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Gay Irish Prime Minister Takes Office

In Wednesday's vote, Varadkar was elected by 57 to 50 votes, with 47 abstentions. Speaking in parliament, Varadkar said: "I've been elected to lead but I promise to serve". And that is a republic in which every citizen gets a fair go and has the opportunity to succeed. While Ireland has an increasingly diverse population and Europe's fastest-growing economy, it's still emerging from a conservative mindset: Homosexuality was only decriminalized in 1993, and divorce two years later. Read More »

North Korea tests a rocket engine

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Moon's visit to the missile test site came a day after he said in an interview with Reuters that stronger worldwide sanctions should be imposed on North Korea if it tests another nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. Read More »

USA senator to draft new legislation imposing financial embargo on N. Korea

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It's a twist on the typical pattern on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korean state media frequently issue reports about leader Kim Jong Un observing missile tests that it says are needed to combat South Korean and USA hostility. Also Friday, Moon oversaw the test-firing of a home-grown missile with a range of 800 kilometres (500 miles). "A policy of embracing North Korea is possible when we have a defence capability that surpasses that of North Korea ". Read More »

Trump admin OKs drone sale to India, manufacturer says

Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an Indian charity. These were major moves from the Indian perspective, but analysts say they didn't look that big from Washington . "It doesn't get people that excited about India being a player on the field". Read More »

Islamist Militants Seize School in Philippines, Military Says

Local police said the BIFF attack may have been meant to help the militants in Marawi by distracting the military. General Padilla played down the attack as "harassment" and said the fighting was almost over. During his visit to the wounded soldiers confined at the medical facility of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division in Barangay Patag on Tuesday, Duterte has said sorry to the Maranaos, especially those living in Marawi, for the government action against the insurgents, adding he ... Read More »

North Korea conducts rocket engine test

US officials have warned that North Korea is on the path to successfully developing an ICMB capable of hitting the United States unless something changes. North Korea has conducted several successful nuclear tests. Another US official was quoted as saying that increased activity was detected at North Korea's sole nuclear test site in recent days. Read More »

Alaska budget negotiators reach tentative spending plan deal

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The budget that was passed will prevent a government shutdown and keep the state up and running, but is an incomplete solution that continues "the unsustainable budgeting of the past four years", he said. Plus, he said, the earnings reserve account is also a higher-yielding account than the budget reserve fund. But the two sides are far apart on the oil and gas tax bill. Read More »

Canadian Suspect in US Airport Stabbing Tried to Buy Gun Before Attack

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Jeff Neville after being slashed by a suspected terrorist at Bishop International Airport this week. Alleged stabber, Amor Ftouhi, used a 12-inch, serrated "Amazon Survival Jungle" knife in the attack that wounded Neville. Investigators found that the knife used in the attack was allegedly bought by Ftouhi after he arrived in the United States earlier this month. Hospital officials said that Neville was calm after the attack and appeared to understand the situation he was in. Read More »

Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

Keep raising the concern that something needs to change within the ranks of the party's leadership. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, is not ready to give up her power, despite calls by some of her Democratic colleagues who say new leadership is needed following the recent losses in House special elections in Georgia and SC, where Republicans Karen Handel and Ralph Norman won, respectively. Read More »

France's Macron Sees No Legitimate Successor to Syria's Assad

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There are quite a few veterans here, who have been labouring for decades". "I think Macron used Bayrou during the presidential campaign and now that he has a majority without MoDem, he has tossed him away like an old rag", Le Pen said as she took up her seat in parliament. Read More »

HC quashes Yogi's order sacking Shia Waqf Board members

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Earlier this month, the UP government had ordered dissolution of both Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards and recommended a CBI probe into alleged irregularities to the tune of crores of rupees in waqf properties. All six were nominated by the previous Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party government. He further said a case was pending against a minister Mohsin Raza from 2015, upon which they are conducted an investigation and as a result of that, the member of Shia Waqf Board was suspended. Read More »

Prez poll: With 63% of votes in bag, Kovind win seems certain

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According to informed sources, Gandhi, who chaired the meeting of the opposition parties, first asked Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP ) leader Sharad Pawar to speak. He also appealed to all the parties to support the NDA candidate and show unity on one platform for the cause of upliftment of poor and dalits in the country. Read More »

South Korea conducts missile test with warning to North Korea

The test came on the heels of news report that North Korea conducted a rocket engine test that appeared to be part of its ICBM missile program, according to Reuters . Moon, a liberal who took office in May after a decade of conservative rule in South Korea, supports engagement with North Korea, but was quoted after the launch as saying that "dialogue is only possible when we have a strong military, and engagement policies are only possible when we have the security capability to dominate ... Read More »

Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM

The news of the new test also comes as another United States official said Wednesday there are signs of increased activity at North Korea's lone nuclear test site. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspects a ground jet test in 2016. As that threat by the North has increased, South Korea has also sought to strengthen its capabilities, particularly after the United States agreed in 2012 to let it possess ballistic missiles with a range of up to 497 miles as long as the payload did ... Read More »

US asks China to do more to control N Korea

The U.S. did not immediately retaliate or say what they would do about Warmbier's death , but Trump responded by blaming Kim Jong Un's communist regime for the student's death. In response to the tragedy, US officials have reportedly been considering a travel ban that would prohibit American citizens from visiting the country until further notice. Read More »

Democratic lawmaker: 'Our brand is worse than Trump'

The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poured almost $5 million into trying to get Ossoff elected. "I want to be a uniting force in the community", said Handel. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier during his incarceration

The U.S. and China began high-level security talks Wednesday focused largely on North Korea, amid outrage in Washington over the death of an American college student after his imprisonment in the North. A North Korean newspaper published a commentary today that includes their fears of Trump, even going as far as calling him a "psychopath", the Washington Post reported Thursday. Read More »

Rebels still holding hostages in school — Philippine military

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Hundreds of gunmen attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn, with some then taking over the school and using civilians as human shields throughout the day before fleeing at night, the military said. but we're also on guard because they might carry out other attacks", said Padilla. The town is surrounded by marshlands, mountains and farmlands. Pigkawayan mayor Eliseo Garsesa said about 200 gunmen were involved in the initial assault. Read More »

Twin attacks leave 17 dead in Somalia

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Inside the building, the body of a Syrian man who worked as a chef there lay near the rubble of a blood-spattered and bullet-marked wall. "This and snipers have made it hard for the security forces to head inside". Six attackers - one suicide bomber and five gunmen - were involved in the raid on the up-market area of Mogadishu which is popular with young and diaspora Somalis and some foreigners. Read More »

May unveils 'talented' new Cabinet, Patel holds on to Cabinet

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Commenting on his appointment to Sky News , Gove, who described himself at the launch of the Conservative Environment Network in 2014 as a " shy green ", said: "I was quite surprised, I have to say". The other key Cabinet members include James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland minister, Karen Bradley as a culture, media and sports minister and Andrea Leadsom as the Leader of the House of Commons. Read More »

Parachinar blasts death toll rises to 25, 100 injured

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At least 10 people are feared dead and over 50 injured as two subsequent explosions hit in Parachinar in Kurram Agency. Four police officers were gunned down in southern city of Karachi . Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack, saying that terrorists involved in the attack will be taken to task and all out efforts will be taken to eliminate terrorism. Read More »