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Hamas elects Haniya as new chief of Islamic movement


The 54-year-old with a salt-and-pepper beard takes charge as it seeks to ease its global isolation while not marginalising hardliners within the movement. Haniyeh lives in Gaza , unlike Meshaal, who is based in Qatar. Meshaal had led the movement since 1996. " Hamas is ready to initiate a new phase of its history". Read More »

House repeal of 'Obamacare' hands hot potato to wary Senate


Texas lawmakers could also lift requirements that insurance plans pay for so-called "essential benefits" - things like emergency room visits or even medication. However, supporters argue that the new health bill will cut rising premium costs if approved. The bill has gained widespread criticism from Democrats, who oppose the overhaul of many ACA major provisions. Read More »

2 doctors found dead in penthouse likely knew killer


When authorities opened the door to 141 Dorchester Ave., a man with a gun "opened fire" at the officers. On Saturday, Boston Police identified the suspsect as 30-year-old Bampumim Teixeira of Chelsea. Hauntingly, Teixeira told her in their last conversation that he "did not have long to live", according to the Boston Globe . The soon-to-be-married couple, both of whom were anesthesiologists, were found bound with their throats slit, CBS Boston reported . Read More »

Russia-brokered Syria No-fly Zone Deal Bans U.S. Aircraft, Too

The wide array of rebel groups include some supported by Turkey, the United States and Gulf monarchies. Russian Federation said aircraft in the US -led coalition against the Islamic State will be prohibited from operating above the planned "de-escalation zones" in Syria. Read More »

In France, young voters went for LePen


The Ifop poll found 42 percent of voters believe Macron and Le Pen would be unable to reunite the country after months of bitter campaigning, while 43 percent questioned whether they would be able to govern even after capturing the Elysee palace. Read More »

US Commerce chief says Canadian trade threats 'inappropriate'


He said trade officials will explore next steps. Trump has been railing against Canada's decision to change its policy on pricing domestic milk which helps producers in Quebec and Ontario better compete with farmers in NY and Wisconsin who have been selling milk products to cheese and yogurt producers in Canada. Read More »

Czech PM not ready to resign, fires finance minister


Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka arrived at Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency, on Thursday for consultations with the president. Babis called Sobotka's manoeuvring "ridiculous", telling reporters Friday that "the prime minister has changed his mind for the fourth time in a few hours, I don't get it". Read More »

XTurkish strikes kill over 24 Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq


A USA military officer accompanied the People's Protection Units (YPG) commanders on a tour of the sites hit near Syria's frontier with Turkey after the attack, a Reuters witness said, demonstrating the close partnership. But the U.S. State Department said on April 25 that the Sinjar air strikes killed members of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, considered an important ally in the U.S. Read More »

Young man dies in Venezuela unrest, toll hits 36


On the opposition side, youths donned gas masks and bandanas, throwing Molotov cocktails and using slingshots to fire stones. One 17-year-old protester died in the melee from an object that hit him in the neck, said Gerardo Blyde, a district mayor for the opposition. Read More »

China urges U.S. to show restraint in North Korea issue


Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a USA aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region. Despite deepening tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and reports of a major military drill on the country's east coast, the North's capital was quiet. Read More »

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia


While Chinese companies including Baidu and Qihoo 360 already have their own online encyclopaedias, they are not even close to matching Wikipedia in terms of scale and breadth of information. "The readers regarded it to be authoritative, accurate, and it branded itself as a "free encyclopaedia that anyone can edit", which is quite bewitching", he wrote. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent marries ISIS terrorist


Adopting the nom de guerre Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, he praised Osama bin Laden in song, threatened Barack Obama with a throat-slitting gesture and held a severed human head in a propaganda video. Justice Department prosecutors reportedly charged her with a relatively minor offense and asked a judge to give her a reduced sentence in exchange for her cooperation. Read More »

Small plane crash caught on camera


The footage recorded by a motorist's auto showed the plane clipping power lines as it went down. There are no serious injuries, police said. One witness, Amanda Hayes, told KOMO that the wing of the plane grazed her vehicle right before it went down. Read More »

MP Govt. changes financial year to January-December


The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday announced that it would shift the financial year from April-March to January-December, and will present the next annual Budget in the Assembly in January 2018. The system was adopted around 150 years ago during British rule. It will also ease in doing business with investors and multinationals who follow the calendar year as financial year. Read More »

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

Human rights still matter, Priebus assured ABC's Jonathan Karl. Duterte is the latest in a series of authoritarian leaders with whom Trump has established friendly relations, including Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read More »

U.S. paramedic shot treating shooting victim; suspect dead


Police said after that ambush in July that the attacker told officers he was angry about law enforcement officers fatally shooting black men in other cities nationwide. "We're willing to defend by any cause and every cause", he said in an article back in 2004. Several streets were closed and people residents were urged to avoid the area after the first incident at 11.30 AM (local time). Read More »

Some of LA's best chefs snubbed at the James Beard Awards

In the "Best Chef Northwest" category, Seattle finalists Edouardo Jordan ( Salare and JuneBaby ) and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi (Joule, Revel, and Trove and Portland's Revelry) lost to Portland's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox. Read More »

Zinedine Zidane: France should 'avoid' a Marine Le Pen presidency

But Magali Boumaza, a professor at the Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turquie, who carried out the interview, said she had proof in notebooks and on a tape recording of Jalkh's comments. Jalkh "feels that there isn't the necessary serenity for him to to perform this interim role", National Front vice president Louis Aliot told TV station BFM on Friday. Read More »