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Najib: Malaysia will not sever diplomatic ties with North Korea

Malaysia has not directly blamed North Korea for the killing, but there is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang was responsible. The two countries had been locked in a diplomatic row in the wake of the killing in Kuala Lumpur last month.

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Dem opposition to Trump court pick grows; Schumer warns GOP

Schumer had tough words for his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in an interview with The Associated Press, saying "the public will judge" whether changing the rule to ease Gorsuch in would be a good idea.

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There Are Now More Than 5 Million Syrian Refugees, U.N. Says

More than 5 million people have fled Syria's brutal civil war into neighbouring states and Egypt , data from the United Nations refugee agency (UNCHR) revealed on Thursday. In a joint statement with Syrian organisations, charity Oxfam on Thursday urged more support for host countries. "Oxfam calls on rich countries to show their support for Syria's neighbours that have welcomed these refugees and to resettle at least the most vulnerable 10 per cent most of Syrian refugees by the end of ...

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Hillary Clinton blasts Trump cuts to State's budget

Clinton's remarks were part of a ceremony for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, which Georgetown's Institute for Women, Peace and Security presented to four Colombians , including three women involved in negotiating the recent peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels.

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Kosovar father denies son arrested in Italy plotted attack

No explosives, weapons or bomb-making materials were found in the apartments searched but police say they did find videos of Islamic extremists demonstrating how to carry out knife attacks. Police also carried out 10 raids overnight in Venice, one in the neighboring town of Mestre and one in nearby Treviso. "We have monitored all their movements, all their contacts with the outside world and we were also able to monitor all their social media and PC traffic, everything they did to keep in ...

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Tillerson In Ankara For Talks With Erdogan On Islamic State, Regional Stability

But the embassy said the call was "far from suspicious" and was made to inform the suspect, Adil Oksuz , that his USA visa had been revoked at the behest of Turkish authorities. But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria . Life is back to normal.

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Trump's lawyers: 'Apprentice' contestant can't sue president

Summer Zervos, one of more than a dozen women who said before the November election that Mr. Trump made unwanted sexual advances to them, sued the president days before his inauguration. Suggesting at least one reason he might have aggressively pursued the job in the first place, attorneys for President Donald Trump are arguing that he can not be sued in state courts-for sexual harassment, to name one charge at random-while he's in office.

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Legal Pot Coming Next Year?

The Liberal government is drafting legislation, which will be introduced in April 2017, according to Canada's CBC News . Trudeau's Liberal caucus was briefed on the timeline for the proposed measure during a weekend meeting, public broadcaster CBC reported, citing unnamed sources.

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JOHN MCCAIN: There's a 'crazy fat kid' running North Korea

The text was "a product of the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) from A to Z", its envoy said after boycotting the debate. The recent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, was indirectly referred to as an example of North Korea human rights violations at the United Nations on Friday , according to Yonhap.

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Pro-Trump Protesters Clash With Anarchists in California

According to the newspaper, a group of Trump supporters, many of them holding blue "Trump" flags, tackled the man with the pepper spray, who was wearing a black mask. While in Oregon's Capitol Mall in Salem, a fistfight broke out and the police arrestedMatthew Curtis Heagy after the 31-year-old man sprayed a trooper with pepper spray.

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France's Marine Le Pen begins Russian Federation visit

For populist nationalists like her, President Putin has the appeal of a strong authoritarian leader who puts interests of country ahead of all else, our correspondent adds. Addressing reporters in a Moscow hotel, she also said she did not discuss financial support for her party with Putin and that the aim of her Russian Federation visit was not to boost her electoral chances.

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People Who Oppose Putin STILL Ending Up Dead In The Streets

Poroshenko said the killing "is an act of state terrorism on the part of Russian Federation, which (Voronenkov) was forced to leave for political reasons". In January, Voronenkov testified against former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych before the country's chief prosecutor. Investigators said he was shot three to four times in his head and neck outside Premier Palace hotel.

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U.S. suspects NKorea in $81M Bangladesh theft

To carry out the theft, the attackers, used the global payment messaging system, Swift, to persuade the Federal Reserve Bank of NY transfer funds from the Bangladesh bank to accounts in the Philippines. NORTH Korea's despotic leader and his cronies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over claims they were involved in a $1 BILLION bank scam.

