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Trump signs spending bill after veto threat

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The federal fiscal year began October 1. The Senate passed the spending bill known as the Omnibus on a bipartisan basis in the wee hours of the morning. Senator Rand Paul objected to the amount of money that the bill spends, what it spends that money on, and the process used to draft the legislation. A veto would have created another government shutdown. Read More »

At gun control rally in Parkland, grief is transformed into hope

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Two of her siblings were Stoneman Douglas alumni who now attend the University of Florida . The march was organised in the backdrop of increased mass shooting in schools across the country . She along with the student activists from Stoneman Douglas led the crowd in chants of, "We want change!". "This whole thing has taken off into a much bigger thing". Read More »

AAP govt's sops for using environment-friendly fuel in Delhi budget

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The budget provides for subsidies to restaurants to replace coal tandoors with electricity- or gas-based tandoors . The programmes also have a slew of incentives for switching to non-polluting fuel, including 50 per cent concession in registration charges for private cars with factory-fitted CNG. Read More »

Women's T20I tri-series: England defeat India by 7 wickets

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An incredible performance from England! It had seemed unlikely at the interval after India posted an imposing 198-4, thanks largely to opener Smriti Mandhana, who smashed 76 off 40 balls. Wyatt was dismissed in the 17th over, but by then she made sure her team was in a conformable position. England defeated Australia by 8 wickets after the latter's win over India. Read More »

Trump Threatens Veto Of Spending Deal Hours Before Government Would Shut Down

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We wanted to include DACA , we wanted to have them in this bill, 800,000 people and actually it could even be more . And the DACA program is expiring because Trump moved to end the Obama-era program a year ago. The bulk of the money will go to repairing existing fencing segments. Spotted in the West Wing Friday morning, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short did not appear alarmed by the President's tweet. Read More »

Australia submit official complaint over 'disgraceful' verbal abuse from South Africa fans

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Cricket Australia sent a letter of complaint to their South African counterparts on Friday over what coach Darren Lehmann called "disgraceful" verbal abuse aimed at his players by the crowd in the third test at Newlands. In recent weeks we have seen incidents of ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires' decisions, a walk-off, ball tampering and some ordinary off-field behaviour. Read More »

Car Bomb Explodes Near Parliament in Somali Capital

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No group so far has claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast comes three days after at least 14 people were killed and 10 others wounded in a vehicle bomb blast near the Weheliye hotel on the capital's busy Makka Almukarramah road. Read More »

Protecting rights: China expresses regret at United States challenge in WTO

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China said Friday that it planned to raise tariffs on a $3 billion list of American goods, including pork, apples and steel pipes in response to the steel and aluminum duties announced earlier by Mr. He has apparently miscalculated the situation and underestimated China's resolve and capability to defend its own legitimate rights and interests as well as the price the USA has to pay for its recklessness and willfulness", the spokeswoman noted. Read More »

Austin police: Bombing suspect left taped 'confession'

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The wave of attacks started with package bombs left outside homes on March 2 and March 12. Police say they have found concrete evidence a 23-year-old was behind a bombing spree in the USA state of Texas , by revealing that the bomber's mobile phone had a 25-minute recorded confession detailing each of the six explosives he made, leaving them confident none are still waiting to detonate. Read More »

U.S. police shoot dead unarmed black man, triggering protests

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Officers believed Clark had been breaking into cars in the neighborhood and shot him because they say they thought he had a gun. Clark, it turned out, had no weapon, only a cellphone. Burris' ultimately settled that case with the city of Sacramento for $719,000, but the incident sparked significant police reforms in the city, including a video release policy that mandates the release of police video in critical incidents within 30 days of the encounter. Read More »

No Problem Stripping Before "White Man": Minister's Barb On Aadhaar Row

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Not a week has passed when Attorney General KK Venugopal reportedly had said that " Aadhaar data has been secured behind a complex with five feet thick and 13 feet tall walls" to assure data security. For more than a year, the UIDAI, which collected biometric, demographic and financial data of 1.2 billion Indians, has been fighting claims of data leakage. Read More »

