International News

Notice more speech restrictions in Canada

on March 26, 2017, 7:42 AM / in International News, Opinion

Notice more speech restrictions in Canada Despite polls showing that 71% of Canadians would not have voted for the measure, Canada’s Parliament, with the strong backing of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, passed a motion this week 201 to 91 that critics say singles out Islam for special protection. Tabled by Muslim liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 urges the federal government […]

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Terror attack kills three in London

Terror attack kills three in London

on March 23, 2017, 7:12 AM / in International News, News

A man killed at least three people and injured 40 more in an attack with a vehicle and a knife at Britain’s Parliament on Wednesday, sending lawmakers and tourists dashing for safety. Two of the people killed were among pedestrians the attacker plowed through on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building. The other was a police officer stabbed at the […]

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North Korean missile test fails

North Korean missile test fails

on March 22, 2017, 8:14 AM / in International News

A North Korean missile exploded just after launch on Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean military officials said. “It may have exploded right after it took off from a launch pad,” a South Korean military official said. The failure came in the latest in a series of weapons tests by the isolated, unpredictable communist nation that have escalated tensions in the […]

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Comey confirms Russia investigation in House hearing

on March 21, 2017, 7:46 AM / in International News, National News

FBI Director James Comey confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday that his agency is investigating whether Russia tried to influence last year’s election, and “whether there was any coordination” between Russia and President Trump’s campaign. Comey declined to provide specifics on whether anyone in particular is suspected of a crime, saying he didn’t want to “wind up smearing […]

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Lucky escape for S.Sudan plane crash survivors

Lucky escape for S.Sudan plane crash survivors

on March 21, 2017, 6:40 AM / in International News

Juba (AFP) – All passengers and crew survived a plane crash in South Sudan on Monday in which the jet hit a fire truck on the runway before bursting into flames. “There is no one who died,” Bona Gaudensio, information minister in the northwestern state of Wau where the accident happened, said on Tuesday. He said 37 people had been […]

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Face recognition flushes out China’s toilet paper crooks

Face recognition flushes out China’s toilet paper crooks

on March 21, 2017, 6:34 AM / in International News

A years-long crime spree by Chinese toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in southern Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits. Park managers at the Temple of Heaven, an expanse of imperial landmarks in the capital, spent three years testing ways to foil the toilet looters, including fingerprinting and […]

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New Zealand expels U.S. diplomat with black eye after ‘incident’: media

on March 20, 2017, 9:28 AM / in International News, National News

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – New Zealand has expelled an attache at the U.S. Embassy after Washington declined to waive his right to diplomatic immunity after an “incident” which gave him a broken nose and a black eye, media and authorities said. New Zealand police said they responded to the incident near the capital Wellington on March 12 involving an employee of […]

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Iraqi forces close on strategic mosque in Mosul fight

Iraqi forces close on strategic mosque in Mosul fight

on March 19, 2017, 9:02 AM / in International News

U.S.-supported Iraqi forces on Sunday are closing in on a strategic building, the al-Nuri Mosque, as they continue the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. The eastern half of the city, which is the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, has already been liberated; ISIS terrorists in the western half control a shrinking territory. The mosque is important […]

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Homeland Security requests proposals for Trump’s border wall

on March 19, 2017, 8:56 AM / in International News, National News

It would be a lot cheaper to just not provide them with resources when they come. The Department of Homeland Security on Friday evening released a request for prototype proposals for the planned U.S.-Mexico border wall, revealing further details of the Trump administration’s goals. The contract notices describe a “physically imposing wall” made of reinforced concrete and standing as tall […]

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North Korea tests new rocket engine

North Korea tests new rocket engine

on March 19, 2017, 8:53 AM / in International News

North Korea successfully conducted a “high-thrust engine test” of “historic significance,” the totalitarian nation’s state media reported Sunday. The new engine will be a “great leap forward” for Pyongyang’s missile ambitions, the report said, noting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed the world will “soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries.” Pyongyang’s announcement was […]

