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Calcutta High Court stays West Bengal panchayat polls

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Sourabh Kumar Das, secretary in the panchayat and rural development department, said the state had followed the necessary procedure in asking the commission to conduct the elections. "It is a victory of democracy". For decades, West Bengal has been infamous for a culture of political violence and the run up to panchayat polls has also seen similar allegations being levelled. Read More »

Sam Fox, former chairman of Republican Jewish Committee, says Greitens should resign

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Senate seat held by Democrat Claire McCaskill, joined a growing number of Missouri politicians from both parties calling for Greitens to step down. One of Greitens' biggest individual political donors, David Humphreys, the chief executive of a Joplin, Missouri-based roofing and building products manufacturer, also called for the governor's resignation, saying he was "deeply disappointed" by the contents of the House report. Read More »

Chaffetz: Impeach FBI Director Christopher Wray

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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanBoehner to campaign for House GOP candidates Conservatives slam Justice attempts to speed up FBI doc production Trump, Sessions relationship takes new turn with special counsel decision MORE (R-Ohio), a House Judiciary Committee member, said if his panel does not receive the documents they've requested as part of his panel's investigation into FBI decision-making during the election, then all options are on the table. Read More »

Trump, Erdogan Hold Phone Call, Speak about Syria

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Ankara appears now keen to keep its distance from one of the worst outbreaks of tensions since the Cold War between its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington and increasingly close partner Moscow. "How we can stop this chemical massacre [in Syria], I will again talk to him about this", he added. "We have no intention to give up our alliance with USA or our strategic relations that we established in a wide area from energy to security with Russian Federation, or working together ... Read More »

Packers' Davis arrested for LAX threat

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The report states Davis was at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter Sunday and being asked security questions. He was booked into a Los Angeles jail and subsequently released on $15,000 bond. Davis was the team's primary kick and punt returner last season after being drafted by Green Bay in the fifth round of the 2016 National Football League draft. Read More »

Backpage.com co-founder likely to be released tomorrow

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Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while Backpage.com could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case. The website was taken down last week because the two founders and CEO were indicted on prostitution and money laundering charges. "Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening in our own backyard", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement ... Read More »

Syria: Death toll from chemical attack rises to over 70

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Pope Francis also condemned chemical attacks against civilians in a special appeal during Sunday's service in St Peter's Square in the Vatican. The tests found "markers" in samples taken at Ghouta and at the sites of two other nerve agent attacks , in Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 and Khan al-Assal in March 2013, two people involved in the process say. Read More »

Holocaust Remembrance Day event features personal insights of survivors

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Of those aware of the Holocaust , one third of all Americans and over four in 10 millennials believe that only two million Jews or less were killed. "The survey found there are critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust", said a news release on the findings. Read More »

Israeli troops kill Palestinian at Gaza border : Health Ministry

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Mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip April 6, 2018. A video recorded by a soldier of the Israeli occupation forces who stood next to the sniper. The ICC's intervention, in the context of its ongoing preliminary examination into potential crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), is unsurprising given three factors: the number of casualties , the ... Read More »

Theresa May summons cabinet to decide Syria response

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Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any U.S. missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted. And as recently as March 29, Trump mulled ending USA military action in Syria now that the Islamic State's presence and power there is decimated. Read More »

Trump's Lawyer May Have Stored 'Gold Mine' Of Recorded Conversations

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Monday's search was aimed at obtaining evidence that attorney Michael Cohen attempted to suppress harmful material about Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election, multiple people briefed on the warrant reportedly claimed. McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed. In a phone conversation with CNN on Tuesday, Cohen described the raid as "all extremely professional, courteous and respectful", in contrast with remarks made by the President the day ... Read More »

Five Cameroon Athletes Have Bailed From The Commonwealth Games Village

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Cameroon chef de mission Victor Agbor Nso said the eight athletes who had left the village did so at three different stages. But the spokesman said the department would not comment on individual cases. "Most of them departed in the night when everyone was sleeping". One who failed to appear was Ulrich Rodrigue Yombo who skipped Wednesday morning's weigh-in for his quarter-final bout in the 81kg division against Canada's Harley O'Reilly. Read More »

