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Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

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The move places the Syrian aircraft in close proximity to Russia's Khmeimim Air Base - where the majority of Russian air forces helping ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime are based - in Latakia Governorate, Syria. Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed almost 90 people in Syria. Read More »

China criticizes North Korea, praises USA on nuclear issue

Pence, dressed in a green military jacket, said aboard the hulking USS Ronald Reagan that President Donald Trump's administration would continue to "work diligently" with allies like Japan, China and other global powers to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. Read More »

Pence: No negotiations with N. Korea 'at this time'

New footage from North Korea's birthday celebrations for founding father Kim Il-sung has revealed the extravaganza ended with a bang, showing a mock-up video of missiles striking the United States that drew cheers from the audience and smiles from leader Kim Jong-un. Read More »

Thousands march in Venezuela against government

Youths throwing rocks have squared off against security forces spraying tear gas in melees that have dragged on well into the evening."We're scared but we've got to do this", said Carmen Medina, a 55-year-old social worker in the middle-class district of El Paraiso, where demonstrators were beginning to gather. Read More »

Work visa popular with the Irish overseas scrapped

The 457 visa program allows skilled migrant workers who are sponsored by an employer, and who fill an area of need, to live in Australia for up to four years. Mr Goudie said that the government's announcement would affect his growing business going forward. Early stage start-ups will be hit hardest, said David Ballerini, a co-founder of restaurant discovery and cash loyalty app Liven. Read More »

Niger security forces kill 57 Boko Haram militants

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In a statement , the DSS said five of the men had "perfected plans" to attack the embassies. The British High Commission and United States embassy in Abuja did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Young girls are spotted in the markets, and nighttime raids drag them from their beds". The Boko Haram extremist group began large-scale attacks in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. Read More »

Tillerson accuses Iran of alarming provocations

But the Trump administration is pointing to Iran's alleged involvement in other Middle East conflicts that hamper the United States agenda in those countries. In addition to the USA, five other countries and the European Union agreed to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for it's assurance it won't try to make or acquire a nuclear weapon. Read More »

Mom films arrest, handcuffing of autistic Florida boy

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Not wanting to be touched can be a symptom of autism, according to Autism Speaks . A school resource officer is shown approaching John Benjamin Haygood to place handcuffs on the 10-year-old. He was assigned a paraprofessional educator but complained that the teacher's aide was hurting him. Then, on October 27, John Benjamin kicked, scratched, and punched his assistant, after being told to go to timeout. Read More »

Hernandez's lawyer vows own death investigation

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Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note. "From everyone I had talked to who was close to him, they said he remained positive when he was in prison", Steele said. MA had an annual suicide rate of 32 per 100,000 prisoners from 2001 to 2014, which is more than twice the 13.26 per 100,000 average nationwide. Since the prison opened in 1998, Souza-Baranowski has had a speckled history of violence, including attacks on prison staff and inmates. Read More »

Fox drops controversial host Bill O'Reilly

The journalist has been with Fox News for over 20 years and his show The O'Reilly Factor has been the most-watched cable news show for 16 years - it averaged 3.3 million viewers a night last year. His show generated $178 million in advertising revenue in 2015, according to Kantar Media. With a profit center gone, 21st Century Fox stock fell nearly 1 percent Wednesday in heavy trading. Read More »

Two people killed during anti-government protests in Venezuela

The protest followed a fortnight of violent protests, in which five people have been killed, triggered by a Supreme Court decision in March to assume the powers of the opposition-led Congress - which it quickly reversed under worldwide pressure.The court's move nonetheless fueled long-simmering anger over the ruling Socialist Party's handling of the economy. Read More »

Jakarta election: Ex-education minister takes lead over Ahok

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A video clip of the comment went viral, and sparked protests in Jakarta . About 85% of Indonesia's population are Muslim, but the country officially respects six religions. While this phenomenon may seem alarming and bears watching, one caveat is that Jakarta is not the main stronghold of PKB, PPP, GP Anshor or Nahdlatul Ulama. Read More »

