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No more free reign to China, says Trump after announcing tariffs


That could change if it puts tariffs on products like electronics or appliances imported from China . In a follow-up statement, a ministry official said China would "take all necessary measures" to defend its rights and interests. "We have a tremendous intellectual property theft situation going on", Trump said as he signed the new trade order, which could include duties as high as 25 percent. Read More »

PM calls for 'new dynamic' as European Union agrees Brexit trade strategy


Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the development as she arrived at the second day of the summit in Brussels, saying it would give "certainly to people and business". Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who met May on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday, said he envisaged a trading relationship that was "so close that many of measures in the backstop may become unnecessary". Read More »

Guests Evacuated After Ballymun Hotel Fire


MEP Lynn Boylan said she believed "everyone is out of Metro Hotel and accounted for". At least five of the top floors appeared to be destroyed in last night's fire. The hotel was previously used to help accommodate homeless families in need of emergency accommodation. He praised Dublin Fire Brigade for their hard work and commitment. Read More »

Beyond gun control and elections


Common sense shows more laws will not solve the problem. Democrats can't simply harp on gun reform. Why would an organization whose mission promotes firearms and hunting safety abandon measures supported by gun-owning households? Almost two-thirds of Republicans, but less than half of Democrats, predict gun laws will be made stricter. Read More »

March For Our Lives returns Saturday to honor victims of mass violence


Feinstein said she thought the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, in 1999, would be the last school shooting . Why not raise the ages of those who can purchase guns while also banning bump stocks and not allowing mentally unfit persons to buy guns? Her emotional testimony about that night - and about talking with the family of a Canadian man who died as she tried to help him with his wounds - left the committee room hushed with sorrow. Read More »

Trump must face accusations of 'Apprentice' contestant


Justice Jennifer Schecter in the Manhattan Supreme Court said there was "absolutely no authority" to dismiss or stay a civil lawsuit by Summer Zervos related "purely to unofficial conduct" from before Trump became president. But the judge said any listener, recognizing that Trump knew "exactly what transpired", could reasonably believe based on his statements that Zervos was "contemptible" because she had "fabricated" events for personal gain. Read More »

US' Mattis urges political solution war in Yemen


Trump said he is looking forward to welcoming King Salman to Washington . The crown prince will crisscross America on his way from a pro forma appearance in Washington to potentially more meaningful stops in Boston, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Houston, where he will court influential investors and partners for his far-reaching reform agenda back home. Read More »

Russian Federation says will buffer blow to United Kingdom ties of Skripal case


French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and Berlin would be among countries taking further rapid and coordinated measures which other leaders said would include the expulsion of Russian officials and possible other retaliatory actions. Latvia has promised to expel "one or several" Russian diplomats, with the Czech Republic saying it will "probably" follow suit. The Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said his country would also consider whether it should take unilateral steps. Read More »

Trump accused of 'putting gun to EU's head' as trade fears mount


China is preparing its response to the Trump administration's introduction of new tariffs on tens of billions of dollars-worth of Chinese goods. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying on Friday reaffirmed China's position on the US trade moves, saying that China will fight to the end in any trade war and urging the United States to make rational and prudent decisions. Read More »

U.S. proposes ban on bump stocks


Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement on Friday announced the Department of Justice has begun the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that bump stocks should fall under the technical definition of "machinegun" under federal law . Read More »

United Kingdom judge approves warrant to search Cambridge Analytica offices


It won't be easy but if companies work with governments, activists, academics and web users we can make sure platforms serve humanity. She said she was sorry the company let so many people down. Zuckerberg has vowed to "step up" to fix problems at the social media giant, as it fights a snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users. Read More »

North Korea reportedly agrees to hold summit preparation talks in March


South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon arrive at a meeting at the Panmunjom, South Korea , Tuesday, Jan. "Now it's a dialogue mode so they are trying to keep pace with that", said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The statement gave no end date for the exercises, and it is unclear whether USA aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines would participate as they have in previous war games. Read More »

Explosion rocks Afghan city, multiple casualties


Associated Press quoted Aminullah Abed, the chief of the province's public health department, as saying that a large number of people were around the area when the explosion took place. Helmand is mostly controlled by the Taliban, which is under growing pressure to take up the Afghan government's offer of peace talks. A blast rocked a city in Afghanistan's restive south on Friday (March 23), killing and wounding dozens of people as they left a wrestling match, officials said, in the latest ... Read More »

