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China towers over Asian navies with new carrier launch

China reportedly began development work on the aircraft carrier in November 2013 and took almost five years to complete it. China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. Defence analysts at military- affiliated research groups have told state media that the country needs at least three more such carriers. Chinese naval strategists see the carrier program, in addition to its role in protecting China's maritime interests, as being "about having naval ... Read More

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European Union leaders give mixed reaction to 1st round of French election outcome

European Union leaders give mixed reaction to 1st round of French election outcome

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron got almost 1 million more votes than far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in a result that's upended traditional French politics. Polls have consistently been showing a Macron-Le Pen matchup could end in Macron's favor. In November 2016, a French court upheld the decision, but ruled he should be allowed to remain the party's honorary president. Read More

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Turkish warplanes kill 6 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq - army

Turkish warplanes kill 6 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq - army

No Syrian government forces were targeted in the attack. The Syrian Kurds have driven IS from large parts of Syria and are now closing in on Raqqa, the de facto capital of the extremists' self-styled caliphate. No extensive discussions have taken place with Turkey about the strikes, Dorrian said. He spoke at a joint news conference in Moscow with the visiting Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir. Read More

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Chernova loses Beijing bronze for doping

Chernova loses Beijing bronze for doping

Sotherton had previously been upgraded from fifth to fourth when silver medallist Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was stripped and banned for life following a second positive test. She first won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Games for the heptathlon, which is a track and field combined event made up of seven courses. For nine years, she knew, I knew. Read More

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Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Fifteen people have died in violence around demonstrations and 11 others in night-time lootings. The opposition accuses the government of using the security forces to repress peaceful protests, and of sending armed thugs to attack them. Red-shirted supporters of Maduro, the 54-year-old former bus driver who succeeded Hugo Chavez in 2013, also rallied on the streets of the capital, punching their fists in the air and denouncing opposition "terrorists". Read More

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Obama's Secret Prisoner Giveaway to Iran Exposed

The report also found that Obama's Iran deal destroyed counter-proliferation efforts that ultimately made Iran's path to nuclear arms easier. In fact, some of the Iranian prisoners were national-security threats, and it wasn't a straight prisoner swap: The Wall Street Journal revealed that on the day of the exchange the US flew $400 million in cash on an unmarked cargo plane to Iran. Read More

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Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT

Conley, who had 11 points in the final quarter, answered with a floater in the lane with four seconds left to tie the game at 96. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter alone when the Grizzlies were blowing their 10-point lead. Elsewhere, Manu Ginobili was 0-of-5 and remained scoreless for the entire series. "We trust him to make big plays and not only score on the ball, but making the right play", Spurs forward David Lee said. Read More

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French Voters Shun Political Parties, Sending Macron, Le Pen To Presidential Runoff

French Voters Shun Political Parties, Sending Macron, Le Pen To Presidential Runoff

Elsewhere in Europe, liberal globalists cheered Macron's strong showing. The result upended traditional French politics: Neither candidate hails from the establishment parties that have dominated the country for decades. "It's the pro-growth backdrop that we're now starting to see come through rather than ... ongoing austerity which is providing quite a significant shift with the outlook for the European banks, in particular with the French banks very much leading the way, which of ... Read More

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Egyptian Parliament Approves 3-month State of Emergency

Egyptian Parliament Approves 3-month State of Emergency

At least 44 people died, and more than 100 were injured, during bombings that targeted a Coptic cathedral and another Coptic church on an important holy day on the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday. "In addition to that, this act also breached other taboos as its includes some betrayal, treason, attack, aggression, heinous guilt and terrifying of innocents, all considered unacceptable ugly acts, which the prophet (pbuh) was rejecting", said the secretariat. Read More

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Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

In Israel, a siren rang out, over the entire country for two solid minutes as the people stopped everything they were doing to remember the devastation of the Holocaust and the 6 million Jews that died. Holocaust survivor Harry Olmer, 89, was unequivocal, saying: "Once we're at Auschwitz for Yom Hashoah... there's nothing wrong with celebrating March of the Living". Read More

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Sec. Kelly: Trump will 'be insistent' on funding border wall

In the wake of last week's terrorist attack in Paris, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he is not sure how to stop homegrown terrorism. "And it's essential absolutely to control one's border". Cheurfi, who was killed , murdered a police officer before he was taken out. "My message - really, my plea - and I've said this a number of times both before the camera as well as in hearings and virtually every single office call I have with members of Congress: Solve the ... Read More

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North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

North Korea parades military weapons, but no nuke test

Meanwhile, an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group has been dispatched to boost an array of military capabilities available to Washington in South Korea and the wider region. According to reports from Fox News, the military exercises in South Korea come just days after the U.S. launched a similar surprise military drill at the Kadena Air Base in Japan, using HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers. Read More

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Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Trump wants the money included in spending legislation that Congress must pass by Friday to keep the federal government operating through September 30, when the 2017 fiscal year expires. Moderate Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey, has floated a proposed amendment that would give states the ability to request to opt out of certain Obamacare regulations while making essential health benefits -- the requirement that all plans cover things like prescription drugs and mental health services -- the ... Read More

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Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

India on Saturday restated the need to immediately dismantle the terrorist safe havens, while strongly condemning the Taliban attack on the Afghan National Defence Forces that has reportedly claimed over a hundred lives. The attack comes a week after the United States military used its largest non-nuclear weapon, aptly nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs, on a suspected ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. Read More

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