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Drug trafficking: China sentences Canadian national to death

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One American and four Mexicans were each given suspended death sentences or life, CNN reports . " Canada has raised our firm opposition to the death penalty with China, and will continue to do so". Canada arrested a Chinese tech executive last December at the request of the USA, and since then China has detained two Canadians and delayed some Canadian exports in apparent retaliation. Read More »

Deutsche Bank, Trump, Russia, Saudi Arabia: What's the Connection?

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In December 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to the German bank , though the nature of Mueller's request was not clear. "This case involves congressional subpoenas that have no legitimate or lawful goal", the lawsuit-filed on behalf of Trump, members of his family, and the Trump organization-claims. Read More »

Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication

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Thanks to both of them, Japan has become a somewhat unique combination of an ancient tradition that stretches back to a time dating back to 660 B.C., making the Japanese monarchy the oldest monarchy now still in existence. The emperor's abdication was announced a month ago, after he was given permission to stand down. The emperor is defined as a symbol of the state and the people's unity and has no political power under Japan's postwar constitution. Read More »

Turkey offers Trump joint review of Russian S-400 threat

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The US has been in a feud with Turkey over the latter's purchase of Russian S-400 air defence system. Erdogan said: "Turkey does not accept any impositions in the defense field, nor will it" in the future. says will jeopardise Ankara's role in the F-35 fighter jet programme. However, there has been no word so far that such a waiver will be the applicable. Read More »

Britain's Labour hails progress in cross-party #Brexit talks

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Mr Corbyn meanwhile faces divisions in his own party after the ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) made clear the party would only back a second referendum as a "last option". "It has been excruciating watching Labour struggle within the chains of the contradictions of their European policies", Gapes said. Labour party MPs who strongly support a second Brexit referendum hailed the statement which they say was the first public commitment by their party to support a referendum. Read More »

UNC Charlotte lifts lockdown a day after shooter kills 2, wounds 4

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He later said the university needs to use the shock of what happened to make the world better. "Detectives are investigating a homicide in the 9900 block of University Village Boulevard". Television station WBTV quoted the remark as: "I just went into his classroom and shot the guy". "Seriously what the F*CK is going on". "Run, Hide, Fight. Read More »

Sisulu To Assess Cyclone Kenneth Damage During Mozambique Visit

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The government again urged Pemba residents to flee to higher ground as flooding continued. This came after Cyclone Kenneth , made landfall on Thursday, moving to the eastern African nation and killing 38 people. Women and children have been hit hardest, she said, with a need for all the basics, especially shelter. The heavy rains also triggered a landslide at a rubbish dump on Sunday that killed at least five people, Pemba Mayor Florete Matarua told local TV channel STV. Read More »

Trump proposes charging asylum seekers a fee to apply

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US President Donald Trump on Monday night (local time ) introduced sweeping immigration changes and issued a memo for the Attorney General and Homeland Security Secretary. First, it seeks to prevent certain asylum seekers from legally working in the United States. Trump administration officials have repeatedly blamed US laws protecting asylum seekers for encouraging fraudulent or non-deserving claims. Read More »

Pauline Hanson breaks down over strip club betrayal

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Pauline Hanson has given an emotional interview following the resignation of Senate candidate Steve Dickson after a video of his visit to a USA strip club emerged. Last month, Al Jazeera released an investigation that appeared to show two One Nation politicians on a trip to Washington, D.C., asking for large donations from the U.S. Read More »

Thai king surprises with royal wedding ahead of coronation

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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn , who will have his official coronation this Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country's queen, announcing they are married. A royal statement released Wednesday said the 66-year-old monarch "has chose to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Aydhaya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family". Read More »

Maharashtra: 15 security personnel, driver killed in naxal attack

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The blast took place when the police vehicle reached Lendhari nallah in Kurkheda area of Gadchiroli . Condemning the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the perpetrators of such violence would not be spared. Security forces killed at least 37 Maoist militants past year in Gadchiroli , the same district where Wednesday's attack took place. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. Read More »

Democratic presidential candidates slam AG Barr amid calls for his resignation

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The chairman said he will not issue a subpoena Thursday morning, but the committee is considering a contempt citation against Barr if the Justice Department does not provide them the underacted Mueller report in the coming days. Ultimately, Barr waited to release the full report at one time, with redactions. But he did a fantastic job today, I'm told. And he was confused why Mueller pursued some investigative avenues if he wasn't going to consider charges against the president. Read More »

Labour remainers cut up membership cards after party's Brexit fudge

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The policy was decided in a five hour meeting of Labour's ruling body - the National Executive Committee. It's not just the British government that has problems over Brexit . The bloc has given Britain until October 31 to ratify the Brexit agreement or leave the bloc without a deal to smooth the way. Some Tory MPs and ministers however remain deeply unhappy at the prospect of a deal with a left-wing Labour Party led by Mr Corbyn. Read More »

Thousands begin protest against Venezuela's Maduro, U.S. and Russian Federation at odds

