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US strikes Syria militia threatening US-backed forces, officials say

US strikes Syria militia threatening US-backed forces, officials say The "defensive " strike was also an apparent signal to Assad to keep his forces out of a zone where USA -backed rebels are fighting the Islamic State group. But the attack on forces does not reflect an escalation, the official said. It was unclear whether the advancing forces were Syrian army troops or other pro-government allies, but they were flying Syrian flags and began constructing berms ... [Full Article...]

Macron win brings sigh of relief from business circles

Paris, May 8 Far-right leader Marine Le Pen lost her bid to become France's first female head of state but she is unbowed, making plans for a major makeover of her party and her next electoral battle: June's parliamentary elections. Many also took the Macron victory as a repudiation of a common adversary: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader derided across the political spectrum in the US Co... [Full Article...]

Netanyahu pushes back against claim he asked Trump not to move embassy

A source close to the preparations team in Israel told Channel 2 that the statements made by the White House official were received with utter shock by Netanyahu's team. The reaction to Trump's reported visit to the site shows why sitting U.S. presidents have stayed away from the Western Wall. Barack Obama placed a note between the Kotel's ancient stones in 2008 during his presidential campaign ... [Full Article...]

Lib Dems pledge pension tax relief review; commit to triple lock

The main opposition Labour party has 31% while the Lib Dems lag behind on 9%, according to the survey of 1,630 people. The offer being made by the Lib Dems is framed around its fears over what the Conservative Party could do should it retain power. [Full Article...]

Netanyahu: Abbas lied to Trump

Netanyahu: Abbas lied to Trump Abbas told Trump that his goal is a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, and said the president provides a new opportunity for a peace deal. But he also said outsiders can not impose terms on the parties - which some see as a coded warning that there are limits to the USA willingness to invest political capital. [Full Article...]

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur Pillar apologized after the game but did not mention his use of language. It's just I'm a competitive guy, and [the incident was] heat of the moment. "He didn't do anything wrong, it was on me", Pillar told reporters after the game. Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first base and the Toronto slugger had words with catcher Kurt Suzuki as he touched home plate. [Full Article...]

Pet Labrador stabbed to death in Mirrabooka Park

Pet Labrador stabbed to death in Mirrabooka Park Police are investigating after a man stabbed and killed a Labrador in a Mirrabooka park on Wednesday in full view of its owner. The 22-year-old local woman was exercising her four-year-old dog off-lead in a park off Apple Blossom Drive at 6pm, when the man allegedly attacked it. [Full Article...]

Austria Becomes Latest Country In Europe To Ban Full-Face Veil

Austria Becomes Latest Country In Europe To Ban Full-Face Veil Starting in October this year, women wearing garments that fully cover the face will have to face fines of 150 Euro ($A225). Migrants were also encouraged to volunteer for charitable organizations. Beginning on October 1, Austrian police will be fining women (and men) who are caught wearing clothes that obstruct their facial features. In Austria, Islam is the second most widely professed religio... [Full Article...]

New French President Announces His 1st Government

New French President Announces His 1st Government Edouard Philippe, mayor of the northern port city Le Havre, is not from the president's own party but from the moderate wing of the centre-right Republicans party. A newcomer to global diplomacy, Macron has assumed control of a nuclear power with a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council as crises persist in Syria, Libya and North Korea. [Full Article...]

Trump Waives Iran Sanctions In New Flip-Flop On 'Terrible' Nuclear Deal

Although Iran is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and has promised to dismantle its chemical weapons arsenal, the US State Department in 2013 said that it had no accurate intelligence that proved that Iran had complied with the convention. [Full Article...]

Saudi king's new order loosens guardianship rules on women

Saudi king's new order loosens guardianship rules on women A royal decree, issued last week, has said that women will no longer need a male guardian's permission to access public services. "Everyone is talking about it". "My son is my guardian, believe it or not, and this is really humiliating". In a report published by Special Rapporteur, Ben Emmerson, yesterday, the official raised concerns over the broad definition of terrorism, which he said did n... [Full Article...]

Trump Attacks James Comey on Twitter

Trump Attacks James Comey on Twitter The blowback against the firing of Comey angered the increasingly frustrated president, who made the decision after consulting only a small group of advisers, anxious the news would leak out. Multiple officials, including Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, th... [Full Article...]

Two Senate panels seek Comey memos, Intel wants testimony

Two Senate panels seek Comey memos, Intel wants testimony Earlier Wednesday, the committee asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House for documents and tapes related to Comey's interactions with Trump officials. The comments by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings came as Democrats sought to force a House vote to establish an independent commission to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Nine Hurt in Violent Demonstration at Turkish Ambassador's Residence

Nine Hurt in Violent Demonstration at Turkish Ambassador's Residence Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador's residence in the USA capital during a visit by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan. Two people were arrested . A state-owned Turkish news agency said that the president's security team was involved in the fighting outside the embassy, the New York Times reports . [Full Article...]

ICJ to pronounce verdict on Jadhav death sentence

ICJ to pronounce verdict on Jadhav death sentence The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague , which heard arguments from both countries on Monday, will deliver its verdict at 3:30 pm today. "Well done! #HarishSalve - you have done India Proud", Jaitley, himself a legal luminary, said. There was no immediate reaction from the Pakistani government. [Full Article...]

Emmanuel Macron : 'Macronomics' faces clash with French ballot box

Emmanuel Macron : 'Macronomics' faces clash with French ballot box We are heartened by this victory which reflects Europe's maturity in its efforts to retain the values of inclusiveness, tolerance and egalitarianism. However, Le Pen called on all patriots "to join us" in constituting a "new political force" during the upcoming legislative elections. [Full Article...]

Alberta granted intervener status on Trans Mountain pipeline

The project received approval from the Canadian government past year but is facing fierce environmental opposition from campaigners anxious about high greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands. The project would triple the amount of Alberta bitumen that flows to the coast of B.C. The approval has been touted by the government as a major victory and both Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau... [Full Article...]

Lithuania is doing what the United States wouldn't: Granting asylum to gay Chechens

Lithuania is doing what the United States wouldn't: Granting asylum to gay Chechens Chechnya is a semi-autonomous republic within Russian Federation, and the 40 refugees want to flee the country altogether - but the United States is reportedly refusing to deny them entry. Petersburg demonstrators called on Western governments to grant asylum to Chechen gays. In response to the abduction, torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya , the Amnesty on Campus group at Victoria Univ... [Full Article...]

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence Video footage uploaded to social media shows a group of men in suits punching and kicking the protesters, including a prone woman, as police struggle to contain the clash. "This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the USA", he told the paper. The document says he struck an officer in the face while the officer was trying to separate protesters and that he "engaged in a physic... [Full Article...]

Macron meets Merkel on first official visit as French President

Macron meets Merkel on first official visit as French President Germany and France have traditionally been the motor of European integration, but the relationship has become increasingly lopsided over recent years as France struggled economically. Emmanuel Macron's support for the Paris bid is seen as symbolically important, and his decision to meet Tuesday with the visiting International Olympic Committee delegation was one of his first moves since taking ... [Full Article...]


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