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by | April 22, 2017 | 16:22

Obama's US ambassador to Russia , Michael A. McFaul, said on Twitter , "If the Trump administration approves this waiver, then all that tough talk last week about Russia was just that - talk". Exxon's ambitions could be complicated, however, by concern over what US intelligence agencies have concluded were Russian cyberattacks to interfere with the USA presidential election previous year.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:19

State media said at least 27 people were killed and 78 others were injured when a bomb exploded last Palm Sunday at the main prayer hall of St. George's Church in Tanta, Egypt . The second suicide bomber detonated his vest at a gate outside of St. Mark's church in Alexandria , killing 17. EGYPTIAN SECURITY FORCES killed seven suspected Islamic State militants in a shootout on Monday as they were meeting to plan attacks on minority Christians, the Interior Ministry said.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:19

The turbulent campaign featured rallies led by a hardline Islamist movement, which has strengthened in recent years. Wednesday's election was a test of Indonesia's reputation for religious tolerance. The prosecution's latest move was met with anger by anti-Ahok protestors from Muslim hardline groups gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry auditorium, where the hearing is being held.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:15

Carl Vinson was headed north, toward the Korean peninsula. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis looked to address confusion over the issue on Wednesday, telling reporters traveling with him in the Middle East that the adjustment in the Vinson's schedule had been disclosed in the interest of transparency.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:15

China has been slow to support statements condemning North Korea in the past, but signed off on the message Wednesday. A full orchestra played the music to accompany the video , which depicts North Korean missiles soaring over the Pacific to engulf the US west coast in flames.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:12

Trump will order the Treasury Department on Friday to examine two powers given to regulators after the 2008 financial crisis to police large financial firms, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says . U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with Trump at the White House for the first time since both took office earlier this year and amid a US push to cut funding to the world body and its agencies.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:11

Police later found a pump-action shotgun, knives and a Quran in his vehicle, while a handwritten note praising IS was recovered from near the dead assailant, police sources told local media. The attack dramatically changed the course of the French presidential campaign's final hours. French President Francois Hollande convened a meeting of the country's defense council Friday.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:04

Pence added that "all options" remain on the table but the "quietly confident" that China will pressure North Korea on its weapons program. The fall-out from the argument strained what is typically a good relationship between the two countries.

by | April 22, 2017 | 16:02

In a separate interview with The Associated Press , Trump said the plan would provide tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. US President Donald Trump will make an important announcement about his awaited plan for tax reform next Wednesday.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:57

Mr Hammond also stressed he had "no ideological desire to raise taxes". His comments were criticised by Labour, who said the Tories were planning a "tax bombshell" while the Liberal Democrats suggested they would hit "white van man". Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the chancellor was facing a £2bn gap in his budget following the government's decision not to carry out an increase in the rate of National Insurance contributions for the self-employed.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:55

Israeli authorities have canceled family visits to the approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in protest of their prison conditions in Israel jails since yesterday. Several hundred are being detained without charges. A prominent leader in the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Marwan Barghouti, had called for the strike.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:54

The Socialist and previous centre-right administrations had "done everything to ensure that we lose" the fight, she said. There are 11 candidates in the running, including far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:54

It's official. Today Donald Trump signed into law a bill that would allow states to stop allocating money to health care providers that perform abortions . He was one of few Republicans running for president previous year to praise the group for the health care it provides women. The law is a gain for anti-abortion conservatives bent on defunding Planned Parenthood and Trump himself.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:52

There have been daily street protests in anti-Erdogan neighbourhoods in Istanbul since Sunday's referendum, with thousands chanting slogans and banging pots and pans in an angry show of discontent. CHP party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also accused the electoral board of bias and favoring Erdogan's party. The Istanbul Bar Association filed a criminal complaint against electoral board head Sadi Guven for "wrongful conduct" and "altering the result of the election".

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:51

The reference to the "caliphate" in the three letters found near the crime scene and last December's IS terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market had led investigators to reaffirm suspicions that the attack had links to IS. Sergej W had allegedly taken out a loan on April 3 to pay for the put options and bought them online from the IP address of the Hotel L'Arrivee, where the team would be staying.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:45

During a special debate in theHouse of Commons, she said it was the "right and responsible" thing to do hold the election now to provide "five years of stability and certainty" and help the United Kingdom prepare for life outside the EU. Labour and the Liberal Democrats also supported the move. Speaking at First Minister's Questions on Thursday, Sturgeon said: "The idea in this election that Labour is going to replace the Conservatives is frankly pie in the sky".

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:44

In 2014, Egyptian authorities charged them with sexual abuse and trafficking of those children, a claim that human rights groups had long argued was unsubstantiated and false. The couple are now back with Hijazi's family in the U.S. During a briefing for reporters Friday, Spicer emphasized that after Trump was briefed on Hijazi's detention earlier this year he directed his administration to work behind the scenes on the issue .

