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French presidential race enters final week with May Day rallies

Musicians, artists and dancers are calling for voters to celebrate France's cultural diversity and keep far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen from becoming president. In his speech in Puy-en-Velay on April 15, Mr Fillon referenced the Alliance Francaise language and cultural organisation, saying: "If there are waiting lists for the Alliance Francaise in Shanghai, Tokyo, or Mexico, for the French secondary school in Rabat or Rome...that is because France is something else, much more than an ... Read More »

Jordan Edwards shooting: Roy Oliver fired after fatally shooting unarmed teen

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Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. "The vehicle continued on the main roadway driving away from the officer". "We support the Balch Springs Police Department, but we do not support this officer", said Angela Singletary, who's a member of the city's Citizens Patrol. Read More »

New Hamas program softens language, but some goals remain

In fact, appealing to Western anti-Israel audiences is one of the main reasons for the change. I mean, Israeli leaders must be watching this meeting incredibly closely. "Some people have described him as disruptive". "Hamas has been isolated regionally and internationally since the outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring and the exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt ", Abu Saada said. Read More »

Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia, herself for 2016 loss

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had some fiery words for Hillary Clinton following her interview at a Women for Women International event on Tuesday, where she offered attendees a telling explanation for her loss to President Trump in the 2016 election. Read More »

U.S. growth rate hits three-year low at 0.7%

Growth in consumer spending braked to a 0.3% rate, which is the lowest since 2009's fourth quarter. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1 percent pace in the fourth quarter of 2016. "While we had weakness in the first two months of the quarter, things seem to be turning around", he said. There is also the problem the government faces this time of year in accurately applying seasonal adjustments to its calculations of economic growth. Read More »

United States explosives 'used in deadly attack on Turkish police'

The U.S. has emerged as the main backer of the Kurdish fighters in northern Syria , supporting the group in their battles against the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group. Although Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK targets in northern Iraq , this was the first time it has struck the Sinjar region. Read More »

Trump campaign says CNN refuses to run ad touting success

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Anchor Wolf Blitzer serves as CNN's representative. But the campaign reportedly said CNN rejected the ad because it "doesn't fit their narrative". "America is winning and President Trump is making America great again". CNN was approached about airing the ad but cited a problem. Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted. Read More »

8 killed as powerful blast targets foreign forces in Kabul

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Reports said the foreign troops were travelling in the armoured personnel carriers that are standard for global forces moving around Kabul . This is a developing story. Public health officials in the capital said eight civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded, with a number of civilian vehicles that were near the convoy destroyed or badly damaged. Read More »

White House defends Trump's invite to Philippines President Duterte

Duterte has faced global condemnation for his brutal crackdown on crime, which has claimed thousands of lives and led to warnings from rights groups about a possible crime against humanity. He said the visit to the warship is part of the confidence building and good will between Manila and Beijing. China claims almost all of the strategically vital waterway, even waters approaching the coasts of its neighbors. Read More »

Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War

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Trump asked. "People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? ". "Could that one not have been worked out?" And why Trump thinks Jackson could've somehow prevented the conflict is something of a mystery. It was much, much harder to compromise as the Civil War broke out in 1861, because the nation was more squarely confronting that issue. However Trump has been less complimentary about his immediate predecessor, Obama, appearing to renew controversial allegations ... Read More »

France frontrunners address supporters in end spurt of presidential campaign

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Mr Macron, a 39-year-old former Rothschild banker, took the opportunity to reject accusations of elitism, telling BFM TV: 'I've always paid all my tax in France and I've always had all my accounts in France. France's presidential candidates certainly think they do, and more than ever are trying to get their political message across through their wardrobes, from centrist Emmanuel Macron's regular-guy suits to far right leader Marine Le Pen's masculine dark wardrobe and far-left Jean-Luc ... Read More »

Erdogan seeks to send Trump stern message on Syrian Kurds

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Northern Syria is one of the most complicated battlefields of the multi-sided Syrian war, with ISIL now being fought there by the Syrian army, Turkey and its rebel allies, and an alliance of US-backed Syrian militias. Erdogan hinted his country is also ready to repeat its attacks in Sinjar, Iraq, to prevent it from turning into a base for the Kurdish militia. "Erdogan first expressed his condolences for the Peshmerga fighters killed and showed regret for the ones injured in Turkey's bombing of ... Read More »

Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails

But Trump's new version of events - that China stopped devaluing the yuan (also known as the renminbi ) because of his presidential campaign - is also deeply flawed. Yet upon the realization of the infeasibility of this approach with either mainland China or Taiwan, Trump returned to a more traditional USA policy on Taiwan by finally affirming the one China policy in February 2017. Read More »

