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Martial law in southern Philippines could last a year: Duterte

Martial law in southern Philippines could last a year: Duterte

Relations remain at the "nascent stage", but this will change, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad told reporters in a briefing on Duterte's trip to Russian Federation. Ano said almost 50 gunmen in all managed to enter the city. Duterte said he would no longer buy arms from the United States , which imposes human rights conditions on such weapons sales. Read More

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Trump makes historic visit to Western Wall

One point of contention: the fate of east Jerusalem , which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Trump administration rejected a request from the Palestinians to push for an Israeli settlement freeze, but promised to sort out the issue during peace negotiations, according to the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity. Read More

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Professional big game hunter dies after elephant falls on him in Zimbabwe

Professional big game hunter dies after elephant falls on him in Zimbabwe

The big game hunter's empire included private shooting ranches in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. On Friday, after countless treks into the African wilderness, the 51-year-old embarked on his final hunt. Scott van Zyl was leading a crocodile hunt in the Chikwaraka camp when he disappeared, the report noted. Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris started in 1983, according to the site, as a family business "born out of a mutual love for Africa and its natural beauty". Read More

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Donald Trump eyes mother of all deals in Middle East

Trump's seeming openness to at least some of Abbas's concerns has given Palestinians more reason for hope than many may have expected, but still reason to remain wary, some analysts say. Who will be there to greet him? "It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe, not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said last month during a meeting with Abbas. Read More

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Macron French president-elect's 'revolution' faces first test

Macron French president-elect's 'revolution' faces first test

On Monday, he appeared alongside the man he will succeed as president, President Francois Hollande, at the commemoration of Victory in Europe day on May 8, 1945. The French president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, plans to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly after his inauguration, according to Sylvie Goulard, a member of the European Parliament and a close confidante of Macron. Read More

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White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

President Donald Trump on Monday accused fellow politicians of failing to support police and declared that officers on the beat are subject to "unfair defamation and vilification" that have made their jobs more unsafe. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is about recognizing and honoring fallen law enforcement officers across the country. While the objective of National Police Week is to pay tribute to fallen officers, it is also a time to highlight the physical and emotional struggles ... Read More

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Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny stepping down

Kenny, Ireland's leader since 2011, said he would then stay as head of government for a "brief but appropriate period" while his designated successor holds talks with parties and independents propping up the minority government. Kenny, dismissed as a political lightweight before leading his party to its best ever election result in 2011, built up a close rapport with fellow European Union leaders alongside Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who a number of Fine Gael lawmakers expect will also ... Read More

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Lalu Prasad puts up fearless front amid IT raids

Lalu Prasad puts up fearless front amid IT raids

Prasad's daughter has bought nearly seven acres of land worth Rs 100 crores for just about 1.4 crores through mysterious business entities that have allowed her to make huge profits at their expense. "The Congress is of the stand that if corruption evidence is found against any one, go ahead to take action", he said. According to Prasad, it has now dawned on the opposition that the BJP is winning successive elections and people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi is increasing because of ... Read More

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China Pledges $14.5B Funding Boost To Silk Road Fund

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Greek President Alexis Tspiras. Hammond offered strong support for what China formally calls the Belt and Road initiative, as he spoke at the opening of a summit on the plan in Beijing . Read More

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Trump Says He Wants To Help Mediate Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to work as a "mediator" to negotiate peaceful relationship between Israeli and Palestinians under the erroneous assumption that the two countries "work together beautifully". The source of Trump's optimism was not immediately apparent. But when he later sat down to lunch with the Palestinian leader, he said it was "maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years". Read More

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North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to flawless an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate worldwide prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic "would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons". Read More

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Turkey Says US Arming Kurds In Syria 'Unacceptable'

Turkey Says US Arming Kurds In Syria 'Unacceptable'

The US shipments will include heavy machine guns to be used against IS truck bombs, mortars, small arms and ammunition, as well as armored vehicles and equipment to detect landmines, Dorrian said. "That is why we are seeing more pro-Iranian militias being built in or for northern and eastern Syria in recent months", he added. "I am not concerned at all about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and the relations between our nations". Read More

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'You need Abbott's help!' Sturgeon MOCKED over claims Labour outperformed Scottish Tories

However, there appears to be little appetite for the idea as Mr Jeffrey said he had no responses from any of the parties yet - and the deadline for candidates is this week. It won 32.3% of the vote, while the Conservatives secured 25.2% and Labour 20.2%. However, Ms Sturgeon, who joined the SNP's new council group in Glasgow, said: "I've heard lots of ludicrous arguments in my time in politics but this takes the prize for the most ludicrous argument". Read More

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Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

The Federal Reserve, facing this week its biggest policy decision yet under Chair Janet Yellen, puts its credibility on the line regardless of whether it waits or raises interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. Indeed, last week's initial read on first-quarter GDP growth showed that investment was one of the bright points, with non-residential investments growing at a double-digit or better pace. Read More

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Akhilesh expels five SP men, including Shivpal loyalists

Akhilesh expels five SP men, including Shivpal loyalists

Lashing out at his cousin brother Ram Gopal Yadav, the SP patron said, "He is not working for the party". "The alliance with Congress is responsible for the present poor state of the party". "I had not been the member of the illegal convention of the party which elected Akhilesh as the national president, so he does not have any right to expel me", Shahid reacted to his sacking. Read More

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Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

While precipitation was light and spotty throughout the day Wednesday, NWS was anticipating the coverage and intensity of the rain to increase during the overnight hours and into Thursday. Some of the city's mass transit was delayed, with entrances to Penn Station temporarily closed , and some motorists had to be rescued from stalled cars, CNN affiliate WABC reported . Read More

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China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

The "Type-001A" flat-top will be China's second carrier in operation after the Soviet-built Liaoning, which was commissioned in 2012 after a 14-year refurbishment effort. The new carrier will have a displacement of 50,000 tonnes, which means that the Type 001-A will be a mid-sized carrier, significantly smaller than the super-carriers operated by the USA, which are above 70,000 tonnes. Read More

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