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Priest stabbed during live-streamed church service before stunned parishioners

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The 9-1-1 call was made at 8:40 am when reports that Father Claude Grou was stabbed during mass. The suspect was arrested and taken to the station for questioning. Grou said he was thankful to all those who rushed to his aid and those who supported him. Now 77 years old, Grou has been at Saint Joseph's Oratory for more than 20 years, Lee reported. Read More »

Trump remains defiant as he awaits Mueller report

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Though Comey underscores that Trump has repeatedly attacked Mueller and the FBI, he acknowledges that "he hasn't used his authority to end Mr. Mueller's work", adding , "That would have been a crisis of a different order - shutting down the investigation, rather than just trying to undermine its credibility". Read More »

China tariffs may remain for 'substantial period': Donald Trump

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will leave for China next week for more discussions intending to finalize the elusive and hazy agreement - if any - between both countries. China has slapped duties on $110 billion in US products. He added that a trade deal with Beijing is "coming along nicely" and that U.S. negotiators headed to China next week for another round of talks to "further the deal". Read More »

Northern Lights set to be visible over Ireland this weekend

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Northern Lights are seen in Northern Michigan much more often than Lower Michigan, although it isn't unheard of. NOAA issued a geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday as a result of a solar flare that struck on Wednesday. Bonnie Diamond, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "A Coronal Mass Ejection has happened and the effects of that are expected to arrive later tomorrow evening". Read More »

What is the 'Florida man' challenge and why is it trending online?

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There was no disputing this even before a particular Florida Man cue went viral on Wednesday. The challenge asks people to run their birthday and "Florida Man" in a search engine to find out what "Florida Man" headline pops up. mine is Florida Man tries to attack neighbor with tractor". One source that does seem to be benefiting from the Florida Man Birthday Challenge? Basically, the internet is asking people, "What's your Florida man story?" "Our top stories of the day?" A ... Read More »

Trump says he is withdrawing earlier North Korea-related sanctions

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Kim's government declared after a February nuclear summit that talks would discontinue with the US if Trump refused a demand for sanctions relief. -North Korea summit broke down last month. "Trump's cancelling out of sanctions might have been a bid to get North Korea to change its thinking", he said. "Important actions today from @USTreasury". Read More »

AOC complains she can't 'just be a person'

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Ocasio-Cortez accused Fox News opinion hosts Sean Hannity , Laura Ingraham , and Tucker Carlson of referring to her only as "Cortez" instead of "Ocasio-Cortez" and suggested that the hosts are intentionally stereotyping her. " She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, 'Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez, '" diGenova replied, exaggerating an accent and purposely screwed up the congresswoman's first name. Read More »

ICE releasing 1000 illegal immigrant family members a day

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This marked the highest number of arrests at the border in a decade. That's because ICE, in addition to deporting people it catches in the interior of the US, also deports those caught by Border Patrol agents or stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers. Read More »

Ghana bus crash: Dozens killed after two buses collide in Bono East

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According to the eyewitness, some of the perished were trapped in one of the bus. The road was strewn with debris over several hundred yards. The side of the vehicle, which was at an angle into the embankment, appeared ripped off. "For how long are we going to look on for people to keep dying?" Police officials say at least 60 people have died in the bus collision. The other bus, branded VVIP and painted red, veered into a ditch after the collision, killing dozens on board. Read More »

Nirav Modi held in United Kingdom, to be jailed till March 29

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Despite offering to put up 500,000 pound ($660,000) security, Modi was told he would not be given bail . His arrest comes days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in connection with the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case. Read More »

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM, to visit White House next week

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Also requested were documents relating to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's false statements made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), documents relating to the unceremonious downsizing of former FBI director James Comey and documents relating to the president's alleged involvement in the Michael Cohen-facilitated hush-money scheme which sought to squelch stories about Trump's untoward dalliances with adult actresses. Read More »

Jimmy Carter is now the longest-living president in U.S. history

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Before Thursday, Carter had already set the record for being the former president to live the longest after leaving office, at more than 38 years. America's founding president, George Washington, was the youngest former president to die - at 57 years and 67 days - in April 1799, almost three years after he left office. Read More »

New Zealand mourns Christchurch attack victims

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Women all over New Zealand also donned headscarves on Friday to show solidarity with Muslims. New Zealand does not have a constitutional right to bear arms. In Dunedin, people gathered at the Al Huda mosque to pay their respects, including a karakia and a haka. "We are determined to not let anyone divide us", he added, as the crowd erupted with applause. Read More »

Seoul: North Korea withdrew staff from liaison office

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The South Korean Unification ministry said it was contacted on Friday morning and informed that the North's staff would be leaving later in the day. The North has not shut down the office and has said that South Korean officials are free to work there but being without their opposite numbers renders it practically useless. Read More »

USA soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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A US soldier watches Afghan Commandos take part in a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan , Aug. The number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since the end of 2014 when Afghan forces took over from US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops to secure the country. Read More »

