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UN chief: More funding needed for Iraq programs

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A person familiar with a Wednesday phone call between President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, said the Iraqi premier did raise the subject of the strike and civilian deaths. "The munition that was employed here should not have created the effects that we - that have been observed", Votel said. The fierce battles in the western side of Mosul caused heavy casualties among civilians who were either caught by cross-fire or by airstrikes and shelling. Read More »

Last Fed meeting's minutes show talk of paring bond holdings

The Fed undertook its massive asset purchasing program during the global financial crisis as a means of holding down interest rates and spurring growth. "Participants continued to underscore the considerable uncertainty about the timing and nature of potential changes to fiscal policy", the minutes said. Read More »

Chelsea Clinton is in no hurry to get into politics

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Later in the day, CBS This Morning co-anchor had an interview with current first daughter and assistant to the president, Ivanka Trump, scheduled to air on Wednesday. "No, no, no", Clinton said, noting that she's pleased with her state and local public officials in New York City. "My mom talked to Charlotte a lot about what it would mean to be a mermaid or a zookeeper", she said. Read More »

Police search flood-hit river near Tumbulgum for sunken auto

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Rescuers are searching for passengers believed to be in the water. "I can tell you the mother was trying to get one of her children out of the auto when she passed away... He described the incident as "a tragic event" for the family and the wider community. Local road closures are in place near the crash site. Residents of Tumbulgum - a town of around 700 people - had been getting on with the job of flood clean-up when the river tragedy unfolded. Read More »

Mumbai University fails to make it to top 100 of ministry list

The first edition of India Rankings, based on this framework was released on previous year. Banaras Hindu university (BHU) is ranked third in the university list and 10th in the overall list. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which was at the third position in the "universities" category previous year, has been ranked second this time. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, said, "These rankings will help increase the credibility of these institutes". Read More »

Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

At least a dozen states with Republican-controlled legislatures have moved to choke off Title X funds from such clinics, but the Obama rules sought to prohibit such practices. Yesterday's Senate vote took place just one week after the Republican plan to modify Obamacare failed . Although Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers can receive Title X grants, legislatures have blocked them from receiving the funding in almost a dozen states. Read More »

Pence casts tie-breaking vote to roll back Obama abortion rule

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Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The measure would roll back an Obama-era rule that barred states from withholding funds from clinics that also offered abortion services. On Thursday afternoon, beady-eyed zealot Mike Pence was able to take action on a cause near and dear to his heart: his lifelong quest to deprive women of access to reproductive healthcare services. Read More »

Pence breaks US Senate tie on killing family-planning grants rule

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Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is recovering from back surgery, returned to the Capitol Thursday to cast a key vote to help advance a controversial measure related to Planned Parenthood funding. FYI, there are now only 21 women in the U.S. Senate. The legislation, which President Donald Trump has said he will sign, overturns an Obama administration rule that banned states from denying federal funds to organizations that perform abortions. Read More »

Gibraltar outraged that Spain has veto power over its future

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Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo has warned against Gibraltar being used as a bargaining chip during Brexit negotiations. "Brexit is already complicated enough without Spain trying to complicate it further", he added, branding the proposed singling out of Gibraltar "unnecessary, unjustified, unacceptable" and "discriminatory". Read More »

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

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Then late on Wednesday, the court explicitly stated it was assuming the legislature's role in a ruling authorizing Maduro to create oil joint ventures without the previously mandated congressional approval. The latest ruling came the same week that the court said it would begin a process of control that would define the limits of immunity for Assembly deputies. Read More »

Comey wanted to reveal Russian meddling months before election

Those officials included Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch , Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Adviser Susan Rice . At the annual Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner on Wednesday, Director Comey addressed the wave of criticism the intelligence community has faced over the past year, arguing that it is proof positive that it is doing its job. Read More »

Angela Merkel's party wins in regional bellwether vote

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The far-right Alternative fuer Deutschland flamed out, with just 6.2 percent of the vote. That was a non-too-subtle jibe at speculations both within and outside the SPD that the Social Democrats might be able to achieve a majority in Saarland together with the Left Party, which evolved out of the socialist party of former Communist East Germany. Read More »

Oil Rises On Libyan Supply Disruptions, Likely OPEC Output Cut Extension

Brent crude oil rose 52 cents, or about 1 percent, to $52.94 a barrel by 11:47 a.m. EDT (1547 GMT), after hitting $53.10, the highest level since March 9. As armed protesters block the Sharara and Wafa oilfields in Libya , oil production in the country has fallen by more than 250,000bpd this week. He said Russian Federation is gradually reducing its oil production and plans to reduce its oil output by 300,000 barrels a day by late April. Read More »

