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Politics Governor El-rufai Meets Igbo Leaders From 19 Northern States

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The Igbo youths stressed that the National Assembly should make no mistake of undertaking any further constitutional amendment without an option for a referendum, this, they say, is the only way to go and urged the United Nations to mount all necessary global pressures on Nigeria to effect that very much needed amendment. Read More »

Coalition confirms Iranian drone shot down by U.S. aircraft in Syria

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down the drone "after it displayed hostile intent" while approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border. Astonishingly, the United States apparently did not use the hotline with Russian Federation ahead of downing the plane. "Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the global coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air ... Read More »

China, South Korea eye for improvement of ties

Yang said that the two countries should stick to friendly cooperation, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns, while Lim cited South Korean President Moon Jae-in saying it hoped to improve relations with China. Noting that an improvement in bilateral relations is sought by both parties Geng said, "effort has to be put into returning the two countries relations to a path of stable and healthy development". Read More »

South Korea says crashed North Korean drone a 'grave provocation'

Analysts say his death will likely cast a shadow on relations between the US and North Korea and compound efforts by South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, to improve ties with the North. response from several lawmakers. But the US President took to Twitter on Tuesday to offer a grim assessment of China's role in restraining North Korea: "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out". Read More »

France Votes 'Onward!'; Macron's Party To Run Parliament

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Macron's La Republique and its ally MoDem garnered around 355 seats out of a total of 577 seats in the National Assembly [VIDEO ]. Nearly all the ministers under former President Francois Hollande were punished at the polls, with voters electing to toss the party's political elite out of parliament . Read More »

Kevin Walters wants a fair go for Queensland in Origin II

But Hayne senses moments like nearly no one else in the game and there's little doubt he'll be playing a major role tonight if the Blues are to win, justifying Daley's decision to return him to the Origin fold. "In the big games it's always a battle in the middle to give opportunities to our outside men and that just didn't happen in game one". Queensland knows the firepower the Blues bring from what Smith calls a "very, very good" pack extends to the bench and is about more than one man. Read More »

Qatar seeks Kuwaiti mediation after powerful Arab nations shun it

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Saudi Arabia , Bahrain , Egypt , the UAE and other countries announced they would withdraw diplomatic staff from Qatar . Tillerson was sitting in the front row of the crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden for Trump's joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, according to NBC News' Hallie Jackson . Read More »

Iran's supreme leader criticizes US policies toward Tehran

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Ayatollah Khamenei warned that any emergence of division and conflict among Iraqis would pave the way for Washington to harm Iraq, stressing the importance of preventing the presence of USA forces in Iraq under the pretext of training. "We want to coordinate with these states to continue fighting terrorism", Abadi said, referring to Islamic State, the extremist Sunni group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, and has staged attacks in both Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the West. Read More »

Republican Handel wins Georgia House election

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The call came earlier than last time for the Jon Ossoff campaign: The Democrat failed to prevail in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District . In a second tweet, he said that Mr Ossoff was "weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district". Her protestations aside, Handel often embraced the national tenor of the race, joining a GOP chorus that lambasted Ossoff as a "dangerous liberal" who was "hand-picked" by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of ... Read More »

White House: Trump To Make Announcement On Comey Tapes This Week

Jay Sekulow , a longtime lawyer for the Christian Right, only very recently became a member of President Trump's legal team. Trump already fired James Comey and admitted on national television that the Russian Federation investigation influenced his decision, which is why he's reportedly facing an obstruction of justice probe. Read More »

US warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

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Tensions escalated on Sunday as the US Army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war. Douglas E. Lute , a retired Army general told The New York Times , "Anytime we have multiple armed forces working in the same battle space without de-confliction, there is a risky risk of things spinning out of control". Read More »

Gulf leaders trade barbs as Qatar dispute shows no let-up

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The Trump administration is insisting that Qatar drop all connections with the Muslim Brotherhood - both inside its borders and in other countries, including Jordan, CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan reports. Qatar has maintained its diplomatic clout in part by being the home of U.S. Central Command and the U.S's largest air base in the region and hosting branches of prestigious Western universities. Read More »

Shiv Sena backs Ram Nath Kovind as President

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Mr Swaminathan's name was earlier proposed by NDA ally Shiv Sena, which on Tuesday made a decision to back the BJP's nominee. Shrewdly, the BJP leadership has calculated that if in 2019 the Samajwadi Party and the BSP along with the Congress come to an understanding to take on the BJP in UP, Kovind as a torchbearer of Dalits in the country could be a major asset. Read More »

US flies supersonic bombers in show of force against North Korea

The two have already been at odds over the deployment of a U.S. missile system in South Korea. "We continue to urge China to exert its unique leverage as North Korea's largest trading partner, including by fully implementing all U.N. Meanwhile, a coroner's office in OH is investigating the death of Warmbier. According to CNN , Trump's aides are still trying to figure out what the president meant with his tweet which seemed like a conciliatory message to China. Read More »

Victor declared in highly watched Georgia special election

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Republican candidate Karen Handel and husband, Steve Handel (left), prepare to vote. In conceding the race, Ossoff, a filmmaker and former political staffer, signalled Democrats could learn from these races and prepare for the larger battle for control of the US Congress in 2018. Read More »

Coroner: Otto Warmbier's family objected to autopsy, no internal examination performed

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Mr Trump said that a "lot of bad things happened" to Mr Warmbier, but added: "At least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in a very tough condition". "If China is not going to solve North Korea , we will", Trump told the Financial Times in April. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Their commitment did mean the release of 10 Americans from North Korean custody while Obama was president. Read More »

TI to Star in Fox Drama 'Atlanta's Most Wanted'

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The project, from now-indie Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox Television, is described as a character-driven police procedural. On the film side, he begins production this week on " The Trap ", a feature comedy in which he stars alongside Mike Epps and also produces via his Grand Hustle Films banner. Read More »

Brexit : Britain can stay in EU but perks will end - Verhofstadt

May has said the divorce talks, likely to be the most complex in Europe since World War Two, will begin as planned next week and her Brexit minister, David Davis, said Britain's negotiating position was unchanged. "We never put timescales on when we expect a deal to be done and I'm not going to start now". "This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean", Sinn Fein MP Michelle Glidernew told AFP . Read More »

Finsbury Park attack: the suspect's life in Cardiff

Security Minister Ben Wallace confirmed the suspect was not known to the security services. "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the bad attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect", Khan said. Read More »

SYRIA: US jet 'downs Iranian-made drone'

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The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group says it has shot down an armed pro-Syrian regime drone that had been bearing down on its forces in Syria's south-east. The deconfliction arrangement was first established with Russia in 2015 to avoid unnecessary conflict and miscommunication in the military movements of US-led coalition and Russian forces in Syria. Read More »

Truce collapses in Syria's south amid offensive

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Asked Tuesday whether the hotline was no longer being used, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said he could not discuss the matter beyond saying the USA stands ready to use the line. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the eastern neighborhood of Jobar was struck on Tuesday by 12 airstrikes, adding that government forces are trying to push into the area. Read More »

Republican Handel Wins Georgia Special Election — DEMS DEFEATED AGAIN

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Democrats are eager to advance the narrative of voters delivering a referendum on President Trump's policies but have yet to snag a House victory to support it. Handel, 55, embraces her experience as a statewide and local elected official. However, it was Trump's collapse - besting Hillary Clinton by just 1.5 points in the district in 2016 - that led Democrats to believe it could be in play. Read More »