possibility the Trump administration will uphold it nonetheless. Trump's administration has launched a 90-day review of the agreement with Iran to determine whether the United States will continue to abide by it. He said in July 2015 that "Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons". Read More »

Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan before release

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the Senate was sticking to that strategy. A combination of growth and reductions in government spending is needed, Brusuelas said - or "a complete change in tax regime", such as proposals that have been made by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman U.S. Read More »

U.S. general in Afghanistan suggests Russian Federation arming the Taliban


Mattis was in the country to meet President Ashraf Ghani and senior leaders as Donald Trump aims to craft a new Afghanistan strategy. The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight police officers and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said on Tuesday. Read More »

10 people martyred, 8 injured in Kurram landmine blast


The military's media wing, ISPR, said an Mi-17 helicopter was sent to Parachinar to fly the seriously wounded to Peshawar for treatment. The deceased persons also include two children and a woman. In January, a bomb planted in a busy vegetable market killed 21 Shias in the same town. They have dug trenches around Parachinar, as well as establishing bunkers at strategic locations. Read More »

Spain police arrest eight suspected of militant activity


The attacks were led by an Islamic State cell that was also responsible for the carnage in Paris in November 2015. Regional police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero told TV3 regional television that four of the detained were clearly members the Islamic State group. Read More »

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture

The former Georgia governor has broad support from agricultural interests, and enjoyed a friendly confirmation hearing before the senate agriculture committee. "His most immediate priority will be working with Congress to formulate a new farm bill". But just like America's farmers and ranchers, I know Secretary Perdue isn't afraid of a hard day's work. Read More »

Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

His comments come as thousands of people around the world participate in science rallies. The protest was initiated by United States scientists acting against the president's proposed cuts to research budgets, as well as his team's scepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming. Read More »

'He suffered a lot of trauma': EPS say toddler subjected to violence


Duane Hunter said late Friday at police headquarters. "He was living a awful life full of violence and one that is incredibly sad that you don't even want to speak about". "The media involvement and the social participation has been incredible and instrumental in allowing us to solve the case and lay the appropriate charges ..." Hunter said Crier and Mack were arrested on a city bus not long after. Read More »