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McMaster declines to say whether Western Wall is in Israel

The Israeli foreign ministry confirmed the arrival of Friedman on Monday, days ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump. Israel captured the Old City, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, in the 1967 Mideast war. Longstanding US policy has stated that the status of Jerusalem will be determined in peace talks between the two parties, and has taken steps to avoid declaring Jerusalem as belonging to either side. Read More »

Trump details anti-abortion ban over US global health aid

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The U.S. government partners with many faith based organizations who they anticipate will agree to the new terms and continue to receive funding. The biggest additional programs that would now be required to follow the new policy are the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( PEPFAR ), which provides access to prevention, care, and treatment to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as the President's Malaria Initiative - two worldwide health programs started under the George W. Read More »

Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights

Prior to that power grab condemned by democratic leaders worldwide (except Trump), Erdogan lay the foundation for it by detaining approximately 40,000 people he perceived as political dissidents, firing nearly 90,000 civil servants, closing down hundreds of independent media outlets and non-governmental organizations, and arresting an unknown number of journalists, activists, and even members of parliament. Read More »

Raids on Lalu Prasad, Chidambaram rile Opposition; ensuring accountability says the Government

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He also slammed mediapersons by branding them as "learned illiterates" and asked them to disclose the 22 locations raided by IT sleuths. The I-T Department is also conducting surveys at 10 other official premises. Taking a dig at Nitish, the LJP chief said that it doesn't matter that the former is the state chief, as in reality it is Lalu Prasad who rules Bihar."At the time JD-U allied with the RJD we knew that future of Bihar is bleak. Read More »

New Divorce Law Can Replace Triple Talaq, Center Tells Supreme Court

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The CJI told the A-G, "We (court) are guardians of fundamental rights as well as minority rights". "How can you shut your eyes to it (right of the Muslim women)?" The AG said when a personal law, for example triple talaq as contained in Sharia law of 1937, violated fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution, then that personal law, practice or custom must go. Read More »

Trump shared secret info about IS with Russians

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While the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, the U.S. Read More »

President Trump On Israel-Palestine Peace: 'We Will Get This Done'

Abbas reiterated the PA position that east Jerusalem be part of a future Palestinian state "based on 1967 lines", adding there must be a just agreement based on the two-state solution. "Palestinians and Israelis must work together to reach an agreement". Alan Baker, a former Israeli ambassador who participated in the negotiating and drafting of the 1993 Oslo Accords, says the time may be right to push for regional peace. Read More »

Noted journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico's Sinaloa

Aged 50, the journalist had been a correspondent for national daily, La Jornada , since 1998 and had written a number of books on drug trafficking and gangs in Mexico. President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter that he had ordered an "investigation of this outrageous crime". The federal Attorney General's Office said it was investigating. Read More »

India, Pakistan face off in ICJ over Jadhav

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Pakistan's lawyer Khawar Qureshi claimed India has not proved that Jadhav is its national and that consular access can not be given. The court's president Ronny Abraham said the tribunal would publicly deliver its decision on whether to grant an emergency stay of execution "as soon as possible". Read More »

China's economy shows signs of slowing in April

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Investment in real estate development for the January-April period was up 9.3% compared to a year earlier, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. New housing purchased in the first four months of 2017 came to 416.6bn square meters, up 15.7% year on year, 3.8 percentage points slower from the pace in the year ended March. Read More »

New photo marks Princess Charlotte's second birthday

The photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and distributed Monday, one day before Charlotte turns two. Better still the image was captured by her mother, Duchess Kate - a budding amateur photographer. She's ringing in her second birthday on May 2, 2017, and Kensington Palace has released a new official photo on their Twitter account for the occasion! Our favorite part of the royal Canadian tour was when the family-of-four showed up to a children's party in Victoria, British ... Read More »

Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

A strong Green showing may also have hurt the Liberals in Metro Vancouver swing ridings in Burnaby and the Tri Cities. The election results came from 1,092 schools representing all 87 electoral districts in the province. There were signs late Tuesday night that the Green Party has grasped that reality. It comes on the heels of a cliffhanger election that left the province with a minority parliament, and the Liberals apparently in the driver's seat holding 43 seats to the NDP's 41. Read More »

17 mummies discovered in central Egypt

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Newly discovered mummies are shown in their catacomb in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt, on Saturday. The archaeological site where the discovery was made is located in the collage of Tuna al-Gabal which is on the edge of the western desert. Read More »

Lighthizer Confirmed as US Trade Representative

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Guajardo said the plan to trigger a US withdrawal of NAFTA was done "in desperation, which occurs very frequently these days in those parts" - an apparent jab at the way Trump has rolled out some of his key policy proposals. It served as a double hit against Hillary Clinton, who had begun the negotiations on TPP while serving as secretary of state and who was first lady when Bill Clinton cinched the 1993 trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Read More »

