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The officials said the name change reflects the connectivity between the Pacific and Indian Oceans that is a key factor in providing security in the Pacific region. Mattis stressed the US desire "to seek opportunities for cooperation and open dialogue with our competitors when it aligns with our worldwide interests and the interests of allies, partners and stability".
  • Denmark joins some European nations in banning burqa, niqab

    Denmark joins some European nations in banning burqa, niqab

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    If it turns out to focus only on women in the niqab or burqa, it could amount to discrimination against a minority group and hence be against the law, Louise Holck of the Danish Institute for Human Rights told TV2 television. Under the law, police can instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas. The full-face veil is a hot-button issue across Europe .
  • Trump pushes ahead with metals tariffs against EU, Canada and Mexico

    Trump pushes ahead with metals tariffs against EU, Canada and Mexico

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    Both Mexico and the European Union announced retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's announcement, with Mexico promising to slap taxes on American steel products, pork and various agriculture, and the European Union imposing taxes on imported American bourbon, jeans and motorcycles, among other products.
  • Israel source: Russian Federation to back Israel against Iran in Syria

    Israel source: Russian Federation to back Israel against Iran in Syria

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    On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said foreign militias - including Iran - should leave southwestern Syria as soon as possible, state media outlet TASS reported . At the same time, it reveals a growing rift between Moscow and Tehran, which back the same side, Assad's, in the Syrian conflict. But tracts remain outside his control at the borders with Iraq, Jordan and Turkey .
  • At least 54 killed in thunderstorms across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, MP

    At least 54 killed in thunderstorms across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, MP

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    Authorities have tried to limit casualties by airing alerts on local television channels and by sending area officials to warn residents, especially in remote communities. The meteorological department in Lucknow predicted thunderstorm accompanied with rain, squall and hail stones on Tuesday in some areas in Hardoi, Sitapur and Farrukhabad districts, ANI reported.
  • Trump announces pardon of Dinesh D'Souza

    Trump announces pardon of Dinesh D'Souza

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    D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to illegally using straw donors in 2012 to donate to a Republican Senate candidate in NY. Trump biographer Tim O'Brien shared Waxman's assessment and said pardons such as this one were clear signals to his assorted henchmen that he would reward their loyalty if they refuse to flip on him.
  • Woman caught shaving her legs in busy public swimming pool

    Woman caught shaving her legs in busy public swimming pool

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    A holidaymaker in the U.S. has been filmed shaving her legs at a hotel public pool. Several people commenting on Reddit claimed this personal hygiene foul is just the tip of the iceberg at public pools across the country. Another said: "I used to lifeguard at a YMCA so figured I've seen it all until this video". "I would never swim in a public pool after that experience".
  • Liberals Trying to Shame Trump on Immigration Reveal US' History of Cruelty

    Liberals Trying to Shame Trump on Immigration Reveal US' History of Cruelty

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    Jonathan Rath Hoffman, chief spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, described the Trump administration's determination to prosecute parents as a continuation of Obama-era measures. But Halsey, along with many others, was put off by the post and its poor timing in light of the recently enacted " zero tolerance " policy, which allows border security agents to take away the children of people who entered the USA illegally.
  • Top North Korean official to meet Pompeo

    Top North Korean official to meet Pompeo

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    Trump announced that Kim Yong Chol was coming to NY for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday in which he said he had a "great team" working on the summit. Trump and Kim Jong Un were set to hold their summit June 12 in Singapore, but Trump announced last week that he was pulling out of the meeting.
  • Without Proof, Trump Says Mueller's Team Will Meddle In 2018 Midterms

    Without Proof, Trump Says Mueller's Team Will Meddle In 2018 Midterms

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    The congressional investigations have been separate from the ongoing criminal investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the Department of Justice. "And so our jury - and it should be - is the American people". Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-S.C., defended the FBI Tuesday night, saying that the bureau's use of an informant during the 2016 campaign was proper and was not targeted at Trump.
  • US walks out of UN Conference on Disarmament as Syria takes presidency