"The Nightmare Is Now Yours": 9 Shocking Allegations About Scott Pruitt

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Tom Udall said the mounting allegations against Pruitt mean "it is time for his imperial tenure to end". Chmielewski said after months of pressure he was removed from his job after he refused to retroactively sign off when Pruitt's top policy aide, Samantha Dravis, accompanied the administrator in first class on a trans-Atlantic flight back from Morocco. Read More »

Missiles Are 'Coming to Syria,' Trump Warns Russia on Twitter

The president previously struck Assad for using Sarin gas against civilians in April 2017 and is publicly incensed at the regime's repeated action. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!" Asked if Russian Federation is now regarded as an enemy, Huckabee Sanders demurred, saying "we certainly think they've proven to be a bad actor", noting Moscow had "guaranteed that the use of chemical weapons by Syria would not happen again". Read More »

Possible ice storm to hit Leeds-Grenville this weekend

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The weather monitoring agency expects the storm to continue on Monday "as the band of heavy snow and freezing rain will spread toward Quebec City". The freezing rain should be brief but may persist for a couple of hours in the north and higher terrain areas. Read More »

Paul Ryan's retirement launches speculation about Steve Scalise

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Scalise also said Thursday morning on Fox News that he's "never run against Kevin, and wouldn't run against Kevin". Both the candidates, McCarthy and Scalise have praised Ryan for his services in the Congress. Scalise, 52, the House GOP vote counter and No. 3 leader, was first elected a decade ago and had little national name recognition until tragedy thrust him into headlines. Read More »

Syria: "All Options Still On The Table'' - White House"

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A number of Democratic lawmakers - and some Republicans in Congress - have warned such a drastic move would imperil Trump's presidency and possibly trigger a constitutional crisis. They were not authorized to discuss the bill ahead of its release and requested anonymity. Meanwhile, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that several people around Trump have described him as being at a "breaking point" in regard to the Mueller investigation, who the people worry Trump will fire. Read More »

Hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired -- goodbye!

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The 2005 season holds the record for the most names retired because of the devastation they caused. Hurricane Maria also became a monster Category 5 hurricane - just 24 hours after becoming a tropical storm. An worldwide committee of meteorologists has officially retired the names of the four 2017 storms from the rotating roster of cyclone names. The 2005 season has the most retired names, with five. Read More »

Macron claims to have proof of Syrian 'chemical attack'

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Assad said that there had been no chemical weapons attack in Idlib, and that the opposition reports were a false flag operation and a fabrication aimed at justifying the United States missile strike against the Syrian government airbase. With increasing concerns about a US-Russia proxy war in Syria , Mr Macron insisted that "France will not allow an escalation or something that could damage the stability" of the region. Read More »

Azerbaijan's Ruling Party Announces Aliyev's Victory in Presidential Election

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They have also denounced Aliyev's surprise - and unexplained - decision to hold the election six months ahead of schedule as aimed at shortening the campaign period and hampering the opposition's efforts to prevent vote rigging. Seven other candidates were running in Wednesday's election, but critics questioned whether the other candidates were genuine. "For decades, the Aliyevs have been appropriating Azerbaijan's national riches, they have amassed vast hidden wealth", Khadija Ismayilova, ... Read More »

Sens. Pat Roberts, Ben Sasse say Trump looking to re-enter TPP

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Sasse said in a declaration. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. China's aggressive response to Trump's tariffs is aimed squarely at products produced in the US heartland, a region that helped send him to the White House. Read More »

Trump Says Talks With North Korea's Kim In 'May Or Early June'

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Trump surprised the worldwide community by quickly agreeing to meet. Wednesday's assembly meeting comes just a few weeks ahead of the first summit the two Koreas will have in more than a decade on April 27. An error on a state-run North Korean website means that users can click through to a Twitter account attacking the government. Of last year's budget, 15.8 percent went to bolster the North's military defences while 47.7 percent was used to boost the economy, it added. Read More »