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Japan's Factory Activity Growth Improves In April

Adding to signs that global demand is softening, the new export orders subindex declined for the first time in 17 months. Driven by favorable demand environment, manufacturers raised their staffing in April. "Looking ahead, there was a note of caution, as business confidence moderated to the lowest level seen since the end of 2012". But while domestic demand supported the rise in production, new orders from overseas fell for the fifth consecutive month in April. Read More »

Backed Forces Launch Offensive to Rid ISIS

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The United States will also work with Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to secure their borders from ISIS and will seek further contributions from regional partners and allies to stabilize liberated territories, the State Department said. Read More »

Sensex Rises 190 Points; Nifty Closes Above 10700

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The index rallied 6.2 percent in the month of April, following more than 8 percent correction in previous two months. For the 50-share NSE Nifty , the close came in at 10,739.35, higher by 47.05 points, or 0.44 per cent, after shuttling between 10,759 and 10,704.60. Read More »

Stephen Colbert Revives "Stephen Colbert" to Defend Michelle Wolf

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So the dinner turned loose Michelle Wolf , a comedian and former " Daily Show " writer, who used the opportunity to personally attack White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and to joke about abortion. Sanders , sitting a few feet from Wolf at the podium, kept a dour face. Colbert: "Maybe the most surprising reaction was from the White House Correspondents' Association themselves". Read More »

Australian cardinal to face two trials on sexual abuse charges

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Pell, 76, is the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to face a criminal trial on sex offences. For Pell, the charges are a threat to his freedom, his reputation and his career. But his greatest honor came in 2014 when he was handpicked by Pope Francis to become one of only nine advisers on the Council of Cardinals to the head of the Catholic Church. Read More »

The Crown's Claire Foy to receive backpay after wage gap controversy

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IN MARCH OF this year, we learned that Claire Foy was earning $40,000 per episode while she was working on the extremely successful Netflix series The Crown . The revelation that Foy, 33, had been paid less than her male co-star caused a royal scandal last month. "I'm not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, 'Oh, that's a bit odd.' But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it's odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn't particularly ask for ". Read More »

9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air

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Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter - pollutants like sulphate, nitrate and black carbon - include inefficient use of energy by households, industry, agriculture and transport. "If we don't take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development". In 2016 alone, outdoor, or ambient, air pollution caused some 4.2 million deaths, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 ... Read More »

Morocco cuts tie with Iran over support for rebels

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Bourita said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was "in shock" after their discussion. "It is regrettable that Morocco has resorted to raising these false accusations under US, Israeli and Saudi pressure", Hezbollah said in a statement. Read More »

UPSEB marks 'sensitive' to 150 schools in UP with Dubious distinction

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The chief minister also lauded the officials who had ensured examinations without use of unfair means and had declared the results in record time. Allahabad girl Anjali Verma topped the Class 10 examination conducted by the UP Board with 96.33 per cent marks, while Rajneesh Shukla from Fatehpur and Akash Maurya from Barabanki were joint toppers in Class 12 with 93.20 per cent marks. Read More »

Macron mystery solved: French friendship tree in quarantine

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The European leaders also discussed the impact of recently imposed US tariffs on steel and aluminum, for which the EU received a temporary exemption, according to Downing Street. "The president obviously is not satisfied with the trade surplus". The oak sprouted at a World War I battle site that became part of U.S. Marine Corps legend. Read More »

States sue Trump admin to end DACA

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The lawsuit asks the judge to wind down DACA, which would prevent any new permits from being issued or renewed but would not cancel current permits. Texas and six other states are now suing to force a once-and-for-all end to the program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation. According to a news release, SC now joins other states in the lawsuit, including Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and West Virginia. Read More »

Afghan Security Force Numbers Tumble as Taliban Maintains Territorial Grip

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As the Pentagon asserts that Afghan troops and US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are making steady progress in the 16.5-year-old Afghanistan war, a United States watchdog on Tuesday warned that the Taliban and other insurgent groups are gaining control over increasing numbers of the Afghan population and the strength of local security forces has declined sharply. Read More »

