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Lawmakers introduce bill that would make Puerto Rico 51st state

Legislation introduced Thursday could make Puerto Rico the 51st USA state. "It is absurd that, in the 21st century, the world's greatest democracy still possess territories in which citizens are not allowed the fundamental right to vote for their president". [Full Article...]

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case

Journalist at site critical of Duterte arrested in 2nd case On Wednesday, March 27, Ms Ressa's co-defendants paid the same amount in bail even though no warrant had been issued at that point since defendants are allowed to post bail before the issuance of a warrant. Her company now faces 11 complaints. On Feb. 1, just weeks before her first arrest and as she faced a separate prosecution in her home country over alleged tax violations, Ressa insisted t... [Full Article...]

All Brexit options are on the table: UK Conservatives chair

All Brexit options are on the table: UK Conservatives chair If we do not now promote the open and informed public debate that's required, future historians will conclude that our country turned its back not only on our long history of internationalism and engagement, but also on our once globally renowned traditions of pragmatism, rationality and evolutionary progress. [Full Article...]

Firefighters still on lookout as blaze in Bangladesh high-rise kills 25

Firefighters still on lookout as blaze in Bangladesh high-rise kills 25 Large fires are relatively common in Bangladesh, owing to lax safety regulations and poor building conditions. Fire service deputy director Debashish Bardhan said: "The situation is under control". In 2012, a fire at a nine-storey garment factory near Dhaka killed 111 workers. An investigation found it was caused by sabotage and that managers at the plant had prevented victims from escaping. [Full Article...]

Gay sex punishable by stoning to death under new law in Brunei

Gay sex punishable by stoning to death under new law in Brunei Travellers to Brunei might want to think twice after Amnesty International called on the country to halt plans to introduce "vicious" new punishments such as death by stoning for same-sex acts. Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (center) visits the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, on October 4, 2018. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is the current Prime Minister of Brunei. [Full Article...]

British Parliament Rejects May’s EU Withdrawal Plan a Third Time

British Parliament Rejects May’s EU Withdrawal Plan a Third Time May had offered to resign if Parliament passed her deal, but ultimately she was unable to persuade enough MPs to back a plan they had resoundingly rejected in two previous votes. It is a "very grave " situation, May said. Opposition leaders in Ireland have voiced their disappointment at rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons. [Full Article...]

Coalition to preference One Nation lower than Labor following Al Jazeera doco

Coalition to preference One Nation lower than Labor following Al Jazeera doco The Al Jazeera series has already had major political ramifications for One Nation , with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying his conservative Liberal Party will ask voters to place One Nation candidates below key rivals Labor on voting papers in the upcoming national election, expected in May. [Full Article...]

Maryse's WWE Future, Linda McMahon

Maryse's WWE Future, Linda McMahon McMahon, co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., will join the America First political organization that backs Trump's agenda, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Small businesses comprise 99 percent of businesses in the country, employing about half of American workers. She was confirmed into the position on February 1, 2017 by an 18-1 vote. [Full Article...]

After another failed vote, what’s next for Brexit?

After another failed vote, what’s next for Brexit? The EU commission told member states on Thursday (28 March) that conditions should be set for the United Kingdom to enter into future trade talks if the divorce deal is not approved by lawmakers in Britain. As well as the withdrawal agreement being voted on Friday, it also contains a short, non-binding document known as the political declaration, which sets out an outline of the future relations... [Full Article...]

White House warns Russian Federation over troops in Venezuela, threatens sanctions

White House warns Russian Federation over troops in Venezuela, threatens sanctions The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA in January, preventing USA companies from dealing with it unless revenues went to a fund available to Guaido. Venezuela's military attache in Moscow also said Thursday that Russian troops were in the country under an agreement on military and technical cooperation and not to carry out a military operation. [Full Article...]

Pauline Hanson Queries Port Arthur Massacre In Video

Pauline Hanson Queries Port Arthur Massacre In Video The meeting came not long before legislation cleared federal parliament in November banning foreign donations. "Don't vote One Nation ". "Being drunk is no excuse for trading away Australia's gun laws to foreign bidders", Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney today. [Full Article...]

Mosque victims' names read out to silent crowd at New Zealand memorial

Mosque victims' names read out to silent crowd at New Zealand memorial The Prince of Wales showed solidarity with New Zealanders, saying: 'This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community'. Ardern then paid tribute to the first responders before closing with a passage from the New Zealand national anthem, which began: "Men of every creed and race, gather here before Thy face, asking Thee to bless th... [Full Article...]

Attack on US-backed Syrian fighters kills seven in northern town

Attack on US-backed Syrian fighters kills seven in northern town Islamic State said in a statement that "caliphate soldiers attacked a checkpoint of the apostate PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party)" west of Manbij using machine guns and killed nine fighters. That attack was also claimed by IS. Daesh has vowed to carry out revenge attacks against the SDF over the six-month offensive against it that culminated in the militants' defeat in the village of Baghouz, cl... [Full Article...]

N.Korea reports stress Kim's ties with military

N.Korea reports stress Kim's ties with military U.S. Army General Robert Abrams (L) testifies during his nomination hearing to be commander of U.S. Forces Korea, on Capitol Hill in Washington , September 25, 2018. "We see a positive tendency towards peace but unfortunately, the situation has reached a deadlock", he stressed, speaking about the failed Hanoi summit between North Korea and the United States. [Full Article...]

Man behind ‘Call of Duty’ fatal ‘swatting’ incident sentenced to 20 years

Man behind ‘Call of Duty’ fatal ‘swatting’ incident sentenced to 20 years Authorities said he used a false name to report that he shot and killed his father, was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint, and was threatening to set fire to the address he received from Viner and commit suicide. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Friday he will dismiss the state charges because Tyler Barriss would be getting more prison time in the federal case than ... [Full Article...]

Woman welcomes twins 26 days after giving birth to first child

Woman welcomes twins 26 days after giving birth to first child Poddar told the BBC . "All three children are safe and healthy", Mr Poddar said. Sheila Poddar, the chief of the hospital's gynaecology department who attended the woman, said she discovered in an ultrasonography test that Iti has two uteruses . [Full Article...]

US House committee chairs request Mueller's full report on Russian Federation probe

US House committee chairs request Mueller's full report on Russian Federation probe Many of them you know who they are". The Justice Department has not said whether it will release Mueller's full report, but Barr has said he will be as transparent as possible. I will continue to work to counter Russia's disinformation efforts and cyber threats on the House Armed Services Committee. The good news is the Mueller Report's conclusion that Donald Trump isn't some sort of modern-... [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to close U.S. border with Mexico next week

Trump threatens to close U.S. border with Mexico next week In contrast, Trump said, CNN's coverage of the Mueller investigation had been "so fake, so horribly fake". But Lopez Obrador said a solution would depend on "fundamentally addressing the causes of migration". Attempts to get across the border into the United States illegally are down substantially from a decade or more ago, but the previous year has seen a surge. [Full Article...]

Tui Group lowers guidance following Boeing 737 Max grounding

Tui Group lowers guidance following Boeing 737 Max grounding Michael Hewson, the chief market analyst at CMC Markets, said: "It can only be a matter of time before travel operators and airlines start knocking on Boeing's door for compensation as a result of lowered guidance and profit expectations, which has seen investors knock millions of pounds of their market valuations". [Full Article...]

Christchurch attack: Mosque survivor says he forgives attacker

The Remembrance Service will be broadcast live on FBC TV from 8.45am. "She should publicly call on Chinese leaders to close the "political education" camps in Xinjiang, end the widespread abuses, and allow independent, global observers' access to the region". [Full Article...]


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