    US walks out of UN Conference on Disarmament as Syria takes presidency

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    U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood speaks at a media briefing prior the Conference on Disarmament under Syrian presidency, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva , Switzerland, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The head of the conference changes every four weeks among United Nations member countries in alphabetic order. The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD.
  • Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will be held on July 30

    Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will be held on July 30

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    PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed Wednesday that some Zanu PF legislative aspirants were mulling an impeachment bid against him should they win elections he scheduled for July 30. The general elections referred to as "harmonised election" will allow voters to choose a president, members of the National Assembly and Councillors.
  • 'You Will All Know Who I Am,' Parkland Gunman Said in Video

    'You Will All Know Who I Am,' Parkland Gunman Said in Video

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    In the three videos , taken some time before the February 14 shooting, Cruz describes his plans for the attack in detail while expressing disdain for his former classmates at the Parkland, Fla ., school, lamenting his life of "seclusion and solitude" and anticipating notoriety for his actions.
  • Abramovich 'has right' to Israeli citizenship, says Kremlin

    Abramovich 'has right' to Israeli citizenship, says Kremlin

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    There were delays in renewing his United Kingdom visa which had expired, and it was speculated he may have been caught up in rising tensions between the Britain and Russian Federation. They added: "His documents were examined under the "law of return" and he was indeed entitled to immigrant status in Israel, and as a result he was issued an immigration visa".
  • Gowdy: Trump Should Be 'Glad' FBI Ran Down Leads on Russia Op

    Gowdy: Trump Should Be 'Glad' FBI Ran Down Leads on Russia Op

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    That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump's allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls".
  • Paris 'Spiderman' accepts paid internship with fire brigade

    Paris 'Spiderman' accepts paid internship with fire brigade

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    Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian immigrant dubbed "Spider-Man", has been snapped on his first day with the fire and rescue service in France. Gassama was in the neighborhood to watch a soccer match in a local restaurant when he heard people screaming and cars honking in the streets.
  • Marking Memorial Day, Trump lays wreath at Tomb of Unknowns

    Marking Memorial Day, Trump lays wreath at Tomb of Unknowns

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    Trump . Tammy Duckworth , a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lost both legs in combat, after Trump called Democrats who did not applaud his State of the Union address "treasonous". Trump's prepared speech stood in sharp contrast to his Twitter posts earlier Monday morning, in which he continued to criticize the Russian Federation investigation - again referring to his unsubstantiated claim that the FBI spied on his campaign.
  • Japan-U.S. summit to be held June 7

    Japan-U.S. summit to be held June 7

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    Kim Yong Chol landed at New York's JFK International Airport and his motorcade has departed, according to a law enforcement source. A key issue remains what exactly Trump and Kim could agree to during the summit, still scheduled for June 12.
  • Woman Physically Assaulted by Police Officer on the Beach

    Woman Physically Assaulted by Police Officer on the Beach

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    The violent arrest was caught on video on Saturday and posted to social media, and has since been viewed over six million times. Weinman, who said in a now-deleted Facebook post that the incident occurred after police questioned her for having alcohol nearby, appears to kick her leg and says, "You can't hit me like that".
  • What is the row over ‘missing’ kids in US?

    What is the row over ‘missing’ kids in US?

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    Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton administration. The news first broke in late April during Senate testimony by an official of the Department of Health and Human Services. But Halsey, along with many others, was put off by the post and its poor timing in light of the recently enacted " zero tolerance " policy, which allows border security agents to take away the children of people who entered the US illegally.
  • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Duke alum, resigns amid controversy

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Duke alum, resigns amid controversy

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    The Republican lieutenant governor is to take over as governor when Greitens' resignation becomes official at 5 p.m. Friday. Then a second criminal investigation resulted in felony charges, alleging the governor improperly used a charity mailing list for fundraising during his campaign.
  • Poland Ready to Pay $1.5-2Bln for Deploying Permanent US Military Base

