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White House defends portrayal of 'armada' push toward Korean peninsula

When asked whether he thought Trump spoke too quickly, Spicer defended the statement. The episode raised questions about whether major allies of the United States , like South Korea and Japan , had been informed of the carrier's whereabouts, and whether the misinformation undercut USA strategy to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions by using empty threats. Read More »

'Sword Stands Ready' Against North Korea, Pence Tells Troops in Japan

He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. "North Korea's unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to USA national security". Trump's administration has appeared to guide US policy toward a more hawkish stance against North Korea since it assumed office in January, at least partly in response to the socialist regime's continued military tests. Read More »

New "Australian values" test planned for citizenship

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia was "an "extraordinary nation". The clauses in the new visa programmes include a deeper English language testing with stringent labour tests and an additional work experience. "That is the priority of the Turnbull Government". The two-step push underscores the Turnbull government's shift to the right on immigration and border protection, which has been driven in part by Mr Dutton and other leading conservatives. Read More »

As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed toward Australia

Martin pointed out last week that the Vinson battle group would not be arriving in the Korean peninsula until next week, on April 26. The White House and the USA military's Pacific Command were not quite accurate in early April when they said the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group was en route to the Sea of Japan to respond if needed to a North Korean provocation. Read More »

Suspected killer's McDonald's trip helped police find him

Stephens fled after he killed Godwin, triggering a manhunt that extended to several states and ended when he shot himself on Tuesday in Pennsylvania. "I snapped, I just snapped", Stephens said. "When I saw him I knew it was him". "P$3 eople would come to me with their problems". "He was always just so happy and cool, calm, collected, like, that's why it's so shocking". Read More »

India examining consequences of Australia's visa move: MEA

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the migration programme "should only operate in our national interest". Employers who fail to meet requirements will be named and shamed. However, when there aren't enough skilled workers available, a small number of temporary visas can be the deciding factor in whether or not a large investment goes ahead. Read More »

Pence, on US carrier, pledges to defend Asia

His remarks also coincided with an embarrassing USA admission on Tuesday that an aircraft carrier Trump said 10 days ago was sailing to waters off the Korean Peninsula was in fact heading in the opposite direction. Yokosuka naval base south of Tokyo. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is undergoing scheduled maintenance at its home port. "The United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific", he said. Read More »

Pence: Talks between U.S. and Japan could lead to free trade deal

Vice President Pence, visiting Japan on his 10-day tour of Asia, said the USA has launched bilateral talks with Tokyo in the hopes of reaching a new trade agreement . The North has said such launches are an act of deterrence against a potential invasion by the USA or South Korea. "It will instead seek a bilateral deal with Japan which it hopes will give U.S. Read More »

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

Russian Federation has derailed a proposed UN Security Council statement that would have condemned North Korea's latest missile launch test, using its veto to torpedo the motion. But Schilling said the ability to hack North Korea's missiles is overblown. Standard policy - which calls for shooting down of a North Korean missile after launch if the trajectory is deemed to threaten South Korea, Japan or the USA - remains in place. Read More »

Hundreds of kids enjoy Easter Egg Hunt at Northwest Fresno church

Shepherd said as she looked through the large mouth hole of the approximately three-foot tall Easter bunny head. "I only got five eggs but if you don't get something that you don't want, be happy for the other kids". "It's a pretty cool endeavor we've got going on here, but you'll be surprised as soon as the hunt starts, they will find the eggs, and it will be done in 5 to 10 minutes". Read More »

China 'seriously concerned' over North Korea missile warnings

Pence arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from South Korea where he started his 10-day trip to Asia on Sunday hours after the North Korean missile test. "I think unpredictability may have some potential benefits in dealing with North Korea, but there are also risks", said Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the U.S. Read More »