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Rex Tillerson and Xi Jinping promote cordial U.S.-China relations

Rex Tillerson and Xi Jinping promote cordial U.S.-China relations

on March 19, 2017, 8:51 AM / in International News, National News

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday held an apparently cordial meeting, emphasizing friendly relations between China and America. “You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this,” Xi said to Tillerson. “The joint interests of China and the United States far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is […]

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Russia, China making gains on US military power

Russia, China making gains on US military power

on March 19, 2017, 6:22 AM / in International News, National News

BY NIKITA VLADIMIROV  /  The Hill Russia and China are increasingly challenging the military superiority that the United States has held since the early 1990s. Since the end of the Cold War, America’s naval, air, land and space capabilities, paired with key bases in Europe and Asia, has created a strategic advantage over other major superpowers. The United States still […]

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Senators dismiss wiretap claims, but Trump stands by them

on March 17, 2017, 7:28 AM / in International News, National News

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders said in a joint statement Thursday that there were “no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also confirmed — “at least so far with respect to our intelligence community — that no such […]

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Rex Tillerson: Military Action Against North Korea Is ‘On the Table’

Rex Tillerson: Military Action Against North Korea Is ‘On the Table’

on March 17, 2017, 6:50 AM / in International News, National News

by ALEXANDER SMITH  /   NBC News Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Friday that military action against North Korea was “on the table” if the country continued to develop its weapons program. “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table,” he told a […]

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Pirates make ransom demand for tanker, crew seized off Somalia

on March 15, 2017, 7:48 AM / in International News

The armed pirates who seized an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia have demanded a ransom, the European Union Naval Force said on Tuesday. The amount of the ransom demand was not immediately reported. The operation, which serves as the E.U.’s anti-piracy operation in the region, managed to make contact with the ship’s master, who confirmed that armed men […]

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White House tells State Department to slash U.N. funding

on March 15, 2017, 7:43 AM / in International News, National News

The White House has instructed the State Department to cut 50 percent of U.S. funding for United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday The order came as the White House prepared for the Thursday release of its 2018 budget proposal. The proposal would affect peacekeeping efforts across the world, including in Syria and Yemen, as well as campaigns that provide […]

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Iraqi forces kill ISIS commander in Mosul

on March 15, 2017, 7:38 AM / in International News

Iraqi government forces reportedly killed the Islamic State’s commander in Mosul’s Old City on Tuesday. The death of the ISIS commander, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Ansary, marked the latest sign of progress in an offensive aiming to drive the Islamist extremist group out of its last major urban stronghold in the country. Iraqi federal police are making a push to capture […]

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Dutch election marks first 2017 test of anti-immigrant right’s strength

on March 15, 2017, 7:32 AM / in International News

Dutch voters head to the polls on Wednesday in closely watched parliamentary elections that will determine whether a wave of populism, which already has fueled the U.K. Brexit decision and President Trump’s win in the U.S., will be repeated in the Netherlands. Far-right anti-immigrant firebrand Geert Wilders, who wants to ban Islam and exit the European Union, is one of […]

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French presidential candidate Francois Fillon charged with embezzlement

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon charged with embezzlement

on March 15, 2017, 7:29 AM / in International News

French prosecutors said Tuesday that they had placed presidential candidate Francois Fillon under formal investigation for misuse of public funds. The center-right candidate was charged with arranging for his wife, Penelope Fillon, to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money for work she never did. Fillon denies the allegations, and vows to keep campaigning, although he once […]

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Pirates hijack oil tanker off Somalia

Pirates hijack oil tanker off Somalia

on March 14, 2017, 8:29 AM / in International News

Pirates hijacked an oil tanker off Somalia’s coast in the first such attack on a large commercial ship since 2012, Somali officials said Tuesday. The vessel, Aris 13, was carrying fuel from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when it reported on Monday that it was being approached by two skiffs. An official in the semiautonomous state of Puntland said […]

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