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White House to Impose Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods

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The White House, and many American companies, say that China forces USA firms to turn over technology as part of joint ventures with Chinese companies to gain access to its market. An advance team for Ross is scheduled to arrive in Beijing today, Wednesday, and meet with Chinese officials to outline which issues will be discussed on Saturday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read More »

Moving lava sparks immediate evacuations in Hawaii

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FEMA's David Mace says the lava breached the property overnight and is within 200 metres of one of the capped wells, Nine News reports. Hawaiii County Civil Defense said that lava had reached the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant, covering a well. Read More »

After Iran speech, will Tehran seek to test Pompeo?

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PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Vienna is once again home to nuclear diplomacy, this time in a last-ditch effort to save the nuclear agreement from splintering under the weight of President Trump's announcement that unless Iran meets a dozen conditions , American sanctions will once again hit the Iranian economy. Read More »

Philippines: Beijing Oil Drilling In Disputed South China Sea A 'Red Line'

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The two warships, the USS Antietam , a guided-missile cruiser home-ported in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the USS Higgins, a destroyer, had "arbitrarily entered China's territorial waters around the Xisha Islands without permission of the Chinese government", spokesman Wu Qian said , using the Chinese name for the Paracels. Read More »

Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X arrives in Singapore

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Sung Kim had been on standby in Seoul since last week. Allison Hooker, a Korea specialist on the National Security Council, is reportedly also part of the team. More significantly, Moon secured the restart of minister-level inter-Korean talks on June 1, followed by a dialogue between military leaders and a Red Cross meeting to reunite families separated by the war. Read More »

American Imprisoned in Venezuela is Feted at White House Following His Release

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The Mormon missionary , his Venezuelan wife Thamara Caleño and her daughter were seen embracing Holt's parents in a video released by the office of Senator Orrin Hatch . Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said their release was a goodwill gesture that followed months of dialogue between the Maduro Government and United States politicians. Read More »

Toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu rises to 6 in Oman

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He told AFP that authorities have recovered the bodies of the five Yemeni nationals and two Indians and were still searching for the remaining 12. Rains are expected to continue for two more days, drenching the area with more than 100mm of rain, nearly six times its annual average, weather experts WASM said on Twitter. Read More »

Taiwan squeezed as Beijing and Burkina Faso start diplomatic ties

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Under its One-China policy , China refuses to maintain diplomatic relations with any nation that recognizes Taiwan, a self-governed island off its southeastern coast which Beijing considers an integral part of its territory. Taiwan lost one diplomatic ally in the eight previous years under a KMT administration that supported the "1992 consensus". China is Africa's largest trade partner, with massive investments in mining, construction and banking, although it has been less active to ... Read More »

Italy’s premier-designate steps down after failed Cabinet talks

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Meanwhile, European equities markets rose this morning. There is now a real argument between the president and the populists about Italy's position in the European Union , he adds. On Sunday, Bannon met with Armando Siri, the mastermind behind the coalition's economic reform program, centred on a 15 per cent flat tax created to replace Italy's Byzantine fiscal code and significantly curb the tax evasion that is rife in the country. Read More »

What Harvey Weinstein Brought to Court as He's Charged With Sexual Assault

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More than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct although the charges relate to only two of them. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. "We can't go backward", she said. On Thursday in the United States, Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's NY lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment. Read More »

Will Power finally wins the Indy 500

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Kanaan led at least one lap in his 14th Indy 500 to break a record he had shared with four-time race victor A.J. Foyt. Defending race victor Takuma Sato crashed out early in IndyCar's most prestigious race. "Obviously just didn't finish the way we wanted". I said I was proud of him. "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske said. "Whenever you talk about retiring to someone they are like what are you going to do next", Patrick told Reuters in an interview prior to the ... Read More »

Lava Threatens Israeli Company's Power Station in Hawaii

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A third lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano streamed into the ocean on Thursday as US Marine Corps helicopters stood by to evacuate a Big Island community should molten rock or huge cracks block its final escape route. Residents of Leilani Estates have been allowed to return at times since the eruptions began. The plant has capacity to produce 38 megawatts of electricity, providing roughly one-quarter of the Big Island's daily energy demand. Read More »

IN student asked to be excused, returned with 2 handguns and fired

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Seveth grader Ethan Stonebraker said the gunman, who was also a student at the school, started firing a gun after walking into class late around 9 a.m. There have been 23 school shootings where someone in the United States was hurt or killed so far this year. She called her dad, who lives in Kokomo, to tell him she was OK. Read More »

Is the Mueller probe costing $20 million, as Donald Trump says?

