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U.S. 'prepared to do more' against Syria atrocities

It's unclear what authority Trump is relying on to attack another government. Nevertheless, Russia's Deputy UN ambassador Vladimir Safronkov warned that any negative consequences from the strikes would be on the "shoulders of those who initiated such a doubtful and tragic enterprise". Read More »

Abu Sayyaf bandits behead Filipino hostage

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The Abu Sayyaf bandits hijacked F/B Ramona, which is owned by the Ramona Fishing Corporation, in December 2016 in the Celebes Sea that borders the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. But this did not materialize as the victim's family lacks the means to pay the bandits coupled with the government's no-ransom policy, Sobejana added. Read More »

North Korea vows to respond to U.S. aggression with 'nuclear attack'

Unlike at some previous parades attended by Mr Kim, there did not appear to be a senior Chinese official in attendance. North Korea is seen as trying to brag about its military power through the parade as it seeks to show the global community that it remains unscathed by tough worldwide sanctions, observers said. Read More »

BC campaign officially starts Tuesday but NDP, Green buses already rolling

The platform describes it as "a middle class tax cut". John Horgan says as premier he would introduce an annual $400 renter's rebate if the NDP wins the election on May 9. The mayors' council has sent a questionnaire to each party, asking them to specify their commitments to six priorities including if they'll match invest into SkyTrain and HandyDart upgrades, replace the Pattullo Bridge and authorize a development cost charge for transit.So far, only the Liberals have responded, Cote said. Read More »

NKorea's missile launch threatens world

Despite Trump's argument that China is taking North Korea seriously, China remains adamantly opposed to USA deployment of an advanced missile defense system in South Korea. Ryol threatened in the interview that North Korea was ready to go war against the U.S. He also said the communist state would continue to develop its nuclear weapons program and conduct tests as its leadership saw fit. Read More »

Cling to faith amid wars and hatred

Star: Pope Francis waving to excited crowds at the Easter Sunday Mass in Vatican City. "May (God) in a particular way sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring healing and comfort to the civilian population of Syria, the beloved and martyred Syria, who are victims of a war that does not cease to sow horror and death", he said in his Easter Sunday message to tens of thousands of people in St. Read More »

Trump administration says no U.S. trading partners manipulate currency

In its semiannual report to Congress, released on Friday, the Treasury department said no major trading partner met all three criteria, which would earn them the label of a currency manipulator, for the current reporting period. "We have a very big problem in North Korea". Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol warned, "If the USA comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK's pre-emptive strike". Read More »

Trump team remains low-key about failed North Korean missile launch

South Korea said the combined show of force "threatened the whole world". US Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Asia this weekend, with planned stops in Seoul; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo and Sydney. According to the White House adviser, the test had been expected and the US had good intelligence both before and after the launch. Instead, Kim seemed to have chose to celebrate his grandfather's birthday not with a nuclear test or a missile launching, but with a military parade meant to ... Read More »

Teen in critical condition following shooting

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State police in Berks County say 19-year-old Matthew Hale of Hereford Township is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges. Investigators say the victim's two friends ran from the room, heard loud bangs and gunshots and the teenage victim screaming. The boy is in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital, police said. Read More »

The US Does Not Care About The Syrian People

Moscow insists on organizing of an worldwide group of experts to investigate into the incident with possible use of chemical weapons in Syria Khan Sheikhoun, which could rely on staff of the Secretariat of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but which also could feature additional professionals from the UN SC permanent members, European countries and countries of the region, Lavrov said. Read More »

IS death toll rises to 90 after huge USA bomb in Afghanistan

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The bomb killed almost 100 suspected militants, and destroyed weapons, ammunition and underground tunnels. The weapon, whose acronym inspired the nickname " Mother of All Bombs ", was produced by the Air Force, not by a third party like Lockheed or Boeing, "so we don't have a standard procurement cost associated with them", an Air Force official said. Read More »

