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Like many people , actor and comedian Michael Ian Black has grown fascinated with the seeming disappearance of first lady Melania Trump , who was last seen in public on May 10 - nearly three weeks ago - prior to undergoing a medical procedure that was expected to keep her in the hospital for a few days, only for her to stay for the better part of a week.
  • Senior North Korean envoy delivers Kim's letter to Trump

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    Just two days later, on May 27, Trump tweeted that a United States team had arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the expected summit. "We talked about a lot of things", he said adding that it also included U.S. A letter being delivered to me from Kim Jong Un . "North Korea has to demonstrate they supported US-NK talks on their own free will, not because they felt frightened or they were greedy".
  • Uganda imposes tax on WhatsApp, Facebook users

    Uganda imposes tax on WhatsApp, Facebook users

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    The law is coming into effect on July 1. The new Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill will also impose various other taxes, including a 1% levy on the total value of mobile money transactions - which civil society groups complain will affect poorer Ugandans who rarely use banking services.
  • U.S. vetoes United Nations measure to protect Palestinians

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    During a second vote, when the United States put forward its own rival measure, eleven countries abstained, while Russian Federation and two others opposed it. It was the largest flare-up for violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The council has been deadlocked over how to respond to the recent violence, even as United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned this week that Gaza was "close to the brink of war".
  • US Pacific Command changes name in symbolic gesture toward India

    US Pacific Command changes name in symbolic gesture toward India

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    During Wednesday's change of command ceremony at the Indo-Pacific Command, the Pentagon chief indicated America's resolve to fend off any threat to the global commons in an apparent allusion to China's maritime ambitions. The Command has yet change its name on Twitter or its website. And Beijing is pursuing its "Belt and Road" global infrastructure initiative that invests in Southeast Asian countries but which USA critics say is based on "predatory" economics.
  • Jury awards 4 cents to family of Florida man killed by deputy

    Jury awards 4 cents to family of Florida man killed by deputy

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    And after a brief encounter with the deputies, he was discovered dead inside the garage with a gun in his back pocket; the deputies said he had been holding it during their confrontation, though that claim is in dispute. The jury awarded Hill's relatives $4 in damages, which was reduced to just four cents when that total was multiplied by.01 because of the one percent finding of liability on the part of the Sheriff's office by the jury.
  • UCD climbs in world rankings

    UCD climbs in world rankings

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    The top five ranked universities are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Cambridge, and Oxford. The University of Tokyo is also included in top 20. In addition, another seven Chinese universities appeared on the league table's top 100 schools. The rankings give an overall score to universities based on a wide-ranging survey of scholars.
  • U.S. announces 25 percent tariffs on Chinese tech goods

    U.S. announces 25 percent tariffs on Chinese tech goods

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    The White House doubled down Tuesday on its plan to impose tariffs against billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports, saying it will release a list of the affected products by June. The trademark approvals were dated May 7, a week before President Donald Trump extended an olive branch on ZTE in his trade tussle with China. A statement from the White House yesterday (29 May), said China has consistently taken advantage of the American economy with practices that undermine fair and ...
  • Trump hits EU, Canada, Mexico with steel tariffs

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    The tariffs , which have prompted several challenges at the WTO, are aimed at allowing the U.S. steel and aluminum industries to increase their capacity utilization rates above 80 percent for the first time in years. Trump had campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on trading partners that he said exploited poorly negotiated trade agreements to run up big trade surpluses with the US.
  • Chaos unfolds as VISA payment crashes across Europe

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    Customers have had their cards declined despite having adequate funds, due to the widespread problem which is affecting Visa users across Europe. "We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible". Visa competitor MasterCard , which has a smaller presence in Europe, reported no problems in its network. Frances, a check out manager at Morrison's, Anniesland, in Glasgow, has been giving out old-style hand held card machines and paper authentication slips to check out staff, as well ...
  • At Least 4645 Died After Hurricane Maria. Not 64

    At Least 4645 Died After Hurricane Maria. Not 64

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    Ricard Rossello told the AP . The aftermath of the powerful storm has resulted in a near-total shutdown of the US territory's economy that could last for weeks and has many people running seriously low on cash and worrying that it will become even harder to survive on this storm-ravaged island.
  • One dead, two injured in Germany knife attack

    One dead, two injured in Germany knife attack

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    One of the passengers during a quarrel with a fellow traveler took out a knife and stabbed him, reports Bild . The man allegedly took out his weapon at around 7pm local time on Wednesday while on the fast train travelling to Flensburg via Cologne and Hamburg.
  • Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong Un on June 12

    Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong Un on June 12

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    The contents of Kim's letter to Trump have been the source of speculation since Trump announced the letter's existence Thursday. The presidential office has said that China could be left out of the process of declaring an end to the Korean War, but added its role was essential in signing a peace treaty with the North.
  • Jury awards 4 cents to family of black man killed by deputy

