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Turkey: Main opposition party files for referendum annulment Turkey: Main opposition party files for referendum annulment
- April 25, 2017

Both the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party have called for the vote to be annulled. The bar association said a last-minute decision by the electoral board to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum was clearly against the law and prevented proper records from being kept. (more...)
US Treasury rejects Exxon Mobil request to drill in Russia
- April 24, 2017

The company originally applied for a waiver to gain access to the Black Sea in July 2015 but its application wasn't approved, the report said . Tillerson and the officials said ExxonMobil did receive a waiver to finish drilling an exploration well in Arctic waters near Russian Federation. (more...)
Novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman shot in Kenya Novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman shot in Kenya
- April 24, 2017

In the Laikipia region, thousands of herders - some armed with spears and automatic weapons - have illegally entered private ranches and reserves in search of pastures for their flock of cows, sheep and goats. The Laikipia Farmers Association says more than 30 people have died since the land invasions started late previous year. National police spokesman George Kinoti said a local politician was already facing court charges for inciting violence and arson in the area. (more...)
Authorities say 5 dead in New York City fire Authorities say 5 dead in New York City fire
- April 24, 2017

The mayor and the head of the FDNY were en route to the scene of the fire Sunday, and said they would give an update to the public around 5:45 p.m. ABC7 is planning on streaming their comments live here. They managed to bring a 2-year-old and someone else from the attic where they had been trapped, he said. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries; no other people were injured. (more...)
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan wins more power in controversial referendum Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan wins more power in controversial referendum
- April 23, 2017

The European Union also urged a probe into the poll fraud claims after worldwide observers voiced concerns, but US President Donald Trump showed no such scruples, calling Erdogan to offer his congratulations. But even the State Department managed to show some spine in response to Erdogan's dubious triumph, calling on Turkey to uphold human rights, "as guaranteed by the Turkish Constitution and in accordance with Turkey's worldwide commitments". (more...)
Tiger Woods Announces Golf Course Project and Updates Health Tiger Woods Announces Golf Course Project and Updates Health
- April 20, 2017

The four-time Masters champion recently missed that tournament for a third time in the past four years. Then he plunked his shot straight in the water. TGR Design , the golf course design firm owned by Tiger Woods , and Big Cedar are paying tribute to Springfield native Payne Stewart, victor of three major titles on the PGA tour, by naming the new course Payne's Valley. (more...)
UnitedHealth Beats Q1 Estimates On Solid Growth Across Divisions UnitedHealth Beats Q1 Estimates On Solid Growth Across Divisions
- April 20, 2017

A number of key analysts, polled by FactSet, shared their views about the current stock momentum. Highland Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in UnitedHealth Group during the fourth quarter valued at $4,001,000. UnitedHealth Group Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday and said it was coping with uncertainty in USA healthcare laws by pricing its 2018 insurance plans to include a costly Obamacare tax. (more...)
Warren: My Book Release Doesn't Signal Presidential Bid Warren: My Book Release Doesn't Signal Presidential Bid
- April 19, 2017

Trump said last month during a Fox News Channel interview that running in 2020 against Warren would be 'a dream come true'. The famously press-averse MA senator will suddenly be very visible as she tours the country to promote her new book ahead of a 2018 reelection campaign, all of which could lay the groundwork for a possible 2020 presidential bid. (more...)
United Airlines boss Oscar Munoz will not resign United Airlines boss Oscar Munoz will not resign
- April 18, 2017

By Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after the Sunday evening confrontation in Chicago, CEO Oscar Munoz issued his most contrite apology yet as details emerged about the man seen on cellphone videos recorded by other passengers at O'Hare Airport. (more...)
Axelrod: Trump's Susan Rice allegation 'beneath the dignity of that office'
- April 18, 2017

Once again President Donald Trump has fixed his mouth to accuse someone else in the Obama administration of committing a crime. Rice says it's "absolutely false" that the previous administration used intelligence about President Donald Trump's associates for political purposes. (more...)
'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade
- April 18, 2017

It wasn't supposed to be like that. "Tremendous goodwill and friendship was formed, but only time will tell on trade". Entering the meeting Mr Trump said the two biggest issues were trade and North Korea, arguing that "China will be stepping up" on pressing its neighbour to stop its missile program. (more...)
Donald Trump removes Steve Bannon from National Security Council
- April 18, 2017

Mr. Trump's elevation of Mr. Bannon to a permanent spot on the NSC had been widely criticised as injecting politics into White House deliberations on sensitive defence, foreign policy and intelligence matters. This latest move is likely to trigger further speculation of a power struggle within the West Wing, although White House officials have so far minimized the change to reporters. (more...)
Kerala man among 36 IS men killed in United States bombing in Afghanistan
- April 18, 2017

The commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, defended the use of the bomb and confirmed the target of the strike was the network of tunnels that ISIS fighters use to move around and protect themselves from Afghan and USA forces. (more...)
Portugal plane crash: Five dead in Tires near Lisbon Portugal plane crash: Five dead in Tires near Lisbon
- April 18, 2017

The plane, reportedly registered in Switzerland, had just taken off from the airport near to the town of Cascais, which is 20 miles west of Lisbon. The truck driver was offloading his cargo outside the supermarket when the plane crashed near him. (more...)
South Korea: North Korea missile test ends in failure South Korea: North Korea missile test ends in failure
- April 18, 2017

The missile failure also came hours ahead of a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence to South Korea where the North's weapons programme will top the agenda. Pence, addressing an Easter service with American troops in South Korea, said the USA commitment to South Korea was unwavering. More directly on North Korea, the president returned to a theme of placing much onus on China for reining in the North. (more...)
North Korea says it will test missiles 'weekly' despite U.S. warning
- April 18, 2017

