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Tillerson seeks action on NKorea as he meets SE Asia bloc

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) poses with ASEAN foreign ministers before a working lunch at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA will pursue national security and economic interests before turning to human rights concerns in its relationships with other countries, signalling a shift in Washington's global outlook. Read More »

Republican congressmen didn't read health care bill before votes

Utah's all-Republican House delegation voted Thursday in favor of a health care overhaul that could impact people with pre-existing conditions , triggering serious worries from people who fit that category. In a statement issued immediately after the House vote, McConnell called the vote "an important step" and congratulated House Speaker Paul Ryan on getting the bill through. Read More »

Kerala reinstates Senkumar as DGP

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The LDF government had removed Senkumar as the DGP two days after it came to power in May 25 past year. In his petition, Senkumar alleged that the Kerala Government was delaying the SC order directing to reinstate him as the DGP (Law and Order). Read More »

GSLV to be launched today! Here's everything you need to know

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In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed at the SAARC summit that a communication satellite would be launched which would serve the needs of countries in South Asia. on Thursday. Initially, it was to be named as "SAARC Satellite" but its name was changed to South Asia Satellite after Pakistan refused to join the project. Read More »

Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack

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The Minister of Interior's Deputy Tariq Shah Bahrami has been appointed as action Minister of Defence and General Sharif Yaftal as Chief of Army Staff. Army chief and defence minister forced to step down as country mourns loss of 130 lives in Taliban assault on army base . According to United States data, between January and November previous year, at least 6,785 members of the Afghan security forces were killed and 11,777 injured. Read More »

US, Russia agree to increased diplomacy on Syria

White House officials said Trump and Putin would likely discuss the civil war in Syria , where Moscow backs the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the United States supports rebels trying to overthrow him. The White House's statement did not reveal who would attend the talks on behalf of the USA, but previously, the US ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol, was in attendance. Read More »

Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

A former USA principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, Jerry Feierstein, said the Trump visit "makes flawless sense". The maiden foreign trips of USA presidents often take on broader symbolic import, and by choosing the Middle East as his first stop, Trump will highlight his lofty promises to eradicate Islamic State insurgents and bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Read More »

US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

A United States soldier has been killed in Somalia during operations against al-Shabab militants, the American military says. CNN reported that two other us service members were also wounded in what it called a small arms attack. It did not give details on whether US forces came under attack from Al-Shabab. In March, the Department of Homeland Security banned electronics larger than mobile phones on flights from some Muslim nations to the USA a year after Al Shabab attempted to bring ... Read More »

11 killed in overnight violence in Venezuela

Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation's capital amid a spiralling political crisis. Looters have been electrocuted during a rampage in Caracas , as large-scale violent protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continue. Read More »

Supreme Court To Pronounce Verdict In Delhi Gangrape Case Tomorrow

The convicts now are left with the option of first filing a review petition, then a curative petition and lastly seeking pardon from the President of India. Later, parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act, under which minors aged 16 years or older can be tried as adults in cases involving heinous crimes like rape or murder. Read More »

Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS

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On Sunday, Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanmi told the state-run Sabah newspaper that he expected the battle in the west to be completed "in a maximum of three weeks" despite the fierce resistance his troops had encountered in the densely-populated Old City. Read More »

Gov't relaxes healthy standard for school meals

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Perdue said the changes would make school lunches "more appealing to students", but parents protesting outside Catoctin Elementary School held signs that read "Children deserve better". In addition to Perdue's announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would postpone its rule for calorie labels on restaurant menus and grocery store displays that were set to go into effect this week. Read More »

Pakistani civilians killed in Afghan firing

Zia Durani, police spokesman for Afghanistan's Kandahar province, said Pakistani officials were using the census as a cover for "malicious activities and to provoke villagers against the government". " Nafees Zakaria said that it is spirit of Pakistan's foreign policy to promote peace and stability in the region and bilateral relations with the neighboring countries". Read More »

Czech PM not ready to resign, fires finance minister

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Sparks flew at Prague Castle on Thursday as the Czech Republic's political crisis took a new and nearly farcical turn. Sobotka was planning to formally submit the resignation to Zeman on Thursday. To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Bohuslav Sobotka had announced that the government would resign earlier this week. Read More »

Trump downplays spat with Turnbull, says everything is 'fantastic'

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Ahead of his meeting with Turnbull, Trump downplayed the contentious call he had with Turnbull in January, dismissing the reports of tension as "fake news". Trump said for almost a century Americans and Australians have "fought together, bled together". Only 18% of New Yorkers voted for Trump, but he still seems to love the city. Read More »

