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USA trade deficit reached a record high a year ago

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As historical data shows, trade deficits usually jump following tax cuts , like the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts under President George W. Bush, and President Ronald Reagan's cuts in the early 1980s. The Fed said slowing global growth and the government shutdown weighed on the USA economy at the start of the year but that it continued to grow. Most economists do not consider a trade deficit to be a marker of economic weakness. Read More »

Macron calls on voters to support pro-EU candidates in May elections

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His proposals included the creation of a European agency which would provide experts to protect the voting process of each member state from cyber attacks and manipulations. Last year, Macron denounced far-right, anti-immigrant Eastern European politicians like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as "crazy minds" and denounced their nationalist politics for creating "division" inside Europe. Read More »

Senator McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

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She said that she eventually felt the need to come forward and that the Air Force's response left her "horrified". "But unlike so many courageous survivors, I didn't report the sexual assault ". FILE - In this December 18, 2018 file photo, then Rep. Martha McSally , R-Ariz., waits to speak during a news conference at the Capitol in Phoenix. Read More »

Trump Ranks Fox News Hosts for Loyalty

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Trump has told confidants that he rates Fox News personalities on a scale of 1 to 10, The New Yorker's Jane Meyer wrote in her eye-opening essay titled " The Making Of The Fox News White House ". The reporter told colleagues that the editor said: "Good reporting, kiddo". Mayer was unable to talk to the reporter, Diana Falzone , because she is now under a gag order though she did speak to several of Falzone's colleagues at the time. Read More »

May calls knife-crime meeting amid row over police funding

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Theresa May's only public contribution to the debate over knife crime after two especially senseless murders at the weekend was a single television clip in which she insisted that there was " no direct correlation " between the rise in the violent use of knives and the fall in police numbers. Read More »

Stephon Clark: Black Lives Matter plans to ‘occupy’ Sacramento police headquarters

A small group of demonstrators gathered Tuesday night outside police headquarters, while some people went to the city council meeting at city hall to complain about how police handled Monday's protests. Police handcuffed at least three clergy members and reporter Dale Kasler . He said Clark did not follow officers' commands and "had advanced significantly" toward them at the time of the shooting. Read More »

R. Kelly Claims Parents Wanted Him to Have Sex with Teen Daughter

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In an excerpt, Kelly tells King that rumours of him having sex with and abusing underage girls are "not true". The most dramatic moment of the released footage takes place after King asks Kelly whether or not he had ever held someone against their will, apparently referencing accusations that Kelly held women captive. Read More »

Czech man attacked and killed by lion he kept as pet

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Pasek's body has now been recovered and sent for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death . Prasek had been raising the male lion since 2016 and acquired the lioness previous year. "Today's incident will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem", said Zdechov mayor Tomas Kocourek. Last June, a cyclist was injured after colliding with the lioness when Mr. Read More »

'Cheesed Challenge' Has Parents Hurling Slices of Cheese at Their Kids

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Inspired followers have started posting videos of flying cheese and the babies' reaction. The video was captioned " just cheesed my little brother ", but it has since been deleted. "Face is priceless He's is "YESSS!" another said". One mom claimed that the act calmed her baby down. "How numerous parents would volunteer to have food thrown at their face, especially when u have no way of defending yourself, contained in a high chair". Read More »

BJPs official website hacked, shows error message

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The webpage www.bjp.org showed Error 522 message. An official response from the party is awaited. "We'll be back online shortly". "More to come! Many, many congratulations!" Sorry for inconvenience but we're performing some maintenance at the moment. Read More »

Australia-Indonesia trade deal to promote METS sector

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Both countries are in the world's top 20 economies but not each other's top 10 trading partners. Annual trade of goods between the two countries is currently valued at $11.6 billion but these figures are expected to increase now that the deal has been signed. Read More »

Algerian president confirms fresh poll bid despite protests

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Protest numbers were fast approaching the levels of Friday when demonstrators filled the center of the capital Algiers alone, in one of the biggest outpourings of dissent - rare in Algeria - since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Bouteflika has ruled since 1999 and stamped out a decade-long rebellion early in his rule. They dispersed demonstrators who were marching towards the Constitutional Council. Read More »

US deploys advanced anti-missile system in Israel

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A spokeswoman for the US European Command said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ( THAAD ) will be used in an exercise with the Israel Defense Forces meant to test the US military's ability to rapidly deploy such weapons worldwide. "I welcome the holding of this joint exercise ". "THAAD is the most advanced integrated air and missile defense system in the world, and this deployment readiness exercise demonstrates that U.S. Read More »

Pak's Punjab province minister asked to quit over his anti-Hindu remarks

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The offensive remarks drew the ire of Pakistan's Hindu community and have been blasted by Chohan's fellow politicians, who slammed them as " appalling " and " embarrassing ". He said that the PTI government will not tolerate this nonsense from a senior member of the government or from anyone. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and other senior officials attended the oath ceremony. Read More »

44 belonging to banned organisations arrested: Shehryar Afridi

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At least some of those held are thought to be named in an Indian dossier handed to the Pakistani authorities investigating last month's Pulwama suicide attack . Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday hinted that his country may not oppose a joint move by France, Britain and the U.S. in the UN Security Council to list Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Read More »

