• Dershowitz: We're Closer To A Peace Deal In Israel Than Ever Before
Dershowitz: We're Closer To A Peace Deal In Israel Than Ever Before

But then he's also going to be doing some things that are more unusual for a US president. Trump placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall. He has spoken of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians , but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so.

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  • Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation
Philippines' Duterte leaves for 4-day visit to Russian Federation

THE European Union said it would continue its development assistance to the Philippines until the Philippine government clarifies an earlier announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of the cancellation of aid from the 28-nation bloc over supposed conditions related to human rights.

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  • Crowds Cheer, Cry and Embrace as Taiwan Legalises Gay Marriage
Crowds Cheer, Cry and Embrace as Taiwan Legalises Gay Marriage

The Constitutional Court, in a 12-2 ruling, said the Civil Code provisions that define marriage as between a man and a woman are unconstitutional because they are in violation of both the people's freedom of marriage as protected by Article 22 and the people's right to equality as guaranteed by Article 7.

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  • Mosul residents deny findings of US probe into Iraq strike
Mosul residents deny findings of US probe into Iraq strike

The bombing is the largest single instance of civilian deaths confirmed by the coalition in the almost three-year-old campaign against IS. "Our condolences go out to all those that were affected", Army Maj. Those organising the strike "could not have predicted the presence of civilians in the structure prior to the engagement", it added. Followin...

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  • Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct
Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct

The significance of the meeting lies in the fact the Philippines has returned to the right track of bilateral consultation and managing differences properly with China , Liu said. Headquarters missiles were also noted on Woody Island in the South China Sea , which Taiwan and Vietnam claim ownership. But under President Rodrigo Duterte , who to...

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  • Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch US talks
Erdogan seeks to sway Trump in crunch US talks

It was the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington on Tuesday announced plans to back the YPG militia in an assault to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, Reuters indicated. On the Gulen matter, Erdogan is expected to discuss some interim steps that his government has already asked for, such as Justice Department q...

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  • India qualifies for knockout stage of Sudirman Cup
India qualifies for knockout stage of Sudirman Cup

And finally the in-form duo of Ashwini/Sikki Reddy made it 4-1 with their awesome win over Della Haris/Rosyita Putri Sari 21-12, 21-19. After an a awful loss 1-4 against Denmark in the opening match on Monaday, India desperately needed to make a comeback to survive in this competition .

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  • CBO: Millions Would Be Without Health Insurance Under GOP Bill
CBO: Millions Would Be Without Health Insurance Under GOP Bill

Insurers in these states would be allowed to charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions if they let their coverage lapse. It was not good news for Republicans looking to claim the bill had been improved since the last, very bad CBO score of an earlier version .

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  • Duterte China sidesteps Philippine President's claim of war threat over sea row
Duterte China sidesteps Philippine President's claim of war threat over sea row

Next week, Duterte is expected to sign a similar agreement in Russian Federation on his visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg. "I will not contradict the president's words". "If they can spare us with the precision guided [bombs]", Duterte said when discussing the objective of his trip. The Philippines leader is due to arrive for a five-day visit on...

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  • SA hunter crushed by elephant during hunt in Zimbabwe
SA hunter crushed by elephant during hunt in Zimbabwe

Another member of the group shot the elephant, halting the attack, however the large cow fatally crushed Botha as it came crashing to the ground. Game Hounds Safaris Company, whose website says he pioneered European-style "Monteira" hunts in Africa.

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  • Trump Holds Talks With Egypt's President on Security, Bilateral Cooperation
Trump Holds Talks With Egypt's President on Security, Bilateral Cooperation

Trump is also calling el-Sissi his "friend" and praising him for the release of US aid worker Aya Hijazi, who had been held captive for three years. The ties, however, have improved under the new USA administration of President Trump, who pledged to support the key US ally with 1.3 billion US dollars annually in military aid.