    Poland Ready to Pay $1.5-2Bln for Deploying Permanent US Military Base

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    The Onet.pl news portal says Poland is seeking the permanent deployment of a USA armored division and is offering up to $2 billion to help build the infrastructure. In compliance with the spending targets, Poland has reportedly been allocating 2 percent-plus of its Gross National Product to military expenditures since 2015, Politico noted.
  • Qatar Has Ordered Shops To Strip Shelves Of UAE And Saudi Imports

    Qatar Has Ordered Shops To Strip Shelves Of UAE And Saudi Imports

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    Imports into Qatar plunged about 40 percent from 2016 in the initial weeks of the embargo, but they have since mostly returned to normal as Doha has found new sources of products in countries such as Turkey, and developed new shipping routes through places such as Oman, according to a Reuters report.
  • Arrests of women activists put Saudi Arabia’s reform agenda into question

    Arrests of women activists put Saudi Arabia’s reform agenda into question

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    The kingdom's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals ($80,000). Saudi activists said the shooting had nothing to do with the drone, but it was an attack from vehicles carrying heavy machine guns and shooting randomly.
  • Donald Trump Claims News Source

    Donald Trump Claims News Source "Doesn’t Exist", Surprising Witnesses

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    President Donald Trump speaks during a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Mr. The official was asked to put the name on the record, but that request was denied. "And June 12 is in ten minutes". Trump wrote on Saturday: "The Failing @ nytimes quotes 'a senior White House official, ' who doesn't exist, as saying "even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and ...
  • Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll Grows 70x Higher

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    Marqués and colleagues say 793 to 8,498 hurricane deaths occurred. A preliminary report was due in May, but Puerto Rico officials announced last week that the team requested and was granted more time. Wall Street praised the announcement Tuesday, rewarding Mammoth as the biggest gainer on the Nasdaq as its shares added $6.93, or more than 22 percent, to $38.08, on a day when the Dow and S&P 500 each fell more than 1 percent.
  • Michael Avenatti Withdraws Bid To Appear Before Judge in Cohen Probe

    Michael Avenatti Withdraws Bid To Appear Before Judge in Cohen Probe

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    A hearing in Manhattan federal court Wednesday was partly focused on whether Mr. Avenatti could be admitted to practice in NY on behalf of Ms. Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels . There are a few rhetorical tricks here worth noting. Avenatti's involvement in the case so far, Ryan argued, has "turned (it) on it's head". Earlier this month, Avenatti also filed the motion to participate against Cohen in the case.
  • Japan says it has detected apparent Chinese ship breaking North Korea sanctions

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    Kim Yong Chol is the highest-level representative from the North to set foot in the United States since 2000. The White House on Tuesday said the administration continues to "actively prepare" for the Singapore summit. Earlier this month, Trump suddenly but only briefly announced a cancellation of the summit after a North Korea issued a sharp rebuke of what it saw as threatening language for the United States side, and the USA side warns talks could be postponed if Kim is not serious ...
  • Seven injured in massive blaze at German theme park

    Seven injured in massive blaze at German theme park

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    Europa-Park is located in Rust, in south-western Germany. Photos posted to social media showed the raging fire levelling the buildings in the Scandinavian area, and other parts of the park, including large warehouses, reduced to rubble. According to the local police department: "The fire, which was visible from afar with a large smoke column, affected the Dutch theme area, its backstage area and parts of the Scandinavian area.Park visitors and employees were not injured according to current ...
  • Skeleton of man decapitated while fleeing Pompeii volcano unearthed

    Skeleton of man decapitated while fleeing Pompeii volcano unearthed

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    The man and child were just two of thousands of people thought to have perished in the catastrophic Mount Vesuvius explosion that took place almost 2,000 years ago, burying Pompeii beneath 19 to 23 feet (6 to 7 meters) of volcanic ash. Archaeologists believe he was watching the eruption of Vesuvius while struggling to escape, when he was struck by the rock. The discovery has been described as "an exceptional find" by the site's general director, Massimo Osanna .
  • Putin Critic Arrested in Spain on Russian Warrant

