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North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

The Thaad system to protect South Korea from the North will be activated "within days", says the US. […]

'Let down'
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

Officials say security at Sharm el-Sheikh has been improved since the 2015 bombing of a Russian plane. […]

Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:22 am

South African Gift Ngoepe has been trying to break into Major League Baseball for many years. […]

Vinod Khanna, India Bollywood actor, dies of...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:08 am

Khanna, also an active politician, was suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier. […]

Turkey suspends more than 9,000 police officers...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

The latest purge is over alleged links to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. […]

Syria conflict: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

A massive explosion followed by a fire has hit near the international airport in Syria, activists say. […]

Russia ramps up its military in the Arctic
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:51 am

Steve Rosenberg gains rare access to Russia's Arctic Brigade, close to the border with Finland. […]

Venezuela to withdraw from OAS as deadly protests...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:35 am

The country accuses the regional grouping of meddling in its affairs, as deadly protests continue. […]

United Airlines to offer up to $10,000 for...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:53 am

Passengers will be given up to $10,000 if they volunteer to forfeit seats on overbooked flights. […]

Trump won't scrap Nafta trade deal 'at this time'
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:40 am

President Trump seeks to renegotiate the trade deal with Canada and Mexico, rather than abandon it. […]

Australians worry about alcohol abuse, survey says
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

A survey suggests the majority of Australians think national drinking habits are excessive. […]

US police killer Eric Frein is sentenced to death
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 4:09 am

Eric Frein killed an officer before hiding in the Pennsylvania mountains in 2014, sparking a manhunt. […]

Trump says U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA
Posted by Associated Press on April 27, 2017 at 4:05 am

President Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The White House made the surprise announcement in a... […]

Trump says no plan to pull out of NAFTA 'at this...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 3:26 am

Washington PostTrump says no plan to pull out of NAFTA 'at this time'Washington PostPresident Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that the United States would not be pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement “at this time,” opening the door to future negotiations on the same day that Trump was ...Dollar holds gains; Canadian dollar, Mexican peso surge on NAFTA reliefReutersTrump tells Mexico, Canada he won't terminate NAFTA 'at this time'The HillTrump Tells Canada And Mexico He Will Renegotiate, Not Withdraw From NAFTANPRUSA TODAY -Forbes -Yahoo News -The Atlanticall 464 news articles » […]

Paraguay MPs reject amendment allowing president...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 2:50 am

MPs reject a bid to allow the president to seek re-election, four weeks after it triggered riots. […]

Cheap and accessible drug tackles death in...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:57 am

New research shows promising results for cutting the risk of women bleeding to death in childbirth. […]

Mother of All Bombs
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:27 am

The BBC's Auliya Atrafi finds out if a massive bomb dropped on Afghanistan had any effect on IS. […]

Punishment Island
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:24 am

Mauda Kyitaragabirwe was abandoned on Uganda's 'Punishment Island' for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire went to meet her. […]

Brides wanted
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:18 am

There's a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands. So men are increasingly seeking wives from Thailand and the Philippines. […]

Uphill task
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:15 am

The polls give centrist Emmanuel Macron a 20-point lead, so can Marine Le Pen emerge victorious? […]

Trump's America
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:14 am

Trump's election was a celebration for some, a calamity for others. What's the state of the nation now? […]

British High Commission helps gay couples marry...
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Gay couples can't get married under Australian law, but hundreds of gay weddings have taken place since 2014 using British law, with the help of the British High Commission. […]

White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax...
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm

Washington PostWhite House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for TrumpWashington PostPresident Trump's call for a dramatic overhaul of the tax code sets in motion his most ambitious legislative initiative to date, testing whether he can cut the deal of his life on an issue that has long bedeviled Washington. On Wednesday, Trump issued ...Trump goes big on tax reformThe HillTrump's 'Massive' Tax Plan: One Page, Many Unanswered QuestionsBloombergTrump tax plan gets lukewarm welcome on Capitol HillPoliticoSalon -Los Angeles Times -Forbesall 1,492 news articles » […]

