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Israel hits arms supply hub in Syria

Liberman had expressed his concern about Iran's use of Syrian grounds to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah and said Israel would not allow the concentration of Iranian and Hezbollah forces on the Golan Heights border, the ministry said in a statement. Read More »

Conservatives make huge gains in United Kingdom local elections

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Theresa May will look at the figures and feel well satisfied that her gamble in calling a snap general election is going according to plan, with not only Labour having a bad day but the Ukip vote collapsing. "The local elections proved that the Labour Party is finished and the Conservative Party is heading for a landslide", he said. Nearly as jaw-dropping was Andy Street's victory for the Tories in the West Midlands, where Labour have 21 out of 28 parliamentary seats. Read More »

United States concerned over detention of its citizen by N Korea

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The regime's official news agency said Sunday that he was being held for "hostile acts against the country", although more detail about the alleged acts was not provided by North Korean authorities. He was passionate about solving North Korea's food shortage, and would use his own money to fund his projects and send food to the impoverished nation. Read More »

Ice Citi: Rangers will play Sabres in '18 Classic

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The Rangers last received this opportunity in 2012, when they beat the Flyers 3-2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. If the Sabres can take a step forward next season with a young team, this should be an entertaining matchup for a national audience on New Year's Day. Read More »

Trump reassures Abbas at the White House

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Over the course of his campaign, Trump hinted at dropping the traditional two-state solution past presidents have supported (he also mulled moving the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the disputed holy city claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis). Read More »

Troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

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A man is assisted by Surete du Quebec police officers after being evacuated from his home in the town of Rigaud, Quebec, west of Montreal , Monday, May 8, 2017, following flooding in the region. "But we're on their side, we're going to work with them". The situation in Ontario seems to be "generally stabilizing", although there are many unstable local circumstances, he said. Read More »

Senate GOP discussing health overhaul's Medicaid provisions

They're fearful of higher premiums or losing coverage altogether. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people but the House bill halts the expansion, in addition to cutting government spending on the programme, which Mr Trump's health chief argues is flawed and dictates too much from Washington. Read More »

Void left by Vinod Khanna's death hard to fill: Naidu

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The old Bollywood hunk's funeral was attended by Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abishek, along with Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Randeep Hooda and Chunky Pandey among others, although several actors were conspicuous by their absence. The actor changed his Twitter profile picture to a picture of Vinod Khanna and was reminiscing over the happy memories that the two shared. In 1982, at the peak of his career, the actor briefly quit the industry to follow spiritual Guru Osho Rajneesh. Read More »

Trump fires FBI director Comey

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The White House said the search for a replacement was beginning immediately. Comey had said that "hundreds and thousands" of Clinton's emails from her time as U.S. Comey is set to testify before Congress Thursday, and may address the issue then. "The administration insists there's no 'there there, ' yet President Trump has so far fired the acting Attorney General, almost every USA attorney, and now the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Read More »

Judge: Zuma must accept execution of his powers must be rational

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While this did not ostensibly constitute the main reason for his ruling, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa promptly called for Zuma to appeal the judgment, accusing the judge of allowing politics to interfere with his reasoning. "On the face of it, President Zuma's decision was patently irrational and unreasonable with predictable consequences", James Selfe, the chairman of the DA's federal executive committee, said in an emailed statement. Read More »

Philippines' Duterte says chat with Xi was at Trump's request

On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended the outreach to Duterte, saying the Philippines can help economically and diplomatically to isolate North Korea. President Duterte was more pointed in his observations about President Obama, calling him "a son of a whore " and telling him to " go to hell ". "I just said, 'We're concerned". Read More »

Hamas elects Haniya as new chief of Islamic movement

Haniya became involved in political activities at university through the student union, the arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, later the Islamic Hamas movement in December 1987. Hamas ignored the dismissal and a Haniyeh-led Hamas government remained in place in Gaza , while Abbas appointed a rival administration in autonomous West Bank enclaves under his control. Read More »

INTERNATIONAL: Venezuelan President hikes minimum wage amid unrest

Maduro said he has triggered an article of the constitution that reforms all public powers, The Guardian reports , and he did this in order "to achieve the peace needed by the republic, defeat the fascist coup, and let the sovereign people impose peace, harmony, and true national dialogue". Read More »

Venezuelans to blocks streets to protest Maduro's power shakeup

The opposition accuses the elected president of manoeuvering to strengthen his grip on power. Maduro has resisted repeated opposition efforts to hold a vote on removing him from power. Some 29 people have been killed, more than 400 injured and hundreds more arrested since demonstrations against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government began in April amid severe shortages of food and medicine, deep recession and hyper-inflation. Read More »

Merkel: Macron 'Carries Hopes' of Millions in Europe

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Still, Mr. Macron's presidential victory is encouraging for France, Europe and the Western world, and a welcome blow to the extremist forces blowing across the world right now. Now Le Pen vows to go further with more changes to reach an even wider spectrum of voters, "those who choose France, defend its independence, its freedom, its prosperity, its security, its identity and its social model". Read More »

ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed in raid, US confirms

The offensive in Nangahar province aims to strike Islamic State fighters when their numbers are down and their leadership could be in disarray after a US-Afghan commando raid late last month killed a militant leader, Abdul Hasib. military raid last month. His death comes just 9 months after Hafiz Sayed Khan, the region's previous ISIS leader, was killed in a US airstrike in Nangarhar province. Read More »

Do Tequila Plants Really Hold The Key To Strong Bones?

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The study looked specifically at how mice with induced osteoporosis - a condition which weakens bones - were affected when administered with "agave fructans" (non-digestible carbohydrates/fruit sugar) from the blue tequila plant. 'However, it is very important that people have a healthy intestinal microbiome, because only then it is possible that bacteria ferment fructans to transform them into fatty acids'. Read More »

Dozens trapped as coal mine in north of Iran explodes

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Twelve injured miners were pulled out alive, Kolivand said . Because the explosion was at a great depth, media reported that only 21 bodies had been recovered by late on May 3, though the explosion occurred almost 12 hours earlier. "The gas in the mine exploded and my colleagues remained in the tunnel", he said. Two bodies were recovered from the Zemestan Yort mine, Fars news agency cited the Red Crescent as saying. Read More »

Toll in Turkish strikes on Syria Kurds rises to 18: monitor

The Turkish raids showed the challenges facing USA -led attempts to defeat Islamic State in Syria and tension between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Washington and Ankara over Kurdish combatants who have been crucial in driving back the jihadists.Ankara sees the YPG as a hostile force and an extension of the outlawed PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Read More »

In surprise move, Trump fires FBI Director

And here's another from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat: I have always been a critic of Director Comey, for his views about surveillance and torture, his stance on secret law and his conduct during the investigation into Secretary Clinton. Read More »