SNP election success would entitle them to new independence vote, poll finds

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Davidson's party is now on a polling high with some polls during the week projected that the Scottish Conservatives will take around 30% of the vote in Scotland with around nine seats compared to their current one. "Education slipped down the worldwide rankings when he was in charge because he was more interested in independence than the future of Scotland's children". Read More »

Turkey's President rejoins ruling party after referendum win

Earlier, party's member Yasin Aktay said that the party's executive committee chose to hold an extraordinary congress on May 21. If confirmed, it would be the first time that the president will be both party chairman and head of state since the end of the presidency of Ismet Inonu , the successor and right-hand-man of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk , Turkey's modern founder. Read More »

Air China resumes booking flights to North Korea

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Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Harris said he expects North Korea to soon be able to develop a long-range missile capable of striking the United States, as Kim has promised. The united front between Australia and the US comes after January's dispute between Turnbull and US President Donald Trump over a refugee resettlement deal that was struck by former president Barack Obama. Read More »

Venezuela bracing for fresh protests

They demand President Nicolas Maduro's government call general elections, free nearly 100 jailed opposition activists and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress. The protests were further fuelled when the government barred the opposition's best-known leader, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, from holding public office. Read More »

Digvijaya Singh removed as Goa, Karnataka in-charge

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The charge of Karnataka has been given to party MP KC Venugopal, who has been appointed a general secretary. A press statement from the AICC office said that Manickam Tagore, P C Vishnunadh, Madhu Yashki Goud and Dr Sake Sailjanath have been appointed as secretaries in charge for Karnataka. Read More »

Browns May Not Keep Caleb Brantley Despite Selecting Him In Sixth Round

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There's no denying Brantley's talent, and the Browns have a truckload of picks to absorb the risk if they need cut ties with him. Brown said Cleveland has told Brantley it may release him pending results. Brantley allegedly retaliated by hitting the woman in the face and knocking her unconscious. "Additionally, the intensity of [his] force far exceeded what was reasonable or necessary". Read More »

West Bank clashes: Dozens of Palestinians injured

Spokesman Anas Diek said three were hospitalized, including one who was shot in the head by a rubber bullet and another who was hit in the knee by a tear gas canister Friday. Palestinian prisoners have mounted repeated hunger strikes, but rarely on such a scale. Hamdallah addressed activists, saying that the world's super powers should immediately put pressure on Israel to respond positively to the hunger strikers' demands, which should be guaranteed under global law. Read More »

Muslims choose triple talaq to satisfy lust: UP minister

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New Delhi: The Congress has accused PM Modi and the BJP of politicising the triple talaq issue and suggested the saffron party was trying to drive a wedge between "Muslim women and their husbands". JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said Modi should not speak on issues which are pending in the court. Azad also rejected claims that triple talaq was a common practice and said that it was against Islam and the Quran. Read More »

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace

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The militant Islamic State (IS) group killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in Peshawar, the Afghan militants said on Saturday, in a rare clash between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan. About 30,000 people fled fighting in the province a year ago, mostly fleeing to provincial capital Lashkar Gah, with the city at times practically besieged. Read More »

US Service Member Killed Near Mosul

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IS fighters began growing in power in Iraq in early 2014 in the country's west and in the summer of 2014 swept across much of the country's north. United States casualties in Iraq dropped to near zero after most American troops were withdrawn in 2011, but rose again to 17 last year, and seven so far this year with the latest death, according to the iCasualties.org website, which tracks coalition deaths and injuries. Read More »

North Korea carries out 'large-scale' artillery drill, South Korea says

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US military vehicle moves as South Korean police officers try to block residents and protesters who oppose a plan to deploy an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, in. "If it flies, it will die", Harris said. The North faces global pressure to abandon its arms development and nuclear military programs, which it says are meant to protect the country from USA hostility. Read More »

Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

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The opposition has listed a series of irregularities, but has been particularly outraged by an electoral board decision announced late on Sunday to accept ballots that did not bear the official stamps used to verify they are genuine, as required by Turkish law. Read More »

UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

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Six other suspects have been arrested in connection with the raid, London's Metropolitan Police said. Officers used CS gas during the armed raid, which resulted in the arrests of two people at the home and another nearby. Its believed that it was a tip off from a concerned member of his family which led police to move in on him and arrest him yesterday. Three people were initially arrested at the address in North West London , while a 43-year old woman was arrested in Kent shortly after ... Read More »

Russia Criticises Watchdog For Unfair Review Of Chemical Attacks Site

Russian Federation has rejected accusations from the West that its Assad's forces were responsible for a chemical attack and has lashed out at the USA for its cruise missile strikes last week against a Syrian air base. On Russia's foreign policy thinking, Hassanbeigi said, "Russia really feels the threat of [the spread of] terrorism and the [self-styled] Islamic State [terrorist group] in the region, and its officials know that any change in their Syria stance works in terrorists' favor, ... Read More »