Rebel groups prevent evacuated Shias from reaching Aleppo city

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Ahrar al-Sham says the attack only serves to defame the rebels and serve to deflect from the government's "crimes" against opposition-held areas, the latest being the chemical attack where over 80 people were killed. He added it was not clear how many rebels were killed because they were evacuated to their areas. Still, around 3,000 people are still in the Shiite towns waiting their turn in evacuation. Read More »

Basque ETA confirms 8 April disarmament

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French Mayor of Bayonne Jean-Rene Etchegaray, fourth left, delivers his speech ahead of the announcement by Ram Manikkalingam, third left, president of the Verification Commission for disarmament of ETA, the Basque separatist group, that ETA handed over its arms in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Read More »

Almost 3000 migrants rescued off Libya coast, says NGO

A migrant carries her baby on board a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) of the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) during a rescue operation from a wooden boat in the central Mediterranean in worldwide waters off the coast of Sabratha in Libya, April 15. Read More »

Evacuation Resumes after Terrorist Blast Killed Scores of Foua, Kefraya Residents

A stalled population transfer in Syria resumed Saturday after an explosion killed at least 100 people, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point. The bombing was condemned by the rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, which said that they were securing the civilians at the time. Meanwhile, an Iraqi military statement said the Syrian air force has carried out a series of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria, with one killing a ... Read More »

U.S. and Russian Federation ties "at a low point"

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Moscow has accused the USA of using the chemical weapons attack as a pretext for hitting the Syrian base with Tomahawk missiles. Lavrov , for his part, questioned the effectiveness of the US war on the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamists: "The suspicion persists that Al-Nusra has been spared so far with the view of attempting, at some point, to use it in toppling Assad". Read More »

US national security adviser says North Korea missile test provocative

Weapons analysts said they believed some of the missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). As North Korea's only ally, China has come under unprecedented pressure in recent days to use its influence to persuade Kim not to risk conflict with a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch. Read More »

Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Registers as Foreign Agent

Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance", Maloni told CNN . His spokesman said he began discussions with the government about his lobbying activities after March 2016 when Trump hired him. Read More »

US Vice President Arrives in Seoul Amid North Korea Tensions

The launch from the city of Sinpo comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. On Saturday, the North Korean military paraded an unprecedented array of weapons through Kim Il-sung Square in the center of Pyongyang . A Pence spokesmen said the vice president's most important message to the South Koreans was to reaffirm the United States' "ironclad" ... Read More »

North Korea marks late leader's 105th birthday

Meanwhile, in Pyongyang, there was no public indication of the rising tensions. "But whatever Kim Jong Un decides and instructs will succeed and all the citizens will support him", he said, referring to the North's young leader. But in a commentary released after Saturday's military demonstration, Beijing's official news agency, Xinhua, said the region had reached "a critical moment in history" and warned that a pre-emptive U.S. Read More »

China strongly condemns church terrorist attacks in Egypt

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The Islamic State (IS) group had claimed responsibility for the church bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta in which at least 44 people were killed. "As the Islamic State is squeezed in Iraq and Syria it often conducts spectacular attacks elsewhere in an attempt to regain the narrative, boost morale and win recruits", he said. Read More »

Egypt's cabinet approves three-month emergency

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Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt's 91 million residents, but have little representation in the country's government - the current parliament is made up of 596 members, just 36 of whom are Christian. "Every church in Egypt is prepared, everyone knows sometimes you will get bombed, so we are prepared". One targeted St George's Coptic Church in the northern city of Tanta , where 27 people were killed. Read More »

Syria chemical attack investigator moves on to new United Nations post

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Additional such actions would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security", Lavrov said. The British delegation tweet says that Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told Thursday's hastily convened meeting of its executive council that the "Fact Finding Mission is working to gather evidence" about the April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 90 people. Read More »

North Korea missile launch 'no surprise, no need to expend resources'

Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security", spokesman Cmdr Dave Benham said in a statement. "We are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks", he said. The U.S. military is still assessing the type of missile used in Sunday's failed test, with one defense official telling CNN that there was limited available data because of how quickly the missile blew up after ... Read More »