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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Germany According to reports he was attempting to return to Belgium from Finland by vehicle when it appeared Finnish authorities were going to arrest him. Catalonia will remain under direct rule by Madrid as long as it fails to form a new government. Puigdemont had been visiting Finland since Thursday, but slipped out of the Nordic country before Finnish police could detain him. [Full Article...]

French protest Macron's labor plans

French protest Macron's labor plans But Thursday's strike marked a new joint phase in trade union action - the first time civil servants and railway staff had joined forces against Macron. While Thursday's strikes are likely to inconvenience many travelers, Macron was elected on a mandate of reforming the country's famously rigid labor laws. [Full Article...]

Donald Trump Scraps Plan to Hire Two Lawyers, Citing Conflicts

Donald Trump Scraps Plan to Hire Two Lawyers, Citing Conflicts DiGenova, who provided the statement to The Associated Press, declined to answer additional questions about the nature of his and Toensing's representation of the president. That meeting was attended by Trump's son, Donald Jr. Also in attendance were Paul Manafort, then the campaign manager, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and advisor. [Full Article...]

White House may address spending bill, McMaster departure

White House may address spending bill, McMaster departure We've talked for the last, I don't know, three, four, five, six months about trying to get the president's priorities funded, and this omnibus bill does that."Sen". Later Wednesday night, the president tweeted he got $1.6 billion to build a border wall and $700 million for defense. Trump says "nobody" is " more disappointed than me because the number is so large". [Full Article...]

Iran Hacking Operation Swiped 15B Pages of Academic Data, Infiltrated Government Agencies

Iran Hacking Operation Swiped 15B Pages of Academic Data, Infiltrated Government Agencies Federal prosecutors say the Iranians and an Iranian hacker network called the Mabna Institute illegally accessed IN state government computers and the computer systems of 144 USA universities. The hackers sent links to other articles they said they would find interesting, and if the victim clicked on it, they would be sent to a fake internet page made to look like the homepage of the universit... [Full Article...]

Palestinian Ahed El-Tamimi Jailed for 8 Months in a Plea Deal

Palestinian Ahed El-Tamimi Jailed for 8 Months in a Plea Deal According to agreement reached this Wednesday coinciding with mor's Day in Palestine, progenitor of Ahed will be condemned equally to eight months of prison and a penalty of 6,000 shekel (1,397 euros) in exchange for pleading guilty to have collaborated and to incite to Violence by sharing video on social networks. [Full Article...]

North Korea Agrees to Hold High-Level Talks with Seoul Later This Month

North Korea Agrees to Hold High-Level Talks with Seoul Later This Month The Inter-Korean Summit is set to be held in April with both South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim in attendance. " North Korea delivered its agreement via the border communication channel today, saying it will send a three-member delegation headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification", the website reports. [Full Article...]

Global stocks hit hard on trade war fears

Global stocks hit hard on trade war fears European stocks fell at the open, with Germany's Dax down 1.6 per cent, the French CAC 40 1.5 per cent lower and Britain's FTSE 100 0.6 per cent in the red. New Zealand - like the rest of the globe - now watching a standoff between the world's two biggest economies unfold. The S&P 500 turned negative for the year, tumbling 2.5%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index lost 2.4%. [Full Article...]

Saudi Arabia, US ink USD670mln arms deal

Saudi Arabia, US ink USD670mln arms deal The proposed deals to Riyadh include a Dollars 670 million sale for more than 6,600 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) 2B missiles, and a USD 300 million sale for spare vehicle parts for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Ordnance Corps, The Hill reported. [Full Article...]

Trade war unsettles stocks in US, China

The White House says the exemptions will last until May 1, 2018, pending ongoing discussions. "Korea has unfairly dumped steel and other products in our country". Lighthizer is testifying before the Senate Finance Committee. Lighthizer said. "So what he has made a decision to do is to pause the imposition of the tariffs with respect to those countries". [Full Article...]

