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Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

In Bethlehem, protesters waved flags with photos of Marwan Barghouti, the jailed leader who called for the hunger strike. The Palestinian Red Crescent said eight Palestinian were wounded in clashes across the West Bank. "Political prisoners in Palestine are being held for up to six months without charge or fair trial", he said. Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at Israel's administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

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Ferrari's pace in Russian Federation takes Bottas by surprise

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel reconfirmed Ferrari's resurgence by topping the times ahead of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in Saturday morning's final free practice for the Russian Grand Prix. On a track which had been widely expected to favor Mercedes because of its long straights, Vettel set a time of 1 minute, 34.120 seconds in the second session.

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S. Korea installs parts of contentious United States missile defense

South Korea, Japan and the United States plan to ban North Korea's right to sell or trade fishing rights in its territorial waters under new sanctions to be imposed if the rogue state conducts another nuclear test. In South Korea, the deployment has stirred a mix of reactions, including protests and clashes with police Wednesday. The United States and North Korea have stepped up warnings to each other in recent weeks over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles in ...

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North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test

But he commented on Twitter, saying, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today". South Korea's navy says it has started joint exercises with USA ships, including the supercarrier USS Carl Vinson, which the United States dispatched to the region in a show of force amid the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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Russian Federation blames the United States after protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

The move was opposed by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, alleging that national sovereignty would be undermined. An ally of Gruevski, the president expressed concern over the controversial demand of Albanian parties that Albanian be made an official language across Macedonia.

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ASEAN leaders anxious over Korea tension

Ties between ASEAN and the West could become stronger and more productive "if we learn to respect each other's independence and treat each other as sovereign equals", Duterte said . He called for "peaceful resolution of disputes" and respect for rule of law, saying, "In an era where there can be much of uncertainly, we must faithfully adhere to the supremacy of the law and rely on the primacy of rules as responsible members of the global community".

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Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft

The spirited, partying crowd of more than 70,000 who hustled into this city's first National Football League draft since 1961 had heard that this draft was deep in defensive talent. 26 for the Falcons. The Vols had not produced a first-round pick since 2010. San Francisco got the player it was targeting, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas , and new 49ers general manager John Lynch picked up the first win of his career as an executive.

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FO tight-lipped amid Jindal's Pakistan trip mystery

After a brief meeting at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad , the Indian delegation was driven to the nearby resort of Murree for a meeting with Sharif over lunch. Sources further claimed that Jindal was a guest at the wedding ceremony of Sharif's granddaughter. "It was only a reference issued in lieu of the briefing given to the prime minister", the minister told reporters at a press conference in Karachi.

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Trump to spend Day 100 in office talking tough on trade

From the first day of my administration, I have governed by a simple idea: My only allegiance is to you, our wonderful citizens". Meanwhile, North Korea's missile launch Saturday signaled its continued defiance against the U.S., China and other nations, on which Trump tweeted: "Bad!" Donald Trump is set to fly to Pennsylvania to address a massive rally to celebrate the landmark occasion.

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Pakistan PM sacks adviser over leaked report against army

The directive came after an inquiry committee probing a story published by Dawn on October 6, 2016 submitted its findings in a report to PM Nawaz Sharif, the report said. The government repeatedly rebutted the story as "false and fabricated" while the military leadership went on to call it a "breach of national security".

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Turkish internet users 'unable to access Wikipedia'

Turkey Blocks , an organization that monitors internet censorship, said an administrative order blocked all language versions of the online encyclopedia. Turkish law allows the country's leaders to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. In the summer of 2013, severe restrictions were imposed on social media during mass protests against the rule of Mr Erdogan, then prime minister.

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3 officers wounded by gunfire after robbery

Two police officers were injured after being shot in Seattle , Washington, on Thursday, April 20, after they responded to a robbery near Western Avenue and Madison Street. "He's an all-around great guy, fun to be around and makes everyone laugh", said Joel Panattoni, a close friend of Kang who was shot Thursday in Seattle while responding to a robbery.