General election: UK Parliament approves Theresa May's snap vote

Mrs May, surrounded by party activists and supporters, but addressing voters, said: "Only you can give us the mandate, so vote for a strong and stable leadership in this country". John Drinnan: When does plain talk become hate speech? . She "signalled that she will put Brexit at the heart of the election debate", says The Times , saying she was acting now because Labour and the Liberal Democrats opposed the government's plans for leaving the EU. Read More »

AIADMK's ruling faction ousts Sasikala, Dinakaran and family

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Sasikala's marginalisation within Tamil Nadu's ruling party. "I don't know anybody by that name (Chandrasekhar)", he told reporters in Chennai before leaving for Bengaluru to meet Sasikala, who is lodged in a jail there. Chief Minister Palaniswami said if Panneerselvam placed such conditions, then unity talks can not proceed further. The Panneerselvam camp reportedly wants him (Pannerselvam) to be made both the AIADMK General Secretary and Chief Minister, with Palaniswami as his deputy. Read More »

Heading home or on a new job: Fresno victims shot at random

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Officers found Muhammad running on the street shortly after the last victim was shot. The gunman pumped two more rounds into Gassett as he lay on the ground, police said. He told police that the security guard had disrespected him during an earlier altercation at a Motel 6 . Police say Williams was unarmed. Police had been looking for Muhammad in the death of the guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams. Read More »

Supreme Court blocks Arkansas execution

Asa Hutchinson said he was disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined to lift the stay. Two of the inmates were granted stays of execution outside of the federal judge's 15 April decision . Arkansas contends it must act quickly because its supply of one of the drugs in its lethal injection mix, the valium-like sedative midazolam, expires at the end of April. Read More »

Nikki Haley: US prepared to do more in Syria

US President Donald Trump said there was no doubt Assad was responsible for the attack. "Those days are over". That chemical attack left at least 70 civilians dead, including women and children. The Kremlin warned the US military action would inflict "considerable damage" on US-Russia ties. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman described the cancelation as "absurd". Read More »

Spree Killer in Fresno claims 3 lives during shooting rampage

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In 2005, he was indicted on charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, and possession of two rifles and a semi-automatic handgun. Muhammad shaved his head and face to change his appearance, Dyer said. Police in Fresno, California revealed new details Wednesday on the " hate crime " shooting that killed three people in just minutes on Tuesday morning and what allegedly inspired the suspect to commit the murders. Read More »

Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by earlier chemical weapons attack

Haley also said in the interview aired on Sunday that she does not see a viable political solution to the conflict in Syria with Bashar al-Assad as president of the country. USA officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes and avoided hitting Russian personnel. Standing firm, the Trump administration has signalled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons ... Read More »

What you need to know about the WH Easter Egg

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The Easter Egg Roll at the White House, on the day after Easter, has a long tradition dating back to 1878. The Easter Egg Roll is one of the largest White House events of any presidency. The president also drew attention on social media for another incident Monday after he signed someone's hat but then threw it back into the crowd instead of giving it to the owner. Read More »

Tom Brady, And Other Patriots Skip 'Super Bowl' White House Visit

This pair of photos shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, above, on January 20, 2009, and President Donald Trump, below, on January 20, 2017. Anyway, not everyone on the Patriots' roster backed out of the White House visit. During the South Lawn ceremony, Trump recounted reading a supportive letter from Belichick on the eve of the election, while Kraft saluted the president as a friend for decades. Read More »

British parliament backs May's plan for June 8 snap election

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Labour are now lagging well behind Theresa May's Conservatives as campaigning ahead of the snap June 8 vote gets underway. "It's about providing the strong and stable leadership this country needs to take Britain through Brexit and beyond, it's about strengthening our hand in the negotiations that lie ahead". Read More »

Sarin or similar used in Idlib: watchdog

The US has not ruled out additional strikes against the regime should it opt to use chemical weapons in the future. After the US strike, Russian Federation said it would suspend its participation in a hotline with the United States military to "deconflict" or minimize the risk of mid-air collisions in Syrian airspace, but USA officials said this week that the two militaries continued to communicate. Read More »