Andy Murray knocked out of Madrid Open

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He won his first career title in Marrakech, Morocco, last month. World number one Andy Murray said he is "concerned" following defeat by Borna Coric in last 16 of the Madrid Open, but denied being low on confidence. "That was disappointing because you're not always going to play your best tennis but you can still find ways to make it hard for your opponent and I didn't do that today". Read More »

Pak: Indian diplomat apologises after being caught taking photos inside court

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Uzma, an Indian national, who has accused her Pakistani husband of marrying her at gunpoint, petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday for duplicate travel documents and provision of security for her journey back to India. It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Uzma earlier this week alleged harassment and forced marriage against her Pakistani spouse. On May 8, Uzma who is a resident of New Delhi filed a petition in High Court in Islamabad in which she alleged that Tahir Ali ... Read More »

Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

But Jonathan Haber, the police chief, told reporters at a news conference on Monday afternoon that video showed the opposite. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber Monday said the vehicle was driving away from officers, not reversing toward them as officials had originally said. Read More »

2 more Venezuelan protesters killed

Protestors in Venezuela are adopting a messy new tactic to voice their ongoing opposition to president Nicolás Maduro. The opposition was outraged and called the move a coup. The staggering increases illustrate how badly Venezuela lacks basic medicine, equipment and supplies to treat even the simplest of injuries. Two were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, he said. Read More »

EU's chief Brexit negotiator shares Irish border concern

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Ireland is wooing EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, hoping that special treatment for the Frenchman will help secure a good deal for the country in Brexit negotiations. 'We first must make sufficient progress on these points before we start discussing the future of our relationship with the UK. 'If the conditions are right, a close partnership with the United Kingdom is in everybody's interest. Read More »

Floods drive nearly 1900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

About 90 per cut of the troops are on the front line working with the firefighters, the police and volunteers to help the people, said Hercule Gosselin, a commander with the armed forces. "I strongly urge residents of le Mercier and other residents whose safety can not be ensured by emergency services to comply with the evacuation order", he said. Read More »

Australian senator breastfeeds her baby in Parliament

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Greens senator Larissa Waters became the first person to breastfeed in Australia's federal Parliament. On Tuesday, Larissa Waters , 40, tweeted out a now viral photo of her holding and feeding her two month old daughter during a vote on the Parliament Senate floor. Read More »

Trump thinks Australia 'has better health care' than the US. He's 'right.'

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On March 13, the CBO score of an earlier version of the AHCA found that it would raise premiums for the elderly and would result in 24 million fewer Americans having access to health insurance by 2026 than if the ACA was kept in place. "Well, Mr. President, you're right!" That's because Australia's health care system offers publicly funded universal health coverage for all Australians. Read More »

Niece of France's Le Pen quits politics for now

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Mr Le Pen said: "I had insisted that she be a candidate and she had been successful". Ms Marechal-Le Pen had always been considered a rising star of the Front National party but yesterday she reportedly made the shock decision to leave the political scene . Read More »

Chelsea Manning set for release next week

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Chelsea Manning will not be taking interviews at this time. The information, largely comprised of military and diplomatic documents, included evidence of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. "My spirits were lifted in dark times, reading of their support, sharing in their triumphs, and helping them through challenges of their own", she wrote in the statement. Read More »

Prominent detentions of foreigners in North Korea

During that visit the professor – who is a former professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China, according to AFP ¬– was at PUST to do agricultural development work with PUSTs experimental farm, which belongs to its agricultural department. Read More »

Indian and Pakistani Army trade fire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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The action is being seen by many as retaliation to May 1 intrusion in Kerni area of Poonch's Krishna Ghati sector along the border during which Pakistan Army's Border Action Team (BAT) beheaded two Indian jawans. However, talking about India's response, Rawat said "We don't talk about future plans beforehand". A former Army officer Brig Anil Gupta, who has served in the 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota, has told agencies that it can not be Indian Army's retaliatory act at all but a local ... Read More »

Mexico fireworks explosion kills 14, including children

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Officials in the Mexican state of Puebla said Tuesday that at least 12 people were killed and 30 more injured by an explosion at a fireworks storage facility. The explosion at the market in December was not the first in the area. Saints' days, Christmas and New Year parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with a fireworks free-for-all. Read More »

Informed ACB about AAP misusing govt money: Kapil Mishra

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Earlier during the day, Mishra submitted evidence regarding the irregularities to the ACB and Kejriwal's alleged moves to save some accused. Soon after Kapil Mishra's allegation, deputy CM Manish Sisodia addressed media and termed the allegations as baseless. Read More »

Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group's leader

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GAZA CITY , Gaza Strip — The new Hamas leader has made his first public appearance, visiting a solidarity tent for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. According to Ma'an , the move does not include import and export taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA in Ramallah; the taxes on real estate rented for the PA, PLO and any other local or global body; and companies which are based in the Gaza Strip but also work in the West Bank. Read More »

Syrian rebels, families start leaving Damascus neighborhood

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , a British-based war monitoring group, said buses had arrived in Barzeh at dawn and hundreds of fighters and family members had started to board them. They are heading for rebel-held areas in the country's north under an agreement between the warring sides in the country. Syria s conflict erupted in March 2011 with the repression of pro-democracy protests. Read More »

Eric Trump denies alleged statements on Russian golf course funding

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Golf writer James Dodson has an interesting story to tell about the Trump family, and he seems to have waited quite a bit of time to tell it. Dodson claims that three years ago, President Donald Trump's son Eric told him that all the financing for the family company's golf courses came from Russian Federation. Read More »

"Mother" should not be used to describe a bomb, Pope says

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from the bomb's use. "What is happening?" he asked while addressing a group of students at the Vatican. In spite of their differing stances on many issues, Pope Francis is expected to meet with President Trump on May 24. Adding he was impressed with the Francis" acting ability: "This is not just a movie for us, it's a message, and who better to have on your side to deliver an important societal and spiritual ... Read More »

Afghan air force pounds area following death of IS commander

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The target of the attack was ISIS leader Sheikh Abdul Hasib , whose death was confirmed on Sunday, according to ABC News . The raid involved U.S. Hasib's regiment is also known as the Islamic State in the Khorasan (ISIS-K), which is a name for both Afghanistan and Pakistan that dates back to ancient times. Read More »

What forced Delhi Metro to raise fares after eight years?

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The new fare structure is likely to be introduced from Wednesday."The DMRC board has accepted the recommendation of the FFC (Fare Fixation Committee)". Plus, to cut down on overcrowding, a 10 per cent extra discount will also be offered during non-peak hours, which would be 6 to 8 am, noon to 5 pm and 9 pm onwards. Read More »

Frost, freeze advisories issued in several states

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A Frost Advisory means widespread frost is expected. As such, the agency advises protecting or moving indoors sensitive plants and trees. AccuWeather.com suggests we get used to this chilly air, which the forecast service says will not relinquish its grip until at least the middle of May. Read More »

Tiffany Trump Will Attend Georgetown Law School This Fall

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Eric Trump told the Daily Mail , which broke the news, that he is " so proud of Tiffany " and predicted she would "love her time in Washington, D.C". "I always look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notions, because they meet a man with natural charm and no facade". Read More »

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

Regardless of how the troops are designated, talks about maintaining American forces in Iraq point to a consensus by both governments that a longer-term USA presence in Iraq is needed to ensure that an insurgency does not bubble up again once Islamic State militants are driven out - a contrast to the full US withdrawal in 2011. Read More »

French campaign revs up with rival rallies, May Day marches

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It was the second time in three days that Macron visited a site tied to France's wartime history, as he seeks to remind voters of the shame of France's Nazi collaboration - and especially of the anti-Semitic past of his rival Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party. Read More »

France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

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French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia accused Le Pen of "fomenting hatred and war between the government and religions, as well as interreligious animosity" with her statement. As Le Pen took selfies with people outside the threatened plant, he was shown in a closed-door meeting with union leaders in the town of Amiens, dressed in a suit and tie. Read More »

Tillerson meets ASEAN ministers to seek support on North Korea

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. He said some countries were already doing this and also looking at the presence of North Korean workers, another significant revenue earner for Pyongyang. Read More »

Trump 'confident' Obamacare replacement will pass Senate

More than the details of what is in the bill is the fact that the Republicans did everything they could do to pass this, making themselves look like hypocrites because the actions they took were the exact thing they criticized the Democrats for in 2010 when the ACA passed . Read More »

Govt suffers setback in Senkumar case, plea rejected

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The contempt notice was issued to Chief Secretary Nalini Netto by a bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta and May 9 has been fixed as the next date of the hearing. It said that Senkumar was a DGP who was "merely enjoying" the apex pay scale as head of the police force with his cadre posting being only that of a DGP and nothing more. Read More »

French campaign heats up with rallies, May Day marches

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Video showed riot police surrounding the protesters disrupting the march after isolating majority from the rest of the crowd near the capital's Place de la Bastille. Le Pen, who hopes to mimic President Donald Trump's populist electoral victory, compared Macron to Hillary Clinton. "There are an terrible lot of left-wing voters in particular, who say they will simply not vote". Read More »