Hawk is United States security chief


For example, Bolton is a reflexive defender of the Iraq War , which Mr. Trump frequently criticized on the campaign trail. Bolton served as United Nations ambassador for 16 months during the administration of President George W. John Bolton has spent a lot of time recently as a Fox News contributor laying out his advice, including on North Korea . "If you want to punish a country for behavior you don't accept, you need punishing sanctions that are broad, not targeted, and they ... Read More »

Argentina Lionel Messi's team not mine, admits Jorge Sampaoli


Usain Bolt and Diego Maradona . Barcelona are on course to win the third treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey in Messi's career. It will be his first appearance for the national side since he miraculously led them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Jorge Sampaoli's men take on European powerhouses Italy (March 23) and Spain (March 27) in two massive worldwide friendlies before the players return to their respective clubs as the 2017-18 season nears ... Read More »

Boris Johnson & MPs slam Russian president

World Cup champions Germany take on Spain in a friendly that tests both teams' unbeaten records. Johnson said he would be seeking urgent assurances from Russian Federation that it would fulfil its obligations to protect fans. Putin, for the chemical attack, expelled 23 Russian diplomats and promised to take other retaliatory measures. Johnson, appearing before lawmakers, said he agreed with that assessment. Read More »

Troopers to patrol at Florida school where massacre happened


Later Tuesday, the Broward County Sheriff said Deputy Moises Carotti had been put on leave pending an internal investigation into claims that he fell asleep on the job. Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered Zachary to stay away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School if he's released. Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14. Read More »

Congress To Vote On $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill


The tweet was at odds with comments Thursday by Trump's supporters. With Trump's signature, the bill will avert a threatened government shutdown and keep federal agencies funded until September 30, ending for now Washington's constant budget squabbles and letting lawmakers focus on getting reelected in November. Read More »

U.S. charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme targeting universities, government, companies


Officials said the Mabna Institute contracted with Tehran and private firms to conduct massive, coordinated cyber intrusions into computer systems belonging to at least 144 USA -based universities and 176 schools in 21 other countries. The suspects not only fed the stolen data to the Iranian military, but also sold the contents online through two websites at and , the latter of which remains active. Read More »

Virat Kohli to join Surrey ahead of India's tour of England


It is being said that Virat had planned to play County cricket to improve his batting performance in England ahead of the India squad's away series. Accordingly, Cheteshwar Pujara will be turning up for Yorkshire while Ishant Sharma will be playing for Durham. It is also learnt that some of the senior India players will also turn up for India A in England in their bid to prepare for the tour. Read More »

Industry Sounds Off on Trump's Actions Against China

It was President Donald Trump who announced a broad trade offensive against China on Thursday, with wide-ranging tariffs, an worldwide lawsuit and investment restrictions to combat alleged theft of Americans' intellectual property. "We have got some cheap goods", he said, adding that America declined meanwhile. China's ruling Communist Party has further stepped up control over all religions, dissolving its long-standing State Administration for Religious Affairs bureau and handing ... Read More »

Harry and Meghan bring happiness on their visit to NI


But their day started at an event held at the Eikon Centre that honored the second year of fantastic the Space, which is a youth-led peace-building initiative. "The previous generations have caused such problems, but with your help it can never happen again", Harry told the students. At the Crown Liquor Saloon , one of the oldest bars in Belfast, Harry ordered sausage and champ while his fiancee tucked into the pub's signature Irish stew. Read More »

BJP gains 11 seats in Rajya Sabha, Congress loses 4

BJP can easily win 8 of the 10 seats left. In the house of 80 members, the ruling BJP has 43 MLAs and its ally AJSU 4. Coming in the aftermath of the twin defeats in LS bypolls, the decision to make a run for the 10th seat represented a huge risk for BJP chief Amit Shah; also because a similarly audacious gambit to snatch the RS seat of Ahmed Patel had not worked last previous year in Gujarat. Read More »

Trump moves to ban most transgender troops


The Pentagon's current policy is to accept openly transgender individuals who have documentation attesting to their health from a medical provider- which isn't that different from cisgender servicemembers, who must be in documented good health before enlisting. Read More »

Bomb Explosion Kills 3 Turkish Soldiers in Syria's Afrin


A Kurdish rebel group has said it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The town has recently become a major point of contention between the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey, over the presence of Kurdish militants. Read More »