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China trade talks to continue in DC

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China's trade surplus with the United States surged 43 percent in April, compared with the previous month , to reach $22.9 billion, according to data released by the Chinese Customs Office on Tuesday. China's exports to the USA last month rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier, slowing from a 14.8 percent rise in the first quarter. China's total exports jumped 21.5 per cent in April from the same month the year before, bouncing back from a contraction the previous month thanks to ... Read More »

Stormy Daniels Fans Are Paying Her To Stomp On Cheetos

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Notably, the Trump administration slapped him with sanctions last month along with other oligarchs accused of "malign activities", including meddling in the 2016 election. "Following these payments, reports surfaced that Mr. Trump took a dinner meeting with the incoming CEO of Novartis before Mr. Trump's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January 2018". Read More »

Russia: Medvedev approved as prime minister

His most unsafe challenger, Alexei Navalny , was not allowed to take part and on Saturday was detained at a protest called under the slogan, "Putin is not our tsar". "There is no time to spare", Putin said. The candidate has already submitted a preliminary composition of the new government: first Deputy Prime Minister, he proposed the appointment of Anton Siluanov, who now heads the Finance Ministry. Read More »

Trump says Pompeo is en route to North Korea

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US officials have been pressing Kim to free the three remaining American detainees as a gesture of sincerity before the summit, the first-ever meeting of sitting USA and North Korean leaders. Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae earlier said the three leaders of South Korea, Japan and China may issue a joint statement supporting the outcome of the April 27 inter-Korean summit held at the border village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. Read More »

Israel Readies Bomb Shelters in North, Fearing Iranian Attack

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The reported strikes targeted an "arms depot belonging to Hezbollah and the Iranians", according Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, according to the AFP. The Israeli military said earlier that, upon identifying "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces. Read More »

Netanyahu puts wrong foot forward with shoe dessert for Abe

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Yes, you read that right, a shoe. Japanese officials were reportedly horrified after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was served dessert in a shoe during a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "There's nothing decrease than a shoe in Japanese tradition". Not only do they not enter their houses while wearing shoes, you will not find shoes in their offices, either. Read More »

'US Embassy' Road Signs Installed in Jerusalem

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The embassy relocation will occur a day before the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel, a day known by displaced Palestinians as the "catastrophe". Israeli security forces are on high-alert in the coming days as the United States prepares to open its embassy in Jerusalem; fulfilling years of American promises to relocate their diplomatic headquarters to the capital. Read More »

University of Florida president issues apology after several graduates shoved across stage

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As criticism mounted, UF's President Kent Fuchs apologized on Twitter on Sunday for being "inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage". "So the university just regrets that the acts of those who were monitoring the lineup could dampen the spirits of the day". As the videos spread online, commenters have said the man's actions were unfair to the students and an unnecessary use of force. Read More »

Gas prices go up slightly in northern New England

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The Detroit area's average was about $2.87. Crude prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) rose above $70 a barrel Monday morning for the first time in over three years. "This week, motorists in IN (+66 cents) have the largest year-over-year gas price difference in the country", AAA reports. "Today, the national average is $2.81, which is 25 cents more than a month ago, and 45 cents more than a year ago". Read More »

Kyle Busch posts DNF at Dover for 3rd time in 4 tries

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He reeled off three straight wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix earlier this period and now has the 60-pound Miles the Dragon trophy to add to his collection. However, he has not finished three of the last four races at Dover. Harvick, " Truex and Bowyer - all winners this year - are all 35. Daniel Suarez tied his best career finish by placing third, having also produced a podium performance at Watkins Glen past year. Read More »

Rudy Giuliani: Cohen might have paid other women for Trump 'if necessary'

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Giuliani also suggested that the president might not comply with a subpoena from Mueller , "we don't have to comply" he told ABC . The remarks by Giuliani, the former federal prosecutor and mayor of NY, implied that Trump was aware of the payments at the time, contradicting the president's statements to the contrary just last month. Read More »

President Trump denounces Blankenship on Twitter

Problem is, Don Blankenship , now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State... President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Blakenship can not win the general election on Tuesday and suggested that West Virginians should either vote for Morrisey or the establishment-backed Rep. Read More »

No Secret Chambers Hidden Behind King Tut's Tomb - For Real, This Time

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The announcement brings to a disappointing end an investigation that started three years ago, National Geographic reports, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves suspected that the tomb of legendary 18th-dynasty Queen Nefertiti might be hidden behind King Tut's 3,300-year-old tomb. Read More »