Michael Bloomberg bows out of Democratic presidential race

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Sen. His announcement brings an end to a potentially tantalizing 2020 matchup between two NY billionaire businessmen: the brash real estate tycoon now in the White House versus the more measured - and wealthier - media mogul. Bloomberg goes on to announce plans for a different campaign, Beyond Carbon, to "begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100 percent clean energy economy". Read More »

Czech man mauled to death by his pet lion

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According to local news website Novinky.cz, the lioness was pregnant. Police spokesperson Lenka Javorkova said, "A 33-year-old man died after his lion attacked him". "Today's incident will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem", said Zdechov mayor Tomas Kocourek. The cyclist was hospitalized for his injuries. Read More »

Hillary Clinton confirms she is NOT running for president in 2020

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Hillary Clinton , who lost the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump , does not plan to run in 2020, leaving the centre-left Democratic Party's nomination open for less-established candidates. Her advice for the candidates? The definitive announcement leaves the Democratic field wide open , with at least a few major names still deciding if they'll throw their hats in the ring. Read More »

Philippine police find 1,500 duct-taped turtles in luggage

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More than 1,500 live exotic turtles have been found wrapped in duct tape and packed into suitcases at an airport in the Philippines. Among the kidnapped sea creatures are tortoises of the Sulcata Tortoise species, which have "vulnerable" status on the International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN)'s Red List of Threatened species. Read More »

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

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The letter includes questions that look at possible corrupt practices, obstruction of justice, hush-money payments to women, collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections and allegations of the President abusing his office and using it for personal gain. Read More »

Trump says Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

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But Bolton maintained Sunday that Trump is "not desperate for a deal - not with North Korea , not with anybody - if it's contrary to American national interests". Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told the National Security Council meeting that his ministry would prepare to discuss resuming two key inter-Korean economic projects with the United States . Read More »

Watch Here: Ben Stiller & Bill Hader Return to 'SNL' for Cold Open

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He thanks the committee for allowing him to "correct the record under oath. Of course, the first time I testified was also under oath, but this time I, like, really mean it". Stiller went on to take questions from SNL cast members playing various members of Congress. Mr. Chairman, you're right that I'm angry. "I'm so angry I couldn't even wear a jacket! ". Read More »

US House committee seeks Trump corruption evidence

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. They are also pinpointing alleged attempts to cover up a June 2016 campaign meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer, and to hide former negotiations for a Trump real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 campaign. Read More »

Dutch husband of ISIS bride Shamima Begum wants to take her home

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Last month, Shamima Begum told Sky News that she wanted to return to the United Kingdom with her son , whom she had given birth to just hours before. Begum, 19, from east London and now in a refugee camp, has said she would like to return to Britain but has been stripped of her British citizenship by the government which deems her a security threat. Read More »

Philpott resigns from Trudeau cabinet, says she's 'lost confidence' in government

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Ms Wilson-Raybould has said she and her staff faced four months of a "sustained" and "inappropriate effort" late previous year to push for a possible deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin. "Today, a senior member of his inner circle has come to the same conclusion", said Scheer, repeating his call for Trudeau to resign and for the RCMP to investigate. Read More »

$1.5B Mega Millions jackpot finally claimed in SC

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A United States lottery ticket holder has claimed a $US1.5 billion ($2.1 billion) Mega Millions jackpot in the state of SC. But in a fortuitous gesture recounted by lottery officials, the lucky contestant had allowed a fellow customer at the KC Mart to jump ahead in line to buy a ticket just before the winning ticket was sold. Read More »

Colorado Springs resident among the dead in Kenya helicopter crash

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The wreckage of the chopper and his body was found on Monday morning at 4 am. The cause of the crash is not known. Like this story? Share it with a friend! "There were five people on board, four of them were U.S. We got in our three helicopters and just took off- landing in places humans haven't been before, jumping out into the Indian Ocean, and flying over local tribes who probably thought we were aliens. Read More »

House panel launches sweeping probe of Trump

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On Monday, House Democrats sent more than 80 separate document requests from the House Judiciary Committee to a wide-ranging slew of people affiliated with President Trump including most notably his two eldest sons Donald Trump, Jr ., and Eric Trump , who now run the operations of the Trump Organization while their father serves as President of the United States. Read More »

700-pound alligator found in Georgia irrigation ditch

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Howze was quick to stress that people shouldn't worry about going into the lake - and that gators like this one pose "almost no threat to humans". He pointed out that alligators only usually grow as large by avoiding civilisation all together. Read More »

Stephon Clark protests: Protesters calls for justice after Stephon Clark decision

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Sacramento Bee reporter Sam Stanton joins CBSN to discuss the reaction. "Whatever his character is or his actions prior to those officers gunning him down, is no one's business", Clark's mother said. They had been looking for a vandalism suspect. That's about it. I feel like, shame on the DA, shame on her. Schubert also slowed down frames from body-camera video that showed a "flash of light" in Clark's hands that one officer later said he believed was a muzzle flash from a gun, while ... Read More »

Syria fighters say IS still holds civilians, slowing attack

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Islamic State group fighters holed up in Baghouz, the last sliver of the once-sprawling "caliphate" that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed in 2014, responded with small arms fire as the Syrian Democratic Forces advanced. Machineguns could be heard echoing across the territory. IS had used civilians as human shields against air strikes in Baghouz, holding thousands huddled in a makeshift camp on the edge of the village, according to evacuated families. Read More »