'Pawternity' leave
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 11:08 pm

From giving staff a week's paid leave to look after their new dog, to the firm that pays towards its employees' weddings. […]

Senators: Little learned during rare all-hands...
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

CNNSenators: Little learned during rare all-hands North Korea briefingCNN(CNN) Nearly every US senator attended an unusual all-hands meeting on North Korea at the White House Wednesday, though afterward few said any new information emerged about the increasingly tense US standoff with Pyongyang. Nonetheless ...Trump administration talks tough on North Korea, but frustrated lawmakers want detailsWashington PostThe Drumbeats Don't Add Up to Imminent War With North KoreaNew York TimesSenators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visitThe HillHuffington Post -Daily Beast -Politico -NBCNews.comall 498 news articles » […]

Full Senate, in rare move, goes to White House...
Posted by W.J. Hennigan, Tracy Wilkinson, Michael A. Memoli on April 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm

The Trump administration, filling the week with warnings over North Korea, is seeking to send a message to the government of Kim Jong Un and the world — and to reach an audience at home as well, with a rare White House hosting of the entire U.S. Senate as the president nears 100 days in office.... […]

Missing Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas...
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Liang Sheng Yueh is recovering in a Kathmandu hospital, but his girlfriend died on the mountainside. […]

Undercover video of human organ traders
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

The World Health Organisation says more than 10,000 human organs are sold illegally every year. […]

Newlyweds divided over Trump's 100 days
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Tom voted Trump, Gretchen for Clinton, and they got married after the election. […]

Acid anger
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Aerial images show large areas of acid-stained ground in a region pegged for massive investment. […]

General election 2017: Tony Blair refuses to...
Posted by Andrew Sparrow (now) and Claire Phipps (earlier) on April 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

Follow all the day’s campaign action, as Greens and Lib Dems get tactical in Brighton, and Johnson calls Labour leader ‘mutton-headed mugwump’Jeremy Corbyn to renew attack on Tories’ housebuilding recordThe Snap: sign up for our daily election briefing email and read today’sBoris Johnson says UK willing to join US in air strike against SyriaBlair refuses to endorse Corbyn for prime ministerBoris Johnson’s morning interviews - Summary 11.20am BSTCorbyn invites people to come with him to create a more decent, fairer society for everyone.We are for the many, not just for the few, he says. 11.16am BSTJeremy Corbyn is giving a campaign speech in Harlow.He […]

Estonia says Russia may put troops in Belarus to...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

VALETTA (Reuters) - Estonia's defence minister said on Thursday that Russia may use large-scale military exercises to move thousands of troops permanently into Belarus later this year in a warning to NATO. […]

Italy's Renzi set to regain leadership of...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

ROME (Reuters) - Matteo Renzi looks well placed to regain the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, but returning to government may be a much tougher task for the former prime minister. […]

Insight: Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven. […]

Violent crime rising in England and Wales, police...
Posted by Alan TravisHome affairs editor on April 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

Data reveals ‘small but genuine’ rise in gun and knife offences but overall increase reflects changes in recording practicesThere have been “small but genuine” increases in murder and other violent crimes, including 13-14% increases in gun and knife crime in 2016, according to the latest police-recorded crime figures.The Office for National Statistics said the police data showed a 9% rise in overall crime in 2016, but that had to be viewed alongside the more authoritative crime survey of England and Wales, which showed an apparent 5% fall over the same period. These figures do, however, show an increase in violent crime, with a 10% rise in robberies, a 35% increase […]

More black women are learning to use guns: 'this...
Posted by Timothy Pratt in Lawrenceville, Georgia on April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

African American women organizing shooting classes are finding a surge of interest – and many say it comes down to feeling less safe in the era of TrumpIt was a modest setting for the launch of a movement: 10 African American women sat on folding metal chairs lining the edges of a small, gray-carpeted room on the second floor of the Bullseye Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Lawrenceville, Georgia.They nervously giggled as Marchelle Tigner began her lesson. Seven of them had never held a gun before. Continue reading... […]