US government needs a 'shutdown' to 'fix mess': Donald Trump

White House officials are attempting to tout the spending deal as a win for the president and his priorities, and have said he would be in even a stronger negotiating position this fall. His view appeared to be backed by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who said: "I think the Democrats cleaned our clock". After Congress made a decision to move forward with a spending plan that doesn't include cash for President Donald Trump's border wall, the leader of the free world took his ... Read More »

National Day of Prayer Community Service

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The Rev. Will Harper, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, said he attended the service as an intentional way to gather in prayer with fellow Christians. Like Jackson, Polly Coffey said it was a good time for people to unite. As the pastor said, we need grounding. "We'll be praying for the needs of the nation". Read More »

Bottas beats Vettel in Russian GP for 1st F1 win

It was the second grand prix of the season that the Australian had to retire from, after he also suffered mechanical problems at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. "I think we tried everything, but obviously we lost the race at the start, which was a bit of a shame". The three-time champion had struggled throughout the weekend and, frequently complaining on the team radio about his auto overheating, could not get close to the podium. Read More »

Brexit minister Davis says EU trying to bully Britain

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Discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of good will were required to succeed, said Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who will play an important role in the negotiations. The call for calm comes after Theresa May accused the EU's bureaucracy of trying to influence the result of Britian's general election by maliciously leaking the content of discussions to the media. Read More »

South Koreans begin early voting to replace ousted Park

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The recent protest in South Korea, meantime, has seen the clash between the protesters and the riot police in Seongju, where the United States military is reported to install a defense system aimed at shooting down North Korean missiles. Park is awaiting trial on charges including abuse of power and corruption for offering policy favours to top businessmen who bribed her secret confidante, Choi Soon-Sil, including Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong. Read More »

Pre-existing conditions and the health plan: Who's covered?

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Fran Cannon Slayton, a children's book author with brain cancer, has summoned a hopeful energy since her diagnosis past year. For the last several years, he, his wife and their three children have settled into a comfortable place using health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Read More »

Fed June rate hike odds jump after policy statement

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The Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee voted unanimously to keep the federal funds lending rate in a range of 0.75-1.0 percent, just as most analysts had expected. "While the Fed acknowledged the slowdown in the economy and consumer spending during the first quarter, they also view it as temporary". It was a widely expected move from the central bank, which hiked the lending rate by 25 basis points back in March . Read More »

North Korean confirms detention of American citizen

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The most recent missile test, which failed, came on Friday following a U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by Tillerson at which he urged the council to act before North Korea did. In a previous attack, North Korea had referred to China as a "neighbouring country" when accusing it of dancing to the United States' tune. Pyongyang fired a missile last week, but it seems to refrain from conducting another nuclear test or launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, an act that would ... Read More »

BJP left red-faced as tribal couple who hosted Shah joins TMC

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The couple said they joined the Trinamul willingly. Their body language spoke of the pressure they had faced to join the Trinamul. "The party workers must go the booth level and work with the dalits, the poor and the labourers, and tell them about the various welfare measures of the Centre and state government", he said. Read More »

Official decision in fatal shooting coming soon

I suffered. What I heard today... the suffering still continues. Landry, a Republican, called the state police "the agency with the most expertise in officer-involved shootings". Amundson explains the situation lasted 27 seconds. A police report says Sterling was initially jolted with a stun gun after he didn't comply with the officers' commands to put his hands on the hood of a auto. Read More »

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

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She said she would be holding the vote as the United Kingdom was in need of stable leadership that could guarantee certainty and security in the face of the Brexit negotiations that are soon to begin. But I tell you what: "we're bigger than we have ever been, we are stronger than we have ever been and we are more determined than we have ever been". Read More »

Jason Momoa and the Cast of Aquaman Begin Production

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Warner Bros. has also confirmed that additional location filming has been scheduled for Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia. Now set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Peter Safran , with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Read More »

Trump says he could meet with North Korea's leader

But China has said military threats would not help the situation and has accused the United States of fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for weeks, driven by fears that the North might conduct its sixth nuclear test in defiance of pressure from the United States and Pyongyang's major ally, China. Read More »

US aims to eliminate IS from Afghanistan this year

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The quarterly report, issued Monday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR ), says the Afghan forces' fight against the Taliban has become increasingly bloody, with casualties "shockingly high" 16 years after the first US forces arrived in the country. Read More »