    Jury awards 4 cents to family of black man killed by deputy

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    The entire incident unfolded in less than two minutes but police didn't realize Hill was dead until a SWAT team arrived and uncovered his lifeless body inside the garage. A lawyer for the family said he was left scratching his head at the pointedly paltry settlement award. After a short exchange with the deputies, the 30-year-old black man was shot to death by Deputy Christopher Newman.
  • Obama Took Trump's Victory Hard, According to New Book

    Obama Took Trump's Victory Hard, According to New Book

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    He called Trump a "cartoon" figure who cared more about his crowd sizes than any particular policy. And he expressed rare self-doubt, wondering whether he had misjudged his own influence on American history. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan apologised for breaching protocol by meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan after the election. The book further draws out the fears Obama had over what Trump would do with the global treaties and agreements his administration secured during ...
  • Populist Italian parties reach deal on new government

    Populist Italian parties reach deal on new government

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    President Mattarella rejected Mr Conte's original choice for economy minister but a different candidate was agreed on Thursday. The president's office announced Thursday that Conte had accepted the role, and that he would be sworn in Friday afternoon with ministers.
  • Visa transactions hit by service outage

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    Visa said some card payments are now failing across the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe. The company statement added that they are investigating the cause of the disruption and are working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.
  • Ambassador says Russian Federation supports US-NK talks

    Ambassador says Russian Federation supports US-NK talks

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    One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for USA officials. "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea", Mr Trump said in a Twitter post. Kim, a Seoul-born career diplomat fluent in Korean, previously served as the US special representative for North Korea policy and deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan.
  • Mike Pompeo cites 'real progress' after high-level talks with North Korea

    Mike Pompeo cites 'real progress' after high-level talks with North Korea

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    South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo daily cited anonymous diplomatic sources as saying that the Istana is one of the places being considered as the US-North Korea summit venue. Pompeo and Kim's private dinner took place near the United Nations headquarters in Midtown East, Manhattan, the BBC reported . Along with Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol were Andrew Kim, a senior Central Intelligence Agency official and North Korea expert, and an unnamed North Korean aide.
  • Man, 30, Evicted By Parents Meets Deadline, Moves Out

    Man, 30, Evicted By Parents Meets Deadline, Moves Out

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    Michael Rotondo officially moved out of his parents' house in Camillus around 9:30 a.m. Friday, a whole 2½ hours ahead of his court-ordered eviction deadline of noon, Syracuse.com reported. Rotondo tells TMZ. he called the cops on his father in the midst of the moving process because his dad refused to hand over some toys he wanted to pack for his child - yes, Michael has a son.
  • Trump wants a total ban on German luxury vehicle imports ars_ab.settitle(1316879)

    Trump wants a total ban on German luxury vehicle imports ars_ab.settitle(1316879)

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    The weekly business magazine cited a number of unnamed sources from Europe and the Unite States who confirm the exchange between Mr Macron and Mr Trump, who met in Washington in April during the three-day state visit of the French leader. However, German brands also have huge factories in the United States, where they built 804,000 cars past year, VDA said, providing jobs for US workers.
  • US Boasts ‘Taking Down Small Islands’ Not a Problem

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    McKenzie, the Pentagon's Joint Staff director, added later in the briefing that he was stating "historical fact" and not trying to send a message to China. No country has the right to "make irresponsible remarks" about China's building of necessary defense facilities on its own territory, Ren said. The Chinese air force said the drills were in preparation for what it called the "battle for the South China Sea".
  • US Will 'Unquestionably Veto' UN Draft on Protecting Palestinians

    US Will 'Unquestionably Veto' UN Draft on Protecting Palestinians

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    Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz sidestepped questions on Wednesday on whether Israel had agreed to a ceasefire but said it was not interested in an escalation toward war. The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Wednesday under a de facto ceasefire after the most intense flare-up of hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel since a 2014 war.
  • Ex-AG Gonzales: Trump's Slam on Sessions Damages Himself

    Ex-AG Gonzales: Trump's Slam on Sessions Damages Himself

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    Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to lobby Sessions not to recuse himself, according to the Times report , and during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago apparently attempted to persuade Sessions to reverse his decision. uranium market. On Tuesday night, the special master, Barbara S. Jones, reported to the judge that more than 1 million files from three of Cohen's cellphones would be turned over to the government Wednesday after lawyers for Cohen and Trump had determined that they ...
  • Harvard study: Hurricane took titanic toll on Puerto Rico

    Harvard study: Hurricane took titanic toll on Puerto Rico

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    The authors of the study eventually reached a final estimate of 5,740 direct and indirect Maria deaths, saying numerous victims who died lived alone, and therefore could not be part of the survey. Among the deaths the researchers tallied through their survey, almost 1 in 10 were a direct result of the storm, and one-third could be traced to "delayed or prevented access to medical care" as a result of the storm.
  • USA allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminium tariffs

    USA allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminium tariffs

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    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a threat of immediate retaliation following the move from the Republican firebrand. Canada , Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions will expire as scheduled on Friday.
  • Spanish Socialist Sanchez succeeds Rajoy as prime minister