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead", Clapper responded to Trump's accusations: "That is a distortion of what I said , in fact I had an aversion to the use of the term". Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired past year, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers. Read More »

Judge: Trump Blocking Twitter Accounts Violates 1st Amendment

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Importantly, the ruling identifies only parts of Trump's account as a public forum subject to First Amendment protections, not the entire account nor the rest of Twitter. The Knight Institute hopes that the ruling against Trump will set a precedent for other public officials across the country. On Wednesday the judge agreed with their argument that the social media platform qualifies as a " designated public forum " granted to all US citizens. Read More »

Memorial Day events planned this weekend

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Ceremonies to follow at Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery and then at the Veterans Memorial Levee, Hastings RiverWalk at Ramsey and First Streets. The community is invited to attend the Dorset Memorial Day Service and Parade on Monday . with units forming at Immaculate Conception Church, Second Street. The Metro Customer Service Center will be open from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.at 266-4466. Read More »

Battlefield 5 lands in October, will do away with the 'premium pass'

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These multimap, multi-mode dynamic events take players through vast historical battles to relive moments of bravery and desperation while fighting to the final objective. Battlefield V will be available worldwide October 19th on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and Origin for PC. But if you do get there, it actually kind of sounds like the final showdown will be a battle royale mode. Read More »

Ariana Grande Sends Love To Fans On Manchester Bombing Anniversary

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And DJ Nick Grimshaw also sent love to those affected by the attack , while also praising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was organised by Ariana and Scooter shortly after the attack . A minute's silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm with tears inside the cathedral, where photographs of those killed were displayed on screens, and outside, where thousands watched in Cathedral Gardens. Read More »

'Bigger Than Watergate!': Trump Thinks the FBI Spied on His Campaign

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Going on to comment specifically on the allegations of an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant, Giuliani said he was "shocked to hear that they put a spy in the campaign of a major-party candidate, maybe two spies". "But the president this morning is quoting a Fox News commentator as his source", Cuomo cut in, noting that Trump could just pick up the phone and ask the Justice Department himself. Read More »

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

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Assad previously visited Russia and met with Putin in November 2017 and October 2015, and Putin travelled to the Russian air base in Syria last December to announce a scale-back of the Russian military presence there. "I have always said, and I repeat it again, that we have always wholeheartedly supported the political process, which should proceed in parallel with the war on terrorism". Read More »

Trump's White House tackles America's most divisive question: Laurel or Yanny?

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump , counselor Kellyanne Conway and director of social media Dan Scavino are all on team #Laurel. The White House on Thursday jumped in on the " Yanny vs. 'Definitely Laurel, ' Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah agrees. Older adults often start losing their hearing within the higher-frequency range, meaning it's possible that more young people hear "Yanny". Read More »

Kilauea volcano: Hawaiians warned of 'powerful' eruptions within hours

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An ash plume Wednesday rose roughly 12,000 feet into the air, and on Tuesday, the USGS issued a red alert, which means a major eruption is imminent or underway and ash could affect air traffic. "Shelter in place if you are in the path of the ash plume". Thursday's explosion sent an ash plume around 30,000 feet high. The eruption of Kilauea began on May 3. Read More »

Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walks free

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He has agreed to hand over power to jailed reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim but has not previously given any timing. Holding a brief press conference, he thanked the people of Malaysia , who "stood by the principles of democracy and freedom" by voting against the ruling party and are now demanding "for change". Read More »

Iraqi Election Frontrunner Moktada al-Sadr Courts Partners to Govern

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Alliance of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is set to win Iraq's parliamentary elections - an unexpected outcome that has caught the attention of Iranian media. Turnout was 44.52 percent with 92 percent of votes counted, the Independent High Electoral Commission said , the lowest participation rate in Iraq's post-Saddam history. Read More »

Melania has kidney surgery

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Mrs. Trump, who has been gradually raising her profile as first lady, recently hosted her first state dinner and launched a public awareness campaign to help children. Trump addressed concerned citizens on social media Tuesday morning, thanking people for their "love and support" after announcing earlier this week that the First Lady underwent an "embolization operation" to treat a "benign" condition. Read More »

China's Didi Chuxing to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

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Free for 14 days - no credit card required! The tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving auto program, known as Project Titan , since gaining a testing permit in April of a year ago. Apple had a tortuous path with the self-driving auto technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called self-driving "a core technology that we view as very important". Read More »

U.S. wishes Muslims peaceful, blessed Ramadan

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The moon-sighting committee is still in meeting and an official announcement is being awaited by them. They abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan , with a single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette considered enough to invalidate the fast. Read More »

Israel faces growing backlash after dozens killed in Gaza

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Ambassador Nikki Haley during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Gaza . Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the Gaza violence. "When they opened their embassy in Jerusalem there was a need for a decision from our side and this was our decision", Malki said. Read More »

Tuesday is voting day on school district budgets

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In Eastport South Manor six candidates-five of whom are newcomers-are running for two open seats on the School Board . The remaining portion of the budget will consist of BOCES aid, reserves, appropriated fund balance, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes monies and other revenues. Read More »