Agents: We found tiger cub in duffel-bag carried across border

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Agent Robert Rodriguez said Tuesday that the tiger appeared calm and was possibly sedated. The creature was turned into the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. He is expected to make a full recovery . This wasn't the only odd encounter Monday. A large Rio Grande-dwelling alligator took up residence on a CBP boat ramp for part of the morning as well, according to the release. Read More »

Rod Rosenstein says DOJ is "not going to be extorted"

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dismissed threats from antagonists in Congress on Thursday following months of tension between the Justice Department and conservative supporters of President Trump. "It really does illustrate though a really important principle about the rule of law, and a distinction about how we operate in the department - and we make mistakes, that's not to say we're flawless". Read More »

Facebook Bug Asks Users, 'Does This Post Contain Hate Speech?'

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In what appeared to be a universal feature added to every Facebook account, a notification appeared below each post in an individual's timeline asking, "Does this post contain hate speech? " with "Yes" and "No" buttons. In neither case did the new system offer a clickable or expandable explanation of what "hate speech" might entail. The feature has disappeared now, but not before several eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted it. Read More »

Mike Pompeo Says US 'Has Its Eyes Wide Open' On North Korea

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Earlier, Trump said that the meeting with Kim Jong-un is to be held in May or in early June and expressed hope that the agreement on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be reached. The US leader has been eager to play up his role in achieving a breakthrough with Pyongyang through his "maximum pressure" campaign involving tough rhetoric, stronger sanctions and diplomatic efforts to further isolate the regime. Read More »

Surveillance video captures Minnesota grandma's arrest after allegedly killing 2

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After the Florida trial, Riess is expected to stand trial in Minnesota. A Minnesota woman suspected of killing her husband and then killing a woman in Florida and stealing her identity has been extradited to Florida. New details about how authorities discovered the body reveal that a towel was draped over her with a pillow underneath. She was found dead in the bathroom, lying on a pillow and covered with a towel. Read More »

Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet Intercepts US Navy Airplane in Baltic Sea

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The Navy classifies aviation intercepts simply as either safe or unsafe. "Based on this skimpy information we've got thus far, there's really no way to determine if it was safe or unsafe", Natter said. The Pentagon said the USA aircraft was "operating in accordance with global law" and did not provoke Russian activity. In that instance, the Su-27 crossed in front of the nose of the EP-3, forcing it to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Read More »

Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge's Official Birth Certificate Revealed

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Mmmmm'kay - we see you, Louis! We're not sure Prince Louis will ever know how cool his birth certificate is. This pomp and circumstance does make sense, as William and Kate used their FULL royal titles on the paperwork too. The Duchess has only had two visitors - her two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Prince Louis was thrust into the public eye the same day as his April 23 birth, with all cameras on him as he left the Lindo Wing with his parents. Read More »

Netanyahu Reveals Iran's Secret Nuclear Files

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Iran is known to have had a weapons programme until 2003; analysts and diplomats said he appeared to be recycling old accusations. It's based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception. The European Union's foreign affairs chief says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's latest allegations that Tehran once pursued nuclear weapons do not appear to show Iran is now violating the 2015 worldwide nuclear agreement. Read More »

Turkish fan rents crane to circumvent stadium ban

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Instead of fighting with the authorities, he rented a crane and watched the football club Denizlispor's match from outside the stadium. According to local media , the Denizlispor fan parked the crane next to the stadium and had it lift him above the stands so he could watch his team in action. Read More »

Trump to meet with crew, passengers of Southwest Flight 1380

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Around 11:20 a.m., the plane landed in Philadelphia to applause from passengers who informed their friends and families by phone that they were OK. Her death marked the first airline fatality in the U.S.in nearly a decade. In addition to the airline, Safran and General Electric are named as defendants as joint venture partners in CFM International which manufactures the engines. Read More »

North Texas mother convicted in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

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But the young mum was eventually arrested and charged with two felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. The toddlers had refused to get out of the vehicle at the family's home in Weatherford, Texas, and Randolph chose to leave them in there to "teach them a lesson". Read More »

20 killed as blasts rock Nigerian town

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Many other people were injured and hospital sources said the death toll could rise. Nigeria has been facing an insurgency of the Boko Haram jihadists, who have aligned themselves with the Daesh* terror group, outlawed in Russian Federation since 2009. Read More »

IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: MI opt to field

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Will AB de Villiers recover in time to take the field? " Mumbai Indians have beaten RCB five times , but all that is history now". Moeen Ali carries on waiting for his first game. So for him to be absent [against KKR] was a huge blow for us. Which of course leaves Kohli. The defending champions certainly have the wherewithal to bounce back, and they also seem to have the belief that they can summon up that wherewithal over the next fortnight. Read More »

1 dead after Nebraska dust storm triggers chain-reaction crash

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The Nebraska State Patrol said visibility was reduced to almost zero as dust blew in from farm fields along Interstate 80 near York. According to the nearest weather monitoring station, which is situated in Aurora, the winds in the area were clocked at 48 miles per hour while in the general area, wind gusts were recorded at 60 miles per hour. Read More »

Court documents: ME deputy was shot in the head by assailant

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A statement from the Department of Corrections described the move as a routine request by the Somerset County Jail that's undertaken when additional security precautions are needed for an inmate. Mrs. Cole wrote in her Facebook post that at times people who look in her direction will see the loss she feels about her husband's death. Before he left their home, Sheryl said, "I love you and be safe", and Gene responded in kind, as she says he always did with "absolutely". Read More »

President Xi Jinping greets China on International Labour Day

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Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the International Labour Day function today in Delhi, Gangwar said, "I have spoken to the chairman of the committee (regarding finalisation of its report on Wage Code Bill )". Since the day is mostly aimed at uplifting the sentiments of the labour-class, wishes poured in through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook . Read More »

Jammu and Kashmir's deputy chief minister Nirmal singh resigns

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However, what raised eyebrows was the induction of BJP's Kathua MLA Rajiv Jasrotia . In a statement, the spokesperson also questioned the "sleeping conscience" of the chief minister and her party. The party's national secretary said the BJP's alliance with the People's Democratic Party had completed nearly three years in power. "Kathua case is a small issue". Read More »

Source of half of mysterious payment in Greitens case revealed

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Eric Greitens (R) to resign. Greitens is accused of taking a photo of a woman in a compromising position without her consent and threatening to release the photo if she revealed their affair. The next day, his attorneys accused Gardner of misconduct for failing to turn over a videotape and notes of her interview with K.S, and asked Circuit Judge Rex Burlison to throw out the case. Read More »

Kim Jong Un displayed humor, courtesy during summit, Seoul says

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Kim also expressed optimism about his meeting with Trump , saying the president will learn he's not one to fire missiles toward the United States, Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan said . In the document, Mr Kim and Mr Moon "confirmed the common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula". Bolton said that a recent absence of weapons and missile tests by North Korea "could be a very positive sign" or a sign that the programs have reached advanced ... Read More »

Sao Paulo fire: Burning building collapses during massive blaze

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An enormous blaze has felled a building in Sao Paulo. Authorities say they do not know if there have been any casualties during the collapse - but they warned that it is highly likely there are some fatalities. Fire Lt. Andre Elias told Globo TV that at least one person was killed - but authorities were working to locate several others who were missing. A firefighter was among those wounded. Read More »

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot for May 8th Primary Election is Today

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The One-Stop service is available at both the Elizabeth and Westfield offices. In Virginia, voters will decide local races in places like Bristol, Abingdon, and Gate City where City Council races will be decided. The GOP field includes Howard "Sonny" Baker, Steve Godsey, Teresa Jacobs and Cheryl Russell. There is no Democratic opponent, so the victor of the primary will likely take that seat in November. Read More »

Bulls Betting on Iran Sanctions, Bears Watching Rising US Production

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While addressing a joint press conference at White House Macron spoke about a new Iran deal accommodating U.S. concerns, including Iran missile program and Tehran's growing influence in the region. Netanyahu , a longtime opponent of the nuclear agreement, said Israeli forces had recently seized reams of secret documents from Iran detailing what he called Tehran's past attempts to hide a military nuclear program . Read More »

Danish national first to be convicted of Malaysia fake news law

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Malaysia's national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said their records showed a distress call was received at 06:41 and that police were on the scene eight minutes later. He has made and posted videos on YouTube accusing emergency services of responding slowly after a Palestinian Hamas member was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur. Read More »