    Spanish Socialist Sanchez succeeds Rajoy as prime minister

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    Rajoy was prime minister for seven years. In order to push through the no-confidence motion, the Socialists, who hold just 84 of the parliament's 350 seats, had to cosy up to parties they had previously clashed with, like Catalan separatists and the anti-establishment Podemos.
  • Lions, 2 Tigers And A Jaguar Escape From German Zoo, Hunt On

    Lions, 2 Tigers And A Jaguar Escape From German Zoo, Hunt On

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    German media reports have suggested the animals' enclosures were damaged in a storm, after a river overflowed and damaged fences. Police say they are responding the situation but now have no further details. Numerous police, zookeepers, and firefighters are combing the zoo looking for the animals before they wandered into the town. Friday's great escape comes two years after two lions broke out of their cages at a zoo in Leipzig in eastern Germany.
  • United Nations envoy: Russian Federation rejects ‘baseless conclusions’ on flight MH17 crash in Ukraine

    United Nations envoy: Russian Federation rejects ‘baseless conclusions’ on flight MH17 crash in Ukraine

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    At a Security Council meeting on Ukraine, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok called on Moscow to accept the findings that the airliner was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile provided by a brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk. US Ambassador Nikki Haley voiced strong support for the Dutch and Australian call on Russian Federation to acknowledge its role in the tragedy and help bring to account those responsible for the shooting down.
  • Large corporations inform United Kingdom they want 'frictionless' commerce with EU

    Large corporations inform United Kingdom they want 'frictionless' commerce with EU

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    Mr Soros - who is reported to have given about £500,000 to Best for Britain, which was set up a year ago by anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller - said action was needed as European Union withdrawal was "immensely damaging" for the UK. In the 2016 referendum, Northern Ireland voted 56% to remain in the European Union but, like Scotland, was outvoted by England and Wales and the overall result was 52% for Brexit.
  • Previous Story Mexican reporter killed in northern border state

    Previous Story Mexican reporter killed in northern border state

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    Tamaulipas, the scene of bloody turf wars between rival drug cartels, has been hit particularly hard. The editorial director of Excelsior-Pascal Beltran del Rio-paid tribute to the journalist on Twitter . Eleven journalists were slain here past year. This is Mexico's sixth journalist assassination this year so far. Gonzalez wrote about security and politics - two notoriously risky subjects for Mexican reporters, Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico representative for CJP, told the Los ...
  • Spanish PM To Be Ousted In "No Confidence" Vote

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    He is the first Spanish prime minister to lose such a vote since Spain transitioned to democracy in 1977. "It has been an honour to leave Spain better than I found it. The pro-European politician - nicknamed Mr Handsome in Spain - said he wants to implement reforms in some areas, including salaries, pensions and gender equality.
  • Spanish government falls, Socialist opposition leader takes power

    Spanish government falls, Socialist opposition leader takes power

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    Following the vote on Friday morning, Rajoy. The 46 year-old Sanchez is now the prime minister in waiting. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. Rajoy's position has become increasingly untenable, undermined by his status as head of a corruption-tinged minority government as well as a divisive independence drive in the wealthy region of Catalonia.
  • Bill Browder arrested in Spain on Russian warrant

    Bill Browder arrested in Spain on Russian warrant

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    A Moscow court sentenced Browder, who was born in the US and is now based in London, to nine years in prison in absentia over tax evasion and funnelling money overseas. Spanish law enforcement said officers let Browder go after it was "verified by INTERPOL Spain that the arrest warrant issued by the Russian authorities for tax evasion was invalid".
  • Trump muses about pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

    Trump muses about pardoning Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich

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    Trump's tease of a Blagojevich commutation comes just days after the former governor published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal warning , "So today from prison, I am warning all candidates and elected officials to watch out..." "Look, there are plenty of people the president is looking at right now under the pardon process", he said.
  • Avenatti asks for release of Cohen recordings

    Avenatti asks for release of Cohen recordings

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    Ryan also told Wood about Avenatti's allegedly improper behavior in an unrelated legal dispute involving the bankruptcy of his old law firm, saying such issues should disqualify Avenatti from being heard in the Cohen matter. Avenatti has not taken the steps to waive the attorney-client privilege so investigators can interview Daniels's former lawyer Keith Davidson, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Rouhani, Xi, and Putin to attend SCO summit next month

    Rouhani, Xi, and Putin to attend SCO summit next month

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    It did not give exact dates for his visit, but the summit is scheduled to be held on the second weekend of June in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao. The ministry said Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov will attend the summit, but it did not mention what other leaders are scheduled to come.
  • Top North Korean heads to US, Russian FM to visit Pyongyang

    Top North Korean heads to US, Russian FM to visit Pyongyang

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    The White House says President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to meet in advance of the "expected meeting" between Trump and North Korea's leader. Both sides have been eager to hold the meeting after tensions flared previous year over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. "Since the president's May 24 letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , the North Koreans have been engaging", she said.