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  • Trump visits Jerusalem to seek paths to Israeli-Palestinian peace
Trump visits Jerusalem to seek paths to Israeli-Palestinian peace

He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key United States ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Trump has been receptive to Israel's position that Palestinian leaders must do more to stop incitement to violence, including by stopping payments to the families of those who have carried out attacks and were killed or are now ...

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  • 'Dozens hurt' as Palestinians clash with Israeli troops
'Dozens hurt' as Palestinians clash with Israeli troops

They include reinstating bimonthly family visits, better medical treatment, and the right to education. They say the crowd converged on the auto after it struck some protesters. Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the march, leading to clashes in more than one location in Qalqilia governorate. Palestinian officials said five protesters we...

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  • Macron appears at event with Hollande amid preparations for transition to power
Macron appears at event with Hollande amid preparations for transition to power

French voters have traditionally rallied around the newly elected president in the general election held weeks later. Mr. Macron has become one of the most powerful leaders in Europe and carrying on political and economic reforms agenda for France as well as for the Europe.

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  • Enda Kenny to step down as Fine Gael leader
Enda Kenny to step down as Fine Gael leader

The front-runners to replace Mr Kenny as Fine Gael leader and subsequently as taoiseach are Leo Varadkar, Social Protection Minister, and Simon Coveney, Housing Minister. Kenny, prime minister since 2011 and the leader of his party for nearly 15 years, is expected to be replaced by a younger colleague - most likely Social Protection Minister Leo Va...

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  • UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

North Korea's missile test on Sunday was the country's most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key USA military base in the Pacific. The US says its "strategic patience" with North Korea is over, even hinting at a pre-emptive strike. For North Korea to accomplish that feat ...

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  • Can't vilify EVMs by hacking a look-alike machine — EC to AAP
Can't vilify EVMs by hacking a look-alike machine — EC to AAP

All the seven national and 35 of the 48 state recognised political parties are attending the meeting. Days before the meet, the Aam Admi Party had staged a demonstration on hacking voting machine' in the Delhi Assembly. "They won't let us access their machines and then challenge us to prove our charge of hacking. Polls should be held only on VVPA...

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  • Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'
Melissa McCarthy adds spice (and Spicer) as host of 'SNL'

She found a headshot of Spicer that she liked, had it blown up and printed off, placed it strategically in some lush shrubbery at a local bank, photographed the comically surreal scene, and then shared the picture with her approximately 200 Facebook friends.

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  • Thailand threatens to block Facebook
Thailand threatens to block Facebook

In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook did not say whether it would now take action as a result of the fine. Thailand's junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters on Tuesday some 6,000 web pages have been removed recently by foreign social media platforms and search engines following government requests.

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  • Democrats see a win in opposing GOP health bill
Democrats see a win in opposing GOP health bill

Collins, however, said one of the problems with the tax credit in the House bill is that it's not adjusted for variations in income and geographic regions across the U.S. She says senators will "come up with a whole new fresh approach". "First experiencing fatigue, and then an onset of chronic pain, and eventually losing the ability to walk", she...

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  • President Xi: China to Host 2nd Belt & Road Forum in 2019
President Xi: China to Host 2nd Belt & Road Forum in 2019

At an global summit in Beijing showcasing China's ambitious One Belt, One Road initiative, USA delegate Matt Pottinger said American companies had "much to offer" the project. Chinese President Xi Jinping criticised protectionism on Monday at a summit positioning Beijing as a champion of globalisation, but several European nations spoilt attemp...

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  • President Trump Is Confident That Israel And Palestine Will Find Peace
President Trump Is Confident That Israel And Palestine Will Find Peace

And we will get this done", he said. It's been a long time, but we will be working diligently. Asked what distinguishes Trump's plans from previous attempts, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said merely: "The man is different". KUTTAB: If it has along with it a freeze of settlement because without a deal the settlements are continuing. It tol...

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  • Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town, dam from IS
Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town, dam from IS

In the meantime, Turkey's defense minister declared that the move to arm the Kurds is a "crisis", adding to the statement from the Turkish deputy prime minister that the decision is " unacceptable ". On Wednesday morning, the Turkish government denounced the U.S. decision. I hope they turn back from this mistake. "Such a policy will not be be...

