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Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. But he is also contending with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian Federation.

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Trump Says He's 'Very Close' to Naming a New FBI Director

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump will be meeting later Wednesday with Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. The need for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director arose last week when President Trump abruptly fired James Comey from the job in a controversial move.

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Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate

When Naruhito, who has a daughter but no sons, ascends the throne, his younger brother Akishino will be next in line, followed by Hisahito, Akishino's 10-year-old son. The crown prince has one teenage daughter, Aiko, who can not inherit the throne. Historically, abdication of Japanese emperors was common, with about half of the 125 Japanese emperors having abdicated .

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Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners

Approximately 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike for over a month now. Some have managed to pressure Israel into releasing them, although some have been re-detained. They were all treated at the scene. In the video, the Israeli settler, who also appears to be protected by Israeli forces, was distributing chocolates to settlers to celebrate the killing of the Palestinian.

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Led coalition airstrikes targeted pro-Syrian regime forces

Muzahem al Saloum, from the armed rebel group Maghawir al-Thawra, said that the jets struck after some rebel forces clashed with Syrian and Iranian militias after they had advanced to about 27 kilometres from the base. forces based at Tanf. "It is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria's sovereignty", Russian news agencies quoted him as saying. Both forces have said they are trying to push Islamic State fighters out of the area.

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North Korea claims its new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

Japanese officials say the missile flew for about 30 minutes, traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

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EC to link all EVMs to VVPAT by 2019

He had used a lookalike machine and used some secret codes to show that EVMs can be tampered. "How can they say they have hacked an EVM using a prototype", asked a Commission official, who did not want to be named. "Two, these EVMs have no VVPATs, and three, the EVMs are coming from Rajasthan", he said during an interview with IANS . "If not, then it proves our point (that voting machines were being tampered with)", Bharadwaj said.

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Despite alarm and government threats, we still have Facebook access today

Blocking illegal content would warrant the shutdown of Facebook as in China, but Suwanprateep questions what the alternative would be for Thai social media users. The Thai Internet Service Provider Association (TISPA) warned Facebook's subsidiary company in Thailand that it would disconnect the content delivery network (CDN) originating Facebook's server if the social media company failed to comply with the Thai government's request.

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Real Madrid, Barca set up final day title showdown

Luis Enrique is adamant his Barcelona players will continue to fight for the Liga title but is concerned its challenge may come unstuck at Las Palmas on Sunday. Reigning champions Barcelona make the long journey to the Canary Islands to face a Las Palmas side struggling for form, having lost seven of their last 10 games.

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Murder of RSS worker: Seven-member team identified, one arrested

Kerala has been witness to the politics of "retaliation" between the BJP-RSS and CPI-M for some time. In fresh escalation of tension, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death near Payyannur here on Friday by alleged Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI (M)] workers.

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Trump delivers commencement speech at Liberty University

This was Trump's second visit to the school and his first as president. The President has committed to supporting policies that promote education vouchers - a highly controversial idea but one that resonates with religious conservatives, many of whom would like to redirect their tax dollars toward parochial schools.

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Former Trump adviser Flynn subpoenaed

If Flynn doesn't respond, he could potentially face a maximum of a year in jail and a $100,000 fine for contempt of Congress. The committee rejected his request. "I've said from the beginning that our intentions are to get information from all the individuals of interest, and I will go to whatever lengths I feel necessary", Burr said in a brief hallway interview at the Capitol, hours before Trump fired Comey Tuesday.

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Nicola Sturgeon hails 'emphatic' SNP election results

ICM's research director, Martin Boon, said there was now a risk that the latest poll was over-stating support for Conservatives and under-representing the Liberal Democrats. Ukip lost 145 council seats - all but one. Last week's results followed a campaign by the Tories focused on opposition to a second referendum - a message they will carry through their General Election campaign in the weeks ahead.

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Michael Flynn: Documents sought from ex-Trump advisor over Russian Federation inquiry

Yates's warning about Flynn in January capped weeks of building concern among top Obama officials, the officials told the AP. As for why, exactly, the president is so inclined to praise the former NSA he fired, Rachel noted an interesting article in The Atlantic , published yesterday.

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Monaco Coach Proud Of Players As Falcao Blames Missed Chances

The Old Lady will now await to see who will join them in the final between Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico. Dani Alves is one of the best right-backs in football world. Mbappe has been this season's revelation both at home and overseas, reaching 25 goals in all competitions with his consolation effort in Turin , and he is grateful for the experience.