IDF strikes terror targets in Gaza Strip

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The Israel Defense Forces have struck a "Hamas target" in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for a border breach and an infiltration attempt by four Palestinians into Israel, the IDF has said . The IDF reiterated that it continued to hold Hamas responsible for all security incidents in Gaza. The four terrorists managed to cut a hole in the fence and enter Israel undetected. Read More »

WTO doing 'detailed analysis' of Trump tariffs against China

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The memorandum signed on Thursday is based on a Section 301 investigation, launched by the Trump administration in August 2017, into alleged Chinese intellectual property and technology transfer practices. decision to impose 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium, with initial exemptions for Canada and Mexico. Influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, a Trump ally, said he was "very pleased" with the new measures, but other Republicans called on Trump to ... Read More »

United Kingdom data watchdog raids Cambridge Analytica's London office

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Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting personal data of Facebook users to influence elections in several countries including U.S. presidential elections. Several Twitter users have questioned the delay in obtaining the warrant, including Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow who wrote before Thursday's adjournment: "Surely unbelievable that the UK's information commissioner is STILL waiting to see a judge who will grant a warrant to go in and search the premises.by the time she gets in ... Read More »

Name clients and source of data, Centre tells Cambridge Analytica

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Late on Friday, a High Court judge granted an application by the UK Information Commissioner's Office for a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's offices. The company's shares fell 3.3 per cent Friday to $159.39 at the close in NY, bringing the loss this week to nearly 14 per cent since the revelations broke. Read More »

Senate passes massive spending bill to keep government open

It's unclear whether Congress could have even made changes before midnight, when the current government spending plan was set to expire. Howard PaulSenate approves.3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump GOP senator threatened to hold up bill over provision to honor late political rival: report Conservatives balk over funding bill ahead of shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) do? But the overall result was unimaginable to many Republicans after campaigning on spending restraints and balanced ... Read More »

Watch as lights go out on iconic landmarks for Earth Hour

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In London, a kaleidoscope of famous sites switched off their lights - Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye. But beginning at 8:30 p.m. 'More than half of plant and animal species face local extinction in some of the world's most naturally rich areas in biodiversity by the turn of this century if we continue along the current path that we are trending in terms of global warming, he said. Read More »

Gun rights supporters hold counter-protest to March for Our Lives

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The local march is a part of the national demonstration in which hundreds of thousands of marchers have turned out, in the most ambitious show of force for stronger gun control policy since the Florida shooting. "I think they are misguided, but I wanted to see what they had to say". "Every day when I wake up there's a thought in my head: will today be my last?" It teared up everywhere at times, like in Washington when Gonzalez cried in silence and Parkland when Max Schachter, whose ... Read More »

Turkey's armed forces kill one of most risky PKK terrorists

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At least 15 caves and 30 shelters used by militants were also destroyed, the sources added. Turkey regularly carries out air strikes against PKK bases in Qandil mountains in northern Iraq. Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decadeslong bloody campaign against Turkey. The Syrian government has already condemned the Turkish offensive against Afrin as an act of aggression. Read More »

Citi sets restrictions on gun sales by retail clients

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The big get bigger: The three largest US banks by assets - JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo - have managed to garner the lion's share of the growth in bank deposits since the global financial crisis. "It is clear to me that most people believe there are areas of agreement and practical changes we can make to find common ground". Ed Skyler, Citi's executive vice president for global public affairs , said that clients that choose not to adhere to the policy will have their ... Read More »

After H1-B, Australia scraps 457 visa programme most popular with Indians

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After Trump's crackdown on H1-B visa, Australia scraps subclass 457 visa category , widely used Indians. Instead, a new Temporary Skill Shortage ( TSS) visa has been introduced from March 18. Hiring foreign employees will become costly for the companies. Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) includes occupations which require temporary skilled workers, the short stream visa is for these occupations with a duration of max 2 years which can be extended 4 years in certain situations. Read More »