Keeping up the verbal volleying, North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador accused the United States of turning the Korean peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a unsafe situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". (more...)
BC NDP promise $400 yearly tenant rebate BC NDP promise $400 yearly tenant rebate
- April 17, 2017

The two-per-cent tax on a property's assessed value would give the government $200 million a year in additional revenue, the party said. When asked about the NDP's new platform of subsidizing households that choose to rent, Clark says only wealthy renters in Downtown Vancouver will benefit. (more...)
Jury begin 6th day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez trial
- April 15, 2017

The decision comes two years after another MA jury found the former National Football League tight end guilty of murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his home in June 2013. He's also charged with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly shooting at three survivors; one count of assault and battery by means of a risky weapon; one count of witness intimidation and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. (more...)
Fire engulfs part of roof of Bellagio Hotel Fire engulfs part of roof of Bellagio Hotel
- April 15, 2017

Firefighters inspect fire damage at the Bellagio hotel and casino along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. County spokesman Erik Pappa says officials found no building code violations at the resort. "Firefighting efforts were extremely hard due to the location of the fire and access to the location", Clark County Fire Department assistant chief Larry Haydu told ABC News . (more...)
UN set to wrap up Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October
- April 15, 2017

And some troops also have been implicated in sexual abuse, including of hungry young children, an issue reported on Wednesday by The Associated Press. No money spent on United Nations work to advance the rule of law in Haiti will have its intended impact unless the organization models the accountability that is necessary to re-establish its credibility. (more...)
Iranian President Rouhani to seek second term
- April 15, 2017

Raisi also registered on Friday for the vote. He is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, an all-cleric body that will rule on Khamenei's succession. The 56-year-old judge, who now runs the powerful charity-cum-business-empire Astan Qods Razavi, has emphasised his concern for the poor and is seen as a close ally of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (more...)
Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe
- April 14, 2017

More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out. To help accomplish that goal, Tillerson said he will form a "working group" with Russian Federation to address lesser issues, so high-level talks can focus on resolving larger points of conflict. (more...)
Syria's Assad says Idlib chemical attack 'fabrication' - AFP interview
- April 14, 2017

In his AFP interview, Assad accused the West, particularly the United States, of being "hand-in-glove with the terrorists" over the Khan Sheikhoun incident. Matthew Rycroft told the Security Council: "The United Kingdom therefore shares the U.S. assessment that it is highly likely that the regime was responsible for a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April". (more...)
Russian Federation knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack
- April 13, 2017

The Russian Embassy in London also warned in a tweet that a G7 "ultimatum" to Moscow to cut ties with the Syrian government could result in a "real war". But he stopped short of directly calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying the U.S. "Russia needs to decide whether it wants to double down on its support of a murderous regime that is committing war crimes, or whether right now it wants to say, 'You know what?" At the weekend, USA ambassador to the UN Nikki ... (more...)
President Jacob Zuma: Another political firestorm
- April 13, 2017

The rand has slumped nearly 10 percent against the dollar since Zuma recalled then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from an global investor road show on March 27 before firing him. Zuma is expected to celebrate his birthday in Johannesburg at around the same time. In a letter published in the Star newspaper, former president Thabo Mbeki urged lawmakers to act "as the voice of the people, not the voice of the political parties to which they might belong". (more...)
UP cabinet nod for proposal on power supply to cities, villages UP cabinet nod for proposal on power supply to cities, villages
- April 13, 2017

In an effort to end the miseries of potato growers in Uttar Pradesh, the state government today chose to purchase one lakh metric tonnes of potato from farmers at Rs 487 per quintal. Announcing a one-time settlement scheme, Sharma said it was chose to waive surcharge on domestic connection and take only principal amount of the bill. (more...)
's stand is clear on Triple Talaq issue Rajnath Singh 's stand is clear on Triple Talaq issue Rajnath Singh
- April 13, 2017

She said several women had met her with grievances related to triple talaq . Multiple letters written to the Prime Minister by Muslim women demand that triple talaq be ended. The submissions drawn by advocate Madhvi Divan have been settled by the Attornewy Genewral Mukul Rohatgi. "It is submitted that the practice of polygamy is a social practice rather than a religious one and therefore would not be protected under Article 25", the counsel added, contending that this was "true also of ... (more...)
ISIS has lost most of the land it seized ISIS has lost most of the land it seized
- April 13, 2017

Brig Gen Yahya Rasool, a military spokesman, says the extremist group now controls less than 30,000 square kilometres in Iraq, or 6.8 per cent of the country's territory, down from more than 40 per cent at its height. At that time, the jihadist group controlled more than 40 percent of Iraq. Gen. Yahya Rasool told reporters. "The biggest challenge they face is the civilians". (more...)
Chief Keef Arrested For Felony DUI in Miami Chief Keef Arrested For Felony DUI in Miami
- April 13, 2017

According to a police report, Cozart had bloodshot eyes and what they described as "mush mouth", adding that he had a cup filled with a drink known as sizzurp, or purple drank - a mixture of codeine-based prescription cough syrup, soda and Jolly Ranchers. (more...)
Sessions Declares 'New Era' in Immigration Enforcement
- April 13, 2017

The Wall Street Journal's transcript of the speech included a slightly different version of the above line, saying: "it is here on this very sliver of land where we take our stand against this filth ." . Trump said repeatedly that he would crack down on criminal organizations that help drive illegal immigration and seek to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. (more...)

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