Firms stack up Brexit warnings as May triggers divorce talks

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We won't fully know how Britain's departure will affect the European Union and the United Kingdom until the negotiations are concluded, but it seems likely that there will be some economic disruption in the short term and there will necessarily be renewed interest in the question of Scottish independence. Read More »

All you need to know about the four new GST bills

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India moved a step closer to becoming a unified market with the tabling in Parliament on Monday of the GST Bill, which extends across India except Jammu and Kashmir. The States will pass the State GST or SGST law that will allow them to levy sales tax after levies like VAT are subsumed. "In general, we are supporting the bill ". Read More »

III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII) Updates Q1 Earnings Guidance

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The stock is now trading -3.06% below its SMA 50 and -5.88% below its SMA 200. Shares outstanding are recorded as 48.73 M and total shares floated are 40.38 M. While the company's share hit the 52 week high on Jul 18, 2016 stationing the value of $51.81. The number of shares now owned by investors are 48.73 mln. Read More »

Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

Netherlands assistant coach Fred Grim will stand in as caretaker for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Amsterdam while the KNVB start to look for a new manager. "The list should include all kinds of names who can each take Dutch football forward", Decossaux said. Now we'll get shit all over us. "Ronald Koeman is undoubtedly capable, but I know he is under contract with a club". Read More »

Putin critic arrested as thousands heed his call for protest

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Russian journalist, Alexey Kovalev has reports that the situation in Central Moscow is "tense", with several protesters being arrested . A grey-haired man was seen being dragged along the pavement by police in Moscow and the main square was cleared in around three hours after protesters were herded down side streets. Read More »

Trump Administration Officially Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, recused himself from any deliberations because of the energy company's investment in producing oil from Canada. "It would create some temporary construction jobs, a few thousand", said Hayes. Under the order, the projects should begin construction within 60 days - a period which ends on Monday. Read More »

Marine Le Pen says she may lift Russian Federation sanctions if elected

Le Pen, who leads the National... Opinion polls show Le Pen getting through to the second, decisive round of the French presidential election on May 7 but then losing to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. But those were overshadowed by accusations of Le Pen's xenophobia and racism. Duma committee head Leonid Slutsky said Le Pen's visit was " courageous ", the Russian news agency Interfax reported . Read More »

Assailant who killed former Russian MP in Kiev dies: police spokesman

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Poroshenko said the killing "is an act of state terrorism on the part of Russian Federation, which (Voronenkov) was forced to leave for political reasons". Voronenko himself expected some sort of retaliation from Russian Federation. He is registered as having voted in favor of Russia's annexation of Crimea. Read More »

Terror Lawsuit: Relatives of 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Government

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And finally, the suit identifies Saudi officials who worked with the hijackers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sarasota, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Virginia in the 18 months leading up to the attacks, Kreindler said. Finally, the suit contends that certain Saudi officials worked with the hijackers in the U.S. for the 18 months leading up to the attacks. The personal injury and wrongful death suit, lodged at the U.S District Court in Manhattan, claims Saudi Arabia used government-controlled ... Read More »

Retail Sales in Great Britain Bounced Back in February

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EMarketer expects United Kingdom retail ecommerce sales to rise 12.0% in 2017 to £77.74 billion ($104.93 billion) and represent 18.8% of total retail sales for the year. Better sales of goods across the board were behind the February increase, with the exception of food sales which stagnated, ONS said. HSBC economist Liz Martins said: "For the optimists, the fact that this bounce was considerably stronger than expected may suggest the slowdown over the winter months was temporary, and the ... Read More »

Jeff Flake: Wiretapping of Trump Tower by Obama 'just didn't happen'

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The maelstrom also caused tension with key USA allies and threatens to distract Republicans from campaign promises on health care and taxes. "I don't get it and I don't think America gets it", Panetta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe " about Trump's accusation, adding that there was no proof "at all". Read More »

Malaysia IDs Kim Jong Nam's body with DNA sample from child

The North Korean government has openly criticised the investigation, disputing the cause of death as nerve gas and whether the man killed was in fact Kim Jong-nam. "We have now established that Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam", local press quoted Khalid Abu Bakar as saying at the time. He was speaking to reporters after launching the new VIP facilities of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Wednesday. Read More »