White House defends Korean 'armada' push

It was supposed to be steaming towards North Korea more than a week ago, an "armada" signaling American resolve. "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in response. Perhaps the Carl Vinson will be available. April 16: North Korea attempts to test a missile. On April 15 , the U.S. Navy even published a photo showing the Vinson transiting the Sunda Strait. Read More »

June 8 election for United Kingdom as May seeks mandate

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On March 29 Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's Ambassador to the EU, delivered a letter from Theresa May to EU President Donald Tusk stating that the United Kingdom wishes to withdraw from the European Union and the process of negotiation begins. "I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet the voters", she said. "Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's reaction to the snap elections avoided any mention of Brexit, Britain's central political issue this generation, in a sign of his ... Read More »

Trump order targets foreign workers

President Donald Trump Tuesday signed the " Buy American And Hire American " Executive Order that mandates a full review of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers and the government's procurement rules to ensure they give preference to US-made products. Read More »

Palestinians in Israeli Jails begin Hunger Strike

According to figures from the PNA, about 6,500 Palestinians are in 22 Israeli prisons and in detention centres, including 300 minors, 12 lawmakers and 28 journalists. Barghouti, who disputed the court's jurisdiction and didn't mount a defense, has been in prison since 2002. He said he organized the hunger strike to fight back, after exhausting all other options. Read More »

All "good people" should come together: Delhi CM

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Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who is also a Polit Bureau member, was present during the meeting. Commenting that it's futile to join with the Congress to face the BJP, he said that everyone has seen former Congress Chief of Delhi join the BJP. Read More »

Turkish PM warns opposition against street protests

According to Turkish electoral law, officials have to stamp ballots, that are then placed in stamped envelopes before being dropped in the ballot box. A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Mr Guven. The YSK said that while certain election officials had failed to stamp ballots, this would not be enough to invalidate citizens' right to vote. Read More »

Patriots star Rob Gronkowski crashes White House press briefing

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Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail previous year. The Super Bowl champions are expected to be honored at the White House in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Spicer, a Patriots fan, seemed to appreciate the interruption, saying: "that was cool". The star quarterback Tom Brady is skipping the first day of New England Patriots' voluntary offseason workouts, and the valuable chemistry built during this time that can never ... Read More »

Theresa May's call for early election 'cheap opportunism'

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But there was deep division over the issues which should decide the election's outcome, with Mrs May casting the poll as an opportunity to secure "strong and stable leadership" for Britain as it forges a new position outside the European Union, while Mr Corbyn said voters should take the chance to make their judgment on the Conservative record on austerity and public service cuts. Read More »

BJP leaders to face trial for violence

The CBI said the error in the judgments of the trial court and the high court had vitiated the fundamental principles of criminal jurisprudence that in respect of a continuous criminal act which might attract various offences of the IPC, the said transaction had to be viewed as a whole. Read More »

Pence: President Trump Is A Man Of His Word

He visited South Korea earlier and will head to Indonesia after his stop in Japan. Trump said on Twitter, recounting what he told Xi while hosting him this month at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence have declared that our policy of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang is at an end. National security adviser H.R. Read More »

Theresa May accuses opposition leaders of seeking to divide UK

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Mrs May, addressing voters as she stood surrounded by party activists and supporters, said: "Only you can give us the mandate, so vote for a strong and stable leadership in this country". However, the unexpected elections might delay the beginning of the talks, which European Union officials said could begin as early as May. Rejecting the PM's claim that an election is needed to prevent disunity at Westminster undermining a Brexit deal, Mr Corbyn said: "There is no obstacle to the Government ... Read More »

Shooting leads to Nanaimo's first homicide of 2017

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Police and B.C. Ambulance paramedics were called to the hotel at 1 Terminal Avenue where the person was found deceased. The B.C. Coroners Service has been advised and the investigation is continuing. O'Brien said it's still early in their investigation but they should be able to release more information later this afternoon. O'Brien did not offer a motive or release other details. Read More »