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Russia's Foreign Ministry rejected the claim , calling it part of an " information war ". After Tuesday's violent clashes , Wednesday dawned quiet in Caracas but eventually grew chaotic again. "Maduro may have lost some military support but the opposition is losing momentum at a greater rate". In turn, the United States has also accused Moscow of interfering in the South American country, an ally of Russian Federation since the time of Maduro's predecessor and mentor, the late ... Read More »

PM May sacks defence minister for key cabinet leak

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Cabinet ministers who attended the security council meeting went public with their denial that they leaked information, including Williamson. Opposition MPs have called for a criminal investigation. British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill - the country's most senior civil servant - gave those present an ultimatum to deny responsibility for the leak. Read More »

US Will Rethink Cooperation With Allies That Use Huawei

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He said the USA would have to reassess its intelligence-sharing arrangements with any country which allowed such a firm to become involved in building its network. Sources told Reuters last Wednesday that Britain's National Security Council had made a decision to bar Huawei from all core parts of the country's 5G network and restrict its access to non-core parts. Read More »

MHA issues notice to Rahul Gandhi over citizenship row

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Hitting out at Narendra Modi after the home ministry issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi on his citizenship status, the Congress Tuesday termed him a "failed" Prime Minister who is desperate to "manufacture one false allegation everyday". "The entire country knows he was born here". The Supreme Court on November 30, 2015 dismissed a public interest litigation petition filed by a lawyer seeking a CBI probe against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for allegedly declaring himself as a British ... Read More »

Jamal Khashoggi murder 'suspect' is found dead

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Authorities say the suspect was arrested in mid-April and had allegedly confessed to spying on Arab nationals. It said it was informed yesterday by Turkish officials that Mubarak has committed suicide in prison. Youssef Zaki said the family had been surprised by what he called the "false accusations" against his father and called for an global investigation into his death. Read More »

Indian police raid houses in southern state week after Sri Lanka bombings

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The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz had said that the attacks are the work of a few individuals and not of an entire community. "No one should obscure their faces to make identification hard", his office said in a statement. Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and investigators are looking into the extent of their direct involvement with the local radicalised Muslims who carried out the attacks. Read More »

USA special envoy for Afghanistan to visit in May for peace process

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The United States has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led mission known as Resolute Support, which is training and assisting the Afghan government's security forces in their battle against Taliban fighters and armed groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Read More »

Japan celebrates as new emperor Naruhito set to formally assume throne

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Kenya Fujisaki (29) and his wife Saya (29) hold a placard with the name of the new era Reiwa as they pose for a photograph in front of a panel set up for a commemorative photos, after registering marriage at the head office of Tokyo's Edogawa ward in Tokyo, Japan, May 1, 2019, on the first day of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era. Read More »

Heavy rain likely Monday morning

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Highs are in the upper 50s during that time. Temperatures tonight will drop to around 45 in the metro area. The rest of the week could be wet as well, with a chance of showers every day from Tuesday to Sunday. We could see some embedded thunderstorms and heavy rain is possible. As of right now, Derby Day looks excellent, but rain chances are set to return by the end of next weekend! Friday starts the moderating trend in the temps with highs around 60. Read More »

Iran's Foreign Minister says he will visit North Korea

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According to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (commonly known as the NPT) is one of Tehran's options amid the escalation of United States sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. Read More »

Trump and Democrats Agree $2 Trillion Is Needed for Infrastructure

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Democrats have multiple investigations of the Trump administration underway, and Trump's White House is strongly resisting them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. But big obstacles remain, including how to pay for it. "It's about jobs, jobs, jobs". Pelosi said Trump had also agreed that an infrastructure deal should include broadband. Read More »

Trump Blasts Fed on Rates, Wishes for 'Rocket' Economy

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Federal Reserve to lower interest rates and adopt quantitative easing, citing an economy he said is "doing well". The Fed held rates steady at its March meeting, and the odds against a rate hike now stand at 97%, according to Reuters . Officials announced six weeks ago that they would halt that process in September. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday that she would be unlikely to support Moore if he is formally nominated. Read More »

Joe Biden's 2020 slogan is straight-up gibberish

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The news came after a poll of voters in the historically red state of Texas revealed on Monday that President Donald Trump (49 percent) and Barack Obama's former second-in-command are nearly equal in a hypothetical match-up, with Biden just ahead on 50 percent. Read More »

Mueller complained that Barr's conclusions didn't fully capture his report

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Republicans called the Democrats' demands "abusive and illogical". As the tussle between U.S. Attorney General William Barr and House Democrats continues, at least one former U.S. According to Politico , DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec argued that since Barr was the one who volunteered to testify before Congress, "Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning". Read More »

Justine Damond case: U.S. police officer convicted of Australian woman's murder

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Damon, 40, had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home. Noor said he then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at Harrity's window and raise her right arm. Noor, 33, had been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Officer Mark Ringgenberg testified Noor kept asking if Damond was OK. Read More »

Multiple victims in shooting on UNC Charlotte campus

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It's unclear whether the victims are students or whether a suspect is in custody. In addition to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, the ATF is also responding. Secure yourself immediately", the university said on Twitter shortly before 6 p.m. Law enforcement is individually sweeping buildings on campus. "Monitor email and UNCC homepage". Read More »