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  • Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut
Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut

Saudi Arabia told Asian refiners of its first cuts in crude allocations since OPEC's output reduction took effect in January. Overnight, crude futures settled higher on Wednesday, as investors cheered the latest report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), showing USA crude inventories fell more than expected.

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  • North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns
North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

Coats declined to provide such details in an open hearing. LTG Vincent Stewart, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, also testified before a Senate panel on Thursday that the situation is grim and that the United States must do "something very different" in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will make new advances on the battlefield.

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  • Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn
Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn

News of the subpoenas came amid other shockwaves rocking Washington this week, namely the firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night. Obama himself told one of his closest advisers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which by then had been investigating Trump associates' possible ties to Russian Federation for about six months, s...

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  • Delhi HC clears decks for IT assessment into National Herald case
Delhi HC clears decks for IT assessment into National Herald case

Earlier, in an application filed by Bhartiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, the Patiala House Court had given its nod to investigate the matter, which the Gandhis challenged in the Delhi High Court. Swamy had on 10 February filed the list of witnesses before the court which had on 26 December previous year given him the last opportunity to ...

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  • Naseemuddin Siddiqui, expelled BSP leader, releases tapes of his conversation with Mayawati
Naseemuddin Siddiqui, expelled BSP leader, releases tapes of his conversation with Mayawati

To support his claim, he played six audio clip of his phone conversations with Mayawati and said he had 150 such records, according to PTI. Siddiqui's stature increased after Mayawati expelled them from the party.He was under the lokayukta's scanner on the charge of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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  • Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final
Juventus beats Monaco 2-1 to reach Champions League final

But it will be Juventus playing one of the Madrid clubs in Cardiff; can they go all the way? Deschamps though, who handed Mbappe his France debut earlier this season, believes moving in the summer would be the wrong step for the striker. This made the scoreline 2-0 and confirmed that they will be moving to the finals of the champions league . ...

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  • In Response To 'Sanctuary' Law, ACLU Warns Against Traveling To Texas
In Response To 'Sanctuary' Law, ACLU Warns Against Traveling To Texas

The law makes ignoring an immigration detainer a Class A misdemeanor, Breitbart Texas reported . "While supporters of SB 4 have presented it as a "law and order" measure, the reality is different", Raul A. "Elected officials and law enforcement agencies don't get to pick and choose which laws they will obey", Abbott said about the law. Gal...

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  • U.S. defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey
U.S. defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says the Kurdish-led Syrian opposition forces' capture of a key town and nearby dam in eastern Syria from the militants undermines IS's ability to defend its de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey has repeatedly called on the U.S.to end its ties to the PKK/PYD and offered to help take Raqqah. The ...

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  • Conservatives gunning for Salmond's seat after success in Aberdeenshire
Conservatives gunning for Salmond's seat after success in Aberdeenshire

The full results of last week's Scottish council election have been published - showing the SNP won 32% of the first preference votes. Similarly, Labour would be attacked by the SNP if local politicians struck up partnerships with the Conservatives.

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  • USA holds back-channel talks with North Korea
USA holds back-channel talks with North Korea

According to Kim Mi-ok, Kim Hak-song had been teaching agricultural techniques at Pyongyang University for Science and Technology and did not engage in any missionary work. Tensions between North Korea and its chief adversaries - the US and South Korea - have been rising over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, as well as joint U.S.

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  • Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged
Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 0.7 percent in the first quarter - the lowest rate in the last three years. "The statement makes it very clear that the Fed does not take the reported slowdown in first-quarter growth seriously", Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in an email to clients.

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  • Akhilesh should step down as Samajwadi Party chief: Aparna Yadav
Akhilesh should step down as Samajwadi Party chief: Aparna Yadav

In his reaction, Akhilesh Yadav said he welcomes more "secular politics", and added, "I don't know what shape this will take". Mulayam Singh had on Sunday told a gathering in Mainpuri that anointing Akhilesh as Chief Minister was his "big mistake" after which the party fortunes nosedived.

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