Stranded residents rescued amid flooding in Missouri

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Heavy floods have also engulfed Nebraska and Iowa. Flooding in Southern states this spring will be 'potentially historic, ' NOAA said in an advisory. Larger towns from St. Joseph to Kansas City braced for additional flooding forecast through the weekend. Half of Iowa's 99 counties have declared states of emergency. Read More »

Russia, Iran and Syria slam Trump's Golan Heights comments

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Trump's statement on Thursday recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights , which it captured from Syria in 1967, is a major shift in American policy. Trump wrote on Twitter. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an unprecedented step for a senior US official, visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Thursday, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the latest show of American support for the Jewish state's control of the holy city. Read More »

House Democrats pressure White House on Kushner's use of WhatsApp

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Cummings also sought a briefing on how the official messages are being preserved . Cummings had sent the letter to the White House in order to obtain documents on the use of private email and message services by White House officials, a request that has been made before but continues to be ignored, he said. Read More »

China chemical blast death toll rises to 44

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They discovered over 200 safety hazards at chemical factories in Yancheng and four nearby cities, including 13 at the Tianjiayi plant. Firefighters work at the site on Thursday night. Pictures from a local news outlet showed a classroom with blown out windows, children's backpacks scattered among broken glass and hastily abandoned schoolwork. Read More »

Japan only 58th-happiest place in the world

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The country which is struggling to end years of fighting placed last in the latest World Happiness Report ranking. While Scandinavia may have reason to celebrate, the rest of the world is not so happy. The report was compiled by prominent economists John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs. In total, 156 countries were ranked according to three years of surveys conducted by Gallup World Polls from 2016-2018. Read More »

Brazil’s ex-President Temer jailed, accused of heading ‘criminal organization’

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His arrest was considered imminent after he lost his legal protection when he left office. In a statement, Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement party called the arrest "haphazard". Temer took over from Workers Party president, Dilma Rousseff, and was impeached and removed from office in 2016. Former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is serving a lengthy jail term after being found guilty in two corruption cases. Read More »

New Zealand Broadcasts Muslim Call To Prayer Nationwide After Terrorist Attacks

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Ms Abdukadir's sister-in-law saw the bodies of two friends as she fled and was terrified of being followed. "All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned", she said. "We don't bury 27 of our brothers and sisters every day". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons were now banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to the country of the military-style weapons used in last week's slaughter of ... Read More »

Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces near Bethlehem

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The military said it was investigating the incident, which comes amid heightened tensions in the West Bank. Palestinian official sources on Thursday said that the extrajudicial execution of the Palestinian youth, Ahmed Manasra on Wednesday night meant to sabotage the annual Palestine marathon to be held in Bethlehem Friday. Read More »

European Union offers United Kingdom two-track Brexit deadline extension

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May scrambling to try once more to get it approved. On Thursday, EU leaders said Brexit could be delayed from March 29 to May 22 - but only on the condition that MPs vote for Mrs May's deal next week. If May's plan yet again fails to pass in the House of Commons next week, it would nearly certainly mean a "no-deal" scenario for the whole Brexit affair. Read More »

Trump tweet does little for Golan, but much for Netanyahu, critics charge

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Netanyahu had previously urged top U.S. officials to make the declaration and he is expected to meet with Trump at the White House in the coming days. Pompeo did not mention the issue. Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war. The proximity of meetings in Jerusalem and next week's tête-à-tête in Washington to Israel April 9 election has caused some to accuse the Trump Administration of campaigning on behalf of Netanyahu. Read More »

U.S. Should 'Fully Recognize' Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Heights

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While the annexation is effectively recognized as illegal under global law, Israel has never seriously entertained giving the territory back to Syria . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is continuing his diplomatic visit to the Middle East. "While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more hard to resolve", he said. Read More »

Hollywood Cheers New Zealand Gun Ban Following Christchurch Shooting

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Prime Minister Ardern says New Zealand is immediately banning assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and " military style semi-automatic rifles" like the weapons used in last Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques. Ardern announced Wednesday the weapons would be banned in addition to "all assault rifles", among other firearms, adding that legislation is now being drafted and she expects the law to take effect by April 11. Read More »

FM Çavuşoğlu criticizes United States over Golan, says Turkey supports Syria's territorial integrity

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Netanyahu said US President Donald Trump's pressure on Iran was already having an effect, referring to his withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and the reimposition of sanctions. and Israel would remain close. In a press conference with Pompeo, Netanyahu accused Iran of trying to set a terrorist network to target Israel in the Golan Heights. Read More »

Behind Donald Trump's plan to beat the Robert Mueller report

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Mueller is required to produce a confidential report that at a minimum explains decisions about who was and was not prosecuted. "But it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report". An important question then is whether Barr would permit that, and allow that report to be released. The President spoke rapidly, offering new talking points in his anti-Mueller meltdown. Read More »

Iran Rejects Claims of Hacking Israeli Officials’ Phones

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A key witness in a high-profile corruption case implicating allies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been arrested after backing out of a deal to testify for the state, police said Wednesday. "I hope they are not true", said Gantz, but noted that Netanyahu was already facing other graft charges, pending a hearing, in three corruption cases and is "suspected of looking out for himself before the security of Israel". Read More »