‘Annihilate British Dogs’: Guangzhou...
Posted by Reuters on April 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

• AFC act after banner displayed during game with Hong Kong’s Eastern• Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale also charged for displaying wartime flagChina’s Guangzhou Evergrande have been charged by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after fans unfurled a banner with the words “Annihilate British Dogs” during their Asian Champions League match against Hong Kong’s Eastern on Tuesday.The banner, which read in full “Annihilate British Dogs, Eradicate Hong Kong Independence Poison”, was displayed late in Guangzhou’s 6-0 win over the Hong Kong champions. Continue reading... […]

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:40 am

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. […]

Angela Merkel attacks British 'illusion' of...
Posted by Philip Oltermann in Berlin and Dan Roberts on April 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

German chancellor says UK cannot have same rights as member states nor negotiate trade relations before agreeing to pay its billAngela Merkel has said British politicians are still living under the “illusion” that the UK will retain most of its rights and privileges once it leaves the European Union.Addressing her parliament ahead of this weekend’s EU summit at which European leaders will formally adopt Brexit negotiation guidelines, the German chancellor said: “Countries with a third country status – and that’s what Great Britain will be – cannot and will not have the same or even more rights as a member of the European Union. All 27 member states […]

Merkel warns Britons: don't delude yourself over...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Britons on Thursday not to delude themselves that they would continue to enjoy EU rights after Brexit and insisted the bloc would only agree on future ties with London after they have nailed down a deal to leave. […]

Pope heads to Egypt with Christians in retreat...
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:13 am

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis flies to Cairo on Friday, less than a month after church bombings killed 45 people in two Egyptian cities as part of a concerted campaign by Islamist militants to rid the Middle East of Christians. […]

French voters must choose between the lesser of...
Posted by Philippe Marlière on April 27, 2017 at 9:10 am

Macron is arrogant and incompetent with no solid backing. But if he wins power he can be opposed. The same cannot be said of Marine Le PenThe presidential run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen poses a dilemma for many French progressive voters: the former is seen as one of the main architects of François Hollande’s most unpopular pro-market and antisocial policies, such as the labour law reforms, which dismantled vital workers’ rights. If elected, Macron promises a hardened version of those reforms which have destroyed the Socialist party. Le Pen, no less neoliberal than her opponent (she has a similar socio-economic platform to Donald Trump’s), proposes […]

Emmanuel Macron booed and jostled at French...
Posted by Guardian Staff on April 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

The two remaining French presidential candidates received contrasting welcomes at a Whirlpool factory in the northern town of Amiens: Marine Le Pen, who has vowed to save the plant from closure, was able to take selfies with smiling workers, while Macron was jostled and booed by angry union officials who believe he does not care about the working classMarine Le Pen springs surprise visit on Macron during picket line campaign tripContinue reading... […]

Greg Hunt hints at Medicare breakthrough as Scott...
Posted by Gareth Hutchens on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Health minister suggests government will unfreeze healthcare rebate while treasurer intensifies pre-budget positioningThe health minister, Greg Hunt, has strongly hinted at a “big breakthrough” on Medicare, suggesting the government will unfreeze the Medicare rebate in the May budget. This comes as the treasurer, Scott Morrison, has intensified the government’s pre-budget positioning, discarding years of anti-debt rhetoric from the Coalition to promote a new concept of “good and bad debt” on Thursday. Continue reading... […]

Brazilians fight back against corruption– with...
Posted by Dom Phillips and Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Colour of Corruption, a plug-in that works with Google Chrome, details criminal allegations against Brazil’s top politicians, who have long been accused of greasing the wheelsIn an age of epic corruption and political cynicism in Brazil, a new browser plug-in aims to attract and inform voters about the extent of their representatives’ involvement in graft.Released before what is expected to be the biggest general strike in decades, Colour of Corruption is an online political scorecard that details criminal allegations against members of the cabinet, the upper and lower houses of parliament, state governors, their deputies – and even the president. Continue reading... […]