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Supreme Court Bolsters Rights of Learning-Disabled Students

The bottom line in this case is the Supreme Court overruled Gorsuch, who had stated in his ruling that as long as a school district offers anything more than an education " so minor as to merit disregard " they were following the law. Negrón said he was comfortable with the court's rejection of the lower de minimis standard since schools aren't in the business of providing de minimis education to children, and that while schools will have to reevaluate the services they provide, the ...

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Robert Downey Jr. Signs On To Play Doctor Dolittle

According to The Hollywood Reporter , Universal manage to beat out other hopefuls in what was a very competitive bidding for the rights to production, including the early draft for the script by Tom Shepherd . In fact, the 1998 " Doctor Dolittle " movie was very loosely based on Lofting's source material. Writing and Directing the film for Univeral Pictures is Stephen Gaghan (Gold).

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NK engine test likely for satellite rocket, rather than ICBM: US expert

But if one intention of the video was to demonstrate how North Korea could disable the launch pad for the F-35C, the Navy's carrier version of the stealth aircraft, the US military signaled five days earlier that it doesn't need a carrier for its Joint Strike Fighters to be a threat.

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Ivanka Trump Gets West Wing Office, Access to Classified Info

White House officials said that even though she is not a federal employee, Ivanka Trump will voluntarily follow federal ethics rules. Roberts cited President James Monroe's daughter Eliza Monroe Hay as a first daughter who had a public role in her father's administration, which occurred largely as a result of her mother's frail health.

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Britain to formally launch European Union exit on March 29

European Council President Donald Tusk says he will present draft guidelines for the negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc within two days of London notifying its intention to leave on March 29. "Yet it is only a week since Nicola Sturgeon announced her plans for an unwanted divisive second referendum out of the blue with no prior notice to anyone".

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Pakistan PM orders Afghan border crossings to reopen

Pakistan closed the border last month over security concerns after a series of attacks which killed almost 100 people. The prime minister reiterated his resolve to establish a strong partnership between Pakistan and Russian Federation in all fields, as this cooperation would positively contribute towards promoting peace and stability in the region.

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U.S. stocks mixed, still on pace for another winning week

Energy stocks in the S&P 500 lost 0.9%, one of the biggest losses among the 11 sectors that make up the index. A widely anticipated US interest rate hike combined with a dovish outlook for the future path of rates lifted emerging stocks to 20-month highs on Thursday but also prompted a number of developing central banks to tighten monetary policy.

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France presidential candidate charged with misuse of public funds

The opinion polls point to a run-off between far-right leader Marine Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, with the latter winning that duel convincingly. "Those who don't respect the laws of the Republic should not be allowed to run". The embezzlement allegations have dented support for Mr Fillon, a one-time frontrunner now in third place in the polls.

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Japan's government found liable for Fukushima disaster

The two parties have been ordered to pay [BBC report] a total of Dollars $341,000 to 62 out of 137 evacuees who sought damages for emotional distress. While courts have ruled in favour of plaintiffs and awarded damages arising from the disaster, it was the first time a court has recognised that the government was liable.

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Tillerson: State Department spending levels 'unsustainable'

As Rachel noted on the show last night, Tillerson told reporters yesterday that the administration believes it can afford to dramatically cut the State Department's funding because "there will be fewer military conflicts that the USA will be directly engaged in".

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British train disruption spreads as transport union widens strike

He said the public understood the issues at stake, adding: 'This strike is about safety and about putting the welfare of the travelling public before the profits of the private rail companies'. Theresa May's spokesman said last night that the Prime Minister was "disappointed. that once again the RMT are disrupting passengers across the country".

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Muhammad Ali's son says he was detained at airport again

After Ali remembered that he had his USA passport and produced that, he was allowed to board his flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wasserman Schultz said by telephone, adding that she was at the airport and heard about the incident from Ali's attorney.

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Trump finally speaks with Abbas, invites him to White House 'very soon'

Israelis " will have to show some flexibility " and signal they want to make a deal, while " Palestinians have to give up some of the hate they've been taught from a very young age ". Palestine's official position calls for the establishment of an independent state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, but rampant Israeli settlement expansion has virtually rendered this dream unviable.

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Lincoln dreaming of Arsenal fairytale

IAN WRIGHT believes Arsene Wenger WILL sign a new contract despite Arsenal's 10-2 aggregate Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich. "They are top of the National League and they have that recent history which is very positive".

