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Raul Castro Passes Presidency To New Leader

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The National Assembly swore in Diaz-Canel, with 603 out of 604 lawmakers present voting for the 57-year old, marking a generational shift from 86-year old Castro. Global observers and Cubans alike will be scrutinising every move he makes after he officially takes office on Thursday. During Castro's tenure, Cuba became friendlier to foreign investment; began the process of turning state barber shops, beauty salons and other service industries into worker-run cooperatives; greatly expanded ... Read More »

California has worst United States air pollution

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Chico is ranked 21. Some counties - Gila, Maricopa, Pinal and Yuma - even received "F" grades in regards to the number of days that had high pollution. "We certainly applaud the progress made in the USA and in Southwestern Pennsylvania with respect to air pollution in the past", Stewart said. The lung association called in its report for continuing efforts to reduce pollutants that still leave more than 40 percent of Americans living with unhealthy air to breathe, but warned that Trump ... Read More »

"Bring it on bloody racists" - Malema on decision to privately prosecute him

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The state previously alleged that Malema substantially benefited from the tender payment to On-Point, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz. Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was reportedly a shareholder in the company. "We can not understand why this is taking so long", said Kriel. The PCLU undertook to give a response as to whether or not they would prosecute the case by August 2018. Read More »

2 years after Prince's death, prosecutor to update probe

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Prince died at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016, at his Paisley Park estate. The concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter, which outside experts called "exceedingly high". Six days before Prince died, he also fell ill and passed out on his private plane while returning to Minneapolis from performing in Atlanta, where he had told his audiences he had been feeling "under the weather". Read More »

The Queen and Prince Charles open Commonwealth summit in pictures

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Queen Elizabeth II today made her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the Commonwealth, indicating that she would like her son and heir, Prince Charles , to take over as the Head of the 53-member organisation. "We are certain that, when he will be called upon to do so, he will provide solid and passionate leadership for our Commonwealth". Dr Joseph Garcia said the event represents the single most powerful engagement of this kind that Gibraltar has ever had with the ... Read More »

Americans Waste One Pound Of Food Per Person Per Day

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It's commonly cited that the U.S wastes about 40 percent of the food supply. "Just because a banana has a bruise on it doesn't mean we have to throw it away". Researchers also found that healthier diets used less cropland than lower quality diets, but require more irrigation water and pesticides, which is somewhat surprising. Read More »

Tax deadline extended to midnight tonight

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Tuesday is the deadline for filing 2017 tax returns. Filings show that the company reported $1.4 billion in tax expenses in the first quarter of 2018, more than $500 million less than it reported in the first quarter of 2017. "Going forward, Americans should all take comfort knowing that this time next year they'll file under the new, modern tax code that lowers taxes for families and local businesses - and leapfrogs America to the lead pack among the world's tax codes". Read More »

New missile attack reported in Syria

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It is now unclear if or when the inspecters will go in. However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations has "provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma". "That is what we have done - and what we will continue to do", she concluded. But we are also very much aware of how they have operated in the past. Pressured to reveal what might lead the U.S. Read More »

Informed Pakistan about 'surgical strike' before making it public in India: Modi

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims that India first informed Pakistan before launching surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016. "I am Hindustan, I am ashamed", read their placards alongside banners such as "Beti Bachao" and "Politics minus rape" Some pro-Khalistani demonstrators from Sikh Federation UK and demonstrators from the so-called "Minorities Against Modi" group, led by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, completed the congregation at Parliament Square. Read More »

Prakash Karat says 'No' to Sitaram Yechury alternate line

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Inaugurating the national conference party general secretary Sitaram Yehcuri said there was a need for the party to strengthen itself while further cementing the unity among the Leftist forces. Ramachandran Pillai, the veteran party leader from Kerala, to become the General Secretary, things did not quite go the way he wished, paving the way for Yechury's elevation as Karat's successor. Read More »

'Get Ready Russia': Trump Warns Of Directing Smart Missiles Toward Syria

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The Syrian pound lost almost 10 per cent of its value on prospects of an American attack, going from about 430 Syrian pounds to the dollar last week to 469 Wednesday. military hotline to avoid casualties in a case of a U.S. blow, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active". Moscow is estimated to have dozens of aircraft at its Hmeymim air base in Syria including fighters and bombers, as well as 10 to 15 warships and support vessels in the Mediterranean. Read More »

Light aircraft crashes in Co Antrim

The plane is understood to have come down shortly before 12.30pm on Thursday. A light aircraft has crashed at Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland, not far outside of Belfast International Airport . "The call was received at 12.22pm today and three fire appliances from Antrim, Crumlin and Glengormley stations are at the scene". "The aircraft was not operating into or out of the airport", the statement from the airport said . Read More »

Ugandan President Wants to Ban Oral Sex: 'The Mouth is for Eating'

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During the public speech, he said he wants to ban people from performing oral sex because "the mouth is for eating". "We know the address of sex, we know where sex is", the Ugandan president said. He passed a law to abolish the term limits for the office of president in 2005, and in early 2018, ended any age limit for the role which, in turn, allows him to continue rule indefinitely, Pink News reported . Read More »

Pitt County has few requests for absentee ballots

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The early voting takes place today, Friday, and Monday through Friday next week at only one location: the main elections office site in the Forsyth County Government Center, located at 201 N. Senate or state offices on the ballot. When the envelopes were received, staff verified each voter was registered in Pitt County. REPUBLICAN BALLOT Local seats on the Republican ballot will include the following: •Banks County Board of Commissioners, District 1: Incumbent Danny Maxwell and Sam Moon. Read More »

