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NAFTA critic calls Trump plans "markedly vague"

In 1992, USA presidential candidate Ross Perot famously predicted "a giant sucking sound" as American jobs migrated south across the border. Last year, farm exports exceeded imports by $20.5 billion. Lori Wallach, director of the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, says NAFTA needs a complete overhaul. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi complained that "the president's vague NAFTA letter is a stark contrast with the aggressive promises he made to hardworking families during the campaign". Read More »

All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome

No-one knows whether Trump will get impeached or not, and the truth is it is too early to tell - while odds are shortening for an early removal of the president, some commentators are claiming he will never be impeached . President Trump has committed an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives. But Trump has at least one thing going for him that his predecessors did not - the Congress that would have to impeach and convict him is controlled by his ... Read More »

Ferris Wheel seat malfunctions, drops two women and child

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Officials said the rest of the festival is continuing as planned. The Ferris wheel was shut down while the rest of the Rhododendron Carnival at Memorial Field in downtown Port Townsend continued Thursday evening. The operators did not appear to notice immediately. But L&I did revoke Funtastic's permit to operate that ride until the problem is resolved and the state does another inspection. Read More »

I am a true Tamilian: Rajinikanth on outsider barb

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He said his native place was a village in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. "I have a job to do, you also concentrate on your work". "If you throw me out of this state, I'll go fall in Himalayas and not anywhere else", said the actor. The 66-year-old star described his brief stint in politics two decades ago as a "political accident". Even as it still remains unclear whether superstar Rajinikanth will enter politics or not, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said his AIADMK ... Read More »

Bridge collapse: Rescue op on, govt to raze unsafe bridges

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A spokesman of the Indian Navy said the collapsed part of the bridge had been removed last night. It was a rescue operation of Fire Department officials at the Zuari River in Sanvordem on Thursday evening, which had attracted the crowd on the small footbridge, adjacent to the main bridge connecting Sanvordem to Curchorem town. Read More »

What does council vote tell us about general election?

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It also went from first to second place in Aberdeenshire. Scottish Conservatives even have their first ever councillor in the Western Isles. "There's no question the Tory vote is on the increase and therefore we have to galvanise the SNP support", he told Press Association Scotland. Read More »

Angela Merkel's hold on Germany tightens following key state victory

The CDU is projected to win 34.5% of votes in North Rhine-Westphalia, the country's most populous state, compared with just 30.5% for the SPD. The industrial state has been governed by a center-left coalition of the SPD and the Greens since 2010, with the Social Democrat Hannelore Kraft serving as state premier. Read More »

Hospital boss praises IT staff — NHS cyber attack

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Caldicott recommended IT systems be replaced as " a matter of urgency " and that health organizations " provide evidence they are taking steps to improve cyber security ". Radiology services at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital were affected in Friday's attack by computer hackers. Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was unaffected by the attack. Read More »

Trump on Asking for Comey's Loyalty: 'I Didn't'

Burr said Tuesday he was "troubled" by the timing of Trump's firing of Comey. Instead, they said, the president fired Comey on the advice of senior members of the Justice Department, who anxious about his handling of a 2016 investigation into Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. Read More »

Beijing and Hanoi agree to keep territorial disputes in check

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Duterte's predecessor, Benigno S.C. Aquino III, for challenging Beijing in a UN-backed tribunal that ruled against the Asian power's sweeping claims in the contested sea. "I think we should separate our dispute from the South China Sea from our relationship with the Chinese", Lorenzana added. He met separately with Xi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing . Read More »

Noted Journalist Javier Valdez Killed in Mexico's Sinaloa

The local print weekly and online publication is one of the few news outlets that continues to carry out in-depth investigations in Mexico exposing the deep ties between Mexican politicians and drug cartels. Valdez was "an essential source" for journalists who also wanted to report on the drug violence that had been plaguing Sinaloa, the Los Angeles Times noted . Read More »

SC will protect women's right: Cong on triple talaq

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Justice Nariman told the A-G, "You (the government) can not take away the rights of Muslims guaranteed under Article 25 (1) of the Constitution (right to profess and practice religion)". This is a change of stance as up until now, the Centre had said it was only opposed to triple talaq where a husband instantly gets to divorce his wife by uttering " talaq , talaq , talaq ". Read More »

Don't let Pak hang Kulbhushan Jadhav: India to ICJ

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A Pakistani military court had sentenced death penalty to Jadhav in March a year ago on charges of espionage and subversive activities. The Indian camp sounds fairly confident of a favourable judgement which the president of he ICJ said would be delivered as soon as possible in an open hearing. Read More »

Macron vows to heal a divided France

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REUTERS/Benoit Tessier French President Emmanuel Macron (L) escorts former President Francois Hollande who leaves after the handover ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. Mr Macron is seeking a majority of lawmakers so he can pass his programs. France, he maintained, was buffeted by world trends and changes, but said he would do everything to "convince French people they have inside of them all the resources to count among the first-ranking nations" in the world. Read More »

Egypt discovers 17 mummies in archaeological dig

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Khaled al-Anani, the Antiques Minister, said the because of the way that the mummies have been preserved, it most likely means that they are officials or priests. A number of baboon coffins were also found. The burial site is about eight yards below ground and dates back to 332 BC, when the last native rulers reigned in Egypt. Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon rejects 'ludicrous' claims Tory surge could stop referendum bid

The campaign is barely a week old and if the SNP message is already looking shop-soiled that's because it is. Scottish Labour, a party that used to weigh its vote in town halls across Scotland, particularly in the West, did predictably badly, now finding itself where the Scottish Tories once languished, unloved and increasingly irrelevant. Read More »

Assad says de-escalation zones chance for rebels to 'reconcile'

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He said the new round "will be a rather business-like, rather short comparing to other meetings" and "with more intimate meetings in smaller rooms, in which we can look each other in the eyes". Damascus has said rebels should help drive jihadist groups out of the de-escalation zones, and sees so-called reconciliation agreements, which have involved the evacuation of rebels from besieged areas, as an alternative to peace talks. Read More »

Bolstered by US Military Aid, Raqqa Showdown to Begin in June

The SDF has recently captured the city of Tabqa and its strategic dam, east of Raqqa, as part of the operation to isolate IS in Raqqa as a prelude to take it. Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has been waging a decades-old insurgency in Turkey. Meanwhile, the SDF said in a statement on Friday that it will hand the control of Tabqa over to a civil council in the city, adding that the handover will be done after clearing the city off of the ... Read More »