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Syria war: Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

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The attack, which the Trump administration has attributed to the Syrian government, elicited horror across Western capitals and prompted the United States to launch its first military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, six years into a war in which atrocities against civilians have become a daily occurrence. Read More »

Kuwait oil minister says expects extension of OPEC, non-OPEC deal

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A number of key OPEC members including top exporter Saudi Arabia support extending their supply-cut agreement into the second half of 2017 if all producers, including non-OPEC, also agree, OPEC sources have claimed. "Our target is the level of inventories". Eleven non-OPEC countries - Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Russia, Sudan, and South Sudan - agreed to reduce the oil output. Read More »

States can now stop funding Planned Parenthood

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President Donald Trump's reversal of the Obama administration's position on federal funding for family planning shows why a new Maryland law is so important, said Karen Nelson, Maryland Planned Parenthood's president and CEO. "The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars", Dannenfelser said ahead of the signing of the bill. Read More »

Pence praises Indonesia's moderate form of Islam

As leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, Widodo has voiced worries about Trump's immigration policy, which critics say is biased against Muslims. But Pence foreshadowed some reworking of the commercial and economic relationship saying that USA exporters should face a level playing field. He said that US exporters should face a level playing field and the relationship should be "win-win". Read More »

Trump administration to launch review on lifting of Iran sanctions

Trump has panned what he's called "the frightful Iran deal" reached by the USA and five other world powers under his predecessor, Barack Obama. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday verified to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that Iran has been complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement. Read More »

Venezuelans gear up for opposition march

Racked by food shortages and political unrest, Venezuela swelled with what organizers are calling the "mother of all protests" on Wednesday. There were no other details immediately available. The OAS recently issued a strong rebuke to Venezuela for the slide toward militarism. "If the people are on the streets, it's there where they must remain to defend peace", Maduro said. Read More »

Arkansas court halts two executions, U.S. court OKs others

Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state's plan to resume capital punishment. Davis, convicted in a 1992 murder, would have been the first inmate in the state to be executed since 2005. Attorneys argue that Davis and Ward were too mentally impaired to face execution, and were not offered the appropriate mental health screening. Read More »

Bill O'Reilly show axed amid sexual harassment scandal

On Tuesday (18 April), 21st Century Fox also reported receiving an anonymous complaint against O'Reilly from a black female employee who claimed that the anchor had "leered" at her and referred to her as "hot chocolate" in 2008. "This has been going on for decades and I hope his having to go out in shame and disgrace makes things just a little bit better for her and all his victims right now", he said. Read More »

North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

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More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much onus on China for reining in the North. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E). North Korean schoolgirls perform at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Read More »

North Korea 'will test missiles weekly' - Officials say

Pence said in Seoul earlier on Tuesday the Trump administration would review and reform a 5-year-old free trade agreement with South Korea. "Most concerning is the fact that the US trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since KORUS came into effect". Read More »

Turkey's opposition CHP to demand annulation of referendum

Turkey signed an association agreement with the then-European Community in 1963, and submitted a membership application in 1987. The validity of the vote - which will do away with Turkey's parliament and could allow Erdoğan to stay in power through 2029 - was challenged by the opposition party and worldwide election observers. Read More »

'North Korea not to act like Syria in case USA attacks'

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves at a performance on Sunday. In a trip dominated by concerns about North Korea's nuclear intentions, Vice President Mike Pence assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday that the United States is ready to work closely with its Asian allies in the region to achieve "a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Read More »

Democrat closes in on Congress seat in Georgia

Still, the competitive nature of the race indicates Democrats are energized in opposition to Trump. Here's a look at the biggest special elections scheduled for the next few months which, like that of Georgia, are worth paying attention to. Read More »

U.S. accuses Iran of 'alarming provocations'

Tillerson said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods". The six powers that negotiated the 2015 deal - the U.S., China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with involvement from the European Union - set aside Iran's alleged support for terrorism in order to get a deal guaranteeing that Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain under the eye of United ... Read More »

Australia will abolish temporary work visa: PM

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The 457 usually requires sponsorship by an employer. "Where employers breach their obligations then they won't be able to get further people in under visas", Mr Turnbull told ABC radio on Wednesday. Turnbull said that the new version of the 457 visa programme, largely used by Indians, will only recruit the "best and the brightest in the national interest". Read More »

Trump's popularity test in Georgia

Or just a minor setback for Republicans, who can still hold the seat in the June runoff? Republicans have long claimed Ossoff stands no chance in a one-on-one contest, but the most recent Opinion Savvy poll has Ossoff leading Handel 44-42. Read More »

US working with allies on N.Korea: Pence

In his visit to Japan on Tuesday, Pence met with Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to discuss the possibility of a two-way trade pact with Japan. In that time span, North Korea has engaged in at least five missile tests, the most recent of which resulted in failure this past weekend. Japan, a staunch US ally that hosts about 50,000 American troops on its turf, has in recent years developed military cooperation with other countries, including Australia, France and Britain. Read More »

Search continues for 2 missing at Grand Canyon

The uncle of the missing Tennessee teen told The Associated Press on Monday that Jackson Standefer, his mother and his stepgrandparents were crossing a water trail Saturday evening when Jackson and Lou-Ann Merrell fell in and were swept away by the water. Read More »

Popular Australian visa to be abolished

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans Tuesday to replace visas for temporary foreign workers in order to put "Australians first". "This is also a matter we will be looking at in the context of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations", said Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Tuesday. Read More »

Egg hunts continue Easter weekend

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Prize eggs will be scattered throughout. The hunt took place at the West Point on the Eno city park - and, if you blinked, you would've missed the scrum of children scouring the field for pastel-colored eggs. There's a free community egg hunt in Hamden Saturday from 10 a.m.to noon. At Great Plain's Hall in Arapahoe . There are numerous Easter activities on the calendar. Read More »

Donald Trump to make Earth-to-space call on April 24

Whitson, 57, is the current ISS commander and on April 24 will surpass NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' 534-day record for the longest cumulative stay in space. Whitson will be joined for President Trump's call by NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory Thursday, April 20. Read More »

North Korea Could Have Far More Nuclear Warheads Than Estimated

Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson forgot what Aleppo was (a city in Syria) during the election; Sean Spicer said Hitler never used chemical weapons (he did); President Trump told Fox's Maria Bartiromo about how he'd been eating cake with Xi Jinping when missiles were launched at Iraq (actually Syria) and now the Trump seems to have some difficulty remembering the name of the leader of North Korea. Read More »