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Concessions pave way for new South Korea leader

The Democratic Party candidate Moon Jae-In is pulling ahead of South Korea's presidential election on Tuesday. He will be officially sworn in as South Korea's new president after the election commission finishes the vote count and declares the victor on Wednesday morning. Read More »

Local polls bode well for May ahead of GE

British Prime Minister Theresa May s Conservatives secured big wins Friday in local elections, a month ahead of a Brexit-dominated snap general election. The former first minster continued: "I've never taken any election battle for granted, I've represented the north-east of Scotland for 30 years and every election the Tories tell me they are going to beat me and every time they fall short". Read More »

Town celebs give thumbs up to SC on Nirbhaya verdict

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He said the verdict will be a "reminder to the society and lawmakers to work towards building a safe environment for the country's women". "We can not have one state awarding death sentence and another life imprisonment", he added. In the Supreme Court's almost 430-page ruling, its lone female justice urged India to do more to sensitize the public to attacks on women and to make gender equality a priority. Read More »

Jakarta's Christian governor found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

The punishment meted out to him is harsher than what the prosecution proposed, but is less than the maximum punishment of up to five years in prison as stipulated in the country's legislation. Hard-line Islamic groups have attracted hundreds of thousands to anti-Ahok protests in Jakarta , shaking the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and undermining Indonesia's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. Read More »

Trump targets former attorney-general in tweets about Russia collusion

Meanwhile, it took 18 days for the White House to fire Flynn after Yates first told McGahn about his Federal Bureau of Investigation interview. "We knew that was not a good situation". "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council (sic)". She was also meticulous about classified matters, saying at one point, "Just because I can't answer [a question], doesn't mean that the answer is yes". Read More »

EU's Donald Tusk pleads for 'mutual respect' in Brexit negotiations

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The landmark week began with a leaked account of a private dinner at Downing Street between May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, created to set the scene for Brexit negotiations, appeared in a German newspaper and potrayed the Prime Minister in an distinctly unfavorable light. Read More »

100000-acre fire in wildlife refuge forces evacuations in Georgia

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Effectively, the entire bulge where Georgia dips down and is surrounded on three sides by Florida near the St. Marys River has been ordered evacuated, said Rita Baysinger, public information officer for West Mims fire command. "It's a little unnerving", St. George resident Mason Pair told the AP. "I'm not going to leave", McCoy said. The wildfire was sparked by lightning April 6 and has since burned nearly entirely within the Okefenokee refuge boundaries, as well as some public forest ... Read More »

ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed during USA special forces raid, military confirms

The raid came weeks after the USA military dropped its most powerful conventional bomb in its arsenal on an IS cave complex in Nangarhar. The agency's analysis of information from U.S. "It is believed to maintain links with the main IS movement in Iraq and Syria but has considerable operational independence", the agency adds. Even though Abdul Hasib was the primary target, various other ISIL leaders, as well as 35 ISIS militants, were eliminated during the raid. Read More »

Senate at bat in dealing with health care law

He hoped it would be more like his plan with Ms. Collins. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on Senate Republicans to reject the U.S. House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, calling the measure a "cruel and risky bill", that would leave millions of Americans "stranded without the health care they need". Read More »

Pune: 3 convicted in 2009 techie rape, murder case

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They later bludgeoned her to death. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the accused had committed similar crimes in the past. Whether it is Nirbhaya or Nayana, it was an act of rape and murder.... Chaudhari, too, was an employee of the company and worked there as a security guard, reported The Hindu . One of the accused, Raut escaped while being escorted to the Sassoon Hospital here on 17, September, 2011, for treatment. Read More »

Kenny Miller: Areas for improvement at Rangers are evident

When Celtic were 2-0 ahead, Jozo Simunovic landed a ferocious tackle on Kenny Miller. The game was marred by an incident of racial abuse where someone allegedly made a monkey gesture at Celtic player Scott Sinclair. But speaking to Celtic TV , Brown played down his own influence on Saturday's result and insisted his team-mates could have been just as dominant without him. Read More »

Japan destroyer leaves port reportedly to escort U.S. warships

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April 29: South Korean and USA officials say a North Korean midrange ballistic missile, presumably a KN-17, failed shortly after launch. The announcement seems to rule out immediate military intervention, though USA officials continue to say that all options are on the table. Read More »

Sally Yates Told White House that Russia Could Blackmail Mike Flynn

More or less, this is how the day unfolded: Democrats asked Yates about her knowledge of Flynn's alleged Kremlin ties, especially in the context of her abrupt termination. Trump fired Yates in response, with the White House saying in a statement that she had "betrayed the Department of Justice". Flynn had been an adviser to Trump and an outspoken supporter of his presidential candidacy in the 2016 campaign. Read More »

South Koreans Watch Vote Count with Game of Thrones, Hip Hop

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Moon's victory would end months of political turmoil that led to parliament's impeachment of conservative former President Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal, which a court upheld in March. Moon's North Korean parents resettled in South Korea's southeast before he was born in January 1953. Park is accused of accepting or pushing for tens of millions of dollars from big corporations, including Samsung, whose head is now jailed on related corruption charges. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron prepares groundwork for transition to power

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Socialist Francois Hollande garnered less than 30 percent in the first rounds of both the presidentials and the legislatives, yet came away with over 40 percent of the second-round legislative vote and, with help from 17 Green party MPs, governed with a comfortable majority. Read More »

UK Labour leader Corbyn: I won't quit if I lose election

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Corbyn kicked off Labour's general election campaign in Manchester by reassuring the audience that the issue of Brexit has been "settled". In an interview with Buzzfeed UK , Corbyn said: "I was elected leader of this party and I'll stay leader of this party, ' adding that he would be 'carrying on" regardless of the result. Read More »

US to arm Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State, despite Turkish ire

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President Trump has authorized the USA military to arm Syrian Kurdish rebel forces to support the future offensive on Raqqa, the de facto capital in Syria for ISIS. But she called the Syrian Democratic Forces "the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future", an indirect pushback on Turkish proposals that the U.S. Read More »

Palestinians stay on hunger strike despite 'snacking' claims

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At the start of the strike, a group of Israeli settlers held a barbecue in the parking lot of one of the prisons, an apparent effort to taunt those inside who were not eating. The image released by Israel shows Barghouti allegedly sneaking food in the toilet area of his cell. "Pizza Hut shouldn't only apologize but take action". Read More »

Yates Warned White House That Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russians

Yates revealed that on January 26, she had informed White House Counsel Donald McGahn that the DOJ had evidence Flynn intentionally misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. On March 20th, Trump tweeted, "James Clapper and others stated there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russian Federation". The White House spokesman cast Yates' warning as a "heads up" and said the White House did not want to "jump the gun" in response to it. Read More »

George under mandatory evacuation as Okefenokee wildfire continues to spread

A mandatory evacuation was ordered and classes canceled as hundreds of firefighters battled a massive wildfire Monday near the southeastern Georgia town of St. A total of 129,856 acres (52,550 hectares) has been burned since the fire was reported April 6. The West Mims fire has aggressively pushed into residential areas due to worsening conditions this past weekend. Read More »