January 23, 2018

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China's April exports rise less quickly than March


Exports in yuan-denominated terms rose 14.3 percent year on year to 1.24 trillion yuan (179.8 billion US dollars), down from the 22.3-percent increase in March, data from the General Administration of Customs showed. Last month, Trump launched a trade probe against China and other exporters of cheap steel into the USA market. "Imports will likely trend down further in the coming few months as refinery maintenance season unfolds and teapots run out of import quotas", said Harry Liu, analyst of ... Read More »

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district


However, the evacuation of some 1,500 people from the north-eastern Barzeh neighbourhood in Damascus is the first in this area. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , a British-based war monitoring group, said buses had arrived in Barzeh at dawn and hundreds of militants and family members had started to board them. Read More »

IS leader in Afghanistan was killed in April raid


A USA soldier is seen near the site of a US bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan . However, President Ghani is confident he was behind the Kabul hospital attack . U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Afghanistan late last month for a strategic review of America's longest war, which has dragged on for 16 years. Read More »

Delhi Metro hikes fares by up to 66 per cent


However, Saberwal said the hike was necessitated on account of rising operating ratio, or expenditure for every Rs 100 income. The new fares would be applicable across five corridors - Blue, Yellow, Red, Green and Violet - of the metro that crisscrosses the national capital, with the total network length standing at around 213 km now. Read More »

US Commerce Chief Says Canadian Trade Threats 'inappropriate'


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed British Columbia (B.C.) Premier Christy Clark in a letter that he was considering her call for a ban on thermal coal exports, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The course of action being reviewed by the Canadian government is similar to the process used in the US that slapped a 20-per-cent duty on northern lumber. Read More »

Le Pen visits French factory, Macron wins ally before runoff


With no majority victor, the top two vote-getters-far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the National Front and Emmanuel Macron of the progressive En Marche! party-will face off on May 7, 2017. There was no national atonement, and families across France have troubling stories of collaboration that have been hidden from their children and grandchildren. Read More »

85-year-old aiming to be oldest Everest climber dies

FILE - In this April 12, 2017 file photo, Nepalese mountain climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 85, smiles as he finishes his morning yoga workout at his residence in Kathmandu , Nepal. Sherchan had first successfully climbed the mountain in May 2008 at the age of 76, becoming the then oldest man to assent to the top. He had trained for months before the attempt, saying that he did not suffer from any respiratory problems and his blood pressure was normal. Read More »

Death toll in Turkish airstrike on Syria Kurds said to hit 28


While the airstrikes on Syria appeared to hit their intended targets, those in Iraq instead killed at least six members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces. The Iraqi government condemned the strikes carried out on its territory. Turkey categorizes both as terrorist groups, but Washington considers them as an integral part of the global coalition to defeat Islamic State. Read More »

Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37


As some demonstrators lobbed rocks and molotov cocktails, law enforcement has countered with increasingly violent tactics - including one videotaped incident in which a flaming police vehicle plowed into a crowd of protesters on their way to the National Assembly . Read More »

U.S. missile submarine, USS Michigan, arrives in South Korea

Angered by the approach of the carrier group, which could arrive within days, North Korea said the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson was "an extremely risky act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade". It is believed the USA and its allies are pushing for China to go further, and sanction Chinese companies and banks trading with North Korea. But South Korean defence officials said no suspicious moves by North Korea were detected on Tuesday morning. Read More »

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia


China is about to launch its own version of Wikipedia to compete with the popular free encyclopedia. The impetus to make a state-sanctioned Wikipedia equivalent was, Yang says, worldwide pressure for China to guide "the public and society" by creating its own platform. Read More »

FBI official married Daesh fighter she spied on


CNN reported that he's appeared in recordings "praising Osama bin Laden in a song, threatening former President Barack Obama with a throat-cutting gesture ... Greene's new husband was none other than the German-born Denis Cuspert, a rapper by profession but later turned into an ISIS pitchman. Greene, whose location in the United States has been withheld and face has been obscured for her safety, told CNN that she feared discussing the details of her case. Read More »