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Mayawati expels Naseemuddin Siddiqui from BSP

However, the crushing defeat in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections changed the equations between the duo. She said, Siddiqui's allegations are baseless and false. When BSP failed to win any seat in 2014, Naseemuddin was given charge of BSP's western UP and Lucknow divisions, while his son was the in-charge of the party's "Muslim Bhaichara" campaign in western UP.

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EC to hold EVM challenge with machines used in recent assembly polls

The poll watchdog's top brass is expected to make a in-depth presentation on EVMs' security features to prove that the machines are tamper-proof. The EC had trashed the AAP's claim, saying the "machine is a look-alike and not the ECI-EVM". LJP leader Sanjay Saraf has accused AAP representatives of not showing any seriousness to clarify their doubts at the all-party meeting. "I have photographs to prove it", he said.

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Three water rides at UK theme parks reopen after safety review

Alton Towers and Legoland Windsor have reopened similar water-based white knuckle rides. We continue to offer support to all those affected, including colleagues, and will provide all necessary assistance to the relevant authorities. "(Evha was a) lovely, sweet-natured girl (who) was loved by everyone at the school", head teacher Erfana Bora said. The family has requested that the river rapids ride remain closed until the inquiry has concluded and the full facts established.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief sees quick decision on joining anti-IS coalition

The top USA intelligence official said on Thursday security in Afghanistan would deteriorate even further without a modest increase in troops from the United States and its allies for the NATO-led force. One civic activist described the government as being in a state of "continuous crisis". Coats said Russian Federation is "likely to be more aggressive towards the United States" in the coming years and will likely use its military intervention in Syria and the threat from the Islamic State ...

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Senate committee subpoenas former Trump adviser Flynn over Russian Federation

Diane Feinstein (D-CA) asked Yates after she outlined the information collected and passed to the Trump administration by the Department of Justice, which at that time was under Yates's authority as Acting Attorney General. He has dismissed FBI and congressional investigations into his campaign's possible ties to the election meddling as a "hoax" driven by Democrats bitter over losing the White House.

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Blast followed by fire reported near Damascus airport

Israel previously has been accused of firing on Hezbollah positions and Iran-backed arms shipments in Syria and Lebanon bound for terrorists. An Israeli army spokeswoman, speaking anonymously according to regulations, declined to comment.

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Banks hit hard to fund increase in Australia's spending

But from 1 July this year, tax deductions relating to expenses incurred while visiting properties in Australia will be completely scrapped. Banking expert Claire Matthews recons there won't be an immediate impact on New Zealand customers, NZ banks are separate subsidiaries of their Australian couterparts.

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Ex-US NSA Michael Flynn ordered to hand over Russia probe documents

In a joint statement, Senators Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its top Democrat, said the committee had first requested the documents from retired Lieutenant-General Flynn in an April 28 letter, but he had declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the request.

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Vehicle accelerates during auto auction, killing at least 2

Earlier Wednesday, Massachusetts State Police said there was no evidence the incident was intentional. "All evidence and information at this time suggests an accidental cause", the Massachusetts State Police tweeted. In 2014, OSHA cited Lynnway Auto Auction for "serious" violations of workplace safety rules after an inspection found it "failed to require the use of traffic control devices while employees performed maintenance tasks among moving vehicles".

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Trump Says Nafta Deal With Canada, Mexico, Is 'Very Possible'

The AP reports that both the Mexican and Canadian governments confirmed the conversations had taken place. "The leaders agreed on the convenience of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and working together with Canada to carry out a successful renegotiation for the benefit of all three countries", the statement read.

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U.S. will arm Kurds fighting IS in Syria, says Pentagon

For the US administration, which is skeptical that the Turkish-backed force is large enough or sufficiently trained, the decision sets Trump's wish for quick battlefield victories against the need to maintain its strategic alliance with Turkey.

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Trump to announce federal court nominees

President Trump is expected to announce his selection of at least five conservative nominees to federal appeals courts as early as Monday, building on his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. (CNN) Are rumors of US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's looming retirement greatly exaggerated? Most Democrats refused to support Gorsuch because they were still seething over ...