Virat disappointed despite amassing highest IPL runs

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However, Player of the Match Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis came to Mumbai Indian's rescue and added a 108 runs for the 3 wicket. What made the total even more special was the fact that the home side were 0/2 after the first two balls of the match as Umesh Yadav struck twice. Read More »

#MeToo: Japanese officials resign over allegations

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Fukuda's resignation comes at a time of sinking public support for Abe's cabinet and the powerful Finance Ministry owing to a prolonged cronyism scandal centered around the ministry's involvement in the cut-price sale of state land to a nationalist school operator with ties to Abe's wife. Read More »

Senate Changes Rules to Allow Babies on the Floor

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The US has had almost 2,000 senators in the past 229 years, but Duckworth is the first to give birth as a sitting senator. "By ensuring that no Senator will be prevented from performing their constitutional responsibilities simply because they have a young child, the Senate is leading by example and sending the important message that working parents everywhere deserve family-friendly workplace policies", Illinois Democrat Duckworth said after the vote. Read More »

European Union short of bargaining chips in negotiations with USA on tariffs

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India has also sought discussions on adequate compensation for the losses arising from the tariff impost. "We have not offered the USA anything", she said this morning. India reserves the right to raise additional issues and make further arguments during consultations, the submission added. Since then, the United States government has introduced a further $50 billion of tariffs on an extensive list of Chinese imports, in retaliation for what it claims is theft of intellectual property, and ... Read More »

K9 officers, dogs line street for fallen officer

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Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, among many other notables. But Gonzalez said police dogs were tough and tended to bounce back from their injuries, hopefully a good sign for Nero, Gannon's dog, who was shot in the same incident that claimed his handler's life. Read More »

United Kingdom government considers plastic straw ban

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Some 8.5bn plastic straws are thrown away in the United Kingdom every year, ministers said, contributing to at least 150 million tons of plastic in the oceans. Action "Now we want to take action on straws, stirrers and cotton buds to help protect our marine life". What the government is realising now, however, the hospitality industry has long known , with bars across the country phasing out single-use drinking straws for the past few years. Read More »

Enyimba Seeded For CAFCC Group Stage Draw

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The People's Elephants nearly went ahead with virtually their first attack of the game, but Chinonso Okonkwo failed to find the target. Wits went close to breaking the deadlock five minutes before the break as Keagan Ritchie forced Fatau Dauda into a fine save with a strike from distance. Read More »

Modi meets May at Downing Street

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The declaration should be establishing a framework for continuing discussions within the Commonwealth over the next two years under the chairmanship of Britain. Pakistan-Commonwealth bilateral trade amounted to US$ 10.61 billion in 2016 with Pakistan exports of US$ 4.31 billion and imports of US$ 6.3 billion. Read More »

Iran quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes near nuclear power plant

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Various magnitudes are normal following a temblor. The Iran Red Crescent described the epicenter as being in a sparsely populated area. The 2013 Bushehr natural disaster occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.3 on April 9. The natural disaster occurred in the south of the country, close to the Bushehr nuclear power plant. In November, a major 7.3 magnitude quake struck a mountainous region of Iran near the Iraqi border, killing over 530 people and injuring thousands in Iran alone. Read More »

Minister Claims India Invented the Internet 3000 Years Ago

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He asserted that a character in the 10th century B.C. Hindu epic Mahabharata , who provided his king with a real-time account of a faraway battle, must have been using satellites and computer networking to compile his report. "See Microsoft, it may be a United States company but most of its engineers are all from our country", he added. Critics say this is part of a wider trend of romanticizing history by the Bharatiya Janata Party, of which Deb is a member, per Newsweek . Read More »

Cat met with heartbreak after walking 12 miles home

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A cat took on an adventurous 19km journey to return to his family, only to be abandoned for a second time. In a Facebook post, the SPCA said, "The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him". The SPCA used Toby's story to help promote his adoption and its 2018 Dogwalk and Woofstock , an event to help raise funds for the animal rescue on May 6 in Cary. Read More »

Syria 'chemical attack': OPCW investigators to be allowed into Douma

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The U.S., France, and Britain launched missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities one week later, after concluding that Syrian President Bashar Assad 's forces were behind the attack. But it said no missiles landed inside the bases. Hours after the alleged chemical attack , the rebel faction that controlled the town, the Army of Islam , relented and was evacuated along with thousands of residents. Read More »

SC nixes pleas for probe into Judge Loya death

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Records show that Loya died of a heart attack in Nagpur , Maharashtra , on December 1, 2014. Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe after judges in a lower court had dismissed the need for a probe. Talking about the PILs filed, the bench said, "Such petitions have potential to endanger the judicial system". Saying there is no basis for the court to doubt the veracity of the account of the judges who were with Judge Loya, the bench said, "The court ... Read More »

Judge finds Kansas' Kris Kobach in contempt of court

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The injunction found that Kansas can not require voters to produce proof of USA citizenship, such as a birth certificate or US passport, when they register at licensing offices. In her Wednesday judgment, Robinson claimed Republicans influenced by the ongoing court instance the same in light of her purchase, as the Republicans had not been treated by Kobach. Read More »

France says Syria attack evidence 'highly likely' to 'disappear'

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The OPCW is investigating reports that government forces gassed sites in Douma on April 7, when the town was still held by rebels and home to tens of thousands of people - residents and others who were displaced by fighting elsewhere. "The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, expressed Washington's concern that almost two weeks after the attack, inspectors would find tampering of evidence". Read More »