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Invitation to Duterte draws flak

The White House is facing fresh criticism following an invitation President Trump extended over the weekend to controversial Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte , who has been accused of numerous human rights violations in his southeast Asian country. Read More »

Scottish Conservatives launch Angus general election campaign

The Conservatives and SNP both say the other is obsessed with the constitution. Now more than ever, it's only the SNP that can stop the Tories in Scotland. Ms Hair also increased the party's share of the vote by 15% in Angus South in the Scottish Parliament election a year ago. Elsewhere in the west of Scotland the party's vote also increased especially sharply in West Dunbartonshire (up ten points), and in Inverclyde (up seven). Read More »

Celtics win Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Three nights after he threatened to (expletive) up Marcin Gortat if the officials didn't start calling him for illegal picks, Avery Bradley widened his target. The home-court advantage, for whatever reason, is massive for these two teams, perhaps because they're both pretty emotional. With the likes of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount in attendance courtside, the Celtics were intent on returning the haymakers the Wizards ... Read More »

France Elects a Pro-European Union President

In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Macron's election makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives and strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks. Macron has called for reforms to France's economy including its job market to deal with the country's high unemployment. Macron's victory was seen across the world as a victory for supporters of European Union integration over Le Pen's anti-EU proposals which included ditching the euro ... Read More »

Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape - but no Russia

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Ahead of her performance, which will be watched by a huge global audience, the 26-year-old said she would keep politics out of mind in the first Eurovision since the European Union referendum. "It's public vote and it's jury and we have no idea how it's going to go". It could go any way. Since debuting in 2008, Azerbaijan has always qualified for the final, and placed in the top 10 six times, including Ell & Nikki's 2011 win with "Running Scared". Read More »

Venezuela's president orders 60% hike of minimum wage ... in a 500% inflation

Venezuela's beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro called for a new constitution, to be written by a "people's" body circumventing the opposition-held Congress. As well as general elections, the opposition wants the release of jailed activists, permission for foreign humanitarian aid to help offset shortages of food and medicine, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Read More »

Germany eyes new sanctions against North Korea

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The City Hostel Berlin (L) and the compound of the North Korean embassy is pictured in Berlin, Germany, May 9, 2017. "It goes without saying that we will participate in raising the pressure on North Korea through sanctions", Martin Schaefer , a German foreign ministry spokesman, said in Berlin on Wednesday. Read More »

Pakistani civilians killed in Afghan firing

There are around 8-10 villages situated on the border belt; according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, 2,000 homes were affected by the shelling and firing from the Afghan side. The border is not the only area of dispute between the neighbours: Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of sponsoring the Afghan Taliban, though Islamabad says it provides the militants with safe haven as a "lever" to bring them to peace talks. Read More »

OtterBox Debuts Venture Coolers At Hardware Show

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It also contains clips and mounting points for attaching accessories, as shown in the video above. The real standout feature is assortment of clip-on accessories, like the bottle opener, cup holder, cutting board, and drybox. The Venture 25, $249.99, comes with a bottle opener accessory that snaps to the cooler's front. Venture coolers are available in Hudson (white and blue), Ridgeline (tan and green) and Back Trail (Realtree Xtra camo). Read More »

Tony Abbott continues to white ant Gonski 2.0

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Catholic school authorities expect details of the Federal package to be presented to the National Catholic Education Commission at a meeting later this month. Plibersek said the NSW Teachers Federation hitlist , based on state government data obtained under freedom of information, showed Birmingham's Gonski 2.0 funding estimator was "deliberately created to disguise his cuts". Read More »

Trump meets Lavrov, Kislyak at White House

Less than 24 hours after President Trump reportedly ( if not publicly ) fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey over his frustration with the ongoing Russia probe, the administration is hosting Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington, D.C. Read More »

N.Korean missile test fails for fourth straight time

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An embassy official said Mike Pompeo and his wife were in the South Korean capital on Monday, but would not say for how long. South Korean and USA forces have been conducting annual military drills since the start of March that conclude at the end of April. Read More »

Turkey may come to PKK-held Sinjar overnight, President Erdoğan says

Erdogan complained at a conference in Istanbul, that USA support for YPG fighters within Syria was damaging solidarity between the United States and Turkey. "I said yesterday: 'We can come unexpectedly in the night.' I really meant that". Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters. Read More »

Woman Shot by Police During Counter-Terrorism Operation in London

The knife incident came just over a month after a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge, killing four people, before stabbing to death a police officer in the grounds of parliament. One of six people arrested in a counter terrorism operation in London on Thursday was once suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join so-called Islamic State, it has emerged. Read More »

Snapdeal, Nexus reach deal with SoftBank for sale to Flipkart

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While there had been speculation earlier that Paytm was looking to buy Freecharge, this latest development puts all rumours to rest. Citing people in the know of the things, the report said that Alibaba-backed Paytm will be beginning the financial and commercial due diligence for the transaction next week and if everything falls into place, the deal would be finalised within next thirty days. Read More »

Hamas Stands in Solidarity with Hunger-Striking Palestinians

Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt destroyed a once-thriving network of cross-border smuggling tunnels used by Hamas, robbing the group of its main economic lifeline and a key source of weapons. Abbas, who oversees autonomous enclaves in the West Bank, has reduced salary payments and electricity subsidies to Gaza in recent weeks and said more steps would follow. Read More »

Federal nutrition standards relaxed for school lunches

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Schools, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture, want more control over the sodium , whole grains , and milk they are now serving children. Perdue also announced that 1% milk would be allowed again in schools, as now only non-fat flavored milk is permitted into school cafeterias. Read More »

Aaron Hernandez Will 'Always Be Guilty,' Says Odin Lloyd's Mother

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Aaron Hernandez died a convicted murderer, but in the eyes of the law, his conviction has been erased. That could have a big impact on the civil trial against Hernandez. "A defendant, who can cut off his own criminal appeal by suicide and stall civil litigation by a stay of proceedings. has the reins of the entire justice system in his own hands", prosecutors wrote. Read More »

United States troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

The attack occurred in the same area where two weeks ago the USA dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an IS complex. "The fight against ISIS-K is important for the world, but sadly, it is not without sacrifice", said Gen. U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment search mountains in the Andar province of Afghanistan for Taliban members and weapons caches. Read More »

More Venezuela Protests As Death Toll Rises

Students held demonstrations across Caracas Thursday as a two-month-old protest movement that shows no signs of letting up claimed more lives. The government also plans a counter women's march in the city's downtown. Among the opposition's demands are for the government to allow the delayed state elections to be carried out and the 2018 presidential election to be brought forward. Read More »

Theresa May 'more in touch' than Nicola Sturgeon, says Ruth Davidson

The SNP took one more seat than Labour at North Lanarkshire Council, however both parties are looking to form the new administration. "Across Scotland, there has been a clear backlash against the SNP's plans for a divisive second independence referendum and anger over the SNP's woeful record running our schools, hospitals and public services". Read More »

Met Gala 2017: The most exclusive ticket in New York City

The gala is also an annual fundraising event benefiting the Met's Costume Institute. A source said: "It had nothing to do with the Met Gala". The amusing part? The tweet didn't include a photo of Rihanna in her custom Comme des Garçons creation, but instead two photos of Gaga wearing iconic looks from the brand. Read More »