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Kushner's kin woo investors in China, offer green card in return

She advised them to make use of a visa programme known as EB-5, which offers foreigners a path to U.S. citizenship in exchange for investments of at least $500,000 in USA projects. Over 80 percent of EB-5 visas are believed to have been issued to Chinese investors. It was not immediately known whether any of the wealthy people who listened to the Kushner company pitch in Beijing made a decision to invest.

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Conditional De-escalation Zones and Humanitarian Aid in Syria

The creation of de-escalation zones "should not affect the rights of Syrians to seek and enjoy asylum" in other countries, according to the statement. The " de-escalation zones " to be established in Syria will be closed to military aircraft from the US -led coalition, the Russian official who signed the agreement also said Friday.

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Afghan security fires on census workers, killing 1

Interior Minister Nisar said on Friday that Afghan forces set a bad example by opening unprovoked fire over instigation on villages beside Chaman Border in Pakistan, reported Dunya News. Abdul Mateen, a resident of Killi Luqman said FC personnel were guarding the census staff in his village when the Afghan forces opened fire on them.

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Proposed Federal Budget Includes $61 Million Reimbursement For Trump Security Costs

Chuck Schumer said the city should refuse to provide police protection for the First Lady and Barron Trump unless Congress agreed to cover the expense, and sought a way to put it in the budget with Democratic Rep. Of their $60 million, $34 goes to personnel costs associated with protecting Trump and the first family, including his adult children. "We're very honored to have the president here, but at the same time , his travel here is such high frequency he's not visiting Palm Beach County - ...

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French artists back Macron at free concert

May Day protests took a violent turn in Paris on Monday, leaving both citizens and officers injured. The latest opinion poll showed Macron leading Le Pen by 61 per cent to 39 ahead of Sunday's election. On the contrary, she added, "if you consider that what you have lived through for five years is hell, that it is tax hell, economic hell, hell of the unfair worldwide competition, hell of massive immigration, hell of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, hell of insecurity, so you have to vote ...

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White House expects vote on healthcare bill this week

The House of Representatives just passed a bill you may want to know about. More than 52 million Americans - roughly 27 percent of adults under 65 years old - have a pre-existing condition that would make them un-insurable before Obamacare, according to a December 2016 study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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NKorea says it will speed up nuke program in response to US

The U.S. air force said in a statement the bombers had flown from Guam to conduct training exercises with the South Korean and Japanese air forces. In an interview with CBS television network's " Face the Nation " on Sunday, Trump said if North Korea carried out another nuclear test, "I would not be happy ".

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Watchdog to Trump: Accountability not red carpet for Duterte

The ruling by the United Nations-backed arbitral panel invalidated Beijing's claims of nearly the entire South China Sea and said China violated Manila's sovereign right to fish and explore resources in the West Philippine Sea. Duterte, who is the current chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), also said he would urge Trump not to get into a confrontation with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

A US Navy strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, will be in the waters around the Korean Peninsula this weekend, and one of the Navy's largest submarines has been in port in South Korea this week. It said the launch was a clear violation of United Nations resolutions and warned the North not to act rashly. North Korea may already be able to strike its USA -allied neighbors with a nuclear-tipped missile, and could have the US mainland within range by the end of President ...

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Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at labor

The vote was 60-38 , with eight Democrats breaking ranks to approve him. Almost 100 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump's cabinet is finally full. The fast food CEO acknowledged having hired a housekeeper not authorized to work in the US and belatedly paying the related taxes. Several labor unions wound up stridently opposing Puzder's nomination.

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Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

The Pentagon has in the past advised retiring officers that because they can be recalled to military service, they are subject to the Constitution's rarely enforced emoluments clause, which prohibits top officials from receiving payments or favors from foreign governments.

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Trump says new plan covers pre-existing ailments

Congress will have to negotiate final details on a $1 trillion package by Friday to finance the government through September 30. The bill would allow states to opt out of the requirement for standard premiums, under certain circumstances. Trump's comments come days after moderate New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur and leaders of the conservative House Freedom Caucus cut a deal that would require insurers to cover those with pre-existing conditions; but, unlike the mandate under Obamacare, insurers ...

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Cyprus President accorded ceremonial welcome

Anastasiades briefed Modi about the plan for developing the hi-tech sector in Cyprus as the third pillar of its economy. India is also thankful for the efforts of Cyprus in support of her entry, as a member, into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group.