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Ex-teacher to return to Tenn. to face kidnapping charges

Elizabeth had a "troubled life", with her mother at one point facing felony child abuse charges . Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins surrendered to sheriff's deputies without incident in Cecilville, California, hours after they had set up surveillance on his vehicle in the area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

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North Korea's Missile Threat

US Vice President Mike Pence has threatened North Korea with an "overwhelming" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol has said any military action against it by the United States will prompt "all-out war".

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Korea's United Nations mission threatens pre-emptive attack

And on Wednesday, South Korea started installing key parts of a contentious USA missile defense system against North Korean missiles that also has sparked Chinese and Russian concerns. North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons because of the "hostile" policy of the USA toward it, and has threatened nuclear strikes if there is war.

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BC leaders set for televised debate

Standing in the middle of B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan at the leaders' debate Wednesday (April 26), Weaver made a pitch for voters to give his Green party a chance to hold the balance of power in the next legislative assembly.

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Samsung Pay Continues Rapid Global Growth with Four Market Expansions

Samsung has already partnered with Visa and Mastercard on the project, and is working to get major banks involved. It's also rumored that Samsung Pay will come to Turkey in the fourth quarter of 2017 (link in Turkish). Samsung Pay has been available in the U.S. since September 2015, but we're still waiting for it to come to the UK. Fast-forward to the March 2017 launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, or even now as the devices officially go on sale in the United Kingdom, still we ...

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Stephen Colbert Explains How Trump Got Himself a Canadian 'F*ck You'

On Monday the United States government announced tariffs averaging 20% on softwood lumber from the Canadian companies Canfor, J.D. Irving, Resolute FP Canada, Tolko Marketing and Sales and West Fraser Mills, applying retroactively for the previous 90 days.

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Alive to earlier orders that Aadhaar should be voluntary: SC to Govt

Binoy Vishwam, senior Communist Party of India leader; Bezwada Wilson, a Dalit rights activist; and S.G. Vombatkere, a retired Army officer had moved the court. "What we are dealing with is a statute Parliament has enacted". However, the bench observed, "we have to interpret a statute as per the objective with which it has been framed".

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SC verdict likely today on petitions seeking appointment of Lokpal

Last month, the government told the court that the Lokpal can not be appointed for now as important changes to a committee that is to select its members have yet to be cleared by Parliament. "But, the absence of such a provision, by itself, will not invalidate the constitution of the Search Committee by the truncated Selection Committee when the Act specifically "empowers" a truncated Selection Committee to make recommendations for appointment of the Chairperson or Members of the Lokpal".

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Explosion rocks Assad weapons depot near Damascus airport

Iran, Russia and Hezbollah support Assad's regime. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Israel regards Hezbollah, and its key backer Iran, as its biggest threat. He said he heard the roar of jets in the distance. Debris is seen flying out as the light of the explosions illuminated a sizeable blast cloud that took shape nearby.

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EC bribery case: Delhi police team travels to Chennai with TTV Dinakaran

Chandrasekhar had allegedly told the police he was Dinakaran's "middleman" and was asked to pay the money to the officials for allotting the party symbol to AIADMK's Sasikala faction. Barring a handful of party workers who got into a scuffle with policemen at Rajaji Bhavan, not many AIADMK workers or Dinakaran's supporters were seen either at the airport or Rajaji Bhavan or at his Adyar residence, indicating how the party was slowly distancing itself from the Sasikala-Dinakaran combine that is ...

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Trump tax plan billed as 'largest tax reform' in US history

Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday they are open to Trump's tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade. On Friday, Trump signed an order commissioning a review of the nation's tax regulations . On the corporate side, the top marginal tax rate would fall from 35 percent to 15 percent.

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Vinod Khanna Passes Away at 70

In a tragic blow to the Indian film industry, Bollywood icon Vinod Khanna breathed his last on Thursday morning. Other politicians who expressed grief over his death include Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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Parties gear up for broadcast leaders' debate

There was no clear victor, no clear loser. Besides, who won the debate is really a moot point. Christy Clark's Liberals have mounted a largely stay-the-course campaign so far, highlighting their stewardship of Canada's top-performing economy and posting five consecutive balanced budgets.