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Senate Russia hearing could offer clues to...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 am

CNNSenate Russia hearing could offer clues to investigationCNNWashington (CNN) The Senate intelligence committee has run a steady and low-key investigation into Russia's interference in the US elections and communications with the campaign of President Donald Trump, but Thursday marks the panel's first public ...AP News in Brief at 6:04 am EDTWashington PostCrucial Senate hearings on Russian role in US elections on tapCBS NewsSenate intelligence leaders pledge bipartisan Trump-Russia inquiryReutersNew York Times -Roll Callall 225 news articles » […]

Refugee or militant? High-stakes screening...
Posted by Molly Hennessy-Fiske on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Refugee or militant? High-stakes screening outside Mosul By Molly Hennessy-Fiske March 30, 2017 | REPORTING FROM HAMAM ALIL, Iraq Men kneel silently as they wait for their names to be called by Iraqi police screeners south of Mosul. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) "We think he may be Islamic State,"... […]

American Airlines pilot dies on...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:50 am

The incident happened just before he was due to land a flight from Texas to New Mexico. […]

North Carolina leaders agree to repeal bathroom...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

CNNNorth Carolina leaders agree to repeal bathroom bill, but many see flawsCNN(CNN) North Carolina lawmakers and the governor reached an agreement to repeal the state's controversial "bathroom bill," called HB2. But LGBT groups immediately criticized the deal saying it's a "repeal" in name only -- with one advocate calling it ...Repeal of Bathroom Law Could Be Boon for North Carolina Sports FansNew York TimesAgreement to end 'bathroom bill' but are there enough votes?Washington PostNorth Carolina lawmakers set to vote on 'bathroom bill' repeal, gay rights advocates slam dealFox NewsUSA TODAY -NPR -Charlotte Observer -BBC Newsall 203 news articles » […]

Trump to meet China's Xi in Florida next week
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:37 am

The visit will be on 6-7 April at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, with trade and North Korea key issues. […]

PwC keeps Oscars despite best film blunder
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

The firm that handles balloting is being retained, but its staff will be banned from using mobiles. […]

Challenging Erdogan
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 7:52 am

A former interior minister emerges as a key figure challenging President Erdogan's referendum plans. […]

'Exploding' soup dumpling video angers Asian...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 7:38 am

A lifestyle video proposes bursting the popular Xiao Long Bao and throwing out the soup. […]

Insurer Lloyd's of London confirms new Brussels...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 7:16 am

The 329-year-old insurance market says it has chosen Brussels for its new EU subsidiary. […]

Family of Chinese victim of Paris killing calls...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 6:35 am

The shooting of Chinese national Liu Shaoyo by French police has sparked violence and protests. […]

North Carolina 'bathroom' law: Deal reached on...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 6:18 am

The deal must still pass the state Congress and its terms have angered LGBT activists. […]

Mexican judge is suspended after controversial...
Posted by Kate Linthicum on March 30, 2017 at 5:30 am

A Mexican judge has been suspended after his controversial acquittal of a man accused in a high-profile sexual assault case. Mexico’s Plenary Council of the Federal Judiciary said Wednesday that it had indefinitely suspended Judge Anuar Gonzalez Hemadi and would carry out an investigation into... […]

Trump travel ban: Hawaii judge places indefinite...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 4:14 am

The ruling means the president cannot enforce the ban while it is contested in court. […]

Thirteen dead as truck and church bus collide in...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 4:03 am

Another two people are hurt in the head-on collision near Garner State Park, west of San Antonio. […]

The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 3:33 am

Washington PostThe Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmedWashington PostHONOLULU — The Latest on a hearing in federal court in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):. 5:25 p.m.. Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ...Judge maintains broad block on Trump travel banPoliticoFederal judge in Hawaii extends ruling halting travel ban indefinitelyCNNHawaii Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump 'Travel Ban'NBCNews.comKITV Honolulu -Huffington Post -CBS News -Daily Beastall 149 news articles » […]

U.S. airstrike was responsible for civilian...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 2:10 am

A top Iraqi military officer said Wednesday it was clear that the devastating explosion on the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadidah this month was a U.S. airstrike, but he insisted the troops that requested it didn’t realize civilians were present. With as many as 200 people killed — the largest... […]