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IS claims responsibility for Kabul hospital attack

The attack came one week after a pair of Taliban suicide bombings targeted Afghan security forces in Kabul , killing at least 16 people. The hospital is near two civilian hospitals in the upscale district of Wazir Akbar Khan, home to several heavily guarded embassies - including the United States embassy.

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Afghan family detained in Los Angeles are asking for release

The family landed at LAX where they were set to board their connecting flight to Seattle, where they intend to resettle. "Yet despite this record of service on behalf of our country, CBP has detained this fearless family and denied them access to counsel", said the petition, filed on Saturday with the U.S.

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Canadian airports win Airport Service Quality Awards

Spending millions on LED lights above parking spaces, more custodial services to clean bathrooms and automated passport entry machines to keep lines short in customs, has paid off for Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Uniquely, ASQ surveys passengers at the airport on their day of travel. Every year, the program delivers some 600,000 individual surveys in 41 languages in 84 countries.

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Missile launches risky gambit by N. Korea to make United States take notice

Early Monday morning, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, in what Japan's leader described as "an extremely unsafe action". North Korea launched four ballistic missiles , which landed in the Sea of Japan. The near-simultaneous launch of four projectiles also could aim to defang a missile defense system the USA military will deploy in the South within the year.

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Malaysia rejects 'insinuation' it violated United Nations sanctions on North Korea

The rift widened on Thursday when a senior North Korean diplomat leading a delegation to Kuala Lumpur reiterated Pyongyang's assertion that Kim had died of a heart attack, dismissing the use of a nerve agent. On Friday, Malaysia was forced to release Ri Jong Chol, the only North Korean who had been arrested over the case, due to lack of evidence. The killing of Kim Jong Nam, who had criticized North Korea's hereditary succession in an interview with a Japanese newspaper, was a crime ...

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Theresa May turns the tables on Nicola Sturgeon over a second referendum

Theresa May has accused the SNP of treating people's lives as a "game" and urged Nicola Sturgeon to throw off her "tunnel vision" on independence. Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded that such powers should be transferred fully to her devolved administration after Britain leaves the EU.

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Mexican congressman climbs U.S. border fence, says Trump's wall is 'totally absurd'

A meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in January was cancelled over Mexico's refusal to say it would pay for the wall. His tweet of the video also contained a nod to the rights of the Mexican people: "Simple to climb the #wall but many are the dangers for our people".

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French Republican candidate Francois Fillon pulls campaign event amid reports probe deepening

A source close the Republicans party said Fillon held talks with senior members of the party on Wednesday. Fillon, the 62-year-old former prime minister, campaigned as a sleaze-free reformer ready to administer a "radical" economic overhaul and cut public spending.

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Palestinian envoy warns against moving United States embassy in Israel

Abbas told members of the global body that the best way to preserve the so-called "two-state solution" is by formally recognizing the Palestinian Authority as the sovereign nation of 'Palestine'. He called on states that have not done so to recognise officially the state of Palestine, and for the global community to come up with a precise timetable for an end to Israel's occupation.

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Iran urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to end hostilities

Armenian media quoted Nagorno-Karabakh officials saying that Azerbaijan had deployed tanks in the skirmish. According to Azerbaijan's defence ministry, early morning on February 25 the Armenian armed forces made an attempt to penetrate into the positions of Azerbaijani army in different directions.

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François Fillon placed under judicial investigation

While Fillon previously said he would drop out of the race if placed under formal investigation, he has since reneged on the pledge, saying he would maintain his candidacy. They deny wrongdoing and have sought to portray the investigations as politically motivated. The fresh investigation comes as polls show centrist Emmanuel Macron has leaped ahead of Fillon and is now the most likely to face Marine Le Pen in the second round of presidential elections in May.

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Democrats split ahead of DNC chair vote Saturday

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi, reporting from Atlanta , said that one major difference between Perez and Ellison was that the latter had "support from people who not only protested against Trump, but also against the Democratic Party who they feel allowed Trump to win".

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Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar to launch her party on Friday, say reports

The late chief minister's nice has made a decision to fight elections from R.K Nagar, the same constituency which belonged to the late chief minister Jayalathiaa. On Friday evening, Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar announced that she was starting a platform, the MGR Amma Deepa Peravai. However, even though Panneerselvam and Jayakumar had a common enemy in Sasikala, it wasn't clear whether they would join forces to fight for control of the party and the state government, which is led by ...