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:39

A massive power outage in San Francisco left 95,000 people without electricity on Friday, according to PG&E. Crews from the fire department and Pacific Gas & Electric were at the site of a fire at a PG&E substation and vault facility on Larkin Street.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:38

Work by the lender's International Finance Corp arm in Zambia a year ago to set up auctions for private firms to build solar generating plants provides a model for his proposed approach. Without economic growth and opportunity, those unmet aspirations could lead to frustration, unrest, or more refugees seeking jobs in other nations. "And with the crises we face, our task is much more urgent than we ever thought", he said.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:37

The tax would not target immigrants and a rebate would be available to people who subsequently get citizenship or permanent resident status, as well as foreign nationals working in Ontario and global students. Making it more affordable to buy or rent a home is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:36

An official panel recommended late past year that the government require plain packaging .While medical marijuana is already legal in Canada, consulting firm Deloitte has estimated annual sales of recreational marijuana could be as high as C$8.7 billion ($6.5 billion).

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:30

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly warned localities protecting illegals from deportation, known as "sanctuary cities", that they risk losing federal funding should they fail to comply with federal immigration law. His most controversial anti-immigration plan so far has been a travel ban against the citizens of several Muslim countries for which he has signed two executive orders but both were blocked by federal judges.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:28

Mr Pence, his wife wife, Karen, and two daughters, Charlotte and Audrey, are due to fly into Sydney late on Friday and will spend the weekend in the city, before embarking for Hawaii on Monday. The robust discussion left a cloud over Australia's famously tight-knit relationship with the US. Mr Joko, who spoke briefly before Mr Pence, said their two countries are committed to increasing their strategic partnership which will focus on investments.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:28

They don't even want to give him cash to enforce existing immigration law. The deal involves the creation of a waiver system that would allow states to opt out of mandatory benefit requirements on health insurance companies and also let them create their own "high-risk pools" of government-backed insurance for people priced out of private insurance market.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:27

The Socialist and previous centre-right administrations had "done everything to ensure that we lose" the fight, she said . US President Donald Trump , meanwhile, predicted the attack in Paris would affect the French presidential election , without naming which candidates he believed would benefit.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:24

At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition lawmakers accused security forces of using excessive tear gas and force to block the marches. Maduro has rarely appeared more vulnerable since his election in 2013 after the death of his predecessor Chavez. Venezuela has been hit by violent demonstrations sparked by the Supreme Court's ruling to annul the legislature.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:20

Thursday saw North Korea threatening a "super-mighty preemptive strike" via The Rodong Sinmun , the official newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. Mr Mattis credited China with trying to help get the North Korea situation "under control" with the goal of denuclearising the peninsula. North Korea's vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the U.S.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:10

Opposition parties complained of a series of irregularities, including an electoral board decision to accept ballots that did not bear official stamps, as required by Turkish law. The party said it planned to appeal to Turkey's constitutional court and, if it is unsuccessful there, then the European Court of Human Rights. The new system would dispense with the office of prime minister and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the president, giving Erdogan the direct power to ...

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:10

Venezuela has one of the world's highest homicide rates and the huge number of firearms circulating on the streets is a major concern in the event of unrest, as are the activities of armed motorcycle gangs that were once loyal to the government.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:02

Voters will cast ballots in the first round on Sunday of what has turned into the most unpredictable French election in memory as the gap between four frontrunners narrows. The first is security. Macron meanwhile took advantage of Monday's thwarted "imminent" attack in France to portray himself as the only candidate who can "guarantee" the security of the French people.

by | April 22, 2017 | 15:02

Under the arrangement, agreed by former US President Barack Obama and Turnbull in November within days of Trump's election, Australia would transfer up to 1,250 refugees now held in offshore detention centers on the Pacific Island nation of Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to the United States.

by | April 22, 2017 | 14:58

The PM says she wants her hand strengthened in the Brexit negotiations. We can read predictions of notional majorities around the 140 seat mark and get complacent; 'surely no one of sane mind would vote for Corbyn?' Conservative Party chairman, Patrick McLoughlin, believes Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to rule out a second Brexit referendum is "yet more evidence of chaos" from the Labour leader .

by | April 22, 2017 | 14:56

May has said an early general election will help strengthen Brexit negotiations and stressed how Britain needs "strong leadership" to support the talks and to prepare for leaving the EU. We need strong and stable leadership that can only be provided by Theresa May and the Conservative Party. The prime minister greeted Tajani with a handshake on the doorstep of Number 10, but the pair made no comment to waiting reporters.

by | April 22, 2017 | 14:49

Gentiloni said , "We need a stable and unified Libya". "But we have to be aware of the fact that this push that goes against free trade as a catalyst for world growth. Trump and Gentiloni will meet again twice next month in the president's first trip to Europe while in office. Obama's administrative program offered a reprieve from deportation to those immigrants in the country illegally who could prove they arrived before they were 16, had been in the United States for several years and ...

by | April 22, 2017 | 14:44

While Mogherini attempted to soothe tensions, Washington was quite literally trying to meet the problem head-on. US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday that recent US strikes in Syria, one of Pyongyang's few close allies, and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.