Austin bomber's family issues statement, says they're 'normal' in every way

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An aunt, who also lives in Colorado, read a statement to CNN , saying relatives are "devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an very bad way". "I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday". He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he's thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do....maybe a mission trip. Read More »

Mann Ki Baat, Narendra Modi talked about Fit India and new India

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Babasaheb Ambedkar was talking about unity, Team India and cooperative federalism", said PM Modi. "In case of health, the country has moved past conventional approaches and surged ahead". Modi talked about how Dr. BR Ambedkar had thought of India as an Industrial powerhouse, and how, for people who are from poor background and don't have enormous privilege, he is a source of inspiration. Read More »

Scenes from Sonoma's anti-gun march

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Kilmurray and Whitacre will remain in Madison after today's event and depart Sunday for Janesville, walking 50 miles over four days and arriving Wednesday as part of a trek titled March for Our Lives , 50 Miles More. Patrick Duffy: I will not be attending the March For Our Lives event. We must vote out those who accept money from the NRA, vote out those who blame mental health for gun violence but don't provide any services or options for those who are mentally ill. Read More »

Donald Trump will sign US$1.3 trillion spending bill despite veto threat

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The apparent early-morning reversal of his support provoked a fresh sense of chaos in the administration, with White House officials scrambling to assure that the president would indeed sign on. He answered two questions called out to him as he left the room. At the White House on Friday, many aides were caught by surprise by the veto threat and had no immediate explanation for what prompted it. Read More »

Puigdemont flees Finland amid arrest fears

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Reports say Puidgemont faces up to 25 years in prison if he returns to Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition for his part in organizing an illegal referendum on secession last year. Puigdemont's lawyer Jaume Alonso Cuevillas meanwhile told Catalunya Radio his client would not try to escape arrest. "I have not spoken to him yet but that is clear, yes". Read More »

Stocks tumble as investors fear escalating US and China trade conflict

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Investors anxious that if the dispute escalated, China will counterpunch with restrictions of its own, hurting American exports of airplanes, construction equipment and other goods. Trump said he views the Chinese as "a friend", and both sides are in the midst of negotiations. It said China past year bought about $3 billion worth of the goods affected by the proposed higher tariffs. Read More »

NHL: Crosby gets assist No. 700 in win | Hockey

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I tried to hit it, and he got it first, then he batted it back in. "It was pretty impressive". Against one of the NHL's worst teams, it wasn't shaping into the type of bounce-back performance that coach Mike Sullivan and his assistants will consider a prototype in their film study. Read More »

Trump 'considering' veto of $1.3 trillion budget bill

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In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said CREW was likely right on the merits, but that he was nevertheless constrained to grant a government request to dismiss the suit on procedural grounds. The spending package includes $1.6 billion for Trump's long-promised border wall with Mexico. "We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriotic young people", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read More »

Cambridge Analytica offers to hand over evidence to…

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The scandal erupted last weekend when The New York Times and UK's The Observer newspaper reported that Cambridge Analytica harvested data about more than 50 million Facebook users. A movement called #DeleteFacebook is gathering momentum after Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla, joined those who want to get rid of their Facebook accounts. Read More »

China threatens to retaliate against Trump's tariff plan

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China urged the United States on Friday to "pull back from the brink" as President Donald Trump´s plans for tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese goods moved the world´s two largest economies closer to a trade war. A commentary published by the official Xinhua news agency said the United States had adopted a "Cold War mentality", and "panic" over China´s economic rise was driving Washington´s confrontational approach. Read More »

Russian spy: Theresa May visits Salisbury after 'brazen' attack

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Skripal was a colonel in Russia's military intelligence agency (GRU). Germany's Brexit point man on Wednesday said "a lot of progress" has been made in negotiations between London and the bloc in recent days. "We are taking it very seriously as, I think, are many others". Russia has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack and promised retaliatory measures against May's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats from the United Kingdom. Read More »