Le Pen's copied speech a 'wink' to beaten rival

France's presidential rivals, centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right's Marine Le Pen , go head-to-head on Wednesday in a televised debate in which sparks are sure to fly as they fight their corner in a last encounter before Sunday's runoff vote. Read More »

Small plane crash caught on camera


It was also reported by Tom Little who is an Aviation Accident Investigator with NTSB that at about 500-1000 feet away from the ground an engine malfunction was experienced. Most Read Stories Traffic on Highway 525 is blocked. "I just said, 'Get down!' And before I know it, I could feel the heat on my face... and like the fireball and the wing clipped at the end", Amanda Hayes told KOMO News. Read More »

MP CM launches 'tiffin diplomacy' at cabinet meeting


The report's key argument: the financial year timing did not allow the government to account for the impact of monsoon rains (one of the key factors impacting the overall socio-economic dynamics of the country) while allocating scarce budgetary resources. Read More »

Melania did not intend to troll her husband on Twitter


Melania has now unliked the tweet , but that hasn't stopped the frenzy of speculation. She shared an image that read "Vote #TrumpPence 2016". The other one is her own first-ever post on the social media site. " Melania liking this tweet just might be the best trolling of 2017 so far", said another netizen. "Nobody knew how hard Twitter is". The tweet's author, Andy Ostroy, was doubtful that the like had come from the First Lady's verified account, but there's no denying that it has. Read More »

Same-Sex Couples Kim Davis Turned Away Can Now Officially Sue Her


David Ermold and David Moore are the couple who originally filmed Davis refusing to give them a license and were the first plaintiffs in the case against her. "Do I think it's a million dollar case?" Four couples (two same-sex ones and two straight ones) sued Davis over her actions, with help from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Read More »

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance


Donald Trump held a phone conversation with Philippines' leader Rodrigo Duterte where they touched on regional security issues, including the ongoing Korean crisis, the White House said in a statement. President of the Philipinnes Rodrigo Duterte (C) arrives to the plenary session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits at the National Convention Center (NCC) in Vientiane, Laos, 06 September 2016. Read More »

Dallas EMT shooter found dead along with one other person


In addition to the two people found dead inside the home and the paramedic, a fourth person - a Dallas citizen - was also seriously wounded Monday and brought to the hospital, officials said . As they approached, officers were fired on and had to take cover. A paramedic in the U.S. is in critical condition after he was shot and injured while responding to a shooting, officials have said. Read More »

Either open new chapters, or goodbye — Erdogan to EU


President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union must open new chapters in Turkey's accession process, otherwise Ankara had nothing to discuss with the bloc and would say "goodbye". Using a football analogy, Kilicdaroglu said: "It is like the captain of Fenerbahce [an Istanbul sports club] becoming a referee in a match in which Fenerbahce is playing". Read More »

Zidane warns against Le Pen in France election run-off

Despite Ms Le Pen's efforts to "de-demonise" the party and move away from the reputation of her father Jean-Marie Le Pen and his views on the Holocaust, the issue has come back to haunt her only a week away from the French election's second round vote on 7 May. Read More »

McDonald's order trips up Facebook slaying suspect


Robert Godwin Sr. was walking home from an Easter meal with his family when he was shot by a stranger, who then posted a video of the murder to Facebook. "We were in a process today of going back and doing a more thorough search of that area". Police have not yet confirmed whether the McDonald's drive-thru employee will be given reward money. Read More »

Series of quakes strike near BC-Yukon border


The USGS put the quakes' epicentre inside Canada's Yukon Territory in a wilderness preserve about 83 kilometres northwest of Skagway, Alaska. The first tremor was rated Magnitude 6.2 by the U.S. Geophysicist Amy Vaughan says it's not completely uncommon for an aftershock to be larger than the triggering quake, though normally the following quakes are smaller. Read More »

EPL: M'brough, City share points at Riverside


The 22-year-old central defender, on a season-long loan from Arsenal, scored his first goal for the Teessiders on Sunday to put Steve Agnew's men back in front on 77 minutes after Sergio Aguero's controversial penalty had cancelled out Alvaro Negredo's first half opener at the Riverside Stadium. Read More »