Boy, 10, playing hide-and-seek found dead in dryer

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She said she was inside cooking when the younger son rushed in and said he thought Fernando was dead. The Chronicle notes that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a bulletin in December about several suffocation deaths involving children who crawled inside latch-type dryers. Read More »

UN Security Council delegation visiting northern Rakhine

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the UN Security Council on Monday to press Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims camped in her country as refugees. The military has been accused of massive human rights violations - including rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes - that United Nations and USA officials have called ethnic cleansing. Read More »

3 civilians killed by militants in Baramulla

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According to the police, the boys were on their way to Khanpora in Old Town when the terrorists fired almost 15 rounds at them. Police said that 15 rounds were fired on the three civilians , who have no track record of being involved in any political activity or intelligence agencies. Read More »

After Cosby's conviction, two more schools rescind honours

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Bill Cosby's alma mater says it has revoked an honorary degree given to the comedian more than two decades ago. Bill Cosby gave a weird response after his retrial on Thursday, where a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Read More »

Trump's Role in Midterm Elections Roils Republicans

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Senate seats previously held by Republicans in Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee are all vulnerable in the midterm elections, according to an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll . He voted for failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but has now chose to "consider a Republican for Congress because he believes the party is making it easier to find jobs and he applauds the recent Republican-led tax cut". Read More »

International Labour Day being observed today

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Also known as "May Day", the day is celebrated in honour of millions of labourers who toil everyday to keep the things going smoothly. To celebrate this moment Google has also made Google doodle of " International labour day ". The eight-hour day labour movement advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Just like the president, the speaker also said the present government is pursuing labour friendly policies for the welfare of the labour class ... Read More »

Iran orders ISPs to block Telegram messaging app

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According to Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the telecommunications minister, Telegram app is used by an estimated 40 million users in the country, nearly the half the population. "Blocking Telegram is a victory for hardliners who humiliated Rouhani in front of the millions of voters he promised over and over again that he would not allow messaging apps like Telegram to be blocked", said Ghaemi. Read More »

Dominican Republic shifts diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing

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The head of Taiwan's Defense Ministry told lawmakers on Monday that US M1A2 Abrams tanks will be required to defend the island in the event of a conflict with China. Wu added that China had offered financial incentives to switch. "Developing nations should be aware of the danger of falling into a debt trap when engaging with China", he said. Read More »

French Photographer Arrested For Allegedly Groping Princess Victoria

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden , is reportedly in the midst of a crisis involving the Swedish Academy and French photographer, Jean-Claude Arnault, who has been accused of sexually assaulting the Princess. This has seen several members of the Academy suggest reserving this year's prize, and awarding it alongside the 2019 prize, next year. "We are in the middle of a renewal process where her input would have been valuable", Anders Olsson, the Swedish Academy's stand-in permanent secretary, ... Read More »

Roy Moore files complaint against accusers

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Moore's sexual abuse of her when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney", the statement read. Moore during the campaign denied accusations of sexual misconduct and said he did not date underage women, although he did not define underage. CNN is attempting to reach Deborah Gibson and Beverly Nelson. Read More »

Brexit: Michel Barnier wants agreement on Irish border by June

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It comes after the DUP leader said Michel Barnier did not understand the dispute and was not an "honest broker". Mr Barnier said: "We have no intention of questioning the UK's constitutional order". On Monday morning he attended the Dublin government's all-island civic dialogue in Dundalk. "My door is open". In a statement, Sir Jeffrey said: "Leo Varadkar's visit is another demonstration of the poor manners and disrespect which appears to be the Irish government's Brexit strategy". Read More »

Korea to close nuke test site in May, unify time zone

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While the meeting ended with no new concrete measures on the nuclear standoff, the more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearisation - including what, when and how it would occur - were always going to be reserved for a Kim-Trump summit. Read More »

US Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

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Yar Mohammad Tokhi, a cameraman for Tolonews, also died in the attack , as did Mashal TV reporter Salim Talash and cameraman Ali Salimi; 1TV reporter Ghazi Rasouli and cameraman Nowruz Ali; and Radio Free Europe reporters Abadullah Hananzai, Maharram Durrani and Sabawoon Kakar. Read More »