Ivanka Trump to be assistant to US president
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:45 am

The White House bows to pressure to make her role official. […]

Trump Russia dossier
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 12:41 am

The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Russian involvement in Donald Trump's election. […]

One of the biggest breakups in history gets...
Posted by Christina Boyle, Catherine Stupp on March 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm

It has been described as the most complex divorce in history, but Wednesday afternoon, the breakup began in earnest as Britain formally launched its move to leave the European Union. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, received a letter in Brussels hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow,... […]

Credentials, please
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at why Kenya insists that its senior political leaders must hold a university degree. […]

Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump? How about a...
Posted by Kate Linthicum on March 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm

First domesticated here 10,000 years ago, corn is not only a staple of the Mexican diet, but also a symbol of Mexico itself. Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, it has also become a symbol of Mexico’s growing economic dependence on the United States. Now, as President... […]

Pirate patrols
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm

You may not have heard of the Sulu-Celebes sea, but piracy is on the rise there. […]

'You may as well kill us'
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm

The BBC's Vikas Pandey visits a community of butchers affected by the crackdown on meat shops. […]

US state department employee 'concealed contacts...
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm

A veteran state department employee is accused of being paid by Chinese agents for information. […]

Now that the clock is running on 'Brexit,' here's...
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

The two-year countdown began Wednesday toward Britain’s official departure from the European Union, raising a question: What happens now? There will be deals to work out, among them trade, legal agreements, and the rights of British expatriates living in EU nations. British Prime Minister Theresa... […]

French artist turns chicken for three-week egg...
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Abraham Poincheval is sitting on 10 chicken eggs that he hopes to hatch in a Paris museum. […]

Bodies of U.N. workers and interpreter found in...
Posted by Robyn Dixon on March 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

The bodies of two United Nations investigators and their Congolese interpreter were found in a shallow grave Monday in the troubled Kasai-Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. American Michael J. Sharp of Kansas, Swede Zaida Catalan and Congolese Betu Tshintela were reporting on... […]

Canada comes online
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Canada is experiencing an influx of funding for AI research and commercialisation. […]

Tillerson will push NATO allies to 'do more,...
Posted by Tracy Wilkinson on March 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week holds his first meetings with the full roster of NATO partners, and aides say he will make a concerted effort to press member states to increase their defense spending. Tillerson was en route to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday, where he will... […]

Witnessing history
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm

The BBC's Dan Johnson witnessed history in Brussels as the UK and the EU officially started their divorce. […]

Brexit: David Davis rejects claims article 50...
Posted by Andrew Sparrow on March 30, 2017 at 10:08 am

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including publication of the white paper on the ‘great repeal bill’ and David Davis’s statement to the CommonsDavid Davis’s morning interviews - Summary 11.08am BSTFrancois Hollande, the French president, told Theresa May in a telephone call this morning that he was opposed to negotiating the UK-EU trade deal at the same time as withdrawal from the EU. The exit terms had to be settled first, Reuters reports.The outgoing French president told May in a telephone call that the negotiations must be held in a “clear and constructive manner, so as to lift uncertainties and to fully respect the […]

Article 50 letter: European newspapers express...
Posted by Jon Henley European affairs correspondent on March 30, 2017 at 10:08 am

From Le Monde to El País, EU papers predict difficult talks ahead, especially if Britain resorts to security ‘blackmail’European newspapers greeted the formal start of Britain’s exit from the EU with a mixture of pain, puzzlement and predictions that the coming two years of negotiations could get nasty – especially if the UK resorts to “blackmail” over security cooperation. In France, Le Monde said Theresa May’s letter triggering article 50 was not a good start: It “alternated between concessions to the EU and threats”, demanding a special future relationship but simultaneously warning of a reduction in defence and security […]

Immigration crackdown enables worker...
Posted by Sam Levin in San Francisco on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Trump policies have caused panic among undocumented workers, preventing labor officials from conducting investigations and enforcing employment lawsUndocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with US Department of Labor (DoL) investigations due to deportation fears, in some cases even declining to accept back wages owed to them and running away from staff who show up at their workplace, according to agency employees and internal emails. Multiple current and former DoL employees told the Guardian that Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have caused panic among exploited undocumented workers across industries, preventing labor officials from conducting investigations […]