Elon Musk wants to get into the candy industry

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As technology hasn't marched far enough yet to concoct such organic-robot creatures, it is certainly feasible that Elon Musk could manage to use a human brain interface of some kind if he is truly intent on these cyborg dragons . And then: "Saying you like " moats " is just a nice way of saying you like oligopolies ". "And Elon may turn things upside down in some areas", Buffett said during the Berkshire meeting in Omaha . Read More »

France and Germany say they'll stick to Iran nuclear deal

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Trump has been the subject of an intense lobbying effort by American allies to maintain the agreement, with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson making a last-ditch appeal to the administration in a visit to Washington this week. "We fear that a failure would lead to escalations and that we would regress to the times before 2013", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said at a meeting with his counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. Read More »

'Be Best': First Lady Melania Trump Launches Official White House Project

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Trump sat in the front row in the Rose Garden Monday as his wife outlined her plan, dubbed " Be Best ", to support children, with a focus on well-being , cyber-bullying and opioid addiction. Trump denies her accusation. She has also spoken to children about dealing with negativity and self-esteem when she visited schools like a middle school in MI last October. Read More »

Diaz quits writers' festival under cloud

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Another writer, Monica Byrne , accused Diaz of "verbal sexual assault", recounting an incident in which she says he "shouted the word "rape" in my face" during a disagreement at a dinner following a literary event in 2014. Clemmons, in contrast, appeared at a session on Saturday discussing her novel What We Lose and was scheduled to appear again in the panel discussion My Feminism Will Be Intersectional Or It Will Be Bullshit . Read More »

India seeks $4 bn assistance from ADB

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China is trying to assert itself on the global development lending stage with its "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure initiative, and the creation of a new development lender called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Duterte thanked the ADB, saying that as of December 2017, it is the country's third largest source of official development assistance with 14 active loans and 17 grants amounting to $2.51 billion. Read More »

McCain Doesn't Want Trump at Funeral

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Have you got any non-computing point of view with regard to this statement, this cannot be sanctioned by the US government, surely? The WHCA has expressed regret over comedian Michelle Wolf's monologue. "He is a decent person", he told a man who had volunteered that he was "scared" of an Obama presidency. Trump was also quite critical of McCain's 2008 campaign during the time he was running in 2016 arguing, much as he did regarding Mitt Romney, that McCain was a "weak" candidate. Read More »

Sheriff: Highway sniper idolized Parkland shooter

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Nearly immediately, a flurry of callers reported hearing gunshots in the same vicinity. Sheriff Gerald Crouch of the Hill County Sheriff's Department said that while his motives were unclear, the now-deceased gunman was clearly acting from a place of hate. Read More »

Oil falls after United States output hits record

The US Department of Treasury had given guidance related to the lifting of sanction on 16 Jan 2016, the two that matter as of now are the ones related to banking and financial industry and the US efforts to reduce Iran crude oil sales. Oil futures have recently moved in tandem with equity markets. Friday marks the end of another unsteady week on crude markets, as fundamental signals battled with geopolitical jitters. Read More »

Top parties seek to protect monopoly as Lebanon votes

Candidates mostly avoided the polarising issue of disarming Hezbollah , the only faction not to have laid down its weapons after the 1975-1990 civil war. "As we look around us and see that Lebanon is holding democratic elections, we know that the country is in good shape". Lebanese voted in their first general election for nine years on Sunday, with the Tehran-backed Hezbollah group and its allies expecting to emerge stronger, a result that would affirm Iran's regional ascendancy from its ... Read More »

Turkey Warns of New Cross-Border Offensive in Syria

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We will side by them tomorrow, too. "Turkey has never given up on full membership in the European Union, although we do not see the same determination or eagerness as our interlocutors [in EU]". Meanwhile, Muharrem İnce, the presidential hopeful nominated by Turkey's main opposition Republican People's party to run against Erdoğan, threatened to hold campaign events in front of television stations to protest against the scarce media coverage of his initial election rally. Read More »

Speaker Paul Ryan gives House chaplain his job back

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In that regard, it's worth noting that Ryan is, of course, Catholic himself and the idea that he'd bow to pressure from Evangelicals who objected to a Catholic, and more specifically a Jesuit, Chaplain was in charge of the "pastoral care" of the House of Representatives. Read More »