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Britain points at Putin in poisoning attack as gulf widens

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The leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the United States said Thursday there was "no plausible alternative explanation" for the use of the Soviet-designed nerve agent. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the response would be "well thought out" and could "come at any minute". "We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the U.N. Read More »

Trump, Moon express 'cautious optimism' over North Korea summit

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Reiterer said that the European Union is "very strongly" supporting all efforts to achieve North Korea's denuclearization. Trump responded with a surprise announcement that he was willing to meet Kim in a bid to resolve the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States . Read More »

Donald Trump fires Rex Tillerson in dramatic White House shake-up

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While history may remember Tillerson as one of the least competent and effectual secretaries of state in modern American history, in the final analysis, that's not why he was sacked. Trump clearly was never comfortable being upstaged by someone of Tillerson's intellect and experience. Thomas Hill , a former senior staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee now at the Brookings Institution, echoed the sentiment. Read More »

China's President Xi Jinping reappointed with no term limits

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State media says the removal of term limits will not alter conditions for retirement or create a president in perpetuity, but no further detail was given. To avoid another chaotic Mao Zedong's 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution in which millions were killed, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 adopted the two-term limit. Read More »

Donald Trump signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warning from mainland China

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However, the USA has always had the option to dispatch Cabinet-level officials to Taiwan, the last instance coming in 2014 with the visit to Taipei of then-administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. The bill, which is non-binding, would have gone into effect this morning, even if Trump had not signed it, said the White House. Trump had the option to allow the Act to pass into law without his signature, or to veto it and a spokesman had said the previous day that the ... Read More »

ICE: Man killed in pursuit was not person agents were targeting

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Moments later, the couple's SUV veered onto a dirt shoulder, overturned and hit a power pole, according to police. When ICE agents caught up with the vehicle, they saw that it had flipped onto its roof, and they immediately called 911, ICE spokesperson Jennifer Elzea told Newsweek . Read More »

South Korea to seek talks with North Korea in preparation for summit

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Lofven, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, did not answer directly whether his country had United States support to organise talks with North Korea. Abe has made the abductions a keystone of his political career, vowing not to rest until all 13 of the people North Korea admitted to kidnapping have returned and the isolated state divulges information about the others Japan suspects were taken to train North Korean spies. Read More »

Australia wants to fast-track visas for 'persecuted' farmers in South Africa

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RACISM is once again rearing its ugly head just because the South African government has made a decision to take concrete steps to redress imbalances in land ownership among black and white people, since the colonial and apartheid eras. "The South African government has been very clear; the matter is now before Parliament and all stakeholders [will] be consulted - and they can also engage with Parliament", Mabaya said. Read More »

Patrick used the shamrock to explain Christianity to Irish

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Restaurant operators aim to attract crowds with Irish-themed menu items and all sorts of emerald-hued treats. According to History.com, St. Patrick's Day serves as a celebration of Saint Patrick-the patron saint of Ireland. "You could walk around the streets of Dublin all day and not find any corned beef and cabbage", he said. Growing up in a small town in Ireland, O'Flaherty remembers celebrating Saint Patrick's Day much differently than it is now. Read More »

Sweden pledges to support historic US-North Korea dialogue

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The meeting between the two countries is in the works after a surprise about-turn by Kim Jong Un in offering talks with Donald Trump . Kim agreed to Trump's terms. Kang was in Washington on a three-day trip to meet with USA officials to discuss details on the upcoming back-to-back summits with the reclusive state. Read More »

US, South Korea say North Korea can have 'brighter future'

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The NSC did not respond to a request by The Washington Times for a statement on the development and Mr. Ruggierro, now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington, flatly declined to comment when reached by telephone Friday. Read More »

Egyptian Muslim Girl Assaulted By 10 British Women Dies

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Mariam's mother has claimed that the attack was racially motivated and that the women who killed her had repeatedly abused her in the street. " Nottinghamshire police are committed to bringing those responsible to justice through a meticulous enquiry", a United Kingdom embassy spokeswoman said in a statement, adding that extensive investigations have already been completed and that United Kingdom authorities are in communication with the Egyptian Embassy in London. Read More »

Sessions fires former FBI Deputy Director McCabe

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The last-minute dismissal is likely to reduce or delay McCabe's ability to take his government pension despite almost 22 years of service at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His firing - and his conversations with Trump - now make up the basis of the special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction-of-justice investigation. The White House had said the firing decision was up to the Justice Department but seemed to signal this week that it would welcome the move. Read More »

Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea

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Ri was travelling with Choe Kang Il, deputy director general of the foreign ministry's North America section, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. Wallstrom spokesman Pezhman Fivrin said Friday that the talks had been extended by a day, without elaborating. He also held a brief meeting earlier on Friday with Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven . Read More »

Danny Tarkanian now running for Congress, not Senate, at President Trump's urging

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Along with Trump, Tarkanian has also received support from former White House strategist Steve Bannon. Heller, the only Republican senator seeking re-election in a state Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election, sharply criticized Trump when he was a presidential candidate and at times kept a careful distance from him as president. Read More »

Russia could announce measures against Britain 'any minute'

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Lavrov was speaking in the Kazakh capital Astana following talks on Syria with the foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey. Now one member stands accused of using chemical weapons on the sovereign soil of another member. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said to expect a Russian response "shortly" to Britain's expulsion of Russian diplomats and accused Britain of violating global law and "common sense". Read More »

Missing Pennsylvania teen believed to be in Mexico

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Bill Lake of the Allentown Police Department's Criminal Investigation division told reporters the authorities suspect that 16-year-old Amy Yu "willingly" flew, with one way tickets, from Philadelphia International Airport to Dallas, and then to Cancun, Mexico, with Kevin Esterly. Read More »

Local man beat in Charlottesville rally found not guilty

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The Charlottesville NBC affiliate reports that Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer gave his ruling around 12:40 p.m. Friday. Video from August 12 showed six men surrounding Mr. Online sleuths, led by Black Lives Matter activist and Intercept journalist Shaun King, helped track down the identities and whereabouts of several of Harris' assailants: Jacob Scott Goodwin of Arkansas; Daniel Borden of Ohio; Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia; and Tyler Watkins Davis, of Florida. Read More »

Ex-Qualcomm Chairman, CEO Paul Jacobs May Step Down From Board

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Jacobs' dad co-founded Qualcomm, is up for re-election as a board director, alongside other Qualcomm nominees, at the company's shareholder meeting on March 23. "There are real opportunities to accelerate Qualcomm's innovation success and strengthen its position in the global marketplace". The board largely agreed with Jacobs that Broadcom's bid was too low. Read More »

Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning row

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Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, and his daughter are critically ill. More: Ex-double agent poisoned. He said Britain had not invoked the alliance's Article 5 mutual defence clause. They include Moscow's intelligence services, a propaganda organisation and businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, one of 13 Russian nationals charged with interfering with USA elections and political processes by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Read More »

Putin 'highly likely' behind nerve-agent attack

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Russian Federation insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly potent Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II. As relations between the two nations sank to a new post-Cold War low, almost two dozen Russian diplomats in London were packing their bags to leave Tuesday after an expulsion order from Britain. Read More »