Sinixt First Nation wins recognition in Canada...
Posted by Ashifa Kassam in Toronto on March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Indigenous group, which continued to exist in US after being declared extinct in Canada, still retains rights on ancestral lands in British Columbia, court ruledWhen Annie Joseph died in the 1950s, she had been the last known member of the Sinixt First Nation in Canada for more than a decade – and with her death, the country’s government declared the band extinct.But some 60 years later, the Sinixt have won an unprecedented court victory to have their existence recognized in Canada. Continue reading... […]

China blocked Sydney academic from leaving to...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that it blocked an Australia-based Chinese academic from taking a flight to Sydney this week to "safeguard national security" as fellow professors called for Beijing to allow him to return home. […]

Somalis fleeing Yemen war caught in nighttime sea...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:49 am

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Three rockets that fell in the darkness nearby were the first sign of trouble for 150 Somali migrants packed into a boat off Yemen's coast earlier this month. […]

Rescue teams search Snowdonia for missing...
Posted by Steven Morris on March 30, 2017 at 9:46 am

Privately owned helicopter carrying five people vanished on Wednesday during flight from Bedfordshire to DublinRescuers are searching Snowdonia national park in north Wales for a helicopter that disappeared en route from the UK to Ireland with five people on board.Seven mountain rescue teams, police officers and search dogs are looking for the missing aircraft but are being hampered by extremely poor weather conditions with visibility down to a few metres in places. Continue reading... […]

Cyclone Debbie’s devastation over Queensland:...
Posted by Guardian Staff on March 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

Aerial footage shows the extent of serious damage to north Queensland and parts of the Whitsunday Islands by cyclone Debbie on Thursday. Roofs were blown off buildings, roads flooded and boats washed up on the shoreline. Cyclone Debbie slammed into the coast of Queensland state on TuesdayEx-cyclone Debbie: 52,000 without power in south-east Queensland – liveContinue reading... […]

Paraguay fears dictatorship as president moves to...
Posted by Laurence Blair in Asunción on March 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, a senator steamrolled through the changes that could allow Horacio Cartes to be re-elected in 2018After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, Paraguay’s president, Horacio Cartes, has moved to amend the constitution to allow him to be re-elected in 2018, prompting warnings that the country where Alfredo Stroessner ruled for more than 30 years is once again sliding towards dictatorship.Members of the governing rightwing Colorado party – which has held power for all but four of the past 70 years – joined with several opposition legislators to propose changes to the senate’s procedural rules, a precursor to introducing […]

Court decides whether to arrest ousted South...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:27 am

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court began deliberating on Thursday whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country's largest conglomerate. […]

Exclusive: Indonesia eyes decree on tobacco after...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's government has proposed issuing a decree to govern the domestic tobacco industry, a move that could sharply raise cigarette output in the world's fourth-most populous nation, after a bill outlining the changes was opposed by the health ministry and anti-smoking groups. […]

Syrian refugee numbers in the region surpasses 5...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 9:01 am

GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed 5 million for the first time in Syria's six year conflict, data from the U.N. refugee agency showed on Thursday. […]

God and coal: Trump won on both issues in West...
Posted by Chris McGreal in Buckhannon, West Virginia on March 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

Voters in the state elected Trump in hope he’d revive its core industry and inject more religion into American life – but many are unsure of whether he’ll deliverPastor Jerry Morrell was not playing to his audience. “I was asked if Donald Trump is a man of God,” the evangelical preacher told the congregation of The Way of Holiness church on the outskirts of Buckhannon, West Virginia. “I said: ‘No, I don’t see him as a man of God. Or, at this point, a godly man. I think he’s a man whose heart can be touched by God. I think he may be open to that’.”A silence fell. The cries of acclamation greeting much of the Pentecostal […]

Exclusive: Malaysia mistook slain Kim Jong Nam...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:50 am

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities wrongly identified the slain half-brother of North Korea's leader as a South Korean national and first alerted Seoul's embassy in Kuala Lumpur soon after his death, sources familiar with the incident told Reuters. […]

Tens of thousands told to evacuate as ex-cyclone...
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities told 40,000 people to evacuate to higher ground on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummelled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain. […]