US Destroyer Sails Near Chinese-Held Island

US Destroyer Sails Near Chinese-Held Island On Friday, as the U.S. and China sparred over trade and tariffs, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin conducted freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) in proximity to Mischief Reef, a Chinese-occupied feature in the Spratly Islands. In a separate statement, China's Foreign Ministry said the country would continue to take all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and peace and stabili... [Full Article...]

Morocco Signs Agreement on African Continental Free Trade Area

Morocco Signs Agreement on African Continental Free Trade Area The agreement would establish the world's largest free trade area through an agreement that covers the trade of goods and services, investments and intellectual property rights. Reeta Roy, the foundation's chief executive officer, told Reuters they would spend more than $2 billion to create 30 million "dignified jobs" for young people on the continent by 2030. [Full Article...]

Justine Damond shooting suspect given bail on condition of giving up passport

Justine Damond shooting suspect given bail on condition of giving up passport Hussein says he hopes the charges reflect a trend where all officers are held accountable for their actions. Damond was one of at least 971 people fatally shot by a USA police officer in 2017, according to a Washington Post database. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years. Noor responded with his par... [Full Article...]

Janashirvad Yatre rally: PM Modi does not know dharma, says Rahul Gandhi

Janashirvad Yatre rally: PM Modi does not know dharma, says Rahul Gandhi Gandhi also targeted the BJP government in Gujarat, which Modi led for over a decade until he became prime minister . "He is insulting your parents, poor farmers, labourers and small business men of India ", he said. Before Lok Sabha polls, Modi promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh in the accounts of citizens of this country by bringing back black money stashed away overseas, but even '10 is not cre... [Full Article...]

Sarkozy released after two days of grilling in 'Kadhafi millions' probe

Sarkozy released after two days of grilling in 'Kadhafi millions' probe In November 2016, Ziad Takieddine , a French-Lebanese millionaire, claimed that he had personally overseen the cash transfer of 5 million euros ($6.3 million) from Libya to Sarkozy's entourage in 2006, when Sarkozy was France's interior minister. [Full Article...]

Peru's president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote

Peru's president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote Peru's vice president, Martin Vizcarra, is expected to be sworn in to replace Kuczynski later today. A new impeachment vote is scheduled to take place Thursday and Kuczynski is once again scrambling for allies — a task made harder by the release of the videos, which prompted the firing of one government official in the video as well as calls from even some of Kuczynski's former allies for t... [Full Article...]

Judge to hear request to block abortion law

Judge to hear request to block abortion law District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the law from taking effect for 10 days while the court considers further action. The Jackson Women's Health Organization did not perform abortions past 16 weeks, according to clinic owner Diane Derzis. He asked: "Does the state have the right to trump the woman's right to have control over her decisions, over he... [Full Article...]

California teacher who bashed military during classroom rant gets fired

California teacher who bashed military during classroom rant gets fired Salcido's profane and disparaging comments sparked harsh condemnation: The school district was deluged by thousands of emails, many from veterans, active-duty troops and military family members, the Times reported. "I don't understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school". Salcido's attempted clarification did not pass muster with at least one fellow council me... [Full Article...]

Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says Federation Internationale de Football Association

Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says Federation Internationale de Football Association British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government had found that Russian Federation was "culpable" of the attack - a charge Moscow vehemently denies. I grew up genuinely worrying that our country was going to be evaporated in a thermonuclear strike. "There is simply no other third option here". Mr Yermakov added: "It is becoming more and more obvious that this attack against the Skripals ... [Full Article...]

Hoyer Statement on the Shooting at Great Mills High School

Hoyer Statement on the Shooting at Great Mills High School Investigators say deputy Blaine Gaskill, an armed school resource officer and former SWAT team member, responded within a minute, firing one round. It is still under investigation whether the officer's shot was what killed the gunman. Authorities said a 16-year-old female student is fighting for her life in intensive care at Prince George's Hospital Center. GREAT MILLS, Maryland - In the latest... [Full Article...]


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