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    Going to the police station right now, ' he tweeted this morning. The U.S. -born British businessman tweeted that Spanish police had arrested him on a Russian Interpol warrant. Russian Federation placed him on the Interpol wanted list in 2017, and has used the system to seek his arrest several times. In 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer he hired to investigate what had happened to his money, died in Russian custody.
  • Explosions, gunfire heard near Afghan Interior Ministry

    Explosions, gunfire heard near Afghan Interior Ministry

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    A vehicle bomb was detonated at the entrance of the ministry to launch the attack and then several gunmen managed to get inside the compound, said a senior police official. On the same day, at least three Afghan police officers were killed after a group of suicide bombers launched an attack on a police station in the eastern province of Logar.
  • Thousands evacuated due to NC dam in ‘imminent danger’ of failing

    Thousands evacuated due to NC dam in ‘imminent danger’ of failing

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    Evacuations are underway in McDowell County, North Carolina as concern grows that a dam on Lake Tahoma could soon give way. "Evacuations ongoing south of the dam". Stream levels on the Johns River continued to rise, with more flooding expected. People living in areas prone to landslides should be aware of the danger and be prepared to act.
  • Carlo Cottarelli: Italy president names stop-gap PM

    Carlo Cottarelli: Italy president names stop-gap PM

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    The League and 5-Star, which had spent days drawing up a coalition pact aimed at ending a stalemate following inconclusive elections in March, responded with fury to Mattarella, accusing him of abusing his office. "This isn't democracy, this isn't respect for the popular vote". Salvini, who was Savona's biggest advocate and a fellow eurosceptic, declared that Italy was not a "colony", and that "we won't have Germany tell us what to do".
  • Interpol: no arrest warrant issued for 'Kremlin target' Bill Browder

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    William Browder tweeted Wednesday that he was being arrested , posting a photo on his official profile saying that he was in the back of a Spanish police auto on the way to a police station. But his mood changed when he was denied entry to the country in 2005. Browder led one of the biggest investment funds in Russian Federation for 10 years before he left the country and was barred entry in 2006 as a threat to national security.
  • Israel, Iran Reach Back-Channel Understandings on Syria Operation

    Israel, Iran Reach Back-Channel Understandings on Syria Operation

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    After months of diplomacy between Jerusalem and Moscow, the two sides reached an understanding that Iran should be kept away from Israel's northern border with Syria, Channel 2 News reported on Monday evening. "I think they understand that if the Iranians continue on the present course this will lead to escalation and will blow their plans out of the water".
  • 'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference in Ukraine

    'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference in Ukraine

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    Police said he had multiple gunshot wounds on his back. Ukrainian investigators said the murder could be linked to Babchenko's "professional activities". The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said it had opened a criminal case into Babchenko's death. When a brief but bloody war broke out between Russian Federation and Georgia over South Ossetia in 2008, Babchenko went to the separatist region to cover the conflict as a correspondent for Novaya Gazeta , an award-winning ...
  • Russia rejects UN calls to accept responsibility for MH17 downing

    Russia rejects UN calls to accept responsibility for MH17 downing

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    Reacting to the latest findings of the global investigation team concerning the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over the Ukraine on July 17, 2014, Slovakia fully supports the European Union's stance in which it has called on Russian Federation to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability, the Foreign Affairs Ministry informed on May 25.
  • Vertical plume of ash explodes from Hawaii volcano

    Vertical plume of ash explodes from Hawaii volcano

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    The company says the eruption has so far destroyed more than 400 of its utility poles. Just stepping on or near fresh lava flows is inherently risky for a variety of reasons, not least because heated, molten rock might still be present under a thin crust of deceptively-cooled and blackened rock.